English Premier League Standings

first_imgEnglish Premier League StandingsSTANDINGSPOS LP CLUB P W D L GF GA GD PTS1 (1) Leicester City 23 13 8 2 42 26 16 472 (2) Manchester City 23 13 5 5 45 23 22 443 (3) Arsenal 23 13 5 5 37 22 15 444 (4) Tottenham Hotspur 23 11 9 3 41 19 22 425 (5) Manchester United 23 10 7 6 28 21 7 376 (6) West Ham United 23 9 9 5 36 28 8 367 (7) Liverpool 23 9 7 7 30 32 -2 348 (8) Southampton 23 9 6 8 32 24 8 339 (9) Stoke City 23 9 6 8 24 25 -1 3310 (10) Watford 23 9 5 9 27 26 1 3211 (11) Crystal Palace 23 9 4 10 24 27 -3 3112 (12) Everton 23 6 11 6 40 34 6 2913 (14) Chelsea 23 7 7 9 32 34 -2 2814 (13) West Bromwich Albion 23 7 7 9 22 30 -8 2815 (17) Swansea City 23 6 7 10 22 31 -9 2516 (15) Bournemouth 23 6 7 10 27 38 -11 2517 (16) Norwich City 23 6 5 12 28 43 -15 2318 (18) Newcastle United 23 5 6 12 25 41 -16 2119 (19) Sunderland 23 5 4 14 28 46 -18 1920 (20) Aston Villa 23 2 7 14 18 38 -20 13last_img read more

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Leicester celebrations delayed in 1-1 draw at ‘theatre of dreams’

first_imgMANCHESTER (AP): Leicester missed its first opportunity to clinch the Premier League title, drawing 1-1 at Manchester United yesterday to move within two points of the most unlikely championship in English football in a generation. Second-place Tottenham, which are eight points behind Leicester, must beat Chelsea away today to keep alive the title race. Leicester fought back at Old Trafford after going behind to Anthony Martial’s eighth-minute goal, with captain Wes Morgan heading in a free kick to equalise in the 17th. Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater was sent off in the 86th for a second yellow card. A win would have sealed the title for Leicester, a modest team from central England that narrowly escaped relegation last season and entered bankruptcy protection only seven years ago while in the third tier. Leicester’s remaining games are against Everton at home next weekend and Chelsea away on the final day of the season, but it might not go that far. Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri was flying to his native Italy later Sunday to visit his 96-year-old mother. He will return today, during the Chelsea-Spurs match. United’s failure to win kept the team fifth and dented its ambitions of qualifying for the Champions League. But this game was all about Leicester, and whether Ranieri’s team a 5,000-1 long-shot for the title with British bookmakers before the season could achieve the seemingly impossible feat that would rank among the biggest underdog stories in sports.last_img read more

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Bundesliga move for Bailey

first_imgBelgium-based Jamaican winger Leon Bailey is expected to  undergo a medical on Friday ahead of a move to German club Bayer Leverkusen. According to reports today the 19-year-old Bailey has agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga club. However, Bayer Leverkusen are yet to finalise a final fee with Genk for the player. Bayer Leverkusen could pay in excess of  £10 million up front for Bailey.last_img

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Black is bold!

first_imgFor the first time ever, black tables will be used at the World Table Tennis Championships this year. This was announced in a release last week from the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). The black boards have been created by the federation’s official table supplier, Double Happiness.Designed under the theme ‘Black is Bold’, the new tables are expected to add to the viewing pleasure of those watching the event, which begins on May 29 in Dusseldorf, Germany. The table is supported by a base carrying the red, gold and black colours of the German flag. According to the ITTF, “the whole table takes on a good visual identity and colour blending if it is shot at a lower angle and closer distance to bring about a fresh experience for spectators.”The move is the latest experiment with colour in the sport. Tables were originally green with white lines and balls. In 1985, the rules changed to stipulate that racquets be coloured red on one side and black on the other. Yellow balls came onto the table soon after to allow players to wear white shirts. That experiment seemed not to have worked as the yellow ball isn’t used in major competitions.Since then, blue tables have been used.While the size of the ball has changed from 38 millimetres in circumference to 40 in 2000, and later to a 40-plus configuration, the table remains nine feet in length, five feet wide, and the surface is still two and a half feet off the ground.- H.L.last_img read more

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Follow The Trace | Enough of Ari

first_img While there are important points of principle driving the discussions surrounding this issue, Champs, as an institution, has always been bigger than any single individual. in the wider scheme of things, winning or losing champs ought not to be so critical to the lives of so many people, but it is. There comes a time, though, when enough must be enough, enough mud-slinging and anger expressed. The venting process must end. Time to move on to the more important business of champs itself. Both the Calabar and KC families should move from anger mode and get set for the real spectacle. Rodgers or no Rodgers, this Champs will be a battle royal between these two powerhouses. I am personally embarrassed by the fact that the rhetoric of the past several weeks has been dominated by the eligibility of a 14-year-old Ugandan distance runner who will not even be the biggest star or the brightest prospect on show. The young fellow, in his quiet moments, must be thinking to himself, “Wow! After living in Jamaica for a few months, I have become the most talked-about person in this country, these Jamaicans are quite silly,” and who could blame him for having those thoughts. For sure, ISSA made an unusual decision in response to an unusual situation driven by some extenuating circumstances, and again, quite rightly, questions of consistency and equity have been asked of the governing body, but things have definitely gone overboard. The level of polarising discourse that this issue has ignited is becoming unhealthy and is sending the wrong message. Its approaching the level of petty, party political partisanship. It would be reasonable under normal circumstances to even suggest that we have had enough of this Ari Rodgers fiasco. It would also be reasonable to propose that Kingston College should, in the interest of transparency and fair play pull the young Ugandan from competing at Champs. On the other hand, Calabar would, under normal circumstances, be expected to extend the olive branch and let bygones be bygones. However, these are hardly normal circumstances and neither Calabar nor KC will relent. That is what makes them what they are. Controversy certainly sells, and, for sure, the swirling saga engulfing the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association (ISSA), Uganda-born Kingston College (KC) athlete Ari Rodgers, and defending under pressure boys’ champions Calabar High has ignited even more interest in what already promises to be a supercompetitive and spectacular 2017 ISSA GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Championships. It is almost surreal the way this situation has escalated to the point of it dominating almost all the pre-champs discussions. The media, in doing our job, have given widespread coverage to every micro-dynamic concerning the eligibility of this 14-year-old class two athlete. The subsequent decision by ISAA to grant Rodgers special exemption to compete, and the ensuing polarising effect it has had on the Kingston College and the Calabar fraternities, have seen this issue ballooning into an incredible soap opera. One is tempted to forget that despite this being Champs, the biggest sporting event on the Jamaican sporting calendar, and the biggest and best event of its kind in the entire world, and despite all the perennial hype, champs is still an amateur high school event. Ironically, it has been the adults involved in this process who have driven the controversy. It is the adult loyalists on either side of the issue who continue to broaden the divide by their often blind and irrational support for the purples’ or the green and black’ – the same adults who are supposed to be guiding the students along the righteous path of rational objectivity, balance and fair play. POLITICAL PARTNERSHIPlast_img read more

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China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan

first_imgTeen gunned down in Masbate Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her 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 MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. 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’Relations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’last_img read more

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Man City racks up record 15th straight league win

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. By beating Swansea 4-0 on Wednesday, City racked up its 15th straight victory — a feat never achieved in the 129-year history of England’s top division.Second-place Manchester United also won, beating Bournemouth 1-0 through Romelu Lukaku’s goal to keep the gap at the top to 11 points, but chasing down its cross-town rival looks to be a forlorn hope at this rate.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 folkCity is unbeaten after 17 games and has now scored 52 goals, the latest coming at Liberty Stadium through David Silva (2), Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero against last-place Swansea.With Liverpool held 0-0 at home by West Bromwich Albion for a second straight draw at Anfield, Tottenham climbed back into fourth place — the final Champions League qualifying spot — thanks to a 2-0 win over Brighton. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson David Silva ran the game from midfield and scored a goal in each half at Liberty Stadium, with City manager Pep Guardiola describing the Spain playmaker as an “animal.”“We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals,” Guardiola said. “He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”Silva’s second goal — City’s third — was the highlight after he swapped passes with Raheem Sterling before chipping the goalkeeper.UNITED BOUNCES BACKRomelu Lukaku ended a four-game run without scoring in the league to help United bounce back from the damaging loss to City on Sunday.It was timely for the striker, who was at fault for both of City’s goals in the derby before squandering a close-range chance late on.Lukaku headed in the only goal after 25 minutes on a night of heavy rain and sleet at Old Trafford. Substitute Marcus Rashford later hit the bar but United needed goalkeeper David de Gea to make a string of fine saves to preserve the lead.LUCKY GOALTottenham will be the next team to try to end Man City’s unbeaten start to the season, and heads into Saturday’s game at Etihad Stadium on the back of two straight wins.After thrashing Stoke 5-1, Spurs got past Brighton thanks to a lucky 40th-minute goal by Serge Aurier and Son Heung-min’s sixth goal in seven starts. Manchester City’s David Silva, centre, scores his side’s first goal of the game against Swansea City, during their English Premier League soccer match at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea, England, Wednesday Dec. 13, 2017. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)Another win, another record for rampant Premier League leader Manchester City.And this one might be the most impressive of the lot.ADVERTISEMENT Wayne Rooney scored Everton’s goal in a 1-0 win at Newcastle as the Merseyside club continued its resurgence under new manager Sam Allardyce, with the team winning three of his four matches in charge.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Froome says ‘he broke no rules’ after ‘adverse’ Vuelta drugs test Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Aurier appeared to be aiming for a teammate in the area when he sent the ball over from the right wing. It ended up finding the top corner of the net.Son’s 87th-minute goal came when his header from Christian Eriksen’s cross flew in off Brighton midfielder Davy Propper.BLANKS FOR LIVERPOOL, ARSENALLiverpool and Arsenal were held to draws for the second time in four days to drop further behind the Premier League’s pace-setters.Liverpool had a late goal disallowed against West Brom, with Dominic Solanke ruled to have touched the ball with his hand after chesting down a cross from fellow substitute Joe Gomez.The Reds were fourth heading into the midweek round of games but have dropped to fifth place, a point clear of an Arsenal team that is now winless in three games.Arsene Wenger’s side dominated for long spells against West Ham at the Olympic Stadium but nearly ended up losing after Javier Hernandez hit the crossbar with a shot in the last minute.Arsenal is seventh in the standings.WINS FOR LEICESTER, EVERTONLeicester manager Claude Puel enjoyed his return to Southampton, where he was fired in the offseason, as his new team won 4-1 thanks to goals by Shinji Okazaki (2), Riyad Mahrez and Andy King. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? NO CITY HANGOVERThree days after beating Manchester United, there was no derby hangover from City.This was one of City’s most dominant displays yet, highlighting the gulf between the league’s first and last teams.“At times it was horrible, seeing my side trying but suffering for long periods,” Swansea manager Paul Clement said. “It was hard to watch at times because they were so dominant. For me, one of the best sides I’ve ever come across.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Not all South Koreans are happy about unified hockey team

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who views the Pyeongchang Games as an opportunity to improve relations following a year of tension over North Korea’s nuclear weapons program, said the unified team would provide a “historically grand moment” once it appears on ice.Other reconciliatory gestures the Koreas have agreed to for the Olympics include a joint march under a blue-and-white “unification” flag during the Feb. 9 opening ceremony and a pair of performances by a visiting North Korean art troupe. The joint march and the unified hockey team were approved Saturday by the International Olympic Committee, which allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the games in exceptional entries given to the North.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 folkNot all South Koreans are in the mood. There are apparently few objections to the North Korean presence at the Olympics itself, which likely ensures that the country holds off any significant weapons test or other aggressive acts that would risk disrupting the games.Many South Koreans believe their government went too far by pushing athletes into a “political show” that will likely become meaningless once the lull in tensions breaks down after the Olympics. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Still, many experts think Moon’s government made the right move in jumping at the opportunity to resume contact with North Korea after nearly two years of diplomatic stalemate and animosity.In an annual policy report on Friday, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said it aims to use the Olympics as an opportunity to re-establish regular dialogue with North Korea. The resumption of inter-Korean talks is crucial for the policies of Moon, who wants Seoul in the driver’s seat in international efforts to deal with the North Korean nuclear threat.The Koreas sent joint teams to major international sporting events twice in 1991, and had their athletes march together in the opening and closing ceremonies of several sporting events in the 2000s, including the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics.While the previous moves had little diplomatic impact, similar gestures would carry more meaning in an Olympics held on South Korean soil and amid higher stakes in regional security, said Yongchul Chung, a sports education professor at Seoul’s Sogang University.“Fielding a unified team is very meaningful — the biggest fruit that can come from the Pyeongchang Olympics is a message of peace between the Koreas,” Chung said. “It’s not like the players wouldn’t understand the historic significance of what they are involved in.”But it has become harder to get South Koreans excited for unified teams and joint marches when North Korea’s increasingly aggressive weapons tests and the South’s own evolvement as an economy and society continue to erode the public’s enthusiasm for reunification.In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification. This represented a steep drop from the 63.8 percent measured in 2007, when the school started the annual survey.“I think it will be emotionally moving to watch the athletes of both Koreas march under the same flag during the opening ceremony as we come from the same nation,” said Oh Ju-yeon, a 46-year-old housewife. “But after the games, there will be bitterness from realizing that nothing’s really going to change.” While the liberal Moon remains a popular president nine months into his term, the controversy over the hockey team factored in his approval rating dipping below 70 percent for the first time in four months, according to a Gallup Korea report on Friday.Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North’s players, who are considered less skilled and experienced. The IOC approved an expanded roster of 35 instead of 22 for the joint team, but only the normal number will be allowed to suit up for each game and three of them must be North Korean.The South Korean team’s Canadian coach, Sarah Murray, has expressed concerns over chemistry.“Adding somebody so close to the Olympics is a little bit dangerous just for team chemistry because the girls have been together for so long,” she said last week.Choi Hyuk, a 40-year-old office worker, blamed the government for failing to properly communicate with the players and for excessively politicizing sports.Choi pointed to the comments of Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon, who was forced to apologize after saying that the South Korean women’s hockey team was out of “medal range” anyway while defending the government’s decision to create the unified team.“South Korea’s elite sports have always been based on nationalism,” Choi said, referring to a decades-long system that rewards Olympic medal winners with lifelong cash payments and exemption from military duties that are mandatory for most able-bodied men.“Isn’t it funny that the same country is now asking athletes to cut back on their playing time and embrace changes that would make them less likely to win?”The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.Some experts view Kim’s overture as an attempt to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program. Last year, North Korea carried out its sixth and biggest nuclear test and test-fired three intercontinental ballistic missiles. It has shown no willingness to give up its ambitions. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Kim Hye-jin, a 39-year-old music instructor, said that South Korea was repeating an “outdated approach” in using sports diplomacy. She said that the previous unified teams and joint marches between the rivals never paved the way for sustained, meaningful engagement.“We are always repeating meaningless things and North Korea isn’t a country that will change easily,” she said.Plus, she said, a unified team takes away opportunities from South Korean athletes who have been working hard to prepare for the Olympics.Heo Doo-won, a 40-year-old teacher, didn’t care for the reconciliatory gestures at all.“Why are we doing this?” he asked. “We are clearly two different countries and it’s better if things stay that way. I don’t want a unified team or a unification flag. Why can’t we just let the North Koreans march under their own flag?”ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson In this February 10, 2006 photo, Korea’s flag-bearers Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee are carrying a unification flag as they lead their teams into the stadium during the 2006 Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Turin, Italy. When athletes of the rival Koreas walked together behind a single flag for the first time since their 1945 division at the start of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, it was a highly emotional event that came on the wave of reconciliation mood following their leaders’ first-ever summit talks. Eighteen years later, the two Koreas are pushing to produce a similar drama during the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics. But they have not generated as much enthusiastic supports as they had both at home and abroad. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta, File)SEOUL, South Korea — South Koreans seem generally happy they’ll see the North Koreans at their Olympics, but aren’t as pleased about sharing a team with them.The agreement between the war-separated rivals to field a unified women’s ice hockey team at February’s Winter Olympics has triggered a debate in South Korea, where there’s no longer strong public clamor for reunification or for using sports to make political statements.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Maharlika basketball league tips off Thursday with 10 teams at Big Dome 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Beermen aim for 3-1 spread

first_imgConor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “It will be hard to go 1-3 down so the next game is a big game for us,” said Lee, who had 16 points on 6-of-16 shooting in Game 3, before missing the fourth quarter due to a finger injury. “San Miguel is just a strong team. Kuya Ping (Marc Pingris) and the coaches are telling us to just double our efforts on defense.”Victolero said the Hotshots are left with no choice, but to play an almost perfect game to overcome the Beermen.“We need to find a way to play 48 minutes of consistent basketball,” said Victolero. “We relax even for a single minute and they’ve already built a cushion. When we neutralized June Mar in Game 2, the shooters took charge.We did a pretty good job on June Mar and Arwind Santos in Game 3, but their others guys, especially those coming off the bench, stepped up.”The problems seem to add up for Victolero with every game. “Even the bench players are now a big concern for us. It just shows their firepower. We have to pick our poison.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters LATEST STORIES Unfazed even with the way his team has been dominated in the last two games of the series, Magnolia coach Chito Victolero knows it could take just one win to swing the momentum in the PBA Philippine Cup finals back to the Hotshots way.And just like his star playmaker Paul Lee, Victolero will stop at nothing to figure out a way to topple a San Miguel team, which can move on the brink of a fourth consecutive all-Filipino crown with a victory in Game 4 on Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 MOST READ Ancajas tiff vs Sultan set May 26 “We won’t stop looking for ways to beat them,” said Victolero, sounding confident that the Hotshots still have plenty left in their tank to overcome a San Miguel team, whose greatness has been on full display in the last two games of the series.Whether it was the starting unit led by June Mar Fajardo and Arwind Santos or shock troopers like Brian Heruela and Matt Ganuelas-Rosser, the Beermen’s superiority has been underlined by double-digit wins as they look untouchable in their march to a fourth straight crown.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 crownEven Lee, the mercurial guard, who remains in a slump in the series, acknowledged that another San Miguel win can spell the end of the Hotshots’ resistance.Game 4, he said, will be do-or-die for the Hotshots, whose title bid suffered a blow following injuries to Marc Pingris and Justin Melton in the semifinals. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism San Miguel coach Leo Austria refused to get carried away by their advantage—and how the series has turned out.“I hope we can sustain this,” said Austria in Filipino. “From the start, people were expecting us to dominate the series. But I have to caution my team that Magnolia is a contender. It’s a matter of time they will get the winning attitude.”Meanwhile, Kia Picanto has changed its franchise name to Columbian Dyip.The name change came after the Ayala Corporation’s acquisition of the distribution rights of the Korean automotive brand. It is the franchise’s sixth name change since entering the league in 2014 as Kia Sorento.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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