Rondina, UST take motivation from Adamson coach Padda

first_imgUK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 Padda showed her admiration for Rondina on Wednesday when the Lady Falcons beat University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament but she also shared her observation regarding UST’s reliance on the 21-year-old hitter.“She’s a fireball, I love her energy. When I talk about killer instinct, beast mode, she’s probably the perfect exampleof that right now,” said Padda. “But, you know, one player can’t win games, you can’t do that by yourself.”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 folkRondina took note of Padda’s observations, and she responded in one way she does well as she scored 22 points in UST’s sweep of Adamson, 25-9, 31-29, 25-19, Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.And it wasn’t just Rondina, who did the damage for UST as Dimdim Pacres, who became the team’s second option with rookie Milena Alessandrini sidelined due to a shoulder injury, had 13 points and Carla Sandova adding nine. Alas proves Guiao right with barrage of treys en route to career game LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “We saw the video and I told my teammates, ‘are we going to allow that?’” said Rondina in Filipino. “We have to play as a team, have that whole team effort and don’t let anyone say anything about UST.”The Golden Tigresses’ win saw them improve to 2-2 and are now tied with the Lady Falcons, Ateneo, and Far Eastern University at the third spot.Rondina added the win is a confidence booster for them especially that they haven’t racked up a win streak this season.“This will really boost our confidence, and this is also for my teammates because now we know that we can win like this as long as we play correctly,” said Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Read Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Adamson University head coach Air Padda just stirred the fire that burns inside University of Santo Tomas’ volatile hitter Cherry Rondina.ADVERTISEMENT View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more



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Lowly-ranked Russians, Saudis meet to kick off World Cup

first_imgInjuries disrupted Russia’s World Cup preparations, with forward Alexander Kokorin and defenders Georgy Dzhikiya and Viktor Vasin sustaining severe knee injuries earlier this year.That forced Cherchesov into some late shake-ups. Expect Fyodor Smolov to start up front and for more tinkering with the defense. Cherchesov abandoned his usual three-man backline with wing-backs in favor of a four-man defense against Austria last month, but Russia lost 1-0 and failed to register a shot on target.VINTAGEThe average age of players in the Russia and Saudi Arabia squads is almost 29 — among the oldest in the tournament — and each boasts a pair of players with more than 100 international appearances.For the Russians, there’s captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev with 105 caps, plus the 38-year-old central defender Sergei Ignashevich (121).Osama Hawsawi has played 135 times for Saudi Arabia, and midfielder Taiseer Al-Jassim has 132 caps.DOPING SHADOWRussian football was embroiled in the country’s doping scandal, with whistleblower Grigory Rodchenkov claiming his Moscow laboratory covered up failed drug tests.Rodchenkov has said one player benefited from the cover-up, but didn’t identify him or specify whether the player made Russia’s final 23-man World Cup squad.Defender Ruslan Kambolov, who was in the preliminary squad, was investigated by FIFA over alleged doping, but lawyers said FIFA dropped the case. FIFA hasn’t confirmed that. FILE – In this June 8, 2018 fiel photo Saudi Arabia’s Salem Al-Dawsari, right, duels for the ball with Germany’s Joshua Kimmich during a friendly soccer match between Germany and Saudi Arabia at BayArena in Leverkusen, Germany, in preparation for the 2018 soccer World Cup. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)MOSCOW — The World Cup is set to start and finish with games at the opposite ends of the spectrum.The lowest-ranked teams at the tournament will meet in the opener Thursday when Russia hosts Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, which is also venue for the July 15 final.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardcenter_img View comments MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ CLASH OF COACHESJuan Antonio Pizzi and Russia’s Stanislav Cherchesov bring very different personalities and coaching tactics to the tournament.Pizzi won the 2016 Copa America title with Chile using an all-action style with constant pressure on the opposition. He’ll struggle to replicate that with a Saudi team he took over after it had qualified for the World Cup.Cherchesov favors a more defensive approach. Cherchesov, known for his prickly demeanor in interviews, responded to questions about what he’d say to Russian fans who are nervous about their team’s poor form by saying he’s “no psychologist, to go around calming people down.”RUSSIA’S REPLACEMENTSADVERTISEMENT The No. 70-ranked Russians got an automatic spot as tournament host and the Saudis, at No. 67, have the lowest ranking of the 31 countries which secured places via qualifying. They’re the longest of long shots to reach the final.The home team will likely need to win to have a realistic hope of advancing from Group A, and is expected to have Russian President Vladimir Putin in the crowd for support as it bids to end a winless streak of seven games. Only one World Cup host nation has failed to get past the group stage — South Africa in 2010.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 two teams in the group, Egypt and Uruguay, boast star forwards in Mohamed Salah and Luis Suarez who could cause major problems for the Russia and Saudi defenses.The Saudis lost their last three games but remain upbeat at their first World Cup appearance for 12 years. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more



