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San Beda outworks Letran for a shot at top-seed

Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon let San Beda College continue to be dominant in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, but it’s the contributions of guys like Franz Abuda and Clint Doliguez who let them be downright scary. That much was evident on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as Abuda and Doliguez turned the tides in favor of the Red Lions as they upended their archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran for a 73-68 decision. Abuda and Doliguez only scored six and five points, respectively, but it was their hustle and defense that proved to be the key to the defending champions’ 15th consecutive victory. “Clint and Franz made me look good today,” a more than satisfied head coach Boyet Fernandez said. The Knights took control in the third quarter and still led, 63-61, inside the last five minutes before Bolick willed a layup through the outstretched arms of Jeo Ambohot. “I will not take this game away from Letran. They really needed to win this game to make it to the Final Four, but we also had to win this game to prepare us for our next game,” Fernandez said. That tying basket was then followed up with back-to-back hits off offensive rebounds for Abuda and Doliguez. “Our glue guys really played good defense. It was defense and hustle that won us the game,” their mentor said. With those seven unanswered points, San Beda mounted a 63-63 lead with 2:24 remaining. The cushion would hold for the remainder of the game. In the end, Bolick had 13 points and six assists while Donald Tankoua pounded in 15 markers and eight rebounds of his own. Little-known Calvin Oftana also had much welcome contributions with 13 points, seven in the first quarter, to go along with five rebounds. Along with completing a season sweep of their archrivals, the Red Lions also remained in the running for the top-seed with a 16-1 standing. They will try for that when they wage war against league-leading Lyceum of the Philippines University next Thursday in the same venue. On the other hand, the loss drags down Letran onto a three-way tie for the fourth and final playoff berth along with also 8-9 Arellano University and San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Bong Quinto posted an 18-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead them in the losing effort. That the three-way tie stays until the end of eliminations is a possibility as the Chiefs’ final assignment is up against 10th-running Mapua University, the Knights’ last opponent is ninth-running College of St. Benilde, and the Chiefs still have eighth-running University of Perpetual Help left on their schedule. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 73 – Tankoua 15, Bolick 13, Oftana 13, Mocon 8, Soberano 6, Abuda 6, Doliguez 5, Potts 3, Noah 2, Bahio 2, Adamos 0, Cabanag 0 LETRAN 68 – Quinto 18, Balanza 16, Calvo 12, Nambatac 8, Ambohot 7, Taladua 4, Vacaro 3, Balagasay 0, Gedaria 0, Mandreza 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-14, 33-31, 52-53, 73-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Red Cubs move into two-way tie for second spot

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 12-3 br /> CSB-LSGH 11-5 br /> San Beda 11-5 br /> Letran 9-6 br /> San Sebastian 8-7 br /> Arellano 7-8 br /> LPU 7-8 br /> JRU 6-10 br /> Perpetual 5-10 br /> EAC 1-15 After an untimely three-game slide, here comes San Beda High School with a head full of steam now in the stretch run of the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. Evan Nelle stroked the nets and the other Red Cubs just followed suit in their 35-point rout, 91-56, of Emilio Aguinaldo High School on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. A three-game slide to start the second round dragged down the boys from Taytay to as low as fourth-place. Now, however, they have bounced back big-time with four consecutive victories and an 11-5 record – good for joint possession of the second spot with suddenly struggling College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills. Nelle scored eight of his 21 points as San Beda raced to a hot start, 26-4, in the opening period. They would never look back from that point all the way to a momentum-building win ahead of critical contests against fellow playoff hopefuls Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Lyceum of the Philippines University. Sam Abu Hijleh also added a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double and seven other Red Cubs also contributed at least six points. Getting pulled back in the playoff race is San Sebastian College-Recoletos which was upset by also-ran Jose Rizal High School, 76-84. Toby Agustin was a man on a mission and had 26 points, nine rebounds, and three assists as the Light Bombers took down another playoff hopeful. Their list now includes San Beda, Malayan High School of Science, Arellano High School, and now, San Sebastian. That is quite the list for a team that is no longer in contention with a 6-10 record. On the other hand, it was an unwelcome loss for the Staglets who, now at 8-7, take a step back from the top four teams. As such, they need to win their remaining three assignments just to have a shot at a playoff berth. Damie Cuntapay led them in the losing effort with a 13-point, 21-rebound double-double. Their loss dropped the Brigadiers to 1-15. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 91 – Nelle 21, Abu Hijleh 10, Velasquez 8, Etrata 8, Nayve 8, Obenza 7, Mahinay 7, Tagala 6, Sese 6, Dela Rosa 4, Alfaro 2, Lagumen 2, Oliva 2, Garcia 0 EAC 56 – Cruz 23, Castillo 15, Dulatre 8, Boado 3, Oriondo 3, Satillian 2, Tapales 2, Mananquil 0, Mostoles 0, Matilde 0, Suniga 0, Diaz 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 26-4, 53-22, 76-37, 91-56 SECOND GAME JRU 84 – Agustin 26, Camua 15, Caballero 11, Serrano 10, Dionisio 7, Tolentino 7, Sicat 3, Buno 3, Delos Santos 2, Buazon 0, Amores 0, Sabado 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 76 – Calahat 15, Desoyo 14, Cuntapay 13, Pelias 10, Villapando 9, Umayao 5, Pasamante 4, Sumoda 4, Aguilar 2, Timbancaya 0, Are 0, Magbanua 0, Rodriguez 0, Suico 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-21, 50-38, 65-54, 84-76 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

Squires keep streaking with sixth straight, keep Braves reeling

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> CSB-LSGH 10-2 br /> Malayan 10-2 br /> Letran 8-4 br /> San Beda 7-5 br /> San Sebastian 5-6 br /> Arellano 5-7 br /> LPU 5-7 br /> Perpetual 4-7 br /> JRU 4-8 br /> EAC 1-1 It has been more than a month since Colegio de San Juan de Letran last lost in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Niel Tolentino and Lakksman Ganapathy made sure that wasn’t changing on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, showing the way for the Squires as they successfully defended their winning steak against determined Arellano High School via a 65-58 victory. The Intramuros-based squad last lost on August 4 for a 2-4 standing. Since then, they have rang off six consecutive victories to grab and then keep hold of solo third. “Nakuha na nila yung sistema e. Naintindihan na nila kung anong kailangan namin,” head coach Raymond Valenzona said. This is a marked improvement for a team which won just seven of 18 games a season ago. “Pero ang Final Four pa rin ang goal namin, siyempre,” Valenzona said. The better showing was yet again in display in this one as Valenzona’s boys took charge right from the get-go and never trailed. Of course, the Braves slowly but surely crept back to within 55-60 inside the last two minutes only to see Niel Tolentino’s layup right through the defense of MVP leader Aaron Fermin spark Letran’s 5-2 charge to close the contest. In the end, Tolentino had 13 points, seven rebounds, and two assists while Lakksman Ganapathy provided the backup with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.. With the win, the Squires gained more separation from archrival San Beda High School which stands at solo fourth with a 7-5 record. They also remain within striking distance of the top two spots occupied by both 10-2 Malayan High School of Science and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills. On the other hand, Arellano is now essentially in a must-win situation after dropping its third in a row. At 5-7, they are tied for the sixth spot with Lyceum of the Philippine University. Fred Segura led them in the losing effort with 25 points while Fermin tallied 11 points, 16 rebounds, and seven blocks. Meanwhile, Jose Rizal High School finally took down a non-contender, dispatching Emilio Aguinaldo College, 92-85. Toby Agustin topped the scoring column with 26 points as the Light Bombers registered their fourth win in 12 games. This adds to their upsets of San Beda, Malayan, and Arellano. The loss dropped the Brigadiers to 1-11. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2017

