Unbeaten Meralco tackles Ceres Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Lyceum coach Topex Robinson knew his Pirates would create a massive ripple in NCAA Season 93. He just didn’t expect it to come this early at the expense of defending champion San Beda.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SAN BEDA 91—Bolick 21, Doliguez 19, Soberano 12, Mocon 10, Noah 9, Presbitero 8, Potts 4, Bahio 4, Adamos 2, Tankoua 2, Carino 0, Tongco 0, Abuda 0.Quarters: 24-18, 50-46, 73-75, 96-91 Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Nonetheless, Robinson showed up for the post-game press conference a very proud man, after the Pirates withstood the Lions’ stellar outside shooting in a 96-91 triumph before a big Friday crowd at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.If there were doubts about the Pirates’ title credentials, they snuffed them out with a gritty performance that saw them absorb the Lions’ best punches, before showing composure down the stretch for their second straight victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Chants of “Viva Pirata” rung through the hallways of the arena as the Pirates celebrated a stunning upset for their first win over the Lions in four years.“Again, we’re blessed to be here,” said Robinson. “To play against San Beda, it takes a lot of grit and perseverance. It was just about never giving up, but it’s not about me, it’s about the players.” MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Earlier, Jose Rizal U, drawing 26 points from Tey Teodoro, notched its first victory with a 68-54 drubbing of Perpetual Help, while Emilio Aguinaldo College opened its season with an impressive 74-64 victory over St. Benilde.The Pirates got solid contributions across the squad with CJ Perez once again spearheading the charge with 24 points. Mike Nzeusseu had 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Reymar Caduyac shot 16 points and dished out seven assists.Doing most of the damage while Perez rested on the bench, Caduyac, a stocky guard, mustered enough energy to scoot past the San Beda defense for a lay-up with 63 seconds remaining to help seal the victory for the Pirates, 95-89.Robert Bolick finished with 21 points for the Lions, but he lost steam in the end as the Pirates put the clamps on him in crunchtime. San Beda shot 13 of 26 from beyond the arc to stay within striking distance of Lyceum, which led by 12 points in the second period.LYCEUM 96—Perez 24, Nzeusseu 18, Caduyac 16, Marcelino JC 14, Baltazar 9, Marcelino JV 7, Ayaay 4, Tansingco 2, Liwag 2, Santos 0, Ibanez 0, Pretta 0, Cinco 0.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LATEST STORIES View comments
Dirk Nowitzki of Dallas Mavericks, center, reacts against Philadelphia 76ers during the Shenzhen basketball match of the NBA China Games in Shenzhen city, south China’s Guangdong province, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki hasn’t won a playoff series since leading the Dallas Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 and has watched the franchise’s steady slide to depths not seen since he was the fresh-faced rookie out of Europe 20 years ago.If Nowitzki’s record 21st season with the same team is his last, the superstar from Germany at least wants to be able to say he was there for the beginning of a turnaround.ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Those hopes are grounded in another precocious Euro transplant, No. 3 overall pick Luka Doncic from Slovenia, and second-year point guard Dennis Smith Jr., who can tell his new young teammate what it’s like to start an NBA career as a teenager. The Mavericks open the season next Wednesday at Phoenix.“To me it was always about winning and keeping us a winning franchise,” Nowitzki said. “Ever since the championship we had a few rough seasons, snuck into the playoffs a couple times, missed the playoffs. So it’s been tough to be part of it at times. But hopefully we’re headed in the right direction. Hopefully we’ll have a better year than the last two.”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 ChrissWinning now might fall a little bit more toward the older guys.Harrison Barnes was the first big step toward life after Nowitzki as the team’s leading scorer the past two seasons after winning a title and losing in the NBA Finals with Golden State. Center DeAndre Jordan, one of the game’s best rebounders, finally joined the Mavericks three years after backing out on a pledge to do so. 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 PBA: Magnolia stays hot, whips Blackwater for 4th straight win Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption “It’s a newfound energy now, being on a new team and a new nucleus and a new owner and a great city with amazing fans,” Jordan said. “These fans have always been amazing, every time I’ve been here and played. I think there’s a new energy and a new excitement with our team.”Losing is getting old for coach Rick Carlisle, going into his 11th season with the Mavericks. He had just one sub-.500 record in his first 14 years as an NBA coach. The second of two in a row (24-58) was Dallas’ first 50-loss season since the last of seven in a span of eight seasons in 1998, a couple of months before Nowitzki showed up.