PBA IMAGESSan Miguel is set to get a much-needed boost with guard RR Garcia already cleared to play for Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.The fourth-year guard, who has been out since Game 6 of the Beermen’s semifinals conquest of TNT KaTropa due to an injured right shoulder, is looking forward to hit the court anew.ADVERTISEMENT “I’m excited. That’s the best feeling, playing in the Finals,” he said in Filipino as the Beermen wrapped up their Tuesday morning practice at Acropolis Greens.Averaging 7.4 points, 1.7 assists, 1.5 rebounds this conference, Garcia’s entry will surely be a plus for San Miguel as he is expected to boost his team’s bench mob which has been producing 33.5 points through two games in this championship series.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’s not just the first group which we will rely on. And it’s the lift given by the second and third group which will win us games. We must deliver in the limited minutes we get so our starters can also get their rest,” he said.Beermen head coach Leo Austria, however, is taking a cautious approach as he eyes to insert Garcia back into rotation while also wary of the possibility that he could get re-injured. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties LATEST STORIES Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next UFC fighter’s Muslim father denied of US visa days before fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikely Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town “He’s on a day-to-day basis. Our PT said that the development of his injury has been good, and he was shooting earlier to see if there’s still some pain,” Austria said.Austria aims to play Garcia either in Game 3 on Wednesday or Game 4 on Friday.“Once he’s ready, we’ll put him in our usual rotation. Physically, he’s ready except for his shoulder, but he’s in shape. We’ll see tomorrow or on Friday,” he said.“I hope I will be able to play tomorrow, but that depends on what coach’s decision will be,” Garcia said.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘bookies’ bet collectors held in Quezon China counts sharp rise in coronavirus cases, 2 in Beijing 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 Beggar dead in Quezon hit-and-run incident MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Taal Volcano continues to emit steam, ash from weak explosions View comments
LATEST STORIES “We turned the ball over 23 times and they got 26 points off it. That’s the name of the game right there,” Smith said.TNT played sloppy and had a hard time protecting the ball while San Miguel, which only committed 12 turnovers, was the opposite.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 hulking Smith went straight to the point and admitted that at least for Game 3, the Beermen were the better team after taking a 109-97 win to grab a 2-1 series lead.“They played harder than us. I mean, we didn’t play our best today. We just gotta keep our heads up,” he said. Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:51Racela keeps faith in TNT import Joshua Smith00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos 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 Joshua SmithThere’s no need for an expert to explain how San Miguel Beer beat TNT in Game 3 of the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals on Sunday night.The numbers tell the whole story as far as KaTropa import Joshua Smith is concerned.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ 7 NPA members surrender in Isabela province Smith also denied that San Miguel’s triple-team defense affected his performance for the second straight game, as he was still able to post 18 points and 14 rebounds.“It doesn’t matter who’s guarding me. They can put whoever they want on me,” he said. “Every time I catch the ball, it’s five guys who are looking at what I do every time. Whether it’s (Charles) Rhodes, whether it’s June Mar (Fajardo), I’m still going to do what I got to do. And like I said, we just got to forget about it.”The 24-year-old Smith said the series is far from over as TNT goes for the equalizer on Wednesday.“We’re down 2-1, but it’s not over,” he said. “We just got to learn. Some guys are down. But like I said, the series isn’t over. It’s only 2-1 and we just got to keep going.”ADVERTISEMENT Heruela plays key role in SMB’s Game 3 win End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Swing Out Sister back to PH this April Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ A dream fulfilled for Christian For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’
Earlier this month, the respected US publication TRACK AND FIELD NEWS predicted that Jamaica will win 11 medals at the World Championships, which start on August 4 in London. They have now dropped that figure to nine, but Dr Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Asso-ciation (JAAA), thinks that the 11 could be surpassed. In the same discourse, he expressed the view that three-time World 100 metres champion Usain Bolt is a special talent. “I feel it is a reasonable assumption that we can get 11 medals”, agreed Dr Blake. “We may surprise and get a few more,” he continued. In an observation on the composition of the Jamaican team to London, he said, “I think we have a pretty good team, a good mix of youngsters and more seasoned campaigners.” The team includes athletes like Bolt and Novlene Williams-Mills, who first participated at the World Championships in 2005 alongside newcomers like Jaheel Hyde, Demish Gaye, Megan Simmonds, and Rhonda Whyte. Even though Olympic 200 metre champions Bolt and Elaine Thompson are only running the 100 metres, Blake views the 11-medal prediction favourably and said, “it’s still a good haul.” The July 2 TRACK AND FIELD NEWS predictions pinpoint Bolt, Thompson, Olympic 110 metre hurdles gold medallist Omar McLeod and discus thrower Fedrick Dacres as individual World Championships winners for Jamaica. In his own prediction about the future of Jamaican track and field, Blake forecast, “When Bolt steps away, we won’t have an outstanding brilliant star, but we’ll have enough stars. “He’s special,” he concluded, “and another talent like him will be a long time in the making.”
As Clarendon College celebrated their ISSA/WATA daCosta Cup victory over Cornwall College at their Chapelton base in Clarendon, yesterday, amidst the ecstatic celebrations, coach Lenworth Hyde was quietly planning his move on the Olivier Shield title. For Hyde, as important and deserved as yesterday’s festivities were, there is more work to be done before the curtain is drawn on their season. In his eyes, the real symbol of schoolboy football supremacy – the Olivier Shield, must now be the focus, as they look to replicate his 1977 team, which took the d’Cup and Olivier Shield titles. While praising his players and commending and thanking his staffs and aides, Hyde was pointing to the upcoming match against Corporate Area champions Kingston College. “We have one more challenge coming up and we have to perform to the best of our ability. We have to approach this very serious, that’s what we did in 1977 and we want to replicate that, so we are looking forward to it,” Hyde said. “It will be a tough one, but it is very important for us. This will show who is all-island champion, not the Champions Cup. The Olivier Shield is the best from town versus the best from rural, so I am looking forward to that one,” he continued. Despite a lot of people dubbing this a grudge match for the former Kingston College coach, who was unceremoniously dismissed by the North Street-based school three seasons ago, Hyde insists this is not a vengeance match for him. “KC is a good team and ‘Luddy’ (coach Ludlow Bernard) is a good coach. This will not be a vengeance thing, I am good friends with Luddy and a lot of the players. It will a fun day and may the best team win,” said Hyde. Celebrations kicked off inside the Stuart Hall, the school’s auditorium at approximately, 8:00 a.m. as students pierced the air with the sound of vuvuzela, with things reaching fever pitch on the players’ entry to the auditorium. After leaving Stuart Hall, the team paraded the trophy through Chapelton and made stops in the town square, sharing the experiences with members of the St Paul’s Early Childhood Institution, the Chapelton Primary School and St Roberts Bellarmine prep school, before parading to Somerfield and back to the school grounds. Lilith Wilson, principal at Clarendon College, said the past student support was invaluable to their success and that the school is putting things in place to ensure the trophy stays in Chapelton. “They (past students) have done so much, and this is the best past students association I have seen,” Wilson noted. “We want to have this cup for years, and we will implement the measures to make sure we have this cup for quite a while.” This is Clarendon College’s eighth daCosta Cup title. The last of their three Olivier Shield titles, which is contested between daCosta Cup and Manning Cup champions, came in 1998, when they shared the title with Dunoon Technical. No vengeance
Williams, who has two winner’s medals, revealed that combing through the wreckage of Saturday’s upset by a pumped-up England in Yokohama had stung and that the coaching staff had pulled no punches in a grim post-mortem.“We went through the review this morning and some of the boys had their bulletproof vests on,” said the hulking centre, set to bow out as an All Black after this week’s third-place playoff with Wales.“Now we’ve just got to get on with it.“It was a little more stressful yesterday with my little one,” added Williams, noting the effect a rare New Zealand failure had on his children. “Didn’t sleep well, she was out of whack.”New Zealand, who had not lost at the World Cup since France stunned them in the 2007 quarter-finals, face Wales in Tokyo on Friday after the Six Nations champions were beaten 19-16 by South Africa on Sunday.It is a match that nobody really wants to play — but Williams insisted it could prove cathartic for the wounded All Blacks.“It was a tough night, but there were some lessons,” said the 34-year-old, who has also won a pair of titles in Australia’s National Rugby League and a WBA international heavyweight boxing crown.“Straight after the game, I didn’t really want to play this week — but five or 10 minutes later I flipped the script and thought how good it would be to get through this, play again next week and put those lessons into practice.”– Healing process –With All Blacks head coach Steve Hansen stepping down after seven years, along with captain Kieran Read, it felt like the end of an era for what England boss Eddie Jones described as the “greatest team in sport”.But assistant coach Ian Foster, tipped to take over from Hansen before their crushing defeat, echoed the sentiments of Williams as he promised this week’s clash with Wales would mark the start of a healing process for the All Blacks.“It’s a chance to redeem ourselves,” he said. “We have players and management that are hurting and we want to go out and show we’re better than that, and start this process.“Energy levels might be low with the quick turnaround but there are players jumping out of their skin (to play).”Williams, meanwhile, called for a candidate with Pacific island or Maori blood to be considered for the All Blacks coaching set-up.“There are going to be a few guys putting their hands up,” said Williams, who is of Samoan heritage.“I’d like to see a Pacific Islander or a Maori in the coaching system that would have a bit of influence,” he added.“There’s a lot of Island boys, a lot of Maori boys playing for the All Blacks — there’s a lot of space there for that growth.”0Shares0000(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sonny Bill Williams said New Zealand’s post-mortem was brutal after their defeat by England © AFP / Odd AndersenTOKYO, Japan, Oct 28 – New Zealand icon Sonny Bill Williams said Monday that the All Blacks players needed “bulletproof vests” during a brutal analysis of their devastating 19-7 World Cup semi-final defeat by England.The treble-chasing All Blacks suffered only their second loss in 17 games against the English, who also snapped New Zealand’s remarkable 18-match unbeaten run in the competition, one which had dated back to 2007.
“I’ve loved playing for this club. It’s been perfect for me and my career and I want to be here for a long time to come. I couldn’t be happier,” Drinkwater told Leicester’s website.Drinkwater joined Leicester in 2012 from Manchester United and has made 177 appearances for the Foxes.He was named the club’s player of the year as Leicester won promotion back to the top flight in the 2013-14 campaign, and last season played a key role as the Foxes became the most unexpected champions in Premier League history.Drinkwater, who won the first of his three England caps against the Netherlands in March, added: “I’ve grown a lot as a player and a person in the last four years and Leicester has been a massive part of that.“I love being part of this team. We’ve been through so much together and I’m sure there’s a lot more to come.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Danny Drinkwater (pictured) joins Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel in committing his future to Leicester City since the end of last season © AFP/File / Glyn KirkLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 25 – Leicester City and England midfielder Danny Drinkwater signed a new five-year contract with the Premier League champions on Thursday.Drinkwater, 26, joins Jamie Vardy, Riyad Mahrez and Kasper Schmeichel in committing his future to the club since the end of last season.
Morning report: two injured in Granada Hills crash, former Pacoima priest in court in abuse case, and more
Two injured in crash Two people were injured in a collision in Granada Hills, police said today. A Ford Explorer collided with an older model Lexus and a parked car before overturning and landing upright on Woodley Avenue at Chatsworth Street about 11 last night, according to police with the Valley Traffic Division and a video crew at the scene. The drivers, who were the only occupants in each vehicle, were taken to hospitals to be checked out, but there was no word on their conditions early today. Former Pacoima priest to appear in court in abuse caseSAN FERNANDO – A former Catholic priest is scheduled to be arraigned today on charges of molesting a boy while he was assigned to a Pacoima church. George Miller, 69, of Oxnard, is charged with three felony counts of lewd acts on a child and three counts of sodomy of a person under 14. He was arrested yesterday and is being held on $600,000 bail. The alleged molestation took place between March 1988 and March 1991, while Miller was serving at Guardian Angel Church in Pacoima, prosecutors said. According to the District Attorney’s Office, Miller met the victim when the boy was 5 years old. Miller befriended the victim’s mother and became a frequent guest at the family’s home, eventually taking the victim on overnight trips, prosecutors said. “As promised, investigations are ongoing into alleged sexual abuse of minors by priests,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said. “As evidence is developed to sustain criminal filings, we will do so.” He is facing up to 18 years in prison if convicted of all charges. “We applaud this brave victim for being strong enough to disclose the crime and cooperate with the police,” said Barbara Dorris, outreach director for the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. “We hope his courage inspires others to speak up, get help and call law enforcement.” In 2002, Miller was arrested and charged with molesting three boys — including the current victim’s older brother — in the 1970s and 1980s while assigned to the Pacoima church. That case was dropped, however, when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a California law extending the statute of limitations on sex crimes was unconstitutional. Reward offered in attempted firebombingLOS ANGELES – A reward of $110,000 was being offered today for information that would help identify those responsible for the attempted firebombing of a UCLA researcher’s car. The Animal Liberation Brigade was behind the June 24 incident, according to a message posted three days later on an animal rights Web site, according to the FBI. “We can’t wait until a bombing succeeds,” said J. Stephen Tidwell, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles. “And (we) hope this considerable reward brings someone forward to help us solve this case, and others like it.” Dr. Arthur Rosenbaum, chief of pediatric ophthalmology at UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye institute, was targeted because his experiments with monkeys were considered cruel, said Jerry Vlasak of the North American Animal Liberation Press Office. Seven other UCLA faculty members have reportedly been threatened by animal-rights extremists. The Los Angeles Joint Terrorism Task Force is investigating because the device “had similar characteristics to those used by animal-rights extremists and eco-terrorists,” the FBI reported. “The fact that these bombs did not ignite does not minimize the threat posed to researchers and employees of product-testing companies by animal- rights extremists,” Tidwell said. City Councilman Jack Weiss announced the reward yesterday. Anyone with more information about the case was urged to call the FBI. Spector murder case to continueOne of Phil Spector’s top scientific witnesses is expected to take the stand today in the music producer’s murder trial in an attempt to convince jurors that Spector did not kill actress Lana Clarkson four years ago inside his Alhambra mansion. Spector, 67, is accused of fatally shooting the 40-year-old Clarkson, who also was a House of Blues VIP hostess, in the foyer of his “Pyrenees Castle” during the early morning of Feb. 3, 2003. He maintains she committed suicide. Werner Spitz, a self-employed forensic pathologist, testified yesterday that his career has spanned 54 years and he went to medical school in Switzerland and Israel. He has worked in the United States since he emigrated in 1959. Spitz, who testified in O.J. Simpson’s civil trial, is expected to give his opinions about Clarkson’s autopsy. He testified yesterday he has performed or been present during 60,000 autopsies. Earlier in the trial, Louis Pena, the deputy coroner who performed Clarkson’s autopsy, testified that her manner of death was a homicide. Pena testified that he based his conclusion on the facts of the case, including Spector’s alleged confession to his chauffeur, Adriano De Souza, about five minutes after Clarkson died. Defense attorneys have alleged that police and prosecutors rushed to judge Spector guilty of killing Clarkson and didn’t look at evidence of her sadness about her failing acting career as well as any history of drug or alcohol use. Clarkson, who was born in Long Beach and raised in northern California, was perhaps best known for her starring role in the 1985 Roger Corman cult film “Barbarian Queen.” Spector, renowned in music circles for his layered “Wall of Sound” recording technique, is free on $1 million bail. Temps could hit 100 in Lancaster Forecasters predict the high today will be in Lancaster where it could be 100 degrees. The valley areas will hover in the mid 80s to high 90s with a high in the San Fernando Valley predicted to be 99 in Woodland Hills. Forecasters say it will be 96 in Santa Clarita, 100 in Lancaster, 99 in Palmdale, 89 in Burbank, 90 in Glendale, 94 in San Fernando, and 86 in downtown Los Angeles. Crime news For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
1 Manchester United, Liverpool and Everton target Dries Mertens is on the verge of signing a bumper new deal at Napoli – but there is still hope for the chasing pack.The Belgian winger has been in fine form for the Italian club this season and hit the headlines when he scored four goals in a 5-3 win over Torino, including a nine-minute hat-trick.His performances have earned him a lucrative new contract with the Italian club, where he has been since 2013.According to reports in Italy, Mertens is set to sign the deal in the coming days but the three English clubs who are interested in him should not end all hope of signing him yet.It has been claimed that the deal will include a minimum fee release clause, set at a reasonably modest £34million.Considering Mertens is 29 and a full international at his peak, that figure is unlikely to put off the likes of United, Liverpool and Everton should they decide to pursue him in the New Year. Dries Mertens could be available for £34million in January
1 Is Gabriel Obertan set for a cut-price return to the Premier League? Crystal Palace have joined AEK Athens and Bursaspor in the race for former Manchester United winger Gabriel Obertan.The 27-year-old left Newcastle United in the summer to join Anzhi Makhachkala, but he could already be on the move again.The Russian club are reportedly going through some financial trouble and they may have to start a fire sale.Obertan is one of those who could be shown the door and, according to reports in his native France, that has alerted Crystal Palace.Eagles boss Sam Allardyce is keen to add to his squad before the transfer window shuts and a wide man is on his shopping list.Obertan would certainly fit the bill given his Premier League experience and Anzhi’s financial troubles could mean he is available on the cheap too.
With Christmas a distant memory, Valentine’s Day been and gone and summer still months away, talkSPORT is here to cheer you all up this week.We have a bumper seven days of action coming up across the talkSPORT network to banish those winter blues. Eoin Morgan’s England take on the West Indies this week ‘Critical condition’ We will have live and exclusive coverage of boxing’s big grudge match – James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr this Saturday.Before then, we’ve got exclusive coverage of England’s first two ODIs against the West Indies and the best of the midweek football including Schalke vs Manchester City in the Champions League.The thrilling talkSPORT week will culminate in a huge double-header on Sunday with Manchester United’s Premier League clash with Liverpool followed by the Carabao Cup Final between Manchester City and Chelsea.Here’s a full rundown of everything we’ve got coming up over the next few days. AJ insists he was serious about sparring Fury – ‘I might batter him around the ring’ ‘His punch power is 10 out of 10’ – What it’s like to take a Deontay Wilder punch PLANS POLITICS CELEBRATION Jake Paul vs AnEsonGib officially announced with date and venue confirmed ANOTHER ONE LATEST SPORT NEWS MONEY Frank Warren names four dream fights he wants to make in 2020, including Fury vs AJ 3 Stokes to miss England training to be with ill father in hospital KO KINGS GETTY South Africa vs England first Test live on talkSPORT 2 live cricket AJ reacts after Hearn reveals he is on verge of being forced to vacate world title James DeGale takes on Chris Eubank Jr Fight Night Special for James DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr – talkSPORT on Thursday 21 at 7pmWest Indies vs England, Second ODI (Windies win by 26 runs) – talkSPORT 2 on Friday 22 at 2pmBurnley 2-1 Tottenham, Premier League – talkSPORT on Saturday 23 at 12pmBournemouth 1-1 Wolves, Premier League – talkSPORT 2 on Saturday 23 at 12pmLeicester 1-4 Crystal Palace, Premier League – talkSPORT on Saturday 23 at 5pm POWER PLAN 3 Canelo, Joshua and Wilder pick up prestigious Ring Magazine awards for 2019 3 The most unbelievable UFC knockouts of the decade, with McGregor, Silva and Holm Chelsea 0-2 Manchester United, FA Cup fifth round – talkSPORT on Monday 18 at 7pmLyon 0-0 Barcelona, Champions League Round of 16 first-leg – talkSPORT 2 on Tuesday 19 at 6pmWest Indies vs England, First ODI (England win by 6 wickets) – talkSPORT 2 on Wednesday 20 at 2pmSchalke 2-3 Manchester City, Champions League Round of 16 first-leg – talkSPORT on Wednesday 20 at 9pmValencia 1-0 Celtic, Europa League Round of 32 second-leg – talkSPORT 2 on Thursday 21 at 5:30pm Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Eden Hazard and Chelsea take on Man City in the Carabao Cup final West Brom 0-1 Sheffield United, Championship – talkSPORT 2 on Saturday 23 at 5pmJames DeGale vs Chris Eubank Jr – talkSPORT on Saturday 23 at 9pmLuton vs Coventry, League One – talkSPORT 2 on Sunday 24 at 12pmManchester United vs Liverpool, Premier League – talkSPORT on Sunday 24 at 1pmManchester City vs Chelsea, Carabao Cup Final – talkSPORT on Sunday 24 at 3pmHow to listen live to talkSPORTClick the radio player below for live talkSPORT commentary:And click here for live commentary from talkSPORT 2: