Month: November 2019

World Cup failure prompts calls for US soccer ‘revolution’

first_img“There’s nothing wrong with what we’re doing,” he maintained. “Certainly I think as our league continues to grow, it benefits the national team program. We have some good young players coming up. Nothing has to change. To make any kind of crazy changes I think would be foolish. We’re building a good system in our professional league. We have players playing abroad of some quality. There’s enough there.” LATEST STORIES “You don’t have wholesale changes based on the ball being 2 inches wide or 2 inches in,” he said. “We will look at everything, obviously, and all of our programs, both the national team and all the development stuff. But we’ve got a lot of pieces in place that we think are very good and have been coming along.”The U.S. returned to the World Cup in 1990 after a 40-year absence, and soccer grew at an exponential rate, helped by the U.S. hosting the tournament in 1994. Major League Soccer launched two years later; cable television and the Internet brought top European clubs to American televisions and later laptops and cell phones.European clubs discovered there was huge money to be made by playing preseason exhibitions across the pond, growing the sport’s audience.American sponsors started treating soccer like a major sport, if not at the level of the NFL, baseball and the NBA, at least as prominent as the NHL, golf and tennis.Still, the national team peaked with its quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 World Cup. The U.S. failed to qualify for the 2012 and 2016 men’s Olympic soccer tournaments, a generational talent gap evident when a creaky defense repeatedly broke down during qualifying. There were no young goalkeepers considered challengers to Howard and Brad Guzan.“This has been coming for a while. I think it’s just kind of been building up,” former U.S. defender Marcelo Balboa said Wednesday.Elected head of the USSF in 2006 after a quarter-century helping build the national team and federation, Gulati has not said whether he will seek a fourth and final four-year term in February.More immediately, a decision must be made on whether the national team plays exhibitions during the November fixture dates and who will coach. Bruce Arena, brought back when Jurgen Klinsmann was fired last November after a 0-2 start in the hexagonal, figures to depart later this year or next.Among the possible American candidates are Tab Ramos, coach of the U.S. under-20 team since 2011; Peter Vermes, coach of Sporting Kansas City since 2009; and Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Atlanta United’s Tata Martino, a former coach of Argentina and Barcelona, is among the foreigners who could be considered. An interim coach is a possibility.Surprisingly, Arena said no major shifts need to be made in the federation’s operations. Read Next “Unacceptable,” tweeted former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, a U.S. Soccer Federation board member. “For us in USSoccer more than a wake-up call. Time for revolution. Need long term plan that is smart.”After American soccer’s Waterloo, the fallout almost surely will lead to a new coach and possibly a new USSF head. There also figure to be calls for a reexamination of the player development structure, from youth teams through academies designed with the hope of producing elite prospects.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There is no denying that this is a setback for all of us involved with the game in our country,” Major League Soccer said in a statement.New York Cosmos owner Rocco Commisso, chairman of the lower-level North American Soccer League that has sued the USSF, called for federation President Sunil Gulati to resign along with board members and senior administrators he put in place. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “In the almost 12 years during which Sunil Gulati has been the USSF’s president, little or nothing has been done to enhance our prospects,” Commisso said in a statement. “The leadership of U.S. Soccer has failed all of its stakeholders: players, fans, sponsors and those of us who have invested in professional soccer. Getting back on track requires fundamental change in the structure and management of the sport in our country, starting with a change in the federation’s leadership.”While fans fulminated over the front office, the next national team coach must instigate a ruthless roster purge. The Tim Howard/Clint Dempsey/Michael Bradley era is over, and pretty much any player older than 26 will be past his past his prime when the World Cup in Qatar kicks off in November 2022. The Americans won’t even play a competitive match for nearly two years, until the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.By then, Christian Pulisic, at 19 already the top American, should be surrounded with other players on the rise, such as 19-year-old midfielder Weston Mckennie, who has started Schalke’s last three games in the German Bundesliga. Haji Wright, a 19-year-old winger loaned from Schalke to second-division Sandhausen, is another top prospect along with forward Josh Sargent, who agreed last month to sign with Werder Bremen on his 18th birthday in FebruaryMatt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers should be tested in defense as the team reorients to 2022.A shocked Gulati was measured in his reaction.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president This file photo taken on April 10, 2017 shows Sunil Gulati, President of United States Soccer Federation, speaking at a press conference in New York./ AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCURCOUVA, Trinidad—When soccer holds its world’s fair in Russia next June, the American pavilion will be glaringly absent.A bumbling, stumbling, tumbling World Cup qualifying campaign ended Tuesday night with a calamitous 2-1 loss to already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago, the 99th-ranked nation in the world, when merely a tie was necessary to eke out the final automatic World Cup berth from one of soccer’s weakest regions.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Lifesavers up even minus star import

first_imgMOST READ Read Next “It’s all about having the proper mind-set,” said Vicente. “They were very motivated, relaxed and happy. They gained confidence and enjoyed the game.”Serbian import Tamara Kmezic was Iriga’s lone bright spot on offense with 15 points as Japanese spiker Saama Miyagawa had a quiet seven markers for the Lady Oragons, who are trying to move on from suspended star spiker Grethcel Soltones.The Lifesavers were brilliant at the attack zone with 43 kills compared to the Lady Oragons’ 28. They also ruled the block, 6-1, and service departments, 7-4, to underscore their dominance and step back on the winning track after absorbing back-to-back losses.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Playful presidential push for Popovich-Kerr QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA A national team member of Trinidad and Tobago, Ramdin still suited up for the game despite a bum stomach. But Generika-Ayala coach Francis Vicente opted to just give her limited minutes of action.“She’s dehydrated,” said Vicente, who fielded Ramdin for a brief period in the second set. “But she’s now OK. We just don’t want to force her so she’ll be up and ready in our next game against F2 Logistics next week.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith Ramdin at sickbay, Croatian Katerina Pilepic took up the cudgels by hounding and pounding the Lady Oragons’ defense from start to finish.Pilepic, the former Arizona star, finished with 15 kills, three aces and two blocks for 20 points while Angeli Araneta chipped in 13 markers for the Lifesavers, who took the floor with a fighting mind-set despite the absence of their top spiker. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Generika LifeSavers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTOGenerika-Ayala competed with limited personnel, but it hardly mattered as it still triumphed over Iriga City in straight sets, 25-16, 25-15, 25-21, in the Chooks To Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix on Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Import Darlene Ramdin spent most of the time on the bench as the Lifesavers coasted to their second victory.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View commentslast_img read more

Beermen regain top spot, halt Hotshots’ 5-game run

first_imgLATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — San Miguel bucked a poor shooting night to pull off a great escape past Magnolia, 77-76, and regain the top spot in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday at Ynares Center.Battling back from a 16-point hole, 40-56, midway in the third quarter, the Beermen took the lead on a Chris Ross three, 70-69, with 2:59 left before Chico Lanete sank another triple for a 73-71 SMB edge with 1:31 remaining.ADVERTISEMENT The Scores:SAN MIGUEL 77 — Fajardo 19, Ross 15, Lanete 14, Lassiter 12, Santos 11, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Semerad 0, Agovida 0, Heruela 0, Mamaril 0, Pessumal 0.MAGNOLIA 76 — Barroca 21, Sangalang 13, Melton 10, Jalalon 8, Ramos 7, Pingris 5, Dela Rosa 4, Reavis 4, Simon 2, Pascual 2, Herndon 0.Quarters: 21-20, 34-44, 52-60, 77-76. Marcio Lassiter hit three 3-pointers and wound up with 12 points on top of seven rebounds, and five assists, while Lanete got 14 built on four treys.The Beermen won despite shooting measly 31 percent from the field and committing 19 turnovers.San Miguel reclaimed the pole position in the standings at 6-1, while Magnolia fell to joint second place with Alaska at 6-2.Mark Barroca saw his 21 points and five rebounds go down the drain, together with Magnolia’s five-game winning streak.Ian Sangalang added 13 markers and six boards off the bench, while Justin Melton had 10 points, seven rebounds, and four assists in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Abueva celebrates 30th birthday by helping Aces win San Miguel canned crucial freebies in the endgame while Magnolia failed to cash in on its numerous chances inside the final minute.“We were shocked with the defense they had. Based on our experience in the last six games, it’s not that physical but tonight, it was very intense,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re lucky that we’re able to focus on our game plan. Maybe it’s the experience of the players because they’re used to this.”June Mar Fajardo shot 4-of-11 from the field but still came through with 19 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks, while Ross got 15 markers, eight boards, four assists, and three steals. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding AFP official booed out of forum Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stinglast_img read more

Justin Timberlake salutes Prince in Super Bowl halftime dance party

first_imgThe celebrity gossip site TMZ earlier said that Timberlake was considering a Prince hologram, horrifying many fans.Sheila E., one of Prince’s closest collaborators, said late Saturday that she had spoken to Timberlake who voiced “heartfelt words of respect” for The Purple One — and assured no hologram.Prince had a famously complicated relationship with technology, with the artist among the first stars to embrace the possibilities of online music but eventually becoming disgruntled over the internet’s cultural effects.In a 1998 interview with Guitar World, Prince said he would never want to “perform” with a dead artist such as Duke Ellington through digital effects, calling such lack of artistic control for a late musician “the most demonic thing imaginable.”In Timberlake’s last Super Bowl appearance in 2004, he entered as the surprise guest of headliner Jackson and swiped his hand across her chest — exposing one of her breasts. A scandalized TV-watching nation saw Jackson’s nipple — well, covered with a metal nipple shield — and broadcaster CBS was fined $550,000 for indecency.Jackson took to social media ahead of the latest Super Bowl to make clear she was not coming back for a do-over. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Nassar to receive final sentence in sexual assault scandal Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MINNEAPOLIS, MN – FEBRUARY 04: Justin Timberlake performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Andy Lyons/Getty Images/AFPJustin Timberlake danced his way through a club-inspired Super Bowl halftime show Sunday as he paid tribute to Prince in the late singer’s hometown with a towering yet tasteful projection.After fevered speculation on whether or how Timberlake would salute the icon as the Super Bowl came to Minneapolis, the pop star obliged midway through his performance.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust PLAY LIST 01:41UK’s Prince Harry detonates landmine in Angola as visits site being cleared by Halo Trust00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “Minneapolis, this is for you,” Timberlake told the crowd as he sat down to a piano, the field bathed in purple light.As Timberlake slowed down the tempo for a soulful cover of “I Would Die 4 U,” footage of “Purple Rain”-era Prince shot up toward the roof of the new US Bank Stadium in a smoky haze, closing with a silhouette of The Purple One with his guitar.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Prince, who died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose, did not “perform” in a hologram — as some fans had feared — and the segment, while memorable, amounted to a fleeting moment of the up-tempo show.There was also no naked “wardrobe malfunction” of the type that marred Timberlake’s last appearance 14 years ago, when he joined Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl — by far the most watched US television event of the year. AFP official booed out of forum LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next While many Super Bowl performers go heavy on pyrotechnics, Timberlake instead showed off his dancing skills, opening the show in a nightclub-like maze of lasers as he sang his recent single “Filthy.”Timberlake then strutted into the stadium with his mic in hand, leading a squad of dancers — and matching them step for step — as he sang a medley of his best-known songs including “SexyBack.”He rose to center stage and sang “Suit and Tie” with back-up from the appropriately attired University of Minnesota marching band, who moved to the music with their instruments doubling as props.How to honor Prince?Timberlake has described Prince as a “huge influence” on him, but his Super Bowl tribute had generated controversy even before it happened.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Blue Eaglets seal 14-game sweep, enter UAAP Finals

first_imgLATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting SJ Belangel. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOSJ Belangel took charge when it mattered most to lift Ateneo over Nazareth-National University, 78-68, for a 14-0 sweep in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament Sunday at Blue Eagle Gym in Katipunan, Quezon City.The 19-year-old point guard fired 12 points in the last three minutes as the Blue Eaglets held off a late fight-back by the Bullpups.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lady Bulldogs zoom to 3rd straight win UP wound up at 3-11.FEU, UST tracksters reignIn athletics, FEU and UST continued their dominance on the track after defending their titles also on Sunday at Philsports oval.The Tamaraws won their eighth straight men’s division title while UST’s Lady Tracksters ruled the women’s division for the fourth straight year.FEU’s Clinton Bautista—who won six gold medals and the Most Valuable Player award—ended his collegiate career with a league record of 13.31 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles. —RANDOLPH B. LEONGSON, BONG LOZADA, INQUIRER.NET Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC University of Santo Tomas stayed in the semifinals hunt after taking down defending champion and third-running Far Eastern U-Diliman, 64-62, while Adamson beat De La Salle-Zobel, 75-51.FEU dropped to 8-6 while DLSZ fell to 4-10.Finishing the elimination round with similar 7-7 slates, UST and Adamson will dispute the last Final Four spot.MVP pacesetter CJ Cansino didn’t want his final year to end with a whimper, collecting 26 points, nine rebounds, and five assists for UST.University of the East also stunned UP Integrated School, 94-85, to finish at 2-12.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Belangel finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and three steals to carry Ateneo to an outright Finals berth.Dave Ildefonso chipped in 16 points and six boards, while Kai Sotto posted a double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds on top of three blocks.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMiguel Oczon had 17 points for NU.The Bullpups remained in second place with an 11-3 record and will have a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals.last_img read more

Gonzaga leads HD Spikers’ sweep of group A

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Orcollo, Biado banner star-studded PH billiards team Cignal after winning crucial set. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJovelyn Gonzaga uncorked 18 points to lead Cignal to a 27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-19 victory over F2 Logistics and sweep Pool A Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The lefty opposite hitter, one of the top bets for a slot in the national team, made 17 attack points for the HD Spikers, who won all three preliminary matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Rachel Anne Daquis and Honey Royse Tubino, who joined the franchise along with Gonzaga in the off-season, added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for Cignal.“It’s good that we can now see the chemistry among our players,” said Cignal coach George Pascua. “Our team building [in Japan] is paying off.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAll told, the HD Spikers tried to mow down the Cargo Movers through a relentless assault that yielded 59 attack points as against 42 by F2 Logistics.In the second game, Petron posted its second win in three starts after a 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 victory over Sta. Lucia. 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken What ‘missteps’? MOST READ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View commentslast_img read more

Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending Articles00:54Palace: Up to MTRCB, DFA chief to pull out ‘Abominable’ from cinemas02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC opener Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games In the rematch of the 2015 finalists, Gilas Pilipinas held the Chinese scoreless in the last four minutes of the game justly shortly after the defending champions took their first lead.Jayson Castro, regarded as the best point guard in Asia, gave the lead back to the Philippines before China scored four straight, 87-84.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRomeo, who went 5-of-7 from 3, put Gilas Pilipinas ahead for good with six straight points including a huge three with 2:12 left for the 92-87 edge.The Filipinos started out strong, leading by as much as 17 points at the half, before the Chinese came out firing with a 31-point third quarter attack.center_img View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters But armed with grit and composure amid China’s fierce comeback, Gilas Pilipinas never let its foe pull away and tried to douse every Chinese run early in the fourth.An 8-0 blast from China made it 83-82, but their Ailun Guo fouled out with 4:42 left, leaving the Chinese without their best option down the stretch. Guo wound up with 18 points.Christian Standhardinger added 15 points on an efficient 75% shooting clip while Jayson Castro and Matthew Wright added 13 and 12 points, respectively.Japeth Aguilar and Gabe Norwood also made good on defense with five and three blocks, respectively.The Philippines, who is playing undermanned sans injured June Mar Fajardo, continues its group stage conquest on Friday against Iraq.ADVERTISEMENT Photo from FibaAsia.comPhilippines pulled off a stunning upset over China, 96-87, to open its campaign in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon.Terrence Romeo carried the Filipinos in a mesmerizing showing against their Asian rivals where he finished with 26 points, including eight of the Philippines last 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Nationals back as top teams collide

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion All eyes, however, are on Romeo, who bailed Gilas out of the woods in two critical games in Beirut, as he returns to a Batang Pier crew badly needing a shot in the arm in a bid to join the frenzied hunt for top four berths and twice-to-beat privileges in the season-closing conference.And about the only thing coach Franz Pumaren is worried about is his prized5-foot-10 point guard getting enough sleep for GlobalPort’s 7 p.m. clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer, which will welcome back Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He practiced (Thursday) but said that he hasn’t had any sleep yet,” Pumaren told the Inquirer over the phone.Romeo arrived with the rest of the PH team on Tuesday night and is battling jetlag, which could hit all the Nationals the hardest on Friday.“That’s the only problem we have right now,” Pumaren added. “Otherwise, he seems to be good. We will be using him (for the game) depending on how he feels. But definitely, he will play.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PSC, Cayetano to meet on SEA Games hosting Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comSleep or no sleep, Terrence Romeo—Gilas Pilipinas’ most explosive scorer in the recent Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon—is back to give GlobalPort a boost.June Mar Fajardo, Matthew Wright, Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy are returning as well, as teams slowly return to full force with the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations to enter its second half starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Romeo was the hero in Gilas’ 97-86 victory over China in the group stage and against Jordan, 75-70, in the clash for seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup, and his return to GlobalPort certainly gives the Batang Pier more teeth against the Beermen.San Miguel is at 3-1 and will play the 6-foot-10 Fajardo limited minutes because of a pulled calf muscle that kept him out of the first three Gilas games.Wright, on the other hand, is sorely needed back at Phoenix Petroleum as the Fuel Masters try to arrest a five-game slide against TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.The Texters are set to get back Castro and Pogoy.Phoenix will now have two deadly outside guns against TNT with Wright and new acquisition Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Morrison delivers promise to win gold for his grandmother PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Takashi was very pleased over her feat but she could not express her emotions because she can’t speak English or Filipino.“I’m happy,” said Takahashi through her coach, Rio Olympian Kodo Nakano.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingTakahashi competed for the Philippines in the Jigoro Kano Cup held early this year here.She is a high school senior at Shukugawa Gakuin High School and only child of a Davaoena mother and Japanese father. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasioncenter_img Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Mariya Takahashi of the Philippines competes against Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in the finals of the women’s -70kg class of the 29th Southeast Asian Games judo competition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center Hall 5. Takahashi prevailed via ippon in 48 seconds to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Mariya Takahashi rocked the judo competition after a shocking ippon victory over a four-time champion Sunday in the Southeast Asian Games at KLCC Hall 3.The 16-year-old Kobe, Japan-native pinned down Surattana Thongsri of Thailand in less than one minute of the -70 kilogram final to secure the country’s second gold of the competition.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Thongsri was holding on to a 1-0 lead before Takahashi scored ippon.On the way to the finals, Takahashi beat Vietnam’s Thi Diue Tieng Ngyuen in the semis.Sydney Sy took the bronze in the women’s -78kg via a 1-0 win over another Thai, Chattayaporn Prawiset. She came from the repechage bracket after losing her first bout.Kiyomi Watanabe had earlier gifted the country with a gold in women’s -63kg last Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Red Lions, Bombers out to sustain surge

first_imgLATEST STORIES Star import under close scrutiny San Beda and Jose Rizal U seek to close out the first round on a positive note when they clash with separate rivals on Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Running second behind Lyceum, the Red Lions go up against the dangerous Arellano Chiefs at 4 p.m. in their first meeting since the finals last season won by San Beda via a two-game sweep.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo “You cannot be overconfident against Mapua. They can play,” Meneses said. “If we don’t do things right, they’re going to beat us.”The Lions can stay within striking distance of the Pirates with a victory over the Chiefs who snapped their slide by trouncing St. Benilde, 87-81.The Chiefs’ win also marked the breakout game of rookie guard Levi Dela Cruz, who exploded for 24 points on a 4-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.“We have to be ready because they have players who can step up also,” said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez.After losing to Lyceum early in the season, San Beda has quietly piled up five straight victories with Robert Bolick and Jayvee Mocon at the forefront of its relentless attack.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The Heavy Bombers look to continue their surge as they take on the struggling Cardinals of Mapua at 2 p.m.After a sputtering start, the Bombers have racked up three straight victories, including a 70-60 triumph over San Sebastian last Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“If we’re playing to our potential, I don’t fear any team in the league,” JRU coach Vergel Meneses said of the Bombers, who are running third at 5-3. “It’s really up to the players if they’re willing to rise to the challenge.”The Bombers own the league’s stingiest defense, allowing just 62.8 points an outing. Still, Meneses said JRU can’t take Mapua lightly despite its 1-7 record. View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more