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Past haunting Lady Bulldogs, says coach

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Castillo, who replaced Roger Gorayeb as the team’s head coach in 2017, said the Lady Bulldogs are still being bothered by their past failures.“Their past is haunting them, they’re having a difficult time shaking that off,” said Castillo in Filipino. “They still remember that vibe. When they lost in one of our games, I heard some comments that what has happened before is happening again.”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 Lady Bulldogs started off the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament on fire for a 6-1 record, a first in school history that they ended up as the top seed after the first round.But it has been a different story in the second round as NU succumbed to three straight setbacks, with its latest loss against mid-table contender Adamson University, 25-19, 25-15, 18-25, 25-13, in Wednesday. Azkals survive late scare, escape Fiji in friendly Castillo said the team’s inability to move on has hampered the team as the Lady Bulldogs could be in danger of failing to get into the semifinals again if the slide continuesNU is tied with Far Eastern University for third in the standings but the Lady Falcons can still boot the Lady Bulldogs out of the big dance.Even sixth-seeded University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines still have a mathematical chance of taking NU’s temporary spot in the standings.Castillo, though, remained positive despite his team’s struggles.“This has a solution,” said Castillo. “You just have to be part of the solution and I think that is one thing that is very important. Now is the time to support each other.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next To put things in perspective, the Lady Bulldogs have yet to win a game in the second part of the eliminations as they bowed to teams—De La Salle, Ateneo, and Adamson— that they beat in the first round.This struggle, though, isn’t new to NU as the expected contender—especially with Jaja Santiago on its roster—has faltered several times in the crucial stages for the past years.In season 79, NU held a respectable 5-3 record midway through the season but then lost four of its next six games and bombed  out of the Final Four race with a 7-7 cardA similar occurrence happened in Season 78 when the Lady Bulldogs failed to get to the Final Four with a 7-7 record.“I really saw the ghost of the past earlier in the game because the players base their happiness on wins and that shouldn’t be the case,” said Castillo. “They’re not themselves if they act like that.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s a new era in National University but head coach Babes Castillo feels the Lady Bulldogs are still lingering in their past.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lee: Rematch vs Yamaguchi ‘will be one for the books’

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Two years after their first fight, which turned out to be the Fight of the Year, Lee and Yamaguchi will meet in the cage again.The rematch will Lee’s third title defense and the champion vowed that the sequel will be better than the first.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“This fight will be one for the books,” said Lee Monday at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre after the press conference for the Unstoppable Dreams card that she and Yamaguchi will headline.“I think that fight, it was Fight of the Year for a reason, and we both showed a lot of heart, grit, and determination. We won a lot of respect from that fight.” View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lee didn’t want to predict how the bout could go, but she did promise that fireworks will go off on Friday.“This time around it’s going to be different,” said Lee, who holds an 8-0 record. “We’re both going to give the best we can on the table and we’ve both made improvements since then. I know she has and I also definitely did.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from ONE ChampionshipSINGAPORE—Angela Lee and Mei Ymaguchi produced an instant classic back in 2016 when they fought through five rounds for the ONE atomweight belt.Singapore’s Lee became the inaugural atomweight champion after edging Yamaguchi via unanimous decision in a brawl that solidified both her and Yamaguchi’s status as premier fighters in the promotion.ADVERTISEMENT Kings’ Cauley-Stein says learning, sharing experience to kids ‘bigger than hoops’last_img read more

Gamer: LeBron appearing on cover of NBA 2K video game

first_imgLATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments The NBA 2K19 20th anniversary edition will be available to fans on Sept. 7.James and the Cavaliers trail Golden State 2-0 in this year’s Finals. Game 3 is Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew James says he’s humbled to be chosen for the 20th anniversary cover “of a game I’ve played and loved since I was a little kid. We were able to do something really unique for the cover that represents everything that drives me and inspires me — from my family to where I come from and words I live by.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trialcenter_img 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 MOST READ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Warriors, Cavaliers say they’re not going to White House Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours They Will Know Your Name, just like they know the King’s. Introducing our 20th Anniversary Edition cover athlete @KingJames. Pre-order #NBA2K19 now to play 4 days early starting September 7th https://t.co/Fwn4OnQeur pic.twitter.com/Uw0IPMhArs— NBA 2K19 (@NBA2K) June 5, 2018CLEVELAND — LeBron James is being honored as a gamer — on and off the floor.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 crownCleveland’s star will appear on the cover of NBA 2K, the popular video game that’s celebrating its 20th anniversary. The cover will include inspirational words chosen by James, who is chasing a fourth NBA title.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Putts won’t drop, but Woods moves up the board at PGA anyway

first_imgBut not a lost day.After finishing tied for 48th after the first round, then tied for 19th after the second, he is tied for sixth going into the last.Hitting the ball well and in the hunt.Now, if he can only get the putter to cooperate.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That par was the most disappointing of the 10 straight Woods made to finish his third round Saturday at the PGA Championship. He shot 4-under 66 to reach 8 under. That was four back of leader Brooks Koepka — well within striking range, but not as good as it might’ve been.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’“Could’ve been a little closer,” Woods said. “But I’ve got a shot going into tomorrow.”For the third straight day at the wide-open, squishy Bellerive Country Club, Woods hit the ball well from tee to green — he hit 15 greens in regulation — and looked every bit the contender he was three weeks ago at the British Open, where the cheers seemed louder and more heartfelt than they’d been in the past. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil APST. LOUIS — Tiger Woods knew the shot was good. He struck it pure from 240 yards on the 17th hole and started strutting down the fairway, watching the ball land 20 feet from the pin — one good putt away from an eagle that would have vaulted him into second place.And Woods knew the putt was bad. He muscled it 3 feet past the hole, then pulled the comebacker off line and, after settling for a disappointing par, he briefly grabbed the putter with both hands, as if to bend it, before deciding better of it.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments The misses on 17, combined with a missed birdie try from 15 feet below the hole on 18, took away the tantalizing prospect of Woods playing in the final group in a major for the first time since 2009 (When he lost to Y.E. Yang at the PGA.)But it doesn’t mean he won’t have a chance to catch Koepka, who got to 13 under before he showed glimpses of a struggle — making back-to-back bogeys on 14 and 15 to come back to the field. Koepka closed with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott, with three more players at 9 under separating Koepka from Woods.“The golf course is playing soft, it’s gettable, you have to make birdies,” Woods said.He did just that over the first nine holes, making five birdies on the front nine on the way to a 31 that drew him within two of the lead.What followed was another chapter in a consistent trend: Woods has played the front nine in 10-under par this week, but has played the back at 2 over.This year? He ranks 120th in back-nine scoring average on the PGA Tour, and is tied for 10th over the front nine.At the British Open, he shot 34 over the front nine in the final round to briefly get into the lead. He went double bogey-bogey on 11 and 12 to fall out of the lead and finished tied for sixth.But his experience on the back nine at Bellerive was different, in part because of storms that took him off the course in the middle of his second round Friday and brought him back for a 7 a.m. restart Saturday. In all, the 42-year-old Woods put his surgically repaired back through 29 holes over 10 hours in hot, sticky weather. He not only changed shirts this time, he changed colors — from a gray-and-white striped design early in the round to royal blue from the fifth hole on.“It’s not necessarily the physical, it’s mentally grinding that hard for 29 holes in this heat,” he said. “It was a long day.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIEScenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal It’s been much the same this week in St. Louis.“Hearing the crowd, and Tiger’s performing great, it was like turning back the hands of the clock,” said Stewart Cink, who played with Woods and also shot 4 under to also finish four out of the lead.But Tiger’s putter? It brought more moans than cheers to the fans, and more frustration than joy to Woods.He has not made a putt of longer than 17 feet over three days, and has only made five putts of more than 10 feet all week. As Saturday’s round wore on, he was consistently coming up short as the already soft greens got even slower; he had six birdie tries of 20 feet or less over the back nine and didn’t make one.“The greens were getting fuzzy, they’re getting slow, and I didn’t hit the putts quite hard enough,” Woods said. “And I made sure I did on 17. And I blew it by about four feet and then pulled the next one.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Domingo leading the way for FEU in PVL In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Agony and ecstasy as lifter Ri takes North Korea’s first Asian Games gold

first_imgView comments MOST READ Olympic silver medallist Agustiani, aged 24 and known affectionately as Yuni, hoisted 107kg on her first attempt at the clean and jerk.She tried and agonisingly failed twice to lift the 112kg she needed for victory despite the huge cries of “Indonesia, Indonesia” ringing around the Jakarta International Expo venue.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’Ri reemerged twice to attempt an Asian Games record and personal best of 117kg but departed in agony as her left knee buckled on both attempts and she had to be helped from the platform on one leg.A few moments later draped in the North Korean flag, the 20-year-old Ri’s pain turned to ecstasy as she received the gold medal and belted out the anthem of the secretive nation with tears streaming down her cheeks and dribbling from her chin. LATEST STORIES Gold medallist Ri Song Gum of North Korea celebrates on the podium during the victory ceremony of the women’s 48kg weightlifting event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 20, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMANorth Korea bagged their first gold of the Asian Games on Monday when weightlifter Ri Song Gum pipped local favourite Sri Wahyuni Agustiani to win the women’s 48kg class.Ri, who is just 4ft 7in (140cm) tall, hoisted a massive 112kg in her first clean and jerk attempt to power past Agustiani who had taken a shock one kilogramme lead after the first snatch discipline.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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. Earlier in the opening snatch category Yuni had lifted 88kg and when Ri failed at 90kg it left the Indonesian with a slender lead as the packed arena erupted in support of their home heroine, believing an elusive gold might at last be hers.But the North Koreans, predicted to be dominant in weightlifting at these Asian games in the absence of China and Kazakhstan who are banned for doping, were not to be denied. Ri’s 199kg total proved enough with Yuni 4kg in arrears. Thailand’s feisty Thunya Sukcharoen took bronze with a 189kg total.Sri Lanka’s B.D.H Gomas was another reduced to tears after she failed three times at her opening weight of 67kg and sunk to her knees sobbing as her Asian Games ended almost as quickly as they started. Ri’s victory was watched by North Korea sports minister Kim Il Guk who told Korean media: “She did a great job.”“I’m very happy that I won the first gold,” said Ri after emerging from doping control with her left knee encased in an ice pack.The rising star, who came fourth as a teenager at the 2015 world championships, was cheered to the rafters by a large phalanx of supporters clad in unified Korea T-shirts. “I felt good because many people supported me,” Ri said.It left Yuni with yet another silver medal to add to those she won four years ago at the 17th Asiad in Incheon and again at the Rio Olympics two years ago and, crestfallen, she too was left in floods of tears.“I have lifted 116kg in training but today never felt like I could repeat it, no,” a still visibly upset Yuni told AFP after the medals ceremony, feeling that she had let her country down as Games hosts.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 2019 SEA Games logo draws flak Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

Never say they’ll die

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dragon boaters’ triumph not covered by incentives View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Barangay Ginebra just added another man to its list of injured players, with Joe Devance out indefinitely because of a stress fracture in his right foot.“That’s some kind of bad news, because Joe will be out for a few weeks,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone, whose brilliance of making his role players step up in trying situations has made the Gin Kings stay afloat with a 5-1 card. “We just don’t know how long he will be out.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Slaughter and Mercado will continue to sit it out, but Cone could get some help with Aguilar and Art dela Cruz listed as game time decisions.Guiao also fingered Justin Brownlee as a main concern in the featured game. Brownlee is coming off a 34-point effort against Phoenix Petroleum on the road last Saturday, and because of Cone’s manpower woes, the two-time Grand Slam winner will obviously ask his import to again do most of the scoring against the Road Warriors.Meanwhile, Blackwater, whose franchise-best 4-0 start was snapped by the Road Warriors last week, tries to get back on track against a Meralco crew that will be rejoining the conference after bowing out in the semifinals of the Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Thailand.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES But does that make the Gin Kings, who are already without Greg Slaughter, Solomon Mercado and Japeth Aguilar, weaker going into the final five games of their elimination round schedule in the PBA Governors’ Cup?Yeng Guiao, who will be on the opposite side of the floor Friday night trying to snap Ginebra’s three-game winning streak and enhance NLEX’s chances of progressing in the upper half of the playoff draw, doesn’t think so.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’ve been telling my players (leading to this game) that at a time when Ginebra seems most vulnerable, they play their best basketball,” Guiao told the Inquirer a day before the Road Warriors and the Gin Kings were to lock horns in a 7 p.m. contest at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“The more you think that you have an advantage, the more you will be in trouble,” added Guiao. “They hardly felt their (key players’) absence (in the early part of the conference).” 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 awardlast_img read more

Koreas win UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling

first_imgOn Monday, UNESCO said Korean wrestling was added to a list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” on the basis of an application by the two Koreas.“The joint inscription marks a highly symbolic step on the road to inter-Korean reconciliation,” UNESCO director-general Audrey Azoulay said in a statement. “It reminds us of the peace-building power of cultural heritage, as a bridge between peoples. This marks a victory for the longstanding and profound ties between both sides of the inter-Korean border.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSouth Korean President Moon Jae-in hailed the UNESCO inscription, calling it a “result of recent South-North cooperation.”The South’s Cultural Heritage Administration said that the two Koreas have been given a new opportunity to further promote exchanges in the field of cultural heritage. It said in a statement the joint nomination is the “fruitful outcome of a meeting” between Moon and Azoulay in October. In this Nov. 16, 2016, photo, ssireum wrestlers compete during the Korea Open Ssireum Festival in Seoul, South Korea. South Korean culture officials on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, said a UNESCO committee is set to determine whether to add the Korean wrestling to its list of “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” this week. (Jang Se-young/Newsis via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Divided for about seven decades, North and South Korea together won their first international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling as one of the world’s cultural treasures on Monday.The Koreas had earlier pushed separate bids for the sport’s UNESCO recognition before merging their applications amid an easing of tensions this year. Local media reports said South Korea had first proposed the joint bid after a leaders’ summit at a Korean border village in April.ADVERTISEMENT UNESCO said during that meeting with Moon, Azoulay proposed a series of concrete projects involving UNESCO that would facilitate inter-Korean reconciliation. It said similar discussions also took place with North Korea in recent weeks.“The commitment of UNESCO to facilitate peace between the two parties has led to the joint inscription in a short timeframe,” it said.The Koreas saw their ties improved greatly since North Korean leader Kim Jong Un reached out to Moon and U.S. President Donald Trump with a vague nuclear disarmament commitment early this year.They have since marched together during the opening ceremony of the Olympics, exchanged pop singer performances and taken steps toward easing a frontline military standoff. But it’s unclear how far their reconciliation moves would go as U.S.-led diplomacy aimed at stripping North Korea of its nuclear program has reported headway since Kim’s summit with Trump in June.The Koreas were a single country before their separation in 1945. Split along the world’s most heavily fortified border, the countries now have linguistic, cultural and other gaps.ADVERTISEMENT They use different English Romanization rules. The wrestling’s English spelling is “ssirum” in North Korea and “ssireum” in South Korea. The Koreas use both spellings for their combined bid for UNESCO recognition.North Korea has won UNESCO recognitions of two Korean cultural assets — the Korean folk tune “Airrang” and the making of Kimchi. The two are among the 19 items that South Korea has received UNESCO recognition for, according to South Korean officials.Korean wresting is a national sport and a popular cultural practice in both Koreas. In the sport, participants with a belt around their waists and thighs use their hands, legs and other body parts to bring down their opponents. In South Korea, it gained wide popularity in the 1980s, threatening the long-running popularity of baseball and soccer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Deandre Ayton shines as Suns pound Knicks MOST READ NBI, BIR , PNP raid Illegal cigarette factory run by Chinese in Pampanga 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 Taal evacuees make the most of ‘unusual’ clothing donations, leaves online users laughing Olympic rings arrive in host city on barge into Tokyo Bay View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 11 nabbed for shabu, drug den busted in Maguindanao Big 3 of Djokovic, Nadal, Federer closes 2018 ranked 1-2-3 Rio’s unsafe Olympic Park ordered closed by Brazilian judgelast_img read more

Sue Bird enjoying time in Denver Nuggets role, still wants to play

first_imgSue Bird jokes with reporters as she talks about her new role as basketball operations assistant for the Denver Nuggets before an NBA basketball game Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Sue Bird, basketball operations associate for the Denver Nuggets. The title has a nice ring to it.Sue Bird, point guard for the Seattle Storm. Now that’s a title she’s not quite ready to give up.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 John Wall leads Wizards past Lakers Bird has spent the last month with the Nuggets, hitting the road to help out with some scouting. The 38-year-old is receiving a first-class education in another side of the game and it gives her something to ponder down the road.That is, when she’s shot her last jumper. The basketball fire still burns after wrapping up her 16th WNBA season with a championship in September.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’m a player. I’m still focused on my playing career. I want to get the most out of that as possible,” Bird said Sunday night before the Nuggets hosted Toronto. “Whether I retire tomorrow or in 20 years, I just want to get as much out as I can. But with that I have an understanding that basketball’s not forever. At some point you’ve got to find something else, find your way, and that’s what’s so great about this. Hopefully with this process I can find out if I’m any good at this, if this is for me, and see what happens.”Bird was brought on board through a conversation with Nuggets president of basketball operations Tim Connelly. He basically asked: What does she want to do when she’s done? No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I always thought front office work, being with the team day in and day out, that was something I wasn’t going to get to until I was done,” Bird said. “When he put it in a way I could do both it became extremely attractive.”Admittedly, the learning curve has been steep.“It’s a lot of players. It’s a lot of teams,” said Bird, who’s helped the Storm to three titles. “There’s a lot of history that I’m stepping into now and having to learn about. The one thing you learn is when you can step out your comfort zone and be uncomfortable you see what you’re made of and who you are.”Bird’s quickly gotten up to speed in her role as a scout. Then again, the Nuggets expected nothing less as they’re off to a sizzling start.“She’s been an asset,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said. “Anybody who has a resume Sue has is going to help any organization.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title A native of New York, Bird played for Connecticut and helped the Huskies to two NCAA championships. She was taken by Seattle with the No. 1 pick in the 2002 WNBA draft.Since then, she’s become one of the league’s most decorated players.And now, she’s becoming part of a growing community of women in the NBA. Kristi Toliver was added to Washington’s staff of assistant coaches, and Chasity Melvin became an assistant coach with Charlotte’s G League affiliate in Greensboro, North Carolina. There are also trailblazers such as San Antonio assistant Becky Hammon, former Sacramento assistant Nancy Lieberman, Dallas assistant Jenny Boucek, Clippers G League assistant Natalie Nakase and Memphis analyst Nicki Gross.“There’s something nice about being part of a trailblazing group,” Bird said. “It’s hard to look at myself that way because I look at Lisa Leslie and Sheryl Swoops and Rebecca Lobo and Dawn Staley in that way. … I know in 20 years I’ll be looked at as part of that group I just named.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Duke rises to No. 1 in AP poll again, Kansas drops to 5th

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 View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Following a 21-point win over Air Force in their only game last week, the Wolverines (12-0) moved up two spots in this week’s poll, passing Tennessee.Michigan has its highest ranking since hitting No. 1 during the 2012-13 season and still has that stifling defense, allowing 55.8 points per game, good for third nationally.VOLS JUST SHORTTennessee won in two blowouts last week and added 10 more first-place votes than the week before.It wasn’t good enough to keep the Vols ahead of undefeated Michigan.Tennessee, which lost to Kansas on Nov. 23, finished a single point behind the Wolverines in the overall voting, 1,472 to 1,471.BUZZING HOKIESVirginia Tech entered the 2018-19 season with high expectations. The Hokies are living up to those so far under coach Buzz Williams.Virginia Tech moved into the top 10 for the first time since 1995-96 after beating North Carolina A&T in its only game last week.The Hokies have one blemish on their record, by one at Penn State, and have a win over then-ranked Purdue on their resume. ‘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 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. No. 6 Nevada, Gonzaga, Michigan State, Florida State and Virginia Tech rounded out the top 10.Duke (11-1) started the season No. 4 in the preseason poll, but moved to No. 1 for a record-tying 135th week in the first regular-season poll after turning its opener against then-No. 2 Kentucky into a laugher. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this Dec. 20, 2018, file photo, Duke guard Tre Jones gestures to teammates during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Texas Tech in New York. Duke has regained the top spot in The Associated Press Top 25 following a win over No. 12 Texas Tech at Madison Square Garden. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)Duke moved to No. 1 after blowing out Kentucky in its season opener, only to lose the top spot two weeks later with a loss to Gonzaga in Maui.Well, the Blue Devils are back at No. 1.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img SUN DEVILS (BARELY) RISINGNo. 17 Arizona State picked up one of the biggest wins in program history by knocking off top-ranked Kansas 80-76.The Sun Devils (9-2) picked up only one spot in this week’s poll, thanks to a road loss to Vanderbilt the previous Sunday.The Jayhawks dropped four spots to No. 5, but should get big man Udoka Azubuike back soon after he missed four games with a sprained ankle.RISING AND FALLINGNo teams made significant jumps in this week’s poll. No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 16 Kentucky were the biggest movers, adding three spots each.No. 21 Buffalo had the biggest drop, losing seven places after losing to No. 18 Marquette. No. 12 Auburn and No. 14 North Carolina lost five spots each.Furman’s first run at being ranked came to an end this week after the Paladins lost by 20 to LSU.Nebraska dropped out of the poll from No. 25 despite winning its only game last week.IN AND OUT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ The Blue Devils stayed in the top spot until a rally against Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational title game came up short. Duke worked its way up to No. 2 and slid into the top spot after routing Princeton and holding off No. 12 Texas Tech last week.The 69-58 win over the previously-unbeaten Red Raiders had a March-like feel at Madison Square Garden as two Elite Eight teams from a year ago played for the first time.“This is a great night for college basketball,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said.WOLVERINES RISINGMichigan’s follow-up to its national title-game run a year ago keeps chugging along.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Difficult, rewarding’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum No. 20 North Carolina State (11-1) moved into the poll for the first time since 2013 after knocking off then-No. 7 Auburn on Wednesday and South Carolina Upstate on Saturday.No. 25 Oklahoma is ranked for the first time since hitting No. 4 in last year’s poll.VOTER DEATHIndiana beat writer and AP Top 25 poll voter Terry Hutchens died last week after being critically injured in an automobile collission. He was 60.“Hutch” covered the Hoosiers for CNHI Sports Indiana . Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Buoyed by a win over No. 12 Texas Tech and Kansas’ loss at No. 18 Arizona State, Duke moved atop The Associated Press Top 25 released on Monday, receiving 35 of 64 first-place votes.No. 2 Michigan received nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee got 12, and No. 4 Virginia and No. 5 Kansas received four each.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 Chrisslast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard unleashes career-best 45 as Raptors beat Jazz

first_imgToronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) puts his arm around forward Kawhi Leonard (2) after he drew a foul by the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Kawhi Leonard was so good Tuesday night, Raptors coach Nick Nurse just wanted to enjoy the show.Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Prolific Harry Kane adds Cardiff to list of Premier League victims LOWRY LATESTLowry sat for the eighth time in nine games. Before the game, the Raptors said Lowry had travelled to New York last Friday to receive anti-inflammatory injections. Lowry’s condition continues to improve but there is no timetable for his return.QUARTER TO REMEMBERThe Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Cleveland on Friday night.Raptors: Visit San Antonio on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14.Leonard made all seven of his field-goal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots. His 19 points were the second most in any quarter by a Raptors player this season.“He scored in the post, he scored in isolations, he scored going to the rim over Rudy,” Snyder said. “Eventually we started hitting him when he walked across half court. The biggest thing was we put him on the line.”After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter.“Those nine quick points really changed the game,” Snyder said. “It gave them a big lift.”Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points. Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth.Rubio started after sitting out Saturday’s win over New York because of a sore left knee and sore lower back, while Crowder was back after missing the victory over the Knicks because of a sore left thumb.TIP-INSJazz: Utah has lost nine of 12 meetings against Toronto. … Utah outscored Toronto 22-5 in second-chance points. … Favors and Gobert each had nine rebounds. … Crowder went 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His career high is six made 3-pointers. … The Jazz have lost five of six on the road.Raptors: Toronto is 5-2 on New Year’s Day, including a 4-0 mark at home. … C Jonas Valanciunas had stitches removed from his surgically repaired left hand Saturday. Valanciunas still has a splint on his hand. … VanVleet scored seven points, failing to reach double figures for the first time in eight games. … Toronto matched a season-low with 20 3-point attempts. … Serge Ibaka scored 20 points in the first quarter of a Nov. 4 road win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the most by a Raptors player in a single quarter this season. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “I try to stay in the moment and keep competing every possession and not worry about myself, just try to get a team win,” Leonard said.It was the third 40-point game of Leonard’s career, including a 43-point effort against Memphis in Game 4 of the first round in April 2017.Leonard has scored 20 or more points in a career-best 14 straight games.Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Favors had 21 and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 as the Jazz dropped to 10-12 on the road and 18-20 overall.“Jae was hot,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize on the night that he had.”ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “That’s good, we all got to witness that live and in person,” Nurse said of Leonard’s outburst. “He was phenomenal. I’ve kind of been waiting for one of these nights where he makes them all.”Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb).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“The way he’s playing right now is really big for our team with a lot of guys out,” Powell said of Leonard.Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line. He said he wasn’t aware of his scoring achievement until after the game. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more