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SMB stays sharp

first_imgBulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims San Miguel’s Petron Saturday Special win also left the top standings all muddled up, as the No. 2 ranking—and the second win-once bonus in the quarterfinals—still hangs in the balance with three teams (Alaska, Rain or Shine and Star) still in it.Rain or Shine, at 5-4, gets a crack to stay in that race at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay when the Elasto Painters tangle with a GlobalPort crew that will try to formally clinch a playoff spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnBarangay Ginebra also shoots for a quarterfinal slot when it takes on also-ran NLEX in the 6:45 p.m. game.Alaska will take on Rain or Shine this Wednesday at 7 p.m. after Star battles also-ran Mahindra at 4:15 p.m.The Aces will clinch the second twice-to-beat privilege with a win even if the Hotshots prevail over the Floodbuster. Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ Ancajas risks title vs Mexican today ANTIPOLO—San Miguel Beer refused to lose a game it didn’t need to win Saturday night, rallying from four points down in the final minute to pull off a 98-94 win over TNT KaTropa in the PBA Philippine Cup at Ynares Center here.June Mar Fajardo scored four straight points to knot the count at 94, before Alex Cabagnot drained the go-ahead triple with 23 seconds left as the Beermen, already assured of a twice-to-beat playoff privilege two weeks ago, closed out their elimination-round stint with a 10-1 record.ADVERTISEMENT Ben&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Star’s chances of nailing No. 2 rests on a Rain or Shine win over Alaska, since the Hotshots will beat the Elasto Painters in the tiebreak by virtue of the winner-over-the-other rule in case they end up with similar7-4 records.Incidentally, Star will be coming into that crucial match with a three-game winning streak. The Hotshots will take the momentum of their 120-73 victory over the Meralco Bolts in the first game.SCORESSAN MIGUEL 98 – TNT 94SAN MIGUEL 98—Fajardo 20, Cabagnot 19, Lassiter 18, Santos 18, Ross 9, Reyes 7, Espinas 4, Garcia 2, Agovida 1, Heruela 0, Tubid 0.TNT 94—Tautuaa 20, Castro 15, Fonacier 10, Rosales 10, De Ocampo 9, Carey 6, Reyes 6, Pogoy 6, Rosario 4, Williams 3, Rosser 3, Golla 2.Quarters: 31-24, 53-50, 76-67, 98-94ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal View commentslast_img read more

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Mayweather-McGregor edging closer?

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Green slams Knicks owner over Oakley spat MOST READ Municipal councilor nabbed for indiscriminate firing in Leyte View comments “Let the record show, there hasn’t been any deals made in regards to a fight between myself and any other fighters,” Mayweather said.“I am happily retired and enjoying life at this time. If any changes are to come, be sure that I will be the first to let the world to know.”‘Take care of business’But, in a later statement, Mayweather then indicated that a deal was ready to be done — provided McGregor could reach an agreement with the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), who own the Irish fighter’s contract, reported to be worth around $16-20 million per fight before pay per view earnings.“Listen Conor McGregor, if you really want to get this fight done … take care of your business with the UFC and then have your people get in touch with my people,” Mayweather stated.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 15 Taal towns now under total lockdown On Tuesday, the Irish Sun, citing an anonymous source reported that the two camps had agreed terms for a multi-million-dollar deal.McGregor cancelled an appearance in Dublin this week in order to fly to the United States to shoot an anti-bullying video as part of a deal to obtain a boxing licence from the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which later confirmed that the 28-year-old had indeed arrived in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe only final hurdle to the fight deal being signed was an unidentified “third-party hold-up,” the paper added.Within hours, however, Mayweather appeared to distance himself from the reported deal, insisting he remained “happily retired.” UFC President Dana White separately told Britain’s Daily Telegraph that no McGregor-Mayweather fight would happen without the organization’s involvement.“McGregor’s under contract with me,” White told the paper. “How would I let somebody take this guy that I built and do it without me? That would be the stupidest move in history.”ESPN mixed martial arts correspondent Brett Okamoto says McGregor’s contract with the UFC — who the fighter has regularly criticized in the past — was the key obstacle to a Mayweather fight.“There’s a lot of steps these two need to take in order for us to ever see this fight,” Okamoto said on ESPN. “The most crucial is getting the sign-off of the UFC. Conor McGregor remains under an exclusive contract with the UFC so they need to be involved in something like this, or he would potentially need to challenge them in court to get out of that contract.“I don’t think it’s at that point yet.”‘Cooks in the kitchen’Nevertheless, Okamoto is adamant that there is genuine desire on both sides to make a fight expected to raise several hundred million dollars, if as expected it is able to generate between two or three million pay-per-view buys.“There’s a lot of cooks in the kitchen,” Okamoto said on ESPN’s Five Rounds podcast. “I don’t know if that means we’re going to get something to eat. But I can tell you that behind the scenes, there’s real legitimate interest in this.”Others remain more sceptical, pointing out that McGregor’s inexperience in the boxing ring would make him the overwhelming underdog against Mayweather, widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers in history.Kevin Iole, boxing correspondent for Yahoo Sports, told ESPN radio that it would be hard to sanction the bout on boxing grounds.center_img Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite In this Jan 14, 2017, file photo, Floyd Mayweather Jr. reacts during the third round of a junior lightweight title fight between Jose Pedraza, of Puerto Rico, and Gervonta Davis in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)A mouthwatering one-off collision of combat sport kings? Or a pointless circus sideshow with little or no intrinsic value as a spectacle?Whatever your viewpoint, the drumbeat of headlines linking retired former welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather to a showdown with mixed martial arts superstar Conor McGregor suggests a money-spinning fight is edging closer.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member 98% of residents in Taal Volcano’s 14-kilometer danger zone evacuated – DILG Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Poe chides LTFRB exec over termination of motorcycle taxi pilot study LATEST STORIES “You’re talking about a guy who is one of the best boxers of all time, who is 49-0, an Olympic medalist, a multi-division world champion, against a person who has never had a boxing match, neither an amateur fight or a pro fight,” Iole said. “How does an athletic commission that exists to protect fighters say ‘We’re going to sanction that and we think that’s a fair fight?’”Iole said only a “massive amount of money” would tempt Mayweather out of retirement.“If he got a deal that was too good to pass up, he would take it because he knows it’s easy work for him and he would ride off into the sunset with another $100 million check,” Iole said.“Conor would have a puncher’s chance, yes … (but) the odds are overwhelmingly with Mayweather, and he would make McGregor look silly. Because McGregor’s not a boxer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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‘Happy pill’ Pacres glad to inspire UST in win over NU

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Well, that “happy pill” was instrumental in UST’s four-set upset over National University, 21-25, 25-14, 25-14, 25-12, in the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.READ: UST sends NU reeling to third straight lossFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnPacres had 11 points off the bench to help the Golden Tigresses get into fifth seed with a 3-3 record.“They said I was their happy pill so I just let out my energy, my excitement. I was loud on the court,” said Pacres Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “We just talked and got noisy and I was surprised that it was really effective.” Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes has always demanded communication from his team during this season and it was Pacres who finally delivered as they took their first two-game win streak.READ: Reyes’ lucky pick Pacres delivers for Tigresses in clutch“My instruction was to just get noisy and talk to each other on the floor so that they won’t feel to pressured and they’ll just enjoy the game,” said Reyes.Pacres added she might repeat her in-game rambunctiousness, as it was her own little way of intimidation.“I’ll just continue what I’m doing because I think it scares the other players,” said Pacres.ADVERTISEMENT Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties View comments Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UST’s Dimdim Pacres. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDimdim Pacres is more than University of Santo Tomas’ substitute player; she’s also the one the Golden Tigresses look to if they’re feeling a little down.She described her role with UST simply as the Golden Tigresses’ “happy pill.”ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beermen pull ahead late to beat Kings, get 2-1 leadlast_img read more

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Buss family battle for control of Lakers moves into court

first_imgFILE – This Oct. 26, 2010 file photo Los Angeles Lakers Jeanie Buss, then, executive vice president, reacts to the crowd during the Lakers’ NBA championship ring ceremony in Los Angeles. Lakers owner, Jeanie Buss removed her brother, Jim, from his job as the Lakers’ executive vice president of basketball operations. The Lakers fired general manager Mitch Kupchak on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017, and put Magic Johnson in charge of basketball operations in a major shake-up of the struggling franchise’s front office. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson,File)A behind-the-scenes battle for control of the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers has gone public with Jeanie Buss’s lawyer saying she had rebuffed an initial bid by brothers Jim and Johnny to oust her as controlling owner of the club.Jeanie Buss went to court on Thursday to seek a temporary restraining order preventing the brothers from holding a meeting next week to elect a new board of directors for the storied franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement that as far as the league is concerned, Jeanie Buss remains in charge of the team.“Jeanie Buss is the sole Governor of the Los Angeles Lakers and under league rules, she has control over the team,” the statement said. “She has not only been a terrific leader for the Lakers organization, guiding the business before and after her father’s passing, but an incredibly influential voice among all our team owners.”Management shakeupTwo weeks ago, Jeanie Buss shook up the Lakers management, firing Jim Buss as vice president of basketball operations. She also sacked general manager Mitch Kupchak and hired former Lakers great Earvin “Magic” Johnson as president of basketball operations.In announcing the moves she said Johnson — who sparked the Lakers to five NBA titles in the 1980s — would be in charge of all basketball operations and report directly to her.ADVERTISEMENT According to court documents, the brothers proposed four directors, but did not include her, and if she isn’t on the board she can’t continue as the controlling owner of the team as outlined in the family trust set up by their late father, longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss who died in 2013 at the age of 80.The brothers withdrew the request on Friday, but Jeanie Buss’s lawyer Adam Streisand told the Los Angeles Times he did not expect that to be the end of the matter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“This is no doubt the beginning and not the end of the game-playing,” Streisand told the newspaper. “They don’t have a legal leg to stand on. This is a legal strategy doomed to failure.”In papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Buss maintains that her brother Johnny “with the active participation of Jim breached the express terms of the trust that require them to take all actions reasonably available to them to ensure that (Jeanie) remains the controlling owner of the Lakers”. Three days after that shakeup, Johnny Buss, who is in charge of corporate development for the Lakers, notified his sister of plans for the planned board of directors vote.The Lakers have won 16 NBA titles. They dazzled Los Angeles and the league in the “Showtime” era of Johnson with championship runs in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987 and 1988.They returned to greatness behind superstar guard Kobe Bryant with five NBA crowns from 2000-2010 but are languishing at 19-43 this season.The Boston Celtics trounced the Lakers 115-95 on Friday night at Staples Center, where coach Luke Walton insisted the front-office drama wouldn’t impact the team’s performance.“It’s easy for me (to ignore). I coach and I focus. We’ve got a lot of focus on with our players and what we’re trying to do. Stuff that’s not in my control I don’t spend much time thinking about,” Walton said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely View comments Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Pacquiao-Khan off

first_imgManny Pacquiao (left) and Amir Khan. AFP FILE PHOTOSManny Pacquiao liked it. Amir Khan wanted it. The fans demanded it. Both fighters had even already announced they would be clashing on May 20 in the United Arab Emirates.As it turned out, however, the supposed dream deal is baloney.ADVERTISEMENT Carrion sees need for strong PH start Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Apparently, with no money on the table, it’s been shot down by Pacquiao’s longtime promoter Bob Arum.“It’s kaddish for the UAE deal. It’s dead,” Arum told espn.com Tuesday. “I’m talking to him about another proposal for another fight, not Khan. Khan won’t be Manny’s next opponent.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAnd Pacquiao’s next fight won’t happen until June or July.Against whom, Arum refused to reveal the name or names of Pacquiao’s probable opponent. MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon LATEST STORIES Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties According to Arum, he wanted Pacquiao’s adviser, Michael Koncz, to discuss the matter with the Fighting Senator and explore the options before he makes it public.When the $38 million Pacquiao-Khan duel was first announced, Arum already expressed his reservations.“When they contacted me, I told them it was pie in the sky, that this is crazy, it’s not going to happen,” Arum told the Los Angeles Times.“Manny wanted to roll the dice. He rolled the dice and it came up snake eyes. If something is too good to be true, it’s too good to be true.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incidentlast_img read more

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Metta scores 18 in possible farewell, Lakers top Pelicans

first_imgLos Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace shoots as New Orleans Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 11, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won 108-96. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—Metta World Peace had the ball in his hands with the crowd on its feet for the Lakers’ final possession in what might be his final game at Staples Center.And he let the shot clock run out.ADVERTISEMENT Cheick Diallo scored 19 points for the Pelicans, who lost their fifth straight while playing without big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson had 15 points apiece for the Lakers (26-55), whose longest winning streak since 2013 has pushed them past Phoenix in the overall NBA standings and left them assured of finishing with the league’s third-worst record.If the pingpong balls don’t give Los Angeles one of the top three picks in the draft lottery on May 16, the Lakers will lose their first-round selection to Philadelphia under the terms of their trade for Steve Nash five years ago. If they lose this pick, they’ll also lose their 2019 first-round pick to Orlando.Davis sat for a second straight game with a sore left knee, and Cousins missed his third straight game with heel tendinitis. The rest of the team didn’t do much, according to their coach.“We didn’t play hard enough to win the game,” Gentry said. “Concentration was non-existent. We had no focus. We play an 82-game schedule. Not 80 games. Not 78 games. We weren’t there. We weren’t even close tonight.”While World Peace didn’t quite match Kobe Bryant’s 60-point finale last year, he got wild ovations in pregame introductions and again whenever he did anything interesting. He didn’t score in the first half, but got his 1,716th and 1,717th career steals to move past Ron Harper for 22nd place in NBA history.World Peace joined the Lakers in 2009 and immediately played a major role on their 16th NBA championship team, hitting a 3-pointer that turned out to be the last field goal in Game 7 of the 2010 NBA Finals against Boston.World Peace changed his name in 2011 and stayed with the Lakers until 2013. He spent the next two years in New York, China and Italy before rejoining the Lakers in 2015.He surprisingly made the Lakers’ roster again this season to serve as a veteran mentor and mature presence in the locker room – an assignment that would have been shocking to anyone who only knew him as the hard-nosed defensive specialist who got the longest suspension in NBA history for brawling in the stands at a Pacers-Pistons game in November 2004.“I didn’t think I would last this long,” World Peace said before the game. “There was no need to (shoot),” he said. “We won the game. Five in a row. This is great.”Leave it to a man who named himself World Peace to remind everybody what’s really important, even on a night dedicated to celebrating him.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWorld Peace scored a team-leading 18 points in the second half, and Los Angeles extended its longest winning streak in four years to five games with a 108-96 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night.Although he hasn’t announced his retirement and would like to play basketball next year, World Peace got several standing ovations down the stretch from a crowd celebrating the final on-court link to the Lakers’ 16th championship team. MOST READ Nuggets spoil Romo Day for Mavericks Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely The 37-year-old veteran of 17 NBA seasons made his 840th career NBA start and hit four 3-pointers down the stretch, thrilling his younger teammates and setting off arena-wide chants of his name.But when he could have punctuated his career with one last shot, he didn’t do it.Like just about everything the former Ron Artest does, his possible final act in a gold Lakers uniform contained elements of intelligence, nobility and absurdist comedy.Coach Luke Walton would have loved it if World Peace had taken the last shot, but he understood why he didn’t.“You don’t want to disrespect the other team at all,” Walton said. “Metta was obviously doing that out of respect for (Pelicans coach) Alvin (Gentry) and those guys. … He’s a perfect example of what a professional athlete should be.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig outcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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ONE Championship looking to stage events in Cebu

first_img“The Philippines is one of ONE’s biggest markets and that’s evident with the way we consistently sell out Mall of Asia Arena,” he said.READ” Eduard Folayang is ONE Championship Fighter of the Year“I think the reality is that the Philippines is MMA-crazy. You can’t put on enough shows in a year to satisfy the demand. Major cities outside Manila have been demanding an event for a very long time such as Cebu. It’s something we keep an eye on. We’re open to it and we’re looking at when the best time to do this. The fanbase is there. It’s not a matter of if, but when.”Mack also expects more champions to come out of the country while also being a go-to hub for mixed martial arts in the region.“I also think that we’re just seeing the start of the rise of world champions here in the Philippines. The whole mainstream aspect has really taken off with world class trainers flying in here and Brandon Vera moving here. We have organic superstars like Eduard Folayang and Danny Kingad,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out “I think what you’re gonna see is more events, more gyms, and more content. It’s gonna be better and better. We haven’t disappointed thus far and we don’t plan to disappoint in decades to come.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town LATEST STORIES “I wouldn’t be surprised if we start looking at holding future events in Cebu,” he said on Tuesday during ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny press conference at City of Dreams in Parañaque.READ: Manila to host two ONE Championship events next year FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I think it’s gonna happen, it’s just a matter of the right time. The demand in Manila is hard to keep up with. We’re trying to do that to satisfy the fans in the Philippines.”The American executive draws his optimism from the continuous success of the promotion’s events in the country, especially ahead of its 10th event in the Philippines on Friday for ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ting prepares for ‘best version’ of Folayang Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government ONE Lightweight Champion Eduard Folayang and challenger Ev Ting face off before ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOHauling in thousands of fans in its events in the Philippines, ONE Championship has expressed interest in staging future events outside of Manila.Loren Mack, ONE Championship vice president for public relations and communications, shared that the Asian mixed martial arts giant has gone on to explore options of holding future fights in Cebu.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Graduating Cortez, Lastimosa thank UST coaches for guidance

first_imgOn the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town For Lastimosa, the UAAP not only helped her as an athlete but also as a person.“It was a memorable journey, it didn’t make me just a good player but it also molded me into a better person and I learned a lot really,” said Lastimosa at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’ve learned things that I can use both as an athlete and as a person.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“I’m very thankful to those who’ve supported me, from coach Shaq [Delos Santos], coach Odjie [Mamon], and coach Kung Fu [Reyes], they helped me who I am today.”Of the Golden Tigresses who played in Season 79, only Lastimosa was able to play in two Final Fours since she got an extension after she missed one year to recover from an ACL tear. Lastimosa was a rookie when UST last entered the Final Four in Season 74 where she was joined by the likes of Judy Caballejo and Maika Ortiz in the lineup.“Everything happens for a reason, I think the downside was I tore my ACL, but it was a blessing that I was able to come back and play in another Final Four,” said Lastimosa.For Cortez, her time with UST can be described as versatile.Cortez never really had a concrete position within the Golden Tigresses as she was utilized to play almost all three frontline positions.What made Cortez a vital part of the team was her ability to be a solid presence in front of the net.ADVERTISEMENT Macandili draws inspiration from younger teammates in daredevil play “I don’t regret anything, I love what I do, and I won’t last five years if I didn’t love what I did,” said Cortez. “I thank all my coaches and my teammates because they not only molded me as a player, but I matured in life thanks to their guidance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out View comments LATEST STORIES Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 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 gold00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPam Lastimosa and Chloe Cortez played their last collegiate game when University of Santo Tomas lost to defending champion De La Salle 25-14, 25-20, 24-26, 25-13, in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 79 women’s volleyball tournament.Lastimosa and Cortez along with Alex Cabaños saw their tenures as Golden Tigresses come to an end in a bitter defeat in the team’s first Final Four appearance in five years.ADVERTISEMENT Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape testlast_img read more

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Star wars: LeBron, Durant moving toward NBA Finals reunion

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely It’s a showdown made in hoops heaven, but Durant is downplaying a matchup with James as anything worthy of stealing the spotlight from the others.“If we do end up making it to the Finals and Cleveland makes it to the Finals, it’s never going to be me versus LeBron,” Durant said. “It’s going to be team versus team. It’s not an individual sport. We’re not playing 1-on-1 out there, as much as people want us to.”They have history and a rivalry — albeit a rather one-sided one. James, then with the Miami Heat, won the first of his three NBA titles by beating Durant’s Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012.The pair is linked by talent, tenacity and drive. Olympic gold medal-winning teammates, they have become close friends and workout companions. They spent two summers pushing each other during training sessions in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio. Little did these two realize then that their stellar NBA careers would become even more intertwined when Durant bolted from OKC and faced the constant scrutiny that came with his decision.In many ways, James actually helped show him how it’s done.He as much as anyone understood the tornado of criticism aimed at Durant for signing onto a “super team” to chase a championship. James left home in 2010 for Miami, where he won two titles and played in four straight Finals before leading Cleveland to its first major sports championship in 52 years . Before returning to Oklahoma City — a place he still holds dear and supports — earlier this season to face fans who are still stung and feel betrayed, Durant sought James out for advice on handling the hatred.Now they’re on a path toward Cavs-Dubs 3.0.James has been practically unstoppable. And Durant, who missed 19 games late in the regular season with a left knee injury, has found the right balance of taking charge and sacrificing for him teammates with the Warriors.Cavs coach Tyronn Lue is impressed with how Durant seamlessly blended in on Golden State, as Curry took a backseat.“When Steph and Klay have a bad game — which is not very often — when they do, then you can give the ball to Durant and he can go get his own basket and his own shot,” Lue said. “You saw that in this Utah series where Steph and Klay struggled one game, and they just put it to Durant in the midrange area, and he went and got it. So you have that third player who is definitely one of the top three players in this league that can go get his own shot at any time and that’s what makes them more dangerous.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Mike Brown knows both well.Golden State’s assistant , now filling in for Warriors coach Steve Kerr, spent five seasons with James in Cleveland. He appreciates his athleticism, but is more impressed by James’ all-consuming work ethic that has allowed him to evolve every year.He sees those same qualities in Durant, who now understands that when the stage enlarges he has to expand that 7-foot-5 wingspan even more.“That’s what those guys do,” Brown said. “When you have superstars like that and the competition gets tougher, they usually rise to the moment or the occasion.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Leonard-less Spurs rout Harden, Rockets to win series Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ten years into his NBA journey, the unassuming, scoring machine everyone calls “KD”, strives to emulate those superstars. Soon, he will likely see James again in the Finals, this time in a matchup that has been talked about from the very moment Durant departed Oklahoma City to join Golden State last July.The anticipation of this potential matchup has overshadowed other postseason series.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundDurant understands that like LeBron and Kobe, it’s time to take his game to another level. They each have something Durant wants.“It’s a mindset, when you don’t realize how old you are or how many years you’ve played or mileage or the moment,” Durant said. “You’ve just got to try to keep getting better. You have that mindset when you step on the court that you want to be the best player on the court. It may not happen every game. You may not be the best, you might not have the best game, but just having that mindset you never get satisfied with what you do. View comments Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant guards Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James. APKevin Durant admires LeBron James from afar, marveling at how Cleveland’s main man finds ways to elevate his game at age 32 — year after year, title after title.Kobe Bryant was much the same.ADVERTISEMENT Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home “That’s the mindset he (James) has taken on, that’s the mindset Kobe did. There’s a lot of other players that did it. I feel like I’m on the same path as far as — I wouldn’t say I’m going to have four MVPs or three championships, I’m not guaranteeing that but I want that. On the basketball court, I want to be consistent and great every night.”James and Durant have squared off 23 times during their NBA careers, and James has a decisive 18-5 edge, including 4-1 in the postseason and 1-0 in battles for the championship.Now the basketball world is watching and waiting, even hoping for a Durant-James rematch. And this one could live up to the hype.After swatting aside their opponents in the first and second rounds, the Cavaliers and Warriors stand an unblemished 16-0 combined as they await their conference finals opponents.The 3-Match. Another must-see, best-of-seven series featuring arguably the league’s best players in James and Durant — both playing some of the best basketball of their careers — and a marquee All-Star cast that includes two-time MVP Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and Kevin Love.ADVERTISEMENT Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead End of his agony? 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Lyceum, EAC now marked NCAA teams

first_imgHardly creating a ripple in the NCAA in past seasons, Lyceum and Emilio Aguinaldo College are finally getting attention for the right reasons.Keeping their solid core and with prized recruits finally suiting up, the Pirates and Generals are setting lofty goals for Season 93 which opens on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.ADVERTISEMENT Teng drops 30 pts anew The Pirates, who joined the league in 2011, have been tipped to challenge San Beda for the title after a preseason semifinal stint in the Filoil Flying V Premier Cup.“We’ll be marked in the season but that’s part of the challenge,” said Lyceum coach Topex Robinson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“To be honest, we want the Final Four now,” said coach Ariel Sison, whose Generals spent the last eight seasons in the bottom half of the standings. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Thousands join Kalibo Ati-atihan despite typhoon devastation LATEST STORIES Clippers, Lakers among most-watched NBA teams by Filipinos Tobias Harris’ late 3 seals Sixers’ win over Knicks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LSU title parade draws massive crowdscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LaVine scores 42, Chicago rallies late to beat Cavs Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy View commentslast_img read more