Mayweather, McGregor take trash-talk tour to New York

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. looks on as money rains down on Conor McGregor during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour event at Barclays Center on July 13, 2017 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. AFP/GETTY IMAGESNEW YORK—Floyd Mayweather was on the attack on Thursday, branding Conor McGregor a quitter as the four-stop tour hyping their cross-combat superfight hit New York.“Eejit” and “Circus Clown” were the tamest epithets the former welterweight king, who retired from boxing with a perfect 49-0 record in 2015, threw at McGregor, one of the biggest stars of mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT Thursday’s show at the Barclays Center, home of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, drew a pro-McGregor crowd of more than 13,000.It was the third such production in three days, with one more scheduled for London on Friday aimed at pumping up interest in the bout — although both men seemed to be running short of inventive invective.McGregor eschewed his sharp-tailored suits for a bare chest and white fur overcoat — which he swept from his shoulders as he took the stage to offer a flexed-arm pose that inflamed the crowd.LOOK: McGregor wears suit with ‘F you’ pinstripes to Mayweather presserThe Irishman then paced impatiently as Mayweather, draped in an Irish flag, made his way to the stage and they took their positions for the ritual staredown from opposite sides of the podium.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stags shame Chiefs Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES A giant step forward from each had them nose to nose and brought more cheers from the crowd before McGregor launched into a lewd, crude address.“No one’s going to stop me walking around this place like I own it,” he said.Mayweather, meanwhile, was all indifference until it was his turn to speak. After a little back-and-forth with the crowd, he showered McGregor with handfuls of dollar bills from his backpack — a day after McGregor mocked the paltry stash of cash “Money” had brought to their promotional stop in Toronto on Wednesday.“They’re all ones!” McGregor said. “Because that’s all you’re worth,” Mayweather replied.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission “Gave up not once, not twice but three times!” said Mayweather. “Real fighters never give up.”BACKSTORY: Expletives, excitement as Mayweather, McGregor face offFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’McGregor, a two-division champion in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has conceded three defeats in 24 bouts, all by submission.The two men are set to face each other in a boxing ring in Las Vegas on August 26 in what could be the richest fight in history. LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade MOST READ IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

Batang Pier, Painters rise

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Teen gunned down in Masbate Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Blackwater set to acquire Maliksi from Star in 4-player trade

first_imgView comments Break new ground Trade papers have already been sent to the Office of the Commissioner on Sunday, beating the trade deadline on Monday.The 29-year-old Maliksi has had a career resurgence this season for Star, averaging a career-best 13.4 points on 41 percent shooting from three and 2.9 rebounds this season, enough for him to earn a nod to the Gilas Pilipinas squad in the 2017 Seaba Championship last May.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogJavier, meanwhile, has struggled to find playing time in his first year in the pros after a stellar career from the University of the East.The two are expected to bring immediate impact to Blackwater, which is hoping to advance to the quarterfinals for only the second time in its franchise history. Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Gamalinda on the other hand is averaging 7.22 points on a 53 percent shooting from three to go with 3.8 rebounds this conference.Pascual is also hoping to finally get the break with the Hotshots after seeing his numbers dip in the import-laden conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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 MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Stephens tells best friend Keys: ‘I wish it could have been a draw’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn an interesting turn of events, Star is sending sweet-shooting swingman Allein Maliksi to Blackwater in a four-player trade.Sources close to the situation bared that the Hotshots are shipping Maliksi and rookie big man Chris Javier to Blackwater for hardworking forward Bambam Gamalinda and promising big man Kyle Pascual.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Letran snaps 3-game skid, holds off Arellano

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ View comments DAY6 is for everybody Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Marwin Taywan was called for an unsportsmanlike foul during an inbound play on the other end that resulted to a Nambatac free throw and the game-sealing triple by Calvo.“This is an important win for us because we’re all close at three to six. A lot of things can happen. At least, we took care of business now and we executed our game plan,” said Napa.Kent Salado fought valiantly for the skidding Chiefs and finished with 23 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Alcoriza had 10 in the defeat.Arellano dropped back to eighth place with a 4-8 card.The scores:ADVERTISEMENT JP Calvo buried 20 points on 4-of-6 shooting from three, including the dagger from the right wing with 17.4 seconds that finally douses the Chiefs fiery rally late.Calvo also had five rebounds, five assists, and a steal in the huge win.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBong Quinto also shone with 20 markers, 10 boards, and two assists, while Rey Nambatac got 14 points, eight rebounds, and two dimes.Letran lost A 16-point lead, 58-42, in the third quarter as Arellano cut the deficit to just six, 79-73, after a Rence Alcoriza layup with 39.7 seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LETRAN 84 – Calvo 20, Quinto 20, Nambatac 14, Balanza 8, Mandreza 8, Gedaria 4, Vacaro 4, Taladua 4, Balagasay 2, Bernabe 0.ARELLANO 73 – Salado 23, Alcoriza 10, Flores 7, Dela Cruz 7, Meca 6, Taywan 6, Canete 5, Concepcion 3, Abanes 3, Nicholls 2, Villoria 1, Enriquez 0.Quarters: 26-20, 45-36, 68-59, 84-73. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports prodigy and Skechers performance ambassador, Lauren Lim is set to conquer the Chicago Marathon Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran arrested its three-game losing skid after coming away with an 84-73 victory against Arellano in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.“At least we broke the record and we’re able to get back in the winning column,” said Letran coach Jeff Napa, who celebrated his 37th birthday with the Knights earning its sixth win in 12 outingsADVERTISEMENT Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-uplast_img read more

NBA: LeBron relieved that Cavs snagged Wade away from other contenders

first_imgWade’s arrival in “The Land” is a much-needed boost to the Eastern Conference Champion’s back court after losing Kyrie Irving via trade and in the wake of new point guard Isaiah Thomas’ expected indefinite absence due to injury.Meanwhile, both Wade and James recently celebrated their on-court reunion over a glass of wine. /raDWade & LeBron after their first practice together in CLE… 🍷😂(via mrdwyanewade/Snapchat) pic.twitter.com/PKNwaTaHld— NBA TV (@NBATV) September 28, 2017ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dwyane Wade talks with LeBron James.  Jason Miller/Getty Images/AFPIn case you missed it, former Miami Heat teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade recently reunited, as the latter signed a one-year deal to join the Cleveland Cavaliers.READ: It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with ClevelandADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Although the news did not come as a surprise for most fans given the duo’s tight-knit relationship, the Cavs had to fend off multiple teams that were also interested to sign the 12-time All-Star.Even at 35 years old, the three-time NBA Champion has received much interest from Western Conference powerhouses San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, not to mention a possible return to Miami.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut after making Wade’s signing official on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), James couldn’t be more relieved that his team was able to bag the sought-after superstar.“I’m happy we were able to keep him away from everybody else,” James candidly told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ DAY6 is for everybody MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments How to help the Taal evacuees Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Neymar leads PSG past Bayern, Batshuayi stuns Atleticolast_img read more

UP suffers big blow with injury to Manzo in loss to NU

first_imgFor the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene “He’s hurting right now,” said Perasol. “I’m just hoping he’s going to be able to play in the next games. We all know he’s going to be needed this campaign.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sharapova gets red-hot Garcia in tough Tianjin opener Unfortunately for UP, the Bulldogs were able to capitalize on Manzo’s absence and took the 77-70 victory.The Fighting Maroons settled for a 3-4 record, a game behind fourth seed Far Eastern University.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“That was a big blow for us,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino. “Manzo is someone we rely on in the end, that’s his role. We had to pick somebody and somebody had to step up in his place.”Manzo has been a reliable scoring option for the Maroons late in games and he showed that in UP’s 98-87 win over defending champion La Salle where he put up nine of his 17 points in the final period. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide View comments MOST READcenter_img How to help the Taal evacuees Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines was poised to gain a share of the fourth spot in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament against National University at the end of the first round.The Fighting Maroons were ahead 43-39 in the third and were keeping the Bulldogs at bay when NU center Issa Gaye accidentally landed on Jun Manzo’s right ankle causing the Maroon to leave the game at the 7:55 mark of the quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Italy’s decline can be traced to Serie A’s problems

first_imgItaly’s goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, left, and Manolo Gabbiadini react to their team’s elimination in the World Cup qualifying play-off second leg soccer match between Italy and Sweden, at the Milan San Siro stadium, Italy, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)ROME — The best players in the world go elsewhere. The best coaches in Italy emigrate. The stadiums around the country are falling apart.The lingering problems affecting Italy’s domestic league might just be the reason for the country’s failure to qualify for next year’s World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Complicated laws and a lack of funding have prevented clubs from building new stadiums. In 2014, the American owners of Roma presented plans for a new stadium but haven’t been able to break ground yet due to a series of bureaucratic delays.“It’s time to make choices that perhaps in the past people didn’t have the courage to make,” Italian Sports Minister Luca Lotti said. “This world needs to be revised from the youth levels on up to Serie A.”Although Italy is no longer the draw it was once for the best in the world, it still has a large contingent of foreign-born players. And that is stunting the development of the country’s talent.Juventus has been the Champions League runner-up in two of the past three seasons, but the Turin squad has heavily relied on Argentine forwards for its success: Carlos Tevez, Gonzalo Higuain and Paulo Dybala.Federico Bernardeschi, one of Italy’s most talented young forwards, joined Juventus in a 40 million euro ($47 million) transfer this season but has been largely relegated to the bench. So it’s no wonder that Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura used Bernardeschi only in a bench role in the playoff loss to Sweden on Monday.The only Italian who starts for Serie A leader Napoli is winger Lorenzo Insigne, who was also reduced to abench role under Ventura in a widely criticized decision.Meanwhile, Napoli’s Brazilian-born midfielder Jorginho was given his first competitive start for Italy in the second leg of the playoff. Eder, another Brazilian-born player, appeared in the first leg.With captain Gianluigi Buffon, defender Andrea Barzagli and midfielder Daniele De Rossi having announced their international retirements, Italy needs a new generation of Azzurri to step up.And the younger players need space in an improved Serie A to become competitive. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Japan wary of Gilas’ speed, offense Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Italian league was once where the likes of Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit came to play in the primes of their careers. It’s where Kaka won the Ballon d’Or award with AC Milan in 2007 — the last time anyone besides Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo claimed the honor.Paradoxically, the start of Italy’s decline can be traced back to 2006 — the year Italy won its fourth World Cup. That was also the year of the “Calciopoli” refereeing scandal that saw Juventus stripped of two Serie A titles and relegated to the second division as punishment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneA number of top players left Juventus after the scandal and the “Old Lady” of Italian soccer required half a dozen years to recover.In the meantime, the Premier League emerged as the sport’s richest domestic competition while Italy was eliminated in the first round of the last two World Cups. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 The Premier League is where former Italy coach Antonio Conte now manages at Chelsea, having won the league in his first season. It’s where Carlo Ancelotti and Roberto Mancini also won titles at Chelsea and Manchester City, respectively.Fabio Capello coached England from 2008-12 and said he would never be interested in leading Italy’snational team.Any Italian coach who moves to England raves about the facilities there and the packed stadiums. It’s the complete opposite of Serie A, where most of the big squads play in dilapidated stadiums that were last renovated for the 1990 World Cup — the last major tournament that Italy hosted.Of Italy’s six biggest clubs — Juventus, Milan, Inter Milan, Roma, Lazio and Napoli — only Juventus has a new stadium that it operates on its own.Milan and Inter play in the city-run San Siro, Roma and Lazio play in the Stadio Olimpico run by the Olympic committee and Napoli plays in the crumbling San Paolo Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nick Saban’s 6th championship is the best of all

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The Tide rallied from a pair of 13-point deficits, and managed to pull it together after Andy Pappanastos shanked a 36-yard field goal try that would’ve won the game on the final play of regulation. Georgia went on offense first in overtime and, after Jake Fromm took a huge sack, the Bulldogs settled for Ricardo Blankenship’s 51-yard field goal.Alabama’s offense took the field and immediately fell into a huge hole. Georgia sniffed out a screen pass, Tagovailoa couldn’t pick up his next option and Georgia dumped the youngster for a 16-yard loss.One play later, the Tide was national champions.With the poise of a veteran, Tagovailoa looked to his right, causing the Georgia safeties to slide toward that side of the field. Then he swung the other way, launching a pass to Smith streaking down the left sideline. He ran right by cornerback Malkom Parrish, who clearly thought he had help from safety Dominick Sanders, and hauled in a pass that was delivered in stride as he glided all alone into the end zone.Saban has now won five national titles in his 11 years at Alabama, and his first season doesn’t really count since he had to rebuild a program that had become a laughingstock under a string of mediocre coaches. When you throw in a BCS title from his time at LSU (albeit a shared title, since Southern Cal was voted No. 1 in The Associated Press poll), he’s matched Bryant for the most championships by any coach.And, really, Saban has the edge.One of Bryant’s titles comes with a huge asterisk. In 1973, the Tide finished No. 1 in the coaches’ poll, which was finalized before the bowls. Alabama went on to lose to No. 2 Notre Dame 24-23 in the Sugar Bowl, giving the AP title to the Fighting Irish.Let’s be honest, nobody outside of Tuscaloosa and the Bryant family views that team as the best in the land.Another feather in Saban’s cap is the way he’s won his championships. During the 2011 season, the Crimson Tide stifled LSU 21-0 with one of the great defensive performances in college football history. Two years ago, Alabama needed a dynamic offense and great special teams play to pull out a 45-40 victory over Clemson.This time, he had to make a change right in the middle of the game at the most prominent position on the field. That’s a new one, even for Saban.“Somebody tried to give me a game ball,” he said. “It has to be a team ball.”Saban shows no signs of slowing down or giving the least bit of thought to retirement. He’ll celebrate this title like he did all the other ones, for about 24 hours before he gets back to work in pursuit of No. 7.“Every team wants to be successful,” he said. “The message to the team tonight after this game was I hope you take something from this game and the resiliency that you showed in this game and it helps you be more successful in life.“It’s not just about winning the championship,” Saban added, no doubt remembering a final-second loss to Clemson in last year’s title game. “I know that’s what you all write about and what you talk about and all that. We like winning, and we hate losing. But there’s more to it than that.”Winning sure makes it a lot more fun, though.As Smith hauled in the title-clinching pass, Saban ripped off his headset, threw his arms in the air and let out a bit of a scream.For once in his life, he seemed caught off guard.It only lasted a moment.“I couldn’t believe it,” Saban said, shaking his head and repeating himself. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Alabama head coach Nick Saban holds up the championship trophy after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 26-23. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)ATLANTA — Nick Saban saved his best for No. 6.He’s won plenty of national titles with better players than everyone else.ADVERTISEMENT After all, this was the biggest game of the season, and Hurts was the one who led Alabama there for the second year in a row. He’s a proven winner, having lost only two out of 28 games coming into Monday night, and it certainly would’ve been the safe bet to stick with him a little longer.But Saban — who refuses to let the game pass him by even as coaches young enough to be his sons keep attempting to take him down (including former assistant Kirby Smart, who now coaches Georgia) — switched to Tagovailoa without hesitation.It might go down as the greatest decision in a career filled with them.Tagovailoa completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and three touchdowns, the last of them a 41-yard strike in overtime to DeVonta Smith that gave Alabama a 26-23 victory over Georgia on Monday night.“We’ve had this in our mind that, if we were struggling offensively, that we would give Tua an opportunity, even in the last game,” Saban said. “No disrespect to Jalen, but … I thought Tua would give us a better chance and a spark, which he certainly did.”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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “I could not believe it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Rusty Nadal struggles in loss to Gasquet in exhibition match Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals This time, it was all about the coach.If there was ever any doubt that Saban will go down as the greatest ever to prowl a college sideline, it was totally erased with the championship that pulled him even with the Bear.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkIn a most un-Saban-like move, he switched quarterbacks at halftime of the national championship game, the kind of desperate ploy you might expect from a brash young up-and-comer, not a 66-year-old all about the methodical process — covering every base, accounting for every scenario, winning over and over again without a lot of drama.Tua Tagovailoa, a ukulele-playing, left-handed freshman from Hawaii, took the field at the start of the third quarter with Alabama trailing 13-0 and doing absolutely nothing on offense. The Tide had accounted for just four first downs and 97 yards with two-year starter Jalen Hurts taking the snaps, but it was a bold decision nonetheless by the wily ol’ coach. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Martinez finishes 28th, fails to advance to Olympics free skate round

first_imgYun’s the one: South Korea gets men’s skeleton Olympic gold Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Michael Christian Martinez of the Philippines performs during the men’s short program figure skating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)Michael Christian Martinez failed to advance in the men’s single figure skating, finishing 28th in the short program Friday in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter OIympics at Gangneung Ice Arena.The 21-year-old could only muster 55.56 points–26.04 from technical elements and 29.52 from presentation–in his short program performance, good for third to the last place among 30 skaters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate PLAY LIST 01:16SEA Games: Didal, Means assure PH of 1-2 finish in Game of Skate02:12SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program02:14Carpio 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourscenter_img Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Back in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, Martinez proceeded to the next round after ranking 19th with his 64.81 points in the short program. He then ended up at 20th place after getting a 119.44 points in the free skate round.The Philippines’ medal hopes in the quadrennial Games now hinges on Asa Miller, who will compete in the men’s giant slalom in the alpine skiing event on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Only the top 24 skaters from the short program are advancing to the free skate round which is slated on Saturday.Though Martinez had a clean run without deductions, most of his moves were seen as largely basic compared to the level of difficulty of the routines of the other competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkREAD: PH bet Michael Martinez puts on flawless show in Olympics short programYuzuru Hanyu of Japan lead all the skaters with 111.68 points, followed by Javier Fernandez of Spain with 107.58 and Shoma Uno of Japan with 104.87. View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Meralco keeps Ginebra struggling, spoils Brownlee’s return

first_imgIn 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations “We should not be part of the welcoming party,” said Bolts head coach Norman Black laughing. “Brownlee is a really good player and he’s proven it in the past that it’s very difficult to deal with him on the court.”“It’s a big win for us because it leans us a little bit more towards the top and keeps us away from the bottom.”Onuaku finished with a game-high 24 points while also grabbing 23 rebounds to lead the Bolts while Chris Newsome added 22 points, five rebounds, and five assists.Jared Dillinger also finished in double digits with 13 points while Anjo Caram orchestrated the Bolts’ offense with 12 points and seven dimes.Brownlee had 20 points, 16 rebounds, and 12 assists in his return to the Gin Kings while Japeth Aguilar added 13 points and six boards.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Meralco had no plans of partaking in any welcome celebration for Justin Brownlee as it frustrated Ginebra, 93-82, in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT TNT thrashes Columbian for share of lead in PBA Commissioner’s Cup Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Brownlee returned for his fourth conference in the PBA but his comeback did not make any immediate positive impact for the Gin Kings, who slipped to a 1-4 record.The Bolts, for their part, climbed to the third spot with a 4-2 card.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 crownMeralco created space in the third going on a 13-6 run across the middle quarters with Arinze Onuaku’s two-hander giving the Bolts a 54-45 lead.Onuaku then gave the Bolts their biggest margin of the game hitting a three-point shot with six seconds left in the third for Meralco’s 73-56 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more