Amid ‘very low’ morale in Gilas camp, Standhardinger prepares to fill very big shoes

first_img‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Christian Standhardinger, the 6-foot-7 stand-in for Blatche will try to keep some light of hope burning for the country.“I’m going to be ready,” the Filipino-German vowed.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’He better be.Not only is he anchoring the middle for the Philippines—a team traditionally devoid of a low-block threat in a frontline-heavy Asian hardcourt—in the Fiba Asia, he’ll also be pulling off double duty. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return “I thought we had 12 days of practice and right, we have 12 days practice—except not with the whole team. We’re still not complete so it’s gonna be very, very difficult,” Reyes said. “That’s the tough part with this Fiba Asia. We’re going to go into a tournament, into a war and we’re never complete.”Still, Reyes is hoping that the individual greatness of these players will be enough to deliver results.“You know these guys. They never quit, they never give up. Hopefully, we can spring some surprises come Fiba Asia,” he said.Also doing double duty for the country is Carl Cruz, who will see action in the SEA Games in Kuala Lumpuer and in the Fiba Asia.“It’s going to be tiring, but opportunities like this are rare. You can’t mind fatigue if it’s for the country,” said Cruz in Filipino.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Odom opens up about brush with death 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Standhardinger is also in the lineup of the Gilas Pilipinas squad that will do battle in the Southeast Asian Games.“I feel very honored that I’ll play for two tournaments for the Philippines. I think that means that the coaches like what they see or they wouldn’t let me participate in both. I’m going to try my best to help win us as a whole to win both tournaments,” Standhardinger said.Blatche made his official announcement via a brief Instagram post on Wednesday: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity, the love, and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join. I don’t expect for many people to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.”Standhardinger will try to fill in for the 30-year-old Blatche, huge shoes that are not easily filled.And he even doesn’t have time to prepare for it.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes admitted that the atmosphere in the national team camp turned dark after Andray Blatche opted to sit out the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“[Our confidence is] very, very low. I mean, we’re going to fight, and we’re going to fight like hell, but we have to manage expectations,” he said as the national team resumed team practices Thursday at Upper Deck Gym in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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Cohesive national volleybelles return from Japan

first_imgKawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans They will fly to Kuala Lumpur Aug. 18 for the Southeast Asian Games to reboot the country’s campaign in the regional game where the Filipinos used to lord it over.Reyes said that in Okayama and Osaka, they had managed to forget who they were back home. “We are just one team, no superstars, no big names.”The players also napped together on the same court they practice drills, helping them know each other very well.Completing the squad are Kim Fajardo, Aiza Pontillas, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, Denden Lazaro, Kim Dy, Dawn Macandili, Ces Molina and Gen Casugod.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 View comments LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets MOST READ “This is a collection of superstars that is now working as one team,” said Vicente. “This is a good start because they will be playing together for the next three years.”The Nationals, training particularly to develop speed, blocking and floor coverage that Japanese clubs are known for, also came home with victories in friendlies against Kobe Shinwa, Kansai University and Osaka Superiors.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’But more importantly, Vicente said he was delighted to watch superstars Mika Reyes, Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Aby Maraño and Jovelyn Gonzaga working seamlessly on plays.They will see action in the Asian Seniors Championships in Biñan, Laguna, on Aug. 9 to 17, hoping to at least make the quarterfinals which would ensure a spot in the Asian Cup next year. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Surcenter_img PH Women’s National Volleyball team. Photo by Bong LozadaThe Philippine national women’s volleyball team, the most sought-after squad these days, has finally developed chemistry after 17 days of training in Japan.Arriving in the country Wednesday, head coach Francis Vicente said he was impressed with how the players developed camaraderie despite coming from different teams and leagues.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Chot uncovers Gilas gems in Jones Cuplast_img read more

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Ex-NBA player sentenced to prison for selling stolen guns

first_imgCHICAGO — An eight-year prison sentence has been handed to a former Boston Celtics player found guilty of receiving guns stolen off a freight train in Chicago.Nate Driggers was found guilty in April of being a convicted felon in possession of stolen guns.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Break new ground A costly, catty dispute finally settled A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson to Año: Probe, unmask cops in overpriced speed guns PLAY LIST 02:29Lacson to Año: Probe, unmask cops in overpriced speed guns01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend TOTAL Excellium revs up for the third leg of the Toyota Vios Cup Evidence presented at trial showed the 44-year-old Driggers bought 30 of 111 Rugers stolen by gang members in 2015 from a rail car parked in a rail yard and quickly resold 29 of them. Only 19 guns have been recovered.In asking for the maximum sentence of 10 years, prosecutors said Driggers’ actions have contributed to the “very dark place” Chicago finds itself in when it comes to gun violence.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogDriggers on Thursday again denied ever selling guns.Drafted by Celtics in 1996, Driggers appeared in 15 games that season. View commentslast_img read more

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FEU pushes shorthanded UST to brink of elimination

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? The Tamaraws also shot 52 percent from the field and converted 11 of their 26 three-point attempts.“The team shot the ball well today, and more than that I like our unselfishness as they looked for each other,” said Racela in Filipino. “It’s a good win for us and it’s just unfortunate that UST played without its top two players.”Akomo, who’s down with the flu, averages a double-double for UST with 10.4 points and 13.4 rebounds with 2.5 blocks per outing while Sta. Ana, who injured his shoulder in practice, puts up 13.9 points and 4.4 assists per game.Ken Tuffin scored 14 points off the bench to lead FEU while Arvin Tolentino added 13 points.Wendell De Guzman led the Growling Tigers with 17 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists while Jeepy Faundo also had his double-double of 17 points and 13 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Swing and a miss: Yankees in another 0-2 playoff hole Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FILE – FEU’s Arvin Tolentino shoots against two UST defenders during their game in the first round of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University showed no remorse in handing depleted University of Santo Tomas its ninth straight loss with a merciless 96-70 beating in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Tamarws improved to 5-4, stopping its two-game skid, to take a temporary hold of the fourth spot pending the result of the game between University of the Philippines and De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments The Growling Tigers, who are one of the most successful collegiate basketball programs in the country with 18 UAAP titles, dropped to 0-8 and is now one loss away from getting eliminated from the Final Four race.FEU practically ended the match as early as the first half taking a 26-point lead, 53-27, against a UST side that played without forward Jordan Sta. Ana and center Steve Akomo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAxel Iñigo then capped off the Tamaraws’ 13-3 run at the start of the third quarter that gave FEU a 66-30 lead at the 7:45 mark.FEU head coach Olsen Racela praised his team’s eagerness to distribute the ball and look for the open man as the Tamaraws dished out 27 assists, more than double of UST’s 12.last_img read more

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Terrence Romeo insists injury is main reason for Gilas absence

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Photo from Fiba.comAmid all the questions about his absence, Terrence Romeo insisted that it was his nagging knee injury and not anything else that prevented him from joining Gilas Pilipinas in the to the 2019 Fiba World Cup.Romeo, an integral piece of the national team, broke his silence and declared his support for his brothers hours before the Filipinos take on Japan in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brazil striker Robinho given nine-year term in Italy for rape Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny He also credited the Gilas program for his growth as a player.“My family and the people close to me knows that I’m indebted to Gilas because it’s here where I became disciplined, where I fast-tracked my maturity in basketball,” he said.Romeo was in and out of training camp for the first leg of the Asian qualifiers before eventually missing the last few days of training.Days before the team left for Japan, head coach Chot Reyes said he was still hopeful that Romeo could join the trip, but when it was clear that he was definitely out, he was not anymore included in the Final 12 for the game.Romeo, though, vowed to the national team mentor that he’ll be back better than ever.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “Brothers, even though I’m not there fighting with you, you’re always part of my prayers. That’s all I can give right now and like what I told coach Chot when I excused myself, this is not the last time I’ll be playing for the nation. Once I’m 100-percent again, I’ll try out, and if I’m still deserving at that time, I’ll still give all my heart to play for the country,” he said.Romeo is one of the biggest omissions from the national team in this first leg, as the speedy playmaker from FEU averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.Without him, much of the playmaking and scoring load will fall on the shoulders of Jayson Castro, as well as substitutes Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas for the game against Japan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The sly guard set the record straight in an Instagram post that his knee contusion was the main reason for his absence and that “no one else can stop me from playing for the country aside from my injury.” View commentslast_img read more

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Lyle scores career-high 26 as Nuggets beat Jazz 99-91

first_imgJarencio leaves door open for UST: ‘I’m just here’ Donovan Mitchell had 15 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, Ricky Rubio also scored 15 points and Derrick Favors had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Utah. The Jazz have lost 12 of 15 since starting the season 13-11.The game was tied at 56 when Murray hit a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw to start a 20-5 Denver run. Nikola Jokic, who missed his first four shots of the third quarter, capped the run with his first 3-pointer to give the Nuggets a 76-61 lead with 3:37 left in the third.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 folkLyles converted a three-point play to extend the lead to 17, and Will Barton’s 3-pointer in the final minute of the period gave Denver an 84-65 lead heading into the fourth.The lead was 21 early in the fourth before Utah made a run to close within eight in the final minute. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, goes up to shoot over Utah Jazz guard Ricky Rubio, back left, of Spain, and forward Thabo Sefolosha, of Switzerland, in the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Trey Lyles scored a career-high 26 points, Jamal Murray also had 26 points and the Denver Nuggets beat the Utah Jazz 99-91 on Friday night.Lyles also grabbed seven rebounds. He averaged 21 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two home games against his former team to help the Nuggets split the season series with the Jazz. Denver outscored the Jazz 38-16 in the third quarter after trailing by three at halftime.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

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Amid Ginebra’s injury woes, Cone expects more from Ferrer, Mariano

first_imgBarangay Ginebra has not been the picture of excellence with its current situation in the PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We wanted them to step up but they just haven’t been capable of playing in the level we want them to yet.”Ginebra faced Phoenix without 7-foot center Greg Slaughter, who is recovering from a strained hamstring he suffered in practice, and forward Joe Devance, who is still recuperating from a foot surgery.What’s left of the team is a bench that has yet to fill in the gap of the two big men.“We’re grasping at straws and see who steps up and plays well but we’re not finding any straws,” said Cone whose team mustered to outscore Phoenix 29-12 in the fourth but still came up short.“It’s been a tough stretch, you don’t want to play this badly when you got a couple of guys go down. You still want to come out.”ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View comments LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Geje Eustaquio exacts revenge, wins ONE interim flyweight title OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Gin Kings just lost in disappointing fashion to Phoenix, 87-82, in the PBA Philippine Cup and that blow saw them slip to their third straight loss for a 2-3 record.And as Ginebra continues to struggle with injuries, head coach Tim Cone said his remaining players isn’t hauling the weight he expected them to do.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“We haven’t played well. We haven’t responded well to being undermanned. We expected guys to step up specifically Aljon [Mariano] and Kevin [Ferrer],” said Cone Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.READ: Phoenix holds on as Ginebra comeback fizzles  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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

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TNT halts Kia to climb to third seed

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson RR Garcia came up big in the clutch and scored on back-to-back layups that gave the KaTropa an 89-83 lead and put the game away with 44 seconds left .The KaTropa, who improved to 4-3, could not establish a notable margin for much of the game and even trailed the Picanto, 62-58, late in the third quarter.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 folkTNT kicked it into overdrive early in the fourth quarter after Jayson Castro capped off a 23-8 run with a three-pointer that put them up 81-70 with 6:35 left in the game.“I was saying to my team that Kia is unpredictable and dangerous, I don’t think our players got that message for today’s game,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela. “We were cruising along and Kia really played well.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year NCAA volleyball: Alvarez scores season-high as JRU bolsters Final 4 bid RELATED VIDEO It took the final minute for TNT to shake off persistent Kia, 90-85, to secure the third seed in the PBA Philippine Cup after a close contest Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreakcenter_img LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Racela added he wanted his players to show that they are the better team, and not just think of the idea.“I told the team that ‘obviously we’re the better team, I’d like you all to think that you are the better team than Kia but at the same time it’s not just in your minds, you have to show it on the floor.’”After Kelly Williams gave TNT an 85-77 lead, Jackson Corpuz capped off the Picanto’s 6-0 run to cut the deficit to 85-83 with 1:35 remaining but that proved to be Kia’s last hoorah.Williams put up a game-high 23 points with eight rebounds to lead TNT wile Castro added 22 points and nine boards.Rashawn McCarthy led Kia, which is at the bottom of the standings with a 1-6 card, with 21 points and seven assists while Corpuz added 17 points and eight rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

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Frampton outpoints Donaire in battle of former champions

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carl Frampton delighted his Belfast home crowd with a unanimous points win over fellow former multiple world champion Nonito Donaire. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “Nonito Donaire was dangerous from start to finish. I stuck to the game plan and at times my boxing was beautiful,” Frampton told BT Sport as he looked forward to having a world-title shot at Belfast’s Windsor Park — best known as the home ground of Northern Ireland’s football team.“There is only one thing on my mind at the moment — a world title fight at Windsor Park and I can’t wait to get there.”Frampton, who split from promoter Barry McGuigan last year, before ditching Shane McGuigan, Barry’s son, as his trainer, added: “In the 11th round I was definitely hurt but I survived it and that’s what champions do.“My trainer Jamie Moore deserves a lot of credit, the game plan was perfect. When it got close I needed to use my straighten which I did. I wasn’t in the middle range too much and when I was, I got caught.“But Donaire is a world class fighter and a world class gentleman.“There is not a man on this planet at featherweight who is going to beat me at Windsor Park.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All that was at stake was the World Boxing Organization’s interim featherweight belt, not a fully-fledged title.But by coming out on top by a margin of 117-111 on all three judges’ scorecards, the 31-year-old Frampton kept himself on course for a bout with the winner of next month’s International Boxing Federation title fight between Lee Selby and Josh Warrington.WBO champion Oscar Valdez could also lie in wait for the 31-year-old Frampton, a former world title holder at both super-bantamweight and featherweight.Prior to Saturday’s bout — which just carried on past midnight local time (2300 GMT) — Northern Ireland’s Frampton had rated Donaire, a seven-time world champion across four separate weight classes, as the most “accomplished fighter I have ever faced”.But the 35-year-old Filipino did not appear to be at his very best in Belfast, although he did rock Frampton with several solid punches in the 11th round of 12.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Never in doubt 😏Carl Frampton is declared the winner over Nonito Donaire.A professional display 👊 pic.twitter.com/eAORmDKy3u— Boxing on BT Sport (@BTSportBoxing) April 21, 2018FEATURED 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ADVERTISEMENT Davis stars in Pelicans’ impressive sweep of Trail Blazers View commentslast_img read more

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Wolves can be proud of playoffs; road to return has potholes

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With Butler the resident alpha male in the locker room, the Wolves can no longer be considered an up-and-coming atmosphere where patience with the development of young cornerstones Towns and Andrew Wiggins will be welcomed. With the presence of Butler and the other acquisitions from last year, Taj Gibson, Jeff Teague and Jamal Crawford, there’s clearly a win-now window in place.“They’ve learned what it takes to get yourself to the playoffs,” Butler said. “Now us as a whole, we have to figure out what it takes to win, whenever we get there. No matter what seed we are, that’s what we’re expected to do.”Layden wondered aloud whether the Wolves should have been more aggressive to acquire a new player at the trade deadline in February.“We had a lot of things that went back and forth, and maybe we should’ve done something a little different,” Layden said. “I take responsibility for that, but we’re always looking to push and push and get better.”BUTLER’S HEALTHADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Thibodeau has always leaned heavily on the starters he trusts the most, and this season with the Wolves was no exception. Butler was third in the NBA with an average of 36.7 minutes played per game, and coincidentally or not he missed 23 games, all but two because of trouble with his right knee. Thibodeau said Butler will not need an additional procedure.Butler can also opt out of his contract after next season, without an extension in place.“It’s important for him to feel good about everything that we’re doing here,” Thibodeau said.LONG RANGEThe Wolves actually led the NBA during the playoffs with a 41.3 percent make rate from 3-point range, but part of the problem is a lack of space in the playbook for setting up attempts from beyond the arc. They finished last in the league in the regular season with an average of eight 3-pointers made per game.“I thought our guys in the second half of the season were doing a very good job of looking for opportunities, but we do have to take more,” Thibodeau said.Even owner Glen Taylor, in an interview earlier this month with his hometown newspaper, the Mankato Free Press, openly questioned the lack of improvement.“If other teams can learn to shoot 3s, why can’t we?” Taylor told the Free Press.WINNING WITH WIGGINS?The maximum contract the Wolves gave Wiggins last summer will kick in next season, paying the 23-year-old more than $25 million. There’s no player on the roster who will be under more pressure to be more consistently productive on both ends of the court. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Impressive season lays groundwork for Pacers future In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler, right, watches from the bench during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)MINNEAPOLIS — For the first time since 2004, the Minnesota Timberwolves are entering May without their customary collection of good-luck charms for the NBA draft lottery.The longest-running absence from the playoffs in the league finally over, the Wolves took a significant accomplishment into the summer after their 47-35 record during the regular season tied for the fifth-best in franchise history.ADVERTISEMENT “The experience of the playoffs was huge for him. He did a lot of good things,” Thibodeau said. “I think we saw down the stretch him playing a more complete game, and I think he can build off that.”BJELICANemanja Bjelica, who played both forward spots off the bench and was a relatively productive starter during Butler’s absence, will be a restricted free agent. His playing time was scant during the playoff series, which Thibodeau said was matchup-related.“But I thought overall he played really well for us,” Thibodeau said. “Sometimes you have to put the team first.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Winning in this league is very difficult, and we should understand that,” said president of basketball operations and head coach Tom Thibodeau, who joined general manager Scott Layden on Monday for a wrapup news conference.Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns gave the Timberwolves multiple representatives at the All-Star game for the first time since Kevin Garnett and Sam Cassell in 2004 on their way to the Western Conference finals. That was the most recent postseason appearance until the first round series with Houston tipped off earlier this month. With 16 out of 41 home games declared sellouts, they had their highest number since 1991-92, and local television ratings were way up, too.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 crownStill, in typical Timberwolves fashion, the road to relevancy was not without potholes.Falling in five games to the Rockets was forgivable, considering their opponent had the NBA’s best record, but the Wolves were beaten a total of eight times by the league’s bottom eight teams that all won fewer than 29 games. Win just two of those, and they’re in third place in the West with a much more favorable matchup for the playoffs. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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