LONDON (AP):Arsenal host their north London rivals, Tottenham on Sunday, looking to restore some pride following a demoralising 5-1 defeat by Bayern Munich in the Champions League.That loss has left the Gunners on the verge of exiting the competition at the group stage for the first time since the 1999-2000 season. Arsene Wenger’s side is now six points adrift of Group F leaders Bayern and second-place Olympiakos with two games remaining.”There is still a chance to qualify,” Wenger said. “We have to realise that our chance is at a minimum.”It will be very tight, but we have to fight until the end. Let’s hope Bayern beat Olympiakos and we win at home against Zagreb. That leaves us with a chance to qualify from the last game. It’s a small chance, but there is still a real one.”While they struggle in Europe, five consecutive wins in the Premier League have lifted the Gunners to second in the league, level on points with leaders Manchester City.Wenger’s side responded to a 2-0 loss away to Chelsea in September by putting together its best run of form since the start of the new campaign.By contrast, Jose Mourinho has since overseen a serious slump at Chelsea, losing three of the last five matches a run that has raised question marks over his second spell in charge.Up next is a trip to Stoke, which knocked Chelsea out of the League Cup less than two weeks ago.Elsewhere, it’s top versus bottom when Manchester City travel to Aston Villa.Here are some things to know about this weekend’s English league matches:DEFENSIVE FRAILTIESArsenal’s defeat in Munich highlighted the importance of defender Laurent Koscielny, who played in the 2-0 win over the Bundesliga club in October. After being ruled out of the reverse fixture, replacement Gabriel Paulista struggled alongside Per Mertesacker as Bayern cruised to victory.Koscielny remains a doubt for Sunday’s game, together with fullback Hector Bellerin. A depleted backline could force Wenger to continue with the back four that started in Munich against resurgent Tottenham striker Harry Kane.After a stuttering start to the season that saw him net once in 13 appearances, Kane returned to form with a hat-trick against Bournemouth in a 5-1 win before netting the third in a 3-1 victory over Aston Villa.If Arsenal afford Kane the freedom that Robert Lewandowski and Tomas Mueller enjoyed it could lead to a first away victory in the north London derby for Tottenham since November 2010.THIRD TIME LUCKY?Jose Mourinho will be hoping his side can end its miserable run in the league after back-to-back defeats to West Ham and Liverpool.A narrow 2-1 win over Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League will have provided some much-needed relief in a game that will best be remembered for the staunch support of the Stamford Bridge crowd toward Mourinho. The home fans sang his name throughout the match, despite the Blues having lost six of its opening 11 matches in the league.Chelsea have struggled since winning the title at a canter last season, with key players such as Eden Hazard, Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas looking shadows of their former selves.Hazard’s alarming drop in form is a major concern for Mourinho. Last season’s Player of the Year missed the all-important fifth penalty during a shootout loss to Stoke and has yet to score for the club this season.
MIRPUR, Bangladesh (CMC):West Indies Under-19s produced a weak batting performance to go down by eight wickets to Bangladesh Under-19s, in their opening one-day game of the three-match warm-up series at the Shere Bangla National Stadium here yesterday.Sent in, the visitors struggled from the outset and were dismissed for 114 off 39.2 overs, with opener Gidron Pope top-scoring with 31 and Emmanuel Stewart getting 30.Left-arm spinner Saleh Ahmed ran through the innings with a spell of four for 24 while off-spinners Saeed Sarkar (2-9) and Sanjit Saha (2-14) picked up two wickets apiece.In reply, Nazmul Hossain stroked 41 not out and Saif Hassan an unbeaten 39 as Bangladesh Under-19s cruised to their target in the 21st over.West Indies Under-19s are preparing for the ICC Under-19 World Cup, which bowls off later this month.
