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Lee waxes hot for Hotshots

first_imgLATEST STORIES Magnolia cruised to victory despite missing the services of playmaker Jio Jalalon. Jalalon, a native of Cagayan de Oro, is with Gilas Pilipinas, which plays Japan on Sunday in the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers at Mall of Asia Arena.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 Nietes, Viloria go for world crowns Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ The heady playmaker was pretty much unguardable throughout the game, especially in early part of the fourth quarter, where he toyed with Meralco’s defense. He hit a triple to make it 73-52, before zig-zagging his way for a nifty drive to make it 77-55, with 9:07 remaining.Lee finished with 21 points and three steals in just less than 20 minutes on the floor as he towed Magnolia (8-3) to the top two where it will be joined by San Miguel Beer.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 folkMeralco (4-7) will miss the all-Filipino playoffs for the third consecutive season.Ian Sangalang and Marc Pingris combined for 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks for the Hotshots, who shot 50 percent from the field while limiting the Bolts to just 35 percent. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESMagnolia locked up the second twice-to-beat advantage and eliminated Meralco from playoff contention after a 94-65 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Xavier University Gym Saturday in Cagayan de Oro City.Paul Lee sparked a second-quarter breakaway that saw the Hotshots go on a 10-0 run to put the game away for good.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City View commentslast_img read more

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Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 8

first_imgScarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters As the Final Four picture of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament starts to take its shape, so do the narratives of some of its teams.National University is on a downfall, University of Santo Tomas is starting to come alive, and Adamson University is ready to shake things up even further.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 crownDe La Salle already RSVP’d its attendance for the big dance while Ateneo is looking to join its rival.With that said, here are the players who shone the brightest this week. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Her scoring outburst in Week 8 propelled Tolentino from no. 16 in the scoring table to no. 12 and bumping her scoring average from 10.55 points to 12.18 points-per-game.3. Deanna Wong (Ateneo de Manila University, setter)Deanna Wong. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/ADeanna Wong’s the architect of Ateneo’s recent four-game winning streak in the second round, and she’s done it through sheer numerical force.Wong first reached the half-century mark when she set up 50 in Ateneo’s four-set win over University of the East, 25-14, 18-25, 25-13, 25-18.She then cranked up the ante in the Lady Eagles’ epic five-setter against the Lady Falcons, 24-26, 25-19. 21-25, 26-24, 15-12, when she had a ridiculous mark of 63 excellent despite Ateneo scoring just 57 spikes.4. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker)Mary Joy Baron. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 4Weeks on list: 3De La Salle has been the league’s most stable of teams in any given point of the season. Galanza was once again called with an error, this time a crossing violation, when she allegedly crossed under the net after she landed on her off-speed attempt that would’ve won the game for Adamson.Nevertheless, Galanza was superb individually for Adamson averaging 19.5 points in the two games the Lady Falcons split this week..7. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Jaja Santiago. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AWeeks on list: 6Jaja Santiago was once the deadliest player in the league this season, she was even the top player for two consecutive times in this list, but her team’s recent struggles have muddled her reputation.NU was a runaway train in the first round going 6-1, but has so far lost all four of its second round matches.Santiago, individually, also saw a dip in her performance as she has, so far, relinquished her second seat in the scoring table to University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos.This week, however, Santiago has made ground on Carlos in the scorers’ table.Santiago was once 27 points behind Carlos, 197-170, but after Week 8 that margin has dissipated to two, 220-218. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In the Golden Tigresses’ lone game this week, Alessandrini put up 19 points and was vital in establishing UST’s presence in front of the net.Alessandrini had five of UST’s 12 blocks against NU and her individual mark was three more of what Santiago had.6. Jema Galanza (Adamson University, outside hitter)Jema Galanza. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 3Weeks on list: 3Jema Galanza could’ve been the undisputed top player this week if not for Adamson’s five-set loss against Ateneo on Sunday.The Lady Falcons were well on their way to pose a serious threat to the top four of the standings but their setback against the Lady Eagles pulled them further back in the Final Four race.Galanza could’ve singlehandedly shocked Ateneo this season but a couple of controversial calls denied her of that.Adamson’s angelic skipper was called with a net touch in the fourth set of the Ateneo game that allowed the Lady Eagles to trim the lead to 22-19, from 22-15.Replays on the telecast, however, showed that Galanza never grazed the net but that wasn’t the only instance the game official had his hand on the scoring. 1. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 2Weeks on list: 7Cherry Rondina has had the most appearances on this list of any player and she’s finally gotten to the apex in the eighth week of Season 80.It’s been heartbreaking for the league’s leading scorer pour her emotions out on the floor while the University of Santo Tomas struggle in the middle part of the season, but the Golden Tigresses have slowly regained their predatory instincts.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 Still, Santiago’s individual exploits haven’t translated to team wins as NU went 0-2 this week and is on a four-game losing streak.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Tokyo 2020 venues ‘fantastic’ as Olympic committees get a peek MOST READ Although the Lady Spikers lost two games in three outings in the middle of the first round, it never threatened their reputation as one of the league’s elite.And now that the Lady Spikers are assured of their spot in the Final Four, there’s been one presence this week that was the embodiment of that stability.Mary Joy Baron was never the one to put up gaudy numbers but her presence alone was enough for the Lady Spikers score a win in their lone game this week.The reigning MVP had a meager 13 points on 10 spikes and three blocks, in three sets against University of the East, 25-8, 25-14, 25-12.Those humble numbers would never jump out of the paper but Baron turned back the Lady Warriors’ 12 times proving that points alone won’t exactly measure how good the MVP is.5. Milena Alessandrini (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)Milena Alessandrini. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: No. 6Weeks on list: 2Filipino-Italian rookie Milena Alessandrini hardly speaks English, let alone Tagalog, but what she lacks in communication she makes up for pure unadulterated play.Alessandrini suffered a right shoulder injury at the end of the first round that sidelined her for a month but now that she’s back she’s given UST a new breathe of life. UST has so far won two straight games after their ridiculous five-game losing streak, and one of those wins happened this week in an absolute brilliant display against NU.The Golden Tigresses feasted on the hollow Lady Bulldogs, who haven’t won a game in the second round, in four sets, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9, and Rondina let out the loudest roar at the hallowed Smart Araneta Coliseum.Like Muhammad Ali triumphing over the blinded Joe Frazier, Rondina won the war against Jaja Santiago scoring 25 points against her taller rival and maintaining her scoring average of 20-plus a game, 21.54 to be exact.UST manage to cling on for dear life as its 4-7 record means its still in the hunt for a Final Four spot.2. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, outside hitter)Kat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLast week: N/AJust like the story the past weeks, names who haven’t been featured on this list are starting to pop up this late into the season.And this week’s first debutante is Kat Tolentino, who has been dominant for Ateneo as of late.“The Big Kat” has effectively become one of Ateneo’s central scoring figures and she’s racked up two games this week where she’s been nothing of short of imposing.Tolentino was a commanding presence on the Ateneo’s wings this week as she averaged 19.5 points in the two wins the Lady Eagles had. View comments Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

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Pacman ain’t done yet

first_img‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ “Definitely this is not my last fight,”  Pacquiao said during a press conference Friday held to drum up interest for his World Boxing Association welterweight crown showdown with the Argentine champion at Axiata Arena.“I want my last fight to be in the Philippines, but I still have a couple more fights till I retire,” said the 39-year-old Pacquiao, who reigned in an unprecedented eight divisions.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 crownFor now, Pacquiao is focused on dethroning Matthysse and regaining his reputation tarnished by a shocking decision loss to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July.Aware of Matthysse’s impressive knockout rate, 36 of 39 victories against four losses, Pacquiao dared not predict a stoppage, but vowed to bring the 147-pound crown home. Pacquiao, Matthysse face the press in Kuala LumpurKuala LumpuR—No matter what happens in his title duel against Lucas Matthysse here on July 15, Manny Pacquiao isn’t hanging up his gloves yet.The Filipino ring icon believes he has a couple more fights left in him before closing a sterling 23-year career that has made him one of the sport’s all-time greats.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ONE: Belingon keeps streak, clobbers Leone 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 To do so, Pacquiao, who’ll have to divide his time at the gym with his duties as a senator,  intends to train for at least 10 weeks, the early part in Manila under the supervision of bosom buddy Buboy Fernandez. When the Senate takes a break, training shifts to General Santos City.In his first stint as an international promoter by way of MP Promotions, Pacquiao promised a viewer-pleasing fight with Matthysse in the card to be shown worldwide by ESPN on pay-per-view.“Matthysse’s style is very aggressive. He’ll want to come inside and fight toe-to-toe. You won’t see running or dancing in the ring,” said Pacquiao, who holds a 59-7-2 (38 knockouts).Matthysse said he’s willing to do a rematch with Pacquiao, but with Argentina as venue.ADVERTISEMENT Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

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Go, Ateneo lock up Filoil finals berth

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Keys to victory: Creamline vs PayMaya, BanKo vs Pocari Sweat Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Ateneo once again displayed its balanced offense with seven players producing at least five points led by Thirdy Ravena’s seven.Prince Orizu had 11 for FEU on a 5-for-13 shooting clip. Justin Robert Valencia 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 With the match tied at 31 in the fourth quarter, Isaac Go hit a triple with 7:19 to go to and that was the spark the Blue Eagles needed to end the game with a 19-7 run.Ateneo, which last played in the pre-season tournament final in 2011, will face the winner of the San Beda-St. Benilde matchup in the one-off championship game on Saturday.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“The players gathered themselves in halftime and played our normal system in the second half,” Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga said.The Tamaraws were in control in the first half, leading as much as nine points, 18-9, but the Blue Eagles used a 12-4 sprint to close the gap at halftime, 21-22. MOST READ There’s still no stopping Ateneo as it entered the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup finals after outmuscling Far Eastern University in a defensive game, 50-38, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Road Warriors get ‘newfound confidence’ after Asia League Super 8 stint

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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MACAU—NLEX isn’t done fighting in the Asia League Super 8, entering the semifinals after an 88-78 comeback win over one-time CBA champion Xinjiang Guangui Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jones Cup: Ateneo blasts Lithuania for third straight win NLEX continued to push in the fourth quarter with 85-73 advantage off a 14-5 run to ultimately put the game away.And behind NLEX’ surprise comeback were unheralded names who are trying to make a name in the PBA.Mark Tallo inspired the Road Warriors with 12 points, six rebounds, and eight assists, while Kenneth Ighalo did his work with 17 points and four rebounds.Jansen Rios also had his moment under the sun with eight points.“It’s a revelation for guys like Mac, Jansen, and Iggy,” said Guiao. “I think we’ll go back to Manila with a newfound sense of confidence that against the odds, the bigger teams, more experienced teams in international play.”ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments LATEST STORIES With the Road Warriors positioning themselves for a possible title shot in the pocket tournament, head coach Yeng Guiao believes their stint here could be beneficial as they gear up for the upcoming 2018  PBA Governors’ Cup.Guiao is eager to improve from their dismal 2-9 standing in the Commissioner’s Cup where they finished 11th with only Blackwater, who also competed in the Super 8, holding a worse 1-10 record.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’“We came here to learn, of course, we want to win. We came here to win and gain experience,” said Guiao Thursday. “We are learning a lot of things and we are gaining a lot experience and at the same time we’re winning so it’s a double bonus for us.”The Road Warriors were down 45-28 against the Flying Tigers, the 2017 CBA champions, but roared back in the third quarter with a blistering 22-4 run to take a 55-53 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “This team, this isn’t a pushover team in their league, we’re the pushover team in the PBA. That says a lot not just for our team but the brand we play in the PBA. It’s a good comparison that we aren’t lagging behind the best teams in Asia with the CBA and KBL.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

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With Brownlee, Slaughter in tow, different Ginebra faces San Miguel in Finals

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES “Of course, we didn’t have Greg then. We weren’t 100 percent,” Cone said.“That’s the difference now and of course, Justin has always been a difference maker for us obviously we’ve won two championships with him already. He’s like my Sean Chambers of the Alaska days and whenever Sean came in we went to another level, whenever Justin comes in we go to another level.”Slaughter missed the finals due to an ankle injury but has made up for lost time since regaining top form, helping Ginebra get back to the championship round.“But it’s really the first time we have Greg and Japeth healthy although as I’ve mentioned, Japeth right now is a little bit gimpy. He’s not here today because he’s doing therapy as we speak and he’s trying to get 100 percent healthy for Friday,” Cone said.Aguilar sat out the first two games of the semifinals series against Rain or Shine. He only played limited minutes in Games 3 and 4.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins 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 San Miguel coach Leo Austria and Ginebra coach Tim Cone. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt wasn’t too long ago when Barangay Ginebra was outclassed by San Miguel Beer in the Philippine Cup Finals last year.The loss still stings for the Gin Kings, who look to get even with the Beermen in their latest finals duel starting Friday night.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “But having those two together for the first time, I think that gives us the proper matchup with San Miguel and we didn’t have that in the all-Filipino with Greg and I guess we didn’t have Justin so we’re hoping it’s a different story this time around.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “In my career, I’m just always glad whenever we make the finals and I think it adds motivation that we lost to them in the [Philippine Cup] finals,” said Ginebra guard Mark Caguioa on Tuesday.“Yeah, I think anytime you lose and you know, we were beat soundly,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone when asked if the loss is still in the Gin Kings’ head.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’Ginebra lasted for only five games against San Miguel with its only win coming in Game 2 in overtime to level the series after getting blown out by 27 points in Game 1.Cone hopes the finals rematch will have a different outcome especially with Greg Slaughter healthy and Justin Brownlee around. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Mbappe, Modric on 10-man list for FIFA best player award View commentslast_img read more

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Saso never doubted ability to win gold

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms 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 “I had no doubt on what (club) I wanted to hit. I didn’t have second thoughts taking the kind of shot I needed to,” Saso told the Inquirer, minutes after submitting a six-under-par 66 that keyed the Philippines’ golden sweep of women’s golf at Pondok Indah Golf Course here Sunday afternoon.Near the green, while Saso was about to putt after studying her line intently, her Japanese father Masa was a nervous wreck, muttering in broken Filipino, loud enough for the Inquirer to hear: “Ilapit mo lang (just putt it close). Two putts, panalo pa din tayo (we will still win).”“I was going to go [hole it] no matter what,” Saso said later.And just like that, something never before done by the Philippines was accomplished by a troika of young ladies in a sport few people back home expected would give the country its biggest glory in the 45-nation Olympics of the region.Draped with the PH flag of three stars and a sun, Bianca Pagdanganan and LK Go were whooping it up somewhere near the giant scoreboard.Pagdanganan did her part, too, by carding a similar 66.ADVERTISEMENT Go, whom coach Rick Gibson would later say was the comical lass who held the team together, failed to count with a 73.The ladies and the other gold medalist, weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, will arrive in Manila on Tuesday.“This is the biggest thing that has happened to me,” said the 20-year-old Pagdanganan, who helped University of Arizona to the US NCAA title just a few months back. “This is far better (than the NCAA). I’m playing for my country, the country of my birth.“Nothing can top what I am feeling right now,” she added, just after Saso had holed out and waited for the Chinese, Liu Wenbo, make a mess out of her 72nd hole with a quadruple bogey.Gibson broke down while being interviewed, while the girls held their composure and celebrated with family and friends who made the trip here and shared their journey to history.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Golf roundup View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins JAKARTA—Faced with a daunting second shot from 210 yards on a par-5 finishing hole, Yuka Saso had no qualms taking a 4-iron and attempt the shot that will define her young career—and win the individual event and seal the team championship in the 18th Asian Games.Bones Floro, the nonplaying skipper who helped put this team together, was in a golf cart on the pathway, some 80 yards from Saso’s spot. A crack player himself, Bones didn’t need to look at the flight of the ball, just Saso’s body language—or the lack of it.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced “We just made history!” Bones declared as the gallery that crowded the side of the small, undulating 18th green erupted in frenzy.Saso’s ball took one bounce near the right greenside bunker before settling on the fringe some 18 feet away.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’A pin-high putt is left. Very make-able. History was indeed beckoning.It was set up by a shot that came from a 17-year-old, a gorgeous swing that will, after a long walk in the middle of the fairway adorned by cheers from a small Filipino crowd, rewrite Philippine golf history in the Asian Games. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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PH golden skateboarder Didal eyes Tokyo Olympics berth

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms RELATED VIDEO LATEST STORIES “I want to earn qualifying points for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games,” said Didal.The 19-year-old skateboarder will have to compete in World Skate sanctioned events during the Olympic qualifying period from Jan.1, 2019 to May May 31, 2020 to earn points as part of the Olympic guidelines.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’There are 20 slots for each of the four events, men and women’s park and street competitions, with a total of 80 participants competing.Japan, as the host nation, is reserved one slot for each of the events. Gold medalist Margielyn Didal of the Philippines gestures during the victory ceremony for the women’s skateboard street event during the 2018 Asian Games in Palembang on August 29, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Mohd RASFANMargielyn Didal is not stopping with just an Asian Games triumph.After her gold medal run in the women’s street skateboarding, Didal is eyeing the biggest sporting stage in the world—the Olympics.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Maraño after China loss: PH volleyball has a long way to go, but we’ll perseverecenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Didal and the other of the world’s skaters will have their first crack at the qualifying points in the Street League Skateboarding World Championships in Rio de Janeiro in January.And Skateboard Association of the Philippines, Inc. president Monty Mendigoria wants Didal to compete in Rio to have a shot to earn the most number of points.“While there will be also Olympic qualifiers in Asia, we are lining up Margie to compete in Rio so she can earn a maximum of ranking points,” said Mendigoria.Didal is set to receive P6 million from the Philippine government as an incentive for winning an Asian Games gold medal and the Cebu native said she will invest her earnings into a family business.“Maybe we will put up a family business because I won’t be able to go skateboarding all the time,” said Didal who will also be the country’s flag bearer in the closing ceremonies on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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Napa finds no consolation in Letran’s fiery comeback: ‘We played terribly’

first_imgView comments There are no positive takeaways as far as Letran coach Jeff Napa is concerned as his squad slipped to fourth place.“No one will remember any silver lining that we came back in the game,” Napa told reporters in Filipino. “Winning is what’s important and what everyone will remember is what we did in the first three quarters.”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 played terribly. Like I said in the dugout, we made a fool out of ourselves.”Napa said his players lacked effort and commitment to winning the game. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Letran tries to bounce back against College of St. Benilde on Friday. 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Haslem reveals why he chose to return to Heat Letran coach Jeff Napa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLetran’s blistering run that wiped out a 22-point lead by San Beda in the last six minutes of the game wasn’t enough to compensate for how it played the first three quarters and a half quarters.After all, the spirited comeback doesn’t take away the fact that the Knights still wound up on the losing end.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “Our effort and commitment were nonexistent. We did not lose the game because of the numbers. You can’t teach desire, it’s up to you if you want to do it or not,” he said after Letran dropped a 74-68 decision.Forward Bong Quinto and guard JP Calvo spearheaded the Knights’ rally.Quinto scored 19 points, 13 coming inside the final six minutes while Calvo tallied six of his 16 in the final frame.Napa, who has still yet to beat San Beda since transferring to Letran in 2016, took the blame for his players’ deficiencies.“I take full responsibility for this loss. My players did not deliver and it’s all my fault.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Top teams NU, Ateneo collide

first_imgNational University battles defending champion Ateneo to open second round action of the UAAP Season 81 juniors basketball tournament on Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Bullpups (6-1) hope to score a repeat of their 78-62 first-round victory in their 3 p.m. duel with the Blue Eaglets.ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson U, bunched in a three-way with Ateneo in second place at 5-2, clash at 11 a.m.The NU-Ateneo showdown will also feature giants Kai Sotto, the Ateneo center who is leading the season MVP race, and NU’s Carl Tamayo.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 ChrissIn their first-round duel last Dec. 15, Tamayo tallied a double-double effort of 13 points and 10 rebounds. Sotto paced the Eaglets with 23 points and 13 boards. MOST READ 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 View comments Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Vargas eyes ‘controversial’ changes to POC charter, including age limit for officials Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history LATEST STORIESlast_img read more