Juan Gomez De Liaño owes triple-double, UP win to brother Javi, coach Perasol

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title “During the halftime break we knew that we will play for coach Bo so our mindset became a different one come the second half,” said Gomez De Liaño. “He told us something in the dugout so we just wanted to make him happy and play for the community.” Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Cansino vows to improve defense, play better after UST loss to NU Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew 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 Things, however, were a little different for Juan on Sunday when University of the Philippines took on University of the East in its second round matchup in the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.Older brother Javi wasn’t with the team and was serving his one-game suspension after his combination of technical and unsportsmanlike fouls in the Fighting Maroons’ previous game against Ateneo.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 ChrissJavi’s absence, though, lit up a fire in Gomez De Liaño as he notched 15 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists, the first triple-double in the league since UP’s Marvin Cruz put up 22 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists in the Fighting Maroons’ 98-88 loss to Ateneo on August 20, 2006.READ: UP ends losing spell at expense of UE Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum “Our connection wasn’t there but I know he’s supporting the team from home,” said Gomez De Liaño Sunday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan after a 94-81 win over the Red Warriors. “We played for Javi. Big bro just told me to be aggressive.”Gomez De Liaño’s triple-double not only helped UP stop its two-game skid, it also helped the Fighting Maroons get to a fifth seed tie with University of Santo Tomas with 4-5 records.Apart from Javi’s absence, there was also another thing that went missing in UP’s second half against the Red Warriors.Head coach Bo Perasol wasn’t that pleased with how his team performed in the first half after trailing by three, 44-41, and he decided to give the Fighting Maroons the silent treatment come the third and fourth quarters.“There are times that I need to be quiet also,” said Perasol. “I needed them to think that we don’t need any voice to tell us what to do. They just did their jobs.”ADVERTISEMENT All throughout Juan Gomez De Liaño’s collegiate career, there was always older brother Javi looking out for him be it on the court or off it.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Modric -From Croatian war child to Ballon d’Or winner

first_img0Shares0000Real Madrid and Croatia midfielder Luka Modric kisses the trophy after receiving the 2018 Ballon d’Or © AFP / FRANCK FIFEMODRICI, Croatia, Dec 4 – Luka Modric’s journey from Croatian war child to the world’s best footballer was celebrated Monday when the Real Madrid midfielder hoisted the Ballon d’Or.A national hero in his home country and crowned the best player on the planet, Modric was rewarded for his key role in Croatia’s historic run to the World Cup final and his club Real Madrid’s third straight Champions League trophy. “It’s a unique feeling. I’m happy, proud and honoured,” said Modric, who also won the FIFA Player of the Year award in September.The star-studded Paris ceremony could hardly be further removed from Modric’s early years as a child refugee, fleeing the burned-out shell of a remote Croatian cottage where he spent part of his childhood.Hidden in the folds of Velebit mountain, with the nearest neighbours several kilometres away, trees now grow inside the roofless ruin and a sign warns of “Mines – Keep out!”The burned-out shell of a stone cottage where Croatia’s World Cup captain Luka Modric spent part of his childhood © AFP/FileThe player’s grandfather, also named Luka, lived in the house, lying on a mountain road winding through the Modrici hamlet.His grandfather was killed by Serb forces, the house was burned and the family fled to the coastal town of Zadar, some 40 kilometres (19 miles) away.It was there that Modric, born in 1985, began his footballing odyssey, drawing attention for the first time to his budding abilities.“I heard about a little hyperactive boy constantly playing with a football in the corridor of a refugee hotel, even going to sleep with it,” said Josip Bajlo, who was then coach at the First Division club NK Zadar.– Training under fire –As soon as Bajlo saw Modric play he signed him up for the club’s football school, where he immediately stood out.“He was an idol to his generation, a leader, a favourite,” Bajlo told AFP earlier this year.The 1991-1995 war with Serb rebels, during which Zadar and the surrounding region were heavily shelled, toughened Modric, according to those close to him.People’s square in Zadar, where Luka Modric started his career as a professional footballer with NK Zadar © AFP/File“It happened a million times that we were going to training as the shells were falling, and we were running to shelters,” said childhood friend Marijan Buljat, who trained and played with Modric while growing up.Modric left Zadar, where he remains a legend, for Dinamo Zagreb in 2000 and then joined English Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in 2008. After a bidding war he was snapped up by Real Madrid in 2012.But his popularity in Croatia and his image as a modest family man was tarnished by his testimony last year during the multi-million-euro corruption trial of former Dinamo Zagreb chief Zdravko Mamic.Modric’s testimony supported Mamic’s case against allegations of corruption, angering many fans who saw the trial as a chance to clean up the corruption-ridden sport.Prosecutors eventually charged Modric in March for giving false evidence, but dropped the case on Monday due to a lack evidence.Any lingering anger against Modric had evaporated long ago, however, after he brilliantly inspired Croatia to their first World Cup final last summer.Despite the 4-2 defeat by France, more than 500,000 people gave captain Modric and his team a heroic welcome on their return to Zagreb.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more