SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas

first_imgPerlas Pilipinas head coach Pat Aquino. Photo from Fiba.comKUALA LUMPUR — Perlas Pilipinas came away with an 88-54 rout of Singapore, but head coach Pat Aquino was still not happy about it.Aquino felt the Philippine women’s team needed to play with more discipline and hard work despite the team applying full-court pressure all throughout the game and converting baskets in the open floor.ADVERTISEMENT “I told them that we need to defend very well so we can execute our offense well,” Aquino said of his team’s opening day win in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games here.He singled out Afril Bernardino, the towering forward, who topscored with 16 points.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“She really came out to play tonight, in the Fiba-Asia she was missing but tonight she deserved being the top scorer,” added Aquino.Providing help was Janine Pontejos and Camille Sambile who had 13 and 10 points, respectively. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES View comments UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We have a gruelling schedule so we need to be on our feet always,” said Aquino.Perlas plays Indonesia on Monday. Neymar slams Barca bosses after PSG home debut Read Next PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

TNT dismantles Ginebra, gets spot in top 4

first_imgRead Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC PBA IMAGESTNT secured a spot in the top four after handing Barangay Ginebra its worst beating under Tim Cone, 121-92, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Saturday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Glen Rice Jr. and Jayson Castro uncorked 12 3-pointers combined with the fiery import unleashing a flurry in the third quarter, where the KaTropa took the air out of the Gin Kings.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Ginebra just couldn’t figure out how to slow down not only Rice and Castro but the entire TNT side, which also has the likes of Roger Pogoy, Troy Rosario and Kelly Williams stepping up.Rice exploded for 36 points on top of nine rebounds while Castro had 28 points on 11-of-13 shooting from the field that went with four rebounds and seven assists.Justin Brownlee scored 28 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Kings, who have held the top spot early in the conference but could still fall to as low as fifth place depending on the outcome of the last day of eliminations on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT View comments “We’ve always talked about everybody pitching in for us to be successful every game. I think today players were really focused on the task and they were all ready to contribute today,” said TNT head coach Nash Racela, whose squad became the first team to clinch a twice-to-beat advantage.“It really helped us that we shot really, really well especially in the three-point area. When you shoot that way you really have a good chance winning ball games.”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 shutoutRice couldn’t miss in the third quarter. He hit four triples in a row in just a span of one minute and 36 seconds to stretch TNT’s lead to 20, 83-63, with 4:25 left.TNT, which rose to 8-3, shot 17-of-40 from long range, hitting 10 triples in the second half. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  PVL men’s: Ateneo wins 6th straight at expense of La Salle LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Chooks-to-Go falls to Petrochimi, faces Blatche-led China in QF

first_imgMOST READ View comments Warren unfurled 12 of his 30 points in the killer second quarter, while Sajjad Mashayekhi got 15 markers, six rebounds, and five dimes.Behnam Yakhchali also chimed in 12 markers, six boards, and three assists, while national team veteran Arsalan Kazemi contributed nine markers and 18 rebounds in the resounding win.The Scores:PETROCHIMI 87 – Warren 30, Mashayekhi 15, Yakhchali 12, Kazemi 9, Davarpanah 8, Niktash 5, Zakeri 4, Mirzaeitalarposhti 2, Sahakian 2, Bahramzad 0.CHOOKS-TO-GO PILIPINAS 66 – Austin 20, Ravena 20, Torres 9, Jero. Teng 5, Revilla 4, Manuel 3, Jeri. Teng 3, Vosotros 2, Cruz 0, Jose 0, Tamsi 0.ADVERTISEMENT E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Isaiah Austin paced Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas with 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks, while Ravena got 20 markers, five boards, and three assists in the defeat.Norbert Torres added nine points and four rebounds for the Filipinos, who failed to sustain their hot shooting from their game against Mono Vampire last Sunday and only drilled four of their 19 shots from three this time.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 shutoutChooks-to-Go lost hold of the game in the second quarter when Willie Warren anchored Petrochimi’s 27-point outburst to grab a 43-29 halftime lead that ballooned to as high as 21, 57-36, with 3:57 left in the third frame.Austin and Ravena kept the fight going for Chooks, cutting the deficit to as low as 10, 66-56, with 6:54 remaining in the game, but the Iranians answered with a 14-0 blast to regain the 24-point advantage, 80-56 with 3:36 remaining capped off by a pair of free throws from Saeid Davarpanah. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Quarters: 16-14, 43-29, 61-45, 87-66. Isaiah Austin. Photo from Fiba.comWith its Iranian foes imposing their height advantage, Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas fell to Petrochimi, 87-66, Tuesday in the 2017 Fiba Champions Cup at Chenzhou Sports Center in Chenzhou, China.The Philippines dropped to 2-2 at third place in Group A, putting them in a collision course against Andray Blatche and his Chinese ballclub Xinjiang Flying Tigers in the quarterfinals on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Star ousts NLEX, enters semis Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls

first_imgView comments Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ01:37Protesters 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 BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next With the likes of superstars Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all in one team, it’s not hard to envision the Bay Area franchise to win its third championship in four years.In a recent interview with ESPN’s Nick Friedell, the Dubs’ sweet-stroking shooting guard Thompson couldn’t help but compare his squad to perhaps the greatest dynasty the league has ever seen, the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls of the ’90s.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“What’s that, six championships in eight years?” he said. “So we’re, what, like only a third of the way there? I think it’s close. We still have a long way to go, but I do see the fandom, the fanfare like the Bulls had in the ’90s.The Warriors, of course, are no strangers to eclipsing the Bulls’ historic records, having topped the team’s 72-win regular season in 2016. Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson dribbles during an NBA basketball practice, Wednesday, May 31, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP PHOTO/Marcio Jose SanchezThe seemingly overpowered roster of the Golden State Warriors is once again primed to repeat as champion in the upcoming NBA season and could very well be on its way to establishing a dynasty.READ: NBA: Warriors to repeat as champs, LeBron to win MVP, GM survey saysADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City “It was cool a couple years ago when we were chasing that 73-win season,” Thompson recalled. “Just being compared to that team is an honor. There’s definitely motivation. I would love to match up, play against Michael Jordan. That would be a dream. Obviously we don’t have a time machine, but that would be pretty special to see that. There’s definitely motivation to leave that type of legacy.”But despite their historic regular season run that year, the team failed to capture the Larry O’ Brien trophy after squandering a 3-1 series lead  against the Cleveland Cavaliers.Still, the 27-year-old dead shot believes his current team is still the closest comparison to Jordan’s Bulls team.“Every time the Bulls came to town that was the ticket of the year. Now it’s when the Warriors come to town, that’s the must-see game,” he explained. “And we don’t take that for granted; that’s such a cool position to be in. We rarely play in front of a crowd that’s not sold out. That’s so special. It’s hard to really grasp that as a player. So I think it’s close, I still think we’re not on their level yet, but that’s what we aspire to be of the 2000s. We aspire to be that dynasty that will be in the minds of NBA fans forever.”  Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LATEST STORIES Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Rest: Frowned upon when NBA games count, not in preseason LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

Standhardinger on his one-handed freethrows: ‘I’m not very conventional’

first_imgHere’s something you don’t see everyday. @CStandhardinger shooting one-handed free throws. pic.twitter.com/xE4W1HvCDG— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017 ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:07No. 1 pick Standhardinger’s monster game further fuels SMB debut hype00:50Trending 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 READ: Standhardinger ‘very excited’ to play with Fajardo at SMBIn Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club’s 98-85 tuneup victory against NLEX on Thursday, the Fil-German forward unveiled a new weapon in his arsenal – a one-handed free throw.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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) November 9, 2017It may look unconventional, but that’s exactly what 28-year-old bruiser is going for.“If you watch me play, I’m not very conventional you know. I’m just efficient. That’s the same thing with the free throw. It has not been working for me so good in the last two years, so I’m figuring out something unconventional,” he said.“I hope that it works better for me and I have a good feeling with it.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “I’m working on some stuff, trying to figure some stuff out, but I’m pretty confident that I’m going in the right direction,” he said in a short chat after the game at FCL Center Gym.Standhardinger, who is set to play in the ASEAN Basketball League this month before suiting up for San Miguel in the PBA, said that he’s sticking with his unique free throw shooting style because it works for him.“It feels good and I like it,” he said. “I’m sure that I’m gonna be ready with it. Worst case scenario, I’ll be ready with it when the PBA starts, but I think I will be ready with the free throws when the ABL starts.”Here’s some proof that @CStandhardinger can make those one-handed FTs! pic.twitter.com/7Nd5E1fl64ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s weddingcenter_img Court acquits Taulava of P9.5-M tax evasion charges Christian Stanhardinger during the tune up game between Hong Kong Lions and NLEX Road Warriors. Photo by Randolph LeongsonChristian Standhardinger has been playing basketball for quite sometime, but he’s not afraid to try something new.Six months away from his PBA debut, the no. 1 overall pick is working to develop his game into something unconventional.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion MOST READ Read Next CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Almost over in 9

