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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: abscbn abscbnJun 19th, 2019

Palicte surprised by ref stoppage in world title loss to Ioka

MANILA, Philippines – Aston Palicte felt the referee should not have stopped the bout that resulted in his technical knockout loss to Kazuto Ioka for the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight crown. The Filipino failed to capture his first world title on Wednesday, June 19, after referee Kenny Chevalier stepped ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Palicte TKO d by Ioka in world title bout

MANILA, Philippines – Aston Palicte failed on his mission to become the next Filipino world champion following a technical knockout loss to Kazuto Ioka in Chiba City, Japan on Wednesday, June 19.  Palicte missed out on the chance to capture the vacant World Boxing Organization super flyweight belt after ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 19th, 2019

BOXING: Pedro Taduran stops Samuel Salva to capture IBF Minimumweight crown

MANILA - A new Filipino boxing world champion was crowned Saturday evening, as Pedro “Heneral” Taduran needed only four rounds to dispatch Samuel Salva to become the new IBF Minimumweight World Champion. The Taduran-Salva clash for the vacant crown served as the main event of the second installment of MP Promotions’ Manny Pacquiao Championship Boxing series which was held at the Jurado Hall inside the Marine Camp in Taguig.  The 22-year old Taduran overcame an early scare in the opening round after the #1-ranked IBF contender Salva had him rocked and led to an early count.  After and even second frame, Taduran took over in the third round, unloading relentlessly on an exhausted Salva.  More of the same from Taduran in the fourth round, but action was halted briefly after Salva was penalized for a headbutt.  Taduran continued his offensive assault on Salva, landing combination after combination in until the conclusion of the fourth frame.  A dazed Salva was unable to answer the bell for the fifth round, and referee Danrex Tapdasan waved the bout off, giving Taduran the TKO victory.  “Napaka-saya ko ngayong gabi na nag-world champion na ako, nakuha ko na yung pinangarap ko simula pa noong maliit ako,” an elated Taduran told ABS-CBN Sports.  This was Taduran’s second shot at world title gold, coming up short in his first attempt, which was for the WBC’s minimumweight strap against Thailand’s undefeated Wanheng Menayothin back in 2018.  “Yun na po talaga yung pangarap ko, maging world champion, kaya pinagpatuloy ko, kahit hindi ko nakuha nung unang lumaban ako para sa world championship,” Taduran added.  The Albay native improves to 14-2 in his professional career and joins the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Jerwin Ancajas as current reigning Pinoy world champions.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

Saludar, sans trainer and manager, yields world title in Puerto Rico

  MANILA, Philippines –The only way Vic Saludar could have salvaged his World Boxing Organization  minimumweight title was for him to knock out Wilfredo Mendez. Saludar fell short with only a knockdown to boot. Fighting in Puerto Rico, without his trainer and manager, Saludar yielded the crown via a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 25th, 2019

Aston Palicte unfazed by hype

Aston Palicte knows he’s up against a hometown legend trying to become Japan’s first-ever world champion in four divisions but fighting a local hero on hostile territory is no issue with the long-limbed Bago City power puncher who takes on Kazuto Ioka for the vacant WBO superflyweight title at the 9,000-seat Makuhari Messe Hall in Chiba City, a 45-minute train ride from Tokyo, tomorrow night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

Palicte braces for world title battle vs Ioka

MANILA, Philippines – Aston Palicte may appear tall and big for a super flyweight, but he can still easily make weight. The pride of Bago City weighed 116 pounds or just a pound over the limit on Sunday, June 16, as he braces for his battle with Japanese Kazuto Ioka for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

BOXING: Nonito Donaire Jr. faces Naoya Inoue in World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Finals

Reigning WBA (Super) Bantamweight World Champion Nonito "The Filipino Flash" Donaire will be getting his wish, as he's set to face undefeated Japanese star Naoya Inoue in the finals of the World Boxing Super Series Bantamweight Tournament. Donaire, 36, made it known after his WBSS Bantamweight Tournament semifinals win over Stephon Young back in April that he wanted to face the Japanese star in the tournament finale.   The 26-year old Inoue (18-0, 16 KO), who now holds the WBA (Regular) and IBF Bantamweight World Championships,  needed just two rounds to dispatch former IBF titleholder Emmanuel Rodriguez in their WBSS Bantamweight Tournament semifinal pairing, Saturday evening in Glasgow, Scotland.  Inoue, a three-divsion world champion, has been nothing short of dominant in his boxing career so far, with his last eight wins coming via stoppage, including a first round-TKO win over Jamie McDonnel for the WBA's secondary world title back in 2019.  Donaire Jr. and Inoue are expected to face off for the IBF and both WBA titles in the WBSS Bantamweight Tournament Finals later this year. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019

After beating cancer, fight isn t too big for Jacobs

By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — The moment won't be too big for Daniel Jacobs, of that he's certain. Not after going toe-to-toe with the fearsome Gennady Golovkin before dropping a narrow decision. Not after beating cancer that doctors were sure would end his career, if not his life. Canelo Alvarez will be just another obstacle in front of him when they meet Saturday night in a middleweight title unification fight. "It's not my first rodeo," Jacobs said. "I don't look forward to being nervous. If anything I'm excited." A lot of boxing fans are excited, too, about a 160-pound title fight that is the prime attraction in this gambling city on Cinco de Mayo weekend. On one side is the 28-year-old Mexican champion and one of the top five pound-for-pound fighters in the game. Alvarez ducks nobody, and his own two fights against Golovkin were textbook performances for those studying boxing styles in the future. And then there's Jacobs, the 32-year-old who has conquered the usual obstacles put in the way of any fighter — and then some. He was once "The Golden Child," a tough Brooklyn prospect with skills advanced far beyond his age. He became "The Miracle Man" after beating a cancerous tumor in 2011 that damaged his nerves and paralyzed his legs. It's a story that only boxing could deliver. And it's one Jacobs is happy to let everyone know about. "I never get tired of telling my story," he said. "I know that there's somebody out in the world who hasn't heard it, so I share it as much as I can talk about it." Jacobs shared it a little more this week, taking a break from training to look back at the winding path his career has taken since turning pro a dozen years ago. He talked about being knocked out in Las Vegas nine years ago. He talked about being particularly nervous for a fight he ended up winning with an early knockout. And he talked about living on his mother's couch as he tried desperately to beat a rare form of cancer while somehow keeping alive his dream of boxing, too. "Sleepless nights," Jacobs said. "Times where I used to cry. Times where I used to even doubt if I would walk right again." The cancer was osteosarcoma, an aggressive form of the disease that caused a tumor to wrap around his spine. Doctors removed it during a six-hour surgery, but not before they told Jacobs he would probably not walk again, much less fight. And now he's in a bout that will make him millions of dollars — and could make him one of the most sought-after fighters around. "I never thought about this opportunity," Jacobs said. "I always just wanted to give back to boxing and see how far I could take it. But I never thought I would fight for a world championship. I mean, this is the greatest opportunity that I could even have, let alone dream about." The opportunity came about largely because Jacobs put on the performance of his career before dropping a decision to Golovkin in 2017 in a fight that could have gone either way. He helped himself more by winning a piece of the middleweight crown his last time out, a split-decision win over Sergiy Derevyanchenko. After two close battles of his own with Triple G, Alvarez was looking for a different opponent on what traditionally is a big pay-per-view fight weekend for him in Las Vegas. Instead of pay-per-view, the fight is on DAZN, and Alvarez-Jacobs is being counted on to sell subscriptions to the streaming service. And while Alvarez is a 4-1 pick by oddsmakers to retain his handful of titles, Jacobs is not an opponent he or promoter Oscar De La Hoya is selling short. "What impresses me most is his coming back from cancer," De La Hoya said. "It's a very special fighter who does that, a very special person who does that. It shows you his character, his will to win. That's what worries me most in this fight, his mind and his heart." That could mean 12 rounds of a thinking man's fight. It could mean an all-out brawl, or something in between. The outcome of the fight is uncertain, yes. But for a time, the outcome of Jacobs' life was uncertain, too. "I'm self-motivated," Jacobs said. "When everything was taken away from me, all I wanted was to get back to the sport of boxing. It's nothing short of a miracle to get to this point. That motivates myself to be the best version of myself that I can be." Whether that's enough to beat Alvarez won't be known until Saturday night, though one thing does seem certain: A win for The Miracle Man might not be such a miracle after all......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Kevin Belingon gets invitation from Bibinano Fernandes after ONE: CENTURY bout

The epic rivalry between ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes and Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon finally came to an end after the pair met inside the Circle for a historic fourth encounter at ONE: CENTURY PART II.   Belingon failed to reclaim the ONE Bantamweight World Title as he succumbed to Fernandes by rear-naked choke in the second round of their match on Sunday, 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   The Team Lakay standout saw the Brazilian after their match and the two left their rivalry in the past.    “We met in a restaurant after the fight, we had spent some time talking,” Belingon said.    “He said, ‘You need to get someone to improve your jiu-jitsu. I can help you. Come to Vancouver.’ I said thanks, and he told me that he believes I’m going to be a champion again.”   The 31-year-old was delighted to hear that from his rival – after all, the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt made Belingon tap twice in two of their four contests.   “He came in better prepared. He knew that the fight was going to hit the ground early on. Of course, I was trying hard to keep it standing up because I know it’s either I’ll knock him out or he’ll submit me,” “The Silencer” said.    “In the second round, I was going for leg kicks then I switched it up stairs. I was hoping to catch him on the head while he was going for the takedown, but their game plan was much more effective.”   It has been a rollercoaster ride for "The Silencer" this past year, having lost both of his matches in 2019.   For now, he wants to take a short break and then help his teammates who will be competing in ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November in their home country.    “I’ll rest for a bit, then I am back in the gym to help out my teammates who’ll be fighting in November,” Belingon said.    “Then I’ll be back to normal training, just so I’m much more prepared for whoever I’ll be facing.”   “It’s back to basics so I can climb my way up the ladder once more,” he added. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News19 hr. 5 min. ago

Eduard Folayang regrets missed chance at ONE Lightwieght Grand Prix Finale

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang does not regret many things in his storied mixed martial arts career – but this is one of the rare cases where he does.  The 35-year-old was tapped to face Saygid "Dagi" Guseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: CENTURY PART I in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix after Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez withdrew from the tournament due to injury. Folayang was quick to take the challenge, but he had to quickly give up the opportunity after he encountered visa problems. “Of course, there’s a huge feeling of missing out because that’s a very big opportunity. You know, we don’t say to no to challenges,” Folayang said.  “It stings but we’re moving on. We’re looking ahead and we hope to join the Manila card on November 8.”   Because “Landslide” was unavailable, ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian “The Warrior” Lee stepped in to face the Turkish powerhouse in the Grand Prix.  Folayang had been looking forward to testing himself against “Dagi” for such a longtime that he was willing to face him on short notice.  “I’m a professional. If there’s an offer, as much as possible we say yes,” Folayang said.  “Right now I’m in shape. I’ve been helping Honorio and I’ve been sparring with him. I’m in good condition and I never let myself slip.” The former ONE Lightweight World Champion now hopes for a chance to redeem himself when ONE Championship returns to Manila on 8 November for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE. “I’m in great shape. I’ve never stopped working on myself,” Folayang stated. “Now I’m looking forward to the next card.   Catch ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day, with 29 World Champions competing in multiple World Title bouts.    Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 All preliminary matches will aired on ONE’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube accounts.    Read More From ONE Championship:  Eddie Alvarez Injured, Christian Lee Faces Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev At ONE: CENTURY Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev’s Top 5 Finishes Angela And Christian Lee Have Made History As Sibling World Champions  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Rey Caitom up against Indonesia’s Nggenggo for WBC ABC minimumweight belt

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Tonight is the night that former ALA boxer Rey Caitom Jr. has been waiting for. Caitom will finally be taking a step closer to his dream of becoming a boxing world champion as he vies for a regional title this evening, Saturday, September 28, 2019,  A six-time amateur boxing national champion, […] The post Rey Caitom up against Indonesia’s Nggenggo for WBC ABC minimumweight belt appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

Unbeaten Spence faces Porter to unify welterweight titles

Los Angeles - Unbeaten Errol Spence and rival world champion Shawn Porter fight on Saturday in a welterweight boxing title unification bout with the winner looking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsSep 27th, 2019

Unbeaten Spence faces Porter to unify welterweight titles

Los Angeles - Unbeaten Errol Spence and rival world champion Shawn Porter fight on Saturday in a welterweight boxing title unification bout with the winner looking.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsSep 27th, 2019

Marcial settles for silver in World Boxing Championships

MANILA, Philippines – Eumir Marcial fell short in his bid of giving the Philippines its first gold in the AIBA World Championships. The Filipino absorbed a unanimous decision loss to hometown bet Gleb Bakshi in their middleweight finals duel at the EXPO Arena in Ekaterinburg, Russia on Saturday, September 21.  Suffering a ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

There s more to Bibiano Fernandes than just grappling, says Mark Sangiao`

Kevin "The Silencer" Belingon has more than grappling to worry about when he takes on ONE Bantamweight World Champion Bibiano "The Flash" Fernandes in the final chapter of their storied rivalry. For years, opponents have feared Fernandes for his jiu-jitsu. But according to Mark Sangiao – Belingon’s head coach – a lot of people have overlooked the Bantamweight World Champion’s high-level boxing. The power of “The Flash” was evident in their recent encounter when “The Silencer” was rocked with an overhand right. And it is something Sangiao he hopes his protégé will avoid when he meets the Brazilian in the co-main event of ONE: CENTURY PART II.   “Kevin was close to getting finished the last time out,” Sangiao admitted as they gear up for their fourth encounter with Fernandes on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.  “Bibiano faked going low before unleashing a wild right. That’s what I noticed in their last match.”  Fernandes' boxing goes hand-in-hand with his renowned ground game according to the Team Lakay mentor.  A well-rounded mixed martial artist, the AMC Pankration representative has perfected mixing up his offense and can attack from anywhere. “His boxing is always connected with his strategy when it comes to wrestling. When he throws something strong, expect him to come in,” Sangiao said.  “He’ll fake a shoot, then he’ll throw something strong. If you’re not ready for that then you’re in trouble.” After three previous bouts against “The Flash,” Sangiao and his 31-year-old apprentice are familiar with Fernandes – and the Filipino coach promised not to make the same mistake again. “Right now he has to be wary [about] defense,” Sangiao said.  “Kevin needs to tighten up his defense more. He also has to make Bibiano feel his power. That’s what we’re working on.”  As far as game plan and strategy, Sangiao vowed that Belingon is equipped for the test ahead of him.  “He’s in much better shape compared to last time,” Sangiao said. “Conditioning wise, I think he’s in better condition.”  Will Belingon end his rivalry against Fernandes as the winner? Find out at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The Home Of Martial Arts brings fans 28 World Champions, four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion match-ups in the promotion’s two-part 100th event.    Download the ONE Super App to catch the action live and for free.   ONE: CENTURY will be available on multiple platforms for every Kapamilya viewer!  Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! Read More From ONE Championship: First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY Automatic Rematch Announced For Bibiano Fernandes And Kevin Belingon Kevin Belingon Is Competing For More Than A World Title At ONE: CENTURY  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

Duno wants Garcia next after stopping Delgado

MANILA, Philippines –  Romero Duno continued to impress with an 8th round stoppage of Ivan Delgado to keep the World Boxing Organization NABO lightweight title on Saturday, September 14, (Sunday, September 5, Manila time) at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California. Touted as a probable world champion, Duno overpowered Delgado, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Fury treading carefully as he fights Sweden s Otto Wallin

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's long reign as heavyweight champion and showed how Deontay Wilder could be beaten, only to leave the ring with a draw. Lately, though, Fury has been treading more carefully. Perhaps too carefully for a man who considers himself the heavyweight champion of the world. Fury fights his second straight no-name opponent Saturday night, taking on Sweden's Otto Wallin in a scheduled 12-round fight. The big Englishman is a huge favorite in a bout that seems little more than a chance for Fury to break a sweat and collect a payday while awaiting a scheduled February rematch with Wilder. "The unknown is more exciting," Fury said of his latest opponent. "But the fact is I don't underestimate anybody. I give everybody the ultimate respect. I've trained hard for this fight, as hard as I've trained for any fight." Fury hasn't exactly been taking on the stars of the heavyweight division since fighting to a draw in December against Wilder — a fight he would have won had he not been knocked to the canvas in the final round. But he is filling airtime for promoter Bob Arum as part of a deal with ESPN, as well as giving American fight fans another chance to catch his always entertaining act. Not that he's terribly concerned about Wallin or what he brings to the ring. Fury said this week he knows little about the Swedish fighter, who is undefeated but has rarely ventured out of his home country or fought any top opposition. "I've never met a man I couldn't beat," Fury said. "So he's going to be no exception." If any fighter can be given a pass for his recent level of opposition, though, it's Fury. He hasn't ducked tough fights in the past — Klitschko and Wilder in particular — and wants to fight as often as possible because training every day helps keep his many demons away. So he enters the ring for his second fight in this boxing town in three months, the first a second round knockout over equally unknown German Tom Schwarz. "I've going from being very depressed and down and out to being the lineal champion of the world fighting in Las Vegas two times," Fury said. "It's fantastic for me." Fury's troubles have been well documented, from a huge weight gain after beating Klitschko in 2015 to contemplating suicide to heavy use of drugs and alcohol. He didn't fight for more than two years after winning the title but is now in the middle of a comeback in what has become an interesting heavyweight division. At 6-foot-9, he is a towering sight in the ring, and though he's not known for big punching power he does possess boxing skills more generally seen on much smaller fighters. He hasn't lost in 28 pro fights, though he seemed on the verge of losing to Wilder after being knocked flat on his back in the final round. Fury said he thought he won 10 of the 12 rounds against Wilder in Los Angeles, controlling most of the fight behind his right jab. The draw was the first blemish on his record, but Fury said he didn't take long to put it in the past. "I was never upset about the draw. I understand boxing, I understand politics," he said. "It's not the first time it's every happened and it surely won't be the last. Neither of us lost an O and we get to do it again. We get paid twice for one fight actually." Fury and Wilder have both signed for the rematch, but both need to win interim fights first. That means beating Wallin, who is a 25-1 underdog despite being unbeaten in 20 fights. "It's a dream come true for me," Wallin said. "I come from a small place in Sweden and now I'm here in the big stage. I'm well-schooled, I've got good offense, good defense. I think I have what it takes to pull an upset.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

Salva, Taduran dispute world title in historic tiff

    MANILA, Philippines – Either Samuel Salva or Pedro Taduran will join the ranks of Filipino world champions after their collision for the vacant International Boxing Federation minimumweight crown on Saturday, September 7, at the Philippine Navy Gym in Taguig City. The unbeaten Salva (17-0, 10 knockouts) is ranked ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

ONE Championship: Engaged Gina Iniong eyes November return amid wedding preps

  Gina "Conviction" Iniong yearns to get back to competition when ONE Championship returns to Manila for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena.   “Conviction” took a split decision victory in her last bout against Malaysian star Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan in February on the undercard of ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS in the latter’s home country.    It has been more than a year since Iniong last saw action inside the Circle on her home soil.  Eager to get at least one more bout before the year ends, the 29-year-old is sitting beside the phone waiting to get a call from the big bosses of The Home Of Martial Arts for her next conquest.  “I really hope to compete in November here in Manila. It’s been awhile since I last fought here,” Iniong said.    “I’m just waiting for it, it’s going to be easier since I’ll have more than two months to prepare.”    Iniong took a well-deserved vacation, then immediately went back to the gym after her most recent bout. But what keeps her occupied nowadays is the fact the she is about to marry her longtime partner Richard Araos in a couple of months.   “I had a short vacation, but I still train. Right now, I’m preparing for our wedding, but nonetheless I’m still waiting for my next bout,” Iniong shared.    “I’ve been engaged for a long time. We’re just fixing the papers and then we’ll determine a date. Maybe this month or the next. Depends on the schedule.”   Iniong vowed that her wedding preparations would not get in the way of her training as she continues to hope for a November match-up.    She wishes to be more active moving forward and stated that she is willing to face any names thrown at her.   “I’ll face whoever they put in front of me,” Iniong said.    “What’s important is I get back to active competition. If I had it my way, I’d like to compete three or four times a year.”     Watch the world’s best strikers at ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT.   To catch the prelims, go to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:30pm PHT.   Read More From ONE Championship: Gina Iniong Survives Late Scare To Defeat Jihin Radzuan By Decision Gina Iniong Eyes Trilogy Bout With A Former ONE World Title Challenger The Best Pictures From ONE: DAWN OF HEROES  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

Finally, an easy one: US rolls by Japan 98-45 at World Cup

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Jaylen Brown scored 20 points, Kemba Walker added 15 and the U.S. World Cup team finally got to enjoy an easy night, rolling past Japan 98-45 Thursday in the Group E finale. Harrison Barnes scored 14 points while Joe Harris and Donovan Mitchell each had 10 for the Americans (3-0), who are bidding for an unprecedented third consecutive World Cup title. And now, the NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo awaits the Americans as the stakes get higher. The U.S. is headed to a pair of second-round games in Shenzhen, China — with the first one Saturday against Antetokounmpo and Greece. The Greeks claimed the 16th and final second-round berth with a win Thursday night against New Zealand. Yudai Baba scored 18 for Japan (0-3), which will play in classification games the rest of the way. Rui Hachimura, Japan's best player and the No. 9 draft pick this year by the Washington Wizards, was held to four points on 2 for 8 shooting. A U.S. program that is accustomed to blowout wins, particularly when it has NBA players, hadn't enjoyed one yet in six games against international competition this summer. The biggest victory margin before Thursday was 21 in the World Cup opener against the Czech Republic, and the U.S. came into the group finale with a plus-59 scoring differential in four exhibitions and two World Cup games. This one, two days after the Americans needed late-game heroics to beat Turkey 93-92 in overtime, was drama-free. It was 13-0 before Japan scored, 23-9 after a quarter, 56-23 at halftime and 73-25 midway through the third quarter when Hachimura got loose for a dunk and his first points of the night. Somehow, matters could have been even worse for Japan: The U.S. missed seven of eight shots during one first-quarter stretch and finished shooting 48% for the game. TIP-INS Japan: The Japanese missed their first six shots, and went 5:48 without a field goal until center Nick Fazekas rattled in a short jumper. ... Japan doesn't play the U.S. often, and when the matchup happens it's one-sided. The Americans are 3-0 against Japan in the Olympics, winning by a combined 183 points (98-40 in 1956, 125-66 in 1960 and 99-33 in 1972). The teams hadn't previously met in World Cup play. U.S.: The Americans held a 58-33 rebounding edge. ... Harris replaced Jayson Tatum in the starting lineup. Tatum is out with a sprained left ankle and isn't scheduled to be reevaluated again until Monday. ... Marcus Smart (left quad strain) also missed the game, so the U.S. was down to 10 healthy players and two of its four Boston Celtics. ... The Americans were flying to Shenzhen after the game. 3 FOR 3 This tournament marks the 36th different Olympics, World Cup or world championships appearance for USA Basketball. The Americans have now started 3-0 in those events 34 times, going 106-2 overall in their opening three matchups of those competitions. POP ON RUI Hachimura worked out for Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs before the draft, and left a positive impression on the U.S. and Spurs coach. "He knows what he can do, puts himself in position to be successful and score, plays D, rebounds, runs the floor," Popovich said. "He's got an all-around game. His confidence is growing and he'll be a fine player, obviously, and have a very long career." UP NEXT Japan: Faces New Zealand in a classification-round game Saturday at Dongguan, China. U.S.: Faces Greece in a second-round game Saturday at Shenzhen, China......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019