Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Cignal hit a bit of a snag in the fourth set after it allowed the Tornadoes to salvage a couple more points and trim the margin to six , 24-18, after a team block by the Tornadoes.HD Spikers head coach Edgar Barroga called a timeout to settle things down before Mylene Paat delivered with a clinical kill to finish things off.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We really prepared for this one and we didn’t take a break at all,” said Barroga in Filipino, who singled out Royse Tubino and Rachel Ann Daquis key factors in their win.Tubino just finished her military training with Army while Daquis has been the steady leader the team has while fellow veteran Jovelyn Gonzaga recovers from her knee injury. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Cignal grabbed a spot in the semifinals after tripping Foton, 26-28, 25-19, 25-19, 25-18, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference quarterfinals Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The HD Spikers are set to take on defending champion Petron in the penultimate round.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia Arsenal players filmed using ‘hippy crack’ 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 “I really pushed Tubino and thankfully she delivered for us and at the same time Rachel had a really good game.”Daquis wound up with a game-high 24 points while Paat and Tubino added 22 and 13 points, respectively.Despite the hiccup in the first set, the HD Spikers were methodical in their offense with a 67-45 advantage in spikes while also limiting their errors to 16 compared to the Tornadoes’ 31.Mina Aganon led the Torndoes with 16 points while CJ Rosario and Shaya Adorador combined for 23 points.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines?
Hardik Pandya made his return to Team India after the Koffee with Karan controversy and after his subsequent suspension was lifted by BCCI.Pandya made an immediate impact as he took 2 for 45 from his 10 overs and took a stunning catch to see off New Zealand captain Kane Williamson.Team India fielding coach, R Sridhar on Wednesday revealed how eager Pandya was to play the 3rd ODI in Mount Maunganui and make a mark.”No one was more keen than Hardik Pandya to play that game,” Sridhar said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the 4th ODI in Hamilton.”He’s been working very hard during the time he got back home and the kind of energy he brought into the team, the desperation he brought was magnificent to see. He’s always been a good fielder. He was just dying to get into the thick of things and be a part of this and get back to what he loves doing, that is to play cricket and play it best he can,” Sridhar said.Perfect weather here in Hamilton for an intense session. pic.twitter.com/MwVHldu6GJhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 30, 2019The Indian fielding coach was also full of praise for Pandya’s catch in the third match.”That catch – he made a very difficult catch look easy. By no means an easy catch and then also the fact that it was Kane Williamson’s catch; the extra pressure of one of the best batsmen in the world. I think that was a turning point,” Sridhar said.”I would say a piece of magic from Hardik Pandya. He’s known for that. He’s one of the best fielders as we have in the country. If you also notice, he hit the stumps on quite a few occasions in his comeback match, which was very pleasing to see,” he added.advertisementPandya after the match posted “Thank you” on his social media platforms.Thank you ?? pic.twitter.com/rzIKQX7ELxhardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) January 28, 2019His performance also got praise from Kohli as well as Sunil Gavaskar.Pandya derailed New Zealand, Sunil Gavaskar hailed the all-rounder for a terrific performance.”Terrific performance, absolutely terrific performance. It’s never easy [to fly and straightway play a match]. The jet lag can get to you. He is a young man, he has had things that have happened and he just wants to forget it. The best way to forget it is being out on the field. And this is what he does best. Being on the field and playing for the country… that’s what you want,” Gavaskar had told Star Sports.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell SantnerAlso Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso See: