Windies slip further in world rankings

first_img Race against time UBAI, United Arab Emirates, (CMC): West Indies’ hopes of an automatic World Cup spot suffered yet another blow when they slid even further in the latest ICC One-Day International (ODI) rankings released yesterday. The Caribbean side remained ninth in the rankings but lost four ratings points to slip to 79, falling further behind eighth placed Pakistan in their race for a top eight place in order to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in England. Hosts England and the next seven highest-ranked sides at the September 30 cut-off date will qualify for the showpiece. With their latest slide, the Windies are now nine points adrift of Pakistan who dropped two points in the latest rankings. The two sides met recently in a pivotal three-match one-day series with Pakistan emerging winners by a 2-1 margin. Two-time World Cup champions West Indies are running out of time to improve their ranking with series against minnows Afghanistan in June and England in September remaining. Should the Windies fail to qualify automatically, they will enter a 10-team qualification tournament in an attempt to secure one of the two remaining World Cup berths. South Africa and Australia, meanwhile, have remained top of the ODI rankings, with the Proteas gaining four points to move up to 123 and the Aussies remaining stagnant. India, meanwhile, have gained five points and replace New Zealand in third place with the Black Caps dropping to fourth. England lie fifth on 109 points, Sri Lanka are sixth despite dropping five points while Bangladesh are seventh on 91.last_img read more

PBA keeping close watch over referees

first_imgMOST READ Maybe not all PBA fans know that there are two cameras strategically positioned in every playing venue that monitor only the referees’ actions.Yes, these cameras never blink. They record every move the referees make on the court—missed calls, noncalls and wrong calls during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogPBA media bureau chief Willie Marcial said the cameras are a big help to the technical committee in determining calls during situations which require video consultations.He said the cameras also help the referees evaluate and improve their performances, while also providing real-time feedback for game officials. Now that the Philippine Basketball Association Governors’ Cup is in the semifinal phase, expect all games to be even more intense.And when the competition is at its highest level, the referees step up on their officiating and are always on their toes at any given play.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lady Tams book last semis trip Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up View comments “The cameras are really a huge factor during games,” said Marcial. “Technical officials can monitor the entire game well and make accurate judgments.”The technical committee reviews a referee’s performance after every game. This serves as basis in determining the referee’s rating or grade level.“When a referee performs badly in consecutive games, he or she can be suspended or meted out stiff penalties,” added Marcial.But a referee can’t always be suspended or fined because of wrong calls.The technical committee looks at a referee’s position when a missed or wrong call takes place before making any decision.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES “One time during an Alaska-San Miguel game, the play happened right in front of Alaska’s bench. There was a supposed noncall on Marcio Lassiter. Alaska representative Dickie Bachmann complained at once because he was right there. When the play was reviewed, it was clear that the referee’s view was blocked and so he failed to see if there was a foul or not,” Marcial related.Marcial said this system considerably improved the performance of the referees and somehow made all the teams appreciate calls or non calls—an integral part of commissioner Chito Narvasa’s mission to make officiating understandable to fans as they are to game officials and coaches.Narvasa likewise expressed satisfaction for the above-par performance of the PBA’s pool of 16 referees in the ongoing Governors’ CupHe said none of them have been suspended or fined so far and he’s looking to cut the pool to retain the higher-grade referees during the semifinals of the season-ending third conference. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene How to help the Taal evacuees FILE – In this Monday, Sept 4, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Gerard Pique takes part in a training session a day prior to the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Liechtenstein and Spain at the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Gerard Pique from critics who question his loyalty to the national team because of his support for a disputed referendum on Catalan independence. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP, FIle)MADRID — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique’s commitment to the national team and called on the squad to be focused only on soccer despite the crisis involving Catalonia’s push for independence.Pique, the outspoken Barcelona defender highly supportive of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team’s training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT The national team’s practice on Tuesday was closed to the fans.