Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Former boxing champ Paulie Malignaggi says he has no regrets about quitting Conor McGregor’s training camp, describing the mixed martial arts fighter as a “scumbag” who surrounds himself with “a bunch of yes men.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’McGregor is preparing to face boxing star Floyd Mayweather in a Las Vegas boxing ring on August 26 in what could be one of the richest fights in history.ADVERTISEMENT Malignaggi indicated that Mayweather should have little trouble with McGregor over 12 rounds of boxing as long as he goes to the body on a regular basis.“From about six rounds on, he became very hittable,” the former champ said. “So much more hittable that I was putting more weight on my shots and sitting down more on my shots, and of course, the body shots started to affect him more and more.“In MMA the body shots aren’t the same as in boxing in that there is consistency to body shots in boxing. There is a debilitating breakdown from the body shots in boxing. Little by little you feel the air come out of you with fatigue.”He said McGregor’s biggest asset against Mayweather will be his excellent conditioning.“Conditioning wise he could push the issue a little bit more than I could,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ With new contract, Stephen Curry vows to do more off court Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas “He’s a scumbag,” Malignaggi said of McGregor in an interview Monday with the American website The MMA Hour.pic.twitter.com/DTJ0MQMSlv— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 4, 2017He also gave a detailed breakdown of how their sparring sessions went, no doubt providing Mayweather with a blueprint on how to beat McGregor.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her The 36-year-old Malignaggi, who retired from boxing five months ago, walked out of training camp last week after he said McGregor used him like a pawn, disrespected him in the dressing room and housed him and the other sparring partners in dumpy accommodations. Malignaggi, a former multiple world champion, said despite training little during retirement he had no trouble getting the better of McGregor.Malignaggi said McGregor is more concerned about putting on a spectacle in training camp than getting ready for a serious boxing debut against one of the greatest fighters of all-time.Malignaggi was also upset about training camp pictures made public that show the Irishman in a positive light.“The guy is all about his ego. He’s actually not trying to get better. He’s got a bunch of yes men in his corner who tell him he’s doing good even if he’s doing bad. It is just about him and cheerleading,” Malignaggi told MMA Hour.He said he asked McGregor to stop releasing misleading sparring photos that showed the MMA fighter getting the better of the exchanges. McGregor refused.“At this stage I’m waiting for Ashton Kutcher to walk into the dressing rooms and tell me I got Punk’d. I thought it was a joke. I thought there was no way this guy is that much of an asshole,” he said.– ‘Some kind of crackhouse’ –“I showed up with the best intentions to camp and at a certain point you start to realize you are being used as a pawn where somebody’s trying to get ahead at your expense and not through your help.“I said ‘I can’t deal with this.’ His team is a bunch of cheerleaders. They are not improving him. I don’t need to be around these people. It is not like they brought me in for anything tactical.”He said the training camp accommodations were better suited to drug dealers. “They put me in some kind of a crackhouse,” he said. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Carnival hits town as Mayweather and McGregor ready to fight

first_imgLATEST STORIES Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I believe I’ll knock him out early, one or two rounds,” McGregor said.Both fighters seemed relaxed and confident, just days away from a fight that seemed improbable at times and impossible at other times. Yet they will meet under boxing rules in a scheduled 12-round fight that matches a UFC champion who has never boxed professionally against the master defensive fighter of his time.McGregor said it was just another progression in his fighting career, and chided Mayweather for saying he hopes the referee does his job and doesn’t allow McGregor to try any mixed martial arts moves against him.“I may make him beg me to follow the rules,” McGregor said.Mayweather said he expected McGregor to come out wildly and use roughhouse tactics, something Marcos Maidana did effectively when he fought Mayweather in 2014. But he said the Irish fighter can’t keep that up for 12 rounds and doesn’t understand what it is to get hit by a real boxing champion.“When he gets hit he’ll find out it’s totally different,” Mayweather said.While looking as fit as ever and insisting he is taking the fight seriously, Mayweather said he will be doing meet-and-greet experiences every night living up to the fight at his new strip club just off the Las Vegas Strip.“I’ll be at the Girl Collection every day this week,” he said. “Every day.” MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The two got into an unplanned verbal confrontation as they moved between the outdoor stage and the arena, though it was brief. Bodyguards kept them apart and both fighters are smart enough not to do anything to jeopardize their immense paydays from what could be the richest fight ever.“It’s work,” Mayweather said when asked if he was having fun. “My job is to be a fighter.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’McGregor, meanwhile, reiterated his vow to knock Mayweather out within two rounds, and claimed the boxer was getting desperate in making comments about his weight and stamina.“Let him keep praying about weight and fatigue. All he’s doing is praying,” McGregor said. “But he’s praying to the new god of boxing.” National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal View comments Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datucenter_img Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees The crowd for one of the final promotional events was small and not terribly vocal, especially after waiting an hour or two in 100-degree heat to see the fighters. There was no one in line at T-Mobile Arena’s three ticket windows, where plenty of expensive tickets remain for the bout.The big money for the two fighters will come from pay-per-view sales, and early indications are that it could break all records. Some 50 million people may watch in the United States alone, with millions more tuning in worldwide.Estimates vary wildly, but Mayweather could pocket $200 million, while McGregor might make $100 million.The promotion has been more circus-like than anything, but both boxers said they were serious about putting on an explosive show on fight night.“This fight is not going to go the distance,” Mayweather said.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Cavaliers trade Irving to Celtics for Thomas — source Floyd Mayweather Jr. motions to fans during the arrivals for their boxing match Tuesday, Aug. 22, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor in a boxing match Saturday in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — The carnival finally hit town Tuesday, with Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather Jr. putting on a bit of a fashion show before promising to knock each other out in their highly anticipated boxing match.Mayweather wore a fedora and gold rimmed glasses while McGregor sported a three-piece suit and tie and aviator sunglasses as they made separate appearances before a crowd of several hundred people in front of the arena where they will fight Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titleslast_img read more

Victolero pleased with Star’s effort despite loss to ROS

first_imgView comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Star stared at a 20-point deficit, 32-52, midway in the third quarter but pulled to within three, 72-75, before Jericho Cruz restored order for Rain or Shine.Though the Elasto Painters, once again, brought the lead back up by 11, 88-77, with 1:29 remaining, the Hotshots refused to quit as Malcolm Hill, Paul Lee, and Allein Maliksi kept the team fighting up to the final buzzer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“You can’t say anything else on how the players fought. It’s just that we’re not making our shots,” Victolero said, putting the spotlight on Star’s 38 percent shooting from the clip. “I also give credit to Rain or Shine’s defense because they were prepared for us.”Victolero also sees the game as a good building block for the Hotshots as they try to bring in Marc Pingris, who is recovering from a hip injury, and Jio Jalalon, who is fresh from Gilas Pilipinas duty in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup, back in the lineup. Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay LATEST STORIES ‘Dehydrated’ Almazan taken to hospital after helping ROS win Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marc Pingris. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite losing for the first time this 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup, Star coach Chito Victolero remains upbeat seeing how his team fought back from a large deficit.“We’re okay. You can see that the players gave their best effort. Even if Rain or Shine led by 20, we still came back. It just so happened that we fell short in the end,” he said in Filipino after the Hotshots’ 88-92 defeat to the Elasto Painters on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s an adjustment for us. We know that our chemistry will be a bit affected with Jio and Ping’s entry, but I need to do that for our future games,” he said. “The only way we’ll get their timing and chemistry back is for me to play them. It’s a small sacrifice we’re willing to take.”Star seeks to bounce back against fierce rival Ginebra on Sunday.last_img read more

Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp

first_imgMos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Globalport third import Thomas fails height test Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors reacts against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half of Game 2 of the 2017 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 4, 2017 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPThe Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again.The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday and open training camps Saturday, a few days ahead of the rest of the league as they prepare for an early October trip to China for games in Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of the league’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in the basketball-crazy nation.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees MOST READ LATEST STORIES RULES CHANGES: When players start taking the court for exhibition games, it will offer an opportunity for them to start to adjust to rules changes and points of emphasis that are new every season. One notable difference this year will be the “James Harden rule,” a change in the way the game is called aimed at reducing the number of instances a player tricks a defender into fouling them and then goes into a shooting motion to try to earn free throw attempts. Harden is the master , though dozens of players do the same thing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next So as media days and training camps get up and running, here are a few things to watch at the outset:HARD FEELINGS? It appeared that Durant was on his way to mending some fences in Oklahoma City after he left the organization to join Golden State last season. But the fence posts may have been torn down again when Durant disparaged the Thunder team and coach Billy Donovan as the biggest reasons he left to join the Warriors. Durant has since apologized , but the topic will likely come up again when he speaks to the media on Friday. And it should be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook has anything to say about it when the Thunder open early next week.CP3 ARRIVES: The most intriguing roster experiment this year may be in Houston, where GM Daryl Morey is teaming James Harden with Chris Paul in a star-studded backcourt. Harden finished second in the MVP voting last season after moving from shooting guard to point guard and now will have to move back to accommodate Paul. Both players are used to having the ball in their hands and orchestrating the offense, so there will likely be some feeling-out that needs to be done in camp. The two have already appeared in a television commercial together, so they’re off to a running start.KYRIE’S MOVE: The biggest headline in a wild offseason was Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade from the Cavaliers. He landed in Boston in a move that could define his legacy, the All-Star who didn’t want to play with LeBron James. Irving did little to shed light on his motives in an enigmatic interview with ESPN and likely will be bombarded with questions about it at media day. How the Celtics handle the early crush of attention and move past Irving’s exit from Cleveland could play a big role in their ability to truly challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference.CRASH COURSE: The Timberwolves are one of the teams that made significant roster changes this summer after a disappointing 31-win season in Tom Thibodeau’s first year as coach. They added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford while trading away Ricky Rubio in an offseason overhaul aimed at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought at 13 seasons. Thibodeau asked owner Glen Taylor to allow the team to hold training camp in San Diego before they head out to China to get them away from the distractions of home and allow them to bond in a preseason that only includes three games. That Butler and Gibson played for Thibodeau with the Bulls should help that transition, but it will no doubt be a process worth watching.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody 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. Golden State will be the headliner in China, just like it has been in the NBA for the last three seasons.And the Warriors open camp this season with a major advantage over everyone else that goes above and beyond the sheer talent the organization has assembled with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green.While the rest of the league spent the entire summer scrambling to upgrade in a desperate attempt to enter Golden State’s stratosphere, the Warriors return almost the entire roster from the team that won its second championship in three seasons. In fact, Golden State should only be better this year because it will not have to spend part of the early season figuring out how to incorporate Durant’s game with three other All-Stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMeanwhile, teams like the Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves and Celtics will need all of the preseason and then some to get on the same page with the new stars in town.There will be no such orientation process in Golden State. Free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi will have to acclimate, but that is a lot easier to do when Durant and Curry are showing them around. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Pole dancing eyes Olympics after recognition by sports body

first_img“We warmly welcome our first observers,” he said. “This is an exciting time for them and for us and we will do everything within our remit to help them realise their full potential as international federations within the global sports family and, one day, maybe become part of the Olympic programme.“The new sports debuting at Tokyo 2020 and at the Buenos Aires Youth Olympics are evidence that the pathway is there.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Liverpool thrashes Maribor 7-0 in Champions League 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 LATEST STORIES View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “In the early 2000s people started doing it as fitness and taking away the sex stigma, so no high heels and making it accessible for average people,” she told the paper.“Pole dancing is not like everyone thinks it is — you need to actually watch it to understand.“Competitions started but they were very amateur, with friends of friends doing the judging. My goal initially was to make it more professional.“I feel like we have achieved the impossible. Everyone told us that we would not be able to get pole dancing recognised as a sport.”GAISF president Patrick Baumann said the Olympics could be in reach.ADVERTISEMENT (FILES) This file photo taken on March 31, 2017 shows Candice Jabur competing in the Amateur Division Competition at the 5th Annual US Pole Dance Championship March 31, 2017 at the Symphony Space Theater in New York City.Pole dancing has been recognised by an international sports body and organisers hope they can take it all the way to the Olympic Games. The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) was this month awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) along with bodies representing armwrestling and dodgeball. Observer status is designed as a first step towards full GAISF membership. Observers are assisted in areas such as becoming compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency rules and receiving the required recognition from National Olympic Committees./ AFP PHOTO / TIMOTHY A. CLARYPole dancing has been recognized by an international sports body and organizers hope they can take it all the way to the Olympic Games.The International Pole Sports Federation (IPSF) was this month awarded observer status by the Global Association of International Sports Federations (GAISF) along with bodies representing armwrestling and dodgeball.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Observer status is designed as a first step towards full GAISF membership. Observers are assisted in areas such as becoming compliant with World Anti-Doping Agency rules and receiving the required recognition from National Olympic Committees.IPSF president Katie Coates said the move would allow the sport to develop further internationally.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“In just eight years we have created a sport, ignited a global following and inspired a new generation of sportsmen, women and children,” she said. “I am thankful to the IPSF and GAISF teams and excited about the future of our sport.”Speaking to Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper, Coates said she was confident the event would become a regular fixture at the Olympics. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Thomas starting soon with Cavs but will miss Boston game

first_imgThomas has already been ruled out for Wednesday’s game at Boston. /cbb OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Thomas missed the Cavs’ first 36 games while recovering from a hip injury that knocked him out of last season’s playoffs with Boston. Thomas was traded to the Cavs during the offseason in the blockbuster swap for Kyrie Irving. He will initially come off the bench for the Cavs, but could be starting as early as this weekend.The Cavs are at Orlando on Saturday.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 folkCoach Tyronn Lue said Thomas’ minutes will be restricted as he works himself back into playing shape.“Once the minutes restriction is off, once the back-to-back thing is off and he’s able to play a lot of minutes, then it’s going to be different,” Lue said. “For now, we’re just happy to have him back and see who works well together, what happens and just go from there.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Cleveland Cavaliers’ Isaiah Thomas warms up before an NBA basketball game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Cleveland. APCLEVELAND, United States — The seven-month wait for Isaiah Thomas is almost over.The All-Star point guard is making his debut with Cleveland on Tuesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, returning to the floor for the first time since May 19.ADVERTISEMENT Mediocrity has no place in 2018 asiad Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

NLEX guard Kevin Alas out for 8 months due to ACL injury

first_imgMOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments NBA fines Pelicans coach Gentry, Pistons Van Gundy for ref rants Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters PBA IMAGESKevin Alas is expected to out for the next eight months after tearing his ACL in his right knee.The NLEX guard confirmed the news after meeting with esteemed orthopedic Dr. Raul Canlas on Monday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Alas said he felt his “knee lock and buckle” as he made his move to the rim.NLEX lost the game, 87-78, as Magnolia took a 3-2 series lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals.Alas’ absence is huge for the Road Warriors. He averaged 9.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 4.0 assists in the first four games of the series.Without the 26-year-old guard, the burden of the playmaking duties will now be on the shoulders of super rookie Kiefer Ravena.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Initial diagnosis of Dr. Canlas is an ACL tear. I’ll be out for eight months, but I have a scheduled MRI at 2 p.m. for further analysis,” he said.Coach Yeng Guiao also shared the bad news, saying, “He’s already out for the series.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAlas hurt his right knee when he drove against Magnolia’s Mark Barroca and Paul Lee 40 seconds into Game 5 on Sunday. He tweaked his knee and writhed in pain.He was immediately taken back to the dugout.last_img read more

Wizards finish eighth in East after close loss to Magic

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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Rodney Purvis scored 16 points to lead Orlando, while Mario Hezonja finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and six assists.Arron Afflalo hit five of six shots in the second quarter in leading Orlando to a 55-45 halftime lead.Washington regained the lead early in the fourth quarter, but a 3-pointer by Purvis put Orlando ahead to stay at 84-81. After a layup by Beal pulled the Wizards to within two at 86-84 with 4:34 left, they went more than three minutes without scoring while Orlando pulled ahead by 10.Brooks decided to rest guard John Wall, who had played 36 minutes in Tuesday night’s win over Boston.“Let’s face it, any time you lose one of the best players in the league, it puts your team in a tough position,” Brooks said. “We’re a different team with him, like any team would be. He’s dynamic, he’s explosive, gets easy points for all of us.”ADVERTISEMENT Washington Wizards’ Jodie Meeks (20) drives around Orlando Magic’s Arron Afflalo (4) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)ORLANDO, Fla. — The Washington Wizards went cold in the final quarter of their final game of the regular season — and it cost them.The Wizards shot 5 for 25 in the fourth quarter and 34 percent for the game, losing 101-92 to the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night and finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference playoff seeding.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “We just couldn’t make any shots tonight. Nobody had a shot fall consistently other than Jodie (Meeks),” coach Scott Brooks said. “The Magic made the plays when they wanted, when they needed to, and we didn’t. They played better than us tonight.”Meeks came off the bench with five 3-pointers to score a game-high 18 points for Washington, which lost five of its final six games. A win would have pulled the Wizards (43-39) up to seventh place and a first-round playoff series against Boston. Instead, they will play Toronto in the opening round.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“I was telling the guys in the locker room that we don’t condone any losses, but we throw this one out. We move on,” said Bradley Beal, who scored 13 points. “We shot ourselves in the foot. We have done it all year.“Now we are the eighth seed and we just have to go and compete.”center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Easy points weren’t easy to come by Wednesday night.“To see us take a playoff team that needed a win and hold them to 34 percent shooting, I’m very proud of that,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said.The Magic (25-25) played the second half without Aaron Gordon, Nikola Vucevic, D.J. Augustin and Bismack Biyombo, who combined for 26 points and 10 rebounds in the first half.“It doesn’t mean much, but it’s always better than losing,” Vucevic said.Magic forward Marreese Speights was ejected with 8:59 left in the third quarter after elbowing Marcin Gortat in the face while both were walking up the court. A double technical was called on the play.BATTLE-TESTED?Gortat said the Wizards are confident first-round underdogs. “We have a team with a lot of veterans. We’ve been playing together a long time and we have been in big battles in the past,” he said. “We need to play our game with a lot better effort than we did today.”TIP-INSWizards: F Otto Porter did not play because of a lower right leg strain. Brooks said Porter’s playoff availability is undetermined. … Beal started all 82 games this season.Magic: With 13 3-pointers, a team record was set with 844 for the season, three more than in 2009-10. “We’re just catching up with the rest of the league,” Vogel said. … Biyombo played in all 82 games and has missed only one game in the last three seasons.UP NEXTWizards: First round of the playoffs against Toronto.Magic: End of season. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Butler, Towns tow T-wolves into playoffs, oust Nuggets in OTlast_img read more

