Eagles topple Maroons

first_imgWith Tio delivering one of the finest debuts in recent memory, the Eagles rolled past the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 92-71, last Wednesday to grab the early lead in the UAAP Season 80 basketball tournament at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Tio, who sat out last season after he was unable to get a Philippine passport in time for the tournament, finished with 14 points in just 11 minutes, going 6-for-6 from the field as the Eagles brandished the depth of their squad to seize the early lead in the tournament.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThirdy Ravena once again led the Eagles with 16 points and six rebounds, while Chiz Ike followed up his strong opening-day performance with a nine-point, seven-rebound haul for the Eagles. Aaron Black also had a solid game of nine points and 10 boards.“Hats off to the guys who stepped up for us,” said Ateneo assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. “One of the things that coach Tab (Baldwin) said at halftime was we needed to play better defense and take care of the ball and we saw some improvement in the second half.” Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It always gives you satisfaction when you win, especially since it’s our first of the season, and my first one as the coach,” said FEU coach Olsen Racela. “But we’re still far from what we want to be. We still have a lot of things to do and take care of.”Arespacochaga, meanwhile, downplayed the back-to-back 20-point victories to start the season, saying the Eagles still have their work cut out for them if they want to reach the finals again.“Our mentality and philosophy is ‘next game’ and it might have been a 20-point win for us, but we want to keep on improving,” he said. “We don’t want to look at that 20-point win and get big-headed. It doesn’t show how hard we had to fight, especially defensively against all their (UP’s) good guards.” MOST READ Ateneo guard Tyler Tio wasted little time showing the skills that made him a blue-chip recruit a year ago, while the rest of the Blue Eagles once again stamped their class against another contender.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8001:25Inquirer Varsity Seven: Ateneo Blue Eagles’ Thirdy Ravena02:57UAAP SEASON 80 PREVIEW: UP Fighting Maroons01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img Read Next Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. The Eagles extended a 44-36 halftime lead to 11 points in the third period, before enjoying a 24-point buffer late in the game as Tio, who missed the opening-day win over Adamson due to an ankle injury, caught fire with 10 of his output in the final period.“We’re just happy for Tyler because he’s been working hard since last season,” said Ravena. “We always knew he can contribute.”“I was just doing my job for the team,” said Tio, a standout from Xavier High School, who initially only had Canadian citizenship before applying for a Philippine passport last year.Three days after hitting the triple that lifted the Maroons to a 74-73 win over University of Santo Tomas, Paul Desiderio was held to just nine points on 4-of-18 shooting as he struggled to find his rhythm. But rookie Juan Gomez De Liano got going early and finished with 16 points for the Maroons, who fell to a tie with Far Eastern U at 1-1.The Tamaraws turned back University of the East, 90-83, earlier after another strong game from Ron Dennison, who had 16 points. Prince Orizu also finished with a double-double of 15 points and 16 rebounds aside from anchoring FEU’s interior defense.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Doesn’t matter how it’s done, Brownlee just wants to win title for Ginebra

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Fans couldn’t help but fantasize Brownlee serving as the hero once more in Game 7 to complete the Gin Kings’ quest for back-to-back titles.But no matter how Ginebra gets it down, all the 29-year-old wants is to lift the trophy at the end of the night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The perfect moment would just be winning the championship. Of course, it would be nice to win it in spectacular fashion, but right now, that moment is just winning the championship. That’s what I’m focused on – just trying to bring home the trophy and defend the crown,” he said.However, for Brownlee to replicate that feat, Ginebra needs to get its act straight following a disappointing Game 6 showing which saw it fall to Meralco, 91-98 on Wednesday. Justin Brownlee. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netBOCAUE —Even with Ginebra failing to close out the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals in six games, Justin Brownlee couldn’t help but feel excited over what comes next.“Man, you got to love it as a basketball player. This is the thing you grow up and you dream of,” he said of the winner-take-all Game 7 on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA “(The Bolts) just came out more aggressive than us, I think. They initiated physicality, they were the first ones to loose balls, rebounds, they just came out with a great energy and we didn’t. And I think that — from the start the game to set the tone, I think that was the biggest part of the game,” he said.Brownlee, though, has his full confidence that the Gin Kings will be more than ready to protect their throne come Friday, in what is shaping up to be another capacity crowd at Philippine Arena.“I think we’re going to be prepared,” he said. “We’re going to come out with great energy and aggression, and we will be ready to defend the crown.”ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Pumaren sets the tone for the Warriors with ‘swaggy’ get up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Gilas backer on Blatche: ‘I don’t think he was an asset to the team’

