New year brings new hope for Alaska after disastrous 2017

first_imgMOST READ After contending for practically every season since its inclusion in 1986, the Aces faced incredible uncertainty in 2017 when they experienced their worst losing streak in history at 14 straight games between the two import conferences.After a fairly decent All-Filipino Conference finishing with a 7-4 card, Alaska went into free fall in the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups tallying a combined record of just 7-15.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Aces also ended the year with 106-98 loss to TNT on Friday, but head coach Alex Compton wants his players to just let of everything that had happened in 2017.“For us as a team, the year 2017 wasn’t that pretty,” said Compton in Filipino Friday at Cuneta Astrodome. “There will always come a time that you will face challenges in your life.” Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Still, Compton remains positive that they can turn things around and start on a winning note after starting the new season 0-2 in the Philippine Cup.“Then again I’ve told them to enjoy the New Year, celebrate the New Year with their families and flush everything bad down the toilet because 2018 will be the new hope.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Griffin returns to lead Clippers past Lakers Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Conecenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments ‘Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year PLAY LIST 02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:10SEA 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 If there’s one year that Alaska would like to forget in its storied history in the PBA, it has to be 2017.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Davao, Malaysia earn gold medals in BVR Santa Ana

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for 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 In the men’s division Malaysia’s Raja Nazmi Hussin and Mohd Aizzat Zokri brushed off University of Visayas’ Kevin Juban and Raphy Abanto, 21-14, 21-18, for the gold.Zokri and Hussin initially lost against Far Eastern University in the opening day of the tournament but used that loss as a jump-off point for their five-game winning streak en route to the title.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“Actually, it’s all about communication,” said Zokri after claiming the $3,500 cash prize.Tuguegarao’s Bea Tan and Charo Soriano won the bronze medal after surviving Harbor Pilot-Cebu’s Therese Ramas and Dij Rodriguez, 11-21, 21-16, 15-13. Ato ni Bai’s Jade Becaldo and Calvin Sarte beat Czech Republic’s Dominik Samen and Martin Samec, 21-17, 21-19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next CONTRIBUTED PHOTODavao’s Lot Catubag and Karean Quilario endured the heavy rains and strong wins to take down Iloilo’s DM Demontaño and Jackie Estoquia, 21-14, 21-14, for the gold medal in the Beach Volleyball Republic International Santa Ana Open Sunday in Santa Ana, Cagayan.Catubag and Quilario, prior to competing in the Santa Ana Open, were also the gold medal winners in the Dagupan Open.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Columbian enters playoff picture, ends skid at expense of Phoenix Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READlast_img read more

Oscar De La Hoya: Manny Pacquiao best fighter I’ve faced

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The list goes on, but De La Hoya saved the best for last in Manny Pacquiao, who turned out to be his farewell fight in 2009.“Probably Pacquiao,” De La Hoya, who won 10 titles in six divisions, said when asked who was the best fighter he faced.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’For De La Hoya, Pacquiao was the total package.“I think his determination, his conditioning, his skill, his power, his speed, his footwork. He was probably one of the fighters I’ve most appreciated.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fajardo, Manuel in the spotlight as San Miguel, Alaska clash All those were in full display when Pacquiao cut the much bigger De La Hoya down to size and forced him to quit on his stool at the end of the eighth round in 2008.De La Hoya, who owns Golden Boy Promotions, is in Kuala Lumpur to promote “The Fight of Champions,” the biggest boxing event in Malaysia since the great Muhammad Ali beat Joe Bugner in 1975.Pacquiao is facing Lucas Matthysse, who is signed with Golden Boy, in the headliner for the WBA welterweight title.ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West FILE — Manny Pacquiao (R) hits Oscar De La Hoya in the fifth round of their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFPKUALA LUMPUR — Oscar De La Hoya fought the biggest names in boxing throughout his professional career that spanned from 1992 to 2009.De La Hoya embraced the challenge in fighting the likes of Julio Cesar Chavez, Felix Trinidad, Shane Mosley, Bernard Hopkins and Floyd Mayweather Jr.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement02:14Carpio 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Painters scrape through Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Croatia’s Dejan Lovren celebrates after Croatia’s Mario Mandzukic scored his side’s second goal during the semifinal match between Croatia and England at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)MOSCOW — A billion-dollar assembly of stars makes France the favorite for the World Cup final, a scenario that Dejan Lovren is pitching as perfect for Croatia’s biggest ever game.“We love to be the underdogs,” Lovren said in the wake of Croatia’s England 2-1 extra-time win over England.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Despite the Balkan nation’s small population, it is a veritable talent factory in a wide range of sports. There’s the former U.S. Open tennis champion Marin Cilic, a raft of current and ex-NBA players, Olympic champions in skiing, discus and the country’s beloved water polo.Most of all, Croatia is an export market for quality footballers, with a squad boasting stars for Real Madrid, Barcelona and Juventus.Until now, Croatia’s greatest moment on the football pitch was reaching the World Cup semifinals in 1998, the country’s first tournament after becoming independent.Stars of that team remain household names in Croatia, including the football federation president and ex-Real Madrid striker Davor Suker, who has been with this squad all the way through this World Cup campaign. After the quarterfinal win over Russia, Suker said he’d be delighted if Modric replaced him as Croatia’s greatest player of all time.Instead, he said, “I’ll be the greatest president!”Now that the 2018 squad has gone a step further than the 1998 semifinalists, Lovren and Croatia are creating a narrative beyond anything they experienced as children when the stars of the national team were etched into folk lore following a semifinal loss to France.“I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming, she was crying after the French game,” Lovren said. “After 20 years people will remember us not any more (than just) ’98 — and this is what I wanted.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES With a population of 4.3 million and a history of struggle, it’s easy to see why. Not since Uruguay’s win in 1950 has a country of so few people reached a World Cup final.Croatia’s players were born around the time an independent Croatia emerged from the wars which divided the former Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. Lovren and star midfielder Luka Modric were refugees as children.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’Croatia still struggles economically and its football scene has been riven with hooliganism, crime and politics.It’s a country that breeds toughness in its players. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The key to Croatia’s success in Russia, Lovren said, is “Our mentality.”“War, all these things and even now the situation is not the best,” he said. “It’s unbelievable how many talents we have in sports.”Two years ago, Croatia’s campaign at the 2016 European Championship was overshadowed by turmoil in the stands as fans hurled dozens of flares onto the field in protest against the football federation leadership. A year before that, a swastika was drawn on the field before a national-team game.Those episodes have led to sanctions from soccer’s international governing body, but Lovren is hoping the squad’s success at this World Cup will mark a turning point for the country.“It’s not just football, it’s a bigger picture for us unfortunately,” he said. “Us players, now we change something and everyone is proud of us in Croatia.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Second UAAP title sweeter for Nieto twins as they match dad’s feat

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew That next man up attitude carried Ateneo to its second straight UAAP men’s basketball title after sweeping University of the Philippines in the Season 81 finals.“Our motto was next man up and it was really evident this season because there were  players who got sidelined every other game,” said Mike after Ateneo’s 99-81 Game 2 win Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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’s really hard getting back but I credit my teammates, the point guards, like Tyler [Tio], SJ [Belangel] for stepping up for me when I wasn’t there,” said Matt. “It’s really a team game and you never know who’ll step up but it’s next man up mentality for us.”The absence of the twins saw the likes of Tio and Belangel take up major minutes for some stretches in the eliminations while Gian Mamuyac also provided stability in the wing position. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMatt and Mike Nieto didn’t just have a twin thing; the whole Ateneo team had one—sort of.When the twins got sidelined with injuries and dengue in the middle part of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament, the whole team picked up the slack until the brothers were able to return to form at the tail end of the Blue Eagles’ schedule.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom 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 After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next There was also the revelation in William Navarro, who filled in for Raffy Verano when the latter got injured for a few games during the eliminations.This constant filling in allowed Ateneo to keep its pace and top the league with a 12-2 record en route to its second straight title.This is also the second title for the twins who matched their father Jet’s accomplishment in 1987 and 1988 in helping steer the Blue Eagles to their first UAAP titles.The twins said their Season 81 championship meant a little more since they will still have a chance to get more.“My and Mike’s goal is to just win championships for Ateneo but right now we’re really blessed because we went back-to-back and dad is actually nervous because we want to prove that we can get a three-peat,” said Matt.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Too short, too slow, too weak’ Anton Asistio proves his worth as two-time champ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Mike said their Jet’s challenge to them started way before he and Matt got into college.Jet would regularly bring the young twins to Blue Eagle Gym where Ateneo’s championship banners hung and that became motivation to the two current Blue Eagles.“Us three talked about it when Matt and I were in grade school and before we won our juniors’ title dad told us he won one so that’s where it started,” said Mike who led the Blue Eaglets to the Season 77 championship. “He’d bring us to Blue Eagle Gym and there was his banner in the juniors and the two banners in college and last year he told us that he was still ahead because Matt and I only have one.”“We really wanted to beat our dad because we only tied him in high school and now we’re tied with him in college so he can’t boast on us. Hopefully, we can get the three-peat next year because that’s the goal,” added Mike. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

ONE: Joshua Pacio gets new opponent for first strawweight defense

first_imgLATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk San Miguel stint is Terrence Romeo’s shot at redemption, says Leo Austria Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pacio, one of four current world champions out of Team Lakay, was initially set to face Hayato Suzuki in a rematch but he’s now scheduled to take on another Japanese challenger in Yosuke Saruta on January 19.Saruta was tapped as a replacement for reasons yet to be disclosed.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 ChrissThe 31-year-old Saruta has won eight of his last 10 fights.He is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alex Silva earlier this month in his ONE Championship debut.center_img No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ONE strawweight champion Joshua Pacio will be making his first title defense against a different foe in the main event of ONE: Eternal Glory next month in Jakarta, Indonesia.ADVERTISEMENT The much-younger Pacio, 22, won the gold strap after beating Yoshitaka Naito three months ago on points.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia View commentslast_img read more

Kyle Lowry has big half amid trade rumors as Raptors hold off 76ers

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lowry had a big first half amid reports that Toronto has offered him in a trade, Kawhi Leonard finished with 24 points, and the Raptors held off the Philadelphia 76ers 119-107 on Tuesday night in a matchup between two of the Eastern Conference’s top teams.Lowry, a Philadelphia native and former Villanova star, had 17 points in the first half and finished with 20. He seemed unfazed by a report from Sports Illustrated that Toronto had offered him to Memphis as part of a trade package for Mike Conley and Marc Gasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“I personally want to be in Toronto,” Lowry said. “I’ve never asked for a trade. My goal is to try to win a championship here, and that’s what I want to do.”Serge Ibaka also had 20 points to help the Raptors overcome the Joel Embiid-led Sixers. Embiid had 37 points and 13 rebounds for his league-leading 44th double-double, while Ben Simmons scored 20 points and Jimmy Butler had 18. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers “I love playing at home,” Lowry said. “My mom’s in the building. It’s different.”TOO MANY MINUTES?The Sixers were without two starters as Wilson Chandler (quad) missed his second straight game while JJ Redick was a late scratch due to nausea.That led to the team’s Big 3 of Embiid (42 minutes), Simmons (44 minutes) and Butler (39 minutes) all playing more than coach Brett Brown would have liked.“We got two days off before we played and I just felt like it was our only chance to win,” Brown said. “But it is not an ideal volume of minutes that I played them.”DEFENSE COMES FIRSTWhile the Raptors had a big offensive performance, they were mostly proud of the work they put in on the defensive end. That includes forcing Simmons into six turnovers.“He’s a great player, very good at getting to the basket and finding his teammates,” Leonard said. “I just tried my best to get in the passing lane and stick to our game plan.”TIP-INSRaptors: Toronto is now 17-11 on the road this season, the third best mark in the league. The Raptors’ next two games will also be away from home. … Toronto won the season series with Philadelphia, 3-1, with the Sixers’ only win coming on Dec. 22 when the Raptors were missing Leonard and Ibaka, their top two scorers. 76ers: Tuesday’s game marked the start of a four-game homestand after a 2-2 road swing out West. … Some of the biggest cheers of the night came in the pregame when Sixers great Allen Iverson rang the team’s ceremonial bell at midcourt. … This was Embiid’s NBA-leading 22nd game this season with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds.UP NEXTRaptors: At the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.76ers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Friday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the Sixers trailing by 18 early in the fourth quarter, Embiid ripped off 12 points in a three-minute stretch to slice Toronto’s lead to 108-101 with 6:59 left and get the home crowd on its feet for the first time all night. But the Raptors (39-16) never let the Sixers (34-20) get closer than seven.“Offensively, defensively, they were just better than us,” Embiid said. “But I’m proud of our effort in the second half.”After erupting for 40 points in the first quarter behind 11-for-11 shooting from the free-throw line, the Raptors built a 21-point advantage midway through the second quarter. Lowry, who missed Toronto’s last game due to back soreness, fueled the run with three 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch.“He was awesome,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “You know, that’s Kyle in a super-focused game. He took his 3s, he took his deep ones, he took some drives. Whenever you see him pull that little slam-on-the-brakes, spin-to-the-left fadeaway, you know he’s in the game right.”Lowry added another 3, which bounced all around the rim before dropping in, four minutes before halftime to help Toronto take a 72-55 lead into the break — the Raptors’ best offensive first half of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Tobias Harris’ big night lifts Clippers past Hornets Toronto Raptors’ Kyle Lowry, left, tries to get a shot past Philadelphia 76ers’ Mike Muscala during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. Toronto won 119-107. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)PHILADELPHIA — Kyle Lowry doesn’t want to play for any team but Toronto.A detour through his hometown is always welcome, though.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

