Ginebra snaps 3-game slide, deals San Miguel its 1st loss

first_imgNewsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Gin Kings even held a 10-point lead, 97-87 with 2:10 remaining before the Beermen made one last rally, bringing the lead down to two, 97-95 with 1:00 left to play.Tenorio could only muster a split on his free throw with 24.6 seconds remaining, opening the door for San Miguel. Arwind Santos, however, muffed a couple of game-tying 3-pointers and Chris Ross was called for a technical foul for deliberately shooting a free throw that was supposedly for Chico Lanete with 4.5 ticks left that led to another freebie by Tenorio.Lanete made his first charity and intentionally missed his second, but a fight for the loose ball gave Ginebra the possession. Aguilar was fouled and he sealed the game at the line.It was a valiant effort from four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, who anchored his side with 33 points, 11 rebounds, four assists, and four steals in the defeat.Lassiter and Ross both had 16 markers and combined for 15 boards and nine dimes as San Miguel saw its five-game winning run snapped.ADVERTISEMENT Cruz fired 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter while Raymond Aguilar stepped up with 16 points. Tenorio had 23 points, four rebounds and six assists while Aguilar also scored 23 to go along with nine rebounds.“It was tough. Who would’ve thought that we can come out and win that game after the way we’ve played the last three games?” said Ginebra head coach Tim Cone as the Gin Kings leveled their record to 3-3.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“Today, we played a very controlled game and was able to make plays. At the start of the game, I thought this is a mismatch. The first quarter looked like an absolute mismatch and we had no chance. But our guys dug in, made a run at halftime, and carried that momentum in the second half. We got ahead and started believing. I think we forgot how good of a team we can be.”Starting slow and falling behind by 16, 33-17, in the first half, Ginebra swung the momentum to its favor as it staged a telling 22-2 blast in the third quarter to take a 68-61 lead. PBA IMAGESGinebra halted its three-game losing skid and dealt San Miguel its first defeat, 100-96, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Despite missing Greg Slaughter in the rematch of last year’s all-Filipino Cup Finals, the Gin Kings drew huge contributions from Jervy Cruz and unheralded big man Raymond Aguilar while also getting big games from LA Tenorio and Japeth Aguilar.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:39SEA Games 2019: Nicanor rallies to bring home 1st fencing gold for PH05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio 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 Road Warriors: Alab posts 3rd straight win The Scores:GINEBRA 100 — Tenorio 23, J. Aguilar 23, Cruz 17, R. Aguilar 16, Ferrer 11, Thompson 6, Caguioa 2, Mercado 2, Wilson 0.SAN MIGUEL 96 — Fajardo 33, Ross 16, Lassiter 16, Santos 12, Lanete 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Pessumal 4, Heruela 2, De Ocampo 0, Mamaril 0.Quarters: 19-33, 44-52, 75-66, 100-96.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Player of the Week: Injury free, Manuel back to playing big for Aces

first_imgThe Aces are currently the hottest team in the league having won six straight games, but their streak wouldn’t have reached this far if it wasn’t for Manuel’s production this past week that eventually earned him the Player of the Week honor.The 6-foot-4 Manuel posted 21 points and five rebounds to lead Alaska past GlobalPort, 105-98, in overtime on Sunday in Antipolo.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 folkHe also sparked the Aces to a 93-75 rout of the Phoenix Fuel Masters on Wednesday with 10 points and three rebounds off the bench.Manuel averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.5 steals off the bench during that stretch. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFree from injuries, Vic Manuel is reminding everyone that he’s still among the best big men in the PBA.Manuel has regained his deadly form and he has been one of the major reasons for Alaska’s rise in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Following Magnolia’s loss to San Miguel, Alaska now tied with the Hotshots in second place with a 6-2 record.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lassiter open to Gilas return Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Kipchoge, Cheruiyot of Kenya win at hottest London Marathon

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “I ran a really beautiful race,” he said.Tola Shura Kitata of Ethiopia was second, followed by Mo Farah, who set a British record 2:06:21 in front of his home fans who lined the streets in temperatures that reached 73.8 degrees (23.2 Celsius) near the finish.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 crownWhile the race began in the southeast London district of Blackheath, the official starter for the men’s race was more than 30 miles (48 kilometer) to the west of the British capital. Queen Elizabeth II pushed the start button in front of Windsor Castle.The race ended in front of the monarch’s London residence — Buckingham Palace. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Cheruiyot, the Olympic 5,000-meter champion, crossed the line in 2:18:31 seconds to win at her second attempt. Fellow Kenyan, Brigid Kosgei, was 1 minute, 42 seconds further back and Tadelech Bekele of Ethiopia was third.There was a home success with David Weir winning the men’s wheelchair race for an eighth time after a sprint finish.The 38-year-old Weir clocked 1:31:15 to beat Marcel Hug of Switzerland into second place, while Daniel Romanchuk of the United States was third.Madison de Rozario of Australia won the women’s wheelchair race for the first time ahead of four-time champion Tatyana McFadden, whose fellow American, Susannah Scaroni, was third.ADVERTISEMENT Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge reacts after crossing the finish line to win the Men’s race in the London Marathon in central London, Sunday, April 22, 2018.(AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — The hottest-ever London Marathon featured a Kenyan double as Eliud Kipchoge swept to a third victory in front of Buckingham Palace joining Vivian Cheruiyot who won the women’s race on Sunday.The 33-year-old Kipchoge ran the 26.2-mile (42.2-kilometer) course in 2 hours, 4 minutes, 27 seconds to add to the Olympic champion’s wins in the British capital in 2015 and 2016.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Filoil: San Beda pips NU Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Aces rebound

first_imgJo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The best that Blackwater could do was come within six in the third period as Alaska came out flat for the second half.In the nightcap, Rain or Shine grabbed a share of the early lead after a 108-89 victory over debuting Barangay Ginebra.Raymond Almazan poured in seven of his 20 points in the fourth quarter, Ed Daquioag had 17 and import Reggie Johnson contributed 16 points for the Painters who tied idle TNT KaTropa at 2-0.Meanwhile, Christian Standhardinger and Troy Rosario will banner the Philippine men’s team in the 2018 Fiba 3×3 World Cup to be held at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, in June.Rosario’s TNT KaTropa teammate Roger Pogoy and Stanley Pringle will also play for the team to be coached by Ronnie Magsanoc.ADVERTISEMENT Abueva finished with just three points but had 10 rebounds, six assists, two steals and the same number of blocks, an effort which Compton said practically saved the Aces from imploding after they nearly lost a 30-point first half lead.“There were two words for us out there: Calvin Abueva,” Compton boldly declared, talking more about his prized workhorse than the career-high 27 points of Vic Manuel, who tossed in 15 of his total career high 27 points in the final frame.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He was awesome and it (Abueva’s efforts) just rubbed off on everyone else,” Compton went on. “We all came alive with what he brought us [in the fourth quarter].”The loss was the third straight for the disappointing Elite, who trailed 19-49 in the second period and spent the rest of the night trying to catch up. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Calvin Abueva went 0-for-10 for Alaska on Sunday night, and yet, coach Alex Compton feels that games like what the 2013 Rookie of the Year had against Blackwater are the ones that will help the Aces challenge the big guns in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.“He made so many extra-unselfish plays that we coaches love,” Compton said after a 93-74 decision of the Elite at Smart Araneta Coliseum that had the Aces improving to 1-1 in the import-spiced conference.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Alab shoots for clincher The Philippines is in Group C together with Russia, Brazil, Canada and Mongolia.Patrick Aquino will handle the women’s team composed of Afril Bernardino, Jack Animam, Gemma Miranda and Janine Pontejos.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

Croatia gears up to give heroes’ welcome to World Cup team

first_imgMOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pacquiao arrives home after WBA title conquest 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. LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Waving Croatian flags and dressed in national red-and-white colors, many have arrived at the square hours ahead of the planned ceremony.Croatia soccer fans shout chants and cheer as they watch a television broadcast of the Russia 2018 World Cup match between France and Croatia in downtown Zagreb, Croatia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)The small country of 4 million people has been gripped in euphoria since its team beat England to reach its first World Cup final, where Croatia lost 4-2 to France.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Croatia’s state railway company has halved ticket prices so fans could travel to Zagreb, while city authorities in the capital say public transportation is free on Monday.State TV has urged citizens to come out and enjoy “the historic moment” of the players’ return, while other media have described the players as “our heroes.”center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Croatian players celebrate after Croatia’s Ivan Perisic scored his side’s opening goal during the final match between France and Croatia at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)ZAGREB, Croatia — Fans are pouring in from throughout the country as Croatia gears up to give a heroes’ welcome on Monday to the national team despite its loss to France in the World Cup final.Tens of thousands of people are expected to attend the celebrations at the central square in the capital Zagreb after the players fly in from Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to Westlast_img read more

Brownlee expects ‘close’ PBA Finals ahead after lopsided first 2 games

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Devance says verbal spat with Ross just part of the game ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Brownlee said both teams will clamp down and the blowouts will be a thing of the past.“Well, I’m sure neither team probably expects anybody to win by a big margin like that, like how we won in Game 1 and like how they won tonight,” said Brownlee after their 134-109 Game 2 loss Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’The Gin Kings drew first blood after they blindsided the Beermen by 28 points, 127-99, which was Ginebra’s largest finals win since beating San Miguel, 146-111, in Game 4 of the 2007 Philippine Cup Finals.San Miguel responded in Game 2 with a 25-point win with the Beermen’s offensive production the biggest in league history since, well, the Gin Kings’ 146 points in Game 4 of the 2007 Philippine Cup finals.center_img MOST READ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Brownlee, who’s averaging 36.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, and seven assists per game, said the future games in the series might even end up with one-point margins.“Just from the beginning of the series we expect it to be hard, to be tough, and we expect it to be close,” said Brownlee. “The only thing we expect is to come out with a one-point win. We know from hereon, it’s going to be tough because it’s not going to be easier.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe first two games of the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals have been entertaining to say the least.San Miguel, the defending champion, and Barangay Ginebra blew each other out in Games 1 and 2 and share a winning margin of 26.5 points, but Justin Brownlee doesn’t see the remainder of the series going the same way how it started.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Tabal puts Asian Games disappointment behind

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title SINGAPORE—Mary Joy Tabal admitted she was disheartened over her recent Asian Games performance in Indonesia.The Cebuana, the reigning Southeast Asian Games marathon queen, wound up 11th overall in her Asiad debut with a time of 2 hours, 51 minutes and 41 seconds.ADVERTISEMENT Tabal’s short break means she isn’t running half marathons everyday.Instead, she is concentrating on gym training and short runs that last under an hour.“After the Asian Games, I must rest my knees and feet because my training before that was really punishing,” said Tabal.By the second week of October, she will be back in Turin.Olympic qualifierEarly next year, Tabal plans to transfer camp in Japan and run the Tokyo Marathon on March 3, with Asics supporting anew her bid to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.“If I qualify there, I could concentrate more on my training for next year’s Manila Southeast Asian Games ,” said Tabal.If she fails in Tokyo, Tabal will try again via the Ottawa Marathon in May, the same event that sent her to Rio.She isn’t planning to run any more 42K races this year, except in Laoag City in December for the 42nd National Milo Marathon, where she is the defending five-time queen.Last year, she ruled the Milo race in her hometown the day after her father died of a heart attack. MOST READ Explosive race for top 4 PBA slots 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 Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Her effort was almost 17 minutes slower than Kenyan-born Rose Chelimo of Bahrain, the gold medalist who clocked 2:34:51.“I was targeting 2:45,” said the 29-year-old Tabal, the country’s representative in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“It was hot.  Even the winner said she was 10 minutes off her usual time.  But no excuses.”The 4-foot-11 Tabal is currently taking a break from her Italy training. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Over the weekend, she was in this island-city state to lend support to Asics, her apparel sponsor which has been backing her since 2013.Asics KO100 seriesAsics launched the limited edition KO100 series here to celebrate the centennial birth anniversary of its founder, Kihachiro Onitsuka.Only 1,918 pairs of each model—Onitsuka Tiger’s Tiger Corsair, Asics Tiger’s Gel-Mai and Asics’ Gel-Quantum 360—will be sold worldwide  in reference to Onitsuka’s birth year, according to Asics general manager Kenichi Harano.Onitsuka Tiger is one of the oldest shoe companies in Japan, established in 1949 by the former military officer.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Putin meets Nurmagomedov, hails his win over McGregor

first_imgThe brawl also featured two men from Nurmagomedov’s entourage climbing into the cage and attacking McGregor.Nurmagomedov told Putin on Wednesday he was sorry that he lost self-control, but that he had heard McGregor’s camp insulting his father and his country.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissPutin joked that he would ask Nurmagomedov’s father, who was also present at the meeting, not to punish him too severely.The president added that “not just you, but all of us can jump out like that if assaulted.” Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Jimmy Butler: I was ‘brutally honest’ with Wolves Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. Nurmagomedov won the fight by submission during the fourth round to retain the title. (AP Photo/John Locher)MOSCOW — Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has met with Khabib Nurmagomedov to congratulate him on winning the UFC lightweight title, and defended the fighter’s actions in the brawl that followed his victory over Conor McGregor.Putin hailed Nurmagomedov’s “convincing” victory in the highly anticipated mixed martial arts bout in Las Vegas on Saturday, and said the champion’s decision to then climb over the cage and fight with members of McGregor’s corner had been provoked by insults.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Former WWE star Punk’s fight future could be in TV booth

first_imgCarpio 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 “Somebody at home is probably thinking, ‘Hmm, that’s barbaric, I can’t relate to that, I’ve never been punched in the face,’” Punk said. “I kind of want to humanize everybody, get to the bottom of their story, who they are and why they do what they do.”The 40-year-old Punk’s story is that he’s still an MMA fighter, though he faces an uncertain future in the sport after two decisive losses in UFC. Punk, the stage name of Phil Brooks, brought a wave of publicity to the sport when he made the jump with just a dash of true MMA skills. Punk never threw a punch in a loss to Mickey Gall in 2016 and was pounded in a unanimous decision defeat to Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in June. UFC President Dana White said Punk should “call it a day” and was likely finished with the promotion.Punk realized the clock is ticking on his fighting career.“Since my last fight, I’ve been juggling a half-dozen things,” Punk said. “I kind of gave myself a deadline of the beginning of the new year to find out what is coming next. I don’t rule anything out, absolutely not.”So, after initial pause when he was offered the job, Punk took the leap into broadcasting for a promotion that was founded in 2006 and helped launch the career of Kimbo Slice and current UFC fighters Paul Felder and Jim Miller. Led by President Rob Haydak, CFFC has become one of the more prominent developmental MMA organizations in the industry. It’s the type of organization that perhaps Punk would have benefited from had he become an MMA pro earlier in his career.ADVERTISEMENT “I did things backward,” Punk said, with a laugh. “I jumped in the deep end. But everybody’s path is different. I do think there needs to be a feeder system where people can get their feet wet.”With a third UFC fight out of reach, Punk said he had no regrets about the gutsy transition from wrestling to fighting.“I was presented with an opportunity that, if I was talking to you today and didn’t do, I’d regret,” Punk said. “I absolutely do not regret my decision one bit.”Punk, who held the WWE championship for 434 days before an acrimonious split with the company, could be funny and ferocious on the mic. His promos helped him rise on the card and soar in popularity with fans as much as his “best in the world” talent. He dabbled in commentary on WWE shows (“look at her jumping around !” he said of future wife AJ Lee) and his comfort in front of the camera helped with his transition into acting.Punk found bliss as a comic book author and co-hosted the Netflix obstacle course competition show “Ultimate Beastmaster.”Yet, five years — and one nasty, victorious lawsuit — later, Punk is still remembered by wrestling fans who chant his name at WWE live events.“You stop it and five years later people still talk about you? Fans still chant your name? That’s powerful to me,” Punk said.He waded back into the sports entertainment world when he made a rare autograph signing in September before a major independent wrestling show that sparked rumors he would lace up the boots one more time. Punk continued to rule out a wrestling comeback.“I don’t pay attention,” Punk said. “People seem to get upset when I say that.”But they can still catch him in combat sports, where he’s prepping to scrutinize fights, and at Roufusport MMA Academy where he continues to train should another fight arise. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Y’all can’t get rid of me,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIEScenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum FILE – In this Sept. 10, 2016, file photo, CM Punk stands in his corner before a welterweight bout at UFC 203 in Cleveland. Punk went 0-2 in UFC and has given himself until the new year to decide if he wants to keep fighting. Punk hopes to stick in the sport as a mixed martial arts announcer. (AP Photo/David Dermer, File)CM Punk’s next move in mixed martial arts is assuredly safer than stepping inside the cage.Punk, who made the ballyhooed move from WWE straight to UFC in 2014 , is set to turn in headlocks for a headset when he takes the microphone for the Cage Fury Fighting Championships card next month in New Jersey .ADVERTISEMENT Warriors guard Curry will sit out three-game road trip Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ Punk with a live mic?This is the wrestler that made “pipe bomb ” part of the WWE lexicon when he crossed his legs on stage and cut a scathing promo about the state of his career and the industry that left even insiders curious about the legitimacy of the stunt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissBut the straight-edge superstar is set to play it straight when he helps call the action on the CFFC card on Dec. 14 at the Borgata in Atlantic city. Punk will provide color commentary with play-by-play broadcaster Mike Gill and analyst Brian Palakow for the show scheduled to air on UFC Fight Pass. Cesar Balmaceda will fight for the CFFC interim lightweight title, one of three championship bouts on the card.Punk would rather pack a punch with viewers for a night than take one in a fight. View commentslast_img read more

