‘The Revenger Squad’

  (We are running this guide to help moviegoers plan their holiday cinema tour. The 43rd Metro Manila Film Festival runs from Dec. 25 to Jan. 7, 2018.) Directed by Joyce Bernal; stars Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla, Pia Wurtzbach, Loisa Andalio, Ejay Falcon. Comedian Vice Ganda has set "exceptionally high expectations of himself" while making this fantasy-adventure film, according to director Joyce Bernal. She says the comedian "wants to do a lot of things in the movie," referring specifically to action stunts and special effects required in making it. Bernal also has good words for young star Daniel Padilla and 2015 Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach, whom she said was "surpri...Keep on reading: ‘The Revenger Squad’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 19th, 2017

‘The Revenger Squad’ now highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time

Kapamilya comedian Vice Ganda has yet another victory to celebrate as his Christmas movie "Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad" now makes it as the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time.......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

‘The Revenger Squad’ now highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time

Kapamilya comedian Vice Ganda has yet another victory to celebrate as his Christmas movie “Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad” now makes it as the highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time.. Source link link: ‘The Revenger Squad’ now highest-grossing Filipino movie of all time.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Vice, ginawang bisyo ng MMFF audience!

WOW, congrats kay Vice Ganda, since ginawa na yatang bisyo (vice in English) ng mga manonood na panoorin ang entry niya tuwing Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF). Yes, yearly. Hayan at balitang ang MMFF entry niya last year, Gandarrapido: The Revenger Squad emerged again the film event’s top grosser. Last….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Joyce Bernal has no plans of retiring

She has given this generation some of its most compelling films, but director Joyce Bernal just does not see the time she will ever quit. She sees herself working in the industry until she is old. At this time of year, the holidays are not a reason for her to slow down. She is busy promoting her entry to this year's Metro Manila Film Festival, the comedy riot movie, "Gandarrapido:The Revenger Squad," top-billed by Vice Ganda, Daniel Padilla and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Select members of the entertainment press were able to get up-close and personal with the director at the recently concluded digital conference for the movie. She shared her thoughts on retiring. "Ido...Keep on reading: Joyce Bernal has no plans of retiring.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Coco at Vice Ganda, ’di kayang magbigayan

MARAMI ang nagsasabi na sa darating na Metro Manila Film Festival, it will be a fight between Ang Panday versus The Revenger Squad sa takilya. Parehong may bagong sangkap o rekado ang dalawang pelikula which will open on Christmas Day. There was a time na nagbibigayan ang mga producer at….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

5 fun facts about the movie Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad

MANILA, Philippines – Vice Ganda is back in the Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) and this time, he's teaming up with Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach and Teen King Daniel Padilla in Star Cinema's  Gandarrapiddo: The Revenger Squad . (READ:  Vice Ganda is making his superhero dreams a reality ) Directed by Joyce Bernal, the movie revolves around Emy (Vice), who ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Vice Ganda declares P1B as box-office take

STAR Cinema’s MMFF entry this Christmas, “Gandarrappido: The Revenger Squad” boasts of three firsts that fans are looking forward to. For the first time, Vice Ganda is playing a superhero with Daniel Padilla (who’s also playing superhero for the first time) while former Miss Universe Pia Wurztbach debuts on the… Source link link: Vice Ganda declares P1B as box-office take.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 ALL TRAILERS – Manila Video

The Metro Manila Film Festival (MMFF) on Friday announced the complete list of entries for its 2017 competition. Comedian Vice Ganda returns to the festival through “Gandarrapiddo! The Revenger Squad,” under Star Cinema and Viva Films. The “It’s Showtime” host will be starring with actor Daniel Padilla and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach. Meanwhile, Vic… link: Metro Manila Film Festival 2017 ALL TRAILERS – Manila Video.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

I think it’s fine, it’s normal -- Jack Reid

Sa grand media launch kahapon ng Squad Goals kung saan ay isa sa mga bida ang nakababatang kapatid ni James Reid na si Jack, natanong ang 20-year-old newbie tungkol sa tsismis ng pagli-live-in ng kapatid at girlfriend na si Nadine Lustre. Ayon kay Jack, wala siya sa posisyon para sagutin….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News19 min. ago

B-pier stay alive

Games tomorrow (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 4:30 p.m. -- Kia vs. San Miguel 7 p.m. -- Alaska vs. Rain or Shine GLOBALPORT boosted its chances for going into the next round last night at the expense of an already eliminated Kia Picanto squad via a 108-91 victory in the PBA Philippine….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News19 min. ago

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Kailangan ilabas ang tapang -- Dy

After a humbling experience at the hands of National University last Sunday, grand slam-seeking De La Salle University realized what was lacking early in their campaign in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament. It took the Lady Spikers a painful loss and an extra set of training after that for them to discover an important facet of their game that went missing.      “’You know right after we lost to NU, we went straight back to our gym to fix our mistakes,” said graduating opposite hitter Kim Kianna Dy. “Syempre dun pa lang lumabas yung tapang namin. Sinabi nga ni coach (Ramil De Jesus) bakit hindi kayo matapang nu’ng game, bakit ngayon matapang kayo?” DLSU responded with a 25-18, 25-17, 25-20, drubbing of University of the East Wednesday to get back on the winning track and erase its five-set defeat against the unbeaten Lady Bulldogs three days before. “So ngayon, na-address namin yung kailangan matapos agad, hindi dapat maging complacent na we’re two sets ahead, and then biglang bibitawan lang," said Dy, who had eight points against the Lady Warriors. Desiree Cheng and reigning Most Valuable Player Majoy Baron scored 13 points each while Aduke Ogunsanya finished with 12 as the Lady Spikers improved to 4-1 win-loss record behind NU.  “Well 'yung purpose ng pagbalik namin sa La Salle. Siguro during the game nung Sunday, ni-remind ko lang sila na dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung sino kayo,” said De Jesus, whose squad went straight to training in DLSU after absorbing a 24-26, 25-19, 25-22, 17-25, 14-16, defeat to NU. It was a sorry loss for the Lady Spikers as they squandered a 12-8 lead in the fifth set. NU took a 14-13 lead in that frame after Jaja Santiago caught fire. Dy saved a match point but the Lady Bulldogs stole the win after a Santiago kill followed by an Aiko Urdas off the block attack.  “’Minsan kasi, nakakalimutan niyo kung sino na kayo’, sabi kong ganoon. Ang dami niyong pinagdaanan, ang dami niyong experience na pinag-daanan. So pagdating sa mga ganyang klase ng game, dapat kilala niyo 'yung sarili niyo, kung ano 'yung aasahan ng team sa inyo. So 'yun lang naman din,” added De Jesus. Dy admitted that they deserved that extra training. “’Pag sinabi na ni coach yun na walang magbibihis, diretso tayo La Salle, alam na namin. We know that we deserved what happened. Yung right after, training. Wala eh, natalo kami so kailangan ayusin yung mga kulang pa namin,” she said. “I think one of the things na super important na natutunan namin right after, yung ginagawa namin after the game, is tapang dapat. Kasi may mga drills na hindi ka... it’s a drill, tapos di ka titigil hangga’t sinabi ni coach. So you have to show your toughness, you have to show na di ka maggi-give up,” Dy added. “So para siyang connected sa game. You shouldn’t give up until 25.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 19 min. ago

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Espejo sizzles in Ateneo s escape

Three-time defending champion Ateneo de Manila University overcame a seven-point deficit in the fourth set and a gritty resistance from the upset-conscious Adamson University in a 25-14, 25-27, 25-23, 28-26 escape Wednesday in the 80th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Four-time Most Valuable Player Marck Espejo spewed fire as he unloaded a season-high 31 points off 26 attacks, three kill blocks and a couple of aces in the Blue Eagles’ fourth straight win in five outings that pushed Ateneo up to solo second behind unbeaten Far Eastern University (4-0). The Katipunan-based squad went down 11-18 in the fourth set with the Falcons pounding on offense coupled by Ateneo’s string of miscues. But the Blue Eagles, whose last defeat against the San Marcelino-based squad was in Season 78 first round, slowly chipped away Adamson’s lead before moving at match point, 24-23, off a kill by Ron Medalla. The Falcons saved a match point in the next play but Espejo was there to give the lead back to Ateneo. Medalla committed a service error in the next play before Espejo put Ateneo again at match point on a crosscourt hit. Espejo sent his service straight to the net that saved the Falcons another match point. Gian Glorioso answered with a quick attack to push the Blue Eagles back at match point advantage before Leo Miranda hammered his spike wide to surrender the match to Ateneo. Glorioso added 14 points while Season 79 Rookie of the Year Chumason Njigha chipped in 13 markers for the Blue Eagles, who poured 61 attack points orchestrated by Ish Polvorosa's 61 excellent sets. Adamson absorbed its second straight defeat and slid to seventh spot with a 1-4 mark. Philip Yude had 13 points, Paolo Pablico had 12 while Royce Bello added 10 for the Falcons.   ---                   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 32 min. ago

