Leader Barcelona loses points again vs Celta Vigo in La Liga

Leader Barcelona loses points again vs Celta Vigo in La Liga

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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “It’s tough to lose points at home in such an important game,” Barcelona midfielder Paulinho said. “We had plenty of chances.”Barcelona won 11 of its 13 league matches entering the weekend. Its other setbacks were draws at Atletico Madrid and, last week, at Valencia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIt hadn’t lost points at home in 18 straight league matches, since drawing with Real Madrid nearly a yearago.“This result will boost our players’ morale,” said Celta coach Juan Carlos Unzue, who used to be Luis Enrique’s assistant at Barcelona. “It shows that we are on the right track.” Celta, eighth in the standings, has proved a tough opponent for Barcelona, losing only two of its last five matches against the Spanish powerhouse.It opened the scoring with Iago Aspas’ close-range shot in the 20th minute.Lionel Messi equalized just two minutes later from inside the area after an assist by Paulinho, taking his league-leading tally to 13 goals.Luis Suarez put Barcelona ahead after a cross by Jordi Alba in the 61st, becoming Barcelona’s 10th all-time top scorer with 127 goals in 165 games.Celta evened the match less than 10 minutes later through Maxi Gomez from inside the area after being set up by Aspas in a breakaway. Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti hurt his right hamstring and was replaced. The club said Umtiti could be out for two months.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, pauses during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Barcelona stumbled for the second consecutive week in the Spanish league, being held to 2-2 at home by Celta Vigo on Saturday and giving its nearest challengers more hope.Barcelona has a five-point lead over second-place Valencia, which plays at mid-table Getafe on Sunday.Third-place Atletico Madrid moved to within six points by defeating Real Sociedad 2-1 at WandaMetropolitano Stadium, and Real Madrid remained eight points back after being held at Athletic Bilbao to 0-0.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Barcelona captain Andre Iniesta also had to be substituted because of an apparent injury early in the second half.“It took a while for us to get into the game, but we eventually took control,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said.Defender Gerard Pique had a chance to put Barcelona ahead in the 75th, but his close-range shot from a tight angle hit the post after he cleared goalkeeper Ruben Blanco and had an open net.Messi just missed with a header in the 85th, and a minute later Celta had a chance to score the potential winner but Pione Sisto’s shot from inside the area was stopped by a remarkable foot save by Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Man U beats Arsenal 3-1 in EPL as de Gea shines in goal Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Randolph powers Kings past slumping 76ers

