NU’s Jaja Santiago ends UAAP career with MVP award

first_imgLATEST STORIES MOST READ Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Ateneo star Marck Espejo wins 5th straight UAAP MVP Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ The other awardees for this season are La Salle’s Desiree Cheng (Best Server), University of the East’s Kath Arado (Best Digger, Best Receiver), Far Eastern University’s Celine Domingo (Best Blocker) and Ateneo’s Deanna Wong (Best Setter).Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img View comments Despite the disappointing finish, Santiago still racked up the numbers to win the plum.Cherry Rondina’s brilliance also didn’t go unnoticed after the explosive University of Santo Tomas spiker bagged the Best Scorer award.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownRondina single-handedly won games for the Golden Tigresses, who dealt with injuries to key players that hampered their chances to make the Final Four.The future, though, looks promising for UST after Fil-Italian hitter Milena Alessandrini was named Rookie of the Year. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJaja Santiago may have failed to lead National University to the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball Finals, but the towering spiker was able to win the MVP award as consolation.The 6-foot-5 Santiago, who was also named Best Spiker, led the Lady Bulldogs to a 5-0 start, making their case as the favorites to win the title but the team faltered and went on to drop eight of their last 10 games including a Final Four loss to defending champion De La Salle.ADVERTISEMENT ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewlast_img read more

Willis’ 24 good for 10th straight win

first_imgDonald Willis lead all scorers with 24 points, Drew Gillette tacked on 20 more including four 3-pointers, Zac Claus had a handful of no-look passes (and 4 points) and the undefeated Fortuna Huskies expunged the Eureka Loggers 77-46 in the semifinal round of the Logger Classic, Friday night at Jay Willard Gymnasium.Friday’s win sends Fortuna (10-0) through to today’s championship round where the Huskies will face Dougherty Valley (6-1) at 2:30 p.m.The Huskies, now at full strength after the …last_img read more

Bafana slip to 1-0 loss to Norway

first_img9 January 2013Bafana Bafana went down 1-0 to Norway in Cape Town on Tuesday in a warm-up match for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. For South Africa, as has long been the case, finishing proved to be a problem.Coach Gordon Igesund, who looked frustrated at times during the match, put a positive spin on matters after the contest. “Of course I am disappointed with the loss,” he said, “but I am happy that we have shown much improvement from our previous matches.“What is important is that we are now creating a lot of chances and we are close to getting it right. We were just unlucky tonight because we could have been at least three goals in the lead at the end of the first half,” he added.‘They will learn from this experience’Looking ahead, Igesund said: “We need to use our ball possession better but that will come, come the Afcon tournament. I am glad the players made mistakes in this match and not in the tournament, so that we are able to rectify where we are going wrong. They will learn from this experience.”Captain Bongani Khumalo suggested Bafana needed to show more urgency in the opposing box, saying: “We played a good brand of football, but maybe at times we should get more ugly in the box and gamble. But these are the things we will work on.”At first, Bafana Bafana struggled to settle as they struggled to string passes together. When they did, they lacked penetration.Blocked shotAfter 15 minutes, however, the home team found a cutting edge when Reneilwe Letsholonyane picked out striker Katlego Mphela just outside the box on the right. Mphela smartly turned his marker and got off a shot that goalkeeper blocked with his right leg.Just minutes later, Siphiwe Tshabalala almost played Mphela in. The striker beat one defender, but the last man hacked the ball away to prevent Mphela getting a shot off.Norway responded with an attack of their own, but captain Tarik Elyounoussi failed to make contact with Erik Huseklepp’s dangerous cross to the far post.After a strong run, Thuso Phala fired in a cross for Mphela. The Norwegian central defenders cut it out, but the ball bounced high in the air, close to Lerato Chabangu. He went down under a challenge as the ball was scrambled behind for a corner and his claims for a penalty were brushed aside by the referee.ParriedIn the 24th minute, Bjorn Helge Riise let rip from outside the South African area with a first-time effort, forcing goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune to parry the ball to his right before collecting it at the second attempt.Just after the half-hour mark, fullback Anele Ngcongca joined in an attack and was played in by Kagisho Dikgacoi. He should have shot from close range, but instead crossed when he had ample time to shoot.Ten minutes before the break, Phala rounded the Nigerian defence on the right and sprinted in on goal. He slid a pass into the six-yard box, forcing goalkeeper Jarstein to dive and knock the ball away from his goal. It went just past Mphela and towards Letsholonyane, who nipped the ball past two defenders before it was desperately cleared it to safety by a third.GoalFive minutes from the break, Risse picked out Elyounoussi in the South African box. The Norwegian skipper broke inside, taking the ball wide of two defenders as he headed towards the middle of the box, which at the same time opened up a couple of angles for him. He left-footed shot comfortably beat Khune to his left, giving the visitors the lead.The first chance of the second half went Bafana Bafana’s way when Phala sent substitute striker Tokelo Rantie clear. Rantie’s first touch was a little heavy, however, and Jarstein was able to block the shot with his legs. Phala followed up, but his shot was stopped by one of three defenders covering the goalkeeper.In the 65th minute, Norway attacked down the right flank. There were plenty of defenders back when the low cross came in, but captain Bongani Khumalo was caught in a difficult position and the ball deflected towards Elyounoussi on the edge of the box. The Norwegian captain fired, but Khumalo put his body on the line to stop the shot.Brave saveSouth Africa surged back onto the attack. Phala was picked up with a lovely through ball, which gave him space on the right. His cross to Thulani Serero, another of the substitutes, forced Jarstein into a brave save at the feet of the South African attacker, mere metres from the goal.The home team kept pressing, forcing Norway to concede a number of corners. From one of them, the Norwegians were almost caught out when Serero was able to receive a ball to his feet deep inside the box. His strike, though, hit the body of a defender and was cleared.With only five minutes to go, Phala should have scored when the ball was cut back to him, but he fired over the crossbar from the edge of the six-yard box, raising oohs and aahs from the crowd.Norway held on to triumph 1-0 in a game that South Africa dominated. The home team deserved a goal given their control of the contest, but their finishing undid an otherwise decent performance.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kevin Durant dodges free agent discussion ahead of Knicks game

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion NBA looking into circumstances of Patrick McCaw signing Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño LATEST STORIES “I can’t control what people say about me, or what they say about our future and what I should do,” he said. “I come to work every single day and life will figure itself out.”Even though the former NBA Most Valuable Player could still end up staying with the Warriors, Durant seemed resigned to the fact that a potential move will be a topic of conversation, no matter what the two-time defending NBA champions are doing on the court.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe 30-year-old’s future with the Warriors came under scrutiny in November after his spat with teammate Draymond Green, although Durant said that it wouldn’t influence his decisions about his future.“I wish it was the other way, where it was totally about the game but I get it,” he said. “Our league has grown so much in popularity. The sexy thing is what happens in the summer more so than what happens in the season — playoffs and free agency is the big thing now. I get it.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted Tuesday he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season.“I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ View commentslast_img read more