Huelgas willing to represent PH ‘in a heartbeat’ in 2019 SEA Games

first_imgFilipino triathlete Nikko Huelgas shows off his second straight SEA Games gold medal. Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netThere’s no way Nikko Huelgas, who has risen as the face of Philippine triathlon, is going to pass up on a chance to represent the country in the next edition of the Southeast Asian Games two years from now.Especially when the next staging of regional sports spectacle will be in the country.ADVERTISEMENT Pencak Silat: PH finishes 6th in men’s doubles MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses “Definitely, I want to compete again. I’d do it in a heartbeat,” Huelgas told INQUIRER.net during his hero’s welcome dinner at Discovery Suites Hotel Wednesday night.Huelgas successfully defended his men’s triathlon crown in the SEA Games on Sunday after the Philippines finished 1-2 in the event with John Chicano claiming silver.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHuelgas’ eyes lit up when asked about the possibility of going for a third consecutive SEA Games gold medal in front of his countrymen, but he also doesn’t want to look to far ahead.The 26-year-old Huelgas is set to go back to training sooner than later and though his best years are still ahead of him, he is wary of the wear and tear that every athlete who undergoes rigorous training is susceptible to. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Gamescenter_img “It will be an honor to represent the country on your home soil, but I take it race by race. As they say, you get more injury prone when you get older,” he said. LATEST STORIES View comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextlast_img read more

Perasol, Maroons remain upbeat despite 2 straight losses

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines needed just 22 seconds to take a victory lap all the way to the third seed in the standings of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.With 22 seconds remaining in the game and the game tied at 71-71, all the Fighting Maroons had to do was get a defensive stop.ADVERTISEMENT IOC, Tokyo organizers aim to cut costs for the 2020 Olympics Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Adamson, however, didn’t had other plans when Sean Manganti lifted the Soaring Falcons to the third spot scoring the game-winner for the 73-71 Falcon win.As Manganti’s game-winner sank through the net, so did the hearts of the Maroons who slipped to 3-3 and the fifth seed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMaroons head coach Bo Perasol, however, was still proud of his team even though they left Smart Araneta Coliseum after a disappointing loss.“I can’t ask for more. We just have to pick up the good things about the game and find a way to get another win so that we get to four wins,” said Perasol Wednesday. “I think the good thing about this is the boys really wanted to bounce back, and that I can give them.” Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF presidentcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments After suffering a brutal loss to Far Eastern University, 78-59, the Maroons were looking to rebound strong against the Falcons.“I was really hoping for a bounce back game, but most of the time you cannot guarantee a win even though you really bounced back well,” said Perasol.Paul Desiderio could’ve been the hero for the Maroons when he tied the scores at 71-71 with 22 seconds left of the game but Manganti was in the right place at the right time to become Adamson’s savior.And as heartbreaking as their close loss was, Perasol are still staying positive as they try to finish the first round on a winning record.“If we can finish the first round at 4-3 and when was the last time UP finished at 4-3?” said Perasol. “That’s the positive that I see. They’re going to believe we’re getting to 4-3.”ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

Yankees face elimination again, this time in ALCS Game 7

first_imgSeverino threw only 62 pitches — exactly half as many as Verlander — in Game 2. The 23-year-old right-hander didn’t even take the mound for the fifth in that game after he uncharacteristically wound his arm several times after giving up a solo homer to Carlos Correa, and was struck on the wrist of his non-throwing hand on the last out.Robertson gave up a solo homer to Altuve, and four runs without recording an out, in the eighth.Verlander has thrown 16 scoreless innings and won twice against the Yankees in the ALCS.The closest the Yankees came to scoring against Verlander in Game 6 was after Greg Bird drew a walk to lead off the seventh and Starlin Castro was hit by a pitch — though Girardi had to issue a replay challenge after home plate umpire Jim Reynolds initially just called the pitch a ball. The ball clearly hit off Castro’s arm.But Aaron Hicks struck out and Todd Frazier hit a deep drive to center field, where Springer made a leaping catch on the warning track and came down against the wall. Chase Headley, already with two more hits Friday to give him seven in nine at-bats after starting the postseason 0 for 18, then ended the inning with a groundout.In Game 2, Verlander had already thrown the last of his 124 pitches before Altuve’s dash from first base to score on Carlos Correa’s double in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 2-1 victory that had put the Astros up 2-0 in the series. MOST READ The Yankees haven’t lost when facing elimination this postseason. After beating Minnesota in the win-or-go-home AL wild-card game, New York lost the first two games in the best-of-five AL Division Series against Cleveland before winning three straight to advance.Judge’s third homer of this series — he hit two in New York — was a soaring shot off reliever Brad Peacock in the eighth projected to 425 feet by Statcast.But in his other three at-bats, Judge grounded into a double play and struck out twice. That’s 26 strikeouts this postseason for the rookie slugger, matching the record set by Alfonso Soriano while with the Yankees in 2003.Severino got into trouble against the bottom half of the Astros order in the fifth. After No. 6 batter Alex Bregman walked to lead off, Evan Gattis drew a one-out walk and No. 9 batter Brian McCann got his first hit in the ALCS with a ground-rule double that drove in the first run.George Springer, the Astros leadoff hitter still hitless in the ALCS, then drew a walk, and Jose Altuve ended an 0-for-12 slide with a two-run single that made it 3-0 and chased Severino.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Tagalog NPA Luis Severino had another abbreviated start in Houston and Aaron Judge struck out two more times to match a major league record for strikeouts in a postseason before a towering home run in the Yankees’ 7-1 loss in Game 6 on Friday night.With a series lead for the first time this postseason after winning all three ALCS games in the Bronx, the Yankees were again stifled by Justin Verlander — just like in Game 2. The big right-hander didn’t go the distance this time, but he did get his ninth win in nine appearances since being acquired by Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew York will have veteran left-hander CC Sabathia on the mound for Game 7 on Saturday night. Sabathia, reliever David Robertson and left fielder Brett Gardner are the only holdovers from the Yankees’ last World Series team eight years ago — in Joe Girardi’s second season as their manager.It will be the first Game 7 for the Yankees since the 2004 ALCS, when the Boston Red Sox came back to claim the AL pennant after losing the first three games in that series. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino leaves the game during the fifth inning of Game 6 of baseball’s American League Championship Series against the Houston Astros Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The New York Yankees will have to win one more elimination game to get to their first World Series since 2009.This time, the Baby Bombers are going to a Game 7 after missing a chance to close out the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James delivers as Cavaliers breeze past Bucks Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Lady Altas return to Final Four, oust Lady Blazers

first_imgNEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Perpetual Help went through the wringer, surviving a desperate College of St. Benilde side, 27-25, 25-23, 11-25, 32-30, to complete the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball Final Four Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Altas overcome an error-filled outing with Jowie Verzosa scoring back-to-back hits on opposite sides of the court that booked her team’s return trip to the semifinals after missing the cut last year.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We really wanted to win. I told my players to treat this game as if it was our last and their willingness to win showed,” said Perpetual Help head coach Macky Cariño in Filipino.“I’m just so happy right now because we really prepared hard for this season. We told ourselves before the season that we’re going to make the Final Four after missing it last season,” said Lourdes Clemente, who scored 15 points for the Lady Altas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Lady Blazers had numerous chances to force a fifth set but went on to blow seven set points, most of which off service errors as the pressure got the better of them.The Final Four begins on Friday with No. 1 and defending champion Arellano University clashing with first-timer Jose Rizal University while the other matchup features No. 2 San Beda and No. 3 Perpetual Help. Cebuano studs rise in fourth week of NBTC 24 Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

After memorable weekend, Mark Barroca back into basketball mode

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding “Coach told me to focus. I had a very hectic schedule and my wedding is already over, so coach reminded me that it’s time to go back to basketball,” said Barroca, who married his wife Russelle in a church last Monday.And focus, Barroca did.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe shifty playmaker triggered the Hotshots’ uprising, firing eight of his 12 points in the third frame fightback before ultimately claiming the 96-81 win over the Batang Pier.“Coach reminded us that we didn’t need to score, but rather, we need to defend. And that’s what we did,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESMark Barroca couldn’t let his first game as a married man end up in a loss.That’s why the 31-year-old guard tried to move heaven and earth to bring the Magnolia back to life after a lackluster first half which saw it fall behind by as much as 13 to GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Barroca was one of the heroes for Magnolia as it ended its two-game slide and recover in its quest to secure one of the elusive top two spots, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals.With the Hotshots now in the playoffs, the former FEU stud said the Hotshots must not show let-ups, especially with one last game slated against Meralco on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.“We have a big chance to get the top two if we win against Meralco. Hopefully, we get that on Saturday. Now that the opportunity is here, we have no other choice but to grab it,” he said.And it doesn’t matter for Barroca if he has to sacrifice his own honeymoon. All he wants is for Magnolia to achieve its goal of getting back in the championship round.“My honeymoon is going to be delayed, but we have to be professional here,” he shared. “After everything is done this conference, then we can go to our honeymoon.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH PSL: Foton opens new season with Generika-Ayala win 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View commentslast_img read more

Simmons’ late FTs gives 76ers win over Bulls

first_imgPhiladelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons (25) scores off a lob pass from Joel Embiid a Chicago Bulls’ David Nwaba (11) and Lauri Markkanen watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, in Chicago. The 76ers won 116-115. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — Ben Simmons couldn’t recall winning a game from the free throw line at any level before Thursday night.Still, the rookie stepped to the line with the confidence of a veteran.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Wizards hold off LeBron, new-look Cavaliers Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Simmons scored a career-high 32 points, making two free throws with 5.6 seconds left to complete Philadelphia’s rally from five points down in the final minute, and the 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls 116-115.“Stepping up to the line, I knew I was going to knock ’em down. You have to have that mentality,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJoel Embiid had 30 points and 13 rebounds, and Simmons added 11 assists and seven rebounds as Philadelphia won its sixth straight and snapped a four-game road losing streak.Bobby Portis had a career-high 38 points and Zach LaVine added 23 for the Bulls, who were 18 for 34 on 3-pointers. Philadelphia’s lead was down to 33-29 at the end of the quarter and the Bulls busted out for 40 points in the second to take a 69-67 halftime lead. Chicago was 9 of 12 on 3-pointers in the quarter, including 4 for 5 by Portis.The 76ers were up by five early in the fourth before Portis scored six straight points — on a 3-pointer and a three-point play — to put the Bulls on top 101-100. A few minutes later, Portis dunked over Embiid to stretch the lead to 111-106 with just over four minutes to play.LaVine hit a 3-pointer to make it 115-110 with 1:02 left.“We stole that win,” Embiid said. “We didn’t play well. Offensively, I thought, we were moving the ball when we needed, but defensively I thought we sucked.”TIP-INS76ers: C Embiid has nine straight double-doubles. … Simmons has six triple-doubles this season, which ties him with Wilt Chamberlain (three times) and Billy Cunningham for most in a season in team history.Bulls: To look at some younger players during the final 25 games, C Robin Lopez and G/F Justin Holiday were removed from the starting lineup. Both were inactive on Thursday as Cristiano Felicio and David Nwaba (21 points) started; Also, Cameron Payne — who played in his first game on Thursday — will replace Jerian Grant as the backup point guard.“It really is hard,” Hoiberg said. “It’s hard for Robin, it’s hard for Justin and it’s hard for Jerian, who’s probably making as big a sacrifice as anybody.”LOOKING BACKPhiladelphia is on the cusp of a playoff appearance this season, but the organization found itself in the same position as the Bulls the previous few years, playing mostly young players with the unspoken hope of improving draft position.“When I look in the rearview mirror, it’s not as painful as people make it out to be,” coach Brett Brown said. “Losing stinks and the pain of losing is real, but the things that went into growing young players was really enjoyable for me. The development of young guys, giving them opportunities, explaining life in the NBA, what it takes to stay in the NBA, the culture — stuff that nobody sees.”UP NEXT76ers: Host Orlando on Saturday. AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Bulls: Visit Minnesota Saturday night. “He’s a guy that continues to grow and develop,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “It’s been fun to see him shooting the ball without any hesitation.”Chicago had a 115-114 lead and the ball with 8 seconds to go before Embiid deflected an inbounds pass to create a turnover. Simmons came up with the ball near halfcourt and was fouled by Denzel Valentine. He made both free throws.“First of all, we needed a steal,” Simmons said. “I saw Joel get it and he kind of lobbed it to me.”Portis had a chance for a game winner, but his short attempt — with Embiid closing from the weak side — just missed.The 76ers raced to a 25-7 lead midway through the first quarter before Portis got hot and Chicago started making 3s.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Cignal HD makes quick work of Zark’s

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Quarters: 27-15, 49-28, 80-43, 107-69.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former pro Salvador hopes for one last shot at PBA View comments Raymar Jose set the tone for the all-out assault with 12 markers and 17 boards, while Jason Perkins and Davon Potts both nabbed 10 in the game to improve Cignal’s standing to 2-1.The Hawkeyes raced to a 10-2 lead and never looked back, pouncing on the hapless Jawbreakers as they extended the lead to as high as 43, 94-51, with a Dan Sara jumper with 6:10 remaining in the payoff period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThough scoring another rout, coach Boyet Fernandez said that the game should serve as a lesson for Cignal moving forward.“We just have to be ready. We’re falling to a lot of bad behaviors that we shouldn’t do. Our games are back-to-back and we’re playing tougher teams after this. We should be wiser in the coming games,” he said. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Andreas Cahilig. PBA IMAGESCignal HD easily dispatched Zark’s Burger, 107-69, to score its second win in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.Andreas Cahilig took advantage of the blowout, unleashing 15 points, three rebounds, and two assists to topscore for the Hawkeyes.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Robby Celiz dropped 20 points despite his 5-of-14 shooting for Zark’s, while also contributing five rebounds and five assists.Jerome Ferrer chipped in 12 markers and 10 boards, while RR de Leon had 12 points and five rebounds in the second straight defeat for the Jawbreakers.The scores:CIGNAL HD 107 – Cahilig 15, Jose 12, Potts 10, Perkins 10, Villarias 9, Bartolo 8, Atkins 8, Raymundo 7, Sara 6, Arong 6, Arboleda 5, Sumalinog 5, Bringas 4, Batino 2.ZARK’S BURGER 69 – Celiz 20, De Leon 12, Ferrer 12, Argamino 7, Mangahas 5, Nalos 4, Sheriff 3, Juruena 2, Cayabyab 2, Cariaga 1, Cudal 1, Bautista 0.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIVlast_img read more

Air Force stuns Pocari to inch closer to PVL Finals

first_imgMOST READ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “Almost everyone stepped up for the team,” Jimenez said. “Our service and blocking worked and we also did well on our floor defense.”May Pantino and Jocemer Tapic scored 12 and 11 points, respectively for No. 3 Air Force, which fell to Pocari in straight sets back in the elimination round on July 26.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMyla Pablo had a game-high 14 points for the Lady Warriors, who will shoot for the equalizer in their best-of-theee duel less than 24 hours from now. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAir Force got back at Pocari Sweat, 25-20, 25-19, 25-21, to take a 1-0 edge in their semifinals series in the Premier Volleyball League Saturday night at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Head coach Jasper Jimenez said everything clicked for the Lady Jet Spikers, resulting to a surprisingly quick victory over the formidable Lady Warriors.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Head-turners Mendez, Kilgroe relish challenge in Cobra Ironman 70.3 View commentslast_img read more

Sharapova determined to prove point on Slam return

first_imgFILE – In this Aug. 27, 2014, file photo, Maria Sharapova, of Russia, returns a shot to Alexandra Dulgheru, of Romania, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Sharapova has been granted a wild-card invitation for the U.S. Open’s main draw. Sharapova is among eight women who were given entry into the 128-player field by the U.S. Tennis Association on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017, and by far the most noteworthy. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow, File)Former world number one Maria Sharapova makes her first Grand Slam appearance next week since serving a 15-month doping suspension, bringing renewed passion and resolve to the US Open.The 30-year-old Russian was given a wildcard into the tournament by the US Tennis Association (USTA), a move critics complained about earlier in the season but another key step in the road back for the five-time Grand Slam winner.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: ‘Stand-in’ Ferrera nails hammer throw bronze View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sharapova has missed three of the past four US Opens, her last visit ending in the 2014 fourth round.The USTA defended its wildcard offer, saying, “Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process.”“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw.”Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2004, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.“I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams said.Sharapova plays catch-upSharapova was bolstered by fans with “Welcome back Maria” signs in Germany and cheering support last month in Stanford, her first US match in more than two years.“I feel like I just want to hug everyone and say thank you,” Sharapova said.Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 in her Stanford opener but suffered a left forearm injury and has not played competitively since.“I feel like I’m playing catch-up against everyone who has had a head start,” she said of being hurt during US Open tuneup events. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “When it comes to tennis, good or bad — there’s really only one thing that I know for certain — I’ve missed it,” Sharapova wrote on the Players’ Tribune website.“Though these last two years have been tougher -— so much tougher -— than I ever could have anticipated… my passion for the game has never wavered. If anything, it has only grown stronger.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSharapova was issued a two-year suspension after testing positive for the banned heart and blood boosting drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the ban on appeal.She said that she had taken it for several years and did not know it had been placed on the banned list at the start of 2016. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Sharapova made her return in April at Stuttgart, reaching the semi-finals as a wildcard, but such invitations sparked criticism from some WTA rivals, saying she should have to work her way back without such benefits, some suggesting a life ban.“I’m aware of what many of my peers have said about me and how critical of me some of them have been,” she wrote.“If you’re a human being with a normal, beating heart… I don’t think that sort of thing will ever fully be possible to ignore.”Sharapova was refused a wildcard by French Open organizers and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury, so the US Open will be her first Grand Slam event since last year’s Australian Open.Shaking off criticism after the French Open snub, Sharapova tweeted, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Castro admits De Ocampo irreplaceable

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The 35-year-old de Ocampo visited TNT practice to bid farewell to the team, which he played for eight seasons.Castro said de Ocampo told the team to just “accept” the change and “move on.”“That’s basketball. And it’s something we have no control over,” the explosive guard said.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Golovkin skips birth of daughter to train for title fight MOST READ “I’m still not used to it because he’s our captain, our vocal leader and that what makes him the anchor of the team,” said his former teammate Jayson Castro on Wednesday after the KaTropa edged NLEX, 112-107, in their first game without the veteran forward. “And you can’t really replace a Ranidel in your team.”“Trade has been done and we have no choice but to move forward and embrace the change. No one person can replace RDO. It takes everybody pitching in,” echoed TNT head coach Nash Racela in a text message to INQUIRER.net on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingCastro knows exactly what he’s talking about having shared six championships with de Ocampo. Both won a couple of Finals MVP awards during those title runs.“It was sad when we found out that he got traded, but I guess there’s a reason why he was traded to Meralco,” said Castro, who was also teammates with de Ocampo with Gilas Pilipinas. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRanidel de Ocampo can space the floor, break down his defender in the post and has a knack for hitting big shots.De Ocampo was traded to Meralco on Monday and TNT will surely miss all of those and so much more.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more