JPV finally plays on Marikina home pitch, hosts Global; Davao opens season bid vs Kaya

first_imgAfter a cloud of uncertainty following the pullout of two clubs early this year, the second season of the Philippines Football League finally takes off on Saturday when JPV Marikina makes its home debut against Global Cebu at Marikina Sports Center.Kickoff is at 7 p.m. with JPV hoping for a positive start to its league campaign after limping to a disappointing fifth place finish last season.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Davao Aguilas host Kaya Iloilo at Davao del Norte Sports Complex at 4 p.m. on Sunday, capping opening weekend for the league which will be reduced to six teams this season following the pullout of Ilocos United and Meralco Manila.Ceres-Negros and Stallion Laguna were supposed to play at Panaad Stadium on Saturday, but the league decided to move the match to June.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 folkThe six clubs will play against each other five times in the league competition to comply with the minimum number of games set by the AFC.A Cup competition will be introduced this year, which will be held in the middle of the year. It will mark the first time that JPV is actually playing at MSC, whose pitch underwent repair last year to comply with league standards.“We’re excited to finally play a match on our home pitch,” said JPV coach Dan Padernal. “We want to promote football in Marikina and hopefully we can do that through good performances in the PFL.”Padernal lost some of his key cogs from last season like Takumi Uesato and Takashi Odawara, who moved to Ceres and Davao, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Weather draws attention to capital’s twin sports bids Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Harden scores 44 points, Rockets beat Wolves

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Houston kept All-Star big man Towns in check, limiting him to just eight points after he’d averaged 21.3 in leading the Wolves to their first playoff appearance since 2004. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points to lead Minnesota.The Wolves scored the first nine points of the second half to take a 56-54 lead. Tucker made a 3 for the Rockets after that, but Minnesota used a 6-1 spurt, with 3s from Wiggins and Teague, to go back on top 62-58.The Rockets had managed just six points in the quarter when Gerald Green made a basket with to cut the lead to 1 with about five minutes left in the third. Derrick Rose added a bucket seconds later, but Houston scored six straight points after that to put Houston up 68-65. Harden got things going when he made a 3-pointer while being fouled by Rose and also made the free throw.Minnesota led by a basket after a jump shot by Towns with about two minutes left in the quarter. Harden took over after that, scoring the last six points of the quarter to leave Houston up 76-72 entering the fourth.Harden hit a 3-pointer before making a driving layup he was fouled on by Gorgui Dieng. Harden flexed each bicep twice while peering down at the muscles after the shot before making the free throw.ADVERTISEMENT Minnesota Timberwolves’ Gorgui Dieng, right, fouls Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half in Game 1 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)HOUSTON — James Harden scored 44 points and powered a big fourth-quarter run that allowed the Houston Rockets to outlast the Minnesota Timberwolves 104-101 on Sunday night in Game 1 of the first-round playoff series.Minnesota scored four straight points to get within 3 with about 30 seconds left. Chris Paul added two free throws after that for Houston, but a tip-in by Karl-Anthony Towns got Minnesota back within 3. After a bad pass by Paul gave the Timberwolves a chance to tie it with 1.5 seconds left, Jimmy Butler’s shot was short.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 MOST READ The Rockets swept the regular-season series 4-0, winning by an average of 15.8 points a game and it looked like this one might be another blowout early as the Rockets raced out to a 17-6 lead behind 10 early points from Clint Capela. But the Timberwolves got going after that and had tied it up by late in the first quarter.The Rockets led 54-47 at halftime.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Butler, who led the team by averaging 22.2 points in the regular season, finished with 13 points. … The Wolves made 8 of 23 3-point attempts. … Towns had 12 rebounds and two assists.Rockets: Ryan Anderson missed the game with a sprained left ankle. Coach Mike D’Antoni said there was a chance he could return for Game 2, but that he would know more in the next couple of days. … Capela had 20 points and 10 rebounds at halftime, but was limited in the second half and added just four more points and two rebounds.UP NEXTGame 2 is Wednesday night in Houston.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Timberwolves had a one-point lead with about seven minutes left when Houston used a 9-0 run, with the last seven points from Harden, to make it 94-86 with about four minutes to go. Harden, who also had a steal in that span, capped the run with a 3-pointer that prompted Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau to call a timeout.Jeff Teague ended Minnesota’s scoring drought with two free throws after the timeout and added a 3-point play after a basket by Harden. Harden made another shot to give him 11 straight points for Houston before another basket by Teague.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 crownHarden got Capela in on the scoring after that, finding him for an alley-oop that pushed the lead to 101-93 with less than three minutes left.The top-seeded Rockets had their hands full with the No. 8 Timberwolves on a night where Houston made just 10 of 37 3-pointers. Harden made 7 of 12 3-pointers, but Trevor Ariza, P.J. Tucker, Eric Gordon and Paul combined to make just 3 of their 22 tries. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Neymar ‘recovering well’ after injury, on course for World Cup ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel-ALAB PH, Thai 5 begin duel

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “All the elimination round stuff goes out of the window (in the finals),” said Alapag. “We will have to come out and continue to play the way we did in the semifinals against Hong Kong [Eastern]. As good as we played against Hong Kong, Mono was just as impressive in beating (Chong Son) Kung Fu.”Alab dethroned 2017 champion Eastern via a two game-sweep capped by a 79-72 win in Santa Rosa on Sunday, before Mono overcame Kung Fu, 83-80, to also win their best-of-three semifinal series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor Alapag’s players, there will be plenty of motivation on top of winning the title.Puerto Rican import Renaldo Balkman will be looking to complete his redemption campaign in the finals, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr., whose late father Bobby Sr., coached San Miguel to a second-place finish in 2012, aims to get the job done this time. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Today in Belfast: Remember the Filipino Flash? ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentscenter_img Alapag: Elims games don’t matter anymore —ABL.COMThe elimination round sweep of Mono Vampire of Thailand counts for nothing as far as San Miguel Alab Pilipinas coach Jimmy Alapag as the Filipino club hosts Game 1 of the best-of-five Asean Basketball League (ABL) finals on Sunday night at Santa Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.Alab won both meetings with the Thai club, which meant it will also hold homecourt advantage in the Finals as Alab tries to become the third Filipino club to win the regional crown after the inaugural champions Philippine Patriots in 2010 and the San Miguel Beermen in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Balkman, whose lifetime ban from the PBA was lifted recently, starred in the semifinals against Hong Kong, joining forces with Justin Brownlee.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

Santa Ana Open gets going today

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “We’re offering the biggest prize we’ve had so everybody is excited,” Tan said.A total of $19,000 will be up for grabs in the event, which will have competitions in men’s and women’s divisions.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 crownPresented by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) and First Cagayan, Tan and Soriano will also hold their regular “Sandroots” clinic for kids.“We always try to accommodate as many kids as we can to try and inspire them to take up the sport,” Tan told the Inquirer. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And with topnotch foreign teams on tap, it will be a hard climb for the local squads, who will be led by reigning BVR women’s champions Lot Catubag and Karen Quilario of Davao.“The Ceza, being an important node of economic development in northern Luzon, prides itself of hosting such major sports events—part and parcel of the zone’s mission to be a successful world-class eco, leisure, tourism and sports destination,” said Secretary Raul Lambino, the Ceza administrator and chief executive officer.The event starts at 8 a.m., with First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corp. president Francis Hernando and Santa Ana Mayor Darwin Tobias welcoming participants and guests.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Kangaroos go fly around MGM Grand; why not? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls SANTA ANA, CAGAYAN— Charo Soriano loves the homecoming feel and she hopes that will translate into something productive for her and teammate Bea Tan when the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open serves off here Saturday.“It’s always nice coming back here in Cagayan, in my province,” Soriano said.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View commentslast_img read more

Kobe Paras joins UP Maroons

first_imgHe then transferred to Creighton where he was able to play for one season, 2016-2017, after which he then again moved to Cal State Northridge to join head coach Reggie Theus.Paras spent his first year with the Matadors as a red shirt in obedience to NCAA transfer rules but he would eventually leave after Theus got fired from the team.He will be joined prize recruits Gilas teammate Ricci Rivero and former University of Perpetual Help standout Bright Akhuetie in Season 82.“With the addition of Bright and Ricci, the team has gotten better,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol whose Fighting Maroons finished at fifth seed for Season 80 with a 6-8 record.“That being said, talent is talent, and we are fortunate to have a talent like Kobe on board,” added Perasol. “Winning, as experience has shown us, takes more than talent. We have to get everyone on the same page and to play the right way, and that is what we’ll be working on in the months to come.”ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Being a Maroon runs in the family with older brother Andrei and legendary father Benjie, a two-time PBA MVP, also donning the UP uniform.“I am looking forward to the challenge of helping the Fighting Maroons a better basketball team, and the challenge of helping myself become a better student,” said Paras. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paras seems to have found a home in UP after stints with University of California at Los Angeles, Creighton, and Cal State Northridge. He can suit up in UAAP Season 82.In a statement from nowheretogobutUP, Paras praised the country’s premier state university not just for its athletic program but its status as a top educational institution in the country.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’“The University of the Philippines is the most respected educational institution in the country,” said Paras, 20. “The attraction of UP is not just its basketball program, which just gets better every year, but the world-class education it is known for.”Paras, who is part the national team program, first committed to UCLA after he graduated from Cathedral but wasn’t able to suit up for the Bruins after issued regarding his grades. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kobe Paras is now a Fighting Maroon. Photo from UP MBT (@upmbt) Twitter account(Editor’s note: We are correcting this story to clarify that Paras can suit up for UP as early as Season 82).After bouncing around three schools in the United States, much ballyhooed forward Kobe Paras is set to join University of the Philippines in the UAAP.ADVERTISEMENT 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’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Didal’s next stop: Tokyo

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 “Because the awareness raised by people like you, Cebu City will be building a skate park in the SRP (South Reclamation Project). My sister is personally donating 5M to your cause. As the expert, your input is of course welcome on the park’s design,” Osmeña wrote.Didal not only made Asiad history as one of its first skaters to ever win gold, she also stands to receive a P6-million bonanza for her efforts, which she said will be used to take her family out of poverty.“I think we will start a family business,” Didal continued in Filipino. “We need to do that because I won’t be able to skate for the rest of my life.”Didal’s handlers are lining up tough international events for her to take part in and earn those needed points for the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT As Gin Kings open title defense, teams begin hunt for their Govs’ Cup crown ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gold medallist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines gestures during the victory ceremony for the women’s skateboard street event during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANJAKARTA—There is a skate park being built in Cebu City, a product of an open letter from a netizen who wrote the local government to support skateboarder Margielyn Didal, who had won in a tournament in London.Didal will have an urgent use to practice on the park now.ADVERTISEMENT A day removed from her newfound fame and riches, Didal continues to dream, and she’s going to take the country along for the ride and quench for the Filipinos a thirst that has been there for ages.“I want to earn qualifying points to go to the Olympics [in Toyko in 2020],” Didal, the fourth Philippine gold medalist in the 18th Asian Games, said on Friday after planing back to the Athletes Village from Palembang province to delay what was supposed to be a trip back home on Thursday so she can be the country’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremonies.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’Skateboard will also make its Summer Games debut in Japan two years from now, and with the 19-year-old Didal at the peak of her prowess, she aims to win a medal—if not the Philippines’ first gold in the Olympics.Cebu City Mayor Tomas Osmeña posted on his Facebook page that Didal will have a say on the park’s design, and the 19-year-old sensation could shape it to fit her preparations for Tokyo. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

From unused sub to scorer, Saul redefines Spanish midfielder

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But that once-successful formula had lost its unbeatable status before proving completely outdated at the World Cup in Russia. The nadir came when the team, coached by Fernando Hierro at the time, completed more than 1,000 passes — a large portion of them completely harmless — before succumbing to a far-less talented Russia in a penalty shootout.Luis Enrique has shaken up the team since, putting a new focus on speed, youth and fitness — all qualities embodied in Saul.All three of Saul’s goals this season were first touches from crosses and culminated quick attacks. He used his left foot to score Atletico’s winner in the Super Cup, his right foot against England, and a powerful header against Croatia.As Saul defined himself, he is a “player that works hard for the team, and above all a player who arrives to the area looking to score.”That type of muscular midfielder charging into the box in a second wave behind the forwards is the opposite of the compact, lightweight playmakers that defined Spanish soccer for more than a decade.While acknowledging that Spain is changing, Saul said the foundations of a team built around a strong midfield — regardless of its strengths — still remains.“I don’t know what will happen in the future, but Xavi and Iniesta made history with our national team and made us the best team in the world,” Saul said. “What we have coming up now is another type of player, but our playing philosophy is what they and (coach) Luis Aragones established at the start of this run.“It will be difficult to repeat what they did, but we will try to win a title.” But the arrival of Luis Enrique as Spain coach, combined with the retirement from international soccer by Andres Iniesta and David Silva, has given Saul his chance.Saul started and scored goals in both of Spain’s UEFA Nations League matches. He netted the equalizer in the 2-1 win over England at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, and three days later he scored the opening goal in a 6-0 rout of World Cup runner-up Croatia.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 Chriss“I have been working very hard on my team to have this chance, and for two years on the national team,” Saul said after the win in London.After the victory over Croatia in Saul’s hometown of Elche in southern Spain, the midfielder admitted it had been frustrating not getting off the bench at the World Cup. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Saul Niguez, front left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s opening goal during the UEFA Nations League soccer match between Spain and Croatia at the Manuel Martinez Valero stadium in Elche, Spain, Tuesday Sept. 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)BARCELONA, Spain — After patiently waiting his turn, Saul Niguez is doing more than just making the most of it. The 23-year-old Atletico Madrid player is revolutionizing what it means to be a Spanish midfielder.Saul didn’t play a single minute for Spain at the World Cup. Instead, he watched his country manage only one win in three group matches before losing to host Russia in the round of 16.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college US Davis Cup players try to stay out of Williams controversy “I spent a lot of time thinking during the summer, but now is not the time to talk about the past because it doesn’t matter,” Saul said. “Even though I didn’t play, I had an unforgettable experience at my first World Cup.”Saul made his international debut under coach Julen Lopetegui in September 2016 after he had not been called up Vicente del Bosque for that year’s European Championship. He has made 12 national appearances in total.Before his strong performances over the past week, Saul started his season in August by scoring a spectacular volley in extra time for Atletico’s third goal in a 4-2 win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Super Cup.Saul will now hope his scoring run with Spain will carry back over to Atletico when it hosts Eibar on Saturday. Atletico, which finished second in the league behind Barcelona last year, has only one win in three matches and is already five points adrift the defending champions and Real Madrid.Spain won the 2010 World Cup in between European titles in 2008 and 2012 by deploying its unique “tiki-taka” style, which prioritized keeping possession and picking teams apart with precise passers like Iniesta, Silva and former Spain players Xavi Hernandez and Cesc Fabregas.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Serena Williams confirmed for eighth Australian Open title tilt

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Serena loves coming to Melbourne and I know she’s excited about returning in January with her family, it’s definitely a very special place for her,” said Tiley.“She’ll also be super-focused on winning here, and equalling Margaret Court’s record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.”Tiley said the tournament was gearing up to welcome back Azarenka and Williams — and their children.“Vika (Azarenka) is also a new mum to toddler Leo and I’m looking forward to showing her, and Serena, our new creche facilities,” said Tiley. “I’m sure they’ll be appreciated.”Six-time men’s winners Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who captured his 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne in January, look to be among the players to beat again in 2019.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley said Tuesday he was expecting a full contingent of the top 100 men and women players in Melbourne next year.“I’m delighted to announce that Serena Williams will return to the Australian Open in January,” Tiley said while launching the 2019 event at Rod Laver Arena.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 Chriss“We last saw Serena here in Melbourne as our champion, holding the Daphne Ackhurst Memorial Cup in 2017. Of course what we didn’t know at the time was that she was already eight weeks pregnant with baby Olympia,” said Tiley.Williams needs one more Grand Slam singles victory to equal Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – NEW YORK, NY – Serena Williams of the United States returns the ball against Venus Williams of the United States during their ladies singles third round match on Day Five of the 2018 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Chris Trotman/Getty Images for USTA/AFPSeven times champion Serena Williams will be back at the Australian Open in 2019 having missed her title defense this year after giving birth, organizers said Tuesday.The 23-time Grand Slam winner, who won on her last appearance in 2017 while pregnant, will be joined in January’s tournament by double Melbourne Park champion Victoria Azarenka who was forced to withdraw from the 2018 event because of a custody battle with her baby’s father.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tip-top Federer ‘where I want to be’ for Shanghai defense Tiley was also looking forward to the return of Britain’s Andy Murray, the five-time losing finalist who missed this year’s tournament with injury.“With his incredible work ethic and competitive spirit it would be foolish to underestimate him,” he said of the Scot.Tiley said prize money at the January 14-27 tournament will be increased to Aus$60.5 million ($42.9 million) from Aus$55 million in 2018 — split equally between men’s and women’s tournaments.The 2018 singles winners Federer and Caroline Wozniacki both picked up cheques for Aus$4 million ($2.83 million).The tournament will also introduce a 25-second serve clock to speed up play, after the innovation made its Slam debut at this year’s US Open.“The 25-second serve clock will be introduced for all matches,” said Tiley.“We know there’s a move to speed up play and we’ll continue to work with the players on the best ways to do this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Fiba World qualifiers: Gilas falls to Kazakhstan, drops to 3rd place tie with Japan

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia “It’s really the aggressiveness of Kazakhstan that was apparent in attacking the basket and us being drawn to fouls.”The Philippines committed 25 fouls that led to 24 made free throws for Kazakhstan.Kazakhstan held a 90-85 lead after Yergali’s free throws with 34.2 seconds left but Marcio Lassiter’s three with 26.1 seconds left to play made it a one-possession game, 90-88.Pringle led the Philippines with 29 points while Fajardo had 14 points and 13 rebounds with Lassiter pitching in 13.Alexandr Zhigulin finished with a game-high 30 points with seven rebounds to lead the Kazakhs who improved to a 4-5 record in Group F. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stanley Pringle vs Kazakhstan defender in Fiba World Cup qualifying game. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines absorbed a tough 92-88 loss to Kazakhstan in the second round of the group stage of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Gilas Pilipinas dropped to a third-place tie with Japan, which took an 85-47 win over last-placed Qatar, in Group F after falling to a 5-4 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The top three teams of Groups E and F and the better of the two fourth placers will advance to the Fiba Basketball World Cup in 2019 in China.The Philippines is now in a must-win situation to break its tie with Japan to ensure a spot in the World Cup.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Despite underdog tag vs Ateneo, UP will fight like hell for that UAAP title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES Anton Bykov drilled a dagger of a layup for the Kazakhs after he converted Rustam Yergali’s assist with 12.7 seconds left in the game.Yergali was able to draw Gilas center June Mar Fajardo to help out on the left side of the paint and he made a short pass to Bykov who beat the shot clock.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 Chriss“We were mismatched in terms of quickness especially with our big men,” said Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao who elected to use NorthPort point guard Stanley Pringle as the team’s naturalized player instead of San Miguel center Christian Standhardinger and former NBA player Andray Blatche.There were stretches when Fajardo was the lone true big man on the court for the Philippines with natural wing Gabe Norwood playing as the power forward. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Davao hammers listless Bacoor; Cebu triumphs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Davao pullout leaves PFL with 5 teams Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia MOST READ Davao Occidental Tigers. Photo from Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball LeagueDavao Occidental pounced on a listless Bacoor City as the Tigers rolled to an emphatic 69-50 victory on Wednesday night to extend their winning streak to 12 games in the MPBL Datu Cup at Strike Gym in Cavite.Veteran Mark Yee fired 17 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while Leo Najorda finished with 16 points for the Tigers, who tightened their grip of top spot in the South division by improving to 14-3.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Unfazed by the home crowd, the Tigers took the Strikers out of their comfort zone with their stingy defense as they held their foes to just 37 points in the first three periods.Earlier, Cebu City snapped a two-game slide by pummeling an undermanned Pasay squad, 76-61.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 ChrissRaffy Octobre notched another double double with 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Patrick Cabahug returned from an injury and chipped in 12 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more