Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam

first_imgFive-time major champion Maria Sharapova of Russia will play her first Grand Slam event since serving a 15-month doping suspension after receiving a wildcard Tuesday into the US Open.The move by the US Tennis Association (USTA) comes after Sharapova, ranked 148th this week, was rejected for a wildcard spot into the French Open and missed Wimbledon with a thigh injury.ADVERTISEMENT PH bags silver medal in men’s sepak takraw Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Sharapova tested positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open and was suspended by the International Tennis Federation, a ban that ended in April.Since then, Sharapova has needed wildcards to get into tournaments, drawing criticism from some fellow professionals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“Her suspension under the terms of the tennis anti-doping program was completed and therefore was not one of the factors weighed in our wildcard selection process,” the USTA said in a statement.“Consistent with past practice, a wildcard was provided to a past US champion who needed the wildcard for entry into the main draw. Previous US Open champions who have received US Open main draw wildcards include Martina Hingis, Lleyton Hewitt, Kim Clijsters and Juan Martin del Potro.” Former world number one Sharapova won the 2006 US Open as well as Wimbledon in 2014, the 2008 Australian Open and the 2012 and 2014 French Opens.Sharapova will also speak to youth about the benefits of the anti-doping program and the need for players to be vigilant about the banned substance list, something she admitted not doing when she did not catch meldonium being added to the ban list in 2016.“Additionally, Sharapova has volunteered to speak to young tennis players at the USTA national campus about the importance of the tennis anti-doping program and the personal responsibility each player has to comply with the program’s requirements,” the USTA said.Sharapova has shaken off criticism from rival players about wildcards and the French Open snub, tweeting after being denied a spot at Roland Garros, “If this is what it takes to rise up again, then I am in it all the way, everyday. No words, games or actions will ever stop me from reaching my own dreams. And I have many.”Players in Cincinnati for this week’s WTA event welcomed Sharapova back into Grand Slam tennis.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan01:26Filipino culture takes spotlight as 2019 SEA Games officially opens01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite “I’m sure this is a great moment for her to have an opportunity to be back to a place where she has done so well,” ninth-ranked Venus Williams said.World number six dismissed any notion it would be wrong to give Sharapova a wildcard, saying, “Either way it’s not a controversy. I don’t have a problem with that.”Sharapova has withdrawn from US Open warm-up tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati the past two weeks after suffering a left forearm injury at Stanford.In her first US match since March 2015, Sharapova defeated American Jennifer Brady 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 at Stanford.But in the triumph, Sharapova suffered the forearm injury that has sidelined her since, even after arriving in Cincinnati hopeful of playing as a wildcard in the final major tuneup before the US Open.“Following the doctor’s advice on-site, as a precaution for the US Open, I am unfortunately withdrawing from the tournament with the left forearm injury I sustained in Stanford,” Sharapova said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semis

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Joe Devance scored 17 points, hitting four triples, while guards LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson had near double-double efforts and towering big men Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar added 13 points each.“Nobody saw that coming. we just played great from start to finish. It was one of those nights for them and it came at a bad time for them,” Ginebra head coach Tim Cone told reporters.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogGinebra, who owned a twice-to-beat advantage as the No. 3 seed, dealt San Miguel its worst loss of the season.The Gin Kings made it look easy in knocking off the star-studded Beermen, who have the reigning three-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, but Cone said he didn’t feel at ease until Thompson buried a 3-pointer that stretched the lead to 30 with 2:35 remaining. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jarin wants less Alejandro-centric offense from Bulldogs Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES “It’s never easy. If you look at the score, the only time I felt safe was when we had a 102-72 lead,” Cone said.“I cant tell you how relieved I am that we’re not playing a knockout game with them.”The Kings outscored the Beermen, 23-9, in the first eight minutes of the fourth quarter capped by a basket by Brownlee for a 97-70 lead.The game started the way it was expected to be with neither team giving an inch. But Brownlee shifted into high gear and carried Ginebra with him in the second quarter, where he shot 16 points and San Miguel was limited to just nine.“Our defense really stepped up today. Going into this game that was really our battlecry because we all know the kind of firepower San Miguel has,” said Tenorio, who finished with eight points and 10 assists as he and Thompson outplayed the Beermen’s backcourt duo of Chris Ross and Alex Cabagnot.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Ross and Cabagnot combined for only 13 points, four rebounds and eight assists.Thompson tallied seven points, team-high 13 rebounds, four assists and two steals.Terrence Watson scored 30 points but he failed to step up when SMB needed him most. Fajardo, who is tipped to win his fourth straight MVP award, had 19 points and 22 rebounds with five blocks.It was only fitting that the last coach to win the Grand Slam prevented history from repeating itself. Cone won two Grand Slams, the first with Alaska in 1996 and the other with Purefoods in 2014.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next How to help the Taal evacuees Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra import Justin Brownlee. PBA IMAGESBarangay Ginebra booked a trip to the semifinals and ended San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid in stunning fashion, 104-84, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Wednesday night at Mall of Asia Arena.Justin Brownlee was a handful with 37 points and 12 rebounds with four blocks while also getting a lot of help from the locals.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody View comments MOST READlast_img read more

