Ginobili set to return to Spurs for 16th season—reports

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction PLAY LIST 01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction00:50Trending Articles02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer “The other one is to stay at home, be a dad, travel more, enjoy my whole family. Whatever it is, it’s two unbelievable options.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In May, Ginobili was given a rousing ovation on an emotional night in San Antonio as the Spurs’ season ended with a 129-115 defeat to the Warriors.The Argentine star lapped up the adulation but insisted he still felt fit enough to continue playing.“I do feel like I can still play. But that’s not what is going to make me retire or not,” Ginobili said.“I have to choose between two truly wonderful options.“One is to keep playing in this league at this age, enjoying every day, playing the sport I still love.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Back at 1: Kiefer Ravena on point in old spot Manu Ginobili. AFP/GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTOLOS ANGELES—San Antonio Spurs legend Manu Ginobili is poised to return for a 16th season with the NBA giants, reports said Tuesday.The Argentine star, who turns 40 later this month, had hinted he may retire after the Spurs were downed in the Western Conference finals by Golden State last season.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ LATEST STORIES IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission READ: Is it over for Spurs’ Manu Ginobili?However ESPN reported that Ginobili, a veteran of four NBA championship-winning Spurs teams, was finalizing terms on a new deal for at least one more season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Ginobili has played the entirety of his NBA career with the Spurs, encompassing 922 regular-season games and 212 postseason appearances.He has averaged 13.6 points per game with 3.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.4 steals in regular-season play. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View commentslast_img read more

PBA: Blackwater blasts Kia

first_imgView comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Blackwater bounced back from a 117-96 loss to TNT last Wednesday which snapped their three-game winning run.“We had lots of energy today both in the offensive and defensive ends,” said Elite head coach Leo Isaac.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We dictated the tempo for the first three quarters until midway through the fourth that’s when we got our starting unit out and gave them some rest.”The Picanto managed to chip away at Blackwater’s mammoth lead in the fourth, scoring 35 in the period when the Elite fielded in their reserves during the game’s garbage time. #KicksStalker: LeBron’s first shoe set for a comeback Henry Walker had a team-high 25 points to lead Blackwater to go along 11 rebounds and seven dimes.JP Erram put up a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double and also blocked three shots while Michael Digregorio came one rebound short of a double-double as he finished with 16 points and nine boards.Geron Johnon led Kia with 28 points but turned the ball over nine times.CONTRIBUTED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—-Blackwater dismantled Kia, 118-97, and kept its hold of the eight seed in the PBA Governors’ Cup standings Friday at Ynares Center here.The Elite dominated the Picanto from the get go, pushing the lead to as big as 70-31 at the half to improve to 4-4 while sending the Picanto to a league-worst 0-8 record.ADVERTISEMENT Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

TNT dismantles Ginebra, gets spot in top 4

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’ve always talked about everybody pitching in for us to be successful every game. I think today players were really focused on the task and they were all ready to contribute today,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad became the first team to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage.“It really helped us that we shot really, really well especially in the three-point area. When you shoot that way you really have a good chance winning ball games.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogRice couldn’t miss in the third quarter. He hit four triples in a row in just a span of one minute and 36 seconds to stretch TNT’s lead to 20, 83-63, with 4:25 left.TNT, which rose to 8-3, shot 17-of-40 from long range, hitting 10 triples in the second half. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Ginebra just couldn’t figure out how to slow down not only Rice and Castro but the entire TNT side, which also has the likes of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams stepping up.Rice exploded for 36 points on top of nine rebounds while Castro had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field that went with four rebounds and seven assists.Justin Brownlee scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Kings, who have held the top spot early in the conference but could still fall to as low as fifth place depending on the outcome of the last day of eliminations on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT PVL men’s: Ateneo wins 6th straight at expense of La Salle PBA IMAGESTNT secured a spot in the top four after handing Barangay Ginebra its worst beating under Tim Cone, 121-92, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro uncorked 12 3-pointers combined with the fiery import unleashing a flurry in the third quarter, where the KaTropa took the air out of the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending 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 View commentslast_img read more

‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Ronaldo has no doubt closed the gap with Messi after he led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles in the last two seasons. But for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, this past decade is still set to bear Messi’s mark.“If it wasn’t for (Ronaldo), Messi would have won twice as much,” Torres said Wednesday. “What Ronaldo has done in the age of Messi says a lot about him.”Ronaldo will need to be at his best on Saturday because anything other than a victory will deal a huge blow to Madrid’s title defense before the season reaches its midway point.Madrid enters the match in fourth place and trailing Barcelona by 11 with a match in hand. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are in second and third.“Given the situation we are in we are obligated to win,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said.Messi had one of his most memorable performances at Madrid last season when he scored his second of two brilliant goals in stoppage time to silence the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid got revenge with wins of 3-1 and 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, however, quickly rallied his team and the Catalan club has not lost since, a run of 24 matches. With Neymar gone, Valverde has succeeded in tightening up Barcelona’s defense.“It would be important to win for everything that would represent, since the match is so special, and we are playing at their ground,” Messi said. “There would still be a long way to go for the league title, but a victory would be a nice before the Christmas break.”Here are some other potential keys to the “clasico.” In this file photo, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo connects with an overhead kick during the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. APBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo has made his claim. Now he has to live up to it.Ronaldo will face Lionel Messi on Saturday for the first time since the Portugal forward declared himself “the best player in the history” of soccer after equaling the Argentine’s five Ballon d’Or awards this month.ADVERTISEMENT Basking in the spotlight of a glitzy ceremony under the Eiffel Tower, Ronaldo felt confident enough to put himself at the pinnacle of the sport, ahead of Messi and other greats like Pele and Diego Maradona.“You will go and say that I have a big head, but when you’re at the top, it’s normal that you’re criticized,” he told France Football. “I am the best player in history, in both good and bad times.”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 folkPersonalities aside, Ronaldo has a tough case to make.He and Messi both have four Champions League titles, but Messi’s eight Spanish league titles double Ronaldo’s tally for Madrid and Manchester United. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Striker Luis Suarez has rediscovered his scoring touch at just the right time for Barcelona. After only scoring three times in the first 11 matches, Suarez has six goals in his last five league games. They will need him even more with backup forwards Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu injured.Karim Benzema has only scored two goals in 11 league appearances for Madrid this season. The drop in production has contributed to Madrid’s stumbles, leading many fans to lament the exit of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.Jordi Alba has flourished going forward into the hole that Neymar used to occupy. The Spain left back is a favorite of Messi to weave together short-passing combinations that unlock packed defenses. His matchup against Madrid right back Dani Carvajal should be key.Gareth Bale is playing for his future. Recurrent injuries have cost the Wales winger his spot in Madrid’s starting lineup, with coach Zinedine Zidane preferring the playmaking — and sturdier legs — of Francisco “Isco” Alarcon. Bale returned after his latest injury layoff to help Madrid win the Club World Cup, but as a second-half substitute. He is likely to have that role against Barcelona and will need to make the most of the minutes he gets.Thomas Vermaelen was considered a lost cause. That was until defenders Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano got injured, giving the Belgian another chance to find his spot in Barcelona’s rotation. Vermaelen has played six consecutive matches, a personal record for him at Barcelona. Injuries limited him to 11 league appearances in two seasons before he was loaned out to Roma last year. Now that he is back, the former Arsenal player will be critical to Barcelona’s chances of stopping Ronaldo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut Messi also has the edge in their head-to-head duels. Messi has outscored Ronaldo 19-17 since Ronaldo joined Madrid in 2009. Prior to that, Messi scored in a 2-0 win over Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final.The Barcelona-led Messi has also had a clear advantage over Ronaldo’s Madrid. Messi has helped Barcelona beat Ronaldo’s side 13 times, to eight wins for Madrid and seven draws.Overall, Messi holds the “clasico” record with 24 goals in 36 matches. Ronaldo is one goal shy of matching Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s 18 goals against Barcelona.The camera-shy Messi insisted again when he was recognized for leading the Spanish league in goals last campaign that he put more value on team titles than individual honors.“Titles are our goal,” Messi said. “If individual statistics are there also, that’s even better, but they are not the objective.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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PBA suspends Camson, Almazan, Miranda

