Gonzales picks up emotional first win in ONE Championship

first_imgLATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo from ONE ChampionshipJAKARTA — The feeling of victory was so foreign for Ramon Gonzales that he was a bit shocked when members of the media approached him after his fight.But after his impressive showing against Liu De Ri Ge Hu of China on Saturday at ONE: Total Victory here, it won’t take long before he gets the hang of it.ADVERTISEMENT Indians bounce back after win-streak snapped End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “I’m so emotional earlier because this is my first win in ONE in my three fights. I’m just so happy,” Gonzales said in Filipino.Exuding confidence from the start, Gonzales (2-2) waited for the perfect opportunity and it came in the second round when he locked Liu (2-3) in a triangle choke to force the tap out at the 1:52 mark and finally taste success at ONE.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“That was our second option, to finish it on the ground. Even if we’re standing, we know that we can match. But I felt I can beat him from the beginning and I just continued being aggressive in the second round until the end of the fight,” he said.With his first victory in ONE Championship in the bag, Gonzales seeks to continue improving his conditioning as he returns to the lair of Hitman MMA a winner as he set his sights for bigger challenges in the future. 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 Winning startcenter_img Break new ground MOST READ “Whoever ONE gives me, I’ll be sure that I’m ready,” he said. “I’ll continue working on my strength and conditioning because I learned that fights will all depend there. You can’t be out of air.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Indians celebrate division title with eyes on Series win

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up The Cleveland Indians celebrate winning the American League Central Division after defeating the Kansas City Royals 3-2 after a baseball game in Cleveland, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. At right is manager Terry Francona. (AP Photo/Phil Long)CLEVELAND — There was champagne chilling on ice for them, bottles and bottles of bubbly and beer.But before the Cleveland Indians partied after winning a second straight AL Central title, there was work to be done to complete a week none of them will ever forget.ADVERTISEMENT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend “It was good. I didn’t touch a ball all day offensively or defensively,” said Kipnis, who struck out twice. “I had nothing, but it was fun. Obviously, I had some nerves.”As soon as Kipnis left the game, two balls were immediately hit to center.ANOTHER STREAKThe Indians have allowed four runs or less in 24 consecutive games, the longest such streak since the St. Louis Cardinals had a 25-game run in 1942-3.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (pulled side muscle) and OF Lorenzo Cain (rest) sat out but are expected to return Tuesday for the series opener in Toronto.Indians: All-Star 2B Jose Ramirez (hamstring) was rested for the second day in a row as a precaution. … Team president Chris Antonetti said there is still no clarity on whether OF Michael Brantley will return this season. He’s been out since Aug. 9 with an ankle injury. … Rookie OF Bradley Zimmer (broken hand) is keeping up with his conditioning and maintaining his arm strength after surgery. Zimmer had a plate and nine screws inserted into his hand, which he broke on a headfirst dive into first.UP NEXTRoyals: Either RHP Ian Kennedy or Sam Gaviglio will start against the Blue Jays. Kennedy missed his last turn in the rotation with shoulder fatigue. Gaviglio has started twice since being claimed on waivers from Seattle.Indians: RHP Mike Clevinger will look for his 11th win on Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series in Los Angeles. He was drafted by the Angels in 2011 and traded to Cleveland in 2014. 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 They could have taken the easy route and phoned it in.Not this team.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 want to win,” Corey Kluber said.Cleveland’s ace pushed to the front of the Cy Young race with another dominant start and Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer as the Indians, who officially clinched the division crown a day earlier, kept on rolling with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals. As they left the field, the Indians were handed AL Central championship T-shirts, caps and swimming googles to put on before heading to their clubhouse. Moments later, champagne corks popped and the room was turned into a free-for-all of sudsy spray.Last year, the Indians celebrated their division, playoff and AL Championship Series wins on the road. Being at home made this one more special.“It never gets old,” said pitcher Josh Tomlin, who has been with the Indians since 2010. “This is why you play the game — to win. And to be able to celebrate victories like this or little milestones like this.”Kluber could be on his way to a second Cy Young Award win, following 2014′s. The right-hander is 10-1 in his last 10 starts.Despite missing nearly a month, he leads the league in wins (17), ERA (2.35), shutouts (3) and complete games (5).In the major statistical categories, Kluber trails only Boston’s Chris Sale, his closest competition for the pitching award, in strikeouts.“He’s a tough draw,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s a premier guy. The year he won the Cy Young is the way he looks now. He’s in the conversation again this year.”CENTER OF ATTENTIONJason Kipnis didn’t embarrass himself in the outfield. He didn’t do anything, really.The Indians’ two-time All-Star second baseman made his debut in center but didn’t have a chance. He had been on the disabled list since Aug. 6 with a hamstring injury. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kluber (17-4), who has lost once since July 4, allowed three singles in seven innings and has not given up a run in 22 straight.The right-hander set the tone on a day of celebration which began with the Indians standing together in front of their dugout to watch a flag rise beyond the center-field wall commemorating their latest division title.The Indians were going to have a good time — win or lose — but they didn’t want to disappoint another sellout crowd or fans captivated by their recent record 22-game winning streak.“When we come out here and it’s time to play, we want to win,” Kluber said. “Nobody in that clubhouse likes losing, so regardless of whether we clinched or not, we were going to come out and try to win the ballgame and here’s what we’re going to do from here on out.”Encarnacion homered in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits.The Royals closed to 3-2 in the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Brandon Moss off Tyler Olson. Cody Allen finished the inning and then worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES How to help the Taal evacuees A costly, catty dispute finally settled Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

TNT coach Racela says Ginebra rookie Ferrer best player of Game 4

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer may not have had the biggest shots of the game, but for coach Nash Racela, the Ginebra rookie made the biggest impact in Game 4 after frustrating TNT import Glen Rice Jr. early in the game.“Kevin Ferrer was the best player of the game,” Racela told reporters after Ginebra ousted TNT in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Rice shoved Ferrer to the floor and threw the ball at him that led to his early ejection at the 1:41 mark of the first quarter.The KaTropa had no choice but to play all-Filipino from that point forward, fighting valiantly but eventually falling to the Gin Kings, 115-105.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogFrustrated with how TNT’s season came to an end, Racela struggled to explain what went wrong for his team.“I just want to congratulate Ginebra for being the more aggressive team tonight,” he slyly said. “They got a lot of free throws again, so it’s because they were more aggressive than us despite taking 15 less two-point field goals. I’m sure that what coach Tim (Cone) will say.” Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Brownlee moves on from last year’s title run ahead of rematch with Bolts Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide 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 TNT shot 15-of-16 from the charity stripe and went 30-of-62 from the two-point area, compared to Ginebra’s 23-of-33 free throw shooting and 28-of-47 clip from two. The KaTropa were also whistled for 32 fouls, against 20 for the Gin Kings. Both teams were close to even from threes, with TNT hoisting 10-of-37 and Ginebra throwing 12-of-32.That affair ended the KaTropa’s season, which saw them reach the semifinals in all three conferences and the Finals once.It wasn’t a disappointing campaign to say the least for TNT, but for Racela, there’s only one clear thing going forward: that San Miguel teams are really the hurdle that TNT needs to get through if it wants to win the championship.“I’m happy that for three conferences, we were able to advance to the playoffs. But it just so happened that in all the three conferences, we played a San Miguel team, and you know how tough it is to play a San Miguel team, so it’s really hard. But if you want to win a championship, we really have to get past a San Miguel team,” he said.“I think we need to have more players who are more aggressive. Maybe that will help us. So now, if we become more aggressive, then we force the referees to call more fouls. That’s the only thing I could think of right now,” he said. “If you study the whole series, it all boils down to who gets more free throws, who get fouled a lot. That’s something we’re trying to study. Maybe we could improve on that aspect.”ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Pelicans too much for LeBron’s Cavaliers

first_imgDeMarcus Cousins #0 of the New Orleans Pelicans looks to pass the ball around Tristan Thompson #13 of the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Smoothie King Center on October 28, 2017, in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Pelicans downed the Cavaliers 123-101. AFPLOS ANGELES, United States — DeMarcus Cousins notched a triple-double and Anthony Davis returned from injury to score 30 points on Saturday as the New Orleans Pelicans downed the Cleveland Cavaliers 123-101.Cousins poured in 29 points with 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first triple-double since arriving in New Orleans.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny eSports are indeed … sports — IOC Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Love made three three-pointers in little more than a minute to spark a 22-7 Cleveland scoring run that turned a 65-52 deficit into a 73-72 Cavs lead midway through the third period.But New Orleans responded with a 12-2 run and led 89-83 going into the final period.Cleveland, already coping with early season injuries, got a scare when Love went down with less than five minutes left in the third. Love returned to hit two free throws before coach Tyronn Lue sat his starters for much of the fourth quarter. /cbbADVERTISEMENT Davis, who missed Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a knee injury, pulled down 14 rebounds to go with his 30 points.Jrue Holiday also had a season-high 29 points and seven assists, while E’Twaun Moore matched his career-high with 24 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKevin Love led the way for the Cavaliers with 26 points and 11 rebounds.Cavs superstar LeBron James added 18 points, five rebounds and eight assists — but also had four turnovers as Cleveland, beaten by the Golden tate Warriors in last year’s NBA finals, dropped their second straight to fall to 3-3. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READlast_img read more

Towns leads Timberwolves past floundering Mavericks

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny MOST READ Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.“The situation was more in my favor today,” Towns said. “I was able to go out there and play my game.”Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.“They’ve got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him,” said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. “Look, we just didn’t do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that’s on us. Some of it’s on me. I’ve got to get him some better looks.”ADVERTISEMENT With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there’s just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.“We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort,” Barnes said. “Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season.”BUTLER DID ITThe Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.“When I feel like it’s my time to shoot, I’ll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling,” Butler said. “Feed them. Let them get us going.”WORK, BENCHTaj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.ROUGH ROAD AHEADThe Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.TIP-INS Davis, Cousins lead Pelicans over Bulls in OT Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.“It’s just one of many,” Towns said, “and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It’ll seem something like we’re having a bad season if we’re only getting four in a row at some point.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHolding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.“Obviously, it’s better than losing,” he said, “but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. … Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City’s Raymond Felton. He’s the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. … The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns (32) moves past Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel (3). APMINNEAPOLIS — The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

UAAP taekwondo: NU starts strong in title-retention bid

first_imgView comments University of the Philippines, meanwhile, took the top seed in the men’s division after scoring a close 4-3 victory over University of Santo Tomas and a 6-1 domination of Ateneo.UST and Ateneo also chalked up early victories in the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneThe Golden Tigresses ran rampant against University of the East, 6-1, while last year’s Rookie of the Year Pauline Lopez led the Lady Eagles to a 4-3 win over UP.In the juniors division, UST snapped UE’s four-year reign and became the new rulers of the high school tournament behind MVP Israel Cantos. LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Blackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ National Univesity put on a strong start in its campaign to retain the the women’s division title, dismantling De La Salle, 5-2, in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at Blue Eagle Gym.Sisters Rhezie and Rheza Aragon led the way for the Lady Bulldogs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Bullpups, which lost to the Tiger Cubs via tiebreak, settled for second while De La Salle-Zobel completed the podium after edging out UE for third place. 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 awardlast_img read more

Arum, White deny Pacquiao-McGregor talks

first_imgAmid Manny Pacquiao’s admission that he has reached out to McGregor’s camp for a possible fight, the two honchos were quick to quell such talk.READ: Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challengeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“That would be weird because he’s under contract with us,” White said during UFC Fight Night: Fresno post-fight presser as reported by Yahoo! Sports.  “If that’s true, I will be suing Manny Pacquiao and whoever’s representing him, so I’m assuming that’s not true.”White also assured that McGregor’s next fight will be in the UFC. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES AMA coach sees a bit of Arwind Santos, Jeron Teng in top tick Owen Graham Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Manny Pacquiao (left) and Conor McGregor. FILE Photos from AFPHall of Fame boxing promoter Bob Arum and UFC president Dana White may not see eye-to-eye on many things, but they agree on one thing.There is not going to be a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Arum, meanwhile, called the talks of a possible boxing fight between the boxing legend and the MMA star a “total nonsense.”READ: Pacquiao teases ‘real boxing match’ with McGregor in 2018“If there is such a fight, Pacquiao or any other boxer would give McGregor a beating. But there are no negotiations right now. McGregor is still spending the money that he earned from the fight with Mayweather,” said Arum in a report on boxingscene.comIt was Pacquiao, though, who fanned the rumors of another cross-combat fight by posting a photo of McGregor on Instragram with the caption that included the hashtags “real boxing match” and “2018” earlier this month.READ: Pacquiao commends McGregor, Mayweather ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Pacquiao later admitted to AFP that he and McGregor have had initial talks “but we have not yet had any follow-up conversations.”“If we can negotiate it, I have no problem. It is okay with both of us,” Pacquiao also said in the same wire report.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

LeBron’s stats ‘probably ahead’ of Michael Jordan’s, says Scottie Pippen

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES But as far as Jordan’s former Chicago Bulls teammate Scottie Pippen is concerned, “The King” may have already surpassed “His Airness” from a statistical standpoint.In an appearance on ESPN’s “First Take,” Pippen gave his two cents on the ongoing “Jordan vs. James” debate.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“The numbers don’t lie. He’s right there,” he described the four-time NBA MVP, as relayed by USA Today’s Andrew Joseph.“He probably will never catch him in terms of MVP, but in terms of statistics, LeBron is right there. And when you look across the board—not just scoring—check his assists, check his rebounds … he’s probably ahead of Jordan.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon PLAY LIST 01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon00:50Trending Articles05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio 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 Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson From a numbers standpoint, there certainly is some truth to Pippen’s assumptions, as James does indeed hold a statistical advantage over Jordan in two major categories other than scoring and steals per game.In 15 seasons, Jordan holds career averages of 30.1 points, 6.2 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.3 steals and 0.8 blocks, while James currently checks in at 27.2 points, 7.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists, 1.6 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.But with the current form James is displaying in his 15th NBA season, it’s safe to assume that his impressive numbers will even go higher in the coming years.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew #KicksStalker: New chapter begins as Irving introduces Kyrie 4 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat hugs Michael Jordan after defeating the Charlotte Bobcats 109-98 in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2014 NBA Playoffs at Time Warner Cable Arena on April 28, 2014, in Charlotte, North Carolina.  Streeter Lecka/Getty Images/AFPAlthough a lot of great talents have graced the NBA hardwood over the years, the title of “G.O.A.T” (Greatest of All Time) is still undoubtedly held by Michael Jordan.With Kobe Bryant—the player many believe is the closest to Jordan—now retired from the sport, most fans see Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James as the all-time great’s worthy successor.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Belfast bout crucial for both Donaire, Frampton

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Both Carl Frampton and Nonito Donaire Jr. have reached the pinnacle of boxing excellence with multiple World titles in different weight classes and recognition that belts can’t measure.And the two former champions both know their fight on April 21 in Belfast will be crucial in their respective careers.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsoncenter_img Frampton also received the same recognition Donaire received in 2016 when the Jackal unified the IBF and WBA World Super Featherweight titles.Donaire, who recently won the WBC Silver Featherweight belt in September 2017, said he’s already looking forward to fighting in his opponent’s hometown.“This is exactly the type of fight I live for, going in against one of the best in the world in the lion’s den of his hometown of Belfast,” said Donaire in the same report.“I plan to put on a spectacular show for my fans, his fans, and boxing fans in general. When I walk out of the ring victorious, it will all have been worth it.”Frampton, who came off a 10-round decision victory over Horacio Garcia in November 2017, said his fight against Donaire is the perfect prelude to a potential title bout.ADVERTISEMENT Frampton, a two-division World champion, said in a BoxingScene.com report that his fight against Donaire would be vital in his bid to return to the pedestal of the featherweight division.“It’s a brilliant fight, a four-weight World champion against a two-weight World champion,” said Frampton as per BoxingScene.com. “Has a bigger ‘away’ fighter come to fight in Belfast before? I don’t think there’s been a bigger name than Nonito Donire and he’s coming to fight a local guy in his hometown.”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“But I think both of us are in the same situation, a slip-up here and one of us might never fight for a World title again. There’s a lot on the line for both guys.”The Ring, ESPN, and Boxing Writers’ Association of America all named Donaire Fighter of the Year in 2012 after the Filpino fighter unified the WBO and IBF World Super Bantamweight belts. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Pringle’s 29 lifts GlobalPort to 1st win Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “He’s been at the top of four divisions, but he was in the same weight division as me for quite a while and he’s someone I’ve always kept an eye on,” said Frampton. “He’s someone I admire as well and I think he’s a great fighter, but I think this is the perfect fight to get me ready for a World title in the summer.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Rosario plays like an import when KaTropa needed one

first_imgRead Next Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Turns out, TNT, even minus a reinforcement, was good enough after crushing Blackwater, 120-101.“It’s nice that the locals were really up to the challenge. Boss Ricky Vargas gave us a good motivation at the start of the game. He told the players that even if they have a 6-10 import and we don’t have a 6-10 import, all of you are imports,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.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 crownREAD: PBA: No import, no problem as TNT clobbers Blackwater Troy Rosario played like one, finishing with 17 points on 7-of-11 shooting from the field and 11 rebounds with three assists and one steal to boot in 31 minutes of action while veteran guard Ryan Reyes had a vintage performance with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the three-point area. “Well, we all need to step up because we don’t have an import and like what our bosses told us, all of us are capable to be the import this game,” Rosario told reporters in Filipino. “We did our job tonight. We got the win and that’s the most important thing.”The KaTropa earned a share of the top spot at 4-1 heading into the All-Star break despite Tyler being a disappointment.But the real test has yet to come for TNT and Rosario is already bracing for it.“The win is a big confidence boost for us because we did it without an import but the big and strong teams like San Miguel and Magnolia are coming and we have yet to face them.”ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTNT sent Jeremy Tyler packing just days before its game against Blackwater on Friday night.And with replacement import Josh Smith failing to make it on time, the KaTropa had to make do with an all-Filipino lineup versus Jarrid Famous and the Elite.ADVERTISEMENT Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons filmcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc View commentslast_img read more