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Gilas battles title favorite Canada in Jones Cup opener

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ 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 Gilas Pilipinas team arrives Friday afternoon in Taiwan for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – Gilas Pilipinas arrived in this progressive island confident of making heads turn in the 39th Jones Cup Invitational as a team of young talents carry the fight in this tournament the country shoots to win for the sixth time.Using the core of the Cadet program, three amateurs and a Filipino-German the country knows practically nothing of, Gilas plunges into action against what many feel is the team to beat in the 10-team, nine-nation meet as the Filipinos clash against Canada 150 at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall here.ADVERTISEMENT Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Canada 150 is a selection of players coming from that country’s pro league, the National Basketball League of Canada, and it will be handled by its reigning coach of the year, Kyle Julius.Dallin Bachynski, a 7-footer, Dwayne Smith and gunslinger Deigo Kapelan, according to Gilas’ scouting reports, are the players the Philippine defense need to shut down.The Philippines is actually the defending champion here, having swept the tournament last year with a Mighty Sports team loaded with imports that counted former NBA All-Rookie Team member Al Thornton.This year, Gilas has tapped the services of Mike Myers as its only import. He is expected to just be a role player, the same way he is being utilised in practice.Gilas is shooting to win for the second time, the first since that epic 2013 triumph, with this crew all playing in the Jones Cup for the first time.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “I really wish we drew them as our last game,” assistant coach Josh Reyes said just after touching down together with the rest of the team. “We could have had a chance to see them play first, like we did in 2013 (when the Filipinos beat the United States) when our strongest opponent was our last game.”Tip off time is at 3 p.m. with the Filipinos, despite checking in at the Howard Hotel at Da’an District well over 5 p.m., still able to turn in an hour’s practice at the brand new venue.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’Team Philippines plays nine games in as many days with its final assignment being Iran, the champion here in five of the last eight years. But the Iranian national side will be without its resident stars Hamed Haddadi and Nikha Bahrami, who have opted to stay home and rest for the Fiba Asia Championship in August.And that now makes Canada the team to beat. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Jimmy Alapag, now an assistant coach, is confident that this batch of Filipinos is ready to contend.“With the talent that this team has, I’m confident that we can contend,” Alapag said. “Our guys can definitely play and we will make a lot of heads turn. We might not have come here with the (Jason) Castros, the (Ranidel) De Ocampos, the (Terrence) Romeos, and they will see a new breed of heroes for us.”Keifer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Bobby Ray Parks and Christian Standhardinger make their international men’s debuts here and from among the members of coach Chot Reyes’ squad, they are the ones who are least scouted as they are all still not in the PBA.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lyceum backs up hype, slays San Beda for 2-0 start View commentslast_img read more

Mike Tyson on McGregor’s chances against Mayweather: ‘He’s going to get killed’

first_imgMike Tyson  AFP FILE PHOTORetired boxing great Mike Tyson and returning fighter Floyd Mayweather Jr. aren’t exactly fond of each other and probably won’t be anytime soon.Still, “Iron Mike” sided with the undefeated pound-for-pound boxer ahead of his mega-bout against the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return View comments Appearing on ESPN’s “Pardon My Take,” the legendary heavyweight slugger didn’t mince words and bared his bold prediction of the upcoming August fight.“McGregor is going to get killed in boxing,” the 51-year-old boxing Hall of Famer proclaimed. “I got mad because I thought they were going to use MMA rules against boxing because that’s what it’s all about: Can the boxer beat the MMA guy?”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’The 40-year-old Mayweather, who’s coming out of retirement for this bout, is still considered by many as one of, if not the greatest defensive boxer of all time.Although lauded by many for his striking arsenal in the UFC, McGregor remains a novice in the boxing world—which Tyson believes would be his biggest downfall. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 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 Pirates rampage Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur “McConor put his dumb as* in a position where he’s gonna get knocked out because this guy’s been doing this all his life since he was a baby,” he said.“McConor can’t kick and grab and stuff so he won’t stand much of a chance,” Tyson added, referring to the different rules in mixed martial arts.“McGregor took the biggest sucker rules in the history of boxing,” he further said.Mayweather and McGregor will finally lock horns in Las Vegas on Aug. 26.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Co rues dwindling number of Mapua players due to injuries

