San Miguel wins 3rd straight Philippine Cup title, holds off Ginebra

first_imgMarcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions “Winning the three-peat is the biggest highlight of my career,” said SMB head coach Leo Austria, who steered the Beermen to their fourth crown in the last seven conferences.San Miguel went on a 7-0 spurt capped by Santos’ signature dunk inside the last two minutes to put Ginebra away, 91-83, with only 24 seconds left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnThe Kings, who trailed by as much as nine midway through the fourth quarter, pulled to within one, 84-83, after a 3-pointer by LA Tenorio with 2:28 remaining.Japeth Aguilar fired a game-high 26 points that went with 16 rebounds while Joe Devance had a near triple-double with 20 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Gin Kings. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon MOST READ Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikelycenter_img Jerwin Gaco to suit up for Tanduay in PBA D-League Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident San Miguel Beer center June Mar Fajardo lifts the Perpetual Trophy after the Beermen beat the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Sunday, March 5, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer held off Barangay Ginebra, 91-85, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven championship series to win its third straight PBA Philippine Cup title Sunday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos each scored 21 points while Chris Ross was again spectacular on both ends of the floor with 12 points, eight rebounds, 10 assists and six steals for the Beermen, who recovered after blowing a 12-point lead in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Smith hails coach after CAC success

first_imgJonielle Smith is the first Jamaican since Hyacinth Walters to win the women’s 100m at the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games, matching her predecessor’s 12.3-second feat done in 1950 with an 11.04-second (+2.3m/s) gold-medal run two nights ago. Smith, who recently graduated from Auburn University with a degree in accounting, attributes her significant improvement in the execution of the seven phases of the 100m race to her coach, Henry Rolle. “It’s been four long years that I have been with him and he is a very impatient man, but he has been patient with me,” Smith told The Gleaner after she was garlanded with her gold medal yesterday. “When I left high school, he knew that I didn’t have the best start and he worked on it, and I have improved significantly with my start and my drive phase.” Coming out of high school, Smith had a personal best of 11.32 seconds and came down to 11.13 by her junior (third) year in college. But this season has been her best, as she has run consistently in the 11.1-second bracket. “I believe he is really capable of taking me to the number one spot in the world in female sprinting,” the former Wolmer’s Girls’ School standout said. The 22-year-old told the world that she will soon be a force to be reckoned with when she finished third in her first Diamond League outing two weeks ago in London behind two-time Olympic champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Dezerea Bryant of the USA. She registered a personal best of 11.07 seconds in a race that was under the spotlight because Fraser-Pryce was making her return to the Diamond League circuit after taking a year off to give birth to her first child. Smith and Rolle, who is from The Bahamas, will leave Auburn for the Sunshine State of Florida when training for the 2019 track and field season resumes in the autumn at their new track club MVP International. MVP International will be an extension of the local MVP Track and Field Club, which is based at the University of Technology, Jamaica. Cynthia Thompson, who also finished second to Walters in 1950, is the only other Jamaican woman to win the CAC Games gold in the 100m after her 12.1-second triumph in 1946. akino.ming@gleanerjm.comlast_img read more

Ellen Decorates Kofi Woods, Other Dignitaries

first_imgThe Commander-in-Chief (C-I-C) of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has decorated Att’y. Samuel Kofi Woods, II, and several international personalities within the security sector for their individual and collective distinguished service to the country as she endeavors to remake the sector.Those honored on February 11 Armed Forces Day by President Sirleaf included the keynote speaker of the day, Atty. Samuel Kofi Woods, Major General Julius Facki Oketta, Head of Mission, Africa Union Support to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa (AUSEOWA) and Major General Gary Volesky, Commander, Joint Task Force-Operation United Assistance (JTF-OUA). Others are Major General Darryl A Williams, first Commander of JTF-OUA, Lieutenant Colonel Abubakri Sadique Mohammed, a committed, dedicated and professional military officer of the Ghana Armed Forces with over 34 years of military experience, and Lieutenant Colonel Kennedy Chuwuemeka Okoro, a committed, dedicated and professional military officer of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, and a Barrister-at-Law of the Nigerian Armed Forces.According to C-I-C Sirleaf, the honorees’ services to Liberia bring credit upon themselves, their country and to our nation as well as to the men and women of the Armed Forces of Liberia who continue to work tirelessly in rebuilding Liberia, including the construction of roads.In remarks on behalf of all DSO recipients, Major General Julius Facki Oketta said their being decorated was wonderful and sincerely accepted.Receiving the awards from the Commander-In-Chief of Liberia’s Armed Forces meant a lot to each of them, he declared.“We the officers and citizens receive this honor with great gratitude and humility. These awards speak for commitment in serving our people as we contribute in eradicating Ebola,” Gen. Oketta said.He explained that the awards do not belong to the honorees, but to the Africa Union, AUSEOWA, the people of Liberia, the United Nations family in every corner of the globe who made contributions, sacrifices and in many instances risked or gave their lives to support the eradication of Ebola by promoting solidarity as well as voluntary services for the common good of humanity.Gen. Oketta said the awards would enforce their belief that all honorees can pray and work better than they have done so far in combating the deadly Ebola virus and other services.He emphasized that the issues of solidarity, capacity, preparedness, responsibility and sacrifice have all been geared toward moving the country and Africa forward.The celebration of the 58th anniversary of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL) was also witnessed by senior government officials, including Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, House Speaker Alex Tyler, Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor, and Dr. Amos Sawyer of the Governance Commission and Heads of all security agencies.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Philippines shows promise despite losses to Indonesia, Thailand in Asean Grand Prix

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fun & Games: Noah Lyles wants to win, celebrate just like Bolt ‘People evacuated on their own’ Francis Kong, Jason Magbanua headline ‘The School for the Passionate, New Bold U 2020’ Members of the women’s volleyball team head back to the bench after the loss to Indonesia. —MARC ANTHONY REYESNAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand—Finally, after all the hoopla involving its formation, the Philippine women’s volleyball team got to know how it stood in the scheme of things.Its heart-breaking five-set defeat at the hands of Indonesia, 25-21, 26-28, 12-25, 25-18, 15-9, in Friday’s Asean Grand Prix opener gave a glimpse of what the much-followed squad is capable of doing.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 takes you straight to hell with a Music Video and First Look-Images LATEST STORIES Negros Occidental gov’t, church call for prayers for safety of Taal evacuees LOOK: Taal Volcano island 2 days after eruption She added: “And the girls, we just didn’t have the energy going into the match. So I think the next game we gotta change that if they’re gonna give us a little bit of time to warm up or we probably gotta do that on our own before we get here.”The Philippines went on to drop its second game in a row but the team went down swinging before yielding a 25-13, 25-21, 23-25, 25-20 loss to perennial Southeast Asian Games champion Thailand Saturday afternoon.Mau paced the Filipinas anew with 12 points  against the Thais.The Nationals hope to end their campaign on a winning note against Vietnam on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Taal Volcano eruption: House to develop rehab plan for Batangas, Cavite, Laguna No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientist Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano PLAY LIST 01:04Daybreak as smoke, ash billows from Taal volcano01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown Huge sinkhole swallows bus, kills six in China Head coach Shaq delos Santo said he is thankful of the outcome because its showed team’s character which is essential in its quest to medal in the coming Southeast Asian Games.“The coaching staff is very proud of the players because they gave everything they got,” he said. “We just fell short. We need this kind of exposure and finally to get get completed.”The Philippines missed the services of key players Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes who are recuperating from minor injuries and will join the team in the coming training camps.Mau also felt that the team was coming in hot because of the short time they were allowed to warm up inside the busy Terminal 21Mall courts.“I thought we didn’t really got off to a good start for the game. We’ re actually starting to with a super crunchtime of a warm up,” said Mau. “I didn’t actually got to to my pre-game ritual, every thing was kinda off from the beginning.”ADVERTISEMENT “You know we are a strong team, we have our definite strengths and weaknesses so we were able to get through and show what we are made of and what we can do well,” said top spiker Kalei Mau.“But you know it’s not how you started, it’s how you finished so I thought, obviously Indonesia wanted it more,” added the FIl-American open hitter, who scored 15 points versus Indonesia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4For starting libero Dawn Macandili, the game revealed how little they know each other on court.“They (Indonesia) are not that tough, but I think we need to develop chemistry on the court,” said Macandili. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Man United boss Van Gaal grateful for ‘fantastic’ Sir Alex Ferguson support

first_imgManchester United manager Louis van Gaal has said he is grateful for Sir Alex Ferguson’s praise, but admits he will always be under pressure to match the legendary boss’ achievements at Old Trafford.Van Gaal has been charged with the task of rebuilding United following the failed reign of David Moyes, who Ferguson chose to succeed him after 26 successful years at the helm.Ferguson won 38 trophies during his hallowed tenure at the club, a tough act to follow for the experienced Dutchman, who has won leagues in Spain, Holland and Germany.United’s greatest ever manager lavished praise on Van Gaal this week, telling BT Sport: ”He’s a great coach, he will do well… When he gets the best players back, you watch United go.”And while the former Holland boss appreciates the endorsement of the United great, he concedes such words put him under pressure to deliver.“It’s fantastic,” Van Gaal said when asked about Ferguson’s praise.“When you come here, you hope – because I know Sir Alex – that he shall support you.“And this week is not the first time he has showed a lot of confidence and belief in me, and that I need as trainer-coach.“As manager of Manchester United you need belief and support of managers such as Sir Alex but also [directors] Bobby Charlton and David Gill.“They have the belief and I’m happy with that, then you can work in an easier way.“But it is also a pressure because he believes in you and it gives you that pressure that you have to get results. It is not so easy to win Premier League matches.” Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal and former boss Sir Alex Ferguson 1last_img read more

England goalscorer Andros Townsend happy to be repaying Roy Hodgson’s faith

first_img1 England goalscorer Andros Townsend says he is happy to be repaying manager Roy Hodgson’s faith in him after his late equaliser secured a deserved draw against Italy in the international friendly in Turin.The Spurs winger, who was a second half substitute for Fabian Delph at the Juventus Stadium, struck brilliantly with 11 minutes remaining to cancel out Southampton striker Graziano Pelle’s clever opener.The draw ended England’s run of seven wins in a row since the World Cup, but Townsend was keen to reflect on the positives after an impressive second half display by the visitors.“The manager stuck by me through the tough times and every time he’s picked me and every time he has shown me loyalty I have repaid that faith. Hopefully it can continue,” Townsend told ITV.“I was delighted. It was a difficult game and it was hard to break them down. I think there was going to have to be a strike from 25, 30 yards to beat them and get a goal today thankfully it was me that got it.”England were distinctly lacklustre in the first half but improved drastically after the break, and the 23-year-old felt they could have gone on to win the game, but was still satisfied with a share of the spoils.“After we got the equaliser it was all us and we got two or three chances to get the win but it wasn’t to be. It was a good result against Italy on their home patch. It’s a good way to end the trip,” Townsend added. Andros Townsend last_img read more

Listen: James McArthur on Crystal Palace’s resurgence under Roy Hodgson

first_imgJames McArthur has hailed the effect Roy Hodgson has had on Crystal Palace.The Eagles suffered the worst start to a season in Premier League history, losing their opening seven matches without scoring a single goal.But they have been vastly improved under Hodgson, who replaced Frank de Boer as manager in September.Palace are unbeaten in seven games and an impressive 3-0 victory at Leicester City on Saturday saw them move out of the relegation zone.MATCH REPORT – Leicester City 0-3 Crystal Palace: Zaha shines again as Eagles soar out of the relegation zoneAsked what’s changed at Selhurst Park under Hodgson, McArthur told talkSPORT on Monday: “We are working very hard on the training ground. As soon as the manager came in, he obviously wanted us to play the way he has played for a number of years, and we are doing that now.“We are very solid. When you usually become solid as a team, you lose that attacking threat, but we haven’t done that. We look like we are going to score in every game now.“You notice his [Hodgson’s] experience. We played against Manchester City and Manchester United and, with other managers, you lose and they change. He doesn’t change one bit. He remains so calm.“He spoke to the boys every every single day and made sure we were working hard on the training pitch to make it right.“There is a long way to go, we know that. But we are playing with confidence right now and, rather than looking down, we are trying to look up and catch the teams above us.”Palace’s resurgence owes much to the form of Wilfried Zaha, who has been in outstanding form in recent months.“He is on fire right now,” said McArthur of his teammate. “Every time you give him the ball he is creating something.“He is one of the players that the fans really want to watch and playing in the same team with him is a pleasure really.”last_img read more

Phil Neville appointed as England Women’s head coach

first_img1 The former Manchester United defender won 59 England caps during his career Phil Neville has been appointed head coach of England Women until the end of the 2021 UEFA Women’s Championships, the Football Association has announced.The former Manchester United, Everton and England player becomes the permanent successor to Mark Sampson, who was sacked last September.Neville, 41, has been given a contract until the end of the 2021 European Championships, which the FA hopes to host, and he takes over a team that is third in the world rankings, behind only the United States and Germany.“I am honoured to be given the chance to lead England. With the new coaching team we are putting in place, we can help the players build on their great progress in recent years. This squad is on the verge of something special and I believe I can lead them to the next level,” Neville said.“I can’t wait to get out on the training pitch and down to work with an elite group of players at the top of their game. I am also passionate about working within the wider set-up at St. George’s Park, with influential people such as Mo Marley and Casey Stoney, and with the support of Baroness Sue Campbell and the wider women’s game. There is a commitment to excellence that has paid dividends in recent years and I know we can continue the great growth of women’s football inspired by the Lionesses.“There is no greater honour than representing your country and it will be a privilege to do it again.”Given the fact that he has never worked in the women’s game before, his appointment will raise some eyebrows but he has many fans at the Football Association and does hold a UEFA Pro Licence.Capped 59 times by his country, he has also held coaching positions at his former club United and Spanish side Valencia, as well as doing some work with England’s U21 side.Since those stints in the dugout, he has worked as a pundit for the BBC and Sky, and is also a co-owner of Salford City with the other members of United’s famous “class of 92”, including his older brother and former England men’s assistant coach Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs, who was last week named as Wales manager.Coaching would appear to run in the family, too, as Phil’s twin sister Tracey Neville is the head coach of the England netball team.Known for his versatility as a player, Neville will start work immediately and he is currently with the Lionesses at their warm-weather training camp in La Manga, Spain, where they played the Netherlands in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.His first challenge will be the SheBelieves Cup tournament in March, when England head to the United States for games with France, Germany and the hosts, but the big target will be next year’s World Cup in France.The next qualifying game is against Wales in Southampton on April 6 and Neville will be eager to build on the progress made under Sampson, who led the team to third place at the 2015 World Cup and the semi-finals of the 2017 Euros.The Welshman’s reign unravelled rapidly, however, when he was accused of racism by England striker Eni Aluko, although he was eventually sacked for “inappropriate and unacceptable behaviour” in a previous role with Bristol Academy.That prompted the FA to turn to England U19 coach Mo Marley as a caretaker manager and she led England to a 1-0 defeat by France in a friendly in October and two convincing World Cup qualifying wins over Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kazakhstan.There has been widespread speculation that Neville was effectively given the job because of a lack of alternatives, particularly after early favourite Emma Hayes, the Chelsea manager, ruled herself out of contention.But both Marley and Neville were among a group of candidates who were interviewed by Baroness Sue Campbell, the FA’s head of women’s football, and the governing body is understood to strongly reject claims that the process was in any way botched or rushed.last_img read more

Bush, al-Maliki to meet in Jordan

first_imgABOARD AIR FORCE ONE – President George W. Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will meet next week in Jordan to discuss the deteriorating security situation in Iraq. Their meeting Nov. 29-30 comes as various groups contemplate the direction of the U.S.-led war. A Pentagon committee and the congressionally chartered Iraq Study Group have been preparing reports for Bush, and Iran has asked the presidents of Iraq and Syria to meet in Tehran. In a joint statement Tuesday night, Bush and al-Maliki said they would meet in Amman, Jordan, to discuss building security and stability in Iraq. Bush will fly directly to Amman from the NATO summit in Riga, Latvia. White House press secretary Tony Snow distributed the statement to reporters returning home with Bush from an eight-day Asia trip. The idea for a meeting came up a week or more ago, and plans accelerated in the last few days, Hadley said. On Monday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asked the presidents of Iraq and Syria to attend a weekend summit in Tehran, a move seen as another effort by Iran to play a strong role in the Middle East.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESurfer attacked by shark near Channel Islands calls rescue a ‘Christmas miracle’“We will focus our discussions on current developments in Iraq, progress made to date in the deliberations of a high-level joint committee on transferring security responsibilities and the role of the region in supporting Iraq,” the statement said. “We reiterate our commitment to building the foundations of a peaceful, democratic and secure Iraq and to strengthening the partnership between our two nations,” the statement said. National security adviser Stephen Hadley told reporters that when the two leaders meet in Jordan, “We’re not looking for a big, bold announcement.” The meeting will allow a joint commission established to examine how to speed up the transition from coalition to Iraqi security forces to report to Bush and al-Maliki, Hadley said. “It will also be an opportunity for the president and the prime minister to review the situation in Iraq more generally and talk about the way forward in order to accomplish … move toward our objectives in an expeditious way,” he said. last_img read more

Tottenham star reveals he would ‘love to stay for another year’

first_img Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Tottenham Hotspur striker Fernando Llorente has revealed he is keen to stay at the club for one more season.The Spanish striker has had to step up in the second half of the campaign due to two Harry Kane injuries and he’s managed to net some vital goals for the club. tense Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City no dice Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won BEST OF Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions REVEALED Getty Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Fernando Llorente scored the winning goal against Manchester City Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ ADVICE Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? huge blow REPLY REVEALED gameday cracker LATEST FOOTBALL STORIES shining It was Llorente’s effort against Manchester City which put them into the Champions League semi-finals, while he also managed to net in the round of 16 against Borussia Dortmund at Wembley.There have also been key Premier League goals and show his role as a backup to the England captain has been worthwhile for both the player and the club.And, with his contract up at the end of the season, he admitted he’s focussed on his form but would like to remain with Spurs.He told Sky Sports: “I would love to stay for another year, but the truth is I am not thinking much about that right now. I believe the important thing at the moment is the team, not for individual players to think about themselves.” Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT 1 Llorente’s role as a backup have made things hard for him but he added he’s loved his two campaigns with the north Londoners.He continued: “The project excited me, and despite having a secondary role in the team, it has definitely been worth it. It has been a wonderful experience.“In the majority of my previous clubs I was a regular starter, but I have learnt to experience it in another way. Trophies and games are won by all the players, not just the 11 who start. If something happens during the season and the squad players don’t keep fighting and don’t keep believing that they can be important, then you are in trouble.”last_img read more