Chung’s stunning run continues into Australian Open semis

first_imgWestbrook’s late basket lifts Thunder past Nets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ The No. 58-ranked Chung is the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Marat Safin in 2004. At 21, he’s also the youngest to reach the last four at a major since Marin Cilic did it here in 2010.With Chung already through, and Kyle Edmund playing No. 6 Marin Cilic in the other half of the draw, it’s the first time since 1999 that multiple unseeded players have reached the Australian Open semifinals.Two women who’ve been to this stage at a Grand Slam before will meet in the last four. One has two major titles, the other still seeks a breakthrough. Top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from an early break to win nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and set up a semifinal match against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who routed U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.Kerber has been the only Grand Slam singles champion in the women’s draw since her third-round win over Maria Sharapova. Two-time French Open finalist Halep has had a tougher road — having to save match points in a third-round win over Lauren Davis that finished 15-13 in the third — to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park for the first time.Not that Chung’s run has been routine. After taking out Zverev and Djokovic, Chung could next face defending champion Roger Federer for a spot in the final. Federer was playing Tomas Berdych later Wednesday in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He missed four match points in the last game and had to fend off two break points, including one in a 31-shot rally dominated by slice backhands, before finally beating Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 at Rod Laver Arena on Wednesday.“In last game, I think at 40-love … if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. I have to think about the ceremony, something,” he said, explaining how he got slightly ahead of himself. “After deuce, break point. I was like, no, nothing to do with ceremony. But just keep playing — keep focused.”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 folkThen he fully embraced the moment, joking with Jim Courier in an on-court TV interview, introducing the audience to his parents and his coach, and taking the microphone to speak in Korean to millions of new tennis fans back home.“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea,” he said. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases South Korea’s Chung Hyeon celebrates after defeating United States’ Tennys Sandgren in their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — Serving for a spot in the Australian Open semifinals and with the score at 40-love, Hyeon Chung started thinking how he might celebrate being the first Korean to reach the last four of a Grand Slam.Not so fast. He hadn’t let up when upsetting No. 4 Alexander Zverev or six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic en route to the quarterfinals, but he let his guard down for a few points against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi02:14Carpio 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 Until the last game, Chung had been simply too consistent for Sandgren, a 26-year-old American who had never won a match at a Grand Slam tournament or beaten a top 10 player until last week.Sandgren’s unexpected surge to the quarterfinals — he beat 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Dominic Thiem en route to the quarterfinals — was overshadowed by heavy scrutiny of his Twitter account and his follows and retweets of far-right activists.Kerber has had no serious distractions on a 14-match winning streak, and is hoping to emulate her breakout year in 2016.She won the Australian and U.S. Open titles two years ago and reached the No. 1 ranking, but slipped into the 20s last year. She didn’t win a title between the 2016 U.S. Open and the Sydney International earlier this month.Seeded 21st, her first three wins were in straight sets but a fourth-round struggle against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei had commentators wondering if Kerber was in 2016, or 2017 form.She responded with six service breaks against the No. 17-seeded Keys, finishing off the match in 51 minutes and improving her record to seven wins in eight matches against the American.“I am just trying to find the feeling back that I had, like 2016, and just enjoying my time,” Kerber said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

Olynyk’s hot shooting powers Heat past Hawks

first_imgOlynyk’s first two 3s in his streak of four straight for the Heat capped a 14-0 run for a 42-36 lead.Following a basket by Atlanta’s Damion Lee, Olynyk sank two more 3s before a miss ended his hot stretch.“He’s one of our best shooters,” said Spoelstra of Olynyk. “He works on it all the time and it’s such a weapon. And he picks the right spots. It’s all because his heart’s in the right place. He doesn’t want to take all the shots. He only wants to shoot open ones.”Olynyk also had eight rebounds and five assists.Josh Richardson also had 19 points, with four blocks and three steals, and Justise Winslow had 18 for Miami.Miami stretched its lead with a 12-0 run late in the third quarter and increased the advantage to 20 points early in the final period.Even without some of its top players, Miami had plenty of depth to control the game. The woeful Hawks have lost seven of eight and 13 of 15 to solidify their hold on the worst record in the Eastern Conference.“Energy wise, our gas tank hit empty,” said Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer.Taurean Prince led Atlanta with 20 points, Lee and Tyler Dorsey each had 15. No other Hawks player scored in double figures.“It’s just one of those nights when we dug ourselves a hole,” Dorsey said.TIP-INS 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 One 3-pointer at a time.Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat the Atlanta Hawks 115-86 on Wednesday night, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.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 crownBy logging his first two minutes in the game, Olynyk earned a $1 million bonus for reaching 1,700 for the season.That sort of detail doesn’t go unnoticed on a team. Olynyk’s teammates and coach Erik Spoelstra are expecting the 7-foot forward to pick up some tabs. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “Dinner, drinks, beers all that is on him,” Spoelstra said. “I’m going to see if I can get tickets to a play. All that is on him. I’m going to bill his account for everything.”Spoelstra and his players have reason to celebrate.Miami rested Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson one day after clinching a playoff berth by beating the Hawks in Miami.Olynyk made five of six 3s in the second period. His career high for 3s in a game is six.“I was kind of in the zone,” he said. “I felt like whatever I threw up was going to go in.”ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Heat: Spoelstra said Dragic (right ankle), Wade (left wrist) and Johnson (left ankle) have played through injuries as the Heat “made a pretty big push without exhaling at all” to clinch the playoff spot. … Rodney McGruder had 14 points. Wayne Ellington had 11. … Miami made 17 of 38 3s.Hawks: G Antonius Cleveland had five points in 12 minutes in his return after missing 18 games with a left ankle injury. He appeared in his first game since Dec. 18 with the Mavericks. … Center Dewayne Dedmon (sore rib) was cleared following pregame warmups. He had six points and eight rebounds after missing Tuesday night’s game.SHORT RESTSpoelstra said he’s not shutting down his starters before the playoffs.“Right now we’re not shutting everybody down,” Spoelstra said.Wade is confident he’ll be ready for the postseason.“I’ve got three more games,” Wade said before the game. “Yeah, I’ll be out there.”REMEMBERING KINGThere was a pregame moment of silence to mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.UP NEXTHeat: At New York on Friday night.Hawks: At Washington on Friday night. MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sixers roll to 12th straight win, oust Pistons from playoff race LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Miami Heat forward Kelly Olynyk (9) drives past Atlanta Hawks forward Mike Muscala during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)ATLANTA — With an extra $1 million in his pocket, Kelly Olynyk could have afforded a spending spree.“Instead, I just made it rain,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 9

first_imgMOST READ The attendees of the big dance are almost complete. De La Salle, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University have all locked up the first three Final Four seats with National University needing just one more victory to secure its place in the semifinals.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 crownAdamson University can still pull off a Cinderella run in its last two games, but will need NU to lose its last game to force a playoff for the No. 4 seed. University of the Philppines, for all the valiancy it displayed this week, is already scratched off the guest list joining fellow eliminated teams University of Santo Tomas and University of the East. Batang Gilas gets tough draw for Fiba U17 World Cup Weeks on list: 2Celine Domingo appeared on this list on just two occasions, and in those couple of instances there was always a narrative behind her inclusion. Her first appearance on this list was when FEU beat UE, Domingo’s former school, in the first round.Domingo’s second go around in this list also had a story as her performance against the Lady Falcons helped the Lady Tamaraws clinch the third Final Four spot this season.In those five sets that FEU played Adamson, Domingo finished with 18 points and was an immovable force in the net as she tallied six blocks.6. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, outside hitter)Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 2Weeks on list: 2 Kat Tolentino was stellar for Ateneo in Week 8 when she averaged 19.5 points across two victories, and that momentum seemed to have trickled into Week 9 when the Lady Eagles split their two games at 1-1.Although Ateneo lost in disappointing fashion against UP in its second game, the Lady Eagles’ performance, and also Tolentino’s play, against UST was noteworthy. Season 78’s Finals MVP had a steady output of 12 points in their close sweep of UST, 25-23, 25-23, 25-22.Of Dy’s 12 points, eight came from spikes and she also did her dirty work on the defensive side with four blocks and six excellent digs.3. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 7Weeks on list: 7In a time where NU searched for a heroine, Jaja Santiago proudly donned the gold-and-navy cape and rescued the Lady Bulldogs from a potential disaster.The Lady Bulldogs went 6-1 in the first round but suffered five straight losses in the second half of the tournament.Downtrodden and in need of a win, Santiago willed her team to a three-set sweep of UE, 26-24, 26-24, 25-20, to snap their cold streak and assure themselves of at least a playoff for the last final four seat.Santiago put up 22 points to lead NU to a 7-6 record.4. Diana Carlos (University of the Philippines, outside hitter) Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina  In the two games UST had this week, Rondina compiled a total of 44 points and that production pushed her lead in the scorers’ table further.Rondina is the league’s top scorer with 281 total points, averaging 21.6 a game, 21 more than second placer Carlos who has 260 total points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 award Tolentino was the driving force behind Ateneo’s five-set win over the Golden Tigresses, 25-22, 20-25, 16-25, 25-17, 15-9, to clinch a Final Four.The Big Kat put up 21 points against UST to lead Ateneo to its ninth straight Final Four but her production dipped to 15 points in the loss to the Lady Maroons. 7. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 1Weeks on list: 8 There isn’t much to go around UST’s performance in Season 80 as the Golden Tigresses failed to replicate their success from Season 79. The Golden Tigresses were the belles of España when they snapped a five-year absence in the semifinals in 2017 but 2018 wasn’t that kind to them. UST is officially out of the Final Four picture after it lost its two games this week dropping to a 4-9 record. As a team, the Golden Tigresses don’t have much to show but a certain individual has captured the hearts and minds of volleyball enthusiasts. Cherry Rondina has been UST’s lone saving grace this season as she practically put the Golden Tigresses on her back. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames With the scenarios set, here are the seven best players for Week 9.1. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)Bernadeth Pons. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 4If there’s an empty stat sheet, there’s a chance that Bernadeth Pons will do her best to fill that paper up.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast FEU clinched its Final Four spot after its lone game this week, in an epic five-setter against Adamson, 25-22, 25-27, 14-25, 25-22, 15-11, and Pons was literally everywhere against the Lady Falcons.Pons delivered a performance for the ages putting up 22 points, 23 excellent digs, and 24 excellent receptions, practiclly compiling a triple-double for the third-seeded Lady Tamaraws (8-4).For reference, Pons’ defensive stats were higher than what the liberos of the two teams compiled.Adamson’s Tonnie Rose Ponce had 18 excellent digs while FEU’s Kyla Atienza tallied 20 excellent receptions.2. Kianna Dy (De La Salle University, opposite hitter)Kianna Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 5The Lady Spikers were the first to clinch a Final Four spot and the defending champions are now one step closer to solidifying a twice-to-beat advantage.With a 10-2 record, La Salle ended the week on stable ground and needs one more win to take the twice-to-beat perk come the semifinals.And one player who embodied that stability for the Lady Spikers was Kianna Dy. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Diana Carlos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 3There was a time that these weekly rankings featured a “what if?” and that was a player who could’ve landed on a higher spot instead of falling down to the bottom four. Well, this week had a “what if?” and that was UP’s Diana Carlos who has become quite unstoppable for the Lady Maroons in their past two games. UP went 2-0 this week with shock wins over NU and Ateneo with Carlos scoring a total of 40 points for the two wins.The Lady Maroons, however, saw their Final Four hopes get dashed after NU’s win over UE.Carlos could’ve been higher on this list, even the no. 1 player, had UP got lucky and stayed in the Final Four conversation.UP’s 4-9 record, however, won’t be enough to get it to the Final Four and Carlos had to settle for the fourth spot in the player rankings.5. Celine Domingo (Far Eastern University, middle blocker)Celine Domingo. 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Che’Lu-San Sebastian rallies from 19 down, books D-League Finals ticket

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Scores:CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 93 — Viernes 17, Bulanadi 16, Ablaza 15, Calisaan 14, Ilagan 7, Siruma 7, Batino 5, David 5, Faundo 3, De Leon 2, Taganas 2, Collado 0, Costelo 0.AKARI-ADAMSON 90 — Manganti 29, Espeleta 12, Ahanmisi 11, Sarr 10, Pingoy 9, Camacho 6, Mojica 5, Bernardo 4, Lastimosa 4, Buenaventura 0, Longalong 0.Quarters: 18-31, 50-56, 73-73, 93-90.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Balkman promises another show in Alab Pilipinas’ first ABL Finals stint View comments LATEST STORIES Michael Calisaan also dropped 14 in his first game for the Revellers after recovering from an elbow injury.It was an awe-inspiring comeback from Che’Lu-San Sebastian, which stared at a 19-point deficit, 3-22, to open the game.“We were rattled in the beginning, but we just worked per possession and told the guys that we will not make a comeback in an instant. We need to slowly claw our way back in the game,” said Tiu.It was a tough defeat for Akari-Adamson, which shot 50-percent from the field in the first quarter but could not sustain the hot start.Sean Manganti dropped 29 points, six rebounds, three assists, and three steals in the ouster, while Jonathan Espeleta had 12.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ PBA IMAGESChe’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian battled back from 19 points down and swept Akari-Adamson with a 93-90 Game 2 shocker to advance to the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Jeff Viernes drilled the go-ahead jumper with 18.2 seconds to spare to give the Revellers a 92-90 advantage and played tremendous defense on the other end as Egie Boy Mojica’s layup rolled out of the rim with 4.8 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT Viernes would then settle for a split from the foul line to make it a three point game for the last of his team-best 17 points, before Mojica botched a  halfcourt hail-mary at the buzzer.“Even though he played bad to start the game, it was still him who delivered us the win in the end,” said coach Stevenson Tiu of his veteran guard.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 crownViernes also added seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals to lead the four-seed Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the upset of the top seed Falcons.Allyn Bulanadi also got 16 markers, four boards, and two assists, while Cedrick Ablaza contributed 15 points and eight rebounds. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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

FIFA lifts ban on Guatemala ahead of 2026 World Cup vote

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments ZURICH — FIFA has lifted its suspension of the Guatemala football federation, clearing the Central American country to vote in the 2026 World Cup hosting contest on June 13.FIFA says its ruling council must ratify the decision on June 10 in Moscow.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img That same FIFA Council meeting must also approve the 2026 candidates, Morocco and the joint United States-Canada-Mexico bid.Guatemalan teams and officials were suspended since October 2016 from international soccer games and business until its statutes were aligned with FIFA’s.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 crownIts return means there could be 207 eligible voters in Moscow. The four bidding federations cannot vote.Moroccan bid leaders have tried to pressure FIFA to remove four voting bodies which are American territories. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LeBron makes NBA Finals fashion fuss with suit shorts In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

World Cup: Russia stuns Spain in shootout, reaches quarterfinals

first_imgRussia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, center, makes a save during the round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)MOSCOW — Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3.Russia’s captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge “Koke” Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, while all four Russian shooters scored.ADVERTISEMENT Spain has now failed to win a knockout game at three major tournaments since it won Euro 2012.Defeat Sunday likely spells the end of Andres Iniesta’s career. The veteran Barcelona midfielder came off the bench and almost won the game with an 85th-minute shot well saved by Akinfeev. Iniesta also scored the first spot-kick of the shootout.Spain was more urgent in extra time after being too passive when it dominated the ball in the 90 minutes of regular time.Akinfeev pushed away a 109th-minute shot from substitute Rodrigo who ran hard at goal from near the halfway line. He also ensured the game needed 30 extra minutes with back-to-back diving saves in the 85th to deny substitutes Iniesta and Aspas.Spain dominated the ball during the game — completing more than 1,000 passes — but was too passive against a well-organized Russian defense.ADVERTISEMENT 76ers to meet with LeBron James’ agent 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Spain led in the 12th minute when captain Sergio Ramos helped force Russia’s Sergei Ignashevich into an own goal when his back was turned to the play. The 38-year-old defender diverted a crossed ball into the net with his heel as he and Ramos got tangled up.An error in Spain’s defense let Russia level in the 41st, after Gerard Pique’s raised arm blocked a header by Artyom Dzyuba at a corner. Pique’s complaints were wasted. Referees and video officials have consistently penalized handballs in the box at this World Cup.Dzyuba’s penalty kick fooled goalkeeper David De Gea to dive the wrong way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Akinfeev used his trailing left foot to kick the ball high away from the goal on Spain’s last attempt by Aspas. The veteran goalkeeper leapt up, punched the air with both hands and leapt into a surfing, belly flop dive on to the rain-soaked turf as teammates raced to him from the halfway line.The World Cup’s lowest-ranked team now advances a quarterfinal against Croatia or Denmark in Sochi on Sunday.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“I just feel emptied out,” Akinfeev said. “Over the whole second half and extra time we were defending our goal and managed it, we were hoping for penalties because Spain are hard to beat. Spain can’t always be lucky.”It gave Russia its greatest win in international soccer for 10 years, since Akinfeev was in goal for an extra-time victory over the Netherlands in a European Championship quarterfinal. That run was ended days later by a Spain team beginning its era of dominance. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Nadal stays on track in Toronto with win over Cilic

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The big South African rolled into the semis in just 66 minutes, breaking four times while managing only a modest 11 aces.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tsitsipas broke in the ninth game of the second on the way into a tiebreaker, where he calmly converted on his fifth set point after saving two match points for the second-seeded Zverev.Tsitsipas then salvaged four break points for 2-1 in the third, he traded breaks with the German and saved another trio of break points for a 5-4 lead.He completed the victory after nearly two and a half hours on Zverev’s sixth double-fault.“This shows that with dedication and work, dreams do come true,” Tsitsipas said. “I can see that it’s real — it’s happening.“I don’t know what happened (in the second set), I just broke him (for 4-5). All along I could feel the crowd support, I knew I was still in the match.”Canadian rematchAnderson’s sweep past reigning ATP World Tour Finals champion Dimitrov was a rematch of their 2014 quarter-final duel in Canada when Dimitrov claimed one of his six wins against the South African.“It definitely was a great match today. I felt I played really well right from the beginning,” Anderson said.“Right from the first point till the last, I felt I was in a really good frame of mind, playing the kind of tennis that I knew I wanted to be playing and needed to be playing.”“Getting off the court pretty comfortably definitely is a really good feeling.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Tsitsipas will next face Wimbledon runner-up Kevin Anderson, who beat Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2.“I’m confused now, is this real?” 27th-ranked Tsitsipas said after completing his prestige hat-trick of upsets.Nadal got caught on the back foot in the first set against Cilic, who took the opener on his fourth chance.Nadal struck back in the second with a concluding break to square the match before taking victory with a break in the final game on his third match point after more than two hours.Tsitsipas rallied from a set and 5-2 down to turn the tables on Zverev, who had been bidding for a fourth Masters 1000 title.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedcenter_img Nadal last won a title at this level on cement in 2013.Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to beat defending champion Alexander Zverev in their quarter-final contest 3-6, 7-6 (13/11), 6-4.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’The Greek teenager, who turns 20 on Sunday’s final day, defeated his third straight top 10 opponent at the tournament after knocking out Dominic Thiem in the second round and 13-time major winner Novak Djokovic in the third.Tsitsipas is the youngest player to post three top 10 wins at a single tournament since the 19-year-old Nadal at Monte Carlo in 2006. LATEST STORIES Stephen Curry shoots 86, finishes last in Web.com event 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory over Marin Cilic of Croatia during a quarter final match on Day 5 of the Rogers Cup at Aviva Centre on August 10, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPRafael Nadal recovered from a slow start, overcoming Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 as the Spaniard’s chase for a long-sought ATP Masters title on hardcourt heated up on Friday.The world number one reached the semi-finals in Toronto and will next face Russian Karen Khachanov, who beat Robin Haase 6-3, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taallast_img read more

Hidilyn Diaz strikes gold

first_imgJAKARTA—Like she did two years ago in the Olympics, Hidilyn Diaz lifted the Philippines to glory. Literally.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lopez, a 22-year-old Psychology major at Ateneo, yielded to Luo Zhongshi of China, 11-4, to see an impressive run of performances in the -57-kilogram division halted at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium’s taekwondo hall.“It was really painful because it could have been different,” a weeping Lopez said, her frustrations stemming from losing four points to penalties in the third round. “I’m still happy with what I came up with, [a] bronze [medal] is still a big honor.”Gilas Pilipinas squad was impressive despite losing, 82-80, to title favorite China, while the Blu Girls got into prime position for a medal.Meanwhile, cycling’s brightest medal hope, Ariana Patrice Dormitorio, crashed out in the second lap of mountain bike’s cross-country, failing to finish the 22.5-kilometer race before her father later sent select members of the Philippine media a letter expressing their resignation from the national team.In their resignation statement, Donjie Dormitorio said that the Philippine Cycling Federation’s refusal to include him on this trip despite his willingness to pay for all expenses told on the performance of his daughter.The Blu Girls turned back China, 1-0, on Monday night then lost, 11-1, to Japan Tuesday but will still come into Wednesday’s doubleheader with a chance to seal a place in the page playoff format Final Four.It was the first loss in four games here for the Blu Girls, who battle host Indonesia at noon on Wednesday and title favorite Chinese Taipei at 10 p.m.Gilas played its hearts out yet again and regaled a sold-out gallery at GBK’s Basketball Hall, with coach Yeng Guiao refusing to call the setback a loss.“What more can you ask for?” he told scribes as the Filipinos have turned from underdogs to bright medal hopes. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Abueva debuts with Phoenix; NLEX eyes 3rd straight win 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 Diaz’s latest victory will be worth more than the silver medal she won in Brazil in 2016, after pledges kept pouring in to raise the gold medal pot to P6 million.Hidilyn Diaz of Philippines competes in the women’s 53kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMADiaz’s feat also enabled the Philippines to finally jump into the gold tally after jin Pauline Louise Lopez made a tearful exit in the semifinals of taekwondo just hours before Gilas Pilipinas almost shocked the continent.In Cebu City, President Duterte took note of Diaz’s gold: “In Jakarta, we won the first [Philippine] gold medal, weightlifting.“Hidilyn Diaz, this is the soldier. This is a soldier of the Philippine Army. Wow. That’s the message,” added Mr. Duterte.The difference for Diaz came in the clean and jerk, where she managed an effort of 115, with Shermitova failing to clear the same weight after beating the Filipino by a kilo in the snatch with an effort of 93kg.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?center_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal With all eyes on the Rio de Janeiro Olympian, Diaz ruled the 53-kg division of weightlifting’s snatch and clean and jerk events to gift the struggling Philippine contingent in the 18th Asian Games its first gold medal Tuesday night.“I’m grateful to God,” Diaz said in Filipino. “We were able to take home the gold that Filipinos were hoping for and we proved that we can win in the Asian Games.”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’“In the Olympics, no one expected me to win but here, everyone was expecting me to win,” she added.The 27-year-old Zamboanga native tallied a total of 207 kilograms to nose out Turkmenistan’s Kristina Shermitova by a mere kilo with Thailand’s Surodchana Khambao settling for the bronze with a 201-kg effort. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Serena matches her easiest win over Venus in US Open rout

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Serena, the No. 17 seed, will face Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who knocked out top-ranked Simona Halep in the first round.Serena, who turns 37 next month, leads the series 18-12 with her sister, 11-5 in Grand Slam tournaments. But this one wasn’t expected to be so easy, not with Serena still working her way back into form after returning to the tour in the spring.But this was the type of tennis that has brought her to 23 Grand Slam singles titles, the ability to pound balls all over the court and chase down the rare shots that looked like they might get past her.“This was my best match since I returned,” he said. “I worked for it. I worked really hard these last three or four months. That’s life, you have to keep working hard no matter ups or downs you have. That’s what I’ve been doing.”She pounded 10 aces to just one for Venus, the No. 16 seed who was perhaps a little drained after two tough matches to begin the tournament, including a three-setter against 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in her opener.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Serena had an easier time in the first two rounds, though that was expected to change Friday under the lights in Arthur Ashe Stadium. They had combined for eight titles in Flushing Meadows, six by Serena, and each had beaten the other in a U.S. Open final.But there was no beating Serena on this night, and the discouraged look on Venus’ face across much of the match indicated she seemed to realize it.It looked as if Serena could have trouble when, in the second game of the match, her right ankle turned awkwardly when Venus hit behind her on a shot. Serena stood near the baseline with her back to the court for quite a few seconds, then motioned to the chair umpire that she wanted to the see the trainer at the next changeover.Serena had the ankle treated with a 2-1 lead, then broke in the next game, helped when Venus missed an easy swinging volley wide. She would break again for a 5-1 lead, then pound two aces in the next service game to wrap up the first set in 31 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boxers come through LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Serena Williams, left, meets her sister Venus Williams after their match during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018, in New York. Serena Williams won 6-1, 6-2. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Serena Williams equaled her most-lopsided victory ever in 30 professional meetings with sister Venus, beating her 6-1, 6-2 on Friday night in the third round of the U.S. Open.Serena shook off an early ankle injury to win seven straight games and seize control in perhaps her most dominant performance since giving birth to her daughter a year ago Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The sisters’ earliest meeting in a Grand Slam tournament in 20 years was over early, with Venus unable to do anything to blunt Serena’s power, even after the crowd tried desperately to get behind her early in the second set.“It’s not easy,” Serena said, despite how easy it looked in a match that lasted just 1 hour, 12 minutes.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’“She’s my best friend. She means the world to me. Every time she loses, I feel like I do. It’s not very easy, but it’s a tournament. We know there’s more to life than just playing each other and playing tennis.”They hadn’t played this early in a Grand Slam since Venus won in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open in their first meeting as pros, and only once over the next two decades had either won so decisively. Serena won by the same score in a semifinal victory in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2013. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Castro back for Gilas Pilipinas in crucial duel vs Iran

first_imgLATEST STORIES The 32-year-old Castro, one of the best point guards in Asia, missed Gilas’ last three games due to a three-game suspension for his involvement in the ugly brawl against Australia at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan five months ago.Forward Troy Rosario is also making his return to the national team after serving his three-game suspension and so is Arwind Santos, who is donning the Philippines’ colors for the first time since 2009.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 ChrissThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas announced the 12-man roster Sunday afternoon.Joining the three returnees are Japeth Aguilar, Beau Belga, June Mar Fajardo, Marcio Lassiter, Gabe Norwood, Christian Standhardinger, LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson and Matthew Wright. 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThe Philippine team gets a shot in the arm with the return of Jayson Castro against Iran on Monday night in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.Castro’s comeback couldn’t be more timely with Gilas Pilipinas in a must-win situation against a mighty Iran side following a stunning loss to Kazakhstan on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Barriga loses to Licona in world title fight Standhardinger, the Fil-German big man, will be the Philippines’ naturalized player this time after guard Stanley Pringle led the team against the Kazakhs.Castro, Rosario and Santos meanwhile, replaced Alex Cabagnot, Greg Slaughter and Poy Erram.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ View commentslast_img read more