Late Ott goal rescues point for Azkals

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:59PNP – Anti-Kidnapping Group rescue kidnapped Chinese, Vietnamese women02:14Carpio 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 FILE PHOTO – Mike Ott. Photo by tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMike Ott struck in the 89th minute as the Philippines salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen early Wednesday to stay on top of Group F of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Al Wakrah Stadium in Doha, Qatar.The Azkals struggled to break down the Yemenis for most of the match until Ott, who plays for Angthong United in the Thai first division, got on the end of a clever ball from Paul Mulders and beat Mohammad Ayash at his near post for the equalizer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With four regular starters out due to injuries, Azkals coach Thomas Dooley was forced to improvise with his lineup.JPV Marikina defender Sean Kane was a surprise starter at central defense in his Azkals debut, while Davao Aguilas’ Simone Rota returned from injury and Daisuke Sato regained his leftback spot.Manny Ott’s absence meant Pika Minegishi was deployed up front with Phil Younghusband placed in an advanced role at midfield.The Azkals came out with more energy and vigor in the opening exchanges but the Yemenis’ speed on attack always posed a threat.Mike Ott forced a corner in the second minute with a deflected effort off a pass from Phil Younghusband.But other than that early opportunity, the Azkals were left wanting in the final third.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Tawfik Ali put Yemen in front with an opportunistic strike in the 63rd minute after the Azkals failed to clear a corner.With a second straight draw against the Yemenis, the Azkals improved to eight points, two ahead of Tajikistan and Yemen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Tajiks are ahead of Yemen on goal difference after beating Nepal, 3-0, in Dushanbe for their second straight winWhile the result didn’t clinch the Azkals an Asian Cup berth, it could ultimately prove crucial as the Filipinos next face Nepal in Kathmandu on Nov. 14.A victory in the Nepalese capital will seal qualification for the Azkals with a game to spare as Yemen will still play Tajikistan in Dushanbe. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As proven in last month’s 2-2 draw in Bacolod, the Yemenis were always quick to punish the Azkals for their mistakes.And it was an error from Dennis Villanueva that nearly handed the Yemenis the lead four minutes before the break.Villanueva sent his pass out of defense straight at Ala Al-Sasi who took a first time shot from 25 yards only to be denied by the crossbar. The follow up from Al-Matari was weak with Neil Etheridge quick to collect.The Azkals opened the second half with another half chance, but the ball from Ott to Younghusband inside the area was a tad too heavy.The woodwork rescued the Azkals for the second time in the 56th minute when Nabil Hazaea found space in the area and had Etheridge beaten. Two minutes later, Kane had to clear Ali’s header off a corner kick off the line.Yemen finally got its reward just three minutes after the hour mark when Ali poked the ball home after the ball ricocheted off Mulders inside the area.Needing a response, the Azkals quickly brought more men forward with little effect until substitute Junior Muñoz showed grit and determination as he marauded down the right and cut the ball back for Younghusband who took a touch for Mulders.Mike Ott did a fine job staying onside before showing composure to finish as the Azkals summoned their never-say-die spirit to inch closer to a first Asian Cup appearance in 2019. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Folayang, Nguyen set friendship aside for ONE lightweight title bout View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Celtics extend win streak to 8 with win over Magic

first_imgBoston Celtics guard Marcus Smart (36) grabs a rebound against Orlando Magic guard Shelvin Mack (7), Bismack Biyombo (11) and forward Jonathan Isaac (1) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — Jaylen Brown scored 18 points and Al Horford added 14 points and 10 rebounds to spark the Boston Celtics to a 104-88 victory over the Orlando Magic on Sunday night.The Eastern Conference-leading Celtics (8-2) have won eight straight after beginning the season with back-to-back losses. Orlando (6-4), which was tied with the Celtics for the best record in the NBA coming into Friday night, has lost two straight.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kyrie Irving struggled with his shot in the second half, but Marcus Morris, Marcus Smart, Brown and Horford carried Boston offensively. Morris had 14 points in his second game of the season, rookie Jayson Tatum finished with 13 and Smart contributed 11.Nikola Vucevic, who has been one of the Magic’s top scorers, struggled throughout the night and finished with just 13 points on 6-of-15 shooting from the field. Leading scorer Evan Fournier also couldn’t get into a rhythm, being held to just six points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAaron Gordon scored 18 points and Jonathon Simmons added 14 in his first start at point guard, but with their top two point guards out for a second straight game the Magic’s offense was stagnant most of the night.They shot just 36 percent from the floor and 21 percent from 3-point range. Orlando was the eighth straight opponent the Celtics have held under 94 or fewer points during their current run. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Irving, who scored 22 of his 25 points in the second half of Friday’s win over Oklahoma City, was held in check by the Magic’s defenders in the second half. He scored 10 points in the first half but didn’t score his first point of the second half until converting a free throw with 3:25 remaining in the game.The Magic used bigger defenders such as Simmons and Terrence Ross to slow Irving’s scoring. But he found ways to create for his teammates for big baskets, including the 3-pointer Brown converted in the corner on a behind-the-back assist from Irving that put Boston ahead 72-65 late in the third quarter.TIP-INSCeltics: Morris, who made his season debut during Friday’s win over Oklahoma City, was inserted into the starting lineup for Sunday’s game. Celtics coach Brad Stevens, however, said Morris will not play in Monday’s game at Atlanta. Morris missed the first eight games due to a sore knee. … After a subpar first half on Friday, Irving had 10 points on 4-of-8 shooting in the first half Sunday to help the Celtics take a 49-38 lead into halftime.Magic: Point guard Elfrid Payton missed his eighth straight game with a strained left hamstring injury, but Magic coach Frank Vogel is expecting him to be ready to go against the New York Knicks on Wednesday night. …The Magic converted just 3 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half. Vucevic was 0 for 3 from beyond the arc and Ross went 0 for 2 from 3-point range during the first half. Fournier and Gordon converted one 3-pointer each but were a combined 2 for 6 during the first two quarters.UP NEXTCeltics: Visits Atlanta on Monday to conclude a back-to-back on the road.Magic: Hosts the New York Knicks on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Japan goes small vs PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View commentslast_img read more

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Guiao looking to get more from leaner Taulava

first_imgAsi Taulava during a pre-season game between Rain or Shine and NLEX. Photo from PBA.phThroughout his PBA career, Asi Taulava has been an inside force largely due to his sheer size and strength.But don’t be surprised to see the ageless NLEX big man going as far as behind the three-point line and even taking outside shots on a regular basis in the coming season.ADVERTISEMENT Road Warriors head coach Yeng Guiao said Taulava has been practicing his outside shot in the offseason and the 15-time All-Star hasn’t been shy in showing his range.“He’s been experimenting on the outside shot, the 3-point shot and he’s been practicing it. I’m giving him the freedom to practice the perimeter game because that’s really what I want from my big men to be able to work inside out,” Guiao said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseBefore, Taulava rolls to the basket after setting a screen, now, he pops out to an open spot outside.“He’s hit a couple [outside shots] so I’m no longer surprised. Some people are surprised but I also see him always practicing it and if you see him everyday doing it you’re no longer surprised.” Taulava has also shed off a chunk of weight and is now visibly much slimmer than he was last season.“He’s been working hard. He knows that as you mature and get older in years, you have to work harder to get in shape and he’s been doing that. He’s not looking to retire yet that’s why he’s really working hard,” said Guiao.Guiao said Taulava, who is entering his 19th season in the PBA, is aware of his niche, playing 12 to 15 minutes per game.“We want to be able to get those quality minutes from him in a manner where he is able to contribute more from the last conference so if he [averaged] three rebounds before maybe he can get five rebounds, if he is averaging six points,  maybe if he’s in better shape and he’s able to keep up with the pace, he can average a few more points in his average.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tennis star Bouchard, Super Bowl Twitter date get cozy in another date 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Perpetual wrests 2 volley crowns

first_imgThe Altas lost the opening set, fought tooth and nail to level the match after two frames and then saw themselves in a deep 19-12 rut in the fourth set before unleashing a strong finishing kick.“We didn’t want to give up the fourth set and risk playing a fifth-setter,” said Perpetual coach Sammy Acaylar, who sobbed unabashedly in the din of revelry at the jam-packed FilOil Flying V Centre.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 folkTaneo, Jobert Almodiel and Ronniel Rosales conspired late in the fourth set to complete the comeback which was highlighted by three straight kill blocks that sapped the energy of the Chiefs.Taneo was named Finals MVP, which was a fitting tribute to his contributions to the school, which regained the title it last won two years ago. MOST READ GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES PFL-Sportradar deal to ‘clean’ matches View comments Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “It was a great feeling. I can’t ask for more. The players gave it their all,” said Acaylar.It was a double treat for Perpetual as it swept the juniors finals series following a 25-17, 25-17, 25-17 triumph over Letran early in the day.Ivan Encila and Noel Kampton scored a combined 31 points for the Junior Altas to dominate the best-of-three finals.ADVERTISEMENT Perpetual Altas spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/Dennis Abrina/UPHThroughout the final series, Perpetual needed to come from behind to stay afloat. On Thursday night, it went through the same route to finally finish on top.John Patrick Ramos buried a smash off a perfect quick set by graduating setter Junjun Taneo to complete an epic comeback against Arellano, 23-25, 27-25, 25-19, 25-23, as the Altas claimed their 11th NCAA men’s volleyball crown.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

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Padda says Adamson got ‘too excited, complacent’ in set 4 breakdown

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University needed just three more points to pull of a stunner against Ateneo in the second round of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Falcons held a commanding 22-15 lead in the fourth set against the Lady Eagles, then a baffling collapse  allowed Ateneo to come back en route to the win, 24-26, 25-19, 21-25, 26-24, 15-12.ADVERTISEMENT Arwind Santos shows fighting form: ‘I just wanted to win’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adamson head coach Air Padda was in disbelief over how they squandered a seven-point lead down the stretch in the fourth set.“Sayang! (That was close!) Honestly, we should’ve taken care of them in the fourth, the fourth set was our set,” said Padda Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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 crownPadda added her players got carried away with the momentum, especially against Ateneo who have developed into one of the league’s elite after taking two championships in six straight finals appearances.“I guess the curse of Adamson is that we don’t have a winning culture and when you’re trying to create a winning culture our team just gets too excited,” said Padda. “They get too complacent and they feel like they’ve already won the game.” Although the Lady Eagles were able to come back in the fourth set, not all of those points were of their own volition.Ateneo closed the fourth set on an 11-4 run and four of the points that got put on the Lady Eagles’ board were Adamson’s errors.Jema Galanza was called with a controversial net touch—video replays shown on the telecast proved otherwise, but it can’t be used to reverse the referee’s decision—that trimmed the lead to 22-19.Another crucial error that was called once again featured Galanza when lead referee Fernando Velarde called a crossing violation after Adamson’s skipper landed on an off-speed kill that tied the set at 24-24.A non-call on Galanza’s play would’ve awarded Adamson the game, instead the error allowed Ateneo to further catch up and extend the match to the fifth set.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES Padda, who previously lashed out at referees’ inconsistencies in her matches, tried to hold herself back from criticizing the officials but she was still surprised with how the calls were made especially in the late stages of the fourth set.“There were a few calls that were iffy, but I don’t know,” said Padda whose team slipped to 5-6 and to the fifth seed in the standings. “I was surprised with the call he made on Jema, I’m not gonna lie, that was at game point.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Alab Pilipinas sweep Hong Kong, make ABL Finals

first_imgAlab Pilipinas. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueSTA. ROSA — San Miguel Alab Pilipinas swept Hong Kong, 79-72, in their best-of-three semifinals series on Sunday to advance to the 2018 Asean Basketball League Finals.Buoyed by the rowdy crowd inside Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex, the Philippines secured the first championship ticket as it dethroned the defending champion in the process.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brownlee paced Alab with 22 points, 11 rebounds, three assists and four blocks while Balkman poured in 21 points that went with 11 rebounds, four assists and three steals.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. finished with a double-double of 13 points, 13 rebounds with five assists to boot while Pao Javelona stepped up anew with 11 points, eight boards, and four assists.San Miguel Alab became the fifth Philippine team to reach the finals, and the first since the San Miguel Beermen won the championship in 2013.Elliott paced Hong Kong with 25 points and nine rebounds, while Standhardinger got 16 points and 10 rebounds in the defeat.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast San Miguel Alab faces either Mono Vampire or Chong Son Kung Fu in the finals.Renaldo Balkman sparked Alab’s breakaway in third, scoring seven straight points to break a 43-deadlock to help his team take a 60-49 lead heading into the fourth.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 crownAlab’s lead ballooned to 18, 69-51, early in the final frame before holding off a late rally by Hong Kong.Marcus Elliott kept Hong Kong in the game while Christian Standhardinger trimmed the lead down to seven, 77-70, with 52.3 seconds before Justin Brownlee put on the finishing touches to send the Filipinos to the finals in only their second season in the league. LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. La Salle moves on from Ateneo, sets focus on Final Four Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident SAN MIGUEL ALAB PILIPINAS 79 — Brownlee 22, Balkman 21, Parks 13, Javelona 11, Raymundo 6, Alabanza 4, Domingo 2, Hontiveros 0, Sumalinog 0, Urbiztondo 0.HONG KONG EASTERN 72 — Elliott 25, Standhardinger 16, Moss 15, Lamb 8, Lee 4, Lau 3, Tang 1, Xu 0.Quarters: 16-16, 37-32, 60-49, 79-72.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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

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Wizards lose forward Otto Porter Jr. to left leg injury

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Pringle saves day for Batang Pier The Wizards drafted Porter third overall in 2013 out of Georgetown.Oubre has been averaging 10.6 points and 4.0 rebounds in the series, along with playing active defense.He was going to draw the tough assignment of guarding DeMar DeRozan in Game 6; Toronto’s All-Star guard came into Friday putting up 28.8 points per game.But the Wizards also could use some better shooting from Oubre, who has been making only 41.5 percent of his field-goal attempts, including 3 for 16 — 19 percent — on 3-pointers.“He’s going to get opportunities. Hopefully he can knock some shots down to get some confidence. He hasn’t shot the ball well for a while,” Brooks said. “But he does a lot of other things. He’s aggressive. He’s an emotional player. He gives us a spark that way, and now he’s going to have to start the game with that same intensity he gives us off the bench.”NOTE: Casey said backup PG Fred VanVleet would be available. VanVleet has been dealing with an injured right shoulder and appeared in only one game in the series.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 award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Top reserve Kelly Oubre Jr. moved into Washington’s starting lineup to take Porter’s spot.Brooks said he also expected Tomas Satoransky and Ty Lawson to see increased minutes off the bench.“You hate to hear that about a young man, to go down like that,” Raptors coach Dwane Casey said about Porter, “but they have a lot of guys that can step in and play that role.”Porter received a max contract last offseason, when he was a restricted free agent and the Wizards ended up matching the Brooklyn Nets’ $106 million, four-year offer sheet for the forward.That came after Porter set career bests of 13.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.5 steals and a 3-point shooting percentage of 43.4.ADVERTISEMENT Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Washington Wizards forward Otto Porter Jr. (22) dunks past Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Forward Otto Porter Jr. missed a must-win Game 6 for the Washington Wizards in their playoff series against the Toronto Raptors on Friday night because of an injured left leg.“It’s hard on him,” Washington coach Scott Brooks said. “It’s hard on all of us.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The No. 8 seed Wizards entered Friday trailing 3-2 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference first-round series. They announced a few hours before the scheduled tipoff that Porter is sidelined indefinitely after having a medical procedure earlier Friday to prevent permanent damage to muscles in the leg because of compartment syndrome.Porter has averaged only 10.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists while making just five 3-pointers during the playoffs.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 crownHe was Washington’s third-leading scorer during the regular season, behind John Wall and Bradley Beal, averaging a career-high 14.7 points, along with 6.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He was third in the NBA in 3-point field-goal percentage at 44.1, another personal best.“He hasn’t got a lot of things going offensively,” Brooks said. “But I always felt that, any day now, he was going to have a bust-out game. It’s not going to happen.” 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

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‘Our time is now’: Casey says Detroit Pistons have plenty of talent in place

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan If the personnel stays mostly the same, the Pistons will have to hope for better health — and Casey will have to look for areas for improvement. The Pistons were fifth in the league in 3-point percentage last season, but they were only 16th in attempts from beyond the arc.“We have to get up more 3s. We’ve got to play more of an analytical game,” Casey said. “Tom teases me all the time about being a modern man. No, it’s about wanting to win, more than anything else, and you have to adapt.”NOTES: Gores just finished his seventh season as owner. He was asked how long he is committed to the team. “Forever,” he responded. “This is not an equity deal.” … Stefanski talked a bit about Michigan coach John Beilein, who emerged as a candidate for the Pistons’ job but is remaining with the Wolverines . “Coach Beilein is an offensive genius in my mind,” Stefanski said. “I was mesmerized, because I’m a basketball guy, how good he is on the offensive end. … He has a pretty good job at Michigan with, what he’s telling me, a very good team coming back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “I can hold my head high for what we built in Toronto,” Casey said. “That’s part of the journey. This is a new chapter.”The Pistons made the playoffs only once in four seasons under Van Gundy, who was also president of basketball operations. Detroit hired Casey to replace Van Gundy as coach, but it’s still unclear what the front office will look like going forward. Ed Stefanski was brought in as a senior executive reporting to owner Tom Gores. His job was to help with both the coaching search and the effort to reshape the team’s basketball operations.“We’re going through a process here. We’re thinking about, do we want to go a GM route? Do we want to get some younger guys in there and I can mentor them kind of thing? It’s fluid,” Stefanski said. “I’m going to be very influential in the front office.”The Pistons went 39-43 last season. They got off to a promising start before Jackson, their point guard, went down with an injury in late December. About a month later, Detroit acquired Griffin in a blockbuster trade, giving up the first-round pick and taking on the star forward’s big contract. That wasn’t enough to push the team into the postseason, and it seems unlikely the Pistons will be able to make any major changes to their roster in the short term.“I don’t see us making a huge deal right now,” Stefanski said.ADVERTISEMENT Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial 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 Neymar returns to training, Brazil guarantees he’s ready MOST READ Detroit Pistons new head coach Dwane Casey is introduced during an NBA basketball news conference in Detroit, Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT — Dwane Casey looks at the roster of the Detroit Pistons and sees a core of players capable of a lot more than the team accomplished last season.“Our time is now,” Casey said.ADVERTISEMENT The Pistons introduced Casey as their new coach Wednesday, over a week after hiring him to replace Stan Van Gundy. Casey inherits a team built around Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, but the roster has little flexibility and the team gave up its first-round draft pick this year to acquire Griffin.In other words, Detroit’s performance in 2018-19 may depend largely on what Casey can get out of a group that fell short under Van Gundy.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“I’m telling the guys now: We’re not developing, we’re not two or three years away,” Casey said. “We want to win right now.”Casey took the Detroit job after being fired by the Toronto Raptors. He’s a finalist for NBA coach of the year after leading the Raptors to a team-record 59 wins this past season, but he lost his job after Toronto was swept in the playoffs by Cleveland. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ex-Tennessee star gets NFL chance after rape acquittal

