Blackwater owner hoping for the best amid lockout fears

first_imgJo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny 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 With the fire between the Board of Governors still yet to be doused, expressed worries about a possibility of a lockout in the PBA’s 43rd season.Sy shared that the possibility of the seven teams excusing themselves from playing was initially discussed when the status of Narvasa’s commissionership first came up.“When they were fighting for the commissioner, we said that if they force it, the seven teams might not play, so there’s gonna be a lockout because the five other teams cannot play on their own,” he said.But he is hopeful that the whatever issue affecting the league would be resolved in time for the opening of the 43rd season.“Let’s hope for the best. Let’s just hope that there won’t be any lockout. We don’t want to see something like the NBA lockout a few years ago and there’s no tournament. We need to give fans assurance that by December 17, the PBA should be on the roll already,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set LATEST STORIES “Now, it’s no longer that heated in the board room. The five teams are more or less agreeing to have a search committee on the new commissioner,” he said.“I heard there are plans to have a search committee to see who are available candidates and I heard the Board might be working on it. Maybe by next week, there should be a good news that will come up.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneBut the annual planning held in Los Angeles, where it was expected that the issue regarding Chito Narvasa’s fate as commissioner would be resolved, was for naught with four governors–including chairman Ramoncito Fernandez of NLEX—absent from the trip.Blackwater is with the seven-team bloc, together with NLEX, TNT, Meralco, Alaska, Rain or Shine, and Phoenix calling for the head of commissioner Chito Narvasa, while the five others — San Miguel, Ginebra, Star, GlobalPort, and Kia, have all backed the beleaguered league executive. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The impasse between the PBA Board of Governors remain, but Blackwater team owner Dioceldo Sy observed that cooler heads have prevailed since the two sides’ war of words two weeks ago.Sy is also expecting the search for the next PBA commissioner to commence soon.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Young England stifle Neymar’s Brazillast_img read more

10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports

first_imgIt’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throneFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. LATEST STORIES Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port PLAY LIST 00:51Ecuador: Barge carrying 600 gallons of diesel fuel sinks at port00:50Trending Articles01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype02:14Carpio 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 Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setlast_img read more

Blatche expects Taipei to play zone, says Gilas has to make shots

first_imgCoco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The naturalized big man said that this early, the team is anticipating the visitors to test the Filipino shooters with their zone defense.After all, the Philippines struggled to put the ball through the rim as it shot 38-percent from the field and a measly 29-percent clip from downtown, where it also missed its first eight attempts from threes.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“They’re gonna zone us a lot, and that’s from watching us play against Japan,” said Blatche, who finished with 13 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and three blocks in the win. “They’re probably thinking that we’re gonna miss a lot of shots, but hopefully not.”Blatche, however, expressed confidence that the Gilas shooters led by Jayson Castro, Roger Pogoy, and Matthew Wright will be able to knock down shots. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Photo from Fiba.comAndray Blatche knows how important outside shooting is for Gilas Pilipinas if it wants to come out of the first leg of the 2019 Fiba World Cup Asian qualifiers with a pair of wins.“We had a good job on defense, but we missed a lot of open shots and we got to look on that if we want to get better,” Blatche said on Sunday after wrapping up the team’s afternoon practice at Meralco Gym, on the eve of its clash against Chinese Taipei.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny “Hopefully, we’ll be focused and hit the shots and play at a much higher level than Japan. If I get the ball and I see they double me, I have to pass the ball to the open man and hope he hits the shot. If I see my teammates struggling, if I have to take over, be aggressive, and try to get to the rim all the time, I will. It always depends,” he said.“The number one thing on my mind is the win, not to go out there and get a bunch of points. It’s about winning and playing the game the right way.” LATEST STORIES Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set MOST READ Gilas Pilipinas to go with same lineup vs Chinese Taipei Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene View commentslast_img read more

Garcia addresses trade rumors, says he’s good terms with his players

first_imgNueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Ellington finally gets his All-Star 3-point contest call Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “Just to clear everything out, Raymond and I are in good terms. On Jericho, I told him that this is his job and you have to love your job. If he comes in and play hard, they’ll get to play,” he said.“I just told them that the only way you can be traded is if you play good, because if you play good, the team can also get something good in return.”Despite all the distractions, Garcia was glad that the three able to contribute and help the Elasto Painters win their first back-to-back games in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.“I hope this will be the start. Like I said, we just have to think on how we can get better,” he said.Rain or Shine stakes its two-game winning streak against Magnolia on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases MOST READ This past week, Beau Belga, Raymond Almazan, and Jericho Cruz were all rumored to have made trade demands following a supposed spat with their coach.But Garcia said that these supposed trade requests are nothing new.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We know from the beginning that Jericho really wants to go back to coach Yeng (Guiao). I told him that there are times that players want to be traded, but we just have to be professional about it,” he elaborated. “I know Raymond is motivated because he wanted to prove something and we’ll take it slowly. And for Beau, it has been an issue for the longest time, even years ago.”Garcia, though, neither confirmed nor denied if trades for these players are indeed on the table and opted to clarify that he enjoys a healthy relationship with the three. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRegardless if the reported trade demands from Rain or Shine players are true or not, coach Caloy Garcia was appreciative of the professionalism from his team in their 90-84 victory over Meralco on Friday.“We all know going into this game that there are issues regarding our players, but I told them that we just have to be professional about it and put in the effort because the ones paying their salaries are the owners and that’s the only way that we can repay them,” said the soft-spoken mentor in his postgame press conference.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

De Murga, Rota: unsung Azkals heroes

first_imgBattling injuries the past three years, De Murga and Rota returned to shore up the Azkals’ defense in their most important match yet, helping the Nationals pull off a 2-1 win over Tajikistan on Thursday to clinch top spot in Group F and secure qualification to the Asian Cup 2019 at the United Arab Emirates in January.Rota’s journey from an orphan who was adopted by Italian parents 32 years ago to his attempt to finding his family is well-documented, along with his civic work at Buklod Kalinga, an orphanage run by Franciscan sisters in Parañaque. But Rota, who turns 34 in November, also had to rise above adversity after sustaining an ACL injury in the latter part of the 2016 season.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 crownDe Murga busted his knee twice and looked like ready to quit the sport altogether two years ago.But the Ceres-Negros captain worked his way back into shape and played a key role in the Busmen’s run to the AFC Cup Asean zone crown. Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Far removed from Grand Slam glory, Barroca, Magnolia hungrier than ever for crown Philippines skipper Phil Younghusband took the spotlight with goal No. 50 while Kevin Ingreso will go down in Philippine football history as the scorer of one of its most important goals, but defenders Carlie de Murga and Simone Rota will symbolize the resolve and the resilience of the Azkals in their successful qualification bid to the AFC Asian Cup.ADVERTISEMENT “We were ready to put him in the coaching staff of the club, but Carlie (De Murga) did not give up,” said a Ceres official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comebackcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recoverylast_img read more

Patriots slam door on Kuyas, complete MPBL Final 4 cast

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Valenzuela-Yulz will meet top seed Batangas City-Tanduay in the other semifinal pairing after the fourth seed Classic overcame a gritty Quezon City Royal Manila squad, 74-72.Sidelined by a rib injury in Game 2 won by the Capitals in Valenzuela, Paolo Hubalde returned to fuel the Classic’s offense, finishing with 21 points and four assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBut the former PBA stalwart’s biggest contribution came with a second remaining when he challenged Gian Abrigo’s potential game tying layup that preserved the Classic’s victory.Game 1 of both semifinal series will be on Thursday at Batangas City Coliseum, where the Athletics are unbeaten in four home games so far this season. Batangas and Muntinlupa swept Bataan and Navotas, respectively, to clinch semifinal berths last week. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Rodriguez seizes opening round lead at Luisita 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. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Parañaque-Gamboa Coffee rode on a big second half performance to bundle out fancied Bulacan-Ligo Sardines, 77-70, on Tuesday night and complete the semifinal cast in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup.The Patriots silenced a jampacked Bulacan Capitol Gymnasium crowd with former NCAA stars Juneric Baloria, Harold Arboleda and Ryusei Koga delivering the telling blows in the last two quarters to eliminate the second-seeded Kuyas and forge a semifinal duel with Muntinlupa Angelis Resort.ADVERTISEMENT View comments In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery LATEST STORIES Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Baloria finished with 16 points, including four triples, while Arboleda tallied 12 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Patriots, who lost the series opener before winning the next two games.It was a stunning end to Bulacan’s campaign which looked promising heading into the playoffs when it went on a six-game winning run.“We won because of our hard work,” said Patriots coach Aric del Rosario. “We lost Game 1, but the players did not give up. They want to prove something in the MPBL.”The Kuyas struggled to find their form offensively as the Patriots led by as many as 18 points in the second half. The entry of ex pro Marlou Aquino in the second half failed to turn the tide for the Kuyas, who also lost for the first time on their home floor.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victimslast_img read more

Broner: Vargas fight ‘very important for my career’

first_imgTruck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Track stars “This is a very important fight for my career,” Broner said Thursday ahead of the bout on Showtime. “I know that Jessie trained hard to beat me. This is a win that could take either of us to the next level.”A champion in four divisions, Broner (33-3-0, 24 knockouts) is coming off a loss to Mikey Garcia in July. Broner is at a crossroads in his career, according to Stephen Espinoza, the president of sports and event programming for Showtime.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“He’s been one of the most well-known fighters in the sport,” Espinoza said. “But he’s got to keep winning to be at that top level. And so he is at a critical juncture. He can’t really afford another loss and stay in that top tier of elite fighters. So this is a very important fight for him at this stage of his career.”The public critiques of his standing in the sport cause Broner to bristle. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Despite his self-assurance, Broner left trainer Mike Stafford for Kevin Cunningham following the loss to Garcia. Broner was joined in camp by Gervonta Davis (19-0-0, 18 KOs) who will fight Jesus Cuellar (28-2-0, 14 KOs) for the WBA super featherweight championship on Saturday night.“Being with Kevin Cunningham in camp changed a lot,” Broner said. “It took a while to get used to it. This is the first camp I’ve done since I was kid with a new coach. There were no distractions down at camp. It was all work, no play.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Adrien Broner, left, poses for photographs with Jessie Vargas during the official weigh-in for a boxing match Friday, April 20, 2018, in New York. Broner will face Vargas on Saturday. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)NEW YORK — Adrien Broner danced as music pumped through headphones, a large smile and sunglasses affixed to his face during introductions.Then Jessie Vargas spoke, his opponent in the welterweight fight at the Barclays Center on Saturday night. And Broner’s outlook changed.ADVERTISEMENT Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ “I’m still one of the best fighters of this era,” Broner said. “When I’m done with my career, I will be one of the best to every lace up a pair of boxing gloves. I just can’t wait to give everyone something to remember on Saturday.“When (Vargas) stepped up (in weight class) and fought Tim Bradley and Manny Pacquiao, he lost. I’m a four-time world champion, so I don’t want to hear anything about my losses. Jessie Vargas is not as good as those guys I lost to.”Vargas (28-2-0, 10 KOs) is a two-division champion, coming off a 10-round unanimous decision over Aaron Herrera on Dec. 15.“He tries to be flamboyant, flashy (copy) of Floyd (Mayweather Jr.),” Vargas said of Broner. “But he doesn’t have the same faculties. He likes to be out there in the limelight.“I’m here to take care of business and here to entertain my fans. I’m a fighter. I’m not a hip-hop artist. I’m not someone that tries to stay out there for other reasons.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’last_img read more

LeBron returns to LA to plot next move as free agency nears

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments CLEVELANDWHY: Home; money.James came back four years ago to a hero’s welcome, something that seemed unimaginable when he left in disgrace four years earlier for Miami. But he vowed to do everything he could to deliver a title to championship-starved Cleveland. He delivered in 2016, erasing past sins and raising James to a worshipped level few athletes in any sport have experienced. His family is comfortable here and it’s where he has complete control.The Cavs can also offer him the most lucrative package, a five-year, $209 million contract.WHY NOT: Flawed roster; blemished relationship with owner Dan Gilbert.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – In this March 19, 2017, file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James stands on the court during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles. The superstar declined his $35.6 million contract option on Friday, June 29, 2018, with Cleveland and will become a free agent. The four-time MVP could re-sign with his hometown Cavaliers, or go in a completely direction. What he decides in the next few days could re-shape the NBA landscape. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)CLEVELAND — LeBron James flew back to Los Angeles from a family vacation in the Caribbean. He could be there longer than usual.Hours before NBA free agency opened with the three-time champion as its most coveted prize, James returned Saturday to Southern California, where he has two homes and a film production company. The Lakers are hoping they can persuade him to sign with them and return them to glory.ADVERTISEMENT Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees WHY NOT: Too young; front-office dysfunction.Much like the Lakers, the Sixers lack postseason experience and James would be surrounded by players who have barely tasted the postseason. General manager Bryan Colangelo’s resignation following an investigation into whether he created Twitter accounts to criticize his own players, has given the impression that the team isn’t operating in concert and then would turn off James quickly.OTHER CONTENDERSHouston: While the Rockets once seemed a good fit, James declining his option all but eliminated the chances of him joining up with close friend Chris Paul and MVP James Harden. If James had opted in with the Cavs, they could have worked out a sign-and-trade with Houston.San Antonio: James reveres Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, but living in Texas doesn’t seem appealing to the star’s family and the Spurs are still trying to figure out what to do with Leonard, who can become a free agent after next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Last summer’s stunning trade of guard Kyrie Irving left the Cavs without a quality running mate for James, who was forced to carry a heavier offensive load throughout the regular season and playoffs. Cleveland has deep salary-cap issues — partially caused by James’ failure to commit long-term — and the Cavs currently lack enough talent to unseat the champion Golden State Warriors.Gilbert and James mended some fences for his return in 2014, but they remain distant other than a shared commitment to winning. Gilbert has gone above and beyond financial barriers to appease James, but the well could be running dry.LOS ANGELES LAKERSWHY: Salary-cap space; business interests; iconic franchise.With some savvy moves, the Lakers are poised to potentially add two superstars — James and Paul George and maybe Kawhi Leonard — to a team featuring up-and-coming talents like Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball, who is reportedly dealing with a knee injury. James loves the Hollywood lights, and with two homes in the Los Angeles area as well as a film production company, he has already established some roots in the land of movie stars and slow-moving traffic. The appeal of playing for one of the league’s most storied teams is another allure.WHY NOT: Youth; the Western Conference.There’s little doubt James has some quality years ahead of him. But does he have enough time to let a group of unproven players with no postseason experience develop into a title contender? And if he jumps conferences for the first time in his career, the path to the Finals is far more treacherous.PHILADELPHIAWHY: Rising team; staying in the East.In Sixers guard Ben Simmons, James sees a younger version of himself and he’d relish the chance to play alongside the 21-year-old while mentoring him. The Sixers also have center Joel Embiid, 24, projected to become the game’s next dominant big men. Philadelphia would instantly vault from conference contender to favorite with James, who could make a strong run at his ninth straight Finals in Year One. MOST READ Los Angeles is among the teams in the mix to land James after his agent told the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday that he will not exercise his $35.6 million contract option for next season. At 12:01 a.m. Sunday, James will be an unrestricted free agent, and agent Rich Paul is expected to contact several teams with the Lakers and Cavs atop his list.By declining his option, James positioned himself to be able to choose where he’ll play next, and Cleveland, just up the road from his home near Akron, remains a strong possibility. But there are at least three other teams — and maybe an outsider or two — with legitimate shots at landing James, who made it clear following this year’s NBA Finals that he’s still driven to win championships.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 crownWhile every team dreams of being ruled by King James, only a few have a legit chance of signing him.Here are the cases — for and against — the leading contenders: 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 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan towncenter_img Batang Gilas falls to Croatia in Fiba U17 World Cup opener Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Lady Bulldogs withdraw from PVL

first_imgNational University pulled out of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference women’s volleyball tournament  even before making its debut.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ UP outlasts La Salle in PVL men’s action Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img 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. LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ The Lady Bulldogs announced on Saturday on their Facebook page that they will not play anymore this conference.Organizing Sports Vision president Ricky Palou said he received a phone call from NU coach Babes Castillo early morning informing him of the school’s decision to skip the tournament at the last minute.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’They were supposed to begin their title-retention bid against San Beda at 4 pm on Saturday.Seven schools remain to dispute the title in the PVL’s mid-season conference. DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced View commentslast_img read more

No stopping hurting Gin Kings

first_imgMaroons, Warriors pull off UAAP stunners Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Meralco, Al-Riyadi and host team Mono Vampire finished the eliminations tied at 1-2 behind unbeaten Alvark Tokyo of Japan but the Bolts advanced with a quotient of plus-22.The Bolts earlier lost, 100-92, to the Thais and 84-73 to the Japanese.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Elite had earlier set a franchise record by finally leading a tournament behind a four-game opening romp until the Road Warriors, with coach Yeng Guiao back from steering the national five to fifth place in the recent Asian Games, ended the streak with a 124-106 rout last Wednesday.Magnolia and Alaska remain in the thick of the fight for a top 4 slot as they share second to fourth places at 4-1 and 3-1, respectively, but the Beermen (2-3) and the TNT KaTropa (4-4) need a lot of scrambling to secure the coveted quarterfinal bonus.SMB has tapped former Utah Jazz Kevin Murphy to replace the struggling AZ Reid while TNT has a new coaching staff after sacking Nash Racela.Meralco, on leave from the PBA to represent the country in the 2019 Fiba Asia Champions Cup in Thailand, is another squad in dire straits at 1-3 along with the winless trio of cellar dwellers Rain or Shine (0-2), NorthPort (0-6) and Columbian Dyip (0-6).The Bolts dropped their first two games in Thailand but they won’t be able to rejoin the PBA soon after Meralco crushed defending champion Al Riyadi of Lebanon, 96-63, Saturday and made it to the next round by superior quotient.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Aljun Mariano and Joe DeVance provided key support for Justin Brownlee in both victories. The Best Import of the last Commissioner’s Cup, who had a combined total of 63, also personally sealed the win over Phoenix by breaking up a last-ditch attempt by Matthew Wright in the dying seconds of play.Wright led Phoenix with 27.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 Kings, seeking a second straight title and record third straight in this event, moved on top with a 5-1 win-loss slate halfway through the one-round eliminations that will reward the top four teams with a twice-to-beat incentive in the quarterfinals.Phoenix fell to second at 5-2 followed by the other strong-starting squad Blackwater at 4-1 and NLEX at 4-2. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The two giant-killers early in the PBA Governors’ Cup finally found their match last week with defending champion Barangay Ginebra capping the startling development by grabbing the lead with back-to-back victories despite a virtually crippled lineup.With 7-footer Greg Slaughter and 6-foot-9 Japeth Aguilar in sick bay along with five others, the Gin Kings downed the San Miguel Beermen also missing the injured June Mar Fajardo and Marcio Lassiter, 110-102, last Sunday before wresting the leadership from Phoenix Petroleum with a 101-99 decision over the Fuel Masters Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.ADVERTISEMENT View comments MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more