‘Japanese Babe Ruth’ set to take MLB by storm

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Japan’s Shohei Ohtani follows a double in the seventh inning during the international friendly baseball match between Japan and the Netherlands at the Tokyo Dome on November 13, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / KAZUHIRO NOGIShohei Ohtani is a 100-mile-an-hour fastball pitcher and home-run slugger who once dreamed of skipping the Japanese leagues to head straight for the big time stateside.Hailed in the US media as “Japan’s Babe Ruth”, the 23-year-old is the hottest Japanese export since Hideki Matsui and Ichiro Suzuki took the Major Leagues by storm in the early 2000s.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ At the starting lineOhtani has wowed fans with stellar successes both at the plate and on the mound, supported by his stoic self-discipline.After five seasons in Japan, Ohtani has a career earned-run-average of 2.52 and 624 strikeouts in 85 game appearances as a pitcher. He also boasts a career batting average of .286 and has smashed 48 home runs in 403 game appearances as a batter.Ohtani’s brilliance led the Fighters to their first championship in 10 years in 2016, catapulting him to global fame.He was crowned the most valuable player of the Pacific League in 2016 and was chosen as the league’s best pitcher and designated hitter.Ohtani’s discipline drove him to his success, Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama, said in a recent magazine interview.However, he advised Ohtani, who weighs 97 kilogrammes (213 pounds), to bulk up his physical frame.“It’s like I see both Ichiro and Hideki Matsui in Shohei Ohtani,” Kuriyama said.“At the Fighters, he fulfilled tasks that many said were impossible,” he said. 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Bulls end 10-game skid with OT win over Hornets LATEST STORIES View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “There has never been a player who has performed two ways and reached his great height,” Masa Yamamoto, retired Japanese baseball pitcher, wrote for the Nikkei newspaper.“He is the best talent in Japanese baseball. Without exaggerating, he is a talent seen only once in a century,” he wrote.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseOn Friday, Ohtani agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Angels capping a frenzy of courtship and speculation that had surrounded the player’s move to the US major leagues — and fulfilling his childhood dream of playing stateside. The Angels, who must pay the $20 million posting fee to Ohtani’s Japanese club the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters, have until December 22 to complete the deal. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ “He will continue to get better. He is only standing at the starting line,” he said.Be number oneOhtani moves to MLB after surgery in October for an ankle injury, with the Fighters announcing that he will regain full fitness by mid-January.He also tore his left hamstring in the 2017 season. While Ohtani insists on playing two ways, observers say he will eventually have to focus on one skill-set — most likely pitching.Yu Darvish, a former Fighter who moved to the Texas Rangers in 2012 before joining the Dodgers, advised Ohtani to focus on his pitching in the US.“If he wanted to go to the Majors, it (the two-way approach) would absolutely work against him,” Darvish said in a 2014 interview on TV Asahi.“He is a pitcher. There are powerful batters everywhere. Ones with good shoulders and speed. Fundamentally, it is extremely difficult to compete with them,” he said.“But pitching gives him an opportunity to be the number one. You must choose the opportunity to be the number one,” said Darvish. A strapping 6-foot-4 (1.93 metres) from rural Iwate in northern Japan, the baby-faced Ohtani originally wanted to join the US big leagues straight from high school after dominating at that level, passing over Japan’s professional league.However, that could have proved costly for Nippon Professional Baseball, fearing a disastrous precedent that might doom one of Asia’s oldest sporting leagues.Ohtani relented after the Fighters, based in Sapporo on the northern-most Japanese island of Hokkaido, offered to let him play as a designated hitter in games he was not pitching — a rare feat in both Japan and the US.Armed with pitches clocking faster than 160 kilometres (roughly 100 miles)-per-hour and with dozens of home runs to his name, he has drawn comparisons to Babe Ruth, the American baseball icon who began his career as a pitcher but is best remembered as a New York Yankee home-run artist.Unlike legendary Ruth, however, Ohtani is still an evolving talent after only five professional seasons, and Japanese media have treated the nickname as a validation of his talent among US baseball fans.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Taulava makes changes to adapt to NLEX’s style of play

first_imgMOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — Asi Taulava’s Christmas wish finally came true on Monday.No, it’s not any gaudy gift or pricey present. The 44-year-old was just relieved to have swished his first 3-pointer this season for NLEX.ADVERTISEMENT Being the league’s eldest statesman at 44, the Fil-Tongan admits that playing with a quick pace is his way of adapting to NLEX’s style of play especially with him teaming up with speedy guards Kiefer Ravena and Kevin Alas, players who are hailed as the Road Warriors’ future.“I got to keep up with Kiefer and Kevin. I can’t let them run me out of the ground. Right now, we’re a much more running team with the young bloods coming in, so I got to be able to run,” he said before heaping much praise to Ravena, who has been nothing but impressive so far. “It’s a new time, a new generation, and you see that Kiefer’s time has landed.”Also a major part of Taulava’s change is his trimmed down physique. He is at his lightest weight in over a decade.But the 2003 PBA Most Valuable Player isn’t paying much attention to his conditioning, but rather, is looking at the bigger picture as he seeks to contribute at the best of his capabilities for the Road Warriors.“I don’t want to talk about my weight or anything. My focus is on my team. Hopefully, these young guys could take us all the way and lead us to the playoffs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson As for his New Year’s resolution, all Taulava is hoping for is to be able to follow Guiao’s orders and be spared from the vitriol the fiery coach spews when things go awry.“I don’t want to be that guy to make a crazy play and when I get back to the bench, coach Yeng will curse at me,’ he said laughing.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I feel good. I’m glad it finally went in,” Taulava said. “Last game, I missed my lone attempt so I’m happy that this time, it went in.”Taulava hit a long bomb from the top of the arc at the 8:57 mark of the second quarter.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 folkAlso making the shot feel better for Taulava was the Road Warriors’ pulling off the 115-104 victory over the GlobalPort Batang Pier to stay unbeaten in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.But the three-point shot is not the only thing that’s new to Taulava’s game. He is also much more active on the floor. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Cruz fills in for Devance in Ginebra win over Magnolia Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Rookie again: Valdez set to make her debut as NCAA volleyball analyst

first_imgAlyssa Valdez at the VIP section closely watching an NCAA women’s volleyball game between Jose Rizal University and Lyceum on Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2017, at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThere’s not a lot Alyssa Valdez can’t do when it comes to volleyball.But she faces her biggest challenge yet on the on the sidelines when she makes her debut as NCAA volleyball analyst for ABS-CBN Sports next Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ UST recovers from opening day loss, blanks UE for first win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “Actually, I’m trying to familiarize myself on how to analyze the game more because before, although, I analyze the game but it’s my game and my opponents’ and not really the whole volleyball game,” Valdez said.Valdez said she’s taking notes from ABS-CBN Sports’ veteran commentators and anchors like Anton Roxas and Mozzy Ravena, the volleyball legend and mother of her boyfriend Kiefer Ravena.“Of course, Tita has been always there to guide me and I always listen to those who are covering the games because you get a different reaction when watching the game as a former player and when you’re an analyst so I still need guidance when it comes to that,” said Valdez, who just recently became one of the hosts of Upfront, a pre-game show before the start of UAAP women’s volleyball action.“That’s why I go and watch the games to learn how to analyze games and know which part of the game I need to focus on when analyzing.”She already considers preparing for her new gig harder than getting ready before a game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Two years removed from playing in her final UAAP game for Ateneo, Valdez is also using her latest endeavor as a way to stay immersed in the game.Though, she never imagined herself as a commentator.“Never really thought of being one, but you know, you’re always open to all the challenges and after UAAP and after graduating, I want to make it a point not to be away from volleyball,” Valdez said.“So as much as possible I don’t want to lose that connection that’s why I’m trying new things.”RELATED VIDEO Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES A two-time UAAP champion and three-time MVP among her countless accolades, Valdez will be back to being a rookie again in front of live television.“[I’m going to be an] analyst this coming semifinals on Tuesday,” Valdez told reporters with a shy smile. “It’s going to be my first time so I’m really trying to get the hang of it by watching and asking help from other people.”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 folkLike a wide-eyed student, Valdez is eager to learn.Exactly a week before she plays her role as color commentator, Valdez was a spectator, closely observing the action in the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 awardlast_img read more

UST nears upset of Adamson, takes Game 1 of UAAP softball Finals

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UST has a chance to end Adamson’s dynasty and claim its first softball title since Season 72 with another triumph in Game 2 on Friday.“We will try to finish this on Friday,” said Tigresses coach Sandy Barredo. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments UST Tigresses clinch Game 1 of the UAAP Softball Finals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAnn Antolihao was stellar on the mound as she struck out seven batters to lead University of Santo Tomas to a 4-3 Game 1 victory over seven-time defending champion Adamson in the UAAP Season 80 softball Finals Tuesday at Rizal Memorial Baseball Stadium.The Tiger Softbelles’ ace pitcher was in control for the whole game as she kept the potent Lady Falcons offense in check and only allowed five hits in the championship opener.ADVERTISEMENT Lillard, Blazers extinguish Heat for 10th straight victory LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 awardcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Antolihao’s solid pitching put pressure on UST’s batters, who willingly accepted the challenge and helped them recover from a 2-1 deficit after the bottom of the second.UST ace pitcher Ann Antolihao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson shortstop Edna Severino’s fumble allowed Jessie Belano to gain the first base, before a Tin Palma walk and a CJ Roa hitter knotted the score at 2-all.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 folkBianca Hernandez would then send two runners home to give the Tiger Softbelles the lead in the top of the third.Lady Falcons pitcher Lyca Basa surrendered seven hits in the match. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi Citylast_img read more

Lassiter says Beermen have no room to relax vs Hotshots

first_imgIn Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery National team coach says PH an emerging powerhouse in jiujitsu Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In the two games San Miguel played in the championship round of the PBA Philippine Cup, a recurring theme has so far clouded over the four-peat seeking defending champion.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback The Beermen have squandered big leads that prevented them from taking a stable 2-0 lead in the series against Magnolia.With the series tied at 1-1, star wingman Marcio Lassiter said they have to put an immediate stop to their late-game musings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We just can’t relax, the full 48 minutes is our goal,” said Lassiter Wednesday after practice at Acropolis Clubhouse. “We need to keep that in our heads that we know there are certain plays that might not go our way or we might not make shots.”“But we should always continue to be strong, that’s what we’re good at, we just have to continue doing it for 48 minutes.” Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lassiter added that the opportunity to win their fourth straight Philippine Cup is too big of a chance to let it slip away since no team in PBA history has topped the All-Filipino conference for four straight years.“This fourth one will put is in history, it means a lot to me and it means a lot to all the members of the team and the organization,” said Lassiter, who’s averaging 18.5 points, 3.5 boards, 2.5 assists, 1.0 steals, and 1.0 blocks in the first two games of the series.“We know how much hard work we put in and we’re not just going to let this slide.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award San Miguel was steamrolling Magnolia for the better part of Game 1, even leading, 72-52, in the third quarter, but ultimately collapsed in the fourth quarter.Magnolia outscored San Miguel, 30-14, in the fourth quarter to take the series opener, 105-103.Game 2 almost ended in similar fashion when the Beermen almost let go of a 21-point lead, 73-52, late in the third quarter, before holding on for the 92-77 victory.The Hotshots managed to trim the lead to just eight, 75-68, at the 8:26 mark of the fourth after Robbie Herndon capped off a 13-0 run.San Miguel was able to respond to Magnolia’s Game 2 hijinks with its own scoring spurt, 12-3 run, which four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo capped off with a jumper for the Beermen’s 87-71 lead with 4:10 left in the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

UST eyes PBA D-League stint ahead of UAAP

first_imgLATEST STORIES View comments New look La Salle to play in Taiwan, Korea as part of UAAP buildup Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. UST coach Aldin Ayo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAldin Ayo is pulling out all the stops in turning University of Santo Tomas into the juggernaut it once was in the UAAP.UST is the second-winningest school in UAAP men’s basketball with 18 championships behind Far Eastern University, which has 20.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Blackwater then, partnered with UST in another conference with Leo Isaac coaching the team.It was also normal for some Growling Tigers to suit up for other teams despite UST not having a formal presence in PBA’s developmental with the likes of Kevin Ferrer, Ed Daquioag, Aljon Mariano, Robert Hainga, Embons Bonleon, and Renzo Subido suiting up for different teams.Ayo added the team is also hoping to play in pocket tournaments in China and Indonesia before the summer break ends.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallscenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 The Growling Tigers’ new head coach, who replaced Boy Dela Cruz at the end of the miserable one-win Season 80, said he would field his team in the upcoming PBA D-League Foundation Cup in preparation for the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Ayo said they have yet to formalize a partnership with a company in the D-League but the lineup that would play would be the same team he’s going to have in the upcoming UAAP season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“This will be played with the UAAP team, the regulars,” said Ayo in Filipino. “In a span of four months, from May to August, the goal is to play 40 games so we have the Filoil, tune-up games, the UCBL (Universities and Colleges Basketball League).”UST played in the D-League in the opening conference with then head coach Pido Jarencio and his team partnering with Max Bond Super Glue where they reached the semifinals of the Foundation Cup. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READlast_img read more

Serbia gets 3-peat in men’s, Italy rules women’s Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgThe gritty Italians, who drew contributions from Giulia Ciavarella, Marcella Filippi and Giulia Rulli throughout the run, suffered only one defeat in the tournament when they fell short against Czech Republic, 21-20, in their final elimination round game on Monday.But Italy’s road to the top had to go through team USA in the quarterfinals and No. 1 seed China in the semifinals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Serbia faced futile resistance from Mongolia in the quarterfinals, 21-8, before slipping past Poland, 21-19, in the semifinals.Last year, Serbia also beat Netherlands in the championship round held in Nantes, France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMeanwhile, Italy dethroned Russia to win the gold in the women’s division.Led by the crafty Rae Lin D’Alie, Italy seized its first 3×3 title following a 16-12 victory in the finals. 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 Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedingcenter_img View comments DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Serbia celebrates after winning the Fiba 3×3 World Cup anew. Photo from Fiba.comSerbia ruled the Fiba 3×3 World Cup for the third straight time after edging Netherlands, 16-13, in the men’s final Tuesday night at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.The top-ranked Serbians, made up of Dejan Majstorovic, Marko Savic, Dusan Bulut and Stefan Stojacic, went undefeated in the tournament as they swept their way to the championship.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WORLD CUP: Haunted by inconsistency, Serbia gambles on youthlast_img read more

‘Best of the best’ of PH volleyball assembled for Asian Games

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 LATEST STORIES Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Photo from asianvolleyball.netFor the first time in 36 years, the Philippines is sending a volleyball team in the Asian Games — and it’s well aware of the odds it’s going to face.The Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas has released the final 12 players comprising the national team whose social media following rival even that of the medal contender basketball counterpart Gilas Pilipinas.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Maraño, Valdez, Santiago lead final roster for PH women’s volleyball team MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Cayco made the announcement along with national head coach Shaq delos Santos amid criticism that the Philippines stands no chance against superpowers China, South Korea, Japan and Thailand.“These are the best of the best of Philippine volleyball, and we at LVPI believe that they can get even better, enough for us to get back to the world stage,” added Cayco. “But we can’t do it by having them just play against each other in the local league. They need to go out and measure themselves against our neighbors.”Asian Games women’s volleyball has been ruled by China from 1998 to 2010, until South Korea took it back in Incheon in 2014.The past five Asiads, podium finishes have been occupied by the Big Four plus Kazakhstan and Chinese Taipei.The Philippines’ last Asiad appearance was in the 1982 India edition where the Filipinas wound up fifth. Since then the country didn’t send team to the quadrennial Games.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re going to participate to get international exposure as part of our training program. Our target is a podium finish in the SEA Games 2019,” said LVPI acting president Peter Cayco. “We will make a gallant stand against the volleyball giants of Asia.”READ: Maraño, Valdez, Santiago lead final roster for PH women’s volleyball team FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownIncluded in the 12-woman roster are team captain Aby Marano, Kim Fajardo, Jia Morado, Dawn Macandili, Alyssa Valdez, Kim Kiana Dy, Jaja Santiago, Majoy Baron, Mika Reyes, Dindin Manabat, Cha Cruz-Behag, and Ces Molina.Denden Lazaro and Rhea Dimaculangan are reserve players who will still fly to Jakarta along with the team. View commentslast_img read more

BanKo takes Game 1 of PVL semis, denies PayMaya

first_imgBicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LeBron speaks with Cavs as free agency opens Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Both teams were scorching on the offensive end with BanKo having a slim 62-57 advantage in terms of spikes, and that was what head coach Dong Dela Cruz preached to his team.“I told them that we have to work, earn every point because we all know that PayMaya is a strong team,” said Dela Cruz in Filipino. “I have to commend the players because they really showed their heart in this one.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I told my setter to, if there’s a chance, distribute the ball but we needed those points so she constantly gave it to the imports.”Grethcel Soltones had 16 points to help Rountree and the High Flyers. View comments LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBanKo dealt the first blow in its three-game semifinals series against PayMaya, taking a four-set win, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23, 25-23, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Jutarat Montripila of the Perlas Spikers and the High Flyers’ Tess Rountree put on a duel putting up 31 points apiece to lead their respective teams but BanKo had a better support in Lakia Bright, who tallied 23 points.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Djokovic slams Wimbledon crowd after being booed

first_imgPutin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates winning a break point during his men’s singles match against Kyle Edmund of Great Britain, on the sixth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday July 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Novak Djokovic shrugged off a bad call by the chair umpire that cost him a break in his Wimbledon win over home favorite Kyle Edmund on Saturday.He was less forgiving when it came to the way he was treated by the crowd at the All England Club.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names MOST READ Edmund, the last British player remaining in the tournament, said he didn’t notice anything disrespectful from the crowd, but acknowledged it was a Davis Cup-like atmosphere.“It was a great atmosphere to be in,” Edmund said. “When you’re at Centre Court, to have the crowd behind you is a great thing.”He also insisted he was unsure whether the ball actually bounced twice on the disputed call in the fourth set.“If in real life it’s hard to tell, then it’s hard to tell for me when I’m scrambling,” he said. “We need the umpire to get off his chair and go to the TV monitor on the side.”It was the third time Djokovic faced a British player at Wimbledon, losing to Andy Murray in the 2013 final and beating James Ward in 2016. But this was the first time he got a reaction like this from the crowd.“The crowd was very fair when I played against Andy. Obviously they support their player,” he said. “But today there was just some people, especially behind that end where I got the time violation, they kept on going, they kept on going, provoking. That’s something that I can tolerate for a little bit, but I’m going to show that I’m present as well, that they can’t do whatever they feel like doing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team “There is a certain unwritten borderline where you feel that it’s a bit too much,” Djokovic said about being booed at times by the partisan crowd on Centre Court. “I didn’t deserve to be treated the way I was treated by certain individuals.”Neither the crowd nor a big mistake by the umpire could unglue Djokovic, though, as the three-time champion won 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to reach the round of 16 for the 11th time at the All England Club.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’He was robbed of a break at 3-3, 15-40 in the fourth set when the ball bounced twice before Edmund managed to return it over the net. Djokovic complained to the chair umpire but the call stood — even though TV replays also showed Edmund’s shot had actually landed wide.Edmund ended up holding serve but Djokovic broke at his next opportunity to make sure there will be no British players in the second week of the tournament. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES “I was 100 percent convinced it (bounced) twice,” Djokovic said.“Anybody can make a mistake. That’s OK. But I don’t understand why he (the umpire) didn’t allow me to challenge the ball. I asked him. … So, yes, it was quite a strange decision from (the) chair umpire, but it happens.”That wasn’t the only point of contention in the match. Djokovic got into a bit of a two-sided argument with the crowd after he was booed following a time violation in the third set. He responded by blowing kisses into the stands.“I thought the crowd’s reaction after that (time violation) was quite unnecessary. A couple (of) guys really, you know, pretending they were coughing and whistling while I was bouncing the ball more or less to the end of the match at that end where I received the time violation.“Those are the things obviously that people don’t get to see or hear on the TV. I just think it’s not necessary. That’s what I didn’t like. … My interaction with the crowd, I thought had good things and not great things. I just reacted the way I thought was fair, the way they reacted to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia PLAY LIST 03:07Massive crowd welcomes 2020 at Bangkok’s self-proclaimed Times Square of Asia03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’03:53Pope Francis ushers in Christmas with message of ‘unconditional love’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 No. 1 Halep calls self ‘unprofessional’ after Wimbledon loss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more