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Catalan aims to get streak going in ONE s Jakarta card

MANILA, Philippines — After picking up two noteworthy victories in 2017, Rene Catalan hopes he could ride on the momentum in the new year......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 12th, 2018

Filipino MMA fighter Catalan extends ONE winning streak

THE year 2018 got off to a good start for Filipino mixed martial arts fighter Rene “The Challenger” Catalan as he came out victorious in his battle with China’s Peng Xue Wen by way of a second-round technical knockout due to strikes at ONE Championship’s “King of Courage” in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Saturday night. The […] The post Filipino MMA fighter Catalan extends ONE winning streak appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

More jeers for Real Madrid after home loss to Villarreal

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Another poor result, another round of jeers for Real Madrid. Madrid's struggles in the Spanish league continued when it lost to Villarreal 1-0 on Saturday, infuriating fans at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium and increasing pressure on coach Zinedine Zidane. Pablo Fornals netted Villarreal's winner in the 87th minute, prompting loud boos by the home crowd which three days ago saw their team draw with second-division club Numancia 2-2 in the Copa del Rey. "There is no explanation for this," Zidane said. "We did everything we could, we had plenty of chances, but the ball just didn't go in. It's a difficult moment for us. It's tough for the players, they gave their best. We didn't deserve this result." Madrid also drew at Celta Vigo 2-2 a week ago, and lost to Barcelona 3-0 at the Bernabeu in its last match last year. It has gone four matches without a win. "We have endured negative results recently, but we know that we can change this situation by winning again," Zidane said. "We have to start winning, and winning convincingly, then things will change." The defending champion was 16 points behind league leader Barcelona at the competition's halfway point. The Catalan club can increase the gap when it plays at Real Sociedad on Sunday. Madrid, which has a game in hand, is only fourth in the standings, behind Valencia and Atletico Madrid. Villarreal moved to fifth place with the victory, its first ever at the Bernabeu. "We knew we could make history," Villarreal coach Javier Calleja said. "We played a very smart match." The host had most of the chances under steady rain, but Villarreal also threatened a few times before Fornals found the net. Cristiano Ronaldo, who was also jeered, hit the crossbar from a free kick in the first half after the ball deflected off the wall. Ronaldo nearly scored from close range just before halftime, but his shot was brilliantly saved by goalkeeper Sergio Asenjo. Gareth Bale had a goal disallowed for offside early in the first half. Fornals' goal came after a great save by Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas following a counterattack. Fornals picked up the loose ball just outside the area and chipped it over the goalkeeper for the stunning winner. It was Madrid's third home loss this season. It has won only half of its games at the Bernabeu. ATLETICO STAYS CLOSE Second-place Atletico Madrid overcame Diego Costa's absence to beat Eibar 1-0 and move within six points of leader Barcelona. Kevin Gameiro, Costa's substitute, scored in the first half and Jan Oblak played solidly in goal for the rest of the match to secure Atletico its fourth straight win in all competitions. "We played the type of match we needed," Atletico coach Diego Simeone said. Costa was suspended because of a red card for celebrating too close to the fans in the previous game. GIRONA ROUT Kenyan forward Michael Olunga scored a hat trick to lead promoted Girona to a 6-0 trouncing of last-place Las Palmas. Las Palmas could have left the bottom of the standings with a draw but it never challenged the Catalan host at Montilivi Stadium, seeing its winless streak reach seven matches in all competitions. Las Palmas has only 11 points from 19 matches. Christian Stuani opened the scoring for Girona from a penalty kick midway through the first half, and the other five came in a 22-minute span in the second period. Girona reached ninth place in the 20-team standings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2018

Boxing: Hometown return for Albert Pagara as he headlines Pinoy Pride 44 in Maasin

