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Ricky Vargas targets 120 SEAG golds

Philippine Olympic Committee president Ricky Vargas yesterday challenged Team Philippines to win an unprecedented 120 gold medals in the coming Southeast Asian Games even as he announced plans for a “reward system” for the champs......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz seeking financial support for Tokyo 2020 bid

Filipina weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz is hoping to get some financial support for her Tokyo 2020 Olympics bid, even if it means asking for help from private companies.  The 28-year old took to social media, posting on her Instagram stories about the matter.  "Is it okay to ask sponsorship sa mga private companies towards Tokyo 2020? Hirap na hirap na ko, I need financial support," Diaz stated.  She continued, saying that while asking for help was not exactly how she would have wanted to get funding, it is all for the goal of bringing home an Olympic gold medal to the Philippines.  "Nahihiya kasi ako, pero try ko kapalan mukha ko para sa minimithi kong pangarap para sa atin[g] bansa na maiuwi ang Gold Medal sa Olympics." Diaz is no stranger to bringing glory to the Philippines, as she has brought home, among other accolades, a 2018 Rio Olympics Silver Medal, an Asian Games Gold Medal, and a pair of silvers and a bronze medal for the Southeast Asian Games.  Diaz became just the third Silver Medalist in Philippine Olympic history, joining boxers Anthony Villanueva (1964) and Mansueto "Onyok" Velasco (1996).  Last April, Diaz captured three silver medals at the 2019 Asian Weightlifting Championships in China to earn a spot in the 2020 Summer Games in Tokyo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Max’s Group forges partnership with POC for 2020 Olympics

Filipino athletes hoping to represent the country in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics got a huge shot in the arm after the Philippine Olympic Committee inked a partnership with Max’s Group, Inc. (MGI). MGI, the flagbearer of Filipino cuisine both in local and international scene, is investing a total of P10.5 million as support to Team Philippines’ cause in the quadrennial meet set to begin July next year. “Together with POC we will make sure that our hardworking athletes will have the backing that they need,” said MGI president and chief executive officer Robert Trota on Thursday during the formal partnership launch at Max’s Kabisera in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. The investment is projected to help the athletes including 2016 Rio Olympics silver medalist weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, Southeast Asian Games triathlon gold medalist Nikko Huelgas and Melbourne Cup Gymnastics winner Carlos Yulo as well as coaches and officials. The seed fund will also cover the POC operations, catering for POC-related events. MGI will also grant a P3 million incentive for athletes who will bring home gold medals. “I’m happy that we forged a partnership with this Filipino institution,” said POC president Ricky Vargas. “What’s different with the Max’s Group Inc., is they are committed from end to end. They will support the athletes, the athletes’ journey and their families.” The campaign #AllInForGold will have MGI brands such as Max’s Restaurant, Max’s Corner Bakery, Pancake House, Yellow Cab Pizza, Krispy Kreme, Jamba Juice, Teriyaki Boy, Dencio’s and Sizzlin’ Steak roll out product innovations, food bundles and marketing campaigns unique to each brand, to help raise funds for the participating athletes.                  MGI will also send three pairs of customers to Tokyo to watch and experience the 2020 Olympics......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

PH bags 10 gold medals in 2019 Arafura Games opener

DARWIN, Australia – Team Philippines impressed with 10 gold medals during the opening day of the 2019 Arafura Games on Saturday, April 27.  Philippine athletics leads the medal haul with 7 golds, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze, and sprint star John Lloyd Cabalo had a double gold opening day performance ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

PH bags six medals in Asian Wushu meet

The Philippine wushu team brought home six medals in the just-concluded 9th Asian Wushu Championships in Taoyuan City, Chinese Taipei. Divine Wally of Baguio City delivered the gold medal in the female Sanda 48kg. division after beating Vietnam’s L.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 6th, 2016

Cayetano clears issue on SEA Games uniforms

Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (PHISGOC) Foundation, Inc. chairman Alan Peter Cayetano cleared the issue thrown at them regarding the alleged overpriced quotations of Team Philippines’ uniforms. Talking to the media on Thursday, Cayetano explained their side on the issue, denying the allegations made by the majority of the Philippine Olympic Committee Board that Team PHI's uniforms are “unreasonably” higher than the suggested retail prices in the company’s flagship store. PHISGOC Foundation tapped Asics as the official outfitter of Team PHI.        This and the legitimacy of PHISGOC Foundation as organizer of the biennial meet are some of the issues that the committee is facing just months before the scheduled staging of the Games in November. “Noong nakipag-usap sila sa ASICS they are willing to sponsor all the uniforms for 400, wala tayong ilalabas na pera dun, lahat yun. And ang uniform Olympic quality,” Cayetano cleared. Cayetano said that Asics, in their initial talks, agreed to sponsor all the uniforms in 400 events but a bargaining with the SEA Games Federation in the number of sports and events increased the number of sports to 56 and the events at 529 events.    “So paano yung 129 events, yung uniform nun? So unfair naman sa ASICS na ‘Oh sandali lang baguhin natin ang deal. Pumayag na kayo sa 400, pumayag naman kayo sa 529 kundi no deal,’” said Cayetano. “Kung nag-no deal then we have to pay for the uniforms for the 400 events.” As a compromise, Cayetano added that Asics asked them if they want they can pay for the uniforms of the remaining 129 events.   “Napasa ‘yan sa PSC (Philippine Sports Commission) because hindi pa napasa ang budget ng PHISGOC and PSC said dadaan sa procurement nila. So lahat ito ay proposals, pero ang procurement body ang magsasabi kung pwede o hindi,” he said. Cayetano denied the allegations that the uniforms are ‘overpriced’. The POC Board alleged that the PHISGOC Foundation request to PSC shows that a set of competition uniforms costs P51,5111 while the company’s quotation for the same item during the 18th Asian Games last year was only P25,000. “Ang problema instead of bringing it up with the board and mag-usap, naghanap ng outlet, kinompare yung presyo. Eh iba naman siguro po ang nasa outlet, sa retail and yung sa Olympic number,” said Cayetano. “But as I said we can discuss it.” “Imagine yung 129 is 1/5, yung 400 libre so para wala na lang issue, sabihin na lang natin sa Asics iba na lang, we’ll pay for all 529? Yung mga nagko-comment ng ayaw nun, saan kukunin ang pera? They’re not willing to sponsor it. They want us to use government money for it,” added Cayetano. The PHISGOC Foundation head said that they can raise these issues at a proper venue or through an audience with them, not through press releases and separate interviews. “They should also understand that they can criticize but we also have to deliver,” he said. “If they’re criticisms are valid then we have to reform.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Preparasyon sa SEA Games, mas pinaigting – PSC

Manila, Philippines – Pinaigting ng Team Philippines ang hangarin ng bansa na makamit ang top spot  sa 30th Southeast Asian Games matapos ipakita ang matinding suporta sa  inisyatibo ni Chef de Mission at Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez para sa delegasyon. Sa ginanap na meeting, kinonsulta ni Ramirez ang 11 sports associations upang ilatag […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Preparasyon sa SEA Games, mas pina-igting – PSC

Manila, Philippines – Pinaigting ng Team Philippines ang hangarin ng bansa na makamit ang top spot  sa 30th Southeast Asian Games matapos ipakita ang matinding suporta sa  inisyatibo ni Chef de Mission at Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez para sa delegasyon. Sa ginanap na meeting, kinonsulta ni Ramirez ang 11 sports associations upang ilatag […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

Preparasyon sa seag, mas pina-igting – PSC

Manila, Philippines – Pinaigting ng Team Philippines ang hangarin ng bansa na makamit ang top spot  sa 30th Southeast Asian Games matapos ipakita ang matinding suporta sa  inisyatibo ni Chef de Mission at Philippine Sports Commission Chairman William Ramirez para sa delegasyon. Sa ginanap na meeting, kinonsulta ni Ramirez ang 11 sports associations upang ilatag […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

120 gold medals sa Pinas

Sinabi ni Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) President Ricky Vargas, na makukuha ng Pilipinas ang target na 120 gold medals sa gaganaping 30th Southeast Asian Games. Ang pahayag ay ginawa ni Vargas sa harap ng mga kinatawan ng national sports associations (NSA) na dumalo sa pulong kamakailan  na pinangunahan ni Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chairman at […] The post 120 gold medals sa Pinas appeared first on PINAS......»»

Category: newsSource:  pinasglobalRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Pinoy pugs bag 4 golds in India, China meets

The national boxing team stepped up its buildup for the SEA Games the country is hosting late this year, capturing four gold medals in tough tournaments in India and China recently......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Five things we learned from Game 3 of the 2019 Finals

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com OAKLAND – Five things we learned from the Toronto Raptors’ 123-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2019 Finals Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Oracle Arena: 1. What Stephen Curry learned … Curry was remarkable in Game 3, consciously seizing more of Golden State’s offensive burden to make up for Klay Thompson’s and Kevin Durant’s absences and turning that desperation into something historic. With 47 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, the Warriors point guard became only the ninth man to score at least 45 points in a Finals game. The lesson in that? Curry learned for a night what it has felt like for LeBron James on many such occasions. James put himself on that specific list a year ago when he logged 51 points, eight board and eight assists against Curry’s team in Game 1, same court. Like Curry, James’ team lost that night as well. Struggling mightily in something of a one-against-five predicament is the sort of things James has done often, while Curry never had faced it during Golden State’s five-year run to The Finals. They both -- James in the past and Curry on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) -- had legit NBA players around them. But the responsibility to put up points fell in both cases mostly on their shoulders. This was even a chance to revisit the 2015 Finals MVP selection, which attracted some attention on social media Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) over bogus speculation about the voting process. Andre Iguodala won the award that June, getting seven votes from the panel of media reps to James’ four. Curry got no votes. The point was, Curry had as a single game Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) what James had as an entire series in ’15. He averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists, scoring 38.5 percent of Cleveland’s points (215-of-561) while assisting on 52.7 percent of his teammates’ baskets while he was on the court. Now Curry is the guy in position, if Golden State loses the series, to get a few MVP votes in a losing effort. By the way, Jerry West is the only player to win the Finals MVP trophy in a losing effort. And West is one of the nine to score 45 or more – he did it three times, but his Lakers teams went 1-2 in those games. (The others: Michael Jordan three times, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson once each. Their teams all won on their big scoring nights.) 2. Is the scoreboard broken? It’s tempting to say that the Warriors’ attack is in broken-record mode, except the resurgence of vinyl might not be sufficient yet to bring that phrase back into the mainstream. So we’ll go with a cultural reference that’s more classic than archaic. Think of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9,” but substitute “109… 109… 109…” Yeah, it’s been about as monotonous and unsatisfying for Golden State as it was on the White Album. At least Warriors coach Steve Kerr was somewhat bemused by his team’s scoreboard consistency. In each game of these Finals, Golden State has scored 109 points. “I just knew we were going to score 109 points because that’s all we’re going to do the rest of this series,” Kerr said. “So if we’re going to keep scoring 109, we got to keep them to 108.” The Warriors kept Toronto to 104 points in Game 2. Some of that was to their credit, some to the Raptors’ misfires and mid-game chill. The simplest stat? Toronto launched 38 three-pointers in both games. The night the Raptors made 11, they lost. When they made 17, they won. Getting Thompson back for Game 4 could make a big difference there. He is one of Golden State’s best defenders. For that matter, Durant’s length could assert itself as a defensive weapon, too, if he comes back later in the series. As for 109 being a winning points total, here is some background: taken in isolation, averaged over a full Finals, that would have been plenty to win 19 of the past 20 championships. The lone exception? In 2017, when Cleveland averaged 114.8 ppg yet lost because Golden State was putting up 121.6 nightly. In 2018, the Warriors averaged 116 points to the Cavaliers’ 101. The only other times a Finals team in the past 20 years averaged within five points of 109 were the Spurs in 2015 (105.6) and in 2007 (104.4) and the Lakers in 2002 (106.0) and 2000 (104.8). Obviously, a few of those were in the game’s relative “dark ages” for use of the 3-ball, but all four won championships. The Warriors are scoring enough points to win. 3. ‘Boogie’ fever has broken   DeMarcus Cousins called his decision to sign with Golden State for a cut-rate contract, while rehabbing from an Achilles injury, his “chess move.” He wound up joining the defending champions and favorite to three-peat, and got his game back in time to contribute. Cousins subsequently suffered a quadriceps injury but returned in time to participate in The Finals. Only thing is, he looked like he was back playing checkers in Game 3. The Warriors center stood out Sunday (Monday, PHL time), scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. But those numbers drooped to four points, three boards, three turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting in Game 3. Cousins went from plus-12 impact in Game 2 to minus-12 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The big man looked a step slow and appeared to be bothered by Toronto’s length, in the forms of Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka. With little lift these days, he’s playing a little smaller than his 6'11", 270-pound specs. And given how long he was off and the mere eight minutes he got in Game 1, what Cousins did in Game 2 was starting to look more adrenaline-fueled than a reliable return to form. Since Curry handled just about everything else for Golden State in Game 3, he was asked afterward about Cousins’ “regression.” The point guard handled the awkward moment well -- being asked a critical question about a teammate might have tempted Curry to blow it off or lie. Instead, he talked of the Warriors’ shared responsibility on defense and noted a few calls offensively that didn't go Cousins' way. Then Curry added: “Like any great player, if you have a rough game, that resiliency to bounce back and the confidence to know that you can still go out there and impact the game, that’s something that he’ll bring, and we all will follow suit for sure.” 4. Danny Green’s big moment Understandably, when an All-Star and potential Kia MVP candidate gets traded, the deal becomes all about him. Next, folks focus on the key player or players swapped out and how the move might work for the other team. Only then do we play much attention to the guy or guys accompanying the All-Star to his new destination. That’s how it’s been for Danny Green for much of the 2018-19 season. Green and Kawhi Leonard were teammates in San Antonio for seven seasons. They went to two Finals together with the Spurs, winning rings in 2014. But when Leonard wanted out after an injured and rancorous 2017-18, the deal the Spurs put together with Toronto shipped out Danny Green, too. The reality of NBA trades is that salaries must match up, so teammates often become collateral damage to even up the dollar sufficiently to satisfy league rules. Sometimes, a teammate is thrown into a deal because he and the star are chums. A familiar face gives the featured guy some comfort -- or someone to carry his bags. But Green was a helpful playoff performer in his own right with the Spurs -- in his 12 Finals games before this year, he had made 52 percent of his three-pointers. And in 2013 he made 27 of them against the Miami Heat, a Finals record that was his for all of three years until Curry drained 32 in 2016. Green struggled with his shot in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, going 4-for-23 on three-pointers. But his marksmanship early in Game 3 and against near the end of the third quarter propelled the Raptors’ victory. 5. Those rebounds are offensive   Toronto dominated on the offensive glass 15-6 in Game 2 and lost. Golden State dominated on the offensive glass 13-5 in Game 3 and lost. Typically, that’s a positive category for the team that wins it, something coaches hate when the other guys are reclaiming their own misses time and again. But lately, the demerits associated with offensive rebounds have loomed larger than the benefits. You grab a shot you or your teammate missed, that ought to be a good thing. But the Raptors in Game 2 (37.2 percent) and the Warriors in Game 3 (39.6 percent) were beset by inaccuracy, so there were more offensive rebounds to be had, period. The other down side of a generally positive stat is how you go about getting them. If you get overeager and the defense controls the errant shot, you might denude your transition defense. Both the Raptors and the Warriors in Games 2 and 3 respectively built considerable edges in second-chance points off their offensive rebound totals. Toronto had a 23-0 scoring advantage Sunday (Monday, PHL time), yet lost by five. Golden State held it 23-12 Wednesday, yet lost by 14. The losing team in both cases slightly won the battle of fast-break points, but offensive-rebounding strategy still forces a choice on teams. “We have a general kind of rule of thumb that once a shot goes up, we tell our guys to make a really quick, good decision,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said before Game 3. “Either they're going hard to the offensive rebound or they're going hard to defense transition. … There's certain moments of the game – I mean, some of those late are almost scrambles, right, you're behind five and you're throwing it up there and everybody's trying to rebound, just to keep the game alive as well.” It’s a stat worth watching, even if it’s inversely related lately to the games’ outcomes. Sing it loud, sing it proud ???????? #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/8HfjoM9Cht — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 6, 2019 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 7th, 2019

PVL: Sobrang nahilo po ako -- Bermillo on Salas’ facial

How powerful is PetroGazz’s Cuban import Wilma Salas’ spike? Ask BaliPure’s libero Jewelle Bermillo, she has the answer. The libero learned the hard way when she absorbed the brunt of Salas’ powerful crosscourt smash, getting hit on the left side of her head during the opening set of their Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   “Sobrang lakas po, as in. Sobrang nahilo po ako after nu’n di ko na alam,” said Bermillo referring to Salas’ facial on her in the Angels’ 25-19, 25-12, 25-15, drubbing of the Water Defenders. Salas pounded the attack with the Angels up, 8-6, in the first set. Her contact on the ball was solid and was lightning-fast and it caught Bermillo off-guard.   WILMA SALAS SERVES UP A FACIAL ???? #PVL2019 pic.twitter.com/R7bQkQYQW3 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 5, 2019 “Siguro po nagka-miss po ako, yung pagbasa ko kasi paglihis niya agad dapat iilagan ko po talaga kasi outside kaso tumama po sa tainga ko. Di ko po nailagan,” Bermillo recalled. The impact was so devastating that the incoming San Sebastian College sophomore was slow to recover.  “Sobrang sakit so nadala ko siya buong set. Parang di na po ako naka-recover,” she said. Bermillo was rocked by a haymaker.  “Gusto kong mag-timeout pero ‘OK di pwede’ balik ulit ako sa game. So kailangan ko ulit mag-recover kasi kailangan ako ng team,” said BaliPure’s only libero in the lineup. Salas’ attack also floored Bermillo. “Sa sobrang lakas nya po nadala nya rin po ako [pabagsak], ‘pagka bagsak ko tumama din ako doon sa floor sa sobrang lakas po talaga, as in,” said Bermillo. The Water Defender was so groggy after getting hit in the head, she didn’t even see Salas apologize from the other side of the net. “Di ko na po siya napansin kasi nahihilo na rin ako so apir-apir na lang po kaagad ako [sa teammates] ko. Siguro po nag-sorry siya pero di ko po nakita.    Salas, for her part, said that it was unintentional. “I’m sorry for that,” said Salas, who finished with 12 points – all from attacks – in the Angels’ fourth win in as many games. “I tried [to avoid hitting anyone], but I don’t care [it’s part of the game]. Sorry,” said Salas. BaliPure’s Grazielle Bombita agreed – another victim of Salas. “Part ng game 'yun e. Sabi nga ni coach na kung ayaw niyo ma-facial, maglaro nalang kayo ng chess, 'di ba?” said Bombita, who was hit in the shoulderby a Salas missile also in the first set. Wilma Salas is a PROBLEM ???? #PVL2019 pic.twitter.com/VFrAEVBqJG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) June 5, 2019 “So, it's normal para sa volleyball na tamaan ka sa mukha. Part ng game 'yun e,” she said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019

National volleyball teams get PSC support

The national women's and men's volleyball teams will receive the full support of the Philippine Sports Commission. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. got a shot in the arm from the PSC as the full line-up of their seniors pools are set to receive their monthly allowance and use of facilities inside the Rizal Memorial Complex. "Siyempre happy kami kasi recognized na kami ng PSC. Siyempre mas magiging smooth na rin ang takbo ng team, then yung relationship sa PSC," said women's head coach Shaq Delos Santos on Tuesday. The Nationals, who are preparing for the 30th Southeast Asian Games on November, are currently processing their medical examinations and other requirements for their PSC ID.  "Hopefully magtuloy-tuloy pa, kaya nga gusto rin namin mga coaches and sina (LVPI secretariat) Ma'am Marissa (Andres) at sina sir (LVPI president) Peter (Cayco) na matapos muna rin namin sa medical nila at 'yung mga kailangan para at least wala na kami po-problemahin para more on focus na lang kami sa training," said Delos Santos. The National women's team was supposed to start its scheduled Tuesday and Thursday training sessions this week but some members of the pool are yet to finish their respective PSC requirements.  Delos Santos said that they will start their training next week, plot a suitable schedule for their training camps in China and Japan as well as their planned stint in the Philippine Superliga Invitational in October.  The Nationals didn't receive monthly stipends from the PSC during the women's team's preparation and participation in the 18th Jakarta-Palembang Asian Games and the AVC Asian Cup in Thailand last year. Alyssa Valdez banners na women's pool with team captain Aby Maraño, veterans Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Mika Reyes, sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago, Majoy Baron, Denden Lazaro, Dawn Macandili, Jia Morado, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, and MJ Phillips. Also in the pool are first-timers Kath Arado, Tots Carlos, Angel Cayuna, Ced Domingo, Jema Galanza, Eya Laure, Jerrili Malabanan, Kalei Mau, and Alohi Robins-Hardy.   The Dante Alinsunurin-mentored men's pool is composed captain Johnvic de Guzman, Marck Espejo, Ranran Adbilla, Mark Alfafara, Bryan Bagunas, Kim Dayandante, Joven dela Vega, and Rex Intal. Also joining the team are Fauzi Ismail, Jack Kalingking, Jessie Lopez, Jeffrey Malabanan, Kim Malabunga, Rikko Marmeto, Ricky Marcos, Ish Polvorosa, Francis Saura, Jayvee Sumagaysay, Peter Torres, and Joshua Umandal. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Western Visayas tops nat’l PRISAA 2019

TEAM Western Visayas Private Schools Athletic Association (WVPRISAA) bagged the overall championship of the National PRISAA 2019 which concluded in Davao City on May 26. Ilonggo student-athletes wrapped up the week long tournament with 212 gold, 146 silver, and 97 bronze medals. Region 6 added more medals in ball games and individual competition. Led by […] The post Western Visayas tops nat’l PRISAA 2019 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019

WINNERS and LOSERS: Sportsmen in 2019 mid-term elections

Athletes and sports personalities tried their luck in the 2019 mid-term elections. Some were able to extend their victorious run in their respective sports to the political arena. Some were not as lucky. Former De La Salle Green Archer Francis Zamora was the biggest winner after winning the mayoral poll in San Juan, ending the nearly 50-year grip of the Ejercito Estrada clan in the city. Zamora was proclaimed winner Monday night after garnering 35,060 votes, building a lead of 10,247 votes against rival Janella Ejercito Estrada (24,813). Another cager in former PBA player Paul Artadi won as councilor in San Juan’s first district. Former Jose Rizal University basketball coach Vergel Meneses won as mayor of Bulakan in Bulacan while 2005 Southeast Asian Games fencing gold medalist Richard Gomez was elected for another term as mayor of Ormoc, Leyte unopposed. Matthew Manotoc, a player agent and son of golfer Tommy Manotoc, ran unopposed and was proclaimed as new Ilocos Norte governor.            Also winning seats in their city councils were Dondon Hontiveros (2nd district, Cebu), Ato Agustin (San Fernando, Pampanga), UAAP executive director Rebo Saguisag (1st district, Makati), SWU coach Yayoy Alcoseba (Cebu), Adamson coach Franz Pumaren (third district of Quezon City),  Yoyong Martirez (second district of Pasig City), Jam Alfad (Jolo, Sulu), former Coca-Cola head coach Binky Favis (second district of Paranaque), Marikina Shoemakers head coach Elvis Tolentino (second district of Marikina), Jack Santiago of Adamson (1st district, Navotas), Perpetual Help’s GJ Ylagan (Gumaca, Quezon) and racer Tyson Sy (2nd district, Valenzuela). Meanwhile, former University of the Philippines volleybelle Pia Cayetano and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman Sonny Angara are currently in the top 10 in the senatorial race. Boxing trainer and Manny Pacquiao’s boxing buddy Buboy Fernandez maintains his lead in the vice-mayor race in Polangui, Albay while congressmen Mikee Romero and Eric are heading for a term extension with 1Pacman on track to winning them seats.     Just like in sports, some were not as lucky. Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao, also the NLEX mentor, lost to incumbent congressman Jon Lazatin in the first district of Pampanga. Olympian Monsour del Rosario bowed down to incumbent Makati vice mayor Monique Lagdameo, Don Allado failed to get a seat in San Juan City council while Peter Aguilar, former Ginebra player and father of current Gin Kings player and national team member Japeth, failed to get a seat as vice mayor of Sasmuan, Pampanga.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2019

FIRST GOLD IN PARA GAMES: WVRAA athletes shine in Palaro Day 1

TEAM Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) scored major wind in the opening games of the 2019 Palarong Pambansa in Davao City last April 29. Western Visayas pulled off their first victory in secondary boys’ basketball at the expense of MIMAROPA (Region 4B), 97-87. They will next face Northern Mindanao at 7:30 a.m. today. The […] The post FIRST GOLD IN PARA GAMES: WVRAA athletes shine in Palaro Day 1 appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 29th, 2019

PH swimming anchors 8-gold haul in 2019 Arafura Games Day 2

DARWIN, Australia – The Philippine swimming team in the 2019 Arafura Games took a starring role on Sunday, April 28, as the tankers bagged 5 gold medals for Day 2 at the Parap Swimming Pool in Darwin, Australia.  John Paul Elises notched a new Arafura Games record in the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2019

Lora Micah Amogius, John Lloyd Cabalo lead Team Philippines golden surge

Lora Micah Amogius and John Lloyd Cabalo became double gold winners late Saturday night as the Philippines won 10 gold medals in Day 2 of the 2019 Arafura Games here......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

LeBron considering return to US Olympic team under Popovich

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) — LeBron James might make another run at Olympic gold with Gregg Popovich. James, who already has two gold medals, said that Popovich taking over as coach of the U.S. team will influence his decision on whether to play in the 2020 Tokyo Games. 'It factors a lot,' James said Saturday as the Cavaliers prepared to host Popovich's San Antonio Spurs. 'I've said that before. He's just a great mastermind of the game of basketball.' James skipped last summer's Olympics in Rio de Janeiro to get rest after leading Cleveland to an NBA championship. But he's still connected with Team USA and Popovich replacing outgoing coach Mike Krzyzewski could be enough to draw James back to the Olympics. James will be 36 in 2020, but his game is showing no signs of decay and the three-time NBA champ has relished his previous Olympic appearances. He was a key member of the American teams that captured gold in Beijing (2008) and (2012), performances that helped him and the U.S. squad erase some of the disappointment from taking bronze in Athens (2004). Krzyzewski, the Duke coach who led the U.S. team to three consecutive gold medals, had a hand in naming Popovich as his successor. For James, the pick was perfect. 'Team USA is in good hands with him,' James told The Associated Press in 2015. 'It was in good hands with Coach K. It's almost like 'The Godfather.' We hand it off to Michael Corleone now.' Earlier this week, James said he considers Popovich, who has led the Spurs to five NBA titles, 'the greatest coach of all time. I've said that over and over and over. You have to be sharp, mentally and physically, when you go against his ballclub. If you were an NFL player, it's probably the same as going against a [Bill] Belichick team. 'What they're going to do, they're going to do and you have to try to figure it out.' James has lost twice to teams coached by Popovich in the NBA Finals — in 2007 with Cleveland and in 2014 with Miami. He admires the way the 67-year-old coach has adjusted and adapted over the years. 'A guy that's been able to do what he's done in an era of basketball where it's changed so much and he's been able to have a growth mindset and be able to change with the game,' James said. 'Obviously Tim Duncan was a huge part of that because Timmy was allowed to change with the game as well, but he's just continued to build around Timmy and Manu [Ginobili] and Tony [Parker] and bring pieces in and out throughout his whole tenure.' On Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), the Spurs will play their first game without center Pau Gasol, sidelined indefinitely with a broken left hand. James said that won't change San Antonio much — because of Popovich. 'It doesn't matter who is in the lineup for the Spurs,' James said. 'They'll play Spurs basketball and Pop will have them ready. I mean, what's their record, 33-9, I believe? And if you asked me how things would change without Timmy D., they still pushing forward, man. It's just nothing out of the ordinary.' .....»»

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