San Mig Coffee wins 2014 PBA Grand Slam Championship!

The San Mig Coffee Mixers made history by winning their fourth straight PBA title and completing a PBA grand slam after defeating the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, 92-89, in the do-or-die fifth game of the 2014 PLDT Home TelPad-PBA Governors’ Cup.

San Mig Coffee Mixers rejoices after eliminating the Rain or Shine in Game 5 of the 2014 PBA Governors Cup (Photo: Jerome Ascano | Spin.ph)

San Mig Coffee rejoices after beating Rain or Shine on Game 5 of the 2014 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals (Photo: Jerome Ascano | Spin.ph)

The Coffee Mixers became the fourth team to achieve a grand slam in league history after Crispa in 1976 and 1983, San Miguel Beer in 1989, and Alaska in 1996.

“This four-peat, this grand slam still hasn’t hit me yet. I’m overwhelemed by it. It’s just a great feeling from a coaching standpoint,” said legendary coach Tim Cone, who clinched his 18th PBA title and second grand slam.

Photo source: Sports5 | Paolo Papa

Photo source: Sports5 | Paolo Papa

“Just watching the journey we had and being able to watch these guys and observe, it’s truly just an honor. I was telling the guys, ‘You can only do that once in your life’. And now two of us, Johnny (Abarrientos) and myself have been able to do it twice in our lives. I was telling our players, ‘This is gonna be the greatest times of your life, right now, right here. This will be the ones you’ll always remember in your career,’” Cone added.

Boxscores:

SAN MIG SUPER COFFEE 92 - Yap 29, Blakely 20, Devance 11, Pingris 10, Simon 10, Barroca 6, Maliksi 4, Sangalang 2, Mallari 0, Reavis 0, Melton 0.

RAIN OR SHINE 89 - Reid 23, Lee 21, Almazan 11, Norwood 11, Belga 7, Chan 6, Arana 4, Uyloan 2, Cruz 2, Tiu 2, Ibanes 0, Rodriguez 0.

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Interesting matchups loom in semis of FIFA World Cup

Two European and two South American teams remain as the 2014 FIFA World Cup enters its semifinal round. Host Brazil faces Germany, while Argentina takes on the Netherlands in the final four.

L-R: Oscar, Miroslav Klose, Lionel Messi & Arjen Robben

L-R: Oscar, Miroslav Klose, Lionel Messi & Arjen Robben (Photo: india.com)

Brazil – Germany

Brazil will be without Neymar the rest of the tournament after he suffered a fractured third vertebra in their quarterfinals match against Colombia. The Germans, on the other hand, held off the high-octane midfield of France asMats Hummels scored a header from a corner to advance to the semis.

Die Mannschaft have the distinct advantage on morale and manpower. Joachim Löw is not hesitating to shuffle his men, whether to preserve them for future battles or whether the matchups call for him to adjust his lineup.

The Seleção will rely on their hometown crowd to uplift and encourage them as they might possibly be two men down after Thiago Silva was given his second yellow card of the tournament in their encounter against the Colombians. Luiz Felipe Scolari is forced to make moves with his starting 11, and it still remains to be seen how the team will perform sans Neymar and Silva.

Prediction: Germany, 1-0

Argentina-Netherlands

Lionel Messi finds a way for his teammates to be involved even though the attention has been on him. Proof of that was when he was running circles around the Belgian backline as his pass set up the assist that led to a Gonzalo Higuaín goal early in their skirmish against Belgium.

On the other hand, Louis van Gaal pulled off a ballsy substitution as he called on Tim Krul’s number for the penalty shootout against Costa Rica. The plan worked as Krul parried two Costa Rican attempts while the Netherlands netted all of their penalty kicks.

Robin van Persie, Welsley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, and Dirk Kuyt can hit the back of the net, and that multi-pronged attack will work to their advantage. The Albiceleste should not give any of them space when they are on the pitch.

Prediction: Netherlands, 2-1

2014 FIFA World Cup semifinals schedule (Philippine time):
Brazil vs Germany – July 9, 4am
Argentina vs Netherlands – July 10, 4am

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Eight remain at 2014 FIFA World Cup

The 2014 FIFA World Cup is down to eight teams as all group winners advanced to the quarterfinals. Here are our predictions.

 Brazil – Colombia

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals - Brazil vs Colombia

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – Brazil vs Colombia

It is hard not to go for the home team, especially when they are playing top form. The difference though is that the five-time champions went through the wringer against Chile, while Colombia blasted a Luis Suárez-less Uruguay.

Winner: Brazil, 2-1, in regulation

France – Germany

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – France vs Germany

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – France vs Germany

The young France squad has been making heads turn with their unexpected firepower, while Germany eased on the pedal after its 4-0 domination of Portugal. Based on recent performance, it is advantage France, but no one should discount a motivated German squad.

Winner: Germany, 2-0, in regulation

 Netherlands – Costa Rica

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – Netherlands vs Costa Rica

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – Netherlands vs Costa Rica

Costa Rica advanced to the quarterfinals by winning against Greece via penalty shootout. The Dutch, on the other hand, had to rely on last-minute heroics against valiant Mexico. The last surprise team remaining will be tested by the Oranje.

Winner: Netherlands, 2-0, in regulation

Argentina – Belgium

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – Argentina vs Belgium

2014 FIFA World Cup Quarterfinals – Argentina vs Belgium

Argentina is Argentina. And what dark horse? Belgium is legit. This is one of the most interesting matchups in the quarters. Will Lionel Messi be able to pull off another magical performance?

Winner: Argentina, 1-0, in extra time

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Grand slam or epic fail?

The journey of three conferences is about to conclude in five games or less as the San Mig Super Coffee Mixers battle the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the finals of the 2014 PLDT Home TelPad-PBA Governors’ Cup.

The Super Coffee Mixers were stretched by the Talk ‘N Text Tropang Texters in the semifinals as their series reached a do-or-die fifth game. The steadier, but hurt, San Mig Coffee side once again overcame the equally determined Talk ‘N Text camp, an opponent it faced just a few months back at the recent Commissioner’s Cup.

Meanwhile, Rain or Shine is out for payback as it has been humiliated by the Coffee Mixers in two of the three previous finals. Coach Yeng Guiao hopes third time’s the charm for him and his team.

L-R: Yeng Guiao & Tim Cone

L-R: Yeng Guiao & Tim Cone (Photo:  AKTV | Paolo Papa)

It is bench depth against bench depth, master tactician versus master tactician. Whose game plan will be executed right on the head?

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Teams book early vacations in Brazil

With the group stages closing, several teams are booking early flights home as they got eliminated at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

Cameroon`s Benoit Assou-Ekotto (right) battles with team mate Benjamin Moukandjo (left)

Cameroon`s Benoit Assou-Ekotto (right) battles with team mate Benjamin Moukandjo (left)

Over at Group A, Cameroon goes home without a point after losing to Croatia, 0-4, Mexico, 0-1, and Brazil, 1-4. Meanwhile, Croatia was eliminated by Mexico in its final group stage match, 1-3.

Photo: AFP | Manaus, Brazil

Croatia has been knocked out from the World Cup – Photo: AFP

At Group B, dethroned champion Spain restored some dignity in its disastrous campaign as it blanked fellow eradicated squad Australia, 3-0.

The world champions Spain are knocked out from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo - FIFA.COM

Former world champions Spain is knocked out from the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Photo – FIFA.COM

Australia exits World Cup - Photo: EPA | Juanjo Martin

Australia exits the World Cup – Photo: EPA | Juanjo Martin

Meanwhile, AFC Asian Cup champions Japan was sent packing by Group C leader Colombia, 1-4, and Greece relied on an injury time penalty conversion by Georgios Samaras to formalize its entry to the round of 16 and stomp Côte d’Ivoire out of the competition.

Japan exits from World Cup (Image: FIFA)

Japan eliminated from the World Cup (Image: FIFA)

Uruguay bit off European powerhouse Italy as Diego Godin scored in the 81st minute to win it for the South American side in a winner stays match. The Three Lions return to England with only a point to show after settling with a scoreless draw with Group D winner Costa Rica.

Italy is out from World Cup - AFP PHOTO

Italy is out of the World Cup – AFP PHOTO

England has been eliminated from the Tournament - Photo by Alex Livesey | Getty Images

England has been eliminated from the tournament – Photo by Alex Livesey | Getty Images

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, World Cup first timer Bosnia and Herzegovina will finish off the tournament against Iran on June 26 as it failed to advance to the next round.

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Quiet but efficient Spurs made noise as NBA champs

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Spurs rejoices after eliminating the Heat in Game 5 of the 2014 NBA Finals (Photo: instagram.com/nba)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The San Antonio Spurs were supposed to be on a decline with its aging core of superstars on their last legs. But after a heartbreak loss in last year’s finals, they strove harder, they played better, and they came out stronger as they trounced the Miami Heat to win the 2014 NBA championship.

“It is satisfying because the work that we put in the whole year to get back to the finals and have this opportunity, and it worked,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “We feel gratified by that and humbled to have that opportunity.

“It somewhat (is) still disbelief, but because they are such a great team makes it really worth it to us,” Popovich added, referring to the deposed Miami Heat. “It is just great satisfaction to be able to come out on top against such a great organization.”

Trailing by as many as 16 early in the final game of the season, San Antonio recovered and led by seven going into halftime. From there, the eventual champs never looked back as they won, 104-87.

“They dominated us. They took two games in our homecourt by 20 points apiece. They beat us by 20 tonight,” Chris Bosh remarked. “You have to tip your hats off to those guys; they played the best basketball I have ever seen.”

LeBron James echoed on that sentiment, “They are a high-oiled machine and they move the ball extremely well. It is all for the team and it is never about the individual. I saw team basketball as how it should be played. It is selfless.”

This unselfishness was exemplified by Kawhi Leonard garnering the Bill Russell trophy for being the best player of the postseason, the first time in his professional career where he scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games. His pull-up three-pointer in the second quarter of Game 5 gave the Spurs the lead for the first time, 37-35, which proved to be the turning point of the contest.

“I just talked to him about not being in that defer sort of stage,” Popovich related on what he told Leonard. “’The hell with Tony, the hell with Tim, the hell with Manu, you play the game. You are the man. You are part of the engine that makes us go.’”

“Tim, Tony, Manu, and the rest of the guys believed in me. I just took that to hand and started working hard,” Leonard recalled his first year with the squad. “When I came in, they were talking about championship, which is a surprise for me being a rookie, so I really had to step it up.”

“Every time you see your superstar, the franchise, being so unselfish, it makes you want to be like that too. Timmy is a great example for me,” Tony Parker shared. “He is a model for me to follow and he has been so good for so long. The key to success is we never let our ego, me or Timmy or Manu, be ahead of the team.”

Manu Ginobili summed it up well, “It was not about Tim Duncan or Tony Parker. It was not about Kawhi, it was not Danny Green or Boris Diaw. This is a team, and that is what it makes so nice.”

Once again, congratulations San Antonio Spurs!

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2014 FIFA World Cup results and trivia

Italian striker Mario Balotelli scores goal against England. (Photo: REUTERS | Ivan Alvarado)

Italian striker Mario Balotelli scored a goal against England. (Photo: REUTERS | Ivan Alvarado)

Italian striker Mario Balotelli and Claudio Marchisio scored two goals for Italy as the Azzurri defeated England, 2-1, to start off Group D action at the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Italy employed a more attacking approach, which deviates from their usual counter-attacking style.

Claudio Marchisio kicks scores the opening goal against England - ( Photo by Getty Images | Adam Pretty)

Claudio Marchisio scored the opening goal against England – (Photo by Getty Images | Adam Pretty)

Meanwhile, Costa Rica made the most out of the absence of Luis Suarez as the Ticos beat Uruguay, 3-1. Joel Campbell, Óscar Duarte, and Marco Ureña were the goal scorers for the CONCACAF team.

Karim Benzema completed a brace to lead France past Honduras, 3-0. Noel Valladores made matters worse for the Central American squad as he scored an own goal in the 48th minute.

Photo taken from skysports.com

France forward Karim Benzema – Photo taken from skysports.com

Lionel Messi scored the winning goal in the 65th minute as Argentina overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2-1.

Lionel Messi celebrates after he scores over Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: AFP)

Lionel Messi celebrates after he scores over Bosnia and Herzegovina (Photo: AFP)

Thomas Müller completed a hat trick to help Germany bury Portugal, 4-0. The 2010 World Cup Golden Boot winner increased his career World Cup goals to eight.

Pepe battles with Thomas Müller in the scene that led to Pepe's sending-off (Photo: Getty Images)

Portugal’s Pepe vs  Germany’s Thomas Müller (Photo: Getty Images)

In the other Group G match, substitute John Brooks scored the winning goal in the 86th minute to lead Team USA to victory against nemesis Ghana, 2-1. This is the first time the African nation lost to the United States.

John Brooks (Photo source: Zimbio.com)

John Brooks (Photo source: Zimbio.com)

After 14 matches, 44 goals have been scored for an average of 3.14 goals per match, a far cry from the 2010 average of 2.27. There has been one draw so far as Iran and Nigeria ended in a scoreless standoff.

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