Cignal books quarterfinals spot, ousts Victoria

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Aris Dionisio paced Victoria with 12 points and five rebounds while Jayson Grimaldo chimed in 11 markers and 10 boards.The scores: CIGNAL 83 – Perkins 16, Cahilig 13, Bolick 12, Villarias 10, Potts 8, Raymundo 5, Batino 4, Bringas 4, Mocon 4, Arboleda 3, Oftana 2, Tongco 2, Adamos 0, Presbitero 0.VICTORIA 68 – Dionisio 12, Grimaldo 11, Koga 10, Lao 10, Mag-isa 9, Ragasa 5, Ayonayon 4, Herndon 4, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Sorela 0.Quarters: 18-21, 36-31, 61-54, 83-68.ADVERTISEMENT PBA IMAGESCignal-San Beda sealed a quarterfinals seat after an 83-68 rout of Victoria Sports-MLQU in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup Tuesday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao.The Hawkeyes turned back the pesky Victoria late, turning a close 70-65 lead with 5:02 remaining to a 15-point victory as they finished the game with a 12-3 blast.ADVERTISEMENT China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely LATEST STORIES Jason Perkins captained Cignal with a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds while Andres Cahilig got a career-high 13 markers and three rebounds in the win.Robert Bolick chipped in 12 points, six rebounds, four assists, and two steals, while Byron Villarias had 10. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Right now, we’re happy about it. Our first goal was to make it to the quarterfinals. It’s one of our achievements, but still, the boys did a good job. Hopefully, we won’t stop here and we continue to improve,” said Cignal coach Boyet Fernandez as his team stretched its winning run to six and moved to first place with a 6-1 record.Victoria bowed out of the tournament as it absorbed its sixth loss in seven games. Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Chris Bosh: ‘My health is great. I’m feeling good’ MOST READ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac townlast_img read more

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Spurs’ Leonard to miss contest against Warriors

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard. APSan Antonio Spurs leading scorer Kawhi Leonard will miss Saturday’s National Basketball Association contest against the Golden State Warriors with an apparent concussion.The all-star forward was placed on the league’s Concussion Protocol list after being injured when he was struck in the head by an elbow from Oklahoma City player Victor Oladipo during Thursday’s game, the team announced Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Badminton: Lee and Lin on course for one final showdown The 25-year-old Leonard, who left the game and did not return, has been leading San Antonio’s charge at overtaking Golden State for top spot in the Western Conference.Leonard played a total of 26 minutes on Thursday, finishing with 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe’s averaging career highs this season with 26.3 points and 3.4 assists to go with 6.0 rebounds. Leonard is also a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.RELATED STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions LATEST STORIES China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing Leonard the spur as San Antonio down RocketsLeonard’s 31 points lead Spurs to win over PacersSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcoscenter_img View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going homelast_img read more

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WATCH: Federer still having fun with ‘boy band’ buddies

first_imgPrince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards LATEST STORIES Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos MOST READ Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu The video is a more polished performance than the group’s first effort at the number, which Federer unveiled during the Australian Open in January.However, Federer acknowledged the One-handed Backhand Boys probably still shouldn’t give up their day jobs.“So bad, yet so good,” was his assessment, and when asked if the Backhand Boys themselves might one day feature at the Grammys, he replied: “I don’t think so.”RELATED STORYFederer, Nadal win to set up early showdown at Indian WellsADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 Indian Wells tennis fans denied a chance to see Roger Federer in action on Friday were treated instead to the Swiss great’s dubious talents in the music department.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnAfter Australian Nick Kyrgios pulled out of his scheduled quarter-final against Federer in the first ATP Masters tournament of the year, Federer turned out for a light-hearted on-court question and answer session to entertain spectators.It included the showing of an updated video featuring Federer, Tommy Haas and Grigor Dimitrov belting out Chicago’s “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” — accompanied by Grammy Award-winning Canadian musician David Foster on piano with a cameo from Novak Djokovic thrown in. Extra work brings back ‘Big Game’ from Yap No seriously, we’re actually starting a boyband: The one handed #BackhandBoys 🎤🎹🎼@GrigorDimitrov @TommyHaas13 @officialdfoster @DjokerNole pic.twitter.com/DtTSu39KIM— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 17, 2017ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Sharapova rags-to-riches journey resumes in Stuttgart

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Siberia-born Sharapova first picked up a racquet at the age of four in Sochi, where her Belarus-born parents had settled after escaping the deadly clutches of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster.Spotted by Martina Navratilova, she was encouraged to move to Nick Bollettieri’s Florida academy, the proving ground of Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.Father Yuri and the seven-year-old Maria left for the US in 1994 with just $700 (644 euros) to their names.Yuri took odd jobs like dishwashing to finance his daughter’s dreams although visa restrictions meant mother Yelena was back in Russia, separated from her daughter for two years.When Sharapova was nine, the mighty IMG group spotted her talent and funded the $35,000 fees required for the Bollettieri school.ADVERTISEMENT Wimbledon celebrityShe made her professional debut at 14 in 2001 and by 2003 reached the world top 50. She won her first tour titles in Japan and Quebec.Then in 2004, her Wimbledon final triumph over Williams made her an overnight international celebrity.One year later, she became the first Russian woman to be ranked number one in the world while, in 2006, she won her second major at the US Open.But in 2007 and 2008, she began her long, on-off battle with shoulder trouble.She still had time to win the 2008 Australian Open before a second shoulder injury kept her off tour for the second half of the season, including missing the US Open and Beijing Olympics.A 10-month absence from the sport, as she recuperated from surgery, saw her ranking slip to 126, but she was back in 2012, capturing the French Open to become the 10th woman to complete a career Grand Slam and adding Olympic silver to her resume that year.Her 2014 French Open title was another high after a dispiriting injury low.More injury troubles followed before the bombshell announcement of her positive test for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open — where she fell in the quarter-finals to Williams, her last match before her suspension.Serena rivalryWith Williams, she has endured her most testing rivalry — on and off the court.The two famously exchanged personal insults over their love lives when Sharapova began a two-year romance with Bulgarian player Grigor Dimitrov, a rumoured previous suitor of the American. Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR MOST READ Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Racela on TNT loss to Ginebra: ‘We gave up’ Sharapova had previously been engaged to former Los Angeles Laker star Sasha Vujacic.She may have been unlucky in love, but Sharapova hit the jackpot in her commercial affairs.She made almost $30 million in 2015, according to Forbes, with $23 million of that coming from endorsements and once signed a contract extension with Nike worth a reported $70 million.“Beauty sells. I have to realise that’s a part of why people want me. I’m not going to make myself ugly,” she said.She owns luxury homes — one in Florida, one in California — and is making a lucrative career as an entrepreneur.In 2012, she launched her own line of candy, ‘Sugarpova’, and during her suspension, signed up for a Harvard Business School course.But she insists that retirement was never an option despite her absence meaning her world ranking has disappeared, leaving her at the mercy of wildcards into tournaments.Those free-passes have irked many of her contemporaries already suspicious of the Russian’s aloofness.“I know I am respected,” says an unconcerned Sharapova. CBB Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ On Wednesday in Stuttgart, the 30-year-old will return from a 15-month doping suspension to open the next chapter.When she takes to the court to face Roberta Vinci, it will be to the consternation of many opponents and the relief, albeit privately, of a women’s tour left flagging by the absence of Serena Williams, probably Sharapova’s only serious rival in the arena-filling business.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSharapova shot to international fame as a giggly 17-year-old Wimbledon winner in 2004 — the third youngest player to conquer the All England Club’s famous grass courts.She would go on to win the Australian and US Opens while claiming two titles at the French Open, despite famously likening her movement on Roland Garros’s crushed red brick to a “cow on ice”. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 STUTTGART, Germany — From the shadow of Chernobyl’s nuclear wasteland to international super-stardom and from penniless arrival in the United States, without a word of English, to a fortune of $200 million.It may sound like the stuff of Hollywood dreams, but the story of Maria Sharapova is a testament to the power of one individual to make it, whatever the odds, whatever the controversy, whatever people think.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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Foton brushes off newcomer Cherrylume

first_imgFor Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ View comments New addition CJ Rosario made six points to serve as pillar for the Tornadoes while main players Santiago and Maica Ortiz were rested the whole of the first set.But Santiago and Ortiz, coming from stint with the national team to the Asian Club Championships in Kazakhstan, were briefly sent in the second set when Foton’s skeletal force were dragged to a 15-15 deadlock.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new ground“Our game [is] not yet 100 percent, we need more from the players,” said Foton coach Moro Branislav.Santiago scored three straight points as Foton quickly regained the driver’s seat. Ababa upbeat as Calatagan golf tourney rolls off LATEST STORIES Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April MOST READ Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig incenter_img Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Foton hardly felt the need for Jaja Santiago in disposing of newcomer Cherrylume Tuesday night.The Tornadoes used most of their new recruits to flatten the Iron Ladies, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, at the start of the Philippine Superliga All Filipino Conference at FilOil Flying V Center in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos 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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Player eligibility discussion advanced – Browne

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):West Indies chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has hinted that the process to amend the controversial eligibility rule was at an advanced stage.Speaking to Massy United Insurances Line & Length TV Show here, Browne said the process was currently being discussed at the West Indies cricket committee level and from there would go on to the full board.”There’s some discussion going on about revisiting the eligibility rule,” said the former West Indies wicketkeeper.”It is with the West Indies cricket committee and then that will go to the board, and, see what happens from there.”But I think it is important that we understand that our domestic cricket is key and players coming out of our domestic cricket, and showing they can go to the international level and perform, is important.”Yes, we have to look at it, but we have to be mindful that we have to develop our product, we have to develop our tournament. We have to develop it to a stage where we have a very good standard of regional cricket.”The eligibility rule requires players to make themselves available for domestic tournaments in order to qualify for selection to the West Indies side in the various formats.However, this has proved a sore point for marquee players over the years, as it has required them to forego lucrative contracts in foreign leagues to return home.Only recently, veteran right-hander Marlon Samuels was ruled ineligible for the one-day side because he played only two games of the Regional Super50 before heading to Pakistan to take up a T20 contract.Last March, newly appointed Director of Cricket Jimmy Adams said the rule was in definite need of review.last_img read more

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Mullings books Contender semi-final spot

first_imgSakima Mullings, the No. 1 seeded boxer in the Wray & Nephew 2017 Contender series, booked himself a spot in the semi-finals of the competition last Wednesday night with a hard-earned victory over Canadian Larone Whyte at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in St Andrew. He is now into the money round of the competition, which will pay $2 million to the winner, $500,000 to the runner-up, $250,000 for the boxer who finishes third, and $200,000 for the fourth-place finisher. After five bruising rounds, which had spectators cheering wildly for the entire time, judge Lindell Allen 49-46 and judge Ransford Burton 48-47 voted for Mullings while judge Brian Beauchamp voted 48-47 for Whyte. “I gave myself four rounds. I thought that I won fair and square, but so it goes,” said Whyte. SLOW STARTER Whyte had shown in his fight with Moncriffe that he is a slow starter. He lost the first two rounds that night, but came back to win the next three. He tried to emulate that feat on Wednesday, but just fell short of his goal. He, again, lost the first two rounds on the scorecards of the judges, but they differed regarding who won the next three and he lost by split decision. The atmosphere in the auditorium was electric as both men entered the ring, Mullings behind the Jamaican flag, and Whyte with both the Jamaican and Canadian flags, because he has Jamaican parents. Mullings started quickly, and with jabs and hooks to the body and head, he kept one step ahead of Whyte all the way. Whyte found his bearings in the third and made things much more competitive, as he and Mullings entered into a battle of attrition. Mullings said afterwards: “He would not make me rest and I would not make him rest. It was tough going.” In the fourth round, the pace started to tell on Mullings and he looked to be a bit winded. He switched tactics then – from torrid in-fighting to slick boxing. This gave him some respite, but he still knew that he was in the fight of his life. At the end of the contest, the crowd roared in appreciation and both men paid their respects to each other.last_img read more

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Dacres, Stahl lock horns in discus

first_imgAndre Lowe (AL): Fedrick Dacres is tipped by many to take the gold medal in the discus event at next month’s World Championships and he will get a chance to get familiar with the London Olympic Stadium when he lines up in a strong field tomorrow. Raymond Graham (RG): It is a strong field indeed. After being world leader for a while he no longer holds that spot as Daniel Stahl of Sweden has recently taken charge with a 71.29 metres throw and now is a great opportunity for Dacres to take back that lead. AL:”Lithuania’s Andriuz Gudzius also comes in with a good mark, a 68.61m personal best effort but he did that seven meets ago and has not been close since. This one should certainly be settled between the Jamaican and the Swede.” RG: “Not really. Remember you can’t write off the Polish thrower Piotr Malachowski, who has a best of over 71 metres in the event and could hit top form soon and with the great competition expected tomorrow, this could be the moment for him. AL: The world champion has looked a shade of himself this season and has been struggling with 64m and 65m throws all year. He will not figure much here. Stahl is confident, his 71m throw was his first effort over 68m so that was a big PB and it came at his last meet, he certainly has momentum on his side.” RG: It’s a big moment for Dacres as bragging rights and a psychological advantage can be crucial but I am siding with Stahl for this one to get the better of Dacres as he is in great form coming into the meet.” AL: “Well, neither will be short on motivation. Just 10 points separate the top five in this event on the road to the final with Stahl in the lead. He won’t repeat that 71m throw on Sunday. Dacres is in third place and he will get the win tomorrow with a 68m effort.last_img read more

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Choo Choo Blue ready to deliver

first_imgCHOO CHOO BLUE should be gifted a nice stalking pace in this afternoon’s 1300-metre Saint Cecelia Trophy – nothing fast enough to take her off the bridle early, or too slow for the run-on horses to be a threat when she is unleashed by hot apprentice Anthony Thomas. The only foreigner in the nine-horse line-up, four-year-old filly CHOO CHOO BLUE ran her last race at today’s trip, beaten a length-and-a-quarter by improved and super-fit CHACE THE GREAT on August 26. Going for back-to-back open allowance victories and quietly fancied at odds of 3-1, CHOO CHOO BLUE was taken out of her game plan after the horse expected to press CHACE THE GREAT, SIR BUDGET, was never better than fourth throughout. This caused CHOO CHOO BLUE to do the chasing, having to go after CHACE THE GREAT, who was able to settle on the lead and made all to win in a fast 1:18.4, leaving CHOO CHOO BLUE closing, but not fast enough. Returning at the exact weight, 53.0 kilos, for the Saint Cecelia, CHOO CHOO BLUE faces eight rivals, a half of whom she had behind in her last two races – GARY GLITTER, DWAYNE STAR, ANOTHER BULLET and CRUCIAL APPEAL, who has worked well but will have problems getting the distance, especially off a two-month lay-up. As far as the others are concerned, PINELOPE has woefully lost form, GOLDEN GLORY has bitten off way more than she can chew up in class, leaving PROLIFIC PRINCESS and LOTTERY TICKET as CHOO CHOO BLUE’s only real threats in the line-up. Though she’s probably at her best ever, consistent PROLIFIC PRINCESS faces a tough task from post-position one and could either get into trouble by being involved in the pace too early or be too far back when the mid-race speed kicks in leaving the half-mile. LOTTERY TICKET has certainly improved, getting three of her five career wins this season as a four-year-old, and seems to enjoy trainer Wayne DaCosta stretching her out a little further as she progresses up in class and the early speed becomes more torrid. CHOO CHOO BLUE appears to have a complete package and more scope for improvement. She is versatile and can sit in just about any pace her rivals can throw down, especially with CRUCIAL APPEAL highly suspect at the trip. After beating CHOO CHOO BLUE by a length-and-a-quarter, CHACE THE GREAT returned on September 9 to turn back CAMPESINO in the grade one None Such Sprint, clocking 1:11.3 in a four-and-a-half length romp, proving that he was above the grade in his previous race. With the handicaps in her favour, pace and distance to her liking, an in-form apprentice in the irons, CHOO CHOO BLUE is ready to deliver as she makes her way up the ladder to grade one.last_img read more

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Beckham Jr. has surgery on broken left ankle

first_imgEAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (AP):Three-time Pro Bowl receiver Odell Beckham Jr has had surgery for a broken left ankle.The Giants announced yesterday that Beckham had the surgery on Monday night in New York.Beckham was hurt Sunday in the fourth quarter of a loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. The team said Monday that the surgery was planned for later in the week. It didn’t explain the schedule change.More surgery was expected on fellow wide receivers Brandon Marshall (ankle) and Dwayne Harris (broken foot) yesterday.Marshall and Harris were injured Sunday in a game in which four Giants’ receivers were hurt.Sterling Shepard is day-to-day with an ankle injury.last_img read more

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