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Alyssa Valdez reflects on her career before Taiwan stint

MANILA, Philippines — In a few weeks’ time, Alyssa Valdez will be a rookie — for a third time.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

Santiago gets an offer to play for Bangkok Glass

National University star Jaja Santiago could be heading to a stint in the Thailand Volleyball League, following the footsteps of Alyssa Valdez.   Top club team Bangkok Glass offered the 6-foot-5 versatile hitter a lucrative deal as an import, where she will be playing alongside Thailand stars team captain Pleumjit Thinkaow, Pornpun Guedpard and Sutadta Chuewulim. Somchai Donpraiyod of the Thailand Volleyball Association sent an e-mail to Philippine Superliga (PSL) president Ramon Suzara Thursday afternoon, inquiring about the availability of Santiago to play for Bangkok Glass, which is looking to reclaim the title it lost to Supreme Chonburi. Ashley Frazier and Jordanne Scott of the United States, and Nguyen Thi Ngoc Hoa of Vietnam were Bangkok Glass’ imports last season. The team is offering Santiago a six-month contract worth $4000 per month and an apartment for the duration of her stint. “The offer is USD 4,000 per month (for a) six-month contract (with) apartment. If she agrees, they would want her to travel (here) ASAP,” according to the email. “The problem is they have to apply O-2 (final lineup) by Saturday morning. So whether it’s a yes or a no, can she give us the answer by Saturday?” Santiago is yet to give an answer considering that the Thai League runs from the end of October to late May which collides with the UAAP volleyball season where she will play her final year.    If Santiago accepts the offer, she will become the second Pinay player to see action in the Thai League after Valdez donned the 3BB Nakornnont jersey last season. Valdez is currently in Taiwan to suit up for Attack Line. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

PVL on Tour: Valdez visits home province

Alyssa Valdez returns to her home province as the second leg of the Premier Volleyball League’s “PVL on Tour” visits Batangas City on Sunday. The former three-time UAAP Most Valuable Player will banner Creamline when the Cool Smashers face BanKo-Perlas at 6:00 p.m. at the Batangas City Sports Complex. Valdez will take a break from her stint as an import of Chinese Taipei club team Attack Line to participate in three legs of the PVL on Tour. She will also see action in the exhibition matches at the Iloilo Sports Complex on Oct. 17 and La Salle Coliseum in Bacolod the next day. “She (Valdez) will play in Batangas, Iloilo and Bacolod,” said Charo Soriano, whose group Grid Athletic Sports is co-organizing the PVL on Tour with the PVL. Pocari Sweat and BaliPure will collide in the second game at 7:30 p.m. Valdez skipped the Cool Smashers’ win over the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, 25-19, 29-27, 23-25, 25-22, win in the PVL on Tour’s first leg at the People’s Gym in Tuguegarao last Saturday. Perlas-Banko defeated the Grethcel Soltones-led Bali Pure in a come-from-behind 25-27, 22-25, 25-16, 25-19, 16-14 win in the other match.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

Santiago turns down Bangkok Glass offer

National University star Jaja Santiago courteously declined the lucrative offer of club team Bangkok Glass to play in the Thailand Volleyball League citing that she wants to finish her studies first and honor her previous commitments. The 6-foot-5 versatile hitter was eyed by the Thai powerhouse club to join their squad as an import for the coming season, which will run from end of October to end of May. But the schedule collides directly with Santiago’s stint with the Foton Tornadoes in the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix and in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament opening early February. The team is offering Santiago a six-month contract worth $4000 per month and an apartment for the duration of her stint. Foton team manager Diane Santiago forwarded her sister’s official statement of Jaja’s decision. “If I will think only about myself, definitely yes! I will grab the opportunity,” said Santiago, who received the offer from Somchai Donpraiyod of the Thailand Volleyball Association Thursday. “It’s a big offer at the same time it’s a great opportunity for me as a Filipino athlete to represent our country in international leagues but, I have to prioritize things,” she added. Santiago is expected to graduate this school year and will be in her fifth and last playing year for the Lady Bulldogs. “First of all, I wanted to finish my studies and I am already expecting it this year,” she said. “This is the only gift I will have na kahit sinuman hindi makukuha sakin.” “Second, I am a person that honor my commitments,” Santiago added. “Yes for sure, my school NU and my club team Foton will support me in every decisions na gagawin ko, but for me I made commitments ahead of time and I just can’t leave everyone hanging because of a sudden offer.” “I hope everyone will understand.” Bangkok Glass gave Santiago until Saturday morning to decide in time for the final submission of the team’s O-2 (final lineup).  Santiago could’ve been the second Pinay spiker to play in the Thai League after Alyssa Valdez suited up for 3BB Nakornnont last season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez takes her talents to Taiwan

