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Anggun finds right time for new album

I remember a time about 20 years ago when the name of Anggun was usually uttered with near reverence by artists around Asia......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarJan 11th, 2018

Politics, personal woes reverberate in Eminem’s ‘Revival’

  Has Eminem gone soft? In "Revival," which marks the rapper's eighth consecutive No. 1 debut on the Billboard 200, there is as much edge as vulnerability. The album finds the 45-year-old hip-hop luminary taking stock of his colorful life and career when he isn't mulling over politically charged issues. This time around, Eminem confronts his demons with a more "sedate" approach, particularly noticeable when you listen to the collection alongside his previous releases, "Relapse" and "Recovery." But, make no mistake, the sting is still there---especially in tracks like "Untouchable," about racial injustice that is polarizingly viewed with shifting perspectives. "Lik...Keep on reading: Politics, personal woes reverberate in Eminem’s ‘Revival’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Nowhere to go but UP for legend s son, who finds a familiar home in Diliman

Kobe Paras is now a Fighting Maroon. Photo from UP MBT (@upmbt) Twitter account Once hailed as the great Philippine basketball NBA hope, Kobe Paras found little playing time to back up the hype and.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

Nowhere to go but UP for legend’s son, who finds a familiar home in Diliman

  Once hailed as the great Philippine basketball NBA hope, Kobe Paras found little playing time to back up the hype and bounced around three schools in the United States. The athletic, high-leaping wingman has found a home, finally, half a world away in a school that once revered his father. Paras will join University of the Philippines for the UAAP season 82, hooking up with a program where his bloodline is legendary---Kobe's father, Philippine basketball legend Benjie, powered the Maroons to their last UAAP crown in 1986. It's a drought Maroons fans hope will end in a full circle, now that the younger Paras has joined the team after unimpressive stints in the US NC...Keep on reading: Nowhere to go but UP for legend’s son, who finds a familiar home in Diliman.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Take 3 in the Philippines for singer Charlie Puth

AMERICAN singer/songwriter, Charlie Puth, is coming back for a third time in the Philippines on Nov. 6 in the Mall of Asia (MOA) Arena in Pasay City as part of his ongoing North America and Asia tour promoting his newest album, Voicenotes......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Even with busy schedule, National Team member Dawn Macandili gets to bond with family

De La Salle University Lady Spiker and Philippine Women’s Volleyball National Team member Dawn Macandili is one busy body. She once said hard work beats talent and put in the time to be where is she now. She recently the UAAP Finals MVP and was the first Filipino libero—a player highly specialized in defensive skills—to win the Most Valuable Player Award when she won it at the 2016 Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference. The diminutive but extremely skilled young lady has a daily routine that isn’t for the weak.  “A normal day would involve sprints, a warm-up with balls, six-on-six, then a focus on individual skills, one-man, sometimes, weights training, plyometrics. That’s an everyday cycle,” she says. Entire mornings take up this cycle. In the afternoon, she hops to the university to attend classes.  Dawn has persisted throughout the rigors of training for the sport. She now also lives away from her family as she has to be closer to school and training venues. It has become rare for her to come home. But she has found the time and opportunity to bond with her family. A typical bonding moment with her equally busy dad, a businessman, Donato, comprises of sharing a meal and watching television. “In college, I would hardly come home because of the time training takes up. So each time I see him, we eat,” she said.  And thankfully, technology has also caught up on her parents and has allowed them to have bonding moments the modern way. “Recently my parents discovered social media, so they also post and communicate with me through messaging” she said. Dawn says she finds that her relationship with her dad has also evolved. “He’s now more malambing,” Dawn says, “…compared to before when he was super strict and did not allow us to go out,” she added. And with technology now more accessible than ever, no schedule is too tight for any family to bonding or share moments with family. More families can also experience the same enriching moments made possible by connecting through One SKY’s fiber-powered broadband.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Cher teases a September album release

Cher. Image: AFP/Francois Guillot Cher took to Twitter over the weekend to surprise fans with the news that she may have an album coming in two months' time. 'Think album will be out in s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

LOOK: Ylona Garcia hospitalized after getting stressed out by ‘distasteful words’

Teen star Ylona Garcia is an advocate of anti-bullying as she used to be bullied too for her skin color. In her 2016 album "My Name is Ylona Garcia", she released a track titled "Stop the Bully". But the Filipino-Australian singer and actress was unable to stop the bullies this time, leading her to end up in a hospital due to stress, resulting from reading her bashers' comments online. Garcia shared via Twitter last Monday, June 25, a photo of her in a wheel chair and what looks like an IV-administered dextrose. She also posted a photo of a note, telling her fans to spread love instead of hate on social media, as well as to be aware of their mental health. "Wishing and praying ...Keep on reading: LOOK: Ylona Garcia hospitalized after getting stressed out by ‘distasteful words’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

Black Eyed Peas returns with new album minus Fergie

For its coming studio album, The Black Eyed Peas (BEP) will veer away from the dance anthems that had come to define much of the American hip-hop group's last two records, and return to the "creative and artistic sound" of its earlier discography. "It's very exciting for us. This time around, we have lots of meaningful songs---not just party tunes, which are tough to write when there are all these negative things happening in our society, such as police brutality, inequality, school shootings," music artist apl.de.ap told reporters at the launch of the British Council Philippines' Creative Innovators Programme. "With each album, we try to push the envelope, try out new sounds. ...Keep on reading: Black Eyed Peas returns with new album minus Fergie.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Asian visit another 1st for Chance the Rapper

  As part of his coming Asian tour, three-time Grammy-winning hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper is set to hold a one-night concert on Aug. 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Arena, according to local promoter MMI Live. "I'm playing Asia for the first time, y'all!" the 25-year-old, independent musician wrote on Twitter. A Chicago native, Chance, whose real name is Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, is behind such hits as "No Problem," "All Night" and "Juke Jam." His third mixtape, "Coloring Book," made history at the 2017 Grammy Awards for being the first streaming-only album to receive a nod and win an award from the said body. "Coloring Book" was hailed best rap album, besting Ka...Keep on reading: Asian visit another 1st for Chance the Rapper.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

ONE: Danny Kingad happy to play gatekeeper if Geje Eustaquio wins ONE title

Macau, China - ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER in Macau, China on June 23 is one of the deepest cards from top to bottom offered by ONE Championship for its 24-event calendar this 2018. From the preliminary portion to the main card of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER, there are plenty of bouts with championship and ranking implications, including the three-round flyweight encounter between former title contender Danny Kingad and Chinese prospect Ma Hao Bin. The winner of the aforementioned 61.2-kilogram tussle could earn a shot at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, which will be on the line in the main event of ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER as Adriano Moraes is slated to duke it out with Geje Eustaquio in a much-awaited rematch and title unification contest. Kingad is now trying to build some momentum towards a second crack at the ONE Flyweight World Championship, while Ma has aced six of his assignments since joining the promotion in 2016. However, the 22-year-old Baguio City native finds himself in a peculiar position if he and his teammate Eustaquio will walk out of the Studio City Event Center with respective victories. Kingad knows that he has to be relegated to a gatekeeping role if Eustaquio will be successful in unifying both titles against Moraes at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER. “I will be super happy for coach Geje if he wins the match in Macau. It’s an honor to be competing alongside him on June 23. I’ve learned a lot of things from him. For this training camp, I’ve spent more time with him. I want him to win the title,” he said. Although he could be knocking on the door for a world title shot again with a decisive win over Ma, Kingad stressed that he will gladly play gatekeeper to Eustaquio. “I don’t mind filling that role if ever he wins against Adriano Moraes. He is my senior, and we are teammates. He is like a brother to me,” he stated. “I am still young. I believe that my time will come.” Kingad is not fond of the idea of squaring off with Eustaquio for the flyweight crown, pointing out that he would not trade his treasured friendship with his Team Lakay comrade for a shot at the world title. “That's not going to happen. We always go at it in practice anyway. I'm happy that I get to spar with him all the time because he pushes me to the limit. We push each other, and we push each other to the next level,” he shared. “I will support coach Geje all the way. For now, I'll just keep getting better as a competitor. I'll wait for my time,” Kingad added. Following an unsuccessful challenge for the ONE Flyweight World Championship this past November against Moraes, which ended in his first professional defeat, Kingad rebounded with an impressive triumph over a battle-tested veteran in Sotir Kichukov four months later. Kingad seeks to sustain his winning groove in ONE Championship as he is set to take on Ma, a Chinese national freestyle wrestling champion with a mixed martial arts record of 11-2. Diligently preparing under the tutelage of head coach Mark Sangiao at Team Lakay in Baguio City, Kingad is fully aware of his opponent’s capabilities. “Training is, as usual, very tough. We are drilling very hard each and every day. I am still working on all areas, be it my striking or my grappling,” he mentioned. “Knowing my opponent is a good wrestler, however, I am particularly working on my takedown defense for this match. I want to keep this fight standing, so I have worked very hard on my takedown defense,” Kingad explained further. Despite the threat that Ma poses in the grappling department, Kingad assured that he is comfortable wherever the bout goes on June 23. “I want to test his stand-up game. I believe I am stronger, faster, and more explosive than he is,” he disclosed. “I am definitely going for a knockout in this match. However, if he does take me to the ground, I will be ready for anything.” Kingad believes that his in-ring meeting with Ma at ONE: PINNACLE OF POWER is a must-win clash as he embarks on a hazy road towards the organization’s flyweight championship. “I must win this bout because honestly, I don’t know what the future holds. What if we don’t get the result that we want for coach Geje? I am ready to step up. I cannot wait to get right back in there and make another run at the title. I know things will be very different next time,” he ended......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? 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 NewsJun 11th, 2018

In star-studded Creamline, Galanza finds space to score, set-and shine

Jema Galanza got the start for the first time for star-studded Creamline and the low-key outside hitter rose to the occasion. The 21-year-old rising star scored 14 points to complement Alyssa Valde.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Solo showcase for Dua Lipa in PH show

After joining DNCE and 5 Seconds of Summer in last year's "In the Mix" music festival, Dua Lipa, one of today's rising pop stars, is set to return to Manila later this year---this time, for a solo concert. The British singer-songwriter will bring her "The Self-Titled Tour" to SM Mall of Asia Arena on Sept. 14, according to promoter MMI Live. Tickets go on sale starting June 18; call 470-2222. The 22-year-old star, who bagged the breakthrough act and female solo artist of the year trophies at last year's Brit Awards, is currently promoting her self-titled debut album, which spawned the hits, "New Rules," "IDGAF" and "Blow Your Mind (Mwah)." In an intimate promotional musical ...Keep on reading: Solo showcase for Dua Lipa in PH show.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 4th, 2018

Djokovic discusses lack of confidence after French Open win

Despite all of Novak Djokovic's success over the years — the 12 major championships, the career Grand Slam, the time ranked No. 1 — the player still finds himself searching for self-confidence these days......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Djokovic discusses lack of confidence after French Open win

PARIS --- Despite all of Novak Djokovic's success over the years --- the 12 major championships, the career Grand Slam, the time ranked No. 1 --- he still finds himself searching for self-confidence these days. That's what an elbow injury and forced absence from the ATP tour can do to a player. Djokovic was reflective and revealing Wednesday after moving into the third round at the French Open by virtue of a self-described up-and-down performance in a 7-6 (1), 6-4, 6-4 victory over 155th-ranked Jaume Antoni Munar Clar of Spain. Both of Djokovic's matches so far have been against qualifiers; neither win was particularly impressive. "At the moment, I'm not playing at the le...Keep on reading: Djokovic discusses lack of confidence after French Open win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 31st, 2018

Lyceum sails to third straight win in Got Skills Summer Showcase

STANDINGS (Under-25) Arellano 4-1 UP 3-1 LPU 5-2 UE 4-2 Letran 3-2 NU 3-2 FEU 2-2 La Salle 2-2 MLQU 1-5 UA&P 0-8 Following back-to-back convincing victories versus tough foes, Lyceum is first to five wins in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase. The Pirates dealt the first defeat to the University of the Philippines, 63-58, a week ago at the FEU Gym in Morayta, Manila before outlasting Letran, 91-87, in double-overtime last Friday at the same venue. With key cogs CJ Perez, MJ Ayaay, and Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee still sidelined, Lyceum showed off its depth in both games en route to a 5-2 standing in the tournament. Against the erstwhile unbeaten Fighting Maroons, it was spitfire guard Casper Pericas who showed the way with a team-high 10 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Wing players Yang Remulla and Ian Japzon also added nine markers apiece. Carl Lumbao and Spencer Pretta then took charge against the Knights as the Pirates battled back from 11 points down to begin the final frame. Sweet-shooting forward Lumbao scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three assists while Pretta also had 20 markers to his name all while fronting the charge in the extra periods. With back-to-back wins, Lyceum now finds itself at solo third in the standings. Meanwhile, Arellano U bounced back from its first loss in the tournament by routing University of Asia & the Pacific by 43 points, 81-37. Gunslinger Rence Alcoriza led the scoring parade with 17 points while forwards Maui Serajosef and Harry Dumagan merged for 25 markers and 10 rebounds as the Chiefs registered its league-leading fourth win in five games. In other results, UE powered through Manuel L. Quezon University, 51-43, to improve to 4-2. NU then added to the woes of the Stallions with a big-time 81-39 win that hikes its record to 3-2. With their respective losses, UP slipped to 3-1, Letran fell to 3-2, MLQU dropped to 1-5, and UA&P remained winless in eight games. The Summer Showcase resumes on Tuesday at the Trinity University Gym with showdowns between 3-1 UP and 2-2 FEU, 5-2 Lyceum and 3-2 NU, as well as 4-2 UE and 2-2 La Salle. BOX SCORES MAY 25 GAMES FIRST GAME LPU 91 – Lumbao 21, Pretta 20, Ibanez 10, Caduyac 10, Tansingco 10, Mahinay 8, Japzon 7, Longalong 3, Guinto 2, Barbero 0, Valencia 0 LETRAN 87 – Pambid 22, Mina 20, Caralipio 13, Solera 11, Domingo 6, Pascual 6, Decapia 5, Gonzales 2, Ular 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Labrador 0 QUARTER SCORES: 8-16, 25-29, 40-51, 68-68, 78-78 (1OT), 91-87 (2OT) SECOND GAME ARELLANO 81 – Alcoriza 17, Dumagan 14, Serajosef 11, Cahigas 8, Concepcion 8, Abdurasab 6, Baila 6, Santos 5, Codinera 4, Labarta 2, Filart 0, Sacramento 0 UA&P 38 – Navarro 10, Gutierrez 8, Real 8, Levy 6, Bautista 3, Panteleon 2, Santiago 1, Chotrani 0, Mallero 0 QUARTER SCORES: 28-10, 42-16, 59-26, 81-38 MAY 24 GAME NU 81 – Malonzo 14, Diputado 11, Flores 11, Minerva 10, Yu 7, Penano 6, Abatayo 6, Atienza 5, Rangel 4, Oczon 3, Puray 2, Cauilan 2, Salim 0, Sistoza 0 MLQU 39 – Sual 17, Peralta 7, Gula 6, Pastor 4, Fabila 2, Jamila 2, Alimasa 1, Hermoso 0, Zulueta 0, Teobengco 0, Yutuc 0, Nicolas 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-6, 35-19, 55-33, 81-39 MAY 20 GAMES FIRST GAME LPU 63 – Pericas 10, Remulla 9, Japzon 9, Navarro 8, Mahinay 8, Longalong 7, Ibanez 6, Liwag 4, Guinto 2, Valencia 0 UP 58 – Longa 12, Tungcab 11, Kamga 9, Gomez de Liano 8, Espanola 6, Santiago 4, Battad 3, Madrigal 3, Malingin 2, Ong 0, Ollano 0 QUARTER SCORES:11-16, 37-27, 48-48, 63-58 SECOND GAME UE 51 – Amora 12, Dimayuga 7, Antiporda 7, Bartolome 5, Baliao 5, Torribo 4, Manalang 3, Beltran 3, Callejo 3, Gallardo 2, Guion 0, Abella 0, David 0, Encelan 0, Tanedo 0 MLQU 43 – Sual 13, Zulueta 9, Pastor 6, Gula 5, Jamila 4, Teobengco 3, Peralta 2, Fabila 1, Alimasa 0, Hermoso 0 QUARTER SCORES: 6-8, 17-24, 40-31, 51-43.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Eduard Folayang and his familiar path to glory

Eduard Folayang has been here before. Back in 2014, after racking up back-to-back wins in in a span of half a year, the Team Lakay star was slowly building a name for himself as a top-tier contender in ONE Championship’s lightweight division. A third straight win would have possibly put him in the title picture. And then, he ran into Russian Timofey Nastyukhin. A sequence that will forever be burned in the minds of Filipino MMA fans, Nasytukhin dropped Folayang with a well-timed flying knee to the jaw, and then finished it off with a crushing soccer kick, back when soccer kicks were allowed. While it wasn’t Folayang’s first stoppage loss, it was arguably his most violent to date. The Filipino MMA star lay motionless in front of a Filipino crowd at the Mall of Asia Arena. It took Folayang over a year before he made his return, a decision win over Tetsuya Yamada. That win would set Folayang on his path to the ONE Lightweight Word Championship, one of the most celebrated stories in MMA in the past couple of years. Roughly three years removed since his knockout loss to Nastyukhin at the Mall of Asia Arena, it would seem like a cruel repetition of history, as Folayang would once again find himself staring up at the MoA Arena lights in late 2017. Folayang, a single day away from celebrating his one-year anniversary of being a ONE world champion, saw his spot at the top of the lightweight division taken away with one, well-timed overhand right, courtesy of Martin Nguyen. Nguyen made history that night at the expense of Folayang, becoming ONE Championship’s first ever two-division world champion. For the Pinoy MMA hero, it was another setback, not unlike the many he’s faced through the course of his career.   The Road to Redemption No matter what other people said, those who knew him knew he’d be back, and one of those whose believe never wavered was that of ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong, saying that this is just the start of Folayang's journey.  So finally, when it was announced that Folayang would indeed be coming back to the cage, it was a big deal. Immediately, it was clear that redemption was on the former champion’s mind. “Yun naman ang nagpapa-sarap sa isang life story, yung paano ka mag-rise after you fall, and it adds a lot of spices sa life if ganun ulit yung mangyayari, although syempre may different versions yung story ng bawat isa sa atin, and I’m still looking forward on my redemption in this upcoming fight.” Folayang said. Folayang’s return was set for May, in one of the most-stacked ONE cards of the year, and even with three world title bouts featuring the biggest ONE Championship stars also on the card, Filipino fight fans’ eyes were on Folayang’s highly-anticipated return.   Parallel Experiences With 25 professional bouts under his belt, Eduard Folayang isn’t new to the game, by any means. From fighting in front of small crowds to main eventing a packed Singapore Indoor Stadium for the world title, Folayang has seen it all and done it all, that’s why pre-fight jitters isn’t expected to be an issue for a fighter the caliber and experience of ‘The Landslide.’ And while it wasn’t so much as jitters, Folayang admits that he had a lot going through his head in the days leading up to his comeback fight. “Yung siguro sa akin lang, andaming pumapasok sa isipan ko, hindi mo maiiwasan yung mga ‘what ifs’ mga paano kung natalo ulit ako dito, ganun,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports. Having already been in this situation before, Folayang added that it was indeed a big help being able to look back at a parallel experience. “Oo naman, nakatulong, kasi looking back noong 2014, nung na-knockout din ako kay Timofey, tapos yung same feeling nung kakalabanin ko ulit nung 2016 si Tetsuya Yamada, andaming tumatakbo sa utak, mas lalo na since naging champion ako, syempre hindi mawawala yung expectations ng tao and andyan na yung mga bashers e, naka-ready na sila. So the best thing to do is dapat maging mentally strong and accurate sa pagpapatupad ng gameplan para manalo.” And implement a gameplan successfully, he did.   The Comeback Against an undefeated grappler in Russian Kharun Atlangeriev, Folayang was visibily patient and picked his shots while shrugging off takedown attempts to earn the unanimous decision win. “Yun yung isa sa mga nakita ko na parang naging cautious ako, siguro yung thinking na talagang parang masyadong worth yung game, as much as possible talaga, hindi mo na iniisip na maging fancy  yung fight, mas nananaig yung goal mo na manalo.” Folayang said of his performance against Atlangeriev. “Siguro yun yung isa sa mga pinaka-reason kung bakit medyo naging conservative yung approach ko sa fight, at saka napansin ko din, although gusto ko mag-all out, very passive yung kalaban eh, hindi mo alam kung ano yung iniisip niya, yun din yung isa sa mga naging reason.” Folayang went on record and gave himself a three out of five rating in his comeback fight. While ultimately he was happy with the result, the Baguio City native believes that he could have done way more, and that’s what he intends to do in the future. “Masaya, although sa akin I believe I can do much better, syempre ngayon comeback fight kasi kaya andyan palagi yung pressure, the more we learn a lot of lessons, the more na magiging maganda yung adjustment natin for the upcoming bouts na dadating.” Step one of the comeback was complete.   Second Shot at Glory And again, Eduard Folayang finds himself on the comeback trail. The 34-year old Team Lakay star has successfully bounced back from a loss, but arguably more important now is what lies ahead. With the win, Folayang is on his way, if not already back in the title picture, and if you ask him, he’ll be the first to tell you that he’s ready to get back what was once his. “Parang more na na-boost yung desire ulit para makabalik dun sa nawala sa atin, and hopefully this year, magkaroon ulit ng opportunity para maka-laban for the title.” Fueling the fire even more for Folayang is the fact that after seeing Nguyen’s last two bouts - a unanimous decision loss to ONE Bantamweight World champion Bibiano Fernandes and a split decision win over Christian Lee - he feels he can perform better if given a second go-around. “Especially after panoorin yung last two fights nung tumalo sa akin, parang nasasayangan ba. Feeling ko talaga, mas deserving na ako yung nakahawak, parang ganun yung pakiramdam ko.” Folayang shared. “Parang I could have done better kung hindi lang ako naging careless on one point, and kung na-oversee ko lang talaga na yung strength ko, dun ako papasukin.” While only time will tell whether or not Folayang does get a shot at the title again, whether a rematch or be it against someone else, the former champ is certain that he’s still in this, and he’s hungrier than ever for another taste of glory. “Malakas pa rin eh [yung hunger], it’s just a matter of paano natin alagaan yung career natin, yung health natin, iba kasi, yun din yung kagandahan ng mixed martial arts eh, the more na pumupunta yung age mo, the more na mas nagiging cautious ka, hindi na lang puro lakas yung ilalaban mo kundi parang nagiging wiser ka na din sa approach mo.” “I think yung hunger ko andun parin, I’m still hungry.” Folayang adds. When it’s all said and done, Folayang won’t be happy with just being at the top once and then crashing down after. For the Team Lakay star, there are still chapters to be written as he begins what is hopefully another run towards the pinnacle of the sport. “Yun naman yung gusto natin, hindi yung natapos na yung end ng chapter ng story natin, kundi may mga magaganda and exciting stories pa na maisusulat in that book.” After all, “multi-time world champion” Eduard Folayang has better ring to it, no? “Yun yung gusto natin, mas magandang pakinggan.” Eduard Folayang’s been here before, and if you’ve been paying attention, you know that this is just the start of great things to come......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

Depression could speed up brain aging, finds new analysis

A new UK review has found that those who have depression or anxiety could also show an increased rate of cognitive decline later in life. Carried out by psychologists at the University of Sussex, the review looked at 34 longitudinal studies involving a total of 71,244 participants and that focused on a link between depression or anxiety and a decline in cognitive function over time. The studies included participants who showed symptoms of depression as well as those who were diagnosed as clinically depressed, but none had a diagnosis of dementia at the start of the study. The team found that those with depression experienced a greater decline in cognitive function,...Keep on reading: Depression could speed up brain aging, finds new analysis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness

NEW YORK --- A study of hundreds of thousands of popular songs over the past three decades has found a downward sonic trend in happiness and an increase in sadness, as the chirpy band Wham! gave way to the moody Sam Smith. For the report in the journal Royal Society Open Science, researchers at the University of California at Irvine looked at 500,000 songs released in the UK between 1985 and 2015, and categorized them according to their mood. "'Happiness' is going down, 'brightness' is going down, 'sadness' is going up, and at the same time, the songs are becoming more 'danceable' and more 'party-like'," co-author Natalia L. Komarova told The Associated Press. Of course, the...Keep on reading: Singing the blues: Study of pop music finds rise in sadness.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 16th, 2018

Djokovic finds his feet on Rome clay after injury

ROME: Former world number one Novak Djokovic said Monday (Tuesday in Manila) he felt reassured to be back playing on the familiar red clay of Rome as he dispatched Alexandr Dolgopolov in straight sets in the first round. The 12-time Grand Slam champion, who won the last of his 68 ATP titles at the Canadian [...] The post Djokovic finds his feet on Rome clay after injury appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018