De Rossi back for Boca

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Daniele De Rossi has been declared fit enough to feature in Boca Juniors’ squad for the Superclasico with River Plate on Wednesday. De Rossi has played just five games for Boca since arriving in July due to a hamstring problem, which has kept him out for the past month. However, the former Roma midfielder has been called up for the second leg of his side’s Copa Libertadores semi-final with River, who lead 2-0 on aggregate. If he can prove his fitness, the 36-year-old may be considered for a farewell appearance with Italy during the international break in November. The derby is given the nickname ‘Superclasico’ because of the intense rivalry between the two Argentine clubs. They are both based in Buenos Aires and vied for the title of South America’s best in the Copa Libertadores Final last season.last_img read more

Milan free up 60m for Zlatan?

first_img Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/ Milan are reportedly ready to sell Fabio Borini, Franck Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez to raise €60m for January, including a €4m per year Zlatan Ibrahimovic contract. The Swedish star confirmed he is leaving LA Galaxy and MLS yesterday and is being linked with a move back to Serie A this winter. Milan are now trying to free up some space in the squad to make room for their targets in the transfer market this winter. According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, the trio of Borini, Kessie and Ricardo Rodriguez should be on their way out the door to accommodate for new signings. The newspaper claims it will free up a total of €60m in spending money for the Rossoneri, who are willing to offer €4m a year to Ibrahimovic. It’s also suggested that the 38-year-old might have some reservations against a move back to San Siro, as his strong reputation at Milan might be ruined by another appearance at the end of his career. He helped the club secure their last Scudetto in 2010-11. Milan are currently 14th in Serie A and are looking to the transfer market to find solutions, but Ibrahimovic has also been linked with moves to Napoli and Bologna.last_img read more

Prandelli: ‘Juve must be careful’

first_imgCesare Prandelli said Juventus “must be careful” as he predicts a tough match at Atalanta when Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini go head-to-head. The league leaders are heading to fifth-placed Atalanta on Saturday and the former Italy coach predicts a close-run thing when Maurizio Sarri and Gian Piero Gasperini go head-to-head in Serie A. “I think it will end in a draw and there will be plenty of goals,” Prandelli told TuttoJuve. “Atalanta are a very challenging opponent; their strength lies within their unit and mentality. I have read that several players will return, including Duvan Zapata, who will certainly want to play a great game. “Gasperini’s team always grinds down the games and it is never over. Juventus must tread carefully.” Prandelli is an ex-Juventus player and also a former Atalanta coach, so is very interested in the duel in the dugout this weekend. Before this meeting they are locked on a head-to-head record of four wins each and five draws. “I don’t have all the facts, but Gasperini has been bothering everyone. Atalanta are a team that has been playing together for many years, it’s difficult to play against them,” added the 62-year-old. “Sarri is still pursuing his philosophy and his idea of football, it is obviously taking some time. He’s only been in Turin for a few months. There will be a lot of interesting aspects, one of them might be the confrontation between a backline of three defenders against one with four.” He is not expecting any of the managers to rotate from their normal approaches but points out that there might players suffering from recent the international break. “No, I’m not expecting any surprises,” he said. “We don’t know about the conditions of the players returning from international duty. If there are any big changes, that will be the case.” Atalanta and Juventus clash at 2pm on Saturday. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Conti: ‘Bring mental strength to Milan’

first_imgAndrea Conti admits it “hasn’t been easy”, but he is “stronger mentally” after the injury nightmare and hopes to share that new attitude with struggling Milan. The former Atalanta full-back has taken part in five games for the Rossoneri, after being kept on the sidelines by two serious knee injuries since his move in 2017. “It’s been two difficult years, also the last period hasn’t been easy either,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “But, I knew I would return to my level.” The 25-year-old returned to be part of the squad during pre-season, but is still a long way off his former self. “I finally took part during the pre-season with my teammates and I will be able to return to where I was. I feel better every day and I hope Milan will soon feel better too,” he added. “They say, what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. This also happened for me. Now I feel stronger mentally, maybe less physically, but if you are mentally strong, you will get through it.” Milan started the campaign under Marco Giampaolo, but then brought in Stefano Pioli. “It seems like the completely opposite to what it was before,” he said about working under Pioli. “We have more intensity in our daily work, and if you make a mistake, you’ll be called out. “This is to make fewer mistakes, and we saw a sign of that straight away in the first games. We have signalled that we are developing, now we just need to keep working hard and we know the performances will follow.” Before the international break, Milan lost 1-0 to Juventus at the Allianz Stadium, but Conti said they’re not too beaten down by losing to the league leaders. “It’s bad to say it, but you can lose to Juventus. We have to continue on this path and the results will arrive.” Conti is eager to play an important role when Milan are looking to turn the tide at San Siro, and he’s hoping it might lead to a place in Roberto Mancini’s Italy squad for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament next summer. “I want to compliment Italy on their qualification. If I’ll be called up depends on what I do here at Milan. I hope so, it’s a target I have and if I get a call, I would be very happy. If it doesn’t, I will still follow them from my sofa.” Milan are currently 14th in the League and are back in action against Napoli this weekend. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Zlatan’s social media stir

