FEU prepared to play PVL Finals game 2 sans Pons

first_imgView comments Still, FEU coach George Pascua said his team will be ready to play on Saturday regardless.“We’re prepared to play again without them,” said Pascua. “We’ve been able to perform during games that she (Pons) wasn’t there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Armed with more experience, Amer expected to lead Meralco in Finals Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBernadeth Pons has missed five of her team’s last six games but somehow, Far Eastern University still went on to make it to the championship round of the PVL Collegiate Conference.Minus Pons, FEU fell short in the finals opener but not after going toe-to-toe against an undefeated National University side, bannered by the towering Jaja Santiago.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Santiago imposed her will and finished with a game-high 23 points, including four blocks and four service aces.The Lady Bulldogs took Game 1, 25-22, 21-25, 25-18, 26-24.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Lady Tamaraws are likely to be without their team captain in Pons and another key player in Kyla Atienza in Game 2.The last time Pons showed up, she led FEU over Adamson in the semis decider on Saturday with 15 points. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Team chemistry not the issue for struggling Thunder, Carmelo Anthony says

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pundits are quick to attribute their struggles to chemistry issues between their three superstars, but Anthony was quick to dismiss such claims.“We’ve never had chemistry problems. We like, and enjoy, playing with one another. It’s never been a chemistry problem,” Anthony told  ESPN’s Royce Young after the team’s loss to the New York Knicks over the weekend.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 folkREAD: Knicks shut down Anthony in 2nd half, beat Thunder sans Porzingis“We’ve just got to figure out how to do so, but there’s never been chemistry problems with this group. We’ve embraced this since we came together that this was going to be a journey for us, and that’s where we’re at.” Oklahoma City Thunder forward Carmelo Anthony (7) holds off New York Knicks forward Doug McDermott (20) during the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec.16, 2017, at Madison Square Garden in New York.  AP/Bill KostrounWith the likes of perennial All-Stars Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in one team, many thought that the Oklahoma City Thunder would win the Larry O’Brien trophy this season and rank at least in top 3 in the Western Conference Standings.But through the first 30 games of the season, the team holds a meager 15-15 win-loss record and is currently eighth in the conference.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments 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 2013 Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli sets come back MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Thunder’s offense has certainly been inconsistent this year, with the trio often taking turns and relying on whoever has the hot hand.Both George and Anthony are also used to having the ball in their hands for majority of possessions and the pair is still visibly adjusting to playing alongside perhaps the league’s most ball-dominant point guard.Still, Anthony continues to embrace the change and remains optimistic with the team’s chances of moving forward.“It is a different situation for me? Yes. Different dynamic for me? Yes,” he said.“Something I have to accept. Something I’m working on every day as far as my role on this team, what we need from me in order for this team to be successful. But this is, for me and the team, it’s about big picture for us.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson RELATED STORY:NBA: Westbrook says it’s his duty to make George, Anthony comfortable with ThunderSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels’ key 3.Memphis had two chances to tie or take the lead, but Evans’ 26-footer at the buzzer missed.I thought I could have got to the basket but I kind of stepped back and shot the 3,” Evans said. “It shouldn’t have came down to that. We had the early lead in the game.”Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds.“I just wanted to make sure I stayed in bounds,” Monroe said. “If I could just get it to him, I knew he had an open shot.”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “We work each and every day for moments like this and I just happened to hit the shot,” Daniels said. “It feels great, I’ll tell you that. I rather for it to be on them (the Grizzlies) then anyone else.”T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago.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 folkTyreke Evans led Memphis with 23 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and three blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost eight of nine games and nine straight on the road.“It’s a matter of who makes the most plays and who makes the least mistakes,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said, “and tonight they made one more play then we did.” Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Phoenix Suns center Greg Monroe (14) drives to the basket past Memphis Grizzlies’ Marc Gasol (33) during the first half of an NBA basketball game. APPHOENIX — Troy Daniels knew his shot was going in the moment it left his hands, and he knew exactly where he was on the court — right in front of his former team’s bench.Troy Daniels hit a 3-pointer with 17.6 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday (Friday Manila time) for their third victory in four games.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second.Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes.“It was a struggle all night, really,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “From the opening tip, five of their first baskets where straight-on drives to the basket.”The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46.Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime.The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans’ layup, then Kobi Simmons got a steal and layup for a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third.Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DeRozan scores 45 points, Raptors rally to beat 76ers View commentslast_img read more

