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8 points ahead, Man City will prove hard to catch in Premier League

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Despite the victory margin, City needed some luck.Kevin De Bruyne’s opening goal in the 19th minute was followed by a contentiously awarded penalty when Nacho Monreal was adjudged to have bundled over Raheem Sterling. Sergio Aguero converted from the spot, then a third goal from Gabriel Jesus should have been ruled out for offside against David Silva in the build-up.“If … they have a decisions for them like that (third goal),” Wenger said, “they will be unstoppable.”Any hopes Arsenal had of a first title since 2004 are fading fast. Arsenal has lost four of six away games in the league for the first time since 1981 and Wenger’s team trails City by 12 points.City has scored 38 goals and won 10 out of 11 games so far. It achieved its latest win after a tough Champions League trip to Napoli where Guardiola’s side won 4-2.ADVERTISEMENT Son Heung-min took over from former Manchester United midfielder Park Ji-Sung as the highest-scoring Premier League player from Asia with his 20th goal for Tottenham.The South Korea forward pounced on a poor clearance to curl in a shot from just inside the area in the 64th minute at Wembley Stadium as a depleted Tottenham relied on a grittier performance to see off Palace after a slick win over Champions League holder Real Madrid.___EVERTON RECOVERYEverton was facing its sixth straight loss in all competitions — and fourth under caretaker manager David Unsworth — after goals by Richarlison and Christian Kabasele put Watford 2-0 ahead by the 64th minute.But three minutes later, Everton’s recovery began. Oumar Niasse pulled a goal back, substitute Dominic Calvert-Lewin headed home an equalizer in the 74th and Leighton Baines netted from the spot in stoppage time to complete a 3-2 victory. A first win in nine matches lifted Everton from 19th to 15th in the 20-team standings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palestinian football officials get court date for FIFA case It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ There is still more than two-thirds of the season to go but City is looking a formidable attacking unit that’s proving hard to thwart. It’s the only unbeaten team in England, and with an enviable depth of talent on the field and on the bench.“Can anyone stop them? It will be difficult this season,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said. “The way they have started, the way they are on a run, the quality they have. They’ll be difficult to stop but, you never know.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog___GOOD FORTUNE Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ “We were so, so tired in moments in the game,” Guardiola said, “but we were so strong mentally, mentally strong to keep going, doing it together.”___CHELSEA RECOVERSAll it took to lift some of the gloom around Stamford Bridge was the return of former manager Jose Mourinho, and a victory over his new club.Alvaro Morata scored the only goal 10 minutes into the second half, ending a six-game goal drought in all competitions. Morata peeled away from defender Eric Bailly and the striker was completely unmarked 12 yard (meters) from goal when he met Cesar Azpilicueta’s pinpoint cross with a powerful looping header.“We must be pleased for the performance of the team,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. “I think we played with a great energy, a great passion, a great enthusiasm.”Unlike perhaps earlier in the week in the Italian capital when Chelsea lost 3-0 to Roma in the Champions League.“I think tonight I saw a lot of positive things,” Conte said, “not only under the tactical aspect but overall the desire, the desire of my players, the will to fight, the will to help each other.”___ASIAN RECORD OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero, left, celebrates scoring his side’s second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Arsenal, at the Etihad Stadium, in Manchester, Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City is the team to catch in the Premier League, and it’s getting even more challenging.Pep Guardiola’s side moved eight points clear with a 3-1 victory over Arsenal on Sunday when second-place Manchester United lost 1-0 at Chelsea. Tottenham trails United on goal difference and is a point ahead of defending champion Chelsea after beating last-place Crystal Palace 1-0.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

