Djokovic, Williams forced to wait at rainy French Open

first_imgPARIS (AP):Thanks to rain, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were forced to wait an extra day to start their bids for history at the French Open.The two number-one-seeded players originally were slated to play first-round matches today, the second day of the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.However, the schedule was already being shuffled because of showers that created a delay of more than two and a half hours in the afternoon and returned to halt all play in yesterday’s early evening, allowing only 10 out of 32 matches to be completed.So the soonest Djokovic, who is trying to complete a career Grand Slam and become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four consecutive major titles, and Williams – hoping to equal Steffi Graf’s Open-era record of 22 major championships – will get started is tomorrow.Among those scheduled to play today are the number three Stan Wawrinka, the defending champion, who beat Djokovic in the 2015 final.”Novak is the favourite, for sure,” Wawrinka said.”I think it’s going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen with the other players.”CONFIDENCE HIGHWawrinka is coming off a confidence-boosting title last week on red clay in Geneva, where he defeated his first opponent in Paris, Lukas Rosol, in the semi-finals.That victory made Wawrinka 4-0 against Rosol, a player best known for stunning Rafael Nadal in the second round of Wimbledon in 2012.The half-dozen matches that were suspended in progress yesterday will resume today. Those involve players such as number five Kei Nishikori, who had a two-set lead against Simone Bolelli; Number 23 Jack Sock, headed to a fifth set against Robin Haase of the Netherlands; and 2009 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, up a break at 3-1 in the third set against Yaroslava Shvedova.last_img read more

Spaulding celebrate golden double

first_imgSpalding High School is delighted with its double success at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships last week. According to girls’ team coach Megan Wilson-Copeland, the school family is elated after Kimone Campbell and Dwayne Moore anchored their respective 1600-metre medley teams to victory on Saturday inside the National Stadium. Wilson-Copeland said the school is in celebration mode.With Campbell extending a big lead, Spalding smashed the girls’ record in 3 minutes 57.58 seconds. The Wilson-Copeland-coached unit made history by being the first to go under 4 minutes in Girls’ Championships history. In the very next race, Moore carried Spalding to the gold medal in the boys’ race.The double win made Spaulding the first team to win both medley relay gold medal since Boys’ Championships and Girls’ Championships were merged in 1999.Minutes after a happy session of morning worship at the school, Wilson-Copeland said, “Words cannot explain how kids, teachers, the principal, other staff members of the school feel, they’re really excited and they’re in a celebration mode at the moment.”She explained why Spalding targeted the medley at the Championships.NOT SURPRISED”I knew that I had a small team, a well-rounded but small team, but with the individual events, when I looked at the 800 especially with Kimone Campbell running through the rounds, it’s really rough,” she related. “So I wanted to take off the pressure off her and instead of getting three or four points from her, I knew I could get 12 points using her on a medley.”Campbell had clocked two minutes 12.20 seconds for fourth place in the Class Two 800 metres at the recent staging of Central Championships. With that in mind, the coach isn’t surprised that Campbell controlled the anchor leg. Her split time was 2:13.4.Wilson-Copeland reported that similar thinking led boys’ team coach Milton Sargent to give Moore the responsibility of running the final leg.Told that Moore, who took third place in last year’s Class Two 1500 metres final, covered his leg in 1 minute 53.8 seconds, she had nothing but praise for him.”He’s an excellent athlete, short in stature but big in heart,” she chimed. She commended the Spalding quartet for winning against some of the top boys’ teams and for doing better than everyone else expected. “I guess this is a surprise for everyone,”, she surmised.Among those following in the footsteps of former Spalding star Simoya Campbell were Gizelle Shaw and Cheriece Cope. Shaw took third place in the Class One 800m and Cope finished second in the Class Three equivalent.last_img read more

NCAA Season 93’s Best 7: Week 1

first_img1. CJ Perez – F, Lyceum Pirates 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 stealsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTalk about backing up the hype.Three years removed from his last game in the league, the 23-year-old made sure that everyone still remembers the name CJ Perez.He torched Jose Rizal University in the Pirates’ dominating 96-75 season-opening win before leading his crew to a 96-91 shocker over defending champions San Beda.Leading a hungry Lyceum squad to a 2-0 start to open the season, Perez has undoubtedly made his case as the go-to guy this season.ADVERTISEMENT IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJio Jalalon who?Arellano is still a force to be reckoned with, now with Kent Salado doing the driving.The speedy playmaker delivered the goods in the opening weekend, towing the Chiefs to a 91-82 win over Mapua with his do-it-all effort.Unfortunately, playing in Arellano’s homecourt didn’t really give them much advantage as Salado suffered cramps in the fourth quarter and was unable to finish the game against San Sebastian, which ended up in a loss.Expect a huge bounce back game for the new lead Chief in the coming games. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES It won’t surprise us if he stays at the top of our list in the weeks to come.2. Hamadou Laminou – C, EAC Generals 21 points (9/14 FG), 13 rebounds, 7 blocksHamadou Laminou. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the departures of Bright Akhuetie and Allwell Oraeme from the NCAA landscape, the door is open for the other foreign players to stake their claim to the throne.And the one to heed the call first? EAC big man Hamadou Laminou.The Cameroonian center, who wasn’t really supposed to suit up for the first two weeks of the season, showed no signs of rust as he imposed his presence in the team’s 74-64 win over St. Benilde.That came even if he just recently recovered from an MCL team on his left knee he suffered in the preseason.Laminou is definitely going to be one of the leaders for the Generals this year, together with Sidney Onwubere and Francis Munsayac.But if he keeps his stellar showing for EAC’s ensuing games, he may just figure himself in the thick of the MVP race late in the season.3. Robert Bolick – G, San Beda Red Lions 18.0 points (62% 3PT), 6.0 rebounds, 4.0 assistsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArguably one of the best two-way players in the amateur ranks today, Robert Bolick has taken the leadership role for San Beda by the horns. With the collegiate season in full swing, INQUIRER lists the week’s top seven performers in the ongoing NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament. From their game statistics to their overall impact on the outcomes, everything is weighed to come up with the list of the best players from the week that was.ADVERTISEMENT But the gear that makes the Golden Stags work is no less than Michael Calisaan.With his backcourt working the offensive end, the senior forward has finally found his niche in coach Egay Macaraya’s system, doing the dirty work down low for the undersized San Sebastian squad.A lot is expected of the Golden Stags this season, and Calisaan has shown this early his willingness to step up to the plate, notably racking a double-double in their 65-56 win over Arellano despite playing through foul trouble late.Question is will he be able to churn the same numbers once San Sebastian encounters bigger teams in the future.6. Tey Teodoro – G, JRU Heavy Bombers 19.5 points (36% 3PT), 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assistsPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDisappointed from his showing in JRU’s season-opening defeat to Lyceum, Tey Teodoro redeemed himself and fired a season-best 26 points in the team’s 68-54 victory over Perpetual.The ace sharp-shooter is still as deadly as ever, and the Heavy Bombers’ rise will largely hinge on the 23-year-old’s excellence on the floor.However, that doesn’t just boil down on his scoring, as coach Vergel Meneses challenged Teodoro to embrace a bigger leadership role and be distributor for his team.His showing from the first two games seems promising, but it’s now up to the rest of his teammates to deliver once Teodoro entrusts them with the rock.7. Kent Salado – G, Arellano Chiefs 19.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 2.5 stealscenter_img What an opening week it was.The NCAA Season 93 came out with a bang last Saturday and nine games in, there has been no shortage of action inside and outside of the hard court—from San Sebastian’s feisty challenge against San Beda and stunning upset of the defending champions courtesy of Lyceum to the forfeiture of Perpetual’s win against St. Benilde.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’But the stars of the tournament will always be the players, and these seven made sure they made their mark this early in the season, which could be the harbinger of things to come.Without further ado, this is the first installment of INQUIRER’s top seven players this NCAA Season 93. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Showing his poise in the end game, the senior playmaker orchestrated the Red Lions’ 76-67 win over San Sebastian in opening day.However, his brilliance was halted in San Beda’s 96-91 defeat to Lyceum, with the Pirates continuously hounding him late.One thing’s for sure, though, Bolick, together with the rest of the Red Lions, won’t let this slide continue even if its still early in the season.4. Andoy Estrella – G, Mapua Cardinals 18.5 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 6.5 turnoversPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNobody gave Mapua a chance this year after the departure of its top two players in Oraeme and Darell Menina.But Andoy Estrella made sure that the Cardinals won’t be pushovers, delivering the goods for the team in their first two games of the season.The senior’s biggest moment of the week came at the expense of Letran, as he drilled the huge step-back three-pointer, his lone of the matchup, with 5.0 seconds to spare, lifting Mapua to a gutsy 78-75 victory.As feel good as the story is, Estrella must find a way to trim down his turnovers as he averaged 6.5 miscues in the two games he played in this week.5. Michael Calisaan – F, San Sebastian Golden Stags 12.5 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.0 assistPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSpotlight on San Sebastian may be hogged by its myriad of guards namely RK Ilagan, Ryan Costelo, or Renzo Navarro. Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 93 PLAY LIST 02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9302:00NCAA Season 93 Preview: Lyceum Pirates01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:40Filipinos 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 Valdez stars as Creamline takes down Pocari Sweat Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Neymar braced for PSG debut and French culture shock

