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Kiefer Ravena ‘very excited’ to play for Guiao at NLEX

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion One of the most sought after prospects in the game today, Ravena believes that joining the draft is the culmination of all of his work back from his days playing for Ateneo.“It’s all for this. We look forward to this day since we all started playing.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena, who is projected to go second after Fil-German big man Christian Standhardinger, said he’s more than ready to play for whichever team he suits up for.But he admitted that the possibility of playing for coach Yeng Guiao at NLEX, which holds the No. 2 pick, makes him giddy. Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Standhardinger says he will be at PBA Draft after missing combine QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. READ: Guiao eyes Standhardinger, Ravena as NLEX’s draft pick“If ever NLEX picks me, I’m excited to be under coach Yeng. I’ve been under a fiery coach before such as coach Jamike (Jarin), and I guess that was a good practice for me. But I don’t think coach Jamike is anywhere close to how coach Yeng is,” said the 23-year-old guard.“I’m very excited and I’ve talked to coach Yeng a couple of times prior to the combine, so hopefully everything pans out. If ever I go number two, I’ll be with him in NLEX.”Ravena cleared he will give his best effort to whichever team picks him.“For us, as long as we get our foot inside the PBA, we’ll control what we can control which is how we play, and that is giving 110 percent for the team that will pick us,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Kiefer Ravena surveys the floor during a scrimmage at the PBA Draft Combine at Gatorade Hoops Center. PBA IMAGESAfter giving it much thought, Kiefer Ravena feels that the timing is just right for him to enter the PBA.“I really thought about this with my family and a decision that really took so much time. Once I submitted my papers, I knew my future is already here,” Ravena said.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

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Keys to Victory: Lyceum-San Beda Finals series

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Tagalog NPA QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates02:23NCAA Season 93 Preview: San Beda Red Lions01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’ The Red Lions have shown that they won’t hesitate cashing in on those charities, as they are the league’ssecond-best free throw shooting team with their 70.6-percent clip.Those charities were also the biggest difference maker in San Beda’s semifinals clash against San Sebastian, and almost won them the game in their second round clash against Lyceum.For the Pirates to finish what they started, they have to make the right adjustments while maintaining the intensity of their dizzying defense. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truth be told, this is a post-season of firsts for Lyceum — first NCAA playoff appearance and first Finals appearance.Another first for the Pirates will be playing in big venues, and with the best-of-three Finals all scheduled at Smart Araneta Coliseum, their mettle will surely be tested under the brightest of lights and with crowds expected to swell to the rafters.Lyceum’s games have been a crowd-drawer all year long, with the biggest trove of fans coming in that final eliminations assignment against San Beda, a 107-105 double overtime classic which felt like a championship game.But playing in the historic Big Dome is a beast of its own, and Robinson has subjected his Pirates to soak in the atmosphere, bringing the team to UAAP games during their extended break.That’s a factor which could really come in handy for the Red Lions, as they are no strangers to being in venues of this magnitude, playing season openers and this time, their 12th straight Finals appearance.Cashing inIt’s not often that an opposing team gets the better of coach Boyet Fernandez.And with San Beda yet to topple the mighty Lyceum crew, the multi-titled mentor sure is motivating his crew to prove the doubters wrong.But for the Red Lions to do just that, they have to catch fire from downtown and make the most of their outside shooting prowess.San Beda has been ahead of everyone this season in utilizing the three-ball, shooting a league-best 35.3-percent, with Clint Doliguez, AC Soberano, and main man Robert Bolick all figuring in the league’s top 10. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The one man who could help the Red Lions go over the hump will be Davon Potts, who was used sparingly through the course of the eliminations but made his presence felt in the semifinals against the Golden Stags both on offense and defense.Pace or setIt’s no surprise that the immaculate Lyceum is at the top of majority of the statistical categories. Points, rebounds, assists, steals — you name it, the Pirates are the best.But what makes this Intramuros side dangerous is their frantic pace as the players have shown no let-ups when it comes to pushing the ball.Lyceum has thrived on the madness it enforces on its games, allowing it to take 7.1 steals which leads to 16.1 fastbreak points.On the other hand, San Beda makes the most of its deliberate sets as evidenced by it nabbing the league’s slowest pace.The question now is whose game will prevail once the ball gets tipped: the Pirates’ gung-ho attack or the Red Lions’ calculated approach?Let’s get physical?Lyceum’s relentlessness also bites it in the back whenever the referees call the games tight.And for San Beda, that might just be the opening it needs to finally puncture a hole on the Pirates’ ship. Lyceum and San Beda will finally have the chance to go at it again, this time with the NCAA Season 93 championship at stake.With their first two duels easily going down as the top games of the season, the clash between the Pirates and the Red Lions is no doubt going to be a must-see TV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch run SPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHowever, both teams will be looking to expose even the slightest edge to tilt the title favor to theirrespective side.Here are INQUIRER’s keys to victory for this year’s NCAA Finals. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next After five months of fun-filled and action-packed games, the best of the best remain.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Sharper sawComing off a 19-day layoff, San Beda didn’t look like it missed a beat, escaping San Sebastian, 76-71 last Tuesday to win in the stepladder semis.That shifts the spotlight to Lyceum, which will be coming into Friday’s game from a 22-day break after last seeing action last October 19 to complete the unprecedented 18-game eliminations sweep.Coach Topex Robinson has tried his best to keep his wards sharp, but will the near-one month break affect the psyche of the Pirates going into the series against the Red Lions?Under pressureADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

