Facing the end of their dynasty, the battered Warriors need to tap into their championship spirit

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile deviceHOUSTON — The Warriors have talked the talk, telling everyone throughout a season defined by underperformance that when a real moment of trial arrived, they would be able to tap into a championship spirit that was forged in the fires of their dynastic run.After the Houston Rockets seized control of the teams’ second-round series and tied it at 2-2 Monday night, that moment of trial has arrived. The Warriors now have a …last_img read more

Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—When all else fails, at least win the basketball gold.While Team Philippines took defeats from several corners, Gilas Pilipinas made sure to pocket the gold that the country craves for the most, drubbing Indonesia, 94-55, for the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball title Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Fil-German Christian Standhardinger chipped 11 as he provided muscle underneath when Indonesia was trying to drag the Filipinos to a slow-burn, half court game. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Before an overflow crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines, sending its Team B here, claimed its 12th straight SEA Games gold medal in a show of undeniable might.The Philippines has won 18 titles in all having lost the crown just once—in the 1989 edition that was incidentally held in this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a wonderful feeling for me. It’s icing on the cake,” said team captain Kiefer Ravena, who has now won  fourth straight SEA Games titles.The flashy point guard served as the pillar for Gilas, which wasn’t very consistent all tournament long and only played as one cohesive unit in the final. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Streaking Ginebra deals Alaska another loss LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He made seven points aside from providing leadership in the team that was assembled off the pool members who weren’t chosen for the Fiba Asian Cup held the previous week.“Given the chance, I will play for the Philippines once again,” said Ravena referring to the 2019 Games that will be held in Manila.Mike Tolomia topscored with 20 points including five three-pointers as Gilas found its mark early in the match to pull away beyond the reach of the Indonesians.“We shot very well tonight, that’s the key,” said coach Jong Uichico who handled the team even as Chot Reyes, head coach of Gilas’ Team A, arrived in the city Friday.Kobe Paras added 14 points—flashing his highlight-reel moves to the delight the gallery.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Castro takes charge in final seconds to save Gilas

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next LATEST STORIES Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding The two-time recipient of the Best Point Guard in Asia award said his stature as one of the Philippines’ veterans in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers entails the responsibility of hitting the clutch baskets for Gilas.And he did just that.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro sank the final field goal of the game in the Philippines’ 89-84 escape against Japan Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.READ: Castro returns, rescues Gilas in close win over Japan Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “As a veteran, in those types of situations, you have to take it upon yourself to execute the plays that your team needs the most,” said Castro in Filipino. “When that moment comes, and you’re the veteran, you have to take it.”The Philippines held a comfortable 81-68 lead at the 5:54 mark of the fourth quarter, but Akatsuki 5 slowly trimmed away at the deficit and Daiki Tanaka capped off Japan’s 16-5 run with a layup that made it, 86-84, with 31 seconds remaining.That, however, was Akatsuki 5’s last glimmer of hope as Castro eventually worked his magic.Castro had June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, Gabe Norwood, and Kiefer Ravena on the floor with him when he took dagger that he drove through Japan’s collective heart.“I’m the veteran there on the floor and it’s my responsibility to bring us to the victory,” said Castro who finished with eight points and three assists in 15 minutes of play.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving If Jayson Castro is to be believed, veterans should be able to step up in pressure situations and execute the big time plays.ADVERTISEMENT In front of Castro was Japan’s captain Ryusei Shinoyama. He then drove hard to his right and threw up a looper that not even the athletic Ira Brown could reach before it hit the glass with the softest of kisses for an 88-84 Gilas lead with 10.6 seconds left.“I knew I had the advantage on that match up,” said Castro who has represented the Philippines since 2007. “Miss or make, that was the only shot we’ve got, luckily, it went in.” Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus View commentslast_img read more

UEFA ramps up women’s football funding by 50%

first_imgUEFA has announced it will increase the amount of funding it supplies towards women’s soccer in a bid to continue its rise in popularity.UEFA has committed to a 50 per cent increase in financial backing through its Women’s Football Development Programme (WFDP) – rising to a total of €150,000 (£131,000/$173,000) per year to each of its 55 member associations from 2020.The WFDP forms part of the UEFA HatTrick programme, which has been funded by revenues from European Championship competitions since 2004, allowing projects to be invested in from elite to grassroots levels of the game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! UEFA’s pledge comes in support of the #WhatIf campaign, an initiative launched five months ago by the organisation Women in Football, which strives to change attitudes towards women working in football.Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA President, said: “The potential for women’s football is limitless and it is with this in mind Uefa has taken the step to increase the funding available to the national associations to help improve the women’s game across the continent.”Head of Women’s Soccer at UEFA, Nadine Kessler, added: “The pace of this sport’s growth is impressive, and our increasing investments clearly show how dedicated we are to accelerating this pace. We are getting ready to take on the next challenges and reach new heights.”Women’s soccer’s popularity is on the rise, with UEFA’s 2017 European Championship tournament bringing in a worldwide audience of 178 million viewers, as well as record attendance figures of over 240,000.last_img read more

India vs Australia: Cheteshwar Pujara a living Buddha, says MSK Prasad

first_imgChairman of the senior national selection committee, MSK Prasad heaped rich praise on Cheteshwar Pujara, calling him a “modern-day Buddha” after the India batsman played a key role in India’s historic Test series win in Australia.Prasad insisted that Pujara is turning into a role model for young cricketers in the country and that he is going to inspire a generation of traditional Test cricketers, who are considered endangered species in the T20 era.”Pujara is actually a living Buddha. That’s what I can say about his performances in Australia. The moment he gets to the crease, he goes into a trance, a meditation mode. The hours and hours of time he has spent in domestic cricket has fructified,” Prasad told India Today’s Boria Majumdar on Monday.”You can rate him as one of best in Test cricket. He is also being seen as one among the last generation of traditional Test cricketers. I am sure so many cricketers would have taken inspiration from Pujara. And credit should go the BCCI and Virat Kohli for giving importance to Test cricket. Pujara is also a role model today.” the former India wicketkeeper-batsman added.It’s been such a wonderful few weeks in Australia, something that has become historic! Every second the team put has paid off so well. Thank you all for the love and wishes pouring in. It’s been an overwhelming day, a day I’ll cherish for the rest of my life! #TeamIndia #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/oQAqTCVtHEcheteshwar pujara (@cheteshwar1) January 7, 20192018 was a big learning curve for Indian cricket: PrasadadvertisementWhile expressing delight at India’s “historic” achievement, Prasad also said India, including the selection committee, support staff, and the players, learned from the mistakes that they had made during their 2-1 and 4-1 defeats in South Africa and England, respectively in 2018.”It’s a day to rejoice for Indian cricket. It’s a historical date. I am sure, it’s not just me, my entire team is absolutely happy. I am sure, in times, to come we will be reaching many more milestones,” Prasad added.”It’s a learning curve that we had this year. It’s wonderful that we had three top-class series in the year. What we missed in South Africa, In England, we have taken those lessons and we have implemented in this series.”With the combinations, we were spot on in this series. The players, the team management and the support staff stepped up and rose to the occasion. All those lessons we learnt in those two series have come to the fore in Australia and we were able to implement our strategies better.”Bumrah is phenomenal: PrasadPrasad also heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, who had received his maiden Test call-up in South Africa last year. Bumrah has grown leaps and bounds ever since and hit top form in Australia as he finished on top of the bowling charts alongside Nathan Lyon with 21 wickets from four matches.”Absolutely, this kid [Bumrah] is phenomenal. Within a short span of one year, he has become very professional. When we picked him for South Africa, not many people accepted with us. They said many things ‘he is a white-ball specialist and he is prone to injuries’. But we went ahead with the selection. Having said that, we took that in the right spirit. We still took inducted him and he is now among the top of the ICC rankings.”India registered a historic series win in Australia after beating the hosts 2-1 in the four-match series as the final Test ended in a draw owing to bad weather conditions in Sydney on Monday.India needed 10 wickets to wrap up their third win of the series but were unable to do so as the rain came to Australia’s rescue after they were asked to follow-on by Virat Kohli on Day 4.Replying to India’s first innings score of 622 for 7 declared, Australia were bowled out for 300 on Sunday which gave India a 322-run cushion as they asked the hosts to bat again, becoming the first team in 31 years to enforce the follow-on against Australia in Australia since England, who did it in 1988.Kohli became the first Indian captain to win a series in Australia. He came very close to setting the Indian record of registering three Test wins in Australia but will have to be satisfied with two victories, a feat which Bishan Singh Bedi had managed as India skipper on the 1977-78 tour Down Under.The series win was largely set up by India’s fast bowlers who bagged a total of 51 wickets in the four matches with Australia getting bowled out 7 times out of 8 during the series.advertisementAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara keen on getting back to domestic cricket, to play county during IPL 2019Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara just can’t dance: Watch India stars celebrate historic winAlso Read | Australia series win proudest moment of my 10-year career: Virat KohliAlso See:last_img read more

10 months agoBrighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Hughton delighted with Arsenal drawby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Chris Hughton says they deserved their 1-1 draw with Arsenal.Jurgen Locadia cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s opener on the south coast, and Albion finished the game strongly, going close on a number of occasions against Unai Emery’s side.Hughton said, “After a difficult start, going 1-0 down against a very good team on the ball, we showed great character to get back into the game.“If there was a team that was going to score in the second half, I felt it was going to be us.“They had more possession because that’s the way they play, but I thought we were a bigger threat to score and Solly [March] probably had the best chance of the game.“But remember these are a team, up until recently, that had gone on a very long run of winning games. You can’t underestimate the quality they’ve got — a draw will always be a very good result.” last_img read more

9 days agoSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve had

first_imgSheffield Utd keeper Henderson: Ward best coach I’ve hadby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United youngster Dean Henderson says Sheffield United goalkeeper coach Darren Ward can make him the best shot-stopper in the world.Henderson is in the midst of his second loan spell with the Blades, with a recent call-up to the England squad as an indication of his personal development.And the 21-year-old says Ward is the “best goalkeeping coach” he has had.”Wardy has been outstanding,” Henderson said.”The best goalkeeping coach I’ve ever worked with. He’s brought me on leaps and bounds in every aspect of the game – mentally, physically, tactically – and the sessions are brilliant.”I look forward to coming into work every day, and long may that continue. If I could work with Wardy for the next couple of years, I really think I can elevate to one of the best goalkeepers in the world.”In a weird way, I feel Wardy is more in charge of me at United and the gaffer is outstanding with that. He said to me at the start, ‘Listen Deano; I won’t be chewing your ear off every day. Darren’s your coach, he knows what he’s talking about and I don’t have a clue about goalkeeping. I’ll speak to you before games or whatever, but he’ll look after you because he’s the specialist’.”The gaffer has real good trust for his coaches. So the ‘keepers go off and do our little thing in the corner. He’s always keeping a watchful eye over us and making sure we’re doing well though, not letting our standards slip. His standards are so, so high.”But it’s been a pleasure working with him. Sometimes I feel like I can get away with murder, but he doesn’t let me. He’s the only guy, apart from my dad, who gets on at me and doesn’t let me get away with anything, but does it at the right times. He also wants to have a laugh and I’ve got massive respect for him.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

What Explains The Carolina Panthers Rise

Denver111138+26 PASS DEFENSE Washington6591+26 But perhaps the most overlooked factor that explains Carolina’s rise is that they weren’t in a terrible place to begin with. Although they went 7-8-1 a year ago, giving them one of the worst records of any playoff team ever, they still finished the season with a solid 1,551 Elo rating3Implying that they had roughly the true talent of a 9-win team. and were projected by Elo to win 9.2 games before the season started. (Yes, playing in the NFC South helps, too.) Based strictly on preseason numbers, there was a 2.9 percent probability that the Panthers would improve their Elo rating as much as they have — making their surge more likely than the Elo improvements of either the Patriots (2.6 percent) or Bengals (1.1 percent).Carolina still represents an unlikely success story, particularly because of how the team has achieved its undefeated record. But while its 8-0 record is surprising, the fact that Carolina is good isn’t. Elo is optimistic about the Panthers’ chances — according to our simulations, only New England has a better chance of winning the Super Bowl. Atlanta82103+21 Oakland7990+12 Tennessee84101+17 When the Denver Broncos fell to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, just three teams remained undefeated in the 2015 NFL season: the New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Carolina Panthers.For the Patriots, starting a season 8-0 is old hat; they also did it in 2007, the year they navigated an entire (regular!) season without a loss. And although the Bengals hadn’t started a season 7-1 or better since 1988, they also had the league’s sixth-best record in the four seasons leading up to this year — they weren’t exactly strangers to the top of the standings.Only Carolina, who was essentially a .500 club over the preceding four years (and worse than that last year) seems to have taken the NFL completely by surprise. Based on our preseason Elo ratings — FiveThirtyEight’s favorite system for estimating an NFL team’s skill level at a given moment — there was a 1.8 percent probability that the Panthers would be 8-0 through Week 9. By contrast, New England had a 6.6 percent probability of being unbeaten at this stage.The Panthers have improved their rating by 116 Elo points (the equivalent of 4.6 points of per-game scoring margin) since the start of the season, and, according to our simulations, they’re on track to win 4.6 more games than was projected before the year. That’s an unusually big jump. But the manner in which Carolina has improved is also unconventional. While the typical big first-half Elo gainer1Which I’m defining as a team that tacks at least 100 points onto its Elo rating through Week 9. does it with a significantly improved passing game, the Panthers’ aerial attack is virtually the same as it was last season — league average, basically, in the eyes of expected points added (EPA).2Using TruMedia data.Although quarterback Cam Newton gets the headlines for the Panthers’ offense, which has improved its overall EPA by about half a standard deviation since last year, almost all of the change is owed to a more efficient rushing game. (Newton himself is on pace for about the same production in the rushing game as last season.) Of all the teams who improved their Elo as much as the Panthers have, only about 14 percent did so with a passing attack that, like Carolina’s, didn’t improve relative to the league. Generally speaking, to win more games in the NFL, you need to throw the ball more effectively.That is, unless you improve your pass defense — which is exactly what the Panthers have done this year. Using the EPA grades I introduced last week, which rate teams on a scale in which 100 is average and one standard deviation is 15 points, only four defenses have improved more against the pass than Carolina’s has this season: TEAM20142015Δ GRADE N.Y. Jets89113+24 Carolina102125+23 Philadelphia97120+23 Pittsburgh8798+11 St. Louis105123+18 read more

Di Maria calm for future at PSG

first_imgParis Saint-Germain star Angel Di Maria recently admitted he is uncertain about his future at the club after this campaign ends but remains positive.He has been among the regulars in the squad and has been able to score 11 goals and provide six assists in just 27 Ligue 1 appearances, but his name has been linked over and over again with a Barcelona move.Di Maria shared it is likely he could follow Unai Emery away from Parc des Princes this summer.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Football is a strange game,” Di Maria said, according to ESPN. “I am happy here, but the club needs to sign new players and to do this, others must be sold. It is not my decision. It is also the club’s. For the moment, I am calm.”“We must simply continue to work hard,” Di Maria said. “The club and the supporters need to stay patient,” he said, when asked what can PSG do in order to make their continental dreams come true.last_img read more

Pep insists Sterling is loved at City

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola insists Raheem Sterling is loved in the locker-room as the winger becomes first £300,000-a-week England player, outstripping Wayne Rooney’s previous record wages at Old Trafford.The 23-year-old signed a new five-year deal with City on Friday a week in which he faced criticism for winning a penalty against Shakhtar Donetsk in the UEFA Champions League by accidentally tripping himself up and not owning up to the referee.Guardiola said, according to Daily Mail:“I don’t know why should criticise Raheem. It’s unfair, he wasn’t diving. He is an incredible nice guy with incredible love from the locker room. He does absolutely everything on the pitch, every single game, fighting from the front for 90 minutes.”“He made a mistake because he is 23 years old. He is so quick that when he does a chip, he has to do it slow.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.Sterling has been rewarded for an impressive start to the season in which he already has seven goals to his name for City and a brace for England against Spain.Criticized by Liverpool fans for being greedy when he moved to Manchester, Guardiola believes playing under the microscope has helped the England international mature and able to survive the current controversy which could see him jeered by United’s traveling fans.“It will make him stronger. He is stronger than that, than he was when he met each other in the first year. Now he can control these kinds of emotions much better,” said Guardiola.“We cannot forget though when you are 23, you are not a full person or a full player. Sometimes we ask for or we demand a lot from our players when they are so still young but it is OK.”last_img read more