Messi back for Argentina’s World Cup duel with Brazil

Messi back for Argentina’s World Cup duel with Brazil

first_imgArgentina’s Lionel Messi gestures during their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifier football match against Uruguay in Mendoza, Argentina, on September 1, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRES LARROVERELionel Messi was named in Argentina’s squad for their heavyweight World Cup clash against bitter rivals Brazil on Friday having missed the last three fixtures through injury.Messi had been sidelined from international duty with a thigh injury but buoyed by a midweek hat-trick for Barcelona in the Champions League against Manchester City, he returns to an Argentina team struggling in fifth spot in World Cup qualifying.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH EDITORS’ PICK 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway Only the top four sides are guaranteed a place in the finals in Russia in 2018 with the fifth-place finishers facing a play-off.Without Messi, Argentina drew with Venezuela and Peru and lost 1-0 at home to Paraguay.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentThey face Brazil in Belo Horizonte on November 10 before hosting Colombia in San Juan five days later.Argentina squad: BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Goalkeepers: Nahuel Guzmán (Tigres de Monterrey/MEX) Sergio Romero (Man Utd/ENG) Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad/ESP).Defenders: Martín Demichelis (Espanyol/ESP), Mateo Musacchio (Villarreal/ESP) Nicolás Otamendi (Man City/ENG), Ramiro Funes Mori (Everton/ENG), Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla/ESP), Facundo Roncaglia (Celta Vigo/ESP), Emanuel Mas (San Lorenzo), Pablo Zabaleta (Man City/ENG).Midfielders: Javier Mascherano (Barcelona/ESP), Guido Pizarro (Tigres de Monterrey/MEX), Lucas Biglia (Lazio/ITA), Ever Banega (Inter Milan/ITA), Enzo Pérez (Valencia/ESP), Nicolás Gaitán (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Ángel Di Maria (PSG/FRA) Julio Buffarini (Sao Paulo/BRA), Marcos Acuña (Racing Club).Attackers: Ángel Correa (Atlético Madrid/ESP), Lionel Messi (Barcelona/ESP), Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuaín (Juventus/ITA), Sergio Agüero (Man City/ENG), Lucas Pratto (Atletico Mineiro/BRA).ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img NBA expands video replay role for upcoming season Team ‘Trabaho’ scores championship title at the last leg of Smart Siklab Saya Manila Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 We are young View commentslast_img read more

Pacquiao likes to give more than he receives

first_imgWe are young BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Guiao, Lee face off as Star, NLEX clash in PBA PH Cup Opener Boxer Manny Pacquiao from the Philippines poses on the scale during his official weigh together with Jessie Vargas, USA, at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 4, 2016.Pacquiao will challenge Vargas for the WBO Welterweight Title Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Thomas & Mack Center. / AFP PHOTOLAS VEGAS—Boxer Manny Pacquiao, known as the people’s champion in his native Philippines, says he has given away about $200 million on projects to help the less fortunate.“Every income I receive in boxing, almost half of it goes to the less fortunate,” Pacquiao said. “After each fight, half of my income goes to the poor.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Read Next Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH PH among economies most vulnerable to virus “But I don’t like to announce it.”According to Forbes, Pacquiao’s income from career purses and endorsements is around $500 million.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTS We are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentPacquiao has a number of projects underway in the Philippines including building 1,500 homes on the island of Mindanao. He also helped to buy a fleet of new boats for fishermen in a coastal community.Pacquiao says he needs to keep fighting so he can continue the charity work that has done throughout much of his 21-year boxing career.center_img 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas READ: Watching me fight helps the poor, Pacquiao saysPacquiao was elected to the Philippine Senate in May. He sits on 15 committees, two of which he chairs. His Senate duties have meant he has only been able to train part-time for the upcoming fight against Jessie Vargas.“I enjoy politics because I do not have a hidden agenda. I serve honestly,” he said.READ: Senator Pacquiao’s juggling act“That’s a good thing for me because I’m not ashamed to tell the truth. I’m not ashamed to rebuke someone if they are doing wrong. Government is for serving the people, not for serving oneself.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway EDITORS’ PICK Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town MOST READlast_img read more

One final dance

first_imgFloyd Mayweather Jr., left, and Manny Pacquiao pose during their weigh-in on Friday, May 1, 2015 in Las Vegas. The world weltherweight title fight between Mayweather Jr. and Pacquiao is scheduled for May 2. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)When Manny Pacquiao glanced at Floyd Mayweather Jr. after taking Jessie Vargas to school Saturday night, he was fishing for an opinion.And his special guest reciprocated by giving his former bitter rival the thumbs up.ADVERTISEMENT Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Though he’d been acknowledged as such three times (2006, 2008, 2009) in his sterling 21-year professional career, this latest accolade means a lot more for Pacquiao, also the concensus Fighter of the Decade (2000 to 2009).It will make Mayweather take a second look at him as probable foe if the flamboyant American—who left the sport with a 49-0 slate last year—decides to make a comeback next spring.Mayweather must have been satisfied with the way Pacquiao fought Vargas as he summed up his comment in just two words: “Not bad.”Coming from the dude who beat him in their blockbuster bout—over $600 million in revenues, 4.6 million PPV buys at $100 each pop—last year, Pacquiao readily accepted it as a compliment.With an unwilling dance partner in Vargas, Pacquiao (59 wins, six losses, two defeats, 38 KOs) failed to end a seven-year knockout drought, which is actually in Mayweather’s liking; the Money is not a power puncher himself (26 KOs). Pacquiao’s last stoppage came in 2009, when the referee stopped the beating he was handing Miguel Cotto.Though Roach expressed disappointment at Pacquiao’s failure to finish off Vargas, he said the senator still has a couple of fights left in him.Vargas, 10 years younger than Pacquiao at 27, must have felt the power too. Otherwise, he would have engaged the eight-division world champion in a slugfest.Pacquiao said he’ll likely fight again when the Senate takes a long break from March next year.Against whom, nobody can’t tell for now.Roach is receptive to the idea of pitting Pacquiao against Canelo Alvarez at 154 pounds. There will be no catch weight, but the seven-time Trainer of the Year wants to put a cap on how much Alvarez can bulk up on fight night. The Total Teng MOST READ Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Pacquiao, however, is hesitant to return to super welterweight. Remember that in 2010, Pacquiao was dwarfed by Antonio Margarito, who rehydrated to 165 lb on fight night after making the 150 lb catchweight. From 144.6 lb at weigh-in, Pacquiao could only rise to 148.Though Pacquiao dominated the 5-foot-11 Margarito, he had to settle for unanimous decision as the referee allowed the injured and bloodied Mexican to continue fighting.During the post-fight press conference of Pacquiao-Vargas, promoter Bob Arum of Top Rank Inc. mentioned in-house candidates like Terence Crawford and Vasyl Lomachenco as Pacquiao’s next foe. Arum also stressed that as far as he is concerned Mayweather is retired.Less than 48 hours later, he reversed gears and announced there’s a 75-percent chance that Pacquiao-Mayweather II will happen next year.While Pacquiao says that he is open to a rematch, Mayweather has yet to make a statement. By his actuations, however, Mayweather appears to be veering on the affirmative side.After all, there’s too much money on the line if the sequel pushes through. If Part II earns just half as much as the first encounter, it would mean over $300 million in revenues.Pacquiao, for sure, won’t get that big payday against Crawford, Lomachenko or even Adrien Broner. Neither will Mayweather versus another star like Genadyn Golovkin.Only if they fight one another, will the ante rise. They may be sending mixed signals just to feel the fans’ pulse on a rematch.If there’s strong clamor for it, Pacquiao and Mayweather will agree to one final dance. As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise EDITORS’ PICK PH among economies most vulnerable to viruscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pacquiao, meanwhile, carefully managed his waking hours by running in the morning, doing his legislative work in the afternoon and training in the gym at night. Counting time spent for reflection and preaching, Pacquiao normally puts in 16 hours of work a day.But he pushed himself and returned to form less than two weeks before his 12-round pay-per-view (PPV) tussle with World Boxing Organization welterweight king Vargas.Capitalizing on his vaunted speed, Pacquiao sneaked in more punches on fewer attempts en route to a unanimous decision—118-109 twice and a bum 114-113 count—over Vargas before a crowd of 16,132 at Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.Pacquiao thus added another chapter to his boxing legacy, the first incumbent senator, from the Philippines and elsewhere, to become a world champion in any sport.Not only that, Pacquiao vaulted to the top of the pound-for-pound rankings again and is sure to contend for Fighter of the Year honors.ADVERTISEMENT We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments That simple gesture signifies the new cordial relationship between the two most bankable, most influential fighters of their generation.Pacquiao came out of brief retirement to chase history, while Mayweather, the highest-earning athlete in the world from 2011 to 2015, hinted at giving boxing another shot by returning to his own gym to train.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentA few months back, Mayweather, regarded as top pound-for-pound fighter of the last 25 years, also paid a surprise visit to Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s longtime chief trainer, at Wild Card Gym in Hollywood.It was just casual talk, but Roach couldn’t help but wonder what Mayweather’s intentions were. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PHlast_img read more

Misfiring Azkals settle for draw vs Singapore

first_imgAFF Suzuki Cup match between Philippines and Singapore at Philippine Sports Stadium in Bulacan. They settled for a scoreless tie. Photo by Sherwin Vardeleon/INQUIRERBOCAUE, Bulacan – The Philippines left itself with a far tougher task of qualifying from Group A of the AFF Suzuki Cup after settling for a scoreless stalemate against 10-man Singapore last night at PhilippineSports Stadium.The Azkals rued a missed opportunity to join Thailand in the early lead as they failed to break down a resolute Lions defense, which coped well despite going a man down in the last 35 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Valdez overcomes tricky challenge of hosting UAAP cheerdance Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town View comments We are young Stephan Schrock and Pika Minegishi, making his Azkals debut, both wasted gilt-edged chances in a second half, allowing the Lions to survive. Singapore goalkeeper Hassan Sunny also starred, denying Minegishi twice, including from a free header in stoppage.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 With the defending champion Thais beating a surprisingly tough Indonesian side, 4-2, earlier, the Azkals now face the difficult task of picking up points from their last two matches in the tournament’sGroup of Death. Both Philippines and Singapore have a point each.The Azkals face Indonesia on Tuesday, aware that the Merah Putih are tougher than they were initially billed as shown by their performance against the Thais, who needed two late goals to dispatch them.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agent“It’s disappointing not to score with all the chances that we had,” said Azkals captain Phil Younghusband. “We have to learn from this match.”The crowd of 4,339 greeted the final whistle with jeers perhaps directed on the Lions for their incessant time wasting in the second half. But the home side must not escape scrutiny as well with itsinability to find the back of the net. EDITORS’ PICK MOST READlast_img read more

Paul Lee leads Star past former team Rain or Shine

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Forward Japeth Aguilar also finished in double figures for the Gin Kings with 12 points but the tallest player on the floor at 6-foot-9 failed to grab a single rebound against an undersized Alaska frontcourt.The scores:STAR 99 – Simon 16, Jalalon 14, Lee 14, Ramos 12, Maliksi 11, Pingris 11, Melton 6, Sangalang 6, Dela Rosa 5, Barroca 4, Reavis 0.RAIN OR SHINE 91 – Almazan 19, Washington 14, Tolomia 11, Norwood 10, Yap 9, Ponferada 8, Ahanmisi 7, Belga 6, Cruz 5, Chan 2.Quarters: 23-23, 42-41, 74-75, 99-91.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Joe Smith Jr. stops 51-year-old Bernard Hopkins in 8th round Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND As fate of VFA hangs, PH and US forces take to the skies for exercise PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPaul Lee reminded Rain or Shine what it used to have as he towed Star to a 99-91 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Jio Jalalon beat the shot clock to break the 88-all deadlock as Lee followed up with a three and assisted on a pair of long bombs from Aldrech Ramos in the clutch to help Hotshots nab their third straight win.ADVERTISEMENT EDITORS’ PICK Senators to proceed with review of VFAcenter_img We are young Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine MOST READ But through all the emotions and storylines, the game turned out the way everyone expected it to be a down-the-wire affair with Lee and Ramos delivering the goods in the endgame.“We tried our best for our players to not get emotional, but we know that won’t happen so we just stayed composed. We were aggressive but I think we were more composed in the final five minutes of the game,” said Victolero.Star tied Rain or Shine and two other teams in Blackwater and TNT in third at 3-2.Raymond Almazan topped the Elasto Painters with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, while Jay Washington got 14 markers and six boards.Yap finished with nine points and shot 3-of-10 from the field in his first game against his former franchise.ADVERTISEMENT Simon topped the Hotshots with 16 points, while Lee got 14 markers, four assists, and three rebounds.Jalalon also added 14 points, six dimes, and five boards, while Ramos went 4-of-4 from threes to finish with 12.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad Ali“It’s all credit to the players, they gave their best effort and they committed to our defense,” said Star coach Chito Victolero. “I’m very proud of my players. Whatever we prepared for, we executed it today.”It was a weird sight seeing former teammates turn into foes and the main protagonists didn’t shy away from the spotlight. James Yap and Peter June Simon guarded each other relentlessly and even fired shots on each other’s faces, while Beau Belga did not hesitate to give up a hard foul on Lee when the latter drove to the basket. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports View commentslast_img read more

PBA D-League: AMA elated with ‘all-around’ Teng

first_imgSmart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH “Jeron is still in shape and he still has the same intensity like what he had in Game 2 (of the UAAP Finals). He’s also very coachable,” the mentor raved on Tuesday.The 6-foot-2 second-generation star averaged 17.7 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 2.1 assists as he helped the Green Archers snare the UAAP Season 79 title, where he was also named as the Finals Most Valuable Player.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngHerrera deems the winger as the undoubted leader of the squad.“I still can’t see any point of concern for him because he’s an all-around player who can play offense and defense,” he said. PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine ‘Phenomenal’ Butler does it with 52 points for Bulls Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND EDITORS’ PICK Teng inked a one-conference deal with AMA, which hopes to make its first ever semifinals appearance.Joining him in the Titans camp are veteran Jay-R Taganas, guard Diego Dario, and Fil-Am swingman Ryan Arambulo.The 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup opens on January 19 at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT 2016 PBA D-League Draft no. 1 overall pick Jeron Teng has been nothing but stellar so far for AMA Online Education.Titans coach Mark Herrera couldn’t be more pleased with the way the La Salle stud has been performing so far in the team’s buildup for the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup.ADVERTISEMENT Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughtercenter_img MOST READ We are young View comments Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Senators to proceed with review of VFA Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Alab Pilipinas beats Kaohsiung Truth anew, improves to 3-2

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Carter showcased his all-around game with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists with two steals and a block to boot.Bobby Ray Parks Jr. shone anew with a team-high 28 points that went with six assists for Alab Pilipinas, who hiked their record to 3-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSFreddie Roach: Manny Pacquiao is my Muhammad AliSPORTSWe are youngAlab bounced back from a 71-68 loss to the league-leading Singapore Slingers. The team is now 3-0 against Kaohsiung.The Truth failed to follow up their breakthrough victory over the Saigon Heat as they dropped to 1-5. Teng makes PBA D-League debut for AMA in season opener on Jan. 19 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Photo from Asean Basketball League Facebook pageSampson Carter announced his arrival in style and led Alab Pilipinas to an 86-77 win over Kaohsiung Truth in the Asean Basketball League Sunday at Kaohsiung Arena in Taiwan.The 6-foot-8 Carter, along with the 6-foot-11 James Hughes made triumphant debuts as replacement imports for the Philippine side.ADVERTISEMENT Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH Senators to proceed with review of VFA EDITORS’ PICK We are young Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter PH among economies most vulnerable to virus Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Where did they go? Millions left Wuhan before quarantine Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Shanghai officials reveal novel coronavirus transmission modeslast_img read more

Nadal on track for Federer showdown as Sock downed

first_imgRafael Nadal of Spain reacts during a match against Jack Sock at Crandon Park Tennis Center on March 29, 2017 in Key Biscayne, Florida. Rob Foldy/Getty Images/AFPRafael Nadal took a step closer to a possible final against long-time rival Roger Federer in the Miami Open after a straight sets win over American Jack Sock on Wednesday at Key Biscayne.Nadal’s 6-2, 6-3 win over the 13th-seeded Sock sets up a semi-final meeting with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who upset second ranked Kei Nishikori 6-4, 6-2 earlier in the day.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Bad Boys for Life’ debuts so good with box office top spot Instead Nadal pulled back to 2-2 and with Sock failing to make the most of a chance of further break points it was comfortable in the end.The 30-year-old Spaniard has never won in Miami despite being a four-time finalist and he expects plenty of work to get past Fognini and make it a fifth appearance.“We know each other very well. He has beaten me a couple of times and so it will be a good test. I am happy to be the semi-finals but it will be a tough one and I will need to play my best,” said Nadal.Fognini has three wins from ten meetings with the Spaniard, the most recent coming on clay in Rio de Janiero in 2015.The 29-year-old world number 40 showed plenty of confidence as he took the game to his Japanese opponent from the outset.ADVERTISEMENT It was the Italian’s first victory in three attempts over Nishikori and his first Masters series quarter-final win since 2013, when he reached the last four in Monte-Carlo.Nishikori earlier said he had not felt fully in top shape for the contest.“I wasn’t 100%, physically, I mean, it was tough conditions for me,” he said, referring to the heat on the mid-afternoon Key Biscayne centre court.“But it was also same for him, too. He was playing a lot of the long matches, but I think he still played good enough to beat me today,” he added.Fognini, who was cheered on by his friend, former Italy footballer Christian Vieri, said he had come through a demanding test.“It wasn’t easy and I was just focused on my game. I am very happy, I’m in the semifinal, I’m playing well and I feel good again on the court,” he said.On Thursday, Federer takes on Czech tenth-seed Tomas Berdych while the last quarter-final pits Germany’s Alexander Zverev against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The Spaniard’s forehand was ominous as he neutralized Sock in one hour and 22 minutes.Nadal was able to save six of seven break points earned by Sock as he kept control of the contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnHe broke Sock in the American’s first service game and swiftly established a 3-0 advantage and a second break at 5-2 wrapped up the opening set.The American showed his spirit though as he broke Nadal at the start of the second but was unable to take advantage of a double break that could have put him 3-0 up. Prince Harry: ‘No other option’ but to cut royal ties Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town ‘It’s not my shame’: Why Filipino women are calling out sexual misconduct on social media ‘1917’ takes top honor at the Producers Guild Awards Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Palace: Crisis over ABC-CBN franchise unlikely Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite View comments Duterte promises to look for funds to establish rail transport in Cebu South Korea set to let women’s team play in North Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home LATEST STORIES MOST READ Wildlife rescuers asked to turn over animals to DENRlast_img read more

Grueling season taking its toll on injury-hit Man United

first_imgView comments Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Presidency bid needs ‘deep reflection’ – Sara Duterte LATEST STORIES Except United’s list of absentees is no laughing matter for Mourinho.Already without injured players Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo, Mourinho will now be without Marouane Fellaini for Sunday’s Premier League game against Swansea after the midfielder was sent off for head-butting Sergio Aguero in the 0-0 draw at Manchester City on Sunday. Fellaini is facing a three-game ban.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnLate in that game, substitute Timothy Fosu-Mensah picked up an injury that will see him become the latest defender to be sidelined.“We are in trouble, but we fight,” Mourinho said. “That’s for sure.” Bulacan town gears up for biggest cookie jar Center back and central midfield are the obvious problem areas for United, which is through to the Europa League semifinals — the first leg against Celta Vigo is on Thursday — and is in fifth place in the Premier League. It means two potential routes remain open to qualify for next season’s Champions League.With Pogba and Fellaini out, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick are United’s only genuine center midfielders. Wayne Rooney might also be an option there, but how Mourinho could do with Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who were both allowed to leave United in recent months — to Everton and Chicago Fire, respectively — when the squad looked bloated.“To have lots of players without playing is something that the players, they don’t want,” Mourinho said. “Sometimes there is this dilemma, to keep a bigger squad but the players don’t want to stay.“We are arriving at an extreme situation where now it must be unique to football. Two cruciate ligaments in the same match?” Mourinho added, referring to the injuries sustained by Ibrahimovic and Rojo against Anderlecht last week. “In my career (as a manager), I had one, in 17 years. One cruciate in 17 years. Against Anderlecht I had two, in one match. We are very unlucky, that’s all we can say.”Mourinho said Pogba could return from injury against Celta, and that Mata was making good progress after groin surgery.ADVERTISEMENT Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Taal Volcano evacuees warned against going home United is making light of its problems, though, with the hard-fought draw at City extending its unbeaten run in the Premier League to 24 games. The team is now only two points behind third-place Liverpool, having played one game less, and a point behind fourth-place City, but has a tougher run-in with games still to come at Tottenham and Arsenal.“First of all, we have played I think 18 more matches than Liverpool,” Mourinho said. “Eighteen more matches is like half of a Premier League. Eighteen matches and many miles in the players’ legs. So it’s an unfair fight, but we are going for it. The guys have an amazing spirit.“I think City will finish top four. The matches they have to play, I see them doing that. I think it’s between us, Arsenal and Liverpool. The reality is we have a European semifinal to play, lots of problems with players, but we are going to fight until it’s not mathematically possible.”And Mourinho believes United’s strong second half of the season bodes well for next season.“I think Mr. (Louis) van Gaal left me a good group of boys with very good relations between them and I got that in my hands. I think they miss happiness, they miss trust, they miss belief. They miss this extra bit that brings resilience, brings you fight,” he said.“They have it (now). So in July, when we meet again for next season, it’s a stronger group. 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McMaster surprised by weekend run

first_img Main focus WITH so many top international athletes on show at the Jamaica International Invitational Meet inside the National Stadium last Saturday, not many local fans knew about Kyron McMaster of the British Virgin Islands, but after the Men’s 400m hurdles event, his name will be now been known locally and around the world. A year ago, at the IAAF Under-20 Championships, formerly known as the IAAF World Junior Championships, which happened in Bydgoszcz, Poland, the 20-year-old athlete was a bronze medallist, finishing third in the intermediate hurdle in 49.56 seconds, behind gold medallist Jaheel Hyde who won back-to-back titles in 49.03 seconds. No one had their eyes on this youngster on Saturday night, but running a big race, he surprised the field to win the event in a personal-best and world-leading time of 47.88 seconds, and in the process relegated Hyde to second. Hyde also ran a personal best of 48.52 seconds, which is now at number three on the world list. McMaster, several minutes after his achievement, told The Gleaner that he was very pleased with what he did, despite being a bit surprised at the feat. “I am a little bit surprised with my win and time, seeing that the field had so many experienced athletes who had performed well in the past, at the highest level”, said McMaster. “My main focus was to just come into the race and execute, and I was hoping for the best,” he continued. Asked if he was also surprised to beat Hyde, his reply was: “This is a competitive sport and I have been training hard for this, as Hyde has been a target at such a young age. To beat him, for me it was exceptional and I felt really good,” he said. Asked what it meant for him now being atop the world, his response was: “It makes me feel very good, as I have been having a good season so far, as my season’s best coming into the meet was 48.69 seconds, done in Gainsville, Florida, where my time was number three on the world list. Now I am really motivated to continue working harder, as now I will be a targeted man,” he said. – R.G.last_img read more