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Rampant Monaco goes top of league with 4-1 win at Marseille

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   PARIS (AP) — Free-scoring Monaco moved to the top of the French league on goal difference by crushing Marseille 4-1 Sunday, tearing the home side apart with lightning counterattacks that took its season's tally to 60 league goals in 20 games. No other side in Europe's top five leagues has scored as many times as Monaco, which plays in a league often known for its tight defenses. This was the eighth time this season Monaco has scored at least four goals, with four of those matches away. 'We wanted to put in a big performance tonight,' Monaco forward Valere Germain said. 'We have quality players and we know we can do something special this season.' Nice, which drew 0-0 at home to Metz earlier Sunday, is in second place. Defending champion PSG is third, three points behind both Nice and Monaco. PSG and Monaco are involved in both domestic cup competitions and the Champions League, while Nice has only the league to play for. Marseille's tactical approach of all-out attack backfired as Monaco's speedy and nimble midfielders, Thomas Lemar and Bernardo Silva, made the most of the space on offer, as did top scorer Radamel Falcao. All three were on target, with Silva getting two and Falcao netting his eighth goal in the past seven games and 17th in all competitions. The 21-year-old Lemar, recently called up to the France squad, scored with a moment of audacious brilliance in the 16th minute. Challenging for the ball with Japanese defender Hiroki Sakai on the left flank, he headed the ball over Sakai, turned and then let the ball bounce before angling an exquisite lob over goalkeeper Yohann Pele. Falcao continued his scoring streak with another excellent finish five minutes later, running onto right back Djibril Sidibe's pass, drawing Pele off his line and feigning to curl the ball around him before dinking it inside the near post instead. Marseille rallied and Portuguese center half Jorge Rolando rose to powerfully head in 19-year-old midfielder Maxime Lopez's free kick in the 29th. But Monaco could have had further goals before the irrepressible Silva started and finished a move, timing his run perfectly to head past Pele from close range just before the interval. Shortly after the interval, Silva smacked a fierce shot in off the crossbar after Pele had saved a shot from Brazilian midfielder Fabinho, who was at the heart of another superbly orchestrated counterattack. 'It's a pleasure to play with great players like Falcao,' Lemar said. 'It helps young players like me.' Marseille lost the corresponding fixture 4-0 in Monaco and it was only slightly better this time. 'They were better than us in every department,' Marseille striker Bafetimbi Gomis said. 'There was a difference in class between the teams and you could see it.' ___ NICE 0, METZ 0 With star striker Mario Balotelli and creative midfielder Younes Belhanda both unavailable through suspension, Nice lacked its usual invention against resilient Metz, which played far better than expected from a 19th-placed team. 'We can live with a point,' Nice coach Lucien Favre said. 'Both teams could have won it.' Having completed his suspension, Balotelli will be back to lead the line against Bastia on Friday, Favre said. Nice striker Alassane Plea went close to scoring midway through the second half, when his angled shot flew just wide of the post. Nice conceded ground to PSG, which won 1-0 at Rennes on Saturday — with new signing Julian Draxler scoring a superb winner on his league debut. ___ CAEN 3, LYON 2 Alexandre Lacazette scored twice to take his season's tally to 15 league goals, but it wasn't enough as Lyon lost ground on PSG. Although fourth-placed Lyon has a game in hand, it is eight points behind PSG after losing for only the second time in 14 games. Croatian striker Ivan Santini starred for Normandy side Caen, scoring a penalty and the winner from a header after creating the first goal when his cross was turned into his own net by Lyon forward Maxwell Cornet. Lyon midfielder Lucas Tousart hit the crossbar with a rasping shot as Lyon went close to equalizing. 'We made too many basic errors,' Lyon midfielder Maxime Gonalons said. 'We're going to have to play much better if we want to achieve our objectives.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Boxing: Aston Palicte comes up short in WBO world title bid

Filipino boxer Aston "Mighty" Palicte came up short in his second bid at the WBO Super Flyweight World Championship, getting stopped by Japan's Kazuto Ioka at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan.  Palicte was off to a strong start, but the hometown bet rallied back midway through the bout.  From the 6th round onwards, it was all Ioka as the Japanese star took over.  Ioka tee'd off on the Pinoy pug in the 10th round before the official called a stop to the bout.  Ioka, who makes good on his second attempt at the WBO's 115-pound strap, makes history as the first Japanese male boxer to capture a world title in four weight divisions. He improves to 24-2 in his career with 14 wins via KO.  Palicte, who battled Donnie Nietes to a Split Draw for the same WBO title back in 2018, drops to 25-3. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 54 min. ago

PBA: First win offers positive boost for NLEX says Mitchell

It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally got that elusive first win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. NLEX managed to fight off Meralco Wednesday, improving to 1-6 in the team standings. Enduring through six straight losses was a drag but the Road Warriors just had to stay positive and believe in each other. “It’s not hard, you just gotta have heart,” import Tony Mitchell said of the team’s six-game slump that came before this win. “All these guys have good spirits. Nobody wants to lose so coming into everyday, practicing, sometimes you’re gonna feel down and sometimes you’re not. But at the end of the day, we just wanted change and be positive and that’s what we did today,” he added. NLEX’s first win of the Commissioner’s Cup has been a long time coming. Now that the Road Warriors finally got that first one to go, they’re focused on staying positive moving forward. “I can’t even put it to words pretty much. I feel like it was a team effort... Jericho [Cruz] helps so much, you know what I mean? And with coach Yeng back, it was good to just get that first win and change the momentum, change the morale of our team, just be positive,” Mitchell said. “We’ll take this win and keep going forward, keep building,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 54 min. ago

PBA: New import wants to help Columbian “Prosper”

Lester Prosper was solid in his PBA debut Sunday against Magnolia in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. Prosper put up 26 points and 14 rebounds in 41 minutes, however, that wasn’t enough for the Dyip to pull out a win against the Hotshots. Columbian is now down to 1-4 following the loss. “I did my job, I did what I had to do. They're obviously a championship team [Magnolia], you know. They played together. We gotta do a better job of communication and playing together,” Prosper said. “But my debut is cool, you know? But I wanted the win, and obviously we didn't get that,” he added. Despite a loss to start his first PBA stint, Prosper says he’s in it for the long run and wants to help this young Dyip team develop. He’s positive that they can put together favorable results once they get to spend some more time together as a team. “I'm in this for the long run. I'm not here to just come for a day or two and leave. I understand it's a process. we gotta trust our process,” Prosper said. “These are young guys, and I'm gonna help them develop. I gotta continue to do what I gotta do and develop also. And we have to continue to build chemistry also. I think it's gonna go well,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

PBA: TNT missed the Blur so Jones dropped 49 to make up for it

Jayson Castro had some very important personal business to attend to so he missed TNT’s game against Meralco Saturday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. The Blur got married, so congratulations on that, Mr. and Mrs. Castro. With Castro out, the KaTropa were missing close to 12 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists against the Bolts. Fortunately for TNT, super import Terrence Jones picked up the slack, at least in the scoring department, and made sure the KaTropa were still good to go. Jones scored a PBA-high of 49 points to go along with 18 rebounds in the win. He scored 18 straight in the fourth to allow TNT to pull away from Meralco for good and get the team’s fourth straight win in the Commissioner’s Cup. “They didn’t double team as much and I knew we were short of Jayson, who’s an aggressive player for us, that playmaker,” Jones said. “I knew I was gonna have to be a little more aggressive today to try and pick up what he would bring to our team. My team believed in me and I just  wanted to be aggressive and do all I could,” he added. Jones was one-point shy of getting 50 and he definitely wanted to get it to make his guys happy. While he missed a 50-piece, getting the win, which is the priority, is good enough for the former Houston Rocket. “I was aiming for a win and my teammates were rooting for 50. So I definitely wanted to get those guys happy and tried to get that other shot,” he said. “But I was happy about the win and now we just gotta get ready for Columbian,” Jones added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

To get me prepared for the SEA Games -- Mau on her transfer

Filipino-American power-hitter Kalei Mau found a new home in F2 Logistics. The 6-foot-2 open spiker chose to join the Cargo Movers not only to help F2 Logistics reclaim the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference crown but also to improve her game in time for the 30th Southeast Asian Games under the system of Ramil de Jesus.      “The reason why I chose F2 was mainly I thought about what team will benefit me as a player,” said Mau on Thursday in Day 2 of the national women’s volleyball team practice at the Arellano University Gym in Taft.   Mau transferred to the Cargo Movers after her former team United VC disbanded just days before the 2019 PSL AFC. F2 Logistics last won the AFC title back in 2016.  [Related story: Cargo Movers sign Kalei Mau] The hitter said that playing under De Jesus will benefit her for her first-ever stint for the tri-colors. “For a long time in UVC we didn’t really have a system that I was used to in playing overseas and playing back home in the States,” she said. “What I wanted to do is to try and find something close to my training level back in the States back to when I was playing in college just to really get me prepared for the SEA Games.” Playing for the F2 Logistics, Mau will be playing alongside national team teammates Aby Marano, libero Dawn Macandili and middle blocker Majoy Baron.   “I asked a lot of people what’s the best environment to put myself in if that’s my end goal. So I chose F2 not only because they have a good coach but also they have most of my teammates here in the national team,” said Mau. “The girls in the gym, they’re really holding me accountable.” The Hawaiian started to train with the Cargo Movers Thursday morning.     “The only thing that I would say is I would really want to spend a little more time connecting with my setters there, just because I know that a lot of Filipina setters they’re smaller,” said Mau. “A lot of the hitters here are also smaller. It might be a little hard to try to adjust but it’s not impossible.” Mau will need to adjust and make a connection with F2 Logistics setters Kim Fajardo, a former member of the national squad,  and Alex Cabanos. “What I like is high and faster sets to the pin. Something that a connection that me and Alohi (Robins-Hardy) like it was natural to,” said Mau. “But definitely, I’m excited to play with the setters that we have in our gym and see where it’s gonna take us.”   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Warriors F Durant undergoes surgery for ruptured Achilles

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant announced Wednesday on social media that he underwent surgery for a ruptured right Achilles tendon. Durant revealed the severity of his injury two days after getting hurt during Game 5 of the NBA Finals in Toronto in his return following being sidelined for a month with a right calf strain. The 30-year-old posted a photo on Instagram showing himself in a hospital bed and wrote: “I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY.”         View this post on Instagram                   What’s good everybody I wanted to update you all: I did rupture my Achilles. Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY My road back starts now! I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way. Like I said Monday, I'm hurting deeply, but I'm OK. Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat. Its just the way things go in this game and I'm proud that I gave it all I physically could, and I'm proud my brothers got the W. It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it. A post shared by 35 (@easymoneysniper) on Jun 12, 2019 at 12:54pm PDT Just 15 minutes before Durant went public, Warriors coach Steve Kerr said during a finals media availability that he didn’t yet have a formal update on Durant. Durant has made his own announcements before, such as writing on The Players’ Tribune website about his decision to leave Oklahoma City to join Golden State in July 2016. Kerr said the team had no idea that Durant risked a serious Achilles injury by returning from a strained calf. After the game Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), a teary, emotional general manager Bob Myers asked anyone who was looking to place blame to do so on him — not Durant, the medical staff or athletic trainers who worked so tirelessly to get him back. Kerr said he also understands people wanting to point blame somewhere, though he noted, “Kevin checked all the boxes, and he was cleared to play by everybody involved,” including doctors from within the organization and from the outside. “Now, would we go back and do it over again? Damn right,” he said. “But that’s easy to say after the results. When we gathered all the information, our feeling was the worst thing that could happen would be a re-injure of the calf. That was the advice and the information that we had. At that point, once Kevin was cleared to play, he was comfortable with that, we were comfortable with that. So the Achilles came as a complete shock. I don’t know what else to add to that, other than had we known that this was a possibility, that this was even in the realm of possibility, there’s no way we ever would have allowed Kevin to come back.” The two-time reigning NBA Finals MVP was injured Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) in the second quarter of Golden State’s 106-105 victory that forced a Game 6 at Oracle Arena on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The Raptors lead the best-of-seven series 3-2. Durant initially was injured May 8 (May 9, PHL time) in Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals against the Rockets, then missed the next nine games. A pending free agent, it’s unclear what might be next for Durant now that he is set for a long rehab and recovery. Teammate DeMarcus Cousins returned in January nearly a year after rupturing his left Achilles tendon and undergoing surgery last season while with New Orleans. Stephen Curry can only imagine how much Durant is hurting emotionally not being able to play — but second-guessing benefits nobody at this stage, the two-time MVP said. “Everybody has great 20/20 hindsight,” Curry said, then added: “I trust our medical staff and know Bob Myers has our best interests in terms of not just what we can do in this series, but long term in our overall health. You see how hard he took it, talking to you guys after the game. And that’s really genuine and authentic. So you can waste time talking about the what-ifs and this and that. Injuries are tough and they suck. They’re a part of our game, and they’re going to continue to be a part of our game. But everybody putting their collective brains together to make the sound, smart decisions, you kind of just live with that, because that’s what’s a part of our game.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

MPBL: Beefed Up Bacoor City Strikers looking to go further than Divisional Semis

Considering that they were the final expansion team to be formed for the 2018-2019 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, the Bacoor City Strikers did pretty good for themselves, finishing fifth in the Southern Division to clinch a spot in the playoffs, and even going as far as the Divisional Semifinals.  There, the Strikers would fall to eventuall National Finalists Davao Occidental. It may have not been the end to the season that they wanted, but Strikers main man Gab Banal was pretty pleased with what he saw from the team.  "It was an incredible season for me and for Bacoor City, knowing that we were the last team to be formed, and still we were able to reach the semifinals of the Southern Division," Banal told ABS-CBN Sports.  Aside from a playoff berth, Banal also earned MVP honors, finishing with 18.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, and 6.4 assists during the stellar season.  Now, however, Banal and the Strikers are targeting a deeper run in the post-season, and are expecting to do so, now that they've gotten more time to prepare, and they've gotten more talented.  "I guess this upcoming season, we’ve had more time to prepare. We got some new players and we have a new coach also, and the team management, the players, and the coaching staff are more determined to do better than what we did last year," Banal explained. "We had the coaching changes, the decision was made by the management, and we have some new players so that we could beef up and supplement me in terms of our system, offensively and defensively." "I know that all the other teams beefed up also, and there are additional teams in the Southern Division also. It’s going to be tough, but we will just focus on ourselves and we will just go with the flow and mind our own thing, and see how far we can go this time around," he added.  Joining Banal on the Strikers will be ABL veteran Oping Sumalinog as well as Michael Mabulac, Ian Melecio, Paolo Castro, and Matthew Aquino, among others.  "[We've got] Oping Sumalinog, who played for the ABL, is coming back, and we have Michael Mabulac, Paolo Castro, Ian Melencio, and we have other players that we can rely on off the bench, because last year we were the worst in points off the bench," Banal detailed. "This time, because it’s a long season, I think it’s going to last 10 to 12 months, and it’s gonna be tiring so we need some players who can help us give us that relief off the bench." Obviously, the goal for the Strikers, as with all the other teams in the MPBL, is to be able to bring home the championship at the end of the season. Banal however says that they will take the season a game at a time and the immediate goal is to improve on a daily basis.  "Of course, we’re aiming for the championship, but we’re focusing on one game at a time, and let the season flow and just take care of ourselves, we’re being specific rather than focusing right away on a task far ahead, we’re focusing on one game at a time, one quarter at a time, one possession at a time, and eventually that will build up to a win. We just have to be better every day and focus on our immediate goals and we’ll see how far it takes us."   The Bacoor Strikers open the 2019 MPBL Lakan Cup against reigning Datu Cup Champions San Juan Knights at home in Bacoor on Friday, June 14 at 9:00 PM. Catch it LIVE on S+A channel 23 and on iWant Sports    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2019

PBA: Vintage Monster Bowles shows up for ROS

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — The Denzel Bowles of old showed up Sunday here for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Bowles, a former Best Import and champion, scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth quarter, leading Rain or Shine to a big comeback win against Phoenix. The Elasto Painters were totally not in control of the game and if not for his fourth-quarter explosion and a late 12-2 run, ROS would have taken yet another beating in the Commissioner’s Cup. “I don't know. It felt like a vintage me, back a couple years ago when I played here. The takeover like that, it felt really good,” Bowles said of his fourth-quarter effort. “I was a little sluggish today. We had a hard-fought battle on Friday and I just got the opportunity and luckily, the import fouled out and I just wanted to take over and give us a chance to win it,” he added. Thanks to Bowles' big game, ROS recovered from a winless 0-2 start to get back to .500. Now, the Elasto Painters are in position to make a nice little run in the mid-season joust. “We’ll take this time and keep gelling together and just take advantage of the opportunities we have,” Bowles said. “We have some wonderful games coming up and just try to win them,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

PBA: Confident Nambatac lights up Ginebra with career shooting performance

Down 0-2 to start the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Rain or Shine wanted to avoid a 0-3 hole at all costs. Friday against defending champion Ginebra no less, the Elasto Painters did just that and finally got their first win of the mid-season joust with a convincing 23-point win. Import Denzel Bowles did his part, coming through with a strong double-double performance, but it was guard Rey Nambatac who was key for ROS in the victory. Nambatac was hot all game long, firing seven triples on his way to a career-high 30 points. He already had 21 at halftime to help the Elasto Painters weather a strong start from Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee and Japeth Aguilar. “Lucky day lang. Kailangang mag step up kasi last two games ang kulang talaga [from] young guns tulad ko,” Nambatac said. “Kasi yung mga veterans namin, especially yung import namin si Denzel, ginagawa nila ng maayos yung roles nila sa team. So kami, parang kami yung nawawala sa team,” he added. With ROS having so many weapons, Nambatac says it’s important to just stay ready. His number will be called and the ball will find its way to him. When that happens, he should be ready to take advantage. Against the Gin Kings, it was Nambatac that got the good looks and he made the most out of all of them. “Tiwala lang sa sarili. Syempre confident lang din ako na pag pinasahan ako, kailangan maisu-shoot ko,” Nambatac said. “Kasi kung ako naman yung nagpasa tapos wide-open shot, talagang nakaka-frustrate yun eh. At ayaw kong mangyari yun sa mga teammates ko na mafrusfrustrate sila. Kasi open shot tapos di masushoot? Kumpyansa lang talaga,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Five things we learned from Game 3 of the 2019 Finals

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com OAKLAND – Five things we learned from the Toronto Raptors’ 123-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 of the 2019 Finals Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) at Oracle Arena: 1. What Stephen Curry learned … Curry was remarkable in Game 3, consciously seizing more of Golden State’s offensive burden to make up for Klay Thompson’s and Kevin Durant’s absences and turning that desperation into something historic. With 47 points, eight rebounds and seven assists, the Warriors point guard became only the ninth man to score at least 45 points in a Finals game. The lesson in that? Curry learned for a night what it has felt like for LeBron James on many such occasions. James put himself on that specific list a year ago when he logged 51 points, eight board and eight assists against Curry’s team in Game 1, same court. Like Curry, James’ team lost that night as well. Struggling mightily in something of a one-against-five predicament is the sort of things James has done often, while Curry never had faced it during Golden State’s five-year run to The Finals. They both -- James in the past and Curry on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) -- had legit NBA players around them. But the responsibility to put up points fell in both cases mostly on their shoulders. This was even a chance to revisit the 2015 Finals MVP selection, which attracted some attention on social media Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) over bogus speculation about the voting process. Andre Iguodala won the award that June, getting seven votes from the panel of media reps to James’ four. Curry got no votes. The point was, Curry had as a single game Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) what James had as an entire series in ’15. He averaged 35.8 points, 13.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists, scoring 38.5 percent of Cleveland’s points (215-of-561) while assisting on 52.7 percent of his teammates’ baskets while he was on the court. Now Curry is the guy in position, if Golden State loses the series, to get a few MVP votes in a losing effort. By the way, Jerry West is the only player to win the Finals MVP trophy in a losing effort. And West is one of the nine to score 45 or more – he did it three times, but his Lakers teams went 1-2 in those games. (The others: Michael Jordan three times, Bob Pettit, Elgin Baylor, Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain and Allen Iverson once each. Their teams all won on their big scoring nights.) 2. Is the scoreboard broken? It’s tempting to say that the Warriors’ attack is in broken-record mode, except the resurgence of vinyl might not be sufficient yet to bring that phrase back into the mainstream. So we’ll go with a cultural reference that’s more classic than archaic. Think of The Beatles’ “Revolution 9,” but substitute “109… 109… 109…” Yeah, it’s been about as monotonous and unsatisfying for Golden State as it was on the White Album. At least Warriors coach Steve Kerr was somewhat bemused by his team’s scoreboard consistency. In each game of these Finals, Golden State has scored 109 points. “I just knew we were going to score 109 points because that’s all we’re going to do the rest of this series,” Kerr said. “So if we’re going to keep scoring 109, we got to keep them to 108.” The Warriors kept Toronto to 104 points in Game 2. Some of that was to their credit, some to the Raptors’ misfires and mid-game chill. The simplest stat? Toronto launched 38 three-pointers in both games. The night the Raptors made 11, they lost. When they made 17, they won. Getting Thompson back for Game 4 could make a big difference there. He is one of Golden State’s best defenders. For that matter, Durant’s length could assert itself as a defensive weapon, too, if he comes back later in the series. As for 109 being a winning points total, here is some background: taken in isolation, averaged over a full Finals, that would have been plenty to win 19 of the past 20 championships. The lone exception? In 2017, when Cleveland averaged 114.8 ppg yet lost because Golden State was putting up 121.6 nightly. In 2018, the Warriors averaged 116 points to the Cavaliers’ 101. The only other times a Finals team in the past 20 years averaged within five points of 109 were the Spurs in 2015 (105.6) and in 2007 (104.4) and the Lakers in 2002 (106.0) and 2000 (104.8). Obviously, a few of those were in the game’s relative “dark ages” for use of the 3-ball, but all four won championships. The Warriors are scoring enough points to win. 3. ‘Boogie’ fever has broken   DeMarcus Cousins called his decision to sign with Golden State for a cut-rate contract, while rehabbing from an Achilles injury, his “chess move.” He wound up joining the defending champions and favorite to three-peat, and got his game back in time to contribute. Cousins subsequently suffered a quadriceps injury but returned in time to participate in The Finals. Only thing is, he looked like he was back playing checkers in Game 3. The Warriors center stood out Sunday (Monday, PHL time), scoring 11 points with 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocks. But those numbers drooped to four points, three boards, three turnovers and 1-for-7 shooting in Game 3. Cousins went from plus-12 impact in Game 2 to minus-12 Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The big man looked a step slow and appeared to be bothered by Toronto’s length, in the forms of Marc Gasol, Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka. With little lift these days, he’s playing a little smaller than his 6'11", 270-pound specs. And given how long he was off and the mere eight minutes he got in Game 1, what Cousins did in Game 2 was starting to look more adrenaline-fueled than a reliable return to form. Since Curry handled just about everything else for Golden State in Game 3, he was asked afterward about Cousins’ “regression.” The point guard handled the awkward moment well -- being asked a critical question about a teammate might have tempted Curry to blow it off or lie. Instead, he talked of the Warriors’ shared responsibility on defense and noted a few calls offensively that didn't go Cousins' way. Then Curry added: “Like any great player, if you have a rough game, that resiliency to bounce back and the confidence to know that you can still go out there and impact the game, that’s something that he’ll bring, and we all will follow suit for sure.” 4. Danny Green’s big moment Understandably, when an All-Star and potential Kia MVP candidate gets traded, the deal becomes all about him. Next, folks focus on the key player or players swapped out and how the move might work for the other team. Only then do we play much attention to the guy or guys accompanying the All-Star to his new destination. That’s how it’s been for Danny Green for much of the 2018-19 season. Green and Kawhi Leonard were teammates in San Antonio for seven seasons. They went to two Finals together with the Spurs, winning rings in 2014. But when Leonard wanted out after an injured and rancorous 2017-18, the deal the Spurs put together with Toronto shipped out Danny Green, too. The reality of NBA trades is that salaries must match up, so teammates often become collateral damage to even up the dollar sufficiently to satisfy league rules. Sometimes, a teammate is thrown into a deal because he and the star are chums. A familiar face gives the featured guy some comfort -- or someone to carry his bags. But Green was a helpful playoff performer in his own right with the Spurs -- in his 12 Finals games before this year, he had made 52 percent of his three-pointers. And in 2013 he made 27 of them against the Miami Heat, a Finals record that was his for all of three years until Curry drained 32 in 2016. Green struggled with his shot in the Eastern Conference finals against the Milwaukee Bucks, going 4-for-23 on three-pointers. But his marksmanship early in Game 3 and against near the end of the third quarter propelled the Raptors’ victory. 5. Those rebounds are offensive   Toronto dominated on the offensive glass 15-6 in Game 2 and lost. Golden State dominated on the offensive glass 13-5 in Game 3 and lost. Typically, that’s a positive category for the team that wins it, something coaches hate when the other guys are reclaiming their own misses time and again. But lately, the demerits associated with offensive rebounds have loomed larger than the benefits. You grab a shot you or your teammate missed, that ought to be a good thing. But the Raptors in Game 2 (37.2 percent) and the Warriors in Game 3 (39.6 percent) were beset by inaccuracy, so there were more offensive rebounds to be had, period. The other down side of a generally positive stat is how you go about getting them. If you get overeager and the defense controls the errant shot, you might denude your transition defense. Both the Raptors and the Warriors in Games 2 and 3 respectively built considerable edges in second-chance points off their offensive rebound totals. Toronto had a 23-0 scoring advantage Sunday (Monday, PHL time), yet lost by five. Golden State held it 23-12 Wednesday, yet lost by 14. The losing team in both cases slightly won the battle of fast-break points, but offensive-rebounding strategy still forces a choice on teams. “We have a general kind of rule of thumb that once a shot goes up, we tell our guys to make a really quick, good decision,” Raptors coach Nick Nurse said before Game 3. “Either they're going hard to the offensive rebound or they're going hard to defense transition. … There's certain moments of the game – I mean, some of those late are almost scrambles, right, you're behind five and you're throwing it up there and everybody's trying to rebound, just to keep the game alive as well.” It’s a stat worth watching, even if it’s inversely related lately to the games’ outcomes. Sing it loud, sing it proud ???????? #WeTheNorth pic.twitter.com/8HfjoM9Cht — Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) June 6, 2019 Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. 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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

ONE Championship: Eric Kelly returns to action at ONE: LEGENDARY QUEST in Shanghai, China

Filipino mixed martial arts pioneer Eric “The Natural” Kelly will be flying the Philippine flag high when ONE Championship returns to Shanghai, China for ONE: Legendary Quest on Saturday, June 15th at the Baoshan Arena. Kelly meets China’s own Niu Kang Kang in a preliminary featherweight contest. It will be the 37-year old Filipino’s chance to snap a six-fight losing streak dating back to 2016 in a stretch that has seen him lose to the likes of Ev Ting, Narantungalag Jadambaa, Rafael Nunes, and Kotetsu Boku. The Baguio City-native is coming off a 19-second KO loss to South Korean Kwon Won Il at ONE: Roots of Honor in Manila back in April. China’s Niu, meanwhile, is a 23-year old prospect out of Shanghai who owns a 5-1 professional record. Niu was victorious in his ONE debut, taking out Indonesian veteran Sunoto with a head kick in just 31 seconds. Kelly won’t be the lone Filipino on the ONE card in Shanghai, as Trestle Tan and Angelie Sabanal are also expected to be on the card. Tan meets South Korean Yoon Chang Min in a lightweight contest, while Sabanal welcomes Japanese newcomer Itsuki Hirata.   Catch ONE: Legendary Quest on Saturday, June 15th at 11:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23. Catch the full event on June 16, Sunday at 8:00 PM. ONE: Legendary Quest will be available on livestreaming via iWant on Saturday, June 15th at 7:00 PM!  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz seeking financial support for Tokyo 2020 bid

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

Cousins returns from injury, returns to form and delivers win

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com TORONTO — It was the moment the Warriors waited so long to see, and finally it arrived in the nick of time: The still-recovering former All-Star, out of the starting lineup for more than a minute, returning and dismissing the noise about how the team is better without him by impacting the game in multiple ways and pulling the Warriors to victory. And get this: If the Warriors are truly fortunate, Kevin Durant will recover soon and duplicate what DeMarcus Cousins just did. In the NBA Finals. If he does, it could serve a critical blow to Toronto’s chances of pulling off a late-series surprise. “We know what we’re dealing with here,” said Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. Cousins provided the help that the two-time defending champions needed Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to draw even in the series and snatch momentum with a 109-104 victory at Scotiabank Arena. He played more than anyone thought, rebounded more than anyone imagined, defended and scored more than Toronto bargained for, and gave the Warriors what they missed the last 6 1/2 weeks with him on the shelf. The 11 points, 10 rebounds, six assists and two blocked shots from Cousins didn’t fully encapsulate how much relief he brought to the Warriors. He had a galvanizing effect on a team that used an 18-0 run to start the second half to seize control of Game 3 and then used Andre Iguodala’s three-point shot to ice it. They haven’t been in one piece since April 15 (April 16, PHL time), in the first round against the Clippers, when Cousins chased a loose ball, stumbled and grabbed his left leg. The torn quad required no surgery but a lengthy rehab period, and this after Cousins went through a 10-month rehab for a torn Achilles' tendon in the spring of 2018. He was feeling beat up. Cousins attacked the process anyway, determined to return from an injury that normally would mean the end to his postseason, for the simple reason that he hadn’t been to the playoffs in his career to this point. There’s also a matter of free agency awaiting in July; a strong return could improve his bottom line. “Once they told me I have a chance, a slight chance, of being able to return, it basically was up to me and the work I put in,” he said. “So I put the work and the time in and with God’s grace I’m able to be out here and play the game I love.” Cousins was clearly out of rhythm from the layoff in Game 1, his timing rusty, his execution unsure. He played just eight minutes without scoring a basket or drawing much attention from Toronto. But Warriors coach Steve Kerr made the surprise decision to start Cousins three nights later, and that faith was repaid handsomely. Cousins was active, his confidence growing stronger by the minute -- 27 of them, actually, and he only asked to be subbed out once. “We came in thinking he can maybe play 20 minutes,” said Kerr. “He was fantastic and we needed everything he gave out there: his rebounding, his toughness, his physical presence, getting the ball in the paint, and just playing big, like he does. We needed all of that.” What the Warriors hoped was for Cousins to be the best big man on the floor. In Game 1, that honor went to Raptors center Marc Gasol, who uncharacteristically became a prime scoring option for the Raptors with 20 points, most on open jumpers. Cousins didn’t give him that amount of breathing space in Game 2, and Gasol (six points) was never a factor. Cousins' teammates offered rave reviews. Steph Curry: “Obviously you get more comfortable with more minutes and playing aggressive. He puts a lot of pressure on their defense. It’s a big lift for us. More to come.” Draymond Green: “The more he plays, the better feel he gets. He was great on both ends. It allowed us to play through him in the post. Toronto knows. They’ve got to honor that, and we know what he’s capable of doing if they don’t.” Cousins had an amusing reaction to learning he was in the starting lineup — “I was like, ‘Cool’” — and feels as though he has more to give. “When I step on the floor, I’m going to leave it out there,” he said. “I want to be on this stage. This is what I’ve worked for my entire career, to have this opportunity to play for something.” Cousins spent seven years in purgatory in Sacramento, where he racked up losses and technicals. It was a frustrating time for him; he had no faith in the franchise's leadership and it soured his attitude. His trade to the Pelicans two years ago was met with enthusiasm; he teamed with Anthony Davis to form an intimidating front line, but the Achilles’ injury cut short his time on the floor and, ultimately, in New Orleans. The team refused to offer him a contract last summer, leading him to join the Warriors at a discount. So his purpose is to salvage what’s left of the season, capture a ring for his troubles and see what it brings this summer. And then there’s the matter of Durant. The two-time Finals MVP hasn’t been cleared for full-contact practice, and the Warriors will hold only one prior to Game 3. Kerr said it’s “feasible” that Durant could play with only one practice under his belt, yet that’s not the ideal scenario. What Cousins does is buy them more time with Durant. With the series tied 1-1, and the next two games in Oakland, and Cousins apparently rounding into form, there’s a bit less urgency to see Durant on the floor. Yet it appears to be a matter of when, not if, Durant will see action in this series. And it might be at the perfect moment, with Klay Thompson suffering a hamstring injury in the fourth quarter that forced him off the court. The All-Star guard later told Kerr he’s fine and that the hamstring tightness is minor, but his status will be determined by MRI. Given what’s happened so far, the Warriors can never be too careful or take the rosy view when it comes to muscle issues. They’ve established a theme that tells the story of their 2019 postseason, and it’s not one they designed or even wanted, but it fits their existence nonetheless: “recovery” and their ability to do so on all front. It's not just injuries. Even in sweeping Portland, Golden State had to recover from deficits of 17, 18 and 17 points in the Western Conference Finals. Trailing 1-0 in these NBA Finals, they recovered from 12 down to win on the road for a 23rd straight series, an NBA record. What the Warriors reminded everyone at Scotiabank Arena, in case folks forgot, is that they’re champions and bring plenty of know-how to this series, and are fully capable of winning games by any means necessary. “It’s big respect for them,” said Kawhi Leonard. “They have been here each of the last four years, won the last two, and you’ve got to take the challenge. They’re a great team.” But the Warriors would rather put a fully-loaded and healthy squad -- one that is clearly the class of the NBA -- on the court and win with that. This NBA Finals might finally get the Warriors at full strength. If not, they still might be more than the Raptors can handle. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

PBA: Coach Aris issues apology to Coach Caloy for handshake issue

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal —— Well it seems like everyone is on edge in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup nowadays. After Blackwater’s win over Rain or Shine Sunday at the Ynares Center here, Elasto Painters head coach Caloy Garcia took offense after Elite head coach Aris Dimaunahan didn’t immediately shake his hand. In his defense, Dimaunahan says he merely wanted to congratulate his players first. “I wanna apologize also to Coach Caloy for not shaking his hand right away. I'm sorry, I just have this thing na after every game, I go to my players before shaking the hand of the opponent,” Dimaunahan said. “Coach Caloy, if I offended you I'm so sorry, wala akong ibang gusto kun'di i-congratulate ko lang muna ang mga players ko. If I offended you, I'm sorry. Ang laki ng respeto ko sa'yo, and hindi kita kayang talikurin or bastusin kung ganoon man. So sorry and hopefully, hindi ka gaanong nagalit sa akin,” he added. Coach Caloy’s not buying what Coach Aris is selling though. Garcia says there are a number of ways to shake his hand after the game while also congratulating his players. “For me, hindi magandang explanation yan kasi pwede mo namang gawin yun, panalo ka naman eh, edi doon ka magsimula sa dulo, kamayan mo lahat ng player mo, papunta ka sa coach sa kabila,” the ROS mentor said. “Hindi yung nandiyan ka na, tatalikuran mo tapos pupuntahan mo doon sa dulo. It's not a good excuse. For me, it's like a... nagsasama naman kayo sa dugout eh. Hindi ba pwedeng i-congratulate sila pagpasok sa dugout? This is the PBA. If I did that to him or did that to any other coach, I think any other coach would react the same way,” he added. With Dimaunahan apologizing, Garcia says the whole thing is over with. He was just disappointed right there and then. “Hinabol niya ako, nasa dugout na ko eh. Sana parang... at the end of the day, siguro galing din kami sa talo, but at the end of the day, you know, it’s just a game. I just felt bad that he did it,” Garcia said. “Sa akin tapos na yun. I just feel bad that he had to do it kasi matagal ko na siyang kaibigan. I just feel bad that he had to do it that way,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Five things we learned from Game 1 of the 2019 Finals

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com TORONTO – Five things we learned from the Toronto Raptors’ 118-109 victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 1 of The Finals Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at Scotiabank Arena ... 1. So much for ‘glad to be here’ If we thought we had learned one thing about the Toronto Raptors when it comes to the NBA playoffs, it was this: They back their way into most series. Losing the opener was a tradition for this franchise -- they were 3-15 in Game 1s prior to Thursday (Friday, PHL time), dating back to their inaugural playoff run in 2000. Nothing shoves a team closer to elimination in a best-of-seven showdown than a lousy start. That’s why grabbing the opener against Golden State was so essential. Had the Raptors squandered their home-court advantage on the first night, we all would be assuming the worst for these Finals in competitive, stylistic and entertainment terms. Only by rocking the Warriors in Game 1 -- and most impressively, by refusing to cough up all of their 12-point lead in the second half -- could the Raptors generate legitimate excitement for Game 2 and beyond. Had we all been honest (and able to pull this off), we would have begun this series by spotting Toronto to a 1-0 lead -- just to handicap the defending champions and force them to show us something they haven’t in their four previous Finals trips. But such a move would have been demeaning, of course, to the Raptors. Instead, coach Nick Nurse and his affable newbies seized early control themselves. How Portland looked in the Western Conference finals, as if the Trail Blazers had maxed out and were just happy to still be involved? Toronto wanted none of that. It found a way to win when Kawhi Leonard and Kyle Lowry were ordinary at best. And now we have a series worthy of the Larry O’Brien Trophy. 2. Triple-doubles continue to decline in value It’s fun as a game progresses to track stats, whether it’s Pascal Siakam’s absurd 11 consecutive field goals or Stephen Curry’s refusal to miss a free throw. We’re always aware of the leading scorer and his growing point total, particularly as it passes the big round numbers (30, 40, 50…). But Draymond Green’s latest triple-double was a reminder that the bar has been set too low for that stat from its inception. Green finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, which makes it a minimalist’s triple-double at best and more of a statistical fluke than an achievement. Ten assists? That’s strong any night. Ten rebounds? Solid, and necessary if no one else on your roster is claiming more than six. Ten points, though? Come on now. Green had a Jason Kidd triple-double, which isn’t mean to disparage the Hall of Fame point guard but speaks to Kidd’s limitations as a scorer for most of his career. Heck, the Warriors’ versatile forward had six turnovers, inspiring the bad “quadruple-double watch” that Kidd sparked on occasion. What Green didn’t do was put the ball through the net effectively, shooting 2-for-9 overall and 0-for-2 on three-pointers. Yes, his value to Golden State usually doesn’t rise or fall on his scoring, but he could have been more helpful in that area Thursday. When Oscar Robertson averaged a triple-double in 1961-62 (and cumulatively did it over his first six NBA seasons), he was scoring 30 points per game. When Russell Westbrook matched what had been a rare feat two years ago, he too was up above 30 points nightly. But Westbrook has done it the past two seasons as well, with his scoring average dipping below 23 this season. That would seem to be near the minimum -- say, 20 points -- to gush over a player’s triple-double on a given night. We get it, double figures means 10 or more. But 10 points is no big deal at all in the NBA, so it seems silly to celebrate it when it’s the free rider on the triple-double quirk. 3. Don’t double-dawg dare an NBA player Warriors coach Steve Kerr admitted after Game 1 that, by mistake more than by design, his team didn’t defensively do its job well in the early minutes against center Marc Gasol. “Gasol we left a couple times early in the game and didn't rotate, we just gave him a couple of dare shots and he knocked them down,” Kerr said. Daring is not defending, and the Warriors would be well-advised not to do that again to a player as proud and as accomplished as Gasol. He’s struggled at times as a shooter in these playoffs, shooting 34 percent in the Eastern Conference finals while going 2-for-9 on three-pointers in Games 1 and 2 of that series (both losses). It was embarrassing at times to see the affable 7'1" Spaniard miss shots badly, whether he felt that way or not. But Gasol was 10-for-20 on three-pointers entering The Finals, all during the Raptors’ four consecutive victories to eliminate the Bucks. He went 2-for-4 in Game 1 of The Finals, scoring a playoff-high 20 points to help compensate for Leonard’s and Lowry’s muted firepower. Asked about it afterward, on taking such a “dare” personally, the big man shrugged. “If you're open, you got to shoot them. Dare, no dare,” he said. “And then we go from there. If they go in, great. If not you keep taking them with confidence.” That’s speaking truth to a dare. 4. The ratings for Game 1 will soar… … if they can somehow count the number of times the Warriors and the Raptors watch and re-watch the video tape. A big theme heading into this series was the relative lack of familiarity the teams had with each other. Now, that’s a common aspect of The Finals, pitting the champs of opposite conferences and all. But given Golden State’s knowledge of the Cleveland Cavaliers after four consecutive Finals, Toronto is a relative stranger. Beyond that, key players from both sides were absent in the two regular-season meetings. But now they have a whole 48 minutes to dissect, digest and learn from. For the Warriors, who spoke about it the most, they saw things they might not have expected and things they definitely did not like. Such as? Try Siakam’s attacks on the basket (in transition and otherwise), their own inability to be the team that pushes pace and Fred VanVleet as the game’s essential reserve (15 points on a night when his three-point shot was MIA). Green, in particular, sounded as if he was going to binge-watch Siakam’s romp and figure a way to thwart the unorthodox flip shots the forward from Cameroon deployed. “He's become ‘a guy,’” Green said phrasing that as a nod of respect. “He put a lot of work into get there and I respect that. But like I said, I got to take him out of the series and that's on me.” Toronto can make use of the video for as long as the Warriors roster stays the way it is, which means sans Kevin Durant. Which leads into … 5. Who's here (and who isn't)? (And no, we don’t mean LeBron James.) Durant’s continued absence with a calf injury since Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals became an official problem in Game 1 of The Finals (the team’s first loss without him). Questions that had been bottled up for a couple weeks -- What did you miss most without Durant? How might he have changed your offense or defense? -- came spilling out from the large media crew that covers the NBA’s glamour team. Neither Kerr nor his players took the bait, which was smart. Not only would it look like excuse-making (considering how they hadn’t needed those before), it might have opened a crack of vulnerability into something wider and more troublesome. Durant is out for Game 2, but per a Yahoo Sports report is expected back at the series’ midway point (read: Game 3 or Game 4).  “KD's an all-time great player on both ends of the floor,” Curry said, “so I could sit here and talk for days about what he adds to our roster.  We obviously have proven that when he's out we can have guys step up, and that's going to be the case until he gets back.” Rushing him back would seem desperate, something the Warriors aren’t and shouldn’t be. Plus, it is early in a long series. And it really is irrelevant: NBA players and teams’ medical staffs don’t “rush back” anyone these days. Then again, once they’re ready to play -- as Golden State showed in using DeMarcus Cousins in Game 1 -- there’s no sense in letting talent help languish in street clothes. No time too, either. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. 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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

PBA: Shock move to Ginebra has Meralco a little disappointed in Dillinger

One of the big surprises in the PBA Friday was Brgy. Ginebra actually landing the services of now former Meralco forward Jared Dillinger. The Bolts put the injured Dillinger in their unrestricted free agent list and the Gin Kings just signed him up since he was free. However, Meralco says that the whole Dillinger situation could have been handled way better. “I was a little bit surprised because we allowed Jared to go to the States for treatment. Before the season started he came back and he said, ‘I can’t start running for at least two months’ so since we knew he couldn’t play, we had a gentleman’s agreement with him that we can put him in the unrestricted list and as soon as he’s ready to play, we’ll just place him back to the lineup again,” head coach Norman Black said. “Let some of the other guys contribute to the team. Anyway, as soon you’re ready you’re one of our main guys you’ll be back in the mix again,” he added. Coach Norman admits to being shocked by the move but he understands and is ready to move on because Dillinger was actually an unrestricted free agent. He was basically allowed to do anything he wanted anyway. “I was a little bit shocked when I heard today that he has signed with Ginebra,” Black said. “But it’s his prerogative. It’s an unrestricted free agent, he can basically do what he wants to do. It’s just our point of view and the fact the we talked to him and he did not talk to us before he actually signed with Ginebra. That’s where the disappointment comes in,” he added. Dillinger is out of action due to a recurring quad injury. The Gin Kings will be his third team in the PBA after TNT and Meralco. Dillinger was the Tropang Texters’ no. 2 pick in the 2008 Draft behind Gabe Norwood and just before Jason Castro. He was sent to Meralco in 2013 after winning five titles with TNT, including the Perpetual Championship. “It’s his choice,” coach Norman said. “We’ll move one. I’ll just develop some of my younger guys,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 31st, 2019

PVL: Will Creamline bring back coach Tai Bundit?

Creamline decided to part ways with Chinese coach Huanning Li as management wanted a more suitable program for the defending champions Cool Smashers. Li was sacked from his post on Monday, a day after Creamline suffered a devastating straight sets loss to PetroGazz to open the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. Assistant coach Ed Ortega took over Li’s spot for the meantime. “Actually, sinabihan ako ng management to take over the training and the game. They are trying to find a suitable program for the team,” said Ortega on Wednesday after Creamline’s 25-21, 25-16, 25-18 beating of PacificTown Army for a 1-1 win-loss slate tied with their victim. “Sad to say, Creamline and coach Li kailangan talaga mag part ways,” added Ortega. Li, a former China national juniors team mentor, replaced Tai Bundit after the Thai mentor’s contract expired last year. Bundit steered the same Cool Smashers core to a Season 2 title sweep, winning the Reinforced and Open Conference crowns. Ortega followed the system of Bundit during practice and reverted to the Thai coach’s tried and tested rotation and plays that resulted in the quick win. “Yes, even the training, the drills tsaka 'yung happy happy,” said Ortega. Veteran Michele Gumabao, who played only in the third set off the bench in their opener and finished with only one point under Li’s watch, exploded with 13 points to lead Creamline.            A source privy with the transaction said Bundit received a message from the Creamline management on Tuesday asking for his return and the former Ateneo de Manila University mentor is expected to fly back to Manila on Monday. Ortega said that the management has yet to give a name of Li’s replacement. “Sinabihan lang ako ng management na may head coach pero hindi nila sinasabi kung sino,” Ortega said. “Wala talaga akong idea so ngayon, ako pa rin bahala sa trainings.” Ortega is expected to call the shots on Sunday in Creamline’s match against BanKo Perlas.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

PBA: Returning Pringle doesn’t miss a beat In big Northport win

Starting the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at 2-0, Northport has been there and done that. In fact, the Batang Pier were 2-0 as well in the All-Filipino jsut earlier this year. After winning two straight to start, they lost six consecutive games and missed the playoffs. Northport avoided that Wednesday by beating TNT by 24 points at the MOA Arena. Now at 3-0, the Batang Pier joined idle Blackwater on top of the standings early. “For sure, that’s what coach was praising. We won the first two and lost six straight, let’s not do it again,” Stanley Pringle said. “He just wanted us to play possession by possession, just make the smart plays and execute. I think we did that. Our main focus is defense, that was the main difference today,” he added. Pringle played his first game of the conference after missing Northport’s first two assignments. Stanley was recovering from surgery after removing bone spurs in his right foot. In his first game back, Pringle plaeyd 30 minutes and led the team with 22 points. He shot 5 out of 8 from deep. “I’m glad I was hitting my 3s because I couldn’t get much explosion off my right foot. But it’s coming back, maybe two more games I can maybe plaay the whole game again. I’m just waiting, trying to be patient,” Pringle said. “Special shoutout to the medical staff for helping me recover fast. Still not all the way 100 percent yet, I’m still working on the endurance,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

PBA: TNT targets share of lead vs. unbeaten Northport

One team will join 3-0 Blackwater on top of the leaderboard for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Wednesday. TNT and Northport, both undefeated at 2-0, will clash in the first 4:30 p.m. at the MOA Arena, with the winner tying the Elite for 1st place in the mid-season joust. The KaTropa have been dominant with import Terrence Jones, blasting NLEX and Alaska for their first pair of wins. Jones averaged 42 points in both victories. Meanwhile, the Batang Pier have been balanced in two wins despite the fact that they’re playing without star guard Stanley Pringle. Pringle is recovering from surgery to remove bone spurs but he’s pretty much listed as day-to-day now and should be ready to go when he feels good. In the second game at 7:00 p.m., Alaska and NLEX fight for a much-needed win. The Aces are down to 1-2 after back-to-back losses while the Road Warriors are yet to win and sport a 0-2 card.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019