Elite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot

first_imgView comments PBA IMAGESAllein Maliksi continued to prove why Blackwater made a good move in trading for him late in the season.Maliksi came up clutch as the Elite took down the top-seeded Meralco Bolts, 92-91, Wednesday to pave way for a do-or-die for a slot in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT “We played good defense and made the stop,” Isaac said.The dramatic win was Blackwater’s first in the playoffs since joining the league in 2014 and it couldn’t have come at a better time with the Elite facing the formidable Bolts, who won nine games against only two losses in the elimination round.Walker only had 11 points in the first three quarters before taking over when it mattered most. He exploded for 19 points in the fourth quarter, scoring Blackwater’s first 18 points in the period.The former NBA veteran, who had stints with the Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Miami Heat, scattered 30 points, 18 rebounds, six assists, one steal and a block.The 30-year-old Maliksi, who was acquired from Star in a four-player trade on Sept. 10, wound up with 15 points and four rebounds. Starting guard Mike DiGregorio added 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis PLAY LIST 03:42SEA Games: Rogen Ladon enters flyweight boxing semis03:11SEA Games 2019: PH’s Ian Bautista boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:00SEA Games 2019: PH’s Aira Villegas boxing bantamweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ “Going into the final 15 seconds of the game with Meralco up by one, the instruction was to have a good shot and if there was opening, we take it,” Blackwater head coach Leo Isaac recalled.“We challenged the players to face the situation. We wanted the ball to Walker but there was also an option for Maliksi,” Isaac said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe ball did go into the hands of Walker, who then setup Maliksi for game-winning jumper from the free throw line with 9.5 seconds left.Walker and Maliksi carried the Elite down the stretch but it took team effort in the waning seconds to pull off the defensive stop on the Bolts, whose last shot was a one-hander from just inside the 3-point line by Mike Tolomia that was off target. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Reigning Best Import Allen Durham posted 18 points, including an inside basket that gave the Bolts a 91-90 edge with 15.8 ticks remaining, 21 rebounds and seven assists while Chris Newsome and Cliff Hodge had 19 and 18 points, respectively.Blackwater tries to become only the fourth team to knock off the No. 1 team on Thursday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcelino twins help Lyceum go 14-0 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img read more

GALLERY: Gilas Pilipinas defends home court vs Japan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENTcenter_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nietes wants either Gonzalez or Sor Rungvisai next Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Paul Lee warns Magnolia against complacency ahead of Game 6

first_imgMOST READ PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Knowing NLEX coach Yeng Guiao very well, Magnolia lead guard Paul Lee expects nothing will come easy in Game 6 of their 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals series.“It won’t be a walk in the park. So we’ll still work hard and fight in the game. We’ll prepare hard for them because we need to be ready for whatever they’re going to throw at us,” he said in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Unlike in Game 4, where Lee needed 11 shots to make it to 11 points and struggled against the pesky defense of the Road Warriors, he did a much better job in Game 5 in making his presence felt. He finished with 15 points, four assists, and three rebounds to help the Hotshots win, 87-78, and move on the cusp of advancing to their first championship series since the 2014 Governors’ Cup.But it wasn’t all him as Lee did not have to take the bulk of the load this time with forwards Aldrech Ramos and Ian Sangalang churning out solid performances.Lee warned his side against complacency as he expects a more rugged affair in Game 6 on Tuesday.“We need to have the same mentality as tonight where we started strong. Even earlier, NLEX was still able to recover so we just have to keep working hard because we can’t waste opportunities like this,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentscenter_img Ravena hopes Alas can play in do-or-die Game 6 for NLEX .@M_Hotshots’ @lethalweapon03 expects another tough game vs NLEX as his team goes for the kill on Game 6. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/mgVxA84vGN— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 18, 2018FEATURED 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 folk In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Walker comes up big in OT, Hornets top Knicks

