Worth shouting about: George Springer wins World Series MVP

first_imgThe Houston leadoff man hammered his way to the award, homering and doubling Wednesday (Thursday Manila time) to boost the Astros to their first championship with a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 7.He launched a Series record-tying five homers, including shots in each of the final four games, and celebrated those Springer Dingers by hollering around the bases.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMany years ago, that type of trip would’ve been hard to believe. Impossible, really.As a kid, Springer stuttered so severely that he frequently fell silent, unless he was around his family or close friends. Over time, he’s improved so much that he graciously grants interviews, even on national television, and never seems to shy away from the spotlight. He even wore a live mic in center field during the All-Star Game in July. Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans His production follows his pedigree.Drafted 11th overall by the Astros out of Connecticut in 2011, George Chelston Springer III comes from a family of athletes. His dad pitched in the Little League World Series, his mom was an accomplished gymnast, and his two sisters played softball in college.In fact, Springer wears No. 4 to represent the four members of his immediate family. Engaged to be married in January, Springer won’t be able to bump up to No. 5 — the Astros retired that jersey for Hall of Famer Jeff Bagwell. 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 Springer tied Reggie Jackson (1977) and Chase Utley (2009) for the most home runs in a Series. The UConn product became the first hitter to homer four games in a row during a single Series, and also set the mark with eight extra-base hits.“This is a dream come true,” he said.He bounced back fast from a tough start, when he struck out all four at-bats in the opener, extending his slump to 3 for 30. He looked lost at the plate facing Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, but manager A.J. Hinch firmly said Springer would stay atop the lineup.Good move. Springer went 11 for 25 the rest of the way.He hit a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the 11th inning of a Game 2 win at Dodger Stadium. He doubled during a victory in Game 3, and homered again in a Game 4 loss.He connected for a huge homer in Game 5, moments after an ill-advised dive for a sinking liner that skipped past him. He later drew a two-out walk in the 10th that set up the winning run at Minute Maid Park.Springer hit a solo home run in Game 6 that put the Astros ahead in a game they eventually lost 3-1.His final Series line: a .379 average, seven RBIs and a 1.000 slugging percentage.Springer rallied from a rugged showing in the AL Championship Series, when he batted just .115 (3 for 26) without an extra-base hit or RBI in seven games against the Yankees.That came after his fourth and most productive season in the majors, when he set career highs by hitting .283 with 34 home runs and 85 RBIs. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Houston Astros’ George Springer reacts after hitting a two-run home run during the second inning of Game 7 of baseball’s World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. APLOS ANGELES — George Springer hit so many clutch home runs, he was a clear pick for World Series MVP. Watch closely and you can see Springer, just for a moment, still begins to stumble over words sometimes. So he will calmly slow himself down, or pause for a second, before gathering himself and continuing on eloquently.At 28, the All-Star center fielder has taken every chance he’s gotten this postseason to talk about Camp SAY — that’s the Stuttering Association for the Young.Springer is a spokesman for the two-week summer camp that benefits kids and teens who stutter. He also runs a charity bowling event, raising money to help people attend the program.“I hope there’s somebody somewhere out there that is impacted and can learn to just go be who you are and not let any stage or any place stop you,” he said last week.On baseball’s big stage, the Dodgers couldn’t stop him.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He often was the Most Vocal Person, too — and that might be the most remarkable part of his story.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Troubled PBA must spare sports media right away

first_imgLATEST STORIES GlobalPort dethrones Rain or Shine, sweeps way to second PGBL crown Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The PBA can do whatever it wants to do with its league.But it has no right to demean sportswriters, who were visibly brutalized during that dubious press conference.This is unacceptable.Aghast, the inquisitive Noli Cortez, battle-scarred scribe with Malaya, tried to vent displeasure by asking the PBA man on the floor if they could at least bare the names of the respective PBA team muses.It was unclear how the PBA manager responded, or if there were indeed team muses assigned during the hastily assembled opening ceremonies.As could only be expected, Chito Narvasa, the immediate past PBA commissioner, was absent during the Sunday opening.Everybody wanted to get a few words from him.A man at the PBA bureau yesterday said they don’t have Narvasa’s cellphone number.He said Narvasa had refused to be interviewed.He instead advised this reporter to try Willie Marcial, who has been appointed PBA officer in charge following Narvasa’s exit. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Who’s the head of the PBA Press Corps, and why was this blasphemy allowed?The press corps head is Gerry Ramos. He has issued the following statement on Narvasa’s resignation:“He did the reasonable and the ‘only’ thing to do to end an impasse that had so seriously divided the entire Board. In effect, he also spared the PBA from further eroding, and thus overcome one of its worst times since (only) six teams were left to start the 1985 season due to the country’s economic crisis.”So, is Narvasa, in this case, the real savior of this PBA season?We can hardly wait to congratulate him.By all means, please produce him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Now, hold it please.Lest we all got carried away, we would like to raise an issue, before it gets buried and forgotten.It may not be a serious topic to others, but wasn’t it an outright clamp-up, a dirty gag order imposed on sports media during the announcement of the season opening?As reported by sportswriters present, they were allowed to attend the opening press con, but were strictly prevented from asking questions.This, to put it mildly, was out of this world. Frankly, it’s a slur, a trampling of inherent rights.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone It was an incredible feat delivered by the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) when it launched its 43rd season minus a commissioner on Sunday.Congratulations are due, mainly to the body that carried out the rescue.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson There was a very serious emergency and the tried-and-tested Ricky Vargas, super take-charge guy with the MVP group of companies, emerged out of nowhere as the new pro league chair.Vargas announced at the season launch that the PBA was stronger than ever.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 folkThere was no big crowd to applaud at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Whether the loud claim was valid or not, nobody could seem to tell. It’s the right of the PBA to say whatever it wanted to tell. It’s their ballgame, a league governed by their own rules. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Murray scores 22 as Nuggets beat Jazz

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Leonard, Aldridge lead healthy Spurs past Nets Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Utah Jazz forward Derrick Favors, left, reaches up to block a shot by Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray in the first half of an NBA basketball game. APDENVER — Jamal Murray scored 13 of his 22 points in the first quarter and the Denver Nuggets overcame the ejection of Nikola Jokic to beat the Utah Jazz 107-83 on Tuesday (Wednesday Manila time).Jokic had 13 points and seven rebounds before getting tossed in the fourth quarter. Wilson Chandler and Gary Harris scored 15 apiece to help Denver win its third in a row.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Despite the rout, Jokic got tangled up with Jonas Jerebko early in the fourth and was called for a flagrant 2 foul and ejected from the game.The Jazz cut it to 13 after Jokic left, but Murray converted a three-point play and Trey Lyles had a driving dunk to push the lead to 90-72 with 5:38 left.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 folkDerrick Favors had 20 points, and Jerebko and Donovan Mitchell each scored 13 for the Jazz.The Nuggets showed no sign of complacency after big road wins at Portland and Golden State last weekend. They used a 12-0 run late in the first quarter to take a 13-point lead, and another big run at the end of the second to lead 50-34 at halftime.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:14Carpio 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 Unlike the two meetings in Utah this season, Denver didn’t collapse in the second half. The Nuggets led by 21 less than four minutes into the third and maintained a comfortable lead throughout the second half to improve to 12-3 at home.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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Miranda, Isip bring leadership to Marinerong Pilipino

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson NCAA volleyball: Racraquin powers San Beda to 4th straight win 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “People say that we’re one of the strongest teams this conference, but that’s just on paper. There’s still a lot of things that can happen. So for us in the coaching staff, all we want is to build the team as one,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m glad with the two of them because they’re willing to walk the extra mile and make sacrifices for this team,” said Banal after his side’s 94-92 win over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.Isip, 36, has been with Marinerong Pilipino since the team’s maiden conference in the 2017 Foundation Cup, while Miranda just arrived to the team after being left unsigned by Blackwater in the offseason.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 folkBut don’t count out the possibility of the two of them suiting up once again.“They’re just on stand by. Anytime that we need a veteran leadership, they are ready. They’re practicing with the team and our players,” the mentor said. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Miranda is listed as Banal’s lead deputy, tasked to guide playmakers like Renzo Subido, Achie Iñigo, and Joseph Terso. Isip, meanwhile, is working with the bigs like Abu Tratter, Vince Tolentino, and Papot Paredes.“It’s my responsibility to guide the guards because I’m sharing them my experiences in the PBA and the battles that I’ve had before,” said the 35-year-old.Miranda also clarified that he’s not hanging up his jersey just yet as he juggles his responsibilities as an assistant coach and a practice player for the Skippers.“I’m not retired. I might still play, but it depends on the situation. We’re helping the guards while also training with them. I’m just excited for this opportunity,” he said.But whether or not Miranda and Isip lace up those sneakers again, all the veterans are thinking of is helping Marinerong Pilipino compete this first conference.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases PBA IMAGESHead coach Koy Banal is hoping to bank on the familiarity in enlisting former players Denok Miranda and Mark Isip as his new assistants in Marinerong Pilipino.Partners in Far Eastern University during the mid-2000s with Banal at the helm, the two veterans were on the bench aiding their former mentor when the Skippers opened their campaign in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing

first_imgMOST READ Clune Arena was empty two hours before the game as the Air Force Academy had canceled all athletic events due to a federal government shutdown on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the academy said both home and away events have been postponed. The academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday: men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno State, men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy. (Dougal Brownlie/The Gazette via AP)AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — The federal government shutdown prompted the Air Force Academy on Saturday to call off sports events and upended plans for military outside the U.S. wanting to follow the NFL’s conference playoff games on TV and radio.Games involving the Army and Navy men’s basketball teams were played as scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The Air Force Academy’s online sports calendar lists seven competitions that had been set for Saturday. In addition to the basketball, there men’s and women’s swimming at UNLV, men’s hockey against Sacred Heart at the academy and men’s gymnastics against Oklahoma at the academy.The rifle team was scheduled to compete against TCU, the Coast Guard and Ohio State at TCU.On Sunday, the academy has tennis and wrestling events scheduled.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Russia’s latest star Zagitova takes European gold Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Hours after the partial shutdown took effect, the Air Force Academy said both home and away events have been postponed. Among them were the men’s and women’s basketball games at Fresno StateThe American Forces Network, which broadcasts American radio and television programming in Europe and other locations outside the U.S., put a message on its Facebook page that said its services would not be available “due to the government shutdown.”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 folkThe notice sparked angry reactions from viewers, with several noting the timing couldn’t have been worse. The two NFL conference championships are Sunday — Minnesota vs. Philadelphia and Jacksonville vs. New England.“During NFL PLAYOFFS?!” one post read. “AFN, start a GoFundMe & broadcast these games! Make it happen!”last_img read more

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Pessumal repays faith with sizzling performance

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pessumal made the most of those chances on Friday in the Beermen’s 102-90 Game 1 victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.With San Miguel establishing a decisive lead against Ginebra, 64-45, in the third quarter, coach Leo Austria had no second thoughts giving his second unit ample playing time.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 folkThe former Ateneo gunner then went ablaze and shot 4-of-5 from downtown and 7-of-10 from the field as he fired a career-high 18 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the victory.That explosion came in handy when the Beermen needed to douse a belated rally from the  Gin Kings, who cut the deficit to 12, 94-82, midway in the period. “Our bench believe that we’re just as capable as the first group. We know that should be the mindset, that when you come in, we can sustain or even amp up our level of play,” he said.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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer San Miguel shoots down Ginebra for 1-0 semis lead View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For Pessumal, it was just a matter of doing his role for the loaded San Miguel squad, taking advantage of the opportunities given to him much to the delight of his coaches and teammates.“I just repaid coach’s faith because he’s encouraging me in practice. Even if I have some bad games, he really gives me the chances,” he said.