Castro ends debate: It was an air ball, not a pass

first_imgPBA IMAGESWas it an air ball or a perfectly timed pass for an alley-oop that clinched the game for TNT Friday night?Import Glen Rice Jr., swore that yes, his crucial basket from underneath came off a pass from equally flamboyant teammate Jayson Castro.ADVERTISEMENT That basket gave the the Texters a 116-114 lead over Rain or Shine in the last 10.6 seconds which TNT protected on the way to a semifinal berth.“It’s a pass, I guess,” said the son and namesake of the famed NBA superstar amid post-game debates. “He just happened to find me open.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAs it turns out, he was probably just being nice to Castro, touted as Asia’s best point guard.For the record, Castro, said it was indeed a brick. LATEST STORIES View comments On his way out of Smart Araneta Coliseum, and just after paying homage to the large crucifix near the exit, Castro admitted to reporters he took an attempt at the basket.“It was an air ball,” said Castro in Filipino. “But before that play, I signaled Glen to go underneath and be ready for rebound.”At any rate, Castro said they are happy to put the quarterfinal struggles behind them.“We must be ready because we are in for a tougher assignment,” said Castro referring to the semifinal matchup against Barangay Ginebra.They begin their own best-of-five series on Monday also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Cojuangco: PH will end Olympic drought with 5 golds in Tokyo 2020 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

F2 eyes third straight win, take on dangerous Cocolife

first_imgMALOLOS CITY—Surging F2 Logistics tries to stretch its early run when the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix rolls to Malolos Sports and Convention Center in this historic city.The Cargo Movers clash with Cocolife looking for their third straight win to keep in pace with unbeaten leader Foton (4-0), in a match that follows the doubleheader kickoff between Iriga City and Cignal.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quiban gains share of Resorts World lead View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next F2 Logistics is coming off a morale-boosting win over Petron in four sets last Saturday in Bacolod City before dominating Sta. Lucia Realty in straight sets on Tuesday, sending notice that it is serious in dethroning two-time Grand Prix champion Foton.Head coach Ramil de Jesus, however, said they have to take it one step at a time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We have to be careful because all teams are also preparing,” said de Jesus, who added overcoming Cocolife would not be a walk in the park.Veterans Tina Salak and Michele Gumabao will lead Cocolife. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

PLDT returns to PVL after two-year absence

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Raonic upset by De Minaur in 2nd round at Brisbane Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsoncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ “I’ve just talked to Bali Pure and I explained that I have no choice but to leave since PLDT is my mother team,” said Gorayeb, who led PLDT to the 2015 Open and Reinforced Conference titles.Former league MVP Grethcel Soltones, Lizlee Ann Pantone, and Alyssa Eroa are just some of the players Gorayeb will bring in for PLDT’s return.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 folkA player Gorayeb won’t have with him, however, is four-time MVP Alysa Valdez who is suiting up for Creamline. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo taken from Shakey’s V-League Facebook accountOne of the more successful clubs in Premier Volleyball League history is set to make its return, as PLDT will break its two-year absence from the league.Roger Gorayeb, who left his job with Bali Pure, will also return to his old post in the PLDT to serve as its head coach for the Reinforced Conference on April 1.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

DeRozan scores 35 points as Raptors beat Bulls

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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson DeRozan had 35 points, Delon Wright set career highs with 25 points and 13 rebounds, and the Raptors beat the Chicago Bulls 124-115 on Wednesday night.DeRozan came up big again after scoring a franchise-record 52 points in a win over Milwaukee on New Year’s Day. He was particularly good in the third quarter this time, scoring 18 points after being held to nine in the first half. DeRozan also shot 5 of 8 on 3-pointers and converted all 10 free throws.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 folkWright had his first career double-double and hit four 3s to lead a big effort by the bench. He scored 12 in the second quarter and eight more points in the fourth to help Toronto pull away for its ninth win in 11 games.Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry scored 16 apiece for Toronto. Fred VanVleet, from nearby Rockford, added 13 points, and the Raptors’ reserves outscored Chicago’s 54-39. “We were coming out and jacking up contested shots with zero or one pass,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “And you can’t have that. So again, that second unit’s been pretty darn good for us. Tonight, we struggled with it.”PULLING AWAYChicago was leading 92-90 early in the fourth when Toronto went on a 16-2 run. Lowry hit a 3 to make it 106-94 with 6:39 remaining, and the Raptors remained in control the rest of the way.LAVINE UPDATEThe Bulls hope to decide on a return date for G Zach LaVine early next week.LaVine will travel with the team to games at Dallas and Indiana on Friday and Saturday. Hoiberg said the two-time slam dunk champion will meet with doctors, trainers, management and coaches after the Bulls return home.LaVine averaged 18.9 points in 47 games for Minnesota last season before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Bulls acquired him along with Kris Dunn and Markkanen in the trade that sent Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves.TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto had dropped six straight at Chicago. … The Raptors were 19 of 19 at the foul line. … Wright hit 10 of 15 shots.Bulls: Markkanen has led the Bulls in rebounding 13 times and has eight double-doubles. He is averaging 21 points over his last four games. … C Robin Lopez had 12 points and a career-high six assists. … Mirotic has scored 20 or more in eight of his 15 games. MOST READ UP NEXTRaptors: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday.Bulls: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lady Chiefs start title defense with drubbing of Lady Cardinals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense “They’ve been great for us all year,” DeRozan said. “We come out slacking. The bench always picks us up, and vice versa. Tonight, the bench did what they’ve been doing all year, got the energy going. We fed off that, and got back in the game.”He’ll get no argument from coach Dwane Casey.“The bench really saved us tonight,” he said. “They gave us energy. We just couldn’t get our mojo going with the first unit, but Delon came in and had a career high. I really liked the way he was going after rebounds. His overall game sustained us.”Justin Holiday led Chicago with 26 points, and Lauri Markkanen added 22 points and 12 rebounds. Nikola Mirotic scored 20, but the Bulls dropped their third straight.The Bulls looked sharp early on, with a 10-point lead after the first quarter. But they couldn’t sustain their edge on defense and were impatient on offense — particularly the second unit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan (10) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Justin Holiday (7) as Denzel Valentine (45) and Robin Lopez watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018, in Chicago. The Raptors won 124-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — All that DeMar DeRozan wanted to talk about was the lift Toronto’s bench provided. As for his recent scoring tear?“I don’t think nothing of it,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Reyes ‘very pleased’ upon seeing future of Gilas at practice

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thirteen of the 23 names in Reyes’ wish list attended the resumption of the Gilas Pilipinas practices.Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, and Robert Bolick bannered the “23-for-23” attendees. They were joined by Isaac Go, Paul Desiderio, J-jay Alejandro, Javee Mocon, Juan Gomez De Liaño, Jeo Ambohot, Kemark Cariño, and Will Gozum. Arvin Tolentino and Joshua Sinclair were also present but were in street clothes.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 folkReyes admitted he has high expectations from the upstarts, and so far, he wasn’t disappointed with what he saw from his new recruits.“I was very pleased with the kind of engagement that I saw,” he said. “They’re the best of the best. They’re the cream of the crop, so they need to be very quick in picking things up. That’s why were trying to do these things.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone “All we want is to start this [with the cadets]. Done is better than perfect. This is far from a perfect plan, but at least, we got it done, we got it started. I think its important for those kids also to know that we are looking. Like we say, many are called but only few will be chosen.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Reyes likes the potential upon seeing the future of national team converge.“We have to start somewhere. That’s our dream for Philippine basketball for the longest time. Now, we’re starting with that vision in mind to have tall players who can play, run, and shoot at the same time,” he said.“They were chosen all for their shooting ability. Every single guy that we picked has to have a shot, even the bigs. Everyone is very comfortable stepping in the three and shooting it, and that’s what we’re looking for, the ones that can shoot the long ball and still have the height.”And Reyes expects the kids to continue honing their craft as they will be working with the current Gilas Pilipinas crew in the coming weeks.“For now, that’s the plan. Until we can come up with a more regular, more definite schedule, as I’ve said, this is far from fixed,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes didn’t waste time integrating the young guns to the national team program as he immediately threw them into the fire with the veterans on Monday.“We purposely are making them do things quickly because we’re trying to see who can pick it up very quickly. We had runs, sets, and put them in the schemes we do with the veterans,” he said after wrapping up practice at Meralco Gym.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina DeRozan, Raptors beat Nets in OT after Lowry goes down OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Pacers use late-game magic to slip past Orlando

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Wall held out as Wizards overwhelm Hawks Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Magic coach Frank Vogel expected nothing less from his former team.Each time he sensed the Pacers were about to make a run, Vogel called timeout even after the Pacers cut a 106-96 deficit to 106-95 on Sabonis’ layup with 5:32 to go.But the last timeout didn’t slow down Oladipo, Stephenson or the Pacers, who scored the next six points to take a 111-106 lead.Gordon had 22 points, 11 rebounds and four assists and Evan Fournier wound up with 19 points for the Magic, who have lost seven straight in the series and 19 of their last 22. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After trailing by as much as 21, Oladipo’s 21-footer in the midst of a 15-0 run finally gave the Pacers their first lead at 107-106 with 3:30 to play. And they closed it out by finishing the game on an 18-6 run over the final 6:15.Still, it almost wasn’t enough.After Domantas Sabonis missed 1 of 2 free throws with 20.5 seconds to go, Orlando got two chances to tie the score and one to win it.But Aaron Gordon missed a 16-footer with 12.5 seconds left then missed two free throws with 7.9 seconds to go and Jonathan Simmons missed the go-ahead 3-pointer before Oladipo finally corralled the last rebound.“We knew it was going to be a tough second half. We played lockdown defense and we fed off of (the energy),” Stephenson said. “I know we had a tough rebounding night, but we made up for it. We just kept playing.”ADVERTISEMENT Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson (1) scores in front of Orlando Magic guard Mario Hezonja (8) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis. APINDIANAPOLIS — Victor Oladipo and Lance Stephenson delivered the perfect combination for the Indiana Pacers.After watching their fatigued and foul-prone teammates spend most of the first 3 1/2 quarters scrambling to stay close, the tag-team energizers took matters into their own hands Saturday night. They drove and dished, they made shots and they defended.ADVERTISEMENT “We knew we’d have to win the second half different than we won the first half, our intensity would have to be greater,” Vogel said. “That’s what it looked like, and we weren’t able to hang on.”TIP-INSMagic: Elfrid Payton had 12 points and five assists on a night Orlando shot 54.5 percent from the field and scored 70 points in the first half. … Only 10 opponents have failed to score at least 100 points against the Magic this season. … Orlando has lost 18 of its last 20 to Indiana, dating to March 2013, and hasn’t won in Indianapolis since 2014.Pacers: Thaddeus Young scored 20 points and Sabonis finished with 18 points and nine rebounds. … After shooting 33.3 percent in the first quarter, Indiana shot 63.4 percent from the field in the second half. … Indiana has given up 143 points in the first half of its last two games. … The Pacers have won 10 of their last 11 home games against Orlando.HE’S BACKPacers center Myles Turner returned to action Saturday after missing the previous nine games with an injured right elbow. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours But he didn’t start.“We’re going to be patient with his return and work him back into the rotation,” coach Nate McMillan said before the game. “And Domantas has been doing a pretty good with the starting unit.”In less than 11 minutes, Turner had four points three rebounds and no blocks.FIGHTING THROUGHVogel wasn’t sure how long he’d last on the sideline.During pre-game availability, Vogel acknowledged he’s tried myriad treatments to fight off a cold and his voice was still pretty weak.“I’m going to try to coach but I’ve been coughing an awful lot so we’ll see how that goes,” Vogel said.He did make it through but is now 0-3 at Indiana and 0-7 against his former team. View comments Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It was a knockout finish.Oladipo scored 24 points, Stephenson added a season-high 21, each had five rebounds and six assists, and the Pacers overcame a late 10-point deficit to get past the struggling Orlando Magic 114-112.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 folk“When that energy (is there), when the crowd is into it, the players are into it, the bench is into it — it’s unlike any other,” Oladipo said. “It’s a great environment to be a part of. It might be a little tougher you know, playing as hard as we did yesterday and coming in (tonight) and trying to repeat. But it’s a part of the NBA.”The Pacers powered through on grit. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

Wangs-Letran escapes Go for Gold to notch 3rd straight win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We made a lot of turnovers. Luckily, our defense prevailed in the end,” said coach Jeff Napa.Quinto fired eight of his team-best 17 points in the fourth quarter. He also had nine rebounds and five assists, leading Wangs-Letran’s 11-2 start in the fourth quarter to turn a tight 68-62 contest to a commanding 15-point edge, 79-64, with 6:04 remaining.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 folkGo for Gold leaned on veterans Paul Desiderio and J-Jay Alejandro during its late uprising, staging a 16-4 run to cut the deficit down to one, 89-88, with 11.4 seconds to play before Quinto’s foul shots late.Rey Publico added 14 markers, nine boards, and three blocks for the Couriers, while Bonbon Batiller got 12 in the win. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Wangs-Letran extended its winning streak to three to grab a share of the third spot at 5-2 with Marinerong Pilipino.Yankie Haruna paced Go for Gold (4-5) with 20 points and seven rebounds, while Desiderio had a solid debut with his 15 markers on a 3-of-7 shooting from threes.Alejandro and Gutang both had 13 in the loss.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 91 — Quinto 17, Publico 14, Batiller 12, Mandreza 10, Fajarito 8, Muyang 8, Ambohot 7, Balanza 7, Calvo 6, Taladua 2, Yu 0.ADVERTISEMENT Bucks sign guard Brandon Jennings to 10-day contract GO FOR GOLD 88 — Haruna 20, Desiderio 15, Alejandro 13, Gutang 13, Dixon 8, Leutcheu 8, Naboa 5, Pasturan 3, Salem 3, Gaco 0.Quarters: 20-18, 43-48, 68-62, 91-88.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran staved off a late rally from Go for Gold to win, 91-88, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Bong Quinto drilled the insurance freebies in the final 8.2 seconds to put the Couriers up by three. Scratchers’ Justin Gutang missed a desperation heave at the buzzer.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

76ers’ future looking strong following 52-win season

first_imgP16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 It’s too early to call a 19-year-old No. 1 pick a bust (right? … right?) but Fultz is certainly trending that way after a pitiful rookie year derailed by a mysterious shoulder injury, a broken shot and confidence issues. He played the first four games, missed 68 games because of injury, then was persona non grata in the postseason.Simmons-Embiid-Fultz were expected to form a trio of stars that would lead the Sixers to the top. Fultz’s ignominious first year instead made him more of a mystery than when the Sixers selected him out of Washington.Fultz said it hasn’t been discussed if he’ll play summer league.REDICK FUTUREJJ Redick said he enjoyed his season with the Sixers about as much as any over his 12-year career.Redick averaged 17.1 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range on a $23 million, one-year deal.Will he return?Redick would like to return but it’s doubtful the Sixers would offer him that kind of cash, even on a shortened deal.FREE AGENTSThe Sixers are flush with cash to go on a spending spree. The sometimes-forgotten part of The Process wasn’t just jettisoning players to lose and gobble draft picks. It was clearing money on the salary cap to put them in position to sign major free agents. The Sixers have $70 in committed salary next year, leaving them with about $31 million to play with this summer to make a run at LeBron James or Paul George or overpay a lower-tiered free agent. “If we all sat in that room when we met back in September, and said we’re going to finish third in the Eastern conference, we’re going to lose in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference, there’s a strong chance we all would have been hugging each other,” coach Brett Brown said. “The initial goal was to make the playoffs. The final piece is, if we’re going to do anything of any significance.”They did, which makes this offseason about as key as any in recent 76ers history for team president Bryan Colangelo.Here’s what else to know about the 76ers:FULTZ FLOPNo doubt about it, the Sixers got outplayed by Boston in the playoffs — and last year’s draft. It was a gut-punch for every Sixers fan who watched Jayson Tatum torch the Sixers while Markelle Fultz rode the bench. The Sixers, of course, swapped the No. 3 pick to Boston (who took Tatum) for the No. 1 pick (Fultz).ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ SPEAKING OF LEBRONJames is a mentor of Simmons and their friendship could be a factor in the Cleveland star’s defection to Philly. Or not. Who knows what James will do this summer, and he could still have another month of basketball left to play. One Pennsylvania company paid for three billboards in Ohio urging James to sign with the 76ers this summer. James, who famously left Cleveland in 2010 and signed with the Miami Heat, could bolt again if he feels the Cavs and 76ers are both trending in different directions.THE BIG 3-0Simmons can drive the lane as well any guard in the league. He sure can’t shoot like the best, though.Simmons failed to make a 3-pointer this season (on 11 attempts) and Fultz didn’t make one either in just 14 games. Simmons attempted just one 3 in the postseason.He’ll have to establish some sort of long-range jumper to become a serious all-around threat in the NBA.“It just takes time, shooting the ball,” Simmons said. “It’s one of those things where you want to improve your game and get better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments — Was a 52-win season that ended with a five-game loss to the Boston Celtics in the conference semis just part of the learning curve on the way toward NBA titles?— Or are the Sixers destined to become a Toronto/Indiana-type of franchise where strong regular seasons end up with postseason disappointment and championships?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 crownThose are suddenly fun problems for a team to have only two years removed from a 10-win season and serious doubts about the future of a rebuilding plan both condemned and praised by zealots on both sides. Joel Embiid (22.9 points, 11 rebounds) made his first All-Star team and seemed worth every bit of the $148 million, five-year extension he signed before the season. Ben Simmons was a regular triple-double threat and emerged as a favorite to win rookie of the year. Those two should anchor Philly’s run for the next decade, a Russell Westbrook/Kevin Durant tandem of sorts that should make them playoff regulars until they are in their 30s.Yes, there was a 16-game winning streak to end the regular season, a first-round playoff series win over Miami and so much hoopla over rapper Meek Mill that it seemed like the Sixers had the ingredients to throw a parade this season. There are serious questions ahead about who will team with Embiid and Simmons to form a championship core — and plenty of room to grow for both franchise stars. Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown, right, talks with guard Ben Simmons before Game 5 of the team’s NBA basketball playoff series against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers have morphed from laughingstock to legitimate Eastern Conference contender in just two seasons.But just how far can The Process take them?ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Hornets officially name James Borrego as coach Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