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Irving, Hayward make preseason debuts in Celtics’ victory

first_imgIn ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Offseason trade acquisition Kyrie Irving had nine points, four rebounds and three assists, and free agent pickup Gordon Hayward added five points and five rebounds as the Boston Celtics beat the Charlotte Hornets 94-82 Monday night in the preseason opener for both teams.Rookie Jayson Tatum, the third overall pick in June’s draft, finished with nine points, five rebounds and four assists. Aron Baynes added 10 points and five rebounds and three assists for Boston. The Celtics also shot 11 of 31 from the 3-point line.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“We’re building a foundation,” Irving said. “We understand that a few other teams that we’re playing against, they’re starting from the bottom as well…For us, we gotta take advantage of games like this.”Dwight Howard, who was traded by Atlanta to Charlotte this summer, finished with seven points, 10 rebounds and six turnovers in his Hornets debut. Jeremy Lamb had 17 points. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jonathan Isaac led the Magic with 15 points, followed by Mario Hezonja with 12.MAGIC: Jonathon Simmons, Orlando’s biggest offseason pickup, had a couple of highlight-worthy dunks and scored nine points in his Magic preseason debut. …Aaron Gordon and Evan Fournier each played 15 minutes, scoring eight points apiece.GRIZZLIES: With center Marc Gasol (sprained ankle) and forward JaMychael Green both sitting, coach David Fizdale experimented with a smaller lineup of Brandan Wright at center, Chandler Parsons at power forward, and James Ennis at small forward along with Wayne Selden and Mike Conley at the guard spots.UP NEXT: Orlando (0-1) is at Dallas on Thursday. Memphis (1-0) visits Philadelphia on Wednesday.MAVERICKS 106, BUCKS 104Jonathan Motley hit a layup with 4.1 seconds left to lift the Mavericks to a win over the Bucks. Motley scored all nine of his points in a fourth quarter that saw the Mavericks outscore the Bucks 31-20.Dallas’ starters were pulled after one quarter of action. Harrison Barnes was 4 of 6 from the field and had nine points. Dirk Nowitzki had five points in 10 minutes of action.Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 12 points, followed by John Henson with 11 points and four rebounds.BUCKS: Rashad Vaughn finished with 20 points for Milwaukee and missed a 30-footer at the buzzer. … Greg Monroe had 12 points and seven rebounds.MAVERICKS: Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes off the bench and had five points and two steals.UP NEXT: Bucks (0-1) host Indiana on Wednesday. Dallas hosts Chicago on Wednesday.KINGS 106, SPURS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points in 16 minutes of action in the Spurs’ loss to the Kings in the preseason opener for both teams. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kyrie Irving of the Boston Celtics looks on during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at TD Garden on October 2, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. Maddie Meyer/Getty Images/AFPBOSTON — Boston fans have been patiently waiting to get their first glimpse of the new era of Celtics basketball.They finally got it, and it revealed a team with a lot of upside.ADVERTISEMENT LaVar Ball pulling son LaMelo out of SoCal high school Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award DAY6 is for everybody Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Irving and Hayward, the jewel pieces of an offseason reconstruction that has left only Celtics intact from last year’s roster, sat out the second half.In other games, the Washington Wizards beat the Guangzhou Long-Lions 126-96 in one of two exhibition games between NBA and international teams on Monday. In addition, the Utah Jazz beat the National Basketball League’s Sydney Kings 108-83. It is the first time an NBL team faced an NBA team on American soil.GRIZZLIES 92, MAGIC 84Mario Chalmers had 19 points in 20 minutes, Jarell Martin added 16 points and the Grizzlies defeated the Magic in both teams preseason opener.Orlando led 65-64 late in the third quarter before the Grizzlies closed the period on an 8-0 run, which included six by Chalmers. Memphis led by as many as 10 in the final period.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Spurs (0-1) played their starters for two quarters, giving the Kings a chance to showcase their young second unit. Rookie De’Aaron Fox shined in the extra playing time, scoring a game-high 16 on 7 of 8 shooting from the field.The Kings (1-0) outscored the Spurs 23-16 in the fourth quarter.SPURS: Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Rudy Gay all sat out. … Patty Mills finished with 11 points and three assists in 17 minutes off the bench.KINGS: Skal Labissiere finished with 15 points, connecting on 7 of 10 shots. Buddy Hield added 12 points and four rebounds.UP NEXT: These teams are set to meet again Friday in San Antonio.NUGGETS 113, LAKERS 107Garry Harris scored 25 points in 21 minutes, Nikola Jokic added 16 and the Nuggets (2-0) defeated the Los Angeles Lakers.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers (0-2) with 15 points, five rebounds and four assists. Lonzo Ball finished with eight points and four assists, but also had four turnovers in his second preseason game.NUGGETS: Paul Millsap finished with 11 points, two assists, two blocks and two steals.LAKERS: Julius Randall had a solid night with 12 points and 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes.UP NEXT: Lakers host the Nuggets again on Wednesday. How to help the Taal evacuees View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

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Cignal HD returns to defend PBA D-League title

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Cignal will once again parade the core of the Red Lions, fresh from their triumph in NCAA Season 93, with 2017 Aspirants’ Cup Season MVP Robert Bolick and hardworking forward Javee Mocon counted on to provide the leadership.The Hawkeyes edged Racal Motors in three games in the Aspirants’ Cup Finals last season before making it a championship double with a sweep of Centro Escolar University in the Foundation Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneAlready the winningest mentor in the developmental ranks, Fernandez pushed his PBA D-League title collection to eight championships.Cignal, however, has lost valuable members of its championship teams with Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins being picked in the top four of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and Pamboy Raymundo and Oping Sumalinog joining Tanduay Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReigning back-to-back titlist Cignal HD-San Beda will be returning to the PBA D-League after all.Coach Boyet Fernandez and his boys are returning to defend the throne for the Hawkeyes as they push the participating teams this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup to 13 squads.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chot chooses Gilas veterans LATEST STORIES The Hawkeyes’ entry also increased the number of school-based teams to eight this first conference, while also bringing the count of participants to a record-tying 13, the same number of teams which joined the 2011 Foundation Cup.Aside from Cignal, also joining this year are CEU, Tanduay, Marinerong Pilipino, Batangas-EAC, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, JRU, AMA Online Education, Wangs Basketball, Gamboa Coffee Mix, and newcomers Perpetual, Powerball-St. Benilde, and Mila’s Lechon.The 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off on January 18.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

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Pelicans: Davis has no structural damage, status day to day

first_imgKiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Davis was on the court wearing team warmup gear Monday evening before the Pelican played the Golden State Warriors. He said he has not resumed basketball activities.“I just want to be part of the team. I haven’t done any basketball stuff yet,” said Davis, who was injured during a game Friday night in Utah. “I want to make sure that the pain has really gone away, especially since all I did was jump and it kind of killed me.”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 folkThe Pelicans announced earlier Monday that an MRI of Davis’ injured pelvic area did not reveal any structural damage.Davis has been diagnosed with an adductor strain and was scratched from Monday night’s lineup. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The 6-foot-10 Davis, who has been an All-Star the past four years, has played in 21 games this season, averaging 25.2 points, 11 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game.The Pelicans have home games against Denver on Wednesday, Sacramento on Friday and Philadelphia on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Beyond that, his status is day to day.Davis went down suddenly and dramatically when the injury occurred and remained prone for a while before being helped off the court by teammates.He could be seen using crutches Saturday night in Portland, where the Pelicans defeated the Trail Blazers.“It’s really hard to explain, but something I never felt before,” Davis said, adding that the crutches were a precaution while doctors were still trying to determine the precise nature of his injury.“It’s good that they’re not finding anything, obviously,” Davis added. “That pain is still there when I do certain movements, so when that kind of subsides then I’ll start moving forward.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments LaVar Ball pulls LiAngelo from UCLA to focus on NBA Draft Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis lies on the court after being injured in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, Dec. 1, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis’ attire symbolized his eagerness to get back on the court with the New Orleans Pelicans following a painful injury to a pelvic muscle.His words, however, had a more cautious tone.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Vettel lowers Ricciardo’s unofficial record at F1 testing

first_imgIt’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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Defending champion Lewis Hamilton was similarly ambivalent about the times.“I don’t know if that is a good time.I really don’t care, it’s testing,” Hamilton said. “It’s really irrelevant. What matters is qualifying and the race. I hope it is a good time because that means that (Ferrari) is strong and we have a race on our hands.”Felipe Massa held the previous record of 1:18.339 in a Ferrari in 2008 testing. Times set in testing are not officially recognized as track records.Kevin Magnussen turned heads with the day’s second best lap in his Haas, especially as he ran on a slower set of tires to Vettel’s.Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly followed by Renault pair Nico Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz Jr. rounded out the top five times on “hypersoft” tires.ADVERTISEMENT Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Warm weather made for productive driving with every team reaching the 100-lap mark.Hamilton and Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas were more than two seconds slower than Vettel, and in the bottom half of the time sheets on a combined 181 laps.“We were just banging out laps,” Hamilton said.Max Verstappen was behind Vettel with 187 laps, although his Red Bull put in the second slowest lap of the 13 drivers.McLaren gained some relief after technical hiccups on Tuesday and Wednesday, as Stoffel Vandoorne recorded the sixth fastest time.Testing was interrupted only once when Marcus Ericsson’s Sauber spun off into the gravel.The season begins with the Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne on March 25.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Both those times, established on the “hypersoft” tire compound introduced this year, were more than a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton’s pole position with Mercedes in last year’s Spanish Grand Prix.The track has been resurfaced after getting a makeover in January.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 folkVettel also completed a race simulation with a session-high total of 188 laps on his final day of practice before the season starts in less than three weeks. Kimi Raikkonen is scheduled to drive for Ferrari on the last of eight test days on Friday.“The important thing is that the car was working all day. We did nearly 200 laps,” Vettel said. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Tiger Woods shoots 70 thanks to par-saving shot from trees Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Wednesday, March 7, 2018. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MONTMELO, Spain — Sebastian Vettel can start the Formula One season with renewed hopes of challenging Mercedes’ dominance after smashing the unofficial track record on the penultimate day of testing Thursday.Vettel pushed his Ferrari to a lap of 1 minute, 17.182 seconds at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. That bettered Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo’s effort of 1:18.047 set the previous day.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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Azkals begin buildup for biggest match yet

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Ateneo sweeps NU for 6th win in 7 games MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith players returning from injuries and foreign-based recruits all making themselves available, the Philippine Azkals buckled down to work on Saturday in preparation for their most important match yet. The Azkals face Tajikistan on March 27 in their final game of AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Rizal Memorial Stadium with the Filipinos needing a draw to punch their ticket to the continental showpiece event next year in the United Arab Emirates. ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Azkals captain Phil Younghusband said the return of the likes of Manny Ott and Javier Patino from injury should come as a huge boost for the side that drew its last three matches.“It gives us confidence knowing we have players who could have made a difference in the past three games back for this game,” said Younghusband. “We all missed Patino and Manny in the previous games. Patrick (Reichelt) is also back.” 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 folkOnly the local-based Azkals joined training at McKinley Hill Stadium last Saturday with the rest of the foreign-based players like Neil Etheridge, Daisuke Sato, Iain Ramsay, Pika Minegishi, Misagh Bahadoran and new recruit Michael Falkesgaard linking up with the team next week.Etheridge will still play for Cardiff City in the English Championship this weekend. Cardiff is currently in a strong position to gain promotion to the English Premier League with Etheridge among its key players.  The Azkals clash with Fiji in a friendly on Thursday also at Rizal Memorial Stadium as Dooley tries to whip his squad into shape for the crucial duel with the Tajiks five days later. Tajikistan will qualify with a victory over the Azkals, whose fate will now depend on the result of the Yemen-Nepal match. A win by both Tajikistan and Yemen will eliminate the Azkals. Younghusband acknowledged the importance of the match for the sport in the country. “As it (match) gets closer, I can feel the pressure a bit more with the situation of Philippine football right now,” said Younghusband. “I think we need another milestone, another achievement, another success for football to grow again and this match (against) Tajikistan gives us that chance.” ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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

