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Verlander stars as Astros clinch AL West

HOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander struck out 10 batters over seven innings in his first home start for Houston while Derek Fisher and Marwin Gonzalez homered in a big fifth inning as the Astros clinched the American League West with a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Sunday for their first division title since 2001. George Springer and Carlos Correa also homered for the Astros, who won their first division title since 2001 and seventh overall. The Astros become the first team in Major League Baseball history to win titles in three divisions after previously winning the NL West and NL Central. Verlander (13-8) retired his first seven batters before Ben Gamel homered into the right-center bullpen in the third. He allowed just two singles after that to improve to 3-0 since he was acquired from Detroit on Aug. 31. Andrew Moore (1-4) allowed three runs and seven hits in 4 2/3 innings. strong>TIGERS 12, WHITE SOX 0 /strong> DETROIT (AP) — Matthew Boyd's no-hit bid ended when Tim Anderson doubled with two outs in the ninth inning, and the Detroit left-hander closed out a one-hitter for the first shutout of his professional career. Boyd (6-10) allowed only two runners — a walk to Rob Brantly in the third and Anderson's double to the gap in right-center field with two outs in the ninth. He struck out five and threw 121 pitches — his big league high. Dylan Covey (0-6) allowed five runs, seven hits and four walks in 3 2/3 innings. Nick Castellanos, Mikie Mahtook and Jeimer Candelario homered. strong>RAYS 3, RED SOX 2 /strong> ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — David Price pitched two hitless innings in his first big league game since July 22 after being sidelined by left elbow inflammation. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner made his first relief appearance since 2010. Jake Odorizzi (9-8) gave up one hit in six innings, a Jackie Bradley Jr. home run. Jesus Sucre hit a tiebreaking solo home run off Eduardo Rodriguez (5-6) in the sixth. Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his major league-leading 45th save. Tampa Bay remained 5½ games behind the Twins. strong>PADRES 4, ROCKIES 3 /strong> DENVER (AP) — Rockies closer Greg Holland dropped the ball trying to tag Matt Szczur at home on Austin Hedge's squeeze bunt in the ninth inning, allowing San Diego to finish its rally and beat Colorado. Hedges bunted back to Holland (3-6) with runners at the corners and one out, but after making a nice play to scoop up the ball, Holland lost control trying to tag a sliding Szczur. Colorado's bullpen blew its first save in three weeks and let the Rockies' lead for the second NL wild card shrink to 2 1/2 games over Milwaukee. The Brewers beat Miami on Sunday, and St. Louis, which lost to the Chicago Cubs, stayed 4 1/2 back. Kirby Yates (4-5) pitched the eighth, and Brad Hand got the last three outs for his 18th save. strong>ORIOLES 6, YANKEES 4 /strong> NEW YORK (AP) — Ubaldo Jimenez (6-1) struck out 10 in just five innings, and Tim Beckham hit a three-run homer off Sonny Gray (9-11), who allowed five runs in four innings during his shortest start this season. Didi Gregorius homered for the third straight day as New York's four-game winning streak ended. The Yankees remained three games behind AL East-leading Boston and four games ahead of Minnesota for the top AL wild card. Baltimore, which had lost nine of 10, is 5½ games behind the Twins. With two outs and a runner on third in the ninth, Zach Britton intentionally walked Aaron Judge, then struck out Gary Sanchez for his 15th save. strong>TWINS 13, BLUE JAYS 7 /strong> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Eddie Rosario homered twice, Joe Mauer hit his first grand slam at home and Minnesota overcame a 5-0 deficit with seven runs in the second inning and six in the fifth. Minnesota reopened a two-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card. Kyle Gibson (11-10) allowed five runs, three hits and five walks in six innings. Joe Biagini (3-11) gave up six runs — four earned — and five hits in 1 1/3 innings. Josh Donaldson homered twice in the first two innings. strong>RANGERS 4, ANGELS 2 /strong> ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Joey Gallo hit a home run off Garrett Richards (0-2) that landed near the top of the grass hill in center field in the second inning, a drive that would have traveled 490 feet unimpeded, according to MLB Statcast. Adrian Beltre ht a two-run double to center field in the first. Miguel Gonzalez (8-11) allowed one run and two hits in five innings, and Jake Diekman got five outs for his first save this season. strong>INDIANS 3, ROYALS 2 /strong> CLEVELAND (AP) — A day after Cleveland clinched the AL Central, Corey Kluber (17-4) allowed three singles in seven innings. He has not given up a run in 22 innings and has lost once since July 4. Edwin Encarnacion hit a two-run homer in the fourth off Danny Duffy (8-9) as the Indians improved to 33-5 since Aug. 11 despite getting only three hits. Cody Allen worked out of a two-on jam in the ninth for his 28th save. Kansas City dropped five games behind the Twins. strong>CUBS 4, CARDINALS 3 /strong> CHICAGO (AP) — Jason Heyward hit a tiebreaking RBI single off Matt Bowman with two outs in the seventh as Chicago overcame a 3-0 deficit to win its sixth straight game. The Cubs remained four games ahead of second-place Milwaukee as Ben Zobrist drove in two runs and Kyle Schwarber hit his 27th homer. Pedro Strop (5-4) worked a rocky seventh for the win and Wade Davis got three outs for his 31st save, retiring Dexter Fowler on a game-ending flyout to the warning track with a runner on first. Tyler Lyons (4-1) was the loser. strong>BREWERS 10, MARLINS 3 /strong> MILWAUKEE (AP) — Travis Shaw, Jesus Aguilar and Manny Pina each had two hits in an eight-run fourth inning. The Brewers won two of three in a series moved from Florida following Hurricane Irma. Brandon Woodruff (2-2) allowed three runs and eight hits in seven innings. Dillon Peters (0-2) yielded eight runs, nine hits and three walks in 3 2/3 innings. strong>REDS 5, PIRATES 2 /strong> CINCINNATI (AP) — Eugenio Suarez and Scooter Gennett hit two-run homers in the sixth off Gerrit Cole (11-11) as Cincinnati completed its second three-game sweep of Pittsburgh this season. Robert Stephenson (5-5) allowed one hit in six scoreless innings, and Michael Lorenzen pitched a perfect ninth for his second save. strong>ATHLETICS 6, PHILLIES 3 /strong> PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead grand slam off Edubray Ramos after the first two batters in the sixth reached off Henderson Alvarez (0-1), who made his first start since May 22, 2015, with Miami. Sean Manaea (11-10) gave up three runs in five innings, and five relievers combined for four hitless innings. Blake Treinen got three outs for his 11th save. strong>METS 5, BRAVES 1 /strong> ATLANTA (AP) — Robert Gsellman (7-7) allowed an unearned run and three hits in seven innings, while pinch-hitter Asdrubal Cabrera had a two-run, pinch-hit homer. Atlanta (67-81) was eliminated from postseason contention and must win its remaining 14 games to avoid a losing record in four straight seasons for the first time since seven in a row from 1984-90. Julio Teheran (11-12) gave up two runs, three hits and four walks in six innings. strong>GIANTS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 2 /strong> SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval homered and drove in three runs, rookie Chris Stratton (3-3) allowed two runs and five hits in six innings. Arizona had won 20 of 25 games and nine straight on the road. Taijuan Walker (9-8) Walker gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Slovenia beats Serbia 93-85 to win Eurobasket title

em>By Demetris Nellas, Associated Press /em> Slovenia won its first European basketball championship on Sunday, defeating Serbia 93-85 in Istanbul behind 35 points by Goran Dragic. Dragic, the Miami Heat guard who was voted MVP of the tournament after the game, watched the final four minutes from the bench due to cramp. He had been visibly tiring, missing all three shots and the one free throw he took in the final quarter. With Dragic out, Serbia briefly took the lead at 79-78, and again at 82-80 with 3:37 to go. But Slovenia, which had upset pre-tournament favorite Spain 92-72 in the semifinals, refused to fold. It went on a 12-0 run, during which guard Klemen Prepelic scored the go-ahead basket, 84-82, with 2:20 to go. After a balanced first quarter, which ended with Serbia 22-20 ahead, Dragic scored 20 of Slovenia’s 36 points in the second quarter to help give it a 56-47 halftime lead. “We gave them a lot of transition points. They brought the NBA speed on the floor,” Serbia coach Aleksandar Djordjevic said. “We are an uptempo team ... the importance of the game shouldn’t change what we do,” said Slovenia’s Serb coach, Igor Kokoskov. Djordjevic responded by taking out his 2.21-meter (7-foot-3) center Boban Marjanovic of the Detroit Pistons in favor of more mobile players, who managed to slow down the pace in the third quarter at the 16,000-seat Sinan Erdem arena. Dragic still managed to score nine points and Slovenia stayed ahead, 71-67, but lost young star Luka Doncic with a sprained ankle. Bogdan Bogdanovic, who is set to join the Sacramento Kings next season, led Serbia with 22 points. Kokoskov, also the assistant coach for the Utah Jazz, gave a nod to his boss — coach Quin Snyder. “He is my dear friend, my boss. He told me ‘Be prepared for the press conference and say something deep and smart.’ Well, I can’t say anything.” Dragic may be a nine-year NBA veteran but Kokoskov, the first European to be a full-time assistant coach in the league, has spent 17 seasons there, after a brief stint at college level. He and Dragic worked together at the Phoenix Suns for four seasons (2008-11 and 2012-13) Earlier, Spain defeated Russia 93-85 to take third place, with 51 points coming from the Gasol brothers, Pau (26) and Marc (25). Alexey Shved led Russia with 18. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Rampant Manchester City looking more like a Guardiola team

em>By Sam Johnston, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — Although it's taken a year longer than many expected, Manchester City is finally beginning to resemble a Pep Guardiola-coached team. City remained in rampant form as it ended Watford's unbeaten start to the English Premier League with a resounding 6-0 victory at Vicarage Road on Saturday. Guardiola's side has scored 15 goals in three matches since the international break, following 5-0 and 4-0 wins over Liverpool and Feyernood respectively. City stuttered to a third-place finish in Guardiola's debut season while failing to produce the stylish play of its manager's former sides, but a second straight offseason of significant personnel changes appears to be paying dividends. 'It was so good, especially after an away game in the Champions League,' Guardiola said. 'I was lucky to manage Barcelona with many outstanding performances but this week has been a lot of goals. We have found our game, we can make short passes, and we have a lot of energy from our full backs.' Sergio Aguero scored a predatory hat trick and laid on an assist for Gabriel Jesus, while Nicolas Otamendi headed in, and Raheem Sterling added a late penalty. The victory took City to the top of the table, but Manchester United can join it on Sunday with a win over Everton. Elsewhere, Liverpool failed to shake off the effects of last week's thrashing by City, letting Burnley leave Anfield with a 1-1 draw. Crystal Palace became the first club in league history to lose its opening five games without scoring. Swansea brought Tottenham back to earth in a scoreless draw at Wembley, three days after Spurs tore apart Borussia Dortmund. Newcastle made it three league wins a row by beating Stoke 3-1, Leicester and Huddersfield drew 1-1, and West Brom and West Ham played out a goalless draw. strong>AGUERO CLOSING IN /strong> Having struggled at times last season, Aguero appears to have been revitalized by his partnership with Jesus and was at his predatory best as he completed the sixth Premier League hat trick of his career. The Argentine forward is just three goals away from breaking Eric Brook's 177-goal record at Man City. 'I am very happy,' Aguero said. 'I am focused on scoring the next goal but what matters is that we won.' strong>NO MANE, MORE PROBLEMS /strong> Philippe Coutinho made his first start of the season for Liverpool after failing to force a summer move to Barcelona, but his return wasn't enough to fill the void left by the suspended Sadio Mane. Liverpool struggled at times last season without Mane and it appears little has changed. Summer recruit Mohamed Salah's tying goal secured a point for the Reds but even he can't match the brilliance of Mane, who is serving a three-match suspension after being sent off against Manchester City last weekend. Burnley has picked up away points at three of last season's top-six teams, beating Chelsea on opening day and drawing against Tottenham at Wembley. strong>ROY'S RETURN /strong> Roy Hodgson's first match in charge of Crystal Palace looked like the team's previous four matches. In a 1-0 loss to Southampton, Steven Davis' early goal proved decisive. Hodgson has been out of management since Euro 2016, where his England side was eliminated by minnows Iceland. Having become the first Premier League manager to be appointed in his 70s, Hodgson went for a return to a traditional four-man defense, but it took Southampton just six minutes to breach it. strong>WEMBLEY CURSE REMAINS /strong> Tottenham is still looking for a first domestic victory of the season at its temporary Wembley Stadium home. Harry Kane struck the crossbar in the second half but Swansea displayed great resilience to hold on for 0-0. Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs have failed to win all three league games at Wembley, where it's playing while White Hart Lane is redeveloped this season. strong>DEFENDER SCORES AGAIN /strong> Newcastle captain Jamaal Lascelles was an unlikely star for a second straight game as the defender headed home the winner against Stoke after Xherdan Shaqiri cancelled out Christian Atsu's opener. Newcastle beat Stoke 3-1 at St. James' Park. Also, West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry equaled Ryan Giggs' Premier League appearance record in his 632nd game.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Royals beat Indians 4-3 to halt Cleveland's record streak

The Associated Press br /> CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians can return to clinching their division and playoff preparations. Their historic winning streak is, well, history. Cleveland's AL-record run was stopped at 22 straight games by Friday night's 4-3 loss to the Kansas City Royals, who became the first team to conquer the defending league champions since Aug. 23. Jason Vargas (16-10) pitched into the sixth and Brandon Moss homered off Trevor Bauer (16-9) as the Royals ended baseball's longest win streak in 101 years. With one last chance in the ninth, the Indians put the tying run on base before Mike Minor struck out the side for his first pro save, fanning Francisco Lindor on a pitch in the dirt for the final out. DODGERS 7, NATIONALS 0 WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Wood struck out eight in six innings, Corey Seager hit a three-run homer during a five-run second and the Dodgers won on the road. Wood (15-3) allowed three hits and walked one. Los Angeles has won three in a row after losing 11 consecutive games and 16 of 17. The teams entered the highly anticipated three-game series having clinched playoff berths and owning the top two records in the National League. The Dodgers lowered their magic number to clinch the NL West to six. Justin Turner and Yasiel Puig homered in the Dodgers' first Washington appearance since winning Game 5 of the NL Division Series last October. Edwin Jackson (5-6) lasted just 2 1/3 innings. The NL East champion Nationals fell six games back of Los Angeles in the chase for home-field advantage in the playoffs. BREWERS 10, MARLINS 2 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Neil Walker hit a grand slam during an eight-run eighth inning, and the Brewers beat the Marlins in the opening game of a series relocated from Miami to Milwaukee because of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Marlins were technically the home team and batted in the bottom of the innings. Milwaukee even used palm trees, fake flamingos and giant blue and pink sea shells to give Miller Park a South Florida feel. Miami's Dee Gordon went hitless in four at-bats to end his 17-game hitting streak. Brian Ellington (0-1) got the loss. Jared Hughes (4-3) picked up the win after tossing a scoreless seventh inning. RED SOX 13, RAYS 6, 15 INNINGS ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had two hits in Boston's seven-run 15th inning and the Red Sox beat Tampa Bay in a game that lasted 6 hours, 5 minutes. Austin Pruitt (7-5) walked Jackie Bradley Jr. to lead off the top of the 15th. Bogaerts followed with a single. Dustin Pedroia hit a ground ball that was misplayed by second baseman Brad Miller, allowing Bradley to score the lead run. Andrew Benintendi, Mitch Moreland, Deven Marraro and Bogaerts drove in extra runs for the Red Sox, who maintained their three-game lead over the New York Yankees in the AL East. Brandon Workman (1-1) got the win. Blaine Boyer, the 21st pitcher to appear in the game, pitched the 15th for Boston. Nine Red Sox pitchers set a club record with 24 strikeouts. CUBS 8, CARDINALS 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant had three hits, including his 27th homer, and the Cubs opened a big weekend series with their fourth consecutive win. Bryant went deep in the fourth and singled twice in Chicago's seven-run sixth. The NL Central-leading Cubs stayed three games ahead of Milwaukee and increased their advantage over St. Louis to four games. Chicago pitcher John Lackey and catcher Willson Contreras were thrown out for yelling at plate umpire Jordan Baker in the fifth. Carl Edwards Jr. (4-4) pitched a perfect sixth for the win. Tommy Pham homered for St. Louis. Carlos Martinez (11-11) was charged with seven runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings. YANKEES 8, ORIOLES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius hit a tiebreaking two-run homer and drove in four runs, leading the Yankees to their fifth win in six games. Luis Severino (13-6) allowed three hits in eight innings. He made one big mistake, Welington Castillo's opposite-field, two-run homer to right that put the Orioles ahead 2-1 in the second. Severino is 8-2 with a 2.09 ERA in 12 starts since the All-Star break. Gregorius hit a sacrifice fly in the first, homered against Miguel Castro for a 4-2 lead in the fifth and added another sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh. Baltimore lost for the eighth time in nine games. Gabriel Ynoa (1-2) allowed three runs — two earned — and five hits in 4 1/3 innings. ASTROS 5, MARINERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and Evan Gattis had two hits apiece and each drove in a run, and the Astros moved closer to clinching the AL West title. Houston's magic number dropped to two, meaning the Astros could secure their first division championship since 2001 with a win on Saturday if the Angels lose Friday or Saturday. The Astros led 3-0 after one inning as James Paxton (12-4) struggled in his return from the disabled list after sitting out since Aug. 10 with a strained pectoral muscle. He allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings to snap a seven-game winning streak. Charlie Morton (12-7) pitched six strong innings for Houston. Ken Giles tossed a scoreless ninth for his 31st save. DIAMONDBACKS 3, GIANTS 2 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Robbie Ray won his fifth straight start and A.J. Pollock hit a two-run double as Arizona beat San Francisco. Ray (14-5) struck out 10 and gave up two runs (one earned), six hits and no walks as the Diamondbacks won for the 19th time in 24 games and for the eighth straight time on the road. The Diamondbacks trailed 2-1 when Pollock doubled in two runs off Jeff Samardzija (9-14) in the seventh inning. Arizona reduced its magic number for clinching its first postseason berth since 2011 to seven. BLUE JAYS 4, TWINS 3 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Josh Donaldson homered and drove in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning with an infield single that ricocheted off the mound, sending Toronto to the win. J.A. Happ (9-10) pitched into the seventh inning in his third straight win, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his 36th save in 46 opportunities. The Twins had a three-game lead over the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL wild card going into the night, with the Seattle Mariners 3 1/2 games back. The New York Yankees hold the first wild card with a four-game edge on the Twins. Twins starter Bartolo Colon (6-13) was charged with four runs in six-plus innings on 'Big Sexy Night.' The Twins had souvenir T-shirts for fans who bought a special ticket package in honor of the burly right-hander, who joined the Twins two months ago and has more than held his own despite his decreased velocity. ANGELS 7, RANGERS 6 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — C.J. Cron hit a two-run homer to cap the a five-run rally in the sixth inning, and Los Angeles trimmed its deficit in the AL wild-card race to two games. Andrelton Simmons had two run-scoring singles for the Angels (75-72), who gained a game on the Minnesota Twins (77-70) with just their third win in eight games. Los Angeles used seven pitchers in a bullpen start, with former closer Bud Norris getting the first six outs. Yusmeiro Petit (5-0) pitched two perfect innings, and Blake Parker earned a six-out save. Shin-Soo Choo hit a two-run homer in the sixth for Texas (72-75). The Rangers have lost four straight and six of seven, their playoff hopes down to a flicker. Yohander Mendez (0-1) took the loss. ROCKIES 6, PADRES 1 DENVER (AP) — Tyler Chatwood pitched into the sixth inning and drove in his first runs of the season, helping the Rockies to the victory. Nolan Arenado homered as Colorado remained 2 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee and moved 3 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild card. Chatwood (8-12) tossed 5 2/3 innings and left after Wil Myers' 28th homer. It was Chatwood's third start after six relief appearances. San Diego's Clayton Richard (7-14) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. REDS 4, PIRATES 2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Zack Cozart hit two of Cincinnati's four solo home runs, powering the last-place Reds to the victory. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler also connected, sending the Pirates to their third straight loss and eighth in the last nine games. Homer Bailey (5-8) allowed one run in 5 2/3 innings for his first win in six starts since Aug. 11. Raisel Iglesias got five outs for his 27th save. Chad Kuhl (7-11) gave up all four home runs, a single-game career high for the second-year right-hander. ATHLETICS 4, PHILLIES 0 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Daniel Mengden pitched a two-hitter for Oakland, and Matt Olson and Matt Joyce each hit a two-run homer. Mengden (1-1) struck out seven and walked none in his first career shutout in his 18th start. J.P Crawford had both hits off Mengden. Phillies starter Mark Leiter Jr. (3-6) allowed four runs and seven hits in six innings. Mengden also got his first career hit, a single off Crawford's glove in the shortstop hole before Joyce connected in the second. TIGERS 3, WHITE SOX 2 DETROIT (AP) — Mikie Mahtook hit a game-ending RBI single with two outs in the ninth inning, helping Detroit stop a six-game skid. Former Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque (0-2) walked Jeimer Candelario with one out in the ninth, and Aaron Bummer walked Tyler Collins with two outs. White Sox manager Rick Renteria brought in Juan Minaya, who uncorked a wild pitch to move the runners to second and third. Mahtook then hit a 3-2 pitch up the middle for his first career game-ending hit. Shane Greene (4-3) got four outs for the win. BRAVES 3, METS 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Sean Newcomb struck out eight in 5 1/3 innings, and the Braves handed the Mets their fifth straight loss. Newcomb (3-8) gave up two runs and six hits. Arodys Vizcaino pitched the ninth for his 11th save in 13 opportunities. Rafael Montero (5-10) became the fourth straight Mets starter pitcher to fail to complete five innings. He was lifted with two outs in the fifth after throwing 108 pitches and allowing three runs and seven hits. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Red Robins, Jr. Blazers still tied for first; San Beda stops skid

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> CSB-LSGH 10-2 br /> Malayan 10-2 br /> Letran 7-4 br /> San Beda 7-5 br /> Arellano 5-6 br /> San Sebastian 5-6 br /> LPU 5-7 br /> Perpetual 4-7 br /> JRU 3-8 br /> EAC 1-10 Defending champion Malayan High School of Science and oncoming College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills still have a score to settle in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The two teams remain in each other’s throats for first-place following separate wins on Thursday and Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The defending champion Red Robins made quick work of the Brigadiers, 82-68, last Thursday. Team captain Warren Bonifacio showed the way with 19 points, nine rebounds, three assists, and two blocks while Clint Escamis also contributed 12 markers, seven boards, and one pilfer. They were never threated all throughout and waltzed their way onto a 10-2 standing. Tying them there once more are the Junior Blazers who rode Joshua Marcos’ career-best 22 points to go along with 12 rebounds past University of Perpetual Help, 82-69, on Friday. Marcos was backstopped by three other teammates in double-digits en route to a share of first. Court general Joel Cagulangan orchestrated the offensive with a total of 10 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 4-7 and the Brigadiers to 1-10. Meanwhile, San Beda High School finally got back on track following a gritty overtime victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 85-78. Evan Nelle was the difference, scoring eight points and assisting on five others in his team’s 13-6 extra period. The Red Cubs lost three in a row before the much-needed win. They now stand at 7-5, still solo fourth. Strengthening their stranglehold of third spot, however, is Colegio de San Juan de Letran which grounded Jose Rizal High School, 91-87. Kurt Reyson had 20 points to lead a total of four Squires in double-digits as they improved to 7-4. Their respective losses dropped the Staglets to 5-6 and the Light Bombers to 3-8. Also still in the running is Lyceum of the Philippines University which added to the woes of Arellano High School, 89-82. Mac Guadana topped the scoring column for the Junior Pirates with 19 points. They rose to 5-7 with the win. At the same time, LPU continued to drag down the Braves who are now 5-6 following back-to-back losses. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME, FRIDAY LPU 89 – Guadana 19, Sandoval 15, Arenal 10, Cunanan 10, De Leon 8, Barba 8, Ruiz 6, Salazar 6, Jungco 4, Caringal 3, Ortiz 0, Cuevas 0, Umpad 0 ARELLANO 82 – Camacho 21, Fermin 18, Bataller 12, Tamayo 7, Segura 5, Espiritu 4, Domingo 4, Fornis 3, Camarillo 3, Rivera 3, Velasco 2, Liangco 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-18, 53-38, 69-67, 89-82 SECOND GAME, FRIDAY CSB-LSGH 82 – Marcos 22, David 14, Fornilos 12, Cagulangan 10, Lao 6, Pedrosa 5, Mosqueda 2, Bordeos 2, Lepalam 2, Perez 2, Cruz 2, Belgica 2, Dela Cruz 1, Sangco 0, Morales 0 PERPETUAL 69 – Razon 17, Siegue 11, Bongay 8, Inliwan 8, Cuevas 6, De Leon 5, Maneze 5, Romilla 4, Umali 2, Rocero 2, Gallano 1, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0, Cajayon 0, Jaucian 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-13, 34-27, 63-45, 82-69 THIRD GAME, FRIDAY SAN BEDA 85 – Etrata 14, Nelle 14, Tagala 13, Sese 11, Abu Hijleh 7, Alfaro 6, Garcia 5, Mahinay 4, Obenza 4, Lagumen 3, Velasquez 2, Nayve 2, Oliva 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 78 – Villapando 15, Desoyo 14, Calahat 10, Cuntapay 10, Pelias 9, Sumoda 9, Are 4, Pasamante 3, Aguilar 2, Magbanua 2, Umayao 0, Rodriguez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 7019, 22-29, 50-48, 72-72, 85-75 (OT) FIRST GAME, THURSDAY LETRAN 91 – Reyson 20, Tolentino 16, Cordero 13, Tamayo 12, Valdez 8, Monje 7, Aniban 5, Peralta 3, Guarino 3, Ganapathy 2, Labrador 2, Montes 0, Tabajen 0 JRU 87 – Agustin 36, Caballero 17, Tolentino 10, Serrano 9, Camua 5, Delos Santos 4, Dionisio 3, Buazon 2, Sicat 1, Buno 0, Amores 0, Sumabat 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-16, 43-44, 68-63, 91-87 SECOND GAME, THURSDAY MALAYAN 82 – Bonifacio 19, Escamis 12, Garcia 10, Lacap 8, Jabel 8, Gozum 8, Socias 6, Sarias 5, Enriquez 5, Malaluan 1, Ramos 0, Dennison 0, Arches 0, Sarmiento 0 EAC 68 – Cruz 21, De Quiros 12, Castillo 11, Boado 8, Satillian 5, Dulatre 3, Baliquig 2, Oriondo 2, Tapales 2, Diaz 2, Mananquil 0, Matilde 0, Mostoles 0, Suniga 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-13, 43-30, 68-51, 82-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

Bombers waylay Knights, bolster semifinal drive

MANILA, Philippines —  Jose Rizal University firmed up its Final Four bid with a 77-68 victory over Letran yesterday, keeping its hold of third in the 93rd N.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 14th, 2017

Cards seek to stay at No. 4 vs Bombers

MANILA, Philippines – Mapua hopes to keep its place inside the magic four as it tangles with a surging Jose Rizal U side while defending champion Letran trie.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 17th, 2016

Messi nets 4 goals to keep Barcelona with perfect record

em>By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press /em> MADRID (AP) — Lionel Messi added to his impressive start to the season by scoring four goals and helping Barcelona rout Eibar 6-1 to extend its perfect record in the Spanish league on Tuesday. Messi converted a penalty in the first half and scored three more goals in the second to give Barcelona its fifth straight victory in the league. The Argentina playmaker took his tally to 12 goals in eight matches this season, including nine in the five league games. Messi had already scored a hat trick in Barcelona's 5-0 rout of Espanyol in the Catalan derby two rounds ago. The result gave Barcelona a five-point lead over Sevilla, which hosts Las Palmas on Wednesday. Real Sociedad, six points back, is at Levante on Thursday. Defending champion Real Madrid, seven points behind Barcelona, hosts Real Betis on Wednesday. It has been a rather unexpectedly good start to the season for Barcelona, which began the league amid turmoil after seeing Neymar leave for Paris Saint-Germain and losing the Spanish Super Cup match to Real Madrid. It is the best start to the league for Messi, who in 2011-12 had scored eight goals after five matches. He is the league's leading scorer, with four goals more than Simone Zaza of Valencia, who had a hat trick in a 5-0 rout of Malaga earlier Tuesday. 'He is one of the smartest players I've ever seen on a field,' Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said of Messi. 'You don't really know how, but he is always in good position. He is extraordinary.' It was the fourth time Messi has scored four goals or more with Barcelona. Brazil midfielder Paulinho and Denis Suarez also scored for the Catalan club, while Sergi Enrich netted Eibar's goal. Barcelona was without Ousmane Dembele, who injured his left thigh at the weekend and is expected to be sidelined for up to four months. The young France forward, Barcelona's top signing during the transfer window, traveled to Finland to undergo surgery on a ruptured tendon. He made only three appearances after arriving to replace Neymar. Valverde left Luis Suarez on the bench and started with Gerard Deulofeu, Denis Suarez and Messi as a false '9'' in the attack. Paulinho, the Brazil midfielder who came off the bench to score the winner against Getafe on Saturday, also made it to the starting lineup. 'Today we have been able to rest certain players and give playing time to others who needed to play and it turned out well,' Valverde said. ___ strong>LOSING AGAIN /strong> Valencia won 5-0 with a hat trick by Simone Zaza to hand Malaga its fifth straight loss to start the season. Zaza scored his three goals eight minutes apart early in the second half to give Valencia its first victory after three straight draws and move the club into third place. Forward Santi Mina and Rodrigo also scored for the hosts at Mestalla Stadium.   .....»»

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Bombers try to fuel semis drive vs Generals

MANILA, Philippines — Jose Rizal University steps up its Final Four drive as it takes on Emilio Aguinaldo College today while Letran and Arellano try to boos.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

Dolphins rally to spoil Chargers' opener

CARSON, California (AP) — Cody Parkey hit his fourth field goal from 54 yards with 1:05 to play as the Miami Dolphins rallied in the fourth quarter to spoil the Los Angeles Chargers' home opener with a 19-17 victory in the NFL on Sunday. The Chargers' South Korea-born placekicker Younghoe Koo missed a 44-yard field goal attempt with 5 seconds left after Philip Rivers maneuvered the Chargers (0-2) into scoring range in the final minute before a crowd of 25,381 in their first home game since relocating to the Los Angeles area after 56 seasons in San Diego. Jay Cutler passed for 230 yards and Jay Ajayi rushed for 122 in the delayed season opener for the Dolphins, who spent the past nine days in California after leaving South Florida early to avoid Hurricane Irma. Parkey did most of their scoring, connecting from 30, 28 and 35 yards before burying his longest kick in the waning moments. Rivers passed for 331 yards, and Antonio Gates set an NFL record with his 112th touchdown reception as a tight end. Rivers and the Chargers moved 54 yards in 52 seconds to set up Koo, whose potential tying field goal was blocked in Denver last week. The undrafted rookie kicker pushed this one barely right. Gates also made his 900th reception in the first half, becoming the third tight end in NFL history to hit the mark. strong>PATRIOTS 36, SAINTS 20 /strong> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Bouncing back with a vengeance from a season-opening loss, New England's Tom Brady threw three touchdown passes in the first quarter for the first time in his career and eclipsed 300 yards passing in the first half for only the second time. Brady's maiden Super Bowl triumph in the Superdome back in February 2002 is bound to be one of his fondest memories. But the 18-year veteran looked like a superior QB in his latest visit. He finished 30 of 39 for 447 yards without an interception — at least not one that counted. Saints defenders caught Brady's passes twice, but both plays were wiped out by New Orleans penalties. Brady joined Warren Moon as the only QBs age 40 or older to pass for at least 400 yards and three TDs in a game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Rob Gronkowski had a 53-yard catch and run to highlight his six-catch, 116-yard performance, but left the game in the second half with a groin injury. strong>SEAHAWKS 12, 49ERS 9 /strong> SEATTLE (AP) — Russell Wilson avoided two potential sacks and found Paul Richardson in the front corner of the end zone for a 9-yard touchdown with 7:06 left. It was an offensive nightmare as both teams had combined for 14 total quarters without a touchdown this season before the Seahawks finally broke the seal on the goal line. Wilson avoided Arik Armstead in the pocket and got his pass away before DeForest Buckner could pull him down. Seattle (1-1) snapped a streak of more than 112 minutes without a touchdown, despite missing on opportunities twice inside the 49ers' 10-yard line earlier in the game. Wilson was erratic at times and magical at the end. He was 23 of 39 passing for 198 yards. He rushed for another 34 yards, 27 coming on the decisive scoring drive. Wilson was 4 of 5 on the drive and aided by a 20-yard pass interference penalty against Dontae Johnson. Blair Walsh added field goals of 25 and 27 yards, but missed the extra point after Richardson's TD that could have given the Seahawks a four-point lead. The 49ers (0-2) only needed a field goal to tie but never got into position to have an opportunity. San Francisco went three-and-out after the touchdown, punted and never got the ball back. Rookie Chris Carson rushed for 93 yards, including 58 yards in the fourth quarter. strong>RAIDERS 45, JETS 20 /strong> OAKLAND, California (AP) — Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown in his first home game with Oakland and Derek Carr threw three TD passes to Michael Crabtree. Cordarrelle Patterson and Jalen Richard added long touchdown runs to help put the game away and give the Raiders (2-0) wins in the opening two games of the season for the first time since their AFC championship season in 2002. Josh McCown threw a pair of TD passes to Jermaine Kearse, but the Jets (0-2) proved to be no match for the more powerful and talented Raiders. The Raiders' vaunted offensive line won the matchup against New York's front four , allowing no sacks and helping clear holes for a 180-yard rushing performance. Oakland wore down the Jets and got a 43-yard touchdown run by Patterson late in the third quarter and a 52-yarder by Richard early in the fourth that made it 35-13. strong>REDSKINS 27, RAMS 20 /strong> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kirk Cousins threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Grant with 1:49 to play to give the Redskins the victory against their former assistant coach, Rams and rookie head coach Sean McVay. Cousins capped the winning 70-yard drive by finding Grant in the front left corner of the end zone. The Rams (1-1) had tied the game at 20 on Greg Zuerlein's 40-yard field goal with 7:16 to play. It was set up on a trick play, when punter Johnny Hekker completed a 28-yard pass to Josh Reynolds to the Washington 17. But two penalties stalled the drive and the Rams had to settle for the field goal. Chris Thompson scored on runs of 61 and 7 yards for the Redskins (1-1). Mason Foster sealed it with 1:37 to go by intercepting Jared Goff. strong>CHIEFS 27, EAGLES 20 /strong> KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Chiefs rookie Kareem Hunt reached the end zone twice, Travis Kelce took a shovel pass 15 yards for the go-ahead touchdown and Kansas City held on. Kelce's touchdown catch with 6:25 left and Hunt's second TD scamper appeared to have put the game away. But Carson Wentz hit Nelson Agholor for an answering score with 14 seconds left, and Trey Burton jumped on the onside kick a few seconds later to give the Eagles one last throw to the end zone. Wentz unloaded from just inside the 50-yard line, but his pass fell incomplete as time expired. Kelce finished with 103 yards through the air, highlighted by his somersaulting score. Hunt had 81 yards on the ground, building on a record-setting debut in which he piled up 246 yards from scrimmage in a season-opening victory in New England. Alex Smith had 251 yards passing for the Chiefs (2-0). Cairo Santos was 2 for 2 on field goals. Wentz finished with 333 yards and two touchdowns passing, despite facing relentless pressure all afternoon. The spunky quarterback also led the Eagles (1-1) with 55 yards rushing. strong>CARDINALS 16, COLTS 13, OT /strong> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Carson Palmer's late rally got the Cardinals into overtime and Tyrann Mathieu's interception set up Phil Dawson for a 30-yard field goal to win it. Dawson made the most of his second chance after pushing a 42-yarder wide right as regulation time expired. Arizona (1-1) never led until the final play. It hasn't started 0-2 since 2005. Coach Bruce Arians won his 42nd career game and tied Don Coryell for the second-most wins in Cardinals history on the same field he called home when he won his first NFL Coach of the Year award in 2012 as an interim for the ill Chuck Pagano. Indy, 0-2 for the fourth consecutive year, thought it may have changed directions after switching quarterbacks. But newcomer Jacoby Brissett was picked off on the first offensive play of overtime. strong>STEELERS 26, VIKINGS 9 /strong> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes, Le'Veon Bell ran for 87 yards and the Steelers kept Minnesota in check. Roethlisberger hit Martavis Bryant for a 27-yard score in the first quarter and flipped a shovel pass to JuJu Smith-Schuster that the rookie turned into a 4-yard score. Roethlisberger finished 23 of 35 for 243 yards and the two scores as the Steelers (2-0) improved to 10-1 in home openers under Mike Tomlin. Minnesota (1-1) played without quarterback Sam Bradford, who sat out with a left knee injury. Case Keenum struggled to get anything going in Bradford's absence, throwing for 167 yards on 20 of 35 passing. Vikings rookie Dalvin Cook ran for 64 yards, but Minnesota failed to generate any real momentum against Pittsburgh's rejuvenated defense. strong>BUCCANEERS 29, BEARS 7 /strong> TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 204 yards and one touchdown, helping the Buccaneers return from an unscheduled bye week forced by Hurricane Irma. The defense stymied former teammate Mike Glennon with four takeaways. Robert McClain returned one of the quarterback's two interceptions for a TD, and the Bucs didn't let the Bears into the end zone until Deonte Thompson scored on a 14-yard reception with 1:43 remaining. The Bucs (1-0) dominated despite having a short week of practice following the massive storm that forced postponement of the team's scheduled season opener at Miami. Winston completed 18 of 30 passes without an interception. He threw a 13-yard TD pass to Mike Evans, who had seven catches for 93 yards. Glennon, who signed with Chicago as a free agent last winter, was 31 of 45 for 301 yards and two interceptions in his return to Raymond James Stadium. The Bears (0-2) finished with 310 yards total offense, 1 yard less than a Bucs offense that hasn't had much work in the past month. strong>RAVENS 24, BROWNS 10 /strong> BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore relentlessly harassed two Cleveland quarterbacks, Joe Flacco ramped up his production with a pair of touchdown passes and the Ravens breezed. Building on their season-opening shutout at Cincinnati, the Ravens picked off four passes and forced a fumble, giving them 10 takeaways in two games. Most of the defense's damage came against Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who left with a migraine headache in the second quarter after four ineffective series: a three-and-out, a lost fumble, an interception and a punt. The former Notre Dame starter was replaced by second-year pro Kevin Hogan, but returned in the third quarter with Baltimore up 21-10. On his second series back, Kizer moved the Browns to the Baltimore 7 before being picked off in the end zone by Lardarius Webb. Brandon Carr's interception with 6:09 remaining all but sealed the victory. strong>TITANS 37, JAGUARS 16 /strong> JACKSONVILLE, Florida (AP) — Derrick Henry, Delanie Walker and Jalston Fowler each ran for touchdowns as the Titans dominated the Jaguars. The result was probably more indicative of what to expect from the AFC South rivals than what each showed in their season openers. Henry finished with a career-high 92 yards on the ground for the Titans (1-1), including 87 in the final two quarters. Starting running back DeMarco Murray spent much of the second half standing on the sideline and wearing a baseball cap backward, seemingly uninjured. There was no need to risk him in this one, the third consecutive lopsided score in the series. Marcus Mariota, returning to the place where he broke his right leg last December, completed 15 of 27 passes for 215 yards. He had a 32-yard touchdown pass to Jonnu Smith in the final quarter. Jacksonville's home opener felt eerily similar to most of the team's performances the previous five years: Lackluster offense and mistakes all over the field for the Jaguars (1-1). strong>PANTHERS 9, BILLS 3 /strong> CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) — Carolina's defense allowed only three points for the second straight week, and Graham Gano converted three field goals. The Panthers (2-0) held Tyrod Taylor and LeSean McCoy in check all day, limiting the Bills (1-1) to 176 yards and 10 first downs. McCoy had 9 yards on 12 carries and Taylor had 125 yards passing. The Panthers had three sacks, two by Julius Peppers in his first home game since re-signing with them. The Panthers needed a late stop to seal the win. Buffalo rookie Zay Jones tried to make a diving catch on fourth-and-11, but couldn't haul in the pass at the Carolina 3 with 9 seconds remaining. The Panthers have not allowed a touchdown in two games after beating San Francisco 23-3 in Week 1. But they lost tight end Greg Olsen in the second quarter to a broken right foot. Olsen did not miss a game in his previous 10 pro seasons. strong>BRONCOS 42, COWBOYS 17 /strong> DENVER (AP) — Trevor Siemian tied a career high with four touchdown passes and the Denver Broncos held Ezekiel Elliott to the worst game of his career — 8 yards on nine carries — in a blowout of the Dallas Cowboys in a game that included an hour-long lightning delay. Aqib Talib's 103-yard interception return for a touchdown with 53 seconds left was the final indignity for the Cowboys (1-1), who watched Von Miller end a career-long five-game sackless streak by dumping Dak Prescott twice. Elliott, who's playing while his appeal of a six-game suspension for domestic violence works its way through the courts, came into the game averaging 108 yards rushing per game and more than 5 yards a carry in his career. The star in the backfield on this day was C.J. Anderson, who rushed for 118 yards and a score and also caught a TD pass for the Broncos, whose only big blemish in their fifth straight 2-0 start was the left leg injury to tackle Garett Bolles, their No. 1 draft pick who got hurt on the opening drive of the second half. Two plays after Bolles was carted off, Siemian found Virgil Green for a 2-yard TD. Chris Harris Jr.'s interception set up Anderson's 22-yard touchdown run that made it 35-10. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2017

UP now has a lineup that can match up with any team, says Perasol

University of the Philippines only won seven times from UAAP Seasons 73 to 78. Yes, UP only won seven times in 77 games through six years and five head coaches. The dark days in Diliman hung over the likes of former mentors Aboy Castro, Boyet Fernandez, Ricky Dandan, Rey Madrid, and Rensy Bajay. Enter Bo Perasol in Season 79 and from then to Season 80, the Fighting Maroons already have seven wins. Yes, in two years at the helm, Perasol has already given State U the same number of wins it had through six years and five head coaches. Still, the 44-year-old remained modest as always. As he put it, “Unang-una, ‘di pa tapos yung ambisyon natin. Masaya tayo na naabutan na natin yun, pero malayo dapat sa utak natin yung mga nangyari noon.” He then continued, “Feeling ko, malayo pa tayo dun sa point na talagang gusto kong lumaban – yung point na pagkita mo, alam nating talo natin sila.” Indeed, looking at UP’s 2-1 record in the ongoing season could be misleading as they are yet to win against a legitimate contender. However, the mere fact that the Fighting Maroons find themselves at the top half of the standings in the earlygoing of the tournament is a marked improvement. And they can thank a much promising core for that – a core comprised by team captain Paul Desiderio, steady Jun Manzo, Malinese reinforcement Ibrahim Ouattara, and brothers Javi and Juan Gomez de Liano. It was with those five on the floor when State U went on the scintillating 21-3 surge that ultimately led to their most convincing victory thus far on Saturday. In the end, Desiderio was +21, Manzo was +4, Ouattara was +24, Javi was +22, and Juan was +11 – meaning their team was noticeably better when they shared the floor. And it will be with those five that Perasol believes they can keep making noise. “Those five, if they can hold their ground on defense, I’m positive they can match up with any team. Yung limang yun, kung kaya nilang dumepensa, kung kaya nilang mag-rebound, kaya nila,” he expressed. Without a doubt, that kind of confidence is the most obvious sign of how far UP has come. --- Followed this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Monaco rebounds by beating Strasbourg 3-0 in French league

em>By Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press /em> PARIS (AP) — Despite the departure of many key players, Monaco's strike force remains intact. Monaco, which had Europe's most potent attack last season when it dethroned Paris Saint-Germain in the French league and made it to the Champions League semifinals, already has 17 goals in six league matches. Monaco's display on Saturday in a 3-0 win over promoted Strasbourg was not as flamboyant as last season, but Leonardo Jardim's side recovered from a shock 4-0 loss at Riviera neighbor Nice last weekend with remarkable efficiency. 'It was not easy for us after the loss in the derby and this match really mattered,' Monaco defender Kamil Glik said. 'We're still in the mix.' Monaco moved level on points with leader PSG, which hosts Lyon on Sunday. Radamel Falcao, the league top scorer, added two goals to his tally to make it nine in six matches after Rony Lopes opened the scoring in the 44th minute from Falcao's assist. Monaco has sold more than 350 million euros worth of players this summer and let burgeoning star Kylian Mbappe join PSG, but it recruited Stevan Jovetic and Keita Balde as attacking reinforcements. Jovetic, who came from Inter Milan having spent the second half of last season on loan at Sevilla, has already developed an interesting partnership with Falcao. Jovetic had the first chance of the match in the 8th when he hit the crossbar after being fed by the Colombia forward. Falcao made it 2-0 after halftime from an offside position that was not spotted by the officials, and sealed the hosts' win by making the most of a defensive mistake from Strasbourg captain Kader Mangane. strong>BAMBA SCORES AGAIN /strong> Forward Jonathan Bamba scored from the penalty spot to help Saint-Etienne win at Dijon 1-0 and lift the 10-time champion to third place. Bamba has been involved in more than half of Saint-Etienne's goals so far. Saint-Etienne 'keeper Stephane Ruffier was also a factor in the visitor's fourth league win with three decisive saves. Saint-Etienne is two points behind PSG. strong>FIRST AWAY WIN /strong> Montpellier secured a first away win, 1-0 at Troyes with a goal from Pedro Mendes, who bagged his first goal in 47 matches in the topflight. Mendes, who joined from Rennes this summer, headed home the winner at the half-hour mark to help his club move three points away from the danger zone. strong>LAST-MINUTE GOAL /strong> Lille went through another tough evening and lost at Guingamp 1-0 after substitute Etienne Didot slotted home the winner in injury time with a long-range shot that took a deflection. At the helm of the youngest side in the French league, Lille coach Marcelo Bielsa has been struggling to find the right formula and won just one out of six matches. strong>ROCK-SOLID DEFENSE /strong> Nantes produced a fourth consecutive clean sheet and moved to sixth place in the standings with a 1-0 win against Caen. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

Griezmann gives Atletico win in first match at new home

em>By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press /em> MADRID (AP) — Atletico Madrid debuted its new stadium and beat Malaga 1-0 in the Spanish league on Saturday. Antoine Griezmann scored the first goal at the state-of-the-art Wanda Metropolitano. The nearly 68,000 fans at the inaugural match in the stadium on the outskirts of the Spanish capital erupted when Griezmann converted a low cross by Angel Correa from the right an hour in. 'I'm proud to have written my name in the history of the stadium and in the history of the club,' Griezmann said. 'Hopefully there will be many more goals like this in this stadium.' The victory capped a day of festivities celebrating the stadium's opening game, attended by King Felipe VI. Afterward, players went around the field greeting the fans in the stands. A show with fireworks and music ensued. 'I've never seen anything like this as a player or a coach,' Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. 'With all the flags flying at the same time, the fans were really into it, as if they wanted to be playing. It was moving.' Atletico moved to within four points of Barcelona, which came from behind to defeat Getafe 2-1 and stay perfect after four matches. Second-place Real Sociedad, the only other team which entered the weekend with a perfect record, hosts defending champion Real Madrid on Sunday. Madrid is in 11th place, seven points behind Barcelona. Malaga, which has lost all of its matches, dropped to last in the 20-team standings. Atletico played its first three games away so there was enough time to get everything ready for the inaugural match. 'It had the feeling of a final,' Atletico striker Fernando Torres said. 'As we started hearing the fans chanting our songs, we started seeing the stadium as our own. Everything is better when you win. We started with the right foot.' It moved into its new home after more than 50 years at Vicente Calderon Stadium, which was beloved by its fans and produced one of the greatest atmospheres in soccer. The crowd was still loud at Wanda Metropolitano, which offered lot more comfort and luxury. The stadium is named after the team's old Estadio Metropolitano and the Chinese company which has a stake in the club. It is the club's fifth stadium in its 114-year history. The 240 million euro ($286 million) venue is filled with references to the team's rich history, including its past stadiums and great players. strong>DECISIVE PAULINHO /strong> Paulinho scored his first goal for Barcelona late in the second half to keep alive the side's perfect record. He fought off a defender inside the area before firing into the far corner in the 84th minute. 'I'm very happy to have scored the winning goal, it was very special,' Paulinho said. A former Tottenham player who was playing in China last season, Paulinho was one of the few players signed by Barcelona in the offseason. The club paid 40 million euros to attract the Brazil midfielder and was criticized by many for spending so much on him. Getafe, which has won only one of its four games to start the season, led through Japanese midfielder Gaku Shibasaki just before halftime. Denis Suarez equalized in the second half. 'We had the game under control,' Getafe coach Jose Bordalas said. 'The players are disappointed. We put in a great effort and the result was not what we expected. It doesn't seem like it was a fair result. We were unlucky but we put on a challenge against a great team.' Barcelona won the match but lost Ousmane Dembele, its biggest offseason signing, midway through the first half because of an apparent muscle injury. strong>EVEN DERBY /strong> The Valencia derby between Levante and Valencia ended 1-1. The result left both teams also even in the standings. strong>WINLESS DEPORTIVO /strong> Midfielder Joaquin Sanchez scored in each half to give Real Betis a 2-1 victory over Deportivo La Coruna, keeping the rival winless. Deportivo has lost all of its matches except for a 2-2 draw at Levante in the second round. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

TNT battles Star in crucial Governors' Cup tiff

As the race for the Governors' Cup playoffs heats up, teams are starting to battle for position with a four twice-to-beat advantages hanging in the balance. TNT and Star make their respective cases Sunday in Antipolo as both PBA powers dispute a much-needed victory late in the season-ending joust. Tied for fourth place with rival San Miguel at 6-3, the KaTropa look to gain a share of third plae with a victory over the Hotshots. Following a rocky start to the conference, TNT has won four of its last five games and are coming in with a two-game winning streak. Meanwhile, the Hotshots are out to start a new winning run and improve their current 5-3 slate. Gametime is at 6:45 p.m. in Antipolo. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., Blackwater (4-5) takes on Globalport (3-6). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Double-time work delivers goods for Red Lions

“Double time, double time!” That was what surprise San Beda College coach Al Alegro muttered the very moment his Red Lions fell in straight sets to the favored National University Bulldogs, 15-25, 16-25, 18-25, in their first outing in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference. The next day coach Alegro, who took over when head coach Nes Pamilar underwent a heart surgery, plunged his players into longer training hours only to be clawed into submission again by the UAAP triple champion Ateneo Blue Eagles. But Alegro took comfort from the way his charges made the Blue Eagles sweat for every point, 23-25, 16-25, 25-27. Finally on Sept. 11, the coach and his team’s staunchest supporters, Atty. Tomas Africa and his wife, breathed a sigh of relief following the Red Lions’ masterful handling of the usually strong University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 25-22, 22-25, 19-25. Newcomer Jomaru Amagan exploded with 14 points and the veteran pair of Mark Christian Enciso and Limuel Patenio combined for 25 points to lead the Red Lions’ rise from a two-game skid. “Nakuha rin sa sipag,” Alegro blurted out as he rose from the bench to applaud his players. Blissful was just the exact word to describe his face as he walked toward the locker; it stayed with him, said middle blocker Adrian Viray long after the game. Inside the dressing room so overjoyed was he that he could not find enough appetite to finish off the home-cooked meals prepared and delivered to Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City by the Africas. He sat on the bench without talking. He was just looking at his players celebrating in the locker, the appetizing food before him untouched for several minutes, reported assistant coach Ariel dela Cruz. “Binubugbog ko sila ngayon sa training. Mas mahabang oras, mas mahirap na drills,” Alegro said of the kind of training he now subjects his players after the stinging loss to the Bulldogs. All his 14 players including rookies Amagan and Angelo Torres in this season-ending tournament of the PVL, a collaboration among organizer Sports Vision, official league partner Asics, and official game ball Mikasa, are eligible for the NCAA, where the Red Lions landed in third place the previous season.   strong>Unofficial team manager /strong> Atty. Africa could only smile in acceptance whenever he is referred to as San Beda’s unofficial team manager in volleyball – and basketball as well, he added. It was his brother, Fr. Eduardo Africa, he said, who started the family’s attachment to the Red Lions and Lionesses in the two sports. “During his time my brother was the sports chaplain of the college on Mendiola. Now that he is away as head of the Bukidnon monastery, the rest of us continue to support the players.” The complete San Beda lineup: Jomaru Amagan, Gian Carlo Genobaten, Angelo Torres, Adrian Viray, Yeshua Manliclic, Limuel Patenio, Rodel Nellas Casin, Bryan James Gonzales, Ferdinand Ulibas, Mark Christian Enciso, Earl Kenneth Gonzales, Mark Lorenze Santos, John Carlo Desuyo, and Gerald Zabala. Alegrio Carpio, head coach; Ariel dela Cruz, assistant coach. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Green Spikers in high spirits after shocking Bulldogs

Needing to bounce back from two consecutive defeats, the Green Spikers did it in grand style. They slew one of the two title favorites, the much taller National University Bulldogs, in a heart-stopping marathon match for only their second victory in four outings in the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference, a trailblazing event organized by Sports Vision with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa providing the official game ball. They ripped what otherwise was a tight contest wide open in the deciding set, winning 31-29, 25-23, 20-25, 19-25, 15-6 behind the combined 64-point production of Arjay Onia (21), Raymark Woo (15), Cris Dumago (15), and Joshua Jose (13). New coach Norman Miguel, who inherited the position from his mentor, Nes Pamilar, could not have asked for more from his men, particularly from Woo. He viewed their taming of the Bulldogs, back-to-back UAAP champions before the now triple titlists Ateneo Blue Eagles dislodged them, as indicative of the Green Spikers’ finally jelling under his reins as well as of Woo’s full recovery from an MCL operation. Woo, who had had an ACL surgery before getting injured again midway in last season’s UAAP, piled up 16 points in La Salle’s opening four-set win over College of St. Benilde, managed only six in a straight-sets setback to University of Santo Tomas, and 12 when the Far Eastern U Tamaraws dealt the Green Spikers their second straight loss, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18. “With Woo fully on the mend, we will be in a good position when the next UAAP volleyball season comes around,” said Miguel. “I can only hope that Onia and Dumago will maintain their consistency and Joshua (Jose) to continue to level up.” Jose, a middle attacker, is a grandson of boxing legend Flash Elorde. The Green Spikers are in a strong position as well to clinch one of the four semifinal births in the season-ending tournament of the PVL. They are presently locked in third place in the eight-team standings with the Growling Tigers at 2-2 behind the unbeaten Blue Eagles (4-0) and the Tamaraws (3-1). Norman said he’s continuing practically the same volleyball program begun by Pamilar on the Green Spikers, one anchored on quick plays. “Fast plays are now the norm in world volleyball, coach Nes used to tell us. Then and now I have always believed in my mentor’s system.” The De La Salle lineup: Rafael Macaspac, Geraint Bacon, Raymark Woo, Randy Hendriyanto, John delos Reyes, Jopet Movido, Cris Dumago, Arjay Onia, Wayne Marco, Joshua Jose, Reuel Asia, Keiffer Reyes, Zim Maravilla, and Levin Dimayuga. Norman Miguel, head coach; Christian Antiporda, assistant coach. .....»»

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Amidst pre-fight drama, Melindo ready to defend world championship at Pinoy Pride 42

There's a saying in combat sports that goes 'You're not really a champion unless you defend your belt.'  Saturday night at Pinoy Pride 42, reigning IBF light-flyweight champion Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo will get a chance to solidify his place as champion when he defends his title for the first time against South African challenger Hekkie 'The Hexecutioner' Budler.  In Budler, Melindo faces somewhat a mirror-image of himself. Both are 29 years old, both are around the 5'2-5'3 height range, and both have a 65'' reach.  Even in records, Melindo (36-2, 13 KO) and Budler (31-2, 10 KO) are in the same ballpark.  Still, when the bell rings, records and statistics are thrown out the window.  Melindo is coming off an impressive first-round knockout win over Japan's Akira Yaegashi to become the new IBF 108-pound king. Asked when he looks to do the same to Budler in their title bout on Saturday, his response was simple: 'I don't predict the knockout.' Budler on the other hand, is coming off an eighth-round stoppage of Filipino Joey Canoy back in February. Budler says that he's ready for whatever Melindo has in store for him on fight night. 'We're ready for whatever he brings to us.'  In a highly-anticipated matchup, ALA Boxing's Jonas 'Zorro' Sultan gets the biggest shot of his career when he takes on former IBF flyweight champion John Riel 'Quadro Alas' Casimero in an IBF super-flyweight title eliminator.  One of ALA Boxing's fastest rising stars, Sultan (13-3, 9 KO) is riding a four-fight winning streak and is coming off an eighth-round KO win over former world champion Sonny Boy Jaro.  Casimero (24-3, 15 KO) on the other hand, is coming off a Unanimous Decision win over Jecker Buhawi in his super-flyweight debut. Before jumping up to the 115-pound division, Casimero was the reigning IBF 112-pound king, defeating Thailand's Amnat Ruenroeng to claim the title and then defenfding it against England's Charlie Edwards in late 2016.  The winner of this all-Filipino title elminator will get the shot at reigning IBF super-flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas.  Also on the card, Jason 'El Nino' Pagara returns to the ring to face Kenya's James Onyango in a 10-round co-main event, while former world title challenger 'King' Arthur Villanueva takes on Richie Mepranum in another exciting all-Filipino contest.  Pinoy Pride 42: Clash for Glory takes place on Saturday, September 16th at the Waterfront Hotel and Casino in Cebu City.    u> strong>Full Pinoy Pride 42 Fight Card /strong> /u> IBF light-flyweight championship: Milan Melindo vs. Hekkie Budler 146 lbs - 10 rds: Jason Pagara vs. James Onyango 115 lbs - 12 rds: Jonas Sultan vs. John Riel Casimero 118 lbs - 10 rds: Arthur Villanueva vs. Richie Mepranum 113 lbs - 8 rds: Kevin Jake Cataraja vs. Wiljan Ugbaniel 122 lbs - 8 rds: Virgel Vitor vs. Alvin Bais 115 lbs - 6 rds: Kenneth Gentallan vs. Jeffrey Stella 112 lbs - 4 rds: Jeno Macapobre vs. Mel Ando   em> strong>Catch Pinoy Pride 42: Clash For Glory on Sunday, September 17, 3:30 PM on ABS-CBN channel 2 and 6:30 PM on S+A channel 23.  /strong> /em> .....»»

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Ricciardo tops both Singapore GP practices in record times

em>By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press /em> SINGAPORE (AP) — Red Bull showed it might have the form to contend for victory at the Singapore Grand Prix, with Daniel Ricciardo beating his lap record again in the second practice on Friday. Ricciardo had already crushed his lap record from last year by nearly five seconds in the afternoon's first practice, and then went two seconds quicker in the second practice. The Australian clocked 1 minute, 40.852 seconds under the floodlights, and that was enough to convince him that he can clinch a second win of the season and sixth of his career on Sunday. 'I'm not surprised with our performance,' Ricciardo said. 'I have a lot of faith we can stay there all weekend.' Teammate Max Verstappen was second, more than half a second behind, championship leader Lewis Hamilton was .70 back in third, and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas fourth. 'We looked very strong,' Verstappen said. 'We all know that Daniel is always very quick here.' It was a disappointing evening session for Ferrari, which was expected to dominate on the sinewy five-kilometer (three-mile) street circuit. Sebastian Vettel, who is second in the title race, could manage only the 11th best time and teammate Kimi Raikkonen was ninth. 'It was a difficult day and not a lot of things made sense,' Raikkonen said. 'There is a lot to work on.' Even though Vettel set his time using a slower tire compound in P2, he looked shaky and brushed the wall coming out of a routine turn. 'I was very lucky I could continue,' the four-time F1 champion said. 'It was a tricky session for us. The balance wasn't quite there.' In P1, he was second to Ricciardo, Verstappen was third and Hamilton fourth. Singapore is like Monaco and Hungary in that it is a hard-braking track which is tough to overtake on, and more suited to Ferrari and Red Bull than Mercedes. No driver has more podium finishes in Singapore than Vettel, whose impressive streak at the night race includes three straight wins from 2011-13 during his run of four straight F1 titles with former team Red Bull. But Ricciardo arrives in Singapore in very consistent form, with six podiums in the last nine races. He has further reason to be confident, finishing second here in the last two years, with the fastest lap both times. 'I knew we'd come here with a good car,' Ricciardo said. 'A dominant weekend is what I'm after.' His Red Bull team principal Christian Horner joked, perhaps it was Ricciardo's 'aerodynamic' new haircut that helped him shave off chunks of time. Regardless, Horner was somewhat cautious ahead of qualifying on Saturday. 'It was a very good day for both of our drivers. Daniel had a very strong session,' he said. 'But we didn't see Ferrari's true hand and Mercedes always hold a little bit up their sleeves.'   .....»»

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Red Sox fined for stealing signs, Yanks docked lesser amount

NEW YORK (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have been fined by Major League Baseball for using electronic equipment to steal signs given by a Yankees catcher this season, and New York has been fined a lesser amount for improper use of a dugout telephone in an earlier year. The discipline was announced Friday by baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred. The fine amounts were not announced. The money will be donated to hurricane relief efforts in Florida Manfred found insufficient evidence to support an allegation by Boston that the Yankees made inappropriate use of the YES Network against the Red Sox. The New York Times reported this month video clips sent to the commissioner’s office by the Yankees showed Boston assistant athletic trainer Jon Jochim looking at an Apple Watch during an August series. Jochim then relayed information to outfielder Brock Holt and second baseman Dustin Pedroia, who was seen passing information to Chris Young. Manfred said Boston’s owners and front office had no advance knowledge of what occurred. He said the Red Sox violated rules by sending electronic communications from their video replay room to the trainer. He said Boston stopped the conduct when its management became aware of it. “All 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks,” Manfred said in a statement. In investigating Boston’s complaint against the Yankees, Manfred said MLB learned of the improper use of the dugout phone. He said the communications that took place over the phone did not violate any rules.   .....»»

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NFL seeks quick action to get Elliott suspension reinstated

em>By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press /em> The NFL filed an emergency motion in federal appeals court Friday, hoping to get a swift ruling on its request to overrule a judge who blocked a six-game suspension for star Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in a domestic violence case in Ohio. The league filed its request with the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, even though a federal judge in Texas hasn’t ruled on a request to put the injunction on hold while an appeal is pursued. The emergency motion asks the court to rule on the request to suspend U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant’s injunction as early as Tuesday, the start of the practice week before the Cowboys’ third game of the season against Arizona. If the ruling isn’t made by Tuesday, the NFL is asking for a decision by Sept. 26, the start of practice before Dallas’ Week 4 home game against the Los Angeles Rams. Elliott had already been cleared to play in a 19-3 win over the New York Giants in the season opener before Mazzant granted his request for an injunction. Last year’s NFL rushing leader will play Sunday at Denver under Mazzant’s ruling. The 22-year-old Elliott was suspended by Commissioner Roger Goodell in August after the league concluded following a yearlong investigation that he had several physical confrontations last summer in Ohio with his girlfriend at the time. The NFL players’ union sued on Elliott’s behalf. In its emergency motion, the NFL reiterated previous arguments that Elliott’s attorneys sued prematurely because arbitrator Harold Henderson had yet to rule on the running back’s appeal of the suspension. The appeal was denied the same day as arguments over the request for an injunction from Mazzant in Sherman, Texas, about 65 miles north of Dallas. The NFL ultimately wants to get the case moved from Texas to the Southern District of New York. That was the venue for the league’s successful appeal after a federal judge had overturned New England quarterback Tom Brady’s four-game suspension in the “Deflategate” case. The NFL contends Mazzant’s ruling was an unnecessary interference in the league’s labor deal with the players. “Put differently, the six-game suspension approved by the arbitrator will ultimately stand, and no one’s interests are served by delaying that discipline based on a misguided order by a district court that lacked jurisdiction,” the NFL wrote in its motion. Mazzant’s ruling took aim at Henderson and the NFL , saying decisions not to allow Goodell and Tiffany Thompson, the ex-girlfriend, to testify at the appeal were among several factors unfair to Elliott. The NFL has maintained that it followed all procedures for discipline in the collective bargaining agreement. Three years ago, the NFL stiffened its domestic violence policy with the six-game standard and more investigative power. The changes came after the league was sharply criticized for its handling of a domestic incident involving former Baltimore running back Ray Rice. According to the letter Elliott received informing him of the suspension last month, the NFL believed he used “physical force” three times in a span of five days in a Columbus, Ohio, apartment last July resulting in injuries to Thompson’s face, neck, shoulders, arms, hands, wrists, hips and knees. Prosecutors in Columbus decided about a year ago not to pursue the case in the city where Elliott starred for Ohio State, but the NFL kept the investigation open. The league said its conclusions were based on photographs, text messages and other electronic evidence. Elliott rushed for 1,631 yards as a rookie to help the Cowboys to the best record in the NFC at 13-3. He had 104 yards in the opener against the Giants. .....»»

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