WATCH: Mayweather brags about his 7 girlfriends, $200M cash in interview

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr. remains on cloud nine after demolishing Conor McGregor last month and walking away from boxing undefeated in 50 fights.ADVERTISEMENT A costly, catty dispute finally settled It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson EAC sends Mapua reeling to 11th loss End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend 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 Break new ground The ever-brash defensive tactician recently was part of one of the most bizarre interviews ever,  talking to a mustachioed puppet for YouTube’s “Awkward Puppets” segment.Speaking to “Diego” just outside his personally owned strip club Girl Collection, Mayweather bared how he enjoys the company of multiple women in his life.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“How many women I have? Probably about seven deep. Lucky seven,” he boasted. “We go out to eat, some of us travel together. Having one is too close to having none.”“Money” also candidly revealed his disdain for monogamy, when the puppet asked him for marriage advise. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A costly, catty dispute finally settled MOST READ LATEST STORIES Winning start “Get f**kin’ divorced! You get f**kin’ divorced. You bring your wife here,” the 40-year-old retired fighter said, referring to the strip club. “And you tell her it’s your favorite place to come.”Aside from publicly admitting his philandering ways, Mayweather once again reminded everyone how wealthy he is, claiming to have around $200-300 million in his bank accounts.He even casually handed $100 dollars to the puppet, reimbursing him for the Conor McGregor fight.Check out the full interview above. /raADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

‘Marcial law’: Belga, Brondial first to swap fines for community service

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA stars Beau Belga and Rodney Brondial made surprise visits to three barangays around Metro Manila as part of the league’s new Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program.ADVERTISEMENT Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Even without Williams, Aussie Open women’s field still tough Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIEScenter_img Marcial said the PBA visits, dubbed “PBA Homecourt,” will be held every other Thursday or on Saturdays when there is no scheduled out of town game and it will all be unannounced.“It’s better when you surprise the fans,” Marcial said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Belga, Brondial and PBA legend Benjie Paras, who volunteered for the event, made rounds in basketball courts at Barangay Marilag, Project 4, in Quezon City and Barangays Jesus dela Peña and Tañong in Marikina with the help of league officials and staff led by Officer-In-Charge Willie Marcial.Under Marcial’s initiative, players can pay off minor fines with community work.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It’s a great feeling making the fans, especially the kids, happy,” said Belga, who was game in taking selfies and signing autographs.Belga, the Rain or Shine veteran, and Brondial, the Magnolia big man, were fined by the Commissioner’s Office for their various infractions before the holiday break. 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 MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View commentslast_img read more

Irving, Brown lead Celtics to OT win over Wizards

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson That was part of 10 straight points for Irving before finding Brown for a layup that made it 105-103 with 2:32 left in overtime.Brown stretched the lead to five when he hit a contested baseline 3-pointer less than a minute later, and the Wizards missed their last five shots.TIP-INSCeltics: Signed and activated free agent C Greg Monroe, but did not make a trade at the NBA trade deadline. … Coach Brad Stevens wasn’t surprised. “It was probably the least amount of time that I was paying attention to it or on the phone over these days in five years,” he said. … Monroe was one of three Celtics players to receive a technical foul in separate incidents, along with F Marcus Morris and G Terry RozierWizards: Traded G/F Sheldon Mac to the Atlanta Hawks for a 2019 second-round pick in a move coach Scott Brooks said gave Washington the flexibility to sign one or two players. “We’re definitely looking,” Brooks said. … Mac (torn Achilles), who was then waived by Atlanta, has not played this season. … F Kelly Oubre received a technical foul in the fourth quarter.NOT TAKING THE BAITAlthough the Wizards won their first five games after losing G John Wall to knee surgery, Brooks denied the notion his absence has been a positive.“He knows how I feel about him,” Brooks said. “He knows how the organization, his teammates feel about him. And for anyone to think that we’re not better with John, that’s for clickbait.”ALMOST LOUISIANA’S MONROEAfter reaching a buyout agreement with Phoenix, Louisiana native Monroe said he also considered signing with the New Orleans Pelicans after they lost C DeMarcus Cousins to a torn Achilles in January. “They obviously had a need there at my position,” Monroe said. “It’s home for me. So it was definitely a tough decision. But it was hard to resist here.”UP NEXTCeltics: Play Indiana on Friday night in the first of three at home.Wizards: Begin a three-game road stint Saturday night at Chicago. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “Every game for us is a learning experience, and it’s almost like a ‘must-win,” Irving said after his second game back from a thigh injury. “Just based on the amount of expectations and what we put on ourselves and one another on a game-to-game basis.”Jaylen Brown added five of his 18 points in overtime for Boston. The Celtics have won five of six, and remained a game ahead of Toronto in the race for the East’s top playoff seed after the Raptors’ win over New York earlier Thursday. The Raptors beat the Celtics 111-91 in Toronto on Tuesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOtto Porter had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Washington, and Bradley Beal had 18 points and matched his career high with nine assists.But as John Wall remains sidelined following knee surgery, the Wizards committed 22 turnovers and shot just 2 for 12 in the overtime period, dropping their second straight game after winning five straight. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving (11) drives around Washington Wizards forward Tomas Satoransky (31), from the Czech Republic, during the second half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON — Two days after Boston lost to the team chasing the Celtics atop the Eastern Conference standings, guard Kyrie Irving wasn’t about to let his team suffer another defeat.Irving scored 12 of Boston’s last 17 points and finished with 28 to help the Celtics remain in sole possession of the East lead with a 110-104 overtime victory over the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.ADVERTISEMENT Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases In cold, poor South Korean mountains, Winter Olympics begin Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Beal, who shot just 7 of 27 and took only one foul shot, suggested officiating played a role.“It’s crazy,” he said of his lack of free throws. “Because I feel like I’m being just as aggressive as everybody else out there. My teammates are doing the same. Sometimes we don’t get rewarded.”Meanwhile, Irving went 9 of 10 from the foul line. And after Boston allowed Washington to come back from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, he tied it from the line with 9.8 seconds remaining in regulation on three made foul shots after luring Markieff Morris into a foul on a 3-point attempt.“Nowhere near a foul,” Morris said. “(The referee) was behind me. I don’t know how could see me swiping down on the ball and me hitting his arm. If I hit his arm, there’s no way he would get the shot up.”Said Irving: “I just don’t want to get into the whole ‘whether it was a foul or not.’ I don’t want to get fined.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READlast_img read more

Player of the Week: Garvo Lanete leading Meralco resurgence

first_imgGarvo Lanete. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netDesperate times call for desperate measures.And for undermanned Meralco, it found a hero in Garvo Lanete, who kept the Bolts’ flickering playoff hopes alive in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Abueva grateful for second chance at Gilas Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours With a two-game winning run, the Bolts moved into a tie with TNT and Blackwater in ninth place.The Bolts wrap up their elimination round against Magnolia on Saturday in what could very well determine their fate in the all-Filipino conference.Lanete edged Magnolia forward Rome dela Rosa, San Miguel’s June Mar Fajardo, Chris Ross and Arwind Santos, and NLEX guard Kevin Alas for the weekly plum for the period of February 12 to 18.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Dead in the water a week ago, the Bolts somehow, remained in the hunt for a quarterfinals berth thanks in large part to Lanete, who has been leading his team in scoring the past couple of games.The former San Beda star, who has hit seven 3-pointers combined the last two games, averaged 21.5 points in victories over Phoenix and Barangay Ginebra to earn the PBA Press Corps Player of the Week honors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkLanete poured in 24 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc in a 92-90 win over the Fuel Masters on Valentine’s Day.He sustained that form on Sunday night at Philippine Arena where Meralco gained a measure of retribution against fierce rival Ginebra as he went for 19 points that went with two rebounds, and three steals in an 84-82 victory. Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Time to face the monster

first_imgCarpio 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings After disposing of a Rain or Shine team that dragged his team into three tough battles in five days, Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone is now bracing for what he calls the “monsters” of the Philippine Basketball Association.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Alido, Nakajima joint leaders Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Beermen did not need their twice-to-beat advantage to advance to the semifinals as they bundled out the Texters, 106-93, with Fajardo banging in 35 points.The other semifinal series will feature Magnolia vs NLEX after the Road Warriors also swept Alaska after an 87-83 victory in the other game.This marks NLEX’s first semifinal stint in franchise history.Nonetheless, Cone was relieved to overcome Rain or Shine, which forced them into a triple overtime battle last Friday and put up a brave stand in the quarterfinals, particularly in Game 2 when they came within 92-89 on Beau Belga’s layup with under two minutes remaining.Joe Devance and Japeth Aguilar made back-to-back baskets to push the lead back to seven before LA Tenorio hit three free throws to seal the victory for the Gin Kings, who lost to the Beermen in the finals of last year’s All Filipino tournament.ADVERTISEMENT The league’s winningest coach was referring to three-time Philippine Cup defending champion San Miguel Beermen and their prized big man June Mar Fajardo, the four-time Most Valuable Player.Either way, Cone knows there will be little room for error against a team that packs so much depth and firepower.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We’re hoping for one heck of a series,” said Cone, after the Gin Kings hammered out a 99-91 victory over the Elasto Painters to complete a sweep of their best-of-three quarterfinal series Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.“San Miguel has won the last three championships of this conference for a reason. They’re playing great basketball and they have June Mar (Fajardo). TNT was playing well and they still couldn’t beat San Miguel.” Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES MOST READ UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer “It’s a huge relief to get through (Rain or Shine) and now we face the monsters that’s San Miguel and June Mar,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

Ronaldo scores twice in added time, Portugal beats Egypt

first_imgRecto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims But one superstar was still on the field after Salah was substituted to a loud ovation in the 79th from fans at the Letzigrund in neutral Zurich.Ronaldo first rose unchallenged to score from Ricardo Quaresma’s left-flank cross in the second minute of time added on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkTwo minutes later, Ronaldo powered a header low into the right corner of the goal from Quaresma’s free kick on the right.The winning goal was confirmed 90 seconds later after a video review for a possible offside. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Westbrook’s 17-point 4th quarter leads Thunder past Heat Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo pictured during the soccer friendly game Portugal against Egypt, in the Letzigrund stadium in Zurich, Switzerland, on Friday, March 23, 2018. (Melanie Duchene/Keystone via AP)ZURICH — Cristiano Ronaldo scored with two stoppage-time headers and lifted Portugal to a stunning 2-1 win over Mohamed Salah-inspired Egypt in a friendly between World Cup-bound teams Friday.Salah seemed to have won the game with a 56th-minute shot worthy of his fast-rising star status from the edge of the Portugal penalty area.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Ronaldo came closest to scoring in the first half after Portugal was awarded a free kick when goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy picked up a backpass. His shot from near the penalty spot beat the defensive wall then was blocked by the leg of Abdallah El Said standing in the middle of the goal.Salah struck with a classy goal early in the second half, collecting the ball 20 meters (yards) from the goal before spreading a pass to the left side of the area. As Portugal defenders drifted toward the goal, the Liverpool forward held his position in an increasing amount of space and met a return pass with a first-time, left-footed shot low into the left corner of the net.Both teams stay in Switzerland for their next games against teams who did not qualify for the World Cup. Portugal plays the Netherlands on Monday in Geneva and Egypt stays in Zurich to face Greece on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Dy unsatisfied with performance in national team tryouts: ‘I feel I can show more’

first_imgKim Kianna Dy. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKianna Dy was one of the nine of players who showed up for both days of the tryouts for the Philippine women’s national volleyball team.The 22-year-old Lady Spiker from La Salle, however, knows that participation alone won’t give her an automatic slot into the team that will compete in the 2018 Asian Games and the 2018 AVC Asian Women’s Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READ Dy added she wants to have one more chance to prove her worth for De Jesus even though she has played for the head coach for five years under La Salle.De Jesus said he and the other officials at LVPI are still contemplating if they will hold another day for the tryouts, but Dy is hopeful she can showcase her talents for one more day.“Is there another day for the tryout?” asked Dy. “Well, if there’s one more why not? If I’m given another chance, maybe.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Dy, who is part of the 34-person master list national team head coach Ramil De Jesus invited, said she is far from satisfied with her performance.“Satisfied? No,” said Dy after Wednesday’s session at Arellano University Gym. “I feel that I can show more.”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 crownThe other eight players who had complete attendance are Kim Fajardo, Mary Joy Baron, Dawn Macandili, Cherry Rondina, Aby Maraño, Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang, and MJ Phillips.Of those mentioned, Rondina and Phillips are the only players who have never played for De Jesus in La Salle or with F2 Logistics in the Philippine Super Liga. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ 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 View comments De Jesus: I just want those invited to tryouts to show interest ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Tamaraws remain unbeaten; Bulldogs finally score

first_imgLATEST STORIES In a later game, Letran came up with a solid performance to hold off Lyceum, 78-74, behind gutsy performances of Bong Quinto and Larry Muyang for win No. 2.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Teener Umali surprises veterans in Open bowling Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’center_img Far Eastern University won a third straight game in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup on Tuesday after surviving Jose Rizal University’s late charge, 87-85, even as National University finally broke through at the expense of Emilio Aguinaldo College.The Tamaraws used an eight-point lead to cushion the Heavy Bombers frenetic finish inside the final 1:40, while the Bulldogs carved out a 96-84 win over the Generals at Flioil Flying V Centre in San Juan.ADVERTISEMENT Far Eastern coach Olsen Racela let his boys play out the final 1:40 without suing for time, using it as a learning experience for his players for the coming UAAP season.“We didn’t call time even during the last turnover so we can learn from this,” explained Racela. “We can do this now but not in the UAAP. This is for us to learn.”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 crownBoth sides battled through 10 deadlocks and 14 lead changes, with the last tie coming at the 5:28 mark after Andrei Dulalia scored for the Bombers.But Far Eastern scored the next five points and the Tamaraws gamely held on to deal the Bombers a third straight defeat. Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View commentslast_img read more

Overjoyed Sharapova shares court with ‘GOAT’ Nadal

first_imgRussia’s Maria Sharapova reacts during her match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty during the Rome’s WTA Tennis Open tournament at the Foro Italico, on May 15, 2018 in Rome. AFP PHOTO / TIZIANA FABIRussian star Maria Sharapova giggled with delight as she revealed how she plucked up the courage to pop the question and got to practice with Rafael Nadal at the Italian Open.The two former world number ones hit balls together on the red clay of the Foro Italico where they are both multiple winners.ADVERTISEMENT “I saw he was practicing on the court right before me,” explained Sharapova, after advancing to the second round on Tuesday past Australian Ashleigh Barty.“And I said to my team ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if I just came up to Rafa and said ‘would you hit a couple balls with me?’ 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 crown“And they’re like, yeah, what’s wrong with that? And I was like, a lot of things. There’s a lot of things wrong with just coming up to Rafa. “They’re like, no, you should. It’s not like you’re asking him to go on a date. And so I did. 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 MOST READ “He probably thought I was really weird. I think he still thinks I’m really weird.”The Russian was overjoyed at being able to rally with the 16-time Grand Slam champion, tweeting: “Two minutes on court with the GOAT @RafaelNadal #BucketList Was so nervous.”In Tuesday’s match played in rainy conditions, five-time Grand Slam winner Sharapova needed two and a half hours to master 18th-ranked Barty 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in their first round game.She next meets Slovak Dominika Cibulkova as she bids to recapture the title she won three times in 2011, 2012 and 2015.“This tournament has been special in my career,” said the 31-year-old, who received a wild-card entry last year as she made her comeback from a 15-month doping ban.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Mariners All-Star Cano suspended 80 games for drug violation Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial She retired injured from her second round match to end her hopes of qualifying on merit for Wimbledon’s main draw after being denied a wild-card entry to Roland Garros.“It’s brought me a lot of great matches and a lot of match play toward the Grand Slam that we all look forward to playing.“And usually it’s the last tournament I play before Roland Garros. So, it is an important one,” said two-time French Open winner Sharapova who reached the quarter-finals in Madrid last week. “But, I’ve also had very tough moments here, as well. Last year was a very difficult situation to be in and going into that match. “I’m just a little bit more relieved this year. I feel like I’m not thinking about things and just playing and not worrying about anything else. Which is nice.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Welcome, rooks: Ayton, Bamba, Trier sparkle in NBA debuts

first_imgCarpio 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 Orlando center Mo Bamba celebrates during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018, in Orlando, Fla. Orlando won the game 104-101. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel via AP)ORLANDO, Fla. — Mo Bamba heard his name over Orlando’s public address system for the first time during introductions, and waved his arms to the crowd asking for their cheers.Then the game started.ADVERTISEMENT He wasn’t the only rookie smiling Wednesday.Ayton made his first three shots and finished with 18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as Phoenix eased past Dallas. Bamba was clutch for Orlando, putting together a 13-point, seven-rebound, two-block effort in the Magic win over Miami. And maybe it was fitting — Ayton and Trier had plenty of big nights together at Arizona as collegians last season, and they had another one Wednesday, albeit about 2,400 miles apart.Trier had 15 points for the Knicks in their easy win over Atlanta, two of those points coming on a down-the-lane dunk where he went either past or over four Hawks players, a play that even had New York coach David Fizdale celebrating.“Some things happen in a game sometimes and you just go, ‘Whoa,’” Fizdale said.After two nights of this season, 35 players have made their NBA debuts. That’s just the first of many waves; 119 rookies got into at least one game last season, a figure helped mightily by the emergence of two-way contracts. Last season’s newcomer total was the league’s highest since 1949-50 when 120 debuted — in large part because what was the 12-team BAA the year before became the 17-team NBA that season.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Some of those debuts were forgettable, some barely noticeable, but a few — like No. 1 pick Deandre Ayton in Phoenix, the No. 6 overall pick in Bamba and even undrafted rookie Allonzo Trier in New York — stood out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“Felt pretty good,” Bamba said. “It was everything I expected it to be.”READ: DeRozan impressive in debut as Spurs fend off Timberwolves Some of the openers on Wednesday were statistically nonexistent — three debuts were logged officially at lasting less than one minute, seven of the rookies on the floor didn’t attempt any shots, and the average per-rook was less than 5 points per game.Ayton and Bamba dazzled. No. 3 pick Luka Doncic had 10 points and eight rebounds, but misfired on 11 of his 16 shots. No. 11 pick Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 11 points for the Clippers. It wasn’t just lottery guys who stood out — second-round pick Bruce Brown started for Detroit, and Trier made MSG take notice.The challenge now for Trier, Bamba, Ayton and every other rookie? Getting ready for the rest of the season.“Now it’s just a matter of doing that 81 more times,” Bamba said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’center_img Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history READ: Booker’s late onslaught lifts Suns past MavsAtlanta’s Trae Young, the No. 5 pick in the draft, made his first NBA shot. The make was a notable event for Young, who said that he airballed his first shot attempt in high school, in college and at the NBA Summer League in July.Progress, indeed.“This is just one of many,” Young said, not sounding worried about the Hawks’ rocky opener.None of the rookies so far have had monster numbers, but then again, those are rare in debuts.The record for points by someone in his first game is held by Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 43 for the Philadelphia Warriors at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Oct. 24, 1959. A year later, Oscar Robertson’s first NBA game resulted in his first triple-double — 21 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists. LeBron James had 25 in 2003, two months shy of his 19th birthday.Those were the start of great careers.But bad first games don’t doom anyone to a life of mediocrity, either.Steve Nash, Tracy McGrady, Yao Ming and Dennis Rodman combined for zero points in their debuts. Kobe Bryant went scoreless his first time out as well, and he’ll be joining that foursome in the Basketball Hall of Fame soon anyway. Michael Jordan shot 5 for 16 to start his career. Kevin Durant went 7 for 22 in his opening game with Seattle.“You never forget the first game,” said Miami’s Dwyane Wade, who scored 18 points in his debut in 2003 and still recalls how he spent some of that night being guarded by Allen Iverson. “You’re going to get better. You’re nervous. You can’t change that. It’s going to be a big moment in your life, and you’re going to grow from that moment. And then you’re going to have a lot of other moments.” View commentslast_img read more