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UAAP Season 80 Preview: UP Fighting Maroons looking for results

first_imgCoach: Bo PerasolLast Season: 5-9 (6th Place)Holdovers: Paul Desiderio, Diego Dario, Javi Gomez de Liaño, Noah WebbAdditions: Juan Gomez de Liaño, Jun ManzoKey Losses: Jett Manuel, Dave MoraldeADVERTISEMENT For coach Bo Perasol, it’s high time for University of the Philippines to not settle with just fighting but also start winning.And this UAAP Season 80, the Fighting Maroons are setting the bar high.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 really would want to enter and barge into the Final Four. That is really our ambition this season,” he said. “It’s going to be really tough for us, but we have to up the ante in terms of what we want to happen with our program. We were able to get five wins last season so we don’t expect to get a lower win-loss slate this coming season. The logical direction for us is to have that Final Four spot.”Cebuano scorer Paul Desiderio will lead the Maroons along with uard Diego Dario and sophomore Javi Gomez de Liaño and promising neophytes Juan Gomez de Liaño and Jun Manzo. Only in his second year at the helm, Perasol is firm in his belief that for the first time in a long time, UP truly has nowhere to go but up.“That’s really our direction. We aspire to win because I know with my players, they have the capacity, we have the skills, we have the experience to achieve that and dream towards making it to the Final Four,” he said.However, Perasol admitted that from time-to-time, shades of the Fighting Maroons’ old losing habits inevitably resurface. That’s why the mentor is doing everything he can to diffuse the doubts in preparation for this year’s campaign.“There are still remnants of our mindset that we could only go to a certain level, so this is going to be a new territory for us. We’re barging and wanting to be in the Final Four, and for the longest time, I don’t think that is the mindset of our program. It’s easy to say but it’s hard to do with the strong lineups of every team, but we are up to the challenge,” he said.The Fighting Maroons are out to prove that last year’s feel-good story is no fluke.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next San Beda’s Fernandez, Bolick, Doliguez, Benilde’s Young suspended for 1 game “It’s always in our moniker, that we’re the ‘Fighting Maroons.’ But we’ve been fighting for so long and it’s getting stale. We need results and we need to win,” he said. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


Warriors look to cement a spot among immortal champions

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  “We already know each other. We already know what to expect from each other. Just makes me so much more confident to be back and to come in every day and practice.”They also added free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi to a formidable lineup, living up to their Strength in Numbers motto.“This year reminds me of two years ago, with the continuity, almost the exact roster coming back, having all of those guys comfortable with what we’re doing already,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said.Tuning out ‘noise’ The Warriors raise a second championship banner in three seasons and their fifth overall on Tuesday when they open the season at home against Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Golden State seeks a fourth consecutive berth in the NBA Finals and 10th trip overall. Only the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have reached more finals and only they and Michael Jordan’s 1990s Chicago Bulls have captured more crowns.“I think mentally it’s really going to test us,” Iguodala said. “How do we respond to, I wouldn’t say adversity, but just defending the championship again?“There’s always a lot of noise surrounding us and we have to continue to be resilient through the noise, because it can weigh on us sometimes.”The only teams to reach at least four consecutive finals were Boston in the 1960s, the 1980s Lakers and Celtics and LeBron James-led Miami from 2011-14. But the only team to have the best regular-season record those same four years was the Celtics more than a half-century ago.Durant averaged 25.1 points, 8.3 rebounds and 4.9 assists last season while Curry, who led the team in scoring for a fifth consecutive campaign, contributed 25.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.6 assists a game and Thompson produced 22.3 points a game.Curry says having so much talent doesn’t cause a problem with keeping everyone involved in the attack.“The way we play, everybody touches the ball. Everybody is involved,” Curry said. “Everybody should be a threat when they’re on the floor. And with the high IQ guys we have on this team, we just find a way for it to blend and work.“And we don’t have guys that are selfish at all, that are jealous of anybody else’s success or going to create drama if they get five shots one game and 15 shots the next game — as long as we win.” Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters 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 View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Superteams’ rise to challenge Warriors for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “You can’t win anything, you can’t be successful unless you have a great team around you -– a great group of people that you rely on, that you learn from,” Durant said. “We’ve got a number of those guys in this organization.”In the off-season the Warriors spent nearly $330 million on new contracts for Durant, Curry and starting big man Zaza Pachulia plus key reserves Andre Iguodala and Shaun Livingston.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 shutoutGeorgian center Pachulia warns the Warriors have a chance to fine-tune an already formidable squad.“I think we have a luxury and an opportunity to pay attention to the small details so we can move to the next level,” Pachulia said. Golden State Warriors’s NBA player Kevin Durant (L) slam dunks during the NBA Basketball Game between Golden State Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves in Shanghai on October 8, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / CHANDAN KHANNAWashington, United States — Golden State will begin the chase for a third NBA title in four seasons and a place among the league’s most legendary dynasties when the Warriors’ 2017-18 campaign opens Tuesday.Kevin Durant, who joined the Warriors last season after leaving Oklahoma City, realized his dream of an NBA crown last June, joining Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and and a stellar supporting cast for a record 16-1 playoff run, downing Cleveland in the finals.ADVERTISEMENT Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Read Nextlast_img read more


Standhardinger, Ravena ink max rookie contracts

first_imgMOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Standhardinger already inked a three-year deal with San Miguel Beer worth a little over P8 million for the next three seasons, though he will not be joining the Beermen until June, or in the early part of the Commissioner’s Cup because he has to play out a contract with Hong Kong in the Asean Basketball League.Maliksi gets new dealMeanwhile, Sy said the Elite have presented gunslinger Allein Maliksi a two-year extension for the veterans’ maximum worth around P10 million.“We are just waiting for him to sign on the dotted line, so to speak,” Sy said of Maliksi, who was shipped by Star to the Elite in one of the more celebrated trades during the middle of last season.Sy is also excited about Emil Palma, his second round choice whom he described as “the sleeper” of the Draft who could turn out to be a “(Marc) Barroca or (Jio) Jalalon type of a player.Meanwhile, the league’s board of governors will fly to Los Angeles in the United States for a five-day planning session starting Nov. 10 to chart the direction the league will take in the next season.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stakeholders welcome ITF Philta intervention 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 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Top picks Standhardinger (left) and Ravena are instant millionaires after getting juicy contracts.—SHERWIN VARDELEONWhile Christian Standhardinger and Kiefer Ravena cornered maximum, multiyear deals with the PBA teams that selected them 1-2 in the Draft on Sunday, the next three selections in the talent-laden pool would most likely have to settle for a little less.Blackwater, which made hard-nosed big man Raymar Jose of Far Eastern third overall, former La Salle ace Jason Perkins, picked fourth by Phoenix Petroleum, and Alaska’s Jeron Teng, also a former King Archer in the UAAP, will be making a little under the maximum allowable salary for rookies when the season opens Dec. 17 with the Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jose, who was a back-up big man for Gilas Pilipinas in the Jones Cup, is set to sit down with management on Thursday, where team manager Johnson Martinez will give him a tender offer of P120,000 a month for the first year and P180,000 for the second, a pact similar to what Art dela Cruz got two years ago as the No. 9 pick.“I would like to see first what he can give us,” Blackwater owner Dioceldo Sy said of the 6-foot-5 Jose, a hard worker who has the willingness to rough it out against anybody in the shaded lane. “There are always additional incentives and we always give premium to players who deliver.”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 shutoutPerkins, meanwhile, will get “a little less” than the P150,000/month first year maximum salary, according to team representative lawyer Raymund Zorilla. “But he will be very happy, I am sure.”Teng, the big-scoring forward, has also yet to sit down with Alaska management, but team manager Dickie Bachmann said that he will propose a package that will be very close to the maximum. To be tackled are the formats of the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors’ Cup as well as other possible league activities. LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more


Bolick shrugs off fatigue to deliver in clutch for San Beda

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Luckily, his screams were enough to give not only himself but his San Beda teammates the needed lift as the Red Lions scored the 94-87 Game 1 victory over Lyceum on Friday.Bolick seemed to have went on auto-pilot in the final minute and a half as he scored nine of San Beda’s last 11 points, enough to allow the Red Lions to prove that they could topple the erstwhile-undefeated top seed.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“I just had to find motivation to play. That’s how I am. Whenever I shoot, I shout because I want to feel the crowd,” said the 6-foot-1 guard, who finished the game with 24 points, four rebounds, and two assists.It took San Beda three tries to beat Lyceum and Bolick drew motivation from those first two meetings heading into their finals duel. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:37Protesters 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 ONE: Team Lakay bets Pacio, Iniong score KOs MOST READ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFacing what he regards as the toughest team he has ever faced in his career in the NCAA Season 93 Finals, Robert Bolick could only do one thing to bring out the best in him: scream.“I’m already tired. All I could do is shout because I was trying to find a motivation. I know we can’t let this game go,” he said on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I let the team down in our games against Lyceum. I had a lot of miscues, free throws missed, and a lot of turnovers. So I just told myself I have to find ways to stay motivated. Even though I was already tired, I was just shouting and I gave everything I had for the team,” he said.The Red Lions are now a win away from a successful title defense and Bolick knows that the job still isn’t over, expecting a tougher fight from Lyceum once Game 2 rolls on next Thursday.“LPU is really a great defensive team. When you turn around, they’re always there. They’re really a tough team and they bring out the best in us. I’m pretty sure that in Game 2, they’ll be better, so we should be more composed. We have to double our effort,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more


Fernandez thanks doubters for pushing Red Lions to work harder

first_imgBut the Red Lions threw the Pirates’ undefeated record down the drain when they swept the best-of-three Finals with a 92-82 victory on Thursday.Fernandez added another hardware to his already gaudy trophy case with his third championship with San Beda.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 shutoutBut more than the citation, what meant more to for Fernandez was his triumphant return to the collegiate scene after two years in the pros with NLEX.“A door closes and a big gate of San Beda opened up for me. San Beda welcomed me with open arms, and they really, really tried to adjust to my system,” he said. “It’s tough for me with all the situation that I had in the past. It brought back the trust I had in myself, because what happened to me was so bad that I thought I’d never coach again.” 10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports It was one of the most challenging tasks the outspoken mentor has ever faced in his decorated career in the collegiate scene.Through the course of San Beda’s stronghold of the NCAA throne, it has never been regarded as an underdog. That was until Season 93, when surprise top seed Lyceum rampaged through the field and completed the 18-game sweep of the eliminations.Fernandez knew the odds were stacked against him, and it didn’t help that criticisms were hurled his way when the Red Lions failed to finish on top for the first time in 12 years.Fortunately for him, his players showed their worth and proved that this batch is truly one of the best this decade has ever seen, shunning  doubts with a championship to brag.“This championship will not be a reality if not for my players. They deserve to win this championship because they worked hard really well. They sacrificed for around 11 months, and we know in the course of our season, people doubted us. But the circle of this team never doubted each other,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending 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 Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Fernandez also said that these criticisms fueled San Beda to work as hard, if not harder, than anyone to show that it is still the defending champion.“We thank the haters and the doubters because they pushed me to work harder and really looked at that point why we’re losing against LPU. They gave us fire and we strived hard to win. They counted us out, they counted me out right away, but in the end, we came back and won a championship,” he said.Fernandez is also hopeful that the NCAA Season 93 trophy will be enough to merit a return ticket for him in Mendiola next year.“I wish I’ll continue to coach San Beda. I know it will be up to the bosses what their decision will be, but if I will be asked if I’ll stay with San Beda, can it be lifetime?,” he asked.At this moment, with a championship to boot, there’s no reason why Fernandez shouldn’t. MOST READcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda coach Boyet Fernandez will be the first to admit that no one deserved the NCAA Coach of the Year award more than Lyceum mentor Topex Robinson.“Coach Topex deserves this one. He went 18-0 and I just want to share it to coach Topex,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more


ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi

first_imgMOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Japan’s Mei Yamaguchi (L) and Philippines’ Gina Iniong face off during the ONE Championship press conference at Marina Bay in Singapore. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonREAD: ONE: Yamaguchi eyes quick revenge vs Filipino bet Iniong So the Baguio City native is looking for a more decisive outcome this time in their upcoming atomweight bout on Friday, and she is careful not to make the same mistakes this time around.“I will go for a TKO if I could,” said Iniong, a veteran wushu artist, who sees her striking game as her biggest edge. “But this is mixed martial arts, and anything can happen. So let’s see.”ADVERTISEMENT Seniors Dennison, Trinidad grateful to Racela for Season 80 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi314 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For her part, Yamaguchi has gone 8-5 since with her latest win an impressive submission of Jenny Huang in June.READ: Two weeks after last fight, Iniong faces Yamaguchi in ONE Singapore cardFEATURED 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“Since our last fight, I think I’ve improved a lot. In a scale of 1-10, maybe my improvement is at eight,” the soft-spoken Iniong told PH-based reporters after the ONE: Immortal Pursuit press conference at Marina Bay Sands here.Iniong, who was a last-minute replacement for Angela Lee in the 10-bout card set at Singapore Indoor Stadium, edged Yamaguchi in a split decision victory in May 2014, a result the Japanese fighter’s camp thought was debatable. SINGAPORE—Both Gina Iniong and Mei Yamaguchi have grown as fighters in the three and half years since they last faced off.Iniong has made name for herself as one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the region and one of the fast rising female fighters in the ONE Championship promotion with two convincing wins just this year.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:58ONE: Iniong looking for decisive win over Yamaguchi00:50Trending 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 CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more


Lady Altas win third straight, dumps Lady Bombers

first_imgWozniacki into Aussie Open quarterfinals vs Suarez Navarro Maria Clemente and Cindy Imbo powered Perpetual with 19 and 18 points, respectively, and that production was exactly what head coach Macky Cariño wanted to see from his team.“We are aiming for the semifinals so we have to be consistent right now,” said Carinño. “We had a good defensive performance today, and so was our offense.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Altas outscored the Lady Bombers, 50-41, in spikes and had a distinct advantage in service aces at 12-2.Dolly Grace Verzosa had 21 points to lead the 2-3 Lady Bombers while skipper Shola Alvarez added 15. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises FILE – University of Perpetual Help Lady Altas celebrate a point against the San Beda Red Lionesses during their game in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help kicked start the second half of its elimination round schedule with a resounding victory over Jose Rizal University, 25-21, 25-22, 14-25, 25-21, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Altas stretched their winning streak to three games and improved to a 4-1 record and stay just half a game behind undefeated leaders Arellano University and San Beda, which have 4-0 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES MOST READ Read Next PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more


Kane leads Spurs’ recovery in 2-2 draw at Juventus

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We are a young team in this competition. To show that performance is to be proud and to congratulate the players because they were fantastic.”Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri reacted strongly afterward when it was suggested his team, which is going for a seventh successive Serie A title, should have beaten Spurs, which is fifth in the Premier League.“I think people have lost a bit of objectivity,” said a clearly annoyed Allegri. “Juve plays to win but it’s not favorite. You can’t go to the final every year. I think the lads are having a great season, but it’s a long leap from there to think they’re going to win a last-16 match 3-0.“That drives me nuts, because people don’t have an idea about the other teams. I can’t accept that people are getting depressed over a 2-2 draw, it seems like we lost 8-0.”It was also an exciting first half in Basel, with Manchester City scoring three goals before going on to win 4-0 to leave it with one foot in the quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, 2nd left, celebrates with teammate Erik Lamela and Harry Kane, right, after scoring his side’s second goal during the Champions League, round of 16, first-leg soccer match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspurs, at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)TURIN, Italy — At a crucial moment in its Champions League last-16 match on Tuesday, Tottenham survived against Juventus simply by standing still.Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris chose not to dive in either direction as Juventus forward Gonzalo Higuain approached to strike his second penalty of the game. With no big gaps appearing, Higuain smashed the ball straight down the middle and saw it cannon off the crossbar.ADVERTISEMENT A goal would have given Juventus a commanding 3-1 lead at halftime. Instead, Spurs managed to recover from a terrible start and level in the second period to finish at 2-2, ahead of the second leg at Wembley on March 7.Lloris had dived low to his right against Higuain’s successful first spot kick, getting a hand to the well-placed penalty.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHarry Kane and Christian Eriksen scored in each half after Higuain had netted twice inside the opening nine minutes“I feel so proud,” Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino said. “We showed great character against a team that played two finals in three years, with amazing experience on the pitch. It was the first goal Juventus had conceded in 696 minutesSpurs pushed for the equalizer but Juventus almost extended its lead on the stroke of halftime when Serge Aurier brought down Douglas Costa in the area. Higuain stepped up again but failed to complete his hat trick, firing onto the crossbar.He had another good chance to grab a third, shortly before the hour, but he headed a corner straight at Lloris, who had done well to tip Bernardeschi’s effort round his post moments earlier.Juventus was made to pay for its missed opportunities as Buffon was caught out by a low Eriksen free kick into the bottom left corner. AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ Allegri went for an attacking lineup, with Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa and Mario Mandzukic supporting Higuain.And that paid off right from the start in a terrible opening 10 minutes for Spurs.Mousa Dembele fouled Miralem Pjanic, 30 yards (meters) from goal, inside the first minute. Pjanic himself took the free kick and picked out Higuain, who beat the offside trap to volley into the far corner.Matters swiftly went from bad to worse for Spurs as Ben Davies tripped Bernardeschi inside the area and referee Felix Brych pointed instantly to the spot.Higuain stepped up and placed a precise penalty into the bottom left corner for his second goal of the match and his eighth in his last five matches.Tottenham had a mountain to climb against a side which had reached the Champions League final in two of the past three seasons. Juventus had not let in a goal in 2018 and had only conceded one in its past 16 matches.However, with Juventus content to sit back, Spurs began to dominate possession and almost got one back in the 26th but goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon pulled off a great save to keep out Kane’s header from point-blank range.Higuain almost got his hat trick after a swift counterattack and some lovely interplay with Pjanic, but he fired narrowly wide of the left upright.Buffon did well to tip another Kane effort round the post but Spurs were getting closer and did get back into the match 10 minutes from halftime.Kane ran onto Dele Alli’s through ball, took it round the onrushing Buffon and calmly deposited into an empty net. 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Improved chemistry doing wonders for Che’Lu-San Sebastian

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMichael Calisaan believes that the improved team chemistry has been the biggest factor for Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian as it finally won back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“The team is really jelling now,” he shared after the Revellers’ 87-65 victory over Go for Gold on Tuesday. “What we’ve been putting focus on is our teamwork. We may be a new team, but now, we’re seeing signs of improvement in our past two games.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Calisaan has had a huge hand in keeping Che’Lu-San Sebastian in the thick of things midway through the conference, averaging 12.29 points and 8.71 rebounds.Revellers have also drawn huge contributions from guys like Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan, and  their standout showing is exactly what the team had in mind when they decided to join the first conference of the developmental league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We wanted to have the experience. This is another level for us to learn in preparation for our NCAA season and it’s just going to help us in the long run,” said Calisaan.Sitting at fifth with its 4-3 card, Che’Lu-San Sebastian wants nothing more than to continue its winning ways going to the homestretch of the eliminations. MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges PLAY LIST 01:43Ched looking to improve teaching of ethics course in univs, colleges02:31CamNorte Gov faces complaints for violating ease of doing business rules01:08Rights defender still hopeful PH justice system will improve01:29Police 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 NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forumcenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH However, a familiar foe stands in the Revellers’ way in their quest to stretch that streak to three: Zark’s Burger-Lyceum.Calisaan very well knows how tough the duel will be next Tuesday, especially with the Jawbreakers, mainly composed of the Lyceum Pirates, owning the number of the Golden Stags-backed Revellers, may it be in the NCAA or in the other collegiate tournaments.“I really want to win against them. We haven’t won against Lyceum,” he shared.Getting that victory, at least for Calisaan, may very well be the best birthday gift he can ask for as he turns 23 years old in that day.“I really wish we can get that,” he said. “We’ll really work hard for it and continue helping each other.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises UAAP Juniors MVP Cansino soars in 6th week of NBTC 24 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more


Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’

first_imgGilas hopes to get back on the winning track against Japan, which is still winless after three games, on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Castro, who was sidelined with an ankle injury, is expected to return against the Japanese. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James has triple-double in Cavs win over Grizzlies Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:50Trending 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 Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus “Also to say that @drayblatche is our guy – his value goes beyond pts & rebounds. We have his back. # #GilasSigningOff,” Reyes posted on Twitter.June Mar Fajardo led the Filipinos with 15 points while Matthew Wright added nine.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDespite Blatche’s struggles and the absence of key players particularly Jayson Castro due to an injury, the Philippines put up a gallant stand against the 10th-best team in the world, as per Fiba rankings.READ: Castro returns for Gilas vs Japan LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes came to the defense of naturalized big man Andray Blatche, who took flak for his subpar numbers in a loss to Australia in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers on Thursday.Blatche only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes. He was aggressive to start the game, but appeared winded in the second half, where the Aussies took control to win, 84-68, and remain undefeated at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more