Gaston embraces last-minute role change to libero

first_imgAt the start of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament, Ponggay Gaston was listed as an opposite hitter for Ateneo.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Gaston isn’t new in playing different positions as she was a middle blocker during her high school days at University of Santo Tomas and she once played as an outside hitter for Ateneo in Premier Volleyball League.And in her first game playing as a libero, Gaston registered seven excellent receptions and that is just one less than Lo had.“When I got to Ateneo my position really changed so I’m used to all this constant changing,” said Gaston. “So whatever coach Tai tells me I’ll just do it and instead of complaining I’ll just think that coach Tai gave me this responsibility because I can do it.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Time to face the monster Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Yet on Wednesday, the third year Lady Eagle got switched to a defense-centric player when head coach Tai Bundit decided that Gaston will be an effective libero against Far Eastern University.And Bundit’s gamble paid off with the Lady Eagles taking their fifth win of the season with a three-set sweep of the Lady Tamaraws, 25-19, 25-21, 25-17.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 folkGaston, who has a minor sprain on her left ankle, said she only knew of her assignment the night before they faced FEU at the second round of the tournament.“I have a sprain so I knew that my only job would be to receive and I can do that,” said Gaston, who shared libero duties with Ria Lo, in Filipino. “I knew I didn’t have to jump and I just focused on my job and make my teammates happy.” Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

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Ravena, Teng relish chance to pay it forward as coaches in NBTC All-Star

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He recalled the humble beginnings of the NBTC, now on its 11th year, before it turned into the country’s version of “March Madness,” the big dance in the US NCAA.“The NBTC was a small group before where it was just a training camp. There wasn’t even any madness in MOA. But now, with the development of coach Eric Altamirano, coach Alex Compton, and all the regional directors of NBTC, they come together once a year to focus in and help evolve this young guys  to experience something they haven’t experienced before and I‘m very blessed to be part of this program.”Teng, meanwhile, is hoping to return again next year, not only to help in the training program but also to avenge his loss to Ravena.“Next year, I’ll coach here again,” he said with a smile. Ravena once again claimed bragging rights over Teng as they called the shots for the standouts from some of the country’s top highschool basketball teams.The two former collegiate stars were happy to have been given a chance to pay it forward to these budding ballers, and share their knowledge even just for this game.“It’s a great experience for me. I learned a lot today and it was really fun. I’ve been here before and I know how it feels to have this opportunity to be watched all over the country and showcase our talents,” said Teng. “We’re all blessed here and I told them that whatever path they take in their future in basketball, they just have to keep on working hard. That’s the secret of all successful basketball players.”Ravena, for his part, is proud to have bore witness to the growth of the NBTC, which gave an opportunity for players even from far-flung cities to showcase their skills under the bright lights.“It feels great knowing that I was part of the pioneer group of NBTC a decade ago. It’s just an amazing feeling being able to see great talent from the provinces and here in Metro Manila and it’s good for them to accept and be grateful being in this kind of atmosphere at a very young age.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. MOST READ Ross wants Beermen considered as one of best teams ever Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Ateneo vs La Salle? Alaska vs NLEX? Nope! @kieferravena and @jeronteng will serve as coaches for these kids in the @SM_Nbtc Division 2 All-Star Game! #MadnessInMOA pic.twitter.com/boazjuY6an— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 23, 2018They are two of this year’s top rookies in the PBA, but Kiefer Ravena is confident that he is better than Jeron Teng–at least when it comes to coaching.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 folkHis Team Cherifer Dedication topped Team Cherifer Passion, 91-89, in the 2018 NBTC Division 2 All-Star Game on Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.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 Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism “The discussion of who’s the better player is still a long debate, but at least for me, I can say that I was better when it comes to coaching,” said Ravena with a grin. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Gilas Pilipinas leaves for Taipei Monday to begin 3rd window

first_imgCarpio 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 Taipei is also a country enamored with basketball and in-love with its national team, and even though Overseas Filipino Workers are aplenty there, tickets for home games – especially against Filipinos – have reportedly been kept out from foreign buyers to assure full support for the hosts.Team Philippines is already assured of advancing together with powerhouse Australia in Group B, and the fight basically has been narrowed down to Taipei and Japan for the third and last slot in their bracket.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 crownAnd Taiwanese superstar Huang Tsung-Han has already declared victory for the home team, quite a hard statement considering that Gilas has had the Taiwanese’s number for the last five years running.“This is my house,” the 23-year-old Huang told Fiba.com recently as tickets have been sold out. “In home games, the whole country will cheer for the players, and it will stimulate the players more. It will strengthen our desire to achieve victory. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Painters hold off Bolts in OT, secure top spot Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Taipei has also recalled some of its stars in the China Basketball Association for this game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The tickets being sold out means we cannot lose,” Huang said.Andray Blatche, Jayson Castro and reigning four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo will again spearhead Gilas, which scored a 79-73 win over the Taiwanese last November at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Kiefer Ravena, banned by the Fiba for doping until August next year, and the injured Kevin Alas are two players from that November team who won’t be around this time.As always, coach Chot Reyes has stayed away from interviews leading to the match, which is also crucial for Gilas since win-loss records will be carried over to the next round.“We just want to ask the country to keep on praying and supporting our team,” Reyes said in a news segment over Channel 5 recently.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments MOST READ Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERCarrying the prayers of an entire nation, Gilas Pilipinas flies out for Chinese Taipei Monday morning to start its third window in the Fiba World Qualifying tournament where the Filipinos will definitely be met by a hostile crowd come Friday.The Taiwanese will host the Filipinos in the 7 p.m. at Taipei Heping Gym, needing no less than a win to stay in range of advancing to the second round and trying to do it against a Gilas side they haven’t beaten since the Fiba Asia Championship in Manila in 2012.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihanlast_img read more

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Former WWE star Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart dies at 63

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 Jimmy Hart said Neidhart seemed in good health when they last saw each other in April on WrestleMania weekend.“He was witty, he was funny. He seemed sharp as a tack,” Hart said.Neidhart was a shot put star in high school in California in the early 1970s and had brief tryouts for NFL teams before becoming a pro wrestler.The Hart Foundation started as bad guys in WWE and won their first tag team championship in 1987 with the help of a crooked referee. They won the tag titles again in 1990 but split up not long after their second reign ended. Bret Hart was the wrestling technician of the team, while Neidhart brought the raw force and power that made them fan favorites later in their run.As a singles wrestler, Hart would become one of the biggest stars in WWE history and made the promotion’s Hall of Fame. Neidhart foundered for most of the 1990s before aligning again with Hart, Owen Hart, Brian Pillman and the British Bulldog to form a new Hart Foundation and become the top faction in WWE.Hart is the only wrestler from that incarnation still alive.“He was very gifted athletically, even though Bret got more of the credit,” Ross Hart said. “He was more of the power behind the team but at times he did some incredibly gifted things in the ring. He was like a water buffalo. He was tough to control and tame.”Neidhart wrestled briefly for other wrestling promotions and had brushes with the law and spent time in drug rehabilitation later in life.But he found a second act as comic relief on “Total Divas” and was filmed going shopping with his daughter and teaching wrestlers how to play golf.Neidhart is the latest in a string of former wrestling stars who have died in 2018, including Bruno Sammartino, Vader, Brian Christopher and Nikolai Volkoff.   /kga View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Neidhart’s daughter, known as Natalya, wrestles for the WWE and is a former women’s champion. Neidhart made appearances with his daughter on the WWE reality series “Total Divas.”“My dad was always a fighter,” she wrote in an Instagram post.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’Neidhart, Bret “Hitman” Hart and manager Jimmy “The Mouth of the South” Hart made up the Hart Foundation stable in the 1980s and 1990s, and the tag team won two WWE championships.“What a great run we had. I couldn’t believe how it took off,” Jimmy Hart told The Associated Press. “But the reason why was, Neidhart was such a great character back then. Bret was more cool, the girls loved him. Neidhart and myself were kind of the evil twins.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Off to battle DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart, who joined with brother-in-law Bret Hart to form one of the top tag teams in the 1980s with the WWE, has died. He was 63.The Pasco Sheriff’s Office said Neidhart fell at home, hit his head and “succumbed to his injury” on Monday in Wesley Chapel, Florida. No foul play was suspected.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Neidhart married Bret Hart’s sister, Ellie, and became part of the famed family wrestling dynasty in Canada. Stu Hart trained his sons, including Bret and former WWE star Owen Hart, as well as Neidhart in the 1970s. Neidhart started his pro wrestling career in Stu Hart’s Stampede Wrestling promotion and eventually signed with the WWE in 1985.Hart posted a picture on social media of himself with Neidhart and the WWE tag team belts around their waists with the caption, “Stunned and saddened. I just don’t have the words right now.”Neidhart wrestled mostly for WWE from 1985 to 1997 and was known for his pink and black gear, maniacal laugh and goatee.Ross Hart, his brother-in-law and a former pro wrestler, told The Associated Press that Neidhart suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and it was believed he suffered a grand mal seizure on Monday.“He got up (Monday) morning and went to lower the temperature on the air conditioner and he just collapsed and I think died pretty quickly,” Hart said. “I think this was stemming from Alzheimer’s, which he’d been battling for some time. It’s a struggle he’s been going through.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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South Korea’s ‘Garlic Girls’ accuse coaches of derailing team

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Center of attention: Bucks’ Brook Lopez lights out from 3 “We had thought we could go together with that family, but after going through the Olympics, it became clear to us they were a family that cared only about themselves,” Kim Eun-jung said in the news conference. “They don’t want the athletes to grow and get better. … They don’t want the athletes to become bigger than the organization.”Jang denied funds were withheld from the athletes, saying the team had agreed prize money would be spent on overseas training and competitions, but Kim Eun-jung said the curlers were kept in the dark about how the money was used.“We were already receiving (state) training funds as members of the national team, and we couldn’t understand why the prize money was not being distributed to us,” she said.South Korea, which has long associated Olympic achievements with national pride, has struggled to root out abuse and corruption bred by factionalism and nepotism from its highly-competitive elite sports scene, where such problems have often been overlooked as long as the athletes produce.But the pressure for change is increasingly coming from a younger generation of athletes, who have shown less tolerance for unjust or unreasonable treatment. The Korea Skating Union in January imposed a lifetime ban on a male coach who was later sentenced to 10 months in jail for assaulting short-track speed skater Shim Suk-hee, an incident that would more likely have been kept in-house in previous years.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In their letter to the Korean Sport and Olympic Committee last week, Kim Eun-jung, Kim Seon-yeong, Kim Cho-hee, and sisters Kim Yeong-ae and Kim Yeong-mi accused former Korean Curling Federation vice-president Kim Kyung-doo of verbal abuse and team coaches of giving unreasonable orders and subjecting their lives to excessive control.In Thursday’s news conference, the curlers said coaches told them what to say in interviews and closely monitored their private lives after training hours, scolding them if they met with athletes from rival teams. Letters and presents sent by fans “were already ripped open” before they reached the curlers, Kim Seon-yeong said.“We can’t understand why the head coach had to rip open and check the presents and letters sent to individuals before they reached the athlete,” she said.The curlers said the coaches withheld prize money and tried to sideline the married captain Kim Eun-jung after learning of her plans to start a family. They said the coaches also tried to force Kim Cho-hee off the team ahead of the Olympics to open a spot for head coach Kim Min-jung to participate as an athlete. They also said they had to endure a tirade from Kim Kyung-doo after they decided to stick with their teammate.Kim Kyung-doo and his family had extensive control over the team with his daughter, Kim Min-jung, being the head coach and his son-in-law, Jang Ban-seok, the mixed doubles coach. The curlers organized the news conference after the coaching staff publicly denied the accusations.ADVERTISEMENT “We can no longer work with a coaching staff that is trying to divide the team,” Kim Seon-yeong said in a glum news conference in Seoul. The players also accused the coaching staff of skipping training sessions, holding back prize money and trying to force a married member off the team.“We need a coaching staff that can train and lead us properly. We want to continue our curling careers and aim for bigger goals at the Beijing Olympics,” Kim said.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 ChrissThe news conference came a day after South Korea’s Sports Ministry and National Olympic Committee announced a joint investigation into allegations that became public after the athletes sent a letter outlining their complaints to sports authorities last week.The five-member women’s curling team became an overnight sensation after their improbable silver medal run in February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. They enthralled a country that barely recognized curling before they made their run and became sought-after spokeswomen in commercials. Their nickname is a nod to the famous garlic produced in their hometown in Uiseong, in southern South Korea, where they met and began playing together as teenagers. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Members of the South Korean Olympic women’s curling team listen to questions during a press conference in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic curlers have accused their coaches of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)SEOUL, South Korea — The Garlic Girls, South Korea’s hugely popular Olympic silver medalist curlers, accused their coaches Thursday of ruining the team with abusive treatment in a dispute that has spoiled one of the year’s feel-good sports stories.The women’s claims, if confirmed, suggest a familiar tale of abuse, corruption and nepotism that has regularly marred South Korea’s highly hierarchical elite sports scene. Men often run South Korean sports efforts, and while the team’s head coach is a woman, men in her family, including her father, a former leading figure in South Korean curling, play a prominent part in the team’s accusations of abuse.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View comments MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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French players united in defeat against Davis Cup overhaul

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? This weekend marked the last time in the 118-year-old competition history that the final was played in a best-of-five matches format and over a three-day weekend. Starting next year, the top team event in men’s tennis will be decided with a season-ending, 18-team tournament at a neutral site.The International Tennis Federation believes this format, with matches played in best-of-three sets, will be more attractive to elite players who often pass on competing for their countries because of a crowded schedule. The French tennis federation supported the reform.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’m extremely sorry because of the ITF decision,” doubles specialist Pierre-Hugues Herbert said. “It was the last true Davis Cup.”Herbert’s partner, Nicolas Mahut, said he spoke with ITF David Haggerty immediately after the final to express his discontent. “I believe he understood very well what I wanted to say,” said Mahut, without giving details. Lucas Pouille, who was thrashed in straight sets by Marin Cilic on Sunday a year after he wrapped up France’s 10th title, said he would not play in the Davis Cup anymore.“Last year I was crying of joy, this year I was crying because I was sad,” Pouille said. “I’m not going to change my mind about the new format. As far as I’m concerned, I’m not going to play in the Davis Cup anymore. That was the last time.”The ITF said it expects the new format will help generate more money for tennis development around the world. A $3 billion, 25-year deal has been agreed by the ITF with Kosmos, an investment group founded by the Barcelona defender Gerard Pique.Mahut claimed tennis stakeholders should have come up with better solutions.“There are other means to find money. The Grand Slams tournaments could have given some of their revenues and the Davis Cup would have been saved,” Mahut said. “We needed to find ways to lighten the schedule, we had so many good ideas to save that competition. There were other solutions.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 college MOST READ The French team, from the left, France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Pierre Hughes Herbert, Nicolas Mahut, Jeremy Chardy , Lucas Pouille and team captain Yannick Noah sing the national anthem before the Davis Cup final between France and Croatia Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018 in Lille, northern France. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)LILLE, France — French players don’t like the new Davis Cup format and they’re saying it loud and clear.After failing to defend their title this weekend in northern France in a 3-1 loss to Croatia, the French lashed out at future plans adopted earlier this year and Lucas Pouille said he would boycott the competition from now on.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic stays in control as Croatia wins Davis Cup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. France’s Davis Cup captain Yannick Noah, who oversaw his last Davis Cup match this weekend and will be replaced by Amelie Mauresmo, is also a fervent opponent of the overhaul.“It will never be the same, it’s going to be something else,” said Noah, who guided France to three Davis Cup titles. “I really hope this is not going to be called the Davis Cup. Playing two sets is not the Davis Cup. They are lying. I told (Haggerty) to his face I’m disgusted and upset because this is the way I feel. The Davis Cup was so much for me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Man United hires former striker Solskjaer as interim manager Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—Volatile star Terrence Romeo has had a tumultuous pro career that reached its low point recently when TNT reportedly wanted him out upon players’ requests.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ The 26-year-old Romeo has been involved in controversies beginning last March when he and his former coach Pido Jarencio at GlobalPort figured in a heated verbal exchange during a game.He was also among the players suspended by Fiba for his participation in the Gilas Pilipinas and Australia brawl in the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers in July.READ: Terrence Romeo to San Miguel gets PBA green light Austria said he had a lengthy conversation with Romeo over the phone on Tuesday and one of his early advice to the three-time PBA scoring champion is “just enjoy the game.”“We welcome him with open arms and I told him, ‘you don’t have to do so much here at San Miguel. You have the likes of June Mar, Standhardinger that can also score,’” Austria said.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil San Miguel has been having a hectic offseason following its surprisingly early exit in the ongoing 2018 Governors’ Cup where it got eliminated in the quarterfinals by eventual finalist Alaska.Apart from Romeo, the Beermen also acquired Paul Zamar and Ronald Tubid from Blackwater and Columbian, respectively.“They are a great addition to the team. On paper, we now have the deepest team with Romeo, Zamar and also Tubid but it remains to be seen until we actually play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Romeo on Wednesday was officially shipped to San Miguel Beer in exchange for third stringers Brian Heruela and David Semerad and a 2021 first round pick.The move to the Beermen, however, not only gives Romeo a breath but more significantly, a golden opportunity to prove his critics wrong.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 ChrissREAD: Seven TNT KaTropa players declare they want Terrence Romeo out“This is a chance for him to redeem himself,” San Miguel head coach Leo Austria told INQUIRER.net just hours after the PBA approved the deal. View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

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Kyrie Irving drops 17 in return as Celtics top sloppy Nets

