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After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup

January 18, 2020

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Those two losses combined with wins for both Russia and Uruguay over Saudi Arabia confirmed the team’s elimination despite one final Group A match on Monday.Most of the expectation, and pretty much all of the hype, had been placed on the shoulders of the 26-year-old Salah, who scored 44 goals in 51 games for Liverpool and was named Premier League player of the year.But he clearly lacked match fitness in his World Cup debut, only showing a few glimpses of the speed and marksmanship he has displayed over the last year. Still, he was by far the most dangerous of Egypt’s forward trio even if he was missing the kind of service he normally receives at Liverpool.Cuper said Salah had not undergone the intense training his teammates had in the three weeks prior to the World Cup. He missed warm-up matches against Kuwait, Colombia and Belgium.Salah apart, Egypt typically gave the ball away too easily, didn’t threaten and made defensive blunders that belied the solid reputation of a back four led by West Bromwich Albion defender Ahmed Hegazy.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial “I always say that behind a player there must be a team,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said after Tuesday’s 3-1 loss to host Russia. “I feel proud we had a team, but perhaps we weren’t decisive enough.”Salah was hurt last month in the Champions League final. He dressed for the opening match, but sat on the bench as Egypt held Uruguay scoreless for 89 minutes.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 crownEventually, however, Uruguay scored and won.Salah started the second match against Russia and even scored from the penalty spot, but the host nation also proved to be too much. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NBA in London: Wizards vs Knicks in January In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Egypt’s Mohamed Salah leaves the pitch without going to his fans, disappointed after losing 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/Martin Meissner)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Egypt arrived in Russia with Mohamed Salah and some high expectations.The team, playing at the World Cup for the first time since 1990, was sure it had the ability to grind out results, even with Salah still recovering from a shoulder injury. But after two matches, the Egyptians were eliminated.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Egypt’s run to the World Cup, and the sensational exploits of Salah in both the shirt of the national team and Liverpool, raised the level of soccer madness back at home recently.The results in Russia have divided the millions of fans in Egypt who have been captivated by the squad since qualification in October, with one side being harshly critical while others resign themselves to the limitations of the team.News of the opening loss to Russia made the front page of every Cairo daily, but the tone varied.Careful not to allow the result to deepen popular discontent over a recent wave of steep price hikes for fuel, drinking water and electricity, the staunchly pro-government Al-Youm Al-Sabae, or Seventh Day, ran the headline: “You have done us proud.”But the independent Al-Shorouk said the team was “clinically” out of the tournament.Sports commentators and social media users, whose views are often more reflective of the mood on the streets, blamed Cuper’s tactics, his selection of players and a large group of wealthy businessmen, actors and TV personalities who they accuse of distracting the players the day before the game against Russia by staying at the team’s hotel in St. Petersburg.“Who allowed this chaos at the squad’s hotel?” said Ibrahim Fayeq, a sports anchor at a private TV channel. “And who convinced these celebrities that their presence was so essential for Egypt to win?” MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


Live gate filling up for Pacquiao vs Matthysse

January 18, 2020

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first_imgCroatia reaches World Cup final for 1st time, beats England 2-1 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college With a few more days to go, the organizers must be hopefully optimistic that the 14,000-seat Axiata Arena within Malaysia’s national sports complex at Bukit Jalil still would be filled in time for that country’s first world boxing title fight in 43 years.On June 30, 1975 at historic Merdeka Stadium, Muhammad Ali, decisioned Australian Joe Bugner before his classic Thrilla in Manila with Joe Frazier on Oct. 1 of the same year.The 35-year-old Matthysse, an Argentinian knockout artist with 39 wins on 36 knockouts in 43 matches, will defend against Pacquiao, 39, boxing’s only eight division champion with 59 wins and 38 knockouts.After a year’s absence, the sitting senator will enter the ring with a new trainer, his best friend Buboy Fernandez, vice his trainer of 16 years, Freddie Roach.For this fight, Pacquiao also parted ways with his usual promoter Bob Arum, whose outfit, Top Rank, may not be promoting the fight but is handling its American distribution.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Originally slated to be an ESPN pay-per-view event, the card will stream live on the cable network’s ESPN+ instead.It will take place in the morning in Malaysia and will stream in the United States at 9 p.m. Eastern time, with undercard coverage.The fight marks another attempt to lure boxing fans to ESPN’s new app, by allowing them to watch the bout live from KL’s Axiata Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vegafria indicated that ticket sales for the World Boxing Association bout “have attracted interest from the Philippines, China, Indonesia, the United States, United Kingdom and Europe.”But the sales and marketing chief of the Filipino ring icon’s MP Promotions admitted that enthusiasm for the fight from Malaysians is “not as encouraging,” prompting organizers to offer “special rate for the tickets.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIn Malaysia, badminton and soccer are kings. And with the football World Cup climaxing at the same time, the locals’ overwhelming sport of choice this weekend is a no-brainer.There has been no update on the live gate receipts for the undertaking by MP Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and the Malaysian government. Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Tickets to Lucas Matthysse’s defense of his regular world welterweight boxing belt against Manny Pacquiao in Kuala Lumpur this Sunday are almost 70 percent sold, the New Straits Times said almost a week ago.The English language daily also reported that Arnold Vegafria, Sen. Pacquiao’s business associate, bared the figures with a caveat.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifyinglast_img read more


He’s back: Djokovic tops Nadal to reach 5th Wimbledon final

January 18, 2020

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first_imgSerbia’s Novak Djokovic gestures after winning a point during his men’s singles semifinals match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London, Saturday July 14, 2018.(AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — From the way Novak Djokovic repeatedly smacked his racket against his shoe after one miss, to the shouts directed at himself and his coach after others, it was clear how much he wanted to prove he’s past the roughest patch of his career.Djokovic sent the strongest signal yet he is back at the top of tennis by reaching his fifth Wimbledon final with a 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (9), 3-6, 10-8 victory over rival Rafael Nadal on Saturday in a match suspended overnight.ADVERTISEMENT “It really could have gone either ways,” said Djokovic, who is bidding for a fourth championship at the All England Club and 13th Grand Slam title overall. “Basically until the last shot, I didn’t know if I was going to win.”He’ll face Kevin Anderson in Sunday’s final. Anderson beat John Isner in a 6½-hour semifinal that ended at 26-24 fifth set Friday night, pushing back the start of Djokovic vs. Nadal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The second semifinal then was halted when the third set ended just past 11 p.m., because of a neighborhood curfew. It had started with Centre Court’s retractable roof closed and so concluded that way, too, even though there was no hint of rain.It all made for an unusual schedule, with the start of the women’s final — normally the stand-alone showcase on the fortnight’s last Saturday — delayed until Nadal and Djokovic finished. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next As intense as any athletes in any sport, these two didn’t exactly slowly ramp things up when they returned to Centre Court about 14 hours after they’d departed. Having the roof shut meant every sound was amplified as it ricocheted off the dome — the thwack of ball off racket, the players’ grunts, the spectators’ applause.This was high-decibel, high-stakes, high-quality tennis between two of the greats right from the get-go, beginning with an 18-point, six-deuce game that last 15 minutes and felt truly pivotal. It included a 23-stroke exchange and three others of at least 11. Nadal saved two break points and when he finally held, the owner 17 major championships, two at Wimbledon, punched the air and yelled as if he’d won the match, not a solitary game.When Nadal broke in Saturday’s second game, a dismayed Djokovic grabbed a spare ball and whacked it with his racket against the wall behind the baseline. Fortunately, he was at the end of the court farthest from the Royal Box, where the pair of visiting Duchesses, Kate and the newly married Meghan, sat in the front row.There were other such displays of emotion from Djokovic, who is prone to yelling at himself or at his coach. He reacted by getting broken again to trail 5-3 in that set by raising his left shoe and violently pounding his racket against it — one, two, three, four times. Moments later, he got to love-40 before Nadal took five points in a row to serve out the set.But it was Djokovic who tended to be better down the stretch in his 52nd career meeting against Nadal in a contest that seemed as if it should be worth a trophy.Might very well have been.Not only is Anderson far less accomplished than either of these two — he owns zero Grand Slam titles — but he also is coming off a pair of strenuous five-setters, including his 13-11 win against eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer in the quarterfinals.There’s no doubt Djokovic will be a big favorite, even if he did need to play nearly 2½ hours Saturday while Anderson was able to rest and relax and recover.“It’s been a roller-coaster ride for him the last couple rounds, but he had a day off, which means a lot,” Djokovic said. “I wish I could have one.” MOST READ Trump 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio namescenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic hasn’t won a major in more than two years, dealing with an injured right elbow that was so painful in 2017 he quit his quarterfinal at Wimbledon and sat out the rest of the season. He had surgery in February, but his results were still shaky.Until now, that is. His defense and returning are as good as ever and made the difference in his 52nd career tour-level meeting with Nadal, more than any other two men have played.“In my opinion, he deserved it,” Nadal said. “I deserved it, too.”Undaunted by losing a lead and being forced to an extra set, Djokovic saved break points at 4-all and 7-all in the fifth, before breaking Nadal at love to end things.“It’s hard to pick the words,” said Djokovic, who has won his past eight five-setters at Wimbledon. “I’m just going through things, flashbacks of the last 15 months, and everything I’ve been through to get here.”ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? 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GALLERY: Osaka beats Serena, makes US Open history

January 18, 2020

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first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Tolentino shrugs off early woes, delivers late in FEU win over La Salle Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTPhoto by Keats London/CORRESPONDENTADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more


Volleybelles off to Thailand for Asian tourney

January 18, 2020

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first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Alyssa Valdez, Mika Reyes and team captain Aby Maraño will power the squad boosted by new faces from club leagues like Grethcel Soltones, Jema Galanza and Melissa Gohing.Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas president Peter Cayco said the Asian Cup campaign is part of their build up for the Southeast Asian Games next year, when it hopes to finish in the podium for the first time since 2005.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Very strong teams are entered in this tournament. Top teams in Asia,” said Cayco, “We almost have the same cast as Asian Games. This will be a good chance for the national team to continue to hone their skills.”The Philippines is bunched with Australia, Iran and Kazakhstan in Pool C. The country needs to win at least twice to make the quarterfinals of the 10-nation meet. LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READcenter_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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golovkin-Canelo 2 will be full-scale war After its eighth place finish in the Asian Games, the national women’s volleyball team, slowly recovering from decades of neglect, struts its wares in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Cup that starts on Sunday in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.The Nationals left for Bangkok Friday in the midst of Typhoon “Ompong’s” landfall in the Philippines.ADVERTISEMENT Also in the roster are Cha Cruz, Jia Morado, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz, Denden Lazaro, Risa Sato, Jasmine Nabor and veteran Aiza Maizo.The Philippines open against Australia on Sept. 16.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more


WATCH: Belgian goalkeeper scores spectacular injury-time equalizer

January 18, 2020

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first_imgView comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Then, keeper Frans moved forward in the dying moments – a popular tactic that usually comes to nothing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissNot this time, however, as Frans stuck in an acrobatic 94th-minute equalizer that would have done Cristiano Ronaldo or Gareth Bale proud. JBRELATED STORIES:Usain Bolt offered contract with Malta football clubUS headed to Women’s World Cup with 6-0 win over JamaicaADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tough back-to-back bid for Alab Pilipinas as ABL continues to growcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil KRC Gent goalkeeper Kevin Frans had a game he’ll never forget on Sunday, Oct. 14, when he helped his club salvage a point in the Belgian fourth tier by scoring a last-minute equalizer against Olsa Brakel.Awel ja ja ja…Kevin Frans!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼💪🏼🤗🤩 2️⃣-2️⃣ pic.twitter.com/i1mIoCyBIg— KRC Gent (@RacingGent) October 14, 2018Gent had started the second half trailing the hosts by two goals but were able to recover through a header from Jorgo Waeghe.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more


Josh Urbiztondo sparks Alab Pilipinas rout of Wolf Warriors

January 18, 2020

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first_imgFILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Alab Pilipinas picked up where it left off after dumping the Zhuhai Wolf Warriors, 105-95, to stay unbeaten in the 2019 Asean Basketball League Sunday night at Lapu Lapu Sports Complex in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Renaldo Balkman and Ethan Alvano scored 21 points each while Josh Urbiztondo came off the bench and fired 12 of his 19 points in the second quarter where Alab broke the game wide open.Urbiztondo, the former PBA veteran, hit four 3-pointers in the second quarter to help Alab establish a double-digit lead. He also collected six rebounds, two assists and one steal in less than 14 minutes of action.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissLeague-leading Alab, which shot the lights out from downtown with 16 triples, rolled to its fifth consecutive win.Ray Parks chipped in 12 points, three rebounds and two steals while PJ Ramos had a quiet night with seven points and 11 rebounds for the Philippine side. Big men Mike Bell and Chen Cai combined had 20 points apiece for the Warriors, who remained dead last in the standings with a 1-9 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Same old Manny Pacquiao in LA MOST READ Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more


NASCAR tries to end slide with push for more exciting racing

January 18, 2020

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first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra NASCAR pushed forward and the new rules are here with major implications. The health of the sport is riding on the belief that, if nothing else, the racing will be better, more drivers will win, more teams will succeed, and fans, of course, will give it a chance.Making the racing more entertaining is critical in getting fans to pay attention again.“On the optimism scale of a 1 to 10, I’m a 15,” said Marcus Smith, who as CEO of Speedway Motorsports Inc. last year pushed hard for the rules package and also altered his track last season to create the hybrid oval-road course “Roval” that created some buzz during last year’s playoffs.“The racing is the most important part of NASCAR and the quality of racing is similar to the quality of a show, a movie or the quality of a story in a book,” he said. “If it’s exciting, you want to watch it, you want to be there. This package is going to be more exciting and I believe it will have a huge positive impact on the sport.”NASCAR will continue to emphasize its rising young talent, led by Ryan Blaney, Austin Dillon, Chase Elliott, Erik Jones and Kyle Larson, all playoff drivers last season. Elliott was voted NASCAR’s mostpopular driver, an award won a record 16 times by his Hall of Fame father, Bill Elliott.Even so, the spotlight still centers on NASCAR’s aging stars, who are adamant they can still win championships.Leading the veteran charge is seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson in a new-look No. 48 team. Johnson and Chad Knaus, the only crew chief he’d had in his Cup career, split at the end of last season and longtime sponsor Lowe’s left NASCAR.Johnson suffered through the first winless season of his career last year but is certain he can still win a record eighth championship.“There is a lot of ‘new’ to it, there’s no way around that,” Johnson said. “It definitely is a new challenge and I welcome it. I’m just excited to get this fresh start and see where it takes us.”Truex, a year removed from his Cup title, moved to Joe Gibbs Racing for 2019 because his title-winning team closed. He replaced Mexican driver Daniel Suarez, the only non-American in the field, and Suarez was signed last month by Stewart-Haas Racing. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FILE- In this Nov. 11, 2018, file photo Kevin Harvick (4) leads the field for the green flag start during a NASCAR Cup Series auto race in Avondale, Ariz. NASCAR has radically revamped its racing packing in an aggressive push to improve its on-track product. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The reset button for NASCAR was triggered as soon as Joey Logano wrapped up last year’s championship celebration. There was massive work to be done to stop the stock-car series from a spiral to the bottom and the fix is nothing short of a radical reboot.The critical change is the introduction of an overhauled rules package designed to make the racing watchable again. And it comes under new leadership at the top.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jim France replaced his nephew as chairman of NASCAR in August after Brian France took a leave of absence following his arrest for driving while intoxicated and criminal possession of oxycodone. Jim France is now listed as chairman and CEO, has routinely represented the family at NASCAR events and is addressing NASCAR’s five-year freefall in nearly all meaningful categories.The downturn happened during Brian France’s reign, and fans essentially exiled him over his extreme changes to the championship format and his detached — often absent — style of leadership.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ SPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJim France has been at every event since taking over and NASCAR at last is showing a sense of urgency in attempting to fix its mess.“It is a business, but his first love is racing,” said Hall of Fame owner Rick Hendrick, who added Jim France and his niece, Lesa France Kennedy, have been accessible to teams and have voiced their commitment to motorsports. “I wish he had stepped out years ago.” Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Kurt Busch vacated that seat and replaced Jamie McMurray at Chip Ganassi Racing, and McMurray’s career will come to a close after the Daytona 500. He and AJ Allmendinger are among the many drivers moving into television work, opening opportunities for lesser-known drivers.Logano, who used two victories in the last four races of 2018 to become the unlikely champion, is a firm believer that NASCAR is making moves to stop its downturn.“Our sport is not in the dumps, that’s not the case at all,” Logano said. “I think there’s a lot of upside, a lot of great things we are doing, and when it comes to motorsports in America there is none better than NASCAR.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cuban says Mavs want Kristaps Porzingis, Luka Doncic for long haul France is overseeing the most collaborative atmosphere in NASCAR history. All stakeholders — the sanctioning body, teams, drivers, track operators and television partners — have brainstormed improvements and ideas to stop the plunge in attendance and television ratings. The solution is a new rules package aimed at markedly improving the on-track product.The new package uses aerodynamic ducts and a tapered spacer to reduce engine horsepower — in simplest turns, it should slow the cars and bunch them closer together to increase passing attempts and improve the overall competitiveness. It will debut in the second race of the season, at Atlanta Motor Speedway.The old package permitted a handful of teams to move so far ahead of the competition it took too long for anyone to catch them, the racing suffered and fans stopped watching. Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Martin Truex Jr. combined to win 20 of 36 races last season, though the “Big Three” lost to Logano in the championship finale.The new package is controversial because it is supposed to level the playing field, and elite drivers believe it will diminish the advantage their talent has given them.An early version of the package was used in last year’s All-Star race and fan feedback seemed genuinely enthusiastic until drivers raised enough complaints about it to muddle expectations. Until the rules were tested last week at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, few dared to predict what the racing will look like this season.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more


PBA D-League: Letran recovers, routs McDavid

January 18, 2020

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first_imgJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief “We relaxed but we’ll learn from games like these,” he said.Dahrrell Caranguian scored 15 points and was the lone bright spot for McDavid, which dropped its third straight game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Letran regained control in the final frame thanks to a 10-0 burst as McDavid never threatened again.“It’s a good win for a young team against a veteran team,” said Letran coach Bonnie Tan. “Again, we’re here to learn and to get experience.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJeo Ambohot had a near double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds while Jerrick Balanza collected 12 points, four assists and two steals for Letran (2-1).Tan said the Knights let their guards down after pulling away in the second period. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? PBA IMAGESPetron-Letran recovered after blowing a big lead to beat McDavid, 89-64, in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Paco Arena in Manila.The Knights squandered a 17-point lead in the second quarter after McDavid fought back and closed within four, 58-54, with 1:16 left in the third period.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rory McIlroy emerges from wild day to win Players Championship Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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


Joel Embiid unstoppable as 76ers finally beat Celtics

January 18, 2020

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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 Tobias Harris added 21 points for the 76ers, who avoided a season sweep by the Celtics. Philadelphia (47-25) holds the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race, three games ahead of idle Indiana and four in front of fifth-place Boston.“He was very, very dominant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said of Embiid. “He showed in many ways how much it means to him, and I respect his tenacity.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsA turning point came early in the second half when tempers flared.Smart took objection to Embiid sticking his left elbow out as Smart ran past the Philadelphia center on defense. With Embiid’s back turned, Smart gave Embiid a two-handed shove that sent him sprawling toward the sideline. An enraged Embiid got up and went after Smart. Both players were restrained, and no punches were thrown. After an officials’ review, Smart was ejected for a Flagrant 2 foul. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title A motivated Embiid scored the next eight points to help Philadelphia trim a 69-58 halftime deficit.“Stuff like that gets me going, gets the crowd going,” Embiid said. “Obviously, I was frustrated because it was a cheap shot. I didn’t see it coming.”The 76ers, who trailed by 15 in the first half, continued to chip away at the Boston lead. The game remained tight throughout the fourth quarter and was tied at 113 with a minute left before Ben Simmons converted a three-point play. He banked in a shot with his right hand and got fouled by Marcus Morris, hitting the free throw to make it 116-113 with 40.8 seconds to go.Embiid then rejected a driving Irving on the Celtics’ ensuing possession, and Butler sealed it with a long jumper from the wing with 4.7 ticks remaining.“I thought I had him beat,” Irving said. “Clean block. Great play.”ADVERTISEMENT Turnovers had been an Achilles’ heel for the 76ers in the three losses to the Celtics this season, averaging 16.3 miscues in those games. But Philadelphia turned it over just eight times on Wednesday night.TIP-INSBoston: Hayward missed his second straight game. … Aron Baynes injured his left ankle with 5:07 left in the first half and didn’t return. … The Celtics dropped to 17-18 on the road. … Smart exited with three points.Philadelphia: JJ Redick had 17 points and Simmons scored 13. … The 76ers improved to 29-9 at home. They have 10 games left in the regular season.UP NEXTCeltics: At the Charlotte Hornets on Saturday night.76ers: At the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (21) dunks as Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving, Marcus Morris and Al Horford, from left, watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia won 118-115. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Boston’s recent dominance of the Philadelphia 76ers has been frustrating for Joel Embiid. So when Marcus Smart angrily shoved the star big man to the ground, Embiid had finally had enough.Embiid had 37 points, 22 rebounds and a key block on Kyrie Irving with 35 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Philadelphia 76ers over the Boston Celtics 118-115 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight victory.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Irving scored 36 points, but the 76ers finally broke their hex against Boston.The host Celtics took the season opener 105-87, won a nationally televised Christmas game 121-114 in overtime also in Boston and earned a 112-109 win in Philadelphia on Feb. 12. Embiid was fined $25,000 after the latest loss for criticizing officials.Boston also eliminated the 76ers from the playoffs last season, and Brown acknowledged prior to Wednesday’s game that it was important for Philadelphia psychologically to defeat Boston.“It was good to get this win,” Embiid said. “It was a great step to what we’re trying to do here. We’ve been losing a lot to them. I knew that I had to come out and be extra physical and set the tone.”NOT SMART PLAYThe Celtics acknowledged that losing Smart was a big blow.“He took responsibility,” Irving said. “He knows how much of a big piece he is. We need him out there.”The Celtics already were short-handed without Gordon Hayward (concussion) and Aron Baynes (left ankle).“I’m disappointed in Marcus,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We need him to be in the game.”SMART PLAY Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Jazz hardly sweat against Knicks for 5th straight rout Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more