Arellano zooms to 2-0 card

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Azkals draw with Yemenis, stay on top San Sebastian similarly downed Jose Rizal University in straight sets, 25-23, 25-22, 25-21, in the second game to barge into the win column.Prado fired 16 points, while Arocha added 15 for Arellano, bringing to fore the skills and smarts they have learned from playing in the previous PVL Open Conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend“In the Open Conference we faced better players which allowed us to level up our game,” said Prado in Filipino.That level was in full display as Arellano ran plays like a sure-footed veteran squad against the Lady Red Spikers, whose bevy of power hitters just could not get their game going. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Break new ground Winning start Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArellano University imposed its edge in experience to crush San Beda, 25-22, 25-21, 25-18, Wednesday and remain unbeaten in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jovelyn Prado and Regine Arocha led the Lady Chiefs in scoring their second straight victory and at the same time providing a glimpse of what to expect from the reigning NCAA women’s champions.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES Issa Viray and Chesca Racraquin tried to hammer their way against the formidable defense of Arellano, scoring 12 and 9 points, respectively.The Lady Chiefs, who downed the St. Benilde Lady Blazers in the opener (25-20, 25-22, 25-17), were never in trouble in the match as coach Obet Javier’s squad was on-point throughout.San Beda took a 16-13 lead in the second set but Mary Anne Esguerra and Necole Ebuen triggered a 5-1 binge to put things in order.“They tried to load up on their serves, that’s why they managed to take the lead,” said Prado, the team captain. “But that’s where we held on to our receives even better.”San Beda, which bested Technological Institute of the Philippines (25-13, 25-18, 25-27, 25-13) in its opener, fell to 1-1.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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. View commentslast_img read more

Villanueva starts and ends PBA career with ‘father figure’ Guiao as coach

first_imgSean Anthony of Meralco (dark) vs Enrico Villanueva of NLEX (light).NLEX saw its season come to an end Tuesday night and so did the PBA career of its rugged big man Enrico Villanueva, who quietly called it quits after 15 seasons.Villanueva had his moments as one of the league’s stars and played his best basketball as part of the defunct Red Bull franchise, which selected him as the seventh overall pick in 2003.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide NBA: Anthony sees no problem playing power forward with Thunder MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Injuries, however, prevented the one-time UAAP MVP out of Ateneo from sustaining his strong showing in the latter part of his career.“The only problem when he was near the end of his career, he couldn’t get back into game shape because his injuries kept coming back so he just really wanted to finish this season, but it would have been [great] if he was able to play and was healthy and that was really his problem during the last few months that maybe his body was giving up on him already so that is the time to call it quits and enjoy the rest of young life,” Guiao said.“But he was able to do what he wanted with the basketball career that’s really more than anyone can ask for.”Guiao believes Villanueva won’t be away from basketball entirely and it won’t take long before he returns to the sidelines.“I think he still wants to able to be involved in basketball in another capacity but we still don’t know that yet,” Guiao said.Villanueva said he has businesses to attend to and he’s not discounting the idea of coaching someday.In fact, he already has a blueprint figured out.“If I’ll be a coach, it’s pretty obvious which coaching style I’ll take.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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. center_img How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “More than competing at the highest level, I’d have to say I’ll miss the people I encounter in the league. I’ll miss the camaraderie and friendships that I’ve built through the years,” Villanueva told INQUIRER.net Wednesday.“Of course, I’ll still see some of them but not being with my team day to day will be something I’ll need to get used to. Those people have been a part of my life one way or another.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 37-year-old Villanueva led Red Bull to a title in the 2005-06 Fiesta Conference where he was named Best Player of the Conference.Villanueva played for six other teams before finishing his career with the NLEX Road Warriors. And interestingly, his first PBA coach in Yeng Guiao was also his last. LATEST STORIES DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “He’s created a lot of good memories, especially when we were together in Red Bull,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors’ quarterfinals exit following a loss to the Star Hotshots.“It’s been a privilege coaching him when he started, and when he’s ending.” Guiao, who called the shots for Red Bull from 2000 to 2009,” he added.Guiao coached Villanueva for five seasons before the former national team player was traded to San Miguel Beer.“He’s a very blunt and straightforward coach. He’ll tell you what he wants and will tell you if you’re messing up; and in the most colorful way you can imagine,” Villanueva said. “There’s no superstar and you can’t be soft. You need to be tough otherwise you won’t survive. I can guarantee, though, that you’ll be a better player after.”“More than a coach, he’s also a father figure to us. He cares for his players and this is evident through his relationships with them, including former players. He’s a great family man and a person to emulate.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ONE: Silva ends Suzuki’s undefeated streak