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Germany tops FIFA rankings despite loss to No. 2 Brazil

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Juventus’ Sami Khedira, left, is challenged by Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos during a Champions League quarter-final, 2nd leg soccer match between Real Madrid and Juventus at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday, April 11, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)ZURICH — Germany stayed at the top of the FIFA rankings despite losing to No. 2 Brazil in a friendly last month.The 2014 World Cup champions were beaten 1-0 at home in their last game before squads will be named for this year’s tournament in Russia.ADVERTISEMENT Belgium rose two places to No. 3, while Portugal and Argentina each dropped one to Nos. 4 and 5 after losing friendlies. Spain, which beat Argentina 6-1, fell two to No. 8 and Russia fell three to No. 66.Tunisia, Africa’s highest-ranked team, rose nine places to No. 14, dropping CONCACAF leader Mexico to No. 15. Iran leads the Asian teams at No. 36.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 crownNo. 70 Saudi Arabia is the lowest ranked World Cup 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’center_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Folayang makes ONE return, faces unbeaten Atlangeriev in Singapore Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames View commentslast_img read more

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Reyes says Australia’s Kickert ‘triggered the brawl’ after hit on Pogoy

first_imgTaal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes blamed Australia’s Daniel Kickert for instigating the ugly fight in the third quarter of their Fiba World Cup Qualifier on Monday night.Reyes said Kickert had been hitting several Gilas players even before the game tipped off and the big man’s forearm to the face of Roger Pogoy was the one that sparked the free-for-all at the 4:01 mark of the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial SBP vice chair Robbie Puno says Gilas ‘a united team’ after fight vs Aussies “We already restrained the players before the game we already told them, ‘Don’t mind them, focus on the game’ when Kickert did all of those things at the start during the warmup line. But when he did that in the third quarter it was hard to restrain them anymore.”The video of the fight that also shows several fans participating is already making rounds on social media.Kickers was also tossed with three other Aussies namely Thon Maker, Nathan Sobey and Christopher Goulding.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown LATEST STORIES Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees “It’s unfortunate. We didn’t want that to happen. It’s absolutely unacceptable, but the reality is, Kickert was hitting our players during the warmups,” Reyes told reporters after the game. “He hit Carl Bryan Cruz, he hit Matthew Wright, he hit Pogoy and he hit Calvin Abueva during the warmups.”“So when he did that, the foul of Pogoy on Goulding was called a foul, an offensive foul, it was a basketball play but he was the one who came in and he decked Pogoy for the fifth time,” he added. “You can’t expect to do that to a team for five times and not expect to retaliate so that’s what happened. Unfortunately, that triggered the brawl.”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 crownReyes also said Gilas is ready to face possible repercussions that saw nine of its players ejected, including Pogoy.“It’s up to Fiba in the end but we need to face those consequences. It is what it is, but like I said, the one thing that they have to know about this team is that we’re not gonna back down,” he said. MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Che’Lu draws first blood in Finals

first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Jeff Viernes rallied Che’Lu from 15 points down by pouring 27 of his 34 points in the second half to power the top-seeded Revellers, who took a 1-0 start in the best-of-five series.Viernes also had eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals as Che’Lu laid to waste the all-around performance of Gab Banal, who punched in 24 points, 13 rebounds, and seven assists.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’Game 2 is slated Tuesday.“They simply didn’t want to lose,” said coach Stevenson Tiu of his wards. “No one wanted to back down.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Che’Lu Bar and Grill rallied to squeak past Go for Gold, 100-96, to gain a headstart in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Finals Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Peza offers relief to ecozone firms LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Eze rescues Altas at home In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Viernes came through with seven of the last eight points of his team, before missing two free throws that left the door open for Go for Gold.But Jai Reyes botched a potential game-tying triple and Chris Bitoon converted a strip at the stripe to ice the game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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

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