Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lyceum’s second loss in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament came in the unlikeliest of ways when a review decided the outcome of its 80-79 loss to Letran Friday.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Zamar’s clutch three lifts Blackwater past Meralco Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Robinson added that his team is also okay with what transpired at the end of the game.“Winning is not the end goal, it’s making sure the players will grow and what better way to grow than with this experience. We will be defined by how we’ll finish this season and the season after that and the season after that.” View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ 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 The Pirates could’ve gotten into overtime had Jaycee Marcelino’s late three not been ruled a two-pointer after the referees converged at the end of regulation.Pirates head coach Topex Robinson, though, immediately shrugged off the loss and instead focused on the future of his team, which is already nearing the Final Four bonus.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“At the end of the day, there’s so much basketball to be played and this kind of experience will just keep binding us together as a team,” said Robinson after his team fell to a 12-2 card for the no.2 spot in the standings.“This experience will make us sharper as a team because they know that what doesn’t kill them will make them stronger.” Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Letran and Lyceum were embroiled in a dramatic fourth quarter that saw the two teams slug it out for almost seven minutes.The scores were knotted up at 75-75 before Bong Quinto went to work scoring five points for the Knights for the 80-77 lead.Marcelino, however, would initially tie it with 40.8 seconds left but the referees downgraded it to a two-pointer after they reviewed the field goal at the end of the game.Robinson said he accepts the decision of the referees to review the shot at the end of the game, despite having several dead ball situations between Marcelino’s shot and the final buzzer.“That was the decision of the referees and they won’t do something they’re not sure of,” said Robinson. “They’re all human, they make mistakes and that makes them human.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college
In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ He was plenty mobile when it mattered most, though. His two biggest catches came after the painful hit.Gronkowski finished with six catches for 87 yards, including two receptions on New England’s only touchdown drive. With the score tied at 3, Tom Brady found his tight end for an 18-yard gain on first down . Two plays later, the Patriots had second-and-3 from the Rams 31 when Brady saw Gronkowski get free down the left sideline.He launched the ball and Gronkowski reached out to catch the ball and put New England at the 2.“When it comes to crunch time,” Gronkowski said, “I always find a way.”For a few moments, it was just like old times.Brady to Gronk.“Incredible catch,” Brady said. “He’s an awesome teammate, friend, and I’m just so proud of everything that he’s done for our team. He just had an incredible game.”Added center David Andrews: “It was a hell of a catch. The best players show up at the best time.”On the next play, Sony Michel ran it up the middle for a touchdown that put the Patriots ahead for good.“Tom threw it to me and I had to make a play,” Gronkowski said. “I just come through where it needs to be that time. He knows to trust in me and throw that ball and I’m going to go grab it.” But, for how much longer?Gronkowski has danced around the question of retirement whenever the question has come up, but he’s due $9 million in base salary next season — a hefty amount for an aging player whose health will always be a concern.Even if he wants to keep playing, the Patriots could very well say goodbye to one of their best and most popular players in the next few months.And, if that’s the case, Gronkowski and the Patriots went out a winner. As they have so often done.“I’ll tell you this: It was the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” Gronkowski said. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now, it’s just surreal.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Was it his biggest catch ever?“You tell me,” Gronkowski said after New England’s 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams on Sunday night. “It’s up there. I like making big catches like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsThat, of course, is what he has done his entire nine-year NFL career.The 29-year-old Gronkowski is a three-time Super Bowl champion who has been one of the most dominant players at his position. 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And, when he did play this season, he looked mostly like a shell of his All-Pro self.“Tonight, it’s about celebrating with my teammates and that decision will be made a week or two down the future,” Gronkowski said. “Because tonight, that’s what it’s about, is celebrating with my teammates. That’s what I’m worried about tonight.”Gronkowski was seen limping out of Mercedes-Benz Stadium after the game after injuring a quadriceps muscle on a hit in the third quarter.“Yeah, my quad, it hurts a lot,” he said. “I can barely walk right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? New England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski (87) runs from Los Angeles Rams’ Samson Ebukam (50) after catching a pass during the second half of the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)ATLANTA — Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown.If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style.ADVERTISEMENT
