MELBOURNE, Australia (AP): Serena Williams put up both hands after sending a forehand long and high over the baseline in the first set. She wanted nothing to do with yet another unforced error in her Australian Open final against Angelique Kerber. For the second time in as many majors, Williams fell short of equalling Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 Grand Slam singles titles. No. 7-seeded Kerber had never played in a major final and had lost five of her six previous career meetings with Williams, but she responded with a stunning 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 upset win over the six-time Australian Open champion. Williams had won the title every previous time she’d reached the final at Melbourne Park, and was overwhelming favourite to continue that streak against Kerber, who joked she was “one leg in the plane to Germany” when she faced match point in her first-round win over Misaki Doi. “I mean, every time I walk in this room, everyone expects me to win every single match, every single day of my life,” Williams said in her post-match news conference. “As much as I would like to be a robot, I’m not.” The 28-year-old Kerber used acute angles to keep Williams guessing, tossed in two drop shots for a crucial break in the long sixth game of the third set, and continually tried to pass the 21-time major winner or forced errors at the net. And she had five service breaks — two in the first, and three in third set — against the top-ranked Williams, who hadn’t dropped a set in the previous six rounds. “My whole life I was working really hard and now I’m here and I can say I’m a Grand Slam champion,” said Kerber, who had only reached the semi-finals twice at the majors and hadn’t been beyond the quarterfinals since Wimbledon in 2012. “It sounds really crazy and unbelievable.” She is the first German woman to win the Australian title since Graf in 1994, and is projected to rise to No. 2 in the rankings next week. It took her 33 majors to win the title — sixth on the list for longest waits that is topped by 2015 U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta’s 49. Williams admitted previously she became nervous and was stalled for a while trying to get to 18 major titles, to equal Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova’s career marks in second spot in the Open era. For three majors, Williams didn’t reach the quarterfinals, but when she finally won her 18th, it triggered a roll of four straight major titles. Now she’s on 21.
AUGSBURG, Germany (AP):Germany’s European Championship preparations had a setback yesterday in a 3-1 thunderstorm-interrupted defeat to Slovakia.Goals at the end of the first half from Marek Hamsik and Michal Duris gave Slovakia a 2-1 lead at the interval in the Euro 2016 warm-up before the storm peppered the pitch with large hailstones and heavy rain.Play resumed almost 40 minutes later on the water-sodden pitch, but ball control proved difficult for both sides.The unmarked Juraj Kucka, who earlier conceded the penalty from which Mario Gomez opened the scoring, made up for it in the 52nd minute with a volley to Patrik Hrosovsky’s corner, sending the wet ball through the unfortunate Marc-AndrÈ ter Stegen’s hands and legs.”I’ve never experienced anything like it. It’s unique that the half-time break lasted so long. Thankfully, nothing happened,” Germany coach Joachim Lˆw said of the conditions. “We weren’t good at the back and we were too open in midfield.”Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich and Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno both started for their Germany debuts, while Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl came on later to make theirs. Schalke midfielder Leroy Sane also started for his second cap.Regular No. 1 goalkeeper Manuel Neuer was rested, as were Mesut Ozil, Thomas Mueller, Lukas Podolski and Toni Kroos. Mats Hummels, Marco Reus and Karim Bellarabi were all injured.Gomez opened the scoring from the penalty spot in the 13th after Kucka fouled Goetze.Goetze, who scored Germany’s World Cup-winning goal in 2014, was making a rare start after a frustrating season at Bayern.Germany dropped intensity as Slovakia improved. Napoli star Hamsik duly equalised with a brilliant strike to the top far corner in the 41st, three minutes before Duris stunned the home fans with a header from a corner.There was some whistling from fans at half-time, though supporters were quickly sent running when the thunderstorm struck.Other results yesterday in friendly matches: Albania 3 Qatar 1; Spain 3 Bosnia & Herzegovina 1; Romania 3 Ukraien 4; Turkey 1 Montenegro 0.