Contractors Abandon Bong Technical College

first_imgConcerns are mounting in Gbarnga, Bong County, over the slow pace of construction work being done by Chinese contractors at the Bong Technical College (BTC), formerly the Gboveh Community College in Gbarnga.The Bong Technical College is one of several community colleges legislated by government to be built in every county capital as part of the Government of Liberia’s provision of education to its citizens.Funding for the construction of the BTC is directly from the County Social Development Funds (CSDF) provided by concessionaire companies operating in the county as a means of realizing benefits in keeping with their corporate social responsibility as enshrined in the Mineral Development Agreement (MDA) signed with the Liberian Government.The community college, when built, will have a greater impact on county inhabitants pursuant of government’s commitment towards creating an enabling environment to enhance transformation in the lives of its citizens through quality education.The BTC construction project is being implemented by the Chinese-Liberia United Construction Company.Active work on the college started in September of 2010 with the agreement between the contractors and the county leadership that the first phase of the project, which comprised the school and the administration buildings, would be completed in 2012.   But it appears that deadline for phase one has elapsed and the project has not gone 50%.The President of the college,  Dr. John Flomo, in an interview with this newspaper,  maintained that the BTC may close down this semester if the necessary financial support is not provided the to complete the project.Dr. Flomo explained that at present the BTC is being housed at the United Methodist William V.S.Tubman-Gray High School in Gbarnga.  He stressed that the Tubman-Gray school cannot accommodate the existing enrollment. The BTC president also informed this reporter that the institution may not administer placement entrance exams for this semester as the result of limited space at the Tubman-Gray High School that cannot host additional students.Dr. Flomo emphasized that the school as a technical institution has procured some laboratory equipment for students who are reading engineering and biology but cannot access these equipment due to limited rooms at the Tubman-Gray High School.“We have run the school for two semesters now and most of the students are sophomore, so they cannot be in the school without having access to laboratory.    We would not be doing good to ourselves,” Dr. Flomo emphasized.He said as the result of the limited rooms, his administration is finding it very  hard to establish departments at the school; noting, we need to constitute departments as a college.“The BTC will not open for this semester if the building to house the college is not complete” Dr. Flomo stressed.He said during his recent trip  to United States of America he met with faculties and officials of the universities of Minnesota, Iowa and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to build international partnerships in order to make the BTC a viable institution to meet international educational standards.He said the community college will be offering Bachelor of Science degree in six distinct disciplines: computer engineering, mining engineering, civil engineering, agricultural technology, nursing and education.Dr. Flomo explained that his administration is in constant negotiation with the administration of Iowa University for some of its professors to come to the community college when completed to offer their expertise in agriculture since the university is one of the best agricultural universities in the world and to also develop agriculture curriculum for the school.An investigation conducted by the Daily Observer in Gbarnga established that the county leadership has provided a little over US$4M to the Chinese Company for phase one which includes the construction of the school and the administration buildings. The estimate of the entire project was put in the tune of US$ 7.9m, which comprises of teachers’ quarters, students’ dormitory, the school and administration buildings.In March of 2013, at the County Council sitting, the leadership of the county allotted US$ 800,000.00, to the college for the roofing of the building but the money is yet to be provided to the administration of the school.There has been rigmarole amongst county officials over the construction of the BTC on grounds that the college is close to the Cuttington University and may undermine the enrollment of Cuttington University.The BTC was conceived in 2009 by the 52nd Legislative Caucus of Bong County, with Senator Jewel Howard Taylor and Representative George Sylvester Mulbah being at the forefront, to address the  growing demand of high school graduates in the county who do not have the financial will power to enroll at Cuttington University.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more