Month: November 2019

Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games

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first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Read Next Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Yuson Capellan snagged the men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games at MITEC Hall 6 here.Capellan totalled 13.950 points to retain the crown after winning the same event in the 2015 Singapore edition.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Baseball fans flock to minor league stadiums to see eclipse SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Sin Mat Asri took silver with 13.750, while Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta settled for bronze with 13.600.The other Filipino in the event, 18-year-old first-timer John Matthew Vergara was eighth place.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIt was the country’s fourth gold medal, and first for the day although more are expected in athletics later.Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games2.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Bolts claim top spot, rally past Beermen

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first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Bolts stared at a 32-19 deficit in the first quarter that ballooned to 18, 71-53, midway in the third quarter.“That was just a great second half for our team. We tried to make some adjustments at halftime and we tried to implement adjustments that the players went out and executed,” Black said.“It was still very difficult and it took us a long time to really get our bearings and get on a run, get some momentum, but towards the end of the game, the lineup we had on the floor really worked out for us. We played better defense, and of course, AD picked it up offensively which helped us a lot,” added Black as Meralco beat San Miguel for the first time in six conferences.June Mar Fajardo led San Miguel with 26 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks, but his floater in the final 10 seconds could not find its mark.Terrence Watson added 18 markers and 10 boards, while Marcio Lassiter also got 18.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View comments LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PBA IMAGESAllen Durham scored the go-ahead basket and Meralco clinched the top spot with a 104-101 comeback win over San Miguel Beer Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Durham made the game-winning shot with 27.1 seconds left that capped off Meralco’s 16-5 finishing kick. He finished with 35 points and 13 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president “It’s a big win for the Meralco program. I think it’s probably the first time we finished number one at the end of the elimination round, and now it’s on to the playoffs where things are a little more difficult,” said Meralco coach Norman Black.The Bolts, who wound up with a 9-2 card, will face the No. 8 Blackwater Elite. as his side now braces for eighth seed Blackwater in the quarterfinals armed with a twice-to-beat advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJared Dillinger chipped in 16 markers, five coming in the fourth quarter that triggered the endgame uprising as Meralco fought back from a 96-87 deficit with 3:19 remaining.Chris Newsome added 14 points, six assists, and four boards, while Baser Amer had 13, none bigger than his game-tying three that knotted the score at 98 with 1:28 left. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The loss put the Beermen in a tough situation as they will have to beat Barangay Ginebra twice in the quarters.The scores:MERALCO 104 – Durham 35, Dillinger 16, Newsome 14, Amer 13, Hodge 8, Tolomia 8, De Ocampo 6, Nabong 2, Hugnatan 2, Lanete 0.SAN MIGUEL 101 – Fajardo 26, Lassiter 18, Watson 18, Cabagnot 16, Ross 10, Santos 6, Rosser 4, Espinas 3, Heruela 0.Quarters: 19-32, 39-51, 69-81, 104-101. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READlast_img read more

Australian Open: Svitolina into 4th round, ends 15-year-old Kostyuk’s run

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first_imgSports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Svitolina, the only seeded player still in contention in her quarter, had five aces, only 11 unforced errors and didn’t serve a double fault in the 59-minute match.Kostyuk sobbed into a towel in the tunnel soon after leaving the court, but could joke about the defeat when asked later what she could take out of the experience.“Well, a lot,” she said. “How much you have to pay Svitolina to have one-hour lesson? I got it for free.”Kostyuk received entry into qualifying because of her junior girls’ victory last year at the Australian Open. She won all three qualifying matches, then her first two in the main draw.Svitolina will next play Denisa Allertova, who beat Magda Linette 6-1, 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next LATEST STORIES View comments 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities In the opening match on Rod Laver Arena, Petra Martic celebrated her 27th birthday with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 over Thai qualifier Luksika Kumkhum.“That was really ugly,” Martic said of the heat. “We were lucky to play on Rod Laver because we had some shade behind so you could hide for a few seconds in between the points.“Other than that, it’s just, you just need to be mentally tough and ready to just suffer out there.”Elise Mertens needed four match points before clinching a 7-5, 6-4 win over Alize Cornet, who needed a medical time out in the second set after complaining of being short of breath. After having her blood pressure taken and being draped in ice towels, she was able to continue and play seven more games.Mertens will meet Martic in the next round.The temperature was forecast to hit 42 C (108 F) but a weather change in the afternoon eased conditions slightly.Kyle Edmund was the first man into the fourth round, overcoming Nikoloz Basilashvili 7-6 (0), 3-6, 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 in 3 ½ hours on open court in the peak of the heat.No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 win over No. 23 Gilles Muller. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It was sad playing another Ukrainian girl, same country is always tough,” Svitolina, one of five women in contention for the No. 1 ranking, said. “She’s a great fighter. She has a great future — we’re going to hear a lot more about her.”Kostyuk entered the tournament ranked No. 521 — a number that will likely be halved next month — and had wins over 25th-seeded Peng Shuai and Olivia Rogowska to become the youngest player to win main-draw matches at the Australian Open since Martina Hingis in 1996.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe step up to facing a top 10 player was too much for Kostyuk on Friday.She had nine double faults, including on match point, and only got 37 percent of her first serves into play. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, right, is embraced by compatriot Marta Kostyuk after winning their third round match against compatriot at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)MELBOURNE, Australia — Elina Svitolina ended 15-year-old Marta Kostyuk’s run at the Australian Open, met her at the net for a warm embrace and offered some words of encouragement.With the temperature hitting 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) for the second straight day, fourth-seeded Svitolina reached the fourth round at the season-opening major for the first time with the 6-2, 6-2 win on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ Lillard leads Trail Blazers past Pacerslast_img read more

Federer reaches 7th Australian Open final after Chung retires

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first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH He didn’t let anyone down in a clinical disposal of the No. 58-ranked Chung, who won the Next Gen ATP Finals last November and had an attention-grabbing run through his first five rounds in Melbourne.Chung was the first Korean to reach the semifinals at a major and had taken out Djokovic and No. 4-ranked Alexander Zverev on his way to the last four.South Korea’s Hyeon Chung waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after retiring injured from his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Earlier, Timea Babos of Hungary and Kristina Mladenovic of France became the first players from their respective countries to lift the Australian Open women’s doubles crown.Babos and Mladenovic combined to beat the Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 6-4, 6-3.It’s the first Grand Slam title for Babos. Mladenovic won the 2016 French Open doubles with compatriot Caroline Garcia. Rain or Shine sends NLEX to fourth straight loss “I’ve played with blisters in the past a lot, and it hurts a lot. And at one point, it’s just too much and you can’t take it anymore — you can’t go on,” said Federer, who will be contesting his 30th major final. “That’s why this one feels bittersweet. I’m incredibly happy to be in the finals, but not like this.“He’s played such a wonderful tournament, so credit to him for playing so hard again today.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFederer beat Cilic in the final at Wimbledon last year, when the Croatian player was hampered by blisters on his feet, too.This time, Cilic, the 2014 U.S. Open winner, has had one more day off than Federer after his semifinal win over Kyle Edmund. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena following South Korea’s Hyeon Chung’s retirement from their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer has moved to within one win of a 20th Grand Slam singles title after reaching a record seventh Australian Open final when Hyeon Chung retired from their semifinal on Friday night.Defending champion Federer was leading 6-1, 5-2 when Chung retired because of blisters on his left foot. Federer, who spent just over an hour on court, will play No. 6-seeded Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday night.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The 21-year-old Chung needed a medical timeout to re-tape his left foot after going down a break in the second set and only played two more games before he quit.Federer was utterly dominant until that point. After all, the 36-year-old Swiss star had the standing of the so-called Big Four to protect — there hasn’t been a final at Melbourne Park since 2005 that hasn’t featured Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic or Andy Murray.Medical staff attend to the foot of South Korea’s Hyeon Chung during his semifinal against Switzerland’s Roger Federer at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Stan Wawrinka’s win over Nadal in 2014 was the only final since 2008 that didn’t feature two of the Big Four.Federer set a record by reaching his seventh Australian Open final — one more than Djokovic — and has lost only one of the first six, to Nadal in 2009.Cilic beat top-ranked Nadal in the quarterfinals and Chung stunned six-time champion Djokovic in the fourth round. And Murray, a five-time Australian Open runner-up, withdrew from the season-opening major to have surgery on his hip, leaving their collective reputation for dominance in Australia on Federer.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Nextlast_img read more

New-look Alab Pilipinas win 5th straight, rout Slingers

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first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:18Sangley airport to be operational in 7 days – Tugade01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City FILE PHOTO – Justin Brownlee of Alab Pilipinas shoots a jumper over Chris Charles of the Singapore Slingers in their game in the Asean Basketball League at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNew-look San Miguel Alab Pilipinas remained the same force of nature on the road, silencing Singapore Slingers, 82-69, for their fifth straight victory in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Sunday at OCBC Arena in Singapore.Renaldo Balkman scored seven of Alab’s last 10 points to finish with a team-best 21 points on top of six rebounds, four assists, and three steals, while Josh Urbiztondo once again went ablaze from downtown, hitting five treys to wind up with 17 markers to go along with eight boards.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH MOST READ LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Xavier Alexander led the Slingers with a game-high 32 points and seven rebounds, but failed to get ample support with Chris Charles posting 14 markers and seven boards in a foul-plagued outing.Liew had seven points to lead the Singapore locals.The scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 82 — Balkman 21, Urbiztondo 17, Brownlee 16, Parks 16, Maierhofer 6, Domingo 4, Raymundo 2, Alabanza 0, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0.SINGAPORE SLINGERS 69 — Alexander 32, Charles 14, Liew 7, Goh 6, Mandani 6, Low 4, Folkoff 0, Ng 0.ADVERTISEMENT UP clips UE in 5 sets in UAAP debut of Kenyan coach Justin Brownlee tallied a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Bobby Ray Parks collected 16 markers, four assists and two steals, and an emphatic block on Larry Liew in the final minute to punctuate the victory.Alab used an 8-0 surge to open the third quarter to take control of the game, 45-38, and go on cruise control from that point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Philippine side rose to 8-4, a game behind third-seed Mono Vampire (9-4), while the Slingers fell to an even 7-7 slate.Alab evened its season series against Singapore with each taking wins on the road. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next Quarters: 17-20, 37-38, 66-54, 82-69. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Mavs owner Mark Cuban fined $600,000 for tanking comments

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first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Dec. 14, 2015, file photo, Dallas Mavericks team owner Mark Cuban shouts in the direction of an official during an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Dallas. The Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women. Cuban told the magazine that the team was establishing a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees. He is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)DALLAS — The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for “public statements detrimental to the NBA.” The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT After trading veteran guard Devin Harris to Denver at the deadline this season, Dallas (18-40) is tied for the fewest wins in the NBA and among seven teams with 18 or 19 victories at the All-Star break.The latest fine surpasses the $500,000 Cuban was docked in 2002 for criticizing former director of officials Ed Rush, saying he wouldn’t hire Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban has been fined more than $2 million, a lot of it for criticizing refs.“I earned it,” Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. “I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn’t have.”The fine came a day after Cuban’s franchise was accused of having a hostile workplace for women in a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery.Cuban said he was embarrassed by the allegations and vowed to improve the club’s work environment. He is hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims and requiring everyone to undergo sensitivity training, including himself. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Read Next The team fired website reporter Earl Sneed, who was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the team. Sneed pleaded guilty over the first incident, and the charge was dismissed after he met conditions of the plea agreement. Cuban told ESPN it was a mistake not to fire Sneed earlier. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them “losing is our best option.” Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.“I’m probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night,” Cuban said. “And here we are. We weren’t competing for the playoffs. I was like, ‘Look, losing is our best option.’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we’re not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking. That was too brutal for me.”The Mavericks dumped veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut around the trading deadline last season and had their highest draft pick (No. 9) since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from that spot in 1998. They drafted rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., one of the league’s rising stars. Curiosity, hope and big crowds follow Tiger Woods Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LATEST STORIES Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments AFP official booed out of forum LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

Reyes impressed by Fil-Nigerian Edu: ‘Unbelievable’

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first_imgSan Beda thwarts Teodoro, JRU to advance to Filoil finals Unfortunately, Reyes has already submitted his shortlist to the tournament organizers and left the Fil-Nigerian prospect out of it.READ: Fil-Nigerian Edu soaks in chance to train with GilasFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe 17-year-old also must return to England to prepare for his studies after representing the Philippine team in the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2.Aside from his skills, what impressed Reyes the most about Edu was his maturity and attitude at his age. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHcenter_img “We really like him. We’ve been eyeing him for a long time and now that we have a chance to work with him, we love him even more,” the outspoken mentor said. “He’s very focused, serious, and very coachable. It’s hard to find the level of seriousness and maturity on a 17-year-old.“Though he rued the missed opportunity to coach Edu for the invitational tourney, Reyes could only smile as he looks forward to the future of the national team.“We’re very excited for AJ. We’re very, very happy to have him,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes could only gush over the potential of AJ Edu after two practices with the men’s national team.“Unbelievable,” he said of the 6-foot-10 prodigy. “I want to bring him to the Jones Cup if I could.”ADVERTISEMENT Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READlast_img read more

No fireworks, but Pacquiao, Horn promise a good bout for fans

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first_imgView comments Even the face-off produced no sparks as the protagonists simply looked at each other with Pacquiao needing to look up at Horn, who is three inches taller.Being an 11-time world champion, Pacquiao is used to the occasion, while Horn is trying to cope with the whirlwind changes in his ring career.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFrom a virtual unknown, Horn suddenly found himself thrust into the limelight with a global icon—earning a shot at instant superstardom, money and glory.Informed that attendance at Suncorp Stadium could reach 60,000 for Australia’s biggest ever boxing event, Pacquiao said fighting before such a huge crowd heightens his excitement. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games And even if the fans will root for Horn, Pacquiao said he wouldn’t mind as it’s but natural for Aussies to be patriotic and side with their own.Against Marco Antonio Barrera in 2003 in San Antonio, Texas, Pacquiao joked that there were only five fans, including trainer Freddie Roach, rooting for him. The rest were booing him. But Pacquiao turned the jeers into a source of inspiration to stop the Mexican great.For his part, Horn swore he’s trained the hardest ever to make the most of the golden opportunity to attain his dream of becoming a world champion.“Though Pacquiao is the smaller man, he’s the biggest mountain I have to climb,” said Horn, who’s unbeaten in 17 fights against opponents nowhere near Pacquiao’s level.While Pacquiao said he had no premonition of what will happen on Sunday, Horn bared he had a dream or a picture of himself “rising in that ring with the belt in my waist.”ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend What ‘missteps’?center_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While Pacquiao and Roach chose to be guarded on the outcome of the fight, to be beamed live in the US via free TV on ESPN, Horn’s trainer, Glenn Rushton, and fight promoter, Dean Lonegan of Duco Events, boldly announced that Horn will overwhelm Pacquiao.“Manny’s time has come,” said Lonegan, adding it’s Horn’s turn to be a boxing champion.Referring to Horn as a very competitive guy with a heart as big as Suncorp, Rushton said Pacquiao is in for the toughest fight of his life.“It will be like 100 angry hornets surrounding you (Pacquiao),” he said.While Roach refused to predict a knockout at the podium, he later told Filipino sportswriters that he sees Pacquiao finally ending his eight-year knockout drought in three rounds—especially if Horn chooses to engage Pacquiao toe-to-toe as he promised.“If our opponent comes out, we’re gonna fire back,” said Roach.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Generika, Cocolife face QF heavyweights Boxers Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines, second left, and Jeff Horn of Australia, second right, pose for a photo in Brisbane, Wednesday, June 28, 2017. Pacquiao, is putting his WBO belt on the line Sunday, July 2, against the 29-year-old Horn. (AP Photo/John Pye)BRISBANE, Australia— Both appeared dapper and dignified in their expensive suits and exchanged no harsh words during the press conference of “Battle of Brisbane” Wednesday.For Manny Pacquiao, the Fighting Senator, and Jeff Horn, the fighting school teacher, their tussle for the World Boxing Organization welterweight crown on Sunday is but a job they have to do to please the fans.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveralast_img read more

NBA: Durant offered kind words to Paul George on what to expect with Thunder

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first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR LATEST STORIES MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend READ: Paul George heading to Thunder, Griffin stays with Clippers – reportsAccording to Lee Jenkins of Sports Illustrated, Durant had nothing but kind words for his former franchise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“KD was like, ‘That place will blow you away,’” George, who reached out to former Thunder players to get an idea of the franchise, revealed. ‘They can offer what other teams can’t in terms of the people and the preparation and the facility, down to the chefs and the meals.’Contrary to the supposed animosity he has with some of his former OKC teammates, Durant made sure to praise the city he played for in his first nine seasons in the league. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’center_img El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “He was pretty high on them. He thought it was a first-class organization in every way,” George said.Meanwhile, the former Indiana Pacers superstar also publicly addressed his change of teams for the first time.“There’s no right way to handle it,” he told the news outlet. ”I get the frustration. I get why people are upset. But at the same time, I want the average fan to understand that we only get a small window to play this game and more than anything you want to be able to play for a championship.”He added: “I love Indiana. That will always be a special place for me and I’m sorry for not holding on. But I wasn’t sure we’d ever get a team together to compete for a championship and that’s where all this came from.”  Khristian Ibarrola  /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant (52) guards Indiana Pacers’ Paul George during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas.  APKevin Durant’s departure from the Oklahoma City Thunder to the Golden State Warriors still leaves a sour taste in most people’s mouths.Over a year since his decision, the reigning NBA Finals MVP still relishes his time with the organization, as evidenced by him putting in a good word for the team’s newest dynamic wing player, Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera View commentslast_img read more