PRINCESS POPSTAR, who was trained by Philip Feaany, went on to win all three races in the series and already comparisons have been made to her by fans of SHE’S A MANEATER. Walker was so impressed by the victory that he referred to the filly as “a machine”, and wondered aloud as to who gave her that name in conversation with the owner, who feels confident that she could sweep the series like Popstar. Walker and DaCosta teamed up for a second winner on the card with 9-5 favourite DYSFUCTIONAL in the third race over 1820 metres. Elsewhere, top apprentice Bebeto Harvey rode his second consecutive three-timer to move past outgoing champion Shane Ellis to third in the standings with 41 winners, while female apprentice Andree Powell celebrated her 27th birthday with an easy win aboard 8-1 chance MAJOR FORCE in the sixth race, and veteran jockey Vassell ‘Jollyman’ Najair booted home 7-2 chance FIX IT UP in race two at age 63. Feels confident Talented filly Thereafter, it was smooth sailing as the talented filly by Natural Selection out of the 2009 Horse of the Year Ahwhofah, on whom Walker won the Gold Cup that year, moved away from MONEY MARKET to beat her by six lengths. The latter just held on for second from the winner’s stable-companion, ARMAGEDDON (6-1), closing from last position under Ameth Robles after missing the break. SHE’S A MANEATER, who is unbeaten in two starts having romped the Front Runner Trophy race over 1100 metres in fast time on her recent debut, covered the distance in the smart time of 1:11.3 behind splits of 22.3 and 45.4 for the half mile. This was four-fifths of a second outside the stakes record set by the outstanding filly PRINCESS POPSTAR in this very race in 2013 when she was voted the first two-year-old to be crowned Horse of the Year. The unbeaten SHE’S A MANEATER turned in another superlative performance at Caymanas Park yesterday to win the 12th running of the $2.95 million Cash Pot ‘Only One For Me’ Trophy over 1200 metres race number one in the Supreme Ventures Triple Crown Series for two-year-olds. Installed a howling 1-4 favourite, with leading jockey Omar Walker riding for 15-time champion trainer Wayne DaCosta and owner-breeder Winston Kong, SHE’S A MANEATER chased the early leader MONEY MAGNET (6-1) at close range, passing the half mile before surging through on the outside approaching the home turn.
The top-performing boy and girl at this year’s third staging of the Digicel Grand Prix Championships will win an all-expense-paid trip to the 2017 IAAF World Relays in The Bahamas. This was among a number of new features, which were rolled out by sponsors Digicel during yesterday’s press launch, which was held at the company’s head office in Downtown, Kingston. Chief among the changes are that the top two athletes from the eight disciples will advance to the final of the Grand Prix. However, these athletes will not be able to take points from the quarter-finals of the regional meets over into the finale. The Championships will involve five meets in the Western, Eastern, Central and Corporate Area Championships along with the G.C. Foster Classic. The events to be contested over the course of the series will be the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, long jump, high jump, discus, and 4x400m. Digicel’s CEO, David Butler, pointed out to The Gleaner that the event has grown tremendously since its first staging in 2015. “We have seen a remarkable increase in the number of participants since the first year and the series has become well known not just in Jamaica, but right across the Caribbean and in the Tri-State Areas thanks to live and post television broadcast of the championships,” said Butler. “We are very happy to have played a part in helping each school achieve this and we look forward to further contributing to the development of athletics right across Jamaica. We want to see our young athletes grow from grassroots to greatness,” Butler added. $2M INJECTION The Ministry of Sports, through the Social Development Foundation, have injected $2 million in this year’s event. Sports Minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange, in making the announcement, outlined the Government’s commitment to the development of sport in Jamaica. The winning school of this year’s event will receive $1-million worth of sporting equipment, while record-breaking athletes will also be up for individual scholarships ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 each. The Grand Prix gets under way on February 18 with the Western Championships at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay. The five series meet also include the Eastern Championships on February 28 and the Anthrick Corporate Area Development meet on March 2. Both meets will be held at the Usain Bolt Track at the UWI Mona campus. The series will be rounded out with the Central Championships at the G.C. Foster College in St Catherine on March on 8 before closing at the National Stadium on March 11 with the G.C. Foster Classic. The defending champion schools are St Elizabeth Technical High School in the boys category and Edwin Allen High among the girls.
