World leaders MVP

first_imgWestern Bureau: MVP Track Club, anchored by World Championships 100 metres champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, ran a world-leading 43.31 seconds to win the women’s 4×100 metres at yesterday’s 38th staging of the Milo Western Relays inside the Montego Bay Sports Complex. Fraser-Pryce powered her team to victory after receiving the baton from new teammate Bahamian Shanique Ferguson. Carrie Russell led off for MVP and took little time to close down the field before handing the baton to second-leg runner and World 200m silver medalist Elaine Thompson. G.C. Foster College ‘A’ took silver in 43.94, with the University of Technology crossing the line third in 44.55. It’s a belated start to the outdoor season for the double World champion Fraser-Pryce, who showed little rust as she took control of her leg to blitz the field. “It was a good race for me; my first of the season, and I am just happy to have gotten this race out of the way,” Fraser-Pryce said. “As a team, I feel we did well, even with a new teammate, and I just couldn’t be happier, as usual, running at the Milo Relays,” she said. – More on yesterday’s meet in tomorrow’s Gleaner.last_img read more

Alleyne’s record quadruple

first_imgJoshua Daniel Alleyne, a standout at the Mayberry Preparatory and Primary Schools Swimming Championships, shattered four individual records in helping his school to second place courtesy of the highest overall individual performance.Meanwhile, a total of 38 prep and primary swimmers broke records, while there were six relay marks set at the highly entertaining and compact event.Twelve-year-old Alleyne is Sts Peter and Paul Preparatory’s head boy and contributed a whopping 43 points to their title ambitions, which saw them finishing second best behind Wolmer’s Prep’s 232.50 points, with 148.Young Alleyne trains every day except Tuesdays at the National Aquatics Centre, where he has gone unbeaten in over three years, and swept four records last year.He will be looking to attend his preferred choice, Campion College, later this year.Mother, Norma Kerr Alleyne, describes the young swim sensation as a metaphor for youngsters who work really hard to excel.”He is one of those youngsters who puts in his time. He does try his best,” she told The Gleaner.Though Joshua had to prepare for his Grade Six Achievement Test, he balanced it well with swimming.”Obviously, we hope that he is going to go to Campion (College). His brother is there,” said his mother.The brilliant young swimmer’s record-shattering feats last Saturday included the boys’ 11-12 50m backstroke, which he won in 35:89; the 11-12 50m freestyle in 30:25; and the 12 and under 100m freestyle in one minute 07:45 seconds.Joshua also took the 11-50m breaststroke, emphatically shaving off .36 seconds from 40.88 to 40:52 seconds.The long-standing development meet has nurtured and fostered the development a number of swimmers.last_img read more

Jimmy Alapag named new Alab Pilipinas head coach

first_imgView comments 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings But the 2011 PBA Most Valuable Player is no stranger to being the captain, leading TNT to six championships while also being a key figure in the national team.“We signed Jimmy because we know he can help transform the team. He has been helping lots of young players about good work ethic. That’s what he’ll bring to the team. We’re very happy that he’ll finally be a head coach,” said team owner Charlie Dy.Alapag shared that he’s excited to embark on this new chapter  and he hopes to pass forward the lessons he’s learned from his past mentors.“I’ve been very, very fortunate in my career to play for different coaches – coach Chot (Reyes), coach Norman (Black), coach Derrick (Pumaren), even coach Tim (Cone) when he was helping Gilas. We’re talking about some Hall of Fame-level coaches. I’d like to get bits and pieces from those guys. I wanna encourage our guys to come in and get ready to work,” he said.Alapag said the team won’t settle for anything less this coming season after Alab finished third in the ABL last year.“I think going into second season, the goal is to compete for the championship. Last year, they were really close to being in the Finals. Hopefully this season, we’ll get there and bring the first championship for Alab,” he said.Alapag will have Cuan and Paolo Rivero in his coaching staff.As for the players, Dy said that the management is working doubly hard  to bring back 2017 ABL Local MVP Bobby Ray Parks and national team guard Kiefer Ravena.“We’re trying to keep Ray and Kiefer, definitely. People will just have to wait for the next two weeks,” the team executive said. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano “It has a new ring to it. It’s really an exciting opportunity and I’m just really thankful for Alab for bringing me on,” said Alapag on Saturday when Alab Pilipinas made his signing official.Bagong laban, bagong #pALABan! ALAB PILIPINAS welcomes new Head Coach JIMMY “The Mighty Mouse” ALAPAG! 🔥🔥🔥 Official signing in a bit! pic.twitter.com/zwGWzxn8DZ— Alab Pilipinas (@AlabPilipinas) August 12, 2017This will be a brand new challenge for Alapag, who previously worked as an assistant coach for Gilas Pilipinas and Meralco Bolts.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES San Beda loss woke up Letran, says Quinto 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas .@AlabPilipinas announces the signing ✍️ of @JAlapag3 as Head Coach for the upcoming ABL season.pic.twitter.com/yjMZc1S1nH— ABL (@aseanbasketball) August 12, 2017FEATURED 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’Winner in every level he’s been in, Jimmy Alapag will take that champion mentality as the head coach of Alab Pilipinas this upcoming 2018 ASEAN Basketball League season.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 The 39-year-old legend has taken over the lead mentor job while Mac Cuan slides into the role of assistant for Alab’s second season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Kings, Texters triumph

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Hotdog’s Dennis Garcia dies Tim Cone had Barangay Ginebra using the very weapon on Phoenix Petroleum which the Gin Kings hope to ride to repeat as PBA Governors’ Cup champs.ADVERTISEMENT Mayweather-McGregor a ‘shameless cash grab’ Bishop Baylon encourages faithful in Albay to help Taal evacuees View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Search on for 5 Indonesians snatched anew in Lahad Datu 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 Japeth Aguilar had 19 points and 14 rebounds, and the 7-foot Greg Slaughter scattered 14 that went with 11 boards as the Kings humiliated the Fuel Masters in the rebounding battle, 76-47.In the first game, TNT KaTropa routed Blackwater, 117-96, to snap the Elite’s franchise-best winning run at three games.“I think they just caught us on a good day,” TNT coach Nash Racela said.Blackwater is now 0-9 against TNT all-time, and the Texters made the Elite look so bad as they built leads of as many as 27 points.TNT bottled up Blackwater’s inspiration, Henry Walker, no end and forced the NBA veteran into a sour shooting night. In dropping to 3-4, Blackwater lost for the first time in four games with Walker around.ADVERTISEMENT Police seize P68-M worth of ‘shabu’ in Pasay Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ MOST READ National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal “We overwhelmed them with our size,” Cone said after a 105-92 ripping of the Fuel Masters that gave the Kings a fifth straight win and allowed them to stay in the upper half of the elimination round bracket at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay on Wednesday night.“It’s the strength that we have, which nobody else has,” Cone added after Ginebra rose to 5-1 and tied idle Meralco, as both are now within a win of advancing to the quarterfinals. “I guess if we will win this tournament, it will be because of our size.”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’Ginebra came out of the halftime break a very different team, breaking free from a 53-50 game to eventually deal the Fuel Masters a seventh straight loss in a 2-7 card.“San Miguel (Beer) has great size with June Mar (Fajardo),” Cone pointed out. “But we will have to take advantage of our size. It’s the same thing I had with Purefoods with (Marc) Pingris and Joe (Devance), only this time, we are really big.” LATEST STORIES Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle to give up royal titles Walker did finish with 33 points, but was 10-for-26 from the field in almost 43 minutes as the TNT perimeter defense forced him to a 1-for-6 clip from three-point range.Meanwhile, with Sept. 1 declared a holiday, the PBA extended the deadline of Draft aspirants based abroad or with foreign lineage until the end of office hours on Monday, Sept. 4.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Reyes keeps door open for injured Romeo

first_imgPhoto from Fiba.comThree days before leaving for Japan for first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers, three Gilas players are still dealing with injuries.Calvin Abueva is suffering from flu while Jayson Castro is nursing back spasms, leading them to miss the final tuneup game against NLEX on Saturday morning.ADVERTISEMENT La Salle books UAAP finals return, ousts Adamson Terrence Romeo, who is still suffering from a knee contusion, meanwhile, will unlikely be available in the game against Japan.“Terrence is not yet 100-percent. He’s coming in and out of practice, but he’s unsure. He came to a few practices, but hasn’t been able to do any scrimmages,” the veteran mentor said during the team’s sendoff at Crowne Plaza in Ortigas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneReyes, though, still expects the GlobalPort guard to join the 16-man Philippine crew in Tokyo with national team planning to submit the final roster for the Japan game until the deadline on November 23.“He’s still part of the pool. We haven’t struck out anybody and everyone in the pool has a chance to be in the lineup,” he said. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson If Romeo does miss the first game of the Asian qualifiers, he will leave a huge hole in Gilas Pilipinas’ offense. The cold-blooded scorer averaged 17.8 points, 3.0 assists, and 1.7 rebounds in his last run with the Philippine squad in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.“We’re not giving up on Terrence. We still hope that he can still make the lineup,” said Reyes.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Pacio chokes out Lan in ONE Manila co-main event

first_imgIt was a sweet triumph for Pacio, whose pair of losses to Yoshitaka Naito and Hayato Suzuki both came via rear naked choke.“The two losses I had was via rear naked choke, so I really enhanced my ground skills and I’m thankful to my coaches,” he said.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 folkWith the conquest, Pacio (14-2) goy himself in the discussion for the top contenders to reigning ONE Strawweight Champion Alex Silva, an opportunity he’ll gladly accept.“I signed here to fight. I signed here to give a best show and that’s my goal, to keep winning and improving,” he said. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lan Ming Qiang, who was a late replacement for the bout after the pullout of Pongsiri Mitsatit, fell to 1-2 in ONE Championship. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track 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 Photo from ONE ChampionshipJoshua Pacio choked out Chinese opponent Lan Ming Qiang to score the quick victory in the co-main event of ONE: Global Superheroes Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.The 22-year-old strawweight out of Team Lakay didn’t waste time as he grounded the Sanda champion for the entirety of the first round until finally locking in and scoring the submission win via rear naked choke at the 4:01 mark.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eric Kelly falls to Brazilian foe in ONE Manila undercard View commentslast_img read more

Gesta fails anew; Duno impresses

first_imgINGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Mercito Gesta (L) lands a left hand to the head of Jorge Linares of Venezuela during their bout at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. Jeff Gross/Getty Images/AFPMercito Gesta suffered another hard fall while Romeo Duno sustained his rapid climb in the ring ladder Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) in the US.The Mandaue-born now San Diego-based Gesta bowed to Jorge Linares by unanimous decision, 118-110, 118-110, 117-111, in their battle for the Venezuelan’s World Boxing Association lightweight crown at The Forum in Inglewood, California.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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak MOST READ Visa issues delay Ceres departure Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Yearcenter_img The 30-year-old Gesta showed flashes of brilliance and aggressiveness in the first round, but once Linares, 32, figured him out, the fight turned one sided.It was the second time that Gesta, now 31-2-2 with 17 knockouts, failed in his world title bid. In 2012, he also lost to Mexican Miguel Vasquez in their duel for the International Boxing Federation lightweight title.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 folkLinares improved to 44-3, 27 knockouts, with his seventh title defense that set him up for a possible title unification bout with World Boxing Council lightweight titlist Mikey Garcia.The hard-hitting Duno, fighting out of Sanman Promotions of JC Manangquil and Dexter Tan, caught Yardley Suarez in a neutral corner and unloaded heavy bombs that dropped the Mexican with 1:07 left in the first round of another lightweight tussle. Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson The General Santos City-born Duno, being trained by Rodel Mayol and handled by Golden Boy Promotions, raised his record to 16-1 with 14 KOs. Suarez dropped to 22-10, 12 KOs. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

Sanchez reaches deal to avoid prison time in tax fraud case

first_imgNonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez looks at his hand as Tottenham’s Harry Kane takes a free kick during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium, in London, Wednesday Jan. 31, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)MADRID — Alexis Sanchez has reached a deal with Spanish authorities to avoid prison time in a tax fraud case stemming from when he played for Barcelona.Sanchez was handed a 16-month prison sentence for defrauding tax authorities of nearly 1 million euros ($1.2 million) in 2012 and 2013, but he will not have to serve time.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Knicks, Lakers most valuable NBA clubs – Forbes 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 Sanchez played for Barcelona from 2011 until 2014, when he was signed by Arsenal.Several other players have been targeted by Spanish tax authorities in recent years, including Barcelona star Lionel Messi, who two years ago was found guilty — along with his father — for defrauding authorities of 4.1 million euros.Other players investigated in Spain include Cristiano Ronaldo, Luka Modric, Marcelo, Ricardo Carvalho, Angel Di Maria, Javier Mascherano, Radamel Falcao and Fabio Coentrao.Sanchez’s coach at Manchester United, Jose Mourinho, is being investigated for the time he worked at Real Madrid.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES Sentences of less than two years for first-time offenders are often suspended in Spain.In addition paying back what he owed, Sanchez was also fined nearly 600,000 euros. The Manchester United forward also had to pay more than 100,000 euros in interests for the amount defrauded.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 folkAa part of the deal, Sanchez will be ineligible for requesting tax benefits for two years.The Chile international was accused of defrauding authorities for income related to his image rights. Authorities said he failed to pay nearly 600,000 euros in 2012 and about 400,000 euros in 2013. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Trail Blazers win 13th straight, beat Clippers

first_imgTrail Blazers: There were some grumblings by some on the Detroit side after Portland’s win Sunday that the Blazers were playing a tad on the rough side, which amused veteran Portland coach Terry Stotts: “That could be the first time in my tenure that one of my teams has been accused of being overly physical. So I was pleased with those comments.”Clippers: F Danio Gallinari remained out with a fractured right hand. There has been no medical update in a week, since the team said he had resumed running. He has also battled leg injuries and played in only 19 games this season. In a season when the Clippers have been ravaged with injury, coach Doc Rivers said his loss has been the most significant: “Overall, of the guys we’ve missed, it’s Gallo. It’s not even close.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Return home to play Houston on Tuesday.Clippers: Start a four-game road trip on Tuesday in Minnesota.ADVERTISEMENT Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery UMBC’s NCAA fairytale ends but memories will last forever Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lou Williams led the Clippers with 30 points. Montrezl Harrell had 24 points and DeAndre Jordan had 16 rebounds for Los Angeles, which lost its third straight and fell two games back of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Clippers have 13 games remaining.The Blazers threatened to take a commanding lead at the break, going on a 12-0 run to take their biggest advantage of the half at 56-44. The Clippers responded to pull within four before trailing 58-52 at the half.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkPortland, however, came back with a 10-0 run early in the third quarter, going up 70-56 to take a lead it would never surrender.TIP-INS Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Portland Trail Blazers Jusuf Nurkic, left, of Bosnia & Herzegovina, and Maurice Harkless during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, March 18, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Michael Owen Baker)LOS ANGELES — Damian Lillard scored 23 points and CJ McCollum added 21 to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to their 13th straight victory, 122-109 over the Los Angeles Clippers on Sunday night.Portland’s dynamic guard duo led five Blazers players in double-figures, with Maurice Harkless scoring 21 points, Jusuf Nurkic 17 along with 12 rebounds and Al-Farouq Aminu adding 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Aggies stun reigning champs Tar Heels in NCAA 2nd round

first_imgLATEST STORIES And just as shockingly, the Tar Heels are heading home with the most-lopsided NCAA Tournament loss of Roy Williams’ Hall of Fame career.The seventh-seeded Aggies manhandled the Tar Heels 86-65 Sunday in the second round of the West Region, marking the second straight year the titleholder has been bounced from March Madness before the Sweet 16. They dominated the glass. They used their size to control the paint and block shots. And they pounced when UNC’s small-ball lineup couldn’t make an outside shot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThe Aggies are moving on to the round of 16 for the second time in three seasons.“We had a certain togetherness today,” said the 6-foot-10 Tyler Davis, who had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies. “We didn’t have the fastest start, but we were together the whole time.” Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Texas A&M’s Robert Williams (44) celebrates on the bench during the second half of a second-round game against North Carolina in the NCAA men’s college basketball tournament in Charlotte, N.C., Sunday, March 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Bob Leverone)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Texas A&M had its big men relentlessly snatching down loose rebounds, its wing players knocking down shots and an entire roster full of guys playing with aggressive confidence.Stunningly, reigning national champion North Carolina found no match for any of it.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback View commentscenter_img It came on the same court where, two nights earlier, UMBC made history by becoming the first 16-seed to beat a 1 when the Retrievers upset top overall seed Virginia. And as with that game, the upstart dispatched the favorite with surprising ease.Williams’ previous worst loss in NCAA play had come in the Tar Heels’ 84-66 loss to his former Kansas program in the 2008 Final Four. This was also UNC’s worst NCAA Tournament loss since falling by 23 points to Arkansas in the 1990 Sweet 16.And it was the worst loss by a reigning national champion since Arizona’s 25-point loss to Utah in the 1998 Elite Eight.“(Williams) is a very athletic guy, he was going up and getting the rebounds,” Berry said. “Tyler Davis, he was a man on the boards, and a man inside. And there was just nothing we could do about it.”BIG PICTURETexas A&M: The Aggies beat Providence in Friday’s opening round, a win fueled by a dominating performance by Williams and Davis on the boards. And they were playing for only their third trip to the Sweet 16 since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985. They earned it in impressive and unexpectedly dominant fashion.“They’re an up-and-running team, they’re a great shooting team,” Robert Williams said. “We felt like we had an advantage on the inside, and once we played in the halfcourt, we could slow them down. And that’s what we did.”UNC: Everything was set up for the Tar Heels to continue their final-month ascent. Instead, they couldn’t buy a 3-point shot, struggled to rebound against a bigger team and offered little more than a meager resistance.THE DECISIVE PUSHThe Tar Heels led 20-13 early only to see the Aggies go on 15-0 run to change the entire dynamic of the game. Davis got loose for three baskets inside while UNC started missing shot after shot. It was a big upset based on the seeding, North Carolina’s tournament tradition and the fact the Tar Heels have long been practically unbeatable in NCAA games played in their home state. Yet Texas A&M — a team that peaked at No. 5 in the AP Top 25 in December before going on a wild ride due to midseason injuries and suspensions — sure made it all look, well, routine.As for the second-seeded Tar Heels (26-11), any dream of making a third straight Final Four or repeating as champ was all but gone barely 90 seconds into the second half as the Aggies (22-12) went up 20.“It’s the most inadequate feeling I’ve ever felt,” Williams said. “I feel it all the time, last game of the year, but I think I felt it more today than any other time. I’m not ashamed to say I love these kids.”Davis and fellow 6-foot-10 forward Robert Williams helped the Aggies take a 50-36 rebounding advantage against a team that still managed to rank second nationally in rebounding margin, with Williams finishing with 13 rebounds. T.J. Starks scored 21 points to lead the offense, which shot 52 percent and made 10 of 24 3-pointers — several coming with cool composure any time UNC tried to muster a push.Joel Berry II scored 21 points in his final game for UNC, which fell to 34-2 in NCAA games in their home state, the only other loss coming in 1979. The Tar Heels shot just 33 percent, including 6 of 31 (.194) on 3-pointers.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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The Tar Heels got no closer than 17 again to stun a crowd that was wearing a lot of blue.“We knew we needed to keep attacking,” A&M coach Bill Kennedy said.END OF THE ROADAfter a heartbreaking title-game loss to Villanova in 2016 followed by last year’s title win against Gonzaga, the Tar Heels found themselves eliminated on the tournament’s opening weekend for the first time since 2014. UNC had won 12 of 13 NCAA Tournament games dating to its 2016 finals run before Sunday.REPEAT TROUBLESThe loss showed again how difficult repeating is for reigning champions a year after 2016 title winner Villanova lost to Wisconsin in the second round. A national champion has not advanced past the Sweet 16 in 11 consecutive tournaments, while Duke (1991-92) and Florida (2006-07) remain the only repeat champions since UCLA’s run of seven straight ended in 1973.UP NEXTThe Aggies advanced to the regional semifinals in Los Angeles to face third-seeded Michigan, which beat Houston on a buzzer-beating 3-pointer Saturday. Trail Blazers win 13th straight, beat Clipperslast_img read more