And now, Dwyane Wade decides if this was the end

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Of course, his fans want him to come back. One prominent fan cast her vote before he even left the floor after Game 5.“I hope this isn’t the end, but my God,” his wife, Gabrielle Union, wrote on Twitter. “Dwyane Wade has a career most people dream of. He is a damn legend. An icon. And he’s cute.”No one, not even Wade, knows how long this process will take. He’s going to talk to his wife. He’s going to talk to his kids. He’s going to talk to the Heat, and he’s going to talk to the people within his inner circle that are trusted most.Wade isn’t a starter, but it could be argued the three-time NBA champion is still Miami’s best player. Wade carried the Heat to victory in Game 2 and got them on the brink of a win in Game 4. He doesn’t run as fast or jump as high as the version of himself known as Flash did, but he’s still capable of delivering big moments.If Wade is done, the last visions fans will have of his career will be with him in a Heat uniform, still doing his thing. That matters to him. He isn’t Michael Jordan going out in a Washington jersey, or Patrick Ewing playing his last game with Orlando, or Shaquille O’Neal limping away from his NBA finale in Boston colors.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ He wouldn’t be going out on top, but he’d be going out in the right uniform and still playing at a high level.One way or another, his career always was going to end in Heat colors anyway. He wasn’t going out in a Chicago jersey, nor a Cleveland jersey. He had to wear “Heat” across his chest again, and when the Cavaliers traded him to Miami in February, it immediately became obvious that Wade was changing franchises for the final time.Resume-wise, he’s more than good. He’s got three NBA championships. He’s got an Olympic gold medal. He’s going to the Basketball Hall of Fame. He’s going to go down as one of the best two or three shooting guards in the history of the game. The only guys with as many points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots in their regular season and playoff careers as Wade? Jordan is one, LeBron James is the other.Here’s something else to consider: Wade has never wanted a farewell tour. He watched Kobe Bryant go through it, noted how much of a grind it was for the Lakers star, and doesn’t want to hear the same questions in every road stop next season.What’s the motivation to return?That’s the unknown.Wade is set financially. So this decision won’t primarily be about money. Even after a brutal divorce and custody battle a few years ago, Wade will never worry about cash. He’s well-invested, has deals that will continue working for him well after his playing days end, and will make millions next year whether he’s wearing sneakers or suits.The Heat have serious cap challenges and won’t have a bankbreaking deal to offer Wade this summer. He won’t play for the minimum. He won’t get anywhere near the maximum. For him to return, it’ll have to be worth his while. He spends a ton of money to keep his body right. And if Wade can make more off the court than on it next year, it might make sense for him to retire.Plus, put simply, Wade wants more time with his family.His oldest son, 16-year-old Zaire, is finishing his sophomore year of high school. Zaire can play. He gets attention because of his father’s name, but his game is real. The next couple years will be critical to his development as a ballplayer, and his dad wants to have the time to share as much wisdom as he can. Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade, right, gives Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid, left, of Cameroon, a hug after the second half in Game 5 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 24, 2018, in Philadelphia. The 76ers won 104-91. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)MIAMI — Dwyane Wade’s first NBA game was in Philadelphia.His last NBA game may have been there as well.ADVERTISEMENT So clearly, there are good reasons for Wade to retire.But he can still play. And that might be the reason to come back, one more time.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Amid another 0-1 deficit, Robinson tells Zark’s-Lyceum to just ‘enjoy the game’ Retirement is a very — very — real option for Wade, who has been not-so-quietly saying for weeks that he isn’t sure if he’ll be back next season. The offseason is here now, after the Miami Heat were ousted by the 76ers on Tuesday night in Game 5 of their Eastern Conference first-round series, and the face of the franchise may have taken his jersey off for the final time.He has not decided.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 crownBut some of his closest friends believe this could really be the end.“I appreciate y’all concern,” Wade said in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. “But we’ll worry about that later.” LATEST STORIES ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ View commentslast_img read more

Chris Tiu on ‘hardest hit on the face’: ‘There could have been worse complications’

first_imgCapitals’ suffocating pressure is frustrating Golden Knights Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tiu said there should have been “concussion protocol” where he shouldn’t have been allowed back to the court after he was clocked.He had been advised to seek medical attention at a hospital but only had himself checked by trainers and continued with the game.“I guess this is a lesson for myself, the league and for other athletes,” he said.Rain or Shine went on to win 96-90 that Sunday. White said he had attempted to apologize to Tiu and that it wasn’t deliberate. JBRELATED STORIES:Tiu says ‘intentional’ elbow by White like ‘getting punched by Pacquiao’PBA: Rain or Shine keeps top spot, trips Magnolia in OTChris Tiu: Lessons off the bench Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES View comments Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Chris Tiu. Image: INQUIRER.net/Tristan TamayoChris Tiu of the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters took to Instagram to reflect on his recovery after taking an elbow to the face from GlobalPort import Malcolm White.Tiu shared on his Instagram page a picture from May 20 — the night he got hit, his lips visibly swollen and scarred from the injury — and seven days after surgery, another photo showing his face healing and nearly back to normal.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “It was the hardest hit on the face I’ve ever experienced causing a 1 second blackout,” he said of the 6-foot-9 cager’s blow. In an interview with INQUIRER.net after the incident, he said the hit was “clearly intentional” and that “it was like getting punched by [Manny] Pacquiao.”“My doctor, who is a plastic surgeon, said that my tooth ripped through my lip muscle so deep that only the skin was left,” he explained. “There could have been worse complications with the brain and face.”He credited his doctor, Gerald Sy for stitching him up “with minimal pain during and after.”ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operationslast_img read more

Alvarez-Golovkin rematch back on for September

first_imgJury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations FILE – Boxers Canelo Alvarez (L) and Gennady Golovkin pose with their promoters, trainers and actorhost Mario Lopez after a news conference at Microsoft Theater at L.A. Live to announce their upcoming rematch on February 27, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPCanelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will square off in their highly-anticipated rematch on September 15 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya said on Wednesday.“I’m happy to inform that we have a fight September 15!!!!,” De La Hoya tweeted. ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Celtics’ Irving coy on possible reunion with LeBron China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls “In the first fight, it was a respectful promotion, but in the second fight, with the positive test and the way Gennady had to scramble to be able to fight on May 5, he is very edgy. Canelo is very edgy, so I think that’s going to get things heated up.”The final terms of the agreement or details of the purse split were not released.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film The two fighters had been due to fight each other in Las Vegas on May 5 before the middleweight bout was canceled after Alvarez failed two drugs tests.So unified middleweight world champion Golovkin instead fought Vanes Martirosyan on May 5 in a one-sided fight that ended in less than two rounds. Martirosyan, who hadn’t fought in nearly two years, lost by second-round knockout at StubHub Center in Los Angeles.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 crownGolovkin and Alvarez fought to a controversial draw in their first meeting in September in a fight that generated 1.3 million pay-per-view buys and a $27 million gate — the third largest in boxing history. Many thought Golovkin won the fight but one judge scored it even and the other two were split between giving it to Golovkin and Alvarez.With Alvarez free to fight once his six-month suspension ends in August, the two rivals had been expected to fight again in September. But talks stalled because Alvarez’s camp were reportedly not happy with middleweight world champion Golovkin’s insistence on receiving a 50/50 split in revenues.The announcement comes a week after De La Hoya said that the talks for a rematch had ended and that Alvarez would likely fight Daniel Jacobs instead.Mexico’s Alvarez, 27, resumed training recently for what will be his first fight in almost exactly a year.Golovkin’s promoter Tom Loeffler told Yahoo! Sports on Wednesday that he believes a rematch will generate more interest than the first fight. “It’s a much bigger fight with all the controversy that has gone on and no love lost between the guys,” Loeffler said.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Nowitzki officially signed for record 21st season with Mavs

first_imgDallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki (41) celebrates sinking a 3-point basket in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers in Dallas, Tuesday, April 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki is officially signed for a record 21st season with the Dallas Mavericks.The Mavericks announced Monday that they had re-signed the 13-time All-Star. That was their plan when they declined a team option on Nowitzki’s contract at the start of free agency to create more room under the salary cap before signing DeAndre Jordan.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES MOST READ Resilient F1 champion Lewis Hamilton revels in adversity Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team View commentscenter_img In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Nowitzki, a former NBA MVP who turned 40 last month, is set to become the first player in NBA history to play 21 consecutive seasons for the same franchise. The 7-foot German is one of six players overall, and the only international player, with more than 30,000 career points.His $5 million contract is the same amount he would have been guaranteed for 2018-19 for the second season of a two-year deal signed last summer.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go?last_img read more

Japanese champion coach hopes to face PBA teams next time in Terrific 12

first_imgRyukyu Golden Kings vs Guangzhou Long-Lions during The Asia League’s The Terrific 12 Final match at Studio City Event Center on 23 September 2018, in Macau, Macau. Photo by Marcio Rodrigo Machado / Power Sport Images for Asia LeagueMACAU—The Asia League Terrific 12 saw several of the biggest basketball clubs in Asia pitted against each other in a preseason spectacle.Championship-caliber teams from China, Korea, Chinese-Taipei, and Japan’s professional teams all converged in Macau to test each other’s skills and also prepare for their upcoming seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Hardest worker’ Mariano steps up big time for shorthanded Ginebra LATEST STORIES PBA clubs NLEX and Blackwater were able to represent the Philippines in the Summer Super 8 since the league was on break between the Commissioner’s and Governors’ Cups but the scheduling conflict prevented any PBA professional team to fly to Macau.Sassa, whose Golden Kings own four B.League titles, is familiar with the Philippine national team’s previous dribble drive system under then head coach Chot Reyes.The 34-year-old Sassa is a member of the Japanese national team coaching staff and saw the Philippines up close in several occasions.“I fought against the Philippines as a coach and they have the dribble drive,” said Sassa who believes the Asia League is more than basketball and would give the different players of various nationalities to experience different cultures.“I hope teams from other leagues can join so that we can experience the different cultures and traditions.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. With all those talents gathered together at Studio City, there was one league that was absent from the party and that was the PBA.With the ongoing Governors’ Cup, the PBA couldn’t send a team to the pocket tournament and iECO, which was composed of the core of PBA D-League Foundations Cup champion Go for Gold, represented the Philippines instead.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 ChrissNewly-minted Terrific 12 champion coach Norio Sassa of Ryukyu, however, hopes the PBA would send its top teams to the competition.“I hope the PBA teams can come in,” said Sassa after their title-winning game over Guangzhou of the Chinese Basketball Association, 85-76, Sunday.last_img read more

Tokyo Olympics begin search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers

first_imgEarlier this month during a visit of International Olympic Committee inspectors, a Japanese reporter told IOC member John Coates that complaints about the Olympic volunteer system were surfacing, particularly in Japanese social media.“They are hinting that it is similar to forced labor,” the reporter said.“Volunteers are volunteers,” Coates replied. “And they don’t have to apply if they don’t want to.”A review of the volunteer system several years ago by the Associated Press indicated using unpaid volunteers saved the IOC and local organizers about $100 million — perhaps more.The IOC generates almost $6 billion of revenue over a four-year Olympic cycle. The IOC says about 90 percent of the money goes back to national Olympic bodies, sports federations and local organizers.ADVERTISEMENT Olympics volunteers are unpaid and typically must provide their own lodging, but they are given uniforms and free meals on the days they work.The volunteer program has been a staple of the Olympics. Many volunteers relish the behind-the-scenes work, and many return to do it several times. But the program also has detractors. At every Olympics, volunteers sign up, get the uniforms, and then don’t show up for work — or complain about being unpaid even though agreeing to those terms.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 ChrissThe Rio de Janeiro Olympics two years ago had problems finding volunteers, particularly among the poor and working class who could not afford to work for free.“Volunteers will be an essential part of the games’ success in a variety of roles at competition venues and at the athletes’ village,” Tokyo 2020 spokesman Masa Takaya said in a statement. With NCAA Final 4 shot within reach, Lim’s Altas embracing the chance Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Flyers to recruit volunteers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are pictured as they are distributed to passersby at a station in Tokyo Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. Tokyo Olympic organizers have begun their search for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in just under two years. (Kyodo News via AP)TOKYO — Tokyo Olympic organizers began their search Wednesday for 80,000 unpaid volunteers to staff many of the venues when the Olympics and Paralympics open in just under two years.The closing date for applications will be in December, although Tokyo 2020 organizers say they have not set a specific date.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ “The economics of it necessitates having to have volunteers,” Coates said. “They get trained, they get their uniforms. They are part of something very exciting.”Coates defended the model and said “I don’t think there’s a case for paying volunteers.”IOC members like Coates receive per diems of between $450 to $900 when they are on Olympic business, and other generous perks like paid lodging at top hotels.IOC President Thomas Bach gets no salary but receives an allowance of about $250,000 per year as a “volunteer” president.The Tokyo metropolitan government is also running a separate volunteer program to help steer tourists during the Olympics. It is reported to be seeking about 30,000 volunteers.___Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown View commentslast_img read more

HBO throws in towel on live boxing coverage after 45 years

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The network pioneered modern pay-per-view coverage of boxing. The fighters who have appeared in more than 1,000 bouts aired by HBO include a who’s who of the sport’s biggest names.Most recently HBO produced the highly anticipated rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin for the unified middleweight title.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 ChrissThe only remaining fight card scheduled to air on HBO is on October 27 at Madison Square Garden, headlined by an International Boxing Federation middleweight title bout between Daniel Jacobs and Sergiy Derevyanchenko.“Going forward into 2019, we will be pivoting away from programming live boxing on HBO,” HBO Sports said in a statement. “As always, we will remain open to looking at events that fit our programming mix. This could include boxing, just not for the foreseeable future.” Murphy in for injured Reid LATEST STORIEScenter_img MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. HBO is walking away from professional boxing after 45 years of live fight programming, the US cable network confirmed Thursday.HBO’s long association with the sport began in 1973 when it carried George Foreman’s stunning knockout of reigning heavyweight world champion Joe Frazier.ADVERTISEMENT HBO sports noted in its statement that boxing is now available on a “host of networks and streaming services.”“In some cases, this programming is very good. But from an entertainment point of view, it’s not unique,” the company said, adding that it wants to focus on “storytelling” suited to unscripted series, documentaries, reality programming, sports journalism and event specials.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum View commentslast_img read more

Chris Sale’s shouts rally Red Sox to brink of title

first_imgGov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Boston had just fallen behind by four runs in the sixth inning Saturday night, nine outs from finding itself tied 2-2 in a World Series that seemed to be a runaway just 27 hours earlier. The Red Sox had managed just one hit in six innings.“We felt that we had no energy, actually none whatsoever,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “It had to do with Rich Hill, the way he was throwing the ball.”Sale did not respond with reassuring words like the ones delivered by David Ortiz in his dugout huddle in St. Louis after the fifth inning of Game 4 five years ago.This was more like Justin Verlander’s motivational message to the Houston Astros when he popped up the stairs in the very same dugout during Game 2 last October.“Chris Sale in his leadership kind of in the middle of the game said, ‘Hey, we got to get it going,’ and the guys responded,” hitting coach Tim Hyers would later explain. “We capitalized and struck quick and struck often at the end.”ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Boston rallied on Mitch Moreland’s three-run homer off Ryan Madson in the seventh and Steve Pearce’s solo shot against Kenley Jansen tied the score in the eighth, both homers coming from pinch hitters.Brock Holt doubled with one out in the ninth and scored on Devers’ pinch single off Dylan Floro, Pearce hit a three-run double against Kenta Maeda and Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single built a five-run advantage. With a 9-6 victory, the Red Sox grabbed a 3-1 Series lead and kept rolling toward their fourth title in 15 seasons.“I was down the tunnel and I heard someone yelling,” Holt later recalled.Holt turned to Mookie Betts and asked: “Who’s yelling up there?”“He said, ‘Sale.’ Oh, my God. He was mad at us,” Holt said. “I think that kind of lit a fire under everybody. We didn’t want to see him mad anymore. So we decided to start swinging the bats a little bit.”Sale had been announced as Boston’s starter against Clayton Kershaw on Sunday, but Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced after the game he was switching to David Price and saving Sale for a possible sixth game at Fenway Park on Tuesday.Game 4 seemed like a test Boston had never had to face.A 17-2 start meant the Red Sox could coast to the playoffs en route to a team-record 108 wins.Other than an opening loss to Houston in the AL Championship Series that seemed like a bump, the Red Sox have approached another title like a marathoner pacing along the course, noting mile markers and counting down to the finish line.Time to map the parade route. MOST READ Design a 2018 ring to dazzle.After two nights of Fenway fun, the flight west seemed like the final stretch toward the inevitable.Then came an epic 18-inning stumble that left the pitchers’ arms frayed, bodies and minds exhausted. J.D. Martinez called it like getting “punched right in the face” but said players marveled at the experience.“That was pretty sick,” he said. “Everyone was like, dude, this is crazy.”Then came a run-scoring throwing error by catcher Christian Vazquez and Yasiel Puig’s three-run homer against Eduardo Rodriguez in a four-run sixth inning Saturday that seemed like a crusher.Sale was not going to let the Red Sox lose quietly.“Guys, dig a little deeper. Let’s keep moving forward. We’re a good team. Let’s not just roll over,” Hyers said was the message. “Chris Sale is a leader, and Chris Sale did it the way Chris Sale knows how to get the team moving. And so we have to give him a lot of credit. And it was that perfect timing.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Boston Red Sox’s Chris Sale answers questions for the World Series baseball game Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, in Boston.The Red Sox play the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 1 on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)LOS ANGELES — Chris Sale stood in the back of the dugout as the World Series was slipping away and started screaming.“He’s got two pitches!” the Boston Red Sox ace hollered to his left among a stream of profanities, referring to Los Angeles Dodgers starter Rich Hill.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Ginebra reclaims top spot, fends off Magnolia Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Then he shouted to his right.And then straight ahead, pointing with his pitching hand and extending his ring and middle fingers for emphasis.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 ChrissSale stepped down, kept on shrieking and raised his right hand, his head bobbing up and down and a fire in his eyes like a Shakespearean king exhorting troops into battle.“It scared me a little bit,” Rafael Devers said through a translator, “because I had never seen him yell like that, and the words that he was saying, I had never heard that come from him before. But, you know, we came out sluggish and that moment helped us get motivated for the rest of the game.” View commentslast_img read more

Robinson says Perez deserved to play in Game 1: ‘CJ did not do anything wrong’

first_imgLATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. “I’m happy with the way we bounced back. I told the players not to look at the score and just keep on playing and I like what I saw. There’s still a fight in us and we’re excited for Game 2,” he said.“San Beda beat us. I don’t wanna take away the credit from San Beda because they really played well but it could’ve been the other way around if we had our best player on the team.”Game 2 is on Monday with Lyceum having Perez back in its lineup.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Travis posts triple-double, Hotshots eliminate Elite to enter semis Topex Robinson. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netLyceum coach Topex Robinson couldn’t hide his frustrations over the suspension of his star foward CJ Perez, who missed Game 1 of the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball Finals on Tuesday.Perez was slapped with a one-game suspension after failing to notify the NCAA that he had applied for this year’s PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title 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 awardcenter_img Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “We lost by 13 points. CJ is averaging around 18. Again, this is the finals and we offer no excuse but I don’t know what to say about it,” said Robinson after the Pirates’ 73-60 loss to the San Beda Red Lions. “But again, we have a game to play. As much as we wanna cry about it, there are more important things than to dwell on what happened. “The reason it’s painful for us is CJ didn’t do anything wrong. It’s not like he played in other leagues outside of the NCAA. If he had played in other leagues and got caught I would accept that,” Robinson added. “But the kid didn’t do anything wrong. I mean, it could’ve been a better finals. You want your best player in the game and he deserves to be there. That’s just the way I feel. I’m speaking here not as a coach of LPU but as a father to CJ.”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 ChrissPerez is averaging a league-best 18.7 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 3.3 steals per game this season and Lyceum needed every bit of him against the defending champions, who jumped to an early double-digit lead that swelled to 27 points in the fourth quarter.Despite the loss, Robinson still commended his team for mounting a big rally late in the final frame that cut the deficit to just 10.last_img read more

Asian Cup: Azkals impress in loss to South Korea

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:35U.S. urges Japan, South Korea to share intel02:14Carpio 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Yellow vest’ boxer arrested after assaulting French policeman As it stands, Korea and China lead the group with three points each. The Chinese came from behind to beat Kyrgyzstan, 2-1, in the other match. The Azkals travel to Abu Dhabi on Tuesday as they prepare for the clash against China set on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIEScenter_img Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college South Korea’s forward Jaesung Lee (up) heads the ball during the 2019 AFC Asian Cup football game between Korea Republic and Philippines at the al-Maktoum stadium in Dubai on January 07, 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP)DUBAI—The result was not ideal, but it was a memorable debut nonetheless for the Philippines in the AFC Asian Cup. The Azkals held their ground against powerhouse South Korea before conceding in the second half as they fell to a 0-1 defeat in their first AFC Asian Cup match at Al Maktoum Stadium here. ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Playing with laser-like focus against a side that regularly plays in the World Cup, the Azkals defended stoutly and looked dangerous on the counterattack for 65 minutes, before they were left undone by a classy finish from Hwang Uijo. The Korean striker turned and rifled the ball past Michael Falkesgaard, bringing relief to his side that struggled to break down the disciplined and well-drilled Azkals, who are the lowest ranked side in Group C at No. 116. 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 ChrissMichael Falkesgaard pulled off two big saves in the first half to keep the Azkals in the match, before Javier Patino had a couple of golden opportunities to put the Philippines in front. His best chance came early in the second half when he broke free on the left only to fire a tamed effort straight at Kim Seunggyu. Patino had a volley saved by Kim on the counter late in the second half.  View commentslast_img read more