Blackwater just took down one of the teams to beat in the PBA Philippine Cup on Friday night, and coach Leo Isaac will go into the locker room for the post-game talk with his Elite to ask them to forget about the whole thing after a couple of hours.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ “We (coaching staff) would need to condition their minds to not rest on what they have accomplished,” Isaac said, referring to an impressive 94-77 ripping of Barangay Ginebra which could go for naught if the Elite don’t follow it up the right way in five days’ time.“I will tell them that we would have to start from scratch,” he said after the win, carved out in front of a disappointed pro-Ginebra crowd at Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay where Blackwater got a combined 61 points from JP Erram, Mac Belo and Allein Maliksi.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“I hope we can sustain this win,” Isaac said as he bared that the key to the victory was actually the upset the Elite posted against Rain or Shine last week, which gave the team “the confidence that they can beat anyone.”Blackwater led for majority of the contest and showed immense poise in the stretch when the Gin Kings tried coming up with their trademark rally. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The PSA scores big, too Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Erram finished with 22 points like Belo, and together with Maliksi, they scored 20 of the 30 Blackwater points in the fourth, most of them coming when the game hung in the balance.“It’s something special handing Ginebra its first loss,” Isaac said.Greg Slaughter scored 20 points but laid a big fat egg in the fourth, with LA Tenorio shooting 16 and Japeth Aguilar 14 for the Kings, who slipped out of the lead and fell into a tie with their conquerors.Stanley Pringle fired 29 points and helped GlobalPort lead practically the entire night as the Batang Pier bounced back from a horrendous fold up the last time up to rise to 1-2 with a 78-70 victory over Rain or Shine in the first game.“We finished stronger this time,” a smiling GlobalPort coach Pido Jarencio said. “Unlike in the last game where we played well for 45 minutes. ”ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals 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
Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Speaker Karu Jayasuriya on Tuesday announced his candidature for the presidential race, becoming the second leader within the ruling United National Party (UNP) to challenge Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe in the election. Wickremesinghe had been the frontrunner to be the UNP candidate until Jayasuriya and party’s deputy leader Sajith Premadasa threw their hats into the ring for the presidential elections to he held between November 7 and December 7. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USJayasuriya, 79, who played a key role in ending a political crisis last year, in a statement expressed willingness to contest the presidential election “if blessed by all factions of the UNP”. The Speaker said over the last few weeks he had been urged by the Buddhist clergy and the civil society to come forward as the candidate based on a specific agenda. He said the UNP has steadfastly stood for the abolition of the executive presidency since 1995 and he would fulfil that task as a priority. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I will enter the contest with the intention of abolishing the executive presidency and not to enjoy that office,” Jayasuriya said. “Since 1995, we have wanted to scrap the presidency, but failed.” Jayasuriya’s statement came as Premadasa and his band of party seniors held an early morning press conference to announce that Premadasa had officially written to Wickremesinghe declaring his intention to become the party’s candidate. If there are other candidates in the UNP let them come forward. Let’s make a final decision through a secret ballot,” Premadasa declared. Premadasa, who is backed by even some of Wickremesinghe loyalists, launched a public campaign, demanding that he be made the candidate. The party leadership’s blessings was not gained for the campaign. Wickremesinghe’s one to one’s with Premadasa to relent has not succeeded either.