Batang Pier brace for series vs Kings

first_imgAfter winning out in a classic encounter for the right to bring up the tail of the playoff field, GlobalPort is bracing for a series against what its coach said is the best team in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup.Terrence Romeo drained a tough triple with 8.1 seconds left  that helped key the Batang Pier’s 107-106 nipping of Alaska at Mall of Asia Arena on Sunday night for the last quarterfinal slot as GlobalPort gears up for the series of its life against top-ranked Barangay Ginebra.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds LATEST STORIES “We surprised a lot of people,” GlobalPort coach Franz Pumaren said after the gripping win that saw the best of Terrence Romeo at the clutch. ”Justin Harper finished with 32 points and Romeo capped a 26-point night with that dagger triple over Kevin Racal’s pressure defense for 106-104, a sequence of greatness that Pumaren later said typified how thick-faced Romeo is.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“You have to give credit to the guy (Romeo), he was willing to take that shot. In short, makapal talaga ang mukha niya,” Pumaren said in jest of Romeo, who made three of his six triples inside the last five minutes.  “It takes a great player willing to take that shot.”Corey Jefferson fired 32 points and had 16 rebounds in Alaska’s eighth straight loss, which ruined Calvin Abueva’s career-high 31 points on top of  13 rebounds. 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 “Ginebra is really peaking at the right time,” Pumaren said of his opponent at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, the first of two games the Batang Pier need to win to march on to the Final Four. “It will be a tough series for us, we’re playing the best team [in the conference] that’s on a streak.”The loss meant that Alaska will be missing the playoffs for the first time under Alex Compton’s watch that dates back to the last eight conferences, where the Aces finished runner-up four times. It  will also be the first time that Alaska failed to make it past the eliminations in  14 conferences.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast View comments MOST READ Venus Williams loses in 4th round at French Open Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

Warriors look to eliminate Rockets without Kevin Durant

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)HOUSTON  — In the Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series.As these teams prepare for Game 6 of the conference semifinals Friday night, the Warriors find themselves in almost the same situation Houston was in last year.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets are 5-0 at home this postseason and went 31-10 at the Toyota Center in the regular season.As the Warriors look to move on without Durant and the more than 34 points a game he’s averaged this postseason, they know no one player can make up for his absence in this series where each game has been close.“The series has been a battle,” Klay Thompson said. “Each game, such little margin for error. We know we’re going to have to be near perfect to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game. It’s going to be hard.”The Warriors will need Thompson to build on what he did in Game 5 after he shook off a couple of tough games to make 5 of 10 3-pointers and lead the team with 27 points.“I’m never going to waver with my confidence when it comes to shooting … but it’s the playoffs,” he said. “There are going to be plenty of ups and downs. We’ve done this so many times. We’re not going to lose confidence over a couple bad shooting nights. That’s the way the basketball gods can be. Last week just wasn’t my best games. Hopefully I can rebound with a great one on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is Rookie of Year MOST READ PRESSURE IS ON: Paul. The Rockets need Paul to step up after the nine-time All-Star struggled in Game 5. Paul managed a playoff-low 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting and went 0 for 6 on 3-pointers. He said Houston can’t worry about its missed opportunity on Wednesday night and must look forward.“We just got to be better,” he said. “We got to rebound. Let this one go … it’s over and done with. We can’t get it back. We got to go back home and take care of Game 6.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess If the Rockets hope to force the series back to Oakland for Game 7 on Sunday night, reigning MVP James Harden will have to be more aggressive after scoring just five points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss.But Harden believes good defense will be the key to keeping this series going.“Defensively is how you win the series,” he said. “It’s plain and simple. You can’t … nitpick, overanalyze the game. You got to get stops in order to put yourself in a position to win. It’s pretty simple.”Some things to know about Game 6 on Friday night.WARRIORS AT ROCKETSGolden State leads 3-2. Game 6, 9 p.m. EDT, ESPN.PRESSURE IS ON: Curry’s Shot. Stephen Curry is still trying to find a shooting rhythm and it hasn’t been fun for the two-time MVP. Not that he’s lost any confidence in letting it fly — from anywhere. Without Durant, his scoring contributions become even more important. Curry had another rough shooting night in Game 5, going 9 for 23 and 3 of 11 on 3s to still finish with 25 points.“I thought I was aggressive the whole game. I just missed shots,” he said. “Again, that’s going to happen. Right before KD got hurt I missed a layup right at the rim, a wide-open three in transition. That was, like, the lowest point of the game for me in terms of just searching. But when he went out, got the ball in your hands, initiate the offense, shots went in. Again, it’s all about not losing confidence in yourself, just find a way to find any type of life on the offensive end.”INJURY WATCH: Durant didn’t make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he’ll be re-evaluated next week.KEEP AN EYE ON: Rebounds. Through the first five games, the team which has led in rebounds has won the game. Offensive rebounds have been particularly important with P.J. Tucker’s work in that area in Games 3 and 4 helping Houston close out both games. Tucker has had at least 10 rebounds in the last four games. The Warriors are just a win away from advancing to the conference finals for the fifth straight time, but will have to do it without NBA-playoffs leading scorer Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the series with a strained right calf.The two-time defending champions took advantage of Paul’s injury in 2018 to win two straight after falling behind 3-2 and eliminated the Rockets on their home court to advance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Rockets don’t want to see Golden State celebrate a series victory on their home court again and are determined to bounce back after Wednesday night’s loss to avoid being eliminated by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons.“I am a competitor and this team is competitive, we have to go down and win,” Houston’s Eric Gordon said. “We know the situation and we have to go back home and win and that is going to be our mentality. We’ve always done well at home and we just have to keep it that way.” View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertelast_img read more