first_imgZlatan Ibrahimovic caught everyone by surprise when he posted a video of his name printed on a Hammarby shirt on Tuesday morning. The Milan and Bologna target caused some concern for the Italian clubs on Tuesday morning and stirred up a media storm as his name appeared on the back of a Hammarby shirt from the Swedish Allsvenskan. Hammarby’s executives are in Los Angeles to attend a scheduled meeting between the two clubs and the LA Galaxy superstar has now linked himself to become a new member of the Swedish club. LA Galaxy owner Philip Anschutz owns 45 per cent of the Swedish club and it’s not expected that Zlatan will return to Sweden as a player when his contract in Los Angeles expires. “We’ll have more information later this week,” Hammarby’s press officer Love Gustafsson told Aftonbladet. “It’s correct that they are over there now. We share owner with Los Angeles Galaxy and they have invited us over to discuss future business.” @Hammarbyfotboll pic.twitter.com/jLWfK5uP0q — Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) November 26, 2019 Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

Delhi takes to kick-boxing. Here’s where you can lick them or join them

first_imgHilary Swank boxed her way into the Oscars. Uma Thurman impressed Bill and the rest of the world with her high kicks. Now it’s Delhi’s turn to get fighting feet. City studios have been sparring with one another to lure fitness fiends and PYTs to don boxing gloves.Forget the Oscars,Hilary Swank boxed her way into the Oscars. Uma Thurman impressed Bill and the rest of the world with her high kicks. Now it’s Delhi’s turn to get fighting feet. City studios have been sparring with one another to lure fitness fiends and PYTs to don boxing gloves.Forget the Oscars and the blood and gore. If you want to kick some serious butt and look good doing it, get into the ring. Kickboxing is the new fitness fetish.First, let’s get all the facts straight. “Kickboxing as an athletic workout includes shadow boxing, kicking and heavy bag work complemented by strengthening and conditioning drills,” says instructor Robin Gogoi of Club Xcell.It can best be described as a mixture of karate and boxing, another east meets west trend. The traditional form of kickboxing, Muan Thai-popularly known as Thai boxing-is a full-contact martial art. The winner in a competition is determined only when the opponent is annihilated. Translation: possible death.In contrast, the modern version is a semi-contact sport. Those who swear by this workout don’t actually have to fight one another in any ring. Kickboxing allows them to enjoy all the benefits without actually sparring or spilling blood-burning fat, toning muscle, enhancing metabolic rate, achieving greater agility and flexibility, and, of course, a figure to die for.Body Force GYM Ring leader Get in the ring with trainer Edward Noordanis (left) and his class for an actual fightEdgar Noordanis means serious business with his weekend Thai boxing classes. He is undoubtedly the most professional trainer in Delhi and ridicules the city’s airconditioned studios. “I train my students outdoors and even hold classes during the blistering heat of May and June,” says this Dutch trainer who learnt Muan Thai in 1984 in Holland. One visit to his back garden and you know exactly what he’s talking about. He actually has a boxing ring there. Ten bags are hung around the boxing ring. “Different bags have different purposes- a hard, low hanging bag works for the shin, a six feet long bag is meant for combination work, and speed bags are purely for elbow work,” explains Noordanis proudly.The warm-up routine is clearly written for all to see on one wall of his shed. “You can’t throw a good punch if you’re unfit. So everybody has to run at least three kilometres on a dirt track, no matter how long it takes. That’s followed by 10 minutes of skipping, 200 sit-ups and 10 minutes of stretching. Mind you, that’s just the first hour,” says Noordanis. After a short water break, the second hour is for “bag work.” On Sundays, students fight in the ring. In spite of his rigorous workout, Noordanis has had 300 students in the last four years. “Rules are not bent even for new students,” he says. Only proving that his claim of a 10 kg weight loss in the first month is not just fluff. Fees: Rs 150 per class. Tel: 9810194427.Club Xcell advertisementHigh jinx Robin Gogoi incorporate self defence in their kickboxing classesTrainer Robin Gogoi has chalked out his aerobic and anaerobic kickboxing programme scientifically, an attribute he learnt from his Japanese karate grandmaster Haya Shi. This karate black beltholder describes the former as “aerobics topped with karate and boxing.” The anaerobic class is comparatively faster and is meant for people used to the regime. Saurabh Vig incorporate self defence in their kickboxing classes”This is a more intense class which utilises the chemical system of the body,” explains Gogoi. New students work on punching, kicking, striking and blocking. Only after they have familiarised themselves with the basic moves are they allowed to try out these techniques with music.”Kickboxing unites the mind, body and spirit, says Gogoi who ends his classes with a martial art meditating position, Seiza, where one squats on the knees with eyes shut. Gogoi also has an hour-long self-defence class that is a hit with women. Fees: Rs 1,815 per month. Tel: 9810259501.FitnesolutionFighting feet Kiran Sawhney of Fitnesolution believes that kickboxing helps one achieve perfect mind and body coordinationKiran Sawhney started this studio just 10 months ago and holds her kickboxing classes with her trainer pal Saurabh Vig. “Kickboxing has become a popular workout as it teaches one to stay positive,” says Sawhney. Judging from her batch of 20 trainees, there is clearly no age-bar for this exercise. “I even have a 60-year-old in my class,” she exclaims. Even though kickboxing is not a martial art per se, Sawhney believes that “it can come in handy when one is in a vulnerable situation.” She also makes it a point to give students tips on self defence. “The rules of a ring don’t apply in real life. The knees and elbows are our most powerful weapons. I always tell my students that if they are ever mugged, they should kick and punch the attacker’s groin,” says Sawhney, who is saving up to buy speed-bags for her studio. Fees: Rs 2,000 per month. Tel: 9810530027.Studio 8To really tone up those muscles, Vineeta Sarkar combines her kickboxing class with the gym ball and weightsVineeta Sarkar is on cloud nine. Her studio is a great hit with women in Gurgaon. “My kickboxing classes have become so popular that my students are constantly pressuring me to allot more classes, especially during the weekends,” she says. “A regular class begins with simple movements. As the tempo builds up, so does the complexity of the workout. Later, the class slows down again and students move to stretching their legs, arms and back to increase mobility. To really tone up those muscles, the last half hour of the session is devoted to the gym ball and weights.”Sarkar learnt her skills at the American Aerobics Fitness Association in San Diego. She claims her classes give her students “lean legs, sculpted arms and a flexible body”. No wonder she’s in such demand. Fees: Rs 2,000 a month. Tel: 9810202919.advertisementlast_img read more

Spain wins again, beating Italy 4-0 at Euro 2012

first_imgJust like clockwork, Spain’s “tiki taka” passing game tore Italy apart. PhotosThe World Cup champions controlled the play on Sunday in the European Championship final, as they usually do. They moved the ball up the field with short pass after short pass, as they usually do.But, incredibly, they also managed to score a whopping four goals, something they don’t usually do.It all added up to a 4-0 win over Italy and a third straight major soccer title for Spain. “We won being true to our playing style, and by moving the ball the we way we moved it we knew how to take charge of the match,” said Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas, the team’s captain. “What we do is difficult but we make it look easy.”Casillas and Spain striker Fernando Torres also made their own histories. Torres became the first man to score in two European Championship finals, and Casillas played in his record 100th victory in international soccer.Spain’s other goals on Sunday at the Olympic Stadium came from David Silva, Jordi Alba and Juan Mata.”We were superior to Italy,” said midfielder Xavi Hernandez, perhaps Spain’s most influential player over the last four years. “We played a complete game and perhaps the best of the entire European Championship. We made history.”Four years ago at Euro 2008, Spain ended a 44-year drought of major titles, beating Germany 1-0 in the final to start a run that has been unmatched by any other team in history.advertisementAlthough they lost to the United States in the semifinals of the Confederations Cup in 2009, snapping a record 15-game winning streak, the Spanish have been nearly impossible to beat in competitive matches.A year after that game against the Americans, Spain opened the 2010 World Cup with a loss to Switzerland. But they then went on a tear, winning their next six games to finally claim a World Cup title and undoubtedly shed for good the “underachiever” tag.In all that time since Euro 2008, Spain has won with flair, using its short passing game – dubbed “tiki taka” by the Spanish media and adopted by the team – to dazzle scrambling opponents.”Tonight, there was no contest,” Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon said. “They were too superior, so the bitterness at losing this final is only relative.”Against Italy, Spain was the favorite, but was also primed to be beaten after being held to a 1-1 draw by the Italians in their opening Group C match. Spain, which has been experimenting with a lineup that excludes a recognized striker, needed a penalty shootout to reach the final after a 0-0 tie with Portugal in the semifinals.”They’ve been playing at a very high level for years,” Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. “And even though they didn’t use any traditional striker, they were able to give weight to their attack.”The controversial lineup, which Spain coach Vicente del Bosque again employed on Sunday, is akin to playing in the Super Bowl without a running back. Sure, you can still score touchdowns, but you give up on the chance for a game-breaking play.Still, the midfielders and the defenders got the job done in the first half. Silva headed in a high shot in the 14th minute off a pass from Cesc Fabregas. And Alba added another in the 41st, picking up a beautiful through ball from Xavi and shooting past Buffon.”The game was ours after the first goal, but the truth is that we played one heck of a game,” Fabregas said.Italy’s task was tough enough with 11 players, and it became impossible with only 10 after the 64th minute. All its substitutes were used when midfielder Thiago Motta, who had only been on the field for seven minutes, was taken off with an injury.Torres, who came on for Fabregas in the 75th minute, then added the third goal with a relatively easy finish and Mata really put the game away in the 88th, knocking in a pass from Torres.”The second goal by Jordi hurt them, and then the third finished them off,” said Casillas, who made a point-blank save on a shot from Antonio Di Natale at the start of the second half and twice tipped crosses out of danger just before the Italians could get their heads to the ball.With every save, and of course with every goal, the huge group of Spain supporters cheered and screamed. The red-shirted fans dominated one corner of the stadium, filling up more than six sections of the Olympic Stadium. On the opposite side, the blue-clad Italians were far outnumbered, with dozens of empty yellow seats poking through the mass of supporters.advertisementAlso in the stands were several heads of state. Italian Premier Mario Monti, along with other EU leaders, had said they would not travel to Ukraine for the tournament because of the politically tainted jailing of former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. But that didn’t stop him from attending the final in Kiev.Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy also attended the match, and got to watch as his players celebrated with confetti and fireworks when they lifted yet another major trophy. “I don’t believe it,” said Alba, who has played only nine matches for Spain, “but little by little it is sinking in.”last_img read more

Warriors lose preseason opener to Nuggets

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The Warriors have 12 players back, including all five starters. But they don’t have their shooting touch yet, going 4 of 33 from deep. Their four All-Stars were a dismal 1 for 19.NBA Finals MVP Durant scored 10 points in nearly 24 minutes, Curry had 11 in the NBA’s preseason opener.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingLater Saturday in Southern California, Lonzo Ball made his highly anticipated Lakers debut in Anaheim against the Timberwolves, playing their first game with All-Star Jimmy Butler. Ball’s first basket was a 3-pointer with 3:47 left in the first quarter.Warriors and Nuggets players stood through the national anthem, a week after President Donald Trump rescinded his White House invitation to Curry and his team. Warriors coach Steve Kerr indicated before the game he didn’t expect any kind of protest. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Denver Nuggets’ Will Barton (5) looks to pass away from Golden State Warriors’ JaVale McGee, left, during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant drove through the paint for a quick one-handed slam. Stephen Curry dazzled with his dribbling and pulled up for quick 3-pointers that weren’t quite as accurate as usual.The Golden State Warriors still looked like the dominant team they were in winning a championship just a few months ago, even in a 108-102 preseason loss to Denver on Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES “It’s just from last year, working on things from last year,” Popovich said. “It’s gone a little more slowly than we thought.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments MOST READ Martinez fails to qualify for 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges “It wasn’t a discussion or a decision,” Draymond Green said. “We said what we had to say. Everybody knows where we stand. We don’t need to do anything else to show where we stand. Everyone knows where we stand.”Lakers and Wolves players stood with arms locked during their anthem.Paul Millsap had 22 points and 11 rebounds in his first game for Denver. Nikola Jokic added 12 points and six rebounds, making 7 of 10 free throws. Emmanuel Mudiay had 19 points and six assists off the bench.Kerr only planned to use his starters 20-25 minutes with an international trip ahead. The Warriors were set to leave Sunday for China, where they will play a pair of preseason games against Minnesota.Golden State rookie Jordan Bell had a nice alley-oop dunk in the third quarter from Green, who received his Defensive Player of the Year trophy from Ben Wallace just before tipoff.ADVERTISEMENT Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups New Warriors forward Omri Casspi was away from the team for the Jewish high holiday of Yom Kippur, and so was analytics guru Sammy Gelfand.“I talked to him a couple days ago. Sammy Gelfand also will not be here tonight as he observes the holiday as well,” Kerr said. “Whatever each person needs to do then obviously we afford them that right. It’s an important holiday for people of the Jewish faith. Omri has our full support.”Golden State played a September game for the first time since facing Portland on Sept. 30, 1980, in Seattle. This marks the Warriors’ third trip to China after playing there previously in 2008 against Milwaukee and ’13 against the Lakers.REMEMBERING HAMBLENKerr fondly remembered Frank Hamblen, who died Saturday at age 70. A moment of silence was held before the Lakers tipped off.Hamblen won seven NBA championships as an assistant to Phil Jackson in Los Angeles and Chicago. The Lakers said Hamblen died in Del Mar. They did not provide a cause of death.“He was my assistant coach in Chicago, a good friend and great coach. He will be missed,” Kerr said before the game. “He was just a good coach, good guy. I would see him in San Diego summertime. … He was funny, he was a great basketball mind. I still remember when Frank came to the Bulls, we had basically the whole team back and the first day of camp Michael Jordan said, ‘Our motivation this year is to get a ring for Frank.’ He was new that year. He said, ‘Everybody else in this room has a ring but Frank doesn’t have one so we’re going to get you one this year’ and we did — thanks to me and Michael.”LEONARD SIDELINEDSan Antonio star Kawhi Leonard will miss the entire preseason while rehabbing an injury to his right quadriceps and the Spurs don’t have a timetable for his return.Coach Gregg Popovich told reporters in San Antonio that the thigh has bothered Leonard since the playoffs. The two-time All-Star and two-time Defensive Player of the Year has been rehabbing since the season ended. Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more

Azkals Eye 1st Asian Cup stint

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Malditas save PH from shutout View comments The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Antonio shares Italy lead; Torre rises ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Having enjoyed his first trip to Nepal five years ago when the Philippines reached the AFC Challenge Cup semifinals for the first time, Azkals skipper Phil Younghusband is hoping to achieve a bigger, more important goal this time.When Younghusband leads the Azkals out at ANFA Stadium against the host country in Kathmandu on Tuesday, the team will be carrying the dreams of a nation that has so long been aching to play with the elite.ADVERTISEMENT A victory against Nepal will guarantee progress to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup, a first for the country.“I think this is as good as any chance for us to qualify so I’m not even thinking about the possibility of us not qualifying,” said Younghusband, who has four goals so far in the qualifiers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSitting on top of Group F with eight points, the Azkals still have one more game against Tajikistan at home.“This is perhaps one of the most important matches in our history,” said team manager Dan Palami. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breadslast_img read more

Rockets GM says team is ‘obsessed’ with dethroning Warriors

first_imgHouston Rockets’ Chris Paul, right, steps over Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry (30) after losing the ball out of bounds during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, in Oakland, California.  AP/Ben MargotAfter the first 31 games of the 2017-2018 NBA season, the Houston Rockets are tied with the Golden State Warriors as the number 1 seed in the Western Conference with a 25-6 record.With the arrival of Chris Paul this off-season, the team’s lethal offensive repertoire just got even deadlier, with some claiming it’s already at par with the reigning NBA Champions.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Jokic leads Nuggets to first win in Portland since 2013 Malditas save PH from shutout MOST READ The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims The Rockets defeated the Warriors 122-121 in a highly competitive game on opening night last October and are scheduled for two match-ups in January. Khristian Ibarrola /raSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Although the playoffs won’t start until April, Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey has made it clear that beating the Warriors “is the only thing we think about.”“I think I’m not supposed to say that, but we’re basically obsessed with ‘How do we beat the Warriors?’” the proud executive told ESPN Radio’’s Ryen Rusillo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting“Last year the Spurs knocked us off, so we’re very worried about the Spurs, they’re always one step ahead of every organization and guard us better than anyone. But we calculated it—it’s like 90 percent if we’re gonna win a title, we’ve gotta obviously beat the Warriors at some point. So we’re extremely focused on that. A lot of our signings and what we do during the year is based on that.”This off-season, Morey admitted to ESPN’s Zach Lowe that the team would be  “[upping] our risk profile and [getting] even more aggressive” with finding the right personnel for Mike D’Antoni’s up-tempo offense, which resulted in trading for Chris Paul. After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PHlast_img read more