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Kasal ni Maxene, ’di sinipot ni Saab NAMAYAGPAG sa cover ng isang fashion magazine sa Vietnam ang tatlo nating beauty queens, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach, Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza at Miss World 2013 Megan Young. Silang tatlo ang nasa cover ng Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam at ang photo nila….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalJan 11th, 2018

Aguirre says BI employee tried to help Chinese bizman linked to P6.4-B shabu haul flee PH

An employee of the Bureau of Immigration who went absent without authorized leave tried to help Chinese businessman Richard Tan leave the country after the Department of Justice filed a criminal case against him in relation to the smuggling of P6.4-billion of shabu last year.....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Without a Quorum: TRAIN Railroaded into Law

WITH OR without the distractions of December, Congress has always had to deal with empty seats. But the absent members of Congress stand out on certain occasions, as they did when Congress railroad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Without a Quorum: TRAIN Railroaded into Law

WITH OR without the distractions of December, Congress has always had to deal with empty seats. But the absent members of Congress stand out on certain occasions, as they did when Congress railroad.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Romeo still out for Gilas duty this February

Terrence Romeo will have to wait a couple more months before he gets to don the national colors anew. The enigmatic guard remains at the sidelines as he's still yet to filly recover from his knee contusion injury, rulling him out of the February window of the 2019 Fiba World Cup qualifiers. "I still can't play this month," he shared on Friday. Romeo's name was conspicuously absent from the list of players coach Chot Reyes has called up as Gilas Pilipinas resumes it weekly practice sessions on Monday for the second leg of the Asian qualifiers. The Philippine team will fly to Melbourne when they take on Australia at Margaret Court Arena on February 22 before coming back hom...Keep on reading: Romeo still out for Gilas duty this February.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

‘Not snubbed’: Rivero, La Salle standouts beg off from initial Gilas pool

La Salle standout Ricci Rivero was conspicuously absent from the initial list of players Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes wants for the national team pool for the 2023 Fiba World Cup. This was despite the earlier pronouncement of Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan that the likes of the high-flying Rivero were part of the future of the Gilas program. But Reyes clarified Friday that Rivero and the other Green Archers like Aljun Melecio were "not snubbed" and their exclusion from the Gilas pool was the decision of La Salle. READ:Gilas resumes training for Fiba Qualifiers on Monday According to Reyes, who released the "23 for 23" list...Keep on reading: ‘Not snubbed’: Rivero, La Salle standouts beg off from initial Gilas pool.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 5th, 2018

Police team leader in shooting surfaces at NCRPO

THE TEAM leader of the Mandaluyong City police personnel who figured in the shooting that killed two persons and wounded two others on Dec. 28 surfaced at the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) in Taguig City on Wednesday. Senior Inspector Maria Cristina Vasquez had been declared absent without official leave since Dec. 30. She […] The post Police team leader in shooting surfaces at NCRPO appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Surrender, PNP chief urges AWOL cop in Mandaluyong shooting

Director General Ronald "Bato" dela Rosa, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, has asked one of the 10 Mandaluyong cops relieved over the deadly Dec. 28 shooting incident to surrender and face charges. Senior Insp. Maria Cristina Vasquez has reportedly gone absent without leave after administrative and criminal charges were filed against her and nine other Mandaluyong police officers over the shooting. "Kung nakikinig 'yong policewoman na 'yon, sana nakikinig ka. Magiging subject ka ng manhunt operations kapag lumabas ang warrant mo kawawa ka," Dela Rosa said in a press conference at Camp Crame on Tuesday. On the day of the shooting, in which two persons were killed and t...Keep on reading: Surrender, PNP chief urges AWOL cop in Mandaluyong shooting.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2018

LOOK: Ateneo women’s volleyball legends reunite before Christmas

Ateneo Lady Eagles' Fab Five, considered by many fans as one of the most instrumental and iconic teams to boost volleyball's popularity in the country, held a mini reunion a few days before Christmas. Merry Christmas! 💙 pic.twitter.com/n89eiD4cHA — Jamenea Ferrer (@JemFerrer) December 21, 2017 Hitters Fille Cainglet and Dzi Gervacio are present, as well as middle blocker Aillysse Nacachi and setter Jem Ferrer. Absent from the 2008 class however was Gretchen Ho, who got stuck in horrendous holiday traffic. MIA @gretchenho 💙 pic.twitter.com/0hGhD3A0V6 — Angeline Gervacio (@dzigervacio) December 21, 2017   While not all of them may be actively pursuing volleyball anymore, seeing them reunite, after all these years, definitely brings back memories......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

