Jarencio wants Batang Pier to not rely too much on Pringle, Romeo

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 View comments GlobalPort’s reliance on its star guards surfaced in the tiff as Pringle took much of the load on Monday.The 2015 Rookie of the Year poured in 33 points and had 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals, a performance Jarencio expects from his lead guard, especially with Romeo still recovering from his knee injury.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“Actually, it’s natural for Stanley especially when he’s in shape. He’s really a scorer, especially when Terrence is there because they’re our 1-2 punch,” he said.Aside from Pringle, only Sean Anthony (19 points) and Jonathan Grey (13 points) were able to notch double-digits in scoring, a big no-no especially with the Road Warriors playing collectively. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Ginebra slips past Magnolia anew in Christmas Clasico Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “It’s the first game of the season. I think it’s just the opening jitters. Maybe, we need to do a lot of adjustments, a lot of things to fix, but as long as the players are there helping each other and sticking together, it’s ok with me. I’m still positive,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — With GlobalPort playing its first game of the season on Christmas Day, coach Pido Jarencio said his players should learn on helping the lead guards rather than relying solely on Stanley Pringle and Terrence Romeo.“I want the others to learn that it’s not just Stanley or Terrence, but rather, they have to do their share. They have to help each other,” Jarencio said in Filipino on the heels of the Batang Pier’s 104-115 defeat to NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Jarencio didn’t deny that he was dismayed with how bad GlobalPort’s defense was in the game.“This team is built to be 70 percent defense. But in this game, it was the opposite, we were 70 percent offense, 30 percent defense.”Jarencio, though, feels that the Batang Pier were just a few breaks away from nabbing the victory, but committed costly miscues in the end game.“We had bad breaks, two consecutive turnovers, plus Larry (Fonacier) made a big three-point shot when we went zone. That was when they were able to pullaway. We’re not pointing fingers at anybody, but that’s what they call the breaks of the game,” he said.Despite the defeat, Jarencio is charging the loss to experience as he expects his wards to come out stronger in their next game against Ginebra on January 7.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Muntinlupa, QC trounce MPBL rivals

first_imgQuezon City and Muntinlupa routed their respective rivals on Tuesday night to pick up their second straight triumph in the MPBL Anta-Rajah Cup at JCSGO Gym in Quezon City.The Royal Manila-backed Capitals subdued the Imus Bandera-GLC Truck and Equipment, 84-75.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Cagers of Muntinlupa, being supported by Angelis Resort, dumped the Caloocan Supremos-Longrich, 89-76, in the other game of the tournament organized by Sen. Manny Pacquiao with former PBA MVP Kenneth Duremdes as commissioner.The Capitals turned to ex-La Salle stalwart PJ Barua in the early goings to take a 29-17 lead, then went to big man Jessie Collado in the second half to pick up their second win in as many games and join Navotas and Batangas City in a share of the lead.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 folkCollado finished with 17 points and eight rebounds while Barua added 15 points. 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 There will be no ‘next Pacquiao’ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READcenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View commentslast_img read more

Morales gains early lead in Ronda

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Klisura not keen on resetting PSL record, focused on winning Oranza came in second with 1:11:09, three seconds behind Moraes’ time heading into Sunday’s 155.4 km Vigan-Pagudpud Stage 2.Oconer, Benosa and Carcueva took up the third to fifth spots with times of 1:11:17, 1:11:18 and 1:11:22, respectively.Rounding out the top 10 were Team Franzia’s Leonel Dimaano (1:12:45), Navy-Standard’s Junrey Navarra (1:12:45), Go for Gold Developmental team’s Ismael Grospe, Jr. (1:12:45), Navy’s Rudy Roque (1:12:52) and Bike Xtreme’s James Ferfas (1:12:52).ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer CONTRIBUTED PHOTOJan Paul Morales of Navy-Standard zoomed toward the overall lead at the start of the Ronda Pilipinas 2018 in Vigan, Ilocos Sur.Morales, who is eyeing a record third Ronda crown, clocked the same time as three other riders including Stage 1 winner and teammate Ronald Oranza with one hour, 11 minutes and 22 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The 32-year-old Moraes emerged as the early leader after gaining a 15-second bonus for topping the pair of intermediate sprints and finishing second in the stage.“It’s always nice to start the race on top,” said Morales in Filipino.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 folkHe also ruled the same stage when he won his second crown last year. Alvin Benosa of Army-Bicycology, George Oconer of Go for Gold also had similar time in the 40-kilometer route highlighted by the cobblestone street of Calle Crisologo. 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Beermen continue to reap rewards of team cohesion

