Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Bouhaddouz, covering the near post, dived full stretch. He couldn’t believe where his header ended up.There was an explosion of joy among the Iran squad as coaches and substitutes leapt out of the dugout and sprinted onto the field to celebrate with the players.Suddenly, Iran’s blighted and frustrating World Cup buildup — the scrapped friendly matches, the sportswear sanctions from the United States that prevented players from wearing their favorite soccer shoes — didn’t matter anymore.“The brilliant attitude, the commitment, the soul, the heart,” Queiroz said. “We came here without World Cup preparations. We don’t have camps, we have problems … to (overcome) these difficulties is a source of inspiration, motivation, something special.”There was also a late goal in the first match of the day, with Uruguay scoring in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 win over Egypt.GROUP DYNAMICSIran would likely secure a first ever place in the knockout stage at a World Cup by beating Spain on Wednesday, though Queiroz is expected to play for a draw in Kazan.As for the Moroccans, they cannot afford another slip-up against Portugal in Moscow on the same day.KEY TO SUCCESSMorocco: Most dangerous on the wings, through Hakim Ziyech on the right and Amine Harit on the left, during its strong start to the game. Ziyech, an Ajax playmaker, was billed as Morocco’s best attacker but he floated in and out of the game and embarrassingly missed an attempted shot completely when teed up for an early chance at the edge of the area. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Ronaldo scores hat trick, Portugal draws 3-3 with Spaincenter_img Iran: Omid Ebrahimi did a crucial job as a marauding shield in the midfield, protecting what was already the strongest international defense in Asia. Iran remains unbeaten in competitive games since the 2014 World Cup, when it only lost to Argentina because of a late winner from Lionel Messi.IN THE STANDSThe vuvuzela is back. Well, almost.A dull droning noise from air horns blown by fans swarmed the St. Petersburg Stadium throughout the game. It revived memories of the vuvuzelas that were the soundtrack of the World Cup in South Africa.LOOK AT THATIranian fans unfurled a banner protesting the country’s ban on women attending soccer matches back home. The banner read “(hashtag)NoBan4Women” and “Support Iranian Women to Attend Stadiums.”After it was initially unfurled, during the first half of the game, there was a brief commotion as it was put away. It then remained unfurled for the remainder of the first half. Then, in the second half, the banner moved up the field near the other goal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours They hugged and danced, savoring the best moment of their careers. Back in Iran, locals poured into the streets in celebration.Considering Spain and Portugal are the other teams in Group B, the match in St. Petersburg was regarded as a must-win game for the two outsiders. The result has already left Morocco struggling to stay alive in its first World Cup in 20 years.Renard said his team “fell into the trap” set by Iran, which sat back and relied on the defensive strength that carried the team through Asian qualifying by conceding only two goals in 10 games. Morocco started well but then faded.“Our plan from the first minute was to create a mental collapse in the Moroccan players,” Queiroz said, “creating frustration and blocking all the playmakers who can create something.”So maybe it was mental exhaustion that led to Morocco conceding two fouls, one quickly after the other, in injury time. After the second, wide on the left, Ehsan Haji Safi whipped over a cross between the goalkeeper and the retreating defenders.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In the second dramatic finish to a World Cup match on Friday, Iran was gifted a 1-0 win over Morocco in Group B because of Bouhaddouz’s own-goal in the fifth minute of injury time.Only on the field as a 77th-minute substitute, the Morocco striker dived to reach an in-swinging free kick from the left and glanced the ball past his own goalkeeper inside the near post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We were crucified,” Morocco coach Herve Renard said.It was Iran’s second win in 13 matches at the World Cup, and Asia’s first since the 2010 tournament in South Africa. Showing just how much it meant, Iran’s players threw coach Carlos Queiroz into the air after the final whistle. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Morocco’s Aziz Bouhaddouz, 20, scores an own goal during the group B match between Morocco and Iran at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Aziz Bouhaddouz, head in his hands and face buried in the turf, was probably unaware of the opposing players and coaches swarming all around him in jubilation.Some teammates tried to console him, but it did little good.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 View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao ‘85% ready’ says trainer as Matthysse fight draws near

