FEU, Ateneo gain finals

first_imgBSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Toni Rose Basas of Far Eastern U sends the ball past Bernadette Flora during their semifinal duel on Monday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZFar Eastern University overcame a gritty Adamson side, 21-25, 25-20, 25-22, 25-18, to barge into the finals of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference on Monday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Lady Tamaraws will take on Jaja Santiago and the National U Lady Bulldogs in the best-of-three finals starting Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Bernadeth Pons, back after a UAAP beach volleyball stint, fired 15 points—including 12 kills—to lead the Lady Tamaraws’ 2-1 semifinal conquest of the Lady Falcons.Adamson labored though five sets to take the Final Four opener, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 15-8, but FEU equalized with a 21-25, 27-25, 25-20,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 shutout23-25, 15-11 Game 2 triumph.In the men’s division, Marck Espejo returned to action to power Ateneo past University of Santo Tomas, 22-25, 25-22, 31-29, 25-13, and seal a title clash with FEU. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  PSC backs creation of unified collegiate sports body It will be the third straight championship stint in this conference for the back-to-back defending champion Eagles.Espejo, who rammed in 23 hits, missed Game 2 on Saturday when the Tigers won,25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-21, as he likewise suited up in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament.The Eagles struggled in the early going, yielding the opening frame before imposing their power in the next three.“First of all, I thank the Lord for the strength, power and the guidance,” said Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro. “Marck and Karl played beach volleyball but still they managed to show their leadership.”ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Pasaol reminds Pumaren of ‘joyous’ PBA great Meneses

first_imgAlvin Pasaol. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHigh-scoring and fun-loving.Those were some of words University of the East coach Derrick Pumaren used to describe his star scorer Alvin Pasaol.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  And on the heels of his 49-point game and 81-point week, the veteran mentor couldn’t help but compare his 6-foot-3 swingman to a star he handled many moons ago.“He is like Vergel,” said Pumaren, referring to Jose Rizal University coach Vergel Meneses. “Vergel he loves to have fun, but when it’s time to play, when it’s business, then he goes down to work. That’s his attitude, and that’s the same with Alvin.”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 shutoutPumaren  had the privilege to coach Meneses in the pro league with the now-defunct Sunkist. They won two PBA championships and nearly a Grand Slam as the man they called “The Aerial Voyager” became the 1995 PBA Most Valuable Player.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThough their partnership was considerably short, what stood out the most for Pumaren was Meneses’ joyous attitude, which is also something that he sees in Pasaol. Read Next “Alvin likes to joke and always laughs. When I talk and run plays, you could look at him and think that he’s not listening. Vergel is just like that too. But when we run it, he knows the plays,” he said.Pumaren also said that Pasaol may look like laid back to some, but he commands respect from his fellow Red Warriors.“He’s happy-go-lucky, but he’s the leader of the team. That is what I projected from him when I recruited him in Davao. I knew that he’s gonna be a star in the UAAP and he has shown it this season,” he said.Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMeneses, though, was on the defensive when brought up the comparison, quipping, “I’m not that fat.”But turning serious, the three-time PBA champion said that being “fun loving” is just the way he wanted the game to be played back in his heyday.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “There are type of players who seem like they just want to enjoy the game. That’s how I am. I just enjoy the game. If I’m not enjoying it, when I’m not smiling, I’ll do just 20 points. But when I enjoy the game, the opponents are dead,” the PBA great said.Though Meneses admitted that he only saw part of Pasaol’s game, he could understand Pumaren’s analogy.“He’s so relaxed but he’s gonna kill you. It’s almost the same to my game. What coach Derrick said was true. If he’s slimmer, he may be scoring 80 in a game,” he said.“Of course, coach Derrick knows me. So for him to compare me, I can be a model for the boy. Whatever I’ve achieved when I was still playing, he could follow my footsteps and I become an inspiration for him.”Amid the fanfare, Pumaren’s hopes that not only Pasaol sustains his hot streak, but also for the Red Warriors to make a late run to the Final Four in the second round.“When you’re in a zone, you feel that everything is gonna go right for him. Hopefully, he’ll continue to have that follow up, but he has to maintain that level that it’s not over yet, that he’s not just a two-game sensation and then in the next seven games, he’ll be non-existent.”Beyond UAAP Season 80, Pumaren has grander aspirations for his superb scorer.“Hopefully, I can also produce another MVP in the PBA,” he said. With new coach beside him, Soriano confident ahead of ONE fight View commentscenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Pressure on for Azkals after draw vs Nepal

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Azkals coach Thomas Dooley has refused to put the blame on his players, saying they fought well despite the conditions in Nepal, where some standouts like Misagh Bahadoran suffered altitude sickness.“The players did an excellent job when you think what they had to go through the past three months,” said Dooley, noting the compressed schedule of the Philippines Football League as well as the conditions in Nepal.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 shutoutIn Manila, Philippine Football Federation president Mariano “Nonong” Araneta expressed alarm over the run of results of the team, which needs a draw against Tajikistan on the final day of qualifiers on March 27 to clinch an Asian Cup berth.But Araneta said the federation, which spent an additional P700,000 more for the Azkals’ accommodations in Nepal after they arrived a few days earlier to acclimatize, will give the team its all-out support to ensure qualification. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Champ Tabora back in PH after World Cup triumph LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ Photo from GoNepal.comThe draw against bottom team Nepal last Tuesday in Kathmandu cranked up the pressure on the Philippine Azkals, who are suddenly on a slump after a strong start to the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers.And while the Azkals are still on top of Group F with nine points and are still unbeaten in five matches, the fact remains that the squad has dropped six points in the last three games after two draws with Yemen and the goalless tie with Nepal.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “It’s disappointing,” said Araneta. “We have to talk to coach (Dooley) on what the team needs as we should have won that game. I don’t know what are the reasons for that but we can’t afford another bad result.”Araneta said he would also sit down with Azkals manager Dan Palami to discuss preparations for the next game, which will probably include a training camp, before the start of the PFL season.The nightmare scenario for the Azkals is a loss to Tajikistan and a win by Yemen over Nepal on March 27. Even with a loss, the Azkals will still qualify if Nepal holds Yemen to at least a draw.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Chot Reyes gets back at old foe

first_imgKammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Photo from Fiba.comSmart Gilas Pilipinas’ 77-71 victory over Japan on Friday wasn’t just any other win for coach Chot Reyes. It also allowed him to get back at one of his past tormentors.The outspoken mentor finally scored a victory at the expense of Japan coach Julio Lamas, the same bench tactician who handled Argentina back in the 2014 Fiba World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHcenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments LSGH completes improbable climb, upsets Mapua for first crown With Japan down 38-29 at halftime, Lamas made moves that paved way for Japan to fight back from 14 points down using with 12-0 blast that gave them 40-37 lead to set up the close finish.“I think coach Julio made great adjustments to start the third quarter and even took the lead in the third. We had to make our counter adjustments and I think that proved to be important in this ballgame,” he said.Reyes also noted that the coaching landscape in the continent has also improved through the years.“All over Asia, every team have great coaches. It demands you to be at the top of your game and your adjustments, your focus has to be at a very high level because one slip up could mean the ball game,” he said.Reyes will have his hands full again on Monday as he engages on another coaching chess match against Chinese Taipei head coach Chou Chun-san.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 The two coaches first met when Gilas Pilipinas and El Alma Argentina crossed paths in Seville, Spain as the Filipinos gave the Argentinians all they could handle and even threatened a massive upset against the fifth ranked team in the world which featured the likes of Luis Scola, Pablo Prigioni, and Andres Nocioni. Unfortunately for the Philippines, Argentina got its act together late and eked out the 85-81 win.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 shutoutThree years later they met again, with Reyes back in the fray for the Philippines and Lamas now calling the shots for the Akatsuki Five.Reyes welcomed Lamas’ entry to the Asian basketball circuit, saying, “The good thing about playing against good coaches is that it demands you to be at your best.”last_img read more

Dillinger says Black, Bolts ‘getting sick’ of losing after 3rd straight loss

first_img“We’re 1-3 and there’s nothing to be happy about,” Dillinger said after Meralco suffered a 99-81 rout to TNT on Sunday.Black left the venue immediately after the loss and politely declined for an interview.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“The Philippine Cup has been our Achilles heel and every Philippine Cup, we get our ass kicked. I’m getting sick of it and our coach is getting sick of it.“Meralco lost grip of the game early after TNT staged a 16-3 run. Though Niño Canaleta helped the Bolts get to within five in the early moments of the third quarter, the KaTropa eventually pulled away for good, leading as high as 22, 92-70, late in the game thanks to their stupendous shooting from beyond the arc. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netANTIPOLO — All of the losing and struggles in the Philippine Cup have taken its toll on Meralco.Bolts veteran swingman Jared Dillinger said the players as well as head coach Norman Black are “getting sick” of the losing.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Dillinger, though, challenges his teammates to step up and show what they’re made of as the franchise eyes to finally end its misery every all-Filipino conference.“When you get two guys like Ranidel and Cliff out, as a team, that’s the opportunity for the guys below them to step up. It doesn’t have to mean scoring, getting the assists or rebound, it’s just making the right play, being a smart player. We just got to step up as a team,” he said.Meralco faces Kia on Wednesday with the cellar-dwelling squads both seeking to crack the upper echelon of the standings.“It’s a do-or-die. That’s gonna be a playoff game for us. Thank God, they beat Rain or Shine cause you don’t want to be that one team that gives the win to a team which lost 16 straight games. You don’t want to play teams like that. It’s gonna be tough for us,” he said. MOST READ Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Dillinger, however, knows that Meralco can’t get frustrated with its 1-3 slate as his team has no other choice but to go back to basics.“It’s a long season,” he said. “We have to go back, look at the film, get yelled out by our coach, look at all the mistakes that we made, but more importantly, we can’t press the panic button. We can’t point fingers. We have to first blame ourself within, ‘What did I do wrong?’ We won’t panic, but I got to admit, it’s not fun right now.”Asked what the Bolts are doing wrong that has led to a three-game skid, Dillinger said that it’s just the little things.“Sometimes you don’t make the extra pass or make the extra effort on defense. It’s a lot of small things that you won’t see really. After a lot of that, it adds up and you see what happened to us tonight. TNT didn’t do anything much. It’s a given that they played well, but they didn’t have any secret schemes against us. They just passed the ball around, they got open shots, our effort wasn’t there. We got to put up the intensity cause it sucks right now.”Also not helping Meralco’s cause is the injuries to Ranidel de Ocampo and Cliff Hodge, both of whom are integral pieces of Black’s rotation.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 View comments LATEST STORIES NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Rosario stars in TNT win a day after celebrating 26th birthday Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Pumaren gets the win over former player Pasaol in PBA D-League

first_imgSlow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Pasaol, though, said that their time away from each other won’t change the kind of relationship they have as they even went out of their way to kid around before the game.“I talked to him and asked him if he still has an injury. He said that he’s ok,” the hefty forward related. “Manong even kidded that my butt is getting hot sitting on the bench.”He may be away from Pumaren and his job may be a lot different from his role with the Red Warriors, but Pasaol knows that the veteran mentor is always watching him from afar. And that’s why he’s just keeping the faith in his current coach Koy Banal as he aims to mesh with the Skippers.“I think I still need to learn coach Koy’s system. It’s one of the factors why I haven’t got much playing time yet,” he said. The 22-year-old is currently averaging 2.67 points, 2.67 rebounds, and 0.67 assists in his 5.3 minutes in his three games for Marinerong Pilipino — a clear indication of the amount of work he still needs to put in to see some playing time.“I know I need to be patient. It doesn’t matter who you are or whatever you did. You have to put in the hard work and show coach Koy that I’m deserving of more playing time,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH For his part, Pumaren is glad to see his former player experience different coaches as he sees this stint as nothing but beneficial for Pasaol’s overall development.“It’s going to be big for him,” he said.CEU won, 104-93, giving Pumaren the last laugh in the duel.“I’m on the other side now. Nothing personal,” he said. Ebondo drops 31 as CEU holds off Marinerong Pilipino 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 MOST READ View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Pasaol, who is currently playing for Marinerong Pilipino in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, faced his longtime coach Pumaren, now serving as the general manager for CEU.It was the first time the kindred spirits were on the opposing ends after Pumaren’s departure from University of the East back in November.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutPumaren felt the same way seeing his super scorer for the first time in months.“It’s been awhile since I’ve seen Alvin. We were joking around and I told him I’ll get someone to get him popcorn there.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa PBA IMAGESAlvin Pasaol admitted that it was weird seeing his former coach Derrick Pumaren on the other side.“It’s my daddy and I miss him,” Pasaol said on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

Injured Rafael Nadal will miss Indian Wells, Miami events

first_imgMOST READ Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Cyborg steps in vs Kunitskaya to save the show at UFC 222 John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Read Next Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving He wrote Friday “the injury I suffered in Acapulco before starting the tournament is the same area as the one suffered in Melbourne.”The second-ranked Spanish star hasn’t played since retiring in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in late January.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutLast year, Nadal lost to Roger Federer in the fourth round at Indian Wells and in the final at Miami. FILE – In this Jan. 23, 2018, file photo, Spain’s Rafael Nadal answers questions at a press conference after retiring injured from his quarterfinal against Croatia’s Marin Cilic at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury. Nadal made the announcement Friday, March 2, 2018, on Facebook. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)NEW YORK — Rafael Nadal will miss the upcoming Indian Wells and Miami tournaments because of a lingering right hip injury.Nadal made the announcement Friday on Facebook. He withdrew from the Mexico Open before his first match on Wednesday, saying he needed more time to recover.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico View commentslast_img read more

PH tossers bow to Tianjin, suffer 3rd straight loss

first_imgRebisco PSL Manila Spikers. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOUST-KAMENOGORSK, Kazakhstan—Rebisco PSL-Manila absorbed its third straight defeat, this time at the hands of Tianjin Bohai Bank of China, relegating the Filipinos Saturday to the battle for fifth to eighth places in the Asian Women’s Club Volleyball Championship here.Despite the hours spent training Friday night, specifically in shielding the Chinese missiles, the Filipinos found themselves in the firing line of a Tianjin side determined to move up to the next round.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games MOST READ Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV View comments BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Mondilla masters Villamor field; Lascuña, 2 others share 2nd Tianjin, a 10-time champion in the Chinese Volleyball League, overpowered Rebisco, 25-8, 25-10, 25-9, to bolster its title bid at Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace here.Rebisco, whose core forms the newly built national team, will take on another powerhouse team in Supreme of Thailand on Monday at the start of the classification phase.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“I believe in this team,” said national team head coach Francis Vicente. “I know that we have what it takes to win. But we need to learn more especially in playing in international level.”Jaja Santiago scored eight, while Jovelyn Gonzaga added six for Rebisco. 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 BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more

Guiao admits he hasn’t fully gotten over departure from Rain or Shine

first_imgTrump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Nearly a year after parting ways with Rain or Shine, Guiao still feels strange being on the opposing bench and going against most of the players he shared a couple of championships and countless playoff games with.READ: NLEX coach Guiao: I won’t help dismantle Rain or ShineFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“To beat Rain or Shine is a testament to the progress that we’ve made,” said Guiao after the Road Warriors clipped the Elasto Painters, 122-114, in double overtime. “It’s also a weird and awkward feeling beating that team because sometimes I think I’m still the coach of that team. I haven’t really gotten over that 100%.”“I feel like that’s my team, they’re my boys but like I said, we’re on different sides now and I have to get used to that,” he added. MOST READ View comments Alas quick to atone for ‘stupid foul’ with crucial bucket Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Guiao was appointed as NLEX coach in October 2016 five months after steering Rain or Shine to its second title in the Commissioner’s Cup.READ: NLEX looking forward to Governor’s Cup, says GuiaoCaloy Garcia, who was Guiao’s deputy then, was promoted to head coach and up to now, he still tries to pick up a few things from the fiery mentor.“I miss coach Yeng. He was a good mentor. Until now, I still try to watch his games as much as possible and try to learn from him still,” said Garcia, who was 2-0 against Guiao coming into the game.After finishing dead last in the standings in the first two conferences, NLEX finds itself on top this time with a franchise-best start at 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNLEX guard Kevin Alas caromed into his coach Yeng Guiao after getting bumped by Rain or Shine swingman Gabe Norwood late in the third quarter.Norwood quickly apologized to his former coach, who nearly lost his balance after Alas crashed into him near the officials table, and the two had a good laugh.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img READ: NLEX hikes win run to 3 But Guiao opted to downplay his team’s undefeated run so far.“It feels good to win this time, it’s the opposite feeling of the losing streak, which we felt, experienced before. Now we have a winning streak,” said Guiao, whose squad has now won five in a row dating back to last conference.“But again, it doesn’t make us a contender this conference. We’re not yet a contender, we’re not yet at that level of the competing teams. Not Rain or Shine, not even Alaska, who we beat. We’re just having a good run.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LATEST STORIES Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plantlast_img read more

Strong final surge carries CEU to D-League quarters

first_imgRod Ebondo. PBA IMAGESCentro Escolar University used a strong finishing kick to down Racal Motors, 88-77, and advance to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.With Racal closing in, 70-68 with seven minutes to play, the Scorpions staged a killer 18-4 blast powered by Rod Ebondo, JK Casiño, and Orlan Wamar to pull away and take the decisive 88-72 lead with 1:29 remaining to book their sixth win and clinch a spot in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m very thankful for my players that they followed our game plan. I just told them to take this as their chance to experience the pressure of being in the playoffs,” said coach Yong Garcia.CEU can still rise up to as high as the fourth-seed and enjoy a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals if Batangas loses to league leading Flying V, which is still being played as of posting time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Congolese Ebondo poured 22 points and 19 rebounds, Wamar added 12 markers, five of which coming in the payoff period, while Casiño got 11 points and two boards.Art Aquino also chimed in 12 markers and three rebounds to close the Scorpions’ elimination campaign with a 6-4 record. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nambatac shines late as Letran topples Arellano FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet Rian Ayonayon wrapped up the disappointing campaign for Racal (3-7) with 12 points and six rebounds, while Allan Mangahas got 10 markers and three assists in the loss.The Scores:CEU 88 – Ebondo 22, Aquino 12, Wamar 12, Casiño 11, Guinitaran 9, Jeruta 8, Uri 6, Cruz 4, Arim 2, Manlangit 2, Baconcon 0, Intic 0.RACAL MOTORS 77 – Ayonayon 12, Mangahas 10, Apreku 9, Cabrera 9, Cortes 9, Ortuoste 8, Pontejos 6, Tallo 5, Capacio 4, Lozada 3, Faundo 2, Gomez 0, Grimaldo 0.Quarters: 21-23, 41-44, 63-58, 88-77.ADVERTISEMENT Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gamescenter_img Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View commentslast_img read more

CWG scam: CBI may arrest Suresh Kalmadi

first_imgThe former Games OC chairman pins the blame on the authorities in the CWG scam case and demands the questioning of Sheila Dikshit and M.S. Gill.Sacked Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi is likely to be arrested soon in the CWG scam case, sources said. This comes close on the heels of the arrest of his closest aides, former OC secretary-general Lalit Bhanot and director-general V.K. Verma. CBI on Wednesday arrested the two key aides of Kalmadi for allegedly tweaking technical qualifications to favour a Swiss time-keeping company.  Kalmadi on Thursday said Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, along with two other Union Ministers, should be summoned by the CBI which is probing the allegations of corruption relating to the mega event. “All those who were involved in organising the Games must be summoned. Why just go after the Organising Committee”? he said when asked if he wanted the Delhi CM as well as former sports minister M.S. Gill and former urban development minister S. Jaipal Reddy to be summoned by the investigating agencies. Attacking the Delhi CM for her statements against the Organising Committee, Kalmadi said, “She said even before the investigations started that all scams are in OC. Does that mean she predetermined all this?”last_img read more

Supreme Court clears Srinivasan’s path to become BCCI head

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday cleared decks for the Indian cricket board secretary N Srinivasan taking over as its president on September 19 and 20 during the AGM. A bench comprising Justice Aftab Alam and Justice RM Lodha turned down a plea by AC Muthiah, former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), seeking to restrain Srinivasan from taking over the top post till it was decided whether an Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner could be allowed to become an office bearer of the Board.Though the court did not grant any interim relief to Muthiah, it made it clear that the appointment of Srinivasan would be subject to the final decision on the petition moved by the former BCCI president.Muthiah, who had challenged a BCCI rule permitting an IPL team owner to become an office bearer of the Board before the Madras High Court, had approached the Supreme Court after the high court refused to stay the operation of the rule till a final decision on his petition.With his appeal yet to be decided, Muthiah had filed an application before the apex court seeking a restraint order against Srinivasan taking over as president. He pointed out that a two-judge bench of the apex court had on April 28 delivered a split verdict in the matter.Muthiah argued that it would not be appropriate to allow current Board secretary Srinivasan, who owns the Chennai Super Kings IPL team, to hold on to BCCI posts till his appeal was decided.advertisementCiting a conflict of interest, Muthiah has been contending that BCCI office bearers could not be allowed to have commercial interests in the IPL. A bench comprising Justice JM Panchal and Justice Gyan Sudha Misra that heard the matter earlier gave a split verdict, prolonging a decision on Muthiah’s appeal. The matter, therefore, had to be referred to another bench.While Justice Panchal refused to stay the BCCI rule allowing its office bearers to own IPL teams, Justice Misra was of the view that a person owning and operating an IPL team could not be allowed to hold any position in the BCCI. Muthiah had challenged an amendment in the BCCI rules permitting an administrator to have direct or indirect commercial interests in matches or events like the IPL or Champions League T20.The amendment was made after Muthiah questioned acquisition of stakes in Chennai Super Kings team by BCCI secretary Srinivasan citing conflict of interest. Srinivasan was the managing director of India Cements Ltd which had bid successfully for the team.Refusing interim relief to Muthiah, the high court had held that BCCI was like a private club and no outsider could question the regulations of the society.last_img read more

Mercedes A-Class production begins in Germany

first_imgThe production of new Mercedes A-Class , which garnered more than 40,000 orders ever since bookings were announced in mid-June, has started at the Rastatt plant of Mercedes in Germany, said a report. The new B-Class and the upcoming compact SUV will also roll from the same line, as the B-Class has found more than 70,000 new homes since its launch in November 2011, said the report.”This start of production marks a further milestone in our Mercedes-Benz 2020 growth strategy. The A-Class represents our offensive in the compact segment,” said Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and head of Mercedes-Benz Cars. He further said, “And there is more to come: The compact SUV will be the third model we will build here in Rastatt.”A report on motoring.asiaone.com has described the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class as “a sporty and radical design based on an all-new front-wheel-drive architecture, one which the five-door hatchback will eventually share with other body styles such as a coupe and a crossover.” “The new A-Class has a lower centre of gravity, thanks to Merc’s decision to ditch the previous sandwich floor construction. The car is also bigger at 4,355 mm in overall length with a wheelbase of 2,699 mm but with a height of just 1,433 mm,” the report further adds in its review.This new generation of four-cylinder engines already meets the stricter Euro 6 emission standard before it comes into force. The A-Class can be ordered in a variety of trim levels, with the highest being AMG Sport. AMG is the tuning division of Mercedes-Benz and the A250 AMG Sport comes with several high-performance modifications.The report, meanwhile, concludes that with the A250 AMG Sport, Mercedes-Benz has managed to overhaul its image in one fell swoop. And as if that’s not enough, look out for the A45 AMG with a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine driving all four wheels in the first quarter of 2013.advertisementlast_img read more

Dhoni pips Azharuddin to become India’s most successful ODI skipper

first_imgMS Dhoni has now led India to a record 91 victories in ODIs as captainWhile Team India was busy setting the record straight against familiar foes England, their skipper MS Dhoni has also notched up an individual record to shut his critics.The right-handed batsman has now become Team India’s most successful captain following his side’s nine-wicket win over England in the 4th ODI at Edgbaston on Tuesday.Dhoni surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 90 ODI victories as captain with a thumping win at Edgbaston taking his tally to a record 91 games.While Azharuddin took nine years between 1990 and 1999 and 174 matches to get to his mark, Dhoni did it in only seven years and 162 matches.33-year-old Dhoni now has a realistic chance of becoming the first Indian to lead the country in 100 ODI victories. He has scored 8098 runs from 246 ODIs so far, averaging 53.27 with a career strike rate of 89.31.Dhoni’s record as captain against England in ODIs is better than any of his predecessors, with 17 wins and five losses out of 25 matches (two tied and one no result).The Edgbaston win was also India’s eight straight ODI win in England, a successful run that started in the Champions Trophy last year.Dhoni’s captaincy may have come under the scanner after the 1-3 Test debacle against the Alastair Cook-led side, but his batting form has been consistent.The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed four half-centuries in the Test series and also struck a fine 52 at Cardiff in the second ODI. A man not known to chase numbers, Dhoni also registered another record as wicketkeeper in the third ODI on August 30. He now has the most international stumpings (131) and is now ahead of Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka, who has 129 stumpings to his name. While Dhoni achieved his milestone in 381 matches, Sangakkara took 563 matches to get to his mark.advertisementlast_img read more

Rafael Nadal tumbles out of Mexican Open, falling to Nick Kyrgios

first_imgIn women’s play, two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka routed Tatjana Maria 6-2, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against fifth-seeded Sofia Kenin. Kenin led 6-4, 4-1 when Katie Boulter retired.Third-seeded Donna Vekic advanced with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Christina McHale; Bianca Andreescu topped fourth-seeded Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 7-5; seventh-seeded Saisai Zheng edged Timea Babos 4-6, 6-4, 6-3; and eighth-seeded Johanna Konta beat Varvara Flink 6-4, 6-1.In the quarterfinals, Vekic will play Konta, and Zheng will meet Andreescu.Lesia Tsurenko, the women’s winner the last two years, is skipping the event.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war MOST READ Haddad Maia will face Wang Yafan in the quarterfinals. Wang led Monica Puig 4-1 when Puig retired because of an injury.In men’s play, second-seeded Alexander Zverev beat David Ferrer 7-6 (0), 6-1 in the late match. He will play fifth-seeded Alex de Minaur, a winner over Feliciano Lopez in a walkover.Third-seeded John Isner beat fellow American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to set up a quarterfinal match against eighth-seeded John Millman. Millman beat Peter Gojowczyk 6-0, 6-2.Cameron Norrie beat fourth-seeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3. Norrie will face Mackenzie McDonald, a 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3 winner over sixth-seeded Frances Tiafoe.Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro is sidelined by a knee injury.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woescenter_img View comments Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Don’t expect to puff away at Tokyo Olympics 2020 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Spain’s Rafael Nadal plays the ball during his Mexican Tennis Open round 2 match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios, in Acapulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)ACAPULCO, Mexico — Rafael Nadal tumbled out of the Mexican Open on Wednesday night, squandering three match points in a 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (6) loss to Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Playing his first event since losing to Novak Djokovic in late January in the Australian Open final, the top-seeded Nadal dropped the first two match points on Kyrgios’ serve and the last one on his own first serve.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Nadal won in Acapulco in 2005 and 2013. On Tuesday night, the second-ranked Spanish star opened play with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Mischa Zverev.Kyrgios set up a quarterfinal match against Stan Wawrinka, a 7-6 (5), 6-4 winner over seventh-seeded Steve Johnson in the hardcourt event at The Princess Mundo Imperial.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe top seed also fell in the women’s event, with Brazilian qualifier Beatriz Haddad Maia beating Sloane Stephens 6-3, 6-3 for her first victory in seven career matches against players ranked in the top 10. The fourth-ranked Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open, was making her first appearance in the event since winning the 2016 title.“It was just a tough match, obviously she played well,” Stephens said. “A tough day. But I’m not too sad about it. I’m just going to go back and work some more, practice some more and get ready for Indian Wells.”last_img read more

UAAP commended for helping promote 3×3 basketball

first_imgThe Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, led by its president Al Panlilio, commended the UAAP for its successful staging of the 3×3 tournament on March 2 and 3 at Ayala Malls Feliz in Pasig City.Panlilio expressed his gratitude to the UAAP for helping the SBP in promoting 3-on-3 basketball, which is one of the fast growing sports today.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next This year’s UAAP 3×3 tournament was hosted by Far Eastern University. Ateneo and National University ruled the men’s and women’s division, respectively.“This year’s iteration, may I say a smashing success – so much so that we definitely need a bigger venue next year,” said UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag. “From the players, the media coverage and most importantly the fans, Season 81 3×3 did not lack in star power. The UAAP is definitely looking at making 3×3 a regular event.”Led by Thirdy Ravena and Angelo Kouame, the Blue Eagles beat University of Santo Tomas, 19-13, in the men’s 3×3 finals.The Lady Bulldogs, on the other hand, were merciless in handing Adamson a 21-3 beatdown in the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed “The alignment forged by the UAAP 3×3 organizers with the SBP is what we’ve been actively espousing. We are very pleased that the UAAP 3×3 with their 3×3 commissioner Xavier Nunag and SBP 3×3 program head Ronnie Magsanoc were able to establish a strong link and partnership that benefitted our country in our goal to generate as many points as possible,” said Panlilio.Panlilio is referring to the Philippines’ bid to earn an Olympic 3-on-3 slot via ranking points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesEach 3-on-3 tournament held in the country earns points and helps our bid.“Remember that 3×3 is now an Olympic sport and that’s why I am calling on all independent 3×3 event organizers to align with coach Ronnie so that they can be guided accordingly on the correct formula in running their respective tournaments,” said Panlilio. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief FIFA: Gulf nations must restore ties with Qatar to join hosting of World Cup Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

Simona Halep moves closer to reclaiming World No. 1 spot

first_imgView comments Halep will try to reach her first South Florida final and reclaim the top spot by defeating the winner of a later all-Czech contest between world number five Karolina Pliskova and Marketa Vondrousova.A fantastic recovery from 1-5 down in the second set showed a mental toughness displayed by only the very best.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I started well and played some smart tennis but in the second set, she started to raise her game,” Halep said. “My coach said I was rushing a bit so I managed to calm down. That was great advice.”Halep converted seven of eight break points and hit 24 winners compared to 14 from Wang, whose first serve percentage dipped to 47%. Wang was aiming for her own slice of history, knowing landing the title would have made her the first Chinese woman in the top 10 since Li Na retired at the end of 2014. She responded strongly in her first Miami quarter-final after falling behind.The world number 18 was all over the Halep service game, which had showed signs of weakness early on, returning with real aggression to establish a 5-1 lead — a run that saw her win 12 points in a row.Halep managed to regain composure and broke for 5-2 as Wang started to get nervous. The reigning French Open champion broke again and suddenly had the chance to draw level in the second set.That chance looked lost as Wang stormed 0-40 up on the Romanian’s serve, but Halep superbly saved all three sets points before a brilliant running forehand winner down the line to equalize 5-5.Another break gave her the platform to serve for the match, which was sealed when Wang hit long.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving LATEST STORIES Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Bulls forward Lauri Markkanen to miss rest of season due to ‘extreme fatigue’center_img Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 27: Simona Halep of Romania celebrates defeating Qiang Wang of China during day ten at the Miami Open tennis on March 27, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. Julian Finney/Getty Images/AFPRomania’s Simona Halep moved closer to reclaiming the world number one ranking Wednesday, advancing into the WTA and ATP Miami Open semi-finals by defeating China’s Wang Qiang 6-4, 7-5.Following Tuesday’s exit of Petra Kvitova, Halep needs only to reach Saturday’s final at Hard Rock Stadium to knock Japan’s Naomi Osaka from atop the women’s rankings despite her second major title in this year’s Australian Open.ADVERTISEMENT Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon eventlast_img read more