Beermen send Elite crashing

first_imgSan Miguel BeermenSan Miguel Beer coach Leo Austria likes the way his Beermen are peaking, and heading into their blockbuster match with Barangay Ginebra tomorrow, he’s worried about just one thing.The Beermen blew a second straight PBA Philippine Cup foe last night and with a top two berth in the playoffs just two more victories away, Austria feels that having very little time to prepare is the only disadvantage they have when they clash with the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nat’l boxing president Vargas wants accountability from PSC, POC officials Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ June Mar Fajardo scored 25 points that went with eight rebounds and five assists as San Miguel turned up the heat early and never let up, scoring a 118-93 ripping of Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay to rise to 6-1 and gather all the momentum it needs heading into the homestretch of its elimination round schedule.“We just hope that we could sustain it,” Austria said of the Beermen’s hot form that had San Miguel leading by as much as 29 points and putting the game to bed as early as the third period. “We are peaking slowly, and that’s a good sign.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAustria has started playing his second stringers more and played a total of 14 men against the Elite.Gabby Espinas came off the bench to shoot 22 points and Alex Cabagnot found his protective mask to be a perfect fit and shot 14 in starting out at the shooting guard spot.center_img Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SCORESGlobalport 97 – Meralco 89GLOBALPORT 97—Romeo 27, Cañaleta 13, Mamaril 12, Cortez 12, Quiñahan 11, Pringle 9, Aban 9, Mierhofer 2, Paredes 2, Banal 0, Urbiztondo 0, Pessumal 0.MERALCO 89—Hugnatan 23, Grey 18, Newsome 16, Hodge 12, Daquioag 12, Buenafe 3, Faundo 2, Caram 2, Amer 1, Uyloan 0, Nabong 0, Ferriols 0.Quarters: 26-19, 51-41, 72-71, 97-89San Miguel 118 – Blackwater 93SAN MIGUEL 118—Fajardo 25, Espinas 22, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Santos 8, Reyes 8, Tubid 8, Van Opstal 6, Ross 4, Garcia 4, Agovida 3, Heruela 2, McCarthy 0, Mabulac 0.BLACKWATER 93—Dela Cruz 16, Aguilar 15, Pinto 12, Sumang 11, Buenafe 10, Forrester 7, Sena 6, Cervantes 4, Pascual 4, Belo 4, Miranda 2, Ababou 0, Banal 0.Quarters: 37-21, 65-40, 91-66, 118-93 Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round “I told him that I won’t force him to play, but he insisted,” Austria said of Cabagnot, who was reported (not in the Inquirer) to be out for this game because of a nasal stress fracture. “He told me [before the game]: ‘coach, I know the plays, I’m ready.’”GlobalPort kept its poise this time around to trip Meralco and get back on the winning track, with a 97-89 victory over the Bolts—giving coach Franz Pumaren the opportunity to dream on.“It’s free to dream,” Pumaren said with a boyish smile as he stressed that he and his Batang Pier are targeting a No. 2 finish after the eliminations, even if they will be closing out the round against four rock-solid foes—three of them ahead of GlobalPort in the standings.“Mahihina lang naman last four games namin (we’ll be up against weak opponents in our last four games),” Pumaren said in jest as he rattled out NLEX, Rain or Shine, defending champion San Miguel Beer and TNT KaTropa as the Batang Pier’s final elimination round games.“I would be a hypocrite if I say that we are not [targeting No. 2],” he said as GlobalPort rose to 4-3 after snapping a two-game slide and staying just a full game behind second-running TNT and the Elasto Painters, who both tote 4-2 cards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Clash with religious holiday forces schedule change in SEA Games

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town The celebration will now be held on August 30, instead of August 31 which is the eve of the key holiday for Muslims, Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said.Khairy told reporters on Tuesday that the change of date would not be an issue for the games which begin on August 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“The closing date of the SEA Games has been brought forward by one day, from August 31 to August 30. This is for us to celebrate a (Muslim) religious event … which falls on August 31,” the minister said.“But this will not create any big problems to the competition in terms of venue or accommodation because we had created a buffer period from the start of the competition.” LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Metta scores 18 in possible farewell, Lakers top Pelicans It has taken years of meticulous planning but the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was forced to make a last-minute change to its schedule after organizers discovered its closing ceremony clashed with an important annual religious holiday.Just months before the start of the biennial event in August, authorities announced the closing ceremony in Muslim-majority Malaysia will be a day earlier than scheduled, due to the clash with Islamic festival Hari Raya Haji.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government View comments Khairy added there will be some changes made to the schedule of a few sports events but that “by August 30th we would have finished all the events”.The previous SEA Games unfolded in Singapore, which produced a slickly-organized event based around their newly-built, billion-dollar Sports Hub complex.However, there were several controversies at the Games including arrests for alleged football match-fixing, and the Philippines’ request for a gender test on an Indonesian women’s volleyball player.Suspected food poisoning laid low several cyclists, and Malaysians rallied round a top gymnast after critics slammed her for competing in revealing clothing.Filipinos John Elmerson Fabriga and John David Pahoyo became inadvertent hits when footage of their consecutive, zero-point botched dives went viral on the Internet.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoslast_img read more

PBA All-Star: Victolero to maximize guard-filled Mindanao squad

first_imgTaal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ Backstopping the squad in the paint will be Sonny Thoss, Troy Rosario, Mo Tautuaa, and Glenn Khobuntin.Despite the evident lack of frontcourt layers for the Mindanao PBA All-Stars, Victolero is looking to make the most of his lineup given the caliber of talent of his players.“We’ll see how we’ll utilize and maximize the talent of our team. I just hope that we blend in well with our chemistry,” he said.Victolero is also hopeful that this team will give Gilas Pilipinas the workout it badly needs in preparation for the 2017 Seaba Championship.“We’ll enjoy our stint and we have to give Gilas a good fight so we could help them too,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Serena Williams speaks out against Ilie Nastase Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer View comments But the Star coach is going to have his hands full as he is set to mentor a Mindanao squad which will rely heavily on its backcourt.“We might have a security agency,” he joked. “Even my starters are all guards.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSurprise top vote-getter Mark Barroca will command the Mindanaoan selection, together with teammates Peter June Simon and Rafi Reavis. Ginebra sophomore Scottie Thompson and Phoenix veteran Cyrus Baguio complete the first five.Victolero will also have Star rookie Jio Jalalon, NLEX scorer Carlo Lastimosa, Meralco playmaker Baser Amer, and new TNT guard RR Garcia in his roster. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ LATEST STORIES Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netA neophyte to the All-Star festivities, coach Chito Victolero is excited to be calling the shots for the Mindanao PBA All-Stars o Wednesday at Xavier University Gym in Cagayan de Oro.“I’m very happy because this will be my first time. I never experienced this when I was a player and I share my excitement together with my players,” he said.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Thunder big man out to inspire kids; roots for Boston to win NBA championship

first_imgWildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR View comments Despite their defeat, Kanter said his teammate, Russell Westbrook, who finished the season with triple double averages in points, assists and rebounds, should be the Most Valuable Player of the season over James Harden.“He’s an amazing player,” Kanter said of Westbrook. “It’s amazing to see how he makes himself better, his teammates and the organization. He doesn’t take a day off.”Asked which team he is picking to win the title, Kanter said he was rooting for the Boston Celtics.“Any team just not the (Golden State) Warriors,” Kanter said, referring to the team that former OKC star Kevin Durant joined last year. “But I like the Celtics to win.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Tiu, Quimpo rule southern series Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte For about an hour on Thursday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward Enes Kanter played pick up basketball, posed for selfies and signed autographs for young, aspiring players in San Juan City.The 6-foot-11 Turkish big man loves being around kids and taking the long trip to this basketball-crazy country is more than worth it.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “It’s amazing how welcoming this country is,” said Kanter. “You can already see their love for basketball.”Kanter is in Manila for a brief visit in line with his advocacies under the Enes Kanter Light Foundation, which was launched almost two years ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“I want to give kids hope and confidence” said Kanter. “I want them to dream big and help them achieve this dreams.”The Thunder suffered a first-round exit in the NBA playoffs last month, bowing to the Houston Rockets. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

England gets 1st win in 20 years at U20 World Cup

first_imgPresidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte England had been winless in the last 17 games in the tournament ahead of this game in the South Korean city of Jeonju. A first-half strike from Everton’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin suggested that the dismal record could be coming to an end and Adam Armstrong of Newcastle extended the lead early in the second half. Chelsea’s Dominic Solanke made it 3-0 from the penalty spot in injury time.Argentina, one of the tournament favorites, was on top for lengthy periods but was unable to match the clinical finishing of the English.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe closest the South Americans came in a first half of few chances was 10 minutes before the break as Santiago Colombatto headed against the crossbar.Just two minutes later, Calvert-Lewin dived in the penalty area to head an inswinging cross into the bottom corner of Argentina’s goal. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Argentina piled on the pressure after the restart but was caught by England’s swift counter-attack. Armstrong broke free down the right side and fired home a fierce low shot into the bottom corner.With 15 minutes remaining, referee Mohammed Abdulla Hassan stopped play to review a pitchside video of an overlooked incident. The United Arab Emirates official then showed a red card to Argentine substitute Lautaro Martinez for an apparent elbow on England defender Fikayo Tomori.Inside injury time, Calvert-Lewin was brought down in the area and Solanke side-footed the penalty into the bottom corner.England sits top of Group A with South Korea. The hosts defeated Guinea 3-0, also in Jeonju.Lee Seung-woo opened the scoring nine minutes before the break. Lim Min-hyeok added a second in the 76th. Paik Seung-ho sealed the win shortly after.ADVERTISEMENT Korea takes on Argentina on Tuesday while England meets Guinea.Earlier, Venezuela defeated Germany 2-0 in a Group B upset with two goals in the space of three second-half minutes in Daejeon.Ronaldo Pena rounded Dominik Reimann after 51 minutes to score the first goal of the tournament and, shortly after, Sergio Cordova underlined Venezuela’s attacking power to extend his team’s lead.Also in Group B, Mexico needed an injury-time goal to defeat Vanuatu 3-2. Mexico raced into a two-goal lead after 25 minutes, only to be pegged back by the South Pacific islanders. Edson Alvarez struck in the 93rd to prevent a shock result.Sixteen of the 24 teams in the tournament – the top two in each of the six groups and the four best third-placed finishers – will progress to the second round. The final takes place in Suwon on June 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Swing Out Sister back to PH this April View comments Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Argentina’s Lucas Rodriguez (left) is tackled by England’s Josh Onomah during their Group A match in the FIFA U-20 World Cup Korea 2017 at Jeonju World Cup Stadium in Jeonju, South Korea, Saturday, May 20, 2017. (Photo by CHOU JAE-KOOL / Yonhap via AP)SEOUL, South Korea — England defeated six-time champion Argentina 3-0 on the opening day of the 2017 Under-20 World Cup on Saturday for its first win in the tournament since 1997.Argentina went down to 10 men in the second half of the Group A match after a video review system was used for the second time in a FIFA tournament, following the 2016 Club World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Djokovic beats del Potro to reach Italian Open semifinalslast_img read more

Gritty Manila volleybelles drag unbeaten Thais to 4 sets

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle View comments For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Playing an inspired game, Rebisco PSL Manila stood up to title favorite Supreme of Thailand before surrendering a 25-20, 25-12, 18-25, 27-25 decision Monday in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship.It was the Filipinos’ fourth straight defeat but one that won them the admiration of the big crowd at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace. The spectators cheered them as they displayed grit and spunk against the unbeaten Thais.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Were it not for a questionable call by the referee at first match point 24-22—he called a Thai hit a touched ball when it was clearly long—the game could have a different ending.“The referee’s call was bad,” said Vicente, looking back at the match clincher. “But we played well.”Santiago scored 22 points, while Gonzaga and Marano finished with 14 and 13, respectively.The Philippines had more blocks, 10-8, and service aces, 7-2, against the Thais.Kim Fajardo dished out 84 excellent sets compared to Parinya Pankeaw’s 70 of the Thai club, while Rebisco had more excellent receives, 10-8.ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines still has a chance to nail fifth place—the best it got here with foreign reinforcements was seventh—if it wins its last two assignments.“We did a great job,” said national coach Francis Vicente, who had at least two pep talks with his players before the match.“The game went well and you know that the game flows well when we support each other.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Filipinos, led by top scorers Jaja Santiago, Jovelyn Gonzaga and Aby Maraño, put the Thais on their toes as they dominated the third set after dropping the first two.“I hope the team realizes how strong it is,” said Vicente.“They fought toe-to-toe with a world-class team. That means they are also world-class.” San Diego shares Jr chess leadlast_img read more

US adjusting to Arena’s system as World Cup qualifier looms

first_imgGerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in “We just wanted to have a meeting in the morning,” Arena said. “Meeting, practice, have lunch and off the rest of the day. Wasn’t rocket science.”Figuring out what system the Americans may utilize could be, though. At times against Venezuela, the squad employed a 4-4-2 formation. At other times, it was a different alignment.“It’s better for us if the opposition doesn’t know how we’re going to play, how we’re going to start the game,” midfielder Fabian Johnson said. “It’s positive for us that we have two systems that we can also switch during the game.”Now, they just need everyone healthy. Central defender John Brooks left Saturday’s game with a bruised quadriceps muscle. Arena doesn’t know if he will be available Thursday, let alone three days later when the team plays in Mexico. But there’s also this: Forward Jozy Altidore is getting up to speed after reporting late to training camp because of his brother’s wedding.Arena has gradually increased the tempo at practice to get his team acclimatized to the higher elevation. It’s 5,200 feet in Commerce City and a lung-searing 7,820 feet at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. The elevation for the exhibition game was around 4,450 feet.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. United States’ Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Omar Gonzalez (3) after scoring against Venezuela during the second half of an international friendly soccer match. APCOMMERCE CITY, Colorado — U.S. coach Bruce Arena looked at the rosy side of a surprise draw with Venezuela in an exhibition game over the weekend.“Good exercise for us,” he said Monday (Tuesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT The Americans are still getting used to Arena’s system, along with playing at a higher altitude. But there’s not much time left, with a World Cup qualifier on Thursday in Commerce City against Trinidad and Tobago.Neither team has margin for error, with the U.S. currently in fourth place in the six-team standings with four points and Trinidad and Tobago last with three points. The top three teams qualify, with the fourth-place squad going to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 nation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“They have to understand the things we’re trying to do, and I don’t think we’re already there,” said Arena, whose team settled for a 1-1 draw with Venezuela on Saturday in Sandy, Utah. “The examples of Saturday’s game is good, to show some of the issues we have and correct them and be ready for Thursday.”The team elected to switch things up Monday, going with an afternoon practice instead of being put through its paces in a morning session. Anything to that? MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreakcenter_img Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments “Of course, it’s hard to breathe, to run,” said Johnson, who recently extended his contract with Borussia Moenchengladbach. “The first couple of days, you can tell in warmups and stuff. You’re breathing hard. But you get used to it.”Arena certainly liked the play of 18-year-old Christian Pulisic on Saturday as the midfielder scored the tying goal for the Americans in the 61st minute. Asked how he’s come along over the last six months, Arena responded: “Six months older.”“He’s stronger physically, mentally,” Arena said. “The young ones make more improvement. I don’t think (DaMarcus) Beasley and (Clint) Dempsey are going to get much better in six months.”Johnson met with Arena several times in Germany to discuss what’s expected of him. Johnson likes his responsibilities in the midfield, a position that’s relatively unsettled. Sebastian Lletget started against Honduras in March, scoring the opening goal, but injured his left foot in the 6-0 home win and will be sidelined four to six months.“We have to create more chances, use the space a little bit better,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do on Thursday.” Wallace to become first black driver in Cup race since 2006 Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES End of his agony? 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‘Thank you’: Chris Bosh writes an open letter to Miami

first_imgMOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Bosh immersed himself in Miami’s rich Latino culture. He knew some Spanish when he joined the Heat, and he’s learned quite a bit more since, he said — noting that the language skills will be a tool he can use the rest of his life.“Learning how to order a cafe con leche o ropa vieja on Calle Ocho has become natural to me,” Bosh wrote.Bosh has played in 13 NBA seasons, seven with Toronto and then six with Miami. He was part of Miami’s massive free-agent haul in 2010, in which the Heat not only kept Dwyane Wade but landed LeBron James to form the core of a superteam. Bosh has averaged 19.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his career, and the Heat announced they are retiring his No. 1 jersey.Bosh did not mention blood clots in his letter, but discussed how his six-day hospital stay for the clot and other issues in 2015 still affects his overall perspective.“And then came not being able to play the game I love, the game that I’ve spent a lifetime working to master and evolve with and find success in,” Bosh wrote. “I was very upset for a long time. They say you just have to play the cards that you’re dealt and that’s another lesson I truly understand now. Learning that information about my health during All-Star Weekend was extremely tough.”ADVERTISEMENT Amanda Nunes cites sinusitis for skipping fight at UFC 213 Jean-Paul Gaultier to retire as fashion designer Imee Marcos slams driver-cap on motorcycle taxis LATEST STORIES Painting found in Italian museum wall is stolen Klimt Solar-powered barge a key ‘interceptor’ for plastic waste Bosh returned to the game as an analyst for Turner Sports late last season, and there have been talks about him continuing to work in television. He will be paid the remaining $52.1 million from the last two years of his contract, but that money will no longer count against Miami’s salary-cap obligations — and that enabled the team to sign other players to free-agent deals last week.Even though he has been deemed to have a career-ending condition, Bosh could play again if he chooses to and if a team gives him medical clearance. Getting such clearance would be, at best, daunting.“I’ve learned how to dream again,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve learned how to appreciate the game of basketball and all the things I’ve experienced even more now. … We went through life together, Miami. You showed me how to stay strong and push through in the toughest moments. And although I didn’t like it at the time, it made all the difference in the long run. It made me a better man, the person I am today. Thank you.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ FILE – In this Feb. 3, 2016, file photo, Miami Heat forward Chris Bosh reacts to a call during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks, in Dallas. Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years. Bosh published the letter on Sunday, July 9, 2017, without any mention of his current health status or any plans for his basketball future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)MIAMI — Chris Bosh has written an open letter to Miami, thanking the city for supporting him for the past seven years.Bosh published the letter on Sunday, without any mention of his current health or plans for his future. He was waived by the Heat last week, and hasn’t been able to play in an NBA game since February 2016.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Not easy being green: Dog births unique puppy 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Pornography greets commuters at Sweden bus stop View comments Bosh’s career has been interrupted by blood clots; one shut him down at the All-Star break in the 2014-15 season, another shut him down at the All-Star break again a year later. He failed his preseason physical with the Heat last September and missed all of last season, and it is unclear if he will pursue a return to the court elsewhere.Under league rules , he cannot play for the Heat again.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’But in his letter, Bosh chose to reflect more on the good times he had since joining the Heat in 2010 and playing such a huge role in the team going to the NBA Finals in four consecutive seasons and winning two championships.“I’ve been reflecting on my time in this great city and want to thank you for being a constant during a period of change in my life,” Bosh wrote. “I’ve experienced a few finals appearances, a couple of championships, several weddings (including my own), the birth of four kids, bonding with an entire community and a ton of ups and downs along the way.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Law hoping to shock strong England

first_img West Indies face the hosts in the opening Test at Edgbaston starting August 17 before travelling to Headingley for the second, beginning eight days later. The third Test is set for September 7 at historic Lord’s in London. The Windies have not won a Test in England in 17 years, losing 11 of their last 13 outings and drawing two. In two weeks, however, West Indies will clash with minnows Afghanistan in three Twenty20 Internationals and three one-dayers, and Law said while their opponents were not top tier, there would be no lackadaisical approach. “We’re not taking any teams lightly, doesn’t matter who they are. We’ve got to install that ruthless mindset that no matter who we come up against,” he emphasised. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC): Inspired by the progress he witnessed in the just-concluded series against Pakistan, West Indies head coach Stuart Law says the regional side will be targeting an upset when they face England in their next Test series this August. West Indies are ranked a lowly eighth, only behind minnows Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, while England are fourth, but Law believes once his side can build on the positives from the recent series and use the preparation time before England wisely, they will be able to reap positive results. “We can continue to work hard. When we get to England, we’ve got a pretty extensive preparation period before the first Test,” the Australian said. “It’s not going to guarantee us victories, but it will certainly give us an idea of what we’re faced with. England are a wonderful team, but we’re going there not just to compete but we’re going there to hopefully upset them.” LOOKING TO WIN THREE TESTS “We’re out there to win and we’re out there to win well. Afghanistan, they are tough, they excel in this format, the T20s, but straight after that, we have three ODIs which are very important to us as well, and we’re looking for a good performance from our guys.” West Indies lost the recent three-Test series against Pakistan 2-1, when they went down by 101 runs on the final day of the decisive third Test at Windsor Park in Dominica last Sunday. However, Law pointed to plenty positives, with the bowling unit excelling on flat pitches and batsmen achieving milestones. And though debutants Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh struggled in their first taste of international cricket, Law said the learning curve had been critical for them. “We had two debutants start the series in Shimron Hetmyer and Vishaul Singh, and I think they realise now it’s not club cricket, it’s not provincial cricket, it’s serious Test cricket,” he said.last_img read more

That final sprint!

first_imgWith virtually every stride, Usain Bolt has written a paragraph of Jamaican and global track and field history. Chapter after chapter, the iconic sprinter has both defied logic and stretched the boundaries of our expectations.Last night, inside the National Stadium, Bolt went with the starter’s gun for the final time on the Jamaican stage. His 84th race on local soil became his last.More than 30,000 screaming fans – many of whom witnessed some of his other special races at home – like that 2002 World Junior Championships 200 metres gold medal charge – pressured the very seams of the National Stadium at the JN Racers Grand Prix for the chance to get a final glimpse of greatness – in the flesh.Dignitaries, fellow global superstars, grateful Jamaicans, foreigner from near and far – the National Stadium was a hive of emotions.It was a fitting farewell for the big Jamaican and a clear demonstration of his impact and influence in a country that, though so insignificant in geographical terms, has made a gargantuan contribution to the planet’s pulse – whether through culture or sports.But even among Jamaica’s giants, Bolt is a colossus.Sports Minister Olivia Grange puts it best.”Next biggest Jamaican star after Bob Marley? Yes. Anywhere around the world you go, and you say ‘Jamaica’, they say ‘Bob’ and ‘Bolt’. So Bob Marley is synonymous with Jamaica and Usain Bolt is synonymous with Jamaica, so somebody says Usain Bolt, and they think of Jamaica,” Grange said in the build-up to last night’s run.AWESOME WORLD PRESENCE”They listen to Bob Marley’s music (and) they think of Jamaica. It’s just a wonderful, as we would say in Jamaica, ‘link up’ and connection that Jamaica – which is such a small country – has such an awesome presence through its music and through track and field,” added Grange.On the track, Bolt is an inspiration, but his influence does not stop there.His ascension has brought and will continue to push more talented Jamaican youth to the sport. In Jamaica, where not enough is taken seriously enough, athletics is now seen as big business – Bolt’s brilliance has led a boom where the local industry is concerned. We are still far behind as it relates to sports tourism , but again, Bolt has been a major contributor to the thrust – or trickle – of the Jamaican sports tourism product.The hunt will begin in earnest for the ‘next Bolt’, but in truth, Bolt is Bolt; quite like Jesse Owens was Jesse Owens – irreplaceable, incomparable.”There might not be another Usain Bolt, but there will be another athlete who, in his own right, will create history in Jamaica and in the world,” said Grange, again hitting the nail on its head. “He has a wonderful personality. He is just a special human being. He has a dynamic personality. And he is awesome in how he performs as an athlete, yet he is so humble. It is almost as if he is above everything else, but his feet are firmly planted on the ground.”For Bolt, his motivation was simple:”I just wanted to make my country proud … .”Seems the serial winner has had another victory in that department.The journey continues at this Summer’s IAAF World Championships in London – Bolt’s home away from home – but, of course, there’s nowhere quite like home.last_img read more