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Alab Pilipinas captures ABL championship with Game 5 win

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 MONO VAMPIRE 92 – Singletary 32, Deguara 24, Zamar 19, Brickman 9, Chanthachon 6, Apiromvilaichai 2, Ananti 0, Boonyai 0, Khunkhandin 0, Klahan 0, Phuangla 0, Sunthonsiri 0.Quarters: 27-14, 54-45, 82-61, 102-92.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ FEU gains experience as it goes down swinging vs La Salle San Miguel Alab became the third team from the Philippines to rule the regional tilt, following the footsteps of Philippine Patriots in 2010 and San Miguel Beermen in 2013.Renaldo Balkman completed his road to redemption with a dominant 32-point, nine-rebound, six-assist, and two-steal performance in the title-clincher.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 crownJustin Brownlee also fueled the championship drive with a near-triple-double of 24 points, 12 boards, and nine assists to make up for the foul-plagued outing of back-to-back ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks Jr., who wound up with 13 points, four assists, and two rebounds.The triumph also capped off  Jimmy Alapag’s amazing season as rookie coach, with the Philippine team starting the campaign at 0-3 and battling the odds to help the country reclaim its place on top in the region. Alab Pilipinas imports Justin Brownlee and Renaldo Balkman.STA. ROSA — After a shaky start, San Miguel Alab Pilipinas ended its season in a blaze of glory.The Filipino side etched their name in the history books after winning the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League title with a 102-92 Game 5 triumph over Mono Vampire at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Balkman had eight quick points to spark the hot 14-4 start for the Filipinos, who extended the lead to 39-23 with a Brownlee triple midway in the second quarter.Mono fought back and trimmed the lead down to five, 54-49, with a Darongpan Apiromvilaichai bucket, but Alab immediately doused the rally and broke the game wide open.A 27-7 tear pushed the Filipinos’ lead to as much as 25, 81-56, on Balkman slam late in the third frame and they were never threatened from there.Mike Singletary paced Mono Vampire in the defeat with 32 points, eight rebounds, and four assists while man mountain Sam Deguara registered 24 points and 18 boards.The Scores:SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 102 – Balkman 32, Brownlee 24, Parks 13, Domingo 9, Raymundo 9, Javelona 7, Urbiztondo 5, Hontiveros 3, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Maierhofer 0, Sumalinog 0.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Valdez, beefed-up Creamline test mettle of Petro Gazz

first_imgTime to step up “I’m excited to play because we have a good team, a very good one,” said Valdez, who missed key games last year after suiting up for 3BB Nakornnont in Thailand and Attack Line in Chinese Taipei and the national team.“We know it’s going to be a tough season because all the teams are really strong. But our goal is to win the championship and we will do our best to win it,” said Valdez.Creamline and Petro Gazz duel at 4 p.m., right after the 2 p.m. showdown between Tacloban and PayMaya.As supercharged as the Creamline roster is, Petro Gazz doesn’t exactly lag in talent.Aside from Mercado, coach Jerry Yee will have the likes of Wensh Tiu, Chie Saet, Djanel Cheng, Cai Nepomuceno and Ranya Musa. Reinforcing the squad are Kadi Kullerkann of Estonia and Anastasia Trach of Ukraine.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steph Mercado didn’t have to think too hard about the team she is most excited to face in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. As one of the leading stars of new team Petro Gazz, Mercado immediately set her sights on a formidable foe.“It’s Creamline,” she said.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Partly, she admitted, it’s because Creamline is the Angels’ first assignment in their very first foray into club volleyball. But Mercado also wants a stern measure of how Petro Gazz will fare this conference.“Two of my former teammates will be suiting up for them,” Mercado said, referring to former La Salle stars Michelle Gumabao and Melissa Gohing. “That’s two added guns to a team that’s already competitive and that’s been preparing intensely for this tournament.”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 crownGumabao and Gohing beef up a Creamline squad that will be powered by a very determined Alyssa Valdez, who shelved plans to play abroad as an import specifically to help the Cool Smashers nail a first championship.Valdez will be armed to the teeth for that mission. Aside from Gumabao and Gohing, the Cool Smashers will field former Ateneo star Jia Morado, NU standout Risa Sato, veteran Pau Soriano and imports Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand and Nikolina Asceric of Serbia. View commentslast_img read more