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Trailing by 11 at halftime, Brooklyn sliced it to 59-54 early in the third quarter before the Celtics used a 17-9 spurt to pull ahead by 17 late in the period.Boston led 86-74 entering the final quarter and the Nets never threatened.“They’re a very cohesive group,” Dinwiddie said. “Obviously, they’re one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference and they force a lot of turnovers. That obviously got them out in transition, got them easy buckets.”In the first half, Boston led by double digits at the end of the first quarter and opened a 47-27 advantage on Tatum’s layup midway into the second en route to a 56-45 edge at halftime.TIP-INSNets: Hit their first four shots — all 3-point attempts — but missed 25 of their next 30 overall. … Former Boston College forward Jared Dudley and Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier both received a nice ovation when they were introduced.Celtics: Morris also returned after missing the previous game with a stiff neck. … Boston swept all four games between the teams last season.PREGAME PRAISEStevens spoke highly about the Nets before the game.“I’d be surprised if this team’s not in the playoffs. They’re awfully good,” he said of Brooklyn, which entered the day holding the Eastern Conference’s seventh seed. “Coach challenged us before the game to be great in that regard and try to really move the ball,” he said. “We did that tonight.”Rodions Kurucs led Brooklyn with 24 points. Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and Kenneth Faried scored 13 with 12 rebounds. The Nets lost for just the fourth time in their last 16 games.Irving was out after scratching both corneas in a collision Dec. 31 at San Antonio.Playing on consecutive days, the Nets came out sloppy in the opening quarter, committing 11 turnovers — about half coming on wild passes that sailed out of bounds. They ended up with a season-high 25.“That was kind of the old Nets,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “That was a big problem of ours last year and the beginning of this year.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball lead as Lakers hand Mavericks loss at home Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I just love the way they play,” Stevens added. “They play hard and they play together. Everybody knows what they’re supposed to do, and they do it every night.”I’M NOT IN YETFaried got off the bench, getting ready to check in, when Jarrett Allen fired a pass from on the court that bounced off Faried as he was heading to the scorer’s table. Faried walked on the floor smiling when he got into the game.UP NEXTNets: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.Celtics: Close a four-game homestand against the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship historycenter_img Jayson Tatum added 16 points, and Al Horford, Gordon Hayward, Marcus Morris and Marcus Smart each scored 12 for the Celtics, who won their third straight game.The Celtics had 37 assists on 47 baskets. It was their fourth straight game with 30 or more assists.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“It’s just moving the ball, moving the bodies, trying to create opportunities for one another,” Irving said. “It’s good.”Horford said coach Brad Stevens emphasized passing before the game. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, center, drives between Brooklyn Nets guard Shabazz Napier (13) and forward Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Boston, Monday, Jan. 7, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)BOSTON  — The Boston Celtics shared the ball extremely well. The sloppy Brooklyn Nets helped them out a lot, too.Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games with an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as Boston beat the Nets 116-95 on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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’ MOST READlast_img read more

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Kevin Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season.“I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I can’t control what people say about me, or what they say about our future and what I should do,” he said. “I come to work every single day and life will figure itself out.”Even though the former NBA Most Valuable Player could still end up staying with the Warriors, Durant seemed resigned to the fact that a potential move will be a topic of conversation, no matter what the two-time defending NBA champions are doing on the court.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 ChrissThe 30-year-old’s future with the Warriors came under scrutiny in November after his spat with teammate Draymond Green, although Durant said that it wouldn’t influence his decisions about his future.“I wish it was the other way, where it was totally about the game but I get it,” he said. “Our league has grown so much in popularity. The sexy thing is what happens in the summer more so than what happens in the season — playoffs and free agency is the big thing now. I get it.” View comments 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Breaking News: Supreme Court Suspends Tah

first_imgThe Supreme Court of Liberia has suspended with immediate effect from the practice of law (directly and indirectly) in the republic of Liberia Cllr. Christiana Tah, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Liberia.The decision was taken Friday afternoon, January 10, while giving its ruling in the contempt charge against the Liberian Attorney General following her release several months ago of journalist Rodney Sieh from prison on what she described as “compassionate leave” from prison.So long as the Supreme Court’s suspension of the Justice Minister maintains, she will be unable to function as Attorney General and Minister of Justice.Also suspended from practicing law for three months was Sieh’s lawyer, Cllr. Beyan Howard. It was he who wrote to the Minister of Justice requesting the compassionate leave, which she granted. The court said that such a request and the granting thereof were in contravention of the law and interfered with the decision of the High Court to have the lower court (civil law court) implement its earlier ruling against journalist Sieh.More to follow as details unfold.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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