Month: January 2020

Onuaku, Bolts off to dominating start in PBA Commissioner’s Cup

first_imgArinze Onuaku reminded everyone why he was the Best Import two years ago as he led Meralco’s strong start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup strong, beating Columbian, 116-103, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT But it wasn’t just Onuaku who had a big game for the Bolts.Chris Newsome added 18 points, seven rebounds and seven assists while Niño Canaleta and Nico Salva combined for 15 points off the bench.Jared Dillinger chipped in 11 points, including the dagger triple from the left corner that put Meralco ahead, 108-96, with 1:41 remaining.“I believe that our locals, the other guys also played well. KG (Canaleta), JD (Dillinger), and the other guys,” Black said. “Great effort, great start for us coming off the All-Filipino. Hopefully, we could sustain it the rest of the conference.”CJ Aiken played much better offensively with 21 points that went with 18 rebounds after scoring only nine in his PBA debut in Columbian’s win over Blackwater, but the Dyip obviously need more than just that if he wants to keep his job.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jerramy King, who erupted for a career-high 30 points three days ago, only had 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting from the field. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img 2 men from Rome arrested after attacking Liverpool fan Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Onuaku had an all-around and efficient outing with 30 points on 14-of-15 shooting from the field, 19 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes of action.The bull-strong import had a dominating performance despite coming straight from the nearby Cardinal Santos Medical Center due to a bum stomach.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“First, I’d like to tip my hat off to Arinze. He’s been sick the last few days. He hasn’t practiced with us and he came from the hospital,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I would like to tip my hat off to him for playing really, really well. He gives us exactly what we need, rebounds and post-play.” 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’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Gordon leads Rockets over Warriors to take 3-2 series lead

first_imgDraymond Green made a 3-pointer with just over minute left to get Golden State within one. Harden, who was 0 for 11 on 3s, missed his last one with less than 30 seconds left, giving the Warriors the ball back.Stephen Curry missed a floater and Trevor Ariza grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. But he made just one of two free throws to give the Warriors another chance.But Gordon came up with his steal when Green lost control in the lane and added two free throws with 2.4 seconds left to put it away.Klay Thompson shook off a knee injury that had his status for this game in question to score 23 points and Curry added 22. A bruised left knee kept Andre Iguodala out for the second straight game, and Kevon Looney started in his place.After losing Game 1 of the series, the Rockets made the best of home-court advantage this time, thrilling a sellout crowd that included Justin Timberlake, Houston Texans star J.J. Watt and rapper Travis Scott.ADVERTISEMENT Chris Paul scored 20 points and James Harden struggled for his 19, but Paul had to leave the game in the final minute with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.Kevin Durant scored 29 points for the Warriors, who lost in Game 5 of a playoff series for just the second time since 2015.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 Rockets won a second straight defensive struggle between the two potent offenses, leaving the Warriors a loss from missing the NBA Finals for the first time since 2014.“We had to rely on our defense once again,” Harden said. “Game 4, we weren’t making shots but defensively we were really good. Same thing tonight.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls It’s Houston’s second straight win in the series after snapping Golden State’s NBA playoff-record, 16-game home winning streak with a 95-92 victory on Tuesday night.Golden State led by one to start the fourth before Paul got going, scoring seven points to power a 10-5 run that gave the Rockets an 81-77 lead with about 9 1/2 minutes left.Thompson made a 3-pointer after that and then officials reviewed Paul’s first basket of the quarter and ruled he got it off after the shot clock expired, leaving the Warriors ahead 80-79.The Rockets were clinging to a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Durant fouled Gordon on a 3-point attempt, losing one of his shoes in the process. Gordon made all three free throws to start a 7-2 spurt that extended the lead to 88-82 midway through the quarter.The Rockets honored the 10 people killed in last week’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, before the game, with the school’s choir singing the national anthem and team owner Tilman Fertitta wearing a “Santa Fe Strong” T-shirt, before Houston scored the game’s first six points in a first half where the team led by as many as 11.TIP-INSWarriors: Coach Steve Kerr was unsure Thursday if Iguodala would be able to return for Game 6. “He’s dying to play, but he’s not healthy enough,” Kerr said. “We’ll just continue to take it day to day.”… Curry made four free throws to tie Rick Barry for most free throws made in the playoffs in franchise history with 378. … Golden State had 18 turnovers.Rockets: Clint Capela had 12 points and 14 rebounds for his seventh double-double this postseason. … Houston made 13 of 43 3-pointers, led by four from Gordon.UP NEXTAfter Game 6 on Saturday, the Rockets would host Game 7 on Monday if necessary. Eric Gordon #10 of the Houston Rockets shoots against Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors in the first half of Game Five of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 24, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPHOUSTON — Eric Gordon came off the bench to score 24 points and his steal on Golden State’s last possession secured a 98-94 victory Thursday night that gave the Houston Rockets a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference finals.The Rockets head into Game 6 on Saturday night in Oakland one win away from knocking off the defending champions and advancing to the NBA Finals for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1994-95.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LeBron, Harden unanimous selections to All-NBA Team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View commentslast_img read more