Alyssa Valdez takes her talents to Taiwan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez to co-host ‘UAAP Greats’ TV show

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez's hosting career is in full swing......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 8th, 2017

Creamline to rest Valdez for SEAG stint

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez will be at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan when her team faces the BaliPure Water Defenders in the Premier Volleyb.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2017

Valdez to apply lessons from Thailand stint to PVL bid

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez hopes to bring international experience to the local scene......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez eyes SEAG stint

MANILA, Philippines – Alyssa Valdez, the best player in the country today, said she will go.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan

National team coach Chot Reyes is confident about Gilas Pilipinas' chances heading into its Fiba World Cup qualifying matches against Japan and Chinese Taipei later this month. The Philippines, which is aiming to book a return trip to the World Cup after its historic stint three years ago in Spain, faces Japan on Nov. 24 in Tokyo before hosting Taipei three days later at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I think we have a very good chance against Japan, I think we have a very good chance against Taiwan," Reyes said during Gilas' sendoff at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Pasig. But that's not taking Gilas' rivals lightly. In fact, Reyes cited several concerns that Gilas will have to deal with....Keep on reading: Gilas confident of chances vs Japan, Taiwan.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

I will be a champion one day - Team Lakay s Danny Kingad reflects on loss to Adriano Moraes

At ONE Championship: Legends of the World in Manila, Team Lakay young gun Danny 'The King' Kingad took on the biggest challenge of his young career, facing reigning flyweight champion Adriano Moraes for the title.  In front of a partisan Filipino crowd however, the more experienced Moraes had his way with the smaller Kingad en route to a first round submission win.  While it was a quick defeat for Kingad, it was also definitely a learning experience for the 21-year old contender, who was coming off back-to-back fight cancellations.  "Yung masasabi ko lang sa kanya, talagang it’s not my time talaga." Kingad said post-fight. "I will go back to the gym again and train and train, meron din kaming pagkakataon, kukunin at kukunin namin yung belt na yan para sa ating bansa." (All I can say is that it really wasn't my time. I will go back to the gym and train and train, and we'll have our chance again. We're going to get that belt, for our country.) On his Facebook page, Kingad spoke about the experience more, saying that while he may have lost that night, his spirit has not been defeated.  "I will be a champion one day." he ended.  Kingad remains as one of ONE Championships young stars to be watched out for, especially now that he's had some experience fighting for a world championship.  Don't be surprised if 'The King' gets even better as he moves forward.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Valdez gives home province fans a treat in PVL on Tour

Volleyball star Alyssa Valdez gave avid fans from her home province of Batangas City a treat Sunday night, despite a long and exhausting trip from Iloilo as she bannered Creamline to a heart-stopping win in the second leg of the “PVL on Tour”. Valdez led the Cool Smashers to a 17-25, 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 19-17 win over BanKo-Perlas in the exhibition match held at the Batangas City Coliseum. The former Ateneo Queen Eagle, who hails from San Juan, Batangas, smashed the match-clinching kill to seal the magical night that left the crowd leaving the venue with smile on their faces.   Valdez, who took a brief break from her duties with Chinese Taipei club Attack Line just to attend the PVL on Tour, endured an exhausting travel from Iloilo to Batangas City. She was supposed to fly to Manila from Iloilo on Oct. 13 at 10:30 p.m., but her flight was cancelled. Valdez had to travel by ferry to Bacolod and found a flight at 2:00 p.m. After arriving in Manila, she immediately travelled to Batangas City.        In the only other game, Myla Pablo spearheaded Pocari Sweat to a 17-25, 27-25, 16-25, 26-24, 15-5 win over a Grethcel Soltones-led Bali Pure. Valdez is scheduled to play when the PVL on Tour visits Iloilo on Oct. 17 and Bacolod on Oct. 18......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Valdez shines in PVL On Tour win despite travel woes

MANILA, Philippines — Avid fans from Batangas City waited long lines just to see their idol Alyssa Valdez play. They went home happy......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs trust new system

National University’s dominating championship run in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference is a testament that the Lady Bulldogs are already adapting to a new system under head coach Babes Castillo. Just a few months since assuming the post left by Roger Gorayeb last summer after the 79th Season of the UAAP, Castillo was able to slowly guide the squad under his system and bring fresh brand of play for NU.     The PVL was his testing ground and the Lady Bulldogs delivered. NU swept all of its nine games in the tournament including an emphatic demolition of Far Eastern University in the best-of-three Finals series. Six-foot-5 veteran Jaja Santiago, Risa Sato, a healthier Aiko Urdas and Jorelle Singh, third year setter Jasmine Nabor and top libero Gayle Valdez responded well with Castillo’s system.  Even with a new coach the Lady Bulldogs were able to collect their third straight Collegiate Conference title since winning the defunct V-League’s last two editions in 2015 and 2016. “Sabi nga namin, ang natutunan ko sa conference na ito is a matter of respect and mag-jive kami sa bagong sistema na ini-implement sa amin,” said Santiago, who won the Conference Most Valuable Player award. “Natutuwa ako kasi lahat kami sumunod doon and lahat kami nakuha namin ‘yun.” Castillo is the graduating Santiago’s fourth coach in her five-year collegiate career. She was coached by Francis Vicente during her rookie year before going under the guidance of Dong Dela Cruz and Roger Gorayeb in the next three years.  So adapting to a new system isn't new to her. “Natutunan ko na wala namang mawawala kung susundin ko ang bagong sistema and mamahalin namin kung ano ang meron kami ngayon,” she said. “Happy ako na dito sa PVL nakuha namin ang sistema na gusto talaga ni coach para sa amin. Tingin ko sobrang malaking maitutulong nito for the team.” The championship is a big boost for NU as the Lady Bulldogs prepare for the most important battle when the 80th UAAP tournament rolls early next year.  br /> NU has a two-year UAAP Final Four drought. “Pagtatrabahuhan po talaga namin na makarating ng championship ngayong UAAP kasi yun po talaga ang goal naming,” said Nabor, named Finals MVP. “Kumabaga last UAAP po yun po ang plano namin pero may mga kulang pa po.” br /> “Parang simula ngayon hanggang mag-UAAP na pagtatrabahuhan po namin ang mga dapat naming pagtrabahuhan para makuha po namin ang goal naming,” she added. “Sisiguraduhin po namin na nasa maayos kami na preparasyon,” Santiago seconded. br />   br />   br /> --- br /> Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles br />   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Embiid agrees to five-year extension with the 76ers

em>Philadelphia 76ers press release /em> PHILADELPHIA, PA - The Philadelphia 76ers have agreed to a contract extension with center Joel Embiid, 76ers President of Basketball Operations Bryan Colangelo announced today. The new contract extends Embiid through the 2022-23 campaign. “Since drafting Joel third overall in 2014, he has solidified himself as a pillar in this franchise and to this city,” said Josh Harris, 76ers Managing General Partner. “We have all enjoyed watching the hard work he puts into his game and the commitment he has for our organization. We are excited to further build our foundation around his unique talent and leadership skills, and we look forward to the continued growth of Joel and our team.” “We’re fortunate to be able to build around a player who possesses such unique, transcendent talent as Joel,” David Blitzer, 76ers Co-Managing General Partner, said. “His rare blend of offensive and defensive prowess, paired with his infectious personality, makes him one of the NBA’s fastest rising global stars. The future of this team is bright and we look forward to having Joel on the floor as a 76er for many years to come.” “Joel Embiid is a transformative young talent that you rarely come across in our game,” said Colangelo. “Joel is only scratching the surface, but he has all the potential and promise to go down as one of the all-time greats to wear a Sixers jersey. Ownership’s willingness to extend this contract reflects our collective belief in Joel Embiid and a reinforced commitment to building a championship-level basketball program.” Embiid appeared in 31 games (all starts) in 2016-17, averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.5 blocks in 25 minutes per game. He shot .466 from the field, .367 from three-point range (ranked fourth among all NBA centers, min. 70 attempts) and .783 from the free-throw line. He led all rookies in points, rebounds and blocks per game and his averages in those categories were the highest of any NBA rookie since 2011, when the Clippers’ Blake Griffin earned Rookie of the Year honors. “I'm so thrilled to be in this position,” said Embiid. “I want to thank ownership, management, the coaches and most of all the fans, for supporting me throughout this whole process. I love this city and I'm so, so, so, so excited to be spending my next five years here and hopefully the rest of my career, God willing. Trust ‘The Process.’” The Cameroon native scored 20-or-more points 19 times in his rookie season, which led all first-year players. Embiid posted at least 20 points in 10-straight games from December 23 through January 18, as he became the first rookie to score 20-plus in at least 10 consecutive contests since Griffin did so in 14 straight in 2011. The Philadelphia big man is the only player in the shot clock era to average at least 20 points per game while playing less than 26 minutes per contest (min. 30 games played). He scored in double-figures in his first 15 career games and in 30 of his 31 games overall. He was one of six NBA rookies to score at least 10 points in a minimum of 30 games in 2016-17. The 7'0' center was originally selected by Philadelphia with the third overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft after one season at the University of Kansas. As a freshman, he was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and Second Team All-Big 12. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2017

Valdez suits up for Creamline in PVL on Tour

MANILA, Philippines — Alyssa Valdez will make a homecoming of sort in her home province in Batangas as she suits up for Creamline in the second leg of the Pr.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 10th, 2017

LOOK: Chinese-Taipei volleyball team Attack Line welcomes Alyssa Valdez, T4

LOOK: Chinese-Taipei volleyball team Attack Line welcomes Alyssa Valdez, T4.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez goes through first practice with Attack Line

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez goes through first practice with Attack Line.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Alyssa Valdez gets warm welcome in Cagayan De Oro

Alyssa Valdez gets warm welcome in Cagayan De Oro.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Lakers issue statement on passing of Frank Hamblen

em>LA Lakers press release /em> El SEGUNDO – Frank Hamblen, former head coach and assistant coach for the Lakers, passed away this morning in Del Mar, California. Hamblen, who was a member of the Lakers coaching staff from 1999-2011, served as an assistant coach under Phil Jackson from 1999-2004 and again from 2005-2011, helping lead the team to five NBA championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010). During the 2004-05 season, Hamblen was the top assistant to Lakers head coach Rudy Tomjanovich and assumed the position of head coach in February of 2005 after Tomjanovich stepped down from the role. Prior to his stint with the Lakers, Hamblen spent three seasons (1996-1999) as an assistant coach with the Bulls where he helped lead the team to two NBA Championships (1997, 1998). “Frank Hamblen was a great coach and a good friend,” said Lakers Head Coach Luke Walton. “He was not only beloved by everyone in the Lakers organization but by those in the NBA community as well. Frank coached me as a rookie and in addition to all I learned from him on the court, he also emphasized how important it was to enjoy life off the court as well. My thoughts and prayers go out to Frank’s family. ” During his 42-year career as a coach in the NBA and ABA, Hamblen was a top assistant on the Bucks for nine seasons (1987-1996) and worked as assistant coach for the Kansas City/Sacramento Kings (1977-1987), Denver Rockets (1972-1977) and the San Diego/Houston Rockets (1969-72). Born in Terre Haute, Indiana on April 16, 1947, Hamblen attended Garfield High School where he was recognized as one of the top 12 high school players in Indiana before attending Syracuse University. In 2007 he was inducted into the Indiana Sports Hall of Fame. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2017

Kings sign point guard Marcus Williams

em>Sacramento Kings press release /em> SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento Kings today signed guard Marcus Williams, according to General Manager Vlade Divac. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Entering his twelfth professional season, the 6’3”, 209-pound guard was selected 22nd overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by New Jersey as a junior out of Connecticut. The Husky standout earned NBA Second Team All-Rookie accolades after accruing averages of 6.8 points (.395 FG%, .282 3pt%, .847 FT%), 2.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 16.6 minutes per game in 79 contests (two starts) for the Nets, including an invitation to the Rookie Challenge at the 2007 NBA All-Star Weekend. Williams also suited up for the Golden State Warriors (2008-09) and Memphis Grizzlies (2009-10) before embarking on a playing career overseas. Williams’ career features stops in the Puerto Rican League (BSN), where he garnered All-BSN First-Team honors in 2009 and a successful stint in Russia with Enisey Krasnoyarsk, helping guide his team to the playoffs for the first time in PBL history. His international resume includes experience playing in China (Jiangsu Dragons), Spain (Unicaja Malaga) and Serbia (Crvena Zvezda). The Big East Conference Most Improved Player in 2004-05, Williams posted 9.6 points and 7.8 assists per contest before leading Connecticut to the Elite 8 as a junior en route to averaging 20.0 points (.520 FG%, .560 3pt%, .960 FT%) to accompany 8.8 assists in the NCAA Tournament.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2017