Charmed this time?

first_imgWhen Pops met Martin’s son Santino “We all feel like we have some unfinished business,” he told reporters shortly after taking down sister team TNT in Game 5, 89-78, on Monday at Ynares Center in Antipolo for the last PBA Governors’ Cup Finals berth.“We’ve already had two rounds with Ginebra and we’ve lost both,” Black pointed out.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSAndray Blatche has high praise for teammate Kai SottoSPORTSBig differenceSPORTSAlmazan status stays uncertain ahead of Game 4Fortunately for the Grand Slam mentor, Meralco is not only bringing a winning feeling into the trilogy. The Bolts are also bringing fresh faces—ones he hopes could add to the growing hunger of finally delivering the club’s first PBA crown.“Obviously [we have] added depth compared to when we [last] faced Ginebra in the past,” Black said, referring to Raymond Almazan, Allein Maliksi and Bong Quinto, who have all proved crucial in the Bolts’ return trip to the Finals. NFA assures ample rice supply in ashfall, eruption-affected areas Leonardo DiCaprio, Taika Waititi, other stars react to Oscar nominations Twice, Meralco coach Norman Black and his charges have tried. Twice, they faltered.And the decorated mentor hopes that a third go at Barangay Ginebra and the crown—which unfolds on Jan. 8 at the fabled Big Dome—would be the charm.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:05Poor visibility, nakaapekto sa maraming lugar sa Batangas03:028,000 pulis sa Region 4-A, tuloy ang trabaho03:57Phivolcs, nahihirapan sa komunikasyon sa Taal01:04Sold-out: Stores run out of face masks after Taal spews ash01:45Iran police shoot at those protesting plane shootdown01:54MMDA deploys rescue team to Batangas following Taal eruption MOST READ LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No need to wear face masks in Metro Manila, says scientistcenter_img ‘People evacuated on their own’ Microsoft ends free Windows 7 security updates on Tuesday Lava gushes out of Taal Volcano as villagers flee SEAG champ wants soft tennis to gain mainstream appeal Almazan has become an essential cog for Meralco in the interior, taking load off the shoulders of Allen Durham. Maliksi has added depth to Meralco’s scoring plus a go-to shooter at the perimeter to punish defenses camping down low.Quinto, meanwhile, is living up to Black’s tag as the biggest steal of this year’s draft class.“They’ve made us a better team,” said Black, who hopes the new additions would help bridge the talent disparity between the two squads, especially with Ginebra adding hotshot Stanley Pringle to its loaded roster.While the title clash is being billed as the third duel of a Governors’ Cup, Black isn’t paying particular attention to the squad at the opposite end of the court.“It wouldn’t matter what team we are playing [just that] we’ve already lost two,” Black said. “We have a lot of respect for Ginebra and Tim Cone. Tim is a top coach in the league. But our goal is to win. Simple as that. It doesn’t matter who we’re playing against.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Selling the same even-keel approach to his players, however, might be a little difficult.“It’s going to be fun. As a competitor, you always want to play against the best,” said Durham, who was Meralco’s losses in the last two showdowns with the Gin Kings. “I actually think [Ginebra’s] a better matchup for us compared to TNT. They got shooters all over and now I think we’ll be able to use [Raymond] a little bit more because they’re a bigger team.”“There’s nobody else that I’d rather play than Ginebra,” Chris Newsome said. “[W]e have to go in there and get a win this time.““I’m excited to have another shot against Ginebra—of all teams,” Newsome added.And that’s not counting the subtext of the Finals showdown: a war between two teams operating under two rival business conglomerates. And the MVP Group has been losing that showdown in the last five years.But in the end, it’s still what a basketball championship is. Two teams, one title.“[The Kings are] always hungry. Tim’s always hungry, that’s why he has so many championships,” Black said. “But we want to win.” INQSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Thailand reports case of coronavirus from Chinalast_img read more

Jose Mourinho hits out at Manchester United’s ‘crazy’ fixture congestion

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho complained about his team’s ever-growing fixture list after their FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup on Sunday added to his problems.United face Southampton in the League Cup final on February 26, so their Premier League derby against Manchester City must rearranged and they also resume their Europa League campaign this month. (Also read: Watford, Hull and Leeds suffer FA Cup upsets, Manchester United through)”It’s absolutely nonsense and I know that applies with many other clubs. Liverpool are going to play 16 matches, Chelsea will play 16 matches and we are in this crazy situation,” Mourinho told British media.”I think Southampton will have 15 days without football before the final and we are going to have in these 15 days two matches… so the calendar in the best country of world football is nonsense.”In a realistic way I think the Premier League is almost an impossible mission but I just think about winning the next match and the next match is not an impossible mission.”Mourinho said Ashley Young could leave before the transfer window closes on Tuesday.”The only player that I am aware of a possibility to leave, and I am waiting for Jan. 31 to know what really is going on, is Young, a player that I would love to keep,” he added.United, who are sixth in the league table, host second-bottom Hull City on Wednesday.last_img read more