Conte sent to stands as Chelsea beats Swansea

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Rooney scores from his own half as Everton thrashes West Ham Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Italian at first sat behind the dugout, but then had to move due to the proximity of his new seat to his coaching staff.On the field, Antonio Rudiger’s 55th-minute header proved decisive. It was Rudiger’s first Premier League goal.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkChelsea owner Roman Abramovich may heed Conte’s calls to strengthen the Chelsea squad in the January transfer window after the Blues struggled to kill off their poor visitors.Chelsea’s only dropped points in their last six league games came at Liverpool last Saturday, while Swansea had its ninth loss of the season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chelsea’s Antonio Ruediger, left, celebrates scoring his side’s first goal with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso during the English Premier League soccer match between Chelsea and Swansea City at Stamford Bridge stadium in London, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)LONDON, England—Antonio Conte was sent to the stands for the second half as Chelsea claimed its fifth Premier League win in six games with a 1-0 defeat of Swansea on Wednesday.The Chelsea coach was dismissed from the touchline by referee Neil Swarbrick moments before the interval after furiously protesting the award of a Swansea goal kick.ADVERTISEMENT Chelsea stayed third in the Premier League—above London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham—but trails leader Manchester City by 11 points.Swansea is without a goal in four games and stayed last-but-one with nine points from 14 games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho extends contract at United until at least 2020

first_imgFILE – In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. Jose Mourinho has extended his contract at Manchester United, tying him to the Premier League club until at least 2020. United announced the new deal for its manager on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)Jose Mourinho believes he is laying the foundations for a sustained period of success at Manchester United, and he now plans to stay even longer.The manager, who succeeded Louis van Gaal in 2016 on a three-year deal, signed a new contract on Thursday through 2020.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ 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 anew Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Although United is second in the standings, Manchester City is 12 points in front. United has not won the league since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after delivering a record-extending 20th English title.“Jose has already achieved a great deal as Manchester United manager and I am delighted that he has agreed to extend his commitment until at least 2020,” vice chairman Ed Woodward said. “His work rate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club’s desire to promote top quality young players to the first team.“He has brought an energy and a sense of purpose to everything that he does and I am sure that will continue to bring results for the fans and the club.”Mourinho is a two-time Champions League winner, with FC Porto and Inter Milan. He has won eight league titles since 2002 across four countries (Portugal, England, Italy and Spain), three of them coming in the Premier League with Chelsea.ADVERTISEMENT 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 View comments Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “I am delighted they feel and trust that I am the right manager for this great club for the foreseeable future,” said Mourinho, who also has an option to stay for a further year under the terms of the new contract.In his first season in charge, the Portuguese coach won the League Cup, the Europa League and Community Shield.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 folk“We have set very high standards — winning three trophies in one season— but those are the standards I expect my teams to aim for,” Mourinho said. “We are creating the conditions for a brilliant and successful future for Manchester United.”United is still in realistic contention for two trophies this campaign — the FA Cup and Champions League — but the next task is to mount a credible Premier League title challenge. Messi and Suarez strike again as Barcelona advances in Copalast_img read more

NU bounces back, blasts UP to end 1st round campaign

first_imgLATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University got back on the winning track after making quick work of University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-23, 25-17, in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bulldogs, who lost their previous game at the hands of Far Eastern University, ended the first round with an excellent 6-1 win-loss record while the Lady Maroons lost another three-setter and dropped to 2-5.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “When we lost, we moved on and the way we approached this game was that we treated it as a statement game,” said Castillo. “I’m happy with how the team responded from Jaja to Audrey [Paran] to Aiko [Urdas], they are really owning this and proving that they deserve the no.1 spot.”Santiago finished the match with a game-high 17 points while Risa Sato added 10 points and Jasmine Nabor orchestrating the offense with 32 excellent sets.Diana Carlos led UP with 15 points with Isa Molde pitching in 11.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening PLAY LIST 01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening00:50Trending Articles01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Rockets extend streak to 15 with win over Celtics This is the first time in school history that they ended the first round as the top team in the tournament.NU steadily kept UP at bay in the third set building a 13-8 lead midway through the period before Risa Sato increased the buffer to seven points, 20-13, with a through-the-block kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkAfter Jaja Santiago’s toss went out of bounds that gave the Lady Maroons the slightest glimmer of hope, 24-17, the 6-foot-5 middle blocker ended the match with a booming quick kill down the middle.NU head coach Babes Castillo said the win marked his team’s fighting spirit to bounce back from a loss after they dropped their only game of the tournament against the Lady Tamaraws. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

