Villanova tops Providence for 2nd straight Big East title

first_imgLATEST STORIES Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. They could follow Villanova straight to the Final Four.Mikal Bridges scored 25 points and hit two 3-pointers in overtime to lift No. 2 Villanova to a 76-66 win over Providence in the Big East title game Saturday night.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 folkThe Wildcats (30-4) won their second straight Big East Tournament and third in four years (losing in the 2016 final). They put a bow on a fantastic season that should have them earn a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.Villanova had rolled to a pair of dominant victories in the tourney and held off a pesky Providence team that finally wilted late in its third straight overtime game. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 The Friars had defeated three top-five teams this season and were soaring following overtime victories against Creighton and the Musketeers to reach the final. The Friars are the first team in the Big East Tournament to play three straight overtime games.“It told me my team is tough, resilient, passionate,” Cooley said.Diallo led Providence with 22 points and 10 rebounds and Cartwright scored 19.BIG PICTUREProvidence: The Friars need some rest following a grueling weekend in New York.Villanova: The Wildcats are the best in the Big East. What else is new?UP NEXTProvidence: The Friars are headed to their fifth straight NCAA Tournament. Since its trip to the Final Four in 1987, Providence had made only six tourney appearances from 1988 to 2013.Villanova: The Wildcats should be a No. 1 seed in the tournament. They lost on the opening weekend in 2014, 2015 and 2017. In 2016? They won the national championship.center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ No. 1 Virginia wins ACC title over No. 12 NCarolina Villanova players hold the tournament trophy after an NCAA college basketball game against Providence in the Big East men’s tournament final Saturday, March 10, 2018, in New York. Villanova won 76-66 in overtime. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — As confetti fluttered down on a court still simmering from an epic title game, Jay Wright wrapped his arms around several Wildcats. While his current crop of stars got ready to climb a ladder and snip the net again, Wright celebrated with NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry and a slew of other former players who had sat behind the bench in a scene that bridged the start of Villanova’s ascent into a powerhouse with this season’s Big East Tournament champions.“I wanted them to be up there and a part of it,” Wright said. “I wanted our young guys to see how much pride they take in them and in following them.”ADVERTISEMENT The fifth-seeded Friars (21-13) rallied in the second half from another double-digit hole and seemed set to pull off one more upset and earn the automatic NCAA berth. Providence erased a 17-point deficit in the second half to beat top-seeded Xavier to reach the final. With one stunning rally on its resume, Providence nearly made it two.Kyron Cartwright hit a jumper with 1:38 left that tied the game at 58 and Alpha Diallo scored on a driving layup with 40 seconds left for a 60-58 lead.Big East player of the year Jalen Brunson tied it for Villanova with two free throws.Providence missed a last-gasp shot at the buzzer.Bridges, who scored 25 points, opened overtime with a 3 and hit another that helped stretch the lead for good. Brunson tied a career high with 31 points on an emphatic dunk that sent the Madison Square Garden crowd into a frenzy.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brunson proved his worth as the best in the conference. He hit four 3s and made 12 of 23 overall from the floor, showing on the national stage why he’s a candidate for national player of the year.“It’s an amazing environment and sometimes you can crumble,” Brunson said. “Sometimes things don’t go your way, but how are you going to respond to that? I’ve been a part of great teams with great leaders who’ve responded to different situations that have helped me through this process.”Ed Cooley coached Providence in the second half with a towel fashioned into a skirt and tucked in his waist after his pants split.“When I sat down, I felt the great breeze in the crack,” he said.The side-splitting fashion statement almost worked as a rally towel.Cartwright put Providence’s comeback in overdrive when he hit a 3 that made it 51-46 and had Cooley smiling and clapping on the sideline. He loved it even more when Cartwright came right back and hit another 3 that pulled the Friars within two.Drew Edwards flexed his biceps when he was fouled on a tying basket and had the crowd chanting “Let’s Go Friars!” headed into a timeout. He sank the free throw to give Providence its first lead of the game, 52-51.The Wildcats snatched the lead back and Bridges buried a 3 from the top of the arc that sent the team bench to its feet. Brunson was whistled next time down for an offensive foul and Wright twirled and stretched his arms toward the sky in protest.“It was old school Big East,” Wright said.Providence kept on coming. View commentslast_img read more

Fiji friendly up for Azkals

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Michael Falkesgaard, the 26-year-old Filipino-Danish goalkeeper, who traces his roots in Roxas City, makes his debut for the Azkals, while striker Javier Patino remains doubtful following a long injury layoff. But other foreign-based players like Iain Ramsay, Pika Minegishi and Misagh Bahadoran are all available for selection.“Any game is better than a training session so having Fiji here is good for us,” said Azkals coach Thomas Dooley, who started training camp last Saturday in preparation for the two matches.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“Most important is seeing players have fun,” said Dooley.The Fijians are ranked 168th with their last two friendly matches resulting in a 0-2 loss to Estonia and a goalless draw against Indonesia. 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 — Philippine Azkals Photo by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netThe Philippines steps up its buildup for the biggest match in recent years as it collides with Fiji for the first time in an international friendly on Thursday night at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The clash comes just five days before the Azkals meet Tajikistan in their final AFC Asian Cup qualifier, where the Filipinos need a draw to punch their ticket for the continental showpiece event in the United Arab Emirates early next year.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Lower teams jockey for position View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

Heat close in on playoff berth, top Bulls

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ 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 “I want to start the playoffs right away,” Dragic said. “But first, we need to take care of business and be professional.”The Heat need one more win or one more Detroit loss to wrap up their 20th postseason trip in 30 seasons. The Pistons are in New York on Saturday, in a game that should be over before the start of Miami’s home game against Brooklyn.Bulls center Robin Lopez was ejected after picking up a pair of technicals with 8:43 remaining, ending his 13-point, six-rebound night. The Bulls dropped their seventh straight, making this the third losing streak that lasted at least that long for Chicago this season.Lopez had plenty to say to the officials as he walked off the floor, gesturing and pointing as he yelled his case.“I was emotional. I had a life reaction,” Lopez said. “I felt I was never given the time to cool down. I was making my way towards the bench and I was hit with that second T right away. I was a little caught off guard. … It’s not something I’m particularly ashamed of. I play with passion. If I do something I feel is wrong, I apologize for it. If not, I’ll stand by it.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The Bulls won four playoff series in 1997-98, Michael Jordan’s final season in Chicago. They’ve won five playoff series in the 20 seasons since.UP NEXTBulls: Visit Orlando on Friday.Heat: Host Brooklyn on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) and forward Justise Winslow (20) block a shot by Chicago Bulls forward Bobby Portis (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Thursday, March 29, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — No matter the opponent, there are two constant principles of the Miami Heat playoff philosophy.Win at home.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View comments MOST READcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Defend like mad.There’s no playoff berth to officially celebrate yet, but the Heat are getting into that postseason mode. Miami held Chicago to 37 percent shooting on the way to beating the Bulls 103-92 on Thursday night, pushing its home winning streak to a season-best eight games, and cutting the magic number for clinching a playoff spot to one.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“I think we’re pretty solid on defense right now,” said Heat guard Josh Richardson, who led all scorers with 22 points. “But it can be better.”Goran Dragic added 17 points for Miami, which got 13 from Justise Winslow and 11 from Kelly Olynyk. The Heat (41-35) moved within a half-game of Washington for the No. 6 spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race; the Wizards lost at Detroit earlier Thursday, an outcome that meant Miami will have to wait at least a couple more days to clinch. David Nwaba scored 15 points, Noah Vonleh added 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Bobby Portis ended up with 13 points and 16 rebounds for Chicago.“I thought we came out with greater effort,” Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We sustained it for the game. We did let it get away from us a little bit in the fourth quarter.”Miami led most of the way, trailing for only 14 seconds in the opening quarter. The Bulls didn’t make it easy, getting within four late in the third and cutting what was a 19-point deficit down to 12 after Lopez’s ejection.But Olynyk answered with six straight points for Miami, part of a 48-point Heat bench effort.Heat center Hassan Whiteside returned from a nine-game absence with a hip problem, scoring eight points and grabbing seven rebounds in just under 20 minutes.“It’s just good to have him back,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.TIP-INSBulls: Rookie forward Lauri Markkanen (elbow) got the night off. The Bulls are thinking that he can play in Orlando on Friday. … Justin Holiday scored 13 for the Bulls.Heat: Tyler Johnson left in the first half with a sprained right ankle. … Thursday was the 22nd anniversary of Alonzo Mourning’s career-high 50-point game for Miami.SLOW NIGHTMiami came in averaging 11.2 makes from 3-point range per game. The Heat went 7 for 27 from deep Thursday, and are 16 for 56 in their last two games.SPLIT DECISIONChicago beat Miami on Thursday, and then Miami beat Chicago. A couple miles from AmericanAirlines Arena, the Cubs topped the Marlins 8-4 in an opening day game that preceded the Heat victory over the Bulls.PERSPECTIVE Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Stanton homers twice in debut as Yankees beat Blue Jays Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerismlast_img read more

Shooting for immortality

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That’s how things are when the Beermen take the first of three tries to claim an unprecedented fourth PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night in squaring off with the desperate Hotshots in Game 5 at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.Save for their fourth quarter collapse that led to a 105-103 Game 1 loss, the Beermen have been in cruise control in the best-of-seven series, where the Hotshots have yet to find an answer to their incredible firepower.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 crownReigning Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos have been steady, but the likes of Marcio Lassiter and Alex Cabagnot have had their turns in giving the Hotshots problems, particularly in Game 4 on Wednesday.Reserves like Matt Ganuelas Rosser and Brian Heruela have also stepped up for the Beermen, giving Austria more weapons and making Magnolia’s task of pulling off an upset highly improbable. “Their backs are against the wall and I’m sure they’ll come out very hard (in Game 5),” said Austria of the Hotshots in Filipino. “They’re hurting and you know they would want to fight back. This series is far from over.”Santos is looking forward to a celebration on Friday night as the Beermen look to collect a league-high eighth all-Filipino crown.“We just want to win and celebrate and reward ourselves for all the sacrifices that we’ve made to get to this point,” Santos said in Filipino.The Hotshots came up with a gallant stand in Game 4, only to fall short in the endgame when Mark Barroca committed a critical turnover that led to Santos’ game-clinching free throws.“We’ll just try to live another day, we’ll just try to find ways to win on Friday,” Victolero said in his postgame talk in the press room. “Being 3-1 down is a big deficit, but I’m still positive. Anything is possible.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netOn the cusp of another crown, San Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria remained cautious.On the brink of a failed title bid, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero stayed defiant.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery 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 Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Only two teams have fought back from such a deficit in a best-of-seven series to win, with San Miguel pulling off the feat two years ago. The Beermen actually rallied from 0-3 down to win over Alaska.Victolero is taking plenty of encouragement from the Game 4 loss, saying it was their best game of the series.“It’s a defensive game and that’s our game,” Victolero said, noting how his team held the Beermen to just within 80 points. “We cannot dominate San Miguel because of their firepower, we’ll just try to stay close, stay in the game for 48 minutes for us to have a chance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Arcilla’s experience vital to PH Cupperslast_img read more

Pistons owner says he’s undecided on Van Gundy’s future

first_imgLATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Van Gundy will finish his fourth season as coach and president of basketball operations on Wednesday night at Chicago. He’s failed to lead Detroit to the playoffs for the third time.Gores says changes need to be made, but insists no decisions will be made until he speaks with Van Gundy. The two are expected to meet next week.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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy, top, talks with guard Luke Kennard in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Sunday, April 8, 2018, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)DETROIT — Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores says he’s undecided about Stan Van Gundy’s future with the franchise.Gores met with reporters during halftime of Monday night’s game against the Toronto Raptors.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay agree on 2030 World Cup bid Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

ONE: Belingon keeps streak, clobbers Leone

first_imgView comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames More importantly, it sent a strong statement that he’s ready to get another crack at ONE Bantamweight Champion Bibiano Fernandez. He failed in his first challenge back in January 2016.But Belingon would rather let the powers-that-be decide his future match.“I’m just waiting for the decision of ONE. I’ll take whatever they give me,” he said.Leone, meanwhile, fell to an 8-4 record with this second straight defeat.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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Kickboxers, muay thai specialist shine in ONE Super Series Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Kevin Belingon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKevin Belingon delivered a dominating performance, decimating Andrew Leone in the main event of ONE: Heroes of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Igorot contender wasted no time going for the kill, bombarding his American opponent with a barrage of strikes after the opening bell.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Though Leone was able to squeak in a spinning elbow, Belingon shook off the hit and took him down, leaving his opponent a bloody mess with his lethal flurry of elbows and knees that needed the referee to momentarily halt the action.The 30-year-old Team Lakay stalwart continued to pummel Leone after the break and in the succeeding rounds, with the coup de grace being a spinning side kick that sent the American to the corner which led to the ground and pound strikes that ended the match at the 1:27 mark of the second round.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“I saw him stepping back. When I saw the opportunity, I took it,” said Belingon.With the win, he notched his fifth straight win to improve to 18-5. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Manchester City signs Riyad Mahrez in record club deal

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018, Leicester’s Riyad Mahrez during the English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England. Manchester City has signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds (US dollars 80 million) on a five year deal Tuesday July 10, 2018, as it further strengthens its team after winning the English Premier League title. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira, FILE)MANCHESTER, England — Manchester City has signed Riyad Mahrez for a club-record 60 million pounds ($80 million) as it further strengthens its team after winning the Premier League title.The 27-year-old Algeria winger was an integral part of Leicester’s astonishing run to the title in 2016, but has been pushing to leave the central England club for a year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Watching them from afar has been a pleasure. Pep is committed to playing attacking football, which is a perfect for me, and City’s performances last season were outstanding … I believe my own game can develop under Pep’s management.”City director of football Txiki Begiristain said Mahrez “beats defenders and creates space … We’re sure he will bring additional attacking quality to our squad.”Mahrez helped Leicester to a shock league title, and then played a major role in the club reaching the Champions League quarterfinals the following season.He made 180 appearances for Leicester, scoring 48 goals.ADVERTISEMENT Del Potro ‘proud’ to be in same era as Nadal — now he wants to beat him Pep Guardiola’s City, which won the league by 19 points in May, confirmed Tuesday evening that Mahrez has signed a five-year contract.Mahrez will go down as one of the bargains of the Premier League era, having joined Leicester for a reported 400,000 pounds (now $530,000) from French club Le Havre in 2014.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’Scoring 17 goals in Leicester’s title-winning campaign saw Mahrez voted as player of the year in England in 2016.“I am so pleased to have joined City, a side playing great football under Pep Guardiola. They’re redefining the English game and I wanted to be a part of it,” Mahrez said on City’s website. View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

UAAP Season 81 Starting 5: Week 7

first_img(The Inquirer Sports’ Starting 5 weekly ranking is based on the players’ individual numbers and their respective team’s outcomes during the competition week.)Hold on to your seats because the Final Four just became a six-team race.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title FrontcourtBright Akhuetie (University of the Philippines, center)Bright Akhuetie. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines split its two games this week but nonetheless had a solid performance out of center Bright Akhuetie.The Fighting Maroons’ big man averaged 22 points, 13 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks for the week.It was the usual helping that Akhuetie brought to the floor, muscling his way inside and doing the dirty work teams expect from its big men but the Fighting Maroons have to start digging deep if they hope to get out of their 5-6 card.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Manganti drained a couple of buzzer-beating game-winners in the Soaring Falcons’ wins in the two first round matches, the second round meeting between the two in Season 80 didn’t need one as it ended in an 86-70 blowout.And in the Soaring Falcons’ latest win over the Fighting Maroons, Manganti effectively sent UP’s crumbling heart to drown in the River Styx.UP had an ill-fought 22-7 run that cut Adamson’s lead to four, 74-70, in the fourth quarter when Manganti decided that the Fighting Maroons had enough fun.Manganti’s line of 10 points, six rebounds, and three steals, will never pop out of the stat sheet but his soul-decimating three that put Adamson up 77-70 with 1:14 left was a thing of mythical beauty. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Ateneo and Adamson University are well ahead of the pack as the top two seeds but there are still four more teams vying for the other two spots in the Final Four.De La Salle has a solid hold on the third spot while University of Santo Tomas emerged from the depths of the standings to take the fourth seed.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 ChrissFar Eastern University, which finished the first round as one of the top teams, dropped to a tie with University of the Philippines in the fifth spot.With the team scenarios out of the way, here are the players that made Week 7 a spectacle. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img BackcourtJerrick Ahanmisi (Adamson University, shooting guard)Jerrick Ahanmisi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University had one game this week but it featured a shooting display from Jerrick Ahanmisi that was, well, second to just one person.Ahanmisi was crucial in Adamson’s 80-72 win over UP that placed the Soaring Falcons at an 8-2 record for the second seed of the tournament.The third-year guard had 24 points, 16 of which were in the third quarter alone, six rebounds, and three assists.Ahanmisi’s shooting display was by far one of the best Week 7 had but it was a pass that defined his clutch gene when he assisted Sean Manganti’s dagger three that gored through the Fighting Maroons’ weakened heart.Marvin Lee (University of Santo Tomas, point guard)Marvin Lee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPoint guards are usually the ones that make plays for his team and are seldom called on to deliver the points.Marvin Lee, though, doesn’t play by that assumption and would instead shoot the living daylights out of any defender.UST’s fourth-year guard lit a fire blaring with a crimson glare brighter than the Red Warriors’ colors when he put up a career-high 30 points on 8-of-18 shooting from deep. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Petalcorin stopped in 7th by Alvarado in world title fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thirdy Ravena (Ateneo de Manila University, forward)Thirdy Ravena. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAteneo is looking more and more like the defending champion that it is and part of that was a perfect two-game swing this past week that put the blue-and-white flag atop the standings with a 9-2 record.Leading the flight path for the Blue Eagles was Thirdy Ravena who was cruising in his own desired altitude.Ravena got into some turbulence in Ateneo’s first game of the week, a 90-70 victory over University of the East, finishing with 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists but he got into higher altitude when the Blue Eagles dismantled National University, 79-64.The fourth-year forward tied his career-high of 23 points while also grabbing 12 rebounds in just 23 minutes of play.CJ Cansino (University of Santo Tomas, small forward)CJ Cansino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery week seems to have become a witness to just how rookie CJ Cansino can improve as a basketball player.Cansino looks to have done it all when he put up a 17-point, 17-rebound double-double when UST punished UE 80-66 in the first round but that stat line was a thing of the past for the 20-year-old rookie.The Growling Tigers’ wunderkind had the first triple-double of a rookie in recent memory when he tallied 20 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists against, surprise surprise, UE in UST’s 79-68 win.This historic feat earned Cansino the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week plum making him the first player this season to win the award twice. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lee didn’t even bother taking a shot from within the arc and his other six points came from the free throw line.Honorable mentionsAngelo Kouame (Ateneo de Manila University, center)Angelo Kouame. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAngelo Kouame’s case for his inclusion into the top players of Week 7 has a similar tone with Akhuetie’s.Both played within their normal roles and numbers and nothing stood out that much for them.Nonetheless, Kouame still had an impressive two-game run for the league-leading Blue Eagles.Kouame averaged 18.5 points, 16.5 rebounds, and 4.5 blocks as Ateneo went 2-0 this week.Sean Manganti (Adamson University, small forward)Sean Manganti. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt takes guts to shoot daggers even more so when it’s against just one opponent.In the four games that Adamson and UP played in Seasons 80 and 81, four wins were recorded under the Soaring Falcons and Sean Manganti was responsible in the biggest ways in all of those. 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Paul George explodes for 35 as Thunder clobber Knicks

first_imgGeorge made 13 of 22 shots, including 5 of 11 3-pointers. He was coming off a 32-point performance on Monday night against Phoenix during which he made 11 of 19 shots and 6 of 10 threes.“My body has just been feeling good,” he said. “I’ve kind of played myself into good shape from a body standpoint. If I can just find open looks like that, I feel comfortable taking them.”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 ChrissKnicks coach David Fizdale has seen this from George before. Fizdale was an assistant coach for Miami when George was with the Indiana Pacers, one of the top roadblocks to the Heat’s championship runs.“There was just times where we were under his shirt and he was just letting that thing go from deep,” Fizdale said. “We tried to trap him some. … I felt that pain from him when I’ve had my best teams. This guy’s a big-time player. When he gets it going like that, he’s tough.” View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew SCHRODER STEPS UPSchroder has been a star in Westbrook’s absence, averaging 19.2 points and 5.8 assists.UP NEXT:Knicks: At New Orleans on Friday night.Thunder: At Phoenix on Saturday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celtics returns home from roadtrip with rout of Bulls 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Oklahoma City Thunder forward Paul George (13) goes up to dunk against the New York Knicks during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams)OKLAHOMA CITY— Paul George is feeling well — and found his shooting touch.The All-Star forward scored a season-high 35 points to help the Oklahoma City Thunder rout the New York Knicks 128-103 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES “We have a microcosm of how I’d like our guys to play,” Fizdale said. “Fast, athletic, disruptive.”TIP-INSKnicks: Kanter, who played for the Thunder for two seasons and part of another, got a warm reception from the fans when he checked in as a reserve. … Rookie F Kevin Knox scored 15 points on 5-of-16 shooting.Thunder: Shot 65.2 percent in the first quarter to take a 37-22 lead. … It was Oklahoma City’s first time wearing its City Edition uniforms, which pay homage to Oklahoma’s Native American heritage by incorporating elements of the state’s tribal nations. … Adams matched a career high with five assists. … F Jerami Grant scored 15 points. … Rookie reserve Hamidou Diallo scored 11 points.ADAMS TALKS TRASHAdams and Kanter were best friends in Oklahoma City. They talked trash throughout the game, with Adams even suggesting Fizdale should take Kanter out.Adams said he said it because he respects Kanter.“Yeah, I was trying to discourage him because he’s a bloody good player,” Adams said. “It’s best to have him off the floor for us.”THUNDER DEFENSESince Westbrook’s injury, the Thunder have held opponents to 96.2 points per game. For perspective, every team in the league entered Wednesday’s action averaging at least 101.2 points per game. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steven Adams had 19 points and seven rebounds, and Dennis Schroder added 15 points and 12 assists for the Thunder. They have won nine of 10 since an 0-4 start, and improved to 4-1 since point guard Russell Westbrook was sidelined with a sprained left ankle. The Thunder matched their second-best scoring output of the season and posted their largest victory margin.Tim Hardaway, Jr. scored 20 points, and Enes Kanter added 19 for the Knicks.George scored 18 points in the first half and Adams added 15 to help the Thunder take a 65-49 lead. Oklahoma City shot 56.5 percent from the field before the break.The Thunder put the game out of reach in the third quarter. Adams threaded the needle to find a cutting Patrick Patterson for a dunk, then Patterson lobbed to George for a jam that put Oklahoma City ahead 85-61. George scored 17 points in the third quarter, and the Thunder led 100-80 at the end of the period.Fizdale said it was a learning experience for his young squad.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Kevin Love returns for Cavaliers after missing 50 games

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption 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 “There’s definitely going to be a minute restriction. It’s been a few months since I’ve been out there playing,” Love said at Friday’s shootaround. “More than anything, it will be great to blow it out.”Love did not return after exiting the game midway through the first quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsLove signed a four-year, $120 million extension with the Cavaliers in July. He played the first four games of the season, averaging 19 points and 13.5 rebounds, before undergoing surgery. LATEST STORIES View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Pistons’ lack of flexibility evident in deadline moves Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers FILE – In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0), in street clothes, waits to greet teammates during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets in New York. Love took part in a contact scrimmage Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, and could be days away from playing in a game. Love has been out since late October after undergoing surgery on his left foot. He played in just four games before the pain became too much and he opted to have surgery.(AP Photo/Howard Simmons, File)WASHINGTON— Kevin Love returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ lineup on Friday after missing 50 games following surgery on his left foot.Love started and played the first six minutes against the Washington Wizards, scoring four points. He shot 1 for 5 from the field, missing all three of his 3-point attempts. Love made two free throws and had a rebound and an assist.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historylast_img read more