UP seniors leave Diliman with ‘no regrets’

Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t the season-ender University of the Philippines wanted, but four of its seniors are leaving with no regrets.After UP failed to make the Final Four, Paolo Romero and Andrew Harris, who both spent seven years donned in maroon, and Ibrahim Quattara and Rob Ricafort, who combined for just three, played their last game as Fighting Maroon.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Fighting Maroons’ win over the Bulldogs saw them finish the eliminations with a 6-8 record—the school’s best record in more than a decade. But later in the day, Far Eastern University capped its schedule with a 71-54 victory over Adamson to complete the Final Four cast with Ateneo and De La Salle.For Ricafort, who was in a legal tangle even before the season started, his three minutes on the floor was already too much of a parting gift for him.READ: Court allows Ricafort to continue playing for UP“Every time we’re on the court, we’re always giving it our best,” said Ricafort in Filipino. “It doesn’t matter how many minutes we played, every time we’re on the court we give everything we can.”“We want to continue playing, we wanted to take any chance that was given to us,” said Harris. who had two points in his final collegiate game.ADVERTISEMENT Injuries to Pingoy, Ahanmisi bad news for Adamson With Quattara as an exception, UP’s seniors rarely got playing time this UAAP Season 80, but in the Fighting Maroons’ final elimination game, head coach Bo Perasol let his elder statesmen feel the aural embrace of the crowd for one last time.“What I had in mind was I was supposed to cry but I’m not crying,” said Romero Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after their 106-81 win over National University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: Perasol welcomes solid support from alumni“We’re all happy, we gave it our best, we left everything inside the court. Whatever happens, we know deep inside we don’t have any regrets.” For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Quattara, the only starter of the seniors, was aware of the position they finished in and the most they could do was give themselves a temporary lease in life.“It was almost a do-or-die game,” said Quattara, who finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds. “We have to give ourselves a chance so that’s what we did. Even if it’s going to be our last game, we made sure we would finish in a good way.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments read more

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Thirdy not surprised over manong’s stellar NLEX debut

first_imgADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSocial media continued to buzz about Kiefer Ravena’s scintillating debut on Thursday, a day after he punched in big numbers to help NLEX hold off stubborn KIA, 119-115, in the PBA Philippine Cup.The second overall pick in the 2017 Rookie Draft matched his hype as he delivered 18 points, 12 assists, seven rebounds and two steals at Filoil Flying V Centre, falling just three rebounds short of a triple-double right in his first professional game.The only one not joining the conversation on how surprising the debut was? Brother Thirdy Ravena, who already saw the big game coming.“I was kind of expecting him to do Kiefer things even in the PBA,” he said. Thirdy, coming off a championship with Ateneo in the UAAP, watched Kiefer’s PBA debut with dad Bong and mom Mozzy.“Usually, the transition is tough especially from college. Usually, when you’re a rookie, you feel nervous,” added Thirdy, who affectionately calls Kiefer ‘manong’ as a sign of respect. “But he was aggressive and he’s just playing his game. Now that I’ve seen him do that on a professional stage, that just speaks about how his game is and how good he is.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Koy Banal throws hat in UE coaching sweepstakes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View commentslast_img read more

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Suns’ Booker returns vs Grizzlies

first_imgMOST 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Heat guard Dion Waiters will consider offseason ankle surgery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img FILE – Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker (1) is carried off by teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)PHOENIX — Phoenix guard Devin Booker is back after missing nine games with a left adductor strain.Booker was hurt in the groin area in the fourth quarter of the Suns’ game at Toronto on Dec. 5. He practiced on the day before Christmas and is in the starting lineup Tuesday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “I hope that’s exactly what gets that unit going,” Suns coach Jay Triano said before the game. “We’re obviously going to have more points on the floor to start the game right now.”The Suns’ starting unit has gotten off to some slow starts in Booker’s absence.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 Suns went 3-6 in Booker’s absence.last_img read more

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One for the road

first_imgLATEST STORIES Closing out with a 12-2 spurt, the Beermen made it look like it was just another day at the office at University of San Agustin Gym here after posting an 88-76 decision of TNT KaTropa in a Petron Saturday Special Game that kept them in the solo PBA Philippine Cup lead.The final score did not reflect how hard the Beermen struggled, and how coach Leo Austria had to dig deep into his bench earlier before zooming to a third straight victory and dealing the hard-fighting Texters a second defeat in three outings.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 folkSeeking to win this tournament an unprecedented fourth straight season, San Miguel looked very vulnerable until early in the fourth period, when Arwind Santos stepped up on both ends to boost the Beermen.From 76-74, Santos scored eight of his 15 points points, had a block and a couple of huge rebounds as he almost singlehandedly took the fight out of the Texters. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TNT led by as many as nine late in the third but couldn’t put San Miguel away, even with the three-time defending champion playing second-string guards Brian Heruela and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and the veteran Billy Mamaril at the middle.Instead, the trio had a lot of success and managed to take the Beermen to within three points going into the fourth.June Mar Fajardo scored 20 points, Marcio Lassiter scattered 15 and Cabagnot 11 for San Miguel, which is the only unbeaten team in the field after sister team Barangay Ginebra took a shock loss at the hands of Blackwater Friday night.Troy Rosario had 15 to lead all TNT shooters as Jason Castro, Asia’s finest point guard earlier this decade, was held to just nine points.Meanwhile, NLEX and Magnolia collide in the 6:45 p.m. contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday for solo second place. Alaska takes the Big Dome floor at 4:30 p.m. against KIA Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT Champ-slaying PH team tests mettle in China Youth Chess International Open Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina ILOILO—San Miguel Beer was obviously not having the greatest of games Saturday night. But when push came to shove, the Beermen simply had too much more to give.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ancajas ramps up preps for IBF title defense

first_imgFILE — Jerwin Ancajas. Photo by Mark GiongcoJerwin Ancajas and his expanded team have settled down in Corpus Christi, Texas, quickly buckling down to work on their fight plan against Mexican challenger Israel Gonzalez, who arrived via the same plane from Los Angeles on Sunday.The International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight champion spent Monday sweating it out twice under the supervision of head trainer Joven Jimenez, who doubles as his manager.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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In the morning, they worked out at the fitness center of Holiday Inn Downtown Marina, where Team Ancajas and Gonzalez’s entourage were billeted for their 115-pound crown showdown on Saturday (Sunday in Manila).They were able to train at a local gym in the afternoon, making sure that Ancajas’ weight is in check for the official weigh-in on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhile in Los Angeles, Team Ancajas, which also includes another Panabo City pro boxer, Mark Anthony Barriga, was reinforced by US-based Filipinos Rodel Mayol and Roberto Jalnaiz, whose combined ring experience will come in handy for Ancajas’ fourth title defense.Mayol, the former World Boxing Council light flyweight titlist, will closely watch Gonzalez’s hand wrapping before the 12-round fight set at the 10,000-seat American Bank Center while Jalnaiz, an Asian Games bantamweight gold medalist and two-time Olympian, will take charge of the team’s other concerns in Texas. LATEST STORIES It was another hectic day for Team Ancajas as they were treated to dinner by members of the Filipino community in the coastal city.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jerwin Ancajas seeks confirmation in Texas Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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Hot-shooting Ahanmisi leads Akari-Adamson past AMA

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Papi Sarr dominated the paint, posting 15 points and 18 rebounds as he made up for lost time after missing Adamson’s last game, while Jerom Lastimosa had 11 points, four rebounds, and three assists off the bench.The win allowed the Falcons to grab solo second spot at 5-3 and atone for their 57-76 defeat to pacesetter CEU last Tuesday.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 folkStill, coach Franz Pumaren maintained that he will never be satisfied with how his boys are playing.“We’re still groping for form. We’re trying to implement new rules and the boys are still adjusting,” he said. Akari-Adamson raced to a 13-point lead, 50-37, late in the second quarter, but former Falcon Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre helped AMA stay within striking distance and the Titans even got to within five, 93-88, courtesy of a Jay-R Taganas bucket with 2:25 remaining.Ahanmisi, then, put on the finishing touches in the victory, drilling a fallaway to douse the rally and putting the exclamation point with another three in the waning seconds.Manalang carried the Titans (1-5) with 21 points and five rebounds, Mac Andaya got 15 markers, seven boards, and seven blocks, and Escalambre had 14 points and nine rebounds in the defeat.The scores:AKARI-ADAMSON 100 — Ahanmisi 26, Sarr 15, Lastimosa 11, Camacho 9, Manganti 9, Catapusan 8, Espeleta 8, Pingoy 6, Lojera 4, Mojica 4, Zaldivar 0.ADVERTISEMENT AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 89 — Manalang 21, Andaya 15, Escalambre 14, Taganas 14, Martinez 13, Garcia 6, Lao 4, Antonares 2, Paras 0, Salonga 0, Tolentino 0.Quarters: 22-19, 52-41, 79-68, 100-89.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 PBA IMAGESJerrick Ahanmisi got hot from the downtown as Akari-Adamson downed AMA Online Education, 100-89, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.Ahanmisi, the younger brother of Rain or Shine playmaker Maverick, drilled seven of his eight triples to fire 26 points. He also collected three rebounds and four assists.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kobe Bryant wins Oscar for animated short ‘Dear Basketball’ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Japan Sumo Association to consider opinions on female ban

first_imgThe sumo ring, or dohyo, is considered sacred in the male-only sport. Women are banned from entering it because they are seen as “ritually unclean.” ABRELATED STORIES:Sumo in uproar as women first responders ordered out of ring
Japan female mayor battles men-only sumo ruleJapan female mayor loses fight to speak from sumo ringADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The association came under fire in early April when it ordered female first responders to leave the ring as they attempted to revive an official who collapsed at an event in northern Kyoto.The 67-year-old mayor of the city of Maizuru collapsed during a ring-top speech, and two women, apparently medical experts, rushed in and started performing first aid. When two more women entered the ring trying to join the effort, a sumo official demanded that the women get out of the ring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe mayor, a man, was then taken to a hospital and survived what was diagnosed a stroke.Amid worldwide attention, the head of the Japan Sumo Association apologized, saying the official at the Kyoto event made an “inappropriate response.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Win-or-leave home? LeBron facing extreme Game 7 vs. Pacers P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In this Nov. 11, 2017, photo, a Shinto ceremony is held to pray for the safety of sumo wrestlers before the start of the Kyushu Grand Sumo tournament in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan. Image: Kyodo News/APTOKYO (AP) — The Japan Sumo Association says it will consider outside opinions from experts and the public over its much criticized policy of banning women from entering the sumo ring.The association held an extraordinary meeting of its board on Saturday. It did not reach a decision regarding the ban on women but did clarify that women can enter the ring in times of an “emergency” as an exception, Kyodo News agency reported.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Warriors, Rockets set for Game 7 in West finals

