France into Davis Cup semis after doubles win vs. Britain

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Lack of aggressiveness, defensive struggles weigh down GlobalPort Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “One year ago I was 700th in the world and lost in the first round of a challenger. At that moment the Davis Cup, playing in front of 5,000 fans alongside my best mate, and in front of my whole family, was a long way away,” Benneteau said.Mahut ran into the arms of captain Yannick Noah, whose selections were questioned before the match. But Noah’s decision to pick Chardy ahead of the much higher ranked Gilles Simon and pair late-thirtysomethings Mahut and Benneteau paid off.“Magnifique, magnifique!” Noah shouted as he hugged the players, and the national anthem, “La Marseillaise,” rang out.The team then grabbed a giant Tricolor flag and paraded around the Kindarena in Rouen.“We knew it would be hard for us, but we kept going until the end and did a great job,” Mahut said. “Two years ago we lost to Britain (in the quarterfinals), even though they had Andy Murray then, and it was a very tough moment for us.”France has not won the competition since 2001.Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray, who led Britain to Davis Cup victory in 2015, did not play this time because of an elbow injury and his absence was keenly felt.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test At 5-4 in the third set, and with Britain serving to stay in the match, Mahut somehow returned two big smashes on the first point. But Inglot held serve for 5-5.In game 12, Benneteau’s forehand down the line made it deuce and brought France to within two points of victory. Then, Mahut’s strong backhand down the line gave match point on Murray’s serve.After a brief rally, Britain saved it when Benneteau netted.But a superb lob from the back of the court by Mahut set up a second match point and France took it when Murray’s backhand volley clipped the net and dropped on the wrong side.Mahut sank to his knees as Benneteau tilted his head back and clenched both fists.ADVERTISEMENT Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely France faces either Serbia or Spain in September.“It’s really incredible, it gives you goosebumps,” Benneteau said. “Whether you’ve won 15 Grand Slams or none, playing in front of your country like this is incredible. It’s magical, fabulous.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLed by Murray’s strong serve, Britain competed far better than it had in Friday’s opening singles, easily won by Lucas Pouille and Jeremy Chardy against Kyle Edmund and Dan Evans.With the doubles at one set all, a forehand winner down the line from Mahut gave France set point on Murray’s serve. He double-faulted to give France the momentum. MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Julien Benneteau (right) and Nicolas Mahut of France celebrate as they won the first set during their doubles Davis Cup quarterfinal tennis match against Jamie Murray and Dominic Inglot of Britain at the Kindarena Stadium of Rouen, France, Saturday, April 8, 2017. (Photo by David Vincent / AP)ROUEN, France — France advanced to the Davis Cup semifinals after veterans Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut won a tight doubles to beat Britain 3-0 on Saturday.Benneteau and Mahut edged Dominic Inglot and Jamie Murray 7-6 (7), 5-7, 7-5, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Urbiztondo relishes second wind

first_imgDozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Released by GlobalPort early this year, Urbiztondo is making the most out of his chance with the Slingers as their heritage import.“It’s truly a humbling experience and a blessing that I’m able to go back to the Finals, and I’m just gonna fight out there,” Urbiztondo, a one-time PBA champion with the B-Meg Llamados in 2012, said after the match where he finished with 20 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Slingers will clash with the Hong Kong Eastern Lions, who swept the Saigon Heat, in the Finals starting Friday. Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bolts shuffle Aces; no relief for NLEX MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Glenn Michael Tan/ABLBALIUAG, Bulacan—Veteran guard Josh Urbiztondo finally achieved what he has not done in the Philippine Basketball Association the past four years.Urbiztondo is playing for a title for the first time since he played in a championship series for Ginebra in 2013, after keying the Singapore Slingers’ 82-64 drubbing of Alab Pilipinas that completed a two-game sweep of their Asean Basketball League semifinal series on Friday at Star Arena here.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Wizards use 26-0 run to rout Celtics in Game 4, tie series

first_imgLATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Coach Scott Brooks called it the Wizards’ best stretch this season, crediting defense for making it all happen.“It is our defense,” said Beal, who had a game-high 29 points. “That’s why we’re able to get out in transition and get open shots, get open layups. We were just having fun.”It wasn’t so fun for the Celtics, who couldn’t get Isaiah Thomas going after he opened with five consecutive 3-pointers and 17 points in the first 15 minutes and finished with 19. Thomas was mad that referees allowed the Wizards to get away with holding and grabbing him but acknowledged the 26-0 run — not the officiating — decided the game.From Boston’s perspective it wasn’t pretty, even as coach Brad Stevens credited the Wizards, who have 26-0, 22-0 and 16-0 runs in this series.“If you turn the ball over against these guys, you’d prefer to drop kick it into the stands so that at least you can set your defense,” Stevens said. “Their attack in transition killed us.”ADVERTISEMENT Beal, who was 11 of 16 from the floor, said the conversation at halftime revolved around knowing the defense wasn’t up to Washington’s standards.“Were able to force a lot of turnovers,” Beal said. “We’re one of the best teams in the league at converting off turnovers.”Thanks to 34 points off turnovers, the series is even with the Cleveland Cavaliers waiting in the Eastern Conference final after finishing off a sweep of the Toronto Raptors on Sunday. Being a shot away from splitting in Boston gives the Wizards confidence they can win there.“We feel like we’re in control,” Wall said. “We feel like we can win there, we know we can. We’ve just got to do a better job of taking those leads we get and just playing smart basketball down the stretch.”TICKED OFF THOMASThomas, who missed five of his final six shots, was ticked off that he didn’t attempt a single free throw despite taking a lot of contact . He wants more foul calls as the series continues.“It’s got to be called differently,” Thomas said. “I can’t be allowed to be held and grabbed every pin-down, every screen and I don’t even shoot one free throw.”WALL STALL, STARWall missed his first nine shots from the floor and made eight of his final 14. He said he knew he had to be aggressive, and Brooks was never worried about the All-Star guard losing his confidence or passing up good looks.“He focuses on the next play, he made a big 3 and it kind of got him going and our defensive activity got us going,” Brooks said. “He ended up having a really, really great game of leading our team defensively, offensively.” Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos The Wizards did just that in a 121-102 rout in Game 5 on Sunday night thanks to a 26-0 third-quarter run that featured big-time contributions from John Wall, Bradley Beal, Markieff Morris and Otto Porter.That six-minute stretch busted the game open and Washington tied the second-round series at two games apiece. Game 5 is Wednesday night in Boston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“We’re capable of those type of runs every game,” said Morris, who finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds. “Keep pressing them, go up 50 if we can. That’s the mindset I felt like all of us had.”Washington never led by 50, but after trailing 53-48 early in the third it was 74-53 by the time Porter made a layup with 5 minutes left in the quarter. Wall had seven of his 27 points and three of his 12 assists during the run as the Celtics committed eight turnovers — including back-to-back shot-clock violations — and went 0 for 5. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRcenter_img LeBron on NBA legacy: ‘There isn’t anything I have left to prove’ MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) reacts during the second half in Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics, Sunday, May 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — It wasn’t enough for the Washington Wizards to force turnover after another and make baskets every time down the floor to take a lead over the Boston Celtics.They wanted to blow them out.ADVERTISEMENT TIP-INSCeltics: It’s the first time in Thomas’ playoff career that he has fallen short of 20 points in consecutive games. … Kelly Olynyk was booed every time he touched the ball after his illegal screen preceded Kelly Oubre Jr.‘s charge and shove in Game 3 that got him suspended. Fans chanted “Kelly Oubre!” on a few occasions as Olynyk finished 5 of 9 for 14 points. … Back in the starting lineup, Amir Johnson had the first five points of the third quarter for Boston before the Wizards’ run.Wizards: Improved to 5-0 at home in the playoffs. … Had 21 points off turnovers in the third quarter alone. … Porter had 18 points. … Wall has 20-plus points and seven-plus assists in 10 consecutive playoff games, the most in a single postseason in NBA history ahead of Michael Jordan’s eight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View commentslast_img read more


Mellower Green playing this Game 5 after 2016 suspension

first_imgMore Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Last year, the Warriors also led 3-1 but Green was banned from the pivotal matchup after striking Cleveland star LeBron James in the groin in game four.The visiting Cavaliers won game five with Green watching on TV from a luxury box in the baseball stadium beside the arena, awaiting a celebration that would never come. Cleveland won games six and seven to cap the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history and dethrone the Warriors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundA mellower Green has learned the lessons from that frustration and while not above chatting to a referee, was whistled for fewer flagrant fouls this season.“I don’t really carry it with me. I’m a firm believer in (stuff) happens,” Green said. “I carried the lessons that I learned with me. It has put me in the position I am today. I feel better than I’ve ever felt emotionally. Just having my emotions in place than I’ve ever felt. China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak ‘Can’t fool me twice’Such moments bring questions about Green’s mental improvement, ones Green shrugged off earlier in the series.“You act like I’m just this troubled guy who’s been in a bunch of trouble and can’t control myself,” Green said. “I’ve just been playing basketball. And when you’ve got great teammates like I do who allow me to play with my emotions and be emotional when I’m talking to them, to use my emotions to the better for us, it’s easy.“Not worrying about the officials and all that. I think everyone talks to officials. I talk to them. But going over the edge isn’t going to win me a championship. I think I’m a pretty smart guy and I learned my lesson. So I went over the edge before — fool me once, you can’t fool me twice.”Green had 16 points and 14 rebounds in a losing cause in game four, when play became more physcial than it had been in the series.“We’ll bounce back,” Green said. “We never felt like we were out of the game. We continued to push. We were right there. A couple of shots drop, maybe the game turns. We’ll be fine.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet CLEVELAND, OH – JUNE 09: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors gestures to the crowd after a foul in the third quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 4 of the 2017 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena on June 9, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors starting forward Draymond Green won’t be stuck watching game five of the NBA Finals from the stadium next door this year.The outspoken 27-year-old will try to help the Warriors, who lead this year’s best-of-seven series 3-1, defeat the defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in Oakland to capture the crown.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Germany routs San Marino to stay perfect in World Cup qualifying Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ “So it’s all things that happen bad aren’t that bad, when you take a step back and look at them. It’s something that I learned from and will stick with me for the rest of my life.”And having a game five at home opens a chance at redemption and securing a crown with his work on the court.“We have a golden opportunity going home on Monday to close this thing out,” Green said. “I’ve won one on the road. I want to see how it feels to win at home. We have to come out with some fire and try it get done.“Thank God I get to play in game five.”Green did get whistled for a technical foul in game four Friday for a flailing arm, what was momentarily thought to be an ejecting offense as a second technical. But the scorer recorded a technical foul on Warriors coach Steve Kerr as on Green so when it was discovered, Green was allowed to stay.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


650,000 fans at parade cheer Penguins for Stanley Cup win

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. As the players took the stage to PPG Paints Arena announcer Ryan Mill’s introductions, fans also learned that Ian Cole, another defenseman, played through a broken hand and broken ribs. And Brian Bonino, who broke his leg blocking a shot but still finished Game 2 of the finals before missing the rest, hobbled around on crutches while taking selfies with fans.A couple of bittersweet story lines punctuated the festivities: 40-year-old veteran Matt Cullen, who has won two Cups since joining the Penguins as a free agent last season, has hinted he might retire, prompting fans to chant, “One more year!” And, perhaps the best story of the playoffs was how former starting goalie Marc-Andre Fleury regained that job when rookie Matt Murray was injured during warm-ups in the first game of the playoffs. Fleury was in net for nine of the 16 victories the Penguins needed to win the Cup before Murray returned from injury to replace Fleury after a shaky third-round game against Ottawa and was in net for Pittsburgh’s final seven playoff wins.Fleury, one of the most popular Penguins with fans and teammates, is likely to leave when the new Las Vegas franchise drafts its players or in an offseason trade.Phil Kessel, another fan favorite since the Penguins acquired him from Toronto two seasons ago, drew some of the biggest cheers.Fan Kristen Pearce, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, drove down to honor Kessel, a Wisconsin native, and was lucky enough to have him autograph her jersey and her sign, which read, “We drove from Wisconsin to see our Stanley Cup champion!”ADVERTISEMENT Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte MOST READcenter_img Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby carries the Stanley Cup during the team’s Stanley Cup NHL hockey victory parade on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. APPITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Penguins’ Stanley Cup championship, the first an NHL team has won back to back in almost 20 years, spawned by far the biggest victory parade of any of the franchise’s five titles.An estimated 650,000 people turned out along a downtown parade route that ended with a rally at Point State Park, city public works and public safety officials said Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). A sunny day with temperatures in the 80s didn’t hurt, as the smell of sunscreen was as pungent as the Penguins’ love in a city that boasts, officially, only 305,000 residents.ADVERTISEMENT Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “These guys are fierce competitors,” coach Mike Sullivan told the crowd from a stage in the triangular park formed by the confluence of the city’s three rivers. “They just know how to win.”Roughly 400,000 fans attended last year’s celebration, which was the biggest for any of the team’s Stanley Cup championships to that point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Penguins won the cup Sunday against the Nashville Predators with a 2-0 win in Game 6. And judging from signs and chants from the crowd, this championship was sweetened by the adversity the team overcame.Playoff MVP and Penguins captain Sidney Crosby was knocked out for the better part of two games with a concussion against the Washington Capitals, and the Penguins played without their best defenseman, Kris Letang, who had neck surgery before the playoffs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Some fans lined up the night before, and most waited several hours for the parade to start.Karla and Don Donahue drove 30 miles from Freeport to claim their seats in Point State Park at 2:30 a.m. This was the third victory parade for the Donahues, who also attended in 2009 and 2016.Karla Donahue said if they aren’t at the games they’re watching on TV.“If we’re somewhere else, it’s on the radio,” she said. “We haven’t missed a game in years.”The Penguins also won the Cup in 1991 and 1992. They became the first team to repeat as champions since the Detroit Red Wings did it in 1997 and 1998.last_img read more


100% fit and ready

first_imgLa Salle, San Beda forge Filoil title duel Pacquiao will take a break Sunday, before getting back to the gym in Brisbane on Monday for his final four-round sparring.Though Roach said Friday’s sparring wasn’t the best among the 118 rounds they’ve spent thus far, he expressed elation that he’s seeing traces of the Pacquiao of old. Happy, fiery, feisty.“I see the old Manny, I like what I’m seeing,” said Roach.Pacquiao was again in a jovial mood, telling Fortune “I love this game,” as he was skipping rope.“If you love what you are doing you never get tired of doing it. I’ve been doing this for 25 years.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Still, Pacquiao wouldn’t guarantee that the long-awaited knockout will come when he dangles his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown against Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2.“Let’s see,” said Pacquiao. “We can’t underestimate our opponent, he’s unbeaten (16 wins, one draw, 11 knockouts). What I did was to make sure that I’m 100 percent (fit and ready) for the fight.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundWith the way he performed in his six rounds of sparring, three each against Filipino Sonny Katiandagho and Aussie George Kambosos, it was evident that Pacquiao was holding back for the 12-round bout set at the 52,500-seat Suncorp Stadium.Reason: Pacquiao admitted that his 38-year-old body is no longer responding the same way it used to when he was younger. For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ GEN. SANTOS CITY—Manny Pacquiao swears his speed is back and so are the hard punches after the conclusion of his gym work here Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “I tried to push myself, but I felt differently when I was 20 to 25 year old. Back then, when you work hard in training, overnight you’ll already be fully recovered. But now, as you age, when you work hard it would take time to recover your strength. So more rest, yes.”For now, however, Pacquiao feels ready to wage war against Horn.“I’m already in fight mode. I’m focused.”Chief trainer Freddie Roach and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune agree.That’s why they decided to cancel Saturday’s training so that Pacquiao can rest for the direct flight to Brisbane, via a chartered Air Asia A333 jet, set at 11 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT A dream fulfilled for Christian Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit Swing Out Sister back to PH this April 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela provincelast_img read more


Bolick, San Beda edge La Salle for Filoil title

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda’s Robert Bolick usually had a chip on his shoulder when playing against De La Salle.Seldom-used during his time as a Green Archer, Bolick made his way to the NCAA powerhouse.ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ “The second half he shared the ball, but in the end we live and die with Bolick. I devised a play, but at the end of the game, in the last 10 seconds, it should be Bolick who’ll take the last shot.”And although Bolick had his prayer answered, he wasn’t the only Red Lion to come up in the clutch.AC Soberano had his moment in the sun when he labeled the scores at 72-72 with a triple from the left wing at the 59.9-second mark of the game.Still, it was Bolick who saved San Beda and he finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, and six assists while Javee Mocon had 13 points and 13 rebounds.Ben Mbala led La Salle with 25 points, 14 rebounds, and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT And on Sunday, the feisty Red Lion turned that chip into a boulder and used that to demoralize the Green Archers, 75-72, in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup finals at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Bolick, who scored 16 points in the first half alone, had the ball in his hands with less than 30 seconds remaining and the scores tied at 72-72.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe former Green Archer stared at Santi Santillan with title-winning intentions on his mind, and a death glare on his eyes. He then dribbled right, popped back, and hit the game-winning triple with 8.5 seconds left in the game.“Bolick really wanted to prove himself in the first half and I told him you can’t win it alone,” said Red Lions head coach Boyet Fernandez. “He forced his shots in the first half and we only had four assists in the first half.” MOST READ LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Filipino MMA fighters set for China tilt Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop workingcenter_img View comments 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A dream fulfilled for Christian Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more


Pearson back on top after Italian nightmare

first_img NOT AFRAID TO LOSE “I think that not being afraid to lose is a good way to think because I am certainly not, and I have lost a fair share of races in my career, especially when I should be beating people, but at the same time for me, I know how to run myself into shape, and even though having so many injuries is devastating and immensely tough … you have to take that time to grieve,” said Pearson. “You cry, you are upset, you are angry, but that time passes and you get through it, and you either come out excited and wanting to get back into it or you don’t, and I knew that deep down, if I could get back mentally and physically, I knew that I could be the best in the world again; I knew I could be, that’s what kept me going and that’s what dragged me to the World Championships,” Pearson noted. “I knew I had a chance even though I was lined up next to the world record holder I knew that I was in with a chance. I knew what I was capable of doing. It’s all about who can do it the best on the day. Could these other people next to me. Do they know how to win as much as I do?” Pearson continued. She added that she will now turn her attention to next year’s Commonwealth Games which will be staged in her country even if she is not sure if she will be focussing on just the 100m hurdles or if she will be adding the 100m as well. ZURICH, Switzerland: A little over a year after breaking her wrist, Australian sprint hurdler Sally Pearson spent the first day of the 2016 Olympic Games’ track and field schedule training herself back home. She had spent quite some time convincing herself to continue her career after breaking 12 bones and suffering one dislocation – this after a torn calf muscle sent her crashing to the floor at the Rome Diamond League in 2015. One year since her self-training began, Pearson, who stormed back to the top of the podium in the 100m hurdles at the World Championships in London a couple of weeks ago, put that Italian nightmare to bed on Thursday night with a victory on the very circuit where she suffered that ugly, career-threatening injury two years ago. The 2017 season of the Diamond League came to a boil for her at the Weltklasse Zurich Diamond League meet, with the veteran hurdler adding the Diamond Race trophy to her cabinet with a close 12.55 win over Sharika Nelvis, who ran the same time in an exciting finish at the Letzigrund Stadium. Christina Manning was next best with 12.67 seconds. Looking back at her World Championships win, Pearson, while admitting that it was a long way back for her after her setbacks, said she backed her experience as a winner and her resilience to push her through even at times when she considered giving up.last_img read more


Moncriffe, El-Sinawi hunt Contender semi berths

first_img El-Sinawi also oozed confidence. He said he had enjoyed the break since his last fight on April 18, and was now much sharper. His trainer Richard Phillips, who he described as “a top trainer from Detroit who has a lot of good fighters”, is with him on this trip. “I am glad that Richard is here, as he brings out the best in me,” El-Sinawi declared. The Contender title, he said, was his main goal, and he had to make the next step tonight a successful one. He then said that he was “fit and ready”, and was “anxious to get into the ring.” He declared his love for Jamaica, and said that one of the reasons he had to win tonight was so that he could keep coming back. Last week, Canada’s David Leblond took the first semi-final spot with a victory over Donovan ‘police’ Campbell who retired after the second round. Two confident first-round winners, Devon Moncriffe with a 13-8-1 record representing Team Jamaica, and Waseem El-Sinawi 2-2, fighting for Team Canada, will clash tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in Kingston, as they seek semi-final berths in the 2018 Wray and Nephew Contender series. The action starts at 8:30 with two amateur bouts, and the main contest over five rounds, which will be televised by TVJ, gets under way at 9:30. Both boxers were impressive in their first-round battles. Moncriffe defeated Tyler Wilson by a fourth-round technical knockout, while El-Sinawi stopped Jamaica’s Ramel Lewis in the second round of their contest. Both men were brimming with confidence yesterday and predicted victory. They did not have any weight problems in the preliminaries and were again on weight yesterday. All the remaining boxers in the competition were required to sign new contracts yesterday, in which the overweight penalty was changed from a fine to disqualification. This was put in place because a few boxers have not been making the 147-pound welterweight limit. Michael Gardner, one of the pre-fight favourites to win the top prize of $2 million, could not make the weight last week, and therefore lost his place in the competition. The Jamaica Boxing Board has also put special weekly pre-fight weigh-ins in place to monitor the weight of the remaining boxers in the competition. Moncriffe, who is a former winner of the competition, told The Gleaner yesterday that he was “in great condition”. “My training has gone well I am feeling good and I am going to give the public a good show,” he declared. He also said that he felt much sharper fighting as a welterweight than in a higher weight class. “I am lighter, so I can move faster, and both my hand and foot speed have improved,” he volunteered yesterday. He then added that he really wanted to win the Contender title a second time. Confidentlast_img read more


My Elle Belle for Subratie feature

first_imgMY ELLE BELLE has a great record running out of the mile chute and should make it four wins from six attempts in this afternoon’s Errol ‘Big Sub’ Subratie Memorial. The United States-bred three-year-old filly enjoys the long backstretch where she is able to relax, watch the airheads on the lead and make her move entering the straight, before producing a telling last-furlong kick when most are tiring. In her five races out of the chute, only COMMANDER TWO and SUPER SPARKLE, both lone-speeds on the day, have ever got away from MY ELLE BELLE. A fast finisher, the American appears to have the ‘Big Sub’ Memorial set-up for her to mow down the speedsters in the stretch run. SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS, ROYAL VIBES and BIRDIE MY LOVE are expected to hog the lead, alternating as far as their respective stamina limitations will carry them. Super-light at 110lb, MY ELLE BELLE is better than fellow closers BRUCE WAYNE, SUPERTRONICS, BIBLICAL LEGEND, and certainly has the stamina to outfinish any of the speedsters, who might be hanging around inside the last furlong. Last time out, MY ELLE BELLE gave it away at the start on October 13, raring at the gate and violently swerving on landing, causing Oneil Scott to lose his stirrup, which he managed to get his leg back into at the round mile. However, the filly was too thrown-off by the incident and never got into the race, finishing fifth behind FRANCIA’S PRIDE, SUPERTRONICS and BRUCE WAYNE. Returning at a mile, MY ELLE BELLE renews rivalry with four runners from the nine-furlong and 25-yard race, for which she was made the 6-5 favourite to complete back-to-back wins, after impressively collaring LICI’S PEPSI at seven and a half furlongs in September. SUPERTRONICS, BRUCE WAYNE, SIMPLY OUTRAGEOUS and BIBLICAL LEGEND, Gary Subratie’s hopes of winning the trophy named after his father for a second time, all ran admirably behind FRANCIA’S PRIDE but none had an excuse not to win. On the contrary, MY ELLE BELLE’s horrible start, drawn outside at gate 10, compounded by the fact that Scott had lost his stirrup, forced the chestnut filly wide at the clubhouse turn, a Bermuda Triangle from which very few horses ever recover at nine furlongs and 25 yards. Bad luck aside in September, reverting to the backstretch moves the ‘Big Sub’ Memorial into MY ELLE BELLE’s territory, her three victories coming out of the mile chute – a pair of seven-and-a-halves and a one-miler in which she closed on splits of 23.1, 45.4 and 1:11.0 to blow past HONEYT RYDA and MY SUUGARMAN on June 16.last_img read more