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first_imgSixers’ Embiid sidelined by back injury MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hield gave the Kings a 79-78 lead with a 3-pointer with 9:48 remaining. Carter made a full-court outlet pass to Garrett Temple for a layup that made it 92-86 Sacramento with 4:18 left.The 40-year-old Carter made another crucial play down the stretch, hustling for an offensive rebound that led to Randolph’s jumper with 1:59 to play.“Coach trusts me to be solid and consistent, not make mistakes and help our guys when I can,” Carter said. “I’ve been in big situations so I enjoy being on the court.”Simmons answered with a driving basket that made it 96-92, but he couldn’t convert the free throw after being fouled and the rally fizzled from there.“I don’t think we’ve been focusing down the stretch — missing shots, not calling the right plays,” Simmons said. “It’s just little things like that. It comes down to us focusing, and making sure we’re committed to defense and offense at the same time.”EMBIID’S ABSENCEEmbiid did not travel with the team to Chicago for Monday’s 117-115 loss to the Bulls. He was expected to play against the Kings on the second night of back-to-back games, but Brown said the team’s medical staff advised him to keep the 7-foot center on the sideline.The injury has kept Embiid out for four of the last six games. Brown said Embiid’s back “is still a little bit sore.”BROWN ON OKAFORJahlil Okafor, whom Philadelphia traded to Brooklyn earlier this month, made headlines in New York on Tuesday for saying he was glad to be with an organization that had “an actual NBA coaching staff.” Randolph scored 27 points and Carter had two key plays late in the game, helping the Kings to a 101-95 victory over the slumping Philadelphia 76ers.Buddy Hield had 24 points and Frank Mason III finished with 16 for Sacramento, which came back from a 16-point second-half deficit.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“Zach started us out and really carried us for a while,” Kings coach Dave Joerger said. “He was really, really terrific.”The 36-year-old Randolph was rejuvenated after he rested during Sunday’s 108-93 loss at Toronto. He made 12 of 19 shots and grabbed five rebounds. Philadelphia 76ers’ JJ Redick, left, and Sacramento Kings’ Frank Mason III go flying after Mason blocked Redick’s shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Zach Randolph and Vince Carter have been playing for so long that some of their teammates were toddlers when they broke into the NBA.That double dose of experience worked out quite well for Sacramento on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT “He’s an amazing low-post threat, for a long period of time,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.Besides putting up solid numbers — Randolph entered leading the team in scoring and rebounding at 15.2 points and 7 boards per game — he is enjoying his role as veteran leader.“We get along well,” he said. “These kids are working, they’re playing hard, and it’s showing on the court. We believe in them.”Ben Simmons had 13 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists for Philadelphia, which lost for the seventh time in eight games while playing without center Joel Embiid for the second straight night due to a back injury. Robert Covington led the 76ers with 17 points.Philadelphia looked out of sync without Embiid and Sacramento took advantage.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defensecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “Jahlil knows what we did here,” Brown said before the loss. “It’s a young person who gave a quote. … I think everybody understands how we treat people here and the attention he received while he was here.”TIP-INSKings: G George Hill (illness) did not play. … Malachi Richardson had three points in 19 minutes after not playing Sunday due to an ankle injury. … G De’Aaron Fox was back in the lineup after missing Sunday’s game at Toronto due to a bruised right thigh, but he didn’t return after re-injuring it in the first half. He had two points in 11 minutes.76ers: Embiid last played in Philadelphia’s nationally televised game against Oklahoma City on Friday night, finishing with 34 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the 76ers’ 119-117 triple-overtime loss. … Prior to the game, the 76ers honored Philadelphia native and South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley. The Gamecocks play at Temple on Thursday night. … J.J. Redick left after injuring his hamstring. He had eight points in 15 minutes.UP NEXTKings: Finish four-game road trip at Brooklyn on Wednesday night.Sixers: Host Toronto on Thursday night in the first game of a home-and-home series. Philadelphia will play at the Raptors on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Anthony still makes impact for Batang Pier on off shooting night

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first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments Angelique Kerber wins 8th match in a row, into Sydney final The Fil-Am forward collected a unique assists-rebounds double-double in the win, finishing with 13 boards and 12 dimes, a first since Chris Ross did it in 2010.His role as the stabilizing force allowed GlobalPort to claim the 78-70 breakthrough victory over Rain or Shine  in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.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“Rebounding is always gonna be there for me. It’s a conscious effort thing,” he said after  making up for his paltry 1-of-11 shooting with his unwavering effort all over the court.“I couldn’t hit my open shots and there were a lot of help defense. There was a lot of height on Rain or Shine so I was just trying to find the open guy and set up my teammates, trying to do the right plays. For me, it’s getting my teammates involved and it was great to see them hit those shots.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFresh from his career third-best 29-point explosion in the GlobalPort’s 97-104 defeat against Ginebra last Sunday, the version Sean Anthony who came to play on Friday had a lot of difficulty putting the ball through the hoop.But rather than mope over his offensive struggles, Anthony put his focus on the dirty work for the Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. While GlobalPort also clicked on offense, Anthony knew what exactly what GlobalPort did right to finally join the winners circle.“We hadn’t held a team below a hundred the first two games, and [Against] Rain or Shine, to hold a high-powered offense to just 70 points? That’s the key right there. Defense more than offense. I had a really off night shooting-wise but our defense was there. And that’s all that really matters. We need to keep up our defense and we just got to sustain it every game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Alaska demolishes Kia for 2nd straight win

