MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours While San Miguel has thrived in this tournament, Meralco has gone the exact opposite. The Bolts have won just a combined four games in the last two seasons under Black, who continues to look for a dominant man in the middle.Instead, the Bolts landed KG Canaleta from the free agent market, and the journeyman gunslinger repaid Black’s trust in their debut by shooting 25 points against his former team.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Eagles abound in pro league Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals View comments Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netWith the entire field wanting to shoot it down, defending champion San Miguel Beer returns to action Wednesday and will put Meralco to the test in the PBA Philippine Cup as they jostle for the early elimination round lead at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Coming off an impressive 104-96 decision of Phoenix Petroleum in the inaugurals, the Beermen will slug it out with the Bolts in the 7 p.m. contest.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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 Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Meanwhile, the Fuel Masters try to rebound from that defeat when they battle Kia Picanto in the 4:15 p.m. game.“The field improved their rosters and their battlecry is to beat San Miguel Beer,” Austria went on. “But every time there’s pressure, my players play with the sense of urgency. They are still hungry [to win] the title.”No team has achieved a four-peat in this conference, and San Miguel has come out on top of practically everyone’s list as the team to beat.And Black’s problem will be Fajardo, with Meralco not having the player that can stop the the 6-foot-10 star one-on-one.“I think we have a better team than the one last season,” Black added.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “They will be a handful,” Meralco coach Norman Black said of the Beermen, after his Bolts also had a shaky debut against the Blackwater Elite a week ago.San Miguel coach Leo Austria didn’t hide his strengths in the win over Phoenix, calling on his starting unit to do practically all of the offensive damage on the Fuel Masters.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 folkAgainst Phoenix, Austria’s first five scored all but nine of the total San Miguel output, with reigning four-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo finishing with 23 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.“The first win is really hard [to get], especially because everyone is preparing very hard for us,” Austria said.
Incorporated were the seventh and eighth innings when they scored five consecutive runs on four wild pitches by Adam Ottavino (1-2).According to the Elias Sport Bureau, the Dodgers were the first team in the live-ball era (since 1920) to score at least five runs on wild pitches.“These games are played by human beings,” Rockies manager Bud Black said. “Games like this happen. They’re painful when you’re on this end of it but we’ve had our share where it’s gone the other way.”The two teams combined to throw eight wild pitches, which according to STATS is the most in a single game since 1913. Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy threw three, one of them scoring a run.Bellinger now has 24 home runs, helping the Dodgers stretch their longest string since they won 10 straight in August 2013. Colorado lost its season-worst fifth in a row.ADVERTISEMENT What ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger watches his two-run home run against the Colorado Rockies during the third inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, June 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers unleashed yet another weapon to continue their winning streak.The vaunted wild pitch.ADVERTISEMENT World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lopez saves match point, beats Cilic in Queen’s final Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken The Dodgers have hit at least one home run in 17 consecutive games, tying their record in Los Angeles. Their franchise record is 24 consecutive games set by Brooklyn in 1956.Kenley Jansen got five outs for his 17th save, and his first career double and RBI to drive in the Dodgers’ final run.Jansen also walked his first batter of the season after striking out 51 in a dominant year.“That was a good streak,” Roberts said. “That was historical.”Colorado led 6-4 when Ottavino took over with two on and two out in the seventh. He walked a batter and threw a wild pitch that allowed one run to score. Ottavino then threw another wild pitch for the tying run, and when catcher Tony Wolters couldn’t find the ball, Austin Barnes raced home from second.“He had third base, he was going hard, took the turn around third base and the play is in front of him,” Roberts said. “At that point you have to be instinctual.”The Dodgers added five more runs in the eighth, the first two scoring on another pair of wild pitches by Ottavino. He had thrown three wild pitches this season before the problems at Dodger Stadium.The Rockies could not stop their losing skid despite taking a 5-0 lead off McCarthy. The Dodgers came back for their 16th win in 17 games.BELLINGER POWERHe now has six multihomer games this season, a Dodgers’ rookie record and second all-time to Mark McGwire’s seven in 1987. He also beat out an infield hit and made a diving catch in right field. The Dodgers made some history Sunday, albeit with a great assist from the Colorado Rockies, scoring a record five runs in the final two innings on four wild pitches by Adam Ottavino.Add the almost requisite home-run production from rookie sensation Cody Bellinger — this time he had two — and the Dodgers had a 12-6 comeback win over the Rockies for their 10th consecutive victory.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“That was a long, crazy game,” said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.The game went four hours and 19 minutes, making it the longest nine-inning game since Dodger Stadium opened in 1962. LATEST STORIES “(Dodgers broadcaster) Manny Mota comes in to remind me every day, I already got paid for yesterday,” Bellinger said. “That’s a good reminder.”TRAINER’S ROOMRockies: OF Carlos Gonzalez missed his third consecutive start with a sore shoulder. Black said Gonzalez did take some early batting practice and was showing improvement.Dodgers: Put OF Franklin Gutierrez on the 10-day disabled list with another bout of Ankylosing Spondylitis, an immune arthritic condition he has battled since 2011. The team is uncertain if he will be ready to return after the 10 days off. The team called up infielder Mike Freeman from Triple-A Oklahoma City to his roster spot.UP NEXTRockies: RHP German Marquez (5-3, 3.92 ERA) is scheduled to start the Monday opener of a three-game series against the Giants in San Francisco. The rookie has allowed only three earned runs in his last three starts (1.93 ERA) and is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in six road starts.Dodgers: LHP Rich Hill (4-3, 4.73) will attempt to pitch into the sixth inning for the first time this season when he starts Monday against the Angels. It will mark his 10th start. In his last start Wednesday against the Mets, he allowed one run on four hits in five innings.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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He is the one Indian player who can easily get into any international All-Stars team, and Sardar Singh will have added responsibility when the eight-time hockey gold medallists India start their campaign at the London Olympics.Part of the team which suffered heartbreak in Chile four years ago, Sardar will be all the more determined to make a big impression at his first Olympics.”The past is gone. We cannot change it. It was one bad day in Chile which cost us an Olympic berth.”But we have prepared well and playing as a team. Our performances have improved and the team atmosphere is very good,” Sardar told Mail Today. “Recent results show that we are on the right track.”Being one of the more experienced and accomplished players in the squad, Sardar is looked up to by several of his teammates, such as newcomer SK Uthappa.”There will be pressure at the Olympics. It will be up to seniors like me to guide the youngsters. At big tournaments, there is a lot of noise during matches and communication with teammates becomes very important,” the midfielder from Sant Nagar village of Haryana’s Sirsa district said.After being part of the FIH All-Stars team for two consecutive years, Sardar will be a marked man at the Olympics, with opposition teams wary of giving him room to operate as he is the engine that drives the Indian team. But he is not fazed.”I know that opposition teams will target me and will try to restrict my movement, and for that I am prepared. That is why every day after practice I put in an extra hour for my own preparation,” he said. “I am ready for the challenge.”advertisementUnder chief coach Michael Nobbs and exercise physiologist David John, the Indian players have endeavoured to match the world’s best in all areas, including fitness and endurance. Sardar is the best example of the new-look Indian side with his sculptured body and seemingly boundless stamina.Sardar is also one of the most versatile players around and has possibly played in every position except the goalkeeper, and performed admirably everywhere though he excels as the pivot of the team in the centrehalf position.Sardar, who will turn 26 before the Olympics begin, is a circleto-circle player who can create chances as well as nip the opposition moves before they become threatening.He would be the key to India’s chances but the blue turf at the Riverbank Arena will be a new feature. Sardar, however, does not believe it will pose much of a problem.”We have not had too much time on that surface, but it should not make much of a difference. We will also play with yellow Kookaburra balls and have adapted well to them. We have also played and trained at the Olympic venue during the test event.Nobbs has gone on record saying that if India, ranked 10th in the world, can finish in the top six, it will be a creditable achievement.Sardar, however, has higher ambitions. “We will give our best at the Olympics. Our first target is the semi-finals but we are ultimately aiming at a podium finish,” he said. He will need to be at his best to realise that ambition.
It all started with the first wish in 1981, a wish by an 8-year-old boy named Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, who wished to be transported into the magical world of inspiration and motivation at Disney.Thirty-four years later, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Disney will grant their 100,000th global wish together. Since Bopsy’s wish, Disney has given wish kids with life-threatening medical conditions incredible memories that can provide the hope, strength, and joy they need to fight their illness. This February, Make-A-Wish is celebrating all Disney has done to strengthen the families and communities where we all live, work and play.Make-A-Wish America grants more than 14,000 wishes each year. More than 7,000 of them involve Disney’s help – ranging from once-in-a-life time meetings with favorite Disney talent and visits to Disney theme parks, to extraordinary trips on Disney Cruise Lines and relaxing stays at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. In 2014, Disney contributed more than $14.5 million through the donation of cash and theme park tickets to help grant these wishes.“Since the very first wish, Disney has provided our wish kids with imaginative experiences and lasting memories, the type only Disney can provide,” said David Williams, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “Nearly 35 years and 100,000 wishes later, Disney’s steadfast support of our mission continues to grow as they help us all to believe that anything is possible. We are grateful to have such a dedicated and faithful friend.”Disney’s support of Make-A-Wish extends far beyond the wish experience. In 2012, Make-A-Wish, as a signature partner, secured a grant from Disney, and every year since has received grants to help build wish infrastructure and other capacity-building programs. Disney-owned ESPN has showcased incredible sports-related wish stories on their annual “My Wish” series, this summer marks the series’ 10th anniversary; and the company encourages Disney VoluntEARS to contribute their time and talents to further the Make-A-Wish mission. The timeless bonds and memories Disney has created have helped kids through treatments, helped them overcome doubts and despair, and helped them feel and get better – because wishes work wonders.Throughout the month of February, Make-A-Wish will showcase Disney wish stories on its website at wish.org, sharing the story of just a few of the thousands of wish kids impacted by their Disney experience. Make-A-Wish is proud to call Disney its longest tenured sponsor and sincerely thanks Disney for more than three decades of generous support through granting 100,000 wishes – and counting – since that first wish in 1981.