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Cavs’ Love, Thompson avoid suspension for Game 1 altercation

first_imgLATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Over 1,200 Triathletes Set to Race 226 Kilometers in First Ironman Philippines Cleveland Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson, facing, confronts Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, second from bottom left, during overtime of Game 1 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, May 31, 2018. The Warriors won 124-114. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, California — J.R. Smith’s blunder, a disputed replay overturn and a key missed free throw dealt the Cleveland Cavaliers an emotionally crushing loss in an opener of the NBA Finals that was ripe to be taken away from the defending champion Golden State Warriors.They finally got a bit of good news during a day off Friday when the NBA determined that Cleveland big men Tristan Thompson and Kevin Love wouldn’t be suspended for Game 2 on Sunday night for their roles in a late-game brawl.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I just think, especially when a game has been as hard-fought as that one, you don’t like to see emotions spilling over at the end,” commissioner Adam Silver said before executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe announced the penalties.“You don’t like to see the chippiness. It didn’t from my standpoint necessarily get out of hand in that game, but I’ve been around this game long enough to know that even guys with best intentions, when provoked, they can easily cross a line that you don’t want them to cross.”Everyone is still trying to figure out what went on in the final minute of regulation in Game 1. It started after LeBron James converted a three-point play to give Cleveland a 104-102 lead with 50 seconds left.James appeared to draw a charge on Durant. But officials went to the replay to see if James was in the restricted area, which would make it a block. While James was clearly outside the restricted area, officials also had the chance to review whether James was in legal guarding position and changed the call to a block because they determined he turned his body and moved into Durant.Then the game really went off the rails when George Hill got fouled with 4.6 seconds left and the Cavs trailing by one. He made the first free throw to tie it, missed the second.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments Smith grabbed the offensive rebound, but instead of putting it back up or passing to an open James up top, he dribbled toward half court and threw a pass, running out the clock.Coach Tyronn Lue said after the game that Smith though the Cavs were ahead, although Smith said he knew the game was tied and was waiting for a timeout to be called. Lue said he talked to Smith about what happened, but wouldn’t give an explanation.Lue expects a big bounce-back performance in Game 2.“J.R. can shake off anything, and when everybody tends to count J.R. out, that’s when he comes through,” Lue said. “So he’s definitely going to start again. He’s a big part of what we do. That last play is over, it’s behind us, and now we’ve got to move on.”Hill said he couldn’t sleep last night, reliving the missed free throw.“I felt like the team did a great job. Put ourselves in a (position) to win the game. Me not hitting the free throw, I feel like cost our team the win. And I dealt with that last night,” he said. “We’re moving on as a team. We blew our chance, blew our opportunity. But we’ve got to focus on Game 2 now. It being one of the worst losses, got to kind of put it behind you now.”The Warriors had some questions of their own in terms of availability for Game 2. Klay Thompson, who briefly left the series opener after Smith slid into his left leg, said he is still sore but feeling much better, and he doesn’t expect any issues for Sunday.Andre Iguodala remains doubtful as he tries to recover from a bone bruise in his left knee that has sidelined him for the past five games. Coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala is improving each day but still not expected to be healthy enough for Game 2.Kerr’s bigger concern is figuring out a way to make things tougher on James after he scored 51 points on 19-for-32 shooting in the opener, when he was able to repeatedly drive to the basket.“I didn’t think we were very good against him last night,” Kerr said. “I thought he was spectacular, but I didn’t think we made it that difficult for him. That’s always the challenge when you play a great player. There is this balance between accepting that he’s going to get his numbers, but making it difficult. I never felt like we got him out of any sort of comfort zone last night.” 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 award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? The incident started in the closing seconds of Cleveland’s 124-114 overtime loss Thursday night when Thompson was called for a flagrant 2 foul against Shaun Livingston. Thompson was ejected and then shoved the ball into Draymond Green’s face before leaving the court.READ: Cavs feel ‘robbed’ after Warriors win NBA Finals opener 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 NBA fined Thompson $25,000 for failing to leave the court in a timely fashion and for his interaction with Green but downgraded the foul to a flagrant 1.Love left the bench to argue the flagrant call and was on the court when the altercation started. But the league determined he didn’t warrant a suspension because he returned to the bench immediately. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Ronaldo begins World Cup preparations amid Madrid doubts