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “But the people here are not talking about Neymar. The people here support their team.”It will be a major culture shock for Neymar in a town which has a population of just 7,000 and is best known for its annual Breton dance showcase, the Saint Loup Festival which draws visitors from around the world.However, that’s not to say that Guingamp do not have football pedigree.They were French Cup winners in 2009 and 2014 and last season beat PSG 2-1 in the corresponding league fixture, the capital city club’s second defeat in four visits to Guingamp since their hosts were promoted in 2013.Furthermore, former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba spent a season at the club in 2002/2003.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sore left arm keeps Sharapova out of Cincinnati eventcenter_img “Neymar — the football version,” ran their headline on Saturday in a light-hearted reference to how the most expensive transfer in football history has dominated news despite Neymar not yet having kicked a ball in anger.“A trio of Neymar, Pastore and Angel di Maria will support (striker) Ederson Cavani,” predicted L’Equipe.The match in Guingamp kicks-off at 1900GMT.An hour later, and around 1,200km further south, Barcelona will start their first competitive match without Neymar by facing bitter rivals Real Madrid in the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup.Barca’s scattergun approach to finding a replacement for Neymar has so far been unsuccessful with bids for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele of Borussia Dortmund rebuffed.Gerard Deulofeu was handed Neymar’s role alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Monday’s 5-0 friendly win over Chapecoense on his return to the club after spells at Everton and AC Milan.And the Spanish international took his chance with a goal and two assists in just 45 minutes on the field.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Neymar #11 of Barcelona heads for the net in the first half against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2017 on July 22, 2017 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Elsa/Getty Images/AFPHe has dazzled Rio’s imposing Maracana and Barcelona’s storied Camp Nou, but it’s Guingamp’s humble 17,000-capacity Stade du Rouduorou, tucked away in sleepy Brittany, which on Sunday greets Neymar, the world’s most expensive footballer.With the mundanity of transfer paperwork finally resolved, the 25-year-old Brazilian magician will line up for Paris Saint-Germain for the first time since his mind-boggling 222 million euro ($261 million) move from Barcelona.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “He’s physically ready to play the whole ninety minutes,” PSG coach Unai Emery told AFP.“He’s been working well and we looked hard at tactics and free-kicks. We all want him in the starting eleven, he’s a player we need in the group.”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’Even Guingamp coach Antoine Kombouaré, himself a former PSG boss, wants Neymar to play despite the potential for destruction at the feet of the Brazilian superstar.“I want the fans to come Sunday to see Guingamp win… preferably against a side with Neymar in it. “We could have filled a stadium of 40,000 seats with no problem at all,” said Guingamp president Bertrand Desplat whose club budget is an eighth of what PSG paid for Neymar.“Remember the star of the show is going to be Neymar and for us we want to welcome this very special player and his team in the best conditions possible.”Journalists from far and wide are expected for the game — the ground’s press tribune, built to hold 80 people, has been extended to cater for 350.A total of 145 stewards will be on duty at the ground — 30 more than usual.1,200km away, Barca start new eraMeanwhile, French media speculated over who in the expensively-assembled PSG team will make way for Neymar.Le Parisien suggested it will be Javier Pastore, the Argentine star who was the first major signing after PSG were bought by their ambitious Qatari owners.“After first giving up his No.10 shirt, will he (Pastore) now give him (Neymar) his place in the team?” Le Parisien asked of the player who took up the No.10 shirt after Zlatan Ibrahimovic left for Manchester United last season, only to hand it to the Brazilian this summer.“Neymar will start on the left at the cost of Pastore.”Sports daily L’Equipe saw things differently, though. 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Tenorio, Ginebra out to stop Meralco from silencing crowd again in Game 7

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We disappointed 50,000 fans tonight,” said Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio, who struggled to hide his frustrations over the lackluster play of his side in what could have been the title clincher.The seasoned point guard acknowledged that the Bolts did everything they wanted for the night—including taking away what felt like the Gin Kings’ home court advantage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“From the start, Meralco wanted to silence the crowd. I’ve been to other teams also playing against Ginebra and the key for them is to silence the crowd. (Meralco) did it from start to finish. They silenced the crowd with the way they played in the first half,” he said.It’s indisputable that Ginebra didn’t show much effort in Game 6, losing ground in the first half and trailing by as much as 20, 24-44, as Meralco beat them on looseballs and 50-50 possessions with the latter winning the rebounding battle, 51-41. “We started out flat. I think that’s the game. From the start, they were on point on everything against us. Looking back, it’s really the first half, the first minutes of the basketball game that did us,” he said.Tenorio said that Game 6 exposed a lot of pressing matters for the Gin Kings, who cannot afford another dismal start in the clincher.“We cannot do that on a do-or-die game. We have to be prepared again to be the more aggressive team going to Game 7,” he said.Tenorio is also looking forward to the better performance that could trigger the necessary lift Ginebra needs from what is expected to be another massive audience inside the world’s largest indoor arena.“We have to involve the crowd because they’re a part of us and we have to take advantage of them giving us a boost. We just have to bounce back and prepare for the game on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Nambatac has high hopes for Letran after his departure 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 LA Tenorio. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE — The crowd has always been one of the main advantages for Ginebra whenever it took the court, and in Game 6, 53,642 fans trooped to the Philippine Arena here expecting a celebration.Unfortunately, Meralco rained on the Gin Kings parade and scored the 98-91 victory on Wednesday to extend the series to a winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

After nearly giving up on basketball, Herndon is ready to chase his dream

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “I got my degree just to make my dad proud. My dad is a police officer but I really did not want to be a policeman. Maybe, I would have been a fireman and the degree in criminal justice would’ve helped, but I’ve decided to just focus on basketball, get back to the Philippines, and try to make it here,” Herndon said, whose father Robert Sr. traces his roots to Mactan, Cebu.“The decision to move here was tough but I love the country and I love the basketball even more.”A virtual unknown when he made the leap of fate, it didn’t take long before Herndon started making his mark, ruling the Philippine leg of the 2016 Red Bull King of the Rock tournament at the expense of two-time PBA MVP Willie Miller, before joining the PBA D-League where he saw action for Victoria Sports-MLQU, Wangs Basketball, and finally, Marinerong Pilipino.Of the three teams he suited up for, Herndon takes the most pride playing for the Couriers, which he led to contend for a playoff spot this past PBA D-League season.“It’s good basketball and I learned a lot there. And that’s just the D-League. For sure, the PBA will be better. There’s just a lot of good players here, good teams, great coaches here,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA Board to back Narvasa on controversial SMB-Kia trade Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ But Herndon is not just an offensive-minded player as he also takes pride in his playmaking and defensive capabilities, something which he displayed in the two-day 2017 Gatorade PBA Draft Combine and earned him a spot in the pre-draft workout’s Mythical Five.“The scoring just comes, but I think I really do well when it comes to rebounding because I like to rebound a lot. I also feel like I can get my teammates going, make the right pass, and also defense. It’s not just the scoring that I can do. I like to take it inside and bang bodies. I can shoot but I can also go with the drive and bang down low. I feel like I’m a good two-way player,” he said.Looking back, Herndon couldn’t help but feel emotional over the path he took to make it this far on his journey.“I think about the draft every day and I wanted this for a long time. I’m nervous, I’m excited, but most of all, I’m ready,” he said. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Robbie Herndon. PBA IMAGESIn just a span of two years, Robbie Herndon went from dousing flames as an aspiring fireman in San Francisco to torching hoops here in the Philippines.And as the Fil-Am swingman embarks on this new chapter of his life as he enters the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft, he hopes to get the chance to showcase his deadly game in the pros.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson “I’ve been waiting for two years for this moment. I’m just glad that I’m eligible because I’ve put a lot of hard work into this. I’m ready to get it going,” said the 24-year-old.Herndon had shelved his hoop dreams to focus on his education at San Francisco State and almost gave up on basketball a few years back.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“I played two years there and then, I wanted to just focus on my studies,” he said. “That was humbling for me because basketball was the only thing I wanted to do my whole life. In college, I went through a phase when it was hard juggling school and sports. I wanted to get my degree so losing my passion for basketball, I stopped playing after my second year.”But after getting his criminal justice degree much to the delight of his family, the 6-foot-3 guard felt that it was time for him to take the chance and fly to his father’s homeland. View commentslast_img read more

Kings take shot at bringing NBA All-Star game to Sacramento

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 27, 2016, file photo, Vivek Ranadive, the majority owner of the Sacramento Kings, poses in the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. The Kings are expected to bid on hosting the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star Game. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, file)The Sacramento Kings are looking to bring the NBA All-Star game to California’s capital for the first time.Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, Mayor Darrell Steinberg and tourism officials are set to detail plans for the bid for the game in 2022 or ’23 on Thursday and submit an application to the league Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Getting the game would cap a remarkable comeback for Sacramento, which nearly lost its franchise to Seattle in 2013 before Ranadive bought the team and put together a deal to build a state-of-the-art downtown arena.“I think it would be a recognition of the fact that the city went all-in on the Kings,” Ranadive said. “It would be the ultimate recognition that the city pulled it off. There’s a love affair between the Kings and the city and the NBA. It would be an exclamation point on that love affair.”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 folkWinning the bid won’t be easy. The Golden State Warriors want the game for their new arena in downtown San Francisco that is set to open for the 2019-20 season. Milwaukee is also bidding, with its new arena set to open next season. Other cities also will get involved.Commissioner Adam Silver said at the All-Star game last weekend in Los Angeles that he generally supports a bid from Sacramento with one major caveat. Larry Nance Jr. to wear his dad’s retired No. 22 with Cavs LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments “Sacramento and the surrounding communities provide a tremendous opportunity for an All-Star. Wine country, great golf, great scenery, all kinds of wonderful things that I think people would love to visit around an All-Star. But at the end of the day, we have to have a sufficient number of hotel rooms,” he said.Ranadive said new projects will ensure the city meets the NBA’s requirement of about 6,000 rooms in the area. But the bid will offer even more options with up to 1,000 rooms through a partnership with Airbnb, as well as two or three 300-room small luxury cruise ships in the Port of Sacramento.Silver said he would be open to that possibility, pointing out that USA Basketball players and guests have used cruise ships for accommodations at the Olympics, including the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.“Not only will we meet the requirement but we’ll also give them a choice,” Ranadive said. “Do they want to be on a beautiful river? Do they want to be in a beautiful home? Or do they want to be in a hotel room? All of that will be accessible in less than 30 minutes.”The events surrounding the game will be anchored by the Golden 1 Center, with an indoor-outdoor Global Pavilion near the capitol to host concerts and food events that show off the region.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano The bid promises to take fans from transportation hubs to accommodations and venues in 30 minutes or less by the use of self-driving vehicles and dedicated traffic lanes.Ranadive believes the arena raised the bar on technology and environmentalism for sports venues. There are “smart turnstiles” that allow fans to enter at more than triple the usual speed and the NBA’s first 4K ultra HD video board that stretches 84 feet long.The arena is the first professional sports venue powered completely by solar energy, saving about 1 million gallons of water a year compared with a typical venue of its size. It was built with recycled material from the mall that stood at the site before construction began and gets 90 percent of its food and beverages from within 150 miles.“I think when we built the arena we had a goal that it would be the best arena that had ever been built,” Ranadive said. “It would be an iconic structure to look at. It would give the fans an experience like no other. To be able to share that with the entire basketball loving world is obviously a huge privilege and would be a treat for us to do that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbedlast_img read more

Petron storms to early lead; F2 Logistics kicks off title defense with victory

first_imgView comments GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Statement game Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Stalzer and Hurley, the duo that spearheaded Petron to the finals of last year’s Grand Prix, combined for 27 of the Blaze Spikers’ 44 attack points while providing leadership down the crucial stretch.“We had some troubles in the second set,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “It’s good that we were able to recover and finish strong.”After trailing by two, 8-10, the vaunted floor defense of the Blaze Spikers conked out, allowing the HD Spikers to uncork 15 consecutive points and claim the second set, 25-8.But in the next set, Stalzer and Hurley connived in the attack zone to give Petron an early lead, 8-5, entering the first technical timeout.Petron took the early lead with a 2-0 card.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley combined forces to help the Blaze Spikers recovered from a disastrous second set.They both finished with 18 points each.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“They really are a tough team,” said Stalzer of Cignal which fell to 1-1 record. “And it was good test for us.”Cignal’s Sonja Milanovic scored 23 points, while Jeane Horton added 20 for the HD Spikers. Defending champion F2 Logistics and Petron fashioned out victories over their respective rivals Saturday night in the Philippine Superliga-Chooks To Go Grand Prix at Santa Rosa Sports Center in Laguna.F2 trounced Cocolife, 25-21, 25-15, 25-16, to start its title-retention bid while Petron drubbed Cignal, 25-17, 8-25, 25-20, 25-17 to also bolster its own campaign.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Nets deny Heat a clincher with tight win in OT

first_imgBrooklyn’s six-game overtime losing streak ended, and the Nets went 3-1 against the Heat this season.James Johnson and Goran Dragic each scored 18 for Miami, which got 16 from Kelly Olynyk and 14 from Hassan Whiteside. Wade and Josh Richardson each had 13 for the Heat, whose magic number for clinching remained 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 crownWade found Johnson for a layup with 41.1 seconds left to put Miami up one, and that was followed by the Levert score that became the one that mattered most.Miami came out flying, taking a quick 30-16 lead when Wade hit a 3-pointer. The lead was still 11 early in the second, and it looked like a bit of comeuppance — clinching a spot against a Nets team that offered no resistance in Game 82 at Chicago last season, a Bulls win that eliminated the Heat from the postseason — was on the way. View comments Not quite.Brooklyn trailed by only seven at the half, and took its first lead since 7-5 when Dinwiddie’s 3-pointer midway through the third put the Nets up 62-61. The lead eventually grew to nine midway through the fourth, and Miami’s frustration was on full display.Wade thought he got fouled when he missed a spinning layup, slapped the basket stanchion and drew a technical.It seemed to be a spark.Johnson had 12 of his points in the fourth, including a pair of three-point plays 24 seconds apart. Wade put the Heat ahead with a drive with about a minute remaining, Hollis-Jefferson got a three-point play to put the Nets on top again, and Wade tied it with a pair of free throws.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors’ Kerr questioned about not attending Clark rally Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brooklyn missed two shots on its last possession of regulation, Dragic missed for Miami at the buzzer, and to overtime they went.TIP-INSNets: D’Angelo Russell started for Brooklyn, played the first 6½ minutes, missed all five of his shots while turning the ball over twice and never saw the floor again. … Brooklyn has had a great year against the Southeast Division. The Nets are 12-6 against Miami’s division — and 13-45 against the other five divisions, including 1-13 against their Atlantic rivals.Heat: Miami remains one win shy of clinching its 18th winning record in Pat Riley’s 23 seasons with the organization. Only San Antonio has more winning seasons (22) in that 23-year stretch. … The Heat have scored at least 90 points in 26 consecutive games, tying the third-best streak in team history. They’ve done it in 37 straight games on two other occasions.SCORING RECORDThe Heat finished March averaging 111.7 points for the month — the best for any full month in team history.MUTUAL RESPECTHeat coach Erik Spoelstra said he can see, and respects, how the Nets are trying to create a winning culture. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson took that as high praise — knowing “culture” is a very significant word to the Heat. “From Erik to Pat Riley, they’ve been doing it for a long time. They’re a team that we imitate,” Atkinson said.UP NEXTNets: Host Detroit on Sunday.Heat: Visit Atlanta on Tuesday. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img LATEST STORIES 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 Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Brooklyn Nets guard Caris LeVert (22) goes up for a shot against Miami Heat forward James Johnson (16) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, March 31, 2018, in Miami. The Nets defeated the Heat 110-109 in overtime. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — Caris Levert scored with about a half-minute left in overtime to put Brooklyn up for good, Dwyane Wade missed on a play where he thought he got fouled at the buzzer and the Nets beat the Miami Heat 110-109 on Saturday night.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson finished with 20 points for the Nets, who denied Miami a chance to clinch a playoff spot. Levert finished with 19 and Brooklyn put seven players in double figures for the second straight game — the first time the Nets have done that in 29 years.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Crucial tiff for Ateneo, UP

first_imgThe Lady Tamaraws battle the Adamson Lady Falcons in the 2 p.m. game, with a win sealing their place in the semifinals while also keeping their twice-to-beat hopes alive.UP’s only chance of marching on would depend on wins in its last two games and key losses by those in the upper half of the standings.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 crownAdamson, on the other hand, is just half-a-game out of fourth spot behind idle National University.With three games left, the Lady Falcons hold their destiny in their hands, and coach Airess Padda is asking her charges to be tougher mentally. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback PH cuppers group 2 bid on 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 Ateneo tries to stay on track of a twice-to-beat edge in the semifinals and extinguish University of the Philippines’ playoff hopes when they clash Saturday in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.Running second with a 9-3 record, the Lady Eagles need a win in their 4 p.m. clash with the Lady Maroons to keep Far Eastern University, which is at 7-4, at bay.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more