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Simmons’ triple-double lifts Sixers over Pistons

first_imgLATEST STORIES Bledsoe sent home after reeling Suns fire Watson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (25) shoots as Detroit Pistons forward Stanley Johnson, right, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)DETROIT — Four games into his NBA career, Ben Simmons already has a triple-double to his credit.And with some help from Joel Embiid, he finally led the Philadelphia 76ers to a victory.Simmons had 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, and Embiid scored 30 points to lift the 76ers to a 97-86 win over the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments 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 Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Detroit trailed by four after a 6-0 run late in the fourth, but an awkward-looking hook shot by Andre Drummond missed everything, and the 76ers were able to close out the game.“It’s mind boggling to have two games in a row where we weren’t ready to play. We have to figure out a way to fix that, whether those five guys can boost the intensity or if we have to change the lineup,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “I’m going to take the blame for Simmons. I’m not saying the players couldn’t have done things better, but we didn’t have a good game plan for him.”Drummond had 14 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons.TIP-INS76ers: Simmons had double-doubles in his first three games, but Philadelphia lost them all.Pistons: Drummond moved into sixth place on Detroit’s career rebounding list, passing Walter Dukes. Drummond is now four shy of 5,000. … All Detroit starters scored in double figures except Stanley Johnson, who went without a point. Reggie Jackson had 16 points and seven assists.ADVERTISEMENT SLIPPERYThis was the second Pistons game at Little Caesars Arena, the new downtown venue they share with the Detroit Red Wings. The people mopping the floor were pretty busy trying to keep it dry in the second half, and 76ers coach Brett Brown said he was glad nobody was hurt.“You can appreciate our reaction when you see Joel Embiid slip and slide and then hold his knee,” Brown said. “And then 30 seconds later, Jerryd Bayless goes down and starts holding his hip. We’ve experienced a lot of injuries. It’s not anybody’s fault. It just happened. There was a wet part of the floor and we were lucky to get away without any injuries.”Embiid (left knee) sat out the game at Toronto. He shot 11 of 15 from the field against Detroit, although he did turn the ball over seven times.NEW FACILITYThe Pistons and Henry Ford Health System broke ground on a new complex a couple miles north of Little Caesars Arena that will house a training facility and corporate headquarters for the franchise. It’s scheduled to open in 2019.UP NEXT76ers: Philadelphia hosts Houston on Wednesday night.Pistons: Detroit hosts Minnesota on Wednesday night before heading on a three-game western trip. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Detroit, which rallied from a 21-point deficit to beat the New York Knicks on Saturday night , fell behind by 21 again in the second quarter against the 76ers. The Pistons chipped away and were within three in the fourth, but Philadelphia held on.“It’s awesome to have a triple-double, but at the same time, it’s even better to have a win,” Simmons said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSimmons was the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft before missing all of last season with a foot injury. He finished two assists shy of a triple-double at Toronto on Saturday night, and his skill and versatility were evident in Detroit.Philadelphia never trailed. It was 56-43 at halftime and 75-67 after three quarters before the Pistons cut the deficit to three on a 3-pointer by Anthony Tolliver. The teams traded baskets for a bit before a three-point play by Robert Covington and 3-pointer by T.J. McConnell put the 76ers up by nine. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Ross sees himself in SMB teammate Standhardinger

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “When you get a guy like that, its always a positive,” he said.“It’s a plus that he has a long hair. He could join our long hair club,” Ross ended with a chuckle. Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “He’s talking to his teammates and getting his teammates involved. He doesn’t demand the ball. I like what I see from him on the floor.”The 28-year-old Standhardinger had 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. He also made two crucial buckets in the final 20 seconds to hold off Tanduay Alab Pilipinas.Ross also lauded Standhardinger for holding his ground against Alab import Ivan Johnson.“Ivan was trying to intimidate him, but he’s not backing down. We need a guy like that who’s willing do the dirty work. We need that extra muscle we could throw at the other imports once he plays in the Commissioner’s Cup,” he said.Ross shared that he can’t wait to see Standhardinger in a Beermen jersey.ADVERTISEMENT “He reminds me of me, as a big this time,” Ross said of the rugged Fil-German.“Right now, I bring that hard-nosed mentality to the team, and bringing someone like him really helps us big time. Him being at 6-9 who is agile and versatile, it’s a great niche he found for himself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneRoss watched San Miguel’s top pick on Sunday when he made his Philippine debut for the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ABL and he had nothing but praise.“He knows where to be. Offensively, he’s always at the right spot and that tells me he has a high basketball IQ,” he said.center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours CONTRIBUTED PHOTOChris Ross sees a lot of himself in his new San Miguel Beer teammate Christian Standhardinger.Ross, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, said that like him, Standhardinger also brings toughness to the Beermen.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nuggets beat Kings without coach and 2 starters View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Ingram’s 3-pointer lifts Lakers over 76ers

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? On the winning play, Ball drove to the basket before dishing back to Ingram on the right wing. After a timeout, Richaun Holmes’ tying attempt at the buzzer was way off.The winning basket sent Ball’s dad, LaVar, into a wild celebration in a suite.The game was the first for the Lakers since LaVar Ball criticized coach Luke Walton and the Lakers offense in a radio interview, saying son Lonzo was “very disgusted.” It has been a tumultuous week for the Ball family, as LaVar withdrew another son, LiAngelo, from UCLA stemming from his suspension by the school for his involvement in a shoplifting incident in China.Lonzo Ball was loudly booed every time he touched the ball. And Philadelphia fans gave the elder Ball even worse treatment when he began hooting and hollering from his suite in the fourth quarter.Lonzo Ball finished with 10 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.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 LeBron says his talent gets taken for granted at times: ‘It looks easy, but it’s not’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene LATEST STORIES Lakers: Former Villanova standout Josh Hart had four points in 9 minutes. . Los Angeles improved to 3-8 on the road. . The Lakers won despite shooting 12 for 24 from the free-throw line. . They entered averaging 17.5 turnovers per game, including 18.4 during the losing streak, but finished with just 11 against Philadelphia.76ers: The triple-double was the third of Simmons’ career. . F Dario Saric didn’t play after suffering a left eye laceration in Wednesday’s practice. . G T.J. McConnell returned after missing three games due to a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder and went scoreless in 17 minutes. . Embiid had 46 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists and seven blocks in the 76ers’ 115-109 win in Los Angeles on Nov. 15.UP NEXTLakers: Play second of four-game trip at Charlotte on Saturday night.76ers: Play at Cleveland on Saturday night, looking to avenge a 113-91 home loss last month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ PHILADELPHIA — Brandon Ingram scored 21 points including the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds remaining to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 107-104 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View comments Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson added 16 points apiece for the Lakers, who snapped a five-game losing streak.Joel Embiid scored 33 points and Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists for Philadelphia.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseThe 76ers battled back from a 16-point second-half deficit to tie the game on Embiid’s two free throws with 39.8 seconds remaining.Lonzo Ball missed a 3 on Los Angeles’ ensuing possession and Embiid then missed a chance to give Philadelphia the lead. The game matched the top two picks of the 2016 draft, with No. 1 selection Simmons facing off with No. 2 pick Ingram.Simmons drew “oohs” and “ahhs” in the third quarter when he spun left before throwing down an emphatic right-handed dunk.But Ingram got the last laugh.The Lakers were in control most of the game and extended their lead to 71-55 on Larry Nance Jr.’s dunk with 5:26 left in the third quarter. Philadelphia closed within 79-70 entering the fourth, but the Lakers upped their lead to 15 with consecutive 3-pointers to start the final period.Philadelphia clawed within 90-86 on Holmes’ three-point play with 6:56 left, drawing such a loud reaction from the sold-out crowd that it sounded like the glory days of Allen Iverson exciting the 76ers faithful. And Holmes’ dunk with 2:22 remaining tied it at 101.But the 76ers never could go in front.OKAFOR TRADEDEarlier Thursday, Philadelphia traded Jahlil Okafor to the Brooklyn Nets. The deal ended a stalemate that had kept Okafor, the No. 3 pick in the 2015 draft, on the bench for all but two games this season.The Sixers also sent seldom-used guard Nik Stauskas, the No. 8 overall pick in the 2014 draft, and a 2019 second-round pick to the Nets for forward Trevor Booker. Booker, the 23rd overall pick of the 2010 draft by Washington, averaged 10.1 points with the Nets.TIP-INSlast_img read more

Hotshooting GlobalPort routs Blackwater for 2nd straight win

first_imgJust a week removed from its first win, GlobalPort continued to show it’s more than just a one trick pony after humbling Blackwater, 101-76, for its second straight win Friday in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES 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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson SBP targets bigger audience, brings Fiba 3×3 World Cup to PH Arena More than the stellar offensive outburst, Jarencio celebrated the way the team has been playing defense as GlobalPort once again held the opposition below 80 points.“We hit our target, which is to hold them to 80 points below. That’s always been our target,” he said. “We just told the players that they have to play good defense all the way and this is the result of that.”Mac Belo carried the load for Blackwater with 17 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, but his efforts went down the drain as the Elite succumbed to their second straight defeat and fell to a 2-3 record.ADVERTISEMENT The Batang Pier blew the game wide open with a big second quarter surge then led by as as high 31 points numerous times in the fourth frame and never let the Elite come within 20 points.After Globalport nailed 11 of 17 attempts from three in the first half, it was it easy for the boys of coach Pido Jarencio to come away with their second straight victory and level their record at 2-2.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 folkSean Anthony shot 6-of-10 from downtown en route to a 22-point performance, all but one coming in the first half, that went  with seven rebounds, five assists, and two steals.Stanley Pringle also added 17 markers, 11 boards, and five dimes, while Kelly Nabong got 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists for Batang Pier, who shot a 13-of-29 from three in total. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Irving returns as Celtics past Timberwolves

first_imgCarpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments Whiteside, Wade carry Heat past 76ers Celtics: Host Indiana on Sunday night. They lost 97-91 to the Pacers at home last month.Timberwolves: Host the Warriors on Sunday, the only visit to Minnesota by the defending champions on the schedule for this season. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano LATEST STORIES Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Boston Celtics’s Kyrie Irving, left, chases a loose ball as Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, right looks on in the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, March 8, 2018, in St. Paul, Minn. The Celtics won 117-109. Kyrie led the Celtics with 23 points. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)MINNEAPOLIS — The presence of Kyrie Irving this season has made the Boston Celtics more of a dynamic team with the ball.They’ve become quite the force on the other end of the court, too, as the Minnesota Timberwolves again found out.ADVERTISEMENT GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Irving returned from a one-game absence to help Boston fend off Minnesota, finishing with 23 points, seven rebounds and eight assists in a 117-109 victory over the Timberwolves on Thursday night that clinched a spot in the playoffs for the Celtics.“That’s one of the goals,” Irving said. “Just glad we got it out of the way pretty early.”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 folkAl Horford added 20 points, eight rebounds, six assists and tough defense on Karl-Anthony Towns for the Celtics, who stayed two games behind Toronto in the Eastern Conference race with their sixth win in seven games. They have three more losses than the Raptors.Marcus Morris added 17 points for the Celtics, whose good vibes were tempered a bit by the hard landing Jaylen Brown took on his back after a dunk late in the third quarter. He was able to walk off on his own with 14 points, evaluated for concussion-like symptoms and taken to a hospital for precautionary testing. UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “I was terrified. I mean, I know what that fall is like,” said backup Marcus Smart. “I’ve done it in high school, the same way. For him to get up, that’s a strong kid.”Strength was the name of this game for the Celtics, who overcame a career-high 30 points by Nemanja Bjelica on 11-for-16 shooting, including 6 for 9 from 3-point range. Bjelica’s first 20-10 game in the NBA was ultimately wasted in the season-high third straight loss for the Timberwolves, who are still trying to find their way without injured All-Star Jimmy Butler. They trailed by as many as 18 points soon after halftime, too much to overcome some second-half surges behind Bjelica and 18 points from Taj Gibson on 8-for-10 shooting.“We have to understand how hard and physical you have to play,” Wolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. “I think that’s the difference right now between us being a really good team and being a good team.”The Wolves were within five at 88-83 in the fourth quarter, but every other time they were on the verge of cutting the margin to two possessions Irving and the Celtics had an answer on the other end.Towns finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Jamal Crawford pitched in 15 points. But Andrew Wiggins went 1 for 8 from 3-point range and 6 for 21 from the floor for a too-quiet 13 points. He had four turnovers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours “They were the aggressor,” Wiggins said. “They were the harder-playing team.”FAST START, GET SMARTThe Celtics posted a 35-point first period for the second straight game, as they did to fuel their 105-89 win over Chicago on Monday. Morris helped them pull away with four jumpers in the final 3½ minutes of the frame, one from behind the arc.The Timberwolves had 11 first-half turnovers the Celtics turned into 18 points. Towns didn’t score for the Timberwolves for the first 15:22, until a 17-footer from the corner fell through the net, but Morris quickly answered with another 3-pointer. Smart put together a three-point play soon after and, less than a minute later, converted a one-handed dunk in one violent motion off a rebound to give the Celtics a 51-37 advantage that triggered a timeout by an angry Thibodeau.“He gets to his launch pad, he can get up there with the best of them,” Irving said.Morris and Smart helped the Boston bench outscore Minnesota’s 42-20.TOUGH TIMEButler’s absence has come at a most difficult time, with the Wolves in the throes of an unrelenting stretch of games. They lost at Portland and Utah on back-to-back nights last week, and they’ve got, gulp, Golden State coming to Target Center on Sunday. The following weekend, the night after a trip to San Antonio, they host Houston. The last game against the Rockets on Feb. 23 was when Butler hurt the meniscus in his right knee.“We’ve just got to play harder and just trust each other,” said Jeff Teague, who had 13 points and eight assists. “I don’t think we trusted each other tonight.”ROSE ARRIVESDerrick Rose signed with the Timberwolves earlier in the day , giving Thibodeau another experienced former player in the fold in the form of the 2011 NBA MVP on the roster. He was on the active list, but did not play.TIP-INSCeltics: Morris hit double-digits in points for the seventh time in the last 10 games. … Irving has scored 20 or more points in 45 of 59 games.Timberwolves: Wiggins had his streak of five straight 20-point games end. … Crawford went 1 for 6 from 3-point range and is 1 for 14 over the last three games.UP NEXTlast_img read more

Raptors beat Celtics to close in on top seed in East

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We had to rely on our defense tonight,” DeRozan said. “We missed a lot of shots but, with that, we played extremely hard defensively and made up for the low percentage that we shot from the field.”Toronto, which made 40 of 92 attempts, increased its lead over second-place Boston to three games. Both teams have four games remaining.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“We didn’t score the way we needed to but we played defense the way we needed to,” Toronto’s Kyle Lowry said.Lowry scored 13 points as the Raptors earned a split in the season series and clinched the tiebreaker over Boston, based on each team’s record in conference play. Toronto is 37-11 against the East, while Boston is 31-17. LATEST STORIES After making eight of 19 field goal attempts in the first quarter, Boston shot 5 for 18 in the second and 5 for 19 in the third. DeRozan scored eight points in the third as Toronto took a 67-53 lead into the fourth.TIP-INSCeltics: Rozier led Boston with nine rebounds. … G Shane Larkin (illness) did not travel to Toronto. Larkin has missed three straight games. … Boston finished with 17 turnovers, three shy of its season-worst. Toronto scored 29 points off turnovers.Raptors: Toronto avoided its first three-game losing streak since Feb. 8-14, 2017. … The Raptors outscored the Celtics 54-34 on points in the paint.HOME COOKINGThe home team won all four meetings in the series this season.DOUBLE DOWNRozier failed to reach double digits in scoring for the first time in 26 games.START AND STOPBoston’s starters combined for 35 points, 16 of them from Horford. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism 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 NOTHING’S FREEToronto’s eight attempted free throws matched a season-low. The Raptors also shot eight free throws against Atlanta on Dec. 29.UP NEXTCeltics: Host Chicago on Friday. Boston has won five straight home games against the Bulls.Raptors: Host Indiana on Friday. Toronto has won eight straight home games against the Pacers.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan (10) is defended by Boston Celtics centre Greg Monroe, left, as Celtics forward Marcus Morris (13), Raptors guard Kyle Lowry (7) and Celtics guard Kadeem Allen watch during the second half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 4, 2018, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — The Toronto Raptors turned up the defensive pressure and tightened their grip on first place in the Eastern Conference.DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points, Fred VanVleet and Serge Ibaka each had 15 and the Raptors moved closer to clinching the top seed in the East by beating the Boston Celtics 96-78 on Wednesday night.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters “Obviously these guys are well into the driver’s seat on the one (seed),” Boston coach Brad Stevens said.With its 56th win of the season, Toronto matched the franchise record set in 2015-16.Still, Raptors coach Dwane Casey wasn’t celebrating.“We’re not excited,” Casey said. “We still have some things to get better at.”Delon Wright had eight points, eight assists and nine rebounds for the Raptors, who entered having lost five of their previous eight, including the past two. Toronto lost at Boston on Saturday and again at Cleveland on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers jeopardize Spurs playoff bid with OT win Marcus Morris scored 21 points, Greg Monroe had 17 and Al Horford 16 for the Celtics, who were held to their lowest point total of the season. Boston scored 80 in a Jan. 18 loss to Philadelphia.“You always talk on offense about owning your space and they owned our space all night,” Stevens said. “They were very physical, they were very good.”Boston made 25 of 75 shot attempts, including 3 of 22 from 3-point range, its fewest made 3-pointers of the season. Boston’s previous low was six, set twice.The Celtics lost Tuesday in Milwaukee and have dropped consecutive games after winning six in a row.“It’s vital that we get back on a good roll and go into the playoffs with some type of momentum,” Morris said.Terry Rozier started for Boston after sitting out Tuesday because of a sprained left ankle. He scored two points in 28 minutes and shot 1 of 9.“It didn’t bother me,” Rozier said of his ankle. “It might have looked like it bothered me but it didn’t bother me.”Jaylen Brown and Monroe each scored five points in the first as Boston led 20-14 after one. Toronto made six of 23 attempts in the opening quarter, going 2 of 11 from 3-point range, and didn’t score over the final 3:29 in its lowest-scoring first quarter of the season.Boston made nine turnovers in the second, leading to 17 points for Toronto, as the Raptors rallied behind six points from Wright to lead 43-33 at halftime. The Celtics had more turnovers in the first half (14) than made baskets (13).“The only reason we were down at halftime was the turnovers,” Stevens said. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ View commentslast_img read more

Alaska taps Ohio alum Campbell as PBA Comm’s Cup import

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Alaska opens its campaign in the second conference on April 27 when it takes on Rain or Shine at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 FILE – Antonio Campbell of the Ohio Bobcats during the second half at Value City Arena on November 12, 2013 in Columbus, Ohio. Kirk Irwin/Getty Images/AFPAlaska is banking on youth to contend in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup as it signed up 23-year-old Antonio Campbell.The team announced the development on Thursday, completing the roster of reinforcements for the second conference.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READcenter_img Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadal back in bullring for season-defining Davis Cup duty Campbell played for Ohio in his collegiate days, where he was named as the Mid-American Conference Player of the Year back in his junior season. He was an early entrant for the 2016 NBA Draft but ultimately decided to return to his school.He averaged 15.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in his senior year with the Bobcats before going undrafted in the 2017 NBA Draft.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCampbell was then signed by the Lakeland Magic in the NBA G-League, where he netted 6.3 markers, 4.6 boards, and 1.2 assists in the 20 games he played for in the 2017-18 season.Campbell’s arrival bolsters the shallow Aces frontline, which features Sonny Thoss and Vic Manuel, together with reserves Jake Pascual and Marion Magat. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinalast_img read more

Wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich dies

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich signals to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings, Monday, April 9, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO — The wife of San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich has died. She was 67.The Spurs confirmed Erin Popovich’s death Wednesday. The team didn’t provide further details.ADVERTISEMENT Golovkin gets opponent for May 5 fight in Martirosyan P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC “We mourn the loss of Erin,” Spurs general manager RC Buford said in a team statement. “She was a strong, wonderful, kind, intelligent woman who provided love, support and humor to all of us.”The Popovichs have two children and two grandchildren. They met at the Air Force Academy in 1970s when he was an assistant coach for the Falcons. Erin’s father, Jim Conboy, was Air Force’s head athletic trainer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownGregg Popovich has coach San Antonio since 1996, leading the Spurs to five NBA titles. San Antonio will face Golden State on Thursday night in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series.Popovich ran the Spurs’ practice Wednesday. They Warriors lead the series 2-0. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accidentlast_img read more

Nishikori, Osaka give Japan historic tennis day at US Open

first_imgLATEST STORIES So big, in fact, that she was too nervous to talk to him until recently.Once she did, the 20-year-old Osaka found they had plenty in common. Nishikori, 8 years older, was like a “really big kid” who liked to play video games and have fun like her.“Overall, he’s just really nice and positive and bubbly and stuff,” Osaka said.Only once had Japan had a man and woman reach the quarterfinals of the same major, and Shuzo Matsuoka and Kimiko Date both lost in that round at Wimbledon in 1995.Nishikori and Osaka are looking to keep right on going. Their victories provided a boost to their baseball-crazed country on an otherwise downer of a day with the news that Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani had new damage in his right elbow and major surgery was been recommended.When Nishikori became the first Asian male to reach a Grand Slam singles final four years ago, hundreds of fans packed into a convention hall to cheer him on at a standing-room-only public viewing event in his hometown of Matsue.Now there might be two such events in Japan this weekend.“Hopefully we do well this week,” Nishikori said. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kei Nishikori, of Japan, celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic, of Croatia, during the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK — Kei Nishikori looked around Arthur Ashe Stadium and noticed the crowd.With Nishikori playing immediately after Naomi Osaka on Wednesday, the U.S. Open became must-see viewing for Japanese tennis fans.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s good to have, you know, home support outside of Japan,” he said. “Yeah, it’s great news we’re both in the semis.”Historic news, actually.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Both players won — Osaka decisively, Nishikori narrowly — to give Japan a men’s and women’s semifinalist at the same Grand Slam tournament for the first time, according to the ATP Tour.Nishikori rallied to beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-4 in a match that lasted 4 hours, 8 minutes. Osaka routed Lesia Tsurenko 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes, the third time in her five matches in the tournament that she finished in less than an hour. MOST READcenter_img Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew All figured out “I think she can, you know, win a title now, even (a) Grand Slam. So I feel, you know, big chance for her,” Nishikori said.“Also happy for myself, too, being injured last year.”That was a wrist injury that kept him off the tour from late last season until early this year. He started to regain his form in the spring, was back up to the No. 21 seed for his return to Flushing Meadows, and awaits either No. 6 Novak Djokovic or unseeded John Millman on Friday.Meanwhile, Osaka won a Masters title at Indian Wells and with her strong run in New York, where she will next play 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys, she has picked up more of a following from the Japanese media — though she believes there’s a different reason for that.“I think it’s because of Kei,” she said, holding her hands apart to show how much bigger Nishikori is in Japan, from where her family moved to New York when she was 3.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Djokovic’s epic victory over Federer among the hardest wins

first_img“We had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one definitely ranks as one of the best,” Djokovic said.Djokovic’s fourth straight win over Federer and 25th in 47 contests sends him into the final against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, who has never played in a Masters final.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“This is my best match of the year, that’s for sure,” Djokovic said, addressing the crowd in French. “Big respect to Roger.”Federer remains one short of 100 career titles. Novak Djokovicv of Serbia celebrates after he defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland during their semifinal match of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. Novak Djokovic won 7-6, 5-7, 7-6. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)PARIS — Novak Djokovic’s latest victory over Roger Federer was among the toughest and best in their epic rivalry, a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) feast of attacking tennis which had the roaring crowd on their feet and remained in doubt until the very end.It finally ended, after three hours, when Djokovic moved 6-1 up in the tiebreaker. Federer saved two match points but cracked in a long rally and chopped a backhand into the net.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets,” a disappointed Federer said. “That’s why I guess I have this face right now.”Djokovic is on a 22-match winning streak and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Masters titles.“Novak is obviously on a roll,” Federer said. “You can feel it.”Khachanov, who beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1, won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third career title.Djokovic, who beat him on the way to the Wimbledon title, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title and 73rd title overall.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Hasn’t happened too many times that I don’t break a serve of anyone, especially if I have 12 break points,” Djokovic said. “Most of the break points he just served well, and played great shots.”The best one of the match went to Federer in the eighth game. As Federer charged to the net, Djokovic hit a powerful forehand which clipped the net and flew to the left of Federer, wrong-footing him. From a seemingly impossible angle, and totally off balance, he scooped his racket behind his neck and flicked a volley over the net for a winner.Federer thrust his arms into the air, the crowd rose to their feet in sheer disbelief.Even by Federer’s lofty standards, it was remarkable.“That’s why he is who he is,” Djokovic said, admiringly.But after losing the match, Federer was left shaking his head. He was unhappy with someone in the crowd twice shouting “out” during the long match-point rally.“It’s just unfortunate it happens and at the end you lose the point, the match,” Federer said.Still, he retained a sense of irony.“Thank God the rally ended,” he said. “It would have been five times if it continued.” 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 Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ He was made to work far harder than when he beat Federer in the Cincinnati Masters final in August.After they hugged at the net, Federer walked off quickly and raised a thumb to the cheering crowd.“People enjoy the rivalry. We do as well,” Federer said. “It’s tough and fair, the way it’s supposed to be.”Fans got everything they could have hoped for: Two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No. 1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity.Brilliant one-handed winners on the run from Federer down the line and acute-angle volleys at the net; astonishing elasticity while retrieving from the baseline and laser-beam forehands to the corners from Djokovic.Federer had 17 aces, while Djokovic got five of his eight in his last three service games of the match, raising his level at the right time.Djokovic briefly let his volatile temper get the better of him, though, when he had Federer at 15-40 down in the ninth game of the deciding set. Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match.Djokovic held his hands up as if to apologize to the unforgiving crowd, unhappy that a pique of rage interrupted their gourmet feast of tennis.Brimming with confidence in a season which has seen him go from No. 22 in the rankings in May to No. 1 when they are released on Monday, and in which he also added the U.S. Open to his Grand Slam haul, Djokovic created pressure throughout.But Federer saved every break point — 12 of them — and secured the only break of the match in clinching the second set. Out of their league Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more