James Harden out for Rockets-Warriors with flu symptoms

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LATEST STORIES “He might’ve played even with a sore neck, he had a little touch of the flu. It was a combination of everything,” D’Antoni said.In the Rockets’ last visit to Oracle Arena, Harden hit a contested 3-pointer with 2.7 seconds left in a 135-134 overtime victory Jan. 3 in which he finished with a triple-double and his fifth straight 40-point game. He was 13 for 32 with 10 3s.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs Harden, who missed three games in the season’s first month with a strained left hamstring, is averaging an NBA-best 36.5 points. Houston entered Saturday’s game 1-2 in games without him.Also Saturday, Harden was fined $25,000 by the NBA for criticizing the officiating after the loss to the Lakers. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Nike shoe breaks apart, US hoops star injured Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets’ James Harden, left, reaches for a loose ball next to Los Angeles Lakers’ Reggie Bullock during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)OAKLAND, Calif. — James Harden is sitting out the Houston Rockets’ game against the Golden State Warriors because of flu-like symptoms.While Harden also has a strained neck, coach Mike D’Antoni said the reigning MVP and league scoring leader probably could have played through that. Harden hurt the neck when he got hit during a practice leading up to Thursday night’s road loss to the Lakers and woke up sore the next day.ADVERTISEMENT Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Magic cruise past Pelicans, close in on Heat in NBA playoff race

first_imgOrlando Magic guard Evan Fournier (10) goes up for a 3-pointer during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)ORLANDO, Florida — The Orlando Magic showed no mercy on an undermanned New Orleans team, routing the punchless Pelicans.Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon had 20 as the Magic took advantage of the Pelicans playing without All-Star Anthony Davis and beat New Orleans 119-96 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory.ADVERTISEMENT Pelicans: Host Houston on Sunday.Magic: Play their fourth straight home game Friday against Memphis.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “Overall, we’ve been pretty good lately,” Fournier said. “We’re locked in, pressuring the ball, being physical. It’s kind of becoming automatic now. We’ve really gotten better defensively.”Stanley Johnson led the Pelicans with 18 points. Fellow reserve Ian Clark had 17 and Frank Jackson was the only starter in double figures with 14. The Pelicans were outrebounded 65-49.Davis was with the Pelicans a month ago when they were routed 118-88 by Orlando.“For some reason, this is a terrible matchup for us,” Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry said. “Those are our two worst losses this year. It’s just one of those things where the matchups have not been good to us and we have had a tough time keeping them off the boards.”Davis left Orlando on Wednesday morning to return to New Orleans to be with his daughter who was ill.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 “His daughter is really sick,” Gentry said at the morning shootaround. “He went back to make sure everything is fine. It’s serious enough that he needed to go back there.”Orlando held a 22-point halftime lead and never let the advantage go below 15 in the second half. Payton hit a follow-shot layup to cut New Orleans deficit to 76-61 with 6:23 left in the third period and prompt a timeout by the Magic.After the timeout, Vucevic drained a wide-open 3-pointer and blocked two shots to ignite a 15-0 run that sealed it. New Orleans missed 11 straight shots and turned the ball over twice during the run. The Pelicans trailed 98-67 going into the fourth quarter.“It wasn’t anything I said (during the timeout), we just played a lot better defensively,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “I think our defense is more consistent every night.”The game was all but decided at halftime when Orlando took a 68-46 lead. The Magic didn’t have to work hard offensively, hitting seven of 15 3-pointers and overpowering the Pelicans inside for layups or free throws.Vucevic had almost as many rebounds (14) as the Pelicans (18) in the first half when New Orleans shooting provided plenty of opportunities. The Pelicans started the game 1 for 14 from the field and didn’t get much better after that, finishing the half 18 of 52 (34.6 percent).TIP-INSPelicans: G E’Twaun Moore missed his seventh straight game with a quad contusion.Magic: Orlando’s starting five outscored New Orleans’ starters 78-43, including 50-19 in the first half. … Orlando had two, potential four-point plays in the first half. Ross missed his free throw in the first period, but Fournier converted his in the second period. … Orlando had 10 blocks, one shy of its season high.UP NEXT MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Terrence Ross had 19 points and Nikola Vucevic added 15 points and 17 rebounds for the Magic, who had little trouble finding shots inside or outside against the defenseless Pelicans. Orlando is chasing Miami for the final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs.“We know we have a chance to play our way into the playoffs,” Gordon said. “We have some really talented guys on the defensive end and it’s all starting to come together.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsDefense was all the Magic players wanted to talk about. They limited New Orleans to 37.3 percent shooting and completely eliminated Pelican point guard Elfrid Payton, who was on a roll coming into the game.Payton, who had triple-doubles in five straight games, finished with seven points, two assists and three rebounds. The only other NBA players with a triple-double in five straight games are Russell Westbrook (four times), Oscar Robertson (three), Wilt Chamberlain (two) and Michael Jordan (once). 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