first_imgAlex Silva put an end to Hayato Suzuki’s winning streak in ONE Championship earning a superb submission victory in the Legends of the World card Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Brazil’s Silva (6-1) transitioned from his guard position and isolated Suzuki’s (17-1) left arm for an arm bar, forcing the Japanese to tap 1:22 into the first round of their strawweight division fight.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Belingon dominates Chung in ONE bantamweight clash Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Reece Mclaren of Australia also earned his own submission victory after methodically tiring out Thailand’s Anatpong Bunrad.Mclaren (10-5) had several transitions before strapping Bunrad (5-4) in a D’Arce choke that forced the Thai flyweight to tap with eight seconds left in the first, 4:52.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 the featherweight division, China’s Zhao Zhikang submitted Cambodia’s Thai Ritty 2:31 in the first round of their featherweight bout.Zhao put Ritty in a rear naked choke to go up 10-1 while the Cambodian fell to 6-3.center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:14Carpio 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

Eustaquio faces Akhmetov for interim ONE flyweight belt in Manila

first_imgGeje Eustaquio (left). Photo from ONE CHAMPIONSHIPTeam Lakay’s Geje Eustaquio has been given a shot at redemption against Kazakh Kairat Akhmetov, and this time it’s for the interim ONE flyweight championship.The two title contenders headline ONE Championship’s Global Superheroes card at Mall of Asia Arena on Jan. 26, the first of four events the fighting promotion has set in Manila.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong is aware of Eustaquio and Akhmetov’s shared history and he expressed his excitement to bring the two once more with a title at stake.“Mall of Asia Arena will be pulsating with excitement,” said Sityodtong. “Fans of martial arts in the Philippines are among the most passionate in the world, and it is our honor to present the best in local and global martial arts talent.”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 folkThis fight marks an immediate rematch after Akhmetov (21-1) scored a split decision over Eustaquio (9-6) in September of 2017.Akhmetov’s lone loss of his career was against ONE World flyweight champion Adriano Moraes back in August 2017 when he lost the strap to the Brazilian.center_img Paul Lee sparks Magnolia beatdown of Kia OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Eustaquio’s Lakay teammate Joshua Pacio (10-2) looks to get back in the ONE World strawweight title conversation as he faces Thailand’s Pongsiri Mitsatit (9-0) in the undercard.Eric Kelly (10-4), often considered as one of the best homegrown Filipino fighters, is fighting to end his three-fight losing streak when he matches up against Brazil’s Rafael Nunes (10-1).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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Rondina exits FIVB with lessons from new partner Gervacio

first_imgScientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lindsay Stalzer bags another MVP, PSL championship ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Whenever Cherry Rondina played in the sand courts outside of the UAAP, she always had her buddy Bernadeth Pons as her trusted partner.ADVERTISEMENT That partnership of Rondina and Pons has resulted in success, with the two winning the 2017 Philippine SuperLiga Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup with Petron and representing the Philippines in the 29th Southeast Asian Beach Volleyball Championships in Singapore.Yet in the biggest sand tournament of Rondina’s young career, she didn’t have her trusty partner with her but she still got a solid ally in the more experienced Dzi Gervacio for the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour Manila Open.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 crownAlthough they started practicing just two weeks before the May 3 tournament, their new familiarity with each other allowed them to reach the quarterfinals—the only Filipino team in the one-star event to do so.The stint with the 26-year-old Gervacio became a learning opportunity for UAAP’s star hitter, not just about skills but also about leadership. “Although we fell short, I’ve learned so much from her like her grit and resiliency, her leadership, and how she carries herself as a senior,” said Rondina of Gervacio, who is five years her senior.Rondina and Gervacio scored an upset win over the United States’ Lindsey Fuller and Kaley Melville in the group stage, 21-12, 21-16, and another stunner against Canada’s Megan Nagy and Caleigh Cruickshank, 21-17, 21-17, in the Round of 12.Their Cinderella run, however, came to a halt after a bitter three-set loss to Japanese four-star veterans Shinako Tanaka and Sakurako Fujii, 21-13, 17-21, 15-11, in the quarterfinals.Rondina said Gervacio never made their age difference an issue.“She told me that we will respect each other on the court, no one will be treated like an ‘ate’ or a baby because we’re both individuals who can play,” said Rondina. “Although we failed to advance, I’ve learned so much in our time together and in the games we played in the FIVB World Tour.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

WATCH: Karolina Pliskova smashes umpire’s chair after losing Rome match

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Clearly, former world No. 1 Karolina Pliskova wasn’t happy with the chair umpire in her @ItalianOpen match against Greece’s Maria Sakkari. pic.twitter.com/fnVCu7cr6Z— espnW (@espnW) May 17, 2018Former world number one Karolina Pliskova smashed the umpire’s chair in frustration after she lost to Greece’s Maria Sakkari in the second round of the WTA Italian Open on Wednesday.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 crownIn the third set with the sixth-seeded Czech serving 6-3, 3-6, 5-5 (30/30) she had an overhead shot ruled out and both the line judge and the umpire said they could not find the mark.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Red Bull 3×3 tournament returns this June Replays showed the ball landed inside the sideline but umpire Marta Mrozinska refused to accept Pliskova’s arguments to overturn the call. The Czech went on to lose that game and the match 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours 21 minutes.Pliskova did not shake Mrozinska’s hand after the match and instead smashed her racket several times against the side of the umpire’s chair, breaking the wood.Pliskova’s twin sister Kristyna, who is also a professional player, subsequently tweeted: “The worst I have ever seen @wta and I hope this lady Marta Mrozinska will never ever judge any match of me or Karolina again #blacklistforever”For Sakkari it was the first top five win of her career and she will face Germany’s 11th seed Angelique Kerber for a place in the quarter-finals.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Celtics’ Marcus Smart has been unflappable against Cavaliers

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Since returning from thumb surgery late in the first round, Smart has been unflappable and Boston’s unquestioned deacon of toughness.From sacrificing his body diving for loose balls or keeping plays alive with a rebound , to causing deflections on defense, to popping up out of the crowd for a timely rebound or tip-in, Smart is the proud everyman for a once underdog Celtics team that has outworked the Cavaliers through the first two games of the Eastern Conference finals.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“That’s me. That’s how I was raised,” said Smart, who was Boston’s top performer off the bench in the Celtics’ 107-94 Game 2 win with 11 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals. “I’m the youngest of four boys. My whole life I had to fight.“I had to get down and do things in order to secure my spot in the household. So coming onto the court it’s nothing different.” View comments Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “As long as she’s fighting I’m going to continue fighting.”It’s the kind of toughness that has always run deep in the Smart family. His mother also has been through quadruple-bypass surgery on her heart.She wants her son exactly where he is.“She told me she’d rather me be here than back there, doing what I love to do,” Smart said, “because she loves watching me play. She said it puts a smile on her face.”Along with a lot of other Boston fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Behind China-bound import, blistering Hotshots turn Columbian Dyip into a wreck Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) reaches to slap hands with forward Jayson Tatum (0) during the second half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Sunday, May 13, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)BOSTON — Celtics coach Brad Stevens has said what has carried his team through the NBA postseason is its ability to make “winning plays” with the game on the line.And more times than not, it’s been Marcus Smart making them.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Boston took a 2-0 series lead on the Bucks in the first round before dropping back-to-back games in Milwaukee. Smart came off the bench when the series swung back to Boston for Game 5. He finished that one with nine points, five rebounds, four assists and three blocks to help the Celtics pull out a five-point victory.Boston is 8-2 since Smart’s return and has the Cavaliers facing their first 2-0 series hole since 2008, when they lost 4-3 to the Celtics in the conference semifinals. Boston went on to win the NBA title that season.Not bad for a guy taken sixth overall by Boston in the 2014 draft despite being criticized coming out of Oklahoma State for being undersized at 6-foot-4, having questionable ball-handling and poor 3-point shooting, and at times displaying uncontrollable emotions.“I think he’s as tough as they come,” Stevens said. “He matches his intensity with a physical toughness. … People talk about him all the time. Sometimes they focus on things that don’t matter, and the other times they focus on that he impacts winning.”Smart showed all those attributes late in the fourth quarter Tuesday night against the Cavs, when he came to the defense of Al Horford after JR Smith shoved him in the back on a layup attempt. Smart got in Smith’s face, prompting Smith to shove him. Both received technical fouls. But having a teammate’s back is second nature to Smart.ADVERTISEMENT He said he felt like Smith was being a bully . That has never played well in Smart’s orbit.“One of my guys was down, and I took offense to it,” he said.From a basketball standpoint, Cleveland has taken note of Smart’s impact.LeBron James called Smart’s creativity on the court “uncanny,” and Kevin Love said the Cavs can “definitely learn” from what Smart and Boston are doing to them.“I think Marcus always makes plays at the right time,” James said. “They put the ball in his hands and they trust him to make plays for others.”Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Smart’s impact is clearly something they must combat as they try to hold serve at home beginning with Game 3 on Saturday.“If it’s 50/50 balls, he’s going to get it. If it’s a loose ball, offensive rebound they need to have, he’s going to get it,” Lue said. “We’ve got to be able to find someone who can match his toughness.”The most impressive thing about Smart’s run might be that he’s doing it while his mother, 63-year old Camellia Smart, is battling bone marrow cancer.Smart learned of her diagnosis during a visit to see her in Texas back in April.“We’re just trying to preserve life,” Smart said recently of how she’s doing. “At her age a transplant would probably be more harmful than good. … It’s tough, but my mom’s a tough cookie.last_img read more

Mindanao side turns back Gilas in PBA All-Star first leg

first_imgGilas Pilipinas-led squad, meanwhile, banked on their twin towers with June Mar Fajardo powering his way to 34 points while Japeth Aguilar contributed 25. Only nine players suited up for the PBA Smart All-Stars with Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy skipping the event to focus on the Fiba 3×3 preparations. Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mindanao All-Stars pulled away in the fourth quarter and blasted the Smart PBA squad, 144-130, in the first leg of the 2018 PBA All-Star Wednesday at Davao del Sur Complex. ADVERTISEMENT Kai Sotto embraces challenge from older competitors Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES From just a three-point lead at the start of the payoff period, the Tim Cone-coached roster found an opening and quickly turned the game into a rout. Carlo Lastimosa and Baser Amer had three straight triples to give the Mindanao side a 117-103 lead with under 10 minutes left and spark the breakaway.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 crownAmer led the Mindanao All-Stars with 22 points, Marc Barroca added 20 points while Lastimosa had 16. The Meralco star guard was named the MVP of the Mindanao leg. View commentscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

WORLD CUP: Tactical tinkering unsettling Mexico players

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MIDFIELDERSHirving Lozano, who has scored 16 goals for PSV Eindhoven in the Dutch league, should start on the left wing. Carlos Vela, who joined Los Angeles FC from Real Sociedad last year, currently has the edge to start on the other flank rather than Porto midfielder Jesus Corona.Andres Guardado is another player who is injured and his status is uncertain. If Guardado can’t play, Erick Gutierrez will be called from the reserve squad to take over alongside Hector Herrera.Gutierrez did not make the final roster but is traveling and training with Mexico in case Guardado can’t play.Diego Reyes, a Herrera teammate who plays in the midfield, is also injured, allowing veteran Rafael Marquez to make the team despite being retired at 39 years old.If Marquez, as expected with all the injuries, plays in his fifth World Cup, he will join Antonio Carvajal and Lottar Matthaeus as the only players in history to play at five World Cups. Former Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon made the roster five times, but only played in four.FORWARDSJavier “Chicharito” Hernandez remains the main striker heading into the tournament, but Raul Jimenez is having a strong season with Benfica.Oribe Peralta, who led Mexico to the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, is the third striker.Osorio likes to use a formation with a withdrawn striker, a position where Giovani Dos Santos and Marco Fabian are contesting the starting position. 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 Mexico’s Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio (C) oversees a training session of his players at FC Strogino Stadium in Moscow on June 12, 2018 ahead of the Russia 2018 football World Cup. AFP PHOTO / YURI CORTEZMEXICO CITY — Mexicans can never be sure who will be playing for the national team under Juan Carlos Osorio.A different lineup has been deployed by Osorio in all 46 games in charge and now players are starting to question the tactical tinkering going into the World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT GROUP GAMESMexico opens Group F against World Cup champion Germany on Sunday in Moscow, where it has its tournament base. The team will then head to Rostov-on-Don to face South Korea on June 23, followed by a match against Sweden in Yekaterinburg on June 27.SQUADGoalkeepers: Guillermo Ochoa (Standard Liege), Jesus Corona (Cruz Azul), Alfredo Talavera (Toluca)Defenders: Carlos Salcedo (Eintracht Frankfurt), Diego Reyes (Porto), Hector Moreno (Real Sociedad), Hugo Ayala (Tigres), Edson Alvarez (America), Jesus Gallardo (Pumas), Miguel Layun (Sevilla)Midfielders: Rafael Marquez (Atlas), Hector Herrera (Porto), Jonathan Dos Santos (LA Galaxy), Andres Guardado (Betis), Marco Fabian (Eintracht Frankfurt), Giovani Dos Santos (LA Galaxy)Forwards: Javier Hernandez (West Ham), Raul Jimenez (Benfica), Oribe Peralta (America), Jesús Corona (Porto), Carlos Vela (Los Angeles FC), Javier Aquino (Tigres), Hirving Lozano (PSV Eindhoven)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Osorio’s success in Colombia, where he won the championship with Once Caldas and three times with Atletico Nacional, was based on the same tactical fluidity that he brought to Mexico.His 46 games with Mexico have seen 30 wins, nine draws and seven losses.GOALKEEPERSGuillermo Ochoa, who has made 93 appearances since his international debut in 2005, is renowned in Mexico for an outstanding save from Neymar’s header at the 2014 World Cup.The 32 year-old “Memo,” who plays for Belgian club Standard Liege, will be making the World Cup trip but he might not be guaranteed to start every game. Osorio is considering using either Jesus Corona or Alfredo Talavera in the final Group F game against Sweden because Ochoa can struggle dealing with crosses.DEFENDERSThe defense is probably the weakest link on the team.Hector Moreno, who plays for Real Sociedad after a brief stint with Roma, is the strongest component of the back line and is nursing an injury that has kept him out of the last two friendly matches.Osorio likes to play with three center backs, but only Moreno — when healthy — is a guaranteed starter. The other one was Nestor Araujo, who did not make the team after sustaining a knee injury in a friendly against Croatia in March. Carlos Salcedo injured his collarbone in the same match and is hoping to be fit for Russia.Hugo Ayala and Edson Alvarez could take over but all lack international experience. LATEST STORIES “It’s time to stop with the experiments,” Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa said. “We have to focus on how we play as a team.”Osorio, who replaced fan favorite Miguel Herrera in 2015, isn’t budging. The Colombian has no plans to change his strategy because it carried Mexico to the World Cup as the top-placed team in CONCACAF qualifying for the first time in two decades.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 crownBut changing formations depending on the opponent hasn’t fared well in all competitions.“A lot of people said that the past few years have been good, but I’m not so sure about that,” Manuel Lapuente, who coached Mexico at the 1998 World Cup, told The Associated Press. “We were a failure in the Copa America Centenario. We failed at the Gold Cup and in the Confederations Cup. We did well in the qualifiers, but, guess what? We are not going to play against that kind of rival in Russia.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The Mexicans were consigned to their worst-ever loss in the 2016 Copa America Centenario quarterfinals, trounced 7-0 by Chile. In a pair of semifinals last year they were beaten 4-1 by Germany in the Confederations Cup and lost 1-0 to Jamaica in the Gold Cup.Progress for Mexico at the World Cup would be reaching the quarterfinals after failing to advance from the round of 16 at six successive editions. Only when the Mexicans hosted the World Cup did they make the last eight — in 1970 and 1986.Here’s a closer look at the Mexico team:COACHOsorio, a former conditioning coach at Manchester United under Alex Ferguson, won four league titles in Colombia and was managing Sao Paulo before taking over his first job as a national coach with Mexico in 2015.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations WORLD CUP: Since 2014 highs, a struggle for Colombia, James View commentslast_img read more

Top seed Creamline forges Finals showdown vs PayMaya

first_imgWhat was supposed to be a classic battle to the finish turned into a cruise for Creamline, which crushed a Pocari-Air Force squad missing its key player, 25-15, 25-18, 25-16, Friday to reach the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Matthysse no stranger to Pacquiao legend Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READcenter_img Pocari was without two-way star Myla Pablo, the team’s vaunted hitter who also does a good job covering the floor on defense. Pablo hurt her back during pregame warmups.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:31Palace ‘not bothered’ by Trump OK on US ban vs De Lima jailers02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Creamline will go up against PayMaya, which took a much more difficult route executing a dramatic comeback to outlast BanKo Perlas, 22-25, 14-25, 25-14, 25-23, 15-12, in Game 3 of their semifinal duel.Tess Rountree banged in 35 points for PayMaya, countering Lakia Bright’s rousing 41-point performance for the Perlas Spikers.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’Perlas and Pocari will fight for third place also on Sunday.Alyssa Valdez and Thai Kuttika Kaewpin had 15 points each as the top-seeded Cool Smashers came back from a 0-1 series deficit to clinch a championship berth via sudden death. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more