Victolero on Magnola’s finals loss: We gave it our all

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Hotshots had San Miguel backed into a corner for three quarters, but they couldn’t pull off an underdog miracle against the rampaging defending champions, who showed tremendous heart and poise in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.Magnolia led by as much as 23 and held a 74-60 lead heading into the fourth quarter before the four-peat seeking Beermen unleashed a maelstrom no magical wisp can stop.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownREAD: All heart: Beermen rally from 23 down, bag PBA Philippine Cup titleSan Miguel finished off the hard-fighting Hotshots, 108-99, after two overtimes in a game that brought out the best in Victolero and the respect from San Miguel’s multi-titled coach Leo Austria. No ordinary Sunday race Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “As a coach, I can’t wish for anything more,” said Victolero after the Game 5 loss at Mall of Asia Arena. “We talked that we would all give our hundred percent, but I know we exceeded that and I know there’s no such thing as 101% but there it was.”The Beermen and the Hotshots pounded it out in the fourth quarter in the first extra time, before June Mar Fajardo and company found a second wind and outscoredy the Hotshots, 14-5, in the final five minutes.READ: Victolero still optimistic as Magnolia defense slows down San MiguelVictolero is also a first-timer in a Finals series, and to lead an undermanned team against the mighty Beermen was something Austria had to commend.“I have to give credit to coach Chito because they had a good game plan,” said Austria. “His entire coaching staff, I also have to congratulate them and I knew from the start they would be a contender.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIEScenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism It could’ve been a Cinderella story, but Magnolia just didn’t have enough to get a happy ending.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Austria’s team first held the lead after Arwind Santos’ opening basket, 2-0, and only took it back in the second overtime when June Mar Fajardo gave them a 96-94 buffer.“They gave it all, and there’s nothing to be ashamed off,” said Austria of the Hotshots.READ: Victolero vows Magnolia won’t stop looking for ways to beat San MiguelVictolero’s team in the finals had no Marc Pingris and Justin Melton, two players who both have championship experience after helping the then San Mig Coffee Mixers to the 2014 Grand Slam.Although Victolero never used his team’s injuries as an excuse, that was the reality that he was dealt with.“I’m very proud of my players because they moved on [from Pingris and Melton’s injuries] and everybody stepped up,” said Victolero. “We entered the finals, played a very good team in SMB but because of our lack of experience, we couldn’t make it through.”Victolero, accepting the fact that they lost, had nothing to do but hope that their fairy tale will have another chapter in the next conferences.“Hopefully we can get back to this level in the next conference, we will just work hard to achieve our goal,” added Victolero. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

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Pacquiao says Matthysse bout to be ‘basis’ for retirement call

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The two will face off for the World Boxing Association welterweight belt on July 15 in Malaysia.The fight comes a year since the southpaw lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown in a shock points defeat to Australia’s Jeff Horn.In contrast, Matthysse won the vacant WBA belt after beating Thailand’s Teerachai Sithmorseng in January.“(Matthysse) is a very aggressive fighter. I am not worried about his style. My worry is I need to get 100 percent conditioned — the stamina, the power and the strength to survive the 12 rounds,” Pacquiao said.However, the challenger predicted on Thursday that his fans would see him on top form in Malaysia.ADVERTISEMENT “A young Manny Pacquiao throwing a lot of punches, and more footwork, head movements, side by side (motions) — that’s my goal to achieve for this fight,” he said.Pacquiao, who is also a Philippine senator, previously rejected criticism that his recent losses have tarnished his record.On Thursday he hit the mitts with friend and compatriot Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez whom he chose to be his head coach for the fight over long-standing US trainer Freddie Roach.Roach expressed hurt last month after saying ties had been cut.“Buboy adapted the style of Freddie Roach and he knows what to do for this training so I am confident with Buboy,” Pacquiao said, refusing to compare the two trainers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “I am not saying it will be the last, but it will be the basis for (me) to think about (whether) to continue or not,” Pacquiao told AFP after training in Manila on Thursday.“So I am trying my best and doing our best in the training in this fight to show if I can still do it or not,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownPacquiao has won world titles across an unprecedented eight different weight classes, but critics — including Matthysse, who is four years his junior — question his ability to box at the top of his game due to his age.The fighter, who won 38 of his first 47 professional fights by knockout, has not knocked out an opponent in nearly nine years. Filipino boxing idol Manny Pacquiao (center L) poses for photographs with Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse (center R) after a press conference in Kuala Lumpur on April 20, 2018, ahead of their world welterweight boxing championship bout in July. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANPhilippine boxing legend Manny Pacquiao says the outcome of his July bout against Argentine Lucas Matthysse will likely determine whether he will hang up his gloves after a storied career.After a one-year hiatus from the ring, the 39-year-old has started training two weeks earlier than usual to bring himself up to peak fighting condition.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Celtics hope to put road woes aside vs. Cavs in Cleveland Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Pacquiao floors sparmate

