Finally on court in Lithuania, Ball brothers eager to play

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES American basketball players LiAngelo Ball, right, and his brother, LaMelo, show their shirts after signing for Lithuanian team BC Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas, during a news conference at the Harmony park hotel in Vaizgaikiemis village, Prienai district, Lithuania, Friday, Jan. 5, 2018. LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball signed a one-year contracts to play for Lithuanian professional basketball club Prienai – Birstonas Vytautas in the southern Lithuania town of Prienai, some 110 km (68 miles) from the Lithuanian capital Vilnius.(AP Photo/Mindaugas Kulbis)PRIENAI, Lithuania — Flying into a frenzy of camera flashes, cheering fans and funk music, the Ball family discovered in an instant just how much Lithuania has been anticipating its arrival.The star treatment continued for more than 90 minutes on the road from Vilnius airport as a party bus took the younger brothers and father of Los Angeles Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball to the small town of Prienai on the banks of the Nemunas River.ADVERTISEMENT With the Ball brothers planning a longer stay, the locals are ensuring they feel at home.“We are considering launching a couple of new burgers branded LiAngelo and LaMelo,” said Dovile Malisauskiene, owner of Tango pizza parlor, which was decorated with American and Lithuanian flags to honor the new members of his beloved basketball team. “I think those will be popular.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The improbable one-year deals were struck in December by father LaVar Ball, who also created the Big Baller Brand of clothing and sneakers.“The hospitality is superb,” he told reporters. “You are talking very good English to my boys and we appreciate that. It’s a great experience to all of us.”But the teenagers will now be ineligible for college basketball. LiAngelo left UCLA where he was suspended after his shoplifting arrest during the team’s season-opening trip to China. LaMelo was removed from Chino Hills High in California to make this foray into the unknown.Just how will his sons cope in the tough domestic championship?“We are not afraid to get hurt,” LaVar said. “We are just too fast.”ADVERTISEMENT Then, while signing a Lakers cap, a local fan asked when all three Ball brothers would be playing in Los Angeles. “2020,” their father predicted.This is the only team in the Lithuanian league without foreign players and finished sixth at LKL championship last year.“This is great opportunity not only for this club or Prienai town, but for entire Lithuania which will be known better to people abroad who probably never heard of our country before,” coach Virginijus Seskus said after a ceremony at the Vytautas arena where a large traditional tree cake was presented to LaVar.The coach has the seal of approval from the boys’ father.“He has energy,” LaVar said. “You don’t have to speak English if you have energy. He is not one of those rocket scientists who just keep on talking all the time.”Despite the festivities and accompanying television crews, this foray into Lithuania is being taken very seriously by the family. La Var instructed staff of the spa resort they are staying to replace all alcohol with milk and mineral water in their rooms.The town is putting a lot of faith in the Ball brothers to lead BC Prienai to glory.“Our team budget is modest,” Prienai district mayor Alvydas Vaicekauskas, “but now with these new players we may compete for cups.”In basketball-crazy Lithuania, basketball is often dubbed the “second religion” and attracts huge crowds to arenas even at small towns. There have been several Lithuania players in NBA teams, including Portland Trail Blazers center Arvydas Sabonis and Zydrunas “Big Z” Ilgauskas at Cleveland Cavaliers.The Balls won’t be the first Americans to play for the club. Brad Tinsley, a former Vanderbilt guard, played here between August and October. Simmons, Embiid star in 76ers rout of Pistons From the coffee shop, where “Prienai Got Balls” flashes on a red neon sign, to the pizza parlor adorned with American flags, this town with a population of around 10,000 provided the Californians with a welcome to savor on Wednesday.After the fanfare, 19-year-old LiAngelo Ball and 16-year-old brother LaMelo on Friday finally started shooting hoops in the small basketball arena where they will soon have to start living up to their star billing playing for BC Prienu Vytautas.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 folk“It was really good practice,” LiAngelo said after being presented with the No. 3 jersey. “I’ve decided to come over here and use this opportunity. This is the place to be. People love basketball here, the country has great culture. I am ready to play.”That could come on Tuesday in the 1,200-capacity arena, with LaMelo wearing the No. 1 jersey. Most tickets have already been snapped up, without the fans knowing if the American recruits will make their debuts in the Baltic league game against Tsmoki-Minsk. 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Curry scores 45 points in 3 quarters, Warriors beat Clippers

first_imgMOST READ Lou Williams scored 23 points, and Jordan added 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers. They lost their 12th straight to the Warriors, dating to Dec. 25, 2014.Tyrone Wallace, signed Friday, added 13 points in his first game for Los Angeles.Tied at 50 with 3:30 left in the second quarter, the Warriors went on a 23-9 run, capping the stretch with Curry hitting a 3-pointer with 8:41 left in a third quarter.Golden State went up 103-73 on McGee’s dunk with 55 seconds in a quarter that would see the Warriors outscore on the Clippers 39-22 for a 103-76 lead with 12 minutes to play.“We had a big third quarter, which is what we wanted,” Kerr said. “At halftime we talked about it. Let’s break free and make sure everybody gets out there and plays. That third quarter was important for us, but this was mainly about Steph tonight.”TIP-INS:Warriors: The Warriors won their 10th straight road game, improving their road record to 17-3. Thompson hit a 3-pointer with 1:06 left in the second quarter, extending his streak of games with a made 3-pointer to 94, the longest active run. F Andre Iguodala started for the third time this season.Clippers: F Sam Dekker made his first start of the season. In the first two starts, rookie Juwan Evans has drawn the assignment of guarding Russell Westbrook two nights ago and Steff Curry this afternoon.CHANGING OF THE GUARDSWith guards Austin Rivers (right ankle) and MilosTeodosic (sore plantar fasciitis) out with injuries, the Clippers were forced to waive F Jamil Wilson, who had started 10 games and averaged 7.0 points on 46 percent shooting, on Friday. In Wilson’s place, G Tyrone Wallace was singed a two-way contract. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “He’s been on fire. Maybe the break was good for him,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “He’s been amazing.”Said Curry: “Coming off the injury, obviously I’ve got fresh legs, a nice rhythm. I was able to put some good work in the week and a half before I got back on the floor.”The Clippers’ Blake Griffin suffered a concussion late in the first quarter when he stumbled driving into the lane from the right wing and hit his head on JaVale McGee’s right elbow. Griffin fell to the floor immediately, and remained down for several minutes as team physicians tended to him. He walked off under his own power and went to the locker room.“Blake’s a pretty tough guy, he should be OK,” teammate DeAndre Jordan said. “But we definitely want him to be cautious and do whatever he needs to do to be OK.”Nick Young and JaVale McGee each scored 11 points, and Klay Thompson and David West added 10 apiece for Golden State, playing with Kevin Durant sidelined by a right calf strain. The Warriors improved to 17-2 since Nov. 27.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, top right, comes to the aid of Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin after getting hit by center JaVale McGee, left, while going up for a shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Griffin did not return to the game. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)LOS ANGELES — Points came easily for Steph Curry on Saturday. Eleven in his first five minutes, 17 before the game was 8 1/2 minutes old.“I just wanted to start off the game right,” Curry said. “It’s obviously weird starting a game at 12:30 (p.m.). You’ve got to find that energy and something to build momentum, especially early.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We don’t have enough guards,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “When Milos went out the other night, we didn’t have enough players to playa the game. I don’t know if I’ve ever had to cut a guy because we don’t have enough guys at a position. That’s what we had to do. It’s a tough one.”AFTERNOON APPREHENSIONAfter dramatic victories in back-to-back games over Dallas and Houston, Warriors coach Steve Kerr worried about how the Warriors would react to the game’s 12:30 p.m. starting time.“It’s a genuine concern,” Kerr said. “Particularly because it was a unique back-to-back in Dallas, with travel back from Houston. We had a lot of flying, a couple of late nights in a row, and then an early start. This has a very different feel for a game.”UP NEXT:Warriors: At Milwaukee on Monday night.Clippers: Host Atlanta on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He finished with a season-high 45 points without playing the fourth quarter and the Golden State Warriors ran away from the Los Angeles Clippers 121-105 for their fourth straight victory.“I knew right away, when I got free for a couple of threes in the first quarter and they went down, I got in a rhythm,” Curry said. “Beyond that, you just keep your head down and keep shooting and stay aggressive.”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 folkCurry took advantage of the guard-depleted Clippers, making 11 of 21 shots, including 8 of 16 3-pointers, going against rookie Juwan Evans and G-League call-up Tyrone Wallace.In the four games since missing 11 with an ankle injury, Curry has averaged 36 points on 58 percent shooting, 54 percent beyond the arc. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIEScenter_img 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Celtics edge Nets for 6th straight winlast_img read more

