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first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ So overpowering were the Aces that they needed just two quarters to dump the Dyip and score a second straight breakaway win.Do-it-all forward Vic Manuel had 20 of his 26 points in 11 minutes during that span and Antonio Campbell added 18 before finishing with 22 points as Alaska took a 73-37 lead at the half.“It was a great team effort, but I have to give credit to the way we defended out there,” said Compton after the Aces tied GlobalPort (2-1) in the tight race to secure a crucial spot in the quarterfinals.“I’m thankful that we’re able to do the things we did in practice and I believe we can get better as we play more games in the tournament,” said Manuel, who also starred in their blowout win against Blackwater, in Filipino.Meanwhile, June Mar Fajardo, Terrence Romeo, and Kiefer Ravena will face their teammates in the National team during the final phase of the three-stage PBA All-Star game on May 27 in Iloilo City.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ After wingman Kevin Racal swished a three for a 36-point Alaska spread, Columbian head coach Ricky Dandan couldn’t help but stare blankly on the floor, searching for answers.ADVERTISEMENT Melecio on target as La Salle rips foe Both Ravena and Fajardo played big for the national team in the first two windows of the ongoing Fiba World Cup qualifiers. A nagging knee injury, however, prevented Romeo from suiting up in the tournament. But the TNT star has been part of the Gilas program for quite some time.For now, the three will start for the Visayas All-Stars to be handled by Magnolia coach Chito Victolero, along with Barangay Ginebra big man Greg Slaughter and Rain or Shine star James Yap.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He found none. And after a promising start to the conference, Columbian crashed hard against an Aces squad that never let up in cruising to a 134-103 victory Friday night in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Meralco made it a night of routs, peeling away early and punishing sister team NLEX, 106-90, in the other game.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 crownChris Newsome was a beast on both ends of the floor and drew a lot of support from the Meralco backcourt of Baser Amer, Mike Tolomia and Anjo Caram to crack NLEX.The Bolts are now tied with the Aces and idle GlobalPort (2-1) after sending the Road Warriors to a third straight setback. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMClast_img

More confident Joshua Pacio faces Naito in ONE title rematch

first_imgThat is something Pacio is going to be on a lookout for on Saturday.Joshua Pacio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netREAD: Pacio guns for ONE strawweight title in Naito rematch“Coach Mark [Sangiao] has repeatedly reminded me ‘Never give your back.’ Once they get your back, it’s going to be hard to escape,” said the 22-year-old Benguet native.Team Lakay also formulated a different game plan against the Japanese foe this time, with Pacio looking to be the aggressor in his bid to snag another belt for the Filipinos in the promotion.Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio is looking snag the ONE Strawweight title from Naito. pic.twitter.com/Rwvnu3H7Aq— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 20, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “During our last match, what I practiced mostly on was takedown defense, running—hit and run. But now, we focused on wrestling offense. If there’s a chance I can take him down, I’ll do that. If there’s a chance we can be aggressive in our ground game, we’ll also do that.”Pacio, though, recognized that Naito has also improved on his weaker points, mainly his striking, in the last two years where the 34-year-old Japanese fighter fought fellow champion Alex Silva twice.“His weakness is striking but I can see that he has improved. I’m not going to relax because of that, but we have a game plan to target three points and that’s what I’m going to execute.”The Pacio-Naito rematch headlines an action-packed fight card which also features two other Filipino fighters in Danny Kingad and Jomary Torres. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ FIFA to upgrade flights, raise prize money for Women’s World Cup LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptioncenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew But more than the additional experience, it’s a whole new level of confidence that the Team Lakay fighter is going to be bringing to their rematch on Saturday in the main event of the ONE: Conquest of Heroes here.READ: GALLERY: Pacio, Naito face off ahead of ONE: Conquest of HeroesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“The biggest thing that I’m going to be bringing with me this time is my confidence,” said Pacio in Filipino on Thursday during the open workout at Jakarta Muay Thai.Team Lakay’s Joshua Pacio and Yoshitaka Naito face off at ONE: Conquest of Heroes open workout today pic.twitter.com/eqwyKlxnIo— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) September 20, 2018A mistake that proved to be costly allowed the erstwhile undefeated Naito pin Pacio down and finish him with a rear naked choke in the third round of their title bout in Myanmar.ADVERTISEMENT JAKARTA—In the two years since he last faced Yoshitaka Naito, Joshua Pacio has established himself as one of the top fighters in the strawweight division.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img

James Harden has 2nd straight triple-double, Rockets top Grizzlies

first_imgView comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Harden, who had 50 points in a triple-double in the Rockets’ victory over the Lakers on Thursday, recorded his 10th assist on a pass to Clint Capela with 21.3 seconds left as the Grizzlies tried to trap defensively in hopes of whittling the Houston lead in the final minute.Asked if he would have gotten the assist without the Memphis defensive pressure, Harden replied with a sly grin through his thick, black beard : “That’s a good question. You never know, right?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissCapela’s basket gave him 26 points to go with 10 rebounds. Gerald Green scored 17 points.Mike Conley led Memphis with 22 points, while Marc Gasol added 17 points and nine rebounds. JaMychal Green had 13 points. The Rockets made 13 3-pointers, near their average, compared to only five for the Grizzlies.“We’ve got to do a better job of getting there,” Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said of his team’s 3-point defense. “We’ve got schemes in place to protect us from those, and we were just late in our rotations.”The Rockets appeared to be coasting in the fourth, holding a 15-point lead with about 7 minutes remaining, but Memphis clicked off a 14-5 run to cut it to 97-91. But the Grizzlies got no closer.The run was fueled by rookie Jevon Carter making his first appearance of the season. He finished with 11 points with a couple of steals and a blocked shot. His defense sparked the Grizzlies’ rally that at least made the ending interesting.“It was just good to be out there,” Carter said of his debut, when he guarded Harden and Chris Paul. “It was fun. I’m a competitor. I want to play against the best and at this level, that’s just what it’s going to be night-in and night-out.”ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) controls the ball against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)MEMPHIS, Tenn. — James Harden may be getting on a roll, notching his second straight triple-double to help the Houston Rockets grab their third consecutive win.Harden had 32 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and the Rockets weathered a fourth-quarter burst to beat the Grizzlies 105-97 on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img A trio of 3-pointers by Gerald Green reversed the momentum gained when Memphis scored 11 straight points to open the third period. Green collected 12 points in the third, helping Houston maintain a 79-65 lead in the fourth.“Gerald Green came in and gave us a boost,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “It was something that he was missing in the first half, like he was out of wind.”TIP-INSRockets: G Eric Gordon, who was listed as questionable because of left knee soreness, scored four points. . Capela reached at least 20 points for the ninth time this season. … Harden has 38 triple-doubles for his career. It was his first against the Grizzlies. … Paul finished with 10 points and 10 assists.Grizzlies: F Kyle Anderson did not play due to a left ankle sprain suffered in the fourth quarter of Friday’s loss to Miami. Anderson’s absence ended a streak of 25 straight games where Memphis used the same starting lineup: Anderson, Gasol, Conley, Garrett Temple and rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. Shelvin Mack started in Anderson’s place.FIRST IMPRESSIONSCarter’s debut drew nice reviews from Harden, particularly regarding the rookie’s defense. “He’s very active. . He plays his butt off,” Harden said. “He is everywhere on the floor. He did an unbelievable job of pressing me and Chris up the floor, creating some defense to offense.”NON-TRADE TALKFriday night’s three-team trade that never happened still was buzzing before the game. The Grizzlies’ MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden were believed to be headed to Phoenix after the trade talks surfaced Friday night.Instead, confusion over whether the Grizzlies were including MarShon or Dillon Brooks killed the Memphis part of the deal, leading to a lot of talk on Saturday. Memphis coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he apologized to the players. MarShon Brooks still expressed his confusion over the circumstances. His mother learned of the trade near the end of Friday’s night’s game with Miami, even trying to tell him of the report from her seat in the stands. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 “It’s a little awkward, you know. I’m a human,” Brooks said. “I’ve got feelings. I’m not just numb to the situation.“I don’t know how it happened. I guess (the general managers) were in a group text or something.”UP NEXTRockets: Host Utah on Monday.Grizzlies: Open a four-game road trip on Monday at Golden State.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Canelo Alvarez stops Rocky Fielding in 3rd round for 3rd division title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlelast_img

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