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BLOGTABLE: What are you looking forward to in 2018?

NBA.com blogtable What one thing are you most eager to see in 2018? * * * Steve Aschburner: More competitive playoff series than we got a year ago and, most of all, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers really being pushed to the wall in at least one round each. I think last year’s hunger for The Rubber-Match Finals made us accept without too much grumbling the relative breezes both Golden State and Cleveland had through the April and May portions of the postseason. But seeing some new blood, however unlikely, would be fine, maybe even welcome, this time around. That requires some fine team on either side -- Toronto, Washington, Boston out East, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City to the West -- mustering a serious challenge. And, allowing for an injury or suspension or whatever, maybe pulling off something more notable than that. We can always find context and storylines for The Finals, if we get a bit of freshness dialed in. Shaun Powell: I'm eager to see the playoffs and if someone can come along and disrupt another Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers matchup in June. Because nobody is creating much doubt as of yet. The team that's coming the closest is the Houston Rockets but they have three people who have underperformed in the playoffs: Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul and James Harden. There's always the San Antonio Spurs, yet they seem a star shy. And in the East, the Boston Celtics of 2019 stand a better chance and the rest ... meh. Which means, I'm most eager to see Warriors-Cavs in June. John Schuhmann: I want to see what will happen with the Thunder, both on and off the floor. Can they continue to make progress offensively and if they do, will that encourage Sam Presti to keep the group together through the trade deadline? Or will the threat of Paul George leaving in free agency (and the long odds at beating the Warriors) force Presti to see what he can get for George by Feb. 8? Is it a guarantee that Carmelo Anthony will decline his early termination option this summer and stay under contract for another year? Do other stars want to play with Russell Westbrook? Sekou Smith: As much fun as the trade deadline can be in a given year, I have to admit that the free agent summer has me daydreaming about the chaos that a couple of moves could cause. Of course, LeBron James could turn the basketball world upside down if he were to decide to take his talents elsewhere (I'm not suggesting he should or I even think he will, I'm only thinking about the seismic activity it would cause). What happens with Paul George is also another potential game-changer for several teams around the league. That said, it's the great unknown that most intrigues me about 2018. None of us saw the Kyrie Irving trade request coming or the Chris Paul-to-Houston move coming. Things like the Draft and trade deadline offer a season of speculation that usually centers on name players we know will be involved in the process. It's the moves we don't see coming, the things we cannot forecast, that produce the best drama......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 4th, 2018

BLOGTABLE: How many games will Rockets win in 2018-19?

