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PBA: Phoenix gains solo fourth after comeback win over Rain or Shine

first_imgNadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ UAAP: UP barges into top 4 after stunning FEU Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal View comments Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crowncenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew PBA IMAGESPhoenix gained inside track for the last top four slot after rallying past Rain or Shine, 103-97, in the 2018 PBA Governors’ Cup at Cuneta Astrodome.Calvin Abueva scored 18 points, including the game-clinching free throw with 14 seconds left as the Fuel Masters completed their comeback from 10 points down at the start of the final frame.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 Eugene Phelps also posted a double-double with 18 points and 20 rebounds for Phoenix, which claimed solo fourth with a 7-3 record, creating a half-game lead over Blackwater (6-3) in the standings.RJ Jazul hit a 3-pointer to give the Fuel Masters the lead for good, 91-90, with 4:48 remaining, capping a 17-6 run.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 ChrissChris Tiu tallied a game-high 24 points for the Elasto Painters, who dropped to 2-7.Import Terrence Watson had another subpar outing, finishing with only four points and seven rebounds before fouling out with still 2:19 left in the game. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?last_img read more

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Messi played South Africa friendly due to ‘contractual issue’ – Valverde

first_img0Shares0000FBarcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante © AFP/File / PHILL MAGAKOEBARCELONA, Spain, May 19 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde has admitted Lionel Messi played in a friendly against Mamelodi Sundowns on Wednesday due to a “contractual issue” even though the striker was left out of last weekend’s loss to Levante.Levante’s shock 5-4 victory ended Barca’s hopes of completing their first ever unbeaten La Liga season in what was their 37th, and penultimate, match of the campaign. The result placed added scrutiny on Valverde’s decision to rest Messi, who was not even included on the bench at the City of Valencia Stadium, as Barca chased an equaliser in the final 20 minutes.But Messi did come on as a substitute in South Africa three days later as Barca took part in a friendly to contribute to celebrations marking 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela.“In South Africa I played him for 15 minutes because of a contractual issue,” Valverde said on Saturday. “But he has helped us a lot and the idea now is to rest him.”Messi has made 57 appearances for club and country this season and with Barcelona’s domestic double already confirmed, his next focus is Argentina and this summer’s World Cup.Valverde indicated Messi is also likely to be spared Sunday’s final league game of the season at home to Real Sociedad.“Messi has played a lot of big matches, even sometimes playing with discomfort,” Valverde said. “Now the plan is to rest him a little.”Barca will be hoping to finish on a high against Real Sociedad as Andres Iniesta plays his final game for the club.Iniesta joined Barcelona’s academy 22 years ago and Valverde accepts the Spaniard will be impossible to replace.“We shouldn’t make the mistake of trying to find an Iniesta replica because we’re never going to find one,” Valverde said. “We will all have to make up for his absence together.”0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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