North, South Korea hockey players team up for Olympics

first_imgAlmazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Murray has said that the North Koreans’ hard-hitting style would make them suited to be her fourth line, a group of players who are typically asked to provide strong physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest.Murray, who examined the North Koreans first hand during an event in Gangneung last year, has identified five players as memorable, but among them, only forwards Jong Su Hyon and Kim Hyang Mi made the trip for the Olympics.The unified Korean team will open their group action against Switzerland on Feb. 10. It will then face Sweden on Feb. 12 and Japan on Feb. 14. What draws attention is its Japan match, as many in both Koreas still harbor bitter resentment against Japan’s 35-year colonial rule that ended in 1945, three years before two different governments were formally established on the Korean Peninsula.Conservatives in Seoul have held a series of small-scale rallies in recent days. On Monday, activists burned Kim’s photo and a North Korean flag as the head of the North’s popular girl band passed by them during a visit to the capital. North Korea responded Tuesday by warning similar actions could disrupt ongoing reconciliation efforts.South Korean officials hope an Olympic-inspired mood of detente would serve as a stepping stone to the resumption of diplomatic talks that could slow down North Korea’s nuclear advancement. North Korea, however, has insisted it won’t discuss its nuclear program during its ongoing talks with South Korea, and some experts warn that tensions could flare again after the Olympics.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The North Koreans traveled on to a national athletes’ village in southern South Korea, where they were welcomed by their South Korean teammates and Canadian coach Sarah Murray, who presented them flower bouquets in an outdoor welcoming ceremony.“I sincerely welcome your arrival,” Lee Jae-kun, head of the athletes’ village, told the North Koreans after they got off a bus.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 folkPark Chol Ho, a North Korean coach who arrived with the 12 athletes and two support staff, told reporters that he’s happy to team up with South Koreans. “I’m very pleased with the fact that North and South are united as one to participate in (the Olympics). I expect we’ll see good results if we unite our efforts … though we don’t have much time,” he said.The Korean players later shouted “We are one!” and took a group photo. North and South Korean players plan to practice separately for several days as Murray needs time to learn about the North Koreans. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. North Korean women’s ice hockey players arrive at the South Korea’s national training center, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, in Jincheon, South Korea. Twelve North Korean female hockey players have crossed the border into South Korea to form the rivals’ first-ever Olympic team during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games. (Song Kyung-Seok/Pool Photo via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — Female hockey players from the rival Koreas were paired up with each other Thursday to form their first-ever Olympic squad during next month’s Pyeongchang Winter Games, as their countries press ahead with rare reconciliation steps following a period of nuclear tensions.A dozen North Korean hockey players wearing white-and-red winter parkas crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea earlier Thursday, as about 30-40 conservative activists shouted anti-Pyongyang slogans at a nearby border area.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments The players were sharing the same locker room and the lockers of the North Korean players were deliberately placed between those of their South Korean teammates so that they could become close quickly, according to Yonhap news agency.The Koreas fielded a single team to major sports events only twice, both in 1991. One event was the world table tennis championships and the other soccer’s World Youth Championship. But this is the first time they’ve assembled a single team for the Olympics.The Koreas explored how to cooperate in the Olympics after the North’s leader Kim Jong Un abruptly said in his New Year’s address that he was willing to send an Olympic delegation. As part of the rapprochement deals, the Koreas also agreed for their athletes to march together under a single flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony. Some experts say North Korea may want to use improved ties with the South as a way to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions.The International Olympic Committee has allowed 22 North Korean athletes, including the 12 hockey players, to compete in Pyeongchang in exceptional entries given to the North, which initially had none for the games. The 10 others will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing. They will come to South Korea on Feb. 1.The joint hockey team deal has triggered a backlash in South Korea, with a survey showing about 70 percent of respondents opposing the idea because it would deprive South Korean players of playing time. The IOC-brokered agreement requires at least three North Korean players to suit up for each game, meaning that three from South Korea’s original roster cannot play in those games.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson D-League: Zark’s-Lyceum destroys AMA by 24 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Unbeaten NU averts disaster vs UE, wins 3rd straight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ 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 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After going back and forth against the Lady Warriors and trailing, 11-10, midway through the fourth set, the Lady Bulldogs upped the ante and went on a 13-2 run to take a 23-13 lead with Aiko Urdas finishing it off with a through-the-block kill.NU head coach Babes Castillo said they had a good win, but after seeing his team falter in the second set he knew his players could do better.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 folk“The win earlier was a good win, but it was not a good performance,” said Castillo in Filipino. “I told them to forget about the second set and let’s move on, it’s already marked on the card.”“My players’ captain responded on the dot on what the situation needed and the team will go with the captain,” Castillo said, referring to Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University recovered from its dismal second set to beat University of the East, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23, 25-19, and stay undefeated in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs streaked to their third straight win to take sole possession of the top seed while the Lady Warriors are at the bottom with a 0-3 card.ADVERTISEMENT When NU committed several four straight errors that allowed UE to trim the deficit to six, 23-17, in the fourth set, it was Santiago, who stopped the Lady Warriors’ fun with a well-placed kill that put the Lady Bulldogs in match point, 24-17.Santiago led the Lady Bulldogs’ charge with 23 points while Roselyn Doria added 12 points.Shaya Adorador and May Ann Mendrez led UE with 11 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t mention the score: North Korean media silent on 8-0 loss Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Ravena: We have to learn how to win again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ After strong start in PBA, Fields still has a lot to offer for Columbian Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast But for Kiefer Ravena, they should be in a different level by now.“We already trusted the process. That was last conference. So now, it’s time to believe in the process,” he said while trying to maintain a positive attitude despite NLEX’s current skid.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 super-rookie would rather stay optimistic knowing the Road Warriors’ ability to hurdle these struggles.“We need to trust each other. I’m not saying that we’re not, but we just have to dig deeper and look inside ourselves because we need one to pull out wins, and right now, we badly need wins,” he said. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netIn Philadelphia, Arnett Moultrie has gotten himself accustomed to the mantra of “trusting the process.”Things aren’t as different for him here in the Philippines as the Road Warriors fell down to a 0-3 start this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT It’s an unceremonious start for an NLEX team that reached its first franchise semifinals appearance last conference with Ravena getting the top billing.But past is past, and another conference presents a different challenge of its own.“We’re in survival mode and it is what it is. We have to control what we can control and that is our standing right now which is 0-3,” said Ravena, who contributed 21 points, 10 assists, and two rebounds in NLEX’s tough 106-90 defeat to Meralco on Friday.That puts more pressure for the Road Warriors to perform at their best next Friday as they avoid to fall to a 0-4 ditch in their clash against Phoenix in Biñan, Lagina.“We try to bounce back in Laguna against Phoenix,” he said. “From that game on, we can’t be thinking of making it to the playoffs. We have to take it one game at a time because it’s tough to look that far and at the same time, we can’t even take care of business by winning one game. So we have to be realistic at this point. We have to learn how to win once again.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

PayMaya holds off Iriga, seizes top spot

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film But Rountree halted that run with help from Grethcel Soltones and Celine Domingo, whose kill-block off Lauren Whyte put the High Flyers at match point, 24-22.Iriga stayed in the game on a Jerrili Malabanan net violation but yielded the set and the match on a wild serve by Cabriana.Earlier, Army rebounded from a tough fourth set loss and carved out a 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-27, 15-2 victory over Air Force.ADVERTISEMENT PayMaya blew a four-point lead but rallied from five down late in the fourth frame as it hacked out a 25-23, 22-25, 25-20, 25-23 victory over Iriga-Navy to grab the solo lead in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the Batangas City Sports Coliseum on Saturday.Import Tess Rountree hammered in four of her 24 points in the stretch to anchor the High Flyers’ stirring rally. That fight-back was aided by the Lady Oragons’ three late miscues, the last a service error by Shyra Cabriana that sealed the one-hour, 56-minute victory for PayMaya.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial 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 It was a big bounce-back win for PayMaya after a shutout loss to the Creamline Cool Smashers in Tuguegarao last week and it shoved the High Flyers to the top of the heap with a 3-1 card in the single elimination round of the season-opening conference of the league organized by Sports Vision and backed by Mikasa and Asics.“We just tried to keep the ball flying and in play,” said Rountree after delivering another big game spiked by 20 attack points, two blocks and two aces.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 crownShelby Sullivan and Aiko Urdas backed her with 11 points each while ace playmaker Jasmine Nabor produced 22 excellent sets and libero Lizlee Anne Pantone came away with 29 digs and 15 excellent receptions for the High Flyers.After seizing a 2-1 set lead, PayMaya broke away from a 6-all count in the fourth by racking up four straight hits. But Iriga, with American Macy Ubben taking charge, tied the count at 15, before the Lady Oragons won six of the next seven points to surge ahead at 21-16. Redemption China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Fajardo overcomes tough week, helps Beermen go on a roll

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? LATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Doris Burke, ESPN agree on contract extension Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Feeling much better, he followed up his near double-double effort with 24 points and 19 rebounds to power San Miguel past Barangay Ginebra in overtime on Sunday night. He also hit the game-tying jumper over his 7-foot rival Greg Slaughter to send the duel into OT.The four-time MVP averaged 16.5 points, 16 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 blocks during the stretch to bag his first PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award this conference.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 Beermen are now rolling after starting the conference at 0-3.The 28-year-old Fajardo edged teammate Arwind Santos, TNT guards Terrence Romeo and Jericho Cruz, Rain or Shine’s Raymond Almazan, Alaska’s Vic Manuel and Chris Banchero and Meralco backcourt of Chris Newsome and Anjo Caram for the weekly citation. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo overcame a tough week to help San Miguel Beer regain its form in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Fajardo played through an illness on Wednesday, posting nine points, 13 rebounds, four assists and two blocks in the Beermen’s 106-94 win over the Phoenix Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 commentslast_img read more

‘Karma is AB’: Batshuayi’s celebration at World Cup gets online giggles

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial READ: Belgium tops England, and Group G at World CupVideos of the second-half celebration were circulating online within minutes and were shared widely.Batshuayi quickly took ownership of his gaffe.Fortnite celebrations so overrated bro I had to create something new 🤕💥⚽️ … 😂😂😂 #KarmaIsAB pic.twitter.com/cgbEW8RX4p— Michy Batshuayi (@mbatshuayi) June 28, 2018ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Here is Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi with one of the greatest moments in the history of the World Cup. pic.twitter.com/JlFuN7vI1k— Birmingham Updates (@BhamUpdates) June 28, 2018KALININGRAD, Russia— Michy Batshuayi’s celebration after Belgium’s goal at the World Cup has drawn plenty of laughs online.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 Borussia Dortmund striker scooped up the ball after Adnan Januzaj scored Thursday in a 1-0 victory over England and kicked it hard — probably aiming for the net. Instead, it hit the post and rebounded onto his face.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan MOST READ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Why am I so stupid bro,” he wrote on Twitter, along with a long line of emojis and some expletives.The Belgium forward even claimed to have invented a new goal celebration, moving on from popular dances derived from the Fortnite video game.“Fortnite celebrations so overrated bro I had to create something new,” he tweeted.Some on Twitter said it was the highlight of a game that drew boos from both sets of fans at halftime. Belgian sports website Sporza.be called it “more beautiful than Januzaj’s goal.”Januzaj, whose curling shot over Jordan Pickford sparked the celebration, said teammates told him about it later.“Obviously he was probably happy and at the end did a little mistake,” Januzaj said. “But that was the joy … that showed the passion the Belgian team has got here.”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 Mexico stuns United States in Fiba World Cup qualifying View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew He did not appear to be injured, though his pride may have been hurt. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacueeslast_img read more

Astros edge Dodgers in World Series rematch

first_imgSakkari upsets Venus Williams to reach Silicon Valley semis Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Houston Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander, center, is congratulated after being taken out of the baseball game during the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — In a game dripping with World Series nostalgia, not everybody was willing to embrace the symbolism Friday after the Houston Astros earned a 2-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.Justin Verlander struck out 14 Dodgers and George Springer brought home two runs on double as the Astros appeared to pick up where last fall’s World Series ended: In a Game 7 victory for Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Dodgers: RHP Erik Goeddel (right lat inflammation) was placed on the 10-day disabled list opening a roster spot for RHP John Axford, who was acquired in a trade from the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday. … LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (left groin strain) will have another rehab outing next week, possibly at Triple-A Oklahoma City, after throwing four scoreless innings for Single-A Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday. … LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder strain) received a cortisone shot after a setback in his recovery, but is expected to resume activity next week after a new MRI showed no significant damage in his shoulder.UP NEXTAstros: RHP Lance McCullers (10-6, 4.06 ERA) will pitch Saturday, coming off his fourth career 11-strikeout performance Sunday against the Rangers.Dodgers: RHP Kenta Maeda (7-6, 3.48) will make his first career regular-season appearance against the Astros on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES But Astros manager A.J. Hinch knows there are still two more games remaining in this series so he wasn’t ready to raise a banner for this one.“We’ve had good vibes since then too,” Hinch said, when asked about last fall. “This is a good place, but let’s not overdramatize it. It’s just a series.”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’Perhaps. But none of the players seemed to treat it that way.Verlander was willing to admit that it meant more. In no way was Friday’s game anywhere near a World Series environment, but for a regular-season game in August, the right-hander was impressed. He seemed motivated as well while tying a season high for strikeouts.center_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “This is not your average ballgame midweek, this is a big atmosphere, great ballclub with World Series aspirations and we played them in the World Series last year,” Verlander said. “We beat them and we’re in their ballpark. It kind of adds up to a great atmosphere. I expected nothing less and I didn’t feel disappointed. The fans were awesome.”Verlander won his first career regular-season start at Dodger Stadium, giving up one run on four hits over 7 2/3 innings. He pitched well in last year’s World Series but had a loss and a no-decision in his two starts.Springer was the unquestioned star of last year’s World Series against the Dodgers. He had five home runs, including homers in games 4, 5, 6 and 7. It appeared to be more of the same Friday when he worked a walk in the first inning and ripped an RBI double to left in the second that brought home a second run when center fielder Cody Bellinger mishandled the ball. Springer did not think the two runs would be enough.“Not with the past experience with those guys over there,” Springer said. “But our guy (Verlander) was lights out again today. He was in control of the game from the start and he threw the ball well.”The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson led off in the first inning with a home run off Verlander. It was his second straight game he’s led off with a homer and fifth time this season. He has eight in his career.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Offense was hard to come by after that for the Dodgers. Chris Taylor had singles in the third and eighth innings off Verlander. Bellinger had a single in the fourth.“We have success when we don’t try to do too much off him,” Bellinger said. “We just look for hard hits. Verlander gets stronger as the game goes on which is pretty crazy. It’s hard to hit.”Verlander struck out the side in both the second and fourth innings and set down Pederson in the eighth inning for his 14th and final strikeout before he was removed. Astros reliever Hector Rondon recorded the final four outs for his 11th save.Wood (7-6) went six innings, but after a visit from a member of the Dodgers medical staff, he was removed as he came out to warm up in the seventh inning. Wood gave up two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and three walks and was diagnosed with the same hamstring cramp that plagued him earlier in the year.“I feel like my last couple of games my stuff has been the best consistently it’s just kind of dotting and nasty,” Wood said. “I’ve been working on getting my hand up and I think my command is hurt a little from that, but the direction I’ve been heading in feels good. I’m trying to shorten my arm swing and have seen that work in the quality of my stuff.”RETIREMENT ‘DREDodgers OF Andre Ethier, who drove in Los Angeles’ only run in Game 7 of last year’s World Series defeat, officially announced his retirement with an on-field ceremony Friday.Ethier, who has not played with any team this season, hit 162 home runs with a .285 batting average in 12 seasons, all with the Dodgers. He was limited to just 38 regular season games the past two years because of multiple injuries.TRAINER’S ROOMAstros: SS Carlos Correa (lower back soreness) played seven innings Thursday on a rehab assignment with Double-A Corpus Christi, was given a day off Friday and is scheduled to play both Saturday and Sunday. … 2B Jose Altuve (right knee soreness) is eligible to come off the disabled list Tuesday, but manager A.J. Hinch said he is not confident Altuve will play in Tuesday’s game at San Francisco. … C Brian McCann (arthroscopic knee surgery) got into a catcher’s squat Friday for the first time since his early July surgery and will start working to build up his strength.last_img read more

On cusp of PBA title, Ginebra stresses need to close out San Miguel in ‘do-or-die’ Game 6

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “You got to take the momentum, it’s always momentum when you win you know and I guess you’re doing things right because you’re not losing,” said Brownlee, who finished with 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks.“You can’t be satisfied, though, so you have to come out knowing that we got to play better if we want to beat this team. Game 7s can go either way, you can play bad or you can play great. We don’t want to gamble with that.”Ginebra head coach Tim Cone summed it up perfectly.“We don’t want to go to a Game 7 with San Miguel. That team’s just too good and too explosive, and can put up 140 points in any given night,” said Cone, who is eyeing his 21st title.ADVERTISEMENT Ildefonso’s hot start helps Batang Gilas torch Lebanon in Fiba U18 Asian Championship ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 “We have a do-or-die game again on Wednesday, and that’s what our mindset should be against San Miguel, we can’t give them the chance of a Game 7,” said Tenorio in Filipino Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“San Miguel is a difficult opponent to have so if we have a chance to finish everything on Wednesday then we have to do it,” added Tenorio, who had 15 points and five assists in Game 5.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’Two straight wins aren’t that much to count but in a series that could go either way, back-to-back wins are a difference-maker especially for a team, who dropped two consecutive games earlier in the title duel.Brownlee said they have to “embrace the momentum” they’re in and do everything they can to prevent a winner-take-all Game 7. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGame 5 finally saw the end of a strange trend that had the first four games of the finals series decided by 25 points or more.The pivotal Game 5 also marked Barangay Ginebra’s second straight win in the series for a 3-2 lead against San Miguel Beer, and LA Tenorio and Justin Brownlee have nothing else in mind but to finish the series in six.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more

US Open champ Osaka slumps against Sevastova in Beijing

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments CJ Cansino continues impressive run, credits Ayo for confidence boost The 28-year-old is now just one victory away from her fourth — but biggest — WTA title of her career in Beijing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts during her women’s semi-final match against Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 6, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Greg Baker /Unseeded Latvian Anastasija Sevastova stunned US Open champion Naomi Osaka 6-4, 6-4 to reach the China Open final on Saturday.Sevastova, who dashed Osaka’s hopes of reaching a third straight final, will face either Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Chinese wildcard Wang Qiang on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Osaka, 20, required treatment on her lower back midway through the second set. Last month she won her maiden Grand Slam title in a stormy final in New York, and was runner-up at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo.The Japanese eighth seed, who beat a raging Serena Williams in the US Open final, had been on the verge of tears during her quarter-final victory over Zhang Shuai on Friday.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 ChrissSevastova, now ranked 20th in the world, was so sick of getting injured — she had particular problems with her back — that she quit tennis in May 2013 and studied leisure management.The time off allowed her body to mend and she returned to the sport in January 2015. MOST READlast_img read more

Curry’s big night carries Warriors to sixth straight win

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Pelicans: The Pelicans were outrebounded 46-42. … Elfrid Payton missed his second straight game with a sprained right ankle. … New Orleans lost each of its previous two games scoring 111 points, against Utah and Denver. … The Pelicans have lost 28 of 31 overall to Golden State including playoffs. … New Orleans won 126-120 at Oracle Arena on April 7 to snap a 10-game losing streak on Golden State’s home floor.Warriors: Reserve G Shaun Livingston missed his third straight game with soreness in his right foot. The MRI was clear, coach Steve Kerr said, “but we are going to be very careful with Shaun.” Kerr also plans to take every precaution with fellow veteran Andre Iguodala because “we want both guys to be fresh and ready to roll for the playoffs.” … Three Golden State starters had two fouls by early in the second quarter — Curry, Green and Damian Jones. … The Warriors played at home on Halloween for the first time since hosting Phoenix on Oct. 31, 2000.UP NEXTPelicans: At Trail Blazers on Thursday.Warriors: Host Timberwolves on Friday seeking a fifth straight home win in the series. Green has 50 assists in the last five games and is a big reason the Warriors are passing so well this season. They finished with a season-high 39 assists.“Probably the best player on the floor tonight,” Kerr said of Green. “… We are only as good as Draymond is on many nights.”Anthony Davis returned from a two-game absence with a sprained right elbow and shot just 6 of 16 for 17 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who lost a five-game Western Conference semifinal to Golden State last postseason.“I thought he was a little winded,” coach Alvin Gentry said. “They weren’t going to let him catch the ball and go one-on-one against anybody down there.”Klay Thompson scored 18 points with one 3-pointer for the Warriors two days after setting an NBA record with 14 3s and scoring 52 in a blowout road win against the Bulls.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No question Golden State’s coach is getting a thrill watching No. 30’s hot hand — as in 52.9 percent from 3-point range through nine games.Curry scored 37 points with seven 3-pointers for his sixth 30-point game of the season and dished out nine assists, and the Warriors beat the New Orleans Pelicans 131-121 on Wednesday night for their sixth straight win.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’ve always said I want to continue to try to improve my shooting and get more efficient,” Curry said. “Obviously a good start to that but got to sustain it and stick to the program of what I’ve been doing.”Kevin Durant added 24 points and eight assists, and Draymond Green contributed 16 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists for his first double-double of the season. 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ View comments Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) shoots in front of New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oakland, Calif., Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)OAKLAND, California — Steve Kerr scratched his head when asked why Stephen Curry is shooting the ball so well at the start of his 10th NBA season.“It’s, um, I don’t know,” Kerr said.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘A hell of a night’: Emotional Derrick Rose savors his career-high 50 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Curry scored 16 points in the third quarter with four 3s. He wound up 12 for 20 and 7 of 11 from deep.Two-time defending champion Golden State’s lone loss came in the third game of the season by two points at Denver on Oct. 21.Jrue Holiday had 28 points and nine assists while Nikola Mirotic added 26 points and 12 rebounds for New Orleans, which has a quick turnaround playing at Portland on Thursday night. The Pelicans lost their third straight.The Warriors had 12 assists on 16 baskets with five 3-pointers in their 43-point first quarter.MOMENT OF SILENCEA moment of silence was held before the game for San Francisco Giants Hall of Famer Willie McCovey, who died Wednesday at age 80.“For me, Willie McCovey represents a major figure from my childhood,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr, who grew up a Dodgers fan. “Hearing Vin Scully talking about Willie McCovey and the Dodger/Giant rivalry. I’m well aware of how beloved Willie was here in the Bay Area and by the Giants family. We extend our condolences to Willie’s family and to the Giants family. Everybody here with the Warriors is thinking about them tonight.”LET’S GET TROPICAL!During his sharp-shooting barrage against Chicago, Thompson was forced to wear a large yellow headband over a cut on his forehead, and he joked after the game he looked like Jackie Moon, Will Ferrell’s character from the movie “Semi-Pro.” Thompson then arrived to the arena Wednesday dressed as Moon in a Flint Tropics jersey for Halloween.TIP-INSlast_img read more