To some, he might already be the greatest athlete, but six-time Olympic gold medallist Usain Bolt says he won’t feel comfortable tagging that title to himself until he delivers another triple-gold performance at the Olympic Games.With the Rio Olympics just a matter of months away, Bolt, who added that he has been training well after recovering from an ankle bother, told The Gleaner that he has been pushing himself in an effort to ensure he’s in the best condition to do something special and remove any doubts about his spot on the totem pole of sporting greats.”This Olympics mean the world to me. This is the moment I personally can say I am the greatest athlete, so for me to go there and do well is also for some bragging rights for myself; for me to be comfortable in saying I am the greatest (athlete), to have accomplished what I have always wanted to accomplish, and that’s to win three Olympic gold medals three times over,” Bolt said.”It’s really hard, but I know what it takes to be a champion. I have to just push myself. This is my last Olympics, so I’m really focused. I really want it, so I’m just pushing myself, working hard, and hopefully, my coach will give me the go-ahead to compete soon,” added Bolt, the fastest man ever over 100m and 200m.gold medalsBolt won gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympic Games.”I am looking forward to it and I am determined to do great things, so I am putting in the work,” he added of his anticipation of competing in Rio.”All I’ll say is I’ll go out there and do my best. This is what I do, so as always, you can look out for the best from Usain Bolt,” said Bolt.The sprinter turned down the chance to add to comments made by American athlete Alysia Montano, who called for her compatriots Tyson Gay and Justin Gatlin, who have both failed drug tests, to be banned from competing at the Olympic Games in Rio.”I don’t try to get mixed up with these things. I don’t make the rules, I can’t make that call or these things, it will cause a different level of uproar when Usain Bolt speaks out to something like that. I don’t like drama, so I will leave this up to the people who make the rules and have them decide what’s best for the sport,” said Bolt.Bolt is expected to compete at the June 11 Racers Grand Prix meet in Kingston before making another appearance at the London Anniversary Games in July.
SAO PAULO, Brazil (AP): Not even the return of Lionel Messi from a three-game absence managed to save Argentina from losing 3-0 to Brazil last week. The Barcelona star said everything needs to change in its next World Cup qualifier against Colombia today. The runner-up in 2014, Argentina enters the 12th of 18 rounds of qualifying in sixth place. Only the top four teams are guaranteed a spot in the finals in Russia in 2018, with the fifth-place finisher competing in a four-team intercontinental play-off for two spots. In its last four games, Argentina tied unimpressive Venezuela and Peru, and it lost to Paraguay at home before being dominated by Brazil. With 16 points, one back of Ecuador and Chile, Argentina is not completely out of the picture. Its biggest hurdle has been its performance, which players believe will be different against third-place Colombia. Still, the team is under so much pressure that coach Edgardo Bauza needed to proclaim his players support him after only two months on the job. “The players have supported me since we started working, I see them with a tremendous will. That’s the best support I can have,” Bauza said. “There is no discussion about the strategy. The biggest problem is that we were scored against eight times. All the rest is easy to solve. We lost points that we weren’t expecting to lose.” Many players voiced concerns about their play as soon as the match against Brazil ended. Psychology became the focus of a quick change. “We have to change our mindset … because this team has great players,” Messi said. “When one’s head is not fine, the legs do not respond.” So far, Argentina has scored only 11 goals – fewer than half of the 26 scored by first-place Brazil. Only Bolivia, with nine goals, has scored fewer. To fight the struggles on offence, Bauza might replace Gonzalo Higuain with Lucas Pratto, who has often been a reserve for Brazilian club Atletico Mineiro. Argentine media has reported he could make other changes. Colombia will also be without defenders Yerry Mina and Oscar Murillo, leaving coach JosÈ Pekerman, with three players who have never played for the national team. A win in Peru basically puts Brazil, which has 24 points through 11 games, through to Russia in 2018. It would be a shocking scenario for a team that, three months ago, was in sixth place in the South American qualifiers. Edinson Cavani is likely to return to the starting line-up, replacing Cristhian Stuani, after missing second-place Uruguay’s game against Chile because of an injury. Coach Oscar Tabarez will also replace Diego Rolan with Alvaro Gonzalez, embracing a more conservative 4-4-2 strategy he has used in away games. A win at Chile nearly assures Uruguay, currently with 23 points, will advance to the World Cup finals. Chile will count on the return of striker Alexis Sanchez, and midfielder Arturo Vidal is likely to play despite a left leg injury. PLAYERS’ SUPPORT
MONTE CARLO, Monaco:With several of the island’s top female sprinters nearing the end of their careers, double sprint champion at this year’s Olympic Games, Elaine Thompson, says she feels an added sense of responsibility to continue Jamaica’s sprinting success.Thompson won gold medals in the 100m and 200m in Rio de Janeiro to pick up from the 200m bronze that she took home a year earlier at the World Championships in Beijing to shoot to the top of international female sprinting, making her the latest in a line of world-beating Jamaicans.”Looking back at all the sprinters that we have had over the years, we have always dominated, and so to be that upcoming person, I do think I have a responsibility,” Thompson told reporters ahead of last night’s IAAF Athletics Awards here.”Everybody wants to be Elaine, and I know I have a lot to do and a lot to deliver. I am a motivation to the children, who I know are looking up to me, so I know I have to be that person. Everyone was looking up to Shelly (Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce) and Veronica (Campbell-Brown), and now they are looking up to me, and so I know I have that responsibility,” Thompson said.Motivated to work harderThe sprinter, who also topped the Diamond Race for the 100m title last season, underlined that athletes like Fraser-Pryce and Campbell-Brown played a significant role in motivating her to push towards her athletics ambitions and is cognisant that her success will have a similar impact on those to come.”I always wanted to do track and field, and to make the Olympic team was also a big dream. I look up to so many athletes such as Veronica Campbell-Brown, Merlene Ottey, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and also being among so many talented people at the MVP Track Club, which has so many Olympic medalists there, made me also want to be like them, to be hungry; it motivated me to work harder,” Thompson said.The 24-year-old pointed to a change in lifestyle, such as less partying, and the guidance of her coach Stephen Francis as the turning point in her career.”The Elaine I was two years ago, I am not the same Elaine right now. I am a role model, now so everyone is looking up to me, so my life has changed in that sense. I’m can’t go anywhere that I feel like or do certain things because all eyes will be on me so I have to be careful of the things I do and say,” said Thompson.Thompson became only the seventh woman in history to win an Olympic sprint double with her winning time of 21.78 seconds being the third-fastest winning time at the Games.
Duterte’s ‘soft heart’ could save ABS-CBN, says election lawyer Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Jeo Ambohot topped Letran with 15 points, seven rebounds, and two blocks, while Rey Nambatac chipped in 14 markers, nine boards, five assists, and three steals.Bong Quinto also added 14 points, seven rebounds, and five dimes, Jeremiah Taladua got 14 markers and six boards, and Balanza drained all of his eight points in the payoff period for the Knights.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“What happened to us in the first game almost happened again,” noted Letran coach Jeff Napa. “Luckily, the boys woke up in our last huddle and committed to do the right thing.”The win was already Letran’s for the taking, leading 74-65 with 2:38 to play, but EAC refused to sink, with Jerome Garcia drilling back-to-back treys in the final minute to cut the deficit to just three, 83-80, with 6.5 seconds left to play. View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. No passing fancy: Lonzo Ball seems like ideal fit for Lakers IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation LIVE: Sinulog 2020 Grand Parade Malacañang open to creating Taal Commission MOST READ LETRAN 83 – Ambohot 15, Nambatac 14, Quinto 14, Taladua 14, Calvo 9, Balanza 8, Pamulaklakin 4, Balagasay 3, Vacaro 2, Gedaria 0, Bernabe 0.EAC 80 – Munsayac 22, Onwubere 20, Garcia 13, Bautista 11, Laminou 7, J. Mendoza 3, Pascua 2, Guzman 2, Diego 0, I. Mendoza 0, Corilla 0, Neri 0.Quarters: 12-28, 41-43, 58-54, 83-80. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano IT happens: Facebook sorry for Xi Jinping’s name mistranslation Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netLetran dug deep and pulled off a come-from-behind 83-80 squeaker over Emilio Aguinaldo College to gain its first victory in the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Jerrick Balanza delivered the game-saving block on Jethro Mendoza’s attempt in the waning seconds of the game to halt the Generals’ late-game rally and secure the Knights’ breakthrough win for the season.ADVERTISEMENT The Knights, though, would turn the ball over in the ensuing possession to give the Generals one last chance, but Francis Munsayac failed to find the scorching Garcia and handed the ball to Mendoza for the failed game-tying trey.Down 26-9 to start the game, Letran straightened up its act to close the gap in the second period, before Nambatac finally handed his side its first lead with a three, 54-52, at the 2:54 mark of the third quarter.“Everyone was so overeager, but when we reminded them, we regrouped and I’m happy that we’re able to adjust in the second quarter and we got back because of our defense,” said Napa.Munsayac paced EAC (1-1) with 22 points, three steals, and two assists, while Sidney Onwubere had 20 markers, 17 boards, two assists, and two rejections.The Scores:ADVERTISEMENT
LATEST STORIES Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite Malabanan admits Bali Pure’s drive dipped after losing streak Holloway delivered 29 points and 26 rebounds in his PBA debut. He replaced Jabril Trawick, who scored just three points in GlobalPort’s loss to Rain or Shine on Friday.Eugene Phelps had 32 points and 17 rebounds while Cyrus Baguio and Joseph Eriobu added 11 points each for the Fuel Masters, who trailed, 75-45, in the third quarter.RJ Jazul, who chipped in 10 points, pulled Phoenix to within five with a 3-pointer at the 2:51 mark.Matthew Wright scored just four points and went 0-of-6 from the field in his first game back with Phoenix after helping Gilas Pilipinas finish fourth in the Jones Cup.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Fortunately for GlobalPort, new import Murphy Holloway and Terrence Romeo restored order inside the final two minutes with the two scoring the team’s last 10 points.“Good win for us. It’s a good thing that we were up by more than 20 points. We started to relax. We enjoyed the game too much and everybody was doing their own thing,” said GlobalPort head coach Franz Pumaren.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’“They thought that Phoenix would not give a fight. That’s what happens when we delve away from our game plan.”The Batang Pier got what they were looking for in Holloway, who provided the inside presence and muscle down low. ‘I’m out!’: PewDiePie releases last video before taking break from YouTube Indian national gunned down in Camarines Sur End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LeBron James scores 31 points, Lakers beat Rockets McGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC return Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Kawhi Leonard, Clippers rally to beat Pelicans OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson PBA IMAGESGlobalPort let its guard down and almost paid for it dearly before holding off Phoenix, 100-91, in the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Wednesday night at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Batang Pier saw their 30-point third quarter lead chopped down to just five, 88-83, with a little under three minutes left.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ
WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questions Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “We’re like the Spurs,” he said of his team’s exemplary flow on offense. “We really played good today.”Bolick could only gush about San Beda’s 26 assists in its 88-51 victory, their 14th straight, over Emilio Aguinaldo on Friday.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogREAD: WATCH: Get to know San Beda’s Robert Bolick in 7 questionsBut before that breathtaking performance, the Red Lions had to survive an atrocious showing against Perpetual three days back, which they used as a motivation heading into the homestretch of the eliminations. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ “I also hope we can continue this because this is the last stretch of the season and I hope we can still improve what we need to improve on and we become consistent,” he said. Robert Bolick. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThings may have been shaky for San Beda for the better part of NCAA Season 93, but when it’s playing to its potential, it’s a sight to behold.So much so that even Robert Bolick likened the Red Lions to another well-oiled team elsewhere.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide “After that game, we adjusted in our practice, went back to basics and re-learned our schemes,” he said. “When our shooters make their shots, we can drive to the rack. But we really played good defense, limiting (EAC) to just 51 points. That’s really how we are: we play as a team.”As much as coach Boyet Fernandez agrees with Bolick with his assessment, all the mentor is hoping for is San Beda to play consistent in its next games against Letran and Lyceum.READ: San Beda racks up 14th straight win, eliminates EAC “This is the first time probably that we led 37 points at the end of the game. This will be a good start, but again, I will just preach consistency. We just have to be consistent in our execution as well as our defense. We cannot win against LPU if we will not execute and we will not play defense. Our barometer is our game against Letran and we’re looking forward to LPU.”Bolick is optimistic that the Red Lions can finish the eliminations on a strong note.ADVERTISEMENT Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick PLAY LIST 01:18Inquirer Varsity Seven: San Beda’s Robert Bolick02:12San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 9304:31Suu Kyi appeals to ICJ not to impose int’l justice02:14Carpio 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 Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson DAY6 is for everybody It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. How to help the Taal evacuees View comments
Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours TIP INSCavaliers: Kyle Korver tied Paul Pierce for fourth-place on the career 3-pointers list with 2,143. Cleveland has won nine straight times in Orlando. … James played in his 1,100 game in his 15-year career. … Cleveland is 22-0 when tied or leading starting the fourth quarter.Magic: Jonathon Simmons back injury forced the Magic to change their starting lineup for the 16th time this season. … Payton got into a shouting match with Thomas in the first half and both players were given a technical. SG Evan Fournier had his string of consecutive free throws end at 21 since returning from an ankle injury six games ago.UP NEXTCavaliers: Continue five-game trip at Minnesota on Monday night.ADVERTISEMENT Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Magic: At Dallas on Tuesday night to start a three-game trip.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Filipino bobsled team takes first crack at big-time meet; eyes 2022 Winter Games Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 30 points, Elfrid Payton had 20 points and five assists, Evan Fournier had 18 points, and Mario Hezonja added 16 points and 10 rebounds in his seventh start of the season. The Magic have lost four straight.Down 107-87 to start the fourth quarter, the Magic cut the deficit to five on Hezonja’s 3-pointer with 2:39 left. Payton’s layup in traffic made it 128-125 with 40 seconds to play.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkOn Cleveland’s next possession, Thomas shot an air-ball from the free-throw line, but Wade grabbed the ball in stride and made the layup to give the Cavs a 130-125 lead with 17.8 seconds left.Cleveland missed three of four free throws in the final seconds, but the Magic couldn’t take advantage and lost for the 13th time in their last 14 games. Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) shoots over Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. (AP Photo/Willie J. Allen Jr.)ORLANDO, Fla. — LeBron James had 33 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists to just miss a triple-double in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 131-127 victory over the Orlando Magic on Saturday night.Kevin Love added 27 points, and Isaiah Thomas had 19 points and four assists in his first start since returning from a hip injury that delayed his Cavaliers debut. Dwayne Wade added 16 points.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson 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 View comments
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Racela lauds recovering Tyler’s defensive effort In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC 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 Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident View comments Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ “There’s a possibility he might play Friday,” shared Ginebra coach Tim Cone as he looks forward to Ginebra’s game against Blackwater.Slaughter has been out since February with a strained hamstring.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownHis imminent arrival will be a big boost for the Gin Kings, who lost to TNT, 92-96, on Sunday.Cone, though, said that he’ll be treating Slaughter with caution as he rejoins team practices this week. Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netGood news have been few and far in between for Ginebra this 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup.But after dropping to 0-2 in the team standings, the Gin Kings might be getting the break they badly need with the possible return of Greg Slaughter.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding “He still has to get through a few days of practice and see how he is. Obviously if he plays, he’ll be in minutes restriction. We won’t play him full minutes, probably play him 20-24 minutes if he plays the first game and try to work with him. Needless to say, we need to be very careful with him,” he said.“We don’t want him to go down again, but we’ll see how he does this week and maybe, he’ll play Friday. Right now, I’d say that’s probably little less than 50-50,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES