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Kia coach Gavina praises players for ‘amazing effort’ in loss to Alaska

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Picanto were in control for the majority of the game and even held a 10-point advantage, 77-67, going to the fourth quarter.And even if Calvin Abueva imposed his presence late in the game, Kia refused to wilt as import Geron Johnson gave his all and poured 39 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists before faltering in the end game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSeeing how hard his team fought, Gavina noted that the effort the Picanto had especially their import Geron Johnson, who collected 39 points, nine rebounds and seven assists, against the Aces was a huge jump compared to how they played in their past outings.“The effort that we gave, this is a game I could take. Majority of our games, I couldn’t take it because there was no effort, there was no heart. But today, all our guys were fighting for each other,” he said. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Break new ground “At this point, all we can play for is pride and have that level of togetherness which we’re gonna use as a platform for next year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ View comments A costly, catty dispute finally settled LATEST STORIES Winning start End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Gavina had sensed the turnaround even before the game as he saw how focused his players were in practices in leading up to the duel.“Going into this game, our focus in practice, the way guys have the mental approach coming in, I knew we were gonna play well. I told my guys that you just showed against a really tough Alaska team that we can compete,” he said.“I told them if you guys keep believing, keep turning this corner, stay together, you guys will be able to compete against anybody.”And that strong belief is exactly what Kia needs to have as it seeks to upset San Miguel on Saturday and finally end its dry spell in the season-ending 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.“I know we have a really tough opponent against San Miguel coming up on Saturday, but like what Russell Westbrook says, ‘Why not?’ As long as you put in the work, and you’ll learn from our mistakes in this game where we didn’t fold in the last minute and a half, and keep our composure, who knows? We’d pull out a win. So let’s hope everybody will keep their heads up and their spirits high,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Kia Picanto coach Chris Gavina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKia coach Chris Gavina said that he could not ask for more from his wards after their gallant stand in a 102-94 defeat to Alaska on Sunday.“Amazing effort from my guys. Despite all that’s happening, we’re 0-9, I couldn’t be proud of my guys tonight,” Gavina said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo says Slaughter ‘got stronger’ since return from injurylast_img read more


UE’s high-scoring forward Pasaol on verge of UAAP history

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The next hurdle Pasaol has to overcome is Ben Mbala’s Season 80 mark of 26 points per game with the big center from La Salle achieving that average in just 12 games.Pasaol has to score 43 points to tie Mbala’s record and 44 to become the highest scoring player in the UAAP since 2003—the year that the statistics were tabulated digitally.UE’s ever-smiling exploits would also make him a viable Mythical Five candidate, the MVP is out of the question since the Red Warriors’ 1-12 record put them at the bottom of the ladder, but Pasaol said he’d rather see his teammates happy than receive any individual plaque.“I just want to see my teammates happy and that they’re smiling when we’re playing, and they’re sharing the ball to me,” said Pasaol. “We’re already out of the picture but I told them to just fight and if we can steal one more win, why not?”“Even though we’re out of the picture we’re a happy bunch. We’re just so happy being with each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The big scoring forward upped his scoring average to 24.7 after 13 games following the Red Warriors’ 85-72 loss to Adamson University Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Pasaol already has 321 total points this season and even if he’s limited to zero points in the Red Warriors’ final game of the season he’ll still surpass Terrence Romeo’s mark of 22.2 points per game in Season 76.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I was surprised that I’ll be surpassing Terrence but all the credit belong to my teammates because they trust me that I can score and that I can play on both the offensive and defensive ends,” said Pasaol in Filipino.As per UAAP’s statistician Pong Ducanes, even if Pasaol is scoreless in UE’s last game of the eliminations against National University he’ll finish the year with a 22.9 scoring average and that’s well beyond the 22.2 points per game mark Romeo had five years ago. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img University of the East’s Alvin Pasaol is on the cusp of scoring history if the cards go his way in his final game in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Durant’s double-double lifts Warriors past Nets View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:32UAAP Season 81: Racela says he’ll be ‘surprised’ if Ateneo loses a game in elims02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


