CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or videos on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — Clippers coach Doc Rivers compares Oracle Arena to the old Boston Garden, but said the similarities have nothing to do with the structures themselves.“It’s a great venue because of the fans. It’s not a great venue because of the building,” Rivers said before Game 1 of the Warriors-Clippers playoff series that initiates the franchise’s final postseason run at Oracle. “It’s like the …
Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson University snatched its first win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament after tripping University of Santo Tomas, 88-81, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Falcons improved to 1-1 while the Growling Tigers are still winless after two games.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:13UAAP Season 80 preview: UST Growling Tigers00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police 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 Games UST quietly went on a 14-4 run in the final five minutes of the game to cut Adamson’s 81-66 lead to five, 85-80, but time wasn’t on the Growling Tigers’ side as the Falcons held on until the final buzzer. Adamson also forced UST to turn the ball over 41 times, the most since Far Eastern University had 44 errors in 2003, and Falcons head coach Franz Pumaren said his team’s defense made it all happen. 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“I have to give credit to our players, the 41 turnovers is a testament to the defense our players put on,” said Pumaren.“Although we’re still struggling and we made a lot of mistakes down the stretch so I have to give credit to UST for playing hard.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Ateneo bounces back, brushes off Lyceum for 2nd win Robbie Manalang led Adamson with 19 points and five assists while Kurt Lojera added 16.Papi Sarr returned to action after recovering from a groin injury and put up 10 points and grabbed four boards in limited minutes. Jeepy Faundo led put up 21 points and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead UST while Steve Akomo also finished with his own double-double of 10 points and 15 rebounds.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients LATEST STORIES Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. View comments
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WBO says it will re-score Pacquiao-Horn fight; result stands MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong LATEST STORIES Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection “Tried to find the words to better help explain how much the fans and the city of Atlanta has meant to me but words can not explain it,” Millsap wrote, along with a photo of himself in a Hawks uniform.“From an average Joe to a 4 time All ⭐️(star) Atlanta I could not have done it without you.”“Thank you for an amazing 4 years! Thank you for embrace me and my family and for always having my back. I will always hold a special place in my heart for you,” he added, with the hashtags #truetoatlanta #anchormanout #untilnexttime.Since transferring to Atlanta from the Utah Jazz in 2013, Millsap had anchored the team down low with his versatility on both ends of the floor.Although considered undersized at the power forward position, the 6’8 forward has averaged solid numbers of 17.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game during his tenure in Atlanta. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Ever the consummate professional, the 32-year-old forward recently penned a heartfelt goodbye to the entire city of Atlanta and paid homage to its loyal fans. Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments After his fruitful four seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Paul Millsap is headed West to join Nikola Jokic and the rest of the Denver Nuggets.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe four-time All-Star recently signed a reported three-year, $90-million contract with the “Mile High City,” in exchange for Jamal Crawford, Diamond Stone and the Los Angeles Clippers’ 2018 first-round draft pick.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Moyes eyeing Birmingham jobby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United and Everton boss David Moyes is eyeing the Birmingham City job.The Mirror says the Potters are on the brink of sacking current manager Gary Rowett following his disappointing six months in the hotseat.Moyes, 55, has been out of work since steering West Ham to safety last season – and walking away from the Londoners having failed to agree a new contract.The Scot has been waiting patiently for the right job to come up.He turned down the chance to take over troubled Turkish outfit Fenerbache in the summer.
Lampard can’t contain excitement after Chelsea claim ‘huge’ Ajax victoryby Freddie Taylora day agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard could not hide his excitement at his side’s performance and victory over Ajax.The Blues were made to fight hard against last season’s Champions League semi finalists in the group stages.But they emerged with a vital away win in Amsterdam, thanks to a late Michy Batshuayi goal.”It feels huge,” Lampard said.”That always scares me because there’s a lot to do and it’s just six points halfway through the group now but we’re entitled to be excited about how we played tonight.”It can be a bit of a blueprint for us in terms of the work from the midfield players which was outstanding, the work of the wingers was outstanding, the work of the full-backs getting out to top players and stopping them making passes and easy decisions was absolutely outstanding.”I could go through them all – Kurt Zouma, what a performance – but there’s no excuses for us now to dip from that.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
If you read my Skeptical Football column regularly last season (which I’m sure you did), you may already be familiar with my “gunslinger” obsession. But in case you’re new, here’s the quick recap: For a quarterback to maximize his ability to win, he has to take risks. Just as a coach failing to go for it in certain fourth-down situations costs his teams wins, so does a quarterback who doesn’t alter his game to exploit the situation he faces. Many times this means making decisions that can be costly to a player’s statistical efficiency — and often his popular reputation — in order to slightly improve his team’s chances of victory. In other words, throwing interceptions may not always be bad, and not throwing interceptions may not always be good.To celebrate the QBs willing to make this bargain, last year I picked a Gunslinger of the Week (the QB who set the best example of taking “good, smart risks in their relentless pursuit of victory, whether or not those risks succeeded”) each week. This season, we’re spinning that off into its own post, to be released on Mondays. (MNFers are eligible to steal the next week’s award, but only if they’re really really slingy.) So without further ado:Week 1Philip Rivers and defending Gunslinger of the Year Tony Romo both won despite trailing big and throwing multiple interceptions while they were behind. Those impossible wins are rare feats that I love to reward.But when I looked over the play-by-play, I was less impressed from the gunslinger perspective. Romo’s first interception came with less than a minute left in the first half, on Dallas’s own 20-yard line, and was thrown only 1 yard downfield on a first-and-10. “Good” interceptions are low risk/high reward — or sometimes high risk/high reward — but a bad short pass on first down in Romo’s own territory is high risk/low reward. His second came on a throw that went 2 yards downfield on third and 6, again in Dallas territory. Suffice to say, these were not the kind of plays that signify that a QB is pulling out all the stops to win; they were just good, old-fashioned turnovers.Rivers had two interceptions in the first half, including one returned for a touchdown and one on the Lions goal line. While he eventually pulled out an amazing win, gunslinging had little if anything to do with it. The Lions’ Matthew Stafford — a Gunslinger Award veteran himself — got a little too slingy for his own good and threw two INTs while in the lead to help the Chargers get back into things, and then Rivers sealed the deal with an impressively robotic but decidedly non-slingy stretch of 20 straight completions, only four of which went for more than 5 yards in the air (and eight of which were thrown behind the line of scrimmage).Note: Gambling by throwing downfield isn’t the only way to be a good gunslinger, but it’s certainly one way. Which leads us to this week’s winner:Ben Roethlisberger.This week 11 quarterbacks faced extended multiple-score deficits,1Took at least 10 pass attempts with their team down 9-plus points. and none pushed the ball downfield as hard as Steelers QB Roethlisberger:Playing the Patriots, Roethlisberger threw his passes the farthest downfield by far: on average, more than 12 yards per pass. That included seven attempts of more than 20 yards — more than the rest of these quarterbacks combined.After New England raced out to a 21-3 lead early in the third quarter, things looked pretty bleak for the Steelers. But Roethlisberger brought them to within 7 with a TD (plus 2-point conversion) and a field goal on the next two drives — each featuring passes completed 24 yards downfield. When the Patriots went back up 14, Roethlisberger continued to push, completing an 18-yard pass to get the Steelers to midfield and then going big with a 40-yard pass that was intercepted by Duron Harmon. There’s no shame in being intercepted on a throw that — if completed — would have set up a potentially crucial score with seven minutes remaining.On the final drive of the night, Roethlisberger would push his yard tally to 351 and get a meaningless TD with seven seconds left. But with two minutes left on that same drive — when he probably could have given up and padded his stats a little more easily — he was throwing a 29-yard bomb to Markus Wheaton that a defender got a hand on. Had that been successful, it might have given the Steelers a slim chance of winning instead of none. That’s the kind of choice I like to see.Reminder: If you tweet NFL questions to me @skepticalsports, there is a non-zero chance that I’ll answer them in Skeptical Football. Check out win and loss projections and playoff odds for all 32 NFL teams.
Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and former coach David Blatt question an official’s call on April 19 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen David Blatt was hired to be the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers in June 2014, the roster he was inheriting consisted of all-star point guard Kyrie Irving, the soon-to-be No. 1 pick in the NBA draft and a bunch of young guys and journeymen veterans who had just finished up a 33-49 season.A month later, LeBron James, arguably the best player in the league and one of the most difficult players to coach, decided to take his talents back to Cleveland to suit up for Blatt’s Cavs.Then, a little over a month after that, Cleveland decided to trade Andrew Wiggins, the player it selected with the first pick in draft and a guy who Blatt had coached all summer, to the Minnesota Timberwolves in exchange for superstar forward Kevin Love.By the time the Cavs opened up regular-season play on Oct. 30, 2014, against the New York Knicks, Cleveland had transformed its roster from one of the worst in the league to one that was expected to win multiple championships.All of this pressure was put on the 56-year-old Blatt, who, despite his great success in Europe, had never coached in the NBA, did not have any relationships with current NBA players or coaches, and had not even lived in the United States since the early 1980s when he moved to Israel.An argument could be made that this man was the worst possible choice Cleveland could have made to coach James, Irving and Love.But the fact of the matter is that Blatt was not hired to coach the team that ended up taking the floor on opening night last season. When James and Love are added to your team, the entire complexion of it changes.Fast forward several months to the playoffs and the roster had changed yet again with trade acquisitions Timofey Mozgov, J.R. Smith and Iman Shumpert. Blatt ended up leading the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals, where the team came just two wins short of its first title in franchise history. Many would argue that James and the rest of the gang could have done it with or without Blatt, but, nonetheless, he did coach his team to the finals in his first year.That first year was filled with constant scrutiny from the media, fans and even players. When the Cavs lost, Blatt was given most of the blame, and when they won, he was given no credit. Despite all of this, he never complained and continued to encourage and praise his team and superstar James. Many will point to Blatt’s failure to challenge James as one of the reasons he was fired. But realistically, James has not allowed any coach to challenge him since he was in high school. These same critics of Blatt say that new Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue, who basically stole Blatt’s seat on the bench, will be more successful because of his plans to challenge James and the rest of the Cavs’ star players. Lue being a former player — something James has supposedly always wanted in a coach — is pointed to as the reason he will be able to be tougher than his predecessor. The reality is this: Lue was a below-average NBA player, and the players on this Cavs team might respect him more than Blatt but not enough to drastically change the way they play. Their play and demeanor has been — and will continue — to be determined by their true leader: James. Blatt’s track record shows that he is a good coach, just not the right one for this team. The Cavaliers have their coach, and he wears No. 23.
Hampered by injuries, running back Brandon Saine’s career as a Buckeye has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride. Saine was named ‘Mr. Ohio Football’ following his senior year at Piqua High School. In his senior season, Saine rushed for 1,895 yards and 27 touchdowns. Four years later, Saine admits that he’s not the same athlete as his high school career. “Here at OSU, I think I’ve been able to do pretty well, maybe not quite Mr. Ohio football standards.” Partly due to injury, Saine has struggled to put up equivalent numbers. He underwent knee surgery in spring 2007. “I’m glad it happened when I was a little bit younger. Injuries definitely set you back a little bit, but I think that not only physically, but it hurts you mentally too,” Saine said. Two hamstring injuries, one during camp his second season, were big disappointments but served as jumping-off points for improvement. “That injury was able to help me kind of get my head on straight and realize that there’s more to OSU than just starting and playing football,” Saine said. Although his numbers aren’t nearly as impressive at OSU, Saine has become a versatile athlete, finding speed at both running back and wide receiver. Saine has 183 rushing yards and 174 receiving yards on the season. He clearly has the ability to function in both respects. “We think he’s really dangerous as a receiver and as a runner,” Tressel said following the 38-10 victory over Indiana. Saine is third on the team with six touchdowns, only behind wide receiver Dane Sanzenbacher and running back Dan Herron, seven and nine respectively. Both Saine and Sanzenbacher have affirmed they are best friends. When it comes to performance on the field, Saine might be slightly more competitive. “I can definitely make it somewhat into a friendly competition (against Dane),” Saine said. “I think it can be fun to maybe towards the end of the year, really see who comes out on top.” Last season, Saine received the Rex Kern award, voted on by coaches and given to an outstanding back. Saine shared the accolade with Herron. “It was a great honor. Anytime you’re able to receive an award like that it kind of shows that your hard work pays off,” Saine said. Saine’s career highlight came on Nov. 21, 2009. “Being able to score a touchdown against Michigan,” Saine said.