Oklahoma City held the Warriors to 42 percent shooting in the first half and forced them into 10 turnovers. The home crowd gave the Thunder a standing ovation as they walked off the floor.Early in the third quarter, Westbrook had a steal and dunk, then a steal and layup plus a foul that brought the crowd to its feet. He made the free throw to put the Thunder ahead 72-52. Oklahoma City led 94-71 at the end of the third and Warriors coach Steve Kerr pulled his starters with about eight minutes remaining.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Manute Bol could have been ’40 or 50 years old’ while in NBA, ex-coach says OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Westbrook said it was just another game in the buildup, but he didn’t play like it. At one point in the third quarter, Westbrook and Durant went forehead to forehead and were called for double technicals.Westbrook’s new All-Star teammates came through. Carmelo Anthony scored 22 points and Paul George added 20.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe crowd booed Durant nearly every time he touched the ball. He finished with 21 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Stephen Curry scored 24 points for the Warriors, who produced their lowest point total of the season.The Thunder led 65-48 at halftime as Westbrook filled the stat sheet with 20 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Anthony had 16 points and George had 14 at the break. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, left, keeps the ball from Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY—Russell Westbrook scored a season-high 34 points and added 10 rebounds and nine assists to help the Oklahoma City Thunder roll past the Golden State Warriors, 108-91 on Wednesday night.It was Oklahoma City’s first win over the Warriors since Kevin Durant left the Thunder to join the Warriors after the 2015-16 season. Golden State won all four meetings last season by an average of nearly 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT
This photo taken from a 4K video and dated Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 shows Ashley Caldwell, the 2017 women’s aerials skiing world champion from the United States, as she soars through the air during jump training in Saas-Fee, Switzerland. Because snow is no longer guaranteed early in the season at their headquarters in Park City, Utah, she and other members of the US aerials national team went to train high on the Saas-Fee glacier ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics. (AP Photo/John Leicester)SAAS-FEE, Switzerland — The athletes’ half-hour commute in the Swiss Alps — up two gondolas, then through a tunnel in the world’s highest underground train to a glacier at 11,000 feet — served up daily grim reminders that global warming is threatening their line of work.After exiting the train, they squelched through a field of grayish mud to reach shrinking snowfields scarred by new crevasses. Occasionally, they heard the sharp roars of glacial ice breaking off in monster chunks, then echoing across the peaks where they trained jumps, tricks and turns for the Pyeongchang Olympics. Most days, they basked in brilliant, snow-melting sunshine that bathed the whole scene in deceptive beauty.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The hunt for offseason training spots like these is increasingly a scramble, and not just for the Americans. The hellishly named “Lucifer” heat wave that baked Europe in July and August wreaked havoc on teams’ schedules. Canadian skicross racers had to cancel plans to train on Italy’s Stelvio glacier that turned a sickly gray, rerouting to Mount Hood, Oregon, instead. Canadians endured issues elsewhere, scrubbing a planned summer training trip to Argentina because of hostile weather and extreme winds.France’s moguls team cut short a July training camp on its home glacier in Tignes after a crevasse opened under the course, which this year had just one jump instead of the usual two because of a shortage of snow, said team member Ben Cavet.He was shocked by the visible deterioration of his regular venue for summer training .“It’s crazy, you know? I always thought global warming was like your granddad going, ‘Oh, I used to go and ski here 20 or 30 years ago and there was more snow,’” Cavet said in an interview. “But now we really are talking eight years. I can see a huge difference. Up on the glacier, now there’s this huge cliff, you know like a big rock, that you couldn’t even see before.”“It is worrying, very worrying,” he added. “What scares me about global warming is that you can see that the world is suffering in some of the most beautiful places on Earth.”ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense The quest for reliable spots is becoming more competitive, and securing training locales is increasingly using up coaches’ time and budgets.