UP Maroons, FEU Lady Tams looking to raise their game with PSL stint

first_imgJapeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Along with Perpetual’s rise, Prince Eze works his way from support role to top gun Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Lady Maroons head coach Godfrey Okumu said he wants his team to have more exposure to different competitors as they try to become the UAAP’s elite once the tournament begins in early 2019.“My team is composed of very young rookies and some veteran members so this tournament will help us get the exposure we need,” said Okumu.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissUP placed sixth in Season 80 with a 6-8 record but has since started to show signs of improvement after its title run in another offseason collegiate league.“I believe that my team will learn again how to deal with losses and wins every game, so to me, this tournament can help us grow especially our young players,” said Okumu. 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 Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe start of the women’s volleyball tournament in UAAP Season 81 is still a few months away but teams aren’t going stay idle and wait for the games to begin.University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University are already gearing up for some stiff competition with the two teams looking at the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam to fine tune their respective rosters.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college As for the Lady Tamaraws, coach Rey Diaz said the Collegiate Grand Slam is a perfect opportunity for his team to grow.“We treat this as a blessing,” said Diaz. “We’re expecting the players to gain a lot of exposure and raise their level of competition here in the PSL.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

Lionel Messi to lift La Liga trophy for the 1st time as Barcelona skipper

first_imgFor the second year in a row, FC Barcelona are the champions of Spain. Ernesto Valverde has overseen another La Liga Santander triumph, taking the Blaugrana onto 26 league titles. They’re now just seven behind Real Madrid’s record haul of 33 league trophies, a gap which has closed dramatically over the past decade; Barcelona have finished top of the pile in an incredible eight of the last eleven seasons.Talisman and all-time great Lionel Messi has been involved in all eight of those triumphs, plus the title wins of 2004/05 and 2005/06, meaning his La Liga medal tally has reached double figures. It’s a tally that no Barcelona player in history has matched; only Real Madrid legends Pirri (10) and Paco Gento (12) have hit that milestone in La Liga history.Messi will lift this season’s trophy for the first time as captain and there’s nobody more deserving. Barring a crazy, barren end to the season, the Rosario native will clinch his sixth La Liga Santander top-scorer award, equalling Telmo Zarra’s record for Athletic Club set over seventy years ago.Right from the start, Messi’s dynamic performances proved key as he scored twice in a 3-0 victory over D. Alaves on the opening day of the season. It was Barcelona’s impressive start that set the tone for what was to come, with Valverde’s men winning each of their first four fixtures.Following a minor stumble in September and October, during which time they failed to win on four consecutive match-days – drawing with Girona, Athletic Club and Valencia and losing to Leganes – they got back on track and have been top of the league for most of the season.advertisementDiego Simeone’s Atlético de Madrid proved to be their closest challengers all season. Ousmane Dembele’s last-gasp equalizer following Diego Costa’s opener in their 1-1 at the Wanda Metropolitano in November proved decisive. A loss would have seen them drop into third; instead, they finished the match-day behind only Sevilla, leapfrogging them into first place just a week later. They’ve been top ever since.That draw against Atlético de Madrid was followed by an eight-match winning streak, during which they conceded just twice. Barcelona aren’t often associated with defensive solidity but that’s unfair. In addition to the headline-grabbing goals from Messi, Suarez et al upfront, the Blaugrana have been incredibly stingy at the back this season, thanks in no small part to the formidable center-back partnership that has developed between veteran Gerard Pique and summer signing Clement Lenglet.What’s more, on the rare occasions when these two were overcome, opposition strikers came face-to-face with Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The German had another sensational year between the sticks, proving once again that he is one of the very best goalkeepers in the world, if not the best.All of the above has combined to make Barcelona champions once again and the fact that they’ve done so with weeks to spare proves just how dominant they’ve been. Valverde’s side have come up against world-class opponents from the capital in the form of Atlético de Madrid and Real Madrid, a Sevilla side that started the season in unstoppable form, Europa League semi-finalists Valencia and many other challenging sides, but they’ve conquered all in their path and are now deservedly celebrating their 26th La Liga championship.Also Read | Barcelona showed they had more experience: Juergen Klopp after Liverpool defeatAlso Read | Champions League: Lionel Messi scores 600th goal as Barcelona crush Liverpool 3-0last_img read more

Cheers and screams as new Japan emperor greets the people for the

first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> Japan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during their first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Issei KatoJapan’s Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako greet well-wishers during their first public appearance at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo, Japan May 4, 2019. REUTERS/Issei Kato Cheers and screams filled the air in Tokyo on Saturday as new Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako made their first greetings to an ecstatic public three days after acceding to the throne following the first abdication in two centuries.Naruhito’s father, Akihito, 85, abdicated on Tuesday in a simple ceremony, nearly three years after he first expressed fears that advancing age might make it difficult for him to perform his duties. It was the first abdication in 200 years.Pledging to work as a symbol of the people, Naruhito, 59, was formally invested as emperor the day after.People queued for hours to see the new emperor and his family stand on a palace balcony and wave to the gathered crowds. Normally such greetings take place during the New Year’s holiday and on the emperor’s birthday.“I pray for your health and happiness,” said the emperor, reading prepared remarks. “And I sincerely wish for further development of our nation by going hand in hand with other nations and seeking global peace.”Masako, wearing a yellow dress and hat, waved and smiled to the crowds along with other imperial family members.They will greet the crowds six times on Saturday, according to public broadcaster NHK.Akihito became emperor in 1989 after the death of his father, Emperor Hirohito, which set off an extended period of mourning throughout Japan, but the mood has been completely different this time.Clubs held countdowns on Tuesday night, fireworks rocketed into the air and stores held special sales to honour “Reiwa,” the era name under which Naruhito will reign. Hundreds of couples rushed to city offices to register their marriage.The festive mood, which many compared to New Year’s, has been fed by an unprecedented 10-day holiday that observers expect will bring an economic boost to Japan’s sluggish economy.WhatsApplast_img read more