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first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFour fancied squads coming off losses return to action on Friday, with one of those teams eager to get back on track after losing to the PBA Philippine Cup cellar dweller last week.“We’ve gotten over that,” Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia told the Inquirer over the phone after coming off “the best practice I’ve had with this team,” as the Elasto Painters slug it out with NLEX and their former coach at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina “We need to run against their bigs,” Garcia said.Kiefer Ravena, NLEX’s super rookie, will be coming into another game where most defensive guns will be trained on him.Garcia has the tools to throw at the 6-foot Ravena, who erupted for 31 points against Magnolia and is being groomed by Yeng Guiao to be more of a team player.Barangay Ginebra, meanwhile, comes into its 7 p.m. clash with Phoenix Petroleum seeking to put an end to a two-game slide even with cornerstone Greg Slaughter listed as doubtful for the second straight game.The 7-foot Slaughter sat out a 97-83 loss to Alaska last Sunday because of a reported hamstring pull, and if he is still injured, that levels things up a bit against the Fuel Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:43Philippines make clean sweep in Men’s and Women’s 3×3 Basketball02:14Carpio 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 Phoenix has one of the league’s deadliest guns in Matthew Wright and has taken a defensive mentality ever since Louie Alas took over as coach at the start of the season.The Fuel Masters are also longing to have a dominant big man with Alas saying that they are “2 to 3 blue-chip players away” from contending with the league’s elite teams.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “We were too overconfident against KIA,” he said of the 98-94 loss, which almost made the Painters the butt of league jokes after losing to the team that got blown away by its last three foes by an average of more than 35 points. “I just told my players that those things happen and asked them na huwag na maulit.”The Road Warriors, of all the teams playing, have the longest losing streak at three and, in Garcia’s view, are the favorites in the 4:30 p.m. contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“They’re a bigger team than us, and if we can’t run, we will be in trouble,” Garcia said of NLEX, which opened up with two straight wins but has tumbled ever since. “Their lineup is superior (than ours) and we’re also hoping that they have an off night.”NLEX, fresh from a 109-98 setback to tournament leader San Miguel Beer, will actually be coming off one of its worthiest performances where it pushed the powerhouse Beermen to the limit. LATEST STORIES Ababa, Paez fire 68, grab Pradera lead Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READ Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe general secretary of the Celtic Supporters’ Association Joe O’Rourke has issued a rallying call to fans to get behind the club to show that the absence of Rangers will not hit the Hoops this season.Mr O’Rourke was speaking as supporters of the remaining SPL teams new team Dundee have been behind a groundswell of sentiment towards the league with hopes that first weekend games in August will be sold out.If they are, it will more than make up from revenue lost from travelling Rangers fans. “We will do what we have always done, which is approach as many people as possible and encourage them to come and support Celtic Football Club,” he told“The best way to do that is by buying a ticket and walking through the turnstiles.”The vast majority of Celtic fans wanted the club to vote against the parachuting of newco Rangers into the SPL and O’Rourke hopes those fans now turn up for games.He said: “What I would say to the Celtic support now is that you asked the club to behave in a certain way and conduct business in a certain manner. The vast majority of supporters asked the club to oppose a Newco parachuting straight into the SPL. “The club has done that, the club has fulfilled your wishes and, obviously, that means that Celtic will have to take a big financial hit from this, losing the guaranteed income that comes from the derby games.“We cannot ask the club to do that and then not support them ourselves.”Mr O’Rourke said that personally speaking he was shocked at the level of support for clubs from fans opposed to Rangers entering the SPL.“I have been very surprised and encouraged by just how many supporters from different clubs accepted and argued that we had to do what was right and I really hope it bodes well for the future,” he said.“I have been surprised by the level of opposition to the Newco and I genuinely didn’t expect it. “I think a lot of clubs were forced to take their strong positions on the matter by their supporters. I don’t think that’s how they would have voted had they not been told to do what was right.“I have been delighted with Celtic’s position on this and I think that the club has played a blinder. They have acted 100 per cent correctly, right throughout.”THE HOOPS REPORT: FANS CHIEF URGES SUPPORTERS TO GET BEHIND SPL was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:THE HOOPS REPORT: FANS CHIEF URGES SUPPORTERS TO GET BEHIND SPLlast_img read more