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Darvish wants to prove himself in final year of Texas deal

STEPHEN HAWKINS, AP Sports Writer br /> DALLAS (AP) — Yu Darvish marked his five-year anniversary as a Texas Ranger this week. Now healthy again, he wants to prove how good a pitcher he is. 'It's not much about my contract, but coming back from Tommy John surgery,' Darvish said through his interpreter at the Rangers' winter banquet Friday night. 'This will be my second year to see how my body reacts and how much I can do to prove how good of a pitcher I am. That's what I'm looking forward to.' Darvish is entering the sixth and final year of the contract he signed with the Rangers in January 2012 after seven seasons in Japan. While the 30-year-old Darvish is 46-32 with a 3.29 ERA in 100 career starts for Texas, he missed all of the 2015 season because of the surgery and didn't pitch for the Rangers last season until May 28. Darvish was 7-5 with a 3.41 ERA and 132 strikeouts in 100 1/3 innings during the regular season. But in his first AL Division Series start last October, he gave up a career-worst four homers. Three of them were in the same inning of a 5-3 loss to Toronto in Game 2 of the best-of-five series that the Blue Jays swept. 'I would love to pitch in that kind of situation again this year,' Darvish said. 'And I would like to pitch very well.' Darvish said he just started throwing again and feels 'really good.' Texas spent more than two years scouting Darvish and getting to know him personally before committing more than $107 million to get him. On top of his guaranteed $56 million contract, the Rangers had to pay in the old system a massive $51,703,411 posting bid to the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters, his team in Japan. The 2017 season could have become a player option without a buyout had Darvish won the Cy Young and finished second-through-fourth another time, or finished second in the voting once and second-through-fourth two other times. Darvish finished second behind Max Scherzer in the 2013 AL Cy Young voting, when the Rangers right-hander was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA and a league-high 277 strikeouts. He was an All-Star each of his first three seasons (2012-14), a span in which he had 680 strikeouts before getting shut down late in the 2014 season because of elbow inflammation. 'I am really grateful to the Texas Rangers organization by just giving me this big of a contract. They've been taking care of me really well,' he said. 'So I just want to show the Rangers how much I can do and then show them that they were right giving me that contract.' Darvish said he considered it too much of a risk just two years after surgery to compete in the World Baseball Classic this spring. Then, he smiled and said, 'At the end, let me tell you that I didn't get offered' a spot. NOTES: The Rangers announced they will retire uniform No. 7 during an August ceremony to honor former catcher Ivan Rodriguez, who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame this week and will be inducted with the class of 2017 on July 30 in Cooperstown, New York. The only other Rangers to have their numbers retired by the club are Hall of Fame pitcher Nolan Ryan (No. 34) and former manager Johnny Oates (No. 26). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Serena Williams reaches 4th round without dropping a set

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams is still on track in her bid to win a record 23rd Grand Slam title. The six-time Australian Open winner beat fellow American Nicole Gibbs 6-1, 6-3 in the third round on Saturday, when she didn't face a break point until she was serving for the match. Dropping serve in that game was her only lapse in a match that then extended just beyond the hour — to 63 minutes to be precise. That made it one minute and one game longer than her only other match against Gibbs. Williams started the tournament with difficult assignments in the first two rounds, but also got through those — against Belinda Bencic, with a career-high ranking of 7, and Lucie Safarova, a French Open finalist in 2015 — without dropping a set. She has set the tone for the tournament. Williams will next play No. 16 Barbora Strycova, who beat No. 21 Caroline Garcia 6-2, 7-5. Ekaterina Makarova led by a set and 4-0 but needed three sets and almost three hours to finally beat WTA Finals champion Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-3. 'An amazing fight,' Makarova said of her first win over sixth-seeded Cibulkova, the 2014 finalist at Melbourne Park. 'I got, to be honest, a bit tight at 4-0 in the second set. But I'm still here. I love this Grand Slam.' In a momentum-swing match featuring some long streaks of games and 11 service breaks, Makarova got the decisive break in the eighth game of the deciding set and closed it next. Makarova will play either 2016 semifinalist Johanna Konta, who beat her in the fourth round here last year, or former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni continued her unlikely run with a 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 win over Maria Sakkari, and so did American qualifier Jennifer Brady. Before this week, the 34-year-old Lucic-Baroni hadn't won a match at Melbourne Park since her debut at the Australian Open in 1998. The 19-year gap in between match wins at a Grand Slam tournament broke the record set by Kimiko Date-Krumm, who went 17 years between match wins at Wimbledon. Lucic-Baroni reached the semifinals of Wimbledon in 1999 as a 17-year-old and captured the Australian Open doubles title a year before that with Martina Hingis. She next plays Brady, ranked No. 116, who had never played in the main draw of a major before she qualified for this week. The 21-year-old American had a 7-6 (4), 6-2 win over 14th-seeded Elena Vesnina on Show Court 2, and is making the most of the occasion. By saving five match points before rallying to beat Heather Watson in the second round, Brady effectively doubled her number of career wins. On the men's side, No. 8 Dominic Thiem beat Benoit Paire 6-1, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 to set up a fourth-round match against No. 11 David Goffin, who ended Ivo Karlovic's run 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. The 37-year-old Karlovic's win in the first round set an endurance record — the 84 games in the win over Horacio Zeballos, which ended 22-20 in the fifth, was an Open-era mark for the tournament. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Ria Atayde, proud sa husay nina Sylvia at Arjo Atayde

PROUD na proud ang magandang aktres na si Ria Atayde sa kanyang Mommy Sylvia Sanchez at Kuya Arjo Atayde. Bukod kasi sa mataas ang ratings ng mga TV show nilang The Greatest Love at Ang Probinsyano, parehong pinupuri sina Ms. Sylvia at Arjo sa husay na ipinamamalas sa naturang mga TV program. Nang maka-chat namin ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Hot Stuff: We List Down 5 Reasons Why You Must Watch "A Love To Last"!

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Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Coach Conte hopes Oscar, Mikel departures are the only ones

Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — Coach Antonio Conte hopes he has seen the last of the Chelsea exodus to the lucrative Chinese Super League. Midfielder John Obi Mikel followed hot on the heels of Brazilian playmaker Oscar's big-money move to Shanghai SIPG when he joined Tianjin TEDA on Friday. Although neither were key players in Conte's squad this season, the Chelsea coach does not want any more of his players following them. 'I hope this offer from China finishes with Mikel and Oscar,' Conte said Friday. 'I think that it's important now to remain with this squad.' The Italian, who took charge this season, hinted at bringing in reinforcements in the January transfer window but said the Premier League leader is 'not close' to recruiting anyone yet. He has, however, ruled out bringing in a center back with France defender Kurt Zouma available again following a long-term knee injury. 'I don't think we need another central defender,' Conte said. Zouma will start Sunday's FA Cup third round match against third-tier Peterborough at Stamford Bridge, as will Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi, who has been given limited opportunities since his move from Marseille in the summer. 'I have a good opportunity in this game to see Michy from the start,' Conte said. 'I think it's important. He's working a lot. I'm seeing that he's improving. Sunday for him, but also for other players, could be a good opportunity to show me that he deserves to play more.' Chelsea's run of 13 consecutive league wins ended with a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham on Wednesday and Italian Conte wants a quick response. 'One defeat is enough for us now. In every game our mentality must be that we have to try to win every game,' he said. 'FA Cup or league (it) doesn't change. I want always the same mentality, the right mentality, a winning mentality.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Chris Bosh talks about getting a 'taste of retirement'

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> Chris Bosh still is unclear about what his future holds, and while mentioning how he's getting a 'taste of retirement' stopped short of saying he will no longer pursue an NBA career. Bosh has been sidelined since last February because of complications related to blood clots. He's still technically a member of the Miami Heat, though has not been around the team in any official capacity since he failed a physical in September and was not permitted to resume on-court activities. Bosh, speaking at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas, was asked how he's spent time away from the court. 'For me, I kind of just follow my passions and follow what I love to do and use my free time to kind of answer those questions and go through my bad moods and maybe a little light case of depression,' Bosh said. 'Really, to search for what I'm looking for. And I've come to some interesting conclusions. It's all about following my heart and what made me happy.' Bosh did not specifically mention whether he will or will not try to play again, nor did he mention his health status. It's expected that the Heat will waive him sometime after February, after the one-year anniversary of his last game appearance passes. The $76 million that Bosh is owed for this and the next two seasons remains guaranteed, but he would no longer be taking up a massive amount of Miami's salary-cap space. Bosh was speaking on a panel alongside St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Dexter Fowler and Golden State Warriors guard Draymond Green. The panel, titled 'Life Off The Court,' was moderated by Maverick Carter, the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and the business partner of Bosh's former Miami teammate LeBron James. Bosh said he went to the CES event to meet with people and leverage some business relationships. 'I don't know what's going to come out of it,' Bosh said. 'But we're here.' Bosh had his 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons cut short at the All-Star break after the discovery of blood clots. He missed the last 30 games of the 2014-15 season because of the first known occurrence of the clot issue, and the last 43 games — including playoffs — last season after a second separate situation. Bosh said 'there's still a lot of things' that he has to figure out. 'I'm still learning more about myself and my situation, and really off the court how to function there because I'm kind of getting the taste of retirement now,' Bosh said. 'Just trying to navigate those waters because it gets a little complicated sometimes. ... Hoping one day that the stars align and I figure some things out and things kind of just go my way and I'll be able to do what I want to do. I don't know what that is yet.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Papa Jack quits Love Radio show

John Gemperle, more popularly known as Papa Jack, has left 90.7 Love Radio, ending a 12-year relationship that helped catapult the radio station on top of the ratings game......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 1st, 2017

Baguio City honors ONE titlist Folayang

BAGUIO CITY—Thousands of residents of this city atop the mountain turned out to show their love and appreciation for local hero ONE Championship Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang with a parade and ceremonies at the Baguio City Hall last Fri.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 10th, 2016

Sarah, tututok muna sa pagkanta

PAGKATAPOS mamahinga ng halos dalawang buwan, balik showbiz na muli ang Popstar Princess na si Sarah Geronimo at mas gusto muna niyang tutukan ang pagkanta na siyang first love niya. Ani Sarah, “I’d like to focus more sa music ko at i-promote.....»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsNov 10th, 2016

KC’s half-sister Cloie wants to pursue career in PH showbiz

MISS Earth Sweden Cloie Skarne, half-sister of actress KC Concepcion, has said that she would love to pursue a career in show business in the Philippines if the right offer comes along......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 25th, 2016

Star Magic Ball 2016 Diaries: Check Out Our Best Dressed Love Teams And Let Us Know Who Yours Is!

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Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2016

WATCH: Jason Magbanua’s AlDub ‘fairytale-like’ church wedding video

MANILA, Philippines — Noontime show love team "AlDub" walked down the aisle yesterday and renowned videographer Jason Magbanua captured their fairytale-like.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2016

IN PHOTOS: AlDub pre-nup photos released

MANILA, Philippines – Before the hit noontime show love team AlDub walks down the aisle, the “Kalye-serye” couple, Alden Richards and Maine Mendoza, first ha.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 19th, 2016

The ‘box-sing’ match that never happened

Just recently, longest-running noontime show “Eat Bulaga!” invited me and my best friend, actress Ina Raymundo, to participate in a unique challenge: engage in boxing while singing Alicia Bridges’ “I Love The Nightlife.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016

The ‘box-sing’ match that never was

Just recently, longest-running noontime show “Eat Bulaga!” invited me and my best friend, actress Ina Raymundo, to participate in a unique challenge: engage in boxing while singing Alicia Bridges’ “I Love The Nightlife.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016

Solenn supports random drug test for celebrities

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Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 29th, 2016

The Six Fix: Fresh Comic Book Series You Should Check Out This National Comic Book Day

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Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2016

Nathalie Hart goes naked in ‘Siphayo’

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Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 19th, 2016

Jericho and Arci return to primetime

Jericho Rosales finally returns to primetime and topbills a story that will show that true love can withstand the test of time in Magpahanggang Wakas premiering on Monday on ABS-CBN.  .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 13th, 2016

Happy Grandparent’s Day!

Grandparent’s Day, celebrated in the United States on the first Sunday after Labor Day, was set up for a three-fold purpose: To honor grandparents; to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children; and to help c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 12th, 2016