He is Brand Jamaica

first_imgIt has gone largely unnoticed that Usain Bolt’s winning times at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro are the slowest he has ever produced in his successful pursuit of 13 individual global championships. Put another way, the Bolt of championships past would have beaten the majestic history-making 2016 Bolt handily. However, for Bolt, at this stage in his wonderful career, the times don’t matter. His speed portfolio bulges with memorabilia. He ran the first of his 34 sub-20 200 metres races in 2003, months before his 17th birthday. It was a world junior record of 19.93 seconds and remains unchallenged 13 years later. Today, he turns 30 and faces a crossroads. With six World/Olympic titles and three world records in the 100 and seven such titles and two world records in the 200m, one could begrudge him if he never ran another step in his life. The wear and tear of training to run 49 sub-10 second 100 metre races has sent him to the therapist’s bench more and more often. If he stopped running now, the combination of the wear and tear on a body once deemed too tall for sprinting and his unmatched success would be reason enough. By his own admission, he would miss the sport. HIS TRADEMARK The sport would miss him. Not only is he lightning quick, but he is engaging, playful and charming. He is Brand Jamaica on fast forward. Halfway through the 2008 Olympic 100 final, he looked to the heavens, thanked his heavenly Father and then beat his chest, all en route to a world record of 9.69 seconds and his first Olympic gold. It was to be the first of nine. When he crossed the line, reggae music boomed into the Bird’s Nest. He celebrated by joyfully dancing the Gully Creeper, the No Linger and the Sweep and by revealing his trademark ‘To the World’ pose. Weeks later, he appeared on the ‘Tonight Show’ hosted then by David Letterman. Once he strode on to the set confidently and sat in his seat and looked Letterman in the eye, you could see he was a star. He was a lord to the manor born. He hasn’t lost his human touch either. At the opening of a basketball court for the Jamaica Special Olympic team in 2015, he clocked an appearance for Digicel, a sponsor which has assisted him since 2004. Long after his duty was done, the tall man from Trelawny was still there shooting hoops with the special olympians. It was beautiful to watch. THREE DOUBLES If I were him, I might have retired in 2013. By then, he had already done the unprecedented Olympic ‘double-double’ by winning the 100m and 200m in both 2008 and 2012 and by regaining the World Championships 100 metres title in 2013. He had won it by improving his world record to 9.58 seconds in Berlin in 2009, but was eliminated by a false start in the 2011 final. Thanks to his genius Racers Track Club coach Glen Mills, he stayed around long enough to win sprint doubles last year in a return to Beijing for the World Championships and now in Rio. It will be well nigh impossible for anyone to match his collection of three doubles each at the Olympics and at the World Championships. Throughout his career, he has loved the fans and they have loved him back. Whether he goes now or next year after the World Championships, there is one fan who will probably miss him the most. On one of his many trips to run in Ostrava, in the Czech Republic, he was being led briskly to the public address announcer for a trackside interview. There was no time for him to do autographs until this young fan caught his eye. The catch was her face, which was painted black, green and gold. He stopped, chatted and signed autographs for this adoring fan. At the same meet the following year, the same girl sat at the same spot but with a handful of her friends, all face-painted in the colours of the Jamaican flag. The tall man stopped again. The girl and her friends were delighted. This is what makes Usain Bolt a superstar of the highest order. He isn’t just the best sprinter of all time. He is Brand Jamaica. * Hubert Lawrence has watched Bolt run since 2000.last_img read more

No Blatche for Gilas in Fiba Asia as Reyes bares Final 12

first_imgView comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano READ: Filipinos fail to finish Gilas stint on a high note despite win over IranRounding up the roster are Raymond Almazan and Fil-German big man ChristianStandhardinger, who took Blatche’s place.In an earlier report from the Inquirer, Blatche was reluctant in joining the team because of the peace and order situation in Beirut, Lebanon.Gilas Pilipinas is set to compete in the continental championships, with Australia and New Zealand participating for the first time, from August 8 to 20.ADVERTISEMENT Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Gilas Pilipinas will be without naturalized center Andray Blatche for the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Beirut, Lebanon this August.ADVERTISEMENT ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Embattled Olympic boxing body picks Russia for 2019 worlds Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coach Chot Reyes bared his 12-man roster Tuesday night with just two weeks left before the Philippines shoots for the Asian title after years of finishing with the silver medal.READ: Sources: Blatche reluctant to join Gilas in Lebanon Fiba Asia FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Veterans June Mar Fajardo, Jayson Castro, Terrence Romeo, Calvin Abueva, and Japeth Aguilar banner the team together with returning defender Gabe Norwood.Rookies Jio Jalalon, Matthew Wright, and Roger Pogoy were also retained in the roster along with cadet Carl Bryan Cruz. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold

first_imgSEA Games: PH bet Beram makes it two golds Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Majority of the team are homegrown talents who learned to skate at SM mall rinks, which has existed in the Philippines for two decadesThat worked to the Filipinos’ advantage in the SEA Games ice hockey tournament, which was also played inside a mall in construction in Kuala Lumpur.Members of the team are Benjamin Jorge
 Imperial, Carl Michael Montano, Daniel 
Pastrana, Francois Emmanuel Gautier, Javier Alfonso 
Cadiz, Gianpietro
 
Iseppi, Jan Aro
 Regencia, John Steven
 Fuglister, Georgino
 Orda, Jorell Crisostomo, Jose Inigo Anton 
Cadiz, Joshua 
Carino, 
Julius Frederick Santiago, Lenard Rigel II

Lancero, Miguel Alfonso Relampagos, 
Miguel Serrano, Paolo
 
Spafford, Patrick Russell
 Syquiatco, Paul Gabriel Sanchez and Carlo Martin Sison 
Tenedoro. Head coach is Daniel Brodan.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay The Philippines got an early 4-1 lead but Thailand refused to go away and cut it down to one in the second.After a scoreless third period, Niko Cadiz struck goal no. 5 with eight minutes left to play as the Filipinos held on to the win.Ice hockey was played for the first time in the regional sporting meet.READ: Philippine ‘Mighty Ducks’ sets out to shock in SEA GamesIt was quiet a debut for the nation’s hockey team, which was only assembled a few years ago.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ What’s in store for your animal sign this year The PH ice hockey team nipped Thailand, 5-4, in a tense final to seal the country’s 15th gold medal in a historic undefeated run.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’The Filipinos beat Indonesia, Singapore and Malaysia before frustrating the Thais, who managed to close in at the end of the second period despite an early deficit, in the last match.READ: SEA Games: PH beats Malaysia on penalties, takes shot at ice hockey Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies The Philippines ice hockey team celebrates a goal during their Ice Hockey round robin game against Malaysia during the 29th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur on August 23, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRYThe Philippines swept its way to the Southeast Asian Games’ inaugural ice hockey gold medal Thursday night.READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of IndonesiaADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) View commentslast_img read more

It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland

first_imgHe took a hard look at going back to Miami, listened to sales pitches from Paul George and Carmelo Anthony in Oklahoma City, even considered San Antonio and got a call from Golden State.But in the end, he wanted to play again with James — someone Wade calls his brother.“I definitely think I can help him in different ways,” Wade told the AP via phone as he sat in his new locker room. “He is, in today’s game, the greatest basketball player that we have. So he doesn’t need me to help him be great. But there’s other areas that I’ve been able to be there, to help him think about things a certain way. He knows I’m going to put the work in with him. He knows I’m going to be right there.”Earlier Wednesday, James said he feels like a little kid having Wade with him again.“Come on, man, this is like one of my best friends,” James said after the first of Cleveland’s two practices on the day — the second one set to be Wade’s first with the Cavs. “It’s kind of like when you start school and you walk into the classroom and you’re not quite sure who your classmates are and when you walk in there and one of your best friends is in there, you’re like: ‘Oh, yeah, this is going to be fun. It’s going to be a good class.’”ADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FILE – In this Dec. 25, 2014, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) and Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade talk following an NBA basketball game in Miami. Wade is expected to sign Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, with the Cavaliers, reuniting the 12-time All-Star with James, a former Miami teammate and one of his best friends. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)The wake-up calls for Dwyane Wade were coming at 5:45 a.m. for much of the summer. An hour or so later, he and LeBron James would be in the gym together working on their games.And the chemistry was as good as ever.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 “When you play this sport, getting to those moments, getting to the Eastern Conference finals, the Finals, that’s when you feel alive,” Wade said. “And I haven’t felt that in a couple years. And I wanted to make sure I put myself in that position. If I don’t win one, my career path is not going to change, but damn it sure will feel great.” In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Ronaldo surprised by increasing criticism DAY6 is for everybody “He drives me to want to be better,” Wade said.They’ll be grinding together on a daily basis now.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogWade signed a one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday to reunite with James, with whom he went to four NBA Finals and won two championships in Miami. Wade’s deal was finalized quickly after he cleared waivers, which he had to do after getting a buyout from the Chicago Bulls over the weekend.“I’m all about the challenge,” Wade told The Associated Press. “If I didn’t want the challenge, I would have stayed in Chicago. But I wanted the challenge of being back on that big stage and playing in those moments and seeing what I’ve got. So I’m not going to talk about what I’ve got. I want to go out there and show, when the lights are the brightest and the games are the biggest, that’s when I’m alive. And I need that.” A good team, too.Wade and James spent four seasons together with the Heat, winning two championships and making the Finals four times as a duo as devastating as any in league history. They’ll now join forces on a Cleveland team that saw Kyrie Irving traded to Boston and the roster get remodeled by adding Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, former league MVP Derrick Rose and free agents Jeff Green and Jose Calderon.Wade has talked to coach Tyronn Lue about his role and seems assured that he’ll be in the mix for a starting job.“You want to earn your spot, but I definitely wanted to make sure it wasn’t something that was off the table,” Wade said. “I don’t want ever to be given anything in this league. I want to feel like I earned it. That’s kind of how you want it coming to a new team. … This is a deep team. That really excited me about the potential of this team and what you need to compete with a Golden State. You need a deep team to compete with them.”Wade has said many times that a fourth ring isn’t a make-or-break goal for him. His legacy is secure. He’s a certain Hall of Famer. He’s one of the best to ever play the game.That doesn’t mean another title is irrelevant, though. And he gave back about $8 million in the buyout with the Bulls to get this chance, after taking smaller-than-he-could-have-gotten deals in Miami multiple times to help the Heat and their championship quests.“I want to compete for it,” Wade said. “I’ve always said if I don’t win another one, it’s not going change the course of my career and what I’ve been able to accomplish. But as everyone knows, as has been very highly documented, some of it documented the wrong way, I’ve probably given back the most money of any player in NBA history. And it’s always been to be in position to compete for a championship.”The Cavaliers have been to the last three NBA Finals; add the Miami years in there, and James has been to the title round in seven consecutive seasons.Wade hasn’t played a June game since 2014.He’s hoping that changes in 2018. View commentslast_img read more

Ball, Lakers romp past Pistons

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View comments LATEST STORIES “Take away the Phoenix game, this is the best game he’s played I thought,” Walton said. “The way that his pace was, the way he pushed the ball all the time. He was in the other team’s paint. He just set the tone and I thought the whole team fed off the way he was playing.”TIP INSPistons: After allowing 24 fast-break points in their first seven games, the Pistons allowed the Lakers to get free for 17 points. . Ish Smith had 12 of the Pistons’ 30 points off the bench. .Lakers: Rookie Kyle Kuzma finished with 16 points, scoring 10 points of the Lakers’ 33 points in the second quarter. . Los Angeles improved to 14-4 against the Pistons at Staples Center.RANDLE’S ROLERandle is thriving as an impact substitution this season. He showed it again by pacing the team in scoring despite playing just 17:25, the lightest workload for any Laker that finished with at least 10 points.“He has just been playing with great energy,” Walton said. “He can change games and he did tonight with the way he came in.”Van Gundy credited the second-unit pairing of Randle and Kuzma for effectively putting the game out of reach in the second quarter.HALLOWEEN HIJINKSLakers forward Corey Brewer arrived at Staples Center in costume as Spider-Man, while Caldwell-Pope dressed up as Steve Urkel from the 1990′s TV sitcom “Family Matters.”Caldwell-Pope said the Lakers were so successful because they were having fun, and he certainly did against his former team.“We threw the first punch,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We kept our feet on the gas. We pushed the ball and got easy layups.”UP NEXTPistons: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday to open a five-game homestand. Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball, front, passes the ball past Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson defending during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, in Los Angeles. The Lakers won, 113-93. (AP Photo/Kyusung Gong)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers were locked in to deliver their best effort of the season. The Detroit Pistons were anything but ready, and the gap between the two mindsets was obvious.Julius Randle scored 17 points, Lonzo Ball added 13 and the Lakers smashed the Pistons 113-93 on Tuesday night.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson UAAP Starting 5: Week 8 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? “This is the way we want to play,” said Lakers forward Brandon Ingram, who had 13 points. “This is kind of the identity we want to bring every single game.”Larry Nance Jr. had 14 points and 12 rebounds for his third double-double for the Lakers, who had lost the previous three games against the Pistons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 13 points in his first chance to play against the Pistons, who drafted him No. 8 overall in 2013.Tobias Harris and Reggie Jackson each had 18 points for the Pistons, who were unable to sweep their three-game California road trip. Andre Drummond had 10 points and 12 rebounds.Ball had a modest statistical performance, finishing with six rebounds and three assists, but Lakers head coach Luke Walton credited him with setting the tone. Ball was aggressive in attacking the paint to create an easy shot for himself or a teammate, and that unselfishness became infectious.Seven Lakers finished with double figures, and six had at least three assists.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was unsure about how his team might handle the adulation associated with a surprising 5-2 start, and those concerns proved to be well-founded in a loss he described as a “humbling experience.“There’s nothing we did well and they dominated us,” Van Gundy said. “We had no fight in us. It was a bad, bad night.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe Lakers used a 16-5 run in the first quarter to take a lead they would never relinquish, eventually jumping out in front by as many as 23.Another superb defensive effort keyed the win, as the Lakers allowed three free-throws, the fewest in a game in franchise history. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Lakers: Visit the Portland Trailblazers on Thursday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Nadal remains on track for first Paris Masters title

first_imgReed aims for first Bellevue 5150 title LATEST STORIES Earlier in the third round, Juan Martin del Potro moved closer to securing the last spot for the finals by beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4.Del Potro, who lost to Roger Federer on Sunday in the Swiss Indoors final, is in 10th place in the race to qualify for the tournament. Only the top eight players will compete in London and there is one place left, to be taken in Paris.“I would love to reach London once again. It could be a fantastic moment for me,” said del Potro, who was way back in 47th place in the race before the U.S. Open. “I’m excited to keep improving for this kind of surprise.”Del Potro has a tough challenge next, against big-serving American John Isner.The ninth-seeded Isner, last year’s runner-up to Andy Murray, hit 25 aces as he beat sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (10), 5-7, 7-6 (3).Seventh-seeded David Goffin of Belgium was through to the finals in London, despite a surprise loss to Benneteau 6-3, 6-3. The unseeded Frenchman reached the quarters of a Masters for the first time since Shanghai in 2014 in his final tournament before retiring.Goffin will have waited nervously on the result of Frenchman Lucas Pouille’s result against Jack Sock. But Pouille’s 7-6 (6), 6-3 loss to the American sent him through, at Pouille’s expense, making him the first Belgian to qualify for the season finale.“I would have preferred to have qualified by winning and Lucas is a friend,” Goffin said. “But I am still so happy to have qualified.”Dominic Thiem went out early again, falling to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.Since losing to Del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the fifth-seeded Austrian has won only two matches in five tournaments. SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi01:05SEA Games: Agatha Wong defends wushu title, scores 2nd gold for PH05:52Typhoon Ursula slightly weakens, expected out of PAR by Saturday02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Verdasco next plays Sock. Krajinovic advanced with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win against Nicolas Mahut. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He had a very successful season, winning a lot of challengers, and now he’s playing well on the tour,” Nadal said of Krajinovic. “When you’re winning a lot of matches you’re in a good dynamic.”Cuevas competed well in spells against a nervy Nadal, who was erratic on serve and made countless unforced errors in a gritty contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogOne of the most glaring came at 5-5 in the second-set tiebreaker, when Nadal hit an easy forehand into the net to give Cuevas a set point. After a brief rally, Nadal hit a backhand long and Cuevas leveled the match.Nadal had some strapping under his right knee before the deciding set, then raced into a 3-0 lead before the jitters came back. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives on court to play against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the third round of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS – Rafael Nadal remains on track for an elusive Paris Masters title after beating Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday.He has not reached the final since losing to David Nalbandian in his first appearance 10 years ago. Nadal improved to 4-1 overall against Cuevas and next plays Serbian qualifier Filip Krajinovic for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s not the moment to talk much about the knee,” he said. He also was elusive about whether it might prevent him from playing in the season-ending ATP Finals next week in London.“Anything can happen in one week and a half,” Nadal said. “But if nothing strange happens then I’m going to be there.”Nadal was not moving with his customary speed around court in the third set but held comfortably enough for 5-2. He clinched victory on his first match point when Cuevas sent a return wide.Nadal is guaranteed to finish the year with the top ranking for the fourth time. A maiden victory here would give him a record 31 Masters titles, one more than Novak Djokovic.Marin Cilic of Croatia downed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-2 and next faces veteran Julien Benneteau.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Perkins arrives to Phoenix practice way before call time, but still not the earliest