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Unfortunately, they got injured in our practice. Wala na nga akong players, nai-injure pa (I no longer have any players, and even the ones I have still get injured),” the PBA legend rued as his rotation dwindled down to just eight men.Estrella has been the Cardinals’ leading scorer, averaging 16.5 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 4.5 assists, while Gabo, who was still able to play minimal minutes in the game, has been netting 10.8 markers, 3.2 boards, and 3.4 dimes.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’Still in disbelief with the turn of events, Co shared that it was disastrous practice session on Thursday for his Mapua squad.“Gabo got (his ankle) sprained when he landed in our scrimmage. Andoy inadvertently pushed one of his teammates and (Almel) Orquina landed on his knee. He didn’t hear any pop, but after that, he had a hard time walking,” he said. Andoy Estrella. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netAs if Mapua’s roster couldn’t get any more depleted, coach Atoy Co had to face another wave of bad news as top guys Andoy Estrella and Leo Gabo fell to injuries prior to the Cardinals’ game against San Beda on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ebondo, Scorpions move on from tough semis Game 1 loss Mapua takes a 12-day breather before facing JRU on August 22. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Co suspected that Estrella suffered an MCL injury, as he kept his team’s leading scorer off of Mapua’s game on Friday. Gabo, meanwhile, fought through the pain but could only muster two points in the four minutes he played in the game.Their absence were truly felt in the Cardinals’ 66-55 loss to the Red Lions, which sent them to their fifth straight defeat and further down the cellar at 1-6.Though Co got a huge boost in the emergence of Christian Bunag, who racked an eye-popping 20 points and 18 rebounds, the mentor knows that won’t be enough as he hopes to get more surprises from his line-up.“From the start of the season, all I wanted is to have a good showing, not necessarily winning. Winning is a bonus. But I always tell them that we will play good basketball,” he said.“We have to play good basketball, disciplined basketball, take the open shot and not the hurried shot. There are losses that are still good shows. It’s basketball, there will be winners and there will be losers. It’s just that we lack the manpower.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 View commentslast_img read more

Baguio to NLEX in three-team shakeup

first_imgVilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas MOST READ The 36-year-old Baguio will rekindle his partnership with former teammates JR Quiñahan and Larry Fonacier in NLEX as Guiao slowly bolsters his roster with tested veterans.Baguio has been averaging 7.4 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.8 assists this conference.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’Baracael, meanwhile, will bring his toughness to the Batang Pier after toiling the bench in NLEX.Ababou, on the other hand, hopes to reboot his career plagued with injuries as he joins an upstart Phoenix crew. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’center_img 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRebuilding NLEX from the ground up, coach Yeng Guiao has secured another familiar face as he reunites with 6-foot-2 guard Cyrus Baguio in a three-team trade set to be approved by the PBA Commissioner’s office  Tuesday afternoon.Sources close to the situation disclosed that the deal will send the former UST star to the Road Warriors, Mac Baracael to GlobalPort, and Dylan Ababou along with NLEX’s 2020 second round pick to Phoenix as the three teams swapped veteran swingmen.ADVERTISEMENT Kaya FC’s U-12 unit goes 2-0 in int’l youth football tilt View commentslast_img read more

Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute

first_imgMOST READ Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite Teen gunned down in Masbate View comments 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, also will not play in this year’s U.S. Open. On the men’s side, three top-10 players have withdrawn with season-ending injuries: defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img FILE – In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the child’s father. Azarenka says via a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, that she is “faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son’s father.The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy’s father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement.In last week’s post, Azarenka wrote that she separated from Leo’s father shortly after Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.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’“As we work to resolve some of the legal processes, the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California,” Azarenka wrote, “which I’m not willing to do.”Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th. She was the runner-up in New York in 2012 and 2013, losing in the final each year to Serena Williams. Those were also the years that Azarenka won her two Grand Slam singles titles in Australia. LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Ceres edges Global Cebu

first_imgStephan Schrock rifled home an unstoppable effort from 20 yards out as Ceres Negros slipped past fierce rival Global Cebu, 1-0, Sunday night in a battle of powerhouse teams in the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.In a tight contest where both defenses proved equal to the challenge, Schrock’s brilliance made the difference as the Busmen continued their pursuit of top spot, increasing their tally to 32 points from 15 matches.ADVERTISEMENT DAY6 is for everybody Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img In-form NU, Adamson nail 4th victories MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Busmen are still 12 points behind leaders Meralco Manila, but the AFC Cup Asean zone champions have played five less games than the Sparks.“It was very difficult to score especially if you came from a midweek game,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

There’s a story behind Spieth’s ‘Go get that’ line to caddie

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The next stage is keeping a full tour card, followed by winning.At the close of a year that saw him win Colonial for his second PGA Tour title and make his first U.S. team at the Presidents Cup, Kisner noticed something else about his change in fortunes.“The tournaments I play now, I don’t even see half the guys I used to see all the time,” he said.There’s also the case of Scott Brown, one of his best friends who grew up with Kisner in Aiken, South Carolina, and is a member with him at Palmetto Golf Club.“It’s almost three levels of the tour,” he said. “But that’s fine. It’s part of it.”Brown was a rookie in 2012, and Kisner had returned for a second season on the PGA Tour after losing his card. They played 23 of the same 24 events that year, the difference being Brown played the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook and Kisner played the Houston Open.Fast forward five years, and Brown played 32 times in 2017. Kisner was only in 17 of those tournaments. The seven tournaments Kisner played that Brown didn’t were three majors (Masters, U.S. Open and British Open), three World Golf Championships and the Tour Championship.Kisner doesn’t play the tournaments he did in 2012. He builds his schedule around the big events.“Any time you move up in the world ranking, you change your schedule and your outlook,” Kisner said. “You start working around majors and World Golf Championships instead of playing every tournament you want to play.”WORLD RANKING Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Chappell attributed the difference to some back issues and untimely illnesses that kept him from getting any momentum.What made this year memorable was playing on his first Presidents Cup team. He earned the 10th and final spot by 0.073 points over Charley Hoffman, and went 1-1-1 in a resounding victory at Liberty National.And he won’t be waiting until the January to get started on a new year. He leaves for Maui right after Christmas.DIVOTSTwenty players who began 2017 outside the top 50 finished the year in the top 50. The biggest jump belonged to Patrick Cantlay, who had been out of golf for nearly three years and started at No. 1,866. He ended the year at No. 38. … Tiger Woods ends the year at No. 656 in the world, just four spots lower than he began in 2017. He played seven rounds of golf and had a missed cut, a withdrawal and a tie for ninth in the 18-man field at the Hero World Challenge. … Dustin Johnson has to keep his No. 1 ranking for seven weeks to start 2018 to become only the fifth player to hold the No. 1 ranking for an entire year.STAT OF THE WEEKJason Day and Rory McIlroy ended last year at No. 1 and No. 2 in the world. Neither won a tournament and ended this year out of the top 10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lewis Hamilton issues apology after shaming nephew for wearing princess dress 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 He was telling Michael Greller to get his ball from the cup as Spieth stood to the side of the 15th green, still soaking up the significance of such a long eagle putt that restored his lead with three holes to play.And there’s a story behind it.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 reaction, while entirely spontaneous, might not have happened except for Spieth being in the makeshift gym all week at Royal Birkdale.“I had been watching replays of the Open in the gym,” Spieth said. “There was a TV in there, and they were playing old Opens. For whatever reason, it intrigued me earlier in the week that the guys, when they made putts, they never went and picked their ball out of the hole. The caddie went and got it on long putts. And I guess that stuck in my head: ‘You don’t have to pick the ball out of the hole. Michael can go get it.’” MOST READcenter_img Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Either way, Greller went and got it. Spieth added two birdies and his name was etched into the silver claret jug.MASTERS UPDATESome of the best mail during the holidays is a simple white envelope