Ruthless Nadal powers to 1st round win at Australian Open

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals He next plays Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.“I’m very happy to be back, it’s a very important beginning for me. It’s good news for me,” he said.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“I want to enjoy every moment I’m here on this court.”The Spaniard left nothing to chance with eight service breaks and 28 winners in a complete first-up performance, dispelling fears over any knee trouble. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Nadal only conceded three games in the match and had few problems with Estrella Burgos, who has a modest 6-15 record at Grand Slams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense LATEST STORIES MOST READ Spain’s Rafael Nadal challenges a line call as he plays Victor Estrella Burgos of the Dominican Republic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)Top seed Rafael Nadal ruthlessly brushed aside Victor Estrella Burgos to power into the second round of the Australian Open on Monday.The world No.1, a beaten finalist to Roger Federer in Melbourne last year, clinically took apart the 81st-ranked Dominican to forge a 6-1, 6-1, 6-1 win in 94 minutes on Rod Laver Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal, 31, wore no strapping on his knee, appeared to move freely and combined his trademark power game from the back of the court.It took his Australian Open record to 52-11 as he chases his second Melbourne Park title after beating Federer in the 2009 final.Nadal, who is gunning for a 17th major title, was hampered by a knee injury at the tail-end of the 2017 season.It forced him to skip the lead-up Brisbane International this month, and he only had a one-match workout at the exhibition Kooyong Classic in Melbourne ahead of the Open.Nadal needs to reach the quarter-finals to be certain of retaining his world number one ranking, with Federer breathing down his neck.ADVERTISEMENT Lady Altas escape Lady Stags in NCAA volleyball Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

After years of big spending, Chinese football goes quiet

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “The relative lack of spending in the Chinese transfer window reflects the ongoing moderation of the market for players by China’s state authorities,” Simon Chadwick, professor of Sports Business at Salford University in the United Kingdom, told The Associated Press. “Following several high-value deals over the past two years, several regulatory interventions were made.”The two most influential came into effect in 2017. Just before the season started in March, the Chinese Football Association (CFA) reduced the number of foreign players that could be named in a matchday roster from five to three, reducing demand. In June, a so-called ‘transfer tax’ was introduced which stipulated that any club which was in debt and was signing a foreign player, had to pay an amount equal to the transfer fee in a soccer development fund.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 folkLast summer’s transfer window was especially quiet with the only signing of note that of French striker Anthony Modeste joining Tianjin Quanjian for $43 million in July. So far this winter window, there has also been a lack of big moves, despite plenty of rumors.Earlier this month when it was reported that Beijing Guoan and Guangzhou Evergrande were engaged in a bidding war for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Borussia Dortmund, that could cost $86 million, the CFA reminded the clubs of the rules. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 The club has distanced itself from the chase for the in-demand Aubameyang, reportedly now bound for England, and reaffirmed its desire for an all-Chinese team by 2020.“We will stick to the Evergrande model of building a fully linked youth system to realize our vision of fielding a fully Chinese squad by 2020,” the club said in a statement released on January 11.“Since 2017, we have set out clear principals to sign foreign players who compliment Chinese football and we refuse to pay a premium for any player,” Guangzhou added. “Neither will we join in bidding wars in the transfer market as we are now switching our focus to youth development.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NBA opens investigation into Rockets-Clippers events Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “Recent reports claiming two Chinese Super League clubs will compete on price for a foreign player have attracted a lot of attention,” a statement said. “The Chinese Football Association . has sent a letter to the respective clubs to ask for an explanation. The CFA will deal seriously with any violation of its regulations.”The national team has only qualified for one World Cup, back in 2002. Sports authorities announced in 2016 a plan with the target of making China one of the strongest nations in Asia by 2030, and, 20 years later, in the world. This success that would be built on the development of more and better home-grown soccer players.A first round exit at the 2018 Asian U-23 Championships on Monday, despite China hosting the tournament, showed that there is still a long way to go.“One suspects that an even greater emphasis will be place upon the development of domestic talent,” Chadwick said. “This squad is likely to form a basis for the team that will seek to qualify for the 2022 World Cup. Given recent performances, such qualification seems unlikely which implies that the earliest China might qualify for the World Cup could be 2026.”Before that target for the national team, there is another set by Guangzhou Evergrande, the team that has won the last seven Chinese Super League titles, and started the major investment in foreign players.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Anthony Modeste of Tianjin Quanjian celebrates a goal during their Chinese Super League (CSL) football match against Guangzhou Evergrande in Guangzhou, in China’s southern Guangdong province on November 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / STR / China OUTSEOUL, South Korea— In the 2017 winter transfer window, the Chinese Super League outspent the English Premier League by $422 million compared to $315 million. A year on, England or Spain is set for the top spot and Chinese soccer officials are perfectly happy.Alarmed by the amount of money heading into the pockets of foreign players, clubs and agents, authorities in Beijing moved to slow down the market and it seems to have worked.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