first_imgThey furiously traded punches the rest of the way and when the bell sounded in the 12th, Pacquiao did a brief shadow boxing display.But the referees were unimpressed.Especially New Yorker Waleska Roldan, who scored the bout 117-111 for Horn. Fellow judges Chris Flores and Ramon Celdran handed 115-113 scores for Horn.Pacquiao’s camp, though, slammed the officials.“The referee was sketchy, the judges were crazy,” fumed Pacquiao’s strength and conditioning coach Justin Fortune.ADVERTISEMENT BRISBANE—Pounding and chasing Jeff Horn throughout the ring in the ninth round, Manny Pacquiao had the Australian challenger clinging for life and nearly pulled off a stoppage win on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT In fact, American referee Mark Nelson saw the heavy beating Horn had been receiving from Pacquiao and went over to chief trainer Glenn Rushton and Horn.“Show me something in this round, otherwise I will stop the fight,” Nelson blurted out. Horn heard it loud and clear and rose to the challenge.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 stars“Hey, hold your horses, we’re not that bad,” Horn said to himself. “We’ll keep going for sure.”Being at his prime at 29, Horn got his legs back in no time and surprised Pacquiao by again taking the offensive in the 10th. China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Horn answers questions about his victory over Pacquiao8.2K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Gamescenter_img Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera “Manny lost the fight, but Jeff Horn looks like a pumpkin,” Fortune added, referring to Horn who finished the fight with a badly swollen face and needing stitches over his right eye.“Those scores, that card? It should be the other way around,” said Fortune.Several celebrities on social media seemed to agree.“This is what’s wrong with boxing,” tweeted former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. “Horn was very game but I’m hard pressed to see how he could have won that fight by any stretch!”American football quarterback Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers was equally forthright.“Boxing is a joke, and it proves it again tonight. Are you kidding me with those scorecards? #joke #rigged,” Rodgers said on Twitter.Baseball and NFL legend Deion Sanders said: “@mannypacquiao was robbed! I’m really upset right now. Really. This is ignorant. God bless u Manny and all u do for your country. #Truth.”Broadcaster ESPN said that Pacquiao had landed 182 punches to 92 from the challenger over the 12 rounds in front of more than 51,000 fans in Horn’s hometown of Brisbane. —WITH A REPORT FROM AFP Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ What ‘missteps’? MOST READ Jeff Horn’s vision comes to fruition with win over Pacquiao 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 Gameslast_img read more

Sarr makes season debut but says he’s still not 100 percent

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters High-flying Hill promises more poster dunks: ‘I’m here to put on a show’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul View comments “I just feel like I’m not 100 percent but I’m on my way there,” said Sarr Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum after helping Adamson beat University of Santo Tomas, 88-81. “I’m trying to get back and just help the team. I think I’m just at 50 percent and I was trying to push myself just to help my team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSarr finished with 10 points, four rebounds, and three assists in just 11 minutes of play.The Cameroonian said he felt sluggish during the game and he wasn’t as mobile as he wanted to be. 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 Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAdamson center Papi Sarr admitted he is still not his normal self after making his debut in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday.The 6-foot-8 big man missed the Falcons’ opening game loss to the Ateneo Blue Eagles due to a groin injury.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side MOST READ “I was literally heavy, I was tired. My body was so tired and so heavy that I’m hoping by next game I’ll be back to normal,” said Sarr. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.last_img read more

Asian Games hockey: India top points-table with four wins in a row

first_imgStar drag-flicker Sandeep Singh continued his goal-scoring spree as India defeated Japan 3-2 for their fourth consecutive win and finished atop the points-table in group B of the Asian Games men’s hockey competition, in Guangzhou on Sunday.Sandeep kept a cent per cent record in penalty corners on Sunday, converting the two short corners India earned in the day with precision in the 38th and 62nd minute to see his team finish the preliminary stage on an impressive note.However, it was captain Rajpal Singh (31st minute) who drew parity for India after Japan had surged ahead with a Hiroki Sakamoto strike in the 21st minute.And then seven minutes later Sandeep converted the first of his two set pieces with a fierce drag-flick to ensure his team a 2-1 lead at the breather.Crossing over, both the teams struggled hard for goals till the 62nd minute when Sandeep once again was bang on target from India’s second penalty corner.Japan, however, pulled one back a minute later through another field strike from Sakamoto.With four wins out of as many matches, India finished on top of Group B with 12 points, while arch-rivals Pakistan finished second with nine points.India will now take on the second placed team from Group A — the winners of the match between China or Malaysia later in the day — in the semifinals on November 24 while Pakistan will be up against formidable Korea.last_img read more

