Neymar to PSG? Barcelona’s denials don’t stop transfer talk

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Slaughter admits dealing with chemistry issues in 1st game back for Ginebra PSG may be better served signing Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez, who is not as skillful as Neymar but more hard-working.Playing Neymar at striker would add flair, but arguably less goals: raising the question whether it’s actually worth it for PSG to sign him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Before him came Rai, the classy midfield general who broke down in tears after waving good bye to PSG fans following a brilliant spell from 1993-98 where he scored 72 goals and dazzled in the City of Light. There was also Valdo — Rai’s astute midfield partner. Attacking right back Leonardo — who became the club’s sporting director, signing Ibrahimovic — and the recently retired left back Maxwell left lasting impressions.___FITTING INTO THE TEAMWhich position would Neymar play for PSG? Would he fit in or clash with star striker Edinson Cavani?Awkward questions for PSG.Neymar can play on both flanks, but should be the leading main man as center forward.That role already belongs to Cavani, who signed a new PSG contract until 2020 after netting a league-leading 35 goals last season.Having waited three years to become PSG’s No. 1, slogging it out wide right to accommodate Ibrahimovic, it is highly unlikely Cavani would welcome doing the same again if Neymar joins.Equally, having played a supporting role to Messi and — somewhat — to Luis Suarez for the past two seasons, Neymar would not want to play second fiddle again.PSG is desperate to join Europe’s elite, but signing Neymar may produce a conflict the club should avoid. For his arrival could push Cavani out of the door, depriving PSG of its best scorer. Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Not magical enough to win the Champions League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. To challenge for European soccer’s top prize, coach Unai Emery told L’Equipe earlier this week: “PSG must have one of the top five players in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer.”Neymar certainly fits the bill. While not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid’s prolific Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.It would be a massive coup for Emery given his troubled first season.PSG relinquished its league title to Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost 6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG’s tormentor being Neymar.___PSG’S PURSUITThe Qatari-owned club’s courting of Neymar dates back to April last year.With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s future, PSG had discussions with the player’s father and his agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly was ready to pay 190 million euros.But two months later, Neymar reached an agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by the summer of 2018.It raised the question whether he just used PSG club as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro publicly stated that Neymar had been “close to joining PSG.” ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTubecenter_img ___ANTICIPATION IN PARISReports in Spain and France state that the transfer could be completed by the end of July.“Un Pari Magique” (A Magic Gamble) read the front page headline on sports daily L’Equipe on Saturday. It was accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship’s captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future destination.The headline is a play on words with the favorite chant among PSG fans of “Paris est Magique” (Paris is Magic).ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ But Neymar left the stadium in New Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.The Barcelona coach and president have been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is staying put.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“We want Neymar to be with us,” Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus. “We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team dynamic, and we want him with us. It’s clear.”Barcelona’s league campaign begins on Aug. 20, while PSG’s season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5. Barcelona’s Neymar, center, attacks as Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, tries to block his shot during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Saturday, July 22, 2017, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Juventus’ Andrea Barzagli, right, helps defend on the play. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)PARIS — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 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 Fast forward, and sections of the Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi’s shadow — which couldn’t happen for a while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.But the last thing Valverde needs is losing Neymar.“There are rumors, we’re aware of them,” Valverde said. “We’re happy with him and he’s happy with us.”According to Spanish reports, Neymar has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly : “He is not on the market.”Landing Neymar would be an even bigger coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.___FEELING AT HOMEThe PSG squad features several of Neymar’s compatriots. The captain is Thiago Silva, whose center back partner is fellow Brazilian Marquinhos. PSG also recently signed rampaging Brazilian full back Dani Alves from Juventus.PSG’s Parc des Princes loves a Samba beat, too.The mesmeric Ronaldinho was a huge favorite from 2001-03, securing a big move to Barcelona — where he won the Golden Ball. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Woods back on the course in a cart, uncertain about future

