first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Mbala back to his old dominant self in Game 2 win READ: Mbala back to his old dominant self in Game 2 winThe opposite happened to La Salle as the Green Archers improved their 16-of-38 first half shooting to 16-of-28.La Salle also doubled its free throws from eight conversions in the first half to 16 in the latter part of the match.“We have to credit La Salle’s defense, credit also goes to the changes [Aldin] Ayo made,” said Baldwin. “He went big, that didn’t work then he went small and that began to work.”Ayo employed three big men in the first half with Ben Mbala, Abu Tratter, and Santi Santillan all sharing the floor but the Green Archers switched to a four-guard lineup come the second half.“His [Ayo] pressure then started to take the toll and the momentum swung. We just didn’t play as well once the momentum swung.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We won’t think about Game 2. La Salle didn’t think about Game 1 and they came out and played, we won’t think about Game 2,” said Baldwin at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s winner take all now.”READ: La Salle rallies to stun Ateneo, forces UAAP title decider FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAteneo built a massive 21-point lead in the second quarter after Thirdy Ravena made two free throws, 45-24, and was poised to run away to the title.But La Salle slowly chipped away at the lead and mounted a 40-10 run that spanned the middle quarters to take a 68-59 lead heading into the fourth. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “It was tough because we had a big lead and I’m a coach that hates big leads,” said Baldwin. “That may sound ironic but in today’s world I think young people don’t have a killer instinct. And I see it over and over in basketball leagues around the world.”READ: Rivero fights off tears to spark La Salle comeback “Big leads just seem to drain and momentum swings the other way, and it’s always tough to swing the momentum back. Once La Salle found its feet, we lost ours and we really couldn’t have it back.”After shooting 48.5 percent from the field, 16-of-33, in the first half, the Blue Eagles hit cold air and bungled to a 12-of-40 shooting clip.Ateneo’s free throw shooting also dipped in the second half after going 13-of-15 in the first half, the Blue Eagles managed just 7-of-9 in third and fourth quarters.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo head coach Tab Baldwin is not the one to look at the past and instead would choose to look at what’s ahead.After Ateneo’s gut-wrenching 92-83 loss to De La Salle in the second game of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball finals, Baldwin instilled in his players that what happened Wednesday is already on the wayside.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil De La Salle is sitting in the apex of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, but the defending champion has no plans of slowing down.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Parker stands as big obstacle in Joshua’s path to greatness MOST READ The defending champions are the best serving team with an average of 2.74 aces per set and are also the best digging team in the league with an average of 15.44 digs per set.La Salle is also the no. 2 team in terms of setting with 9.44 excellent sets per period and the second-best team in terms of reception with an efficiency rating of 35.76 percent.And the motor of that defense is the 5-foot Dawn Macandili, who not only made a name for herself in the UAAP but also in the Asian stage when she became the 2nd Best Libero AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship.Macandili, who is a two-time Best Receiver and one-time Best Digger in the UAAP, admitted that they can’t shake off the feeling of wanting to take a break in the holidays but their priority is maintaining their foothold in the tournament.“We can’t lose our focus this Holy Week and of course it’s tempting to take a vacation,” said Macandili. “Of course we have our priorities, and we will train this break.”ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Lady Spikers were given the choice of taking a break from Maundy Thursday until Easter Sunday but the 10-time champions were not too keen on taking a breather as the competition prepares for the league’s most critical turn.La Salle’s next game in the tournament is on April 8, more than two weeks after its last game on March 24, and opposite hitter Kianna Dy said they won’t be slacking off despite the long lull.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 think we’re still going to train and train even more,” said Dy in Filipino. “We can’t be out of condition in these two weeks before April 8.”The Lady Spikers have been an immovable force in the season accumulating a league-best 9-2 record before the UAAP took a break and have ensured themselves of an automatic spot in the Final Four. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Ben Navarro, the founder and CEO of Sherman Financial Group, was considered Tepper’s biggest competitor in the bid to purchase the Panthers. He conceded Tuesday that he’d lost the bid.