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first_imgKyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on Oct. 2, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts.  Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPWith the much-anticipated opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season just days away, basketball fans are already gearing up for the exciting match-ups in store.But perhaps the brightest spotlight is saved for the Eastern Conference Finals rematch between the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, who both will pit former teammates LeBron James and Kyrie Irving against each other for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’m appreciative of (my career in Cleveland). The multiple legacies I want to live in my life, Cleveland is definitely part of one. Whether it’s appreciated or not, it doesn’t matter to me,” he shared. “I think the effect, the actual time I spent there, is what matters most and actually trying to be remembered for what happened.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:Kyrie Irving says Boston is ‘a real, live sports city’Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Tyson Fury promises ‘three big fights’ in 2018 MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Irving, of course, was shipped to Beantown this off-season, following his demands to get out of Cleveland and play elsewhere.When asked if he’s anxious ahead of the monumental clash, the 25-year-old ball-handling savant said he felt no pressure at all.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“No. Why would it be? It’s just hoops,” Irving told Marc Spears of The Undefeated. “It’s just hooping. I understand the magnitude.”Although he downplayed any personal attachments on his return to the Quicken Loans Arena, Irving understands the marketability of his impending match-up with his former team. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “I know what it is going to entail in terms of marketing, whatever the case may be, to garner up this energy to make people feel a certain type of way,” he said.“I get all that. It’s part of the game. It’s been a part of the game for a while. But, it’s just two hoops and a basketball,” Irving added.Still, Irving said he’d remain composed no matter what treatment he’d get from Cavs fans in the arena.“It’s all love no matter what,” he said. “I have heard boos at times to hearing cheers in the parade. I’ve been in the championship parade as well as being down 30 in ‘Q Arena.’ So, I’ve heard it all. It’s just good to be there and hoop against a great team like the Cavs.”The four-time All Star also once again thanked the entire city of Cleveland for his time, despite the circumstances surrounding his departure.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more


first_imgWashington Wizards guard Bradley Beal (3) drives past Phoenix Suns forward TJ Warren during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX  — Bradley Beal was asked if there is a certain feel to a high-scoring night, moments after the Washington Wizards guard’s second offensive outburst in two games.“I don’t come into a game thinking that I’m going to score 50 or 40,” Beal said after scoring 34 points in the Wizards’ 109-99 victory over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday. “I play within the flow of the game. Whatever the number is, that’s what the number is.”ADVERTISEMENT Phoenix cut Washington’s lead to two at 98-96 on Alex Len’s dunk with 5:46 to play. The Suns missed two chances to draw even, and Washington outscored them 11-3 the rest of the way.Beal took a key charge to thwart the Suns on one possession, and later got the Suns’ Josh Jackson to commit his sixth foul and foul out.Ian Manhimi made it 107-96 with a basket and free throw with 2:38 to play, and the Suns couldn’t rally.“I feel like I had an upper hand on him with him being a rookie,” Beal said of Jackson. He’s aggressive but our bigs were screening the mess out of him.”The Wizards took a 57-52 lead into halftime and led by as many as nine in the third.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Suns: James had his two-way contract changed to a standard NBA contract, and in order to make room for him on the roster, the Suns waived F Derrick Jones Jr. Jones was in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest last season. … C Tyson Chandler was away from the team for a personal matter. … Jackson started at guard in place of Booker, who was in street clothes on the bench. Jackson scored 10 points before fouling out.UP NEXTWizards: At Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.Suns: Host San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Suns’ Booker accepts injury, already walking The Suns cut the lead to three, 83-80, on Troy Daniels’ 3, and on the next possession made it a one-point game with 58 seconds left in the quarter. Mike James made two free throws for the Suns’ first lead of the half, but Beal banked in a runner at the quarter buzzer to give the Wizards an 85-84 lead.The Suns have lost four of five.CHRISS-CROSSEDSuns forward Marquese Chriss turned in the game’s best defensive play when he blocked Otto Porter Jr.’s driving dunk attempt with 2:51 to go in the first half. Porter drove the lane and was met in the air by Chriss at the basket.Chriss also provided a highlight on the offensive end with a lob dunk off a pass from Warren just before halftime.THOUGHTS OF L.A.Wizards coach and California native Scott Brooks was asked if he is considering practice schedule changes with the next game in wildfire-ravaged Los Angeles against the Clippers.“We definitely monitor it, but we monitor it just for the safety of the people,” Brooks said. “It’s a sad situation. Hopefully all the great firemen of the state can take care of it … Basketball’s not even important. If we don’t have a practice or have a shootaround it’s not that big a deal.”TIP-INSWizards: G John Wall missed his seventh straight game with a left knee injury, but went through a workout on the court before the game. … The Wizards have a 63-62 lead in the series with the Suns. … The Wizards have won consecutive games for the first time since Nov. 9-15. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Beal made 13 of 22 shots two nights after scoring 51 points in a victory at Portland. He had 22 points in the first half, and his 85 points in two games are the most by a Wizards player over a two-game span since Gilbert Arenas had 85 in games Dec. 22 and 26, 2006.Former Sun Markieff Morris added 21 points, and the Wizards made 51 percent of their shots. Washington has won three of four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseT.J. Warren had 23 points for Phoenix. The Suns played their first game with star guard Devin Booker sidelined with a groin injury. Booker is expected to miss two to three weeks with the left adductor strain. He was hurt Tuesday night in Toronto.“The game comes down to the end where you give it to somebody,” Suns coach Jay Triano said. “We saw Beal do it and make tough shots and our guy who does it (Booker) was on the pine.” Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more


first_imgMichael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alaska Aces vs Phoenix Fuel Masters. PBA IMAGESPhoenix head coach Louie Alas was in no mood to tone down his choice of words after Alaska ripped his team apart in a 93-75 beating in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.“We were raped by my former team,” said Alas, who was the former head assistant coach at Alaska under Alex Compton.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “If you remember the championship games Alaska before, we got there because of our physicality,” said Alas in Filipino as he referred to the Aces’ runner-up finishes from 2014 to 2016.The game started off slowly with Alaska ahead just 5-4 five minutes into the game, but with a 21-4 run across the first two quarters, the Aces managed to blow the game wide open and push the lead to 34-14 lead after Nonoy Baclao’s jumper.READ: Foes first, friends afterAlas was upset with how the Fuel Masters let Alaska take control when Compton fielded his reserves against their starters.“I was wondering why the game was such a low-scoring one, then Alaska decided to change its players and they had a lot of easy baskets,” said Alas. “We can’t just rely on our starters”ADVERTISEMENT “That was my post-game talk with my players, ‘you allowed them to rape us.’ Before the game, I was saying that this kind of officiating goes for everybody but it fitted Alaska primarily.”READ: Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix 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 folkWhat Alas pointed out was the Aces were able to impose their physicality on the Fuel Masters as the referees this season have been more tolerable in allowing some rough contact.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAlaska used that to its full advantage and limited Phoenix to just 33 percent shooting, 30-of-90, and run the Fuel Masters to the ground as the Aces raced to 27 fastbreak points. 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Escoto returns from ACL injury, admits conditioning not at peak LATEST STORIES View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more


first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jayson Castro, out of the Australia game because of a sprained ankle, delivered the telling blow with 10.6 seconds left, and Blatche hauled down the game’s last rebound before letting out a primal yell that was drowned by the collective roar of the crowd that showed its appreciation the entire night.“We really got the lift we needed from the crowd,” Reyes said.Blatche finished with 18 points and 16 rebounds, with Troy Rosario coming back from an injury to contribute 14.Kiefer Ravena had 13 points and five assists, playing heads-up all night at the point with Castro still not 100 percent.“We played good, but in order to beat the Philippines, you have to play very good,” Japan coach Julio Lamas said.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City After having what seemed like a disagreement with coach Chot Reyes in the second quarter, Andray Blatche let it all hang out in the second half, joining hands with Calvin Abueva in hitting clutch baskets that kept the game Japanese at bay.Team Philippines thus bounced back from a 68-84 loss to Australia in Melbourne on Thursday and upped its record to 3-1 after sweeping Japan in the double-round first phase.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 folkThe Japanese slumped to a fourth straight defeat and have all but been eliminated.“I have to be honest, if this game was played in Tokyo, it would have been a different outcome,” said Reyes after the hard-earned win which saw the Filipinos nearly blow a 15-point second-quarter lead as Japan came within 86-84 with a minute left. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Against an enemy that simply refused to die, a Gilas Pilipinas crew that drew a lot of energy from its faithful throng continued to plod along in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers on Sunday night.Bouncing back from a flat start and surviving a sputtering finish that had a huge hometown crowd at Mall of Asia Arena sitting on pins and needles in the dying minutes, the gritty Filipinos outlasted Japan, 89-84, to fortify their hold of second place in Group B.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Espina: 500K in 102 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more


