19 Jan

Ginebra ends SMB Grand Slam dream

first_imgHow to help the Taal evacuees DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Giving its shooters a long leash, the Elasto Painters bested the Texters, 106-102, earlier in the day.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Team PH caps Aimag stint with 2 silvers Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ The Gin Kings debunked that in a big way Wednesday night.Playing strong out of the gates, Ginebra thrashed San Miguel Beer, 104-84, crushing the Beermen’s dreams of scoring another Grand Slam while securing a slot in the Governors Cup semifinals.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“We kinda hammered it down tonight,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “We are great rivals, San Miguel and us.”And as rivals, the Beermen weren’t going to get help from Cone, who has authored two of the five Grand Slam feats in the league—with Alaska in 1996 and San Mig Coffee in 2014. In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up There is an age-old, hardly-discussed urban myth going around the PBA that whenever sister teams San Miguel Beer and Barangay Ginebra clash, one would give way to serve the need of the other.ADVERTISEMENT Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Before a big crowd at Mall of Asia Arena expecting action and drama, Ginebra proved that it would not hold its punches to help San Miguel achieve their own double triple-crown dream.In case anyone forgot, the Kings are the defending champions of the tournament and want to keep their crown.“I’ve said before that you can’t win a championship without facing San Miguel,” said Cone. “And the best way to beat them is when you have a twice to beat advantage.”“You can’t imagine how relieved I am right now,” added the classy, eloquent mentor. “It would be very hard to face San Miguel in a do-or-die playoff.”Ginebra will now await the winner of the Rain or Shine-TNT quarterfinal showdown, which went into sudden death.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 MOST READ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

30 Dec

Manchester City star Yaya Toure: ‘I’m not happy!’

first_img Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has launched an astonishing attack on his critics in both England and his homeland, saying he is not happy with the lack of credit he receives for his achievements on the pitch.The 32-year-old Ivory Coast captain joined City from Barcelona in July 2010 and has since won two Premier League titles, one FA Cup and a League Cup since his arrival.He has, however, looked below his best so far this season despite the Blues’ – who have a two-point lead at the top of the table – impressive start.Toure was replaced by Fernando at half-time of Saturday’s 5-1 victory over Bournemouth and has repeatedly been linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium amid suggestions of unrest and disillusionment.And although Toure admits he is unhappy with life in football, he claims it is because he has never been given the plaudits he feels he deserves, particularly from the English media.“Everyone thinks I am happy: I have won titles, lots of money, but no, I am not happy,” he said in a lengthy interview with French newspaper L’Equipe.“When things are said positively, that interests me a lot. But here in England it is not the case. In these last weeks, the journalists have spoken about a new departure for me. But what new departure?“I have just finished a season with City where we came second in the league. I scored 12 goals despite the fact I had to leave the club to join my national team, who were playing in the African Nations Cup. I was out for nearly two months and I am reproached for not scoring as many goals as last season.“Last season I scored 26 goals, 20 in the Premier League, and nobody mentioned it.”This isn’t the first apparent outburst of its kind from Toure, who – according to his agent – accused City of a lack of respect when they failed to recognise his birthday last year.He continued: “When I arrived at City, I heard a lot of people say here that I was going to kill football. A lot of people, idiots I have to say, mocked me. And did you see what happened next? We won nearly everything. I did it, we did it, because I was not all alone of course, but nobody picked up on it again. In fact, it is recognition that I do not have that hurts me.“When people attack you, you should not respond because, for the most part, they understand nothing. Thankfully, my record and my statistics speak for me.”And Toure is equally unhappy with the reception he receives in his native Ivory Coast, who were crowned African Nations Cup champions in February under his captaincy.However, the midfielder insists he has no plans to quit international football in the near future despite the criticism.He said: “I love my country. If that was not the case, if I was spiteful, I would have said ‘I quit’. “But it is my country and even if I am the player who is the most insulted in this country, even if I am everybody’s laughing stock, I cannot abandon it.” 1last_img read more