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ “He is very strong mentally,” Portugal midfielder Joao Moutinho said. “This is not going to affect any of our players. We are all focused on what we need to do here with the national team. It’s the only thing that matters.”Ronaldo joined Portugal later than the other players because of the Champions League final.The defending European champions have already played two World Cup warmup matches, drawing with Tunisia 2-2 and with Belgium 0-0. The team’s final friendly will be against Algeria on Thursday, when Ronaldo will likely be available to boost the attack.A five-time world player of the year, Ronaldo has a contract with Madrid until 2021. But he and his agents could be seeking a salary increase in a market that has boomed since Neymar’s record transfer from Barcelona to Paris Saint-Germain.Madrid president Florentino Perez has always made Ronaldo a priority, and this time his importance to the club could be even greater after coach Zinedine Zidane decided to quit and with Gareth Bale also possibly on his way out.ADVERTISEMENT Since Ronaldo’s comments after the Champions League final, there have been widespread rumors about him joining PSG or returning to Manchester United.Last year’s report in Portuguese media said Ronaldo’s decision to leave Madrid was “irreversible,” but he continued with the Spanish club and helped it win a fourth Champions League title in five seasons.Ronaldo has not hidden his discontentment with the tax fraud accusations in Spain. Last week, not long after he hinted his time with Madrid was over, reports emerged in Spanish media that his offer to make a deal with the country’s tax authorities had been rejected, handing him another disappointing setback.Ronaldo was accused of defrauding tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($17.1 million) from 2011-14. Prosecutors accused him of using a shell company in the Virgin Islands to hide the true amount of income made from image rights, among other irregularities, to reduce the amount of tax he paid.Ronaldo and his agents have denied any wrongdoing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump calls off Eagles visit over anthem dispute Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls For the second straight year, Ronaldo linking with the national team is being marred by talks about his club. The same thing happened before the Confederations Cup, when a Portuguese daily published a report saying Ronaldo wanted to leave Real Madrid after being accused of tax fraud in Spain.This time, it was Ronaldo himself who raised doubts about his future, saying moments after the Champions League final that it “was very beautiful” to have played with the Spanish club.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 crownRonaldo said he would reveal his future plans when he joined the national team, and that time has arrived, putting the spotlight on the star forward and not so much on Portugal’s World Cup preparations.Ronaldo practiced on Monday but didn’t speak to the media. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gestures during a team training session, in Oeiras, outside Lisbon, Monday, June 4 2018. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)Surrounded by doubts about his future at Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo is bringing some unwanted distraction to Portugal ahead of the World Cup.Ronaldo joined Portugal’s squad on Monday, with just about everyone wondering what he will say about his situation with Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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. View commentslast_img read more

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Neymar admits exaggerated reactions at World Cup in ad

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? “You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch,” Neymar said in the ad sponsored by personal care products maker Gillette.Since Brazil’s elimination, Neymar only spoke about the defeat in Russia via Instagram. In the ad he tried to explain why he did not speak right after the Belgium game, which fostered even more criticism of his behavior at home.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’“When I leave without giving interviews it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated,” the player said.Neymar said his football style is akin to a boy’s that “sometime charms the world, sometimes irritates the whole world.” ″I fight to keep that boy alive inside of me, but not on the pitch,” he said. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Michael Andrew caps breakout US Nationals with 50 free win On July 20, at his first public appearance after the World Cup, Neymar did not talk about his exaggerations. Instead, he said he wasn’t upset with critics that made fun of his theatrics in Russia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ “You may think I fall too much,” Neymar continued. “But the truth is I did not fall. I fell apart,” he said, in a reference to Brazil’s quarter-finals elimination against Belgium. “That hurts more than any step on an operated ankle.”The piece ends with Neymar’s pledge to be a new man less than a month after Brazil was knocked out of the World Cup.“I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man,” Neymar said. “I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up.”Neymar ends his ad asking fans to make a choice.“You can keep casting stones. Or throw these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with me,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew AP PhotoSAO PAULO — Neymar used a sponsor’s ad to admit he exaggerated some of his reactions after being fouled during the World Cup in Russia. The video, published Sunday and broadcast on several Brazilian TV networks, features the striker accepting criticism for the first time and promising to pick himself up.The striker scored two goals in the tournament and was not too disappointing until his team got knocked out by Belgium in the quarter-finals, but fans and players have spoken much more about his theatrics on the pitch, which included dives, rolling and frequent arguing with referees.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Butchered plans for Azkals

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Azkals manager Dan Palami expressed confidence that Cooper can whip the Azkals into form heading into the two major tournaments.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 FILE — Philippine Azkals Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netIt was over before it all even began. And now, the Philippine Azkals are left to pick up the pieces and move on.Sources said the Philippine Football Federation (PFF) and Azkals management are seriously considering Aris Caslib as a replacement for Terry Butcher, who abruptly quit his post as coach of the men’s national football team Friday, before he even handled a single game.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Caslib was also the last Filipino coach to handle the Azkals in 2009 and is expected to be a transition mentor while team manager Dan Palami and the PFF come up with a short list of possible replacements for Butcher.In the aftermath of the resignation, Palami said Scott Cooper would handle team preparations for upcoming tournaments, but Palami and the PFF will still have to look for a coach who will run the team during tournaments because Cooper doesn’t have the AFC equivalent of a pro license.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’A source said the team is not expected to be disrupted too much in its preparations despite the resignation because Cooper was actually the initial choice for the Azkals top post.His lack of accreditation, though, paved the way for the hiring of former England skipper Butcher, who jolted the country early Friday by announcing his resignation. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Aussies lead Ironman field Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 59-year-old, who was appointed in mid-June replacing Thomas Dooley, said in a statement: “The vital issue for myself was to carefully build a robust plan to meet the football ambitions of the national team.”“Regretfully, I’ve not been able to make this work in the way that I intended and I’ve decided not to continue in this role.”Butcher was expected to arrive in Manila next week to lay the groundwork of the Azkals’ preparations for the AFF Suzuki Cup in November and the AFC Asian Cup in January next year.“We understand and respect his decision,” Palami said. “But in Scott Cooper, we also have another brilliant football mind who can help us lay the groundwork in building a strong team for the next two tournaments.”Irishman Cooper will now temporarily take over the buildup of the team that starts with a camp in Bahrain on the first week of September.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Nurmagomedov returns to hero’s welcome, blasts ‘dimwit’ McGregor

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ READ: Melee at UFC 229 after Nurmagomedov chokes out McGregorExcited by Nurmagomedov’s appearance, hundreds of his compatriots broke through lines of stewards and pushed their way onto the pitch, trying to get as close as possible to the champion.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“Thank you, brothers,” replied Nurmagomedov, who showed off his champion’s belt to the crowd.On Saturday Nurmagomedov defended his Ultimate Fighting Championship world title after putting McGregor in a brutal chokehold and forcing the Irish superstar to ‘tap out’ during a fourth round submission. UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov of Russia raises his champions belt upon the arrival in Makhachkala on October 8, 2018. Nurmagomedov defeated Conor McGregor of Ireland in their UFC lightweight championship bout by way of submission during the UFC 229 event inside T-Mobile Arena on October 6, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. / AFP PHOTO / Vasily MAXIMOVRussia’s Khabib Nurmagomedov said he had “shut up that dimwit” Conor McGregor as he lapped up a hero’s welcome on his return to his native Dagestan following the successful defense of his UFC lightweight crown against the Irishman.“Khabib! Khabib!” a crowd of some 20,000 fans chanted to welcome the unbeaten champion in an arena in the town of Kaspiysk, 14 kilometers from Dagestan’s main city of Makhachkala.ADVERTISEMENT UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown PLAY LIST 01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Senegal picked as first African host for Youth Olympics Although eventually awarded his championship belt, the Russian is still awaiting confirmation of whether he will receive 1.5 million dollars prize money following a post-fight fracas that saw him jump over the octagon and attack one of McGregor’s training partners, Dillon Danis.A dramatic free-for-all ensued, with members of Nurmagomedov’s entourage jumping into the octagon to attack McGregor as stunned officials battled to restore order.It proved a dramatic climax to weeks of media posturing between the bitter rivals, during which the brash Irishman stoked the flames through a series of insults about Nurmagomedov’s family and his Muslim religion.READ: McGregor late for pre-fight presser, Nurmagomedov not in mood to waitAs security tried to quell the chaos in the crowd, the exhausted McGregor eventually departed in a huddle of security personnel.Nurmagomedov was also hustled out surrounded by security officers as the pro-McGregor crowd jeered and threw drinks at him.The UFC chief Dana White refused to hand Nurmagomedov his belt in the Octagon, saying he feared it would further inflame the crowd.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Khabib Nurmagomedov, right, is pushed back by referee Herb Dean after fighting Conor McGregor, bottom, during a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)It took his unbeaten professional record to 27-0 and 11-0 in UFC bouts.“I’d prayed to the Almighty every day not to have injuries, for it all happen,” Nurmagomedov said.“I wanted to shut up that dimwit up to prove the difference between our people and his people.“Nobody can break us, our people have a great history,” he boasted. “Hopefully, I’ve justified your expectations.”READ: UFC champ could face fine, suspension for post-fight fracasADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Magnolia Hotshots rout Alaska Aces in PBA Finals opener

first_imgPBA IMAGESMagnolia hardly showed any effects of rust but it wasn’t the case for Alaska in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals Wednesday night.The Hotshots opened the game with 15 unanswered points en route to a masterful 100-84 win before a sizeable crowd at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Despite UAAP Finals loss, UP Maroons ‘champions in our own right’ View comments LATEST STORIES Magnolia responded immediately thanks to Barroca, who hit a scoop layup off the timeout, got a steal then, hit a backbreaking triple from the left corner that stretched his team’s lead back to 13, 89-76, with 3:47 remaining.He actually had a hand in every point scored in the Hotshots’ 9-0 spurt.Mike Harris paced the Aces with 20 points but he cooled off in the second half where he only had three. He also collected 15 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.Game 2 is on Friday night at Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “We’re happy to win this Game 1, but it’s only the start and after tonight, we need to prepare hard again tomorrow,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero. “There is another game on Friday and again, our mindset is going to be the same as today, another do-or-die.”Romeo Travis led the way for Magnolia with 29 points, 13 rebounds and five assists while Mark Barroca added 16, including seven points in a pivotal 9-0 run inside the final five minutes that put the Aces away for good.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 ChrissBarroca also had six steals while his backcourt partner Jio Jalalon was all over the floor to finish with seven points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and four steals.The Hotshots led by as much as 21 before the Aces mounted one last rally to pull within eight with a little over four minutes left. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Meggie Ochoa and her Fight to Protect

first_imgOchoa knows the grim reality that even though child sexual violence is a prevailing problem, it’s not a constant topic in the public consciousness and this is where “Fight to Protect” hopes to make a difference. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title While it had been a productive year for her in jiujitsu, it’s her advocacy outside the mat that speaks volumes of her heroism.Ochoa launched the campaign “Fight to Protect” to help spread awareness on child sexual violence in the Philippines.“We need to work together because the issue is so bad and it so complex,” said Ochoa in a previous Inquirer special report. “What we really need to do is ‘Fight to Protect’ Filipino children.”READ: Her biggest fight The United Nations international Children’s Emergency Fund (Unicef) in 2016 tagged the Philippines as the world epicenter of online child pornography and sexual trade.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MANILA, Philippines—Meggie Ochoa’s exploits on and off the mat were hard to miss, making her campaign this year no.3 in INQUIRER.net’s top 7 sports stories of 2018.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s an awareness campaign to get people talking about the issue,” said Ochoa. “I really believe that anyone can do something—no matter how big or small—to help.”RELATED STORIESINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: SMC sweep INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Manny Pacquiao back as champINQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: #UPFight INQUIRER SPORTS Top 7 Stories of the Year: Ateneo-San Beda dominanceRELATED VIDEO 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 award LATEST STORIES After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk James Yap inks 3-year extension with Rain or Shine Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ochoa made history when she nabbed the gold medal in the 49-kilogram division in the JiuJitsu World Championship in late November in Malmö, Sweden.The Filipino martial artist was the first in the country and in Asian to win the top prize jiujitsu worlds after she defeated Canada’s Ni Ni Vicky Hoang, 2-0, in the final.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 ChrissREAD: Meggie Ochoa makes history, wins gold in World ChampionshipsShe also won gold in the JiuJitsu World Tour in March and another third-place finish in the Asian Games in Indonesia in September. “A lot of times, sexual abuse leads to depression or sometimes, if it’s not addressed, the child even becomes the perpetrator in the future when they grow up,” said Ochoa. “So it becomes this whole vicious cycle, that will lead to other social problems.”READ: Jiu-jitsu star Meggie Ochoa launches ‘Fight to Protect’ movement vs child sexual abuse Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcialast_img read more

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Roger Pogoy replaces Scottie Thompson in Gilas lineup vs Kazakhstan

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRoger Pogoy will officially make his return to the Philippine team on Sunday in a must-win duel against Kazakhstan in the sixth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.Pogoy missed Gilas Pilipinas’ last five games due to suspension for his participation in the brawl against Australia last July.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Jeremy Miado stopped by Dejdamrong in rematch Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The TNT swingman replaced Barangay Ginebra guard Scottie Thompson in the 12-man lineup.Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Poy Erram, Mark Barroca, Marcio Lassiter, Paul Lee, Troy Rosario and Thirdy Ravena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGilas is coming off a rousing 84-46 win over Qatar on Friday.Blatche led the way with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two steals and two blocks. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img read more

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