Raptors regain series lead with Game 5 win vs Wizards

first_imgWashington Wizards’ Bradley Beal gets a hand on the ball as Toronto Raptors’ DeMar DeRozan defends during the second half of Game 5 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors rode to a seldom-used lineup to move within a game of advancing in the NBA playoffs.DeMar DeRozan scored 32 points, Kyle Lowry had 17 points and 10 assists and the Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 108-98 on Wednesday night in Game 5.ADVERTISEMENT Toronto rebounded after losing Games 3 and 4 on the road to take a 3-2 series lead back to Washington for Game 6 on Friday night. The home team has won all five games in the series.The only team in the NBA to avoid losing three straight at any point this season, the Raptors went 5-0 following back-to-back losses during the regular season, and have not lost three straight since last year’s second-round sweep against Cleveland. The last time Toronto lost three regular-season games in a row was from Feb. 8 to 14, 2017.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 crownRaptors center Jonas Valanciunas had not played a single fourth-quarter minute in the series before getting the call down the stretch to play alongside Delon Wright, Lowry, DeRozan and C.J. Miles, a group that barely shared the floor this season.“We’re all capable of going it offensively and defensively and it showed tonight,” DeRozan said. “Everybody stepped up and Delon stepped up big.” Washington shot 8 for 24 in the fourth quarter, and Toronto had 15 rebounds in the final frame.“We feel like we let one slip away,” Wall said. “They made the biggest shots at the end of the game.”The Raptors won despite being out rebounded 50-35.“They crushed us on rebounds,” Lowry said.Wall connected on 10 of 21 shots but missed all four of his attempts from 3-point range.“He’s a tough cover,” Casey said. “He’s one of the best in the league. I’ve said that he’s a miniature LeBron when he has the ball coming at you because he’s so strong and powerful.”Toronto trailed 87-82 after a three-point play by Kelly Oubre Jr. with 8:52 left, but regained the lead with a 6-0 run over the next 1:20.After Washington’s Markieff Morris dunked with 4:06 left, Wright replied with a 3 and, after a missed shot by Wall, converted a layup off a pass from DeRozan to give the Raptors a 99-93 lead with 2:59 remaining.Washington didn’t score again until Beal’s 3 with 16 seconds left.“The ball became a little bit stagnant tonight down the stretch,” Brooks said. “We need to get some more ball movement.” 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 Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Mike Budenholzer out as coach of Atlanta Hawks Raprtors coach Dwane Casey acknowledged he was “searching” for the right lineup combination“I thought Delon Wright did a good job down the stretch handling the ball,” Casey said. “It gave us an opportunity for Kyle and DeMar to get off the ball a little bit more and I thought that was the difference.”Wright scored 11 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter, and Valanciunas had 14 points and 13 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 5-0 in home Game 5s over the past five years.“Delon Wright came in and made some big shots and big plays for them,” Washington’s John Wall said. “Whenever he gets over 10 or 15, nine times out of 10 they win the game. He’s a big key to their team when they go small.”Wall had 26 points, and Bradley Beal added 20 for the Wizards. They went nearly four minutes without scoring down the stretch. Marcin Gortat had 10 points and 12 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Game 6 on Friday night in Washington.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next TIP-INSWizards: Gortat had six rebounds in the first quarter. … The Wizards had nine offensive rebounds in the first half, compared to two for Toronto. Washington finished with 14 offensive rebounds, while Toronto had six.Raptors: Fred VanVleet (right shoulder) was not available. VanVleet has played fewer than three minutes in the series, all in Game 2. … After making 18 turnovers in each of Games 3 and 4, Toronto had 10 turnovers in Game 5.TORONTO STRONGBefore the game, players from both teams held up banners with the hashtag #TORONTOSTRONG and a moment of silence was held to honor the victims of the deadly van attack Monday in Toronto. The Raptors, the Wizards and the NBA will make a donation to a fund for victims and those affected by the incident.DIFFICULTIES FROM DISTANCEThe Wizards shot 5 for 26 from 3-point range, going 1 for 10 in the fourth quarter.FIVE SPOTToronto also had Game 5 home wins over Brooklyn in 2014, Indiana and Miami in 2016, and Milwaukee in 2017.UP NEXT 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’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Ichiro has new role with Mariners, won’t play again in 2018

first_imgVolcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident “I just want it to be kind of organic, it grows, see where it fits in the best,” Servais said. “I am looking forward to just kind of sitting down with him in a different type of relationship now that he’s not on an active roster and asking him questions and gaining some of his experiences and hopefully it helps me and helps the ball club out.”It’s a unique circumstance for a unique player.“During the game I will be doing the same preparations I’ve been doing the entire time. Nothing is going to change for me that I did as a player,” Suzuki said. “But I can’t say for certain that maybe I won’t put on a beard and glasses and be like Bobby Valentine and be in the dugout.”Officially, the Mariners released Suzuki to clear a spot on the 40-man and 25-man rosters. But retirement was not a word used to describe the transaction. Suzuki is not closing the door to future opportunities and neither are the Mariners. Suzuki joked that when he starts using a cane, that’s when he knows it’s time to retire.Perhaps the most obvious opportunity on the horizon for Suzuki is the opening of the 2019 season, when Seattle is scheduled to face Oakland for two games in Japan.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Woods struggles with greens in first round since Masters The 10-time All-Star has a .311 average and 3,089 hits, not including the 1,278 hits he amassed in nine seasons in Japan.“Obviously, I’m in a different situation now, but I definitely see myself playing again and that’s why I’m going to continue to practice and work to do the things I need to do to continue to get better,” Suzuki said. “It’s hard for me to imagine not playing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 “We don’t suspect this closes the book on Ichiro’s career as a player, and potentially a player with the Mariners,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said.Suzuki had appeared in 15 games this year for the Mariners. He started Wednesday night and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.Only a handful of people knew Wednesday was the final game of the 2018 season for Suzuki. Conversations started a few weeks ago about what Suzuki’s role would be after the Mariners returned to full health in their outfield and the final plan was presented to Suzuki on Monday.Suzuki was nearly the hero, barely missing a hit in the ninth inning of Seattle’s 3-2 loss that sliced a few feet foul with the tying run at second base. Instead, his final at-bat of 2018 was a strikeout.“Now I don’t feel as bad about walking Ichiro last night,” tweeted Oakland A’s lefty Brett Anderson , who started Wednesday’s game and walked Suzuki in the third inning.After almost six years away, Suzuki returned this spring to help patch an injury-depleted outfield on the team he played for from 2001 to 2012. Suzuki was signed after Seattle learned Ben Gamel would miss the first few weeks of the regular season and the reunion was a feel-good story of the former star returning to where his career in the majors started.Suzuki hit .205 in 44 at-bats and all nine of his hits this season were singles. While Suzuki struggled at the plate, he did have a few defensive gems, including robbing Cleveland’s Jose Ramirez of a homer on the opening weekend of the season and reminding everyone of his greatness as an all-around player.Seattle’s staff and players have raved about Suzuki’s presence in the clubhouse.“He’s kind of like the Dalai Lama in the clubhouse,” Dipoto said. “You see it on the flights. He’ll sit down in his chair and immediately Dee Gordon is sitting next to him and Mitch Haniger is turning sideways and he’s across the row. The guy in front of him is leaning back in his seat. It’s almost like they’re all waiting for him to opine from the mountain top.”Suzuki earned the 2001 AL Rookie of the Year and MVP with the Mariners and won a pair of AL batting titles. He was traded to the Yankees midway through 2012, played parts of three seasons with New York, then spent three seasons with Miami. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feastcenter_img “The past two months have been the happiest I’ve been,” Suzuki said through an interpreter. “I knew one day that the day would come when I would have to walk away. But the Mariners have given me this opportunity to stay on. Obviously, with my teammates and how great they’ve been and how much they mean to me and how much I want to help is the reason I wanted to stay on and help in any way I can.”Suzuki’s career transitioned Thursday when the Mariners announced he was shifting into a front office role as a special assistant to the chairman. The job isn’t sitting behind a desk but rather more of what Suzuki has done every day of his 18 seasons in the majors. He’ll still be in the clubhouse. He’ll still go through pregame workouts and preparations and take part in batting practice.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 crownWhen the game begins, Suzuki will be required to leave the bench and will take his spot in the clubhouse. He’s a player-coach, except without the player part for the rest of the 2018 season.Manager Scott Servais said Suzuki’s role will morph over time, but he expects Suzuki to have a hand in helping with outfield defense, base running and hitting. MOST READ Seattle Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki sits and waits for American reporters to depart and members of the Japanese media to arrive, Thursday, May 3, 2018, in Seattle. Suzuki was released Thursday by the Mariners and is shifting into a front office role with the team, although he is not completely shutting the door on playing again. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)SEATTLE — Roughly three hours before first pitch on Thursday night, Ichiro Suzuki jogged to join his Seattle Mariners teammates in the outfield, fully in uniform, black mitt in hand, prepping for another pregame routine of catching fly balls and hitting in the cage.Except there was no game for the 44-year-old Suzuki to get ready for. He wouldn’t be in the lineup on this night, or again in the 2018 season. And maybe his career.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Nabong on ejection: ‘I’m here to protect my players’

first_imgSteam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ “My teammate Sean is down on the ground trying to get the ball from Belga, they (referees) called a foul, the play was over,” said Nabong who finished with 13 points and four boards. “Sean was trying to get up and Maverick Ahanmisi came over and pushed him back to the ground.”“As a teammate, I was looking and the play was over with. Why would you push another player on the ground when you already got the foul? I will protect my team, my players, my coaches, management.”Nabong, though, wasn’t the only one ejected after the altercation as Ahanmisi was also thrown out of the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Svitolina emerges as French Open favorite with sweep of Halep in Rome “I wasn’t even in the scuffle, it’s more of protection,” said Nabong. “My teammates were in the ground trying to get a jump ball, and they were trying to get up and a little point guard pushed my player back to the ground. As a big man, I’m trying to protect my players.”“I’m not here to start fights, I’m here to end them and protect my players.”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 crownGlobalPort’s Moala Tautuaa and Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga were the first to dive for the ball with Batang Pier’s Sean Anthony joining the two a second later.Painters’ Maverick Ahanmisi then, joined the three and pushed Anthony’s head that Nabong took offense to. Nabong came to Anthony’s defense as he shoved Ahanmisi away from the pileup. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio tries to control big man Kelly Nabong in an attempt to pacify the situation. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGlobalPort big man Kelly Nabong insisted he was neither the instigator nor was he trying to pick up fights during their matchup against Rain or Shine in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.The 6-foot-6 Nabong was ejected with 3:20 left in a heated game on Sunday that ended in a Batang Pier loss to the Elasto Painters at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

GALLERY: Superman, Leonidas cross finish line in ‘Underpants Run’

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Peru gets out of jail to win prisoners ‘World Cup’ Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Runners, clad in various costumes, bring color and comic on Saturday morning during the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run in Subic Bay.Batgirl keeps up during the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run.They’re off to the races.Male and female participants of the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run flaunt their toned physique.The Japanese had some fun too during the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run.Superman doesn’t need a cape to be fast.Just taking his time.Runners aim to cross the finish line in the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run.Batgirl is taking this thing seriously.Batgirl in tutu is a nice touch.These two seemed like they’re enamored with their shadows.Participants of the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run.Hydrating while running amid the scorching heat.The more the merrier.Paying homage to ethnic tribes.Running knows no age limit.Superman and friends.When you’re having too much fun.Japan was well represented during the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run in Subic Bay.Already in the mood for a celebration.Paying homage to ethnic tribes.Runners cooly make their way to the finish line.Leonidas has a lot of catching up to do and it doesn’t help that his shield and sword probably weigh a ton. Runners in different costumes but mostly in their undergarments went for some fun under the sun in the Century Tuna Superbods Underpants Run in Subic Bay.Superman, Batgirl and even Leonidas, the Spartan warrior during the time of Ancient Greece, were among the participants who crossed the finish line in style.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction PLAY LIST 01:27Superman’s first cape and Bilbo Baggins’ pipe to go on auction01:04Rombaon grabs bronze in cross country MTB race02:14Carpio 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 awardlast_img read more

