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Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win

Too turnover-prone, and too lax on defense. That's how Go for Gold coach Charles Tiu described J-Jay Alejandro, who didn't look like himself amid the team's two-game skid in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup. But with the 6-foot guard struggling, Tiu knew he only needed to give the 22-year-old a few words to get the former National University star to get back on track. And on Tuesday, the shifty guard played his best game to date, pouring in 23 points to go along with five rebounds, and four assists in the Scratchers' 81-69 win over Perpetual Help. "This is the first game that I'm actually happy with the way he played," said Tiu. "We talked a bit and it came from him t...Keep on reading: Alejandro responds to the challenge in Go for Gold win.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerFeb 13th, 2018

Paolo Pontejos rescues JRU, ruins TY Tang s return to action

Paolo Pontejos was the hero Jose Rizal University needed as he scored the go-ahead layup with 7.2 seconds remaining to secure the 104-103 win in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Tuesday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. The veteran guard provided the quick retort for the Heavy Bombers after returning TY Tang pushed the Scratchers up with a pair of freebies with 16.6 ticks left. Pontejos’ heroics saved MJ Dela Virgen’s stupendous night as the sniper shot 6-of-9 from threes to lead JRU with 28 points, five assists, three rebounds, and two steals. “Hindi na ako nagulat sa nilalaro niya,” said coach Gio Lasquety. Pontejos also finished with 20 markers, five dimes, and three boards while Jeckster Apinan wound up with 16 points, six rebounds, and four assists to help the Heavy Bombers overcome losing a 99-90 lead in the last 3:41. "Nung nakalamang kami ng malaki, medyo nag-relax yung mga players kaya nakabalik sila. Buti nandoon pa rin ang composure ng veterans," Lasquety said as JRU rose to 2-0. It was a tough defeat for Go for Gold, which drew a huge outing from Justin Gutang who shot 10-of-11 from the field to notch 26 points, six rebounds, and four assists off the bench. Tang, also serving as one of the Scratchers’ assistant coaches, finished with two points, three assists, and a rebound in his 13 minutes of play. BOX SCORES JRU 104 — Dela Virgen 28, Pontejos 20, Apinan 16, Esguerra 11, Mendoza 11, Tayongtong 11, Grospe 3, Yu 3, Mvogo 1, De Guzman 0. GO FOR GOLD 103 — Gutang 26, Salem 25, Dixon 11, Naboa 11, Leutcheu 8, Gaco 7, Alejandro 6, Young 5, Domingo 2, Tang 2, San Juan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-25, 49-53, 79-79, 104-103......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Fil-Am Brian Viloria to fight for vacant WBA world title

Filipino-American boxer Brian 'The Hawaiian Punch' Viloria gets another crack at a world championship when he meets unbeaten Artem Dalakian of Ukraine for the Vacant WBA flyweight world championship.  The Viloria-Dalakian showdown will be one of three world title bouts on the upcoming HBO Boxing After Dark SUPERFLY 2 card at The Forum in Los Angeles, California on February 24th.  The 37-year old Viloria (38-5, 23 KO) is riding a two-fight winning streak, with his last loss coming in a WBC world title challenge against former pound-for-pound king Roman 'Chocolatito' Gonzales.  The native of Waipahu, Hawaii is no stranger to world title gold, having previously held the WBC and IBF light flyweight world championships.  Standing opposite Viloria on fight night will be a hungry contender in the 30-year old Dalakian, who comes in with an unbeaten 15-0 professional record.  Dalakian is coming off a sixth-round KO win over Luis Manuel Macias and will be fighting for a world title for the first time in his career.  Fighting on the same card will be reigning IBF flyweight champion Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, who has trained with Viloria before. Nietes will be defending his title for the first time against former champion Juan Carlos Reveco of Argentina.  Also on the card will be a WBC super flyweight world title defense for champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai of Thailand, who meets challenger Juan Francisco Estrada of Mexico. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Pinoy Math Wizards bag 22 Medals in Malaysia

Young Filipino math wizards won 28 awards including 22 medals in the 4th Challenge for Future Mathematicians (CFM) contest held from Dec. 8 to 12 in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. The students bagged 5 gold,... The post Pinoy Math Wizards bag 22 Medals in Malaysia appeared first on MetroCebu News......»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsDec 14th, 2017

Oladipo, Sabonis helping Pacers move forward

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com INDIANAPOLIS – Victor Oladipo has a fever and the only prescription is ... no, not more cowbell. Cowbell might make sense, if you factor in Oladipo’s love of and commitment to music (his debut R&B album has been available since Oct. 6). But the fever currently afflicting Oladipo, shooting guard for the Indiana Pacers, has nothing to do with extracurriculars and everything to do with the odes and anthems he’s been performing within the confines of 94 feet by 50 feet. If the fifth-year guard out of Indiana University, by way of the Orlando Magic and Oklahoma City Thunder, looks comfortable in his new star turn for the Pacers, well, just remember that’s your word. Not his. “You could say I’m comfortable with the people here,” says Oladipo, who spent three seasons with the Hoosiers before becoming the No. 2 pick in the 2013 NBA Draft. “I played in front of these fans, they mean a lot to me and I gave a lot to them just like they gave a lot to me while I was in college. “But I’m never comfortable in any situation I’m in. I will never be comfortable. That’s what kind of makes me get up and work every day. It’s like, never be satisfied. Because for some reason, ever since I was a little kid, I always wanted more.” Oladipo’s eyes just about glow after a weekend practice as he delves into his unflagging intensity. He doesn’t undercut it with a smile or a token laugh. This is real heat. “Maximize my talent and exhaust my potential,” he says. “In order to do that, I’ve got to come to work every day. That’s my thought process. Wake up each day and be great that day.” Each day would include tonight, when Oladipo will share center stage at Bankers Life Fieldhouse with the more decorated and once-beloved star who preceded him in the Pacers lineup. Paul George, a four-time All-Star and Olympic gold medalist during his seven seasons in Indiana, was due to face his old team for the first time since being traded to Oklahoma City in July. It was a parting necessitated by George, who had made clear his desire to sign a maximum-salary contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in the summer of 2018. But the trade was orchestrated by Kevin Pritchard, the Pacers’ president of basketball operations, and Chad Buchanan, their general manager, who surprised the NBA by swapping George to OKC for Oladipo and big man Domantas Sabonis. You want intense? The initial reaction to that deal was intensely negative, quickly reaching hysterical proportions. The Pacers immediately were mocked for having traded George for nickels on the dollar. Reports out of Boston characterized Indiana’s POBO as more of a bobo for allegedly spurning a Celtics’ offer of multiple players and draft picks. *Takes a well deserved nap for 3 hours ** Opens Twitter: pic.twitter.com/xWNYaVfKTy — Myl3s Turn3r (@Original_Turner) July 1, 2017 The west is sick!!!! Best conference in the world!!!! — Patrick Beverley (@patbev21) July 1, 2017 Vic to the Pacers?! He might as well run for governor while he's at it! — Cody Zeller (@CodyZeller) July 1, 2017 Former Thunder star Kevin Durant called the move “shocking” and of George said “Indiana just gave him away.” Among much of the media that covers the league, there was a general feeling of “rubes” afoot -- that the Pacers had been snookered in taking back an overpaid ($21 million annually through 2020-21) second-tier talent and an overbilled guy who had disappeared in OKC’s postseason. And now? Not so much on any of those fronts. ‘He knows how good he is’ George’s stats are down in the “OK3” core he’s formed with reigning Kia MVP Russell Westbrook and aging Carmelo Anthony. The Thunder (12-13) are the NBA’s consensus disappointment, team category, with nearly a third of their season in the books. Sabonis has boosted the Pacers off the bench in a half dozen ways. And Oladipo has all but earned himself a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team while speeding his new team’s fans past their heartbreak over George’s jilting. Generally, the best trades in sports are win-win, but for Indiana right now, a bit of win-lose has made the start of 2017-18 downright sublime. “We happened to really like Sabonis in the draft,” former Pacers president and ongoing consultant Donnie Walsh said last week. “We wanted more of everything in the trade too. But when it came down to it, we had this offer with Oladipo, who we also liked. They’ve come in here and the more they’ve been here, the more we like ‘em. We’re happy.” The Pacers also are 16-11, two weeks ahead in the victory column over their 42-40 finish last season that was good for a playoff berth. Oladipo is the biggest reason why, averaging more points per game (24.5) than George ever has. The 6'4" guard who attended famous DeMatha High in Hyattsville, Md., spent much of last season being beaten up for his contract and negligible impact in Oklahoma City. He had taken grief earlier for his status as the second pick in 2013, a lofty status not of his doing. And here he was again in the summer, hearing it all over again for a transaction he didn’t design. “He came in with a chip [on his shoulder],” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “I thought he should come in with a chip.” Some would have flinched from the pressure. A few might have curled up, full blown fetal. Oladipo has gone entirely the other way. “His confidence is at an all-time high,” backup point guard Cory Joseph said. “He knows how good he is.” As Joseph spoke after the Pacers’ upset of Cleveland Friday, a game in which Oladipo scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the third quarter, a lilting voice drifted from behind the scenes in the home dressing room. “Look at it right now, he’s singing in the shower,” Joseph said, tilting his head and laughing. “He’s confident. You guys are all in here, he’s just singing. He’s a confident guy. Everybody in this locker room, everybody in this organization definitely welcomes that.” Trade not driving Oladipo’s breakout season Don’t misunderstand. The critics still are out for Oladipo. “My mom told me yesterday I need to work on my free throws,” he said with an eye roll after practice Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). She had noticed, during her son’s run of big games in December -- 36 points at Toronto, 27 vs. Chicago, 33 against the Cavs the night before her chiding text -- that he had missed 18-of-31 foul shots. This, by a career 80 percent shooter from the line. “I’m over that,” Oladipo said. “I’m not going to miss no more. I’ll make ‘em next time. And if I miss ‘em, I’ll make ‘em the next. If that’s my problem right now, I think I can fix it.” Twenty-four hours later, Oladipo took 13 free throws against Denver and made 11. He scored 47 points in all, hitting 15-of-28 shots and half of his 12 three-pointers. The comeback victory in OT got the Pacers to 4-for-4 on their six-game homestand and continued to shrink whatever chip it was that the 25-year-old was shouldering. “In the beginning of the year, I said, ‘I don’t have a chip. I have a brick house on my back,’” Oladipo said. But not anymore, right, now that some folks are referring to it as “the Victor Oladipo trade” rather than “the Paul George trade?” “That’s what I feel like every morning, no matter what’s going on,” he said. “I don’t even think about the trade, honestly. It’s in the past for me. People’s opinions are going to be there whether you like it or not. From the outside looking in, I guess you could say [then] that was a great trade for OKC. That’s what they believed. But it wasn’t going to change the way I worked. It wasn’t going to change my approach.” This step up in status is considered perhaps the most difficult an NBA player can make. Suddenly, opposing coaches are X&O-ing him to death. The player dogging him up and down the court is the other guys’ best defender. Often, they’ll send double-teams to get the ball into one of his teammates’ hands. “He hadn’t had that,” McMillan said. “When he was in OKC, the game plan was focused on Westbrook. When he was in Orlando, he was just a young player. Now he is seeing the defenders like a LeBron [James], like a [DeMar] DeRozan, what these stars are seeing. He’s seeing the best defenders and he’s seeing teams game-plan to take him out. “Learning how to play and be consistent every night with that challenge is something he’s going through.” Oladipo’s quick success with the Pacers has kept any crowd critics at bay. They were pre-disposed to like him just as their rebound date after George, but had he underperformed, Oladipo’s service time in Bloomington wouldn’t have protected him for long from criticism. But now, it’s George who likely will get the harsh reception. Oladipo, overtly after each of the recent victories, has made it clear to the home fans via some emphatic pointing and body language that the Fieldhouse happens to be his house. “I don’t say it, they say it,” he said. “I just do the gesture and they do the rest of the work for me. I let them do all the talking. We feed off them -- when they’re into it, we play better. I don’t know why, that’s just how basketball’s always been. They’re our sixth man and we need ‘em every night.” Oladipo’s breakout season has been bolstered, too, by the Pacers’ second-through-15th men. Those who already were in Indy knew how valuable George was at both ends. Those who, like Oladipo and Sabonis, were new this season were within their rights to be as skeptical as the national headlines of the guys coming in trade. Go-to guy emerges for Pacers OKC was a specific challenge, Oladipo having to learn on the fly how to fit his own darting, ball-heavy style to only the second man in NBA history to average a triple-double. Westbrook’s usage was off the charts, rendering the other Thunder players to supporting cast whether suited to that role or not. Just like that, Oladipo had to catch and shoot as someone to get Westbrook into double digits in assists. It wasn’t his nature and it made for an individually forgettable season. “I had a role. I tried to play that role to the best of my ability. And I improved certain areas of my game in that role,” was all he’d say Saturday, stiffly, about the OKC experience. Said Walsh: “I felt like he was going to get a different opportunity here. ... When he got to Oklahoma City, he was playing wih a guy who was averaging a triple-double. And he liked Russell Westbrook. But he comes here, he’s got an opportunity to be ‘our guy.’ “I think he might have been looking for that. I never asked him. He’s a really cool guy. He knows what he wants to be, I think.” Oladipo needed this and the Pacers needed him to need it. With George gone, they were like a smile missing a front tooth. The other teeth weren’t just going to move up in the pecking order -- no matter how good young big man Myles Turner is -- and replace the one they’d lost. If they were going to have any success this season, if McMillan was going to be able to coach and adjust in his second year taking over for Frank Vogel, the players needed to fill their roles and welcome this new addition. That’s why this tale of Oladipo’s growing success is about what the Pacers have done for him, as much as it is what he’s done for them. “We didn’t really present it like that,” McMillan said, “because we were still trying to develop who our ‘go-to guy’ was. He has been slowly taking on that role through the things he’s done. I haven’t had to say anything. He’s making good decisions with the ball. And the guys are getting a feel for what we’re doing down the stretch because we’ve had some success, and we’ve had it with Victor having the ball.” Chemistry change for Pacers There might be NBA teams with chemistry as solid as the Pacers’ right now, but it’s hard to imagine there are any with better. It’s more than mere relief that someone has stepped up, easing their own loads a bit. It is a genuine eagerness for Oladipo to max out, for each of the rest of them to do the same in whatever lane they’re riding. “Vic’s been everything at this point,” Turner said. “He’s done a great job of stepping up and being that guy, being that dude. It’s amazing to have that when you’re going through a situation where it’s a brand-new team. We’re still learning each other and he’s showing that he’s ready.” Did Turner know this would happen and, if so, when? “First couple days he started texting me in the summertime,” the big man said. “I saw what his mindset was, and I loved it from the jump. He carried that right in when we started playing pickup this summer. “Vic’s been traded, what, [two] times? He finally comes back home and he has a team that’s telling him to go, telling him to be him. I don’t think he had that with his former teams. Now that he’s here and he’s doing that, I’m pretty sure he’s [enjoying it].” Said Joseph: “He’s been a beast for us and he’s going to continue to be a beast for us. ... He’s been running with that opportunity and opening eyes around the world.” Even strong-willed, uber-confident Lance Stephenson, has backed up for Oladipo. “There’s no hate, know what I mean?” he said over the weekend. “Some guys get mad about somebody doing good. This team wants its teammates to do good. That’s what’s going to make us even better.” Oladipo keeps referring to the other Pacers in a legit lubricating of the “no I in Indy” process. “Honestly I think it’s the personalities and the men that we have in this locker room,” he said. “My teammates are phenomenal people -- not just basketball players, phenomenal people. When you surround yourself with great people, people who sincerely care about you and your team, the chemistry just comes naturally.” Sabonis shows glimpses of success, too The other guy in the trade, Sabonis, has developed more organically, his maturation seemingly inevitable regardless of locale when you tote up his youth, his work ethic and his bloodlines (son of Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis). He has gone from that rookie who logged just six minutes in the Thunder’s five 2017 playoff games against Houston to an essential piece in McMillan’s rotation. “Once I got traded, I knew this was a great opportunity for me to show people what I can really do,” said Sabonis, the No. 11 pick in 2016. “I was a rookie last year. Everything was new. Here, I’m being used more at the 5. That’s more the position I’ve been used to playing my whole life.” Sabonis’ minutes are up from 20.1 in OKC to 24.6 off Indiana’s bench. His scoring has doubled from 5.9 ppg to 12.1. And his PIE rating has soared from 4.9 last season to 12.6, a sign of the versatility the skilled big man possesses. “I love Sabonis,” Walsh said. “His father was one of the greatest players in the world, so I don’t like that comparison -- it kills him. He [Domantas] is just more of everything you think he is. He’s stronger than you think. He can shoot the ball better. He’s got good hands, he can catch the ball. I’ve seen him make moves in game that I’ve never seen him make in practice.” Said Turner: “I played against Domas in college -- I knew what kind of player he was. I was excited when we got him. He’s gotten bigger and stronger since then, obviously, and he just didn’t have a chance to show himself last year. But he’s been big for us now, especially when I was out with the concussion. He stepped up huge in that role and we’ve played well since then.” The Pacers are playing faster this season, up from 18th in pace last season to 10th now, part of their improvement from 15th in offensive rating (106.2) to 6th (108.3). They’re doing better, too, in contesting shots and throttling opponents’ field-goal accuracy. The biggest reason why has been Oladipo’s blossoming. Whether due to the sunshine of new, happier surroundings or from that darker, more intense place, to prove cynics wrong. No one can now talk of the Pacers’ bungling of what, after all, was a deal to rent George, not to have him long-term. Fans at Bankers Life figure to boo George on his first visit back, with an inventory they haven’t needed or used on Oladipo. Some might see that as ingratitude, others as respect. It’s a little bit of love lost, too. “Look, they loved Paul when he was here,” Walsh said. “They guy is a great player. One thing I’ve always felt: These guys that play here, they always know more about what they want for their lives than we do. How you gonna argue with that? He treated us good, we treated him good. No bad blood here. I don’t know about fans.” Folks in Indy have a new crush now, one they hope lasts for a while. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and 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 NewsDec 14th, 2017

Pinoy math wizards bag 22 medals in Malaysia

This is a press release from MATHDAP. MANILA, Philippines –  Young Filipino math wizards won 28 awards including 22 medals in the 4th Challenge for Future Mathematicians (CFM) contest held from Dec. 8 to 12 in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Malaysia. The students bagged 5 gold, 13 silver and 4 bronze medals, and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

LOOK: Rachel Peters responds to leak of Miss Universe evening gown

Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters expressed displeasure in having her evening gown for the Miss Universe pageant leaked online. Peters uploaded an Instagram story with text stating how the incident has helped her learn a lesson on whom to trust. The leaked image uploaded on Instagram features the lower half of a golden gown with a mermaid fit. The caption mentions that designer Val Taguba was choosing between two gold outfits for the beauty queen. "RACHEL PETERS SNEAK PEEK GOLDEN GOWN .. VAL TAGUBA is choosing two different GOLD gowns and its official !!! This is the chosen one.. Simple yet elegant," said the caption. One commenter explained why uploading a...Keep on reading: LOOK: Rachel Peters responds to leak of Miss Universe evening gown.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

After fourth straight win, Team Lakay s Kevin Belingon believes it s time for a title shot

There's no stopping Team Lakay's Kevin Belingon. Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, the bantamweight contender picked another win by outpointing South Korean grappler Kevin Chung en route to a unanimous decision win.  It was his fourth straight win, and now, the Baguio City native believes that it's once again time for him to challenge for the ONE bantamweight world championship.  "It’s up to ONE Championship to decide, now. I’m just waiting. I’m ready for it." Belingon said with utmost confidence during the post-fight press confrence. "Yes. I think this is my time to face the champ." Belingon isn't the only one who thinks so, and more importantly, ONE Championship's chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong agrees.  During the post-fight presser, Sityodtong made special mention of the Belingon-Chung fight, which led to him saying that believes 'The Silencer' is next in line.  "I spoke to Kevin afterwards, I said, he’s very close, or either he is getting a title shot. I need to sit down with him, Mark Sangiao, I also have to sit down with [matchmaker] Matt Hume." Sityodtong continued, praising Belingon's reawakened aggressiveness inside the cage.  "I mean, Belingon is back. I don’t know if you guys remember but a couple of years ago, he was too conservative, he was too cautious, he wasn’t Kevin Belingon, right?" "But now, the real Kevin Belingon, the explosive striker, the guy who has a killer instinct, he’s back." Sityodtong added. "I thought he deserves a title shot." It's a really good sign when the boss thinks you deserve another shot at world championship gold, and for Belingon, that remains as the ultimate goal.  "Talagang pinag-handaan ko ‘tong laban na ‘to, kasi yung [goal] ko talaga, maka-laban sa title shot kaya talagang nag-train ako ng husto." ("I really prepared for this fight, because that's my goal, to be able to challenge for a world title.") It wouldn't be Belingon's first time at the big dance if ever he does get the call. Back in 2016, Belingon fought and fell to long-time champion Bibiano Fernandes.  For the Team Lakay star, he believes that it just wasn't his time yet.  Over a year and four wins later, Belingon says he's ready. "Ngayon naka-four fight winning streak na ako, I hope to keep on winning until I get that belt. " ("I'm on a four-fight winning steak and I hope to keep on winning until I get that belt.")  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Alejandro on Salem: ‘Gusto namin siyang bigyan ng chance na makalaro’

Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum could have been J-Jay Alejandro’s last game with bearing in the UAAP. The National University main man was well aware of that. “Going into the game, yun talaga yung iniisip ko. If we lose, I don’t have a chance to play in the Final Four,” he told reporters. Indeed, that much evident as he had 17 points, nine assists, and six rebounds to lead the Bulldogs to a much-needed comeback victory versus Far Eastern University. All but six of his of his output came in the final frame as they rallied from 15 points behind. Along with his personal motivation, however, Alejandro was also playing for someone else. As he put it, “Gusto naming makita pa si Matt Salem na maglaro sa Final Four. We’re playing with a lot of inspiration for our captain Matt.” He then continued, “I have to win it for captain Matt. Gusto namin siyang bigyan ng chance na makalaro. Ayaw namin na ga-graduate siya na hindi siya makakapaglaro.” Both Alejandro and Salem are playing their last seasons in gold and blue. While the former is only continuing to impress, however, the latter has missed the last two games due to dengue. Asked about his co-captain’s statement, Salem answered, “It’s just a blessing. We all care for each other, you know? When the coaches told me that (my teammate) want to do it for me, it really touched me.” The sweet-shooting big man was out of action in NU’s previous games against Adamson University and De La Salle University – both losses. He finally returned to action and played a little over a minute in their game against the Tamaraws. He missed the only shot he took. For Salem, however, whatever he could have given the Bulldogs, he would have given whole-heartedly. “I message coach that if he needs me, I’ll be ready to play, I’m there for him, and I’m gonna do my best whether it’s a few minutes or the whole game. When I went in, I just wanted to do my role which was to shoot the ball,” he shared. He then continued, “I shot it, but it wasn’t the best shot. Hopefully, that still inspired my teammates that even though I’m under this condition, I still gave 100 percent to the team.” Clearly, the graduating forward inspired his teammates. And in their biggest game of the season, a do-or-die matchup with the University of the Philippines on Saturday, he had one promise. “Saturday, I’ll be ready and prepared to play,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

This is Gian Mamuyac and defense is his calling card

Ateneo de Manila University remains unscathed in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament and everybody from Thirdy Ravena to Vince Tolentino and from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio is contributing. And still, the Blue Eagles have much more to show the rest of the league. Slowly but surely, they are doing that with first-year player Gian Mamuyac who is emerging as a headache for the likes of Paul Desiderio and J-Jay Alejandro. “For me kasi, defense is really my thing so I’m just doing my job. Coming into every game, ang mindset ko, maging aggressive on defense,” he said. “Yung offense, darating na lang yan. Bonus na lang kung maka-shoot or what.” That much was clear on Wednesday as he was called upon to defend perhaps the best all-around offensive player in the league in Alejandro. National University’s main man had 16 points in 5-of-11 shooting in the first two quarters before the long limbs of Mamuyac, as well as the muscle mass of Thirdy Ravena, enveloped him. And so, in the second half, Alejandro only had six points in 2-of-9 shooting. “Thirdy and Gian did a great job on him. You cannot hold him to zero points so six points in the second half was good for us,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. Still, the 18-year-old said it wasn’t easy trying to stay in front of the King Bulldog. “Sobrang galing talaga ni J-Jay kasi he can hurt you in a lot of ways. He can shoot, he can attack, he can create for his teammates,” he shared. He then continued, “I just tried my best to stay in front of him and challenge every shot na ite-take niya.” Of course, it helps that his body and mind alike are ready and raring for his role as Ateneo’s defensive stopper. Already blessed with long limbs ever since his time terrorizing the high school ranks, Mamuyac is now also bulking up. From his playing weight of 147 lbs as an Eaglet, he is now up to 160 lbs as an Eagle. And he only hopes to keep getting bigger. “O ha? 13 pounds na yun! Sana, may dagdag pa,” he expressed through chuckles. The versatile swingman’s maturity was then polished by his one year in Team B. “For me, yung pag-stay ko sa Team B made me more ready for college. Yung pag-Team B ko, I was introduced to college basketball and for me it’s a great thing kasi ang hirap kung isalang na lang ako bigla,” he said. Now, Ateneo has yet another Blue Eaglet who has transformed into a contributing Blue Eagle. Gian Mamuyac, take your place alongside Anton Asistio, Aaron Black, Jolo Mendoza, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, and Thirdy Ravena. You have earned it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2017

VIDEO | 9ID responds to Duterte's challenge to curb illegal drug use

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Category: newsSource:  bicolstandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2016

Rachel Alejandro finds non-musical theater an exciting challenge

Rachel Alejandro finds non-musical theater an exciting challenge.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

Rachel Alejandro finds non-musical theater a challenge

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Category: entertainmentSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsAug 9th, 2016

PH math wizards place 2nd in Thailand

The Filipino students won 34 gold, 74 silver and 132 bronze medals, and 87 merit awards in the 2016 International Mathematics Wizard Challenge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsJul 31st, 2016

Dennis Uy s Udenna to challenge PCC decision or file notification

MANILA, Philippines – Udenna Corporation, holding firm of tycoon Dennis Uy, is studying whether it will challenge the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) decision to void its purchase of 2GO indirect shareholder KGL Investment BV (KGLI) or not. "Udenna is of the view that it has sufficient basis to challenge the PCC decision ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News49 min. ago

Udenna to challenge PCC decision to void KGLI-BV deal

The Udenna Group on Monday called "unduly harsh and uncalled for" the Philippine Competition Commission's (PCC) decision declaring void Udenna’s acquisition of KGL Investment B.V. for non-notification of the transaction with the PCC......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated News3 hr. 23 min. ago

Miller 70th overall in giant slalom; Austrian bags gold

MANILA, Philippines — Fil-Am alpine skier Asa Miller wound up 70th overall in the men’s giant slalom event yesterday as two-man Team Philippines ended its br.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News10 hr. 49 min. ago

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 News11 hr. 49 min. ago

With LA as backdrop, NBA opens latest ASG chapter

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com 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 News11 hr. 49 min. ago

IndieWire: ‘Halimaw’ is one of Berlinale’s 10 must-see films

IndieWire critics David Ehrlich and Eric Kohn have chosen Filipino filmmaker Lav Diaz's "Ang Panahon ng Halimaw" (Season of the Devil) as one of the "10 must-see films" at the Berlinale, ongoing in Germany until Feb. 25. The duo sums up this year's Berlin lineup as "an incredibly eclectic (and almost overwhelmingly large) cornucopia of new cinema." Diaz's latest film is on the same "required watching" list as Wes Anderson's "Isle of Dogs" and Steven Soderbergh's "Unsane." Kohn points out: "Diaz makes very, very long movies... but they're always worthwhile for viewers willing to embrace the challenge." He describes Diaz's oeuvre as "deep-dives into his country's trouble...Keep on reading: IndieWire: ‘Halimaw’ is one of Berlinale’s 10 must-see films.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News17 hr. 49 min. ago