first_imgNCAA MVP Alvarez hopes to see Lady Bombers continue success “We would want to keep our hopes alive and that could only happen if we could continue our winning ways,” said coach Leo Isaac. “That win against San Miguel was like a shot in the arm and with this convincing win against Kia, maybe we can go on and move up to the next level in terms of confidence, maturity, and all things that could add up to our game on Sunday.”Mike DiGregorio kickstarted the rout in the third quarter, firing 14 points powered by three treys as the Elite took an 18-point lead in the frame, 77-59.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 folkHis explosion paved the way for his other teammates to catch fire as Blackwater extended its lead to as high as 26, 94-68.DiGregorio finished the game with 21 points on a 3-of-7 shooting from three, to go with three rebounds and three assists. LATEST STORIES MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano JP Erram  nabbed a double-double of 17 markers, 14 boards, and three dimes, while Allein Maliksi got 14 points, six rebounds, and three assists.Nard Pinto also had a solid outing, firing five markers, seven boards, eight assists, and two steals in his 28 minutes on the floor.Blackwater now shift its focus to its all-important duel against NLEX on Sunday at Philippine Arena.Ronald Tubid fired 22 points on a 6-of-9 sniping from downtown, on top of eight rebounds, while Reden Celda had 21 markers and five boards for the cellar-dwelling Kia, which suffered its fourth straight defeat and dropped to 1-8.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed BLACKWATER 95 — DiGregorio 21, Erram 17, Maliksi 14, Sena 9, Belo 8, Marcelo 8, Cruz 5, Pinto 5, Jose 4, Javier 3, Banal 1, Cortez 0, Neypes 0, Palma 0.KIA 76 — Tubid 22, Celda 21, Corpuz 9, Lastimosa 8, McCarthy 6, Reyes 5, Camson 3, Khobuntin 2, Escoto 0, Galanza 0, Sara 0, Yee 0.Quarters: 25-21, 47-41, 77-65, 95-76.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESMaking a late run to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals, Blackwater fanned its playoff hopes and dumped Kia, 95-76, Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The win allowed the Elite to move to join eighth place with Phoenix, both of whom are carrying 4-5 cards.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The 6-foot-6 Erram was reduced to tears on the bench and he said the scene was a testament to his love for the game.“My passion for the game is really high and to not be able to perform well and us not making the right decisions is just disappointing,” Erram said. “I’m disappointed with the team and more disappointed with myself because I’m not able to perform.”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 folkBut Erram didn’t let his emotions get the better of him for the remainder of the game and he couldn’t have done it without his teammates and coaches.“My teammates and coaches didn’t give up on me. They helped me get my composure back and I was able to get my confidence back to perform better.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES UAAP Football: Andes’ hat trick propels FEU over Adamson PBA IMAGESEven big boys cry.Blackwater center Poy Erram turned emotional after committing a turnover midway through the third quarter during a crucial game against Phoenix Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Erram more than made up for that miscue as he kept the Elite’s playoff bid going after an 83-78 win.The 28-year-old Erram continued to make his case as one of the best big men in the league with another double-double, finishing with 12 points and 19 rebounds on top of five blocks.The former Ateneo star joined elite company, tying reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo with the most double-doubles this season with seven.“I’m happy that I’m able to be side-by-side with the four-time MVP even if it’s just in the stats department but I owe this to my teammates and coaches’ trust in me.”ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

first_imgAlready without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson, Golden State lost Draymond Green in the second quarter to a bruise in the pelvic area. Green took a knee to the upper groin while defending a drive to the basket by Danny Green.Draymond Green said he was suffering a “constant, annoying pain,” but doesn’t expect to miss any games.“It’ll be fine,” Green said. “I think it’s just something that’s kind of like at the peak right now, but it’s calmed down a little bit since it happened. It ain’t that serious.”The Warriors weren’t getting any sympathy from a Spurs team that has played without Kawhi Leonard for much of the season.Golden State still managed to hold San Antonio to 12 points in the third quarter, matching the Spurs’ season low for points in any period.