NU claims breakthrough men s taekwondo crown

National University virtually clinched its first-ever men's title with a 6-1 win over traditional powerhouse University of Sto. Tomas Friday in the UAAP Season 80 taekwondo tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym.        Undefeated in five bouts, the Bulldogs will still emerge as champions even if they drop their final elimination round assignment. NU is still fighting Far Eastern University as of posting time.      University of the Philippines wound up with a 4-2 record following a 7-0 blanking of a shorthanded University of the East side.      The Fighting Maroons can still savage second place if the Bulldogs beat the Tamaraws in their final elims bout.  The Growling Tigers fell at 3-2 with one bout remaining against the Red Warriors.  Even with a win over UE and ends up in joint second with UP, UST will finish third by virtue of winner-over-the-other rule.      The Lady Bulldogs, meanwhile, moved closer in claiming a back-to-back crown after a 6-1 victory over the Tigresses.      Also sporting a spotless 5-0 card, NU can wrap up the crown with a victory over UP.      The Lady Maroons, who hold a 4-1 card, will clinch the title if they topple the Lady Bulldogs, while a loss will give the Diliman-based jins a runner-up finish.      UST fell in a tie with Ateneo, a 6-1 winner over FEU, at 3-2, as the Tigresses and the Lady Eagles were fighting for third place. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

Pacers build big lead, hold on to beat Grizzlies 116-113

By Clay Bailey, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Darren Collison scored a season-high 30 points, Victor Oladipo had 21 and the Indiana Pacers built an early lead before holding off a late rally to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 116-113 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Collison added eight assists, made all 12 of his foul shots and connected on 8-of-13 from the field, including 2-of-4 from outside the arc. Memphis lost its third straight. It had a chance to tie it after a review of an out-of-bounds call gave the Grizzlies the ball with nine seconds left. Marc Gasol's three-pointer with three seconds remaining was off the mark. Gasol led Memphis with 35 points and 13 rebounds. Tyreke Evans added 18 points and nine assists, while Chandler Parsons scored 13 points. Bojan Bogdanovic finished with 16 points for Indiana, including a three-pointer that momentarily stalled a fourth-quarter surge by Memphis. The Grizzlies trailed by 17 early in the fourth but scored 10 straight points to cut the deficit to 105-98 before Bogdanovic's triple. Memphis played without starting point guard Mike Conley, who has a sore left Achilles tendon. Despite shooting well at times, Memphis' offense seemed in disarray and committed fifteen turnovers. TIP-INS Pacers: Indiana's 67 first-half points were the most allowed in a half by Memphis this season. ... Collison's previous high this season was 25 at Cleveland on Nov. 1 (Nov. 2, PHL time). The 30 points matched his career best as a Pacer. ... Thaddeus Young had five points, ending his string of double-digit scoring games at nine. ... The Pacers had lost four straight road games in the series. Grizzlies: Mario Chalmers started in Conley's place. ... F JaMychal Green returned to action after missing 12 games for an ankle injury that occurred in the season opener. UP NEXT Pacers: Host Detroit on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Grizzlies: Host Houston on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) — the fourth and last time the two Southwest Division foes face each other in the regular season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 1: The LPU Pirates are knocking on the door of history

The best-ever start to the season in the 93-year history of the NCAA belongs to Lyceum of the Philippines University. Yes, that Pirate crew which has been in the league for only six years. That best-ever start, 18 wins in 18 games, has put LPU straight into the Finals. Meaning, not only have they made their first playoffs, they have also made their first championship round. In doing so, the Pirates were also granted the luxury of a three-week break while watching their challengers in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Jose Rizal University, and San Beda College go at it in successive knockout bouts. And for now, their first-ever Finals is far from the minds of the Intramuros-based squad. LOVE. SERVE. CARE. After setting the league on fire through 18 games, their first agenda was to stay true to the three words on the back of their warmup shirts: “Love, Serve, Care.” “We went to White Cross which is a home for kids who were abandoned,” head coach Topex Robinson shared. “It’s a part of letting them know how blessed they are to be in this situation right now.” Last October 26, LPU visited the orphanage in San Juan to spend time with youngsters whom they want to inspire. While that isn’t necessarily the typical preparation for a big game, it does help with the mental aspect of things – specifically, reminding them that they aren’t bigger than anything. “Amongst us, we know how we handle things. They know that our job isn’t done, that we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Robinson said. “Rather than boast and be proud, we did a lot of community service so again, it’s going back to service. We could be enjoying everything, but it’s always about helping back and giving back.” HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS And so, two-thirds of the Pirates’ three-week break was devoted to both giving back and looking back. According to their mentor, most of the players went back home to their provinces during the Halloween break. “I gave them three days off to go back to their families. Ang reminder ko dun when they went back is to try to remember where they started and how everything has gone for them,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s always about remembering saan sila nanggaling before.” Robinson went on to say how he reminded CJ Perez of how he went from Pangasinan to San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then transferring to Ateneo de Manila University only to find his home inside the Walls of Intramuros. The same goes for Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco who floundered in National University and for Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee who found no place in Adamson University. “It’s always about being grateful for where they are now,” the head coach said. READY. SET. GO. All of this means that mentally, LPU is more than prepared as it sees action in its first-ever Finals – which just so happens to also be its first time playing on the floor of the Araneta Coliseum. Now that has been taken care of, they turn their attention to the game itself. “We were pretty much trying to take it lightly because we had three weeks, but we will be playing Alab (Pilipinas) in a tuneup match,” Robinson said. He then continued, “It’s gonna be our first, pretty much, basketball (since October 19).” That is why, on Sunday, the Pirates took on, and closely competed with, Ray Parks Jr.-led and Jimmy Alapag-coached Alab of the Asean Basketball League. After that, they return to practice to re-ignite the flame that had them setting the league on fire for 18 games. Nobody knows exactly what will happen in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. One thing is for sure, though: the LPU Pirates will cherish their first-ever Finals, their first time at the Araneta Coliseum, and their first chance to officially put their school at the top tier of teams. After all, just six seasons ago, that was all but a dream for them. LPU and whoever wins between San Beda and San Sebastian will wage war in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss

Ateneo stayed on track for an elimination round sweep after fending off University of Santo Tomas, 102-83, in the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournamentSaturdayat Smart Araneta Coliseum. The Blue Eagles remained undefeated after 12 games while also sending the Growling Tigers to a 0-13 record. After watching their 65-49 lead dissipate to just five, 75-70, at the end of the third, the Blue Eagles responded soundly in the fourth and put the Growling Tigers in their place. Ateneo mounted a 17-7 run with Thirdy Ravena capping it off with the most vicious of finishes when he dunked home a tomahawk from just inside the circle to give the Blue Eagles a 92-77 lead with2:22left in the ga...Keep on reading: Ateneo nears sweep, sends UST to 13th straight loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Drummond s FTs lift Pistons over Bucks 105-96

DETROIT -- Andre Drummond scored 14 of his 24 points in the third quarter -- thanks mostly to an uncharacteristically sharp performance from the free throw line -- and the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 105-96 on Friday night. Drummond, who has shot under 40 percent from the line in his career, went 10 of 12 in the third, drawing a roar of approval from fans. He went 14 for 16 on the night, the most he's ever made in his career, and is shooting 78 percent from the line this season. Avery Bradley scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half for the Pistons, who went on a 21-5 run late in the second quarter and led 59-48 at halftime. The lead was 17 early in the third, and Drummond helped hold off the Bucks for the rest of that period. Detroit went on a 9-1 run to start the fourth and led 91-73. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points for Milwaukee. There have been a surprising number of empty seats in the first season for the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena, and that was the case again Friday, but there were enough fans to create a lively atmosphere, especially as Drummond made free throw after free throw in the third. Toward the end of the period, he waved his hand to ask for more noise after drawing a foul, and the crowd obliged. STANDINGS Detroit, which entered the game tied with Indiana for first place in the Central Division, has won four of five. This was the first game back home for the Pistons after a road trip that included a win at Golden State. TIP-INS Bucks: Khris Middleton, coming off a 43-point performance Wednesday against Charlotte, scored 16. ... Milwaukee was without Greg Monroe, sidelined because of a left calf strain. Pistons: Detroit played without Jon Leuer due to a left ankle sprain. UP NEXT Bucks: At Cleveland on Tuesday night. Pistons: Host Sacramento on Saturday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

For the third time, LPU s Perez is Player of the Week

Lyceum of the Philippines University is inching closer towards rewriting history in the 93rd NCAA Men s Basketball Tournament and so does prolific guard CJ Perez. The 6-foot-1 Perez continues to come up with strong all around numbers, putting him on of clinching the highest individual award and becoming the first homegrown cager to do so in the last three years. Up against Final Four-bound Jose Rizal University last Friday, Perez proved a handful over his Heavy Bombers counterparts as he tallied a game-high of 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and as many steals while leading the Pirates to a dominant 100-63 victory. It was the 17th straight win overall for rampaging LPU which could complete an impressive sweep of the double-round of eliminations with a repeat victory over defending champion San Beda College on Thursday. Perez, as expected, should play a main role anew. “We just want to honor the game like what coach (Topex Robinson) is telling us since day one. We look forward to our rematch with the Red Lions and we’re gonna give our best,” he said. Without a doubt, Perez’s sustained brilliance continues to grab the attention not only of his rivals but also of covering scribes who bestowed on him the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week award for the third time this season. Barring any ejection, Perez appears to be well on his way to the MVP title which was previously hoisted by Mapua University’s Allwell Oraeme in the last two years. Former University of Perpetual Help star Earl Scottie Thompson was the last local player to bag the coveted award in 2014. Perez earned the nod over pro-bound Lervin Flores of resurgent Arellano University for the weekly citation. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2017

Perfect Pirates put on a show against Heavy Bombers

Lyceum of the Philippines University was supposedly heading into its toughest stretch in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. And yet, even up against already playoff-bound Jose Rizal University on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Pirates made it look easy. Everybody from CJ Perez to Spencer Pretta was on-point as the league-leaders stamped their class on the once flying high Heavy Bombers, 100-63. The win was LPU’s 17th in as many games, keeping it at the top spot ahead of a much-awaited matchup with defending champion San Beda College. The Pirates imposed their will from the get-go and outscored their opponents for all of the four quarters. “We came to play. We came to honor the game and we will play how we always play,” a beaming head coach Topex Robinson said. It took until the final frame, however, for the match to turn into a mismatch. “You always want to be at your best. Whether we are up by 20 or down by 20, we will always play the same,” Robinson said. In a two-minute sequence that may just perfectly paint a picture of the Intramuros-based squad’s season, they forced four turnovers in a row that led to a Mike Nzeusseu windmill, a CJ Perez slam, and a Spencer Pretta to Perez alley-oop. By then, the score read 76-55. And with 7:50 still remaining, JRU head coach Vergel Meneses already waved the white flag. Perez was the lone player in double-digits with 24 points on top of eight rebounds, four rebounds, and four steals. Pretta and Ralph Tansingco chipped in nine points apiece while Raymar Caduyac, Jaycee Marcelino, Jeffrey Santos, and Edcor Marata all had eight markers. Now at 17-0, LPU goes for an eliminations sweep against the 16-1 Red Lions next Thursday at the same venue. If the league-leaders win, they automatically advance to the Finals with a twice-to-beat advantage. If the defending champions win, they force a playoff for the top-seed. Win or lose, the game had no implications for the Heavy Bombers who are already locked into the third-seed. Lloyd Castor topped the scoring column for them with 12 points as they ended the eliminations at 11-7. BOX SCORES LPU 100 – Perez 24, Pretta 9, Tansingco 9, Caduyac 8, Marcelino JC 8, Santos 8, Marata 8, Marcelino JV 6, Serrano 6, Ayaay 4, Nzeusseu 4, Ibanez 4, Liwa 2, Baltazar 0, Cinco 0 JRU 63 – Castor 12, Teodoro 11, Dela Virgen 10, Poutouochi 8, Mendoza 8, Sibangan 4, Mariano 4, Grospe 4, Abdul Razak 2, Mate 0, Sawat 0, Pontejos 0, Bordon 0, Lasquety 0, David 0 QUARTER SCORES: 24-18, 42-34, 68-53, 100-63 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Aldridge still trying to find his place with Spurs

em>By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press /em> SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge admitted to feeling some frustration following an offseason filled with trade rumors. They troubled him enough to do something he hadn’t really done before. The 6’11” forward reached out to coach Gregg Popovich for a serious talk about his place on the team as it continues its transition, slowly but surely, away from the Tim Duncan/Big Three era. “The relationship has always been great, it’s no issue,” Aldridge said. “It’s just that I’m trying how to mesh who I was to who I am now and trying to get more out of me in the system.” The success of those talks could go a long way in determining if the Spurs can keep their place among the top teams in the rugged Western Conference. San Antonio essentially stood pat in the offseason, adding Rudy Gay and Joffrey Lauvergne while losing Jonathon Simmons and David Lee. The Spurs will again rely on veterans like Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Pau Gasol while anticipating improvement from younger players like Dejounte Murray, Davis Bertans and Bryn Forbes. Entering his 12th NBA season, Aldridge has averaged 18.0 and 17.3 points in two seasons with San Antonio. Those are respectable numbers, but not for a four-time All-Star with Portland who became the biggest free agent signing in Spurs history. “It was a probably a little bit of frustration at one point on my end because I felt like I wasn’t really fitting into the system as well as I could and I wasn’t helping to the level I felt like I could,” Aldridge said. The frustration grew in the postseason, which ended with a sweep by Golden State in the conference finals. Aldridge averaged 15.5 points against the Warriors, but only 11.3 points in the final three games after the Spurs lost Leonard to an ankle injury in Game 1. While fans and Aldridge himself are demanding more, Popovich and his teammates simply want more of the same. “I feel like he played well for us last year,” said Leonard, who sat out the entire preseason as a precaution to protect his right quadriceps. “Come in and be a presence on both ends of the floor be aggressive.” Aldridge said he is healthy after missing two games in early March due to a minor heart arrhythmia and playing with tendinitis throughout the season. He has looked comfortable and happy in the preseason, averaging 16.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four games while taking on a greater leadership role. “Now we’ve got to help [Aldridge] out a little bit more so he’s comfortable in his own space offensively,” Popovich said. “I haven’t done a very good job with that [in the past].” Some other things to watch from the Spurs early this season: strong>PROMISING PARKER: /strong> Parker’s rapid recovery from a ruptured quadriceps tendon has astounded doctors, the Spurs and even himself. San Antonio’s veteran point guard plans to return by mid- to late-November, which is two to four months sooner than initially expected. Parker could not move for three weeks after suffering the injury May 4 against Houston in the second round of the playoffs. The 35-year-old had to re-learn how to walk and was told he might not be able to bend his knee as he had before. Parker is cleared for all activities, but was held out of full-contact practices. strong>MURRAY’S GROWTH: /strong>Murray is expected to start at point guard while Parker completes his injury rehabilitation. The second-year player out of Washington has averaged 9.3 points and a team-high 3.8 assists in the preseason. The 6’5” guard averaged 3.4 points and 1.3 assists in limited minutes last season. “I’m very optimistic about his future,” Ginobili said. “He’s going to be a great player, a potential All-Star, [but] you don’t know if it’s going to happen now or in five years. It depends a lot him, but he’s a very talented kid.” strong>MANU RETURNS: /strong> Ginobili returns for his 16th season after nearly retiring in the offseason. Admitting it was a “close call,” Ginobili opted to return to the only NBA team he has played for. Ginobili averaged 7.5 points last season, the lowest of his career, but enjoyed one of his most injury-free seasons. “I still had the appreciation for the game, I still enjoy being here every day,” Ginobili said. “Incredible organization and a place where I feel respected and listened to and appreciated and I appreciate it, too.” strong>YOUTH MOVEMENT: /strong> The Spurs are expected to rely more on their youth than in previous seasons. Second-year players Murray, Bertans and Forbes and rookies Derrick White and Brandon Paul are embracing that opportunity, even impressing San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich. strong>ONE PLAYER, MULTIPLE ROLES: /strong> Gay joined San Antonio after playing the past four seasons in Sacramento. After missing the final two months of last season following surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon, the 12-year veteran has participated fully during the preseason. At 6-foot-8, Gay is expected to play multiple positions in the frontcourt in a role similar to the one filled by Boris Diaw. “It was a do or die point in my career,” Gay said. “I wanted to be with an organization that is known for winning and can help me raise my game to another level. So, I mean, where else do you go?” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Would less games benefit the NBA?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> NBA commissioner Adam Silver was quoted recently saying 'there's nothing magical about 82 games.' So what is the right number of games for the NBA regular season, and what would that schedule look like? * * * strong>David Aldridge: /strong>A 70-game schedule would, IMHO, be perfect for just about everyone concerned. Over the course of six months, that's just two fewer games per team per month. Fans would barely notice. But players would. While that doesn't sound like a major reduction, I think there would be an improvement in quality of play. Reducing to 70 while keeping the new mid-October start date of the regular season would also allow two significant changes: under my schedule, teams that get scheduled to play on Christmas Day on ESPN/ABC and TNT would get a mandatory four days off afterward to be with their families at home -- no games for any of those dozen teams after Christmas until Dec. 30. And, it would allow the league to make the post-All-Star break as long as it wants. A whole week? No games until the following Saturday/Sunday? Fine by me. Especially with the earlier trade deadline now in place, a whole week off for everyone would allow newly acquired players significant practice time with their new team. Now, owners would complain about losing six home games and the revenue they get from them. But, really: is a fan in Milwaukee really going to miss those second games against Indiana or Detroit or Charlotte in a given year? (And, vice versa for fans of those teams.) strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong>The right number is 82. The ideal schedule would look like this season’s or maybe something slightly airier. Let’s let the extra week folded into the 2017-18 schedule play out to see if it has the desired result in rest and recovery, and then maybe stretch things by an additional week next season. Better that than to cut back to, say, 66 games, which would reduce revenue for both the owners and the players, while ending much of the fun in comparing teams and stars across eras. Say bye, too, to modern players scaling lifetime statistical categories unless they plan to stick around for an extra three or four seasons. At some point, it no longer will make sense to argue about the superiority of the most highly conditioned, prepared and doted-upon athletes in history if they’re swaddled in bubble wrap relative to the legends of the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s who gutted out four games in five nights while flying commercially. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong> This marks the 50 year anniversary of the 82-game schedule, but it's really meaningless to have an intelligent conversation about shortening the schedule until players and owners and networks agree to shorten their wallets. And we know that's not happening. The ideal length would be 70-75 games but good luck getting owners to refund the networks about 15-20 percent, and the networks offering rebates to sponsors, and the players taking pay cuts. strong>John Schuhmann: /strong>I've long thought that 72 games -- three against each team in your conference, two against each team in the other conference -- would be a better number, further reducing back-to-backs and general schedule stress. Now, if we want to get to a 1-16 playoff format and a balanced schedule, then there would need to be a system that rotates your three-game opponents through the years. Gate and local TV revenue would suffer some, but a reduction in total games doesn't necessarily mean a reduction in national TV games. In fact, those national TV games would become more important and less likely to be hampered by injuries or fatigue. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong> I agree with the Commissioner, there is nothing particularly 'magical' about the 82-game schedule. There's only something sentimental about it, mostly because we've grown accustomed to that number over the course of the past five decades. The number of games is not relevant if the end goal is to find a sweet spot for player rest and the finest product that can be produced for the consumption of the basketball public. Perhaps a stretch provision of the current season is more important than a reduction in the number of games. We're already starting the season a week earlier this season, why not another week or two earlier? An improved NBA calendar, to me, is like an improved school calendar (for those of you with school-age children, you know where I'm coming from). The number of days stay the same. But the start and end date and the built in breaks are what really matter. Would a 12-game reduction to 70 regular season contests satisfy all involved? I think so, in many respects. It would also allow for a stretching of key dates (All-Star, trade deadline, Draft, free agency, etc.) over the course of the calendar. My ideal NBA season would include all of those key dates during the course of the regular season so that 'offseason' felt more like a break than it does now. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Tanaka, Judge save Yanks; Bird homers for 1-0 win in Game 3

