January 18

June Mar Fajardo becomes first 5-time PBA MVP

first_imgLATEST STORIES Apart from Fajardo, the other four members of the Mythical First Team are Pringle, Magnolia’s Paul Lee, San Miguel’s Marcio Lassiter and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar.The Gin Kings’ Scottie Thompson was named the league’s Most Improved Player after his game averages jumped to 9.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.6 assists, and 1.4 steals from 8.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.0 steals from the season before.Thompson also won the 2018 Commissioner’s Cup Finals MVP plum fir his fist individual award.Ginebra’s point guard was also included in the Mythical Second Team with Magnolia’s Mark Barroca, San Miguel’s Arwind Santos, Blackwater’s Poy Erram, and Phoenix Matthew Wright.RELATED VIDEOADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Tickets for Tokyo Olympics may go on sale in late April Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? P260,000 each in aid to displaced Marawi folk released by US Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award PLAY LIST 01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Taal Tim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ ‘Duterte legacy:’ Gov’t boasts achievements so far MOST READ June Mar Fajardo during the PBA Leo Awards at Philippine Arena. The San Miguel Beer center became the league’s first five-time MVP. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBULACAN, Philippines—History has been written once again.June Mar Fajardo cemented his case as one of the greatest players in PBA history when he collected his fifth straight MVP plum in the Leo Awards during the opening ceremonies of the 2019 PBA season.ADVERTISEMENT Sarah Geronimo’s ‘Tala’ enters Billboard’s world digital song sales chart Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college The accolade made Fajardo, who has seven Best Player of the Conference awards, the record holder for most MVPs surpassing legends Ramon Fernandez and Alvin Patrimonio.Fajardo compiled a total of 2,436 points that were composed of his stats and votes from the media, the players, and the PBA while second placer Stanley Pringle of NorthPort accumulated 2,041 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsSan Miguel’s affable center won the BPC trophies for both the Philippine and Commissioner’s Cups making him an almost sure lock for the league’s top individual award.The 6-foot-10 Fajardo was also named into the All-Defensive Team along with SMB teammate Chris Ross, Magnolia’s Rome dela Rosa and Rafi Reavis and Rain or Shine’s Gabe Norwood, who also took home his third Samboy Lim Sportsmanship Award. Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Comelec assures no disruption in operations with retirement of execs View commentslast_img read more

November 26

Russell’s magical spell hands KKR seven-run win over Kings XI

first_imgAndre Russell came up with a magical last over to help Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) grab a seven-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday.The victory also propelled the hosts to the top of the table with 12 points from 9 games. Russell ended with figures of 4-20 from his four over as Glenn Maxwell’s scintillating 42-ball 68 went in vain. (This is how how Russell and Uthappa propelled KKR to top of the table)Chasing KKR’s 165/3, the visitors got off to a disastrous start with Marcus Stoinis (0) heading back in the fourth ball of the very first over. The Australian tried to lift the Andre Russell delivery but was only able to chip it till Piyush Chawla at mid off.Kings XI were dented further as Manan Vohra (0) and captain Murali Vijay (6) departed in quick succession with the score reading 13/3. (Photo Gallery)Australian Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha then got together to pull off a rescue act. They were helped by some wayward bowling from KKR and after the first six overs Kings XI had put on 37/3.The Saha-Maxwell partnership yielded 40 runs but then the Kings XI wicket-keeper dragged a Chawla googly onto his stumps.With David Miller by his side, Maxwell carried on piercing the gaps and hitting the big sixes. He tonked his countryman Brad Hogg 17 runs in the 12th over. Gambhir suddenly looked worried with the flurry of boundaries and might have been thinking if they had missed a trick by leaving their star spinner Sunil Narine out.advertisementEven KKR co-owner Shahrukh Khan looked worried and was seen having an intense chat with former India captain and Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Sourav Ganguly.Maxwell ensured the rivals remained worried for a little longer as he kept smacking the long ball.Finally, he was out leg-before-wicket in the 16th over trying to reverse sweep Chawla. Miller also was holed out in the deep soon after.But Axar Patel’s two consecutive sixes in the 18th over ensured his side were in touching distance of the total.However, the game turned on its head thereafter as Morne Morkel gave away just 10 runs off the penultimate over.With 12 needed of the last six balls, the Kings crumbled under pressure and ended up with 157/9.Earlier in the evening, Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa’s terrific 101-run stand helped Kolkata get to a fighting total.Uthappa top-scored with 70, while Gambhir contributed 54 runs to the total. None of the Kings XI bowlers were able to take a wicket as all three scalps were run-outs.The Knights skipper looked fluent from the outset on a strip that was assisting the bowlers and took on the likes of Mohit Sharma and Marcus Stoinis smashing them to the ropes. At the end of the powerplay, the home side had managed to get to 40-0.Uthappa then stepped on the gas and tried hitting the long ball.He succeeded finally in lofting Axar Patel for a straight six in the 9th over. Gambhir too joined in by clubbing a Swapnil Singh full-toss into the stands.Thereafter, it was all about picking the singles and running hard for the twos. The duo also hit the occasional boundaries as the 100 came up in the last delivery of the 12th over.However, a little later Gambhir, who had just completed his half-ton, was run out as he misjudged a single. Maxwell who was fielding at cover threw the stumps down with a direct throw.Uthappa was about to follow his captain into the dug out but he was dropped at 50 by Mohit at long on after an indecision with team-mate David Miller.Yusuf Pathan and Uthappa carried the innings forward and both struck two huge blows, but then the latter fell short of his crease trying to pinch a run.Andre Russell and Pathan struggled to find the ropes in the last few overs and the Knights had to remain content with 164-3.Brief Scores:Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR): 164/3 (Robin Uthappa 70, Gautam Gambhir 54) vs Kings XI Punjab: 157/9 (Glenn Maxwell 68; Andre Russell 4-20)last_img read more