Vajda reunion a ‘fresh start’ for Djokovic after Agassi split

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s a fresh start I think for both of us. I missed him. I have a feeling that he missed me or tennis or both,” Djokovic said after a confident 6-0, 6-1 thrashing of Dusan Lajovic in the first round.“He knows me better than any tennis coach I’ve worked with.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“He’s a friend. He’s someone I can share a lot of things with, whether it’s professional or private life. He’s always there for me.”Djokovic confirmed he is not yet working with Vajda on a full-time basis, after the two parted ways following last year’s tournament in Monte Carlo. View comments 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 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Rajon Rondo has a knack for performing in the playoffs The 30-year-old also played down reports of a rift between him and Agassi, thanking the American for “helping his career” over an 11-month period. “This doesn’t affect our personal relationships that we established over the years both with Radek and Andre,” he said.“But we just decided that it’s better to part ways because, you know, both sides did feel that that’s best for me and for them.”Monday’s win was his first since the Australian Open in January, after being dumped out in Indian Wells and Miami by Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively.The Serb said he is now playing pain-free, after struggling with a right elbow injury.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Serbia’s Novak Djokovic acknowledges applause as he celebrates defeating compatriot Dusan Lajovic during their round of 64 tennis match at the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 16, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said Monday it feels like a “fresh start” to be working again with long-time former coach Marian Vajda at the Monte Carlo Masters.The 12-time Grand Slam champion split from Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek earlier this month and has been training with Vajda for the last 10 days in Monaco.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “After two years, finally I can play without pain,” added Djokovic.“Indian Wells, Miami, especially Indian Wells, was not like that.“I still obviously wasn’t ready game-wise, physically. So Indian Wells and Miami were really kind of a struggle on the court for me mentally.“I know that I can play much better than that, but I couldn’t.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Celtics’ Terry Rozier making name for himself against Bucks

first_imgNow it’s time for Rozier to show if he can be just as effective in the playoffs on the road.“Down 0-2, going back to their place where you know they’re going to come out aggressive,” Rozier said. “We’re coming out, we’re still going to be aggressive and we’re coming in to win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames “We’ve talked about his competitiveness, his athleticism and his work ethic being at the highest level. That usually lends to good players improving quickly,” coach Brad Stevens said about Rozier.Irving’s absence seemed to tilt the point guard matchup toward the Bucks, especially with Bledsoe playing well at the end of the year. Traded from Phoenix earlier in the season, Bledsoe was eager for his first taste of the postseason since 2013, when he was with the Clippers.Bledsoe is averaging 10.5 points against Boston, but the offense has been plagued in part by turnovers. He fouled out in Game 1.“My offense will come. I’m not worried about that. I’m just worried about playing great defense and helping my teammates while I’m out there,” Bledsoe said after practice Thursday.The bulletin-board material between the ball-handlers has become just as engrossing a story line.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Boston Celtics’ Terry Rozier (12) celebrates with Jaylen Brown, center right, after making a three-point basket during the fourth quarter of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Milwaukee Bucks, in Boston, Sunday, April 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)MILWAUKEE — Two games into their first-round playoff series, Milwaukee point guard Eric Bledsoe and his Boston counterpart, Terry Rozier, still seem to be having trouble remembering each other’s names.Maybe it’s the sign of a festering feud with the Celtics up 2-0 as the series shifts to Milwaukee. Perhaps it’s a case of Bluegrass State bragging rights between Bledsoe, who played at Kentucky, and Rozier, who played at Louisville, though they never faced each other in college.ADVERTISEMENT 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Or it could be just a case of good-natured gamesmanship between two competitors.Through two games, it is advantage Rozier with Game 3 coming up Friday night.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 had 23 points in Game 2 on 8-of-14 shooting, including 3 of 5 from the 3-point line, to match his postseason career scoring high set in Game 1. Rozier is shooting 7 of 16 from beyond the arc so far this series.So much for the Celtics being at a disadvantage at the point without Kyrie Irving, who is out for the playoffs following knee surgery. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMCcenter_img LATEST STORIES “I ain’t got no bad blood with nobody,” Rozier said in Boston. “I’m not caught up in that. I’m worried about Celtics and Bucks and how can I help my team get past the first round.”Except that Rozier may have triggered this made-for-social media spat by calling the Bucks guard “Drew Bledsoe” after Game 1 on Sunday. Drew Bledsoe is the former quarterback of the New England Patriots.“Yeah I made a huge mistake,” Rozier said with a chuckle. “But it is what it is now.”After Game 2 on Tuesday, Bledsoe was asked about Rozier.“Who? I don’t even know who that is,” Bledsoe responded, adding an expletive.Bledsoe struck a similar tone after practice on Thursday. When asked about Rozier by name, Bledsoe responded: “Who?”“I’m focused on this series, man, between Milwaukee and Boston right now. I’m just trying to help the team win,” Bledsoe said. “That’s what point guards do.”Playing in front of a home crowd might help get the Bucks going. This is the last postseason for the franchise in the Bradley Center, with a new arena next door scheduled to open the in the fall.Bucks coach Joe Prunty said he hadn’t spoken to Bledsoe about his comments.“I think there’s a lot of talking that takes place,” he added. “What I’m more concerned about is what we do on the basketball court and how we play.” Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Embiid returns as 76ers top Heat for 2-1 series lead Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Rivero eager to face old school as Gilas cadets play La Salle next

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a tough loss to reigning UAAP champion Ateneo, the Gilas Cadets’ schedule in the Filoil preseason tournament doesn’t get easier with powerhouse La Salle next.Rivero, who is emerging as one of the young Nationals’ top players, didn’t deny that the game against his former team is something he’s been waiting for.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m gonna prepare for it (the game), but there’s no negative thing about playing against La Salle,” said Rivero, who led his team with 17 points that went with four rebounds, three assists, one steal and a block but had seven turnovers. 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 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “I’m looking forward to it because everyone wants to face La Salle. Before, all of our opponents are eager to beat La Salle and they bring out their best against La Salle and that’s what I’m feeling now,” said Rivero, who played two seasons for the Green Archers, including a championship run in 2016, after a 75-69 loss to the Blue Eagles.Rivero, who was instrumental in La Salle’s return to the UAAP Finals in Season 80 before losing to Ateneo in three games, was cut from the team along with his older brother Prince and Brent Paraiso for violating a newly-imposed school guideline regarding endorsement deals.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 crownAfter a two-month whirlwind filled with rumors and controversies, Rivero put the brakes on what had been a rollercoaster ride by finally announcing his decision to leave La Salle earlier this month.But despite an abrupt end to his playing days at La Salle, Rivero cleared he has no ill feelings toward the school. Rubio’s triple-double leads Jazz past Thunder for 2-1 lead In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

The NBA’s Final Four: Cavs, Celtics, Warriors, Rockets

first_imgIt certainly does not disappoint.Boston’s win over Philadelphia on Wednesday night brought down the curtain on the postseason’s second round — one that wasn’t exactly loaded with drama, since it was the first time since 2002 that none of the NBA’s four conference semifinal series went past five games. Cleveland swept Toronto, while Houston, Golden State and the Celtics all prevailed by 4-1 counts.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 crownEveryone gets to catch their collective breaths for a few days, with the league going dark until the weekend. Cleveland and Boston don’t tip off the Eastern Conference finals until Sunday, and the Warriors and Rockets start their West title series on Monday. And yes, the Cavaliers and Warriors are four wins away from a fourth consecutive meeting in the NBA Finals.A few things to know going into the conference finals: In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES This is the eighth time Cleveland and Boston have met in the postseason. Boston has won four of the previous seven meetings, but Cleveland has won the last two — including the East finals last season.WARRIORS-ROCKETS HISTORYThis is only the third Golden State-Houston playoff meeting, and all have come in the last four seasons. The Warriors are 2-0 in the series, winning both times in five games — the 2015 West finals and a first-round matchup in 2016.SEEKING 10Golden State is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the 10th time, a mark that two other franchises have reached. The Los Angeles Lakers have made The Finals on 31 occasions (winning 16 titles), and the Celtics have gone 21 times (winning a league-high 17 titles).If the Warriors successfully defend their NBA title and go back-to-back, it’ll be the franchise’s sixth time as the last team standing — and would tie Chicago for the third-most championships in league history, behind the Celtics and Lakers.MVP WATCHHouston’s James Harden seems like the probable winner of the NBA’s MVP award this season, with the only other realistic candidate for top honors probably LeBron James.They won’t know who won until June 25 — after the season.Regardless, they could wind up adding to a recent trend. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Folayang raring to make new memories in Singapore in comeback fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LEBRON, OF COURSEAny list of anything this time of year basically has to start with LeBron James, still generally considered the best player on the planet even at 33 years old and in his 15th NBA season.Cleveland’s star is trying to reach the NBA Finals for the eighth consecutive season — something only four other players have done, and they were all Boston Celtics. Bill Russell went to 10 straight title series, Sam Jones and Tom Heinsohn went to nine, and Frank Ramsey went to eight.James is already the NBA’s all-time playoff leader in points, steals and minutes played. He’s fifth in playoff wins with 152, behind only Derek Fisher (161), Tim Duncan (157), Robert Horry (155) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (154).CAVS-CELTICS HISTORYADVERTISEMENT Celtics and Warriors: $1,646,226 each so far. They’d get $3,993,173 if they reach The Finals and lose, $5,188,122 if they win the championship.Cavaliers: $1,478,543. Would finish with $3,825,490 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,020,439 if they win the title.Teams use the playoff pool largely for bonuses for players and staff after the season. The 12 playoff teams that have already been eliminated will be getting checks adding up to about $7 million from the league.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident The league MVP has played in the NBA Finals in four of the last six seasons — James and the Miami Heat won titles in 2012 and 2013, Stephen Curry and the Warriors won in 2015 and lost to Cleveland in 2016.MATTER OF TIMERay Allen is still the league’s all-time leader in playoff 3-pointers made, with 385.LeBron James and Stephen Curry are coming his way.James is No. 2 on the all-time list with 346 playoff 3-pointers. Curry is No. 3 with 329 — in only 79 playoff games. Allen played in 171, and James has played in 228.WELL DONE, SCHEDULE MAKERSHere’s how the NBA season began, back on Oct. 17: Boston at Cleveland, and Houston at Golden State.Almost seven months later, the conference finals begin with Cleveland at Boston, Golden State at Houston.WIN GAME 1Winning Game 1 of any NBA playoff series is important; under this format that the league has been using since 1984, teams that take 1-0 series leads ultimately win those matchups about 80 percent of the time. Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James blows kisses as he walks off the floor after a 128-93 victory over the Toronto Raptors in Game 4 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Monday, May 7, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)The franchise with the most titles. The best player of this generation. The reigning champions. The probable MVP.The NBA has its Final Four.ADVERTISEMENT View comments That’s even more pronounced in this round.Of the 68 teams that have taken 1-0 series leads in the conference finals, 57 have gone on to make the NBA Finals. But four times in the last seven years, a team has dropped Game 1 in this round and made The Finals anyway.MORE DAYS OFF?The NBA Finals start May 31.That means there could be a lot of days without basketball before then.If both series end in sweeps — unlikely, of course, but possible — the Boston-Cleveland winner would have 10 days off before The Finals and the Houston-Golden State winner would have nine.Starting Thursday, there will be no games five times in a nine-day span. There’s no games until Sunday, and there’s no games in either series on May 17 and 18. Those needing a basketball fix on those last two days, fret not — there will be NBA Combine activities going on in Chicago on those two days.POOL UPDATEThe NBA’s playoff pool for this season is $20 million, and here’s a look at how much the four remaining teams have made so far in this postseason — along with a look at what they could get.Rockets: $2,322,122. Would finish with $4,669,069 if they lose the NBA Finals, $5,864,018 if they win the title. 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 ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’last_img read more

Warriors await word on return of top defender Iguodala as LeBron looms

first_imgCarpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding FILE — LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Andre Iguodala #9 of the Golden State Warriors during an NBA basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2017 in Oakland, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images/AFPOAKLAND, Calif. — Klay Thompson sat on the floor in the middle of his teammates and pointed to his “2018 NBA FINALS” hat during a locker-room photo.An important face was missing from the moment: Andre Iguodala.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations In a postseason defined by uncertainty for the defending champions, Golden State could be without one of its top defenders as the Warriors chase a repeat title — taking on LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in a fourth straight NBA Finals matchup.Iguodala’s status for Game 1 on Thursday night is a question as he recovers from a bone bruise in his left knee, which caused him to miss the final four games of the Western Conference finals against Houston. Cleveland’s Kevin Love is in concussion protocol, so he might not be ready, either.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 crownCoach Steve Kerr has said Iguodala, the 2015 Finals MVP, will return when he can run without pain. The Warriors sure could use his presence against King James, who is making an eighth straight Finals appearance.“We’re still without Andre, which is a big blow for us,” Kerr said before Monday’s Game 7 at Houston. “In a different way. He’s not a scorer for us as Chris (Paul) is for Houston, but a huge component. So you go through the playoffs and things happen, and you’ve got to be able to bounce back no matter what and keep going.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Serena’s ‘Wakanda-inspired’ bodysuit about more than fashion MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Kevin Durant hugged general manager Bob Myers, while always-animated Nick Young beamed wearing his Finals hat and “Champions of the West” T-shirt, then enjoyed hoisting the shiny trophy.Draymond Green smooched his 1-year-old son, Draymond Jr.Back home, fireworks went off in the East Bay as everyone anticipates another battle with King James.“There’s a lot of just built-up anxiety, I guess, about this moment. When you walk off the court with a win and get this fancy hat, it’s a good feeling,” Curry said. “We had to work for it, and you’ve got to appreciate the moment. Somebody asked, ‘It’s four years in a row getting to The Finals, do you appreciate it?’ Yes, because it’s really hard. So all the smiles and embraces you have with your teammates, your coaches, it’s well deserved.”Golden State struggled to hit shots for stretches. The stars went through funks and the Warriors had to play catch up time and again — including from double-digit deficits in the final two games to beat James Harden and the 65-win Rockets on their home court after settling for the second seed in the West.James has willed his Cavs this far, saying, “I don’t know how I can compare it to other seasons because I can only think about this one in the present.”“Definitely a different team but we know everything goes and stops with LeBron James with them,” Green said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Last month, Kerr became concerned his team’s defense wouldn’t return to its top form after Golden State struggled late in the regular season and even endured a particularly poor stretch in which the Warriors dropped seven of 10 games.Yet here they are in a familiar spring spot as June approaches.Once the buzzer sounded and the 101-92 Game 7 win over Houston was official, the Warriors could exhale. It hasn’t been pretty for much of these playoffs, a far cry from that remarkable, record-breaking 16-1 romp through last year’s postseason.There is clearly some relief to be back where this All-Star group expected to be all along.Stephen Curry kept the game ball tucked under his left arm long after Monday’s game, toddler daughter Ryan held in his right arm.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape triallast_img read more

Asian Games torch goes on month-long relay through Indonesia

first_imgCentre L-R: Indonesia’s Head of Air Force Yuyu Sutisna, Yogyakarta governor Sri Sultan Hamengku Buwono X, and Indonesia’s former badminton player Susi Susanti lead a procession with the Asian Games flame in Yogyakarta on July 17, 2018, following the flame’s arrival from India for the 2018 Asian Games torch relay. Indonesia will host the 2018 Asian Games on August 18 to September 2 in Jakarta and Palembang. / AFP PHOTO / AGUNG SUPRIYANTOYOGYAKARTA, Indonesia — The Asian Games torch is headed out on an 18,000-kilometer journey around Indonesia after ceremonies at an ancient temple where its flame was combined with a sacred Javanese fire.Jakarta and the Sumatran city of Palembang are hosting the games from Aug. 18 to Sept. 2. About 9,000 athletes and several thousand officials and journalists are expected to take part.ADVERTISEMENT Parker looks to get career back on track with hometown Bulls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIES In a ceremony Wednesday at the 1,000-year-old Prambanan temple, the torch was touched with the Mrapen eternal flame that comes from a natural gas fire in a Javanese village.Local lore says the flame, used in annual Buddhist ceremonies, has burned since the 15th century.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’The organizing committee of the games said the month-long torch relay will take it through 54 cities before arriving at the renovated Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta for the opening ceremony.Committee chairman Erick Thohir said the torch relay, which begins after further ceremonies in the sultanate of Yogyakarta on Thursday, aims to “spread the spirit” of the games to all corners of Indonesia. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READcenter_img Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The torch was lit in New Delhi, the host of the first-ever Asian Games in 1951, on Sunday and arrived in Indonesia on Tuesday. The flame was kept alive in a special lantern during the flight.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

PBA execs tenures set for review, revisions

first_img“We will improve our loyalty program and we will be putting up more in-venue activities,” commissioner Willie Marcial said. “We’ll make PBA games a thrill for all those who come.”In appointing Marcial early this year after the turbulent term of Chito Narvasa, the board decided to give the commissioner a three-year mandate to “heal the wounds” within the board, something that happened when the body was divided by several Narvasa decisions.The rift was apparent in the board’s annual planning session last year in Los Angeles, when the four-day gathering was reduced to an ordinary vacation as team representatives didn’t see eye to eye.Now that Marcial has done the healing, the league will return to its old practice and start evaluating the commissioner after his contract ends in 2020.ADVERTISEMENT The old practice has been for the chair to serve one term before passing the baton to the vice chair, according to a succession determined by the board.When the changes in the bylaws are made, the PBA will allow the sitting chair to seek reelection while the governor who is next in line awaits his turn.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 ChrissAs for the commissioner, the PBA departed last season from its old practice of giving the man in charge just a year to serve before his performance is evaluated if he could continue or not.Also up is a continued push to take the league closer to the fans as the PBA goes digital while making live games a greater experience to watch. 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 Guiao-led PH five leave for Tehran View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title LAS Vegas—The Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will ratify its constitution and bylaws when its board of governors planes back home next week.Foremost among the items will be the tenures of the commissioner and the chair.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more