first_imgLATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters NFL weighing changes to catch rule 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 NOT A G-LEAGUE PLAYERHardaway said Burke, his former college teammate at Michigan, proved to everyone that he belongs in the NBA.“He’s meant to be here,” Hardaway said. “He’s supposed to be here. He’s not a G-League player, he’s not an overseas player, he’s an NBA ballplayer and he showed that tonight.”ANOTHER DOUBLE-DOUBLEHoward logged his 46th double-double of the season. He is tied with Larry Johnson (1991-92) for third-most double-doubles in a single season in franchise history.UP NEXTKnicks: Visit 76ers on Wednesday.Hornets: Host Cavaliers on Wednesday. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Walker had 11 points of his 31 points and three assists in OT, and the Charlotte Hornets outlasted the New York Knicks 137-128 on Monday night for their fourth straight victory.Walker was 4 for 4 from the field in the extra period, including three clutch 3-pointers.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“It’s just Kemba being Kemba, and at this point I don’t think anybody who watches him can be surprised,” teammate Marvin Williams said. “The bigger the game, the bigger the stage the bigger he gets. He’s the smallest guy on the floor, but I have said it from Jump Street, he has the biggest heart out there every single night and that is what makes him so great.”Dwight Howard had 23 points and 13 rebounds for the Hornets, and Williams finished with 13 points. Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts to making a 3-point basket against the New York Knicks during overtime of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Monday, March 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kemba Walker stuck out his tongue as he grabbed his jersey and pulled it up to his chin, unable to contain his excitement after the last of his impressive plays in a flawless overtime performance.He could do no wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Walker found himself in a game within a game against Trey Burke, who put up a career-high 42 points and collected 12 assists while playing extended minutes.Both made huge shot after huge shot, but Walker made the biggest plays when it counted the most.After Tim Hardaway Jr. knocked down a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 40 seconds left in regulation, Walker hit a 3-pointer from the right wing.Walker then made a big play on defense.Looking for the game-winner, Burke waved off a timeout, figuring it would be better to prevent the Hornets from setting up their defense. But Walker tipped the ball away from him at the top of the key to send the game into overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Walker dominated from there, with two assists and two field goals on the team’s first four possessions in the extra session.“Down the stretch, I had to do something,” Walker said. “Trey (Burke) was wearing me out. You know he was shooting the basketball awesome tonight, and that was just it. It was a great win.”The Hornets led by as many as 17 in the second half, but Burke helped the Knicks rally to a tie with 9:07 left. Burke was 16 for 22 from the field after halftime for 35 points.Burke said it was a bittersweet night because his team didn’t get the win.“I was tough because a guy like (Walker) hits a few and sees the ball going in it’s hard to stop them, especially when you have a guy like Dwight coming out and setting screens,” Burke said. “I tried to give him different looks, going over and going under. It’s tough with a guard as crafty as Kemba and when you have a big 7-footer coming up and setting screens.”Walker needs 20 points Wednesday night against Cleveland to pass Dell Curry as the franchise’s career leading scorer.Michael Beasley added 27 points for the Knicks, who fell to 9-30 on the road. Enes Kanter had 15 points and 13 rebounds.TIP-INSKnicks: Frank Ntilikina fouled out with more than 10 minutes remaining in the game. … New York’s reserves were outscored 52-24 by the Hornets’ backups.Hornets: Walker has made 43 consecutive free throws, tying the franchise record held by D.J. Augustin and Curry. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Celtics’ Stevens remains humble as team continues to thrive

