Sparkling Liverpool back in Champions League

first_imgView comments SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Philippines scores gold in lawn bowls men’s fours Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Liverpool’s Emre Can celebrates scoring his side’s first goal during the Champions League qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Liverpool and Hoffenheim at Anfield stadium in Liverpool, England, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)LIVERPOOL, England—Juergen Klopp had just seen his Liverpool team slice open Hoffenheim to score a third goal in the opening 21 minutes when he turned to the celebrating Anfield crowd and roared: “That’s football!”Liverpool returned to the Champions League group stage in some style on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Emre Can scored goals either side of Salah’s tap-in as Liverpool surged 3-0 ahead. The third goal was masterful, with Mane breaking clear, cutting inside and backheeling the ball to Firmino, whose cross to the far post was tucked home on the volley by Can.“I think we’ve scored a few nice goals,” Klopp said of his nearly two years in charge, “but that was outstanding.”With his team now needing five goals to progress, Hoffenheim’s 30-year-old coach, Julian Nagelsmann, threw on an extra attacker in the 24th minute and Mark Uth had an immediate impact, drilling a low shot into the corner four minutes later.Neither defense covered itself in glory in the first half, and the goals kept coming after halftime. Jordan Henderson robbed Hoffenheim captain Kevin Vogt to run through on goal, before passing across for Firmino to slot into the bottom corner in the 63rd.“He was impossible to defend,” Klopp said of Firmino, his deep-lying striker.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games With the attacking trio of Roberto Firmino, Mo Salah and Sadio Mane combining brilliantly, Liverpool beat Hoffenheim 4-2 with a devastating attacking display to seal a return to Europe’s elite club competition after a two-year absence.The Reds advanced 6-3 on aggregate in the qualifying playoff and will be placed in the pot of third seeds in Thursday’s draw.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The start of the game was like a thunderstorm,” Klopp said. “We were so dangerous, so clinical. We could have scored even more.”Hoffenheim is playing in European competition for the first time in its history this season and was swept away on another atmospheric night at Anfield. Sandro Wagner headed in a late goal for Hoffenheim.“We were running around like headless chickens,” Nagelsmann said of his team’s display in the first 30 minutes, “and they were scoring the kind of goals they always score in the Premier League.”“Sometimes,” he added, “you just have to admit your opponent is better.”Liverpool produced its exhilarating performance without star playmaker Philippe Coutinho, who remains unavailable — officially because he is both ill and injured — amid sustained interest from Barcelona.On this evidence, the Reds don’t need him, although their defensive frailties were exposed again, especially on the flank of left back Alberto Moreno.Liverpool joins Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Europa League winner Manchester United as part of a five-strong English representation in the group stage.Here’s a look at the other second legs in the playoffs: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesseslast_img read more

Mike Nieto steps up after twin bro Matt goes down in Game 1

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTwins usually have a distinct bond and brothers Matt and Mike Nieto are no exception. As Matt laid bloodied on the floor after taking an inadvertent elbow from Ben Mbala, his twin brother Mike had to be restrained on the sidelines.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Parental guidance: Playing for fun, dad unwittingly sets Krizziah on lane to greatness Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga talked sense into Mike after the forward threw his towel on the playing floor during the first game of the Finals of the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.“To be honest, when Matt fell down, when Ben hit him with the elbow I felt that I also got hurt,” said Mike in Filipino after the Blue Eagles’ close 76-70 victory Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I didn’t want to see my brother get hurt.”Mike got his moment of vengeance in the fourth, although Matt was already playing after team physicians covered up the wound above the left eye, when he put on a personal 7-0 run that gave Ateneo a 67-59 lead midway through the final frame. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ “I didn’t want to retaliate by hurting La Salle physically or punching them, I just wanted to win the game,” said Mike, who finished with 11 points and five rebounds. “I just got really motivated to win the game when Matt went down and I know he didn’t do it on purpose. I really needed to step up because the game was close and we had to enjoy those types of games.” Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough PLAY LIST 01:28Panelo on Albayalde stepping down: He has had enough00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View commentslast_img read more

Djokovic says he had ‘medical intervention’ on right elbow

first_imgLATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City View comments Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates victory over France’s Gael Monfils during the men’s final tennis match at the ATP Aegon International tennis tournament in Eastbourne, southern England, on July 1, 2017.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic beat France’s Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-4. / AFP PHOTO / Glyn KIRKNovak Djokovic says he had a “small medical intervention” on his bothersome right elbow.The 12-time Grand Slam champion and former No. 1-ranked player wrote on Instagram on Friday: “It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017 because of problems with his racket-swinging right arm, saying it had been bothering him for more than a year.The 30-year-old Serb made a late decision to enter the Australian Open last month, and then was clearly hampered by the elbow in a straight-set loss to Hyeon Chung of South Korea in the fourth round. Djokovic winced and grimaced throughout and took a medical timeout to have his elbow massaged.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rookie Mitchell scores 40, Jazz rout Suns AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Alaska stretches streak to 6, fends off GlobalPort in OT

first_imgPolice teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH ALASKA 105 — Manuel 21, Banchero 16, Casio 16, Abueva 12, Teng 11, Thoss 8, Racal 6, Pascual 5, Cruz 4, Enciso 3, Exciminiano 2, Potts 1, Baclao 0.GLOBALPORT 98 — Pringle 28, Anthony 21, Nabong 15, Grey 10, Guinto 8, Elorde 5, Sargent 5, Taha 4, Gabayni 2, Flores 0, Juico 0, Araña 0.Quarters: 20-26, 43-48, 65-75, 93-93, 105-98. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Alaska held on to outlast GlobalPort, 105-98, in overtime for its sixth straight victory in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center here.Vic Manuel scored four straight points in the extra period to break a 96-deadlock, the last of which was a layup for a 100-96 Alaska edge with 1:47 remaining. That cushion was enough for the Aces’ defense to keep the Batang Pier at bay and tighten their grip of third place with a 6-2 card.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Read Next MOST READ Putting their lackluster showing in the third frame behind, the Aces stormed back in the payoff period, capped off by Abueva and Kevin Racal linking up for the go-ahead undergoal stab, 92-91, with 1:01 remaining.GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong missed from point-blank on the other end, but Abueva could only muster a split from the line with 19.1 seconds left that led to Stanley Pringle’s game-tying drive with 8 seconds remaining to force the extra session.Pringle paced the Batang Pier with 28 points, eight rebounds, and six assists, while Sean Anthony got 21 markers and 14 boards before leaving the game late in OT after twisting his left ankle.Nabong had a double-double with 15 points, 12 rebounds on top of four blocks for GlobalPort, which dropped to 3-4 in the standings.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum Manuel finished with a game-high 21 points, seven coming in the overtime period, to go along with five rebounds off the bench.JVee Casio added 16 markers on 5-of-10 sniping from downtown, on top of four rebounds and five assists while Chris Banchero also got 16 points, four rebounds, and two dimes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCalvin Abueva chimed in a double-double with 12 markers, 12 boards that went with three assists, and two blocks to celebrate his 30th birthday with a win.“We’re so fortunate to come away with this. Hats off to the players. They didn’t give up and they kept on going,” said Alaska coach Alex Compton as Alaska battled back from a 13-point deficit, 62-75, in the third period. Lady Tamaraws ground Lady Eagles in 5 setslast_img read more

Well-rested Wangs-Letran blasts JRU, ends 2-game skid

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Bong Quinto unloaded 13 markers, four boards, and two assists, while Jerrick Balanza came off the bench and poured in 12 points on top of three rebounds, and two dimes for Wangs-Letran, which improved to 3-2.“We just made sure that we correct the mistakes we had in our last two games. Luckily, it gave us a good result and that’s why we got the win,” said coach Jeff Napa.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Couriers slowly broke the game wide open, taking a 32-25 halftime lead which extended to as high as 22, 60-38 late in the third period behind Quinto, who had eight of his team’s 28 points in the frame.Wangs-Letran garnered a huge boost from its bench mob, outscoring JRU, 46-22. PBA IMAGESWangs Basketball-Letran capitalized on its 18-day rest and pounded Jose Rizal University, 73-55, to halt its two-game losing skid Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Christian Fajarito had his best game to date, scattering 15 points and seven rebounds for the Couriers.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Americans over-promise, under-deliver in SKorea Aaron De Guzman led the skidding Heavy Bombers, who suffered their fifth straight defeat, in scoring with 12 points and four rebounds, while Jeckster Apinan had 10 markers and 14 rebounds.The scores:WANGS BASKETBALL-LETRAN 73 — Fajarito 15, Quinto 13, Balanza 12, Batiller 7, Mandreza 6, Ambohot 5, Balagasay 4, Publico 4, Taladua 3, Calvo 2, Yu 2, Trinidad 0, Vacaro 0.JRU 55 — De Guzman 12, Apinan 10, Grospe 10, Mendoza 6, Esguerra 5, Dela Virgen 3, Pontejos 3, Bordon 2, Porter 2, Sawat 2, Ramos 0, Silvarez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 15-14, 32-25, 60-41, 73-55.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Barkley, Griffin shone but Brown didn’t at NFL combine

first_imgPussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Here’s a look at some of the highlights and lowlights of this year’s combine:BARKLEY BLOWS IT UP : Penn State running back Saquon Barkley exceeded lofty expectations in Indianapolis. His 29 reps on the bench press bested Luke Kuechly’s 27. His 4.4 time in the 40-yard dash was better than Ezekiel Elliott’s 4.47 and his 41-inch vertical jump was higher than Odell Beckham Jr.’s 38½.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Oh no, I’m not surprised,” said Nittany Lions linebacker Jason Cabinda, saying he’s seen that kind of dogged determination every day out of Barkley, who could go anywhere in the top five picks depending on the run on quarterbacks.“I’m competitive,” Barkley said, “but I don’t care if I’m drafted 1, 5 or 72 or the last pick, I’m going to come in with my head low ready to work.” BAD, BAD ORLANDO BROWN JR. : The only thing that went well for Oklahoma’s massive tackle Orlando Brown Jr. was the vote of confidence from his Heisman Trophy-winning teammate.“When are you ever going to watch Orlando Brown run 40 yards down the field?” quarterback Baker Mayfield asked. “You can watch last year’s tape and see he allowed zero sacks. I’d say that’s pretty important for a left tackle.”It sure is.But measures matter, too, and Brown’s wretched week will surely cause him to slide down draft boards: He managed just 14 reps on the bench press, lumbered though the 40-yard dash in 5.85 seconds and put up historically poor numbers in the broad and vertical jumps.THIN AT TACKLE : Notre Dame’s Mike McGlinchey is projected as a late first-rounder, but if he falls to the second round, this year’s NFL draft would be the first one in more than a half century without an offensive tackle taken in the first round.The last time that happened was in 1965, and there were only 11 first-round picks that year. The last time a tackle wasn’t selected in the top 32 picks was in 1960, when Len Rohde of Utah State went to the San Francisco 49ers with the 38th overall selection in the fifth round. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Central Florida linebacker Shaq Griffin runs the 40-yard dash during the NFL football scouting combine, Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — All that’s left of the 2018 NFL scouting combine is for the deepest class of defensive backs ever to attend the annual assembly of college prospects to wrap up their testing and timing Monday at Lucas Oil Stadium.Then, they’ll join the other hopefuls in returning home to prepare for their pro days, team visits and the NFL draft in Arlington, Texas, next month.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding GREAT GRIFFIN : Shaquem Griffin did 20 reps on the bench press with a prosthetic left hand in what was by far the best feel-good story of the combine.“My goal was six,” acknowledged Griffin, who almost doubled his previous high of 11 reps and surpassed the 17 his twin brother, Shaquille, managed at last year’s combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected the speedy cornerback in the third round.Griffin is expected to be a mid-rounder like his brother.“This is a legitimate football player,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. “He’s an energy giver.”One who, conversely, fed off the hoots and hollers during his bench press.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosacenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Police search for NFL’s Aldon Smith in domestic abuse case Read Next Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games MOST READ “Everybody in the stands was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said.JACK OF ONE TRADE : Louisville QB Lamar Jackson showed off a strong arm and excellent footwork but also some inconsistency while throwing to receivers Saturday. What he didn’t do was run routes.Many wonder if the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner might be best suited as an NFL receiver, but he insists he’s “strictly a quarterback.”Mayock called Jackson the best and most fascinating athlete in this year’s draft, noting that while his passing game needs plenty of polish, he’s going to have an immediate impact running the football.“He’s Michael Vick,” Mayock said. “He has as good a pair of legs as anybody in the history of the game. And he’s going to win games with his legs.”DARNOLD’S DODGE : USC quarterback Sam Darnold refused to throw at the combine, preferring to show off his arm at his upcoming pro day with receivers he’s used to playing with.“I was a little disappointed Darnold didn’t throw,” Mayock said. “You get a chance to show off a little bit here. This is all about competition. I wonder in his heart of hearts if he missed competing (Saturday). Because the other guys went out and ripped it pretty good.“I thought Josh Allen put on a show.”HURST GOES HOME : Michigan defensive lineman Maurice Hurst Jr., a possible first-rounder, was kept out of drills at the combine after doctors reportedly red-flagged a heart condition. Hurst told Utah defensive lineman Lowell Lotulelei that he had been diagnosed with the same heart condition as Lotulelei’s older brother, Star.Hurst, a 6-foot-2, 280-pound defensive tackle, had 59 tackles and 5½ sacks last season. He also had 13 tackles for loss and has been considered one component of a deep class of defensive tackles in this year’s draft. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

JPV, Kaya score huge wins, keep foes winless

first_imgBREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ San Diego trails Chinese Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV JPV skipper Takashi Odawara accounted for the other goal for the Marikina side, which hiked its tally to six points for fourth spot.Uesato opened the scoring nine minutes before halftime and added another goal just five minutes after the restart. After Odawara struck in the 51st minute, Uesato, playing in his second season with Marikina, completed his hat trick in the 76th minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMintah scored on a penalty and was also involved in the three other goals for the Makati club, which had seven points on two wins, a draw and a loss.Mintah earned the penalty that Adam Reed promptly converted to open the scoring in the 23rd minute, before setting up strike partner Robert Lopez minutes later. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP JPV Marikina and Kaya FC Makati kept Stallion Laguna and Ilocos United winless with emphatic away victories last Wednesday in the Philippines Football League.Japanese striker Takumi Uesato bagged the first hattrick in the history of the league to propel JPV Marikina to a 4-0 triumph at Biñan Football Stadium, while Kaya FC Makati leaned on Ghanaian striker Jordan Mintah’s superb play in a 4-2 drubbing of Ilocos United at Quirino Stadium in Vigan.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast After Filipino-Nigerian striker Chima Uzoka pulled one back for Ilocos, Mintah was back tormenting Ilocos, assisting on Joven Bedic’s goal. Mintah got on the score sheet later on with another penalty, before Uzoka scored from the spot in stoppage time to peg the final score.Ilocos absorbed its second loss in three matches.“It was a time, but you have to expect that the home team will fight until the last whistle,” said Makati coach Noel Marcaida. “But for us, we took advantage of the two goals in the first half.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Bali Pure books semis seat with sweep of Pocari

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments Alex Mallari proving his worth with NLEX LATEST STORIES Jerrili Malabanan had a game-high 14 points to lead the Water Defenders while Grethcel Soltones and Risa Sato added 11 and 10 points, respectively.Jeanette Panaga and Pablo had 10 points apiece to lead the Lady Warriors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Bali Pure was on the receiving end of a freebie when Myla Pablo’s hit went long and that proved to be the last play of the elimination stages. “This is a no-pressure game for both sides because if we lose we still have a playoff against BanKo Perlas and Pocari’s standing won’t even budge,” said Bali Pure head coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“But, we still won and I’m thankful to my players because I called their attention after we played poorly the past few games.” The Water Defenders suffered back-to-back losses before reestablishing themselves against Adamson University in their penultimate elimination game and those two setbacks deeply hampered Bali Pure’s momentum in the middle of the preliminaries. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE PHOTO – Bali Pure Water Defenders. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBali Pure made quick work of Pocari Sweat, taking a three-set win, 25-21, 25-16, 25-23, to cap off its elimination round campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Water Defenders locked up the fourth seed with a 4-3 record and, in the process, eliminated BanKo Perlas off the top four while the Lady Warriors, who are also semis-bound, finished the preliminaries with a 5-2 record.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

Mayweather, McGregor ready to rumble in much-hyped fight

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View comments MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Mayweather is so confident of his chances that he’s spent much of the week before his fight having meet-and-greets in the early morning hours at the strip club he owns not far from the T-Mobile arena where they will fight.Though he’s made hundreds of millions in the ring, Mayweather has a tax lien of $22 million to the IRS, so the lure of $200 million to come out of a two-year retirement and face a novice boxer was great. But he said this will be definitely be his last fight, and he wants to go out with a dominating performance.“I gave my word to my children and once I did that it came to an end,” Mayweather said. “What better way to go out than with a bang.”The fight is expected to match or surpass the 4.6 million pay-per-views sold for Mayweather’s 2015 fight with Manny Pacquiao at $99.95 a household. Industry observers say people across the country will use the telecast as an excuse to party in tense times and 10 people could watch each pay-per-view.Tickets in the arena haven’t done nearly as well, largely because promoters wildly overestimated what people would pay to watch in person. Ringside seats were $10,000 and nosebleed tickets started at $2,500, though prices have been dropping rapidly as the fight approaches.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Floyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Conor McGregor pose during weigh-ins Friday, Aug. 25, 2017, in Las Vegas for their Saturday boxing bout. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Conor McGregor has been kept pretty much under wraps ever since his fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. was announced, emerging occasionally to trash Mayweather only to disappear again behind the closed doors of the UFC training center.It’s not by accident. The biggest selling point of the spectacle that is Saturday night’s 154-pound fight is the unknown.ADVERTISEMENT McGregor vows Mayweather knockout as moment of truth nears Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Is McGregor good enough to land a big punch on Mayweather? Did he acquire enough boxing skills in just a few short months to make what should be a lopsided fight competitive?Inquiring minds want to know, and there are enough of them to make this the most watched fight in history. Some 50 million people in the U.S. alone are expected to gather with friends and family to see it all unfold.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I will be the king of both sports,” McGregor crowed. “I’m already the king of fighting, I’ll soon be the king of boxing.”Not so fast, said Mayweather, who comes from a boxing family and famously began throwing punches before he could walk. 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That’s why there was never any chance of McGregor having a tuneup fight.And that is why the only boxing anyone outside McGregor’s inner circle has seen was him hitting the heavy bag in a comical media day performance and a few seconds of a UFC clip purportedly showing him knocking down Showtime announcer and former fighter Paulie Malignaggi.No worries, said McGregor, who says his boxing talents shouldn’t be underestimated.ADVERTISEMENT Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion “I’ve been lacing up the gloves my entire existence,” McGregor said. “Of course, we will come with a different approach than people are used to, we will paint many pictures inside the ring. It’s not going to end well for Floyd. It’s not going to end well for all the people who are doubting me and are so convinced that this is what it is.”McGregor weighed in at 153 pounds Friday to 149 ½ for Mayweather. A crowd that nearly filled the T-Mobile arena — many waving Irish flags — cheered loudly for McGregor while booing Mayweather.McGregor’s fan base is driving this fight, united in their fervent hope that the Irish UFC champion can muscle Mayweather around the ring and deliver knockout punches to his head. Sports books in this gambling city have taken so many longshot wagers on McGregor winning by a knockout early that they will suffer their worst loss ever should it actually happen.What should be a 100-1 fight began as 11-1 in Mayweather’s favor. Now it’s 5-1, though a lot of big money — including a few million dollar bets — has been wagered on Mayweather in recent days.“I don’t see him lasting two rounds,” McGregor said. “He messed up with the 8-ounce gloves. Keep your hands up, keep them down. I don’t care. I’m going to break through whatever is in front of me.”For the flamboyant McGregor the fight is a chance to make money he couldn’t dream of in the UFC and gain a fan base outside of mixed martial arts. Estimates vary, but he could take home $100 million for a challenge of Mayweather that seemed improbable when he first started talking about it two years ago.He’s got youth on his side (he’s 29 and Mayweather is 40), and he’ll probably go in the ring much heavier than Mayweather after rehydrating following Friday’s weigh-in. He’s also got a reputation as a big puncher and the prevailing wisdom is he’ll try to maul Mayweather much like Marcos Maidana did in their 2014 fight.Other than that, everything favors Mayweather.He’s unbeaten in 49 fights as a pro and has a chance to pass Rocky Marciano on the perfect record list with win No. 50. Not only has he beaten every fighter put in front of him but he’s found ways to deal with big punchers like Miguel Cotto, Diego Corrales and Canelo Alvarez.He’s also a pure boxer with an innate ability to adapt to any fighter put in front of him.last_img read more