from Augusta National, officially extending invitations to those who have met criteria for the Masters (and for past major champions no longer exempt who will be honorary invitees).At the end of the year, 80 players already were eligible and expected to compete, a list that includes (for now) Tiger Woods.That’s two fewer than at this time a year ago, increasing the odds that the Masters again will meet its target of having fewer than 100 players at Augusta National the first full week in April. Having a small field is important to the club. The Masters has not had more than 100 players since 1966.One spot awarded next month is reserved for the Latin American Amateur champion. No more than 13 spots will be available for winners of PGA Tour events (except for the new Dominican Republic event held opposite the Match Play). One of those is at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, where all but seven players at Kapalua already are exempt.There also is one more chance for players to qualify by being among the top 50 in the world on March 25.TOUR LEVELSKevin Kisner has learned all about the different levels of the PGA Tour based on performance.It starts with getting a PGA Tour card, a big deal until players realize they are limited in where they can play. Kisner didn’t play a tournament with guaranteed money and no cut until two years ago at the Bridgestone Invitational. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense AP FILE PHOTOWith three words, Jordan Spieth delivered a British Open moment as memorable as the 50-foot eagle putt that prompted his famous line.“Go get that.”ADVERTISEMENT Only one award is given for the Official World Golf Ranking, and Dustin Johnson earned that three months ago. He will be presented next year with the Mark H. McCormack trophy for most PGA Tour events in a calendar year.But to look only at ranking points earned in 2017, it was tight at the top.Jordan Spieth earned 450.43 points, finishing one-third of a point ahead of Johnson (450.12). PGA Tour player of the year Justin Thomas kept it even closer by earning 446.43 points. They were followed by Jon Rahm and Justin Rose.The other players in the top 10 were Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama, Marc Leishman, Brooks Koepka and Tommy Fleetwood.TALE OF TWO YEARSKevin Chappell won his first PGA Tour title this year at the Texas Open, sending him to Kapalua for the first time.But was it his best year? Better than last year?“Good question,” Chappell said. “I won this year, but I didn’t have as many chances.”A year ago, Chappell was runner-up three times, losing in a playoff at the Tour Championship (won by Rory McIlroy) and to a birdie-par finish by Jason Day at Bay Hill. He had seven top 10s, was No. 8 in the FedEx Cup and finished the year at No. 32 in the world.The Texas Open was his only serious chance to win this year. He finished at No. 27 in the FedEx Cup and ends the year at No. 34. There was more to the moment, of course.Two holes earlier, Spieth missed the 13th fairway so far to the right that it hit a spectator in the head and caromed into the dunes. When he found it, he realized the driving range was not out of bounds, took a drop, had to take relief from the equipment truck and sent Greller toward the green to scout out the shot. The whole process took some 20 minutes as Matt Kuchar waited at the green.On the 15th hole, Kuchar was in a bunker in two and blasted out to about 6 feet, and then Spieth made his 50-foot eagle putt.“Michael, when I looked over, he’s laughing,” Spieth said. “For whatever reason, I didn’t want to walk all the way up there. It was pretty far away. He started to walk toward the bag, but I was already walking toward the bag and I was really intense at that point. ‘Michael, go get that!’“It was half being serious, like: ‘Go get it quickly because Kuch still needs to putt and we don’t need to drag this on. I’ve already been in his way too much the last couple of holes. Let’s not do that anymore.’ And it was half intense — ‘Pick that ball out of the hole.’”ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘23 for 23:’ No rush for young Kai Sotto

first_imgPhoto by: Tristan Tamayo/Inquirer.netAlready seen as one of the cornerstones for the national team in the future, Kai Sotto moved one more step in making those dreams a reality as he was shortlisted in Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes’ “23-for-23” list.But for the 15-year-old, he has yet to feel the pressure of being part of such an elusive club.ADVERTISEMENT “I still don’t feel any pressure. It’s still five years away and I still have time to work for it,” he said.Sotto is no stranger to donning the national team colors, suiting up for the Batang Gilas crew which saw action in the 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship.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“I’m thankful to be a part of the pool. It’s one of my goals and it surprised me a bit that I was a part of that,” he said.Being listed is one thing, making the team, however, is another, and Sotto knows that he has his work cut out for him to be a part of that Philippine which will compete in the  2023 Fiba World Cup at home. MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I will really work hard for that spot,” he said.For now though, he still have some important things to take care of before joining the Gilas Pilipinas training sessions.“We still have classes,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Phoenix coach Alas finally wins over son Kevin 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. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

WATCH: Wade receives standing ovation in Heat return

first_imgHis return seemed to put everybody with the franchise in a good mood Friday, from office workers to coach Erik Spolestra.Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade smiles as he warms up for the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, in Miami. Wade was traded back to the Heat from the Cleveland Cavaliers on Thursday. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)“I definitely feel it’s going to be a great environment,” Wade said before the game.It was.The lower bowl was full before tip-off, an uncommon sight for a typical Heat regular season game, as they awaited to see their superstar come off the bench.But no one really saw this coming, not even Spolestra.ADVERTISEMENT Prior to Thursday’s practice, Spoelstra received updates on possible trades in Pat Riley’s office. Riley informed him there was a possibility to acquire Luke Babbitt and also Wade.Spoelstra was about to leave Riley’s office when the news sank in.“What?” Spoelstra said. “Dwyane who?”Riley explained to Spoelstra about the player movement in the league and a Wade deal could potentially happen.“We’ll let you know by the end of practice,” Riley said.The coach said, “My only response was, ‘Let’s go, let’s do it.’ But it was probably not something any of us foresaw two weeks ago. Crazy things happen in this league so it just absolutely perfect timing for both parties and it was actually surreal of how quickly it came about.”Wade could hardly wait.“I’m excited for a lot of different reasons, but definitely the fan base that I grew up with and grew up with me, and just to be back in the environment,” he said. “I’m excited for my teammates as well. When you go through a long season, this team is on a five-game losing streak, sometimes it’s a lull, and to kind of get a jolt of energy like tonight will be in the arena, the atmosphere will be great. I think it’s going to be great for everybody as we go down the stretch of the season. I’m just excited to put on that jersey again and get out there and try not to be too bad.”Wade was embraced by his teammates, many of whom he played with in his last season in Miami two years ago, which should help him make a smooth transition to a team sitting at 29-26 looking to improve its playoff standing.“I feel like I know these guys,” Wade said. “I feel like I’m a part of this team already. When we played them, just the love that everyone always showed me before and after games, coming back to Miami in the summer and seeing these guys around, spending time with them so that transition right there was pretty seamless for me coming in today.” Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wade snuck up on Josh Richardson in the training room and gave him a playful push.“It was cool,” Richardson said. “It kind of felt like he never left.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwayne Wade was back with the Heat on Friday night, coming off the bench for Miami.As the Heat fell behind 9-0, the crowd chanted, “We want Wade!”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 folkWade took the court midway through the first quarter as the fans gave him a standing ovation. He immediately grabbed a defensive rebound and threw a lob pass to Hassan Whiteside, who was able to slam home a dunk.Wade is Miami’s all-time leader in points, games, assists and steals. He was drafted in the first round by Miami in 2003, but left for Chicago in 2016. Miami acquired him from Cleveland as part of the Cavaliers’ deadline-day makeover. 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D-League: Jackson, Coffee Lovers use underdog tag as motivation

first_imgView comments PBA IMAGESTrevis Jackson knows the reality of playing for an unheralded team like Gamboa Coffee Mix-St. Clare.“We understand at times that we’re underdogs,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m very proud of my team. I’m just proud that we keep fighting. The most important thing is we don’t quit. It’s all that matters. If you don’t quit, you always have a chance. And that’s what I like about this team,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings MOST READ Bulanadi uncorks 26 as Che’Lu-San Sebastian snaps skid UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Though his efforts failed to keep his side’s two-game winning streak alive, it was enough to pique the interest of Falcons coach Franz Pumaren.“I don’t think we faced St. Clare. Our opponent was Jackson,” the bench tactician said. “The way he played, he played like a veteran. I think he’s PBA-ready. He’s matured enough compared to our players.”The 22-year-old Jackson, meanwhile, is just humbled by the praise from a coach in the caliber of Pumaren. “That’s probably one of the biggest compliments I’ve gotten since being here.”“My whole dream and what gets me to wake up every morning is because I came here with aspirations of playing in the PBA,” said the Sacramento State alumnus. “Now, I just need to show them that I might not played a lot back home but I can play. I just need to prove that, and that’s why I’m taking these games as an opportunity to do it.”Though Jackson has his sights set on entering the 2018 PBA Draft, he knows that he has to keep his focus on the task at hand which is to help Gamboa-St. Clare compete and gain the respect of its opponents.ADVERTISEMENT 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 LATEST STORIES But that doesn’t mean the Fil-Am guard is ready to accept how opponents look down at them as he uses those criticisms as fuel to help the Coffee Lovers compete in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“We use that as an advantage. We don’t mind coming in as underdogs because that just means that when we’re ultra-aggressive, we have a chance to catch you off-guard. We play the game how we need to play. Coach gives us our gameplan and we go out there and execute,” he said.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 folkThrough the past three games, Jackson has established himself as the go-to-guy for Gamboa-St. Clare, averaging 19.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 1.7 assists.He continued that tear on Thursday, firing 29 points for the Coffee Lovers’ 92-85 defeat to Akari-Adamson. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more