first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I couldn’t be more proud of how the team performed overall. Not only is it the best result the team has ever had in a single tournament, the entire team was composed of Philippine homegrown players. The program is on track for a competitive rematch against Malaysia in the Southeast Asian Games next year,” said Philippine team head coach Ada Milby.The Philippines beat Uzbekistan, 12-10, to open its campaign then, crushed Pakistan, 38-0, and topped India, 17-10, in the first day of the tournament.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 ChrissThe Filipinos picked up where they left off with a 43-0 romp of Nepal before edging Guam, 10-7, in the semifinals. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown The Philippine women’s rugby team after winning the silver medal in the 2018 Asia Trophy Series in Brunei. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOThe Philippine women’s rugby team settled for the silver medal after bowing to Malaysia, 10-7, on Sunday in the 2018 Asia Trophy Series in Brunei.The Lady Volcanoes went undefeated, winning their first five games of the two-day competition before running into the Malaysians in the gold medal match.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img ONE: Folayang eyes double celebration vs Khan in Manila 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 Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img

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first_imgGreen group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In this Nov. 18, 2017 photo, Houston Rockets guards James Harden, left, and Chris Paul warm up before and NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Memphis, Tenn. Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak. So does James Harden. And coach Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined. Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs. In a league that Golden State and Cleveland have dominated in recent years this might be the Paul-Harden-D’Antoni triumvirate that breaks through this spring. (AP Photo/Brandon Dill)HOUSTON — Chris Paul has a long history of playoff heartbreak.So does James Harden.ADVERTISEMENT The Knicks were swept by Boston in 2011, the Lakers swept by the Spurs in 2013, both of those coming in the first round. Before last season, D’Antoni hadn’t won a playoff game in nine years.“We’ve had a great regular season, but it doesn’t matter,” he said. “But what it does mean is that we’re pretty good and if we make big shots and do what we’re supposed to do … then we’ll see if we can do it.”Paul’s failures in the postseason may be even more scrutinized. The nine-time All-Star, who came to Houston in an offseason trade, has made nine playoff trips without advancing past the second round. The worst of those flops came in 2015, ironically against Houston, when Paul and the Clippers had a 3-1 lead in the conference semifinals. They got blown out in Game 5, wasted a 19-point second-half lead in Los Angeles in Game 6, then fell in Game 7 at Houston.That was then, Paul said.“It is cool when you stop and think about it,” Paul said. “But for us right now we’re trying to enjoy the moment. Trying to enjoy the process and not worry about all that stuff. Maybe after it’s all said and done you can reflect on it.”Harden knows playoff pain as well. His splendid 2016-17 season was so promising, especially after Houston routed San Antonio, on the road, in Game 1 of the West semifinals. The Spurs won four of the next five, including a 114-75 embarrassing series-clincher in Houston where Harden was held to 10 points.“These last few years I’ve learned that obviously you can’t do it by yourself,” Harden said. “You need guys to step up, make big shots, make big plays and so we have enough guys in here on any given night that can change a playoff series. So that’s what you need. That’s what puts you over the top.”Paul might be the topper Harden needed.From the moment Paul arrived in Houston, Harden raved about what he would bring to the team. After playing with him for a season, the normally reserved Harden was even more effusive in his praise of the fellow guard.“I don’t mean to sound too mushy or what-not but it was like love at first sight,” Harden said. “It was just meant to be.” Matthysse raring to face ‘legend, monster’ Pacquiao Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames And Mike D’Antoni has more than either of them combined.Separately, they’ve never gotten it done at playoff time. Together, their fortunes might change. They’ve led the Houston Rockets to the NBA’s best record going into these playoffs, and in a league that Golden State and Cleveland have dominated in recent years, it may not be overly surprising to see the Paul-Harden-D’Antoni triumvirate win it all this spring.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 crownWith two regular-season games left, the Rockets have already piled up a franchise-record 64 wins to secure the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. But this group — perhaps fueled by past playoff shortcomings — knows it has much more work to do.“The ultimate goal is holding that trophy up,” Harden said. “So until we do that there’s no celebrations … we haven’t done anything yet.”center_img D’Antoni, who’ll turn 67 next month and would be the oldest coach to win an NBA title if Houston gets it done, has revived his career in Houston. He got the Rockets to the West semifinals in his first year with them last season. And on the eve of these playoffs, D’Antoni insists he won’t spend a second thinking about all the times things went wrong in his previous postseason trips.“Zero,” he said when asked how much he thinks about his playoff failures. “Twenty-nine teams look back every year. It’s hard to win.”D’Antoni might know that better than most.In 2004-05, his Phoenix Suns won 62 games in the regular season and reached the conference finals before losing to eventual champion San Antonio in five games. The Suns advanced to the conference finals again the following year, but were eliminated by Dallas in six games. They lost in the second round in 2007, the first round in 2008.More failures followed in his stints with New York and the Los Angeles Lakers.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew This will be Harden’s ninth playoff appearance after three trips with the Thunder and five in Houston. He’s led the Rockets to the postseason in each of his seasons in Houston, but his failure to shine in big games has dogged him for years.Bringing a title to Houston, which hasn’t seen the Rockets hoisting a Larry O’Brien Trophy since the back-to-back crowns in 1994 and 1995, will render all those criticisms moot.“We’re all in this together,” Harden said. “That’s what it’s all about. We talk about it every single day. We’re in this together and if one fails we all fail. So we’re going to ride this thing out together.”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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

first_imgLATEST STORIES Harris sparks Nuggets to win over depleted Pelicans Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJune Mar Fajardo may have finally made his debut for San Miguel this conference last week but it was still Christian Standhardinger who led the Beermen’s march to the 2018 Governors’ Cup playoffs.As if Standhardinger isn’t doing enough, he even managed to up the ante in the Beermen’s last two wins over NorthPort and Rain or Shine.ADVERTISEMENT 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 MOST READ The Fil-German big man averaged import-like numbers of 21.5 points and 20 rebounds to help San Miguel clinch a quarterfinals spot after a rocky start.Standhardinger, who earned his second Cignal-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week award this conference, posted 21 points and 22 rebounds in the Beermen’s 114-107 victory over the Batang Pier on Wednesday in Antipolo.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 ChrissHe followed it up with 22 points, 18 rebounds and four assists in a 109-97 win over the Elasto Painters in Biñan, Laguna on Sunday.The Beermen are currently in sixth place with a 6-4 record. They close out their elimination round schedule against the Meralco Bolts on Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. View commentslast_img

first_imgA contingent of California Highway Patrol officers from the Newhall station will escort racers from the county line at Highway 126 into the hands of Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies at the city limits. Roughly nine officers on morning duty and 11 in the afternoon will be joined by a sergeant and 20 officers from the Newhall station for the event. Another sergeant and 16 officers from the agency’s Southern Division motor squad will stick with the pack in Santa Clarita. The CHP’s Golden Gate, Coastal and Southern divisions are on the race detail. “This is a very big event and we’ve made sure we’ve taken the utmost measures of protecting the security of the bicyclists,” said Sgt. Andrew Hernandez. “That’s why we’ve increased the numbers.” Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies will be posted at every major intersection in town, a sheriff’s posse will roam the route and a helicopter will be on standby. Fifty additional deputies from the county’s force of 8,000 will be deployed in Santa Clarita, along with reserve deputies and Explorers. “We’re looking forward to having a successful event in our fine city,” Deputy Artie Thompson said. SANTA CLARITA – A crack security team has a game plan to avoid glitches when up to 100,000 spectators and dozens of world-class cyclists converge on Santa Clarita’s streets Saturday for a stage of the nation’s most elite cycling race. Efforts will focus on keeping the route clear for cyclists in the Amgen Tour of California, but security will be beefed up. “It is certainly something we are concerned about, but we certainly don’t expect any problems,” said Rick Gould, the city’s director of Parks and Recreation. “One of the most important safety issues is for spectators, to make sure they’re not on the route so that you don’t have crashes or conflicts with the cyclists.” The prologue for the 650-mile race began in San Francisco on Feb. 18. The route skirts Sausalito, Santa Rosa, Sacramento, Stockton, San Jose, Seaside, Solvang, Santa Barbara and Santa Clarita, ending in Long Beach on Sunday. Signs are posted to warn motorists of road closures and more than 300 trained volunteers – officially known as course marshals – will be posted at 111 driveways along the route to ensure that no errant cars interfere with the event. A city staff member watched Sunday as 144 of the world’s top cyclists set off in Northern California, and Gould scouted the first stage finish Monday, taking home a few pointers. He cautions spectators to spread out along the course for clear sight-lines, especially around the 3.1-mile circuit in the Town Center area. “It’s difficult to see once you get more than five to six people deep along the fence lines,” he said. Riders can zoom by at more than 30-40 mph on straightaways, and he urges viewers to scout vantage points on the route’s corners, where riders execute turns. Route maps can be found on the city’s Web site, at www.santa-clarita.com. Since the Sept. 11, 2001, East Coast terrorist attacks, security has been increased at many venues attracting large crowds. The FBI will keep an eye on the race from afar. “The local municipal police and sheriffs will provide all the security and roadblocks; we just have a monitoring role,” said Kenneth E. Smith, a spokesman for the agency’s Los Angeles field office. “It’s a low-key role.” In Long Beach, where the race will wind up, efforts are under way to make sure it goes off without a hitch. The race management team and members of the Police, Fire and Public Works departments worked out the logistics. The race could dwarf Santa Clarita’s popular annual cowboy festival 10 times over, but Long Beach is used to big draws. Roughly 200,000 people attend the Toyota Grand Prix each April, said Blair Cohn of Long Beach’s Office of Special Events and Filming. Cohn said his city is monitoring each day’s activities, but he expects roughly 30,000-plus on hand in Long Beach. “We’re used to having these types of events, with the marathon, triathlons, Grand Prix; we have large parades, basically using the same model for how we’re doing street closures and the parking plan,” he said. “It’s going to be a piece of cake for us. We want to ensure that it’s nothing but a success.” Gould echoed his sentiment. “Safety is our No. 1 one priority every day,” he said. “It’s no different when we put on a special event.” CHP escort Riders zoom by judy.orourke@dailynews.com (661) 257-5255 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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