Two-week break helps Elite recuperate Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea PLAY LIST 01:11Top Pentagon general: US maintains ‘high levels of readiness’ regarding N. Korea00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 LATEST STORIES “I can see that he’s one of the reliable players in his team. He has a big chance to win the Rookie of the Year.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will there be a passing of the torch when rising star Mac Belo and veteran Santos face off for the first time?ADVERTISEMENT Santos doubts it.“The challenge is still there, that you won’t back down from anybody. We’ll still test each other out,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe duel between San Miguel and Blackwater at Mall of Asia Arena will be the first time Santos and super rookie Belo, both former cornerstones of Far Eastern University, will cross paths in their professional careers.Santos won three Most Valuable Player plums during his time with the Tamaraws while also leading them to three crowns, while Belo captained the squad to the UAAP Season 78 title in 2015, where he was named as the Finals MVP, to end the school’s decade-long drought. ‘Old school work ethic’ pays off for immaculate Federer 15-year-old Gauff stuns Venus anew in first round Super Bowl a tossup at legal sports books View comments Senators think TWG’s move to axe motorcycle taxi pilot run an act of ‘revenge’ But in the PBA, Santos is still not ready to pass the baton to the upstart“I can say that he didn’t surpass me during my time in FEU. But here in the PBA, it’s good if he has a vision of who he wants to surpass so he can continue to improve. You’ll be surprised that you already surpassed them. I’m fine if he surpasses me, but when we meet, we’ll set aside what school we came from.”Meanwhile, Belo is just looking forward to learning from the 2012 PBA MVP.“I’m excited because I have lots of respect for Arwind. I’m excited to face off against him and hopefully, I can learn much from him. I admire him because he’s a proven winner.”Santos knows the potential of Belo and even went on to say that the Midsayap, North Cotabato native is bound for bigger things.ADVERTISEMENT Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rodgers again falls short of another Super Bowl stint
2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties While Tim Cone has made a habit of steering his every team into the finals, the PBA’s most decorated coach still treats every series as a challenge.Cone has nothing but nice words for Austria and he is aware of how he was able to take the Beermen into the right direction after their disappointing run as the Petron Blaze Boosters.“Obviously he has a great team,” said Cone. “And I remember this well, there was the Petronovela team before he took over and he has got that team working like a well-oiled machine, they work hard together and they sacrifice together.”Petron already had the core of what would become San Miguel’s winning teams but despite its star power, it never won any title. But Austria was able to move the team into the champion it is now.“People can look at a talented team and say anybody can coach that team, but it takes a special guy to handle that team.”Austria, too, has nothing but love to give to Cone whom he described as his coaching inspiration.“Coach Tim is my idol, he’s a hard worker, he’s a great coach, the greatest in the Philippines right now, and every can lead any team into any championship,” said Austria. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing And on Friday the sister teams will face off for the PBA’s most coveted title, the Philippine Cup.“It’s going to be a tough battle, let’s get it on,” said Ginebra’s Jayjay Helterbrand Wednesday during the pre-Finals press conference at Sambokojin in Eastwood.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSan Miguel has won the last two Philippine Cups under the tutelage of head coach Leo Austria, who has eradicated the stinging memory of the “Petronovela” saga.And with that glory under San Miguel’s name, the Beermen have been regarded as the best team in the conference but Austria knows it’s not just the Gin Kings that they’ll have to face but the Ginebra faithful that can turn any venue into their own “barangay.” Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties “This series will be tough and exciting, especially for the fans,” said Austria who also led the Beermen to the 2015 Governors’ Cup title. “Even at the start of the season, we’ve been labeled as the powerhouse but we’re going to face the full house so expect a good show from us.”The last time these two franchises met in was in the 2006-2007 season when LA Tenorio was still a rookie for San Miguel and Ronald Tubid was part of the winners Ginebra.Tenorio, who laughed at the realization he’s been in the PBA for a decade now, echoed Helterbrand and Austria’s statements.“I’m happy we’re here but our job is not yet done,” said Tenorio, who helped Ginebra upend Star in seven games in the semifinals. “For sure it’s going to be a battle, it’s going to be a fun and exciting series, and hopefully this will be a long series.”The clash will also give fans a peak into an expected brilliant coaching battle between two champion mentors.ADVERTISEMENT Mercado, Cruz shine for Kings, earn Cone’s praise View comments Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Ginebra coach Tim Cone and San Miguel coach Leo Austria. PBA IMAGESBoth teams are attached by name and have established a defining mystique.San Miguel is the winningest team in PBA history with 22 titles and while Barangay Ginebra San Miguel’s nine championships pale in comparison, it has the captured the hearts of the Filipino masses with its “never-say-die” spirit.ADVERTISEMENT Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions
Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Olympic silver medalist Hidilyn Diaz unveils the special stamp honoring Philippine Olympic Medalists. Inquirer Photo / Grig C. MontegrandePhilippine Postal Corporation has launched a special line of stamps commemorating the athletes who have brought pride to the country with silver medals in the Olympics.Special stamps featuring 2016 Rio Olympics weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, 1996 Atlanta Olympics boxer Onyok Velasco and 1964 Tokyo Olympics fighter Anthony Villanueva are available at P12 each.ADVERTISEMENT UST settles for fourth in UAAP football Final 4 SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Diaz, who broke the country’s medal drought in the Summer Games, attended the launch Thursday at PHLPost’s Main Lobby in Manila.The stamps are in celebration of the 25th corporate anniversary of PHLPost and the staging of Palarong Pambansa, an annual country-wide multisport event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Canadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:24Tsukii seizes kumite Gold, focuses on making Olympics next01:40Filipinos 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 View comments MOST READ
Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ 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 LATEST STORIES The Bulldogs remained as bridesmaids for the third straight year, bowing once again to the three-time champions Blue Eagles after a five-set loss, 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-18, 15-13, on Saturday.“Ateneo is always flawless in their game. They have a go-to guy that whenever they need to score, they can go to,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe NU mentor is hopeful that Bryan Bagunas and Fauzi Ismail will take on the role as leaders for the Bulldogs come UAAP Season 80 as they seek to finally regain the crown.“Maybe next year, we’ll have players who every time we need a point, we can go to. I think that’s the only edge they have against us,” he said. “We’ll have an intact team next year, so I hope next year, we can finally get it.” Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View comments NU coach Dante Alinsunurin. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University head coach Dante Alinsunurin said what stood in the way of the Bulldogs from winning the UAAP title was the team’s lack of a go-to-guy which Ateneo had in four-time MVP Marck Espejo.“It shows that we still are a little short until the end. The confidence was there, but we had problems when it comes to our decision making in the end,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Blatche rejoins Gilas, praises team: ‘We have a lot of great shooters’
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 Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working AJ Edu. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonFor AJ Edu, joining Gilas Pilipinas on Tuesday’s evening practice session was an eye-opener of sorts.“It’s amazing. This is something that people dream of, an opportunity to come and train with the best players in the Philippines. It’s really amazing,” said the 17-year-old.ADVERTISEMENT Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Smith shows big heart as he continues to push past pain for TNT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Trump invites Duterte again to visit US – this time for March summit The Fil-Nigerian Edu was invited by Gilas team manager Butch Antonio to participate in the national team practice Tuesday at Meralco Gym, where he rubbed elbows with a number of Gilas pool members.“I was nervous for it, but I was ready and I was really excited for it. I’m really happy with how I trained,” the 6-foot-10 prodigy said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThough Tuesday’s session was just a short one, coach Chot Reyes noted it’s still a huge morale-booster for the young guys, especially for Edu.“We always like to do that with the younger guys. We always want to expose them to the national pool and we’ve been looking at him for a long time. That’s why we wanted to get him here and practice with us,” the outspoken mentor said. Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ A dream fulfilled for Christian Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments LATEST STORIES Edu said that he won’t have any second thoughts if he gets an invite anew to join the national team practices in the future.“I might be coming again. Hopefully, it will become something regular in the future. Right now it’s just an experience,” he said.For now, Edu is focused on the 2017 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 World Cup in Chengdu, China from June 28 to July 2, where he will represent the country alongside Encho Serrano, Rhayyan Amsali, and Juan Gomez de Liaño.The Philippine team was slotted in Pool A, where it will clash against world number one Netherlands, Poland, Turkmenistan, and Israel.“We’re really excited about it,” shared Edu. “I got really good teammates, we think we can do better in previous tournaments.”ADVERTISEMENT For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’
All living things are naturally resistant to change. Change tends to have a dislocating and discombobulating effect on the natural and acquired comfort zone, even in circumstances where the prescribed changes could be beneficial to all concerned. That context and perspective mirror the reaction to this season’s slight tweak to the format of the ISSA-FLOW Manning and DaCosta Cup football competitions, from the initial muted scepticism to the now forthright criticisms of the introduction of the early elimination rounds in the respective competitions. In the nuances of these changes lay the wisdom, or lack thereof, of actually implementing them. The decision to seed the top 16 teams from the Manning Cup and the top 32 teams from the DaCosta Cup and have them matched up in home-and-away ties with the away goal rule being applied is evidently aimed at ensuring that the top eight teams, in terms of quality, advance to the quarter-finals of the Manning Cup, and commensurately, that the best 16 teams advance to the later stages of the DaCosta Cup. With the previous format, the elimination of top contending teams at the end of the second round and the converse elevation of mediocre teams to the latter stages of the competitions were major concerns. The frequency of groups of death with three or four quality title contenders, with only two to advance, while inferior teams that competed in weak groups repeatedly got ushered into the quarter-finals and semi-finals producing frequent lopsided contests, and embarrassing scorelines, was a affront to the credibility of these prestigious competitions. The seeding of the teams and the ensuing matchups now ensure that barring the odd upset, the top teams will advance to the business end of the competitions. With this as the overriding objective, this reality now needs to be reconciled with the downside of these changes, where as expressed by a couple of Manning Cup coaches, it is conceivable with the new format for a team to have perfect first round and come into the dreaded illumination round, have one bad game and their season is over. To my mind, these are not overwhelming enough concerns to merit a reversal of these changes. The Intersecondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA) should, however, look closely at the application of the away goal rule in a context where the second-round games are, by and large, played on neutral grounds. ISSA should realistically consider scrapping the away goals rule since the teams do not actually play home and away and opt instead for an aggregate scoreline winner across two legs. That little nuance aside, the changes by ISSA have been brilliant. EARLY DRAMA The elevated levels of spectator interest and excitement brought on by this early win-or-go-home structure have been phenomenal. One fan said to me at a recent Manning Cup game that “this is the best schoolboy season he has seen in many years”, and we are not even yet at the halfway stage. Instead of delaying the interest and the intrigue until the semi-finals or finals, these changes bring early drama, which will intensify as the season develops. With the parallel changes in the format of the ISSA-FLOW Super Cup, where it is now down to the four semi-finalists from both competitions to square off for the trophy, was this all deliberate and strategic on the part of ISSA and FLOW to counter the expressed danger of the Super Cup overshadowing the more traditional Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions, considering that FLOW is still the major sponsors of the traditional competitions? In making these changes, both ISSA and FLOW seem to have hit a magical balance of getting the best of both worlds. Improved and more exciting Manning and DaCosta Cup competitions with the added spectacle of the Super Cup are still to come.
Price added that Lionel Messi, who is yet to win a World Cup for Argentina, needs to relax and play without pressuring himself to perform. “There is a lot of pressure on Lionel Messi’s shoulders. He should try to take away a lot of the pressure by just playing his own game. I think that every time he comes on the world stage, he is under pressure to perform. Once he can get the support of his teammates, he will be okay for the rest of the tournament,” he pointed out. National senior women’s football team assistant coach Andrew Price has labelled host country Russia as the most impressive team six days into the FIFA World Cup. Russia swamped Saudi Arabia 5-0 on last Thursday’s opening day then beat Egypt 3-1 on Tuesday to ease to six points atop Group A and into pole position for a place in the last 16. “Definitely, Russia have been the most impressive team at the World Cup so far. They have won both games in impressive fashion. Coming into the World Cup, they did not have the type of form to light up any stadium,” Price, who is also coach of local club Boys’ Town, told The Gleaner on Tuesday. He added: “The home support has definitely played a big role. President Vladimir Putin has been supporting the team, and the players are motivated to do well for their country. “I am not sure if they will go deep into the tournament, but definitely onto the knockout stage. How they play from there onwards would depend on the opposition they will face up against,” he shared. The former national player also said that Portugal’s captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, is the player of the tournament so far after scoring an impressive hat-trick against 2010 World Cup champions Spain last Friday. “The standout player for me must be Cristiano Ronaldo after one game. He definitely looks like he wants to carry Portugal on his back. Scoring three goals in the first game against a very good Spanish team must have lifted his confidence a lot. I believe that so far, he is the player of the tournament,” he insisted. Messi
KAZAN, Russia (AP): Colombia coach Jose Pekerman dedicated his team’s victory over Poland to Carlos Sanchez, who was the target of a death threat after receiving a red card in an earlier match at the World Cup. The suspended midfielder was sent off in the team’s 2-1 loss to Japan in their opening game, and as a result, did not play in the 3-0 win over Poland yesterday. Colombian authorities are investigating the death threat, which was made on social media. The message appeared with an image of Sanchez and Colombia defender Andres Escobar, who was shot dead on the outskirts of Medellin on July 2, 1994, days after returning from the United States after competing at the World Cup. Escobar scored an own-goal against the host country at the tournament. “This victory is dedicated to Carlos Sanchez, because he has had a very hard time these last few days,” Pekerman said. “We achieved this victory and I wanted to share it with him. I’m expressing it personally but it’s something that the whole squad feels.” Sanchez could be back for Colombia’s final Group H game against Senegal on Thursday in Samara. “The player was deeply affected by this matter,” Pekerman said. “And I think that we understand that football is something. We play with a lot of responsibility and a lot of dedication and so forth, but these things shouldn’t be said lightly. And whether it’s confirmed or not, this is something that his very painful.” Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 earlier yesterday and lead the group with four points each. Colombia has three points and would advance with another victory.
MOSCOW (AP): Young and inexperienced, England are still hungry to beat Colombia and end its run of 12 years without winning a FIFA World Cup knockout game. England has the joint-youngest team left in the tournament along with France, and the team with players who have the fewest international appearances. Today’s game against Colombia in the round of 16 is “a great opportunity to go beyond where more experienced teams went before and I think they’re relishing the chance,” coach Gareth Southgate said yesterday. “You want to be involved in the games that matter and the lads have the chance to write their own stories now.” The last time England won a World Cup knockout game or any knockout game was a 1-0 victory over Ecuador in the 2006 World Cup. Youth and experience “We are the youngest team left in and we are the most inexperienced team left in, but we’ve got some old fogeys as well who help the younger ones to get through it and show super leadership,” Southgate said. One key player is 22-year-old Dele Alli, who has recovered from a thigh strain that sidelined him from England’s last two games. At the older end of the scale, the 32-year-old Ashley Young said he would be keen to take a penalty if the Colombia game goes to a shootout. England fans and players have long worried about the team’s poor run in shootouts, without a win since 1996, but the team has been working on the psychological techniques to cope with the pressure and Young said he’ll volunteer if needed. Beating Colombia would set up a quarter-final against either Sweden or Switzerland, potentially offering England a simple route to a first semi-final appearance since 1990. The team has repeatedly denied it’s looking beyond the Colombia game, something Southgate called ‘pointless’.
Temporary halt Nurul counter-attacked, adding 25 for the eighth wicket with Kamrul Islam (7) and a further 55 for the ninth wicket with Rubel Hossain (16) to temporarily halt the Windies ‘ charge. All told, the 24-year-old right-hander struck six fours and two sixes in a hasty 74-ball innings, recording the fastest half-century by a Bangladeshi on foreign soil. Resuming on seven, he took a couple of boundaries off the second over from Gabriel before ripping into the same bowler a few overs later, with fours on either side of the wicket before clearing the ropes at long off in an over which leaked 17 runs. Nurul raised his landmark off 36 deliveries in the next over from Holder, with a single to fine leg. Along the way, he lost Kamrul, bowled middle stump by Gabriel before himself perishing at the hands of Cummins, caught and bowled trying to hit a short delivery back overhead. With his dismissal went Bangladesh’s resistance, and Cummins ended the innings two overs later when he rattled Rubel’s stumps. Seamer Kemar Roach, who did not bowl in the second innings, was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for his five wickets for eight runs which sent Bangladesh crumbling to a record-low Test score of 43 in the first innings. West Indies will go for a series win when the final Test bowls off at Sabina Park in Jamaica next Thursday. NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC): West Indies crushed Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs in just seven sessions to record their fifth-largest Test victory ever and grab an all-important 1-0 lead in the two-match series here yesterday. The hosts needed just over 13/4 hours on the third day at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground to claim the remaining four wickets and send Bangladesh tumbling to 144 all out in their second innings. Wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan resisted with a counter-attacking 64 but the writing was always on the wall for the Tigers after they resumed the morning on 62 for six – still requiring an improbable 301 runs to make the Windies bat again. Shannon Gabriel added another wicket to his tally to finish with five for 77, while captain and fellow fast bowler Jason Holder picked up three for 30 and Miguel Cummins, two for 16. West Indies wasted little time in getting the breakthrough when Holder removed Mahmudullah (15) with his first legal ball but second delivery of the day, squaring up the batsman and having him caught at third slip by Roston Chase.