BanKo-Perlas, Pocari in crucial matches as race for semis berths heats up

first_imgDepending on who emerges victorious on Wednesday’s doubleheader, the race to the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference will either finally clear up or get all the more muddled.BanKo-Perlas and Iriga-Navy duel at 6 p.m. at Filoil Flying V Centre with the Perlas Spikers hoping that the combination imports Kia Bright and Jutarat Montripila and an enviable local crew will help them clinch at least a playoff for the last two semifinal berths.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 Who fears for legendary Manny Pacquiao? The Lady Oragons, meanwhile, hope to ride the momentum of a five-set win over Tacloban against BanKo-Perlas, who will have to deal with Lauren White and Macy Ubben.Pocari and BaliPure, meanwhile, cross swords at 4 p.m. hoping to get back on track with their semifinal bids after getting derailed by crushing defeats the last time out.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 crownWith a stellar local crew behind her, Madeline Palmer hopes to rebound from a poor stint against BanKo-Perlas and provide steady firepower support to fellow import Arielle Love.Pocari locals Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, Iari Yongco, Wendy Semana, Del Palomata and Angel Antipuesto are expected to have an edge over their young counterparts who form the core of National U’s girls’ squad: Joyme Cagande, Faith Nisperos, Mhicaela Belen, Princess Robles and Alyssa Solomon. 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ View comments What BaliPure yields in local edge, however, it can more than make up for via imports Janisa Johnson and Alexis Matthews.Meanwhile, Air Force guns for a second straight win and a share of the lead with idle PLDT as it tangles with Instituto Estetico Manila (0-1) at 1 p.m. in the lone match in the men’s side.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

A win for Balkman’s 34th birthday

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Mike Bryan wins Wimbledon for 17th Slam, 1st without brother The Puerto Rican, though, had a fairly easier outing with 13 points and 11 rebounds with the rest of the Beermen taking charge.Balkman said that they can’t get too ahead of themselves as they still have to win two more games to advance to the title round.“I mean, you got to take it one game at a time,” said Balkman. “I’m really motivated to go to the finals but we got two more left.”As for the real celebration of his birthday, Balkman said he will go on a short break later in the year.“I’ll save my celebration later this year when I get a couple of days off and when I’m not playing basketball,” said Balkman. “What counts right now is winning a championship and everybody already told happy birthday to me. It was a great win for us and it’s a great day for me.”ADVERTISEMENT Renaldo Balkman may not have had 34 birthday candles or a celebratory cake, but he’ll take the win on his 34th birthday anytime.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names San Miguel took the first game of its five-game semifinals series against Alaska in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup, moving closer to another finals return.“It’s always good when you get the win and celebrate your birthday at the same time,” said Balkman Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. “I wish it was a championship that we won on my birthday but we got a long series left.”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’Prior to the game against the Aces, Balkman had been on a tear in the offensive end, putting up 29.64 points while grabbing 13 rebounds a game.READ: San Miguel draws first blood against Alaska as Standhardinger returns Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more