‘BROTHER’S KEEPER’: PRO-6 adopts ‘squadding’ vs scalawags

POLICEMEN in Western Visayas will soon be “snitching” on each other. How? The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) has created a “squadding” strategy in a bid to strengthen the competency and discipline of police personnel in the region. An approach distinct to PRO-6, the word squadding traces its origin to a squad, a group of […] The post ‘BROTHER’S KEEPER’: PRO-6 adopts ‘squadding’ vs scalawags appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News15 hr. 45 min. ago

Revellers get back-to-back wins at expense of Scratchers

Che-Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian College-Recoletos whipped Go for Gold, 87-65 to gain its first back-to-back victories in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Tuesday at the Marikina Sports Center. Michael Calisaan was once again the rock for the Revellers, tallying a double-double to the tune of his 13 points and 10 rebounds as they moved up to fifth place at 4-3. Allyn Bulanadi led the squad in scoring with 15 markers and three boards while Samboy de Leon shot 3-of-4 from threes to garner 14. “Mas prepared kami ngayon,” remarked coach Stevenson Tiu. “Yun ang sabi ko sa mga bata, na we try to make a statement in this game para yung momentum, madala namin sa mga susunod naming laro.” Che’Lu-San Sebastian didn’t waste time asserting control of the game, taking a 15-2 start before keeping Go for Gold at bay all game long, en route to grabbing a 27-point lead, 87-60 late. It also helped that the Scratchers continued to waste their opportunities, turning the ball over 25 times which led to 33 points for the Revellers. Justin Gutang topped Go for Gold (2-3) with 12 points and six rebounds in the defeat.   BOX SCORES CHE’LU BAR AND GRILL-SAN SEBASTIAN 87 — Bulanadi 15, De Leon 14, Calisaan 13, Collado 11, Ilagan 8, Batino 6, Faundo 4, Capobres 3, Jeruta 3, Siruma 3, Santos 2, Costelo 0, Lao 0. GO FOR GOLD 65 — Gutang 12, Salem 11, Haruna 9, Domingo 8, Alejandro 5, Ocampo 3, Pasturan 3, Young 3, Gaco 2, Leutcheu 2, Naboa 1, Casiño 0, Pili 0. QUARTER OF SCORES: 17-12, 39-29, 58-42, 87-65......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

DOC VOLLEYBALL: Finding their Fight (An Analysis of the UPWVT)

Four matches into the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament and the UP Lady Maroons are nowhere near their spectacular start from last season. With a record of one win and three straight losses, UP is little by little trailing behind the middle of the pack as teams continue to best each other in perhaps the most unpredictable season so far. Despite having only a few key losses in Nicole Tiamzon and Kathy Bersola from last season, the Lady Maroons squad, which is now under new head coach Godfrey Okumu, has yet to find the answers to match last season’s scintillating start that boasted of a 4-0 run, highlighted by an upset over La Salle.   In terms of net play skills such as attacks and blocks, the Season 80 squad of UP is not too different from their former self. Given former Queen Maroon Bersola’s main contributions to the team last year are her blocks and attacks from the middle, the team’s current ranking in blocks is still similar from last year at 6th place overall. Likewise, the dip from 4th to 6th ranking in attacking percentage this season cannot be solely due to Bersola and Tiamzon’s exit, but more of the factors that lead up to a successful attack such as setting and more importantly, the first ball pass. Undoubtedly, the team still possesses a significant threat to the top seeds of the current season given that they can do better executions. What made them a force to be reckoned with early on last Season 79 was their remarkable control of their service and receive aspect in which they were first and second, respectively at the similar juncture of four matches. Season 80 has been a nightmare for UP as they currently rank last for both service and receive overall. Throughout all their losses so far against DLSU, ADU, and FEU, it is glaringly obvious that the lack of efficiency in UP’s passing especially when the seams between passers are targeted. Despite Ayel Estranero showing better mastery of her shoot sets that Tots Carlos can easily hammer down given a good pass, the Lady Maroons however have struggled with their first ball as passes are either too tight into the net or cause poor platform establishment, resulting to a lot of shank passes. In their recent match against the FEU Lady Tamaraws, Coach Godfrey brought back Justine Dorog as libero to man the floor defense. In addition, he used a different passing pattern in which the back row middle passer was further into the attack line than pushed back near the end line resulting to an inverted triangle with its apex towards the net. The adjustment worked for UP early on in the first set as FEU wasn't too aggressive with their serve, most going to exact zones where the passers are positioned. Towards the mid to end game though, the Lady Tamaraws were able to squeeze in a few aces and tough serves when they targeted the seams between passers. FEU coach George Pascua was quick to notice this lapse and readily exploited these targets care of hard floaters from Chin Basas and Kyle Negrito to control the rest of the match. Theoretically, the new passing pattern utilized by coach Godfrey is highly applicable given that the serving pattern by almost all teams in the league are heavy on targeting zone 6 spare for a number of players who can serve consistently hard on zones 1 and 5. UP’s Carlos was actually successful with both her forearm and overhead passes on short zone 6 balls on a few occasions while Justine Dorog chipped in a couple of excellent passes for corner serves. Where the team falls short however is the consistent execution of the pattern as the squad struggles with area designation and awareness. UP had a tough time redirecting the angle of hard driven serves upward causing some overpasses and broken plays. In addition, in the instances that the serve is targeted towards the seams, the UP passers can't seem to determine who’s responsible for the area leading to delayed forearm platform establishment, which again causes either overpasses or shanks. Moving forward, the challenge for the team is undoubtedly just getting their rhythm and consistency with their passing as their digging and setting efficiency is still commendable ranking third and second overall, respectively. Coach Godfrey is definitely right in considering a passing pattern apt for the league’s general serving tendencies, but such pattern requires utmost consistency and discipline in defending the seams. With such a system, the Lady Maroons need to know who is responsible for what balls as well as better tracking of the serve to timely establish their forearm platform. Once the Lady Maroons get their passing groove in the soonest possible time, it wouldn't be too long until setter Estranero gets her middles involved in the pitch, making the team as threatening as their season 79 form.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

Lawyer wants death squad president in court

MANILA: Philippine attorney Jude Sabio says he hasn't been home for a year, steers clear of public events and is forever looking over his shoulder after accusing President Rodrigo Duterte of c.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

BACK-TO-BACK: Arellano U sweeps San Beda in Finals series

Defending champion Arellano University took the fight out of San Beda University with an amazing comeback in the second frame that set the tone to an empathic 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, win to complete a sweep of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Monday. Best Opposite Hitter and Finals Most Valuable Player winner Regine Arocha was on fire the whole match and effectively provided the much-needed points at crunch time as the Lady Chiefs claimed their second straight title and third overall crown in four seasons. Arocha scored all but one of her 15 points off attacks while adding 12 digs while graduating player Jovielyn Prado submitted 15 markers on her last year with Arellano U Andrea Marzan added eight points while skipper Mary Anne Esguerra ended her collegiate career with seven markers including the championship-clinching swipe towards the unprotected Zone 1 of the Lady Red Spikers.    “Kasi sa practice namin kahapon, kahit sa huddle namin kanina, sinabi namin na sa araw na ito, dapat tapusin na natin," said Arellano U coach Obet Javier. "Sinagot ako ng mga player ko sa pamamagitan ng ganoong klaseng laro." The Legarda-based squad saved four set points in the second set with Arocha firing the last two points off sharp crosscourt hits to take the frame.   With the Lady Chiefs holding the momentum, San Beda, a newbie in the Finals, melted down in the third as it went down to a 0-8 hole. The Lady Red Spikers saved five match points after going down 10-24 before Esguerra sealed the win with her signature swipe off theLady Red Spikers' two-woman wall.  Arellano U carved out a 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, win in the series opener Friday. Cesca Racraquin was the only player in double-figures with 13 points while Nieza Viray and Satrianni Espiritu combined for 14 markers for the Mendiola-based squad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Parang binigay na po nila sa amin (ang championship) -- Arocha on San Beda s meltdown in the third set

After stealing the second set in a dramatic come-from-behind fashion, Arellano University hitter Regine Arocha knew the title was already theirs for the taking. The Lady Chiefs smelled blood when they went on the first technical timeout of the third set with a comfortable cushion and with the first-time finalists San Beda University Lady Red Spikers scoreless and in disarray. It didn’t take long for Arellano U to complete a cold-blooded 25-13, 29-27, 25-15, sweep of San Beda in Game 2 of the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball Finals as the Lady Chiefs captured their first back-to-back titles Monday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. An 8-0 lead to open the third frame and with the Lady Red Spikers’ body language already showing signs of defeat for Arocha, the season’s Best Opposite Hitter, seemed like San Beda’s signal of raising the white flag.   “Opo, parang binigay na po nila sa amin, parang umayaw na po sila,” said Arocha, who broke the hearts of the Lady Red Spikers when she hit consecutive crosscourt hits to complete Arellano U’s comeback in the second frame. “Parang first five points pa lang po (sa third set), nararamdaman na po namin na sa amin na po (ang panalo),” added Arocha, who scored 14 of her 15 points off attacks and was later named as Finals Most Valuable Player. Arellano U took the fight out of San Beda in the second set after saving four set points. Arocha took advantage of the Lady Red Spikers’ error from the service line that tied the set at 27, pounding a crosscourt attack off the two-woman block of San Beda to put Arellano U at set point advantage, 28-27. She ended the comeback with another kill. San Beda never recovered from there and the Lady Chiefs grabbed the opportunity to extinguish the Lady Red Spikers’ will to fight as they built an 8-0 advantage that ballooned to 24-10. The Mendiola-based squad saved five match points but the championship was already in the bag for Arellano U that Lady Chiefs head coach Obet Javier didn’t even bother to call time.    Outgoing team captain Mary Anne Esguerra took the honor of burying the final nail to San Beda’s coffin with a swipe off the Lady Red Spikers’ two-woman block. The win also validated a tweet posted by Arocha on her Twitter account that last Sunday’s practice was Arellano U’s last for the season.   “Kahapon po, sobrang kinlaim na namin na last training na namin yun, na last game na namin ngayon,” she said. “Kaya po 'yun, pinagtrabahuhan talaga namin.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

AP source: Hosmer, Padres reach preliminary eight-year deal

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Just the thought of free agent first baseman Eric Hosmer joining the downtrodden, youthful San Diego Padres sent a morning jolt through the spring training clubhouse. The on-field vibe seemed equally cheery, as country music blared as players went to work under sunny skies in the Arizona desert. Hosmer reached a preliminary agreement on an eight-year contract with the Padres, pending a physical. A person with direct knowledge of the deal confirmed the tentative deal, speaking on the condition of anonymity Sunday because there had been no formal announcement of Hosmer's potential signing. It would become official once he passes a physical early in the week. While the final position players reported Sunday — most were already in spring camp — ahead of Monday's first full-squad workout, Hosmer wasn't expected in the desert until at least Monday. Hosmer, who spent his first seven major league seasons with Kansas City, would receive a reported $144 million. Padres manager Andy Green could only discuss the acquisition of Hosmer in generalities since it isn't final, but was hopeful of having his full team together Monday. "I can't replicate the magic of the first day twice, so, yeah, you want him or anyone to be there when you're talking," Green said. "... Not that there is any real magic on the first day, but it's always nice to have your camp settled as early as possible." The 28-year-old Hosmer batted a career-high .318 in 2017 and matched his best from the previous season with 25 home runs. A four-time Gold Glover and All-Star in '16, he drove in 94 runs and scored 98 for the Royals last season. He also had a career-best .385 on-base percentage. Veteran right-hander Chris Young also came to the Padres this offseason after most recently pitching three seasons for the Royals, calling Hosmer "one of my all-time favorite teammates" who brings "a competitive fire" that will be much-welcomed. He hadn't been in touch with Hosmer in recent days but they did communicate earlier in the winter when Young chose San Diego and discussed that it was among Hosmer's top choices, too. Young said he didn't want to add any pressure to Hosmer making a decision. "Hos is a legitimate All-Star," Young said. "I think he brings a veteran experience, he's a winner, he's a champion and a great mentor for young guys. So I think he fits all the categories I think you're looking in terms of a teammate, a leader, a competitor. I think he makes any clubhouse better, much less this one." While most every club feels a sense of optimism this time of year with a fresh slate as spring training begins, the Padres were especially upbeat as they got going early Sunday at the idea of the power-hitting Hosmer in their lineup and at first base. San Diego went 71-91 last season for fourth in the NL West above only the San Francisco Giants, and the Padres haven't been to the playoffs since losing in the 2006 NL Division Series. Green knows what someone such as Hosmer could mean to a club's chances of turning it around. "It was always time to start contending for me," said Green, beginning his third season as San Diego skipper. "It was always go out and win opening day and go out and win every game. I haven't been very good at that, I have to acknowledge that. At this point in time, opening day has been cruel to me so far. "But I think we show up with the expectation of winning the first game of the season and don't waver from that no matter who's in that clubhouse. Does it get easier if certain people are in that clubhouse? Yeah, it sure does." Wil Myers, who played 154 games at first for San Diego last season, was ready to move positions as needed. He can play elsewhere in the infield and all three outfield spots and Green said he would be "magically" taking fly balls in right field Sunday. "Wil's been great with everything that's ever been asked of him," Green said. Myers said the Padres communicated with him during the offseason about the possibility of adding Hosmer, saying: "When I saw that possibility I was very excited. To be able to add a player like that I think is very cool." Myers played in 2010 with Hosmer in the minors with the Royals. "I know nothing's definite right now but just to be able to hopefully add a guy like that is pretty special," Myers said. "He's a great guy. He's going to be a guy that fits really well in this clubhouse. ... You've heard a lot of great things about him, what he does in the clubhouse and who he is as a person.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

With LA as backdrop, NBA opens latest ASG chapter

By Shaun Powell, LOS ANGELES — There’s a very real chance of seeing it all at the NBA All-Star Game from the world’s greatest players and athletes, who are trained to entertain. And they deliver on that, every year, for the most part. Which brings us to this year’s showpiece: Will we finally see the All-Stars play defense, or not? Simple question. Over the last three years, they game morphed into a blob of uncontested shots and layups with the pace of a NASCAR event and the intensity level of a turtle race. Last year Steph Curry comically dropped to the floor rather than putting his body between Giannis Antetokounmpo and the rim (maybe wisely, but still). That was a flash-point moment. Perhaps because of fear of getting injured, or maybe the body just needs a break after a half-season, players rarely spent much energy trying to stop anyone. That led to wild and repetitious scoring sprees, where the losing team averaged 170 points, and ultimately, new changes designed to encourage players to at least simulate a real game and turn it up two notches. And so, Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) game at Staples Center will serve as the laboratory rat and perhaps usher a new era for the midseason game. If today’s players treat it the way the old-timers did, then this could be special. If not, this could be 194-187. “I think it’ll be different,” said Curry. The rules committee was alarmed enough by the public backlash of the last two games, where the winning West team came a combined 12 points from hitting the 200-point mark, that the traditional format was scrapped. No longer is it East vs. West, now it’s the leading vote-getter in both conferences choosing their own squad, regardless of conference. Therefore, Team Stephen will tip against Team LeBron with the mixed squads lending some intrigue and could cure the defense and intensity issues. As an added bonus, each member of the winning team will receive $100,000 vs. $25,000 for the losers, although it must be mentioned that the only player in an All-Star uniform making below eight figures is Karl-Anthony Towns. Still, the idea was to raise the incentive level and hoping it raises the fourth-quarter heat. The coach of the LeBron team, Dwane Casey of the Raptors, said he plans to do his part by shuffling the minutes based on who’s trying the hardest. “I went to our players individually and asked two questions: ‘Do you want to put on a show, or do you want to win? Let me know.’ I’d like them to go and compete. I want to win. We owe it to the league and the fans to let them know that the NBA isn’t about rolling the ball out there. There are a lot of fundamental things we can do on the court, and it starts with the All-Star Game, with everyone watching.” It helps that the game will feature a few subplots designed to make it interesting. Such as: LeBron and Kyrie Irving, together again. They had a mysterious split last summer after Irving, two years removed from a championship in Cleveland and with the chance of additional chances to win another, demanded and received a trade. He’s in Boston now, creating a rivalry with Cleveland whereas none existed before the deal. But apparently there was no acrimony generated by the split and the two have remained on decent terms, based on the chatter between them. Nothing personal, in other words. And anyway, LeBron chose Irving for this team. The reunion, says Irving, will be “pretty awesome.” LeBron: “Listen, anytime I get an opportunity to be with a fellow teammate of mine on the same court, and then you add on the fact of what we were able to accomplish in the three years, they just make it special. You automatically start thinking about the moments. There was a time when I was in Miami when I thought about if there was a chance for me to be Kyrie's teammate at All-Star Weekend. I thought about that. I didn't think it would be possible, and then we became teammates. We were on the same All-Star court together as teammates. Those thoughts still go into my head of how great it was to break the drought in our city, over 50-plus years, when the both of us had magical, magical Finals runs. So, it's always special. Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, together again. Well, the two ex-Thunder ‘mates did play for the West squad last season, yet kept their distance, both on and off the court, the entire weekend. Also, they had testy exchanges this season, evidence that if nothing else, the competitive spirit between them remains high. Yet, all seems civil regarding the split two years later, maybe because Westbrook gained a half-measure of revenge when Paul George arrived this season. Curry and James Harden, together. As team captain, Curry selected Harden, and at least for one weekend, the two will put aside some natural conflict. One: They’re among the leading candidates for the MVP award, and those in the Harden camp believe he was robbed of the second MVP won by Curry. Two: The Warriors and Rockets are engaged in a thermal race for top spot in the West, with the Rockets beating Golden State twice this season so far. (Side note: Curry responded “Ha” the other day when asked who should win the MVP this year, him or Harden. Just “ha.”) Joel Embiid. The fun-loving big man makes his All-Star debut and promises to bring his infectious personality to the game and also his astonishing skills, rare for a seven-footer. Look for Embiid to make a strong big for game MVP and doing so apologetically. His competition could come from Antetokounmpo and either winner would signal a victory for a league looking for yet another superstar. But, the game itself. Will it be taken seriously? “We've talked about it.” said Irving. “Like I said, I think it's more individually based in terms of the competitive fire. But I know that we're pretty excited to be out there and compete and go at one another for a little bit and have a little fun.” Last year, Antetokounmpo was playfully chastised by his teammates for going full-tilt and challenging shots and essentially treating it like a playoff game. It was his first All-Star appearance and he was surprised by the mild tone of the pace. Victor Oladipo, a first-timer this year, doesn’t believe that’ll happen to him. “My competitive nature is going to get the best of me,” he said. The unspoken concern, of course, is injury, although there’s no documented case of a player ever pulling up lame in the game. Imagine the outcry, for example, if the intensity soars and someone grabs a body part. The fallout will be steep, and with that in mind, many coaches tell their players to ease off the gas pedal. “I don’t want anyone to get hurt,” said Casey, “but we want to change the narrative about this game and how it’s played. I find that when players do things half-way or go through the motions, that’s when they’re more liable to get hurt.” And so, with that in mind, with a revamped format and a bit more pocket change for the winner and an audience that would like to see some floor burn for a change, the All-Stars just could make this game interesting. That starts with defense. “The challenge is, if you’re going to play to win, you’re going to compete on the defensive end, especially in transition,” said Casey. “That’s where the all-star game kind of deteriorates. You got to start your transition defense, our one on one defense, and put defense in the game because if you don’t, it will be 160, 170 points. I don’t know if we’re going to change it all in one game, but that’s our goal is to try to be more serious on defense, and not trick passes and trick shots and circus mentality. “These guys can entertain and also play defense and give a more competitive game. They are good enough to pull it off. That’s what I hope to see and what fans hope to see.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018