Jaja Santiago finds silver lining in NU’s straight set loss to La Salle

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “We weren’t shaky earlier in the game, there were just a lot of things that we failed to address,” said Santiago. “Last game we won in five sets, maybe we weren’t able to capture what we did before.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City National University’s start to the second round didn’t go exactly as the Lady Bulldogs’ planned.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heading into their Saturday matchup against defending champion De La Salle, the Lady Bulldogs were the top team in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with a 6-1 record.The Lady Spikers needed just three sets and less than two hours to tie NU atop the standings with 6-2 records after a 27-25, 27-25, 25-16 win.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 folkDespite the disappointing finish, captain Jaja Santiago found a few positives in the way her teammates dealt with the loss.“I talked to my teammates, I took the initiative of doing it and I told them that this game should show us where we lack as a team,” said Santiago, who had 13 points in the loss, in Filipino at Mall of Asia Arena. Galanza admits communication breakdown in loss to UP GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings “And I heard their comments so that’s the good thing because we know from ourselves where we can improve on. And I’m happy that the team isn’t really downtrodden after this.”NU’s only redeeming quality in the scoring area was it committed less errors than La Salle, 21-24, but the Lady Spikers practically owned the Lady Bulldogs in all aspects of the game.La Salle outscored NU 36-32 in spikes, 9-5 in blocks, and a staggering 13-5 margin in service aces.It was a stark contrast from their first meeting when NU stunned the defending champions 26-24, 19-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14.In that game, NU had a slight 55-51 edge in spikes and 13-11 lead in blocks. Santiago also exploded for 27 points while Risa Sato had 15 points and Audrey Paran and Aiko Urdas each scoring 10.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Defending champ La Salle gets past FEU in 5 sets

first_imgBaron, on her last tour of duty for La Salle, has been playing her best the past several matches while teammates Kiana Dy and Desiree Cheng also contributed on both ends.“I need to start with myself,” said Baron. “And I think my teammates saw my efforts.”Adamson arrested its tailspin with a hard-earned win over University of the East, 19-25, 25-11, 16-25, 25-16, 15-12, in the first women’s match.Jema Galanza poured in 22 points and provided ballast for the Lady Falcons, who managed to snap a two-game losing streak and get back at their first-round tormentor.But it was not easy.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Spikers kept their poise under pressure, firing crucial spikes and defending well to frustrate the opposition en route to a 25-17, 21-25, 16-25, 25-20, 15-5 win.It was their eighth victory in 10 games.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 folkTeam captain Majoy Baron stepped up the plate to lead La Salle, scoring 18 points including clutch hits late in the deciding frame which the Lady Spikers completely dominated.“We had difficulty with their serves and they also had very good service reception,” said Baron, trying to point out the factors in the protracted battle. “But I told my teammates let’s show our true character and in the end we wanted it the most.” With its back against the wall, La Salle retaliated with championship force and flair.The defending champion let loose the full strength of its armada to turn back Far Eastern University on Sunday night and firm up its grasp of the lead in the UAAP women’s volleyball at Filoil Flying V Centre.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 Beermen keep historic title shot In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Lady Warriors, playing with little pressure having already won two games this season—equaling their total number of wins the previous two years—put the heat on the Lady Falcons all game long.The Lady Falcons, who played in five of the 11 five-setters this season so far, committed 35 errors match and tried to compensate by scoring 62 points on attacks against 39 by the Lady Warriors.The win was Adamson’s fourth in nine games and resuscitated its Final Four hopes as it lodged itself in the middle of the standings.Adamson missed the services of Chiara Permentilla who sprained her left ankle and would sit out two games.In the men’s division, National U clinched a spot in the Final Four after outlasting La Salle, 26-24, 19-25, 25-20, 28-26.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

Oladipo helps Pacers rally past Lakers

first_imgIndiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo goes to the basket against Los Angeles Lakers’ Ivica Zubac during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo reverted to his form from the first half of the season Monday night — driving and defending.The Indiana Pacers looked a lot more like themselves, too.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Everything changed in the second half when OIadipo took control.He and Darren Collison got Indiana going with back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the third quarter for a 77-70 lead. After Julius Randle put in a layup, Collison answered with a 20-footer, and when the 14-4 flurry ended, Indiana led 85-74 late in the third.The Lakers never seriously challenged after that.TIP-INSLakers: Kuzma was 3 of 10 on 3s, extending the franchise record for a rookie to 135. … The Lakers lead the league with 52.7 points in the paint per game but only managed to match the Pacers 46-46 in that category. … Randle finished with 21 points and nine rebounds. … Lonzo Ball had four points and eight assists.Pacers: Backup center Domantas Sabonis missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle and will miss the Pacers next game as well, coach Nate McMillan said before the game. … Oladipo extended his streak of consecutive games with a steal to 54, breaking a tie with Ron Harper for No. 8 in league history. … Thaddeus Young had 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists while Lance Stephenson had 16 points and five rebounds.COLLISON’S BACKCollison returned to the starting lineup for the first time since having knee surgery in early February. He wound up with 15 points and eight assists.“It felt good, just getting used to playing with the first unit again” he said.FREE-THROW ADVICEThe Lakers were 16 of 23 from the free-throw line, the latest chapter in a season-long struggle.One thing that has helped, Walton said, was meditation. But plenty of people from all walks of life also have chimed in about possible solutions.“There’s a lot of people who know how to fix free throws,” Walton said. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LeBron gets triple-double as Cavs beat Bucks without Lue Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Instead, with Oladipo leading the way, Indiana dug down, defended and finally flipped the game just in time to give the Lakers their third consecutive loss and fifth straight in Indianapolis.Coach Nate McMillan couldn’t have dreamed up a more convincing finish.“We did a better job defensively getting back and keeping them in front of us,” he said. “We were making shots and that helps, too.”The start certainly didn’t follow McMillan’s script.Kyle Kuzma finished with 27 points and eight rebounds, and Brook Lopez had 23 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles. They were the catalysts in the Lakers’ strong start, helping build a 28-19 lead that held for most of the first half.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img View comments Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES What about shooting under-handed Rick Barry style?“If it works I’d be totally fine with our guys doing that,” he said.UP NEXTLakers: Visit New Orleans on Thursday night, the second stop on a five-game road trip.Pacers: Will try to earn a series split at New Orleans on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Oladipo scored 13 of his 20 points in the second half, Myles Turner added 21 points and seven rebounds and the Pacers rallied for a 110-100 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers. The win ended a two-game losing streak, allowing Indiana to keep pace with Cleveland in a tight Central Division race.“It’s tough when (the whole team is) going,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “Someone that has (Oladipo’s) skill level and his skill set and his ability to break down a defense makes it challenging.”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 folkIt was a needed win for the Pacers. Indiana faces six teams currently in playoff position in its final 11 games and must play seven road games.Over the previous few games, the young Pacers looked like they might be wearing down. When they gave up 37 points to the Lakers in the first quarter, it seemed as if it would be more of the same. 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 awardlast_img read more

Encore: LeBron, Cavs put down Raptors again

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters The Raptors didn’t need any reminders.James scored 27 points, the last coming on a sensational layup, and the Cavaliers continued to gain momentum with the playoffs quickly approaching by beating Toronto 112-106 on Tuesday night.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 crownJames added nine rebounds and six assists as the Cavs posted their second win in two weeks over the Eastern Conference’s top team, whose lead over second-place Boston remains at two games. This time, the Cavaliers were much healthier than when they beat the Raptors on March 21 despite missing five rotational players and coach Tyronn Lue.Jose Calderon added 19 points and Kevin Love 18 points and 15 rebounds for the Cavs, who are 9-1 since March 17 despite not having all their pieces. James still isn’t sure what the postseason may bring for Cleveland, which has eliminated Toronto in each of the past two postseasons.“We don’t know what we can become,” James said. “We have no idea. But right now we’re playing good ball and we want to try to continue that. But we don’t know what we can become. We have not been whole all year.”DeMar DeRozan scored 19 and Jonas Valanciunas 17 for Toronto, which will host Boston on Wednesday. The Raptors didn’t quit and scored eight points in 34 seconds before the Cavs put it away with four free throws. Kyle Lowry scored only 5 on 2-of-11 shooting.The Raptors are just 3-5 since winning 11 straight from Feb. 26-March 16.“Right now we’ve got to find our rhythm on both ends of the floor, whether it’s offense or defense,” coach Dwane Casey said. “That’s slip-sided away on us. We’ve got to get that back. We’ve got five games to go. We’ve played some of the best teams in the league, but we’ve got to find our identity and get back to being who we are. We’ve got a locker room full of fighters.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James shoots as Toronto Raptors’ OG Anunoby and Jonas Valanciunas, right, defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Once his layup dropped, LeBron James sent another message.As Cleveland’s crowd cheered following his artistic shot, James walked within a few feet of Toronto’s bench, pounded his chest several times and screamed, “I’m still a problem!”ADVERTISEMENT “I can see that the guys have already embraced him,” Drew said. “So it’s just a matter of him being more hands on now once he does get back. From what I’ve seen, it looks like everybody has rolled their sleeves up and just waiting for the day he comes back so they can get to work.”UP NEXTRaptors: Host Boston on Wednesday.Cavaliers: Host Washington on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redick, Simmons star in Philadelphia’s 11th straight win Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “We’ve bounced back the entire year. I have total confidence in those guys that they’re going to scratch their way out of it as we go into the playoffs.”The Cavaliers still aren’t at full strength. Starting point guard George Hill missed his second straight game with a sprained left ankle and Lue was in attendance but only in an advisory role as he remains on medical leave.Cleveland’s ball movement was excellent in the second quarter and so was its accuracy.The Cavs made their first five 3-pointers — in less than four minutes — and opened a 16-point lead. Love dropped three of the 3s with the others by Rodney Hood and Calderon, who made his first six field-goal attempts and scored 14 in the opening half.TIP-INSRaptors: Lowry attended Monday night’s NCAA title game in San Antonio and the proud Villanova alum wore a championship cap to Tuesday’s shootaround. He refused to blame his performance on his social activities. “I’m still a professional,” said Lowry, who is 6 of 24 in his past two games. “I just missed shots. I got back in time. I didn’t miss nothing. I just missed some shots.” … Remain one win shy of matching the franchise record of 56 wins set in 2015-16. …Cavaliers: James passed Kobe Bryant with his 942nd 20-point game, third most in league history. … Won their seventh straight home game. … Kyle Korver played for the first time since March 19. He was excused to be with family following the death of his 27-year-old brother.PERFECT SEASONJames has never played in every game in a season, coming closest in 2008-09, when he played in 81 before sitting out the finale to rest for the playoffs.He’s started all 78 this season — his 15th in the NBA — but insists 82 for 82 is not a goal.“My plan is to play one game at a time and see how I feel after that game,” he said. “I didn’t come into the season, saying, ‘OK, we’re going to play 82 games this season,’ but my plan is to be as healthy as I can, work on my body, train my body every day to be available for my teammates every game.”LUE CLOSEThere’s still no definite return date for Lue. But acting coach Larry Drew, who has gone 8-1 while filling in for his boss since March 19, doesn’t expect there to be any “feeling out” period when Lue comes back.last_img read more

Batang Gilas takes on HK

first_imgMOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Quarters: 18-13, 38-25, 62-40, 82-52.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Lady Eagles rip Tigresses, gain s’finals 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 The Filipinos will come into their 1 p.m. clash with Hong Kong still reeling from an 82-52 loss to Australia on Wednesday and they would need to win to seal a place in the quarterfinals, where they will face either Japan or South Korea, which were disputing top ranking in Group D.The Philippines beat Malaysia, 62-57, despite shooting just 27 percent from the field in the inaugurals on Monday.Focus will be on the 7-foot-1 Kai Sotto, who was held to nine-points and four rebounds by the Aussies, pulling down his averages to 11.5 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks in the tourney.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 crownAUSTRALIA 82 — Rantall 15, Williamson 14, Travers 11, Capetola 9, Herbert 8, Wigness 8, Swaka 7, Jackson 6, Madden 2, Meakes 2, Tsapatolis 0.PHILIPPINES 52 — Guadaña 11, Calimag 10, Sotto 9, Andrada 8, Padrigao 5, Fortea 4, Cortez 2, Lazaro 2, Chiu 1, Balaga 0, Bautista 0, Go 0. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina After getting a 30-point drubbing, Batang Gilas Pilipinas sets out as the favorite when it clashes with Hong Kong on Thursday in the 2018 Fiba Asia U-16 Championship at Foshan Lingnan Mingzhu gym in China.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Rondina sees fresh start in national team tryouts after UAAP heartbreak

first_imgView comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Cherry Rondina going through spiking drills during the tryouts for the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team Wednesday at Arellano University. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOCherry Rondina has long established herself as one of the most fun-loving players in the UAAP, but that happiness vanished when University of Santo Tomas failed to enter the Final Four for the third time in four seasons.The 21-year-old Golden Tigress was a clear picture of grief as she cried on the court of Blue Eagle Gym on Saturday when UST lost to Adamson University, 25-6, 25-23, 25-23 to finish the season with a disappointing 4-10 record.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And it took almost four days for Rondina to face the public with her trademark cheerfulness.Rondina is one of the 34 women head coach Ramil De Jesus invited for the tryouts of the Philippine National Women’s Volleyball Team.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 on Wednesday, Rondina once more showed the happiness that made her such an endearing figure to the volleyball community.“I think this is one way of venting out my frustrations after we missed the Final Four,” said Rondina in Filipino at Arellano University. “That’s in the past, this is a new start for my volleyball career.” 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 “This is a new opportunity, and I’m just showing these guys how I play.”Rondina showed up in the first day of the tryouts on April 11 but left early with UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes to attend to her commitment to the Golden Tigresses, but the 5-foot-6 outside hitter made up for lost time as she got uncorked in the two scrimmages of the second day.As if she was wearing her UST jersey, Rondina catapulted herself into several crosscourt kills and back row attacks that intimidated those who were on the other side of her net.Players like Mary Joy Baron, who scored a block on Rondina, Dawn Macandili, Kath Arado, and Cha Cruz-Behag among others were on the receiving end of Rondina’s constant energy.“I’m just happy that I’m able to showcase my limited knowledge on volleyball,” said Rondina who humbled herself. “I hope they were satisfied with my performance.”ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ “And I’m glad that I shared the floor with the other players and I’m just pushing myself so I can match up with them. At first I was a bit shy, but later on I just showed the real me and how I play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dy unsatisfied with performance in national team tryouts: ‘I feel I can show more’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

With Ronaldo gone, only Griezmann can hope to stop Messi

first_imgLATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Big-game Brooks: Koepka has 4 wins on tour, 3 majors 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 “We are convinced that Bale will have a great year and we are expecting a lot from him,” Lopetegui said. “We will work to get the most from him.”Madrid president Florentino Perez has held off on a blockbuster move to replace Ronaldo. Instead, Madrid focused on the future by signing right back Alvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad and a pair Brazilian teenagers in Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo. The club also added Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, who will be competing for the starting position with Keylor Navas.ATLETICO’S CHANCEWith Madrid entering an uncertain period, could Atletico Madrid seize the moment and truly become Barcelona’s most dangerous challenger?Atletico’s offseason appears to indicate the club senses the moment has arrived.The club, which won the 2014 Spanish league title, will hope to benefit from the boost in confidence that Griezmann received from winning the World Cup with France only a few weeks after the forward led Atletico to the Europa League title.Griezmann’s decision to reject an offer by Barcelona and remain as Atletico’s top player has been followed by the team signing wingers Thomas Lemar and Gelson Martins. The club also snatched 22-year-old defensive midfielder Rodrigo “Rodri” Hernandez from Villarreal, and added Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic from AC Milan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ONE-MAN SHOWDespite its revenue disparity with the Premier League, the Spanish league has offered the greatest two-man duel in the world’s most popular sport for nearly a decade.Constantly being compared and measured against one another, Lionel Messi and Ronaldo pushed each other to ever greater heights. Their hunger to shine made it normal for them to not just score, but score in bunches, with each earning five Ballon d’Or awards.Now Messi, Barcelona and the Spanish league face the pair of “clasico” matches without Ronaldo dressed in white.Messi has helped Barcelona win nine Spanish league titles in the past 14 seasons, including last year when the Catalan club lost only once in 38 matches.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginscenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The answer, of course, is that it won’t.The only player capable of producing a similar impact is the longtime leader of Madrid’s biggest rival. So Ronaldo’s departure appears to have given Barcelona free reign to increase its almost perennial hold on the Spanish league title.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’But it also gives Antoine Griezmann, boosted by France’s World Cup victory, an excellent opportunity to make Atletico Madrid the Spanish capital’s top team.Here is a look at the biggest impacts Ronaldo’s move to Italian champion Juventus could have across the Spanish league. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments And Madrid’s loss should be Barcelona’s gain, making the team the clear favorite to remain on top even after midfield great Andres Iniesta left for Japan and Paulinho returned to the Chinese league.Barcelona has brought in midfielders Arturo Vidal and Arthur, defender Clement Lenglet, and winger Malcom, and it looks to give more of a leading role to Philippe Coutinho as its playmaker for Messi and Luis Suarez.REALITY CHECKRonaldo turned off more than one neutral fan by his constant preening, muscle flexing and bouts of pouting when the praise didn’t consistently go his way. But no one can argue with his unmatched work ethic.The 33-year-old Ronaldo’s departure leaves Madrid without its all-time leading scorer — 451 goals in 438 matches — and the main engine behind its run of three straight Champions League titles.So life after Ronaldo will be hard to adjust to for the fans at the Santiago Bernabeu, who at times harshly jeered the Portugal forward but will surely miss his spectacular performances.If losing its best player in club history wasn’t enough, Madrid also lost coach Zinedine Zidane, who quit after the team won its record-extending 13th European Cup in May.Julen Lopetegui has replaced Zidane, but he arrives with his reputation tarnished after being fired from Spain’s national team two days before its World Cup opener for having negotiated his contract with Madrid behind the back of the Spanish soccer federation.As for not having Ronaldo to count on, Lopetegui said: “As a coach, it is a thrilling challenge to build a competitive team without Cristiano.”Gareth Bale, who at times struggled to make Zidane’s starting lineup, now has a chance to become Madrid’s focal point in attack. Midfielders Francisco “Isco” Alarcon and 22-year-old Marco Asensio, coming off his breakout season, should also play more consistently. Atletico Madrid’s French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the Spanish Copa del Rey (King’s Cup) semi final first leg football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs FC Barcelona at Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on February 1, 2017. AFP PHOTO / JAVIER SORIANOBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid has left a gaping hole at Real Madrid and in the Spanish league.How will Madrid ever replace the forward who scored an average of 50 goals per season for nine straight years?ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

PVL: UP fends off pesky CSB for 3rd win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isa Molde put up a team-high 18 points to lead the Lady Maroons, who are without the injured Diana Carlos.UP’s march in the third set was similar to what happened in the previous two with the Lady Blazers pestering the Lady Maroons until the final points.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 Lady Maroons held a 22-18 lead but Marites Pablo tied the set at 22 before Ayel Estrañero got called for an error that gave Benilde a 23-22 lead.Estrañero then, had another mistake when she touched the net that put Benilde up, 26-25, but that was just the precursor to Molde’s late-game heroics. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines survived a tough showing by College of St. Benilde to claim the match in three sets, 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Maroons remained in the fourth spot of the standings with a 3-2 record while the Lady Blazers are at 1-4 and are barely hanging on to their semifinals hopes.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Klarisa Abriam fired a game-high 20 points to lead the Lady Blazers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew WNBA set for wild dash to regular season finish Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Molde tied the set at 26-26 with a crosscourt kill then put UP at the 28-27 match point with another kill.“My team made very juvenile mistakes a team like UP should not be making,” said UP head coach Godfrey Okumu. “That’s why the game was long and we had many chances that if we executed quickly the game would’ve been over quicker.”“The team we played against was not an easy team and it gave other teams before a hard time. We have to accept that they’re not just here to play but they’re here to compete and win.”Molde finished things off with a service ace after Felicia Cui failed to put the ball over the net.Rookie Nicole Anne Magsarile added 10 points to UP’s cause.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Strike 3

first_imgYuka Saso displays the Philippine red-white-and-blue with pride after winning the gold medal in the women’s individual golf in the 2018 Asian Games. Musong R. Castillo/INQUIRERJAKARTA—Strange things do happen in golf.Historic ones, too.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ An equally big story was the team’s as Bianca Pagdanganan fought hard to key the Philippine comeback, also signing for a 66 as the Filipinos erased the nine-stroke deficit to total 22-under and beat South Korea by three and erstwhile leader China by four.“This is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me,” said Pagdanganan, who was in the US NCAA-winning University of Arizona team.“This is far different because we are playing for the country. Nothing can top what I am feeling right now.”Pagdanganan, who made the cut in the Marathon Classic of the Ladies Professional Golf Association after the Arizona win, also went on to bag bronze by a playoff with a 279 total. The third member of the team, LK Go, failed to count with a 73.It all boiled down to Saso as she won a battle of wits with Chinese spearhead Liu Wenbo, who had a critical error in judgement on the last hole that opened up the doors for her gold and blew China’s bid to win the team crown.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Ceres next goal: Alcantara cup LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins After an uncharacteristic double bogey on the par-3 17th, Saso was two down going to the 18th tee, before Liu dumped her drive on the left fairway bunker that triggered all the trouble for her and China.It was in the way Liu played her next shot.Liu, whom Saso said is among the top 20 in Asia, tried to put her second shot as close to the green as possible, mishitting it in the process to find the large lagoon guarding the left side of the fairway leading to the green.The Chinese was on the fringe in six. And after Saso, who set up that eagle putt with a gorgeous 4-iron from 210 yards on the middle of the fairway, made the putt, Liu needed three more putts to hole out for a quadruple bogey 9 and sign for a 73.That was the six-shot swing that keyed the Philippines’ first team gold for women. The country had bagged bronze medals before, the last in 2002 with a team built around Heidi Chua.The twin triumphs more than made up for another disastrous day in other fronts for the Philippines, which now has a total of three gold medals, counting Hidiliyn Diaz’s triumph in weightlifting, and 10 bronzes as the country jumped to 15th overall at press time.Pencak silat added two more bronze medals from Jeffrey Loon and Dines Dumaan.Boxing finally registered a win as Rogen Ladon scored a 5-0 demolition of Nepal’s Prem Chaudhary in the preliminaries of men’s flyweight.Four in the eight-strong boxing contingent are already out—Joel Bacho, Nesthy Petecio, Mario Fernandez and James Palicte.In athletics, Mary Joy Tabal finished 11th in marathon, Filipino-American Kristina Knott failed to make the 100-meter finals and Aries Toledo withdrew from men’s decathlon after injuring his elbow during the pole vault warm-ups.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Down by nine in team play and by four in the individual race going into the final round, the Philippine women’s team delivered a performance for the ages on Sunday with Yuka Saso gutsily holding on to complete a golden sweep that highlighted the country’s most productive day so far in the 18th Asian Games.“I never lost faith in myself and I never doubted this team right from the beginning (even after trailing big in the earlier rounds),” Saso told the Inquirer after signing for a six-under-par 66 highlighted by an eagle 3 on the 72nd hole from about 18 feet from the fringe at Pondok Indah Golf Club here.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’“We are all fighters [in this team], and we all fought hard out there for the country.”The 17-year-old Saso tallied a 13-under 275 for the country’s first gold in women’s play and the first individual championship since Ramon Brobio won in 1986. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The clock strikes midnight in Dubai, ushers in the new year PLAY LIST 01:09The clock strikes midnight in Dubai, ushers in the new year00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Winning start for Kawhi Leonard with Raptors

first_imgWARRIORS: Curry, Thompson and Durant combined to shoot 20 of 33 from the field, including 10 of 16 from behind the arc. … Rookie Marcus Derrickson and Jordan Bell scored 10 points apiece. … Golden State finished with 33 assists on 44 made field goals, including 12 3s. … Draymond Green had eight assists.JAZZ 130, PERTH WILDCATS 72Rookie Grayson Allen hit five 3-pointers and finished with 19 points and Alec Burks scored 18 for Utah (1-0). Burks made 4 of 6 from 3-point range, grabbed five boards and had four assists in 21 minutes.Rudy Gobert had 14 points, on 6-of-7 shooting, and nine rebounds for the Jazz.Bryce Cotton led Perth (0-1) with 14 points, Terrico White scored 11 and Nick Kay 10. The trio combined to shoot just 10 of 43 (23.3 percent) from the field, including 1 of 11 from 3-point range.JAZZ: Allen, picked 21st overall in June’s draft, was 7-of-14 shooting. … Donovan Mitchell, who scored 20.5 points per game and led Utah to the second round of the playoffs as a rookie last season, had nine points, four rebounds and four assists in 21 minutes. … Raul Neto (hamstring) and Joe Ingles (leg soreness) missed the game. … Dante Exum, a 23-year-old Australian who missed the first 68 games last season, had six assists.WILDCATS: Cotton appeared in 15 games, averaging 5.3 points in 10.6 minutes per game, for Utah during the 2014-15 season. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Leonard played 19 minutes and didn’t shoot particularly well, missing all four 3-pointers and going just 6 for 11 from the free throw line. But he played aggressively and moved well after being limited to just nine games last season for San Antonio because of a thigh injury. The 2014 NBA Finals MVP hadn’t played in a game since January.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each played the first quarter for Portland. Lillard scored 12 points and McCollum had nine.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 ChrissRAPTORS 122, TRAIL BLAZERS 104Danny Green, who came from San Antonio with Leonard, was 1 for 6 and finished with five points in Toronto’s first game under new coach Nick Nurse. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:14Carpio 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) fights for control of the ball with Portland Trail Blazers guard Evan Turner (1) during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 in Vancouver, British Columbia. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)Kawhi Leonard is finally back on the court and the Toronto Raptors should be happy with the results.Leonard scored 12 points in his first game with his new team and the Raptors beat the Portland Trail Blazers 122-104 on Saturday night in Vancouver, British Columbia, in the preseason opener for both teams.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 16 points apiece for Dallas. Doncic, a 19-year-old who was named EuroLeague MVP and EuroLeague Final Four MVP while leading Real Madrid to the title, made 5 of 7 from the field, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, while grabbing six rebounds and blocking three shots.Smith was 6-of-10 shooting and had six assists with no turnovers. Maxi Kleber added 15 points for the Mavericks (1-0).Justin Hamilton, who appeared in 113 games and started 21 across three seasons in the NBA, led Beijing with 29 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 6 of 19 from the field but made 15 of 17 from the free throw line.MAVERICKS: DeAndre Jordan, who signed a one-year contract with Dallas as a free agent this summer, had nine points, eight rebounds, four assists and two blocks in 18 minutes. … Jalen Brunson, a second-round pick out of Villanova, hit two 3-pointers and finished with eight points and four assists. … Harrison Barnes, who led the team in scoring last season (18.9 per game), Dirk Nowitzki, J.J. Barea and Dwight Powell missed the game due to injuries.BEIJING: The Ducks shot just 23.9 percent (17 of 71) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.TIMBERWOLVES 114, WARRIORS 110Jeff Teague scored 17 points and Derrick Rose added 16 for Minnesota, which was without All-Star Jimmy Butler, who requested a trade from the team last week.Anthony Tolliver scored 15 points, hitting 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Karl-Anthony Towns had 12 points, Andrew Wiggins scored 11 and rookie Josh Okogie 10 for the Timberwolves (1-0).Stephen Curry made 5-of-9 3-pointers and finished with 21 points in 19 minutes for Golden State (0-1). Klay Thompson scored 17, including three 3-pointers, and Kevin Durant added 16 points.TIMBERWOLVES: Butler, who was acquired from Chicago for Zach LaVine, Kris Dunn and a draft pick that became Lauri Markkanen a year ago, led Minnesota in scoring (22.2 per game) and was an All-NBA third-team selection last season. … Towns was 5-of-8 shooting, grabbed six rebounds and had two blocks. … Keita Bates-Diop, a second-round pick, shot just 1 of 9 from the field and finished with six points and six boards. Anthony looking to make basketball fun again in Houston View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meyers Leonard led Portland with 16 points.TRAIL BLAZERS: Rookie Gary Trent Jr. scored eight points in 20 minutes. … Portland led 33-32 after the only quarter it played with its starting backcourt.RAPTORS: Longtime starting center Jonas Valanciunas came off the bench to lead Toronto with 17 points. … Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, playing the same 19:21 as Leonard.UP NEXT: Portland (0-1) visits Phoenix on Friday. Toronto (1-0) visits Utah on Tuesday.MAVERICKS 116, BEIJING DUCKS 63ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more