Fajardo vows to do his best for Gilas

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHe may be decorated fixture in the pro league, but June Mar Fajardo is well aware that he has yet to prove himself in the international game.That’s why the soft-spoken four-time PBA Most Valuable Player is challenging himself to perform at his best in the first leg of the Asian qualifiers for the 2019 Fiba World Cup, Ete he will pair up with naturalized center Andray Blatche to provide Gilas Pilipinas a vaunted twin tower combo.ADVERTISEMENT Barnes’ 30-footer at the horn lifts Mavs over Grizzlies Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Whether he plays heavy minutes or not, Fajardo vows to do what Reyes asks of him.“Whatever coach tells me to do, what my role is when I’m on the court, I’ll do my best to contribute to the team,” he said.Gilas faces off against Japan at Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports Gymnasium in Tokyo on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments “This is our chance to help the team and the country in our own little way,” he said.Fajardo has had a rather lackluster run with the Philippine team with his last stint in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup ended up getting derailed with a calf injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThough the 28-year-old big man did see action in the team’s last three games, he only averaged 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds in 12.7 minutes in that run.Luckily, he gets another crack af showcasing his abilities for the country after being named to coach Chot Reyes’ 12-man roster for the game against Japan on Friday.last_img read more

Favorable draw for Malditas in AFC Asian Cup

first_imgMOST READ CONTRIBUTED PHOTOIt was always going to be a tough draw either way for the Philippines in the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. But the  Malditas got a slice of good fortune when they landed in Group A together with Southeast Asian powerhouse Thailand, host Jordan and 13th ranked China in their maiden appearance in the prestigious tournament in April next year.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Still, they will be facing their toughest test yet in the Asian Cup, where the Top Five teams will actually make the Womens World Cup in France in 2019. Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta hopes the country will rally around the Malditas as they seek a World Cup berth next year.“We are happy with the outcome of the draw and look forward to the opportunity to bring honor to our country,” said Araneta, who has taken charge of the preparations for the tournament. “We call on all true supporters of Philippine Football to come together to help make the World Cup Qualification a reality. In 2010, the Miracle in Hanoi brought us all together to support the men’s national team. Now is the time for Women’s football to take us to the next level.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The draw held at the King Hussein bin Talal Convention Center in the Dead Sea last Saturday night saw former World Cup winner Japan, Australia, Korea Republic and Vietnam in Group B. But with three of the four top-ranked teams in the competition in the other group, the Malditas’ chances of surviving the group stage actually look good. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseMalditas co-captain Inna Palacios is upbeat of the team’s chances following the draw.“We see light and hope to make the next round,” said Palacios. “But again, it’s not going to be an easy journey. It never will. Proper preparation is crucial here.” Ceres, Global forge PFL Finals duel Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Years later, Roger Federer still on top

