Durham says Bolts ‘didn’t play like ourselves’ in upset loss to Elite

first_imgElite topple No. 1 Bolts in thriller, force decider for semis spot Read Next “A little bit [tired], but not as much as like not doing what we’re needed to do on the defensive end. We left a lot of wide-open shots, and that team is filled with shooters and if you do that they’re gonna knock it down.”Durham nearly won it for Meralco after giving his team a 91-90 lead with 15.8 seconds left before Allein Maliksi put Blackwater ahead for good on a mid-range jumper six seconds later.“Like I said, as a team collectively, we played pretty bad on defense and for myself, I gotta be more aggressive on offense. I gotta do more. I’ll pick it up on Thursday and hopefully, come out with the win,” said Durham.Durham collected 18 points, 21 rebounds and seven assists, but he was still outplayed by Henry Walker, who put up 30 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, 18 rebounds and six assists to lead Blackwater.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Import Allen Durham said the Bolts didn’t play defense the way they had been defending in the elimination round where they wound up at the helm in a tight race for the top spot.And Meralco’s poor defense resulted to a stunning loss to No. 8 Blackwater, which took a 92-91 win on a game-winner to setup a do-or-die game for a semifinals slot on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re out of it just the whole game. We’re doing a lot of dumb stuff on defense. We just weren’t playing like ourselves,” said the reigning Best Import.The Bolts played in their second game in three days, but Durham said it’s no excuse to play as badly as they did defensively. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight View commentscenter_img MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Meralco was the No. 1 team coming into the playoffs but played nothing like it, at least on the defensive end on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Fifth straight MVP not Fajardo’s priority, says it’s ‘more fun’ to win title

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo has proven that he is the most dominant player of his generation when he won his fourth straight PBA MVP award Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The jovial center of San Miguel tied the accolades of the legendary Ramon Fernandez and the iconic Alvin Patrimonio and Fajardo needs just one more MVP plum to distinguish himself from the rest of the league.ADVERTISEMENT A fifth MVP trophy, however, is not on Fajardo’s mind one bit.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I’m more focused on winning the championship because it’s more fun to win the title,” said Fajardo in Filipino Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We wanted the Grand Slam but we fell short this year.”Fajardo had already won five titles in his young career but he is still hungry for that elusive Grand Slam, a goal that has dangled in front of the Beermen since winning the 2015 Philippine Cup. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “The MVP really isn’t a priority for me, what I want more is the championship because you’ll see your teammates’ faces, your family’s faces that they are really happy,” said Fajardo. “I’m happy that I won the MVP but I’m the only one who got the trophy, as compared to winning the title where all of you have a piece.”READ: Even after 4th MVP, Ildefonso believes Fajardo hasn’t hit his ceiling yetSan Miguel ruled the first two conferences of the season winning the All-Filipino and Commissioner’s Cups but failed to advance to the finals of the Governors’ Cup losing to Ginebra in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Even after 4th MVP, Ildefonso believes Fajardo hasn’t hit his ceiling yet Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP View commentslast_img read more

‘We did our best’: Macaraya positive despite Stags’ failed NCAA Finals bid

first_imgKeys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series Read Next Macaraya, though, is keeping his optimism going forward knowing that everyone from this core will return next year.“Hopefully, everybody is healthy next year. We will continue the hard work and standard that we all agreed on. I know that we will have a bright future next year,” he said.Aside from Calisaan and David, also back in the fold next season will be guards Ryan Costelo, RK Ilagan, and Renzo Navarro, as well as swingman Allyn Bulanadi.Macaraya also expressed his elation with the outpour of support for his team.“We’re very happy that the San Sebastian community again is united and very supportive. That’s one of our goals and visions: to bring back the glory days of Baste and we’re one step in achieving it,” he said. “Hopefully, next year we can do better.”ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games The Golden Stags made it to the Final Four for the first time since Season 89 in 2013, marking its return in the post-season after the “Pinatubo Trio” era.However, that run was cut short after San Sebastian lost to San Beda, 71-76, on Tuesday in the final level of the stepladder semis.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBehind the heroics of Michael Calisaan and Jayson David, the Golden Stags did everything they could to extend their season.Unfortunately, the odds just caught on San Sebastian, with the Red Lions making a living from the charity stripe as they shot 25-of-36 to the Golden Stags’ 3-of-6. LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RK Ilagan weeps as San Sebastian bowed out of NCAA Season 93. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAfter San Sebastian bowed out of the Finals race, Stags coach Egay Macaraya is sticking to the positives in his team’s performance this past NCAA Season 93.“We have our heads up. We have nothing to be ashamed of because we did our best. It just so happened that we fell short,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Reyes keeps door open for injured Romeo

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next If Romeo does miss the first game of the Asian qualifiers, he will leave a huge hole in Gilas Pilipinas’ offense. The cold-blooded scorer averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in his last run with the Philippine squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“We’re not giving up on Terrence. We still hope that he can still make the lineup,” said Reyes. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentscenter_img Photo from Fiba.comThree days before leaving for Japan for first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, three Gilas players are still dealing with injuries.Calvin Abueva is suffering from flu while Jayson Castro is nursing back spasms, leading them to miss the final tuneup game against NLEX on Saturday morning.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Terrence Romeo, who is still suffering from a knee contusion, meanwhile, will unlikely be available in the game against Japan.“Terrence is not yet 100-percent. He’s coming in and out of practice, but he’s unsure. He came to a few practices, but hasn’t been able to do any scrimmages,” the veteran mentor said during the team’s sendoff at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutReyes, though, still expects the GlobalPort guard to join the 16-man Philippine crew in Tokyo with national team planning to submit the final roster for the Japan game until the deadline on November 23.“He’s still part of the pool. We haven’t struck out anybody and everyone in the pool has a chance to be in the lineup,” he said. La Salle books UAAP finals return, ousts Adamson Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortlast_img read more

Sonnen outlasts Rampage, advances in Bellator heavyweight tournament

first_imgMOST READ Sonnen (30-15-1), the loquacious former UFC middleweight title contender, was outweighed by 31 pounds on the scales Friday. He still used his superior wrestling skills and tenacity to grind out a decision over Jackson (37-13), the former UFC champion, before a lively crowd at the famed Forum.“I’ve got the biggest arms, I’ve got the greatest charm and I do all the harm,” Sonnen said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJackson tossed Sonnen dramatically onto the mat during the first round, but the veteran brawler struggled to create any more highlights. A frustrated Rampage tapped the mat in front of him in the third round, daring Sonnen to stand and bang.Instead, Sonnen took him down again and finished up a 29-28 decision on all three judges’ scorecards. The 39-year-old Jackson’s first career meeting with the 40-year-old Sonnen was the first bout in an eight-man tournament designed to crown Bellator’s first heavyweight champion since 2016. The field also includes MMA luminaries Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione, along with undersized veteran fighters Ryan Bader and Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.Sonnen will fight the winner of Emelianenko’s upcoming bout with Mir in the tournament semifinals in early summer.MacDonald (20-4) has been ticketed for Bellator stardom ever since he left the UFC and joined its biggest rival in 2016 following back-to-back losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson. MacDonald, who beat current UFC welterweight champ Tyron Woodley in 2014, is likely the best pound-for-pound fighter on the Bellator roster, and he intends to hold the promotion’s titles in multiple weight divisions.“He’s the best fighter I ever fought,” MacDonald said. “I feel like we’re the best two welterweights in the sport.”The title bout was remarkably even, with MacDonald controlling much of the action on the ground when Lima (29-7) wasn’t peppering his oft-injured nose with jabs. MacDonald developed a huge welt on his shin midway through the fight, but it didn’t appear to limit his movement.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Arellano blasts Lyceum for 5th straight win Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Lima knocked down MacDonald with a sweeping kick in the third round and appeared to be close to finishing early in the fourth, but MacDonald persevered. MacDonald dominated the fifth round on the ground and cut Lima near his eyes.MacDonald eventually had his hand raised to the displeasure of Lima, a Brazilian fighting out of Atlanta. MacDonald was carried out of the cage and transported to a hospital as a precaution.“I think I have a person growing inside me,” MacDonald said of his leg injury.Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler returned from his first loss since 2014 with a one-sided decision victory over Goiti Yamauchi, who was bloodied and nearly finished on the ground. Chandler is likely to get a rematch next with Brent Primus, who claimed the title last year when Chandler was forced to stop by an ankle injury.Aaron Pico, Bellator’s 21-year-old blue chip prospect from nearby Whittier, also wowed his home crowd with a vicious body-punch stoppage of Shane Kruchten in the first round of their featherweight fight.The lively Forum crowd included several fighters with UFC ties, including champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino, Nate Diaz and Dan Henderson. Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Pro Bowl left tackle Andrew Whitworth also attended. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting View comments FILE – Chael Sonnen. APINGLEWOOD, Calif. — Chael Sonnen overcame a significant weight disadvantage for a unanimous-decision victory over Rampage Jackson in the opening fight of Bellator’s Heavyweight World Grand Prix on Saturday night.Rory MacDonald also took the mixed martial arts promotion’s welterweight title from Douglas Lima, overcoming grotesque injuries to his left leg and nose to claim a unanimous decision at Bellator 192.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

UAAP volleyball: FEU holds off UP, joins Ateneo at fourth

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum NBA’s biggest stars set for All-Star Saturday competitions John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next “This is a big morale-booster for us because this got the players to get their confidence back.”FEU’s surge, however, didn’t start in the third nor second set but in the very first period when the Lady Tamaraws were down 23-19.The Lady Tamaraws used a 6-0 run to close out the first set, the only time this season that they took the opening period.Heather Guino-o led FEU with 11 points while Toni Rose Basas and Bernadeth Pons had 10 and nine points, respectively.Carlos had 15 points to lead the Lady Maroons’ charge.ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern University snagged a spot in the top four early after fending off University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-12, 25-19, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers The Lady Tamaraws steadied their record to 2-2 and joined Ateneo at no. 4 while the Lady Maroons dropped their third straight game and are now at seventh with a 1-3 card. From a 9-9 deadlock in the third set, FEU ramped up the ante and went on a 7-0 run that UP ironically capped off with an error as the Lady Tamaraws took a 16-9 lead.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough UP managed to cut the deficit to 22-19, Celine Domingo came up big in the clutch and blocked Diana Carlos for FEU’s 24-19 lead before Jeanette Villareal ended the Lady Maroons with a service ace.“We somehow managed to find a way to redeem ourselves because if we lose three straight it will be hard for us to come back,” said FEU head coach George Pascua in Filipino. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Neymar to PSG? Barcelona’s denials don’t stop transfer talk

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant MOST READ Fast forward, and sections of the Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi’s shadow — which couldn’t happen for a while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.But the last thing Valverde needs is losing Neymar.“There are rumors, we’re aware of them,” Valverde said. “We’re happy with him and he’s happy with us.”According to Spanish reports, Neymar has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly : “He is not on the market.”Landing Neymar would be an even bigger coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.___FEELING AT HOMEThe PSG squad features several of Neymar’s compatriots. The captain is Thiago Silva, whose center back partner is fellow Brazilian Marquinhos. PSG also recently signed rampaging Brazilian full back Dani Alves from Juventus.PSG’s Parc des Princes loves a Samba beat, too.The mesmeric Ronaldinho was a huge favorite from 2001-03, securing a big move to Barcelona — where he won the Golden Ball. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ___ANTICIPATION IN PARISReports in Spain and France state that the transfer could be completed by the end of July.“Un Pari Magique” (A Magic Gamble) read the front page headline on sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday. It was accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship’s captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future destination.The headline is a play on words with the favorite chant among PSG fans of “Paris est Magique” (Paris is Magic).ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet But Neymar left the stadium in New Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.The Barcelona coach and president have been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is staying put.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“We want Neymar to be with us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus. “We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team dynamic, and we want him with us. It’s clear.”Barcelona’s league campaign begins on Aug. 20, while PSG’s season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5. Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Before him came Rai, the classy midfield general who broke down in tears after waving good bye to PSG fans following a brilliant spell from 1993-98 where he scored 72 goals and dazzled in the City of Light. There was also Valdo — Rai’s astute midfield partner. Attacking right back Leonardo — who became the club’s sporting director, signing Ibrahimovic — and the recently retired left back Maxwell left lasting impressions.___FITTING INTO THE TEAMWhich position would Neymar play for PSG? Would he fit in or clash with star striker Edinson Cavani?Awkward questions for PSG.Neymar can play on both flanks, but should be the leading main man as center forward.That role already belongs to Cavani, who signed a new PSG contract until 2020 after netting a league-leading 35 goals last season.Having waited three years to become PSG’s No. 1, slogging it out wide right to accommodate Ibrahimovic, it is highly unlikely Cavani would welcome doing the same again if Neymar joins.Equally, having played a supporting role to Messi and — somewhat — to Luis Suarez for the past two seasons, Neymar would not want to play second fiddle again.PSG is desperate to join Europe’s elite, but signing Neymar may produce a conflict the club should avoid. For his arrival could push Cavani out of the door, depriving PSG of its best scorer. Barcelona’s Neymar, center, attacks as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, tries to block his shot during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Juventus’ Andrea Barzagli, right, helps defend on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PARIS — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PSG may be better served signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who is not as skillful as Neymar but more hard-working.Playing Neymar at striker would add flair, but arguably less goals: raising the question whether it’s actually worth it for PSG to sign him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Not magical enough to win the Champions League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. To challenge for European soccer’s top prize, coach Unai Emery told L’Equipe earlier this week: “PSG must have one of the top five players in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer.”Neymar certainly fits the bill. While not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s prolific Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.It would be a massive coup for Emery given his troubled first season.PSG relinquished its league title to Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost 6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG’s tormentor being Neymar.___PSG’S PURSUITThe Qatari-owned club’s courting of Neymar dates back to April last year.With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, PSG had discussions with the player’s father and his agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly was ready to pay 190 million euros.But two months later, Neymar reached an agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by the summer of 2018.It raised the question whether he just used PSG club as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro publicly stated that Neymar had been “close to joining PSG.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’last_img read more

SEA Games: PH fencers add 1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze to medal haul

first_imgMembers of the Philippine fencing team display their respective medals from the 29th Southeast Asian Games. (L to R) Brennan Wayne Louie (gold), Nathaniel Perez (silver) in mens individual foil; Hanniel Abella (silver) and Harlene Raguin (bronze) in women’s individual epee. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLFil-American Louie Wayne Brennan took the men’s individual foil gold medal over compatriot Nathaniel Perez in a dominant show for the Philippines Tuesday in the Southeast Asian Games fencing.Finally getting his slot in the individual category after playing in team events on his freshman year with the national team, Brennan bested Perez, 15-14, in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PH archery team wraps up SEA Games campaign sans gold Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul It was an all-Filipino final as Brennan ousted Thai Sopanut Mayakarn in the semifinal, while Perez dispatched Jet Ng Shang Fei of Singapore.Brennan, who owns a fencing club back in Los Angeles, replaced former champion Emerson Sugui in the PH team.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippine women’s epee team also had an impressive showing, turning in a silver and a bronze.Hanniel Abella bested teammae Harlene Raguin in the semis. But she lost in the final against Nguyen Thi Nhu Hoa of Vietnam. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Raguin took the bronze.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round

first_imgRain in the evening. High of 66 degrees (19 Celsius).SATURDAY’S RESULTSMen’s third round: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat Leonardo Mayer 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-1, 6-4; No. 3 Roger Federer beat No. 31 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-3, 7-5; No. 6 Dominic Thiem beat No. 30 Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-3, 6-4; No. 9 David Goffin beat No. 18 Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-1, retired; No. 24 Juan Martin Del Potro beat No. 11 Roberto Bautista-Agut 6-3, 6-3, 6-4; Aleksandr Dolgopolov beat Viktor Troicki 6-1, 6-0, 6-4; Andrey Rublev beat Damir Dzumhur 6-4, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4; Philipp Kohlschreiber beat John Millman 7-5, 6-2, 6-4.Women’s third round: No. 1 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 27 Zhang Shuai 3-6, 7-5, 6-4; No. 4 Elina Svitolina beat Shelby Rogers 6-4, 7-5; No. 20 CoCo Vandeweghe beat No. 10 Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 4-6, 6-4; Daria Kasatkina beat No. 12 Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-2; No. 15 Madison Keys beat No. 17 Elena Vesnina 2-6, 6-4, 6-1; Jennifer Brady beat Monica Niculescu 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (3); Lucie Safarova beat Kurumi Nara 6-3, 6-2; Kaia Kanepi beat Naomi Osaka 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.STAT OF THE DAYADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petra Kvitova, of the Czech Republic, waves to fans after beating Caroline Garcia, of France, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in New York. APA quick look at the U.S. Open :LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAYADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The fourth round begins, with the most anticipated matchup being reigning Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza against two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova at night in Arthur Ashe Stadium. Muguruza is seeded No. 3; Kvitova is No. 13. They are among the most powerful hitters in the game today. For Kvitova, this is her toughest matchup since returning to action at the French Open following surgery on her left hand as a result of an attack by a knife-wielding intruder at her home in the Czech Republic in December. “I would be happy (to) see a top-10 player, finally. That’s means I’m kind of deep in the tournament, finally,” Kvitova said. “It’s nice to play someone who won a Grand Slam this year. I’m really looking forward (to) the big stage and (to) that match.” Another past Wimbledon champion, No. 9 Venus Williams, is also in Ashe, playing Carla Suarez Navarro in the afternoon. In men’s play, the revelation of the tournament, 18-year-old Canadian qualifier Denis Shapovalov, takes on the highest-seeded man left in the bottom half of the draw, No. 12 Pablo Carreno Busta.SUNDAY’S FORECASTFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingRain. High of 73 degrees (23 Celsius).SATURDAY’S WEATHER Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Knights, Lions relish unlikely team-up in NCAA All-Star Game MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 16 — Unforced errors by Roger Federer in his victory; he averaged 62 in his first two matches.QUOTE OF THE DAY“Maybe ‘The Real Housewives’ will want to play tennis one day.” — CoCo Vandweghe, the 20th-seeded American, who says she likes to watch reality TV shows. Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters View commentslast_img read more

Standhardinger beats PBA draft deadline

first_imgCelebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Philippine Basketball Association Draft pool just got its first legitimate talent who can turn a franchise around.Christian Standhardinger declared for the Draft on Monday as applications for overseas-born aspirants closed, immediately becoming the hands-down top overall prospect because of his size and exemplary attitude.ADVERTISEMENT Travel-weary Yemenis dream big The 6-foot-8 Standhardinger, whose mother hails from Angono, Rizal, easily stands out from a bumper crop of aspirants who beat the deadline, counting former La Salle ace Jason Perkins and San Beda College’s Davon Potts.Standhardinger, 27, stood out in the Jones Cup in Taiwan, Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon and Southeast Asian Games in Malaysia, where the Philippines took the gold medal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe is seen as someone who can dominate the middle in the PBA much like June Mar Fajardo has done for San Miguel Beer.The Draft is set on Oct. 29 with KIA Picanto likely to have the top overall pick. From among the homegrown talents, the applications of Kiefer Ravena and Bobby Ray Parks are also being keenly awaited by fans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more