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPlaying its finest basketball to date, Alaska bulldozed Kia, 102-65, Sunday for its second straight win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Aces surged ahead in the third quarter where they turned a tight 39-34 halftime lead to a decisive 75-39 at the end of the period.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Alaska’s defense was on point coming out of the halftime break as it forced Kia to shoot 2-of-23 from the field and commit six turnovers in that telling third period as it broke the game wide open thanks to its 36-point explosion.Compton raved with his team’s defensive focus in that game-deciding third period, saying, “If I could find a way to bottle what we did in the third quarter, that would give us a good chance (competing against the contenders). I really appreciate the effort of the guys today defensively and I think we got our teeth back on defense.”Rashawn McCarthy paced Kia with 16 points, four assists, two rebounds, and two blocks off the bench, but that couldn’t stop his side from dropping its 16th straight defeat dating back to the 2017 Commissioner’s Cup, the longest losing skid since Ginebra’s drought back in 1995.Eric Camson chimed in 15 markers, 11 coming in the extended garbage time in the payoff period, on top of six boards, while Ronald Tubid got 13 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from threes, on top of seven rebounds.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Morales picks up where he left off with another cycling victory “Our defensive energy was a little undirected in the first half and it caused us to give up baskets that we didn’t wanna give up. In the second half, we were little more focused,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton.Fifth overall pick Jeron Teng outscored the whole Picanto crew, 13-5, in that frame alone as he led the charge for the Aces with 23 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.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 folkCarl Bryan Cruz added 16 markers and nine boards, while Chris Banchero got 11 points, five assists, and three rebounds.Three other Alaska players notched double-digits in scoring as Calvin Abueva, Vic Manuel, and Jake Pascual all finished with 10 markers each as the Aces even took a 40-point lead at one point, 86-46 midway in the fourth quarter. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours ALASKA 102 — Teng 23, Cruz 16, Banchero 11, Abueva 10, Manuel 10, Pascual 10, Enciso 8, Galliguez 5, Thoss 5, Exciminiano 2, Potts 2, Casio 0, Racal 0.KIA 65 — McCarthy 16, Camson 15, Tubid 13, Ababou 5, Caperal 4, Reyes 4, Cabrera 3, Celda 3, Yee 2, Galanza 0, Jamon 0, Paniamogan 0, Sara 0.Quarters: 20-21, 39-34, 75-39, 102-65.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Miocic sets UFC heavyweight record, beats Ngannou to retain title

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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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He never found it.Miocic beat Fabrício Werdum to win the heavyweight title in May 2016, and followed with wins against Alistair Overeem, Junior dos Santos and now Ngannou to slug his way into the record book.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cormier keeps title, dominates Oezdemir at UFC 220 MOST READ View comments Miocic (18-2) and Ngannou (11-2) had UFC fans buzzing with perhaps the most-hyped heavyweight title bout since Brock Lesnar was the class of the division. Both fighters have a history of finishing off their foes within two rounds and Ngannou was coming off a nasty knockout win just seven weeks ago.Both fighters were winded by the third round and Ngannou looked sleepy as he whiffed on a few blows in the fifth.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 folkMiocic and Ngannou tagged each other several times in the first round and both fighters were staggered and in trouble.But the fight got worse from there. Miocic spent the second and third rounds just banging away as Ngannou covered up, hoping for one last desperate knockout punch. BOSTON, MA – JANUARY 20: Stipe Miocic speaks to Joe Rogan after defeating Francis Ngannou in their Heavyweight Championship fight during UFC 220 at TD Garden on January 20, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. Mike Lawrie/Getty Images/AFPStipe Miocic set the UFC heavyweight record with his third straight successful title defense, turning the anticipated slugfest against Francis Ngannou into a methodical ground-and-pound bout in the main event of UFC 220.Miocic won 50-44 on all three scorecards early Sunday and was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Ngannou.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament

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first_imgFILE – Chael Sonnen. APINGLEWOOD, Calif. — Chael Sonnen overcame a significant weight disadvantage for a unanimous-decision victory over Rampage Jackson in the opening fight of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix on Saturday night.Rory MacDonald also took the mixed martial arts promotion’s welterweight title from Douglas Lima, overcoming grotesque injuries to his left leg and nose to claim a unanimous decision at Bellator 192.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Sonnen (30-15-1), the loquacious former UFC middleweight title contender, was outweighed by 31 pounds on the scales Friday. He still used his superior wrestling skills and tenacity to grind out a decision over Jackson (37-13), the former UFC champion, before a lively crowd at the famed Forum.“I’ve got the biggest arms, I’ve got the greatest charm and I do all the harm,” Sonnen said.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 folkJackson tossed Sonnen dramatically onto the mat during the first round, but the veteran brawler struggled to create any more highlights. A frustrated Rampage tapped the mat in front of him in the third round, daring Sonnen to stand and bang.Instead, Sonnen took him down again and finished up a 29-28 decision on all three judges’ scorecards. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The 39-year-old Jackson’s first career meeting with the 40-year-old Sonnen was the first bout in an eight-man tournament designed to crown Bellator’s first heavyweight champion since 2016. The field also includes MMA luminaries Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione, along with undersized veteran fighters Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.Sonnen will fight the winner of Emelianenko’s upcoming bout with Mir in the tournament semifinals in early summer.MacDonald (20-4) has been ticketed for Bellator stardom ever since he left the UFC and joined its biggest rival in 2016 following back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. MacDonald, who beat current UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in 2014, is likely the best pound-for-pound fighter on the Bellator roster, and he intends to hold the promotion’s titles in multiple weight divisions.“He’s the best fighter I ever fought,” MacDonald said. “I feel like we’re the best two welterweights in the sport.”The title bout was remarkably even, with MacDonald controlling much of the action on the ground when Lima (29-7) wasn’t peppering his oft-injured nose with jabs. MacDonald developed a huge welt on his shin midway through the fight, but it didn’t appear to limit his movement.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments Lima knocked down MacDonald with a sweeping kick in the third round and appeared to be close to finishing early in the fourth, but MacDonald persevered. MacDonald dominated the fifth round on the ground and cut Lima near his eyes.MacDonald eventually had his hand raised to the displeasure of Lima, a Brazilian fighting out of Atlanta. MacDonald was carried out of the cage and transported to a hospital as a precaution.“I think I have a person growing inside me,” MacDonald said of his leg injury.Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler returned from his first loss since 2014 with a one-sided decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi, who was bloodied and nearly finished on the ground. Chandler is likely to get a rematch next with Brent Primus, who claimed the title last year when Chandler was forced to stop by an ankle injury.Aaron Pico, Bellator’s 21-year-old blue chip prospect from nearby Whittier, also wowed his home crowd with a vicious body-punch stoppage of Shane Kruchten in the first round of their featherweight fight.The lively Forum crowd included several fighters with UFC ties, including champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Nate Diaz and Dan Henderson. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth also attended. 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PBA lifts lifetime ban on Balkman

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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRenaldo Balkman’s dreams of returning to the PBA could soon be a reality.PBA commissioner Willie Marcial confirmed that Balkman finally got the nod from former league chief Chito Salud to lift the ban imposed on the controversial import back in 2013.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims “He wrote a letter of appeal then personally appeared in my office. But I didn’t decide just based on that,” said Marcial.“I solicited the thoughts of commissioner Chito Salud and Arwind Santos. Both gave their thumbs up for the lifting of the ban.”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 crownFor his part, Salud believes the ban allowed Balkman to reassess himself and made him a better person.“I trust that he has learned his lesson and has become a better person and a more disciplined athlete. Good luck to him,” said the former commissioner. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Kyrgios cruises into fourth round of Miami Open The Puerto Rican forward played for Petron in the 2013 Commissioner’s Cup where he averaged 25 points, 13.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 2.7 blocks per game.However, he blew his gasket in the Blaze Boosters’ game against Alaska, shoving teammate Ronald Tubid and assistant coach Biboy Ravanes before choking teammate Arwind Santos.He was fined P250,000 for his actions and was slapped with a lifetime ban.Balkman returned to Philippine soil this year as import for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas in the 2018 ASEAN Basketball League where he is averaging 23.8 points and 11.5 rebounds.San Miguel still has the right of first refusal on Balkman, and any team that would want to enlist his services would need to secure a clearance from the Beermen first.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebacklast_img read more

Senegal beats Poland 2-1 in first African win at World Cup

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first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “You have to deserve your luck,” Niang said. “We were rewarded today for our work. You have to seize your chances when they are given to you.”Senegal became the first African team to win at this year’s World Cup after Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria and Tunisia were outscored 6-1 in losses.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 crownIt went ahead in the 37th minute when Thiago Cionek’s attempted block of Idrissa Gueye’s shot deflected and wrong-footed Szczesny, who was picked to start over fellow Arsenal castoff Lukasz Fabianski.After Niang doubled the lead in the 60th, Krychowiak headed in Kamil Grosicki’s free kick in the 86th minute, ending a streak of five straight scoreless openers for Poland. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Senegal’s Mane and Poland’s Robert Lewandowski rarely threatened in quiet World Cup debuts. Lewandowski topped the Bundesliga in scoring in three of the last five seasons and while he had 16 of Poland’s 28 goals in qualifying, he managed only one goal at the 2012 European Championship and one at Euro 2016.STAMPED FOR SUCCESSPoland released five million Lewanowski stamps last week with his image and “RL9.”FAVORITES?Six of the top eight teams in the FIFA rankings failed to win their openers. Belgium and France are the exceptions.HISTORY LESSONThe match was played at red-and-white Otkritie Arena, the 4-year-old home of Spartak Moscow, where Alexander Rukavishnikov’s 80-foot (25-meter) bronze statue of Spartacus rises high. The Russian club is named after the Thracian gladiator who led a slave rebellion against the Romans.INJURIESPoland: Midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski started limping midway through the first half, and his right calf was treated just before the restart that led to the goal. He was replaced by Bednarek at the start of the second half. “France and Senegal have a history,” said Cisse, who captained the 2002 team. “France was the country that colonized Senegal.”Poland fans in red and white were about three-quarters of the crowd of 44,190 as their nation returned to the World Cup for the first time since 2006. Poland kept up its dismal streak of World Cup starts — it has four losses and three draws since beating Argentina in 1974.Senegal took the lead when Niang went around Lukasz Piszczek on a flank following a restart and centered to Sadio Mane. The star midfielder passed to Gueye, whose right-footed shot from the arc headed toward Szczesny’s far post. Cionek, near the penalty spot, lifted his right leg and deflected the ball past Szczesny’s other side for the fourth own-goal of the tournament.Poland shifted to a three-man backline at the start of the second half, and Niang had been off the field after Jan Bednarek stomped on a foot. Referee Nawaf Shukralla of Bahrain, a veteran of two World Cup matches in 2014, waved Niang to come back on the field just as Krychowiak lofted a backpass from the center circle to Szczesny. Niang let it bounce twice, knocked the ball past the goalkeeper and then sprinted to catch up as the ball bounced three more times. He tapped it into the open net from about 8 yards.“Real unlucky situation,” Szczesny said. “Usually they keep him on the sideline for a little bit longer.”Still, he didn’t fault the referee.“That’s looking for an alibi for us,” he said. “It was a silly goal from our point.”Nawalka attributed the goal to confusion, saying players thought a substitute was coming on.“We simply lacked quality in the first half,” he said. “There were lots of unnecessary mistakes and lack of accuracy, and simply we didn’t play a very fluid football.”STAR SEARCH Iran player dodges question on women’s rights at World Cup MOST READ “Two goals following our mistakes was something that we were very unhappy with,” Poland coach Adam Nawalka said.Senegal is tied for the group lead with Japan, which upset Colombia 2-1. Senegal will play Japan on Sunday, when Poland meets Colombia.This win set off joy in the streets of Dakar.“We are not too euphoric because we do know there is going to be a difficult match against Japan,” Senegal coach Aliou Cisse said.Senegal President Macky Sall was in the stands to watch the world’s 27th-ranked team upset the eighth-ranked nation — and bring up memories of the 1-0 win over defending champion France 16 years ago.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments Senegal players celebrate after winning the group H match between Poland and Senegal at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Spartak Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Tuesday, June 19, 2018. Senegal won Poland 2-1. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)MOSCOW — Senegal midfielder Mbaye Niang saw the signal from the referee to re-enter following treatment for an injury and jogged along the center line. Then Niang noticed Poland’s Grzegorz Krychowiak loft a backpass to Jan Bednarek, who hadn’t realized Niang was back on the field.Niang outsprinted goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny to reach the ball about 40 yards from the net, knocked the ball forward and tapped it in for Senegal’s second fluky goal of the night. The Lions of Teranga held on for a 2-1 win over Poland and opened the World Cup with a surprising victory — just like in 2002.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tired of blowing big leads, Fuel Masters finally get job done this time

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first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Phoenix’ slump has finally come to an end, just in time for the Fuel Masters to make a serious case for a spot in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals.ADVERTISEMENT In crucial match for both sides, Phoenix catches Globalport napping on defense During its four-game losing streak, Phoenix developed a habit of building double-digit leads in the first half but ultimately relinquishing it and that was what the Fuel Masters were eager to put a stop to against the Batang Pier.The only time the Batang Pier took the lead was in Malcolm White’s opening bucket, 2-0, before the Fuel Masters opened the floodgates and responded with an 18-4 run to take a 35-17 buffer courtesy of Jason Perkins’ jumper with 1:43 left in the first.READ: In crucial match for both sides, Phoenix catches Globalport napping on defenseWright, who finished with 24 points on 6-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc, said he expected his team to work their butts off for the victory.“I expected us to play hard and that’s exactly what we did today,” said Wright. “You know I’m extremely happy with how the guys conducted themselves and I loved how everyone stepped up.”ADVERTISEMENT Prior to their 135-108 win over Globalport, the Fuel Masters were riding a four-game losing streak with three of those losses featuring blown double-digit leads.The Fuel Masters, however, learned from their mistakes and dominantly took care of the business to improve to a 4-6 record and stay in contention for the playoffs.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 crownREAD: Alas says Phoenix not disciplined in endgame“We were just tired of losing, especially me, I’m sick of it,” said shooting guard Matthew Wright Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “I’m sick of losing big leads, I made a point of emphasis to put our foot on their necks and develop a killer instinct.” Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding And of the 14 players that got playing time for Phoenix, it was Eugene Phelps who distinguished himself as the hardest worker of them all.Phelps finished with a preposterous 37-point, 23-rebound, 10-assist triple-double making him the first player in 20 years to put up a 30-20 triple-double.“We have a good team, our record doesn’t really show it but like I said there were a lot of games that we should’ve won,” said Phelps. “Everybody stuck together, and hopefully we can do it in the next game.”“We finished the game really good, coach [Louie Alas] told us at halftime to just relax,” added Phelps. “We just got to relax and play our game, and that’s what we did today.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Messi, Argentina beaten 3-0 at World Cup; Croatia advances

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first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi, center looks down after Croatia’s Luka Modric scored his side’s second goal during the group D match between Argentina and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Nizhny Novgorod Stadium in Novgorod, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)NIZHNY NOVGOROD, Russia — Lionel Messi and his Argentina teammates are on the verge of World Cup elimination. Croatia is moving on.Argentina was handily beaten by Croatia 3-0, a loss that makes advancement very difficult with only one group match remaining. It was Argentina’s worst loss in group play in 60 years.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Luka Modric scored another with a hooking shot in the 80th and Ivan Rakitic added the third in stoppage time.Croatia advanced to the round of 16 with six points from two games in Group D. Argentina has only one point and will next face Nigeria on Tuesday in St. Petersburg.Argentina has won two World Cups — the last in 1986 — but has not won any major title in 25 years. It lost the World Cup final to Germany four years ago in Brazil.It worst loss in group play came in a 6-1 defeat against Czechoslovakia in 1958.Croatia, a 1998 World Cup semifinalist, reached the knockout stage for only the second time.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Learning doesn’t stop for Geje Eustaquio—inside and outside ONE cage View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Messi, who turns 31 on Sunday, failed to get even one shot off against Croatia on Thursday, five days after he missed a penalty in the team’s opening 1-1 draw against Iceland.Croatia frustrated Argentina throughout the match and never gave Messi space to operate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe humiliating loss came in humiliating fashion for one of soccer’s most storied nations.Argentina goalkeeper Wilfredo Caballero miss-kicked a clearance and Croatia defender Ante Rebic recovered the ball before sending it into the net in the 53rd minute. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape triallast_img read more