Nets to play Thunder, Heat in Mexico City this December

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s all part of the NBA’s emphasis on expanding the popularity of basketball in Mexico. Last season, the Phoenix Suns played the Dallas Mavericks and the San Antonio Spurs in Mexico City. The league has played 26 times in Mexico dating back to 1992, the most games held in any country outside of the U.S. and Canada.The games will be televised on ESPN.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 SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes NEW YORK, NY – NOVEMBER 03: Brook Lopez #11 of the Brooklyn Netsdies for the ball with Steven Adams #12 of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the second half at the Barclays Center on November 3, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Alex Goodlett/Getty Images/AFPNEW YORK — The Brooklyn Nets will travel to Mexico City in December for two regular-season games as part of the 25th anniversary of the first NBA game in Mexico.The league announced Wednesday that the Nets and Oklahoma City Thunder will play in Mexico City on Dec. 7. The Nets will play the Miami Heat on Dec. 9. Both games will be in Arena Ciudad de Mexico.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments EAC’s Laminou out for the NCAA season due to torn ACLlast_img read more

Gin Kings aim to sustain run

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Matthew Wright, Jeff Chan and import Brandon Brown will be leading the Fuel Masters.Meanwhile, Blackwater, another team that has a hot streak going—actually its franchise-best run—will shoot for a fourth straight victory when it clashes with TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.Henry Walker arrived and rejuvenated the Elite, who will be seeking to claim another big fish in the Texters and step up their drive for the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next PBA IMAGESWith a four-game winning streak and looking more fearsome, Barangay Ginebra slugs it out with slumping Phoenix Petroleum to try to inch closer to a quarterfinal berth in the PBA Governors’ Cup.Playing like a well-oiled machine and with plenty of time to get even better in their bid for a repeat, the Gin Kings are one of only a handful of sides given a chance of thwarting sister team San Miguel Beer’s Grand Slam bid.ADVERTISEMENT Wushu bet Balangui trips US foe, assures Team PH of Universiade medal Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ View comments SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:37Protesters 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’ boss SPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe other Ginebra weapons that complement its twin towers are import Justin Brownlee and a guard rotation—veteran LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson—which could stand out as the most efficient in the league.Thompson is an all-around talent who, whatever is needed, gets things done. In a 94-80 ripping of luckless Alaska on Saturday in Cebu City, the 6-foot-1 former Perpetual Help ace in the NCAA missed a triple double by two points after getting 11 rebounds and 10 assists. Greg Slaughter is slowly but surely getting back to peak form, and Japeth Aguilar has improved tremendously ever since Tim Cone took over as they form, hands-down, the most athletic, tallest frontline in the conference.Tip-off time is at 7 p.m. at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where the Fuel Masters hope to author an upset and arrest a six-game losing streak to get back in the playoff hunt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water polo Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Tempers flare in SMB-Meralco duel

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Bolts big man Kelly Nabong and Ross also had a heated commotion.Security and officials from both teams, though, were quick to pacify the situation as both teams went their separate ways.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 shutoutPBA commissioner Chito Narvasa also made sure that there won’t be any trouble when the two teams returned to the court for the second half.San Miguel leads Meralco, 51-39, at the half, in a game with heavy playoff implications hanging in the balance. LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversarycenter_img PBA IMAGESAs if emotions weren’t already on a high, tempers flared at halftime during a game between rivals San Miguel and Meralco on Sunday.Eyewitnesses said Chris Ross and Allen Durham engaged in a trashtalk each other at the end of the second quarter and further continued as both teams went to their respective dugouts.ADVERTISEMENT A win by the Bolts will give them the top seed and relegate the Beermen to sixth place. Meralco drops to third if it loses.A Beermen victory on the other hand, would put them in the top two if they end up winning by at least 19 points Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Oakland’s Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during anthemlast_img read more

Ginebra’s Slaughter says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgNonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PBA IMAGESFeasting in the paint against the smaller TNT frontline, Greg Slaughter had a field day in Game 1 of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup semifinals series on Monday with 16 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks.That shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially with the Cebuano giant averaging 14.3 markers, 9.3 boards, this conference.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC And one of his main focal points is on the defensive end, as evidenced by Ginebra limiting TNT to just 40 percent from the field to come away with the 121-94 blowout win.“I think we came out really aggressive and did well on the defensive end. That’s our calling card, it’s how hard and how aggressive we play on defense,” he said.But Slaughter knows the KaTropa are no pushovers as he prepares for a tougher fight from them come Wednesday in Batangas for Game 2.“We know TNT is a very dangerous team. We were able to play good defense on them now, but it wasn’t too long ago that they scored 120 on us. So we just got to stay aggressive on defense, maintain our defensive intensity, and just keep executing on our offense, and you know, just have each other’s backs like we did this past couple of games,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READcenter_img Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City View comments Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice PLAY LIST 01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice00:50Trending Articles00:59Old rivals Fajardo, Slaughter finally face off in the PBA Finals01:37Protesters 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 LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Slaughter, however, argues that he’s still far from his peak form.“I definitely don’t feel that I’m at 100 percent,” he said.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 shutoutDespite of that, the towering big man is doing everything he could to help the Gin Kings, with his main fuel his desire to help the Kings successfully defend their throne.“I’m giving my all for this postseason. I know I still got a lot of work to do, especially after this conference. I know I’ll be working hard, but for now, there’s nothing I can do now. We got to play these games every other day, so whatever I can give, I’ll give to the team,” he said. Ginebra routs TNT in Game 1 of PBA semis Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

La Salle shows no quit in comeback win over Ateneo

first_imgQC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFacing a double-digit lead in the fourth quarter, La Salle could’ve just let Ateneo sweep the elimination round of UAAP Season 80.After all, with the Final Four seedings already set, the Green Archers would benefit more from a stepladder semifinals had the Blue Eagles completed a sweep.ADVERTISEMENT CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Ben Mbala wins 2nd straight UAAP MVP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next “Coach told us, never give up,” Mbala said. “We kept pushing and we just gave our everything and we left the rest to God, and it was able to help us win the game.”Mbala was sensational once again as the reigning MVP posted 28 points, 19 rebounds, six steals, and six blocks, while Ricci Rivero had 21 markers and five boards. The two combined for 19 of the team’s 25 points in the final frame.“Maybe, we just wanted it more than them. They took the lead, but our sense of urgency was there that we believed we can still win because we worked hard for this,” said Rivero.“That’s what we plan to do for the next few games. Play hard and leave the rest to God,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion 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 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. But rivalries run deep and the players would be the first to attest that duels between La Salle and Ateneo are never no-bearing games.“We just wanted to win. We didn’t quit,” said La Salle star Ben Mbala.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 shutoutAteneo seemed on its way to victory when it took a 76-69 lead with only 2:24 left.The Archers, though, still had a lot of fight in them as they staged a 10-0 blast en route to a 79-76 win. MOST READlast_img read more

SMB’s Fajardo expects tougher games ahead after squeaker over Magnolia

first_imgPBA IMAGESANTIPOLO — With the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup shifting to another gear, June Mar Fajardo is bracing for tougher games ahead.Facing one of the hottest teams in the league in Magnolia, Fajardo, the reigning four-time PBA MVP, got an early taste of playoff basketball on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT 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 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers LATEST STORIES John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img MOST READ Fajardo feels the duel won’t be the last time San Miguel will meet Magnolia as he anticipates the Hotshots, together with Ginebra, which beat the Beermen last week, to make deep runs in the postseason.That’s why Fajardo couldn’t stress the importance of having a healthy team in San Miguel’s bid to retain the all-Filipino crown.“We need to be in condition because the physicality is really intense. We need to be at our peak condition so that we won’t tire that easily,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT San Miguel gets another boost, this time from Chico Lanete Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “We’re expecting more of those and it’s really tiring,” said Fajardo, who had scratch marks all over his arms after the Beermen’s tight 77-76 win over the Hotshots.Kept in check by the Magnolia defense, Fajardo struggled from the field, shooting 4-of-11, but still managed to produce 19 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWhat couldn’t be denied, however, was his imposing presence down low especially on the defensive end, grabbing 21 rebounds while also blocking two shots.“All the teams are closely tied in the standings. You really need to get the win to make it to the playoffs,” he said. Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH AFP official booed out of forumlast_img read more

Flying V, Cignal nail top two

first_img“We just wanted to do our best so we don’t lose our sharpness going into the playoffs,” said coach Eric Altamirano after the unstoppable Thunder—who are assured of an outright semifinal berth—improved to 9-0 to move within a win of an elimination sweep.Cignal HD joined Flying V in the top two after a 96-89 tripping of Centro Escolar University in the other game.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 starsJason Perkins delivered 18 points, 10 rebounds and three assists to help the Hawkeyes climb to 8-2 and nail the second seed in the standings.Perkins sparked Cignal’s decisive 10-0 run in the third quarter, turning a 59-60 deficit to a 69-60 lead before fending off the Scorpions’ late rally. —WITH CARLO ANOLIN Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Football dreams are made of this View comments PBA IMAGESJeron Teng dropped a second straight triple-double for streaking Flying V as Cignal HD secured the last outright semifinals berth in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup on Tuesday.Teng, the leading MVP candidate, scattered 20 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists to power the Thunder to a 97-59 rout of Zark’s Burgers at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.ADVERTISEMENT FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ 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 El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READlast_img read more

Told to quit, Benedicto finishes race despite adversities

first_imgNBA: Shaq blames ‘the man upstairs’ for his poor free throw shooting Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant It wasn’t the result the multi-time winner had in mind, but it’s a performance he can live with.“I can say that I’m still successful. I’m proud of myself that I was able to finish the race,” he said.Another source of Benedicto’s pride are his fellow competitors like winner Banjo Norte, who are showing that there are more Filipino triathletes capable of competing with the world’s best.“I’m glad that they’re there and are all targeting me. I’m proud that they get a chance to win. I’m happy that they want to beat me and that inspires the younger crop of triathletes who also wants to beat them. We all get stronger and who knows, we’ll be able to compete among the elites in the future,” he said.But Benedicto made it clear that he has a lot of gas left in his tank, and his failure in the Cebu tilt just motivates him to strive harder in the next races.ADVERTISEMENT National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View comments LATEST STORIES Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games 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 Gamescenter_img MOST READ “People are telling me to no longer finish the race, to give up. But in my mind, I’m number one in the Asian elite so the pressure is different. All I wanted was to finish the race,” he said in Filipino.The 33-year-old Benedicto felt a slight pain, which was later ruled as spasms, midway through the bike course when he almost hit a competitor who suddenly changed his path.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 stars“That was when I felt the fatigue,” he shared. “Later on, I felt that my ribs were hurting. I was struggling to breathe. I put ice on my chest but people are telling me to no longer finish this.”August Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDespite the chest pains, Benedicto willed on and ended up eighth in his category, joyously crossing the finish line before falling to the arms of Sunrise Events founder Wilfred Steven Uytengsu. FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo August Benedicto. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLAPU-LAPU CITY — Though August Benedicto failed to make it to the podium in the Asian elite category of the 2017 Cobra Energy Drink Ironman 70.3 Philippines on Sunday, the four-time winner still considers his run as a success.After all, Benedicto had to fight through chest pains midway through the swim-bike-run course just to finish the race.ADVERTISEMENT “They also become my motivation because I want to get back at them next time. It drives me harder. It makes me double or triple my effort to beat them the next time out,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

SEA Games 7: Players to watch out for in basketball

first_imgPH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. However, it doesn’t mean that the other countries will just roll over and hand the country the gold as they themselves want to show that true to the critics’ observations, the rest of region has indeed closed in on the Philippines.With the task laid out, INQUIRER listed seven players who we feel the fans should keep tabs on this August.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 stars1. Kiefer Ravena – G, PhilippinesPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netArguably one of the best amateur players in the Philippines right now, Ravena is gunning for a record-setting fourth gold medal in the biennial meet. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul The Philippines against Indonesia during the 28th SEA Games Men’s Basketball final game held at the OCBC Arena Hall 1, Singapore Sports Hub. INQUIRER PHOTO/RAFFY LERMADespite tougher competition in the region, the Philippines remains the team-to-beat for the gold in the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.And deservedly so, as the cadet-laden Gilas Pilipinas is bringing in a young but feisty squad aching to claim the country’s 18th pole finish in the meet.ADVERTISEMENT DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments 7. Christian Standhardinger – F/C, PhilippinesLargely a mystery man a few months back, Standhardinger has undoubtedly shot up the ranks thanks to his solid play with the national team.The Fil-German has provided the national team a viable option in the paint, as evidenced by his performances in the 2017 Jones Cup and the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup.However, one thing going against Standhardinger will be his tiring schedule as he and Carl Bryan Cruz are set to fly to Malaysia for the SEA Games after the tournament in Beirut.It’s a mystery how coach Jong Uichico will utilize the 28-year-old given this exhausting challenge, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise if Standhardinger imposes his will down low and help the Philippines shun the opposition.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img LATEST STORIES Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Expect more from the Thai-American in this tourney as he will fortify an already dangerous Thailand crew bannered by scorer Chitchai Ananti.3. Tam Dinh – G, VietnamPhoto from Vietnamese Basketball AssocationVietnam is leaving no stones unturned as it parade possibly its strongest squad headed by Tam Dinh for the regional tilt.The Vietnamese-American guard was the leading scorer in the inaugural Vietnamese Basketball Association season last year, where he averaged 19.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.8 steals for the Can Tho Catfish.Dinh’s inclusion, together with the additions of Horace Nguyen and Stefan Nguyen, could only mean positivesfor Vietnam as it aspires to contend in this upcoming SEA Games, this time under coach Todd Purves.4. Sandy Kurniawan, G/F – IndonesiaSandy Febrianysah Kurniawan of Indonesia (R) attempts to block against Kiefer Ravena of the Philippines (L) during the men’s basketball gold medal match at the 28th Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore on June 15, 2015. AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROL / AFP PHOTO / MOHD FYROLKurniawan didn’t shy away from the spotlight when Indonesia competed in the 2017 Seaba Championship, proving that he can hang with the best in the region.The 31-year-old swingman showed that he’s a reliable three-and-D guy for his side, averaging 11.5 points on a 47-percent shooting from threes on top of 3.2 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.8 steals.Spotlight may be on his heralded teammates like Mario Wuysang, Arki Wisnu, and Biboy Enguio, but don’t sleep on Kurniawan making his impact in Kuala Lumpur.5. Leon Kwek – F, Singapore Though one of the youngest in the crew, the 23-year-old guard is one of the veterans in this level of competition in another go-round in the SEA Games.As the vocal leader for this PH squad, Ravena is expected to play a key role in another attempt for Philippines to stay at the top.2. Tyler Lamb – G/F, ThailandTyler Lamb. Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteThe reigning ABL Heritage MVP takes his act to the SEA Games as he finally makes his debut for the Thai national team.Averaging 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 2.8 steals this past ABL season with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions, Lamb has been a household name in the region thanks to his outstanding play that almost earned him a spot in GlobalPort as the team’s Asian reinforcement last season.ADVERTISEMENT NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers Photo from Asean Basketball League websiteOne of the fastest rising stars for his country, the 20-year-old Kwek has proven that he’s a solid commodity for the Singaporean national team.However, the 6-foot-2 forward couldn’t sustain his good showing from his time with the Singapore Slingers in the ABL as he only posted pedestrian numbers in the 2017 Seaba Championship with his 9.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.0 steals.One thing going his way, though, has been his efficiency as his presence has been a stabilizing force for a largely disappointing outing.Kwek would love to bounce back from that experience, and he has to, especially with the tough field awaiting for Singapore in the SEA Games.6. Kuek Tian Yuan, F, MalaysiaKuek Tian Yuan. Photo from ASEAN Basketball LeagueHosting the SEA Games also means bringing in the big guns for Malaysia.And with the hosts hell-bent to upend the Philippines from its throne, the Malaysians welcome back majority of their star players from the Westports Malaysia Dragons in the ABL and Kuek Tian Yuan is one of those.The 26-year-old, who has been the team’s top performer when they were welcomed as a guest squad in the PBA D-League last season, returns to national team duty ready to slug it out for national pride.Tasked to hold the paint for Malaysia, Kuek will have his hands full against the bevy of guards aching to challenge his length.And if he passes the test? It’s not far-flung that a podium finish is on the horizon for the hosts. ‘Chess god’ Kasparov returns to compete 12 years laterlast_img read more

Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute

first_imgFILE – In this Sept. 3, 2015, file photo, Victoria Azarenka, of Belarus, returns a shot to Yanina Wickmayer, of Belgium, during the second round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka says her participation in the U.S. Open is in doubt because she might not be able to bring her baby son with her to New York as a result of her separation from the child’s father. Azarenka says via a posting on Twitter on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017, that she is “faced with a difficult situation which may not allow me to return to work right away.” (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)NEW YORK — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son’s father.The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy’s father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.ADVERTISEMENT “I am sadly unable to compete in this year’s U.S. Open due to my ongoing family situation that I am working through,” Azarenka said in a statement.In last week’s post, Azarenka wrote that she separated from Leo’s father shortly after Wimbledon, where she lost to Simona Halep in the fourth round on July 10.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“As we work to resolve some of the legal processes, the way things stand now is that the only way I can play in the U.S. Open this year is if I leave Leo behind in California,” Azarenka wrote, “which I’m not willing to do.”Azarenka has not played since Wimbledon, and the former No. 1 player is now ranked 204th. She was the runner-up in New York in 2012 and 2013, losing in the final each year to Serena Williams. Those were also the years that Azarenka won her two Grand Slam singles titles in Australia. Williams, who is pregnant with her first child, also will not play in this year’s U.S. Open. On the men’s side, three top-10 players have withdrawn with season-ending injuries: defending champion Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic and Kei Nishikori.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Rugby World Cup winner reveals heart surgery after tick bite Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR View commentslast_img read more