Month: November 2019

Lopetegui wants focus on soccer after Pique jeered by fans

first_imgRead Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We all have the obligation to create the best atmosphere possible ahead of this game against Albania (on Friday),” Lopetegui said. “And I mean all of us. We are playing to make it to the World Cup. After a year and a half we have the chance to finish the job and we obviously need to focus on this game, which is the only important thing for us this week. We all have to contribute to create this good atmosphere, there is no doubt.”Pique was in tears on Sunday as he criticized the Spanish police after violent clashes erupted during the independence referendum that the Spanish government said was unconstitutional. Officials said more than 890 civilians and about 430 members of the police force were injured across the northeastern region.“I see Pique with the same enthusiasm as before,” Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara said. “He is as happyas he has always been inside our locker room.”Pique continued to criticize authorities on social media on Monday, including just before reporting to the national team.Fans in Madrid chanted and held cards against Pique, including some that said “Spain is your nation” and “Out Pique.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary ‘Very happy’ Nadal survives Beijing scare Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Lopetegui said in a radio interview with local radio station COPE on Monday night that the central defender remained “motivated” despite the abuse from fans. He said he talked to Pique and didn’t think he was affected by it.He said Pique’s “behavior with the national team has always been very good” and there was no reason not to have him on the team. He said the player was well liked by his teammates.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We don’t analyze the player’s political opinion,” Lopetegui said. “Gerard is an extraordinary central defender and he has been playing with the national team since he was 16. His commitment is tremendous. I don’t see why I shouldn’t bring him to the team. He is available and he wants to play. I know it’s not an easy situation, but I am a soccer coach and I have to prioritize.”The coach said players have the right to express their opinions privately, but have to try to avoid adding to the “unpleasant situation” generated by Catalonia’s bid for independence. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president FILE – In this Monday, Sept 4, 2017 file photo, Spain’s Gerard Pique takes part in a training session a day prior to the World Cup Group G qualifying soccer match between Liechtenstein and Spain at the Rheinpark stadium in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Spain coach Julen Lopetegui has defended Gerard Pique from critics who question his loyalty to the national team because of his support for a disputed referendum on Catalan independence. (Gian Ehrenzeller/Keystone via AP, FIle)MADRID — Spain coach Julen Lopetegui praised Gerard Pique’s commitment to the national team and called on the squad to be focused only on soccer despite the crisis involving Catalonia’s push for independence.Pique, the outspoken Barcelona defender highly supportive of Catalans, was harassed by fans Monday when he reported to the national team’s training camp in Madrid ahead of upcoming World Cup qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The national team’s practice on Tuesday was closed to the fans.“We are soccer players and coaches, we have to be focused on our main goal, which is to qualify for the World Cup,” Lopetegui said. “We can’t get distracted by anything. I know that this is an unpleasant situation, but I ask for some reasoning and tranquility so we can all play a great match against Albania.”Spain is three points ahead of Italy in Group G. It has a much better goal difference than the Italians, so it can close in a World Cup spot with a victory against Albania or at Israel on Monday.Only the group winner automatically qualifies for next year’s tournament in Russia.On Tuesday, Barcelona and the two other Catalan clubs in the Spanish league — Girona and Espanyol — joined a strike to protest the Spanish government’s actions in Catalonia. Barcelona said none of its professional or youth teams practiced and its headquarters was closed. The club played in an empty Camp Nou on Sunday to show its discontentment with the government’s actions during the referendum. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Arellano survives stern test, turns back Perpetual

first_imgArellano University survived its toughest test yet, climbing back from two sets down to beat University of Perpetual Help, 22-25, 19-25, 25-21, 25-20, 15-5, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Chiefs leaned on their trio of Jovielyn Prado, Andrea Marzan and Regine Arocha, who combined for 50 points.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Ceres silences Roar MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises “We played so bad in the first two sets so I made adjustments beginning the third set and things started to click,” said Arellano head coach Obet Javier in Filipino after steering his squad to its 18th consecutive win dating back to last season.Prado scored 20 points with four blocks while Marzan and Arocha scored 16 and 14 points, respectively.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I just told them to play with heart,” Prado said in Filipino. “The games become more important as the season goes so we have to treat every game like there’s no tomorrow.”After a tough first four sets, defending champion Arellano showed its composure and raced to a 10-1 start in the deciding fifth set. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Maria Tripoli had 20 points while Cindy Imbo added 19 for the Lady Altas, whose lead over fourth-running San Sebastian in the standings is now just half a game after falling to 4-2.Joyce Sta. Rita set a career-high to lead San Sebastian past Mapua, 25-20, 25-7, 29-31, 25-14, in the other match. View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

