Phoenix trial begins for NBA players accused of assault

first_imgForward Markieff Morris #5 of the Washington Wizards celebrates during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 28, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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. Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — A trial will begin for NBA players Marcus and Markieff Morris, who allegedly assaulted a man outside a Phoenix recreation center two years ago.Maricopa County Superior Court officials announced the trial’s upcoming jury selection will start Wednesday morning.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  View comments UAAP: Tamaraws trounce Warriors for first win MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight The Morris brothers are accused of helping three other people beat 36-year-old Erik Hood on Jan. 24, 2015.Hood told Phoenix police that he was repeatedly punched and kicked while sustaining a fractured nose, abrasions and a large bump on his head.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 shutoutHood is an acquaintance of the Morris brothers and reportedly had a falling-out with them in 2010.The 6-foot-9 Morris twins became teammates in 2013 when Marcus was traded to the Suns.center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Marcus was traded to the Boston Celtics in July 2017, and Markieff is now with the Washington Wizards. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more

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TNT also tried to arrange trade for Kia draft pick, says Narvasa

first_imgView comments After announcing the approval of the trade on Friday, PBA commissioner Chito Narvasa shared that TNT also tried to strike a deal with Kia for the coveted draft pick.“Kia has talked to several prospects, other teams, and how they arrived with San Miguel, I guess it’s between them. The proposal just came to me,” the league executive said. “But if (Magnum) Membrere came here, (Kia) must have talked with TNT also. I don’t know who the others are or were.”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 shutoutREAD: PBA approves Kia-San Miguel trade Narvasa said that Standhardinger bared his intention to join the draft three weeks prior to the September 4 deadline for Fil-foreign aspirants with the Fil-German forward’s agent processed his papers. But to his surprise, KaTropa assistant team manager Magnum Membrere also submitted another application for Standhardinger, duplicating the 28-year-old’s papers. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alibaba co-founder to buy 49 percent of Brooklyn Nets —reports Read Next MOST READ Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Ultimately, they settled for the final deal which saw San Miguel receive the top overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft in exchange for Ronald Tubid, JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, and the Beermen’s 2019 first rounder.The inclusion of Tubid, Narvasa said, was the clincher for the trade to progress.READ: Austria mum on reported SMB-Kia trade“I told them JayR will pass because he’ll be able to guard (June Mar) Fajardo. McCarthy also gets an ok because they need a point guard who can defend Chris Ross. Next, they wanted (Keith) Agovida, but I told them that can’t be because it came from them that they need veterans,” he said.“I told (Kia governor Bobby) Rosales that they need to get a shooter so I added Tubid in the deal. San Miguel will have to find someone in their rotation to replace (Marcio) Lassiter, and if San Miguel adds Tubid to the trade, I think this will pass. But if you don’t give Tubid within one hour, the deal is off and forget the deal.” CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance02:03DOH drafting order to lower prices of expensive medicines00:50Trending 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 “I was wondering why (Membrere) was the one to submit, but I just let it fly,” he said.Already sensing that a deal was in the works between Standhardinger and TNT, Narvasa was shocked when it was Kia and San Miguel agreed on a trade which was submitted to his office.READ: Kia defends latest trade, prefers veteran talent over one rookie“I was wondering why the pick will go to San Miguel,” he pondered, assuming that the talks with the KaTropa slowly fizzled out.The SMB-Kia transaction loomed over the league for the past week. During that time, Narvasa talked to parties from the Beermen and the Picanto as they tried to find a valid trade between the two teams.ADVERTISEMENT BOCAUE — It turns out, San Miguel wasn’t alone in chasing the number one pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Nadal withdraws from ATP Finals after loss to Goffin

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain returns to David Goffin of Belgium during their singles tennis match at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP Finals.The world No. 1 withdrew from the elite, season-ending tournament after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 6-4 on Monday at the O2 Arena.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LeBron: Smith comments a shot at Phil Jackson, not Ntilikina Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarterfinal stage 10 days ago and admitted ahead of the ATP Finals on the indoor hard-court he struggles on, that his knees, which have caused him trouble throughout his career, were still “not perfect.”Despite having qualified 13 consecutive times for the ATP Finals, only eight of which he’s been fit enough to compete in, Nadal has never won the event. Spain will still be represented, as Nadal will be replaced by U.S. Open semifinalist Pablo Carreno Busta.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 shutout“My season is finished,” Nadal said. “Yeah, I had the commitment with the event, with the city, with myself. I tried hard. I did the thing that I had to do to try to be ready to play. I tried, but seriously was miracle to be very close in the score during the match.”After two breaks of serve each, Goffin claimed an ugly opening set via a tiebreak and was on the verge of victory in the second, but Nadal’s fighting spirit saved four match points to force another tiebreaker and draw level. Nadal’s exit simplifies Federer’s path to a seventh ATP Finals title. The winner of 2017′s other two Grand Slams returns to action against Alexander Zverev on Tuesday after defeating Jack Sock on Sunday.Making his debut at the ATP Finals earlier, Grigor Dimitrov withstood a comeback attempt from Dominic Thiem and held on for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-5 victory.The sixth-ranked Dimitrov maintained his focus despite being narrowly denied a chance to serve out the match in the second set, and then being broken at his first chance in the third.“Every year you learn more about yourself, about the game, about the players,” Dimitrov said. “I’ve done also a lot of work on and off the court. It’s finally starting to kind of, like, come together.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA However, the third set proved a step too far for the 16-time Grand Slam champion, who began to struggle with his movement and was in visible pain. Goffin secured a double break to be 4-1, but Nadal rallied once more. He could retrieve only one of the breaks.“It was tough even if he was not moving 100 percent,” Goffin said. “He was hitting the ball really hard. It’s never easy to finish a match, to finish a set against him. Even if I lost four match points in the second, I had no regret. I kept going in the third.”Nadal ominously waved goodbye as he left the court, bringing to an end another auspicious season. He won his 10th French Open in June, added a third U.S. Open in September and, at 31, became the oldest man to end the year atop of the rankings.With the Australian Open still over two months away, Nadal was confident playing in London wouldn’t have done any lasting damage.“The good thing is (this injury is) nothing new,” Nadal said. “Everybody of my team, we have the right experience on this thing. We hope to manage it well, to have the right rest, the right work, and try to be ready for the beginning of the next season.”ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The court complaint alleges the university had received complaints from two female athletes who accused the doctor of inappropriately touching them in the late 1990s and that the USOC has had “a culture and atmosphere that conceals known and suspected sexual abusers.”USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University did not immediately respond to requests for comment. “First and foremost, she wants this never to happen to another little girl,” Manly said in an interview.The settlement included nondisclosure and non-disparagement clauses and Maroney or her parents could be sued for more than $100,000 for violating the agreement. The suit seeks to invalidate those provisions under a California law which prohibits settlements in civil cases that could result in criminal sex offense charges.“It’s despicable and it is wrong,” Manly said of the settlement agreement.Nassar has admitted to sexually assaulting female gymnasts, possessing child pornography and molesting girls who sought treatment. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography.Maroney’s lawsuit also names the U.S. Olympic Committee and Michigan State University, where Nassar had worked for decades.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Read Next Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments US Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Mckayla Maroney (left) revealed on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, that the team’s former doctor, Larry Nassar (right), molested her from when she was 13 years old until she left the sport in 2016. AFP FILE PHOTOSLOS ANGELES — Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney was forced to sign a confidential settlement with the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts to keep allegations that she was sexually abused by team doctor Larry Nassar a secret, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Maroney, who won a team gold and an individual silver on vault as part of the “Fierce Five” U.S. women’s team at the 2012 Olympics in London, said Nassar’s abuse started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed After suffering sexual abuse and “years of psychological trauma,” Maroney reached a settlement with USA Gymnastics in December 2016, but the terms of the agreement weren’t disclosed in court papers. Her lawsuit seeks to invalidate parts of the settlement, arguing it violated California law and that USA Gymnastics “had a plan to keep the sexual abuse of Nassar quiet.”Maroney, who is now 22 years old, said in a Twitter post in October that the abuse started when she was 13 and attending a U.S. national team training camp in Houston. Nassar told her at the time that she was receiving “medically necessary treatment he had been performing on patients for over 30 years,” she said at the time.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 shutoutHer attorney, John Manly, said she had been abused between 50 and 100 times by Nassar, including at the Olympics and during the world championships.She has described Nassar giving her a sleeping pill while the team traveled to Japan for the 2011 world championships. Maroney says Nassar later visited her in her hotel room after the team arrived in Tokyo, where he molested her yet again.last_img read more

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Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In this file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. poses on the scale during a weigh-in for a fight against Marcos Maidana in Las Vegas.  APUFC President Dana White dropped a bombshell revelation on Wednesday, claiming that he was having “real” talks with undefeated boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. about possibly fighting inside the octagon.The 40-year-old slugger, however, denied White’s claims and said that people have “misconstrued” his earlier comments about mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Magic Johnson and Isiah Thomas reconcile in emotional NBA TV special Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed “People said, ‘Floyd said, Oh, he’ll be fighting in the UFC for a billion dollars’ – that’s not what I said,” Mayweather explained in an interview with FightHype.com. “What I said was this: I made a billion dollars. If I made a billion dollars before, I’ll do it again. If I choose to get in the UFC and fight for the UFC, or fight three fights or four fights and then fight Conor McGregor, I could make a billion dollars, which I can. I could do it in three fights or even four fights. I could make a billion dollars.”After cashing in over a hundred million dollars in his retirement bout against UFC Lightweight Champion Conor McGregor last August—notching a 50-0 pro career record in the process—fight fans marveled at the idea of a rematch under MMA rules.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 shutout“If I choose to get in the octagon and fight – fight three fights, three or four fights, and then fight Conor McGregor in the octagon. We just don’t know what the future holds for Floyd Mayweather, and I don’t look forward to getting back in the boxing ring,” he said.“That’s what I don’t look forward to doing. So, I’m just saying, I could (make a billion in the UFC). I’m not doing it. But I’m saying, what I could do is make a billion dollars quick if I wanted to do that. That’s what I was saying.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities McGregor, meanwhile, has noted publicly several times that he wants a rematch against Mayweather but under the UFC banner.Pundits, however, doubt the cunning Mayweather will risk his unblemished fighting record, especially out of the comforts of the boxing ring.“I never said I was going to fight in the UFC,” Mayweather said. “I didn’t say that. I just said if I wanted to and what I could do. ‘Would’ and ‘could’ do isn’t the same thing. I’m not going to do it, though.” Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Mayweather on why McGregor landed more punches than Pacquiao: ‘I wasn’t counterpunching’ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Read Next Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

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Isaiah Thomas could be playing for Cavaliers next week

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “When that time comes to where I’ll be out there, I’m sure everybody is going to know and I’ll be out there playing the way I’ve always played,” said Thomas, who hosted a holiday party for some area kids at the team’s training facility. “I’m just trying to get as close as 100 percent as possible and to be out there to be special. Not just to be out there and be another body. However long that takes — it might be next week, it might be a week after that. We don’t know and we’re really not trying to put a date on it because it just depends on how my recovery is.“I’m ramping up my workouts, but at the same time it’s how I feel the next day, and it’s getting lighter and lighter, which is a good sign.”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 shutoutThomas is as close as ever to making his debut with Cleveland, which acquired him last summer in the blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston. Since training camp opened, the Cavs’ timeline for Thomas was for him to be playing games by the end of December.That now seems possible. The Cavs, who have won 18 of 20, host Chicago on Thursday and are expected to practice twice before their Christmas Day matchup against the Golden State Warriors, whom they’ve met in three straight Finals. Turkey seeks jail term for Enes Kanter for insulting Erdogan Cleveland has games in Sacramento and Utah next week before returning home on Jan. 2 against Portland. The next day, the Cavs will play in Boston, where Thomas spent more than two seasons and where he hoped to play longer before being traded.Since the deal, Thomas has talked about being motivated to show the Celtics they were wrong to let him go.Although he has not suited up for the Cavs, Thomas has been embraced by the city’s fans. As a way of giving thanks for their support, he teamed with World Vision — a humanitarian aid organization he has partnered with for seven years — to host children from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland at the party.“The biggest thing is just putting smiles on these kids’ faces,” said Thomas, who played basketball and video games. “You really don’t know what they’re going through or what they don’t have. It’s about having fun today.”Thomas said he has been touched by the warm welcome he’s gotten in Cleveland.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “It’s genuine,” he said. “I just like giving back no matter where I am. That’s just who I am and that’s what I’ve always been about, so I just try to reach kids and touch kids and show kids I’m just like them. I’ve come from a similar background and especially in the holiday season, it’s about making others happy and putting smiles on other people’s faces.”The 5-foot-9 Thomas blended in easily with the kids, some of whom weren’t much smaller than him. At one point, he joined a game of “knockout” and was quickly eliminated.“I expected that,” he said. “Every time I play knockout with kids they try their hardest to beat me and I always seem to lose. That wasn’t my first loss.” View comments AP FILE PHOTOINDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Isaiah Thomas played Santa Claus on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time). Soon, he’ll be playing point guard for the Cavaliers.Thomas said he could be on the floor in games as early as next week for Cleveland after being sidelined with a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs. Thomas has progressed to the point where he will be scrimmaging 5 on 5 in the next few days with the possibility of playing in games with the Cavs before the year ends.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next De La Salle University on Wednesday threw its “full support” for head coach Aldin Ayo after the Green Archers lost in the UAAP championship round to archrival Ateneo in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Floyd Mayweather shuts down rumors of UFC crossover: ‘I’m not doing it’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ La Salle management, however, did not quell any speculation regarding Ayo’s time as head coach of the Green Archers but it implied that the 40-year-old will still call the shots for the team in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League in February.“We stand united as a team to regroup and regain the crown next season,” said the management in the statement. “Now more than ever, we are strongly committed to bounce back with a resolve that is uncompromising and unflinching.”“We will forever hold our banner high and bright, a shield of green and white.”ADVERTISEMENT In a statement from the university’s Office of Sports Development, the management said it is “firmly behind coach Aldin Ayo and his staff as we start the process of rebuilding for the future.”The Green Archers lost 88-86 in the third game of the series that saw the Blue Eagles hoist the Season 80 trophy.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 shutoutThe loss also sparked the rumors surrounding ding the tenure of Ayo with De La Salle.It’s been rumored that Ayo will leave La Salle in the end of the 2017-2018 academic year with University of Santo Tomas looming as the likely destination for the former UAAP and NCAA champion coach. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win

first_imgThompson shot 10 for 16 overall and didn’t miss until a 3-point try with 6:10 left before halftime.Curry tweeted in the midst of Thompson’s hot start: “Somebody is having a great game!”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 shutoutThompson received a rare technical — his seventh in seven seasons — with 10:22 left in the game for arguing when he thought he was fouled.Marc Gasol had 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Memphis, which started a stretch with seven of eight games on the road. The Grizzlies were 10 of 44 in the second half, shot 12 for 31 from 3-point range and committed 17 turnovers. Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) drives the ball against Golden State Warriors’ Patrick McCaw, Klay Thompson, David West and Omri Casspi, from left. APOAKLAND, California — Klay Thompson scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half and made his first nine field goals, leading the undermanned Golden State Warriors past the Memphis Grizzlies 97-84 on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for their 10th straight win.Kevin Durant added 22 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots as defending champion Golden State was down five regulars again, including two-time MVP Stephen Curry out for his sixth straight game with a sprained right ankle.ADVERTISEMENT 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues La Salle management ‘firmly behind’ Ayo in Green Archers’ rebuilding phase View comments Omri Casspi came off the bench to contribute 12 points and six rebounds. While coach Steve Kerr would far prefer a healthy roster, he appreciates the opportunities many of his role players are receiving to play more significant an important minutes.“I like it,” said Kerr, who certainly wasn’t going to be pleased with the 16 turnovers.The Warriors began a seven-game homestand in a stretch with nine of 10 games at home before next playing away from Oracle Arena on Jan. 3 at Dallas.Curry did some light on-court work at morning shootaround a day after the Warriors said the two-time MVP would be out at least another week with the ankle injury. Kerr said it was Curry’s first time moving laterally, and he wouldn’t scrimmage or practice before being examined again.“He had a good day today. He was working out with Steve Nash and Q (Bruce Fraser) and got a lot of good stuff and it looked like he was moving pretty well,” Kerr said. “A good sign.”ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Golden State has won all six games since Curry injured the ankle on Dec. 4 at New Orleans.Curry will miss two more games this week, as well as the Christmas Day showdown against Cleveland before getting evaluated again. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Olynyk scores career-high 32 for Heat in return to Boston

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES “I think it’s a fun way to honor. It’s bigger than what you do on the court,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said before the game. “He embraced that, and I thought he lived that out well. It wasn’t just talk when the cameras were on. He was out all the time.”There was a brief video of Olynyk doing events and he was given a standing ovation early in the second quarter.Goran Dragic missed his second straight game with a sore left elbow and Justise Winslow sat out his fourth in a row with strained left knee for the Heat. It was the second consecutive game in which the Heat were missing six players due to injuries.Celtics rookie Jayson Tatum dislocated his right pinkie when it was stepped on after he dove for a loose ball in the opening minutes. He went straight to the locker room, but returned late in the first quarter.The teams combined to miss 24 shots in the second quarter — with both under 39 percent — and went long stretches without a basket. Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Miami led 87-76 with 2 1/2 minutes left before Irving sparked a 13-3 run with nine points.Miami pulled out to a 71-60 lead when Olynyk drained consecutive 3-pointers in front of Boston’s bench with just under 10 minutes to go.The Celtics sliced it to 79-75, but Richardson converted a three-point play and Olynyk nailed a 3 on consecutive possessions with less than five minutes left.The Heat went on a 15-2 run midway through the third quarter, taking their first lead and building a 58-51 advantage on Bam Adebayo’s one-handed flip in the lane.The Celtics honored Olynyk as the “Hero Among Us” for doing more than 100 community appearances and helping raise thousands of dollars for their charity when he was with the team.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Gymnast McKayla Maroney says settlement covered up sex abuse Read Next MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Olynyk signed with Miami as a free agent during the offseason. His previous high was 30 points on Dec. 15, 2014.When this one was over, he took photos with fans.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 shutoutKyrie Irving paced the Celtics (26-8) with 33 points, but missed a jumper from the right wing that bounced off the rim at the buzzer. Jaylen Brown scored 16 and Marcus Smart had 15.Boston big man Al Horford went 2 for 10 from the floor with eight rebounds and fouled out with 8:14 to play. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Miami Heat center Kelly Olynyk (9) drives to the basket against the Boston Celtics during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Boston. Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points as the Heat won 90-89. APBOSTON — Kelly Olynyk scored a career-high 32 points in his rousing return to Boston, and the undermanned Miami Heat hung on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) for a 90-89 victory over the Celtics.On a night when the Celtics honored their former forward in his first game back, the popular Olynyk received a standing ovation from Boston fans and led the Heat (16-15) to another win against the top team in the Eastern Conference. Josh Richardson had 19 points and six assists for Miami, which took two of three in the season series. The Heat ended Boston’s 16-game winning streak earlier this season with a victory at home.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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The cold returns for Winter Games in mountainous Pyeongchang

first_imgHow cold is it?So cold that tears spring to the eyes. So cold the ink in a pen grows sluggish and fades as it scribbles over a page. So cold that South Korean men sometimes flash back to being posted for hours on the frozen frontline during mandatory military service. So cold at least six people were treated for hypothermia last month after a pop concert at the open-air Olympic Stadium.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 shutout“We all hope it will be better in February, but if it’s like it is now, there will be big trouble. It’s just too cold for outsiders,” says Choi Jong-sik, 64, smirking in his short-sleeve shirt as a visiting reporter removes layer after layer of thick outerwear for an interview at Choi’s Pyeongchang restaurant.Vancouver and Sochi, where ski jumpers were landing in puddles, got complaints for being too warm, as might Beijing in 2022, but the weather in Pyeongchang will likely dazzle spectators, and confound organizers and athletes, in its bitterness. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa In this file photo, Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium is seen in Pyeongchang, South Korea. After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world’s pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a no-joke chill in their bones. Vancouver and Sochi got complaints for being too warm, as might Beijing in 2022, but the weather in Pyeongchang will likely dazzle spectators, and confound organizers and athletes, in its bitterness.PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The cold is back for the Winter Games.After two straight balmy Olympics where some might have wondered if it was even winter, let alone the world’s pre-eminent freeze-dependent sporting event, athletes and visitors alike will finally experience a serious chill in their bones during the games in mountainous Pyeongchang.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq LATEST STORIES MOST READ View commentscenter_img The wind is brutal, and it pounds the entire area, including the stadium and the rooftop, where the gusts rattling through the big AC units sound like a doomed bomber plummeting out of the sky in an old war movie.Despite the cold, organizers have done little to protect stadium visitors. Spectators will have to sit exposed for as long as five hours in the elements during the nighttime ceremonies. There are no built-in heating systems for the seats and the corridors, and it’s too late to build a roof and too expensive to install central heat, officials say.Many of the concertgoers last month where six were treated for hypothermia reportedly flocked to the arena’s toilets for a rare bit of respite from the cold.Organizers plan to provide each spectator at the Olympics ceremonies with a raincoat, a small blanket and heating pads — one to sit on, one for the hands and a pair for the feet. They also plan to install polycarbonate walls above the highest seats across the two northwest sides of the stadium to block the strongest winds. About 40 portable gas heaters will be placed in aisles between the rows of plastic seats, and lots of hot coffee and tea, fish sticks and heated buns will be on sale.Still, by the time the opening ceremony starts at around 8 p.m., the wind chill at the stadium could be minus 14 degrees Celsius (about 7 F). That is much colder than the wind chill at the ceremonies for the Vancouver and Sochi Games, which were 5 degrees and 4 degrees C, respectively, according to South Korean officials.When Associated Press journalists visited the area earlier this month, it was minus 18 degrees C (a little below zero F) midmorning at a resort near Olympic Stadium.Sochi temperatures soared at times. On Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, for instance, it was 16 degrees C (61 degrees F).The coastal areas of Gangneung, where skating and hockey will be held, are warmer than Pyeongchang. But it’s still cold. Tourists can be seen in thick quilted coats standing on piers and posing for pictures as huge, frigid blue-green waves crash behind them; they run and laugh, trying to dodge the spray.Locals often smirk when they see bundled up tourists waddle around Pyeongchang like penguins. Choi, after an interview, stands outside his restaurant, still in his short-sleeve shirt, smoking a cigarette while a well-layered-up reporter shivers nearby. “Sometimes I go out like this and the people in warm coats look at me like I’m crazy.”A drive into the mountains twists through isolated former mining towns and past frozen fields, frozen rivers, frozen forests and dramatic granite peaks that look in places like they’re sliding into the valleys. The sun sparkles on the brittle ice covering the landscape; the wind roars through the pine trees like traffic on the interstate. “It’s cold, and it’s going to get colder. But what can we do?” says Ahn Young Ju, 36, a restaurant owner in the remote town of Nammyeon in Jeongseon county, which will host the downhill skiing events. “We were born here, so we try not to think too much about it.” Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Olynyk scores career-high 32 for Heat in return to Boston Pyeongchang sits nearly half a mile above sea level in the northeastern corner of South Korea, not too far from the border with the North. It is one of the coldest parts of the country — wind chill in February is often in single digits (Fahrenheit) — and notorious for a powerful, biting wind that gathers force as it barrels down out of Siberia and the Manchurian Plain and then across the jagged granite peaks of North Korea.It can be hard to get people here to talk about, or even acknowledge, the cold. It is simply a fact of life, and stoicism is often the rule when confronted with outsiders’ weather-related questions.“The only thing foreigners can do is the same thing locals do: bundle up,” Nam Sun-woo, 60, a fishmonger in Pyeongchang, says. “Not many outsiders understand how cold it gets here. It’s not like where they’re from. This kind of cold is completely different.”The weather will be on display, and maybe a major nuisance, at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Hoenggye village. The much-criticized 35,000-seat open-air pentagon-shaped arena, which cost 118.4 billion won ($107 million), will be used only four times — during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics and Paralympics — and then torn down.On a recent blustery day, from the top of a nearby 17-story building, the white angular stadium looks a little like a giant discarded Lego piece. It rises isolated on a wide, flat plain, muscular mountains cascading down behind it. It looks vulnerable and exposed — all those thousands of orange and pink seats laid bare below the wide dome of sky — but also slightly magical as the sun glitters off millions of tiny ice flakes blowing across the plain.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’last_img read more

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Sangalang celebrates birthday with Magnolia win over Alaska

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Winning wasn’t the only thing that made Sangalang’s day special. He’s also happy to see his former college teammate Ronald Pascual make a successful return to the PBA.“I’m so happy for Ronald because he did his best to return to the PBA,” he said of his fellow  San Sebastian alum.Pascual was out of the league after an unceremonious run at San Miguel, GlobalPort and Blackwater, where he languished on the bench. Luckily for him, he was able to pick himself up and get a fresh start with ALAska where he was reunited with his other college teammate Calvin Abueva.“Ronald is a good person. Maybe he got frustrated when his dad died, but I’m happy that he’s back inside the court playing again. I’m happy that he’s still blessed until now,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sangalang also had a lot to do with fulfilling his wish.The 6-foot-7 bruiser pumped in a double-double of 13 points, 10 boards with four blocks as he held the fort for the Hotshots’ depleted frontline.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 shutoutSangalang also found inspiration with the way top gun Paul Lee gave a good account of himself, pouring in 30 points in his first game coming off a knee injury.“They really sacrificed for the team. When you’re coming from injury, it takes a long time before you can recover. But we really saw Paul’s heart for the game. He stepped up and showed us a way to win and I really salute him for that,” he said. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH McCarthy guarantees win for Kia Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTurning 26 on Wednesday, Ian Sangalang was elated that his birthday wish came true in the form of Magnolia’s 108-95 win over Alaska to start the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I’m so happy. This is the gift I wished for because we need a good start. Every game counts so we really needed this game,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

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McCarthy guarantees win for Kia

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playing significant minutes this time, the 28-year-old McCarthy impressed with 14 points, six rebounds, and five assists, proving that he could thrive in a situation outside the shadows of his former San Miguel teammates like Chris Ross, Alex Cabagnot, and Marcio Lassiter.But the Westbury, New York, native shared that the season he spent with the Beermen was helpful in making him the player that he is now, with him banking on those lessons as he takes on a bigger role at Kia.“Those are my guys, I learned a lot from Chris, Alex, Marcio, and all the guys who have helped me there. So I’m just trying to take some of the things I learned from those guys and bring it over here: just play hard, next play mentality, and just continue to work hard,” he said as he expects to perform better in the coming games as a key contributor for the Picanto this conference.“It feels good to get out on the court and play. I feel like I need to get my conditioning in because I haven’t played that many minutes, but it’s a work in progress. I felt good though.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRashawn McCarthy believes Kia’s unconventional approach is bound to deliver wins on the court.The new recruit even went as far as assuring a win by the Picanto this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues “I wasn’t part of that Kia team (last conference), but they didn’t finish with a victory. We’re gonna get a victory this conference, for sure,” he guaranteed.Kia came close to getting that elusive win on Wednesday when it almost caught NLEX off guard before taking a 119-115 loss.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 shutoutMcCarthy, however, sees the game as a statement of sorts for the Picanto, showing everyone that ragtag as the team may be, they are still capable of pulling off surprises against their favored foes.“We got a lot of guys that have a lot of heart so I expect us to come out and fight every night,” he said. “I don’t expect us to just roll over and give other teams easy victories. I think we showed we lot of heart and showed we wanted the victory. We fell short but we fought hard.” Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed LATEST STORIES BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Thompson, Durant lead injured Warriors to 10th straight win 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

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Bad back and all, rookie Herndon shines for Magnolia

first_imgAching to showcase what he’s made of, Herndon made sure to make those minutes count, contributing nine points and seven rebounds in his professional debut.What’s more impressive is the Fil-Am swingman having the gall to make the big plays, delivering the dagger as he beat the shot clock with 1:15 remaining to put Magnolia up, 105-95.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 shutout“It feels good,” he shared after putting his first PBA game under his belt. “I was frustrated that four days before the game, I got a back injury. I was doubtful if I was gonna play but we got awesome trainers here and we worked on it everyday and got my back and was able to play so I’m just super excited that I was able to play today.”Making his debut better was his father Robert Sr. surprising him as he came from San Francisco just to see his son play in his first PBA game at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. “My dad flew out today and surprised me. I didn’t know he was here. It would have been sad if I wasn’t able to play in front of him, but I’m glad that I did,” said the younger Herndon..@RobbieConrad460 was surprised by his dad who came from US to watch his PBA debut for @M_Hotshots #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/uRqnJYqfpG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) December 20, 2017Those performances are just the kind of games coach Chito Victolero needs from his players, especially with the Hotshots still waiting for the recovery of key cogs Marc Pingris, Jio Jalalon, and Rafi Reavis from their respective injuries.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sangalang celebrates birthday with Magnolia win over Alaska BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Herndon firmly understands what his team needs of him, and he’s more than ready to step up even though he himself isn’t at 100-percent.“You know, coach preaches ‘next man up.’ Everybody’s ready to play, injured or not,” he said. “It’s great that Paul (Lee) was able to come out and play. He was just out there killing it. I’m wondering where we’re going with a full team because even in practice, everyone isn’t playing. So I’m really excited to see us when we were at our strongest.”Star returns to action on Christmas Day when it takes on fierce rival Ginebra at the cavernous Philippine Arena. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDealing with back spasms, Robbie Herndon wasn’t even supposed to play for the injury-riddled Magnolia squad in its season opener against Alaska on Wednesday.But like the warrior that he is, the sixth overall pick in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft suited up and played for almost 20 minutes in the Hotshots’ 108-95 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next View commentslast_img read more

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Knicks overhaul: Mills, Perry changing franchise’s identity

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Like everyone else in the league, the two men want to win. But even before that, they want the Knicks to develop the traits of a model franchise, not the model of dysfunction that they had come to be their identity.“I knew there were a lot of things that needed to change here and we’re in the process of doing that,” Mills said.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 shutoutSo far, so good. The Knicks are 16-14 heading into their game against Boston on Thursday (Friday Manila time) — not bad for a team that parted ways with its team president on the eve of free agency and then traded its leading scorer on the eve of training camp.“Hats off to my good friend Steve Mills. He is doing an excellent job,” Johnson wrote in a tweet after the Knicks beat the Hall of Famer’s Lakers on Dec. 12. “The future is promising for his young Knicks.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. They surprised Anthony with a video tribute before his first game back at Madison Square Garden last Saturday, then the Knicks showed their former star how much things have changed by routing Oklahoma City.“I like the potential that they have,” Anthony said. “For me, just to see those guys having fun again, knowing that it wasn’t fun. The fun was lost over the past couple of seasons.”Mills had a firsthand view of it while serving as Jackson’s general manager. Another 50-loss season ended with the Knicks getting a clear signal of how fed up people were when Kristaps Porzingis, the young star who was being groomed to replace Anthony as the face of the franchise, skipped his exit meeting after the season.“Everyone was frustrated. One of our players was obviously frustrated. Our fans were frustrated, we were frustrated, and so it led us to think we have to do something different and I felt strongly about it,” Mills said. “I addressed it with Phil and our coaching staff and our entire staff, that in my view we weren’t a team that really stood for anything in particular and that needed to change.“If it meant changing the triangle, it if meant changing our day-to-day stuff, we had to become more definable by something. When someone sees the Knicks, when someone’s going to play against the Knicks, what are you going to experience when you play that team?”For Perry, the hope is a team like the Pistons of the early 2000s, who won an NBA title and went to the Eastern Conference finals every season he was their director of player of personnel. One thing he’s insistent the Knicks won’t become are losers on purpose, as he and Mills rule out tanking for a high draft pick even though both have said they want to build with youth.“Ultimately our goal is to become a championship-type organization and I have just yet to see in my time in the NBA teams that embrace tanking that ultimately will be champions,” Perry said.Mills, who played at Princeton and worked for 16 years at the NBA, and Perry, who worked previously for four NBA franchises, have plenty of friends throughout the league on both the player and team side. Both can usually be found courtside on game nights talking to people, a far cry from recent seasons when Knicks management was often unseen and unheard.And in another change, Knicks management is also talking to fans, either directly or through the media.“I think sometimes we put the players in a tough situation. We clearly put Jeff in a very difficult situation last year,” Mills said, referring to coach Jeff Hornacek. “It’s not fair to him that every question about what’s going on within the organization he has to deal with.” MOST READ Mills said at some point the fans need to hear from management.“We have a vision for where we want to take this team,” Mills said. “We want them to believe in it and feel good about it and see what we’re trying to get accomplished.”On and off the court. This file photo shows New York Knicks general manager Scott Perry, left, and president Steve Mills posing for a picture after a news conference in Greenburgh, N.Y. Mills and Perry are trying to change the identity of the New York Knicks. APNEW YORK — Magic Johnson noticed. Carmelo Anthony, too.The once misguided New York Knicks seem to have a plan. The franchise that’s been good at producing chaos but not much else has the look of a professional NBA organization under president Steve Mills and general manager Scott Perry — and that’s not just on the court.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES And, it appears, much different from the past.Mills and Perry want the Knicks to be known as a team that competes hard, works hard, defends hard. They insist on players that will be accountable to the team and a team that will be accountable to its fans.The only identity the Knicks had in recent years was of a laughingstock.“People say, ‘Can you win first and then have a culture?’ Well, what is the foundation you’re building to fall back on when you talk about being sustainable?” Perry said. “So what we want to be is a sustainable team that’s good year in and year out.”Mills returned to the team president role he briefly held after Phil Jackson was ousted in late June and then hired Perry as his general manager shortly after. They went to work on fixing the Knicks’ roster and reputation, trading Anthony but earning praise by showing him respect Jackson didn’t during a tumultuous final season together.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closedcenter_img ‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’ Read Next Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ View commentslast_img read more

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Busy 2018 for volleyball

first_imgPhilippine volleyball will have a major reshuffling at the start of the coming year.That’s according to Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas (LVPI) acting president Peter Cayco, who told the Inquirer that they set a meeting in January to discuss the changes they will make for the national team—including athletes and coaches.ADVERTISEMENT “Actually, it’s the players who wanted to call for the meeting; they called me and said they wanted to sit down and talk,” Cayco said.He noted that even the coaching staff may be affected as they are looking for a mentor who can implement his program given the complicated set-up of Philippine volleyball.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 shutout“We will talk to all leagues including the club and collegiate leagues,” said Cayco. “And we are looking at several names to be the national coach.”He said it will be a busy 2018 for the LVPI, which is eyeing slots for the men’s and women’s national teams in the Jakarta Asian Games. Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The men’s team finished sixth place in the last Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur. The popular and star-studded women’s team finished fourth.But Cayco said they might use the results of the 2017 Asian Women’s Championships as basis for inclusion.“We placed in the quarterfinals of the Asian championships, that may have carry weight for the Asian Games Task Force (to endorse us),” added Cayco.The Philippines, led by the likes of Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Dawn Macandili, finished eighth in the Asians held here which was won by Japan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Read Nextcenter_img MOST READ Cold weather, fever fail to stop Mag-aso Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq View commentslast_img read more

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‘Best in history’ Ronaldo put to test by Messi in ‘clasico’

first_imgAsian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH In this file photo, Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo connects with an overhead kick during the Champions League final soccer match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Millennium stadium in Cardiff, Wales. APBARCELONA, Spain — Cristiano Ronaldo has made his claim. Now he has to live up to it.Ronaldo will face Lionel Messi on Saturday for the first time since the Portugal forward declared himself “the best player in the history” of soccer after equaling the Argentine’s five Ballon d’Or awards this month.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Read Next Striker Luis Suarez has rediscovered his scoring touch at just the right time for Barcelona. After only scoring three times in the first 11 matches, Suarez has six goals in his last five league games. They will need him even more with backup forwards Paco Alcacer and Gerard Deulofeu injured.Karim Benzema has only scored two goals in 11 league appearances for Madrid this season. The drop in production has contributed to Madrid’s stumbles, leading many fans to lament the exit of Alvaro Morata to Chelsea.Jordi Alba has flourished going forward into the hole that Neymar used to occupy. The Spain left back is a favorite of Messi to weave together short-passing combinations that unlock packed defenses. His matchup against Madrid right back Dani Carvajal should be key.Gareth Bale is playing for his future. Recurrent injuries have cost the Wales winger his spot in Madrid’s starting lineup, with coach Zinedine Zidane preferring the playmaking — and sturdier legs — of Francisco “Isco” Alarcon. Bale returned after his latest injury layoff to help Madrid win the Club World Cup, but as a second-half substitute. He is likely to have that role against Barcelona and will need to make the most of the minutes he gets.Thomas Vermaelen was considered a lost cause. That was until defenders Samuel Umtiti and Javier Mascherano got injured, giving the Belgian another chance to find his spot in Barcelona’s rotation. Vermaelen has played six consecutive matches, a personal record for him at Barcelona. Injuries limited him to 11 league appearances in two seasons before he was loaned out to Roma last year. Now that he is back, the former Arsenal player will be critical to Barcelona’s chances of stopping Ronaldo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Ronaldo has no doubt closed the gap with Messi after he led Madrid to back-to-back Champions League titles in the last two seasons. But for Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres, this past decade is still set to bear Messi’s mark.“If it wasn’t for (Ronaldo), Messi would have won twice as much,” Torres said Wednesday. “What Ronaldo has done in the age of Messi says a lot about him.”Ronaldo will need to be at his best on Saturday because anything other than a victory will deal a huge blow to Madrid’s title defense before the season reaches its midway point.Madrid enters the match in fourth place and trailing Barcelona by 11 with a match in hand. Atletico Madrid and Valencia are in second and third.“Given the situation we are in we are obligated to win,” Madrid defender Sergio Ramos said.Messi had one of his most memorable performances at Madrid last season when he scored his second of two brilliant goals in stoppage time to silence the Santiago Bernabeu.Madrid got revenge with wins of 3-1 and 2-0 in the Spanish Super Cup in August, when Barcelona was reeling from the departure of Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain.Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde, however, quickly rallied his team and the Catalan club has not lost since, a run of 24 matches. With Neymar gone, Valverde has succeeded in tightening up Barcelona’s defense.“It would be important to win for everything that would represent, since the match is so special, and we are playing at their ground,” Messi said. “There would still be a long way to go for the league title, but a victory would be a nice before the Christmas break.”Here are some other potential keys to the “clasico.” Messi also has the edge in their head-to-head duels. Messi has outscored Ronaldo 19-17 since Ronaldo joined Madrid in 2009. Prior to that, Messi scored in a 2-0 win over Ronaldo’s Manchester United in the 2009 Champions League final.The Barcelona-led Messi has also had a clear advantage over Ronaldo’s Madrid. Messi has helped Barcelona beat Ronaldo’s side 13 times, to eight wins for Madrid and seven draws.Overall, Messi holds the “clasico” record with 24 goals in 36 matches. Ronaldo is one goal shy of matching Madrid great Alfredo Di Stefano’s 18 goals against Barcelona.The camera-shy Messi insisted again when he was recognized for leading the Spanish league in goals last campaign that he put more value on team titles than individual honors.“Titles are our goal,” Messi said. “If individual statistics are there also, that’s even better, but they are not the objective.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq MOST READ LATEST STORIES Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut Basking in the spotlight of a glitzy ceremony under the Eiffel Tower, Ronaldo felt confident enough to put himself at the pinnacle of the sport, ahead of Messi and other greats like Pele and Diego Maradona.“You will go and say that I have a big head, but when you’re at the top, it’s normal that you’re criticized,” he told France Football. “I am the best player in history, in both good and bad times.”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 shutoutPersonalities aside, Ronaldo has a tough case to make.He and Messi both have four Champions League titles, but Messi’s eight Spanish league titles double Ronaldo’s tally for Madrid and Manchester United. 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Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Koy Banal throws hat in UE coaching sweepstakes Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READcenter_img 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 shutout Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSocial media continued to buzz about Kiefer Ravena’s scintillating debut on Thursday, a day after he punched in big numbers to help NLEX hold off stubborn KIA, 119-115, in the PBA Philippine Cup.The second overall pick in the 2017 Rookie Draft matched his hype as he delivered 18 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals at Filoil Flying V Centre, falling just three rebounds short of a triple-double right in his first professional game.The only one not joining the conversation on how surprising the debut was? Brother Thirdy Ravena, who already saw the big game coming.“I was kind of expecting him to do Kiefer things even in the PBA,” he said. Thirdy, coming off a championship with Ateneo in the UAAP, watched Kiefer’s PBA debut with dad Bong and mom Mozzy.“Usually, the transition is tough especially from college. Usually, when you’re a rookie, you feel nervous,” added Thirdy, who affectionately calls Kiefer ‘manong’ as a sign of respect. “But he was aggressive and he’s just playing his game. Now that I’ve seen him do that on a professional stage, that just speaks about how his game is and how good he is.” 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ LATEST STORIES ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Koy Banal throws hat in UE coaching sweepstakes

first_imgMOST READ Koy Banal has bared his intentions to take the mantle for the Red Warriors as he hopes to be the successor to the post left by coach Derrick Pumaren.“Yes, I’ve submitted my application,” he shared as he seeks to land the job and start the rebuild in preparation for UAAP Season 81.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 shutoutBanal is no stranger to the collegiate scene, coaching Far Eastern University from 2000 to 2004 where he won a pair of titles with Arwind Santos leading the charge for the Tamaraws.He also steered the San Beda Red Lions to the NCAA Season 82 championship in 2006 with Nigerian center Sam Ekwe leading the way, before steering the wheel for the Arellano Chiefs from 2011 to 2013. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Bad back and all, rookie Herndon shines for Magnolia Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Banal also took his act to the PBA when he served as the head coach for the Phoenix Fuel Masters from 2014 to 2016.He is currently the head coach for Marinerong Pilipino in the PBA D-League, where he is assisted by his brother and fellow multi-titled mentor Joel Banal.“UE is on a 31-year title drought. I’ve done it with San Beda after a 28-year drought. Coach Joel broke the 14-year drought for Ateneo [and he] will be my consultant if we’ll be given the chance,” said Banal. “We know what to do and how to do it.”Though UE has yet to issue a statement on to what direction it wants the Red Warriors to go, Banal already has an inside track for the job as he is set to handle super scorer Alvin Pasaol with the Skippers this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.UE finished UAAP Season 80 at seventh place with a 3-11 record, which ultimately led to Pumaren’s ouster from the post.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA IMAGESFailing to make it to the UAAP Final Four for the eighth straight year, University of the East may just need a divine intervention moving forward.And one name immediately comes to mind.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communitieslast_img read more

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LeBron, Cavs win 12th straight at home, 115-112 over Bulls

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bulls: Bulls: G Zach LaVine (left knee) and G Cameron Payne (right foot) have yet to play this season and remain out. … Dropped to 3-13 on the road. … Valentine, who has stepped up his game lately, made three consecutive 3-pointers early in the third. … Chicago attempted just one free throw in the first half.Cavaliers: Cleveland has made at least 10 3-pointers in a franchise-record 22 straight games. … James became the first player to appear in 800 games for Cleveland. … Smith’s knee flared up following the morning shootaround and he was kept out as a precaution. … G Derrick Rose still isn’t ready to return to the floor after being sidelined with an ankle injury that had him evaluating his future. Lue said Rose is doing some light workouts, but “nothing too fast right now as far as on the court. But his spirits are great, great having him back. Just the most important part, just getting him back healthy.”UP NEXTBulls: Continue three-game trip at Boston on Saturday. Chicago beat the Celtics 108-85 at home on Dec. 11.Cavaliers: Visit Golden State on Christmas in a holiday rematch of the last three NBA Finals. 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cavs coach Tyronn Lue missed the game with an undisclosed illness. Assistant coach Larry Drew filled in for Lue, who conducted his usual media session about 90 minutes before tip-off and was in Cleveland’s locker room before the team announced he was sick.That wasn’t the only news during a hectic pregame for the Cavs as starting guard J.R. Smith was a late scratch with a sore left knee and Thomas took the floor dressed in his uniform and participated in pregame warmups with his teammates for the first time since arriving in Cleveland.Earlier in the day, Thomas was assigned to the Cavs’ Canton G-League affiliate so he could practice and take part in a full-court scrimmage. There’s still no definitive date for Thomas to make his debut with Cleveland, but he’s closer than ever.Lue did rule Thomas out of Monday’s Christmas Day marquee matchup with Golden State, but it’s possible the 28-year-old All-Star, who was acquired this summer in a blockbuster trade with Boston, could play next week when the team plays at Sacramento and Utah.TIP-INSADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives to the basket past Chicago Bulls’ Lauri Markkanen (24), from Finland, durign the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Dec. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 34 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers won their 12th straight home game, 115-112 over the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night as injured point guard Isaiah Thomas moved even closer to his return.James had 11 points in the fourth quarter and dropped a pair of free throws with 11.1 seconds left as the Cavs won for the 19th time in 21 games and ended Chicago’s seven-game winning streak.ADVERTISEMENT Cavaliers assign Isaiah Thomas to G-League team to practice With Cleveland’s Jae Crowder guarding him closely, Chicago’s Denzel Valentine was short with a tying 3-pointer in the final second.Dwyane Wade had three steals and two blocks in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which improved to 3-0 against the Bulls this season.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 shutoutRookie Lauri Markkanen scored 25 points, Valentine had 18 and Nikola Mirotic 15 for the Bulls, who lost for the first time since Dec. 6. Chicago’s win streak followed a 10-game losing skid.The Bulls battled back from a 10-point deficit early in the fourth and were within four at 111-107 when James, who has been so clutch in the fourth quarter all season, sank a fadeaway baseline jumper. Chicago pulled to 113-112 on Valentine’s layup before James made his two free throws and Cleveland got the key defensive stop to end it. Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

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Loaded enough?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq Rain or Shine will provide an early gauge for the KaTropa, having an abundance of size in Raymond Almazan, Jewel Ponferada and Beau Belga and an explosive backcourt made up of Maverick Ahanmisi and Jericho Cruz.“They played very well in the preseason,” Racela said. “They will definitely be a handful.”Meanwhile, Meralco debuts against Blackwater in the 4:15 p.m. opener. Read Next View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Busy 2018 for volleyball The KaTropa get a chance to measure themselves early as they make their Philippine Cup debut on Friday, clashing with Rain or Shine at 7 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome.TNT’s core has added a year’s experience and management has brought in some more help in the middle by tapping Norbert Torres.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 shutoutAnd the question that continues to pop into everyone’s minds is: Would that be enough to finally bring down defending three-time champion San Miguel Beer and rising powerhouse Barangay Ginebra?“For sure, what we have (this season) is an upgrade from the previous one,” coach Nash Racela told the Inquirer after practice on Thursday, referring to the lineup that bowed out in the Final Four last season. MOST READ 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities “But then again, when you look at the whole league, every team got stronger.“I’m sure it (our lineup) is still not enough,” Racela added when asked if the KaTropa could match up man-for-man with the Beermen and the Gin Kings. “But that has been our story, even if we’re underdogs, we try and find ways to win.”Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy, the top rookies in the last two years, tucked not only another year of pro experience under their belts but international action as well as mainstays of the Gilas Pilipinas crew.How they fare will obviously tell on the KaTropa’s chances as TNT comes into another season with point guard Jayson Castro as its franchise player.TNT has one of the oldest cores in the league with Ryan Reyes, Kelly Williams and Harvey Carey, that’s why the arrival of the 6-foot-6 Torres comes as a whiff of fresh air as the former La Salle center in the UAAP can help with the chores in the shaded lane.ADVERTISEMENT As one of the traditional heavyweights in the league, TNT KaTropa enters the PBA season with a mission of dismantling a dynasty—or at least nip a looming one in the bud.But does it have enough in its arsenal to achieve that goal?ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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