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Petron whips Chooks, zooms to 5-0 start

first_imgMOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The Lifesavers remained winless in three starts.The 32-year-old Stalzer, a former Bradley University star who led Foton to PSL crowns in 2014 and 2015, registered all her 20 points from the attack zone while her spiking partner, fellow American Hillary Hurley chipped in 11 kills, two aces and a block for 14 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“I’m very happy with the composure our team got today,” said Stalzer, a former Most Valuable Player winner. Young Sugar Barons seek sweep Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments LATEST STORIES Lindsay Stalzer powered Petron to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Generika-Ayala on Tuesday in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at Malolos Sports and Convention Center.Playing in her fifth season, Stalzer sparked a fiery uprising in the third set to tow the Blaze Spikers to their fifth win in as many starts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Kickboxers, muay thai specialist shine in ONE Super Series

first_imgGiorgio Petrosyan for ONE Super Series. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTop fighters in their respective disciplines took center stage and impressed in the launch of the ONE Super Series on Friday at ONE: Heroes of Honor at Mall of Asia Arena.Giorgio Petrosyan (96-2-2, 1 NC) triumphed over Jo Nattawut (66-7-2) via unanimous decision in what was an exciting kickboxing bout.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE: Banario escapes Pang via split decision The Brazilian Alexandre unfurled a thunderous two-punch combo before finishing off his Australian opponent with solid knee to the midsection to end the bout at the 2:41 mark of round two.In the final match of the preliminaries, Dutch kickboxer Regian Eersel (50-4) also clipped Kiwi foe Brad Riddell (59-9) via unanimous decision.It was the promotion’s formal unveiling of the ONE Super Series, where the best athletes in the world of kickboxing and muay thai are set to face off in the ONE stage.The promotion is looking forward on staging other ONE Super Series bouts for other martial arts disciplines such as karate, taekwondo, kung fu, wushu, sanda, silat, lethwei, and the like in the next fightcards.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ The two showcased the absolute best of what the sport of kickboxing has to offer, putting on a show in a highly-physical three-round affair in front of an adoring Manila crowd.“I’m so happy to win. It’s always nice to win here in Manila. I said that it will be a very nice fight that I will show here in Manila and so, it has been. I hope you liked it,” said the two-time K-1 World Max Champion from Italy.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 crownMuay Thai champion Nong-o Gaiyanghadao (256-54-1) also stamped his class against Fabio Pinca (99-24-4), emerging with the triumph via unanimous decision in what was a hard-hitting affair between the top two contenders of the sport.Cosmo Alexandre (69-18-1) unleashed a masterful striking display to cut Elliot Compton (45-12) down to size with a knockout victory in their muay thai showdown. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Mayweather planes in, will party in the islands

first_imgContinuing his globetrotting adventure, Floyd Mayweather Jr. has taken his journey to the Philippines and its islands.The undefeated boxing world champion arrived in the country late Monday night for the latest stop in his personal “country hop” aboard his Air Mayweather private jet.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Enjoying the retired life, the 41-year-old Mayweather has been on an excursion for the past two weeks, posting updates on his popular Instagram account which boasts of 20 million followers.He has made stops in Dubai, Singapore, Bali, and Bangkok, visiting famous tourist spots and soaking in the culture.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 crownHere, the man they call “Money” plans to visit a number of the country’s finest beaches as part of host Frontrow International’s itinerary for the man who beat the Philippines’ own Manny Pacquiao three years ago.“I have heard and seen on TV how beautiful the Philippines is,” Mayweather was quoted by Frontrow’s Sam Versoza. “I can’t wait to see for myself the natural wonders and beauty of your country.” Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Glorious Balkman comeback for Alab Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

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With roster gutted, Gilas seeks help everywhere–including NBA

first_imgWith a forgettable brawl resulting in a gutted roster, Gilas Pilipinas continues to look for ways to patch the many holes it needs to fill for the Asian Games.The PBA has already excused its players from the national pool, but is working to lend the Rain or Shine squad for the Asiad—but the team definitely needs a boost.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced UST, Far Eastern U shoot for early tourney lead View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Beefed up by PBA players and naturalized center Marcus Douthit, the Philippines placed seventh in the previous Asian Games in 2014 held in Incheon, South Korea.The Gilas Pilipinas roster was depleted after figuring in an ugly brawl with the Australian men’s basketball team. Ten players and two coaches, including head coach Chot Reyes and naturalized player Andray Blatche, were suspended from international meets for a varied number of games.Although it wasn’t clear whether the Asian Games is part of the suspension, the SBP is leaving nothing to chance. But bringing over Clarkson, who holds a Philippine passport, will be quite tricky for the SBP.“Eighteen players have been submitted by SBP to the POC (Philippine Olympic Committee) to compose the Gilas team to the Asian Games, among them Jordan Clarkson and mostly Rain or Shine players,” said POC president Ricky Vargas.The local basketball federation should first get the approval of the Cavaliers and work around a schedule that will not run in conflict with Clarkson’s commitments in the NBA.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “It’s an option we are exploring,” said SBP president Al Panlilio in a text message.Once approved by the Cavaliers management, the Philippine Olympic Committee will seek the blessings of the Indonesian Asian Games Organizing Committee (Inasgoc) to facilitate Clarkson’s accreditation.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), the country’s national basketball federation, will pull out all the stops to get Cleveland Cavaliers standout Jordan Clarkson to lend Gilas Pilipinas much needed offense and star power.SBP is hoping to be able to work a deal with the Cavaliers management so Clarkson can suit up for the national team in the Asiad scheduled Aug. 18 to Sept. 2 in Jakarta, Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’PBA commissioner Willie Marcial said he was briefed by SBP officials on the proposed plan to include the 6-foot-5 guard in the lineup.“Clarkson will be a great addition to the team in the Asian Games. I was told that they are now working on getting him in time for the competition,” Marcial told the Inquirer. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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PVL: UST earns semis spot with fifth straight win

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next University of Santo Tomas booked its ticket to the semifinals after its a sweep of College of St. Benilde, 26-24, 29-27, 25-17, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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 The Golden Tigresses topped the standings with a 5-0 record, despite having star Eya Laure play limited minutes, while the Lady Blazers are in fifth with a 1-3 card.Laure, who’s nursing a sore right shoulder, still finished with 11 points after sitting out most of the third quarter with Milena Alessandrini and rookie Ysabel Jimenez carrying the scoring load with 13 points apiece.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’UST assistant coach Ian Fernandez, however, warned his team to never be complacent despite getting its outright semifinals berth and a perfect record.“We should be the one creating our own points and not rely on our opponents’ errors,” said Fernandez, who’s in place of Kung Fu Reyes who’s in Japan with the national team, in Filipino. “We should not be complacent in any way.” Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Indonesia set one week out from 2018 Asian Games From a small 11-8 lead midway through the third set, the Golden Tigresses upped their intensity and built a 23-15 margin after Camille Victoria’s off-the-block kill.Marites Pablo, who finished with 14 points, managed to salvage two of Benilde’s last two points but Alessandrini had enough and finished off the match with a crosscourt kill.Klarisa Abriam and Arianne Daguil had 11 points apiece for the Lady Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers argues with referee Brian Forte #45 in the second quarter of their game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Moda Center on October 18, 2018 in Portland, Oregon. Steve Dykes/Getty Images/AFPLeBron James began his Los Angeles Lakers era with two rim-rattling dunks on Thursday, but the 14-time all star couldn’t reverse a string of losing debut games with new NBA teams.James scored a game-high 26 points and had 12 rebounds but the Portland Trail Blazers spoiled his Lakers debut with a 128-119 victory at the Moda Center arena.ADVERTISEMENT Damian Lillard had 28 points and Nik Stauskas scored 24 points off the bench for Portland, which won its NBA record 18th straight home opener.With the Lakers up 6-2 after baskets by Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee and Brandon Ingram, James stole the ball from Portland forward Jake Layman and raced to the other end for a dunk.The Blazers answered with a dunk of their own from Lillard. James immediately hit back, weaving through defenders for another emphatic dunk to record his second basket as a new Laker.Thunder dunks“They were thunderous,” Josh Hart said. “That gave us great energy. He’s the best player in the world for a reason. He showed that.”The Trail Blazers were also playing with heavy hearts on Thursday following the death of owner and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The 65-year-old Allen died on Monday from complications from Hodgkin’s lymphoma.“We wanted to come out and start the season right and to honor our owner, Mr. Paul Allen. That’s what tonight was all about for us, not about the noise surrounding the game,” Lillard said.With the Lakers, James does not have a strong supporting cast like he did when he left Cleveland for Miami eight years ago.Lakers fans were intrigued to see how well James would mesh with his mostly younger teammates, and how much he can help them improve on their 35-47 record of a year ago.James finished with six assists but at times he also looked out of sync with his new mates, such as when he tried a behind the back pass with 20 seconds left in the game to someone under the basket. No one anticipated the play and the ball ended up bouncing harmlessly into the stands. Last season, James averaged 27.5 points, a career–high 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds.He led the league in minutes for the second straight year, and he also made the all-NBA first team for the 11th straight season.James appeared in the NBA finals for the eighth straight year, where the Cavaliers were swept by the Golden State Warriors.He played with the Heat from 2010–2014, winning two championships there. He returned to the Cavaliers and won a championship in 2016 and was the NBA finals MVP for each of his wins.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Banario says Folayang has edge over Khan: ‘He’s much more experienced veteran’ James opted out of his contract with Cleveland in the offseason and agreed to a four-year deal worth $154 million with the Lakers.Against Portland, James shot nine-of-16 from the field in 37 minutes of playing time. Josh Hart added 20 points for the Lakers.“I liked our fight to get back into the game when we were down double digits. I liked the way we competed at times. I liked the way we shared the ball as well,” James said. “Those were all positive.“There’s some things that we could do better. We can rebound a lot better, we had some turnovers, which I expected. Us just trying to get a feel for one another.”Said Lakers coach Luke Walton, “Glad he’s on our team. He’s pretty good at the game of basketball.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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. The basketball world has been waiting months to see the 33-year-old James in the purple and gold jersey and when the moment arrived he delivered.James electrified the Portland crowd with back-to-back monster slams for his first points as a Laker, but ultimately he couldn’t prevent them from dropping their 16th straight game to Portland dating back to March 2014.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“It’s not instant oatmeal. It’s not that fast,” James said. “It takes some time to get that chemistry where you can just close your eyes and know exactly where guys are.”The Lakers will play their first home game on Saturday against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center.last_img read more

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Meralco overcomes Phoenix twice-to-beat edge to enter PBA semis

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “Phoenix wouldn’t give up and those guys fought through the end,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black. “It’s just the desire of my players to continue winning, this is a conference where we’ve actually done well for the past two years.”Black added that everything started with import Allen Durham who has led the team to two straight runners-up finishes and those strong campaigns were always at the back of the Bolts’ minds.“With Allen Durham with us, it would be pretty bad for us if we’re eliminated immediately and that’s why everybody’s been fighting,” said Black. “We have a really good import and all we have to do is step up and support him.”Meralco was down 91-84 with 3:29 left in the game but went on a spirited 10-0 run to take a 94-91 lead after Reynel Hugnatan’s free throws with 19 seconds left.Jason Perkins, however, forced overtime after hitting a big three-pointer with 7.4 seconds left to tie the game at 94.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bolts, who started the conference at 1-6, were riding a five-game winning streak heading into the decider against the Fuel Masters and will now face Alaska in the semifinals. All of their last victories were do-or-die games.Baser Amer caught fire at the start of the extra period hitting back-to-back threes to give Meralco a 102-94 lead with 3:28 left to play.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 ChrissMeralco wasn’t just hitting its shots early in overtime as it also prevented the Fuel Masters from achieving any form of offensive rhythm.The Fuel Masters’ first field goal in overtime came more than three minutes into the period after Calvin Abueva drove for an and-one layup with 1:56 left to play cutting Meralco’s lead to four, 102-98. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco erased a twice-to-beat disadvantage and dropped Phoenix in heart-stopping fashion, 108-103, in overtime in the PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Dejdamrong back on track, submits Indian foe in ONE: Heart of Lion LATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Durham powered Meralco with 32 points, 21 rebounds, and nine assists while Amer had 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists.Perkins led Phoenix with 24 points and six rebounds while Eugene Phelps put up 18 points, 23 boards, and seven assists.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 awardlast_img read more

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Keys to victory: Adamson-UP UAAP Final Four match up

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The two teams shared identical 3-11 records in 2015 and both weren’t looked at as serious contenders even if the Fighting Maroons started that season at 2-0.Adamson had a faster journey to the Final Four as it got to the semifinals in Season 79 as the fourth seed but was quickly knocked out of the competition after losing to eventual champion De La Salle.UP, for its part, took a longer route and advanced to the Final Four in 2018, the first semifinals appearance for the Fighting Maroons since 1997.The Soaring Falcons do have a slight experience advantage over UP but at this point the Fighting Maroons don’t have anything to lose.Big man problemsADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal If UP has the disadvantage in terms of experience then by hell does it have the advantage in the center position.Bright Akhuetie is undoubtedly the league’s best center and he successfully brought his bruising offense from University of Perpetual Help in the NCAA to the UAAP.The league’s eventual MVP vastly outplayed Adamson’s center Papi Sarr in the two matchups during the eliminations round and although the Soaring Falcons won both games they better have their big man play up to par, or at the very least slow Akhuetie down.Akhuetie averaged 22 points and 17.5 rebounds against the Falcons during the eliminations and his first line against Adamson was a 20-20 double-double.And those numbers are almost twice of what Sarr has averaged with 11.5 points and six rebounds.Sarr was under Akhuetie’s command in the second game that the Adamson center pulled down just one rebound in 27 minutes of play in the Falcons’ 80-72 second round win.Sean MangantiThere wasn’t much to say about this breaker since the name Sean Manganti was just perfect. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No doubt in Bo Perasol’s mind UP can match up with Adamson Of all the craziness that wrapped the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, there was one matchup that truly became the mirror of insanity and that was Adamson University vs. University of the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown This breaker didn’t need any fancy words for a title or a short phrase regarding the forward’s tendency to send UP’s beating heart to oblivion.UP head coach Bo Perasol did acknowledge that his team has to do better in playing in the dying minutes of games since that is usually the time when Manganti decides to ferry the Fighting Maroons’ souls down the River Styx.Manganti drained the Soaring Falcons’ game-winner for their 69-68 win in the first round after scoring on a floater with 0.7 seconds left in the game.And if UP thought that one was heart-wrenching, then what the Fighting Maroons’ experienced in the second round was absolute betrayal.UP was on a 22-7 run in the fourth quarter of its second round game against Adamson to cut a huge deficit to just four, 74-70, when Manganti decided that enough was enough and gore a blazing spear through the Fighting Maroons’ hoping heart.Manganti’s three gave the Soaring Falcons a 77-70 lead that led to an 80-72 win, stopped UP’s hopes, and legitimized his reputation as the Diliman’s most hated basketball person. MOST READcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Soaring Falcons took te season series against the Fighting Maroons but their games during the eliminations were no regular ones.Both games went to nerve-wracking last plays and the two teams will once again duke it out in the semifinals with the second-seeded Falcons (10-4) holding the twice-to-beat advantage over no.4 UP (8-6).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 ChrissSimilar pathsWhat may seem like an eternity is actually just three years when both UP and Adamson ranked dead last in the standings of the Season 78 tournament. 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