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Inside track for Alaska in fight for No. 2

first_imgBen&Ben, IV of Spades, SB19 win big at 5th Wish Music Awards LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Luis Manzano jokes about Mikee Morada’s proposal to Alex Gonzaga: ‘Baka nagtali lang ng sintas’ So nears crown as Carlsen, Wei, Aronian do final push GlobalPort also made it to the quarterfinals Sunday at 6-5 after a 117-99 rout of Rain or Shine which blew its slim chance of contending for No. 2 at 5-5.The Hotshots seem to have the easier task in their quest  for the vital seventh win since they have the eliminated Mahindra Floodbuster as opponent  on Wednesday while the Aces will be contending against the Elasto Painters in the other half of the day’s twinbill.But Mahindra, despite its third worst slate of 3-7, is definitely no pushover. And the Floodbuster go into their date with the Hotshots inspired by their 106-96 win last Friday over the NLEX Warriors, who are in the cellar at 2-8.A confrontation to watch is the Ellein Maliksi-Alex Mallari duel. Maliksi, who has taken over the old role of former Star hotshot James Yap, exploded for 25 points in just 20 minutes against Meralco. Mallari, a former Star substitute himself, scattered 30 points while missing a near triple double with 10 rebounds and nine assists when Mahindra downed NLEX.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Bulacan inmates, jail guards raise donations for Taal victims MOST READ Panelo: Duterte only wants to emulate strong political will of Marcos Marcos monument beside Aquino’s stirs Tarlac town 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 The Star Hotshots were just as unforgiving in crushing also-ran Meralco, 120-73, after denying Blackwater an outright spot among the top eight qualifiers with a 111-95 decision.The 47-point win over the Bolts was the most lopsided  this season, erasing the 43-point rout  the Hotshots also posted when they destroyed the Phoenix Fuel Masters, 123-79, last Dec. 10.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSBreak new groundSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnWith SMB foiling the TNT KaTropa in their own bid for the No. 2 slot last Saturday, Alaska and Star rose to 6-4 behind the runaway 10-1 win-loss card of the Beermen going into the league’s last playing date on Wednesday.And here’s the catch. Anne Curtis talks about renewing faith in God amid the world’s ‘noise and clutter’ DILG to lock shops in Tagaytay City, other areas near Taal Motorcycle taxis ‘illegal’ starting next week — LTFRB board member If the Aces and Hotshots end up tied for second, Alaska will clinch the No. 2 slot under the winner-over-the other rule, having nipped Star in overtime in their first meeting, 97-90, last Jan. 11.The KaTropa came within two minutes of pinning what would have been only the second loss on SMB after the Beermen’s misadventure against Phoenix last Nov. 30, but  Alex Cabagnot hit a triple with 26.7 seconds left to break the 94-94 tie forged by June Mar Fajardo with back-to-back layups.With the KaTropa completely losing their touch from the quartercourt after opening the last quarter with four straight triples en route to a 95-90 lead, Arwind Santos completed the 98-94 SMB escape with a free throw in the final 12.2 seconds.Against Rain or Shine last Jan. 13, Cabagnot also sank a long jumper in the dying seconds to force overtime with the Beermen eventually pulling through, 107-101. The loss left the KaTropa with a final 6-5 slate like the Fuel Masters with both teams assured of quarterfinal slots.ADVERTISEMENT Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAfter languishing near the bottom of the 12-team field, Alaska Milk and Star pulled off emphatic victories last  week to climb into a tie for No.  2 behind defending champion San Miguel Beer going into the final double header of the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations. The Alaska Aces, seeking redemption after blowing a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven title series against the Beermen last year, moved into contention for the second twice-to-beat privilege by whipping Phoenix, 106-85, after earlier quashing the quarterfinal hopes of Mahindra, 107-91.ADVERTISEMENT Palace: Crisis over ABS-CBN franchise unlikelylast_img read more

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‘Koscielny’s goal saved my marriage!’ Arsenal supporters celebrate overhead kick

first_imgBirthdays are brilliant and Laurent Koscielny celebrated his 31st in style with an outrageous overhead kick for Arsenal against Southampton.The Gunners had been 1-0 down following an agonisingly unlucky own goal from Petr Cech as a Dusan Tadic free-kick rebounded off the crossbar and went in off the goalkeeper’s head.But Frenchman Koscielny was on hand to level as with a strike of outstanding skill, flashing the ball home from debutant, and fellow birthday boy, Lucas Perez’s knockdown.And Arsenal fans on Twitter couldn’t hide their shock and delight, you can see what they had to say below… 1 Laurent Koscielny celebrates scoring for Arsenal last_img read more

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Kiwi’s Jimmy Neesham gives hilarious reply to an embarrassing tweet

first_imgAdvertisementNew Zealand international Jimmy Neesham has a quite natural presence in social media and is also known for his witty humour. The all-rounder often retweets and replies conversations with fans on various hot topics. This Wednesday, however, Neesham faced the most awkward situation in his life as he got a very unusual request from one Pakistani actress in Twitter.Responding to one of his tweets, Pakistan actress Sehar Shinwari jokingly proposed him to be the daddy of her future kids in twitter with a couple of emojis. But the lanky left hander quickly dismissed any chances saying, “I really feel like the emojis were unnecessary.”The New Zealander last appeared in the Canada Global T20 playing for the Edmonton Royals. His World Cup campaign was quite successful and he contributed both with the bat and the ball on his side’s fantastic campaign to reach the Finals, where they lost to England on the basis of boundary count after the match went into a Super Over. Harsh.Neesham, who scored 232 runs and picked 15 wickets during the tournament, recently said that the highlights of the World Cup final was one of the worst videos he has ever watched.“There was a montage (of the World Cup final) that played during the first Ashes Test when it was raining. I’ve seen that. It was awful. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever watched,” said the Kiwi all-rounder. Advertisementlast_img read more

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