a month agoBarcelona coach Valverde ponders Fati Champions League debut

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona coach Valverde ponders Fati Champions League debutby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is weighing up whether to play Ansu Fati against Champions League opponents Borussia Dortmund.If Fati debuts in Germany, he will be the youngest Barcelona player to ever do so in the Champions League, but Valverde insisted he would only use him for tactical reasons.”I haven’t talked to him much, except for tactical things,” he said.”I don’t like giving advice too much, but I’ll talk to him.”It’s about everyone around treating him naturally.”We’ll see if he plays, and if he does it’s not for breaking a record but for the team’s needs.” last_img read more

Video: Notre Dame RBs, WRs Give Shoutouts To Fighting Irish NFL Hall of Famers Jerome Bettis, Tim Brown

first_imgNotre Dame's Jerome Bettis.Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.last_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

Reduction in Fear of Crime in St. James

first_img The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on May 1, where the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency in St. James until August 2, 2018 was approved. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says there has been a reduction in the fear of crime among residents in St. James since the implementation of the State of Public Emergency in January. Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says there has been a reduction in the fear of crime among residents in St. James since the implementation of the State of Public Emergency in January.“Significant progress has been made in rebuilding public trust towards the police across communities within the parish, and the fear of crime is steadily being reduced,” he said.The Prime Minister was speaking in the House of Representatives on May 1, where the Emergency Powers (Continuance) Resolution 2018, which will extend the State of Public Emergency in St. James until August 2, 2018 was approved.All 53 members of the Lower House who were present voted unanimously in favour of the motion. Ten members were absent.Prime Minister Holness said the State of Emergency exercise has portrayed law-enforcement officers, particularly the members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, in a more positive light.“Communities are saying we want the police here in our community. That is a transformation in thinking. We should try and ensure that this continues,” he said.The Prime Minister argued that once there is the confidence that the police will act in a way that is respectful of the rights of citizens “then the citizen will provide information to the police on the criminals. This is what is now happening in St. James – the citizens are now prepared to provide the information”.The Prime Minister called on Jamaicans to take a stance against criminality.“There was a time when there was ambivalence against criminality, because the criminals claimed to be Robin Hood; they claimed to be protecting the citizens from an evil State. Nowadays, I am making it clear that the Jamaican State protects its people, and the Jamaican people need no protector than the Jamaican State,” he noted.The Prime Minister declared a State of Public Emergency in the parish of St. James effective Thursday, January 18.During the State of Public Emergency, the security forces have the power to search, curtail operating hours of businesses and access to places, and to detain persons without a warrant.In addition, all persons using roads leading in and out of St James will be subject to vehicle and personal search. There will be joint static and mobile patrols and persons may be stopped at various checkpoints. “Significant progress has been made in rebuilding public trust towards the police across communities within the parish, and the fear of crime is steadily being reduced,” he said. Story Highlightslast_img read more