Valdez, Santiago praise Maraño in PH win over Vietnam

first_img“We told ourselves that this would be the biggest game we’ll play in,” said Santiago, who finished with 19 points. “We know that we’ll go through a really tough game but Tyang just told us to believe we can win.”Maraño, though, not only provided the emotional support as she put up 11 points to help the Philippines.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend BEAST MODE. Aby Maraño attempts a spike against a Vietnamese blocker. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Alyssa Valdez and Jaja Santiago were the ones who produced the numbers for the Philippines in its stunning upset of Vietnam, 27-25, 26-24, 17-25, 25-23, in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship, yet the two credited one unsung figure in the victory.That person was the fiery Aby Maraño.ADVERTISEMENT “There was doubt, the question on how we ended up in this predicament, and Tyang Aby just told us to claim this win, to believe in ourselves, that we can win,” said Valdez, who had 20 points, in Filipino Monday at Alonte Sports Arena.The Philippines were scrambling when Vietnam, the 44th-ranked team in the world, suddenly put on a masterful counter attack in the third set.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’And the Vietnamese almost pulled off another comeback in the fourth set when they trimmed the Philippines’ 24-20 lead to just 25-23.Still, the 79th-ranked Philippines managed to hold on for the stunning victory. Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks PLAY LIST 01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio 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 respite MOST READ 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Philippines stuns Vietnam in AVCcenter_img Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ Teen gunned down in Masbate Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View commentslast_img read more

SACKED! Jose Mourinho axed by Chelsea after disastrous start to season

first_img1 Jose Mourinho has been sacked as Chelsea manager.The 52-year-old was informed of his fate on Thursday afternoon after owner Roman Abramovich held extensive talks with senior club figures.Mourinho led Chelsea to the Premier League title only seven months ago and signed a new four-year contract in the summer.But this season has been an unmitigated disaster, with Monday night’s defeat to Leicester the club’s NINTH in just 16 games.That loss left the Blues just a point above the relegation zone and has prompted Abramovich, who publicly backed Mourinho in October, to swing the axe.It is the second time Mourinho has been sacked by the club.The Portuguese’s first spell as Chelsea boss ended in 2007 after a hugely successful three years during which he won the Premier League twice, as well as the FA Cup and League Cup [twice].He went on to win titles in Italy and Spain with Inter Milan and Real Madrid respectively before returning to the Stamford Bridge hotsteat amid much fanfare in 2013.His first year back at Chelsea ended without any silverware but last season he led to the club to the title and to League Cup glory.Now he has been dumped on the managerial scrapheap following a miserable campaign on and off the pitch for Mourinho.He has overseen the worst start to a title defence in Premier League history, while he also came under-fire for his treatment of club doctor Eva Carneiro, who left her position after being criticised in the media by Mourinho.A Chelsea statement read:  “Chelsea Football Club and Jose Mourinho have today parted company by mutual consent.“All at Chelsea thank Jose for his immense contribution since he returned as manager in the summer of 2013.“His three league titles, FA Cup, Community Shield and three League Cup wins over two spells make him the most successful manager in our 110-year history. But both Jose and the board agreed results have not been good enough this season and believe it is in the best interests of both parties to go our separate ways.“The club wishes to make clear Jose leaves us on good terms and will always remain a much-loved, respected and significant figure at Chelsea. His legacy at Stamford Bridge and in England has long been guaranteed and he will always be warmly welcomed back to Stamford Bridge. “The club’s focus is now on ensuring our talented squad reaches its potential. There will be no further comment until a new appointment is made.”Attention will now turn to the identity of Mourinho’s successor.Guus Hiddink, who enjoyed a temporary spell in charge in 2009, has been tipped to return in an interim role.Pep Guardiola, Diego Simeone and Juande Ramos are also some of the names that have been linked with the job. Joe Mourinho last_img read more