Ronaldo says his ban for pushing referee is ‘persecution’

first_img787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Ronaldo was given an additional four-match ban for shoving the referee in the back after he was shown the red card.Ronaldo concluded his Instagram message with “Thanks to my teammates and fans for their support.”The message was accompanied by a photo of the moment when referee Ricardo de Burgos Bengoetxea showed Ronaldo the red card.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has also criticized the extended ban of his best player.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo, left, celebrates after scoring during the Spanish Supercup, first leg, soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)MADRID — Cristiano Ronaldo has bitterly criticized his five-game suspension for pushing a referee who had sent him off, describing the ban as “persecution.”Ronaldo wrote on his Instagram account on Wednesday that “it is impossible to remain silent in this situation, 5 games!! It seems exaggerated and ridiculous to me, this is called persecution!”ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 View comments Teen gunned down in Masbate Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano US men’s basketball enters a new world—without its stars Ronaldo’s outburst came after the Spanish soccer federation ratified his suspension, which was announced on Monday.The Real Madrid forward will miss the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona later on Wednesday. Madrid holds a 3-1 advantage.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’He will also miss the first four matches of the Spanish league, which Madrid opens on Sunday at Deportivo La Coruna.Ronaldo was suspended for one match after being sent off during Sunday’s first leg of the Spanish Super Cup. Spanish media reports said Madrid appealed Ronaldo’s second yellow card, when the Portugal forward was booked for diving.last_img read more

Cavs ‘re-evaluating’ Irving-Thomas swap following post-trade physical—report

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles What’s in store for your animal sign this year “It’s a very sensitive situation,” a source reportedly told the veteran sports journalist, as relayed by Bleacher Report.Screen Grab from Twitter/@wojespnAlthough all signs point to the trade not being rescinded, Cleveland reportedly could push for an extra draft pick from the Boston Celtics.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’The original deal included the package of  Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and the Nets’ unprotected 2018 first-round pick to Cleveland for Irving.Meanwhile, Andre Igoudala, forward for the Cavs’ rivals Golden State Warriors, sent out a cryptic tweet, which most believe pertains to the ongoing trade situation. Philippines seizes silver in equestrian show jumping event Isaiah Thomas  (Elsa/Getty Images/AFP)The blockbuster Kyrie Irving for Isaiah Thomas swap is most likely set in stone by now, but the Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly “weighing their options” after the latter’s standard post-trade physical.According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the reigning NBA Eastern Conference Champions are wary of their newly acquired 5-foot-9 point guard  due to “uncertainty over the fitness of his injured hip.”ADVERTISEMENT 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 “Return to sender???” he wrote, which has since been retweeted over 3,000 times.Return to sender???— Andre Iguodala (@andre) August 26, 2017Meanwhile, despite having a tremendous regular season and a stellar start earlier in the playoffs, Thomas was sidelined for much of the Eastern Conference Finals showdown against the Cavs due to a right femoral-acetabular impingement with labral tear. Prior to being traded, the two-time NBA All-Star was expected to miss the Celtics’ training camp.  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu MOST READ Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal RELATED STORIES:On Basketball: Kyrie gets a new address, but Cavs win tradeNBA pros, fans react to Irving-Thomas megatradeSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay View commentslast_img read more

Back on top

first_imgA costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Winning start The Grand Slam-seeking Beermen formalized entry into the playoffs earlier by squeaking past KIA Picanto, 118-112.June Mar Fajardo scored 41 points and had 17 rebounds, playing the entire second half and towing the Beermen to their sixth win in nine outings.Fajardo scored 20 of his total in the fourth period to send KIA to its 10th straight loss.Star and TNT KaTropa tangle in a crucial match Sunday at 6:45 p.m. at Smart Araneta Coliseum where the Hotshots debut a third import in Iceland’s Kristofer Acox.The Texters will be gunning to improve a 6-3 card and stay well within top four contention, while the Hotshots, with a 5-3 record, will be shooting for a ticket to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Blackwater suits up new acquisition Allein Maliksi when it clashes with back-to-the-wall GlobalPort in the 4:30 p.m. game.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Break new ground End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments PBA IMAGESBouncing back from a rare loss in the PBA Governors’ Cup, Barangay Ginebra on Saturday night notched a win to reclaim top ranking—which Tim Cone won’t mind losing again.“I don’t care about being No. 1, 2, 3 or 4,” Cone said after an 89-82 victory over Rain or Shine that sewed up a twice-to-beat advantage for the Kings. “[Being No. 1] just adds extra pressure on you. We want to win as many games as we can and if we end up No. 1, that’s great.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award02:47Gatchalian seeks probe on Kuwait’s fake autopsy report on Villavende’s death00:50Trending 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 Taal Mondilla gets his redemption “But that’s not our goal, it’s top four,” he said after getting 28 points and 10 rebounds from import Justin Brownlee at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Kings picked up win No. 8 in 10 games. “It was just really important for us to get that eighth win.”Ginebra will play TNT KaTropa to close out its elimination round schedule, and a win in that Sept. 23 game would most likely give the Kings top ranking and the lightest first-round assignment in the playoffs.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogCone said the team was still smarting from a loss to San Miguel Beer a few nights ago.“We need to get better to reach their level,” he said. “We’re just not there yet.”last_img read more

Sablan hopeful UST will turn its fortunes around

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAs far as sports are concerned, moral victories never appear on a stat sheet.But for University of Santo Tomas head coach Boy Sablan, those intangible moments would yield something concrete soon enough.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Although UST did not erase the deficit in one defining run, the Growling Tigers did outscore the Blue Eagles 33-12 from the middle of the third to midway through the fourth.This was a small victory for Sablan, who sees it as the building block heading into the team’s breakthrough win in the season.“I’m happy with my team because even when we were down big, we still fought hard and in the end we just lost steam,” said Sablan. “We have five losses but we kept fighting. This is the hardest game because we fought back from 22 down to just one.”“That first win will come, I don’t know when but it will come at the right time.”ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.center_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody Norwood, Rain or Shine clamp down on TNT import Rice Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene UST may have lost to Ateneo, 94-84, in a frustrating fashion Wednesday to dig a deeper hole at 0-5, but coach Boy Sablan liked what he saw from his wards.The Growling Tigers were in a 22-point hole, 69-47, in the third quarter but managed to run back in the fourth and cut the deficit to 81-80 before the Blue Eagles closed the game on a 13-3 run.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“What they did, coming back from a 22-point, anyone will surely get a huge confidence boost from what happened,” said Sablan in Filipino.“Our first win is upon us. The whole team is praying and hoping that the next games would be a different round for us.”last_img read more

Abueva, Tratter part of Gilas’ 14-man pool vs Aussies

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Fil-American big man and “23-for-23” cadet member Abu Tratter will also join the Philippine team, which is missing key big men due to injuries.Reyes explained that Troy Rosario hasn’t gotten his medical clearance yet after his bad fall in TNT’s game against Phoenix on February 7, while Mac Belo is still not at 100 percent after recently recovering from his left knee injury.After Australia, Gilas goes home to take on Japan on February 25 at Mall of Asia Arena.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 Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer READ: Chot drops ‘disinterested’ Abueva, Almazan for 2nd leg“Finally got the go-signal to announce Gilas entourage leaving tomorrow (Monday),” Reyes wrote.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 folkNaturalized player Andray Blatche, chief point guard Jayson Castro, and four-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo lead the Philippine delegation as they visit the Boomers for their first duel in Group B action.Also part of the squad are Gabe Norwood, Japeth Aguilar, Allein Maliksi, Kevin Alas, RR Pogoy, Matthew Wright, Jio Jalalon, Carl Bryan Cruz, and Kiefer Ravena. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Ballesteros steps up, Meralco stays alive with upset win over Ginebra Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE PHOTO. Fiba.comHaving been dropped from consideration for the second window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers last month, Calvin Abueva managed to make the cut for the Gilas Pilipinas pool which will fly to Melbourne on Monday.National team coach Chot Reyes announced his 14-man pool for the February 22 game against Australia on his Twitter account on Sunday night. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Paul Lee downplays finger injury, assures he’ll be ready for Game 4

first_imgNo Fajardo needed as San Miguel’s second unit gets job done Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netPaul Lee allayed fears of getting sidelined and promised to play playing for Magnolia in crucial Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup Finals on Wednesday.Lee  grimaced in pain as he hurt his middle finger on his right hand when he tried to reach for the ball off a jumpball early in the fourth quarter. He left the game with 9:01 left and didn’t return.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback “We expected that San Miguel will play this way because they’re really strong. But just like what kuya Ping [Marc Pingris] told us, we need to double the effort especially on defense,” he said.“It’s going to be hard for us if we go down 1-3. It will be a big game for us next game.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 “I’ll be ready. This is nothing,” he said on the heels of the Hotshots’ 87-111 Game 3 defeat. “I jammed my finger. When I reached, my middle finger hit the knee of Matt (Ganuelas-Rosser).”Coach Chito Victolero opted to no longer check Lee back in as the Beermen already held an 83-71 lead at that point.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“I decided to rest Paul in preparation for our next game,” relayed the bench tactician.Things just got even tougher for the Hotshots, who are looking to avoid a dangerous 1-3 hole against the highly-favored three-time defending champions, and that fact is not lost on Lee. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism MOST READcenter_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters View commentslast_img read more

Kobe: Enjoy LeBron James’ quest

first_imgMOST READ LOS ANGELES, CA – MARCH 10: LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers jokes with Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during a 120-108 Cavaliers win at Staples Center on March 10, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPWhile there is a never-ending debate as to who is the greatest basketball player of all time, Kobe Bryant, whose name is also in the discussion, thinks it’s best to just appreciate the greatness of each player without criticizing others.Bryant, the Los Angeles Lakers legend, posted a tweet urging his followers to “enjoy” what LeBron James has been able to accomplish shortly after the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar carried the Cavs to their fourth straight NBA Finals appearance following a Game 7 win over the Boston Celtics on the road.ADVERTISEMENT Bryant is referring to himself, who won five NBA titles, six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan and LeBron James, who just made his eighth straight NBA Finals appearance in his 15th season in the league.The 33-year-old James has been on another tear in the postseason, averaging 34 points on 54 percent shooting from the field, 9.2 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. We can enjoy one without tearing down one. I love what he’s doing. Don’t debate what can’t be definitively won by anyone #enjoymy5 #enjoymj6 #enjoylbjquest— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 28, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Former Spurs forward Bruce Bowen to attend NBA Finals viewing parties in PH Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. James delivered anew in Game 7 with 35 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists in an 87-79 win over the Celtics, who were previously undefeated at home in this year’s playoffs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Standing down?

first_imgSan Miguel Beer’s continued rise out of a puzzling slump to start the PBA Commissioner’s Cup and the looming Fiba 3×3 World Cup have cast a spotlight on Christian Standhardinger’s inflamed knee.Beermen coach Leo Austria won’t prioritize the team’s run over his rookie’s health, but the scrappy big man wants to suit up as soon as possible, both for his club team and the national team in the world cup.ADVERTISEMENT “I don’t care if we win or lose as long as we don’t compromise Christian’s health,” said Austria, as the Beermen prepare to play the Columbian Dyip at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“He’s a warrior and his doctors advised to rest him when needed. We’ll see if he can play [today],” Austria added.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 crownThe Beermen are on a roll after losing their first three outings. San Miguel Beer clipped Phoenix Fuel before knocking down Barangay Ginebra in overtime.“That Ginebra win was a good morale-booster coming into this game, which I expect to be hard and exciting,” Austria said of the game which saw Standhardinger nailed to the bench throughout the 104-97 triumph on Sunday after 60 cc of fluid was extracted from his swollen right knee. View comments Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding American fires 63 for Southwoods lead 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 MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meanwhile, coming off a piercing defeat at the hands of Rain or Shine, Magnolia (3-2) aims to get back on its feet against a hard-luck Blackwater (0-7) side in Wednesday’s curtain raiser.“This is a long tournament and we will not force him (Standhardinger) to play if he’s not 100 percent,” Austria said.Only the top eight squads will progress to the quarterfinals after the 11-game elimination round.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Standhardinger, however, wants to see action soon, especially since he hates the idea of skipping the 3×3 world cup, where he leads the Philippine team that also includes Troy Rosario and Roger Pogoy of TNT KaTropa and Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort.The Philippines, seeded 19th, was plugged in a tough group that also features No. 6 Brazil, No. 11 Mongolia and powerhouse squads Russia and Canada, whose players have been one of the best professional teams on the Fiba 3×3 World Tour for the last five years.“I’ll do everything in my power to play 3×3,” Standhardinger said on Sunday. “That’s very important for me. I just can’t worry about (my injury). I do what I’m supposed to, get stronger, and be fine.”The Philippines opens against Brazil on Saturday.“We have a lot of games soon, and also we have the 3×3 and that’s obviously very important,” Standhardinger said.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

James Yap says Ginebra fun to beat: ‘So many people will hate you’

first_imgThroughout his career, James Yap has always been a poster boy.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins “Whenever you face Ginebra, you always go up against six people and that includes the fans,” said Yap in Filipino Thursday at Mall of Asia Arena after Rain or Shine sunk Globalport, 103-97, in the quarterfinals rubber match.“I think I’ve said this before, Ginebra is so fun to beat because there are so many people who will hate you.”Yap is no stranger to breaking the hearts of the Ginebra fateful. He did that several times in the past including two playoff series in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup and 2014 Philippine Cup where Purefoods ended up taking the championship.This time, however, Yap is carrying a new team for the first time in the semifinals and he is still excited to face his old nemesis in the playoffs.“So it will be love, love, love for me and coach Caloy [Garcia] because this will be the first time for us,” said Yap who had a season-high 27 points in the game against the Batang Pier. “I’m sure coach Caloy is happy, and so am because we’re in the semifinals because when I got here the farthest we’ve come is the quarterfinals.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He was the undisputed face of the PBA in the early part of his career, winning two MVPs in 2006 and 2010 as part of the Purefood franchise.And even when he was traded to Rain or Shine in 2016, he remains a presence in the league despite his diminished role.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’This positive notoriety that Yap has built in his 14-year career has always made him a crowd darling, but that doesn’t mean he will hesitate to play the role of the villain.The Elasto Painters are set to face Barangay Ginebra San Miguel, arguably the most loved franchise in the PBA, in the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals and Yap is ready to wear his cloak of antagonism. Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 MOST READ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ The heavyweight battler bringing back ‘the old Pacquiao’ View commentslast_img read more

After 2 closes loses, Philippines bags first win in AVC Asian Cup

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew House panel moves to save ethnic games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Team Philippines flashes that winning smile after four-set triumph over KAZ. Photo by Marc ReyesNAKHON Ratchasima, Thailand —The Philippines broke into the winning column, something it almost did the two previous games, by beating Kazakhstan, 25-22, 25-23, 20-25, 25-17, Tuesday night in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Asian Cup here.The win put a flicker of hope for the Filipinas who can make the quarterfinals with a 1-2 record depending on the results of the games set late Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img View comments MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title But more than anything, it was sweet win for the Philippines who blew away matches against Australia and Iran which saw them leading.“Yes, we got one,” said PH coach Shaq delos Santos. “I gave the players some choice words.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissDelos Santos admitted that he dissed his usual cool demeanor during huddle after noticing the players “relax after taking the lead.” 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