Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

first_imgChristian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph LeongsonChristian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Here’s something you don’t see everyday. @CStandhardinger shooting one-handed free throws. pic.twitter.com/xE4W1HvCDG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges View comments “I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”Here’s some proof that @CStandhardinger can make those one-handed FTs! pic.twitter.com/7Nd5E1fl64ADVERTISEMENT READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBIn Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenecenter_img LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.”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 awardlast_img read more

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Wawrinka, Muguruza out in 2nd round, heat soars in Australia

first_imgThat left only Maria Sharapova, Aneglique Kerber and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.Sharapova and Kerber meet in the third round, meaning only one of the remaining Australian Open winners can reach the second week.Sharapova, the 2008 Australian Open winner, beat No. 14-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a fourth-round loss to her in last year’s U.S. Open. That was Sharapova’s first major since returning from a 15-month doping ban following a failed test here in 2016.Kerber, the 2016 champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the Margaret Court Arena crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.“Happy to be playing tennis again like 2016,” said Kerber, who has won 11 straight matches.Still aiming for a first major, top-ranked Simona Halep, a two-time French Open finalist, held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep next plays Lauren Davis.Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta lost in straight sets to U.S. lucky loser Bernarda Pera, who is ranked No. 123-ranked and making her Grand Slam debut. She didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until Margarita Gasparyan withdrew.“It feels amazing. I was ready to leave on Monday and then they told me I’m in,” said Pera, who next plays No. 20 Barbora Strycova.U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over No. 92-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.Also advancing were No. 6 Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia, No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska, No. 28 Ash Barty and No. 29 Lucie Safarova. 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 Benilde outlasts Arellano in shootout for NCAA football title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments United States’ Tennys Sandgren celebrates after defeating Switzerland’s Stan Wawrinka in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Stan Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the Australian Open, site of his Grand Slam breakthrough.The 2014 champion clearly wasn’t fit enough against No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren, though, and made his earliest exit in a decade — 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Warwinka was playing at night when the temperature dropped a few degrees but appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten 26-year-old Sandgren, who had never beaten a top 10 player and now has two wins at Grand Slam tournaments.Sandgren appeared to be slightly awkward at how lopsided it was against Wawrinka, who has a clearly visible scar running down his left knee.“I know it’s tough with a former champion,” he said. “I wish him the best on his road to recovery.”Muguruza also struggled with her fitness in the build up to the Australian Open, retiring from a game at the Brisbane International because of cramping, and withdrawing ahead of the Sydney International quarterfinals because of a thigh problem.Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help her in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to No. 88-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win over Monfils. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.The win was a relief for Djokovic, who lost in a second-round shocker here last year, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Mofils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”Djokovic, who won five of the six titles from 2011-2016, is a step closer to a possible meeting with fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev, who had a 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 win over Gojowczyk.It’s supposed to be even hotter on Friday, with a forecast high of 42 Celsius (108 Fahrenheit).No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey won’t have to deal with that after their second-round losses.Among the leading men advancing were 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro, No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After a searing day at Melbourne Park when the temperature hit 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), and tempers were tested, No. 9 Wawrinka was one of three seeded players to fall in the men’s draw.Wimbledon champion and No. 3-ranked Garbine Muguruza was one of five seeded players to lose in the women’s side on Day 4.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 folkSix-time champion Novak Djokovic survived the round, but complained of the “brutal” heat in a four-set win over an ailing Gael Monfils that extended his record to 15-0 in their career head-to-heads.Djokovic is playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, and has remodeled his serve to take some load of his injured right elbow. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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2 teams kick off Maharlika hoops

first_imgLATEST STORIES “I’m very humbled and excited at the same time to be working with Sen. Pacquiao for this noble project of him to discover untapped talents across the country and give former pros another chance to prove their worth,” said MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes.Opening rites start at 7 p.m. before the Parañaque Patriots battle the Caloocan Supremos at 8 p.m.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 folkA brand new car and 10 motorbikes will also be up for grabs for lucky fans who will watch the opener live.“This league will be a great help to young players, including those in the provinces, aiming to make it to the pro ranks,” said Pacquiao. Kenneth Duremdes. File PhotoThe Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League starts Thursday with its Anta Rajah Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao, the league is patterned after the defunct Metropolitan Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gritty Lady Red Spikers climb out of two-set hole, frustrate Lady Pirates Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships PLAY LIST 01:30Pacquiao bares disputes over committee chairmanships01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race01:05Miserable Christmas Day: ‘Ursula’ pummels Visayas; 10 dead02:14Carpio 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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TY Tang shines in one-off return

first_imgPBA IMAGESGo for Gold assistant coach TY Tang clarified that his comeback tour is good for only one game.“It’s just a one-game contract,” said Tang on Tuesday. “Coach Charles (Tiu)’s offer was just too grand that I can’t say no. He told me he’ll treat me.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After Paolo Pontejos’ gutsy drive gave the lead back to the Heavy Bombers, 104-103, the Scratchers had one last chance to win the game in the last 7.2 ticks and went to Tang, but he air-balled his three-point attempt at the buzzer.“I was thinking of a Cinderella-story at that point in time. I thought it was gonna be a good ending for me,” he said.No go for TY Tang! #PBADLeague pic.twitter.com/jNnZvuwVEy— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 30, 2018Despite the loss, the current St. Benilde coach was happy to have been alongside his wards even for just a game as he hoped to have been an example to his players.“It was a good learning curve for the CSB guys,” he said as he has his sights set for the Blazers’ run in the upcoming NCAA Season 94.Tang elaborated: “I’ve been telling them that it’s really the smarts in the game that you need to have. More than the talent, it’s always the IQ and the skill level. You might have the talent, but if you don’t know how to use it, it will still be difficult. You have to play with five players inside the court, and that’s what coach Charles, me and the rest of the coaching staff are trying to instill in our team. Everybody has to rotate, everybody has to move the ball, share the ball, because that’s how we’re gonna get.””Hopefully, we bring that kind of experience to our campaign this coming season. Hopefully, we get there in a few months’ time.” Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Kai Sotto raring to learn from Gilas seniors LATEST STORIES He almost became the Scratchers’ savior late in the game.The 33-year-old got fouled by JRU guard Jed Mendoza with 16.6 seconds left and canned his two freebies to put Go for Gold up, 103-102.TY Tang puts Go for Gold up, 103-102 with 16.6 left! #PBADLeague pic.twitter.com/KBAltwQy9U— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 30, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return PLAY LIST 02:54Praise, festivities at Quiapo Church ahead of Black Nazarene’s return02:11Iranian-Americans say they were detained at border00:50Trending 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 awardcenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Admittedly out of shape for his first organized game in almost three years, Tang was satisfied with how he fared, finishing the game with two points, three assists, and a rebound in his 15 minutes of action.But his run stops there as the Scratchers continue their search for a replacement for Kent Salado, who re-injured his MCL on his right knee in the team’s 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opener against Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“At least, I still performed well. But that’s all of it. It’s just really one game for me,” the seven-year PBA veteran said. “We’re still looking for a replacement for Kent right now. Hopefully, we get somebody in replacement of him so that we can continue on with our campaign for this conference.“But Tang, who last played with Mighty Sports in 2016, showed signs that he still got game — and more. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right tracklast_img read more

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As deadline nears, can Cavaliers find deal to make a difference?

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES View comments FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers players, from left, LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, JR Smith and Jae Crowder take a break during a review in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis. James and the Cavaliers are going through their annual January freeze. It’s taking them longer to thaw this year, raising questions about whether they’re still the best team in the Eastern Conference or good enough to make their fourth straight NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)LeBron James says he won’t be traded, though every other move should be on the table for the Cleveland Cavaliers.It’s just unclear if anything can make a difference.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The Cavaliers are a team that’s deeply in a rut and badly in need of a change to jump-start a season that shows signs of slipping away. But they’re down to their final hours to find help via trade, with the deadline set for Thursday afternoon.Impact players are traded, but this season the biggest ones may have already been moved. Jimmy Butler, Chris Paul, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony all were dealt over the summer, as was Kyrie Irving — in a move that may have backfired for the Cavs. Their former point guard has led Boston to the top of the Eastern Conference, while Isaiah Thomas has struggled in the brief time he’s been available since returning from his hip injury.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 folkCleveland also acquired the Brooklyn Nets’ No. 1 pick in that deal, a likely high lottery selection. But the type of names most heavily mentioned in the days before this year’s deadline — such as the Clippers’ DeAndre Jordan and Lou Williams, and Memphis’ Tyreke Evans — aren’t worth such a coveted asset. They can certainly help teams but maybe not ones who seem as far off track as the Cavs, who have dropped 14 of 21 and are barely hanging on to a spot in the top four of the Eastern Conference.The deadline was moved up this season, with the NBA feeling it would give players who are dealt a chance to use the All-Star break to get acclimated to their new situations. The deadline previously was at the end of the break, and it sure looks like the Cavs wouldn’t want to wait that long this season. 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Troy Rosario stretchered off after hard fall Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland has been able to score late-season help in recent years by signing veteran players who had taken buyouts and gone to the waiver wire, but even that kind of move may not be available this time. With so much uncertainty about James’ future, Cleveland may not be an attractive destination to veterans who have other options.But James’ immediate future is clear. He said Tuesday after a 116-98 loss in Orlando that he would not waive his no-trade clause and would finish the season in Cleveland.“I couldn’t give up on my teammates like that. I just couldn’t do it,” James said. “We put too much into the game every single day.”They’re just not getting enough out of it.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Tennis association, Bouchard settle liability lawsuit