first_imgAnd there’s the longevity, which is particularly impressive in light of the recent injury woes for the younger members of tennis’ elite: Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.At 36½, Federer is now the second-oldest man to win a Grand Slam title in the Open era — Ken Roswell won Australia in 1972 at 37. And after going more than four years without a trophy, he’s added three in the span of four appearances at majors (he skipped last year’s French Open and sounds like someone contemplating doing so again in a few months’ time).“I don’t think age is an issue, per se. It’s just a number,” he said Sunday. “But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities. I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.”Federer was asked how long he thinks he can continue playing at this level.“No idea. Honest, I don’t know. I have no idea. I’ve won three Slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself,” he said. “I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen.”Take a look at the way Federer earned his sixth Australian Open championship, tying the men’s record for most in history, to go along with his unprecedented eight Wimbledons, five U.S. Opens (tied for the most in the professional era) and one French Open.After letting a lead slip away and getting outplayed by Cilic the fourth set, Federer faced some danger in the opening game of the decider in the form of two break points.“Momentum,” Cilic would say later, “was on my side.”Right when nerves would figure to be most frayed, Federer was steadier. On the initial break chance there, Cilic got a look at a 104 mph second serve and dumped a forehand return into the net. On the next, Cilic pushed a forehand return wide off a 119 mph first serve up the “T,” and Federer yelled out in Swiss German. Two points later, Federer conjured up a cross-court backhand winner that clipped the outside of a line to cap a 15-stroke exchange and grab that game.In the next, Cilic double-faulted twice and Federer took advantage, breaking en route to a 3-0 lead. And that was pretty much that. View comments It’s hard to decide what is most remarkable about Federer’s career.Cilic’s take?“The passion to compete, season after season, especially at this high level,” said the man who has lost two of the last three Grand Slam finals to the Swiss maestro. “Also, being able to challenge himself, first physically and then mentally, as well, to be at the top almost every single week.”The sheer volume of it all does stand out. Federer has won exactly 10 percent of the 200 major tournaments contested in the professional era. Before Federer started collecting his 20, the most any man managed to accumulate was the 14 for Pete Sampras; he now stands No. 3, behind Federer and Rafael Nadal with 16.There’s also that constant work to evolve and improve, most notably during his recent renaissance by adding versatility to his backhand side with a flatter, more powerful shot than his long-preferred slice.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson So let’s recall what Federer said at the All England Club on the day he collected his very first Grand Slam title, all the way back in July 2003.“I hope,” Federer said, “it’s not going to be my last.”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 folkSeems silly nowadays, doesn’t it?Because there he was, nearly 15 full years later, tears dotting his cheeks as he spoke to an adoring Australian Open crowd after beating 2014 U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in Sunday’s final in Melbourne. Holding his most recent prize, Federer declared, “The fairy tale continues.” Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Source: Pistons finalizing deal to acquire Blake Griffincenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Switzerland’s Roger Federer poses with the Norman Brookes Challenge Cup after winning the men’s singles final at the Australian Open against Croatia’s Marin Cilic in Melbourne, Australia Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)Used to be that Roger Federer simply could not win a match, let alone a championship, at major tournaments.That might be hard to imagine now that Federer owns 20 Grand Slam trophies. But you can look it up: He lost in the first round on three of his first four trips to Wimbledon, and three of his first five appearances at the French Open.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Federer was on his way, just like so many times before.“It’s always very, very challenging to play him,” Cilic observed.Wasn’t always that way at the very beginning, actually. Yet it very much is, all these years later.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

PSL, locals recognize imports’ impact in Philippine volleyball

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES The PSL also welcomed Smart as its newest team putting the total to eight and joining clubs F2 Logistics, Petron, Sta. Lucia, Generika, Cignal, Cocolife, and Foton.Juico also gave credit to how teams quickly adjusted to the new calendar and having the imports ready in time for the first game day on Feb. 17.“For many of you, this is a big responsibility because of the commitments before,” said Juico. “It does take time for teams to make adjustments and we’re very grateful to the teams for not only agreeing to the shift but bringing very good players, both locals and from overseas.”Teams practically retained its core of local players and imports with the exception of the Cargo Movers who won’t have the likes of Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Mary Joy Baron, and Desiree Cheng due to the quartet’s commitment to De La Salle in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The PSL usually starts its season with the Invitational Cup, which serves as some sort of a preseason tournament, before moving on to the All-Filipino Conference and the import-laden Grand Prix.This time, the Grand Prix became the first conference as the PSL changed its schedule to comply with the shifts in the calendars of the Asian Volleyball Confederation and the Fédération International de Volleyball, the sport’s governing body.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“In behalf of all the Filipino athletes, we are grateful to see great action from you,” said Maraño to the imports. “You inspire us and you motivate us to do so much more on our end.”“Of course learning from you will make Filipino athletes better so that we can take volleyball to the top,” added Maraño who plays for defending champion F2 Logistics. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 2018 PSL Grand Prix Presscon. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the Philippine SuperLiga starting off its season on a new format, the league couldn’t help but thank its foreign players for helping improve the quality of play in the country.During the league’s press conference Thursday at CenterStage in Mall of Asia Complex, Chairman Philip Juico and Ambassadress Aby Maraño expressed their gratitude to the teams and the visiting players.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano D-League: Jackson, Coffee Lovers use underdog tag as motivation Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

US women end drought, beat Canada for gold in a shootout

first_imgMarie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.The Canadians, who had pushed the Americans around for much of the game and taken penalties for it, wept on the ice as they accepted their silver medals. Jocelyne Larocque took hers off immediately and held it in her hands as the Americans stood nearby awaiting their gold.“It’s just hard,” Larocque said. “You work so hard. We wanted gold but didn’t get it.”Added Canada coach Laura Schuler: “There’s not a lot of words that can describe how you feel. It was a great game of hockey. It’s what we expected: back and forth hockey.”The Americans had dominated the women’s game in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.It only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano in 1998. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with those four consecutive gold medals — a streak of success in a women’s team sport second only to the U.S. basketball team’s current streak of six straight gold.This was the eighth time these North American rivals had met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven was decided by more than two goals.U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career — the goalie for each of the three wins against Canada last fall during a pre-Olympic exhibition tour.Canada had Shannon Szabados in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn’t use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados’ pads to give the Americans a jolt of energy. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City The Americans piled over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice — 20 years after the women’s last gold medal in women’s hockey and 38 years to the day after he men’s famous “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Russians in group play at Lake Placid.“I can’t put it into words,” defenseman Kacey Bellamy said. “This whole year is for everyone that came before us. This is for Julie Chu (former USA team captain) and for all our families at home, the schools that we went to, everyone supporting us.”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 folkLamoureux-Davidson’s shootout goal was the talk of the game. She feinted a wrist shot, then drew Szabados out of the net by faking a backhand and came back to slide the puck past Szabados’ outstretched leg into the open net for the clinching score.Her twin, Monique Lamoureux-Moranda, said coach Peter Elander, now at Ohio State, had taught the sisters the shootout move when the three were at the University of North Dakota. That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a midair pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney’s left leg for Canada. And when Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Not everyone can take the pressure like that and she took it like a champ,” she said.Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout, another nail-biter ending four years after Canada won its fourth-straight gold medal in Sochi after rallying to stun the Americans in overtime.Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation . Hilary Knight also had a goal and Rooney was spectacular, making 29 saves for the win. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold away in Sochi. Not only did the Americans end the Canadians’ stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss in the tournament a week ago.“It is everything for our country,” U.S. coach Robb Stauber said. “I am just so thankful for the outcome. It was a thrilling final. It was unreal.”ADVERTISEMENT South Koreans call for skaters to be booted from games United States celebrates beating Canada in the women’s gold medal hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Americans’ gold medal drought is finally over. They needed the first shootout in an Olympic women’s final to do it, too.Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored a dazzling, triple-deke goal in the sixth round of a shootout thriller and Maddie Rooney stuffed the last two Canadians to wrap up a 3-2 victory over archrival Canada on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Big rebound: Cavs confident they can bounce back vs Celtics

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James stands on the court during a timeout in the second half in Game 2 of the team’s NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics, Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — They’ve survived amid turmoil for months, their season morphing into the NBA’s most compelling reality show — or, as some have called it, spectacle.The must-watch Cleveland Cavaliers have been hardened by the nonstop drama around them. So it’s not a surprise they’re calm despite trailing the Boston Celtics 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lue has been harping on his players to quicken the pace.“We have to come out with a sense of urgency to attack early, don’t ease into the game or let this team off the hook,” Lue said after practice Friday. “We know they play well at home and they had two good games, so now it’s our turn.” Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award But while Cleveland has some comeback history on its side, Boston has momentum and the Celtics intend to keep it.“We’re just gonna try to use it,” said forward Marcus Morris, “and ride it.”As expected, James responded from a sub-par performance in Game 1 by scoring 42 points with 12 assists and 10 rebounds in Game 2. Still, the Cavs lost and the lack of production from several teammates, most notably guards J.R. Smith and George Hill. They have been totally outplayed by Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier so far, and that could be deflating.Not to the Celtics, who gained confidence in shrugging off James’ haymaker.“That’s a game-changer in itself,” said Morris, one of the many defenders Celtics coach Brad Stevens is using on James. “LeBron came out and did everything he could. To his guys, they see that and they still came up short. That’s a feeling going back up, it kind of puts you in a mood you don’t want to be in.”ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ “We know what it takes,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “We’re down 0-2. No need to panic.”“We know what we’ve got to do,” added All-Star forward Kevin Love on the eve of Saturday’s Game 3.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 Cavs have been in dire straits before in the postseason.Just two years ago, Cleveland trailed 2-0 and then 3-1 in the NBA Finals to Golden State before coming back to win in seven games and end the city’s 52-year championship drought. And back in the 2007 playoffs, LeBron James rallied the Cavs from a 2-0 deficit against Detroit, the hardwood king commencing his legacy by scoring Cleveland’s final 25 points during a Game 5 road win. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Speaking of moods. James, who hasn’t spoken to the media since Tuesday’s game, screamed an obscenity in frustration while working on his jump shot following practice. He made 12 straight before a miss, but James, who is seeking his eighth straight Finals, knows he’s going to need to be near perfect from here on out.James, Love, Smith and Tristan Thompson are the only holdovers from Cleveland’s 2016 title team, which mounted its historic comeback in the Finals and now must rally again.“I was talking to some of the guys in the training room and I was telling people it was already the Eastern Conference finals,” Smith said. “Being in this situation repetitively for the past couple years, I don’t want to say you get numb to it because you don’t want to take it for granted because obviously guys don’t have this opportunity too many times, but this season alone has been an extremely weird year and we just got to figure it out.”To the outside world, Cleveland appears in trouble. They’re facing a younger, more physical team that has been written off several times already.To the Cavs, this is just another bump in the road. They’ve already staved off elimination against Indiana.“We played a Game 7,” Lue said. “The danger’s not like we come out and don’t play well tomorrow and lose, it’s over. We still have games to play. It’s not like it’s a Game 7. They did a good job taking care of their home court. They played well. Now we’re back at home.”ROAD WORK AHEAD: The Celtics haven’t traveled well in these playoffs.They’re just 1-4 outside Boston and their shooting percentages have dipped on trips to Milwaukee and Philadelphia. But after losing three road games to the Bucks in the first round, the young Celtics showed poise in stealing a Game 3 win in Philadelphia that has convinced them they can win in Cleveland.“We’re pretty confident,” Brown said. “Just as confident as we are at home. It’s different between being on the road and at home, just the energy disparity. At home, it’s for you, away it’s against you. But if you do what you’re supposed to do and you are who you are, it’ll show home or away.”NEED FOR SPEED: The Cavs know they need to play faster. On too many occasions in Games 1 and 2, Cleveland was slow bringing the ball up the floor, which allowed the Celtics to get back and set up their defense. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rockets head into Game 3 confident after big win in Game 2 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Naomi Osaka headed for big money with Japan, global appeal

first_imgIn this Oct. 24, 2018 photo, Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, speaks while showing one of Naomi Osaka watches, which she wears during her tennis matches, at the company’s headquarters in Tokyo. Osaka is headed for big money with both Japanese and global appeal. Among companies vying to cash in on her stardom is Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co. Its 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out after it got a lot of exposure on her wrist at the U.S. Open, where she beat Serena Williams of the U.S. (AP Photo/Yuri Kageyama)TOKYO— Naomi Osaka used a powerful forehand and a matching serve to win the U.S. Open against Serena Williams two months ago, soaring as high as No. 4 this season in the WTA tennis rankings.Off the court — on the marketing front — she has the same potential. Maybe more.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s very, very rare to find a Japanese-born female athlete who appeals to an international audience,” said Bob Dorfman, a sports marketing expert and creative director at Baker Street Advertising in San Francisco, California.Serena Williams topped the Forbes list of the highest-earning female athletes this year at $18 million, almost all endorsements.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 ChrissOsaka appears to be the right woman in the right sport at the right time with the draw to overtake Williams.“What’s more, tennis, especially women’s tennis, is a sport that lends itself to a broad variety of sponsors: sporting goods, health and beauty, fashion, lifestyle, travel, personal care, you name it,” Dorfman said. “And the sport’s international following brings with it a large, loyal and affluent fan base. All the more reason why so many companies are lining up to sign her up.” “She appeals to the young and old, men and women, everyone,” said Shigeru Tanaka, advertising manager at Citizen, her sponsor since August.Tokyo-based Citizen Watch Co.’s 80,000 yen ($700) Naomi Osaka watch is selling out at stores in Japan, thanks to the exposure it got on her wrist at the U.S. Open.Citizen was quick to take advantage of her Grand Slam win, taking out a one-third page ad in the Yomiuri newspaper’s extra edition report of her win.Companies won’t say how much her contracts are worth, but they tend to be written so that if she keeps winning, her earnings will keep going up. If one company won’t pay, another will just snatch her up, marketing experts say.Although Japanese baseball players like Ichiro and Shohei Ohtani are superstars, that sport doesn’t have the global appeal of tennis. There are Olympians, but their appeal tends to come and go every four years.Japan is “just starving for a star,” Evert said.Osaka has been wearing various Citizen watches in matches and in photo ops and has told reporters the first watch she got from her mom was a Citizen. She has also said her father drove a Nissan while she was growing up — another in a growing line of sponsors.Besides Citizen, Osaka has deals with instant noodle-maker Nissin Foods Group, Japanese badminton and tennis racket maker Yonex Co., and athletic-wear and sneaker giant Adidas.Nissan Motor Co. signed Osaka as its three-year “brand ambassador” in September. The deal was in the works for a while, but the timing couldn’t have been better, coming right after the U.S. Open.The Yokohama-based automaker is mulling a “Naomi Osaka model” car. She is also getting keys to a silver GT-R sports car. Investing in Osaka enhances brand image for the long-term, said Masao Tsutsumi, general manager in charge of Osaka-related marketing at Nissan. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES The big question is: Can she keep this up?Much has happened very quickly for her, notes former tennis star Chris Evert.“You know, it’s going to be life-changing for her and very, very important,” Evert said. “From what I see, she is very humble and from what I see, her parents are very humble people. Hopefully they won’t go Hollywood on us. We don’t want that to happen.”Osaka’s multicultural background — Japan-born but raised in the U.S. by a Haitian-American father and a Japanese mother — adds to her wide appeal, endearing her to fans in Japan and elsewhere.Her disarming charm, off and on the court, including how she handled the turmoil surrounding her win over Williams, is also winning people over.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Westbrook-less Thunder beat Rockets for 7th straight win Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegecenter_img He said her transformation from “every girl” to superstar parallels the automaker’s commitment to technological innovation. “She also is such a nice person while being utterly professional,” he added.Yonex has been supplying rackets to Osaka since she was 10, after receiving a letter from her mother. The Osaka effect is evident in the growing popularity of Yonex rackets among younger Americans, the company says.Appearing before Yonex employees in Tokyo, Osaka drew affectionate laughter by insisting on addressing the crowd in Japanese, though she managed only a few words, including “onaji,” or “the same,” says Nori Shimojo, the company’s official in charge of tennis player service.At just 21, Osaka’s got plenty of time to learn the language of her birthplace if she wants to.As for her sponsorship windfall, she is shrugging it all off.“I wouldn’t really know because I have never been in this territory,” she said during a recent tournament in Singapore. “For me, I just focus on my matches, and, I mean, like I’m a tennis player, so I just play tennis.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Houston Rockets set NBA record with 26 triples in 136-118 win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I had no clue that we had that many until the fans started chanted: “three,” every time we got the ball,” he said. “So it’s cool to do it together as a team.”The winning streak ties their longest of the season and comes after the Rockets lost their previous three games.Houston had a comfortable lead throughout most of this one and seven straight points, capped by a dunk from Clint Capela, made it 111-94 with about nine minutes left.Tomas Satoransky and Bradley Beal made back-to-back 3-pointers for Washington after that, but Harden ended the run with a 3 that left Houston ahead 114-100.The Rockets then used a 12-3 run, with all their points coming on 3s, to make it 123-103 with about five minutes left. Harden and Gordon both made one in that span and Green capped the spurt with two, and coach Mike D’Antoni cleared the bench soon after.Beal had 28 points to lead the Wizards, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.Houston led by 12 at halftime and a basket by Paul left the Rockets up 80-64 with about nine minutes left in the third quarter. The Wizards used a 6-3 run, with four points from Wall, after that to cut the lead to 83-70.The Rockets made four quick points later in the quarter, highlighted by a nifty reverse layup by Gordon, to leave them up 91-76 with about 3½ minutes left in the quarter.Washington got within 11 late in the third quarter, but Harden scored the next five points, capped by a 3-pointer, to make it 101-85.The Wizards scored the last five points of the quarter, with three free throws, to cut the lead to 101-90 entering the fourth. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carter-Williams joked that the reserves who were on the floor at the end of the game would never have heard the end of it if they hadn’t at least tried to set the record.Harden believes they would have had a tougher time dealing with the fans.“Not even us. The crowd — the crowd would have attacked them,” he said with a laugh. “Credit to those guys, they made shots to close out the game.”A 3 by Gary Clark tied the record with 2:42 left before Carter-Williams made the record-setter. The previous record was held by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who made 25 against Atlanta on March 3, 2017.Paul was happy to help Houston set the record, but didn’t realize what was going on until he heard the crowd.ADVERTISEMENT Eduard Folayang, Shinya Aoki meet again in stacked ONE Championship card in Japan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) argues with referee Scott Foster during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Washington Wizards, Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)HOUSTON — The Houston Rockets were on the cusp of NBA history, just one 3-pointer away from setting the league record for most 3s in a game.The crowd chanted: “Three, Three, Three,” every time Houston got the ball and let out a collective moan after each of four straight misses as the clock ran down on Wednesday night against the Washington Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The victory comes after the Wizards won the first meeting against Houston this season 135-131 in overtime on Nov. 26, despite a season-high 54 points from Harden.The Wizards often double-teamed Harden in the first half, leaving others open, which led to easy baskets in the lane and a 70-58 lead by the Rockets at halftime.TIP-INSWizards: Made 10 of 30 3-pointers. … John Wall added 18 points with 12 assists. … Trevor Ariza had 15 points in his second game since a trade from Phoenix.Rockets: Gordon added 18 points. … James Ennis missed his fourth straight game with a strained right hamstring. … Houston had 15 turnovers.WELCOME BACKThe Rockets played a tribute video for Ariza during a timeout in the first quarter after he spent the last four years with the team before signing with the Suns in the offseason. Ariza, who was traded to the Wizards last week, smiled and waved to the crowd as fans gave him a hearty ovation after the video.UP NEXTWizards: Host Phoenix on Saturday night.Rockets: Visit Miami on Thursday night. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Then, with just 31.1 seconds remaining, Michael Carter-Williams, who had missed two of those four, set his feet and shot his way into the record books, making Houston’s 26th 3 of the night to set the mark and help Houston to a 136-118 win.“All I was hearing were my teammates saying: ‘shoot it, shoot it,’” Carter-Williams said. “So we were just out there trying to make the last one. I had a good, clean look so I just tried to knock it down.”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 ChrissJames Harden scored 35 points as the Rockets won their fifth straight game. He made six 3s, Chris Paul added 5 and Gerald Green and Eric Gordon made 4 each on a night Houston attempted 55.“We knew going into the game they were going to take a lot of them,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “They were hot and they’ve been hot for a while now. They have a couple of hot players and there’s not much you can do when they’re making contested 3s.” View commentslast_img read more

LeBron James leaves game vs Warriors with strained left groin

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks past Knicks in Christmas debut Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James left Tuesday’s game against Golden State midway through the third quarter with a strained left groin and was listed as questionable to return.The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under the Warriors basket at the 7:51 mark of the third trying for a loose ball.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Members of the training staff came out and James tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.James, playing his second straight Christmas game against the Warriors at Oracle Arena after losing last year’s matchup with Cleveland, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before exiting.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Man City, Man United rediscover old selves in EPL wins

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES And according to Guardiola, the title race could be over after that game unless City wins.“With the position of Liverpool, if we drop points then it is over, it is finished. It would be almost impossible,” Guardiola said. “We are not here to send a message, Liverpool know what they have to do, we know what we have to do on Thursday.”For Pogba and United, the race for a top-four spot is only now starting to build up some steam.Pogba scored two goals and added an assist as United put in another impressive attacking display under Solskjaer, who now has three straight wins since taking over from the fired Jose Mourinho — with the team netting 12 goals in that span.“Obviously it’s different,” Pogba said. “It’s just a different style of play, we are more offensive I would say, so we create more chances, and a bit higher as well. … That’s how we want to play, we want to attack, the manager wants to attack, and that’s what we do on the pitch.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew City beat Southampton 3-1 on Sunday to end a run of two straight losses — and three defeats in four matches — while United overpowered Bournemouth 4-1 to continue its resurgence under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.Chelsea also held on for a 1-0 win at Crystal Palace to strengthen its grip on four place, while Burnley ended a three-match losing streak with a 2-0 home victory over West Ham.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 ChrissCity’s title defense had looked in danger of collapsing completely during the busy festive period after surprising losses to Palace and Leicester, but Pep Guardiola’s team found its attacking verve at Southampton thanks to two quick goals just before halftime. David Silva and Sergio Aguero scored for the visitors, who also benefited from a fortunate own-goal by James Ward-Prowse.The win puts City back into second place, two points ahead of Tottenham but still seven behind leader Liverpool ahead of the Reds’ highly anticipated visit to the Etihad on Thursday. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Etheridge’s time has come Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Manchester United’s Paul Pogba, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side’s first goal of the game against Bournemouth, during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LONDON — Manchester City finally rediscovered the kind of football that made it Premier League champion, just in time for this week’s crucial top-of-the-table clash against Liverpool.Paul Pogba and Manchester United are finally looking like their old selves, too, although whether there’s still time to launch a challenge for the Champions League spots remains to be seen.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The French World Cup winner, who had been relegated to the bench during the final weeks of Jose Mourinho’s reign after falling out with the Portuguese manager, put United 2-0 up after 33 minutes before Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku added a goal apiece at Old Trafford. Nathan Ake had given Bournemouth some hope by pulling a goal back for 3-1 just before the halftime break.Pogba celebrated his first goal by performing a playful shimmy with his arms folded across his stomach — a move that TV cameras revealed he had been practicing on the pitch before kickoff.Pogba, though, insisted it wasn’t a rehearsed routine.“No, no, no, it’s just coming,” he said. “Everybody knows I love to dance. That’s how I celebrate my goals.”The win puts United just three points behind fifth-placed Arsenal, but they remain eight points behind Chelsea in the final Champions League spot after N’Golo Kante secured a narrow victory at Palace.After a frustrating first half for the visitors, Kante provided the breakthrough when he ran onto a ball over the top from David Luiz in the 51st minute, chested it down with his first touch and slotted the ball under goalkeeper Vicente Guaita with his second.Olivier Giroud also had two well-taken strikes questionably ruled out for offside — one in each half — while Willian and Ross Barkley both hit the post for Chelsea.Burnley got first-half goals from Chris Wood and Dwight McNeil against a surprisingly toothless West Ham side, giving the team only its second win since Sept. 30. Sean Dyche’s side remained in 18th place, but now only trails Southampton on goal difference and is just four points from 14th in a tight bottom third of the table. 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