Abueva celebrates 30th birthday by helping Aces win

first_imgAFP official booed out of forum “Of course, I don’t want that to happen. It was [God] who gave us this win,” said Abueva in Filipino.The energetic forward finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in the victory, with the bulk of his contributions coming after Alaska stared at a 13-point deficit in the third quarter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We really gave it our all in this game and we wish we could continue this run,” he said.The Aces won their sixth straight game, but Abueva refused to be satisfied, noting that there are still a lot of things to work on. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “We still need to fix our struggles in the first half. We have to show the same energy in the first half the way we do in the second half,” he said.But if there’s one thing Abueva is wishing for, it’s far beyond basketball.“My birthday wish is to be whole, to show that I can stand on my own feet and no longer think about anything else,” he said. “What’s important for me is to be with my children even just for my birthday.”ADVERTISEMENT From ABL to PBA, Banchero enjoys playing against Pringle Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — There’s no way Calvin Abueva would let Alaska lose on Sunday. Not on his 30th birthday.More often than not, Abueva was all over the floor doing a little bit of everything for the Aces, who were able to hold on to a 105-98 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img View comments Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PHlast_img read more

Petron targets roaring start vs Sta. Lucia; Foton, Generika-Ayala face off

first_imgAmerican spikers Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley and Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda will be back to power the Blaze Spikers, who will parade the same core of Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Frances Molina and Rhea Dimaculangan.Team additions include middle blocker Luth Malaluan, setter Angelica Legacion and libero Pia Gaiser, who will debut in the tournament after suffering a knee injury in her final playing year for University of the Philippines in the UAAP.“We will do our best to step up this year,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, whose wards were on the verge of winning the title before completely fading against a tough F2 Logistics side in the best-of-three finals showdown of last year’s Grand Prix.“Our goal is to finally win the title this year. We haven’t won the Grand Prix crown since 2014 and I can say that we’re all hungry and ready to win.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ View comments Battle starts at 4 p.m. with the Blaze Spikers looking to come up with a roaring start in a bid to finally reclaim the title in the tough club tourney.Foton and Generika-Ayala will also gun for their first victory when they clash in the 2 p.m. first game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlthough the import-flavored conference gets underway with its first two matches, the league will have its formal opening ceremonies at the Sta. Rosa City Sports Complex on Feb. 24 where all eight teams will join in the traditional parade of colors.After losing in the finals for three straight years, the Blaze Spikers hope to finally conquer the title in what is billed as the most prestigious, most competitive women’s volleyball tourney in the country. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena stingcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:27Foton, Branislav ready for PSL’s biggest conference00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Singson assumes shooting ass’n presidency; Fernandez assails ‘brazen takeover’ Powerhouse Petron takes the first step back to the crown when it clashes with a souped-up Sta. Lucia Realty squad as the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix fires off Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES MOST READ “I saw that kuya Jayson (Castro) had the ball. I wasn’t nervous when I saw he had the ball in that last possession,” he said as he even called Castro as the country’s savior.Castro sank the game-clinching floater over Makoto Hiejima with 10.6 seconds remaining before Andray Blatche hit a free throw to put the game away.“They really made me proud,” related the GlobalPort dribbler as Gilas Pilipinas qualified to the second round of the Asian qualifiers. “They delivered at a time where we really need them the most.”The victory makes Romeo all the more excited to make his national team comeback as he seeks to be in tip-top shape for the third window, slated in June.“I promise that I’ll be ready by that time,” he vowed as he continues his recovery from his knee contusion injury. “I can’t say that my return will be a big factor for the team, but all I want is to help the team.”ADVERTISEMENT But if there’s one thing he knew donning that national tri-colors, it’s that he can always trust the ones on the floor.Romeo never doubted his teammates as the Philippines went on to claim the 89-84 victory over the Akatsuki Five to move to the second round of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“My trust in the team is always there. I know that they won’t give up that easily. All of them already has the experience,” he said.Romeo’s belief never waned even after Japan made a belated run that cut what was once a 15-point lead down to just two, 86-84, with 31.5 seconds to play — especially when he saw who had the rock. View comments Abueva proves worth with solid outings vs Australia, Japan .@tbvromeo promises that he’ll be ready for Gilas Pilipinas in the third window of #FIBAWC pic.twitter.com/nSnFTGHYWG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018The Philippines takes on Chinese Taipei on June 29 in Taipei, before flying back home to try and avenge its loss against Australia on July 2 at Philippine Arena. AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMissing Gilas Pilipinas’ duty anew in its game against Japan on Sunday, Terrence Romeo admitted that the itch to play for the national team never wavers, especially after the home squad fell behind 4-20 early.“I always feel that [I want to play], especially when I watch the games. I always want to help the team,” he admitted in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

