Mangrobang can finally get good night’s sleep after gold medal win

first_imgREAD: No break for Huelgas, Mangrobang with their eyes set on Tokyo 2020“I consider her as a close friend,” said Mangrobang of Adorna. “Close as in we know each other’s love life.”But Mangrobang, who finished seven minutes ahead of Adorna, said they didn’t “fix” the results.“We hardly talked during the race, you can’t talk during the race,” said Mangrobang. “This morning it was too hot. All I had in mind was to finish it.”ADVERTISEMENT READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlon“I want to sleep, I wasn’t able to sleep last night because I was staring at the ceiling all night,” Mangrobang told the Inquirer after a three-hour wait for the required dope test.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Santa Rosa, Laguna-native started in the national junior team at the age of 12 when she qualified for the 1.5-kilometer swim and 3k run tryouts.“I consider myself as a lousy swimmer,” said Mangrobang. Women’s triathlon gold medalist Kim Mangrobang. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — All race long and on her way to the women’s triathlon gold, Marion Kim Mangrobang was only thinking of one thing: Get this over with and catch some sleep.The 25-year-old, giddy after having won over close friend and former champion Ma. Claire Adorna, who took silver, said she could finally sleep all through the night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Cray not concerned with tight schedule ahead SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program MOST READ PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses View commentslast_img read more

PH hockey team ‘getting hungrier’ with newfound support

first_imgLOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments The Philippines edged Thailand 5-4 in the gold medal game, making Füglister and his squad as the inaugural champions of the event in the regional games.Füglister, who was based in Switzerland until 2014 before moving to the Philippines, was surprised with how the SEA Games is given such a high regard in the region.READ: SEA Games: PH stays unscathed at 2-0 in ice hockey“We went to the SEA Games and we were impressed by how important was the event in the region,” said Fuglister. “It was my first SEA Games and it was a big stage for us and we’re happy we succeeded.”“A lot of these played hockey because of their love of the sport, they didn’t do it for media recognition, they did it for the love of the game and their love of their teammates.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LeBron James ‘excited’ to return to Manila for ‘Strive for Greatness’ show READ: Philippines wins first ever SEA Games ice hockey gold “I think everyone is getting hungrier with all the support we’re having,” said Füglister during the team’s homecoming at SM Megamall’s skating rink on Thursday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“People who weren’t interested in hockey before or didn’t know of the sport are now aware of it. We got flooded with messages of well-wishes.”READ: Filipinos break ice with 12-0 thumping of Indonesia in ice hockey PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The members of the Philippine men’s ice hockey team celebrate their gold-medal victory in the 29th Southeast Asian Games ice hockey tournament Thursday night at the Empire City Arena. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ SEA GAMES POOLIce hockey may not be a mainstream sport in tropical Philippines, but with the national team claiming golden glory in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games things may just turn around for the winter-based sport.National team captain Steven Füglister said Thursday the group’s inner fire have grown exponentially since their Malaysian triumph and they’re more eager to carry the Philippine colors in future international tournaments.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses RELATED VIDEOPH ice athletes get warm welcome after SEAG stint360 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Read Next WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READlast_img read more

Pau Gasol becomes career scoring leader in EuroBasket

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Gasol passed Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki, who scored 1,052 points for Germany, earlier in the tournament.Gasol was the tournament MVP and leading scorer during Spain’s 2009 and 2015 championships. The defending champion Spanish advanced to the round of 16 after going 5-0 in their group stage.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Hall of Fame inductee Tracy McGrady proud of NBA career: ‘I was one of the greats’ Pau Gasol (C) of Spain scores during their Group C men’s basketball match of the FIBA Eurobasket 2017 between Croatia and Spain in Cluj Napoca city on September 5, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / DANIEL MIHAILESCUCLUJ-NAPOCA, Romania — Pau Gasol has become the career scoring leader in the EuroBasket tournament.The San Antonio Spurs center made a 3-pointer in the second quarter of Spain’s victory over Hungary on Thursday to give him 1,105 points. He passed Spurs teammate Tony Parker, who scored 1,104 for France in the European championship tournament.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chieflast_img read more

Tamaraws force deciding game, stun Blue Eagles

first_imgKris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 80 PLAY LIST 02:36Archers, Eagles favorites to win UAAP Season 8003:16UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Cani finished with 11 points for FEU while center Prince Orizu also had a double-digit scoring game with 10 points with five boards.Thirdy Ravena led the Blue Eagles with 17 points while Mike Nieto added 13.The deciding game is on Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cani then gave FEU its biggest lead of the game, 75-58, with a booming triple that beat the shot clock buzzer with 2:45 remaining in the game.FEU head coach Olsen Racela said they had to sustain their pace and energy from the opening tip until the final buzzer to hold off “a really strong team like Ateneo.” FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We were really confident going into the fourth that we will finish strong,” said Racela. “I told them that we will start strong, sustain the momentum, and finish stronger.”Ron Dennison topscored for the Tamaraws with 17 points with eight boards and two steals while Arvin Tolentino, a former Rookie of the Year for Ateneo, added 13 points. Clarkson playing for Gilas ‘is not that simple,’ says Reyes View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFar Eastern University forced a do-or-die for the last finals slot after stunning top seed Ateneo, 80-67, in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball Final Four Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Tamaraws pulled ahead in the third quarter after erecting a 20-6 run with former Blue Eagle Hubert Cani capping it off with a layup that gave FEU a 58-44 lead late in the period.ADVERTISEMENT Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasalast_img read more

ONE: Xiong wins strawweight title, beats Teo

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Xiong’s relentless striking prompted referee Olivier Coste to stop the fight 2:17 into the fourth round.“I am happy to represent China and I take a lot of pride in that, I feel great and overwhelmed,” said Xiong. “I feel great and overwhelmed and this is a message to all the women across the world, you can achieve anything. This win is dedicated to my grandmother and grandfather who passed away recently.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutIn the co-main event, Indonesian flyweight Stefer Rahardian (7-0) drew energy from the hometown crowd as he dominated Pakistani fighter Muhammad Imran (5-2).Rahardian repeatedly took the fight to the ground where he rained down on Imran with punches and continuous submission attempts en route to a decision victory. Read Next NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Hot-shooting Rosario leads TNT past struggling Meralco Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH View comments In a matchup between former World champions, former lightweight titlist Shinya Aoki submitted former featherweight king Marat Gafurov with a rear-naked choke in the card’s Grappling Super-Match.Russian bantamweight Yusup Saadulaev spoiled Japanese veteran Masakazu Imanari’s return to ONE after scoring a unanimous decision win in a technical showcase.Saadulaev (17-4) controlled the fight from the ground where he negated much of Imanari’s (36-17), who last fought in the promotion in 2012, offense.Victorio Senduk (3-0) made a triumphant return to ONE Championship after almost six years and taking a TKO victory over fellow Indonesian Yohan Mulia (8-7) 57 seconds into the second round.Indonesian Priscilla Hertati Lumbangaol (1-2) snapped her 0-2 career start with a resounding first round TKO win over Malaysian Audreylaura Boniface (0-3) 3:23 into the first round.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Riski Umar (2-0) opened up the fight card in his home country with a powerful TKO win over countryman Eka Aprilianto (0-1) 4:20 into round one. Photo from ONE ChampionshipXiong Jing Nan made history on Saturday when she became ONE Championship’s first women’s strawweight champion after stopping Tiffany Teo at Jakarta Convention Center in IndonesiaRelying on her pinpoint accuracy, Xiong (11-1) repeatedly tagged Teo (7-1) with overhand rights and left hooks that the Singaporean struggled to counter.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

After scoring drop, Andre Paras admits he’s still ‘out of shape’

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises Injured Nadal set to return in three weeks PBA IMAGESAndre Paras was the first to admit that he wasn’t at his peak form in AMA Online Education’s conference-opener in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.“I’m kind of out of shape,” he said after posting nothing but 11 rebounds in 22 minutes on the floor in the Titans’ 93-75 defeat to Wangs Basketball-Letran on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement PLAY LIST 00:54Gordon: Albayalde may still face charges even after retirement00:50Trending Articles02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City LATEST STORIEScenter_img Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fortunately, the 22-year-old slotman can quickly make the turnaround as AMA takes on contender Zark’s Burger-Lyceum on Thursday.“I know I have to be in shape always, and I’m working hard in our trainings. I make sure that I catch up to our team after work,” he said as he seeks to atone for this lackluster showing.“For sure, I’ll be looking to bounce back. Hopefully, I can make an impact offensively.”ADVERTISEMENT Read Next The second-generation star attributed the dip in his performance to splitting his time between training and taping afternoon fantasy series Sirkus, but Paras made it clear that he’s more than capable to juggle multiple responsibilities.“I guess I’ve just been working a lot,” he said. ““I committed myself here, so no excuses,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutParas, though, still couldn’t hide his frustrations after being a non-factor offensively for the Titans, leaving most of the scoring responsibilities to newcomers Michael Cañete and Kris Porter.“It hurts to say that we’ll make up for it next game because we could’ve contributed today. I was able to get rebounds, but that’s not enough. So I need to up my game offensively,” he said. NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View commentslast_img read more

San Miguel Beer still unscathed; Meralco defense junks KIA

first_imgJune Mar Fajardo scored 34 points to go with 12 rebounds and three blocks in another mammoth effort that bailed the Beermen out. He gets time to recharge for the game against the Gin Kings after playing 40 solid minutes Wednesday night.Austria admitted to being “excited” with the looming Ginebra game “because of the crowd supporting them (Kings). And it’s going to be a war.”GlobalPort couldn’t hold on to an 85-83 lead going into the final 5:26 and dropped to 2-3.Ginebra has the lineup that could match-up with San Miguel as far as size is concerned, but with Greg Slaughter not playing the last time for the Kings, the 7-foot behemoth is listed as doubtful for Sunday.Austria, though, is not about to bite.ADVERTISEMENT GlobalPort tried its hardest on Wednesday night in trying to put a blemish on the Beermen’s record, only to sputter when it truly mattered as San Miguel—minus one superstar guard—gutted out a 107-93 victory over the Batang Pier at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“I was really expecting this kind of game; they (Batang Pier) were playing really well,” Austria said after his Beermen broke away only in the final five minutes to snap GlobalPort’s two-game winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSan Miguel pulled off the victory with Alex Cabagnot out because of a foot injury. Austria needed to pull a rabbit out of his hat in Brian Heruela, who earned for himself another major stint on Sunday against Barangay Ginebra.“I am happy for my players who came off the bench, especially Heruela,” said Austria, who got 17 points, six steals and five assists from his backup point guard. Ancajas leaves for Texas fight vs Gonzales “We will prepare as if Greg (Slaughter) will play,” he said. “And you know coach Tim (Cone), he always comes up with surprises. We will be ready for them.”In the first game, Meralco annihilated KIA Picanto, 105-76, to snap a three-game losing streak.“They (Bolts) played with a little bit of purpose on defense right from the start,” said Meralco coach Norman Black. “We need to continue it when we play GlobalPort (on Sunday) and hopefully, take this kind of game into our next assignments.”The Bolts peeled away from a tight first quarter by holding the Picanto to 37 points in the middle two frames, picking up the intensity on the defensive end, which Black hopes his team would take to its next game and the ones following that. MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. San Miguel Beer’s June Mar Fajardo makes GlobalPort’s Kelly Nabong think twice on an attempt underneath the basket. —AUGUST DELA CRUZLeo Austria didn’t sound boastful at all when he said that “beating San Miguel (Beer) is a big deal for any team right now.”And after five games in their PBA Philippine Cup schedule, the Beermen have remained untouchable as they continue to chug their way to a much-awaited confrontation with the only team listed in the pre-season as the one capable of spoiling its date with history.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding 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 Miguel00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next View commentslast_img read more

LeBron flattered by Philly fans’ free-agency fawning

first_imgRead Next “That’s dope,” he said.The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe signs, which were paid for by a Chester, Pennsylvania, company were inspired by the Oscar-nominated film, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” But their objective was to entice James to come to Philadelphia.Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. One of three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James has Philadelphia’s basketball pulse racing.The NBA superstar still hasn’t seen three billboards urging him to join the 76ers, but he’s flattered by the idea that a city would want him to play there.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa View comments Three billboards trying to entice Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James to come to Philadelphia are shown near a highway, Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018, in Cleveland. The three billboards were unveiled on Monday on busy Interstate-480 outside Cleveland, and each contains a message asking James to sign with the Sixers this summer as a free agent. Although James may not see the signs because they’re not on any route he would take from his home in Bath, Ohio, to Quicken Loans Arena, the three-time champion was warmed by their sentiment. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)“It is actually very flattering that I’m sitting here at 33 and in my 15th year and teams or guys — I don’t want to say teams because that becomes tampering — but people in their respective city want me to play for them,” he said. “That’s cool I think.”James’ appreciation caused a commotion on social media as Sixers fans began dreaming of No. 23 in one of the team’s jerseys. NBA tampering rules prohibit teams from having any involvement in recruiting players, but there’s nothing to stop fans from making their pitch.“We’re passionate about Philadelphia,” Asher Raphael, co-CEO of by Power Home Remodeling, the company that paid for the billboards told ESPN. “We have an amazing city. It’s the best sports town and it’s an awesome place to live. We think the best athletes should want to play here.”The Sixers will visit the Cavaliers on Thursday night.James can opt out of his contract with Cleveland following this season and the superstar can hit the free-agency market.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The first billboard includes a “#23” in maroon with a crown, on a court with four numbers — the jerseys for Sixers Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Dario Saric and Robert Covington. The second billboard has the motto: “Complete The Process,” a takeoff on the Sixers’ “Trust The Process” mantra and the third says: “#PhillyWantsLeBron.”James’ free agency figures to be the NBA’s biggest offseason story, and the four-time champion recently shot down any discussion about his future until this season ends.Following Tuesday’s shootaround before the Cavs hosted Brooklyn, James initially pretended he was unaware of the billboards.“A lot of potholes on 480,” James joked. “Got to be careful with the cars. Got to be very careful. That’s why I don’t do much driving. I sit in the backseat. You talking about the billboards, though?” Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Without Ronaldo, Madrid loses to Espanyol in Spanish league Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READlast_img read more

Brian ‘T-City’ Ortega took perilous path to UFC 222 chance

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH FILE – In this Jan. 2, 2016, file photo, Brian Ortega, right, fights Diego Brandao during a featherweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 195 in Las Vegas. Ortega faces Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on Saturday night in a fight to determine the top contender for the UFC featherweight title. Ortega is risking his unbeaten record on short notice in the biggest fight of his burgeoning MMA career. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS — A thousand paths could have taken Brian Ortega away from the octagon. Gangs and drugs loomed over his adolescence in suburban Los Angeles, and a chaotic home life pushed him into the streets.Instead, Ortega ended up in a Brazilian jiu-jitsu gym and discovered the discipline and self-worth he had lacked. He surfed at a popular spot in Redondo Beach where another fighting coach spotted him and educated him on mixed martial arts.ADVERTISEMENT “I feel like I’ve been through so much that 15, 25 minutes of my life (in the cage) is not going to faze me,” Ortega said. “The way I look at it is, ‘What can you do to me that hasn’t been done to me already? What are going to do, hit me in the face for 15 minutes? I’ve been beaten up worse than that in my life.’”Ortega and Edgar meet in the penultimate bout of UFC 222 at T-Mobile Arena. The pay-per-view card is headlined by featherweight champion Cris “Cyborg” Justino against UFC newcomer Yana Kunitskaya.Ortega was nicknamed “T-City” as a teenager by his jiu-jitsu coach, Rener Gracie, who receives credit from Ortega for setting his life on its current path. The nickname is short for Triangle City in recognition of Ortega’s remarkable ability to lock opponents into a triangle submission hold, even back when he was the smallest kid in Gracie’s academy.After an unbeaten amateur career and a perfect professional start, he cracked the UFC lineup in 2014 — and promptly failed a drug test after his first victory. He acknowledged his mistake and fought back with five straight wins in 2 ½ years, culminating in an impressive stoppage of veteran Cub Swanson by guillotine choke last December.That win made him a top contender and got him a lucrative new contract with the UFC, yet he still drives his 1998 Chevy Blazer to Harbor City to train in the one-car garage of his longtime striking coach, James Luhrsen.ADVERTISEMENT And while his friends struggled, Ortega surrounded himself with a surrogate family that allowed him to thrive — and to build a fighting career on the verge of a breakthrough.“A lot of my friends, they’re out of prison (now),” the 27-year-old Ortega said. “I hang out with them, and they’re just proud of me. They’re like, ‘Man, out of all the boys, you’re the one that made it out. You’re living the dreams that all of us talked about.’ I’m doing what I said I was going to be doing when I was 16. They admire it. They respect it. They know not to get me in trouble anymore.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOrtega (13-0, 1 no-contest) still lives dangerously, however: With barely more than three weeks’ notice, he agreed to fight former champion Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) on Saturday night. The winner is almost certain to get the next shot at featherweight champ Max Holloway, whose injury set in motion Ortega’s opportunity.Ortega is an underdog, but he’s used to the feeling. Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa At home in Lomita, Ortega still sleeps on the floor, just as he did as a kid when his family home in San Pedro frequently had well over a dozen people crammed into it, leaving no bed for him.“The people around me saved my life, not MMA,” Ortega said. “It was people who said, ‘You’re better than this,’ who told me, ‘You don’t belong in this world.’ MMA and jiu-jitsu and training gave me an escape. I would always train, but then I would go back to doing what I was doing. To have people who were constantly on me to be better, I felt like that love wasn’t really shown when I was growing up. They saw what I couldn’t see.”Ortega’s life picked up speed after his victory over Swanson. He travels the country now in a blitz of publicity stops, personal appearances and other commitments, sometimes arriving at the Los Angeles airport unable to remember where he’s about to fly without looking at his ticket first.If he manages to beat Edgar, his celebrity will skyrocket. But he doesn’t intend to forget the distance he has already traveled.“I always have my group of friends at the gym,” Ortega said. “We used to go hang out somewhere before. Now we’re just hanging out at the gym. We have sparring parties where everyone beats each other up, but then we all eat my dad’s cooking, and I hire a massage therapist, so everyone is just kicking back and having a good time. I just keep the environment great.” LATEST STORIES Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas: ‘All you need is 1 team to love you’ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus AFP official booed out of forum John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more

Nadal, Djokovic launch French Open assaults

first_imgPagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR TOTAL Excellium fuels the Toyota Vios Cup Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “He’s someone that inspires me a lot,” said Djokovic. “That’s one of the things I felt like I needed is new inspiration, someone that knows exactly what I’m going through, on the court, off the court. “He has been through all these transitions, he has been in my shoes before playing Grand Slams, being the best in the world, and facing all the challenges that are present in tennis, in professional sport.”The world number two will open against 65th-ranked Marcel Granollers of Spain, and although a semi-final showdown with Nadal is on the cards, Djokovic refused to look beyond the first hurdle.“You start a tournament from the same line with everyone else. You fight for the trophy, as everybody does. That’s the way I approach it,” said Djokovic.Alexander Zverev downed Djokovic in Rome to become the first player born in the 1990s to land a Masters title.The German, seeded ninth, begins his campaign against veteran Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, appearing at Roland Garros for the 14th time.’10 to 15′ contendersReigning women’s champion Garbine Muguruza arrives in Paris with just three clay-court wins this year, all of which came in Rome before a neck injury forced her out of the semi-finals.She faces an early examination of her credentials against 2010 champion Francesca Schiavone, 37 next month and set to retire at the end of the season. Serbia’s Novak Djokovic hugs Spain’s Rafael Nadal, left, after winning the quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament in three sets, 7-5, 6-3, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France, Wednesday, June 3, 2015. APRecord nine-time winner Rafael Nadal and title-holder Novak Djokovic set off Monday ahead of a French Open collison course, while champions past and present meet in the women’s first round.Nadal is bidding to become the first player in the Open era to win 10 titles at any Grand Slam event, with a spectacular return to form in 2017 once more marking the Spaniard out as this year’s Roland Garros favourite.ADVERTISEMENT Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ “It’s very strange to find first round two past champions,” said Muguruza, who defeated Serena Williams in last year’s final.With Williams, Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka all absent, and world number one Angelique Kerber crashing out on Sunday, Muguruza knows the opportunity is there for a number of players. “I feel like there is 10, 15 girls that can win the trophy,” she said.Second seed Karolina Pliskova figures to be among those in contention, but the Czech has won just two matches on five previous visits.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Three clay-court titles at Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid suggest the 30-year-old is poised to end a three-year drought at majors — his last Grand Slam triumph came in Paris in 2014.But the fourth seed is aware of the threat posed by mercurial Frenchman Benoit Paire, who will have considerable support on Court Suzanne Lenglen.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“He is not an opponent you want to play against in the first round. A player with big talent. Great serve, great hands and fantastic backhand,” said Nadal.“He’s a dangerous opponent. I need to play my best.” View comments Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Nadal’s long-time nemesis Djokovic will look to draw inspiration from new coach Andre Agassi, the 1999 French Open champion, as the Serb begins the defence of his crown.This time a year ago Djokovic was on his way to completing a career Grand Slam, holding all four major titles at the same time following his maiden success in Paris.‘New inspiration’But a drastic dip in performances, including a shock second-round loss at the Australian Open, left Djokovic scrambling to stop his career from hitting the skids.  A chance phone call led to Djokovic sounding out Agassi, who agreed to work with the Serb on a temporary basis — but only after persuasion from his wife and former tennis legend Steffi Graf.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more