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Battle of champs up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

Eleven of the planet’s top endurance racers, including three world champions and three Asia-Pacific titlists, gear up for another grueling test of physical strength and mental toughness in the Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia-Pacific Championship firing off Aug. 5 in Cebu City......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2018

TERRIFIC 12: Long Lions stop Jets in battle of Asia League champs

MACAU --- Guangzhou takes the battle of Super 8 winners in the Terrific 12. The Longs Lions started their quest for another Asia League title Tuesday at the Studio City Event Center here, beating Japan's Chiba Jets, 92-83, for an early Group B lead. Kyle Fogg scored 37 points and Mo Speights added another 24 as Guangzhou, champions of the 2018 Super 8 back in July, got off to a rousing start in the Terrific 12. The Long Lions led by as many as 15 points and had to hold their ground in the fourth period as the Jets, winners of the 2017 Super 8, made their final charge. Michael Parker scored 24 points for Chiba. In other results from the Terrific 12's opening day, the Nagoya Diamond Dolphins from Japan took down Taipei's Yulon Dinos, 84-72, to start things off in Group A. The Seoul Samsung Thunders survived the Fubon Braves, 84-82, in Group D after a game-winner from Ben Mbala while Japan's Ryukyu Golden Kings destroyed the iECO Green Warriors from the Philippines, 103-75, in Group C action. The Terrific 12 will continue Wednesday with Mobis Phoebus, Zhejiang Guangsha Lions, Xinjiang Flying Tigers, and the Shandong Golden Stars all playing their first game vs. separate opponents.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

World slots up in Ironman 70.3

Age groupers gear up for a spirited battle not only for top honors in their respective divisions but also for world championship berths when the Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia-Pacific is fired off Sunday at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City in Cebu......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

World slots up in Ironman 70.3 Philippines

  MANILA, Philippines – Age groupers gear up for a spirited battle not only for top honors in their respective divisions but also for world championship berths when the Ironman 70.3 Philippines Asia-Pacific fires off Sunday, August 5, at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 1st, 2018

Biggest, strongest Ironman 70.3 Philippines up in Cebu August 5

Twenty-one of the world’s leading and rising male triathletes and 17 in the women’s side gear up for what promises to be a battle royale in the biggest gathering ever of endurance runners in Ironman 70.3 Philippines which unfolds Aug. 5 at the Shangri-La Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu Lapu City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

World champs slug it out in Alveo Ironman 70.3

MANILA, Philippines — Four world champions and a slew of topnotch triathletes gear up for a fierce showdown for Alveo Ironman 70.3 supremacy when the premier.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018