US Open: Sandgren in, Nishioka out of tournament

first_imgTennys Sandgren. Photo from ATPNEW YORK — Get ready for U.S. Open Tennys.American Tennys Sandgren was moved into the main draw for the Grand Slam tournament when Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka withdrew to continue his recovery from a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress View comments Los Angeles reaches deal with Olympic leaders for 2028 Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES The U.S. Tennis Association made the announcement Monday.Nishioka was injured in March while playing in the Miami Open.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSandgren, ranked No. 106, will be making his U.S. Open main-draw debut. The 26-year-old Tennessee native lost in the first round of the French Open in what was his first appearance in the main draw of a major.Sandgren’s parents gave him his great-grandfather’s first name. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

St. Benilde overcomes 15-point deficit, slips past Mapua

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Marinerong Pilipino stuns Tanduay, enters D-League semis Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Carlo Young also shot 4-of-9 from threes to wound up with 13 points and four rebounds, while Edward Dixon registered 10 markers and 10 boards.“I’m just super happy and super enthusiastic right now. It took out all of the fatigue we’re feeling,” said coach TY Tang, as the Blazers outscored the Cardinals, 22-8 in the fourth quarter. “It’s really the character that we’re trying to build up. We’re slowly getting there.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsSt. Benilde crawled out of a 56-41 deficit with three minutes to play in the third frame and continued on chipping away the lead in the payoff period before finally grabbing the lead, 65-64, with 6:23 to play.With the Blazers holding on to a 72-69 lead in the final minute, the Cardinals had a shot to force overtime, but Andoy Estrella muffed his trey as Rene Sta. Maria iced the game with two freebies with 4.6 ticks left. St. Benilde improved to 2-4, finally tasting a victory in the hard court after its first win came out of a technicality after Perpetual wore the wrong uniform in their season opener.Christian Bunag led the way for Mapua (1-5) with 13 points, 11 rebounds, and three blocks, while Estrella and JP Nieles both had 12.The Scores:ST. BENILDE 74 – Domingo 24, Leutcheu 14, Young 13, Dixon 10, Sta. Maria 6, San Juan 4, Naboa 3, Castor 0, Suarez 0, Pili 0, Bunyi 0.MAPUA 69 – Bunag 13, Estrella 12, Nieles 12, Magboo 12, Raflores 7, Gabo 4, Victoria 4, Orquina 3, Aguirre 2.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSt. Benilde snapped its four-game losing skid and downed Mapua, 74-69, Tuesday in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.JJ Domingo reached a new career-high, pouring 24 points and four rebounds for the Blazers, while Clement Leutcheu tallied a double-double in tune of his 14 markers and 17 boards.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Quarters: 13-12, 31-38, 52-61, 74-69.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 6

first_imgNATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments Renzo Navarro. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netHis numbers may not be as stellar as the others in this list, but Renzo Navarro’s overall impact for San Sebastian has been undeniable late in the first round.Forging a deadly backcourt combination with senior Ryan Costelo and sniper RK Ilagan, the transferee has seen an uptick in his minutes and he has capitalized on the opportunities.Navarro’s biggest contributions this week for the Golden Stags was his flurry late in San Sebastian’s 75-73 thriller over EAC on Friday, dropping all five of his points in the final minute to tow his side to the win.7. Clint Doliguez – F, San Beda Red Lions11 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 stealLast Week: N/AClint Doliguez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s tough to pick a standout for San Beda, especially after that barnburner of a win against Perpetual on Thursday.But we’ll go with Clint Doliguez, who once again found a way to shine despite the overall ugly showing from his teammates.The 22-year-old has shown signs of potential through the course of the season, and his latest outing is no different.It may only be a matter of time before Doliguez establishes himself as a reliable rotational player for the Red Lions. LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ 4. Rey Nambatac – G, Letran Knights19.5 points, 10.0 rebounds, 2.5 assistsLast Week: 4FILE PHOTO by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac was the lone holdover from last week’s list.Nambatac’s double-double performance helped Letran rack up four straight wins to move up to the top four, but that streak could not topple the mighty Lyceum on Friday, 75-68.It shouldn’t come as a shock, too, that Nambatac was the focus of the Pirates’ defense, forcing the Knights to finish the first round with a 5-4 card.Luckily, Letran will have at least two weeks to assess things before gearing up for battle again in the second round.5. Jed Mendoza – G, JRU Heavy Bombers13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.5 stealsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTey Teodoro may still be far from the playmaker coach Vergel Meneses is envisioning him to be, but Jed Mendoza has come to JRU’s rescue.The 21-year-old guard has taken the bull by the horn and has made the most of the opportunity given to him by his coach.Mendoza has been steady for the Heavy Bombers, doing it all to orchestrate the offense for his side, while also being a pesky on-ball defender.We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Things are just looking up for this budding JRU star.6. Renzo Navarro – G, San Sebastian Golden Stags9.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists (1-1)Last Week: N/A That’s why it’s no surprise that Lyceum is still flying high in the standings at 8-0.2. Ervin Grospe – F, JRU Heavy Bombers16.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assistsLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netA couple of wins go a long way, and for JRU, stringing its first winning streak of the tournament means going as high as third place in the penultimate week of the first round.What makes the Heavy Bombers tick? It’s undoubtedly the stability provided by Ervin Grospe to the squad, earning him praises from coach Vergel Meneses.But the veteran forward’s task still isn’t over, as JRU faces a tough draw against San Sebastian and Perpetual.However, if the Heavy Bombers pass this test, it shouldn’t be hard for them to break out of their roller coaster ride of a season, let alone a spot in the Final Four.3. Prince Eze – C, Perpetual Altas17.0 points, 19.0 rebounds, 4.0 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLooking like the dominant Perpetual big men of old, Prince Eze is slowly earning his way among the ranks of his predecessors.With his consistent double-double showing, the Altas were able to snap out of their two-game losing skid with a 68-59 win over Arellano last Tuesday.Unfortunately, Perpetual needed more from him and his crew as the team lost to San Beda, 57-53 in its homecourt in an ugly and lowscoring game.There’s still positive signs, though, and if Eze could keep this up, coupled with the Altas marksmen hitting from their range, the Las Piñas-based crew could fully realize their potential as this season’s giant killers. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 1. Mike Nzeusseu – C, Lyceum Pirates13 points, 15 rebounds, 3 blocksLast Week: N/APhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIt’s easy to look at Lyceum as a CJ Perez-centric team.But on Friday, Mike Nzeusseu reminded every one what makes the Pirates the most dangerous team in all the NCAA.Facing a Letran squad with a depleted frontline, the Cameroonian big man had a field day in the paint, imposing his presence to help Lyceum survive its toughest test yet and come away with the 75-68 win.The face that the Pirates came back from a 17-point deficit without coach Topex Robinson at the sidelines is proof enough how disciplined this team is.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Eight games have already passed, and Lyceum and San Beda continue to run away from the pack.The others teams, meanwhile, are left to  jostle for position in hopes of gaining a significant advantage come the homestretch of the eliminations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThis week’s list is an interesting one with only one holdover from last week’s rankings.Here’s INQUIRER’s top seven performers from this past week. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact in the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT Marshawn Lynch sits once again during national anthemlast_img read more

Thrilling win for Centeno: ‘I thought I lost the gold’

first_imgChezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Roommates here and close friends back home, Rubilen Amit and Chezka Centeno vowed that they never, ever, talked about their duel in the final.“We talked about many things, including the Mayweather-McGregor fight, but no, we didn’t talk about the final match,” said the soft-spoken Centeno in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT She went on to become part of the national team, winning gold medal in the 2015 Shanghai Open.Her career reached another peak when she beat Amit for the gold in the Singapore SEA Games two years ago.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “I was rooting for McGregor, but he lost,” added the back-to-back SEA Games champion from Zamboanga City.On the pool table Sunday afternoon, she was the winner. But not before a big fright.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I thought I lost the gold when she also went on a hill. I didn’t expect it to turn out that way,” said Centeno, who edged Amit, 7-6.READ: Centeno wins gold, Amit settles for silver anew in women’s 9-ball Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterscenter_img She said she has learned a lot from the two-time World 10-ball champion.“Champ (Amit) is a great player,” said said. “I learned a lot from her. Like her safety shots.”Fortunately for Centeno, Amit didn’t play safe in the 13th rack and gave away a clear table en route to the gold.READ: ‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the goldThe 18-year-old Centeno came in the spotlight when as an 11-year-old she competed in the Philippine National Games in Dumaguete in 2010.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Takahashi gives PH its 2nd gold in judo, shocks Thai champ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony View commentslast_img read more

TNT sticking with Rice

first_imgGrand Slam-seeking San Miguel Beer has also made an import change by signing up Terik Bridgeman in place of Wendell McKines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Let’s say that he’s day to day,” Racela said when someone asked who he will play against GlobalPort on Friday at Ynares Center here, where the elimination round of the PBA Governors’ Cup enters its second half. “Let’s just put it that way.”Rice has shown the ability to score, as witnessed Wednesday night when he dropped 31 on Blackwater that went with seven steals. But from among the imports of powerhouse teams, the former Washington Wizard in the NBA is built differently and plays unlike the others.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAnd the fact that Craig is still here opens Racela up for that sort of questioning.“Slowly, he is getting a feel of the league,” Racela said of his import, who likes to play the perimeter more and is considered small compared to the others because of his lean frame. “He now understands the calls (of the referees) and the physical plays (on him). View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Reyes wants expanded Gilas cadets pool MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaulcenter_img Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side All eyes will be on Glen Rice Jr. in tonight’s match—and all future TNT games. —Sherwin VardeleonANTIPOLO—Nash Racela, with genuine amazement, was asking why scribes were badgering him on whether or not Glen Rice Jr. is here to stay as TNT KaTropa import.With Michael Craig still watching from behind the bench in the last three games, the jury is still out on the son and namesake of the former NBA All-Star.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters “He knows that the local players will be after him (being the import) and at least tonight, he was in control of himself emotionally,” Racela went on. “And as long as he continues to understand that, I think we will be OK.”The Texters will put a two-game winning streak on the line against Terrence Romeo and GlobalPort at 7 p.m. as sides need to string up wins in a hurry to get to the upper half of the standings. Berths in the top four carrying a distinct advantage in the first round of the playoffs.GlobalPort has that sort of bruiser for an import in Murphy Halloway, who churns out double-double numbers with impunity which could help the Batang Pier in their playoff drive.Right now, both the Texters and the Batang Pier are not there even as KIA Picanto and Blackwater slug it out in the 4:15 p.m. contest.In related developments, Blackwater and Barangay Ginebra came to terms on a trade that sent injured sophomore Art dela Cruz and Raymond Aguilar to the Gin Kings in exchange for Chris Ellis and Dave Marcelo.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more