“The same goes to my teammates because they believe in me. If I’m open, they’ll give it to me and they believe that I can knock it down. Chris (Ross) is always very stoic to me. He doesn’t care if I miss five in a row. He’ll give me the ball if I’m open. Marcio (Lassiter) is like my older brother. I’ll ask him questions and he’ll give me helpful advice that I know I can’t get from anybody else. So I just repaid all of their faith in me.”After the game, Ross, who is celebrating his 33rd birthday on Friday, didn’t hesitate giving Pessumal a pat on the back, a nod of approval for the stupendous showing from the  sophomores “That’s my boy,” Ross saidBut Pessumal knows that the job still isn’t over for the Beermen, which are gunning to complete a rare four-peat in the all-Filipino conference.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netVon Pessumal couldn’t be any more thankful for the veterans for making his life easy in San Miguel.“It’s easy to play basketball here because we just go to June Mar (Fajardo) in the post and that provides the spacing for us. We get open and for me, it’s my job to shoot and knock it down,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Hawks lose Bazemore for remainder of season with knee injury

first_imgAtlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24), right, and John Collins sit on the bench in the finals minutes of the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Atlanta Monday, Feb. 26, 2018. Los Angeles won 123-104. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore will miss the remainder of the season with a bone bruise in his right knee.Bazemore, tied for second on the team with his average of 12.9 points per game, left Sunday’s loss to Chicago in the second quarter after landing awkwardly. He hopped off the court, straight into the tunnel toward the locker room.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The Hawks say an MRI on Monday revealed the injury.Backup Jaylen Morris, also injured in the second quarter of Sunday’s game, will miss about two to four weeks with a sprained left ankle.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 folkGuard Dennis Schroder, the team’s top scorer who missed Sunday’s game with a left elbow injury, is listed as probable for Tuesday night’s game against Oklahoma City.The Hawks, tied with Orlando for the worst record in the Eastern Conference, have lost three straight games. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Magnolia derails NLEX Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Batang Gilas arrives in China for Fiba U16 Asian Championship

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ — FIBA #Basketball (@FIBA) March 31, 2018The top two teams in each of the four groups will advance to the knockout quarterfinals and the top four teams will then go up to the 2018 Fiba Under-17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina on June 30 until July 8.Before leaving for the tournament, Batang Gilas lost to Far Eastern University Tamaraws in a tune-up game last Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Pass the ball Kai! 🏀 #FIBAU16Asia #BatangPilipinas👉https://t.co/MPPxqNHBQj pic.twitter.com/aZAM2Du0mY Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Brazilcenter_img San Miguel’s two MVPs Fajardo, Santos ‘make good music together’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Batang Gilas is grouped with Malaysia and Australia in Group B with all their games are schedule at Foshan Lingan Mingzhu Gymnasium.The Filipinos, who will be led by 7’1″ prospect Kai Sotto, face the Aussies on Wednesday. The team is coached by Michael Oliver.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Batang Gilas. Photo from Fiba.comBatang Gilas has arrived in Foshan, China a few days before the tip-off of the Fiba Under-16 Asian Championship from April 2-8.The Philippine representatives landed in Foshan Saturday ahead of their first game in the group stages against Malaysia on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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Durant, Green lead Warriors past Spurs into second round

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 Spurs assistant Ettore Messina coached San Antonio for a third straight playoff game.“Pop, if you’re watching out there, we love you,” Kerr said. “Our whole team and coaching staff has been thinking about you every day. Your team reflected who you are tonight.”CURRY STATUSKerr didn’t want to guess when Curry might be cleared. The two-time MVP is scheduled to be re-evaluated later this week as he works back from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee that he injured March 23 the same night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest right ankle injury.“We’ll see. We are locked in on tonight. Steph has been coming into the gym every day working and he’s doing his thing and we are doing ours,” Kerr said. “We are just hoping for the best. Not making any predictions.”TIP-INSSpurs: Danny Green was 0 for 5. … San Antonio is 2-8 all-time on Golden State’s home floor in the postseason. The Spurs were swept in the Western Conference Finals by the Warriors last year. … The Spurs shot 37.2 percent, going 7 for 30 from 3-point range.Warriors: Thompson joined Rick Barry (699) and Curry (652) as the Warriors with 600 postseason field goals. … … Durant (3,189) passed Paul Pierce (3,180) for 20th and Kevin McHale (3,182) for 19th place on the career NBA postseason scoring list. … Golden State is 18-2 in postseason Game 5s at home. … Green notched his 38th postseason game with 10 or more rebounds. Thompson swished a turnaround fadeaway as the halftime buzzer sounded and scurried for the tunnel hands raised high in triumph as Curry celebrated alongside his Splash Brother. Thompson hit 11 of 22 shots, his fourth time shooting at least 50 percent in the series.Thompson became the third Warriors player ever to make 600 field goals in the postseason, and Golden State won its 12th straight playoff game at Oracle Arena.Coach Steve Kerr challenged the Warriors to make “simpler passes” — or “keep hitting singles” as he put it in baseball terms — to avoid silly miscues after a sloppy showing in Sunday’s 103-90 loss that forced the series back to the Bay Area.After Golden State committed 16 turnovers and managed only 19 assists in the defeat, the Warriors were far better taking care of the ball with just 10 turnovers while dishing out 25 assists.They used a 13-3 burst in the second quarter to take a 35-26 lead.Green followed up an 18-rebound outing Sunday with another brilliant night on the boards.“One thing we spoke about coming into this series was trying to control the glass,” Green said.THOUGHTS WITH POPThe Warriors congratulated the Spurs for their efforts under the difficult circumstances as Popovich mourns.“What they were going through the last week was awful,” Thompson said. “I can’t imagine how hard it is to go out there and perform under those circumstances.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson has rediscovered his shooting touch at the perfect time for the playoffs, Draymond Green is crashing the boards and doing it all on both ends as usual, while Kevin Durant is piling up the points even when not shooting at his most efficient.Now, this All-Star cast might welcome back two-time MVP Stephen Curry soon from a knee injury as the Warriors charge ahead toward the goal of a repeat championship.ADVERTISEMENT The Warriors will face New Orleans in the West semifinals with Game 1 Saturday at Oracle Arena, having smoothly eliminated the Spurs aside from a brief Game 4 blip Sunday at San Antonio. New Orleans, coached by former Golden State top assistant Alvin Gentry, swept Portland in the first round.Durant didn’t have his usual steady shooting night, going 8 for 19 and missing his initial six 3-point tries. That hardly mattered. After a rebound late in the first half, the reigning Finals MVP drove coast-to-coast for a huge two-handed slam that helped Golden State grab momentum.Aldridge had 30 points and 12 rebounds, and Patty Mills added 18 points with four 3-pointers for cold-shooting San Antonio. Manu Ginobili had 10 points and seven assists in what might have been the 16th-year pro’s final game at age 40.The Spurs fought for and without coach Gregg Popovich, away from the team following the death of his wife, Erin, last week following a long illness.“I think it speaks highly of the character and spirit of this team, of never giving up, of competing until the very end,” Pau Gasol said. “And it was a game and a situation where we easily could have just thrown the towel at different points. But we didn’t. So that’s something that we can be proud of.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant scored 25 points, Green led a smothering Golden State defense, and the Warriors held off the late-charging San Antonio Spurs 99-91 on Tuesday night to win Game 5 and advance to the second round of the Western Conference playoffs.Thompson had another stellar shooting performance with 24 points, and Green contributed all over with 17 points, a career-playoff high 19 rebounds and seven assists. Golden State looked dominant until the fourth quarter even without Curry — and he could be back soon from a left knee injury.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“Draymond can literally do everything. So these last two games, he’s been rebounding like a beast,” Thompson said. “And his ability to take the ball from the rim and push the break is what sparks the offense so much.”LaMarcus Aldridge converted a three-point play with 1:31 left that pulled the Spurs within 93-89, and then a pair of free throws at 57.2 to make it a two-point game. Green responded with a long jumper at the top of the key then made two free throws with 9.1 seconds remaining. 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first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James (23) drives against Boston Celtics’ Marcus Morris (13) during the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in Boston. Although there were long stretches when it seemed impossible that the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics would meet in the Eastern Conference finals, they’re set to clash for the third time in four years.(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)CLEVELAND — Boston playoff star Jayson Tatum and Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue are cousins. The Cavaliers and Celtics might as well be.The Eastern Conference’s top two teams have been intertwined for more than a year — from a summer blockbuster trade, from opening night, from afar.ADVERTISEMENT However, Irving’s awkward reunion with James was quickly overshadowed by Hayward, Boston’s big free-agent signing, grotesquely breaking his ankle just feet from the horrified Cavs bench. As Hayward left on a stretcher, the Celtics’ season seemed to be riding to the hospital with him.Boston, though, showed grit and reeled off 16 straight wins before injuries resurfaced. Marcus Smart had thumb surgery and the Celtics lost Irving, who needed more knee surgery and won’t get a crack at dethroning James.Irving will watch this series from the bench. Thomas is much farther away.He spent the first two months in Cleveland trying to get healthy, but wasn’t the same when he came back and never connected with his new teammates.With Thomas a mess and the season slipping away, Cavs general manager Koby Altman traded him on Feb. 8 to the Lakers for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. Altman didn’t stop there, dealing Crowder and Derrick Rose to Utah for Rodney Hood, sending Dwyane Wade back to Miami and acquiring point guard George Hill from Sacramento.Three days after the trade, the new-look Cavs beat the Celtics 121-99 in Boston as Hill, Clarkson and Hood combined for 44 points to the delight of James, who seemed rejuvenated after weeks of moping.He’s now on a mission as he prepares to face the Celtics for the seventh time in the postseason. James is averaging 34.3 points, 9.4 rebounds and 9.0 assists in 11 games in these playoffs, which has included him making two buzzer-beaters, scoring 45 points in Game 7 to oust Indiana and dispatching Toronto with shocking ease.“LeBron’s on just a ridiculous run of play,” Stevens said. “We know that it’ll be quite a challenge.”The Celtics may not have anyone of James’ stature, but they have a complete team that’s clicking. Tatum and Jaylen Brown are two of the game’s rising young stars and Cleveland native Terry Rozier has emerged as a postseason menace, filling in for Irving and quickly winning over Boston fans, who have dubbed him “Scary Terry.”Lue knows the Cavs have their hands full. It’s hard to process how much has changed for these teams since they played last May.Major moves, injuries, upheaval.After the Cavs beat the Celtics in five games in last year’s conference finals to advance to their third straight NBA Finals, there were no hints the two franchises would ramp up their rivalry with a trade that caught their entire league, well, off-guard.The Cavs succumbed to Irving’s trade demand — he was tired of playing in James’ shadow — and sent the All-Star to Boston for Isaiah Thomas, a first-round draft pick, forward Jae Crowder and center Ante Zizic. The 5-foot-9 Thomas had bravely carried the Celtics in the 2017 postseason despite a balky hip and broken heart following his sister’s death in a car crash.With so many subplots, the league scheduled Boston at Cleveland in the season opener.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “They’re well-coached,” Lue said. “Despite all the circumstances of guys getting hurt with Kyrie out, with Gordon being out for the whole year, they just keep plugging guys in and keep playing. (Boston executive) Danny Ainge has done a good job of getting guys in that fit that mold of Celtics basketball and they’ve been playing well.”Especially the 20-year-old Tatum. He averaged 23.6 points in Boston’s series win over the Philadelphia 76ers, who didn’t do enough to slow him down.That now falls on Lue, who has known Tatum — or “Little Jay” as he called him — since he was a kid. They’re related on Lue’s grandfather’s side of the family.“He’s not scared, he’s not afraid and he’s always been that type of kid,” Lue said. “He wants these type of moments and he’s taking advantage of it. With Kyrie and Gordon going down and him having a chance to play the minutes he’s been playing, starting and playing in the playoffs the way he has, he’s taken full advantage of it. But he’s never been scared, he’s never been afraid of the big moment. You can see that.”Six years ago, a 14-year-old Tatum posted a picture of himself, wearing a replica Kobe Bryant jersey, with James on Twitter and asked Cleveland’s superstar to follow him.Lue smiled when shown a picture of his cousin.“Now look,” he said. “That’s crazy.”So is another Boston-Cleveland final. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Although there were long stretches this season when it seemed at least unlikely, and maybe impossible, that the Celtics and Cavs would reach the conference finals, they’re back again and meeting in the playoffs for the third time in four years.The series everyone wanted. The one few expected to see.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 crownAnd yet here they are: the odds-defying Celtics, guided by baby-faced coach Brad Stevens and prospering without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward, versus the Cavs, who despite a massive roster makeover in February are rolling as 33-year-old LeBron James enhances his legend with every game.“There’s been a lot that’s happened throughout the season with us and for them,” Cavs forward Kevin Love said Thursday as Cleveland prepared for Sunday’s series opener in Boston. “Both teams have raised their level of play and been through it, but are here now and have to lay it all on the line.” MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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