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Juventus, Napoli light up Serie A

first_imgROME (AP):It’s judgement weekend in Serie A. League leaders Napoli take a two-point lead over Juventus into a highly anticipated clash of the top-two squads today. Then tomorrow, third-place Fiorentina host fourth-place Inter Milan, who are one point behind the Viola.Napoli and Juventus are on club record winning streaks.Napoli have won eight straight, while Juventus have 14 consecutive victories, and need three more to match the Serie A record of 17 established by Inter in 2006-07.Napoli beat Juventus 2-1 in September with goals from Lorenzo Insigne and Gonzalo Higuain, but that was before the Turin club found its stride and was able to overcome the off season departures of Andrea Pirlo, Arturo Vidal, and Carlos Tevez.Having joined Juventus on a €40 million transfer from Palermo in June, Paulo Dybala has developed into the Turin squad’s most dangerous weapon with 13 goals. And with only 15 goals conceded, Juventus have the best defence in Italy.With 24 goals in as many matches, Napoli forward Gonzalo Higuain is having the season of his life. With 14 matches remaining, Higuain already has more goals than the 22 that Mauro Icardi and Toni led Serie A with last season.”My intention is to continue scoring,” Higuain said. “For me, and most important, to help the squad, which is aiming for something really big.”Napoli’s only two Serie A titles came in 1987 and 1990 when Diego Maradona was carrying the club.Also this weekend, it’s Lazio vs Hellas Verona; Carpi vs Roma; Empoli vs Frosinone; Chievo Verona vs Sassuolo; AC Milan vs Genoa; Palermo vs Torino; Sampdoria vs Atalanta; and Udinese vs Bologna.last_img read more

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7th Heaven | Bolt wins 2016 National Sportsman of the Year award

first_imgAndre Lowe, Special Projects Editor – Sports Triple Olympics 2016 gold medal winner Usain Bolt is the 2016 RJR Sports Foundation National Sportsman of the Year. As expected, Bolt, who sprinted into the history books with first place finishes in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the Rio de Janeiro Games walked away with his seventh Sportsman of the Year award, adding to his wins in 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2015. He joins boxing great Michael McCallum as the most successful male athlete in the history of the awards. “For me it was an up and down season as always, it was a rough year but with God’s strength and the support I got from my team, my friends and fans, I was able to pull through. It was good season and I got through. The dream was to get the triple triple and it feels good to accomplish it because its what I worked for in my career,” Bolt said. Olympic 110m hurdles gold medal winner Omar McLeod – Jamaica’s first in the event, was announced as the runner-up. McLeod also won gold in the 60m at the IAAF World Indoor Championships, another first for the country. West Indies cricketer Marlon Samuels was the other nominee. It was the fifth time in the last six years and 14th in the last 16 that a track and field athlete was winning the Sportsman of the Year award.last_img read more

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Slaughter the difference maker in Ginebra’s game 1 win

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “They had a hard time covering him. He was a real difference for us tonight,” said the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor.After Mike Tolomia completed a three-point play with 4.9 seconds remaining to help Meralco cut what was once a 17-point lead down to as small as four, 75-71, Ginebra immediately went to Slaughter, who slammed the ball home just before the buzzer to swing the momentum back to his side.Ginebra then quickly got its bearings together early in the fourth quarter and pulled away for good.Cone, though, challenged Slaughter to sustain this level of play for the rest of the series.“I thought he looked really good tonight. I hope he could continue that, but it’s tough to keep that up for seven games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 Slaughter settling down really was instrumental in Ginebra’s 102-87 Game 1 victory over Meralco, as the former Rookie of the Year came off the bench and poured 14 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks.The whole Gin Kings crew likewise looked poised from the get-go, controlling the game from start to finish to draw first blood in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals.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“We played a good team game today, played good team defense. Everyone chipped in and did their part,” said Slaughter, who is clear frontrunner for this conference’s Best Player plum.But in the eyes of coach Tim Cone, Slaughter was more than just a piece of the puzzle. He was the x-factor for the Kings when the Bolts were making a third quarter uprising. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Greg Slaughter. PBA IMAGESLUCENA — Anticipating the nerves to come on Friday, Greg Slaughter was as cool as ever when he played his first championship game in his professional career.“I didn’t feel too much pressure,” he admitted.ADVERTISEMENT But Slaughter knows that the championship will not just revolve around him as the Gin Kings brace for a tougher Meralco side in Game 2 on Sunday.“We only got one day to turn around. The good thing about winning is they are the ones that have to adjust to us. We can improve on our game plan, but being up gives us the advantage because the loser has to adjust to the winner,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lyceum sets season best in points, rebounds in JRU drubbing Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

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Thompson’s injury another blow for struggling Cavaliers

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES One of Cleveland’s most dependable players over the past few years, Thompson was injured in the second quarter Wednesday night in a loss to the Indiana Pacers. Thompson, who has been moved out and in of the starting lineup by coach Tyronn Lue, left Quicken Loans Arena using crutches. The team said an MRI confirmed the strain and that he’ll need as much as four weeks to recover before he plays again.Thompson’s injury is the latest setback for the Cavs, who have dropped four straight and are 3-5, not where a team expected to make it to its fourth NBA Finals figured to be at this point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut injuries, new players, an older roster and defensive lapses have contributed to make the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions one of the early season’s surprises — for the wrong reasons.Cleveland has lost the past four games by a combined 64 points, the most lopsided four-game span for James since he lost four in a row during his rookie season. But that’s when he was virtually alone on a Clevelandteam, not one with All-Stars like Kevin Love, Dwyane Wade and Derrick Rose. MOST READ Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The worst four-game stretch of LeBron James’ career and a shocking start for the Cavaliers got a little worse Thursday.Forward Tristan Thompson could be out a month with a strained left calf.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny As the Cavs regrouped at practice before leaving to play the Washington Wizards on Friday, there were signs of concern or panic about the slow start from such an experienced team. Losses are going to happen.“No one in here is a rookie,” Wade said. “Everyone in here has been through it. Lots of guys have been through the highest of the highs and the lowest of the lows. It’s frustrating when you’re going through it.We have to continue to understand that we’re going to get out of this together and this is going to be a distant memory at one point, but right now we’re in it. We have to figure it out and I think we will.”Wade said communication, or a lack of it, has been at the root of Cleveland’s problems. With the league’soldest roster, it’s not a surprise that the Cavs are struggling defensively against younger, and in some cases, more athletic teams.But what it alarming is that the Cavs have been slow to correct their mistakes and teams are shooting so well against them. Cleveland’s opponents are making a league-high 42 percent of their 3-point attempts.Wade joked that it feels like teams are “shooting like 90 percent on open shots and 70 percent on contested shots.”“We have a long way to go defensively,” he said. “If we was at our best defensively and they was tagging us like this, it’d be red alert. Right now, as we said, we’ve got to continue to get our coverages down, our communication down.”ADVERTISEMENT Lue has been scrambling to come up with combinations that work, and his job has been made more difficult by injuries to Rose, Iman Shumpert and with James working himself into shape after missing most of the preseason with a sprained ankle.Also, the Cavs are still without All-Star guard Isaiah Thomas, who is still recovering from a hip injury.Wade, who signed a one-year deal for a chance to play alongside his close friend James again, likened the Cavs’ current state to something he experienced a few years ago in Miami.After winning consecutive titles, the Heat started 4-3 before winning 10 straight games. They finished 54-28, won the conference title and made the Finals for the fourth straight year.Wade is still amazed it happened.“I don’t know how we made it,” he said. “As a team, we were kind of like this. It was worse because it wasn’t new guys. It was guys who had been around each other four years in a row. Your jokes weren’t funny anymore to other guys, when you walked in it wasn’t a big smile any more. Guys were just over you. It’s like being in a bad marriage. But we somehow made it to the Finals.“Indiana should have beat us that year. We had a mental edge over those guys and we were able to win. But we shouldn’t have been there. So it’s tough, definitely. That’s why it hasn’t been done a lot. For the guys here, you have to pull from something else to motivate you, to get you to feel that hunger again like you had that first year. That’s sports, it’s tough.”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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View commentslast_img read more

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Panlilio believes 2023 World Cup bid atones for 2019 failure