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Serena happy to plant seed of doubt for Wimbledon rivals 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Manny Pacquiao conquers highest peak in Maasim, Sarangani province. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Winchell CamposManny Pacquiao showed his head trainer Buboy Fernandez and strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune a preview of what to expect in his ring return against Lucas Matthysse next month.Pacquiao on Tuesday flashed his deadly form when he rocked Gherich Chavez with a solid straight to the jaw during sparring that delighted Fernandez and Fortune.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a sign that Manny is trying to ask himself questions whether he still has it or not. That talks a lot about his warrior spirit,” said Fortune.‘The Fight of Champions,’ the biggest boxing event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia since the great Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975 is less than three weeks away.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “I would say he is 85 already percent ready and we don’t want him to peak too soon,” said Fernandez.“He is right there where we want him to be right now,” said Fortune.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 crownPacquiao’s power and speed may have diminished in time but he remains one of the best-conditioned boxers.On Monday morning, Pacquiao conquered the steepest climb in Maasim, Sarangani province.last_img read more

Roaring Lions

first_imgSan Beda poured on the heat in the second half as the defending champion continued putting pressure on an undefeated leader by dismantling Emilio Aguinaldo College, 76-57, in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions stayed undefeated in the second round and, more importantly, stayed half a game behind idle Lyceum, which leads the league with a 12-0 record. San Beda notched its 12th win against a lone loss, which came at the hands of the Pirates in the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dismal campaignMeanwhile, Jerry Codiñera resigned as Arellano coach in the midst of a dismal 4-7 campaign.The announcement came as a bit of a surprise considering the way Codiñera had carried the Arellano program to two Finals appearances.According to the school, Junjie Ablan, who coached the Chiefs during its trial run in the NCAA in 2009, will take over on an interim basis.Codiñera ends his stint with the Chiefs with a respectable 52-31 record, highlighted by championship appearances in 2013 and 2015.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Philippines raring to test Korea Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Thursday’s other game, San Sebastian kept its flicker of a playoff hope alive after grounding Jose Rizal University, 82-75.The Stags scored their third straight win to get to a 4-9 record, staying in the 10th spot of the standings, and in the process eliminating the 2-11 Heavy Bombers from the Final Four race.Allyn Bulanadi lit up for a career-high 27 points with six rebounds to lead the Stags while RK Ilagan put up 16 points and 11 boards.Alvin Capobres and Michael Calisaan also finished in double figures with 14 and 12 points, respectively, while JM Calma was a point shy of a double-double with nine points and 10 rebounds.Darius Estrella had 19 points for the Heavy Bombers while Jed Mendoza added 15 points and seven rebounds. The Generals stayed stuck at 11th spot with a 2-10 card, and looked to make a game out of it when they kept the Red Lions within reach, 38-36, after two quarters.But San Beda opened the second half with nine straight points and the rout was on.  The Red Lions outscored the Generals 21-9 in the third quarter to take a 59-45 margin heading into the final period.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 ChrissRobert Bolick led San Beda with 20 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three steals while Javee Mocon added 11 points.Hamadou Laminou finished with a 15-point, 10-rebound double-double for the Generals. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard sits out Toronto’s preseason home debut

first_imgWIZARDS: John Wall had nine points and nine assists in 24 minutes, and missed all five of his 3-point tries. … Dwight Howard (back) did not play. … Washington fouled 3-point shooters twice in a 17-second span early in the fourth quarter, leading to six Heat points — a four-point play by Duncan Robinson and two free throws by Malik Newman.UP NEXT: Miami (0-3) hosts Orlando on Monday. Washington (0-2) visits New York on Monday.KNICKS 106, PELICANS 100Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 21 points and Enes Kanter added 20 points and 15 rebounds for New York, which has played three down-to-the-wire games in as many outings so far in this preseason.Kevin Knox (12 points, 10 rebounds) and Noah Vonleh (10 points, 11 rebounds) also had double-doubles for the Knicks.Ashley Moyer-Gleich, one of two women selected by the NBA as non-staff referees to start this season, was part of the crew on the game.PELICANS: Nikola Mirotic had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Anthony Davis had 15 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans. But combined, Mirotic and Davis shot 12 for 37, 2 for 15 from 3-point range. … Darius Miller added 15 points for the Pelicans.KNICKS: New York has won its three preseason games by an average of 4.7 points. … The game was the Madison Square Garden debut for Knicks coach David Fizdale. … New York scored 93 points through three quarters, and won despite adding only 13 to that total in the fourth.UP NEXT: New Orleans (0-3) visits Miami on Wednesday. New York (3-0) hosts Washington on Monday.GRIZZLIES 120, HAWKS 110 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum RAPTORS: Norman Powell led the winners with 21 points, and Pascal Siakam added 19. … Siakam was plus-50 in 27 minutes and Delon Wright, who finished with 15 points, was plus-49 in 26 minutes. … Besides Leonard and Lowry, the Raptors were also missing C.J. Miles (rest), Fred VanVleet (stiff hamstring), Chris Boucher (back spasms), and OG Anunoby (personal reasons).UP NEXT: Toronto (2-1) faces Brooklyn in Montreal on Wednesday.76ERS 120, MAVERICKS 114JJ Redick was 10 for 10 from the field, 7 for 7 from 3-point range, and led all scorers with 28 points off the bench for Philadelphia in the opener of the China Games.Joel Embiid finished with 22 points for Philadelphia (3-0). Dennis Smith Jr. scored 20 for Dallas (1-1).ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor makes long-awaited cage return at UFC 229 View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 36ERS: Sobey made 6 of 8 shots in the first half for 18 points, and he finished 8 of 15. … Ramone Moore scored 13 of his 16 points by halftime.JAZZ: Aussie Joe Ingles scored three points in 16 minutes against his hometown club. … Rookie Grayson Allen made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. … Ricky Rubio had 13 points and five assists. … The Jazz bench combined for 87 points. … Rudy Gobert rested.UP NEXT: Utah (3-0) plays at Portland on Sunday.TRAIL BLAZERS 115, SUNS 93Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and nine rebounds for Portland in a battle with No. 1 overall pick DeAndre Ayton.Ayton led Phoenix with 19 points and 14 rebounds in 23 minutes.TRAIL BLAZERS: Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum each played 21 minutes. McCollum had nine points, seven rebounds and five assists and Lillard scored eight points. … Jake Layman made all four of his field goals for 13 points. … Former Blazer Brandon Roy sat courtside.SUNS: Devin Booker and No. 10 selection Mikal Bridges did not play.UP NEXT: Portland (1-1) hosts Utah on Sunday. Phoenix (1-2) plays at Golden State on Monday. The Blazers and Suns will meet again in Portland on Wednesday.WARRIORS 122, KINGS 94 UP NEXT: Detroit (1-1) hosts Brooklyn on Monday. San Antonio (2-0) hosts Houston on Sunday.NUGGETS 96, WILDCATS 88Rookie Monte Morris had 15 points and nine assists, Malik Beasley added 14 points with four 3-pointers and the Denver Nuggets avoided becoming the first NBA team to lose to an international squad since 2016.Bryce Cotton kept the Perth Wildcats in it with five 3-pointers and 33 points. His 3-pointer with 3:46 remaining in the third quarter pulled Perth to 66-63. The Wildcats got as close as 69-68 in the second half.WILDCATS: Cotton scored 17 of Perth’s opening 28 points, but the Wildcats trailed by 17 points. He had 28 through three quarters on 10-of-17 shooting. … Jesse Wagstaff added 18 points.NUGGETS: Nikola Jokic had three points and seven rebounds in 22 minutes. Paul Millsap added five points and nine boards.UP NEXT: Denver (3-0) plays at the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.JAZZ 129, 36ERS 99Donovan Mitchell was 7 of 14 from the floor for 18 points — all in the first half — and Utah cruised in its final preseason home game.Nathan Sobey led the Adelaide 36ers with 25 points as all five starters had at least nine points. Marc Gasol scored 21 points and MarShon Brooks scored 18 off the bench for Memphis, which scored 29 points off Atlanta turnovers.Memphis led 113-84 with 7:54 left, before the Hawks outscored the Grizzlies 26-7 the rest of the way and got within nine points in the final minute. Tyler Dorsey led the Hawks with 18 points.HAWKS: Trae Young scored 15 for Atlanta. … The Hawks outscored Memphis by 16 points when rookie guard Kevin Huerter was on the floor, and was outscored by 26 points when he was on the bench.GRIZZLIES: Mike Conley scored 11 points. … Japan’s Yuta Watanabe, who played his college ball at George Washington, made his preseason debut with 7:20 left. … Memphis used 18 players.UP NEXT: Atlanta (1-1) faces Oklahoma City in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Sunday. Memphis (1-1) hosts Indiana on Saturday.SPURS 117, PISTONS 91Dejounte Murray scored 16 points for San Antonio, and Rudy Gay scored seven points in a 14-0 first-quarter run that put the Spurs in control.LaMarcus Aldridge added 14 points for the Spurs. Andre Drummond led Detroit with 18 points and 10 rebounds.PISTONS: Henry Ellenson and Stanley Johnson each scored 11 points. … The Pistons tried 39 3-pointers, compared with only 14 attempts from deep by the Spurs.SPURS: Pau Gasol had a perfect shooting night — 4 for 4 from the field, 4 for 4 from the line, 1 for 1 from 3-point range for 13 points. … DeMar DeRozan scored six points in 20 minutes. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Klay Thompson made six 3-pointers and scored 30 points and Kevin Durant had 26 points, six rebounds and seven assists in his first game in Seattle since 2008.It was a star-studded affair at KeyArena. Seattle-area resident and Celtics legend Bill Russell was in attendance, as well as former Sonics Spencer Haywood, Gary Payton and Detlef Schrempf. Rapper Macklemore sat courtside.Durant addressed the crowd before the game wearing a retro Shawn Kemp jersey. He congratulated the WNBA champion Seattle Storm — with Sue Bird and Breanna Stewart in attendance.Harry Giles scored 17 points for Sacramento.KINGS: Former King DeMarcus Cousins did not play for the Warriors.WARRIORS: Thompson made two 3-pointers during Golden State’s game-opening 10-0 run. He had five 3s in the first nine minutes, and the Warriors led 39-15 after the first quarter. The Warriors extended it to 74-44 by halftime with 25 points from Thompson. Durant had 17 points, six rebounds and four assists. … Stephen Curry did not make the trip for personal reasons.UP NEXT: Sacramento (1-2) hosts Haifa on Monday. Golden State (1-1) hosts Phoenix on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MAVERICKS: Dallas was without Dirk Nowitzki (recovering from ankle surgery), DeAndre Jordan (death in family) and Harrison Barnes (right hamstring strain). … This is Dallas’ first preseason trip abroad since playing games in Germany and Spain in 2012. … Maxi Kleber scored 17 points and rookie Luka Doncic was one of three Mavs to score 11.76ERS: Ben Simmons nearly had a triple-double, finishing with nine points, nine rebounds and 10 assists. … Landry Shamet scored 18 for the 76ers, who committed 35 fouls. 76ers coach Brett Brown used 13 players and all 13 had at least one foul, and three players — Embiid, Robert Covington and Markelle Fultz — all finished with five fouls, despite none playing more than 24 minutes.UP NEXT: The teams play again Monday in Shenzhen, China.MAGIC 119, FLAMENGO 82Aaron Gordon scored 29 points and grabbed eight assists in 24 minutes, shooting 10 for 12 from the field and leading Orlando to an easy win over the Brazilian club Flamengo.Flamengo had a pair of notable former NBA players; Anderson Varejao finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Leandro Barbosa scored eight points.The teams made a combined 91 percent of their free throws — 21 of 22 by the Magic, 21 of 24 by Flamengo.FLAMENGO: Marcus Vinicius Souza led the Brazilians with 19 points. … Flamengo had 11 shots blocked, and didn’t block any of Orlando’s 81 attempts.MAGIC: Nikola Vucevic finished with 21 points and seven rebounds. … Rookie Mo Bamba played 19 minutes, piling up 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocked shots. Bamba shot 5 for 7, and the Magic shot 54 percent as a team, compared with 31 percent by Flamengo.UP NEXT: Orlando (1-1) is at Miami on Monday. LATEST STORIES MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kyle Lowry also got the night off for the Raptors, who don’t play again in Toronto until the season-opener Oct. 17 against Cleveland.“You bring 20 guys to camp, it’s a little difficult to get all of them a decent look,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “There’s also a chance now to give some long extended minutes to some other guys.”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 ChrissMelbourne stayed with Toronto for much of the first half. After 18 minutes, Toronto’s lead was 34-31. Over the next 18 minutes, the Raptors outscored their Australian guests 67-27 and took a 101-58 lead into the fourth quarter.UNITED: Casper Ware and Chris Goulding led Melbourne with 17 points apiece. … Peter Hooley, whose 3-pointer with 1.6 seconds left in the 2015 America East final gave Albany a 51-50 win over Stony Brook — and made headlines because Hooley was still grieving the loss of his mother, who died that season — had five points in 17 minutes. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Toronto Raptors’ Kawhi Leonard, left, and Danny Green look at a stats sheet during the second half of an NBA basketball exhibition game against Melbourne on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, in Toronto. (Chris Young/The Canadian Press via AP)Kawhi Leonard’s debut in his new home arena will have to wait.Leonard was one of the regulars who rested Friday night, when the Toronto Raptors defeated Melbourne United 120-82. The Raptors scheduled five preseason games this season, but Friday’s was the only one that’ll be played in Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT THUNDER 113, TIMBERWOLVES 101Paul George made his preseason debut and scored 13 of his 23 points in the first quarter, and Oklahoma City never trailed.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 23 points for Minnesota. But Andrew Wiggins struggled, scoring four points on 2 for 9 shooting in 28 minutes.THUNDER: Steven Adams had 14 points and 13 rebounds in 25 minutes. … Oklahoma City outrebounded the hosts 57-39, and led by as many as 22 points. … Dennis Schroder, Nerlens Noel and Jerami Grant each had 12 points for the Thunder.TIMBERWOLVES: This was Minnesota’s only preseason appearance at its home arena, and fans booed coach Tom Thibodeau during introductions — clearly unhappy about the unresolved Jimmy Butler situation. … Jeff Teague scored 17 points and Derrick Rose added 11 for Minnesota.UP NEXT: Oklahoma City (1-1) faces Atlanta in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Sunday. Minnesota (1-2) faces Milwaukee in Ames, Iowa, on Sunday.WIZARDS 121, HEAT 114Bradley Beal led six Washington players in double figures with 20 points, and the Wizards outscored Miami 70-55 in the second half.Jeff Green scored 15 points and Markieff Morris added 13 points and 10 rebounds for Washington. Yante Maten and Justise Winslow each scored 17 points for Miami.HEAT: Miami held eight players — Josh Richardson (thigh), Tyler Johnson (migraine), James Johnson (surgery rehab), Wayne Ellington (ankle), Derrick Jones Jr. (shoulder), Bam Adebayo (shoulder), Dion Waiters (surgery rehab) and Marcus Lee (knee) — out with injuries or illness, and then kept Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic out after halftime. … Wade had all 10 of his points in a 9-minute stretch of the first quarter.last_img read more

Cavs’ Kevin Love to miss ‘weeks’ with painful toe injury

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “When I got back to the plane where I had trouble walking, so it was all really management,” he told reporters. “I was able to go out there and play in some pain. I was trying to fake it around you guys in the locker room and not show too much, but it was the other 21 or so hours out of the day where I was in a lot of discomfort. That was weighing on me as well as not feeling like myself and not really being able to get in shape in practice because I wasn’t really able to do too much.”Love has been injury prone in recent years, missing 45 games over the past two seasons.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Drew ‘disappointed’ Cavaliers haven’t restructured his coaching contract Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown FILE – In this Oct. 19, 2018, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love, left, is double-teamed by Minnesota Timberwolves’ Anthony Tolliver and Jeff Teague, right, in the first half of an NBA basketball game, in Minneapolis. Love could miss significant time with a foot injury that has bothered him since the preseason. Love will sit out his third straight game on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, as the winless Cavs host Atlanta and look to end a six-game winless streak to start the season. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)CLEVELAND — Kevin Love doesn’t know when he’ll be able to help the struggling Cavaliers.The All-Star forward said Tuesday night that he will miss at least several weeks with a painful left toe injury that has bothered him since the preseason and recently got so severe that he had trouble walking. He did not rule out surgery.ADVERTISEMENT He pushed through the pain for Cleveland’s first four regular-season games, but struggled with his shot while overcompensating for the injury. Love has been frustrated by not being able to play, but knows he has to obey doctor’s orders.“The only way I’m going to be best for this team is to be healthy, and I haven’t been the last month,” Love said. “It’s disheartening. I want to be out there.”The injury makes things even tougher on the Cavs, navigating through their first season since LeBron James left for the second time. Before he finally decided to stop playing, Love was making only 32 percent of his shots while averaging 19.0 points and 13.5 rebounds.The five-time All-Star signed a four-year, $120 million contract extension this summer.Love wasn’t sure exactly when he got hurt — or how.ADVERTISEMENT The 30-year-old had an MRI and visited Dr. Martin O’Malley at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. He’s been told to rest the injury, and there is no clear timetable when he’ll play again.“I would like to get back obviously as soon as possible,” said Love, who has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot for the past few days. “I had high hopes for the season, I know it’s been off to a really rocky start, but the more I can be out there and help this team, the better. So I’m hoping to get out there as quickly as possible and hoping that it’s only two or three weeks.”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 ChrissLove missed his third straight game Tuesday as Cleveland hosted the Atlanta Hawks. The Cavs entered the game 0-6, and the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions are reeling after coach Tyronn Lue was fired Sunday. Compounding the slow start, the Cavs are still working through contract negotiations with assistant Larry Drew, who wants more security before he takes over and said he’s “very disappointed” the team has not given him a new deal.Love said he first injured his toe during the preseason opener against Boston on Oct. 2. He then missed the club’s final three exhibitions. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

Ateneo nears semis; Banko ousts Adamson

first_imgIn collecting its second straight victory, BanKo Perlas chucked Adamson-Akari out of the running Sunday night.The Perlas Spikers repeated over the Lady Falcons, 25-17, 25-17, 15-18, to occupy solo second spot in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre inSan Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Brothers turn dream gym into reality It was BanKo Perlas’ second straight win after it downed Iriga-Navy last Oct. 24.In the main game, Motolite-Ateneo placed one foot in the semifinals while using the other to kick Iriga-Navy closer to an early vacation.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 ChrissUsing their full strength, the Lady Eagles firmed up its hold of the leadership after disposing of the Lady Oragons, 25-17, 25-19, 25-22.With veteran Kathy Bersola, Nicole Tiamzon, Dzi Gervacio and Joy Dacoron combining forces, the Perlas Spikers touched off the rout by playing at their own pace. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Lady Falcons tried to shoot their way out of it, out-attacking the Perlas Spikers, 14-9, in the first set. But they also threw away 13 points on errors.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Hotshots’ Paul Lee wins 1st BPC award, Aces’ Mike Harris is Best Import

first_imgLATEST STORIES Former Mapua guard CJ Isit makes his case at PBA Draft Combine Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Despite finishing with just 368 statistical points, well behind San Miguel’s Christian Standhardinger, who received 487 SPs, Lee had 424 points from the media, 71 points from the players, and 150 points from the PBA and all those three scores were the highest in its respective categories.Alaska point guard Chris Banchero finished second in the race with 753 points while Standhardinger came in third with 659 points.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 ChrissGlobalPort’s Stanley Pringle (520 points) and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar (398 points) were the fourth and fifth place finishers.Meanwhile, Harris garnered 1,209 total points to become the conference’s top reinforcement—which is also his first Best Import award. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Rivals in the PBA Governors’ Cup Finals shared center court after Magnolia’s Paul Lee and Alaska’s Mike Harris were named the Best Player of the Conference and the Best Import, respectively.Lee accumulated 1,013 of the 3,343 points to win his first BPC trophy in his seven-year career.ADVERTISEMENT The awarding ceremony was held before Game 4 of the finals tipped off at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Harris topped with 540 SPs while also getting the most points from the media (456) and the PBA (150).Alaska’s versatile import was second in player voting garnering 63 points while runner-up Romeo Travis had the most nods from his fellow athletes with 88 points.Magnolia’s Travis had a total of 914 points while Ginebra’s and Meralco’s Allan Durham had 679 and 541 points to finish third and fourth, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ 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 ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Money talks: UFC reaches ESPN with first fight of $1.5B deal

first_imgView comments Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Overweight Jhack Tepora replaced, stripped of interim featherweight title ESPN has brushed off the low ratings, convinced it can offer the cross-platform exposure UFC needs to widen its fanbase. “SportsCenter.” Studio shows. Podcasts. Fights on linear TV and streaming services. Documentaries. On-demand content. UFC, which has also aired on Spike, should feel right at home in the ESPN lineup as network bedrocks such as the NFL, the NBA and baseball.“The programming that they’re going to build around the fights and the amount of money that they’re spending on advertising just shows the overall power of ESPN,” White said.ESPN kicked off the deal with a night full of classic fights and it peppered college football’s national championship game with spots for UFC’s arrival and the Brooklyn fights. It also ran a three-hour version of “Ariel Helwani’s MMA show” on ESPN2 on New Year’s Eve, ringing in 2019 with the reporter giving 2018 awards and talking with fighters, including Cejudo and Dillashaw.“The entire company has really rallied behind this and has started to better understand the potential value here to us,” said Glenn Jacobs, ESPN vice president, UFC and Boxing. “We’re going to cover the sport the way we cover every sport, hopefully. We don’t want the UFC to be looked down or thought about any differently internally than we think about (other sports).”The contract comes with some risks. UFC will no longer have a free TV home and its most loyal fans are now expected to stretch their fight dollar each month to pay for a cable bill, ESPN-plus ($4.99), UFC Fight Pass ($7.99 to $9.99) and PPV (often $64.99 per fight) to access all content.ESPN is available in 86.8 million homes and ESPN-plus has hit 1 million subscribers; Fox was available in 119.9 million homes, FS1 in 83 million and FS2 in 57.5 million.