No stopping Pacquiao fight vs Matthysse

first_imgPhilippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao, left, and Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse pose for photographers during a press conference in Manila, Philippines on Wednesday, April 18, 2018. The two are scheduled to fight on July 15, in a World Boxing Association welterweight title fight in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)Manny Pacquiao stepped up his training sessions in General Santos City amid reports that his title fight against Lucas Matthysse is headed for postponement or worse, cancellation.The “Fight of Champions” on July 15 at Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, will have the eight-division world champion challenging Matthysse for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial View comments MP marketing and sales head Arnold Vegafria echoed Pacquiao’s sentiments.“The fight is going on as planned,” said Vegafria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Can the Pacquiao-Matthysse title fight be saved?center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Matthysse, who has knocked out 36 of 39 opponents, has been saying he will bring back to Argentina the WBA crown that he won in January when he knocked out Thai Tewa Kiram in the eighth round.He is also determined to send Pacquiao into retirement.“It’s good to be back,” Pacquiao told supporters after sparring for 10 rounds on Thursday afternoon at Wild Card Gym.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 crownPacquiao, with a record of 59 wins (38 by knockouts) and 7 losses, added he is concentrating on his preparations and has delegated management of his MP Promotions, the lead promoter of the bout, to his trusted lieutenants.“Everything is fine,” said Pacquiao, responding to rumors that the fight may be postponed or canceled. “Lucas Matthysse and I are getting ready to give the fans their money’s worth.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

PVL stint a key building block for NU Lady Bulldogs

first_imgView comments Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “The games are a form of collection of data. When they play in the UAAP, they will have a recollection of the plays that happened here,” Castillo said in Filipino.Other NU players such as Faith Nisperos, will still play in the juniors’ division with the Lady Bullpups.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 crownFormer Lady Bullpups Princess Robles, Joyme Cagande, Ivy Lacsina and Jennifer Nierva are confirmed to play in Season 81.Castillo added that he is uncertain whether NU veteran Jorelle Singh will suit up. MOST READ NU coach Babes Castillo. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaliPure-National University head coach Babes Castillo is using the Water Defenders’ stint in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference as a way for the Lady Bulldogs to test themselves in the upcoming UAAP season.With the Lady Bulldogs’ 14-strong roster composed of nine rookies, Castillo is looking to help his incoming volleyball players to adapt to the intensity of the collegiate level.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t think Jorelle will play. We’re still talking to her,” Castillo said.Castillo looks to build camaraderie among the Lady Bulldogs when they join in the coming Open Conference.“Our plan is to bring the future NU collegiate team. Like I said, this team will be mostly first-year players so it is going to be a young team,” Castillo said. Ivan Ruiz L. SuingADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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 Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan 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’ Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial San Beda survives Adamson to barge into Filoil semis Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

3-time major champ Wawrinka out in 1st round at Washington

first_imgIn earlier action, local product Denis Kudla — who is staying at his parents’ home in nearby Arlington, Virginia, this week — collected his first victory in seven attempts at the Citi Open, coming back to beat Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-7 (3), 6-1, 6-4.“This is always a place that I’ve wanted to win and I’ve always struggled here. My record was pretty awful coming into today,” said Kudla, who had been 0-4 in main-draw matches and 0-2 in qualifying at the tournament. “Today it just came together.”Marcos Baghdatis, the 2010 runner-up, advanced with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 victory over Benoit Paire, who drew boos from spectators after a racket-breaking tantrum. Vasek Pospisil, a finalist in 2014, lost to 19-year-old Alex de Minaur 6-7 (6), 6-2, 6-3.Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki pulled out of the women’s draw because of an injured right leg, while defending champion Ekaterina Makarova lost her first-round match to Ana Bogdan 7-6 (2), 6-3.No. 2 seed Sloane Stephens, the reigning U.S. Open champion, moved into the second round with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Bethanie Mattek-Sands.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Stan Wawrinka, of Switzerland, returns to Donald Young, of the United States, during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament Tuesday, July 31, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON— Stan Wawrinka’s surgically repaired left knee is just fine. What’s missing now for the three-time major champion as he goes through a rough season is the self-belief that comes with success.Wawrinka’s latest quick exit came Tuesday night at the Citi Open, a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3) loss against 234th-ranked qualifier Donald Young of the U.S. in the first round of the hard-court tournament.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 NBA strikes deal with MGM Resorts to provide data to bettors Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ “I was missing a lot. Not feeling the way I wanted. I’m looking for confidence, for sure,” said Wawrinka, who has been ranked No. 3 but is merely 198th at the moment on account of a 6-11 record in 2018 after two knee operations last year. “It’s tough to not win a lot of matches. Then you start to think too much on the court.”This was Wawrinka’s first match since bowing out of Wimbledon in the second round in early July; his ranking is so low that he needed a wild-card entry just to get into qualifying for his next event, in Toronto.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 only other time Wawrinka entered the U.S. Open tuneup in Washington, in 2010, he also lost his opener.Right now, his issue is the doubt can creep up at key points in a match. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “I feel I’m really close but, at the same time, really far. The positive right now is that physically, I’m feeling good. Tennis-wise, I’m practicing well. I can put (in) a lot of work on the court,” said Wawrinka, who has won the U.S. Open, Australian Open and French Open once apiece. “I know and I’m sure I will get where I want to be. It’s just tough. It’s a long process and you have to accept (it).”He and Young, who came into the day with just a 2-10 record this year, were supposed to play Monday night. But because of rain delays and a lengthy match before theirs, they only made it onto the court to warm up at 1 a.m., and then a downpour arrived, so the contest was postponed.Wawrinka got broken in the first game Tuesday by dumping a forehand into the net; that turned out to be the match’s only break. Wawrinka then was two points from losing at 5-3 in the second-set tiebreaker. But a series of miscues by Young, including a double-fault at 5-4, sent them to a third set. This time, Young held on, and he’ll face 2014 U.S. Open runner-up Kei Nishikori on Wednesday.“Fought a lot of nerves there, but I’m happy the end result was a ‘W,’” Young said. “Closing matches is kind of like a skill you get from winning and I haven’t done that — but I was able to do that.”No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev took the first set against Malek Jaziri 6-2 in the main stadium’s final match when play was suspended for the night after 1 a.m. because of rain. They’ll resume Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Peza offers relief to ecozone firmslast_img read more

AZ Reid admits San Miguel took Blackwater lightly

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The Elite hung on to the lead as the clock ran out to go up 2-0 in a surprise start. “We started relaxing, chilling, and thinking it’s funny, laughing, and joking,” said Reid who finished with 26 points and 12 rebounds. “Just keep your mouth shut and try to play the best that you can, and hopefully you come out on top.”The loss sent the Beermen to fall to the seventh seed with a 1-1 record instead of being at the second spot with a 2-0 card and tied with Magnolia and Blackwater.San Miguel, though, will have more than two weeks of break as the PBA heads into recess to accommodate the fourth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.“We just got to regroup and hopefully everyone takes it seriously next time,” said Reid. “We got to stay tough, mentally tough, get a lead and not fold, not break. We broke tonight, and it resulted in a loss.” ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Sigh of relief as Slaughter walks off tweaked ankle Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title The Elite were able to stun the mighty Beermen, 103-100, for their second straight win and import AZ Reid knows why they lost to a team that bears little history.“We took them lightly, we didn’t play the way we normally play, like the way we played in the first game,” said Reid Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “We played around, a lot of smiling, a lot of joking, so we lost.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’San Miguel was ahead 82-74 heading into the fourth quarter but the Elite chipped away at the margin throughout the period.After falling behind 92-91 off of Chris Ross’ three at the 5:46 mark, the Elite mounted a 7-0 run to take a 98-92 lead on Henry Walker’s triple with 3:29 left in the game. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown In terms of history, no other team in the PBA can match up to San Miguel but for one night in the 2018 Governors’ Cup humble Blackwater was able to write its own footnote.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

San Beda overcomes late Letran fightback, improves to 11-1

first_imgLATEST 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 “It was really tough to give up 28 points in the fourth quarter. If we had lost this game I should probably blame myself for that,” said a disappointed San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. “They thought it was already a won game for us, so I hope they will realize what happened. The game is not yet over until is over.”“I do thank the guys who played in the last minute of the fourth quarter. Jo, AC (Soberano), Franz (Abuda), Javee (Mocon) and Donald (Tankoua) for taking care of the last minute. I hope this game against Letran will wake up my boys,” Fernandez added.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 ChrissSan Beda, which blew a 22-point lead in the last six minutes of the game, tightened its hold of the second spot with an 11-1 record while dealing Letran its fourth loss in 11 outings.Tankoua led the Lions with 19 points and nine rebounds while Bolick finished with 13 and Mocon posting 12 points and 11 rebounds. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Booker undergoes hand surgery, expected out for 6 weeks Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda bucked the absence of its go-to guy Robert Bolick late and survived Letran, 74-68, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Bolick fouled out with 57.3 ticks left but the Red Lions found other heroes in Donald Tankoua and Jo Presbitero inside the final minute. Presbitero scored all of his four points, going 4-of-4 from the free throw line, in the last 7.7 seconds to clinch the game.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With the loss, the Knights slipped to fourth place with College of St. Benilde, which plays San Sebastian in the second game, climbing to third at 7-3.Bong Quinto and JP Calvo spearheaded Letran’s fiery comeback. Quinto scored 13 of his 19 in the latter part of the final frame while Calvo had 16, six coming in the fourth, including an acrobatic drive that cut San Beda’s lead to one, 69-68, with 16.8 seconds left. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Fiba Asia Champions Cup: Bolts fall to Iran’s Petrochimi in semis

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Durham finished with 27 points and 11 rebounds while Diamond Stone added 15 points, five rebounds and three steals. Garvo Lanete and Mike Tolomia chipped in 12 and nine points, respectively.National team mainstay Behnam Yakhchali powered the Iranians with a game-high 29 points on top of eight rebounds.The Iranians will face either Alvark Tokyo or SK Knights for the gold.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo from Fiba.comMeralco bowed to Petrochimi of Iran, 79-74, in the semifinals of the Fiba Asia Champions Cup Monday night at Studio 29 in Nonthaburi, Thailand.Despite getting booted out of gold medal contention, the undermanned Bolts, who were without Chris Newsome, Cliff Hodge, Jared Dillinger and Ranidel de Ocampo for the entirety of the club tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane PLAY LIST 01:16Rouhani: Iran ‘deeply sorry’ about downing of plane00:58Iran civil aviation boss ‘certain’ Ukraine plane not hit by missile00:50Trending 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown PH dragon boat team seeks incentive after gold medal haul View comments Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Newsome and Hodge, who are Filipino-Americans, failed to get clearance to play while Dillinger and De Ocampo are still out with injuries.Still, Meralco made a good account of itself after recovering from a couple of losses to start the tournament and crashing the semifinals following a 33-point ripping of defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon.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 ChrissWith Allen Durham leading the way, the Bolts put up quite a fight against Petrochimi, which needed two free throws from Farid Aslani Haji Abadi with 22 seconds left to clinch the game.Baser Amer made a layup to put the Bolts within a possession, 77-74, with 24 ticks to go.last_img read more