Roosevelt Woods, Executive director, FIND The executive director of the Foundation for International Dignity (FIND), Roosevelt Woods, has disclosed the organization’s plan to undertake a nationwide consultation on a peace building road map across the country.Woods made the disclosure last Tuesday in Monrovia. He said a nationwide consultation on peace building road map is a follow up of the previous ones held in April.He said recently his organization in collaboration with other partners convened a meeting in Gbarnga, Bong County where about one hundred persons worked on the revised version of the peace building road map.Today they are expected to bring five peace building principles that they will review after consultations in order to come out with a new version that the incoming government will have to use to foster national peace and reconciliation, Woods said.He further clarified that according to the road map documents, revision has to be done over time, because of the changing dynamics and other factors. The current documents have taken into consideration land conflict issues and gender and the roles and responsibilities that were obstructed which other people may think should not have been necessary for further implementation.Woods further stated that during the recent meeting they were also able to bring together Civil Society Organizations, International Non-Governmental Organizations, government entities among others from the 15 counties.The meeting today will be much smaller because it will be focusing on the technical group reviewing the key issues that came out of past consultations.“Our expectation at the end of this month is to be able to conclude road map documents,’’ he said. ‘‘We want to say a big thank you to the UNMIL family for their support over the years; they were very instrumental in our initiatives, the quick impact projects, and others.’’In December 2012 the Liberian Government launched the Peace Building Road Map as a document that will foster national peace and reconciliation in the country.The document needs to be reviewed every three years to make it more current to present day realities.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) lambasted Cricket West Indies (CWI) Selection Committee for what it deemed as “totally illogical selection decisions” during the Caribbean side’s home series.Shimron HetmyerVia a press release, the GCB highlighted numerous areas where it felt the CWI had been administering injustice to its players. “Our franchise has invested heavily in our youths and has created an Academy program whereby the Academy players practice daily with our contracted Franchise players”.“As a result of these successes, one would have thought that most of our players should have been featuring heavily in the entire CWI representative red ball teams. That is yet to happen”.“In the past month or so, CWI hosted Sri Lanka in a three- Test series that unfortunately ended in a 1-1 draw at home. For the very first time in a long time, our team won the first Test of a series most convincingly.”The release further questioned the CWI’s move to have Guyanese Keemo Paul sit out the third Test versus Sri Lanka as well as Shimron Hetmyer, who returned to the side against Bangladesh but failed to start in the XI.“We strongly feel that had the correct team been selected to represent us in the Third Test of that series, we would have won that series easily by a 2 to nil margin. Keemo Paul was named as a replacement for Shimron Hetmyer and plucked out from a touring team in England to return here in the Caribbean to sit on the bench.“The GCB held its collective breath and refrained from making a statement in this regard with the hope that these mistakes would have been corrected at the commencement of this Bangladesh series.“We were heartened when Shimron Hetmyer recovered from his recent illness and was able to participate in the tour match last week where he cracked a brilliant century against the tourists for the CWI President’s XI. Yet still this was not enough to warrant his return to the starting XI in the first Test of this Bangladesh series. Keemo Paul was made to sit out this match again,” stated the release.Furthermore, the GCB strongly pointed out that it believes it was critical for the Windies to test their bench strength, given the short nature of the series. “We strongly feel that with these short two and three matches Test series now, our bench strength has to be tested regularly, so that our supposedly ‘entrenched’ players are placed on notice that their places are not guaranteed throughout the series.“Our teams and its players will not develop if players continue to fail and are selected and players who perform well are not selected in the final XI. Our policy in this regard has to be clearly outlined and defined. It is noteworthy that four CWI teams have been selected in the last month or so, and some of our top performers in the [Professional Cricket League] PCL over the years could not find favour with the selectors,” ended the release.
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Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers admitted three points was all that mattered as his side edged West Brom 2-1 at Anfield.It was a much-needed first victory in four Premier League outings for the Reds, having struggled both defensively and in attack in recent games.Having gone ahead on the stroke of half-time thanks to Adam Lallana’s first Liverpool goal, a disputed Saido Berahino penalty – Dejan Lovren’s foul appeared to be outside the area – pegged the Reds back.However, Jordan Henderson latched onto Raheem Sterling’s lay off and finished well into the bottom corner on 60 minutes to secure victory and relieve his boss.“As we work more together the quality of our game will improve and the performance will improve but you have to find a way to win and today we did that,” Rodgers said.“That was against a West Brom team coming in with good confidence having won 4-0 last week.”That triumph came against promoted outfit Burnley, while the Baggies also shocked Tottenham with a 1-0 win at White Hart Lane in their previous tie.“They keep clean sheets, they are difficult to beat and we found a way to break through that resistance and win,” the Reds boss added.“Getting three points was vital for us before the international break.”Rodgers was annoyed with the penalty decision and even West Brom boss Alan Irvine found it difficult to agree with referee Michael Oliver’s controversial decision.“It was never a penalty,” claimed the Anfield chief.“It was fairly straightforward in this country where if the referee needed any help he would look at the linesman – now if they think it is a penalty the linesman has to make a run down towards the corner flag.“I thought the linesman was slow so I didn’t know if he was running or walking so then the referee had to make the call himself and he made the wrong call because it wasn’t a penalty.“Thankfully we went on and maybe had a penalty ourselves but luckily for Michael we scored.”Before the match, all the talk was on Rodgers’ decision to drop Mario Balotelli from the starting line-up, but the manager tried to play it down.Asked how his £16million striker took the news he was going to be on the bench, he said: “I’m not sure. He accepts what the position is.“He is still looking to gain fitness, he has played games. His reaction was fine, he came on and did his best.”Rodgers did say, however, he expects Daniel Sturridge to be back after the break.
1 Aaron Ramsey is determined to remain in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield.The Welshman has been used out wide for the majority of this season with Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla becoming Arsene Wenger’s preferred midfield pairing.However, both Coquelin and Cazorla are now out injured and Ramsey was deployed in the middle for Arsenal’s 3-1 win over Sunderland at the weekend.And, after finding the net during the victory, the 24-year-old is hungry to make that spot in the team his own.“Injuries like these happen in football,” Ramsey said.“I wish Santi a speedy recovery, and Francis as well, we have been hit hard by injuries this season but it gives players the opportunities to take.“I have made no secret that I prefer to play in the middle and hopefully now I can stay there.“My performance today [Saturday] was good and hopefully I can keep building on that now to play where I prefer to play.” Aaron Ramsey
Romas Radja Nainggolan 1 WhoScored.com assess the merits of a possible Chelsea summer signing – check out more Blues stats on WhoScored’s stats-filled website.Rumours this week are rife as to who will take over at Chelsea at the end of the season.John Obi Mikel spoke about how the players want current interim boss Guus Hiddink to remain at the Stamford Bridge helm beyond the summer, though the Dutchman is adamant he’ll depart once the campaign draws to a close.Now, though, reports suggest owner Roman Abramovich has settled on former Juventus head coach Antonio Conte as the man to take charge.His contract with Italy expires after Euro 2016 and there is little to suggest the 46-year-old will prolong his stay with the Azzurri.It has even been touted that Conte has earmarked his first signing for the club, making Roma’s Radja Nainggolan his top priority.The Belgian may have gained a WhoScored.com rating of just 6.86 this season, but he’s still widely considered one of the finest midfielders in Serie A.The tenacity he brings in the middle of the park is perhaps his strongest asset, with the 27-year-old’s energy meaning opposing midfielders are rarely given a moments rest when he plays.Only a handful of players have won possession more times in the midfield third than Nainggolan (219) in the last two Serie A seasons.With Matic’s declining form and Fabregas better utilised threading balls to the attack, Nainggolan would be an astute capture if Chelsea are in the market for a ball-winning midfielder.Yet, that is only part of his all-round game in the middle of the park. Granted, he could be deployed as the deepest-lying midfielder to shield the defence, but that could be considered a waste of his talent.Not one to settle for simply winning possession for his team, the Belgium international is more than capable of driving his team forward from deep and create chances for his teammates.Seven key passes played in Roma’s recent 5-0 win over Palermo was one of the best returns in a Serie A match this season. However, having become adjusted to a 4-3-3 formation, it would be perhaps be advised for Conte to adopt a similar system should he take charge at Stamford Bridge, if he did indeed sign Nainggolan.Having often fielded an adaptation of the three-man midfield system for Juventus and Italy, with Conte regularly favouring a 3-5-2 formation, this wouldn’t be a tough ask for the Italian manager.Moreover, this would allow for Nainggolan to exhibit every aspect of his game. Following John Obi Mikel’s return to the fore, with the Nigerian providing sufficient cover for the defence, Nainggolan would be free to break forward and support the attack safe in the knowledge Mikel would be covering the midfield third.Yet, when the pressure mounts, Chelsea could call on Nainggolan to showcase his statistically calculated WhoScored.com strength of ‘defensive contribution’.His style of play and approach to the game is perfectly suited to English football and he is indeed one player who would improve Chelsea, particularly under a manager who is familiar with his game.For more stats on Radja Nainggolan, click here to view his WhoScored.com player page
Stuart Pearce insists England’s clash with Wales is NOT a must-win game for Roy Hodgson’s men – but is confident the side has the tools to get the job done.The Three Lions got their Euro 2016 campaign off to a stuttering start with a draw against Russia on Saturday, and will go into the game with the Welsh in Lens under pressure to get a result, especially as Chris Coleman’s already have three points to their credit courtesy of victory over Slovakia.But Pearce, who was part of the England team that reached the semi-final of Euro 96, has no doubts Wayne Rooney and co are more than capable to progessing in the tournament.He told talkSPORT: “I don’t feel it’s a must-win [game]. I think even a point and then we’ve still got the tools to win our last game. We’ve got the ability to win both games.‘The Welsh will be really up for it, and rightly so. They’ve got three points, they’re top of the group, and they know a point will probably seem them through, or three points probably wins them the group, so they’re in a really strong position.“But we’ve got the tools. We’ve come into the tournament having won ten qualification games in a row. That takes some doing.“We played some outstanding football in the first half against Russia, and we just need to replicate that but take our chances with more clinical finishing and passing.”To create your own England Wales line-ups, go to www.virginmedia.com/lineupbuilderOnly Virgin Media gives you all the sport from Sky Sports and BT Sport in one package, available in cabled areas only. To find out more, head to Virgin Media football.
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsPeets Coffee and Tea will donate its services during the event and Classic Designs Jewelry will donate a diamond necklace for auction. Ticket prices are $70 each or $130 a pair before the event, and $80 each or $150 a pair at the door. Designated drivers can attend for $35 and group sales are $60 each (10 minimum) by May 30. The SCV Youth Orchestra is a three-tiered instrumental educational program that was founded at CalArts in 1969 and moved to College of the Canyons in 1989. For information or to buy tickets, call (661) 362-3415 or 362-5604 or visit the Web site at www.scvwineclassic.org. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – A wine-tasting event and fundraiser for the Santa Clarita Valley Youth Orchestra will be held June 3 and feature rare and vintage wines donated by collectors and merchants. The 18th annual Santa Clarita Valley Wine Classic at California Institute of the Arts also will offer gourmet food from local restaurants and live music. Guests will be able to bid on current and rare vintage wines, artwork, travel and restaurant certificates during a silent auction. Vintage library wines will be available for tasting, such as the 2001 Chateau Margaux and Chateau Haut Brion, two first-growth Bordeaux wines, as well as Kistler chardonnays. Guests will receive souvenir glasses and trays. Wines featured in the event raffle will be a 3-liter 2001 Silver Oak Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon, a 1.5-liter bottle of Joseph Phelps 2002 Insignia (named “Wine of the year” for 2005 by Wine Spectator,) or a rare “Velvet Elvis” magnum of Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon licensed by Graceland Cellars.