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s going to be fun,” Stephen Curry said. “It’s what you play for, to be in a situation where you’re one win away from going to the finals. Pressure both ways because of how big the moment is, and you’ve got to want it.”The Warriors trailed by as many as 17 points in the first half Saturday night before using a splendid second half to roll to a 115-86 victory. Curry knows that if the Warriors hope to return to the finals for the fourth straight year they’ll have to get off to a better start in Game 7.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 guarantee if we start the game out like we did (Saturday) and they jump out to the lead, it’s going to be 10 times harder to make it a game,” Curry said. “So for us that’s our challenge to have the same mentality we had for the last 36 minutes of (Game 6) and bring that from the jump in Game 7.”Kevin Durant is excited about helping the Warriors return to the finals, but he got a little confused on when Game 7 was on Saturday night. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film James Harden, who had 22 points in the first half on Saturday night but just 10 the rest of the way, insists that the Rockets remain confident despite the blowout loss and are up to Monday’s challenge.“There’s no pressure. It’s an opportunity, an opportunity that we all are excited to be a part of,” he said. “Game 7 at our house, that’s what we’ve worked the entire regular season for (is) to get home-court advantage. So we’re going to come out and be ready.”The Rockets tied the Raptors for best home record in the NBA during the regular season by going 34-7. They’re 7-2 in Houston this postseason with one of their losses coming in Game 1 of this series.After 10,000 people paid $10 each to watch Saturday night’s game at the Toyota Center in what was a fundraiser for victims of the Santa Fe school shooting, Harden has no doubt that the home fans will be ready to help them out in Game 7.“They’re going to bring it,” he said. “We’ve got a whole city behind us, and they’re as loyal as they come.”Golden State coach Steve Kerr is trying to figure out why his team has struggled to put together complete games in this series, but is proud that the Warriors have found ways to win despite their up and down play.“Our guys have a ton of character and a ton of competitiveness, desire,” he said. “They’re champions. So our guys compete. That’s the main thing. They may not always focus, but they compete.”The Warriors are also dealing with injuries as Kerr said Andre Iguodala, who has missed the last two games with a bruised left leg, is doubtful for Monday’s game.Kevon Looney has filled in for him the last two games but is also listed as questionable for Game 7 with sore toe on his left foot. However Kerr said Looney is fine and will play in Game 7. Capitals, Golden Knights in improbable Stanley Cup Final LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “I can’t wait ’til Tuesday,” Durant said.Curry quickly jumped in to correct his teammate.“Monday,” he said. “Please don’t miss a game.”The Rockets aren’t dwelling on their missed opportunity to close out the series as they get ready for Monday’s game where they’ll try to punch their ticket to finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1995-95.They might have to do it without star Chris Paul, who is dealing with a strained right hamstring that kept him out of Game 6. Coach Mike D’Antoni said Sunday that he’s continuing to receive treatment and his status for Game 7 will likely be a game-time decision.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Houston Rockets guard James Harden, left, drives past Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry during the first half of Game 6 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, May 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)HOUSTON — When the Golden State Warriors lost Game 5 of the Western Conference finals to the Rockets on Thursday night to send them to the brink of elimination they vowed to be back in Houston for Game 7.After a resounding win in Game 6 that’s exactly where the defending champions are, preparing for a winner-take-all game Monday night for a spot in the NBA Finals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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WORLD CUP: Time for Deschamps’ talented France to win trophy

first_imgLATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Defenders: Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Adil Rami (Marseille), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid)Midfielders: Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Thomas Lemar (Monaco)Forwards: Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Florian Thauvin (Marseille), Nabil Fekir (Lyon)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations WORLD CUP: Star-studded Croatia has potential to shine How other national coaches must envy Deschamps, who has a forward department bursting with skill and speed and goals. Fans will be unforgiving if he doesn’t get the most out of the finest collection of attacking talent France has enjoyed in a tournament.France has outstanding players elsewhere, including Hugo Lloris in goal, Raphael Varane in defense and Paul Pogba in midfield. However, France still concedes soft goals and coping with the pressure of expectation remains a problem.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 crownDeschamps is six years into the job and has had long enough to find the right balance. Fans will be optimistic he can do so, on the 20th anniversary of France’s only World Cup triumph.Topping Group C will give France momentum, with only Denmark a serious threat. But a second-place group finish could see doubts creeping back in. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film DEFENDERSIt would have been a serious headache for Deschamps to choose between Raphael Varane, Laurent Koscielny and Samuel Umtiti for his center half pairing. That was solved in unfortunate circumstances when Koscielny was seriously injured, rupturing his Achilles playing for Arsenal in May. Barring further mishap, Varane-Umtiti will be France’s first-choice pairing. Varane recently won his third Champions League title with Real Madrid. His pace and reading of the game are crucial. Umtiti is stronger on man-to-man marking and also quick. He has excelled for Barcelona this season. With Koscielny out, Deschamps drafted in veteran center half Adil Rami as backup.MIDFIELDERSAs usual, all eyes will be on Paul Pogba. This is his chance to end the debate as to whether he is truly world class by leading France to victory. He’s had a difficult season for Manchester United, however, with coach Jose Mourinho losing patience. But Deschamps remains fiercely loyal and protective of Pogba, even though he has yet to fully repay his manager’s faith in him. Pogba’s lack of tactical discipline sees him often pushing up too much when Deschamps prefers him to stay back more. N’Golo Kante is a sure starter in the holding role. Blaise Matuidi’s consistent season with Juventus may be enough to earn him a place alongside Pogba and Kante. Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso provides excellent backup with sure passing and an eye for goal. Dimitri Payet shone at times during Euro 2016, but missed out this time after getting injured playing for Marseille in the Europa League final.FORWARDSExpect nothing different here in terms of who starts. Deschamps will go with his trusted partnership of Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud. It just depends what formation he chooses. In a 4-4-2, he can use both as his center forwards and complement them with the scorching pace of 19-year-old Kylian Mbappe down the right flank. A 4-3-3 also suits the same trio, albeit with Giroud in the lone central striker’s role and the other two switching and rotating around him. Griezmann’s elusive movement and superb touch are vital to ensuring a high tempo. With 30 goals, the consistent Giroud is equal fourth on France’s all-time list. Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, the third most expensive player in the world behind Mbappe and Neymar, gives Deschamps another exquisite option. Dembele is even quicker than Mbappe, which takes some believing. Deschamps left out Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette, Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman, Manchester United’s Anthony Martial — and, of course, Benzema — underlining further the depth of talent available to him.GROUP GAMESFrance will be based on the outskirts of Moscow in Istra and opens on June 16 against Australia in Kazan. It then faces Peru on June 21 and Denmark on June 26 for a likely group decider in Moscow.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris Saint-Germain)center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – In this Tuesday, Oct.10, 2017 filer, The French team poses before the World Cup Group A qualifying soccer match between France and Belarus at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Denis, outside Paris. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)PARIS — France has options, too many perhaps. Especially up front where the dilemma is who to leave out at the World Cup.And that’s without Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema, a four-time Champions League winner once again overlooked by coach Didier Deschamps.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Here’s a closer look at the France team:COACHAfter the disappointment of losing the European Championship final at home to Portugal two years ago, Deschamps has a settled squad with experience and excitement. Given the talent at his disposal, French fans expect at least a semifinal place in Russia. With a contract until 2020, Deschamps has the chance to emulate his achievements as France’s captain when Les Bleus won the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.GOALKEEPERSWith 97 caps, Hugo Lloris is the undisputed first choice, and has been for many years. He remains as agile as ever on his line and unflappable on crosses. However, Lloris has made a couple of errors for Tottenham and France during the past season, letting in a very sloppy goal against Colombia and getting lobbed from the halfway line against Sweden during qualifying. More recently, Lloris was also at fault for Italy’s goal in a 3-1 win. Backup Steve Mandanda has made 26 appearances for France and is a fine shot-stopper, but is prone to big lapses in concentration. Alphonse Areola could pressure him for the No. 2 spot following a good season with Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgCompton hopeful Aces can stun Beermen: ‘Davids of the world have a chance’ The Gin Kings, who played without forward Japeth Aguilar due to a strained Achilles, held an 18-point lead, 40-22, early in the second quarter but allowed the Elasto Painters to trim it to seven, 52-45, at the end of the period.It was in the second half, however, that Ginebra held its ground and stopped any of Rain or Shine’s advances.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’Ginebra was ahead by 76-70 at the end of the third quarter but quickly pushed the ante in the fourth, mounting a huge 23-4 run for the 102-78 lead with 3:25 to play.“Those early leads are always artificial leads,” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone. “And I think we allowed Rain or Shine with some early shooting and that second quarter they dominated us.” MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Barangay Ginebra put on a methodical show and fended off Rain or Shine, 102-89, to take Game 1 of their semifinals in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West https://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/2244609362232959/Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? View comments “They brought down an 18-point lead down to seven but my players were able to pull away again with some big plays. That’s our ammo we were able to make big plays at the right time.”Ginebra had three players score at least 20 points with Justin Brownlee leading the way with a near triple-double of 35 points, 14 rebounds, and nine assists.Jeff Chan had his best offensive game in a Ginebra jersey, shattering his 5.6 points-per-game average and finishing with 21 points in just 21 minutes.Greg Slaughter rounded out the scoring party for the Gin Kings with 20 points and six rebounds.Reggie Johnson had 30 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Elasto Painters while James Yap, who had 27 points in the previous game against Globalport, finished with 15 points and grabbed eight boards.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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