“My family and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to be included as a potential buyer of one of the premier assets in all of the Carolinas — the Panthers football team,” Navarro said in an email to The Associated Press. “It would have been a privilege to become the stewards of this iconic franchise to ensure its home remains in the Carolinas where it belongs, to establish a new era of leadership and excellence on and off the field, and to leverage the team’s NFL platform to further our quest to help all children gain access to a great education.”Tepper’s plans on whether the team will remain in Charlotte for the long-term future remain unclear.The Panthers are tied to their downtown stadium through the 2018 season because of an agreement with the city. After that a new owner is free to extend the lease to the stadium, build a new stadium or possibly move the team.Moving the Panthers out of Charlotte would seem to a longshot.ADVERTISEMENT NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said he would prefer to keep the team in Charlotte where it has been successful. The Panthers have been one of the NFL’s best supported teams with only two non-sellout games since the team began playing its home games in Charlotte in 1996.Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Tepper, 60, is a part owner of the Steelers and founder and president of Appaloosa Management, a global hedge fund based in Miami.Because he holds a 5 percent stake in the Steelers, Tepper’s finances already have been vetted by the league, meaning it wouldn’t take much for NFL owners to approve the sale. However, Tepper would have to sell his minority ownership stake of the Steelers, per league rules.Forbes listed Tepper’s net worth at $11.4 billion in February 2017.Tepper is known for his philanthropy.He donated $55 million to Carnegie Mellon University’s business school in 2013. Tepper graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon, where the Tepper School of Business is named after him.Richardson was the first and only majority of the Panthers. He became only the first former player since George Halas to become an NFL owner when he was awarded an expansion franchise in 1993. Richardson promised fans at the time the Panthers would win a Super Bowl “within 10 years.” Carolina has reached the Super Bowl twice, including in 2015, but has never won.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta.Richardson announced in December he was selling the team amid an NFL investigation into sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace. That decision came after a report by Sports Illustrated detailing Richardson’s alleged misconduct.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league’s investigation into the allegations is still ongoing.The price tag is the most ever paid for an NFL franchise, eclipsing the $1.4 billion the Pegula family paid to purchase the Buffalo Bills in 2014. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film FILE – Int his May 10, 2016, file photo, billionaire hedge fund manager David Tepper mingles during a grand opening of rock star and philanthropist Jon Bon Jovi’s Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation Soul Kitchen and B.E.A.T. Center, which stands for Bringing Everyone All Together, in Toms River, N.J. People familiar with the situation say Tepper has agreed to buy the Carolina Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson for a record $2.2 billion. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale. The purchase is subject to a vote at the NFL owners meeting next week in Atlanta. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers are being sold for an NFL-record $2.2 billion.Hedge fund manager David Tepper has agreed to buy the Panthers from team founder Jerry Richardson, two people familiar with the situation said Tuesday. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team has not yet announced the sale.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Celtics overcome James’ 40-point triple-double, take 2-0 lead Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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first_imgAteneo is the lone undefeated team in the FilOil Flying V Preseason Cup and the Eagles look to keep it that way when they face skidding Mapua on Friday at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT The Eagles have been routing the FilOil field by an average of 25.5 points per game and with a relatively light schedule on their plate, no one can blame the Katipunan school if it looks forward to next Tuesday’s titanic matchup against rival La Salle.For organizers of the tournament, the showdown of the rivals has a special meaning as the game will serve as a fundraiser for longtime barker Rolly Manlapaz who is currently ill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe league will sell separate tickets to the first two matches of the June 12 offering. Prices for the Ateneo-La Salle showdown are: courtside P450, lower box 275, and upper box P100. The tickets will include the Gilas Pilipinas-Emilio Aguinaldo College clash in the 7 p.m. nightcap.Tickets will be sold at the venue gate. For now, Ateneo must get past Mapua using its league-leading offense (87.4 points per game) and defense (61.9 ppg).Ateneo is coming off a 108-44 destruction of Emilio Aguinaldo College. The 64-point winning margin is the largest margin of victory in the 12-year history of the competition.The Cardinals have lost three straight after winning their first four assignments. The last loss by Mapua came at the hands of the Gilas Cadets, who leaned on Ken Tuffin’s two consecutive triples to spark a run that forged a 97-78 win.