WATCH: Nike unveils new ‘Statement Jerseys’ for 30 NBA teams

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled New year, new look. 🔥#NIKExNBA(Via @NBA) pic.twitter.com/K4xVbunOAN— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) September 16, 2017Most teams boasted significant and modernized changes to their uniforms, while some opted to keep their signature style from previous seasons.ADVERTISEMENT From NCAA to UAAP, Ayo and Jarin have each other’s respect View comments MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Nike took over the reigns from Adidas as the official jersey manufacturer of the NBA and it didn’t take long for the sporting giant to leave its mark.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIn a star-studded event in Los Angeles on Friday (Saturday in Manila), both Nike and the NBA officially unveiled their innovative “Statement Jerseys” from all 30 NBA franchises.ADVERTISEMENT Winning start A costly, catty dispute finally settled Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend In July, Nike confirmed that it will do away with the traditional “Home and Away” uniforms and replace them with the “Association” and “Icon” editions.READ: Nike to junk ‘home’ and ’away’ designations for jerseys next seasonNike also described the colorful designs as “inspired by the team’s desire to make a bold statement every time they step on the court.”The “Statement” uniform will be available for purchase on all NBA Stores starting Nov. 20. /ra Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’ PLAY LIST 01:36Panelo now believes Esperon on Duterte inclusion on NPA ‘kill list’00:50Trending Articles02:19SEA Games 2019: PH’s freestyle poomsae mixed team l (FULL PERFORMANCE)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 Representatives of the teams proudly wore their nifty new threads for the upcoming season. Aside from the vibrant alternates, players donned a new hoodie design as warm-ups—another first for the league. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Folayang to defend ONE title vs Nguyen at MOA Arena

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The 28-year-old Nguyen (9-1) is currently on a five-match winning streak and the Australian is motivated to become a two-division champion in the promotion.“New Year will be coming early this year, because in this fight there will definitely be fireworks. I’m out not only to make a statement, but to go down in history as the best to ever compete under the ONE Championship banner,” he said.Other fights featuring Filipino fighters are still expected to be announced in the coming weeks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES FILE – ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang is set to defend his world title against reigning ONE Featherweight Champion Martin Nguyen in a champion-versus-champion main event of ONE: Legends of the World on November 10 at Mall of Asia Arena.The 32-year-old Folayang (18-5) is embracing his latest the challenge after disposing of Ev Ting last April.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “As a martial artist, I am constantly in search of the biggest challenges, the biggest tests of my skills. As champion, I welcome any and all challengers and Martin is one of the best in the world and it is an honor to share the ONE Championship cage with him,” said the Team Lakay stalwart.But what excites Folayang more for the fight is to showcase his talents in front of his countrymen anew.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHis first title defense against Ting was also held at MOA Arena.“This bout is for the fans and I can’t wait to perform in front of my hometown crowd in Manila once again. I have complete respect for my opponent’s skills and together with my brothers at Team Lakay, my coach Mark Sangiao, I’m preparing to showcase the best version of Eduard Folayang on 10 November.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Irving confirms he did not talk to LeBron about trade request: ‘Why would I have to?’ DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

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Malaysia bans travel to North Korea, football match postponed

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 The Asian Football Confederation said in a statement it will have to decide on the future status of the match.Malaysia’s foreign ministry cited North Korea’s missile tests and related developments as the reasons for the travel ban and said it would last until further notice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogNorth Korea has been targeted in recent months by stricter sanctions and increasing diplomatic pressure, with Kuwait and Mexico expelling its envoys in recent weeks. Since July, North Korea has launched its first intercontinental ballistic missiles, has flown midrange missiles over Japan into the Pacific and has detonated its sixth nuclear test.Malaysia is one of its few remaining diplomatic partners in the world, even though tensions escalated after the North Korean leader’s estranged half brother was killed at the Kuala Lumpur airport in February. Both countries imposed travel bans on the other’s citizens that were lifted after a deal was reached in March. Two women from Vietnam and Indonesia have been charged in the murder, widely believed to have been orchestrated by North Korea.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees St. Benilde, San Beda sweep their way to NCAA table tennis titles Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View commentscenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES In this March 9, 2017, file photo, the North Korean flag is seen behind razor wire on top of a wall at the North Korean Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Malaysia has banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs. The foreign ministry announced the ban in a statement Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, and said it would last until further notice. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian, File)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia on Thursday banned its citizens from traveling to North Korea as the country faces increasing diplomatic pressure over its weapons programs.The travel ban prompted the region’s football governing body to postpone for the third time an Asian Cup qualifier match between Malaysia and North Korea scheduled for Oct. 5 in Pyongyang. The match has already been delayed twice due to security issues.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ DAY6 is for everybodylast_img read more

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IOC weighs Russian Olympic ban, risks provoking Putin

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ The IOC then set up two commissions. One chaired by IOC member Denis Oswald verified McLaren’s evidence to prosecute cases of Russian athletes from Sochi. A second, now chaired by a former president of Switzerland, Samuel Schmid, was to assess if an “institutional conspiracy” existed.The Oswald judging panel began giving verdicts last month. By Monday, 25 Russians had been disqualified from Sochi and banned from the Olympics for life, and 11 medals were stripped. One Russian was cleared.Schmid has received a 50-page sworn affidavit from Rodchenkov for his report. It was set to be delivered to IOC board members on Monday.SOCHI PROGRAMRodchenkov said some Russian athletes at the Sochi Olympics used a fast-acting “Duchess” cocktail of performance-enhancing steroids dissolved in alcohol.During the games, the athletes were protected by a urine-swapping scheme to replace dirty samples with clean urine stored months earlier.The late-night swaps went via a “mouse hole” into a secured room at the Sochi testing laboratory.Secret service agents found a way to break into tamper-proof sample bottles and return them with clean urine, Rodchenkov claimed.Cleaned-up samples could further be tampered with by adding salt to make them more credible. In cases of some players in Russia’s women’s ice hockey team who did not have stored urine, male DNA was found in retesting of samples that are routinely stored by the IOC for 10 years in Lausanne.RUSSIAN DENIALSRussia denies a state-sponsored doping program existed. It blames Rodchenkov, calling him a rogue employee, and wants the scientist extradited from the United States, where he is a protected witness. LATEST STORIES “There has never been and will never be any state programs related to doping,” Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko said on Friday before the soccer World Cup draw in Moscow.Mutko, as sports minister in 2014, was implicated in the Pound and McLaren investigations, and also in Rodchenkov’s hand-written diaries which were made available to the IOC. Oswald’s panel called them “significant” evidence before The New York Times published extracts last week.Mutko said on Friday he met “a number of times” with IOC commissions, and risks being banned from the Olympics. The IOC board blocked his accreditation for Rio last year.Still, Mutko remains president of Russia’s soccer federation and head of the World Cup organizing committee.RIO PRECEDENT?Bach’s executive board did not impose a blanket ban on Russia before the Rio Olympics, passing on decision-making power to sports governing bodies. More than 100 Russian athletes were removed from a nearly 400-strong team.Then, Bach was seen as an ally of Russia and a personal friend of Putin.The “important difference” this time, Bach said last month, was that accused Russian athletes have now had due legal process and a fair hearing from the IOC.WHO WILL DECIDEThe IOC board will meet at its temporary headquarters in Lausanne. It is chaired by Bach and includes two members of the Oswald Commission — Oswald himself and Juan Antonio Samaranch Jr. FILE – In this Feb. 7, 2014 file photo Alexander Zubkov of Russia carries the national flag as he leads the team during the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. When the International Olympic Committee board prepares to vote Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 on whether to ban Russia from February’s Winter Olympics, its members will decide the fate of numerous medals yet to be won. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, file)LAUSANNE, Switzerland — Russia could be banned from competing at the Pyeongchang Olympics, a prospect that President Vladimir Putin has already warned would be humiliating for his country.The decision will come on Tuesday when the International Olympic Committee executive board meets in Lausanne, less than nine weeks before the games open on Feb. 9 in South Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_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 Pelicans: Davis has no structural damage, status day to day View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The 14-member board, which includes two Americans, has received a so-far confidential report from an IOC-appointed panel. That panel was asked to assess if Russian state agencies did organize the doping program used at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.IOC President Thomas Bach, a German lawyer long seen as an ally of Russia, is scheduled to announce the decision at 7:30 p.m. (1830 GMT).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt might not be the last word, however. Russia can challenge any IOC sanction by appealing to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.Here is a look at the case, and the possible results: PUNISHMENT OPTIONS— A total ban on Russia competing in Pyeongchang.— Some Russian athletes compete, if judged to be clean under long-term doping controls operating to international standards. They would be classed as neutral athletes competing under the Olympic flag, and would be denied hearing the Russian anthem if they win Olympic gold. Those rules were imposed on Russian athletes at the athletics world championships in August.Putin has said either of those outcomes would be humiliating, and could provoke a Russian boycott.— The IOC board could ask the seven governing bodies for Winter Olympic sports to decide on individual athlete eligibility. That compromise applied to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT The board also includes a member of the Schmid Commission, Robin Mitchell, and two Americans: Anita De Frantz and Angela Ruggiero, a four-time Olympic hockey medalist.International Ski Federation president Gian Franco Kasper represents the winter sports, which mostly oppose a blanket ban.They will meet with world figure skating champion Evgenia Medvedeva, who has joined a Russian delegation that will argue for a lighter sanction.Rodchenkov’s lawyer, Jim Walden, told The Associated Press his client hopes “Russia would recognize the severity and confess, and work itself quickly back into the world sports community.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Impose a fine on the Russian Olympic committee. Tens of millions of dollars could go toward anti-doping work worldwide.A financial penalty would be “grossly inappropriate,” according to Joseph de Pencier, chief executive of iNADO, a global group of national anti-doping agencies.“It would send exactly the wrong message,” de Pencier said. “It’s pay to play.”TIMELINEA big red flag regarding Russian doping went up in July 2013, weeks before Moscow hosted the athletics worlds. British newspaper the Mail on Sunday reported wrongdoing by Grigory Rodchenkov and the Moscow laboratory he directed, but its claims were mostly ignored.In December 2014, 10 months after the Sochi Olympics, German network ARD broadcast a film by journalist Hajo Seppelt about extensive doping in Russian athletics using footage secretly filmed by whistleblowers.The World Anti-Doping Agency later appointed an investigation panel chaired by Richard Pound, a long-serving IOC member. That panel included Richard McLaren. Their reports in November 2015 and January 2016 led to the suspension of Russia’s athletics federation, anti-doping agency, and the Moscow lab.The Pound team interviewed Rodchenkov and concluded he was a key part of a conspiracy of supplying banneddrugs, covering up doping cases, and extorting athletes.Rodchenkov fled to the United States and detailed in a May 2016 interview with the New York Times how, aslab director for the Sochi Games, he helped Russian athletes cheat. He said 15 of Russia’s 33 medals were tainted.WADA appointed McLaren to verify the fresh allegations. Within two months, he delivered an interim report before the Rio Olympics which upheld Rodchenkov’s evidence.“It can’t possibly be done by a couple of rogue individuals, or even a rogue department of an organization,” McLaren said last week of Russia’s doping program.last_img read more

