Alvaranga upbeat ahead of Carifta

first_img Training sessions for the 2017 National Carifta age group swim team took place on Friday afternoon between 3:30 and 5:30, then the follow day between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. Alvaranga noted that there are eight debutants in the 11-12 boys and girl’s age groups, who will compete on those relay teams. “It’s a balanced team, with strength in very stroke in various age groups, and the mood is very good. “All training sessions have the children bonding and playing, and parents coming together and preparing meals for swimmers. We are all looking forward to a wonderful event,” the coach outlined. He will be joined by fellow coach Matthew Campbell, while the team will be managed by Tastey Blackman. Meanwhile, Jamaica will line up against 25 participating countries, with high hopes of equalling or bettering the eight gold, nine silver and eight bronze (25 medals) achieved at last year’s championships in Martinique. The Jamaicans will start leaving the island shortly, with the first contingentbatch set to depart on Thursday. Rory Alvaranga, national coach of Jamaica’s team to next week’s Carifta Swimming Championships in The Baha-mas, described his team as well-balanced, confident and ready. The 32nd edition of the annual championships will be held in Nassau, Bahamas, at the Easter weekend, beginning on Saturday and climaxing the following Tuesday. This year, a larger contingent of 28 swimmers will represent the country, 17 are local based, while 11 live overseas. “All is well in terms of Jamaica’s Carifta team. I am just looking for everybody to do well and match last year’s medal tally, or better it, and really score a lot of points and medals,” Alvaranga told The Gleaner Saturday, following training sessions held at the National Aquatic Centre. Competitorslast_img read more

Thompson ready for 4x200m test

first_img Thompson along with the rest of her the 4x200m teammates which comprises of Sasherlee Forbes, Jura Levy, Shericka Jackson and Anastacia Le-Roy were put through their paces by coach Paul Francis during a training session today. Francis who is also a coach at the MVP Track Club is also in charge of the women’s 4x400m relay team here.    Jamaica won the silver in the 4x200m at the last championships which was held in 2015. Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer Double Olympic sprint champion Elaine Thompson says that she will only be competing in the women’s 4x200m relays at this year’s IAAF World Relays. The two-day championships will be held at Nassau’s Thomas A Robinson Stadium.  “(I will be competing in) Tomorrow’s 4x200m heats and final, we are going out to kill it,” said Thompson.last_img read more

‘Frog’ Holmes leaps into Contender action tonight

first_img The Canadian camp is also very confident. Trainer Frank Dugay said that they have reviewed tapes of Holmes and know what to expect. “We are here to win,” he volunteered. This is the fourth round of the preliminaries in which there are eight fights. The winners will then square off in the quarter-finals over five rounds, and those winners will graduate to the semi-finals with over seven rounds each. The final will be over 10 rounds. The title belt and $2 million will go to the winner, the runner-up pockets $500,000; third place, $250,000; and fourth place, $200,000. Very confident Jamaica’s Richard Holmes will make his Wray and Nephew 2017 Contender debut tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Old Hope Road in St Andrew, against Canadian Mike Breton, in a junior middleweight bout scheduled for five rounds. The action starts at 8.30 p.m. with two amateur bouts. The main event will start at 9.30 p.m., and will be broadcast live on TVJ. Holmes, who is 29, was a finalist last year, but lost to American Demarcus Corley. He told The Gleaner yesterday that it is his dream to be a Contender champion, and he will therefore be fighting hard this year to make that dream into a reality. He goes into the contest with 12 wins and six losses. His opponent is a 30-year old native of Quebec, Canada, who entered the professional ranks last year and has had four fights, winning one and losing three. He is, however, reported to be well schooled in the sport, fighting as an amateur, and has had over 40 bouts. Holmes told The Gleaner yesterday that despite the fact that Breton has not been a professional for long, he will be going into the ring tonight with a lot of respect for him. “We have seen in all the fights so far that although the Canadian boxers do not have great records, they can fight. I am expecting a tough fight tonight, and I am prepared for it.”last_img read more

Petron claims PSL All-Filipino title, sweeps F2

first_imgIT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Iñigo, Marata catch fire as Marinerong Pilipino stuns Racal 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 LATEST STORIES LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade “And the result has been so beautiful because everything we planned has panned out.”Substitute Cherry Rondina personified her “Cherry Bomb” nickname when she exploded for 16 points, four of which came in succession in the fourth set, while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 14.Bernadeth Pons and Molina also finished in double figures with 12 and 10 points, respectively.Galang had 20 points to lead the Cargo Movers with Aby Maraño and Mary Joy Baron combining for 27 points.ADVERTISEMENT In a pulsating match that saw both teams trade rallies, hits, and leads, it was an unfortunate net fault that doomed F2 Logistics and glorified Petron.Molina answered Galang’s off-the-block kill with her own to give Petron a 12-11 bubble and she then put her team on match point, 14-11 with a crippling ace.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’With talents such as Molina, Mika Reyes, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, and Rhea Dimaculangan, Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos said it all boiled down to his team’s constant communication.“Communication is very important to us, and every time we practice we talk about everything,” said Delos Santos. “The whole team, the players, the coaching staff, everyone talks.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend MOST READ Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments CONTRIBUTED PHOTOPetron had to cross a mountain of a hurdle to dethrone F2 Logistics atop the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference in a five-set thriller, 26-24, 24-26, 24-26, 25-23, 15-11, in Game 2 of the championship round Thursday at Filoil Flying V Centre.This title stopped the Blaze Spikers’ two-year championship drought after Petron won the 2015 All-Filipino Conference.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

OKC big man Adams open to play for NZ Tall Blacks: ‘If timing is right’

first_imgNew Zealand’s top big man Steven Adams is open to playing for the national team as long as his schedule permits.Adams is an integral part of the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA, which is in midst of the offseason.ADVERTISEMENT LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer MOST READ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “But he’s got to weigh things up. Every off-season he’s had has been really busy in terms of his camps, and building his brand and things like that. In terms of having direct conversations with him personally we’ll have to wait till after his season,” Henare said in the same interview.Fiba made major changes with its tournament format and timeline. Among the changes are the merging of Oceania, with Australia as its other country, and Asia in one zone.“We got bored just by playing against Australia. We lost every year,” said Adams with a laugh.The 23-year-old Adams signed a four-year, $100 million contract with the Thunder in November 2016.ADVERTISEMENT “If the timing is right,” said Adams during his media availability Tuesday at NBA Store Glorietta in Makati City.The 7-foot center missed the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament held in Manila in July of last year after reportedly begging off from his duties with the Tall Blacks due to a scheduling conflict.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’New Zealand will compete in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon from Aug. 8-20 and Tall Blacks head coach Paul Henare thinks there’s no better time for Adams to finally suit up for his country.Oklahoma City Thunder’s Steven Adams. Photo by Mark Giongco“I would like to think the Asian champs is a good option for him,” Henare told Stuff, a New Zealand-based news website. “It doesn’t directly clash with anything, the pressure is off, and it’s away from home soil.” National team pool slots at stake at BVR nat’l championships Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission View comments 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano 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 Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslationlast_img read more

Filipinas shrug off first-game jitters vs Hong Kong

first_imgView comments 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 Substitutes Kianna Dy and Gen Casugod were visibly nervous during their brief time on the floor with the two unable to put on points and instead produced errors late in the match.Reyes, though, was still pleased with how her team performed but she knows they can perform better in the coming days.“We’re happy with how we played,” said Reyes. “We just need to up our confidence and increase our intensity in the next games.”ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ BaliPure ousts Creamline, faces Pocari Sweat in PVL Finals Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ “There’s still the first-game jitters and I’ve always said that our camp wasn’t that long, it was just two or three weeks,” said Reyes in Filipino as she put up six points at Alonte Sports Arena.READ: Philippines whips Hong Kong in AVC openerFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“But we still applied the patterns and the lessons we’ve learned during our Japan training camp.”The Philippines went to Japan in preparation for the AVC tournament and the Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games. Teen gunned down in Masbate 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—National team skipper Mika Reyes admitted there were first-day jitters when the Philippines faced off against Hong Kong in the opening day of the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship Thursday.The Philippines made quick work of Hong Kong 25-21, 25-16, 25-17, in the group stages to take a 1-0 record atop Pool A but there were times when some of the players seemed stiff while on the floor.ADVERTISEMENT End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendlast_img read more

Hot World Series on deck: Altuve, Astros vs Kershaw, Dodgers

first_imgIn fact, a World Series prize is the one piece of hardware missing from the trophy case from the Lone Star State. Texas teams have won the Super Bowl and championships in the NBA, NHL, college football and men’s and women’s basketball, but never in baseball.Under the leadership of executive Nolan Ryan, the Texas Rangers came within one strike in 2011 before losing to St. Louis. The Ryan Express, who once pitched a no-hitter for Houston against the Dodgers, is currently an Astros exec.The Astros posted 101 wins this year — not since Baltimore (108) and Cincinnati (102) in 1970 has the World Series matched teams who reached triple-digits.These teams last met in 2015, when the Astros swept a three-game series at home. But they’d seen a lot of each other in the past.Overall, the Dodgers are 388-323 vs. the Astros. Houston debuted as the Colt .45s as a National League expansion team in 1962 and eventually moved to the AL in 2013.That first year in the AL, the young Astros got pounded and lost 111 times. But with smart drafts and player development, Houston emerged as a power. Manager A.J. Hinch’s club capped its rise by beating Boston in the AL Division Series, then stopping the Yankees 4-0 Saturday night in Game 7 of the ALCS.The Dodgers, with a major league-high $226 million payroll, won their fifth straight NL West title this year, then 7-1 in the playoffs against the Diamondbacks and Cubs under manager Dave Roberts.The result? Their first pennant since 1988 — the year Kershaw was born. The Los Angeles Dodgers celebrate after beating the Chicago Cubs to advance to the World Series. APBig-time aces Clayton Kershaw and Justin Verlander. Playoff boppers Jose Altuve and Justin Turner.A pair of 100-win teams for the first time in nearly a half-century. Hollywood Walk of Fame vs. Texans who wear the star. A little extra Magic, plus Nolan back in the fast lane.ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set 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 LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set The Astros have never won the crown. They’re playing for a whole region, with the Houston Strong patches on their uniforms representing an area hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.The Dodgers haven’t been in the World Series since 1988, when Kirk Gibson’s bat, Orel Hershiser’s arm and Tommy Lasorda’s moves outdid Oakland for the crown.Now with Lakers great Magic Johnson as a part-owner, this LA team that led the majors with 104 wins is hoping to bring back the glory days that began in Brooklyn.“I just want to win a World Series,” Kershaw said after the Dodgers dethroned the Chicago Cubs in Game 5 of the NL Championship Series. “I know more than anybody how hard it is to get there. So, I’m definitely not taking this one for granted.”Said mercurial outfielder Yasiel Puig: “The trophy’s coming soon.”The Astros, the major leagues’ highest-scoring team this year, have never even won a World Series game. They only time they made it this far was 2005, when a club that included Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Roger Clemens and Andy Pettitte got swept by the White Sox.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny This is one hot World Series — the Houston Astros, fresh off a Game 7 victory over the Yankees, taking on the Los Angeles Dodgers, well rested after a postseason romp.Could be real steamy, too. It’s supposed to be almost 100 degrees at Dodger Stadium for the opener Tuesday night, maybe the hottest temperature ever at a World Series game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogAt least the familiar October chill that makes players and fans shiver shouldn’t be an issue outdoors in sun-baked California or under the retractable roof at Minute Maid Park.Not that young stars Cody Bellinger and Carlos Correa would mind, nor would old pros Carlos Beltran and Chase Utley, nor top starters Dallas Keuchel and Yu Darvish.Because a chance to win a ring doesn’t come very often — these teams that have already played more than 700 games against each other over the years already know that. Astros beat Yankees, reach World Series View comments It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scenelast_img read more

Brgy. Ginebra shoots for crown

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene This war can be won on steel nerves 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 Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ LATEST STORIES BOCAUE—With the gin—err, bubbly—chilled and multicolored balloons now hanging from the rafters, Barangay Ginebra tries to finally put Meralco away and become just the fourth team in PBA history to repeat as Governors’ Cup champion.The Gin Kings are sitting on a 3-2 lead but aren’t taking things for granted, going about their usual hard routine Tuesday to make sure that things will be in order for them at 7 p.m. on Wednesday at Philippine Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next More than 36,000 fans trooped to the cavernous venue on Sunday and rocked the place like crazy, especially when Ginebra broke away in the final 6:25 to turn what was a close game into an authoritative 85-74 triumph Sunday.Tim Cone did not deviate from the regular hard team workout as he had declared that they would like to play just one more game and close out this series so Ginebra can join San Miguel Beer, San Mig Coffee and Alaska as the only repeat champions of the season-ending conference.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“You have to get the guys ready,” Cone said as Ginebra goes into Game 6 with all the momentum it needs—while likely taking something out of the Bolts.Meanwhile, the league pays tribute to heroes of the Armed Forces with 25 soldiers who are veterans of the Marawi conflict to watch the game at ringside. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Last season, this series came very close to a rubber match before Justin Brownlee hit a three-pointer at the buzzer that ended Ginebra’s eight-year wait for a championship.Meralco would surely like to have the chance to come that close again and keep alive the franchise’s quest for a breakthrough championship.“It’s do-or-die for us and we just have to play our best game to stay alive,” said Meralco’s Norman Black in laying down what has to be done as the Bolts try to salvage this one.Allen Durham is still the key for Meralco, and the reigning two-time Best Import will see the unfinished business from last year unresolved if he can’t carry his team through this.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time

first_imgMOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ That came in Dubai in March, while his best Grand Slam performance was reaching the semi-finals of the French Open.A hip problem ruined his Wimbledon defence and forced him out of the US Open, ultimately ending his season with three months to run.Murray’s 2012 US Open and 2013 Wimbledon titles came under Lendl and after they split in 2014 he worked with former French player Amelie Mauresmo before reuniting with Lendl in 2016.The top of the men’s game is currently beset by a glut of injuries to big-name players, with Murray, Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka all missing from the ongoing ATP Finals in London, which Murray won last year.Murray has slipped to 16th in the world this year.Nadal pulled out of this year’s tournament after his opening round-robin match.Murray replaced Djokovic as world number one in November 2016 and held the top spot for 41 weeks before being replaced by NadalMurray practised with Austria’s Dominic Thiem for two hours ahead of the ATP Finals last week. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Murray, who has missed a big chunk of the current season through injury, will continue to work on his fitness in Miami before heading to Australia ahead of the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the year.“I wish Andy well going forward. We had a great run and a lot of fun,” said Lendl, himself an eight-time Grand Slam winner as a player.Lendl will continue to work in the field of player development at the US Tennis Association, where his group’s Patrick Kypson recently won his first professional event.Murray has won just a single title in 2017 after his golden year in 2016.Injury-ravaged 2017ADVERTISEMENT Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene FILE – in this Jan. 15, 2012 file photo, Andy Murray of Britain, left, talks with coach Ivan Lendl during a practice session for the Australian Open tennis championship, in Melbourne, Australia. Murray and Lendl are calling it quits for a second time, ending a partnership that produced three Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. (AP Photo/Sarah Ivey, File)LONDON — Former world number one Andy Murray announced Friday he has split with coach Ivan Lendl for the second time as he works towards regaining full fitness for the 2018 season.The 30-year-old Scot has enjoyed all of his Grand Slam success under the guidance of Lendl, securing a second Wimbledon title last year and another Olympic title in the second instalment of their fruitful partnership.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Overall, in his two spells with Lendl, Murray won three Grand Slams, two Olympic golds and reached the top of the rankings in a fearsomely competitive era of men’s tennis featuring Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.“I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years. We’ve had great success and learned a lot as a team,” Murray said on his website.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“My focus now is on getting ready for Australia with the team I have in place and getting back to competing.”The statement said the decision to end the coaching relationship had been mutual. Peaking Archers seek Finals slot vs Falcons Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny View commentslast_img read more

In-form Blatche finally shows up for training

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Being under contract in the Chinese Basketball Association’s Xinjiang Flying Tigers, Reyes and the rest of the Filipinos has Blatche in his best form.In his last two games in China, Blatche averaged 25 points and 12.5 rebounds against topnotch competition, definitely higher than what the Filipinos will encounter in their first two Fiba matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei.“He played 30-32 minutes [on average in the last two games in China], so he’s in pretty good shape,” Reyes said.The Filipinos fly out on Wednesday and will be looking to keep an impressive record going against the Japanese, who will be bannered by their own naturalized player, 6-foot-5 shooting guard Ira Brown, and the talented 6-foot-10 center Joji Takeuchi.The match against the Taiwanese happens on Nov. 27, also at the Big Dome.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Andray Blatche finally joined the Gilas Pilipinas training on Sunday. Unlike in the previous times, he looked very much in game shape.But Blatche has less than a week to relearn the system and make Gilas play at full strength against Japan as the first window of the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers starts Friday in Tokyo.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World Seniors: Antonio places second 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ “We basically had to go back, almost, to square one, because we’re doing things that he (Blatche) is just picking up now,” coach Chot Reyes said after the first of two practice sessions on Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Club commitments in China forced Blatche to arrive late after camp started on Nov. 3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBack on the throne“That’s why we’re going to have two practices [on Sunday], so he could catch up,” Reyes added.In Blatche’s previous stints with Gilas, the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net in the NBA was out of shape, having been away for a considerable amount of time. MOST READ View comments Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more