em>By Mike Fitzpatrick, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — Masahiro Tanaka’s seven-inning gem was saved when Aaron Judge prevented a home run in right field, and Greg Bird homered to give the New York Yankees a 1-0 victory over the Cleveland Indians in Game 3 on Sunday night, extending their AL Division Series. Aroldis Chapman got a five-out save as New York avoided a three-game sweep by the defending AL champions. With two on in the ninth, Chapman struck out cleanup hitter and former Reds teammate Jay Bruce, and Carlos Santana flied out to center. The Yankees got a splendid performance from Tanaka in an old-fashioned October pitching duel with Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco. Tanaka got a boost when Judge robbed Francisco Lindor of a two-run homer in the sixth. Bird came through with the huge hit New York had to have when he connected against loser Andrew Miller in the seventh. New York rebounded from a bruising loss Friday in Game 2 that led to heavy criticism of manager Joe Girardi, booed Sunday night by the home crowd during pregame introductions. Game 4 is Monday night at Yankee Stadium, with young ace Luis Severino scheduled to start for New York. Cleveland might go with Game 1 winner Trevor Bauer on three days’ rest. Cleveland had won six straight ALDS games, one shy of the 2009-11 Yankees for the best such streak ever. This was the Yankees’ first 1-0 postseason victory since Game 3 of their 2001 ALDS against Oakland, when Derek Jeter’s backhanded flip beat Jeremy Giambi to the plate for a crucial, memorable out. Judge’s grab was the big defensive play Sunday. With a runner on first in a scoreless game, Lindor lofted a sixth-inning drive toward the short right-field porch at Yankee Stadium. Judge backed up to the wall with his 6-foot-7 frame and barely needed to jump to extend his glove above the fence and make the catch, just to the right of the auxiliary scoreboard. The sellout crowd of 48,614 roared and Judge flashed a bright smile. It was the first time the rookie had robbed an opponent of a home run and the first time Lindor had ever been so denied, according to ESPN Stats & Info. Tanaka tipped his cap in appreciation and held Cleveland down until he was done. The right-hander, beaten 3-0 by Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros in the 2015 AL wild-card game, struck out seven, walked one and allowed three hits. He whiffed three of his first four batters and was aided by two double plays. The biggest test for Tanaka came in the fourth, after Jason Kipnis’ one-out triple glanced off the thumb of Judge’s glove in deep right field and rolled away. Tanaka beared down and fanned No. 3 batter Jose Ramirez and Bruce, then turned to shout and slapped his glove in excitement. Bruce struck out four times batting fourth in place of injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, who sat out after leaving Game 2 with a sprained right ankle. Michael Brantley filled in for Encarnacion as the designated hitter. Tasked with extending the Yankees’ season, Tanaka delivered under pressure in his second career playoff start. After going 13-12 with a 4.74 ERA during an inconsistent season, he was pitching on eight days’ rest but looked plenty sharp. In his previous outing, he struck out a career-high 15 over seven scoreless innings in his final regular-season start against Toronto. Carrasco matched Tanaka into the sixth. The right-hander, who was 11-2 with a 2.65 ERA in 17 road starts this season, gave up three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. Also helped by two double plays, he struck out seven and was lifted with the bases loaded. Miller retired Starlin Castro on a popup to end the inning. strong>TRAINER’S ROOM /strong> em> strong>Indians: /strong> /em> Encarnacion is day to day, manager Terry Francona said. He did not expect the slugger to be available off the bench in this one. ... Ramirez fouled a ball off his right leg in the fourth. He was checked by a trainer but stayed in the game. ... Francona said he had his entire bullpen available after Friday’s 13-inning victory. em> strong>Yankees: /strong> /em>Dellin Betances wasn’t used after throwing 35 pitches in two-plus innings and taking the loss in Game 2. Before the game, Girardi said he wasn’t sure if the big right-hander would be available. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Indians: /strong> /em> Before the game, Francona said Bauer would be “available” to pitch Monday — but wouldn’t commit to starting him — if the series went to Game 4. There’s rain in the New York forecast Monday. Josh Tomlin was initially penciled in to start a potential Game 4, but he tossed two hitless innings in relief Friday and was the Game 2 winner. Tomlin was still under consideration for Game 4 as well, Francona said. em> strong>Yankees: /strong> /em>Severino got only one out in the wild-card game against Minnesota last Tuesday, but New York’s lineup and bullpen bailed him out. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

Hamilton wins Japanese GP to move closer to F1 title

em>By Jim Armstrong, Associated Press /em> SUZUKA, Japan (AP) — Championship leader Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday, taking a major step toward winning his fourth Formula One title. The Mercedes driver crossed the finish line 1.2 seconds ahead of Malaysia GP winner Max Verstappen to claim his eighth F1 victory of the season and third at the Suzuka circuit. Verstappen's Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third. 'The track was fantastic today and the team did an unbelievable job,' Hamilton said. 'Max drove an outstanding race. Obviously, it wasn't easy for us.' Hamilton moved 59 points clear of title rival Sebastian Vettel with four races left. Vettel was forced to retire on the third lap when his Ferrari lost power. Starting from pole position next to Vettel, Hamilton held the lead through the first turn. With Vettel out of the race, it quickly became a showdown between Hamilton and Max Verstappen. Hamilton built up a four-second lead over the Red Bull driver through the first 15 laps and made his only pit stop on the 23rd lap. Verstappen pitted a lap earlier than Hamilton, then produced some good laps to cut the lead to 1.7 seconds midway through the race. Verstappen closed to within a second at the start of the final lap but traffic allowed Hamilton to escape once more and seal the narrow win. 'I was able to hold him behind me but he got very close,' Hamilton said. 'We had a bit of traffic but it was very close at the end.' Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was fourth followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. The Force India duo of Esteban Ocon and Sergio Perez was sixth and seventh, respectively. Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eighth followed by teammate Romain Grosjean. Williams driver Felipe Massa rounded out the top 10. Vettel's early retirement put a serious dent in his fading hopes of coming back to win the championship. He also had mechanical issues at Malaysia and started at the back of the grid before working his way to a fourth-place finish. 'It is obviously a pity the last two races with the reliability issues,' Vettel said. 'But you know, it's like that sometimes. Of course it hurts, and we're all disappointed.' Sauber driver Marcus Ericsson also retired early when he ran across the gravel and dived nose-first into the barriers. Carlos Sainz lost control of his Toro Rosso, spinning across the gravel into the wall on the outside and retiring after the second lap. Mercedes also increased its lead in the Constructors' standings to 145 points over Ferrari. Red Bull is in third place with 303 points. The next race is Oct. 22 in the United States. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017

Perfect Pirates, Player of the Week Perez making it look easy

As Lyceum of the Philippines University draws nearer to a historic elimination round sweep in the NCAA Season 93, CJ Perez is starting to make it look easy. Perez was once again at the forefront of the Pirates' attack as they siezed win number 16, 81-69, over Colegio de San Juan de Letran on Friday. Perez scored 10 of his 24 points in the final seven minutes of the fourth quarter to repeatedly turn back every rally from the Knights and move his crew two wins away from completing an 18-game elimination round sweep. For his exploits, he once again bagged the Chooks-to-Go NCAA Press Corps Player of the Week Award. Perez' effortless destruction of the Knights earned him the praises of head coach Topex Robinson, but for his longtime mentor it's really the attitude of his prized wingman which truly stands out. 'Conscious siya pag nagkamali siya. He knows na nagkamali siya. One thing I like about him, and I always try to brag about my coaches in Alaska, he will never blame yung kasama,' said Robinson. 'Hindi siya yung, pag hindi pinasahan magagalit. He knows that kumbaga, he knows (he needs) the support of everyone,' he added. It was the second time Perez bagged the weekly award handed out by sports scribes. He was the very first player to be feted the individual recognition this season. To do so, Perez edged out impressive performances from Mapua University's Andoy Estrella, San Beda College's Javee Mocon, Jose Rizal University's Jed Mendoza, and Arellano University's Kent Salado. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2017

Bombers ward off Stags to close in on return to playoffs

With its new and improved backcourt showing the way, Jose Rizal University has one foot in the door for a return to the Final Four now in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Jed Mendoza poured in six of his 14 points in the final frame, Teytey Teodoro again brought the big baskets, and the Heavy Bombers just had enough to stop oncoming San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 60-58, on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. With the win, Vergel Meneses’ wards are assured of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth. “Yung mga players ko, they want to prove that they belong in this league,” the head coach said after they improved to 10-6 – still solo third-place. Making it happen was Cameroonian Abdel Poutouochi who coolly converted a couple of charities to overturn a one-point deficit into a one-point advantage with 29.5 ticks to go. “Yung composure namin, nandun kanina. They got the lead then we got the basket,” Meneses said. The Golden Stags had a golden opportunity to take back the lead only to see Ryan Costelo split his defenders and shoot a runner that hit the back of the ring. Mendoza’s split from the stripe and Michael Calisaan’s botched reverse layup later and JRU sealed the deal on its third win in a row. “Tapos yung last two (possessions), we had a good stop,” the head coach said. Teodoro wound up with 11 points, including a booming triple that gave his team some separation in the last five minutes. Ervin Grospe also contributed 14 markers of his own. The Heavy Bombers need one more win to officially book a ticket into the playoffs and they try to do just that next Tuesday up against Mapua University. Without a doubt, this is already an improvement from their 9-9 finish from a season ago which had them out of the playoff picture. On the other hand, Baste needs to win out in its remaining three assignments to have a shot at the Final Four. Calisaan was the lone double-digit scorer for them in this one with 15 points to go along with 13 rebounds. BOX SCORES JRU 60 – Grospe 14, Mendoza 14, Teodoro 11, Poutouochi 10, Sawat 6, Dela Virgen 3, Abdul Razak 2, Lasquety 0, David 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 58 – Calisaan 15, Bulanadi 9, Calma 9, Ilagan 8, David 7, Navarro 3, Costelo 2, Baetiong 2, Capobres 2, Mercado 1, Gayosa 0, Are 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-17, 33-30, 46-45, 60-58 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2017

DLSU Lady Paddlers near sweep

Reigning women's champion De La Salle University moved two wins of advancing to the Finals outright, while men's titleholder University of Santo Tomas became the first semifinalist in the UAAP Season 90 table tennis tournament Wednesday at the UP CHK Gym.      The Lady Paddlers improved to 12-0 following 3-0 victories over University of the East and Adamson University.      The Growling Tigers, meanwhile, overcame University of the Philippines and Far Eastern University via identical 3-2 scores to extend their winning run to 11 games after a season-opening loss to National University.      The women's Final Four cast is complete, with UST, FEU and UP joining De La Salle in the playoffs.      The Tigresses, who defeated Ateneo and Adamson via similar 3-0 scorelines, are running second at 10-2, while the Lady Tamaraws, who also scored 3-0 wins over the Lady Bulldogs and the Lady Warriors, have a 8-4 card in third place.      After bowing to the Lady Falcons, 2-3, the Lady Maroons bounced back with a 3-1 conquest of the Lady Bulldogs to secure the last semis berth at 7-5.      The Lady Paddlers need to prevail their last two elimination round ties tomorrow, including a match-up with the Tigresses in the afternoon, to make it to the best-of-three championship round.           NU moved closer in advancing to the men's semifinals following victories over Ateneo (3-0) and UE (3-1) for a 9-3 slate.      UP, UE and Adamson University are locked in a three-way tie for third place at 7-5, while De La Salle is a game behind with a 6-6 card at No. 6. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2017

San Beda remains in hot pursuit of CSB-LSGH for second spot

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 12-2 br /> CSB-LSGH 11-4 br /> San Beda 10-5 br /> Letran 9-6 br /> San Sebastian 8-6 br /> LPU 7-8 br /> Arellano 6-8 br /> JRU 5-10 br /> Perpetual 4-10 br /> EAC 1-14 Only one playoff incentive remains in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament and four teams have realistic shots at it. Both College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and San Beda High School are still the frontrunners for the twice-to-beat advantage following separate wins on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Pounding on the boards and taking full advantage of their many more shot attempts, the Junior Blazers got the better of Jose Rizal High School, 80-73. Joel Cagulangan, Joshua Marcos, and Mark Sangco each scored 15 points to carry their team back onto the win column now at 11-4. Inand Fornilos proved to be the biggest difference between the two teams, however, and posted a 12-point, 18-rebound double-double. All this, while standing at the forefront of their massive advantage in offensive rebounds, 24-11; second chance points, 17-4; and shot attempts, 89-62. With the bounce back win, CSB-LSGH remains in solo second. Putting more pressure on them are the Red Cubs who mangled University of Perpetual Help, 87-66. The boys from Taytay started strong and never looked back all the way to a third consecutive victory and 10th overall in 15 games. Luke Sese, by his lonesome, outscored all of the Junior Altas in the first quarter alone, 9-2. Behind that 23-8 blitz, San Beda strengthened its stranglehold of the third spot while also staying right behind the second running Junior Blazers. Sese wound up with 12 points while Evan Nelle contributed 16 points, eight assists, three rebounds, and two steals. While the Junior Blazers and the Red Cubs are the frontrunner, 9-6 Colegio de San Juan de Letran and 8-6 San Sebastian College-Recoletos also have a fighting chance for the remaining playoff incentive. Meanwhile, their respective losses dropped the Light Bombers to 5-10 and the Junior Altas to 4-10. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME SAN BEDA 87 – Nelle 16, Alfaro 12, Sese 12, Mahinay 10, Velasquez 9, Garcia 6, Oliva 6, Tagala 4, Obenza 3, Nayve 3, Abu Hijleh 2, Etrata 2, Dela Rosa 2, Lagumen 0 PERPETUAL 66 – Razon 20, Bongay 13, Siegue 9, Rocero 5, Umali 5, Cuevas 4, Inliwan 4, De Leon 3, Gallano 3, Maneze 0, Duka 0, Romilla 0 QUARTER SCORES: 23-8, 43-26, 68-46, 87-66 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 80 – Cagulangan 15, Marcos 15, Sangco 15, Fornilos 12, David 6, Perez 5, Lao 3, Mosqueda 2, Pedrosa 2, Lepalam 2, Morales 2, Cruz 1 JRU 73 – Camua 21, Tolentino 14, Serrano 10, Caballero 9, Sicat 8, Agustin 5, Buazon 4, Dionisio 2, Amores 0, Vasquez 0, Sabado 0, Delos Santos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-22, 40-40, 63-60, 80-73 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

JRU bombs down CSB to stay strong at third spot

Long known as a defensive team, Jose Rizal University’s other side has been making an appearance now in the stretch run of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. All but one of nine players made good on 50 percent of their shots as the Heavy Bombers burned down College of St. Benilde, 90-77, on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Just four days after scoring a season-best 85 points, Vergel Meneses’ wards yet again put on a fireworks display in this one. Jed Mendoza showed the way with 19 points built on four triples. “I hope he continues playing well. Nung first year niya, yung gusto kong mangyari, ‘di niya maintindihan, but now, we understand na,” a satisfied head coach Vergel Meneses said. He was backstopped by Teytey Teodoro and Ervin Grospe who were nothing but efficient with 16 points in 16 minutes and 14 points in 21 minutes, respectively. It wasn’t until early in the final frame, however, that JRU went on the decisive run that would eventually end up as their ninth win in six games. With the Blazers decreasing their deficit to only six early in the fourth, Teodoro scored five points in the 11-3 counter that remounted a 78-64 advantage in favor of his team with 6:44 remaining. The lead would not go down to single-digits the rest of the way. With the offensively-charged win, the Heavy Bombers still sit pretty at the third spot with three assignments left in their schedule. They are holding tight to a playoff berth with fourth-running and 8-7 Colegio de San Juan de Letran and fifth-running and 7-7 San Sebastian College-Recoletos right behind them. “Yung panalo namin ngayon, medyo maganda kasi kumbaga, nasisilip na namin siguro (yung Final Four), but we’re hoping to win against San Sebastian pa rin,” Meneses said, talking about their next matchup up against the Golden Stags on Friday. On the other hand, Clement Leutcheu was the lone bright spot for CSB with a 25-point, 10-rebound double-double. No longer in contention with a 3-12 standing, their new goal in the tournament is to play spoiler. BOX SCORES JRU 90 – Mendoza 19, Teodoro 16, Grospe 14, Abdulrazak 12, Dela Virgen 9, David 8, Sawat 5, Lasquety 4, Poutouochi 3, Castor 0, Mariano 0, Mate 0. CSB 77 – Leutcheu 25, San Juan 14, Domingo 10, Dixon 9, Belgica 7, Naboa 6, Johnson 3, Suarez 2, Castor 1, Pili 0, Sta. Maria 0, Velasco 0, Mercado 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-20, 51-35, 67-59, 90-77. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2017

Gano field goal lifts Panthers over Patriots 33-30

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired, helping the Carolina Panthers stun the New England Patriots 33-30 on Sunday. The winner served as redemption for Gano, who missed an extra point in the third quarter. It was the second home loss this season for the usually unbeatable Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The defeat marked just the second time since 2012 that Tom Brady has lost two home starts within a season. Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another . Jonathan Stewart rushed 14 times for 68 yards to pass DeAngelo Williams and become the franchise's all-time leading rusher. Newton finished 22 of 29 for 316 yards and an interception, picking apart a New England defense that was giving up an NFL-worst 461 yards and 31.7 points per game. The Patriots (2-2) forced a pair of turnovers, but had trouble containing Newton's stable of targets. Carolina (3-1) finished with 444 total yards, marking the fourth straight game the Patriots have given up at least 300 yards. Brady finished 32 of 45 for 307 yards and two scores. strong>BRONCOS 16, RAIDERS 10 /strong> DENVER (AP) — The Broncos throttled running back Marshawn Lynch and sent quarterback Derek Carr to the sideline with a back injury, then sealed their win on safety Justin Simmons' interception of EJ Manuel at the Denver 8 in the closing minutes. Despite holding Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries, the Broncos found themselves in danger of frittering away an AFC West showdown they had dominated. Trailing by six, Manuel heaved a high toss to Amari Cooper just after the two-minute warning. Simmons, who won the job from three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward this summer, came down with the ball just shy of the goal line and took it out to 8. The Broncos ran out the clock to hit their bye week at 3-1. Oakland (2-2) had cut its deficit to six on Giorgio Tavecchio's 38-yard field goal with 5:23 remaining. That came after Brandon McManus hit the left upright from 29 yards out early in the fourth quarter after nailing kicks from 28, 36 and 46 yards. strong>CARDINALS 18, 49ERS 12, OT /strong> GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Carson Palmer threw 19 yards to Larry Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in overtime for the game's only touchdown. The scoring had been limited to nine field goals on an ugly afternoon in the desert before Palmer directed a seven-play, 75-yard drive with 1:52 to play. Fitzgerald, who had three catches for 13 yards before the winning grab, rose to catch the ball under tight coverage by Rashard Robinson. Robbie Gould kicked his fifth field goal, a 23-yarder with 2:24 left in overtime to put the 49ers ahead 15-12. Phil Dawson kicked four field goals for the Cardinals (2-2), whose two victories both have come in overtime. The 49ers (0-4), losing to the Cardinals for the fifth time in a row, won the coin toss to start the overtime. They used up 7:36 of the extra session, which was shortened from 15 to 10 minutes this season. strong>EAGLES 26, CHARGERS 24 /strong> CARSON, California (AP) — Carson Wentz passed for 242 yards, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 136 and the Eagles extended their promising start to the season. Rookie Jake Elliott kicked four field goals for the Eagles (3-1), who had thousands of roaring fans in the Chargers' temporary stadium while they hung on to win on the road for the second time in 10 tries. Playing without several injured defensive regulars, the Eagles matched last year's 3-1 start even though they blew most of an early 13-point lead. Rookie Austin Ekeler rushed for a score and Hunter Henry made a one-handed TD catch during the Chargers' fourth-quarter surge. But Blount rushed for 88 yards in the fourth quarter alone, and Philadelphia ran out the clock after Henry's TD catch with 6:44 to play. Philip Rivers passed for 347 yards and two TDs for the Chargers, who have lost nine consecutive games dating to last season in San Diego. Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass , but the Bolts are off to their first 0-4 start since 2003 — three years before Rivers became their starting quarterback. New coach Anthony Lynn is still winless after Los Angeles' new team wrapped up a three-game homestand. strong>BUCCANEERS 25, GIANTS 23 /strong> TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 332 and three touchdowns without an interception, and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired. Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point earlier in the day, booting the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning's second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25. The Giants (0-4) lost on a last-second field goal for the second straight week. They took a 23-22 lead on Rhett Ellison's 2-yard TD reception with 3:16 remaining. Manning threw to Odell Beckham Jr., in the rear of the end zone for a 2-point conversion that was disallowed because the receiver had stepped out of bounds before making the catch. Winston threw TDs passes of 6 yards to Mike Evans and 58 yards to O.J. Howard in building an early 13-0 lead. His 14-yard scoring pass to Cameron Brate put the Bucs up 22-17 midway through the fourth quarter, setting the stage for an exciting close. strong>RAMS 35, COWBOYS 30 /strong> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Todd Gurley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 53-yard catch-and-run, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high seven field goals. Gurley finished with 215 total yards — 121 rushing and 94 receiving — as the Rams overcame two first-half touchdowns from Ezekiel Elliott the day before a federal appeals court hearing related to the star Dallas running back's blocked six-game suspension over a domestic incident in Ohio. The Rams (3-1) rallied from 11 points down late in the first half and matched their start from a year ago, when they went 1-11 the rest of the way as No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was sitting and later lost the first seven starts of his career. Goff showed more poise in first-year coach Sean McVay's offense, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He has seven TD passes and one interception this season. The Cowboys (2-2) are already a loss shy of their total from last season when Dak Prescott was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Elliott led the league in rushing, also as a rookie. strong>BILLS 23, FALCONS 17 /strong> ATLANTA (AP) — Stephen Hauschka kicked a tiebreaking, 56-yard field goal with less than five minutes remaining and the Buffalo Bills made a last-minute defensive stand. The Falcons lost star wide receiver Julio Jones to a hip injury and also saw fellow WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) leave the game. Hauschka padded the lead with a 55-yarder with about three minutes remaining. Buffalo's defense stopped the Falcons at the Bills 10 with less than a minute remaining when Matt Ryan couldn't complete a fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel, and Atlanta became the last NFC team to lose this season. Tre'Davious White returned a fumble recovery 52 yards for a third-quarter touchdown as the tough Buffalo defense delivered again even when it yielded its first passing touchdown of the season. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes hit Ryan's arm as Ryan was trying to pass, forcing the fumble. It was one of three turnovers by Atlanta (3-1) on a day the Bills (3-1) set a team record for consecutive quarters without a turnover. Ryan threw two interceptions, giving him five in his last two games. strong>STEELERS 26, RAVENS 9 /strong> BALTIMORE (AP) — Le'Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to seize first place in the AFC North. Though held to a touchdown over the final 30 minutes, Pittsburgh (3-1) mounted enough of an attack before halftime to earn its first win in Baltimore since 2012. Ben Roethlisberger went 18 for 30 for 216 yards and a touchdown. Bell did more than his share, carrying the ball 35 times to help the Steelers amass 381 yards on offense. The Ravens (2-2), meanwhile, looked every bit like the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL. Baltimore trailed 19-0 at halftime, generated only 154 yards through three quarters and stumbled through a second straight game with only one touchdown. Joe Flacco completed 31 of 49 passes for 235 yards, was sacked four times and intercepted twice. strong>TEXANS 57, TITANS 14 /strong> HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Texans scored the most points in franchise history. Watson, the 12th pick in this year's draft, became the first rookie to throw four touchdowns and run for another one since Fran Tarkenton in 1961, and tied an NFL record for most TDs by a rookie quarterback. The Texans (2-2) outdid their previous highest point total of 45 set in a victory over the Titans in 2014 and are the first NFL team to score 50 points since the Jaguars scored 51 in December 2015. Houston's defense got things going when Andre Hal intercepted Marcus Mariota on the game's third play. It was the first of four interceptions for Houston's defense. Mariota, who became the first Titans quarterback with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Steve McNair in 2003, injured his hamstring and didn't play after halftime. Matt Cassel took over for the Titans (2-2) and threw for 21 yards with two interceptions. Watson then led Houston's offense to touchdowns on three straight possessions for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. It was the first time since Oct. 19, 2008 that Houston scored a touchdown on each of its first three possessions. strong>LIONS 14, VIKINGS 7 /strong> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Zettel led a ferocious performance by Detroit's defense with two sacks, four hurries and a fumble recovery, as the Lions forced three turnovers while holding Minnesota scoreless in the second half. The Lions turned two fumbles lost by the Vikings in the third quarter into 11 points, taking the lead on Ameer Abdullah's 1-yard touchdown run five plays after rookie Dalvin Cook fumbled at the Minnesota 29. The Vikings (2-2) lost more than just possession when Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee and did not return. Tahir Whitehead recovered that fumble for the Lions, plus one by Adam Thielen with 1:43 left at the Detroit 45 that ended the last-chance drive for the Vikings. Detroit (3-1) leads the NFL in turnover margin at plus-9. Abdullah came close to ending a four-year stretch by the Lions without a 100-yard rusher, finishing with 94 yards on 20 carries before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Matthew Stafford was sacked six times for 55 yards, but he hung on to the ball each time and completed 19 of 31 passes for 209 yards, plus the key 2-point conversion to T.J. Jones to give the Lions a seven-point lead. Case Keenum started in place of Sam Bradford at quarterback for the Vikings for the third straight game, going 16 for 30 for 219 yards. He was sacked by Zettel for an 11-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 3 right before the two-minute warning, and his fourth down heave into the end zone sailed over Thielen's head. strong>SAINTS 20, DOLPHINS 0 /strong> LONDON (AP) — Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints scored all but three of their points in the second half. Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the third quarter, Alvin Kamara added one in the fourth and Will Lutz made two of his three field-goal attempts for New Orleans (2-2), which arrived for the game on Monday and won the lowest-scoring game ever held in London. It was expected to be a big homecoming for the Dolphins' Jay Ajayi, who was born in the city, but the running back finished with 46 yards on 12 carries. Lutz missed his first try, a 41-yarder, wide right on the second play of the second quarter, and the teams threatened to have the first scoreless opening half since Week 14 of the 2011 season until Lutz connected from 43 yards with no time remaining. Brees found Thomas, who had eight catches for 89 yards, on a 4-yarder to push the score to 10-0 in the third quarter, and Kamara took a shovel pass from Brees 12 yards into the end zone with 3:57 remaining to wrap up the victory. strong>JETS 23, JAGUARS 20, OT /strong> EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Jets to a wacky win. After Catanzaro split the uprights, he and his teammates celebrated wildly in the middle of the field — but then had to wait because there was a penalty flag on the field. The officials ruled there actually was no penalty on the play, giving the Jets the victory. Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 163 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and rookie Elijah McGuire had a 69-yard score and finished with 93 yards rushing as the Jets (2-2) ran all over the Jaguars (2-2). But New York blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead because of some big mistakes, then had to hold on in the extra period. After Jacksonville went three-and-out, on the punt Paul Posluszny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting as the Jets' Dylan Donahue went down on the Jaguars sideline with an elbow injury. It put the ball on the Jacksonville 25, and after two 1-yard runs, Josh McCown spiked the ball to set up Catanzaro's field goal. McCown finished 22 of 31 for 224 yards with an interception and the Jets outgained the Jaguars 471-311 in total yards, including 256-175 on the ground. strong>BENGALS 31, BROWNS 7 /strong> CLEVELAND (AP) — Andy Dalton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and Cincinnati's offense found the perfect opponent to work out some early season struggles. Dalton only missed on one of 18 throws in the first half as the Bengals (1-3) built a 21-0 lead. He connected with A.J. Green, Tyler Croft and Giovani Bernard while dissecting the young Browns (0-4), who were again plagued by mistakes and were down three defensive starters. Dalton, the NFL's 30th-ranked QB, finished 25 of 30 for 286 yards. His second TD to Croft in the third quarter made it 31-0, and sent even some of the most die-hard Browns fans toward the FirstEnergy Stadium exits. The Browns avoided a shutout with 1:54 left. .....»»

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