Sports 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 comments
Mourinho angrily spoke of missing “joke chances” and “childish” errors from his players after Saturday’s draw.But Mata, who scored both United goals in an excellent personal display, hopes his side responds positively to the frustration of the evening at the King Power Stadium.“You have to keep going. It’s Christmas time, you play every two or three days obviously,” Mata said.“Now we feel frustrated and angry but we need to keep going and, from tomorrow, rest and think about the next game and have the will of finishing the next game with a much better feeling.“We got a point but it feels like a defeat because we were so close to winning, had chances to kill the game and they were with one less player.”Mata put United 2-1 ahead with a superbly-taken free-kick and revealed afterwards that his goal celebration was a dedication to Indian children with whom his charitable foundation Common Goal works.“It was because when the kids from the Oscar Foundation — one of the foundations we work with — came to Old Trafford to visit me they asked if I could do this kind of ‘namaste’ celebration for them,” explained Mata.“The first goal I didn’t do it because we needed a second goal but for the second goal I thought of them and it was dedicated for those kids in the slums of Mumbai.”– United injury woe –Mourinho may feel less charitable when it comes to selecting his team for the visit of Sean Dyche’s side, although injuries will limit his options at Old Trafford.Eric Bailly is a long-term absentee while Michael Carrick, Antonio Valencia and Marouane Fellaini have been ruled out of the holiday games.Matteo Darmian missed the Leicester game, while centre-half Chris Smalling was hampered by a late injury.At least United have history on their side in the Boxing Day fixture, having not lost at home to Burnley since September 1962, a sequence of eight wins and five draws.And United’s run of 19 wins from the 23 Boxing Day games they have played in the Premier League era is a record for the division.Burnley will be looking to respond to the 3-0 home defeat by Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and will be without in-form defender James Tarkowski, who serves the second game of a three-match ban.But Clarets manager Dyche has every reason to be pleased with the first half of the season as his team visit Old Trafford just three points from the Champions League places.“We’ve got good points on the table,” he said. “Whichever team we put out there, we’ve always been competitive.“That’s the key, even going into these games, which are tough games.“The key is to be competitive. As long as we’re doing that, and we perform, over a longer period, we’ll get results. That’s what we’ve done over the season.“We’ll have to continue to do that. It’s probably the first time we’ve been stretched this season.“Adding a suspension does stretch it, but I’ve great faith in the players.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United’s Juan Mata scored both United goals in their match against Leicester City on December 23, 2017 © AFP/File / Roland HARRISONMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Dec 25 – Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata admits his team-mates are furious after dropping two points at Leicester City, but he hopes they can channel that frustration into a strong response against Burnley on Tuesday.Jose Mourinho’s side were stunned by a late goal from 10-man Leicester in a 2-2 draw that saw United fall a staggering 13 points behind leaders Manchester City at the halfway stage of the campaign.