Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next And the other mentors agreed, noting that the Pirates are no doubt the dark horses this season, thanks largely to their success in the summer leagues.“Lyceum is number one. They’re all team to beat, but I guess Lyceum will always be there,” noted San Sebastian coach Egay Macaraya.“Lyceum is going to be tough,” said Perpetual coach Jimwell Gican.“Lyceum has had a good development from last year and they’ve had a great run in the preseason,” JRU assistant coach Vic Lazaro said. ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments A lot going on for Murray as Wimbledon defense begins MOST READ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. 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 San Beda, Lyceum early favorites ahead of NCAA Season 931K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Defending champion San Beda remains as the team to beat in the coming NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. But for returning coach Boyet Fernandez, he knows that the Red Lions are facing a tall order in retaining their championship given that the rest of the league has gotten stronger.“We’re in for a tough season because our opponents have gotten better. It will be tough for me,” Fernandez said, as the Lions gun for their 21st overall title.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsIn assessing the rest of the field, Fernandez believes that Lyceum is going to be the one that would give San Beda fits.“Basing on the Filoil tournament last week, I think Lyceum did a good job in the preseason,” he said. Lyceum on being NCAA ‘dark horse’: We always want to better ourselves107 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 What ‘missteps’? Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games LATEST STORIES However, Pirates coach Topex Robinson said he’s taking it all in stride as he seeks to meet the early expectations handed upon his squad.“It’s an equal opportunity. All of us prepared well on putting the pressure on us, and we have every reason to feel so. But the way I see it, it’s still an even playing field for me,” he said.Arellano coach Jerry Codiñera, meanwhile, thinks it will be an open race for the last three slots in the Final Four, with favorite San Beda a lock to make it to the semifinals.“It’s open. San Beda will be there, so the second to fourth places will be open,” he said.Letran coach Jeff Napa hopes to pull off a few surprises.“You know the ones that are favored. For us, we just want to surprise them in the end.”The latest season tips off on Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena, with host San Sebastian taking on San Beda in the curtain raiser before Mapua and Arellano clash in the second game.RELATED VIDEO
In Damian Lillard’s milestone night, Blazers turn back Pelicans Google Philippines names new country director Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte New York Knicks’ Emmanuel Mudiay (1) looks to pass as he is defended by San Antonio Spurs’ Dante Cunningham during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 15, 2019, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)SAN ANTONIO— Three weeks after hitting a low point with a “pathetic” performance on Broadway, the Spurs hit a high note against the New York Knicks.LaMarcus Aldridge had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio beat the Knicks 109-83 on Friday night to extend its season-best winning streak to seven games.ADVERTISEMENT “It just feels good,” San Antonio forward Rudy Gay said. “Things are clicking. Playing defense. Even when the ball is not going in like we want it to, we’re still getting wins, and that’s how you know we’re getting better as a team.”Gay had 12 points in 19 minutes after missing two games and losing 10 pounds because of the flu.The Spurs dominated defensively, which was in stark contrast to what Popovich deemed a “pathetic performance defensively” in their previous meeting with the Knicks.New York snapped an 18-game skid at home, routing the Spurs 130-118 on Feb. 24 as part of San Antonio’s worst Rodeo Road Trip ever. The Spurs have had a greater sense of urgency since going 1-7 on that road trip and it continued against the team with the league’s worst record (13-66).New York had 16 turnovers and shot 41 percent from the field.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s more of a focus and them understanding that when we play good defense, we’re a darn good team,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said.DeMar DeRozan and Bryn Forbes each added 13 points for the Spurs, whose previous season high was five straight victories.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNew York, which was without injured point guard Dennis Smith Jr., lost its eighth straight. Damyean Dotson had 21 points and DeAndre Jordan added 11 points, 13 rebounds and matched a career high with nine assists.The Spurs hold the league’s longest active winning streak and have won nine straight and 16 of 18 at the AT&T Center. MOST READ Spurs: San Antonio is 24-1 at home this season when leading after the third quarter. The Spurs led 82-69 entering the fourth. … DeRozan has 1,380 points this season, surpassing Dale Ellis (1,366) for third-highest total among non-rookies in their first season with the Spurs. Terry Cummings sits atop the list with 1,818 points followed by Artis Gilmore’s 1,479. … Forbes has 143 3-pointers this season after going 3 for 5 against the Knicks. He has the most 3-pointers in a season of any undrafted player in Spurs history.SAVE THE BATSWith bats buzzing the court at the AT&T Center recently during Spurs games, Fizdale was asked before the game what he would do if he saw one.“I like animals, I’m an animal lover,” Fizdale said. “Hopefully we can catch it and let it go where it needs to go.”The Spurs’ mascot, The Coyote, has emerged in three games in a Batman costume attempting to corral the winged mammals with a hand-held net. The Coyote successfully captured a bat on Feb. 2 during the team’s game against New Orleans. Fizdale said he would want a net, too, if a bat emerged.“Yeah, I mean we don’t want to hurt it,” Fizdale said. “It’s just a little bat. Our guys will probably freak out.”Fortunately for the Knicks, no bats were sighted.UP NEXTKnicks: Host L.A. Lakers on Sunday night.Spurs: Host Portland on Saturday night. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Miguel Romero Polo: Bamboo technology like no other Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “When we beat them at our place, we limited our mistakes, our turnovers and stuff like that,” Knicks forward Kevin Knox said. “So, they came in with a little bit of a chip and we just didn’t respond.”San Antonio opened an 11-point lead in the first quarter Friday and maintained that double-digit advantage for much of the game.The Spurs had 48 points in the paint behind the starting tandem of Aldridge and Jakob Poeltl.Aldridge had 10 points and seven rebounds and closed with his 25th double-double of the season.“(Having Poeltl start at center) kind of frees me up to float a little bit and kind of find my shot in different ways,” Aldridge said. “I’m spacing the floor a little bit more. I’m not the focal point as the pick-and-roll guy all the time, so it kind of changes it up for me. He’s been active.”Poeltl had 12 points, nine rebounds and matched a career high with five blocks.Trailing 76-67, New York had an opportunity to pull closer but Kadeem Allen missed a contested layup as Aldridge raced back on defense following a turnover. Gay followed with a 3-pointer to extend the Spurs’ lead to 79-67.“We just had too many guys making too many mistakes and you can’t play with holes in the dam when the Spurs have you going like that,” New York coach David Fizdale said.TIP-INSKnicks: Smith missed the game with a sore lower back. Fizdale said the team is unsure how the injury occurred, but Smith is day-to-day. “His back just kind of went out on him,” Fizdale said. “He had a couple of collisions there during the last game (Tuesday against Indiana).” … New York is 7-30 away from home, which is one more road win than Cleveland, Phoenix and Dallas. . Mitchell Robinson blocked two shots, extending his streak of consecutive games with a block to 26. Among Knicks rookies, only Patrick Ewing’s 28 straight games with a block is longer in franchise history. … The Knicks’ previous win in San Antonio was Jan. 2, 2014, behind a double-double from Carmelo Anthony. . Forward Noah Vonleh did not return after injuring his right ankle in the first half. Fizdale said Vonleh will undergo an X-ray when the team returns to New York. LATEST STORIES
eSports FIFA 18 web & companion app: How to get an early start on your Ultimate Team Oli Platt Last updated 2 years ago 02:44 22/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) ultimateteam.co.uk eSports Gaming WTF Free packs and gifts will be available to players who begin collecting coins and constructing squads before this year’s game is officially released FIFA fans can begin building their Ultimate Team squads for FIFA 18 now thanks to EA Sports’ web app.Ultimate Team is FIFA’s most popular game mode – and, indeed, the most popular mode of any football game on the market – and has become hugely competitive in recent years, with rival players vying for valuable items and coins and facing off in matches.For those unfamiliar with Ultimate Team, the feature allows you to collect players from around the world and build squads that can be used in online FIFA games and tournaments. Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Players can be obtained by spending FIFA coins to open packs or by trading in a huge market of buyers and sellers of individual items.For any serious Ultimate Team players, logging on to the web app has become an essential part of getting a head start on the competition and setting yourself up for instant success on release day.Here is our full guide to using the web app and making the most of the opportunity.WHAT IS THE FIFA WEB APP?The FIFA web app is an online application which allows FIFA players to manage their Ultimate Team away from their console.Users can access their squads, consumables and club items as well as the FUT store, transfer market and leaderboards. Essentially, you can buy and sell players, open packs and manage your squad without having to switch on your PS4 or Xbox.You’ll have to pick up a controller to actually play games with your teams, of course.The web app has become particularly popular because it is launched shortly before each year’s FIFA is released, allowing players to get a head start in the Ultimate Team market. EA Sports often roll out daily gifts for those who sign up, including returning player packs and starter packs.HOW CAN I ACCESS THE WEB APP?The web app can be accessed on EA Sports’ website at this link.You’ll need to have signed up for an EA account that is linked to your FIFA profile, which you can then use to log in and access your Ultimate Team squads.WHEN IS IT AVAILABLE FOR FIFA 18?The web app is now live, 36 hours before the game becomes available for EA Access and Origin members.FIFA 18’s full release will come 10 days later, on Friday, September 29. You can get your hands on the game earlier by pre-ordering the special Ronaldo or Icon editions, however, which will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26.CAN I USE IT ON MY PHONE?The web app is designed for desktop and laptop use, but EA Sports has also release a companion app for smartphones to ensure you can access Ultimate Team on the go.You can download that for iPhone and Android now by following those links on your device.You can do pretty much everything on the companion app, from managing your squad and completing squad-building challenges to making bids in the transfer market and accessing the FUT store to open packs and other items.Simply log in with the same credentials you use on the web app and you’ll be good to go.HOW CAN I MAKE THE MOST OF THE WEB APP?Ultimate Team has some great tips in terms of making the most of the window in which the FIFA 18 web app is available before the full game is released.One of their most important bits of advice is to resist the urge to open expensive packs and instead collect as many coins as you can to focus on trading. Shop for bargain items you can flip for a quick profit and to make longer-term investments in players and consumables that will rise in value when the game comes out.Building up a good bank balance and collection of assets for release day can give you a huge head start on the competition.As fun as opening packs is, coins are hard to come by during this initial window and should be treasured and used wisely. The only exception is the strategy of buying 400-coin bronze packs and selling the contents for an overall profit, which some players have had success with.Beyond that, make sure you are online to open all of the daily gifts and sell off anything in returning user and starter packs that are not likely to rise in value on release day onwards.Ultimate Team also say that rare silver players – look for skill moves, weak-foot rating and speed – can often be picked up more cheaply than usual during the webstart period, so watch out for potential purchases there.WHEN IS FIFA 18 RELEASED?FIFA 18 will be released worldwide on Friday, September 29. There are two ways, however, to get your hands on the game early.The first is to pre-order the ‘Ronaldo Edition’ or ‘Icon Edition’, priced at £79.99 ($79.99) and £89.99 ($99.99) respectively and packed with bonus Ultimate Team content. They will be available to play on Tuesday, September 26, which is in line with EA’s knack for going live on a late Tuesday in September.If that’s not soon enough you’ll need to sign up to EA Access (Xbox One) or Origin Access (PC), both of which cost either £3.99 ($4.99) a month or £19.99 ($29.99) a year. That will get you 10 hours of trial play time from Thursday, September 21.If you’re a PlayStation 4 player, the September 26 date is the earliest you will be able to play.FIFA web app images courtesy of Ultimate Team.