Kings battle Elite

first_imgWith a playoff berth already in the bag, the Gin Kings can’t afford to slack one bit as a Blackwater crew willing to confirm its new-found respect while enhancing its own playoff drive will be out for blood in the 7 p.m. contest at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Ginebra will be coming off an epic 105-101 overtime victory over Star last Sunday, a match that drew thousands and spiked television ratings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe defending champion Kings will not be playing against a team of similar caliber—or following—but they have to muster the same intensity they flaunted against the Hotshots in the face of a rising Elite.Blackwater has won four of its last five games since suiting up Henry Walker, and the Elite will be coming off a franchise-best performance in bamboozling KIA Picanto a week ago. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games JP Erram and James Sena, though, will have their hands full trying to keep up with the Ginebra frontline, which may be a key for coach Leo Isaac if he wants his wards to forge an upset against the rampaging Kings.Meanwhile, Alaska, after snapping a 14-game losing streak dating back to the last conference, clashes with GlobalPort in the 4:15 p.m. game, looking to win again and stay mathematically in the hunt of advancing.The Batang Pier will be coming off a loss to NLEX as they played without Stanley Pringle.Pringle had to rush back to the United States on Sunday to attend to his ailing father. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Five days removed from an adrenaline-pumping win in front of the biggest crowd in the PBA Governors’ Cup that extended the conference’s longest winning streak, Barangay Ginebra returns to action on Friday night trying to sustain that intensity critical at this stage of the elimination round.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra will be the wearier team coming into this game, but its last victory was something the Gin Kings needed—a severe test for the first time in their six-match winning streak.“This was our first close game this conference,” Cone had said as they moved closer to the top spot—and the lightest playoff assignment.The Kings will look for another authoritative outing from their twin towers of Japeth Aguilar and Greg Slaughter. But the Elite will also have to figure out LA Tenorio, the league’s best at the point right now, and Justin Brownlee, a consistent producer in the clutch.Walker has been devastating, to say the least, though taking on this stint on short notice to be able to get in shape for a more lucrative contract that starts late October in the China pro league.And he has taken the Elite along for the ride, as the franchise won three games for the first time in its PBA existence before establishing club marks in that one-sided win over the malfunctioning Picanto.ADVERTISEMENT So forced to must-win with black LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

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National U, Adamson start semis bids

first_imgMOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight SEA Games preparations: Ramirez says renovations up for sports facilities Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES NU, which trounced Ateneo last Saturday to finish on top of Group A with a 5-0 card, collides with Arellano at 4 p.m. while Adamson, which survived San Beda Monday, squares off with FEU at 6:30 p.m.Ateneo battles UST at 8 a.m. while FEU and NU square off at 10 a.m. in the men’s semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUnbeaten top seeds National U and Adamson try to move closer to a title clash as they battle separate rivals Wednesday at the start of the Final Four of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Falcons swept their groups in the classification phase and are eyeing a good start in their best-of-three series against the Arellano Lady Chiefs and the Far Eastern University Lady Tams, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong Citylast_img read more

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San Beda evades upset, ousts Perpetual

first_imgThe Scores:SAN BEDA 55 – Bolick 15, Tankoua 14, Soberano 9, Mocon 8, Cabanag 6, Noah 3, Abuda 0, Adamos 0, Bahio 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Presbitero 0, Tongco 0.PERPETUAL 50 – Coronel 9, Dagangon 9, Pido 9, Eze 8, Ylagan 7, Sadiwa 3, Lucente 2, Yuhico 2, Mangalino 1, Singontiko 0, Tamayo 0.Quarters: 11-11, 27-19, 43-34, 55-50. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Robert Bolick paced San Beda with 15 points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Donald Tankoua got 14 markers and nine boards.AC Soberano also shot 2-of-5 from three to wound up with nine points, while Javee Mocon got eight markers and 14 rebounds in the win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We’re happy we got this win, but we got to go back and think about our priorities,” said coach Boyet Fernandez, obviously disappointed with how the Red Lions played against the Altas.“We only had 11 assists and that’s too low for a San Beda basketball team. Our defense stepped up, but our offense is questionable. We have to go back and review everything. We had a really hard time playing against Perpetual, they’re well-coached. We’re happy we got this one.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Beda escaped the tough challenge from Perpetual and scored a 55-50 victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Red Lions survived the gallant stand from the pesky Altas as they were forced to play in the low-scoring affair before pulling out their 13th straight win and improve to 14-1.ADVERTISEMENT San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9300:50Trending Articles02:55Senate panel cites 3 BuCor officials in contempt01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Read Next MOST READ Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Derek Jeter’s group closes on purchase of Miami Marlins With Perpetual making a huge run late after back-to-back layups from Keith Pido to cut the San Beda lead down to five, 49-44, San Beda went to Tankoua in the last four minutes as he made two timely buckets to quash the uprising.Bolick then put the finishing touches as he canned his freebies in the final minute while also blocking Flash Sadiwa’s late attempt.The Altas fourth straight loss eliminated them out of the playoff race with their 4-10 record.Pido, AJ Coronel, and Gab Dagangon all had nine points and four rebounds in the losing effort.The San Beda defense held Perpetual main man Prince Eze to just eight markers and 11 boards in the loss.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Giants quarterback Eli Manning not ready to sit just yet

first_imgUS transit worker saves man who fell on rail track PLAY LIST 01:44US transit worker saves man who fell on rail track01:29Robredo to gov’t, after accepting anti drug post: Are you ready for me?00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Manning told reporters Tuesday after the team’s workout that he didn’t hear coach Ben McAdoo’s comments on Monday’s conference call.“I didn’t hear it,” Manning said. “My goal is to prepare every week and do my job. He said that he’s gotfaith in me and to keep grinding.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“So that’s what we’re doing. I want to play. That’s what I like to do. I like to play football and play quarterback. I understand that I got a job to do and I got to do it better and do it well and get wins and if you don’t, everybody’s job is up for grabs in this league.”McAdoo said that he was impressed that Manning was a little taken aback by the suggestion of a possible replacement. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning calls signals at an NFL football training camp Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks on against the Los Angeles Rams during their game at MetLife Stadium on November 5, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Al Bello/Getty Images/AFPEAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Eli Manning is not ready to sit just yet.A day after New York Giants coach Ben McAdoo floated the idea that he would consider using some young players, and no position was being excluded, the two-time Super Bowl Most Valuable Player said that he definitely wants to keep playing.ADVERTISEMENT “Coach and I, hey, we communicate well,” Manning said. “We have great confidence in each other and have a good relationship. I haven’t been tested. I mean, I think, hey, he’s the coach. I’m the quarterback and just trying to keep getting better and keep working.”The Giants (1-7) face the winless 0-9 San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Santa Clara, California.“Hey, I think both teams need a win,” Manning said. “I think you try to play your scheme. You try to do things correctly, do things right. We got to play our game. We got to be where we need to be. Make the plays that are there.”Manning knows that he missed receivers Sterling Shepard and Tavarres King on passes that could have beentouchdowns against the Rams.“I missed Shepard on a post route that we could have made,” said Manning, who completed 20 of 36 for 220 yards and two touchdowns and an interception Sunday.“We had a couple other plays. We had drops. You had just different things that keep you out of a good down and distance. There’s always little things. There’s always things you have to correct and missed plays. We’re not in that position where we can have too many of those.”McAdoo agreed with Manning’s assessment of his play.“It’s disappointing,” McAdoo said. “We had chances down the field. We got to make those throws and make those catches. It’s pro football. We got to catch them on all opportunities like that. You don’t get many in the game. It’s just incompletions and we got to clean them up.”If McAdoo wants to go to Davis Webb, the third-round draft pick from Cal, then Webb will be ready.“My job is to be the best teammate I can be,” Webb said with Manning standing in a locker immediately toWebb’s right.“That’s my priority. I’m here to help the team win. That’s my role right now. I’m confident in anything I do. I’m confident when I’m playing checkers. I have learned so much from Eli. I’m grateful to have a teammate like him. Not many can say they’re learning from a Hall of Famer and one of the best in NFL history.” Nike vows to fix NBA jerseys after shirts shredded “What do you expect?” McAdoo said. “I’m glad he said that. He’s a pro football player, that’s what he should be saying. Eli, he’s our quarterback. I have a lot of confidence in Eli. That hasn’t changed. But that doesn’t mean at some point in time, we won’t throw another guy in there to get a look at him.“Every position needs to be held accountable and every position needs to play to a high standard. The same thing goes with the coaches. And obviously, when you lose in the fashion that we lost (Sunday), it’s not good enough.”Manning has made 207 consecutive starts going back to his rookie season. If he starts this week, he will tie his brother Peyton for the second-longest streak by a quarterback in NFL history. Brett Favre holds the record with 297 consecutive starts.The Giants are still stinging from the 51-17 loss to the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday.Manning was asked about the relationship with his head coach.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Manning realizes that this has been a tough season — and there are still eight more games to play.“Hey, it’s tough for everybody,” Manning said. “It’s no fun losing games and losing players and going through stretches where you’re not winning. So, a good thing is we got eight more games and an opportunity to fix it.”NOTES: The Giants reinstated cornerback Janoris Jenkins from the suspended list. Jenkins was suspended for last week’s game against his former team when he didn’t report back to the team in time for practices last Tuesday after the bye week. … After the workout, the team announced the signing of linebacker Kelvin Sheppard, who played in all 16 games for the Giants last season. The Giants are without starting linebackers Jonathan Casillas (neck) and B.J. Goodson (ankle).last_img read more

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Lonzo Ball hasn’t spoken to brother LiAngelo amid situation in China

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Police in Hangzhou did not respond to telephone calls from The Associated Press for details.Scott did not elaborate on what occurred and said the league was directing all inquiries about the specifics of the matter to UCLA. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Lonzo Ball says ongoing shooting issues ‘just in my head’ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Read Next MOST READ View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball gestures to teammates during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)BOSTON — Lonzo Ball says he has not spoken with his younger brother LiAngelo since he and two other UCLA basketball players were reportedly involved in a shoplifting incident Tuesday in China.“I haven’t talked to him yet,” Lonzo Ball said Wednesday night after his Los Angeles Lakers lost to the Boston Celtics. “Whenever I talk to him, I’ll find out more.”ADVERTISEMENT Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott issued a statement Tuesday night saying that UCLA basketball players were “involved in a situation” in China, with police being summoned to the team’s hotel to investigate the matter.“UCLA is cooperating fully with local authorities,” Scott said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCiting a person close to the situation, the Los Angeles Times reported that freshmen Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill were involved in a shoplifting incident. Lonzo Ball starred at UCLA last season and is now a rookie with the Lakers. His father, LaVar Ball, is also in China and told ESPN that he was “going to waituntil I get more intel on what’s going on” before commenting.UCLA coach Steve Alford said Tuesday he will sit the three players for Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai.last_img read more

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Out of Adamson, Robbie Manalang tries to make waves with new team

first_imgPBA IMAGESFor the longest time, everyone expected Robbie Manalang to have one last run with his fellow Falcons with Akari-Adamson in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.The Fil-Am guard, however, found himself on the outside looking in.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Though his debut was spoiled by Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian’s come-from-behind 83-79 win on Thursday, the 5-foot-7 playmaker shared that he couldn’t feel more at home with the Titans.“It’s a good group of guys here. They’re playing really hard, so it was easy for me to come in here and play my game. Coach Mark (Herrera) puts a lot of trust in me, so I just have to go there and play as hard as I can,” he said.Manalang knows that it would take time for him to fully jell with the team and for the AMA to collectively mesh as a unit given its inexperience. But he said that it shouldn’t be used an excuse with the Titans yet to crack in the winning column after three games.“We’re still a new team. I’m new to the team, too, and I just started practicing with them week ago. We’re still trying to learn how to gel with each other. But we still want to get the W. Hopefully by next game, we’ll be a lot better,” he said.As for that imminent clash between AMA and Akari-Adamson on March 1, Manalang said that he’s looking forward to it and would love to gain that victory over his former team.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Read Next “I wouldn’t say extra motivation but of course, I’m a competitor. Every time I step onto the court, I wanna play. And I’d love to play against those guys. I did it for two years, every day in practice, so I’m excited,” he said. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare burns Mila’s Lechon for back-to-back wins AFP official booed out of forum “I think Akari made a decision that they wanted to play with their rookies,” he shared.It would be understandable if Manalang harbored some kind of anger towards his former team, but the 24-year-old isn’t wired that way as he remained gracious to the Falcons.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That’s ok and I totally understand that. I wouldn’t be the same player I am today without them,” he said. “I know coach Franz (Pumaren) wants his team to be ready for the UAAP. I wish them the best.”Manalang did well in his first game outside of the confines of Adamson, lighting up for 28 points, three rebounds, three steals, and two assists in his 38 minutes of action for new squad AMA Online Education. View commentslast_img read more

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TNT’s Rosario relieved to get out with a win over Phoenix unharmed

first_imgRosario lit up for the KaTropa with a team-best 18 points on a 4-of-7 shooting from three, while also grabbing four rebounds in a 118-97 victory on Sunday.“I just wanted to help the team. I made the most of my chances because I always get open and the coaches gave me the license to shoot. The confidence and the trust is there and I just tried to repay the faith of the coaches in me,” he shared.Unfortunately for TNT, things won’t get easier from here with the KaTrop slated to face top-seed San Miguel in the quarterfinals on Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Just like in their previous tiffs, Rosario expects another tough night against the three-time champions. But he knows that the KaTropa won’t back down as they are preparing to go all-out.“Ever since, San Miguel has always been in the playoffs and we always cross paths with them. But if you want to win like we do, we know that we have to go through them first,” he said as he welcomes the challenge head-on.ADVERTISEMENT With memories of his freak fall against Phoenix last month revisited, the reed-thin forward made sure that the only time he’d leave the game was when the final buzzer had sounded.“This was the game when I had to leave because of my injury, and that was in the fourth quarter of that game,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRosario, however, didn’t want to dwell too much on that incident as he relished this chance for TNT to advance in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals as the eighth seed.“This is really important for once because if we lose, we’ll be out and it will be the first time of that to happen since I joined this team. So even before the game started, the bosses reminded us of the ignominy if we lose,” he said. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Also-ran Phoenix looks forward to next conference with James White as import John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netConsider the job finished.Troy Rosario took satisfaction on the idea that this time out, he was able to finish TNT’s game against Phoenix unscathed.ADVERTISEMENT Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentscenter_img LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico MOST READ Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

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Basketball legend Russell once told PH great Campos to just shoot the ball

first_imgRamoncito Campos, right, with Bill Russell at the Olympic Village during the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. With them are Eddie Lim (left) and Martin Urra Sr. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBill Russell, who made NBA history playing for the legendary Boston Celtics, once told Ramoncito Campos of the Philippine basketball team to just shoot the ball.The event, according to respected basketball historian Prof. Jose Maria Escoda of Adamson University, was the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Campos and the Filipino nationals played against the United States Olympic team which eventually won the gold medal.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Enciso on missing crucial triple: ‘I just need to be better’ Before the game, Campos with fellow Olympians Eddie Lim and Martin Urra Sr. also joined the 11-time NBA champion for a photo oppurtunity at the Olympic Village.The US handily beat the Philippines, 121-53. But Campos and company actually gave the Philippines its highest finish ever in the Olympics after taking 7th spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRussell, according to Escoda, who authored Basketball History: Philippines told Campos: ‘‘Ramon, I will be guarding you.’’Escoda wrote: ‘‘When that opportune time came that their teams faced each other, Bill Russel indeed guarded the country’s first and only ambidextrous shooter. And whenever Campos had the ball, Russel, who stood one foot higher than Ramoncito, would say, “shoot Ramon…shoot.” Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The American great defense man known for his remarkable record of blocked shots (in the NCAA and later at the NBA) didn’t give his best against his Filipino friend who later sunk the basket.The 5-foot-10 Ramoncito Campos was able to score seventeen points in a losing cause against the US.But Russell, according to Escoda, didn’t give Filipino great Caloy ‘‘Great Difference’’ Loyzaga the privilege of getting easy shots. At 6-foot-3, Loyzaga manned the slot for the Philippines against the 6-foot-10 Russell.A three-time Olympian, Campos passed away last May 29 at the age of 92. His remains were cremated. He competed in the  1948 London, 1952 Helsinki and 1956 Melbourne Games.A De La Salle Hall of Famer and a member of the Philippine Basketball Hall of Fame, the friendship between Russell and the Spanish-speaking Campos was made doubly significant  by the fact that racism was alive during that time.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast ‘‘Russell, a black man, and Campos, a mestizo became good friends at a time when racism was alive,’’ noted Escoda.Campos also played for the triumphant University of Santo Tomas alongside Fely and Gabby Fajardo, Pocholo Martinez and Francisco Vestil, who all saw action in the London Olympics.A member of the famed YCO team owned by Don Manolo Elizalde, Campos was honored during the “Pagpupugay” initiated by Manolo Chino Trinidad two years ago at the Resorts World, which became the scene of a carnage recently.‘‘I will never forget his story about the Rizal Memorial Gallery whenever he will shoot his free throws. He said the peanut gallery (General Admission) will actually place bets whether he was going to shoot with his right or left hand,’’ remembered Trinidad. ‘‘He always had a story to tell. Walang pinipiling kausap.’’Veteran scribe Ignacio Dee noted that ‘‘Ramoncito Campos was not a heavy scorer unlike his contemporary, Fely Fajardo, but he scored when needed. In the 1948 Olympic team, there was Fajardo and Andy de la Cruz of FEU, the UAAP scoring champ, but Campos was the go-to-guy, plus Vestil, Gabby Fajardo.’’Escoda said the ability of Campos to shoot using his right and left hand was very much unlike the ‘‘orinola’’ style during the 1930s. It turned out that Ramoncito’s father Dr. Ramon Campos was able to witness  one ambidextrous American player of a visiting American team. Being a physician, Dr. Campos used his knowledge of Human Physiology in making Ramoncito’s left and hand strong enough in flipping the ball from a distance with either with the left or right hand. Ramoncito, according to Escoda, called it quits as a player after Melbourne though he managed the Meralco team and served as consultant of DLSU. He also became Physical Education Director of FEU. Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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LeBron’s legacy assured but Jordan’s might glow brighter

first_img1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Azkals hardpressed to win vs Tajikistan after China drubbing Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Golden State Warriors during the first half of Game 3 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP)One loss from his fifth defeat in eight NBA Finals appearances, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James is matter-of-fact about his legacy, living in the moment and having nothing left to prove.But when it comes to comparisons to retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan, the 1990s playmaker might just have the edge on “King” James.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan’s six NBA titles are twice as many as James and Jordan leads in Most Valuable Player awards five to four.But James passed Jordan last month to become the all-time NBA playoffs scoring leader and enters Friday only one point behind Jordan for third on the all-time NBA Finals scoring list with 1,175.“It has nothing to do with passing him in (totals). It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated,” James said. “You guys want to have the conversations about who’s the greatest of all time, things of that nature, it doesn’t matter to me.”James has been prolific in reaching the finals, the only man to get two teams there four times, but has struggled to hoist the trophies.The Cavaliers fell behind the Warriors 3-1 in last year’s finals before James sparked the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history to bring Cleveland its first major sports title in 52 years. In an unprecedented feat, James led the finals in scoring, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots.This year is nearly the same despite the Cavs being winless, James averaging 32.4 points, 8.8 rebounds, 7.6 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.38 blocked shots, standing second only in blocks and rebounds.“I want, once I hang it up and not play this game anymore, that people can look at what I was able to accomplish — win, lose or draw — and say that he made a difference,” James said. “So that’s what I’m here for.”Every reign must endJames, 32, says he isn’t trying to prove critics wrong as he did in younger days.“I left that in my 20s,” James said. “I’m not in the ‘prove people wrong, silence critics’ department no more. I got a promotion when I got to the 30s. “I never really talk about my legacy. I kind of just live in the moment and if I’m able to accomplish something, then it kind of adds to it on its own.”Barring a miracle rally, only two players in NBA history will have suffered more finals defeats than James. Former Los Angeles Lakers stars Elgin Baylor and Jerry West each lost eight times, in part during the 1960s Boston Celtics dynasty era.Jordan had a killer instinct and supporting talent that saw him go 6-0 in NBA Finals appearances and James has used childhood idol Jordan’s feats as a measuring stick to motivate himself.“Comparing between people either living or still playing or not playing, it’s great for barbershops,” James said. “But for me I’m just trying to leave a legacy behind so I can inspire the next group of kids.”– Jordan feats inspire LeBron –ADVERTISEMENT The Golden State Warriors lead the defending champion Cavaliers 3-0 in the best-of-seven series entering game four Friday at Cleveland.At 15-0 in the playoffs, the Warriors are on the brink of becoming the first NBA team to charge through the playoffs unbeaten to a title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNo team in 126 tries has ever rallied from 3-0 down to win an NBA playoff series, so James — playing in his seventh consecutive finals — figures to fall to 3-5 in the championship round, going 2-2 with Miami and facing a 1-3 mark plus second sweep out with Cleveland.“I don’t get caught up in what I’ve done over the years. I get drawn in too much of what I’m doing right now in the present,” James said. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I know what I’ve done and I know the way I’m built. My only motivation is to be able to compete for a championship every single year.”Bringing a championship to hometown fans in Cleveland fulfilled a dream but kept James ever cautious.“I don’t like to be satisfied too much,” he said. “Because then you become complacent.”It’s a concern that keeps him at the gym every morning. Because every “King” knows all reigns must end.“My mental motor is still going and my physical motor is trying to keep up with it,” James said. “I won’t be able to play this game forever, but I do know I’ll be able to work out for quite a while.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What ‘missteps’? 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Ronaldo accused of evading millions in taxes

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Real Madrid’s Portuguese forward Christiano Ronaldo warms up during a training session at Mitsuzawa stadium in Yokohama on December 13, 2016 ahead of their Club World Cup football match against Club America of Mexico on December 15. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGISpanish prosecutors on Tuesday accused Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo of evading 14.7 million euros in tax through offshore companies, the latest footballer to fall foul of fiscal authorities.The 32-year-old — the world’s highest paid athlete according to Forbes magazine — follows in the steps of Barcelona forward and Argentina star Lionel Messi, who was found guilty of the same offense last year although the sums involved were allegedly smaller.ADVERTISEMENT Azkals survive Tajiks in thriller, firm up hold of top spot in Group F 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ In addition, they say he only declared 11.5 million euros of Spanish-related income from 2011 to 2014, while what he really earned during that time was close to 43 million euros.And finally, they accuse him of “voluntarily” refusing to include 28.4 million euros in income linked to the sale of his image rights for the 2015 to 2020 period to a Spanish company.Ronaldo’s lawyer said the four-time World Player of the Year was stunned by the accusations.“It’s a total surprise for the player who feels wronged, which gives me a special responsibility to speak in his name of his feeling of sadness and injustice,” Antonio Lobo Xavier told Portuguese television.“Ronaldo declared his income in relation to his image rights in 2014, which also included the three previous years.”ADVERTISEMENT In a television interview last month when it was revealed that tax authorities had sent a report to prosecutors on Ronaldo’s alleged fiscal evasion, Ronaldo had said he was “very serene.”“I know these things will be resolved with the best decision, so I’m fine,” he had said.Football scandals The football world in Spain has been rocked by charges of tax evasion or corruption pressed against some of its top stars.Messi was sentenced to a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro fine last year for tax fraud.The prison term will be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.The 29-year-old and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi’s income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.The income related to Messi’s image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.In its statement, Gestha said the most favourable scenario for Ronaldo would be that he is also given a 21-month prison sentence.Former Barca defender Javier Mascherano also agreed a one-year suspended sentence with authorities for tax fraud last year. 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