5 questions ahead of the NBA s 2017 Christmas Day games

It's already December 25 in the Philippines, but that's still a few hours away in the United States, meaning we have to wait before holiday's best tradition will take place: the NBA's annual slate of Christmas Day games. This year's batch of games sees the 76ers head to MSG to play the Knicks, the Cavaliers go to the Bay to face the Warriors in an NBA Finals rematch, the Wizards tackle the Celtics in an Eastern Conference semis redux, the Rockets battle the Thunder, also a 2017 postseason rematch, and the Timberwolves face off versus the Lakers. While you're unwrapping gifts and munching on Noche Buena leftovers, here are five questions to ponder: 1. Will the injury bug play Grinch to this set of holiday games? The Golden State Warriors officially ruled out Stephen Curry from playing. The LA Lakers just announced that Lonzo Ball is sidelined. Chris Paul is a question mark, while fingers are crossed that Joel Embiid and Kristaps Porzingis will be able to go long when they face off. Injury report for tomorrow's game vs. Cleveland: Shaun Livingston (sore right knee), Kevon Looney (gluteal strain) & Zaza Pachulia (left shoulder soreness) are probable. Stephen Curry (sprained right ankle) is out. — Warriors PR (@WarriorsPR) December 25, 2017 Hurt superstars are definitely the coal in an NBA fan's stocking, but let's hope that despite the absence of some of the bigger names, the games will still be able to provide plenty of entertainment. Bonus question: We may not get Curry vs. LeBron this Christmas, but how great of a consolation gift is Durant vs. LeBron? 2. Who will be the Christmas unicorn? Kristaps Porzingis is of course, the OG unicorn, having the tag bestowed upon him by Kevin Durant. The nickname refers to the mythical convergence of height, ball-handling, skill, and three-point shooting, all of which, Porzingis possesses. He's not alone though, as the 76ers' Joel Embiid has all of that in spades too, it's just that, seeing him on court has been more rare, due to an assortment of injuries that have held him back. Imagine, I suppose, if My Little Ponies could draw DNPs. When Porzingis' Knicks and and Embiid's 76ers collide, all eyes will be on the two, as they will inevitably go head-to-head against each other. As of writing, the Knicks are in the eighth seed in the East, while a 1-9 stretch in their last 10 games has the 76ers on the outside looking in at 10th place, three back of the Knicks. Therefore, it's not just pride at stake here; the East is wide open and every game will matter, as both squads harbor postseason dreams. Bonus question: Will 76ers rookie point guard Ben Simmons wind up stealing the show? 3. Who will triumph in the Wall vs. Irving point guard duel? After some strong starts to the season, the Boston Celtics and the Washington Wizards, the two squads most picked to be potential spoilers to the Cleveland Cavaliers' march to yet another Finals, are going through some rough patches. The Celtics of course, lost Gordon Hayward and started 0-2, but eventually righted the ship through tough defense, only to finish just 5-5 in their latest stretch (though they're still #1 in the conference). Meanwhile, injuries to John Wall and some of their role players have really prevented the Wizards from taking off. They're 18-15, and occupy the seventh spot in the East right now. If someone's going to take charge for either side in this Christmas duel, it'll be each side's respective point guards. Kyrie Irving has embraced being the man for the green and white, while John Wall is an established superstar in the Chocolate City. A Christmas day win for either team could be the foundation for a lengthy run of wins if they can maintain momentum. Bonus question: Who will be the better Morris twin - Boston's Marcus or Washington's Markieff? 4. Which nu-super team will do the most damage, the Rockets or the Thunder? The two most aggressive teams this offseason in revamping their roster to take on the defending champs were without a doubt, the Houston Rockets and the Oklahoma City Thunder. H-Town added Chris Paul and a bevy of long-limbed, rangy defenders who can nail open three's, while OKC formed their version of a big three by trading for Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. The early returns have looked better for the Rox than the Thunder. Even with Paul sidelined, the team was able to shoot to the top of the West standings, and looked even better when CP3 was healthy alongside the Beard, James Harden. On the other hand, it's been an on-going adjustment for reigning MVP Russell Westbrook to integrate the two other established stars. Their defense has been on-point, but their offense is prone to long, fatal droughts. Chris Paul has been listed as doubtful for this one (among several other Houston players), so we may not get the full experience, but this Western Conference Playoffs rematch from last season should still be interesting, even if it's just in an offense versus defense kind of way. Bonus question: Better odds of happening in this game, Harden scores 50+ for a third straight game or Westbrook adds another triple-double to his season tally? 5. Can Kyle Kuzma carry the Lakers? One can make a pretty convincing argument that Kyle Kuzma should be the Rookie of the Year. Despite not being a lottery pick, Kuz has had a major impact on the court, his scoring prowess adding quite the punch to a Lakers team that needs some (okay, a lot). Originally, this question was going to involve Lonzo Ball too, but with the Lakers announcing that his shoulder will keep him out of this game and the rest of the week, this could be a rare opportunity for Kuzma to steal the LA spotlight. Doubly so if Brandon Ingram remains sidelined too. Sure, he'll likely need to contend with the Timberwolves placing super-stopper Jimmy Butler on him, but wouldn't that be a fun duel to watch? Bonus question: How bummed are you that we won't be having LaVar Ball Christmas shenanigans with Lonzo out? The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 25th, 2017

Battle of Champs slated at Elorde’s

MANILA, Philippines - The country’s top breeders and cockfighting aficionados brace for a fierce duel with their respective aces when the four-cock Battle of.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 8th, 2017

Ex-champs return, spice up TCC tilt

MANILA, Philippines - All seven former winners gear up for what promises to be another spirited battle for top honors when the elite P5 million The Country C.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2017

Top Pinoy tennis bets Pantino and Eala clinch semis berths

Filipino top bets Arthur Craig Pantino and Alex Eala went through different routes in getting into the semifinals Friday in the Phinma-PSC International Junior Tennis Championships Week 1 at Manila Polo Club clay courts. The 17-year-old Pantino, ranked 113th in the world, crushed New Zealand’s Corban Crowther, 6-2, 6-1, to book a place in the Final Four against third seed Fumiya Yoshino of Japan. Eala, the 13-year-old tennis wonder, displayed toughness of character beyond her years as she subdued Lu Yu-yun of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, to also advance in the meet sponsored by Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnifibre. Pantino also place a foothold in the boys doubles after he and compatriot Justin Suarez barged into the finals. Pantino is back-to-back doubles champion last year aside from making the singles final in Week 1 and capturing the singles title in Week 2. They defeated Crowther and Marcus del Rosario of the Philippines, 6-2, 6-4, to arrange a final duel against top seeds Tom Evans of Australia and Yoshino. Evans and Yoshino bested third seeds Jean Marc Malkowski of Switzerland and Zsombor Velcz of Hungary, 6-4, 1-6, (13-11). Eala will battle Fang WeiNing of China, who moved after pulling off an upset over second seed Saki Oyama, 7-6 (4), 6-2. Top-seeded Janice Then of Indonesia marched to the semis as well with a 7-5, 6-4 victory over Tian Fangran of China, 7-5, 6-4. Yoshino advanced after beating Lin Nan-Hsun of Chinese Taipei, 6-3, 6-2; Boys No. 1 ranked Mann Shah of India also rolled into the final four with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 triumph over Taiwanese Lo Yi-Jui. He will take on Evans who booted out Japanese Kokoro Isomura, 6-3, 6-2.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Alaska s Mike Harris all respect for Meralco s Reynel Hugnatan

MANILA, Philippines – Mike Harris engaged in an intense battle with Allen Durham as Alaska moved one win away from the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup finals, but it wasn't just the Meralco import who earned his respect.  Harris tipped his hat to the Bolts' Reynel Hugnatan after the 40-year-old veteran ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Harris gets last laugh vs Durham as Alaska nears finals

MANILA, Philippines – In a dramatic head-to-head battle between two of the PBA's best imports, Alaska's Mike Harris had the last laugh over Meralco's Allen Durham to propel his team on the cusp of reaching the finals.  Harris delivered a near triple-double outing as the Aces eked out a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

No more criminal case vs Imelda at Sandiganbayan; 1 civil case near decision

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Ilocos Norte 2nd District Representative Imelda Marcos’ recent conviction for 7 counts of graft concludes her criminal battle at the anti-graft court Sandiganbayan, but there remain 22 civil cases against the Marcoses and cronies with one up for decision. According to the updated list of the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Cadag spectacular once again as Philippine women s national football team improves to 3-0 in Olympic Qualifiers

Striker Shelah Cadag was on point once again as she scored another hat trick to help the Philippine Women's Football National Team defeat Mongolia, 5-1, Sunday evening to improve to 3-0 in the 2020 Women's Olympic Qualifier Tournament held in Hisor, Tajikistan.  Cadag struck twice early in the first half, converting in the eighth and fifteenth minutes to help send the Malditas to the halftime break with a 2-1 lead.  It was all Philippines in the second half, as Cam Rodriguez made her presence felt with a 60th minute conversion, while two-time UAAP MVP Kyla Inquig got on the board as well, making it a 5-1 advantage for the Filipina side in the 81st minute.  Cadag added the finishing touch in the 85th minute to complete the hat trick, her second of the tournament, and secure the 6-1 victory.  The Philippines currently has nine points on three wins, tied with group-leading Chinese Taipei, who are ahead on goal difference.  The Philippines and Chinese Taipei close out the Group Stage on November 13th in a battle for the top spot in Group A and automatic qualification into the second round of the tournament.  They will need a win to secure the top spot, while Chinese Taipei needs only a draw. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Frantic UAAP Final 4 footrace

The four-team race for the two remaining Final Four berths heats up this weekend with La Salle, University of the Philippines, Far Eastern U and University of Santo Tomas all taking the floor at Smart Araneta Coliseum.   With Ateneo already sealing a twice-to-beat bonus and Adamson also poised to grab the same incentive, the spotlight will be on game pitting UP and UST on Saturday as well as the FEU-National U battle on Sunday.   Riding high on a three-game winning streak, the Fighting Maroons clash with the Tigers at 4 p.m. in a crucial match that could determine the Final Four hopes of the two squads.   With a 6-6 record just like FEU, UP can put on...Keep on reading: Frantic UAAP Final 4 footrace.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

SC to act on Calida attempt to stop Senate probe

MANILA, Philippines – The battle between opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes IV and Solicitor General Jose Calida continues as the Supreme Court (SC) moves forward with the latter's complaint to block the Senate investigation into his family firm's government contracts. "Considering the allegations, issues, and arguments adduced in the petition, as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

4 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Four soldiers, including Philippine Army officer, were wounded in a fierce battle with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province in southern Philippines, officials said on Wednesday. Lt. Col. Gerry Besana, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, said the fighting erupted in the village of Panglayahan in Patikul town. He added that troops… link: 4 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

4 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf

ZAMBOANGA CITY: Four soldiers, including Philippine Army officer, were wounded in a fierce battle with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Sulu province in southern Philippines, officials said on Wednesday. Lt. Col....READ MORE The post 4 soldiers wounded in clash with Abu Sayyaf appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

League of Legends introduces virtual K-pop girl group K/DA

MANILA, Philippines – Riot Games, the developer of battle arena game League of Legends, introduced the world to K/DA, a K-pop girl group at the game’s annual world championship at Incheon, South Korea last weekend. The K-pop quartet, however, is unlike any other as it consists entirely of characters from the ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

CHAMPIONS VERSUS CHAMPIONS: TDG Cup champs to defend crown from UAAP titlists

THE 13th The Daily Guardian (TDG) Badminton Cup will be a sight to watch as four champions will test each other’s mettle in men’s open doubles at the CitiSports Badminton Courts on Nov. 10, 2018. Expect a battle of champions as veteran Negrense shuttlers set their sights on the trophy, which is held by a […] The post CHAMPIONS VERSUS CHAMPIONS: TDG Cup champs to defend crown from UAAP titlists appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

PBA: Brownlee, Ginebra ready for Manila Clasico challenge

Things definitely don't get any easier for Ginebra in its bid to defend its title and complete a three-peat in the PBA Governors' Cup. After showing NLEX the door Tuesday, the no. 1 Gin Kings have arranged a best-of-5 semifinals against rival Magnolia. That's right, it's time for Manila Clasico in the semifinals. After surviving the Hotshots last week to pretty much secure the no. 1 seed, Ginebra will meet its bitter rival once again, th time with a Finals slot on the line. The Gin Kings can't wait. "We're looking forward to it," super import Justin Brownlee said. "We just expect a tough battle. Magnolia is a really good team with a really good import and coach as well. We know they're going to be very prepared. We're going to be ready going into the series," he added. Ginebra sure is ready going to Manila Clasico. The Gin Kings' last two games have been impressive blowouts and the champs are simply rolling, with everyone stepping up tp lay high-level basketball. "We got a lot of talented local players, guys that can do different things," Brownlee said of his squad. "Japeth and Greg, they can definitely be a force inside. Scottie, LA, and Jeff Chan, and Sol Mercado play a lot outside. We're a very versatile team," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018