Forget the Derby! Classic Empire healthy for Preakness run

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP):Classic Empire has recovered nicely from his distressing race at the Kentucky Derby – and so have his handlers.After being bumped and jostled early at Churchill Downs, Classic Empire finished a disappointing fourth. If that wasn’t bad enough, the bay colt emerged from the race with an inflamed right eye.Now healthy and charging through his workouts, Classic Empire appears poised for a bounce-back performance Saturday in the Preakness.”Everything about him is perfect. Truthfully, I think he’s doing better than ever,” said Norman Casse, son and chief assistant to trainer Mark Casse. “All signs show that he’s going to run a really good race.”Classic Empire ran a heck of race in the Derby, but the poor start provided him with too much of a deficit to make up against Always Dreaming, who sloshed through the mud to victory.Starting in the No. 14 post, Classic Empire was a victim of a chain-reaction collision that began when Irish War Cry veered left into McCraken. Five horses were involved, none of which finished in the money.Casse watched on TV in the paddock as the horrific event unfolded.”In a race like the Derby, it’s so paramount to have a good position going into the first turn,” Casse said. “If you don’t, you do things you don’t want to do.”With no other options, jockey Julien Leparoux took Classic Empire wide on the second turn in an effort to get back in the race. The horse rallied from 13th place to sixth in the stretch but couldn’t complete the comeback.”He ran a great race to finish fourth and never quit on me,” Leparoux said. “Hopefully we get a cleaner trip at Pimlico.”Speaking yesterday outside the Pimlico Stakes Barn, Casse insisted the team has moved on.”The Derby is a race we always want to win. It’s No. 1 on our bucket list,” Casse said. “But we haven’t really dwelled on it. We know our horse ran well and that there were other big races that go after, and this was the first one on the list, obviously. That’s all it’s been about.”EARNINGS SET TO INCREASEClassic Empire was an early favourite at the Derby, coming in with five wins in seven career races. He has more than US$2.2 million in career earnings, and Casse expects to significantly increase that total this weekend.For one thing, it won’t be as crowded in the starting gate.”It’s always a fairer race. You don’t have 20 horses, you don’t have a bunch of horses that don’t belong in the race,” Casse said. “Things get sorted out a little bit more here at the Preakness.”At the Derby, Todd Pletcher, trainer of Always Dreaming, conceded that “the start of the race compromised a number of horses”.In the Preakness, Casse envisions a duel worthy of a Triple Crown event.”What we’re hoping for,” he said, “is that they both get fair trips, they both are eyeing each other at the quarter-pole and they can sort it out down the lane.”last_img read more

Lesser lights deliver for Gilas in rout of India

first_imgIndian national gunned down in Camarines Sur View comments SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans Gilas Pilipinas whips India by 31 points 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Tolomia played 25 minutes and finished with eight points and five assists, ably taking the place of Kiefer Ravena and Jio Jalalon as both played just a combined 21 minutes at the point.“We have very able players to step in.”It turned out that one of the reasons why Pogoy made his way to the press room was to find out whom between Pessumal and Vosotros was going to talk longer during the interview.Reyes himself bared that Pogoy won the bet, having put a wager on Pessumal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube TAIPEI – In his warm up pants and a Gilas Pilipinas shirt, RR Pogoy was one interested man in a place he really doesn’t belong: inside the press room.ADVERTISEMENT LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It was the fifth win in eight games for Gilas, which closes it out against Iran Sunday at 5 p.m., a game which Reyes said that team will be taking very seriously.“We wanted to give a lot of minutes to the guys (young players),” Reyes said. “One of our objectives for participating here was to prepare our SEAG (Southeast Asian Games lineup) and Von and Almond are integral parts of that lineup.”“We’re just thankful for the opportunity to play,” Pessumal, the former Eagle in the UAAP, said. “We knew our teammates were tired after seven straight games and we had the mindset of helping the team. We just stayed ready while waiting for the opportunity.”Mike Tolomia, Ed Daquioag and Fonzo Gotladera also saw major minutes, with Carl Cruz giving out his usual contributions. All of them will be in Kuala Lumpur eyeing the Philippines’ 18th gold medal in the biennial meet.“It was just a great testament to our players that they are ready despite not getting the minutes (in the past games),” Reyes said with pride. “That’s why we brought the kind of players we brought here – for depth.”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson After sitting out his first game in the Jones Cup Invitational, Pogoy went with Almond Vosotros and Von Pessumal and coach Chot Reyes for the interview, filming his teammates after a job well done that saw the Filipinos manhandle India, 101-70 on Saturday afternoon at Taipei Peace Basketball Hall here.Pessumal and Vosotros made not only Pogoy, but the entire team proud after shooting 14 points each and delivering when called upon for the first time.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’“I’m just so happy for them,” Pogoy said in Filipino while shooting Vosotros during the interview. “They both played very well.”Bitter rivals in the UAAP with La Salle and Ateneo, Vosotros and Pessumal made sure that Reyes wouldn’t miss Pogoy’s outside sniping after hitting four triples each in a combined 17 attempts that helped the Filipinos break away. McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

TNT takes 3rd win, sends Phoenix crashing to 6th straight loss

first_imgPBA IMAGESTNT bounced back and humbled Phoenix, 110-103, for its third win in the PBA Governors’ Cup Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The KaTropa got out of the .500 plateau and improved to 3-2 and redeemed themselves after their humiliating 104-73 loss to Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT Roger Pogoy gave TNT a late buffer after his inside bank shot put the KaTropa up 107-101 with 1:46 left in before import Glen Rice Jr. secured the victory after picking off Brandon Brown’s pass with 40 ticks to go.Rice not only willed TNT to victory with his 38-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist line, he also bounced back from his subpar PBA debut.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’“We went to this game with the hope of Glen playing a lot better than he played the last game, and today he did,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela.Rice struggled mightily in his debut against the Elasto Painters chucking up numerous shots and finishing on a disastrous 6-of-22 clip for 19 points. Kelly Williams finished with 18 points to complement Rice’s scoring while Ranidel de Ocampo added 14.Pogoy and Jayson Castro also finished in double digits with 13 and 11 points, respectively for TNT.Brown lit up the Fuel Masters, who lost their sixth straight for a 2-6 record, with 49 points and 19 boards.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. What’s in store for your animal sign this year Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu Valdez: Vietnam really prepared for us Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Griffin leads Clippers past Cousins-less Pelicans

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Davis had a scary moment late in Sunday’s game when he tried to beat Jordan off the dribble. He slipped near the edge of the paint and went down with his legs splayed. He remained in the game, but kept trying to stretch out his groin. Having played more than 40 minutes, including the entire second half, Davis received prolonged treatment after the game and did not speak with media, but there was no indication from team officials that he would miss New Orleans’ next game.His slip resulted in a turnover with the Pelicans trailing 105-102, and Griffin then sank his decisive 3 on Los Angeles’ next possession.Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and E’Twaun Moore 18 for the Pelicans, who led 62-51 at halftime but fell behind for good when they were outscored by 14 points in the third quarter.“We didn’t make shots to start the quarter and we let it affect our aggressiveness defensively,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “We have to get past that.”The Clippers took their first lead when Williams hit a 20-foot jumper and left-wing 3 in succession to make it 72-70 late in the third period. The Pelicans briefly regained a 75-74 lead on Jameer Nelson’s 3 before falling behind for good on Griffin’s layup as he was fouled.ADVERTISEMENT Rousey shifts to wrestling with surprise Royal Rumble cameo UP NEXTClippers: Host Portland on Tuesday night.Pelicans: Host Sacramento on Tuesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Without Cousins, New Orleans relied more on a smaller lineup and attempted 35 3s, but hit only nine. The Pelicans also made only 2 of 19 3s attempted in the second half.“We got a lot of good, wide-open shots that didn’t go down,” Holiday said. “We need to start attacking the basket, as we did in the first half. I feel like sometimes teams give us the jump shot and we take it. Tonight we had too many misses, and from there they came down and hit their shots.”TIP-INSClippers: Williams has scored at least 20 points in each of his past 12 games in a reserve role. … Clippers reserves other than Williams combined to score 12 points. … Teodosic scored 12 points.Pelicans: Davis’ rebound total gave him a franchise all-time high of 3,857, eclipsing David West’s mark of 3,853. … The Pelicans tied their largest lost lead of the season, having also lost to Golden State on Dec. 4 after leading by 21. … Asik, who was averaging 7.4 minutes per game, played eight minutes in Cousins’ absence and had four points and three rebounds.BEFORE THE BREAKNew Orleans scored the first eight points of the game, starting with Davis’ alley-oop dunk, and led the entire first half.Despite Davis scoring only six points in the first 24 minutes, the Pelicans opened up a 56-35 lead on a 3 by Dante Cunningham, who started in Cousins’ absence.Ian Clark and Darius Miller each hit 3s, Clark added a layup and reserve center Omer Asik scored twice inside during a 20-7 Pelicans run in the second quarter.The Clippers closed the gap with a 16-6 spurt that began with Williams’ 3, included Jordan’s dunk of Griffin’s alley-oop lob and ended with Griffin’s 3. 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Griffin had 27 points and 12 rebounds, capped by his crushing 3-pointer with 43 seconds left, and Los Angeles beat New Orleans 112-103 on Sunday in the Pelicans’ first game since a season-ending injury to All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.Lou Williams added 22 points, DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 19 rebounds, and Tyrone Wallace scored 19 points for the Clippers, who erased a 21-point, first-half deficit and snapped New Orleans’ four-game winning streak. It was the largest comeback of the season for the Clippers — and the largest road comeback since 2004, when they were coached by Mike Dunleavy, who is now a college coach in New Orleans with Tulane.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“We never feel like we are out of a game. We find hope in being naïve,” Williams said. “We never think we are going to lose.”Anthony Davis had 25 points and 17 rebounds for the Pelicans. New Orleans had won seven of eight coming in, but was playing for the first time all season without Cousins, who averaged 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds before tearing his Achilles tendon in the final seconds of a victory over Houston on Friday night.center_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) shoots against New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. The Clippers won 112-103. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)NEW ORLEANS — Blake Griffin and his Clippers teammates figured they deserved the unpleasant critique from coach Doc Rivers at halftime. So they took it to heart and completed the franchise’s greatest road comeback in more than a decade.“He got into us a little bit. He said all the things we needed to hear,” Griffin said of Rivers’ locker-room talk before the Clippers’ dominant third quarter. “When coaches say what you need to hear and players come out and execute on it, it’s a perfect harmony.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

JRU nears Final Four, goes on 15-0 run in 4th set to beat Lyceum

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Three Lady Pirates finished in double-digit scoring with Christine Miralles and Monica Sevilla tallying 11 each while Elainr Juanillo chipped in 10.Lyceum shot itself in the foot with 38 errors while JRU committed only 19.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I’m very proud of my players. Of course, they worked really hard for us to make it to this point,” said JRU head coach Mia Tioseco in Filipino.“Hopefully, we get into the Final Four. At least, we’re one foot in,” added Tioseco, who steered her team to a 6-3 record in the elimination round.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 folkShola Alvarez fired 23 points while Dolly Verzosa added 15 points for JRU, which scored 15 unanswered points to wipe out an 11-5 deficit in the fourth set.“I just told them to stay focused and not repeat our mistakes in the second set where we were really careless,” said Alvarez in Filipino. Pistons stay unbeaten with Griffin, rout Blazers Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal University secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot after turning back also-ran Lyceum, 25-13, 25-23, 25-11, 25-12, in the NCAA Season 93 women’s volleyball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Bombers are eyeing their first Final Four appearance since making their return in the tournament in 2008 and they will earn an outright berth if University of Perpetual Help knocks off College of St. Benilde in the second game.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Padda shows love for Lady Falcons’ veterans on Valentine’s Day

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Races too close to call at NBA All-Star break Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak In the day dedicated to love and smooches, Adamson University head coach Air Padda showed affection for her three veterans—skipper Jema Galanza, Mylene Paat, and Fhen Emnas.The three have experienced Adamson’s lowest point in years past especially Galanza who served as the captain in Season 79 when the Lady Falcons won just one game in 14 outings.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 folkAnd now that the Lady Falcons managed to go to 2-1 in Season 80, doubling their win total from a year ago, Padda couldn’t help but give love to her leaders.“I love these girls,” said Padda after their 25-9, 27-25, 25-20 win over University of the Philippines Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. “I’ve said this before, Jema carried our team and she was playing in the most difficult of times. With Mylene and Fhen coming back, they came back with a purpose to accomplish something.”Galanza, who had 14 points against UP, said she can finally see the fruits of their hard labor come to bloom.“I feel that all our hard work is producing results,” said Galanza in Filipino. “We can see the results and I’m really happy for the team.”Paat and Emnas sat out Season 79 but came back for Season 80 to help Adamson get back on track.And help the Lady Falcons they did.ADVERTISEMENT Paat put up 15 points, eight of which were aces, while Emnas had eight points and 34 excellent sets.“When I was scoring those aces I kept telling myself ‘I can do all things through Christ,’” said Paat in Filipino and quoting Philippians 4:13. “I actually didn’t feel that I was scoring that many aces.”“Right now I’m happy for the team because it’s not just one person,” said Emnas in Filipino. “All of us, even the bench players, know what they’re supposed to do. We all know that we can rely on each other.”Padda said they have to trust on each other and not just rely on one person to do the heavy lifting, which was what they did back in Season 79 when all Adamson had was Galanza carrying the Lady Falcons the whole tournament.“I told the guys that they had to make a pact, they can’t do this alone,” said Padda. “Mylene can’t do it by herself, Jema can’t do it by herself and I think it’s really starting. You’re able to see it on the court, I know it’s only our third game but something is happening here.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year LATEST STORIES View comments 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 Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Who says Valentine’s Day is just for the loving couples?ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

On Pace: Indiana opens eyes with blowout of LeBron, Cavs

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ But as the Indiana Pacers strolled quietly into practice on Monday at Quicken Loans Arena, a building they silenced less than 24 hours earlier with an eye-catching playoff win in Game 1 over the Cavaliers, there was something unmistakable about them.They’re confident — and they’re no longer a secret.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“People didn’t expect us to do this well,” Pacers forward Thaddeus Young said, leaning back in a cushioned chair at the end of Indiana’s bench. “We like that. That’s what kind of drives our motor a little bit, being overlooked and no one expecting us to do what we’re currently doing.”The Pacers were the better team — by far — on Sunday, leading from tip to final horn in a 98-80 victory over Cleveland that snapped a 21-game winning streak in the first round for LeBron James, who had never opened the playoffs before with a loss and figures to be more aggressive in Game 2 on Wednesday. “They underestimate us,” Lance Stephenson said, referring to everyone, not just those Cleveland fans taunting the Pacers on Sunday. “They didn’t think we would get this far and they didn’t think we was going to win that many games. But if you look at our team, I guess you could say we don’t have that one player or the type of players that stand out, and that’s why they underestimate us.”Stephenson, the Pacers’ instigator, spark and arch-enemy to James, set the tone for Indiana’s impressive win in Game 1 with a thunderous first-quarter dunk he celebrated by bashing his head into the padded basket stanchion.“I’m a little dizzy right now,” he joked before Monday’s workout.His teammates’ heads aren’t spinning after the series-opening win over the Cavs, who swept the Pacers in the first round a year ago. They expected to play well, and they did. The Pacers aren’t flashy, but fundamental. They do the little things: boxing out, diving for loose balls, taking charges.They’ve been successful by following coach Nate McMillan’s simple formula: share the ball, stop your man and stay connected.“We’ve been playing like this all year,” said Oladipo, the team’s rising star who has been on a mission since coming over from Oklahoma City in the deal for George. “Been playing hard on both ends all year. It just hasn’t been magnified. So it’s the playoffs now, we’ve been doing this all year. Now everybody sees.”Young, who along with Myles Turner are the only starters from last year’s playoff squad, said Indiana’s success is rooted in the team’s togetherness. A year ago, the Pacers were going in different directions.“We had a lot of guys with egos that we really couldn’t push aside” he said. “And there was a lot of miscommunication and a lot of different things that were going on. We didn’t know if Paul was going to be here. We didn’t know if Jeff (Teague) was going to stick around. There was a lot of uncertainty and no clarity from Day One and that hurt us from being a better team than we could’ve been.“But this team here, we’re all in. We take each and every step together. We try to work in unison each and every day. We come to work and put our hard hats on and we all believe in each other.”The Pacers took Sunday’s win in stride, like a team that has won bigger games before. There was no chest-thumping, no bragging, nothing but talk of doing it again. Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo, left, passes against Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love in the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series, Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — They’ve spent the entire season on the fringe, virtually ignored by all but the most savvy fans and NBA insiders.They don’t have any household names or any superstars on their roster, just one All-Star and a role player best known for foolish on-court antics.ADVERTISEMENT “There ain’t nothing to celebrate about,” Stephenson said. “We won the game, but we got more to accomplish.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Linden wins Boston Marathon, 1st US woman since ’85 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Led by Victor Oladipo’s 32-point, tough-shot-after-tough-shot performance, Indiana outplayed, outhustled and outlasted Cleveland, giving the Pacers a 4-1 record this season against the three-time defending conference champions.This may have been a surprise to outsiders, but it was just another day on the office hardwood for the Pacers, who won 48 games during the regular season and were the only team to beat Golden State twice.Didn’t know that, did you?Well, most of Indiana’s accomplishments have been woefully under-publicized. That’s what happens when only one of your games is shown on national TV, you’re playing in a mid-market city and you appeared to throw away the future by trading away your biggest star, Paul George, last summer.But the lack of attention doesn’t faze Pacers. It fuels them.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. 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Wilder: Joshua should take $50 million offer—and soon

first_imgWBC Heavyweight Champion Deontay Wilder speaks at a press conference before the GEICO 500 NASCAR Talladega auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Sunday, April 29, 2018, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)TALLADEGA, Ala. — WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder thinks he’ll get the next shot at Anthony Joshua.Wilder said Sunday before serving as honorary pace car driver for the NASCAR race at Talladega Superspeedway that the fight “will definitely happen.” He said his team has offered Joshua a guarantee of at least $50 million.ADVERTISEMENT “When the fight happens, it’s going to be an epic one. At the end of that fight, there will be one champion, one face, one name and his name is Deontay Wilder.”The visit to Talladega was a respite from what the Tuscaloosa resident said has been a stressful year. He wore a gold robe to the track, visiting drivers and their haulers.He likes fast cars, counting a Lamborghini as part of his collection.“I can’t stop smiling for some reason,” Wilder said. “I just can’t. I love smiling. I love interacting with the people.“I’m in my element right now, fast cars, people enjoying the weather. It don’t get no better than this.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Shelly Finkel, one of Wilder’s managers, has told ESPN that the offer would include $50 million against 50 percent of the revenue at a site of Wilder’s choosing between September and December.“If Joshua and his team are smart enough, they’ll take this fight and take it soon,” said Wilder, who is 40-0 with 39 knockouts. “We’re not going to be waiting. The offer’s on the table: $50 million and he gets 50-50 split upward, so he can make even more money than that.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“That’s going to be the highest up-front money that any heavyweight fighter has ever gotten in their career. That’s a lot of money to turn down and I know he’s not Dave Chappelle, so it’s going to happen.”He was referring to the comedian’s decision to reject a $50 million deal for his Comedy Central show back in 2005. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Player of the Week: Tiu’s all-around game key to Painters’ strong start In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES A fight with Joshua would be a unification bout for the four heavyweight tiles.Wilder said he watched fellow heavyweight Jarrell Miller remain unbeaten Saturday night with a unanimous decision over Johann Duhaupas, whom Wilder knocked out in the 11th round in 2015. Miller and Joshua are both promoted by Eddie Hearn. Hearn has talked about Joshua facing Miller before Wilder.“I’m ready for Anthony Joshua,” Miller said after the fight in New York City. “Let’s bring him to Brooklyn and show him how we do it.”Wilder, though, thinks he’s next in line for Joshua in what would be his first fight outside of his native Britain.“It’ll definitely get made,” he said. “It’s just a matter of time. With the magnitude of this fight, it takes time. I think a lot of negotiations and different things are going on. That’s part of the buildup to it.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding View commentslast_img read more

Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau

first_imgAnother Filipino fighter will strut his stuff in Macau for ONE Championship’s Pinnacle of Power card on June 23.Rodian Menchavez (5-1) is set to make his debut in the promotion, making it to the card that features interim ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio (10-6) taking on undisputed ONE World flyweight titlist Adriano Moraes (17-2) in a title unification bout in the co-main event.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Eustaquio’s Team Lakay stable mates Edward Kelly (10-4) and Danny Kingad (6-1) are also in the card and are scheduled to face against Narantungalag Jadambaa (12-5) and Ma Hao Bin (10-2), respectively.Menchavez will bring his four-fight winning streak on the line against China’s Li Kai Wen (7-4), the ONE Featherweight Beijing 2014 Champion, in their featherweight bout.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 crownONE Women’s World strawweight champion Xiong Jing Nan (11-1) will defend her title against Argentinian Laura Balin (10-2) in the main event at Studio City Event Center.Malaysia’s Ev Ting (15-4) will look to extend his winning streak to three fights against Japan’s Koji Ando (12-6), who is looking to stop his two-fight skid in their lightweight bout. Fajardo, Beermen make it 3 straight with rout of Dyip Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations The fight card will also include two fights in the super series, one in Muay Thai and the other in kickboxing.Lerdsila Phuket Top Team (186-31-5), a three-time Rajadamnern Stadium World Champion across three different weight classes, will face Cambodia’s Sok Thy (221-36-12) in the ONE Super Series Muay Thai division.Cameroon’s Alain Ngalani, a four-time Muay Thai and kickboxing heavyweight World champion, (25-7-1, 2 NC) will duke it out against the Netherlands’ Tarik Khbabez (42-5-1), who was a two-time Heavyweight Superkombat World Champion.Muay Thai practitioner Rui Botelho (17-6-2), who fights out of Portugal’s capital of Lisbon, will make his debut in the ONE Super Series against Japan’s Yoshinori Ogasawara (14-4-4).Mario Satya Wirawan (5-5) of Indonesia will look to stop his three-fight skid against Cambodia’s Rin Saroth (2-5), who’s lost his last two fights, in their featherweight match in the card’s opening match. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Up next for USA Basketball: Waiting, and hoping

first_imgLacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES “I know he’s excited,” Wall said. “Definitely didn’t want to miss that experience. So we understand why he’s not here. If not for that he definitely would have been here.”GOING-AWAY GIFTS: Gregg Popovich promised that he would buy some USA Basketball players cars based on their performance at camp.He fulfilled his end of the bargain — sort of. Popovich showed up Friday with cars for winners of various drills. They were toy miniature cars, but cars nonetheless.“They all laughed, they all thought it was funny,” Popovich said. “Just screwing with them.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Assuming the U.S. qualifies, Popovich expects to have regular discussions with USA Basketball officials like Jerry Colangelo about who they’d like to consider for the team — as well as NBA players, to gauge their interest.CONLEY PROGRESSING: Mike Conley of the Memphis Grizzlies was limited to 12 games last season because of a heel injury that required surgery. He participated in USA Basketball’s minicamp this week, albeit not in contact portions.“I wish I could have participated in the contact stuff and I think I could,” Conley said. “But I think we’re being more cautious than anything. I feel really good and should be ready to go by training camp.”He has been playing in halfcourt sessions as part of his rehab, but has yet to partake in any 5-on-5 action.Waiting has been frustrating, he said.ADVERTISEMENT United States men’s national team coach Gregg Popovich speaks with players during a training camp for USA Basketball, Friday, July 27, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — And now, they wait.USA Basketball’s two-day minicamp ended Friday, and what’s next for the national team isn’t exactly clear. If all goes well, they’ll be gathering for a camp around this time next year to begin training for the FIBA World Cup in China.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img “April, May, June, there were times when I was like ‘Man, this is taking forever,’” Conley said. “But right now, I think it’s all starting to come together.”Conley is going into his 12th NBA season, all with the Grizzlies. He’s averaged 14.3 points and 5.7 assists per game so far in his career.ASSISTANTS: USA Basketball coach Gregg Popovich had plenty of help in Las Vegas this week.His assistant coach roster for camp was star-studded: Villanova coach Jay Wright, Gonzaga coach Mark Few, Golden State associate head coach Mike Brown, Miami assistant Dan Craig, Utah assistant Alex Jensen, Boston assistant Jay Larranaga, Dallas assistant Jamahl Mosley, San Antonio assistant Ime Udoka and Portland assistant David Vanterpool.Popovich said he went through a varied process when it came to picking a camp staff, relying on both his personal knowledge of what some coaches can offer and getting feedback from other coaches in many cases.“Recommendations, my own knowledge of some of them, and I thought it’d be good for them to get the exposure,” Popovich said. “For them to be around all these players, I think it helps everybody. I think it’s a win-win.”Craig said when he got the call from Popovich, he was stunned. The call was brief, he said, and came when Craig was driving to work in Miami a few weeks ago.“I was really just flattered and honored that they would think of me, USA Basketball and coach Popovich,” Craig said.WIZARD DAD: It’s not often that Washington’s John Wall takes the court without backcourt partner Bradley Beal. And USA Basketball wanted them both together in Las Vegas this week as well.Beal passed, for good reason. He just became a dad. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Olympic champ Biles focused on future, not legacy in return ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Thing is, the Americans might not know until February if they’ve qualified.So while U.S. coach Gregg Popovich of the San Antonio Spurs will keep planning and thinking about what may be ahead, he knows that work comes with no guarantees at this 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 still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“We’re not going anywhere if we don’t qualify,” Popovich said. “Jeff Van Gundy has been doing a great job in handling that. It’s a big-time job and our focus, once we qualify, is the World Cup in China. We don’t even think about the Olympics. The goal is the world championship in China next summer. So that’s what we’re working toward.”Van Gundy is coaching the Americans through qualifying for the World Cup. It resumes in September, and the U.S. will keep using G League players — as it has for its first six games of the tournament where it is trying to land a berth in the China field. The Americans are 5-1 so far, though could face serious challenges when the second round begins in Las Vegas in mid-September. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ MOST READlast_img read more