Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The Nationals hope to redeem themselves in the closed-door encounter at 7:30 p.m., at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil World-class Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ “Stanley Pringle is taking over the naturalized position over Christian Standhardinger,” Guiao told reporters after the Philippine team practice at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, the eve of its game against Qatar in the Fiba World Cup 2019 Asian Qualifiers.“That was a very difficult decision, agonizing decision with the way Christian was playing not only against Iran but consistently playing for the national team even from the Asian Games.”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 Chriss“But Stanley also brings a lot to the game he creates a lot of situations for his teammates. He can score, he can defend, he can pass. We’ll miss Christian, but Stanley gives us another dimension, so I think whatever we lose with Christian not playing, we’ll be able to get some other way with Stanley.”Standhardinger, the Fil-German bruiser, was Gilas’ naturalized player in a 73-81 loss to Iran on Thursday where he led the team with a game-high 30 points and 12 rebounds. Matthew Wright, Paul Lee and Stanley Pringle join the Philippine team’s practice at Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday. —AUGUST DELA CRUZNational team coach Yeng Guiao said choosing Stanley Pringle over Christian Standhardinger as the Philippines’ naturalized player was a hard decision to make.But that’s not a knock on the explosive Pringle, who also brings a ton of upside to the Philippine team.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title LATEST STORIES 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 Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Pringle was in the Asian Games roster last month and was among the Philippines’ best players along with Cleveland Cavaliers guard Jordan Clarkson and Standhardinger.Apart from Pringle, Guiao will also have Matthew Wright and Japeth Aguilar, back from serving their one-game suspensions for their participation in a melee against Australia last July at Philippine Arena in Bulacan.The Philippines was in dire need of additional outside threat against Iran after shooting just 18 percent from the 3-point area and the sweet-shooting Wright would’ve made a big difference.“Matthew is going to provide us an extra option as a shooting weapon,” Guiao said. “We had some problems with our outside shooting against Iran.”“Japeth adds the size, the length and the inside presence. He’s a defensive stopper and rim protector.”ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information.
Karim Benzema scored his sixth goal in four games as Real Madrid beat Alaves 3-0 on Sunday for a fourth successive La Liga victory which took the European champions to within eight points of leaders Barcelona.The French striker knocked a cross from Spanish left back Sergio Reguilon into the net from close range on the half hour mark, breaking the deadlock against an organised Alaves side who beat Real 1-0 earlier in the season at Mendizorrotza.Brazilian teenager Vinicius Jr. sealed victory in the 80th minute, with substitute Mariano Diaz further stretching the home side’s lead in added time.Santiago Solari’s side have burst into form in the last three weeks, beating Real Betis, Sevilla and Espanyol in the league and thrashing Girona 7-2 on aggregate in the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.With second-placed Atletico Madrid losing at Real Betis earlier on Sunday and champions and league leaders Barca stumbling to a 2-2 home draw with Valencia, Real knew a win would see them gain ground on their rivals.FT: @realmadrid 3-0 @[email protected] 30′, @vini11Oficial 80′, @marianodiaz7 90’+1’#Emirates | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/QvPCQahNC4Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 3, 2019Real coach Solari has cut a frustrated figure during the team’s stop-start season but he was in bullish mood after the game.”Today everyone could see how hungry we were to gain points on our rivals and we have done that. We’re going to fight for everything until the end of the season,” the Argentine told reporters.advertisement”Madrid never give up and we are always hungry. We always go out to win every game, without doing the maths.”The victory took Real to 42 points, cutting the gap on second-placed Atletico Madrid to two points ahead of next Saturday’s city derby, and moving within eight points of Barca, who they visit on Wednesday in a Copa del Rey semi-final first leg.Real never looked like letting their lead slip after Benzema struck, but they did not see off Alaves until the in-form Vinicius tapped in a cross from substitute Marco Asensio to score his first La Liga [email protected]: “We need to enjoy this moment because we’re entering a tough run of matches. #RMLiga pic.twitter.com/PfyPJp21pXReal Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) February 3, 2019VINICIUS OUT-PERFORMS BALEAlong with Benzema, Vinicius has spearheaded Real’s revival and it was the 18-year-old who had provided the through ball to 22-year-old Reguilon which led to Real taking the lead through Benzema.The teenager provided more spark than Gareth Bale, who was substituted midway through the second half following a first start since returning from a muscle injury.”He has been out for a while and little by little he’s picking up the pace. It was difficult for him because Alaves defend very well and there was little space,” Solari said of the Wales forward.Spain international Alvaro Odriozola had a goal ruled out for offside but he teed up substitute Mariano Diaz, who completed the scoring with a diving header.”We have been much better in 2019, we are in our best form of the season and we’re going to keep working like this to ensure we stay on this path until the end of the campaign,” Vinicius said.Also Read | Lionel Messi inspires Barcelona to salvaging draw against ValenciaAlso Read | Japan leave behind clean dressing room, thank you note despite Asian Cup heartbreakAlso Read | Barcelona to meet Real Madrid in Copa del Rey semi-finals in February