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Barcelona closes transfer market with whimper

first_imgKyrie Irving says trade request was about optimizing his potential But the midnight deadline to acquire new players in la Liga struck before Barcelona could pry away Coutinho or find a similar talent to help its attack. Media reports had speculated that Barcelona was also interested in Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria and Juventus playmaker Paulo Dybala.The only activity at Camp Nou on Friday was Barcelona’s agreement to loan forward Munir El Haddadi to fellow Spanish club Alaves. He played on loan at Valencia last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutFernandez had also said it was likely that other players would leave the club. But midfielder Arda Turan and the disappointing Andre Gomes both stayed put.Barcelona announced late on Friday that Fernandez and club official Albert Soler would hold a press conference on Saturday, apparently to explain what went wrong in the transfer window. Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Valencia beat the clock with two late loan deals, securing the arrival of Andreas Pereira from Manchester United and winger Goncalo Guedes from PSG.Espanyol brought back former players Sergi Darder and Sergio Sanchez. Darder came from Lyon on a one-season loan deal that included an option to buy the midfielder for €8 million ($9.5 million). Sanchez, a defender, was loaned by Rubin Kazan.Ecuador forward Jefferson Montero joined promoted club Getafe on loan from Swansea.Athletic Bilbao struck a future deal for Eibar’s Ander Capa to change Basque Country clubs next summer. Bilbao said it paid €3 million ($3.5 million) for Capa, who agreed to a four-year contract starting in July 2018. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brazil’s Philippe Coutinho, center, runs with the ball as Ecuador’s Juan Cazeres, left, looks on during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)BARCELONA, Spain — Instead of a promised player to help fill the hole left by Neymar, Barcelona made no signings on the final day of the summer transfer market in Spain.Barcelona had been after Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho for weeks, and on Monday Barcelona’s sports director Robert Fernandez said the club wanted to bring in “one or possibly two players” before the transfer window shut on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension The failure to sign Coutinho or another top-notch playmaker caps an awful month for Barcelona, which started when Neymar bolted for PSG after the French club triggered his buyout clause by paying a world record fee of €222 million ($262 million).Barcelona was able to reinvest part of that payout in France winger Ousmane Dembele and Brazil midfielder Paulinho. Paulinho cost €40 million ($47 million). Dembele’s final cost could reach 147 million euros (about $173 million), making him the third most expensive transfer after Neymar and PSG’s new signing Kylian Mbappe.Business was scant across Spain.Sevilla, a Champions League club, acquired Johannes Geis on loan from Schalke 04 with an option to purchase the midfielder.Forward Loic Remy left Chelsea and signed a two-year contract with Las Palmas. The Canary Islands club also got Moroccan international Oussame Tannane on loan from Saint Etienne.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:13Neymar: ‘I couldn’t look at a football’ after the World Cup01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

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Astros return to Houston for 1st game since Harvey