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BanKo-Perlas captures PVL bronze medal

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team The Perlas Spikers outlasted the Lady Warriors,  23-25, 25-10, 25-14, 25-17, to tie the third-place series at 1-1, but didn’t need to play in the rubber match after Creamline completed a sweep of PayMaya in the later game.Pocari Sweat needed five sets to beat BanKo-Perlas last Sunday, 25-22, 17-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-11.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’Perlas Spikers used an 8-0 run midway through the fourth set to pull away for good from the erstwhile champions Lady Warriors.Foreign players Lakia Bright and Jutarat Montripila led BanKo with 27 and 19 points, respectively. Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Despite Pocari’s early exit, Myla Pablo happy to win PVL MVP plum Madeline Palmer had 14 for the Lady Warriors. Justin Robert ValenciaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil BanKo-Perlas captured the bronze medal after a win over Pocari Air Force and the championship-clincher from Creamline in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWscenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more



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Adamson forces semis Game 3 vs UP

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University stayed alive after blanking University of the Philippines, 25-23, 25-19, 25-21, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League semifinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Falcons tied the series at 1-1 and caadvance to the title round on Sunday for Game 3.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia posts 2nd straight win, sends NorthPort to 0-3 Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs 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. Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Eli Soyud put up a game-high 14 points for the Lady Falcons while Chiara Permentilla and Bernadette Flora had nine points apiece.Adamson head coach Air Padda said their Game 1 loss was the metaphorical slap that woke them up after they went on a perfect run in the eliminations.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’“I think that Game 1 loss did more for us than we thought it ever could, last game was a huge wakeup call for us,” said Padda.Roselyn Rosier and Isa Molde had eight points each to lead the Lady Maroons while Marian Buitre added seven. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Peza offers relief to ecozone firms View commentslast_img read more



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Healthy again, Sangalang out to make most of national team call-up

first_imgAfter he begged off in the past versions of Gilas, the smooth-moving big man can don the national tricolor after Yeng Guiao invited him to be part of the team for the next window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.“I’m very happy to be part of Team Philippines and this will be a great exposure for me,” said Sangalang in Filipino after his Magnolia Hotshots trumped NorthPort 104-87 in the PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.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’“I’m just really happy because out of all the players here I was chosen to become part of the team.”Sangalang added that he didn’t initially think that he would become part of the team and he only read news from Indonesia that Guiao chose him to be part of the squad for the games against Iran and Qatar. “I only saw it on the news and it was only today that I can finally say, officially, that I will be part of the team,” said Sangalang who received a memo to show up for the team’s practice on Monday.Sangalang’s first national team call-up was back in 2015 during Tab Baldwin’s coaching tenure but begged off after recurring pains in his knees.And with his knees fully healed, Sangalang assured that he will be part of the team in the next Fiba window.“I had problems with my knees before so I asked permission if I can join in future tournaments once they’re healed,” said Sangalang. “Now I know that I’m ready and I can perform.”ADVERTISEMENT Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs MOST READ Fortuna makes unexpected PBA return, reunion with former coach Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ian Sangalang’s about to take another chance at being a national team player.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more



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Elite eye share of lead; Fuel Masters face faltering Bolts

first_imgLATEST STORIES How NorthPort translates its training into won games will be known when it tangles with unbeaten Blackwater at 4:30 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“We have to play consistent basketball, offensively and defensively, to beat NorthPorth,” said Blackwater coach Pido Jarencio.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 Elite are looking for a third win in as many games and a share of the lead with idle defending champion Barangay Ginebra.In the 7 p.m. main game, Meralco tries to arrest a two-game skid against the Eugene Phelps-led Phoenix Fuel. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Saso-led Pradera begins PAL ladies title defense If there’s one team which took advantage of the two-week break, it should be NorthPort.The PBA Governors’ Cup resumes on Wednesday after giving way to the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian qualifiers, and the winless Batang Pier hope injuries have healed and import Rashad Woods  will fully integrate into their system.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more



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Magnolia tries to firm up bid for playoff bonus vs desperate Meralco

first_imgDoing everything right the past three weeks, Magnolia shoots for a quarterfinal bonus in the playoffs on Friday night against a Meralco side that is battling for dear life in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Ahead of the 12-team pack with a 7-1 record and unbeaten in their last five games, the Hotshots will come into the 7 p.m. match at Ynares Center in Antipolo as the overwhelming choice against the short-handed Bolts, who are in a one-miss-you-die situation.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With a two-game winning streak, Rain or Shine is favored to make it three straight after its 4:30 p.m. clash with out-of-it-all Columbian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tournament format calls for the top four teams after the elimination round to advance to the playoffs needing to win just once over lower-ranked foes to march on to the Final Four.Meralco, right now, is hardly concerned about the playoff bonus and is focused on merely making the playoffs and dealing with the handicap later on.After dropping six games in a row, the Bolts finally carved out a win last Sunday and fanned their wafer-thin hopes of advancing.Coach Norman Black knows that it’s an uphill climb with the Bolts needing to sweep the Hotshots, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters and then the mighty San Miguel Beermen, in that order, to entertain thoughts of staying alive.The Painters are another team on a roll despite some internal problems concerning blue-chip center Raymond Almazan.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Stojanovski on verge of first ICTSI win Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil And coach Chito Victolero believes that being in that situation is what makes Meralco a very dangerous customer.“We know their situation—that they cannot afford another loss,” Victolero said. “And for me, that’s what makes them very dangerous when we play them. We have to make sure that we can match their (Bolts) desire and intensity.”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 ChrissVictolero wants to go at least 2-1 in their last three outings to seal a twice-to-beat privilege in the quarterfinals with at least six teams still in the running for a top four berth.“We want to just keep on winning and prepare for the playoffs,” Victolero said as his Hotshots, after the Meralco clash, will still have to go through TNT KaTropa and Barangay Ginebra, which is at 7-2 and also wants to seal a place in the top four. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more



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Kevin Belingon ends Fernandes’ reign, becomes undisputed ONE bantamweight king

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a back-and-forth five-round tilt, Kevin Belingon outduels longtime ONE bantamweight king Bibiano Fernandes! #WeAreONE #HeartOfTheLion #Singapore #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/humMh8bYMz— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) November 9, 2018 “We really trained hard for this especially on the ground and you’ve seen a while ago that my grappling has improved a lot compared to the last time we fought,” Belingon said.Fernandes lost for the first time since 2011 while Belingon extended his winning streak to seven.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “I would like to thank God for this victory, my supporters and team. Bibiano is a very tough opponent and I respect him so much. I trained hard for this match and I think deserve this victory,” said Belingon.Belingon joined the list of current Filipino and Team Lakay world champions along with flyweight titleholder Geje Eustaquio and strawweight king Joshua Pacio.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 LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil It was the second time that Belingon and Fernandes fought and the rematch was nothing like their first bout two years ago when Fernandes submitted the Baguio City native in the opening round.The 31-year-old Belingon had talked about his improved ground game and he showed it against a master grappler in Fernandes, who went for several armbar attempts in the second round but to no avail.Belingon brought his own bag of tricks against the crafty Fernandes on the ground but his best moments came when they were in a striking match.Belingon decked Fernandes with a counter right straight late in the third round. He also unleashed and connected on well-timed spinning back kicks that kept Fernandes guessing.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taalcenter_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Singaporean stars Lee, Teo shine in ONE: Heart of Lion 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 Kevin Belingon is the undisputed ONE bantamweight champion. Photo from ONE ChampionshipSINGAPORE — Kevin Belingon entered the cage only as the interim bantamweight champion and walked away as the undisputed bantamweight king.The Filipino spitfire ended Bibiano Fernandes’ long reign on Friday night, beating the Brazilian legend by split decision in the main event of ONE: Heart of the Lion before a raucous crowd at Singapore Indoor Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more



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JaVale McGee flourishing in opportunity with LeBron, Lakers

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Nov. 14, 2018, file photo, Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is congratulated by center JaVale McGee, left, and center Tyson Chandler after James passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place in career points, during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Los Angeles. In his 11th season, McGee has basically gotten a basketball rebirth. “I played against him in the last two NBA Finals and I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings,” said James, who lobbied the Lakers to get McGee. “It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this.” (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)There was a two-season stretch during which JaVale McGee scored a total of 141 points. He was a target of jokes, wildly misunderstood by many in the NBA, almost an afterthought of sorts whose career seemed to be closer to flaming out than taking off.And in those darkest days, McGee kept asking himself the same question.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Is it over?”The answer now is obvious: No, it wasn’t over. Fast forward, and it may just be getting started.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 ChrissHe’s living the life that few in the NBA get to experience. He’s teamed up with the best players of this generation — Kevin Durant, Stephen Curry, LeBron James. He’s won two championships, part of Golden State’s back-to-back titles over the last two seasons. And now he’s the starting center for the Los Angeles Lakers, getting a chance to play big minutes and put up numbers for the first time in nearly a decade.In his 11th season, McGee has basically gotten a basketball rebirth. “He’s been great,” Lakers coach Luke Walton said. “He’s been professional. He’s taking care of himself. He’s vocal in the locker rooms and the huddles, he’s been producing for us, obviously his shot-blocking has been a big part of us having some success on defense. We’re very pleased with JaVale.”Due respect to Walton, he’ll never be McGee’s favorite coach.His mom has that title on lock.Pamela McGee won two NCAA titles as a player at USC and an Olympic gold medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, was the No. 2 pick in the 1997 WNBA Draft and is in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.“I used to be Pamela McGee,” she said. “Now I’m JaVale McGee’s mama.”While many lost faith in her oldest child, she never did. The two titles with the Warriors probably meant as much to Pamela McGee as they did to her son. And now she’s back in familiar surroundings — Los Angeles, where she played, sitting near the floor to watch Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. She has flashbacks when James and her kid team up to do something spectacular, like those “Showtime” Lakers did.“There’s an African proverb that says the teacher will become the student and the student will become the teacher,” she said. “I think we’re there. I was a very strict mother, but now, it doesn’t come from my mouth, it comes from my heart. I’m just extremely proud. Not too many mothers get this opportunity.”There are goals that McGee still has to accomplish in his career.He wants to be an All-Star. He wants to average a double-double. He wants to win a blocked-shot title. He’s turning 31 in January, is in great condition and knows he could play several more seasons. And as this season goes along, McGee knows part of his job will be sharing wisdom he’s collected in his two championship runs with those younger Lakers who don’t know what the postseason is about yet.“We’re having a blast,” McGee said. “And when we start figuring it out, you’re going to see a team that’s having so much fun.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “I played against him in the last two NBA Finals and I wanted him on this team because I know what he brings,” said James, who lobbied the Lakers to get McGee. “It’s his energy, his energy level, his ability at the rim and his ability to protect the rim. If you don’t have that on your team, you’re not going to have much, man. You need to have people with a high IQ, which he’s got. That’s why I wanted JaVale to be part of this.”McGee’s numbers are so much better this season than what they’ve been. But he cringes at the notion that he’s gotten better.What the Lakers have given him is a better chance. That’s the difference. And he’s certainly one of the reasons why they’re off to a 10-7 start, winners in six of their last seven games.McGee’s per-36-minutes averages over his career have been remarkably similar: Never lower than 13.1 points in a full season, the majority of the time between 15 and 18 points per 36 minutes of play. But the numbers are spiking this year because he’s actually getting minutes — the Lakers are starting him and playing him about 25 minutes per night, and he’s responding with averages of 13.4 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.He’s showing everyone else what James saw in the NBA Finals the past two years.ADVERTISEMENT Russian court challenges International Olympic Committee Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “He could have said get anybody,” McGee said. “It’s just a reassuring feeling, a confidence-builder I guess, knowing that you’re going into a situation wanted as an option, like you’re really wanted. That’s pretty dope.”Away from the court, McGee is a very diverse person — and very private. He doesn’t think much of social media, preferring to keep his inner circle very small and very close.He makes music on his computer and is serious about that as a vocation. He’s devoted to philanthropy, having built some wells to bring clean water to parts of Uganda. And the irony there is that McGee is a native of Flint, Michigan, a place that has been dealing with a clean-water crisis since 2014 — but his efforts in Uganda are coincidental, since he started that quest before the Flint situation became known.“It’s all such a humbling experience,” McGee said.The game has sufficiently humbled McGee at times as well.In those 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons, when McGee was barely playing because of ongoing issues related to a stress fracture in his left leg, he wondered if his career was coming to a premature end. His physical game was failing, his mental game was in trouble as well, and basketball stopped seeming fun.“Of course, I had all those feelings, all those thoughts,” McGee said. “But what overshadowed all that was me just not being willing to prepare for the worst. I’m just going to keep preparing for the best. So I just kept working like I wasn’t hurting, and it ended up being dealing with pain and the pain going away and then realizing the pain isn’t even there anymore.”His game has taken off since.The funny thing about McGee is that he came into the NBA with the skills that big men now are supposed to have — stretch defenses, make shots from the perimeter, have some guard-esque skills. That’s the player he was at Nevada before getting picked by Washington at the No. 18 spot of the 2008 NBA Draft.But when he entered the NBA, the mandate basically was for a 7-footer like himself to rebound and set screens. In today’s NBA, his versatility is almost required for a big. 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‘Too short, too slow, too weak’ Anton Asistio proves his worth as two-time champ

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Asistio’s physical limitations even sent him to Team B in his third academic year, and it was during this down time in 2015 that the 5-foot-8 point guard honed his skills and his body in a pursuit to once again wear Ateneo on his chest.“Instead of seeing my relegation as a downgrade I actually saw it as an opportunity to develop my skills and develop my confidence and then lucky enough a new head coach was appointed, that was coach Tab, and I knew it was another chance a new slate for everyone,” said Asistio who had six points and two rebounds in Game 2.Baldwin said he didn’t plan on inserting Asistio in his Season 79 lineup but the point guard was quick to prove him wrong.“One thing I learned from Anton is you never tell him there’s something he can’t do,” said Baldwin. “He’s a tremendous fighter, not just a basketball player, a tremendous fighter, and a tremendous competitor. He got in the weight room, changed his body, changed his mentality, and continued to be a great shooter, became dependable in handling the ball, and also one of our more dependable defenders.”“I would back him in any endeavor because I believe in him so much. It’s pretty cool when you believe in somebody so much, he’s a great kid, a great young man, and he’s going to do great things in life and I’m very blessed to have him in this program,” added Baldwin.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tab Baldwin asked for redemption game, Ange Koaume responds big time for Ateneo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Those were the same words that Asistio took to heart to motivate himself in proving to Baldwin that he is fit to be called a Blue Eagle.And the man who was too short, too weak, and too slow to be even part of Ateneo’s collegiate team left the Blue Eagles’ roost as their captain with two championships under his name.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 ChrissAsistio captained the Blue Eagles to the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball title after the Blue Eagles swept University of the Philippines in the finals.“What coach Tab said were nothing new to me, I’ve heard that before I even got to college and what I did, if it’s true, is do something about it,” said Asistio after the Blue Eagles 99-81 Game 2 win Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. View comments For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—He’s too short, too weak, too slow, and he can’t handle the ball.Those were the harsh words that Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin told point guard Anton Asistio when he was completing his lineup for his first UAAP season back in 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more



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