BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Two-time reigning champions Guyana Jaguars will launch the defence of their regional four-day title when the WICB’s Professional Cricket League bowls off across the region with the opening round starting today.Jaguars take on Jamaica Scorpions at the Guyana National Stadium in a morning start, confident of making a winning start and setting the tone for another title-winning campaign.And even though the hosts have been successful against their opponents in their last four outings, skipper Leon Johnson said they were taking nothing for granted.”I think our chances of defending our title this season are very good. Of the 13 players that have been selected, 11 have been with us for the last two seasons and make up the core of our team, so those players have gained a lot of experience and were previously experienced,” the Test opener said.”Recently, we’ve been having the better of the Scorpions, but traditionally, Jamaica have always performed well at the regional level. We’re all starting back at zero points. Everybody starts the same this season, so we just have to go out and play good cricket.”Scorpions, meanwhile, finished third last year, and new captain Nikita Miller said he was confident his side could improve on that finish. He also said that Scorpions would not be intimidated by facing the reigning champions.”I think we have improved a lot as a unit from last year. A few guys have moved on … but in terms of the batting unit, and on the whole, I think we have improved, and I hope that can manifest itself in our play this coming season and enhance our chances of finishing higher,” said the seasoned campaigner.In another morning fixture, Leeward Islands Hurricanes host Barbados Pride at Warner Park, with newly-installed skipper Kieran Powell attempting to prevent the 10th straight defeat at the hands of the powerhouses.”Obviously, it is important to break any losing streak, but we are quietly confident going into this season,” Powell said.While Hurricanes finished bottom of the table last year, Pride were second, just seven points off the winners, and captain Kevin Stoute said they were focused on being consistent again.”We’ve been playing consistent throughout the last couple of years. Sometimes, at the end of the day, you need the luck going with you as well as it doesn’t always work out that you come out on top in every game you play,” the all-rounder noted.The day/night game of the round, which bowls off at 3 p.m., will see Trinidad and Tobago Red Force hosting Windward Islands Volcanoes, hoping to end a run of three defeats to the visitors at Queen’s Park Oval.Volcanoes, who have won five of their last seven outings against Red Force, finished one from bottom last season, and long-time skipper Liam Sebastien said a strong start would be important to a successful campaign.”I think what is important is that we get off to a winning start. Yes, we have been doing well against Trinidad over the last couple of years, but it’s a new tournament, a new game, a new season, as well as a day/night fixture,” he pointed out.
Three races that involved Jamaica’s Merlene Ottey have been cited among the best women’s running contests ever seen by the editor of the respected US publication Track and Field (T&F) News.Writing in the magazine’s December issue, editor Garry Hill included Ottey’s narrow losses to Gail Devers at the 1993 World Championships and the 1996 Olympics and her 1993 World 200 metres victory on a list of the best races he has ever witnessed in person. The latter contest gave Ottey, then 33, her first major championship victory.The 1993 100 metres clash in Stuttgart, Germany was a virtual dead heat, with the 33 year-old Ottey rushing forward to catch the fast starting American on the finish line. Both were given the same time, but the photo finish image gave Devers a winning margin of 0.001 seconds. According to Claire Forrester in her book Merlene Ottey – Unyielding Spirit, Devers was uncertain about the outcome and said, “I don’t know whether I won or not.”The ever gracious American concluded, “if any one deserves a gold medal, it’s Merlene.””The decision of the judges doesn’t change anything for me,” insisted the Jamaican. “I’m the champion,” she said. “They made a mistake”, she advanced, “but won’t admit it.”In his December Track and Field News editorial, Hill notes, “at the next day’s victory ceremony, the popular Jamaican was accorded a two-minute standing ovation.”The 1996 Olympic final followed the same exciting pattern with a whirlwind finish falling 0.005 of a second short for Ottey. With this as background, Hill was happy that she won the 1993 200m title.”It was wonderful to see Ottey bounce back from her Stuttgart disappointment with her first ever outdoor gold after a sequence of 12 silver or bronze medals dating back to 1980,” wrote Hill.His list includes world records in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. The former saw Tianna Bartoletta, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter crush the existing mark of 41.37 seconds by East Germany with the first clocking under 41. Their fantastic effort totalled 40.82 seconds and captured the gold medals at the 2012 Olympics. The 4x400m came in a USSR – USA battle at the 1988 Olympics, with Olga Bryzgina holding Florence Griffith-Joyner at bay on the last leg. The times – 3 minutes 15.17 seconds and 3.15.51 – are still number one and two on the all-time 4x400m performance listInterestingly, that is the only entry of Hill’s list that includes Griffith-Joyner who in 1988 set world records at 100 and 200 metres.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Serena Williams held up a Grand Slam winner’s trophy for the 23rd time, celebrating her unrivalled place in history, and received a congratulatory letter and a pair of custom-made shoes from Michael Jordan, the name most synonymous with No. 23.Venus Williams got to watch from close range again, and shed tears, more of joy than regret, after being beaten in a major final for the seventh time by her record-breaking younger sister.Serena won the all-Williams final, the ninth in Grand Slam history and the second in Australia, 6-4, 6-4, yesterday.With her record seventh Australian Open title, Serena moved ahead of Steffi Graf for the most major titles in the Open era.When Serena sat on the court, holding both arms up to celebrate yesterday, Venus walked over to her sister’s side of the net for a hug.”This was a tough one,” Serena said. “I really would like to take this moment to congratulate Venus.”There’s no way I would be at 23 without her there’s no way I would be at one without her. Thank you, Venus, for inspiring me to be the best player I can be.”
“I am about 80 percent fit. [I] still need more games, but the extra work I have been doing is paying off. Each game I try to get better, so I have looked pass this game and look forward to the next,” he added. The attacker has been employed in an unusually deep midfield position this season, where he can influence and control the flow of games, and against Reno he pulled the strings with devastating effect. “I feel confident, this (new) role will help my personal game and help the team. Coach wants me to start the plays. So I have to take responsibility and tryto help the team in every way,” he said. “The new role is alright. It’s a mental role, you have to be focused and you cannot lapse. You might get a lot of space, but you don’t get any time on the ball. “You have to be confident on the ball so your teammates can trust you, because it’s a trustworthy role; you have to be a ball handler because it’s risky, one slip up and it’s a chance, so you have to stay focused,” he continued. The former Meadhaven star is now focus on winning his and UWI’s first Premier League title this season. “Last year we barely missed the semi-finals. We have some very good young players and coach believes in us. He believes I am one of the best players in the country, and I know in myself that I am one of the best despite the bad patches sometimes, but once the ball is rolling and I am fit and in condition, anything is possible because the sky is the limit,” he said. DEVASTATING EFFECT Since Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, returned to league leaders UWI FC full-time this season, he has been showing glimpses of his tremendous talent, and if the 29-year-old continues to progress the way he has since coming back to the team in January, after a lengthy injury layoff, fans might once again find a valid reason to leave their homes on a Sunday to watch Jamaica’s local top-flight football competition. On Sunday against Reno, the former national youth star’s composure, quality and vision was miles ahead of his peers and he says he is only looking to get better each game. “I was away for a short period. I started the season, but I was injured and missed a few games; but now I am back and want to continue where I left off,” he told The Gleaner after his commanding performance in UWI’s 1-0 win over Reno.
Barcelona’s Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (R) and is teammate Brazilian forward Neymar warmp up before the International Champions Cup (ICC) match between Juventus FC and FC Barcelona, at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, on July 22, 2017.FC Barcelona defeated Juventus 2-1. / AFP PHOTO / Jewel SAMADNeymar gave Barcelona fans a dazzling reminder of what they could be about to lose on Saturday, scoring twice as the Spanish giants defeated Juventus 2-1 in a pre-season friendly.The 25-year-old Brazilian superstar is at the centre of frenzied speculation linking him to a gargantuan, world record 222-million-euro ($256.8 million) transfer to Paris Saint-Germain.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Barcelona rang the changes at half-time, withdrawing all but two of their starting line-up, Neymar exiting for Sergi Roberto and Arda Turan replacing Messi. Juventus also made a raft of substitutions which led to the introduction of Paulo Dybala, Gonzalo Higuain and Douglas Costa amongst others.The changes immediately gave Juve a sharper attacking edge and Dybala was quick to test Adria Ortola with a rasping shot on 62 minutes that was turned around for a corner.From the ensuing setpiece, Giorgio Chiellini nodded home Dybala’s cross to make it 2-1.However it was Barcelona who finished the stronger of the two sides, with Luis Suarez repeatedly threatening to extend the Spanish side’s lead.Man of the moment Neymar departed the stadium without addressing reporters, while Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could only repeat his desire to keep the Brazilian.“We want Neymar to be with us,” Valverde said. “We know his value on the pitch and what he brings to the locker room.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES View comments McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Chris Weidman tops Kelvin Gastelum in UFC college homecoming ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Neymar had kept the guessing game about his future bubbling away after posting a picture of himself looking pensive on Instagram on Friday.But there was little to suggest that the charismatic striker is overwhelmed by the transfer saga as he produced a bewitching performance in front of a sell-out 82,104 crowd at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Brazilian broke clear after only four minutes but saw a tame shot from near the edge of the area drift away from the goal.Barcelona, with Lionel Messi starting, looked by far the more threatening of the two teams with Aleix Vidal and Messi both drawing early blocks from the Juventus defence. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say PLAY LIST 03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending Articles01:45Paragliding Santas delight children in Armenia01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite At the other end Mario Mandzukic might have given Juve the lead on 14 minutes but his header from a Stefano Sturaro cross went wide.The Italians were made to rue Mandzukic’s profligacy a minute later when Neymar fired the Catalans into the lead, playing a clever one-two with Paco Alcacer and drilling his finish past Gianluigi Buffon.Nine minutes later and Neymar grabbed his second, picking his way through a static Juventus defence before burying a low shot beyond Buffon once more.Neymar might have had a hat-trick three minutes from half-time, when Messi floated a delightful pass in behind the Juve defence for the Brazilian.Buffon on this occasion was equal to the challenge however and blocked safely.ADVERTISEMENT
Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Markkanen, Dunn help Bulls outlast Knicks in 2 OTs Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul (3) reacts to a foul call during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — With James Harden injured, the Houston Rockets are figuring out different ways to make up for the offense the league’s leading scorer normally provides.On Wednesday night, that meant Chris Paul took 29 shots and finished with a season-high 37 points to help the Rockets to a 121-112 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Portland coach Terry Stotts said Paul was tough to stop.“He was exceptional,” Stotts said. “He really controlled the game, like he can do. His shot-making was as good as I’ve seen.”Eric Gordon added 30 points as the Rockets withstood a late run to win their second straight.The Blazers used a big run to cut a 14-point deficit to three with about three minutes left. Houston responded with a 6-2 run, capped by a 3-pointer from Paul, to make it 111-104 about a minute later.Damian Lillard made a layup on the other end, but Paul cut through three defenders to make an off-balance layup to push the lead to 113-106.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The Blazers couldn’t get the ball in after a timeout, Houston got the ball back and Clint Capela added two free throws to secure the victory.The Rockets won their second straight and improved to 3-2 in five games without Harden, who is out for at least two weeks with a hamstring injury.Lillard scored 29 after missing the last two games with a strained right calf, and C.J. McCollum added 24 points as the Blazers saw a three-game winning streak snapped.Paul had 11 assists, seven rebounds and three steals, and Capela added 13 points with eight rebounds.Gerald Green scored all of Houston’s points in a 5-2 run that extended the lead to 103-89 midway through the fourth period. He finished with 12 points and has scored in double digits in seven straight games for the first time since 2015.“We’re having to manufacture points in different ways,” Paul said. “Gerald continues to be great and be aggressive. … James averages 30 and we’re just doing it by committee.”Lillard scored the first seven points of an 11-0 spurt that got the Trail Blazers within 103-100 with about 3 1/2 minutes left.Paul received a technical in that span for arguing about a foul called on P.J. Tucker.The Rockets led by nine entering the fourth quarter and were up by 11 with about 7 1/2 minutes remaining after Gordon scored four points. He made a layup before missing a shot on the next possession, only to grab it with one hand and finish with a dunk that made it 98-87.Portland’s Ed Davis was called for a flagrant foul late in the third when he hit Tarik Black in the right eye as Black dunked. Black remained on the court for a couple of minutes before being helped to his feet and escorted to the locker room, holding a towel over his right eye. The team said he had an abrasion to his right eye and he’ll miss Friday’s game. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit New Orleans on Friday.Rockets: Visit Phoenix on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Paul tied his career high for field-goal attempts in a regulation game. He took 33 shots and scored 42 points in a double-overtime game with New Orleans in 2008.His 37 points were the most by a Rocket besides Harden since Jeremy Lin had 38 against San Antonio on Dec. 10, 2012.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 folkPaul, who made 13 field goals, was asked if he realized he’d come close to taking the most shots in his career.“I don’t know,” he said. “It kind of felt like it. Like goodness. I missed a lot, too. That’s what I’m mad about.” Paul made the free throw on that play, and Tucker added a layup after that to extend the lead to 84-74.The Rockets led 55-45 at halftime.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Lillard had eight assists and five rebounds and made 10 of 12 free throws. … Portland had six blocks, led by Jusuf Nurkic’s three.Rockets: Black tied a season high with 13 points. … Nene missed his fourth straight game with a bruised right knee. … Gordon has scored 20 or more points in 21 games this season after doing so in only 19 games last season.NICE PUTBACKGordon’s teammates were impressed with his dunk in the fourth quarter. Paul called it “sick.”“I surprise myself sometimes,” Gordon said with a laugh. “When I saw it floating in the air, I just went after it.”HE SAID ITLillard on being unable to combat Houston’s runs: “When you’re dealing with a team that shoots 3s as much as them and as well, you can’t give them extra possessions and I thought we did that on too many occasions.” View comments
New York Knicks forward Kristaps Porzingis (6) fights for the ball with Chicago Bulls guard Kris Dunn (32) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)NEW YORK— Lauri Markkanen had knocked down eight 3-pointers and almost knocked out his coach with a soaring slam, but Kris Dunn couldn’t get anything to fall.He kept shooting, and eventually hit the shot that put the Bulls on top for good.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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Markkanen scored a season-high 33 points, Dunn shook off a nightmarish shooting night to make the tiebreaking basket in the second overtime, and Chicago beat the New York Knicks 122-119 on Wednesday night.“It was a hard-fought win,” Markkanen said. “We could have ended it a little bit earlier, but (that’s) just how we won.”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 folkDunn had missed 14 of his first 17 shots before banking in a runner with just under a minute left in the second extra period and Markkanen finished it off by making two free throws with 6.8 seconds remaining.The rookie added 10 rebounds. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense ’We had opportunities. We didn’t get stops at crucial times,” Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek said.Lopez then had the first two baskets of the second OT, and after the Knicks got the next two, Dunn made his shot to make it 118-116. He’d had plenty of easier looks that didn’t fall, but his teammates and coaches told him to keep shooting.“The mid-range, that’s my shot, and I kept getting to my spots,” Dunn said. “I liked the shot and it wasn’t falling, and the fact that the sky floater goes in is just like, all right, if that’s going to go in, then we’re going to have to accept it.”Jarrett Jack had 16 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double in six years, but threw away a pass after coming up with a steal with the Knicks down two late in the second OT.TIP-INSBulls: Nikola Mirotic missed his second straight game with an illness. … Chicago ended a four-game losing streak in New York.Knicks: Beasley was back after missing a game with a sprained left ankle. … The Knicks unveiled their City Edition alternate uniform, which is a tribute to firefighters and their families . The uniform they will debut against Brooklyn on Jan. 30 is dark blue in a nod to the firefighters’ dress uniforms, and the shorts feature the logo of the Uniformed Firefighters Association.ZACH’S ALMOST BACKZach LaVine is scheduled to make his Bulls debut Saturday against Detroit after recovering from left ACL surgery. LaVine, acquired in the trade for Jimmy Butler, hoped to play in this game, but neither the Bulls nor their G League affiliate had enough practice days between games to get him ready enough.“For him to come play in this game, really he would have only had one practice in the last five days,” Hoiberg said. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LaVine will practice with the Bulls on Thursday and Friday. Hoiberg said he has been working with the first and second unit.HARDAWAY’S HEALTHTim Hardaway Jr. took part in a full practice this week and will do so again Thursday as he nears his return from a stress injury to his lower left leg. Hardaway last played Nov. 29 and Hornacek said he would slowly increase his workload when he returns to game action — though Hornacek wasn’t sure when that would be.“Tim’s itching to go. That’s his nature, his mentality,” Hornacek said. “But we do have to listen to doctors. We’ve got to be careful with it and that’s why he’s been going through this gradual buildup.”MOMS’ NIGHT OUTA number of Bulls players had their mothers watching from the Madison Square Garden seats. The organization held its first “mom’s trip” and hosted 11 moms seated together in section 117.UP NEXTBulls: Host Detroit on Saturday.Knicks: Visit Minnesota on Friday. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lou Williams scores career-high 50, Clippers beat Warriors “For Lauri to come in on the big stage, the World’s Most Famous Arena, and hit eight 3s and play against arguably the best power forward in the league in Porzingis, play 46 minutes and hit those big free throws late, just tells you everything you need to know,” coach Fred Hoiberg said.Robin Lopez and Denzel Valentine each scored 20 points for the Bulls in their third narrow victory over the Knicks this season. Markkanen was 8 of 15 behind the arc though his highlight play was at the rim, when he threw down a dunk over Knicks center Enes Kanter .“I damn near passed out when he dunked that one,” Hoiberg said.“When he took that full court and just cocked it back, I was speechless. I got chills. It was crazy.”Michael Beasley 26 points and 12 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks, who lost for the eighth time in 10 games. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 24 points, including a dunk at the buzzer to force the second OT.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments
PBA IMAGESHe may be in a unique situation, but Gab Banal is enjoying the chance to work with his father Joel and uncle Koy in Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“This is my first time to be on the same team as them,” said a smiling Banal.ADVERTISEMENT “Eleven out of the 13 teams this conference are school-based, so their advantage is that they’re playing with each other everyday, and some of whom are even dormmates,” he said. “So that’s what we have to adjust to, to quickly become solid and jell as a team.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas PLAY LIST 02:06Passengers bear waiting at terminal for chance to be home for Christmas00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Tennys Sandgren blasts media in final shot at Aussie Open MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Banal admitted that it felt weird when he first joined the team with his father serving as the consultant and his uncle as the head coach.“I don’t know how I’ll act. You treat them as a coach inside the court, but when we go home, we’re back to being family members,” he said.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 folkBut the 27-year-old said that the pros outweighed the cons as he thrives playing under mentors who have watched him play the game growing up.“It’s fun because they know how I play and I know how they coach. We’re familiar with each other and it really helps,” said Banal, who is coming off a confidence-boosting run with Flying V in the 2017 Foundation Cup. “I was able to bring the confidence I gained there and I think I can really help this team reach heights this conference.” LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments In his first game for Marinerong Pilipino, the 6-foot-3 forward was everywhere as he racked 14 points, 14 rebounds, six assists, and four steals in the 94-92 victory over Zark’s Burger-Lyceum back in opening day.Unfortunately, it’s not all roses for Banal as he also committed 10 turnovers and expected to get an earful from his coaches.Luckily, he was spared, but he knows that he has to perform better in the Skippers’ coming games, starting on Thursday against Akari-Adamson.“I have to keep my composure and I have to stick to the system, run our offense, and not be in a hurry,” he said.Banal’s adjustment will be a huge factor as Marinerong Pilipino seeks to compete against far more cohesive school-based teams.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson
Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ “If it’s just striking, I’ll be able to keep up with him. But I’m sure that if we face off against each other, he will bring the fight to the ground, so it’s really my ground game that I have to improve on,” he said.If a title shot comes his way, he knows that he has to make a huge sacrifice of skipping one semester in his hotel and restaurant management course at the University of the Cordilleras.“Maybe, I’ll stop for one semester so that I can train well. I will really pursue that and prepare well in our trainings.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Photo from ONE ChampionshipCareful not to get ahead of himself in his chase for glory, Joshua Pacio wants to first test his mettle against the weight class’ top contenders before being primed for a title shot.The 22-year-old fighter was victorious over Lan Ming Qiang in their strawweight clash in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena, but he admitted a championship shot is the least of his concerns at he moment.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m not thinking about it yet,” he said. “For me, I want more fights to gain more experience. I want to face the elites and prove myself.”Pacio, who improved to 14-2, name-checked Japanese contenders Yoshitaka Naito and Hayato Suzuki, the only two fighters who have beaten hi, as his next targets to gauge his real progress.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“I want to face them again and see if I’ve already improved,” he said.Joshua Pacio doesn’t want to face ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva just yet as he seeks a rematch against Hayato Suzuki and Yoshitaka Naito — his lone defeats in his 14-2 record. @ONEChampionship pic.twitter.com/TZyHiN7jUB — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) January 26, 2018Pacio, though, said he won’t hesitate if ONE decides to pit him against reigning ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva in his next fight.“If ONE decides that I’m worthy of a title shot, I’m still very willing,” said Pacio, who could join the ranks of Honorio Banario, Eduard Folayang, and Geje Eustaquio as members of Team Lakay to hold a title in the promotion.Pacio is confident that if he does get the nod to challenge Silva, he’s capable of holding his own against the champion.ADVERTISEMENT Bittersweet as Cousins injures Achilles in Pelicans’ victory over Rockets Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
LATEST STORIES — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 18, 2018Despite the loss of Alas, the Road Warriors still kept themselves in the game until the Hotshots went on a telling 16-4 blast to open the fourth quarter for a 75-62 advantage with seven minutes remaining before extending the lead to as high as 18, 84-66.“It is what it is. Breaks of the game wasn’t going on our side. I would summarize it all in that four-to-five minute stretch where we couldn’t buy baskets,” rued Ravena, who finished the game with 21 points and five assists to lead NLEX.“Corner threes from Larry (Fonacier) and Alex (Mallari), a layup from Cyrus (Baguio), everyone was missing the shots they normally make. Credit to the defense of Magnolia as well, maybe we’re lower to them percentage-wise offensively. But defensively, we were there. Again, breaks of the game.“ADVERTISEMENT With the loss, the Road Warriors now have their backs against the wall heading into Game 6 on Tuesday.But rather than mope, Ravena said the team should heed coach Yeng Guiao’s reminders and “take this loss in stride.”“We’ll learn from it, and probably, we’ll see how it goes in the next game,” he said.Ravena is also hopeful that Alas’ injury is nothing serious as NLEX needs all hands on deck.“We’re praying for [Kevin]. He’s an integral part of this system and an integral part of this franchise. We wish him the best and hopefully, he can play next game,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Read Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — Rookie Kiefer Ravena knows how big of a loss Kevin Alas was for NLEX in Game 5 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals against Magnolia.“That was big and it kind of messed up our rotation,” Ravena said after his backcourt partner Alas suffered an apparent knee injury 40 seconds into the game on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Magnolia’s Ramos shakes off early struggles with big 2nd half Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Ravena even shared that Alas was the one who was encouraging the Road Warriors before the game to come together and start strong in an attempt to light a fire on the players.But Alas hurt his right knee and Ravena admitted that the absence of Alas took the air out of NLEX.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“He was really motivating us before the game, reminding us to be sharp, and that happens,” said Ravena..@ArangkadaNLEX’s @kieferravena expounds on how big of a loss @kevinlouiealas was this Game 5. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/0GZQMa7RqX Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments