Lyceum completes first round sweep with Mapua rout

first_imgHotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Wilson Baltazar also notched 12 markers built on two triples.Coach Topex Robinson said that as gratifying as the 9-0 run was, the battle is only halfway done as it braces for the tougher duels in the second round.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’“As much as it’s ok, we still have nine more games to play and we have lots of things that we should work on, especially on our turnovers because it is still a problem for us,” he said.With Perez leading the charge, the Pirates jumped to a commanding 22-8 lead after the first quarter and never looked back, extending the lead to its biggest at 32, 78-46, with 1:49 left in the third period. MOST READ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum asserted its dominance in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament with a 97-74 decimation of Mapua to complete the first round sweep Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.CJ Perez anchored the Pirates with 18 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals in their ninth straight win to remain unbeaten after the first round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments 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 Schooling slams critics after SEA Games golden double Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ The Scores:LYCEUM 97 – Perez 18, Baltazar 12, Santos 9, Pretta 9, Tansingco 8, Jv. Marcelino 8, Nzeusseu 6, Jc. Marcelino 6, Ayaay 5, Marata 4, Liwag 4, Ibañez 3, Caduyac 2, Sinco 2, Serrano 1.MAPUA 74 – Buñag 17, Raflores 16, Nieles 13, Gabo 10, Aguirre 8, Victoria 4, Orquina 4, Magboo 2, Jimenez 0.Quarters: 22-8, 52-34, 80-51, 97-74. What’s in store for your animal sign this year That early pullaway allowed Lyceum to distribute minutes among its third stringers, with Jeffrey Santos and Spencer Pretta pouring nine points each in the victory.“We’ll take this win,” said Robinson after the Pirates finally played the Cardinals in a game which has been postponed twice due to inclement weather.“It’s nice to come off a long break with a win. We made the most of the time that has been given to us. It’s a time for us to work on some things, time for the players to reflect on the first few games that we played. We know we still have a lot of room for improvement if we want to be one of the elite teams in the NCAA.”Christian Buñag topped Mapua (1-7) with 17 points and 14 rebounds, while JB Raflores had 16 markers and eight boards in the defeat.To add to the Cardinals’ woes Kim Magboo hurt his knee late in the first quarter leaving Atoy Co with only eight players at his disposal in the tiff against the top seed.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Robinson not losing sleep over Pirates’ 28 turnovers

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees Not that Robinson was looking for faults in Perez’ game.The soft-spoken mentor knows that turnovers are an inevitable part of his team’s game given the Pirates’ fast-paced system. What counts is how they make up for those miscues.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“The thing about our team is we’re allowed to make mistakes. It’s not a sin to turn the ball over because you know that they really didn’t mean to turn the ball over,” said Robinson.“What’s important is how you get back after that turnover. I guess that’s very important to our team. So you just have to trust them that they’re gonna make mistakes and they’ll be responsible to make up for those mistakes later on.” Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up MOST READ Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Christian Standhardinger piques interest of teams ahead of PBA draft Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Robinson has already accepted that more miscues will be coming Lyceum’s way, and a lot of which may come from his leaders like Perez. But the only way to negate that is to keep his wards prepared for everything that will be thrown at them.“We’ll work on the things that we have control of which is our preparation, on how we’re gonna cover our mistakes,” he said. “We wanna focus all of our energy to us, on how we’re gonna keep on growing, how we’re gonna keep on improving. That’s the good thing about committing mistakes: there’s always room for correction and always room for growth.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson That mindset has been ingrained in the Pirates with Robinson trusting his players to make the right decisions, and it has worked wonders so far as they tout an immaculate 15-0 record this NCAA Season 93.“I just remind them of things, but I’m not gonna get mad at them. I played and I know the feeling if there’s so much pressure, but again, there’s no such thing as a perfect game. So we just let them be. They’re committing mistakes, but then again, I can trust them that they will always fight back and make up for those,” he said.The Pirates committed 28 turnovers in the game against the Golden Stags, no doubt a high mark for any team seeking to contend for a title.But Lyceum did not let San Sebastian take advantage of those, forcing the latter to commit 27 turnovers and holding them to a measly 34-percent clip from the field.Three wins away from completing the unprecedented 18-0 sweep in the elimination phase, the Pirates brace for the toughest stretch yet as they close their schedule with games against Letran, Jose Rizal U, and San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netCJ Perez may have gotten his career-best in scoring, but it was his six turnovers that caught coach Topex Robinson’s attention.“Career-high in turnovers, too?,” the mentor quipped after Lyceum’s 78-73 win over San Sebastian on Friday where his prized ward dropped 28 points along with 10 rebounds against his six turnovers.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 DAY6 is for everybody View commentslast_img read more

Popovich has ‘never’ seen an injury like Leonard’s

first_imgMOST READ “What’s really strange is that Tony has the same injury, but even worse. They had to go operate on his quad tendon and put it back together or whatever they did to it. So to have two guys, that’s pretty incredible. I had never seen it before those guys,” he said.Leonard has not hit the court since Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against Golden State. He came to training camp before the season in the team’s injured list.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe same ESPN report also cited that Leonard “needs to advance through a rehabilitation process that comprises several steps, including individual work followed by 2-on-2 and 3-on-3 drills, before he can get full clearance to return to the court,” something which the 26-year-old hasn’t gotten yet.“I keep saying sooner rather than later. It’s kind of like being a politician. It’s all baloney, doesn’t mean anything,” said Popovich. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ NBA: Paul George demands more ‘respect’ for his defensive prowess Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson San Antonio Spurs’ Kawhi Leonard, left, is being helped by teammate Pau Gasol in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Golden State Warriors on May 14, 2017. Leonard hurt his ankle after landing on the foot of Warriors’ Zaza Pachulia. APAlmost a month into the new NBA season and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich still couldn’t wrap his head around the quadriceps tendinopathy injury that has been keeping his star swingman Kawhi Leonard out of the lineup.In a report of ESPN, Popovich admitted that he “never” seen an injury like Leonard’s. The two-time Defensive Player of the Year has missed 17 games so far for the Spurs and doesn’t have a timetable for his return.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Luckily for the Spurs, Parker is doing a little better in his recovery from a ruptured left quadriceps tendon he suffered in the Western Conference semifinals series against the Houston Rockets and might be on his way to return “very soon.”“For real, sooner than later. And I’m serious. I’m being honest,” the coach said of the French guard, who could suit up as early as late November.San Antonio is currently tied for third in the Western Conference at 11-7, with its last game ending in a loss to New Orleans, 107-90, on Thursday (Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Cone excited to have versatile Dela Cruz at his disposal

first_img“We’re just trying to figure out which one he’s strong at, but I’m really pleased to have him. Art’s role will be very important to help us replace what Joe brings for us because they have similar skills. But we think he’s going to make a big impact on our team,” Cone said.Dela Cruz, meanwhile, knows how big is the task ahead of him and he’s grateful for the opportunity to perform.“It’s a huge task, but I’m motivated because my teammates are giving me the confidence and they’re allowing me to play my game,” he said. “I’m thankful to all of them because I have a chance to learn from this team and extend my game.”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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES View comments This early, head coach Tim Cone is excited to deal with the good problem that the versatile Dela Cruz brings to the table. “I like Art dela Cruz so much because he’s a playmaker. I was making a joke earlier that he’s so versatile, we don’t know where to play him. We don’t know whether to play him as our point guard, or our off-guard, or our small forward, or the power forward because he can do it all,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseTraded to Ginebra from Blackwater after missing the last two conference due to an Achilles injury, dela Cruz has been tirelessly working his way back to form.That effort from the 25-year-old forward is not lost on Cone. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Art dela Cruz. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonBad news for Ginebra as Joe Devance is out until February after finally undergoing surgery on his injured foot.But the good news is, Art dela Cruz is more than ready to step up in Devance’s absence as he makes his debut for the crowd favorites.ADVERTISEMENT Beyoncé presents Colin Kaepernick with SI’s Muhammad Ali Award Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?last_img read more

White talking to Mayweather for promotional boxing deal

first_imgWhite added in the report that the talks do not involve Mayweather getting inside the Octagon but is purely on the potential of having Zuffa promoting boxing in the near future.“Let’s be clear here, Floyd gets killed in MMA [mixed martial arts], and I think even Floyd knows that,” said White. “I’ve been very honest about getting into boxing. I’m meeting with everybody from the boxing world and I’m meeting with Team Mayweather too.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View comments MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Inquirer 7: Best moments in Philippine volleyball in 2017 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours As per BoxingScene.com, White has talked to Mayweather’s team in the hopes of Zuffa’s potential venture into the sport of boxing.“I’m interested in getting into boxing in 2018,” said White in the report.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWhite and Mayweather once somewhat worked together, when the undefeated boxing legend faced off against UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor inside the squared circleMayweather ended his career on an immaculate 50-0 card after knocking out McGregor in 10 rounds. LATEST STORIES Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew FILE – UFC president Dana White speaks with the media during a media day for UFC 207, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)It seems UFC President Dana White is hell bent on further spreading the influence of his promotion’s parent company Zuffa.And White is talking to one unlikely ally—Floyd Mayweather Jr.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Tiger Woods shoots 70 thanks to par-saving shot from trees

first_imgLATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I feel like I’m pleased with every aspect of my game,” Woods said. “I drove it well. I hit a lot of good iron shots today, and I had some good speed on the putts. … I thought I really did well today, overall.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Woods captivated thousands with every shot. He had a Sunday crowd — in 50-degree weather and gusting winds — following his every move around the Copperhead course at Innisbrook. Fans lined both sides of every fairway, waiting hours just to get a glimpse of Woods in his first appearance at the event.“Golf needs you, baby!” one fan screamed.“Thanks for coming, Tiger. Please come back next year,” shouted another.Woods gave them reason to cheer.His flop shot on the first hole was a thing of beauty and got the round started with a birdie. He drained a downhill, 13-footer for another bird on the par-3 eighth. He got to 2 under after consecutive birdies on 10 and 11, but gave then right back on the next two holes.He ended the round on a high note with those shots at 16 and 17. He closed with a par after finding the 18th green with a 5-iron from the right rough and then two-putting from 50 feet.“I enjoy when par is a good score. It’s a reward,” he said. “There are some tournaments when about four holes you don’t make a birdie you feel like you’re behind. Today, you know, made a couple birdies, all of a sudden that puts me fourth, fifth right away. That’s how hard it is. It’s the reward to go out there and make a couple birdies here and there, and I like that type of challenge.”It was his fourth event of the year. He tied for 23rd at Torrey Pines (seven shots out of the lead) and was 12th at the Honda Classic (eight shots behind the winner). In between, he missed the cut at Riviera.“This was the hardest of all the tests because the wind was all over the place,” he said. “I really had a hard time today figuring out what to hit. And a lot of the time, many of them, what the trajectory is. Am I going to hit it above the tree or around tree height? Those are all different distances the ball travels. Couple times I got it just above the trees and it got smoked.”Woods managed the swirling wind better than playing partners Jordan Spieth (76) and Henrik Stenson (74). It was the first time Woods posted a lower score than Spieth in the eight rounds they’ve played together. Yet again, Messi and Ronaldo thriving when it matters most UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tiger Woods hits from behind a tree on the fourth hole during the first round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 8, 2018, in Palm Harbor, Fla. (AP Photo/Mike Carlson)PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Tiger Woods moved spectators and a TV truck, and then warned everybody in earshot.He had no idea what was going to happen with his ball sitting near an oak tree at the par-4 16th.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsoncenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It turned out to be one of his best shots of the day, a low-running wedge from slippery, fallen leaves that could have broken his club and a few fingers.It ended up just short of the green , Woods followed with a chip shot to 3 feet that saved par and provided one of the top highlights from the opening round at the Valspar Championship on a blustery Thursday.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 folkIt also helped Woods finish at 1-under 70 and three shots back of first-round leader Corey Conners.“It didn’t feel very good,” said Woods, who let go of the club as it started to wrap about the tree trunk. “I moved all the people even and warned them in case the club breaks and gets over there. I pitched it up the hill and came out nicely.” Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano More like perfectly.Woods was nearly as good with his next tee shot, a 5-iron to 2 feet on the par-3 17th. He tapped in for a birdie and his best start in nearly three years.It was his first opening round under par on the PGA Tour since a 64 in the Wyndham Championship in August 2015. To be fair, he’s only played six opening rounds since.Still, there was a lot to feel good about considering Woods remains a work in progress while returning from a fourth back surgery.Woods is trying to get his game ready for the Masters, and without being eligible for the two World Golf Championships in the spring, he needed a place to play.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

BaliPure survives Iriga in PVL quaterfinals

first_imgJanisa Johnson led the way for BaliPure with 27 points while Alexis Matthews had 19.The top two teams in the round robin quarterfinals will then move on to the semifinals to face either top seed Creamline or no.2 PayMaya, which got automatic byes to the penultimate round due to their 6-1 and 5-2 records in the eliminations.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 crownMacy Ubben had a game-high 32 points to lead the Lady Oragons while Lauren Whyte had 23.Mhicaela Belen and Roselyn Doria added a combined 27 points for the Water Defenders. No MVP no problem for Curry as Warriors rule NBA again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial BaliPure had to go to the extension periods to dispatch Iriga-Navy, 25-17, 18-25, 20-25, 26-24, 18-16, in the round robin quarterfinals of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Water Defenders joined BanKo atop the quarterfinal standings with 1-0 records.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Suns want Ariza to provide talent, leadership to young team

first_imgFILE – Trevor Ariza #1 of the Houston Rockets sits on the court after committing a foul in the third quarter against the Golden State Warriors in Game One of the Western Conference Finals of the 2018 NBA Playoffs at Toyota Center on May 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Bob Levey/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX — General manager Ryan McDonough says Trevor Ariza was the first player the Phoenix Suns targeted in free agency, speaking with him and his wife via FaceTime from a car one minute after free agency began.The Suns spent virtually all of their cap space on the 14-year veteran NBA forward, who agreed to a one-year, $15 million contract. On Friday, he was introduced as the newest member of a team that believes it is close to turning the corner after years of losing.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “He’s a guy that every time he steps on the court and laces them up, goes out there to try to win,” Jones said. “It’s not just game day. It’s practice. It’s the way he approaches the game, the way he approaches the off days, film, just everything.”Ariza credited the Suns’ approach for his signing.“Phoenix was the most aggressive team, and the team that showed the most interest,” he said, “and, as human beings, we all want to feel appreciated and wanted. When a team just shows that much appreciation with what you do, naturally you’re just attracted to something like that. I understand that this is a situation we have to build to win.”Ariza has played with Kobe Bryant and James Harden, and he’s looking to help Booker on his drive to be among the best.“I get to see another extremely talented player to grow,” Ariza said. “If he needs anything from me, somebody to talk to about different situations, I’ve been around these types of players. The shoes that he’s walking in, or the places that he’s going to go, I’ve seen. So any kind of advice I can lend him, I’m always available to (do) that.”He also gets to play with Ayton, the 7-foot-1 phenomenon drafted No. 1 overall.“I think he’s an amazing player,” Ariza said. “He’s got unbelievable touch. He can get up and down the court. He seems to be a monster on the court. I’m excited to play alongside of him and try and make him better.”Notes: As for a new contract with Booker, McDonough said the two sides have had productive talks and will continue to talk through the weekend. Booker is expected to get a maximum five-year, $158 million contract that kicks in next year. … the Suns signed all four of their draft picks — Ayton, Mikal Bridges, Elie Okobo and George King. All were expected in the Suns’ Las Vegas Summer League opener Friday night. Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Former NBA player Clifford Rozier dies at 45 after heart attack Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team MOST READ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio 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 “They are a young team with a lot of talent that don’t know how to win,” Ariza said.The 6-foot-8 forward will go from Houston, the team with the best record in the NBA last season, to the Suns, who had the worst and haven’t made the playoffs in eight years.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 need his defensive ability and versatility, his shooting ability,” McDonough said, “but I think as much as anything, maybe more than anything, we need his leadership and his winning pedigree.”When the Suns had their first interview with new coach Igor Kokoskov, they asked what free agent out there would fit the team’s needs. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I swear the first words out of his mouth was Trevor Ariza,” McDonough said.Ariza, who turned 33 last Saturday, played for the Rockets the past four seasons. Before that, there were stops in Washington, New Orleans, Houston (the first time), the Los Angeles Lakers, Orlando and the New York Knicks. He averaged 11.7 points per game last season, shooting 37 percent from 3-point range. He’s a career 35 percent 3-point shooter averaging 10.5 points per game.Ariza has made the playoffs nine times and is looking to show the young Suns, with talents such as Devin Booker, Josh Jackson and this year’s No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton, what it takes to succeed.“In order to be a great team you have to be selfless,” Ariza said. “You have to be a real live dog to come out there and compete every night. In order to get better, you’ve got to give to your team. If you give to your team, everybody sees it, everybody feels it, and it makes the next person next to you want to give to you.”James Jones, the Suns’ vice president for basketball operations, said Ariza “speaks to exactly what we’re looking for.”ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thai ‘dwarf giant’ boxer surpasses Mayweather record with 51st win

first_imgFILE – Undefeated Thai boxer Wanheng Menayothin wears his WBC title belt after defeating Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada to win his 50th straight victory on May 2, 2018 in Nakhon Ratchasima. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHAThai boxer Wanheng Menayothin grabbed his 51st straight victory Wednesday in a long but lop-sided bout against a fighter from the Philippines, defending his WBC title and surpassing the undefeated record of boxing legend Floyd Mayweather Jr.The 105-pound minimumweight champion, nicknamed the “dwarf giant” for his compact build and heavy hitting style, won on points after a bruising 12 rounds against Pedro Taduran in the Thai city of Nakhon Sawan.ADVERTISEMENT Wanheng started strong, landing several hard rights in the early rounds that seemed to daze Taduran and signal a quick route.But the 21-year-old southpaw from the Philippines lived up to his alias “Rattle Snake”, enduring the abuse and biting back in the fifth round with a flurry of punches.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’The brief comeback was put down as Wanheng kept his composure in the second half of the bout, delivering clean hits that left Taduran visibly tired.Wanheng, 32, shot to unlikely fighting fame in May when he dispatched Panamanian Leroy Estrada, equaling “Money” Mayweather’s win streak. Ronaldo’s overhead kick against Juventus wins UEFA goal of season Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View comments Wanheng’s legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri but he also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” due to a sponsorship deal with a Thai food company.His latest win brings him level with Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez, who retired with 51 wins, one draw and no losses.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All three judges scored in his favor after the final round.Wanheng’s record-busting quest has generated buzz in Thailand and in boxing media outlets.But it has also been shrugged off as a statistical quirk because of the two very different careers of the famous, flashy American and the soft-spoken Thai.Wanheng has fought undistinguished rivals on home turf while Mayweather defeated some of the sport’s all-time greats including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya.Mayweather’s fights also come with huge purses, like the $100 million on offer when he was teased from retirement last year to take on MMA star Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:24PH’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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Standhardinger, SMB respond to ‘regular team’ comments with rout of Phoenix

first_img“That can be tough for the mental and psychological well-being of the player so shoutout to him and I hope he’s fine.”Fajardo has been sidelined since the start of the third conference after suffering a right shin injury and it was up to the rookie Standhardinger to take the role of center for the Beermen.Standhardinger is averaging stellar numbers of 26.6 points and 11.3 rebounds while filling in for Fajardo.So far, the Beermen have yet to have a winning record as they remained in eighth place with a 3-4 card.“I hope June Mar is going to come back soon as soon as possible so we can beat a great team again,” said Standhardinger. “Right now, we’re just a regular team but we still beat them by 15 so that’s good news.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES “I think we over performed today because for all regular standards that was really over our skills, so we went all out today and that was great.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Phoenix import Eugene Phelps’ statements toward San Miguel might have struck a chord with the Beermen prior to the two teams’ matchup on Friday in the PBA Governors’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phelps described San Miguel as a “regular team” without four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.READ: Phoenix’s Phelps says San Miguel just ‘regular team’ sans FajardoFEATURED 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 ChrissWell that “regular team” just beat Phelps’ team, 115-100, at Mall of Asia Arena.“I hope he doesn’t take this too tough because he just lost by 15 to a regular team, I hope he’s okay,” said San Miguel big man Christian Standhardinger with a tinge of sarcasm. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Ex-UFC champ Jon Jones returns Dec. 29 in rematch vs Alex Gustafsson Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View commentslast_img read more