Thai ‘dwarf giant’ one win away from tying’s Mayweather 50-0 legacy

first_img(FILES) This file photo taken on January 31, 2018 shows the current World Boxing Council (WBC) mini-flyweight champion, Wanheng Menayothin, punching a bag during a training session in Bangkok.At 5ft 2in (1.57m) and weighing just 105lb (47.6kg), minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin is shorter, leaner and significantly less wealthy than boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr, who retired undefeated over 50 fights. If Wanheng wins his next bout on May 2, 2018 he will equal Mayweather’s history-making feat of going unbeaten for 50 fights. / AFP PHOTO / LILLIAN SUWANRUMPHA / TO GO WITH THA-boxing-sport-Mayweather by Joe FREEMANAfter a career laden with belts, cash and kudos, boxing great Floyd Mayweather Jr retired undefeated over 50 fights — but his flawless record faces an unlikely challenge from an obscure Thai fighter known as the “dwarf giant”.At 5’2″ and weighing just 105lbs, minimumweight Wanheng Menayothin is shorter, leaner and significantly less wealthy than Mayweather, who briefly emerged from retirement last year to fight MMA star Conor McGregor for a $100 million purse.ADVERTISEMENT Rozier takes over as Celtics down Sixers in second round opener If Wanheng triumphs on Wednesday afternoon he will equal Mayweather’s feat of winning 50 successive fights.His WBC minimumweight belt is on the line against Panamanian challenger Leroy Estrada.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 fight, to be held outside the town hall of second-tier Thai city Nakhon Ratchasima, has none of the glitz or pay-per-view pull of a Mayweather bout in Las Vegas.But still Wanheng will enter boxing lore with victory — and, at 32 years of age, has time to go one better and match the 51 wins, one draw and no losses set by Mexican flyweight Ricardo Lopez. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ LATEST STORIES Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement03:13SEA Games 2019: PH’s Carlo Paalam boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:14Carpio 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 Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames MOST READcenter_img Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Numbers gameIn addition to “Money”, the American fought under the moniker “Pretty Boy” and “The Best Ever”, tags he still rolls out on a Twitter profile boasting more than eight million followers.With Wanheng, it’s more complicated.Fighters in Thailand often compete under the label of their gym, which is where his second name Menayothin — the name of his Bangkok gym — comes from.His legal name is Chayaphon Moonsri, while his most widely used nickname is the “dwarf giant” because of his small stature and powerful punches. But the boxer also fights under the alias “Five-Star Grilled Chicken” as part of sponsorship deal with Thai food giant CP Chicken.Should Wanheng win on Wednesday his name will enter the record books, but with an asterisk of sorts. He has fought mostly low-profile Asian challengers on his home turf in Thailand. His rivals have been a mixed bag — one last year had 44 losses, while another in 2014 had 24. In December he tied Rocky Marciano’s 49-0 tally with a win over Japanese contender Tatsuya Fukuhara. Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Mayweather, meanwhile, had a much tougher ride defeating some of the sport’s all-time greats, including Manny Pacquiao and Oscar De La Hoya. The welterweight has 27 KOs to Wanheng’s 17.“With respect to Wanheng he’s never beaten anyone of note. In the west this fight will be nothing more than a trivial pursuit question,” Anson Wainwright, a boxing correspondent for The Ring magazine, told AFP, adding that matching the record would nevertheless be a “good achievement.” Carlos Costa, a boxing reporter covering the fight, said the 23-year-old Estrada also poses a unique challenge to Wanheng, 32.“He’s younger and fresher,” Costa said of Estrada. “He’s hungry for glory, and that makes a boxer always dangerous.”And the Panamanian is in no mood to help Wanheng into the history books, telling AFP “this is my opportunity to be a champion”.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ It is not just the box office power that differentiates Mayweather from the Thai, who turned to the ring at the age of 12 as a path out of poverty. While the prelude to Mayweather fights was defined by hype and trash-talking, Wanheng has adopted a more karmic approach. “I’m not feeling pressured, you win and you lose, and that’s the nature of sports,” he said at his gym in Bangkok a few days before defending his title. But he said he had trained hard with the aim of “equalling Floyd”.Nicknames also capture the difference between the pair.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Espejo takes talents to Japan, joins club team White Eagles

