Terry feeling the heat

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP):John Terry ended last season as still the best centre back in the English Premier League.Three games into the new campaign, the Chelsea captain’s stock has fallen to such an extent that critics are questioning how much longer he can cut it at this level.The 34-year-old Terry has endured a miserable start to Chelsea’s title defence: Substituted at half-time against Manchester City. Sent off against West Bromwich Albion. Now suspended for the visit of Crystal Palace on Saturday.It will be the first time in 17 months that Terry has missed a meaningful Premier League game – he played every minute last season – and leaves Chelsea without any of the so-called “old guard” that has been the backbone of the club’s success for the past decade.Central midfielder Frank Lampard left at the end of the 2012-13 season, centre forward Didier Drogba’s second spell at Chelsea ended in May, and Petr Cech was sold to Arsenal in the offseason. Terry is the last remaining link to the past in a new-look Chelsea team under Jose Mourinho, but his days could be numbered.It’s not just Terry’s form that is putting his place under scrutiny. He will be 35 in December so age is not on his side, and Chelsea’s pursuit of Everton centre back John Stones signals that Mourinho is looking to the future. Chelsea has reportedly had three offers for Stones rejected, and is weighing up a fourth potentially worth £40 million (US$62 million).Terry still has much to offer Chelsea and could have two or three more years at Stamford Bridge. But his role could be changing, and good performances by Gary Cahill and Kurt Zouma – the likely centre-back pairing against Palace – will give Mourinho some thinking to do over the international break.By then, Stones may be a Chelsea player, too. He has already put in a transfer request at Everton.Chelsea has had as uncomfortable a start to the season as Terry, with four points from a possible nine leaving the team already five behind Man City. Palace have won two of their opening three games and are a dangerous team away from home with their pace on the counterattack.ROONEY REVIVALWayne Rooney’s 10-game scoring drought for Manchester United ended with a hat-trick against Bruges in a Champions League qualifying match on Wednesday, but he’ll need to start netting in the Premier League to get the critics completely off his back.Rooney has been part of an underperforming United attack that has struggled to create chances, let alone score goals in the league this season. The team has scored two goals in three games, one of them being an own goal.United visit Swansea on Sunday for a match between two unbeaten teams. Swansea took six points off United last season.RECORD IN SIGHTManchester City will break their century-long record for successive top-flight wins if they beat Watford at Etihad Stadium.City are the only team with a 100 per cent start to the season after beating Everton 2-0 on Sunday. That was City’s ninth straight win, matching the club record that has lasted since 1912.last_img read more

Past the finishing post

first_imgPast the finishing postTrack Condition : Dirt : GoodRace 1 1700 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE IV(NW3)*1. BALLON D’OR LSteadman3 52.52. SHINE HPottinger4 56.0 11 1/2L3. CAPTAIN GRANVILLE ZMeikle 54.0 11 1/2L4. SEQUOYAH OnBeckford4 54.0 7LLate scratch : #4 LITTLEMISSEMMYWIN: $72.00Final Time : 1:47.4 Splits : 24.4, 47.4, 1:13.3,Winner : 4yo ch colt – FOREST DANGER – WAPTrainer : ANTHONY NUNES Owner : CHRISTOPHER M. BOORMAN & E. HALOUTE & S.NARINESINGH & M. ROBERTSBred by EVERGLADES FARMS LTD.Qu: $90.00 Ex: $108.00Trifecta: $80.00Race 2 1100 M (Purse $500,000) NB4-Y-O & UP MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT*1. MAMETA OFoster 53.52. IAMALLABOUTTHEBEST DDawkins3 50.0 2 1/4L3. BRAVE HEART CBudhai 55.0 2 3/4L4. CONNOR JPatterson4 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $102.00PLACE: $63.00, $1483.00, $131.00Final Time : 1:11.1 Splits : 24.1, 48.4Winner : 4yo b filly – STORM CRAFT – BISCAYNE STARRTrainer: PATRICK LYNCH Owner : JUNEIL RACING STABLESBred by ONEIL PHILLIPSQu: $439.00 Ex: $693.00D/E: $126.00Superfecta: $6,165.00Race 3 1500 M (Purse $530,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($250,0-$210,0)NB5YO(NW2) & 6YO&UP(NW4)1. LEGENDARY PLEASURE SEllis 57.0*2. CAMOUFLAGE BebHarvey3 53.0 10 1/2L3. BATIDOR DE MUNDO JErwin 54.0 1 1/2L4. MISS DOROTHY JInnis4 48.0 NeckWIN: $185.00Final Time : 1:36.1 Splits : 24.2, 47.4, 1:14.2Winner : 6yo ch horse – WAR MARSHALL – FIGHT FOR PLEASURETrainer : DONOVAN PLUMMER Owner : GERAINT E PARCHMENTBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $304.00 Ex: $894.00D/E: $744.00Trifecta: $344.00Rolling Triple: $1,074.00Race 4 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.I)1. LADY CARMEN WHenry 53.0*2. LOTTERY TICKET OWalker 55.0 5 1/2L3. COLLEEN JInnis4 49.0 7 1/2L4. IGNITION OMullings 53.0 1/2LLate scratch : #7 A VESSEL OF LOVEWIN: $147.00PLACE: $63.00, $55.00, $94.00Final Time : 1:08.4 Splits : 23.3, 47.2Winner : 3yo b filly – BLUE PEPSI LODGE – PRINCESS TALIATrainer : WINSTON MORRIS Owner : S.A.S. SYNDICATEBred by STAFFORD A. SUBRATIEQu: $137.00 Ex: $366.00D/E: $1,184.00Superfecta: $5,114.00Rolling Triple: $2,340.00Race 5 1100 M (Purse $768,000) NB3-Y-O MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT -FILLIES(DIV.II)*1. LIKE A LADY SEllis 53.02. MONTEGONIAN CBudhai 53.0 7L3. PHOTOGENIC HPottinger4 50.0 2 3/4 L4. RUNNING STAR BebHarvey3 53.0 Head5. RUNAWAY GAL OWalker 55.0 Neck6. MIRACLE RIVER OEdwards3 51.0 1 1/4LWIN: $106.00PLACE: $70.00, $157.00, $163.00Final Time : 1:09.2 Splits : 23.2, 47.1Winner : 3yo gr filly – MARKET RALLY – KNIGHTLEYTrainer : DWIGHT CHEN Owner : HAMARK FARMSBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $543.00 Ex: $748.00D/E: $289.00Trifecta: $2,479.00Hit-6: $161,738.50Rolling Triple: $2,635.00Race 6 1000 M (S) (Purse $620,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($550,0-$500,0)NB4YO(NW4)*1. FORCE DE JOUR JPatterson4 53.0 4/52. SUPERIOR QUALITY AMartin 54.0 6 1/2L3. CRUISING MOTION JInnis4 53.0 Neck4. ZACKONTHEATTACK AChatrie 53.0 1 1/4LWIN: $91.00PLACE: $55.00, $91.00, $83.00Final Time : 0:58.3 Splits: 22.3, 45.2Winner : 5yo colt – SHARP HUMOR – SONG BIRD TOOTrainer : ROWAN MATHIE Owner : VINCENT MAINEBred by DOUG BRANHAMQu: $1,022.00 Ex: $1,172.00D/E: $272.00Superfecta: $6,332.00Rolling Triple: $1,430.00Super-6: $8,765.40Race 7 1300 M (Purse $560,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE III(NW3 O/T)1. DREAMCOMETRUE JErwin 52.52. RAS EMANUEL RWilson 54.0 15/1 1 3/4L*3. DRIPPING IN GOLD RHalledeen 53.0 3/4L4. BONGO KING SEllis 54.0 4/1 3 1/4WIN: $431.00Final Time : 1:20.4 Splits : 23.0, 46.4, 1:12.4Winner : 4yo b filly – DEPUTY GLITTERS – SPACEDOUTTrainer : STEVEN TODD Owner: PATRICK MCKENZIEBred by EDISON CHAIQu: $1,914.00 Ex: $3,726.00D/E: $1,612.00Trifecta: $2,572.00Rolling Triple: $3,179.00Pick-4: $13,664.00Race 8 1000 M (R) (Purse $530,000) NB4-Y-O & UP RESTRICTED ALLOWANCE V(NW2)*1. JESSE’S FAVORITE OMullings 51.02. SIR LEYLAND HALL HPottinger4 50.5 2 1/2L3. KING WITHIN DDawkins3 51.0 3 1/2L4. KIMBERLY GOLD OEdwards3 50.0 3/4LLate scratch : #6 RISING POWERWIN: $85.00PLACE: $64.00, $306.00, $146.00Final Time : 1:01.4 Splits : 23.2, 47.3Winner : 4yo ch filly – ADORE THE GOLD – ANGELA’S FAVORITETrainer: PHILIP FEANNY Owner : 2 PENYUBred by HAM STABLES LTD.Qu: $710.00 Ex: $873.00D/E: $799.00 (3-6) $525.00Superfecta: $5,765.00Rolling Triple: $3,651.00Race 9 800 M (S) (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)*1. WINESHA LSteadman3 53.0 *3/52. REAL VIBES MACHINE RWilson 53.0 5 1/2L3. KING NEBARUE AntThomas4 51.0 Neck4. FABULOUSCONNECTION HPottinger4 52.0 Neck5. SHE GOOSE SEllis 55.0 1/2L5. DOOLAHIN JJackson 55.0 dead heatDNF #3 AWESOME MARQUE JErwin 52.0 14/1Late scratch : #1 BASIC INSTINCT, #12 MAC MACWIN: $86.00PLACE: $60.00, $124.00, $167.00Final Time : 0:46.3 Splits: 23.1Winner : 6yo ch mare – STORM CRAFT – POSITIVE VIBESTrainer : JOHNNY WILMOT Owner : SOLDIER CAMPBred by RAPHAEL E. GORDONQu: $466.00 Ex: $606.00D/E: (8-11) $106.00 (8-1) $68.00 (8-12) $146.00Trifecta: $3,433.00Hi-5: (11-7-14-10-9) $11,311.50 (11-7-14-10-13) $15,080.50Rolling Triple: $2,030.00PlacePot 8: $3,739.00LADY GEETA TROPHYRace 10 1200 M (Purse $1,200,000) 3-Y-O & UP GRADED STAKES1. PERFECT NEIGHBOUR OWalker 53.02. UPPA TUNE BebHarvey3 52.0 3/4L3. POTCHEEN JErwin 52.5 4 1/2L4. HOVER CRAFT JInnis4 47.5 HeadDNF: *POKER STAR RHalledeen 57.0WIN: $246.00Final Time : 1:12.2 Splits : 22.4, 45.4, ,Winner : 6yo b horse – NATURAL SELECTION – DESPERATEHOUSEWIFETrainer : WAYNE DACOSTA Owner : ALFRED A. LEE & JEFFREY S. MORDECAIBred by Y.S. (1955) LTD.Qu: $725.00 Exacta: $1,425.00D/E: $1,141.00Trifecta: $1,058.00Rolling Triple: $1,685.00Race 11 1820 M (Purse $500,000) 3-Y-O & UP CLM($180,0)NB6YO&UP(NW3)1. GENUINE FRIEND LSteadman3 53.02. WATER WAVE BebHarvey3 52.5 2L*3. MARIA’S GLORY HPottinger4 51.0 1 1/4L4. PARTY PRINCESS AndrePowell4 51.5 2 1/4L5. LARUSA OnBeckford4 50.0 4 1/2LDNF: #9 ROUGH PATRICK DDawkins3 54.0 9/5Late scratch : #7 GENERAL TOGO, #8 TROPICALDEPRESSIONWIN: $316.00PLACE: $103.00, $104.00, $68.00Final Time: 2:03.3 Splits: 27.2, 53.1, 1:19.3, 1:47.4Winner : 6yo b mare – ZAHAAZEH – GENUINE GOLDTrainer : LINTON CALDER Owner: LINTON CALDERBred by LINTON CALDERQu: $768.00 Ex: $2,150.00D/E: $1,792.00Trifecta: $1,428.00Hi-5: $145,383.00Rolling Triple: $9,503.00Pick-4: $8,432.00Super-6: $89,927.20Pick-9: $15,340.00; $411.00 Carry-over : $1,483,205.80last_img read more

Leicester suffer fifth straight loss

first_img TEAM EFFORT Olsson’s goal came from more of a team move, with Fernando Llorente and Gylfi Sigurdsson combining to send the Sweden international through down the left. He closed in on Schmeichel and buried a low shot inside the goalkeeper’s near post. Watched by its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabh, Leicester dominated the second half but couldn’t end its goal drought as substitute Slimani was denied by Swansea goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, and Jamie Vardy blazed high and wide from the edge of the area. “It’s hard to put it into words,” Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater said. “We need to get out of this, we need to keep on fighting. “We haven’t changed much. It seems that we’re not having the rub of the green or something, but we believe in ourselves as a bunch of lads.” Swansea moved above Leicester and four points clear of the bottom three. SWANSEA, Wales (AP): Leicester’s title defence in the Premier League sunk to a new low yesterday when the slumping champions lost 2-0 to Swansea for a fifth straight defeat. Two first-half goals by defenders did the damage for Swansea, with centre back Alfie Mawson volleying home in the 36th minute and left back Martin Olsson adding a second with a low drive in stoppage time. Leicester dropped to 17th place in the 20-team league, one place and one point above the relegation zone. Just nine months ago, the unfashionable club from central England enchanted the sporting world by becoming the most unlikely champion at preseason odds of 5,000-1. Leicester is still to score a league goal in 2017 – it’s more than 10 hours of play since Islam Slimani’s winner against West Ham on December 31 – and the defence can’t keep them out at the other end. “It’s the same. It’s unbelievable,” Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. “We have two problems; we concede goals and don’t score. We have to stick together and find a solution. It’s not possible to continue this way.” Both of Swansea’s goals were excellently taken. Mawson executed his like a striker, meeting a header back across the area by fellow centre back Federico Fernandez with a sweet first-time strike from 10 metres that flew past Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. It was Mawson’s third goal in his last six games.last_img read more

Ronaldo gets to landmark as Madrid win 2-1

first_imgMUNICH, Germany (AP): Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for Real Madrid to beat Bayern Munich 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final yesterday, ending the German side’s tournament record of 16 straight wins at home. Ronaldo’s second-half goals saw him become the first player to score 100 goals in European club competition. The Portuguese star ensured Madrid came from behind – after Arturo Vidal’s 25th-minute header for Bayern – to put the defending champions on course to reach the semi-finals for a seventh successive year. “We are still alive,” said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti after losing to his former side. Bayern were without club top-scorer Robert Lewandowski after he failed to recover from a knock to his right shoulder. But they had not been beaten at home in the competition since April 2014, when they lost 4-0 to Ancelotti’s Madrid in the semi-finals. Ancelotti’s successor at Madrid, Zinedine Zidane, is bidding to become the first coach to lead a side to back-to-back titles in the Champions League era. Bayern should have been 2-0 up at the break, but Vidal sent his penalty well over the bar after Dani Carvajal was adjudged to have handled the ball. The Madrid defender was booked though TV replays showed Ribery’s shot had hit his upper body. Other quarter-final results: Atletico Madrid 1 Leicester 0; Borussia Dortmund 2 Monaco 3.last_img read more

Greek Freak drops 37 points, leads Bucks past Celtics

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Kyrie Irving scored 17 points on 7-for-25 shooting in his Boston debut, and Jaylen Brown had 18 in a subdued home opener for the Celtics, who underwent a near-complete overhaul over the summer even after earning the No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference last season.Although Irving and No. 3 draft pick Jayson Tatum appeared in a Celtics home uniform for the first time, Hayward was left to wish them well in a pregame video in his hospital gown from his hospital bed. After cheering Hayward during his scoreboard appearance, the Celtics fans broke into a chant of his name during the first half.“Like he told us before the game, we got that message — before the whole arena got the message — he’s fine,” Celtics guard Terry Rozier said. “Personally, it was tough seeing, but I think we’ll be fine. We’ve just got to adjust.”But the team was unable to make up for the absence of the player who was expected to be their key offseason acquisition when he signed a four-year, $128 million contract to rejoin Brad Stevens, his college coach, in Boston.The Celtics trailed by seven heading into the third quarter before scoring 14 of the next 16 points, taking a 69-64 lead on Irving’s 3-pointer from the top of the key. But the Bucks regained the lead with six minutes to play, holding Boston without a basket for about five minutes.ADVERTISEMENT FIGHTING WORDSBoston’s Marcus Smart and Dellavedova traded hard fouls early in the second quarter, leading to some shoving and a technical foul for the Celtics guard. First, Smart went to the floor with a bit of a hip check. Later, Smart seemed to embellish his fall when Dellavedova ran into his screen.Smart came up and put his chest into the Bucks guard, and Milwaukee’s John Henson reached in to try to restrain him. Dellavedova was called for a common foul and Smart was given a technical.TIP-INSBucks: Returned to the road for their season opener. Before opening at home the past two seasons, the Bucks had tipped off on the road for 30 years in a row. … Greg Monroe went to the locker room in the first quarter with a cut on the side of his head, near his right eye, and said he had “a couple of” stitches. He and finished with 10 points in 17 minutes…. Antetokounmpo’s 37 points were the third-most in his career.Celtics: No. 3 overall draft pick Tatum had eight points and nine rebounds. … Brown had his left wrist taped after the game and said “sprained it or something.”UP NEXTBucks: Host Cleveland on Friday night.Celtics: Visit Philadelphia on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I passed the ball to Delly,” said Antetokounmpo, who had 16 of his 37 points in the fourth quarter— and the biggest assist of the game, as well. “And that’s what Delly does.”One night after a gruesome broken ankle just six minutes into the season cost Boston top free agent Gordon Hayward — perhaps for the entire year — the Celtics fell to 0-2 by giving up an 11-1 run that left Milwaukee with a 97-90 lead and under three minutes to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAntetokounmpo added 13 rebounds, Rookie of the Year Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points and Khris Middleton had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Bucks. Dellavedova scored 15 points, including the 3-pointer with 45 seconds left after the Celtics cut the lead to two points.“I thought Giannis made a great play at the end, trusting his teammate,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “Just to trust his teammate down at the end to make a play … he got off the ball and Delly made a big shot.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Blazers hand Suns worst loss ever in season opener Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, tries to drive past Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown, left, during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON — Giannis Antetokounmpo dribbled into the paint, spun to his left and found his path to the basket blocked by Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum.Instead, the Greek Freak fed the ball to Matthew Dellavedova beyond the arc for the 3-pointer that helped seal Milwaukee’s 108-100 victory over the Boston Celtics in the Bucks’ season opener on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Here comes the reign again

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Slaughter certainly had his moments of brilliance against the Bolts during the Finals series.But there were also moments where he seemed lost, moments where Meralco pounced on his presence and managed to overturn Ginebra’s massive advantage in size to the Kings’ undoing.Cone absorbed all of those situations like a sponge, those instances now stored in his vast memory bank as he makes a long-overdue trip back to the United States on Monday to be with family and celebrate his latest conquest there.“Right now teams are trying to mismatch him,” Cone said as he obliged fans for selfies. “Teams have been trying to play us small, most especially in this series and these are the things we have to learn how to handle.“Teams have been throwing things at us that we’re asking ourselves: ‘What do we do?’” he went on. “But the more we have those situations, the more we develop as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ All eyes on SMBThe season started with all eyes on San Miguel Beer, on its giant June Mar Fajardo, and on their Grand Slam bid. There was one familiar question throughout the season: Was there a side out there that could stop the Beermen from completing a Triple Crown sweep?The Beermen certainly made everyone doubt there was. San Miguel dusted off Ginebra in the Philippine Cup finale and then dismissed TNT KaTropa in the Commissioner’s Cup title series.The table was set for a Grand Slam.Beer was being chilled even before tip off of the Governors’ Cup in anticipation of a celebration for the franchise’s second Grand Slam. Interestingly enough, Meralco’s Norman Black steered the team to its first season sweep in 1989.All San Miguel needed to do was sign up a great import and stay injury-free.The Beermen failed at both as import woes and a leg injury to Fajardo helped doom them to a sixth place finish in the eliminations, and—you guessed it—a twice-to-win handicap against Barangay Ginebra in the quarterfinals.It wasn’t even close, that playoff game.And Ginebra had everything in place once it sealed a Finals stint: Cone was coaching at his best, LA Tenorio was making a case as the best point guard in the conference despite a nagging elbow injury, Justin Brownlee was as deadly as last season, and Slaughter had returned from injury and was terrorizing the opposition in the shaded lane.Exploiting Slaughter With a 4-3 win in the classic best-of-seven Governors’ Cup series carved out in front of record-setting audiences in the last three games at cavernous Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, there were times—a lot of it, actually—when the Gin Kings’ legions of fans were sitting on pins and needles.Even coach Tim Cone, who has seen so many battles in a decorated career, admitted to being nervous a lot of times with the gung-ho Bolts refusing to go away and fighting to the last ounce of their strength.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut, believe it or not, Cone cherished those moments.Moments after winning the 20th title in 32 Finals appearances of his career, Cone talked extensively about the game, about the thrilling series and then saved a few minutes with the Inquirer to talk about the future—and a lot of that bright future is cast on the 7-foot shadow of Ginebra star Greg Slaughter. Things are looking UP Barangay Ginebra certainly had its hands full in completing the franchise’s first championship repeat in PBA history.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel that we’re just trying to exploit Greg,” Cone said of his center, admitting that he held back in playing him extended minutes in the championship because he “still didn’t know what to do in some situations.”“I feel like I haven’t exploited him yet,” Cone went on. “They were playing small and we couldn’t handle that at that time. But we’re learning. We learned a lot in this series.”Slaughter played in his first Finals series and went on to bag his first Best Player of the Conference citation.Tenorio, on the other hand, was the Finals MVP for the second straight season, while Japeth Aguilar has shown dramatic improvement ever since Cone got on board and has evolved into a dependent player on both ends, not just the 6-foot-9, athletic guy trying to knock down the three-point shot.Dominant forwardAguilar has metamorphosed into a dominant power forward, challenging every enemy attack in the shaded lane and shying away from those three-pointers.While talk in the final three games of the title series also centered on the Draft set at Robinson’s Place in Ermita on Sunday, where the Beermen now have the chance to snag 6-foot-7 Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger and come up with their own version of a twin-tower combo, Cone wasn’t into any of that.He feels that, with Slaughter, Aguilar, Tenorio and the valuable experience he gained as a coach, Ginebra has what it takes to remain dominant.More to come“You can always have pieces added,” Cone said when asked of the Draft, where they pick 11th overall, second-to-last in the first round. “But we still have guys who are developing and we’re pretty much OK. 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Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I think we can challenge San Miguel a little bit,” he said. “June Mar is unbelievable, but the more we have him (Slaughter) and the more we see things (like the small-ball ploy of Meralco), the more we develop him and the more we improve as a team.”So it wasn’t out of just championship elation, or his amazement that the last three games of the title series was watched by close to 140,000 fans, but Cone certainly had his basis when he addressed the crowd in the din of the Ginebra celebration and said:“We’re not going to stop here, we have more championships to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMB

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours READ: Beermen make Standhardinger top pick in 2017 PBA Draft“I’m actually really good at letting everything out. I’m really good at just focusing on my projects, like my Youtube channel I’m gonna do in the Philippines now in English, and about my career in basketball,” Standhardinger said on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“So I don’t really pay attention to these things. I’m just happy it finally worked out. I’ll play in the PBA now and I’ll play with San Miguel.”The crowd couldn’t help but express its disapproval over the controversial San Miguel-Kia trade that allowed the Beermen to nab Standhardinger. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Falcons strengthen grip of 3rd spot, rout Bulldogs “I’ll show a lot of puso (heart), a lot of fight, and the rest is kinda on the side. But I’m gonna fight my heart out every time and I hope I can make this very strong team a little bit better. That’s my goal,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netChristian Standhardinger isn’t letting the negativity ruin his excitement of being selected by San Miguel Beer as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.It wasn’t all cheers for the Fil-German forward when his name was called but he couldn’t care any less.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But there’s just some things the 6-foot-8 forward can’t control and rather than mope on the turn of events that happened the past week, he’s looking forward to the day he can finally play here in the PBA, where he will be forging a partnership with four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.“I’m very excited. June Mar is a great, great talent. He can do so many things,” he said.“I’m very excited with all the matchups against us. I really wanna see that. I’m very excited on playing high-low with June Mar and it’s an honor and it’s a great thing that I can play with a four-time returning MVP. That’s what I got, that’s what I had, that’s what I saw.”For now, Beermen fans will have to be patient with Standhardinger stll have obligations with his Hong Kong team in the Asean Basketball League.Standhardinger vowed to give his all every game the moment he makes his debut for San Miguel midway through the next season.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

LaVar Ball says Lakers asked him to tone down criticism of coach Walton

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA governors show united front as league opens as scheduled But in true LaVar fashion, the brash parent had this to say: “I’m going to say whatever I want to say, however I want to say it. And they said, ‘LaVar, come and talk to us first.’ So that’s fine too.”Prior to the team’s request, LaVar lambasted Walton for supposedly not knowing how to coach his son, citing such “flaws” as benching him in late-game situations and calling “unnecessary” timeouts.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Coach Luke Walton to LaVar Ball: ‘We don’t take parents’ opinions’ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In this July 7, 2017, file photo, LaVar Ball, father of Los Angeles Lakers’ Lonzo Ball and UCLA player LiAngelo Ball, watches the Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers during an NBA summer league basketball game in Las Vegas.  AP Photo/John LocherLaVar Ball, the plain-spoken father of Los Angeles Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, has certainly not been shy in speaking his mind about the team’s head coach Luke Walton.After publicly calling out the player-turned-coach multiple times for his supposed mismanagement of the youngster’s minutes, the Los Angeles brass has reportedly requested the loud-mouthed patriarch to tone down on his criticism.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In an interview with ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the elder Ball confirmed that a closed-door meeting was held between him and Lakers president Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka to resolve the issue.“Everybody’s going to try to make it an ego thing, like I’m trying to tell them what to do, or they’re trying to tell me to tone it down. It’s not about that. It’s about coming together and to get a solution to this problem,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“It may sound crazy to other people, but I really just want the best for Lonzo, and the best for Lonzo is going to be what’s best for the organization. Because if everybody winning, we good.”The Laker executives also reportedly had no qualms about Ball speaking his mind, but wants the polarizing father to remain positive when discussing the team to the media. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Durant delivers on both ends, Warriors top Cavaliers

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Klay Thompson hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:33 left, Durant delivered on both ends of the floor, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Cavaliers 99-92 on Monday (Tuesday Manila time) in a festive holiday rematch of the past three Finals.“There’s just so much joy in the arena today because it’s Christmas and we all feed off of that,” Durant said.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 folkDurant’s block against a driving James with 24.5 seconds left went to official review and was ruled clean. Durant finished with 25 points, seven rebounds and five blocked shots.“He’s one of the leaders in shot blocks a game and obviously he had five tonight, so he’s been doing a heck of a job of first of all taking the individual matchup and protecting the rim, too,” James said. “I forgot all about it,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said with a chuckle.The teams will see each other again soon, playing Jan. 15 in Cleveland.KD requested James for his defensive assignment, to which he explained simply, “I just like guarding my position.”The Cavs, having won six of seven and playing for the first time since Thursday, had their run of scoring at least 100 points end at 26 games.The Warriors were at nearly full strength again aside from Curry, who could return this week once he goes through some scrimmages at practice.Center Zaza Pachulia was available but didn’t play after sitting out seven consecutive games, while Shaun Livingston came back after missing four games with a sore right knee.Bell — who addressed the sellout crowd at midcourt moments before tipoff — started at center and had eight points and six rebounds.SHOOTING WOESThe Cavs’ 31.8-percent shooting was the lowest by a Warriors opponent in nearly four years, since Charlotte shot 31.2 percent from the field on Feb. 4, 2014.“We just didn’t make shots,” Lue said. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kevin Love had 31 points and a season-best 18 rebounds, while James contributed 20 points, six rebounds and six assists in a rivalry missing one key piece: Warriors star Stephen Curry, who missed his eighth straight game with a sprained right ankle.Thompson scored 24 points and Draymond Green had a triple-double with 12 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. It was Golden State’s 12th win in 13 games after its 11-game winning streak was snapped by Denver on Sunday (Manila time).Warriors rookie Jordan Bell traveled with 2:13 left and James tied it. Bell made up for that mistake with a key offensive rebound and pass to Thompson for his fourth 3.James’ 3-pointer with 10:39 left pulled Cleveland within one, but Green answered with a 3 and Andre Iguodala scored two of his nine points the next time down. In another key sequence, Durant blocked Tristan Thompson’s shot with 6:23 to go and dunked moments later.No surprise, the up-tempo, running rivals provided high entertainment once again. The Warriors last June captured a second championship in three years against James and the Cavaliers.ADVERTISEMENT Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) reacts after blocking a shot by Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game. APOAKLAND, California — LeBron James drove to the basket in the waning seconds and Kevin Durant swatted away any chance Cleveland had at a Christmas Day comeback.Durant pumped his fist again and again, emphatically shook his head and pounded his chest in delight. It looked a lot like the dominant Durant from the NBA Finals six months ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ A REAL RIVALRYSure, this one felt a little strange without Curry or Kyrie Irving, now in Boston.“Golden State-Cavaliers, that’s a big game, no matter who’s playing, who’s out,” Lue said.“It will be weird, without Steph, without Ky, especially the battles we’ve had over the last three years. So both teams look different.”Warriors coach Steve Kerr knows just the uniforms are enough to get everybody going — and this marked the third straight Christmas matchup between the franchises, alternating home floors based on who won the title.“It’s always great to play the Cavs, they’re an awesome team,” Kerr said. “LeBron is so amazing and it’s so fun to feel the energy in the building when the two teams get together. Neither team will look the same as we will even a month from now because Steph and Isaiah Thomas both should be back, hopefully they’ll both be back. … But it doesn’t even matter sometimes, just the two uniforms in the same building gets people going.”TIP-INSCavaliers: Lue isn’t yet ready to guess when Thomas will return following his right hip injury. “He is progressing very well,” Lue said. “The most important thing is that he is getting to practice and playing 5-on-5 and having a chance to experience feeling well after it and not having soreness.” … Cleveland is 19-3 since Nov. 11, including 8-3 on the road.Warriors: Durant averaged 32 points over his seven previous Christmas Day games. … Golden State played its fifth consecutive Christmas game and seventh in eight. … The Warriors were 10 of 37 on 3s after they went a dismal 3 for 27 from 3-point range in losing to the Nuggets. … Kerr began his pregame session by thanking all of the arena staff and Golden State employees for their service and for working on the holiday. … Thompson’s holiday sneakers might have stood out most: neon green on the left foot, neon pink on the right. 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Celtics storm back from 26 to stun Rockets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Smart and Terry Rozier had 13 points apiece.Tatum made a layup with seven seconds left to pull the Celtics within 98-97, then Smart had position on Harden for an offensive foul that gave Boston the ball and a chance to win it. Horford converted from the lane to put Boston up for the first time in a game Houston had led throughout and dominated until midway through the third quarter.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 folkHarden finished with 34 points and 10 assists. Eric Gordon scored 24 points for Houston, which shot 25 percent (9 of 36) in the second half and lost its fourth straight.The Rockets had one last chance after Horford’s go-ahead hook shot, but Harden was called for another offensive foul and time expired after Horford missed his second free throw. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Boston Celtics’ Marcus Smart (36) and Kyrie Irving (11) celebrate as Houston Rockets’ James Harden (13) reacts during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Thursday, Dec. 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Al Horford made a hook shot with 3.7 seconds left to give Boston its only lead of the game, and the Celtics rallied from a 26-point deficit to beat the Houston Rockets 99-98 on Thursday night.Kyrie Irving scored 26 and Jayson Tatum finished with 19 for the Celtics, while Marcus Smart drew two offensive fouls against James Harden in the closing seconds to help Boston complete the comeback.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 Houston was able to stall the momentum when Harden drew a foul with 1:56 left and got two extra free throws when Morris and Boston coach Brad Stevens received technicals for arguing. Harden made all four from the line, but a late 3-pointer by Rozier had Boston within 78-69 entering the fourth quarter.TIP-INSRockets: Veteran swingman Gerald Green, who signed a free-agent deal with the Rockets earlier Thursday, finished with two rebounds and no points in 11 minutes. … The Rockets’ 62 points in the first half were the most scored on the Celtics in the first two periods of a game this season. … Houston point guard Chris Paul missed his third straight game with a groin strain and the Rockets fell to 10-7 without him.Celtics: Were just 5 of 19 in the first quarter while scoring 12 points, the second-lowest total for a quarter by the Celtics this season. … Boston committed eight turnovers in the first quarter.2-MAN CREWReferee Mark Lindsay missed the game with a sore back, leaving Tony Brothers and Gediminas Petraitis to officiate the game on their own.UP NEXTRockets: Wrap up a three-game road trip Friday at Washington.Celtics: Host Brooklyn on Sunday.by Taboolacenter_img Houston opened the game on a 12-0 run and led 62-38 at halftime. After committing six turnovers in the first half, Houston had seven in the third quarter and Boston capitalized by outscoring the Rockets 31-16. Irving scored 12 in the third quarter as Boston picked up its defense, holding Houston to just four field goals in the period.Boston got within a point a couple times in the fourth, but couldn’t quite catch the Rockets until the final seconds.Smart drove for a layup and pulled Boston within 96-95 with 13.5 seconds left. Boston pressured the inbounds pass and Houston called time, then another before getting the ball to Harden, who made both free throws and finished 15 for 15 from the foul line. Rather than going for the 3-pointer, Boston went to Tatum for another layup, then Smart took an offensive foul by Harden on the inbounds play.Houston’s lead was in the 20s for nearly all of the second quarter and much of the third before Boston pulled back within range on a 12-0 run.Irving drew another foul while driving to the basket and added two more from the line, then after a shot-clock violation, Marcus Morris hit a 3-pointer to cut the margin to 71-58 — the lowest it had been since Houston led 23-10. After a timeout, Irving stole the ball and got it to Smart for a layup to make it 71-60.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Bucks rally from 20 down to beat Timberwolves LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conelast_img read more