US edges Japan, advances to WBC championship game

first_imgPalace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu While manager Jim Leyland’s current roster is missing Clayton Kershaw, Mike Trout and many other American superstars, the All-Star-laden group that decided to participate has won two straight elimination games to earn a chance for the U.S.’ first crown.“Coming into this event, I didn’t really want to talk about the fact that the United States has never won it (and) they’ve never gone to the finals,” Leyland said. “I didn’t think that was a big deal. I wanted this, for the players, to be a memory. I’ve talked a lot about it. Make a memory. Hopefully it’s a real good one, regardless of the results (Wednesday). I know it is for me. It’s been an absolute honor.”To reach the final, the Americans had to persevere through an uncharacteristic Los Angeles rain that drenched the playing field several hours before game time. They also had to beat a gifted Japanese team at its own game: pitching, defense and small ball.Ryosuke Kikuchi hit a tying homer off reliever Nate Jones in the sixth inning for Japan, but the two-time WBC champions were twice let down by their normally sturdy defense.McCutchen opened the scoring with an RBI single in the fourth moments after Kikuchi’s two-base error at second. In the eighth, Crawford likely would have been out at the plate on Jones’ innocent grounder, but Matsuda didn’t field it cleanly and had to throw to first.ADVERTISEMENT “Well, two plays,” Japan manager Hiroki Kokubo said through a translator. “Honestly, there were some mistakes, and then a run was scored. … The team that makes mistakes will lose. That’s what it means. I cannot blame them, though, for doing that.”Japan won the first two WBC tournaments before losing in the 2013 semifinals, and Kokubo’s current team was unbeaten in this event.“The players really did their very best,” Kokubo said. “I really appreciate it. It’s do-or-die, one semifinal.”Tanner Roark pitched four scoreless innings of two-hit ball before Leyland pulled him on the instructions of the Washington Nationals, who limited Roark to 50 pitches because he hadn’t faced live hitters in nine days.“I felt good enough to stay out there,” Roark said.Gregerson, the Americans’ sixth reliever, worked a perfect ninth inning after Pat Neshek escaped a two-on jam in the eighth.Leyland is confident he’ll have a capable bullpen Wednesday after receiving texts from various pitching coaches around the majors on the status of their players. Toronto’s Marcus Stroman, the starter, is free to reach the WBC’s 95-pitch limit, Leyland confirmed.Although the crowd of 33,462 strongly favored the team with five California natives in the starting lineup, thousands of Japanese fans showed up early and chanted throughout the game, accompanied by the brass band in the left-field bleachers.Tomoyuki Sugano, the Yomiuri Giants ace with a seven-pitch repertoire, tossed six innings of three-hit ball for Japan, striking out six and yielding only one unearned run.But Sugano was matched by Roark, who gave up just two singles and a walk in his four innings, also hitting a batter with a pitch. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot After Christian Yelich reached second in the fourth inning when his hard-hit grounder was mishandled by Kikuchi, the standout defensive second baseman, Eric Hosmer worked out of an 0-2 count to draw a two-out walk.McCutchen had just two hits in his first 14 at-bats in the WBC, but he drove in Yelich with a sharp single to left.Kikuchi made up for his mistake in the sixth, driving Jones’ fastball barely over the reach of McCutchen in right field for his first homer of the tournament.Japan reliever Kodai Senga struck out the first four batters he faced with a 96 mph fastball and exceptional off-speed stuff, but Crawford then delivered a sharp single before Ian Kinsler doubled to deep left-center.Neshek got cleanup hitter Yoshimoto Tsutsugoh on a fly to right to end the eighth.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media MOST READcenter_img Brandon Crawford scored the tiebreaking run when Matsuda bobbled Adam Jones’ grounder to third in the eighth inning, and the United States reached the WBC final for the first time by beating Japan 2-1 on Tuesday night at rainy Dodger Stadium.Andrew McCutchen drove in an early run for the U.S., which will play Puerto Rico for the title Wednesday night. Puerto Rico edged the Netherlands 4-3 in 11 innings Monday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“It means a heck of a lot,” said McCutchen, the Pittsburgh Pirates slugger. “We’ve got a great group of guys on this team who have dedicated this time to be able to try and win some ballgames. Sacrifices had to be made, and there are no egos when that door opens. That’s what’s good about this team. Everybody is a superstar on this team. There are no egos.”The World Baseball Classic final has been played in the United States in each of its four editions, but the home team had never been able to play America’s pastime on what has become its biggest international stage. The U.S. only reached the semifinals once before, in 2009. ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. United States’ Buster Posey and Luke Gregerson celebrate after the United States defeated Japan, 2-1, in a semifinal in the World Baseball Classic in Los Angeles, Tuesday, March 21, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — Luke Gregerson’s final strike breezed past Nobuhiro Matsuda, and the rain-drenched American players celebrated on the field while a soaked crowd roared through the evening mist.A daylong downpour couldn’t dampen this resilient United States club or its fans, who will finally get to root for the home team in a World Baseball Classic championship game.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home Warriors adjusting to life without Durant View commentslast_img read more

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Messi scores brace as Barca rebounds before Juve, Madrid games

first_imgMOST READ Real Madrid was on the verge of a second consecutive league draw when Isco drilled a right-footed shot from just outside the area between goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and his post to score a 3-2 victory over Sporting Gijon.Isco’s outstanding performance saved coach Zinedine Zidane from paying a heavy price for resting almost all his first-choice players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, for Madrid’s big week ahead.“Isco deserved this,” said Marcelo, who went on as a second-half substitute for Madrid. “It was a relief to score at the end and take the three points. There is little time to rest and those who played today were phenomenal. They don’t have many minutes, but that’s what makes a team great. We need everyone and everyone responds.”Isco’s first goal was a superb solo effort in the 17th to cancel out Duje Cop’s opener. The Spain midfielder avoided three defenders before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame.Zidane said it was Isco’s best match with Madrid, adding “you have to have character to do what he did.”Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop’s opener.But Alvaro Morata headed Madrid level again in the 59th, and the pacesetters kept pushing until Isco netted the winner.After the match, Isco tried to quash rumors he’s unhappy at the club.“I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years,” Isco said. “I don’t know why people are surprised when I say I want to play more.”Atletico Madrid rested Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory. Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos View comments Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Madrid needed two goals from Francisco “Isco” Alarcon, including his 90th-minute winner, to stay three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table after prevailing 3-2 at Sporting Gijon. Madrid also has a match in hand.Before the fierce rivals meet next round, both will play the return legs of their Champions League quarterfinals. Madrid welcomes Bayern on Tuesday after winning the first leg 2-1, while Barcelona must overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Juventus on Wednesday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return“Today was very important, considering where we were coming from. We were able to pull out a win against a very difficult rival,” Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. “I’m more than satisfied with my players’ ability to deal with their frustration after what happened in the Champions League.”Sociedad started strongly but it was Messi who struck first in the 17th with a sharply taken blast from outside the area that streaked into the lower corner of the net. Messi then scrambled in a rebound of Luis Suarez’s shot in the 37th, taking his league-leading tally to 29 goals.Sociedad, however, got a goal back when Inigo Martinez’s shot took deflections off Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before going in.Messi passed for Paco Alcacer, starting for the suspended Neymar, to make it 3-1, only for Xabi Prieto to steer home Willian Jose’s pass in first-half injury time.Sociedad was the more aggressive side in the second half, which doesn’t look good for Barcelona’s chances of another stunning comeback in the Champions League against Juventus. In the Round of 16, Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to overhaul a 4-0 loss.“It’s obvious that we are in a phase in which rivals can hurt us easily,” Luis Enrique said. “We have to improve that. My players need to keep up their confidence.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, second right, celebrates with his teammates after scoring during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Sociedad at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain. APBARCELONA, Spain — Lionel Messi scored twice on Saturday (Sunday Manila time) to help Barcelona rebound from back-to-back losses and go into the next round at Real Madrid within striking distance of the Spanish league leader.Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou, with the defending champions struggling to end a run of defeats at Malaga in the league and Juventus in the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENT On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna, 3-0.Osasuna’s Salvatore Sirigu saved two late penalties by Carrasco and Thomas Partey.Deportivo moved away from the drop zone with its first win in five rounds with a 2-0 victory over Malaga. 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Clippers’ Griffin to miss rest of playoffs with toe injury

first_imgCanadian military mobilized to help Newfoundland dig out On the edge of America, census begins in a tiny Alaska town He had 11 points, six rebounds and two assists in 18 minutes, and the team said at the time the injury was a bruised toe. X-rays at the arena were negative, but he was re-evaluated after the game.Clippers coach Doc Rivers said the injury actually happened on the play before the layup and added Griffin knew immediately that it was bad. The former No. 1 pick will remain in Salt Lake City, wearing a walking boot and will return with the team after Game 4 on Sunday. Rivers said surgery is a possibility.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHis injury marks another playoff blow to a franchise that has dealt with a series of bad luck and internal turmoil in recent years.Griffin and point guard Chris Paul were lost to injuries last year, and the Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead against Houston in 2015. Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte In this Friday, April 21, 2017, photo, Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) looks on after driving to the basket during the first half in Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz. The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)SALT LAKE CITY — Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the NBA playoffs after injuring his big toe during Friday night’s win against the Utah Jazz.The team announced Saturday that the five-time All-Star was diagnosed with an injury to the plantar plate of his right big toe. Griffin left Game 3 with 3:18 remaining in the second quarter after landing awkwardly following a transition layup.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SpaceX launches, destroys rocket in astronaut escape test Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hawks deliver early playoff KO, romp past Wizards Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos LATEST STORIES Dozens wounded as Iraqi protesters up pressure on government Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town During the 2014 playoffs, voice recordings of then-owner Donald Sterling making racist comments surfaced, leading to him being banned by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who forced the sale of the team.The Clippers were up 2-0 in 2013 before losing to Memphis in six games after Griffin stepped on teammate Lamar Odom and injured his ankle.Rivers said he believes in the karmic-like presence of the “basketball gods,” but not in any kind of Clippers curse.“You make your own luck at the end of the day,” Rivers said. “Like I told Blake last night … right now he’s probably thinking, ‘Why me?’ He’s too good of a guy for this to continue to happen. There’s going to be some kind of sunshine for him at some point. You’ve just got to weather this storm.”The Clippers run much of their offense through Griffin and he’s one of the best passers on the team. Rivers said they’ll play both big — with Marreese Speights and DeAndre Jordan — and small for stretches. He doesn’t want to put too much of a load on Paul to make up the difference.ADVERTISEMENT Paul added, “It has to be by committee. Blake’s too much to our team. Offensively, defensively, his presence. … We don’t have one person over there that we’re like, ‘Oh, Blake’s out, put him in.’”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely View commentslast_img read more

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Leonard, Mills lead Spurs past Grizzlies for 3-2 series lead

first_imgMills finished with 20 points and Tony Parker added 16.Mike Conley had 26 points and Marc Gasol added 17 for the Grizzlies, who have lost nine straight postseason games in San Antonio.With each team winning on its homecourt, Game 6 is Thursday night (Friday, Manila) in Memphis.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Hornets to don Jordan brand logos on jerseys next season Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ MOST READ San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard (2) drives to the basket against Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, left, during the second half of Game 5 in a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Tuesday, April 25, 2017, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 116-103. AP PhotoSAN ANTONIO— Kawhi Leonard had 28 points and the San Antonio Spurs rebounded from two discouraging road losses to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-103 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, Manila) and take a 3-2 lead in their first-round NBA playoff series.San Antonio shot 14 for 28 on 3-point attempts, two off its postseason record, including 5-for-7 shooting by Patty Mills.ADVERTISEMENT Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home GAME 1 RESULT: Leonard drops 32 as Spurs rout Grizzlies in game 1GAME 2 RESULT: NBA: Leonard stars anew as Spurs take 2-0 lead vs GrizzliesFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnGAME 3 RESULT: Grizzlies pull within 2-1 of Spurs with 105-94 winGAME 4 RESULT:  Tied at 2: Gasol lifts Grizzlies past Spurs in OT View commentslast_img read more

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Beal, Wall lead Wizards past Hawks

first_imgBulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar View comments Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Young Bucks hope they’ve learned lessons in time for Game 6 Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENR Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Washington Wizards guards John Wall (2) and guard Bradley Beal chest-bump during the second half in Game 5 of the team’s first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Atlanta Hawks, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Washington. The Wizards won 103-99. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON—Back at home, and back in charge, Bradley Beal scored 27 points, and John Wall added 20 points and 14 assists, leading the Washington Wizards to a 103-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night for a 3-2 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series.Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 29 points, making a career high-tying five 3s, and 11 assists. But after his basket from beyond the arc pulled Atlanta within 101-99 with 70 seconds left, Wall responded with a 21-foot pull-up jumper.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’center_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home MOST READ A miss followed from Paul Millsap, who had 21 points and 11 rebounds, but after Wall’s jumper was off the mark, the Hawks seemed to waste too much time at the other end and the buzzer sounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyerlast_img read more

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BaliPure pulls off comeback win vs Creamline, books semis seat

first_imgSwing Out Sister back to PH this April Jeng Bualee chimed in 15 points for BaliPure, which stayed on top with its 7-2 slate.“We’re thankful,” said coach Roger Gorayeb in Filipino. “The way the game was played earlier, the girls were really tired from our game on Sunday. It was evident on the way Jeng hit the ball. But we’re just thankful to get the win.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundThe Water Defenders had to play catchup for the first time this conference, losing two of the first three sets as they stared at a 2-1 set deficit.But a better showing from Sato and Bualee anchored BaliPure in the fourth set, which continued in the clincher as it broke off of a 3-all deadlock and took a 13-6 lead. BaliPure’s Risa Sato.BaliPure had to sweat it out but was still able to pull off the come-from-behind five-set win over Creamline, 20-25, 25-23, 19-25, 25-18, 15-7, to clinch a seat in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference semifinals Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Guest player Jennifer Keddy topped the Water Defenders with 18 points, powered by 14 kills, two blocks, and two service aces, while Risa Sato provided the much needed support with her 16 markers.ADVERTISEMENT Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 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 China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Sato put the Water Defenders on the hill before Grethcel Soltones capped off the victory with a killer spike to seal the deal.Kuttika Kaewpin fired 26 points in the sorry defeat for Creamline (3-6), while fellow guest player Laura Schaudt got 16.Alyssa Valdez played limited minutes as she nursed a sprained ankle, but was hardly a factor in the match, finishing with only two points in the losing effort.Still, the Cool Smashers are locked at the fifth seed with their 3-6 card regardless of the result of their match against Perlas on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer LATEST STORIES Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working So long, Wayne?: Cup final may be Rooney’s last United game For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

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#KicksStalker: What makes the Agimat click?

first_imgFilipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite View comments “It feels so proud to see the Filipino words written on the shoe,” said the Gilas forward.Photo from Nike PHAlso worth a look is the shoe’s perforated upper, which contributes to the Agimat being one of the lightest and fastest in the LeBron line. Filipino sneaker fans tend to lean to lightweight shoes and with LeBron James wanting to honor the country’s passion for hoops that matches his own, having a light, breathable and flexible shoe became a priority for the Agimat engineers.GALLERY: Gilas Pilipinas rocks Nike LeBron 14 ‘Agimat’Anyone who loves to play basketball, from the consummate pro to the wobbly weekend warriors, values cushioning too, and the Nize Zoom Air midsole provides the Agimat with comfortable absorption that maximizes every step.With all those features and more, it’s no wonder people were queueing for the Agimat when it went on sale last weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend A closer look at the Nike LeBron 14 “Agimat.” Photo from Nike PHNow that the LeBron 14 “Agimat” has finally hit select shoe store shelves and found its way to the hands of giddy sneakerheads, it’s time to look at the qualities that made the shoe quite a pick among buyers.First off, there’s the Filipino markings all over the shoe and its limited edition-issue box.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Star retains top spot after thumping of Meralco READ: #KicksStalker: Nike, LeBron provide Gilas PH with ‘Agimat’ The words “Para Sa Kadakilaan” appear on the heel tab and the heel cushion. If you have the limited edition box, you’ll find a triangular emblem on top that’s a replica of a medallion (an agimat, what else?) that accompanies the sneaker. There, you’ll also find the phrase “Mula mandirigma sa mandirigma” inscribed on it.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundPhoto from Nike PHThe traditional fabric woven along with the cultural elements adorning the shoe also help make it a collector’s piece among Filipino kicks stalkers.The homage to the Filipino basketball culture interspersed with Filipino mythology is the reason why some of the Gilas Pilipinas players like Troy Rosario were in awe of the shoe, arousing feelings of national pride and patriotism even at just first glance. Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionslast_img read more

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Fajardo getting ample help cleaning the glass for Beermen

first_imgTristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSurprisingly ranking just third among locals in rebounding with 7.8 boards per game, June Mar Fajardo shared that he doesn’t really mind his standing in the statistics.“It’s OK,” he said with a grin after San Miguel’s 112-101 victory over GlobalPort on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ The three-time PBA Most Valuable Player has every reason to be satisfied, with the rest of the Beermen picking up the slack when it comes to the boards.Fajardo said that San Miguel has put on extra work on its team rebounding, thus the explanation for the rise of boards for its backcourt.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundTo wit, in the Beermen’s victory over the Batang Pier, Alex Cabagnot hauled down 10 rebounds, Chris Ross got six boards, and Marcio Lassiter had four.“We really worked out on that, that the rebounding won’t be the responsibility of the big men alone,” the 6-foot-10 giant said in Filipino. “I’m boxing out the opponent’s imports and their big men, so we really have to rebound as a team.” For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptions Ex-Bulacan town vice mayor, village chief shot dead Yanson buses to keep operating despite legal battle San Miguel is sixth in the league when it comes to the boards, collecting 52.2 rebounds per game.Despite the slight dip in his numbers, Fajardo’s presence is still felt in the team, even if he fought through a stiff neck on Friday.The Cebuano behemoth finished with 15 points, eight rebounds, and three assists in the win, which helped the Beermen grab a top two seat going to the playoffs.Still, Fajardo said that work is just getting started as San Miguel braces for tougher competition in the quarterfinals.“We need to prepare ourselves because we’re facing stronger teams,” he said. “Intensity is bound to get a notch higher in the playoffs, so we have to program ourselves to be prepared.”ADVERTISEMENT Roach says Golovkin will KO Canelo Swing Out Sister back to PH this April LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Ja’s Thomas wins NCAA shot put title

first_imgFormer Edwin Allen High athlete Danniel Thomas captured the women’s shot put title at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday night at the Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Oregon. Olympian Thomas, a final year student at Kent State University, upstaged a very strong field to win the event with a heave of 19.15 metres. Thomas is now the fourth ranked athlete in the world in the event. Emmonnie Henderson of University of Louisville was second with 17.92m with third going to Brittainy Mann of University of Southern California (USC)with 17.49m. Two-time champion Roven Saunders of the University of Mississippi was fourth. Thomas, in an interview with the NCAA website, said she remained focused throughout the event. “I just went out there and tried to be in my own zone. I didn’t really let the fact that she (Saunders) was in the competition get in my head. I knew that as long as I did what I was supposed to do I would have done very well,” she said.last_img read more

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Greenland calls for more targeted athlete endorsements

first_imgSenior Vice President of Operations and Marketing at GraceKennedy Money Services, Noel Greenland, has said that brands and athletes who endorse them, should put more focus on selling their products in what he describes as a “unique way.” Greenland was speaking at the Regional Conference On The Strategic Use of Intellectual Property In Sport, yesterday. He said that he has noticed that brands are failing to effectively make an imprint on the minds of consumers because their marketing strategies are not memorable enough. He said that many brands are too focused on just getting star athletes aligned with their products, rather than choosing athletes who have relevance to what they are trying to market. “When a talent (athlete) is overexposed to the point where that talent is used on multiple products, it doesn’t bring the same weight,” Greenland said. “To the consumers it’s almost like ‘Oh, that’s just another ad.’ He mentioned that many television viewers do not even watch many commercials during programme breaks because of this, and advertisers lose money as a result, because of how much they have spent to produce these commercials. “I don’t like those types of sponsorship,” he said. “Your message is invariably lost after a week or two.” Greenland said that in order to establish what he calls a “perfect brand,” advertisers need to figure out their target audience. “It will not come because the athlete is the fastest in the world, or because the athlete is the best looking athlete, or the best shaped body. “The test should be ‘Who am I targeting best?’ I believe if we sell the right product to the right demographic, that demographic will use that product well. I would want to use talent that can appeal and speak a language that the audience will be enticed by.” The conference took place over two days at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston and featured presentations on the protection of copyright on the Internet, broadcasting and media rights and sports, broadcast piracy, digital media, infringement of rights relating to sports, use of athletes as brand ambassadors, and strategies to develop sponsorship, merchandising and trade related to sports intellectual property. Olympian Veronica Campbell Brown spoke about athletes including herself, recognising that their career is their business. “Veronica Campbell-Brown is not just a name but also a brand that my team and I had to protect and enhance by our actions,” she said. “At the end of the day, it was my sole responsibility to be responsible in the way I approach training sessions, competitions, and my conduct on and off the track. This enabled my team to better assist carrying out my vision and help me gain success. Winning medals led to higher fees, respect and more exposure.” Sprint icon Asafa Powell made several presentations to Sport minister Olivia Grange. One of these was his training jacket and running shorts from the London Olympics for the Jamaica 55 Anniversary time capsule. His running spikes from the same Games were contributed to the National Sport Museum and he also presented Grange with products from his new line of deodorants and training bands. He said that some of the proceeds from the merchandise will go towards breast and prostate cancer research.last_img read more

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