“I think we kept the game close and even had a chance to win it against the national team, which is composed of probably the best in college now. Good learning for us,” Mapua coach Atoy Co said.Adamson, meanwhile, battles San Sebastian at 6:30 p.m. while Letran opens the day’s schedule when it faces Saint Benilde at 12:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES There is a subplot to that match as Letran will field big man Christian Fajarito, who used to play for the Blazers before transferring to Intramuros. The Knights have also added Larry Muyang (La Salle) and Bonbon Battiler and Fran Yu (University of the East) to their lineup.San Beda plays against Perpetual Altas in the second game as the Lions go up against their former coach, Frankie Lim, who now calls the shots for the Altas.The Red Lions are coming off a rousing 72-70 victory over La Salle, where they dealt the Archers their first loss in seven outings and may have a grudge to bear against Lim and the Altas.Lim was able to pry center Ben Adamos from San Beda.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Running on tight schedule, Ceres trips Davao to keep lead Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

first_imgChina population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “Everyone feels entitled to it, but I have no entitlement to it,” he said. “It’s something that obviously I worked my butt off for and my whole thing is to put it in very short sentences — I do more and I require less. The Suns are more than a perfect fit for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Texas forward Mohamed Bamba (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Kansas State, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Austin, Texas. Kansas won 67-64.(AP Photo/Eric Gay)PHOENIX — Mohamed Bamba could be the next Rudy Gobert, and that’s why he’s expected to go very high in the NBA draft.The towering 7-footer from Harlem, who played his one collegiate season at Texas, worked out individually with Phoenix on Saturday, the third player to do so this week as the Suns weigh their options with the No. 1 overall pick this month in the NBA draft.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours GALLERY: PH begins campaign in Fiba 3×3 World Cup Deandre Ayton worked out Wednesday and Marvin Bagley III on Friday.“Mo had a really good workout,” Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said. “His wingspan, his standing reach, is off the charts. His ability to protect the rim I think will be elite at the NBA level, in addition to his ability to rebound the ball. Another thing that stood out to us in his workout today is we can tell he’s been working on his shooting.”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 crownBamba has been working with noted shooting coach Drew Hanlen and has made significant changes to his form.McDonough described Bamba’s old form as “a slingshot” approach with the ball released far behind the shooter’s head. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bamba said the changes have “made like a night-and-day difference in just my mechanics, getting the ball off smoother and having softer landing on the rim.”“My makes are all net and my misses are landing very soft and long instead of short,” he said.Bamba has a 7-foot-10 wingspan, the largest ever recorded at the NBA combine. McDonough said Bamba’s highest vertical jump was 12 1-2 feet, “which is crazy.”As for the comparison with Gobert, the shot-blocking center of the Utah Jazz, McDonough said “honestly I think at 20 years old he’s ahead of where Rudy was.”“Now Rudy’s made tremendous strides over the last three or four years,” McDonough said. “The question for Mo is can he fill out his body the way Rudy has. But in terms of measurements, they’re similar. In terms of the willingness and desire to anchor a defense and protect the rim, they’re similar. I think Mo probably is a little more mobile at the same age and Rudy is probably stronger, more physically developed at the same age.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Bamba loves the comparison.“He just changed the geometry of the game,” Bamba said. “When he’s not blocking the shot, he’s in the back of your mind.”McDonough calls Bamba “a super-bright guy, one of the smarter guys I’ve seen in the last 10 or 15 years come through the pre-draft process.”Bamba believes that intelligence will serve him well in the NBA.“I have the natural ability to pick things up a lot faster than I think most people would,” he said, “and I think I’ve shown that in the workout that we did today. … IQ is really big. It’s something that you really want to have on and off the court and it takes your game to the next level for sure.”Bamba weighs 234 pounds.“He’s super-long but he’s thin so he needs to add some length to his body, especially the lower body,” McDonough said. “But I think from day one he’ll be able to step on the court and impact games defensively, block shots, rebound and then be an over-the-top lob threat and then build the rest of his game out from there.”Bamba said he is working out for other teams but didn’t want to identify them. Ayton said the Suns were the only team he’s working out with. Bagley planned to work out with Sacramento and Atlanta, teams with the No. 2 and No. 3 picks, respectively, in the June 21 draft.Ayton said he knows he will be the No.1 pick. Bagley said he, not Ayton, deserves to be.Bamba was more diplomatic.last_img read more