first_imgA fan holds a sign during the national anthem before the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the New York Mets, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — Baseball returned to Houston on Saturday with the Astros giving the flood-ravaged city a few hours of entertainment at the end of a terrible and trying week.The Astros beat the New York Mets 12-8 in a doubleheader opener, the first professional sporting event in the city since Hurricane Harvey.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They were hit very hard,” Harden said. “So for me to spend time, take pictures and make them smile and let them feel me and feel my energy. That means more than anything. So I’m here and just to see these people smiling when they just got hit hard, it means the world.”One of the people Harden met on Saturday was 14-year-old Ja-Miya Riles, who couldn’t stop grinning after getting a selfie with the Rockets star.“I love basketball. Basketball is just everything. So I was really excited about it,” she said.Ja-Miya, her grandmother Rachial Riles and 11-month old sister Kyler Riles arrived at the convention center on Saturday after water in the walls of their apartment created mold which landed both girls in the hospital for respiratory problems. The doctors told Rachial they couldn’t go back to the apartment or they’d get sick again, so she brought the family to the convention center to find help.“We didn’t have anywhere else to go,” Rachial said. “I’m here trying to find a place to stay.”Rachial was tending to Kyler and didn’t see Ja-Miya with Harden, but beamed when she learned her granddaughter got to meet one of her favorite players.“It’s really just a mood booster after what happened and everything that’s going on with Hurricane Harvey,” Ja-Miya said. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC PLAY LIST 01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “I hope it provides a smile or two,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. “I hope it provides a break from what’s going through these people’s minds. To keep it in perspective we’re a baseball team. We’re going to do our part. We’re going to try to help return to normalcy and a normal weekend in September has a lot of Astros baseball involved.”The team honored first responders in a pre-game ceremony and played a video with dozens of tweets documenting the heroic work of people across the area in the wake of the storm. First responders were also given tickets to the game and two Coast Guard members were stopped from getting to their seats after entering the ballpark as about a dozen fans lined up to shake their hands and thank them for their work.Season-ticket holders Susan Welbes and her daughter Sarah stood in the stands and held signs that read “Houston Strong.” They came out of the storm OK, but walked around the ballpark before the game making sure all the ushers and concession workers they know were OK, too.“I think today is the first day in a week that we’ve felt normal,” Susan said. “It’s just been so surreal watching what has been happening to our city for the last week and we’re just so glad (to be here). This is our happy place … we can watch baseball and we can forget about everything that’s been going on just a little bit.”While the Astros played on Saturday, Houston Rockets star James Harden spent time at the convention center with Turner and announced that he’s donating $1 million to hurricane relief. He caused a stir as he walked through the shelter hugging babies and taking selfie after selfie with evacuees.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments “After the week that we’ve gone through people … need a sign that tomorrow will be better than today,” Houston mayor Sylvester Turner said. “No better way to do that than for the Astros to play ball. This is a city that regardless of our challenges we play ball.”The crowd of 30,319 included victims of the storm who were staying yards away at the George R. Brown Convention Center, which is the city’s biggest shelter and is housing more than 9,000 people. The Astros provided 5,000 tickets to each game for the mayor’s office to distribute at the convention center.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“A number of these people that are here are in our shelters,” Turner said. “They need something to cheer for. A few years ago people counted the Astros out, now they’re contenders for the World Series. A few days ago people counted the city of Houston out. Well no better symbol than the Astros (and) that’s why we’re playing ball today.”The Astros wore patches on the upper left side of their jerseys with the team logo and the word “STRONG” in block letters as a tribute to those affected by the storm. 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Bolts bounce back

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “All of a sudden he is telling me how to coach mine.”Cone talked briefly to his players inside the locker room and left the venue without dropping by the press room.The Bolts pounded out the victory despite losing Ranidel de Ocampo early to a calf injury, which Black thinks is so severe that he already announced that the veteran power forward will be out for the rest of the series.“Moving forward, we will go to war with the pieces that we have,” Black said. “It will be tough.”Hugnatan, after averaging just over six minutes in the first two games of the series, took over when De Ocampo limped out and hit 7-for-12 from three-point range to complement Durham’s inside game.ADVERTISEMENT Ateneo rips NU Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Allen Durham did practically everything in the endgame for the Bolts, and Reynel Hugnatan stepped up at a time he was most needed as Meralco pulled away in the stretch to chop down the Gin Kings’ once-imposing lead to 2-1.Durham finished with 38 points and 20 rebounds to lead Meralco. He scored 13 in the fourth to keep the Bolts’ championship hopes afloat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutColor developed between coaches Norman Black and Tim Cone when the Ginebra mentor refused to shake Black’s hand after the game, obviously in protest to a Meralco timeout with 38 seconds left and the outcome already beyond doubt.It could be the additional fuel added to the fire for both teams, as Black, when asked to talk about the incident, said: “We all know that he is the all-time leader in (championship) wins and I have never in my life told him how to coach his team. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco held it together for a change and made the best-of-seven series for the PBA Governors’ Cup championship close again with a 94-81 Game 3 victory over Barangay Ginebra on Wednesday night.And the plot thickened for Friday’s Game 4 as both coaches didn’t shake hands as they exited the Smart Araneta Coliseum court.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games He finished with 22 points after making just two in the first two games, and earned praise from Black.“Game becomes a lot easier if we make shots,” Black said. “And Reynel did a good job spacing the floor for AD (Durham) by making a lot of three-pointers for us.”Meralco limited Ginebra import Justin Brownlee to just 15 points with a defense that also forced 19 turnovers. Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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LeBron: ‘It’s been a while since I had a guy who can score and create for others’

first_imgNewly acquired guards Derrick Rose and Dwyane Wade could have filled the gaps, but it seems like age and injuries have caught up with them.The team is also missing the services of proven scorer and playmaker Isaiah Thomas, who continues to be out with a hip injury. The diminutive point guard is expected to return to action in the coming months.Despite the early struggles, James assures the Cavs’ return to form as the season progresses.“I’m in win mode still,” he said.  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 WATCH: LeBron James, Cavaliers take NYC subway John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next View comments De la Hoya: I’d take McGregor in two LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC At 32, James is once again left to shoulder the load for his hometown squad, particularly the massive void in terms of play making.“It’s been a while since I’ve had that clear-cut guy who can get guys involved but also score at the same time,” the three-time NBA champion told Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. “But it’s fine. It’s something that our team will make an adjustment to.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAfter seven straight NBA Finals appearances, James continues to dominate with his beastly numbers this season, with averages of 28.1 points and 7.6 rebounds.The absence of another dependable facilitator also has him averaging career highs in assists, at 8.8 per game. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) slaps hands with forward Jae Crowder (99) and guard JR Smith (5) after he was fouled during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, in Washington. The Cavaliers won 130-122.  AP/Nick WassAlthough LeBron James will not admit it outright, it certainly seems like he misses playing alongside Kyrie Irving.With several key players out nursing injuries, the Cleveland Cavaliers have struggled right out of the gate, currently sitting at 9th place in the Eastern Conference with a 7-7 record.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

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Blatche ‘apologized’ to Gilas for subpar showing, says Reyes

first_imgPhoto by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERNational team coach Chot Reyes isn’t losing sleep with Andray Blatche playing his worst game as a member of Gilas Pilipinas on Monday.The naturalized player only mustered six points on a 2-of-9 shooting from the field, while also committing six turnovers in the Philippines’ 90-83 victory over Chinese Taipei in the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ “It’s really hard that he’s not in sync with our little counters, the little things that we do. We can’t teach everything in five days. You might be able to teach everything but to actually practice it, run it, make it instinct, you can’t get that in five days.”Blatche arrived in the country on November 19, giving him only less than a week to acclimate and blend in with his teammates before Gilas flew to Tokyo and faced Japan.Reyes knows crucial Blatche is to Gilas especially against the big teams like Australia.“We’re not too worried. We’d still rather have Andray than not have him, especially when we play the big teams. We’d still rather have Andray at this point,” he said.The Philippines plays Australia, which is also undefeated at 2-0, next in February. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES “With all the attention Andray is getting, it allows June Mar to operate in the post by himself,” Reyes said.Still, Reyes made it clear that he’s far from satisfied with Blatche’s performance and he is keeping his fingers crossed that the 31-year-old big man will have better conditioning come February for the second leg of the qualifiers.“Hopefully, in the next window, he’s gonna be in better basketball shape. He would have been playing for a couple of months in China, so that should be able to help,” he said.Reyes is also pining for Blatche to have more time with the national team pool.“The key is to get him practicing with us for more than five days, like what happened today.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort But the seasoned mentor added the former NBA veteran was the first to reach out to his teammates after his lackluster showing.“He apologized personally to the team after the game at the dugout tonight. I think we’ve seen the worst of Andray’s games,” said Reyes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBlatche had a forgetful offensive night but he more than made up for his shooting woes on the defensive end, hauling down 15 rebounds and blocking five shots in 28 minutes on the floor.His mere presence alone was also key in helping June Mar Fajardo churn out his best game to date in national team duty, with the four-time PBA MVP posting 17 points, eight rebounds, two assists, and two blocks. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Victor Oladipo scores 26, leads Pacers past Magic Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View comments Read Next MOST READlast_img read more

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Federer advances to Australian Open semifinal against Chung

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “In last game, I think at 40-love … if I win one more point, I make history in Korea. I have to think about the ceremony, something,” he said, explaining how he got slightly ahead of himself. “After deuce, break point. I was like, no, nothing to do with ceremony. But just keep playing — keep focused.”Then he fully embraced the moment, joking in an on-court TV interview, introducing the audience to his parents and his coach, and taking the microphone to speak in Korean to millions of new tennis fans back home.“I think all the people is watching Australian Open now because we make history in Korea,” he said.The No. 58-ranked Chung is the lowest-ranked man to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Marat Safin in 2004. He’s also the youngest to reach the last four at a major since Marin Cilic did it here in 2010.With Chung already through, and Kyle Edmund playing No. 6 Cilic in the other half of the draw, it’s the first time since 1999 that multiple unseeded players have reached the Australian Open semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT The 36-year-old Swiss star overcame a shaky start, dropping his opening service game and uncharacteristically challenging the chair umpire because of a technological fault, before winning 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 on Wednesday night.“I had to get a bit lucky. A bit angry. A bit frustrating maybe at the umpire,” Federer said. “Anyway, glad to get out of that first set. It was key to the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutChung became the first Korean to make a Grand Slam tennis semifinal when he beat No. 97-ranked Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the afternoon match on Rod Laver Arena.The 21-year-old Chung hadn’t let up when upsetting No. 4 Alexander Zverev or six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic en route to the quarterfinals, but he let his guard down in the last game and needed six match points and to fend off two break points to hold off Sandgren. Two women who’ve been to this stage at a Grand Slam before will meet in the last four. One has two major titles, the other still seeks a breakthrough. Top-ranked Simona Halep recovered from an early break to win nine straight games in a 6-3, 6-2 win over No. 6 Karolina Pliskova and set up a semifinal match against 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, who routed U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys 6-1, 6-2.Kerber has been the only Grand Slam singles champion in the women’s draw since her third-round win over Maria Sharapova. Two-time French Open finalist Halep has had a tougher road — having to save match points in a third-round win over Lauren Davis that finished 15-13 in the third — to reach the semifinals at Melbourne Park for the first time.Not that Chung’s run has been routine. His big wins of Zverev and Djokovic have drawn extra attention to a player who last November won the inaugural Next Generation title.He was too consistent for Sandgren, a 26-year-old American who had never won a match at a Grand Slam tournament or beaten a top 10 player until last week.Sandgren’s unexpected surge to the quarterfinals — he beat 2014 champion Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Dominic Thiem en route to the quarterfinals — was overshadowed by heavy scrutiny of his Twitter account and his follows and retweets of far-right activists.Kerber has had no serious distractions on a 14-match winning streak, and is hoping to emulate her breakout year in 2016.She won the Australian and U.S. Open titles two years ago and reached the No. 1 ranking, but slipped into the 20s last year. She didn’t win a title between the 2016 U.S. Open and the Sydney International earlier this month.Seeded 21st, her first three wins were in straight sets but a fourth-round struggle against No. 88 Hsieh Su-wei had commentators wondering if Kerber was in 2016, or 2017 form.She responded with six service breaks against the No. 17-seeded Keys, finishing off the match in 51 minutes and improving her record to seven wins in eight matches against the American.“I am just trying to find the feeling back that I had, like 2016, and just enjoying my time,” Kerber said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Switzerland’s Roger Federer reaches for a backhand return to Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)MELBOURNE, Australia — Roger Federer beat long-time rival Tomas Berdych to set up an Australian Open semifinal against Hyeon Chung, a champion of the so-called Next Generation.Defending champion Federer extended his winning streak to 14 in Australian Open quarterfinals and to nine in a personal duel with Berdych that dates to the 2004 Olympics. The 19-time major winner wins that head-to-head contest 20-6, including all five meetings at Melbourne Park.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Step in the right direction as NLEX finally ends slump

first_imgFor JR Quiñahan, who reunited with Guiao after playing for the Kapampangan coach for seven years with Rain or Shine, said they’re on the process of perfecting their craft if they plan to push for a playoffs spot in the third conference.“Right now we’re in the process, and there will be some changes,” said Quiñahan who had 16 points off the bench for NLEX. “I think he’s still looking for new players and knowing coach Yeng I know we have a big chance to compete come the Governors’ Cup.”Even import Wayne Chism, who won’t play in the Governors’ Cup, is confident NLEX can turn things around.Chism has played under Guiao during their time with the Elasto Painters and after their win against the Aces the former Tennessee Volunteer sees better things for the Road Warriors.“The chemistry is coming along now, it was rough at the beginning but since we added four players and how everything is going, the momentum is starting to change,” said Chism.NLEX traded for Quiñahan, Larry Fonacier, Alex Mallari, and Kenneth Ighalo at the tailend of the Commissioner’s Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend “We have to at least exit this conference with a little bit of pride and this is the best way to do it.”And Guiao’s vision has trickled down to his players.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says Guiao The Road Warriors first realized they can put up a decent fight in the Governors’ Cup when it managed to outscore powerhouse San Miguel in the fourth quarter, 35-25, in a 114-108 losing effort.“This was a huge confidence boost for us,” said guard Kevin Alas who had 11 points against the Aces. “Our game against San Miguel was a big confidence booster for us, and I hope this confidence extends to the next conference.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ NLEX upended Alaska, 100-92, to score its first win in the Commissioner’s Cup and Guiao said the victory was the first step in their plan to contend in the Governors’ Cup.READ: PBA: NLEX nips Alaska, breaks 9-game skid FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Our players are showing that we are looking forward to the next conference, we know that we just need to make use of our last game on Saturday to keep building confidence,” said Guiao Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.NLEX is set to face Phoenix on Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo, a mere formality to complete its elimination round schedule. Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Lakers win 9th straight, hold off Pelicans Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt took 10 tries for NLEX to get its first win in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, a little too late to push for a playoff spot, but the Road Warriors are already looking to make an impact come the third conference.The Road Warriors are still at the cellar with a 1-9 card but Yeng Guiao and his wards have turned their attention to the upcoming Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Coming Home For Christmas’ is the holiday movie you’ve been waiting for, here’s why South Korea to suspend 25% of coal plants to fight pollutioncenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Against bigger foes, PH team to bank on teamwork in Fiba 3×3 World Cup More than 5,000 measles deaths in DR Congo this year — WHO Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GF View commentslast_img read more

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Marcelino twins get the job done against Salado

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES And it was a job well done for the Marcelinos, who followed coach Topex Robinson’s instructions to a tee to preserve the Pirates’ 4-0 slate.“That’s our job; when we have an opponent who’s scoring, I’ll be the one to guard him,” said Jayvee in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsJaycee added: “Coach told us to guard (Salado) and not let him get away. We just put the effort on defense. We didn’t think about the points because we knew that they will come. Our job is really the defense.”Salado was limited to a season-low of 11 points, seven rebounds, and four assists, an obvious drop from his usual numbers of 21.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 5.0 assists this season. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Perlas Pilipinas falls to South Korea, faces China in QF Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 4 PLAY LIST 02:34Google unveils motion-sensing Pixel 402:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next However, the Marcelinos won’t deny that stopping Salado was a challenge like no other, given the speed of the lead Chief.“It really was tough because it’s the first time we faced him. It was hard to stop him, but it was a challenge for us and we enjoyed defending a known player,” said Jayvee.Robinson was glad to see players like the Marcelinos step up to the task as he continues to challenge the rest of his crew.“I always challenge these players. They know that this is an opportunity for them to really showcase their talent,” he said. “We always try to remember where they were before, on what happened to them before they got to Lyceum. So we’re just making sure that they’re motivated, they want to really prove and try to win for the team.”Lyceum stakes its 4-0 record against Mapua on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Marcelino twins, Jaycee and Jayvee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwins Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino take serious pride in their defense that both consider it as mission accomplished when they took turns defending Kent Salado on Tuesday.Tasked to pester the Arellano’s ace, the Lyceum brothers did their job to the best of their abilities to help the Pirates pull off the decisive 99-65 victory.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

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Somdev, Sania reach singles QFs; Bopanna crashes out

first_imgSomdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza breezed into quarter-finals with easy wins but Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men’s singles competition of the Commonwealth Games here today.Up against second seed and world number 133 Australian Peter Luczak, Bopanna went down fighting 2-6 6-7(5) in one hour and 37 minutes in the second round of the men’s singles at R K Khanna Tennis stadium.Earlier, top seed Somdev crushed Sri Lanka’s Amresh Jayawickreme 6-0 6-1 in the men’s singles while Sania overpowered Cook Island’s Brittany Teei 6-0 6-2 in a women’s singles second round match.As the tournament has churned out several lop-sided contests, Bopanna-Luczak match was awaited for some good action and the two players did not disappoint.Bopanna, ranked 587, came to this tournament after a morale boosting show in the Davis Cup tie against Brazil and carried the confidence into the tough match.The home fans expected Bopanna to create an upset win having watched him play fantastically against world number 23 Thomaz Bellucci and top-100 player Ricardo Melo of Brazil in Chennai last month.However, it was not Bopanna’s day though he fought well.All charged up, he began with three aces in his first game with one of the serves clocking 203km/h. He also hit a stunning power-packed service return winner but the Australian refused to be intimidated by the power hitting.Bopanna continued in his usual aggressive manner but it gave plenty of chances to Luczak, who had better control over his strokes and was able to exploit the chinks in his opponent’s armour.advertisementA double fault and an unforced error gave Luczak his first break chance but Bopanna came up with his fourth ace to save that. The Australian though stepped up the pressure and forced another forehand error from Bopanna to shoot into lead.Bopanna had a chance to break back in the next game but the composed Australian served well to deny the Indian any leeway.The Indian saved two breakpoints in the sixth game with consecutive aces but failed to curb unforced errors which cost him the eighth game and he was left trailing by one set.The second set went on serve and was decided in the tie-break.Bopanna lost the tie-break despite having a comfortable 4-1 lead as Luczak won five points in a row and sealed the win with a forehand winner.Bopanna is already out of the mixed doubles but he will pair up with Somdev in men’s doubles.last_img read more

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