Ancajas to show he’s ready for world boxing spotlight

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Gonzalez came in even lighter at 114 lbs, a shade below the limit.After taking a nap, Ancajas will have a hearty dinner of fried fish, chicken tinola and beefsteak to recover the nutrients he lost in the process of shedding excess poundage the whole week.The target is to climb the ring at 128 lbs.Though tagged a heavy favorite owing to his impressive record of 28 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 19 knockouts, Ancajas is not taking Gonzalez (21-1, 8 KOs) lightly.The 26-year-old Ancajas said he would take his time during the 12-round bout, studying the movements and testing the power of the Mexican early on before going on attack mode.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year La Salle left in awe: ‘Before there was Alyssa, now there’s Rondina’ Gonzalez, younger at 21, is also seeing action in the US for the first time and is eager to make a lasting impact.“I’m very happy for this opportunity. I came here to win the title,” said Gonzalez, who’s listed at 5-foot-6 like Ancajas but appears to be taller. “I’m going to frustrate him (Ancajas). I’m going in and out. Counterpunch when needed. I want to become the first world champion from Los Cabos (his hometown).”While Ancajas owns a higher knockout rate (63 percent), Gonzalez seems to be gaining power, having stopped five of his last eight opponents.That’s why Joven Jimenez, Ancajas’ chief trainer, cautions his ward to be always on guard for the Mexican’s power punches—the left hook and right straight.Gonzalez, who did 10 weeks of high-altitude training back home, claims fighting southpaws like Ancajas poses no problem as he has two left-handers among his victims.What he doesn’t know is that Ancajas is a natural right hander who was converted into a lefty by his amateur coaches back in Davao del Norte.And if Gonzalez used Ancajas’ sixth-round disposal of Irish James Conlan in Belfast last November as basis for his preparations, he’ll be in for a rude awakening.Ancajas chiefly employed 1-2 combinations in that bout; he’ll be unloading volumes of punches this time.To show the world he is superstar material, Ancajas plans to put on a show and his camp believes even a judges’ win will be a letdown. 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Korea00:50Trending Articles05:19Exclusive interview: Michael Bay ups the action ante in ‘6 Underground’—with 2,000 stunts02:14Carpio 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. center_img Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases But as he dangles the International Boxing Federation junior bantamweight crown against Mexican Israel Gonzalez on Saturday night (Sunday in Manila) at American Bank Center here, Ancajas intends to use the comparison as motivation.“I’ll do my best,” said Ancajas, whose reputation rocketed after he stopped three title challengers last year. “I’ll turn the pressure into motivation. I hope to reach even a lowly level of what Sir Manny has achieved.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkFor now, the pride of Panabo City residing in Magallanes, Cavite, is focused on the task at hand—beating Gonzalez convincingly, preferably in explosive fashion. This is first foray after all, into boxing’s mainstream— his fight will be aired by ESPN.“I’m not thinking of anything else right now,” said Ancajas, after checking in at 114.75 pounds in Friday’s official weigh-in. “My mind is focused (on the fight).” Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Jerwin Ancajas confidently mounts the weighing scale as MP promotionsCorpus Christi, Texas—On US soil, before a global audience, Jerwin Ancajas is ready to introduce himself to the world.He carries a mounting pressure brought about by the lofty expectations—he is being touted as the next Filipino global boxing star after Sen. Manny Pacquiao, a curse of a label enough to buckle those who have to deal with it.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina View commentslast_img read more

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Alab holds off Mono for sixth straight win

first_imgAlab’s run propelled them to third place with a 9-4 record while the Mono Vampire fell down to fourth at 9-5.Balkman not only delivered in the clutch for Alab but he was also the focal point of the team’s offense putting up 31 points with 13 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkJustin Brownlee, meanwhile, missed out on a five-by-five for Alab as he finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, five blocks, and four steals.Samuel Deguara led Mono Vampire with 21 points and 15 boards. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak LATEST STORIES Alab Pilipinas. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlab Pilipinas stretched its winning run to six games after surviving Mono Vampire, 86-84, in the ASEAN Basketball League Wednesday at Baliuag Star Arena in Bulacan.Renaldo Balkman hit the game-winning jumper for Alab with four seconds remaining 15 seconds after Mike Singletary drilled a three-pointer that tied the game at 84.ADVERTISEMENT Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra bounces back, rips Kiacenter_img OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours 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 Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases View commentslast_img read more

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UE pulls off volley upset

first_imgSea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next A survival grind like no other View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES MOST READ It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson National University earlier closed out the first round with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-17 win over University of the Philippines to come out on top with six wins in seven matches at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.After suffering defeats in their first six matches—which saw their coach abruptly calling it quits—the Lady Warriors pulled off the win against the Lady Falcons who carried the distinction of beating the two-time defending champions La Salle Lady Spikers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkShaya Adorador fired the winning spike for the Lady Warriors, who also got a major boost from underrated libero Kath Arado who had excellent receptions and 24 excellent digs.The win could serve as impetus for UE, which last season produced just one victory and only recently had coach Francis Vicente resigning his post citing personal reasons. 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 GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Jaja Santiago, who led NU with 17 points, is trying to at least bring her team to the Final Four on her fourth and last playing year for the Lady Bulldogs.Risa Sato added 10 points for NU, while Jasmine Nabor opened up the alley with 32 excellent sets for the Lady Bulldogs who bounced back after suffering their only loss at the hands of the Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws.Dianna Carlos and Isa Molde scored 15 and 11 points, respectively, for UP which ended  the first round at 2-5.ADVERTISEMENT UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The unpredictable UAAP women’s volleyball season had another stunning turn of events at the end of the first round, this time courtesy of lowly University of the East.UE displayed a measure of spunk and pride in shocking Adamson, 25-22, 22-25, 14-25, 25-20, 15-13, on Sunday night to end the first round with a glimmer of hope.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hourslast_img read more

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Fajardo, Beermen step up for coach

first_imgMOST READ Fajardo and he rest of San Miguel badly wanted to take the victory for coach Leo Austria and his wife Nanette, who just underwent kidney transplant earlier in the day.READ: Austria turns emotional after SMB win as wife undergoes kidney transplantFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“It wasn’t easy for him [coach Leo],” remarked the Cebuano giant in Filipino..@TheSMBeermen’s June Mar Fajardo shares how important the qf win vs TNT was, not just for the team’s 4-peat chances, but also for coach @austrialeo. #PBA2018 pic.twitter.com/I77UcXzOAb 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES — Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) March 6, 2018Fajardo finished with a game-high 35 points on a 15-of-19 shooting clip, to go with 11 rebounds and two blocks as he guided his side back to the semifinals to make the day a little more sweeter for the Beermen.The win, coupled with the operation’s success, gave them — especially Austria — all the more reason to celebrate.READ: Fajardo wreaks havoc as San Miguel ousts TNT, advances to semisADVERTISEMENT “We really needed to win because we can’t afford to give them the momentum,” said Fajardo. “We just focused and the credit should go to my teammates because we all stepped up.”With San Miguel one step closer in its quest for a four-peat in the all-Filipino conference, Fajardo said the Beermen should take advantage of their break as they await their opponent, either Ginebra or Rain or Shine, in the semis.“We need to rest and be ready for the semis because nothing’s going to be easy. We need to practice well no matter who our opponent is,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina San Miguel Beermen. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAggressive from the get-go, June Mar Fajardo seemed like a man on a mission on Tuesday in San Miguel’s quarterfinal tussle against TNT in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup.The four-time PBA Most Valuable Player played with a purpose and set the tone for the Beermen with his unstoppable game in the paint which paved the way for the 106-93 drubbing of the KaTropa.ADVERTISEMENT Magnolia fights back from 20 down, frustrates GlobalPort to gain semis seatlast_img read more

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Turning Blackwater’s fortunes around takes time, says Ramos

first_imgPBA IMAGESBong Ramos never expected anything easy when he got the Blackwater head coaching job.That’s why even after the Elite sank to a 0-5 record in the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, he cut his team some slack and knew that the squad is still in a transition period.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan, Rain or Shine earn morale-boosting win over San Miguel Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s never going to be easy. I’m trying to instill my system little by little because you can’t shock them,” he said.“This is a process, so slowly, we’re integrating my system. We know this isn’t going to be an overnight change so what we could do is to stay optimistic.”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 crownBlackwater’s playoff chances have gone slimmer after its 91-105 defeat to Ginebra on Friday, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be better soon with a tussle against TNT coming up this Friday.Only the top eight teams will progress to the playoffs. Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial But despite the tall order, Ramos believes the Elite have what it takes to cut the league  giants down to size and it’s only a matter of outworking the competition.“We know how strong the opponent is, and even for us, we know we have a lot to work on,” he said. “But what we need is more work. They might be stronger, but if we can outwork them, I believe we’ll eventually get the win.”And that’s exactly what Ramos’ goal is, which is to develop a no nonsense attitude from his players as the Elite focus on creating a brighter future for the franchise.“What’s important for me is we’re investing. We’ll never know if later on, we can get something from this core. Slowly, we’re undergoing this process and we’ll see in the long run where we’ll end up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina 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 Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations MOST READ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

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How Asian countries are ranked by Fifa this 2018

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? The Fifa World Cup begins tomorrow, June 14, and countries across the world are gearing up for it. Only three Asian countries – Australia, South Korea and Japan have qualified to compete for the world’s most coveted trophy in football.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ LATEST STORIES Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Team captain Maraño, Valdez lead 20-woman national team pool Vietnam is ranked 102 followed by North Korea which is ranked 108.Despite being one of the oldest teams in Asia that has been playing at international level as early as 1913, Philippines has never qualified for the World Cup. It is ranked 115. Thailand’s ‘War Elephants’ as the team is known were eliminated in the third round this year and couldn’t qualify for the World Cup. It is ranked 122.Myanmar, Maldives and Nepal are ranked 138, 150 and161 respectively.Indonesia under the name of Dutch East Indies national football qualified for the World Cup in 1938 and since then has never been able to qualify. It is ranked 164 and is followed by Cambodia and Singapore ranked 166 and 169 respectively.Malaysia’s best standing in Fifa was the ranking of 1993 when it was at 75th position. Currently the country is ranked 171 followed by Laos and Bhutan ranked 178 and 183 respectively. Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are ranked very low at 194 and 200 respectively.ADVERTISEMENT On the global ranking, Australia is the only country from Asia that figures in the top 50.  Australian team named Socceroos is ranked 36. The Socceroos are in Group C with France, Peru and Denmark.South Korea is ranked 57 and is the only Asian country that has qualified nine times for the world cup. It is also the only Asian country to win the most entertaining team award at 2002 Fifa world Cup.  Two players from the team were also voted members of the MasterCard All Star Team, the only Asians to be voted in. South Korean team is in Group F with Germany, Sweden and Mexico.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 ChrissJapan is ranked 67 and will be making its sixth appearance in this year’s World Cup. It is one of the most successful Asian teams having qualified for the World Cup for last six consecutive years. It is in Group H with Poland, Senegal and Colombia.China is ranked 75. The highlight of the football feat in the country has been the year 2002 when the team qualified for the World Cup. India has never participated in the World Cup although the team qualified by default in 1950 when other teams in the group withdrew. Currently it is ranked 97 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award01:02Fans fill up Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening02:14Carpio 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 Taal Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Pakistan is lowest ranked Asian team at 203rd position out of 211 teams in the world rankings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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first_img‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins He admitted that putting on two hats—that of a fighter and a promoter—for this WBA welterweight championship fight is challenging, but everything is “under control.”Pacquiao said his outfit, MP Promotions, is “doing a great job” working on the organizational side, while he is focused on winning his 60th fight in a manner that would ensure a glorious career finish.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’“I would like to invite you for the weigh-in on Saturday, it’s gonna be free for the public,” Pacquiao told media that packed the makeshift training gym at Le Meridien Hotel.His fight at Axiata Arena on Sunday won’t be free, though. But his camp is offering discounts. MP promotions marketing head Arnold Vegafria said they have slashed rates for students, athletes and overseas Filipino workers based here. MOST READ He didn’t disappoint, though. Compared to Matthysse, who barely worked a sweat in about 30 minutes at the mitts, speed ball and jump rope, Pacquiao went into full routine along with his team led by Buboy Fernandez.“I have a lot of strategies,” said Pacquiao when asked what his plans are against the Argentine champion. “I will make sure I will use my left and my right.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Creamline rules Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team A quick check at website viagogo.com revealed that only one percent of the tickets for the 16,000-seater venue is available. Prices range from 500 Malaysian ringgit (roughly P6,500) to 20,000 MYR (P260,000).“We are happy to bring big fights here in Malaysia and help promote boxing in Asia,” said Pacquiao.Local media, obviously more fascinated with football than boxing, were asking him about the fight coinciding with the World Cup final in Moscow.“It’s not competing with the World Cup, because World Cup is going to be held early in the morning,” said Pacquiao. The world title fight will be at 8 a.m. local time.“I have been watching football for a long time, my favorite team is already eliminated, Argentina,” quipped Pacquiao, eliciting laughter from the group of media who waited for hours to watch him train.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding 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 Philippine senator and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao trains at a press preview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Wednesday, July 11, 2018. Pacquiao is scheduled to fight Lucas Matthysse on July 15, 2018, for the World Boxing Association welterweight title in Malaysia. (AP Photo/Yam G-Jun)KUALA LUMPUR—Step right up, boxing fans. Manny Pacquiao has promised to “put up a good show,” that is guaranteed to entertain faithful followers of the fight game.The only boxer to win titles in eight weight divisions, Pacquiao, generally considered as one of the sport’s all-time greats, started his open workout on Wednesday by calling on boxing fans to support his July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse of Argentina.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more

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Trail Blazers use 2nd-half charge to get past Pacers

first_imgIndiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans (12) defends Portland Trail Blazers forward Caleb Swanigan (50) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)INDIANAPOLIS — The Portland Trail Blazers may not need to rely exclusively on their dynamic duo to throw scoring punches any longer.Their new supporting cast trades jabs pretty well, too, and it could make a real difference to their long-term prospects.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ LATEST STORIES Trail Blazers: “It was a junky, slow game,” Lillard said.Pacers: “Those guys (Lillard and McCollum) can really score at a high level,” Oladipo said. “We kind of slowed them down. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the win.”UP NEXTTrail Blazers: Visit Houston on Tuesday, trying to snap a four-game losing streak in the series.Pacers: Hope to snap a three-game losing streak at Madison Square Garden when they face the New York Knicks on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments This time the All-Star guard missed his first five shots, didn’t score until the final seconds of the first half and wound up with a season-low 16 points on 5 of 13 shooting with one rebound and two assists. McCollum was 7 of 15 with six rebounds and one assist and they combined for three 3-pointers.In previous seasons, those numbers might have doomed Portland’s chances.But Swanigan softened up the Pacers with his early flurry and Collins delivered the knockout punch by repeatedly scoring in the fourth quarter to help Portland pull away.“The second unit came in and played really well,” said Collins, who matched his career high scoring total. “We ran the lead up and didn’t let it go down. In the second half, we did our job.”The result: Indiana lost its first home game of the season with a lackluster performance.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Simmons shines in 76ers trump Hawks Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plumcenter_img With Damian Lillard struggling Monday and C.J. McCollum scoring just 17 points, the Blazers got 17 points from Zach Collins and the first career double-double from former Purdue star Caleb Swanigan to put away the Indiana Pacers 103-93.“They’ve been great for us all season. They’ve been keeping us alive all season,” McCollum said, referring to Portland’s bench. “They’re the difference between us being an average team and a really good team.”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 ChrissIt’s a series Portland has dominated.They’ve won three straight over Indiana and eight of the last nine, largely behind the play of Lillard who had scored at least 33 points in three of his six previous trips to Bankers Life Fieldhouse. And Lillard was coming off back-to-back 40-point games. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Victor Oladipo had 21 points, nine rebounds and seven assists while Darren Collison added a season-high 17. Thaddeus Young added 16 points and Myles Turner had 10 points and nine rebounds on a night coach Nate McMillan hoped to see a stronger performance on defense and on the glass.He wasn’t satisfied with much.“We’re still working on establishing ourselves as a team, what works for us as a team — defending hard, rebounding the ball,” McMillan said.The Pacers appeared to be cruising early in the second half when they took a 57-49 lead.But the Trail Blazers charged back quickly by scoring five straight points, retook the lead during a 10-2 run and extended their 71-69 advantage by starting the fourth quarter on an 8-2 run.Indiana didn’t get closer than five the rest of the way as Swanigan had 11 points and 10 rebounds, both career bests.TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Evan Turner, who once played for Indiana, was one of seven players in double figures. He had 13 points. … Portland committed 18 turnovers, their worst total this season in a non-overtime game, but went 17 of 18 from the free-throw line and had a 50-35 rebounding edge. … The Blazers drew four offensive foul calls in the first six minutes of the game.Pacers: The free-throw shooting woes continued as the Pacers went 13 of 20 from the line. They were also 6 of 19 on 3s. … Turner had three blocks to tie James Edwards (391) for No. 8 on the franchise’s NBA career list. … Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri received a blue No. 4 jersey between the first and second quarters in honor of becoming the NFL’s career scoring leader Sunday.THEY SAID IT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownlast_img read more

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Don’t worry, Pacquiao says, Broner will make it to fight night in Vegas

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “I believe Broner is a professional. He knows what is at stake in this fight,” Pacquiao was quoted by philboxing.com from his Hollywood training camp on Thursday. “I’m not worried about him. He will show up during the fight.”Broner, training in Florida, has been arrested before for battery and his hard-partying ways.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 ChrissBut the 29-year-old Broner vowed he is in his best shape ever and won’t get distracted by the whole incident. He even posted on his social media account on Friday that he “will shock the world on Jan. 19.”A lot is at stake for both fighters as it is going to be Pacquiao’s follow-up fight after his career enjoyed a massive revival following his knockout win over Lucas Matthysse in July. Manny Pacquiao is confident Adrien Broner will at least make it to their Jan. 19 fight in Las Vegas.The Filipino senator, training in earnest for his first fight in the United States in more than two years, expressed his view in light of the recent arrest of his American challenger over an outstanding warrant.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom View comments 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A win could pave the way for a rematch against Floyd Mayweather Jr., whom he fought in boxing’s richest fight ever, three years ago.For Broner, a four-division champ, it’s the biggest fight of his career and one that he hopes would define him after a string of lackluster performances the past few years.The fight has the makings of a big payday for both fighters, with tickets selling briskly.ADVERTISEMENT Leaving a final marklast_img read more

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