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel once again showed why it has been the gold standard for the last four years after easily dispatching Ginebra, 102-90, in Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals on Friday.The team has come along way since its time of disarray and what has been the biggest difference for the Beermen is everyone wanting the same thing.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We’ve already tasted the sweet fruit and we like it. Next time, we hope we can repeat this and get our second win.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Held to conference low, Fajardo happy to see teammates hit their mark Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Of course, we feel glad,” said Santos in Filipino. San Miguel is successful not because of one or two individuals, but because every one of us steps up. It starts from our utilities, all our coaches  why we’re playing this well. When one of us dreams, we all want to support them. And the good thing here is we have the same dream. That’s why we’re united..@TheSMBeermen’s @arwindsotnas speaks on the importance of this Game 1 win vs Ginebra. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/SQ4lPSKT70FEATURED 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 folk— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 9, 2018 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 Santos led the balanced attack for San Miguel, lighting it up from distance with his 5-of-8 shooting from three to finish with 23 points, eight rebounds, and three assists.But it wasn’t just him as guys like Von Pessumal (career-high 18 points), Marcio Lassiter (17 points on a 5-of-11 three-point shooting), and Alex Cabagnot (15 points and six assists) all did their part for the Beermen to gain the 1-0 series lead.The game showed glimpse of how lethal the defending three-time all-Filipino conference champs could be when everyone is hitting their strides and Santos is hoping to see him team sustain that.“We’re happy with the way we’re playing. We can say that we’ve gone through a lot before we’re able to build our team, but now, we’re here. I hope we still play together until the end, that our game won’t change, that we will not be overconfident or relax. If we need to win, we’re showing that we can give our all and help each other.That’s exactly the attitude Santos is hoping for San Miguel aims for the 2-0 series lead on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings View commentslast_img read more

Warriors’ Durant out at least 2 weeks with fractured rib

first_imgOffense meets defense as NU, Ateneo collide Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenterscenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It was a little sore the next couple of days but not something I was worried about,” Durant said.He worked out Thursday and it took him longer to loosen up. By Friday morning, he experienced significant discomfort. It’s an injury Durant has never had previously.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 folk“Hopefully it gets better in the next week or so and see what happens,” said Durant, who missed time down the stretch last season with a left knee injury before a dazzling postseason to capture his first career title. “Just recovery, no procedure and see how it feels. It’s a different type of pain than I’ve felt before so I didn’t really know what it was and I’m just glad I got it looked at.”Curry missed his fourth straight game Friday after re-injuring his troublesome right ankle. He will be re-evaluated Tuesday, while Thompson has a fractured right thumb and will be examined again next Thursday. LATEST STORIES Durant said there’s still time for the team to heal and get ready for the playoffs. He missed 18 games in 2017 before returning for the final two contests of the regular season.“No concern. I’ve got a couple weeks and I’m just trying to get healthy, and I’m just trying to make sure I’m out there being able to be me on the court,” Durant said. “That’s the most important thing. It’s not great timing-wise, obviously. It’s all about just feeling better when I’m out there playingSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant speaks during a media conference on Friday, March 16, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Durant will miss 1-2 weeks to allow a rib injury to heal. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant will miss at least two weeks with a fractured rib on his right side, joining fellow All-Stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson on the injury list for the defending champion Golden State Warriors.An MRI exam Friday for the NBA Finals MVP revealed the incomplete fracture, and the Warriors said Durant would be re-evaluated in two weeks. Durant said he got hit in the ribs at Minnesota last Sunday and initially thought it was just a bruise, but he was sore the next couple of days. He played Wednesday night against the Lakers and felt it again when he hustled to close out on the wing and “felt something stretch and pull.”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Pacers believe LeBron goaltended on block in final seconds

first_imgMOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Instead, there was no call and James then dropped his 28-footer over Thaddeus Young to give Cleveland a 98-95 win and a 3-2 lead in this tight Eastern Conference first-round series.The Pacers didn’t complain on the floor. But later in their locker room they were angry about the game-swinging play. Several of the Pacers shook their heads while watching replays.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“Of course, I thought it was goaltending,” Lance Stephenson said. “We should’ve got the ref’s attention. When you look at it on the replay, it’s clearly goal tending.”Oladipo thought he was fouled by James before the non-call. Said Pacers center Myles Turner: “It’s clearly a goaltend, but that doesn’t change the fact that they made the game-winning shot.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I got a step on him,” Oladipo said. “I felt like I even got grabbed on the way to the rim, tried to shoot a layup, it hit the backboard, then he blocked it. It was a goal tend. It’s hard to even speak on it. It just sucks, honestly. It really sucks. Even though we fought our way back, we tied the game up, that layup was huge.“Give him credit where credit is due. The three was big-time. Definitely huge. But who’s to say they even run that play? We don’t know what happens. It’s unfortunate. It really sucks that they missed that.”James smiled when asked to describe his block, which was reminiscent of the one he made on Andre Iguodala in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.“I definitely thought it was a goaltend,” James said with a laugh. “Of course I didn’t think it was a goal tend. I try to make plays like that all the time and I mean he made a heck of a move, got me leaning right and he went left and I just tried to use my recovery speed and get back up there and make a play on the ball. And I was able to make a play.”If goaltending had been called, the Cavaliers would have had the ball on their own baseline and not in Indiana’s front court.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James drives to the basket against Indiana Pacers’ Myles Turner in the first half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Cleveland. The Cavaliers won 98-95. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — The Indiana Pacers felt cheated — by LeBron James and the officials.Moments before James beat them with a game-winning, step-back 3-pointer at the buzzer, the Pacers were poised to take the lead in Game 5 on Victor Oladipo’s driving layup. However, James came from behind and blocked Oladipo’s shot, which appeared to hit the backboard before Cleveland’s star touched it — a goaltending violation.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View comments Westbrook unleashes 45 as Thunder beat Jazz to avoid elimination P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Harden, James, Davis finalists for NBA MVP award

first_imgThe three finalists for the individual awards were announced Wednesday. The winners will be announced on June 25 in Santa Monica, California during the NBA Awards show.Davis was also a finalist for Defensive Player of the Year, along with Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Philadelphia center Joel Embiid.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe other finalists:ROOKIE OF THE YEAR In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Fognini fires up Italian Open crowd with win over Thiem China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film View commentscenter_img 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 Donovan Mitchell, UtahBen Simmons, PhiladelphiaJayson Tatum, BostonCOACH OF THE YEARDwane Casey, TorontoADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Houston Rockets guard James Harden, center, reacts after he was fouled by Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference Finals, Monday, May 14, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)NEW YORK — Houston’s James Harden, Cleveland’s LeBron James and Anthony Davis of New Orleans are the finalists for the NBA’s MVP award.Harden, who led the league in scoring, has twice been a runner-up for the award, including last year when Russell Westbrook won. James has won the MVP award four times.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quin Snyder, UtahBrad Stevens, BostonSIXTH MANEric Gordon, HoustonFred VanVleet, TorontoLou Williams, ClippersMOST IMPROVED PLAYERClint Capela, HoustonSpencer Dinwiddie, BrooklynVictor Oladipo, Indiana Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