“We are soccer players and coaches, we have to be focused on our main goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “We can’t get distracted by anything. I know that this is an unpleasant situation, but I ask for some reasoning and tranquility so we can all play a great match against Albania.”Spain is three points ahead of Italy in Group G. It has a much better goal difference than the Italians, so it can close in a World Cup spot with a victory against Albania or at Israel on Monday.Only the group winner automatically qualifies for next year’s tournament in Russia.On Tuesday, Barcelona and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league — Girona and Espanyol — joined a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona said none of its professional or youth teams practiced and its headquarters was closed. The club played in an empty Camp Nou on Sunday to show its discontentment with the government’s actions during the referendum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lopetegui said in a radio interview with local radio station COPE on Monday night that the central defender remained “motivated” despite the abuse from fans. He said he talked to Pique and didn’t think he was affected by it.He said Pique’s “behavior with the national team has always been very good” and there was no reason not to have him on the team. He said the player was well liked by his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We don’t analyze the player’s political opinion,” Lopetegui said. “Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16. His commitment is tremendous. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bring him to the team. He is available and he wants to play. I know it’s not an easy situation, but I am a soccer coach and I have to prioritize.”The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the “unpleasant situation” generated by Catalonia’s bid for independence. LATEST STORIES ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare “We all have the obligation to create the best atmosphere possible ahead of this game against Albania (on Friday),” Lopetegui said. “And I mean all of us. We are playing to make it to the World Cup. After a year and a half we have the chance to finish the job and we obviously need to focus on this game, which is the only important thing for us this week. We all have to contribute to create this good atmosphere, there is no doubt.”Pique was in tears on Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional. Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.“I see Pique with the same enthusiasm as before,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “He is as happyas he has always been inside our locker room.”Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media on Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said “Spain is your nation” and “Out Pique.”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Cavs center Tristan Thompson coming back in reserve role

first_imgJahlil Okafor excited about fresh start with Nets Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Thompson will come off the bench, and Kevin Love will remain the starting center . The Cavs have won 14 of 15 and Lue doesn’t want to disrupt the chemistry.That’s cool with Thompson.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“If I don’t play, that’s fine as long as we’re winning I’m going to cheer my teammates on,” he said following Monday’s workout at Cleveland Clinic Courts. “If I play two minutes, three minutes, 20 minutes, it don’t matter to me. As long as we win.”Since he’s been out, the Cavs went 16-3 and have moved past some early-season growing pains with a dramatic improvement on defense. Lue has tinkered with his rotation, and Cleveland now has a second unit featuring Dwyane Wade, Kyle Korver and Channing Frye that helped the Cavs reel off 13 straight wins. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thompson’s straightforward approach has endeared him to Cleveland fans for seven seasons. A tireless worker at both ends of the court, Thompson played in 447 consecutive regular-season games before sitting out last April with a sprained thumb. He’s averaged 9.8 points and 8.6 rebounds, but it’s also been the little things that have made him invaluable for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.Being injured was tough on Thompson, who had never been out as long at any level. He missed the little things. Now that he’s back, Thompson promised he’ll do what he always has.“Just play my game,” he said. “Nothing special. Just be myself. Being myself has worked out pretty well for me I think.”While Thompson has returned, the Cavs still don’t have a clear date for point guard Isaiah Thomas to play after being sidelined all season with a hip injury. He took part in 3-on-3 drills Monday.The Cavs have roughly targeted his debut by the end of the month, but Lue said nothing is certain.“I don’t know when he’s coming back,” Lue said. “I wish I did so you could quit asking me. I really do. I really wish I knew so I could share it. I’m not hiding it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Tristan Thompson’s role may have changed. Not his drive.Sidelined since Nov. 1 with a calf injury he said was much more serious than a strain, Thompson could play Tuesday night when the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Atlanta Hawks. Thompson practiced Monday, and as long as he recovers as expected, the Cavs will have their most tenacious rebounder and one of their best defenders back on the floor — but not as a starter.ADVERTISEMENT To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban PLAY LIST 02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban03:10Injuries from fireworks down by 35% this year, DoH say00:50Trending 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 Lue indicated Frye will continue to play, so it remains unclear how he will use Thompson, who has been one of Cleveland’s most dependable players the past few years.“Tristan is a big part of what we do, so we gotta figure out how we got to use him,” said Lue, who wouldn’t divulge Thompson’s new role. “We gotta do that so I have a plan in place and we’ll see how it works.”When Thompson was injured last month, the Cavs said they expected him to be out for a month with a strained left calf. Thompson quickly pointed out that not only was the team’s public timetable inaccurate, but so was their medical diagnosis.“They told you guys three to four weeks,” Thompson said to reporters. “That was never the case. The first week I was on crutches for a week so there was no chance. I don’t know who told you three to four weeks. I feel bad. I’m sorry. You all should have just asked me or DM’d me. I would have told y’all the truth.”Thompson said his injury was “worse” than a strain, but he didn’t want to elaborate.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Curry goes off again, Warriors top Nuggets for 5th straight win

first_imgLATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Denver got 22 points from Gary Harris, and 21 apiece from Jamal Murray and Trey Lyles.DURANT UPDATEKerr said Durant “didn’t feel quite right” after going through shootaround earlier in the day.“We’re all on the same page that until he feels right, he’s not going to play,” Kerr said. “Hopefully the next couple of days he’ll clear that hurdle and be ready to go.”GREEN FINEDGreen was fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league’s officiating in comments after Golden State’s 121-105 win against the Clippers on Saturday.CURRY THE OWNER?Curry has people helping him explore options to buy into the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. Jerry Richardson announced he plans to sell the franchise while he is under investigation for sexual and racial misconduct in the workplace.“It’s a pretty interesting opportunity,” Curry said after Monday’s shootaround. “I’ve had conversations with plenty of people about the right way to go about it and kind of the different approaches I could personally take. Obviously I have a day job, but I’ve got people that are plugged in and trying to see how to make that happen. I’ve had nothing really to say about it besides that I’m very interested and very willing to do what it takes to make that happen.”TIP-INS Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Klay Thompson scored 19 on his bobbblehead night while Draymond Green added a season-high 23 points and 10 assists in the defending NBA champions’ fifth straight victory on a night when Kevin Durant sat out his third consecutive game with a strained right calf.In his 12th 30-point game of the season, Curry hit a long 3-pointer with 56.1 seconds left in the third and the Warriors led 93-81 going into the final quarter after the Nuggets had fought back to tie it midway through the period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe two-time MVP has scored 29 or more points in seven straight games. In four games before Monday, he was averaging 36 points, six rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals in 31.8 minutes since returning from an 11-game absence with a sprained right ankle.The Western Conference Player of the Week for last week, Curry strained his left knee in the first half, headed to the locker room to have it taped and then returned. 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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Stephen Curry scored 32 points and dished out nine assists in another superb performance during his sensational recent stretch, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Nuggets 124-114 on Monday night to avenge an ugly home loss to Denver in late December.Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists as four players scored 20 points or more for the Nuggets, who were coming off a 106-98 loss at Sacramento on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Nuggets: Denver limited its turnovers to 11 after committing a season-high 26 at Sacramento two days earlier that led to 40 Kings points. … Denver is 3-11 on the road vs. Western Conference teams.Warriors: Andre Iguodala hit his first 3-pointer in nine games he’s played since Dec. 18, snapping an 0-for-12 funk from deep when he made one in the first. … Golden State rookie Jordan Bell took a hard fall in the second quarter and moved gingerly afterward. … Newly crowned U.S. figure skating national champion and Olympian Nathan Chen attended the game, watched Curry’s warmup, and was set to meet him afterward.UP NEXTNuggets: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.Warriors: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday seeking a 13th consecutive victory in the rivalry.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Golden State’s David West contributed 10 points, scoring in double figures for a third straight game to go with six rebounds and four assists while becoming the 127th player in NBA history to play in 1,000 regular-season games.Thompson made his initial four shots and Green scored eight quick points, connecting on his first three field goal attempts. He dished out five assists as Golden State raced ahead 27-20 — a far cry from the Warriors’ previous performance in a 96-81 loss to Denver at Oracle Arena on Dec. 23.The Warriors shot 3 for 27 in that game from 3-point range but topped that with four 3s in the first quarter Monday and finished 13 for 30 from deep.Thompson’s 3-pointer with 4:10 left in the third made it 78-71 after Denver had tied the game 89-all at the 6:57 mark of the period.The Nuggets held the Warriors to a season-low scoring performance here last time that snapped their 11-game winning streak. Golden State has won seven of eight since.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

first_imgSouth Korea’s Jo Su Sie 16), of the combined Koreas team, hugs South Korea’s goalie Han Dohee (20), of the combined Koreas team, after the classification round of the women’s hockey game against Sweden at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018. Sweden won 6-1. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, “We are one.” Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena.And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES The team was formed just days before the Pyeongchang Games began during an eleventh-hour push by the two Koreas to improve ties after a year of spiking nuclear tensions that triggered fears of a war on the Korean Peninsula.The team’s makeup was a key part of agreements the Koreas struck to cooperate in the Olympics, which eventually provided a breather from a nuclear standoff involving the North, the South and the United States.Despite initial worries about their teamwork, North and South Korean players were seen getting along with each other. There were many small moments of warm relations that seemed to improve as the games went on.During Tuesday’s classification round game against Sweden, the Korean team played with newfound pace and more confidence against a team they were earlier routed by 8-0 in a preliminary-round match. On Sunday, they lost 2-0 to Switzerland, which beat them 8-0 in their landmark debut match. The Korean team lost 4-1 to Japan its final preliminary-round match.The Koreas’ improving performances were likely because players gradually got over nervousness and pressures from the spotlight.Every minor interaction between North and South Korean players was in the news because it was so extraordinary. They took selfies, visited a beach and created a dictionary to overcome the North-South dialect divide.“We have really enjoyed working with the North’s players and coaches and we really do want to help them in the future,” Murray said. She said a possible “exchange game” has been discussed to maintain the connection.“They want to get better, they want to keep learning from us and we want to help them,” she said. “And there are things that we can learn from them, too.”The team’s formation raised hopes that Olympics-related warming gestures could transcend beyond sports and contribute to easing nuclear tensions.But it is unclear if the good mood will last after the Olympics end, particularly since Seoul and Washington are set to kick off delayed springtime military drills that Pyongyang views as a rehearsal for invasion. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Korean women’s hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks.Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe team lost by a combined score of 28-2 in its games and was rarely competitive. Yet the repeated defeats were, for many, insignificant. Instead, this notion dominated discussion: the significance of the Koreas’ first-ever joint Olympic squad taking the ice smack in the middle of an abrupt, now ongoing reconciliation between the rival Koreas.“They are an amazing group,” said the team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, who wept while hugging some of her squad. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kingscenter_img View comments D-League: Che-Lu-San Sebastian whips Go for Gold for back-to-back wins UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “I could have never imagined our players being this competitive in the Olympics,” Murray said after the game. “So when I was standing there I was just so proud of them, just watching them skate around and salute the fans.”South Korean forward Kim Heewon wiped away tears as she and teammates waved to cheering fans during a standing ovation. Some spectators wept as Korean players — North and South — stood in a circle at the center of the rink and hit the ice with their sticks in a post-game ceremony before leaving the rink.“It’s been a special opportunity to get to know those girls, and we’ll miss having them around,” said player Randi Heesoo Griffin of Cary, North Carolina, whose mother is South Korean.The two governments bar their citizens from visiting each other’s country and exchanging phone calls, letters and emails. Griffin said she understood that when it came to staying in touch, “there’s some barriers to that, obviously.”“I mean, none of them have Facebook, so might be hard,” Griffin said. “But there were definitely bonds that were formed. And I think if we end up playing against each other again, South Korea vs. North Korea, there’s definitely going to be some hugs and some smiles.”ADVERTISEMENT Joo Moon-sook, a 43-year-old who attended the game Tuesday with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, said the joint team’s Olympic appearance has helped soften South Koreans’ hawkish views on North Korean people after years of animosity.“It’s an educational experience for children, letting them see for themselves that North Koreans aren’t scary and bad people, but part of who we are as a nation,” Joo said. “I can’t forget the first game — the moment they stepped onto the ice. I was choking with tears.”For South Korean goalie Shin So Jung, the opportunity to experience such a moment from the inside — and appreciate it while it was happening — was unforgettable.“Our win-loss record isn’t good, but I hope we brought them joy and heartfelt moments,” Shin said. “I don’t think I will experience anything like this again. So many people came here to see us and cheer for us. I hope their love for us lasts.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Brown scores 21 as Celtics pound Bulls without Irving

first_imgBulls: Host Memphis on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina They remembered what happened when they visited in December, getting blown out with Irving sidelined by a bruised quadriceps, and made it clear right from the start that wasn’t going to happen again. The Celtics immediately took control, building a 37-point lead on the way to their fifth win in six games.“Kyrie didn’t play last time (and) they felt like they could beat us and they did beat us by 20-plus points,” Brown said. “Coming into this game we had the mindset we needed to get out on them early and we did that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJayson Tatum scored 14, while Al Horford and Terry Rozier added 13 points apiece for Boston.“We were ready to play,” coach Brad Stevens said. “Our defense was really good in the first half, obviously. I thought we were really flying around, covering for one another, playing the right way. And then we were aggressive in taking the ball to the basket. That opened up some 3s.” This one got out of hand almost as soon as the opening tip.After losing to the NBA-leading Rockets on Saturday by three points, Boston led 55-29 at halftime. Brown had 10 points as the Celtics raced out to a 26-5 lead. He nailed a 3 and threw down a one-handed jam before Horford’s steal and dunk made it a 21-point game with 4:21 left in the first quarter.IRVING UPDATEStevens wasn’t sure if Irving will be ready to play at Minnesota on Thursday.“It doesn’t sound like it’s a long-term concern, but certainly, it could last through the week,” Stevens said.With Irving out, the Celtics opted to put Shane Larkin in the lineup rather than Rozier or Marcus Smart. That was because Stevens wanted to keep the second unit together.Larkin had nine points and four assists in his first start since the 2015-16 season with Brooklyn. He made all three of his field goals — each of them 3-pointers.“He was great,” Stevens said. “It’s one of the things we talked about — who should start? We trust all three of those guys. Then it becomes who you want to play off the bench. But (Larkin) was really good.”TIP-INSCeltics: Brown was 9 of 13 from the field. … The Celtics scored 35 points in the first quarter, five shy of their season high for an opening period.Bulls: LaVine shot 1 for 11. He along with G Kris Dunn and C Bobby Portis combined to go 6 of 29. … Hoiberg said the Bulls will recall G Antonio Blakeney from the G League Windy City Bulls “in the next couple of weeks.” Blakeney is averaging 7.1 points in 12 games for Chicago.UP NEXTCeltics: Visit Minnesota on Thursday. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings 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 MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Boston Celtics’ Jaylen Brown (7) shoots over Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis as Aron Baynes, left, watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Monday, March 5, 2018, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)CHICAGO — This time, Boston delivered the big beating in Chicago with Kyrie Irving sidelined.Jaylen Brown scored 21 points, and the Celtics pounded the Bulls 105-89 on Monday night even though their All-Star guard sat out because of a sore left knee.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer NLEX signs up former Sixer Arnett Moultrie It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Chicago lost for the 14th time in 17 games. Denzel Valentine scored 20 and nailed four 3-pointers for the Bulls, but that was about the only positive for them.“They made us uncomfortable, things got tough and we just shut down,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “We quit playing.”Zach Lavine said the Bulls were “terrible all around” and added: “There’s no excuse for what we did out there.”STRONG STARTIt didn’t matter that the Celtics held out Irving. He was still sore after aggravating his knee in Saturday’s loss at Houston, but his absence didn’t stop Boston from burying the Bulls right from the start.They had no trouble driving to the rim against a weak defense and dominated in the paint 46-26.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Marinerong Pilipino wins 5th straight, crushes JRU

first_imgPBA IMAGESMarinerong Pilipino came out of the gates on fire, crushing Jose Rizal University, 84-62, Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.Alvin Pasaol poured in all of his nine points in the first half as the Skippers started the game out on a 10-0 blast that set the tone for the rest of the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano After Rivero, La Salle player Paraiso also denies drug allegations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Abu Tratter also had his best game to date with 16 markers and six rebounds, Gab Banal got 11 points, five assists, and four boards, while Renzo Subido chimed in 11 of his own.The dominant win delivered Marinerong Pilipino’s fifth straight victory and pushed its record to 6-2, keeping it in fight for the top two spots, but coach Koy Banal continued to preach to his wards to stay the course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We haven’t achieved anything yet. It’s always a reminder to all of us and we know where we want to go: we want to go forward,” he said.“We want to be in the top two, to be in the semis outright. But the important thing here is we need to take care of ourselves and not relax. We want to be better every game.” UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Ervin Grospe tallied 16 points and three rebounds to lead the fight for cellar-dwelling JRU, which has now lost seven straight games to fall to 1-7.The scores:MARINERONG PILIPINO 84 — Tratter 16, Banal 11, Subido 11, Pasaol 9, Olivares 8, Robles 8, Toth 6, Ayonayon 5, Eboña 4, Babilonia 2, Iñigo 2, Lopez 2, Terso 0, Tolentino 0.JRU 62 — Grospe 16, Guzman 14, Mendoza 14, Dela Virgen 8, Porter 6, Apinan 2, Sawat 2, Bordon 0, Esguerra 0, Pontejos 0, Silvarez 0, Yu 0.Quarters: 23-11, 44-34, 68-55, 84-62.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Newman leads Kansas past Duke in OT to make Final Four

first_imgHE SAID IT“We didn’t even talk about going to the Final Four. All we talked about is Duke. I do think playing Duke in that game helped us. It was fun. I would be proud to have coached in that game even if the outcome is different,” Self said.UP NEXTDuke: Welcoming the next batch of one-and-done stars.Kansas: The Jayhawks are in the Final Four for the 15th time. Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This was college basketball at its best, two blue bloods trading blows for 45 minutes in what was arguably the best game of March so far, one that featured 18 lead changes and 11 ties.Had Grayson Allen’s bank shot to end regulation gone half an inch in a different direction, it might be Duke heading to South Texas.But it didn’t, and instead the Jayhawks are moving on.“It was an honor to play in this game,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who remained tied with UCLA legend John Wooden with 12 Final Four performances. “I think both teams were deserving of winning.”Newman, a redshirt sophomore who came on late this season, drilled his fifth and final 3 from the corner to make it 81-78 with 1:49 left. Newman followed with four straight free throws, and the Jayhawks’ defense stiffened enough to knock the favored Blue Devils out of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Malik Newman and the top-seeded Jayhawks got past their Elite Eight road block Sunday, knocking off second-seeded Duke 85-81 in overtime to clinch the program’s first trip to the Final Four since 2012.Newman scored all 13 of the Jayhawks’ points in OT and finished with a career-high 32 to lead Kansas (31-7).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 crownThe Jayhawks will face fellow top seed Villanova on Saturday in San Antonio — the site of KU’s last title over Memphis in 2008 — after snapping a two-game losing skid in the regional finals.“Everything we’ve been through…we do it for moments like this,” Kansas star Devonte’ Graham said. “Especially after the last two years, getting over the hump. It just feels (perfect).” LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. 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Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham (4) holds the trophy after defeating Duke in a regional final game in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament Sunday, March 25, 2018, in Omaha, Neb. Kansas won 85-81 in overtime. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)OMAHA, Neb. — Kansas is going back to the Final Four.It’s hard to argue that Duke shouldn’t be headed there as well after the most riveting show of the NCAA tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Trevon Duval scored 20 points, two shy of a career high, for Duke. Freshman star and future lottery pick Marvin Bagley added 16 points and 10 rebounds in what could have been his final game for the Blue Devils (29-8), who fell shy of their first Final Four trip since winning the national title in 2015.Allen had 12 points for the Blue Devils, but the senior’s try at the regulation buzzer went in and then out and then off the rim before spinning away to force overtime.“I was trying to drive right, he cut me off. Went back left. Their big stepped into help. I had to get a shot up over him. I tried to bank it in and it about went in,” said Allen, who finished his brilliant career with 1,996 points.THE BIG PICTUREKansas: This might be the unlikeliest of coach Bill Self’s three Final Four squads. They are not stacked with obvious future NBA starters and they lost three times at home this season. But the Jayhawks banded together to win the Big 12′s regular season and conference titles and now the Midwest Region. By doing so, they proved to their coach that they were hardly soft — a claim that Self had made often earlier in the season. And with the final buzzer about to sound and the outcome suddenly in focus, Self clenched both of his fists and lifted his arms in the air for a celebration years in the making.Duke: The Blue Devils might see four of their freshman stars bolt for the NBA Draft, an expected exodus led by Bagley, a likely top-five pick. Duke will also lose Allen, one of the best players in school history. Don’t cry for Coach K, who has four five-star recruits committed to join the program next year. But this season will likely be remembered as a lost opportunity — and for that Allen shot that went agonizingly out of the rim.PIVOTAL MOMENTDuval was a revelation in the opening half, scoring 13 points to give the Blue Devils a 36-33 lead that at times felt like it could’ve been bigger. But the Jayhawks opened the second with a 13-3 run, forcing Duke to answer quickly. The Blue Devils did just that, time and time again, until it had the lead in the final minute. But Kansas senior Svi Mykhailiuk drilled a 3 with 25.7 seconds left in the second half to knot the game at 72-all.THE NUMBERSKansas outrebounded Duke 47-32, a staggering stat given that the Jayhawks barely outrebounded their opponents heading into the game. …Lagerald Vick had 14 points, Devonte’ Graham had 11 with six boards and six assists and Mykhailiuk had 11 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while helping defend Bagley. “Even though Malik scored a lot of points, I don’t think that anybody had a better game than Svi did,” Self said. … The Blue Devils were 7 of 29 on 3s.last_img read more

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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