Farewell Marvelous Mal Whitfield

Farewell Marvelous Mal Whitfield

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first_imgWhenever we sit to tell the legends of our pioneer Olympians, there is one American name that always pops up. In the midst of our legendary Arthur Wint, George Rhoden, Herb McKenley and Leslie Laing was the American Mal Whitfield.Classy and competitive, Whitfield pushed our superheroes to the limit and earned for himself a place in track and field history.Whitfield passed on last week at 91 and left behind an enormous legacy of success in the sport.When Arthur Wint and Herb McKenley sprinted to gold and silver medals in Jamaica’s maiden voyage to the Olympics in 1948, the 23-year-old Whitfield was third. He and Wint, as the premier 800-metre men of the era, went one-two in the two-lap event. Wint was in great shape, but the American produced an Olympic record to prevail.He and Wint were down the field when George Rhoden and McKenley went one-two in the 1952 Olympics over 400 metres, but he again bettereed Wint in the 800. That was his better distance and he set world records in it and its imperial equivalent, the 880 yards.Through the end of 1954, he won 66 of his 69 races in the two-lap run, collecting two National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) titles for Ohio State University and five US national titles along the way.In fact, only Alberto Juantorena of Cuba and Wint have better Olympic 400-800 performances than Whitfield’s 1948 bronze-gold performance. The Jamaican took gold and silver in 1948 and that stood as the high bar combination until the big Cuban won both events at the 1976 Olympics. It’s a combination that few even attempt these days.Whenever we tell the story of what was for ages Jamaica’s greatest sporting triumph, Whitfield’s name will appear again. In the last race of the 1952 Games in Helsinki, Wint, two-time 200-metre finalist Les Laing and McKenley gave Rhoden a one-step lead in the 4×400-metre relay final.Battle of championsMcKenley was spectacular, running an unprecedented 44.6-second leg to close a 15-metre lead. The anchor leg pitted Rhoden, Olympic champion at 400 metres, against Whitfield, Olympic champion at 800 metres.Chanting exhortations to himself, Rhoden summoned a 45-flat stint from his leg, but couldn’t shake the man called ‘Marvellous Mal’. With neither anchorman yielding, the one-step margin remained and both Jamaica and the United States broke the world record.To put those splits in perspective, recall this was long before synthetic tracks and featherweight sports attire and footwear. Instead, McKenley, Rhoden and Whitfield ran on cinder tracks weighing several pounds.Whitfield kept on winning gold medals through to the 1955 Pan-Am Games. He was a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, travelled the world as a sports ambassador, and later helped many worthy causes though the Mal Whitfield Foundation.He maintained a long friendship with our Helsinki Heroes and visited Jamaica from time to time. Just like them, he was class personified.n Hubert Lawrence has made notes at track side since 1980.last_img read more

‘That was no draw’, says Walters after boxing decision

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first_img“I clearly won the fight; that was no draw. I am shocked by this decision,” were the words of a disappointed Nicholas ‘The Axeman’ Walters yesterday, when asked to comment on the majority draw decision of the judges in his fight against Jason Sosa, at the Turning Stone Resort in Verona, New York, on Saturday night.In what has been declared by journalists who watched the fight at ringside as ‘the worst scored fight of 2015’, one judge, Tom Schreck, had Sosa the winner 96-94, while the other judges, Wynn Kintz and Don Ackerman, had it 95-95. The Gleaner scored the fight 97-93 for Walters, and as another point of reference, experienced HBO scorer and former international boxing judge, Harold Lederman, scored it 99-91 for Walters.It was a hard-fought and entertaining fight, with Walters, (26-0), fighting as a super featherweight (130 lb) for the first time. Having lost his featherweight title in June on the scale, when he weighed in a pound over the featherweight limit of 126 lb, Walters was using this fight as a benchmark to see how he would perform at the higher weight class.On this occasion, he fought a bigger man in the person of Sosa, who entered the ring with a 18-1-3 record, but he held his own in a fight that was mostly at close range, and his vicious body attacks clearly bothered his opponent. If one could find fault with his work during the 10 bruising rounds, it would be that he did not use his jabs enough.Whenever Walters went on the outside, he looked far superior than his opponent, and it was surprising that his trainers, Celso Ch·vez and Job Walters, did not tell him at any time in the fight to use his jabs more.The impression given was that they wanted to prove a point. They wanted it to be seen that Walters could outslug a bigger opponent.This tactic nearly backfired, however, as the judges clearly did not give Walters full credit for the good, clean punches to the body that he landed repeatedly. Walters was clearly the better fighter, and in the fifth round, he shook Sosa with a left hook to the body and right cross to the head combination.Surprisingly, he did not follow through and Sosa weathered the storm.BEST ROUNDSWalters gained the ascendancy as the fight progressed, and in the eighth round, he seemed as if he was trying to end it. This was one of his best rounds.Ironically, Sosa came out aggressively for the ninth, which was perhaps his best round.Walters came back firing on all cylinders in the final round, using jabs and hooks to good advantage, and it seemed a mere formality when the fight ended that it would be the Jamaican raising his hands in victory for the 27th time. That was not to be, however, as he had to share the spoils.He told The Gleaner that he will be taking a break for Christmas and the New Year and will be in Jamaica for a holiday soon.”I am coming home for a short holiday, after which I will sit down with my team and decide what we will do in 2016,” said Walters.last_img read more

Bayern lose 1-0 to Atletico

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first_imgMADRID (AP): An early goal by youngster Saul Niguez gave AtlÈtico Madrid a gritty 1-0 victory over Bayern Munich in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final yesterday. The 21-year-old Niguez cleared three defenders before entering the area and hitting a low, well-placed shot into the far corner in the 11th minute. Diego Simeone’s tough defence then took over and AtlÈtico held on for an important victory at the Vicente CalderÛn Stadium. A draw next week in Germany will be enough for Simeone’s side to reach the final for the second time in the last three seasons. “It’s still wide open,” Simeone said. “The return game should be just as exciting for everyone watching it. It will be a difficult challenge against a very strong team.” Pep Guardiola’s Bayern, trying to reach the final for the first time since winning the title in 2013, came close to equalising with a long-range shot by David Alaba in the 54th, but the ball struck the crossbar, with AtlÈtico goalkeeper Jan Oblak already beaten. Striker Fernando Torres could have increased AtlÈtico’s advantage in the 75th, but he also struck the woodwork after a breakaway. “It was a fantastic night, and I’m happy for all AtlÈtico supporters,” Torres said. “We’ve got what we wanted, which was to get the scoreline in our favour ahead of the second leg.” Real Madrid and Manchester City drew 0-0 in their first-leg match in England on Tuesday.last_img read more

Tallawahs select Simmons as Gayle replacement

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first_imgJamaica Tallawahs will be hoping that Trinidadian opener Lendl Simmons will be able fill the gap left by the big-hitting Chris Gayle after the former was selected as the number one pick in the 2017 HERO Caribbean Premier League Twenty20 player draft held in Barbados yesterday. The power-hitting Simmons, a two-time World Cup winning member with the West Indies Twenty20 team, replaces Gayle, who is to represent the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots, having accepted a transfer proposal. The talismanic Gayle captained the Tallawahs to two titles in the tournament’s four-year history. The first was the inaugural edition in 2013 with the second coming last season. The draft, which had each of the tournament’s six teams filling placings for their 15-player rosters, also saw the Tallawahs making two other high-profiled signings. They are veteran Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Sami, and West Indies left-arm seamer, Krishmar Santokie. The duo, it is anticipated, will be hoping to fill the void left by fast bowling all-rounder Andre Russell, who was suspended last month by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel following a World Anti-Doping Agency whereabouts rule violation. The draft also saw the Tallawahs adding to their roster, enterprising young Jamaica Scorpions all-rounder Rovman Powell, who was picked up for US$60,000 in the sixth round of the 15 round event. The players in the draft attracted a capped price tag of between US$160,000 and US$3,000 with the former going for the number one draftee and the latter for the number 15 equivalent. The number two draft for the Tallawahs, who attracts a price tag of US$130,000, is Sri Lankan great Kumar Sangakarra, who prior to the draft, was assigned as the Tallawahs overseas marquee player. The other top five signings for Jamaica are Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, and Pakistani spinner Imad Wasim, who were members of the winning team last season, and were drafted for US$110,000 and US$90,000, respectively. Of note as well during the two-hour draft is the St Kitts and Nevis Patriots selection of exciting young Jamaica Scorpions batsman, Brandon King. The former West Indies Under-19 batsman, who burst on the scene with boundary-filled 195 against the Leeward Islands Hurricanes in regional four-day action late last year, was picked up in the ninth round by the Patriots for US$15,000.last_img read more

Boston Celtics to retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34

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first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this March 8, 2013, file photo, Boston Celtics’ Paul Pierce (34) reacts in overtime during the team’s NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks in Boston. The Celtics will retire Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored–the first since 2003. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)BOSTON — The Boston Celtics will retire Paul Pierce’s No. 34 during their Feb. 11 game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.The longtime Celtics forward will be the 22nd player so honored — the first since 2003.ADVERTISEMENT Pierce was drafted by Boston in 1998 and played 15 seasons for the Celtics. Only John Havlicek played longer in a Celtics uniform. Pierce helped the team win its NBA-record 17th title in 2008 and was named the finals MVP.Pierce is the franchise leader in three-point field goals, free throws and steals and is the Celtics’ No. 2 career scorer with 24,021 points. His number has already been retired by the University of Kansas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ China’s Guo Ailun becomes 1st international athlete to have signature Jordan shoe 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanocenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas View commentslast_img read more

San Beda trumps San Sebastian for 10th straight win

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first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson A costly, catty dispute finally settled Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Some Olympic leaders impatient with onslaught of scandals Break new ground “It’s our defense that stepped up in this game, and we had a tough time preparing for San Sebastian,” said San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez.“They have a good coach [in Egay Macaraya] and good players like [Michael] Calisaan.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSan Beda outrebounded San Sebastian, 45-25, and held the Stags to 37.88 percent shooting from the floor.Although the Red Lions made just 21 field goals in 47 attempts, they made up for it from the stripe going 25-of-33. LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendcenter_img MOST READ Javee Mocon led San Beda with 17 points, 11 rebounds, five assists, and two blocks while Davon Potts added 16 points.Calisaan practically carried the Stags’ offense with 23 points on 9-of-20 shooting.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Winning start Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Beda continued the second-best winning streak in the NCAA season 93 men’s basketball tournament after taking down San Sebastian 76-65 Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Red Lions won their 10th straight game and improved to 11-1, half a game behind league leader Lyceum with a 12-0 card, while the Stags dropped to 5-6.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 End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Business as usual?

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first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Based on the partial schedule released by the PBA, Japeth Aguilar (left) and Barangay Ginebra will feature in aChristmas Day game against rival Magnolia (Star) while June Mar Fajardo (15) and the defending championSan Miguel Beermen kick off the season against Phoenix Petroleum. —SHERWIN VARDELEONIn a show of optimism, the Philippine Basketball Association released an official partial schedule for Season 43, with defending champion San Miguel Beer slated to battle Phoenix Petroleum at Araneta Coliseum.The schedule also sets a Christmas Day bout between Barangay Ginebra and Magnolia Hotshots (the new name of the Purefoods franchise), a showdown known as the “Manila Clasico” in basketball circles.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES The partial schedule lists games until Dec. 29, before the league goes on a New Year break.The schedule features all the teams in the PBA, prompting questions as to whether the board has mended the rift that split it into two factions—the opening day match, in fact, features two teams on different sides of the split. The schedule’s signatory is Chito Narvasa, whose tenure as commissioner of the league is the line that divides the two blocs in the board.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defenseRepresentatives from both blocs could not be reached for comment.Narvasa also could not be reached for comment but a source revealed that the PBA office is busy preparing for opening day since it hasn’t “received any objection to the proposed schedule and other activities.” Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene The leadership crisis started when seven teams declared that they had lost confidence in Narvasa’s ability to steer the league. The seven include the three teams owned by Manny V. Pangilinan—TNT, Meralco and NLEX—and Rain or Shine, Alaska, Phoenix and Blackwater.But five teams—SMC squads San Miguel Beer, Magnolia and Barangay Ginebra, Kia and GlobalPort—rallied behind Narvasa. Neither bloc has the numbers to either force the appointment of a new commissioner or retain Narvasa.Before the PBA released the partial schedule, GlobalPort team owner and outgoing board chair Mikee Romero issued the strongest assurance so far that the league will open as scheduled on Dec. 17.Addressing members of the PBA Press Corps during its annual awards night, Romero said the league’s governors would thresh out the problems hounding the board and patch things up among themselves.“Rest assured, the 2018 PBA season will start on Dec. 17,” said Romero. “By next week, we will fix everything. This impasse will come to an end. I [can] confidently say that divisiveness, the impasse will [be] finished next week. Whatever group you’re part of, this will all end.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Foton sets drama-filled semis duel vs Petron Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch PLAY LIST 01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch01:28’Walang bigayan’: Expect all-out war between sister teams Magnolia, San Miguel00:39Ross ‘getting closer to a hundred percent’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 “Like a normal family, there will always be problems. We’re all passionate and that’s the reason why we got here. But it’s in the interest of all 12 corporations, all 12 teams to put up a league by Dec. 17,” he said. “The PBA is preparing a big opening day. The PBA will be as scheduled and will be business as usual. We will fix this.”After the Dec. 17 opening featuring the Beermen and the Fuel Masters, the league shifts to San Juan Arena on Dec. 20, with Kia opening up the doubleheader against NLEX after which, Magnolia battles Alaska.On Dec. 22, Blackwater takes on Meralco in the first game at Cuneta Astrodome while Rain or Shine takes on TNT.There will be two more playdates for the year after the Christmas Day twinbill that will open with NLEX and GlobalPort at Philippine Arena. On Dec. 27, Phoenix takes on Kia and Meralco battles San Miguel. On Dec. 29, Blackwater tests Rain or Shine while TNT duels with Alaska.Fears about a delayed opening or a season postponed indefinitely rose when several board members made an apparent boycott of the league’s annual planning session in Los Angeles last month.The annual meeting was supposed to set the league direction and guidelines for the season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Walk-off: Alabama beats Georgia in OT for national title

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first_imgLATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Tagovailoa entered the game at halftime, replacing a struggling Jalen Hurts, and threw three touchdown passes to give the Crimson Tide its fifth national championship since 2009 under coach Nick Saban.“He just stepped in and did his thing,” Hurts said. “He’s built for stuff like this. I’m so happy for him.” The Tide might have a quarterback controversy ahead of them, but first Alabama will celebrate another national title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor the third straight season, Alabama played in a classic CFP final. The Tide split two with Clemson, losing last season on touchdown with a second left.What was Saban thinking as the winning pass soared? “I could not believe it,” he said. “There’s lots of highs and lows. Last year we lost on the last play of the game and this year we won on the last play of the game. These kids really responded the right way. We said last year, ‘Don’t waste the feeling.’ They sure didn’t, the way they played tonight.”Smith streaked into the end zone and moments later confetti rained and even Saban seemed almost giddy after watching maybe the most improbably victory of his unmatched career.After Alabama kicker Andy Pappanastos missed a 36-yard field goal that would have won it for the Tide (13-1) in the final seconds of regulation, Georgia (13-2) took the lead with a 51-yard field goal from Rodrigo Blankenship in overtime.Tagovailoa took a terrible sack on Alabama’s first play of overtime, losing 16 yards. On the next play he found Smith, another freshman, and hit him in stride for the national championship.This game will be remembered for Saban’s decision to change quarterbacks trailing 13-0.ADVERTISEMENT For the second straight week, Georgia was going to overtime. The Bulldogs beat Oklahoma in a wild Rose Bowl in double overtime to get here, and after Jonathan Ledbetter and Davin Bellamy sacked Tagovailoa for a big loss on the first play, Alabama was in trouble — second-and-26.Not for long. Tagovailoa looked off the safety threw the biggest touchdown pass in the history of Alabama football.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “I just thought we had to throw the ball, and I felt he could do it better, and he did,” Saban said. “He did a good job, made some plays in the passing game. Just a great win. I’m so happy for Alabama fans. Great for our players. Unbelievable.”Saban now has six major poll national championships, including one at LSU, matching the record set by the man who led Alabama’s last dynasty, coach Paul Bear Bryant.This one was nothing like the others.The all-Southeastern Conference matchup was all Georgia in the first half before Saban pulled Hurts and went with the five-star recruit from Hawaii.The Tide trailed 20-7 in the third quarter after Georgia’s freshman quarterback Jake Fromm, hit Mecole Hardman for an 80-yard touchdown pass that had the Georgia fans feeling good about ending a national title drought that dates back to 1980.A little less than a year after the Atlanta Falcons blew a 25-point lead and lost in overtime to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl, there was more pain for many of the local fans. Two years ago, Georgia brought in Saban’s top lieutenant, Kirby Smart, to coach the Bulldogs and bring to his alma mater a dose of Alabama’s Process.Smart, who spent 11 seasons with Saban, eight as his defensive coordinator, quickly built Alabama East. It was Georgia that won the SEC this season. Alabama had to slip into the playoff without even winning its own division.With the title game being held 70 miles from Georgia’s campus in Athens, Dawg fans packed Mercedes-Benz Stadium, but it turned out to be sweet home for Alabama.But not without angst.Alabama drove into the red zone in the final minute and Saban started playing for a field goal that would end the game and win it for the Tide. A nervous quiet gripped the crowd of 77,430 as ‘Bama burned the clock. With the ball centered in the middle of the field, Pappanastos lined up for a kick to win the national championship. The snap and hold looked fine, but the kicked missed badly to the left. 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Curry goes off again, Warriors top Nuggets for 5th straight win Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ Alabama players celebrate after overtime of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Georgia Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Atlanta. Alabama won 26-23. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — To add another championship to the greatest dynasty college football has ever seen, Alabama turned to its quarterback of the future, and Tua Tagovailoa proved that his time is now.The freshman quarterback, who had played mostly mop-up duty this season, came off the bench to spark a comeback and threw a 41-yard touchdown to DeVonta Smith that gave No. 4 Alabama a 26-23 overtime victory against No. 3 Georgia on Monday night for the College Football Playoff national championship.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense View commentslast_img read more

Paul, Rockets end Warriors’ streak

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first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) drives around Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON — Chris Paul scored 33 points and 11 rebounds, James Harden had 22 points and the Houston Rockets held off the Golden State Warriors 116-108 on Saturday night to snap their 14-game road winning streak.Harden stepped back from Stephen Curry for a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 114-108 with 1:10 left. Harden then blocked Curry’s 3-point attempt after a timeout, and Paul made two free throws with 28 seconds left.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES TIP-INSWarriors: Green surpassed the 4,000-point mark (4,019) and added seven rebounds to also reach 3,000 rebounds. … Golden State had 19 turnovers. … Young finished with 16 points.Rockets: It was the second time in five games that Paul had scored 30 points or more. … Ryan Anderson had 13 rebounds. … Paul also had seven assists and three steals.UP NEXTWarriors: Host the Knicks on Tuesday night.Rockets: Host the Heat on Monday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Golden State lost away from home for the first time since Nov. 22. The Warriors had won seven straight in Houston.Kevin Durant led Golden State with 26 points, Draymond Green had 21 and Curry added 19 on a night he went 5 of 15 on 3-point attempts.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 folkThe Warriors were wrapping up a five-game road trip and had won the first four games to tie a franchise record for consecutive road wins. But they struggled from the outset Saturday and trailed by double digits for most of the first half.It was Harden’s second game back after missing seven with a strained hamstring. He was in a much better rhythm than in his return Thursday night, when he scored a season-low 10 points. He had eight assists, two steals and two blocks Saturday. MOST READ The Rockets got the victory despite missing Trevor Ariza and Gerald Green, who were both serving the second game of a two-game suspension for an altercation with the Clippers. Clint Capela added 18 points for Houston on a night when top reserve Eric Gordon went 0 for 9 from 3-point range and finished with just six points.Golden State led by four before Houston went on a 9-2 run, with the first five points from Paul, to take a 109-106 lead with about three minutes left.The Warriors scored five straight points, including a 3 from Green, early in the fourth quarter to go up 96-94 for their first lead since early in the first quarter.They were behind by one later in the fourth before scoring the next five points to take a 104-100 lead with about seven minutes remaining.The Rockets led by eight in the third before Golden State ended the quarter with a 9-2 run, with a 3 from Curry and two from Nick Young, to get within 92-91 entering the fourth.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 Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Brownlee scores 36, Alab Pilipinas post back-to-back wins View commentslast_img read more

Alab bags victory–and new team sponsor

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first_imgMOST READ Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter a shaky start in its second season in the Asean Basketball League (ABL), things are finally looking up for Alab Pilipinas.Not only has Alab brought down one of the early favorites in Chinese team Chong Son Kung Fu Lions, 94-91, in overtime on Wednesday night in Santa Rosa, Laguna, the Filipino ball club also secured a new backer in San Miguel Corp., which had a brief yet successful stint in the regional tournament.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track View comments Lady Blazers near Final Four berth Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increasescenter_img LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year San Miguel is returning to the ABL five years after winning the crown in 2013 with a team coached by Leo Austria.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ray Parks rediscovered the form that made him the local Most Valuable Player last season, pouring a season-high 31 points, while imports Renaldo Balkman and Justin Brownlee joined forces in overtime, contributing 20 points apiece as Alab improved to 7-4.It was Alab’s fifth win in the last six games—a run that coincided with the entry of Balkman and Brownlee, the import who led Ginebra to back-to-back Governor’s Cup titles last year.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 folkChong Son blew a double digit lead in the second half as Josh Urbiztondo broke out of his shooting slump to will the Filipinos back into the game, hitting three triples in the final three minutes to forge overtime.The victory came as a welcome respite for Alab as it searched for sponsors, after cutting ties with its initial backer, Tanduay, a couple of weeks ago, following disagreements with player and import selections. Sources said the team was informed of the San Miguel partnership after the win over Chong Son. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacsonlast_img read more