Ferrer on Rice ejection: ‘I didn’t do anything’

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC MOST READ The former UST forward claims he didn’t do anything dirty.“I was looking at their coaches and they were also restraining him. If I did something, I’m sure they will call me out, but they didn’t.”Emotions were on a high in the best-of-5 series and Ferrer thinks that Rice’s inability to adapt to PBA’s level of physicality led to his demise in what was an all-important Game 4 for TNT.“I didn’t say anything and I was just physical. I think he wasn’t really able to adjust to the style of basketball here,” he said.Ferrer and the Gin Kings were able to close out the KaTropa, 115-105, and advance to the best-of-7 finals against Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT “I didn’t do anything. All I’m doing is what Brownlee has been doing to him on defense,” Ferrer said in Filipino.Ferrer admitted he was caught by surprise with Rice’s actions with 1:41 left in the first quarter, especially with TNT firmly in control of the game early on.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was denying him the ball, and then he choked me. I was surprised,” he recalled, as the alleged choke saw him hit the floor after Greg Slaughter’s made basket that sliced the deficit down to 12, 23-35.Rice, then, threw the ball at Ferrer as Ginebra sued for time and a fracas ensued. View comments PH finishes 4th in Asian Baseball Championship Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “I’ll continue doing my part and and whatever role coach Tim (Cone) gives to me. We just have to show our never say die attitude always,” he said. LATEST STORIES Kevin Ferrer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKevin Ferrer said he did not do anything out of the ordinary that may have caused TNT import Glen Rice Jr. to reach his boiling point in Game 4.The Ginebra rookie thinks that it was just Rice’s frustrations that got the better of him and led to his early ejection.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Nextlast_img read more

Martin Truex Jr. caps career season with first NASCAR title

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Truex won his first Cup title by winning the finale, beating Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick and Brad Keselowski for the championship. The other three were former champions. Truex was the favorite .He thrived in that role, didn’t flinch when fellow Toyota driver Busch tried to use a different pit strategy to steal the race and then held off a hard-charging Busch over the final 12 laps to capture the title.It was the eighth win of the season for Truex and first championship for Denver-based Furniture Row Racing. It was the second title in three years for manufacturer Toyota.“Just a dream season. I was going to be gutted if we didn’t win,” Truex said. “We gave it our all, and it was enough tonight.”Busch finished second for Joe Gibbs Racing as Toyota, the most dominant manufacturer this season, went 1-2 in the finale.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Austin Cook wins at Sea Island, earns trip to Masters “We always say if you can fight a struggle with a positive attitude and just have a smile on your face and find the good and the silver lining in everything, in the end you’ll come out and karma will pay you back and good things will happen to you.” QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao PLAY LIST 02:14Galvez OK with ‘selective’ martial law in Mindanao00:50Trending Articles01:53Gov’t, MNLF creating panels to ‘move forward’ in peace talks01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kyle Larson, who was eliminated from the playoffs last month, finished third in a Chevrolet for Chip Ganassi Racing. Harvick, seeking his second title, was fourth in a Stewart-Haas Racing Ford.Keselowski wound up seventh and was stopped short in trying to give Team Penske a season sweep of the two top American racing series. Penske won the IndyCar title in September.Truex’s victory also denied Ford its third win of the weekend. Ford drivers won the Truck Series race and the Xfinity Series race. The manufacturer has not won a Cup title since 2004.But it may not have even had a chance Sunday because that’s how strong Truex has been all year . Through his tears, he tried to express what this season — a year in which longtime partner Sherry Pollex suffered a recurrence of ovarian cancer — has meant.“A lot of it was for (Pollex). A lot of it was for me. A lot of it was for this team,” Truex said. “I’ve wanted this since I was a little kid. Just never give up on your dreams no matter what happens and what kind of crap you go through.”Missing from the celebration party was Furniture Row team owner Barney Visser. He suffered a heart attack two weeks ago and is sidelined in Colorado. After pouring millions into his race team, Visser watched it win its first championship on television.Truex led nearly every statistical category this year, including wins, laps led and stage victories. Heading into Homestead, six of Truex’s wins came on 1 1/2-mile tracks, the same layout as Homestead. Now seven of his career-best eight wins are on those sized tracks.“I mean, yeah, they’ve had the fastest car all year, so it was good to see him win,” said Harvick.Keselowski reiterated that he believed the redesigned Toyota Camry has had an advantage over the competition since it debuted this season, and Chevrolet will catch up with its new Camaro next year.Ford has no plans for a redesign. Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 “I don’t think anyone really ever had a shot this year the second that (Camry) got put on the racetrack and approved,” Keselowski said. “It kind of felt like Formula 1 where you had one car that made it through the gates heads and tails above everyone and your hands are tied because you’re not allowed to do anything to the cars in those categories that NASCAR approves to really catch up.”It was the final race as full-time drivers for Dale Earnhardt Jr., the most popular in NASCAR , as well as Danica Patrick and Matt Kenseth. Earnhardt retired after his 25th-place finish.Patrick blew a tire and wrecked , finishing 37th. The only woman to lead laps in the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500, Patrick said in a tearful news conference this weekend that she would race only in those two events next season and then retire.Kenseth, who finished 15th, has no ride lined up for next year and said he will take time away from NASCAR.Earnhardt’s final ride slightly overshadowed the championship race, but he tried to put the focus back on good friend Truex afterward. He drove up alongside Truex, hit his car in celebration and talked after the race about his happiness for Truex. Truex won two Xfinity Series championships driving for Earnhardt early in his career.With a cooler of beer propped on the trunk of his race car, Earnhardt chugged several then partied with his crew and fans as Truex collected the Cup trophy.“I was glad to have a hand in getting his career started, I am so proud of him,” Earnhardt said. “This sport needs drivers like Martin Truex Jr., and everything that he went through as a driver, and everything he went through in his personal life, and everything Sherry has gone through, it’s just great. And they (Furniture Row) are the outsiders up there in Colorado, came down here and beat all of us from North Carolina.”Even with that early success when driving for Earnhardt’s second-tier team, Truex’s career never took off. He had a ride with Dale Earnhardt Inc., which closed and was folded into the Ganassi lineup. He finally found some success after signing with Michael Waltrip Racing, but he got snared in an MWR cheating scandal in 2013 that ultimately cost Truex his job and led to the eventual shutdown of the organization.He acknowledged earlier this week that he worried he’d never race again at NASCAR’s top level, at least until Visser called.Pollex reminded Truex of how far they’ve come when she embraced him.“I told him ‘That’s why you never give up,’” she said. “That’s been our motto all along, ever since I started my cancer battle. We were never going to give up, and we didn’t. Everybody is battling something, everybody is fighting something in their life, not just cancer, but any kind of struggle that they’re going through in their life. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA If he did, then everyone would see Martin Truex Jr. cry.Truex capped the most successful season of his journeyman career as NASCAR’s champion Sunday, then struggled to start the celebration. He was mobbed on the frontstretch by his Furniture Row Racing team, and after his girlfriend pushed through the crowd to get to him, he finally pulled the helmet and black visor off to show his face.Truex was sobbing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I was a mess. I couldn’t even talk,” Truex said. “I was a wreck thinking about all the tough days, the bad days, the times where I thought my career was over with, the times when I didn’t think anyone believed in me, but the guys, the people who mattered did, my fans, my family.“Then when I got with this team … they resurrected my career and made me a champion.” MOST READ Martin Truex Jr. celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Cup Series auto race and season championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)HOMESTEAD, Fla. — NASCAR’s newest champion wouldn’t take his helmet off.He couldn’t.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Draw & Livestream for NYC & NSC 2018

first_imgThe National Youth Championships (NYC) and National Schools Cup 2018 run from Wednesday 12th to Saturday 15th September!Check out the draw here: NYC 2018 DrawAnd tune in to the livestream of games on Field 1 via one of these links:NYC websiteTFA wesbiteTFA YoutubeTFA Facebooklast_img

TIME FOR ME TO CHANGE Hedley going on indefinite hiatus amid sexual

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Embattled Canadian pop-rock band Hedley, which is facing mounting allegations of sexual misconduct, says it will take an “indefinitely hiatus” after its cross-country tour at the end of March.The Vancouver pop rockers have been under fire since sexual misconduct allegations began surfacing online two weeks ago, suggesting inappropriate encounters with young fans.Since then, a radio host in Calgary and a woman in Ottawa have also come forward alleging sexual misconduct and assault by the band’s frontman Jacob Hoggard. Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In a statement posted on Twitter, Hoggard says he has never engaged in non-consensual sexual behaviour, but acknowledges his treatment of women has been “reckless” and “dismissive.”pic.twitter.com/SZetyqdFFk— Jacob Hoggard (@JacobHoggard) March 1, 2018The group has also been dropped by its management team, blacklisted by scores of radio stations and abandoned by bands booked as tour openers.The band’s next show in their Cageless tour is scheduled for Thursday in Brampton, Ont., but a March 11 performance in Windsor, Ont., was cancelled by the venue on Tuesday. The last show on the tour is scheduled for March 23 in Kelowna, B.C.Live Nation Entertainment-owned companies have been providing refunds to some fans who now regret buying tickets to Hedley in concert, but subsidiaries of the company have also been denying refund requests for others.Hedley also withdrew itself from consideration for the Juno Awards.. Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

Ohio State center Pat Elflein named one of five semifinalists for Outland

OSU redshirt senior offensive linesman Pat Elflein prepares for the Buckeyes game against the Oklahoma Sooners on Sept. 17 at Gaylord Family Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes won 45-24. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorOhio State redshirt senior center Pat Elflein has been named one of five semifinalists for the Outland Trophy, a prestigious award given to the nation’s most outstanding interior lineman.One of the team captains for the 2016 season, Elflein is starting for a third consecutive season. This year, the two-time first-team all-Big Ten lineman transitioned from guard to center, taking over after the departure of Jacoby Boren.Before the start of the season, there were questions surrounding the front five for OSU. Outside of Elflein and fellow All-American candidate Billy Price, the Buckeyes offensive line includes three first-year starters.Elflein has had a big role in an Ohio State offense that finds itself first in the Big Ten in rushing (267), yards per carry (5.7) and total offense (511.4). The Buckeyes also rank second nationally in scoring (46.5 ppg).Along with the Outland Trophy, Elflein is also one of 20 players in the running for the Lombardi Award, awarded to college football’s best lineman or linebacker, and is on the watch list for the Rimington Trophy, awarded to the nation’s best center. read more

Jackets look to put postseason in the past with rematch against Red

Consider this a midterm week for the Blue Jackets.Columbus (9-5-2) hosts central division rival Detroit (7-5-3) Wednesday at 7 p.m. at Nationwide Arena.After practice Monday, coach Ken Hitchcock spoke with members of the media and said facing the Red Wings will be a good test for the team.“Those guys have targets,” Hitchcock said. “They’re the measuring stick for everybody. Detroit gets everybody’s ‘A’ game early in the season. I hope our team is excited to play them because they gave us a lesson at the end of last year.”In its first playoff appearance in franchise history last season, the Jackets faced Detroit in the first round. Although the Red Wings swept Columbus in four games, the team has added experience in postseason play.“I think the big thing for us is we are finally getting to play some division games,” Hitchcock said. “We are going to get a better read on how good we are in our division.”Columbus has played well at home, going 4-1-2 to begin the 2009-10 campaign.The Jackets began a four-game home swing with a 3-2 victory against Carolina last Saturday. Staying at home means extra practice time for the team and Hitchcock is taking advantage of it.“Not being able to practice has really slowed down our game,” Hitchcock said. “I told the players that this is really it for getting two practice days. We won’t be able to do this for some time after, so these next two days are important for us.”Detroit has been nowhere perfect on the road with a 2-4-2 record to begin the year, but Columbus knows the Red Wings are one of the top franchises in the NHL.“Hopefully we will be on our game and be able to match them for 60 minutes of hockey,” forward Raffi Torres said. “It’s no secret that they don’t like playing us. We are going to have to make sure to get the puck deep in the zone and make it tough for the defense.”Torres has scored big for the Blue Jackets. He has claimed eight goals in 16 games, including four coming off the power play. “I trained hard this summer and got everything back to where it needs to be,” said Torres, who has 87 goals and 68 assists in 374 career NHL games. “I got my confidence up towards the end of last season and I’ve tried to take that momentum into this year.”The Red Wings have three members with double-digit totals in points. Forward Henrik Zetterberg has four goals and nine assists to lead the team with 13 points. Forward Pavel Datsyuk has ten assists with two goals, while forward Tomas Holmstrom leads the team in goals with eight.“They are one of the best teams in the NHL,” Columbus forward Jakub Voracek said. “They’ve made the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row and obviously it’s going to be a tough game. There is going to be a lot of people in the building and we are excited.”As for the Jackets’ defense, the unit has been improving.Key defensemen Mike Commodore and Jan Hejda have been back as regulars in the lineup after suffering injuries in the beginning of the year, and the squad continues to gel together.“We have seven guys here that can play with anyone,” defenseman Kris Russell said. “As a group we feel we are starting to find each other and play well together. It’s nice to get a consistent groove when playing with the same group of guys.”With goaltender Steve Mason playing in form lately, the defense could be the difference in the outcome vs. Detroit. Mason is 7-4-2 with a .891 save percentage in his second season in the league.“He’s playing really well and is confident,” Hitchcock said. “I think the big thing is the puck has not been moving fast for him. He’s in sync with where the puck is on the ice and gets across the net really well now. He’s squared to shooter much better than the start of the year.”In observance of Veterans Day, the matchup vs. the Red Wings will be military appreciation night in tribute to those in the armed forces. read more

Ohio State womens soccer clawed by Penn State 30

The Penn State women’s soccer team dodged some second-half bullets – 14 to be exact – and left Ohio State with a loss against its big ten rival. OSU (7-4, 2-2 Big Ten) fell to the Nittany Lions, 3-0, Thursday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes fired 14 second-half shots at PSU’s goal, but the visitors were able to outlast OSU. “You give Penn State an inch and they’re going to find the back of the net. Every mistake that you make, they’re going to capitalize on,” said OSU coach Lori Walker. Capitalize PSU did. Nittany Lions redshirt junior forward Tani Costa put PSU up, 1-0, with a goal in the 25th minute. Junior forward Maya Hayes doubled the visitors’ lead just before halftime and Christine Nairn rounded out the scoring with a long-distance blast to put PSU up for good in the 71st minute at 3-0. Thursday was the first time OSU allowed three goals in a game since Oct. 16, 2011. OSU senior defender Lauren Granberg said that, despite the lopsided score, the Buckeyes played well. “I think as a team we came out and played some of the best soccer we’ve played,” Granberg said. “Sometimes it doesn’t go your way.” OSU’s offensive attack took a blow early in the game when freshman forward Marisa Wolf went down with an injury in the 12th minute. Wolf will be evaluated by a doctor Friday, Walker said. Additional issues throughout the game included the team not being able to take advantage of opportunities. For the game, OSU outshot PSU, 22-14, but couldn’t find the back of the net. Walker said that the first step toward the OSU’s next conference match, a home game against Wisconsin, is recovery, both emotionally and physically. Walker also said the Buckeyes should take the lessons from the loss to the Nittany Lions and apply them in the next game. Granberg agreed, saying there were plenty of positives to take from the loss to PSU. “Our positioning, our movement off the ball and how dynamic we are is really working for us,” she said. “We can’t let this game deter us from playing the Ohio State soccer that we know how to play.” Ohio State is scheduled to face off against the Wisconsin Badgers Sunday at 1 p.m. The game is slated to be held at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Most Important Buckeyes for 2014 – No 8 Ezekiel Elliott

Then-freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott (15) runs toward the end zone during a game against Purdue Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. OSU won, 56-0.Lanter file photoWith two already listed, the top-10 most important Buckeyes continues as the countdown to kickoff stands at just eight weeks.No. 8 Most Important Buckeyes: Ezekiel Elliott, sophomore running backAmidst a season filled with outstanding offensive output, Carlos Hyde became OSU coach Urban Meyer’s first 1,000-yard back – despite having missed the first three games of the season.Half a year later, Hyde is a member of the San Francisco 49ers and the Buckeyes are looking to fill the 1,521-yard hole that he left.Fortunately for OSU, roaming the sidelines for the Buckeyes during the 2013 season was a former four-star running back prospect, built almost exactly in the likeness of Hyde himself.His name: Ezekiel Elliott.While he may possess Hyde’s lethal combination of size and speed that any running backs coach in America would yearn for, Elliott certainly has a tall task in front of him to replicate the performance of No. 34.In his freshman campaign, Elliott showed flashes of brilliance when provided the opportunity to touch the turf.For instance, Buckeye fans will certainly remember his coming out party against Florida A&M, when the seemingly unknown No. 15 darted onto the field and rushed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on just 14 carries.Outside of that afternoon, however, Elliott amassed just 16 carries for the rest of the season, which makes prognosticating his impact next season that much more difficult.Elliott’s sophomore campaign could go one of three ways.The first scenario is one in which Elliott mirrors Hyde in almost every circumstance and becomes Urban Meyer’s first multi-season 1,000-yard running back. His immense speed with his “bowling ball” stature gives him an element Hyde never possessed and turns him immediately into a faster version of his predecessor with the same impact each time he touches the ball.This scenario renders itself rather unlikely, but if it were to unfold, OSU could very well be the front-runner to win the 2014 National Championship.The second scenario is the most likely: Elliott is a less experienced, less effective version of Hyde who barely becomes the second 1,000-yard running back under Meyer. Again, Elliott seems to have all the tools but may have trouble adjusting to the college game in his first season as a starter.In the final scenario, Elliott isn’t at all prepared for a starting role in the backfield, forcing senior quarterback Braxton Miller and sophomore H-back Dontre Wilson to shoulder the entirety of the offensive load, which figures to be too much and holds OSU back for the entire season.Based on what we saw from Elliott a year ago – if only in a couple of games – it seems as if this would be the least likely scenario.Coach Meyer constantly lauded Elliott last season for his work ethic and his demeanor both on and off the field, which would seem to prove that he’s going to put in the work necessary to ensure this is not the case next season.Again, anything can happen, but this would be more a surprise than an eventuality.Should this list only have consisted of offensive players, it’s easy to see how Elliott could very well rank amongst the top two or three most important Buckeyes.At his best, he could elevate the Buckeyes to a National Championship.At his worst, he could drag OSU to its most mediocre season in Urban Meyer’s tenure. read more