Lillard’s 26, Napier’s hot hands lift Blazers past Magic

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Damian Lillard led the Blazers with 26 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists, but it was Napier who was the difference as Portland went to a three-guard lineup. Napier was 5 for 5 from 3-point range.“He killed us. Five for five from the 3, played a terrific basketball game,” Magic coach Frank Vogel said about Napier. “They went smaller than we were. They went small, but we went even smaller.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneCJ McCollum added 24 points and Portland finished 4-2 on its six-game homestand.Evan Fournier had 22 points for the Magic, who lost their third straight. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.The Magic trailed by 11 points during the third quarter, but Fournier’s 3-pointer put the Magic up 81-80 with 6:52 left in the game. Portland reclaimed the lead on consecutive baskets from Jusuf Nurkic and Maurice Harkless. LeBron scores 31 points as Cavaliers top Hornets Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Napier, a first-round pick out of UConn in 2014 who has played for three different teams, averaged 4.1 points and 9.7 minutes last season. In the past four games for the Blazers, he’s averaging 12.5 points and more than 20 minutes a game.Orlando was without J.J. Augustin (left hamstring) for the seventh straight game and Jonathan Isaac (right ankle) for the second game.The Magic stretched its lead to 38-26 early in the second quarter on Jonathan Simmons’ layup. But the Blazers found their shot and ended the half on a 17-0 run, capped by McCollum’s driving layup, to lead 51-47 at the break. McCollum led all scorers at halftime with 16 points.The two teams both scored 24 points in the third quarter, and Portland led 75-51 going into the final period. Shelvin Mack made consecutive baskets to pull the Magic within 79-78.TIP INS:Magic: Fournier has scored in double figures a team-high 14 times this season. … Simmons went into the game ranked fourth in the NBA for scorers off the bench, averaging 15.1 points. He finished with 16 against the Blazers. … Vucevic’s double-double was his fifth this season.Trail Blazers: Lillard passed Mychal Thompson (9,215 points) for eighth on the team’s all-time scoring list. … Al-Farouq Aminu missed his sixth game with a right ankle injury.MORE SHABAZZ: Napier is just the third Blazer to make five 3-pointers off the bench when making all of his attempts. He’s the only reserve to do it in the league this season.UP NEXTMagic: Returns home to host Utah on Saturday night.Blazers: Visits Sacramento on Friday night. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READcenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard drives to the basket on Orlando Magic forward Evan Fournier during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017. The Blazers won 99-94. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes)PORTLAND, Ore. — Shabazz Napier is clearly comfortable in his role this season.“I think you just go out there and play with a free mind, and just enjoy it,” said Portland’s reserve guard, who had a season-high 19 points in the Trail Blazers’ 99-94 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson McCollum’s 3-pointer extended the Blazers’ lead to 87-83 with 4:30 to go. After Napier’s 3-pointer, McCollum added another, and the Blazers led 95-86 with 1:43 left. Orlando couldn’t catch up.The Magic were playing the last of a four-game road trip. Orlando went into the game with two straight losses, including 110-100 at Golden State on Monday.The Blazers were coming off a confidence-boosting 99-82 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday that snapped a two-game skid. Portland’s offense had been stagnant, especially in close games.Blazers coach Terry Stotts tweaked the starting lineup, inserting rookie Caleb Swanigan, who made his second straight start. But after playing just five minutes in the first half, Pat Connaughton started the second and the Blazers found success with three guards.Napier took on the role in the fourth quarter as the Blazers went small.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

Lakers run past Knicks late for 6th win in 8

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jordan Clarkson had 29 points and 10 assists, Julius Randle added 27 points and 12 rebounds, and the Lakers beat New York 127-107 on Sunday (Monday Manila time) for their sixth win in eight games.Kyle Kuzma added 15 points as the Lakers (17-29) continued a midseason surge of solid play. Rookie point guard Alex Caruso set career highs with nine points and eight assists, making the most of more than 30 minutes of playing time while Ball missed his fourth straight game with a sore left knee.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 folkThe Lakers thought they did nothing spectacularly, but everything well — particularly on the defensive end, where they forced 17 turnovers. Los Angeles also won its fifth straight game at Staples Center after a 6-14 start to the home schedule.“Defense. That was the only message at halftime,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “During our home win streak, we have been really, really good defensively.” “He’s from Texas, I’m from Texas, you know what I’m saying?” asked Clarkson, who grew up in San Antonio.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 View comments MOST READ Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, shoots as New York Knicks forward Michael Beasley defends during the first half. APLOS ANGELES — When the Los Angeles Lakers complement their up-tempo offense with solid defense, this long-struggling team actually looks pretty good.Even without Lonzo Ball, the Lakers were plenty good enough to run right past the New York Knicks, who couldn’t keep up.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Los Angeles took the lead late in the third quarter and pulled away down the stretch, scoring 10 consecutive points in a rally led by Clarkson and Randle. The Lakers finished on a 17-4 run.“Randle and Clarkson, they were killing us,” New York coach Jeff Hornacek said. “We tried multiple guys on both of them, but they took it to whoever was guarding them. That was a big key. We couldn’t get any stops.”Kristaps Porzingis, Tim Hardaway Jr. and Michael Beasley scored 17 points apiece for the Knicks, who have lost 12 of 16. New York slipped to 2-2 on its seven-game trip.Despite a solid shooting game, the Knicks couldn’t answer the aggressive transition game favored by the Lakers, who put up their highest-scoring performance in two weeks.“They just played harder than us in everything,” said Enes Kanter, who had 12 points and 14 rebounds for New York. “They got a lot of offensive rebounds. We got a lot of turnovers. I don’t think we can play like this in road games and expect to get a win.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Clarkson followed up his 33-point performance Friday against Indiana with another high-energy effort. The veteran guard hit 12 of his 19 shots and added six rebounds.TIP-INSKnicks: Porzingis drew a technical foul with 8:04 to play for vociferously protesting a foul call against teammate Ron Baker. The ensuing three-point play put the Lakers up by 11. … Courtney Lee added 16 points.Lakers: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also missed his second straight game with a right heel injury. … Kuzma jammed a finger on his right hand during the second quarter, but iced it and continued playing. … Brandon Ingram played through a mild left ankle sprain after the team determined he was healthy at game time. He managed 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting.BALL OUTWalton said Ball might miss several more games, but the club is hoping he’ll be able to travel on their five-game trip starting Friday. The rookie point guard also missed six games around the holidays with a sprained left shoulder. The Lakers went 0-6 without him then.TEXAS TANDEMCaruso is on a two-way contract that allows him only 45 days with the Lakers, and he’s keeping track of his time in the Notes app on his phone. He has already formed an impressive tandem with Clarkson, his former opponent in college when Caruso was at Texas A&M and Clarkson was at Missouri.“I’m getting better each game, but I’m just getting acclimated to (the NBA),” said Caruso, who has played 15 games in the big show.While Caruso feels his strengths are on defense, his ball-handling acumen allows Clarkson to be more aggressive in looking for his shot. The duo also is friends off the court. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Status woe: Cavaliers not planning changes amid slump Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Blatter hints at new evidence to challenge 6-year FIFA ban

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter gestures as he gives an interview to news agencies on April 21, 2017 in Zurich. / AFP PHOTO / Michael BuholzerGENEVA — Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter claims to have “new facts” and wants to re-open the financial misconduct case that led to his six-year ban.“As new facts have appeared it’s time to question the decision of the Fifa Ethics-Committee — my suspension of 6 years!” Blatter said Friday on his reactivated Twitter account.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 French referee banned 3 months after kicking player Asked by The Associated Press for details of potential evidence, Blatter spokesman Thomas Renggli replied in a message: “We are working on it.”Blatter is barred from soccer through October 2021 after the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld his ban for payments to one-time adviser Michel Platini. The case cost Platini the UEFA presidency, and stopped him from being a candidate to replace Blatter in the 2016 election.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 folkThe CAS judges said Blatter was “reckless” for paying Platini $2 million in uncontracted salary more than eight years after the former France great stopped being employed by FIFA.Blatter also effectively added $1 million to Platini’s FIFA pension fund reserved for executive committee members by extending entitlement against the rules for the years he worked as an adviser. MOST READ Blatter tweeted the message to his 2.5 million followers from an account that was dormant since he was first suspended by the FIFA ethics committee in October 2015. It was revived this week. On Monday, he posted congratulations to Australian Open champion Roger Federer and then the cover of a new edition in Russian of his 2016 book, “Sepp Blatter: Mission and Passion Football.”Russia is the only country where Blatter, who is Swiss, has made a public appearance — at the World Cup qualifying draw held in St. Petersburg in July 2015 — since federal prosecutors in the United States and Switzerland unsealed sweeping investigations of alleged corruption linked to FIFA earlier that year.A Swiss criminal proceeding was opened against Blatter in September 2015 for alleged financial misconduct, but no charges have been made.The 81-year-old Blatter has often said he will return to Russia for the World Cup to fulfil a long-standing invitation from President Vladimir Putin.A second book is also expected to be published ahead of the World Cup. Blatter said last April it would document his 40 years with FIFA and 16 years as a member of the International Olympic Committee.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

One-handed prospect posts 20-rep bench press

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Not after becoming the talk of this combine.“It was amazing, hearing the crowd and having the juices flowing, I mean I felt it,” Griffin said. “I didn’t know I had it in me.”Griffin said he’s mind-set is he always has to do more than those around him to impress coaches.“I always hold myself to a higher standard than a lot of people just because if we’re running drills, if I drop a ball, they’re going to like, ‘Well, he dropped the ball because he has one hand.’ If anybody else drops a ball, they’re going to be like, ‘Well, maybe it was a bad ball.’”As a freshman, he couldn’t even lift the 45-pound bar, but then he was fitted with the pros ethic and his mom cried when he did his first pull-up.“It’s amazing to see how far I’ve come from not being able to bench the bar to throwing up 20 reps of 225 and being able to compete with the best here,” said Griffin, the 2017 American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year.Griffin, who played D-line, linebacker and safety at the Senior Bowl, said he’s going to try to join the defensive back drills Saturday after running his 40-yard dash and working with the linebackers at Lucas Oil Stadium.“I feel like I could just start curling 225 right now and I’m pretty sure come tomorrow, it’s going to be adrenalin just going crazy. I’m excited about tomorrow. If I feel this good doing the bench press, I can’t wait to see how I am tomorrow.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES “I said, this thing feels like 135. Let’s go!” Griffin recounted. “And I just started cranking them out.”Four, five, six.That was easy.Seven, eight, nine.The crowd was hollering by now.Ten, 11 — this was his personal best.Twelve.A new high.Thirteen … 14 … 15 … 16.The crowd was roaring is disbelief. Even Shaquem Griffin, the one-handed do-it-all defender from Central Florida and a late invitee to the combine, didn’t expect to do what he did Saturday with his prosthetic left hand .His personal max was 11, but he had a much more modest benchmark here.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“My goal was six ,” Griffin acknowledged afterward.Griffin clipped his prosthetic hand onto the bar, then leaned back.center_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments This wasn’t his brother spotting him — the one who he was sure used to surreptitiously help him — but this new spotter was hyping him up and the crowd joined in, and his fellow linebacker prospects.“Everybody in the stand was hyping me up. I got the guys I’m here with hyping me up. It felt amazing,” Griffin said. “I was ready to go. I was ready to attack it.”His chest heaved.And the counting began.One, two, three.ADVERTISEMENT Coleman wins 60m in world indoors record time Seventeen.Can this really be happening?Eighteen!That’s one more than his twin brother, Shaquille, managed at last year’s combine before the Seattle Seahawks selected him in the third round of the NFL draft.Nineteen!One more …. 20!“I got chill bumps watching him do 20 reps,” said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. “I literally choked up a little bit watching him do that and I can’t wait to watch him tomorrow.”Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect.Despite having just one hand, he kept up with his twin brother on and off the field.As dozens of reporters and photographers gathered around him Saturday, Griffin said, “I thought I was going to walk over here and it was going to be like three people.” Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City FILE – In this Jan. 27, 2018, file photo, South Squad outside linebacker Shaquem Griffin, of Central Florida, gestures during the first half of the Senior Bowl NCAA college football game in Mobile, Ala,. Griffin was 4 years old when doctors amputated his left hand a day after his mother found him in the kitchen attempting to cut off his jelly-like fingers, which were in scoring pain whenever he touched anything, the result of amniotic band syndrome, a congenital birth defect. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)INDIANAPOLIS — There’s always energy in the bench press room at the NFL scouting combine when players grip the crossbar and begin pumping the 225 pounds of free weights.But never like this.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Murray loses in Cincinnati, clearing Federer’s path

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ 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 Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal’s absence.“When Rafa is missing, he’s missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans,” he said. “All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I wouldn’t want to play with him.”Monday’s first full day of main-draw competition opened with wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, coming back to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.Also, Lesia Tsurenko routed Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Anett Kontaveit defeating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0.On the men’s side, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta knocked off Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk downed Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport Andy Murray, of Great Britain, chases down a return from Lucas Pouille, of France, in the first round at the Western & Southern Open, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Federer, seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn’t played there since winning in 2015. In 2016 he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had back problems.“Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me,” said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. “I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn’t a chance. I’m glad to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federal liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also successfully recovering from injuries. Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago.“That’s why you have such a good, exciting draw,” Federer said before Murray’s match was over. “It’s a pity Rafa isn’t playing. He would have added massively to that part of the draw.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Amid sex abuse scandal, gymnastics chief expects 1,000 calls to new hotline

first_imgLATEST STORIES The helpline is part of the FIG’s plan to create a Gymnastics Ethics Foundation, made up of a safeguarding section, a disciplinary section, and a compliance section.The idea will be put to a vote of the body’s national member federations at the next Congress, to be held in Baku in December.   /vvpSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nassar, 55, was accused by some 265 women of sexually abusing them over more than two decades. His conviction led to profound questions for gymnastics about how the abuse went undetected for so many years.In the wake of the scandal, Watanabe outlined plans to establish a call center that “an athlete or parent can call” from anywhere in the world.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I think that in the first year more than 1,000 will call to report sexual harassment,” said Watanabe, who heads the international gymnastics federation (FIG).But he said the helpline would also act as a deterrent to potential abusers, and that he expected the number of callers to shrink as time goes by. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? #KicksStalker: LeBron gives sneak peek of 16th signature shoe More than 1,000 victims of sexual abuse in gymnastics are expected to call a new, global abuse helpline in its first year of operations, the sport’s president told AFP.Morinari Watanabe was speaking at the Asian Games after Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor was handed a life sentence in January for sexually assaulting women and girls.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I hope that the next year (the number) is half and the next year half again,” he added.In the months since Nassar’s conviction, other abuse scandals have emerged.In May a former coach of Brazil’s national squad was fired by his gymnastics club after Brazilian TV reported he had sexually abused boys, presenting testimony from more than 40 victims.Watanabe said changing the culture within gymnastics was key, explaining that coaches and other support staff often had too much power over the gymnasts and their families.“Coaches must communicate with parents,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 View commentslast_img read more

Gelo Vito’s vision for UP Maroons turns into reality

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In his fifth year with UP, Vito permanently etched his name in annals of the Fighting Maroons history, leading the team to their first Final Four appearance in more than two decades.Vito, the team’s co-captain, said changing the Fighting Maroons’ reputation from a constant doormat to a legitimate contender always his vision for UP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It’s an overwhelming experience because coming into UP, my personal thing was I was going to change this team through whatever way I can be it a leader, a hustle guy,” said Vito after the Maroons secured the no. 3 berth with an 8-6 record.“I want to change the culture of UP right now and our hard work for five years has finally become a reality. I’m really happy and proud with what my teammates have done and also to my past teammates because we wouldn’t have done this without them.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown From 0-14 to Final 4: Sacrifices pay off for UP skipper Desiderio Vito entered UP in Season 77 when the Fighting Maroons won just one game but saw steady improvement when they finished 6-8 finish in Season 80.Vito’s completion of his dream was also a near twist of fate as the Fighting Maroons completed their eliminations against La Salle, one of the schools that recruited the 6-foot-5 center while he was still in his third year of high school.Things, however, turned into a different route when Vito tore his anterior cruciate ligaments in both of his knees.“I never really imagined to be in UP,” said Vito. “But looking back at it, I think this was what fate had for me, to be in UP, to lead this team and to be one who sparks change in this culture and I’m glad this is my last year.”ADVERTISEMENT Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gelo Vito’s mission of changing University of the Philippines’ culture finally bore fruit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READlast_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner bout confirmed for January 19

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew NEW YORK, United States – Filipino veteran Manny Pacquiao confirmed Monday he will defend his WBA world welterweight crown against Adrien Broner in Las Vegas on January 19, ending a two-year absence from the ring in the United States.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Pacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, has continued fighting after reversing a decision to retire in 2016.Manny Pacquiao (left) and Adrien Broner face off during a press conference at Gotham Hall in preparation for their upcoming match on November 19, 2018, in New York City. The match is set to take place on January 19, 2019, in Las Vegas. AFPBroner however said Monday he planned to send Pacquiao into permanent retirement.“I have paid my dues in this sport, and now it’s time for me to get mines,” Broner said. “I get more views than everybody when I fight. A lot of people are going to see me pack off Pacquiao into retirement, and without his belt.”Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. At a press conference in New York, officials confirmed that Pacquiao, 39, will clash with Broner at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.Pacquiao holds the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I have missed fighting in Las Vegas. It has been a second home to me,” Pacquiao said. “Returning to the MGM Grand Garden Arena to defend my world title against Adrien Broner is an exciting way to stage my homecoming.”Pacquiao, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 in December while American Broner is 33-3 with one drawn and 24 knockouts. Finals woes Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View commentslast_img read more

World Series champ Red Sox accept invitation to White House

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia A native of Puerto Rico, Cora has been vocal in his call for the president to do more in the wake of Hurricane Maria that devastated the island.“I’m going to use my platform the right way,” he said. “I’m not going there to embarrass anybody.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bradley Beal stars as Wizards hold on to beat Knicks 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora smiles as he walks the red carpet prior to the premiere of “The 2018 World Series: Damage Done,” documentary production that captures video moments of the Red Sox’s march towards the 2018 World Series Championship, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON— The Boston Red Sox have accepted an invitation to the White House to celebrate their World Series championship.“We’ve accepted and we’re going to see if there’s a date that works,” team President Sam Kennedy said Monday night before the premiere of the ballclub’s 2018 highlight video.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments MOST READ Once a standard, non-partisan perk of winning it all, the traditional champions’ visit to Washington has become more politicized. Some teams have declined invitations from President Donald Trump; in other cases, individual players stayed home.Kennedy says it’s up to players to decide whether they want to attend.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Like in the past, it’s an invitation. It’s not a mandatory, command performance,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for these guys to get the recognition they deserve for a world championship.”Manager Alex Cora said he’ll be there. No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

Karl-Anthony Towns returns to Wolves lineup after harrowing highway crash

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns said Monday before Minnesota’s game against Sacramento. He added: “I probably should not have made it out like I did, but I’m glad I did.”As are the Timberwolves, of course, and his family.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“You obviously want to make sure KAT the person is taken care of,” coach Ryan Saunders said, confirming that Towns would play against the Kings. “That’s definitely put ahead of KAT the basketball player.”Assistant strength and conditioning coach Kurt Joseph was driving Thursday when he had to make a hard stop on Interstate 35W in Minneapolis to account for an accident in front of them. Towns said he recalled Joseph looking “stone-faced” while remarking that the semitruck he saw in the rearview mirror was not slowing down. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES “If I don’t have that seatbelt,” Towns told reporters , “I’m going right through the windshield.”Towns declined an ambulance ride at the scene. He acknowledged downplaying the doctor’s advice upon departure from the hospital to take it easy, immediately contacting the Timberwolves about a commercial itinerary that could get him to New York in time to play Friday against the Knicks. Towns called his sister with the news, opting to send his parents a text message to avoid exposure to their anxiety about his condition.He exhibited some concussion-like symptoms, so per league protocol, Towns was held out of that game and again Saturday at Milwaukee. That ended his streak of 303 consecutive games started, the longest to start an NBA career since 1970-71.Being present at the arena was ultimately more important to Towns than resting on his own.“I’m not a guy to stay back to watch them work. I want to be there in person. I want to high-five them coming off the court. I want to scream for them. I want to do everything I possibly can to be the best cheerleader I can possibly be,” Towns said.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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 Roger Federer wins in Dubai to begin latest bid for 100th title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019 file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns plays against the Memphis Grizzlies in an NBA basketball game in Minneapolis. All-Star center Karl-Anthony Towns has been cleared to return to the Minnesota Timberwolves following a highway automobile crash he called himself fortunate to have escaped alive. Towns spoke to reporters Monday, Feb. 25, 2019 before Minnesota’s game against Sacramento. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)MINNEAPOLIS — Karl-Anthony Towns was in the passenger seat on his way to meet the Minnesota Timberwolves at the airport when a semitruck slammed into the back of the vehicle at what he estimated was between 35 and 45 mph.As soon as the medical exam confirmed the injuries were minor, the two-time All-Star center quickly began thinking about whether he could still join his team in time for the next game. He knew he was fortunate, though, to have escaped the crash at all.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more