NBA.com blogtable The Rockets led the league with 65 victories last season. How many games do you think they can win in 2018-19? * * * David Aldridge: Fewer, but that's not a big deal. The assumption here is they'll rest Chris Paul more and more going forward to give him the best chance at getting to the postseason, so that may cost them 4-6 meaningless regular season wins. And if you take away another handful because of the dual loss of Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute, let's pencil Houston in for 55-57 regular season wins. Don't think that will be a big deal as long as they don't finish fourth in the west and have to face Golden State in the second round. Tas Melas: The general sentiment among basketball fans is that the Rockets will be far worse (the over-under line in Vegas is 55.5 wins!). What actually happened with the roster to forecast such a drop-off? It’s basically Carmelo Anthony and James Ennis replacing the departed Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute (leaving out the additions of RJ Hunter, Michael Carter-Williams, Markel Brown and draft picks at this point). Everyone will point to the defensive issues with Melo starting over Ariza. Defense is an attitude. Yes, a coach needs the personnel, but as much as it is about the guys on the floor, it’s also about the locker room, and I still think there’s enough with Clint Capela, Chris Paul and PJ Tucker (Ariza was part of mediocre Rockets defenses the two years before last season, which were also before James Harden improved defensively). And Melo replacing Ariza is why Ennis was signed – to be the defensive yang to Melo’s offensive ying. Melo can play primarily in the 1st and 3rd with Ennis playing the most important defensive minutes in the 4th. Exposing Melo might happen more in the playoffs, but for the regular season, I see this as a 62-win team. They do still realize that they need the 1-seed to beat Golden State. Shaun Powell: I'd go with the under here and say 60 wins for the Rockets, not because they're in for a steep decline. I'm just not sure they're willing to press for wins in April, given the unpredictability of Chris Paul's vulnerable body, which potentially cost them the Western Conference title (and maybe an NBA title) last season. The Rockets needed to get best record and home-court advantage in the West last season for their mental health. That's not necessarily the case now. John Schuhmann: Even if the Rockets kept the same team together and were relatively healthy, another 65-win season would have been difficult in a deeper Western Conference. And the departure of Trevor Ariza and the loss of depth at the forward positions should hurt them, especially on defense, where they ranked sixth last season. They still have a terrific core of five guys -- Harden, Paul, Capela, Eric Gordon and Tucker -- and should be plenty motivated to get back to where they were a few months ago, so I'll guess that they finish with 59-61 wins, which would still be good for the second best season in franchise history. Sekou Smith: I think the Rockets are capable of another 60-win season. But it'll take a monstrous effort to duplicate the season they had a year ago. And I'm not sure it's worth the energy. The Rockets need only maintain an advantage over the Golden State Warriors to ensure that a potential Game 7 in the Western Conference finals is played at the Toyota Center (only this time with a healthy Chris Paul). If the Warriors decide to attack the 2018-19 regular season the same way they did the 2017-18 regular season, the Rockets would be wise to push only hard enough to maintain a reasonable cushion ahead of the two-time defending champs. There's nothing else to prove. We know the Rockets are capable of winning it all. We witnessed it last season, right up until the moment that Paul suffered his injury......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2018

BLOGTABLE: What are you looking forward to in 2018?

NBA.com blogtable What one thing are you most eager to see in 2018? * * * Steve Aschburner: More competitive playoff series than we got a year ago and, most of all, the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers really being pushed to the wall in at least one round each. I think last year’s hunger for The Rubber-Match Finals made us accept without too much grumbling the relative breezes both Golden State and Cleveland had through the April and May portions of the postseason. But seeing some new blood, however unlikely, would be fine, maybe even welcome, this time around. That requires some fine team on either side -- Toronto, Washington, Boston out East, Houston, San Antonio, Oklahoma City to the West -- mustering a serious challenge. And, allowing for an injury or suspension or whatever, maybe pulling off something more notable than that. We can always find context and storylines for The Finals, if we get a bit of freshness dialed in. Shaun Powell: I'm eager to see the playoffs and if someone can come along and disrupt another Golden State Warriors-Cleveland Cavaliers matchup in June. Because nobody is creating much doubt as of yet. The team that's coming the closest is the Houston Rockets but they have three people who have underperformed in the playoffs: Mike D'Antoni, Chris Paul and James Harden. There's always the San Antonio Spurs, yet they seem a star shy. And in the East, the Boston Celtics of 2019 stand a better chance and the rest ... meh. Which means, I'm most eager to see Warriors-Cavs in June. John Schuhmann: I want to see what will happen with the Thunder, both on and off the floor. Can they continue to make progress offensively and if they do, will that encourage Sam Presti to keep the group together through the trade deadline? Or will the threat of Paul George leaving in free agency (and the long odds at beating the Warriors) force Presti to see what he can get for George by Feb. 8? Is it a guarantee that Carmelo Anthony will decline his early termination option this summer and stay under contract for another year? Do other stars want to play with Russell Westbrook? Sekou Smith: As much fun as the trade deadline can be in a given year, I have to admit that the free agent summer has me daydreaming about the chaos that a couple of moves could cause. Of course, LeBron James could turn the basketball world upside down if he were to decide to take his talents elsewhere (I'm not suggesting he should or I even think he will, I'm only thinking about the seismic activity it would cause). What happens with Paul George is also another potential game-changer for several teams around the league. That said, it's the great unknown that most intrigues me about 2018. None of us saw the Kyrie Irving trade request coming or the Chris Paul-to-Houston move coming. Things like the Draft and trade deadline offer a season of speculation that usually centers on name players we know will be involved in the process. It's the moves we don't see coming, the things we cannot forecast, that produce the best drama......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected

PH economic expansion to ease this year up to 2020 – ANZ Research An Australia-based research firm has cut its 2018 growth forecast for the Philippines and expects a slowdown moving forward as a result of monetary policy tightening. In a report released on Tuesday, ANZ Research said it now expected Philippine gross domestic product… link: Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News13 hr. 23 min. ago

Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected

PH economic expansion to ease this year up to 2020 – ANZ Research An Australia-based research firm has cut its 2018 growth forecast for the Philippines and expects a slowdown moving forward as a result of monetary policy tightening. In a report released on Tuesday, ANZ Research said it now expected Philippine gross domestic product [...] The post Growth forecast cut; slowdown expected appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News14 hr. 43 min. ago

Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are expecting! 

  View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Marian Rivera Gracia Dantes (@marianrivera) on Aug 12, 2018 at 12:55am PDT Keep the good news comin'! Marian Rivera just announced that she and her husband Dingdong Dantes are expecting. Her IG post featured an ultrasound of a baby with the caption, "My heart overflows with gratitude and humility. Dong and I, with our Zia, have been gifted with the miracle of life. Looking forward to meeting our 'little one' soon."   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Ma...Keep on reading: Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are expecting! .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News21 hr. 23 min. ago

Japan firms target eSports to grab new business opportunities

CHIBA, Japan --- The games industry at home and abroad is putting efforts into electronic sports, or eSports, which involves competitive video gaming. The market for eSports is expected to grow rapidly worldwide going forward, and many companies are focusing on eSports as a new business. Tokyo Game Show 2018, the nation's largest video game exhibition, began at Makuhari Messe in Chiba last week and a special stage equipped with 600 seats attracted particular attention. On the stage, a soccer game called "FIFA 18" that was developed by a U.S. company was being played. The players had signed professional contracts with professional soccer teams such as the J.League's Urawa Red Diamonds...Keep on reading: Japan firms target eSports to grab new business opportunities.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2018

Butler made his move-now it s Wolves turn

FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2018, file photo, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jimmy Butler (23) watches in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Minneapolis. Butler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 21st, 2018

