Hubert Lawrence | Bolt and one last 200m

first_img ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS On my additional list of Bolt-Please-Run-The-200-This-Year questions were, ‘Didn’t the rain slow him down to 19.78 seconds at the Rio Olympics’ and ‘Weren’t we all dreaming of sub-19 just the year before?’ Pressed for answers from my host, a keen sports fan, I kept on eating. Bolt is clearly taking a minimalist approach to this sayonara season. When Carl Lewis was in his swansong, he ran mostly relays around the world. Michael Johnson did the same. Both wanted to meet their fans who cheered them on during their accomplished careers. Bolt is doing things differently. While those gentlemen could ease off the accelerator in training, the tall man is intent on defending his World Championship crown in the 100 metres. As defending champion in both sprints, he has the assurance of the oddly named wild card and could run the 200m if he changes his mind. To check the box of running at home, he will step forward in the Racers Grand Prix. Later, it seems that he is expected to run 300 metres in the Czech Republic city of Ostrava where he always receives a hero’s welcome. Don’t bet on him competing here, there and everywhere. I was gobbling merrily away at an Easter Monday cookout when the question came. Why isn’t Usain Bolt running the 200 metres at the IAAF World Championships in London? Having fed me, my host wasn’t far from demanding a good answer. I didn’t have one. I’d long resolved to enjoy whatever the incomparable one chose to do in this, his final year of competition. That resolve only came after I had laid to rest my own wish for Bolt to give his considerable all to the 200m in this farewell season. My culinary interrogator asked me the questions I’ve stopped asking myself. Isn’t he better at 200m? The Bolt Olympic/World Championship 100/200m gold medal count answers seven in the 200m, and six in the 100m. Isn’t it his favourite event the 200m? Yes. Is his inconsistent start more a liability in the short event? Yes. GIBSON FOLKLORE It would have been great if he had run at the Gibson-McCook Relays, where he once helped the Racers to a 4×100 metres record. In 2010, he entered Gibson folklore with a 44.2 second 4×400 metre anchor leg. The fans would have loved it. They’ll love him at the Racers meet and anywhere he goes this season and not just because he will soon run no more. He’s that rare blend between athletic prowess and personality. Those attributes have made him an asset to the sport of athletics since his emergence as a superstar in 2008 at the Beijing Olympic Games. How was the Easter meal? Like Bolt’s career, it was so good that most people would answer with the famous Oliver Twist quote, ‘Please sir, I want some more.’ – Hubert Lawrence went to that Easter Barbeque after TV broadcasts of the Carifta Games were finished.last_img read more

Pressure on Barcelona

first_imgMADRID (AP):The pressure is on Barcelona to keep the pressure on Real Madrid.The defending champions, who lead the Spanish league on the head-to-head tiebreaker but have played one game more than Madrid, will need to be at their best tomorrow against a Villarreal team with the league’s second-best defence.”We have to win every match until the end to keep putting pressure on Madrid,” Barcelona forward Luis Suarez said.Villarreal won’t be easy opponents, even with Lionel Messi, Neymar and Suarez all looking for goals. The team has conceded fewer goals than any team, except for Atletico Madrid. It’s also in the chase for a Champions League spot, currently in fifth place.Barcelona, however, have scored a league-leading 104 goals, and are also carrying momentum after four consecutive victories that included a 7-1 rout of Osasuna and a 3-2 win over Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium two weeks ago. The Catalan club scored at least three goals in each of their last four games.Its attacking trio is only two goals short of a 100 for the season in all competitions. Messi alone has scored 49 goals, including 33 to lead the Spanish league. Suarez has 34 goals and Neymar 15. The three scored a record of 131 goals last season, and had 122 in 2014-15.SOLID DEFENCEVillarreal are five points behind fourth-place Sevilla, the last team currently securing a Champions League spot. The teams in fifth and sixth places will play in the Europa League.Villarreal’s solid defence, which has conceded only 28 goals in 35 league matches in the first season under coach Fran Escriba, starts with the efforts of veteran captain Bruno Soriano in the midfield, and continues with the reliable performances of Mateo Musacchio and central defender Victor Ruiz, who could miss tomorrow’s game because of an injury.Barcelona, trying to win their second consecutive Spanish league title, may count on the return of midfielder Andres Iniesta, who missed the game at Espanyol last weekend because of a right-leg muscle injury.last_img read more

Beyoncé presents Colin Kaepernick with SI’s Muhammad Ali Award

first_imgMOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kaepernick skipped the red carpet prior to the show and was not available for questions. The awards show will be broadcast Friday night on NBC Sports Network.Kaepernick also recently was honored by the ACLU of Southern California with the Eason Monroe Courageous Advocate Award and was named GQ magazine’s “Citizen of the Year” for his activism, which included pledging $1 million to “organizations working in oppressed communities.” NVGRELATED STORIES:Colin Kaepernick named GQ magazine’s citizen of the year200 NFL players protest in defiance of TrumpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Beyoncé was brought out as a surprise presenter by comedian Trevor Noah. She said she was “proud and humbled” to present the award.Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File“Colin took action with no fear of consequence or repercussion,” Beyoncé said. “Only hope to change the world for the better. To change perception, to change the way we treat each other. Especially people of color.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseLast year’s Ali Award winner, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, called Kaepernick a “worthy recipient” during a video tribute.“He fully embraced the risk to his career in order to remind Americans of the systemic racism that was denying African Americans their opportunities to equal education, jobs, health and even their lives,” Abdul-Jabbar said. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Colin Kaepernick attends the 2017 ACLU SoCal’s Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)NEW YORK (AP) — Beyoncé presented Colin Kaepernick with Sports Illustrated’s Muhammad Ali Legacy Award on Tuesday night.Kaepernick promised that “with or without the NFL’s platform, I will continue to work for the people.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial inequality and police brutality.AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, FileThe demonstration sparked a wave of protests by NFL players during the anthem that repeatedly has been denounced by President Donald Trump.Kaepernick parted ways with the San Francisco 49ers in March and hasn’t been signed by another team. He filed a grievance against the NFL in October alleging that he remains unsigned as a result of collusion by owners following his protests.He spoke Tuesday about continuing Ali’s legacy for fighting social injustice, saying the boxing great “mentored me without ever meeting me.”“The footprints he leaves are large,” Kaepernick said, “and his life is and has been a multi-textured tapestry that is rich in love, wisdom, life lessons and human kindness. I can only hope that I’m taking steps toward walking on the footsteps that he has left behind for the world to follow.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Serena ‘very likely’ to make comeback at Australian Openlast_img read more

McGregor shuns Pacquiao, wants ‘true fight’ next

first_imgView comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. All systems go for Philippine Cup despite leadership squabble Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES 3 alleged bet collectors of ‘bookies’ nabbed in Quezon Pacquiao, manager fuel speculations of potential McGregor fight Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MMA star Conor McGregor (left) downplayed an announcement by Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao (right) that they had opened talks for a fight. McGregor said he wanted to do a ‘true fight’ next, referring to mixed martial arts. AFP FILE PHOTOSNEW YORK, United States — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor, touted as a potential opponent for Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao, has indicated he wants his next bout to be a return to the octagon rather than the ring.Caught on video by the celebrity news site while out and about in New York, McGregor was asked about Pacquiao’s announcement last week that he had opened talks to fight McGregor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “I think a true fight is what I want to do next,” McGregor says in the video posted online on Saturday. “MMA next.”Ireland’s McGregor hasn’t fought in mixed martial arts or boxing since losing a boxing bout to unbeaten Floyd Mayweather by a 10th-round technical knockout in their much-hyped bout in Las Vegas in August.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkShowtime sports released final figures on Friday showing the cross-combat superfight drew the second-most North American pay-per-view buys in history with 4.3 million.Only one other fight — Mayweather’s 2015 clash with Pacquiao — has ever drawn more, racking up 4.6 million pay-per-view buys. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Showtime said in a statement that global revenues, including ticket sales, sponsorship and international distribution, for Mayweather-McGregor had exceeded $600 million. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Anti-Trump protests have shrunk. What’s it mean for 2020? Suspected drug pusher falls in Quezon sting MOST READ How Trump’s impeachment differs from a criminal trial Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Young Taki Saito displays grace in first appearance as PBA muse

first_imgView comments Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “When I arrived, I actually came a little but late because I just came from Sunday Pinasaya [GMA’s Sunday variety show] and I was already stressed,” said Saito. “So when I came here I said to myself that I’d just go with the flow and follow whoever’s in front of me.”“I just wanted to enjoy myself and I really did enjoy and I was so happy because my team, Alaska, was very nice to me and they really took care of me.”What helped Saito ease herself was how Alaska skipper Simon Enciso treated her like a baby sister.“I was very happy to meet him and he was always asking me if I was okay because he knows I’m underage,” said Saito. “They took care of me like a baby.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Myrtle Sarrosa fulfills childhood dream of representing Ginebra At just 17-years-old, Taki Saito doesn’t have problems being one of the faces of the longest-running noontime show in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson And yet when she was chosen as the muse of Alaska for the opening ceremonies of the PBA’s 43rd season, she couldn’t help but draw back a little.“It was a big pressure because it was really big news for me and this is my first time doing this,” said Saito Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “My first reaction was ‘oh my God what does a muse do? What will I do?’”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 folkSaito’s initial jitters, though, seemed to have faded away once she led the Aces onto the historic floor of the Big Dome.She displayed the grace and confidence in front of the thousands of the spectators, and she did it as the first muse to be introduced in the opening ceremonies. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields defeats Tori Nelson

first_imgIn a photo provided by Showtime, Claressa Shields is interviewed after he win over Tori Nelson during a boxing bout Friday night, Jan. 12, 2018, in Verona, N.Y. Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles. (Stephanie Trapp/Showtime via AP)VERONA, N.Y. — Two-time Olympic boxing champion Claressa Shields scored a unanimous 10-round decision over Tori Nelson on Friday night at Turning Stone Casino to retain her women’s WBC and IBF super middleweight world titles.Each of the three judges scored the fight 100-90 for Shields (5-0, 2 KOs), of Flint, Michigan, who was nearly 20 years younger than her opponent. The 41-year-old Nelson (17-1-3, 1 KO), who won a middleweight world title in 2011 but had only fought twice since June 2015, lost for the first time in her career.ADVERTISEMENT Nelson, of Ashburn, Virginia, took the fight to Shields at the outset, but as the bout wore on the young champion proved to be the more skilled boxer, able to avoid Nelson’s big hooks and using her jab to keep her foe at bay.Nelson landed a sharp body shot in the seventh round, putting Shields on the ropes and landing several more punches. But the 22-year-old Shields, who likes to boast she’s the greatest of all-time, dodged most of them and landed a right hand of her own that stunned Nelson and sent her backward.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 folkWBO and WBC middleweight champion Christina Hammer (21-0, 9 KOs) watched the fight from ringside. Shields said after her victory Friday night, which was televised live on Showtime, that she could easily go down in weight to face Hammer, who is from Kazakhstan.“I think she’s pretty scared, to be honest. She’s more worried about me than I am her,” Shields said after her win. “I can’t wait to fight her and show her that she isn’t (better than me).” Shields pummeled Nikki Adler last August to win the two super middleweight titles. That lopsided fight, Adler’s first loss in 17 bouts, was stopped in the fifth round. Shields’ combinations left Adler defenseless in a matchup of previously unbeaten boxers.Shields displayed her dominance in the punching totals on Friday night, connecting on 225 of 632 overall and 186 of 425 power punches to Nelson’s 81 of 400 and 70 of 348.After the fight, Shields donated her gloves to the International Boxing Hall of Fame in nearby Canastota, New York.Shields became the first woman to headline a fight card on premium cable in March and again last August on Showtime. She’s the first American, male or female, to win a boxing gold medal since Andre Ward at the 2004 Athens Olympics.The only other U.S. boxer to win two Olympic gold medals is Oliver Kirk, who took the bantamweight and featherweight titles at the 1904 Olympics in St. Louis.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Wall pushes Wizards over the line in OT win vs Nets OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Officer dies of cardiac arrest after fan violence in Spain

first_imgLights 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 Earlier Thursday, German police arrested a Russian suspected of seriously injuring a British soccer fan during the European Championship in France two years ago.“UEFA strongly condemns the violent clashes which occurred in Bilbao,” the governing body for European soccer said in a statement. “We are in contact with local authorities to obtain further information on these incidents.”The Spanish league said it “deplores and condemns the death” of the police officer, and its president said he hopes FIFA and UEFA take action to halt fan violence.“The Russian ultras shouldn’t have traveled to Bilbao because of their history,” Javier Tebas told the sports daily As.The trouble erupted ahead of the round-of-32 match in the second-tiered European club competition.ADVERTISEMENT Police were escorting some Spartak fans into the stadium but a stray group allegedly started igniting fireworks and throwing flares and objects toward Athletic supporters and police officers.The fighting spread onto the streets near the stadium and police struggled to restore order. Many fans were seen trying to run away from the trouble as fireworks exploded all around.There was concern ahead of the match because of the reported presence of ‘Ultra’ Russian fans in Bilbao, and a large police force was deployed to try to prevent fan trouble.There were reports of other minor clashes involving Russian fans in Bilbao for Thursday’s match.Six years ago a fan died in Bilbao in clashes after a match between Athletic and German club Schalke.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Muguruza beats Garcia again to advance to Dubai semifinals MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Basque riot policemen control the perimeter of the stadium close to FC Spartak Moskva’s followers before the match during the Europa League – round of 32, 2nd leg, between Athletic Bilbao and FC Spartak Moskva, at San Mames stadium, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Thursday, Feb.22, 2018. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)BILBAO, Spain — A Spanish riot police officer died of cardiac arrest after clashes involving Russian soccer fans before a Europa League match on Thursday between hosts Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow, raising concerns less than four months before the World Cup in Russia.Basque Country authorities in northern Spain said the officer died in a hospital after the confrontations outside San Mames Stadium in the city of Bilbao, which will host matches in the 2020 European Championship.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police also said a Russian man was injured but the extent of his injuries was not immediately disclosed. Five people were arrested — three Russian nationals and two Spaniards.The identity of the dead officer was not immediately disclosed. Local media said he was a 50-year-old man.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 folkThere were conflicting reports about what caused his death, with some saying he was taken ill during the confrontations and other reports suggesting he was hit by an object during the fighting.Spartak won the match 2-1 but Athletic advanced 4-3 on aggregate. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may sufferlast_img read more

Blazing FEU stays grounded ahead of second round

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “It was a nice finish in the first round, we have five wins against two losses, and we played really well today,” said Pons whose team committed 17 errors against the Golden Tigresses, their best outcome this season after averaging 33.33 miscues per game.“We have to work even harder if we want to replicate in the second round what we did in the first round.”FEU also limited Cherry Rondina who, prior to facing the Lady Tamaraws averaged 23.33 points per game, to just 11 points.“It all began in our training sessions where we talked on how we would stop Sisi,” said Pons who finished with eight points against UST. “Sis likes to hit crosscourt kills so we just have to put blockers on her way and it became effective for us.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Far Eastern University is the hottest team in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament right now after ending its first round campaign on a four-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments And although the Lady Tamaraws have staked ownership of the second seed in the tournament, skipper Bernadeth Pons knows they have to stay grounded if they plan to sustain their scorching play into the latter half of the season.“I’m always reminding my teammates that even though we are winning, we should not let up because the season is still a long way from being over,” said Pons in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia arena after blasting University of Santo Tomas in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe victory propelled the Lady Tamaraws to a 5-2 record, tied with La Salle at second place.Pons said the team was in an elated mood after winning their last game before the second round, but she knows being complacent is not an option for them. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UE, Ateneo clash in UAAP lawn tennis finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

No Holy Week break for Fajardo, Beermen after Hotshots push them to the limit

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES View comments Jalalon admits just trying to mess with Santos’ head during spat Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo is foregoing his annual Holy Week sabbatical to Cebu with still a lot of work ahead for San Miguel  in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals against Magnolia.“Not yet. We have work to do here,” he said in Filipino after the Beermen knotted the best-of-seven series with a 92-77 Game 2 win over the Hotshots on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Coming off a 31-point, 18-rebound showing in Game 1, Fajardo took a back seat this time and chipped in 12 markers, 13 boards, three assists, and three blocks.But as always, his numbers are the least of the Cebuano giant’s concerns as he was just happy to have shared the wealth to his teammates in the triumph.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 crownThe 28-year-old slotman noted that Magnolia’s 104-102 shock win in Game 1 became a “wake up call”  as it reminded San Miguel that nothing comes easy when it comes to the championship dance.“We know we could win if we follow our gameplan. We also give credit to them because they also had a good gameplan,” he said. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “For us, we learned that we couldn’t relax. They won’t be here in the Finals if they’re an easy team to beat. So what we need is when we get a big lead, we need to continue pouncing on them,” he said.This time, San Miguel was able to preserve its lead despite Magnolia cutting what was once a 21-point lead down to just seven, 75-68, early in the fourth canto, answering with a 10-0 salvo to restore order, 85-68, with only five minutes remaining in the game.Fajardo now shifts his focus on the Beermen’s preparations for Game 3, slated next Sunday as the series goes on a virtual best-of-five.“We need to use this break wisely and practice as hard as we could. We can’t think of it as a vacation. Again, we need to use this so that we’ll be ready for Game 3,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

In fresh twist, Philippines dwarfs China to top group

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Garsin surprises Zoleta, clinches semifinal spot Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Guo Haowen rallied China in the fourth, teaming up with Jiang Weize to move to trim Batang Gilas’ lead to six points a couple of times, But Edu and Sotto provided the needed stops while Dalph Panopio and Miguel Oczon helped steady right the ship with timely hits to seal the outcome.The Philippines thus topped its group with a 3-0 card, advancing outright to the quarterfinals. China, on the other hand, needed a 102-45 victory over Indonesia in a qualifying match Wednesday to advance to forge a quarterfinal duel with Asian rival Korea. The Philippines will face the winner of the Chinese Taipei-Bahrain qualifying tussle that was going on at press time.Edu leads the Philippines in scoring after the group phase, averaging 15.3 points per game, while Ildefonso, who also led the squad to a 75-53 rout of Lebanon in their opening game, averages 13.0 an outing. Sotto, meanwhile, averages 12.3 points per game.Edu also leads the Filipinos in rebounds with 11.3 per game and in blocks with 3.7 per game. Sotto averages 1.7 swats per game and the duo made life difficult for China in the shaded lane.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But there wasn’t going to be another rout at the hands of the Chinese. Dave Ildefonso, AJ Edu and the rest of the Batang Gilas made sure of that.Ildefonso shot a team-high 18 points to go with seven rebounds while Edu had a monster performance of 13 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks as the Philippines ripped China, 73-63, Tuesday night in Nonthaburi Stadium in Thailand.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’Ildefonso, son of PBA legend and two-time MVP Danny Ildefonso, drilled back-to-back triples in the third quarter as the Philippines took a 51-33 lead, the country’s biggest, in the third period.Edu, meanwhile, was a rock in the low blocks for Batang Gilas, and teamed up with lanky center Kai Sotto in helping the Philippines achieve what it has rarely done against China squads: Dominate the paint. Edu and Sotto combined for nine blocks and had the Filipinos leading the battle of the boards in the first half. Batang Gilas team. Photo from fiba.basketballThere was every reason to be wary of the opponent. Going into a key Group B match in the Fiba Asia U18 championship, China had handily beaten the Philippines in three previous outings in the tournament.The average winning margin of the Great Wall? 33.7 points, according to Fiba.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ View commentslast_img read more