“You get more bang for your buck right now,” White said. “Everybody has ESPN. We’re bringing all these great fights to ESPN linear that you get for free. And then it’s $5 for ESPN-plus. That’s affordable for everybody.”ESPN’s parent company, Walt Disney Co., is set to start its own Netflix-type streaming service this year that could open more doors for UFC. Imagine a day when Ariel (The Little Mermaid) throws it over to Ariel (Helwani) before a podcast.But will fight fans flock to their devices for fight nights running almost every weekend?“It’s similar to what happened with NASCAR. NASCAR took a lot of money from the cable companies to put their events on the cable channels to help grow the channels. What happened is, NASCAR ended up losing its audience,” said Neal Pilson, the former president of CBS Sports who now runs his own sports television consulting company. “But I think the biggest risk is from ESPN putting up a lot of money to try and jump-start and grow its subscriber service. That to me is more of a risk element than anything from UFC.” Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title White said the time was right to shift to ESPN-plus and that streaming for Endeavor-owned UFC was “absolutely the future.”“Certainly the world wants to see if subscriber TV is going to work,” Pilson said. “ESPN is chasing the younger audience. Everyone else is. But are they going to get that audience to stay with UFC on a streaming basis and watch it on your phone for hours at a time? Wow, I don’t know.”Grab the phone or iPad, UFC will also unveil new championship belts Saturday to mark the new era. But so much else will look familiar. Jon Anik remains the play-by-play announcer and heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier is the color commentator. Karyn Bryant will host and Megan Olivi reports backstage. Rashad Evans and Michael Bisping will also contribute from the on-site desk team.“Any time we’re on ESPN, we’re looking to deliver the biggest and the best up-and-coming fighters,” White said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img FILE – In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Dana White, president of the UFC, speaks at a news conference after the UFC 229 mixed martial arts event in Las Vegas. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019, and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)NEW YORK — Years before UFC was worth billions, Dana White used to plead his case with ESPN for air time.This was no negotiation for a big-money rights package — the UFC president simply wanted highlights on “SportsCenter.”ADVERTISEMENT BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard PLAY LIST 03:51BCDA: P13-B deal with Malaysia firm for New Clark City project aboveboard00:50Trending Articles01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 “I was out there all the time,” White said of his trips to ESPN’s Connecticut headquarters. “For most of the time, the last 18 years, I was battling just to get coverage. We used to fight just to try and get covered by them.”Call off the fight.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsUFC and ESPN have launched a partnership that would have seemed inconceivable even a decade ago, until stars like Ronda Rousey, Conor McGregor, Anderson Silva and Brock Lesnar helped shake the mixed martial arts promotion from a fringe sport even banned in some states to a firm, mainstream player.White will get his highlights — and so much more. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ESPN will raise the curtain on the octagon Saturday and air the first card of a $1.5 billion, five-year deal that will plaster UFC all over the sports network’s various platforms.“It’s our time now on ESPN,” White said. “We want to kill it this weekend.”The UFC card at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, will air on both ESPN and ESPN-plus and features a pay-per-view worthy main event: Henry Cejudo defends the 125-pound title and the fate of the flyweight division against T.J. Dillashaw, the current bantamweight champ looking to add a second belt. UFC’s career wins leader Donald Cerrone, crossover star Paige VanZant, and troubled former NFL defensive end Greg Hardy all fight on the debut show.“I would love to see my face all over ESPN,” VanZant said.UFC has opened a TV deal with a bang before: its first network prime-time appearance on Fox in 2011 earned 5.7 million viewers. UFC has soared on PPV over the last seven years — McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov in October had nearly 2.4 million buys — while TV ratings dipped on free TV. The final UFC on Fox show in December dropped 13 percent from 2017 and netted only 1.8 million viewers.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

‘State of Emergency Offers No Solutions’

