Champions League: Underdog spirit drives Klopp, Di Francesco

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Bucks’ Giannis says inability to score lunch not a big deal Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ LATEST STORIES Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The respect between them was evident as they spoke on Monday on the eve of the first leg at Anfield, a match that counts as the biggest in Di Francesco’s managerial career and the most significant in Klopp’s 2 1/2 years at Anfield.“I am very happy but also concerned to play against a team coached by such a good manager,” Di Francesco said, “but I believe my philosophy is quite similar.”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 crownThat would be the high press, the high energy, the expected use of a 4-3-3 formation with the wingers drifting inside, the full backs overlapping, and the lone striker dropping off.Manchester City and Barcelona couldn’t handle the intensity of Liverpool and Roma, respectively, in a triumph for the underdogs in the quarterfinals. A week after City was overwhelmed in a 3-0 first-leg loss at Anfield, Barca was blown away by the same scoreline in a historic night at the Stadio Olimpico. 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 Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp smiles during a press conference at Anfield, Liverpool, Britain, Monday, April 23, 2018, on the eve of their Champions League semifinal with AS Roma. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)LIVERPOOL, England— The similarities between Juergen Klopp and Eusebio Di Francesco go far beyond their facial hair, designer glasses, and quirky humor.In terms of tactics, passion, mentality and their route taken in coaching, the managers of Liverpool and Roma appear to be cut from the same cloth, creating a fascinating subplot ahead of the meeting of their teams in the Champions League semifinals.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “Klopp has already proved his worth — he has won a number of titles — and I have great ambitions, too,” said Di Francesco, who, at age 48, is two years younger than Klopp. “I will nurture this ambition to reach the final.”Di Francesco insisted Roma would not take a step back at Anfield, instead going toe to toe with Liverpool and its devastating front three of Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.Klopp has the same mentality when Liverpool plays the heavyweights of the English Premier League, and he has a strong record in those games.“We have continued believing in ourselves, and Roma is the same,” Klopp said. “They changed manager — at least we didn’t have to do that — but he is doing a brilliant job and so they have all my respect. If anyone thinks we two are underdogs, who cares?”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I do understand probably a lot of people would have thought this semifinal would be Barcelona vs. Manchester City,” Klopp said, “but it is not because it is football. Roma made it possible and us, as well. Maybe our situations are similar.”Both teams know their place in modern-day European soccer. Neither can stop their best players from leaving — Mohamed Salah left Roma to join Liverpool in the offseason, Philippe Coutinho left Liverpool to join Barcelona in January just as Luis Suarez did in 2014 — so they are constantly fighting against the odds.Klopp and Di Francesco didn’t take the easy route in coaching, either, starting at a relatively low base.Klopp’s first coaching role was at Mainz in the German second tier, Di Francesco’s was with Virtus Lanciano in the Italian third tier.While Klopp got Mainz promoted and then enjoyed success at his next club Borussia Dortmund, where he won the Bundesliga and reached the Champions League final in 2013, Di Francesco had posts at Pescara and Lecce before making his mark at Sassuolo and guiding the club into Serie A. He even got the team into the Europa League before joining Roma in 2017.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Philippines goes winless in first day of Fiba 3×3 World Cup

first_imgLATEST STORIES Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations 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. Laura Zdravevska and Wiebke Bruns led the Germans with four points apiece while Luana Rodefeld and Lara Müller combined for their own four points.READ: PH loses opener to Netherlands in women’s Fiba 3×3 World CupFEATURED 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 crownAfril Bernardino, meanwhile, paced the Philippines in a losing effort with six points while Gemma Miranda, Jack Animam combined for four points.In the other matches, Spain topped Pool D victories over Hungary, 19-14, and Germany, 18-12, put the Spaniards at 2-0 with 37 points. MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Chris Bosh thinks LeBron James is going to Houston The Philippines’ women’s team in the Fiba 3×3 World Cup against Netherlands. Photo from Fiba.comThe Philippines went winless in the opening day of the women’s division after losing to Germany, 12-10, in the group stages of the Fiba 3×3 World Cup Friday at Philippine Arena.Perlas Pilipinas dropped to the bottom of Pool D with a 0-2 record, after also succumbing to Netherlands, 21-11, earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Hungary is at the second spot of Pool D with the 20-14 victory over the Netherlands gave the Hungarians a 1-1 record.READ: PH players bring LeBron’s ‘Agimat’ to Fiba 3×3 World CupAlthough tied with the Netherlands at 1-1, the Hungarians are one spot ahead of the Dutch who are at the third seed of Pool D by virtue of its 20-14 victory.The Philippine men’s team composed of Christian Standhardinger, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy plunges into action on Saturday against Brazil and Mongolia.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmlast_img read more

Pascua counting on veterans to fill void left by Bernadeth Pons in FEU

first_imgDepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Far Eastern University is starting a new life without constant savior in Bernadeth Pons.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team FEU is not only missing the capabilities of Pons in the PVL, but it is also playing without Toni Rose Basas who is nursing an infection on her right ear.“I’m not saying that they have to be on the same level as Pons, because Pons is Pons, what I want is they should match the intensity when Pons plays,” said Pascua, whose team owns a 2-0 record in the conference.Malabanan, meanwhile, is aware of the mythos Pons left in FEU and that it would be hard to match what the former Lady Tamaraw captain had done for the school.READ: La Salle completes 3-peat, sweeps FEU “Coach told us that before the start of the PVL and, obviously, Pons is an irreplaceable player and instead of thinking that one player has to step up and become her, our team has distributed the responsibility,” said Malabanan.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names LOOK: 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals schedule Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West “Everybody has to step up and the pressure shouldn’t be on just one player,” added Malabanan, who had nine points against the Lady Red Spikers.And as the Lady Tamaraws adjust to life without Pons, one player heeded the call in taking the scoring burden against San Beda.Celine Domingo rallied her teammates and took command of the offense putting up 22 points to lead FEU to its second straight win in the conference.“One factor is we have to step up and I’m one of the veterans already,” said Domingo in Filipino. “We feel that we have to assert ourselves but we don’t really pressure ourselves. And we’re always talking as a team that we really have to help each other out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award A constant contender for the MVP the latter part of her UAAP career, Pons was the Lady Tamaraws’ undisputed lead for the past few years and her absence is a void FEU is just starting to figure out how to fill up.FEU head coach George Pascua said the veterans have to step in and try to take the scoring load Pons left, singling out Jerrili Malabanan as someone who has the potential to become an offensive anchor.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’READ: PVL: FEU gets past San Beda for 2nd straight win “Of course the veterans will have to step up, we also need Jerrili,” said Pascua in Filipino Wednesday FEU defeated San Beda, 25-16, 21-235, 25-19, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Bird highlights US women’s world cup roster

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments No Ronaldo? No problem for Madrid, Juventus in Champs League MOST READ FILE – In this April 26, 2018, file photo, United States’ Sue Bird, right, dribbles as China’s Lili Wang defends during the first half of an exhibition basketball game in Seattle. Bird is on a record fifth U.S. women’s basketball World Cup team. The veteran guard will try and help the Americans win a third straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup title and in the process her unprecedented fourth gold medal in the tournament. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)TENERIFE, Spain — Fresh off winning a third WNBA title, Sue Bird will try to help the U.S. win a third straight FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup.Bird is on the American squad for a record fifth time and can get an unprecedented fourth gold medal.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 She’ll be joined on the U.S. roster by Seattle Storm teammates Breanna Stewart and Jewell Loyd. The trio helped the Storm win the WNBA championship last week sweeping the Washington Mystics.“It helps to have a sweep,” U.S. coach Dawn Staley said. “We’re going to get them now versus they wouldn’t have gotten here until maybe a day or two or three later, but to get them here yesterday in time to get a little practice in and play against a competitive team like Australia this morning really helps a great deal.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra SPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWashington star Elena Delle Donne will also be on the world cup roster. She suffered a bone bruise in her left knee during the WNBA playoffs, but was well enough to play in the world cup for the first time.“EDD wanted to be here,” Staley said. “She played through an injury to be here. We’ll watch what we do with her. We’ll cut down on her practice time and get her ready to help us through the games we need to play.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img The U.S. plays Senegal on Saturday, China on Sunday and Latvia on Tuesday in group play.World Cup veterans Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner, Tina Charles and Nneka Ogwumike are also on the U.S. roster.“The key word for us is looking at our roster is versatility,” Staley said. “Players that can play multiple positions. We can play big or small. When you have that variety, it helps you in the tournament.”The U.S. has four other first-timers on the roster besides Delle Donne and Loyd. A’ja Wilson, Kelsey Plum, Morgan Tuck and Layshia Clarendon are all making their first appearances in the tournament. Plum and Clarendon will help provide some depth at the point guard slot.“I don’t want to put a whole lot of pressure on Sue at this stage. At times she’ll have to play 30-plus minutes. At times we don’t have to utilize her in that way. We can give Kelsey and Layshia the experience they need to take over the reins. We’ve been pretty good at that position for the last eight years with Sue and Lindsay Whalen. We need the next point guard to get some experience.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Wilson is reunited with Staley, with whom she played for at South Carolina.“I’m extremely happy for A’ja. She’s probably one of the youngest players we’ve had on this type of team that has had WNBA experience. She’s fared well. She doesn’t make the team if she didn’t have that going for her,” Staley said.“Lot of unknowns coming out of college and playing on a team like this. What she gives me is familiarity. Sometimes you know in the heat of a game, I’m probably drawing something that we don’t have in our playbook, But you have A’ja that knows the play. She’s familiar with how I implement things.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruptionlast_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Manganti still confident ahead of KO tiff vs UP

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The Fighting Maroons stunned Adamson University, 73-71, in the semifinal opener Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena prompting the second seeded Soaring Falcons to use their twice-to-beat advantage.READ: Akhuetie hits game winner, UP forces decider vs AdamsonFEATURED 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“We’re disappointed but you got to give them credit,” said a distraught Manganti. “They came out strong, they had a great game, and made some clutch baskets. Got to give it up to them.”What made the blow even harder was Adamson went undefeated against the Fighting Maroons in the elimination round. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Those moments, however, were in the past and it was the Fighting Maroons’ turn to take action against Manganti’s tendencies to shatter their hearts.Manganti, who was visibly pissed with the loss, said he was still proud of his team’s counter despite it falling short.“I’m confident in my team, in my teammates, in my coaches,” said Manganti, who finished with 15 points, 10 in the fourth, and five rebounds. “You know we could’ve gotten that one but [expletive] happens.” Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil What transpired in the first game of the semifinals saw the Soaring Falcons drop to a 54-43 hole at the end of the third only to go on a 26-11 run in the fourth to take a 69-65 lead with 2:18 left in the game after Manganti’s layup in transition.That comeback, though, was short-lived as Bright Akhuetie drilled the game-winning layup with 2.6 seconds left as if to serve as UP’s vindication for what Manganti had done to the Fighting Maroons in the past.READ: Akhuetie, Maroons give Falcons dose of own medicine in Final 4 thrillerManganti scored the game-winner in Adamson’s 73-71 win in the first round of Season 80 and he had a similar play in the Falcons’ first meeting with the Maroons in Season 81 for the 69-68 triumph.And as if fate once again intervened, Manganti nailed a clutch three that stopped UP’s 22-7 run and give Adamson an 80-72 win in the second round.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Meggie Ochoa makes history, wins gold in World Championships LATEST STORIES View comments Sean Manganti has broken the hearts of University of the Philippines for the past two years, but in the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament it was his turn to feel utmost sadness.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Santos still going strong despite age, grateful to be part of Gilas 12 vs Iran

first_imgGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title It’s almost fitting that the man who chose for his latest international tour of duty was the man whom he played before in a Philippine jersey—the unflappable Yeng Guiao.Santos gave credit to Guiao for selecting him to be part of the national team despite his lengthy career.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“I don’t look at my age actually as long as I still have my speed, my jump, and my power,” said Santos in Filpino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena after the team’s practice. “I will be the one to tell myself that I will stop once I feel that I can’t keep up with the younger players.”“And I just want to thank coach Yeng for choosing me and I will always push myself that this won’t be my last selection to the national team and I’ll do my best to help the country.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arwind Santos. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArwind Santos is one of the oldtimers in Philippine basketball. At 37-years-old, the 2013 PBA MVP is already considered as an elder statesman and he has every right to take it easy.Taking things easy, however, isn’t part of Santos’ work order as he constantly produced stellar seasons throughout the years and he reached another milestone in his envy-worthy career when he got chosen as part of the national team lineup that will go up against Iran in the second round of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia LATEST STORIES SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk View comments Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cauley-Stein’s putback dunk lifts Kings past Pacers Santos would play in an Iran game that could very well give the Philippines a major chance to advance to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup in China.The top three teams from Groups E and F and the better of the fourth placers will advance to China and the Philippines are currently tied with Japan for the third spot in Group F.Gilas holds a 5-4 record and will tie Iran for the second spot if they win on Monday.Santos, who last donned the Philippine tricolor in 2009, said he’s willing do whatever it takes just to show that he deserves his spot on the team.“I’m part of the national team and this is a privilege for me but it doesn’t end here,” said Santos. “I have to show that I deserve this spot and I have to play against players from the other teams.”ADVERTISEMENT No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumlast_img read more

‘Servant leader’ Jerrili Malabanan ready for her first year as captain for FEU

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold PLAY LIST 02:10SEA Games 2019: Didal collects 2nd skateboard gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title “A lot of people close to me will always say I’m not really that vocal so I’m just doing my best by leading by example and I’m also pushing myself into becoming more of a vocal leader.”Malabanan added that she’s had help from her teammates like Heather Guino-o, Kyle Negrito, and Celine Domingo in keeping the team in line.And if handling a team on her first stint as captain wasn’t tough enough, Malabanan said she’s also feeling pressure in leading the team to another great season.Malabanan said there’s some burden on the team since FEU finished as the runner-up to champion La Salle and they don’t want to have a lower finish than that come Season 81.“There’s a little pressure from that because we don’t want to go down from what we did last year but the coaches have been telling us to not focus on the goal of going to the finals and we just have to focus on our first game,” said Malabanan. “We just have to go step-by-step so we don’t get overwhelmed.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malabanan will be on her first captaincy duty for the Lady Tamaraws in the upcoming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament, replacing is the iconic Bernadeth Pons.Considered as one of the best outside hitters during her collegiate days, Pons was the skipper who led the Lady Tamaraws to the silver medal in the Season 80 tournament and that was FEU’s best finish since winning the title in Season 70.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“Of course there’s the pressure because Pons is Pons but I’ve played with her for four years so I learned a lot from her and she’s really a vocal leader on the court,” said Malabanan during their practice Wednesday at FEU. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Malabanan admitted that she would have a different leadership style from Pons’ vocal way and she’d rather be an example through her play and hard work.“I wouldn’t say I’m a vocal leader, I would say I’m a servant leader so I will lead by example because I think action speaks louder than words,” said the fourth year opposite hitter.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers ONE: Joshua Pacio wary of ‘explosive, cautious’ Japanese foe in first title defense View comments Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MANILA, Philippines—Replacing a team icon is never easy but Jerrili Malabanan is ready to put on the captain’s shirt for Far Eastern University.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76ers

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid was right to shut himself down for a bit if he needed rest to benefit what was best for his long-term outlook.“I know it’s on everybody’s mind to try and press him and pin him to something maybe a little bit more concrete and less mist,” he said. “It’s hard to say, ‘this is the day.’ I do feel like he and the organization are working hand-in-hand. He came to us, we listened, as we should. I think he feels like he’s getting ahead of it, on top of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s all about long term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said.Embiid said he could “for sure” play through the mild tendinitis but wanted to rest up for the stretch run and the playoffs. Embiid also dismissed any connection between his soreness and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe did not give a specific game for his return, but the Sixers play again Tuesday against Orlando, and three more times through March 10.The Sixers played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid expects to return to the lineup next week from a sore left knee that has cost him the last five games.Embiid sat out again Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors and has not played since the All-Star game. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. Embiid underwent an MRI last week, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapyADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

President Barack Obama Has Acted Decisively

first_imgDear Mr. Editor:I write to applaud the decision of the US government to come to our rescue in this calamity. Though late in coming, President Barack Obama has acted decisively. But I also write to point out that all the pieces of the Ebola puzzle have yet to be assembled. The scale and magnitude of the problem are such that wisdom and political reality continue to point us directly to the UN Security Council. All major world powers — the P5 of the Security Council including Russia have already a presence in our region. The NGO community starting significantly with MSF (with us in the trenches since day one) is everywhere to be seen helping us to battle EVD.The US promises to mount a significant effort with all the command and control capabilities of this sole superpower. But the US cannot coordinate (outside a Security Council Mandate) the activities of other sovereign states involved in our fight. A Security Council Resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security seems an unavoidable course of action. It is reported that the SC will meet in emergency session on Thursday, Sept. 17 and that the US Ambassador to the UN is chairperson for the month of September. How fortuitous! The Liberian government should join with the US government to propose a Resolution declaring Ebola a threat to international peace and security, and thus enable the world body to coordinate action of the many international players now on the ground in Liberia. This is the same logic that has enabled UNMIL to act as ONE with peacekeepers from many countries around the world.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Over George Solo’s Removal as CDC Chairman

first_imgThe political leader of opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), George Weah, has promised to respond to the  internal wrangling that has  engulfed the party as a result of the removal of the of the party national chairman, George Solo, by the Executive Committee.The former Chairman of the CDC, who is renowned for being controversial, was last week removed from his post over what the party termed as a promoter, expediter, and lobbyist for the Robert Sirleaf-for-Senate campaigns, against the party Standard-bearer George Weah.The CDC, in a statement, indicated “whereas, it has been established that Mr. George G. Solo being a promoter, expediter, Mr. Solo was also accused being after financial rewards at the expense of the party, a move that is totally against his function as administrative head of the party.But the embattled chairman has sharply reacted nullifying the decision of the party’s executive committee. Mr. Solo says he remains the national chairman of the party.It is also being reported from some quarters that Ambassador Weah masterminded or orchestrated the move to have Mr. Solo removed as a result of disagreement between the two on the amount to receive from Mr. Sirleaf in order for Ambassador Weah to abandon his Senatorial quest.Mr. Weah, who has been silent on the saga, said that he will speak on the issue in due course, but is now more concerned about a national issue that should claim the attention of every well meaning Liberia—the Ebola pandemic.Speaking to newsmen at the district #5 headquarters of the CDC, Mr. Weah  promised to address the matter in two weeks time. His response might bring to public glare what is actually happening in the CDC.He made the statement as   the CDC district launched of the fight against the Ebola virus in the country, where he, in collaboration with district Representative, Thomas Fallah, distributed some anti-Ebola items to residents.“I intent to address that issue in two weeks, but I’m now focused on a more pressing national issue. Our country is at a very critical stage now and we all need to stand together to fight this Ebola that is killing our people on a daily basis,” the CDC political leader said.He added, “Our country is now under a state of emergency as a result of the threat that this virus is posing and we need to take the preventive messages to our people to keep safe.His response comes amidst numerous calls from the public, especially supporters of the CDC, that their political leader should have a say in the matter in order for them to have a broader understanding of what is transpiring in the party.The CDC, on August 3, 2014, stated that following a National Executive Committee Meeting it resolved to cast a vote of no confidence in Solo and remove him as Chairman of the party.“We, members of the National executive committee of the Congress for Democratic Change, meeting under a full quorum at its headquarters in Congo Town, Monrovia-Liberia, hereby vote to declare a vote-of-no-confidence in the Chairmanship of George G. Solo, thereby relieving him of his position with immediate effect”, the statement issued late Sunday indicated.The party said it has been established that external enemies of the CDC were successful in outreach efforts to recruit and contract a collaborator, who is perceived to be Mr. Solo.The CDC said Mr. Solo has become an internal operative within the party, where his mission of divisive propaganda, rancor, appetite for dissonance, unsettling policy misdirection, and engineered institutional collapse have come to reflect the disruptive agenda of his hirers.The party further stated,  “It has been established through prima facie evidence, and incontestable sources as well as the preponderance of testimonies that Solo is unarguably the principal planner, financier, and the attempted implementer of the philosophical, ideological, structural, and institutional demise of the CDC.”But Mr. Solo said he remains the national chairman of the CDC,  describing those who claimed to have removed him as rude and misguided individuals who are not clothed with any authority to remove him as chairman of the party.Solo said he is fully recognized by the National Elections Commission (NEC) as head of CDC.The former CDC boss said the truth of the matter is that he was trying to discourage some of the CDC partisans who are continuously tarnishing the government’s reputation on the fight against the Ebola virus.He denied claims of having received US$500,000 from Mr. Sirleaf. He challenged those he described as detractors to produce recordings on him interacting with Mr. Sirleaf in any form or manner.He said the political leader of the CDC, George Weah,  is disappointed in the behavior of the EC and will return to make his stance known on the ongoing saga within the party—something that is yet to happen since Ambassador Weah’s arrival in the country.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more