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UP players to skip PBA D-League, says Perasol

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I told them to focus on their second semester studies,” he said in a text message Tuesday.Javi Gomez de Liaño, who was picked by Wangs Basketball-Letran, and Jerson Prado, who was selected by Gamboa-St. Clare, were picked in the 10th round of the 2017 PBA D-League Draft, but Perasol said that the two won’t be making their debut in the developmental league, at least for this upcoming season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe same goes for Paul Desiderio, whose rights are with CEU (then-CafeFrance), and Diego Dario, who was with AMA Online Education.Perasol said that his decision to prohibit them from joining in the PBA D-League is an effort to give priority to his players’ welfare. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson WATCH: Michael Jordan gives shout out to Filipino fans Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFans of the University of the Philippines will have to wait a little bit longer before seeing the Fighting Maroons on the court anew.Coach Bo Perasol said that instead of playing in the upcoming PBA D-League season, he advised his core players to focus on their studies as they prepare for next year’s run in UAAP Season 81.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “I suggested that to the team,” he said. “They will really have a hard time passing their classes if they’re going to miss those because of practices and games. More so, the second semester is very important in their eligibility for the next season.”Of the UP players which saw action last year, only senior forward Rob Ricafort, who was picked by Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian in the sixth round, will be able to play this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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

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Els invited to Augusta National, but not to play Masters

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kane sets Premier League mark with 39 goals in calendar year Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img SPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAugusta National occasionally awards exemptions to international players, but those typically are given to players who are not full PGA Tour members and have multiple avenues to qualify on their own. Among ways for PGA Tour members to qualify for the Masters are winning tournaments that offer full FedEx Cup points, reaching the Tour Championship or getting into the top 50 in the world ranking at various cutoff points.“The inclusion of Honorary Invitees has been a great tradition at the Masters Tournament for many years,” Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said. “This coming year the list includes Ernie Els, and we are once again excited to welcome him and all of these distinguished guests to Augusta National in April.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments The Masters pays homage to major champions more than any of the other majors by giving them special access as honorary invitees that includes two clubhouse badges, a $1,000 honorarium and a gift to commemorate them being there.Honorary invitees used to be able to play practice rounds and compete in the Par 3 Tournament, a practice that ended last year.Els failed to qualify for the 2012 Masters and was not given a special exemption.ADVERTISEMENT Instead, the 48-year-old South African received a letter welcoming him as an honorary invitee. His five-year exemption into the Masters from winning the 2012 British Open ended last year. Augusta National has a tradition of inviting past major champions as honorary guests for the week.Els tweeted Monday: “Wanted to clarify my excitement getting an invite from @TheMasters. Work continues to qualify to compete!FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown AP FILE PHOTOErnie Els says he received an invitation to Augusta National for the first week in April. It just wasn’t an invitation to play in the Masters.Els had to clarify a tweet from Sunday that said: “Thank you for a Great Xmas present! @TheMasters Can’t wait!” That led several media sites to post stories that Els, a four-time major champion, had received a special exemption into the Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READlast_img read more

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Hectic EPL schedule will ‘kill’ the players, warns Guardiola

first_imgView comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Here in England, you don’t protect the players — that is a big mistake. You have to do it for the quality, not quantity. Play every three, four, five days, but not every two days … Look at how many players have muscular injuries in this period. But it doesn’t matter; the show must go on. And that’s why there will be players not fit.”Guardiola’s comments came as Palace’s Scott Dann and Jason Puncheon were ruled out for the remainder of the season. Manager Roy Hodgson said both players had suffered cruciate ligament injuries in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with City.“We won’t see anything of those players for the rest of our season and it is going to be hard for them to get ready even for the start of next season, because these are serious injuries,” Hodgson said after Palace’s 2-1 win at Southampton on Tuesday.Hectic EPL schedule will “kill” the players, warns GuardiolaADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manchester City’s manager Pep Guardiola points during the English Premier League soccer match between Manchester City and Watford at Etihad stadium, in Manchester, England, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has hit out at the amount of games played in the Premier League over the festive period, saying the schedule is going to “kill” the players.City was one of the teams to play four games in 11 days across Christmas and the new year, with the last two matches — away to Crystal Palace and at home to Watford — coming just two days apart.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “What I saw, what everybody sees, in the last weeks is how many injuries the players have,” Guardiola said. “We are going to kill them (the players). The federation — whoever the bosses are — have to reflect. It’s not normal.”Guardiola’s ire might have been caused by the sight of right back Kyle Walker holding his groin in the final minutes of the 3-1 win over Watford on Tuesday. The City coach said Walker “might have a little bit of a problem.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkCity lost striker Gabriel Jesus to a ligament injury early in the 0-0 draw at Palace on Sunday that will keep him out for up to six weeks.“I know the show must go on and it doesn’t matter with which guys the show must go on,” Guardiola said. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Ayo bids La Salle goodbye, hints at differences in handling team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’last_img read more

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Round 4: It’s Cleveland vs. Golden State, again

first_imgFILE — Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors blocks the shot of LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the fouth quarter of an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. Getty Images/AFPHere we go again.And again.ADVERTISEMENT And, well, again.Round 4 — as many predicted, and others probably lamented — is happening. Cleveland and Golden State will meet for the fourth straight year in the NBA Finals, the Warriors looking for a third championship in that span and LeBron James and the Cavaliers trying to wrestle the crown away just as they did in the 2016 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 crownOn one side, the best team of this era.On the other, the best player of this era and maybe any era. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil There wasn’t a lot of similarity in Cleveland’s and Golden State’s seasons, but their last few days have been mirror images of one another — both teams had to win Game 6s at home to fend off elimination, then had to go on the road and prevail in Game 7s to win their respective conference finals.“One of the most challenging seasons I’ve had,” said James, who may be playing the best basketball of his life right now at the end of his 15th season.Here’s some of what the Cavaliers have dealt with since Golden State-Cleveland III ended last June: Kyrie Irving got traded for Isaiah Thomas over the summer, coach Tyronn Lue had to miss time to deal with health issues, Love missed two months, they lost 11 games by 16 or more points, revamped their roster in February and spent much of the season unable to guard anybody.NBA Finals schedule.They’re in the finals again anyway, led by someone who will play in the last series of the season for an absurd eighth consecutive year.“It’s been a roller coaster,” said James, who is seeking a fourth ring in his ninth finals appearance overall. “It’s been good, it’s been bad. It’s been roses. There have been thorns in the roses. There’s been everything that you can ask for.”This wasn’t all peaches for Golden State, either. The Warriors didn’t get the No. 1 seed out West, lost Curry to a knee injury late in the regular season, lost 10 of their final 17 games and got pushed to the brink.“I’m glad we’re going back,” Warriors forward Kevin Durant said.The Warriors swept the two regular-season meetings with the Cavaliers, winning by seven at home on Christmas Day (without Curry) and prevailing by 10 in Cleveland about three weeks later.Film-wise, those two games are meaningless now. Of Cleveland’s five leading scorers against Golden State this season, three no longer play for the Cavaliers. James and Love combined to score 100 points in the two games, but Dwyane Wade, Jae Crowder and Isaiah Thomas were all shipped elsewhere by the Cavs in a series of trade-deadline moves.“We obviously know what LeBron’s capable of,” Curry said shortly after the Warriors’ Game 7 win at Houston ended. “It’s a new team over there, so the other guys, we’ve got to lock in on their tendencies. But we’ll worry about that when we get home.” MOST READ Fellow athletes, coaches rally behind embattled Ravena If the Cavaliers win this championship, it might be time to declare the regular season irrelevant.Cleveland was only 50-32 this season. Should James and his mates get it done, that would be the second-worst, regular-season record for an eventual champion in the last 40 seasons. Houston went 47-35 on the way to the 1995 title; to find another champion who was worse, go back to Washington in 1978 when the Bullets were a mere 44-38.“Everybody doubted us,” Cavaliers forward Jeff Green said. “Everybody had their opinions on what our team was, what we would do, what we can’t do, from the start. … And now, I mean, we’re where we want to be. We’re where we set out to be and where we knew we could be at this point.”Same goes for the Warriors. This season was no cakewalk for them, either.“We’ve been through a lot with this team,” Warriors guard Klay Thompson said. “Believe it or not, it’s not all success with the Warriors. We got our bumps throughout the season. But to get to this point again, we earned it.”And now it’s time for one of these teams to earn a title.Again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationscenter_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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Game 1 will be hosted by the Warriors at Oracle Arena on Thursday night.“You’ve got to appreciate the moment,” Warriors guard Stephen Curry said. “Somebody asked, ‘Four years in a row getting to the finals, do you appreciate it?’ Yes.”Both teams are entering this title matchup with injury concerns. Cleveland’s Kevin Love is in the concussion protocol and will need to complete a series of tests before he’s cleared to return, and Golden State’s Andre Iguodala — a former NBA Finals MVP — wasn’t able to finish the Warriors-Rockets series because of a bone bruise in his leg.They meet again in the finals. Graphics by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Warriors hoped Iguodala would return to the Houston series, but his progress stalled.“That’s just not an easy injury to predict in terms of recovery,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial View commentslast_img read more

