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Ellington ties career-best with 28 as Heat top Mavs

first_imgMiami Heat guard Wayne Ellington (2) shoots under pressure from Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris (34) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game. APMIAMI — Wayne Ellington tied a career high with 28 points, Josh Richardson scored 24 and the injury-ravaged Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Dallas Mavericks, 113-101 on Friday (Saturday Manila time).Tyler Johnson scored 19 and Bam Adebayo scored 14 for Miami, which shot 64 percent — second-best in franchise history. The Heat started both halves with 12-0 runs and went 16 for 25 from 3-point range.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season with a left ankle sprain, and it’s nagged him at times ever since.Nowitzki made back-to-back 3s late in the third, pulling Dallas within 77-73. The Mavs had two possessions with a chance to take the lead in the fourth, misfiring on both, and Miami scored 31 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Ellington made 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth, pushing what was a two-point Heat lead out to 90-82. He connected on his seventh 3 with about four minutes left for a 99-88 lead, and Miami stayed in control the rest of the way.Richardson made 11 of 14 shots for Miami, which has won four of its last five.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 folkYogi Ferrell scored a season-high 23 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each had 20 for Dallas, which got outrebounded 35-22. The 22 rebounds were the fewest by an NBA team this season.Miami guard Dion Waiters left in the first quarter after turning his long-problematic left ankle on a drive, meaning the Heat now have seven players dealing with injuries. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all remained out with various injuries, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White are likely not returning anytime soon, and now Waiters is ailing again. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Nets rout Wizards to end four-game losing streak LATEST STORIES View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenselast_img read more

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Warriors, Wolves, Wizards each get 2 NBA All-Star reserves

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Stephen Curry, Warriors use big second half to beat Knicks OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) is fouled taking a shot by Dallas Mavericks’ Yogi Ferrell (11) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 22, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)NEW YORK — Stephen Curry will be able to stock his All-Star roster with plenty of Golden State teammates.Klay Thompson and Draymond Green were chosen as reserves Tuesday, giving the defending NBA champions a record-tying four All-Stars for the second straight year.ADVERTISEMENT James and Curry earned the captain spots by being the leading vote-getters in fan balloting in each conference. They will not have to stick to conference affiliation when drafting their teams.James will have the first pick after receiving the most total votes. After the starters are chosen, Curry will have the first pick among the reserves.Beal, Oladipo, Porzingis and Towns were all first-time selections. Every other reserve will be making at least his third All-Star appearance.The reserves were voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, who had to select two guards, three frontcourt players and two other players regardless of position. They were prohibited for voting for their own players.Players having strong seasons who didn’t make the cut included Detroit’s Andre Drummond, the NBA’s leading rebounder, Clippers guard Lou Williams, Houston’s Chris Paul and Oklahoma City’s Paul George.ADVERTISEMENT The Minnesota Timberwolves and Washington Wizards also had two reserves selected, and they will go into the pool of players that Curry and fellow captain LeBron James can draft to comprise the teams for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles. Their rosters will be unveiled Thursday, though the selection process won’t be televised.Minnesota’s Jimmy Butler and Karl-Anthony Towns were chosen from the Western Conference, along with Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook, San Antonio’s LaMarcus Aldridge and Portland’s Damian Lillard.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 folkBesides Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal, the rest of the Eastern Conference reserves were Boston’s Al Horford, Cleveland’s Kevin Love, New York’s Kristaps Porzingis, Toronto’s Kyle Lowry and Indiana’s Victor Oladipo.The starters were announced last week. Curry and the Warriors’ Kevin Durant joined Houston’s James Harden and New Orleans’ Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins from the West, while the East players besides James were Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid.last_img read more

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Big shot: LeBron’s jumper at buzzer lifts Cavs past Wolves

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson REBOUND RECORDIn passing Ilgauskas, James is now Cleveland’s leader in points, rebounds and assists. He joins Michael Jordan and Kevin Garnett as the only players to lead their respective franchises in all three categories.“Jordan and KG, so it’s a pretty cool thing,” James said. “I’m blessed and I’ve been fortunate enough to play this game at a high level for a long time.”TRADE TIMEWith the NBA trade deadline set for 3 p.m. Thursday, the Cavs are looking for a deal. The team has been hesitant to part with the first-round draft pick it acquired last summer in the Kyrie Irving trade, but Cleveland may have no choice in order to add a quality player capable of pushing the club back into title contention.SWEET HOME CHICAGOButler will play in Chicago on Friday for the first time since being traded to Minnesota in June. He was the Bulls’ first-round draft pick in 2011 and played six seasons in Chicago.TIP-INSTimberwolves: Andrew Wiggins reached 6,000 career points. At 22 years, 349 days, he’s the sixth-youngest player to reach the plateau. James is the youngest at 21 years, 89 days. … Thibodeau has been impressed with Wiggins’ development. “He’s more of a complete player now,” he said. “The impact that he’s having on winning. We’ve seen he’s a gifted scorer, he’s shown that throughout his career, but now he’s doing other things — the defense, the passing, the hustle plays.” … Thibodeau and Lue go back to their days on Doc Rivers’ staff in Boston. Thibodeau understands the mental and physical grind for coaches, and expressed concern about Lue’s well-being. “I hope Ty’s taking care of himself,” he said. “That’s the most important thing is his health. He’s a great guy, he’s done a great job here. So always concerned about that.”Cavaliers: Dwyane Wade sat out as he continues to rest on the second night of back-to-backs. The 36-year-old played 22 minutes at Orlando. … G Iman Shumpert, who has been linked to some trade possibilities, sat out with left plantar fasciitis. … Lue dismissed a comment made by Thomas after the loss to the Magic that one of the Cavs’ biggest issues is that they don’t make enough in-game adjustments. “That’s not true,” Lue said. … Thomas turned 29 on Wednesday. James dropped in a fade-away jumper over Jimmy Butler’s outstretched hand as the buzzer sounded in overtime, giving the Cavaliers a cleansing 140-138 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night.Moments after blocking Butler’s potential game-winning shot with 1.3 seconds left, James caught a long inbounds pass from Jeff Green, created some space from Butler near the foul line and sank a shot that ended Cleveland’s eight-game losing streak on national television.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“Once I caught it, I just trusted everything I’ve done in my career,” James said.The Quicken Loans Arena crowd erupted and James was mobbed by teammates as the struggling Cavs, who have won just seven of their last 20 games, finally had something to celebrate after weeks of tension and turmoil in a season slowly slipping away. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I didn’t see him,” Butler said. “That’s part of the game.”The Cavs had lost their eight previous network broadcast appearances this season, prompting James to say last week following a lopsided loss to Houston that he and his teammates should be dropped from any more telecasts.Finally, they were primed for prime time.However, James wasn’t ready to lift his self-imposed TV ban.“It was a good win, but our record still stinks on national television,” said James, who scored nine points and assisted on Cleveland’s other basket in overtime. “We’ve got a couple coming up, so we’ll try to change that.”J.R. Smith added 20 points and Isaiah Thomas had 13 and seven assists in one of his best games in weeks.Towns made all six of his 3-point attempts and Minnesota drained a season-high 19 3-pointers, but the Timberwolves were unable to stop James when it mattered most.“One second in the game, it’s a tough play — and he made a hell of a shot,” Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. “You don’t want to foul him, and I thought KAT (Towns) had great pressure on the ball. LeBron was in command of the game offensively and handling the basketball. LeBron can read the game better than anyone in the league.”LONG-RANGE RECORDCleveland made 21 3-pointers as the clubs combined to hit an NBA-record 40. The previous mark was 39 set by Golden State and Dallas on March 25, 2016. LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments But as he has done so many times, James delivered one of those moments that have defined him.“The way we’ve been playing, we needed that,” said Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, who was back on the bench after falling ill Tuesday night in Orlando. “He was very special.”James finished with 37 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds in 48 minutes. The three-time NBA champion also passed Zydrunas Ilgauskas (5,904) on Cleveland’s career rebounds list.Butler scored 35, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 30 for the Timberwolves, who were in position to win in OT before James came to Cleveland’s rescue.With the score tied 138-all, Butler drove the left side and had a step on rookie Cedi Osman before pulling up for a short shot. However, James, who had missed a 3-pointer that would have won it in regulation, came from the weak side to reject it and set up the dramatic finish.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James, left, celebrates after making the game-winning basket in overtime in an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 140-138 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — One second. One shot. One player.For one night, LeBron James made all of Cleveland’s problems disappear.ADVERTISEMENT UP NEXTTimberwolves: At the Chicago Bulls on Friday.Cavaliers: Begin a stretch of three straight road games before the All-Star break on Friday in Atlanta.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More people at Olympics get norovirus MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increaseslast_img read more

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Fajardo continues surreal rise as he bags 6th Best Player plum

first_imgIt may have been divine intervention or just plain destiny, but the scrawny kid from Pinamungajan, Cebu was given the height every aspiring baller could only dream of at 6-foot-10.But his height wouldn’t have mattered if not for Fajardo’s impeccable work ethic and down-to-earth, coachable personality.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 crownThat admirable trait has paved way for downpour of blessing since Fajardo turned pro six years ago, as he has won four consecutive PBA MVP plums, five championships over the last four years, and now, a record-sixth Best Player of the Conference citation for the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“Sinong mage-expect nun, di ba? Ano lang ba ako dati? Wala talaga akong hilig sa basketball tapos ngayon, mabe-break ko na yung record ng mga magagaling sa PBA. Nakaka-proud sa sarili,” he said. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina (This won’t happen if not for my teammates and the coaching staff. We help each other and that’s the reason why we’re able to achieve these awards because we all stick together. For me, I’m not the BPC. All of us are.)Despite all the accolades, Fajardo remains hungry, especially for another title.“Yun naman ang gusto ko, championship. Mas gusto ko yun over individual awards kasi pag mag-champion kami, buong team ang masaya,” he said.(That’s what I want, another championship. I want that over the individual awards because when we become champion, everyone on the team is happy.)Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism June Mar Fajardo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHe may sound like a broken record, but June Mar Fajardo is sincere whenever he says that never in his wildest dreams did he think he’d get to where he is right now.“Di ko naman pinangarap ito. Hindi ko naman hilig ang basketball dati (This is surreal. I never dreamt of this. I wasn’t even fond of basketball before).” said Fajardo, talking about his late start in the sport he now dominates.ADVERTISEMENT (Who would have expected that, right? Who was I before? I didn’t like basketball and now, I will be breaking the record of the PBA greats. It really makes me proud of myself.)The Cebuano giant averaged a league-best 22.8 points on 63-percent shooting, together with 13.3 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks, both second-best in the league, for his fifth BPC award in an all-Filipino conference.Not only did Fajardo match the feat of his former mentor Ramon Fernandez for most MVP plums at four, but he was able to surpass the accomplishments of his other mentor Danny Ildefonso, who previously held the record for most BPC awards at five.But even at his most glorious days, Fajardo is more than willing to share the accolades to those who paved the way for his success.“Hindi naman mangyayari ito kung hindi rin dahil sa teammates ko at sa coaching staff. Tulungan kami sa lahat at kaya namin nakakamit yung mga ganitong award dahil na rin sama-sama kami,” he said. “Para sa akin, hindi lang ako yung BPC. Kaming lahat yun.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:42Despite decorated career, June Mar Fajardo is not yet done: ‘I don’t want to be stagnant’00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims UAAP volleyball: UP stays in Final Four race after shocker over NU Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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No stopping Onuaku as he shrugs off stomach flu to deliver for Meralco

first_imgMOST READ An unstoppable force, Onuaku showed no indication of any health issues until he emerged from the dugout shortly after the game dragging his gimpy knees with a hoodie draped over his head.“I’m still sick but I just tried to give my team what I could today. I only got one more day so I’ll try to do it again,” said Onuaku, who also isn’t planning to sit out the Bolts’ game against GlobalPort on Friday.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“I didn’t really know how it was gonna go, I haven’t seen my team since Friday. But they kept me involved in the game and what they wanted to do, guys were able to make some shots,” he added. “I was a gametime decision. I knew my guys needed me so I tried to give them what I could.”Playing like a true professional that he is, Onuaku gave the Bolts more than what they were expecting from him knowing he was going to be far from having his desired form. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “First, I’d like to tip my hat off to Arinze. He’s been sick the last few days. He hasn’t practiced with us and he came from the hospital,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I would like to tip my hat off to him for playing really, really well. He gives us exactly what we need, rebounds and post-play.”Onuaku, who was named Best Import in the 2016 Commissioner’s Cup, went 14-of-15 from the field as he dominated Columbian’s import CJ Aiken.ADVERTISEMENT Arinze Onuaku. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArinze Onuaku flexed his right arm in front of Meralco’s bench after hitting his final basket late in a win over Columbian on Wednesday.Hard to believe Onuaku played through a stomach virus that kept him in the hospital for the past several days including game day after doing the heavy lifting with 30 points, 19 rebounds, six assists, three steals and four blocks in 43 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award View comments FEU’s UAAP Finals return product of ‘trusting the process’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

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Passionate Peruvian fans flood World Cup’s smallest city

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced This rare appearance in the World Cup has brought Peru’s fans out in full force to Saransk, a city with a population of 300,000.Angel Carranza, like Etchevarria, spent about $10,000 to travel from Dallas, Texas, to follow Peru’s group stage campaign in Saransk, Yekaterinburg and Sochi. He’ll stay through the knockout phase, should Peru advance. Carranza had to sacrifice to make this trip: He sold his blue Ford Mustang GT to help finance the adventure.“It is a high investment, but we are waiting for decades to put our money in this,” the car salesman said. “It is money well spent. If I hadn’t come, I would never forgive myself.”Carranza wore an Alianza Lima T-shirt and was joined by three other Peru fanatics, two of whom he had just met at a Russian airport. They were among throngs of Peruvians who dominated Saransk’s Fan Fest during Russia’s 5-0 rout of Saudi Arabia in the opening match of the World Cup. They sang and danced and Peru’s most popular chant has been so frequently heard that locals can sing it, too.“How wouldn’t I love you? How wouldn’t I love you? You are my beloved Peru, the blessed country that saw my birth,” the song goes in Spanish.ADVERTISEMENT Upbeat Guiao, NLEX looking to pull off upsets to end elims LATEST 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img But when fellow Peruvians began a loud traditional chant at the Saransk Fan Fest, the 51-year-old pulled himself to his feet, wearing his “lucky” Peru shirt, with tears in his eyes.“I had to be here. I feel like a messenger from Peru. It doesn’t matter how far we go. We are here,” said Etchevarria, who traveled from Lima to Russia. “I was at the playoff against New Zealand that put us here, and when Jefferson Farfan scored the first goal in our 2-0 victory, I wept and wept and wept.”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 crownWhen Peru takes on Denmark in its opener Saturday, Etchevarria plans to be among an estimated 35,000 Peruvians who have descended upon the World Cup’s smallest host city. Peru’s fans will likely dominate the crowd at the 44,000-seat Mordovia Arena.Etchevarria is like most Peruvians in that he didn’t believe he would ever see his team play in the World Cup. That changed last year when an unbeaten streak spanning the final eight qualifying matches not only put Peru in the tournament but made the national team a contender to advance out of Group C. Peru national soccer team’s fans celebrate in front of the the monument of Soviet Marshal Georgy Zhukov, near Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, June 14, 2018. Scalpers are still very visible at the World Cup, despite FIFA and Russia’s claims they’ve cracked down on illicit ticket sales. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)SARANSK, Russia — Peru soccer fan Daniel Etchevarria learned he had severe arthritis in his knees shortly after his beloved team made the World Cup for the first time in 36 years. The diagnosis meant the accountant would have limited mobility if he made the trip to Russia to cheer on his team.No chance he was missing it, though, even if he was confined to a wheelchair for the trip.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Claudia Rodriguez, a 28-year-old teacher, is the rare female fan among a predominantly male Peruvian caravan that made the trek to Russia.“I love football, but what I love more is this atmosphere showing we Peruvians can overcome our divisions,” she said, wearing a red shirt and a Russian hat. “Normally we would have nothing in common with Russia, they are completely different from us in their habits, culture and language. But football brings everyone together.“Peruvians will always love Russia from now on because of the memories here.”The fanaticism can be contagious. Regional government employee Maxim Izosimov mingled with Peruvians during Russia’s game and declared Peru “my second team.”“Their fans seem more proud of their team than us in Russia,” Izosimov said. “We don’t hug and kiss and sing together like they do. I enjoyed being a part of their group here at the Fan Fest and I can’t wait to see the others in the stadium on Saturday.”Izosimov was entertained by the antics of 28-year-old Peruvian engineer Daniel Gonzales, who is recovering from a pair of surgeries on his knee but thrust his crutches skyward to the rhythm of Peruvian chants.“I got unlucky a first time (with his knee) playing football, then I got unlucky again three weeks ago when the same injury came back,” Gonzales said. “If I have to get unlucky again, I hope it is after the World Cup is over. I am going with Peru until the end.”Etchevarria, who is still getting used to his wheelchair, said he was stirred by the sight of younger fans like Gonzales expressing as much passion for the team as he does.“This generation deserves to see Peru in World Cup; they were losing hope,” he said. “When I found I had arthritis I asked God, ‘Why me?’“Then I found out that it didn’t need to take my smile, annul who I am. God gives his worst battles to his best warriors. My Peru is in the World Cup and we all needed to be here.” Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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TNT still on track for playoff bonus after tough win over Meralco

