Astros, Dodgers connect, riveting World Series onto Game 6

first_imgDodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, meanwhile, has been tagged for a record eight home runs in a single postseason. Gurriel got him in Game 4, and Houston has 13 overall against the Dodgers.Did anyone expect this many at this time in October? Surprising, right?“I guess a little bit, just because both teams are putting up incredible at-bats in the most important times,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said Monday on a conference call.“I think we realize on the pitching side, both teams are at the very end of their rope,” he said. “Their mistakes are getting hit. But the volume is certainly record-setting, and certainly the intensity of the moments that are ending in home runs is hard to fathom.”Dodgers lefty Rich Hill opposes Verlander in a rematch from Game 2. That night, the teams wound up combining for a Series-record eight home runs, with Houston holding on to win 7-6 in 11 innings.Los Angeles reliever Ross Stripling was among 14 pitchers, seven on each side, who worked in the Game 5 slugfest.“If we can just hold them to less than 12 runs, we can get some wins,” Stripling said.There were 6,105 home runs during the regular season, an average of about 2.5 homers per game. There have been 4.4 per game in the Series.The ball has been flying out of the ballpark all year,” said Justin Turner, whose tiebreaking homer helped Los Angeles win the opener, when the gametime temperature was 103 degrees.“So, no, it’s not surprising. I will say that you might see a little bit different game here tomorrow night, a little bit different weather. It’s going to be a lot cooler here than it was for the first two games, and it might be a different ballgame than you’ve seen in the first five games.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Houston Astros’ Brian McCann hits a home run during the eighth inning of Game 5 of baseball’s World Series -against the Los Angeles Dodgers Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)LOS ANGELES — At this rate, Justin Verlander might very well hit his first home run for real.A classically poor-hitting pitcher, the Houston ace knocked one over the wall last week at Dodger Stadium in batting practice. Maybe that bolstered his belief that this batch of baseballs is slick and juiced.ADVERTISEMENT On Tuesday night, Verlander aims to lead the Astros to their first championship when he faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 6 of a power-packed World Series that’s already set the mark for home runs.“We’re just making memories right now,” Astros catcher Brian McCann said, a day after he homered.A total of 22 homers so far, more than 1½ miles of dingers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThese nightly episodes of home run derby are connecting with fans, too — in much of the country, they stayed up well past midnight to watch Houston outlast the Dodgers 13-12 in 10 innings at Minute Maid Park, TV numbers showed.With each swing, perhaps this Series really is becoming more riveting. George Springer, Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel and McCann launched longballs in the Astros’ back-and-forth thriller. Cody Bellinger and Yasiel Puig homered for the Dodgers — seven different players on each side have homered.“This is not going to be finished Tuesday. It’s going to be Game 7,” Puig said.Springer has hit three in the Series. His assessment of Game 5: “Bedlam.”“This is the craziest atmosphere I’ve ever played in, the craziest results, just big hit after big hit, big play after big play,” the Houston leadoff man said.Major League Baseball set a record this year for most home runs in a season and, fittingly, Minnesota leadoff man Brian Dozier began the playoffs with a homer.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ginebra comes back to overcome Anthony, GlobalPort

first_imgGuiao rues NLEX’s poor rebounding in loss to Phoenix Despite staying afloat at 2-0, Ginebra coach Tim Cone wasn’t satisfied with how Ginebra continues to be in cloud nine from its 2017 Governors’ Cup conquest.“That’s what teams coming from championships do. This is the way they do it. They sleepwalk for three-and-a-half quarters and try to win a game down the stretch, and that’s what we’re trying to avoid,” he admitted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“In my experience, I’ve seen it. They don’t play until they really have to and I’m very disturbed by that. We might be better off losing the basketball game to wake us up, encourage us not to do it again, and think we can get away with it.”Aguilar unfurled 21 points, nine rebounds, six blocks, and four assists, while Slaughter had 18 markers, nine boards, and five rejections in the victory. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra  showed its never say die spirit, rallying back to beat GlobalPort, 104-97, Sunday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Gin Kings staged a 16-point turnaround in the final frame as they chipped away the Batang Pier’s 68-77 deficit and banked on LA Tenorio, Japeth Aguilar, and Greg Slaughter down the stretch to stay unscathed after two games.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LA Tenorio added 17 points, seven dimes, and five rebounds, while Scottie Thompson flirted with a triple-double anew with nine markers, 11 rebounds, and eight assists.“We kind of stole this one tonight. We can’t expect to steal other wins. We have to get better. I’m not happy about the way we played,” Cone said.Tenorio’s triples kept Ginebra within striking distance before Aguilar took charge, with his and-one play with 2:21 remaining giving the crowd darlings a 98-96 lead.Stanley Pringle pulled GlobalPort within one, 98-97, but Aljon Mariano and Scottie Thompson connected on their short stabs in the final two minutes before Slaughter sealed the game shut.The loss spoiled Sean Anthony’s 29 points, nine rebounds, and four steals.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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pringle also dropped 23 markers, 10 dimes, and eight boards for the Batang Pier, which remained winless through two games.The scores:GINEBRA 104 – Aguilar 21, Slaughter 18, Tenorio 17, Mariano 11, Cruz 10, Thompson 9, Ferrer 8, Caguioa 7, Taha 3.GLOBALPORT 97 – Anthony 29, Pringle 23, Nabong 12, Sargent 12, Grey 9, Guinto 7, Arana 5, Taha 0, Elorde 0, Flores 0, Gabayni 0.Quarters: 19-23, 46-48, 68-77, 104-97.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Jaboneta wants to inspire more province-based players to dream big

first_imgScottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Nadal ready despite lack of Australian Open lead-up “When you say province basketball, there’s always an assumption that we’re just playing on the streets, but we want to show that we can play and we can win against teams here in Metro Manila,” said the Antique-grown Jaboneta who is a Jr. NBA alum.And now that he’s a Fighting Maroon, Jaboneta said he wants to serve as an inspiration to the kids in his home province and all while keeping his feet firmly on the ground.“I’m still a normal student and a normal athlete even though I’m playing for UP,” said Jaboneta. “And I think I want to become an inspiration for the younger kids in Antique. What I do is tell them how I got here, I think that’s the least I can do for them.”ADVERTISEMENT JanJan Jaboneta during the Jr. NBA launch. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIf there is a proverbial wall that separates Metro Manila from the provinces of the Philippines, then JanJan Jaboneta may have broken through it.Before he entered University of the Philippines, Jaboneta made his name in the Visayas as part of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jaboneta wasn’t a highly-touted recruit but had a chip on his shoulder that grew into a boulder whenever the Magis played against a team based in Metro Manila, and that determination and will to win was what fueled the 6-foot-1 forward to prove that “promdis (born in provinces)” can duke it out with the teams in the capital.“Us province kids always had that will to win especially when we faced teams here in Manila,” said Jaboneta in Filipino during the tip-off weekend for this year’s Jr. NBA camp Saturday at Don Bosco in Makati.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Before I would just watch the teams in the NCAA and the UAAP on the television and I will tell myself ‘yeah they’re good’ but when we get a chance against them we want to prove that we can win.”Jaboneta’s final game for the Magis was a testament to that belief when he unloaded 27 points in the finals of the 2015 National Basketball Training Center in an 82-78 win over NCAA powerhouse San Beda. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 awardcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

Bucks’ Brogdon to be sidelined up to 8 weeks with injury

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt. We understand that it’s part of the game,” Bucks coach Joe Prunty said. “He’s tough-minded and he will battle through this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Milwaukee Bucks’ Malcolm Brogdon, left, puts up a reverse layup as Philadelphia 76ers’ Justin Anderson tries to defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 29, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)MILWAUKEE  — Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon will be sidelined for up to eight weeks with a partially torn left quadriceps tendon.Brogdon suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Bucks’ 108-89 loss at Minnesota on Thursday night. The reigning Rookie of the Year went down after a dunk and needed to be helped off the floor.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Magnolia seizes solo PH Cup lead The Bucks said in a statement Friday they learned the extent of Brogdon’s injury after he underwent an MRI and an examination by the team’s doctor.Bucks forward D.J. Wilson said he had feared that Brogdon’s injury was even worse.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Finding out that he’s going to be out for a couple of months kind of shocked me. Shocked all of us,” Wilson said. “Six to eight weeks is a long time, but not as long as it could have been.”Brogdon has played in 46 games this season and is averaging 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. He and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are the only Bucks players to win the league’s top rookie honors. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img MOST READ LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Harden ends Johnson with filthy crossover

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Harden made a move late in the first quarter in their game at Staples Center on Thursday, creating space for the three and sending Johnson skidding to the floor. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 😳 JAMES. HARDEN. 😳#Rockets pic.twitter.com/JCphxLzP18— NBA (@NBA) March 1, 2018There are times when you just have to admit defeat, and as humbling as it may be at least it was still an honorable way to go down.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 folkThat, however, didn’t happen to Los Angeles Clipper Wesley Johnson when Houston Rockets’ superstar James Harden staked ownership on his ankles.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mixed emotions for coach Bong Ravena as TNT thwarts son Kiefer, NLEX Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson But before the Bearded One released the shot, he first waited for Johnson to stand back up as Harden capped off the nasty move with the triple to stretch Houston’s lead to 31-7.Harden’s Rockets defeated the Clippers, 105-92, for their 14th straight win. View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends PLAY LIST 08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends03:30PH’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 LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Tokyo 2020 venues ‘fantastic’ as Olympic committees get a peek

first_imgTokyo’s use of existing venues will delight the International Olympic Committee, which has been criticized when cities have built “white elephant” sports venues.The most recent Olympics in Rio de Janeiro left behind a half-dozen venues that are not being adequately utilized.Rio built a cycling velodrome that has caught fire twice since the Olympics ended two years ago. Several arenas in the Olympic Park are largely vacant, and a newly built golf course has struggled to find players.“It was obviously more challenging for Brazil because it was the first (Olympics) in South America, so they didn’t have that history, tradition of hosting games,” England said. “The games were very different in Rio de Janeiro. The two are not comparable. The state of readiness if very, very well advanced in Tokyo.”In addition to Britain, nations on the venue tour included: Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Greece, Guatemala, Serbia, China, the Philippines, Puerto Rico, Portugal, Monaco and Japan.ADVERTISEMENT “We haven’t had many questions to ask the organizing committee because the venues have been absolutely fantastic,” England said.The tour Tuesday marked the committees’ first visit to Tokyo since the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics ended last month.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 crownTokyo’s Metropolitan Gymnasium was among the venues. It was built in 1954 and hosted gymnastics for the 1964 Olympics. It will be the venue for table tennis in two years and sits next to the new Olympic stadium, which is under construction.“In this venue here today — historical and traditional though it is — we can see that it is in absolutely superb condition,” England said. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “National Olympic committees feed off of each other when we’re talking and asking questions,” England said. “Some of us go back a number of games, so we know each other well. And you can see this is a terrific opportunity.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery No perms next? Chinese football fans slam tattoo ‘ban’ National Olympic Committee members from a dozen countries inspect a Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics and Paralympics venue at the Metropolitan Gymnasium in Tokyo, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)TOKYO — A dozen national Olympic committees have been given a quick look at Tokyo’s venue preparations for the 2020 Summer Games.Mark England of the British Olympic Association says they were impressed.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View commentslast_img read more

76ers take 3-1 series lead after slipping past Heat

first_imgView comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Despite it all, the 76ers were unfazed.Philadelphia turned a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead with a 19-2 run that ended midway through the fourth quarter, then absorbed the best shot Dwyane Wade could throw at the 76ers in the final minutes before heading home with a chance to close the Heat out in Game 5 on Tuesday.Wade led all scorers with 25 points off the Heat bench, 12 of them coming in the fourth. But it wasn’t enough.“They don’t let you off the hook,” Wade said, tipping his cap to the 76ers. “You make one mistake, or you take your foot off the gas for one second, they make you pay.”Wade doesn’t have a contract for next season. He’s said if he plays, he’ll be back with Miami — though there’s no guarantees.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hardly anyone noticed.All eyes were on the other end, where Dragic was shoved to the floor by Robert Covington. James Johnson — a black belt and MMA fighter — took exception and went toward Covington, so Simmons came in for a few words.“He was protecting his guy,” Covington said of Johnson.“Physical, competitive basketball,” Spoelstra called it all.The 76ers kept hitting Miami in the second half too, albeit on the scoreboard. And now Tuesday awaits, with Philadelphia — coming off a Super Bowl title and Villanova’s NCAA crown — on the brink of another celebration.“We’ve got to finish it,” Simmons said.TIP-INS76ers: Embiid went out for a play in the fourth quarter without his mask, drawing a foul, then getting the mask back on. … Philadelphia finished with 27 turnovers, 17 of those in the first half — after not having more than 14 in any of the first three games of the series.Heat: Winslow needed four stitches and Richardson bruised his left shoulder in the second-quarter physicality. … Richardson had a Heat playoff record seven steals. … Miami started 1 for 6 from the foul line, and finished 13 for 25.REBOUND ROUT And that future might be starting sooner than many envisioned.Simmons was the first rookie to since Magic Johnson in 1980 to have a playoff triple-double, Redick led Philadelphia with 24 points and the 76ers moved one win from the second round by topping the Miami Heat 106-102 on Saturday to take a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I’m shocked that we won this game,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “We really didn’t have a right to win the game.”Here’s why he said that: His team turned the ball over 27 times, shot 7 for 31 from 3-point range and trailed by 12 late in the third quarter in an extremely hostile environment against a desperate opponent. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Barcelona easily wins historic 4th straight Copa del Rey ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ And that means Saturday might have been his last home game in a Heat uniform. If he knows what the future holds, he didn’t offer any hints.“I’m focused on the next game, trying to win that one,” Wade said.Simmons became the first rookie since Magic Johnson in 1980 to post a playoff triple-double — 17 points, 13 rebounds, 10 assists. Joel Embiid finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Philadelphia.“We took care of business,” Embiid said.Wade carried the comeback effort, with the Heat down six and less than 2 minutes left. His three-point play cut the margin in half and his next two field goals got Miami within one each time.The Heat got no closer.Goran Dragic scored 20, James Johnson had 15 and Hassan Whiteside finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds for Miami, which now needs to pull off some history. The Heat have erased a 3-1 deficit only once, in 1997 against New York.“We all feel that we’re this close,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra, holding his thumb and index finger maybe a millimeter apart. “That’s what makes this game tough. They made bigger plays than us in the fourth quarter.”Miami held slim leads at the half — 2-0 in players who went to the locker room injured, 4-0 in stitches received, 61-56 on the scoreboard.A wild scene was the story of the second quarter. Philadelphia’s Dario Saric was driving from the right wing and had his dribble knocked away by Justise Winslow, and four players wound up on the floor as they went for the loose ball. Josh Richardson took the worst of it, getting slammed into by Embiid. Richardson stayed down for more than a minute, eventually getting helped to his feet and to the Miami locker room. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ MOST READ Philadelphia dominated the backboards, 57-43 and extending possessions time and time again with 17 offensive rebounds.SECOND HALVESPhiladelphia has outscored Miami after halftime in all four games: 74-43 in Game 1, 61-57 in Game 2, 65-44 in Game 3 and 50-41 on Saturday.UP NEXTGame 5 is Tuesday night in Philadelphia.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) and Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) battle for a loose ball in the first quarter in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Saturday, April 21, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper)MIAMI Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid certainly aren’t acting like playoff first-timers, and JJ Redick provided the veteran leadership that Philadelphia so desperately needed.The 76ers might very well be the NBA’s team of the future.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Another early exit for Socceroos at the World Cup

