Jamaica’s Zane Reid secured two gold medals for Jamaica on the final day at the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) 2015 Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, in the Under-13 boys’ singles and boys’ doubles events.He was the only Jamaican who made it to the finals in both events that he entered.In his first match, Reid easily defended his Under-13 singles title by dismissing Zion St Rose of Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets, winning 21-10, 21-17.Later in the day, he partnered with Tijae Hinds to defend his Under-13 doubles title against the Dominican Republic’s Yan Franco Pena and Kael Sosa. Pena and Sosa took the first game with a close score of 24-22. However, undaunted by the challenge, Reid and Hinds fought back and managed to secure a second gold by winning the second and third games 21-18, 23-21, respectively, in the championship deciders on Sunday, August 30.This was Reid’s fourth year representing Jamaica at the CAEBACO Championships, and he has been successful for the last three years, defending his title as the number-one player in his age group. This was Hinds’ first time representing his country overseas.
NUCLEAR AFFAIR established herself as the hot ante-post favourite for the April 9 1000 Guineas following her emphatic victory in the $1.1 million Thornbird Stakes over 1400 metres for native bred three-year-old fillies at Caymanas Park yesterdayInstalled a 1-2 favourite with three-time champion Dane Nelson riding for trainer Gary Subratie and owner Michros, NUCLEAR AFFAIR stormed through from well off the pace set by DREAMING THE CODE (5-1) to win by just over four lengths from BIRD CATCHER (9-1), who in turn was 5-1/2 lengths clear of 13-1 chance BUBBLING KITTEN in third.Michael Bernard (Michros), the elated owner/breeder was very happy with the filly’s win.”She can do anything and this is only a prelude of what to expect in the fillies Guineas in three weeks time.”Subratie said that with NUCLEAR AFFAIR having to come from the number one post position in a field of 10, he did had some concerns over the draw. But Nelson rode a patient race as instructed and the filly fell on them like a ton of bricks early in the last furlong when getting racing room between horses,” said the second generation trainer.”She has really trained on from two to three and the sky’s the limit for her,” added Subratie who disclosed that NUCLEAR AFFAIR will be joined by her improving stable-companions CLASSY AVIATOR and GOLDEN GLORY in the Guineas.Nelson said the pace was fast, but this suited him as she is most effective when coming from off the pace.”She’s a very talented filly and I am looking forward to riding her again in the Guineas,” he said.NUCLEAR AFFAIR is a three-year-old chestnut filly by Nuclear Wayne out of Commandra Affair.Meanwhile, CHACE THE GREAT (9-2), ridden by Aaron Chatrie for trainer Dwight Chen and owner Robb George, closed strongly along the rails in mid-stretch to beat 2-1 favourite ORHEUS by 1-3/4 lengths in the Prince Consort Stakes for colts and geldings over 1400 metres.The highly fancied JAMAI RAJA (5-2) could only manage sixth but missed the services of Dane Nelson who left the park in a huff prior to this race after he was summoned by the stewards for his riding of highly fancied COMMANDING CHIEF in the seventh race, won by 6-5 favourite HOVER CRAFT – one of three winners for jockey Omar Walker and champion trainer Wayne DaCosta on the card.
SYDNEY, Australia (CMC):Sydney Thunder have been left sweating on the availability of Andre Russell for this season’s Big Bash campaign, as the explosive West Indies all-rounder awaits his fate from Jamaica’s Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel.The Thunder training camp bowls off on Saturday, but there is no indication yet whether Russell will be able to suit up or if he will be slapped with a two-year ban for committing an anti-doping whereabouts violation.He missed three drug tests in a 12-month period after failing to inform authorities of his whereabouts.The hearing to determine Russell’s fate concluded recently and Thunder chief executive, Nick Cummins, said they were hopeful of a positive outcome.”Two of the alleged filing failures were while he was playing for West Indies at the World Cup, so he was hardly hiding in a cupboard,” Cummins contended.”He was on international television representing his country. But they’re the rules.”Certainly, from what we’ve followed, we think there’s enough evidence to exonerate him, but it’s not my decision, obviously, and we’ll just have to see how it goes.”IN DEMANDRussell has emerged as one of the most sought-after players in the T20 format, and is one of a plethora of West Indies players who ply their trade in multiple foreign leagues.A big-hitting lower-order batsman and a lively seamer who is also brilliant in the field, the 28-year-old has already played 225 T20s and made over 3,400 runs and taken 202 wickets.Cummins said the fact Russell appeared in person before the anti-doping panel had been a good sign.”I’ve spoken to him a couple of times over the journey. He feels like he’s done everything he can,” said Cummins.A huge fan favourite, Russell was excellent for Thunder last season, grabbing a high 16 wickets and gathering nearly 200 runs as the franchise won their maiden Big Bash title.The Big Bash League bowls off on December 20.
SYDNEY, Australia, (CMC):Andre Russell is likely to be using a more conventional bat for the Sydney Thunder’s second match in the Big Bash League.The West Indies Twenty20 star raised a few eyebrows when he unveiled a black bat – a throwback to the Stanford Twenty20 Tournament in the Caribbean – for the opening match of the BBL against city rivals Sydney Sixers on Tuesday.Complaints from the umpires and rivals in the game have led Cricket Australia to provisionally bar him from using the bat, which is trimmed with pink highlights until the manufacturers can prevent it from leaving marks on the ball.”The match officials provided feedback to Cricket Australia that the bat used by Andre left black marks on the match ball,” said Head of the Big Bash League Anthony Everard.”As a result, we have decided to withdraw our approval for Andre to use the bat that was used last night as the colour solution used by the manufacturer was discolouring the ball.”Russell had permission to use the coloured bat under the rules of the tournament, which stipulate it must be the same colour as the Club’s primary colour – or black.ABSOLUTE DISCRETIONA media release from the organisers said Cricket Australia, however, retained the right to withdraw approval in its absolute discretion and umpires can also request a player change the bat if they believed it affected the integrity of the match.It’s not the first time coloured bats have been used in the BBL – Russell’s compatriot Chris Gayle previously swung a gold bat for the Melbourne Renegades and Thunder teammate Aiden Blizzard used a green-coloured willow against the Sixers last season.Said Everard; “Should Andre, or any other BBL or WBBL player for that matter, wish to use a bat with a different colouring solution to the one used last night that doesn’t result in the discolouration of the match ball, they will be permitted to do so subject to Cricket Australia being satisfied that the bat won’t compromise the integrity of the game, which we believe discolouring the match ball does.”The colour of the bat hardly made a difference to the outcome of the match, as Russell made only nine from seven balls and the Thunder, defending 159, were thrashed by nine wickets. He and the Sixers will be hoping for better, when they face the Renegades on Thursday.
West Indies cricketer Andre Russell left the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday furious and disappointed after he was handed a one-year ban by a three-man independent disciplinary panel for a whereabouts violation in 2015. The all-rounder looked tense for much of the proceeding as he anxiously awaited the verdict, and when the unfavourable decision was eventually passed, the cricketer became a picture of anger. Russell’s ban will run from January 31, 2017 to January 31, 2018, ruling the globe-trotting Jamaican out of a number of major tournaments. The 28-year-old was clearly upset, taking out his frustration on a small palm tree in the hallway on his exit from the conference room. Russell, who faced up to two years on the sidelines after missing three drug tests in 2015 following his failure to report his whereabouts, will be missing from the cash-rich Indian Premier League, where he is contracted to the Kolkata Knight Riders. He also represents Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League in Australia, Sylhet Royals in the Bangladesh Premier League, Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League, and Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League. Russell’s lead counsel, Patrick Foster, although disappointed with the ruling, was pleased that, at least, some leniency was shown with the cricketer escaping the full two-year penalty. “Naturally, I am disappointed. I do not agree with the decision, but I am somewhat grateful it is not for two years. They seem to have injected some mercy in the process,” he said. However, he argued that the commencement date of the ban should have been earlier due to the delay in the announcement of the verdict. “The only point we could raise at this time was for the penalty to start running at an earlier date, and the panel was not prepared to consider it at this time. They said that they were functus (duties come to an end) and that it was a matter for the appeal to deal with,” he added. Meanwhile, Hugh Faulkner, chairman of the disciplinary panel, said there were a number of considerations in handing down the judgement. “In our decisions, we cited the circumstances, we cited the cases, we looked at the evidence or case’s precedence, and that explained our decision to not apply the maximum,” he stated. Earlier, Faulkner told the gathering that the tribunal was satisfied that the evidence proved Russell was guilty of three failures to file his whereabouts to the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission in 2015. The first was for the period January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2015; the second was for the period July 1, 2015 to September 30, 2015; and the third for same period (July 1, 2015 September 1, 2015). However, this, he said, was a result of Russell’s failure to provide explanation in regards to anti-doping rules as to why he was late with the whereabouts requirements. LENIENCY IN RULING
With the Bucks, the 6-foot-4 point guard saw first hand the transformation of Antetokounmpo from an intriguing Greek prospect to one of the league’s top players tiday.“Giannis is a really special guy. He just won the Most Improved Player and I think he could win that again next year because he doesn’t have the ceiling. I’m looking forward to his future,” he said.Dellavedova also hopes he could see more Australian players roam the NBA.“It’s a lot of fun having a lot of Aussies in the NBA,” he said referring to the Australian delegation that includes Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut, Aron Baynes, Joe Ingles, and Dante Exum.“I think with Luc Longley, Andrew Gaze, Shane Heal, those Australian legends, that opened the floodgates for the rest of us to come to the NBA. Hopefully, we’ll have more to come.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lanete working on consistency after solid first game back for Bolts Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics PLAY LIST 02:29Giannis Antetokounmpo powers Bucks in bounce back win over Celtics00:50Trending Articles04:12Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’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 Dellavedova also had the golden opportunity to play alongside two once-in-a-generation players in LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo..@matthewdelly compares his time playing with @KingJames and @Giannis_An34 pic.twitter.com/lCgobm9pA7FEATURED 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’— Randolph B. Leongson (@RLeongsonINQ) July 21, 2017 “I’m really lucky to have gotten a chance to play with them,” he said Friday during the official launch of the Peak Store at Robinson’s Place Manila in Ermita.The Australian playmaker spent his first three years in the league playing back up for Kyrie Irving in Cleveland and also saw up-close how hard James works on and off the court.“I was lucky enough to play with Lebron for two years and there’s a reason why he’s the best player in the world. He just works so hard every day, watching game tape, and I really learned a lot from him,” he said.The Cavaliers went to two Finals during his stay there, winning the 2016 NBA Championship after battling back from a 1-3 deficit against the famed Golden State Warriors.That experience, Dellavedova shared, truly helped him a lot when he decided to make the jump last year, leaving Cleveland to test his luck in Milwaukee.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube MOST READ Matthew Dellavedova. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFor someone who wasn’t supposed to make it, Matthew Dellavedova should be considered as a picture of success.With a championship ring on his finger and a shoe line to boot, he has gone a long way since being undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES
Lawyer Agaton Uvero, chairman of the nowheretogbutUP Foundation, said Ouattara has electronically submitted his requirement documents before the deadline.“The original copies are on their way from Tripoli, Libya, and will arrive in a couple of days,” he added.Unfortunately, the appeal of UP’s Rob Ricafort was denied as the BOT ruled him ineligible for reaching the age limit.The Fil-Am forward will turn 25 years old on January, two months earlier from the set limit which is the end of the season.UP and UST will open their respective campaigns against each other on Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.ADVERTISEMENT 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 Dennis Rodman wants to ease tension between US, North Korea End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend View comments End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Winning start Learning about the ‘Ring of Fire’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. University of Santo Tomas and University of the Philippines can heave a sigh of relief as the UAAP Board of Trustees (BOT) officially allowed the schools’ foreign players to suit up this UAAP Season 80.The BOT gave Cameroonian Steve Akomo and Mali-born Ibrahim Ouattara the green light to play for their teams, overturning the earlier ruling by the Eligibility Committee disallowing the foreign players from suiting up, citing the supposed two-year residency rule.ADVERTISEMENT It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Break new ground MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’ LATEST STORIES A costly, catty dispute finally settled Composed of the University Presidents from all the eight member-schools, the Board of Trustees met on Thursday in Far Eastern University to settle the issue, with Ateneo President Fr. Jett Villarin participating via video conference.“We thank the UAAP BOT for its kindness and generosity. It is heartwarming to know that it has the best interests of the student-athletes in mind, despite the obviously competitive environment,” said UP coach Bo Perasol.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe soft-spoken mentor and the Fighting Maroons can now fully focus in their campaign this season, which starts on Sunday.“At least now, everybody can focus on the games and no longer in the rules that have threatened to disenfranchise some deserving players,” said Perasol.
How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES WARRIORS 142, TIMBERWOLVES 110Golden State shot 60 percent from the field (51 of 85) and 61 percent (20 for 33) from behind the arc.Rookie Jordan Bell made all five shots and scored 11 points, while Draymond Green also scored 11.Karl-Anthony Towns scored 16 points and Jimmy Butler had 15.The Wolves poured in 44 points in the first quarter, but Tom Thibodeau’s club yielded quarters of 36, 40 and 38 points over the first three periods.ADVERTISEMENT Portland scored 43 points in the second quarter.Blake Griffin and Serbian star Milos Teodosic each scored 15 for the Clippers.Teodosic made four 3-pointers despite dislocating his left pinkie finger.DeAndre Jordan had 12 points and 14 rebounds.Danilo Gallinari (left mid-foot sprain), Austin Rivers (strained right glute) and Sam Dekker (strained left oblique) sat out.SPURS 122, NUGGETS 100LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and the Spurs handed the Nuggets their first loss of the preseason.San Antonio shot 57 percent from the field and 3-point range, going 16 of 28 behind the arc.Rudy Gay and Danny Green each scored 11 points in a little more than 20 minutes.Pau Gasol and Patty Mills rested, as reserve Bryn Forbes scored 20 points. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson It was the Warriors’ first win of the preseason and came like so many of their victories of the last three years, filled with Curry’s incredible shot-making and playmaking.The 2015 and 2016 NBA MVP was 13 for 20 from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and added eight assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogKlay Thompson added eight 3-pointers and 28 points, while Kevin Durant scored 22.Andrew Wiggins had 19 points for Minnesota, which won’t play again in the preseason. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Thunder hold off Australia’s Melbourne United WIZARDS 102, CAVALIERS 94Bradley Beal scored 11 points in limited action and the Wizards improved to 3-0.Beal played nine minutes and fellow guard John Wall logged just 7 1/2. Jodie Meeks and Carrick Felix scored 12 points off the bench to pace Washington.The Cavaliers rested LeBron James and nearly all their regulars in Washington and fell to 0-3. Jeff Green had a series of dunks and led Cleveland with 19 points.Also sitting for Cleveland were Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, Jae Crowder and Tristan Thompson.Kay Felder started at guard and had 12 points and 11 assists, Kyle Korver had 11 points, and Turkish rookie Cedi Osman finished with six points, six assists and five rebounds.TRAIL BLAZERS 134, CLIPPERS 106Damian Lillard scored 35 points, CJ McCollum added 20 and Portland rang up 70 points in the first half in Los Angeles.Lillard was 13 for 13 from the free throw line. He and McCollum each made four 3-pointers.Maurice Harkless was 6 for 6 off the bench and scored 16 points, while Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ AP FILE PHOTOStephen Curry finished off his China trip with a performance ripped right out of his MVP highlight reel.Curry scored 40 points to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 142-110 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday in Shanghai for a split of their two-game series in China.ADVERTISEMENT In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody 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 Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Nikola Jokic had 19 points and seven rebounds for Denver.Gary Harris scored 15 points after agreeing to a four-year, $84 million extension.Paul Millsap was just 2 for 11 from the field and scored 13 points, while Will Barton came off the bench for 16 points.Point guards Jameer Nelson and Emmanuel Mudiay were a combined 2 for 11.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
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 Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netHead coach Yeng Guiao believes NLEX cannot afford to lose Game 4 of its best-of-seven semifinals series against Magnolia on Friday night.Since winning the semis opener, the Road Warriors yielded the next two games and going down three games to one against an experienced and championship caliber team like the Hotshots is already a death sentence.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Frustrations pile up for Rondina as UST absorbs fifth straight loss “We fought hard, but again the breaks did not fall on our side. We will fight harder on Friday, we know that’s a make or break game for us,” said Guiao.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I have to take responsibility for it because Jio started very hot and I was the one guarding him. I let Jio have his way,” said NLEX guard Kevin Alas.The Road Warriors had no answer for Jalalon, who ran circles around them on his way to a game-high 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting from the field. There was no slowing Sangalang down as well as the versatile big man finished with 24 points and seven rebounds.The Hotshots hit 52% of their shots and it was just simply a result of NLEX’s bad defense.“They shot the three-point shot really well. 52 percent is their shooting percentage, that’s really very high. That was our primary problem defensively,” said Guiao. “They were shooting the ball well from the outside and at the same time, they had a post threat in Sangalang. It’s a dilemma, especiall if they’re shooting the ball well.”It was a bad loss for NLEX but make no mistake, the Road Warriors are far from waving the white flag.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Our goal is to prolong the series. On Friday, it’s a must win for us, that’s a crucial game,” Guiao told reporters after NLEX got outplayed in the fourth quarter en route to a 106-99 setback. “Every win for us, it prolongs this series, [but] we’ll take our chances with a long series.”Guiao had said that a longer series would favor NLEX, but with Magnolia getting contributions from across the board in Game 3, the Road Warriors’ plan to stretch the series which looked probable after Game 1 has turned bleak.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 folkNLEX’s defensive game plan centered on Paul Lee backfired in Game 3. Not that Lee was in his element, but because they let Jio Jalalon, who has been relatively silent in the series, and Ian Sangalang have their way.Jalalon and Sangalang combined for 49 points and both played very efficient, going 20-of-28 from the field. In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims
Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims When reporters informed him of the Friday start, Victolero could only come up with a slight tap of the table inside the press room.“We have to regroup, we’re going to a different battle,” Victolero said. “I think we are physically and mentally ready for San Miguel. But it wouldn’t have hurt us if we had more time (to rest before Game 1).”Magnolia trailed by as many as 11 points in the first period and engaged the Road Warriors in a nip-and-tuck contest from the second quarter on.Ian Sangalang bucked early foul trouble to shoot 15 points. Marc Barroca added 14 and Jio Jalalon chipped in 11 and 13 assists.NLEX played without Kevin Alas, who will have surgery on Friday to repair a torn right ACL, and the Road Warriors also lost JR Quiñahan to a Flagrant Foul 2 call for clipping Jalalon in the face with 7:27 left in the second period.ADVERTISEMENT Perfect-form Pacquiao a must Magnolia coach Chito Victolero described it exactly the way it should be when he said that he and his Hotshots have finally gotten “over the hump.”Breaking free from a tight and physical Game 6 with NLEX only in the final two minutes on Tuesday night, the Hotshots scored a 96-89 decision of the Road Warriors at Smart Araneta Coliseum to make the PBA Philippine Cup title series.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil But NLEX fought like crazy even with a massive manpower shortage and kept its shot at forging a Game 7 only to implode with two crucial miscues inside the final two minutes.“Since I took over last season, I’ve been telling this team that the only way for us to make a championship series is to play defense,” Victolero, who had losing records in the NCAA with Mapua and then with KIA in its first season, said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Over the hump, because the Hotshots have finally dusted off a spate of close shaves in the very recent past to be in a championship series for the first time since the Tim Cone era and its Grand Slam season.Over the hump for Victolero, because this is the first team in any level that he has coached that went this deep.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 folkAnd now he’s going to fight a different battle when the best-of-seven championship against history-seeking San Miguel Beer starts, and with that, he sees just one problem.“I don’t know how we can all get a rest,” he said in Filipino after closing out the Road Warriors in a very tiring way, 4-2. “I don’t know when the series will start. I just hope that we can have some time to rest.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown 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 MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery View comments