Qatar World Cup head say blockade poses ‘no risk’ to event

first_imgFILE- In this May 14, 2010 file photo, a Qatari woman walks in front of the city skyline in Doha, Qatar. The U.S. military says it has halted some military exercises with Gulf countries over the ongoing diplomatic dispute targeting Qatar. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)LONDON — The regional blockade on Qatar poses “no risk” to the 2022 World Cup going ahead, the tournament head said on Friday, maintaining that logistical obstacles are being overcome and building work is continuing with only “minimal” cost increases.The energy-rich nation’s land border and its air and sea routes have been closed off for four months since Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates launched an economic boycott. It has forced World Cup organizers to find alternative sources for materials to complete the venues being used by the region’sfirst major soccer tournament.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Winner at last as UE picks up first victory, sends UST to 0-7 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 Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Only the Khalifa International Stadium, which will also host the world track championships in 2019, has been completed. Qatar is building another seven stadiums for use by 32 teams at the tournament in five years.“I’m very happy to say that our project scale is on time and there is no significant impact on our projects,” Al Thawadi said. “As of today we haven’t seen a significant impact on the cost. There might have been some minimal increase in terms of establishing alternative supply chains but these have been absorbed very, very quickly and been normalized as these supply chains have been put in place.”Qatar is investing more than $150 billion on infrastructure to handle the World Cup in the tiny desert nation. Under pressure from activists, Qatar has been compelled to raise living standards and worker rights for the large migrant workforce being relied on to construct venues. Al Thawadi said organizers are “always improving” worker welfare standards.Qatar has also staved off calls for the country to be stripped of the World Cup after facing investigations into the conduct of its bid.FIFA ethics investigators found that the Qataris used a full range of lavishly funded state and sports agencies to deliver the victory in the 2010 vote. But a World Cup bidding report, published for the first time in June, concluded there was no “evidence of any improper activity by the bid team.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have come under criticism and attack over the years, but we have always faced our critics,” Qatar World Cup supreme committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi told The Associated Press. “Our projects are going ahead as scheduled. This (blockade) is no risk in relation to the hosting of the World Cup.”The diplomatic crisis that has torn apart the Gulf Cooperation Council stems from allegations Qatar supports for extremist groups in the region, charges denied by Doha.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWhen Qatar’s sole land border with Saudi Arabia was closed and sea traffic cut off, World Cup organizers were forced to instigate their “Plan B,” including brining in supplies from Turkey. The Qataris express confidence FIFA is not exploring a “Plan B” of its own for an alternate 2022 host.“Every project has contingency plans and we have had contingency plans in place from the very start,” Al Thawadi said in an interview during a visit to London to attend a summit staged by the Doha-based sports organization, Aspire Academy. “Once the blockade came into play we contacted the main contractors, we putin place alternative supply chains, we sourced alternative materials from alternate suppliers.”last_img read more

PSL imposes 1-year ban, P50,000 fine on Soltones after playing in PVL All-Star Game

first_imgMOST READ “The Philippine Superliga strictly enforces the One League Policy prohibiting its players from playing and/or participating in other tournaments during the one-year playing commitment with the PSL. The act of Ms. Soltones in playing/participating in the PVL All-Stars is a clear violation of our existing policy,” wrote PSL president Ramon “Tats” Suzara in a letter to Iriga mayor Madeleine Alfelor.Soltones only suited up for one game for the Lady Oragons, playing in their opening day assignment against Sta. Lucia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWith the decision, Soltones will be barred from playing in the PSL until November 5 next year.The former San Sebastian open spiker is the third player to violate the league’s One League Policy since its enforcement in 2016 following Pau Soriano and Lillet Mabbayad, who both played for Bureau of Customs in the Shakey’s V-League after their campaign with Standard Insurance-Navy in the PSL All-Filipino Cup. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES View comments Grethcel Soltones. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGrethcel Soltones was on the receiving end of a one-year ban and a P50,000 fine after violating the Philippine Superliga’s One League Policy.The league handed down the decision on Monday as the three-time NCAA Most Valuable Player, who has a live contract with Iriga in the ongoing PSL Grand Prix, competed in the Premier Volleyball League’s All-Star Game last October 29.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Alyssa Valdez feels the love from Filipinos in Taiwan Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Brownlee scores 36, Alab Pilipinas post back-to-back wins

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Brian Williams paced CLS with 22 points and 14 rebounds, Sandy Kurniawan tallied 19 markers, and Mario Wuysang had 17 points and six rebounds as the Knights reeled to their seventh straight loss to fall to 1-7.The scores:ALAB PILIPINAS 92 — Brownlee 36, Balkman 17, Parks 14, Urbiztondo 11, Maierhofer 6, Hontiveros 5, Sumalinog 2, Raymundo 1, Alabanza 0, Celiz 0, Domingo 0, Javelona 0.CLS KNIGHTS 87 — Williams 22, Kurniawan 19, Wuysang 17, Jones 11, Hidayat 9, Lish 9, Nugroho 0, Saroni 0, Utomo 0, Wisnu 0.Quarters: 29-18, 48-44, 69-67, 92-87.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Federer not keen on his kids following in footsteps OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueJustin Brownlee had his best scoring game of the season and Tanduay Alab Pilipinas beat 92-87 victory over CLS Knights Indonesia Saturday in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League at GOR CLS Kertajaya in Indonesia.Brownlee was sensational on the road as he shot 15-for-24 from the field while also collecting eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 Renaldo Balkman gave Brownlee ample support, finishing with a double-double of 17 markers and 13 boards, while Bobby Ray Parks Jr. got 14 points, two rebounds and four assists.Josh Urbiztondo went 3-of-7 from downtown to unload 11 markers to help the Philippine side improve its record to 5-4.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 folkVeteran gunslinger Dondon Hontiveros sparked a decisive 14-2 blast for Alab, which took an 87-73 lead with 2:57 left in the game.The Knights, however, refused to sink in front of their home crowd as their starters rallied the team back to within four, 90-86, after a Decorey Jones slam in the waning seconds, before Oping Sumalinog secured the victory with two free throws down the stretch. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

From ‘5 to 8’: Santos says San Miguel struggled to guard Ginebra’s ‘shadows’

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “Parang may mga shadow yung mga players kanina eh. Parang yung lima, nagiging walo kaya parang nahihirapan kami bantayan kasi lima lang yung kalaban, pero nagiging walo. Ewan ko kung sobrang bilis nila kaya may shadow. Parang ganun eh,” he said without elaborating.(It was like the players had shadows earliers. It felt like five players became eight that’s why we were having a difficultly guarding them because our five opponents became eight. I don’t know if they were just too fast so that’s why they had shadows. But it felt like that.)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 folkLike in Game 2, the Beermen came out flat once again on Tuesday and fell behind by as much as 14, 79-65, entering the fourth quarter.San Miguel managed to claw its way back and get into within three twice in the clutch–with 6:07 left and again with 2:08 in the clock–but Japeth Aguilar and LA Tenorio put on the finishing touches for Ginebra. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 13, 2018Santos, who finished with 13 points on a 5-of-11 shooting from the field, and six rebounds, remains defiant as he believes that San Miguel still has the edge entering Game 4 on Thursday.“The good thing with our team is that whatever happens, we stay together. We’ll lose together and we’ll win together,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We almost got them. They were lucky that (Prince Caperal) made the three points and got them back up by six,” said Santos said after Ginebra tried to pull away agin, 90-81, with 4:38 to play.But likening this 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals to a fruit-bearing tree, Santos said that San Miguel is still “motivated to get that tree.”“Medyo nagkakagulo ngayon sa titulo eh,” he said, laughing at his own metaphors. “Marami palang may-ari, pero ‘di pa rin kami papayag. Makikipag-negotiate pa rin kami para makuha yung puno na yun, tutal naka-isang kaing naman na kami. Lamang pa rin naman kami sa series.”(There are some dispute with regard to the land title. There are a lot who are staking their claim, but we won’t allow them. We’ll negotiate to get that tree since we’ve already got a bunch of fruit. We’re still ahead in this series.).@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas talks about his team’s “failure to buy the tree” after this Game 3 defeat. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/R62uAJwlApADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Ross confident Beermen can pull through, with or without him 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Miguel’s Game 3 downfall on Tuesday, Arwind Santos said that his team had a hard time playing against Ginebra and its “shadows.”The outspoken and often poetic Santos was seemingly trying to conceal what he really meant when he said the Beermen were playing against “eight” on the floor in their 95-87 loss to the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight

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 “Singapore is where I won the title, I was the underdog in that title bout against Shinya Aoki, but I managed to pull off the upset win,” said Folayang. “It was so memorable, the country will always be dear to my heart.”“Singapore is an awesome country, the venue is so awesome, it’s truly world-class, and the energy is palpable. I won’t say it’s my home court but it gives me the motivation and inspiration because it is the place where I became the champion.”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 crownFolayang managed to hold on to the belt for 364 days and he would’ve completed the anniversary if he hadn’t lost to Martin Nguyen on Nov. 10 at, of all places, Mall of Asia Arena in the Philippines.And it’s been almost five months since Folayang has stepped inside ONE’s cage, but the former champion is ready to get back into winning form and showcase what he can do front of the same people that witnessed his history-making win against Aoki. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ONE Championship: Kings of Destiny at Mall of Asia Arena last April 21. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIf there’s one foreign country that Eduard Folayang holds dear into his heart, it has to be the city-state of Singapore.It was in 2016 when the legendary Team Lakay member upset Shinya Aoki for the ONE World lightweight championship at Singapore Indoor Stadium and Folayang plans to channel that love for the Lion City once more for his comeback fight.ADVERTISEMENT Folayang (18-6) will take on undefeated Russian Kharun Atlangeriev (11-0) on May 18 in ONE: Defending Honor.“I am more motivated than ever,” said Folayag. “I am definitely looking forward to what 2018 is going to bring, I am laser-focused and I am confident that I can get the World title back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Give it time: Black thinks Standhardinger will become one of PBA’s best playerscenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

It begins: Free agency in NBA starts with a flourish

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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durant’s move is a win on multiple levels for the two-time defending NBA champion Warriors. Not only do they get to keep the 2017 and 2018 NBA Finals MVP, but they also get some financial flexibility in the deal.Durant will be paid about $30.5 million this coming season, about $5 million less than he could have commanded if the deal was structured differently. That savings will give Golden State options for other moves this summer, as the Warriors look to bolster their bench for a run at what could be a fourth title in a five-year span.They might need the boost, because the Western Conference is going to be loaded again.George took the stage at a party in Oklahoma City on Saturday night and announced that he will be staying with the Thunder, a move that might have been unexpected a year ago when he was traded away by the Indiana Pacers — presumably because of the belief that he was already focused on joining his hometown Los Angeles Lakers in free agency.That move isn’t happening.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But if James is going to be the next superstar to follow in the legacy that Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson built for the Lakers, it’s already fairly evident that not everyone in the NBA will be thrilled by the development.“The Lakers are FOREVER gonna be Kobe’s and Magic’s team…. Process that,” Philadelphia star Joel Embiid wrote on Twitter.Philadelphia has been one of the teams often mentioned as a club that would pursue James this summer, and that still may be the case.With Durant, George and Paul off the board, James is the biggest name left to decide his intentions when it comes to free agency. His agent Rich Paul was expected to meet by phone with Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman early Sunday, and there has been no indication when James will announce his plans for next season and beyond.For Dallas, persistence paid off. The Mavs finally are getting DeAndre Jordan.Jordan agreed to sign with Dallas three years ago, then changed his mind and social media went beyond abuzz over what happened next. Former teammate Blake Griffin and coach Doc Rivers were part of a contingent that went to his house and stayed with him until the deal was official.But he agreed quickly this time to a one-year, $24.1 million deal and will finally be part of the Mavericks.Denver added to the huge night of spending out West when it got Will Barton to commit to staying in what will be a four-year deal that could be worth more than $50 million if he doesn’t opt out a year early, and that move comes on the cusp of the Nuggets getting talented big man Nikola Jokic to stay in what will be a five-year deal worth nearly $150 million. FILE – Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George, left, is defended by Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul during a pre-season game in Tulsa, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)Kevin Durant is staying put for now. So are Paul George and Chris Paul.Meanwhile, LeBron James’ next move remains unclear.ADVERTISEMENT Not now, anyway, and barring a trade not for at least three years in what will be considered a massive victory for the Thunder and general manager Sam Presti. George agreed to a four-year deal that will be worth roughly $135 million, though he can opt out of the final season, according to a person familiar with the terms.“I’m here to stay,” George told the crowd at the party.Down in Houston, Paul has told Rockets fans the same thing.“UNFINISHED BUSINESS,” Paul wrote on Twitter at the exact moment that the calendar flipped to July 1 in the East, meaning the NBA’s free agency frenzy was officially open for the summer.His meaning was clear. The Rockets were tantalizingly close to a trip to the NBA Finals this spring, and Paul’s coming back to get over that hump.Houston took Golden State to seven games in the Western Conference finals back in May. Paul missed the last two games of that series with an injury, and the Rockets wasted big leads in both of those games — then had to watch the Warriors sweep Cleveland for the NBA title.Paul averaged 18.6 points and 7.9 assists last season with the Rockets, who went 65-17 led by Paul and newly minted NBA MVP James Harden. ESPN reported he is signing a four-year deal that will be worth $160 million.Meanwhile, James created a frenzy on Saturday without saying a word.James spent the week vacationing in Anguilla, and hopped aboard a private Gulfstream jet in the morning to fly to the Los Angeles area. By the time he arrived around midday — after his flight plan was tracked online — reporters and at least one news helicopter were waiting for the Cleveland Cavaliers star, who decided to become an unrestricted free agent and not opt-in to a $35.6 million deal for this coming season.The Lakers have long been mentioned as a top destination for James, and they have more salary cap space this summer than any team in the NBA. But going to L.A. on Saturday doesn’t necessarily provide any hint about his team for next season, since James has homes in Southern California. LATEST STORIES 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 Pocari Sweat shocks Creamline to take PVL semis opener Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Durant has decided to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Saturday because the deal cannot become official until the league’s offseason moratorium ends on Friday. The deal comes with a player option for 2019-20, so Durant can — and likely will — become a free agent again next summer.So much for the notion that stars would wait for James to decide his future before they would decide theirs.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 crownThings went a very different way.Durant, Paul and George all knew what they were going to do even before the NBA’s moratorium — and the start of free agency — officially kicked in at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Sunday. So did plenty of other players, and by the time the moratorium was 2 hours old nearly $700 million worth of deals had been agreed upon, based on figures confirmed to AP by people involved in the various decisions.last_img read more

Back on the throne

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms Leaving nothing to chance, the Kings roughed up the San Miguel Beermen and easily came away with a blowout victory in the series, 93-77, to add another PBA Commissioner’s Cup to their trophy collection.“San Miguel is the best team and has multiple titles. But for one night, for this night, we are the best team,” said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Tomorrow, they are the best team again.”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’Scottie Thompson typified the hunger that Ginebra displayed in closing out the Beermen in six games and became the first player out of Perpetual Help to secure the league’s Honda Philippines Finals MVP.All it took was an unequaled surge of energy from the Kings early in the second half to break the Beermen as they rode to an 11th franchise crown and second title in the same conference after topping the 1997 edition at the expense of Alaska. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES After loss to UST, UP gets its act together and turns back San Sebastian Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo / INQUIRER.netBarangay Ginebra fans crammed themselves into every available space at the jampacked Mall of Asia Arena Wednesday night.The Gin Kings then sent home wildly-cheering, red-and-white faithful exhilarated.ADVERTISEMENT Justin Brownlee, who finished with 31 points and 19 rebounds, and Thompson were the main guns for Barangay Ginebra, but the Kings also drew support from Greg Slaughter and LA Tenorio, who drained a killer three that put them up by 14. They never looked back from there to the delight of a majority of the 20,490 fans.Thompson, an explosive two-way guard on his third year, averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.2 assists in the series, reaching peak form in their pivotal Game 5 win.“Scottie definitely deserves it. He never had a downtime and he had incredible energy,” said Cone, who now has 21st conference titles under his belt.Nobody really thought that the Gin Kings could go all the way to the Finals and beat the Beermen, the current All-Filipino champs, in six games.“We’re down 1-5 (at the start of the conference), so who would have thought that we would be able to match up with San Miguel and win the series?” Cone said.ADVERTISEMENT 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 awardlast_img read more

UAAP: UP stops skid, slips past La Salle

first_imghttps://web.facebook.com/inquirersports/videos/480706432408062/ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I think we all know that our end game but there’s much to be desired with how we ended the game, we can’t forget the fact that we won it, but we would’ve wanted to be better in the end game,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol.“We need these kinds of wins, though, so that we’ll know how to get better.”Bright Akhuetie put up a 19-point, 19-rebound double-double for the Fighting Maroons while Gomez de Liaño had 17 points and six asssits.Paul Desiderio also finished in double figures in scoring with 12 points, on 4-of-14 shooting, with seven rebounds and four steals.Justine Baltazar led the 2-2 Green Archers with 13 points and 10 boards while frontcourt partner Santi Santillan had 12 points and 11 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES After trailing for much of the first half, UP started to heat up early in the third going on a 14-2 run to take a 43-37 lead off of Juan Gomez de Liaño’s transition layup.The Fighting Maroons started the fourth on a 10-2 run that Diego Dario capped off with a jumper for their 61-47 lead, but but La Salle didn’t go down with the fight, cutting UP’s lead to one after a 13-0 blast.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 ChrissGomez de Liaño, though, took over and delivered the big shots down the stretch to save the Fighting Maroons.Season 80’s Rookie of the Year scored four of UP’s last six points but it was his dagger of a layup with 44.3 seconds left, giving the Fighting Maroons a 65-60 lead, that became the game’s biggest shot. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of the Philippines put a stop to its downward spiral after a 67-61 victory over De La Salle in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Fighting Maroons were on a three-game slide prior to facing the Green Archers but their win bumped to a 2-3 card for the fifth spot in the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Gaballo stays unbeaten with quick stoppagelast_img read more

Still top draw

first_imgThe planned January fight between Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner is being lined up for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and could air as a pay-per-view event, according to US-based sports network ESPN.Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KO) will be defending his World Boxing Association world welterweight title, and making his return to the United States for the first time since his November 2016 win over Jessie Vargas.In his last two outings, the Filipino lawmaker fought in Australia and Malaysia, losing a controversial decision to Jeff Horn and thrashing Lucas Matthysse for his first stoppage win since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Garbrandt recently told tabloid news website TMZ Sports he would welcome a bout with Pacquiao“I would love that fight, yeah,” Garbrandt said.Garbrandt is the UFC’s top-ranked bantamweight fighter. The 27-year-old has an 11-2 record in the promotion.However, Garbrandt has lost each of his last two fights.Both were to TJ Dillashaw, who defeated Garbrandt at both UFC 217 in November 2017 and UFC 227 in August.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Those fights aired on ESPN and ESPN+, and Pacquiao-Broner may be worth enough money to go to pay-per-view.Pacquiao is still one of the most recognizable stars in the sport, and Broner (33-3-1, 24 KO) still draws a lot of eyeballs whenever he fights, despite his inconsistencies.Broner is 0-1-1 in his last two outings, a loss to Mikey Garcia in July 2017, followed by a draw with Vargas in April.“It is almost final but it is not yet there,” Pacquiao said recently, adding that the match was “90 percent” likely to push through. He added he preferred to face the former four-division world champion either Jan. 12 or 19.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 ChrissAnother MMA dareWith a lot of talk about crossover MMA (mixed martial arts)-boxing fights lately, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) star Cody Garbrandt also wants in. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Roundup Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View comments Neither clash lasted more than two rounds.Boxing skillsGarbrandt and his companions noted in the video that he has a “strong” boxing background, which would make him an ideal candidate for crossover fight. And few boxers carry more star power than Pacquiao.Pacquiao has not responded to Garbrandt’s challenge.The most high-profile crossover bout came in August 2017 when boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr. (50-0) defeated UFC star Conor McGregor, who made his debut in the ring.Mayweather and UFC fighter Khabib Nurmagomedov have recently talked about fighting each other. —BADLEFTHOOK.COM, BLEACHERREPORT.COM Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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