Coach Brad Stevens excited for fully healthy Celtics

NBA.com staff report Five days from now, the Boston Celtics will hold their first official training camp practice as they (and every other NBA team) begin preparation for the 2018-19 season. After months of waiting and hoping, it appears everyone on the Celtics' roster -- including injured stars Gordon Hayward and Kyrie Irving -- will be ready to go come Sept. 25. Celtics coach Brad Stevens informed the media of that on Wednesday as he spoke at the BCSF Golf Tournament at Old Sandwich Golf Club in Plymouth, Mass. Stevens has been watching as the team has held an "open gym" at the Celtics' practice facility in Brighton and has been impressed with what he has seen, writes Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “As of last I’ve heard, we should have everybody full go,” Stevens said. “Everybody that’s been here has been playing five-on-five and been looking good. “The exciting part is that we should have a full group of guys healthy and ready to go. And the tough part is that we know we’ve got a lot to cover in a short amount of time.” Brad Stevens took a break from today's Shamrock Foundation golf tournament to give us an update on how the team is expected to look next week for training camp. pic.twitter.com/5xuHJvl3iY — Boston Celtics (@celtics) September 19, 2018 Stevens' comments about the health of the roster weren't much of a surprise, especially since Boston has been trending toward having everyone ready for camp all summer. Yesterday, Stevens said Irving and Hayward are looking much like their old selves on the court. “I saw him this morning at the facility and he looks good," Stevens said of Irving. "He’s worked really hard, I think he’s really excited and it’s good to see that. I think both he and Gordon will appreciate all the little things and all the mundane things even more, because Kyrie’s had the end of the season taken away from him twice in the last four years, and the one with us last year was such a shock because of the unfortunate event with the infection.” Irving and Hayward missed 22 and 81 games, respectively, with injuries last season. Irving missed the final 15 games of the 2017-18 season and the entire playoffs to repair his left knee. Hayward suffered a gruesome ankle injury just five minutes into his Celtics debut after defecting from the Utah Jazz via free agency last summer. Stevens told reporters he doesn't plan on playing anyone "a ton" in the preseason opener on Sept. 28 vs. the Charlote Hornets (Sept. 29, PHL time). In addition, he does not expect to rest Irving or Hayward during the season unless team trainers instruct him to do so. “Not my call at all,” Stevens said. “So the medical team comes and says this person can’t play in a back-to-back, then they don’t play in a back-to-back. If they can and it’s good for them, barring anything else unforeseen, then obviously they’ll play. “We haven’t sat in front of it and said that’s the case with certain guys yet and I’m not sure I anticipate that with either of those guys. They’ve made great strides.” Like Irving, Hayward has worked diligently to recover from his injury and Stevens has seen the progress in Hayward's recovery all along the way. The mental challenge in Hayward's comeback -- taking that first hit, playing at NBA speed and more -- is not something Stevens is worried about his star forward overcoming. “He’s been really diligent all the way through his rehab and progressing each step,” Stevens said. “I watched him through the steps of working out to going to one-on-one, to two-on-two, to three-on-three, and he can play some of the open gyms the guys are having. “Like anything, there’s always going to be a period of adjustment, but from my eye, and I think from everybody else that may have watched him work out, he looks like he’s looked before. That’s positive, I’d say.” Backup center Daniel Theis, who missed the Celtics' playoff run with a season-ending knee injury, has also looked solid in the workouts, Stevens said. Boston suffered minimal offseason roster losses among its key rotation players as only center Greg Monroe (who signed with Toronto) and guard Shane Larkin (who will be playing in Turkey) won't be back for 2018-19. Despite the loss of their starting backcourt last season, the Celtics still advanced to the Eastern Conference finals, falling to the Cavaliers in seven games. They are expected by many to be a top contender for the East title in 2018-19......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Thunder GM says they won t rush Westbrook back

NBA.com staff report The Oklahoma City Thunder will open camp next week with former Kia MVP Russell Westbrook on the mend from the arthroscopic surgery he had on his left knee a little more than a week ago. As the Thunder hope for a solid season and deep playoff run in 2018-19, OKC general manager Sam Presti told reporters today the team will not rush Westbrook back into the lineup. Westbrook is scheduled to have his knee injury re-evaluated in a few more weeks, which Presti said the team is waiting for before deciding anything else about their star.   “We’d never push Russell or any player onto the floor. It was a pretty minor thing he had done. We’ll see how that re-evaluation goes," Presti said. Sam Presti says the team has never pushed a player to hit a specific date in recovering from injury, and won’t start now by rushing Russell Westbrook to be ready for game one. — Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 20, 2018 Presti on Russell Westbrook surgery/return: “We’d never push Russell or any player onto the floor. It was a pretty minor thing he had done. We’ll see how that reevaluation goes.” — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) September 20, 2018 A re-evaluation of Westbrook's status four weeks since his surgery would be around Oct. 10. That would be six days away from OKC's regular-season opener at the Golden State Warriors. While the Thunder wait for Westbrook to recover from his injury, they received good news on another player coming back from injury. Guard Andre Roberson missed the final two months of the season and the 2018 playoffs with a ruptured patella tendon in his left knee. In July, the Thunder were hoping Roberson would be on track to return to training camp and that seems to be the pace Roberson is on. Roberson will go through parts of training camp, Presti said, and will participate in some non-contact drills. “We don’t think we’re going to be without him very long,” Presti said. However, it did not sound like Roberson will be ready to play on opening night. Presti added that Roberson is doing a lot more this week than he was a week ago and is through the hardest part of his recovery process. The 6-foot-7 Roberson was an All-Defense second-team selection in 2016-17. In 39 games last season, he averaged 5.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Sam Presti says Andre Roberson will go through parts of training camp, primarily non-contact. “We don’t think we’re going to be without him very long,” Presti says. Doesn’t sound like he’ll be ready to go on opening night. — Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 20, 2018 Presti said Roberson is doing a lot more this week than he was last week and is through the hardest part of his recovery process. — Erik Horne (@ErikHorneOK) September 20, 2018 Overall, Presti said he expects both Roberson and Westbrook to be back in the early part of the season. And, in a bit of personal news, Presti announced he and his wife had twin girls last night. Sam Presti announces that he and his wife Shannon welcomed twin girls last night. Names are Millie and Elise, joining their three and a half year old, Nicholas. — Royce Young (@royceyoung) September 20, 2018 The Thunder were active in the offseason, parting ways with Carmelo Anthony in a trade with the Atlanta Hawks that netted them Dennis Schroder. Additionally, they re-signed All-Star swingman Paul George and defensive-minded forward Jerami Grant while also picking up Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot, Abdel Nader and Nerlens Noel in other transactions. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018

Little Miss Hablon 2018 highlights

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres LITTLE Miss Hablon was one of the most-awaited events in Miagao’s Hablon Festival. On the festival’s fifth year, nine lovely girls put their best foot forward for the much coveted crown. The candidates wore royalty-themed garments made of Hablon fabric that were creations of local fashion designers and weavers. Beaming with […] The post Little Miss Hablon 2018 highlights appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsSep 19th, 2018

Amid criticism of theatrics, Klopp defends smart Neymar

Brazil forward Neymar, right, dribbles over El Salvador defender Roberto Dominguez in the second half of a soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Landover, Md. Brazil won 5-0. (AP Photo/Patrick.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 18th, 2018

Better pay, treatment urged so teachers would remain in PH

  Puffing acigarette,PatricioAbinalesenteredPalmaHall at the University of the Philippines inDiliman.Ready toteachRizal,heenteredtheclassroom clouded in smoke. Dozens of students barely noticed him, thinking he was another student. Itwas1978. Fast forward to 2018. In themountains rangesofHalcon, OrientalMindoro, Dominic Ocampo lights thelampin amakeshiftclassroom.He patiently waits for hisstudentscomingfrom their swidden farms.His more than 100students, mostly adults, are the indigenouspeople ofMindoro, the Mangyan. He typically stays in the mountain six days a week. Dayoffis spentmostly for the trip back toCalapanCity where hisfamilystays. GeromeDelaPena teaches Fi...Keep on reading: Better pay, treatment urged so teachers would remain in PH.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Injury delays Slaughter s Gilas return once again

It's going to take a while before we see Greg Slaughter in a Gilas Pilipinas uniform. The Ginebra slotman got some welcome news a couple of weeks back after FIBA approved his eligibility, meaning he can play for the national team as a local moving forward. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter cleared as local for Team Pilipinas] Unfortunately, eight days before Team Pilipinas started round 2 of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, Slaughter suffered an injury setback, tweaking his left ankle in a game against Northport in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Slaughter's recovery has been slow, causing him to miss Gilas' road loss to Iran last Sept. 13. The 7-foot center will also miss the home game vs. Qatar Monday on Sept. 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. "Greg Slaughter was not given the green light to play," SBP President Al Panlilio said in a statement. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Slaughter will not be 100 percent for Gilas if he does play] "We are hoping that in the December window, both Greg and Junemar will finally be healthy to represent Gilas Pilipinas. Both games in December will be played in Manila," he added. San Miguel's June Mar Fajardo is also sidelined after suffering a shin injury. The Philippines will have two home games in the next FIBA window, hosting Kazakhstan on Nov. 30 and Iran on Dec. 3. Gilas currently has a 4-3 record in Group F as they aim to get back on the winning track vs. Qatar.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2018

LOOK: Marc Pingris custom Jordans have that Sakuragi touch

Marc Pingris is really taking the whole 'Pinoy Sakuragi' moniker seriously. The feisty Magnolia forward recently unveiled his personalized Jordan XIIIs on Instagram that has the famous Japanese anime character Hanamichi Sakuragi painted on one side of the shoe.         View this post on Instagram     👍or👎 😎 A post shared by Marc Pingris (@jeanmarc15) on Sep 11, 2018 at 4:21am PDT The artwork depicts Pingris himself, wearing his Magnolia Hotshots jersey battling for position against the 'Slam Dunk' protagonist. On the other pair, Pingris is proudly donning his now iconic Gilas Pilipinas jersey, complete with his arm tattoo and his black shooting sleeve. Each artwork has a yellow accent on the background, to complement the red and blue colorway of the classic sneaker. The 36-year-old forward is slowly making his way back from injury after tearing his ACL last March. He is expected to return after 6-8 months. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2018

Muntinlupa, Imus still streaking in MPBL

The streak keeps on going for Muntinlupa and Imus even as last Thursday even as the two teams pulled off contrasting wins over their respective rivals in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta-Datu Cup at the Imus Sports Complex in Cavite. The Cagers survived a near meltdown before holding on for a 77-76 win over the Parañaque Patriots. Muntinlupa had to hold its breath before notching its seventh straight win as it squandered a 31-point lead in the third period and watched Parañaque chop the lead slowly but surely. The Cagers were still comfortably ahead, 73-50, inside the final seven-minute mark when the Patriots let their defense do the work, holding their rivals to just a lone field goal. Ryusei Koga came through with a triple then completed a steal, setting up Ivan Valenzuela for two free throws for a 77-74 count with only five seconds left in the game. Koga gave up a duty foul to stop the clock, but put more pressure on Chito Jaime to make at least one of his two free throws. The ex-pro forward missed the first, then made the second then Harold Arboleda let loose a triple that went in as time expired, making Jaime’s split charities earlier more significant. Arboleda led all scorers with 21 points, but also contributed 10 rebounds for his 10th double-double performance in the league, the most completed by any player in the young two-season history of the fastest growing regional amateur basketball league in the country.    Muntinlupa coach Aldrin Morante admitted that his wards relaxed too much when it built a big lead, but blamed himself as well for experimenting on using different combinations, particularly in giving more playing time to the second stringers. In the nightcap, Imus streaked to its fourth straight win after outplaying Pampanga, 88-76, to improve its win-loss record to 5-3 and forge a tie for second spot in the Southern Division. The Bandera, however, needed to survive a 36-point explosion from Juneric Baloria before extending its winning streak. Baloria’s 36 markers is the new all-time record for most points in a game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

Neymar gets goal, yellow card for diving as Brazil romps 5-0

Brazil forward Neymar, right, dribbles the ball around El Salvador midfielder Gilberto Baires in the first half of a soccer match, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

