Pingris wants showdown with Ginebra in playoffs

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Pingris went to as far as comparing the meeting to a championship series.“Every time we face Ginebra, we feel like we’re in the Finals. The history is there with Manila Clasico and a lot of fans are watching.”Pingris, though, will have to wait until the finals for his dream matchup to come true and given that both teams survive their respective quarterfinals and semifinals duels.Meralco’s 104-101 victory over San Miguel in the final eliminations game on Sunday propelled Ginebra to the No. 3 spot and Star to four.The Gin Kings will face the Grand Slam-seeking Beermen in the playoffs, while the Hotshots will have an early rematch with the NLEX Road Warriors, whom they beat 101-93 on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT With the match-ups now set, Pingris’ focus is on Star’s cohesion as it seeks to further develop its teamwork in the quarters with reinforcement Kristofer Acox in tow.“What’s important here is the chemistry we’re building. We changed imports so he needs to understand our games and know that it’s always going to be our defense which will help us win games,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DAY6 is for everybody “Even if we’re twice-to-win, I want Ginebra,” said the energetic forward.Pingris has no problems even if the odds will be stacked against the Hotshots knowing that their team will be tested early, and what better opponent to have than the reigning Governors’ Cup champion to gauge themselves.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog“It’s a great feeling to play because you’ll be facing a strong team. If you can’t beat them, how can you be a champion? It’s better to face a strong team early,” he said.Since coach Tim Cone left for the Gin Kings, the Purefoods franchise are 4-10 against its fierce rival and has lost its last four duels. View comments PBA IMAGES“To be the best, you have to beat the best.”And that’s exactly what Marc Pingris wants Star to do as he wishes for a collision course with defending champion Barangay Ginebra in the playoffs.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 How to help the Taal evacuees OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Fajardo takes blame for SMB loss to Bolts In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img read more

2 killed, 16 hurt in sandstorm crashes

first_imgA family of 11 visiting from Fortaleza, Brazil, and on their way to Las Vegas were in a van that crashed. Nine of them were injured and taken to Antelope Valley Hospital with broken arms, legs and lacerations, a family member said. “All my family was in this van, all 11,” a sobbing Fernando Amaral Pontes, 46, said. Markan Rios, a passenger in the van, was visibly shaken as he waited next to the crumbled van for someone to take him and Pontes to the hospital. “I couldn’t see anything. It was too much and too quick,” Rios said. “I was coming in, and I saw the sand, and we slowed down, but the truck in front of us had stalled and we couldn’t stop.” Anthony Valdespino, who drives through the area daily, told KCAL Channel 9 “everybody just came to an abrupt stop. There were people that were speeding, and unfortunately I don’t know if they made it through or not.” Valdespino recalled the sound of brakes screeching all around him. “I’ve never seen dust like that,” he said. “I’ve lived out here most of my life, and I’ve never seen dust that thick like that before.” The accident happened just west of Edwards Air Force Base and at the northern edge of Los Angeles County. It was about 40 miles northeast of the site of a fiery truck pileup Friday night in a tunnel on the Interstate 5 freeway in Santa Clarita. The cause of that crash, which killed three people and injured 10, is still under investigation. Authorities said 31 vehicles, including one passenger car and dozens of big rigs, piled up in a chain-reaction crash inside the tunnel that carries truck traffic through the area toward Los Angeles. Tuesday’s crash left big rigs and passenger cars scattered and bent on the pavement and dirt center divider. The CHP closed all northbound lanes of Highway 14, causing traffic to back up for miles. It reopened about five hours later.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! L.A. COUNTY: Winds lead to wrecks that involved 15 vehicles on Highway 14. By Gillian Flaccus THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m. Over a dozen vehicles slammed into one another when a blinding sandstorm surprised motorists Tuesday in the high desert north of Los Angeles, killing at least two and injuring 16. Two of the injured were in critical condition after the crash that left vehicles scattered across Highway 14, Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Ron Haralson said. The pileup was reported around 1:40p.m. during a sandstorm whipped by winds gusting up to 55 mph, the National Weather Service said. About 15 vehicles were involved in three separate collisions, said California Highway Patrol Officer Henry Ross. He said the cause of the crashes were under investigation but that poor visibility and high winds “didn’t help matters at all.” last_img read more

Chelsea revolution or evolution? Jury remains out on Maurizio Sarri

first_imgMaurizio Sarri was announced as new Chelsea manager at the start of this monthNew Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri is time barred. His protracted recruitment from Napoli was only formalised less than a month to the FA Cup winners’ Premier League opener away to Huddersfield Town.The scant time available for the 59-year-old Italian to implement his philosophy makes him a bookmakers candidate for early dismissal by club owner Roman Abramovich, whose zero tolerance for failure is legendary.Enter Sarri. The chain smoking former banker is the antithesis to the intense Antonio Conte, who memorably won a the Premier League title in his first season.Sarri is a purist. Conte is a pragmatist. Sarri is a football philosopher in the mould of Arrigo Sacchi and Pep Guardiola. Conte is the practical football alchemist driven by results. And perhaps most importantly, Sarri is a trialist, albeit an experienced one, and Conte is a serial winner.Football’s cognoscenti is split by the Russian’s approach to club ownership. Abramovich’s hire and fire modus operandi has made Chelsea the most successful English club (in terms of trophies won) during his era. But the billionaire remains restless.15 years after he prized the West London club from long-time owner Ken Bates, Abramovich is yet to witness the champagne football that gets his pulses racing.In his first press conference, Sarri, whose Napoli side twice finished second behind perennial Serie A champions Juventus, said he intends to have fun at Stamford Bridge.I think he wants to project an image of calm in order for his players to perform with the Guardiolesque freedom we witnessed from Manchester City last season.His approach will hence be a marked departure from Conte who pushed some of his players – David Luiz, Willian and Thibaut Courtois into near mutiny.In Chelsea’s first pre season game at Perth Glory, Sarri paired Cesc Fabregas with £50m acquisition Jorginho in a 4-2-3-1 system, the same formation with which he won plaudits at Napoli. Fans of the West London club can therefore immediately forget about Conte’s title winning 3-5-2.By fielding teenage defender Nathan Ampadu with David Luiz in central defence ahead of Tomas Kalas who won promotion on loan at neighbours Fulham; and starting Odoi instead of Timeoue Bakayako, Sarri showed a remarkable faith in youth that his predecessors didn’t.There were also starts for Alvaro Morata and Ross Barkley in an attacking midfield role. The duo’s inability to hit the ground running as Chelsea floundered in the second half of last season to miss out on Champions League qualification contributed to Conte’s dismissal.In fact, with limited time to execute transfers, getting the best out of last season’s signings Bakayoko, Morata, Barkley and Danny Drinkwater could prove handy.Ultimately though, warding off potential bids from moneybags Real Madrid and Paris Saint Germain for World Cup stars Eden Hazard, Courtois and Ngolo Kante, in addition to getting the best out of former loanees Ruben Loftus Cheek and Tammy Abraham, would compensate for limited incoming transfers.As Sarri implements his vision of soccer Nirvana, he needs to appreciate that Premier League football is faster, more intense, physically more demanding and much more results oriented than anything he ever witnessed in Serie A.Allowing a Chelsea playing style evolution should deliver better dividends than any rapidly undertaken Sarri revolution.Comments Tags: Chelseapremier leaguetoplast_img read more