OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ During that stretch, Soriano chose to train under the guidance of Alliance MMA’s George Castro whom he feels could help him get back to the winning track.“Right now, I have a tremendous support system in my training, especially with the help of my coach George Castro. He knows how to bring out the best in me. With him in my corner, it is always exciting to prepare for a bout,” said Soriano, who olds a professional record of 3-3.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogSoriano will be put to the test on Nov. 3 when he faces undefeated Chinese fighter Chen Lei (3-0) in ONE: Hero’s Dream in Myanmar.“I want to win so bad. I have dreams and aspirations as a competitor. In order to turn those into a reality, I have to win first. This is the first step,” said Soriano. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene MOST READ Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set “My team is outstanding. I have the best coach in my corner. I also train with the most talented athletes in the region. With that said, I’m motivated and oozing with confidence coming into this bout because I have them behind me.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 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 It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Arellano soldiers on without go-to-guy Salado Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/ONE CHAMPIONSHIPFilipino MMA fighter Bernard “Burn” Soriano last foray into ONE Championship didn’t end the way he intended.Soriano suffered a first round technical knockout loss to Malaysian Saiful Merican back last Feb. 10 in Kuala Lumpur, and it’s been almost eight months and the Ilocos Sur native has yet to set foot inside the ONE cage.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
STANFORD — Several weeks ago, few would have believed Stanford would be able to take a two-game lead over Arizona State in the Pac-10 standings with a victory over the Sun Devils today. Of course, even fewer would have believed rebuilding Stanford would be 3-0 on the road and 0-2 at home and that the Cardinal could be 4-1 if it hadn’t lost to Division I-AA UC Davis. So not much has gone according to plan for either school this fall but the fall isn’t over yet. Arizona State seemed headed for a landmark season after starting 3-1, but consecutive home losses to USC and Oregon sank the Sun Devils’ championship hopes. After a bye week, they’re hoping to get back on track for a good bowl game against the Cardinal (3-2, 2-1) at Stanford Stadium. Quarterback Sam Keller, a San Francisco Bay area native, will start despite a sprained thumb on his throwing hand, as well as a shoulder problem. Arizona State’s offense was a powerhouse until scoring just 17 points against Oregon two weeks ago, but Keller still leads the conference with 344.5 yards passing per game. Koetter hopes Arizona State’s confidence isn’t gone. “We won’t know that until we get tested again,’ Koetter said. “I feel like we’re still a good football team, but we have to prove it on Saturday. We weren’t that same football team against Oregon. We just have to get back out on the field. We can’t worry about what’s going to happen four or five games from now. We have to worry about just this game.’ Stanford has done the same, focusing its preparation on earning its first home win under Harris. With a strong finish, the Cardinal could make their first bowl game since coach Tyrone Willingham’s tenure but with six games still to play, that finish must start at home. “I love playing at Stanford Stadium,’ Alston said. “It’s the only place I’ve every wanted to play. (We want) to come here and have the opportunity to say thank you to the fans, try to show them that we do care and that we want to win for them. We have two big home games coming up, and we need to put our stake in the ground at Stanford Stadium and say, ‘This is our house.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Arizona State coach Dirk Koetter hopes his club will reclaim some of its lost poise in the final games of the regular season. Koetter also is among those impressed by Stanford’s poise and potency under new coach Walt Harris. “They are playing a very straightforward brand of football right now,’ Koetter said. “They’re not doing anything tricky. They’re just lining up and beating people.’ While Arizona State (3-3, 1-2) has struggled in close games this season, the Cardinal’s three wins all were narrow. Stanford won two conference road games in the last two weeks, holding off Washington State and Arizona by a combined seven points. “We prepare for the fourth quarter,’ Stanford linebacker Jon Alston said. “We’re five games into the season. Five games tell you a little about the season, but they don’t tell you everything. We’ll know a little bit more about ourselves by the end of the year. Hopefully, we’ll continue to put ourselves in position to win close games.’ But Koetter spent the Sun Devils’ bye week getting his own team prepared for the same thing. Spending only part of each practice worrying about Stanford, Koetter instead took his team back to basics with fundamental drills and workouts.