Gilas Pilipinas ends 2-game skid, keeps World Cup bid alive with big win over Qatar

first_imgRogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PBA D-League: St. Clare-Virtuality dominates Go for Gold-CSB Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold PLAY LIST 06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending 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 LATEST STORIES Andray Blatche filled up the stat sheets for Gilas with 17 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists, two blocks, and two steals while Marcio Lassiter had 14 points on 4-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.Paul Lee added 13 points and seven rebounds with Jayson Castro and Japeth Aguilar adding 11 and 10 points, respectively.Erfan Ali Saeed led the Qataris with 10 points and eight boards.Qatar holds a 2-9 record and is at the bottom of the standings in Group F.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines kept its flickering Fiba World Cup bid hopes alive after demolishing Qatar, 84-46 in the sixth window of Asian Qualifiers early Friday at Al-Gharafa Sports Club Multi-Purpose Hall in Doha.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gilas Pilpinas improved to a 6-5 record to get to the fourth seed of Group F, stopping its two-game skid with a game left in its schedule in the final window of the qualifying round.The Filipinos’ chance of making it to the 2019 Fiba Basketball World Cup are slim at best since they have to get a better record than Group E no.4 team Lebanon, which owns a 6-4 record as of posting. They face Kazakhstan on Sunday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsNonetheless, Gilas made sure the win against the Qataris was a memorable one especially with a gallery full of overseas Filipino workers and their families, displaying a master class in both offense and defense.Already holding a commanding 31-21 lead heading into the break, the Philippines cranked up the ante and went on a 31-9 scoring tear in the third quarter to build a 62-30 wall after Marcio Lassiter’s foul line trip with nine seconds left. Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoBarnes: Current Liverpool best in 35 years

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Barnes: Current Liverpool best in 35 yearsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend John Barnes is excited by the team being put together by Jurgen Klopp.The Reds are six points clear at the top of the table after 19 rounds of fixtures and have yet to taste defeat in a League match this season.Barnes told BonusCodeBets.co.uk: “The team is more balanced than the point where we had Suarez, Coutinho, Sturridge and Sterling. They were very good attack-wise, but in terms of the balance between attack and defence, they probably didn’t work as hard or didn’t defend as comprehensively.”This is the best-balanced team that is capable of winning the Premier League.'”Even when we nearly won the Premier League in the season where Gerrard slipped, I think this is a better-balanced team and this team is more capable of winning because they also grind results out when they’re not playing well.”This is probably the most balanced Liverpool team I’ve seen in the last 20 to 35 years.” last_img read more

24 days agoSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!

first_imgSolskjaer convinced Man Utd on the right path: Not as bad as you think!by Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer remains convinced Manchester United are on the right path. Solskjaer thinks his side have performed well despite not getting positive results. The Red Devils are in tenth with nine points from seven games following the 1-1 draw with Arsenal on Monday.And Solskjaer says his side have been unlucky not to get more points from their performances.”There are many things we look at that gives me loads of confidence,” he said. “You can talk about performance, but results matter. “You can talk about results – I can talk about six out of seven good performances that weren’t as bad you thought.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Even After the First Round We Wont Know Much About Who Will

Even After the First Round We Wont Know Much About Who Will

Bill Haas shot a 68 in the first round of the Masters on Thursday, grabbing a one-stroke lead over a trio of former major championship winners: Adam Scott, Louis Oosthuizen and Bubba Watson. But how likely is an early lead at Augusta to hold up?For leaders after a single round, not very. I gathered data from Yahoo’s golf scoreboard for every Masters since 2002, when the website started listing round-by-round scores for every player in the field (including those who missed the cut). After feeding the data into a logistic regression predicting the eventual winner, I found that a player’s first-round score isn’t necessarily the deciding factor in whether he can make a run for the green jacket. Instead, it’s all about how many players are in front of him. And even then, there are no guarantees after just one round of play.Obviously, no players are starting the second round in front of Haas. Based on the regression model, that gives him an 8.6 percent probability of winning the tournament come Sunday afternoon. Scott, Oosthuizen and Watson have only Haas in front of them, so their probabilities are about 7.7 percent apiece. But even someone like pre-tournament co-favorite Rory McIlroy, who finished the first round with 11 players ahead of him, still has a 2.4 percent chance of winning — not too much lower than Haas’.Here are the odds of winning based on the number of competitors a player trails after one round:As we move into the weekend, things will start to become clearer.I ran another regression, this time looking to predict the eventual Masters winner based on the scoreboard after the second round. Once again, a player’s score (relative to the leader, the field average, or the field median) doesn’t have much bearing on his probability of winning the tournament. But the number of players between him and the top slot means a great deal. The leader after two rounds has a 17.5 percent probability of winning, more than double the leader’s expected chance of winning after only one round.More important, the number of remotely plausible winners is cut drastically after two rounds. Look how much more steeply the probability curve drops off based on how many people are in front a golfer after the second round ends:After one round, as many as 40 players had a nonzero probability of eventually winning the tournament (although, granted, the majority at this right tail of the distribution was extreme long shots). After the second round, only 20 have a nonzero probability of winning.Still, it’s important to keep in mind that the leader through two rounds still has less than a one-in-five chance of winning. In other words, while these early rounds certainly matter, when play ends Friday evening we still won’t have much of an inkling about exactly which player will be the eventual winner.But we will have a pretty good idea of the general group of players from which the victor will emerge. There’s better than a 73 percent chance he’ll be in the top 10 after the second round ends, and roughly a 50 percent probability that he’ll be in the top four. Golfers have mounted charges from deeper in the pack than that, but the odds are good that the green jacket will go to somebody near the top of the scoreboard Friday. read more

The Triple Crown Slump Is Even Slumpier Than You Think

The Triple Crown Slump Is Even Slumpier Than You Think

On Saturday, California Chrome became the 34th horse to win the Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby, and thus the 34th horse with a chance to complete the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes, to be held June 7. Of the 33 previous horses that had such an opportunity, 11 succeeded — from Sir Barton in 1919 to Affirmed in 1978.The last 12 horses to win the Derby and the Preakness have failed to complete the Triple Crown, which has a historical success rate of 33 percent. The current slump is unlikely: The odds of it happening by chance are about 1 in 130 — nearly the same as the 2011 Atlanta Braves failing to make Major League Baseball’s playoffs with 18 games remaining and an 8.5-game lead for the wild card.Another way to assess the likelihood of the slump is to use the historical odds at the time each race occurred. For example, in 1979, when Spectacular Bid entered the Belmont with the Triple Crown at stake, about 52 percent (11/21) of such attempts had succeeded. The success rate for horses when Pleasant Colony entered the Belmont in 1981 was 50 percent (11/22). And before Alysheba’s attempt in 1987, it was 48 percent (11/23), and so on. (The results for this approach are below.)But the 12 races in question aren’t the only Triple Crown attempts to fall short: They’re the only ones we knew about at the time. What if time weren’t a constraint?In order, the Triple Crown races go, the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes. Let’s ignore order. Since 1979, there have been five horses that won the Preakness and Belmont but came up short in the Derby — let’s call these failed “reverse” attempts. There have been two horses that won the Derby and the Belmont but not the Preakness — let’s call these failed “gutshot” attempts. (All seven horses ran in all three events.) This brings our total failed Triple Crown attempts since 1979 to 19.Between 1919 and 1978, horses actually converted atemporal Triple Crown attempts at a higher rate than temporal ones, winning their “final” leg in 55 percent of opportunities (33/60) versus 52 percent in the Belmont alone.Here are year-by-year cumulative odds for the temporal and atemporal slumps:Note that I used a logarithmic scale on the y-axis, so each gridline represents the event being 10 times less likely than the gridline below. From this perspective, the atemporal Triple Crown slump looks spectacular.If you think those figures seem ridiculous, let’s look at the odds posted by the favorites at the Belmont each year.The odds of all 11 horses that raced in the Belmont losing at their race odds (by chance) are only 1 in 20,000 —  about the odds of a random pitcher throwing a perfect game on a given night (and that’s not counting I’ll Have Another, who in 2012 was 4:5 to win but scratched on race day).Although historically comparable pari-mutuel odds won’t be available until the Wednesday before the Belmont, various online/offshore futures markets list California Chrome at close to even money.This seems high relative to the overall Belmont conversion rate of 33 percent (much less the dismal rate in recent years), but there’s good news for California Chrome in our analysis as well. Factoring in atemporal Triple Crown attempts significantly increases the chances that the present slump has a legitimate cause, but it also mitigates the slump’s impact on the historical record. Including our 19 failed attempts since 1979, horses have converted 42 percent (33 of 79) of such opportunities. read more

Ohio State softball looks for silver lining after suffering sweep vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State softball team was unable to swing its momentum from a Wednesday win against Ball State into Madison, Wis., as Wisconsin swept the Buckeyes in a three-game weekend series. The Badgers used solid pitching and defense to limit the Buckeyes (27-17, 6-9), winning, 7-6, in 10 innings and again, 3-1, on Saturday, before taking Sunday’s capper, 4-2. The teams played a doubleheader on Saturday after Friday’s tilt was postponed due to inclement weather. Despite the sweep, first-year coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly was able to find positives in her team’s performance. “I thought Mel (Nichols, a redshirt junior pitcher) threw well when we called on her. We will need her down the stretch,” Schoenly said. “(Junior catcher Melissa) Rennie is really seeing the ball well. And over the last several weeks, (sophomore) Maddy McIntyre has really grown as a shortstop. She has worked really hard to increase her range and has done so.” Nichols pitched 4 1/3 innings on the weekend in her two relief appearances, yielding two hits and giving up no runs while striking out five Badger batters. Rennie went 1-7 on the weekend, with two starts at catcher, and McIntyre went 3-9 with two walks and a run scored for the series. During practice before heading to Madison, Wis., McIntyre said her goals for the series were to focus on her job and “being there for the team.” Schoenly said she thought McIntyre accomplished her personal goals, both defensively and offensively. Despite OSU’s team struggles offensively against Wisconsin, freshman left fielder Cammi Prantl was able to have a solid individual series at the plate, highlighted by her extension of a 10-game-long hitting streak. Prantl went 4-10 with two RBIs on the weekend and pushed her season average to a team-leading .365. “I couldn’t be happier for Cammi,” Schoenly said. “She is the complete offensive package, with speed and power. She is a confident kid and that helps tremendously in the box.” Wisconsin came into the weekend second in the Big Ten in stolen bases, and during practice, senior third baseman Megan Coletta said stopping Wisconsin’s speed would be a point of contention for winning the series. Schoenly said that OSU handled Wisconsin’s speed well for the most part, even if it didn’t translate to wins. With 10 games remaining in the regular season, OSU sits in eighth place in the Big Ten. The Buckeyes are scheduled to face Michigan State, which sits at fifth in the conference, at Buckeye Field Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a doubleheader. Both games will be televised on Big Ten Network. read more

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

Frenkie De Jong so excited about playing with Messi

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Frenkie de Jong has revealed he’s buoyed by the prospect of playing alongside Lionel Messi.The Dutch midfielder completed a £65million move to the Catalan club on Wednesday but will spend the rest of the campaign on loan with former club Ajax Amsterdam.De Jong, who was wanted by top clubs across European football including Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain opted for the Spanish champions after visiting the Camp Nou.De Jong insists he spoke to other suitors about a potential move, but also revealed Messi wasn’t the only deciding factor about choosing Barcelona.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).For me that will be very special,’ said the Netherlands international, according to the Metro.“Everyone knows that I think he’s the best. But it has not been a decisive factor. That does not work.”“I also do not have to look at him as a kind of tourist. I’ll just be his teammate later.”last_img read more

Luis Suarez opens up about his friendship with Leo Messi

Luis Suarez opens up about his friendship with Leo Messi

first_imgIn an excerpt from an interview with Diario Sport, Luis Suarez opened up about the very close friendship he has with Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona.When Luis Suarez first arrived at FC Barcelona, nobody imagined that he would develop such an intimate friendship with Lionel Messi.The Argentine player had the fame of being a very shy individual and he had a very tight group of friends, but Luis’ arrival meant that the star needed to open up a little bit more and they quickly found a feeling that has already transcended the football pitch.From the very first training session that Messi had alongside Suarez, you could tell that these two shared a special kind of connection and the results on the pitch were a direct consequence of this new found bond the two players shared.One could not be more different than the other, Luis is more of an extrovert while Messi almost looks like he has a rare form of autism, that is also recognized as “Asperger’s”.But the Argentine needed a person like Luis to express himself better, they have become inseparable and they are even considered brothers because they share their time even with their families.Before Suarez arrived in Barcelona, Messi had a number of players who spent time with him outside of the club but they all eventually left.📽 #EntrevistaSPORT con Luis Suárez🗣 “La gente ve a Messi pero yo veo a mi amigo”🔵🔴 El 9 del Barça se sincera en SPORT pic.twitter.com/UprLKDyNNA— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 31, 2019It is well-known that Lionel Messi and Cesc Fabregas keep a very close relationship despite living in different countries, the Argentine shared the youth academy with the AS Monaco player and their wives are actually best friends.Before Cesc, Messi had goalkeeper Pinto who looked more like his bodyguard than his friend. Now there is Suarez and the family life that we see them develop almost together, they both take their kids to the same school and they both love watching their sons play football every weekend.Making friends must be very difficult for a famous person like Messi, which is why having Luis Suarez alongside him at the moment must be a real treat for him.Neymar also shared a special bond with both players but the Brazilian decided to leave Barcelona and left the duo to develop their friendship alone, although he does visit them every chance he gets because they remain very close despite being hundreds of miles apart from each other.Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the Champions League Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Barcelona players to watch in the competition.The UEFA…When you take a look at the way both players get along, the camaraderie is frankly impossible to hide for both of them and Suarez explained it in a recent interview.En el Camp Nou, Barcelona retomó su esplendor y liquidó los sueños sevillanos ganando por un inapelable 6-1 y dejando muy atrás el 0-2 de la ida. Coutinho por dos, Rakitic, Sergi Roberto, Luis Suárez y Messi los tantos blaugranas, Guilherme para los andaluces. @apuragambeta16 pic.twitter.com/fd6i8yV7IB— F.R.R.C. (@Fercartagena76) January 31, 2019While talking to Diario Sport in a fragment of an interview that will be out on Friday this week, the Uruguay international revealed details of his very unique friendship with Lionel Messi.The striker talks about the differences between how the rest of the world sees Messi, and how the Argentine will always remain Leo for him.They are both from South American countries that share a border and have very similar characteristics, one could say that they were destined to get along.“We talk about everything really, we don’t only talk about football but we also talk about the past or the future because we are two human beings that besides playing football together, we are really good friends,” said Luis on a fragment of the interview.“We share so many things together, there are times when our wives also spend time together and we have time to hang out by ourselves at my house or his drinking mate for two or three hours.”“But this comes down to something I always say. A lot of people look at him as Messi, but he will always be Leo for me because he is my friend.”“I don’t see him like the Messi that everybody sees inside the pitch, that’s why we keep spending time together everyday,” he concluded.Jugada de #LosCruzados contra @gremio_es en Marzo: Aleña: Fuenzalida; Messi: @Diego_Buona; Vidal: Aued; Suárez: Miku; Pique: Kuscevic; devuelve a Suárez: Miku pase a Jordi Alba: Cornejo que la deja pasar y goool de Messi: @Diego_Buona . Soñar no cuesta nada pic.twitter.com/8FPm9wjj0a— Pirlo (@FamiliaOjedareu) January 31, 2019What do you think about Lionel Messi’s unique relationship with Luis Suarez? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more