first_imgBI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq “Blatche has to shape up. I don’t think he was an asset to the team with his condition in the last two games. I think it’s something the coaching staff should seriously look into,” Mascariñas said.Blatche averaged just 9.5 points on 30 percent shooting, 13.0 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 2.0 steals, and 4.0 blocks against Japan and Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutBut what hurt Gilas the most was his 6 turnovers a game.He akso had his worst offensive game as part of Gilas against Chinese Taipei on Monday. MOST READ Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERGilas Pilipinas may have come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers unscathed, but that didn’t stop one of the team’s chief backers from calling out Andray Blatche.Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. president Ronald Mascariñas minced no words in criticizing Blatche affer the Philippine team scored a pair of wins at the expense of Japan and Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’center_img Mascariñas observed that Blatche struggles rubbed off on the team as the Philippines started the game flat and fell behind early before getting its act together to pull off the gutsy 90-83 victory.“You can see that the team is still not fluid and I know they can play better. But the good thing is that we know the team is in good hands. Coach Chot (Reyes) knows how to win important games like this and so far, so good. We won the games that mattered for us,” he said.As per Reyes, Blatche apologized to the team after his subpar showing and vowed to bounce back stronger.But Mascariñas expects nothing less from the former NBA veteran, especially with a showdown against mighty Australia next in February.“If we’ll play the same way we did to start against Chinese Taipei, we don’t stand a chance against Australia. We should do much, much better. Our execution should be perfect so we’ll have a chance against Australia,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Ravena makes noise after quiet stint vs Japan Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Optimism surrounds six-team PFL with new season kicking off next month

first_imgThe 2018 Philippines Football League season kicks off March 3 with six clubs disputing two trophies and the chance to represent the country in continental competitions next year.Reigning champion Ceres-Negros, fresh off a historic run in the AFC Champions League qualifying round, headlines the six-team field that includes Davao Aguilas, Kaya Makati, JPV Marikina, Stallion Laguna and Global Cebu.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29DOH kicks off nationwide polio vaccination drive01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Jerwin Ancajas: Relaxed and ready John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Even with the pullout of Meralco Manila and Ilocos United last month, PFL officials expressed confidence of a better season, following a compressed and extended 2017 competition.“We’re taking into account lessons from the first season to improve this year’s competitions,” said Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta, who sits in the league’s board. “We’re confident that even with six clubs, we will see much improved competition from the teams.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutA total of 75 matches will be staged this year with the champions of the League eligible to compete in the AFC Champions League next year. The champion of the PFL Cup, on the other hand, will gain outright entry to the AFC Cup. LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Wind chaos injures 16 at weather-hit Pyeongchang Games

first_imgA volunteer advises spectators to stay indoors at the Gangneung Olympic Park following strong winds during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 14, 2018.Gangneung Olympic Park was closed to visitors as high winds caused chaos at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, also forcing ski and biathlon races to be postponed. “Due to high winds in the Gangneung area, all activities in the common domain of the Gangneung Olympic Park have temporarily been suspended to ensure the safety of all personnel,” said a statement from Games organisers. / AFP PHOTO / Mladen ANTONOVSixteen people were hurt when high winds caused chaos at Gangneung Olympic Park, a major venue of the Pyeongchang Winter Games, organisers said on Thursday.Thirteen staff and three spectators were slightly injured as signs, tents and equipment were blown around at the Park on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting AFP official booed out of forum The plaza, which houses four ice sports arenas, was closed to visitors on Wednesday and the public were urged to stay indoors. The wind dropped on Thursday.“We had some facilities and props flying around,” said Sung Baik-you, spokesman for the Games organising committee, adding that 60 tents were damaged and 120 fences collapsed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“There were a lot of signages that were blowing away and shaking and we had to reinforce them.”The 16 people who were hurt were treated for light scratches and sent home, he said. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers MOST READ High winds have badly disrupted the Games schedule, forcing the postponement of two skiing races and a biathlon event. But competition was going ahead on schedule on Thursday. Heir to Norway’s throne watches its kings of Olympic skiing Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View commentslast_img read more

League Cup: Man City old guard help Guardiola win 1st trophy

first_imgRockets beat Nuggets for 12th straight win Read Next The Premier League seems a formality for City, with a 13-point lead and a game in hand over Manchester United, which beat Chelsea 2-1 on Sunday. A place in the Champions League quarterfinals also looks certain with Basel beaten 4-0 in the last-16 first leg.For all the investment in players during the decade under Abu Dhabi ownership, the return in silverware seems relatively sparse. Still, the six trophies won since 2011 represents a greater haul than in the previous 50 years for a team finally emerging from the shadows of its more illustrious neighbor, United.Kompany is the ever-present, with the 31-year-old captain collecting his sixth winners medal with City on Sunday.“An incredible moment for us,” said the Belgian defender, whose playing time has been limited by injuries in recent years. “You don’t want it to stop. Every little bit of hardship you go through, it is worth it.”Guardiola had never gone a season in management without a trophy in his previous jobs at Barcelona and Bayern Munich until last year.ADVERTISEMENT Despite recruiting more than $600 million in talent in around 18 months, Guardiola relied on City’s old guard to produce the 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final.Sergio Aguero, Vincent Kompany and David Silva, who formed the backbone of City’s Premier League title wins in 2012 and 2014, scored the goals at Wembley Stadium that lifted a burden off Guardiola.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s special they scored,” the manager said. “They help us to understand what it means in the club to win titles. Because they won titles, they put pressure on us to continue to win titles.”The victory, aided by Arsenal’s brittle defending, allowed City to quickly restore order after Monday’s surprise exit from the FA Cup at Wigan. The pursuit of a quadruple was extinguished by the third-tier side, but City is now one step closer to a treble. View comments LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus MOST READ The center back won the corner that he scored City’s second from in the 58th minute.Kevin De Bruyne passed to Ilkay Gundogan on the edge of the penalty area and Kompany was primed in front of goal to turn the German’s shot into the net.“You have to be prepared to put in those six months of hard work,” Kompany reflected on his injury problems, amid the celebrations. “But it’s worth the hard work to be standing out there. Every chance you have, you have to take.”Just as City did against an Arsenal side that capitulated.It was game over in the 65th when Silva was released by Danilo and he turned Calum Chambers before striking past Ospina.Arsenal fans chanted sarcastically, “There’s only one Arsene Wenger,”They had seen enough of the game, streaming out of the north London stadium with 25 minutes to go. And many have seen enough of Wenger after almost 22 years at the helm, with the team in a downward spiral.“You cannot say you are not disappointed when you concede goals the way we conceded goals,” Wenger said.center_img Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Now he is starting to deliver, albeit in the least significant competition for the club.“I cannot forget how they took care of me last (season),” Guardiola reflected on the Abu Dhabi ownership. “I will always remember how … Sheik Mansour was the first one and told all the people to support me.”For Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, this is the latest chapter of gloom in a season that saw the FA Cup defense end at the first hurdle and the team slump to sixth in the league. And the Gunners have to face City again in the league on Thursday.“I feel that a little bit everything went against us today,” Wenger said, “and we self-inflicted our punishment.”Only fleetingly at Wembley did Arsenal threaten against a City side that is so imposing as Guardiola’s vision starts to come together in England. Kyle Walker made the decisive sliding challenge that thwarted Arsenal record signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Perhaps Wenger should have emulated Guardiola by spending heavily to reinforce his defense. It was as fragile as ever when it was unpicked after 18 minutes. It didn’t require any of the slick passing moves that are Guardiola’s hallmark. Instead it was a long punt forward by goalkeeper Claudio Bravo that set up Aguero.Arsenal defender Shkodran Mustafi was beaten to the ball far too easily by Aguero, who broke forward and lifted the ball over goalkeeper David Ospina.Both teams stuck with their second-choice goalkeepers, who have been deployed throughout the competition — reflecting the status of the cup.There was a further blow for Arsenal when Nacho Monreal was forced off injured and Sead Kolasinac was brought on. Kolasinac did come to the rescue just before halftime with a goal-line clearance after Aguero chipped Ospina.But City was just too strong for Arsenal with Kompany leading by example at age 31 after being blighted by a string of injuries in recent years. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Manchester City’s Sergio Aguero celebrates after scoring the opening goal during the English League Cup final soccer match between Arsenal and Manchester City at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)LONDON — After finishing his first season in England empty-handed, Pep Guardiola finally collected his first trophy with Manchester City on Sunday.Thanks to some familiar faces.ADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Nadal, Djokovic close in on semi-final blockbuster

first_imgMOST READ Memory fails Nishikori ahead of Murray reunion Head-to-head: Djokovic leads 5-0Thiem says: “I have to change something compared to the last matches. I will talk to my coach, to my team. Then maybe change something up and hope that I play a good match on Tuesday.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutDjokovic says: “Obviously never losing to a player always helps mentally a little bit, but I don’t think it’s gonna play too big of a role, actually. I think he really will step it up and try to do something special.”Fast facts View comments LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastcenter_img Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Serbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning a point against Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas during their tennis match at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERGNine-time champion Rafael Nadal and defending champion Novak Djokovic will set up a French Open semi-final blockbuster if they get through their last-eight clashes on Tuesday.Djokovic the master of ThiemNovak Djokovic hopes his fledgling partnership Andre Agassi can inspire the Serb back to his very best. Agassi has left Paris already, but the defending champion is firmly in the hunt for a 13th Grand Slam title. Aside from a third-round wobble against Diego Schwartzman, it’s largely been plain sailing for Djokovic to this stage. Dominic Thiem remains the only player to beat Rafael Nadal on clay this season, but the Austrian’s shock win at the Rome Masters was swiftly followed by a 6-1, 6-0 humiliation against Djokovic. The 30-year-old has dropped just one set in five meetings with Thiem and brushed aside the Austrian with ease in last year’s Roland Garros semi-finals. Thiem has motored through the first four rounds to reach just his second Grand Slam quarter-final, but the challenge is about to get much tougher for one of the game’s rising stars.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Thiem: Age – 23; World ranking – 7; Prize money – $7,049,918; Career titles – 8, Grand Slam titles – 0; French Open best – Semi-final (2016)Djokovic: Age – 30; World ranking – 2; Prize money – $108,940,597; Career titles – 67; Grand Slam titles – 12; French Open best – Champion (2016)Spain’s Rafael Nadal looks on during his tennis match against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut at the Roland Garros 2017 French Open on June 4, 2017 in Paris. / AFP PHOTO / FRANCOIS XAVIER MARITNadal takes on Spanish palRafael Nadal has dropped just 20 games in four rounds at Roland Garros as he inches smoothly towards a 10th title. The 31-year-old Spaniard faces compatriot and close friend Pablo Carreno Busta, the 20th seed, who has never made it this far at a Slam in his career. Nadal is in a record-equalling 11th quarter-final at Roland Garros and 31st at all the majors. Carreno Busta downed fifth seed Milos Raonic on a seventh match point in the last-16. Nadal has won all three meetings with 25-year-old Carreno Busta, two of which came on clay in Rio in 2015 and 2016.Head-to-head: Nadal leads 3-0ADVERTISEMENT Nadal says: “For me, the only thing is I am in the quarter-finals, and I am healthy and I am playing well. The rest doesn’t matter.”Carreno Busta says: “If I think that I don’t have chances, I will not play. Rafa is maybe the best player on this surface in history, and he’s playing really good, but I will try.”Fast factsNadal: Age – 31; World ranking – 4; Prize money – $83,573,172; Career titles – 72, Grand Slam titles – 14, French Open best – Champion (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Carreno Busta: Age – 21; World ranking – 21; Prize money – $3,731,161; Career titles – 3: Grand Slam titles – 0; French Open best – Quarter-final – 2017Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCPlast_img read more

Djokovic seeks answers after decline and fall

first_imgJohn McEnroe is concerned Djokovic’s desire to show the softer side of his personality has robbed him of the ruthless streak needed at the highest level.– ‘Shock therapy’ –“From an emotional standpoint he perhaps felt he wanted to bring in somebody who wants to give people a lot of hugs. That does not necessarily translate to having that killer instinct,” McEnroe said.“It does not automatically lose it, but you don’t want to get into a situation where it is all peace and love and then have to go out and try to stomp on somebody’s head in competition.”Describing the changes as “shock therapy”, Djokovic hired American legend Andre Agassi as his coach in time for the French Open.But Agassi failed to deliver an immediate improvement as Djokovic crashed to an embarrassing quarter-final defeat against Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros.The 6-0 ‘bagel’ handed to him in the third set by the Austrian was the first time he had suffered such an indignity in 12 years and he was accused of giving up as the defeat became inevitable.But Djokovic is still seeing positives.“I was very fortunate and privileged to have so much success in the last eight, nine years, and kind of entered most of the tournaments as one of the biggest favourites. So for a change it’s good to not be one of the top favourites,” said Djokovic.“It releases a bit of the pressure. It’s always there. You still feel it. It’s part of what I do. And what I have achieved so far has added to those expectations. LATEST STORIES “I try to lower those expectations myself, because I really want to as much as I can be in the moment and trying to focus only on what comes up next, which doesn’t mean that I don’t want to win the trophies.”With his world ranking down to fourth, Djokovic took the unusual step of entering the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne this week.It was the first time the 12-time Grand Slam champion has played a competitive tournament between the French Open and Wimbledon since 2010.Djokovic travelled to the south-coast hoping the sea air would reinvigorate him, but until he thrives in the rarified atmosphere at Wimbledon the doubts will remain. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong The Serb was the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand Slam titles at the same time and had won Wimbledon in 2014 and 2015, adding to his 2011 triumph.So when he strolled onto Court One to face Sam Querrey in the Wimbledon third round there appeared no end in sight to Djokovic’s reign as the sport’s preeminent force.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutInstead, he gave such a curiously lethargic performance that Querrey was able to win the rain-interrupted encounter to end the then world number one’s streak of 30 straight Grand Slam match victories.It was a seismic shock and plunged Djokovic into a tail-spin. Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Tennis legend McEnroe refuses to apologize to Serena Williams for ‘sexist’ remarks Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Djokovic has lurched from one problem to another in 2017, losing to world number 117 Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open.Having parted with coach Boris Becker at the end of last year, he has split with long-time associate Marian Vajda.Djokovic has also taken to consulting regularly with ‘spiritual adviser’ Pepe Imaz, a former player who runs a tennis academy in Spain for underprivileged children, called “Amor y Paz” (love and peace).In recent months Imaz’s influence has been seen in Djokovic’s new habit of forming a heart shape with his hands and gesturing to the crowd after he wins a match.Unfortunately for Djokovic, those displays of affection have been few and far between as he slumped to surprise defeats against Nick Kyrgios and Alexander Zverev, hungry youngsters who displayed the drive so noticeably missing from his game in recent months.ADVERTISEMENT Serbia’s Novak Djokovic falls as he plays Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their quarterfinal match the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium. APJust 12 months ago, Novak Djokovic arrived at Wimbledon with the world at his feet, but he returns to the All England Club with his career in crisis after an astonishing fall from grace.Having finally succeeded in his quest to win the French Open last year, Djokovic appeared poised to join the tennis immortals.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to compete 12 years later

first_imgThe younger generation, which Ramirez sees emerging almost by the day, “certainly looks up to him,” he said. “His contribution to chess theory and our understanding of the game resonate still today.”But what are Kasparov’s realistic chances after so many years away from the grueling competition of professional chess?“Garry Kasparov has always had a fighting spirit second to none, and he is extremely competitive,” Ramirez said. “But he is still going to be facing very stiff competition,” including “some of the best of the best of the world.”The man himself sought to “manage expectations,” quipping in his Facebook post Sunday that “at the age of 54 I would have as much hope of returning to my chess form of age 40 as to my hairline of age 20!”The high-pressure, speed-chess format of the St. Louis tournament, where players are forced to make their moves far more rapidly than during normal competitions, could be tough on the graying Kasparov, as he takes on much younger players who specialize in that approach.“I expect him to be fighting for the top spots, but I would be surprised if he wins it all,” said Ramirez, 29, who became a grandmaster at age 15.His ‘incredible aura’But in a tournament that will include four of the world’s top 10 players, Kasparov is not expected to be a pushover, said Sylvain Ravot of France, who has a master rating.“His sense of the game, his passion for winning, his experience and his reflexes should all help him do well, perhaps even land in the top three, even if it will be much harder for him,” Ravot said in an interview, while emphasizing Kasparov’s “incredible aura.”Accustomed to being a step ahead of the field, the Russian “chose the venue well — more or less within his reach — for his comeback,” Ravot said, adding that the mere fact of Kasparov’s return might be more important than his actual performance.“It’s a bit like Pete Sampras making a comeback” to tennis, he said. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments So there was considerable surprise when he agreed to play in the new Rapid and Blitz tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, which follows closely after the annual Sinquefield Cup competition, a major stop on the world tour, in the same city on the Mississippi River.Kasparov, who became the youngest world champion ever at age 22 in 1985, is now 54, more than a decade past the age when professional chess players typically retire.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIndeed, in a Facebook posting early Sunday, he made clear that the Rapid and Blitz tournament represents “not an end to my retirement from chess, only a five-day hiatus.”He added, “I have no plans to play after this event.” NLEX zooms to 5th win Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kasparov would appear to be motivated more by love of the game than anything else. Though the winner’s purse in St. Louis is a not-paltry $150,000, the grandmaster said he would donate any winnings to promote chess in Africa.Kasparov did in fact return to the game, though only in informal capacity, once before, in 2015. He played a friendly match against Nigel Short — 10 years after formally bowing out of professional competition.Kasparov did not appear to have lost a step: He crushed his British opponent, 8 to 1. CBBSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo From Monday to Saturday, the Russian will put aside the business that has kept him busy in retirement — his vocal and determined opposition to President Vladimir Putin — to play against some of chess’s big guns, like fellow Russian Sergey Karjakin.The world’s current No. 1 player, Magnus Carlsen of Norway, will not be there, however.Still, the return to competition of the Azerbaijan-born Kasparov — a man once dubbed the “Beast of Baku,” whose epic clashes with Anatoli Karpov are part of chess legend — has had an explosive impact in the chess world, particularly in St. Louis.‘To see this dude play’“Everyone is talking about it,” American chess grandmaster Alejandro Ramirez told AFP. “People are flying from India and China to see this dude play.”Kasparov’s long and “unparalleled” dominance of the chess world made him “a cultural icon,” said Ramirez, a US Open champion who coaches the chess team at Saint Louis University.ADVERTISEMENT This file photo taken on September 07, 2011, shows Chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov, playing simultaneous chess games in Porto Alegre, during his visit to Brazil. The former World Chess Champion and one of the leaders of Russian political opposition owned the game for 15 years, gaining superstar status among fans before retiring and throwing himself into politics. But he just can’t seem to stay away from the chessboard. The 54-year-old former world champion is coming out of retirement on August 14, 2017 to play in an official tournament in St. Louis, Missouri, against nine top-notch players. AFP FILELOUIS, United States — In a move electrifying the world of chess, former world champion Garry Kasparov is coming out of a 12-year retirement — if only briefly — to take on a new generation of players who have long worshipped him as the closest thing to a “chess god.”Kasparov utterly dominated the sport from 1985 to 2000. 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