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

‘It’s about time’: Trump pardons late boxer Jack Johnson

first_imgPresident Donald Trump center, posthumous pardons Jack Johnson, boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, during an event in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 24, 2018. Trump is joined by, from left, Linda Haywood, who is Johnson’s great-great niece, heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, Keith Frankel, Sylvester Stallone, former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, and World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman Saldivar. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Thursday granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after what many see as his racially-charged conviction.“I am taking this very righteous step, I believe, to correct a wrong that occurred in our history and to honor a truly legendary boxing champion,” Trump said during an Oval Office ceremony. He was joined by WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, retired heavyweight titleholder Lennox Lewis and actor Sylvester Stallone, whom Trump credited with championing the pardon.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Serena could face Sharapova in 4th round at French Open LATEST STORIES Haywood had wanted Barack Obama, the nation’s first black president, to pardon Johnson, but Justice Department policy says “processing posthumous pardon petitions is grounded in the belief that the time of the officials involved in the clemency process is better spent on the pardon and commutation requests of living persons.”The Justice Department makes decisions on potential pardons through an application process and typically makes recommendations to the president. The Justice Department’s general policy is to not accept applications for posthumous pardons for federal convictions, according to the department’s website. But Trump has shown a willingness to work around the DOJ process in the past.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “His trials and tribulations were great, his life complex and controversial. Others have looked at this over the years, most thought it would be done, but yes, I am considering a Full Pardon!” Trump wrote then.The Oval Office ceremony was a celebratory scene, bringing together boxing greats past, present and fictional. The guests brought with them a colorful boxing championship belt, which sat front and center on the president’s Resolute Desk as he spoke. At one point, Trump jokingly asked Lewis whether he could “take Deontay in a fight” if he really started working out.FILE – In this 1932 file photo, boxer Jack Johnson, the first black world heavyweight champion, poses in New York City. President Donald Trump on Thursday, May 24, 2018, granted a rare posthumous pardon to boxing’s first black heavyweight champion, clearing Jack Johnson’s name more than 100 years after a racially-charged conviction. (AP Photo/File)Lewis said Johnson had been an inspiration to him personally, while Stallone said Johnson had served as the basis of the character Apollo Creed in his “Rocky” films.“This has been a long time coming,” he said.Trump has a personal history with the sport, and hosted matches in the 1990s at his hotels.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls After Johnson’s conviction, he spent seven years as a fugitive, but eventually returned to the U.S. and turned himself in. He served about a year in federal prison and was released in 1921. He died in 1946 in an auto crash.His great-great niece, Linda E. Haywood, had pressed Trump for a posthumous pardon, and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., had promoted Johnson’s case for years.The son of former slaves, Johnson defeated Tommy Burns for the heavyweight title in 1908 at a time when blacks and whites rarely entered the same ring. He then beat a series of “great white hopes,” culminating in 1910 with the undefeated former champion, James J. Jeffries.McCain previously told The Associated Press that Johnson “was a boxing legend and pioneer whose career and reputation were ruined by a racially charged conviction more than a century ago.”“Johnson’s imprisonment forced him into the shadows of bigotry and prejudice, and continues to stand as a stain on our national honor,” McCain has said.Haywood, who joined Trump in the Oval Office, said her great-great uncle’s conviction had led her family members to live in shame of his legacy.“For so long my family was deeply ashamed that my uncle went to prison,” she told Trump, adding that said she didn’t find they were related until she was 12 years old.“By this pardon being issued, that would help to rewrite history and erase the shame and the humiliation that my family felt for my uncle, a great hero,” she said.Posthumous pardons are rare, but not unprecedented.President Bill Clinton pardoned Henry O. Flipper, the first African-American officer to lead the Buffalo Soldiers of the 10th Cavalry Regiment during the Civil War. President George W. Bush pardoned Charles Winters, an American volunteer in the Arab-Israeli War convicted of violating the U.S. Neutrality Acts in 1949.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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Trump said Johnson had served 10 months in prison “for what many view as a racially-motivated injustice.”“It’s my honor to do it. It’s about time,” the president said.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 crownJohnson, a prominent athlete who crossed over into popular culture decades ago with biographies, dramas and documentaries, was convicted in 1913 by an all-white jury for violating the Mann Act for traveling with his white girlfriend. That law made it illegal to transport women across state lines for “immoral” purposes.”Trump had tweeted in late April that Stallone, a longtime friend, had brought Johnson’s story to his attention in a phone call. 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FIFA rebukes Maradona for criticizing World Cup referee

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 FIFA said Maradona’s “insinuations” were “entirely inappropriate and completely unfounded.”“FIFA is extremely sorry to read such declarations from a player who has written the history of our game,” it said in a statement.FIFA had tolerated previous incidents by Maradona at games in Russia, which the 1986 World Cup winning captain was left to explain on his Facebook page.He apologized for making an offensive gesture toward a South Korean fan at Argentina’s opening 1-1 draw with Iceland in Moscow. He then suggested media were trying to make headlines from an innocent incident and also broke World Cup stadium rules by smoking a cigar.Maradona was filmed on FIFA’s official television broadcast aggressively raising his middle fingers after Argentina scored a late winning goal against Nigeria in St. Petersburg.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding He was also seen on footage circulated on social media seeming to be unwell and assisted from his seat into a private dining area.FIFA has had a turbulent relationship with Maradona in his career as a player and coach.He tested positive for a cocktail of banned substances at the 1994 World Cup in the United States and was sent home from the tournament.As Argentina’s coach in 2009, a FIFA suspension for a tirade aimed at reporters after a World Cup qualifying game barred Maradona from attending the 2010 finals draw in Cape Town, South Africa.Maradona was an outspoken critic of previous FIFA president Sepp Blatter, but was brought back into the fold when Gianni Infantino was elected in 2016.He came to the Kremlin in Moscow last December wearing a gold bow tie to take part in the 2018 draw.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miss or Mrs? Serena’s marriage shows Wimbledon’s use of courtesy titles Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Argentina former soccer star Diego Maradona waves to the fans ahead of the group D match between Argentina and Nigeria, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)MOSCOW — FIFA’s patience with Diego Maradona’s World Cup antics finally ran out on Wednesday.Soccer’s world body said it “strongly rebukes” comments by the Argentina great criticizing American referee Mark Geiger’s handling of England’s win against Colombia in the World Cup round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It was yet another controversial moment involving Maradona —an official FIFA ambassador and figurehead of its “Legends” program celebrating former players — at a World Cup he has mostly attended as a VIP guest of FIFA.FIFA hit back at Maradona for telling Venezuelan broadcaster Telesur the outcome of Tuesday’s game in Moscow was a “monumental theft.”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 crownMaradona had been photographed before the game wearing a yellow Colombia jersey.England advanced to the quarterfinals in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 draw in a feisty game slowed by stoppages and players arguing with Geiger, a former high school teacher from New Jersey.last_img read more

Pacquiao dismisses health concerns: ‘I feel great’

first_imgMOST READ Seoul stuns Etland, reaches Super 8 finals In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines poses after defeating Lucas Matthysse of Argentina during their WBA World welterweight title bout in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. Pacquiao won the WBA welterweight world title after knocking out Matthysse on round seven. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)Manny Pacquiao on Saturday dismissed health issues and assured those concerned that he is not in harm’s way.Pacquiao’s comments about his health came on the heels of a report saying that the Filipino ring legend had been diagnosed with a serious heart ailment a week before his title fight with Lucas Matthysse.ADVERTISEMENT “Walang problema iyan (That’s nothing). It’s just part of medical requirements for athletes,” said Pacquiao.READ: Pacquiao risked life in KL title fight Pacquiao’s performance against Matthysse, however, showed no signs of it as he obliterated the Argentine, who was knocked down thrice and lasted for only seven rounds.“I really wanted to win this fight and I challenged myself so much in training that I pushed myself to the maximum limits of my body,” said Pacquiao. “I always knew that training hardest makes every fight easier.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I feel fine. I feel great. I thank God for giving me strength everyday and keeping me protected through all the years of my life. Winning by knockout over Matthysse was a bonus,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao.READ: Pacquiao heart ailment almost canceled fightFEATURED 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’The report also said Pacquiao went against the doctors’ order and that the Matthysse fight nearly got canceled because of the eight-division champion’s heart problems.Pacquiao admitted he underwent medical and physical checkup a week before the bout but added that it’s normal for athletes to have themselves checked heading into a competition.last_img read more

Phoenix happy to have ‘high-risk, high-reward’ Abueva on board

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He’s gonna make mistakes just like everybody else but what’s important here is we’re gonna support him and I’m sure he’s gonna bring it back tenfolds to us,” said Robinson, who steered undefeated Lyceum to its seventh straight win in the NCAA Season 94.Robinson, who served as assistant coach at Alaska from 2012 to 2017, said he’s already spoken with Abueva, who only played five games for the Aces in the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup.“I just talked to him earlier and I told him, ‘You have to be grateful for what Alaska has given you. So what’s important now is the opportunity that lies ahead. You have to learn from the mistakes that you’ve committed during the six years of your basketball with Alaska,’ so hopefully, he’s gonna be a different man right now.”Phoenix hasn’t made the playoffs since the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup where it got blown out by San Miguel Beer in the quarterfinals.Robinson believes Abueva’s arrival will turn the Fuel Masters’ fortunes around.“That’s one thing for sure. Calvin is always gonna be a high risk, high reward player so as long as we’re gonna play our cards right, I’m sure we’re gonna benefit from this trade.” Phoenix on Tuesday acquired Abueva from Alaska in exchange for point guard Karl Dehesa and the rights to the 2019 first round pick.“I’m sure Calvin will bring a lot of excitement into our team. You gotta love this guy. He’s looking for a home right now and we’re just happy that Phoenix is gonna be his new home,” Robinson told INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.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’READ: Alaska trades Calvin Abueva to Phoenix The Fuel Masters won’t be entirely new for Abueva as he reunites with Robinson, head coach Louie Alas and veteran guard RJ Jazul, all of whom were part of the Aces before. Alaska decided to part ways with Abueva after six years.The 30-year-old Abueva was instrumental in the Aces’ championship run in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup and several other finals appearances.READ: Suspended from Alaska, Abueva shows up at Gilas practiceBut it wasn’t a smooth ride for Abueva, whose personal issues affected his career with Alaska.Two months ago, the Aces suspended Abueva indefinitely for going AWOL.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Backed into a corner, Beermen out to fight harder to extend PBA finals Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Phoenix took a chance in trading for embattled forward Calvin Abueva and assistant coach Topex Robinson has no doubt the Fuel Masters will be rewarded.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PetroGazz out to stretch run vs Ateneo

first_img“I am a strict leader, yes, but at the same I also work to keep the team in an uplifting mood always,” she added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Fierce rivals take the court as Eagles battle Archers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES BanKo Perlas, which is also on a winning run, hopes momentum will help push it past Adamson, which has yet to register a triumph after two starts.Angels team captain Stephanie Mercado credited hard work for her team’s new-found intensity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We worked very hard to get used to the system of our coach (Jerry Yee) and so far we are doing very well,” said Mercado.But Mercado, daughter of Filipino track legend Lydia de Vega, said they also try to have fun inside the court. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ PetroGazz looks to extend its winning streak even as Ateneo and BanKo Perlas stake their unbeaten slates Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Riding the crest of back-to-back wins, PetroGazz will take on an Ateneo side hoping to score its second victory at 4 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Perasol, UP still confident of Final 4 chances despite heartbreaker to Adamson

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Despite witnessing Sean Manganti rip the heart out of the Fighting Maroons in their 80-72 loss last Sunday, UP head coach Bo Perasol remained positive of his team’s chances of entering the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.“I’m really positive about our chances,” said Perasol. “The way we see our players played, how we played is just a sign of immaturity as a group, but I told them this is not the time to think about that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP had a chance to take the no. 4 spot in the standings had it completed its ill-fated comeback attempt against the Soaring Falcons.The Fighting Maroons were down 67-48 at one point in the second half before going on a frenzied 22-7 run that cut the deficit to 74-70. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korean World Cup footballer banned over military service fakes Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But that was when Manganti stepped in.Manganti found himself open at the right wing and his three-pointer with 1:14 left for the dagger, giving them a 77-70 lead.Perasol said they have to quickly recover on the soul-crushing loss and get as much wins in their remaining three games.“This is the time to do something, for us to really have a chance for the Final Four,” said Perasol. “Whether we’re immature or mature enough, it doesn’t matter. We need to do something to win the next game, the next, and the next.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college University of the Philippines isn’t giving up its fight just yet.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Marvin Williams’ 7 3-pointers lift Hornets past Pistons

first_imgThe Hornets opened a 15-point lead in the third quarter behind 13 points by Williams.But Pistons would cut the lead to three with five minutes left in the game after the Hornets missed their first eight shots of the fourth quarter.Enter Lamb.Lamb, who beat the Pistons on a last-second jumper 10 days ago, shook off a cold shooting night and scored on a driving left-handed layup and then buried a deep 3-pointer.Walker then connected on back-to-back 3s, the first coming after shaking off a defender. Walker even seemed to impress himself, smiling wide and holding his hands over his head mouthing the words “Oh my!” After his second, he ran back down the court lifting his legs high in the air while pumping his arms, knowing he had all but sealed the game.TIP-INSPistons: Bench was outscored 36-23. … Shot 23.5 percent from 3-point range. .. Only made 14 of 22 free throws.Hornets: Cody Zeller fouled out with 4:17 left and the Hornets leading 83-78. … Michael Kidd-Gilchrist had 12 points and Willy Hernangomez had 11 off the bench.NOT UP TO SATISFACTIONPistons coach Dwane Casey wasn’t pleased with his team’s effort. The 13-year veteran found his shooting stroke on Friday night, making a career-high 7 of 11 shots from beyond the arc on the way to a season-high 24 points as the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season, 98-86.“He was sniping tonight,” teammate Jeremy Lamb said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe Hornets skipped their morning shootaround, and Williams said he reported to the game feeling fresh.Detroit’s Reggie Bullock said the Pistons suffered defensive breakdowns in guarding Williams. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Charlotte Hornets’ Kemba Walker (15) reacts after making a 3-point basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Friday, Dec. 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — When asked about the last time he made seven 3-pointers in a game, Marvin Williams paused for several seconds and then finally responded, “High school?”That was a long time ago for the 32-year-old Williams.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img “He’s a pick-and-popper,” Bullock said. “We’ve just got to be able to rotate to him quicker or whatever we want to do to be able to get to him a lot quicker. He had a lot of open looks and he was shooting pretty quick, so we just have to do better with our switches or peel-backs or whatever we call it to be able to get back to shooters.”When Hornets coach James Borrego speaks of Williams, he normally uses one word: pro.“He’s at the core of who we are,” Borrego said. “I’m really proud of him, he shot the ball well and his teammates were looking for him. He was locked and loaded tonight.”Kemba Walker finished with 22 points on 9-of-17 shooting and hit two 3-pointers down the stretch to seal Charlotte’s second straight win at home. The Hornets moved back ahead of the Pistons for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.Blake Griffin had 23 points, and Andre Drummond had 17 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 39 percent from the floor and scored their fewest points of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Our give-a-crap level was very low,” Casey said. “For a very important game like tonight, when you are a winner you come out and take this game and come ready to fight. I’ll take the blame for it. I didn’t get our team ready enough to come out and compete and fight.”DEFENSE STEPS UPBorrego said it was his team’s best defensive effort of the season.“We found a group of men that’s committed to the defensive end these last two games,” Borrego said. “Four fast-break points for them, 46 points in the paint, I think that was our low for the season for opponent points at 86. … I think we made a lot strides defensively these last few days and that’s what’s got to sustain us, competing on both ends of the floor.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday.Hornets: Visit the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kawhi Leonard scores 37 as Raptors beat Cavslast_img read more