first_imgWinfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMarck Espejo compiled a resume worthy of envy when he was playing in the UAAP men’s volleyball tournament, and after five years with Ateneo he is ready to take his talents to the “Land of the Rising Sun.”The five-time UAAP MVP signed a one-year contract with Japanese club team Oita Miyoshi Aeisse Adler in the V.League, Japan’s top-tier volleyball association.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ The White Eagles then took Espejo on a tour of the club’s home in Oita prefecture that also included glimpse of the Japanese culture that he is soon set to partake in his professional career.Espejo, who will return to the Philippines for the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, admitted that what he did in the Philippines is not enough for him to make an impact in Japan and that he need to work doubly hard if he plans to establish himself in the V.League.“I will work harder because the level of play here in the Philippines and in Japan is vastly different,” said Espejo. “Japan is on another level than the Philippines and I know what I did here is not enough.”ADVERTISEMENT “One of the highest goals an athlete here in the Philippines is to play abroad,” said Espejo in Filipino at Buffalo Wild Wings in Conrad Manila. “I feel really happy right now and of course I have the jitters.”Espejo was the anchor of Ateneo’s championship-winning run in the UAAP that produced three titles in five years and thus cementing the Blue Eagles as a premier power in the collegiate circuit.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 crownApart from his five MVPs, Espejo was also a Rookie of the Year, a four-time Best Attacker, a two-time Best Server, and a two-time Best Scorer for the Blue Eagles.Espejo said he first got acquainted with the White Eagles when University of the Philippines head coach Godfrey Okumu, who once worked with Oita Miyoshi, recommended him to the Japanese club. Thompson hot hand carries Warriors into Game 7 with Rockets Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial LATEST STORIES View comments China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate fallslast_img read more

Pogba dedicates France win to rescued Thai players

first_imgPalace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team ‘This is really happening’: Serena reaches Wimbledon semis Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES The last of the 12 boys and their coach were freed earlier in the day from a cave where they had been trapped for more than two weeks. France’s Samuel Umtiti, second from left, is congratulated by his teammates France’s Antoine Griezmann, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba, from left, after scoring the opening goal during the semifinal match between France and Belgium at the 2018 soccer World Cup in the St. Petersburg Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia, Tuesday, July 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)Paul Pogba has paused after the biggest win of his international career to dedicate it to the Thai soccer team whose last members were freed from a flooded cave hours earlier.The France midfielder took to Twitter shortly after France beat Belgium late Tuesday to advance to the World Cup final. He posted the boys’ photos and said the victory “goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong.”ADVERTISEMENT Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West FIFA had invited the team to the World Cup final on Sunday but the governing body announced the boys wouldn’t be able to attend since they are receiving medical treatment after their ordeal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins MOST READ This victory goes to the heroes of the day, well done boys, you are so strong 🙏🏾 #thaicaverescue #chiangrai pic.twitter.com/05wysCSuVy— Paul Pogba (@paulpogba) July 10, 2018FEATURED 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’ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Ref University: NBA spending summer seeking new officials

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. By any method, legible or not, their input is vital.“When you tell someone something, and they go out and do it, that gets you excited as someone who is seeking to bring in the next wave, next generation of officials,” McCutchen said.Lewis’ group needed to spend only a few seconds on some plays, spent several minutes on others. Late in the first half of their game, Gilpin gave Golden State coach Willie Green a technical foul — the first one she handed out in a pro game. Green argued that he wasn’t waving dismissively at her, but rather he was waving to someone behind her.A few moments later, Gilpin missed a call.“I was in my head,” Gilpin acknowledged afterward.Lewis shrugged and told her to believe in her call, believe the tech was warranted, and move on to the next play. And besides, the call that she missed, one of her fellow refs made anyway.“If we can get them where you need to be, where you need to look and give you an understanding of the guidelines of what’s illegal and legal, then it becomes easy,” Lewis said. “They digest the play, they know the process and that leads to the right decision at the end of the play.”Fans probably wouldn’t believe that those decisions get honed inside a cramped concrete-block room, one with mustard-colored walls and dingy carpet, and a pile of towels strewn off to the side.But the tiny room is what gets the refs ready for the big stage.“The best part after a game is coming in here and re-watching it,” Sago said. “It’s all about getting ready.” 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 anew ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins NBA referee Eric Lewis breaks down a play with referees Ashley Gilpin, left, and Natalie Sago, right, after an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas on Monday, July 9, 2018. Lewis and other established NBA refs are leading classes for summer league officials in Las Vegas as part of an NBA initiative to find future refs for their league. (AP Photo/Tim Reynolds)LAS VEGAS — It’s a half-hour after their game ended and the night is just beginning for referees Ashley Gilpin, Natalie Sago and SirAllen Conner. They’ve showered, they’ve changed clothes, but dinner and the bright lights of Las Vegas will have to wait.A long classroom session is up first.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding For now, there’s only one in the NBA: Lauren Holtkamp.“To me, it’s a bit embarrassing that we only have one working woman in our officiating ranks right now,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said. “There is no physical reason why that’s the case.”Up-and-comers like Gilpin and Sago could change that.Gilpin might have an ideal academic makeup for refereeing, with three degrees from Arizona, where she also played basketball — an undergraduate in psychology, master’s in administration and then a law degree. Sago played college softball, but has long had an affinity for basketball. Conner has worked 11 games in the NBA, most of those coming as a replacement ref during the lockout in 2009.At the game Gilpin, Sago and Conner worked together, at least a half-dozen referees were seated on the baseline and in the stands watching. McCutchen, at one point, saw a technique that Gilpin used and jumped from his chair in delight before going over and asking other refs if they had noticed the same thing.“If you can’t referee in front of them, you can’t work for them,” Gilpin said. “Sure, sometimes we get nervous because it is an audition. But if we think about every call, every ‘oh my gosh this is a bad call,’ paralysis by analysis, we’ll run ourselves out of this profession.”During their classroom session with longtime NBA ref Eric Lewis, the three spoke in sync, even finishing each other’s thoughts on a couple occasions. Retired refs Bernie Fryer and Mark Wunderlich were in and out of the room as well, offering their thoughts on whatever play happened to be on the screen at a given time.For the mentors, it’s serious business.“It’s my job to get them hired,” Lewis said. “I’m focused on the things I can do to help them improve and get a job.”They all monitor in different ways — at some games, James Williams took meticulous notes, pulling out a tablet and typing observations during stoppages in play. At other games, Joey Crawford would handwrite his notes, with penmanship that not even fellow ref John Goble could understand. View comments Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Alaphilippe keeps France celebrating with Tour stage win In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs There were 81 referees — mostly from the G League — working games at the NBA summer league in Las Vegas, which ends Tuesday. All 81 have been exposed to multiple classroom sessions with current and retired NBA officials, who are there to essentially groom the people who could one day replace them. Programs like this have been in play for years, although it’s no secret that the NBA wants to increase its pool of referees by 25 percent before 2020.That’s why this summer might provide more big breaks than usual for those blowing the whistles at games. The overwhelming majority of refs working this summer won’t see the NBA anytime soon, and many never will, but for some the call is closer than ever before.“What we want to do in our training is give people the opportunity to have the tools to be successful,” said Monty McCutchen, the NBA’s vice president overseeing referee development and training. “It’s about teaching. I think one of the great disappointments of American culture, as I see it, is we don’t appreciate apprenticeship enough. We think that just by going to school you’re suddenly ready instead of having hands-on training that allows you to grow.“Here, we give that hands-on training.”Of the 81 summer refs, 19 were women — up from just five at summer league last year and nearly doubling the total of 10 who worked the event over the most recent five years. It is clear that it won’t be long before more women make it to the NBA level.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LATEST STORIES Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Lacson: Calamity fund cut; where did P4 billion go? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next They walk into a tiny locker room, grab seats on folding chairs and open their notebooks. Everything they did on the court that night — where they stood, where they looked, what call they made, what call they didn’t make— will be scrutinized on video for the next two hours by NBA referees, tasked with teaching the summer refs what they need to know to make it to the league.Think of it as Referee University.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’Summer league is where players can get noticed by the NBA, and the same is true for referees.“We want them to watch us because we want to grow each and every game,” Sago told The Associated Press, which observed the feedback session with Sago, Gilpin and Conner. “We’re all trying to be NBA referees. So it’s a job interview for us just like it is for the players and the coaches.”last_img read more

Petron, F2 Logistics face off in clash of heavyweights

first_imgCha Cruz-Behag shines for F2 Logistics against Cocolife during their game recently. —CONTRIBUTED PHOTOWith the solo leadership at stake, super teams Petron and F2 Logistics clash on Saturday in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at Alonte Sports Center in Biñan City.Both unbeaten in three starts, the Blaze Spikers and the Cargo Movers get to test each other’s mettle early, highlighting their vaunted rosters and battle-tested systems that have given them success the past three years.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Motolite-Ateneo shoots for first semifinal berth 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 awardcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? “On paper, we are even. But it all boils down to execution,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos, who is also the national women’s head coach. “They (Cargo Movers) have been playing together for a long time but we have developed our own system ourselves.”Delos Santos, who steered the Blaze Spikers to the Grand Prix title early this year, said that they are looking at the F2 Logistics match as a very crucial part of their title bid.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 Chriss View commentslast_img read more

Mayfield, ‘dangerous’ Browns hand Panthers fifth loss in row

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college 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 No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) passes against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Baker Mayfield took the snap in victory formation and dropped to one knee. The cocky rookie quarterback urged the crowd to make more noise, and when the clock hit zeroes, the stadium’s sound system blasted “Danger Zone.”The Browns have become hazardous to your playoff health.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Mayfield finished 18 of 22 for 238 yards, continuing his bounce back after throwing three interceptions in the first half last week at Houston. The brash No. 1 overall pick continues to develop and the Browns are growing with him.Mayfield was asked if he woke up feeling as dangerous as he did three weeks ago before beating Atlanta.“I think you know the answer to that one,” he said, drawing laughter.Landry felt that way, too.“I guess waking up feeling dangerous is contagious,” he said. “We pulled together as a team.”ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew There were no smiles or laughs in Carolina’s locker room as the Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that could haunt them for months and will increase the heat on coach Ron Rivera.Newton passed for 265 yards, but overthrew Jarius Wright on 4th-and-goal at the 3 with 2:35 left. Carolina got the ball back, but Newton, who has been playing with a sore right shoulder, badly missed Devin Funchess and was intercepted by Damarious Randall with 57 seconds left.Following the game, a glum Newton didn’t offer any excuses.“We’re done with the cliche sayings, it just comes down to doing our jobs,” Newton said. “I’m not talking about nobody but myself.”Carolina came in just a half-game out of the second wild-card spot in the NFC, but with only three games left, including two against New Orleans, the Panthers are going to need help to make the postseason.Christian McCaffrey had two TD runs for Carolina and finished with 101 total yards.“It stinks,” McCaffrey said. “A lot of people are against us right now, but I’ll fight for every one of these guys. That’s exactly what I’m going to do and I know a lot of guys will do as well. We lost. We’ve lost a few in a row. It’s kind of us against the world right now.”Browns rookie Nick Chubb scored on a 1-yard run to give the Browns a 23-20 lead with 13:05 left. The score came one play after Landry took an inside handoff and weaved his way down field. Greg Joseph clanged the extra point off the left upright, keeping the Panthers within three.Newton drove the Panthers to the 3 before throwing two straight incompletions, ending Carolina’s best chance to take the lead.Mayfield’s 51-yard TD pass to Landry tied it 14-all with 8:27 left in the second quarter. View commentscenter_img After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Holiday scores 37 points, Pelicans beat slumping Pistons Rolling left out of the pocket to buy some time, Mayfield stepped up and confidently delivered a perfect strike to Landry, who was well covered on the play by safety Eric Reid, his former LSU teammate. As fans celebrated, Landry and several teammates sat down in the end zone’s corner and pretended to warm themselves around a camp fire.“It was cold outside,” Landry said, smiling.FAST STARTOn Cleveland’s first play, Mayfield unloaded a pass that traveled more than 60 yards in the air to wide receiver Breshad Perriman for a 66-yard pickup. Two plays later, Landry scored on his short run.HOME SWEET HOMEThe Browns improved to 4-2-1 at FirstEnergy Stadium, clinching their first winning home season since going 7-1 under coach Romeo Crennel in 2007.“That’s pretty cool because the Dawg Pound has always been loyal to us,” said guard Joel Bitonio, who has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the team. “We want every team to say, ‘We don’t want to go to Cleveland to play.’”NEWTON’S LAWWith his first completion, Newton eclipsed 3,000 yards passing for the eighth straight season. He came in needing 1 yard to reach the plateau and surpassed it on a 25-yarder to Curtis Samuel on Carolina’s second snap.Newton joined Peyton Manning as the only quarterbacks in history to reach 3,000 yards in each of their first eight seasons. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mayfield outplayed Cam Newton, Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for another score and the Cleveland Browns damaged Carolina’s postseason hopes with a 26-20 win Sunday over the Panthers, who dropped their fifth straight.Mayfield bravely threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long run — on a similar call — early in the fourth quarter to set up a go-ahead touchdown.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 ChrissPlaying the spoiler role down the stretch, the Browns (5-7-1) kept their faint playoff hopes alive while improving to 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams, who needed just five games to match former Browns coach Hue Jackson’s win total over two-plus seasons.“Everybody loves winning,” said defensive end Myles Garrett. “It’s different for us because of the negatives we’ve been through, but that’s all in the past.” PAY DIRTChubb became the first Browns player to score a rushing TD in five consecutive games since Greg Pruitt in 1975.ROOKIE RECORDMayfield joined Kurt Warner (1999) and Brad Johnson (1996-97) as the only players since 1966 to throw at least one TD pass in each of their first 10 career starts.INJURIES:Panthers: No significant injuries.Browns: C JC Tretter barely made it off the field in the third quarter before dropping to his knees. Tretter, who has played several weeks with a severely sprained right ankle, returned to the game.UP NEXTPanthers: Host New Orleans on Sunday.Browns: At Denver on Saturday. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green lift Raptors past Heat

first_imgLOWRY OUTThe Raptors were again without point guard Kyle Lowry (back tightness). Lowry has now missed five of Toronto’s last six games, the other four absences caused by a thigh issue.ROOKIE PRANKYante Maten led the Heat onto the floor for pregame warmups. He ran out, turned and saw no teammates with him — they all stayed back for about a minute in an oft-used prank, enjoying a good laugh. To his credit, Maten also laughed.UP NEXTRaptors: Visit Orlando on Friday.Heat: Host Cleveland on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Green connected, the Raptors got the game’s last stop and escaped to move to 7-0 against the Southeast Division this season.“Gutsy win by us at the end,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said.Miami led 58-44 at the half and extended the lead to 17 early in the third quarter, before Toronto went to a zone — the defense that the Heat have been using so well of late — and the game changed. VanVleet made three 3s and had 11 points while Leonard added 10 in what became a 31-12 run over the last 8:10 of the quarter by the Raptors, and they took an 81-79 lead into the fourth.Winslow made a wild layup for a 99-93 lead that came after an 8-0 Miami run — and the Raptors needed about a minute to respond with a lead-taking 8-0 run of their own. VanVleet connected on a 3, Siakam added a three-point play and Leonard drew a blocking call against Winslow that the Heat didn’t like with 1:19 left that he turned into a pair of free throws and a 101-99 Toronto edge.“The whistle went my way tonight,” Leonard said.The lead changed hands four more times from there, Green’s 3 marking the last of those.“There’s some really good things going on,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “And it was a great basketball game … through 47 minutes.”TIP-INSRaptors: It was Leonard’s first game in Miami since Oct. 30, 2016. The last time he lost a game on the Heat court was Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals. … Toronto outrebounded Miami 43-35.Heat: Rodney McGruder was back in the starting lineup, after missing his first game of the year Sunday in Orlando with an illness. … Miami debuted its “Sunset Vice” uniforms, with laser fuchsia the primary color. … Whiteside was 0 for 3 from the foul line, and is now 5 for his last 36. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil 2020 Tokyo Games to use hydrogen fuel to light cauldrons, torch during relay MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkcenter_img Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) defends against Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard (2) as he shoots the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2018, in Miami. (AP Photo/Joel Auerbach)MIAMI — Danny Green slipped to the right corner, somehow forgotten by the Miami Heat.He made them pay.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Green’s 3-pointer with 22.7 seconds left — a wide-open one — became the game winner, and the Toronto Raptors improved the NBA’s best record to 26-10 by topping the Heat 106-104 on Wednesday night.Toronto has now won three games this season when trailing by 17 points.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 Chriss“We’ve always got a chance to come back,” Fred VanVleet said.Green had 18 points and VanVleet added 16 for the Raptors, who survived a wild fourth quarter that saw 12 lead changes and four ties. Miami had three shots on the game’s final possession, with Dwyane Wade and Justise Winslow missing 3s and Wade having a chance at a tip-in that wouldn’t fall. ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Wade blamed himself for Green being so open, acknowledging that he blew the coverage.“I’m not mad at the loss. I’m mad at the way I played,” Wade said. “You’re going to lose games in this league. That’s fine. We’ve been playing good basketball and we played some good basketball today. … Losses are going to happen. It’s the way you bounce back from them and the last few times we’ve had losses we’ve bounced back pretty well.”Winslow scored 21 points for Miami, which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Josh Richardson scored 17 and Hassan Whiteside scored 16 for Miami, which was 6 for 12 from the foul line — while Toronto was 19 for 23.James Johnson and Tyler Johnson each scored 12 for the Heat, while Wade had 10. Pascal Siakam added 10 for the Raptors.Winslow’s layup with 35.2 seconds left put Miami up by one, and on the next Toronto possession Green found himself wide-open in the right corner — nearly the identical spot from where Ray Allen hit a 3-pointer to deny Green and Leonard the 2013 NBA title when they were with San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Wizards’ John Wall on injury: ‘God is telling me something’

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:08‘Andas wall’ prevents blocking of Black Nazarene image02:24To have zero injuries, DOH wants a total fireworks ban02:14Carpio 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 View comments Pistons send Knicks reeling to 15th straight loss Washington Wizards guard John Wall greets fans after the team’s NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Washington. The Wizards won 119-106. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON— John Wall has a history of trying to play through pain. His latest setback is forcing the Washington Wizards guard to take a different approach.“I guess God is telling me something,” Wall said Friday night about the ruptured Achilles tendon that will force him to miss at least the majority of the 2019-20 season. “To sit down and get yourself fully healthy. I’ve played through injuries my whole career. I know a lot of people who played through injuries and don’t sit down. That’s one thing I don’t like to do. If something that’s nagging or not broken, I want to play. I guess it kind of caught up to me.”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Wall suffered the Achilles injury after slipping and falling at home.“I understand I had an infection and getting off antibiotics, I felt like something wasn’t going right,” Wall said. “I slipped, but I don’t think that’s the main reason. … My pain was still the same. I didn’t have discomfort.”Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.2 assists in 32 games this season. He played in only 41 games last season, during which he had an operation on his left knee. Wall also had surgery on both knees in 2016.The injury prompted the Wizards to shake up the roster and shed salary by trading away Otto Porter Jr. and Markieff Morris. In Wall’s absence, Bradley Beal has thrived as Washington’s top scoring option.“I felt like he should have been an All Star starter, with the numbers he’s put up and carrying this team throughout the year,” Wall said of Beal. “You don’t see too many other guards doing that other than probably James Harden.”ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Wall was already out for the season after having surgery to repair bone spurs in his left heel. The rupture in his tendon was discovered by a team doctor during a follow-up procedure to clean out an infection. His recovery time has been estimated at 11 to 15 months.“I didn’t want to hear it,” Wall said of the diagnosis. “I’m kind of glad it happened now instead of when I’m four or five months ahead in recovery, trying to get back on the court, and it happens then.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsIt’s not clear what the injury will mean for a point guard who relies so heavily on his speed and athleticism. But Wall, whose $170 million “supermax” contract extension kicks starting next season, is optimistic about his future.“All the people that talk negative like ‘You’re not coming back,’ that just motivates me even more,” Wall said. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

WBC: Deontay Wilder-Tyson Fury 2 off for now

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Judge Robert Tapper scored the fight 114-112 for Fury, while Alejandro Rochin favored Wilder 115-111. Judge Phil Edwards had it 113-113.The next day, Wilder in particular pushed for a quick rematch.“I’m ready whenever he’s ready,” Wilder said. “I’m ready whenever he’s ready to do it. I’m ready to give the fans what they want to see and end this talk once and for all.”The British challenger said the two would “100 percent” meet again in the ring, but Wilder said he doesn’t want to fight anybody else before a rematch.“Everyone is talking about this fight. It’s only right for us to go back in and do it again,” Wilder said. “I don’t want any other fights to happen between him and I (meeting again).”ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Looks like that won’t be the case.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ex-NBA player Mike Bibby faces allegations of sexual misconduct Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award File-This Dec. 1, 2018, file photo shows Deontay Wilder, left, and Tyson Fury, of England, trading punches during a WBC heavyweight championship boxing match in Los Angeles. The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Wilder and Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019, he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)The WBC heavyweight title rematch between champion Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury is off for now.The two fought to a draw in December and were negotiating a rematch. But WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said Tuesday he received confirmation from Fury that the challenger would look elsewhere for his next bout.ADVERTISEMENT “Deontay Wilder vs Tyson Fury is officially not happening next,” Sulaiman tweeted. “The WBC Boxing has received communications as our process, and while WBC Champion Wilder confirmed its willingness to fight the rematch, Fury will take on another fight with expectations to do rematch at a later date.”Wilder is now expected to take on Dominic Breazeale, who is the next mandatory WBC challenger.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsAnthony Joshua, who holds the other major heavyweight belts, will take on Jarrell Miller in June in New York.Wilder (40-0-1) floored Fury (27-0-1) in the ninth and 12th rounds on Dec. 1, yet Fury outboxed Wilder for large portions of the remainder of their showdown at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Fury looked finished when Wilder put him flat on his back with two minutes left in the fight, but he rose and made it to the bell. MOST READ Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img read more

Foreign Minister Honored by Youth

first_imgA youth group named, Youth Organized for the Promotion of Good Governance (YOPGG), has honored Foreign Minister, Augustine Ngafuan, as Minister of the Year for what they described as his pivotal and impactful role during the height of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia.The Secretary General of the group, speaking on behalf of his colleagues, noted that the decision honor Minister Ngafuan is in recognition of the pivotal role he played in not just rallying the international community to Liberia’s aid but also because of his strong advocacy for his country and compatriots during the height of the Ebola crisis. SG Williams, presenting the certificate, noted that the Minister was the voice of Liberia in the international community when Liberians were being stigmatized because of the Ebola virus.”When Liberia was so troubled, and most of our friends including some of our African brothers were rejecting us because the Ebola disease had befallen our country, we can recall that Minster Ngafuan was the voice of Liberia in the international community”, Williams said.Reflecting on Minister Ngafuan’s presentation and impact at the recent United Nations General Assembly, Williams recalled, “We remember, Minister Ngafuan particularly at the United Nations General Assembly presenting the case for Liberia, ensuring that millions of dollars in cash, kind and in human capacity came to the rescue of this country.And we can proudly say that his intervention, along with his team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, into the Liberian situation has played a very key role in our country and remains indelible in the minds of Liberian youth, nurses, doctors, and the health workers”.The organization says it views President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s continuous confidence in the Foreign Minister as an inspiration to the young people.The group held a moment of silence for Liberians, especially young people  who lost their lives to the Ebola virus.Minister Ngafuan, in his response, described the day as a great day in his personal life and that of the Foreign Ministry. The Liberian chief diplomat underscored that public servants should proceed with their work without any expectation of an honor, but stressed that when honor comes, it should be appreciated. “To note that you have been evaluating us for the past 12 months and that your judgment is one of commendation, we are grateful. Civil society organizations often condemn officials of government when we do condemnable things. It is good to see you commending an official of government for what you consider commendable deeds”, Minister Ngafuan stated.The Foreign Minister stated that he was dedicating the honor first and foremost to all Liberians whom called the real masters: President Sirleaf, for her leadership and guidance in the Ebola fight and the entire Ministry of Foreign Affairs family whom he described as real giants whose contributions were critical to his success.He also dedicated the honor to the memory of the late Mrs. Sharon Washington, his Administrative Assistant who died during the height of the Ebola crisis: “I dedicate this honor to her memory for her dedicated service to the Ministry and the country for almost 20 years.”He then gave the assurance that the Foreign Ministry will commit itself to working hard to do its part in contributing to the Government’s agenda. “So, you have given us more reasons why we should work for the Liberian people. You have given us a charge for this New Year. You have given us gasoline for our tanks for the New Year.”YOPGG, a peace-building civil society organization, honored the Foreign Minister yesterday at his Foreign Ministry office.The organization was founded in 2010. It speaks out against excesses in the society as Liberia strives to strengthen its democracy and recovery process.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more