first_imgManny Pacquiao is nearing peak form less than three weeks before he tries to dethrone Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse as World Boxing Association welterweight king.On Tuesday in General Santos City, the world’s only eight-division world champion staggered sparring partner Gherich Chavez with a single solid straight to the jaw.ADVERTISEMENT The 39-year-old Pacquiao then paused briefly to give Chavez a respite.“I would say he is already 85 percent ready but we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said chief trainer Buboy Fernandez, echoing the observations of strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.Pacquiao challenged himself Monday morning by climbing the steepest route in Maasim, Sarangani province.“It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not,” said Fortune. “That talks a lot about his warrior spirit.” MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Matthysse, under the tutelage of Joel Diaz, is also in deep training to match whatever firepower Pacquiao will be bringing to the “Fight of Champions” on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.The 35-year-old Matthysse is planning to arrive in Malaysia 10 days before the fight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jobim eyes back-to-back In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan townlast_img read more

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Lowry mum on Raptors, speaks only about USA Basketball

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs United States men’s national team basketball coach Gregg Popovich, right, speaks with Kyle Lowry during a training camp for USA basketball, Thursday, July 26, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Kyle Lowry knew people wanted to ask him about DeMar DeRozan.That didn’t mean he was going to give them answers.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kyle, your thoughts?“I’m here for USA Basketball,” Lowry repeated. “It’s been a great week for USA Basketball.”Lowry is coming off his lowest scoring output in five seasons, after averaging 16.2 points and 6.9 assists per game last year, considerably lower than the career-high 22.4 he averaged the previous season.But, as the oldest player attending the two-day mini-camp, the 32-year-old said he wasn’t as concernced about working on his game or anything particular as much as he was providing leadership at USA Basketball’s first minicamp of this Olympic cycle.“Just build chemistry and be a leader, be a voice,” Lowry said. “We all know each other, we all have massive respect for each other so just coming to hang out and kick it is fun.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Capela signs five-year, $90 million extension with Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It was a USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas, and that’s all that Lowry — the Toronto Raptors point guard who watched his longtime backcourt partner get traded to the San Antonio Spurs last week — wanted to talk about. So, when he was asked about DeRozan on Friday, no matter how reporters tried to pose questions, Lowry tailored his answers the exact same way.“It’s been a great week for USA Basketball for me,” he said. “Being out here with these guys and hanging out and getting to talk and hang out with these guys and hanging out with DeMar and all those guys, it’s been fun.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“Summer has been great in general for everyone. Just to have the opportunity to relax and work on your game and prepare for the upcoming season.”DeRozan and Lowry are very close friends on the court and off, and neither was happy to see the trade. DeRozan was shipped to the San Antonio Spurs on July 18, along with center Jakob Poeltl and a protected 2019 first round pick, in exchange for Kawhi Leonard and wing Danny Green. Lowry, who won a gold medal with the national team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, said one of the biggest benefits for him has been absorbing as much information from former USA Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, and new coach Gregg Popovich, also DeRozan’s new head coach.“They’re two of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game of basketball,” Lowry said. “Coach K has been amazing, having the opportunity to spend a lot of time with him three summers ago was awesome, and even these last three days with Pop has been fun.”And while Lowry refused to discuss his close friend’s departure or anything pertaining to the Raptors, DeRozan said he was confident his former teammate would be just fine without him thanks to a basketball IQ he respects.“His knowledge of the game, just his IQ of the game, it stands out, bar none,” DeRozan said. “Just talking about basketball, understanding basketball, reading basketball. It’s great to see that.”DeRozan said both players understand the league is about business.“Kyle is Kyle, at the end of the day this is our profession,” DeRozan said. “We understand what comes with the job. It’s gonna be simple, we all gotta job and got responsibilities to take care of with our home team. What happened, happened. He gotta do what he gotta do for his team and I go to do what I got to do for mine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View commentslast_img read more