first_imgMOST READ She said she felt “vindicated” by a jury’s verdict in an initial phase of the trial finding the USTA mostly liable for the accident.A second phase, at which Bouchard was expected testify about how the accident had harmed her career and the jury was to decide what damages the USTA should pay, was interrupted on Friday by several hours of closed-door talks between the parties. They emerged with the deal but declined to disclose the terms.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 folkUSTA lawyer Alan Kaminsky said that he was satisfied with the outcome and that the sport’s national governing body “certainly wishes Ms. Bouchard the best in her career.”The accident occurred after Bouchard had just played in a mixed doubles match and returned to the locker room at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens shortly after 10 p.m. Minutes later, she fell on the tile floor of a physiotherapy room inside the locker room. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Bouchard, 23, told a jury in federal court in Brooklyn that she had taken two steps into the training area en route to take an ice bath when she lost her footing “and hit the back of my head on the floor.” She recalled being in “shock” as she found herself “staring at the ceiling.”The player’s lawyers argued that the USTA was at fault for the unsafe conditions. The defense countered that she should have known not to go into the area unless she was accompanied by a trainer.Bouchard, once ranked No. 5 in the world and a Wimbledon finalist in 2014, was forced to withdraw from the U.S. Open and from subsequent tournaments in China and Japan, her lawsuit said.The accident sent Bouchard, now ranked No. 116, into “a downward spiral that she has not been able to recover from,” her lawyer Benedict Morelli told jurors.Kaminsky responded that though Bouchard fell in the rankings she didn’t lose any of her lucrative off-court endorsement deals.ADVERTISEMENT Tennis star Eugenie Bouchard leaves Brooklyn Federal court, Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, in New York. Bouchard testified during her negligence lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association that a wet floor caused her to slip and fall inside a locker room at the 2015 U.S. Open. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — The United States Tennis Association and popular Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard reached a settlement in her liability lawsuit on Friday, ending a trial at which she testified about slipping and falling on a wet locker room floor at the 2015 U.S. Open and suffering a head injury.Asked how she felt as she left the courthouse, Bouchard responded, “Just relief and happiness right now,” adding she was ready to get back to playing tennis.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Everyone who sponsored her before the U.S. Open continues to,” he said, adding she remained “very marketable” because of a large following on social media.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Woods 4 back with everyone around him at Honda Classic Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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

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Alyssa issues another appeal for unity

first_imgValdez apologized for arriving late, along with Creamline teammate Jia Morado who is trying her luck for the first time.The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. conducted the first of two tryouts for the squad that will vie in the Asian Games in Indonesia this August. A total of 34 players have been invited.“We hope that for the next training we can commit our time because it’s really a sign of discipline,” Valdez said.De Jesus, who helped the country snag bronze in the 2005 Manila Southeast Asian Games, admitted the big pressure on taking on global powers Korea, Japan, China, Chinese Taipei and Kazakhstan.“The critics will always be there. They can say what they want to say. But for me, we’re here because we want to fix the national team and welcome those who want to help,” said De Jesus, a 10-time UAAP champion for La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Among the big names that graced the first tryouts were Aby Maraño, Jaja Santiago, Dindin Manabat, Ara Galang, Cherry Rondina, Majoy Baron, Cha Cruz-Behag, Kim Fajardo and Kim Dy.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Alyssa Valdez, Philippine volleyball’s most recognizable player, once again made an appeal for unity in the sport that has seen mainstream success and leadership disputes on equal measure the past several years.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lady Eagles in vital outing against Lady Spikers Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina This Valdez said on Friday night after taking part in the first day of tryouts for the national team, which is again being bombarded by critics starting from the appointment of coach Ramil de Jesus.“I will continue showing up because this is for the country,” said the soft-spoken but heavy-hitting open spiker in Filipino. “Hopefully, this continues and everybody gets united for volleyball.”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 crownAside from several groups attempting to take the reins from the current governing body of the sport, volleyball is also wracked by the bitter rivalry between Philippine Superliga and Premier Volleybal League.The 24-year-old Valdez, who rose to fame as the heart and soul of Ateneo in the UAAP, was among the 16 players who showed up in the national team tryouts at Arellano University gym. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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

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Brazil in an unusual spot after a draw to open World Cup

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Brazil drew Sweden 1-1 back then, the same score of its match against Switzerland in Rostov-on-Don on Sunday, when all the hype surrounding Neymar and his teammates turned into disappointment and concern.The result that ended Brazil’s nine-match winning streak in openers left the national team two points behind group leader Serbia, which defeated Costa Rica 1-0 earlier 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 crownOne of the main title favorites, Brazil suddenly sees itself having to come from behind to keep alive its hopes of winning the team’s first world title since 2002. But although the result felt like a loss, there was no reason to panic just yet, as Brazil remains heavily favored to advance. Switzerland, No. 6 in the world, was considered Brazil’s toughest opponent in Group E.Another consolation was the fact that in 2010, Spain lost its opener against Switzerland but went on to win the title anyway. Also, Argentina and Germany also failed win in their openers in Russia, while Spain and Portugal drew when they played each other in their initial match. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Murray excited to end 11-month absence at Queen’s this week MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “Nobody can win or lose the World Cup in the first match,” Brazil forward Gabriel Jesus said. “We have two decisive matches ahead of us. Of course we didn’t want to draw, but we also didn’t lose. We are more alive than ever.”Brazil next faces Costa Rica on Friday in St. Petersburg and anything but victory will be a disaster. But three points would put Brazil right back in position to advance from the group. Its final game will be against Serbia on June 27 in Nizhny Novgorod.“This is only the beginning,” defender Miranda said. “We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. We have to move on and keep going match by match. We’ll try to win the three points in the next one.”Brazil now hasn’t won in three straight World Cup matches, following the 2014 losses to Germany in the semifinals and to the Netherlands in the third-place match at the home tournament. It’s a winless streak that hadn’t happened since 1978, when it reached four World Cup games without a victory.Brazil followed that 1978 draw against Sweden with a scoreless tie against Spain before defeating Austria 1-0 in the last group match to survive and advance to the second round. It eventually finished the tournament in third place.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 View comments Brazil has conceded goals in six straight World Cup matches, going back to a 0-0 draw against Mexico in the second match of the group stage in 2014.The Brazilians complained of two key refereeing decisions that went against the five-time champions Sunday: A push on Miranda that aided Switzerland’s goal, and a no-call they felt should have produced a penalty.But coach Tite acknowledged his side could have played better. “This team can produce more,” he said.Brazil made too many mistakes with the ball, missing easy passes throughout the field and failing to capitalize on the chances it created, especially in the second half after conceding the equalizer.Switzerland marked Neymar well and didn’t let him play by making several fouls on the Paris Saint-Germain star. He was limping when he talked to reporters after the match but said it was nothing serious. Team doctors also dismissed any significant problem with Neymar, who was out for about three months earlier this year because of a foot injury.Tite said Neymar might not be fully fit until the team’s third match in Russia.A fully fit Neymar will be needed if Brazil can’t turn things around and arrive for the deciding match against Serbia on the brink of elimination.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brazil’s Neymar gestures during the group E match against Switzerland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Rostov Arena in Rostov-on-Don, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)SOCHI, Russia — This is unfamiliar territory for five-time World Cup champion Brazil.The last time it didn’t win its first game in a World Cup, Pele had just retired from soccer. The “Selecao” had won every one of its opening matches since 1978, a year after “The King’s” farewell.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

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Warriors coach Steve Kerr receives contract extension

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? For weeks ahead of the 2018 playoffs, the Warriors hardly looked like that super team that dominated through the previous postseason. They lost their final regular-season game at Utah by 40 points.Yet Kerr and his players insisted all along they would find another level when there was something bigger to play for.Kerr was forced to use a mindboggling 27 different starting lineups to get through the regular season and wind up a No. 2 seed behind Houston, with the Western Conference finals marking the first time the Warriors had to open a series on the road since 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr encourages his team during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr has received a contract extension following the franchise’s repeat championship and third title in four years during his tenure.Kerr and general manager Bob Myers, who are close friends and colleagues, said when the season ended that something would get done quickly once they began formal discussions. Kerr had one year remaining on his original $25 million, five-year contract. Details of the extension were not announced Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES James offered a shoutout to Kerr during the finals.“I could sit here and say today — ‘Listen, Golden State is a great team …’ — I didn’t even mention their head coach,” James said. “Their head coach is the one who kind of puts it all together, makes it all flow. To be able to put egos and the right position and spot on the floor where everybody feels good about the outcome and things of that nature — when it comes to team sports, that’s something that you would hope that you could be a part of.”Kerr owns a 265-63 record (.808), guiding the Warriors to a record 73-win season in 2015-16 before a runner-up finish to the Cavaliers. His Warriors then went a record 16-1 during the 2017 postseason on the way to another title.He was tested more as a coach this season, aside from his 43-game absence to begin the 2015-16 season when then-top assistant and current Lakers coach Luke Walton led the Warriors to a record 24-0 start and 39-4 mark before Kerr’s return to the bench.Late in the regular season this year, Golden State lost seven of 10 during one noteworthy funk for a team that when healthy starts four All-Stars and can score in flurries with a pass-happy offense that racks up assists.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The 52-year-old Kerr has said he hopes to coach at least another decade and perhaps 15 years. His Warriors swept LeBron James and Cleveland in the fourth straight NBA Finals matchups between the rivals.Kerr stayed healthy and on the bench while continuing to deal with symptoms such as headaches and dizzy spells stemming from a pair of back surgeries following the 2015 title.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 Warriors marked themselves as a dynasty with their latest crown. They joined Bill Russell’s Boston Celtics, the Chicago Bulls led by Michael Jordan and the Lakers’ trio of title runs fueled by George Mikan in the 1950s, Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the ’80s, and Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant nearly 20 years ago as the only franchises in NBA history to capture three championships in four years.Golden State captured the franchise’s first title in 40 years during 2014-15, with Kerr as a rookie head coach. Now, the Warriors are gearing up for one more season in Oracle Arena before opening their state-of-the-art Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood in August 2019. 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Blackwater dumps Rising Zephyr, gets crack at Super 8 semis

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins That was until the Elite caught fire with a blistering 16-0 run to take a 42-28 lead off of Raymar’s Jose’s three-point play with 3:54 left in the quarter.Blackwater then banked on a strong finish to keep its distance, outscoring Fukuoka, 24-11, in the fourth quarter and pushing the lead to 86-60 lead courtesy of JP Erram’S triple with 1:21 left in the game.Raymar Jose flirted with a double-double with 18 points and nine rebounds while John Pinto had 15 points, nine in the third quarter, six rebounds, and four assists.Mike Digregorio filled up the stat sheets with 11 points, five rebounds, and six assists while Paul Zamar came short of a double-double after finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds.Kazuya Hatano led Fokuoka with 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Rizing Zephyr end the group stage without a win.ADVERTISEMENT D-League: CEU thumps AMA to boost semis bid LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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 MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MACAU—Blackwater has found relative success in foreign soil.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The Elite have a chance to advance to the semifinals after defeating Japanese team Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka  of the Asia League Super 8 Thursday at Macau East Asian Games Dome here.Blackwater, which bowed out early in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, finished with a 2-1 record in Group B in the tournament pitting top ball clubs in Asia.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 Elite await the result of Guangzhou and Seoul match later in the day to find out whether they advance to the next round.Both teams exchanged blows well until the start of the second quarter with the Rizing Zephyr taking a 28-26 lead five minutes into the period. View commentslast_img read more

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