Towns’ near triple-double pushes Wolves past Knicks

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Travel an extra grind for Division I’s smallest schools MOST READ LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 his first year back with the Knicks after a signing a four-year, $71 million contract in the offseason, Hardaway entered the night averaging 17.8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 21 games.UP NEXTKnicks: Host New Orleans on SundayTimberwolves: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Kristaps Porzingis scored 17 points for New York. Porzingis was 3 of 5 from 3-point territory but 3 of 14 from inside the arc. Enes Kanter had his 18th double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, but the Knicks lost for the ninth time in 11 games.After impressive wins against New Orleans, Cleveland and Oklahoma City to start a five-game homestand, the Timberwolves had to work against the struggling Knicks. New York led much of the second half and entered the fourth with the lead before Minnesota went on an 18-4 run to seize control.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 Knicks were the hot-shooting team in the first half. New York hit 60.5 percent from the field in the opening 24 minutes and led by as many as eight points.Towns scored the first five points of the second half and slowly the Wolves’ defense recovered. Minnesota used a 14-4 run to start the second half and take the lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours TIP-INSKnicks: New York is 4-15 on the road this season. . Former Wolves forward Michael Beasley scored 13 points in 16 minutes off the bench. Beasley had 10 points on 5-of-10 shooting in just six minutes in the second quarter. . The Knicks entered the night with the league’s fewest 3-point attempts, but went 12 of 24 on Friday.Timberwolves: Minnesota had its sixth straight sellout, the longest streak for the franchise since it sold out 48 straight games from 1990-92. The Timberwolves sold out every game of the 1990-91 season and had seven in a row to start the 1991-92 season. Minnesota has nine sellouts this season. . The Wolves are 17-6 at home this season, winning the last seven. . Towns’ nine assists were a season high. . Minnesota allowed more than 100 points for the first time in eight games.HARDAWAY RETURNSTim Hardaway Jr. returned for the Knicks after missing 20 games with a stress injury in his lower left leg. He scored 16 points in 25 minutes off the bench. Coach Jeff Hornacek said Hardaway would play limited minutes in a reserve role as he tries to build up stamina.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, center, lays up a shot as New York Knicks’ Courtney Lee, left, and Enes Kanter, of Turkey, watch in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 12, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns fell one assist shy of his second career triple-double, scoring 23 points and grabbing 15 rebounds in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ 118-108 victory over the New York Knicks on Friday night.Taj Gibson added 17 points and Andrew Wiggins had 16 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves shot 56.7 percent (38 of 67) over the final three quarters to come from behind and win their fourth game in a row and 11th of 14 overall.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Tiger Woods sneaks into weekend with closing birdie

first_imgFederer hails Chung as future top 10 player That was just enough to make the cut — his first since the Wyndham Championship in August of 2015 where he finished tied for 10th.Since then Woods has battled back trouble that sidelined him for all of 2016. He is playing his first official tournament since missing the cut here last year in an abortive comeback bid that ended with spinal fusion surgery in April.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 folkWoods was one shot outside the cut line when arrived at his final hole, the par-five ninth.He was in the right rough off the tee and his second shot left him on the edge of the green, 75 feet from the pin. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Woods was looking forward to testing his game under pressure over two more rounds.“It’s one thing to do it at home, it’s totally another thing to do it out here,” he said. “These guys are all going low and I haven’t done that in a long time.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Tiger Woods watches his tee shot on the 15th hole on the North Course at Torrey Pines Golf Course during the second round of Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)LA JOLIA, United States — Tiger Woods birdied his final hole on Friday to make the cut on the number in his return to the US PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open.The 14-time major champion wrestled four birdies from his last nine holes on the North Course at Torrey Pines, carding a one-under par 71.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He took an unplayable lie, then missed the green. His chip rolled through the putting surface.Solid turnaroundWoods responded with four birdies coming home.He gave his massive gallery — sent scampering several times by his errant drives — something to cheer about for the first time all day when he rolled in a 50-foot birdie bomb at the first hole.“It was nice to get one to fall in there and get something positive going into the back nine,” Woods said.He got back to even par with a birdie at the fifth, a short par-five, where a solid drive trickled into the first cut of rough and his second shot left him off the green. A stellar chip left him an easy birdie.He got up and down for birdie at the seventh, but was back outside the cut line after a bogey at the par-three eighth.“I was just trying to get under par for the day,” he said of his inward push. “I thought that would be a good, solid turnaround from being two-over at the turn.“It was tough out there,” added Woods, who was 10-shots off the 36-hole lead held by American Ryan Palmer, who carded a five-under par 67 on the North Course for an 11-under total of 133.Spain’s defending champion Jon Rahm, who could seize the world number one ranking from Dustin Johnson with a victory, carded a six-under 66 and was alone in second on 134. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He nestled a long first putt a few feet from the cup and made that for birdie, capping a 71 for a total of 143.“I was grinding my way around the golf course today,” said Woods, who hit just three of 14 fairways and nine of 18 greens in regulation. “I didn’t hit it quite as good as I would like to. I fought hard. I was trying to post a number, which I was able to do.”Woods, who opened the tournament with an even-par 72 on Thursday, struggled off the tee all day.t was a harbinger of things to come when he sent his first tee shot at least 50 yards left. He laid up in the rough and two-putted for par from about 40 feet.Then came a disastrous double-bogey six at the par-four 13th, his fourth hole of the day, where another tee shot went left into a scrub hazard.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

Castro returns for Gilas Pilipinas vs Japan

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City READ: Injured Castro out for Gilas vs AustraliaJio Jalalon and Troy Rosario, who also missed the game against the Boomers, are also suiting up against the Japanese at Mall of Asia Arena.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 folkCastro, Jalalon and Rosario replaced Kevin Alas, Carl Brian Cruz and Abu Tratter in the final lineup, which was announced by national team coach Chot Reyes on ESPN5’s Facebook page.Joining the three in the roster are June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, Matthew Wright, Roger Pogoy and Allein Maliksi. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jayson Castro. Fiba.comJayson Castro will be making his return for the Philippines in its game against Japan on Sunday after missing one game due to an ankle injury.Castro, the star point guard, did not play in Gilas Pilipinas’ 84-68 loss to Australia on Thursday in Melbourne.ADVERTISEMENT Reyes defends Blatche: ‘His value goes beyond points, rebounds’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, led the Filipinos with 15 points against the Aussies, who remained undefeated at 3-0.Blatche, who only had eight points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes against Australia, is expected to have a much better outing against Japan, which has yet to win after three games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Nietes: We are not yet done and we want to fight the best the world has to offer

first_imgView comments During the victory press conference held in his honor Wednesday at the ABS-CBN offices in Quezon City, Nietes said seeing them (super flyweights) fight at ringside made him realize that they’re not invincible.“I think I can handle them,” said Nietes in Filipino. “I’ve seen them fight and I have an idea on how to penetrate their defenses. They’re really strong so I would need to train hard.”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 folkMichael Aldeguer, president and CEO of ALA Promotions, said they would decide on the weight most suited for Nietes in the next few weeks.ALA’s chief trainer Edito Villamor, said he and brother Edmund, would be monitoring Nietes’ training weight with conditioning trainer Nick Curson. 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Hotshots take lead MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. World champion Donnie “Ahas” Nietes. Photo by Mark GiongcoIf ever he gets the go signal to move up to super flyweight, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes would like to challenge for the world title right away.Nietes, who defended his International Boxing Federation flyweight crown by knocking out Argentine Juan Carlos Reveco in the United States on Feb. 24, feels he’s ready to tangle with the heavier champions for his next fight.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimscenter_img LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “We are not yet done and we want to fight the best the world has to offer,” said Nietes.Also present were ABS-CBN S+A head Vince Rodriguez and Sports consultant Peter Musngi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

Chris Gavina open to coaching UE Red Warriors

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFormer PBA coach Chris Gavina admits that if the opportunity comes knocking, he won’t hesitate to accept the head coaching job in University of the East.But for now, he’s still keeping his options open.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jalen Green puts Kai Sotto on a poster: ‘I just want to put on a show’ Red Cross, umapela sa may ubo at lagnat na huwag nang pumunta sa Traslacion PLAY LIST 02:55Red Cross, umapela sa may ubo at lagnat na huwag nang pumunta sa Traslacion00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 “There’s no formal acceptance. It’s just been a conversation. Like I said, it was presented to me. There hasn’t been any formal offer or anything. They said, I’m high on their list. Just for me to consider being able to take it is really humbling,” he said. “But my concentration right now is on our team to move to the semis. I’ll be able to think about it over the Holy Week, hopefully.”UE, however, has Paulo Hubalde on its side as the guard has been vehemently persuading Gavina to take the job, which has definitely piqued the Fil-Am mentor’s interest.“I’ve been really asking about the program. Paulo Hubalde is one of my players in Team Valenzuela and he’s really breaking down of how culture was back then and how things have kinda changed,” he said. “He’s trying to push me towards the direction of taking it. It’s kinda a one-sided conversation with him. Like I said, I’m weighing out a lot of options and see where we’ll go from there.”Gavina ended: “It’s just a matter of really just timing. If I had really the time to just focus on that, I think I’d be able to make a quicker decision. But with the MPBL playoffs going on, I kind of spending a lot of time with game preparation. One thing at a time.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Let’s just say it was presented to me,” he shared on Friday after coaching in the 2018 Darlington NBTC Division 1 All-Star Game.“Am I gonna take it? I mean the opportunity is there. I’m never one to just not be open to see my options. I’m all about winning. If I feel as if it’s an opportunity for me to turn a program or culture around like I have been in Team Valenzuela for the MPBL, coaching is all about being able to make an impact on young players’ lives, so if I get that opportunity, then I’ll definitely consider it.”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 folkGavina has emerged as of the contenders to take over for the Red Warriors post after getting into talks with some of the school’s officials last week.But the former Kia mentor clarified that he hasn’t accepted anything yet as his focus remains with the Valenzuela Classic in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League.center_img MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

With World Cup nearing, Asian teams still hiring and firing

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 In this Aug. 28, 2017, photo, then Japan Football Association (JFA) technical director Akira Nishino, right, watches Japan national team’s practice with then Japan’s coach Vahid Halilhodzic, left, before a soccer match against Australia in Saitama, near Tokyo. JFA President Kozo Tashima said on Monday, April 9, 2018, Japan fired Halilhodzic two months before soccer’s World Cup in Russia and replaced him immediately with Nishino. (Fumine Tsutabayashi/Kyodo News via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Japan’s surprise sacking of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic on Monday marked a fifth coaching change from Asia’s five participants at the 2018 World Cup in the past nine months.Only Iran, with Carlos Queiroz in place since 2011, has the same manager now as in June last year. Japan, Saudi Arabia and Australia all will have new coaches who will see their teams in competitive action for the first time when the World Cup kicks off in June. South Korea’s coach Shin Tae-yong was appointed in July 2017 and has two World Cup qualifiers under his belt.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Van Marwijk took the Australia job in February to succeed Ange Postecoglou, who had led the Socceroos to the 2015 Asian Cup title and through qualification for the 2018 World Cup.In October however, Postecoglou resigned for personal reasons leading Football Federation Australia (FFA) to turn to the experienced Van Marwijk just four months ahead of the World Cup on a contract that ends when the Socceroos leave Russia.The challenge for Australia in a limited time is to become accustomed to the more functional approach of Van Marwijk that is expected to be very different to the more expansive soccer favored by his predecessor through four years in charge.“His teams have always been hard to beat and fairly pragmatic in his approach,” Postecoglou told Australian radio after Van Marwijk’s appointment.“I’m kind of the other end of the scale. It looks like one tournament and when you look at the group, the focus now is to get out of that group and I guess a more pragmatic approach may help you achieve that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife For a continent desperate to improve on the 2014 World Cup when its four teams failed to record a single win, it is not ideal preparation.Just three wins from nine games since successfully securing qualification with a game to spare last August put Halilhodzic under pressure. This only increased after claims of a breakdown in trust and communication with players that followed friendly games against Mali and Ukraine in March.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 crownAfshin Ghotbi, a former coach in Japan’s J.League with Shimizu S-Pulse, has extensive experience in Asia including with the national teams of Iran and South Korea.“There are many different reasons in Asia but it often comes down to the differences between expectations and reality that can be seen in the form of a team during friendlies and this can lead to panic,” Ghotbi told Associated Press. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Halilhodzic has been replaced by Akira Nishino. Time is short for Nishino but the 63 year-old has extensive coaching experience in Japan, leading Gamba Osaka to the 2005 J.League title and the 2008 Asian Champions League.Giving the job to Nishino is understandable, Ghotbi says, as was South Korea’s decision to appoint an experienced local coach last summer.Ghotbi returned to Korea’s national team for a second stint in October 2005, just eight months before the 2006 World Cup. “With time short, I had the advantage of prior knowledge of the football landscape and that can really help,” he said. “If you don’t, then you have to get to know the players, the opponents, the federation and the backroom staff as soon as possible.”With Korea and Japan returning to local coaches, the lack of time may be a greater problem for Saudi Arabia and Australia who have hired overseas expertise.Saudi Arabia has changed coaches twice since last September. Bert Van Marwijk, appointed in 2015, led the team to a first World Cup since 2006 last September only to leave after being unable to agree a new contract. His replacement Edgardo Bauza was fired in November for poor team performances to leave Juan Antonio Pizzi, also from Argentina, currently in charge.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Koncz expects Pacquiao-Matthysse to generate more than Manny’s last fights

first_imgMichael Koncz, Manny Pacquiao’s longtime adviser. Photo by Mark GiongcoThere’s a likelihood that July 15 isn’t the first and last time Manny Pacquiao will fight in Malaysia.Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s longtime adviser, bared there’s a possibility of Manny Pacquiao fighting again in Malaysia but it will depend on the turnout of the Filipino boxing icon’s fight against Argentine champion Lucas Matthysse which will be staged at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments LATEST STORIES “The offer that Manny got in Malaysia is tremendous and our goal is now is to maximize the returns so the investor’s happy and we go back there in the fall,” Koncz said. “We have to show that we know what we’re doing and we can give them a return then, we’ll have another one.”The Pacquiao and Matthysse fight is the biggest boxing match to be held in Malaysia since Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975.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 crownEver the showman, Pacquiao remains one of boxing’s biggest draws despite being at the tailend of his illustrious career and with an aggressive fighter like Matthysse on the opposing corner, Koncz believes the bout will be a big hit.“I like this fight because it’s a challenge. it has tremendous opportunity to be a crowd-pleasing explosive fight,” he said. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Definitely, [this fight will generate] more money than the last three to four fights [against] Bradley, Vargas, Horn.”Koncz said the target for Pacquiao’s next fight is in November with the hard-hitting Ukranian Vasyl Lomachenko as the likely opponent.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Matthysse vows fight ‘to the death’ against Pacquiao P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastlast_img read more