Batang Pier, Painters rise

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “I’m not saying this as an alibi, but a three-week layoff was hard on our part,” coach Franz Pumaren said after his Batang Pier needed a big second half to turn back the Picanto. “We were so sluggish, it’s like the team was just excited to be playing again.”Import Murphy Holloway scored 29 points and had 18 rebounds and three others tossed in twin digits for the Batang Pier, who climbed to an even 2-2 record and picked up some confidence for their next game, which will be against powerhouse San Miguel Beer this Friday.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“It’s a weak team,” Pumaren said in jest when asked who they play next.Markeith Cummings scored 37 points in almost singlehandedly carrying the fight for the Picanto, who slumped to a seventh straight loss and are likely to become the first casualties of the season-closing conference.In the second game, Rain or Shine import J’Nathan Bullock scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as he led the Elasto Painters to a 105-73 blowout of TNT KaTropa. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts01:37Protesters 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 LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Lebanon blows PH 5 to pieces The local Painters also hit their mark with 16 three-pointers as coach Caloy Garcia wards rose to 3-2, a full game ahead of their victims.TNT’s new import Glen Rice Jr. produced 19 points and eight rebounds in his PBA debut.Pumaren likewise talked with some excitement because Terrence Romeo, the leading scorer for Gilas Pilipinas in the Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon, could be returning for the game against the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen.Romeo anchored a torrid finish by the Filipinos on Sunday night that keyed a 75-70 win over Jordan for seventh place at Nouhad Nawfal Stadium in Beirut, Lebanon.Romeo, who scored 26 points in a 97-86 win over China, hit a triple, had an assist to Japeth Aguilar and forced the biggest Jordan turnover as the Filipinos prevailed in front of a huge crowd of overseas Filipino workers.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img View comments MOST READ GlobalPort import Murphy Halloway loses possession on his way to the basket as two Kia Picanto defenders gang up on him. —AUGUST DELA CRUZGlobalPort dusted off the sluggishness and did away with the over-eagerness just in the nick of time to clip KIA Picanto, 102-90, on Sunday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier got the workout it needed as they await the return of its main gun for a big game happening in less than a week.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

WTA signs lucrative 10-year deal to move finals to China

first_imgDo not bring these items in SEA Games venues Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Andrea Hlavackova of Czech Republic (L) and Timea Babos of Hungary (R) play against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Johanna Larsson of Sweden during the women’s doubles final at the WTA Finals tennis tournament in Singapore on October 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMANMELBOURNE, Australia — The WTA has signed a long-term deal to move its season-ending WTA Finals to Shenzhen, China, in 2019 and will increase total prize money to $14 million, double the previous purse.The move represents a significant investment in the China market at a time when the sport is aggressively expanding its reach in the country, with the addition of a number of new tournaments in recent years. The WTA signed a 10-year deal to stage the finals in Shenzhen — double the length of the current commitment in Singapore, the host since 2014.ADVERTISEMENT The prize money for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams is also a major upgrade from the current purse of $7 million and is nearly double the $8 million in total prize money on offer at the ATP Finals in London.The WTA said the Chinese real estate developer Gemdale Corporation submitted the winning bid and will build a 12,000-seat stadium in downtown Shenzhen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We are very excited about the opportunity I think that Shenzhen brings,” Steve Simon, the CEO of the WTA Tour, said at the Australian Open on Thursday. “With the new arena that’s being built, it will be built in the downtown district, which hasn’t been done. Most of the time it’s on the outskirts, and now it’s there.”Attendance has been a concern at ATP and WTA events in China in recent years, particularly at tournaments in cities such as Wuhan and Tianjin, but Simon believes the WTA Finals will attract a sizable audience in a major metropolitan region like the Pearl River Delta. LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:50Trending 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 BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraq 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities NCAA volleyball: Letran sneaks into fifth spot after brushing off Lyceum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We have created a good market down there, and I would hate to see it get vacated,” he said. “I don’t have one to put there today, but it’s something we will certainly look at.”Shenzhen already hosts a WTA tournament in early January, one of the tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open.Maria Sharapova, who played in the Shenzhen Open at the start of this season, said the WTA was making a good strategic move to partner with “a place that’s willing to invest in women’s tennis.”“They were the ones that put the money on the line,” Sharapova said. “They are willing to grow our sport. They’re willing to build a stadium, willing to accept the game and its level and the players.” “When you have 20 million people in that downtown district, plus 68 million in the entire delta region,” he said, “we feel confident we’re going to be able to fill (the arena).”The 10-year commitment is also far longer than the WTA has signed in previous host cities, a cause for possible concern if attendance figures don’t reach initial expectations.Simon said, however, that time is needed to build a successful event in a new market. He spoke in 2016 of finding a more permanent home for the finals, saying at the time that Singapore was a city “we’d be very proud to call home.”In a statement on Wednesday, the Singapore Tourism Board said it had evaluated a possible extension of the WTA Finals hosting agreement with the national agency Sport Singapore and “decided not to pursue this.” It did not elaborate on the reasons.Simon said the WTA would evaluate whether it could bring another tournament to Singapore in the future.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

