Porteria brace props Ceres-Negros

first_imgOJ Porteria bagged a brace as Ceres-Negros turned back Stallion Laguna, 2-0, Wednesday night to keep its nine-point lead at the top of the Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium in Bacolod City.Aching to atone for a disappointing performance in a 0-2 defeat to JPV Marikina last Saturday, the Busmen relied on Porteria’s brilliance to increase its output to 35 points from 16 matches.ADVERTISEMENT Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding LATEST STORIES Kaya-Iloilo continued to put pressure on Ceres after whipping JPV Marikina, 4-2, behind Senegalese striker Robert Lopez Mendy’s hat trick at Iloilo Sports Complex.An own goal from Marikina defender Suzuki Tsubasa in the second minute triggered a perfect start for coach Noel Marcaida’s side, which has 26 points from 15 games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownThe win extended Kaya’s lead to six points ahead of the Davao Aguilas in the race for second place, which will be rewarded with an AFC Cup playoff spot next year. —CEDELF P. TUPAS 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 Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan View comments Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95center_img Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Strong Cignal sends message with second straight victory Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READlast_img read more

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USC wants last word with Stanford

first_imgEven a fan who approached Carroll after practice this week begged him to put 70 points on the scoreboard. “I’m no fan of his,” the fan said, referring to Harbaugh. But with the Cardinal limping into the Coliseum minus their starting quarterback and with a shabby record (1-3, 0-3 Pacific-10), even the idea of running up the score seems a bit hollow today. Carroll laughed off suggestions this week he wanted some measure of revenge against Harbaugh, who said last spring Carroll would leave USC after this season. But Carroll’s never hidden his irritation at that comment and some other remarks by Harbaugh about Stanford’s more stringent admission standards. “I’ll just give one of my canned answers (at the press conference),” Carroll said about his feelings for Harbaugh. “I’m laughing all of this off.” For whatever reason, Harbaugh’s emerged with a prickly reputation in coaching circles. COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Harbaugh comments aside, Trojans try to regain form. By Scott Wolf STAFF WRITER One of the pressing questions this offseason was whether USC coach Pete Carroll might run up the score against Stanford following some controversial comments from Cardinal coach Jim Harbaugh. “I really want to beat him because of some of the things he said,” said a Pacific-10 Conference coach who referred to comments unrelated to USC. “He’s not a popular guy.” But the Carroll vs. Harbaugh rivalry might not have much fizz considering the lopsided matchup. Harbaugh’s certainly been gracious the past few months. “I admire the way they play … their athletes and the way they are coached,” he said. “This is one of college football’s true dynasty teams and I’m very impressed.” And Carroll’s got other concerns today. The No. 2-ranked Trojans (4-0, 2-0) laid an egg in Seattle last week and nearly lost to Washington, 27-24. That game kicked some urgency into a team that breezed past Idaho, Nebraska and Washington State. Carroll craves a four-quarter performance, which really only occurred against Washington State. “It doesn’t matter who we play,” Carroll said. “We have a standard we want to live up to no matter who we play. Last week we didn’t accomplish that or live up to that standard. “We could have easily lost last week like so many other teams.” His expectations are quite simple for today’s game: “If we play well, that’s all we hope for.” To do that, the Trojans better get more out of quarterback John David Booty although it might not matter against lowly Stanford. Booty was upbeat this week despite one of his worst performances, when he threw two interceptions and had two passes deflected. “Even the best pitchers in the world get jacked around sometimes,” Booty said. “I put it behind me.” It’s inconceivable Booty could struggle against Stanford like he did against Washington, but today’s game is also going to be an audition of sorts for freshman tailback Joe McKnight, who should get the most carries of his career after a disappointing start. “I’ve felt the whole time I’ve wanted to get him production in the offense, ” Carroll said. This appears to be the day because USC is without tailback C.J. Gable, who underwent groin surgery Friday. And tailback Stafon Johnson (bruised foot) is highly questionable. That leaves McKnight, Hershel Dennis and Allen Bradford as the backups behind starter Chauncey Washington (South Torrance High). And the offense should get plenty of opportunities. Stanford’s two-back offense, which offers few variations, plays right into USC’s hands defensively. “They have a lot of stuff but don’t run it because they don’t have confidence in it,” the Pac-10 coach said. Especially without their quarterback. Stanford quarterback T.C. Ostrander will miss the game after suffering a seizure at a restaurant last Sunday. He will be replaced by sophomore Tavita Pritchard, who has thrown only two passes this season. It’s not just that Stanford is undermanned and overwhelmed by USC’s talent. Arizona State held the Cardinal to three points last week and that was with Ostrander. But no one told Harbaugh this would be an overnight success. “We welcome guys who want to compete and fight,” Harbaugh said. “We are building that. We are getting more of that each and every week. You are finding out who those guys are. They make themselves known. They have a tremendous challenge this week and we welcome those guys who love to do that.” [email protected] local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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