“I need to be progressive and search out new spots,” said Jankowski, who has had to add more reliable European venues to a global travel schedule that already includes trips to New Zealand and other locations in the Southern Hemisphere.In October, skiing and snowboard athletes from the U.S. and dozens of other nations lined up before dawn, doing warmup exercises in the dark as they waited, to squeeze aboard the first gondola up to Saas-Fee’s glacier. It also is in retreat , no longer reaching down to above the no-cars-allowed resort town, as it did in the 1930s.Environmentally minded athletes are wrestling with the moral dilemma of contributing to atmospheric pollution with their widening search for snow.“We take planes to go overseas. We take cars every day to go training,” said French snowboard-cross racer Pierre Vaultier, gold medalist at the 2014 Sochi Games. “We are not examples about how to decrease global warming.”U.S. gold-medal snowboarder Jamie Anderson said it’s easy to get “sucked into the system, whether you want to or not.”“It’s hard to get out until you consciously make the decision,” Anderson said. “With how passionate I am about snowboarding, it’s hard to make that shift.”Well aware of the impact snow sports are having on the environment, Burton Snowboards recently announced a series of changes aimed at diminishing its environmental footprint.The growing frequency of warm winters has, indeed, hurt the financial health of the industry, including ski resorts that form the backbone of the recreational side of the sport. A study commissioned by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the athletes’ group Protect Our Winters found that skier visits in New Hampshire were 17 percent lower and ski resort revenue was $54 million less in the “low-snow” winters of 2001-02 and 2006-07, as compared with higher snowfall winters of 2007-08 and 2008-09. The differences between low- and high-snow seasons in Colorado were 8 percent in visits and $154 million in revenue.The increased frequency of warm-weather race disruptions on the pro circuits also is causing alarm. Mild temperatures and lack of snow in Germany, Croatia and Michigan hit the 2015-16 season with multiple cancellations and venue changes. Last season began with events in Colorado and Alberta scrubbed because of lack of snow. This season’s early Alpine event in Beaver Creek, Colorado, was run on almost all man-made snow that turned glassy in the warming sunshine. MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Salah, the prolific frontman making Liverpool’s ‘Fab 4’ sing Another subtle but telltale indicator of climate change’s disruptive impact on winter sports: Many athletes — here 5,000 miles away from the Rockies and 3,500 miles from the Green Mountains of New England — had the letters “USA” emblazoned on their jackets. Americans once had little need to swap continents to guarantee offseason access to snow. But warming is forcing athletes to hunt farther from home for wintry conditions, particularly just months away from an Olympics.“Without the snow and the cold in the places in the States where it’s normally cold, we have to travel over here and find a place on a glacier to get a couple of jumps off,” said Jon Lillis, world champion in aerials skiing. “Something that terrifies every winter athlete daily is the fact that the conditions are not as good as they used to be. You see videos of people skiing on glaciers back in the ’80s and ’70s, and half of that glacier doesn’t even exist anymore .”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 folkLast year, the aerials team stopped water training at its headquarters in Park City, Utah, in mid-October, then sat and waited a month for snow that came late to the mountain that hosted the Winter Games 15 years ago. The World Cup season began in China, and the Americans were forced to travel there not having set foot on snow in months. The results, not surprisingly, were dismal: not a single podium and only one finish in the top 5.Lesson learned: This season, they uprooted to glaciers at Saas-Fee, Switzerland, and Ruka, Finland, for autumn training needed to be competitive at February’s Winter Games in South Korea. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Biathlon venues such as Ruhpolding in Germany and Ostersund, Sweden, commonly now make thousands of cubic yards of snow at the end of winter and store it through summer beneath tarps and wood chips for early-season races the next winter.“We used to have relatively reliable conditions at all biathlon venues around the world,” said Max Cobb, the president of U.S. Biathlon. “You can’t count on it anymore.”Temperatures in the 40s and 50s greeted freestyle skiers and snowboarders at their world championships in Spain last March, creating mushy conditions like those that took some of the shine off the 2014 Sochi Games and the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.“It’s a scary thing right now for winter sports. There’s fewer and fewer places and all the glaciers are melting,” U.S. aerials coach Matt Saunders said in Saas-Fee. “It’s definitely getting harder and harder to get on snow early, for sure. We are having to travel further and further.”Scientists warn that worse is to come for winter sports, and that more warming will render proven Olympic venues unsuitable , even with greater use of artificial snow-making. Much has been said about the scarcity of snow in Beijing and surrounding areas, which will host the 2022 Winter Games, though officials have frequently brushed off the problem and promised to make enough artificial snow.Park City is in the mix for the 2026 and 2030 Olympics. The irony is not lost on Olympians who live there but had to travel the globe to train for Pyeongchang.“In my career, a lot of times, it’s been really easy to chalk things up to it being a bad winter,” said U.S. aerialist Mac Bohonnon. “But (warming is) undeniable. And the more I’ve traveled, the more I’ve seen that it’s a pretty common theme wherever you go.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Other glaciers suffered, too:— Austria’s Moelltaler Glacier closed from Aug. 15-Sept. 7 because of what its operators said were “water gutters in the ice” and other safety concerns.— The Stubai Glacier, also in Austria, is deteriorating. U.S. coach Mike Jankowski, who brought some of the snowboarders and freeskiers there after the Saas-Fee trip, said there are concerns that some of the big buildings, drilled into the permafrost on the glacier, might not be stable for much longer.— Italy’s Stelvio, billed as the Alps’ largest summer skiing area, shut for 21 days in August , a sobering first since the opening of its lifts in the 1950s. Italian athletes who still came to train were hauled up on snow-cats.“Partly it was because of the heat,” said Umberto Capitani, in charge of the ski area. “But it’s also been three years that we’ve had very little snowfall.”— The Horstman Glacier in Whistler, Canada, near the 2010 Olympic Alpine venue, has deteriorated so badly that a renowned recreational snowboard camp was canceled , and other activities curtailed.“There used to be like nine lanes for different camps there, and now it’s five or six,” said U.S. moguls skier Troy Murphy. “We still go there. It’s still pretty good. But the amount it’s shrunk, the snow is so much lower.”— Glaciers of the French Alps lost an average of 25 percent of their surface area between 2003 and 2015, and the rate of shrinkage nearly tripled, according to a study being readied for publication early next year.French researcher Antoine Rabatel said it is “highly probable” that the same trends will show up at glaciers elsewhere in Europe, as winters get shorter and summers hotter.Winter sports training, he said, is “going to become harder and harder.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ “Hopefully we can be teammates and be successful together,” said Milton of her Serbian teammate. “I don’t mind having a permanent coffee date.”On its maiden season, Cocolife finished fifth in the All-Filipino and fourth in the Grand Prix.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Pam Lastimosa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCocolife continued its extensive house-cleaning after it reportedly let go of team leader Michele Gumabao in favor of former University of Santo Tomas standout Pam Lastimosa.Sources said Gumabao is taking a breather from volleyball to compete in a beauty pageant.ADVERTISEMENT Haridas runner-up in Hong Kong chess c’ship Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals LATEST STORIES Lastimosa, who played for Sta. Lucia Realty, will bring firepower to the Asset Managers, along with two more acquisitions to be finalized soon.Cocolife manager Joshua Ylaya also revealed their lineup of imports for the coming Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.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 folkSara Klisura, who saw action for Foton where she recorded the most number of points in a single game at 41, is in the list.She will be joined by Taylor Milton in the conference that will begin Feb. 17. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours The SM-NBTC High School Player Power Rankings will be released in mainstream and online media portals every Monday. View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Former champion Azarenka withdraws from Australian Open Every week, a selection committee made up of reputable sportswriters, coaches, and a statistician will convene to make the list.Ateneo’s Kai Sotto and SJ Belangel, UST’s CJ Cansino, and NCAA MVP Will Gozum of Mapua, among others, will be ranked weekly based on their performances gauged in seven categories: league stats, impact in team, team record, leadership, offense, defense, and level of competition.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 folkThe final rankings, to be released in early March, will determine who among the cagers will earn an invite to the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.“SM-NBTC believes that these rankings will make the race to be part of the top 24 high school players more exciting while also making more of people aware of the abundance of talent that’s in hand in the high school level,” said SM-NBTC program director Eric Altamirano, who likened the “NBTC 24” to the “Rivals 100” high school ranking done in the United States. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense FILE – NBTC and SBP officials during the National High School Championship presser. Randolph B. Leongson/INQUIRER.netSpicing up the seventh edition of the High School All-Star Game, the SM-National Basketball Training Center (NBTC) is introducing a new innovation to determine who are the best high school players in the country.The official grassroots arm of the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) will release weekly power rankings naming the top 24 high school players from the UAAP, NCAA, CESAFI, MMBL, and FCAAF tournaments in the buildup for the much-anticipated All-Star exposition this March.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Mike Nzeusseu led Zark’s-Lyceum with 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Jaycee Marcelino and Kim Cinco both poured 12 markers in the beatdown.CJ Perez was held to a conference-low nine points, but also collected five boards, two assists, and a steal as he allowed the Jawbreakers substitutes to shine in the game with 55 bench points.Ken Acibar led the league doormat Mila’s Lechon (0-4) with 16 points.The Scores:ZARK’S BURGER-LYCEUM 102 — Nzeusseu 15, Cinco 12, Jc. Marcelino 12, Perez 9, Jv. Marcelino 8, Serrano 7, Tansingco 7, Baltazar 6, Liwag 6, Marata 6, Ayaay 4, Ibañez 4, Santos 4, Caduyac 2.ADVERTISEMENT Jett Manuel leaves good impression in belated Ginebra debut Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ “I was mad at the players at the start because we’re playing to their brand of basketball. That’s why I called two early timeouts to make sure that we’re in the right frame of mind,” said coach Topex Robinson.From close 44-41 lead, Zark’s-Lyceum zoomed to decisive 67-41 advantage with 3:24 left in the third quarter, made easy by the Mighty Roasters’ pathetic showing in the second half.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 folk“We don’t have control on how our opponents play. We always tell the players that no matter who we’re playing, we have to play at our best every time. If the opportunity is there to score, well keep on scoring,” he said.“Basketball has been good to us and the only thing we can do is to respect the game. I just told them that they’re so lucky that they’re in this team that nurtures that kind of respect for the game.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESZark’s Burger-Lyceum shook off its early struggles and clobbered Mila’s Lechon by 47 points, 102-55, Thursday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at Pasig Sports Center.The Mighty Roasters stayed in step of the Jawbreakers in the first half thanks to their 42-percent shooting from the field, but restored order in the third frame and fired 23 unanswered points to cruise to the easy win.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MILA’S LECHON 55 — Acibar 16, Delfinado 9, Herradura 7, Ng 6, Derige 4, Iñigo 4, Parala 4, Padilla 3, Sarangay 2, Bellosillo 0, Crisostomo 0, Deles 0, Luz 0, Montuano 0.Quarters: 25-25, 44-39, 73-47, 102-55.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson FILE – Moala Tautuaa. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMo Tautuaa got tossed in the third quarter of TNT’s quarterfinals duel against defending champion San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Tuesday at Mall of Asia Arena.Tautuaa, who got called for a technical foul earlier in the game, committed a flagrant foul penalty 1 at the 4:58 mark after hacking Beermen swingman Matt Ganuelas-Rosser while going for a drive.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Japan’s ancient sport of sumo needs some brighter days Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City MOST READ The Fil-Tongan big man was scoreless and only had two rebounds and a steal in close to 10 minutes of action before getting ejected.San Miguel, which only needs one win to advance to the semifinals after finishing the elimination round at the helm, leads the eighth-seeded KaTropa, 77-72, entering the fourth quarter as of posting time.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 folk GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES 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 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew