Beermen’s Mythical Five domination testament of hardwork, sacrifice


first_imgMOST READ And San Miguel coach Leo Austria believes that the historic distinction is a testament of his players’ unwavering dedication.READ: Fajardo takes home fourth MVP; Four Beermen make it to Mythical 5FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogIt’s only the first time in the league history that four players from the same team made it to the Mythical Five.“I think it’s a product of their hardwork. Since the all-Filipino conference, I rarely changed my starting five except if there is an import, and even if we had an import, you can see how great our local players are because they’re still contributing to the team,” he said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson NBA: Coach Luke Walton admits players ‘come after’ Lonzo Ball due to hype Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Austria has always leaned on his starters and in return, they never let him down, showing poise through out the season, as San Miguel racked up win after win and championship after championship.“I’m proud and I’m happy for them because they understand what we need from them, and they’re proving that what we’re doing is what’s good for the team and it brought us two championships,” the affable mentor said.But Austria knows that the work wasn’t done by the starters alone, giving credit to his bench as an integral part of the Beermen’s success.“Our bench players sacrificed a lot,” he said. “They don’t get much playing time, but when we put them in the game, you could see that they’re stepping up. And even if they’re on the bench, they keep on cheering our first five and I think that’s a big reason why we’re winning.”ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles03:02NAZARENO 2020: ‘Small’ sacrifices, big blessings02:14Carpio 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 Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netSan Miguel may have failed to become the sixth team to achieve the Grand Slam, but the Beermen still gained a piece of history with four players being named in the Mythical First Team.Newly-minted Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo, Commissioner’s Cup BPC Chris Ross, clutch playmaker Alex Cabagnot, and former MVP Arwind Santos all earned their spot in the season’s best five, typifying the Beermen’s dominance this year.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another draw


first_img Watford 0-0 Chelsea: Hornets hold Blues to another entertaining draw Watford and Chelsea shared the points in a 0-0 Premier League draw at Vicarage Road. These sides settled for a point each in a four-goal thriller at Stamford Bridge on Boxing Day and this game was exciting and tense, but without the goals as Heurelho Gomes performed incredibly well in between the sticks for Watford. It was tenth-placed Watford against 14th-placed Chelsea, who have not lost since Guus Hiddink replaced Jose Mourinho in December.After a bright Chelsea start, the Hornets grew into the contest and the Blues soon looked rattled.Odion Ighalo had a good chance when he was found in the box by Jose Holebas, before Thibaut Courtois made a series of good saves, first denying Craig Cathcart’s header before tipping away Etienne Capoue’s powerful drive.Diego Costa nearly gave the visitors the lead before the interval as he pulled a shot towards goal on the turn, palming the ball just past the post.Ahead of the break, Costa’s aggressive play was evident again as he and Juan Carlos Paredes had a coming together. The Spain international was infuriated, but credit to Odion Ighalo of Watford, who played a key part in calming down the Chelsea striker.Both sides had dangerous opportunities early in the second half, Watford captain Troy Deeney first striking a 20-yard volley inches wide before Costa laid a chance on a plate for Oscar from six yards. Under pressure, the Brazilian playmaker side-footed wide.An aggressive and entertaining contest, a 0-0 draw looked increasingly likely as Gomes made more stunning saves, denying Hazard late on after Allan Nyom’s error. The Brazilian goalkeeper rushed out to scramble to Hazard’s feet before the Belgian – on as a substitute – could get a shot off.Watford looked tired in the closing stages of the match and if there was going to be a winner, it looked like it would be Chelsea’s. Hazard dinked a ball to the far post and, on the stretch, Costa poked the ball into the side netting.Costa leapt high in the closing stages to head towards the far corner but the ever-present Gomes secured the point as he dived across goal to save yet again. 1last_img read more

Who are the favourites to win Group A at the World Cup?


first_imgCan the Russians make their home advantage count? The bookies think so.1. Uruguay – 8/11 Egypt will struggle if their talisman Mo Salah cannot feature in all three games. They don’t boast an awful lot of quality elsewhere.2. Russia – 2/1 The Saudis need a miracle, but they almost drew with Germany the other night, throwing away a glorious late chance in a 2-1 defeat. So you never know…3. Egypt – 11/2 In just a few days, Russia and Saudi Arabia will take to the field at the Luzhniki Stadium to get the World Cup underway.But are either of them likely to win Group A?Uruguay and Egypt will be the other two teams battling it out for a place in the knockout rounds.talkSPORT.com takes a look at who the bookmakers reckon will reign supreme out of the four.4. Saudi Arabia – 40/1 On paper, comfortably the strongest team in Group A. It would be a bit of a shock if Uruguay didn’t qualify for the last 16.last_img read more