first_imgMOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism De La Salle are now level with Far Eastern University for the most women’s football titles with 10.Inquig, who was named MVP of the tournament, found the back of the net in the 12th minute to give La Salle a 1-0 lead before Shelah Cadag scored the equalizer for the Tigresses 10 minutes later.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 crownDe La Salle didn’t have UST’s number during the eliminations after losing two games to the Tigresses, but it ultimately scored the victory when it mattered the most.In the men’s division, reigning MVP Jarvey Gayoso scored a double to lead Ateneo to a 4-0 thrashing of University of the East. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The defending champions Blue Booters have now advanced to the semifinals joining University of the Philippines.Ateneo maintained a clean sheet for the fifth time in the second round as it accumulated 28 points in the tournament.Gayoso, now with a league-best 15 goals, found the back of the net in the 18th minute against UE and completed his brace in the first half stoppage time.Rupert Baña and Sam Lim rounded out the scoring affair for the Blue Booters in the second half.In the other game in the men’s division, rookie Fidel Tacardon pulled off a hat trick as UP grounded Adamson University 5-1.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nabong excited as he gets help at froncourt with arrival of Tautuaa View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kyla Inquig pulled off a brace as De La Salle outlasted University of Santo Tomas, 2-1, to take the championship in the UAAP Season 80 women’s football tournament Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.Inquig sealed the Lady Archers’ second straight title when she let fly ascreamer from out of the box in the 80th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more


first_imgWith the Philippines hosting the 2018 FIBA 3×3 World Cup in June, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio expects a better showing from the men’s team this time out.“We should not be knocked out in the early stages, right?” he said on Sunday, giving his marching orders to the newly-formed 3×3 squad.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Panlilio expects the country to show more grit though, he acknowledges how hard the task will be.“We’re ranked 19th among the 20 countries. Nigeria is the only team worse than us. And as coach Ronnie said, the other teams have been preparing for years. It’s a tall order for us, but I think like in anything, we’ll do our best to perform,” he said.Panlilio is also banking on the crowd support to buoy the Philippine team in reaching new heights in the international 3×3 circuit.“Hopefully with the crowd support, it would help us in the games. I’m sure Ronnie will try his best to compete hard and advance as far as we can in terms of competition,” he said.“It’s hard to promise. The only thing we can say is we will fight.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Rain or Shine downs debuting Ginebra to go 2-0 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Christian Standhardinger, Troy Rosario, Stanley Pringle, and Roger Pogoy were named as the members of the men’s team seeing action in the global hoops tilt from June 8 to 12 at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The Ronnie Magsanoc-coached squad has their work cut out for them, with the Philippines failing to advance past the group stages in the last two years.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 crownBack in 2016, the team of Mac Belo, Russel Escoto, Glenn Khobuntin, and Karl Dehesa finished third in Group C missed out on a spot in the playoffs in Guangzhou, China.The case was the same in 2017, where the crew of Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Teng, JR Quiñahan, and Kobe Paras finished third in Pool B to exit in the group stages in Nantes, France. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgPortugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo gestures to the fans at the end of the group B match between Portugal and Spain at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Fisht Stadium in Sochi, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)MADRID — Spanish media reports that Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to plead guilty to tax fraud and pay a fine of 18.8 million euros ($21.8 milllion) in exchange for a prison sentence that would most likely be suspended.Spanish newspaper El Mundo reported Friday that Ronaldo is ready to admit to four counts of tax fraud that would carry a prison sentence of two years. Prison sentences not over two years in Spain are often suspended for first-time offenders.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In 2016, Barcelona forward Lionel Messi received a suspended 21-month jail sentence after being found guilty of defrauding tax authorities of 4.1 million euros (then $4.6 million). /mufSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The deal has yet to be ratified by Spain’s Tax Office, according to different Spanish media including Europa Press news agency.Neither Spain’s Tax Office, its Ministry of Justice nor people close to Ronaldo would confirm the existence of a deal when called by The Associated Press.Reports of the deal came hours before Ronaldo scored three goals to give Portugal a 3-3 draw with Spain in their opening match of the World Cup in Russia.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 crownOne year ago, a Spanish state prosecutor accused Ronaldo of four counts of tax fraud from 2011-14 worth 14.7 million euros ($16.5 million). The prosecutor accused Ronaldo of having used shell companies outside Spain to hide income made from image rights. The accusation does not involve his salary from Real Madrid.Ronaldo denied any wrongdoing when questioned by a judge last July. 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Bring them on Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more


first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Twenty years later, Dirk Nowitzki is the highest-scoring foreign-born player in league history. Back then, the big German wasn’t remotely comparable to Larry Legend — and his rough first two years proved it.So ask Nelson about a player the Mavericks clearly coveted heading into the draft in Doncic, and he’ll choose his words carefully regarding the 19-year-old from Slovenia. Doncic won’t turn 20 until after the All-Star break of his rookie season, which is expected to be Nowitzki’s record 21st with one franchise.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 crown“Dirk and I had a long talk coming in,” Nelson said about the player Dallas drafted days after his 20th birthday in 1998.“We’re obviously very excited to have (Doncic) but he’s got a very tough road ahead of him. Dirk wasn’t done any favors in his first two years. We are going to steer away from any of those comparisons. Luka is his own guy. He’s got his own challenges.” Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Kemba Walker focal point of Hornets franchise going forward Luka Doncic speaks while he is introduced with Jalen Brunson, left, by the Dallas Mavericks to reporters in Dallas on Friday, June 22, 2018. (Andy Jacobsohn/The Dallas Morning News via AP)DALLAS — Luka Doncic didn’t get compared to Larry Bird when he was introduced a day after the Dallas Mavericks traded up to get the third overall pick in the NBA draft.For president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson, that’s progress based on his last experience of getting a tender-aged European in hopes of lifting the Mavericks out of the doldrums.ADVERTISEMENT Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Coach Rick Carlisle dropped a few international names in trying to describe the versatility Dallas thinks is offered by the 6-foot-7 Doncic, who won Euroleague MVP and Final Four MVP honors while helping Real Madrid win the title just days before the draft.After offering comparisons to the late Drazen Petrovic, three-time champion Toni Kukoc and longtime San Antonio star Manu Ginobili, Carlisle stopped.“I really feel it’s important that we shouldn’t try to compare this guy to anybody,” Carlisle said Friday during an introductory news conference that included Doncic and second-round pick Jalen Brunson, who won two NCAA titles in three years at Villanova. “Let him be himself. Let his game takes its own form.”Doncic figures to shape the future of the Mavericks in some form with Dallas coming off consecutive losing seasons for the first time since the second of Nowitzki’s two difficult years at the start of his career.Those 1990s-era Mavericks had 10 straight losing seasons. Combine the drafting of Doncic with last year’s ninth overall pick in point guard Dennis Smith Jr. and a still-young leading scorer in Harrison Barnes, and Carlisle expects the losing to stop soon, if not this coming season.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “Last night was symbolic to me that it was kind of a defining moment in this rebuild,” said Carlisle, who had just one losing season as a coach before the current Dallas slide. “We’re going propel forward with the idea that we’ve got to start winning games.”Just as he did last year with Smith, Carlisle is declaring Doncic a starter, which means the opening night lineup will have a teenager for the second straight year. Youth partly explains a two-year record of 57-107, including the 24-58 mark last season that landed Dallas the fifth pick before the draft-night trade with Atlanta on Thursday.Another explanation was an unusually large number of undrafted players, including a young German in Maxi Kleber who grew up watching his countryman become the 2007 MVP and 2011 NBA Finals MVP.The Mavericks haven’t won a playoff series since taking their only title in 2011, and have missed the postseason three of the past six seasons coming off a 12-year playoff streak. Doncic might only get one chance to get Dallas back on track with Nowitzki, the 13-time All-Star who has hinted that 40 is a nice round number as a retirement age.If this is it for Nowitzki, Nelson sees a trio in Barnes, Smith and Doncic that reminds him of Michael Finley mentoring Nowitzki and point guard Steve Nash and helping the Mavericks end a 10-year playoff drought in 2001.“Michael Finley was our Harrison Barnes back in the day,” Nelson said. “We feel like we’ve got that here in a different form. There’s just some really cool elements to this that take me back and remind me about what it was like 20 years ago when we were watching these young guys.”Just don’t remind Nelson about the Nowitzki-Bird comparisons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more


first_imgIn a sign of unity, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia released a joint statement condemning the terrible actions of their respective national teams during the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers last Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Fiba U17: Batang Gilas bows to Canada in 40-point thrashing Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding SBP president Al Panlilio and BA president Ned Coten said the two governing bodies “deeply regret the events that took place during the game, the actions displayed have no place on any basketball court.”“We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide—and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia—for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute.”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’Gilas Pilipinas and the Boomers were playing their second group stage match when uncontrolled physical play boiled over into a free-for-all melee.It all started when Roger Pogoy and Chris Goulding got into each other’s skins with the former eventually pushing the latter to the ground. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Daniel Kickert then threw a forearm to Pogoy’s jaw, resulting in the ugly fight that saw nine players from the Philippines getting ejected and four from Australia tossed.Australia’s Kickert, Goulding, Thon Maker, and Nathan Sobey were ejected while the Philippines lost Andray Blatche, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, Jayson Castro, Pogoy, Troy Rosario, Japeth Aguilar, Matthew Wright, and Carl Bryan Cruz.Only June Mar Fajardo, Baser Amer, and Gabe Norwood were left to play for the Philippines in a game that ended at the 1:57 mark of the third and Australia winning by default, 89-53.“We fully accept our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents,” said the two officials. “We will do everything in our power to prevent this from happening again.”“Basketball has a unique power to unite and we look forward to continuing bringing people together in the true spirit of friendship and sportsmanship in future games.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more


first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The quest to begin repairing the damage wrought by the brawl between the Philippines and Australia during their World Cup qualifying match on July 2 began almost immediately after the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas held a press conference Thursday to announce the fines and sanctions slapped by the international basketball federation (Fiba) on both countries.ADVERTISEMENT Panlilio, though, is confident that the game against Qatar can still be broadcast on various platforms so fans can still watch from their homes.“The logistics and the rest, Fiba said they will work with us on how to execute that,” he said. With report from Celest Flores-ColinaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With coach Chot Reyes and naturalized center Andray Blatche out of the roster for a varying number of games and several key players also suspended, Gilas Pilipinas will be hard-pressed to come up with a competitive squad when it faces Qatar at the start of the second round of qualifiers for the 2019 World Cup.“Obviously, we have to replace [Blatche] and it’s going to be part of the assessment,” said SBP president Al Panlilio during Thursday’s press conference at the PLDT offices in Makati City.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’San Miguel Beer rookie Christian Standhardinger is the only player eligible on standby to take Blatche’s place, even as the SBP scours its roster of coaches for a replacement for Reyes, who was slapped a one-game ban. Blatche was suspended three games for his role in the fracas.PBA commissioner Willie Marcial reiterated that the national team will have all 12 professional clubs as a pool when it tries to fill a roster that lost 10 players and two coaches. MOST READ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ PH Agilas in US Pony baseball Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_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 “He is always here to help the national team and during unfortunate times like this, the league is willing to step up,” said Marcial.Aside from Reyes and Blatche (three games), Fiba also banned assistant coach Jong Uichico (three games), scrappy forward Calvin Abueva (six games), Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz and RR Pogoy (five games), Troy Rosario, Jayson Castro and Terrence Romeo (three games) and Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar (one game).The Fiba ban does not include the PBA so the players can still suit up for their mother clubs.Reyes was also fined 10,000 Swiss francs (approximately P535,000). Fiba also fined the SBP 250,000 Swiss francs (approximately P13.4 million) and Basketball Australia 100,000 Swiss francs (approximately 5.35 million).Australia, meanwhile, will lose three players to suspensions: Daniel Kickert (five games), Milwaukee Bucks forward Thon Maker (three games) and Chris Goulding (one game).ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Panlilio said the Gilas players and coaches will serve the suspension during the country’s succeeding home games on Sept. 17 against Qatar, Nov. 30 against Iran and Dec. 3 opposite Kazakhstan.“We could probably make an appeal on the fines and suspensions but first we want to clarify these facts with the Fiba,” said Panlilio, who was accompanied by SBP executive director Sonny Barrios, deputy executive Butch Antonio and legal counsel Aga Francisco.“It’s a learning process for all of us. My advice to them is to compete hard, but not violently. We play for the country to win,” said Panlilio, adding that the Philippine hosting of Fiba World Cup in 2023 was never mentioned in the decision.The referees who officiated the abbreviated match won by the Boomers, 89-53, were banned from any international competitions organized or recognized by Fiba for a period of one year.The Fiba also punished the SBP by directing Gilas Pilipinas to play its next home game (against Qatar) behind closed doors.Panlilio admitted that having to play without the country’s “sixth man” is going to be “painful.”“I think it’s driving a lesson to everybody that we could have (responded during the heated match) in a better way,” said Panlilio. “Of course, it’s painful [without the] people who want to watch us live, the fans who have always been our sixth man in all these competitions.”The Philippines has also been placed under probationary status by Fiba for two more home games for a period of three years.“If there is no untoward incident in the Qatar game, the next game will be held with the public in attendance. Any time there’s a similar incident—I hope to God (there is) nothing more—then they can put us in a closed door again. In the next three years, we better have no similar incident,” explained Barrios.Panlilio saw the probationary period as a chance for the country “to show that maybe this is just a blip in our basketball history.” Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamlast_img read more