Messi can quit Barca, if Catalonia leaves Spain

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, center, pauses during a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Celta Vigo at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)Lionel Messi has ensured he could become a free agent if Barcelona no longer plays in a major European league as a result of Catalan independence, Spanish media wrote on Friday.According to a report in Madrid daily El Mundo, the contract Messi signed last November includes a clause that he must remain a Barcelona player only as long as the club is playing in “a top-level European league.”ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ A source at Barcelona told AFP that “for reasons of confidentiality the club never comments on contractual relations with players.”Catalonian nationalists proclaimed independence from Spain after a referendum on October 1, precipitating a crisis which is still unresolved.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 folkThe Spanish civil and football authorities have said repeatedly that Catalan secession would end the participation of the region’s clubs in the Spanish League.If Catalonia becomes independent and Barcelona are booted out of La Liga and cannot persuade another major league (France, Italy, Germany or England) to give them a home, Messi could leave without having to pay his 700 million euro ($843 million) buyout clause, said El Mundo.center_img The newspaper said that leaving La Liga would have the same impact on the rest of the Barcelona squad, whether they have specific clauses or not, because it would represent a substantial change to the circumstances under which they signed their contracts.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Romeo still out for Gilas duty this February Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompsonlast_img read more

Alaska continues streak, decimates Phoenix as Abueva returns

first_img“They had a good run to start the fourth quarter then we just have to settle down and change some stuff. It’s a big win for us.”Phoenix managed to put up a scare in the fourth quarter after JC Intal made a three-pointer to cut the deficit to 14, 71-57, at the 9:28 mark but, as like what happened in the first half, the Aces had an immediate answer.The Aces went on a 16-3 run that Kevin Racal capped off with a triple for Alaska’s 87-60 lead with 4:30 left in the game.Chris Banchero paced Alaska with 22 points, five rebounds, and four assists while the returning Calvin Abueva, who left Alaska’s last game against Blackwater due to a family emergency, had 21 points and 15 rebounds.Matthew Wright led Phoenix with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak The Aces, after starting the conference 0-2, won their fifth straight game and improved to 5-2 while the Fuel Masters dropped to 3-4.Alaska went on a blistering 21-4 run across the first two quarters with Nonoy Baclao capping it off with a jumper midway through the second period to give the Aces a 34-14 lead.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 folkPhoenix still managed to cut the deficit to 14, 34-20 on Jeff Chan’s triple with 5:06 left in the first half, but the Aces retaliated with a 14-4 run to break the game wide open.“It’s just one of those halves where I thought our defense had a lot of teeth,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “That was really the story of the game, after that it’s more like maintaining the lead and not let them get too close within striking distance.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases It didn’t take long for Alaska to establish its dominance and send Phoenix packing with a 93-75 demolition in the PBA Philippine Cup Wednesday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Griffin’s departure leaves Clippers in free-agent hunt View commentslast_img read more

Cone ‘angry’ at self but ‘proud’ of Gin Kings after semis exit

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Without Greg Slaughter, the Gin Kings gave the Beermen all it could handle in the hard-fought series.“Despite not having Greg (Slaughter), I thought we did a great battle and one of the coaches said to me what would it be like if they didn’t have June Mar, how hard it would be for them. It was that way for us,” Cone said.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 folkSave for the blowouts in Games 1 and 4, the Gin Kings were in the thick of the fight.They squandered a 15-point lead in the first half and lost on a Marcio Lassiter game-winner in overtime, 104-102, in Game 2. Like the gentleman that he is, Cone owned up for this failure and took responsibility for the semifinals exit.Still, he sees this as a formative experience for his side, something which the young squad could build on for the coming conferences.“I’m angry that I didn’t do enough for them, couldn’t win some of the games we should have won down the stretch. But you know, those things happen. So I’ll be angry at myself and I’ll be real proud of our guys,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netGinebra coach Tim Cone said his team shouldn’t be ashamed after bowing out in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals at the hands of San Miguel.“I’m real proud of our guys,” Cone said after the Gin Kings’ 94-100 defeat to the Beermen in Game 5 on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Ginebra recovered and took Game 3, 95-87, last Tuesday to avert the sweep.With their backs against the wall, the Gin Kings once again threw everything but the kitchen sink in Game 5, leading by as much as 12 in the first half, 39-27, before San Miguel mounted a huge fightback to tie the game at 55 at halftime. Though they were still able to make one last run in the fourth quarter, the Beermen’s crisp execution and defensive prowess persevered in the end game.“Coming back from our last game, they played real hard. But we just couldn’t finish the game,” remarked Cone.Though the two-time Grand Slam-winning mentor was dejected after his team’s shortcomings, he did see some silver linings through the course of the series.“Japeth (Aguilar) really stepped up. We got great performances from Prince (Caperal) and Raymond (Aguilar). Sol (Mercado) played real well tonight, and Scottie was just incredible all series long,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo boosts confidence after beating NUlast_img read more

Nuggets improve by 6 games, but fall short of playoffs again

first_imgTHE JOKERJokic was one of the most dominating big men in the league, averaging 18.5 points, 10.7 rebounds and 6.1 assists. He also had 10 triple-doubles.No wonder Malone is all for signing him to a long-term deal.“As soon as possible, sign that kid up,” Malone said.PAINFUL EXPERIENCEAlthough Millsap came back in late February, his wrist wasn’t close to 100 percent. He said doctors told him it will be sore for up to a year.“I still went out there and gave it all I could,” said Millsap , whose team went 24-20 in his absence.THIS & THATForward Kenneth Faried didn’t get into a game after nearly 10 minutes on Feb. 1. … The 37-year-old Jefferson on his future: “It’s not whether or not I’m here. It’s whether or not I’ll be playing basketball.” … Guard Devin Harris averaged 8.2 points after being acquired in February. … Forward Torrey Craig donned a cap Thursday that had one word on it — “Salty.” Mood of the team? “It’s tough on all the guys,” Craig said of missing the postseason. Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Veteran Richard Jefferson had a succinct message to the team.“Embrace the pain,” Jefferson said. “The pain is what makes it good.”Soon after, he slung a plastic garbage bag crammed with all his gear over his shoulder and playfully sang “On the Road Again” as he sauntered down the hallway.This is a team that’s steadily on the rise under third-year coach Michael Malone, going from 33 wins in 2015-16, to 40 last season and now 46.“I’ll continue to think about, going into next year, how I can get better next season. What do I have to do as a head coach and a leader to help this team move from being a ninth seed and out of the playoffs with 46 wins to being a playoff team?” Malone said. “Next year is a year we have to make that jump.”ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Denver Nuggets head coach Michael Malone reacts to a call during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Portland Trail Blazers, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Denver. Denver beat Portland 88-82. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)DENVER — Nikola Jokic only had a basic outline of his offseason plans: Rest, work out in Denver, return home to Serbia and rest some more.It’s not more elaborate since the Nuggets big man figured he’d be working for a while longer.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Former champion Tyson Fury to fight again after doping ban Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The Nuggets won six more games than a year ago and yet finished in the same position — a spot out of the playoffs. This season even came down to a winner-take-all scenario in Minnesota, where the Nuggets came up short in overtime to miss out on the playoffs for a fifth straight season.“I’m not mad. I’m not sad, because I think we played good,” Jokic said Thursday. “We’re not making the playoffs because we were not focused the whole season, every game.”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 crownStill, the Nuggets won six straight down the stretch to climb into contention for a spot, before losing to the Timberwolves in a spirited game.“If we play with that sense of urgency that we did at the end, then we wouldn’t have even been in this position,” Will Barton said. “It’s all a part of growing.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Denver had its share of health issues this season, with Paul Millsap missing 44 games after suffering a left wrist injury that required surgery. Jokic was sidelined six games with a sprained left ankle, and Gary Harris missed 11 contests due to a strained right knee, before returning with two remaining.“Through it all, I’m still optimistic and feel comfortable with where we’re at,” said Millsap, who signed a $90 million, three-year deal last summer. “Still wish we were still playing. But I’m still happy about our guys and where we’re at.”Things to know following a season in which the Nuggets went 31-10 at the Pepsi Center and 15-26 on the road:BARTON’S RETURNBarton did a little bit of everything for the Nuggets, from coming in off the bench to starting, from playing two-guard to small forward. A free agent this summer, Barton hopes to be back next season.“We’re building something real special here,” Barton said .MURRAY & MALONEJamal Murray’s dad pushes him. John Calipari, his coach at Kentucky, pushes him. So Malone can, too.“I don’t think he realizes how hard he can get on me, how hard he can push me and demand stuff from me,” said Murray , who turned in quite a second season as he transitioned to point guard.No joke, Murray said he wants his 3-point shooting percentage (37.8 this season) to match his free throw percentage (90.5). Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Streaking Kaya finally stops Ceres

first_imgLATEST STORIES But Ceres still had depth and firepower with Takumi Uesato and Bienvenido Marañon leading the line. Kaya took the lead in the 10th minute when Tanton’s free kick found an unmarked Jordan Mintah who delivered an inch perfect ball for Mendy to tap home at the far post.Ceres won a penalty moments later when Uesato was brought down inside the area. Marañon stepped up to take the spotkick only for Ace Villanueva to palm his low effort away, preserving Kaya’s advantage.Kaya breached substitute keeper Michael Casas’ goal for the second time as Tanton found Osei for the second goal.“Kaya fought very hard,” said Ceres assistant coach Ian Treyes.” They gave 200 percent just to win this game. It’s what we expected. As you noticed, we have our focus on our next game, so we rested some of our players for our upcoming match in the AFC Cup.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Standhardinger still adjusting to PBA game: ‘This feels like a different sport’ “The heartbreak is over,” said Kaya coach Noel Marcaida, whose squad played the last 30 minutes of the game with just 10 men after Camelo Tacuslme was sent off for a second yellow card.“I said before the game it would take a collective team effort, and we got exactly that. We took advantage of them in that first half. Everyone worked so hard, especially after we went down to 10 men.”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 win improved Kaya’s haul to 13 points after seven outings. But Ceres remained on top with 15 points from six games.Bracing for a tough away trip to Myanmar where Ceres will face Yangon United in the second leg of the AFC Cup zonal semifinals, the Busmen rested some of the starters in their 4-2 win over Yangon in the first leg last Wednesday. Ten-man Kaya Iloilo dealt reigning champion Ceres Negros its first loss of the season with a stunning 2-0 victory on Saturday night in the Philippines Football League (PFL) at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Robert Lopez Mendy and Alfred Osei found the back of the net in the first half as Kaya notched a third straight win in the season, while ending a run of six straight losses to the Busmen, who eliminated them in the semifinals last season.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View commentslast_img read more

Pocari-Air Force go up 2-0 in quarters, shoots down Iriga-Navy

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPocari Sweat-Air Force remained unbeaten in the quarterfinals after taking down Iriga-Navy, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-22, in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Wednesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.The Lady Warriors are at the top of the quarterfinals with a 2-0 record while the Lady Oragons have yet to win a game and joined Tacloban at the bottom of the standings with 0-2 records.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial MOST READ Lowly-ranked Russians, Saudis meet to kick off World Cup 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 China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations View comments Madeline Palmer had 19 points to lead the Lady Warriors whose team outscored Iriga-Navy with 61 spikes to 48.“I hope this kind of performance continues considering we have yet to lose a game,” said Pocari head coach Jasper Jimenez. “We need two more wins to secure one of the last semifinals spot so we’ll take it one game at a time.”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 crownCreamline and PayMaya are already in the semifinals after ending the eliminations as the top two seeds with the last two spots in the penultimate round up for grabs for the six teams in the quarterfinals.Macy Ubben had a game-high 27 points while Lauren Whyte added 18 for the Lady Oragons.center_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Arielle Love put up 18 points to help the Lady Warriors with Myla Pablo adding 14.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

Spain in chaos 2 days before World Cup after coach fired

first_imgView comments “We are the national team. We represent this emblem, these colors, our fans, a country,” the Spain captain wrote on Twitter. “Our responsibility and commitment is to you. Yesterday, today and tomorrow, together.”Last month, Lopetegui agreed to a contract extension through 2020. But Real Madrid’s surprise statement on Tuesday that Lopetegui has signed a three-year deal to coach the three-time defending Champions League champions changed things.Criticism of Real Madrid and Lopetegui was spreading as Rubiales flew to Spain’s base camp in Krasnodar, Russia. Rumors began to fly that Lopetegui’s job was in danger.Rubiales, the former head of Spain’s players union who was elected as federation president last month, said he was forced to fire Lopetegui because he had been left in the dark by his coach and by Madrid. Former Spain great Fernando Hierro was named coach a short time later.The daunting task of refocusing the team on Friday’s match against European champion Portugal is now on Hierro’s shoulders. But if Spain gets eliminated after the group stage, many in the country will lay the blame firmly on Lopetegui, Rubiales and Madrid president Florentino Perez.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Spanish football president Luis Rubiales attends a press conference at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Krasnodar, Russia, Wednesday, June 13, 2018. The Spanish soccer federation has fired coach Julen Lopetegui two days before the country’s opening World Cup match against Portugal. Lopetegui was let go a day after Real Madrid announced him as its new coach following the World Cup. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)BARCELONA, Spain — Some people in Spain agree that national team coach Julen Lopetegui had to go. Others believe the chaos on the eve of the World Cup just made a bad situation worse.Lopetegui was fired Wednesday, two days before Spain’s opening match against Portugal, because he accepted a job Tuesday to coach Real Madrid next season.ADVERTISEMENT Mercado helps cool off heated tension between PetroGazz locals, imports China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ “It is clear to me that this was poorly handled and that the national team will be harmed by it,” Spain fan Jordi Casares said. “Madrid put its interests first, as did Lopetegui, and (Spanish federation president Luis) Rubiales was left in a very tough spot. Nobody thought about what was best for the national team.”Television and radio commentator Manolo Lama, summing up the state of bewilderment caused by the decision, said the team’s success will rely solely on the players.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“Our World Cup is in the hands of (Sergio) Ramos, (Andres) Iniesta, (David) Silva, Diego Costa and company,” Lama wrote on Twitter. “Only they can put out this fire. Now more than ever (we must) be with our players.”However, former Spain great Xavi Hernandez said the federation did the right thing. Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think Rubiales acted correctly and was looking out for the federation, which should be above any single individual,” Hernandez told sports daily Marca. “It wasn’t an easy situation but I think he did the right thing. The players have seen things like this before and I am sure they are going to have a good World Cup.”Spain left for the World Cup in Russia free of distractions and with high hopes of competing for the title it won in 2010.After all, Lopetegui had impressed by leading the national team to the top of its qualifying group and had kept it undefeated in 20 matches since taking over from Vicente del Bosque in 2016.But Madrid’s announcement that Lopetegui would replace Zinedine Zidane at Real Madrid immediately caused controversy around the Spanish national team. Rubiales then announced his decision to part ways with Lopetgui, saying the federation was “compelled to act” because of the betrayal.Sergio Ramos was the first Spain player to speak up.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Pacquiao predicts action-filled fight against Matthysse

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Pacquiao says he chose to fight Matthysse, the current World Boxing Association welterweight champion, because the Argentinian is aggressive and they could both provide a “lot of action” in the ring.He said Thursday that victory will be determined by “talent and skill inside the ring.” Matthysse said he is determined to defend his title and isn’t concerned that it could end Pacquiao’s career if the Filipino boxer loses.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’ Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West 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 GM Pelinka: Lakers landing LeBron is ‘ultimate validation’ Argentine WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse speaks as Philippine senator and boxing hero Manny Pacquiao smiles during a press conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Thursday, July 12, 2018. Matthysse and Pacquiao were scheduled to fight on July 15, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao says he is prepared for an action-packed fight against aggressive Argentinian Lucas Matthysse in Sunday’s world title bout.The fight comes a year after Pacquiao, who turns 40 in December, lost his World Boxing Organization welterweight title in a shock defeat to Australia’s Jeff Horn in Brisbane.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

TV only thing missing in Asiad Athletes Village

first_imgPeza offers relief to ecozone firms ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Spacious press center caters to Asian Games media Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ LATEST STORIES Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs View comments 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Workers clean a street leading to Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, ahead of the opening ceremony of the 2018 Asian Games, in Jakarta on August 18, 2018. AFP PHOTO / Aamir QURESHIJAKARTA — The Athletes Village, which is close to one hour away from the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, will be home to close to 11,000 athletes for the duration of the Asian Games, and just like how the organizers have handled the media, they seem to have done a good job at it.Unless, of course, if you’re an oversized basketball player.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “It’s good, comfortable,” Gilas Pilipinas coach Yeng Guiao told the Inquirer. “For me, I’m a normal sized guy. But for our other players, and most especially the other countries like China and Iran, their players will find it hard to fit in the beds.”Other than that, some of the Filipino athletes the Inquirer was able to talk to are fine with it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“The food is good,” Gabe Norwood said. “I can eat anything and I haven’t heard any of my teammates complain.”One thing that’s missing, though, as Guiao pointed out: “There’s no TV. So there’s really nothing to do here.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

SBP attends Fiba World Basketball Summit

first_imgMOST READ Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The event features 40 countries, including the Philippines. Representing PH are Ricci Rivero, Rhayyan Amsali, Jeepy Faundo and RJ Abarrientos.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 Panlilio has also been invited to be among the speakers during the event and will be on stage along with former NBA All-Star and president of Russian Federation of Basketball Andrei Kirilenko and president of Finnish Basketball Federation Antti Zitting“Our very own, SBP President Al Panlilio is invited as one of the panel speakers and will discuss effective basketball development strategies covering the role of National Federations, schools and colleges, expectations on government, achieving the best ROI and the development of young pro players,” the press release said.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 FIBA World Basketball Summit, which runs from October 3 to 4, gathers high-ranking basketball personalities from different federations all over the world.Apart from the basketball summit, Xi’an, China is also where the Fiba 3×3 U23 World Cup is being held. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img View comments Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Al Panlilio, executive director Sonny Barrios and Special Assistant to the President Ryan Gregorio are in Xi’an, China for the inaugural Fiba World Basketball Summit.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UAAP women’s basketball: NU strips Adamson for 69th straight win Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more