Artesia favored in Division III

first_imgArtesia, however, was not the only local team to qualify for the state tournament. After winning the CIF-SS Division I-A title with a 67-50 decision over Redondo, Los Alamitos earned the sixth seed in Division I. The Griffins (29-4) , who enter the tournament as one of the hottest teams in the state, having won 21 games in a row, will host San Bernardino’s Arroyo Valley (23-6) on Thursday. “I thought our draw was fair and I’m happy to have a home game,” Griffins coach Russ May said. “Obviously, any time you reach the state tournament, you have to play great teams in every round because just about everybody has won a championship. In order to win a state title, you have to win some big games and our division is tough. “Fairfax is the top seed, everybody knows about them, and Westchester is always good. Plus, I can tell you from playing them, that M.L. King is very dangerous.” LONG BEACH – By beating nationally ranked Mater Dei for the second time this season in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA final over the weekend, the Artesia High boy’s basketball team proved it was the best team in the state. On Sunday, the CIF State committee agreed as the Pioneers (29-2) were awarded the No. 1 seed in Division III when the Southern Regional playoff pairings were announced. Artesia, which won the state championship in Division III last year, begins its quest to win another titled Thursday at 7 p.m. when it hosts San Diego’s St. Augustine (13-15) in a first-round game. “We’re the I-AA champions and the best team in the state, so we knew it was going to be hard for some other Division III team to be ranked ahead of us,” said Pioneers coach Loren Grover, whose team downed Mater Dei, 77-68, Saturday night for the school’s second straight CIF-SS championship. “We’re happy to be the No. 1 seed and have a home game.” center_img Even though Compton lost in the CIF-SS Division I-AA semifinals to Mater Dei last week, the Tarbabes were also rewarded with an invitation to the Division II field. Compton (25-6) earned the second seed behind Mater Dei (29-4) and will host San Diego Serra in a first-round game Thursday. The state finals will be held at the Arco Arena in Sacramento on the weekend of March 23. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more


Early Bojan penalty punishes sloppy Swansea

first_img1 An early Bojan penalty was enough for Stoke to earn a thoroughly-deserved victory over an insipid Swansea side which ended the Swans’ unbeaten home record.The Spaniard was felled by a horribly off colour Ashley Williams inside three minutes and sent Lukasz Fabianski the wrong way from 12 yards.Jonjo Shelvey was denied by the woodwork as the hosts improved slightly after the break but they couldn’t muster an equaliser against their resilient visitors.It took Stoke just three minutes to find a breakthrough and it was the first indication that Williams was in for a torrid night.Bojan burst forward and lured the Swans’ captain into a clumsy challenge before dusting himself off to bury the resultant penalty in the top corner.Williams then horribly misjudged a cross from Marko Arnautovic which nearly let the impressive Joselu in for a Stoke second.While the Potters were in control, they nearly relinquished their stranglehold when Jack Butland miscontrolled the ball before recovering well to snuff out the danger with Andre Ayew poised to capitalise.Joselu then acrobatically volleyed wide before Glen Johnson skewed horribly off target after a smooth interchange with Xherdan Shaqiri.The Swans likely got an earful from manager Garry Monk at the break and Shelvey’s effort, which rattled off the base of the far post after he appeared to dawdle too long, suggested there would be more impetus in the second half.Arnautovic was the liveliest attacking outlet on the pitch but was unable to lift over the onrushing Fabianski when well picked out by Shaqiri just after the hour mark.The Swans’ wastefulness would continue into the dying embers, with only an ambitious effort from Gylfi Sigurdsson which whistled just wide threatening to level proceedings. Bojan last_img read more


Rangers defeat by Luxembourg part-timers ‘a disaster’, says Bell

first_imgRangers’ embarrassing exit to Luxembourg part-timers Progres Niederkorn has been described as a ‘disaster’, by former Gers goalkeeper Cammy Bell.The Scottish giants took a 1-0 lead into the first leg and should have seen off the opposition with little difficulty.But the 2,000 travelling fans were left furious as they watched their side slump to a 2-0 defeat against a side who hadn’t won a European match in 13 attempts, scoring once and conceding 41 goals along the way.Speaking to Sportsday on talkSPORT 2, Bell said: “Last night was an absolute disaster for Rangers, to fall at the first hurdle was unthinkable, I don’t think anyone would have seen this result coming.“It was always going to be a difficult tie but with the 1-0 lead you always felt they had that comfort.“It’s a huge disappointment and a massive body blow for a club that is trying to rebuild with the board and the new manager, Pedro Caixinha.“It’s a massive club and I’ve seen images of fans gathering around the bus and chanting for Caixinha to leave already, that’s just the way things go at Rangers if you don’t get results in big matches.“Rangers had thrown all their eggs in one basket and were hoping to get into the group stages of the Europa League, to fall at the first hurdle isn’t good enough and is very disappointing.“Rangers fans will definitely make themselves heard.”last_img read more


Liverpool vs Brighton: TV channel, team news and kick-off time

first_imgUnchanged for a third consecutive game. 👊 #LIVBHA pic.twitter.com/DGz5YjaDAT— Liverpool FC (@LFC) August 25, 2018 ALTERED impact Klopp#s men cruised to a win against Palace Every current Premier League club’s best kit from the past decade FOOTBALL LATEST Best clips, calls and talkSPORT moments of 2019, feat Hearn, McCoist and more smart causal Tottenham v Brighton LIVE: talkSPORT commentary and team news for Boxing Day opener Getty But they will have to be wary of a fired up Brighton, after the Seagulls stunned Manchester United last weekend.Chris Hughton’s men responded to a disappointing defeat on opening day against Watford in the best way possible, beating Mourinho’s men 3-2.What time is kick-off?This match will take place on Saturday, August 25.It will kick-off at 5:30pm.Anfield stadium will host the showdown.What channel can I watch it on?This match will be shown live on BT Sport 1 and 4K UHD.Coverage will start at 5pm and if you want to stream the match, grab the BT Sport app for your laptop, mobile or tablet. possible standings Every Championship club’s best signing of the decade, including Taarabt and Dack highlights It’s been a perfect start to the season for Liverpool.The Reds have won both of their opening Premier League games with relative ease, seeing off West Ham and Crystal Palace. 1 gameday How the Premier League table could change after the Boxing Day fixtures What is the team news? Tottenham predicted XI to face Brighton with Mourinho expected to make big changes 🔢 Here’s how Albion line-up for today’s @premierleague meeting against @LFC at Anfield.⚽️ @LeonBalogun and @Yves_Bissouma come into the side to make their first @premierleague starts for the Seagulls.#BHAFC 🔵⚪️ pic.twitter.com/xDWPHFuRfS— Brighton & Hove Albion ⚽️ (@OfficialBHAFC) August 25, 2018last_img read more


Nigerians to officiate Vipers, Sfaxien Confederations Cup first leg

first_imgBasheer will be the center-referee as Vipers host Sfaxien next Saturday (Photo by Agency)CAF Confederation Cup – Playoff RoundVipers SC vs SC SfaxienSt. Mary’s Stadium, KitendeSaturday, 12-01-2019KITENDE – Nigerian officials have been handed the task to officiate the CAF Confederations Cup play-off round first leg between Vipers SC and Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien.This was announced by the Confederations of African Football (CAF), barely a week to the game in Kitende.In the game that will be played on the 12th of this month, Salisu Basheer will be the center referee assisted by country-mates Isah Usman and Peter Ogwu.This will be the first official game for new Vipers head coach Nam Ouma. In his trial game, Vipers won 6-0 against Allan Kabonge’s Econ Soccer Academy.The return leg for Vipers will take place in Tunis after a week.Vipers dropped into the Confederations Cup following their 3-0 aggregate loss to CS Constantine in the Champions League first round.For Sfaxien, they defeated Zambia’s Green Buffalos 4-2 in the previous round of the competition.The winner on aggregate over the two legs will qualify to the treasured CAF Confederation Cup group stages.Match Officials:Centre Referee: Salisu Basheer (Nigeria)Assistant Referee 1: Isah Usman (Nigeria)Assistant Referee 2: Peter Ogwu (Nigeria)Comments Tags: CafCAF Confederations CupCS Sfaxienvipers sclast_img read more


Kenya Targets India’s Film Industry To Boost Tourism

first_imgIncreased interest from Indian film-makers in Kenya over shooting locations locally will lead to more visitation from the giant Asian nation, country top tourism marketer, Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) has disclosed.Read it at Standard Related Itemslast_img


Put Players in Fridge: Pep Guardiola Concerned by Manchester City’s December Schedule

first_imgManchester: Pep Guardiola fears Manchester City will need to spend “two days in the fridge” to cope with their gruelling Christmas schedule.The Premier League revealed their fixtures for December and January on Thursday and it offers little help to City. Their trip to Wolves has been moved back from Boxing Day to December 27, before they welcome Sheffield United to the Etihad Stadium on December 29.That leaves a gap of roughly 44 hours between one match ending and the other one kicking off and Guardiola is worried about his players’ welfare.”The players should go to the fridge. I am not joking,” Guardiola told reporters on Friday.”Go home, open the fridge and get inside for 48 hours. See you at the Etihad Stadium.”Maybe when I go to the fridge to make an omelette, maybe I can talk with them. Apart from that, no way.”While Guardiola is alarmed by the demands of the fixture list, he accepts getting on with the job has been very successful for City in the last two years.”We’re in October and we have many games before that. When I read the fixtures yesterday, I said ‘That’s OK’,” he said.”I accept this business. Sometimes it is good, sometimes it is not. We work harder and organise better to do it.”But I am concerned for the players. It is a business and the people do not care about the players. He’s injured? OK, use another one.”We’ve solved it in the past and we’ll solve in the future. It’s the only way. Don’t complain or call my chairman asking ‘what’s happened?’ “If we can’t solve it, then we cannot win four titles in one season. We didn’t complain. We accept it and we will be stronger.”City kick off at Crystal Palace on Saturday languishing eight points behind leaders Liverpool following the champions’ 2-0 defeat at home to Wolves just before the international break.Rather than worry about catching Liverpool, Guardiola will focus on solving the problems that undermined City against Wolves and in their shock loss at Norwich earlier this season.”Never since I arrived have I said that we need 90 points, 100 points,” he said.”I look at how many points we need in March or April. Now we have 50 games left in all competitions. We have to play to enjoy and to have fun, then we will see.”I am not the guy who thinks we are going to win all the titles. I am not concerned about that.”I want us to be who we are and get back to that. What Liverpool are doing is fantastic. That is the target and we have to try to cope.”Of course we want to win. We are contenders and we can do it, but we are not thinking about the points. Decemberfixturesfridgeliverpool First Published: October 19, 2019, 10:56 AM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more


Yanks Sign Ellsbury from Sox: $153M

first_imgNEW YORK –  Jacoby Ellsbury, fresh off winning the World Series with Boston, reached agreement with the rival New York Yankees on a seven-year contract worth $153 million, a person familiar with the negotiations said.The Ellsbury move headlined a day when the Major League Baseball player market heated up, with catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia following center fielder Ellsbury through the Fenway Park exit, moving to Miami.Boston already has lined up a catching replacement in A.J. Pierzynski, who comes over from Texas.Add in a pair of trades by Oakland, a three-team deal involving Arizona, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay, plus two other swaps Tuesday, and baseball’s business season has started to boil a week before the winter meetings.Ellsbury was to take a physical in New York on Dec. 4 that he must pass before the third-highest deal for an outfielder in MLB history can be finalized, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.Earlier on Dec. 3, New York finalized an $85 million, five-year contract with All-Star catcher Brian McCann.There is a long history of stars moving from Beantown to the Big Apple during their careers. Babe Ruth was the most famous, and Roger Clemens, Wade Boggs and Johnny Damon followed.Ellsbury, who turned 30 in September, led the majors with 52 stolen bases despite being hobbled late in the season by a broken right foot. The leadoff man batted .298 with nine homers and 53 RBIs, and the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium should boost his power numbers.Pierzynski agreed to a one-year contract with the Red Sox, a person with knowledge of those negotiations said, also on condition of anonymity because the agreement wasn’t final.Pierzynski and David Ross, Boston’s backup catcher, both will be 37 next season. With prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart making their way up the system, the Red Sox were reluctant to give a multiyear deal to Saltalamacchia.Saltalamacchia agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Marlins, two people familiar with those negotiations said, also on condition of anonymity because the contract had not been finalized.Also, Minnesota completed a $49 million, four-year contract with pitcher Ricky Nolasco, who made 33 starts last season for Miami.The Twins are also finishing a $24 million, three-year deal with Phil Hughes that is expected to be announced later this week.Tampa Bay acquired relief pitcher Heath Bell from Arizona and catcher Ryan Hanigan from Cincinnati, and the Rays sent pitcher Justin Choate and a player to be named to Arizona. The Diamondbacks sent pitcher David Holmberg to Cincinnati.Hanigan agreed to a $10.75 million, three-year contract.Oakland, which acquired Jim Johnson from Baltimore on Monday, reached an agreement with free-agent pitcher Scott Kazmir, The Athletics also obtained outfielder Craig Gentry and pitcher Josh Lindblom from Texas for outfielder Michael Choice and infielder Chris Bostick. They also took pitcher Luke Gregerson from San Diego for outfielder Seth Smith.In other deals, Philadelphia acquired pitcher Brad Lincoln from Toronto for catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Rob Rasmussen; while Houston took outfielder Dexter Fowler and a player to be named from Colorado for outfielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles.– Ronald BlumTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more