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mission accomplished 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 U.S. Open title was worth $3.8 million in prize money.Osaka also has deals with Japanese sporting goods company Yonex, noodle maker Nissin Foods, Citizen Watch and Japanese satellite broadcaster Wowow. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil U.S. Open women’s singles champion Naomi Osaka poses for photographers after a press conference prior to the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament in Tokyo Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Osaka defeated Serena Williams of the U.S. on Saturday, Sept. 8, to become the first Grand Slam singles champion from Japan. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)TOKYO — Naomi Osaka showed how deep her Japanese roots run: She went to watch Japan’s national sport of sumo and said she liked it.Osaka is in Tokyo this week to play in the Pan Pacific Open, just a week after she won the U.S. Open to become the first Japanese woman to win a Grand Slam singles title.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Two years ago she lost in the final to Caroline Wozniacki, who is the top-seeded player this year.“I’ve played a lot more matches between then and now,” Osaka said. “And I think it even shows that I’m a little bit more mature now. So, I mean of course having experience helps.”She also added that “being more confident in yourself” also helps.Osaka is suddenly on track to become one of the highest earning female athletes on earth, taking advantage of roots in Asia, deep-pocketed Japanese companies, and a down-to-earth manner that makes her quickly likable.Last week, Osaka signed a three-year contract with Japanese carmaker Nissan — no financial details were offered — and she is reportedly close to landing a large deal with Adidas, perhaps in the range of $10 million.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Osaka was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother. She has spent most of her life in the United States and lives in Florida, but is sure to represent Japan at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“I thought it was really cool because they’re so flexible and they’re also very strong,” Osaka said Monday at the Pan Pacific Open. “During one match, he kept slapping the other guy. So I thought it was really fun to watch.”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 ChrissOsaka is seeded third in Tokyo and had a bye in the first round. She is the subject of intense interest by Japanese reporters.She fields questions in English but understands most questions posed to her in Japanese. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgArmed with a five-time MVP in June Mar Fajardo and a hardworking big man in Christian Standhardinger, San Miguel Beer added more talent when it acquired Terrence Romeo in an offseason trade. The Beermen unveil their beefed-up roster today as they try to push the debut of No. 1 overall pick CJ Perez of Columbian Dyip to the background. —SHERWIN VARDELEONWhile discussing his run of unsuccessful Finals stint in the PBA, Alaska coach Alex Compton could not escape centering some of his woes on San Miguel Beer.“There was San Miguel for three Finals. And June Mar (Fajardo) was always an issue,” said Compton. A pause and then a realization: “Then they added Christian (Standhardinger) and now they added Terrence (Romeo). Kawawa ang liga.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Raymond Almazan looks to put a rocky episode behind him when he returns for duty for Rain or Shine in the nightcap against NLEx at 7 p.m.The Road Warriors, for their part, will now be drawing boost in the post courtesy of defensive specialist Poy Erram, who reportedly wanted a change of scenery and was granted that much by former team Blackwater.Elasto Painters mentor Caloy Garcia is also ready to move on from the fiasco involving his center: “We’re positive. We just have to be focused this season.”“We hope we can bring the positivity we built in the off-season to our campaign this year,” he added.NLEX tactician Yeng Guiao is excited to see Erram play for the Road Warriors.“We had to pay a high price for him,” he said. “We lost Mike (Miranda), Dave (Marcelo), Alex (Mallari) and of course two of our picks. Imagine all of those just for him?”“He has to be really valuable,” Guiao added.NLEX will try to improve its semifinal finish in last year’s Philippine Cup with Kevin Alas also returning from an ACL injury that sidelined him for the majority of last season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But if Romeo, who said he is willing to tone down his isolation flair to fit himself into the Beermen’s team-first system, turns out to be a hit for San Miguel then Compton may be right. The whole league is in trouble.But such depth comes with responsibilities.“We’re dealing with great pressure, because as people say, we’re the team to beat,” admitted Fajardo, who won a fifth straight MVP plum—a league record.“We’re just looking to defend the crown. We know it’s not going to be easy, but we also know that it’s not impossible. We just have to play as a team and follow coach’s system.”Romeo, whose troubled stint with TNT ended in a reported demand by key KaTropa players for his ouster, won’t be the only player getting a fresh start.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img MOST READ For cultivating Alaska culture, Uytengsu gets lifetime achievement award Beermen coach Leo Austria, however, said the team is just a paper giant right now, whose worth can only be proven “on the court.”On Friday, the Beermen get to do just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe reigning four-time Philippine Cup champions open defense of their all-Filipino dynasty as they finally get to test their souped-up roster when they take on Columbian Dyip at 4:30 p.m. at Cuneta Astrodome.The Dyip have something to show for after the Draft, having tabbed and signed former Lyceum star CJ Perez. But there is little in terms of talent that Columbian can parade against the Beermen, whose trade for the controversial Romeo has been viewed as a high-risk, high-reward situation. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Raptors: Host Washington on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nets: Brooklyn shot 20 for 41 from 3-point range, matching their season high for made 3-pointers. … F DeMarre Carroll (left knee) was not available. Atkinson said Carroll should return Wednesday at Cleveland.Raptors: Toronto has won five straight. … This was the first of six consecutive home games for the Raptors, who don’t play on the road against until March 3 at Detroit. … Musician Sting attended the game.CHANGING OF THE GUARDSRaptors guard Fred VanVleet was not available. Before the game, the Raptors said VanVleet will miss at least three weeks because of a ligament injury in his left thumb. VanVleet was hurt in the second quarter of Saturday’s win at New York.Toronto acquired some insurance at the point guard position Monday when they agreed to sign veteran Jeremy Lin, who is being waived by the Atlanta Hawks. Lin will sign with Toronto later this week, said Jim Tanner, one of his agents.NOT CLICKING YETIn his second game since missing 42 with a right foot injury, Caris LeVert shot 3 for 11 and scored six points.“Is he clicking on all cylinders? No, but I don’t care, quite honestly,” Atkinson said.UP NEXTNets: Visit Cleveland on Wednesday night. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) shots as Brooklyn Nets guard Treveon Graham (21) defends and Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) looks on during second half NBA basketball action in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Marc Gasol was a winner in his first home game with the Toronto Raptors — thanks to a sweet shot by Kawhi Leonard.Leonard banked home the tiebreaking basket with 4.2 seconds remaining and the Raptors edged the Brooklyn Nets 127-125 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Russell hit a tiebreaking 3 with 50 seconds to go, but Danny Green answered with a 3 for the Raptors.With the teams tied at 92 to begin the fourth, Gasol scored 11 of Toronto’s first 13 points in the final quarter.“It was a heck of a stretch for him,” Nurse said. “Really fun, really impressive.”Nets coach Kenny Atkinson had praise for Gasol, too.“I thought he commanded in the post,” Atkinson said. “I could really see him anchoring that second unit and making them very dangerous.”Gasol received a standing ovation when he replaced Ibaka at 3:03 of the first.“It gives you the butterflies in your stomach,” Gasol said of the rousing welcome. “It made you feel like a rookie again. It’s a great feeling to have.”Harris made five of six from 3-point range in the first quarter and Brooklyn led 29-21 after one. The five 3-pointers are the most Harris has made in a single quarter, and matched his season high for an entire game.The Nets led 60-56 at halftime.TIP-INS View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NBA looking into 76ers’ Ben Simmons talk with Lakers MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points and had a career-high 14 assists for Brooklyn. Joe Harris scored 24 points and made a career-best seven 3-pointers, but the Nets lost for the fifth time in six games.The Nets gave the ball to Russell on their final possession, but his long shot bounced off the rim and into Kyle Lowry’s hands.Lowry and Patrick McCaw each scored 13 for the Raptors, who have won 14 of 15 against Brooklyn.Allen Crabbe made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, while Jarret Allen scored 15 for the Nets.Toronto led 120-114 on a 3 by Lowry at 2:45 of the fourth but Crabbe replied with back-to-back 3-pointers to tie it at 120 at 1:34.ADVERTISEMENT “I asked if he called ‘bank,’” Toronto coach Nick Nurse said. “He said he called ‘game.’”Leonard scored 30 points, Serge Ibaka had 18 points and 12 rebounds and Pascal Siakam scored 17 for the Raptors, who have won eight straight home meetings with the Nets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGasol scored 16 points, 11 in the fourth quarter, in his home debut after being acquired from Memphis last Thursday.“I definitely got more comfortable,” Gasol said of his big quarter. 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