Players move to China for money – Mertens

first_imgNapoli star Dries Mertens said he rejected a big offer from a Chinese club and said that players who move to the Asian country in the prime of their careers are motivated by money.”Sometimes you hear players talking about their life choices as a search for a new experience. It’s not true, they’re driven by money,” Mertens said.Napoli were reportedly planning to include a clause in Mertens’ proposed new contract that included a €50m premium for Chinese clubs, in a bid to deter teams from the region, but the forward made it clear the Partenopei need not worry about such provisions.curious”I’d like to know more about Asian culture. Asia is high on my bucket list but for an experience away from football.”Am I curious about what’s happening to Witsel? Yes, we’ve sought information about it, and together with my wife, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons from testimonies of people who have been there.”There’s so much smog there and even the food would be a problem. The money they offered me was very good, I thought about it for a day but in the end I refused.”I can assure you one thing: it was really hard to say ‘no’ to such a figure because it guarantees wealth for your children and even grandchildren.”last_img read more

Dyke hails ‘special’ Davis

first_imgIT has been a wonderful season so far for Edwin Allen second year Class Three athlete Kevona Davis.The defending double sprint champion looks a cinch in repeating that feat once again as she has recorded the fastest times by any schoolgirl this season in both the 100m and 200m.At the Carifta Trials, she won the Under-17 100m in 11.43 seconds, then at the Digicel Grand Prix finals, she clocked a fast 23.32 seconds to win the 200m as she sent our her warnings ahead of Champs 2017.After seeing his charge clocking those fantastic times, head coach of Edwin Allen Michael Dyke described Davis as a special talent and says he is not surprised by her impressive times so far this season.”I expected this from her, and based on her performances last year, I expect her to do great things this year”, said Dyke.”She is a very special athlete, and she has not been doing anything beyond her age group.”GREAT TALENT”From she came in her first year in Class Four we realised her great talent despite her not competing then due to a broken leg,” said Dyke, who added that he thinks the youngster is better over the 200m.”This is so because she tends to be a little bit slow at the start of her races especially in the 100m, and when she does so in the 200m, she has more time to recover and she really loves the 200m,” he said.Dyke is also confident that the long standing record of 23.11 seconds done by Holmwood’s Champs great Anneisha McLaughlin will be broken by Davis at this year’s championships.”I think so. Once the condition is right and she is in a good frame of mind and she is healthy, the possibility exists that this record could go”, Dyke notes. “She is very good running around the curve despite being such a tall athlete, and my only concern is at the start with her coming out of the blocks and really executing, but she has time, and we can work on that.”last_img read more

Desiderio sets career-high, UP pulls away in 2nd half to beat UE

first_imgEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend University of the Philippines guard Paul Desiderio scores two of his career-high 28 points against University of the East in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Saturday, Sept. 17, 2017, at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of the Philippines trumped University of the East, 84-71, to record its second win in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Fighting Maroons, after their humiliating 92-71 loss to Ateneo, bounced back to improve to 2-1 while the Red Warriors have yet to get to the winners’ circle slipping to 0-3.ADVERTISEMENT How to help the Taal evacuees Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Paul Desiderio finished with a career-high 28 points to go along 10 rebounds for UP in what was also his best game efficiency wise of the season after struggling mightily in the first two where he shot a combined 10-of-38 from the field for a total of 26 points.“It’s a big thing when Paul’s not getting his regular game and what a time for him to get his game back,” said UP head coach Bo Perasol in Filipino.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It was an all important game for us because we will be up against tough teams in the next few weeks so we need to get as many wins as we can.”The graduating guard led UP’s blistering third quarter where he fired 16 points, outscoring the entire UE team, which tallied only seven points in the pivotal period. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene 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 In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collidecenter_img DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ibrahim Ouattara owned the paint for UP as he put up 14 points and grabbed 18 boards, seven off the offensive glass, while Jun Manzo added 10 points. Clark Derige led UE with 21 pints and nine rebounds. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. A costly, catty dispute finally settled Saunders retains title, stays on course to face Golovkin or Alvarez View commentslast_img read more

Aguilar asks Seigle for his jersey after Ginebra win over TNT

first_imgOf course! thank you & im flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA & Gilas.Good luck in the finals!— Danny Seigle (@dannyseigle42) October 8, 2017 No surprise as Mbala leads UAAP MVP race OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ MOST READ “Can I have one of your jerseys please? You are my childhood idol. Forgot to ask you a while ago,” Aguilar wrote on his Twitter account (@japethaguilar35) late Sunday night.Luckily for him, the 41-year-old Seigle was quick to respond and “Of course! Thank you & I’m flattered you asked. So nice to see you develop into one of the Superstars of PBA and Gilas. Good luck in the finals!”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales?center_img 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set PBA IMAGESGinebra and TNT engaged in a tension-filled battle in the semifinals, but the intense competition still couldn’t take away the respect Japeth Aguilar has for veteran TNT forwards Danny Seigle and Kelly Williams.After the Gin Kings’ tough 115-105 Game 4 win to eliminate the KaTropa, the reedy forward went to as far as asking veteran Danny Seigle for his jersey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES “You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.You are an inspiration, man @KelWilliams21 https://t.co/9bBoiRJdjR— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised TNT forward and former PBA MVP Williams.“You are an inspiration, man,” he tweeted.Aguilar averaged 9.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks in the semis series.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Wow that’s awesome! I really never opened up to you about it but since I was a kid, I’d try to copy your game.🙈 Thanks, man!✔ https://t.co/DgDCp7glOI— Japeth Aguilar (@japethaguilar35) October 8, 2017Aguilar’s comments weren’t reserved on Seigle alone, as he also praised former PBA MVP Kelly Williams for the tremendous battle they had in the series. ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Fajardo still leads Govs’ Cup BPC race after semis

first_imgJake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ 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 Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have bowed out of 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup title race, but June Mar Fajardo remained still the statistical points leader for the Best Player of the Conference at the end of the semifinals.The Cebuano giant netted 38.455 SPs after averaging 18.55 points, a league-best 11.64 rebounds, 1.73 assists, and 2.27 blocks.ADVERTISEMENT One thing going against Fajardo, though, in his bid for a record sixth BPC award is the Beermen’s subpar performance in the season-ending conference which saw their Grand Slam dream halted in the quarterfinals. Trailing him at second is TNT guard Jayson Castro, who amassed 33.563 SPs after leading the KaTropa to the semifinals with his averages of 18.19 markers, 4.38 boards, 6.31 dimes, and 1.19 steals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogHowever, the battle for the hardware would likely fall on the players who led their team to the Finals.Greg Slaughter is making a strong case for his first BPC award after netting 32.625 SPs. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Warriors’ Klay Thompson ‘aspires’ to create dynasty like Michael Jordan’s Bulls View comments Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Returning to action this conference, the Ginebra big man is having a stellar conference after averaging 14.69 points, 8.75 rebounds, 1.69 assists, and 1.63 blocks so far while helping the Gin Kings to the championship round.Closely behind is Meralco sophomore Chris Newsome, who has 30.875 SPs after netting 13.06 markers, 6.25 boards, 5.0 assists, and 1.0 steals for the Bolts before the finals.Completing the top five is San Miguel forward Arwind Santos, who had 30.583 SPs.Rounding out the top 10 are LA Tenorio of Ginebra (30.188 SPs), Stanley Pringle of GlobalPort (29.444 SPs), Calvin Abueva of Alaska (29.000 SPs), Baser Amer of Meralco (28.867 SPs), and Alex Cabagnot of San Miguel (28.500 SPs).Meanwhile, Allen Durham is still on the top in the Best Import race with his 58.875 SPs.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny The 29-year-old is poised to claim his second Best Import award as he is way above of his peers after averaging 25.44 points, 20.06 rebounds, 6.81 assists, and 1.25 blocks while anchoring the Bolts to a return trip to the Finals.On Durham’s heels are Phoenix’s Brandon Brown with 54.500 SPs, Blackwater’s Henry Walker with 54.100 SPs, GlobalPort’s Murphy Holloway with 53.222 SPs, and NLEX’s Aaron Fuller with 49.500 SPs.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’last_img read more

Foton turns back Generika but fails to satisfy coach

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? MOST READ “I’m not very happy with the result,” said Branislav, after the Tornadoes put on a blistering attacking display at University of St. La Salle Coliseum.“The team still needs to get better. We want to be in good condition by the quarterfinals. Maybe if we get a 3-0 win in quarterfinals, I’ll be happier.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogLater, Cocolife fought back two sets down to stun Cignal, 19-25, 24-26, 27-25, 25-16, 15-9, and barge into the win column after opening the tournament with back-to-back losses.The Asset Managers shrugged off a poor start, before American imports Taylor Milton and Shar Latai Manu-Olevao found their stride in the last three sets to help complete the comeback in the first Superliga game played in Bacolod. Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Sara Klisura of Foton vs Jen Casugod and Chloe Cortex of Generika. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBACOLOD CITY—Foton head coach Moro Branislav is apparently setting high standards for the defending champion Tornadoes in the Chooks-to-Go Philippine Superliga Grand Prix.Even with a convincing 25-22, 25-22, 25-16 victory over Generika Ayala last Saturday, the Serbian coach challenged his charges to raise their game as they look ahead to the knockout stage of the tournament.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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 Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Milton had 25 points with 24 off attacks, while Manu Olevao added 20 points from 45 attempts for the Asset Managers, who also got solid games from Mary Jean Balse Pabayo and Nene Bautista.Cocolife coach Kung Fu Reyes hopes the game will trigger a turnaround for the Asset Managers.“This game is a turning point for us. It was sink or swim so it’s a good thing that we were able to come back,” said Reyes.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES So gets slot in Candidates’ tournament View commentslast_img read more

Gumabao, Gohing form superteam with Valdez at Creamline

first_imgJiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gumabao was the UAAP’s Best Blocker in Seasons 73 and 74 before winning the MVP plum in Season 75, all championship-winning years for the picturesque hitter, while Gohing was Season 71’s top rookie and was a four-time champion.The two joins a Creamline squad that boasts multi-time MVP Alyssa Valdez, who won three in the UAAP and four in the Premier Volleyball League, Risa Sato, Jia Morado, and Cesca Raqraquin.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 folkThis signing marks Gumabao’s return to the PVL after leaving Pocari Sweat in 2016 to play for Cocolife in the Philippine Super Liga while Gohing leaves the Lady Warriors, the club she played for in three years.The two were teammates back in 2015 when they played for Philips Gold in the PSL where they gave the Lady Slammers two bronze medals in the All-Filipino Conference and Grand Prix. Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Gumabao and Gohing also won hardware in the PVL when they led Pocari Sweat to the Open and Reinforced Conference titles.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tennell completes near-perfect skate to win national titlecenter_img Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson LATEST STORIES Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCreamline pushed its stockpile of star players to higher levels after it acquired Michele Gumabao and Melissa Gohing in a single day of signing.The Cool Smashers posted a teaser on its Facebook page with all the clues pointing to the two former De La Salle aces.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View commentslast_img read more

Keep on shooting: James Yap regains touch in Rain or Shine win

first_img“I just kept working hard. I never got discouraged despite how bad my last three games were,” said Yap in Filipino.“Of course, we thought if we lose we’ll be closer to the bottom of the standings and coach reminded us that we need to win for us to at least be in the middle of the pack.”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 folkThe star swingman shot a combined 4-of-26 from the field in his first three games, averaging just 3.3 points during the stretch.But his bad days are over after exploding for 20 points on 8-of-10 shooting from the field, including 4-of-5 from deep in 20 minutes. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think everybody expects James to play well but he’s just human,” said ROS coach Caloy Garcia. “But what we want from James is to basically play his best. Whether he’s in a slump, we still want him taking shots.”Yap, who turns 36 next month, hopes his efficient outing is the start of a string of good shooting games.“I hope we can carry this performance over into our next game.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense 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 NCAA volleyball: Perpetual claims solo 3rd, keeps EAC winless Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson MOST READ View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJames Yap may have been in a shooting slump in his first three games of the season, but it never affected his confidence heading into Rain or Shine’s game against Phoenix on Wednesday.Yap kept shooting and finally regained his touch to help the Elasto Painters cruise to a 120-99 win over the Fuel Masters and avoid his team from slipping further into the standings.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalslast_img read more

Game 3 hero SJ Belangel takes inspiration from Mike Nieto

first_imgMOST READ “I just trusted the ball to go in. I just tried to be composed every time,” he said as he finished with 16 points, eight rebounds, and an assist for the Blue Eaglets, which came away with the 63-58 decision over the Bullpups for their 19th juniors’ championship.With the weight of the world out of his shoulders and now free to hoist the Season 80 trophy high and proud, Belangel could only thank Nieto for preparing his mind for those game-sealing buckets as he and his teammates join the long list of players who proudly represented and triumphed for Ateneo High in the UAAP wars.“It feels so great,” he said. “Like what kuya Mike said, it’s all worth it.”ADVERTISEMENT “Kuya Mike told me that once we win, all the memories from the start, the struggles that we had to endure, it will all feel great in the end,” he said.That fateful talk played repeatedly in Belangel’s head when he trooped to the foul line with 9.8 seconds remaining. Ateneo was holding on to a 60-58 lead and the shifty playmaker had a chance to seal the game for good.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 folk“Kai (Sotto), Joaqui (Manuel), Jason (Credo), and Dave (Ildefonso) were all telling me to finish the job. They were telling me to shoot both of my free throws so that we can just go down on defense and get this over with,” recounted Belangel.The first foul shot hit the backrim, but eventually found the bottom of the net as the blue side cheered in jubilation to make it a three-point game. That lifted the pressure off of Belangel as he cooly sank his second to put the nail in the coffin, 62-58. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson 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 Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SJ Belangel. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netIn the buildup to Game 3 of the UAAP Season 80 juniors’ basketball Finals, Mike Nieto reminded SJ Belangel that all the struggles will be worth it.Ateneo was on the heels of blowing its chance for a perfect season after succumbing to National U, 70-67 last Tuesday, and the Blue Eaglets only had three days to refocus in hopes of replicating the success the Nietos did back in Season 77.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings Coach Alas calls out Nabong for being ‘disrespectful’last_img read more

No rest for weary as grind continues for San Miguel, Magnolia during Holy Week

first_imgLATEST STORIES It may be the Holy Week, but there’s no time for any kind of breather for championship protagonists San Miguel and Magnolia.ADVERTISEMENT Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback 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 View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina D-League: Gamboa-St. Clare clinches QF spot, downs Wangs-Letran “Maybe we need to go to processions and give back to God the blessings that we’re getting. We know that Good Friday is the right time for our players to reflect.”Victolero, meanwhile, has given Magnolia a two-day respite after its 77-92 Game 2 defeat last Sunday before resuming the team’s daily practices on Wednesday.“It’s too close to Game 3, so we have no choice but to practice on Good Friday,” he said.Victolero emphasized the importance of this week-long break in helping the Hotshots get their bearings back after a gruelling three weeks since the quarterfinals.“I think for the last three weeks, we’ve been playing every other day. So it’s good that the players will be able to rest and forget about basketball for a bit,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Beermen coach Leo Austria and Hotshots mentor Chito Victolero agreed that they could not afford to slow down with the stakes this high in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Finals.That’s why the grind continues for both teams even when everyone is taking their Holy Week break.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 crownAustria has given San Miguel the Monday off before calling the team back on Tuesday. The amiable mentor, though, hasn’t ruled out the possibility of another break, which would probably come on Good Friday, depending on the squad’s showing in practice.“If we’ll work hard in the next two days after our break, I might give them another break, probably Friday,” he said, emphasizing on his players’ need to fulfill their spiritual obligations. Austria, however, is approaching this break with caution as the memories of the Beermen’s 105-103 Game 1 defeat to the Hotshots still firmly on his mind.“We came from five day’s rest, but it felt like we rested too long and that’s why we fell flat in that fourth quarter,” he said. “We learned our lessons from that game. Deep inside, you can see that my team is very serious to the point that they will fight anyone on the court.”The best-of-seven Finals series is tied at one game apiece, and San Miguel and Magnolia return to action on Sunday for Game 3 at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazillast_img read more