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide FILE – In this Feb. 2, 2017, file photo, Tiger Woods reacts on the 10th hole during the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic golf tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili, File)JERSEY CITY, N.J. — Tiger Woods made it back from his fourth surgery in time for the Presidents Cup.Just not to play.Not even Woods knows when or even if he can return. He even acknowledged Wednesday a scenario that he doesn’t return to competition because he’s at a stage where he’s only hitting 60-yard shots.ADVERTISEMENT View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img NBA: LeBron relieved that Cavs snagged Wade away from other contenders Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up This was all about driving a cart as an assistant captain at Liberty National.Woods is back on a golf course for the first time since the Dubai Desert Classic, where he shot 77 in the first round and withdrew the next day citing back spasms. He had fusion surgery on his back in April, and he had reason to wonder if he would be able to join the U.S. team in this capacity.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHe said in his blog May 24 that surgery brought instant nerve relief. Five days later, however, he was arrested on a DUI charge when Florida police found him asleep behind the wheel of a running car that was parked awkwardly on the side of the road with a blinker flashing.Woods said he had an unexpected reaction to pain medication. Three weeks later, he entered a treatment center. He also was an assistant captain at the Ryder Cup last fall, and even though he doesn’t have a club in his hand or a putt on the line, they are big weeks. Having not played a full schedule since 2015, removed from the game, opportunities to spend time with an American team is not anything he would want to miss.“There were times when … I didn’t know if I was going to be able to be here because I couldn’t ride in a cart,” Woods said Wednesday. “The bouncing just hurt too much. Driving a car still hurt. So that’s all gone now, which is fantastic. And yeah, there were some intrepid times — not just for this golf tournament, but for life going forward.”Woods looks as fit as ever. He said in another blog he posted last week that he was working out six days a week, alternating among a treadmill, his bike, swimming and lifting weights twice a day. He is hitting wedges up to 60 yards, but that’s as far as he said his doctors will allow him to go.He was asked if he could see a scenario where he would not return to competition and Woods replied, “Yeah, definitely. I don’t know what my future holds for me. As I’ve told you guys, I’m hitting 60-yard shots.”“I’ve been out of the game for a while,” Woods said. “First things first: Get my health organized. Make sure the pain goes away. Then, basically, just as I said, just keeping waiting for what my surgeon says.I’m still training. I’m getting stronger. But I certainly don’t have my golf muscles trained because obviously I’m not doing anything golf-related.”ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 award Woods went 4-1-0 at the Presidents Cup in 2013, his last team competition. Except for the odd occasion when PGA champion Justin Thomas or Rickie Fowler comes over to his house in south Florida to chip in his backyard practice facility, he’s not around the players in this environment.Woods said he was “very optimistic” about getting back into the fray. He’s also as uncertain as ever.“Like I said, the pain’s gone, but I don’t know what my golfing body is going to be like, because I haven’t hit a golf shot yet,” he said.He said in his May blog that he “unequivocally” wants to play professional golf again, and he said again Wednesday that he was in no hurry to get back from a fourth back surgery, which followed four surgeries on his left knee.Woods was asked if could be the best in golf again if he returned to 100 percent health. That made Woods smile, only because he doesn’t know what 100 percent means anymore with all his injuries. The next question was if he could return to the health he had in his 20s, and Woods did all he could to keep from laughing.“Is anybody in here who is in their 40s ever going to feel like they did in their 20s?” he said.“Seriously?”He turns 42 at the end of the year. His role at the Presidents Cup is assisting U.S. captain SteveStricker, encouraging players who were not even in kindergarten when Woods won the first of his 14 majors.And he’s loving every minute of it.So are the players, and the fans. Woods still remains the top draw when it comes to autographs at Liberty National. It’s a rare sighting these days on a golf course.“The younger player on both sides, he was our dominant player, the face of the PGA Tour, and they grew up idolizing him,” Jim Furyk said. “Having him here in the team room and here with those guys is invaluable. “It’s a two-way street. It’s great for Tiger. As much as he’s been injured, it’s probably wonderful for him to be out here.”last_img read more

UP ends slump, sends UST reeling to eighth straight loss

first_imgLATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “This is just too difficult for us because we just wanted to get another win after the three losses we had,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol. “This is something that can perk us up, make us believe again that we can still do this.”Despite the win, the rebounding department was a cause of concern for UP after the UST dominated the rebounds, 61-40. “Every time we go up against UST, it’s always going to be a classic for us,” said Perasol. “I don’t think that we will be able to outrebound the lineup of UST and true enough we’re outrebounded by 21.”The Maroons, though, were able to neutralized the Growling Tigers’ advantage by forcing them to 23 turnovers that led to 24 points.Janjan Jaboneta had 12 points in his first start to pace the Fighting Maroons while Jun Manzo and Paul Desiderio added 11 and 10 points, respectively.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ After international duties, Raymar Jose takes talents to PBA Outtara missed out on a double-double with nine points and 11 rebounds for UP.Lee had a game-high 17 points to lead UST while Akomo added seven points, 20 rebounds, and four blocks. The win allowed UP to take the no. 5 seed with a 4-4 record, half a game behind Far Eastern University.Ibrahim Outtara scored on a layup to give UP a 70-64 lead with 1:16 to go but UST managed to score five unanswered points with Lee drilling a three from the left wing to cut the lead to one, 70-69, with 11 seconds remaining in the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAfter a split from the line from point guard Jun Manzo, UST center Steve Akomo secured the rebound for UST with 9.2 seconds left and the Growling Tigers immediately started to run the break.Marvin Lee then had two attempts to play hero for UST but both of his shots bounced in and out of the rim. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE Photo – UP Fighting Maroons. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines recovered from its three-game losing streak in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament, nipping University of Santo Tomas, 71-69, Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons had a promising start to the season, going 3-1 but lost their final three games of the first round to fall to 3-4ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Stunner: Keenum-Diggs TD sends Vikings past Saints

first_imgMOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals “I’m more toward the end of my career than I am at the beginning, I know that,” Brees said. “That’s all I’ll divulge.”Vikings: move on to Philadelphia for the 10th championship game appearance in franchise history, the fifth in the last 30 years. They won the first four, losing in the Super Bowl each time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Keenum completed his last-ditch heave near the sideline Sunday on the game’s final play to Stefon Diggs, who slithered away from the Saints for a 61-yard touchdown to give the Vikings a 29-24 victory and a spot in the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.“At that point, I’m just a kid throwing a football to another big kid,” Keenum said with a smile, “and he just runs and scores.”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 folkOne more win, against the Eagles, and the Vikings will become the first team to play in a Super Bowl on their home turf. Instead of the usual win-or-go-home stakes, they’re in a win-and-go-home situation.“It never ends that way,” Diggs said. “Usually, it’s reality. It’s life. So things go and you walk home and worry it about tomorrow.” Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs (14) runs in for a game winning touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the second half of an NFL divisional football playoff game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. The Vikings defeated the Saints 29-24. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — As Case Keenum convened the Minnesota huddle with 10 seconds left, the situation staring down the Vikings was as simple as it was daunting.With the go-ahead field goal by the New Orleans Saints that silenced this deafening stadium still fresh in the air, the Vikings were well beyond any moment of anxiety. All that was left for Keenum to do on that last snap was to throw the ball up like he used to do in his Texas backyards and hope for the best.ADVERTISEMENT PICKED OFFBrees saw his 13th career postseason game end in a crushing final moment, his 25-for-40 performance for 294 yards tainted a bit by two interceptions before halftime. One came on a leaping grab by safety Andrew Sendejo, the other off a tip by Griffen that landed in Anthony Barr’s arms at the Minnesota 10-yard line midway through the third quarter.FIRST-HALF FORCEThe Vikings came roaring out of their first-round bye, forcing punts by the Saints on their first three possessions and moving 55 yards in eight plays for a touchdown run by Jerick McKinnon on their first drive. Aided by two pass interference calls on Ken Crawley for 54 yards, the Vikings reached the 1-yard line before settling for a short field goal on the next possession. They pushed the lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter when Latavius Murray plowed in from the 1-yard line.“The Vikings had a phenomenal game plan,” Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan said.The only other time the Saints went scoreless in the first half of a postseason game was five years ago. They fell behind 16-0 at Seattle in the divisional round and lost 23-15 to the eventual Super Bowl champions.SENDEJO DOWNThe first touchdown to Thomas came one play after he leveled Sendejo with a jarring blindside block, sending Sendejo to the sideline for concussion evaluation and reigniting the crowd when the flag that was initially thrown was waved off.UP NEXTSaints: head home with a 1-5 record on the road in the playoffs under Payton, with a promising group of young players but some uncertainty around how much longer Brees, who will turn 39 on Monday, will stick around. Kizzire outlasts Hahn on 6th hole to win Sony Open Instead, Drew Brees and the Saints were the ones trudging off the field in defeat.“We’re still a bit shell-shocked after what happened there at the end,” said Brees, who steered the Saints in position for Wil Lutz’s 43-yard kick with 25 seconds remaining that punctuating a forceful rally from a 17-point deficit that stood until 1:16 was left in the third quarter.The field goal was set up by a fourth-and-10 completion by Brees to Willie Snead for 13 yards to the Minnesota 33 with 40 seconds left. Brees connected with Michael Thomas for two of his three touchdown passes in a span of 3:09 that spilled into the fourth quarter. The second score was set up at the Minnesota 40 by an interception by Marcus Williams, when an off-balance throw into traffic by Keenum served as his one costly moment of recklessness, a “bonehead play,” as he put it.Keenum settled back in. He guided the Vikings to two more field goals by Kai Forbath, including a 53-yarder with 1:29 left that was his third of the game against his former team and gave them their lead back after a blocked punt by George Johnson had set up the Saints for a touchdown pass by Brees to Alvin Kamara.Then came the play that put Keenum and Diggs in permanent rotation on the NFL’s all-time highlight reels.ADVERTISEMENT 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 award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson “We knew there was still a possibility, still some hope,” Keenum said.This wasn’t quite Franco Harris and the Immaculate Reception for the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1972 playoffs, but these Vikings are on some kind of special path after turning to Keenum in the second game of the season after original starter Sam Bradford was sidelined by a knee injury.The Vikings were out of timeouts and nearly out of options when Keenum dropped back from his 39 and threw high into a crowd. Diggs jumped in front of Williams, who rolled awkwardly underneath Diggs during an ill-fated attempt at making a low tackle.Devastatingly for the Saints, nobody was behind him in the secondary, as Diggs made sure to note right before he made the break on his route during the play the Vikings, believe it or not, call “Seven Heaven.”Diggs kept his balance as he landed, kept his feet in bounds and kept on running untouched into the end zone as the crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium erupted with euphoria. Keenum raced around the field, looking for anyone to hug.“I’m shocked. I don’t know what else to say. This is the first time ever I’m out of words,” Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen said.Keenum, the undrafted and undersized all-time leading passer in NCAA history who was making his first career playoff start and has long looked up to Brees, was having a hard time finding the words to describe the experience. He finished with 318 yards, going 25 for 40, with Diggs catching 137 yards on six catches.“A heck of a game, wasn’t it?” head coach Mike Zimmer said. “And the good guys won.”Diggs was still in full uniform when he took the podium for his postgame interview, the ball from the winning catch resting safely in front of him on the lectern.“It’s plays like this that you dream about your whole life,” he said, “and it finally happens.”last_img read more

Putin to athletes: Ignore doping scandals at Olympics

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Garcia makes up for poor start, takes over for Castro in TNT win “I wish you not to think about anything which has recently accompanied your preparation for these Olympics,” Putin told a gathering of athletes at his presidential residence outside Moscow on Wednesday.He added that he hopes they “focus on sporting competition, and that you know that following you, as usual, are hundreds of thousands, millions, of fans who love you and hope you win.”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 folkWhile the athletes wore their IOC-approved “neutral” uniforms without the Russian flag — gray for men, red for women — the event was full of patriotic gestures.Hockey players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk stepped up to present Putin with a Russian jersey bearing his name and players’ signatures along with the slogan “Russia in my heart.” Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Russian President Vladimir Putin, receives a jersey from ice hockey player Ilya Kovalchuk, left, during a meeting with the Russian athletes who will take part in the upcoming 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea, at the Novo-Ogaryovo residence outside in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. (Grigory Dukor/Pool Photo via AP)MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin has told the country’s athletes to forget about doping scandals when they compete at the Pyeongchang Olympics.As punishment for what it deemed a doping scheme during the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the International Olympic Committee has invited 169 Russians to compete under a neutral flag using the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Several athletes wore their “neutral” jackets open to show a Russian-flag shirt underneath.Russian athletes won’t be allowed to display the flag in Pyeongchang, or to celebrate with Russian flags given by fans. If they win, the Olympic anthem will be played.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreaklast_img read more

San Miguel picks up momentum, sends Ginebra to 5th loss

first_imgRenaldo Balkman then picked Joe Devance’s pass to preserve the tie sending the game into overtime where 2013 MVP Arwind Santos worked his magic.The steal. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/6FgDMvO6xk— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018Santos first knocked down a three-pointer to open the scoring and give the defending champions a 96-93 lead then hit another long ball for the 102-95 buffer with 2:00 left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ June Mar Fajardo. PBA IMAGESSan Miguel continued to build momentum after its disastrous start as it scraped past Barangay Ginebra, 104-97, in overtime in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.The Beermen started the conference on a 0-3 spiral but has since won two straight to get to a 2-3 card while the Gin Kings lost back-to-back games and slipped to 1-5 to stay at the 11th seed.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Reigning four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo found the lucky bounce in his turnaround jumper over Greg Slaughter to tie the game at 93-93 with 1.1 seconds left in regulation.MVP PLAY! June Mar ties it! 93-93 0.6 seconds left! #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/lH7Az4iSIPFEATURED 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— Bong Lozada (@BLozadaINQ) June 3, 2018 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Without Ravena, Alas, Road Warriors fail to match KaTropa’s fire power 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We knew from the start that this would be an exciting game because both of us are struggling in this conference and this game is very important for both teams,” said San Miguel head coach Leo Austria.“Fortunately we’re able to get this win and I think it could be a good morale-booster for us going into our next games. This was the game that I’ve waited for from my players and I’m happy for them.”Balkman finished with a game-high 27 points with 11 rebounds and three blocks for the Beermen while Fajardo had 24 points and 19 rebounds.Justin Brownlee led the Gin Kings with 18 points, 14 rebounds, seven assists, three steals, and five blocks with Japeth Aguilar pitching in 17 points and seven boards.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

FIFA proposes annual Club World Cup

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Federer tested, beats Krajinovic in Swiss Indoors 1st round Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title UEFA has stymied Infantino’s attempts since March to gain approval for the new FIFA competitions, which would have $25 billion of income guaranteed by an international consortium including Japan’s SoftBank.The proposals, which include a global Nations League as a mini-World Cup every two years, were formed by FIFA to eliminate two little-regarded competitions: the current annual seven-team Club World Cup held in December and the Confederations Cup for international teams held every four years. The proposal only covers men’s soccer and does not include new competitions women.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThe original plan sent to FIFA Council members in April said a 24-team Club World Cup would be worth at least $3 billion for each edition, played in June-July every fourth year from 2021 through 2033. Half the slots would be taken by European clubs, ensuring the competition could weaken the status of the UEFA-run Champions League.But discussions in recent months with global soccer leaders have encouraged FIFA to propose keeping the annual format but with more teams, said the person, who added that Infantino favored a July-August event but he is open to another slot. Playing in the northern hemisphere summer would pose a threat to the annual preseason friendly tournament for Europe’s leading clubs which is organized by Relevent Sports, a company controlled by Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew While Infantino has convinced some teams to back his plans in public, including Real Madrid and Barcelona, the umbrella European Club Association has called for the workload on players to be reduced rather than increased.Infantino won’t use the meeting in Kigali to gain approval for the final configuration of competition formats but he wants to secure agreement on the principle that the existing Club World Cup and Confederations Cup need to be replaced, the person said. FIFA would then spend the coming months consulting further on the formats.Infantino is pressing ahead with trying to implement the biggest revamp of soccer tournaments this century after gaining support from the regional confederations apart from UEFA, the person said. FIFA would have a 51 percent stake in the joint venture with the investors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 FIFA President Gianni Infantino is doubling down on his Club World Cup plans with a proposal for an expanded annual tournament despite European soccer’s resistance to any competition that challenges the supremacy of the Champions League, a person with knowledge of the talks told The Associated Press.The revised proposal amends an initial plan to play a 24-team Club World Cup every four years. The new format will be discussed at the FIFA Council meeting in Rwanda on Friday, the person said on condition of anonymity because the discussions were confidential.ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Expecting a dogfight vs Lyceum, San Beda gets rest before work begins

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Red Lions are on course for a third straight title, their 11th title in 13 years and head coach Boyet Fernandez is readying his squad for an absolute dogfight against the Pirates.And one way of doing that is by giving his players some quality rest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissREAD: San Beda heads to 13th straight NCAA finals, ousts PerpetualFernandez said he gave his players Wednesday and Thursday off so they clear up their minds from the stress of the NCAA finals and prepare them for a few days of hellish practices before Game 1 on Nov. 6. View comments Kobe Bryant named global ambassador for 2019 FIBA World Cup “Lyceum murdered Letran in the Final Four, while we led Letran by 20 in the last six minutes but that lead was cut down,” said Fernandez in Filipino. “And I think our win against the Pirates in the second round was a factor why they played that way against Letran.”San Beda split its season series with Lyceum losing 73-66 in the first round but winning 75-68 in the second meeting.“I’m actually nervous because the Lyceum team that beat Letran was different from the one we beat,” said Fernandez. “Hopefully we can find a way to limit Lyceum.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We have to rest because we’re expecting a dogfight in the finals because Lyceum has that pressure defense,” said Fernandez in a phone conversation with Inquirer. “We have to be ready physically, and emotionally we have to be relaxed, rested, and healthy.”Fernandez gave the two days off so his players can go back to their families and commemorate All Saints’ Day, which has been a tradition for Filipinos, before going back to work.The three-time NCAA champion coach added that even though they swept the Pirates for the Season 93 crown and won in the second round of Season 94, they always have to be wary of a more matured Lyceum in the title round.Fernandez pointed out how the Pirates ousted Letran in a dominant fashion, 109-85, while the Red Lions needed a jolt in the fourth quarter to beat the Knights, 74-68, in their last meeting.The Red Lions held a 22-point lead, 67-45, early in the fourth quarter but allowed Letran to cut the lead down before the buzzer saved them from utter collapse.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)03:34PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Beda is just days away from the biggest games in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament as it stakes its championship against Season 93 runner-up Lyceum in the finals.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Unlimited support from patrons propels NU Pep Squad back to top

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University had won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition title for four straight years from 2013 to 2016 that when the title suddenly disappeared from its grasp in 2017, it bore a hole that took a year to be filled back.But in just a year, NU Pep Squad was finally able to return to the top and team captain Kevin Lacbong said it was the product of the unwavering support their coaches and management gave them.ADVERTISEMENT Lacbong said the higher-ups in the team made sure to tend to their every need and it was up to them to return the favor and ultimately win the prize that has left them in 2017.“They’ve supported us all the way through, they made sure that our everyday needs were met, they made sure we were eating right, they housed us in a condominium and not a lot of athletes are given that privilege,” said Lacbong in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Whatever skill we had, they made sure that we will improve on that.”Lacbong, a fourth year student in NU’s Bachelor of Physical Education, Sports and Wellness Management program, even said that they can confidently say that the program has grown to be the best in the country. “I can say that this is the best team in the Philippines, and probably in Asia because this is such a strong team,” said Lacbong, who is also a Dean’s Lister in NU.Team Manager Mark Gaw said half the team is comprised of Dean’s Listers in their respective majors.Head coach Ghicka Bernabe added that they’re focusing on the team not just in the level of the players’ physical prowess but also in their capabilities in the classroom.“We always monitor their grades, we have academic coaches, we have tutors for them and we don’t tolerate bad grades,” said Bernabe in Filipino. “It’s a competition to the team they make sure their grades are high and we really appreciate that they’re putting a priority on their studies.”Gaw said that their first focus in helping the players is the student part of the “student-athlete.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “Our emphasis on an NU student-athlete is the student part and we make sure to give them time off from training to ponder on things and of course we make sure that they have the resources,” said Gaw.Lacbong added that even though they’ve received great support from their coaches and the team’s management, they made sure to stay grounded and continue improving.“The coaches taught us that our feet should always be on the ground and that we should always be eager in improving our skills,” said Lacbong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:14Carpio 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Azkals scramble to 2nd win in Suzuki Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

Ateneo crushes FEU, advances to 3rd straight UAAP Finals

first_imgAteneo started hot early with a 17-9 lead after the first, including an 8-0 opening run, and sustained that momentum throughout the whole match.Things turned from bad to worse for the Tamaraws when point guard Alec Stockton got ejected for trying to punch Thirdy Ravena at the 7:12 mark of the third.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissRavena then gave the Blue Eagles a 48-24 buffer after 3-pointer right following the incident.“We knew that coming into this game we would go up against a tough FEU team who had two great wins against Adamson and De La Salle so we wanted to make sure that from the start we’d lock on especially on the defensive end,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. Mavs pull away in 4th, beat Celtics View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? FEU got into the Final Four by the skin of its teeth after ending the elimination round on a three-game winning streak capped of by an 82-56 beating of Adamson.The Tamaraws then got into a fourth place playoff with the Green Archers that they won 71-70, but that momentum didn’t carry over as the Blue Eagles showed their mettle.It was all Ateneo throughout the game and Ravena gave the Blue Eagles a 31-point lead, 59-28, with a three-pointer with 2:53 left in the third quarter.Ravena finished with 22 points, seven rebounds, four assists, and two steals before fouling out with 3:33 left in the game while Angelo Kouame had an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Blue Eagles.Barkley Eboña led all FEU scorers with nine points while the graduating Arvin Tolentino, who averaged 13.4 points before this game, managed to score just five points on 2-of-4 shooting.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDefending champion Ateneo didn’t waste any time in going back to the title round after whipping Far Eastern University, 80-61, in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The first-seeded Blue Eagles (12-2) own a twice-to-beat advantage but that didn’t matter as they displayed their championship class to bamboozle the fourth-seeded Tamaraws, who couldn’t get into their offensive rhythm especially in the third quarter where they trailed by as much as 31.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more