first_imgThe Institute for Research and Democratic Development (IREDD) has described as a “misstep and poor political judgment” the Liberian President’s declaration of a national State of Emergency.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Wednesday declared a “state of emergency” and called for legislative support in accordance with the 1986 Constitution.Addressing a news conference Thursday in Monrovia, IREDD Senior Policy Director Dan T. Saryee, noted that the declaration neither offers any results-oriented solution to the economic reasons cited nor does it provide any direct solution to the eradication of Ebola from “poverty stricken Liberians.”The international research group pointed out that the government’s decision will only exacerbate hardship, escalate vulnerability of the people to hunger and death by curable diseases (malaria, typhoid, diarrhea, etc.) and further deny the country of much needed revenues.  In fact, the consequence that comes with a state of emergency is comparable to shooting oneself in the leg, Saryee said.The research institute believes that the government’s pronouncement is a clear indication that all activities including the operations of concessions, plantations, international NGOs, businesses and market places are hereby “shut down.”IREDD described the President’s decision as a “sad and unprecedented action that demonstrates no iota of good leadership, intended to raise untimely alarm to position Liberia for a handsome share of the funds to fight Ebola in the sub-region.”In finding solution to the spread of Ebola IREDD recommended: “that the National Legislature should deny the approval of the state of emergency required of them by Article 88 of the Liberian Constitution.  Government should urgently take action to prescribe motivational packages such as benefits in insurance, death benefits including education benefits  for children of affected medical practitioners, to ensure they are motivated to make the ultimate sacrifices as required to fight the pandemic.  Government should take concrete actions to re-open all the referral health centers by ensuring that the requisite manpower, technicians, logistics needed to run various testing at these centers are available and accessible.”Relative to the militarization of communities and highways, Saryee asserted that said action was unnecessary, adding; “This only scares away investors.”On the way forward, he said,  government should establish testing centers at every entry point, to ensure that traveler, pedestrians and other commuters are properly screened to prevent the spread of the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Looming City Lockdown: CDC Plans 3-Day March

first_imgOpposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) has decided to stage another “city lockdown” in and around Monrovia, the party’s vice chairman for Operations, Mulbah Morlu, has announced.Addressing a news conference yesterday in Monrovia, CDC disclosed the staging of a three-day political rally aimed at creating the platform where their political leader, Ambassador George M. Weah, will interact with the “ordinary Liberian people.”According to Morlu, who is also CDC deputy campaign manager, the party has decided to begin “a three-day roadmap to victory,” parade through the streets of Monrovia, beginning with various market places in the city.“CDC will begin parading the streets with Amb. Weah beginning with the Small Town Community behind our party’s headquarters and move on to the Peace Island Community in Congo Town.“From those two places, the CDC will later move to the Jorkpen Town and Rally Town markets. Amb. Weah will then walk from UN Drive to Randall Street through Water Side Market and West Point community.“Weah wants to interact with the citizens along Broad Street and other places. The team leaves from West Point to Vai and Clara Towns and will meet with people of ‘Gibraltar’, Weah’s birth place. From that moment, Weah and the team will walk from Clara Town towards Freeport, Logan Town and New Kru Town respectively,” Morlu announced.CDC has also disclosed plans for a very large rally to be held at its headquarters on Thursday, 18 December, describing it as the party’s “pre victory rally.”According to Morlu, the rally will be a mass gathering of supporters of the party for a jamboree to celebrate Weah’s anticipated victory in the impending election.CDC has called on all its partisans to turn out in their numbers for the occasion.On Friday, CDC said their attention will be focused on Somalia Drive, starting with Freeport towards Gardnervilles, Bardnersville and towards the Red Light District in Paynesville. Morlu noted that the rally is intended to remind CDC’s rivals of the strength of the party and the ability of their candidate to clinch victory.CDC is a signatory to the Inter Party Consultative Committee agreement of December 3, 2014 when political parties and stakeholders discussed and instituted measures aimed at curtailing the spread of the Ebola virus and election violence in the country.NEC and stakeholders agreed that there would be no street parades; that campaigns be conducted only in districts/communities; and that gatherings will not exceed 250 persons.Judging from Weah and the CDC’s last campaign rally on November 28, which paralyzed the entire capital, blocking traffic for several hours, political analysts believe the planned three day parade is in contravention (violation) of and will defeat the purpose of the December 3 agreement.Perhaps stakeholders, including Health authorities, civil society and the international community might be able to prevail on the CDC and other candidates and political parties to restrain their demonstrations, in order to continue winning the more crucial campaign to defeat Ebola.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more