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
1 Aymeric Laporte in action for Athletic Bilbao Athletic Bilbao are ready to offer Aymeric Laporte a new contract in order to ward off interest from Barcelona and Manchester City.The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the hottest prospects in European football.Barcelona enquired about the defender last summer, while Manchester City were linked with a big-money swoop during the January transfer window.However, according to Sport, Athletic Bilbao are planning to fight off interest in Laporte by offering him a new contract.The France Under-21 international is currently tied to the club until 2019 after signing a new deal last summer.That contract also contains a release-clause of around £39m and it is likely Athletic Bilbao will look to increase that amount when they discuss fresh terms.