Nets bounce back, beat weary Suns What Christmas is all about. Ravenas, @baser09official with the holiday assist to the poor. Video from @ThirdyRavenaaa’s IG Stories. pic.twitter.com/gALytgmjn2— MG (@MarkGiongcoINQ) December 24, 2018 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 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Photo screengrabbed from Thirdy Ravena’s Instagram storyThe holidays are the season of giving and the Ravena family along with PBA star Baser Amer showed the true meaning of Christmas.The Ravenas and Amer shared their blessings to the less fortunate on the streets by giving them food on Christmas eve.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Thirdy, who was the Finals MVP after leading the Ateneo Blue Eagles to back-to-back UAAP titles earlier this month, took videos of the heartwarming moments of giving and shared them on Instagram stories.Thirdy rode shotgun while his dad Bong was on the wheel. His mother Mozzy, older brother Kiefer and Amer sat on the back while his younger sister Dani distributed the packed foods from the third row of the SUV.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid View comments
No more dirty looks, no more gesticulation, no more refusing to celebrate when somebody else scores.Cristiano Ronaldo did a lot for Real Madrid but didn’t always make things easy for his team-mates.With the Portuguese striker at Juventus now, Julen Lopetegui’s side are breathing freely and growing into their own skin. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Champions League holders Real started their defence of the title with a thumping 3-0 win over last season’s semi-finalists Roma on Wednesday, dominating the game and creating enough chances to have scored many more goals.Isco’s precise free-kick, Gareth Bale’s bullet and a spectacular strike from Real’s new No.7, Mariano Diaz, ensured the only mentions of Ronaldo at the Santiago Bernabeu were about the red card he saw for Juve at Valencia on his first match back in Spain.Nobody would cast doubt on Ronaldo’s role in Madrid’s three consecutive triumphs in this competition, but Los Blancos appear none the weaker for his departure.Instead, they are playing the kind of exciting, attacking football which rarely appeared under Zinedine Zidane. If the Frenchman’s Madrid was led on Ronaldo’s cold-blooded effectiveness, Lopetegui’s is far more of a team effort.While Ronaldo’s finishing prowess was missed in the opening stages in which Madrid created a myriad of chances, it certainly wasn’t when Isco stood over a free-kick, just before half-time.The Andalusian playmaker drew a desperate foul from Daniele De Ross on the edge of the Roma penalty area, picked himself up and curled a sensational free-kick over the wall and in to break the deadlock.Roma goalkeeper Robin Olsen didn’t move, instantly aware he had no chance of reaching Isco’s perfectly struck effort.It was Isco’s second free-kick goal for Madrid this year from just four attempts. By contrast, Ronaldo had nine in 2018, converting precisely none.The Portuguese hogged dead-ball opportunities at the Santiago Bernabeu and his departure has cleared the way for Isco and others to step up and try their luck.Bale, who has four goals in his last five Madrid appearances, finally looks at home as the team’s main man up front. His goal was brilliantly taken, a low rocket which seared across Olsen and nestled in the far side of the goalkeeper’s net.“It’s maybe a bit more relaxed (without Ronaldo),” Bale said ahead of the game. “I suppose there is more of a team, more working as one unit rather than one player.”That was evident in the way Madrid played, with joy rather than nerves. It showed up in Luka Modric’s wonderful midfield play, in Marco Asensio’s sublime turn and outrageous attempted no-look finish, kept out by Olsen, and in Mariano’s cherry-on-the-cake third.On as a substitute for his second Real Madrid debut, after being brought back in from Lyon this summer, Mariano whipped in a wonderful strike from distance to cap a perfect start to the new European campaign.It was a Ronaldo-esque strike from the man who inherited the Portuguese’s shirt, a special individual moment to go with Lopetegui’s tactically adroit and teamwork-focused Madrid performance.Real, tyrants in the Champions League over the past five years thanks to Ronaldo, will maintain that status without him – and perhaps have more fun along the way.
APTN National NewsReaction to a deadly fire on a northern Saskatchewan reserve continues to pour in after two children were killed by the blaze.The nearby Loon Lake fire department received a 911 call about the fire but did not dispatch crews because of an unpaid bill owed to them by the band.APTN’s Larissa Burnouf has this story.