PVL: Tots Carlos thinks this is the hungriest UP has ever been

For the past 36 years, not once did University of the Philippines taste a championship in any major league. But on one stormy Wednesday night, the Lady Maroons ended their title drought in the second season of the PVL Collegiate Conference at the expense of Far Eastern University. They achieved all this in spite of not having their ace Tots Carlos. Carlos was sidelined for the PVL due to a stress fracture in her right shin. She has been recovering from the injury for four months already. With UP achieving such a huge feat without her, Carlos can't deny the mix of emotions she is in right now. "Syempre happy [ako] pero sa lugar ko mixed emotions kasi syempre history, sino ba namang may ayaw na kasama kang naglalaro knowing na yun nga, makakatulong ka sa team," she said. However, her hurting right shin did not stop her from showing support for the Lady Maroons. Carlos stood near the court together with her other teammates, screaming UP Fight for almost every single moment regardless if they were leading or not. "Cheer lang kami. Sabi ko sa mga teammates ko, wag tayong tumigil kahit sobrang down na nila cheer pa rin kami ng cheer," she recalled about their cheering moments as their chants were joined by the screams from hundreds of UP supporters present at the Filoil Flying V Centre. "Sobrang nagulat kami. Grabe yung first game saka game two ng Finals, sobrang dami ng tao. On behalf of my team, gusto ko mag thank you sa kanila na kahit down yung team, kahit sampu pa yung lamang ng kalaban, di sila tumitigil sa pag cheer," she elaborated. Aside from her overflowing gratitude to the UP community for pressing on with the team, Carlos' pride for her teammates specifically tournament and Finals MVP Isa Molde, Ayel Estranero, and Marian Buitre was overflowing too. "Sobrang proud [ako kay Isa], sobrang nag-step up sya eh. Dati di mo naman maiiwasan, [kapag] andun ako, syempre iniiisip mo oh katulong ko naman si ganito eh. Pero ngayon sobrang nag-step up sya. Pero lahat nag contribute. Si Marian [Buitre], sobrang nag imporve din. Si Ayel [Estranero], wala akong masabi," she said beaming with pride. "Sobrang shookt ako sa teammates ko kasi kahit UAAP game never ko sila nakita ganyan ka gutom sa panalo," she added. She rushed to the court the moment the championship point from Estranero's service ace was called hugging her teammates especially the seniors.   Tournament MVP Isa Molde emotional after UP's first ever championship in any major league in 36 years. She is being hugged by injured Tots Carlos. #PVLCollegiateConference2018 @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/7AYP5uqpds — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 12, 2018   UP's emotional celebration right after the championship point. @abscbnsports #PVLCollegiateConference2018 pic.twitter.com/ah3jCvd7d5 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 12, 2018   Looking forward to their next few preparations and their main league, the UAAP, Carlos vows to come back strong especially that she is already getting back to the grind. "Nagte-training na ako konti konti, and then nagiintay na lang ako ng clearance. Pero nakaka-spike na ako. Bibigay ko talaga best ko kahit anong laro pa yan," she said. Now that the Lady Maroons have showed such hunger for a win, expect a hungrier UP and wilder UP crowd in their next tournaments. "Sana di mag sawa [yung fans], and start pa lang to eh, UAAP sana andun pa rin sila. Lagi lang nila iisipin na lahat ng ginagawa namin para sa kanila," Carlos said. Given this achievement, UP has shown that they have come a long way from their losing years. With a topnotch coach in Godfrey Okumu, a promising lineup of players, and an enamored crowd, the Lady Maroons have nowhere to go but up. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Haslem reveals why he chose to return to Heat

FILE - In this March 1, 2018, file photo, Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem chats before the start of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Miami. Udonis Haslem is barely given t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 12th, 2018

Ateneo Super 6 for UAAP Season 81

These are the players who will be key in Ateneo’s quest for back-to-back championships. Meet Ateneo's bigger, badder Super 6 as the Blue Eagles begin their title defense! #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/AxhhuM5EZc — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Setyembre 7, 2018 Anton Asistio – Guard UAAP Season 80 averages: 7.8 points, 1.6 assists, 1.3 rebounds, 18.3 minutes Isaac Go – Center UAAP Season 80 averages: 7.4 points, 5.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 16.2 minutes Angelo Kouame – Center Matt Nieto – Guard UAAP Season 80 averages: 11.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.1 steals, 23.7 minutes Mike Nieto – Forward UAAP Season 80 averages: 5.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 14.1 minutes Thirdy Ravena – Forward UAAP Season 80 averages: 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 25.6 minutes.....»»

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