USA women’s hoop dynasty names 16 finalists for World Cup

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0 US women have never taken three consecutive world titles, a feat they will try to achieve September 22-30 at Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands.Also among 16 players seeking a spot on the final 12-woman roster were two-time Olympic and two-time world champion Tina Charles, 2014 world champion Nneka Ogwumike and 2016 Olympic champions Elena Delle Donne, Brittney Griner and Breanna Stewart.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 ChrissSeeking their first US world team berth are Women’s NBA standouts Layshia Clarendon, Jewell Loyd, Kelsey Mitchell, Tiffany Mitchell, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck, Elizabeth Williams and A’ja Wilson plus collegian Napheesa Collier.“We had a great group of pool players that gave themselves a chance to be a part of the 16,” US coach Dawn Staley said. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gold medallists USA’s guard Lindsay Whalen, USA’s guard Sue Bird, USA’s forward Seimone Augustus, USA’s forward Maya Moore, USA’s power forward Breanna Stewart, USA’s small forward Angel Mccoughtry, USA’s forward Tamika Catchings, USA’s small forward Elena Delle Donne, USA’s guard Diana Taurasi, USA’s centre Sylvia Fowles, USA’s centre Tina Charles and USA’s centre Brittney Griner pose after the final of the Women’s basketball competition at the Carioca Arena 1 in Rio de Janeiro on August 20, 2016 during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNANDFour-time Olympic champion guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi were among 16 roster finalists named Tuesday for two-time defending champion United States ahead of this month’s Women’s Basketball World Cup.The American dynasty has won six of the past eight women’s world titles, losing only twice since 1986, as well as six consecutive Olympic gold medals and eight of the past nine with only one loss over 32 years.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Americans will play in a pre-Cup event Saturday through Monday at Antibes, France, with Senegal, Canada and the French teams with the final roster selected just ahead of the Cup start.“I’m just looking forward to leaving the country and playing some different competition, and continuing to create a bond and build the chemistry that is needed to win the World Cup,” Staley said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Nagoya trips Yulon in Asia League Terrific 12 opener

first_imgTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Cummings, who once played with NorthPort and Kia in the PBA, put up 30 points and nine rebounds for the Diamond Dolphins while Brackins had 28 points, 10 rebounds, and five steals.Shaquille Hines had 19 points and 18 rebounds to lead the semi-professional club from the Republic of China’s Super Basketball League.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 ChrissLu Cheng-Ju added 15 points to the Luxgen Dinos’ offense while Billy McSheperd had 14 points and 11 rebounds. LATEST STORIES NCAA: Altas shut down Chiefs, snap 3-game skid Nagoya’s Craig Brackins goes up for a dunk as Yulen’s Chou Po-Chen looks on in their Group A match in the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center in Macau. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO.MACAU—Nagoya got off to a strong start after burying Yulon, 84-72, in Group A of the Asia League The Terrific 12 Tuesday at Studio City Events Center here in Macau.The Diamond Dolphins practically left their fortunes on the hands of two men with Markeith Cummings and Craig Brackins carrying the B.League team in every conceivable way.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more