Columbian Dyip get second win at expense of NLEX

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Adrian Forbes led NLEX, which made its conference debut after its semifinals run in the Philippine Cup, with 26 points, 17 rebounds and five blocks. JR Quiñahan posted 20 points in 24 minutes off the bench.The Road Warriors scored the first basket of the game but never led since. They turned the ball over 25 times while the Dyip only had 12.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments Aiken, who underwhelmed in his PBA debut after scoring only nine points, went on a personal 8-0 run capped by a dunk to extend the Dyip’s lead back to 20, 116-96, with only 3:05 left and keep NLEX at bay for good.“I really can’t help but be in awe especially on the defensive end. I couldn’t ask for more,” said Columbian coach Ricky Dandan, whose squad improved to 2-1. “We had a lot of mistakes that’s for sure but the collective effort defensively, the adjustments they made when nlex made a rally was just all there.”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 crownThe locals also stepped up for Columbian with guards Reden Celda, Jerramy King and Rashawn McCarthy running circles around NLEX.Celda had 26 points, four rebounds and four assists, King scored 23 points while McCarthy flirted with a triple-double, collecting 13 points, nine rebounds and 12 assists. CJ Aiken. PBA IMAGESColumbian proved its opening-day win was no fluke after cruising past NLEX, 123-103, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Ynares Center in Antipolo.CJ Aiken, who is under evaluation by the Columbian management, made a good account of himself with 28 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the field, including 3-of-3 from downtown, 10 rebounds and four blocks.ADVERTISEMENT Almadro confident Polvorosa will bounce back after dismal Game 1 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

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Standhardinger still adjusting to PBA game: ‘This feels like a different sport’

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours However, even his much-improved numbers weren’t enough to stop San Miguel from falling to 0-2 this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after its 123-119 overtime loss to Rain or Shine.Standhardinger rued the free throw disparity with the Elasto Painters shooting 44 free throws against the Beermen’s 16.“It’s always hard to win a game like this,” he rued. “I had the impression that they were the physical team, and not us. But we just got to play through it.“The 28-year-old, though, knows that he has to keep adjusting to the style of play in the pro league.“Now I know why in Gilas, I’m wondering why we’re always in team fouls. Because here is a country that you call so much less, and you let play more things. While in Europe, as soon as you don’t have position anymore as a defender, that’s it. So I need to keep adjusting,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ “I’m literally making big adjustments. I literally have to lift heavier weights to be stronger, because this feels like a different sport,” he said.“It’s a lot of grabbing, holding. Here, you can kind come from the side, and still run your defender out of his lane which is a new adjustment I have to make. I have to change how I play defense because if you don’t use your hands, you can use your body to bully him out of his lane.”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 crownAccounting all of his learnings from the first game, Standhardinger did have a better offensive effort compared to his debut, posting 17 points, 15 rebounds, and four assists on Sunday.“I already made adjustments in the post. I’m not posting up, I’m more facing up, that worked actually fine today,” he said. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — It hasn’t been the smoothest of starts for Christian Standhardinger in the PBA.Even the Fil-German forward admits that at times, he’s learning a different sport altogether.ADVERTISEMENT Barriga outclasses Colombian foe, gains shot at world titlelast_img read more

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‘Practice game’

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Terrence Romeo of TNT drives past Rain or Shine star James Yap. —AUGUST DELA CRUZThere was not much at stake for either TNT KaTropa or Rain or Shine as they crossed paths Saturday night in the final elimination round playdate of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Elasto Painters had already sewn up the top seed and the first twice-to-beat advantage while the KaTropa, even with a victory, were going to lose to Alaska in the tiebreak for the No. 2 seed and the second playoff bonus.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But TNT coach Nash Racela had some use for the match.“It’s almost like our practice session as a complete crew. It’s not perfect of course, but I hope it prepares us [for] the next round,” said Racela, moments after the KaTropa hurdled the Elasto Painters, 100-85.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’And what a next round it will be for TNT.Magnolia turned back San Miguel Beer, 101-97, in the later game, sending the defending champion Beermen to what could be the most intriguing, drama-filled quarterfinal matchup: No. 3 TNT against No. 6 San Miguel in a showdown between the flagship franchises of the league’s two rival conglomerates. The two teams tee off the quarterfinal round with Game 1 of their best-of-three series on Monday at The Big Dome.Despite the seeding, though, Racela doesn’t expect to have the edge against the Beermen.“We’re always the underdogs. It doesn’t matter now if you’re third, fourth, fifth or sixth, at least we’re not seventh or eighth,” said Racela.But his wards showed what they are capable of by subduing the Painters despite playing without starting playmaker Jayson Castro, who took a break after the tumultuous Gilas Pilipinas-Australia game in the Fiba World Cup qualifier last week.Castro, once acclaimed as Asia’s top point guard, hit Daniel Kickert with a “Superman punch” to the face during that turbulent evening at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Nationals whip Cocolife Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “Jayson needed time to recover [from that incident],” said Racela.The other quarterfinal pairings will have No. 1 Rain or Shine battling No. 8 GlobalPort. No. 2 Alaska faces off against No. 7 Magnolia while No. 4 Meralco renews its rivalry with No. 5 Brgy. Ginebra in a best-of-three series that starts on Monday.Rain or Shine and Alaska need to win just once to make the semifinals while their opponents need to win back-to-back to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Cargo Movers eye sweep of Blaze Spikers

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Seeking a third PSL title, F2 pulled through in Game 1 despite 39 errors as Ara Galang delivered 18 hits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew If the pulsating Game 1 showdown was an indication of how the championship series will be fought, then F2 Logistics cannot expect any favors from fierce rival Petron when the Cargo Movers aim for the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference title on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Game 2 at 5 p.m. at Ynares Sports Arena is tipped to be another epic encounter between the teams that have figured in the last four Finals series.This time, F2 gets the first of two cracks at the crown and an opportunity to avenge its defeat in the previous tournament to Petron.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’Tougher when it mattered, the Cargo Movers barely scraped past the Blaze Spikers in a marathon series opener, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 29-27, 18-16, on Thursday, prompting F2 coach Ramil de Jesus to challenge his players to give everything they’ve got to avoid a series decider.“We have to give our all,” said the multititled De Jesus, who also mentors La Salle in the UAAP. “We have nobody to bank on but ourselves.” 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 awardcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Vios Cup leg 2 Sunday at Filinvest Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Spurs ace Ginobili retires from NBA

first_imgKarate, silat take over 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “For 16 years, we were fortunate to watch a legend compete at the highest level. Thank you, Manu, for a career that inspired millions of people around the world.”Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr added: “One of the all time greats. Fearless, funny, compassionate and competitive as hell. Thank you Manu!”German legend Dirk Nowitzki saluted Ginobili for “an amazing career.”“Great player. Fierce competitor. Winner. Next stop: HOF (Hall of Fame),” Nowitzki wrote.Ginobili appeared in 1,057 games during his career, averaging 13.3 points, 3.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.32 steals.He also appeared in 218 playoff games, averaging 14 points per game. Ginobili and LeBron James are the only two players in postseason history to have amassed at least 3,000 points and 300 three-pointers in the playoffs. /cbbSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manu Ginobili #20 of the San Antonio Spurs reacts during a game.  AFP FILELOS ANGELES, United States – San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili confirmed his retirement from basketball on Monday, bringing down the curtain on a 23-year career that included four NBA Finals victories.The 41-year-old Argentine star, widely seen as the most successful foreign player in the history of the NBA, confirmed his retirement in a brief posting on social media.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments He also helped Argentina score a shock gold medal victory at the 2004 Olympics in Athens.He is one of only eight players in history — and the only non-US born player — to have won four NBA championships and an Olympic gold.Ginobili’s retirement signals the final end of an era at San Antonio where he was a key pillar of championship-winning teams alongside Tim Duncan (retired) and Tony Parker, who left the team last month.Tributes to Ginobili quickly swept across social media on Monday following his retirement.The NBA said in a posting on Twitter signed by commissioner Adam Silver that Ginobili was “a pioneer who helped globalize the NBA … one of basketball’s greatest ambassadors.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Today, with a wide range of feelings, I’m announcing my retirement from basketball,” Ginobili wrote.“IMMENSE GRATITUDE to everyone (family, friends, teammates, coaches, staff, fans) involved in my life in the last 23 years. It’s been a fabulous journey. Way beyond my wildest dreams.”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’The veteran shooting guard was a key part of the San Antonio teams which won four NBA crowns between 2003 and 2014 after joining the league in 2002 from Italian team Virtus Bologna.As well as the four NBA titles, Ginobili was twice selected for the All Stars in 2005 and 2011. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Despite short preparation, PH’s iECO hopes to pull off surprises in Asia League

first_imgNCAA: Mapua posts 2nd straight win, stuns CSB MACAU—The lack of preparation is not stopping Blackwater Dioceldo Sy from having high hopes on his iECO Green Warriors in the Asia League The Terrific 12.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption PBA D-League talents from Foundations Cup champion Go for Gold make up iECO while the Elite loaned out PBA players Mark Cruz and James Sena to reinforce the team.Former TNT import Richard Howell and sizeable forward Sam Logwood are also in the Green Warriors’ lineup.“I think we have a good chance, we’re hoping for the best and hopefully we win tonight,” said Sy as his team takes on four-time bj League, the precursor to Japan’s B.League, champion Ryuku.iECO will then take on Chinese giants Xinjiang Flying Tigers, a one-time CBA champion, which has Chinese national team forward Abudushalamu Abudurexiti and former NBA center Al Jefferson.“Let’s hope for the best and hope the guys play their hearts out.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments iECO, the Elite’s affiliate, is set to take on Asian heavyweights in the pocket tournament at Studio City Event Center here in Macau, and Sy believes the new team can pull off surprises.Sy even likened the new team to the Philippine national men’s national basketball team, which was formed a mere month before the Asian Games and the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.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“The problem is like Team Pilipinas—we have just formed the team and the other teams and they’re just starting to build their chemistry after two weeks,” said Sy Tuesday at Studio City.“The other teams are seasoned and have played together for a long time but I think our advantage is that they’re just starting to train for their respective tournaments.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Broner looking at Pacquiao bout as career-defining

first_imgNo.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Now 40, Manny Pacquiao’s life should be just beginning. But Adrien Broner, at 29, feels he’s the one at the crossroads, calling his duel with the Filipino ring icon a tipping point in his career.“I always knew that one day I will be having fights like this,” Broner said in a report by Philboxing. “Honestly, I thought [Pacquiao] would be done with boxing by now but I always knew I would have a fight of this magnitude on this platform, pay-per-view and all, and now I’m here.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 Who will take home crown? Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View commentscenter_img “We’ve studied tons of Pacquiao footage and he pretty much fights the same every fight,” Cunningham was quoted as saying. “Manny’s a rhythm fighter and it’s about getting his rhythm.” 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia That’s why Broner is preparing furiously for the fight, expecting to face “the best Pacquiao” on Jan. 19 in Las Vegas.Broner has carved his own niche in boxing for his undeniable talent. His boxing style—counterpunches, shoulder roll and all—mimics that of the great Floyd Mayweather Jr., the man who Pacquiao is really eyeing.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 ChrissBut the flashy, hard-partying American has a dark past: He had faced assault charges before, missed the weight for fights and is known to thrash-talk opponents.However, on Wednesday in Miami, the 29-year-old Broner (33-3-1 with 24 knockouts) hosted an open workout where he made it apparent to media people present that he has nothing but respect for Pacquiao. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Broner calls the bout “the biggest fight of my life.”Training thrice a day and holding his workout right at the famed Fifth Street Gym, where Muhammad Ali once trained, Broner brushed off the fact that his opponent just turned 40.He said his focus was laser-like and wasn’t letting the pulsating Miami nightclub scene distract him.“I’m not focused on the clubbing and stuff, all that stuff will be here after the fight,” he said. “I don’t care about stopping him or whether it’s a unanimous decision, as long as I’m victorious.”His chief trainer, Kevin Cunningham, offered a more specific fight plan.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Spotlight still on SMB

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “Okay na (I’m ok now) coach, happy na ako,” Romeo said.It was these exchanges that Marcial hopes will be a norm during similar events in the future.“They are in a relaxed mode,” said Marcial, adding he wants the event to happen again.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES San Miguel’s (from left) June Mar Fajardo, coach Leo Austria, Arwind Santos and new Beerman Terrence Romeo during the PBA Media Day on Thursday at Solaire in Pasay. —SHERWIN VARDELEONFrom a jet-lagged Alex Compton bouncing from one interview station to another, to reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo casually facing cameras everywhere, the PBA’s inaugural Media Day was a resounding success that commissioner Willie Marcial wants the event institutionalized.And even in what was a one-stop setting for reporters to gather different stories, the San Miguel Beermen—like they have done on the floor the past few years—still dominated in the event held at The Tent at Solaire Resort and Casino in Pasay.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “But I think teams like Ginebra and Magnolia, which played well last conference, are stronger than us. We’ll just have to do everything to defend our crown and it will not be easy, but it’s not impossible as long as we follow the system of coach Leo (Austria),” Fajardo said.Even Romeo, unfazed by the scrutiny he now commands in a venue packed with sports journalists, made an appearance on media day and gladly answered queries relating to his much-ballyhooed transfer that made the Beermen unbeatable on paper.“He’s going to be great there,” said Phoenix Petroleum coach Louie Alas. “Coach Leo thrives in making talented players play within a system.”Romeo later approached Alas and the two shared a casual conversation, something that happened a lot between players and coaches coming from different teams during the Media Day.“Okay ka na ba (Are you ok now)?” Alas asked as he gave Romeo a hug.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title GALLERY: Players, coaches hype up new season with PBA Media Day “They just got Terrence Romeo,” said Compton, the Alaska coach who will again look at the coming 44th season of the PBA to break through as a coach. Compton has steered Alaska to five Finals stints but has yet to win a crown.“San Miguel Beer [has just] made everyone’s lives more difficult [with the Romeo trade],” he added.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 ChrissFajardo admits that eyes will be on the Beermen, even if Barangay Ginebra has made a strong impression last season with a championship in two Finals appearances.“The pressure is on us because everyone is saying we’re the team to beat,” said Fajardo in Filipino during a live interview with Sports IQ as the Beermen to shoot to improve on their all-time Philippine Cup record by winning the conference for the fifth straight year.last_img read more

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Sebastian Vettel makes strong start to F1 preseason for Ferrari

first_imgFerrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Monday, Feb.18, 2019. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — For Sebastian Vettel, the opening day of the Formula One preseason couldn’t have gone any better.Vettel, the runner-up to the title last season, clocked the fastest time, was the busiest driver with 169 laps and, most importantly, felt right at home behind the wheel of his new Ferrari.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Alfa Romeo, previously known as Sauber, unveiled its new burgundy-and-white car in the pit lane before testing began. Kimi Raikkonen, who joined the team from Ferrari, had the fifth-best time but also went off the track twice without damaging his car.The main focus of these tests is for teams to adapt to rule changes for their cars’ front wing design. The goal is to make racing more exciting by facilitating overtaking. The new regulations should reduce the turbulence hitting trailing cars, which has slowed them down and made passing more difficult.Red Bull boss Chris Horner said that the new rules mean “there is a blank canvas this year.”Testing will continue through Thursday and then again from Feb. 26-March 1 at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian GP is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:43Passenger volume spike at Araneta bus terminals00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mercedes boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Ferrari looked quick, but downplayed the importance of lap times in the preseason.“That is not what tests are about,” Wolff said. “It’s about going through all the parts and looking at all the data.”Carlos Sainz put in the second-quickest lap in his first ride with McLaren, followed by Haas’ Romain Grosjean and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo, who joined the team from Red Bull, and Nico Hulkenberg put in the slowest times of the day, finishing more than 2.8 seconds slower than Vettel.Williams, which finished last in the team standings last year, missed the first day of testing and is likely to miss Tuesday’s session as well.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “We couldn’t have hoped for a better day,” Vettel said after setting a session-best lap time of 1 minute, 18.161 seconds. “It was unbelievable. The car was working very well. We had no issues slowing us down.“It is obviously very early and this will be meaningless in a couple of weeks, but for now, a huge compliment to everyone at the factory. What they put on the track today was very close to perfection.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVettel has the daunting goal of ending Mercedes’ five-year dominance of F1.Defending champion Lewis Hamilton shared time behind the wheel for Mercedes with Valtteri Bottas and ended up with the ninth-fastest time, but it is more very likely that Mercedes was not aiming to top the leaderboard. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View commentslast_img read more

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Ivorian Refugees Urged to Return Home

first_imgAfter years of stay in refugee life in Liberia, Ivorian refugees at various camps are contemplating returning home to re-establish their lives.The desire to return home was disclosed to heads of the UN Refugees Agency (UNHCR) through Ivorian Refugee Chairperson, Patrice Gnombie on June 20 during observance of World Refugee Day.According to Gnombie, the need to go back home is in response to an earlier call by their President, Allasane Ouattara to return and contribute to the rebuilding of their country gravely affected by war.In his remark during the occasion, Refugee Chairman Patrice Gnombie said “Today we have answered our President’s call to return home.” His statement was greeted with loud applause. The observance of World Refugees Day was climaxed at Liberia’s largest PTP Refugee Camp which hosts more than 15,000 Ivorian refugees.President Ouattara, during his visit to Liberia last year, appealed to his compatriots to return home.  He stressed that their country needed them. Reemphasizing the Ivorian leader’s plea, Mr. Gnombie told his compatriots, “It is now time to return to Côte d’Ivoire.”The Ivorian refugees poured into Liberia in 2011 as a result of a bloody civil war that destroyed lives and properties.  The war  began in September 2002 following the killing of former Military leader Gaye Robert.  The northern city of Bouke was attacked.The war intensified when former President Laurent Gbagbo refused to turn over power to the declared winner of the presidential election,   Alassane Ouattara.The war became tribal, with supporters of former President Gbagbo’s ethnic group pitted   against those of Ouattara’s, and there were indiscriminate killings from both ends.Survivors that were close to the Liberian border fled to Liberia where their Liberian brothers and sisters wholeheartedly welcomed them.  In many instances there were close marriage or or genealogical links between the Liberians and the Ivorians.To have the assurance of surviving upon returning, the Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Khassim Diagne, informed refugees about reintegration activities in Côte d’Ivoire. He noted, “We will continue to work with the Governments of Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire to assist Ivorian refugees to return home and to ensure that their return is sustainable.”Also speaking, the keynote speaker, Chairman of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on refugee matters in Liberia, Hon. Alex C. Grant, said he was a refugee in Nigeria for 8 years before returning home. “I returned from Nigeria in 1998. I came back home to contribute to the development of my country. Take advantage of the voluntary repatriation programme and return home to improve your lives,” he urged.Receiving a warm reception from his compatriots, Ivorian Ambassador, His Excellency Kapieletien Soro thanked the Government and people of Liberia for hosting Ivorian refugees, but stressed that peace and stability have been restored to Côte d’Ivoire and that it was now time they went back home. “There are more opportunities awaiting you and your children at home than in refugee camps,” he said.The Executive Director of the Liberia Refugee Repatriation and Resettlement Commission (LRRRC), Cllr. Abla G. Williams, and Lonestar MTN Communication Executive Director, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, also attended the ceremony.The UN Mission in Liberia, Lonestar MTN and Kenya Airways supported this year’s celebration. They donated items such as books, trophies and T-shirts were presented to refugees. UNHCR also donated a television set and its accessories to enable refugees watch the 2014 Football World Cup, via satellite, in which Côte d’Ivoire is competing.    World Refugee Day was also marked at Brewerville in Monrovia, Bahn Refugee Camp in Nimba and Little Wlebo Refugee Camp in Maryland County. Liberia currently hosts 44,172 refugees, asylum seekers and other persons of concern, including 41, 111 Ivorian refugees.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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