Late goals lift Leicester, Chelsea

first_imgLONDON (AP):Premier League leaders Leicester and reigning champions Chelsea needed winning goals in the 89th minute yesterday to keep on track their respective campaigns for the English title and European football next season.Leonardo Ulloa came off the bench in the 78th minute to score the only goal of Leicester’s home game against a Norwich side that looked to have earned a vital point in their battle against relegation.Branislav Ivanovic headed Chelsea’s winner in a 2-1 comeback victory at Southampton, who had previously kept six consecutive clean sheets in the league.Elsewhere, West Ham moved up to provisional fifth place after a 1-0 win over Sunderland in the early kick-off, while Watford were held to 0-0 at home by Bournemouth, and Stoke beat bottom club Aston Villa 2-1. West Bromwich Albion edged Crystal Palace 3-2 in the late game.SENSATIONAL SEASONSceptics have been waiting since late last year for the bubble to burst in Leicester’s sensational season. Bottom of the standings at Christmas in 2014 and top of them at Christmas in 2015, the Midlands club was widely expected to drop points as the season wore on.Two weeks after a 2-1 loss to Arsenal that ended a run of three consecutive wins, Leicester’s title hopes looked set to take another knock at King Power Stadium.Leicester forwards Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez have scored more league goals than the entire Norwich team put together, with 33 to 30. But they were kept in check as Norwich played Leicester at their own game, sitting deep, and then looking to hit the opposition on the break.The tactic worked, at least until Ulloa’s close-range strike put Claudio Ranieri’s side firmly back in the Premier League driving seat.”You cannot always play well. It’s not important to play well or not. It’s important to take points,” Ranieri said.Chelsea trailed to a goal by Shane Long at Southampton just before half-time, but Cesc Fabregas drew the champions level in the 75th and Ivanovic headed the late winner.Along with the points, Chelsea also extended their unbeaten league run since Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December to 11 games.”The Chelsea we want to see is one which reacts to setbacks,” Hiddink said.A single goal was enough for West Ham in the early game against relegation-threatened Sunderland. Winger Michail Antonio scored it by cutting in from the right touchline and muscling past three Sunderland defenders to curl the ball past keeper Vito Mannone. The performance lacked the home side’s recent sparkle, but was enough to win a scrappy game.”We were not flat, but we were not in the red zone,” West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said.”That makes this win even bigger for us. I will never be objective, as I am West Ham manager. But realistically, we deserved three points today.”last_img read more

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first_imgUEFA dismisses doping suspicions LONDON (AP): UEFA has dismissed the notion that drug use may be common among top footballers after a study it commissioned showed a high number of suspicious testosterone levels. The study, which was published in a monthly science journal this month, said high testosterone levels were found in urine samples of 7.7 per cent of the 879 players tested by researchers. Those levels could indicate the use of anabolic steroids. UEFA never publicised the research, which came to light Sunday in a report by German broadcaster ARD, but announced this month that steroid use by players was being added to its biological passport programme this season. “The study simply shows that the introduction of steroidal biological passport in football would be beneficial by offering further analysis possibilities in case of atypical test results,” UEFA said. “UEFA has had a very thorough anti-doping programme for many years with over 2,000 tests a year and only two occurrence of positive tests, both for recreational drugs, which proves that doping in football is extremely rare.” Petrojam top GraceKennedy in shoot-out Petrojam are this season’s champions of the Western Sports-sponsored Kingston and St Andrew Business House football Division One competition. Last Saturday Petrojam beat GraceKennedy 3-2 on penalties in the final. The teams had played to a 1-1 scoreline after extra time. Jarron Richards had given GraceKennedy a 74th minute lead but this was cancelled out by Petrojam’s Adrian Coley in the 83rd. It was Petrojam’s fifth Division One title in six years. In Division Two Peak Bottling blanked Sagicor 2-0. The goalscorers were Maurice Ricketts (41st) and Andrew Morrison (77th). First time entrants Peak Bottling and Sagicor Group are now promoted to Division One after ending the season undefeated. US women rout Haiti 8-0 BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, (AP): Carli Lloyd is still delivering hat-tricks, just on smaller stages than the World Cup final. Lloyd had her second straight three-goal game to lead the United States to an 8-0 victory over Haiti yesterday in a friendly. Lloyd scored all three goals in the first half for her fifth hat-trick and second in three days, then sat out the second half. Lloyd has 14 goals in her last eight matches as the Americans continue their Women’s World Cup victory tour that so far has been a series of routs.last_img read more

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Cricket seeks deeper roots in schools

first_imgDr Donovan Bennett, first vice-president of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA), would like to see the new Government invest more in sports at the early-childhood, primary- and secondary-school levels.This, he said, is a result of the emergence of sports as a bludgeoning industry and one rich with numerous opportunities.”Whoever forms the new Government, I would like to see them take up the responsibility of investing more in sports, primarily at the school level,” said Dr Bennett, who is a medical doctor by professional.”They need to understand that sport has now become an important industry, even as important as academics right now.”It, therefore, needs to be a part of syllabus in schools and be encouraged as a proper career choice and not just an after-school activity,” he added.Dr Bennett, a former coach, manager and now adviser of high-school cricket powerhouse St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS), said neglect at that level was prominent and has been affecting the growth and development of the game.LIMITED FUNDING”Neither the WICB nor the JCA can really afford to fund cricket at the high school level,” he said.”What happens at this level is that cricket is sponsored by a few companies and sometimes individuals.”He expressed that, for example, current national coach, Junior Bennett, and himself used to shoulder the burden for STETHS in the late 1970s and 1980s, and today, the results are there for all to see.For the past two decades, they have been all-island champions and in the process produced West Indies players such as Jerome Taylor, Darren Powell and Nikita Miller.”It is hard to replicate this across the island,” he said of STETHS’ success model.”Most schools can’t afford to employ proper coaches, improve cricket facilities, or attend to good player development.”Meanwhile, Bennett, who is also a director of the West Indies Cricket Board and head of the regional governing body’s medical panel, also pointed to the financial benefits of sports.This, he said, includes occupations such as athletes, coaches and managers, as well as organisers, marketers and sports law executives.”We need to start teaching students about the total value of sports,” noted Bennett.”This includes not only the physical and mental health value, but also its economic value.”He said there is also the role of sports in national and regional development, as evidenced by the success over the years of West Indies cricket.”Cricket has over the years been used to help to shape societal values, norms and practices, and I would like to see that still happen.”For example, while there is a lot of money to be made now from playing cricket, I would like to see players demonstrating more pride, honour and privilege to represent their country and region.These cricket virtues, Bennett expressed, is more than likely to have a greater impact on players if they are taught in schools as part of the curriculum.last_img read more

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Windies Women lose thriller to England

first_imgCRICKET: Women’s Twenty20 World Cup DHARAMSALA, India (CMC): Wicketkeeper Merissa Aguilleira missed a run out as Natalia Sciver and Rebecca Grundy scrambled a bye off the final ball of the game to lift England Women to a one-wicket thriller over West Indies Women in their Group B contest of the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup here yesterday. Chasing a meagre 109 for victory at the HPCA Stadium, England Women appeared en route for a crushing win when their openers Tammy Beaumont (31) and Charlotte Edwards (30) put them in cruise control at 59 without loss in the ninth over. However, both fell in successive overs as England Women dramatically lost their next nine wickets for 47 runs, to set up a nerve-jangling end to the game. Starting the final over on 102 for eight and requiring seven to win, Anya Shrubsole (four) gathered four runs from the first three balls before medium pacer Deandra Dottin bowled her off the fourth delivery. Dottin then agonisingly sent down a wide, before Grundy scampered a single to point to give Sciver the strike. The right-handed Sciver missed the last delivery and Aguilleira missed her throw at the stumps, to hand West Indies Women their first loss as England Women remained unbeaten. Sciver finished on 19 not out from 22 balls, while Grundy was unbeaten on one. The Windies Women’s comeback was engineered by the leg-spin duo of Fletcher, who snatched three for 12 from her four overs and Shaquana Quintyne, who finished with three 16. Captain Stafanie Taylor picked up two for 18 with her off-spin. Earlier, Taylor top-scored with 35 from 47 balls with a single four, while Quintyne struck a breezy 29 from 28 balls with four fours, as West Indies Women prospered early on. Opting to bat first, they lost Hayley Matthews cheaply for nine at nine for one in the second over, but Taylor then anchored two successive partnerships to repair the innings. She put on 41 for the second wicket with Quintyne and a further 52 for the third wicket with Deandra Dottin, who scored 22 from 30 deliveries. However, both stands were slow ones and it meant West Indies Women only reached triple figures in the 18th over. Even so, there was no acceleration as they managed only eight runs from the last two overs. In reply, Player-of-the-Match Beaumont struck five fours and a six in a cameo 23-ball knock and she provided the momentum as Edwards supported with an innings that came from 29 balls with five fours. Once Fletcher trapped Beaumont lbw with the first ball of her second over — the ninth of the innings — the innings quickly declined. Edwards fell in similar fashion to Quintyne in the following over and when Fletcher removed the experienced Sarah Taylor for three in the 11th over at 69 for three, West Indies Women knew they were in with a shout. England are top of the group with six points, while West Indies are second on four points.last_img read more

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Chelsea, Conte standing out as normality returns to EPL

first_imgMANCHESTER, England (AP): In one sense, normality has returned to the English Premier League after the craziness of Leicester’s improbable surge to the title last season. The top six on Christmas Day were the teams most pundits predicted would be challenging for the title: Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester United. There’s nothing normal about Chelsea’s current form, however. After 11 straight wins, Chelsea lead the league by six points from Liverpool, heading into the hectic period of festive fixtures that is unique to British football. Only once — Arsenal in 2001-02, with 13 straight wins — has a top-tier club had a longer winning streak in one season since World War II. In the first year of the “super-coach” era in the Premier League, Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is standing head and shoulders above the rest, although they needed a September switch to his favoured 3-4-3 formation to get the team to click. With a stingy defence (two goals conceded in the last 11 games), a dynamic midfield marshalled by N’Golo Kante and a forward line led by the league’s top scorer, Diego Costa, there are no apparent weaknesses in Conte’s line-up. On current evidence, it’s hard to see how the team from southwest London can be stopped. One thing is for sure, there’ll be no miracle sequel for Leicester in the Premier League. Languishing in 15th place in the 20-team standings, the reigning champions are closer to the relegation zone than the Champions League qualification spots. It’s back to the heavyweights challenging for the title. And Chelsea is the big favourite. One factor is particularly helping Chelsea and Liverpool in their quests for the title: No European competition. Such was the extraordinary nature of last season that neither team qualified for the Champions League or even the Europa League. That failure is now allowing them to focus purely on the domestic games, give their players more rest, and have a full week of preparation for Premier League games. Chelsea haven’t dropped a point since a 3-0 loss at Arsenal on Sept. 24, during which Antonio Conte changed formation to a 3-4-3 and hasn’t looked back. Like Chelsea, Liverpool have two losses so far. Man City are in third place, a point behind Liverpool, as coach Pep Guardiola gets to grips with the physical and non-stop demands of English football, including no rest at Christmas. Arsenal are a further two points back on 34 points in fourth, Tottenham have 33 and Jose Mourinho’s Man United have 30. For United, some 13 points behind Chelsea, the target has already switched from winning the league to securing Champions League qualification with a top-four finish. Chelsea have three tough away games left — at Spurs, Liverpool and United — and is proving adept at eking out 1-0 wins. Four of their last six games have finished with that scoreline, including the last three.last_img read more

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Durham admits Bolts came out ‘lazy’ in Game 1 loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESLUCENA — “We’re just kinda lazy.”That was Allen Durham’s simple explanation on the heels of Meralco’s disappointing 87-102 defeat to Ginebra in Game 1 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals here.ADVERTISEMENT The Bolts struggles were seen all over, from their unusually low 23-percent shooting from three and 39-percent field goal clip, to their 59-40 disadvantage in rebounds.“We didn’t play our game well tonight. We didn’t shoot the ball well at all. You can’t beat a team like Ginebra and not shoot the ball well,” he said. “The whole conference we’ve been rebounding really well, and for whatever reason, we let them grab 22 offensive rebounds. We just didn’t play our game tonight and it showed.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFor all the fanfare of Meralco’s improvements from last season’s runner-up finish in the season-ending conference, it didn’t look like it was a tad bit better in the Game 1 loss on Friday.Durham’s troubles also coincided with the Bolts’ slump as he shot 10-of-22 from the field to wound up with 27 points, 14 rebounds, and eight assists against four turnovers. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Ateneo stops Adamson on its tracks, bags 8th straight win OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ He did give credit to the Gin Kings’s stupendous effort on both ends of the floor in the series opener, saying, “They just came out the better team tonight. They beat us by a lot.”The Bolts made a run in the third quarter and sliced what was once a 17-point lead to as low as four, 71-75 late in the frame, but still sputtered in the end game.“We were off for a little bit, so in the second half, I played a little bit better and we actually fought back in the game. But we had some crucial turnovers and that just killed us. If you turn the ball over against a team like this, they’ll run out and it’s not gonna end well for you,” he said.Durham now shifts his focus to Game 2, where Meralco aims to tie the series a game apiece on Sunday.“We just got to get back to work, try to make the necessary corrections, and get ready for Sunday,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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‘Arthur’ producer wants LeBron to appear on the show after viral meme

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. According to The Win’s Charles Curtis, the post reached “Arthur” producer  Carol Greenwald, who has already reached out to LeBron’s agent about possibly appearing on the show as a guest star. Isaac Go channels inner Paul Desiderio in clutch shot for Ateneo Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Since the post went viral, the Cavs have appeared to have regained their championship form and have won seven of their past eight games, currently on a six-game winning streak.Apart from his possible “Arthur” appearance, it has been confirmed that James will serve as the voice actor of “Gwangi” in the 2018 animated film “Smallfoot.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raRELATED STORY:NBA: Coach Lue defends LeBron’s heavy minutesSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A simple meme on Instagram earned NBA superstar LeBron James an invite to guest-star on a popular children’s TV show.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneKnown for his cryptic posts on social media from time to time, the Cleveland Cavaliers forward-posted a popular image of a closed fist—which comes from the educational series “Arthur”—during the team’s struggles earlier this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “The great thing about what he’s doing here is talking about feelings,” Greenwald told the news outlet. ”One of the things we do is recognize kids have a range of moods and feelings and that it’s not necessarily wrong to feel disappointed or upset. I’d love have LeBron talk to kids about that.”After his shared “Angry Arthur” meme became a hit among netizens, the four-time NBA MVP downplayed any speculations and told ESPN that he was simply a fan of the show.He captioned the post “Mood,” which sparked speculations that he was indeed frustrated with the previous state of the team. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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’last_img read more

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Heat erase 5-point deficit in 34 seconds, stun Hornets

first_imgMiami Heat’s Kelly Olynyk (9) battles Charlotte Hornets’ Michael Carter-Williams (10) and Frank Kaminsky (44) for a rebound during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Kelly Olynyk scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter, including a free throw with 0.2 seconds left, to help the Miami Heat erase a five-point deficit in the final 34 seconds and stun the Charlotte Hornets 106-105 on Saturday night.Wayne Ellington had 26 points on six 3-pointers, James Johnson had 22 points and Olynyk was brilliant down the stretch.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nic Batum scored a season-high 26 points and Kemba Walker had 22 for Charlotte, which had a two-game winning streak snapped.Charlotte led 105-100 when Johnson got free for a dunk. The Hornets inbounded the ball to Batum, but Josh Richardson ripped it from his hands and passed to Johnson, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the wing to tie.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 folkAfter a timeout, Walker missed a driving layup, and Olynyk grabbed the rebound and drove the length of the court. He was fouled by Dwight Howard on a disputed reach-in call and made the second of two free throws.The Heat deflected the ensuing inbound pass as time expired. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The Hornets trailed by eight in the third quarter before Batum got hot. The French shooting guard scored 14 points during a 16-6 run to give the Hornets their first lead since 2-0.Charlotte stretched the lead to 10 to open the fourth quarter, but the Heat battled back behind three 3-pointers from Olynyk to cut the lead to three.TIP INSHeat: Goran Dragic sat out with a bruised knee. … The Heat shot 51 percent from the field in the first half to build a 57-48 lead.Hornets: Howard had 14 points and 15 rebounds for the Hornets.ADVERTISEMENT Shutdown grounds Air Force sports, upends NFL viewing Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UP NEXTHeat: Wrap up a five-game road trip on Monday night at Houston.Hornets: Host Sacramento on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Pliskova beats Vandewegheto win Stuttgart Open

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Pliskova got the break she had been pushing for to lead 3-2, then broke again for 5-2. Vandeweghe broke in turn to prolong the suspense but the Czech successfully took her second chance to close out the game.“I missed a few volleys that I probably would like to have back,” Vandeweghe said. “I’m very proud of my performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Czech Republic’s Karolina Pliskova kisses the trophy after she won the final match against Coco Vandeweghe from the U.S. at the WTA tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, Sunday, April 29, 2018. (Marijan Murat/dpa via AP)STUTTGART, Germany — Karolina Pliskova ended CoCo Vandeweghe’s brilliant week with a 7-6 (2), 6-4 win in the Stuttgart Open final on Sunday.The sixth-seeded Czech held her nerve at key times to win her first title of the season and her 10th overall in just under two hours. Pliskova, who fired 41 aces over four matches on her way to the final, added another 11 against Vandeweghe.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal wins 11th Barcelona title, unbeaten in 46 sets on clay ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Vandeweghe, a wild card entry who defeated defending champion Laura Siegemund and three top 10 players including top-ranked Simona Halep over the week, was bidding to become the first American winner in Stuttgart since Lindsay Davenport in 2005.“Sometimes, your opponent plays too good,” Vandeweghe said. “The only thing I know is I gave everything I had out there today.”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 crownVandeweghe broke Pliskova’s first serve but the Czech answered for 2-2. Both held serve for the tiebreaker, where Pliskova responded to losing the first two points by winning seven straight.Vandeweghe saved a break point to hold serve at the start of the second set, but hurt her right hand when she hit the ground on deuce. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

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Behind China-bound import, blistering Hotshots turn Columbian Dyip into a wreck

first_imgView comments MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Macklin, whose first stint in the PBA was helping Barangay Ginebra finish second to Alaska in the 2013 edition of this conference, spent most of the second half cheering his teammates on after the outcome had been settled early.The Dyip somehow increased speed after McCarthy and Magnolia guard Jio Jalalon got physical early in the fourth, but the huge deficit was just too much to overcome.Columbian took a third loss in six games.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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial With Macklin set to bring his act to China, the Hotshots made the most out of their hardworking import by running over Columbian Dyip, 126-101, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots showcased the kind of firepower that brought them to the Philippine Cup Finals just a couple of months back, working on tearing down the Dyip right from the start.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 crownSean Anthony scored 21 points and GlobalPort’s entire starting unit scored in double figures as the Batang Pier overpowered NLEX, 116-94, in the nightcap.The Batang Pier rose to 3-2 while dealing the Road Warriors a fourth loss in five games. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Blu Girls trip Koreans, enter page system finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Vernon Macklin got a lucrative offer overseas that he couldn’t resist and, as he prepares for his swan song with Magnolia, showed his appreciation to management in style.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul Lee and Mark Barroca combined efforts with Ian Sangalang and Jio Jalalon to complement the inside prowess of Macklin, who had several open looks due to the Columbian’s shoddy defense.When the Dyip fell behind by as many as 32 points early in the second half, Magnolia, the No. 1 defensive team, simply coasted to its second straight win after a shock defeat against Phoenix in its conference debut.Guards Jeremy King and Rashawn McCarthy, who normally fuel the Columbian offense, couldn’t come up with their usual fire mainly due to Magnolia’s suffocating defense that met them up high.Finishing with 19 points and eight rebounds, Macklin will play his last game for the Hotshots against the Meralco Bolts on Friday before jumping to the Chinese Basketball Association.“I play hard in every game I play. You know it’s a tough situation, a bittersweet move that I have to leave my team,” said Macklin.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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