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Shaq on his Hollywood plans: ‘I want to be the next Rock’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Veteran striker Tim Cahill finally took the field in the 53rd minute for his first action in Russia but couldn’t score a goal in his fourth consecutive World Cup.The worst news to come out of the tournament was that Socceroos attacker Andrew Nabbout requires a shoulder reconstruction and will miss the next six months. Nabbout is flying to Melbourne to have surgery after dislocating his right shoulder in Australia’s draw with Denmark last week.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I have been told the rehab is about six months,” Nabbout said after missing the loss to Peru. “It’s a painful one but hopefully I can make it back in less and be ready for the Asian Cup (next year).”Australia had its preparations for the World Cup affected by the resignation of Ange Postecoglou as coach shortly after the Socceroos qualified for Russia. Van Marwijk was hired to coach for the World Cup only, and Graham Arnold will soon take over as a fulltime coach. MOST READ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town “Agony,” the Daily Telegraph in Sydney said in the headline. It also showed a picture of Cahill touching a goalpost and wondering if it is was his final goodbye to the sport.Dan Colasimone of the Australian Broadcasting Corp. radio said van Marwijk may have made the Socceroos too one dimensional.“In the end, van Marwijk talked a good game — when he spoke to the media at all — but he could not deliver one win at the World Cup for Australia, let alone qualification for the next round,” Colasimone said. “The line Van Marwijk and his players repeated ad nauseam, in lieu of any clear public discussion of plans or formations or tactics, was that this side was built to deal with any situation, any opposition. Yet it was only really built to limit damage against superior sides.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Australia’s Aaron Mooy reacts at the end of group C match between Australia and Peru, at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)SYDNEY — Any Australians who didn’t stay up to watch the World Cup woke up Wednesday to the inevitable news that their Socceroos failed to make it past the group stage for the third consecutive tournament.Caretaker coach Bert van Marwijk’s tenure is over after the Australians lost 2-0 to Peru in their last group game and slumped to last place in a tough Group C which also included France and Denmark. The match began at midnight on Australia’s east coast.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. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Philippines erupts in joy after Pacquiao win

first_imgMillions of boxing fans across the Philippines erupted in cheers and tears of joy on Sunday after national icon Manny Pacquiao beat Argentine Lucas Matthysse in a world title bout.ADVERTISEMENT 8 years since PBA title, Simpson’s task to carry Aces ‘more challenging’ now In the run-up to the fight 39-year-old Pacquiao was trailed by whispers that he was past his prime and doubts he would be able to best the big-punching Matthysse, who is four years his junior.But when Pacquiao’s victory was sealed in the seventh round by technical knockout, fans around the nation of 100 million jumped to their feet and roared with joy.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’“I was confident he could do it. It’s not about his age,” Christopher Lasala, 39, told AFP. “I was so happy when he knocked out Matthysse, I kept clapping. I said I knew Pacquiao would win.”Filipino fans react as they watch Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout in Kuala Lumpur, at a basketball court in Manila on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISFlora dela Paz, a life-long boxing fan, had tears streaming down her face as she watched Pacquiao raise his arms in victory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 “I am just so happy. I got goosebumps,” the 68-year-old retired shoemaker told AFP. “He won, he won!”Pacquiao’s rags-to-riches story, from high school dropout to millionaire world boxing champion in an unprecedented eight weight divisions, is a huge source of pride in the Philippines.In keeping with tradition, many Filipinos stopped what they were doing to watch Pacquiao’s fight, which took place around midday on Sunday in the Philippine time zone.A Filipino fan holds a rosary as he watches Philippines’ Manny Pacquiao fight Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse during their world welterweight boxing championship bout in Kuala Lumpur, at a basketball court in Manila on July 15, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELISPresident Rodrigo Duterte, who attended the bout at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, flashed a thumbs up after Pacquiao’s win.The boxer, who has a glittering 23-year career in the sport, is also a lawmaker in the nation’s Senate and a staunch ally of the president.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names “This win will surely cement, yet again, your position and legacy in boxing’s Hall of Fame,” Duterte said in a statement. “May you continue to inspire Filipinos.”Following the fight, #PacquiaoMatthysse was the top trending topic on Twitter in the social media-obsessed Philippines, along with the hashtags “Manny” and “Fight of the Champions”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READlast_img read more

Nadal, Del Potro into US Open last 8, dad-to-be Isner keeps home hopes alive

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain celebrates his match point against Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia on Day 7 of the 2018 US Open Men’s Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 2, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYDefending champion Rafael Nadal on Sunday reached the US Open quarterfinals for the eighth time where he will face Dominic Thiem, one of only three men to defeat him in 2018.World number one Nadal saw off a battling Nikoloz Basilashvili, the first Georgian in a fourth round in New York, 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6/8), 6-4.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Thiem is a great opponent, he has the big serve and he had a big win today against Kevin,” said Nadal who has made the last-eight of every Slam in the same year for the first time since 2011.Thiem has unfinished business at the US Open. Last year, he had two match points against del Potro in the fourth round but fell in five sets.‘Against Rafa? I’m not sure’Thiem’s progress to the last-eight comes despite choosing to play European clay court events after Wimbledon before then losing his only summer hard court outing in Cincinnati to Stefanos Tsitsipas.He is the first Austrian in the last-eight at the US Open since Thomas Muster in 1996. “Against Rafa, I’ve had three very nice experiences and seven horrible experiences,” said Thiem who turns 25 on Monday.“On clay, it’s one of the biggest challenges in sports to beat this guy. I hope that it’s a little bit more comfortable on hard court, but I’m not sure.”Third-seeded del Potro made the last-eight for the sixth time against Croatian 20th seed Coric who was playing in his maiden last 16 of a Slam.Coric, 21, saw his challenge undone by a right thigh injury which needed two visits by the trainer as well as general unhappiness with the humidity of the Arther Ashe court. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s a big victory for me,” said the 32-year-old Nadal, the champion in 2010, 2013 and 2017.“He was hitting the ball very strong and when I thought I was in control of the points, he always came back with strong shots.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It was world number 37 Basilashvili’s strength, however, which proved his undoing.His 56 winners were erased by 59 unforced errors, three times as many as Nadal. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “To win in straight sets in every round is good for the body and physical condition,” said del Potro.“But every round is a battle. I just hope to keep my level high against John in the next match.”Isner reached the quarter-finals for the first time in seven years and hailed the patriotic tournament atmosphere as a “jungle.”Isner, the 11th seed, is attempting to become the first home winner since Andy Roddick in 2003.“There were a lots of ups and downs in the match. The atmosphere was like a jungle,” said Isner of the crowd on the new Louis Armstrong Stadium enjoying a raucous Labor Day weekend.Isner, 33, who will become a father for the first time in two weeks, said he will not fear del Potro even though he has lost to the Argentine star seven times in 11 meetings.Their most recent clash saw del Potro triumph in straight sets in the fourth round at Roland Garros this year.“Why not me? Let’s keep going,” said Isner after firing 56 winners past Raonic and 20 aces taking his ace count to a tournament-leading 112. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Serena, Stephens reach US Open quarterfinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Elsewhere, Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 champion, beat Borna Coric 6-4, 6-3, 6-1 to make the last-eight for a third successive year.The third seeded Argentine will next face John Isner, the last American man standing, who defeated Milos Raonic 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, taking his tournament aces total past the 100-mark.Thiem, who beat Nadal on clay in Madrid in the run-up to Paris, booked his place in the quarter-finals for the first time with a 7-5, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2) win over 2017 runner-up Kevin Anderson.The ninth-seeded Austrian’s three other appearances in the last-eight of a Slam were all on Paris clay in 2016, 2017 and 2018.Nadal leads their head-to-head 7-3 with all of their matches coming on clay courts, including in the final of Roland Garros in June when he captured an 11th French Open.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View commentslast_img read more