first_imgJAKARTA, Indonesia—Joshua Pacio was initially slated to defend his strawweight title in a rematch with Hayato Suzuki of Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college “For me as a champion, my job is to defend the title against anyone. We need to be prepared for anything that may come even if there’s last-minute changes or whatever.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Suzuki, however, suffered an injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight and be replaced by his compatriot Yosuke Saruta.Pacio said he didn’t have any problems with taking on a different foe considering Suzuki pulled out from the bout early with still three weeks of preparation left.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubs“It happened three weeks ago so I was able to change my mindset and shift my focus on Saruta,” Pacio told Filipino scribes Friday.Although it would’ve been ideal for Pacio to have his shot at redemption against Suzuki, who beat him by first-round submission in August 2017, the Team Lakay standout stressed it’s imperative for a champion to stake his title against any challenger. 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 Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzerscenter_img LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Terrence Romeo rues injury in underwhelming San Miguel debut MOST READ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’last_img read more

first_imgPITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby flicked the puck away from a New York Ranger, darted around another and veered in on Henrik Lundqvist.The sizzling wrist shot sailed high and wide of the net and ultimately out of play.Not that it mattered. The message had been sent. For the first time perhaps all postseason, Crosby looked like Crosby.The fact the Pittsburgh Penguins looked like the Pittsburgh Penguins was hardly a coincidence.Kris Letang broke a scoreless tie in the second period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 22 saves for his seventh playoff shutout to lift the Penguins to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers on May 4, tying the second-round series at one game apiece. Game 3 is May 5 in New York.Crosby’s postseason scoring drought reached 13 games, but after looking lethargic in a Game 1 loss he responded with arguably his best game of the playoffs.The regular-season scoring champion and Hart Trophy finalist pumped out a game-high six shots while providing a spark his team desperately needed.“To see Sid play like that tonight was really inspiring for everybody in our dressing room,” Letang said. “He was really dangerous.”The Rangers not so much.After taking Game 1 in overtime, New York looked very much like a team playing for the fourth time in six days. The Rangers mustered only 22 shots and spent most of the night in their own end relying on the typically brilliant Lundqvist to bail them out.“They played a little harder than we did in certain areas and for longer and we didn’t sustain it,” New York forward Brad Richards said. “They were desperate. They knew they had to win this game.”Letang’s 15th career postseason goal matched Larry Murphy’s record for Penguins defensemen. Jussi Jokinen scored during a third-period power play, and Evgeni Malkin added an empty-net goal for the Penguins.Lundqvist made 32 saves, but the Rangers never threatened to head home with a commanding 2-0 lead. New York’s limp power play went 0 for 4 and hasn’t scored in 29 straight advantages.The Rangers have lost eight straight Game 2s and have dropped an NHL-record 13 consecutive games when leading in a series.They had their chances to jump ahead early, only to be let down again by the power play.Three times in the first 10 minutes a Penguins player trudged to the penalty box, and three times the Rangers spent two minutes skating around as though they were killing time before getting back to even strength.“It could have given us some momentum but we didn’t finish,” New York coach Alain Vigneault said. “I’ve got to find the right trigger points here to make it work and we’ll spend the night trying to figure it out.”While the Rangers search for answers, Crosby appears to have found one. The league’s biggest star has tried to remain positive during his extended funk and coach Dan Bylsma promise that his captain would be at his “best” when the moment required.It certainly looked like it as Crosby relentlessly buzzed around Lundqvist.“He was all around it on both ends of the rink,” Bylsma said.Lundqvist made a sprawling right pad save on Crosby midway through the second period to keep the game scoreless, though Lundqvist wasn’t so fortunate the next time the Penguins bore down on him.Chris Kunitz began a breakout by feeding Malkin at the New York blue line. Malkin slipped the puck over to Letang, who flipped a crossing pass to a streaking Kunitz. Rangers defenseman Dan Girardi dived headfirst to block it only to watch the puck deflect off his stick and past a surprised Lundqvist to give Pittsburgh the lead.Fleury had little problem letting the one-goal advantage stand up. The Rangers rarely challenged him over the final 30 minutes, and Jokinen and Malkin removed any remaining drama by scoring twice in the last 5 minutes.Jokinen banged in a rebound off a shot by James Neal for his fourth goal of the playoffs with 3:30 remaining. Malkin beat two Rangers to tap in an empty-net goal with 54 seconds left as the Penguins exhaled.(WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more