No Calvin, no problem

first_imgJohn Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH 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 Mac Belo goes up for a shot. PBA IMAGESSuperstar power forward Calvin Abueva left in a huff after Alaska had started its game against Blackwater, needing to take care of an emergency family matter.His Aces family, though, took care of the Elite in a Petron Saturday Special Game on Saturday night, 88-84, as Alaska notched a fourth straight win and sustained its pursuit of the leaders in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Tough test up for Neil Etheridge Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Meralco shoots for its first winning streak in the conference at 4:30 p.m. against GlobalPort, which tries to rebound from its first loss in the last three games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa “That’s not a question for me,” coach Alex Compton said of Abueva, who asked to leave after warming up. “For us, it’s family first and [PBA] franchise second. We obviously missed Calvin, but the other guys stepped up.”The Aces led practically from the start and sealed their 4-2 slate after the Elite helped doom themselves in the fourth period by missing seven free throws going into the final minute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutMagnolia also streaked to a fourth straight win later in the night after holding off TNT KaTropa, 91-83, for 5-2 and solo second place.The Texters dropped to a level 3-3 card after their first loss in the last three games. Read Next Blackwater, after touching off crowd-darling Barangay Ginebra’s three-game losing streak with one of the upsets of the conference two weeks ago, is now also in the same tailspin and dropped to 2-4 overall.“As great as Calvin is, I don’t think we have ever relied on one guy,” Compton said. “That’s why we are a team. Did we miss him? Yeah. But the other guys stepped up.”Kevin Racal, probably the best defender in the Alaska roster after Abueva, was one of four players in twin digits for the Aces, hitting 12 of his total inside the first three periods.Rookie Jeron Teng hit the biggest triple of the night coming in the final 64-second mark that made it 86-80.Meanwhile, San Miguel Beer versus Barangay Ginebra gets going Sunday, with the three-time defending champion Beermen seeking to extend a five-game winning streak and add to the Gin Kings’ woes in the 6:45 p.m. game.ADVERTISEMENT Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Embattled Blatche redeems self in PH win over Japan

first_img“It felt great,” he admitted. “To advance and definitely for being bashed in the last 36 to 48 hours, to just to get a win and get some of it off my shoulders, just to know I was able to help us get to the second round, it felt really great.”.@drayblatche feels great after having his best performance in #FIBAWC vs Japan, but knows that bashers will always find a way to criticize him. pic.twitter.com/iMGm3AUAN1FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) February 25, 2018 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And this time, Blatche is more ready to face all the criticisms as he opted to rather focus on the things he can control.“I’m sure they’re going to find something else. But you know, all I can do is to continue getting better and stay focused,” he said. Blatche showed his worth and recorded his best game to date in the Asian qualifiers, recording 18 points, 16 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and a block to steer the home team to the second round.Making good music again with his peers, the 31-year-old big man was elated to have had his first pair of games in this window after playing through a hamstring injury.“For me, it actually feels great to get this win and play sort of well. It’s been a long time since I’ve been playing on the court and it’s just my second game since the first window,” he said. “It was all about trusting my injury. I left it alone and said forget it. If I hurt myself, I hurt myself. It’s about confidence. But this is big for us to advance in the second round.”But as always, Blatche knows that he could perform better, making him all the more excited for the third window in June.“This sort of made up for my bad performance, but I feel like I could do a lot better. It’s a rhythm thing, I’m starting to get my rhythm back, starting to get my legs back,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving 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 AFP official booed out of forum Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico ‘Premier closer’ Castro comes through for Gilas Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netUnder scrutiny for the better part of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers, Andray Blatche could only scream in jubilation following Gilas Pilipinas’ 89-84 victory over Japan on Sunday.And he has every reason to as the naturalized player felt the weight of the world finally lifted off of his shoulders.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game

first_imgRooney is set to be a substitute for United on Wednesday in the Europa League final against Ajax in Stockholm, a role which the club’s captain and record scorer has become increasingly accustomed to this season. Depending on the situation in the match, he might not even come on.That’s how it’s been for most of this season, watching from afar at a club where he was once the main man.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingTalk about United’s key players ahead of a final that means so much to the English club, and many would say Marcus Rashford or Paul Pogba or Henrikh Mkhitaryan.Few would say Rooney. Manchester United’s English striker Wayne Rooney warms up ahead of the UEFA Europa League semi-final, second-leg football match between Manchester United and Celta Vigo at Old Trafford stadium in Manchester, north-west England, on May 11, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISMANCHESTER, England — Wayne Rooney could finish his Manchester United career by hoisting a European trophy, surrounded by jubilant teammates and with fireworks exploding around him.Still, it wouldn’t be quite the end he would have envisioned after 13 years at the English club.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Hornets beat Pistons for 8th straight time PVL: Power Smashers stay in outright semis hunt 250 enrolled at phony school arrested in immigration scam SEA Games: PH beats Indonesia, enters gold medal round in polo He has won the Premier League title five times, the FA Cup once, the League Cup three times and the Champions League once. That last trophy came in 2008 when he was part of the famous frontline containing Cristiano Ronaldo and Carlos Tevez.Rooney is no longer the force of old, unable to influence matches in the same way or tear around the field harassing opponents. Games can pass him by and there is the fear that, after 15 years in the spotlight of the soccer world, he is simply burnt out.In his last appearance at a news conference, prior to the second leg of the Europa League semifinals against Celta Vigo, Rooney said his priority at this stage of his career was to “play football.” When asked if that meant at United, he added: “Of course.”He will end this season likely having started 25 of United’s 64 games. Often, he was an unused substitute.Mourinho said he would not sell Rooney against his wishes, so it is for the player to decide if Wednesday is the last time he dons a United jersey.Whether he actually makes it onto the field remains to be seen.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Man who told immigrant to go back to country asked to write essaycenter_img Lillard, Anthony lead Blazers over Thunder Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes That’s the reason why this game might be his last for United despite having two years left on his contract, why he has been linked for much of the past few months with a return to former club Everton, a move to MLS in the United States, or a short spell in the Chinese league.United is moving on under Jose Mourinho and Rooney is being left behind. Speculation grows that James Rodriguez will be moving to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, adding to the list of attackers who will be ahead of Rooney in the pecking order next season.There was a symbolic moment Sunday on the final day of the Premier League season. Rooney was one of the few senior players picked for a virtually meaningless match against Crystal Palace — Mourinho rested most of his Europa League starters — and he was replaced in the final minutes by 16-year-old attacking midfielder Angel Gomes, who became the first player born this millennium to play in the Premier League.Rooney applauded all corners of Old Trafford and walked off with his head down. Was he saying goodbye to the stadium he has played at since 2004, when — at 18 — he made a spectacular debut by scoring a hat trick in a Champions League game against Fenerbahce?Since then, he has racked up 253 goals for United to surpass Bobby Charlton’s longstanding club record. He is also England’s record scorer with 53 goals, again overtaking Charlton.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Vhong Navarro’s romantic posts spark speculations he’s marrying longtime GFlast_img read more

PSC: Children’s Games should be blueprint for nationwide program

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ PSC chair Butch Ramirez said the Games would return to Davao in Turil town this weekend, which will gather children from different religious and tribal backgrounds to play together and socially interact.“The more kids that can play, the more talents we can discover. These Games, however, are not just about producing excellent athletes. It’s also about increasing the participation and the awareness to motivate more kids to get into the playing field,’’ said Daut.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Having it here can encourage other communities to do the same,’’ said Daut on the second day of the Children’s Games Thursday at the Baguio Athletics Bowl. “But these communities should not be totally dependent on what the PSC has been giving. They should also be self-reliant in terms of looking for support,’’ added Daut, who is also deputy national training director of the Philippine Sports Institute.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingOver 400 kids from the area began to play in various team sports such as volleyball, football, basketball and running in the three-day competition that will end Friday.It was the fourth offering of the Unesco-cited Children’s Games after holding it in Davao City, La Trinidad, Benguet and Iligan City for the children of evacuees from war-torn Marawi City. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Double duty for water polo stars: Canete, Anota fielded in open water swim Children’s Games in Baguio City.BAGUIO CITY—The Children’s Games of the Philippine Sports Commission here in the country’s Summer capital should serve as a template for other communities to replicate.Professor Henry Daut, PSC head for grassroots sports development, said making the Games designed for 12-year-old kids and younger a regular activity in the city’s 128 barangays would not only promote fun and fitness but also expand the talent base of future elite athletes.ADVERTISEMENT Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesterslast_img read more

Etheridge back with nat’l team

first_imgHotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ The Azkals are looking to extend their unbeaten start to three matches in Group F, where the Top 2 teams will clinch berths to the 2019 Asian Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening MOST READ 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 In-form goalkeeper Neil Etheridge returns to the lineup when the Philippine Azkals face Yemen on Tuesday in AFC Asian Cup Qualifying at Panaad Stadium.A notable absentee in the 4-3 win over Tajikistan in Dushanbe in June due to club commitment, Etheridge has been recalled to the squad by coach Thomas Dooley.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Gin Kings aim to sustain run Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo View commentslast_img read more

Parker’s layup completes Sparks sweep of Mercury; Finals rematch set

first_imgWinter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Elite complete quarterfinals cast Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups MOST READ Taurasi asked Brondello how she felt about the Mercury shooting only three free throws in the last three quarters at home.“I wish I could tell you the answer to that one,” Brondello said. “I know BG (Griner) got beaten up a lot. It is what it is. We’re not going to look back now.”NOT REALLY HER DAYOgwumike, the 2016 league MVP and the Sparks’ second-highest scorer in the series, was saddled with foul trouble early and finished with nine points and 12 rebounds.PARKER MOVES UPParker moved into ninth place all-time on the WNBA playoffs scoring list, and fifth all-time in playoff rebounds. Her 11 assists was a career high.TIP-INSPhoenix Suns big man Alan Williams, who purchased 300 tickets for fans to attend the game, sat courtside with his family. … Suns guard Devin Booker also attended. … The Sparks won their first playoff series against Phoenix since 2000.UP NEXTGame 1 of the WNBA Finals is next Sunday in Minnesota, where the Sparks will face the Lynx in Game 1. View comments Parker, a two-time league Most Valuable Player, finished with 21 points and 11 assists.The Mercury’s Brittney Griner missed a shot as time expired and the Sparks celebrated with shouts and embraces in front of their bench.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“In Sparks fashion, we made things interesting down the stretch,” Parker said. “They jumped, and I just saw the lane and took it to the basket.”Odyssey Sims scored 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting, tying a playoff career high. Chelsea Gray added 14 points for the defending champion Sparks, who advanced to their second straight WNBA Finals and fifth overall. They will face Minnesota in a rematch of last year’s championship, after the Lynx completed a sweep of Washington earlier Sunday.“We know that there’s a lot of good teams in this league, so to be one of the final two standing, we feel like we’re worthy of that, but we also feel fortunate to have the opportunity to go play,” Sparks coach Brian Agler said.Diana Taurasi had tied the game at 87 with a 3-pointer from the wing with 10.8 seconds left.After a timeout, Parker scored the go-ahead basket.Taurasi’s 22 points led the Mercury while Griner added 18. Griner made just 7 of 23 shots for the game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “Tough day for me,” she said. “We kept getting good looks, I just wasn’t finishing them.”Leilani Mitchell’s steal and layup with 1:21 left brought the crowd to its feet and cut the Sparks’ lead to 85-82. Then Camille Little, who scored 18 points, stole an inbounds pass and drove for a layup to make the score 85-84 with 18.6 seconds to go.Sims sank a pair of free throws with 14.1 seconds left before Taurasi’s shot tied it.The Sparks won all six meetings regular season and postseason, with the Mercury.“Look, they’re defending champs for a reason,” Taurasi said. “They make you pay anytime you make a mistake. That’s the quality of players they have on that team right now.”The Sparks trailed by as many as 11 points in the first quarter after Little’s 3 with 3:43 left, part of her 12 points in the opening 10 minutes.The Mercury’s 30-21 lead in the second quarter disappeared with a pair of Parker steals, two free throws and a nifty assist to Sims for a layup, and Los Angeles took its largest lead of the half, 43-35, on Alana Beard’s jumper 36.3 seconds before halftime.“I just take what the defense gives us,” Sims said. “Every game we executed a little bit more.”MERCURY FALLINGThe Mercury’s top two players, Taurasi and Griner, combined to make only 3 of 19 shots in the first half as Phoenix scored only 13 second-quarter points.Griner, at one point late in the third quarter, grabbed Parker in frustration for what she thought was a foul, and Mercury head coach Sandy Brondello was given technical. Taurasi was whistled for a technical seconds later.center_img No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Phoenix Mercury’s Diana Taurasi, middle, tries to get off a pass as Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker (3) and Alana Beard (0) defend during the first half of Game 3 of a WNBA basketball playoff semifinal Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX — Candace Parker hobbled into the postgame press conference with ice bags over both knees and slung over her left shoulder. But soreness was a small price to pay for a return trip to the WNBA Finals.Parker drove for a layup with 2.9 seconds to play, giving the Los Angeles Sparks an 89-87 win and three-game sweep of the Phoenix Mercury in the WNBA semifinals Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

One year to go, can India mine gold at London Olympics?

first_imgWith London Olympics just a year away, India’s best sportspersons have been charged with re-writing India’s sporting history. As they prepare for the world’s greatest sporting extravaganza, Headlines Today did a reality check on India’s prospects in 2012 Olympics. Foremost among those leading the quest for an Olympic gold is shooter Gagan Narang. The 10 metres air rifle shooter has been on a hot streak and has delivered at in almost every major tournament last year, be it the Commonwealth Games or the World Cup. Partnering Narang in India’s quest for a gold rush would be the nation’s only individual gold medallist at the Olympics, Abhinav Bindra. India’s hope also lies on Ronjon Sodhi, one of the best double trap shooters in the world. Star boxer Vijender Singh has also given the nation hope for a gold. Veteran Akhil Kumar and Suranjoy are also considered in the race for medals. However, the focus would be on qualification for the Games with the World Boxing Championships in Azerbaijan in September. But all eyes would be on M.C. Marykom, the five-time women’s World Champion who has graduated to 51 kg category and will be India’s biggest hope for a medal as women’s boxing debuts at the Olympic in 2012. Another woman bearing the burden of expectations would be shuttler Saina Nehwal. She has become a force to reckon with since Beijing 2008, winning four Super Series titles since then and regularly beating some of the biggest names in the world. There are also high hopes from Deepika Kumari and the women’s recurve archery team since they beat South Korea, the World Champions in the semi-final of the World Championships in Turin to seal their three quota places. India also hopes to win laurels in tennis with the presence of world’s top doubles players Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi in their arsenal. After nine years of allegations and counter allegations, one of the best doubles pair in the history of tennis have decided to get back together for one last shot at the Olympics. Even Sania Mirza stands a good chance in the mixed doubles pairing up with either Paes or Bhupathi to try for some Olympic glory for India. Somdev Devvarman, the Asian Games and Commonwealth Games champion would also be hoping for a burst of form to take him in to the top 54. In wrestling, India would pin its hopes on Sushil Kumar, who had bagged bronze medal at the Beijing Olympics. The wrestler has set his sight firmly on the ultimate prize at London 2012.advertisementlast_img read more