first_imgFILE – In this Monday, March 9, 2015, file photo, former University of Tennessee football player A.J. Johnson leaves court after his arraignment in Knoxville, Tenn. (Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, File)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Former University of Tennessee star linebacker A.J. Johnson is getting a shot in the NFL with the Denver Broncos less than a month after he was acquitted along with a college teammate of aggravated rape charges.After his first practice as a pro Monday, Johnson said, “It’s a blessing to be a part of a team, I’m excited to get out here, start working out and start working my tail off.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The Broncos listed the 6-foot-2 Johnson at 243 pounds, but he said at his trial last month that he weighs 255 as he sought to revive his dream of playing in the NFL.Johnson said he wasn’t bitter over his long-delayed debut.“No, I’m not a bitter guy. I wake up happy every day. I’m blessed, I’m glad to be out here,” he said. “I haven’t had this many cameras in my face in a long time. But no, I have no bitterness about me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We talked to all of his coaches. My cousin actually coached him at Tennessee. Zach (Azzanni, Denver’s new wide receivers coach) had him at Tennessee. Everyone spoke highly about the guy, so we’ll see. Again, he wants to play football, he’s been training for two years to play football. He’s been here for four hours, so we’ll see how he fits in.”To make room for Johnson, the Broncos released linebacker Stansly Maponga.They also signed safety Shamarko Thomas after losing safety Jamal Carter (torn hamstring) for the season Saturday night in their preseason opener. Joseph said Carter needs surgery and will go on IR.Thomas was released by the Colts on Saturday, less than 48 hours after he was ejected from a preseason game against Seattle for an illegal helmet hit.Thomas said Colts coach Frank Reich told him his release wasn’t over that hit, however.“It’s all in God’s plan. The ejection, I leaned with my helmet, that’s what they say. I’m just happy to be here and be a Bronco,” Thomas said.Now a 26-year-old rookie, Johnson was a three-time All-SEC selection at Tennessee from 2011-14. He was a four-year starter in Knoxville whose 425 tackles ran second among any Volunteer since the school started keeping track of the statistic in 1970.In 46 career games at Tennessee, he had 30½ tackles for loss, three sacks, an interception, 11 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries. He posted double digits in tackles 23 times.Prosecutors painted Johnson and Williams as entitled athletes who weren’t used to being told no. Defense attorneys argued that the woman had sex with both men at the same time and then lied, claiming she had been raped.After a jury of seven women and five men found Johnson and Williams not guilty, Johnson said, “I just knew God was going to take care of it.” Carmelo Anthony signs 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Rockets In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Well, we’ll see. It’s been three years since he’s actually played football. At that time, three years ago, he was a serious prospect,” Joseph said. “He’s got great size, he can run, he’s a very, very intelligent player. So, we’ll see.”Johnson and Michael Williams were acquitted of all counts July 27. They were indicted in February 2015 after a woman said both men raped her during a party at Johnson’s apartment in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014. Johnson and Williams were suspended from the team less than 48 hours after the party and never played for Tennessee again.While Williams was a part-time starter in the secondary, Johnson was a four-year starter and a pro prospect whose invitation to the 2015 NFL combine was rescinded after charges were filed.“A.J. hasn’t had the opportunity to play football for the last three years while resolving a serious legal matter,” general manager John Elway said in a statement Monday. “We’ve had several conversations with him since he’s been cleared and have become very familiar with his background and character. Our organization is confident A.J. is ready to move forward and resume his playing career.”Joseph said the Broncos did their due diligence before signing Johnson.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced He said he never doubted he’d see this day.“No, never a time. I had faith. I trusted in God,” he said. “I kept working and being determined and kept pushing. I knew it was going to come.”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’Johnson said the Broncos reached out to him Saturday.Coach Vance Joseph said he wasn’t sure what to expect from Johnson following such a long layoff from football. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View commentslast_img read more

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‘I want to help you’: Umpire’s chat with Kyrgios at US Open raises questions

first_imgLATEST STORIES It all seemed like an impromptu intervention for the mercurial Kyrgios, right out there on Court 17 at Flushing Meadows, and it raised questions about whether Lahyani overstepped his duties as someone who’s primarily there to keep score and keep order. Kyrgios went from trailing by a set and a break at the time to wresting control of the match — setting up a third-round showdown against Roger Federer — by coming back to beat Pierre-Hugues Herbert 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-3, 6-0.“This was not his job,” Herbert said, adding that he thinks Lahyani should be sanctioned in some way. “I don’t think he’s a coach, he’s an umpire, and he should stay on his chair for that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The U.S. Open’s referee and chief umpire were reviewing what happened, as was the Grand Slam Board. Chair umpires are never made available to the media, but tournament referee Brian Earley said Lahyani explained that he left his perch “to make sure he could communicate effectively” with Kyrgios in a noisy arena.According to Earley, the official said he wanted to check whether Kyrgios needed medical attention and to warn the player that Lahyani “would need to take action” if the “seeming lack of interest in the match continued.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced What there’s never been a doubt about, however, is Kyrgios’ talent and ability to entertain — when he puts his mind to it. He burst onto the scene by stunning Rafael Nadal as a teenager at Wimbledon in 2014, and he owns a victory over 20-time major champion Federer, too.After reaching the third round by defeating Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-4, 6-4, Federer criticized Lahyani for going to talk to Kyrgios for as long as he did, and from as close as he did.Normally, a chair umpire leans over from his or her post to speak to a seated player during a changeover.“I don’t know what he said. I don’t care what he said. It was not just about, ‘How are you feeling?’ ‘Oh, I’m not feeling so well.’ Go back up to the chair. He was there for too long. It’s a conversation. Conversations can change your mindset. It can be a physio, a doctor, an umpire, for that matter,” Federer said. “That’s why it won’t happen again. I think everybody knows that.”It was, to be sure, the most conversation-worthy topic on Day 4 at Flushing Meadows.Past U.S. Open champions Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic won, while 2006 titlist Maria Sharapova played Sorana Cirstea of Romania in Thursday’s last Ashe match, and two-time finalist Caroline Wozniacki was also in action at night.Three seeded men departed earlier, with No. 12 Pablo Carreno-Busta, a semifinalist in 2017, stopping in the fifth set of his match with a leg injury, while No. 14 Fabio Fognini lost to John Millman 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, and No. 23 Hyeon Chung was beaten by Mikhail Kukushkin 7-6 (5), 6-2, 6-3. The 11th-seeded woman, Daria Kasatkina, was eliminated by Aliaksandra Sasnovich, but 2016 champion Angelique Kerber, 2017 runner-up Madison Keys and two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova all won.Djokovic wasted a third-set match point and was pushed to a fourth before defeating American Tennys Sandgren 6-1, 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2.“I just lost it mentally,” Djokovic said about his issues in the third set. “Those things happen, I guess. I’m not happy with the way I lost that concentration and composure there.” Silver lining Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Nick Kyrgios, right, of Australia, shakes hands with Radu Albot, of Moldova, after Kyrgios won their first round match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)NEW YORK — Nick Kyrgios was losing big at the U.S. Open on Thursday, and barely even trying. Didn’t move while so-so serves flew by for aces. Casually put groundstrokes into the net. Double-faulted without caring.The crowd began booing. The chair umpire, Mohamed Lahyani, decided to intervene. In an unusual sight for Grand Slam tennis, Lahyani clambered down out of his seat during a break between games, stood with hands on knees, and spoke with the 30th-seeded Kyrgios, saying, among other things, “I want to help you.”ADVERTISEMENT During an occasionally confrontational and sarcastic exchange with reporters, Kyrgios laughed at the suggestion that he had received coaching or a pep talk from Lahyani.“I mean, like, I don’t have a coach. I haven’t had a coach for, like, years. Of course he wasn’t coaching me. Like, what are you talking about?” Kyrgios said.“He said he liked me. I’m not sure if that was encouragement. He just said that it’s not a good look,” Kyrgios said about his chat with Lahyani. “Look. I wasn’t feeling good. I know what I was doing out there wasn’t good. I wasn’t really listening to him, but I knew it wasn’t a good look.”Kyrgios, a 23-year-old Australian, has run into trouble in the past for not giving his all during matches, even drawing a fine and suspension from the ATP men’s tour in 2016.As Herbert put it: “Just sometimes he’s mentally not here.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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? 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

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