Free from jihadist grip, Iraqi weightlifters target medals

first_imgIraqi paralympic weightlifter Faris al-Ajeeli (C) is pictured with his children in front of his home in the northern city of Mosul on August 25, 2018. Two years ago, the Islamic State group offered two successful Iraqi weightlifters a choice — either they compete in the Rio Paralympics, or stay in Mosul, then controlled by the jihadists. But there was a big catch: they were to hoist the group’s flag instead of the Iraqi national one, and disobeying IS would have left their families back in Mosul at risk of reprisals. / AFP PHOTO / Zaid AL-OBEIDITwo years ago, the Islamic State group offered two successful Iraqi weightlifters a choice — either they compete in the Rio Paralympics, or stay in Mosul, then controlled by the jihadists.An easy way to escape the group’s two-year occupation of Iraq’s second city, one might think.ADVERTISEMENT Korean boy bands, football stars march to different beats Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal The two athletes have much else in common.They are both polio victims in their early 40s and are setting their sights on the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo.The 2016 Rio Games — the only ones missed by the duo in over a decade — were a “lost opportunity”, says Ali, who won a bronze medal at Beijing in 2008.Training among ruinsIraq’s Paralympic Committee showed understanding, says Tamer Ghanem, the weightlifting duo’s trainer for the last 15 years.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But there was a big catch.“IS wanted us to hoist their flag instead of the Iraqi national flag in international competitions,” says Faris al-Ajeeli, referring to himself and fellow weightlifter Thaer al-Ali.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’Going to Rio and disobeying IS would have left their families back in Mosul at risk of reprisals.So “we couldn’t go to Brazil”, says Ajeeli, who had come away from London 2012 with a silver medal. LATEST STORIES The two athletes “got an exemption without being penalized because they had a good reason” not to participate in Rio, he tells AFP.IS seized control of Mosul during a lightning 2014 offensive, turning it into the de facto Iraqi capital of a “caliphate” that stretched across a third of Iraq.The two athletes refused to allow the setback to get to them.Living under IS rule, they continued to juggle their training, work commitments and family lives.In May 2017, after much of Mosul had been prised back from the jihadists’ control by government forces, Ajeeli flew to the world weightlifting championships in Eger, Hungary.Dressed in orange and black lycra, he lifted 215 kilograms (474 pounds) and won a gold medal in the 107-kilogram plus category, retiring to his wheelchair grinning from ear to ear.This new medal was just the latest for the Iraqi flag bearer of Beijing 2008.In 2004, he won gold in Athens, and again in 2006 at the Asian Paralympics in Malaysia.And he has won trophies at regional and continental level.Ali was also at Athens for the 2004 Paralympics, where he won a weightlifting bronze. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum He came back from Hungary with a silver medal in the under 97-kilogram category, by lifting 210 kilograms.But while the jihadists were vanquished in Mosul more than a year ago, athletes’ training conditions in northern Iraq remain woeful.Ajeeli, the chief chemist at Mosul’s Al-Salam hospital, has even been forced to transform the second floor of his home into a makeshift weightlifting gym.Fortunately, he has willing accomplices in his four daughters.While the eldest is only 12, they have all helped fit out the room and arrange the weights discs.Wearing ‘Iraqi colors’Ajeeli says he is determined to “hoist the Iraqi colors high (in Tokyo)… as in all previous competitions”.Ali, who struggles to feed his children for lack of work, trains in a cramped public sports complex in Mosul’s Al-Muthanna neighborhood.The facility was partly destroyed during the months of intense combat between security forces and IS.It is now nothing more than a concrete shell, the gates and windows whisked away by looters. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title View comments A fresh coat of paint on the walls fails to disguise damage caused by shells and looting.Confronting the heat in the absence of air conditioning — or even electricity to power a fan — Ali trains tirelessly, as he has every day since starting weightlifting at the age of 14.Lingering restrictions by the security forces on transporting goods to Nineveh province mean sports equipment cannot be sent to Mosul.But the duo’s 57-year-old trainer Ghanem hopes improvements in security will soon permit new gear to arrive.The two weightlifters pack their bags.On September 8, they will compete in Japan in the Asia-Oceania paralympic weightlifting championships.They will set out with one goal — to secure entry to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

Lou Williams’ 36 sends Clippers past Lakers in first clash of year

first_imgDomantas Sabonis, Darren Collison lead Indiana past Detroit View comments No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom LATEST STORIES The Clippers have won 22 of their last 25 meetings with the Lakers, yet still trail the 16-time NBA champions 146-70 in the overall series. This is still an exciting time for hoops in LA: The Lakers (20-16) have been revitalized around James, while the Clippers (21-14) have formed a surprisingly strong core after shedding longtime mainstays Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan and Chris Paul over the previous year.T’D UPJosh Hart scored 12 points for the Lakers before getting ejected with 4:41 left after he was infuriated that Tobias Harris wasn’t called for pushing off. Walton also got a technical foul in the exchange.UP NEXTClippers: Host San Antonio on Saturday.Lakers: Host Sacramento on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk They showed some style, too: After Williams punctuated a decisive 3-pointer by mimicking Lakers guard Lance Stephenson’s air guitar celebration of big shots, Montrezl Harrell grinningly waved on the boos in the final minute.The Clippers turned a seven-point deficit into a 15-point lead early in the fourth quarter of their fourth win in five games. Williams torched his former team yet again, scoring 23 points in the second half, yet the game turned with the suffocating defense played by Patrick Beverley, Harrell, Avery Bradley and Sindarius Thornwell during that 22-0 run.“We put the bulldogs on the floor, and the fight was amazing,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said.Williams hit three 3-pointers, including a decisive shot with 2:23 to play, and the skinny 6-foot-1 guard even grabbed seven rebounds while making all 11 of his free throws.“Lou has seen pretty much every defense you can throw at him,” Rivers said. “He’s a professional scorer.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Los Angeles Clippers guard Avery Bradley, forward Tobias Harris, guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and guard Lou Williams, from left, stand on the court during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, in Los Angeles. The Clippers won 118-107. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — Even while playing without LeBron James on the tail end of a back-to-back set, the Los Angeles Lakers managed to carve out a double-digit lead in the third quarter against the Los Angeles Clippers.That’s when the Clippers’ four toughest defenders clamped down and Sweet Lou went wild to win this basketball-loving city’s first rivalry game of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Lou Williams had a season-high 36 points and the Clippers scored 22 consecutive points during the second half of a 118-107 victory over the depleted Lakers on Friday night.Danilo Gallinari added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Clippers, who held the Lakers without a field goal for more than six minutes while matching the longest unanswered scoring run by any team in the NBA this season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We were just a little sluggish,” Williams said. “We were just a step slow. We knew they were on a back-to-back, but for whatever reason, we just weren’t playing our best until we put a good stretch together in the third and then busted the game wide open in the fourth.”Although both LA franchises are still building chemistry after major roster changes in 2018, the Clippers found a groove to get it done in front of the Lakers’ jeering home fans. 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The remaining Lakers lost for the fifth time in seven games, following up their surprising win at Golden State on Christmas Day with just their third back-to-back defeats since October.James watched from the bench in street clothes after causing a pregame stir on social media when he entered the Lakers’ locker room holding a glass of wine. The noted oenophile and four-time NBA MVP is day-to-day with his strained groin, but James isn’t expected to miss as much time as Rondo, who is out for at least a month after surgery on his right index finger.“I know we can get through it,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “I know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in the guys that we have. We’ve just got to do a couple of things a little bit better.”One night after losing at Sacramento on a buzzer-beating 3, the Lakers again couldn’t win without three veteran regulars.Ingram and Ball both picked up four fouls during the third quarter, but neither team made a big move until the Clippers scored the final nine points of the quarter and continued their one-sided run well into the fourth.“A lot of us ran out of gas right there,” Kuzma said. “When we’re tired physically, our mental aspect has to be better.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams hit a 3-pointer from just past halfcourt at the halftime buzzer. … They have won four straight “road” games against the Lakers, but lost their last “home” game in the series.Lakers: They showed why they’re the NBA’s worst team at the line by missing more free throws in the first quarter (7) than the Pistons, Pacers, Bulls, Wizards, Raptors, Magic, Hornets, Nets, Heat, Cavaliers and Pelicans missed in their entire games Friday. … Michael Beasley is still away from the team after his mother’s death.A LITTLE PERSPECTIVE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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first_imgPhilippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title The Philippine Azkals prepare for China which they face Friday night in Abu Dhabi. —INSTAGRAMABU DHABI—It will be another David versus Goliath clash when the Philippines tries to keep its Round of 16 hopes alive against giants China on Friday night in the AFC Asian Cup here.The match at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 p.m., Philippine time) gives the Azkals another golden opportunity to create history against a team that handed them an 8-1 beating in a friendly match two years ago.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “I guarantee you that (8-1) result will not happen again,” captain Stephan Schrock declared shortly after the Azkals pushed giants South Korea to the limit, before falling 1-0 in their Group C opener on Monday.“We have confidence, that’s why we qualified in the first place, and we believe always in ourselves to upset someone and be annoying to the other teams.”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 Azkals will have their hands full against a Chinese side ranked 40 places higher in the Fifa rankings at No. 76.Against the heavily favored Koreans, the Azkals used a disciplined approach in defense, while relying on quick counters through Javier Patino to create opportunities. New age-group tennis season unwraps with Actifit National open View comments MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I think China is some kind of underdog like we are because they have not done great results for the national team. They have a lot of pressure on themselves with all the things they invest in football, they hope to be better than what they are and I think it’s an important game for them.”Having coached for three different clubs in China for three years, Eriksson’s knowledge of the Chinese side will come in handy as the Azkals target an upset.“China has some good players and they will play an open style,” said Eriksson.“If you look on the pitch, I think on a good day, we can be equal with China or even beat them. They have some good players, but we have as well.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The same approach could be used against China, which rallied past Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, in its opening match on Monday. The Chinese need another win to reach the knockout stage.The loss to Korea put the Philippines in a difficult position as the Azkals need to pick up points from their last two matches to reach the Round of 16.But while the Azkals have overachieved in recent years with qualification to this tournament as their biggest milestone yet, the Dragons have struggled to pick up impressive results in the leadup to the tournament.That will make the task even more difficult for his side as the Chinese are under pressure to deliver a victory, according to coach Sven Goran Eriksson.“I think it’s possible (to upset China), but I think it is going to be difficult,” said Eriksson.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more