VACC submits Morales impeach complaint, but without an endorsement

MANILA, Philippines – The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption submitted to the House Secretary General on Wednesday, December 13, an impeachment complaint against Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales absent an endorsement from lawmakers.  VACC counsel Jing Paras said that due to the joint session earlier and hearings left and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Israel has built a robot army

AS Israel prepares for yet another war directly on its border , the truth about Israel’s vast military capabilities has been largely absent in the corporate media. However, if one were to be fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to be able to travel to Israel’s border with Syria in the north….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Duterte skips Bonifacio Day rites

  President Rodrigo Duterte was absent during the commemoration of the 154th birth anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio on Thursday in Caloocan City.   Vice President Leni Robredo and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana instead led the ceremonial rites at the Bonifacio National Shrine, together with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff Rey Leonardo Guerrero and Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan.   Bonifacio's descendant, Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio, also graced the event.   Lorenzana and Malapitan offered flowers at the Shrine, a historical 45-feet monument designed by national artist Guillermo Tolentino. /kga &nb...Keep on reading: Duterte skips Bonifacio Day rites.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent

The United Nations reopens its Syria peace talks on Tuesday but the Damascus government’s last minute announcement that it may not come to Geneva delivered a blow to the already faltering negotiations. The eighth round of talks were seen as a chance for the UN to revitalize its push to end the six-year war, which [...] The post UN restarts Syria peace talks but Assad regime absent appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsNov 28th, 2017

Splash Brothers Curry, Thompson lead short-handed Warriors

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Stephen Curry put on a thrilling display with 33 points Friday (Saturday, PHL time) to lead the Golden State Warriors over the Chicago Bulls 143-94 on a night Kevin Durant and Draymond Green were out. Splash Brothers Curry and Klay Thompson came to play with their fellow All-Stars out. NBA Finals MVP Durant was sidelined the second time in three games with a sprained left ankle, while Green didn't play for rest. Curry found his stroke from way back and breezed past a seven-footer in the paint with authority. The two-time MVP notched his seventh career 30-point half and 21st 20-point quarter, when he scored 26 in the second as the Warriors matched their biggest half of the season with a 74-53 lead at intermission. Steph was feeling it, all right, following up a deep three in the second quarter with a high-step shuffle and chest pat before waving his hands in the air for the crowd to join the fun. And with Green's muscle flexing absent on this night, Curry drove left and over seven-foot Robin Lopez for a layup late in the second and was fouled. On the floor beneath the basket, he flexed his biceps in celebration. He shot 10-for-18 with four three-pointers, while Thompson added 29 points on 12-of-17 shooting with five triples. Big man Zaza Pachulia had a season-best 11 points and a career-high six assists. Rookie Jordan Bell made his first career start and had a quick one-handed slam -- this after being inactive in four of the past five games. Omri Casspi also started for short-handed Golden State coming off a 108-91 loss at Oklahoma City on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Scurrying back on defense, Bell made a pretty block from behind against a driving Denzel Valentine midway through the third and finished with six blocked shots in 26 minutes. Jerian Grant scored 21 points off the bench, Lauri Markkanen scored 14, and Valentine added 10 in the Bulls' fourth straight defeat and ninth in 10 as Chicago concluded a winless four-game road swing out West. Pachulia stole the ball from Lopez and drove to the basket as Lopez took him down with 4:25 remaining in the third and Pachulia hit his head on the padded base of the basket. The play went to official review and Lopez received a Flagrant 1 foul. Both teams shot 54 percent in the first quarter, but the Bulls were outscored 45-21 in the second quarter as they went 8-for-25 from the floor. DURANT UPDATE After the Warriors took Thursday (Friday, PHL time) off following the road trip, coach Steve Kerr was called into the training room Friday morning (early Saturday, PHL time) with the update about Durant's status. "He had some soreness in his ankle significant enough to keep him out," Kerr said. TIP-INS Bulls: Chicago is 2-10 in November. ... The Bulls last won at Oracle Arena 113-111 in overtime on Jan. 27, 2015, snapping Golden State's 19-game home winning streak. Warriors: Kerr plans to rest Green from time to time as he sees fit, and had made the decision about a week ago -- then briefly reconsidered with Durant sidelined before sticking with the plan. "It's something I'm going to do periodically during the year. Last year during The Finals I thought there were games where Draymond, we were almost piecing him together," Kerr said. "Because of how hard he plays and because the nature of his game we just need to give him a rest once in a while. I planned this one a week ago." ... Bell played his most minutes, topping his previous best of 12. ... Golden State is 5-0 after losses this season. ... The Warriors are 8-2 against the Eastern Conference, 6-1 at home. ... Two-way G Quinn Cook was back with Golden State from the G League and got a nice look in the blowout. UP NEXT Bulls: Host Miami on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Warriors: Host New Orleans looking for a ninth straight victory in the series and 10th in a row at home......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Duterte absent at ASEAN-UN Summit

Duterte absent at ASEAN-UN Summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

Turner s 3-run shot in 9th gives Dodgers 4-1 win over Cubs

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Justin Turner hit a three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1 on Sunday to take a 2-0 lead in the NL Championship Series. Turner drove in every run for Los Angeles, going the other way for a tying single in the fifth before sending a long shot to center field off John Lackey in the ninth. A fan wearing a blue Dodgers jersey reached over a railing to catch the ball on the fly. Turner’s second homer of the postseason ended another dramatic night for the Dodgers, who remained unbeaten in these playoffs and moved within two wins of their first World Series appearance since 1988. And the red-bearded slugger even did it on the 29th anniversary of Kirk Gibson’s pinch-hit, walk-off homer to beat Oakland in the opening game of the Dodgers’ last World Series victory. “It’s very cool, and J.T., we were talking about it in there after the game,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said. “Twenty-nine years to the day. It was special. Our guys feel it.” Game 3 in the best-of-seven series is Tuesday night at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Midseason acquisition Yu Darvish starts for the Dodgers against Kyle Hendricks. Yasiel Puig drew his third walk of the game leading off the ninth, and Charlie Culberson bunted him to second. After Brian Duensing struck out pinch-hitter Kyle Farmer, Chicago manager Joe Maddon went to the bullpen for the 38-year-old Lackey, who pitched on consecutive days for the first time in his 15-year career. Lackey got the call over All-Star closer Wade Davis, and the veteran starter walked Chris Taylor on six tense pitches. Turner stepped up and ended it with his long drive — the fourth playoff homer of his career and the Dodgers’ first walk-off homer in the postseason since Gibson’s famous shot. “We’ve been doing it all year long,” Turner said. “We’re never out of a game. As long as we have outs left, we’re going to keep fighting.” Completing the poetry of the moment, a fan in a Chase Utley jersey in the center-field bleachers caught the ball in his glove. Turner has been at his best in October, batting .377 with four home runs and 22 RBIs in his postseason career. Addison Russell homered in the fifth for the Cubs, who are down early in this rematch of the 2016 NLCS. Chicago won that series in six games and went on to its first World Series championship since 1908, while the Dodgers have been absent from the Fall Classic since 1988. Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen got the victory with a hitless ninth despite hitting Anthony Rizzo on the hand with a one-out pitch. That ended the Los Angeles bullpen’s impressive streak of 22 straight Cubs retired to begin the NLCS, but the Dodgers have thrown eight hitless and scoreless innings of relief in the NLCS. After a collective offensive effort drove the Dodgers to a 5-2 win in Game 1, Turner did it all in Game 2. He has 10 RBIs in the Dodgers’ five postseason games, getting five in the playoff opener against Arizona. Jon Lester yielded three hits and five walks while failing to get out of the fifth inning in the shortest start of his long postseason career, but the Dodgers couldn’t take advantage of a rare shaky night by the Cubs’ star left-hander. Rich Hill struck out eight in five more impressive innings for the Dodgers, but he was pulled for pinch-hitter Curtis Granderson in the fifth in a debatable decision by Roberts. Russell was off to a 4-for-22 start in the postseason with nine strikeouts before the slugging shortstop put a leadoff homer into the short porch in left field. Turner evened it moments later by poking a single to right after a leadoff double by Culberson, the Dodgers’ improbably successful replacement for injured All-Star shortstop Corey Seager. The Dodgers chased Lester with two outs in the fifth, but reliever Carl Edwards Jr. came through after several recent postseason struggles, striking out pinch-hitter Chase Utley and then pitching a strong sixth. Lester was the co-MVP of last season’s NLCS, winning Game 5 at Dodger Stadium and yielding two runs over 13 innings in the series. He had nothing near the same success against the Dodgers’ revamped lineup in this one, issuing four walks in the first four innings and repeatedly escaping jams. Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward held up Turner in the third when it appeared he could have scored from first on Cody Bellinger’s double to the gap. Javier Baez, the other co-MVP of last season’s NLCS for Chicago, got to third base in the third with one out, but also was stranded. UP NEXT Cubs: Hendricks dominated Chicago’s playoff opener with seven scoreless innings against the Nationals, but yielded four runs in four innings during the team’s wild Game 5 victory in Washington. He is starting on normal rest. Dodgers: Darvish was outstanding in Game 3 against the Diamondbacks, earning his first career postseason victory with seven strikeouts over five innings of two-hit ball. He was acquired from Texas precisely for these moments, and he starts on seven days of rest......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

US misses World Cup because of numerous defensive breakdowns

em>By Ronald Blum, Associated Press /em> COUVA, Trinidad (AP) — Standing in the stadium tunnel near the U.S. locker room after the Collapse in Couva, captain Michael Bradley was asked over and over what went wrong. How had the United States, a regional power that had made seven straight World Cup appearances, failed to qualify for next year's tournament? What led to the Americans' stunning, crushing, almost farcical 2-1 loss to already eliminated Trinidad and Tobago that caused them to tumble to fifth in the six-nation final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region. A year of defensive breakdowns under two coaching staffs did in the U.S., which finished with three wins, three losses and four ties. 'We like to hang our hat on the fact that we outwork teams and we press teams,' goalkeeper Tim Howard said. 'They won a lot of second balls tonight and put us under pressure.' A relentless work ethic the Americans relied on for years was absent too often. 'You can't go and score four, five goals every game. We have to be able to be hard to play against,' forward Jozy Altidore said. 'We weren't hard enough to play against too many times on these nights.' In this cycle, the Americans not only lost their first home qualifier since the 2002 World Cup qualifying rounds, they lost two home games in a qualifying cycle for the first time since 1957 — during their 40-year absence from soccer's top event. 'When you lose the first two games and you drop points on too many days, your margin for error goes away, and so you know you're at the mercy of a night like this, where everything possible goes against you, both here and in the two other games,' Bradley said. 'When we start the hex poorly, when we don't take the points that we should on some other days, then you leave open the chance on the last day this can happen.' Bradley is 30 and may not play in another World Cup. Howard (38) and Clint Dempsey (34) will never again appear on soccer's biggest stage. 'If I said disappointment, it would be an understatement,' Howard said. A look at what went wrong in qualifying for the United States: strong>NOV. 11, 2016 /strong> The U.S. had been 30-0-2 in qualifying at home since a 3-2 loss to Honduras at Washington's RFK Stadium in September 2001 and scheduled its opener of the hex against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, where the Americans had won four straight qualifiers against El Tri by 2-0 scores. Miguel Layun put Mexico ahead in the 20th minute with a shot that deflected off defender Timmy Chandler and past Howard. Bobby Wood tied the score in the 49th, but in the 89th minute 37-year-old Rafa Marquez got away from defender John Brooks, who was blocked by Altidore, and Marquez nodded in Layun's corner kick for the go-ahead goal in Mexico's 2-1 win. strong>NOV. 15, 2016 /strong> Costa Rica routed the visiting United States 4-0, the Americans' first four-goal loss in qualifying since 1980. Brooks' giveaway led to an attack culminating in Johan Venegas beating Brooks to a cross for the opening goal. Christian Pulisic's turnover set up Cristian Bolanos' goal, Brooks misplayed a looping pass leading to the third goal and Chandler was late to a cross as Joel Campbell scored his second of the night. Coach Jurgen Klinsmann was fired six days later and replaced by Bruce Arena, the U.S. coach from 1998-2006. 'There's going to need to be some urgency,' Bradley said before boarding the team bus. 'We're going to have to look collectively real hard in the mirror at ourselves.' strong>MARCH 28, 2017 /strong> Four days after a 6-0 rout of Honduras at San Jose, California, in the first competitive match of Arena's return, Clint Dempsey's 39th-minute goal gave the U.S. the lead at Panama City. Gabriel Gomez tied the score four minutes later when he beat Tim Ream and Jorge Villafana to a loose ball following a thrown-in for an open 4-yard shot past Howard. The score finished 1-1. strong>JUNE 11, 2017 /strong> Arena changed seven starters with only two off days following a 2-0 win over Trinidad and Tobago at Commerce City, Colorado. Bradley's 40-yard chip in Mexico City's thin air put the U.S. ahead in the sixth minute at Estadio Azteca, but Carlos Vela equalized in the 23rd minute to finish a field-length move, cutting inside of 35-year-old left back DaMarcus Beasley for a 23-yard shot that beat goalkeeper Brad Guzan to the near post. The game ended 1-1. strong>SEPT. 1, 2017 /strong> Marco Urena spun around Ream, caught Howard leaning and beat the goalkeeper to the far post in the 30th minute. Urena doubled the lead in the 82nd with an 18-yard shot after David Guzman intercepted a poor pass by Geoff Cameron, giving Costa Rica a 2-0 win at Harrison, New Jersey. strong>SEPT. 5, 2017 /strong> Romell Quioto put Honduras ahead in the 27th minute at San Pedro Sula after defender Omar Gonzalez failed to clear the ball with a slide tackle and left an open shot. Wood's 85th-minute goal salvaged a draw that kept the Americans in fourth place, behind Panama but ahead of Honduras on goal difference. 'He just kind of like fell over the ball a little bit,' Arena said of Gonzalez. strong>OCT. 10, 2017 /strong> A 4-0 rout of Panama days earlier in Orlando, Florida, moved the Americans back into third place and put them in position to qualify with a win over Trinidad and Tobago, almost certainly with a tie (because of goal difference) or even a defeat if Panama failed to beat Costa Rica and Honduras did not defeat Mexico. A loss coupled by either a Costa Rica or Honduras defeat would mean a two-game playoff for the U.S. next month against Australia. But 28 years after the U.S. won at Trinidad and Tobago to return to the World Cup for the first time since 1950, the Soca Warriors went ahead in the 17th minute when Gonzalez tried to clear a cross but sent the ball off his left shin and looping over Howard. Alvin Jones scored on a 35-yard shot in the 37th and while Pulisic cut the gap in the 47th, Dempsey hit a post in the 77th, and both Panama and Costa Rica rallied from halftime deficits to win.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

As calendar flips to October, the MLB postseason from A to Z

em>By Ben Walker, Associated Press /em> All those home runs by Aaron Judge, all those wins by the Los Angeles Dodgers, nicely done. Except none of that matters now — a sinker that bounces to the backstop, a liner that hooks barely foul, the whole script flips. October has a way of doing that. The Major League Baseball playoffs start Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium when New York hosts the Minnesota Twins in the AL wild-card game. A look at the 2017 postseason, from A to Z: strong>A: ALTUVE'S ASTROS — /strong>Generously listed at 5-foot-6, Jose Altuve is baseball's little big man. The do-everything second baseman won his third AL batting title and aims to lead the Astros to their first World Series crown. With the Houston area recovering from Hurricane Harvey, they're the sentimental favorites. strong>B: BULLPENS — /strong> Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman going long, Andrew Miller entering early, Clayton Kershaw as a closer. The old rules were out last October when it came to relief roles. We'll see what pops up in the 'pens this year. strong>C: CUBS VS. CLEVELAND — /strong>Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, Corey Kluber & Crew, once more? It's been a while since a World Series rematch, when Reggie Jackson led the Yanks over the Dodgers in 1977-78. But, it's already been a ripe year for repeats — Warriors vs. Cavaliers, Alabama vs. Clemson. strong>D: DEBUTS — /strong>Strikeout king Chris Sale makes his first playoff appearance when Boston starts at Houston on Thursday in the best-of-five AL Division Series. Rockies bopper Nolan Arenado and Twins slugger Brian Dozier are postseason newbies, too. So is Nationals backup Adam Lind, after 12 years and more than 1,300 games. strong>E: EXTRA — /strong>Hmmm, anyone remember the last time a postseason game went to extra innings? Hard to top the Cubs' 10-inning, rain-delayed, 8-7 thriller over Cleveland in Game 7. The Red Sox are the experts of extras this year — they're 15-3, including seven straight wins. strong>F: FREE AGENTS — /strong>Sure, 20 teams are done. But their fans can always dream. Cubs righty Jake Arrieta, Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas and Rays thumper Logan Morrison are on the list of who'll soon be available. The most intriguing possibility might be Shohei Otani, a star pitcher and hitter in Japan. strong>G: GOOD TO SEE YA — /strong> Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez returns to the playoffs for the first time since 2009, when he was 10 for 17. Twins star Joe Mauer has been absent since 2010. And Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg has pitched just once in Washington's three trips, heading into this matchup with the Cubs. strong>H: HOME FIELD — /strong>World Series home-field advantages go to the team with the best record. Thankfully, it's no longer based on who wins the All-Star Game. That means the Dodgers (104 wins) get first dibs, followed by Cleveland (102), Houston (101), Washington (97), Boston (93) and the Cubs (92). strong>I: INJURIES — /strong>Nationals ace Max Scherzer tweaked his hamstring, teammate Bryce Harper is getting over a bad knee. Banged-up All-Stars Miguel Sano of the Twins and Michael Brantley of the Indians might be able contribute this week. Might not. strong>J: JOE MADDON — /strong>A cool cat, he keeps his Cubs loose. He reveled in last year's rallying cry: 'Try Not to Suck.' The skipper became the toast of Chicago, ending that century-old drought. Funny, all those warm-and-fuzzy Wrigley Field feelings are gone now, at least beyond the Friendly Confines. strong>K: KERSHAW — /strong>He tied for the major league lead in wins and won his fifth ERA title. He's a three-time Cy Young Award winner and seven-time All-Star. But will anyone get more scrutiny in the postseason than Clayton Kershaw? Probably not, because the LA lefty is 4-7 with a 4.55 ERA in the postseason. strong>L: LOUSY WEATHER — /strong>Too bad, the temperature is often better suited for snowballs than baseballs. It