first_img“When I looked over at the bench and everyone was sitting down,” Gonzalez said, “I could just see from the looks on their faces that it wasn’t good.”Back in 1989, Trinidad needed merely a tie to reach its first World Cup, but Paul Caligiuri’s long-range goal in the 30th minute put the U.S. in the tournament for the first time since 1950.That game was played before a crowd of 35,000-plus at National Stadium in the capital of Port-of-Spain. With Trinidad already eliminated, this one drew a few hundred fans at Ato Boldon Stadium, 24 miles to the south.The U.S. entered its final qualifier with a berth uncertain for the first time since 1989. Home losses to Mexico last November and Costa Rica caused the U.S. Soccer Federation to fire Jurgen Klinsmann and bring back Arena, the U.S. coach from 1998-2006. But after a loss to Costa Rica in New Jersey last month, there was little margin for error.Shocked American players slumped on the bench, and center back Matt Besler sat on the field after the final whistle as Panama’s game ended and then Costa Rica’s. Dejected U.S. players filed into their locker rooms with blank looks.“You can go around in circles a million times over again, but the reality is that it was all there for us and we have nobody to blame but ourselves,” U.S. captain Michael Bradley said.Arena, a 66-year-old member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, agreed with his usual bluntness.“We foolishly brought Trinidad into the game with the own goal,” the coach said. “That was a big goal for Trinidad psychologically. That got them motivated.”Missing the World Cup is a devastating blow to the USSF, which has steadily built the sport in the last quarter-century with the help of sponsors and television partners. It also is a trauma for Fox, which broadcasts the next three World Cups after taking the U.S. rights from ESPN. The USSF hopes to co-host the 2026 tournament with Mexico and Canada, and Morocco is the only other bidder.“Every time you have a setback you have to look at things, re-evaluate and get better,” 38-year-oldgoalkeeper Tim Howard said. “And as a program we have to get better. This hex proved that. There’s somegood teams on the up and up and we’ve got our work cut out for us.”Arena left his lineup unchanged from Friday’s 4-0 rout of Panama in Florida, but the Americans couldn’t generate the needed energy and emotion. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “Our center backs were not confident enough with the ball and really often in the first half we were playing eight against 10 because they really need to carry the ball and bring a player to the ball and then move it a little quicker,” he said. “Our forwards were not able to hold the ball. They did a poor job there. We didn’t get Pulisic into the game. We played poorly. The first goal was unfortunate. Those things happen. The second goal was an incredible shot. What can you say?”Gonzalez said Jones’ cross struck his left shin as he tried to prevent it from reaching Shahdon Winchester.“One of the most unlucky goals ever,” Gonzalez said. “It is one that will haunt me forever. … I never thought that I’d see this day. This is the worst day of my career.”USSF President Sunil Gulati said the result felt unreal.“It’s a huge disappointment for everybody: for players, for the staff, for coaches, for the federation,” Gulati said. “It’s not good enough, obviously. In some sense, 2022 starts tomorrow for us.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments James returns, Cavaliers debut new starting lineup Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img MOST READ Panama trailed 1-0 to Costa Rica at halftime and Honduras was behind 2-1 to Mexico, but both rallied against nations that already had clinched berths. Gabriel Torres scored for Panama in the 52nd minute on a shot that did not appear to cross the goal line, and Honduras went ahead on Guillermo Ochoa’s own goal in the 54th and Romell Quioto’s goal in the 60th.At that point, the 28th-ranked Americans were playoff bound, but Roman Torres scored in the 88th minute to give Panama a 2-1 win, a third-place finish with 13 points and its first World Cup berth. Honduras finished fourth on goal difference and goes to the playoff.The Americans, who would have qualified with 13 points because of a superior goal difference, instead had 12 points and finished fifth in the hexagonal.“It’s a blemish for us,” coach Bruce Arena said. “We should not be staying home for this World Cup and I take the responsibility for that.”American players were not aware of the scores of the other games until after the final whistle.ADVERTISEMENT United States’ Christian Pulisic, (10) is comforted after losing 2-1 against Trinidad and Tobago during a 2018 World Cup qualifying soccer match  in Couva, Trinidad, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)COUVA, Trinidad — Twenty-eight years after the United States ended a four-decade World Cup absence with a stunning victory at Trinidad, the Americans’ chances for the 2018 tournament in Russia ended on this island nation off the coast of Venezuela in even more astonishing fashion.Needing only a tie and confident of victory against the world’s 99th-ranked team, the U.S. was eliminated from World Cup contention Tuesday night with a 2-1 loss to Trinidad and Tobago that ended a run of seven straight American appearances at soccer’s showcase.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “We let down an entire nation today,” said defender Omar Gonzalez, whose 17th-minute own goal started the collapse.Gonzalez casually tried to clear Alvin Jones’ cross and sent it looping from 15 yards over the outstretched right arm of Tim Howard. Jones doubled the deal in the 37th minute with a 35-yard strike.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogChristian Pulisic, the Americas’ rising 19-year-old star, scored in the 47th minute, giving the U.S. hope.Clint Dempsey, at 34 trying to make it to a fourth World Cup, entered at the start of the second half and was denied by goalkeeper Adrian Foncette’s leaping save in the 69th and hit a post from 22 yards in the 77th. Bobby Wood’s header in the 88th was sent wide by Foncette.Even a defeat could have earned a berth, but only if Panama and Honduras both lost. And if the U.S. and only one of those rivals were beaten, the Americans would have finished fourth and advanced to a playoff next month against Australia.last_img read more

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first_imgJerie Pingoy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson could march into the Final Four missing two crucial guards in Jerie Pingoy and Jerrick Ahanmisi.Both players twisted their left ankles in Adamson’s final eliminations game in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in a 71-54 loss to Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s bad news for us,” said Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren.Ahanmisi injured his ankle early in the first half while Pingoy suffered his later in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPingoy landed on Jasper Parker’s foot and was helped off the floot with 5:22 left in the game.No timetable has been set for the two players. Jarin takes blame for NU’s failed Final Four bid For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIsaac Go didn’t need to put up gaudy numbers to once again be the hero for Ateneo. He just had to be at the right place at the right time.The 6-foot-7 big man scored the deciding basket as Ateneo pulled off a gutsy 76-70 win over defending champion La Salle in Game 1 of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Finals Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Matt Nieto bloodied after collision with Ben Mbala Melecio carried Green Archers with 24 points on 5-of-13 shooting from downtown, to go along with three assists and two rebounds, while Rivero had 10 markers and three boards in the losing cause.The scores:ATENEO 76 – Ravena 12, Ma. Nieto 11, Mi. Nieto 11, Asistio 10, Tolentino 9, Black 7, Verano 5, Go 5, Ikeh 4, Tio 2, Mamuyac 0, Mendoza 0, Porter 0DLSU 70 – Melecio 24, R. Rivero 10, Mbala 8, Tratter 7, Santillan 7, P. Rivero 7, Baltazar 4, Montalbo 3, Caracut 0, Go 0, Tero 0, Paraiso 0.Quarters: 26-14, 43-39, 60-58, 76-70. Nieto’s explosion early in the final frame allowed the Blue Eagles to take a 69-59 lead with 6:34 left to play.The Green Archers, however, leaned on Aljun Melecio as the diminutive guard led La Salle’s 11-2 blast that cut the Blue Eagles lead down to, 70-71, with 2:32 remaining.Ravena gave Ateneo a bit of breathing room with a bucket with 2:11 left, but La Salle just couldn’t get an answer as Melecio and Ricci Rivero failed to find the bottom of the net in their attempts late.Ateneo shoots for a sweep and its first title since UAAP Season 75 in Game 2 on Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala was limited to a season-low eight points and 12 rebounds as he tried to play through foul trouble.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Go made the undergoal stab off a bounce pass from Thirdy Ravena with only 10.4 seconds left to seal the Blue Eagles’ victory.He finished with just five points, but three of those came when it mattered most as his three-point play in the waning seconds of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut it wasn’t just Go alone as Ateneo used a balanced attack anew to match the Archers’ firepower.Ravena paced Ateneo with 12 markers, six boards, and four dimes, Matt Nieto fired 11 points, three assists, and two rebounds despite being cut above the left eye late in the first half, and twin brother Mike Nieto ignited the rally in the fourth quarter as he collected seven of his 11 markers in the fourth period, on top of his five rebounds. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston led by 3 entering the fourth, and the teams exchanged leads several times in the first few minutes of the quarter.The Rockets led by a basket after a 3-pointer by Paul with about eight minutes left before Miami scored the next four points to go up 83-81. Houston then used a 5-1 spurt, with a 3 from P.J. Tucker and a dunk from Capela, to make it 86-84 with about five minutes left.After ending Golden State’s 14-game road winning streak with a victory in their last game, the Rockets looked sluggish early in this one and trailed by 14 during the first quarter. The Heat got a boost in the first quarter from Whiteside, who scored 14 points. The Rockets got going late in the first quarter and had cut the deficit to 50-46 by halftime.“We get an emotional victory on Saturday and then … we just didn’t come out of the gates very well,” coach Mike D’Antoni said. “But after that our defense was solid … (and) it just came down to James and Chris just creating and getting buckets.”TIP-INSHeat: Jones had three blocks. … Josh Richardson finished with 12 points. … Miami made 7 of 30 3-pointers.Rockets: Capela had 14 points with eight rebounds. … Paul had six assists and five rebounds. … Monday was Houston’s first win this season when scoring below 100 points after losing the first three. … Houston made 15 3-pointers to improve to 25-4 this season when making at last 15.PERFECTIONHouston improved to 18-0 this season in games where Capela, Harden and Paul all play, including 14-0 when starting those three with Ryan Anderson and Ariza. Monday was the first time since Dec. 31 D’Antoni has been able to use that lineup.THEY SAID ITPaul on the improvement of the Heat, who have won 9 of 12: “(Spoelstra’s) really got those guys playing hard, playing with the right spirit and it was a really good test for us.”UP NEXTHeat: Host Sacramento on Thursday night.Rockets: Visit Dallas on Wednesday night. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases “They did a really good job of trying to run you off the 3-point line,” Harden said. “So that was kind of tough for us tonight, but defensively that second half we locked up, controlled the game and that was it.”Whiteside led the Heat with 22 points and 13 rebounds. The team was missing Goran Dragic for the second straight game because of a bruised left knee.“They finished and finished in high fashion, making shots, and we struggled to get clean looks on the other end,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Houston was at full strength for the first time in a while with Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green back after serving two-game suspensions for an altercation with the Clippers. Ariza had three points and five rebounds in 29 minutes, but Green did not play.Paul added 16 points as Houston won its third straight, and Eric Gordon had 16, too, despite continuing to struggle from long range. Gordon ranks fourth in the NBA with 136 3-pointers this season, but has gone a combined 0 for 16 the last two games.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) regains the ball in front of Miami Heat guard Derrick Walton Jr. (14) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul wasn’t thrilled with how the Houston Rockets played Monday night.The veteran was perfectly happy with the outcome though.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bucks beat Suns hours after firing Jason Kidd Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments James Harden scored 28 points and the Rockets overcame a big early deficit to beat the Miami Heat 99-90.“You have those games during the season where (you) win the game and move on … out of 82 of them sometimes it’s going to be ugly, but you just want to win,” Paul said.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 folkMiami led by double digits before halftime, but the game stayed close throughout most of the second half. It was tied with about three minutes left when Harden hit a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. That was the start of a 7-2 run that made it 95-90 with 38 seconds left.James Johnson missed a 3-pointer on the other end, but Miami’s Hassan Whiteside grabbed the rebound. Harden blocked his layup, and Houston added a dunk by Clint Capela with 18 seconds left. MOST READlast_img read more

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first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial 12-round draw in September, after which both fighters said they wanted a rematch. It took promoters months to negotiate the terms for what is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-view fights of the year.The two fighters have only one loss between them, with Golovkin 37-0-1 with 33 knockouts and Alvarez 49-1-2 with 34 knockouts.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 folk Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Rousey’s WWE deal gets ex-UFC star back in bright spotlight OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESGennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez will meet in a May 5 rematch with the middleweight title on the line once again, promoters said Monday.Still to be announced is the location, though Las Vegas is considered the front runner for the fight on Cinco de Mayo weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tenorio said “Ginebra Ako” also serves as a reminder to the players to not take anything for granted.“Once we wear this jersey in the game, I think from start to finish, we really have to give our best. That’s what we have to give meaning to which is what’s on the jersey.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Adamson’s Permentilla sits out another game with swollen anke Ginebra stars and endorsers present the limited edition jerseys the Gin Kings will be wearing in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup beginning next month. Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netGet used to a new-look Barangay Ginebra team in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The Gin Kings, though, didn’t make changes to their roster, but instead will be rocking a fresh set of uniforms.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It’s unique. It’s like an All-Star jersey with a retro feel,” the veteran playmaker told INQUIRER.net. “The management had been talking about this since last conference and now that it’s out, we’re very excited to play.”“It’s like having new shoes and you’re excited to use it. It’s the same as having this jersey.”The 33-year-old Tenorio, though, is not the type who puts premium on style over substance.More than anything, Tenorio’s biggest takeaway from the jerseys wasn’t the pinstripes. What stood out for him was the words written on the front.“Yes, the jerseys look good but I think more than wearing the jersey is the purpose why you’re wearing the jersey especially what’s on the front which says ‘Ginebra Ako,’” he said.“That speaks a lot. It could mean a lot of things especially when we’re wearing it. We have to live up to the people, the fans’ expectations which is what’s written on our jerseys,” the three-time Finals MVP added.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra San Miguel on Wednesday unveiled the team’s new kits during the launch of the 2018 Limited Edition “Ginebra Ako” jersey collection.Gin Kings stars LA Tenorio, Scottie Thompson, Mark Caguioa, Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter showcased the uniforms which are different from any of the team’s jerseys in the past.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 folkUnlike Ginebra’s previous uniforms, the latest will be in pinstripes and will still come in red and white but only this time, it will have yellow trim and accents.Ginebra debuts new jerseys with a loss to Wendell Ramos, Jinri Park and Myrtle Sarrosa in 3-on-3. 😂 pic.twitter.com/RgRv1VoWyK— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) March 21, 2018Tenorio said the uniforms make him more excited to be back in the court. He even compared the feeling of sporting new uniforms to having a fresh pair of kicks to play in.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates after defeating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 during a World Group Quarter final Davis Cup tennis match between Spain and Germany at the bullring in Valencia, Spain, Friday April 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Alberto Saiz)VALENCIA, Spain — Rafael Nadal returned to action after a long injury layoff on Friday, comfortably defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-2, 6-2, 6-3 to leave Spain even with Germany in the Davis Cup quarterfinals.It was the 23rd straight win for Nadal since 2005, setting the Davis Cup record combining singles and doubles.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View comments The top-ranked Nadal hadn’t played since the Australian Open quarterfinals because of a right hip injury, and was never challenged by the 34th-ranked Kohlschreiber at the bullring staging the clay-court tie in Valencia.“It’s positive, winning in straight sets. I feel comfortable back on the clay,” Nadal said.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“To play at home at a bullring stadium, it’s very unique. Coming back from injuries is always difficult, but it’s great to be in front of my crowd on a very memorable day.”Germany won the opening singles when world No. 4 Alexander Zverev defeated David Ferrer 6-4, 6-2, 6-2. Nadal, in his first Davis Cup tie since 2016, had 30 winners against only eight by Kohlschreiber, but the Spaniard finished with eight double faults. Nadal had 18 break opportunities, converting seven.Earlier, Zverev cruised past the 33rd-ranked Ferrer with four aces and 27 winners.“I played more aggressively as the match went on. It’s my first clay-court match in a very long time, so it was great to find my rhythm so quickly,” Zverev said. “With Nadal in their team, it’s a point we’re not expecting to get, so it’s important to start well.”This is the teams’ first Davis Cup meeting since 2004.Spain is trying to extend its winning streak at home to 27 ties. Italy holds the Davis Cup record with a 29-tie unbeaten run at home from 1949-64. Spain hasn’t lost a tie as host since the first round in 1999 against Brazil.ADVERTISEMENT Max Holloway fails to make weight, scrapping main UFC bout Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ On Sunday, Matthysse was quoted as saying he does not think of anything but to knock out Pacquiao.The way Matthysse sounded, he clearly meant he wanted to retire Pacquiao honorably, not with a shallow, messy win on points.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 crownPacquiao said he considers himself the underdog, although he has been declared an early favorite, based on initial sports book placements.Veteran promoter Bob Arum called the fight pretty even, a toss-up. Che’Lu Bar Stuns Akari in D-League semis 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Dong Secuya, Philboxing.com founder and chief editor, has noted that trainer Freddie Roach worked Postol’s corner in that bout.“This should show if Manny has anything left to offer to the sport,” said former world champion Shawn Porter.Porter said anything short of sensational would cast a doubt on the ability of Pacquiao to compete at a high level.Knockout or no knockout, Pacquiao needs something extra special to show he has the right to remain at center stage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, delivers his speech while Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse, right, listens during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The two are scheduled to fight on July 15 in a World Boxing Association welterweight title fight in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Let’s salute and welcome Lucas Matthysse, also thank him for giving the Filipino national treasure Manny Pacquiao a crack at the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown.They have been scheduled to dispute the championship in Kuala Lumpur on July 15.ADVERTISEMENT It could go either way, although Matthysse has an edge in knockout achievements. He has stopped 36 of his 39 victims.Pacquiao, on the other hand, has registered a total of 39 knockouts out of his 47 victories.Matthysse has lost four times, compared to Pacquiao who has suffered a total of seven defeats.In the area of defeats inside the distance, Pacquiao has been knocked out a total of three times, Matthysse has been stopped only once.Curiously, it was noted that Matthysse was stopped by Viktor Postol with a short right shot in the 10th round in suffering his lone defeat by knockout.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Thompson said he loves that Boston is playing “hard and chippy.” But he knows if the Cavs don’t ease the burden on James, this fight could be over sooner than expected.“Other guys have to contribute and other guys have to step up,” Tristan Thompson said. “Of course, it’s a huge luxury having LeBron on our team. At the same time, we have to be ready to play and we have to do our job.”And get off James’ back.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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. MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James sits on the scorer’s table during a timeout in the first half in Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Boston. At left is teammate JR Smith. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James recovered quickly from his neck strain. There’s still too much stress on his back.He’s carrying the Cavaliers. It’s a springtime tradition.ADVERTISEMENT If Cleveland is to even the series at home, that has to change starting in Game 3 on Saturday.“We have to ramp it up,” said J.R. Smith, who didn’t score in Game 2 and committed a critical flagrant foul. “We’re playing too slow. We’re making ‘Bron play hero ball, which is tough to do, especially in the Eastern Conference finals. We got to help him. With that said, we have to give him an opportunity to make him feel confident to give us the ball so we can make the right plays. We got to help him and he’s got to help us.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said James “did everything” in practice Thursday, but the 33-year-old had left the floor by the time media members were allowed in for interviews. James was spotted in the fitness and training area inside the facility.Lue said the Cavs spent time breaking down video of the two losses. There was plenty to dissect.Cleveland has had puzzling defensive lapses, and Lue said there were up to nine instances in Game 2 alone where communication breakdowns led to easy baskets or open shots for the Celtics.ADVERTISEMENT As has been the case for much of his 15-year career, James has had to perform at an extraordinary level throughout these playoffs, most recently in Cleveland’s Game 2 loss at Boston.Bouncing back after taking a blow to the jaw from Jayson Tatum’s shoulder that violently twisted his head and sent a chill down the spines of Cleveland fans, James finished with 42 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists.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 crownIt was not enough, however. His teammates failed him and the Cavs fell into a 2-0 hole in the Eastern Conference finals.Kevin Love (22 points, 15 rebounds) helped, so did Kyle Korver (four 3-pointers) and Tristan Thompson (8 points, 7 rebounds). But too many other Cavs ranged from mediocre to awful.center_img On offense, Lue feels Smith and point guard George Hill, who have been outscored 72-12 in two games by Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier, need to be more aggressive and attack the basket.Smith believes it’s simpler than that.“Make shots, that’s the only thing we can do,” said Smith, who is 2 for 17 and 0 for 7 on 3-pointers in the series. “I mean obviously we can do more on the defensive side, but our main focus is to make shots right now when we get it. If we don’t have them, try to make the next-best play. Right now ‘Bron and Kev are working overly hard, trying to carry us. We just got to step up and do our job.”But talking a good game is one thing, playing one is another. The Cavs don’t have time for speeches or excuses. With their season inching toward danger, results are all that matter.Hill didn’t record an assist in 28 minutes in Game 1 and had three points in Game 2. He missed time in the opening round against Indiana with back spasms and has been puzzled by his drop-off after playing so well in Cleveland’s sweep over Toronto.“I’m trying to figure it out myself,” he said. “I think a little bit of just trying to be more involved offensively, trying to be more involved defensively, not waiting until a play is possibly called and things like that to go do it. I’ve just got to be more assertive, I’ve got to play with that edge like I did in the second series“There’s no one to blame but myself. You’ve got to look yourself in the mirror and say, ‘What can I do better?’”The Cavs know they need to be more physical after the Celtics took the fight to them in Boston.Lue raised some eyebrows following Game 2 when he described Boston’s players as “gooning up” the series. Lue explained he wasn’t being critical.“It’s not a bad thing to goon it up,” he said. “Like, they’re taking hard fouls, they’re being physical. They’re playing playoff basketball. So that’s all I meant by it.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Road to the French Open 2018: Get to know Alex Eala, the next PH tennis superstar Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

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first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFor the nearly 4,000 people that watched the first game between Creamline and PayMaya in the championship round of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, the match in front of their eyes was the first step in taking the title.But for High Flyers head coach Roger Gorayeb, what he saw was a performance not worthy to even be in a championship conversation.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Kevin Durant puts on show for Filipino fans Although the set scores weren’t blowouts, the Cool Smashers handily beat the High Flyers, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.And Gorayeb wasn’t shy in describing his team’s championship intensity, or the lack thereof.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 can’t put into words what happened during the game,” said Gorayeb in Filipino as his team fell 0-1 in the best-of-three series. “The teamwork was gone, the passion was gone, the desire was gone.”“It’s as if we went here to just play a volleyball, but not a championship game. It’s like we played in the eliminations that we can afford to lose because there will be 10 more games after this.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Creamline held a 13-11 lead midway through the fourth set but that two-paint margin was just the precursor of an impending 9-2 Cool Smashers run that Alyssa Valdez capped off with a smooth kill for the 22-15 buffer.And one of the two points that were put on PayMaya’s board during the run wasn’t the High Flyers’ own doing, as it was an error when Valdez overshot her spike.“Alyssa didn’t play that well today but it was us who had the problem,” said Gorayeb. “The way we played today was as if this wasn’t a championship game, we played better in our previous games where we really fought.”“This is our worst game, we had bad games before but this was the worst.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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