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Sakkari upsets Venus Williams to reach Silicon Valley semis

first_imgDrug tests for gamers as football’s eWorld Cup jackpot climbs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Maria Sakkari, of Greece, celebrates after winning a point against Venus Williams, of the United States, during the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic tennis tournament in San Jose, Calif., Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Sakkari won 6-4, 7-6 (2). (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)SAN JOSE, Calif. — Maria Sakkari of Greece upset third-seeded Venus Williams 6-4, 7-6 (2) on Friday night in the quarterfinals of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic.Sakkari came back from 0-3 in the first set and 3-5 in the second set. She advanced to face American Danielle Collins — with the winner reaching her first WTA final.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Collins, a two-time NCAA champion for Virginia, advanced after former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus retired midway through the second set due to injury.Azarenka led 4-2 in the first set before needing a tiebreaker to win the 72-minutes set 7-6 (4). She grabbed her right leg in the opening game of the second set, lost the first three games and was evaluated by a trainer and doctor before retiring prior to the fourth game.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’Fifth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania secured the first semifinal spot by beating Australia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 7-5. The Romanian will face No. 4 seed Elise Mertens.Mertens, a Belgian, saved two set points in the first set, forced a tiebreak and won four straight games in the second set for a 7-6 (4), 6-3 victory over Johanna Konta. It’s Mertens’ fifth WTA semifinal of the year. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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CJ Cansino continues impressive run, credits Ayo for confidence boost

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas blew out University of the East, 80-66, for its second win this year and Cansino churned out another stellar performanceCansino was whirling derby for the Tigers with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists while also providing timely baskets for Aldin Ayo’s group.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 ChrissSuch numbers has made Cansino a hot commodity for UST and he said that it’s all due to Ayo’s commitment to them.“Coach gave us a lot of confidence during the games. He’s always telling us that ‘there’s one thing that can’t be taken away from you and that’s confidence,’” said Cansino in Filipino. 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 “Coach Aldin just gives you a ton of confidence as long as you do things right,” added Cansino.UST’s prized rookie wasn’t just crashing the board for the Tigers as he was also finding himself open in crucial times.After UE went on a 19-5 run in the third quarter to cut what was once a 21-point lead to seven, 49-42, Cansino found a spot beyond the arc and promptly drilled a three-pointer to cap UST’s 11-1 salvo that put them ahead 60-43 with 1:04 left in the period.Ayo said Cansino had struck the fine balance between being humble and striving for more in life.“CJ has a good attitude and a good character because he wants to win,” said Ayo. “You also have to admire the humility of the boy and he wants to learn. I can say the parents did a good job in his upbringing because I talk to them a lot. CJ’s parents did a good job of raising him.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal CJ Cansino may be a rookie but he’s proving quickly that he belongs with the big boys of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Irving, Celtics rally from 22 down to overcome Suns in OT

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Boston recovered from an ice cold start and won despite shooting 40.2 percent from the field. The Celtics trailed by double digits for much of the second half until a furious late rally.Suns rookie Deandre Ayton had 14 points and 10 rebounds.Irving hit a 3 with 35.1 seconds to go in the fourth, then his steal led to Brown’s layup that cut the Suns’ lead to 98-97 with 7.3 seconds to play. Warren hit two free throws, then Morris took a pass from a double-teamed Irving for the tying 3.Warren, starting for the first time since Oct. 31, scored 14 first-quarter points as the Suns took advantage of the Celtics’ shooting woes. Phoenix led 32-13 after 12 minutes.After making their first shot of the game, a 3 by Irving, the Celtics missed their next 12 attempts and the Suns raced out to a 15-3 lead.ADVERTISEMENT NBA veteran Dwyane Wade, actress Gabrielle Union welcome baby daughter Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Aron Baynes’ putback with 5:04 left in the first quarter was the Celtics’ second basket of the game, and they shot just 4 of 22 in the quarter.Boston got the lead down to 14 in the second, but a 3 from Booker gave the Suns a 48-26 advantage with 4:31 left in the half.The Celtics trailed 55-35 at the break.Consecutive baskets by Booker put the Suns in front 75-58 in the third quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Their 13 points in the first quarter were a season low. Irving was the only starter to make a field goal in the first half. Jayson Tatum, Al Horford, Gordon Hayward and Brown were a combined 0 for 15. … G Marcus Smart surpassed 1,000 rebounds and 400 steals for his career.Suns: Warren made his third start this season. Ryan Anderson came off the bench. . Booker has 146 points in his last three games against the Celtics, including the career-high 70 he scored in Boston on March 24, 2017.  A game after playing a season-low seven minutes, 2017 first-round draft pick Josh Jackson played only five.ANALYZING AYTONCeltics coach Brad Stevens called Ayton a “special talent” when asked about the rookie before the game. “He brings everything to the table you would think a really good player at that position brings,” Stevens said.JAYLEN JAM Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving celebrates a basket during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Phoenix. The Celtics won 116-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — Kyrie Irving scored 18 of his season-high 39 points in the fourth quarter and overtime, and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit for a 116-109 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.Irving scored Boston’s first six points in the extra period, and Marcus Morris finished with 17 against his former team — including the tying 3-pointer with 1.1 seconds left in regulation off a pass from Irving.ADVERTISEMENT Morris hit from the top of the arc to tie it at 100. Jaylen Brown added 17 points, all after halftime, for the Celtics.Devin Booker paced the Suns (2-9) with a season-high 38 points, and T.J. Warren had 29.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 ChrissBooker scored 12 points in the fourth quarter but Phoenix couldn’t hold onto a 15-point lead to begin the final period.The Celtics ended a two-game skid, while the Suns have lost nine of 10. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Brown’s first basket was a high-flying, one-handed dunk in transition at the 10:10 mark of the third quarter. Smart provided the assist.UP NEXTCeltics: At the Utah Jazz on Friday in their second set of back-to-back games this season.Suns: At the New Orleans Hornets on Saturday. View commentslast_img read more

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Copa Libertadores saga ends as River Plate wins in Madrid

