Nambatac has high hopes for Letran after his departure

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac doesn’t thinks his graduation would leave a big hole for Letran after seeing how great of a talent pool coach Jeff Napa has.“I don’t think that big of an absence for them because there’s a lot of players who could fill up my spot in my position,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT The 23-year-old swingman, who averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in his final year, allayed fears on the Knights’ future after they missed out on the Final Four this NCAA Season 93.WIth Nambatac nursing two fouls in ihe Knights do-or-die game against San Sebastian, Letran showed a glimpse of what the future holds in the third quarter  as it went on a 14-4 run to grab a 47-39 lead midway through the period banking on the five of Bong Quinto, Jerrick Balanza, Jeremiah Taladua, Jeo Ambohot, and Lance Vacaro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogUnfortunately, the Knights just had one too many mistakes and fell to the Golden Stags, 74-69, in the fourth-place playoff on Tuesday.Despite all that happened this year, Nambatac is still optimistic on what the future holds for Letran with lofty goals already set for next year. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award With chance to get another title at 38, Hugnatan turns back clock Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments “I’m pretty sure they will bounce back hard next year. Even if I’m not on the floor, the toughness and intensity is still there. I can see their willingness to win, especially from our Team B players who have experience playing in big leagues. I can say that a lot of people will talk about Letran next year,” he said.As he bid his alma mater goodbye, Nambatac is satisfied with what he has accomplished in his eight-year stay, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP with the Squires in the juniors’ division, while also helping the Knights make it to the Finals twice and winning the NCAA championship back in 2015.“To be honest, I never expected any of this to happen. When I got to Letran, all I was thinking was to just play at my best so I could get a full scholarship and help my family. I never realized that I’ve already improved a lot and I’ve gone a long way. Not bad for an NCAA career. At least, I can say that I was able to help Letran win a championship,” he said.Walking away from Muralla and embarking on a new chapter on his basketball career, Nambatac is proud to hold his head high as he leaves a lasting lesson to the holdovers.“No one expects Letran to make it far every year, but game-in and game-out, we’re showing it to our doubters and the non-believers that we’re still here. We’re Letran: never give in and never give up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Funniest #UAAPCDC2017 tweets

first_imgLATEST STORIES There was a surplus of witty, amusing and mean tweets waiting to be RTd while fans enjoyed the performances from the eight universities.This classic Mean Girls meme came back as the champions club welcomed a new member.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set WELCOME TO THE CLUB, AdU #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/fpJdBMSfjK— Ej Rejuso Ü (@oshuumej) December 2, 2017 — Professional Heckler (@HecklerForever) December 2, 2017 Someone was happy that NU Pep Squad didn’t make it five in a row.GOODBYE 5-PEAT #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/bvEFXHgK0N— Kamir (@beertolome) December 2, 2017ADVERTISEMENT NU apparently used the “Under the Sea” theme because of the obvious:MERMAIDS YUNG TAGA NU BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE SY— jhannah capistrano (@capoop) December 2, 2017It was admittedly an error-prone night for most of the schools, and that did not escape the discerning Twitter crowd.Fake it til you make it! #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/S3oLG50TvJ— Leland Ustare (@Lels_) December 2, 2017 Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? This year’s #UAAPCDC2017 general concept:MARUPOK Dami nafall. I know d feeling chos— Glenn (@tabiglennpi) December 2, 2017 Me waiting for the result..Ang tagal eh,#UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/In6pzdokH4— JaQue Diesta (@jaque_kulit) December 2, 2017Of course, it’s always a good time for a throwback. Never forget.always great to bring these back :(( #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/8YItiOhSlk— Tina (@tinagaisano_) December 2, 2017 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 Every year, fans have made it a habit to take to Twitter to complete their UAAP Cheerdance experience.This year was not any different.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnycenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene This guy from Ateneo was living on the edge.The highlight#UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/E7bV5aWrXr— Zeee (@gzkkkk) December 2, 2017UE Pep Squad managed to “rise” from the bottom to no. 3, but don’t let Senator Cynthia Villar know, she might have it banned. (Get it?)Triggered. #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/mlGvRgGR4L— SENYORA (@Senyora) December 2, 2017Now these are just mean.Ang yaman talaga ng Ateneo. Sa MOA Arena sila nag-practice charot #UAAPCDC2017— Winona Ryder In Tandem (@Cinephilliacy) December 2, 2017 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Actual photo of me after watching NU’s performance:#UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/I1Z32tsOMI— INDAY SARA BAREILLES (@NotdahelMarcel) December 2, 2017Even Jollibee couldn’t help but make mistakes.MAY MALI!!!! Yung Jollibee hotline mali! pic.twitter.com/CWC1Yyjt3w— Grace (@graceramirez_) December 2, 2017 View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PFL semis: Late Global fightback stuns Meralco Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Last season: UWIAN NA MAY NANALO NA.This season: UWI NA TAYO. WALA ATANG MANANALO.#UAAPCDC2017— UAAP Updates (@SportsLivePH) December 2, 2017After the performances, the Group Stunts action followed, which is always the favorite of the Twitter faithful.Kim Chiu and Enchong pa rin ang best group stunts of all time #UAAPCDC2017 pic.twitter.com/TJhELGyEPU— JJ (@jaspersalceda) December 2, 2017And when it came to deciding who will take home cheerdance crown, the judges took their sweet time.BREAKING: #UAAPCDC2017 winners will be announced tomorrow after the finals match between La Salle and Ateneolast_img read more

Cavaliers’ Love out with sore left hip against Sixers

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Love played in Cleveland’s first 26 games, averaging 19.2 points and 10.4 rebounds.Ante Zizic started at center against Philadelphia. Sixers center Joel Embiid is also out because he has yet to be cleared to play on back-to-back nights following offseason knee surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseCleveland is also playing without Tristan Thompson (strained left calf), Derrick Rose (sprained left ankle), Isaiah Thomas (strained right hip) and Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery). LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img FILE – Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love (0) drives against Miami Heat’s Hassan Whiteside (21) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Cavaliers center Kevin Love is out against the Philadelphia 76ers because of a sore left hip.Love went through warmups Saturday before the decision to hold him out was made. He injured the hip Wednesday against Memphis, but played Friday against Indiana, scoring 20 points in 26 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Go for the win Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

NCAA Volleyball: EAC winless no more, stops Mapua

first_imgEmilio Aguinaldo College finally bagged its first win in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament after overcoming Mapua in five sets, 25-23, 22-25, 22-25, 25-23, 15-12, Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year The win ended the Lady Generals’ five-game losing streak to get to 1-5 while the Lady Cardinals remained winless at lowly 0-6.Lady Generals head coach Rodrigo Palmero was proud with the resiliency his team showed especially coming off three straight five-setters.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 folk“I can see that there are still some positives in this group,” said Palmero, who also coached the Season 91 men’s champion, in Filipino. “I know these girls are not yet on the top level in terms of skills but I can see that they’re improving.”“And we’re very happy that after all those five-set games that we were finally able to get a win, it’s like a heavy feeling was lifted off of us.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi PLAY LIST 03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener02:14Carpio 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. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Although EAC had a slight disadvantage in spikes, 51-47, the Lady Generals enjoyed 49 free points from Mapua’s errors, none bigger than Patria Pena’s last hit went wide.Ladeisheen Magbanua had a team-high 17 points to lead EAC while Aira Binondo added 16 points.Jaylene Lumbo and Yvette Tongco also finished in double figures for the Lady Generals with 15 and 13 points, respectively.Pena led Mapua with 20 points while Angeline Mangundayao added 10.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Harden, Rockets make it 6 straight over Mavs with 104-97 win OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Visa issues delay Ceres departure

first_imgPhilippines Football League champion Ceres-Negros’ unexpected victory over Brisbane Roar in the AFC Champions League has left the club with a difficult challenge of securing a visa.The Busmen have been forced to delay their departure to China for a day, leaving them with little time to prepare and acclimatize for their playoff match with Chinese Super League powerhouse Tianjin Quianjian slated Tuesday at 3:30 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Club officials are hoping to get the Busmen’s visas by noon on Monday that will enable them to immediately fly to Tianjin via Hong Kong or Beijing.As if playing the Chinese side teeming with world class players is not enough, Ceres will also play amid freezing conditions.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 folkThe Busmen returned from Australia on Thursday night after stunning Brisbane Roar, 3-2, at Queensland Sport and Athletics Centre. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Backups keep San Miguel, Magnolia out front Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:14Carpio 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Patience pays off

first_imgHard work and patience pay off for IBF junior bantam holder Jerwin Ancajas (left) and chief trainer Joven Jimenez. —ROY LUARCADallas, Texas—An obedient student, Jerwin Ancajas was satisfied with the grade given to him by his mentor, Joven Jimenez.Though he knocked out Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night to retain the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown, Ancajas only got a seven on a scale of 1 to 10 from Jimenez, who cited that his ward was a bit slower than usual.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PH cuppers advance Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases LATEST STORIES OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Unable to penetrate without getting hit, Gonzalez eventually stopped attacking and by the eighth round, switched on survival mode.Ancajas would have settled for a shutout decision, but Gonzales made a mistake and paid the price with two more knockdowns and stoppage at the 1:50 mark of the 10th round.After the fight, Team Ancajas was feted with a victory party by the Filipino-American community. They will leave for Manila on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew According to Ancajas he was in top shape and could have stepped on the pedal from the opening bell of the duel held at American Bank Center in Corpus Christi.He didn’t rush up because Gonzalez’s style was different from that of Jamie Conlan, whom he knocked out in six rounds, last November in Belfast, Northern Ireland.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 folk“I don’t want to be overly aggressive because it might put me in jeopardy,” Ancajas, who scored a flash knockdown in the opening round, said in Filipino. “He has a counter and he might have one lethal punch.”Once he had studied Gonzalez’s patterns and movements, however, Ancajas started probing in, going deeper or darting out interchangeably, while keeping his impregnable defensive stance. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearlast_img read more

Santiago-Manabat impressive in return from ACL injury

first_imgPSL: Stalzer steers Petron past Sta. Lucia in opening win Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Dindin Manabat of Foton vs Angeli Araneta of Generika-AyalaIt was almost a year ago when Dindin Santiago-Manabat suffered a season-ending knee injury.Manabat, however, put the past behind in her first game, helping Foton start its campaign with a win over Generika in the season opener of the 2018 Philippine Superliga.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES “For Dindin, it’s just all about the mindset. I asked her and the PT and they said she’s 100 percent healed. Good thing she stepped up today,” said Abella, who made his head coaching debut in the PSL after replacing Serbian mentor Moro Branislav in the offseason. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer 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 MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It was okay. Of course, I’m happy because I was able to come back,” said Manabat in Filipino on Saturday.“I’m satisfied. It’s only the first game and I hope I can elevate my game more and it starts in training.”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 folkThe 24-year-old Manabat had 14 points, including five service aces, and six excellent digs as she backed up American import Brooke Kranda, who fired a game-best 21 points in her professional debut.Foton head coach Rommel Abella liked what he saw from Manabat as he had no concerns over his team captain’s return after a long layoff following surgery. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Federer overpowers Dimitrov to win 97th career title

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates his victory over Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in the men’s singles final of the ABN AMRO world tennis tournament at the Ahoy stadium in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Patrick Post)ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Roger Federer came to the ABN AMRO World Tournament aiming to secure a return to the top of the world rankings. He achieved that goal Friday. On Sunday, he put an exclamation point on a remarkable week by winning the tournament for good measure.Federer overpowered an ailing Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour to win his 97th career title.ADVERTISEMENT After his strong start, the Bulgarian appeared to be struggling physically, but said afterward that he simply wasn’t good enough.Tournament director Richard Krajicek said Dimitrov was ill Saturday night and was short on energy on court.“Against Roger in the current situation he is in you can’t play any less than 100 percent,” Dimitrov said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Messi aims to score against Chelsea at 9th attempt 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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “What a week it’s been. Absolutely amazing,” Federer said. “The goal was to make the semis and I won the tournament so of course I’m incredibly excited and so, so happy.”The 36-year-old Swiss extended his domination over the player once dubbed “Baby Fed” for the similarities in their playing style, registering his seventh victory in as many meetings.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 folkFederer’s third title at the Rotterdam tournament comes a day before he officially returns to the top of the rankings, more than five years after he was last world No. 1.He will become the oldest person to hold the No. 1 position when the rankings are updated on Monday. It’s been more than five years since Federer was last No. 1, and 14 years since he first reached the top spot. Federer, who has 20 Grand Slams to his name, said his next target is 100 career titles. He moved a step closer Sunday.Federer said ahead of the final that the more aggressive player would win and Dimitrov started the strongest, winning his first game to love as he slammed powerful forehands and backhands past Federer.But the Swiss great quickly started matching Dimitrov’s groundstrokes and converted his first break point in the fifth game. Federer broke Dimitrov again to go up 5-2 and then served out the set.Federer kept the pressure on Dimitrov in the second set, breaking the Bulgarian in the first game and continuing to dominate on his way to victory in just 55 minutes.Federer won a massive 82 percent of points on his service compared to 55 percent for Dimitrov.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Held to conference low, Fajardo happy to see teammates hit their mark

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City After drawing first blood in the best-of-7 series, Fajardo admits that he expects another tough outing come Sunday for Game 2, still at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I anticipate that they’ll defend me harder, so we have to make our adjustments also. We’ll go back to practice and focus on our gameplan again,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The difference with Fajardo and other big men, though, is that he is willing to share the rock and let his other teammates shine.“I know I have to immediately find my open teammates,” said Fajardo, who collected seven rebounds, three assists, and two blocks in the win.Ginebra’s defense freed up a lot of shooters for San Miguel as it cashed in on its open looks and went 16-of-34 from downtown.Though it’s a known fact that Fajardo, too, can hit it up from distance, he said that he’s not tempted in anyway to take his game to the outside.“No,” he said when asked if he also feels the urge to shoot a three. “That’s not my strength and I’m willing to give that role to our shooters.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Helpless Slaughter trying to shake off frustration as he completes recovery UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Fajardo was even the first to commend teammates like Arwind Santos, who led San Miguel with 23 points and eight rebounds, and Von Pessumal, who got a career-high 18 markers, for stepping up and taking the scoring cudgels for the defending three-time all-Filipino conference champions.“Credit goes to my teammates because they played well. Everyone stepped up like Arwind and Von. Both of them played really well,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkWithout Greg Slaughter to match Fajardo down low, Ginebra took extra measures and threw bodies like Prince Caperal and Raymond Aguilar to the reigning four-time PBA MVP in an attempt to stymie the Cebuano giant.“They played really good defense on me. When I get the ball, they quickly put a double-team on me,” said Fajardo, expecting to continue getting a tough draw in the games to come. View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo isn’t losing sleep after being limited to a conference-low nine points in San Miguel’s 102-90 Game 1 win over Ginebra on Friday.“It’s no problem with me,” he said in Filipino after the Beermen gained a 1-0 series lead in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. “The important thing is we win. We are not competing on who scores the most.”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

Young, Sexton headline list of point guards in NBA draft

first_imgLATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced CONCERNS: Sexton is capable of hitting from outside, such as when he hit six 3-pointers against Auburn and had five other games with at least three made 3s. The trick now is becoming a more consistent threat after making just 34 percent (44 of 131) for the season.SHAI GILGEOUS-ALEXANDERKentucky’s latest one-and-done talent wasn’t the Wildcats’ top recruit but thrived after becoming a full-time starter in January to make himself a possible lottery selection.STRENGTHS: He offers good size at the point after checking in at 6-6 at the combine with a nearly 7-foot wingspan. And he improved as the year went on, averaging 16.4 points, 5.7 assists and 4.6 rebounds after becoming the starter. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range on the year.CONCERNS: He’ll need to add bulk to a lean 180-pound frame to handle physical play both on the perimeter and driving to the rim.OTHERS TO WATCH:— JALEN BRUNSON: The Associated Press national player of the year doesn’t have eye-popping athleticism, but he’s a steady and efficient performer who led Villanova to a second NCAA title in three seasons. The junior is a potential first-round pick.— JEVON CARTER: West Virginia’s floor leader and two-time Big 12 defensive player of the year could sneak into the first round.— TREVON DUVAL: After one year at Duke, he is likely a second-round pick with good athleticism (third at the combine in max vertical leap at 41.5 inches) but a suspect outside shot (29 percent on 3s).— AARON HOLIDAY: The UCLA junior is a first-round prospect and seems next up after the trio at the top. He was the Pac-12′s leading scorer (20.3 points) while averaging 5.8 assists, though he’s a bit undersized (6-1, 187). MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ STRENGTHS: The 6-foot-2, 178-pound Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists while putting up his share of eye-popping numbers, including four 40-point games and a Division I record-tying 22 assists against Northwestern State. He ranked fourth nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.69) and can score in bunches from anywhere, positioning him to thrive in the NBA’s free-flowing game.CONCERNS: All the offensive stats were often fairly empty down the stretch as Oklahoma lost 13 of 18 before squeaking into the NCAA Tournament for a first-round loss. Young wasn’t the most efficient scorer; he was in the top four nationally in both overall shots and 3-pointers attempted but the percentages weren’t great (.422 on field goals, .360 on 3s) while he also led the nation with 167 turnovers. He also had the smallest wingspan (6-3) of players at the combine and could stand to get stronger to handle physical pro defenders.COLLIN SEXTONSexton led Alabama back to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2012.STRENGTHS: Athleticism — the 6-2, 183-pound freshman has plenty of it. He averaged 19.2 points while shooting nearly 45 percent, offering a quick first step and the aggressive edge needed to get to the rim. He had a solid floor game with 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. And while a similar height to Oklahoma’s Young, Sexton has a bigger wingspan (measuring a bit over 6-7 at the combine).ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Own-goal earns Iran 1-0 win over Morocco at World Cup Young is expected to be the first point guard chosen Thursday, while Sexton could join him as a top-10 pick.Here’s a look at the top prospects: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 crownTRAE YOUNGYoung’s scoring and playmaking ability drew comparisons to three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry. 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(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)There’s little question about where to start when looking at the top point guard prospects in the NBA draft: Trae Young and Collin Sexton.Young was the national leader in both scoring and assists with the Sooners as a freshman, while Sexton provided an aggressive presence at the helm of the Crimson Tide’s attack in his only year at Alabama.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water recedinglast_img read more