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Nuggets near end of playoff drought after 6th straight win

first_imgDenver Nuggets react during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Denver. Denver beat Portland 88-82.DENVER — The Denver Nuggets are playing playoff-caliber basketball. One more win and they’ll be doing it for real.Facing elimination and an 11-point deficit midway through the third quarter Monday night, the Nuggets rallied past the Portland Trail Blazers 88-82 for their sixth consecutive victory.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Ex-PBA import Glen Rice Jr. cut from Israeli team for assaulting teammate P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC The Nuggets kept their season alive thanks to Nikola Jokic’s 10th triple-double of the season and a stifling defense on a night their starters made just 22 of 61 shots.“I told them at halftime, I was honest, I said, ‘Fellas, if we lose, we’re out.’ I knew some of these other teams had won games. And I felt we played like our lives were on the line,” Malone said. “It wasn’t pretty, but I thought our defense was phenomenal.”The Trail Blazers scored 25 points off 18 offensive rebounds but managed only one bucket and two offensive boards in the fourth quarter, when they were held to 13 points.Jokic scored 15 points, pulled down a season-best 20 rebounds and had 11 assists. Will Barton added 22 points, leading a comeback from an 11-point third-quarter deficit.“It was a playoff tuneup,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Both teams competed at a high level. I was proud of the way we defended, especially when you’re having trouble making shots. I’m actually encouraged by the way we played, the way we fought. If we get those looks most of the time we’re going to be in pretty good shape.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames The teams ahead of Denver in the playoff race haven’t done the Nuggets any favors. A loss to Portland would have eliminated the Nuggets from playoff contention because the Spurs, Timberwolves, Thunder and Pelicans all won Monday night.They won’t be watching the scoreboard Wednesday night, either.“We can’t anticipate them helping us,” Devin Harris said. “We dug ourselves into this hole; we’ve got to dig ourselves out.”“We wouldn’t want it any other way,” said Gary Harris, who returned from an 11-game absence with 12 points. “If we win we’re in.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Play Utah at home Wednesday night in their regular season finale.Nuggets: Can end their playoff drought with a win at Minnesota on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 “That was another playoff game. That was just tough, physical for 48 minutes,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.One more win Wednesday night at Minnesota and the Nuggets will end a five-year playoff drought.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe Trail Blazers have lost four straight but still harbor hopes of clinching the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.“At the end of the day this team is going to make a shot. I’m not worried about that,” said Jusuf Nurkic, who had 20 points and 19 rebounds. “We have one more at home (against Utah) and it’s probably going to be for the third spot. We’re going to fight for that.” Damian Lillard led Portland with 25 points.Jokic secured his 16th career triple-double when he fed Devin Harris for a 3-pointer that put the Nuggets ahead 73-71 with eight minutes left, their first lead of the second half.They didn’t trail again.The Nuggets’ big win came exactly one year after Russell Westbrook’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Oklahoma City a 106-105 win at Denver that eliminated the Nuggets from last year’s playoff party.This time, it was Denver that came up big in the end.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: F Ed Davis returned to action after missing four games with a sprained right ankle, and Stotts said the boost he provided was bigger than his 5.4-point and 7.4-rebound averages. “What he offers on the court is unique, as far as his rebounding, his screen setting, his finishing around the paint, all those things,” Stotts said. “His presence in the locker room, his presence on the bench. Just the intangibles. He’s been a very integral part of what we’ve done this year.”Nuggets: Malone said he decided to bring Gary Harris off the bench rather than start him because he didn’t want to mess with the chemistry the Nuggets had developed while going 7-4 in his absence. … Barton had averaged 18.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists while starting in Harris’ place the previous 11 games.TECHNICAL SPARK: Malone drew a technical for arguing a no-foul call when Jamal Murray went down hard with 6:18 left in the third quarter and the Nuggets trailing 62-53.The Nuggets outscored Portland 35-20 afterward.“Coaches are funny that way,” Devin Harris said. “I thought it was the right thing to do. Obviously, I thought Jamal got fouled. But he used it to kind of fire us up and we needed a little bit of an energy pick-up right there and I thought Coach gave it to us.”NO HELP:last_img read more

Messi begins bid for 1st World Cup title against Iceland

first_imgLionel Messi plays the ball during a training session of Argentina on the eve of the group D match against Iceland at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Bronnitsy, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)MOSCOW — Lionel Messi takes the field for the first time in this year’s World Cup on Saturday when Argentina opens group play against Iceland, the smallest nation to ever play in the tournament.The superstar forward goes into the World Cup under enormous pressure to finally win a major international title. Critics of the Barcelona forward believe that void takes him out of the debate as the best player in the history of the game.ADVERTISEMENT Messi is playing in his fourth World Cup and came close to the title in 2014. Although he was named player of the tournament, Argentina lost to Germany 1-0 in the final. Messi took Argentina only to the quarterfinals in his first two World Cup appearances.He turns 31 on June 24 during the group stage, and this could be Messi’s final shot at a World Cup title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMessi will be the headliner of the Group D match at Spartak Stadium in Moscow, but Iceland could have strong fan support after its improbable run to the quarterfinals of the 2016 European Championship. Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson does not mind being the darling of the tournament in its World Cup debut and only second major tournament.Slovakia in 2010 was the last first-time World Cup team to make it to the knockout stage of the tournament and Iceland believes it can make a run, as well. Captain Aron Gunnarsson, who sports a long red beard and plays the role of a Viking warrior, leads the postgame, slow-building clapping exchange between the team and fans that is Iceland’s trademark and should energize the crowd. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments LATEST STORIES Federer beats Pella to book Stuttgart Open semifinal place The game is at 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. Eastern).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READcenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

‘No loser’ in Eustaquio-Morales ONE rematch

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Batang Gilas flies to Argentina for Fiba U17 World Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan The two were the first fighters to duke it out for the inaugural ONE Championship World flyweight title wherein Moraes took the belt in 2014.And after four years, the two will face each other once more in a rematch for the undisputed belt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownEustaquio, who became the interim champion after defeating Kairat Akhmetov for the strap in January of 2018, said the rematch would be the culmination of four years of progress between him and Moraes.“Adriano, it’s been four years since the last time we fought and this will show the development of how we grew up,” said Eustaquio Thursday at Studio City here in Macau. “There will be no loser in this fight.” The two will resume their respect-filled rivalry on June 23 in ONE: Pinnacle of Power also at Studio City.Eustaquio (10-6) got the chance to become the interim champion after Moraes (17-2) got sidelined for almost eight months after submitting Danny Kingad, Eustaquio’s stable mate at Team Lakay, in November of 2017.Moraes, though, wasn’t the undisputed champion since he got the belt in 2014 after he lost to Akhmetov, a fighter who also defeated Eustaquio, in November 2015.The Brazilian would settle for an interim title in August 2016 when scored a second round submission victory against Tilek Batyrov and eventually getting back to undisputed status when he beat Akhmetov a year later.“When I fought Geje for the first time it was a memorable experience because it was the first time to have a flyweight World champion,” said the 29-year-old Moraes whose birthday is 15 days from Eustaquio’s who’s also 29.ADVERTISEMENT “I have to much respect for him because he’s such a good fighter and I have all the respect in the world for him,” added Moraes.And if Moraes showered Eustaqio with such respect, the Team Lakay member did return the favor.“He’s also improving as an athlete, he’s developing his ground game, his wrestling, his striking,” said Eustaquio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MACAU—It’s safe to say that the fighting careers of Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes will forever be intertwined.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Sharpening the dagger

first_imgAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Win some, learn some ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “We were expecting a different Alaska team, one with more fight and more effort [for today],” Magnolia coach Chito Victolero said after coming out on top of a wild finish and putting a stranglehold in this title playoffs.But Victolero refused to rest on his charges’ second straight win, and instead, said that this one was far from over.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“Like I have been saying, it’s still one game at a time [for us],” Victolero said what asked what he felt of a 2-0 lead.“We will prepare for Game 3, that’s the important thing,” he said as the Hotshots shoot to more or less put this thing under wraps with another win Sunday at Ynares Center in Antipolo. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDragged into a defense-oriented contest and needing to come from behind this time, Magnolia took the best that Alaska could offer on Friday night before silencing the Aces at winning time for a 2-0 lead in their best-of-seven PBA Governors’ Cup title series.After playing catch-up against an enemy that showed up with a lot more fight than the series opener, the Hotshots tightened the noose on the Aces when it mattered, holding Alaska scoreless in the final 4:45 to carve out a 77-71 decision at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and inch closer toward a first championship in four seasons.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 “They’re good defenders,” Compton said of Barroca and Jalalon, who have outplayed their Alaska counterparts so far. “But they foul a lot and I wonder why [fouls] haven’t been called.”Romeo Travis scored 24 points and had nine rebounds and Ian Sangalang added 11 for the Hotshots.Mike Harris struggled offensively for the second straight outing and finished with 22.Meanwhile, Paul Desiderio listed his name for the PBA Draft on Friday to add depth to a pool for the proceedings set next Sunday at Robinsons in Ermita.The 21-year-old Cebu native looms as a blue-chip prospect especially after showing what he is made of in the UP Maroons’ losing stand against eventual repeat champion Ateneo in the UAAP Finals last week.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We cannot celebrate, this is a best-of-seven. What we are waiting for is the fourth win. This is not yet over. We’re looking forward to Game 3.For the second straight game, the Aces were struck down by carelessness, accounting for 26 boo-boos this time after committing 25 in a 100-84 loss in the series opener on Wednesday where they trailed by as large as 21.“That game was what I expected Game 1 to be like—guys going after it,” Alaska’s Alex Compton said. “But if we turn the ball over 26 times, that’s huge. Credit Magnolia, they’ve been the best defensive team all conference.”Alaska last scored when Mike Harris made two free throws for a 71-70 lead.“But if we took better care of the basketball, we would have been there,” Compton added as he, in a rare moment, questioned how Marc Barroca and Jio Jalalon got away with too many “karate chops” for the second straight contest.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

Andrew Wiggins fires 30, leads Timberwolves past Thunder

first_imgOklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, tries to get the ball away from Minnesota Timberwolves guard Andrew Wiggins, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Kyle Phillips)OKLAHOMA CITY — The struggling Minnesota Timberwolves pulled off perhaps their best win of the season Sunday night.Andrew Wiggins scored a season-high 30 points and hit the go-ahead layup with 14 seconds remaining to help the Timberwolves defeat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-112.ADVERTISEMENT The Timberwolves led for most of the first half, but the Thunder rallied and took a 63-53 lead into the break. George, who sat out part of the first quarter with two fouls, scored 15 points in the second.Minnesota outscored Oklahoma City 33-17 in the third quarter to take an 86-80 advantage into the fourth. The Timberwolves pushed the lead up to 10 as Westbrook returned to action with about eight minutes remaining. George hit a jumper to tie it at 104 with just under three minutes left in regulation to set up the finish.TIP-INSTimberwolves: G Derrick Rose sat out with a sore left ankle. He left Friday’s game against San Antonio in the second quarter and did not return. … Wiggins scored 15 points in the first quarter. … F Dario Saric was called for a technical foul in the second quarter.Thunder: C Steven Adams fell to the ground after getting hit with an inadvertent knee to the groin area by Towns in the second quarter. The play was reviewed, but nothing was called on Towns. … Starting G Terrance Ferguson left the game in the first half due to illness and did not return. … Westbrook fouled out with 7.3 seconds to play. It was only his second time fouling out this season.M-V-P!George got M-V-P chants during the game, something normally reserved for Westbrook. He had scored 43 points in each of his previous two games. He has scored at least 30 points in seven of his 11 games.HE SAID ITThibodeau on getting the win against the Thunder: “They are a very tough team. Their record tells you how good they are. To win on the road you have to bring toughness. You have to get stops. We’ve still got a lot of work to do defensively, but I thought offensively, our guys were terrific.”UP NEXT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Heat give Erik Spoelstra his 500th coaching win, beat Magic Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES It was Minnesota’s first road win against a Western Conference team this season, and it came against a squad that entered the night tied for the best record in the West.“It’s very important,” Wiggins said. “We have been very solid at home this year, but on the road is what’s killing us. Hopefully, this will keep us going and we can build on it and continue to rise and get better.”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 ChrissWiggins made 11 of 20 shots and had six rebounds and five assists. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 18 points and Robert Covington added 13 for the Timberwolves, who shot 49 percent from the field and made 14 of 27 3-pointers against one of the league’s top defensive teams.“Wig (Wiggins) had a monster game for us, and then we had a number of guys step up and make real timely plays,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. Oklahoma City’s Paul George had 31 points and 11 rebounds, but he missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer that would have won it.Russell Westbrook had 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, his ninth of the season and the 113th of his career, who had won four straight, including a victory at Utah on Saturday night.With the Thunder down 113-112 after Wiggins’ late layup, Westbrook attacked the rim and found Alex Abrines for an open corner 3-pointer. Abrines missed, and Wiggins got the rebound.“I shot three layups in a row,” Westbrook said. “They collapsed. Alex was wide open. I made the right play. Whoever it is I always make the right play no matter the results.”Wiggins made one of two free throws with 7.3 seconds left before George’s final miss.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Timberwolves: At Chicago on Wednesday.Thunder: At Houston on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Azkals coach cancels dinner plans with old foe after PH’s 3-0 loss to China

first_imgCarpio 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 As is custom between the two elder statesmen of the game, the loser buys the other dinner, washed down with a vintage bottle of wine.But Eriksson had little stomach for the old pals’ act when the septuagenarians embraced after the match.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“No, no dinner plans,” snapped the former England manager. “I was not in a very good mood for a long discussion. I just wished (Lippi) good luck for the future.“We forgot about Wu Lei — twice,” grimaced Eriksson, who previously coached the match-winner at Chinese club Shanghai SIPG. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers South Korea, runners-up in 2015, beat Kyrgyzstan 1-0 in a late kickoff in Al Ain to advance to the knockout stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “If you do that he will punish you and he did with two great goals. We paid a heavy price but we are not home yet. We still have hope — but small hope, probably.”China, runners-up in 1984 and 2004, top Group C with a perfect six points from two games — ahead of South Korea on goal difference — after beating Kyrgyzstan 2-1 in their opening game.But they looked far sharper against the Philippines, like the former Soviet republic also appearing in their first Asian Cup.“I’m very proud of my players,” said Lippi, who led his native Italy to World Cup victory in 2006.“They were aggressive, focused and showed a lot of quality. If we can continue to play like that we have nothing to fear from any team at this Asian Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PH bowling community mourns death of ex-national team bowlercenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China’s coach Marcello Lippi greets Philippines’ coach Sven-Goran Eriksson (R) following the 2019 AFC Asian Cup group C football match between Philippines and China at the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on January 11, 2019. (Photo by Khaled DESOUKI / AFP)Sour Swede Sven-Goran Eriksson scrapped dinner plans with old foe Marcello Lippi after China thrashed his Philippines side 3-0 on Friday to reach the last 16 of the Asian Cup.China’s star striker Wu Lei fired a brilliant double against the Filipino ‘Street Dogs’ in Abu Dhabi as Lippi emerged victorious in a heavyweight coaching clash.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wu magicLippi’s side should have led after 32 minutes when Wu Xi headed wastefully wide from point-blank range.But Wu Lei provided the spark five minutes before half-time, turning on the edge of the box and whipping a right-foot shot into the far corner.His second was even better as he swiveled to slam a Hao Junmin free kick past goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard on the volley after 66 minutes to effectively finish the tie.Substitute Yu Dabao added a third 10 minutes from time for China, who are looking to improve on their quarter-final finish in Australia four years ago.Lippi waxed lyrical about the prolific Wu Lei, China’s most coveted player and Shanghai’s record goalscorer, who has been linked with a move to English Premier League side Wolves.“He looked very sharp and scored two goals of fantastic quality,” said the Italian.“But we are used to seeing that quality from him. It is no wonder teams in Europe are interested in him.”Pulverized 8-1 the last time the teams met in 2017, the Philippines gave China more of a fight this time, having lost 1-0 to South Korea earlier this week.Kevin Ingreso forced a fingertip save from China goalkeeper Yan Junling in first-half stoppage time, but Eriksson’s players faded badly after the break. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Amoguis sisters from Davao dominate in 2019 Batang Pinoy swimming

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gilas getting better chemistry, but lack of tune-up games cause for concern Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? TAGUM CITY—Swimmers Liaa Margarette and Lora Micah Amoguis have developed an affinity that translated into remarkable victories at the Mindanao qualifying leg of the 2019 Batang Pinoy Games here.ADVERTISEMENT Lora timed 2:35:06 in the 200m IM and wound up with a silver medal (33.97 seconds) in the girls’ 13-15 50m backstroke won by Gene Heart Quiambao of Bukidnon (33.69 seconds).Lora and Liaa, both scheduled to swim in four more events, have earned spots in the national finals of the Games designed for athletes 15 years old and below.“I’m excited to race against the best swimmers in the national finals,’’ said Lora. “My goal is not to win medals, I just want to beat my time.’’Over at the City Mall in Tagum, Tacurong City reaped dividends with 13 gold medals in arnis led by double-gold performers Althea Charmene Delos Santos (cadet girls individual double weapon and single weapon) and Princes Sheryl Valdez (junior girls traditional individual double weapon and non-traditional individual single weapon).Maria Veronica Ilagan (cadet girls individual single weapon), Jeko Jan Heyres (junior boys traditional individual single weapon) and Cristian Dave Bucio (junior boys non-traditional individual double weapon) also contributed to Tacurong’s coffers.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pushing each other to excel, the Amoguis sisters grabbed three gold medals on Wednesday with the younger Liaa topping the girls’ 12-under 100-meter butterfly and 200m individual medley and Lora dominating the girls’ 13-15 200m IM that boosted Davao City’s medal tally.“We motivate each other. When she feels down, I motivate her. Liaa does the same for me, too,’’ said the 13-year-old Lora. “I guess that closeness helps us perform at our best.’’FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLiaa, who collected six golds in the Davao Regional Athletic Association meet last week, clocked one minute and 11.2 seconds to rule 100m fly and added another mint in the 200m IM in 2:39.“My dream is to beat the Palarong Pambansa record,’’ said the 11-year-old Liaa, a fifth grader from Abba’s Orchard School who also donned the national colors in the recent Bimp-Eaga Friendship Games in Brunei. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Completing the golden cast for Tacurong were the trio of Andrei Alcarato, Jan Vincent Monserat and Heyres in the junior boys team open weapon and Shena May Valdes, Joana Marie Julaya and Stephanie Mones in the junior girls team open weapon.Cagayan de Oro City nailed three golds in taekwondo starring Lee Young Hwan in the welterweight division, heavyweight Carlos Pizana and finweight Von Xedric Faller while Kier Carlos Buico (middle) and Carl Andrew Cagas (light) shone for Butuan City.Archer John Carlo Loreno amassed five gold medals for Koronadal City after hitting the target in the cadet boys’ 30-meter, 40m, 50m, 60m and single Fita events.Precious Micah Basadre continued the Koronadal’s golden harvest by topping the cadet girls’ 30m, 40m, 50m and single Fita while younger sibling Jeremiah Adrian was unstoppable in the cub boys’ 20m, 30m, 50m and single Fita.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Mighty-PH turns back Syrian club

first_imgTom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history DUBAI, United Arab Emirates—Mighty Sports-Philippines overcame a rugged Syrian side Al Wahda, 85-81, Tuesday night to complete a four-game sweep of the group stage in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championships at Shabab Al Ahli Club gym here.Justin Brownlee finished with 27 points and nine rebounds for Mighty while Roosevelt Adams caught fire in the final period where he pumped in 10 of his 21 points to boost the Filipino club.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES 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 Mighty also survived with its defense, locking down its foes to flip a 70-76 deficit in four minutes.The victory assured Mighty Sports of the top seed in its group ahead of the knockout stages.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I’m just happy with the win,” said Mighty Sports coach Charles Tiu. “We talked about it at the start of the tournament, I told the team that we still haven’t faced adversity.”“And when the time comes, we have to stick together, so today, we faced a lot of adversity; we were down late in the game.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palami ponders; Azkals achieve–not! Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READlast_img read more

Fiery fuel

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Pulse banked on its defensive might to rout Alaska, 94-80, and book a playoff berth in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Calvin Abueva tormented his former team, posting 21 points and 16 rebounds even as Matthew Wright chimed in with 20 points and three assists to help the Fuel Masters grab a share of the tournament lead with their seventh win in eight games.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Big break because we faced a depleted team,” said coach Louie Alas. “But still, I give credit to my guys. They were exhausted from the last game and yet they pressured. We were able to expand our lead in the third because of that.”Phoenix’s leech-like defense helped their lead swell to as many as 26 in the final frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAlaska, which was missing several key players—including star big man Vic Manuel, relied on Jeron Teng and Carl Bryan Cruz, who accounted for 23 and 10 points, respectively.RJ Jazul and Justine Chua combined for 29 to push the Fuel Masters alongside Rain or Shine on top—but Alas knows the road will only get rockier from hereon. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying ‘He has earned that’ Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “This is only formalizes our entry [to the quarterfinals]. We are now aiming for the top two spots to prepare us for the semifinals,” he said.Phoenix is now bracing for its final stretch of elimination round, where it will face the champions of all three tournaments last season—San Miguel Beer, Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia.The Fuel Masters will kick off that killer stretch with a showdown against the Governors’ Cup champion Hotshots on Wednesday.Meanwhile, Blackwater leaned on brilliant offensive performances from Allein Maliksi and Mac Belo to breathe life into their playoff bid and trip Columbian, 106-100, earlier in the day.“We were able to execute the game plan we’ve been practicing for weeks,” Ramos said. “My players really wanted to win.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

UL Receives US Academician

first_imgThe president of an American-based university-the Savannah State University (SSU), Dr. Cheryl D. Dozier, is visiting the University of Liberia (UL), a press release from UL Relations said.Dr. Dozier’s visit to the UL is part of her three-day visit to three institutions of higher learning in West Africa.According to the release, while in Liberia Dr. Dozier and her delegation will hold a meeting with UL president, Dr. Emmet A. Dennis and the staff. The nature of the meeting has not been disclosed, however, following its closure, members of the delegation will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore possibilities of establishing academic and training programs in the country.Dr. Dennis, while visiting the US sometime ago, met with Dr. Dozier where the two academics reportedly agreed on a number of collaborations between their institutions.During her three day visit to Liberia, Dr. Dozier is expected to meet with the president and faculty of the Camp Johnson Road-based African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU); the U.S Ambassador to Liberia, Deborah Malac; the director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Vice President, Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr., and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Augustine K. Ngafuan.The SSUThe SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium of Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for Liberia, Cynthia I. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the U.S. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S. based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations can network; exchange information; collaborate on global initiatives and projects; and establish research partnerships, study abroad; experience summer job opportunities, and student and faculty exchange programs.The UCL consists of 20 institutions and organizations including 15 colleges—all based in Atlanta Georgia.Recently, three students of the University of Liberia Student Union (ULSU) government including the president, Patrick Sowah; vice president, Randolph Glee; and student representative, Alhaji V. Kromah returned home from the Savannah State University.While in the U.S., the students, according to the release, visited the campuses of eight other colleges and universities where they held interactive leadership conferences and sought scholarships for their Liberians colleagues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more