Silva injury mars City win

first_imgDavid Silva was stretchered off as Manchester City’s 3-1 crucial Barclays Premier League win over struggling West Brom threatened to come at a price. Silva fell to the ground after a tangle involving Morgan Amalfitano and Billy Jones in the 67th minute, and after treatment was taken straight down the tunnel with his right leg in a brace. Two goals in the first 10 minutes had paved the way for City to keep the pressure on leaders Liverpool and avoid any repeat of their shock home draw with rock-bottom Sunderland last Wednesday. Samir Nasri sent in a corner from the City left and the ball evaded everyone in the box before falling at the feet of Demichelis, who could hardly believe his luck as he bundled home from six yards. Albion continued to have their chances with Amalfitano setting up Sessegnon, whose close-range effort looked goal-bound until it struck the leg of Kompany and deflected on to the roof of the net. In a much more low-key second half Foster got in bravely at the feet of Dzeko to deny City a fourth, before the departure of Silva – moments after an uncomfortable-looking Aguero had been replaced by Stevan Jovetic – caused consternation in the City ranks. Albion continued to chase what looked an increasingly lost cause, Amalfitano bringing a fine save out of Hart while substitute Victor Anichebe briefly caused havoc in the City box before Foster cleared. Another Baggies substitute Saido Berahino had a penalty shout rejected by Dowd before Dzeko curled his late effort inches wide after a neat lay-off from Jovetic. City substitute James Milner had the last chance of the match when he drilled a low injury-time effort which was well saved by the impressive Foster in the visitors’ goal. Pablo Zabaleta got the home side off to a flying start and Sergio Aguero quickly added a second. Despite a superb strike from Graham Dorrans which briefly reduced the deficit, a close-range effort from Martin Demichelis effectively wrapped up a win which leaves City six points behind the leaders with a game in hand. The Baggies, who stay hovering just three points above the drop zone after this latest setback, showed plenty of promise on the break but were let down by some dismal defending and were ultimately fortunate not to find themselves on the end of a heavier defeat. There was a degree of fortune about City’s third minute opener as Baggies keeper Ben Foster saved superbly from Aguero but could only flap the ball straight at Zabaleta, who headed back into the net. Aguero blazed over the bar before Albion offered a reminder of their sporadic counter-attacking threat when a swift move ended in Matej Vydra bundling the ball into the net only to be ruled offside. Edin Dzeko was denied by a crucial Jonas Olsson block in the box before Aguero found space 20 yards out to drill a low effort across Foster and into the corner of the net to double City’s advantage. City looked set to take full advantage of an opportunity to boost their goal difference, but the visitors proved adept at exploiting the open spaces afforded them and after Stephane Sessegnon shot just over the bar, Dorrans got his side on the board with a superb strike. The Baggies midfielder was played in by Vydra down the right flank and after two expert flicks on the edge of the box, he drilled a fine effort home to Joe Hart’s left. Suddenly some nerves became evident in the City back-line with Hart spilling a Chris Brunt free-kick before referee Phil Dowd flagged for offside, but City’s third goal on 36 minutes brought an end to the Albion revival. Press Associationlast_img read more

