French Open ’18: From Serena and Rafa to rain, what to know

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Main-draw action begins Sunday in what would be Williams’ first Grand Slam tournament in more than a year.The owner of 23 major singles titles, a record for the 50-year Open era, Williams hasn’t played on one of her sport’s most prestigious stages since winning the Australian Open in January 2017, while pregnant. She gave birth to a daughter on Sept. 1, then dealt with medical complications, and while she originally had hoped to be back on tour by the Australian Open this January, that did not work out.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 crownWilliams, a 36-year-old American, has played only four official singles matches in the early portion of her comeback and pulled out of clay-court warmup events in Madrid and Rome in May. She is ranked 453rd this week.“It’s going to be great to see if she’s back,” defending French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko said. Skipping the French Open worked out well for 2009 champion Roger Federer in 2017, so why not do it again? He’s healthy but sitting out this portion of the season for the second straight year in a bid to be rested and refreshed for the grass, instead of putting his 36-year-old body through the grind required on the clay. Andy Murray, the 2016 runner-up, is recovering from hip surgery.MORE RETURNSMaria Sharapova will be getting back on the clay of Paris for the first time in two years, after missing the 2016 tournament while serving a drug suspension, then being denied the wild-card entry she would have needed in 2017 because her post-punishment ranking was too low to earn an automatic berth in the field. Given that she’s won the French Open twice, part of a career Grand Slam, and won a trio of three-setters this month in Rome, including against Ostapenko. Another familiar face back in the draw: Victoria Azarenka, who gave birth to a son last year.DJOKOVIC’S FORMIt’s been a while since the world has seen Novak Djokovic at his best after a series of right arm problems interrupted a career that hit its zenith at the 2016 French Open, when he won his fourth Grand Slam title in a row. After taking half of last year off, then struggling a lot so far this year, Djokovic looked a lot closer to himself in Rome, where he competed well before losing to Nadal in their 51st career matchup. “I don’t think that there was too much of a difference,” Djokovic said after that setback, “which is great for me, great news for me.”RAINING ON THE PARADENow that the U.S. Tennis Association is going to inaugurate a second retractable roof at this year’s U.S. Open, and the All England Club is working on a second such setup for Wimbledon — allowing those two sites to join the at-the-forefront Australian Open as Grand Slam tournaments with multiple courts that can be covered, the French Open really seems behind the times when it comes to dealing with rain. The French tennis federation has talked about fixing this for years, and there are supposedly firm plans finally in place, but there still is no way to play when rain gets heavy at Roland Garros.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations FILE – In this May 19, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, hugs Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the end of their semifinal match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome. Nadal’s attempt to extend his record by winning an 11th title in Paris will be the main focus of the men’s draw. It’s been a while since the world has seen Djokovic at his best after a series of right arm problems interrupted a career that hit its zenith at the 2016 French Open. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)PARIS — As usual, all eyes are on Serena Williams, no matter what — whether she’s attending the most talked-about wedding of the year or practicing at Roland Garros.That she recently engaged in those two activities on consecutive days, in different countries, highlighted what a star she is, in and out of tennis, and added to the buzz that Williams will, indeed, return to play at the French Open, which is what her coach has vowed.ADVERTISEMENT Simmons, Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie team Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Everyone surely will be watching.Here is what else to know about before play starts on the red clay courts of the year’s second Grand Slam tournament:DOES IT GO TO 11?Rafael Nadal’s attempt to extend his record by winning an 11th title in Paris will be the main focus of the men’s draw. No other man has won more than six French Open titles in the professional era. The man nicknamed the “King of Clay” has been nearly unbeatable on the surface, even winning 50 sets in a row until a recent setback. Nadal turns 32 on June 3, but he’s never looked better on red clay.NO FEDERER, NO MURRAYADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Andre Iguodala out for Golden State in Game 1 of NBA Finals

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Golden State Warriors’ Andre Iguodala smiles as he answers questions after an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 30, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Warriors face the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday in Oakland. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State forward Andre Iguodala will miss Game 1 of the NBA Finals as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee that cost him the last four games of the Western Conference finals.Iguodala’s absence is a huge blow to the Warriors’ defense as it works to stop LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said several players will be called upon Thursday to handle the load that is James, making his eighth straight finals appearance.ADVERTISEMENT Kevon Looney has been starting in Iguodala’s place.Looney planned to talk to Iguodala about the task of guarding James.“I’ll pick his brain about some things … some tendencies of LeBron, the fact of the switches or small things like that to help me out,” Looney said. “He’s one of the best defenders in the league.”That’s why everybody on the Warriors realizes it will be a joint effort guarding James.“What he brings to us on the defensive end will definitely be missed,” Green said. “But it just means other guys have got to step up. Other guys have done that thus far. The task gets even harder but I know guys will and it will be a collective effort in hopes that we keep trekking along until he’s ready to come back.”ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Forward Kevin Love’s status for Cleveland remained unclear as he continues to go through the NBA’s concussion protocol. Love was injured in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston that the Cavs pulled out in seven. He wasn’t scheduled to attend media day Wednesday at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors host the series opener in the fourth straight finals meeting between the rivals.“He’s going to go do some things today and see how he feels,” Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. “But he is in the protocol still, so we’ll see how he feels.”Both teams practiced Wednesday on Golden State’s home floor, where the defending champions have won 17 of their last 18 postseason games.James certainly understands what the Warriors are missing without Iguodala’s presence and athleticism.“First of all he has very, very quick hands,” James said. “That doesn’t get talked about a lot, his ability to read and react to the ball either in flight or while you’re dribbling or when you pick the ball up.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A win, finally “He was MVP of the series in 2015, largely because he took that role on of guarding LeBron. But also because of what he did offensively,” Kerr said. “He’s doing a little bit better today. Some encouraging signs, but we have ruled him out for Game 1. We’ve got lots of guys who can take on that job. It’s a group effort, anyway, guarding LeBron. So, KD (Kevin Durant), Draymond (Green), Klay (Thompson), Shaun Livingston, they’ll all see time on him.”The Warriors said Iguodala, who was injured in Game 3 against the Rockets on May 20, was evaluated Tuesday and is making progress but still has the bruise and inflammation of the nerve surrounding his knee. Kerr has said Iguodala wouldn’t play until he can run without pain. He will be re-evaluated ahead of Sunday’s Game 2.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 crownIguodala said he doesn’t have any doubts he will be able to return during the finals, though his patience is tested. He has sought multiple opinions for the injury.“Just trying to figure out how to move in general,” Iguodala said. “But making some progress. Slower than we expected but we’re just being realistic.” China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more

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TNT trumps Rain or Shine ahead of PBA playoffs

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nonetheless, TNT still came out to win especially in the second half where it established an 18-point lead entering the final frame.The Painters cut the deficit to as low as seven, 82-75, with 6:27 left before the KaTropa went on an 18-3 run capped by a three-point play by Smith, 100-78, over a four-minute span to put the game out of reach.Troy Rosario added 18 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the 3-point area and eight rebounds while Ryan Reyes had 12 off the bench for TNT, which did not have the services of Jayson Castro (rest).Minus Castro, Terrence Romeo took care of the playmaking duties to finish with 12 assists.Johnson posted 12 points and 14 rebounds to pace the Painters (9-2).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 Joshua Smith outplayed his counterpart Reggie Johnson in a titanic clash to lead the KaTropa with 25 points and 13 rebounds.“That’s a no-bearing game for them. I think in the first half, just by watching our players perform, they had the same mentality as Rain or Shine,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad heads into quarter finals as the third seed with an 8-3 record.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’“We had to remind them during halftime that this game has bearing for us specifically because over the last two weeks, we never had time to work on a lot of things because they were focused on Gilas.”The Elasto Painters had already locked up the top spot before the duel while the KaTropa were already out of contention for a top two finish after the Alaska Aces beat the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Friday night. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Playoff-bound TNT held off top-seeded Rain or Shine, 100-85, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Lyceum holds off San Sebastian in season opener Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial beginslast_img read more

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Fernandez warns: Watch out for Pacquiao storm that will surely hit

first_imgPhotos by Wendell Alinea/MP PromotionsKUALA LUMPUR — The weather forecast doesn’t look good for Lucas Matthysse.Buboy Fernandez, chief trainer of Manny Pacquiao, warned Matthysse of a brewing storm, in the form of the Filipino boxing legend, coming on July 15.ADVERTISEMENT “Abangan nila yung pagbabalik ng storm from the Pacific. Antayin nila. Kung lumihis man yun bagyo na pumasok sa Pilipinas, ito talagang papasok,” said Fernandez on Tuesday during the grand arrival of Pacquiao and Matthysse at Le Meridien Hotel here.(They should brace for the return of the storm from the Pacific. If the typhoon that was supposed to hit the Philippines changed its course, this one will definitely hit.)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’ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NU Bulldogs eye nothing less than Final 4 in UAAP Football Pacquiao enters for his grand arrival. pic.twitter.com/rcmPfcaPI2— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) July 10, 2018center_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Fernandez is convinced Pacquiao has rediscovered his old self, the old version that ran rampant over the sport one division and one title at a time.Speaking to a couple of Malaysian media, Fernandez described Pacquiao as a “monster” waiting to be unleashed on Sunday.The 39-year-old Pacquiao hasn’t had a knockout since he stopped Miguel Cotto in the 12th round nine years ago.Pacquiao is also coming off a controversial loss to Jeff Horn a year ago in Brisbane, Australia.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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NCAA: Red Lions smother Generals for 3-0 start

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sanctions push unified Korea teams to go no-brand at Asian Games After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 Robert Bolick led all scorers with 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting from the field on top of six assists and two steals.“I’m happy with the way the boys played. It’s our defense that really stepped up today,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez, who celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday. “We knew EAC is a really good third quarter team and we held them to eight points.”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’“We also know EAC is one of the best rebounding team in the league and we limited them to 33. We limited Laminou to just two rebounds the whole game,” said Fernandez, referring to the Generals’ center Hamadou Laminou.Laminou, who entered the game averaging 20 points and 12 rebounds, finished with only nine points and two boards. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion San Beda locked down on defense in the third quarter en route to a 61-46 romp of Emilio Aguinaldo College to stay undefeated in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament.The Red Lions shook off a slow start and shut down the Generals, who only scored eight points in the third period.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil San Beda, which rolled to its third straight win, opened the third quarter with eight unanswered points capped by a basket by Bolick.Lions big man Donald Tankoua flirted with a double-double, collecting nine points and 10 rebounds.San Beda, which led by as much as 21, won big despite shooting 47 percent from the free throw line, making just 11 out of its 23 attempts.The Red Lions’ vaunted defense also forced the Generals (0-4) to turn the ball over 29 times.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Former NFL linebacker credits yoga for saving his life

first_imgGov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Not only does Mitchell still do yoga, he’s a certified yoga instructor with more than a decade of experience. He founded the Light It Up Foundation and the KM59 wellness movement that helps children, trauma survivors, first responders and veterans.He’s even pioneering for the NCAA and NFL to further adopt the practice. Mitchell believes some players lose perspective as they latch onto “the concept of a gladiator” as a football player. Instead of listening to their bodies, they just push them.Mitchell says the meditation aspect of yoga can bring them back to reality, allowing them to focus on themselves and figure out who they are beyond football. The workout part then simply maintains the body.Post-career physical and mental dips can be prevented.“Even though the headline intention of most yoga sessions is to lengthen muscles and to work on core stability, the benefits that are reaped from the mindfulness piece are huge,” said National Athletic Trainers’ Association president Tory Lindley, who’s also the Senior Associate Athletic Director for Health, Safety and Performance and Director of Athletic Training Services at Northwestern University. “Yet in some ways, more athletes aren’t even aware they’re doing it when they’re doing it.”Some are, and it’s part of the reason why they practice yoga.“It helps you stay clear, so that you never get down or up and down or up,” New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams said. “It helps you just think about your intention every day, saying clear and focused on what you want in life.”Mitchell wishes he had practice yoga while playing football. It would have helped him recover all that he sacrificed to the game on a regular basis, mentally and physically, and find a better balance.But he knows not to stress the what-ifs in life.“I used to go around the country hitting people,” Mitchell said. “Now I go around the country saying, ‘Namaste.’” MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Dec. 24, 1999, file photo, New Orleans Saints linebacker Keith Mitchell (59) deflects a pass away Dallas Cowboys tightend David LaFleur (89) during the fourth quarter in New Orleans. Mitchell deflected the ball to teammate Mark Fields (55) who intercepted the pass, sealing the Saints 31-24 victory. On a routine tackle on Sept. 14, 2003, Keith Mitchell wound up flat on his back unable to move. His playing career was over. He had a spinal contusion. Now Mitchell is a certified yoga instructor with more than a decade of experience. He founded the Light It Up Foundation and the KM59 wellness movement that helps children, trauma survivors, first responders and veterans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber, File)NEW YORK — Keith Mitchell only ever considered himself a football player. It was a label he willingly claimed for so long. When that was ripped away, he was lost.“You don’t realize how attached you are to the identity,” the former All-Pro linebacker said. “I didn’t know myself.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms A squad built in weeks: Man United women’s team is revived Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Until he found conscious breathing, which led to meditation and ultimately yoga.Mitchell latched onto the practice quickly, even though he had never done it before.“I realized that I had to,” he said. “If I didn’t, I don’t think I would be here.“It held me together,” Mitchell added. “It created a new way of investing in me and creating a new me, not just with the physical ways I sustained and held trauma but also the mental ways I sustained and held trauma.”Yoga gave him a holistic view of himself as he was healing.ADVERTISEMENT He had to relearn who he was.On Sept. 14, 2003, playing for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Mitchell made what appeared to be a routine tackle — until he wound up flat on his back, unable to move. He was rushed to the hospital.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There Mitchell learned his playing career was over in only his seventh NFL season — at 31 years old. He had a spinal contusion.“All my life, I’ve been told doctors have all the answers,” he said. “So what do you do when the doctor doesn’t have an answer for you? I mean, do you become the victim? That’s where things can get really chaotic with depression and suicidal thoughts — all that kind of stuff you hear about — and that’s what showed up for me.” Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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One and done for Ashaolu?

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “You can see he was all out with half a leg not functioning,” said NLEX assistant coach Jojo Lastimosa, who temporarily took over the coaching reins from Guiao. “He really wanted to win for the team.”The Road Warriors, who also have been without injured guard Kevin Alas and suspended rookie Kiefer Ravena, are set to replace Ashaolu, who could opt to sit this game out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’That gives the Batang Pier a bit of a leverage to get their campaign off to a good start, especially if import Rashad Woods hits his stride.Ashaolu had 33 points and 23 rebounds as NLEX toppled the TNT KaTropa, 103-90, Friday night. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netOlu Ashaolu had the type of debut that teams want from their imports. There is the chance, though, that he won’t be able to do an encore.Already without Asi Taulava and coach Yeng Guiao, who are on Philippine team duty in the Asian Games, NLEX could be without their monster of an import on Sunday when it squares off with North Port (formerly GlobalPort) in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Ynares Center in Antipolo City.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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Pringle relishes thought of PH stints MOST READ “I expect us to be in game shape and get better as the conference wears on,” said coach Norman Black. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms But the Nigerian-Canadian import hasn’t recovered yet from a torn patela tendon suffered during a tuneup with Meralco two weeks ago.The Batang Pier will also miss a key player due to the Asian Games as star guard Stanley Pringle was loaned to the national squad that is currently hunting for gold in Indonesia.But they can readily take advantage of the Road Warriors’ import woes with the 6-foot-5 Woods expected to create matchup problems all over the floor.The Meralco Bolts will also shoot for a second straight victory opposite the KaTropa in the other game after a valiant come-from-behind triumph over Columbian Dyip, 109-106, in the opener Friday night.Allen Durham showed flashes of his might with a near triple-double performance, but it took the veteran smarts and creativity of point guard Baser Amer for the Bolts to notch their first win.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Japanese teenager Ikee wins 5th gold medal at Asian Games

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs SPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Ikee still has one more race to come on the sixth and final day of swimming.“I feel a bit broken and my body aches,” Ikee said. “I’m proud to be an Asian champion, but I want to achieve more.” Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Japan’s women’s 4x100m medley relay team celebrate their gold medal during swimming competition at the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)JAKARTA, Indonesia — Rikako Ikee is turning Jakarta’s Asian Games pool into her own golden pond. Every time she dives into the water, she comes out with another medal.The 18-year-old Ikee did it again Thursday, swimming the butterfly leg for the Japanese team that won the women’s 4×100-meter medley relay.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:30SEA Games: Agatha Wong wins 2nd gold medal in wushu03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Ikee may get her chance. She also won four medals at last week’s Pan Pacs against m opposition from the United States, Canada and Australia and is surfacing as Japan’s great hope for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Hong Kong and Singapore also won medals in the relay but only after China and South Korea, which initially finished second and third, were disqualified for leaving the blocks too early.The relay victory was significant because it gave Japan the slimmest of leads over China in the sport’s medal standings, which are important for both nations with the next Olympics taking place in Asia.With six events remaining on the last night of swimming, Japan has 17 golds to China’s 16. Only the tiny city-state of Singapore has broken the domination of those two countries in the pool this week, courtesy of Joseph Schooling’s two titles.The 100 butterfly Olympic champion wasn’t at his best in the 50 fly but he found a way to get his hands on the wall first in 23.61 seconds, edging China’s Wang Peng by 0.04.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taalcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Breakthrough MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The victory gave her a fifth gold and her seventh medal overall in Jakarta, leaving her in a tie for second in two of the most significant medal categories in the 67-year history of the region’s biggest multi-sports event.Only North Korean shooter So Gin Man has tallied more at one edition, winning a total of eight medals, including seven gold, at the 1982 Asian Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I think it’s more like a controlled rage, all I was thinking about was trying to get my hips up and down as quick as I could, try not to spin, try not to slip too much. The rest, you can only hope for the best,” he said.Chinese backstroker Xu Jiayu was more animated than usual after he captured his fourth gold of the Games, winning the 200 in 1 minute, 53.99 seconds, then straddling the lane rope and raising his arms in the air in triumph before slamming his fists into the water.Already a world champion for the 100 backstroke, he is shaping as one Asia’s best Olympic hopes for Tokyo 2020. He has three backstroke titles in the meet, scooped up a bonus gold in the mixed relay and has a shot at one more in the men’s medley relay.China’s Wang Jianjiahe beat the Asian Games record to win the women’s 800 freestyle in 8:18.55, but Japan won the two other events decided Thursday.Shinri Shioura beat his Japanese teammate Katsumi Nakamura by a fingernail to win the men’s 100m freestyle gold in 48.71, with Nakumura clocked at 48.72, while Satomi Suzuki won the women’s 50 breaststroke in 30.03 to collect her third gold in the Indonesian capital.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Thai cave survivors train with Galaxy, Ibrahimovic

first_imgYoung footballers of Thai team Wild Boars -who were rescued from the Tham Luang cave in Thailand past July- pose for a picture at Monumental stadium, in Buenos Aires, in the sidelines of the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olimpic Games on October 7, 2018. (Photo by Eitan ABRAMOVICH / various sources / AFP)The Thai junior football team who were rescued from a flooded cave after being trapped for more than two weeks trained with the Los Angeles Galaxy and their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday in the latest stop of an international tour.The Wild Boars team, who earlier this month were guests at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, were given a tour of the Galaxy’s StubHub Center stadium before training with members of the MLS team at a nearby pitch.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The team became the centre of global media sensation as the world watched and waited for news of their rescue in June. The rescue effort claimed the life of a rescue diver, former Thai Navy SEAL Saman Kunan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ignore Mayweather-Nurmagomedov talk, says UFC boss Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Thai youngsters, aged between 11 and 16, were retrieved from the Tham Luang cave complex in July after a dramatic rescue effort.Friday’s visit to the Galaxy was set up by US television star Ellen DeGeneres, who hosted the team on her show on Monday.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 ChrissFormer Sweden international Ibrahimovic had also appeared as a surprise guest to meet the team on the show.“I thought I was brave, but these kids, this team, is more braver than me… This is probably the best team in the world,” Ibrahimovic said.last_img read more

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UAAP: UP barges into top 4 after stunning FEU

first_imgView 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew University of the Philippines rallied its way to a share of the no. 4 spot after tripping Far Eastern University, 95-82, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Fighting Maroons now share the fourth seed with the Tamaraws with both teams getting a 5-5 record. UP raced to a 15-2 run in the second quarter and built a 54-39 lead with 1:34 left in the half. 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 ChrissThat 15-point lead was enough foundation for the Maroons as they notched their second straight win. Paul Desiderio lit up for 31 points with four assists and two steals to lead UP while Bright Akhuetie had 20 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and two blocks.  Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Juan Gomez De Liaño missed out on a second triple-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists. Barkley Eboña had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Tamaraws.  NU women’s basketball team stretches win streak to 73 games For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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