Muntinlupa snares solo MPBL lead

first_imgIn fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan LATEST STORIES View comments Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew In a battle of newcomers, Bacoor subdued Cebu, 76-71, with Oping Sumalinog hitting 22 points and grabbing seven boards.Sumalinog’s layup with 48 seconds left extended the Strikers’ advantage, 74-70, and helped seal the first win of coach Budds Reyes’ squadFEATURED 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 crown“It’s still a long way to go,” said Reyes. “I just tried to fast track our system, but I know we’ll play much better in the coming games,”Mark Montuano finished with 18 points and 10 boards while Mikee Reyes and Gab Banal had 15 and 11 points, respectively. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees Pocari, Banko set sights on playoff slots Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 MOST READ Returning to its homecourt for the first time since its painful loss in the finals two months ago, Muntinlupa made sure there was no heartbreak this time.The Cagers, backed by Angelis Resort, turned back the Marikina Shoemasters, 85-76, on Thursday night to seize the solo lead in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at Muntinlupa Sports Complex.ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Chito Jaime had 19 points on top of 10 rebounds while Felix Apreku had eight points and 16 boards for the Cagers, who rolled to their second straight victory against one of 16 expansion teams this season.“We want to make our supporters happy [after our loss in the finals],” Apreku said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town 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

IPL 2019: MS Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number, says Kiran More

first_imgAn MSD special is no longer as frequent an affair as it used to be in the early 2000s. But Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned back the clock once again on Sunday not just for his fans, but also for one man, who literally had to fight it out as chief national selector in 2004, to ensure that a young man from Ranchi got the nod to be part of the Indian squad for a tour of Bangladesh.Yes, skipper Sourav Ganguly too, had a role to play in the final approval, but More had hand-picked him when scouting for a bunch of talented cricketers, who were all considered the future of Indian cricket. So, when Dhoni sent the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowlers on a leather hunt at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, More went back in time to 2006 when MSD would finish matches like he was taking a walk in the park.In a battle of nerves that went down to the wire, Dhoni failed as Chennai Super Kings lost by a run on Sunday, but this was after he tonked Umesh Yadav for 24 runs off the first five balls to nearly pull off an improbable target of 26 runs from 6 balls.Dhoni’s unbeaten 48-ball knock of 84 was made of stuff that harked back the former chief selector More to a nostalgic past.Speaking to IANS, More said that even as people have written him off in recent times, Dhoni is still a force to reckon with at 37.He went on to add that age was never a criteria, fitness of players is what counts when competing at the international level.advertisement”Oh! He was brilliant. It was an outstanding innings and only goes to show age is never a criteria. Dhoni is in top form and age is just a number. Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid all played till late in their career and with distinction,” he said.It was a vintage Dhoni knock which was studded with five fours and seven sixes. CSK needed 70 runs in the last five overs and it was almost a lost cause when Dhoni decided it was time to unleash the brute force that saw him dominate world cricket as the ultimate finisher over the last decade.”The innings took me back to 2006 and maybe, around that time when a young Dhoni took the scene by storm,” More said.MS Dhoni will be a vital cog in India’s World Cup team: MoreDhoni has been in good form this IPL, amassing 314 runs in seven innings at an average of 104.66. But the 2007 inaugural World T20 and 2011 50-over World Cup winning captain saved the best for Kohli and his charges, sending social media into a tizzy.Even though CSK lost the game, Dhoni once again showed that he is far far away from his swansong and More agreed that a lot will depend on the former skipper when India look to win the tournament in England and Wales.”He will definitely be a vital cog for the Indian team at the World Cup,” he said.Dhoni, on Sunday, also become the first Indian batsman to hit 200 sixes in the IPL. Dhoni took his overall IPL tally of maximums to 203. In the ongoing edition, he has so far clubbed 17 sixes. The CSK, despite the defeat, remained at the top of the points table with 14 points.Also Read | Will never question MS Dhoni’s final-over calculations: CSK coach Stephen FlemingAlso Read | Never expected MS Dhoni to miss that last ball: Parthiv PatelAlso Read | MS Dhoni magic leaves cricket fraternity in awe: Cricket needs Dhoni to write its scriptsAlso See:last_img read more