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Raised in Madrid, Cheryshev becomes Russia’s World Cup star

first_imgNot bad for a man who, before the tournament, had played only 33 minutes under Russia’s current coach and hadn’t started an international game since 2015.“Thank God that I could score three goals in two games, but my aim is just to help the team,” said Cheryshev, who plays as a winger for Villarreal said. “If other players score, I’ll be happy for them, too.”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 crownCheryshev is one of only two players in Russia’s squad who play for foreign clubs — the other is third-choice goalkeeper Vladimir Gabulov — and for a long time, it seemed like national-team coaches overlooked him. He grew up outside the Russian system at Real Madrid, where his father was a youth coach.A string of injuries and a perception that, as a stylish winger, he didn’t fit Russia’s typically rugged, defensive style combined to keep him out of the national team under successive coaches. LATEST STORIES When he finally made Russia’s World Cup squad, he wasn’t expected to start the first game, and didn’t.What changed was midfielder Alan Dzagoev’s hamstring injury 24 minutes into the opening game against Saudi Arabia on Thursday, with the score at 1-0. Cheryshev came on and 19 minutes later, he scored, dummying past two Saudi defenders. His second was an elegant curling shot in stoppage time.“I could never have dreamed of anything like this,” he said after Thursday’s game.On Tuesday, he finished off a smart team move through the Egyptian defense — exactly the kind of soccer Russia didn’t play even two weeks ago, when it drew 1-1 with a weakened Turkey team for its seventh winless friendly in a row.Russia’s rise has come with a new readiness from coach Stanislav Cherchesov to abandon his old tactical certainties and player preferences. Gone is the five-man back line he clung to for two years, replaced by a four-man system with defensive midfielder Yuri Gazinsky protecting the center backs.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ The first-choice striker against Egypt was Artyom Dzyuba, who pre-tournament had played only once for Russia since 2016 and spent much of the season frozen out at Zenit St. Petersburg after a reported dispute with management.An old-fashioned striker who can win headers and hold up the ball, Dzyuba doesn’t have Cheryshev’s finesse but they have combined well together. Now with two World Cup goals, he echoed Russia’s newfound confidence.“We’ve done something historic but the tournament isn’t over,” he said. “Now we want more.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments 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 Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Russia’s Denis Cheryshev celebrates after scoring his side’s second goal against Egypt during the group A match between Russia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Denis Cheryshev had been the odd man out in Russia’s team. Now he’s the breakout star, tied with Cristiano Ronaldo as the World Cup’s top scorer.Raised in Spain at the Real Madrid academy, he has used his slick technique and tactical awareness to score three goals as Russia won its first two games at its home World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Smiling Russians? World Cup hosts defy glum, hostile image Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Racela stays positive despite TNT exit: ‘We got a fair chance’

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Every time they call it that way I think we have a chance, all we ask for really is a fair chance. Today we got that so it’s easier to accept defeat. We got a fair chance, we did our part, they did their part and in the end it was just them executing better in the end.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next That, however, proved to be the KaTropa’s last stand in the quarterfinals as the Beermen iced the game from the free throw line and advance to the semifinals.What Racela liked, though, was the free throw disparity wasn’t as glaring.Game 1 saw San Miguel take 40 free throws and make 31 while TNT only had 18 chances at the stripe and converted eight.The second game saw a closer, and fairer as Racela described, margin with San Miguel’s 30 free throw attempts just nine more than what TNT had.“It’s nice that today they allowed us to play, actually for the first time the free throws were surprising, I think 30-21 but we fouled in the end so it’s probably 26-21,” said Racela who almost put Game 1 in protest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The KaTropa squandered a 23-point lead in Game 1 to lose 121-110 and botched comeback in Game 2 as the Beermen completed the sweep with a 106-102 win.With another lost opportunity for a title, Nash Racela still can’t help but look at the silver lining.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’“I like how we lost today, I really felt the team did their part effort-wise and they were just following the plan,” said Racela Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.TNT came back from an eight-point deficit, 94-86, in the fourth quarter with Jayson Castro’s three-pointer tying the game at 98-98 with 2:06 left. 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Marcial reminds Romeo: Be careful in public Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TNT’s quarterfinals series loss to San Miguel in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup wasn’t the easiest pill to swallow.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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