“I’m not going to throw any numbers out. I’m not going to do anything stupid like that,” Carlisle said. “When I went to Detroit in 2001, I got asked that question, someone asked, ‘Hey, you think you can be .500?’ And I said, ‘Why would you want to throw out 41 as a number that you’re striving for?’”NOWITZKI’S NEW GROOVEThe 40-year-old is expected to come off the bench with regularity for the first time since he was a rookie. The Jordan signing clinched it, since Nowitzki was considered the starting center last season. Shooting guard Wesley Matthews is the other starter along with Smith, Barnes, Doncic and Jordan. Nowitzki knows it will be different but is fine with it.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ “When you come off the bench, you usually don’t have the luxury of easing into the game,” said Nowitzki, who might not be ready for the opener because of a slower-than-expected recovery from ankle surgery in April. “You got to be on right away, which was never really my thing. But I’ll have an extra coffee or something and come out firing.”TWO POINT GUARDS?The 19-year-old Doncic’s court sense and passing ability raise the question of who might be the better facilitator between him and Smith, who was third among rookies in assists last season. This much figures to be true: the Mavericks have a promising point forward in the 6-foot-7 Doncic, likely to be listed as the starting power forward.“I don’t see any reason why they shouldn’t be great together,” Nowitzki said. “They got to work out some stuff and get better, work through some mistakes together. But the sky’s the limit for this backcourt for a long, long time.”GETTING STARTEDThe Mavericks weren’t good enough to make the playoffs in the West the past two seasons, but bad starts sapped any hope early both times (2-13 followed by 2-14). With a brighter outlook, it’s more important for Dallas to avoid those miserable early records.“Our first game in Phoenix is huge,” Barnes said. “That will start our season off in the right direction. When you dig yourself in the hole in the West, it’s hard to get back.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments
12. West Ham United: Robert Snodgrass being a £10m flop – The Scotsman seemed a good fit for the Hammers, although hes no Dimitri Payet. Many expected him to deliver goals and assists from set-pieces but in 14 appearances hes contributed just two assists not good enough. 20 7. Everton: Tom Davies breaking into the first team – The 18-year-old was already highly-rated going into the 2016/17 campaign, but the fact hes played so often has definitely been a big surprise. A stunning display and goal against Manchester City in Evertons 4-0 win at Goodison Park being the highlight of his first full season. Hes still got lessons to learn but hes on the right track, which is great for club and country. 20 Every Premier League season has its surprises – and this one has been no different.Whether it be shock signings, stunning results, mad moments, or weird decisions, by managers and club owners, the English top flight is a thrill a minute.Even the dullest clubs – we’re looking at you, Middlesbrough – have offered up the odd shock.So what is the biggest surprise each Premier League club has given us? Click the arrow above, right, to find out… 20 16. Watford: Hornets being one of only five teams to beat Manchester United in the league – Its been a mixed season at Vicarage Road, but Walter Mazzarri masterminded a 3-1 win over the Red Devils in September. Goals from Etienne Capoue, Juan Camilo Zuniga, and Troy Deeney sealed the three points, despite a Marcus Rashford equaliser. The only other teams to complete this feat are Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester City and Chelsea. 11. Leicester City: Claudio Ranieri getting sacked – The gentile and genial Italian performed a miracle by coaching the Foxes to title glory last season. This season, thanks to their terrible form, he was given the chop in February. The decision looks to have been the right one given their upturn in form, but it was still a shock. 20 20 1. Chelsea: Victor Moses emerging as a quality wing-back – Who would have thought the Nigerian, who had previously been an unpolished winger at every other club, would be a key cog in Antonio Contes tactical shift? Not us. Moses has been brilliant for the Blues and both player and coach deserve plaudits for his campaign. 20 20 10. Bournemouth: Ryan Fraser bursting onto the scene – On loan at Ipswich last season, the Scottish winger was barely used by Eddie Howe prior to December, and then he announced himself in spectacular style, scoring a goal and getting an assist as the Cherries came from behind to defeat Liverpool. Since then, hes been a valuable asset and usurped Jordon Ibe in the pecking order, while hitting two more goals and getting three more assists. 8. Southampton: Saints not falling apart without Virgil van Dijk and Jose Fonte – The duo were Claude Puels first choice partnership at centre-back at the start of the campaign. Fonte then joined West Ham in January, while Van Dijk suffered an injury at the end of the same month. In their place have come Maya Yoshida and Jack Stephens, and while they havent excelled, Southampton havent been as leaky as one may have expected. It should give fans hope given Dutch star Van Dijk is likely to leave for a big transfer fee in the summer. 20 14. Stoke City: Peter Crouch’s renaissance – The English strikers career looked to be petering out in the Potteries, as he failed to score last season. This year though, the 36-year-old has picked his form back up, scoring five goals and making 25 appearances overall in the Premier League. 20 20 17. Swansea City: Bob Bradley managing the club for 11 games – We had completely forgotten about this since Paul Clement took charge. It feels really does feel as though the Americans tenure was just a bad dream. But it did happen, and it was terrible. Fortunately Clement has performed miracles and saved the Swans from the drop. 20. Sunderland: David Moyes’ reluctance to use Wahbi Khazri – click the arrow above, right, to see the biggest surprise at every other Premier League team… – The Tunisian looked impressive at the tail end of last season. This year, though, his absence has been intriguing. David Moyes dropped the player, disappointed in his inability to retain the ball, and hes played 90 minutes just five times all year. His ability at set-pieces, and the odd goal, could have saved the Black Cats, but instead, his absence was baffling. 20 13. Crystal Palace: Eagles battling relegation with Sam Allardyce as boss – Take a step back to the start of the season. Alan Pardew is coming off the back of an FA Cup final and has just signed Andros Townsend, Christian Benteke, and James Tomkins; meanwhile Allardyce is the England manager. Yet, somehow, inexplicably, weve watched Palace battle relegation throughout the season and only just evade the drop thanks to a run of results in March and April. 3. Manchester City: Pep Guardiola failing to get his side challenging for the title – The Spaniard is likely to be disappointed with his work in his debut Premier League campaign. Unfortunately, thanks to injuries and form, their defence hasnt been up to scratch, and goals have been harder to come by than usual at the Etihad Stadium. Gabriel Jesus has at least provided hope going into next season. 9. West Bromwich Albion: Baggies actually selling Saido Berahino – There was a time when Berahino started ahead of Harry Kane for Englands Under-21s, but the strikers form fell away under Tony Pulis after they refused to sell him to Tottenham. They did, though, offload him in January, with Stoke City paying £12m for his services. 15. Burnley: Clarets’ stunning home form – Last year in the Championship, despite being title winners, Sean Dyches men only had the third best home form in the division. This season, only Tottenham, Chelsea, Everton and Arsenal have won more games in their own stadiums. On the way, they have toppled Liverpool, champions Leicester, and Everton, among others. 2. Tottenham Hotspur: Vincent Janssen scoring a Premier League goal from open play – The Dutchman has been unfortunate this campaign, he could have scored on his Premier League debut against Everton but a stunning reflex stop from Maarten Stekelenburg denied him. And it went downhill from there as he failed to score from open play in his next appearances. It looked like he wouldnt be able to get the monkey off his back but, finally, against Bournemouth, he was able to exorcise his demons and got his goal in a three-minute cameo. 20 20 20 20 20 6. Manchester United: Red Devils going 25 league games unbeaten – Things are pretty unexciting at Old Trafford, even without Louis van Gaal. Jose Mourinho has made Man United more solid defensively which is great but they still cant score. Only Zlatan Ibrahimovic (17) and Juan Mata (6) have scored more than five Premier League goals, and this has contributed to their 15 draws a club record. Its a surprise they went undefeated in the league between October and May. Although, it should be remembered goals in the final five minutes of games saw them avoid impending defeats against Stoke, Liverpool, Middlesbrough, and Everton. 5. Arsenal: Arsene Wenger not yet confirming his future – Whether the Frenchman stays or goes, its astonishing his plans have not been revealed yet. For the club to move forward, players and fans need to know what is going on, and its a surprise he hasnt been forced to show his hand. 4. Liverpool: Reds still being in the top four despite Sadio Mane’s absences – The £35million Senegal international was a superb signing by Jurgen Klopp, but the Reds form dropped off when he went to the Africa Cup of Nations in January. An injury struck at the start of April, ruling him out for the rest of the season, but Klopps men remain on course for Champions League qualification. 20 20 18. Hull City: Tigers proudly battling relegation, but falling just short – Prior to the season starting, the Tigers were written off by almost everyone. Most figured they would barely rise from the bottom of the table, especially when the fixtures gave them Leicester City on the opening day of the season. Instead, they beat the Foxes and have battled hard, particularly under new boss Marco Silva. Defeat to Palace confirmed their instant return to the Championship, but their fight to evade the drop cant be faulted. Sadly, they just didnt have the quality to compete in the top flight. 20 20 19. Middlesbrough: It taking so long for Boro’s relegation to be confirmed – Were not sure how a team who have scored a total of 27 times in the league this season werent relegated weeks ago. The 3-0 defeat to Chelsea on Monday 8th May confirmed their relegation, but they should have been long gone well before then.