was in the low 40s at Wrigley last year, and just imagine how it might feel in Denver or Minneapolis. If you want clear conditions, root for Arizona vs. Houston and their retractable roofs. strong>M: MANAGERS — /strong> Twin Cities native Paul Molitor, Torey Lovullo of the Diamondbacks and Bud Black of the Rockies are first-time skippers in the playoffs. Washington's Dusty Baker is back for his ninth try, still seeking that elusive first World Series championship. strong>N: NETTING — /strong>Fan safety has drawn special focus ever since a 1-year-old girl was recently hit by Todd Frazier's 105 mph foul ball at Yankee Stadium. Of the teams in these playoffs, three already had extended the netting to screen spectators: Houston, Washington and Minnesota. The Yankees say they'll have it next year. strong>O: OCTOBER — /strong>Of course. But if the World Series goes to Game 7, they'll go beyond Halloween and play on Nov. 1. strong>P: PUERTO RICO — /strong> Carlos Beltran, Francisco Lindor and Carlos Correa are among the many players from Puerto Rico trying to raise money and awareness for the damage done to their island by Hurricane Maria. Look for messages on caps and shoes over the next few weeks. strong>Q: QUICK? — /strong>Extra mound conferences, longer TV commercials, more pitching changes, they all contribute to slowing down the pace in the playoffs. MLB wants to speed up the action and avoid a repeat from last year, when postseason games averaged almost 3 1/2 hours. Not a good sign that regular-season games this year took more than 3 hours, 5 minutes on average, the longest ever. strong>R: ROOKIES — /strong>Yankees behemoth Aaron Judge broke the major league record with 52 home runs by a rookie, Dodgers surprise Cody Bellinger set the NL mark with 39. Other newcomers who could make an impact: Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi, Cubs outfielder/infielder Ian Happ and 33-year-old Astros first baseman Yuli Gurriel. strong>S: STREAKS — /strong> Jose Ramirez and the Indians set an AL record by winning 22 straight, the Dodgers dropped 11 in a row for their worst skid since moving from Brooklyn. A year after winning its first six postseason games, and in this season of streaks, Cleveland hopes to do it again. strong>T: TRADES — /strong>Justin Verlander (5-0, 1.06 ERA for Houston), J.D. Martinez (29 homers in 62 games for Arizona) and Jose Quintana (7-3, 3.74 for the Cubs) are some of the stars who were acquired in midseason trades. Yu Darvish, David Robertson and Eduardo Nunez also gave their new teams a boost. strong>U: UMPIRES — /strong>It won't be long before some team is hollering about an ump's strike zone. Those calls can't be contested, but others can. Some teams are very good at getting them overturned (Joe Girardi and the Yankees won 72 percent of their challenges). Others, not so much (the Nationals were right only 36 percent). strong>V: VOTING — /strong>All ballots for MVP, Cy Young and other major awards must be sent before the playoffs begin. These honors will generate plenty of debate before the winners are announced in November. Altuve or Judge, Kluber or Sale? strong>W: WILD CARDS — /strong> Madison Bumgarner and the 2014 Giants are the only wild-card team to win the World Series since MLB went to a one-and-done format in 2012. Before that, five wild cards took the title: Cardinals (2011), Red Sox (2004), Marlins (2003, 1997) and Angels (2002). strong>X: XANDER BOGAERTS — /strong> Perhaps the Boston shortstop might be the next infielder to really break out in postseason. Think Javier Baez, Daniel Murphy, Ben Zobrist and Alcides Escobar in recent years. strong>Y: YANKEE STADIUM — /strong> The playoffs begin the Bronx, with Yankees youngster Luis Severino starting the AL wild-card game, taking on Ervin Santana and the Twins. strong>Z: ZACK GREINKE — /strong>The Arizona ace is set to throw the first pitch in Wednesday's NL wild-card game at home against a familiar opponent. He's 2-1 in five starts vs. Colorado this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Ateneo Blue Eagles as high-flying as ever

Hard to believe but true. The Ateneo Blue Eagles are hardly feeling the departure of their topnotch middle blockers, Rex Intal and Josh Villanueva, as they keep their perfect run in the PVL Collegiate Conference. The first to secure a semifinal slot, they made quick work of five of their six opponents so far and yielded only a set to one (Far Eastern University) for a 6-0 card going into their much-awaited clash with National University on the penultimate day of the eight-team elimination round. It is as if the graduation of the prolific pair of Intal and Villanueva, who have since both moved to Cignal, never made a dent on the strength of the UAAP triple champion squad from Katipunan. Marck Espejo, unarguably the country’s No. 1 spiker to date, offers an explanation. “During training, Coach O (Oliver) trains us in different positions so that when someone graduates from the team, somebody is ready to take his place.” Now, Nigerian Chumason Celestine is ably filling up the shoes of Villanueva and Gian Carlo Glorioso those of Intal. And Ishmael John Rivera and Ron Adrian Medalla are alternately stepping up for the absent Tony Koyfman, reportedly mothballed by academic deficiency. Trust Espejo not to say it – that as long as he is around Ateneo will be hard to beat. The Marikina marvel keeps leveling up. In fact, he is more dangerous now, more accurate in his net attacks and jump serves. He averages 14 points in all the six games won by the Blue Eagles. Not to mention that he remains as humble as ever. Here is one player who has no swagger and airs. strong>The Ateneo Blue Eagles lineup: /strong>Lawrence Gil Magadia, Karl Irvin Baysa, Ron Medalla, Jasper Rodney Tan, Herminio Jino Labao, Paulo Lorenzo Trinidad, Chumason Celestine Njigha, Manuel Sumanguid III, Esmilzo Joner Polvorosa, Marck Jesus Espejo, Gian Carlo Glorioso, Sebastian Enrique Cuerva, Ishmael John Rivera and Canciano Llenos. Oliver Allan Almadro, head coach; Timothy James Sto. Tomas Jr., assistant coach; Jarod Hubalde, trainer; and Yuichi Akaba, trainer/therapist. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

With Mbala back, Archers deadlier in win over Falcons

MANILA, Philippines — Aldin Ayo’s marching orders were for the Green Archers to act as if Ben Mbala wasn’t absent in the past two games......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Biggest winner was absent

The cash incentives for medal winners in the recent SEA Games were given out at Malacañang the other day with the windfall topnotcher Trenten Beram, whose ba.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017