NBA looks for playoffs not marred by more player-ref strife

first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 3, 2017, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston (34) argues a call with referee Courtney Kirkland before he was called for a technical foul and was ejected, during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, in Miami. This was a season that saw superstars get ejected, a referee held out of games for a week after getting too aggressive with a player and the NBA going door-to-door to remind teams to play nice. The referee-player relationship is as thorny as ever, and that’s not a good thing going into the postseason. (AP Photo/Joe Skipper, File)MIAMI — By rule, any substitute checking into an NBA game must first report his intentions to the scorer’s table. Denver’s Jamal Murray was on his way there during a game last month, then got derailed when an errant pass came flying his way.That’s when referee Jason Phillips intervened.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Our league needs strong officials,” McCutchen said. “What we’re trying to shoot for is this idea that you can have strength without arrogance and you can show humility without having to give into weakness. And that sort of Goldilocks moment, where the porridge is just right, is the balance in which we can start to disagree about the play without being demeaning or condescending or arrogant to one another.”That hasn’t been the case at times this season.It’s rare that a call will truly decide a game, and the NBA is sticking to its pledge of transparency by continuing to release reports about calls made in the final two minutes of close games. The Last 2 Minute Reports have been widely panned by players and coaches, especially when those reports show that a big call didn’t go their way in a close loss.For the 400-plus games that have met the criteria for such a report being publicly issued this season, the NBA has said 97.4 percent of the calls made — in other words, 39 out of every 40 — are correct. When factoring in no-calls, what the NBA defines as “event accuracy” drops to 93.9 percent.But there have also been some difficult moments.Livingston and Kirkland butted heads in a game at Miami, earning the Warriors guard a one-game suspension and Kirkland’s discipline after the league determined they were both in the wrong in their argument over a non-call. Through Sunday, there were 79 ejections this season — up considerably from the 61 last season. The NBA said 902 technicals were called last season; that figure has also been topped this season, albeit only by about 30.Draymond Green, who isn’t shy about getting technicals, has complained. So has Chris Paul, the president of the National Basketball Players Association.“To be honest, we need to kind of just go out there and play, and not worry about anything but that,” Toronto guard Kyle Lowry said. “We can’t worry about what happened, even legitimately. We have to just go play and not say anything and just do our jobs. I think that’ll be a focus for the rest of the season for our team.”But Lowry knows, starting Saturday, everything gets magnified.“You can’t get distracted or obsess on the officials or things that happen during the game that you can’t necessarily control,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t cross the line consistently and expect to develop the right mental toughness that you need to win.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “We all make mistakes,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “It’s a game. We’re all a part of it. We’re all in the NBA. The officials are part of the NBA. So we have to understand that we’re all under the same corporation.”There have been instances where they have looked more like combatants.Referee Courtney Kirkland was taken off the floor for a week for getting too aggressive with Golden State’s Shaun Livingston. Warriors star Kevin Durant — who’d been ejected once in his first nine seasons — got kicked out of five games. Even LeBron James got tossed for the first time in his 15-year career.It all led the NBA to announce in late January its plan to improve how players and referees get along. Former referee Monty McCutchen, now an NBA vice president overseeing referee development and training, and NBA senior vice president Michelle Johnson met with clubs to listen to their perspective.McCutchen’s biggest hope is finding a way to make communication better, on all sides. He stressed to teams that he wasn’t meeting with them solely to defend and protect officials.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Phillips could have easily been a stickler for rules and told Murray — who never made it to the table — that he had to wait until the next stoppage of play. But Phillips knew Murray was on his way to checking in long before the play was dead and allowed him to enter the game.“Thank you,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said, and Phillips nodded.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 crownThere were moments of civility like this between referees, players and coaches this season. They just were overshadowed way too often. Now everyone is watching to see how things unfold in the playoffs.FILE – In this April 6, 2018, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) argues a foul call against him by referee Sean Corbin (33) during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, in Phoenix. This was a season that saw superstars get ejected, a referee held out of games for a week after getting too aggressive with a player and the NBA going door-to-door to remind teams to play nice. The referee-player relationship is as thorny as ever, and that’s not a good thing going into the postseason. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)The league wants to avoid more headline-grabbing confrontation with the playoffs starting Saturday and stakes and emotion becoming even higher, so officials met with all 30 teams , the last of those on Monday. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Kobe Paras on Gilas Cadets’ Filoil stint: ‘I’m all for this’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast View commentslast_img read more

Swashbuckling PVL debut for Creamline

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline played like the all-star squad that it is, whipping hapless PetroGazz, 25-18, 25-16, 25-13, Sunday night to open its campaign on a smashing note in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.Kuttika Kaewpin of Thailand, a returning import with a sledgehammer of an arm, delivered 17 points, while local superstar Alyssa Valdez added 14 for the Cool Smashers as their massive buildup in the off-season bore early fruit.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather planes in, will party in the islands Earlier, PayMaya bested Tacloban, 25-8, 33-31, 25-20, to also jumpstart its bid in the conference.Tess Rountree unloaded 22 points, while Shelby Sullivan added 15 for the High Flyers, who opened up with a spectacular first set only to see the Fighting Warays drag them to a marathon second frame.Grethcel Soltones was the best local for PayMaya with nine points, while Jasmine Nabor and Celine Domingo accounted for six apiece.Jovielyn Prado led the Fighting Warays with 12 points, but Tacloban was doomed by the paltry output of imports Amporn Hyapha and Sasiwimol Sangpan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 Creamline also got nine points from new recruit Michelle Gumabao, who was making a seamless back-and-forth shift from her beauty queen duties to volleyball.“We really played well. It was a very good job by the team,” said Kaewpin.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 Cool Smashers, it seems, still have a lot more to give in their coming games with heavy hitters Risa Sato and Jem Galanza as well as star setter Jia Morado and popular libero Melissa Gohing yet to play their best.Still, that was enough to dominate the rookie Angels, who failed to get the expected numbers from imports Kadi Kullerkann and Anastacia Trach, who accounted for just 11 and five points, respectively. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Resilient Jeron Teng grateful to be playing basketball again

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments “It just feels so good to be playing basketball again,” said Teng in Filipino in an article on PBA’s official website. “I’m just happy to be back again, playing and helping my teammates.”Teng averaged 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 1.7 assists in his three games back from the incident and Aces head coach Alex Compton said Teng is playing above and beyond of what he’s asked to.“I thought he did a great job,” said Compton. “It’s been a crazy time for Jeron but for him to start to get his timing back and play more, be in better shape, I don’t think you would think that Jeron got stabbed a month ago and we’d be worried about his life at the hospital.”“If you watched the game and didn’t know the situation, you would never have thought that happened. He kind of personified what we wanted, everybody mixing it up, getting after it, and playing hard,” added Compton.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lakers’ Ball expected to be ready by camp after knee surgery It was just over a month ago when Alaska rookie Jeron Teng survived his most harrowing experience.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES A simple taunt turned ugly when Teng and his former teammates in La Salle, Norbert and Thomas Torres ended up in the hospital with multiple stab wounds.With that incident behind him, Teng is back up and contributing for the Aces in the semifinals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’In a playoff game against mighty San Miguel, Teng looked as if nothing had happened, putting up solid numbers of 13 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals in 21 minutes of play.It was Teng’s best game since his return and although it ended in a 105-94 loss, he’s just happy to be back doing the job he loves. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Suspect detained in killing of Olympic figure skating star

first_imgFILE – In this Feb. 16, 2018 file photo, figure skater Denis Ten, of Kazakhstan, reacts as his score is posted following his performance in the men’s short program figure skating, in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea. Prosecutors in Kazakhstan said Thursday, July 19, 2018, that Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten has been killed, and they are treating the case as murder. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip, File)MOSCOW — Kazakh media say a suspect has been detained in relation to the killing of Olympic figure skating medalist Denis Ten, and that another has been identified.Citing Almaty Prosecutor Berik Zhuirektayev, the Kazinform agency said the suspect was detained Friday and “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PLAY LIST 02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program00:50Trending Articles02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:14Carpio 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 Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? He added that the identity of another suspect has been determined and that a photo has been released.Ten, 25, was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty. He died in hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds, Kazinform said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Prosecutors are treating his death as murder.Ten’s bronze in Sochi in 2014 made him Kazakhstan’s first Olympic medalist in figure skating. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Maker disagrees with his 3-game Fiba ban: ‘I tried to break up a conflict’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

While Ronaldo remains scoreless, Napoli impresses again

first_imgReina and midfielder Jorginho — who followed Sarri to Chelsea — were the only significant departures for Napoli during the offseason, keeping together a unit that produced consistently spectacular football last season.“You can tell that we trust each other and have been together for many years,” defender Kalidou Koulibaly said. “We know that we can turn situations around, but at the same time we shouldn’t get ourselves in those positions in the first place.”DISAPPEARING ACTGennaro Gattuso was outcoached by Ancelotti, his former manager when he was a Milan player.“The biggest regret is that after (Napoli’s) goal for 2-1, we simply disappeared from the game,” Gattuso said. “I take full responsibility, because if the team is afraid, then that is the fault of the coach. We just switched off after the first mistake and that also happened many times last season.”Milan also showed an inability to set up prized acquisition Gonzalo Higuain with scoring chances.SCORELESS RONALDOWhile much has been made of Ronaldo’s inability to score in Juventus’ opening two matches, it’s worth remembering that he also didn’t score in Real Madrid’s opening three Spanish league matches last season — even though he did score in other competitions for Madrid during that spell.While Juventus players were given a day off following a 2-0 win over Lazio, Ronaldo was back at work. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner tweeted a picture of himself stretching in the gym on Sunday morning.DIGITAL DELAY Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dazn, the online platform that has exclusive rights to three Serie A matches in Italy each round, is having trouble meeting the overwhelming demand for its services.Local media report that subscribers paying 9.99 euros per month have been hit with blurry pictures and delays.Dazn holds domestic rights to the coveted Saturday night matches, such as Napoli-AC Milan this past weekend.SERIE B BYE WEEKSSerie B began this weekend with 19 teams as opposed to the usual 22 due to the bankruptcies of Avellino, Bari and Cesena.As a result, one club will rest each round.The status of the second division prompted Italian Olympic Committee head Giovanni Malago to push this week for reducing Serie A from 20 to 16 clubs.“It seems to be that almost all football sporting directors in recent years have agreed reform of the leagues is the mother of all battles,” Malago said.“It’s not up to me to say whether we start from Serie A, Serie B or the minor leagues, but clearly the system cannot handle the number of teams that we got accustomed to. There are clubs that cannot sustain the costs of operating and it has a knock-on effect for the rest of the system.” “Ancelotti told us that this year every player will be used when he’s in good shape,” said Zielinski, who scored a brace against Milan. “I’m happy to have given my contribution so far.”Zielinski’s first goal against Milan was scored with his right foot and his second with his left.“Many people tell me I ought to shoot more with either foot and I will try to do that this season,” Zielinski said. “When I was a kid, I was right-footed, but my father made me use the left more to get it up to speed.”Napoli goalkeeper David Ospina was partly responsible for both of Milan’s goals, meaning Ancelotti may promote Orestis Karnezis for next weekend’s match at Sampdoria.Napoli signed goalkeeper Alex Meret from Udinese in July for a reported fee of 25 million euros (now $29 million) to replace the departed Pepe Reina but Meret remains out with an injured arm.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Asian Games: Philippines falls to South Korea anew, out of basketball medal race Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The southern club has come from behind to win both of its opening two matches, against quality opponents in Lazio and AC Milan.Carlo Ancelotti showed off his veteran coaching credentials with a change in tactics for the second half of a 3-2 win over Milan on Saturday.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’Dries Mertens was put on for midfielder Marek Hamsik as a fourth forward and scored the winner to cap a comeback from two goals down.Ancelotti also promoted Piotr Zielinski to a full starter role after the Poland midfielder was kept as a first-choice reserve all of last season under former coach Maurizio Sarri, who left for Chelsea. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal View comments Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Juventus’ Cristiano Ronaldo reacts during the Serie A soccer match between Juventus and Lazio at the Allianz Stadium in Turin, Italy, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018. (Alessandro Di Marco/ANSA via AP)ROME — While Cristiano Ronaldo is still figuring out how to score past Italian league defenders, Napoli is picking up right where it left off from last season.Only two rounds of Serie A are completed but Napoli is again shaping up as Juventus’ top challenger.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READlast_img read more

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round

first_imgAllen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title It’s only the second time in Federer’s past 14 appearances at the U.S. Open that he’s lost before the quarterfinals. He is, after all, a five-time champion at the tournament, part of his men’s-record haul of 20 Grand Slam titles.“I have so much respect for Roger and everything he’s done for the game. He’s been a hero of mine, and today he was definitely not at his best,” Millman said, “but, you know, I’ll take it.”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’So much for that highly anticipated matchup between Federer and 13-time major champion Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Instead, it’ll be the 55th-ranked Millman, an Australian who had never made it past the third round at a Slam until last week, taking on No. 6 seed Djokovic.Millman was adamant he would not be intimidated by Federer, and perhaps was helped by having spent time practicing together a few months ago ahead of the grass-court portion of this season. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Still, this was a stunner. Not simply because Federer lost — he entered the day 28-0 at the U.S. Open, and 127-1 in all Grand Slam matches, against foes below No. 50 in the ATP rankings — but how he lost. Start with this: Federer held two set points while serving for the second at 5-4, 40-15 and did not pull through. Millman knew that was the turning point.“I felt like a bit of a deer in headlights to begin with, to be honest with you. The feet weren’t moving. Roger had me on a string. He was manipulating me around the court,” Millman said. “But I got out of a tough second set and really found my feet and started to be a little bit more aggressive.”Then Federer had a set point in the third at 6-5 in the tiebreaker, but again was stymied.In the fourth set, he went up a break at 4-2, yelling “Come on!” and getting all of those rowdy spectators in their “RF” gear on their feet, prompting the chair umpire to repeatedly plead for silence. But Federer uncharacteristically got broken right back with a sloppy game, most egregiously when he slapped what should have been an easy putaway into the net.And then there was his serve.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Ronaldo, Salah, Modric make FIFA shortlist, Messi doesn’t Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum 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 READ In the final tiebreaker, he double-faulted twice in a row.The first obvious signs of trouble for Federer came far earlier, in the second game of the second set. He started that 15-minute struggle by missing 18 of his initial 20 first serves. While he eventually held there, he needed to save seven break points along the way. It was clear the 37-year-old Federer was not at his best.Maybe the 75 percent humidity played a role. Millman’s big rips on groundstrokes didn’t help matters. As the unforced errors mounted — Federer would finish with 77, nearly three times as many as Millman’s 28 — Federer’s wife, Mirka, couldn’t bear to look, placing her forehead on her hands in the guest box in the stands.Federer hung his head at a changeover, a little black fan pointed right at his face, but nothing seemed to make him feel like himself.Hours before, Djokovic left the court for a medical timeout — the second time during the tournament he’s sought help from a doctor because of harsh weather — during what would become an otherwise straightforward 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 victory over 68th-ranked Joao Sousa of Portugal.“I’m not 21 anymore. That was 10 years ago. I still don’t feel old. But at the same time, there is a little biological clock that is not really working in your favor,” Djokovic told the crowd afterward. “Sometimes, you just have to survive.”He reached the quarterfinals for an 11th consecutive appearance in New York as he bids for a third U.S. Open championship and 14th Grand Slam trophy.The other quarterfinal on the bottom half of the draw will be a rematch of the 2014 U.S. Open final: No. 7 Marin Cilic against No. 21 Kei Nishikori.Cilic, who beat Nishikori four years ago for his only major title, was a 7-6 (6), 6-2, 6-4 winner against No. 10 David Goffin, while Nishikori advanced by defeating Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer, of Switzerland, sits in front of a fan during a changeover in his match against John Millman, of Australia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK— Roger Federer served poorly. Closed poorly, too. And now he’s gone, beaten at the U.S. Open by an opponent ranked outside the top 50 for the first time in his career.Looking slow and tired on a sweltering night in Arthur Ashe Stadium, the No. 2-seeded Federer double-faulted 10 times, failed to convert a trio of set points and lost 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) in the fourth round to John Millman in a match that began Monday and concluded at nearly 1 a.m. on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

One Last Dance: Wade returning to Heat for final season

first_imgPhivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Wade is Miami’s career leader in points, assists, steals and games played. His status was an enormous question mark this summer, especially now with the team a week away from going to training camp. Miami has signed 19 players for camp, one shy of the maximum preseason allotment, and it was never a question why they kept that last spot open.It’s filled now, by the most accomplished Heat player ever. Yet it was no guarantee that Wade, a 22.5-point scorer for his career, would return.His decision took longer than some expected, partly because he was deciding what he wanted to do, partly because he was dealing with some personal business and some family business, and partly because it took him and the Heat some time to figure out what made sense for both sides. A person familiar with Wade’s thinking told The Associated Press that the guard was strongly considering retirement until late last week, when Heat coach Erik Spoelstra and others made a late push to help him decide.Whatever they said worked.“Can I physically do it? Can I physically get out of bed every day to do this? Can I step with every step hurting in the morning? Can I deal with the travel? Can I be away from my family? Is it selfish for me to want to continue to be away from my family?” Wade said, reeling off a list of questions that he pondered when making the decision.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Filipino paddlers rule ICF world championships Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES One more year.Retirement needs to wait a little bit longer for Wade, who announced Sunday night in a video taped earlier in the day that he’s returning for a 16th and final NBA season. He basically spent the entirety of the last four months weighing his options, and retirement — even just a few days ago — was an extremely real possibility in his mind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’ve always did things my way,” said Wade, who is expected to sign a $2.4 million, one-year deal later this week. “Whether they’ve good or whether they’ve been bad, I got here because I’ve done things the way that I feel is right for me and right for my family. And what I feel is right … I feel it’s right to ask you guys to join me for one last dance, for one last season.“This is it. I’ve given this game everything that I have, and I’m happy about that, and I’m going to give it for one last season, everything else I have left.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img MOST READ View comments MIAMI, FL – FEBRUARY 09: (editor’s note: This image has been converted to black and white.) Dwyane Wade #3 of the Miami Heat looks on before the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at American Airlines Arena on February 9, 2018 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPMIAMI — Dwyane Wade looked into the camera, stood alone in the middle of a darkened room and talked for 10 minutes. He struggled with his words at times, unable to control his emotions. He wept.And finally, he made what he called the hardest decision of his life.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Miami won.“Let’s enjoy it,” Wade said. “Let’s have some joy through this last season. Let’s push this young team over the hump and let’s write our own story to the end of this career, together. Together.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title He apparently found his answers.“These things to you guys may seem small,” Wade said. “But to me, they’re real. I feel like my family has put me first for so many years, for good reasons. But there comes a point in time when we’ve all got to think about someone else, especially the ones around you that have supported you, supported your dreams, supported your journey like my family have.”Wade’s return basically means that Miami will have the same team — a young, rising team it believes in many respects — this coming season as it had last season, when it went 44-38 and claimed the No. 6 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.This time, though, the Heat will have Wade from the season’s outset.He spent 2016-17 in his hometown of Chicago, then began last season with Cleveland. Wade returned to the Heat in a trade last February, appearing in 26 games including playoffs, enamoring Miami again even while coming off the bench and averaging 12.9 points. His impact on the court was clear, and so was his impact off the court — Wade was very involved in the response to the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that left 17 dead, including a student named Joaquin Oliver who was a Heat fan.Oliver’s parents buried their son in a Wade jersey.That touched Wade deeply, and he spent the latter portion of last season dealing with both the anguish of that and the death of his longtime agent Henry Thomas. Wade would eventually say that he felt lost at times last season without Thomas, that he wasn’t always getting the same joy out of playing the game as he once did.“When I lost Hank, I lost a part of me,” Wade said, wiping away tears.The plan going into this season will be to keep Wade in that reserve role like last season. While he likely won’t be starting, it’s fairly certain that he’ll be finishing them — Spoelstra utilized Wade as a closer last season, and Wade loves that role.Wade could have gotten a deal elsewhere this summer, though moving to another team again was never a consideration for him this time around. It was Miami or nowhere.last_img read more

Racela, Tamaraws look to build on big wins

first_imgLuck is sometimes a circumstance born out of an environment one creates through hard work. Olsen Racela and the Far Eastern U Tamaraws gritted their way to huge upset wins over Adamson and Ateneo in the last week in the UAAP men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Back on track For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “We’re still looking for consistency,” said Racela, even as FEU is slowly finding its own stable of unlikely heroes in the likes of two-way guard Wendell Comboy and off-the-bench sparkplug Hubert Cani.“Wendell has really started to take on a lot more responsibility starting with our win over NU,” Racela revealed. “He asked for a bigger role defensively and that’s the kind of attitude you want from your players.”The Tamaraws will carry a three-game run into the game against the Tigers, who are on a two-game streak.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img And out of the scenario in the standings those wins created, the Tamaraws found themselves on top of the field without having to break a sweat, the result of a La Salle victory over Adamson Saturday night that created a logjam at the top.But Racela is far from satisfied with the way things have panned out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It doesn’t matter who you beat or where you are at the end of the first round,” Racela said. “What matters is where you are at the end of the tournament. We still have a long way to go and we still need to improve.”The Tamaraws take their 5-2 record to court against first-round tormentor University of Santo Tomas on Sunday, the lessons of that defeat and a loss to lowly University of the East still on top of their minds. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner to unveil fight details next week

first_imgManny Pacquiao poses with the welterweight championship belt on July 15, 2018. AFPNEW YORK, United States – Filipino boxing star Manny Pacquiao and former world welterweight champion Adrien Broner will announce details Monday in New York about their upcoming bout, expected in January at Las Vegas.Pacquaio owns the World Boxing Association’s regular welterweight crown, a step below US unbeaten WBA ‘super champion’ Keith Thurman, after stopping Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse in July at Kuala Lumpur — his first knockout win since 2009.ADVERTISEMENT Bonfire! UP Maroons end 2 decades of Final 4 absence Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown RELATED VIDEO The southpaw, 60-7 with two drawn and 39 knockouts in a career that began in 1995, turns 40 next month while American Broner is 33-3 with one drawn and 24 knockouts.Broner and Pacquiao are set to talk Monday at New York’s Gotham Hall and Tuesday at the Waldorf Astoria in Beverly Hills to promote the bout, which is expected to be staged January 19 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPacquiao, the only fighter to win world titles in eight different weight divisions, said last month he was 90 percent certain he would next fight Broner, a former four-division world champion.Pacquiao, also a senator in the Philippines, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title to Australian Jeff Horn last year in Brisbane. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Last month, Pacquiao signed with adviser Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions group after being promoted by Top Rank’s Bob Arum, Haymon’s main rival, for the past 14 years.The move ensures Pacquiao will have chances to fight the best in the welterweight division as Haymon’s fighters include Americans Thurman, 28-0 with 22 knockouts; World Boxing Council champion Shawn Porter 29-2 with one drawn and 17 knockouts and International Boxing Federation champion Errol Spence Jr., 24-0 with 21 knockouts.Haymon has also handled past matters for retired unbeaten former champion Floyd Mayweather, who beat Pacquiao by unanimous decision in 2015 for three world titles in a megafight showdown at Las Vegas with a Pacquiao rematch possible if he desires a ring return.Before thoughts of any of those fighters, Pacquiao must first prepare for Broner, who drew with former world welterweight champion Jesse Vargas in April after losing last year to undefeated American Mikey Garcia, the reigning WBC lightweight champion.Thurman returns from an injury layoff January 26 to defend his crown in New York against American Josesito Lopez. Porter and Spence defend their crowns in March on back-to-back weekends, Spence facing Garcia on March 16 a week after Porter makes his first title defense against Cuban mandatory challenger Yordenis Ugas. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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

Azkals: Everything we’ve got

first_imgMOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I like our team,” he said. “I like it very much, we have a lot of good football players and we are playing with a big heart. I’m proud of the team.”The Azkals proved compact and disciplined, tracking back when they lost possession against the Indonesians, but it may take more than that effort against Vietnam, especially with Sato, one of the team’s best defenders and a threat going forward, missing the semifinals.“We’ll really have to regroup and make sure we’re ready for Vietnam,” said Palami.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Playing four matches in 12 days in three different countries, the Azkals emerged unbeaten from Group B, picking up eight points, following wins over Singapore and Timor Leste and stalemates over Thailand and Indonesia.Five players have scored for the team so far in the tournament, but so many times in the group stage, the Azkals also left themselves exposed defensively. They’ve somehow done enough to cover mistakes that haunted the team in the past.In the goalless draw with Indonesia, the Azkals coped well against a counterattacking team that had plenty of pace on the wings, while surviving the absence of skipper Phil Younghusband, who sustained a cut and had to be substituted by Curt Dizon in the 25th minute.Younghusband said his cut took four stitches to close, but vowed he’ll be ready come the semifinals.“I think this time we’ve played with a lot of heart,” winger Patrick Reichelt said. “Everybody is fighting for the next guy. There’s a lot of communication on the pitch and positive screaming and encouragement, I feel this year we have a good group.”Only three weeks into the job, coach Sven Goran Eriksson hailed his squad’s “big heart.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Philippines’ Patrick Reichelt controls the ball against Indonesia at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta on Sunday. The match ended in a goalless draw.JAKARTA—After surviving the AFF (Asean Football Federation) Suzuki Cup’s Group of Death for a fourth semifinal appearance in five tournaments, the Philippine Azkals have their work cut out for them even before they face Vietnam over two legs in the knockout round.As if toppling an in-form Vietnamese side isn’t an already difficult task, the Azkals will have to do it without left back Daisuke Sato, who has ruled himself out of the tournament after he was recalled by Romanian club Sepsi.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 But the challenges that the Azkals managed to navigate and survive during the home-and-away group stage may be enough to prepare them for any complications in the semifinals starting with the first leg on Sunday at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.The second leg is slated four days later in Hanoi, but the Azkals are down to 19 players from an original 23-man team, following the departures of Sato, Neil Etheridge and Stephan Palla due to club commitments and Luke Woodland due to injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It hasn’t been a smooth ride for us in terms of preparations,” Azkals manager Dan Palami admitted.“There have been some glitches and I think I have to credit the heart of our players who put everything aside and not think about the problems every time they are on the pitch. That has been the asset of our team. Once they’re on the pitch, they give everything. I think that’s how Filipinos are.” PSI preparations go full blast for 2019 PH SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more