first_imgBOSTON, MA – MAY 9: Head Coach of the Boston Celtics Brad Stevens looks on before Game Five against the Philadelphia 76ers in the Eastern Conference Second Round of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at TD Garden on May 9, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPWALTHAM, Mass. — When Brad Stevens accepted the Celtics head coaching job five years ago, he didn’t allow himself to get caught up in thinking about how he could add his name to the franchise’s rich history.He was too busy trying to figure out how to avoid being buried under it.ADVERTISEMENT “I think they are one of the most well-coached teams in our league,” James said. “No matter who has played for them, he can put guys in position to succeed and get the most out of whoever has been in their lineup over the past few years. It’s not just this year.”Stevens said he’s focused on living in the moment.“From our standpoint, I feel like it’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “We talked about it prior to the playoffs; nobody should love a challenge more, nobody should have more fun doing it. I think our guys have done a good job with that.”And though he may never say it, so has their coach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yet, Boston won 55 games during the regular season and increased its win total for the fifth consecutive season under Stevens.Despite having a roster that was down to just 11 healthy players by the end of their second-round win over Philadelphia, the Celtics enter their conference finals rematch with Cleveland on Sunday with a 7-0 record at home this postseason.They are also the first team in NBA history to make it back to this point without their leading scorer from the regular season (Irving).Most of the NBA community was taken aback after Stevens failed to receive a single vote from his peers when the National Basketball Coaches Association gave out its coach of the year award. The honor went to Toronto’s Dwane Casey, who was fired Thursday after his team was swept in the East semifinals by the Cleveland Cavaliers.Stevens has always downplayed the attention placed on coaching awards. He said that he thought Casey deserved the honor and didn’t expect him to be without a job for long.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film “You realize that if you’re going to break records here, you’re probably going to break bad ones,” he recently said. “Because none of the good ones are reachable.”While achieving Red Auerbach status may not be on Stevens’ radar, in just his fifth season there’s no question the 41-year-old is also beyond being the wide-eyed former Butler University coach who arrived in Boston.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 crownIn a timeframe that has often already swallowed up most first-time NBA coaches, he’s managed to endear himself to a championship-driven city by helping Boston make an improbable run back to the Eastern Conference finals.The Celtics seemingly had their championship hopes derailed following the season-ending injuries to both of their offseason additions in Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Magnolia outplays GlobalPort down the stretch for 1st win China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Boston’s successes this season aside, Stevens said comfort remains a commodity this profession.“I don’t think that I would ever define anybody in the coaching or playing shoes probably as comfortable,” he said. “You’re just focused on what’s next. But it is basketball. There’s only so much you can do.”But it’s also clear that one of the reasons that Casey lost his job was the Raptors’ inability to challenge the Cavs in the postseason. Toronto was also swept out of the playoffs by Cleveland last season.Most of the credit for Boston’s run thus far surely belongs to veteran Al Horford and the Celtics’ corps of young players, including Terry Rozier, Jaylen Brown and rookie Jayson Tatum.Stevens agrees with that assessment and has remained true to his style by blending into the background in public, instead waiting for the huddle or practice to make his voice heard.He believes his team’s mental toughness and grit have carried it more than anything he’s done.Horford said Stevens hasn’t shied away from putting their young players in pressure situations.“I think a lot of our guys have been thrown into the fire. I think it’s been designed that way so guys can just develop and learn as they go,” Horford said. “But I think that one of the things that helps them is the way that coach helps them prepare and the way that he teaches them the game.”There is also at least one person watching from afar who thinks a lot of the credit belongs to Stevens. And it just happens to be the same player he will spend the next few weeks trying to stop: LeBron James.From Stevens’ ability to draw up plays out of timeouts, to his management of late-clock situations, to getting the best out of his roster, James has long been a fan. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Pontejos hopes to see more international exposure for PH women’s team

first_imgJanine Pontejos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippine women’s national team failed to win a single game in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, but a winless slate did not dampen the spirits of one of its central figures.Janine Pontejos captivated the basketball-watching public when she erupted for seven long balls in Perlas’ last two games in the group stage and she didn’t stop her shooting exploits in just the games alone.ADVERTISEMENT “I think it’s very obvious that women’s basketball is largely neglected in the country and that showed in the Fiba 3×3 tournament where we had a competitive team but everything they achieved they did on their own,” said Mascariñas in Filipino. “We can do better if there’s support for women’s basketball, and we are willing to support the development of women’s basketball.”Pontejos hoped that Perlas could play in more international tournaments not just in the 3-on-3 format but also in the 5-on-5 one especially that the team wasn’t elected to represent the Philippines in the Asian Games.“Hopefully we’re given a chance to show our talents against other countries and I hope we have more opportunities to play,” said Pontejos. “I think what we did in the World Cup will lead to more opportunities for us.”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 All is well with PetroGazz after miscommunication China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES “We’ve shown that we can’t just compete here in the Philippines but we can also go against the bigger countries and its better players.”READ: Height disparity too much for Pontejos, Perlas vs Spain And Pontejos just found a viable supporter in her wishes for women’s basketball to go further.Bounty Agroventures president Ronald Mascariñas, the parent company of Chooks to Go, promised to lend a helping hand for women’s basketball in the Philippines.The Philippines is ranked no.47 in the Fiba women’s rankings and Mascariñas said that ranking could go higher with the right support.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced The 5-foot-5 gunner was also named as the tournament’s best shooter in both the men’s and women’s division after taking the gold in the shooting competition.READ: Janine Pontejos gets gold in Fiba 3×3 shootout 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 crownAnd with the newfound awareness Perlas got after the Fiba 3×3 World Cup, Pontejos hopes the women’s national team would have more exposure in the future.“I think we’ve shown them the talent of women basketball players from the Philippines,” said Pontejos in Filipino during their thanksgiving party Thursday at Holiday Inn. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

PSL: Maraño, Phillips lead PH volleyball team past Cignal

first_imgAn undermanned Philippine women’s national team overcame Cignal, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21, in the Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Tuesday at Imus Sports Center.ADVERTISEMENT With only eight players suiting up, the Nationals drew huge contributions from old reliables Aby Maraño and MJ Phillips, who finished with 17 points apiece in their second win the tournament.The fiesty Maraño hit 13 spikes, two blocks, and two aces and registered six excellent receptions playing as an opposite spiker for the national team due to the lack of players.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’Philips, meanwhile, got all but one of her total output from kills.“I’m proud of our players because they are flexible in adjusting to other positions, especially our team captain who played as opposite spiker. She’s always ready,” said head coach Shaq Delos Santos of Maraño. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Despite the win, Delos Santos admitted they are still far desired form for the Asian Games in Jakarta this August.“Honestly speaking we’re happy because we keep on winning here but we’re still far from our best form and we still have a lot of things to do,” he said.“We need more practices. Hopefully, we’ll get there in the training camp and in the international competition. For now, we’ll do it one at time until we’re complete.”Cignal absorbed its first defeat but that will not affect its 3-0 record in Pool B because the national team’s games have no bearing.ADVERTISEMENT Matthysse reminds Buboy of Pacquiao’s former foes View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 10

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Arguably the most PBA-ready player in the UAAP, Alvin Pasaol made sure his final game of the season was a memorable one.Pasaol still has two years of collegiate eligibility but the PBA Draft loomed above his name for much of Season 81.Still, the burly power forward put on a show of force in what could be his last collegiate game when he went around and put up 20 points, 14 rebounds, four steals, and one block in UE’s 79-71 loss to NU.UE may have ended the season at 1-13 but Pasaol was the only player to average a 20-point, 10-rebound line in the whole league.BackcourtJuan Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, guard)The dreaded Sophomore Slump might’ve missed Season 80’s top rookie Juan Gomez De Liaño in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Gomez De Liaño did tally the first triple-double in league history in more than a decade and his stat sheet-stuffing ways were what defined his second season with the Fighting Maroons.The former Rookie of the Year usually hovered around the 15-5-5 area but he veered away from those numbers in the Fighting Maroons’ win over the Green Archers. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments It’s the year of the Maroon.The Final Four is almost complete with the lone exception of the fourth spot that Far Eastern University and De La Salle are still gunning for through a playoff game on Wednesday.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 ChrissThose two teams, however, aren’t the story of Week 10 as this one belongs to University of the Philippines that clinched its first Final Four spot in 21 years.For a little bit of context, Fidel V. Ramos was still the country’s president when the Fighting Maroons reached the semifinals and the Metro Rail Transport System wasn’t even operational at that point. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Javi Gomez De Liaño’s time with UP hasn’t reached stellar heights since his rookie year wasn’t that too impressive and practically had to share the limelight with his younger and flashier younger brother Juan.Nevertheless, Javi’s performance in Week 10 was worthy of note.He isn’t as loud as Juan but Javi can still put up numbers when the need arises.Javi had one of his best games of the season when he finished with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting against the Green Archers and his scoring for that game was more than double of his 7.7 points-per-game average.Angelo Kouame (Ateneo de Manila University, center)There wasn’t much to say about Angelo Kouame’s week other than he’s been one of the most hardworking big men in the UAAP.There’s no doubt that Kouame has been the big man with the most hops and spring in his step and he showcased his athleticism once more when Ateneo lambasted University of Santo Tomas, 102-62, in its final elimination game of the season.And Kouame was there to bring the pain in the middle.Playing for just 13 minutes, Kouame was able to put up 22 points, pull down 10 rebounds, and block three shots. After wreaking havoc in the NCAA before transferring to UP, Akhuetie made himself known as one of the most dominant interior presences in the league and is now the frontrunner for the MVP trophy.Akhuetie capped off his stellar eliminations campaign against De La Salle with 16 points, on 7-of-12 shooting, and 20 rebounds in the Fighting Maroons’ 97-81 Final-Four clinching win.Troy Rike (National University, center)Troy Rike entered the league with a pretty decent hype machine considering he was included into the Gilas program after his stay at Wake Forest.His time with National University, however, didn’t live up to the hoopla that surrounded him before he arrived in the Philippines.Trike averaged just 5.5 points and 4.9 rebounds prior to the Bulldogs’ final game of the season against University of the East, and the 6-foot-7 big man did acknowledge that putting up numbers wasn’t his cup of tea.Though he’s happily contented from being a role player, Rike took center stage in his final UAAP game when he put up 17 points and 13 rebounds, his only double-double, in NU’s 79-71 win.Alvin Pasaol (University of the East, power forward) Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Anyway, here are the players that gave this week a little bit of crazy.FrontcourtBright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)It has been a fruitful first year for Bright Akhuetie in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Alaska, Magnolia both hungry for elusive PBA title (The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gomez De Liaño got aggressive against the La Salle defense when he put up 27 points, on 11-of-11 shooting from the free throw line, with three rebounds, and four assists en route to winning his first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week plum.Wendell Comboy (Far Eastern University, guard)Consistency and efficiency have been Wendell Comboy’s preferred route in the UAAP this season.He wasn’t the one to put up gaudy numbers every game but he does a good job of doing his role well.And Comboy turned out one of the more efficient games this season when FEU blasted Adamson University 82-56 on Sunday.Comboy played squarely 15 minutes and put up 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting while pulling down four rebounds and dishing out two assists.Honorable mentionsJavi Gomez De Liaño (University of the Philippines, forward) Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Big 2nd quarter propels Raptors to rout of slumping Celtics

first_imgCeltics: Host Portland on Wednesday night.Raptors: Host Portland on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcus Morris scored 17 points, and Jayson Tatum and Terry Rozier each had 11 as Boston lost for the fifth time in seven games. The Celtics are 0-3 since play resumed following the All-Star break.“We have to be a lot more connected as a team,” Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. “That’s been the theme for a while.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsCeltics guard Marcus Smart echoed his coach’s assessment.“Nobody is together,” Smart said. “We’ve got to have everybody on the same page doing the same things at the same time.” Still, Celtics guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t on the same page when asked to respond to Smart’s comments.“That’s Marcus’ opinion,” Irving said, declining to answer after being asked whether he agreed with his teammate.Irving also had little to say about Stevens’ comment that Boston is taking too many “shortcuts” on defense.“I don’t know,” Irving said. “It’s up to Brad.”Irving scored seven points. It was his lowest-scoring game since he had three points against Detroit on Oct. 27.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 Serge Ibaka scored 14 points and Norm Powell added 11 as Toronto extended its home winning streak over Boston to eight. The Celtics have not win in Canada since a 117-116 overtime victory on April 4, 2015.Kyle Lowry had 11 assists and Toronto led by as many as 31, turning the game around by outscoring Boston 36-13 in the decisive second.“Everything they did took us out of what we wanted to do,” Boston’s Al Horford said.The Raptors have won 15 of 17 at home, where they’re 26-6 overall.Toronto made 17 3-pointers, one shy of a season-high. Siakam matched his career-best by connecting four times in five attempts from long range.The Celtics led 32-30 after one quarter and scored the opening points of the second, but the Raptors answered with an 18-0 run to lead 48-34 at 7:14. Leonard’s fast break dunk at 3:06 put Toronto up by 20, 59-39.“We locked in a little more,” Siakam said. “We got some stops. Obviously, when we get stops we’re dangerous in transition.”The Celtics had twice as many turnovers in the second quarter (eight) as made baskets (four).“I thought we were outplayed in every which way,” Stevens said.Toronto led 66-45 at halftime. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Claressa Shields in another boxing 1st on Showtime MOST READ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TIP-INSCeltics: G Brad Wanamaker (illness) was not available. … The Celtics shot six for 30 from 3-point range. … Boston has lost three straight on the road.Raptors: Toronto had 11 assists on 14 made baskets in the second. … The Raptors went 8-1 in February. … Toronto lost both visits to Boston this season, including one overtime defeat. Boston and Toronto split their four meetings this season, with the home team winning each time. The home team has won 11 straight in the series.TITANS OF TUESDAYToronto improved to 9-0 on Tuesdays, while the Celtics dropped to 5-1.FAST WORKThe Raptors outscored the Celtics 29-9 in fast break points.UNDER 100Toronto is 11-1 when holding opponents below 100 points, while Boston is 3-6 when failing to score at least 100.UP NEXT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) shadows Toronto Raptors guard Danny Green (14) during first half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — A lack of togetherness is turning into big trouble for the struggling Boston Celtics.Pascal Siakam scored 25 points, Kawhi Leonard had 21 and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout Boston 118-95 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Donovan Mitchell, Jazz back Russell Westbrook, say Utah won’t condone racism

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Westbrook has had run-ins with fans before — and reacted calmly last month when it appeared he was touched by a child sitting courtside. Others have not been as pleasant, and Denver’s Will Barton said he believes fans know they can get a reaction from Westbrook.“They know he’s going to react a little bit or might say something,” Barton said. “Now I feel like every time he goes on the road, they’re picking at him. I don’t know what the league can do, but some of those fans are out of control.”In a social media age, anything can be captured by cameras. TMZ Sports obtained video last week of New York Knicks owner James Dolan at Madison Square Garde n when he heard a fan that he was walking past yell “Sell the team.” Dolan told the fan he was rude, asked if he wanted to come to any more games and then told him to “enjoy watching them on TV.”Fans boo. That’s expected and even encouraged in arenas. But unlike games in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball, fans in the best seats at NBA arenas sit only a few inches from the playing surface, the coaches and the players — with no obstruction between them. On occasion, some coaches are even seen engaging in conversations with fans during games.Sometimes, the banter is friendly. Often, it is not.“It’s great having fans into their home team, and taunting and that noise level in great arenas, opposing places, is awesome,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “That’s what you want. But you don’t need to cross the line and say something that you would never say if you were walking up to one of these guys on the street.”One of the league’s lowest moments came Nov. 19, 2004, during a game between Indiana and Detroit. Tensions boiled over on the floor after a hard foul led to some pushing and shoving, and then fans became involved — a drink was thrown at the Pacers’ bench, prompting Metta World Peace (then known as Ron Artest) to climb into the stands. A melee ensued, and nine players were suspended.Nothing to that extreme has happened since, though incidents between players and fans are hardly uncommon.There is a fan code of conduct at all NBA games, including a part that says guests “will enjoy the basketball experience free from disruptive behavior, including foul or abusive language or obscene gestures.” Violators are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, and each team handles things its own way. At the Utah game Monday night, some fans were issued warning cards but allowed to return to their seats.Keisel told Salt Lake City television station KSL that he told Westbrook to “sit down and ice your knees, bro.” Westbrook claimed that Keisel said to “get down on my knees like you’re used to.” “The Utah Jazz will not tolerate fans who act inappropriately,” the Jazz said in a statement. “There is no place in our game for personal attacks or disrespect.”READ: NBA fines Russell Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan permanentlyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsWestbrook was fined $25,000 for “directing profanity and threatening language to a fan.” In the video, which was posted to Twitter by The Deseret News , Westbrook is seen on the sideline near the Thunder bench saying “I’ll (bleep) you up, you and your wife.”The comment, and threatening a woman, is not a good look for the image-conscious NBA — especially since it came from a former Most Valuable Player and one of the game’s biggest stars. But Westbrook, who has had multiple angry in-game exchanges with fans, insisted that Monday night’s video during a 98-89 Oklahoma City win over the Jazz told only one side of the story. He said he was responding to a racial taunt, and not for the first time in Salt Lake City. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Serge Ibaka suspended 3 games, Marquese Chriss 1 game for fight Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 11, 2019, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NBA star Russell Westbrook will play in Utah again one day. When he does, a fan who allegedly made racial taunts against him will not be there to watch.A day after the Oklahoma City Thunder standout directed vulgar comments — which were captured on video and went viral — toward two fans, the Utah Jazz responded by banning a fan from their arena. Westbrook also got support from Jazz star Donovan Mitchell, who said it wasn’t the first time a racially motivated event happened at a Jazz game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Thunder did not have any comment other than the statement Westbrook made to reporters after the game.Westbrook has been upset about fans in Utah before. The Jazz eliminated the Thunder from last season’s playoffs, and as Westbrook walked off the floor immediately after that loss, he swiped at a fan who was taping him with his phone. Later that night, Westbrook described fans in Utah as “truly disrespectful.”“Most of the time, the microphone or the camera is on the player,” Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “It goes both ways. A lot of times it’s started from the other way and is directed at the player. You want to say, ‘Be above it. Be bigger than that.’ But a lot of times, if it’s personal, it becomes some things that you just cannot deny or you cannot ignore.”Westbrook and the Thunder have finished their season series with the Jazz. Unless the teams meet in the playoffs, the earliest he would play again in Salt Lake City is next October.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “Every time I come here, a lot of disrespectful things are said,” Westbrook said. He added that he has never physically abused a woman and never would.The man Westbrook was shouting at during the game, identified as Shane Keisel, denied saying anything improper or profane. The Jazz did not name Keisel in their statement announcing the ban, and a phone number for him rang unanswered.READ: Russell Westbrook revives beef with Utah Jazz fansWhat exactly happened is unclear, but some of Westbrook’s peers in the NBA came to his defense Tuesday, saying fans who sit near players in many arenas now feel emboldened to say things that would be described as disrespectful or worse. Mitchell said he will devote some time in the coming months to try to combat racial inequality. The most recent population estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau show that about 2 percent of Utah’s population is black, the lowest percentage of any state that has a major pro sports team.“Racism and hate speech hurts us all, and this is not the first time something like this has happened in our arena,” Mitchell said. “The Utah that I have come to love is welcoming and inclusive, and last night’s incident is not indicative of our fan base.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more