PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania:FIRM in his belief of their growth, Joel ‘Jobi’ McAnuff thinks the Jamaica team is nicely positioned to beat Mexico in today’ CONCACAF Gold Cup final.The last time both countries met, McAnuff, who has been key for the Reggae Boyz while playing attacking or central midfield, was just coming into the Jamaica team”You take each game on its own merit, that was obviously a little while ago now. I think we’re a different team now and I’m sure they are as well,” he recalls. “Now obviously both teams have got to the final, different circumstances, it’s a one-off game, it’s about who performs better on the day and we’re looking to carry our performance into the final.”For the first game in Mexico … it was very much a new squad, new people coming together literally a couple days before that game, I remember it clearly, just turning up in Mexico and all of a sudden you get to know everybody and meet people,” he said of that coming together for the February 2, 2013 World Cup Qualifier (WCQ) that ended 0-0 in Mexico City.”Here, you’re two years down the line and everybody’s sort of comfortable with each other, everybody knows the dynamics of the group and it works very well. That’s something we’ve been able to build over the last couple of years and we’re in a good place,” he said.He added: “We won our group and at the end of the day we’re one of the top teams at that stage. We’ve had two tough games since then and came out on top in both. So, of course, we’re confident of finishing the tournament off, we’re not satisfied with what we’ve done so far.”
Locker Room Sports are the new title sponsors of the KSAFA/Jackie Bell Knockout competition, which was launched at Usain Bolt’s Tracks & Records yesterday. Jamaica Yellow Pages’ three-year sponsorship ended last season, and with the Kingston and St Andrew Football Association (KSAFA) in search of a new sponsor, Locker Room stepped up to the plate. KSAFA President Stewart Stephenson said the cost of outfitting the teams had doubled from last year, and the association had difficulty obtaining the amount required. But they were able to negotiate a deal with Locker Room, who decided to bear the $680,000 difference to dress the teams for this year’s competition. “As a result of our successful negotiations with David Shirley of Locker Room Sports, the company will provide branded gear for all participating teams and, therefore, this season, the title sponsor for our competition is Locker Room Sports,” Stephenson told the gathering. Shirley admitted that “it was a tall order”, and “the numbers wouldn’t add up” at the end of the day. “When you look at your business module and cost and the projected profit, when we worked the numbers, we would be in a losing position on the deal. But in this particular case, we feel a responsibility to give back. There is an opportunity to build relationships with 34 teams and help them participate, as the young men really look forward to it, and we are just doing our little part,” he said. He added that it was also a mark of respect to Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and his family for their contribution to Jamaica’s football. “The Bells have been a cornerstone of football and our football history. He (Jackie) is truly a legend, and sometimes we have to remember the people who have opened doors for others, so it’s good to show this respect,” said Shirley. The tournament kicks off next week Saturday, November 14, with nine games. The two feature games involve a Kingston 20 rivalry between Duhaney Park and Pembroke Hall, and a Spanish Town Road derby between Greenwich Town and neighbours Whitfield Town. In other other games, Shortwood are up against Santos, Olympic play Police National, Molynes take on Cooreville, Rae Town meet New Kingston, Red Hills oppose Mountain View, Stony Hill face Constant Spring, and JDF tackle Central Kingston. The prize monies for this year’s tournament remain the same, with the champions set to take home $400,000, second place $250,000, third $150,000, and fourth $100,000. Meanwhile, there will also be an added feature to this year’s competition, as the association is said to be in negotiations with a major television station to provide live coverage from the quarter-finals through to the final. “We are concluding a five-year contract deal with the network, and the funds from the deal will be used to underwrite the budget for this season’s competition,” Stephenson commented. Waterhouse are defending champions. KICKS OFF NEXT WEEK
WESTERN BUREAU: Defending ISSA Western Conference double champions, Herbert Morrison Technical, will put both their Under-16 and Under-19 titles on the line, when they take on Cornwall College in the final of both categories. Ralique Grant and Devon Watson spearheaded the lopsided 106-58 win for Herbert Morrison, whose Under-16s brushed aside Muschett High 80-36, while Cornwall eased past Holland High 56-16. Cornwall’s Leacroft Lettman was the game’s high-point man, leading all scorers with 14 points for Cornwall College. He also held five rebounds to go with four steals and two assists. Teammates Jowayne Jones added 10 points and two rebounds and Alwade Thompson chipped in with a handy nine points for the winners. Owen Rodney was the only player with a significant performance for Holland, with eight points, two rebounds and five steals. In the Under-16 semi-final against Muschett, Okieffe Noble was brilliant, topping all scorers with 20 points and 11 rebounds. The outstanding Shaqueal Benti also made himself useful with a 19-point, 13-rebound game, while Davaughn Campbell’s 12 points added to the huge margin of victory. In the senior category, Grant outlined his liking for the big games when he and Watson combined for 55 of Herbert Morrison’s total output. Grant had a game-high 28 points, while Watson finished with 27 points and seven rebounds. Tafari Vassell grabbed 16 points, 10 rebounds and three steals to help stave off the William Knibb charge in the final quarter. Herbert Morrison led from the opening tip-off and held a 49-23 lead at half-time and never allowed their opponents to close the gap. The best-of-three final takes place with Game One set for Montego Bay Cricket Club this afternoon at 4 p.m. (Under-16) and 6 p.m. for the Under-19s.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Powerhouses Trinidad and Tobago made light work of the Dominican Republic, brushing them aside 4-0 in their opening third round game of the Caribbean Cup on Wednesday night.Playing before their home crowd at the Ato Boldon Stadium in Couva, the hosts were propelled by a brilliant hat-trick from the United States-based Kevin Molino, as they rushed to a 3-0 lead at half-time, before cruising in the second half.The victory put T&T on top of Group 4, with their second and final game set for the Stade Pierre-Aliker against Martinique in Fort-de-France next Tuesday.Molino, who plays for Orlando City in the Major League Soccer, opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he blasted home from close range after being played through by Radanfah Abu Bakr.ON TARGETFour minutes later, the 26-year-old was on target again, this time heading past goalkeeper Miguel Lloyd courtesy of a pass from captain Kenwyne Jones.And Cordell Cato, who also plies in his trade in the MLS for San Jose Earthquakes, rounded off a dominant first half for the Trinidadians when he scored in the 30th minute following a move started by long kick from goalkeeper Jan-Michael Williams.In the second half, T&T managed just one more goal but it was Molino finding the nets to complete his hat-trick, drilling home a rebound after Jones’s initial header had been parried by goalkeeper Lloyd.In Group 3 in Willemstad, hosts Curacao cruised to an easy 3-0 victory over Antigua and Barbuda thanks to a first-half strike from Leandro Bacuna and second half goals from Rangelo Janga and Gino van Kessel.Jamaica’s Group 1 clash with Suriname scheduled for Kingston and Haiti’s Group 2 fixture against French Guiana in Port-au-Prince, were both postponed because of bad weather stemming from the passage of Hurricane Matthew.
Although surprised he got the better of his teammate, Brown thought he could have gone farther and beat Munro’s Paul Thompson’s 21 year-old record of 6.97m. “I was looking to go seven metres and get the record but it didn’t work out, but it’s really big points for the school because the championship will be close and to really contribute and give the school 16 points was great,” Brown said. “I am really pleased with the gold medal. I didn’t know I was coming to the championship to win the gold, so I have to thank God for bringing me this far injury-free, but I was really surprised as I was trying to stay with him (Turner) for the one– two but I came through victorious,” he added. Although favoured to win Turner was not disappointed to lose to his teammate. “I don’t feel any way. In my mind, I didn’t expect anybody else to beat me but my teammate,” he said. COULD HAVE JUMPED FARTHER The exploits of Nicholloyd Brown and Jordan Turner in the boys’ Class Three long jump final at the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, was a key result in the rally by defending champions Calabar during yesterday’s competition at the National Stadium. Calabar started the day over 30 points behind Kingston College, who started the championships as the huge favourites to lift the Mortimer Geddes Trophy. Kingston College (74 points) started the day well ahead of Calabar on 36 points, but the one-two finish of Brown and Turner, saw the ‘Purples’ lead being cut to 24 points at the end of that event, with both athletes expressing satisfaction having made such a vital contribution to their school’s efforts. “From the start of the season, we have been working hard and we came out and got the one-two. I didn’t really expect to make the jump I made, but I thank God for it,” Brown told The Gleaner. Brown disturbed the sand at 6.65m on his best jump with Turner registering a 6.60m distance with Ardenne’s Eniola Johnson finishing third with 6.27m. KC’s Bouwahjgie Nkrumie was fifth with a 5.99m jump, which brought in four points. Turner, who arrived as the favourite for the gold medal, said the result was not a surprising one to him and underlined that the 16 points garnered by the pair revitalised their championship hopes. “I expected it. We could have jumped further, but we just didn’t execute the way we should have. But we put in some really hard training for this and we deserve it. The points will give us a boost and we can win the championship with the boost from that 16 points,” Turner noted.
LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets South Korea outscored PH, 51-28, in the middle quarters to cruise to its first victory in the group stages.The Philippines, which played in its first Division A tournament, dropped to 0-3 in Group B after lopsided losses to defending champion Japan and powerhouse Australia in its first two outings.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’After a winless opening round, Perlas got heavyweight China as its quarterfinals foe on Thursday.Allana Lim finished with 14 points and six rebounds for Perlas, which shot just 30% from the field and was out-rebounded, 65-41. Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Cignal HD gets other outright semis berth End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Photo from Fiba.comPerlas Pilipinas gave itself a chance early, but faded as the game went on en route to a 91-63 loss to South Korea in the 2017 Fiba Women’s Asia Cup Tuesday night at Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium in Bangalore, India.The Filipinos stayed in step with the South Koreans as they entered the second quarter knotted at 19, but it was a different story the rest of the way.ADVERTISEMENT Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans View comments MOST READ Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. South Korea had five players in double-figures led by Kim Danbi’s 19 points. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson 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
View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson The Pirates and the Red Lions clash in the first game on Thursday, with the former aiming for an unprecedented 18-0 sweep, while the latter gunning to avenge their lone loss of the season.Also at stake is the top spot, as a San Beda win ties them with Lyceum at 17-1. But for the former to move up to number one, they have to beat the latter by more than five points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogBut if the Pirates triumph on Thursday, that will turn the playoffs into a stepladder semis, with the Intramuros-based crew earning an outright berth in the best-of-3 Finals.Meanwhile, Arellano (9-9), Letran (9-9), and San Sebastian (8-9) are all making their case for the last semifinal ticket, and after Tuesday’s playdate, the Chiefs and the Knights are tied. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEvery game matters, especially for the last remaining teams in the playoff chase of the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.Lyceum (17-0), San Beda (16-1), and Jose Rizal University (11-7) have all clinched their seats in the Final Four, but of the three, only the Heavy Bombers are locked in at the third spot.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene However, it can still be a three-way logjam for the fourth spot if San Sebastian topples Perpetual in the final eliminations game on Thursday, giving them identical 9-9 marks.In that scenario, the Golden Stags will have a bye owing to their superior plus-30 quotient over the two, leaving the Knights (minus-9) and the Chiefs (minus-21) facing off in the first playoff on Friday.The winner of that duel will take on San Sebastian next week with the fourth semifinals seat hanging in the balance.One thing’s for sure, all NCAA teams still in the Final Four race will have their eyes firmly locked in on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Hong Kong expects Standhardinger to play full season in ABL
Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook (0) drives around San Antonio Spurs guard Dejounte Murray (5) during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Dec. 3, 2017. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)OKLAHOMA CITY — Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night.Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who won their second straight.ADVERTISEMENT Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had just eight points on 2-for-17 shooting.Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a 3-pointer and the Thunder rebounded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSpurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was “dinged-up.” The Spurs still are waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard’s right quadriceps injury to heal.San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Jerami Grant’s 3-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Thunder a 54-43 advantage. Adams had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Oklahoma City led even though George went scoreless and Carmelo Anthony managed just three points.San Antonio rallied in the third quarter and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-73 at the end of the period.Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to George for a 3-pointer that gave the Thunder an 87-79 lead. George had made just one of 14 shots before connecting with 4:13 remaining.TIP-INSSpurs: Popovich said reserve forward Rudy Gay was “dinged-up,” so he did not play. … Paul made his first NBA start and was issued a technical foul in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Shots in the dark: Warriors work in Miami with lights out OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny LATEST STORIES MOST READ 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 View comments Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Thunder: G Alex Abrines, who is healthy but did not play the previous two games, scored five points in 15:22. … Westbrook had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first quarter. … Westbrook shot 2 of 6 on free throws.UP NEXTSpurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday.Thunder: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next
“Also Daniel Sturridge, Dom Solanke and all these offensive players. That’s not fair on them.”Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson will be recalled to midfield after he was left out of the team which hammered Spartak Moscow 7-0 to progress to the Champions League knockout stage in midweek.Klopp insists there were no hiddens reasons as to why Henderson did not feature against the Russians and believes he will be pivotal in the derby at Anfield.“He is such an important player for us,” Klopp said.“I want that everybody respects that Jordan is our skipper because he deserved it, because he is the right man for the job. But even a captain cannot play all the time –- that’s how it is.”ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 However, Klopp believes the moniker denies recognition to the talent throughout the rest of Liverpool’s squad.“I said already I have no problem with nicknames like ‘Fab Four’ but that is disrespectful against all the other players,” said the German.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSBrian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense“We played a fantastic game at West Ham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved.“We didn’t have Adam Lallana so far and I think he would fit fantastically in each group or band in this world. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coach Luke Walton to LaVar Ball: ‘We don’t take parents’ opinions’ MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ ‘Let the occasion overawe us’Everton manager Sam Allardyce admits the first priority for his players in the match will be to ‘master’ Liverpool’s devastating attacking threat.Liverpool have scored 40 goals in their last 11 matches in all competitions, and have scored 19 in their six-match unbeaten run that includes five wins.Everton have not won at Anfield for 18 years, but it is Liverpool’s current form rather than the burden of history which will influence Allardyce’s tactical approach.“It is about us handling that and that pressure and atmosphere,” he said.“And handling a team that I have to admit is probably in the best form since Jurgen arrived and one of the best strike forces available in the Premier League.“We certainly have to master that on Sunday before we can think can we get at Liverpool and get in the right areas to score a goal and not waste the possession we get and not let the occasion overawe us.“All I can ask is the players to play their best game, it still might not be good enough against Liverpool because of the form they are in.” Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) shakes hands with Liverpool’s English striker Daniel Sturridge (R) at the end of the UEFA Champions League Group E football match between Liverpool and Spartak Moscow at Anfield in Liverpool, north-west England on December 6, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLISLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp claims there is more to his side than his devastating “Fab Four” attack ahead of Sunday’s Merseyside derby with Everton.The Beatles-inspired nickname has been given to the front quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane after some eye-catching performances this season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone The SBP got the basketball federations of Japan and Indonesia involved, with Pangilinan saying he tore a page out of the successful Japan-South Korea bid for the 2002 Fifa World Cup.The chance to create maximum noise—the three-nation consortium’s PR campaign was built on the hashtag #PlayLouderIn2023—swayed Fiba to pick the Philipppines-led bid.Panlilio said the Ginebra-Meralco duel for the PBA Governors’ Cup drew more fans than any Fiba match, adding jokingly: “What more if it’s Gilas vs United States in the finals.”But beneath the layers of laughter and revealing anecdotes and the overall celebratory mood, everybody was aware of the magnitude of the event and the work needed to make the hosting successful.“This hosting is for the Filipinos and for the Philippines,” said Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano. “It’s not even political because we are working for an event that will take place under a president we don’t know yet.”“I don’t know how much it’s going [to] cost to host the World Cup but let’s say it’s a million—that would also mean a million opportunities for the country and for the Filipinos,” he added.Pangilinan refused to divulge how much it will cost to host the World Cup.“Expensive,” was all he said, generating laughter from the audience. “But you cannot put a price on something like this. This is no small work.” Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Cargo Movers force title decider For the SBP, the task is two-fold: Build a competitive team for the World Cup and, perhaps more importantly, assemble a hosting for the ages in a bid to impress Fiba and the world.“We want to put together the best hosting Fiba has ever seen,” Panlilio said.In the forming of the national team, SBP chair emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan, the telecommunications tycoon, quickly came up with a formula.“Pick 23 players and two imports (for naturalization)—and again, we will need the help of Congress for this,” said Pangilinan, who spearheaded the three-nation bid that finally won the hosting after the country lost its initial attempt to bring the World Cup to its shores.“When we lost to China [for the 2019 hosting], we just had to analyze how do we get back on track for 2023,” said Pangilinan. “The first thought that came to mind was: Why not multicountry hosting?”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 (FROM L-R) SBP Executives: Vice chair Robbie Puno, president Al Panlilio, Manny V. Pangilinan, Foreign affairs secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, Gilas head coach Chot Reyes. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe drama was evident right in the way Samahang Basketball ng Pilipinas (SBP) vice chair Robbie Puno opened Thursday’s press conference.“Ladies and gentlemen, basketball has come home,” Puno said.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But as the SBP shared details of the country’s victorious Fiba World Cup 2023 hosting bid, the undercurrent of urgency was also palpable.Two tables away from the limelight, Gilas Pilipinas assistant coach Jong Uichico was asked when the national team for the tournament should be formed.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Yesterday,” he quickly said.SBP president Al Panlilio summed up the sense of immediacy: “We celebrated a little but really the first thing on our mind was there’s a lot of work to be done.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments