Gay, Ginobili pace Spurs over Kings to clinch playoff berth

first_imgInjuries to Leonard, Gay, Anderson, Ginobili, Tony Parker and others almost cost San Antonio a playoff berth.“Sometimes you’ve got to adjust your goals relative to your potential, the way you’ve been playing, the way the season is going,” Ginobili said. “So, we’ve got to be realistic. Maybe we’re not the favorites this year or maybe it wasn’t going to be a 60-win season like the previous ones. After what happened in February and early March, we had to shift our expectations. We mentioned in many times, the goal was to make it to the playoffs. Once we clinched, then we may think about standings, but the way the West is this year, it’s crazy. Everything is so clogged so tight that at this point, we’re happy to have clinched.”UP NEXTKings: Host Houston on Wednesday night.Spurs: Visit New Orleans on Wednesday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Sacramento Kings guard De’Aaron Fox, left, and San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili (20) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, April 9, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)SAN ANTONIO— The Spurs seemed like a perfect free-agent destination as Rudy Gay searched for a guaranteed playoff berth after just one postseason appearance in 11 previous seasons.That assurance was eroded by injuries this season, but Gay made sure two decades of success didn’t come to an end in his first year in San Antonio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames LATEST STORIES Gay scored 18 points, Manu Ginobili had 17 and the Spurs rallied late to beat the Sacramento Kings 98-85 on Monday night and clinch their 21st straight postseason appearance.“It feels good, it feels great actually,” Gay said. “This is what the regular season is for, to get to where we are now. This is a good feeling, something that I’m anxious for something I’ve been looking forward to for a long time. It’ll be fun.”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 crownSan Antonio is fifth in the Western Conference despite only having star forward Kawhi Leonard available for nine games this season. The Spurs still have a slim chance of finishing fourth and earning home-court advantage in the first round with one game remaining. For now, they are just happy to make the playoffs.“For moments we felt like the worst team in the NBA,” Ginobili said, “but we still managed to go close to 50 games and make it to the payoffs in a conference that is tough and talented and young and athletics. So, we managed to compete.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikinacenter_img MOST READ “The way I was growing up, you learn you never have anything given to you, so you’ve got to go get it on your own,” Gay said.Forbes’ fast-break layup off a steal by Kyle Anderson gave San Antonio its first advantage at 68-67 with 10:21 remaining. Sacramento went back ahead seconds later when Buddy Hield hit a 3-pointer, and the lead changed three times after that before Ginobili and Gay gave the Spurs’ the edge for good.Gay and Ginobili had thunderous dunks in the final five minutes that helped San Antonio maintain small leads. Gay also had a 3-point play off a runner he tossed in and ripped the ball from Cauley-Stein while blocking the 7-footers shot.A 3-pointer by Forbes and a layup by Ginobili 30 seconds later gave the Spurs an 82-77 lead with 5:23 remaining.“He did an amazing job,” Ginobili said of Forbes. “Not only to make shots it’s easy to see the 3s or the two big shots he got, but he played very solid defense, he was a pest chasing them around. We really changed the game when he was on the court.”LaMarcus Aldridge added 15 points and 14 rebounds but was 6 for 19 from the field.De’Aaron Fox added 21 points, and Hield had 17 for the Kings.TIP-INSKings: Fox’s season-high for 3-pointers is six against the Spurs on Jan. 28. … The Kings’ last victory over the Spurs was Nov. 15, 2014 in Sacramento and their last win in San Antonio was Jan. 20, 2012. … Sacramento was without Iman Shumpert (left knee surgery), Garrett Temple (sprained left ankle), Skal Labissiere (sprained left ankle), Frank Mason (sore left heel) and Harry Giles (knee rehabilitation).Spurs: San Antonio’s streak of playoff appearances is the longest active streak in the four major professional sports. The Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL are second with 12 followed by the NFL’s New England Patriots with nine and the Los Angeles Dodgers in the MLB with five. … Aldridge had his 27th double-double of the season, the most he has had in three seasons with the Spurs. The 12-year veteran had 26 double-doubles in his inaugural season in San Antonio and 18 last season.BEING REALISTICThe Spurs are having to adjust to a new reality after being a championship contender for the better part of the last two decades. PH Malditas bow to China in AFC Women’s Asian Cup Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Sacramento, which was eliminated from the postseason on March 11, led by 14 points before being outscored 38-19 in the fourth quarter.Reserves Gay, Ginobili and Bryn Forbes combined for 25 points in the fourth quarter. Forbes finished with 11 points total.“It’s tough when Rudy gets going, everything goes in,” said Willie Cauley-Stein, who finished with 25 points and 10 rebounds.Gay had eight points, five rebounds, an assist and a block in the fourth quarter.San Antonio outscored Sacramento 50-25 after Gay entered the game with 6:38 remaining in the third quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments 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 awardlast_img read more

Arsenal, Chelsea or Man United would be a STEP DOWN for Zlatan, says PSG star

first_img1 Thiago Silva with Zlatan Ibrahimovic during Paris Sain-Germain training Thiago Silva has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic he would be making a mistake by moving to the Premier League this summer.Ibrahimovic is out of contract at Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season and is reportedly considering a switch to England.Manchester United are understood to be the frontrunners to land the Swede, while Arsenal and Chelsea are also said to be monitoring his situation.But PSG captain Silva is urging the 34-year-old to stay with the French champions and claims joining any Premier League club would be a step down for the talismanic forward.Despite his advancing years, Ibrahimovic is still at the top of his game and has struck a remarkable 41 goals for the club and country this season.“He is my good friend, but also at 34 he is playing the best football of his career,” said Silva, ahead of PSG’s trip to Manchester City in the Champions League on Tuesday night.“He is one of the best in the world, he is unique, there is not another player like him.“Of course I want him to stay at PSG, I cannot imagine us without him“I know he has offers from England – and it is a big league – but I don’t think there is a team in England that is at the level of PSG at the moment. For me it would be a step down in quality for him.”last_img read more

Huston Shatters Another School Record At The Mt. SAC Relays

first_imgNORWALK, Calif. – Senior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) etched her name into the Drake University track and field record book for the third time this year with a school-record performance in the 10,000 meters late Thursday, April 14, at the Mt. SAC Relays.Huston’s time of 33:55.89 shattered the previous 33-year-old record by more than half a minute. That previous record was set by Liz Hjalmarsson in 1983 with a 34:29.14 finish. Huston’s record-setting performance came via a fourth-place finish in the elite invitational flight of the women’s 10,000 meters. She was the top collegiate finisher in the race behind three professional runners. Her time is easily the fastest in the Missouri Valley Conference this season and the fastest by a Valley runner since the 2014 season. Earlier this season, Huston broke the Bulldogs’ school record in both the indoor and outdoor 5,000 meters. In other late races on Thursday night at Mt. SAC, Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.) finished seventh in the elite invitational section of the men’s 10,000 meters with a time of 29:09.86, the second fastest time in school history. Fischer was the third collegiate competitor across the line in the talented field of collegiate and professional runners. His time was also the fastest in the MVC this season.Griffin Jaworski (Winter Park, Fla.) also competed in the men’s 10,000 meters, finishing in 30:38.79 to take 55th place in the deep field.The majority of the Drake track and field team is set to compete this weekend at the 40th annual Jim Duncan Invitational on the Blue Oval at Drake Stadium. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

PH Volcanoes off to hot start in SEA Games

first_imgLATEST STORIES They are to face Malaysia late Saturday before taking on Singapore and Thailand on Sunday in a bid to once again sweep the competition all the way to the gold medal.Last year’s bronze medalist Lady Volcanoes weren’t as lucky as they bowed to Thailand, 32-0, in the opening match of the women’s division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ View comments Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ McIlroy confirms he’ll return for FedEx Cup opener Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters KUALA LUMPUR — As expected the Philippine men’s rugby 7s team opened up with an explosive start after scoring two easy wins in the Southeast Asian Games Saturday at Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Stadium, Kelana Jaya here.Champions in the sport’s maiden staging in 2015 Singapore edition, the Volcanoes drubbed Indonesia, 47-5, before demolishing Cambodia, 47-7.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Gameslast_img read more