A ride fantastic for Azkals

first_imgLATEST STORIES Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 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 So when the Azkals fell behind on this Tuesday night, every Filipino football fan braced for the worst.In truth, the Azkals should have already qualified two matches ago after rolling to two straight wins and getting a point against Yemen.But three straight draws left them with a tricky task of needing another stalemate in Manila against the Tajiks, who can qualify with a victory.Motivation“When they scored their first goal, I think that spurred us to play our best because we knew we needed to attack, we needed to score,” Phil said.“It’s always a difficult feeling going to a game knowing you don’t need to win, but it showed the spirit of the Filipino people, the fighting spirit. Even when we’re down, we can bounce back and I think we showed and typified it.”ADVERTISEMENT From my vantage point on the commentators’ booth, it was tough to see the team that I had the privilege of covering extensively since 2010 once again on the brink of falling short. The Tajikistan goal almost sucked the life out of the stadium and put a dent on the Azkals’ morale.Only three players from that 2010 team that pulled off the “Miracle in Hanoi” were in the squad this time—Phil and James Younghusband and Neil Etheridge—while one of the heroes of the Suzuki Cup tournament that year, Chris Greatwich, was on the bench.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 crownThe Azkals, taking the last of three cracks at making the AFC Asian Cup for the first time, are on the ropes again, a goal down against a Tajikistan team that had been unfazed by a huge crowd.From Vietnam to the Maldives to North Korea, the Azkals chased for respectability and recognition and felt the huge burden of lifting up the sport that had been in the background in the Philippines for so long. Every game felt like it was the last, knowing the fate of the sport in the country always depended on the result they delivered. Daisuke Sato (left), Phil Younghusband and Iain Ramsay (partially hidden) celebrate after beating Tajikistan, 2-1, on March 27 to secure qualification to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup. —SHERWIN VARDELEONOn Philippine football’s biggest night, an all too familiar feeling filled the air at Rizal Memorial Stadium.The night that started with plenty of optimism and positivity turned into stress and anxiety as the Philippine Azkals’ dream of reaching the AFC Asian Cup for the first time was slowly fading away when a familiar foe in Tajikistan took the lead in the 64th minute.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Alyssa issues another appeal for unity P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “That’s what we’ve hoped for. Just looking up when we’re 1-nil down and they’re cheering us for every tackle, every header, every shot, that was the difference for us coming back. All the players are so appreciative of everyone who watched and supported.”Etheridge put things in perspective.“It’s a massive moment for Filipino football,” said the Cardiff City stopper. “It’s been 10 years in the making since I started. It’s a fantastic journey—highs and lows. Hopefully, the Philippines will kick on football and obviously the national team as well.”Realistic goalsThe 28-year-old said the country had to be realistic with qualifying for the World Cup, although he hopes picking up milestones like qualifying for the Asian Cup inspires the younger generation of players.Azkals manager Dan Palami waxed emotional as he looked back on the Azkals’ journey that included three heartbreaking AFF Suzuki Cup semifinal losses to the defeat in the Challenge Cup Finals four years ago.“We’ve not always been successful, but to make it to the bigger stage, after all those heartaches, its fulfilling,” Palami said. “It’s a feeling that can’t be described. We are able to achieve a lot of things because of our perseverance. We showed the heart of the Azkals.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Younghusband instigated the comeback with a through ball to Iain Ramsay, who then found Kevin Ingreso for a header that will live long in the memory of Philippine football fans.“We kept on pushing forward,” said Ingreso. “We knew we had chances and we knew we can press them.”50th goalTo cap off a fairytale ride, Phil sealed the win from the penalty spot after Patrick Reichelt was fouled inside the area in stoppage time. It was Phil’s 50th international goal and it could not have come at a better time for the Azkals skipper.“For me, the feeling of going to the Asian Cup, that’s what matters to me,” Phil said.“Like I said, if it came from this game or in 10 games’ time, that wasn’t on my mind. It was about getting the win.”“If we’d won with my own goal, that would’ve meant more for me. To have the feeling at the same time makes it more special. I can’t believe the work everyone’s put in for this moment and all those moments when people were doing extra runs, extra stretching, families are helping each other, it’s all for this moment. It’s all worth it.”Golden generationPhil said the win cemented the legacy of the golden generation of players who have suited up for the country in the past decade.From the Armed Forces players like Chieffy Caligdong, Yanti Barsales and Ian Araneta to Rob Gier, Juani Guirado and Jerry Lucena, Phil said everyone deserved as much credit for putting Philippine football where it is today.“Everyone who has been a part of this, I just feel very blessed that I get to play the sport I love and enjoy it in a country I love,” said Phil. “I don’t think about the legacy. I’m just happy about these moments. It was unbelievable.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flameslast_img read more

Real Madrid reaches 3rd straight Champions League final

first_imgWimbledon singles champions to get more than $3 million LATEST STORIES View comments Bayern unsuccessfully appealed for a handball by Marcelo just before halftime, when the Madrid defender appeared to be just inside the area.“I’d be lying if I said the ball didn’t touch my hand,” the Brazilian left back said. “And if it touched my hand, I think it was (a penalty).”Meanwhile Robert Lewandowski continued to struggle up front, as he went a fifth straight Champions League game without a goal for the first time in his career.Madrid, playing in its 250th Champions League match, is the first team to make it to three European finals in a row since Juventus from 1996-98.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames 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 Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Bayern went within a goal of eliminating the European champions when former Madrid player James Rodriguez scored in the 63rd, and it pressured the hosts until the end, but it was not enough to avoid a third straight elimination against the Spanish club.“We were the best team in both games but we were not able to reach the final,” Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes said. “We dominated. They should thank (goalkeeper Keylor) Navas for his performance, especially toward the end of the match.”The German club, which has now been knocked out in the Champions League semifinals in four of the last five seasons, had several good chances in the final minutes but was unable to capitalize.By successfully defending its 2-1 win from last week, Madrid stayed on track for a third consecutive European title, and fourth in five seasons.Europe’s most successful club with 12 trophies, Madrid will play the final against either Liverpool or Roma, which were playing Wednesday in Italy. Liverpool won the first leg 5-2 at home.ADVERTISEMENT P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ “It was a crazy match,” Zidane said. “We struggled in the beginning, conceding early and not being able to play our game. But it was a lot better in the second half. We pressed up front and got the second goal.”Bayern started well and easily created scoring chances, while Madrid tried to control possession but only threatened on counterattacks with the speed of Ronaldo and Marco Asensio up front.Kimmich netted from inside the area after Madrid captain Sergio Ramos failed to clear a ball crossed into the area by Corentin Tolisso.It was an eerily similar start to Madrid’s match against Juventus, when it conceded in the second minute while trying to protect a 3-0 first-leg advantage. Madrid conceded twice more in that game but eventually advanced thanks to Ronaldo’s injury-time penalty.This time, Madrid reacted a lot more quickly, with Benzema equalizing in the 11th with a firm header after a well-placed cross from the left by Marcelo.Benzema hasn’t been playing regularly as a starter and was a surprise addition to the lineup by Zidane. He had scored only once in his last 12 appearances in all competitions.“It was a perfect night for me and for everyone,” Benzema said.The French striker gave Madrid a 2-1 lead after Ulreich’s howler. The goalkeeper appeared to lose his footing while trying to get to the ball and seemed to hesitate to stop it with his hands before missing it entirely as he went to the ground. That allowed Benzema to run onto the ball for an easy finish into an open net.“It was tough to concede that goal so early in the second half,” Heynckes said. “It was a gift.”Bayern wasn’t done yet and Rodriguez equalized with a low shot from inside the area. The Colombian playmaker didn’t celebrate, instead raising his hands in an almost apologetic gesture to the home fans.center_img Real Madrid’s goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates after Madrid reached its third straight Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate at the Champions League semifinal second leg soccer match between Real Madrid and FC Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Paul White)MADRID — Last time, it was a late penalty. This time, a goalkeeping blunder.Real Madrid keeps finding ways to get out of trouble in the Champions League.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Madrid conceded early again at home and barely held on for a draw 2-2 against Bayern in Tuesday’s semifinal match, advancing 4-3 on aggregate to stay on track for a third consecutive European title. But with Cristiano Ronaldo held scoreless for the second time in as many games, Madrid needed a blunder from Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich to gift them their second — and crucial — goal on the night.“It’s a Champions League semifinal. You will always suffer,” Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. “Nothing is easy. Football is like that, you have to suffer. And when you win, it feels even better, although it’s not too good for your heart.”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 crownJoshua Kimmich scored for Bayern in the third minute to set the stage for another comeback at the Santiago Bernabeu, like the one Juventus nearly pulled off in the quarterfinals before Ronaldo converted an injury-time penalty.But the hosts reacted quicker this time, with Karim Benzema equalizing early in the first half and scoring again just after halftime after an embarrassing mistake by Ulreich when he allowed a back pass into the area to go underneath him.last_img read more

England, for a change, comes into World Cup under the radar

first_imgDave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations But there’s a building sense of optimism that this young England team could produce some impressive performances in Russia, starting Monday against Tunisia in their opening Group G encounter in Volgograd.The team has won plaudits for its positive approach in the warmup games and there’s widespread respect for coach Gareth Southgate. That was evident in the low-key way he went about picking his squad. Southgate has made it a priority of winning back the hearts and minds of the country during his time in the job.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 DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Sweden, South Korea need to seize chance with Germany waitingcenter_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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next England’s Dele Alli controls the ball as he and his teammates take part in a training session for the England team at the 2018 soccer World Cup, in the Spartak Zelenogorsk ground, Zelenogorsk near St. Petersburg, Russia, Friday, June 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)VOLGOGRAD, Russia — For once, there’s little hype surrounding England at the World Cup.Come to think of it, how could there be given England hasn’t won a World Cup match for nearly eight years?ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Filmmaking a ‘passion’ for Iceland’s goalkeeping hero

first_imgCloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial He was “staying out” though of helping a fly-on-the-wall documentary film crew that is following the team’s progress in Russia.A side-effect of Iceland’s first appearance at football’s biggest tournament has been that Halldorsson has not watched every game on TV as he did at previous World Cups.“Now I almost don’t know who is playing or what is going on except for our games,” he said.“We are very focused only on our plans, so while the games are rolling in the video room it’s not like watching a World Cup thoroughly as usual”. NVGRELATED STORIES:ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “Filmmaking must be up there as one of the strangest jobs in the team,” Halldorsson told reporters at the team’s training base on Russia’s Black Sea coast Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 WORLD CUP: Tiny Iceland continues to live the dreamArgentine fans weep as World Cup dream fades MOST READ Iceland’s goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson gives a press conference at Olimp stadium in Kabardinka. Image: Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFPWhile Iceland’s World Cup coach is famously a dentist, and its squad has a boardgame publisher and a wine importer in its ranks, goalkeeper-filmmaker Hannes Halldorsson says his job on the side sets him apart. Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Sweden has a lot to be upset about after last-minute loss “It’s not the usual combination, to be a footballer and filmmaker,” said the 34-year-old who saved a penalty from Lionel Messi during the Nordic minnows’ 1-1 draw with Argentina Saturday.Cultivating an interesting sideline of work is common in Iceland’s semi-professional league, said Halldorsson, who now plays for Randers in Denmark.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“I always had a passion for it when I was young, that’s what I got sucked into after high school,” he said.Highlights in his filmmaking CV include the video clip for Iceland’s 2012 Eurovision song contest entry, a rousing World Cup promotional film for the team, and a commercial for a World Cup corporate sponsor. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Leutcheu, Haruna bench in first half as disciplinary sanction

first_imgBlazers head coach TY Tang did not disclose the reason for the sanction but said that instilling discipline in the team is more important than winning the game.“This is the part wherein we’d rather discipline more than being out there on the court and compete to win,” Tang said.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’Tang, who benched Leutcheu and Haruna the entire first half, said he wants his wards to succeed beyond the hardcourt.“We want them to be winners in life more than winners on the court,” he added. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Haruna still finished with 10 points while Leutcheu added six points and 10 rebounds in the loss.The young mentor admitted that lapses in the fourth quarter cost them the game, but is expecting the Blazers to display their top form in their next game against Mapua with Leutcheu and Haruna back to their normal minutes.“I think our mindset today was not really there, it’s not the mindset that we had during the preseason tournament and I think we have to change that in the next game,” he said. Ma. Angelica D. Garcia, Justin Robert ValenciaADVERTISEMENT 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. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Long layoff could work to Pacquiao’s advantagecenter_img St. Benilde key cogs Clement Leutcheu and Yankie Haruna played limited minutes in their 85-78 loss to San Sebastian in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament as a disciplinary sanction.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View commentslast_img read more

Folayang knew Belingon would defeat Nguyen: ‘He was smart in our preparation’

first_imgTrump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team If there was someone who wasn’t surprised with Kevin Belingon’s victory over Martin Nguyen, it was former ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins And Folayang made sure that he not only prepared for his fight against Pahrudinov, but help Belingon in his preparation for Nguyen.“We helped each other in whatever way we can,” said Folayang. “I think this is one of the memorable moments for our team.”Folayang added that after he saw Belingon dominate the fight, he knew that he can prepare better if ever there will be a rematch against Nguyen in the future.“The first time I fought Martin I overlooked some things and I forgot that this is MMA and there’s a way for your opponents to hit you in the fight,” said Folayang who lost to Nguyen via knockout.“After Kevin’s fight I really learned a lot and I need to be careful on the areas especially those that are the opponent’s strong suits.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West MOST READ Belingon put on a striking master class that that discombobulated whatever game plan Nguyen had as Team Lakay’s “Silencer” took the win and the ONE interim bantamweight title via unanimous decision in the ONE: Reign of Kings card.Folayang, who lost his title to Nguyen, said he already predicted Belingon’s victory even before the match started.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’“I predicted that Kevin would win, you can see that he works hard and he was smart in our preparation,” said Folayang Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Folayang (20-6) was in the same card as Belingon and easily handled erstwhile undefeated Russian Aziz Pahrudinov (20-1) for his second straight win. Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Fernandes next? Belingon hopes to unify bantamweight belts this year 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 awardlast_img read more

Eager to move on from finals loss, Standhardinger grateful to be playing for PH anew

first_imgAfter the ballyhoo that surrounded him entering the league, his first title series ended in disappointment when San Miguel bowed to Barangay Ginebra in six games in the Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday.“Of course, it was very tough. I was thinking that when I signed a contract with the PBA it was one of the best things and the most accomplished thing in my life,” said Standhardinger after the Philippine national basketball team’s practice Thursday at Meralco Gym.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’It wasn’t a great finals performance for Standhardinger, who averaged just 12.6 points in the finals series and was held to three points combined in the final two losses.The Fil-German center, though, has a venue to release his frustrations, and this time it’s for a much bigger cause, in the upcoming Asian Games. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal 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 ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms “Not winning the championship, it’s harder, so all I can do now is go on the court and play hard, sprint up and down, and I really hope we can make something happen in the Asian Games.”Standhardinger has been chosen to represent the Philippines in the continental meet starting August 18 in a PBA-laden team mentored by NLEX coach Yeng Guiao, and he is nothing but grateful.“I think it does help me get a little distracted and to move forward with it and keep it in the past, so I’m very grateful,” said Standhardinger.Standhardinger, a former MVP in a second-tier league in Germany, already represented the country in the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur and the Fiba 3×3 World Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Women’s volleyball captain Zhu leads China into Asian Games Christian Standhardinger’s early run in the PBA isn’t off to the greatest of starts.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Ex-Brazil football boss gets 4 years in prison in FIFA probe

first_imgMore than 40 people and entities in the world of global soccer were charged in the U.S. in connection with an investigation that uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars in bribes and kickbacks. Of those, 24 pleaded guilty. The former president of Peru’s soccer federation, Manuel Burga, was acquitted in December.“Marin, like his co-conspirators, sold out the sport he was meant to serve to satisfy his own greed,” said U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said in a statement. “Today’s sentence shows that for all their power and prestige, the soccer officials who corrupted ‘the beautiful game’ are not above the law.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Peza offers relief to ecozone firms South Korean equestrian rides above scandal to bag bronze Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins LATEST STORIES 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “His crime was one of pure, unmitigated and unchecked greed,” said Judge Pamela Chen, who said she wanted “to send a message of deterrence” in her sentence and described Marin as a rich man who could easily have said no to receiving bribes.The government had asked for 10 years in prison for him. The defense had sought the approximately 13 months he has already served, citing the 86-year-old’s advanced age and poor health.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Before his sentencing in Brooklyn federal court, Marin told the judge that soccer had been his great love but that now it was his downfall.“I regret if any person or entity has been harmed by my actions”, Marin said, before chocking up. “I am a man with no future. My main worry is my wife.” DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Neusa Marin, wife of Jose Maria Marin, leaves Brooklyn federal court with attorney Paulo Peixoto, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018, in New York. Jose Maria Marin, the former South American soccer official, has been sentenced to four years in prison for his conviction on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)NEW YORK — A former South American football official convicted on corruption charges in the sprawling FIFA bribery scandal was sentenced in federal court to four years in prison on Wednesday.Jose Maria Marin, a former president of Brazil’s soccer federation, also was ordered to forfeit $3.3 million and pay a $1.2 million fine in connection with his participation in a scheme to accept bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various soccer tournaments, according to the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Surging Hotshots win 3rd straight, gain share of top spot

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Romeo Travis recorded a double-double with 32 points and 14 rebounds with seven assists to boot while Mark Barroca was a spark off the bench with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the field and three steals.“This is a very important game for us. I told my players whatever our mindset was against San Miguel and Rain or Shine, we need to have it against Columbian because we cant afford to relax. we need to finish strong,” said Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero.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 ChrissRiding high after a pair of impressive wins over Rain or Shine last Wednesday and San Miguel Beer on Sunday, Magnolia went to work early and never letup behind Travis’ solid play on both ends and its slew of guards in Barroca, Paul Lee and Jio Jalalon.The Hotshots, who shot a blistering 51 percent clip from the field and had 31 assists, doubled a 14-point halftime lead with Robbie Herndon’s layup off a Jalalon dish making it, 77-49, with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter. LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lee, who averaged 25 points in his last two games, didn’t need to score as much this time but still played a key role. He wound up with 13 points, five rebounds and two assists while Jalalon scattered six points, three rebounds, nine assists and two steals.The Dyip’s misery continued as they reeled to their seventh straight setback in as many games. Jackson Corpuz had 20 points and nine rebounds while Akeem Wright added 19 points and eight rebounds for Columbian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PBA IMAGESStreaking Magnolia scored eight unanswered points from the opening tip to cruise to a 113-95 trouncing of Columbian in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Hotshots, who chalked up their third consecutive win, gained a share of the lead with the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in the standings at 5-1.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments Interim boss sole candidate for AIBA boxing presidency Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Asian Para Games: PH chess team captures 6 medals with 3 golds

first_imgLATEST STORIES YOG: PH’s Yuka Saso in 2nd place after round 1 in women’s golf Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippines got a major boost in its Asian Para Games bid on thanks to the efforts of its triumphant chess team on Wednesday.Sander Severino led the Filipinos medal haul by winning the gold medal in the men’s individual standard P1.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Another gold came after the squad composed of Redor Menandro Arman Sebaste and Israel Peligro topped the men’s team standard VI – B2/B3 event.Severino, Jasper Rom and Henry Roger Lopez also nabbed the gold medal in the men’s team standard P1.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 ChrissMenandro also picked up a silver medal in the men’s individual standard VI while Subastre nabbed a bronze in the men’s indivdual standard VI – B2/B3.Rom won a bronze medal as well in the men’s individual standard P1.center_img Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:06SEA Games 2019: Comaling gives PH another gold in modern pentathlon02:14Carpio 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 Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Meanwhile, bowlers Kim Ian Chi and Samuel Matias won the silver in the mixed Doubles TPB10+TPB10 event three days after Chi won the gold in men’s singles TPB10.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more