Westbrook’s 3-pointer lifts Thunder past Hawks

first_imgAtlanta, in last place in the Southeast Division, made Oklahoma City work for this one, rallying after falling behind by 16 points in the first half.The Hawks led 92-88 with 8:49 left after a basket by Kent Bazemore. Westbrook re-entered the game and led the Thunder on a 16-5 run. Anthony’s 3-pointer with 5:34 left gave Oklahoma City a 104-97 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Hawks came back again, eventually tying the game at 117 on two free throws by Ersan Ilyasova with 11.1 seconds left. After a timeout, George inbounded to Westbrook, who made the final shot over Atlanta’s Taurean Prince. Without a timeout, the Hawks could manage only a desperation heave at the buzzer.Marco Belinelli scored 30 points to lead Atlanta, which is 2-7 against Western Conference teams this season. Ilyasova added 22 points for the Hawks, who went 15 of 32 from 3-point range. MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Atlanta Hawks’ Malcolm Delaney, left, tries to get the ball away from Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook, right, in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game. APOKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook hit a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to cap a 30-point, 15-assist outing, and the Oklahoma City Thunder held off the Atlanta Hawks 120-117 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Carmelo Anthony added 24 points on 7-of-12 3-point shooting and Paul George scored 17 for the Thunder, who have won five of their last six after an 11-14 start.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks close with 9-0 run to beat Hornets Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Thunder dominated the second quarter. They broke a 28-28 tie with a 14-2 run to start the quarter, with Raymond Felton and George each hitting two 3-pointers. After the Hawks pulled within 51-43, Oklahoma City went on a 13-5 run and led 64-50 at halftime.Atlanta scored 11 straight points to cut the Thunder lead to 74-70 midway through the third quarter.Oklahoma City made only 19 of 31 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Arellano wins two straight, Perpetual starts off strong

first_imgLATEST STORIES San Beda slips to 4th after fielding ineligible player View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ The win also marked Arellano’s 14th straight win that started in their championship-winning year in Season 92.Arellano head coach Obet Javier said they have to start piling up wins as NCAA’s format allows the team with the most wins a twice-to-beat advantage in the semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We can’t afford mistakes in this kind of format so we have to get as many wins as we can,” said Javier in Filipino.Also, Macky Cariño had his first game as the head coach of the Lady Altas leading the team to a three-set sweep of Lyceum, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Maria Lourdes Clemente led Perpetual with 14 points while Cindy Imbo and Maria Tripoli had 13 and 10 points, respectively.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NCAA Ladies VolleyballMary Anne Esguerra of Arellano U misses the ball off Mapua’s Nicole Frando , at the Filoil arena .INQUIRER PHOTO/AUGUST DELA CRUZArellano University steamrolled Emilio Aguinaldo College, 25-19, 25-12, 25-11, for its second straight win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs are atop the 12-team ladder with a 2-0 card with Necole Ebuen pacing the march with 15 points while Jovielyn Prado adding 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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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Win ‘feels like loss’ for Gab Banal, Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Skippers saw their 21-point lead, 36-15, dissipate to just three, 52-49, midway in the third frame behind the furious rally led by Generals swingman Jeric Diego.Though Marinerong Pilipino recovered in the fourth period behind Rian Ayonayon’s outburst, Banal felt that the game still left a lot to be desired for his team in terms of its cohesiveness.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“You can see that we’re not familiar with each other. All of the teams that we’re playing against are school-based, so they’ve been together for a long time. That’s not an excuse for us, but rather, a challenge,” said Banal, who finished with a team-high 17 points, nine rebounds, and four steals in the victory.The 27-year-old does acknowledge the Skippers’ strength on paper as they boasts of one of the most potent collection of talents this conference. But he knows that blending those individual brilliance together is another story. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino may have gotten away with the 92-78 victory over Batangas-EAC to snap its two-game losing slide, but Gab Banal felt no relief owing to how bad his team performed on Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“Actually, it feels like a loss,” he said. “We didn’t go hard in the third quarter like what we did in the first half. We had a strong start, but we had a bad third quarter.”ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Out of Adamson, Robbie Manalang tries to make waves with new team Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Individually, you can see that we have big names like Abu Tratter and Alvin Pasaol. Billy Robles has already been in the PBA. Ayonayon is a pure scorer. But the challenge for us right now is how fast we become a team,” he said.“What’s important right now is for us to be a team and jell as a team. We can’t do it as individuals. The faster we become a team, the more chances of us winning.”Marinerong Pilipino aims to make it back-to-back wins next Thursday when it tests Wangs Basketball-Letran.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

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TNT acquires Terrence Romeo in trade with GlobalPort

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kia changes name to Columbian Dyip GlobalPort guard Terrence Romeo during the Batang Pier’s game against the Alaska Aces on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at Mall of Asia Arena. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTerrence Romeo’s dramatic chapter as a member of GlobalPort has finally come to an end after he was shipped to TNT on Tuesday.The three-time Scoring Champion was sent to the KaTropa together with Yousef Taha as the Batang Pier received Mo Tautuaa alongside TNT’s 2020 first round pick and 2021 second round pick.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201702:14Carpio 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 He will be reunited with his former coach Nash Racela and fellow Tamaraws Roger Pogoy and RR Garcia in the KaTropa camp.Tautuaa, meanwhile, hasn’t really lived up to the expectations as TNT’s top overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft.He averaged 8.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 2018 Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Office of the Commissioner approved the trade on Tuesday.Speculations about Romeo’s exit from GlobalPort had been going on for the longest time and talks intensified during the team’s 79-86 defeat to Magnolia in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals where Romeo had a shouting match with Batang Pier head coach Pido Jarencio.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 crownThough the two seemingly buried the hatchet after the exchange, rumors still swirled about the possible departure of Romeo especially with TNT’s relentless pursuit of the former FEU guard.Romeo played only two games in the 2018 Philippine Cup due to a knee injury and averaged only 17.0 points. The Batang Pier went 0-2 since his return.last_img read more

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Punk set for UFC 225 in wake of fight of his life in court

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 “I definitely do feel that way,” Punk said. “I’m pretty sure I’d feel there would be a lot riding on a fight no matter what number fight it was or if I was coming off a win or loss. But I don’t think anything is guaranteed in life or the UFC. Different people get cut for different reason. But I feel that pressure, for sure.”He felt heavier adversity this week in a Chicago courtroom. Punk (0-1) returns to the cage Saturday at UFC 225 at the United Center just days after a jury cleared him in a defamation lawsuit.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 crownWWE doctor Christopher Amann had sued Punk, whose real name is Phil Brooks, over comments that he made in a podcast in 2014 in which he criticized WWE doctors for failing to diagnose a lump that was a staph infection. Fellow wrestler Colt Cabana hosted the podcast and also was cleared. Punk was cleared of defamation and invasion of privacy.Punk and his wife, former WWE sta A.J. Lee, took the stand during a grueling six-day trial that was both emotionally draining and a severe interruption of his training schedule. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Punk, whose 434 days with the WWE championship was the longest reign since Hulk Hogan in the 1980s, had grown deflated on the road, unhappy with the grind and injuries that continued to pile up when he walked out.“I was crying out for help. I wasn’t finding it,” he said. “I really needed to focus on me. Some people want to say it’s dramatic, but I watched friends in wrestling turn to drugs and alcohol and eventually die because they can’t get the help that they need. I had to force myself to do it and step back. I’m not the one to generally ask for help. So when I finally was doing it, that should have alarmed a lot of people. But it didn’t. I was just one of the cattle.”He hopes the baggage from his previous life is over and Saturday night in his home city is a new page in solidifying his UFC future.“It’s a step forward in the future, toward all the stuff I wanted to get away from,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments MOST READ “Personally and professionally, the preparation for this fight has been tough,” Punk told The Associated Press. “It’s just mostly because there’s been a lot of stuff going on. Balancing everything has been more difficult this time around.”Punk quit WWE in January 2014 after a miserable final two years and soon made the stunning move to UFC . He was enough of a marquee attraction that he landed a spot on the UFC 203 card in September 2016.It was a night to forget.Punk tapped out just 2:14 into the first round after he was pummeled and choked by Mickey Gall. Punk was on his back less than 10 seconds into the fight. Pinned up against the octagon’s cage, he was unable to get out from under Gall, who landed numerous blows to both sides of Punk’s head.Punk, who works with Duke Roufus and other top trainers at the Roufusport Martial Arts Academy in Milwaukee, refused to let the dominant defeat crush his spirit. Fellow UFC fighter Gerald Meerschaert tried to keep Punk’s chin up with a bit of gallows humor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016 file photo, CM Punk stands in his corner before a welterweight bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland. CM Punk won the fight of his life this week when he was cleared by a jury of defamation and invasion of privacy in a lawsuit brought by a wrestling doctor. But he still has a big one ahead when he fights at UFC 225 in Chicago. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CM Punk just won the fight of a lifetime.But the fight of his career? The 39-year-old former WWE champion knows that 19 months after he whiffed on the only punch he threw in a lopsided defeat in his UFC debut , it’s win-or-else in his second bout if he wants to fight again for the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Iverson won’t coach in BIG3 this season Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “He looks at me and goes, ‘It sucks doesn’t it? But hey, listen, I lost my first three fights,’” Punk said with a laugh. “It was like, well, all right. I don’t know what that feels like. I just lost my first one. It helps put it in perspective.”Punk called UFC President Dana White and apologized for a performance that was mocked on WWE TV .“I talked to him day after and was just like, ‘If you cut me, you cut me. I get it. Just know that I’m going to fight somewhere else,’” he said. “That was neither a threat or anything. I was just like, hey I get it. Whatever your decision is, it’s cool with me.”White called Punk “a good dude” in a January interview with the AP and said the fighter — who finally testified under oath that CM stood for Chick Magnet — would get a second shot. Punk got the call to fight Mike Jackson (0-1) who lost his only career fight — to Gall.“We both fought the same guy, we both lost to the same guy in the first round,” Punk said. “It makes sense in that aspect. We match up closer in age, closer in skill.”Robert Whittaker defends the middleweight title in a rematch against Yoel Romero in the main event and Holly Holm, who handed Ronda Rousey her first loss, fights Megan Anderson on the main card.“The intensity level was definitely dialed up,” Punk said. “I think Duke was pushing me a lot harder this time. Not that he didn’t the first time around. But as you progress, you’re unlocking doors.”Punk had more than his second bout to contend with leading up to UFC 225. He unloaded the details of his acrimonious departure from WWE on Cabana’s “Art of Wrestling” podcast and said, among a list of complaints, the company pressured him to return to the ring following surgeries, said Amann misdiagnosed a staph infection in his back, and concussion symptoms had been ignored.Amann filed suit in February 2015 and the matter dragged until this week. Punk was brought to tears on the stand as he described the physical and personal breakdowns he suffered as he wrestled his final match in the 2014 Royal Rumble.“I didn’t think I would get as emotional as I did, but having to watch myself get a concussion, then listen to people on both sides and hear their versions of stories were all consistent,” he said. “‘Oh yeah, we all knew he had a concussion.’ I just had to sit there frustrated. Why didn’t you do something? Why didn’t you help me?” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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4th time’s the charm: Halep tops Stephens to win French Open

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “All the experience from those three finals that I lost … was a positive thing,” Halep said, “and gave me a little bit more power to believe.”Halep added Grand Slam trophy No. 1 to her No. 1 ranking, coming back from a set and a break down to beat Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 and win the championship at Roland Garros in a match made up of long points and key momentum swings.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“That’s the most important thing — that I stay there focused,” said Halep, the first Romanian to collect a major title since her manager, Virginia Ruzici, at the 1978 French Open. “I believed. And I never gave up.”The 26-year-old Halep was describing this particular match. She could have been speaking about her career. LATEST STORIES When Halep ended a 14-stroke point by pushing a backhand wide, Stephens owned the first set. She wheeled toward her box, which included U.S. national soccer team player Jozy Altidore, and shook a fist. Not much after that, Stephens broke to begin the second set, then held for a 2-0 lead. It appeared she was on her way to improving to 7-0 in tournament finals.And then, suddenly, everything changed. Stephens started missing. A double-fault here. A forehand into the net there. A backhand wide. Another long. Halep took 15 of 18 points and four games in a row.Both Halep and Cahill thought Stephens looked a little gassed.From 4-all in the second, Halep grabbed seven games in a row to take that set and build a 5-0 edge in third.One key: Halep began putting a little more air under the ball, being a little less aggressive, waiting for Stephens to make mistakes. That worked. Stephens ended up with 39 unforced errors, 13 more than Halep.Boisterous fans pushed Halep throughout, chanting “See-moe-nah! See-moe-nah!” When the match ended, Halep dropped her racket at the baseline and covered her face with her hands. Soon enough, she was climbing up into the stands to share a big hug with Cahill.During the trophy ceremony, Stephens — more experienced in such matters, given her triumph in New York last September — noticed that Halep was casually holding her new silver trophy. Stephens indicated to Halep she should raise it proudly overhead.“You have been waiting for this,” Stephens would say later. “So you better put it up in the air and show them what you got today.”Halep listened. Now she will proudly display that bit of hardware at home.She yearned for a Grand Slam title to go with her WTA ranking. Took some missteps along the way, but she has what she wanted. “Her journey has been tough. And she had a heartbreak here last year and in Australia and all the things that have happened to her,” Stephens said. “I mean, it’s a great story and just a great moment for her.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Halep lost two previous finals at Roland Garros — against Maria Sharapova in 2014, then Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 despite leading by a set and 3-0 in the second. Her third runner-up finish came against Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.“Been kicked in the stomach a couple of times when she’s had chances,” said Halep’s coach, Darren Cahill. “They say the destination is more beautiful if there’s a bit of a bumpy road and you eventually get there. And that’s what happened to her today.”On a muggy afternoon, Halep began slowly, unable to solve Stephens, the 10th-seeded American who won her first Grand Slam title at last year’s U.S. Open. Both women are adept at defense, figuring out ways — via speed, strength, skill and instinct — to get nearly every ball back over the net. They’re also both able to switch to offense in a snap.Those traits lent themselves to engaging exchanges of 10 strokes, 20 strokes or more, sometimes interrupted by spectators who would gasp or begin to clap, thinking that a point was over when it still was not.The players were not trading looping shots, mind you, meant merely to keep the ball between the lines. For the most part, they were violent smacks at the ball, delivered with the intention of ending a point. It often seemed effortless for Stephens, who broke for a 3-1 edge when Halep put a forehand in the net.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Romania’s Simona Halep kisses the trophy as she celebrates winning the final match of the French Open tennis tournament against Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in three sets 3-6, 6-4, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Saturday, June 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Maybe all of those losses in Grand Slam finals helped Simona Halep actually win one.She’d gone 0-3 in matches with a major trophy on the line before facing Sloane Stephens for the French Open title Saturday, so there was plenty to remember: what it felt like to give a lead away, to make a key mistake, to walk away with regrets.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Danger zone Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

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LeBron just what doctor ordered for lowly Lakers

first_imgNishikori feeling ‘tough’ after overcoming wrist injury “You can look at the (NFL Dallas) Cowboys and you can look at the (NFL New England) Patriots, you can look at Manchester United, the Boston Celtics — these are like historical franchises.“And for me to be a part of that, I think it’s a great move not only for me but for my family and for the history of basketball in general.”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’James was speaking to ESPN on Monday in one of his first interviews since leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers and signing with the Lakers.The 33-year-old James is entering his 16th NBA season. He has won three championships and made it to the finals nine times, including a streak of eight years straight. LeBron James speaks at a news conference after the opening ceremony for the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, Monday, July 30, 2018. The I Promise School is supported by the The LeBron James Family Foundation and is run by the Akron Public Schools. (AP Photo/Phil Long)LeBron James says he is looking forward to the challenge of turning around the Los Angeles Lakers, who are coming off the worst five-year period in franchise history.“I like the challenge of being able to help a team get to places that they haven’t been in quite a while,” James said. “And obviously the Lakers haven’t made the playoffs in a few years, but the Lakers organization and historical franchise matches up there with all the greats.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “At the end of the day, the guys love to play ball, and that’s what they do every single day. I love that,” James said.“And bringing Lance (Stephenson) and JaVale (McGee) and Beas (Michael Beasley) and (Rajon) Rondo, they’re guys that every day that they wake up they think about the game of basketball. And everything else is secondary.“So we look forward to all the challenges.”The 15-year NBA veteran was third in the league last season with 27.5 points a game, matched his career high with 8.6 rebounds and had a career-high 9.1 assists.James has played in 1,143 career regular season games for the Cavaliers and Heat, averaging 27.2 points, 7.4 rebounds, 7.2 assists.He ranks seventh in career NBA scoring with 31,038 points and also won Olympic gold medals in 2008 at Beijing and 2012 at London.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ James had agreed to a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers, leaving the Cavaliers after four seasons in which he led them to four NBA finals.James brought Cleveland its first major sports crown since 1964 when the Cavs won the 2016 NBA crown but lost three of four finals showdowns with the Golden State Warriors. He decided to make a move in hopes of rebuilding the Lakers into a winner.When James joined the Miami Heat, he led them to a 58-24 record and took them to the finals in his first season in South Florida.The Lakers were 35-47 last season and haven’t made the playoffs since 2013, hitting the bottom after compiling 16 championships.They haven’t gone past the second round of the playoffs since Kobe Bryant led them to consecutive NBA titles in 2009 and 2010.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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more

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Karate, silat take over

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms The Filipinos wasted an eight-point third quarter lead, lapsing into errors when it counted as they bowed out of the medal race and must win two matches to finish fifth.“I take full responsibility,” coach Yeng Guiao told Filipino reporters after the defeat, which kept the Philippines winless against Korea in the Games since 1962.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’The defeat came less than 24 hours after the Philippines celebrated its biggest day in the 45-nation sporting conclave, when the women’s golf team swept the individual and team gold headlined by Yuka Saso.Pencak silat produced the country’s 11th bronze courtesy of Cherry Mae Regalado, who missed the silver by just a point in the form event of the women’s singles. View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo from Junna Tsukii’s Facebook account.JAKARTA—The euphoria had yet to die down, only for the Philippines to fail to dodge the bullet it has been avoiding in the 18th Asian Games.Team Philippines’ popular basketball team blew early command and got bombarded in the fourth period to lose to South Korea, 91-82, on Monday in the quarterfinals, a loss that not even two bronze medals in martial arts could make up for.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Davao, Laguna notch contrasting victories 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Another bronze from Junna Tsukii in the women’s 50-kilogram division of karate that upped the Philippine total to three golds and 12 bronze medals for 19th overall in the race being dominated by China, which has an 85-60-41 tally as of 8:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m. PH time).Host Indonesia remained the best Southeast Asian side with a 21-14-27 tally, fourth overall and 15 rungs higher than the Philippines, which will host the SEA Games next year.“I was truly confident going into the tournament,” said Regalado, who had 444 points, 23 points behind the gold medal-winning 467 of Puspa Arumsari of Indonesia. “It just didn’t work out for me.”Regalado produced the third bronze from the pencak silat contingent after two came from the men’s division on Sunday courtesy of Jeffrey Loon and Dines Dumaan.Tsukii churned out a 4-1 win over Thailand’s Raksachart Paweena in their bronze medal match, getting there after winning, 4-2, over Alajmi Hawraa of the United Arab Emirates in the repechage.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boxing’s Carlo Paalam advanced after a 5-0 win over Tu Powei of Chinese Taipei in the preliminaries of men’s light fly.In athletics, Eric Cray was way off the 400-m hurdles pace, finishing seventh in the eight-man finals which Qatar’s Samba Abderrahman ruled with an Asiad record time of 47.66 seconds. Cray clocked 51.53.Marestella Sunang was ninth with an effort of 6.15 meters in long jump won by Vietnam’s Thi Thu Thao Biu (6.55).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

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Olympic taekwondo champion banned for life in abuse case

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gilbert said Jean had sexually assaulted her after events in Ecuador in 2002 and Germany in 2003.The lawsuit says women who wanted onto the US taekwondo team “had no choice but to submit to the Lopez brothers’ sexual demands.”If they refused to do so, they were benched, suspended or kicked off Team USA by the Lopez brothers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Djokovic tops Nishikori for 8th US Open final Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil (FILES) In this file photo taken on August 19, 2016 US Steven Lopez (L) competes against Australia’s Hayder Shkara during their men’s taekwondo repechage bout in the -80kg category as part of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, at the Carioca Arena 3, in Rio de Janeiro.Two-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday September 7, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONESTwo-time Olympic taekwondo champion Steven Lopez has been handed a life ban by the US Center for SafeSport following an allegation of sexual misconduct, it was confirmed on Friday.Lopez has been deemed “permanently ineligible” from future competition in a ruling made by the center on Thursday following a four-month investigation.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The suspension comes after four women athletes sued the US Olympic Committee and USA Taekwondo for sex trafficking in a federal lawsuit filed in May.The women alleged they were forced to train and travel with known sexual predators.Heidi Gilbert, Mandy Meloon, Amber Means and Gaby Joslin alleged they suffered “two decades of sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking of Team USA’s Olympic taekwondo athletes by the entities, officials, coaches and mentors who were entrusted to protect them.”Both Jean Lopez and Steven Lopez were named in the lawsuit.Meloon, a two-time world champion, claimed in a 2007 complaint she was raped by Jean at the 1997 World Cup in Egypt when she was 15. She was left off Jean’s 2007 squad, pressing her case to USOC arbitration.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title No other information was immediately available.The 39-year-old, a gold medalist at both the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, had been suspended since May. His brother Jean, a coach on the US Olympic taekwondo team, had already been banned for life for sexual offenses.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’Steven Lopez could yet appeal his suspension, the center said on its website. The Houston Chronicle newspaper reported that the offense which prompted his ban involved a 14-year-old girl in 2000 when he was 22.He reportedly began “grooming” the girl for abuse when she was 10 years old, the report cited investigators as saying. SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual PLAY LIST 06:22SEA Games 2019: PH’s Reyes, Ninobla taekwondo poomsae individual02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)07:23SEA Games 2019: PH’s recognized poomsae team (MEN/WOMEN) l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

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Clay Matthews on latest roughing call: NFL is ‘getting soft’

first_imgGreen Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (52) hits Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith (11) during the second half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2018 in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)LANDOVER, Md. — Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews does not understand why he was flagged — yet again — for roughing the passer, this time while sacking Washington’s Alex Smith on Sunday. Matthews think it’s an indication that the NFL is “getting soft.”Even Smith wasn’t quite sure about the call that came late in the third quarter of Washington’s 31-17 victory. Neither were other players — or the coaches — from both teams. Matthews broke free into the backfield, grabbed Smith with both arms and took down the QB in a seemingly straightforward manner.ADVERTISEMENT Tiger Woods caps off amazing comeback with a win MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Matthews immediately put his arms up and slapped himself in the helmet as the flag was thrown. Packers coach Mike McCarthy threw down a play-calling sheet and argued with two officials about the call, yelling while chasing one along the sideline.“I think Clay did exactly what he’s supposed to do there,” McCarthy said. “He hit him with his shoulder. He was coming full speed off of a block. He braced himself. So I was fine with what Clay did.”In Green Bay’s 29-29 tie against the Minnesota Vikings last week, a potentially win-sealing interception for the Packers was wiped out by a roughing call on Matthews when he hit Kirk Cousins.“Unfortunately, this league is going in a direction that a lot of people don’t like. I think they’re getting soft. The only thing hard about this league is the fines they levy down on guys like me that play the game hard,” said Matthews, who actually was not docked pay for that hit on Cousins. “Maybe now pass rushers, guys getting after the quarterback, you’ll just have to attack the ball.”Smith’s take on the hit he took from Matthews?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 LATEST STORIES “I’m glad I don’t play defense. … They can’t hit us in the head and can’t hit us in the knees when we’re in the pocket. It’s tough. I felt like he was playing football. He’s played a long time. Hit me right in the strike zone,” Smith said. “That’s the new rule they put in, though, with these guys finishing quarterbacks to the ground.”The rule preventing defenders from landing on the QB has been around since 1995, but the league’s competition committee made it a point of emphasis this year. More than 30 roughing-the-passer penalties were called in this season’s first two weeks.“Every week,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said, “there seems to be another one that’s a little bit questionable.”With a heavy sigh, Matthews said: “Nine years, I’ve been doing it one way in the NFL, successfully, and now it just seems as if that way doesn’t work anymore. And that’s frustrating.”Not surprisingly, Packers teammates agreed with Matthews. Perhaps more surprisingly, so did several members of the Redskins.“Oh, my gosh. Look, I’m glad it was for us, but then when I looked at it, I was like: What else do you want the man to do? Seriously, what else do you want the man to do?” Redskins cornerback Josh Norman said. “When I saw it, it was not malicious, ill intent. It was just a nice form tackle. … I’m lost by it. I’m pretty sure (Matthews) is frustrated and he has a point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “When you’re tackling a guy from the front, you’re going to land on him. I understand the spirit of the rule. When you have a hit like that, that’s a football play. I even went up to Alex Smith after the game and asked him: What do you think? What can I do differently?” Matthews said.“That’s a football play. I hit him from the front, got my head across, wrapped up. I’ve never heard of anybody tackling somebody without any hands. When he gives himself up as soon as you hit him, your body weight is going to go on him.”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 ChrissThere are sure to be more questions and more debate around the NFL about what constitutes a penalty on such plays.“I had judged that the defender landed on the quarterback, when he was tackling him, with most or all of his body weight, and that’s not allowed,” referee Craig Wrolstad said, according to a pool report. “That was basically my key — that he landed on him with most or all of his body weight.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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