first_imgCarpio 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 No major incidents between fans had been reported in the city, which was picked from several bidders in part because it has one of the largest Argentine populations outside of Argentina.Spanish authorities said a 68-year-old fan had a heart attack while going to the match and was hospitalized in critical condition.River fans celebrated the title at the Obelisk in downtown Buenos Aires, and the ones in Madrid were expected to take the team’s red-and-white colors to an iconic plaza in the capital.With the victory, River Plate will represent South America in FIFA’s Club World Cup this month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Argentina’s River Plate players hold the trophy aloft as they celebrate their victory in the Copa Libertadores final soccer match at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)MADRID — Madrid turned into Buenos Aires for a night Sunday, with tens of thousands of Argentine fans transforming Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabeu into a stadium of their own.River Plate fans were the only ones celebrating in the end, both at home and in Spain, after the historic victory over fierce rival Boca Juniors in the twice-suspended final of the Copa Libertadores.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Show of force The first leg at Boca’s La Bombonera Stadium in Buenos Aires ended 2-2.Rival fans were separated for security reasons with more than 25,000 from each club expected at the Bernabeu, and many making the expensive trip from Argentina. Only supporters of the home team were allowed in the matches in Argentina to avoid fan violence.It wasn’t a full house, though, with 62,000 attending the match at the around 80,000-capacity stadium. There were empty sections behind both goals.“It’s difficult to talk about the fans right now,” Boca Juniors coach Guillermo Barros Schelotto said. “We couldn’t win the Copa for them. They endured a lot to come here from all different parts of the world. It was incredibly sad in the changing room. It hurts a lot for me not to win the Copa, especially because of the fans.”Quintero scored with a shot from the edge of the area after a well-coordinated attack past the Boca defense. Martinez allowed the celebrations to begin when he scored into an open net in the final seconds as Boca goalkeeper Esteban Andrada had gone to the opposite area to try to equalize on a corner.Just seconds earlier, Leonardo Jara had a chance to score for Boca and send the match into a penalty shootout, but his shot struck the post to the desperation of the team’s fans.Benedetto had opened the scoring with a beautiful goal on a counterattack in the 43rd. After receiving a superb throughball from midfielder Nahitan Nandez, Benedetto cleared a defender and entered the area with only goalkeeper Franco Armani to beat, then calmly finished with a shot into the corner. He appeared to taunt a River player as he ran to celebrate with his teammates.River got the equalizer after a pass from Ignacio Fernandez to Pratto, who scored with a low shot from near the penalty spot.The Nov. 24 second leg was initially postponed for one day after the Boca team bus was attacked outside River’s Monumental Stadium. South American soccer governing body CONMEBOL eventually said the game couldn’t be played in Argentina because of security concerns.The match in Madrid was played amid strict security measures. Supporters from both clubs took over the city streets throughout the weekend and had been near the Bernabeu since early Sunday. River came from behind to beat the rival 3-1 in the second leg after extra time to win South America’s equivalent of the Champions League 5-3 on aggregate.One of the most anticipated matches in South American soccer finally came to a conclusion, nearly a month after the first leg was played in Argentina.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 ChrissThe final capped one of the most embarrassing chapters in South American soccer, which saw its leaders unable to stage the historic match on the continent. The second leg had to be played in the Spanish capital after it was marred by fan violence in Buenos Aires two weeks ago, when Boca players were injured before the game after River fans attacked the team bus with rocks, bottles and wood.Soccer great Lionel Messi and FIFA President Gianni Infantino were among those at the “superclasico” at the Bernabeu, which saw the Argentine fans chanting throughout the match in a unique scene at the traditional European stadium. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia It was River’s fourth Copa Libertadores title, and first since 2015. Boca Juniors remained on six titles and missed a chance to tie Argentina’s Independiente as the competition’s most successful club.“River was the better team throughout the entire tournament,” said Matias Biscay, River’s assistant coach who replaced the suspended Marcelo Gallardo. “Our team played against the toughest opponents and knew how to overcome them. And in the final against our rival we were superior in both matches.”After reaching 1-1 after 90 minutes on Sunday, River went ahead when Juan Fernando Quintero scored four minutes into the second half of extra time, and Gonzalo “Pity” Martinez added a third goal in the final minutes of the high-profile match.Dario Benedetto had opened the scoring in normal time just before halftime for Boca, and Lucas Pratto equalized for River in the 67th.Boca had Wilmar Barrios sent off early in extra time and then had Fernando Gago leave the field near the end because of an injury.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Giannis Antetokounmpo scores 30, Bucks beat Celtics

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “We just tried to play a bit harder, a bit sharper,” said Antetokounmpo, who also had eight rebounds and five assists.Khris Middleton had 21 points and nine rebounds, Tony Snell scored 15 and Thon Maker added 12 points for Milwaukee, which has won six of seven.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 ChrissAfter falling behind 10-1 in the first quarter, Antetokounmpo got Milwaukee’s first field goal 2:99 into the game on a dunk that started the Bucks on a 16-point run and dazed the Celtics, who never recovered.“We haven’t lost twice to the same team this year,” Antetokounmpo said. “It’s a good feeling, coming in here and getting a win in here because they play so well at home.” Kyrie Irving had 15 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the Celtics, whose frustrations after their third straight loss carried over and led to a lengthy closed-door meeting in the locker room after the game.“It is something that we will keep in the locker room,” said Jayson Tatum, who scored 20 for Boston. “It’s not something for everybody to know what we talked about. We just have to be better as a team.”The Celtics were missing their top two centers and forward Marcus Morris. Milwaukee capitalized on its advantage inside all night.“As you dig a hole against them, it’s hard to come back. They’re a heck of a team,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.Malcom Brogdon had 10 points and nine rebounds and Antetokounmpo pulled down eight boards for the Bucks, who finished with a 55-36 rebounding advantage. Boston also sent Antetokounmpo to the foul line 17 times, and he made 13 free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “It was well needed,” Brown said. “It was definitely well needed and we’re trying to move forward in the right direction.”KNOCKOUTLL Cool J was sitting courtside and got a big cheer when he showed up on the monitor as his song “Mama Said Knock You Out” blasted through the public address system.TIP-INSBucks: Antetokounmpo scored Milwaukee’s first 14 points in the third quarter. … The Bucks also out-rebounded the Celtics 31-13 in the first two periods and led 65-48 at halftime. Milwaukee shot 63 percent (12 for 19) in the first quarter and led 35-22 after one. … F Ersan Ilyasova had surgery Friday on his nose, which he broke during practice last weekend. Ilyasova, who is averaging 7.5 points and 5.5 rebounds, is out indefinitely.Celtics: Morris has a sore right knee and did not dress. … Horford missed his seventh straight game with a sore left knee. … Baynes has a broken finger on his left hand. He underwent surgery on Thursday and is expected to be out four to six weeks. … Boston made a franchise-record 24 3-pointers in the first meeting, beating the Bucks 117-113 on Nov. 1.UP NEXTBucks: Visit the Miami Heat on Saturday night.Celtics: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday. MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 LeBron James gets triple-double, Lakers top Anthony Davis-led Pelicans Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) goes to the hoop against Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward (20) and guard Jaylen Brown (7) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)BOSTON — The Milwaukee Bucks turned their slow start into a long, frustrating night for the Boston Celtics.Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points and got the Bucks rolling on an early 16-0 run that put Milwaukee in command for good in a 120-107 win over the short-handed Celtics on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil With Milwaukee controlling the paint, the Celtics were forced outside and made just 10 of 34 attempts from 3-point range and were 34 for 91 overall.“They missed a lot of shots,” Bledsoe said. “I’m pretty sure they got a pretty good amount up — they just missed a lot of them. We did a great job of scrambling tonight.”The Celtics have lost three straight since winning eight in a row.Jaylen Brown scored 21 for Boston. Gordon Hayward had 11 points and and Semi Ojeleye finished with 10 points, getting the start at center with Al Horford and Aron Baynes both out with injuries.Milwaukee dominated the first half after the slow start, using a 9-0 run late in the second quarter to pull ahead by as much as 26 points.Boston made a few runs in the second half but was never able to get the margin closer than 11.Brown’s dunk with 9:43 left pulled Boston within 97-82, but he was called for a technical for flexing his muscles after the dunk and Brogdon made the ensuing free throw.Brown made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 103-90, and then Rozier made a steal and started on a fast break with Hayward, who spun a layup off the backboard while drawing a foul. Hayward missed the free throw and a chance at the three-point play.TALK IT OUTBoston’s locker room remained closed for nearly 40 minutes after the game ended. Players wouldn’t get into specifics about what was said, but it was clear that inconsistent play following the eight-game winning streak was one of the topics discussed. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentslast_img read more

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Five players to watch at the Asian Cup

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Tottenham Hotspur’s Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal during the English League Cup 4th round soccer match between West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur at the London stadium in London, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)After a string of eye-catching performances in 2018, lightning-quick Son is looking to add Asian Cup honours to the Asian Games gold he won in Indonesia in September. At the World Cup, Son scored a left-footed stunner against Mexico and the injury-time clincher to send holders Germany out. He has been in scorching form for Tottenham, scoring seven goals in his last seven league appearances. Among them was the Premier League’s November goal of the month — a quicksilver piece of individual magic against Chelsea — a rocket at Leicester and doubles in the 6-2 rout of Everton and 5-0 Boxing Day thrashing of Bournemouth. Son first caught the eye four years ago as South Korea reached the Asian Cup final in Australia, prompting Spurs to pay Bayer Leverkusen £22 million ($28 million) for the twinkled-toed forward who has a deadly shot with either foot. He won’t figure in South Korea’s first two matches, under a deal done with the north London club, but class act Son can take the Asian Cup by the scruff of the neck once he touches down.Wu Lei, China 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 ChrissShanghai SIPG’s Wu Lei celebrates during the Chinese Super League (CSL) football match between Shanghai SIPG and Beijing Renhe in Shanghai on November 7, 2018. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUTIf China are to spring a surprise and reach the latter stages of the tournament, they will need Wu to fire for his country. The forward hit 27 goals in 29 games to top the scoring charts in the Chinese Super League (CSL) and play a major part in Shanghai SIPG’s first title triumph. But with little else in attack for the national side, Wu has been nowhere near as prolific for his country (13 goals in 59 games) and often looks a shadow of the player he is for SIPG. Wu was voted CSL player of the season, and with his speed and direct running has the potential to be one of the stars of the tournament. Linked with a move to Chinese-owned English Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers.Ali Mabkhout, UAE No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom UAE Al-Jazeera club player Ali Mabkhout Al Hajeri (L) and Iranian Perspolis FC club player Shojae Khalilzadeh, vie for the ball during their AFC Champions League football match at the Mohammed Bin Zayaed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on May 7, 2018. (Photo by KARIM SAHIB / AFP)Prolific striker Mabkhout’s five goals saw him bag the top scorer award at the last Asian Cup as the UAE reached the semi-finals. He scored the winning goal in the third-place playoff and went on to be named the 2015 Asian Player of the Year. Mabkhout lit up the group stages in Australia with the fastest goal in Asian Cup history, just 14 seconds into the UAE’s group stage win against Bahrain. The 28-year-old, who plays for Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, has a phenomenal strike rate, having bagged 44 goals for his country in 65 appearances. He will have the extra burden of carrying home hopes — the UAE reached their only previous final as hosts in 1996, losing to Saudi Arabia — in the absence of injured star playmaker Omar “Amoory” Abdulrahman, the 2016 Asian Player of the Year.Maya Yoshida, JapanJapan’s defender Maya Yoshida takes part in a training session in Kazan on June 30, 2018, during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Benjamin CREMEL / AFP)As coach Hajime Moriyasu puts his faith in Japan’s hungry, young players at the Asian Cup, captain Maya Yoshida’s experience will be crucial. The 30-year-old Southampton centre-back has been a regular feature in the Japan side since making his debut in 2010, helping the Blue Samurai win a record fourth Asian Cup the following year. A no-nonsense defender, Yoshida is a popular member of the Japan set-up and will be a calming influence when the going gets tough in the UAE. The 89-cap veteran played a key role as Japan reached the last 16 of the 2018 World Cup but had a game to forget as they squandered a two-goal lead in a dramatic 3-2 defeat by Belgium. Yoshida won’t have to face Belgium’s firepower at the Asian Cup but Iran, South Korea and holders Australia will be serious threats. Japan will need all their skipper’s sang-froid to go the distance.Mathew Ryan, AustraliaAustralia’s goalkeeper Mathew Ryan and team mates from Autralia’s national football team attend a training session at the Park Arena in Sochi on June 25, 2018, on the eve of the Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup Group C football match between Australia and Peru. (Photo by Nelson Almeida / AFP)Mat Ryan has fast established himself as a first-rate goalkeeper in the English Premier League and is one of the truly top-class players at the Asian Cup. He might be one of the world’s smaller shot stoppers, at six foot (1.84 metres), but he stood tall for newly-promoted Brighton last season to help them avoid relegation, and has been equally impressive this year in their mid-table campaign. The Sydney-born Ryan rose to fame with the Central Coast Mariners in Australia’s A-League, earning a move to Belgium’s Club Brugge before a switch to Valencia in La Liga and then Brighton in July 2017. He made his Socceroos debut in 2012, succeeding Mark Schwarzer. The 26-year-old has played at two World Cups and was a key part of Australia’s winning team at the 2015 Asian Cup. He recently told reporters he was “doing everything I can to replicate that this time”.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Five players likely to catch the eye at the Asian Cup, which starts on Saturday in Abu Dhabi:Son Heung-min, South KoreaADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk After failed playoff bid, Phoenix looking to play better, disciplined basketball in 2019 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAE: Ras al-Khaimah welcomes new year with impressive fireworks PLAY LIST 01:10UAE: Ras al-Khaimah welcomes new year with impressive fireworks02:40Australia fires: Battle to save homes in New South Wales01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Andy Murray will put ‘heart and soul’ into return, says mom Judy

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The operation was performed primarily to improve his quality of life, with Murray revealing that he struggled simply to put on his socks and shoes, but also offered a potential route back to the sport.“He is doing pretty well. It is not that long since he had the operation and time will tell,” Judy Murray told Sky Sports.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Nobody knows how he is going to recover in the longer term. He is in a good place mentally and we just keep our fingers crossed.“But I tell you, if anybody can do it he can because he will put his heart and soul into it like he does with everything.” Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil South Korea sends World Cup bid plan to North Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The former world number one announced at an emotional press conference ahead of the Australian Open in January that he planned to retire after Wimbledon but was more hopeful following a remarkable five-set defeat by Roberto Bautista Agut in the first round.No player has come back from the same operation to play singles but American Bob Bryan recently returned in doubles and won an ATP Tour title in Delray Beach last month with his brother Mike.Bryan said in Australia that he no longer felt any pain and backed Murray to follow him by making a comeback.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Britain’s Andy Murray celebrates after winning the the third set tie-breaker against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)Andy Murray will put his “heart and soul” into trying to return to professional tennis, his mother Judy has said, although she admitted the player’s future is unclear.The 31-year-old underwent hip resurfacing surgery at the end of January in a final throw of the dice to try to overcome the problem that first became a serious issue in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history View commentslast_img read more

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Battle for Senate Begins

first_imgSen. Jewel Howard TaylorThe National Elections Commission (NEC) at the weekend launched the Voters’ Roll Update ahead of the ensuing 2014 Special Senatorial Election in Liberia.The intent, NEC said, is to incorporate Liberians who have attained the age of 18 and above since the last elections in 2011, when the voters’ registration exercise was last held.According to NEC Chairman Cllr. Jerome G. Korkoya, eligible Liberians who, for one reason or the other did not register in 2011; voters, who have changed locations since the last voters’ registration exercise and wish to be registered at their current location are those that will be covered under said exercise.This process runs from January 13 to March 5, 2014.Speaking at NEC Headquarters during the launch, Cllr. Korkoya indicated that the success of the voters’ roll update is largely dependent on the conduct of a sustained civic and voters’ education exercise. He described the process as an integral part of a democratic establishment.Chairman Korkoya: “Civic and voter education in a democratic process is particularly important because it deals with broader concepts underpinning a democratic society such as the respective roles and responsibilities of citizens, governments, political  and special interests, the mass media, the business and non-profit sectors as well as the significance of periodic and competitive elections.   It emphasizes not only citizens’ awareness but participation in all aspects of the democratic process. NEC is aware that there can be no free, fair and participatory elections in the absence of adequate information.”Cllr. Korkoya maintained that in order to successfully educate voters about the election, the Commission has partnered with 50 civil society organizations currently carrying out school-based information dissemination campaign on the voters’ roll update exercise.Accordingly, said campaign is being conducted in secondary and tertiary learning institutions in the 15 counties under the supervision of NEC. The Commission furthered that the aim of said awareness among the youth is to encourage young people, mostly “first time voters” to overwhelmingly participate in the process.On the issue of women participation, the NEC boss announced that with funding from UNDP, NEC is engaged with gender, specific project aimed at enhancing and increasing women’s participation in the Voters’ Roll Update process.The Commission has deployed 219 civic and voter educators in the 15 counties to carry out door-to-door education and awareness. 51 are deployed in Montserrado, while the remaining 168 take mission in the other 14 counties.Also speaking, Press Union of Liberia (PUL) president Abdullai Kamara lauded NEC for the update exercise but added that “there remain many unanswered questions about the process.”He called on government’s functionaries responsible for collecting data to collaborate in order to have a proper and updated data of Liberians.The PUL’s position was also buttressed by Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, who also thinks that there’s a need to support an integrated data system.  She praised the Commission for the positive initiative and called on voters to participate at all level.The Bong County Senator further encouraged local and international partners to adequately support NEC with every necessary budgetary requirement to ensure that a well-organized and credible Senatorial election is held.Launch of the Voters’ Roll Update could mean that the quest for entering the Senate by many politicians in January 2015 has begun.The Special Senatorial Election is the first of its kind since the 1986 Constitution came into force. Many see it as the beginning stage for the bigger political contest in 2017. Some presidential candidates, including Peace Ambassador George M. Weah, in previous elections have vowed to place their names on the ballot. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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