Rockets use 50-point 3rd quarter to blow out Timberwolves

first_imgBogut retires from NBA, signs with Sydney NBL team for 2 years Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Harden had 22 of the team’s near-record 50 points in the third, launching the Rockets past the Minnesota Timberwolves 119-100 on Monday night to take a 3-1 lead in their first-round playoff series.“We had the mentality to be aggressive, make or missed shots,” said Harden, who went 7 for 10 in the third quarter and finished with 36 points. “That’s what we do. We shoot the basketball, and eventually they’ll start falling.”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 crownChris Paul scored 15 of his 25 points in the near-record third for the Rockets, who still had a 50-49 halftime edge despite their rough start. With those torrid 12 minutes, they built a 31-point lead and were up 104-69 about a minute into the fourth. The only team in the history of the NBA playoffs with more points in one quarter was the Los Angeles Lakers, who scored 51 points in the fourth on March 31, 1962, in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.“It was a good time to do it. We’ve been talking about it for two years, putting the 50-piece up,” Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni said. “And that starts with the intensity and the right spirit and everything.” “We came out lackadaisical on both ends of the floor,” Butler said. “We didn’t take anything away from them. They got whatever shot that they wanted.”The Timberwolves rebounded from their two defeats on the road by matching the Rockets with 15 makes from 3-point range in Game 3. They wisely took another tack for Game 4, attacking the basket in the first half with relentless abandon and plenty of success.Derrick Rose, who finished with 17 points and six rebounds, was the catalyst off the bench with multiple muscle-his-way-in layups on both fast breaks and in the half court. Starting point guard Jeff Teague, meanwhile, had only two points on 1-for-7 shooting while fighting through dislocated right pinky finger.The Wolves were in front by as much a 36-29, but with as poorly as the Rockets were shooting they badly needed a larger lead than that. They went 21 for 44 from the field (47.7 percent) in the first half, but with all the layups and putbacks in the mix they easily could have made more.Trevor Ariza made the first three 3-pointers attempted by the Rockets, who then missed on 13 of their next 14 tries from behind the arc. Harden didn’t make a basket until 5:57 remained in the second quarter, when his 10-foot floater fell in to cut Minnesota’s lead to 39-37. He swished one of his signature step-back 3-pointers on the next possession, and Houston was right back in front to sow the seeds for the staggering third quarter.“Once we get going, it’s hard to stop us,” Capela said.FULL CIRCLEThe last time the Timberwolves were in the first round of the playoffs in 2004, their opponent was Denver and Nene was a 21-year-old starter for the Nuggets. This is his 16th season in the NBA, the second with the Rockets.TIP-INSRockets: Ariza finished with 15 points, after missing his last eight 3-pointers. … Harden is averaging 30.3 points in the series. He’s 38 for 91 from the floor (41.8 percent). … Capela is leading the league in the playoffs in rebounding, averaging 14 per game.Timberwolves: Backup point guard Tyus Jones was available on an emergency-only basis because of a sore right knee. Rose played 33 minutes. … Butler (19 points) and Andrew Wiggins (14 points) combined to shoot 12 for 31 from the floor.UP NEXTThe series shifts back south to Houston for Game 5 on Wednesday night. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Clint Capela added 14 points and 17 rebounds, Eric Gordon finally got going with 18 points off the bench and the Rockets left the Wolves wondering what hit them after 3½ games of decent defense against one of the league’s most dangerous offensive teams. The Rockets scored on 11 straight possessions after an opening stop by the Wolves, and Harden alone scored 17 of their first 20 points.“I’ve got to watch it again,” Paul said. “We just, I don’t know, got hot.”Wolves star Jimmy Butler, on the other hand, began forcing off-balance shots. Teague and Paul, the two former Wake Forest point guards, engaged in some intense trash talk. Paul baited Teague into a pushing foul for a pair of add-to-the-pile free throws. Gordon tacked on another 3-pointer at the buzzer for the 100-69 lead.“I think we came out a little flatter than last game. We didn’t come out right away with that straight grit in the third quarter,” said Karl-Anthony Towns, who had 22 points and 15 rebounds for the Timberwolves.Minnesota missed 14 of 21 shots, producing several panicked possessions over the third. Perhaps that’s because they were so rattled by how suddenly and quickly the Rockets were scoring.ADVERTISEMENT Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Jimmy Butler stare at the ball during the first half of Game 4 in an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 23, 2018, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — Though James Harden and most of the Houston Rockets were misfiring throughout the first half, their confidence never wavered.In the third quarter, those sharpshooters sure came to life.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Kerber into second French Open quarterfinal

first_imgLATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations France’s Caroline Garcia reacts after a point against Germany’s Angelique Kerber during their women’s singles fourth round match on day nine of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 4, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOPHE SIMONGerman 12th seed Angelique Kerber reached the French Open quarterfinals for the second time on Monday with a 6-2, 6-3 win over France’s Caroline Garcia.Kerber, a former world number one and two-time major winner, will face top seed Simona Halep for a place in the semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Police discuss backlash of arresting Bucks player Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Kerber, who also made the last eight in 2012, had lost in the first round in Paris in the last two 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, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Painters hold off Bolts in OT, secure top spot

first_imgChristopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “Another overtime game for us. I think this is our fourth overtime game this conference and we won all four and it just shows the test of character of this team,” said ROS head coach Caloy Garcia.“I’m happy about it but it’s still a long way to go for us. We can still get better,” he added. “As long as the locals step up and do their jobs, we’ll be okay.”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 crownMaverick Ahanmisi added 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Chris Tiu and Ed Daquioag chipped in 13 and 11 points, respectively for the Painters, who hiked their record to 9-1.The Bolts rallied from 18 points down in the third quarter but just couldn’t get over the hump. Meralco playmaker Baser Amer tied the game at 96 with 2:25 remaining in regulation but his contested floater that would’ve won it went way short paving the way for extra time.With the Bolts down three, Chris Newsome misfired on an open triple from the corner before getting called for an unsportsmanlike foul on the other end that led to a free throw by Tiu and a crucial 3-pointer by Daquioag with 12.7 ticks left.Meralco, which shot itself in the foot with 18 missed free throws, stayed in fourth place with a 7-4 card.Newsome led his team with 21 points that went with seven rebounds and 11 assists while import Arinze Onuaku had 20 points and 11 rebounds. Onuaku had another miserable night at the free throw line where he went 4-of-13.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine held off Meralco, 106-99, in overtime to clinch the top spot in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Reggie Johnson powered the Elasto Painters with 21 points, including a triple that put his team ahead for good, 99-96, with 3:46 remaining, and a game-high 18 rebounds on top of three blocks.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Geje Eustaquio far from done after ONE title win 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Gao, Saso find their groove, move within striking distance of a medal finish

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Saso cracked par for the second straight round, firing a 69 and moving within five shots of the lead still now being held by China’s Du Mohan, who shot a 66 for a 36-hole 135 aggregate.The women’s team, with Bianca Pagdanganan shooting a 70, also moved into position in the medal race after a 139, although far from the gold at the moment with China taking a 15-under total into the third round after getting a 69 from Liu Wenbo.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’LK Go’s 72 did not count for the women’s team.“I’m definitely going for gold,” Gao said as he takes the fight for the men’s team which has floundered as it trails leader Japan by 18 shots and the third running Korea by nine. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Team Philippines counted the 71 of Luis Castro and either 73s of LJ Go and Rupert Zaragosa in team play for a 211.“They’re finally finding their groove,” said nonplaying captain Bones Floro of his charges as the women’s team tries to win a medal for the first time since 2002.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Peza offers relief to ecozone firmscenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil JAKARTA—Wei Wei Gao and Yuka Saso rebounded from mediocre opening round efforts and wheeled into contention for individual medals in their divisions in the golf competition of the 18th Asian Games here.Solving the sleek greens and negotiating the tight fairways of the Pondok Indah layout, Gao gunned down seven birdies on the way to a five-under-par 67 for 139 overall, pulling within three shots of Japan’s Keita Nakajima, who shot a 68.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Asian Games: Dismal start for PH boxers as Petecio, Bacho crash out Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Murray scores 48 as Nuggets beat Celtics

first_imgDenver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, right, drives the lane as Boston Celtics center Al Horford, left, and guard Kyrie Irving, center, defend in the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, Nov. 5, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)DENVER — Jamal Murray simply got caught up in the moment when he hoisted a long shot with the clock winding down.He took some heat for it. No disrespect meant, he maintained.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Three-for-all: Bucks become latest team to set a 3-point mark Denver spotted the Celtics an 18-point lead in the first quarter but quickly made up ground behind Murray, who scored 23 in the first half.In a matchup between two of the league’s top defenses, it was offense that ruled on this night.More specifically, Murray.He took over the game in the fourth quarter, hitting a pair of 3-pointers to give the Nuggets some breathing room. The Celtics even tried to double-team him.It didn’t work.“He was rolling,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “He got a couple of easy ones out of the gate that I think made him feel good. He deserves credit.”The Nuggets needed a big game from Murray because the Celtics found some rhythm. Malone knew it was just a matter of time before a streaky Boston offense started consistently knocking down jumpers. He was just hoping it would happen after Monday.“Their offense is trending in the right direction,” Malone said. “Couple that with their defense, which can be suffocating at times, and that’s what makes them such a dangerous team — a team that’s going to go very, very deep in the playoffs.”TIP-INSCeltics: G Marcus Smart took an elbow to the back of the head from Nikola Jokic in the third quarter. … F Marcus Morris drew a technical in the fourth for arguing a charging call. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “What kind of competitor wouldn’t it bother? I was (mad), but we’re not going to make a big thing about it,” said Kyrie Irving, who scored 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting. “But congratulations to him on 48 points. He did it in a great fashion.”Nuggets coach Michael Malone said the veterans on his team talked to Murray about the late shot.“He’s young. He’s still learning,” Malone said. “You never want to try to disrespect anybody. It wasn’t disrespect. He was trying to get to 50 points.”At 9-1, the Nuggets are earning a measure of respect around the NBA as they’re off to their best start since 1976-77. They’re 6-0 at home, including wins over Golden State and now Boston.“We’ve accomplished nothing,” Murray said. “Keep trusting each other and get the job done.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nuggets: Murray scored 14 of the team’s 19 points in the first quarter. He finished with the most by a Nuggets player since Carmelo Anthony scored 50 on Feb. 7, 2011, against Houston. … Despite some foul trouble, Jokic finished with eight points, 10 rebounds and eight assists. … Gary Harris and Trey Lyles each added 13 points.NO DOUBTING THIS THOMASStevens raved about Nuggets guard Isaiah Thomas, currently sidelined as he rehabs from hip surgery. Thomas played parts of three seasons with Boston.“I can’t say enough great things about him and all the things that he has meant to the Celtics, Celtic fans in and around New England and even in our house,” Stevens said. “He’s an absolute pleasure to be around.”Thomas isn’t expected back until possibly next month, but he’s already having an influence on the Nuggets — with his voice.“We have a relatively quiet group and one thing that everybody knows that’s been around Isaiah is that he’s not quiet,” Malone said. “He brings an energy and a voice and a leadership that we sorely miss.”LESSON LEARNEDMorris believes Murray learned his lesson about shooting with a game in hand.“I know him personally. It was unprofessional,” Morris said. “He’s a young player. He’ll learn.”UP NEXT Murray scored a career-high 48 points, including 19 in the fourth quarter, and the Denver Nuggets overcame a sluggish start to beat the Boston Celtics 115-107 on Monday night.The point guard knew he was on from his first jumper — a deep 3-pointer. He realized he might have ruffled some feathers with his last — an even deeper 3 in an effort to score 50.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 Chriss“My emotion took over as it normally does when I get going like that,” Murray explained.Murray was feeling it all night, hitting 19 of 30 shots, including five 3s. He had two attempts to reach 50 points in the final seconds, but missed a reverse layup and then that 3 at the buzzer — one that bothered the Celtics with the game already decided. MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Celtics: At Phoenix on Thursday.Nuggets: At Memphis on Wednesday before a four-game homestand.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Jamal Murray scorches with 46 on 9 3s as Nuggets hold off Suns

first_imgTIP-INSNuggets: F Paul Millsap returned to action after missing the past eight games with a broken right big toe. He played 14 minutes. “We’ll see at altitude, I think that’s going to be the big challenge,” Millsap said about getting back into game shape. … Beasley played through a sprained left ankle. … Five other Nuggets players were inactive, including G Will Barton (hip/core surgery) and G Gary Harris (right hip).Suns: Booker was assessed a flagrant foul in the third quarter when his hard contact on Craig sent Craig sprawling to the floor under the basket after a breakaway. … Booker has 25 or more points in eight straight games. … Bridges, a rookie, made a career high five 3s.UP NEXTNuggets: Host New York on Tuesday night.Suns: Host Golden State on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phoenix, the last-place team in the West, is 0-6 on the second night of back-to-backs this season and has lost four of its last five overall.Suns star Devin Booker bruised his lower back in the second quarter after he stepped in to draw a charge on the Nuggets’ Torrey Craig. Though announced as questionable for the second half, he returned and scored 27 points for the game, 20 in the second half.“We were worried if he could finish the game and be on the court,” Suns coach Igor Kokoskov said. “He was fighting through pain and he was leading the group when we needed him the most.”Murray started hot, knocking down his first three 3s and finishing the first quarter with 13 points. He had 15 in the fourth.Murray lobbed to Mason Plumlee for a dunk with 2:39 left in the first half, giving Denver a 57-37 lead.The Suns went on a 12-2 run to cut the lead to 59-49, but Juancho Hernangomez hit a 3 just before the halftime buzzer for Denver. The Nuggets made 11 3s in the first half.Denver led by as many as 23 in the third quarter, but Ayton’s hook with 19 seconds got the Suns within 90-78. Denver scored the first seven points of the fourth quarter, but the Suns stormed back to make it interesting at the end.EXCHANGE OF THOUGHTSAs the Suns rallied in the fourth quarter, a fan yelled from the stands at Kokoskov. “Hey Igor, we can make some free throws!” the fan shouted.Kokoskov looked at him, pointed and said, “You’re right!” The Suns made nine of 14 for the game. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray (27) drives against Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson (20) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)PHOENIX — There was no getting around the pain in his right ankle, so Jamal Murray figured out a way to deal with the injury.“I was trying not to move as much, kind of relied on my shot,” Murray said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garciacenter_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES He’s rarely shot it better than he did Saturday night.Murray scored 46 points and made a career-high nine 3-pointers, carrying the Western Conference-leading Denver Nuggets to a 122-118 victory over the Phoenix Suns, the adrenaline from a big night helping him deal with the ankle.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 ChrissMurray was 16 for 24 from the field with the second-most points he’s scored in a game this season. He scored 31 a night earlier in a win over San Antonio.The Suns almost overcame a 22-point, fourth-quarter deficit, drawing to 113-110 on Mikal Bridges’ 3-pointer with 1:51 to play. T.J. Warren hit a 3 to cut the lead to 117-113 with 30 seconds remaining, but the Nuggets closed it out with free throws in the final seconds. View comments Kyrie Irving, Al Horford rally Celtics past Grizzlies Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nikola Jokic added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, while Malik Beasley came off the bench to hit a career-high five 3-pointers for his 15 points.“He’s my security blanket,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said of Jokic. “At the end of the game, when the ball goes to him I know something good is going to happen.”Rookie Deandre Ayton scored a season-high 33 points and added 14 rebounds for the Suns. Ayton made 12-of-13 shots in the second quarter for 24 points, the highest-scoring quarter by a Suns rookie and sixth-highest by any Sun in franchise history.“I don’t think I started off playing well,” Ayton said. “Coach took me out and I got my second wind and went out and forgot about the scoreboard and just played hard.”Denver improved to 4-1 in the second of back-to-back games this season. The Nuggets made a season-high 18 3s for the second straight night.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Roger Federer, Angelique Kerber cautious on new Australian Open tie-break rule

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But the German world number two, who was beaten 9-7 in the deciding set of last year’s Australian Open semi-final by Simona Halep, also said she could see both sides of the debate.“It might be easier because you can save energy, on the other side it is a tradition to play the advantage set,” she said.“Let’s see how it works this year.”Among the other Slams, Wimbledon will use final set tie-breaks at 12-12 starting from 2019, the US Open plays a traditional tie-break at 6-6 and the French Open does not use a final set tie-break.“The funny thing is we have four different formats in four Slams, so it is important to remind yourself what’s going on and which one it is,” said Federer.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next But Federer, aiming for his third successive Australian Open title and seventh overall, said he was personally “a bit torn” between the options.“I am okay with any format really,” he said. “Thing is, when it goes to six-all in the fifth, you’ve had plenty of chances to win it, or lose it, so from that standpoint how it ends is secondary in my opinion.”Kerber — who has based her game on superior physical fitness — suggested her advantage could be diluted by shortened deciders in Melbourne, where she won her first Slam in 2016.“I like physical matches and if you come here to Australia you have be really fit,” she said. “With the weather, the conditions, it’s really hot and humid and you have to ready for that.“I have no idea if I like (the new rule) or not, we will see.”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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments World No.1 Simona Halep fit and rested after ‘scary’ back injury Switzerland’s Roger Federer volleys during his match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia, Sunday Dec. 30, 2018. (AP Photo/Trevor Collens)Star players Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber have cautiously welcomed new tie-break rules for the deciding set at the Australian Open.The year’s opening Grand Slam, starting January 14, will for the first time feature an extended tie-break in the final set when the score reaches 6-6, rather than a traditional full set.ADVERTISEMENT To win the decisive tie-break, a player will need to be the first to 10 with an advantage of at least two points.The move means all four Slams now use different rules, with only the French Open holding off from introducing a tie-break in the decider.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 ChrissSpeaking at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week, Federer — who said he had been asked for his opinion on the change by tournament officials — admitted marathon final sets would be missed by some.“We will miss the 70-68 in the fifth, so that’s a pity,” he said, referring to the famous final-set marathon between John Isner and Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010. LATEST STORIES Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

LOOK: Pia Wurtzbach, PBA muses dazzle in opening ceremony

first_imgFrom the “Megastar” Sharon Cuneta to beauty queens Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Miss International 2016 Kylie Verzosa and not to mention Philippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, there was no shortage of star power as PBA teams paraded their muses during the opening ceremony of the league’s 44th season at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Alaska Aces muse Klea Pineda. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaranga Ginebra Gin Kings Pia Wurtzbach. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPia Wurtzbach with the entire Barangay Ginebra team during the opening ceremony of the 2019 PBA season. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBlackwater Elite muses Myla Pablo, left, and Jasmine Alkhaldi. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJasmine Alkhaldi shares a laugh with Elite guard Mike DiGregorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netColumbian Dyip muse Kelley Day. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia Hotshots muse Sharon Cuneta. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSharon Cuneta with Magnolia guards Jio Jalalon and Mark Barroca. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMagnolia’s Marc Pingris and PJ Simon take a selfie with Sharon Cuneta. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMeralco Bolts muse Eva Patalinjug. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX Road Warriors muse Alyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlyssa Valdez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix Fuel Masters muse Yam Concepcion. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRain or Shine Elasto Painters muse Anie Uson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beermen muse Kylie Verzosa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT KaTropa muse Sam Pinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSam Pinto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra rolls in 4th, beats TNT in season openercenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ 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 Chriss Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending 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 Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

La Salle snaps skid, rolls past UE

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ernestine Tiamzon scored 10 points for La Salle which also got inspired performances from rookie Jolina Dela Cruz and and May Luna in the absence of injured leader Desiree Cheng.The Lady Warriors took a 10-3 lead in the second frame but soon found the Lady Spikers hitting their marks and with a spate of errors yield the set and the momentum. They slumped deeper in the standings with a 1-5 card.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs LATEST STORIES Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Mike Krzyzewski: Zion Williamson ‘doubtful’ for Duke’s game at UNC Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:14Carpio 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 Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title De La Salle Lady Spikers. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRegaining some of the sharpness it lost the past matches, La Salle snapped a rare two-game losing streak by beating University of the East, 25-18, 25-20, 25-18, Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball at FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The three-time defending champion Lady Spikers, smarting from defeats at the hands of University of the Philippines and University of Santo Tomas, jumped back into the top spot with four wins in six matches.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

Richard Manuba Sets for SWAL Presidential Debate

first_imgThe Sports Writers Association of Liberia’s presidential candidate, Richard Manuba was ecstatic about this afternoon’s double debate.First, Manuba will be on Lux FM to expound his vision for the association from 10-11a.m.Second, he will be at the offices of the PUL on Clay Street, Monrovia at 2p.m. where other candidates, including Leroy Sonpon, lll, Martina Brooks and Roland Mulbah will also assemble to debate to convince the members why they think they are capable to run the association for the next two years.At a private gathering yesterday afternoon on 3rd Street, Sinkor in Monrovia, Candidate Manuba officially launched his campaign drive for the presidency.The elections are set for Jan. 24.Yesterday, Candidate Manuba re-echoed his three key areas that he said he is passionate to change SWAL.“I want to make SWAL an institution,” he said, “then seek corporate sponsorship for SWAL.”Candidate Manuba further said his third target will be SWAL members’ welfare.“We (SWAL) must be able to develop its members to get the needed support in times of need.“At the same time I will make SWAL relevance to get its national recognition,” he said.The debate is set at 2.p.m. today.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more