first_imgThe KaTropa snapped the Bolts’ four-game winning streak and tied them at third place with a 7-3 card behind leader Rain or Shine (8-1) and Alaska (7-2).Troy Rosario willed TNT back into winning track after tough losses to Magnolia and San Miguel with 30 points on 12-of-19 shooting along with 12 rebounds.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 crownVeteran guard Jayson Castro backed it up with 20 points and six rebounds while Jericho Cruz had 11 points as the locals stepped up in the clutch with import Joshua Smith out of the game.Smith exited the game midway the third quarter after taking a hit in the nose from Bolts’ import Arinze Onuaku. He had six points and seven rebounds in 20 minutes of play. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img “I’m happy with the way we played especially when Josh got hurt,” said TNT coach Nash Racela.Next in TNT’s schedule is the Elastopainters, the hottest team in the league right now with five straight victories.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next No. 1 overall pick gets dream come true as he joins ‘hungry’ Suns Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees TNT came away with a hardfought 91-85 victory over Meralco to boost its twice-to-beat bid in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READlast_img read more

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Mbappe reveals he played World Cup finals with a back injury

first_imgFrance’s Kylian Mbappe celebrates with the trophy after the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. France won the final 4-2. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)PARIS — France striker Kylian Mbappe has revealed he played the World Cup semifinals and final with a back injury he hid from his rivals.In an interview with France Football magazine, Mbappe says he displaced three vertebrae in his back during the tournament in Russia three days before France defeated Belgium 1-0 in the semifinals. France won the World Cup with a 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final.ADVERTISEMENT Turkey’s Erdogan decries ‘racist attitude’ against Ozil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? MOST READ View commentscenter_img ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “It was essential not to alert our opponents, otherwise they could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area,” said Mbappe, who scored four goals in the tournament including one in the final. “That’s the reason why with the staff and the players we kept it hidden, even for the final.”The 19-year-old Mbappe was one of the stars of the tournament and picked up the award for the best young player at the World Cup. He became the youngest player to score two goals in a World Cup game since Pele in 1958, and also became the first teenager since Pele to score in a World Cup final.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’Mbappe, who plays for Paris Saint-Germain in the French league, also told the magazine he hopes he can be a contender for the Golden Ball award alongside his PSG teammate Neymar, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric and Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

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Sweet 16 for North Korea’s women at Asian Games

first_imgInternational sanctions imposed on North Korea over its nuclear weapons programme continue to hamper financing for the country’s footballing ambitions, such as sending stars to top European clubs.And the team will miss out on next year’s World Cup in France after being narrowly edged out in early qualifying by neighbours South Korea — a country with which the North remains technically at war.‘Nervous’ lossEven so, the North’s women continue to leave their male counterparts in their wake.North Korea’s men’s team coach Ju Soyg Il apologised Friday for his “nervous” players after a heavy defeat to Iran left his side on the brink of an early exit from the same tournament.The 3-0 loss means the men’s team need a win in their final match to have a chance of avoiding group-stage elimination — just four years after they reached the final.“We have to find the reasons why we lost the matches. One reason is that many of the players may be nervous,” an ashen-faced Ju told reporters after the match.“The players were psychologically down.”Ju also blamed referee decisions for his team’s loss Friday — North Korea had a player sent off and conceded a penalty in a fiery second half — but pledged to “learn lessons” from the setbacks.It leaves North Korea’s men needing to beat Saudi Arabia and rely on results elsewhere to progress. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal OCA upholds China, Kazakhstan Asian Games weightlifting ban Unsurprisingly, the women’s team top their group — albeit on goal difference over China, who could only manage to overcome Hong Kong 7-0.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIEScenter_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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments FILE – North Korean players celebrate their victory against Japan after their women’s football final at Munhak Stadium during the Asian Games in Incheon on October 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / BAY ISMOYOIt is a scoreline so audacious even Kim Jong Il would have blushed.North Korea’s women’s football team thrashed Tajikistan 16-0 at the Asian Games on Friday, a merciless demolition which saw three players score hat-tricks.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Current leader Kim Jong Un appears to have taken particular interest in women’s football, reportedly visiting the team in training before the last Asian Games to offer “valuable instruction on how to win the gold medal”. They went on to win the tournament.The following year he hugged returning members of the victorious East Asian Cup campaign at Pyongyang airport, praising their “guerrilla-style” tactics and “indefatigable mental prowess”, according to state news agency KCNA.But things have not always been so straightforward for the North’s female footballers.They were banned from the 2015 Women’s World Cup after five players failed drugs tests at the previous edition in 2011.The team doctor at the time blamed the test results on a “Chinese remedy” made from musk deer glands to treat players who had been struck by lightning.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Unlike their former leader’s legendary first-ever round of golf — in which he claimed to hit 11 holes-in-one — the footballers’ achievement is recorded in the official record books of Asia’s regional Olympics.North Korea’s women, whose win equalled the tournament record, have long been elite-level international performers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Pyongyang has invested in sporting success in recent times, opening an elite football academy for young boys and girls five years ago in the capital, as well as a top-class ski resort.But the women’s success has far outstripped their male counterparts, including three Asian Games gold medals, three Asian Cups and the last under-17 and under-20 World Cups.last_img read more

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Domantas Sabonis, Darren Collison lead Indiana past Detroit

first_imgMOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The Pacers capped a slow opening quarter with a strong finish, leading Detroit 32-21 at the end of the period. Indiana worked with a double-digit lead for the rest of the game and led by 37 during the fourth quarter.Detroit’s two big men had quiet nights by their standards. Blake Griffin had 18 points and six rebounds, and Andre Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds.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 Pistons came out flat, contributing to a stale first few minutes. Unlike Indiana, which had seven players in double figures, Detroit didn’t have someone step up to ignite the offense. The Pistons shot only 37 percent from the floor.The Pacers are a league-best 11-3 in December and 7-2 since Victor Oladipo returned Dec. 12. Oladipo had seven points, five rebounds and seven assists. Pacers: Host Atlanta on Monday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 TIP-INSPistons: Drummond entered the game leading the league with 15.4 rebounds per game. He got his 28th double-double of the season. … The Pistons are 5-14 against teams at or above .500. … Detroit’s 88 points tied for the second fewest the Pacers have allowed this season.Pacers: Turner has at least three blocks in 15 of his last 22 games.UP NEXTPistons: At Orlando on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Indiana Pacers guard Darren Collison (2) ties up Detroit Pistons guard Bruce Brown (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. The Pacers defeated the Pistons 125-88. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — Domantas Sabonis got his league-leading 15th double-double as a reserve, Darren Collison scored 19 points and the Indiana Pacers beat the Detroit Pistons 125-88 on Friday night.Sabonis had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner each had 17 points. Bojan Bogdanovic and Doug McDermott each scored 12 points.ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Kemba Walker’s hot hand sparks Charlotte Hornets to win over Brooklyn Nets LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more