Toffees come unstuck again at Hull

first_img But Everton are an increasingly obliging prospect, with Gareth Barry hopelessly exposed in an unfamiliar back-three position. Barry’s fish-out-of-water efforts were the most jarring, but an Everton side that welcomed back key men Phil Jagielka, Kevin Mirallas, Steven Naismith and Ross Barkley were second best at every turn. Abel Hernandez excelled for the Tigers from start to finish without finding the net but there was a rare headed opener from Elmohamady and a neatly taken sixth of the season from Jelavic, who reminded his former club of his finishing prowess. Despite that, Everton almost unpicked Hull in a matter of seconds, Seamus Coleman and Arouna Kone creating an overlap on the right but once that danger was cleared the shift in tone was immediate. Hull should have had a second-minute penalty when their first attack ended in Hernandez being bundled over by Barry. Referee Kevin Friend instead awarded a free-kick just outside the box, only for replays to show the incident taking place several inches further forward. Gaston Ramirez was trusted with the shot at goal but lofted over the top. Hernandez warmed Joel Robles’ hands with a long-range drive soon after and soon began to zero in on Barry, who was already creaking in his defensive role. Toffees boss Roberto Martinez was looking to banish recent defeats by Southampton, Stoke and Newcastle but instead saw his team brushed aside by opponents who had won just once in their last 12 matches, with a late red card for Antolin Alcaraz rubbing salt into the wounds. Prior to this 2-0 success – a scoreline that might easily have been doubled – Hull had one just one Barclays Premier League game at the KC Stadium all season. The Tigers were quick to spot the weakness, lifting long balls into Barry’s territory and unleashing Hernandez in pursuit. After one such move left the veteran on all fours as the Uruguayan raced clear Everton began to double up on the position, opening gaps elsewhere. The Toffees had chances to break the pattern of the game, not least when Barkley finally imposed himself on proceedings with a barrelling 30-yard dash through midfield. He came to an abrupt stop as Curtis Davies blocked his path at the very edge of the area and when Friend waved play-on, Barkley appeared incredulous. Replays this time supported the official, with no obvious foul. Hull’s dominance paid off in the 33rd minute when Liam Rosenior, on for the injured Andy Robertson, arced a fine cross to the far post. Elmohamady was waiting and made surprisingly light work of Leighton Baines’ challenge to nod into the bottom corner. The goal only increased the visitors’ defensive jitters, Hernandez and Jake Livermore both having chances before Jelavic made it 2-0 just before the break. With Everton pressing high, Hernandez hooked a bouncing ball over his shoulder and Barry played Jelavic on. The Croatian was left one on one with Robles and held his nerve with a delicate lobbed finish before a modest celebration. Martinez swapped Mirallas and Muhamed Besic for Romelu Lukaku and Bryan Oviedo at the break but almost conceded at a goalmouth scramble moments into the second half. Hernandez had the last attempt but scuffed it wide from an awkward position. Rosenior suffered a nasty knee injury in the 55th minute and with the hosts temporarily down to 10, Barkley almost netted for the Toffees. With a deft turn and a couple of clever touches, he carved space in a crowded box only to see his powerful shot bravely blocked by Allan McGregor. Rosenior departed on a stretcher, with the inexperienced Harry Maguire on in his place, but Hull’s twice reshaped backline held firm. Lukaku added purpose to the away side’s attacks but his best effort, a looping header across goal, landed on the roof of the net. The day ended on another sour note for Martinez, who saw Alcaraz dismissed late on for a harsh second booking. A goal for Hernandez would have provided a fitting finale but the £10million man sent his final chance a yard wide. Goals from Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic ensured Everton’s festive flop continued with a fourth straight defeat at strugglers Hull. Press Associationlast_img read more

Rangers Arrive Libreville for Clash with Pelican

first_imgCAF CONFED CUPNigeria’s CAF Confederation Cup 2019/2020 hopeful, RangersInternational F.C of Enugu left Lagos for Libreville, Gabon thursday for the first leg, first round encounter with competition’ first timers, Association Sportive Pelican, confident of a fruitful outing.After drawing bye in the preliminary round due to its good run in last edition of the competition, the Flying Antelopes with some fresh and experienced campaigners in continental football in its fold look set to shock the Gabonese side that eliminated D.R Congo side, A.S Maniema Union 4-2 on penalties after aggregate score over two legs of the stage stood at 2-2 as both games ended in 1-1 draw. Under caretaker manager, Coach Benedict Ugwu, the seven time Nigeria league champions have their work cut out at Stade D’Angondje, Libreville, Gabon as youthful gaffer of the host, Gidas Arnold Ndoumou line up his wards that have conceded a goal in each of their last four games in all competitions.With talents like experienced campaigners in Ikechukwu Ibenegbu and Uche John as well as power-playing Nnamdi Egbujuo and Obinna Eleje joining forces with Ifeanyi George in attack and Tony Shimaga screening the back line where Isiaka Oladuntoye and Senegalese international, Pape Ousmane Sane hold sway to provide enough coverage for the man between the sticks, the Flying Antelopes look set to fly higher above the Pelicans. After winning eleven and losing one in pre-season friendly games as well as a weeklong close camping exercise in the serene, Nankacommunity of Orumba-North LGA of Anambra state, the squad seem to have blended with the new players getting accustomed to the ‘Never Say Die’ playing philosophy of Rangers which will be on display in this encounter.Coach Ugwu said on the fixture, “I have a strong belief that with the talents at our disposal and the training regime we have gone through in the pre-season, we shall come back with a good result by God’s grace. We don’t know much of our opponent but our preparations have always been to play against any opponent.“Surely, it won’t be easy as there are no more small teams in the game. They did well in the preliminary round but I believe that we have all it takes to stop them in this round,” concludes the coach fondly called Surugede in his playing days in the Nigerian league.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper resigns

first_imgUSC athletic director Pat Haden announced Wednesday that USC women’s basketball coach Michael Cooper has resigned from his position. This comes after Cooper led the Women of Troy to an 11-20 overall record this season, and a 7-11 mark in Pac-12 play, good enough for seventh place in the conference. The team did not qualify for postseason play in 2013.“This program has to move forward, and it should have moved forward under my leadership. The best thing is for me to step down,” Cooper said to “I really want to thank the administration here at USC. Pat Haden and Donna Heinel and everyone have been very supportive. Coaching these young women at USC has been a wonderful experience for me. I wish nothing but the best for USC and the women’s basketball program.”Cooper, who was a five-time NBA champion as a player with the Los Angeles Lakers, caps his four-year career with the Trojans with a 72-57 record, good for a winning percentage of .558. In 2011, he led the Women of Troy all the way to the WNIT title game, where the team lost to Toledo. USC’s last NCAA tournament appearance was in 2006, when the Trojans held an 18-11 record before reaching the second round of the tournament.Before coming to USC, Cooper coached the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks for eight seasons, where he boasted a 187-97 record and 2 WNBA championships, including a coach of the year honor in 2000.“We appreciate the service and effort Michael Cooper provided while coaching our women’s basketball team, and we wish him well,” said USC athletic director Pat Haden. “USC women’s basketball has a storied heritage, with national championship teams and some of the best players in the history of the sport.  We believe we should be competing for Pac-12 championships and NCAA bids on a consistent basis.  We will conduct a search to find the right person to help us do that.”The last two seasons were particularly disappointing for the women’s basketball program.  After the WNIT run in 2011, the Women of Troy entered the 2011-12 season ranked No. 23 in the preseason with hopes of returning to the NCAA tournament.  But a tough nonconference schedule proved to be daunting, and a first-round exit in the Pac-12 tournament dashed any hopes at a postseason run.After losing two players — guards Jacki Gemelos and Briana Gilbreath — to the 2012 WNBA draft, as well as guard Ashley Corral to graduation, expectations were lowered slightly for the 2012-13 season.  But the team still received votes in this year’s preseason polls and had hopes of strong season.  Unfortunately, the team never found its stride and scuffled to an 11-20 record.last_img read more

COLUMN: Kobe, Helton and LA’s future

first_imgDespite growing up in L.A., I was never a big Lakers fan. There were plenty of good opportunities for me to jump on the bandwagon, but I just was never that into basketball.In fact, I would go as far as saying I disliked the Lakers. Kobe Bryant, the face of the franchise, always came off as a ball hog and was connected to some less than savory issues off the court.But especially toward the end of his career, I’ve grown to respect him for his impact on the game, the franchise, and the city we’ve both called home for the past 20 years. Without a doubt, he’s been the most influential sports figure in Los Angeles this century.Which is what makes the timing of his retirement and the hiring of Clay Helton as USC’s next permanent head coach so interesting. Throw in the Dodgers’ decision to hire Dave Roberts as their next manager, and you have arguably the three biggest teams in one of the country’s largest media markets all going through huge changes in identity within the same week.The question on the mind of every Trojan fan is if Helton can handle the pressure of leading USC football and bring the Trojans back to a championship caliber that has become the expectation of any program or franchise in the City of Angels. Of course, only time will tell, but the fate of the other big sports names who have established their legacy in Los Angeles could give some valuable clues.As much as Helton would dislike admitting it, he might now be on track to replace Kobe as the biggest name in L.A. sports. You could make the argument for plenty of others, but I think Helton wins the starring role.With no competition from the NFL, USC is Los Angeles football. As the most popular sport in the country, it’s hard to believe there still isn’t a professional team in L.A., the nation’s second biggest media market, but the Trojans fill that void for many sports fans. Objectively speaking, USC is still one of the premier programs across college football because of its tradition of success across numerous generations. And with all due respect to UCLA, the Trojans officially won back the city title this weekend, reminding the Bruins of where their place has been in the history of their rivalry. Because college football players come and go every four years, even Heisman winners like Matt Leinart or Reggie Bush won’t hold legendary status quite like professional counterparts. Though Jim Mora deserves a lot of credit for building up UCLA to a much more competitive position, he would have to start winning multiple national championships, or move across town, before he becomes a next level big name.On the basketball court, we have another similar rivalry, where the Lakers are clearly the alpha historically, despite a recent surge by the up-and-coming Clippers. Even though he might not have always been the face of the franchise while Shaquille O’Neal was winning MVP awards for the team, Kobe was basically just as prominent during the Lakers first run of championships, and there was no doubt who was leading the team during their second championship run after Shaq had left L.A. Blake Griffin and Chris Paul of the Clippers certainly bring back memories of the Shaq & Kobe duo, but they also need multiple rings before becoming L.A. legends.Surprisingly, a championship has eluded the Dodgers for the past 27 years. Every Dodgers fan can recall the replay of Kirk Gibson rounding the bases after his walk-off home run that catapulted the team to the 1988 World Series title, but my generation of baseball fans still haven’t seen one with our own eyes, even as the organization has surged to the top of the NL West — and the MLB payroll totem pole. Clayton Kershaw certainly has the talent and name recognition to become a superstar, but he too needs to trade in a Cy Young award plaque for a World Series ring before he can officially get to that level. If I had to pick the most important figure in the franchise recently, I might even go with            play-by-play man Vin Scully, who, like Kobe, is also set to retire soon.The L.A. franchise you might have forgotten that has won a title in recent memory is the L.A. Kings. In fact, the Kings have two Stanley Cup wins in the past four seasons, but hockey is still too obscure, or just too cold, for most sunny Southern California natives. Anze Kopitar might be the city’s best and most accomplished athlete, but you might not even be able to pronounce his first name (AHN-zay), let alone recognize him.Of course, the same standard will apply to Helton. For him to achieve legendary status, to warrant a           year-long victory lap after announcing his retirement, to prompt, “Where do they go from here?” or “Who will be the next?” questions, Helton has to win, and not just the Victory Bell or even the Pac-12 South championship. The comparison between Helton and Kobe isn’t a great one, as no one will ever buy a Clay Helton jersey, but there is one comparison that will be very easy to make if Helton does win.Behind Kobe, the next biggest name Los Angeles has seen in sports within the last two decades has to be Pete Carroll. The Lakers had two championship runs with Kobe, and other than the Kings, the only team with that kind of dominance over a period of time was the Trojan football program Carroll led. In fact, it’s Carroll’s departure that signaled the end of USC’s dominance for many fans, and the question has always been how to get the team back to that level without him.Helton is about as far away from both Kobe and even Carroll as they come. Kobe will go down as one of the hardest, toughest competitors of the era. It’s fitting that Kobe waited until now, when injury and age have robbed him of almost all value on the court, to give up instead of going out on top with a couple years to give. Though he has progressed into a better leadership role, Kobe was the kind of guy who demanded the ball, demanded the spotlight and wanted nothing more than to be the one to beat you.Carroll was comparable to Kobe from the sideline. He loved the rah-rah, never shying away from the media or showing his enthusiasm. Though a much more positive personality, he preached competition in all phases of preparation, maintaining that only if players were fighting for spots would they develop into NFL talent, and the Trojans almost always brought their best to big games — with one noteworthy exception.Helton fits in much better with someone like Phil Jackson. Though maybe not a strategic mastermind or offensive innovator like Jackson, Helton definitely embodies the Zen Master mindset. He wants to be behind the scenes, put his players in the best position and just be a respectable guy that everyone wants to play for. Jackson’s mindset was the perfect complement to Kobe’s killer mentality, and led the franchise to its five titles the past 16 years.Helton’s low-key style is also reminiscent of Daryl Sutter, who led the Kings to their two championships. Sutter’s personality is almost the polar opposite to the flashy and glitzy L.A. media, and it was the blue-collar mentality of the Kings that made them so unstoppable during their two Cup runs.The less than flattering comparison is that I could also see Helton ending up like Don Mattingly, the recently fired Dodgers manager. He was another low-key personality, and while he put the Dodgers in a great position over the past couple seasons, they never found the spark to get it done in the playoffs, which ultimately led to his firing. I can see a world where Helton keeps the Trojans good but not great, constantly competing for the conference and national championship, but never really breaking through. It seemed like a rushed hire by Haden, who might have wanted to go with the safest option after all of the off-field issues with Steve Sarkisian without fully exploring the alternatives.But Helton has what it takes to be the next legendary L.A. coach. He won’t be on billboards. He won’t be a household name for sports fans and non-sports fans alike. His first name won’t be sufficient to recognize him in conversation.But he probably likes it that way, and so should ’SC fans. It’s just what it takes to be a championship-caliber coach in LA, and it’s just what USC needs. He doesn’t have to be a star; he just has to manage them.last_img read more

FSU star running back Dalvin Cook out against Syracuse

first_img Published on October 29, 2015 at 8:10 pm Contact Brett: | @Brett_Samuels27 Facebook Twitter Google+ Florida State running back Dalvin Cook will not play Saturday when the Seminoles host Syracuse on Saturday.FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher told media on Thursday that the star running back will sit out due to an ankle injury. No. 17 Florida State (6-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast) is coming off its first loss of the season last week against Georgia Tech. Per multiple media reports, Cook was seen at practice on Thursday wearing an ankle brace. The sophomore has also dealt with a lingering hamstring injury in recent weeks.Cook is averaging 8.2 yards per carry on the season, and has tallied 1,037 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns. He’s also caught 15 passes for 181 yards.Earlier this week, Syracuse (3-4, 1-2) head coach Scott Shafer compared Cook to Heisman Trophy front-runner Leonard Fournette.“Once again, great vision, like all the great running backs. He’s very elusive,” Shafer said on his Tuesday teleconference. “He can take the outside zone play and run around a lot of angles as well as anyone in the country.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse and Florida State will kickoff at noon on ABC on Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida. Commentslast_img read more

Stephen Appiah: Black Stars should be ready to face any team after draw

first_imgEx Black Stars captain, Stephen Appiah says Ghana must be ready to face any opposition at next year’s world cup in Brazil. The Stars will know their opponents for the group stage of the World Cup at the official draw scheduled for  December 6.With some of the world’s soccer power houses at the show piece ,Soccer pundits and fans have began talking up a tough group draw for Ghana. Stephen Appiah who has played in two World Cups in an exclusive interview with  JOY Sports hinted the Stars should be up to the task if they draw Top guns.” I  think that if we are going to be scared about the  sort of countries we will face then we  have to forget  about  the world cup. I think  the important thing is we have to  be prepared to meet any team comes our way “he noted.The former Juventus player who captained the Black  Stars at the 2006 FIFA World  Cup in Germany  where Ghana drew  heavy weights like  Italy , Czech Republic -then ranked number two in the world and the USA further hinted being handed  tough draws could be a blessing in disguise.”At times you know football  can be very tricky , when you play against big clubs its more easier than playing with small countries so I think that we just have to be ready and we should be thinking about teams you want to meet in the tournament”The Black Stars sealed qualification after they beat Egypt 7-3 on aggregate in the Africa World Cup play offs in October and November. On December  6 ,2013 all qualified teams including hosts brazil will learn their group opponents at the  FIFA World Cup Brazil Final Draw scheduled for Costa do Sauipe in the Brazilian state of Bahia  at 13.00 local time .Ghana drew Serbia, Australia and Germany at the 2010 World Cup South Africa.last_img read more

Jaylen Brown to come off Celtics’ bench in return from back injury

first_imgJaylen Brown doesn’t need to be in the Celtics’ starting lineup.The 22-year-old wing has not played since injuring his back Nov. 24. Boston has won three straight games with Brown out of the lineup and he will come off the bench when he returns to the floor against the Knicks on Thursday. Brown, who had started in all of his 19 previous appearances this season, said Wednesday he would support any decision made by Boston coach Brad Stevens.  “However we can keep this going, playing the right way and continue to win, I’m 100 percent for it,” Brown said, via NBC Sports Boston. “At the end of the day, it’s basketball. I believe in my ability, the coaching staff believes in my ability, so I think coming off the bench, I think people make it a bigger deal than what it really is.” Related News Brad Stevens on Celtics’ struggles: ‘I just don’t know that we’re that good’ “I’m not the best player but I play with passion, I play with heart, I play with fire, I play with enthusiasm,” Brown said. “Everyone makes mistakes, I make mistakes but the reason why I’ve had success here in the last couple of years is because I continue to bring that energy. Continuing that and helping the team I think will be beneficial for us.”The Celtics will enter their matchup against the Knicks with a 13-10 record.center_img Brown has had an up-and-down season after breaking out in 2017-18. He is averaging 11.1 points and 4.1 rebounds while shooting 25.3 percent from 3-point range in his third year in the NBA. Celtics coach Brad Stevens discusses moving Gordon Hayward out of starting lineuplast_img read more

It’s official: Kevin Durant signs with Nets, to have new number

first_imgThe Brooklyn Nets have officially acquired Kevin Durant and the star has a new number.The team on Sunday confirmed the news first reported on June 30. 🚨 OFFICIAL: We have acquired 10x All-Star and 2x NBA champion Kevin Durant! 🚨Hello, @KDTrey5 ⚫️⚪️— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) July 8, 2019As reported earlier, the Nets got Durant and a protected 2020 first round draft pick from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for guards D’Angelo Russell and Shabazz Napier and forward Treveon Graham.“Kevin is a champion, perennial All-Star and one of the great players of this, or any, generation,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a statement. “Adding a player of Kevin’s caliber to our organization elevates our ability to compete with the elite teams in this league. His tremendous abilities and dedication to his craft have made him as talented an offensive player our game has ever seen and we, as well as all of Brooklyn, are thrilled to welcome Kevin and his family to the Nets. Related News Earlier in the day, Durant announced an unexpected change.The Nets star has worn No. 35 for his entire 12-year NBA career, but he announced that he’ll don a No. 7 jersey when he hits the court for Brooklyn. Durant explained his decision via Instagram on one of his business pages, Thirty Five Ventures. A post shared by Thirty Five Ventures (@35ventures) on Jul 7, 2019 at 4:00pm PDTDurant credited his old number for allowing him to honor someone close to him, travel, gain new experiences and form important bonds, among other things. But he says the change signifies the next chapter in his basketball career. NBA free agency rumors: Mavericks acquiring Delon Wright from Grizzlies in sign-and-trade dealcenter_img View this post on Instagram Russell Westbrook trade rumors: Rockets in pursuit despite deal being a ‘long shot’ The 30-year-old forward won back-to-back NBA titles with the Warriors in 2016-17 and 2017-18 and averaged 26.0 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.9 assists per game last season. He got off to a hot start in the playoffs but suffered a calf strain against the Rockets in the second round. Durant wouldn’t play again until Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Raptors, where he ruptured his Achilles.Durant declined his player option with Golden State to team up with his close friends Kyrie Irving and DeAndre Jordan in Brooklyn and is expected to miss most if not all of 2019-20. However, once he does return, he could make the team a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.The Nets posted a 42-40 record in 2018-19 and were eliminated from the postseason by the 76ers in the first round. But their newfound star power could drive a surge to the top in the near future.last_img read more

UAAP volleyball: UST exploits skidding NU, keeps Final Four hopes alive

first_imgCabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters PH bets Miado, Sabanal score shock wins in ONE: Bangkok And in the middle of the run was the scoring partnership of Rondina and Alessandrini whom the Lady Bulldogs had no answer to.Rondina first scored on a crosscourt kill for UST’s 10-5 lead and the Tigresses never let up their assault especially with the return of Santiago in the rotation.Alessandrini scored on her own crosscourt kill for the 17-7 lead before scoring once more, this time on a soft off-the-block kill to make it a 12-point margin.“The respect we have for ourselves is back, this time the results are getting better and all this hard work is finally paying off,” said UST head coach Kung Fu Reyes. “We can’t go back to the past so we will strive harder in our next three games. These players know they’re capable of getting back on track.”Rondina, who put up 25 points, scored on an off-the-block kill for UST’s 23-9 lead before Alessandrini blocked Santiago for the 24-9 match point.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Alessandrini was everywhere for UST with 19 points that came off 11 spikes, five blocks, and three aces.Santiago finished with a game-high 27 points to lead the Lady Bulldogs, who have yet to win in the second round.RELATED VIDEO 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 Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback READ: Past haunting Lady Bulldogs, says coach The Golden Tigresses have won two straight, their first time to win consecutive games this season, to improve to 4-7  and maintain their hold of the sixth place.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 crownDespite the four straight setbacks, the Lady Bulldogs are still at the fourth spot at  6-5 but are now just half-a-game ahead of fifth-seed Adamson that holds a 5-5 card.UST took advantage of Santiago’s absence early in the fourth set and went on a 15-3 run to carve a 19-7 lead. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims LATEST STORIES MOST READ In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUniversity of Santo Tomas continued its hunt for a Final Four spot after pouncing on struggling National University, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21, 25-9, Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament.After recovering from a slow start, Sisi Rondina and the Tigresses simply took the air out of Jaja Santiago and the Bulldogs in the fourth set and completed the revenge of their first round loss.ADVERTISEMENT Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more