first_imgJason Perkins listens to coach Louie Alas during Phoenix’s first practice session on Monday. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netLooking to make a good impression in his first day of work, Jason Perkins thought he was the first man at Upper Deck Sports Center when Phoenix began its team practices on Monday, coming to the venue an hour and a half early.But to his surprise, his sharp-shooting teammates Jeff Chan and Matthew Wright were already there. Chan and Wright were both soaked in sweat as Perkins entered the court.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I thought I came in early to practice, but Chan was already in a sweat by the time I came in here and Wright was already getting up shots. So, yeah I got to get my work ethic up. I didn’t realize it was like that here,” he said.Perkins knows that it’s just the kind of effort the Fuel Masters will need from him as the team enters a new era with coach Louie Alas at the helm.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“We’re not the biggest team, but if I have to switch to three, I’m ready for it. We’ll show it to those teams that we have a lot of heart and we really work hard,” said the fourth overall pick of this year’s draft as he acknowledged on the size disparity the league’s best teams have against Phoenix.Perkins is also well aware of the luxury he has being in a virtually same system, with Alas also enforcing a defensive pressure similar to that of Aldin Ayo’s in La Salle. But with him going up on a higher level, the 25-year-old forward knows that he has to take his game to different level as he hopes to learn from veterans Doug Kramer and Willie Wilson.“It’s not a shock to me seeing the press because coach Ayo has the most physically  demanding ones, so coming to another press, I’m already used to it,” he said. “I’m used with the press and moving as a big man and it’s something that I think I’m prepared for. But I’d really like to continue learning and talking to the older guys like Willie and Doug.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set UAAP Starting Five: Week 9 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

SBP urges Filipinos to rally behind PH’s joint 2023 Fiba World Cup bid

first_imgSamahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas executive director Sonny Barrios and president Al Panlilio will be part of the Philippines’ delegation for the joint bid in the 2023 Fiba World Cup. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netIntent on staging the global basketball extravaganza in our home soil, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) enjoined the public to once again throw its support for the country’s joint hosting bid with Japan and Indonesia for the 2023 Basketball World Cup.last_img

Go for Gold shocks CEU

first_imgPhivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano MOST READ View comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings JK Casiño also shone with 15 points, including the team’s last five points in regulation to force the overtime against his former squad.He first tied the game at 82 with a booming right corner three with 50.3 seconds remaining and then again at 84 with a layup over Rod Ebondo with 5.1 ticks left.It was the first defeat in four games for the Scorpions.ADVERTISEMENT Chris dela Peña of Batangas EAC is fouled by Prince Eze of Perpetual during their game Friday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZJ-Jay Alejandro found his mark when it mattered as Go for Gold stunned Centro Escolar University, 91-89, in overtime Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.The former NU Bulldog drilled two treys in the extra period, the last giving his side a 90-87 lead with 2:43 remaining before the Scratchers’ defense got the job done with Jimboy Pasturan securing crucial offensive boards in the final minute.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Peping camp claims he’s got number to win “It’s definitely a big win,” said coach Charles Tiu as his side leveled their standing at 3-3. “I like the fact that we fought and won against CEU.”In the other game, Perpetual got back to its winning ways and clobbered Batangas-EAC, 82-75.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 folkAlejandro fired nine points on a 2-of-6 shooting from downtown, while also nabbing four rebounds and two assists.Justin Gutang led Go for Gold with 20 points, five assists, and four boards.last_img read more

Ravena vows to be ‘more ready’ in Game 3

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I’ll be ready. I’ll be more ready on Wednesday. I can’t be playing like this, especially on a series where we know how important every game is in the semifinals,” he said.Also adding to his confidence is the presence of coach Yeng Guiao in crucial situations.“The numerous seven-game series that he’s won and lost, he knows how to control the minutes of his players. In this game, we just didn’t find any solution to Paul (Lee), and that’s tough that he shot 50 percent from the field the whole game,” he said.“We have to step it up. We’ll learn from this, rest, forget about this, and be ready on Wednesday.”.@ArangkadaNLEX’s @kieferravena talks about the team’s mindset after this Game 2 loss. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/GHGouGqSDoADVERTISEMENT Jalalon anchors Hotshots defense against Ravena Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano 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 Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX super rookie Kiefer Ravena was man enough to tip his hat to Magnolia, especially with its defensive adjustments in Game 2 on Monday.“We have to give credit also to the defense,” Ravena said in the Road Warriors’ 84-99 defeat to the Hotshots in Game 2.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Ravena dealt with the pesky defense of Jio Jalalon and was limited to nine points, seven assists, and three rebounds against five turnovers in 21 minutes of action.“The familiarity of him being since college, that’s one of our perks playing alongside each other with Gilas. The battles we played internationally and the practices we’ve had together, you will always learn something when it comes to the tendencies of one person,” he said. “With Jio, maybe he really took the job to defend me because he knows me too well.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: Jalalon anchors Magnolia defense against RavenaRavena vowed to bounce back from this forgettable performance as he promised to be better equipped to handle the Magnolia defense for the all-important Game 3. LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 12, 2018 View commentslast_img read more