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meanwhile, Miranda was penalized P20,000 for kicking Chris Ross in the groin late in NLEX’s 109-98 defeat to San Miguel last Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Kia bruiser Camson was asked to pay P30,000 for instigating the fight against Almazan on Saturday, while the Rain or Shine center was slapped a P20,000 fine for figuring in the fist fight.READ: PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches 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 two traded blows late in the first half of the game between the Picanto and the Elasto Painters last Saturday. They were sent to the showers early after both incurring a flagrant foul penalty two.Kia came out on top in the duel, 98-94 for their first win of the conference. Kent Salado tears MCL, out for remainder of Aspirants’ Cup View commentscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Eric Camson vs Raymond Almazan. PBA IMAGESThe PBA Commissioner’s Office has meted meted out one-game suspensions on Eric Camson, Raymond Almazan, and Michael Miranda after the three figured in separate fights over the weekend.On top of the one-game ban, the players were also were also fined by PBA officer-in-charge Willie Maecial.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cavaliers’ woes continue after loss to Pistons, Love injury

first_imgLATEST STORIES “It’s just unfortunate for our team,” James said. “Obviously with everything (that’s) been going on as of late with our ballclub, just trying to figure out how we’re going to play every night, different lineups, and getting everybody into the flow, we don’t need to have Kev go out like that. He’s going to be out for quite a while — maybe two months — so it’s just tough.”The Cavs have lost 11 of 16, and the injury will likely affect the defending Eastern Conference champions’ plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. They may have to make a significant move to replace Love.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“When it rains, it pours,” coach Tyronn Lue said.Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who snapped an eight-game losing streak despite a lineup that was depleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin. Detroit dealt three players to the Los Angeles Clippers to get Griffin, and neither he nor the other two players the Pistons received in return were available against Cleveland. Drummond — whose own status was in question because of an illness — had a huge game, and Stanley Johnson added a career-high 26 points. Cleveland Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade (9) and forward Channing Frye (8) stand on the court late in the fourth quarter of a 125-114 loss to the Detroit Pistons in an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)DETROIT — A loss to short-handed Detroit was hardly the biggest concern for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.Cleveland’s recent rough stretch went from bad to worse Tuesday night when Kevin Love exited with a broken left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Pistons. The Cavaliers said he had a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal and his status would be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I told (Johnson) after the game that I think that’s the best game I’ve ever seen him play,” Van Gundy said. “He was aggressive on both ends, and while no one stops LeBron, he did a very good job against him.”MILESTONEWade scored 18 points after missing two games because of the death of his longtime agent Henry Thomas. Wade (21,800) moved past Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA’s career scoring list.ALL-STARDrummond was added to the NBA All-Star Game on Tuesday, replacing injured Washington guard John Wall. After he was initially left out of the All-Star Game, Drummond apparently felt snubbed, posting last week to his Twitter account: “Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!”The Pistons are hopeful Griffin and Drummond will develop good chemistry together, the way Griffin did with DeAndre Jordan while with the Clippers.“Maybe, but I’ve got a lot more to my offensive game than DeAndre, so we’re going to be able to do a lot of things beyond lobs,” Drummond said.TIP-INSCavaliers: Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Kyle Korver added 10.Pistons: Detroit had 44 points in the paint in the first half and 68 for the game. … Johnson’s previous career high was 22 points against New York on Feb. 4, 2016.UP NEXTCavaliers: Host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.Pistons: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night in what could be Griffin’s debut with Detroit. MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina UAAP 80 Volleyball Preview: UP Maroons to rely on solid core under new coach Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reggie Bullock added 22 points for the Pistons, and Anthony Tolliver scored 20.“I needed that, and everyone in the room needed that,” Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. “When you’ve lost eight in a row, all you care about is getting to the end of a game with more points than the other team. It doesn’t matter how.”James scored 21 points for the Cavs, but Cleveland was listless early and outplayed late — and the result felt secondary to Love’s health.Love played only 4:41 and went scoreless.SUPPORTING CASTThe Pistons had to give up Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley — two starters — to acquire Griffin, so players like Johnson, Bullock and Luke Kennard will have a chance to play bigger roles. Bullock scored 16 points in the first half Tuesday, and Johnson was impressive throughout, pushing the ball up the court and attacking the rim.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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more

Kia simply ‘gave up’ against Blackwater, says Dandan

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And Dandan made sure that his players knew exactly what happened. “I told them they gave up. There’s no other reason.”Sitting at 1-8, Kia has been formally eliminated from playoff contention in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.Dandan, though, is hopeful that losses like this could serve as a lesson for the young Picanto team going into their last two assignments against GlobalPort and league leader San Miguel.“We were in there, but we gave up. Even if we’re out of the playoffs, we talked about ending this conference on a good note. I don’t know. We just gave up,” he said before storming out of the venue.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKia had every motivation in the world to claim the victory over Blackwater on Friday.Wearing black tapes on the upper left part of their jerseys, the team dedicated the game to the wife of team manager Joe Lipa, who passed away on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City But to coach Ricky Dandan’s disappointment, his side couldn’t get the job done as the Picanto fell on the way side and allowed the Elite to run away with the 95-76 conquest.“We gave up,” he said. “Of course, we wanted to dedicate this game to her, but it didn’t happen.”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 folkDandan saw a complete lack of effort from his team, which unraveling in the second half where it started at a 26-point deficit, 94-68, late in the game.Kia was outplayed at all fronts with Blackwater winning the boards (56-40), getting more second chance points (23-6), and dishing out more assists (22-11). Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Belo’s return bodes well for Blackwater in crucial stretch MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View commentslast_img read more

Westbrook spearheads Thunder rally past Suns

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks up after losing the ball against the Phoenix Suns during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — The Phoenix Suns have been real pests against Oklahoma City the last couple of seasons, beating the Thunder three straight times.Russell Westbrook made sure it didn’t happen again.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UAAP men’s volleyball: Ateneo blanks La Salle, FEU trumps UST GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Booker scored 39 points, his career high for a home game. At 21 years, 123 days old, he became the third-youngest player in NBA history to reach 4,000 career points. Only LeBron James and Kevin Durant were younger.Booker said he’s grown to admire Westbrook more and more.“You know he’s going to bring it every night and that’s something our team should look at,” Booker said, “look for his passion for the game, how he cares about it and how he brings it every night, all 82 to 100 games, however many they play. He brings that energy. So I think us as a team know that and we try to go out and match that.”Josh Jackson and T.J. Warren scored 19 apiece for the Suns, who broke their 10-game losing streak at Memphis on Wednesday night. Elfrid Payton had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.Booker’s baseline 12-footer at the shot-clock buzzer put Phoenix up 115-114 with 2:37 to play and Alex Len hit one of two free throws to make it 116-114 with 1:40 to go.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Westbrook tied it on a driving layup with 1:32 left and made just his second 3 of the night to put the Thunder ahead for good, 119-116. He added two free throws and a breakaway dunk after that in his second-highest scoring game of the season.“We executed well, took good shots and obviously Russell took over,” Thunder coach Billy Donovan said. “He was terrific.”The Suns shot 56 percent and the Thunder 49 percent in an up-and-down first half that ended with Phoenix up 67-60.Booker had 21 points, eight assists and four rebounds in the half. Westbrook countered with 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Jackson had 15 points in 10 minutes off the bench.But the Suns wore down in the second half.“The first half our defense was not there. We gave up entirely too many points,” Donovan said. “We started out OK in the third. The second unit came in and did a really nice job closing out the third and the start of the fourth.”Booker scored Phoenix’s first 11 points of the second half, the last nine on 3s, and the Suns led by 13 early in the third quarter. But then Westbrook led a 14-2 run, capped by his two free throws that cut the Phoenix lead to 92-91 with 3:18 to go in the period. Phoenix led 99-97 entering the fourth.The Thunder opened the final quarter with a 10-2 run to lead 107-101 on Raymond Felton’s 3. Booker’s 14-footer at the shot-clock buzzer tied it at 110 with 4:48 remaining.“I think we probably fatigued a little bit,” Phoenix interim coach Jay Triano said. “I don’t know if our guys are used to playing at that level for that long of a period of time, but that’s what we’ll get to.”TIP-INSThunder: It was Westbrook’s highest-scoring game since he had a season-best 46 points against Washington on Jan. 25. … Oklahoma City won at Phoenix for the first time since Feb. 8, 2016. … Carmelo Anthony was the fourth-youngest player to reach 4,000 career points. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH00:50Trending 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 The reigning MVP had 43 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 56 seconds to play, and the Thunder scored the final 10 points of the game to escape with a 124-116 victory over the Suns on Friday night.“They always play us tough, especially here,” Westbrook said. “We stayed with it and made big plays down the stretch.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPaul George scored 20 points for Oklahoma City. Westbrook also had 14 rebounds and eight assists.“His passion, his energy that he brings every night is unbelievable,” Phoenix guard Devin Booker said. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Suns: Booker scored 15 consecutive Phoenix points — four at the end of the first half, 11 to start the second. He has scored at least 30 in a career-best four straight games, the first Suns player to do so since Amar’e Stoudemire from Dec. 20-28, 2004. … C Tyson Chandler (neck) missed his fifth straight game.UP NEXTThunder: At the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.Suns: At the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Erasing the past

first_imgMaddie Madayag typifies the Lady Eagles’ dominance over Bernadeth Pons, Celine Domingo and the Lady Tams. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAteneo redeemed itself from the heartache of a previous loss but it was University of the East that stole the spotlight as it redeemed itself from the ignominy of the past few seasons Wednesday night.The Lady Eagles bounced back after losing to the defending champion and rival La Salle Lady Spikers by trouncing the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17, in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments One team PH: battle cry of Vargas’ board 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Also sharing the spotlight was libero Kath Arado who negated UST heavy hitter Cherry Rondina, making 32 receptions and 28 digs.The Lady Warriors thus notched their second win in eight games, tying the Tigresses, who are now in danger of missing the Final Four.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ateneo also got back at FEU after losing to the Lady Tamaraws in the first round. Both Ateneo and FEU are at 5-3.Jho Maraguinot scored 14 points while Kat Tolentino added 11 points for the Lady Eagles, who also snapped the Lady Tamaraws’ four-win run and muddle up the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBut it was the startling 25-23, 18-25, 28-26, 26-24 triumph by the Lady Warriors over the Tigresses that created the bigger uproar.It was the first victory of UE over UST in 24 years, and one that UST coach Kungfu Reyes said during the game would go down in infamy for the school. “If we lose here, it’s going to be the most forgettable season for us,” Reyes told the Tigresses early in the fourth when they trailed 12-5. “If you can’t win it for yourselves, at least win it for the school.”That appeared to strike a chord for the Tigresses, who clawed back and even reached set-point, 24-22, on Carla Sandoval’s hit. But in a stunning turn of events that mirrored what happened in the first and third sets, UE came through with clutch hits to steal the match.It was the second straight win for the Lady Warriors, who also defeated the Adamson Lady Falcons to end the first round. UE won one game each the past two seasons.Now they are looking at turning things around after a poor start this year that led to coach Francis Vicente finally calling it quits.Interim coach Rod Roque drew 21 points from Mary Ann Mendres, while Shaya Adorador added 15. Judith Abil and Seth Rodriguez had 10 each.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Erik Spoelstra, reveling in fatherhood, returns to Miami Heat

first_imgMiami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra gestures to his team during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI — Santiago Ray Spoelstra’s father is back at work.Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, still wearing the bracelet from the hospital where his son was born, will be back on the bench Tuesday for his team’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Spoelstra missed Sunday’s game at Indiana, though revealed that he didn’t initially say the right thing when his wife Nikki called him to say it was baby time.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Phil Younghusband just looking for crucial win, gets 50th goal in the process “My wife and I went through that drill many times. I was going to have my bag packed and ready,” Spoelstra said. “I figured I had at least another two more weeks to do that.”Said Heat guard Dwyane Wade: “As he will find out, this is the greatest love that you will have. And I can’t wait until he experiences it.”The Heat lost in overtime at Indiana on Sunday, with assistant coach Dan Craig taking Spoelstra’s spot. Spoelstra said he only watched about 45 seconds of the game, and his father-in-law snapped a photo of the new father with his son checking it out on his phone.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “As naive as I was, I made the comment to our doctor and Nikki on speakerphone, ’OK, is this a fire drill?’” Spoelstra said. “And that’s when I proceeded to get screamed at.”He made it home in plenty of time — and was there for the birth.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“Life-changing, obviously,” Spoelstra said. “Mom is great. Baby is great. … It’s been a blessing the last couple of days.”It’s the first baby for the Spoelstras, and mother and son are expected to leave the hospital on Wednesday. Santiago was 6 pounds, 8 ounces and 19 inches long when he arrived. He was born about three weeks ahead of schedule, so his father — who decided long ago he wasn’t going to miss the birth, no matter where the team was at that point — wasn’t thinking last weekend on the Heat road trip that the arrival was imminent. MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

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