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Cormier can’t escape Jones ahead of UFC championship defense

first_imgLATEST STORIES “When you look at Jones’ body of work, you see a guy that can compete and win at the highest levels,” Cormier says.Wait, are we still talking about Jones?The coke-snorting , erection-pill popping , drunken-driving UFC star widely regarded as the best fighter in the world, yet can’t keep out of trouble long enough to stay champion?Yeah, that guy.Jones has been the anchor that’s put more weight on Cormier than the light heavyweight championship belt he’ll wear around his waist headed into the co-main event against Oezdemir at UFC 220 .ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Oezdemir could be the fighter that makes Cormier look real old, real quick.With a win, Oezdemir might even put Switzerland on notice that there’s more to its athletes than tennis great Roger Federer.“It’s two different worlds but I’m going to get there,” Oezdemir said. “People recognized me, people follow it. There are also people that don’t really care about UFC but they follow it only when I fight. It’s really something new for them and something that’s getting big in my country.”Cormier would be a ranked contender instead of champ had it not been for Jones’ latest folly.UFC stripped Jones in September of its light heavyweight title for a third time and reinstated Cormier as the 205-pound champion after Jones’ latest failed doping test. UFC made the call after the California State Athletic Commission changed the result of Jones’ victory over Cormier at UFC 214 in July to a no-contest. Cormier had lost the belt to Jones in a third-round stoppage.But the USADA announced Jones had violated the UFC’s doping policy with a second positive test. The California commission made its no-contest ruling after Jones’ backup sample also failed a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency test for the same substance, the banned steroid Turinabol.“I think he’s going to be gone for a while. As unfortunate as it is, that chapter in my career is over,” Cormier said. “I don’t believe that he’ll back in time for us to fight again. That’s sad.”Jones recently passed a polygraph test that he says proves he didn’t knowingly take the steroid Turinabol. Cormier balked at that defense, joking that serial killer Ted Bundy also passed a lie detector test.“There’s just some weird people leading him,” Cormier said. “For them to actually make that public was a little bit of a bad mistake, I thought.”Cormier, who also works as a UFC analyst, enters the fight as the favorite. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments “I can knock him out, I can submit him, I can beat him by decision,” Cormier said. “He can knock me out. That’s his only path to victory. I’ll take the three over one.”Cormier trash-talked the challenger this week at Fenway Park, insistent that a successful title defense was on deck.“You know what’s going to happen, Volkan!”“Walk away. Walk away.”“I’m not going over there,” Oezdemir said as he headed toward the first base side exit.“Bye, Volkan,” Jones said, laughing.Oezdemir walked out without looking back at Cormier. He’d rather look ahead at a fight that could crown him a champ.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cormier can’t duck Jones — inside the octagon out or out — and knows his career always will be defined by the two times he failed to beat the fighter nicknamed “Bones” and the myriad of controversies that are hooked to one of UFC’s great rivalries.Champion or not, Cormier always will be considered a step below Jones, and maybe not even a true champion.Cormier is clean.Jones is the class of the division.Cormier (19-1) seemed more Mike Torrez than Bucky Dent this week in Boston as every media scrum, every TV interview was focused on the shadow Jones still hovers over the champ.Cormier could show Francis Ngannou-esqe KO ability and put Oezdemir out in the first round and his career would still come with an asterisk: has never defeated Jon Jones.“My career is very closely tied with Jones. It will never change,” Cormier said. “But I’m still here, right? I’m still doing this. That’s what matters. In the grand scheme of things, the most important thing is being here, being able to fight for this.”With that, the 38-year-old Cormier patted his UFC light heavyweight belt, an explicit sign to the UFC faithful that the champ is here.Bring on Oezdemir at TD Garden.The 28-year-old Swiss native earned the title bout on the strength of his last two fights that lasted a total of 70 seconds. He defeated Misha Cirkunov and Jimi Manuwa with unexpected knockouts in stunning time to rise in the ranks and earn a fight against Cormier. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier acknowledges the cheers of fans as he takes the stage for his weigh-in the night before his Ultimate Fighting Championship bout against Volkan Oezdemir, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)BOSTON — Daniel Cormier has shed his last 10 pounds to make weight, is pumped to defend his UFC light heavyweight championship and says he can beat Volkan Oezdemir.Well, that’s the message Cormier tries to push when he’s not continuously pressed about the one guy he won’t be fighting.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak “He hurt me with that kick,” Cormier says of his last fight against Jon Jones. “I’ve been hurt before.”Oezdemir has had only three UFC fights, yet his fourth will find him lined up against …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 hate that he did some dirty stuff,” Cormier says, again of Jones. “But he did a lot of great things to finish that fight. I accept that.”Oezdemir is still surprised to see his name on the poster and in a championship fight so quickly, but … Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more

Bieber, LeBron, other stars descend on LA for NBA showcase

first_imgCleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates with teammate Jordan Clarkson during the second half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)The stars will be out in Los Angeles, on the basketball court and all around it.The NBA’s All-Star festivities are back at Staples Center, with the usual events on All-Star Saturday night and a new format for the game Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings LATEST STORIES Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Some things to watch as Los Angeles hosts the All-Star Game for a record sixth time:LEBRON IN L.A.: James refuses to discuss his free agency during the season, but figure on it coming up in Los Angeles since there’s been such speculation about him signing with the Lakers. The Lakers, after a trade with James’ Cavaliers last week, would have enough salary cap space to offer a maximum contract to James and another star if he opts to become a free agent and leave Cleveland this summer.HOMECOMING KINGS: The Los Angeles area is home to a number of All-Stars, including 2017 MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City and runner-up James Harden, along with Oklahoma City’s Paul George and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan.SIDELINED STARS: James’ team will look much different than the one he drafted after a number of injuries. DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Love, John Wall and Kristaps Porzingis all were forced to pull out. George, Andre Drummond, Goran Dragic and Kemba Walker were added as injury replacements by Commissioner Adam Silver.DUNK LIKE DAD: Larry Nance Jr., one of the players who went from Los Angeles to Cleveland in the four-player trade at the deadline, will be back in his former home arena to compete in the Slam Dunk Contest. He’ll try to follow in the footsteps — or flight path — of his father, who won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr., and Indiana All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READcenter_img BIEBS IS BACK: Bieber will return to play in the celebrity game on Friday night after winning MVP honors in the 2011 game. He will play on Team Lakers, co-coached by actor Michael B. Jordan. They will play against Team Clippers, who feature Academy Award winner Jaime Foxx.ALL-STAR SINGERS: Fergie will sing the U.S. national anthem and Barenaked Ladies will perform the Canadian national anthem. Pharrell Williams and N.E.R.D will take the stage at halftime. Kendrick Lamar also is set to perform Friday night in Los Angeles as part of the weekend festivities. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Arellano stuns Perpetual, nears NCAA men‘s volleyball crown UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted players from the pool of All-Stars and the winning team gets a $350,000 donation from the NBA to the charity it chose. The league is hoping the new format that replaced the traditional East-West matchup will make it more competitive after a couple of lackluster games the previous two years.Perhaps the players can heed the words of Kobe Bryant, who won the MVP award on his home floor when the All-Star Game was last in Los Angeles in 2011.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 feel like we have a sense of responsibility and we are voted in for what we do during the season, which is play hard,” Bryant said following that game. “And we come here, that’s what the fans want to see. They want to see us go at it and see us compete and that’s what I try to do and that’s what I try to tell my teammates to do.”Bryant is gone now but Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jack Nicholson and Justin Bieber are among the celebrities who attended that game and are scheduled to be back for at least some of this weekend. 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 View commentslast_img read more

Warriors looking to build off strong first round

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident 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 Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding The three other All-Stars and a cast of reliable role players have handled things beautifully without him.“We’re a championship team. We know what type of defense we need to play,” Green said. “I think throughout the regular season, you want to get there every night, but it’s just not realistic, especially coming off a championship.”Sure, Golden State might not make another remarkable, record-setting 16-1 run through the postseason again, but Kerr’s pass-happy bunch sure looks to be back in top form going into the next round.And Green is leading the way by doing everything on both ends as usual. He grabbed a playoff-career high 19 rebounds in Game 5 after getting 18 his previous outing.“We expect him to continue to play with this edge because when he does and he’s played with great emotion and passion, that’s when he’s at his best,” Thompson said.Curry will be re-evaluated later this week as he continues to do more on-court work recovering from a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.He got hurt March 23 on the very night he returned from a six-game absence with his latest ankle injury. It was bad luck, too, as center JaVale McGee fell into him.Soon, Kerr hopes, he will have his starting lineup intact again and his rotations more reliable — no longer having to piece things together as he did late in the regular season while using an astonishing 27 different starting lineups to get through and wind up a No. 2 seed this time.“Steph has been coming into the gym every day working and he’s doing his thing and we are doing ours,” Kerr said. “We are just hoping for the best. Not making any predictions.”Golden State has won a franchise-record 12 consecutive postseason home games and 20 of the last 22 in the playoffs overall. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Kerr will push his players to keep the momentum from this series and build off all of the things the Warriors did so well.“We played hard. We played really hard,” he said. “We played together and stayed with it. We held them to 37 percent shooting tonight which is great. Our defensive effort for the five games was fantastic. It’s obviously going to get more difficult now as we go, so we’ve got to just keep going.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img They will open the best-of-seven Western Conference semifinals against New Orleans in Saturday’s Game 1 at Oracle Arena. Former Warriors top assistant Alvin Gentry coaches the Pelicans.“Well, fortunately, Alvin Gentry really doesn’t know what he’s doing,” coach Steve Kerr cracked. “That’s a joke.”For weeks ahead of the playoffs, the Warriors hardly looked like the super team that dominated through last year’s postseason. Yet Kerr and his players insisted all along they would find another level and groove when the stage got bigger in April — and they were spot on in those sentiments.The defense has been stellar.And the Warriors could be at full strength again soon, with Curry ready to lead the show once he’s healthy from a sprained medial collateral ligament.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 10 more teams join MPBL Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson (11) celebrates a score with Kevin Durant during the fourth quarter in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 99-91. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove coast-to-coast just before halftime for a monster two-handed slam.Klay Thompson swished a turnaround fadeaway as the halftime buzzer sounded and scurried for the tunnel hands raised high in triumph. Stephen Curry, in street clothes, hopped up and down on his injured left knee celebrating wildly with his Splash Brother.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Draymond Green pounded the glass at every chance for another spectacular rebounding night.The defending champions are back, all right. They are rolling. And Curry could be close to putting on a uniform again.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“I hope, but I’m not going to expect it because I don’t want to get my hopes up and not have them fulfilled,” Thompson said. “If he doesn’t play, we’re prepared. If he does play, hallelujah.”Golden State has endured barely a blip so far, losing only Game 4 of its first-round series against San Antonio before closing out the Spurs with Tuesday night’s 99-91 victory. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Neymar to start in unchanged Brazil team to face Costa Rica

first_imgView comments Federer survives scare against Paire to advance in Halle Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “Yes, he will be playing. There’s no sacrifice here,” Tite said through a translator Thursday. “We want to win but the coach is not going to play around with a player’s health, the price would be too high to pay.”Tite also said he would use the same 11 players that were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland in the team’s opening match.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 crownNeymar limped out of a training session on Tuesday after appearing to hurt his right ankle. But on Wednesday, the Brazilian soccer confederation posted photos and a video of Neymar training with the rest of the squad and said he was fine.“It’s an evolutionary process. You need to speed up the steps,” Tite said. “He’s already speeded up that process.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He then said it would be pointless to restrict Neymar’s way of playing.“I’m not going to take his initiative away from him in the last third of the field, take away his genius,” Tite said. “The last third of the field is where you have to go to create chances, and I’m not going to take that away from anyone.”Anything but victory could leave Brazil, one of the title favorites in Russia, in a difficult position to advance from the group stage.Serbia leads Group E with three points after beating Costa Rica 1-0 and next plays Switzerland in Kaliningrad on Friday. Serbia and Brazil then meet on Wednesday in Moscow.Brazil has no margin for error against Costa Rica, which won its group at the last World Cup and reached the quarterfinals.“It is a decisive game, of course,” said Tite, who sat next to defender Thiago Silva. “You can’t run away from that.”Silva will take over as captain from left back Marcelo because Tite is rotating the job. Silva was Brazil’s captain four years ago, when he was criticized for breaking down before a penalty shootout in the round of 16.In Russia, he’s urging his teammates to be brave.“The team is fully aware of what we are going to be facing tomorrow,” he said. “They didn’t start well but they are ready to recover. The fight is on.” The world’s most expensive player, who joined Paris Saint-Germain for 222 million euros ($260 million) from Barcelona, only just made it to the World Cup after breaking a toe in his right foot on Feb. 25.After recovering from surgery, Neymar played in two World Cup warm-up matches and scored in both to take his international tally to 55 goals.But he lacked sharpness when Brazil opened its World Cup campaign with the draw against Switzerland on Sunday. Although Neymar was fouled 10 times during that match, he was still noticeably below his best.On Thursday, Tite became angered after he was asked if he had spoken personally with Neymar to encourage him to be more unselfish.“Absolutely not. The information you got is not true,” Tite shouted, his voice rising steeply as he called it a lie. “That didn’t happen.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brazil’s Neymar, centre, exercises with his teammates during Brazil’s official training on the eve of the group E match between Brazil and Costa Rica at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Thursday, June 21, 2018. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — Neymar will start for Brazil in an unchanged lineup against Costa Rica on Friday at the World Cup.Although Brazil coach Tite said Neymar still needs time to reach peak shape, he insisted he is not endangering the striker’s health.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img MOST READ Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 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

Falcao scores, Colombia beats Poland 3-0 at World Cup

first_imgPanama captain makes history with country’s first-ever World Cup goal Senegal and Japan drew 2-2 earlier Sunday and lead the group with four points each.Mina out-jumped the Poland defense to head in the opening goal from James Rodriguez’s cross, rewarding a spell of domination by the Colombians.Rodriguez’s through ball after Poland lost possession in midfield led to the final goal. Cuadrado collected the pass and rushed toward the box, timing his shot perfectly to beat goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny.Poland got off to an aggressive start in the hot and humid Tatarstan capital, pressing high and winning most of the duels in the opening minutes.Colombia gradually settled in, though, with Quintero providing attacking width and Cuadrado proving dangerous with his subtle moves on the edge of the box.Colombia slowed the pace in the second half, showing good counterattacking qualities. Quintero came close in the 56th minute on the break, but his goal-bound shot took a deflection.Cut off from the rest of his teammates, Robert Lewandowski had a few attempts but could not convert his rare chances.GROUP DYNAMICSColombia is still alive ahead of its final match against Senegal and can still win the group, while Poland can only hurt Japan’s chances of advancement.KEY TO SUCCESSES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 “We always hope that he can score and hope that he can be fit as he was today, and we want to help him,” Colombia coach Jose Pekerman said. “I think the fact that he scored was very important, not just for today but for the matches to come.“He is a symbol of the national team. He is a symbol of Colombian football.”Playing some scintillating soccer in Kazan, Falcao scored with the outside of his foot in the 70th minute after a superb pass from playmaker Juan Quintero in the back of the defense.Yerry Mina scored the first goal in the 40th and Juan Cuadrado completed the win in the 75th.Both teams lost their Group H openers and knew another loss would end their hopes of advancing. Colombia will next face Senegal on Thursday in Samara with a chance to win the group, while Poland will play Japan in Volgograd.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town “It’s a dream goal,” Falcao said. “I’m happy for the victory, for the team’s performance and the goal that I scored, which I’ve been waiting for for many years.”The victory kept Colombia in the running for a spot in the round of 16 and knocked out Poland, the first European country to be eliminated.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 crownFalcao, Colombia’s all-time leading scorer with 30 goals, made sure he would stay healthy for this year’s World Cup by sitting out several matches with his Monaco club this season.So far, so good. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Given his first start after fully recovering from a calf injury, Rodriguez lived up to expectations. He pressed relentlessly, tracked back and delivered an assist for Mina.Rodriguez has now been directly involved in nine goals in seven World Cup appearances for Colombia, scoring six and assisting on three. He formed an excellent partnership with Quintero to create some beautiful play for Colombia.Besides scoring, Mina was also excellent in containing Lewandowski throughout the match.POOR POLANDPoland played well for 15 minutes but then faded.The team was overwhelmed in midfield and looked clueless in attack in another error-ridden display that resulted in an early exit.Poland has now failed to keep a clean sheet in its last 10 World Cup matches, since beating Portugal 1-0 in 1986.“The Colombian team was a much better team,” Poland coach Adam Nawalka said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Colombia’s Radamel Falcao, right, celebrates after scoring the second side goal past Poland goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny during the group H match between Poland and Colombia at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Kazan Arena in Kazan, Russia, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)KAZAN, Russia — Four years after Radamel Falcao was supposed to lead Colombia at the World Cup, he’s doing just that.Falcao missed the tournament in Brazil with a knee injury and had to wait until arriving in Russia to score his first World Cup goal. It came in Colombia’s 3-0 victory over Poland on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees MOST READlast_img read more

Nets trade Jeremy Lin to Hawks

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding NCAA: Lyceum holds off EAC rally for 2nd win Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense teamcenter_img Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ FILE – In this Oct. 11, 2017, file photo, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin (7) passes the ball as Philadelphia 76ers guards Ben Simmons, right, and JJ Redick (17) defend during the third quarter of a preseason NBA basketball game in Uniondale, N.Y. A person with knowledge of the details says the Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks. The Nets made the move to ease an overcrowded point guard spot early Friday morning, July 13, 2018, the person told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)NEW YORK — Jeremy Lin’s injury-plagued stint in Brooklyn is over.The Nets have agreed to trade Lin to the Atlanta Hawks, a person with knowledge of the deal said early Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade had not been announced.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins The Hawks will be the seventh team for Lin, the undrafted former Harvard star who memorably broke out with the Knicks during his run of Linsanity in February 2012. The NBA’s first American-born player of Chinese or Taiwanese descent has also played for Golden State, Houston, the Lakers and Charlotte.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West The move helps clear up the Nets’ logjam at point guard and sends Lin to another team that is also pretty crowded at the position. ESPN first reported the deal, saying the Nets and Hawks would swap future second-round picks.Lin has a year and $12.5 million left on the contract he signed two summers ago. He made it through just 37 games with the Nets and only one last season, as he ruptured the patella tendon in his right knee during a season-opening loss at Indiana.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’Spencer Dinwiddie stepped in while Lin was out and became one of the NBA’s most improved players. Brooklyn also has D’Angelo Russell, the No. 2 pick in the 2015 draft, at the point after acquiring him from the Lakers.Now, Lin will have to find room in Atlanta, where point guard Dennis Schroder was the Hawks’ leading scorer last season. The Hawks then acquired the rights to high-scoring former Oklahoma star Trae Young in the draft. View commentslast_img read more

Clarkson on flag-bearing duty for opening ceremonies: I’m excited, honored

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ LATEST STORIES Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Great start by Bolts “I have never done something like that and that big in my life before,” Clarkson told the Inquirer on Friday before practice with the national team.“Am I excited? Definitely, but honored is more like it,” he said as his father will plane in with his wife Saturday, just in time to see the opening. “I’m going to have a good time doing it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’It is a chance, he said, for him to reconnect with his lineage.“I’m just honored to be able to represent, you know, the country of my roots,” Clarkson said. “I think I’ll be wearing a Barong Tagalog.” He’ll try on six, actually—and officials are hoping one fits.“Those were the only oversized ones left so we shipped them out as fast as we can,” said national team chef de mission Richard Gomez, who arrived here Friday night, of the national costume designed by noted couturier Randy Ortiz. “I hope one of those fits Jordan.”Made out of silk, the Barong sports an embroidered “harimanok” design and will be worn by the more than 270-man national contingent during the inaugural rites starting at 7 p.m. (8 p.m. in Manila) Saturday at the 80,000-capacity stadium.Gomez bared that he had endorsed Clarkson as the flag-bearer to Philippine Olympic Committee secretary general Pato Gregorio “because Clarkson is a good role model who has reached the pinnacle of being a Filipino basketball athlete by playing in the NBA.“He will inspire our other athletes here to do well.”ADVERTISEMENT DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Clarkson has definitely become the toast of these Games.International media, in fact, tried to get clips and interviews of Clarkson before the team’s 2 p.m., 50-minute practice at Gor Pulogadung Gym.Clarkson is battling jet lag at the moment and the coaching staff is aware of the attention he attracts and how this could distract him from the task at hand.That’s why team management checked him into an undisclosed hotel so he could get his due rest, while the rest of the team is staying at Athlete’s Village, which is close to an hour away from the tournament venue.“It’s good for him, being away from the camera and the fans,” guard Gabe Norwood said. “Because Jordan tends to entertain everyone, he’s just so approachable.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Jordan Clarkson (right) shares a light moment with teammates (from left) Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi and Stanley Pringle. —MUSONG R. CASTILLOJAKARTA—Before Jordan Clarkson makes his first basket in the 18th Asian Games, the Cleveland star in the NBA will perform one important function Saturday night when the continental showcase officially gets off the ground in elaborate rites.He will carry the Philippine flag during the opening ceremonies at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium here.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

Petalcorin stopped in 7th by Alvarado in world title fight

first_imgMOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Petalcorin’s moments were few far and between. His best round came in the third when he briefly used the ring to his advantage and stayed out of harm’s way with his movement. He landed a clean straight to Alvarado’s face before pivoting to his right and avoiding a possible counter punch.But Petalcorin went back to being an easy target for Alvarado for the remainder of the fight.Alvarado (34-2, 30 KOs) rolled to his 16th consecutive victory and stopped Petalcorin’s six-fight win streak. Petalcorin, suffered his third loss to go with his 29 wins (22 KOs) and one draw.Alvarado just relentless from the opening bell. Here’s the last 10 seconds of the bout. pic.twitter.com/Ui2l7TvrSV— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) October 29, 2018ADVERTISEMENT Alvarado knocked Petalcorin down thrice before the referee stopped the fight at the 2:04 mark of the seventh round.“I’m very happy to win the world title. Randy is a good boxer and the tactic was to pressure him all the time,” Alvarado said through an interpreter.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissThat constant pressure kept Petalcorin busy and often times saw the General Santos native either pinned against the ropes or trapped in the corner and taking heavy punishment from Alvarado, who showed little respect for his foe’s punching power.The 26-year-old Petalcorin played Alvarado’s game as he went toe-to-toe with the Nicaraguan slugger, whose known for his come-forward style. Magramo stops Thai foe in 3rd, retains WBO oriental flyweight title SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:39PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)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 Photo by Mark Giongco/INQUIRER.netFilipino Randy Petalcorin failed to become the latest Filipino world champion after he was stopped by Felix Alvarado for the vacant IBF light flyweight crown on Monday at Midas Hotel and Casino in Pasay City.Alvarado was relentless from the opening bell, landing punches from all angles, particularly crushing body shots that took their toll on Petalcorin in the seventh round.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

MLB near deal for rosters to expand to 26 in 2020

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? A limitation on September call-ups would end parades of relief pitchers that cause some games to stretch on.There would be a maximum of 13 pitchers for most of the season and 14 from Sept. 1 on, the people said. The minimum roster size would increase from 24 to 25.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThe new 26-player maximum also would apply to the postseason.The commitment for a discussion of the larger economic issues is a key for the union after consecutive slow free-agent markets that have seen dozens of players sign on the eve of spring training and after workouts were underway. Players have proposed changes such as expanding the designated hitter to the National League and altering the amateur draft to discourage the number of teams jettisoning veterans during a season in favor of rebuilding. File-This Feb. 8, 2019, file photo shows Rob Manfred, commissioner of Major League Baseball, speaking during a news conference at owners meetings in Orlando, Fla. Major League Baseball and the players’ union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)NEW YORK — Major League Baseball and the players’ union are near an agreement to expand active rosters by one to 26 starting in 2020 as part of a deal that would include a commitment to discuss larger economic issues after opening day this year.As part of the deal, the active limit from Sept. 1 to the end of the season would be lowered from 40 to 28 beginning next year, people familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been finalized.ADVERTISEMENT Baseball’s collective bargaining agreement is set to expire at the end of the 2021 season, and management appears willing to negotiate larger changes in exchange for a longer term.The agreement also would include:—increasing in the regular injured list minimum for pitchers and the minimum option recall time for pitchers from 10 to 15 days beginning in 2020.—starting extra innings of the All-Star Game with a runner on second base.—giving MLB the right to shorten between-inning breaks.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Official: Santa Anita cancels racing after 21 horse deaths Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The union planned to reject MLB’s proposal for a three-batter minimum for pitchers, leaving MLB with the right to implement that unilaterally for 2020. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has said he is reluctant to change playing rules without an agreement with players.MLB agreed not pursue a pitch clock through the 2021 season.The roster deal is similar to one that had been slated to be included in the November 2016 collective bargaining agreement but came undone when the union backed away.The roster size settled at 25 more than a century ago. Teams had 25 players active starting in 1913, according to Baseball Almanac, and since 1909, according to Peter Morris’ “A Game of Inches.” Morris wrote the limit was lowered during World War I, then reverted to 25, then cut to 23 in 1931 because of the depression. The maximum was waived at the end of World War II and again in 1949 because of players returning from the Mexican League, Morris wrote.The 25 maximum through Aug. 31 has been a part of the collective bargaining agreement since the first labor deal in 1968. Teams have usually been at the maximum, except for the collusion era of 1986-89, when all clubs went with the 24-man minimum.A 26th player has been allowed for some day-night doubleheaders since 2012. The expansion of the active roster to 40 each Sept. 1 led to complaints from teams and players that opponents were contesting games with unequal-sized squads based on how many minor leaguers had been called up.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Sewe Sport Progress in Champions League

first_imgBarrack Young Controllers yesterday lost 1-0 to Ivory Coast’s Sewe Sport in Abidjan to end their CAF Championship League campaign.Sewe progressed on 4-3 aggregate after earlier drawing 3-3 in Monrovia last weekend and now advance to the second round of the League.Roger Assale’s first half goal was enough to see Sewe sail through to the second round that kicks off during the weekend of March 22.Assale found the target in the 45th minute after Kouassi Hevra Dodo placed the ball into his path.Sewe face DR Congo side and four-time winners TP Mazembe on March 23 when they host in the first leg in Abidjan before heading to Lubumbashi for the return leg on March 30.The winner will qualify for the group stage of the Champions League.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more