Coach defends Clarke, Hughes on drinking allegations

first_imgAustralian cricket coach Tim Nielsen on Thursday defended Michael Clarke and Phillip Hughes over allegations that the pair was found drinking at a Melbourne bar well into the night on the eve of their humiliating Ashes series defeat at the MCG.Aussie players Phillip Hughes. AP”These guys are playing cricket all day, every day. And they’re never playing at home. They were out for dinner. All the information we received straight after the incident was that they were out for dinner together and nothing but polite and courteous to the people out in the the public.”They posed for photographs and signed autographs, they talked about the Test match. I can promise you they wouldn’t have been feeling great because we were under pressure in the Test and going to the fourth day looking like the Ashes were going to be lost,” Nielsen said.According to some photographs released by the media Down Under, the duo was spotted drinking at the World Restaurant Bar on the third night of the Melbourne Test, which Australia went on to lose by an innings and 157 runs to help England retain the Ashes on foreign soil for the first time in 24 years.The pictures had raised some serious questions pertaining to the professionalism and discipline of Aussie cricketers but Nielsen said the photographs of the cricketers showed the two players were well behaved and simply enjoyed drinks with dinner.”I don’t really mind what anybody says. (But) I can’t expect – I won’t expect – any of my players to sit in their hotel room for 250 nights of the year, especially if they’re having a bad day or a good day,” Nielsen was quoted as saying by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.advertisementNielsen spoke in defence of the players after a 25-year-old local woman, Emily Goodyear, had claimed that the pair drank vodka with her and and told her “it doesn’t matter that we are out, we’ve lost the match anyway.””And Philip added, ‘I’m not batting and I don’t think there’s any chance we’re going to win.’,” she added.Aussie vice captain Michael Clarke. APTest vice-captain Michael Clarke had defended himself and his team-mate Hughes by arguing that they have done nothing wrong.”There’s no doubt Phillip and I went to a restaurant bar, we had dinner there, I had two drinks and didn’t have a late night at all. We posed for a lot of photos with a lot of people, we were polite to a lot of people and there were even a few of the Barmy Army there.”I have absolutely no idea what time I got home, but I guarantee you it wasn’t late,” the 29-year-old Clarke said.- With PTI inputslast_img read more

Ind vs WI 2nd Test: Ishant shines as India take 34-run lead

first_imgA superb three-wicket burst by speedster Ishant Sharma, who grabbed career-best six for 55, helped India dismiss the West Indies for 190 in their first innings and put themselves into a comfortable position on the rain-affected third day of second cricket Test here. Score | PhotosIshant took the last three West Indies wickets off five balls for just one run to end the West Indian resistance in the post-lunch session to give India a slender 11-run first innings lead at Kensington Oval.India, who had scored 201 all out in their first innings, were 23 for no loss from 5.4 overs in their second innings when the stumps were drawn as only four deliveries were bowled in the final session due to rain and bad light. Tea was also taken 10 minutes earlier than scheduled due to rain.The visitors have now taken an overall 34-run lead with all their second innings wickets intact. Openers Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund will resume tomorrow on three and eight respectively.Altogether, 42 overs were played on Thursday, an improvement from the 25.3 on Wednesday.Ishant picked up the last two wickets off successive balls — Ravi Rampaul (0) and Fidel Edwards (0) — after dismissing West Indies captain Darren Sammy (15) in the earlier over towards the close of post-lunch session to keep India ahead in the Test.He added three more wickets on the third day to the three he scalped on the second day to grab his second career five-wicket haul in an innings.Playing in his 33rd match, the 22-year-old Delhi pacer completed his 100 wickets in Tests during his inspirational spell when he dismissed Sammy for his fourth wicket of the innings in the post-lunch session.advertisementWest Indies were marvelously served by returning batsman Marlon Samuels who remained unbeaten on 78 from 178 balls with eight fours.The home side were 189 for eight when the rains came in the post-lunch session and immediately on resumption, they lost their final two wickets for a mere one run.India though had to labour for wickets as the West Indies, led a resolute Samuels, denied them much success in the morning session.The visitors got just one wicket in the opening session in the form of Chanderpaul, who fell to rookie pacer Abhimanyu Mithun in the penultimate over before lunch.India struck at the fag end of the opening session to reduce the West Indies to 138 for six.Overnight batsmen Chanderpaul and Samuels batted resolutely for most part of third day morning whose start was delayed due to rain by adding 36 runs in 17.4 overs before India got the breakthrough by removing the former in the penultimate over before lunch.Rookie pacer Mithun claimed the scalp of steadfast Chanderpaul (37). Chanderpaul was unlucky to edge a pull off a delivery which did not rise and crashed into his stumps.West Indies, who resumed at 98 for five in reply to India’s 201 all out, added 40 runs from 19.3 overs possible in the morning session.Chanderpaul and Samuels added 77 runs for the sixth wicket which was the most resolute batting put up by the hosts in the series so far.Till Chanderpaul’s dismissal, West Indies had showed a rare batting resolve.Early showers once again delayed the start of the third day’s play by an hour but the West Indian pair lost little time in falling into their groove.Ishant Sharma steamed in and his new-ball partner Praveen Kumar showed his characteristic energy but the unruffled pair were determined to hang around at the crease.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ind vs WI: Time is on my side: Harbhajan

first_imgOnly the third Indian bowler to touch the 400-wicket mark in Test cricket, off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said his best is yet to come as tweakers tend to get better after turning 30.”I’m only 31…and even though the last seven wickets have made me work harder, (I’m hopeful) the next 200 will come very soon,” said Harbhajan after the end of second day’s play in the third and final Test against the West Indies here.Harbhajan accounted for Darren Sammy (20) and Carlton Baugh (60) within a space of 9 balls to reach the milestone, a summit which only two other Indians and 10 bowlers overall have ever managed in the history of the game.Harbhajan, who has spent over 13 years in international cricket, then went down the memory lane and recalled the difficulties he endured to come thus far.”I have faced a lot of ups and downs in my career -mostly downs. I’ve worked hard for these wickets. Spinners mature with age. Most of them, be it Anil (Kumble) bhai, Shane Warne, (Muttiah) Muralitharan took a lot of wickets after they turned 30.”Time is on my side; I am still very young and there is a lot of cricket left in me. I have to start doing even better for Team India and start taking a lot of wickets. If I keep myself fit, I will be able to do it.”It’s not easy to take even one wicket in international cricket. Batsmen are watching you all the time. You have to keep adding variations. Just line and length is not enough.You have to make sure you are not left behind. Off-spinners now are coming to bowl from round the wicket. You have to keep trying new things,” Harbhajan said.advertisement”Batsmen these days come and play their shots. I remember 10 years back, all the bowlers were averaging 25, 26 or 27. These days the normal average is 30 plus.”When I have my good days, I take wickets. On bad days, I try not to give too many runs,” he added.The ‘Turbanator’ looked back at the last few years; the seasons when he bowled without Anil Kumble at the other end. “Anil bhai was a very big bowler for Team India. After he left, there’s been a lot of responsibility. The good thing is that Zaheer has been there to take it.”I have the greatest of regard for Anil bhai. It was he who made us believe that we could win Tests abroad. We had a meeting in Sri Lanka where he said we should be number one in two years time. Exactly two years later, we are number one,” he said.”I respect him the most. He was a great bowler and a greater individual. He has helped me a lot to become what I am today. I know when I need his help, he is just a phone call away. “In the same breath, Harbhajan also remembered how his friend, the iconic Sachin Tendulkar, helped him add variations to his bowling.”Whenever I bowl to Sachin in the nets, I ask him what I should be doing. When I tour Australia or New Zealand, I take his advice. He showed me how to bowl a slider, a kind of outswinger, which I have used in ODIs and even taken wickets in Tests. But a slider can only be bowled with a new ball.”Bhajji remembered his former captains and the support he has had from some outstanding fielders in the close cordon.”My first captain was (Mohd) Azharuddin. Then I played a couple of games under Sachin. When Sourav became captain, he gave me a lot of confidence. I took a lot of wickets under him. He supported me all the way. (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni has been great with Team India. I just hope he continues doing what he is doing. Under each captain, I know I have given my 100 per cent.”During my time, Shiv Sunder Das was very good in close-in cordon. Sadagopan Ramesh normally sleeps a lot but that day he was awake to take a blinder offered by Warne. It gave me a hat-trick. Aakash Chopra was outstanding. Cheteshwar Pujara was very good in South Africa.”Then Rahul Dravid is very special. He has taken 50 catches off me. I hope another 50 will come very soon.”  With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Pinki Pramanik’s treatment unjustified, says NCW

first_imgThe National Commission for Women (NCW) has said that athlete Pinki Pramanik was treated in an “unjustified manner” and it will send a team to West Bengal to meet the Asian Games gold medallist accused of being a male and committing rape.”We are planning to send a team from NCW to West Bengal soon, who will go and visit Pinki and talk to her and find out what’s true and what’s not and what is her current condition,” NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of a programme.Pinki was on Wednesday freed after 26 days in judicial custody for allegedly raping her live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one. She has alleged harassment in custody and said everything was “pre-planned” and that she was “framed”.”She (Pinki) has been treated in a very unjustified manner. She has brought pride to our country. Whatever ill-treatment she has gone through, be it in the prison, or by the policemen… the government did not pay any attention to it and I think it is very wrong on everyone’s part,” Sharma said.Hailing from Tilakdi in Purulia district West Bengal, Pinki retired from athletics three years ago. She won the gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar and a silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.last_img read more

Rain or Shine flaunts depth, rips debuting Alaska

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss It wasn’t exactly the kind of tournament debut that the Aces were hoping for, but coming into the game without four key players–who more often that not are starters–Alaska was easy picking for Rain or Shine.Rain or Shine now has victories over three of the tournament heavyweights, the other two being San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Mindanao leg of Batang Pinoy more than winning medals, says PSC chair Butch Ramirez SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations View comments LATEST STORIES MOST READ PBA IMAGESPacking a depth in manpower that the enemy couldn’t match, Rain or Shine on Sunday night broke away early from Alaska and went on to post an 85-72 triumph that kept the Elasto Painters within a breath of the PBA Philippine Cup pace at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay.The Painters won a second straight game and rose to 4-1 to stay tugging at the coattails of the unbeaten Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woeslast_img read more

Leander Paes, Rohan Bopanna opt out of Asian Games

first_imgLeander Paes. Photo: ReutersLeander Paes and Rohan Bopanna opted out of the Incheon Asian Games, which is starting in less than 10 days, on Wednesday.This comes as a jolt for India’s tennis contingent, which will not see names like Somdev Devvarman and Sania Mirza, apart from Paes and Bopanna, participating in this edition of the Asian Games. Reacting to the development, the All India Tennis Association said it respects players’ decision.Hinting the decision earlier on Tuesday, Paes had said, “Most probably I won’t be playing. But I’ll have to speak to my captain, my family, the association and see what can be done. I’ll take all conversations into consideration on putting the best team forward.””The individual event (at the Asiad) is spread over 8-10 days. The same week are the Shenzhen Open and Malaysian Open and the finals are on the Monday of Tokyo and Beijing which means you will get there only Tuesday.””It’s taking over a time of two tournaments. I never shy away from playing for my country but you also have to prioritise your career some time,” he had said.last_img read more

Heated 2nd half run propels Miami to romp of Pistons

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the season led to the biggest Heat win of the season, a 108-74 romp past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“Just a professional win by us tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We played against a team that wasn’t making shots early, and we continued to keep going at them and continued to keep applying pressure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJustise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 and Wade finished with 11 for Miami.Miami’s starting five — Richardson, Winslow, Waiters, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk — played 12 minutes together. They shot 12 for 17, 4 for 4 from 3-point range and Miami outscored Detroit 36-13 in those 12 minutes. Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds — snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons’ all-time record streak in that department.It wasn’t Drummond’s night.It wasn’t the Pistons’ night in any way. They shot 36 percent, got outrebounded 51-36 and were 8 for 37 from 3-point range — 1 for 17 in the second half. It went down as Detroit’s second-worst loss of the season, topped only by a 37-pointer at Indiana on Dec. 28.“For two games in a row now, we didn’t come out in playoff mode,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s nothing schematically. There’s nothing X-and-O wise. It’s our approach. We have to understand at this time of year … the only thing you can do is scrap and play hard.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit hadn’t lost a quarter by 25 points since Oct. 30, 2010. … Drummond was looking to join Kevin Love (53), Dwight Howard (separate streaks of 33 and 20), Griffin (27) and Russell Westbrook (23, earlier this season) as players in the last decade with 20 straight double-doubles.Heat: Miami opened on an 8-0 run, its best to start a game this season. … It was Miami’s 600th sellout at AmericanAirlines Arena — the last 413 of those coming consecutively — and 900th home sellout overall. … The Heat celebrated Pride Night, and the national anthem before the game was performed by the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.EIGHT IS ENOUGHThere have been four instances of a team holding another to eight points or less in a quarter this season. Miami is responsible for three of them. Houston held Chicago to seven in the third quarter on Nov. 3 — and the rest of the list is all Heat. Miami held the Los Angeles Clippers to eight points in the fourth quarter on Dec. 8, and kept the Milwaukee Bucks to that many in the first quarter on Dec. 22.WADE BLOCKS Minus Kevin Durant, Warriors stop Rockets’ 9-game win streak LATEST STORIES Wade had a first-quarter blocked shot against Detroit’s 7-foot-1 Thon Maker. It was the 879th block of Wade’s career, leaving him 14 shy of Michael Jordan’s all-time regular-season record for guards. When adding playoff games, Wade already has more blocks than any guard in history.SLOW STARTDetroit has trailed after the first quarter in each of its last five games, and the 12-point deficit after 12 minutes in this one matched the Pistons’ third-largest, after-one-quarter hole this season. They had rallied to win three of the first four in those cases — but didn’t come close in this one.UP NEXTPistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.Heat: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Our starting lineup has had some good starts and some play that’s been trending in the right direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that was as inspiring as they’ve been.”Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range.The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 — and both were blowout losses, with this one on the heels of a 103-75 rout in Brooklyn on Wednesday.“It’s about our mental fortitude and coming out and having a better mindset at the beginning of games, myself included,” Griffin said. “I’m not excluding myself from that at all. If we have any fight about us at all we’ll come out and rectify that.”Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The outcome was in doubt at halftime.It didn’t stay that way for long.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Boxers in limbo say AIBA as IOC mull Tokyo 2020 exclusion

first_imgGoogle Philippines names new country director LATEST STORIES “Boxers from around the world who have been training for years towards their Olympic dreams continue to be left in the dark about where, when and how they can qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games,” an AIBA statement said on Thursday.“AIBA has provided not one, but four comprehensive reports over the course of the last year to the IOC for review.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“(So) it is very surprising that the IOC are unable to provide a conclusive decision regarding boxing’s Olympic future at this time,” the statement said.Boxing’s inclusion in Tokyo depends on the outcome of an investigation into AIBA by the IOC, which has presented the body with a list of 41 questions via audit firm Deloitte. Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Javee Mocon last-second tip lifts Rookies-Sophomores past Juniors View comments FILE – (R-L) Cuba’s Joahnys Argilagos, USA’s Nico Miguel Hernandez, Uzbekistan’s Hasanboy Dusmatov and Colombia’s Yurberjen Herney Martinez pose with their medals after winning in the boxing matches in the Rio Olympics at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / Yuri CORTEZThe under-pressure International Boxing Federation (AIBA) criticized on Thursday the IOC’s decision to wait until late May before delivering their verdict on the sport’s Olympic fate as it fights for its place on the 2020 Tokyo roster after a storm of corruption allegations.AIBA said the International Olympic Committee’s refusal to comment on a wide-ranging audit for nearly another two months left their members “in limbo”.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img “The matter is being studied and we will make no comment for the moment,” IOC spokesperson Christian Klaue said on Thursday.“We will file a full report at the IOC Lausanne executive committee meeting on May 22,” he added.Gafur Rakhimov stepped down as head of AIBA last week, which the IOC deemed as merely the first step in a long march towards the required standards.AIBA made a plea to the IOC on Wednesday, saying “significant progress” had been made on their accounting and claiming that the body would collapse without IOC support.The IOC has suspended AIBA’s Olympic qualification and may take control of that process itself.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Ducking and weaving for its survival, the AIBA says it should be given the chance to turn things around.“Considering where we were one year ago, AIBA has made significant progress towards reducing its debt and has gone from a negative cash flow,” AIBA executive director Tom Virgets said in a report.Virgets said of the report that the AIBA “is dependent on the Olympic dollars” for its survival.Relations between the IOC and AIBA were hit hard at the 2016 Rio Olympics when 36 officials and referees were suspended amid allegations of bout fixing.An internal investigation by AIBA has raised serious questions about the judging at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with particular suspicion falling on a French official.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

Raptors’ Pascal Siakam makes his case as NBA’s most improved player

first_imgDuterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Fellow players have noticed how much work he’s put in and how much it has paid off this season. The acknowledgment from All-Stars such as Paul George and Bradley Beal shows that Siakam’s giant leap has caught the attention of more than just the media panel that votes for the NBA awards.“I just enjoy sometimes after the games, guys coming up to me and showing respect for me. That’s the most important thing,” Siakam said. “Like, I don’t care about the rest. I think when your peers respect your game and respect the fact that they’ve seen you work, I think that’s more important.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThere’s a lot for them to have noticed, including:— Siakam’s scoring. It is up from 6.0 points per game through his first two seasons to 17.0 this season. Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam, center, dribbles the ball down court during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Kevin Hagen)Pascal Siakam confidently launches shots he may not have dared attempt in previous seasons. He makes plays during times of the game when he would have been sitting on the bench.The Toronto Raptors forward might be the leading candidate for the most improved player award and he’d like to win it. But he’s already received recognition that means more to him.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But of them, Siakam has the biggest role on the team with the best chance to be playing into June.The Raptors made major changes after they were swept out of the postseason by LeBron James and Cleveland in consecutive years. Dwane Casey was fired even after winning coach of the year honors, and All-Star DeMar DeRozan was dealt to San Antonio in the trade to bring in Kawhi Leonard.The Raptors have come back with 57 wins and the second-best record in the East, with Siakam’s growth central to their success. He can play in a traditional big lineup alongside Leonard and center Marc Gasol, or in a smaller one if they go with Serge Ibaka in the middle.The athleticism was always there for the 6-foot-9 forward. But now it’s only part of the package for a player who made one 3-pointer his entire rookie season in 2016-17 and now averages one per game, the easiest place to notice his improvement.“I don’t know who else is even really up for it, who the voting’s between, all that stuff. I know that if anybody’s done more than this kid, has improved more, has impacted the team more and continued to improve from even geez, 20 games ago,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said. “He just keeps taking another step forward, there has been no steps back.“He’s certainly deserving. If there’s somebody else who is deserving, then sometimes that’s the way it works. But he’s had an unbelievable season.”Soon it will be time for the Raptors to show how much they’ve improved along with him. They became postseason punching bags the last couple years who want to show they won’t be pushed around any longer.“We have a new group so it’s going to be definitely tough and I think we’re more focused on that,” Siakam said. “Obviously we think about the playoffs, we’re excited about it, can’t wait for it. We just want to make sure we get the right chemistry and everything going so when that time comes, we’ll be ready to perform.”He got into only two playoff games two years ago, when the native of Cameroon was still learning the game. It was only five years earlier when he had come through the Basketball Without Borders camp in Africa, then headed to Texas for prep school and onto New Mexico State before becoming a late first-round pick.He’s not sure if friends back home are aware of his success. But if he wins the Most Improved Player award, chances are they’ll hear about it. “I’m definitely not a personal-type guy where I care about personal accolades and stuff, but definitely a team-guy first,” Siakam said. “Something like that, in terms of who I am and the person that I’ve become, and people that know my story and how I came up, that would mean a lot just because that’s me. Like, that’s literally who I am as a player and as a person.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte — His 3-point shooting. That’s jumped from 21.6 percent to 36.8 percent.A player who was feared almost entirely for his work around the basket now has to be accounted for even when he’s away from it. Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson called Siakam an X-factor who now demands a much bigger part of the scouting report.“It changes because he’s shooting the ball better,” Atkinson said. “I think at first you could ignore his shot. Now it’s like you’ve got to respect him from 3 and I know he’s worked on it extremely hard, so that changes it.“You could be in the paint, wait for his drives. You still have to respect (that) but I think he keeps getting better and better.”D’Angelo Russell, Atkinson’s All-Star point guard, might be the other top candidate for most improved player after leading the Nets to a surprising playoff berth. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield, Denver’s Malik Beasley and the Clippers’ Montrezl Harrell are some other players worthy of consideration.ADVERTISEMENT Ray Parks signs with Blackwater Elite View commentslast_img read more