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Atletico come back to beat Lopetegui’s Real Madrid in Super Cup

first_imgAtletico Madrid’s Spanish forward Diego Costa (C) holds the trophy as he celebrates with teammates after winning the UEFA Super Cup football match Atletico de Madrid vs Real Madrid CF at the Lillekula Stadium in Tallinn, Estonia, on August 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Raigo PAJULASaul Niguez and Koke scored in extra time as Atletico Madrid fought back to beat city rivals Real Madrid 4-2 and win the UEFA Super Cup in Tallinn on Wednesday, as Julen Lopetegui got off to a losing start with the European champions.Real had earlier looked set to win the trophy in their first competitive game since the departures of Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Zinedine Zidane when a Sergio Ramos penalty put them 2-1 up in the second half.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Real had won the trophy under Zidane in each of the last two years, and emerged victorious against their neighbours in the Champions League finals of 2014 and 2016.But this result comes after a close season in which Atletico have strengthened while Real look to have gone backwards, with no replacement signed for Ronaldo after his move to Juventus.Griezmann starts, Modric on benchGriezmann started for Atletico at the compact Lillekula Stadium, fresh from helping France to World Cup glory last month.In contrast, former Spain coach Lopetegui left Luka Modric on the Real bench at kick-off, seeking to ease the Croatian playmaker back after he led his country to the World Cup final.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China hits ground running for 2022 Olympics Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois did not feature at all following his recent arrival from Chelsea, while nine of Real’s starting line-up also started May’s Champions League final win over Liverpool in Kiev.Atletico also had France winger Thomas Lemar making his competitive debut following his 72 million-euro ($84 million) move from Monaco, and they took the lead after just 49 seconds.With Simeone watching from the stands as he serves a touchline ban, Costa met Diego Godin’s long ball forward with his back to goal and nodded it over Ramos before turning to burst through and rifle a shot home from a tight angle.It was a superb finish, but Real were level just before the half-hour via a combination of the two men expected to step up following Ronaldo’s departure.Gareth Bale delivered a cross from the right and Benzema headed past Jan Oblak at the far post.Lopetegui sent on Modric for Marco Asensio just before the hour mark and Real took the lead shortly after, Ramos scoring a 63rd-minute penalty awarded for a Juanfran handball.It looked like that would win it, yet Atletico showed great resolve to level the scores again in the 79th minute as Juanfran and substitute Angel Correa combined to set up Costa to stab home.Into extra time they went, and Atletico went ahead again in the 98th minute, Thomas Partey pressing to win back possession before holding up a cross for Saul to thump a superb left-foot volley past Keylor Navas from 17 yards.The powerful Costa and substitute Vitolo then set up Koke to make it 4-2, securing victory and giving Atletico their seventh trophy since Simeone took charge in late 2011.Now they will hope to push Barcelona and Real all the way in La Liga, with their opening game at Valencia on Monday, after Lopetegui’s side host Getafe on Sunday. View comments That came after Karim Benzema cancelled out Diego Costa’s first-minute opener in the Estonian capital, but Costa hauled Diego Simeone’s side level again late on to force extra time.Simeone’s men then looked stronger in the extra period as they won this competition, the annual meeting of the Champions League and Europa League winners, for the third time in nine seasons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I stayed at Atletico because the project is a good one. I have confidence in this club, in the coach and I saw tonight that I was not mistaken,” said Atletico striker Antoine Griezmann who was linked with a move to Barcelona in the summer.Atletico defender Lucas Hernandez added: “To win this trophy is something great but to do it against our eternal rival is even better.”last_img read more

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Umpire in Serena’s US Open row says he is ‘fine’

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Chair umpire Carlos Ramos, left, talks with referee Brian Earley as Serena Williams talks with Donna Kelso during the women’s final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament against Naomi Osaka, of Japan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)LISBON, Portugal — The chair umpire who penalized Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final has spoken publicly for the first time since the match, saying he is “fine.”Ramos, who is from Portugal, spoke briefly to Portuguese newspaper Tribuna Expresso this week.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m fine, given the circumstances,” Ramos said, according to the newspaper. “It’s a delicate situation, but umpiring ‘a la carte’ doesn’t exist. Don’t worry about me.”The newspaper said Ramos received hundreds of messages of support from family, colleagues, players and former players. He said he has avoided social media and only reads “balanced” articles about the incident. He also refrained from going out the day after the final to avoid problems, according to the report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe International Tennis Federation has defended Ramos for his actions during the final. The U.S. Open fined Williams for her three code violations.The WTA later called for equal treatment of all tennis players and coaching to be allowed across the sport. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil UP star Isa Molde named PVL Collegiate Conference MVP Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Ramos has been assigned to officiate the Davis Cup semifinal matches between the United States and Croatia, a best-of-five series which begins Friday and ends Sunday in Zadar, Croatia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Fully embracing Ayo’s system doing wonders for UST Tigers

first_imgUST started the game with an 8-0 spurt and that caused a ripple that turned into a massive wave the Fighting Maroons had no chance of getting over.The Growling Tigers were merciless in the third quarter mounting a 76-46 lead and that was enough to take the fight out of the Fighting Maroons.“The coaches never got tired of us, one small mistake and they will immediately guide us on how to do it right,” said Zamora in Filipino. “Coach Aldin just told us that we should just lean on the system once we play.”UST’s 30-point lead got trimmed down to 14, 83-69, with 1:59 left after Will Gozum’s basket capped off UP’s 19-4 run but that scoring charge proved to be a futile attempt at taking the game away from the Tigers’ grasps.Cansino said they’ve finally managed to transition everything from practice into games, and it’s all been part of the trust their coaches have given them.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Things are looking up for University of Santo Tomas after its subpar start in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “We’ve finally adapted the system, we’ve brought what we did in practice to the actual game,” said Cansino who has averaged 16.5 points and 13.5 rebounds in UST’s past two wins. Perasol knows UP has what it takes to win but ‘we’re still scattered’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Growling Tigers opened the season with 1-4 slate but bolstered their bid with to two straight wins to end the first round.UST won by an average of 14 points in its past two games, including the 86-72 mauling of University of the Philippines, and the players credit that good run to their familiarity with head coach Aldin Ayo’s system.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We’re finally getting to implement coach Aldin’s system. Before, our practice sessions everything been really smooth but once we’re in the game everything seems to fall apart,” said star rookie CJ Cansino in Filipino Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Cansino filled up the stat sheets for the Growling Tigers with 16 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals while getting substantial help from Ken Zamora who had 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting from deep. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Warriors’ Stephen Curry could play during upcoming road trip

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, and forward Kevin Durant watch from the bench during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Oakland, Calif., Friday, Nov. 23, 2018. The Warriors won 125-97. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry is expected to resume practicing next week with a strong chance he would return to game action during an upcoming five-game road trip as he works back from a strained left groin.The Golden State star was re-examined Saturday after making significant progress in recent days. He did some scrimmaging work at the practice facility, and coach Steve Kerr said there were no lingering physical issues from a car accident Friday in which Curry was unharmed.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Last season, he hurt his left knee March 23 just as he had come back from a six-game absence with a right ankle injury. He also missed 11 games in December 2017 with a sprained right ankle.Curry missed the first round of the playoffs, then returned for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Pelicans as the Warriors went on to win a second straight championship and third title in four years.On Friday, he was uninjured after two drivers hit his car on a rain-slicked freeway as he made his way to work. Curry was driving a black Porsche on State Route 24 in Oakland when the driver of a Lexus lost control and struck his car, the California Highway Patrol said. Curry stopped in the center median, and as he waited for officers to arrive, another sedan lost control and rear-ended his Porsche, CHP Officer Herman Baza said.Later that night Curry said he was “all good” after going through an extensive on-court workout at Oracle Arena.“He’s doing fine today,” Kerr said. “He went and played a little scrimmage today in the facility. Didn’t report any ancillary stuff from yesterday and felt pretty good after he got off the floor. So it’s all good, good stuff.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown ‘Disappointed’ Manganti still confident ahead of KO tiff vs UP Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s doing much better and we’re just going to keep taking it day by day,” Kerr said.Curry missed his ninth straight game Saturday against Sacramento and also was set to be sidelined for Monday’s matchup with the Orlando Magic to conclude a four-game homestand. The 30-year-old two-time MVP, who played in just 51 regular-season games last season and missed the opening round of the playoffs, was injured Nov. 8 against Milwaukee trying to contest a shot by Eric Bledsoe in transition.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s anxious to get back, but he’s handled it very well supporting his teammates, getting his rehab in every day, working really hard,” Kerr said. “He’s handling it pretty much exactly as you would expect Steph to handle it.”Curry is averaging 29.5 points, 6.1 assists, 5.0 rebounds and shooting 49.2 percent from 3-point range. The Warriors entered the game against the Kings with a 3-5 record without their star point guard. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

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Lofa’s SAC FC Qualifies, Two to Go

first_imgLofa County’s lone and struggling 3rd division outfit, SAC FC, has unexpectedly crossed over to the 2nd division after a 2-2 pulsating draw against Rivercess County’s Paye FC on Monday at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia.The green-and-blue boys in the opener on Thursday, 1 May, downed Joy Conquerors from Montserrado County, 3-2.The Lofa boys qualified with four points out of two games from a three-member team in Group A.Joy Conquerors FC sits second on Group A log with three points, while Paye FC has one point.The Montserrado boys (Joy Conquerors) suffered their first defeat in the opener against SAC FC, 3-2 and convincingly whipped Paye FC 4-1 over the weekend.In Group B’s battle, a decider match between No Bad Day FC of Montserrado County and Mighty Dragon FC from Bong County was on up to press time yesterday. Both teams shared six points, but a draw from the Montserrado could qualify, while the Kpatewe Boys need a win.Young Pro-G FC and Grandcess FC, a game which is a mere mockery, would climax the day.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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‘We Have Fallen far Behind’

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said conditions surrounding the country’s recovery process have caused Liberians to fall far behind.Addressing the nation on the state of the economy on Wednesday May 28, President Sirleaf stated the difficulties in the recovery process have been a result of constraints on the part of government to prioritize everything at the same time.“Our continued post-conflict recovery process is of such that we must continue to do everything at the same time,” she said.The Liberian leader likened the post-conflict recovery process to driving an old bus while at the same time repairing its many deficient and dysfunctional parts.“As we know, for the past years our bus has been parked, some of the parts have gotten rusty, some are unusable, and many of our people were left stranded and abandoned on the sides of the road. From opportunity to morality, our children, and in many respects ourselves, have fallen too far behind,” President Sirleaf stated.This statement is, however, in sharp contrast with several comments made earlier that the country has now been placed on the right trajectory for economic growth and infrastructural development. Efforts have, however, been made to restore the country’s damage infrastructures, power, roads, ports and other facilities.The Liberian economy is reported to have been experiencing robust growth of seven percent annually for the past six years. There have been indications that this is the highest on the African continent during this period. But amidst the barrage of praises for the level at which the economy is reportedly growing, poverty continues to affect many citizens, as many producers are even unable to access the market with their products due to bad roads; the absence of affordable electricity has tightened profit margins for most businesses.Complaints continue to mount that the economy is not adequately impacting the lives of ordinary Liberians.Many have voiced their suspicions that these purported growth rates are unrealistic and only meant to boost the image of the country outside. At the same time, others argue that the attraction of about US$16 billion, which brings to the fore multinationals such as ArcelorMittal , China Union and others, are serving as backing to this “reality.”President Sirleaf even said the Liberian economy remains “fundamentally strong”, in the midst of hiking prices of commodities, a skyrocketing foreign exchange rate between the United States and Liberia dollars and a stressful banking sector. She blamed the Ministry of Finance and the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) for lack of coordination, which she said is the cause of most of the economy’s problems.She was quick to promise robust pending actions, however, to ensure that the economy is restored to its core standard.“This is why the engine is up and running, we must keep moving forward – determined to always give our collective best to close the gap between where we are and where we know we can be.”“This also is why all Liberians are right to be concerned that the engine of our bus must keep beating. This engine is the economy. To keep us moving forward, the economy must keep working by our people and for all our people,” she stressed.According to the President, the only way to open new doors of opportunity for Liberians is to expand the space for increased participation of Liberians, and to break down the walls of monopolies so that more people can continue to benefit from quality services at affordable prices.She indicated that in terms of national economies, no country is an island. “On our own, we cannot build all of our roads, pave all of our streets, rebuild all of our schools and hospitals, secure our borders, and make ourselves feel entirely safe. On our own, we cannot meet all of our needs. Certainly so, the government – indeed no government on the face of this earth – can employ all of its citizens.”President Sirleaf said this is why all Liberians have determined and agreed that by the year 2030, most of the population should have climbed up from poverty to prosperity.“It therefore means that each of us -– government and private sector, civil society and non-governmental organizations, legislators and judges, community leaders and the media, students   and   workers — each   of   us, without   necessarily compromising the demands of our individual callings, continue to act in ways to ensure that more Liberians are able to work and earn a decent living,” she said.The Liberian leader furthered: “It means that more Liberians must not just wait for a government job but be empowered to own their own businesses and employ others. It means more Liberians must be able to pay their bills, send their children to school, care for their families, and travel if they desire, retire with dignity, and treat themselves with some of the nicer things that life has to offer.”“It means that our society must become one in which all Liberians – males and females, young and old, Christians and Muslims, abled and disabled – can all make it, if they are willing to try. Yes, this is possible.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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