No. 15 Arizona beats USC to defend Pac-12 title.

first_imgArizona’s Allonzo Trier, left, passes the ball as Southern California’s Jonah Mathews defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Pac-12 men’s tournament final Saturday, March 10, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)LAS VEGAS — Deandre Ayton dribbled through the sea of red-and-white confetti, bobbing and weaving past cheerleaders and fans. The Arizona big man came upon a security guard, dropped a spin move that left both smiling and headed to the locker room.Ayton’s night at the Pac-12 championship was just as smooth a ride.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ayton had 32 points and 18 rebounds in one of the most dominating performances in Pac-12 Tournament history, leading No. 15 Arizona to its second straight title with a 75-61 victory over Southern California on Saturday night.“The dominance he just put forth, if there’s another player better, I’d like to meet him,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “He put his team on his back, played the right way and absolutely was a one-man wrecking crew.”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 folkAyton put on a show along The Strip, bouncing back from a nervous Pac-12 opener against Colorado with two dominating games.The Bahamian big man had 32 points and 14 rebounds in a semifinal win over UCLA and knocked the Trojans (23-11) around like bowling pins in the championship game. Ayton made 14 of 20 shots from the floor and all four of his free throws to lead Arizona (27-8) to its ninth Pac-12 title. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kansas tops West Virginia to win Big 12 title UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “I was a little starstruck, I wasn’t ready, rushing all of my shots against Colorado, not taking my time,” said Ayton, who matched the Pac-12 freshman record set by UCLA’s Kevin Love with his 23rd double-double. “Coach told me to face up, see what the defense is giving me and that’s what I did.”USC gave Arizona trouble with its zone at times and had a decent offensive night. The Trojans just had no answer for Ayton.“I don’t think you’re going to stop a guy like that, so we just have to try to do our best to contain him,” said Nick Rakocevic, led USC with 13 points. “Although he went off tonight.Both teams fought through adversity to reach the title game.Arizona was twice entangled in a federal investigation into shady recruiting practices. USC was named in the probe as well, leading to sophomore De’Anthony Melton to be ruled ineligible this season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Trojans also have played without Bennie Boatright since Feb. 15, when he suffered a season-ending knee injury, and backup point guard Derryck Thornton missed the semifinals due to an illness.In the title game, USC had success getting into the lane and with its pick-and-roll on offense while giving the Wildcats trouble with its zone.Arizona had success getting to the offensive glass — eight in the first half — and by getting the ball to Ayton, who had 13 points and eight rebounds by halftime.USC led 33-30.“We had a three-point lead at halftime in a Pac-12 championship,” USC coach Andy Endfield said. “That’s what you play for, that’s what you dream about.”But Ayton continued to be a nightmare in the second half and USC went down a big man when Chimezie Metu picked up his fourth foul with 12 minutes left.Arizona took off from there — literally.Rawle Alkins brought the pro-Arizona crowd to a roar with a two-handed dunk over Elijah Stewart and Ayton followed with another dunk to make it even louder, putting Arizona up 53-46.Ayton kept dunking and the crowd kept roaring until the confetti cannons went off.BIG PICTURE Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours USC: likely locked up a spot in the NCAA Tournament after its semifinal victory, but might sweat a little on Selection SundayArizona: looking like one of the nation’s best teams at just the right time and should get a high seed in the NCAA Tournament.ALKINS’ DUNKAlkins’ dunk over Stewart caused maybe the loudest of the night in T-Mobile Arena and still had Arizona’s players talking long after the game.“It took me a few seconds to realize what happened,” Arizona center Dusan Ristic said. “It was one of the best dunks I’d ever seen in my life.”UP NEXTUSC: will play in the postseason, hoping it will be in the NCAA Tournament.Arizona: will play in the NCAA Tournament, most likely as a high seed. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

‘It seems untrue’: Roma stuns Barcelona in Champions League

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The referee didn’t immediately point to the spot but then showed a yellow to Pique and awarded the penalty.De Rossi confidently struck the spot kick inside the right post and even though Ter Stegen leaped in the right direction the goalkeeper had no chance.Ter Stegen was again helpless when Manolas headed inside the far post.Valverde waited until the final 10 minutes to use all three of his substitutions.“We had enough experience on the pitch to solve things,” the manager said, before adding: “I thought.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They showed attitude and for whatever reason we didn’t know how to respond, or to make chances,” Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said. “For that reason they were better in all aspects tonight.”It’s the first time that Roma has reached the last four since it lost the 1984 final to Liverpool on penalties in its own stadium — and it’s the third straight year that Barcelona has been eliminated at this stage.“It’s a possibility that this might be my last game in the Champions League but right now this is hard for all the team, all of us,” Barcelona captain Andrea Iniesta said after setting a record with his 22nd match in the quarterfinals. “We so wanted to win this tournament but we’ve failed to do so again.“It’s really tough. It seems untrue. Very hard to accept. With the advantage we had we went out because we really did things badly. The Champions League punishes you for that.”Liverpool also reached the semifinals after recovering from conceding a goal inside two minutes against Manchester City to win 2-1 thanks to second-half strikes by former Roma striker Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.Only two clubs had previously overturned at least a three-goal first-leg deficit in the Champions League — Deportivo La Coruna beat AC Milan 4-0 after losing the opening leg 4-1 in the 2004 quarterfinals and Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 after losing the first game 4-0 in last season’s Round of 16.“Well when you lose a match like this you think about everything that went wrong. You analyze things,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said through a translator when asked if would take the blame for the loss. “We had a great opportunity and we didn’t seize it.”Roma captain De Rossi set up Dzeko’s goal with a straight ball and the Bosnian striker muscled off defenders to shoot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen with his left foot.Suarez was so frustrated at times for not receiving enough balls that he slammed both hands on the pitch on one occasion.Dzeko was at it again after the break with a show of brute force, shrugging off Gerard Pique and Umtiti to approach the goal. Pique then grabbed Dzeko’s left arm and tugged the striker to the ground. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames His header from a corner in the 82nd minute Tuesday put Roma into the Champions League semifinals and knocked out five-time champion Barcelona following one of the most extraordinary comebacks the competition has ever seen.Roma won 3-0 to overturn a three-goal deficit and advance on away goals, having entered the game as massive underdogs after losing the first leg of their quarterfinal 4-1 against a Lionel Messi-led team that was one of the big favorites to win the competition.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 don’t care about becoming part of Roma’s history. I’m just happy that the squad has reached the Champions League semifinals by beating a great team like Barcelona,” Manolas said. “In the first leg they denied us two penalties but tonight we showed that Roma can play with and beat anyone.”The atmosphere inside the Stadio Olimpico was deafening as Roma unexpectedly dominated.center_img Simmons playing for 76ers after suffering from stomach flu MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, left, and Roma’s Daniele De Rossi talk as they walk off the pitch during half time in the Champions League quarterfinal second leg soccer match between between Roma and FC Barcelona, at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, Tuesday, April 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)ROME — With his arms held out wide and his mouth gaping open, Kostas Manolas started running and yelling uncontrollably. Then he patted his chest and was mobbed by his Roma teammates.Manolas, a center back known more for his defensive skills then his attacking abilities, had just scored one of the most memorable goals in Roma’s history.ADVERTISEMENT Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco acknowledged before the match that his team needed a “miracle” to advance, and they got the start they needed when when Edin Dzeko controlled an over-the-top pass between two defenders after six minutes and poked in his sixth goal in this season’s competition.Then near the hour mark, Dzeko earned a penalty that Daniele De Rossi converted to set the stage for Manolas’ late header.“It is for moments like this that it is so beautiful to live for these colors,” recently retired Roma captain Francesco Totti tweeted, adding “Daje Roma!” — “Go Roma” in Roman dialect — followed by two heart emojis in yellow and red.Messi and fellow Barcelona forward Luis Suarez hardly threatened as Roma dominated possession for long stretches and stifled the Catalan club with high pressure.Roma capitalized on its aerial threat through Dzeko and Patrik Schick and its stifling defense forced Barcelona into a series of uncharacteristic misplaced passes.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

WORLD CUP: Morocco back after 2 decades with eye on 2 events

first_imgIn this photo taken on Tuesday, March 27, 2018, from top left, Morocco soccer players Elkaabi Ayoub, Elhajam Oualid, Bammou Yacine, Saiss Ghanem, Munir Elkajoui, Dacosta Merouane, from bottom left, Labyed Zakaria, Amrabat Soufyan, Fajr Faycal, Hakimi Achraf, Harit Amine pose prior to a friendly soccer match between Morocco and Uzbekistan in Casablanca, Morocco. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)Morocco’s first World Cup victory in Russia could come off the field.On the eve of the tournament, Morocco is hoping to beat a North American bid for the right to stage the 2026 World Cup. Then it’s the duty of the players to perform in Group B in the country’s first trip to the World Cup in two decades.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Born in the Netherlands, Boussoufa has spent more than a decade in the team and has experience of conditions in Russia. He spent five years with Anzhi Makhachkala and Lokomotiv Moscow.Also expect Younes Belhanda to play a key role, with the pacey Amrabat, if he plays in midfield, and Hakim Ziyech of Ajax operating as wingers.FORWARDSWith five in midfield, Khalid Boutaib might be the lone striker on the team sheet, although that didn’t bother him in the decisive round of qualifying with four goals in six games.Renard could be tempted, however, to play two up front and give the 24-year-old forward Ayoub El Kaabi a chance at the highest level after he scored an eye-opening nine goals in six games in his first international tournament, albeit the lower-level African Nations Championship in January and February. He’s kept up his goal-scoring form in Morocco’s pre-World Cup warmups.GROUP GAMESAfter opening on June 15 against Iran, Morocco will take on its closest northerly neighbors, Portugal, on June 20. The team will then face Spain on June 25.FULL SQUADGoalkeepers: Munir Mohamedi (Numancia), Yassine Bounou (Girona), Ahmad Reda Tagnaouti (Ittihad Tanger)Defenders: Mehdi Benatia (Juventus), Romain Saiss (Wolverhampton), Manuel Da Costa (Basaksehir), Nabil Dirar (Fenerbahce), Achraf Hakimi (Real Madrid), Hamza Mendyl (Lille) China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Midfielders: Mbark Boussoufa (Al Jazira), Karim El Ahmadi (Feyenoord), Youssef Ait Bennasser (Caen), Sofyan Amrabat (Feyenoord), Younes Belhanda (Galatasaray), Faycal Fajr (Getafe), Amine Harit (Schalke)Forwards: Khalid Boutaib (Malatyaspor), Aziz Bouhaddouz (St. Pauli), Ayoub El Kaabi (Renaissance Berkane), Nordin Amrabat (Leganes), Mehdi Carcela (Standard Liege), Hakim Ziyech (Ajax), Youssef En Nesyri (Malaga)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced GOALKEEPERSSpanish-born Munir Mohamedi is likely to remain the No. 1 choice for the World Cup. That’s the logical decision after he didn’t concede a goal in six games in the final round of qualifying.Mohamedi plays in the Spanish second division for Numancia, while understudy Yassine Bounou plays in the top league with Girona. Bounou could have represented Canada after being born in Montreal.DEFENDERSThe entire team seems built around captain Mehdi Benatia, the Juventus center back who was born in France but with Moroccan heritage.Benatia has also played for Roma and Bayern Munich and brings experience of top-level European club football to the team.Romain Saiss, who has just led Wolverhampton Wanderers into the Premier League, partnered Benatia successfully during World Cup qualifying. Renard has also tried out playing three central defenders, bringing in Manuel Da Costa to join Benatia and Saiss.The most likely wing backs are 19-year-old Achraf Hakimi of Real Madrid and 20-year-old Hamza Mendyl of Lille, although midfielder Nordin Amrabat has also been used in that role.MIDFIELDERSMbark Boussoufa is the heartbeat of the midfield and has a claim alongside Benatia to be the team’s most important player. Qualification was secured by beating Ivory Coast in a winner-take-all encounter. Intriguingly, only one of the 11 players who started in Ivory Coast was born in Morocco. Lacking a superstar, Morocco often finds its best players in France, the Netherlands and Spain, where their parents emigrated to.Most of the squad wasn’t born when Morocco became the first African team to win a group at the World Cup, finishing ahead of England, Poland and Portugal in 1986.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 crownPortugal, the reigning European champion, awaits Morocco again this time in Group B, in between games against Iran and 2010 World Cup winner Spain.Here’s a closer look at the Morocco team: 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Warriors GM will give Durant new deal he wants LATEST STORIES COACHHerve Renard is capable of pulling a team lacking out-and-out stars together to form a formidable unit.The 49-year-old Frenchman has had success with far more underrated squads than Morocco’s, leading unheralded Zambia to the African title in 2012. He also took Ivory Coast to victory in the same tournament three years later.While there’s no doubt Renard is a good tactician, he’s better known for his passion and flamboyant antics on the sidelines. Watch out for a possible revival of one of his superstitions for major tournaments: the lucky shirt.At the African Cup of Nations six years ago with Zambia, Renard embraced a white shirt that he said gave his team luck and he wore it for every game the Zambians played on the way to the title.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View commentslast_img read more

Belgium tops England, and Group G at World Cup

first_imgBelgium’s Adnan Januzaj celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the group G match between England and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Kaliningrad Stadium in Kaliningrad, Russia, Thursday, June 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MOSCOW  — Adnan Januzaj’s curling strike sent Belgium into the last 16 as group winners by sealing a 1-0 victory over England and putting his team on a potentially tougher path to the final.A night of little tension or attacking intent seemed just what the England and Belgium coaches desired after making a combined 17 changes to their starting lineups to rest players for the knockout phase.ADVERTISEMENT View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Japan advances to knockout stage on yellow cards despite loss to Poland Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Entering the game on identical points and goals records — after each opening with two successive wins — England had the edge on its fair play record at the top of Group G.Losing top spot, with World Cup top-scorer Harry Kane rested, gives England a last-16 game against Colombia on Tuesday in Moscow on the side of the draw featuring Spain, Russia, Croatia, Denmark, Sweden and Switzerland.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 crownBelgium faces Group H winner Japan on Monday and a win there would mean a quarterfinal against Brazil or Mexico.last_img read more

Past champs Sharapova, Kvitova beaten at Wimbledon first round

first_imgMaria Sharapova of Russia prepares to serve to Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their women’s singles match on the second day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Tuesday July 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — These are not the sorts of matches Maria Sharapova is supposed to lose, letting lead after lead slip away Tuesday against a qualifier ranked 132nd — and in the first round of Wimbledon, no less.Then again, at this edition of The Championships, as they prefer to call the event around here, the initial 48 hours have provided more surprising exits than anyone’s accustomed to: A total of seven top-10 men’s and women’s seeds departed in the opening round, more than in any previous year in the professional era’s half-century.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ View comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 awardcenter_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town How unlikely was this result?Since losing the first two Grand Slam matches of her career as a teenager, Sharapova was 49-1 in openers at majors, 13-0 at Wimbledon.She’s a former No. 1, now seeded 24th, who owns five Grand Slam titles.And Diatchenko?Repeatedly sidetracked by injuries of one sort or another — “I think I will write a book after I finish playing,” Diatchenko joked about her health history, even on a day she was visited by a trainer for groin and lower back issues — the 27-year-old Russian came in 0-2 at Wimbledon and 8-25 overall in main-draw matches at all tour-level events.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES England finally wins penalty shootout at World Cup In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Still, it was shocking to see someone considered so gritty, so successful at figuring out how to win, struggle when so close to victory. Especially against such an inexperienced opponent.Did she get struck by a case of the jitters?“That’s part of the game, is to feel moments of tension, to feel there’s something on the line. That’s just human. No matter how many times you’ve done it, no matter what court you’re playing on — Centre Court, back court — just the moment, the crowd — Wimbledon, another tournament — you always want to do your best,” Sharapova said. “Of course you feel it. But I love that feeling. That’s one of the reasons I play. I definitely, maybe, wasn’t smart enough, didn’t play the right way in the crucial moments.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That includes two-time champion Petra Kvitova, who was sent home by Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 a few hours before 2004 titlist Sharapova folded against Vitalia Diatchenko in a 6-7 (3), 7-6 (3), 6-4 loss she seemingly controlled time and again before dropping the last three games.“Sometimes,” Sharapova said, “you put yourself in a better, or winning, position, and you don’t finish.”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 crownA 15-month doping ban kept her out of the grass-court Grand Slam tournament in 2016, and an injury sidelined her a year ago. It looked as if it would be a pleasant, straightforward return when she went ahead by a set and a break at 5-2.Sharapova then served for the match at 5-3, but faltered. After being pushed to a third set, Sharapova went up a break at 2-1. That edge disappeared right away. She went up another break at 4-3. That advantage, too, was given right back. Sharapova’s collapse eventually ended, perhaps fittingly, with her 11th double-fault. “Everybody,” Diatchenko said afterward, “expects me to lose the match.”But she didn’t, in part because Sharapova failed to win it.That continued the kind of topsy-turvy tournament it’s been so far, of a piece with the sunnier-than-normal weather. The temperature has been in the low 80s (high 20s Celsius), there’s been nary a cloud, and some players have noticed the grass offering more unpredictable bounces.There are other theories for what’s been causing these unprecedented results. On Tuesday, No. 8 Kvitova and No. 6 Caroline Garcia lost, a day after No. 4 Sloane Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, and No. 5 Elina Svitolina did. Also Tuesday, No. 7 Dominic Thiem, the French Open runner-up last month, quit because of a bad back while down two sets and a break, and No. 10 David Goffin was beaten, a day after No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov lost.“I really believe it: Here on grass, you don’t know what to expect,” said No. 1 Simona Halep, who joined fellow French Open champion Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as a straight-set winner on Day 2. “Some players can play (their) best tennis. The top players can play a little bit less. You never know. … Every match can go either way.”Kvitova spoke about being beset by nerves and the idea that the pressure to live up to expectations at a Grand Slam tournament can be most burdensome early in a tournament.“I don’t think it’s just me,” she said. “I think it’s all of the seeded players.”She was able to smile and laugh through her news conference, though, saying that she feels as if her return from a knife attack at her home in the Czech Republic in December 2016 constitutes her “biggest” win.Sharapova, meanwhile, said that the quick switch from clay to grass can make things tough on some players. She’s found that transition more difficult as she’s gotten older.Maybe that’s true. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

PH’s lone rep in World Nomad Games fights for growth of ‘sungka’

first_imgAsian Games medalists to get additional incentives from Malacañang LATEST STORIES Rhon Palmera, the Philippines’ lone representative in the 2018 World Nomad Games in Kyrgyzstan, is not only trying to win for the country, he’s also helping boost the growth of one of the Filipinos’ favorite traditional games.Palmera is competing in the Toguz Korgool event—a variation of the mancala game, which is better known as “sungka” here in the Philippines— in the Nomad Games, an international competition for ethnic sports in Central Asia.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “Thank you all for the support. It made me tougher even if I’m alone here for our country. I am Filipino and I’m proud of our race. Laban Pilipinas at Mabuhay!”In the world of technology, Palmera hopes that Filipinos won’t lose interest over sungka, something which he believes Filipinos can excel in.“My countrymen, let us not let [sungka] go ignored. It is a source of pride for our country. Let us harness the Filipinos’ potential in this intellectual sport, which seems to be forgotten by the new generation,” he also said in a Facebook post.The World Nomad Games, established in 2012, is held every two years. In this year’s edition, 77 countries sent representatives.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Through my efforts, it is officially part of the 3rd World Nomad Games 2018 Intellectual / Mind Sports and Games (Mancala Games) and let’s pray that it gains more attention in future international events,” he said in Filipino.Despite being alone, Palmera proudly waved the Philippine flag during the opening ceremonies last September 2. He also defeated Turkey to advance to the second round of his event. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a post on Facebook, Palmera uploaded photos of competitors from other nations enjoying a game of Philippine sungka in a demonstration.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’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

James scores 28 points, Lakers edge Blazers

first_imgFEU avenges 1st round loss to UE, claims share of 4th Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The Lakers used a 16-0 run in the third quarter to take a 17-point lead. Josh Hart hit a 3-pointer with 9:44 left that gave the Lakers their biggest lead at 95-75, forcing a Portland timeout.And the timeout might have been just what Portland needed to get back into the game.The Blazers went on a 22-8 run, cutting the Lakers’ lead to six points with 3:34 left after a layup by Jusuf Nurkic.Sloppy play once again came back to hurt the Lakers in the fourth quarter, but the Blazers couldn’t get much closer as James and JaVale McGee made crucial baskets in the final two minutes.“LeBron closed them out over the final three minutes,” Lakers head coach Luke Walton said of James.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s hard to get a handle around the league where defense is,” Stotts said. “The numbers say we’re 11th but it doesn’t feel like it, but we are. I think this season has to settle in to see where we are with it. Unless you hold a team to 80 or 90 you’ll always find things you have to get better at.”Lakers: Phoenix Suns center Tyson Chandler will join the Lakers once he clears waivers after agreeing to a contract buyout. A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed the buyout plan to The Associated Press on Saturday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the Suns had not yet revealed it publicly.While Lakers head coach Luke Walton dodged direct questions about the move, Stotts likes what Chandler brings to the table for the Lakers. Stotts coached Chandler in Dallas in 2011.“I like Tyson Chandler,” Stotts said. “Great teammate, obviously that was a few years ago but he impacts the game at the defensive end. He’s a great locker room guy, great teammate. He’s all about winning. So, any team that has Tyson is going to be better for it.”UP NEXTLakers: Home against Toronto Raptors on Sunday.Trail Blazers: Home against Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, drives to the basket towards Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)PORTLAND, Ore. — It took LeBron James to help the Los Angeles Lakers snap a lengthy losing streak against Portland.James had 28 points and seven assists and the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 114-110 Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal McGee, who James said is a candidate for Defensive Player of the Year, also had six blocks to add to his league-leading total.“He’s doing a little bit of everything,” James said of McGee. “He’s leading the league in blocks. And tonight he saved us and covered our defensive mistakes with blocks at the rim.”Portland shot a 6 for 35 (17 percent) from beyond the arc and shot just 42 percent from the field overall.“Our defense won us the game tonight,” Walton said. “They missed some 3s, but we were contesting, chasing over the top and defending.”The Lakers had seven turnovers in the fourth quarter and finished with 20 overall, but they survived their mistakes.The Lakers sped to a good start, but the Blazers quickly regained control. Turnovers and second chances fueled a 17-2 run by Portland in the first quarter.The Lakers bench helped get Los Angeles back into the game in the first half and outscored the Blazers subs 51-26.“Our second unit was outstanding tonight,” Walton said. “Rondo led it and then the lift that (Ivica) Zubac gave us off the bench was incredible.”TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Blazers head coach Terry Stotts says it’s hard to get a handle for where his team really is on the defensive end due to the league’s uptick in pace and scoring so far this season. The Lakers snapped the franchise’s 16-game losing streak against the Blazers. In addition to the streak, Saturday was the Lakers’ first road win this season against a team with a winning record.“Great to snap that,” James said of the Lakers’ streak of futility against Portland. “They’re a very good team, obviously. To beat Portland, you can’t just come in and win without playing really hard and really well.”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 ChrissRajon Rondo gave the Lakers a huge lift off the bench, finishing with 17 points and 10 assists in 25 minutes.Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each scored 30 points for Portland. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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NU reclaims lost glory, recaptures UAAP cheerdance crown; FEU 2nd, Adamson 3rd

first_imgNational University released a year’s worth of pent-up frustration and put on the best show of the night to reclaim the gold medal in the UAAP Season 81 Cheerdance Competition Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.Taking inspiration from Disney-Pixar’s tearjerker Coco, the NU Pep Squad showed an impeccable routine worthy of utmost praise as it took its fifth title in six years after tallying 711 points.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Hooker stops Saucedo to retain WBO super lightweight title Bernabe added that they never resorted to being frustrated during the one year they waited to get their vindication, as the emotion connotes negativity, and they instead used the defeat as motivation to become bounce back better than before.“We never used frustration because that word just brings anger,” said Bernabe. “We just showed our determination and our eagerness. We were so hungry that we wanted to become better. We didn’t want to experience the feeling we had last year because it was that painful.”Meanwhile, Far Eastern University Cheering Squad brought out the funk all the way to a first runner-up finish with 655.5 pointsThe Tamaraws’ cheering squad, one of the powerhouse teams in the competition with two titles in their name, missed the top three last year.FEU turned the clock back to the 1970s and incorporated every bit of funk the decade had to offer in putting on a cheering display that the current generation still could go gaga over.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The Tamaraws had 347 points in the dance routine, second only to NU’s 369.5, and they complemented it with the right mix of stunts that included flawless aerial 360s and quick transitions from tosses to pyramids.Last year’s champion Adamson Pep Squad retained its spot in the podium, claiming the bronze medal with its “animalistic theme” to garner 638.5 points.University of Santo Tomas, the owner of eight CDC titles, finished fourth in the standings with 638 points much to the chagrin of spectators.University of the East, last year’s third placer, was at fourth with 602.5 while University of the Philippines, which also won eight championships, took the fifth place with 568.5 points.Ateneo, which was considered as a surprising contender in the competition proper itself, was at seventh with 558 points while De La Salle bottomed out with 459.5 points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NU finished fifth in Season 80, its worst since finishing sixth in 2011, and it showcased to the league why it’s still one of the most powerful cheerdance schools in the competition.The NU Pep Squad had a near perfect dance routine and its displayed the smoothest of transitions to the K-Motion that preceded its trademark Scorpions.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 ChrissIt finished its routine with a marvelous pyramid that it built through five 360s that transitioned into V-motion pyramids.“We’ve loved the title for four years and it’s so hard to see someone take it from us,” said head coach Ghicka Bernabe in Filipino. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more