UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed

first_imgLa Salle Green Archers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAmid the ballyhoo surrounding the finals rematch, De La Salle continued its mastery over Ateneo with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 win Saturday in their first meeting this the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena.The defending champions bounced back from their shock loss to Adamson and ended the first round on a high note, tied Far Eastern U at the second spot with a 5-2 record, while the Lady Eagles had their streak snapped and settled for third with a 4-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ La Salle almost let go of a six-point lead late in the fourth period after  Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag cut the margin to two, 21-19 off a dump that landed in front of the Lady Spikers’ defensive line.The Lady Spikers, though, hung on when Tiamzon dumped the ball for La Salle’s 23-19 lead then Kianna Dy followed it up a solid block on Kat Tolentino to put the defending champions at the 24-19 match point.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 folkAfter Desiree Cheng sent the ball too far in her service, 24-20, Jules Samonte ironically followed it up with her own service error that awarded the victory to the Lady Spikers.La Salle’s victory, however, could’ve happened as early as the third set when it came back from a 21-11 hole and took a 24-22 lead. View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PSL: Resurgent Cocolife makes it 3 in a row, dumps Foton SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold05:09Carlos Yulo bags 2nd gymnastics gold, settles for 2 silvers00:50Trending 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Madayag and Tolentino, however, gutted it out for Ateneo to force the fourth set.After he called his team a “barangay level club,” La Salle head coach Ramil De Jesus commended how his players put up a fight befit of a defending champion.“The determination to win is at the UAAP level but their play was like a roller coaster because they will get the lead but they will throw it away, or when they were down big they will come back,” said De Jesus. “They lack the end game finishing capability.”Dy finished with a game-high 21 points to lead La Salle while Tin Tiamzon added 13.Desiree Cheng pitched in 11 points for the Lady Spikers while Mary Joy Baron and Aduke Ogunsanya had 10 points apiece for La salle’s cause.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jhoanna Maraguinot had 13 points for Ateneo while Tolentino added 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Dy, peaking La Salle not taking any opponents lightly

first_imgDespite their league best record which catapulted them past National U, the Lady Archers are not taking any opponent lightly with still five games left in their eliminations schedule.“When we’re inside the court, we treat each team equally. Nobody is stronger than one, and no one is weaker than another,” said Dy in Filipino after the 25-15, 25-19, 25-19 win.  “We prepare for each team in the same way.”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 folkLa Salle is the league’s hottest team with three-game winning streak, but what makes it more impressive is that the Lady Spikers have only dropped a set in that run.But although the Lady Spikers are the closest to clinch a Final Four spot, Dy said they’re not looking that far ahead and are taking their chances one match at a time. “We don’t actually think about that right now, we’re taking it one step at a time, so game per game,” said Dy who had 14 points against the Lady Maroons. “We will continue to improve on what we need to be better on, and from there we will fight onwards.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ De La Salle is finally at the apex of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament with a 7-2 record after a three-set win over University of the Philippines on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nietes wants move to super flyweight: ‘My dream fights are there’ View commentslast_img read more

UP snares UAAP men’s football title

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Parks basks in glory of ABL success, growth under coach Alapag Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ UP Maroon Booters celebrate the football championship. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Golden Booters tried to retort after the halftime break, but UP forwards Borlogan, Kintaro Miyagi, and Fidel Tacardon were still able to control the ball and get numerous shots on goal.Dexter Benecio had an opportunity to draw for UST, but UP keeper Anton Yared was there to stop his shot at the 82nd minute.The Maroon Booters ended their season with a flawless record of 12 wins and four draws.UP took home its 18th overall men’s football title to reclaim the throne it lost last season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames UP finally found a crack on UST’s armor, as Ian Clariño’s volley off of a free kick from JB Borlongan at the 21st minute gave it the 1-0 lead. View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 KINGS OF THE PITCH! Congratulations UP Maroon Booters! #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/LnSzY0mZZe— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) May 3, 2018University of the Philippines completed its perfect season with a 1-0 win over University of Santo Tomas to snare the UAAP Season 80 men’s football championship Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium.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 crownAggressive from the get-go, the Maroon Booters controlled the pace of the match and sent the Golden Booters scurrying on defense numerous times.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Raptors hope Nurse can ease pain of NBA playoff flops

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations WORLD CUP: Spain ready to leave coaching woes in the past Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m proud to take on the role of head coach of the Toronto Raptors and to continue to work with the exceptional players we have here,” Nurse said.“I’ve watched this group grow and succeed together. I’m looking forward to more of that this season, and to working towards our shared goal, which is to earn the right to call ourselves NBA Champions.”Nurse was a player-coach for the British league’s Derby Storm in 1990-91 and later returned to coach four other British teams — the Birmingham Bullets (1995-96), Manchester Giants (1998-2000), London Towers (2000-01) and Brighton Bears (2001-06). He won British league crowns in 1996 and 2000 and was named Coach of the Year in 2000 and 2003.Nurse also gained coached in Italy and Belgium and was an assistant coach for Britain’s team in the 2012 London Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours FILE – The Toronto Raptors line up for the anthems, prior to the first half of Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Air Canada Centre on May 3, 2018 in Toronto, Canada. Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images/AFPNick Nurse, an assistant coach who helped the Toronto Raptors reach the NBA playoffs in each of the past five seasons, was named Thursday as the Canadian club’s new coach.Nurse replaced the fired Dwane Casey, who went 320-238 over seven seasons with the Raptors and guided the team to four Atlantic division titles and a record club-record 59 wins last season.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But the Eastern Conference top seeds were swept out of the playoffs by Cleveland in the second round for the second year in a row, the flop sealing Casey’s fate.Nurse, 50, had been the top assistant to Casey, who earlier this week signed with Detroit.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 crown“Nick is an innovative coach who has a tremendous basketball IQ, and a unique approach to the Xs and Os,” Raptors president Masai Ujiri said.Under Nurse’s detailed planning, the Raptors ranked among the NBA’s top 10 in scoring in three of the past five seasons, setting club record with 111.7 points a game and 968 3-pointers made last season. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

So much is different for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 The first British man in 77 years to win a Wimbledon singles title when he did so in 2013, before adding another in 2016, Murray lost in the quarterfinals in 2017 to Sam Querrey, clearly hampered by his hip. Murray wound up not playing another match last season, then had his operation in January.Nearly 12 full months had passed by the time he ventured back into competition at the Queen’s Club grass-court event less than two weeks ago. Still with a hitch in his gait, Murray played more than 2½ hours before losing to Nick Kyrgios in three sets.This week, again on grass, Murray beat fellow three-time major champion Stan Wawrinka, before losing to countryman Kyle Edmund.“I’m pumped obviously because, I mean, four or five weeks ago, I didn’t know whether I’d be capable of competing at a level I’d be happy with. I think the last couple of weeks has been beneficial,” said Murray, a two-time Olympic singles gold medalist whose first Grand Slam championship came at the 2012 U.S. Open. “I don’t think I played amazing in the matches, but I think I’ve done well, considering the opponents.”Now comes Paire, a former member of the top 20 who is currently ranked 48th.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Andy being here is obviously great from a tennis fan point of view,” Edmund said. “But also being British, having a bit of a personal relationship with him, it’s good to see him back after pretty much a year out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi and Ronaldo exit World Cup without titles Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Andy Murray of Britain arrives for a practice session ahead of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London Saturday, June 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)LONDON — Everything’s changed for Andy Murray at Wimbledon this time.A two-time champion at the All England Club, he’s not really considered a serious title contender — by himself or by anyone else, for that matter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Murray has won both of their two previous matchups, including in the fourth round at Wimbledon a year ago.“He’s a tricky guy to play against, because of his style,” Murray said. “He does hit a lot of drop shots, he serve-volleys. He’s unorthodox with his shot selection and stuff. He can be quite up and down, too, at times.”Get past that test, and Murray could face No. 26 Denis Shapovalov of Canada in the second round.Asked to assess how deep he might be able to go in the draw, Murray rested his chin on his right hand and exhaled.“I don’t know. Because how am I supposed to tell you how I’m going to feel if I play for four hours in the first match? I can’t answer that question honestly,” he said. “In terms of how I would fare, how I would do in the tournament, results-wise, I have no idea.”Murray is accustomed to experiencing so much pressure and attention during this fortnight.That should ease, theoretically at least. Any fair assessment would conclude that Murray’s streak of reaching at least the quarterfinals at the past 10 Wimbledons is in jeopardy.There are other owners of multiple titles at the tournament known simply as The Championships who will be hounded about their prospects: Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal among the men; Serena Williams and Petra Kvitova among the women. (Williams was slated to hold a news conference Saturday, but it was moved at the last minute to Sunday because of what was described as a scheduling conflict.)For the first time in a dozen years, Murray is not Britain’s highest-ranked male tennis player.That honor — burden? — belongs to Kyle Edmund, who is seeded 21st at Wimbledon and reached his first Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open. View comments He is not as prepared as usual as the grass-court Grand Slam tournament’s Monday start approaches, having played a total of three matches all year after recently returning from hip surgery.He is not seeded, because his ranking is outside the top 150.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 crownMurray is, however, thrilled to be playing, provided nothing crops up before he’s scheduled to face Benoit Paire of France in the first round Tuesday.“I always want to be here competing. It feels a little bit odd coming into the tournament this year,” Murray said Saturday after practicing at the All England Club. “Normally, like, at this stage, I feel really nervous, lots of pressure, and I expect a lot of myself around this time of year. I’ve always loved that and enjoyed that in a way. It has been difficult, but enjoyed it. Whereas this year, it feels very, very different.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

In battle of endurance, Brownlee outlasts Onuaku

first_imgMOST READ The Bolts, meanwhile, saw Arinze Onuaku run on fumes.For Brownlee, who played 41 minutes and 39 seconds, playing for almost the whole game was a testament to his hard work and discipline.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’“I pride myself every time I come, I want to be better than the last conference especially with my endurance and just the kind of shape I’m in,” said Brownlee who had 36 points, six rebounds, and nine assists.On the other side of the court, Onuaku’s fast start was just that, an early spark of energy that dissipated in the two quarters the Bolts needed him the most. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Onuaku had 16 points in the first half and tried to match Brownlee, who had 24 in that period, shot per shot.Brownlee, however, was able to continue his momentum in the second half while Onuaku barely got a sprint in as he labored to run up and down the floor and lagged behind the Bolts’ offensive and defensive sequences.“Good news for us, Justin’s like an Energizer bunny right now and he doesn’t just get tired,” said Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone. “He used to get tired when he first came in but he’s in such awesome shape now that he doesn’t get tired.”Onuaku scored just five points in the second half while Brownlee had 12 including a couple of points that came off a fastbreak jam that gave Ginebra a 92-81 lead with 4:16 left in the fourth.“I always want to get better in that area [stamina and endurance] so I took a lot of pride in that so I just tried to get in the best shape that I can,” said Brownlee.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments PBA IMAGESIn a basketball game that saw two individuals duke out in a marathon, it was Justin Brownlee who passed the tape with the greater of ease.Barangay Ginebra rode the coattails of Brownlee to take the 104-90 win and the sweep Meralco in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup quarterfinals Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Roger Federer knocked out of Wimbledon after wasting match point LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Chemistry is the key as Maliksi, Pinto team up to lift Blackwater

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Maliksi and Pinto scored the Elite’s first 14 points in the overtime and starting with a three-pointer from the sly guard to the open the extra period.After Pinto’s triple, he found the trailing Maliksi in transition for the mid-range jumper for the 91-86 Elite lead with 3:56 remaining in the game.Pinto then knocked down another three for Blackwater’s 97-89 lead with 2:17 left in the clock.But before Pinto turned hero for the Elite, he had an embarrassing air ball late in the fourth quarter with the Elite trailing 86-82.“When I shot that air ball, Henry was very vocal about it so when overtime happened I knew I was given a chance to redeem myself,” said Pinto. “I had the chance, Henry cheered me up, and if I’m open I’ll just take it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Alaska holds off Meralco to open PBA Governors’ Cup bid 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 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Maliksi and Pinto, who had 28 and 12 points, respectively, said their late-game chemistry wasn’t built overnight and nor was it developed through just their daily practices.The Elite had a couple of pocket tournaments in Indonesia and Macau before they returned to the Philippines a few weeks before the start of the Governors’ Cup and it was during their time abroad that they cultivated the intangibles that eventually helped them in the conference.“Chemistry was a big factor for us because we developed it in the two tournaments that we played in and it was on a higher level so our confidence translated here in our first game,” said Maliksi.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite haven’t had a single victory against the KaTropa in the previous 11 times they’ve faced each other in the PBA, but Allein Maliksi and Nard Pinto were determined to end that drought.Maliksi and Pinto combined for 15 of the Elite’s 18 points in overtime as they inspired Blackwater to a 104-98 win over the KaTropa in the Governors’ Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.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’And although both said they didn’t demand the ball during crunch time what they did, however, was just execute what needed to be done.“It just happened, we were given the opportunity and I actually told Nards that if he’s open he just has to shoot it,” said Maliksi in Filipino. “And as for my shots, I try to be aggressive because Henry [Walker] is also relying on us to be scorers so we just work on it.” MOST READ View comments When Blackwater needed a hero to stop its curse against TNT, a couple of men in tank tops heeded the call.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Bracket busted: 10 of top 13 women’s seeds gone at US Open

first_imgAngelique Kerber, of Germany, reacts against Dominika Cibulkova, of Slovakia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)NEW YORK — Dickie V found a totally awesome PTP’er in the U.S Open’s women’s bracket.His pick is on point — Madison Keys knows how to make a Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Only No. 3 seed and defending champion Sloane Stephens remains among the top six women.On Saturday alone, No. 6 Caroline Garcia, No. 10 Jelena Ostapenko and No. 13 Kiki Bertens were eliminated, too.The early stunners seem to clear the field for No. 17 seed — oh, and six-time champion — Serena Williams to move in on another title.“I think she’s playing really good tennis,” Keys said.Maybe the losses are a case — or curse — of the Louis Armstrong blues.Halep, Wozniacki, Kerber and Kvitova were all beaten at the new Louis Armstrong Stadium. Two-time major champion Garbine Muguruza lost there, too, in the second round.The 14th-seeded Keys has stuck around in a field smacked with upsets.Keys whiffed on an overhead, fought a case of first-set jitters and never found a groove with her backhand. She rallied after dropping the first set and the U.S. Open finalist from a year ago beat Aleksandra Krunic 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday.Keys plays Cibulkova in the quarters.“I think she’s super feisty,” Keys said. Keys lost to Stephens in the final last year and lost to her again this year in the French Open semis. But Keys has been plagued with various injuries (right wrist and ribs, notably) most of the season and slipped out of the top 10 in the rankings.Krunic beat Keys four years ago at Ashe and the Serb seemed poised to do it again when she took the first set. Keys rebounded to win 12 of the last 15 games and thanked the pro-American fans for pulling her through into the round of 16.“The biggest confidence boost for me has been being able to get myself back into those matches and knowing that in a situation like today, if I make some adjustments and stay calm, then I can usually figure things out,” Keys said.Keys’ parents are both attorneys and she picked up some jargon — from a different kind of court — when she explained how she fanned on an overhead.“In my defense,” she said, laughing, “the sun was right there. The ball went right there and I couldn’t see it. You know, it happens. At least it doesn’t happen to everyone else on national television.”She pleaded the fifth when asked how having the top seeds out of the tourney affects her and potentially makes for an easier road back to the final. Like everyone else who watched, she couldn’t ignore, though, the dominance by Williams over sister Venus Williams on Friday night. Serena equaled her most-lopsided victory against her sister with a 6-1, 6-2 rout.“I think she played really well. You obviously have to play well to beat Venus,” Keys said.The 23-year-old Keys joined Stephens, Venus Williams and CoCo Vandeweghe for an all-American semifinals at last year’s Open. Keys’ run to the French Open semifinals showed an overall development of her game. Her big-hitting style makes her more of a natural fit on hard courts and there’s no reason she couldn’t have another long stay in New York.“Coming into here, I was, like, ‘Oh, last time I was in here, I lost.’ That’s fun,” Keys said, smiling. “It’s fine. I’m not torn up about it.” MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “Madison’s backhand is lethal !” Vitale tweeted Saturday from the Open . “Her physical skills r #awesomebaby.”Keys was one of the fortunate favorites in the Open, as she survived-and-advanced to the Sweet 16.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’But much like Vitale would say in a March stuffed with busted brackets, the women’s side is loaded with upset specials.Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber was eliminated, leaving none of this year’s Grand Slam winners left in the U.S. Open. And No. 5 Petra Kvitova lost later, meaning only three of the top 13 women’s seeds remain in the field. And it’s still just Week 1 in Flushing Meadows. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments It’s similar to the way things went at the last major tournament: For the first time in Wimbledon history, none of the top five women’s seeds reached the round of 16. And only one of the top 10 made it to the second week there.On Saturday in New York, No. 29 seed Dominika Cibulkova rallied Saturday to beat the fourth-seeded Kerber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3. No. 26 Aryna Sabalenka beat Kvitova 7-5, 6-1 at night.“I was not able actually to play my best tennis in the important moment,” Kerber said.Join the club.Top-ranked Simona Halep, the French Open champion, was eliminated in the first round. Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki, the No. 2 seed, fell in the second.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Weather woes hit college football, stadiums cleared Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displacedlast_img read more

Golden girls: US wins 3rd straight women’s hoops World Cup

first_imgThe pair has been a key part of all three titles and hasn’t lost a World Cup game in nearly 12 years, including Sunday night’s 73-56 win over Australia in the gold medal game.“It means a lot. I was saying yesterday in the press conference that there’s this misconception out there that this is easy for us,” Bird said. “I get it, because the scores can say that at times. But this isn’t easy. We’re thrown together and need to figure it out on the fly. We need to peak at the right time. It’s extremely satisfying when we get it done.”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 ChrissBird now is the most decorated athlete in World Cup history, winning four gold medals and one bronze.“I don’t know if I can put it in perspective because I’m still in it,” Bird said. LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The victory gave the U.S. 10 World Cup gold medals and was the 22nd win in a row overall for the Americans dating back to the bronze medal game in 2006. That was the same year that Australia won its only World Cup title. The Americans lost to Russia in the semifinals and haven’t lost since in the World Cup or Olympics. The win also made Dawn Staley the first person ever to win a World Cup title as a player, assistant and head coach.The U.S. didn’t have its entire team together until a few days before the tournament started as Bird, Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd were winning the WNBA championship with the Seattle Storm. Stewart, who was the WNBA regular season and postseason MVP, added the MVP of the World Cup to her resume after scoring 10 points in the championship game.“It’s been an incredible few months, that’s for sure,” Stewart said. “The biggest thing about it all is it’s all focused on the team and having the team win.”Brittney Griner scored 15 points to lead the U.S. and anchored a stellar defensive effort against Liz Cambage. Australia’s star center came into the game averaging 27.2 points in the tournament, but was held to just seven.She remained the No. 1 enemy of the Spanish fans, who jeered and whistled every time she touched the ball. Cambage keyed Australia’s win over the host nation in the semifinals. Spain won the bronze medal, beating Belgium 67-60 earlier Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Taurasi, who scored 13 points, helped the U.S. get off to a strong start with a 10-0 lead. Australia could only get within three the rest of the way. It was the first time in the tournament that the U.S. didn’t trail in a game.“It was huge,” Stewart said about the fast start. “Dee (Taurasi) was talking about being the aggressors as Australia’s used to punching first. Today we were going to punch them first. That’s what we did. We rode on that momentum the rest of the game. That’s something they hadn’t seen this whole tournament.”The U.S. led 35-27 at the half and didn’t give Australia any chance to come back, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter.This was Australia’s best finish at the World Cup since 2006.“To beat the USA we had to play really good defense and rebound,” Australia coach Sandy Brondello said. “We contested a lot of shots, but they found too many shooters.”FLAG FLAPAs the flags of the three medalists were being raised during the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Australia’s fell down midway through the song. It drew some laughs and shocked expressions from the Opal players. Cambage tweeted, “our shots didn’t fall but our flag did.”TIP-INSThe Americans remained unbeaten against Australia in Olympic and World Cup games, improving to 18-0. In the World Cup, the U.S. has 11 wins over Australia, although this was the first time the teams had met in the final. … Brondello joined a select group of people to win a World Cup medal as both a coach and player. She starred for the Australians as a player in the 1990s before taking over the coaching job this year. … With the win, the U.S. earns an automatic spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. FIBA is changing the qualifying format next year for the Olympics and World Cup. … The Soviet Union won a record five World Cups titles from 1959 to 1975. … Since the 1996 Olympic Games, the USA Basketball Women’s National Team program will have posted a 100-1 record in major international competitions, winning six consecutive Olympic gold medals (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), five FIBA World Cup golds (1998, 2002, 2010, 2014, 2018), one FIBA World Cup bronze medal (2006) and one FIBA Americas Championship gold medal (2007).RECORD BREAKER Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Europe finishes off dominant week to win back Ryder Cup Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? United States players celebrate after winning the Women’s basketball World Cup final match between Australia and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Sunday Sept. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Andres Gutierrez)SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain — Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi shared a hug as the final seconds ran down on a third straight World Cup championship.The longtime USA Basketball teammates had accomplished another piece of history together.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Bird passed Staley’s career U.S. mark for most assists at the World Cup. Bird fittingly got the record-breaking assist on a 3-pointer by Taurasi, her teammate since their days at UConn in the early 2000s.Staley had 103 in her three World Cups while Bird now has 107. The U.S. coach had joked after the semifinal win that she would sit Bird for the gold medal game to keep the record. Bird arguably had it easier than Staley because FIBA changed the way it counted assists in 2014, giving one to a player if her pass led to free throws.SCOREBOARDSpain beat Belgium 67-60 to win the bronze medal. Canada edged Nigeria 73-72 to finish seventh while France topped China 81-67 to come in fifth.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 awardlast_img read more

Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray all confirmed for Australian Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES Williams returned from giving birth to her first child to reach the 2018 Wimbledon and US Open finals, but suffered upset losses in both to leave her stuck on 23 major wins.Australian Open organisers said she was among the entries for the opening Grand Slam of the year as she attempts to equal Margaret Court’s record of 24.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 ChrissHer appearance will mark her first major since her controversial rant at an umpire during the US Open final loss to Naomi Osaka, which overshadowed the Japanese star’s biggest ever win.In the aftermath, Roger Federer said Williams “went too far”. “Serena Williams, currently ranked 16, will make her highly anticipated return to Melbourne for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant with baby Alexis Olympia,” said tournament organiser Craig Tiley.The evergreen Federer will be back to defend his title, along with long-time adversary Novak Djokovic. Caroline Wozniacki defends the women’s crown.Organisers said the world’s top 102 women and top 101 men have all confirmed they will be playing.The only top-100 absentee from the women’s draw is 74th-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska of Polandwho recently announced her retirement. “It’s always special to see our defending champions — Caroline had her first Grand Slam win here last year so will be keen to start 2019 on a high,” said Tiley. ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “And of course Roger Federer has special memories of Melbourne, having won here six times, something only Novak (Djokovic) and Roy Emerson have done in the past.“I’ve been in touch with Rafa and he’s back to full fitness after cutting his season short after Paris and can’t wait to arrive in Australia,” he added.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 FILE – Serena Williams reacts after winning a point against Anastasija Sevastova, of Latvia, during the semifinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)Serena Williams will make her return to the Australian Open for the first time since winning in 2017 when eight-weeks pregnant, it was confirmed Wednesday, with virtually all the world’s top 100 players due at Melbourne Park.That includes injury-prone Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments Deontay Wilder hoping for a rematch with Tyson Fury ‘ASAP’ MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folklast_img read more