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Stunning KO loss ‘big lesson learned’ for Folayang

first_img“I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared,” he said. “Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn’t end here.”In December of 2014, Folayang was dealt with a devastating defeat when he took a flying knee and soccer kicks to the head from Russian Timofey Nastyukhin.READ: Folayang preparing for Nguyen’s speed The 32-year-old Folayang went on a four-fight streak since then, including a stunning stoppage of Japanese legen Shinya Aoki in 2016 to earn the lightweight belt.“The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:03MMA legends gather in Tokyo for historic ONE: New Era fight week00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe last time Eduard Folayang got knocked out, he bounced back and became a world champion.It’s hard not to bet on the Filipino MMA star to redeem himself after suffering a KO at the hands of Martin Nguyen on Friday night in the main event of ONE: Legends of the World.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa It was a brutal loss for Folayang, who laid flat on his back after walking into a crushing right hand by Nguyen in the second round.Folayang, who relinquished his lightweight title, vowed to make his way back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutREAD: Nguyen knocks out Folayang for ONE lightweight title “I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition,” said Folayang, who commended his foe and good friend Nguyen.center_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Magic Johnson on why he won’t ask Lonzo Ball to change his shotlast_img read more

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Matt Nieto joins Gilas practice, Chot returns

first_imgPhoto by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netBack from his short sojourn overseas, national team coach Chot Reyes was back in the fold on Monday as he manned the third session of the Gilas Pilipinas practices at Meralco Gym.Attending for the first time is “23-for-23” cadet Matt Nieto as the young guns participated in the practices anew.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg: ‘They haven’t showed up’ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencerscenter_img Joining the session are Ateneo teammates Isaac Go and Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, Abu Tratter, Will Gozum, J-Jay Alejandro, Joshua Sinclair, Arvin Tolentino, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.Eight members of the current pool were also in tow namely June Mar Fajardo, Gabe Norwood, Troy Rosario, Jio Jalalon, Mac Belo, Kiefer Ravena, Kevin Alas, and Roger Pogoy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarl Bryan Cruz was in attendance but was on street clothes.Gilas Pilipinas continued its preparations for the second window of the Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting The Philippines faces Australia at Margaret Court Arena in Melbourne on February 22, before taking on Japan at Mall of Asia Arena on February 25. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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Bolick, San Beda ‘not satisfied’ with win over Nambatac-less Letran

first_imgWorld’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Bolick continued his revenge tour on Sunday as he carried the Red Lions to a 75-63 victory over the Knights in the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup.The senior playmaker took matters to his own hands as he finished with 17 points, four rebounds, and three assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut Bolick said he’s still not satisfied with the triumph over Letran, knowing that the Knights came into the game without Rey Nambatac, who is recovering from a hyperextended left knee.“We’re still not satisfied because Rey still isn’t there and there were times when we seemed like we’ll lose the game. So what we want is to stay competitive, play as a team, and stay hungry,” he said. There’s no denying that come NCAA Season 93, San Beda will be Bolick’s squad.And to no one’s surprise, the 6-foot-1 guard expressed his reluctance to the tag, opting to share the spotlight to his teammates like an empowering leader Fernandez brands him as.“I don’t look at myself as a go-to guy. In my mind, I’m just a role player and I play in the system of coach Boyet (Fernandez). Anyone here can be a playmaker, so when I have the ball, I just want to make good decisions, find my open teammate. If I have the shot, I’ll take it,” he said.“That’s what I tell to his team, that there’s no go-to-guy here. If you have the shot, take it. If you think what you’ll do will help the team, do it.The Red Lions, however, know the ball should be in the hands of Robert Bolick come winning time.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netTwo years have passed, but Robert Bolick shared that San Beda still seethes from its NCAA Season 91 defeat to Letran which denied the school a rare six-peat.“I reminded them how tough the feeling was when we were on our six-peat drive. It was painful for us because [Letran] took the pride out of us. I told everyone who was playing then to take it personal and be competitive against them,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ayo on loss to Ateneo: La Salle still ‘lack maturity’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage What ‘missteps’? 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Unesco partners with PSC to improve Children’s Games

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong “We’re really excited to work with the PSI and the PSC on this project. We’ll be leading grassroots initiatives, particularly for out-of-school children in Metro Manila and other areas,” said Tresise, consultant specializing in Unesco’s Youth and Sport Social and Human Sciences Unit.The Paris-based peace and security organization took cognizance of the Children’s Games held in Davao City last May ironically on the same day that the Marawi conflict erupted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“This is an excellent opportunity for the Philippines to take the lead because this is the first time we’re doing it in the Southeast Asian region,’’ said Tresise, who met with PSC chair Butch Ramirez, PSI national training director Marc Edward Velasco and deputy training director Henry Daut.“We will use the Philippines as an example on how it should be done,’’ she added. LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Riveracenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena PSC chair Butch Ramirez and Hidilyn Diaz with participants of the Mindanao Children’s Games. PHOTO by JUNE NAVARROThe United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) has formed a partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Philippine Sports Institute in making the Children’s Games a more powerful tool for character-building and values formation.Unesco consultant Caroline Baxter Tresise sat down with PSC officials on Thursday and offered to align the Unesco methodology with the national sports policies of the PSC.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Ramirez has been invited to discuss the Children’s Games in the 6th International Conference of Ministers and Senior Officials Responsible for Physical Education and Sport in Kazan, Russia next week.The Kazan Action Plan of the Unesco, an international sports policy and framework for long-term cooperation among countries worldwide, is expected to be passed by sports ministers around the world.“We won the overall title in the Southeast Asian Games (in 2005) and had our share of successes in sports, but we were never invited by Unesco,’’ said Ramirez. “Our project is very peripheral and yet they have noticed it.”“It means that molding the character of children through sports is important in nation-building and this is where the PSC is focused on,’’ added Ramirez.Despite the strife in Marawi, the Games designed for kids 12 years old and below gathered more than 1,000 children from Davao’s diverse communities of Christians, Lumads and Muslims.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Boxing will fade away when Pacquiao retires’last_img read more

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Mayweather to quit for good after McGregor bout

first_imgRobredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The two men are to face each other at Las Vegas’s T-Mobile Arena on August 26 in what could become the richest bout in boxing history.Mayweather, who has already made an estimated $700 million during his two-decade career, is set for another eye-watering payday against brash UFC star McGregor.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut irrespective of the result next month, Mayweather said he has already decided it will be his last fight.“I’m not the same fighter I was 21 years ago. I’m not the same fighter I was 10 years ago. I’m not even the same fighter I was two years ago,” Mayweather told reporters at the Staples Center. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Mayweather said he had discussed his plans to quit for good at a meeting with advisor Al Haymon earlier Tuesday.“I spoke to Al and told him. Today we had a meeting,” Mayweather said. “I can’t push my body, it’s gruelling. Training camp is gruelling. I can’t do it any more. Training camp is rough. It has to be my last one.“After taking a couple of years off I was okay. But then we ended up somehow making this fight happen. “Now I really know that this is it. Deep in my heart I know this is it.”‘Tough competitor’The build-up to Tuesday’s event saw Mayweather face headlines that he has filed for an extension to pay his 2015 tax bill.ADVERTISEMENT Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face-offcenter_img LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Los Angeles, United States — Floyd Mayweather has vowed to quit boxing once and for all after he emerges from retirement for next month’s cross-combat showdown with Conor McGregor.The 40-year-old former welterweight king, who retired with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, said Tuesday there was no chance of him fighting again after he climbs into the ring with mixed martial arts star McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT However he brushed off questions about his finances when asked.“We ain’t trippin’ on that,” he responded.For boxing purists, Mayweather risks blemishing an otherwise perfect record with a tawdry final episode that has been disparaged as a cynical circus-like stunt.Mayweather however waved away suggestions that if he was to win, and retire with a 50-0 record, there would be an asterisk against his last fight.“The last time I checked he’s still a professional fighter,” Mayweather said of his lightly-regarded opponent. “He’s a stand-up fighter. He never took a loss fighting straight up. I can’t overlook that, because one shot can end your whole career. He’s a tough competitor but it is what it is.”Mayweather forged his 49-0 record on the back of phenomenal speed and defensive reflexes, often being criticized for his unwillingness to go to toe-to-toe with opponents.Another boxing masterclass could well be in store for McGregor, but Mayweather is unfazed by the possibility that the Irish brawler may deploy mixed martial arts tactics if he struggles to lay a glove on the American.“That’s the referee’s job,” Mayweather said. “My job is to go out there and be a boxer, be a fighter. I’m pretty sure the referee’s going to be fair and fun.“I’ll leave all that up to the referee. My job is to go out there and fight against the guy that’s across from me.“The fans demanded the fight. McGregor wanted this fight, I wanted this fight. August 26, it’s going to be blood sweat and tears from the opening bell.” MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Mayweather shaking off ring rust1.4K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 View commentslast_img read more

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Big-hitting Cilic tops Querrey to make Wimbledon final

first_imgCroatia’s Marin Cilic celebrates after beating Sam Querrey of the United States at the end of their Men’s Singles semifinal match on day eleven at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Friday, July 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON  — The key, for both players, was to deal with the big serve. Marin Cilic did it better.The seventh-seeded Croat advanced to his second major final by beating Sam Querrey 6-7 (6), 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 Friday on Centre Court. He next faces Roger Federer or Tomas Berdych in Sunday’s final at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Cilic and Querrey, both 6-foot-6, used their powerful serves to dominate most of the match. Neither even had a break point in the first set.“Sam came out serving huge, hitting big,” Cilic said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsQuerrey took lead after a brief delay late in the opening tiebreaker. With the score 6-6, stewards entered the stands to attend to a woman who needed assistance. The break only lasted a couple of minutes, but Querrey won both points when play resumed, with Cilic missing a pair of backhands.Cilic finally managed the first break of serve in the second set, and then went up another break in the third. But Querrey broke back to force another tiebreaker. Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cilic is the second Croat to reach the Wimbledon final, following Goran Ivanisevic’s victory in 2001.Federer is going for an eighth Wimbledon title and was playing Berdych next on Centre Court. Federer is 18-6 against Berdych, but the 11th-seeded Czech beat Federer in the quarterfinals during his run to the Wimbledon final in 2010. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ In the fourth set, it was Querrey who got an early break. But Cilic bounced back and then broke for the fourth time in the final game.“After that (first tiebreaker), I was just a little bit better on the return games,” Cilic said. “I was making him (play more) on his service games.”He finished with 25 aces and won 88 percent of the points on his first serve. Cilic also had 70 winners and only 21 unforced errors. Querrey had 46 winners and 26 unforced errors to go with 13 aces.“I kind of felt like he pushed me around a little bit today,” Querrey said. “I had that break in the fourth. When he broke me back, he just played a great game. You know, kind of deflated me a little bit.”Cilic is now 5-0 against Querrey and 3-0 against the American at Wimbledon. Their last match at the All England Club, in 2012, went five sets and Cilic won 17-15 in the fifth.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ View commentslast_img read more

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WATCH: Kyrie Irving breaks silence on trade request

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Furthermore, the Duke product also paid homage to the Cavs by regarding them as ”unbelievable human beings.”Irving and his new team will face off against the Cavaliers on opening night of the 2017-2018 NBA season on Oct. 17.  /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In a Twitter clip uploaded by ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, a clean-shaven Irving spoke about the intricacies behind his request and even acknowledged his former team and fans in a candid manner.“It’s hard to make videos like this because you understand the magnitude of decisions that you make in your life can affect a lot of people all at once,” the four-time NBA All-Star said.“When you get to that point, and you understand that the best intentions for you, and ultimately to being your truth, and find out what you really wanna do in your life and how you want to accomplish it, that moment comes and you take full advantage of it,” he explained.He also confirmed earlier reports about wanting to “be the main man” in order to maximize his potential.“There are no other ulterior reasons other than being happy and wanting to be somewhere where you feel like it’s an environment that’s conducive for you, maximizing your potential as a human being and as a player perfecting their craft. I put a lot of hours in, and a lot of work into just trying to accomplish things that I have dreamt of as a kid.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ LATEST STORIES VIDEO: A (fresh-faced) @KyrieIrving speaks, now that the deal to the Celtics is finally done. Thanks Cleveland, says “the journey continues” pic.twitter.com/leFoxAIkX2— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) August 31, 2017ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion The specifics of Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics’ blockbuster trade involving franchise players Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas were finally finalized on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Finally finished: Cavs-Celtics modify, complete big tradeSince news of Irving’s displeasure with the Cavs erupted last July, the 25-year-old point guard has remained mum about his desire to play for another NBA franchise. Mapua’s Nieles rules NCAA Skills Challenge Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Incoming Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball shares plans to visit PH next year

first_imgAlthough he has yet to play a second in an official NBA regular season game, Ball and his family—composed of rowdy father LaVar and baller brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo—have become the talk of the league this off-season.A Facebook fan page dedicated to basketball’s newest celebrity family, “Follow the Balls,” recently posted an excerpt from the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft—addressing the basketball-crazy Filipino fans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“It’s crazy how global basketball is. People have been telling me that the Philippines love the Lakers, so we made a Big Baller Brand fan club called Follow the Balls for the Filipino community,” Ball wrote, much to the delight of its 10,000 followers.“I am really excited to travel to the Philippines next summer and can’t wait to meet y’all as I travel through the States this season!” he said, adding an invitation for netizens to like the page. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ball, meanwhile, has justified the hype that surrounded him even before joining the NBA, averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.5 steals in the Las Vegas preseason tournament, en route to bagging the tourney’s MVP award.  /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There’s definitely a lot of Los Angeles Lakers diehard fans in the country, and that adoration has already extended to the team’s incoming prized rookie Lonzo Ball.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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