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters 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 Two blocked shots propelled the Warriors to their first lead of the game.JaVale McGee blocked Dejounte Murray’s attempted floater and then scored on a dunk to pull Golden State within 59-57 with 2:21 remaining in the third. Quinn Cook tied the game on a jumper after Patrick McCaw came from the weak side defensively to stuff Pau Gasol near the rim. Kevon Looney gave the Warriors the lead at 63-61 on jumper with two seconds left in the frame.The Spurs responded by holding the Warriors to 12 points in the fourth quarter to help their bid for a 21st consecutive postseason appearance.“They were great defensively,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “The Spurs turned it up a notch. They’re fighting for their playoff lives and they played liked it.”Cook led Golden State with 20 points, Looney added 12 and Andre Iguodala and Nick Young had 10 each.Mills finished with 12 points and Danny Green added 11.TIP-INSWarriors: Curry (right ankle), Durant (fractured rib) and Thompson (fractured right thumb) did not travel with the team, remaining in Oakland to continue rehabilitating their injuries. … Curry was scheduled to be reevaluated Tuesday. … The Warriors’ highest point total in a quarter was 22 in the third. Golden State scored 42 points in the third quarter against Phoenix on Saturday, the 11th time it has scored 40-plus in a quarter this season. … Golden State has won six games when trailing by 15-plus points.Spurs: Leonard was not on the bench, as he has been for much of the team’s current six-game homestand. Leonard (right quadriceps tendinopathy) has played in only nine games this season. … Danny Green became the third player in franchise history with a 3-pointer in 400 career games, joining Manu Ginobili (746) and Bruce Bowen (411).BOUNDING REBOUNDERMurray had eight rebounds to set the franchise record for rebounds in a single season by a point guard. The 6-foot-5 guard has 385 rebounds in 1,436 minutes, surpassing Johnny Moore’s total of 378 collected in 2,689 minutes. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marinerong Pilipino routs Gamboa-St. Clare, gets share of D-League lead LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge (12) is fouled by Golden State Warriors’ Kevon Looney (5) as he tried to drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA game, Monday, March 19, 2018, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 89-75. (AP Photo/Ronald Cortes)SAN ANTONIO — LaMarcus Aldridge continued to lead the way for the Spurs, who are trying to find a way to remain in the playoffs.Aldridge had 33 points and 12 rebounds, and San Antonio blew a 16-point lead to the injury-ravaged Golden State Warriors before pulling away for an 89-75 victory on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery “I’m a leader, so I have to do what we need,” Aldridge said. “Playing defense, blocking shots, scoring. It all comes with it.”San Antonio beat Golden State for the first time in four tries this season and won their fourth straight overall to move into fifth place in the Western Conference, a half-game ahead of idle Utah and New Orleans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAldridge scored five straight points early in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs recapture a 66-65 advantage. He finished with 19 points in the fourth, including 11 straight that erased a four-point deficit and gave San Antonio a 72-65 lead it would not relinquish.“He was a horse in that fourth quarter,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “Obviously, it wasn’t a fair fight, but it just shows what kind of class they have and how well coached they are and how badly they want to be champions again. They played great and we picked the right five minutes to play really well at the end of the game.” “He’s pretty athletic,” Aldridge said. “He has a nose for the ball. He goes and gets them. That’s big time for him. He’s only going to get better from here.”UP NEXTWarriors: Host Atlanta on Friday night.Spurs: Host Washington on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHE SAID ITThunder backup point guard Raymond Felton on scoring eight points in the fourth quarter: “Every given night, Paul might not be hitting a shot, Russ might not be hitting a shot, ’Melo (Anthony) might not be hitting a shot, so it’s our job when we come off the bench to try to give the team a spark sometimes. It is what it is. We’re all human. Putting the ball in the basket every night — it’s not going to be that way.”UP NEXTHeat: At Indiana on Sunday.Thunder: Host Portland on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Miami led 66-64 heading onto the fourth quarter.Adams made a layup after a cut to the hoop and he was fouled. He missed the free throw, but the Thunder got the rebound, leading to a mid-range jumper by Westbrook that bumped Oklahoma City’s lead to 91-84.Miami cut its deficit to 92-91 on a 3-pointer by Johnson, but Westbrook answered at the other end with a three. Westbrook then got a defensive rebound and bolted to the hoop at the other end for a layup. Miami was called for goaltending, and the Thunder lead was back to six.Miami trimmed Oklahoma City’s lead to two in the final minute, but Westbrook found Adams on a pick and roll for a dunk that made it 99-95 with 43 seconds to play. George then stole the ball, made a layup and was fouled. His free throw with 38.2 seconds left put the game out of reach.___TIP-INSHeat: G Tyler Johnson committed two fouls in the first 23 seconds. He finished with three fouls. … G Dwyane Wade finished with seven points in 20 minutes. He hadn’t played since March 10.Thunder: Outrebounded the Heat 51-41. … Improved to 7-1 with G Corey Brewer in the starting lineup. … Carmelo Anthony finished with six points on 2 for 8 shooting.STAT OF THE NIGHTOklahoma City made 3 of 17 3-pointers in the first three quarters, then drained 5 of 9 in the fourth. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Wolves beat Knicks, clinch first winning record since 2005 In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Westbrook went 6 for 7 from the field and made 3 of 4 free throws in the fourth quarter, despite playing just 8:43 in the period. He helped pick up the slack for his co-star, Paul George, who made just 3 of 16 shots.George was impressed with the way Westbrook finished the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s new to me, a guy at his level that is always ready for the moment who can just sense how and when to really take charge,” George said. “He is one of the most explosive and unique players that I have ever played with.”Westbrook also had 13 rebounds and eight assists. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives against Miami Heat guard Rodney McGruder (17) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Friday, March 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook picked his spots for three quarters, then took complete control in the fourth.The All-Star guard scored 17 of his 29 points in the final period to help the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Miami Heat 105-99 on Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “He’s going to put his fingerprints on the game somehow, someway, and you just have to find a way to overcome it,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Steven Adams added 24 points and 12 rebounds for the Thunder. He scored 20 points in the first three quarters while his teammates struggled to make shots.“Steven’s value is extremely important in that sense of when things get stagnant and we need a possession and need a bucket and we need a quick relief, he will always come through,” George said. “He’s very underrated when he’s posting up or finishing. He’s very underrated.”Oklahoma City has won seven of eight to move into fourth place in the Western Conference standings.James Johnson scored 23 points and Goran Dragic added 20 for the Heat, whose win streak ended at three games.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims View commentslast_img read more

first_imgMercito Gesta is back on the winning track after beating American Roberto Manzanarez via majority decision, 95-95, 96-94, 96-94, at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino.After losing in his first and only World title fight against Jorge Linares last January, Gesta (32-2-2) captured the North American Boxing Organization’s, one of the WBO’s regional bodies, lightweight title.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Gesta, who stands at 5-foot-7 managed to overcome the 6-foot Manzanarez’ height advantage and was the aggressor in the first five rounds.Manzanarez eventually suffered a cut around his right eye at the end of the fifth round.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 crownGesta’s momentum slowed down in the last five rounds after Manzanarez adjusted and used his reach advantage against the Filipino. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Pablo rallies for volleyball national team selection: ‘They deserved to be chosen’last_img read more

first_imgTrickery: Spying, number switches by Sweden and South Korea Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ But there was some uncertainty surrounding the Ticos after a pair of friendly losses heading into the World Cup, including a 4-1 rout by Belgium a week ago.Serbia coach Mladen Krstajic, who replaced Slavoljub Muslin last year, put together a veteran defense with Kolarov, who plays for Roma, and former Chelsea player Branislav Ivanovic. Also included were Manchester United midfielder Matic, and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, who had an apparent falling out with Muslin but was brought to Russia by Krstajic.The opening half between Costa Rica and Serbia was back and forth from the start: Aleksandar Mitrovic’s header missed the target in the opening minute and moments later Marco Urena’s angled shot for Costa Rica was saved in the left corner by Vladimir Stojkovic.Ivanovic made his record 104th appearance for the national team, surpassing Dejan Stankovic’s mark. The 34-year-old Ivanovic had matched Stankovic’s record last Saturday in a 5-1 friendly win over Bolivia. Stankovic, known as “Deki,” played for the national team from 1998-2013, through three different eras: Yugoslavia, Serbia-Montenegro and finally Serbia.Ivanovic currently plays for Russian club Zenit St. Petersburg, but he’s best known for his time at Chelsea (2008-17).ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serbia’s Aleksandar Kolarov celebrates scoring the opening goal during the group E match between Costa Rica and Serbia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena in Samara, Russia, Sunday, June 17, 2018. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)SAMARA, Russia — Aleksandar Kolarov scored from a left-footed free kick in the 56th minute and Serbia opened its World Cup with a 1-0 victory over Costa Rica on Sunday.After David Guzman was handed a yellow card, Kolarov curled the ensuing free kick over the wall. Costa Rica goalkeeper Keylor Navas, who plays for Real Madrid, couldn’t reach it.ADVERTISEMENT Costa Rica defender Ronald Matarrita was ruled out of the World Cup earlier this week because of a right hamstring injury. He was replaced on the roster by Kenner Gutierrez.GROUP DYNAMICSCosta Rica advanced out of the group stage in Brazil with victories over Uruguay and Italy and a draw with England, but the country’s players insisted in the run-up to Sunday’s game that this team should not be judged on the past.“There’s always a lot of talk about four years ago, but this is a new World Cup, a new history,” Costa Rica defender Giancarlo Gonzales said. “Some of us are repeating, but there are teammates who are playing their first World Cup. We know the eyes of the world are on us.”Costa Rica will next face Brazil on Friday in St. Petersburg, while Serbia plays Switzerland on Friday in Kaliningrad.KEYS TO SUCCESSMilinkovic-Savic gave Navas a workout in the first half, and while he didn’t score, he is clearly a potent weapon for Serbia.He challenged Navas in the 27th minute from just outside the box, but Navas fell on the ball. Navas also stopped Milinkovic-Savic’s bicycle kick in front of goal in the 42nd minute, but it was ruled offside.Currently with Italian club Lazio, rumors have swirled that Manchester United might be interested in the dynamic 23-year-old Milinkovic-Savic. View comments Serbia, which missed out on the 2014 tournament, had the early advantage in a tough group that includes five-time champion Brazil and Switzerland.After a scoreless first half, Navas fought off a barrage of challenges to open the second with the boisterous Costa Rican fans cheering him on at Samara Arena.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 crownThe final moments of the match were marked by a squabble on the sidelines as Nemanja Matic got into a tussle with a Costa Rican coach. Players from both teams rushed toward the scrum but it was quickly diffused.The Ticos were the surprise of the last World Cup, sweeping through to the quarterfinals in Brazil before being ousted by the Netherlands on penalties. It was the furthest the small Central American nation had advanced in soccer’s premier tournament. 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Last year, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov confirmed the invitation, saying: “Putin has a long and, you may say, friendly relationship with Blatter.”Blatter voted for Russia to host the World Cup when it won a four-candidate contest in December 2010.As FIFA’s CEO-general secretary, Blatter oversaw preparations for each World Cup from 1982 to 1998. He was elected FIFA president on the eve of the 1998 World Cup in France, and headed football’s world governing body for four more tournaments through 2014.A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been filed. Using allegations from that case, FIFA’s ethics committee opened its own inquiry and banned him for eight years. It was reduced to six by FIFA’s appeals panel.His presence in Moscow can be an awkward distraction for FIFA and its new president, Gianni Infantino, who comes from a neighboring town in the same Swiss canon (state) as his predecessor.Blatter remains an instantly recognizable, if often polarizing, figure to generations of football fans.“I just saw him and said I have to take a picture with him,” Mexico fan Maximiliano Vazquez said after taking a photograph with Blatter. “He was friendly.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The 82-year-old Blatter is banned from official football duty until October 2021 for financial misconduct during this 17-year rule.But the FIFA ban doesn’t prevent him from attending games and he’s expected to see Portugal play Morocco on Wednesday at Luzhniki Stadium. He plans to see Brazil play in St. Petersburg on Friday.“Then the next day (Thursday) I will travel to see Costa Rica beat your country,” Blatter joked to a Brazilian reporter.He is traveling with his partner Linda Barras on his first public appearance outside his native Switzerland since July 2015 when the World Cup qualifying draw was conducted in St. Petersburg.Blatter shared the draw ceremony stage that day with Putin and could meet with the Russian leader this week.ADVERTISEMENT Guessing game: Cavs enter NBA draft unsure of LeBron’s plans Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Former FIFA President Joseph Blatter arrives at a hotel in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitry Serebryakov)MOSCOW — Banned by FIFA, Sepp Blatter was back at the World Cup on Tuesday expecting to see two games and hopefully Russian President Vladimir Putin.The former FIFA president landed in Moscow to fulfil a two-year-old invitation from the host nation’s leader. Both did essential work to help ensure Russia won the tournament hosting rights eight years ago.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “I am the guest of the organizing committee, but they will make an arrangement to see the president if it were possible,” Blatter told reporters at a five-star hotel in central Moscow, adding a meeting with Putin “has not yet been fixed.”“But I am a guest. I take the program they are offering to me, and I am happy to be here,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBlatter posed for photographs with fans from Mexico and Portugal on arriving at his downtown base after flying from Zurich.The one-time globe-trotting football leader, with a famed capacity to defy jet lag, has rarely flown in recent years since American and Swiss investigators unsealed sweeping investigations in May 2015 of corruption and bribery linked to international soccer and marketing officials, including some FIFA vice presidents. He announced his intention to resign days later. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ UP’s Juan Gomez De Liano splits the defense of UE’s Jason Varilla (L) and Christopher Conner. INQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonUniversity of the Philippines started its campaign with a convincing 87-58 win over University of the East in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.After a tie at 33 at the end of the first half, the Fighting Maroons used a strong third quarter and outscored the Red Warriors 25-12 to break away.ADVERTISEMENT 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. Nash, Kidd highlight 2018 Basketball Hall of Fame class Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal UP held a 58-45 lead at the start of the fourth and that margin just ballooned as the game progressed.Javi Gomez de Liaño gave UP a 72-50 lead midway through the fourth connecting with younger brother Juan for the layup that capped off the Fighting Maroons’ 14-5 run.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’“It’s probably the first game jitters but we just had to remind ourselves that we know what to do regardless whether it’s a man or zone defense put against us,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol, whose team got slowed down in the second quarter with UE’s zone defense.UE’s defensive scheme capitalized on UP’s mistakes with the Red Warriors scoring eight points off the Maroons’ turnovers in the first half. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments “This is just the start, I’m just happy we’re able to get this win and hope we could capitalize on this momentum,” added Perasol.Bright Akhuetie put up 15 points and 18 rebounds in his first game for UP while Paul Desiderio scrapped for 12 points, on 5-of-18 shooting, and 10 rebounds.Alvin Pasaol had 14 points and seven boards to lead the Red Warriors.RELATED VIDEO Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA 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

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s a little bummed out but I think the MRI was basically good news,” Kerr said of Curry’s state of mind. “He’s disappointed, but it could have been a lot worse.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry walks on the court during a timeout in the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)The Golden State Warriors won’t take any chances with star Stephen Curry, who will be sidelined for at least a few days with a groin strain, coach Steve Kerr said Friday.“The MRI looked good in terms of not being too serious, but he’s not going to play tomorrow,” Kerr said at Warriors practice on Friday. ADVERTISEMENT “It’s something that we’re going to evaluate over the next few days. He’s still sore.”“It’s a strained groin, basically, is the injury, but the MRI was encouraging. So it will be kind of a day-to-day thing. Obviously, we won’t do anything crazy. He’s going to be out until he’s healthy and ready to go.”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 ChrissThe two-time defending NBA champion Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday, and that game is followed by back-to-back games against the Los Angeles Clippers and Atlanta Hawks on Monday and Tuesday.Curry was injured in the third quarter of the Warriors’ 134-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night — Golden State’s first home loss of the season. LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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?center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA 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 MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ronaldo puts positive spin on Juventus’ 1st loss of seasonlast_img read more

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Copa Libertadores saga ends as River Plate wins in Madrid ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 “Just having Anthony on the floor means everything,” Gentry said. “He might have been closer to 50 percent than 100 percent, but he was still giving us great defense and grabbing big rebounds.”With Davis missing or ineffective on the offensive end, Jrue Holiday and Julius Randle took over. Holiday scored 37 points on 14-of-22 shooting and Randle added 28 points, six rebounds and five assists. “We just executed our game plan,” Randle said. “Everything was coming extremely easily for Jrue and when he gets rolling, he doesn’t miss.”Griffin scored 35 points for Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Langston Galloway added a season-best 24.“Even when Anthony is out, that’s a very solid team with a lot of weapons,” Griffin said. “We knew how we wanted to handle Jrue, but we didn’t execute.”The Pistons have lost four straight.“Jrue Holiday was a really tough challenge for Bruce (Brown) to handle by himself, and even when we sent Reggie (Jackson) over to help, he still had his way with us,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We are getting great looks on the other end, but we’ve got to knock them down.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin and missed the rest of the first half.When he came back early in the third quarter, he was moving slowly and only scored three points, matching the three he had before the injury. However, he also had five blocks and nine rebounds against Griffin and Andre Drummond to help the Pelicans win 116-108.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 Drummond had 10 offensive rebounds for the 22nd time in his career — Tyson Chandler is second among active players with 15 — but Gentry thought his defense did just enough against Detroit’s center.“You can block him out on every shot, and he’s just going to go over you and get rebounds,” Gentry said. “I thought we got the big rebounds we needed down the stretch.”Holiday had 18 points in the first half, and New Orleans led by 11 before the Pistons cut it to 56-50.Davis returned at the first stoppage in the third quarter and helped the Pelicans take a 78-62 lead midway through the period. He was clearly limited on the offensive end but was able to get stops on defense.Griffin and Galloway combined for 26 points in the period and had the Pistons within four points until Tim Frazier’s buzzer-beating 3-pointer made it 91-84 going to the fourth.“We were getting a lot of stops late in the quarter, and that lets me get into transition and get my shots,” Galloway said. “We just needed to keep that going.”Detroit quickly narrowed the gap to 93-91, but the Pelicans responded with a 7-1 run to take an eight-point lead.“I think we lead the NBA in wide-open shots, but we have to start knocking them down,” Griffin said.Drummond missed two free throws with 4:03 left, then fouled Randle at the other end. He hit both shots to make it 107-98, and the Pelicans held on to win.TIP INS Pelicans: New Orleans has won 16 of its last 20 against Detroit, including 12 of the last 13. … Gentry, who coached the Pistons from 1997-2000, is 16-5 against them as a head coach.Pistons: Galloway has hit at least four 3-pointers six times in the last 15 games. .. Reggie Jackson missed his first five shots and didn’t score until 4:26 remained in the game.DAVIS IN BOSTON?Davis went for more medical tests after the game, and Gentry wasn’t sure if he would play Monday in Boston.“A lot of times, it is the next day that these really hurt,” he said. “We’re not even 30 games into the season, and we’re going to be very cautious with this. If he’s ready, he’ll play, but only if he’s ready.”UP NEXTPelicans: At Boston on Monday night.Pistons: At Philadelphia on Monday night. New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) drives against Detroit Pistons guard Luke Kennard (5) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Detroit, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis.The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn’t get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more