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PBA record can wait as Marcio Lassiter shoots for another title

MANILA, Philippines—Marcio Lassiter is keeping his priorities straight. After helping San Miguel Beer make the PBA Philippine Cup Finals, Lassiter knows he can’t afford to have any distractions when the Beermen go for championship No. 30. That said, becoming the PBA all-time leader for most 3-pointers made is not something that Lassiter would try to pursue amid San Miguel’s title chase which has become his top priority. READ: Marcio Lassiter has...


AVC Cup: Alas Pilipinas claims historic semis spot, sweeps Iran

MANILA, Philippines — Alas Pilipinas booked its first-ever ticket to the AVC Challenge Cup semifinals after sweeping Iran, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15, to stay unbeaten in Pool A on a rainy Saturday evening, which didn’t stop the electric home crowd from a wild celebration at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The Philippines will be entering the semis of the third edition of the tournament, surpassing its previous seventh-place finish last year. The home team...


What F1 GPS data reveals about Piastri's Monaco pole near-miss

McLaren’s Oscar Piastri was left to rue “a couple of mistakes at the end” of his Monaco Grand Prix qualifying defeat to Ferrari Formula 1 driver Charles Leclerc, which is highlighted in the GPS data of his lap.


Yeng Guiao confronts Terrence Romeo over garbage-time trey

Terrence earns Guiao ire


AVC Cup: Vietnam nears sweep of pool stage, upends Kazakhstan

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — Nguyen Thi Bich Tuyen erupted for 30 points to put defending champion Vietnam on the verge of sweeping Pool B after beating Kazakhstan, 25-14, 25-19, 14-25, 25-23, in the AVC Challenge Cup on Friday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Tuyen closed out the fourth set with 10 points to finish the game with 26 kills, three blocks, and an ace to keep the Vietnamese unbeaten in...


Scottie Scheffler arrest video released by Louisville police

Louisville police have released footage of the moment World No 1 golfer Scottie Scheffler was arrested on his way into the PGA Championship last week.


PBA: June Mar Fajardo picks best time to bounce back for San Miguel

MANILA, Philippines—There was not better time for June Mar Fajardo to bounce back from an abysmal game than Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals. The Kraken did just that to give Rain or Shine the boot at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday. In San Miguel’s 107-100 win over the Elasto Painters to advance to the Finals, Fajardo dominated with a monster double-double of 17 points and 23 rebounds. This after going ice cold from the field in Game 3...


PBA: Timely call helps Scottie Thompson regain touch for Ginebra

MANILA, Philippines—Scottie Thompson got some much-needed boost for Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals from a simple phone call. After the Gin Kings evened their series with the Meralco Bolts via a 90-71 domination on Friday, Thompson revealed that there was a driving force that made things easier for him in Game 4. Thompson said he got a call from Ginebra team manager Alfrancis Chua and that conversation turned out to be crucial for...


NBA: Jrue Holiday helps Celtics edge Pacers for 3-0 lead in East finals

INDIANAPOLIS — Jrue Holiday didn’t feel well all day. He even missed the team’s morning shootaround. When it mattered most, though, the Celtics guard looked just fine. Holiday converted a three-point play with 38.9 seconds left to give Boston its first lead in nearly 36 minutes, followed that with the game-saving steal and then clinched the 114-111 victory at Indiana with two free throws Saturday night to give Celtics a commanding 3-0 lead in...


NBA: Anthony Edwards struggling as Timberwolves head to Dallas down 0-2

MINNEAPOLIS — Anthony Edwards drove toward the lane with the time on the clock dwindling and the Minnesota Timberwolves clinging to a two-point lead on the Dallas Mavericks. Edwards stopped at the foul line as three Mavericks defenders closed in, hesitating to shoot on another off night for the 22-year-old guard. He looked for a step-through to his right. Then he pivoted left, went airborne and, not seeing a path to the basket he liked, flicked...


Paalam posts lopsided win

MANILA, Philippines — With an injured shoulder, Tokyo Olympics silver medalist Carlo Paalam was forced to back down during his fight against Turkmenistan’s Shukur Ovezov in the first World Boxing Qualification meet in Italy last March. Now, Paalam will get another chance to test the true mettle of the tough Ovezov in the World Olympic Qualifiers in Bangkok. This was arranged following Paalam’s unanimous decision victory over Greek Alexei...


Cage Warrior fighter Connor Hitchens passes away unexpectedly aged 26


NBA: Donovan Mitchell’s future bigger priority for Cavaliers

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — Before starting his summer break, Donovan Mitchell let the Cavaliers know he’s happy in Cleveland and excited about the future. With a new coach. While Mitchell didn’t speak publicly about J.B. Bickerstaff or their relationship, the NBA All-Star guard’s input likely informed and shaped the team’s decision to make a coaching change despite the Cavaliers advancing to the second round of the playoffs. A day after Bickerstaff...


Rodel Canino proud to see daughter Angel thrive in Alas Pilipinas

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — Eleven years after playing for the Philippine men’s volleyball team, Rodel Canino is delighted to see her daughter, Angel, spread her wings for Alas Pilipinas in front of the outpouring of support in the AVC Challenge Cup 2024. The second-generation volleyball player has continued her father’s legacy by playing for the flag and competing on the international stage with...


Fil-Am gymnast Malabuyo catches final bus to Olympics

LAST month at the FIG World Cup Doha leg, a Paris Olympics berth was within reach for Filipino American gymnast Emma Malabuyo. Entering the final installment of the four-leg World Cup series, Malabuyo was running second at the floor exercise event with 69 points accumulated through the first three legs in Cairo, Cottbus and Baku. Per apparatus, the top two gymnasts who accumulate the highest three-meet point total will advance to the Olympics....


Maxine Esteban off to Paris Olympics carrying PH pride

Maxine Esteban, a natural-born Filipino who will fence for Ivory Coast in the Paris Olympics in a few months, is entering a crucial stretch in her buildup while having the thoughts—and backing—of two nations. “I’m very proud [because] coming into the Olympics, I’m representing both countries: the Philippines and Ivory Coast,” she said after watching Alas Pilipinas win over Australia in the Asian Volleyball Confederation Challenge Cup on Thursday...


Girlfriend of former world snooker champion was a drug dealer: "Money transfers up to €35,000"


Moment trans runner wins 400m race a full second ahead of rivals

At the Washington State Championship, transgender teen athlete Veronica Garcia was booed after winning the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.75 seconds.


Alas spikers wow hometown crowd

MANILA, Philippines — Displaying incredible grit, Alas Pilipinas tamed a higher-ranked India, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-18, last night to continue its surge in the AVC Women’s Challenge Cup before another sellout crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. It was the second straight victory for the Filipinas who shoved the Indians, ranked 57th in the world compared to the Filipinas 62nd, down to 2-1. Angel Canino swooped down on the Indians with 22...


Gandler says games vs international squads will help PH volleyball growth

Being called up to join Alas Pilipinas is a dream come true for Vanie Gandler, one that she had her eye on for a while now. “[Being on the national team is] an honor and I am very excited to be here,” Gandler told the Inquirer ahead of her debut with Alas Pilipinas against Australia on Thursday for the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) Challenge Cup at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. “I think it’s everyone’s dream to be a part of the national team...


Doncic sizzles as Mavs edge Wolves

LOS ANGELES, California — Luka Doncic drained the go-ahead three-pointer with 3.8 seconds remaining to lift Dallas to a 109-108 victory over Minnesota on Friday (Saturday in Manila) in another NBA Western Conference finals thriller. Doncic delivered a triple-double of 32 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, and the Mavericks — who trailed by 18 in the second quarter — handed the Timberwolves a second straight home defeat for a 2-0 lead in the...


Magnussen incensed after aborting Monaco F1 quali lap for "no reason"

Haas Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen was incensed by a decision to abort a Monaco Grand Prix qualifying lap that he felt was on track for a Q3 appearance.


PBA: Ginebra has no time to celebrate ‘pogi points’ after big win

MANILA, Philippines—Ginebra blew out Meralco in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals but the winning margin isn’t anything to glorify, at least for coach Tim Cone. After the Gin Kings’ 90-71 win over the Bolts at Mall of Asia Arena on Friday, Cone reiterated that the only reason to breathe easier is because they virtually brought the series back to square one. Winning by a huge margin? That’s just “pogi points.” READ: PBA: Ginebra bounces...


Guiao eyes another big man in PBA draft after Fajardo crushes ROS hopes

Guiao says Rain or Shine needs to bolster its frontline to be competitve against SMB and Fajardo


Alas reaches semis with 3-0 card

MANILA, Philippines — Like a bullet train, Philippine volleyball’s renaissance is fast approaching. It was accelerated by Alas Pilipinas’ 25-16, 25-13, 25-15 decimation of Iran last night in the AVC Challenge Cup at the jampacked Rizal Memorial Coliseum. The Filipinas continued their impressive showing, coming through with their best game of the tournament against the Iranians following a pair of electric wins over the Aussies and the Indians...


AVC Cup: Australia bounces back, boosts semis bid

MANILA, Philippines — Australia bolstered its semifinal chances in Pool A after overcoming gritty India, 26-24, 25-16, 19-25, 29-27, in the AVC Challenge Cup on Saturday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Coming off a tough first loss to Alas Pilipinas two days ago, Caitlin Tipping poured in 27 points off 19 attacks, four blocks, and four aces as they improved to a 2-1 record, needing to beat Iran on Sunday at 4 p.m. to enter the semifinals. Australia...


Bad dog! Moment pooch stealing tennis balls is caught red handed

On walks with his owner, Shauneen Fowler, 42, Buddy would sniff out tennis balls that had been hit out of the courts and into bushes and claim them as his own. He has been forced to return over 100 balls to tennis courts.


San Miguel rallies in 4th to complete semis sweep

Don Trollano and CJ Perez led San Miguel Beer's daring fourth-quarter comeback from a 19-point deficit as the Beermen outlasted Rain or Shine, 107-100, to complete a four-game sweep of their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series on Friday, May 24, at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel had a monster game of 17 points, 23 rebounds, six assists and three blocked shots in Game 4 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinal...


Paalam downs Greek foe in qualifiers

FILIPINO boxer Carlo Paalam began his final push for a Paris Olympics slot by defeating Greek Alexie Lagkazasvili via unanimous decision in the second World Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Bangkok, Thailand, on Friday evening. All five judges favored Paalam in the men's 57-kilogram (kg) class round of 32 match. A Tokyo Olympic silver medalist, Paalam needs to finish at least in third place in this boxing final Olympic qualifying event to book...


Verstappen: Red Bull "getting found out" by F1 rivals as gap closes

Max Verstappen says his Red Bull Formula 1 team is "getting found out" by its rivals after qualifying sixth in Monaco with car handling issues.


Heading hopes to complete mission

FILIPINO Australian guard Jordan Heading is eyeing for no less than redemption for the Philippines when Strong Group Athletics (SGA) represents the country in the coming William Jones Cup this July. The 6-foot-2 Heading was part of the star-studded squad SGA side led by former NBA champion Dwight Howard, Andray Blatche and Andre Roberson that bowed to eventual back-to-back champion Al Riyadi in the Dubai International Basketball Championship...


COLUMN: Converge has a back-up plan in case Balti skips PBA draft

Blue-chips like Evan Nelle, Kai Ballungay, Jerom Lastimosa are on Converge's draft board, too


Caitlin Clark nabs first WNBA win for Indiana Fever

Women’s basketball sensation Caitlin Clark drilled a dagger three-pointer to help the Indiana Fever notch their first win of her debut WNBA season Friday, 78-73 over the Los Angeles Sparks. Clark, whose record-setting exploits in collegiate basketball brought unprecedented attention to the women’s game, has struggled since Indiana made her the number one pick in the NBA draft. She endured another tough shooting night on Friday, but finished with...


Machac stuns Djokovic in Geneva semis

GENEVA, Switzerland — World No. 1 Novak Djokovic admitted he was "worried" about his French Open title defense after falling to 44th-ranked Czech Tomas Machac in the Geneva semifinals on Friday. Djokovic went down to a 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 loss having taken a late wildcard into the Swiss clay-court tournament in a bid to reverse an alarming dip in form ahead of Roland Garros, where the 24-time Grand Slam champion has won three times. "Of course, I'm...


F1 urged to improve overtaking chances at Monaco Grand Prix

MONACO — Red Bull boss Christian Horner added his voice to those calling for ways to improve overtaking at the Monaco Grand Prix. Formula 1’s wide and heavy cars have almost nowhere to pass, and often follow each other around the tight and sinewy 3.3-kilometer (two-mile) street circuit. “They’re so big now, arguably they’re too big to be racing around these streets because you can barely get two side by side,” team principal Horner said on...


Fil-Ivorian fencer Maxine Esteban pulls up to watch Alas Pilipinas

MANILA, Philippines — Paris Olympics-bound fencer Maxine Esteban was part of the electric crowd of 4,945 cheering for her good friend Faith Nisperos and Alas Pilipinas in the AVC Challenge Cup on Thursday evening at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Esteban, who is set to debut with Ivory Coast in the 2024 Paris Olympics, stopped by in Alas Pilipinas’ opening game during her short vacation in Manila, witnessing the Filipino Spikers take down the taller...


Riley grabs two-shot lead at Colonial

LOS ANGELES, California — Davis Riley made six birdies in a six-under par 64 on Friday (Saturday in Manila) to take a two-shot lead in the US PGA Tour's Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas.The 27-year-old ranked 250th in the world was 10-under and in the lead but facing a par putt at his final hole when play was halted for more than an hour because of thunderstorms in the area. "Luckily, it was a three-footer...


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Djokovic ‘worried’ as French Open build-up suffers new setback

World number one Novak Djokovic admitted he was “worried” about his French Open title defense after falling to 44th-ranked Czech Tomas Machac in the Geneva semifinals on Friday. Djokovic went down to a 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 loss having taken a late wildcard into the Swiss clay-court tournament in a bid to reverse an alarming dip in form ahead of Roland Garros where the 24-time Grand Slam champion has won three times. “Of course I’m worried. I haven’t...


McLaren: F1 Monaco GP banner issues 'unacceptable'

McLaren and Lando Norris have labelled the advertising banner issues during Formula 1’s Monaco Grand Prix weekend as "not acceptable".


The communication breakdown that led to Haas's Monaco F1 disqualification

Haas has explained how a communications breakdown triggered its exclusion from qualifying for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix for an illegal rear wing.


Haas F1 duo disqualified from Monaco qualifying over rear wing breach

Haas drivers Nico Hulkenberg and Kevin Magnussen have been thrown out of qualifying for Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix after their rear wings failed inspection.


Rondina surprised on how well she played vs taller Australians

Sisi Rondina may only be 5'6" in height but in the game against Australia in the AVC Challenge Cup on Thursday, the former University of Santo Tomas outside hitter towered over her taller counterparts. Alas Pilipinas debuted in the tournament with a rousing 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21 victory before a boisterous crowd of 4,945 fans at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Malate, Manila. Rondina, who scored 15 points and the game-winner, was the first...


Cone, Ginebra left searching for answers after 'terrible' Game 3 loss

Cone: 'They outshot us, outplayed us, outcoached us'


Pacers stake unbeaten home mark vs Celtics road success in Game 3

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Pacers can read the numbers. They’re down 2-0 in another best-of-seven series and are heading home, where they are a perfect 6-0 during this season’s NBA playoff run. They need a win in Saturday’s pivotal Game 3 to get back in this series, just as they did last week against New York. And, yes, they’re facing the top-seeded Boston Celtics, who are a perfect 4-0 on the road this postseason. The bleakest part of this...


AVC Cup: Fifi Sharma hopes to sustain play after solid debut

SCHEDULE: Alas Pilipinas at the AVC Challenge Cup 2024 MANILA, Philippines — After an impressive start in front of an electric crowd, Fifi Sharma hopes Alas Pilipinas sustains its momentum as it battles unbeaten India in a crucial Pool A match in the AVC Challenge Cup on Friday at Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Sharma had a decent national team debut with seven points to help Alas overcome the taller Australia, 22-25, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21, on Thursday...


Gandler shows readiness to deliver as Laure rested against Iran

MANILA, Philippines — In an effort to preserve the health of starting outside hitter Eya Laure, Alas Pilipinas head coach Jorge Souza de Brito fielded second stringer Vanie Gandler and the national team rookie showed her readiness as a starter. Gandler fired nine points as the Philippines dominated Iran, 25-16, 25-13, 25-15, to go 3-0 and booked its first semifinals entry in the AVC Challenge Cup for Women at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum on...


Nisperos makes the most of limited action in Alas win over Iran

MANILA, Philippines — Akari's Faith Nisperos did not see action in Alas Pilipinas' first two games in the ongoing AVC Challenge Cup for Women at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. And in the Philippines' third game in the tournament against Iran on Saturday, May 25, the former Ateneo standout was only fielded by coach Jorge Souza de Brito in the latter part of the third set. A consummate professional, Nisperos did not complain and made the most of her...


Gilas Women beat Indonesia to sweep U-18 Asia Cup qualifiers

Gilas Women advance to FIBA Under-18 Women's Asia Cup in Shenzhen, China


This is what Tim Cone usually does after games - win or lose

Long walks around the neighborhood with wife Cristina help coach Tim stay fit, give him time to reflect on the game, and plot a plan on the next one