No home sweet home – RSPL clubs missing own ground advantage

first_imgPortmore United, Boys’ Town and Maverley-Hughenden do not have the luxury of hosting games at their home grounds, and each of the teams has suffered in one way or another because of this. Craig Walters, president of Maverley-Hughenden, said its field needs renovation. Boys’ Town’s coach Andrew Price says that a broken water pump has led to serious deterioration of the field and they have been forced to play at Barbican until it is fixed. Meanwhile, Portmore’s assistant coach, Linval Dixon, says their playing surface has also suffered from drought. Not having a place to call home on match days has disadvantages. For Walters, it affects gate receipts. “We are renting, so a percentage of the gate goes to paying for the field. It affects revenue because we cannot maximise the gates and money is key to running the club,” he said. “Hosting away games can run you into a hundred thousand [dollars] a game. You have renting, security, medical service, having a PA system. If the rental could be cut out, other areas would still be covered, but it would mean $200,000-$3000,000 a month, and that could pay salary and other things,” he reasoned. Price says Boys’ Town have suffered the last two seasons without the atmosphere at the Collie Smith Complex. Even though they lose revenue when they play at Collie Smith, Price says their 12th man has been irreplaceable. “Not having them (fans) is a significant loss. But our anticipation is to return home as soon as the pump is sorted [out],” he said. Barbican has less spectator attendance, Price noted, but they collect more there. “We don’t get the turnout (at Barbican), but we get enough revenue to deal with game expenses. Sometimes we play at Boys’ Town and are not able to do that, because it’s not completely secured. But home has proved to be a motivator. Collie Smith is a fortress, so not having games there affects us,” he added. Walters also argues Maverley-Hughenden lack the home atmosphere they desire. “Constant Spring is nothing compare to your home field. That homely environment that we want is not present,” he said. Of the three teams, Portmore United are the most successful, and yet the most unsettled. The team started out playing at the Juici Field in Clarendon before turning to Prison Oval of late. “It’s a big disadvantage. Ferdie Neita is short of water. Management is looking at how best they can sort it out, because it’s frustrating not being able to play at home. “We don’t have a huge fan base, but we take the little (crowd) we get with the big games. You don’t get the same support as when you play at home, but our football standard is still high and we hope that draws a few spectators, but we hope to get back to Ferdie Neita Park soon. The management is trying to get water, even if they have to go through the mayor or councillor,” he said.last_img read more

Cone apologizes to Black for handshake snub

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone apologized for his actions late in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals on Wednesday.The two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor was repentant after he refused to shake Meralco coach Norman Black’s hand on the heels of the Bolts’ 94-81 win to get on the board, 2-1, in the best-of-7 Finals series.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Black blasts Cone after post-game spat “I regret my actions after Game 3 ended,” he said in a statement sent to reporters on Thursday morning.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCone admitted that he was irked when Black sued for time with 38.1 seconds remaining in Game 3 with the outcome already decided.A visibly irritated Cone stood at the sidelines and refused to convene with his team in the huddle as he waited for the game clock to elapse. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Revamped Pacers rely on new faces to cut down Nets Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ READ: PBA Finals: Durham tows Meralco past Ginebra to avoid 0-3 hole He then said a few words to the Meralco bench on his way out of floor when the buzzer sounded.“Yes, I was upset about the timeout that was called late in the game, but there is no one in the PBA that I respect more than Norman Black. I got caught up in the moment and could have handled it differently. I apologize, and will do so to him personally,” he said.Game 4 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Ginebra and Meralco is slated on Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone PLAY LIST 01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Celtics Irving may miss date with Raptors over fracture

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Irving suffered the injury in the first quarter of Friday’s game at the Boston Garden, when he took an accidental elbow to the mouth from teammate Aron Baynes. After the hit, Irving fell to the floor holding his face.Irving was attended to by Celtics trainer Art Horne and left the court clutching a towel over his bloodied face. He was also checked for a concussion.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“I think this team has a chance to be one of those teams that just kind of fights through adversity all the way,” said Boston coach Brad Stevens.Backup point guard Shane Larkin could be pressed into duty if Irving is out Sunday. /cbb Alab + Puso View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Team personnel assist Boston Celtics’ Kyrie Irving (11) after he was injured during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets in Boston, Friday, Nov. 10, 2017. Irving took an elbow to the face and left the game. APBOSTON, United States — Boston’s Kyrie Irving has been diagnosed with a facial fracture and could miss Sunday’s game against the Toronto Raptors, where the Celtics will be seeking to win their 12th straight game.The minor fracture to Irving is just the latest health problem for the Celtics, who are one of the hottest teams in the NBA despite the rash of injuries. The loss of Irving means Boston is without all of its Big Three which also comprises Gordon Hayward (out for season) and Al Horford (concussion). Rookie Jayson Tatum is nursing a sore ankle.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 awardlast_img read more

Murray scores career-high 32 as Nuggets beat Magic

first_imgRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Ball youngest to have triple-double but Lakers fall to Bucks The Nuggets put it away in the second quarter when Orlando went cold. The Magic had just one field goal for the first 6 minutes of the period when Denver built a 26-point lead.The lead grew to 30 in the third quarter but the Magic battled back to make it a 13-point game but never got closer.TIP-INSMagic: Payton didn’t play to protect against him aggravating the left hamstring that kept him out of eight games this season. “One thing he hasn’t done since he’s been back is playing in a back-to-back,” coach Frank Vogel said. “Traveling, arriving late at night, if he still has some tightness in there this is a concern. It’s not a setback, we’re just being smart with it.” … Augustin missed his fifth consecutive game.Nuggets: G Gary Harris did not play because of a shoulder injury. Coach Michael Malone would not say if Harris would miss more than one game. … Denver’s 70 points in the first half were its most for any half this season.ADVERTISEMENT Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay (0) is pressured by Orlando Magic guard Arron Afflalo (4) and Jonathan Isaac (1). APDENVER — Jamal Murray scored a career-high 32 points, Will Barton had 26 points and nine rebounds — both season bests — and the Denver Nuggets beat the Orlando Magic 125-107 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time).Nikola Jokic had 12 points and 17 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season and also added eight assists for Denver. Six Nuggets scored in double figures.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Murray had 22 points in the first half to help Denver take a 70-47 lead and hit a basket late in the fourth to set his career high.Denver finished its season-long six-game homestand 5-1 and benefited from a shorthanded Magic team. Guards Elfrid Payton and D.J. Augustin didn’t play due to left hamstring injuries, and the Nuggets took advantage of their absence to score 70 points from their backcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMarreese Speights led the Magic with 19 points. Evan Fournier and Jonathon Simmons scored 18 apiece.The Nuggets took control with a 13-0 run late in the first quarter. Murray scored nine of his 16 points in the period during the run that gave Denver a 35-19 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Messi misses penalty, Barca wins big to increase lead

first_imgMeralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Barcelona didn’t need Messi’s goals, however, as Suarez and Paulinho both scored twice to help the team capitalize on Valencia’s loss at Eibar on Saturday.Unbeaten Barcelona extended its advantage to six points over Atletico Madrid, which jumped ahead of Valencia by winning on Saturday. Valencia is eight points behind Barcelona.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 folkReal Madrid is 11 points adrift in fourth with a game in hand before Barcelona visits the Santiago Bernabeu next weekend.Despite his off day, Messi still leads the league with 14 goals in 16 rounds. LATEST STORIES FC Barcelona’s Paulinho, left, celebrates after scoring with his teammate Lionel Messi during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Coruna at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi had a penalty saved as Barcelona eased to a 4-0 win over Deportivo La Coruna to increase its lead at the top of the Spanish league on Sunday.Messi couldn’t beat goalkeeper Ruben Martinez late in the match after the Argentina forward had been frustrated on three separate occasions when he hit the woodwork. Jordi Alba and Luis Suarez also sent shots off the post.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Heat forward James Johnson expected to miss 7 to 10 dayscenter_img Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

UAAP volleyball Final Four keys to victory: FEU-Ateneo

first_imgChe’Lu-San Sebastian rallies from 19 down, books D-League Finals ticket Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There’s no doubt that Bernadeth Pons has one of the best supporting casts in the UAAP this season.Backing up Pons throughout the whole season are Celine Domingo, Toni Rose Basas, Heather Guino-o, and Jeanette Villareal.Pons has been solid for the Lady Tamaraws, averaging 15.35 points a game that put her as the fourth-highest scorer in the league.Basas and Domingo were dependable second options for FEU as they averaged 11.71 and 11.14 points, respectively, while Villareal and Guino-o combined for more than 12 points per outing.Although those numbers are fairly decent in the eliminations, the Lady Tamaraws could do better in the Final Four where they have a chance to send the Lady Eagles packing after just one game.CharacterApart from the obvious championship, the Lady Tamaraws want nothing more than break the six-year string of Ateneo-La Salle finals.FEU head coach George Pascua believes it’s high time for them to take a crack at the title and his players have mirrored that desire. The Lady Tamaraws are heading into their 21st Final Four stint hell-bent on breaking the finals duopoly that Ateneo and La Salle have held for six years running.FEU has a chance to walk its talk on Saturday when it faces Ateneo in the first Final Four matchup of Season 80.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 crownMomentum LATEST STORIES P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Apart from De La Salle which has an eight-game winning streak, FEU is the hottest team in the UAAP riding a four-game unbeaten run going into the semifinals.The Lady Tamaraws used that winning streak to finish the eliminations with a 10-4 record and edge out Ateneo for the second seed.On the other end of the table, the Lady Eagles missed out on their last two games and slipped to a 9-5 card for the third seed.And although both FEU and Ateneo waited until the last day of the eliminations to determine what seeds they got, the fact of the matter is the Lady Tamaraws have the distinct advantage when it comes to momentum.The Lady Eagles bowed to University of the Philippines, a team whose nearest point to the Final Four was contending for the fourth spot, in their game prior to their three-set humbling against De La Salle while FEU has been nothing short of dominant in its last games.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ “The pressure is always there, we’re always reminded that we should always breath in that pressure because if we don’t we will be thrown off track on what we should be doing,” said Pons in Filipino.“We’ll just use that pressure in a positive way so we won’t have a hard time playing,” said Basas.“We can’t waste this opportunity because we’ve already started on this journey, we should work doubly hard if we want to get into another level,” said Guino-o in Filipino. “We just have to think that the pressure will help us, we’ll handle it the right way so it can help us reach our goal.”As for Ateneo, giving up is not an option.Despite the back-to-back losses that hampered their journey to the Final Four, the Lady Eagles remained steadfast on the task at hand.“We’re going to be confident despite the loss,” said Madayag. “We just need to play happy. Everyone has their bad days and I’m sure my teammates and I will bounce back and these losses aren’t something that would bring us down. If not, this will be encouragement for us to do better.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Still, Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag believes they can turn things around in the Final Four as they attempt to force a third game between them and the Lady Tamaraws.Ateneo last entered the Final Four without a twice-to-beat advantage in Season 76 during the Alyssa Valdez era and the Lady Eagles stunned La Salle in the championship round to win their first UAAP women’s volleyball title.“This is not unfamiliar territory for us because we’ve been here during Season 76,” said Madayag in Filipino. “Of course we can’t be complacent because FEU is a really strong team right now.”Low altitudeIf Ateneo plans to get back in to winning shape, one Lady Eagle has to step up big time.Jhoana Maraguinot was crucial for Ateneo in the first 12 games of the season as she averaged 15.83 points, but the fourth year hitter practically became an  non-factor for the Lady Eagles in their last two games.In the moment Ateneo needed her the most, Maraguinot virtually disappeared as she scored just 13 points combined in the final two games of elimination.This left Kat Tolentino to single-handedly carry the Lady Eagles on her shoulders as she averaged 15 points a game in the two losses against UP and La Salle.Out of the shadows Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding This is the Final Four rematch from a season ago, but the odds have drastically changed after one year.Far Eastern University now holds the twice-to-beat advantage over Ateneo in the matchup of the second and third seeds of the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.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 awardlast_img read more

Simmons, Mitchell unanimous picks for NBA All-Rookie team

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US heavyweight boxer Molina banned 2 years for doping Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Boston’s Jayson Tatum also was selected Tuesday to the first team, falling one vote short of unanimous. Simmons, Mitchell and Tatum are the three finalists for the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award.Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (93 first-team votes) and Chicago’s Lauri Markkanen (76) rounded out the first team.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 crownThe second team was guards Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas and Lonzo Ball of the Lakers, Atlanta forward John Collins, Sacramento guard Bogdan Bogdanovic and Phoenix forward Josh Jackson. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial FILE – At left, in a Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz’s Donovan Mitchell, poses for a picture at their media day in Salt Lake City. At right, also in a Sept. 25, 2017, file photo, Philadelphia 76ers’ Ben Simmons poses for a photograph at their media day in Camden, N.J. Simmons and Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team, Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters.(AP Photo/File)NEW YORK — Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell are unanimous selections to the NBA’s All-Rookie team.The two guards received all 100 first-place votes from a panel of sports writers and broadcasters. Both players helped their teams reach the second round of the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Team captain Maraño, Valdez lead 20-woman national team pool

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Larong Volleyball ng Pilipinas Inc. on Wednesday released its list for the 20-woman pool that will comprise the members for the national team.Captain Aby Maraño will spearhead a team that consists of Mika Reyes, the former captain in the Southeast Asian Games, Jaja Santiago, Jia Morado, Alyssa Valdez, Rebecca Rivera, CJ Rosario, Mylene Paat, Maika Ortiz, Rhea Dimaculangan, Ces Molina, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Kianna Dy, Cha Cruz, Mary Joy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Kim Fajardo, MJ Phillips, Denden Lazaro, and Myla Pablo.ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls LATEST STORIES Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Both LVPI vice president Peter Cayco and national team head coach Shaq Delos Santos said players were chosen depending on their versatility to play multiple positions.“We want players who can play not just the position they’re used to but others as well,” said Delos Santos in Filipino Wednesday at Arellano University after the team’s practice.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The coaches wanted players who can play multiple positions, well except for the liberos Dawn and Denden,” said Cayco in Filipino. “The coaches are choosing players depending on their ability of playing multiple positions because if there’s an injury one player can quickly switch to another position.”Of the 20, only 14 players will be included in the Asian Games and the AVC Asian Cup, but LVPI president Joey Romasanta said those who will be left out of the final lineup will still be part of the program. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Salah races to be fit for Egypt’s World Cup opener vs Uruguay Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Critical stretch

first_img“This is our last game, so getting a lot of rest [was] very important for us to attain peak performance,” said Alas.The Fuel Masters (4-6) are still in the running for a quarterfinal spot depending on the outcome of the remaining games involving San Miguel Beer (5-4), GlobalPort (5-5), Barangay Ginebra (5-5) and Magnolia (4-6).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’They remain in the hunt after fixing the cause of the team’s endgame collapse and walloping the Batang Pier to break loose from a dangerous losing skein.Phoenix hardly gave GlobalPort a fighting chance right from the start with Eugene Phelps winding up with a triple-double and Matthew Wright torching the hoops from afar that resulted in a 135-108 rout. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPhoenix coach Louie Alas understands the importance of getting fully recharged prior to a crucial match.And coming off a 16-day respite, the Phoenix Fuel Masters will face the Alaska Aces on Wednesday replete with energy and vigor in a game that could determine their fate in PBA Commissioner’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES If GlobalPort wins, the Batang Pier will also stay out of the last two playoff spots, which puts teams on the disadvantageous end of the twice-to-beat bonus. The top two teams only need to win once against the bottom two to book semifinals slots while those in the last two spots need to win back-to-back matches to advance.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Angelis zooms to 3-0 start Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team 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 Alas pointed out that, unlike their previous encounters where they were in total control only to get rattled down the stretch, the Fuel Masters showed steadiness this time around.“We usually encounter problems in the third quarter. When I fielded in two guards to take care of the basketball, we were able to control the game,” said Alas.But the Aces, though losing back-to-back games, are also motivated, especially with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals as the prize.A win on Friday night paired with a TNT KaTropa setback at the hands of conference leader Rain or Shine (9-1) on Saturday could pave the way for the Aces to seal the other twice-to-beat edge in the next round.On a roll the past four games, Barangay Ginebra seeks a key win over GlobalPort in the second match that will assure the Gin Kings of a seat in the top six, where they figure in a best-of-three clash in the quarters.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Fifa’s Van Basten critical of Neymar’s World Cup theatrics

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Some dramatic rolling falls before coming to a stop started a trend in online videos of youth soccer teams practicing faking injury when their coach called out Neymar’s name.Asked if Neymar had become a joke, Van Basten said “he makes people laugh so also I think that’s a positive thing. It’s always nice if we have some humor in the game.”Once the world’s best center forward with AC Milan and the Dutch national team, Van Basten has sympathy for players in his old position at this year’s World Cup.Tight and compact defenses like Sweden and Iceland made it “very, very difficult for the No. 9 to get the ball, to make goals, to influence the game,” he said.“Normally we say you can play between the lines,” Van Basten said. “But today it’s nearly impossible to get in between the lines. So coaches will have to find solutions. These things go in waves.”ADVERTISEMENT Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ AFRICA’S DECLINEA player in Nigeria’s 1994 World Cup team, Emmanuel Amunike, sees African soccer failing to keep pace. All five teams failed to advance from the group stage in Russia.“The reality is that dreams without a plan is just an illusion,” the FIFA technical panel member said.Amunike said Africa’s talent lacks a structure to teach coaches who can develop young players.“What are the materials we have provided for the African coaches to grow in their knowledge?” he asked.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Underdog status suits Croatia perfectly for World Cup final “If you are acting too much I think everybody will understand that it’s not going to help you,” the Netherlands great said. “I think he (Neymar) personally should understand his situation.”Van Basten was asked about Neymar’s theatrics at a briefing with experts appointed by FIFA to analyze tactics and technical trends at the 64-game tournament. One factor they agreed could help explain Neymar’s frustration in Russia: Playmakers face more well-organized defensive lines which are better than ever at denying them space to work.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The amount of square meters to play in is unbelievably difficult,” Van Basten said.Neymar was calculated to have spent almost 14 minutes on the turf injured or simulating injury during Brazil’s five games at the tournament. ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Brazil’s Neymar lies on the ground during the round of 16 match between Brazil and Mexico at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the Samara Arena, in Samara, Russia, Monday, July 2, 2018. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)MOSCOW — Neymar’s play-acting at the World Cup made him the butt of plenty of jokes, and also earned the Brazil striker some criticism from FIFA technical director Marco van Basten.Van Basten, himself one of greatest forwards in the history of the game, said Thursday diving and faking injury is “not a good attitude” and works against Neymar and his team.ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West It’s an evolution of the “sweeper keeper” role Manuel Neuer showcased in Germany’s 2014 title-winning team.SET PIECESWith goals from open play at a premium, set pieces from corners and free kicks became more important.Roxburgh praised England as “kings of the corner kick” at a tournament where teams were rewarded for attention to detail, and delivery of high-quality crosses.Video review also helped set-piece teams by acting as a deterrent against wrestling and shirt-pulling opponents.“People now have the freedom to move a little bit more,” Roxburgh said.BELGIUM BESTBelgium outwitting Brazil in the quarterfinals was perhaps the best tactical game plan.Praising Belgium’s tactical flexibility, Roxburgh said “the way (coach) Roberto Martinez set them up was fantastic.”A 2-1 win in Kazan was built on midfielder Kevin De Bruyne being given a more attacking and central role, and forward Romelu Lukaku playing wider to the right. 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Yes, the influence of the Champions League on players,” the former Scotland coach said. “But all of these players have been brought up within their own country so they have a certain mentality about them.”Still, the influence of Pep Guardiola’s coaching philosophy was seen across the tournament, Roxburgh said.Teams favored “high intensity pressing” with players showing “speed of action and speed of thought.”KEEPERS KEYGuardiola’s belief in goalkeepers expertly passing the ball with both feet is also shared at the World Cup.“They are not only there to save the ball and catch the ball,” FIFA goalkeeping adviser Pascal Zuberbuehler said. “They make a lot of decisions from behind, and they know and feel when they have to make the game faster.”Zuberbuehler, Switzerland’s goalkeeper at the 2006 World Cup, noted England’s Jordan Pickford made more than 50 passes — “a massive high quality from him”— in the semifinal match against Croatia. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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