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios and president Al Panlilio will be part of the Philippines’ delegation for the joint bid in the 2023 Fiba World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netGearing for another crack at hosting the global basketball extravaganza, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) president Al Panlilio couldn’t help but look back at the country’s failed bid in hosting the 2019 Fiba World Cup, sharing that up to this day, he believes the Philippines was the rightful winner.“I felt we won the 2015 bid,” he said on Monday.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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SBP urges Filipinos to rally behind PH’s joint 2023 Fiba World Cup bid LATEST STORIES Panlilio shared veryone who attended the presentations back in 2015 felt that the Philippines had won the rights, before the Fiba Central Board decided to give China the nod in a 14-7 vote.“When we lost the bid in Tokyo in 2015, we went back to the hotel and (SBP chairman emeritus) Manny V. Pangilinan was distraught. We thought we won. Even (Chinese Basketball Association chairman) Yao Ming approached us and said we had a very good presentation and he felt we won. But we didn’t get it,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWith China winning the hosting rights, the SBP felt bidding for the 2023 edition was a little too early as Fiba isn’t keen on awarding the hosting rights to an Asian candidate for the second straight time.“We were looking at when’s the next opportunity for us to host, and we felt that 2023 might not be the time because they awarded it to Asia in 2019. The earliest timeframe was 2027,” said Panlilio. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Pangilinan felt that joining forces with Japan and Indonesia in making another run through a joint bid does give the Philippines a compelling argument to Fiba as the candidacy doubled down on the international basketball federation’s aim on furthering the sport’s global reach.“MVP thought about the multi-nation hosting and (SBP executive director) Sonny  Barrios said that our proposal should be compelling,” related Panlilio.“That’s the uniqueness of our co-hosting bid, that the power of the three nations representing half a million people which are multi-culture, multi-religion, multi-language, and multi-economic stations,” Barrios added. “So if you’re Fiba and your main objective is globalization of the sport, you should go on the three nations’ bid. The global reach is in many aspects, culturally, religiously, economically, even in sheer numbers.”Panlilio could only hope for the best as the Philippines-Japan-Indonesia contingent prepares for its final presentation on December 9 in Geneva, Switzerland before the Fiba Central Board as it hopes to edge the joint candidacy of Argentina and Uruguay in winning the bid.“I guess at the end of the day, we want to make sure that we do win. I feel optimistically cautious or guarded that we do have a good chance to win the bid,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The fairytale came to an end Sunday night in a 50-43 loss to No. 9 Kansas State — heartbreaking because it was a game UMBC could have won, but still satisfying because the Retrievers touched so many people by accomplishing what many thought was impossible.“We put our name on the map. We gave hope to teams that come to the tournament with lower seeds,” said senior guard K.J. Maura. “I think we gave hope to guys that are not even that tall like me. People that feel like they are underdogs in their life, I think we gave hope to everything they want to do in life.”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 folkStephen Curry noticed the team and sent UMBC the sneakers the team wore against Kansas State. The Golden State Warriors had his Curry 5s, which are in limited release, and other swag sent to the team. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams declared the Retrievers “Surgeon General approved” and posted a photo of himself on Facebook wearing a sweatshirt from his alma mater.NFL quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted to UMBC guard Joe Sherburne, who claims to be Rodgers’ biggest fan. And for a team addicted to the video game “Fortnite,” their dreams were made when Ninja, a popular gamer who recently played against rapper Drake and JuJu Smith-Schuster of the Pittsburgh Steelers, FaceTimed with the team early Sunday. Perpetual Help snaps 3-game skid, eliminates AMA Sherburne said Odom relayed stories from friends who had texted or called from outside the country to rave about UMBC. Near tears after an 0-for-9 shooting night, Sherburne found consolation in the joy UMBC brought to so many.“From when we beat Vermont until the last two hours were the greatest time of my life,” Sherburne said. “What we did, everyone in here, it’s the greatest time of our lives.”Odom arrived at UMBC two years ago and inherited a team accustomed to losing. He told them he was going to get them to .500 that first year; they thought he was joking. But slowly the culture changed and the Retrievers did everything Odom told them they could accomplish.And then some.“When I got here, first we were a four-win team that year, and then the next year we went on to win seven games,” said graduate student Jairus Lyles. “Then Coach Odom and his staff came in, we won 21 games and this year we had a tremendous season.”Odom doesn’t know how far the UMBC program can grow. Those four letters are now synonymous with the biggest upset in college basketball history, but it’s a long way from becoming a basketball school.“UMBC is a unique place — lot of high achieving kids on campus,” Odom said. “We want guys that want to be great from a basketball perspective and want to play after college. But, at the same time, we want folks that are highly motivated academically that want to do great things past basketball. Because the air goes out of the ball at some point for everybody.” Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 UMBC’s Arkel Lamar, Jourdan Grant and K.J. Maura, from right, embrace as they leave the court in the closing moments of the team’s 50-43 loss to Kansas State in a second-round game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — UMBC’s improbable run through the NCAA Tournament was brief. The statement the Retrievers made and their place in history is forever.For one weekend in March, the tiny commuter school from Baltimore known for its academics and championship-winning chess team captured the hearts of the college basketball world and beyond. UMBC became the first No. 16 seed to knock off a No. 1 in March Madness, a victory over Virginia that made the Retrievers the ultimate Cinderella.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “They play with passion, they play with heart, they play together,” coach Ryan Odom said. “We do things together for one another, and obviously when you have a big win like that (over Virginia) and it’s so shocking, you know, people love to see that. They love to see the upset.“And our guys handled it with grace and understood the circumstances. They weren’t pounding their chests or anything. They expected to be here and expected to compete.”When UMBC returned to the locker room following its ouster, Odom had written just one word on the whiteboard. The Retrievers needed a buzzer-beating 3 against Vermont to win their conference title and make the NCAA Tournament, but they showed up believing they could beat Virginia, and the same about Kansas State.So Odom simply penned “Proud” on the board for his players.“Just very proud of these kids and what they’ve been able to do as the representatives that they are for our university,” Odom said. “Just captured our country and beyond, to be honest, from a sporting perspective and it’s really, really neat to see.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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A rocky season for Warriors, but a perfect ending awaits

first_imgGolden State Warriors’ Draymond Green, left, and Stephen Curry celebrate during the first half against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals, Wednesday, June 6, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)CLEVELAND — By Golden State standards, this season was downright bumpy.The Warriors won only 58 regular-season games, by far their fewest in this four-year run of excellence. They went 7-10 in their final 17 games of the regular season. Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala all got hurt. They needed to win a Game 7 on the road to reach the NBA Finals, and they could have easily lost two of the first three games of this series.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film They got healthy.And they’re about to beat everybody.They did it the hard way, without question. Houston finished seven games ahead of the Warriors in the regular season, earning the right to be the No. 1 overall seed in the playoffs. If the Rockets had Chris Paul for Game 6 or Game 7 of that series, if Paul’s hamstring hadn’t betrayed him at the worst possible time, then the Warriors could very well be on vacation right now.“Every season is very different,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “Every journey is a new one each season. Yet the cumulative effect on multiple journeys adds up, and we have felt that this year. I think it’s been our most inconsistent season. It’s been our most difficult season. But our guys sense the finish line, and they turned it on right from the beginning of the playoffs defensively.”The finish line is now within sight.If the Warriors finish this off — no team in NBA history has blown a 3-0 series lead — then all the hiccups of the regular season will be forgotten. There will be a parade in the Bay Area before long, championship rings to hand out and another banner to unfurl on opening night next season, and more free agents likely will take a look at signing with Golden State in an effort to add to their own jewelry collections.But if things get rocky next season, the Warriors will also have the experiences from this year to draw upon. In short, not looking their best at times this season might ultimately make them better.“It’s been a crazy ride,” Curry said. “So now we’ve just got to finish the job.” Woods to play with No. 1 and 2 in the world at US Open MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Yet here they are.Golden State is on the cusp of another NBA championship, holding a 3-0 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers going into Game 4 of the finals. The Warriors could be champions again as early as Friday night, and this crown — after experiencing plenty of turbulence this season — would most definitely be one to savor.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“Going into this season, I don’t think anybody could have guessed or predicted the ups and downs and the roller coaster we’ve been on,” Curry said Thursday as the Warriors prepped for the possible clincher. “So, definitely a different year, just overall, personally with injuries, as a team with dealing with injuries, dealing with the kind of expectations that have been placed on us from the outside and the noise around us as a team.”They went 67-15 on the way to the NBA title in 2015, matched that record on the way to another title last season and went 73-9 — the best record in league history — in 2016 only to fall short in the finals against Cleveland. That series, one where the Warriors led 3-1, changed when they couldn’t finish the job while being presented with serious adversity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This year, there’s been a toughness to go along with the finesse.They overcame deficits of 17 and 15 points against Houston in the final two games of the Western Conference finals, the second of those on the Rockets’ home floor. They overcame an 11-point deficit in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Cleveland, and rallied from 13 points down to beat the Cavaliers in Game 3 on Wednesday.They needed 27 starting lineups in the regular season, and five so far in the playoffs. But they’re one win away from getting their fingerprints all over another Larry O’Brien Trophy.“You can never count out a champion, no matter what’s going on in the course of their season,” Cleveland star LeBron James said, lauding the Warriors. “It’s impossible to do that, because they’re built from a different cloth, and I know that firsthand. When you win a championship and you’re around guys for a long period of time, and you know what you’re capable of doing, all you need is to get healthy.“If you can get healthy and guys are playing at the right level at the same time, then you can feel like you can beat anybody.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Pacquiao risked life in KL title fight

first_imgKinder critics said Matthysse came to fight, but suffered stage fright upon realizing how big the fight was.Pacquiao said Matthysse must’ve lost focus after tasting his punches in the first round. Pacquiao said he readily saw fear in Matthysse’s eyes.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’Pacquiao’s first knockout win in nine years was hailed and celebrated in the country and all over the world.Praises poured, including from Floyd Mayweather Jr., who acknowledged Pacquiao’s sharpness and maturity. View comments Bob Arum said he would come next month to discuss a possible fight against world pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford, undefeated WBO welterweight champion.Close to the KL fight, Pacquiao claimed he felt very great, renewed.But as things would turn out, he was not truly healthy and ready for the championship.Aquiles Zonio, Pacquiao’s chief information officer, revealed that Pacquiao fought against doctors’ order, after the eight-division world title winner was diagnosed suffering from a serious heart ailment.Pacquiao was required to sign a waiver before being allowed to leave for the Kuala Lumpur assignment.As Zonio related: Pacquiao was rushed to the Cardinal Santos Memorial Hospital at 3 p.m. on July 8 after suffering hardness of breathing. A subsequent angiogram procedure, which lasted until 3 a.m. the next day, showed Pacquiao was suffering from an inborn heart ailment.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao was told to cancel the fight. No way, Pacquiao cried.He flew back to GenSan City at 7 a.m. on July 9. No team member was told of the problem in order to avoid demoralization. At the same time, Pacquiao vowed to do everything to win the fight.Pacquiao flew to Kuala Lumpur for the July 15 championship 3 p.m. July 9. He did not train upon arriving in the Malaysian capital.It would be revealed Pacquiao had to skip daily training nine times in the two-month period of preparation.Zonio said Pacquiao risked his life to fulfill his mission to make his countrymen proud and happy. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Upon his return to Buenos Aires, dethroned WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse started lashing out at critics who trashed the Argentine Machine for quitting his championship fight with Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur last weekend.Matthysse tersely claimed he did the best he could—but things did not play out as planned.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Eala seals all-PH semis showdownslast_img read more

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CJ Cansino stretched off court with knee injury in crucial game vs UP

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ UST’s physical therapists’ initial diagnosis of Cansino’s injury was a knee sprain but Growling Tigers head coach said the rookie would undergo an MRI scan to further see into the extent of the damage.Ayo said that whatever the result of the test, Cansino won’t play in UST’s final game of the season against Ateneo on Wednesday.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 Chriss“Definitely, whatever the result of the MRI we won’t be fielding him,” said Ayo. “He had a good season hopefully he learned a lot this year and we’ll make sure he’ll be back next year.”Prior to the game against UP, the former Juniors MVP averaged 13.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.9 assists. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After getting stretchered to the UST locker room, a tearful Cansino complained of crippling pain in his left knee as school officials and his mother looked in agony.Cansino also suffered a minor injury in UST’s previous game against Adamson, a match the Growling Tigers lost 96-83, after landing on Sean Manganti’s foot in the fourth quarter.Prior to Cansino’s injury, UST led UP 34-26 but the Fighting Maroons were able to get on a game-defining 22-4 run across the middle quarters to take a 48-38 lead after June Manzo’s basket with 6:22 left in the third.UP eventually held on for the 83-69 win eliminating the Growling Tigers from the Final Four race sending UST to a 5-8 record.The Fighting Maroons, for their part, improved to 7-6 and took sole possession of the fourth spot while Far Eastern University is at fifth at 6-6.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown UST medical staff tending to CJ Cansino at the locker room. Photo from Bong LozadaUniversity of Santo Tomas rookie CJ Cansino fell down to a painful knee injury during the second quarter of the Growling Tigers’ game against University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Cansino writhed in pain with 5:57 left in the first half while clutching his left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’last_img read more

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Perlas spikers rebound, rip Angels

first_img‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Dzi Gervacio said their five-set defeat at the hands of collegiate team Motolite-Ateneo last Sunday was still in their minds when they entered Game 1 of the best-of-three series.“That was a tough loss,” said Gervacio, referring to last Sunday’s semifinal loss. “So we told ourselves that at least we should end this season with a win.”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 Perlas Spikers can wrap things up with another win in Saturday’s Game 2 in Batangas City.PetroGazz wasn’t about to give up easily as it fought through four set-points before yielding the second frame. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ramirez asks POC to resolve issues hounding NSAs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ That momentum carried the Angels in the third set where they out-attacked the Perlas Spikers, 16-5, to win the frame.The Angels were leading 8-5 in the fourth until Sue Roces fired an ace to ignite a 10-4 run which turned the tide in favor of the Perlas Spikers.Then Nicole Tiamzon slammed home successive winners down the stretch to ice the match.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Still nursing a heartbreak over its semifinal loss, BanKo Perlas demolished PetroGazz, 25-14, 28-26, 10-25, 25-19, Wednesday night and closed in on third place in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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