UP dumps NU in last elims game, but Final 4 status still in limbo

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines ended its elimination round campaign in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament with a 106-81 dumping of National University Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.But at 6-8, the Fighting Maroons would have to wait for the result of the game between Adamson and Far Eastern University to see if they can get a playoff game for the fourth seed.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson George scores 42 as Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In the event of an FEU victory, though, UP will be eliminated from the Final Four and the Fighting Maroons would bid farewell to seniors Andrew Harris, Paolo Romero, Rob Ricafort, and Ibrahim Quattara.Paul Desiderio led all scorers with 30 points, tying his career-high, with seven rebounds for UP while Juan added 22 points and 13 rebounds.Javi also had a double-double of 17 points and 10 boards while Quattara finished with 12 points and 13 boards, 10 coming off the offensive glass.Issa Gaye had 25 points and 10 boards to lead NU while the graduating J-Jay Alejandro had 16 points and eight assists.The ScoresUP 106 – Desiderio 30, Gomez de Liano Ju 22, Gomez de Liano Ja 17, Manzo 14, Ouattara 12, Webb 3, Lim 2, Harris 2, Ricafort 2, Romero 2, Prado 0, Jaboneta 0NU 81 – Gaye 25, Alejandro 16, Joson 7, Salem 7, Tibayan 7, Mosqueda 4, Bartlett 4, Diputado 3, Cauilan 3, Aquino 3, Morido 2, Yu 0, Abatayo 0, Lastimosa 0, Flores 0, Rangel 0Quarters: 34-21, 58-45, 84-60, 106-81ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “I was telling them at the beginning that we need these kinds of games, the ball is not in our hands anymore but at least we gave ourselves a chance for a playoff,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.UP established dominance between the third and fourth quarters, mounting a 19-6 run capped off with a breakaway dunk from rookie Juan Gomez de Liaño early in the final period to go up 86-63.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNU tried to get back into the game with a 9-0 spurt that cut the deficit to 16, 88-72, but Javi Gomez de Liaño scored on back-to-back layups to help UP regain momentum and a 94-78 lead 2:32 left in the game.“I’m really proud with how they responded to the challenge, this is a game we can reckon for years to come,” said Perasol. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Grassroots program TM Basketball Para sa Bayan joins forces with LA Tenorio in 3 provinces

first_imgLATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LeBron, Cavs win 12th straight at home, 115-112 over Bulls Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals PBA three-time Most Valuable Player LA Tenorio staged TM Basketball Para sa Bayan sports clinic for the benefit of underprivileged youth in Tuguegarao City.Globe Telecom through its grassroots sports program TM Basketball Para sa Bayan has teamed up once again with one of the country’s top athletes, L.A. Tenorio, in reaching out through basketball to underprivileged Filipino youth in Tuguegarao City; Porac, Pampanga and Talavera, Nueva Ecija.Globe and Tenorio, who runs Method Basketball Academy, held recently a free basketball clinic and tournament at People’s Gym in Tuguegarao City; Babo Sacan covered court in Porac, Pampanga and at the Talavera Municipal Gymnasium in Nueva Ecija. Previous stagings of the free basketball clinic and tournament were held in Tondo and Dumaguete.TM Basketball Para sa Bayan sports clinic in Talavera, Nueva Ecija.TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan, is a sports program that promotes sports development in the Philippines at the grassroots level. It creates opportunities for kids especially in far-flung places in the country where prospects are scarce and dreams aren’t likely to be realized.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkStudies have shown that involving the youth in sports helps keep them away from drugs, not to mention open doors to better education opportunities.“We continue to strengthen our grassroots programs to give today’s youth more opportunities to hone their interests and talents. The TM Basketball Para sa Bayan program remains an effective tool in strengthening values and encouraging the youth to live a healthy lifestyle,” said Globe Director for Citizenship and Sustainability Chel Obligacion-Gray.center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LA Tenorio shows a proper dribbling technique to a participant of the TM Basketball para sa Bayan sports clinic held recently in Porac, Pampanga.The free basketball clinic participants played in 3-on-3 basketball tournaments divided into two categories – a youth category for kids aged 9 to 14 and the open division for participants aged 15 to 21. Basketball shootouts and basketball arcade games were also available for everyone to enjoy.The basketball program is set to roll out in more provinces nationwide to be able to encourage more kids to explore and be aware of the positive benefits of sports. TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan is a component of a larger sports program of Globe which also includes Football Para Sa Bayan launched in 2013. Gatchalian wants price freeze on basic goods in Batangas; sellers of overpriced masks jailed PLAY LIST 01:39Gatchalian wants price freeze on basic goods in Batangas; sellers of overpriced masks jailed01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View commentslast_img read more

Cobb stars as La Salle halts late UP rally to stay unbeaten

first_imgSophomore Michelle Cobb played heroine for De La Salle as she helped the defending champion finish off University of the Philippines, 25-21, 25-22, 26-24, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Mentality is back as Galanza showcases best game since return Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Ironically, it was UP’s Isa Molde who would usher the Lady Maroons’ doom with an error that allowed La Salle to creep in 24-23.“I told them that UP is not an easy opponent to beat, but you even though it was almost impossible to win the team still pulled it off,” said La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus in Filipino.“My team just needed to display the maturity needed to win the game.”Cobb not only executed the team’s offense with 32 excellent sets but she also did a little dirty work with 10 points, the same scoring production as open spiker Desiree Cheng.Kianna Dy and Tin Tiamzon were the ones who paced La Salle in scoring with 13 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina With La Salle trailing 24-23, Cobb scored three straight service aces ending the Lady Maroons’ rebellion and sending the Lady Spikers to a 2-0 card.UP built a 23-19 buffer and looked to force a fifth set after Diana Carlos and Clarice Ramos teamed up for a block.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDesiree Cheng would score off UP’s blockade and Aduke Ogunsanya followed it up with a service ace that trimmed the margin to two, 23-21.After UP got the 24-21 set point, reigning MVP and captain Mary Joy Baron displayed a queenly poise and kept La Salle’s fight alive with an off-speed kill cutting the deficit to 24-22. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carlos had 19 points to lead the 1-1 Lady Maroons while Molde added 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Hotshots eye 2-0 lead

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 impressive as Magnolia’s stunning victory was in Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup  Friday night, San Miguel coach Leo Austria was quick to remind the Hotshots of their daunting task ahead: They would have to beat them three more times to win the title.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew La Salle waltzes past overmatched UE, books Final 4 berth Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “We have to continue to have that mindset that we are the underdogs in the series,” said Sangalang in Filipino. “That helped us in Game 1 because we played without pressure even if we were down by 20 points.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Hotshots brace for a strong response from the Beermen following a Game 1 meltdown on Sunday night when they shoot for a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven series for the All-Filipino crown at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.While coach Chito Victolero was a picture of relief after the 105-103 triumph where his team clawed their way back from a 20-point deficit to grab the head start in the series, Austria remained calm and composed, fully aware that his team can turn things around.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 crown“The good thing with this is that they have to beat us four times before they’ll be declared as champion,” said Austria of the Hotshots, who outscored the Beermen, 30-14, in the final quarter to pull off the comeback.“I think we have to regroup and for the players not to lose their composure. And fortunately, we still have time and a lot of games to bounce back from this kind of game.” The Beermen seemed to have ripped the game wide open in the third quarter when they grabbed a 72-52 lead only for the Hotshots to rally, behind Ian Sangalang, Jio Jalalon and rookie Robbie Herndon, who proved effective playing against SMB’s zone defense with a couple of triples.“It’s very disappointing and frustrating. I guess we fell in love with our defense because it gave us a lot of glory in the past few games,” Austria said. “But I was not able to react at the time when we needed to go back to man-to-man. And it’s my fault.”Austria also couldn’t get his bench players going as only Chris Ross scored among the reserves—chipping in a single point.“Maybe that’s the reason why we lost this game,” Austria said, after the Hotshots outscored them, 47-1 on bench points.Sangalang more than held his ground against four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo in the series opener, scoring 29 points, two less than the output of his SMB counterpart. But Sangalang hit the baskets that mattered most, while holding Fajardo to just six points in the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Kung Fu lets Golden Tigresses recover during Holy Week

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The Golden Tigresses are also in the league’s mediocrity in terms of service, ranking third with 2.00 aces per set and fourth-best in digging with 14.20 digs per set.There, however, stands a paradox in UST’s numbers as the Golden Tigresses are seventh in setting with an average mark of 7.12 sets per period but are the second best in spikes with a success rate of 30.77.Although Reyes gave his players the short vacation, he wants them to train by themselves and do at least minimal conditioning exercises.“The skills are already there, but the conditioning should always be maintained,” said Reyes. “In three or four days, if they don’t move about, that conditioning will be gone.”“And of course they shouldn’t forget about their obligations as Catholics, they should use this time to fulfill that duty.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Top seed Lady Spikers not slowing down University of Santo Tomas has stumbled into a positive turn this late into the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament after winning two straight games that brought its record to 4-7.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil This little winning run came after the Golden Tigresses lost five straight games across the first and second rounds and after overcoming such adversity, head coach Kung Fu Reyes wants his team to lay low for the Holy Week.Reyes said he wants his players, especially those who have suffered injuries during the season like libero Rica Rivera and rookie Milena Alessandrini, to rest up.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 crown“This break will help them recover especially those we got injured,” said Reyes in Filipino. “They can recover their muscles and of course they will have the time to go to their loved ones and that might even inspire them to play better once they see their parents.”UST has fared between decent and disappointing this season, placing dead last in receptions with an efficiency rating of 22.54 percent and being fifth-best in blocking with an average of 1.88 blocks per set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Venus Williams: 2 1st-round Grand Slam exits in row for 1st time

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Williams bowed out in the first round in her 21st appearance at Roland Garros, beaten 6-4, 7-5 by 85th-ranked Wang Qiang of China. That follows an equally abrupt exit for the 37-year-old American at the Australian Open in January.“The girl’s weapon is her forehand, but Venus kept hitting second serves to her forehand. You’ve got to realize what’s going on out there when you’re losing. And you’ve got to change. She didn’t change,” Witt said after watching Williams’ match Sunday from a guest box behind one of the baselines at Court Suzanne Lenglen.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 crown“I’m sitting there, going, ‘OK, you can’t keep making that mistake,’ but she does,” Witt said. “It’s easier said than done. Somebody watching can see it. Somebody that’s playing sometimes can’t see it, regardless if they’ve played 20 years or more.”The ninth-seeded Williams offered mostly terse answers in her news conference. “I mean,” she said, “nobody plans on this.”As for whether there were things she thought she could have tried to do differently Sunday, she replied: “Yeah, I think ‘differently’ is win the point.”She actually built a 3-0 lead in the second set, then frittered that away. Over and over, she would shank a shot — backhands, more than anything — then look over in Witt’s direction with a hand on her hip. Her often-terrific serve was not on target, either, with only 56 percent of first serves landing in and four double-faults.Over the course of 100 minutes on a muggy afternoon, Williams offered up 12 break points, four of which Wang converted. Williams made 16 of the match’s first 25 unforced groundstroke errors. She finished with 35 unforced errors in all, 21 more than Wang.“I just wanted to play no mistakes — not too many mistakes — and if I get a chance (at a winner), I just go for it,” said Wang, who entered the day with only six victories in 20 previous Grand Slam matches.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 MOST READ Venus Williams of the U.S. leaves the court after losing to China’s Qiang Wang during their first round match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros Stadium, Sunday, May 27, 2018 in Paris. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)PARIS — Venus Williams has lost her opening match at two consecutive Grand Slam tournaments for the first time in her illustrious career.Her coach, David Witt, thinks the quick exit at the French Open on Sunday was because Williams did not do a good enough job of switching tactics on the red clay that has never been her best surface.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Those 14 losses include one apiece against Williams at the French Open and Wimbledon in 2017.Those times, Wang said, she was “a little bit nervous,” but on Sunday, “I think: ‘I have nothing to lose.’”She has never been past the second round at a major.Williams, in contrast, owns seven Grand Slam singles championships and has been the runner-up nine times, including a loss to her younger sister, Serena, in the 2002 French Open final. The siblings are entered in doubles in Paris, where Serena will be participating in a major in singles for the first time since January 2017, returning after giving birth to a daughter.The older Williams revived her career last season by reaching the finals at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. But she is just 10-7 in 2018, including 1-3 on red clay.“Last year was probably one of her best years ever, as far as consistency. That’s going to be hard to duplicate,” Witt said. “The red clay — you sit there and say, ‘It’s not her surface.’ But at the same time, you see players like (Garbine) Muguruza win the French Open. You see Maria Sharapova win the French Open. You see big hitters.”But Williams, Witt said, is “a hard-court player trying to play on a red-clay court. … You can’t rely on hitting 30, 40 winners. You can’t rely on hitting that one, big knockout punch and think you’re going to get away with it. On red clay, if you go for the knockout punch, you leave yourself open. You have to learn to jab-jab-jab-jab-jab and work the point.”The two Williams siblings did not practice together in Paris in the leadup to the French Open, according to Witt. He said Venus worked last week on what she needs to do to succeed on clay, such as hitting angles and finishing volleys.That went out the window against Wang.“The easiest thing to do when you get out there, if you start losing, is to go back to your old ways of thinking: ’I’m just going to blast the ball and I’m going to win that way,’” Witt said. “It’s not going to happen.” Finals bound: LeBron leads Cavs over Celtics in Game 7 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Jeron Teng back at Alaska practice to support team as recovery continues

first_imgTeng said he goes to the Aces’ practice at Gatorade Hoops Center when he gets the chance to show his support for his team, which currently sits with a 7-3 record at the second place in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“I feel better, I’m recovering well and now I come here to practice but of course I still can’t practice with the team but I go here to show my support for them,” said Teng in Filipino.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 crown“Once in a while I come here, and just watch them at practice.”Teng had surgery a day after the incident and needed a month to go through his first phase of recovery before returning to the hospital for reassessment. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Maradona says he’s well after being treated at World Cup LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihancenter_img “Actually my stab wounds are still restricted and I’m not that mobile yet,” said Teng. “I’m just following the doctors’ orders.”“I’m just focusing on my recovery and at the same time show support to my teammates, be there even though I’m not practicing but just being there for support.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jeron Teng. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSlowly but surely, Jeron Teng is on his way to recovery.More than three weeks after getting into a stabbing incident in Bonifacio Global City, the Alaska rookie is back with the team and although he still can’t participate in basketball drills he’s doing what he can to get back to playing shape.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Joshua back ‘home’ to face Povetkin for heavyweight titles

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A similar-sized crowd is expected on Saturday.“I feel relaxed and calm,” said Joshua, the IBF, WBO and WBA titleholder. “It’s not new to me anymore. I feel like this is home, where I’m going to perform.”Joshua strode onto the field at English soccer’s national stadium Thursday and looked around the cavernous arena, a wide grin spread across his face.This will be his fifth straight stadium fight. More than 300,000 spectators have watched his last four, leading Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, to call his man a “phenomenon.”Povetkin is not used to fighting in such an atmosphere but, at the age of 39, he does arrive in London with plenty of experience.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Like Joshua, Povetkin is an Olympic champion — at super heavyweight in the 2004 Athens Games — and was the WBA’s “regular” champion from 2011-13. His only loss in 35 fights came against Klitschko in 2013, and that was on points.More recently, he made headlines for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs twice in a seven-month period in 2016. It stalled his career but he has won eight straight fights, the latest being a brutal fifth-round stoppage of David Price on the undercard of Joshua’s win over Joseph Parker in Cardiff, Wales, in December.Joshua said Povetkin is “definitely” his second-hardest fight after Klitschko. Joshua’s trainer, Rob McCracken, said that unlike Parker, “Povetkin comes from the top tier in boxing.”“I am just as strong (as Joshua) and in good shape,” Povetkin said through a translator. “When I fought Klitschko, I was much weaker and in much worse shape than I am now.”As the two fighters squared off after the pre-fight news conference, the size difference was noticeable. Povetkin has the build of a cruiserweight and also the speed of one.Joshua said he has been sparring with amateur boxers of a similar stature, while his fight with Carlos Takam — another smaller heavyweight with an awkward style — will stand him in good stead.“Skills apart and technique apart, I think we’ve both got a big heart, we can dig deep and that turns out into a good fight,” Joshua said. “We both showed that against Klitschko — we both stayed in there, and we’re going to do that again on Saturday night. I think the one who is toughest will come out on top.”It is a dangerous 23rd professional fight for Joshua, who has been pushed into the shadows somewhat in the heavyweight scene in recent weeks with Wilder agreeing to a fight against former champion Tyson Fury in the coming weeks.A big knockout will be a timely reminder of who the box office draw is in the sport’s most glamorous division.“One punch can change the course of history so that’s what keeps my eyes on the prize,” Joshua said. “Like ‘Snakes and Ladders,’ one foot wrong and you slide back down to the bottom of the pecking order.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Make some noise 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 View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Boxers, Britain’s Anthony Joshua, left, and Russia’s Alexander Povetkin pose for photographers with boxing promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, after a press conference at Wembley stadium in London, Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. Joshua and Povetkin are due to fight for the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles in a boxing match on Saturday at Wembley stadium. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)This was supposed to be the week Anthony Joshua completed his whirlwind boxing journey from Olympic gold medalist to undisputed world heavyweight champion.Deontay Wilder should have been the opponent, Las Vegas potentially the venue. There was talk of $50 million being on the table.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, Joshua has to take a detour.The 28-year-old Briton was back home in London on Thursday, ready to fulfil his mandatory obligations by facing Russian fighter Alexander Povetkin at Wembley Stadium.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 ChrissIt’s not the fight he wanted — Wilder, the WBC champion from the United States, remains his No. 1 priority — but Joshua knows it’s a necessary step toward his ultimate goal of unifying the division.The last time Joshua fought at Wembley, it was in front of about 90,000 spectators in April 2017 when he beat Wladimir Klitschko to become boxing’s new superstar virtually overnight. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Sor Rungvisai, Diaz make weight for ONE middleweight title bout

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The boxing match will be the main event in the MMA promotion’s Bangkok card that will see ONE Super Series Kickboxing Atomweight World champion Kai Ting defend her title against ONE Super Series debutant Stamp Fairtex.Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1) promised to end the fight without relying on the judges’ scorecards.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 feel very strong and I have trained very hard for this. I am definitely looking to finish him within the distance. This will not go to a judges’ decision,” said Sor Rungvisai, who carries a 19-fight winning streak with 16 of those ending in knockouts.“Everyone who knows me knows what I bring to the table. They all know how I fight. Everytime I step into the ring, my mind is always thinking knockout. This time will be no different,” added the 31-year-old Thai champion. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Diaz (14-2-3), who is coming off a draw in his previous fight against Adolfo Castillo, said he’ll bring WBC’s green belt back with him to his native Mexico and disappoint the Thai fanbase.“This is the biggest opportunity of my career, and I have worked extremely hard in camp preparing for it. Srisaket is a great champion, and he is well-loved by his people. But I’m coming in here looking to seize the moment. This is my time to shine. I have the best team in my corner. They have helped get me ready to capture the gold,” said Diaz who’ll be fighting in his first World title fight.“I feel so strong and ready. Making weight was no problem for me. I have one thing on my agenda, and that’s to take the belt back home to Mexico,” added the Mexican challenger.ADVERTISEMENT NBA returns just to say goodbye to Seattle’s KeyArena Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and challenger Iran Diaz. Photo from ONE ChampionshipThere won’t be any weight issues for WBC World super flyweight champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai and challenger Iran Diaz as they both made the weight ahead of their title fight in ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok.Sor Rungvisai tipped the scales at 114.6 lbs, well within the 115-lb limit for the super flyweight division, while Diaz weighed in at 114.8 lbs.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more