ALA Boxing standout Albert Pagara returns to the city where he was born, Maasin, Southern Leyte, to headline Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte, Saturday evening at the Maasin City Sports Complex. In his first fight back home in his birthplace, the 24-year old Pagara takes on Ghana’s Laryea Gabriel Odoi for the vacant WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Championship. (READ ALSO: Albert Pagara, Laryea Odoi make weight for Pinoy Pride 44) After suffering his first career defeat to former world title contender Cesar Juarez back in 2016, Pagara (29-1, 20 KO) has steadily gotten back to form, picking up three straight wins, including back-to-back early stoppages against Thailand’s Patomsith Pathompothong in Cebu and Mohamed Kambuluta in Bohol. In front of his fellow Maasin natives, Pagara looks to make it three-straight wins via impressive stoppage against Odoi. 28-year old Odoi will make his Philippine boxing debut and is bringing a 20-3-2 professional record with 14 of those wins coming via KO. The native of Acca, Ghana will look to extend his four-fight winning streak against the hard-hitting Pagara in the Laban sa Leyte main event. In the co-main event, another title is up for grabs, as rising Pinoy prospect Jeo Santisima takes on Thailand’s Likit Chan-e for the vacant WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Championship. One of ALA Boxing’s fast-rising stars, Santisima (15-2, 13 KO) has not tasted defeat since 2014, riding an impressive 13-fight winning streak. What’s more impressive that all but one of those wins on that streak have ended via stoppage. The 22-year old Aroroy, Masbate native will try to make it 14 straight as he tries for his first boxing championship. Thailand’s Chan-e (16-6, 10 KO) on the other hand, will try to snap a two-fight losing skid, with one of those losses coming against Pinoy Juan Miguel Elorde. Also on the card, a couple of ALA Boxing standouts make their return to the ring and try to bounce back from recent losses, as former world title contender Arthur Villanueva (31-3, 17 KO) meets compatriot Renren Tesorio, while Jason Pagara (40-3-1, 25 KO) takes on Indonesian Wellem Reyk.   Full Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte Fight Card Albert Pagara vs. Laryea Gabriel Odoi (WBO Inter-Continental Super Bantamweight Title) Jeo Santisima vs. Likit Chan-e (WBO Oriental Super Bantamweight Title) Jason Pagara vs. Wellem Reyk (10 Round Welterweight Bout) Arthur Villanueva vs. Renren Tesoro (10 Round Bantamweight Bout) Melvin Jerusalem vs. Philip Luis Cuerdo (10 Round Light Flyweight Bout) Go Hosaka vs. Holly Quinones (6 Round Lightweight Bout) Joyjoy Formentera vs. Lobert Bayo (6 Round Bantamweight Bout) Jeno Macapobre vs. Carlito Antaran (4 Round Flyweight Bout)   Pinoy Pride 44: Laban sa Leyte takes place at the Maasin City Sports Complex, Maasin, Southern Leyte on Saturday, June 9th. Telecast will be on Sunday, June 10, 6:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 9th, 2018

ONE Championship: Kevin Belingon vs. Martin Nguyen for interim bantamweight title set for Manila in July

ONE Championship’s July card in Manila will be getting a big-time main event, as Team Lakay knockout artist and top bantamweight contender Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon will be taking on reigning ONE Championship Featherweight and Flyweight World Champion Martin ‘The Situ-Asian’ Nguyen for the Interim ONE Championship Bantamweight World Champion. ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong made the announcement on his Facebook page, Thursday afternoon.  Currently riding a five-fight winning streak, Baguio City’s Belingon (18-5) is considered by many as the number one contender to the ONE Championship Bantamweight World Title, currently held by Brazilian submission specialist Bibiano Fernandes. After losing to Fernandes back in 2016, Belingon clawed his way back into the title picture by going on an impressive winning run including dominant stoppage wins over Toni Tauru and former title contenders Reece McLaren and Andrew Leone. A win over Nguyen will finally give Belingon the ONE title that he’s longed for, as well as securing his spot once again as the next to challenge Fernandes, ONE Championship’s longest-reigning world champion. (READ ALSO: With title shot in mind, Kevin Belingon says Martin Nguyen can wait.) Following a successful defense of his featherweight crown against Christian Lee, the 11-2 Nguyen drops back down to bantamweight and will try to get another chance at becoming a three-division world champion. After capturing the featherweight and lightweight belts back in 2017, Nguyen kicked off 2018 with a title shot against Fernandes in Bangkok, Thailand. While Nguyen pushed the champion to the limit, at the end of five rounds, Fernandes once again reigned supreme as he defended his bantamweight title for a record seventh straight time. Roughly two months removed from his last bout, Nguyen jumps back straight into the title picture to challenge Belingon for the number one contender spot. The Belingon-Nguyen blockbuster bantamweight title bout will serve as the headliner for ONE Championship’s third of four trips to Manila in 2018. As announced by Sityodtong, the card will also feature MMA legends Renzo Gracie and Yuki Kondo in a retirement match, as well as former champion Shinya Aoki taking on Thai star Shannon Wiratchai.  Former ONE Championship Lightweight world champion and Filipino MMA star Eduard Folayang has also been announced for the card.  ONE Championship: Reign of Kings will Friday, July 27th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau

Another Filipino fighter will strut his stuff in Macau for ONE Championship's Pinnacle of Power card on June 23. Rodian Menchavez (5-1) is set to make his debut in the promotion, making it to the card that features interim ONE flyweight champion Geje Eustaquio (10-6) taking on undisputed ONE World flyweight titlist Adriano Moraes (17-2) in a title unification bout in the co-main event. Eustaquio's Team Lakay stable mates Edward Kelly (10-4) and Danny Kingad (6-1) are also in the card and are scheduled to face against Narantungalag Jadambaa (12-5) and Ma Hao Bin (10-2), respectively. Menchavez will bring his four-fight winning streak on the line against China's Li Kai Wen (7-4)...Keep on reading: Filipino Menchavez to make ONE debut in Macau.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 6th, 2018

Archers stake clean card against Lions

La Salle stakes its unbeaten run against a weary San Beda side even as Ateneo seeks to stretch its win streak to seven against a winless Emilio Aguinaldo College in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan today......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2018

Filipino Romero Duno unanimously outpoints Mexican in US main bout

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino Romero Duno didn't disappoint in his own main event as he outclassed Gilberto Gonzalez by unanimous decision (UD) at the Fantasy Springs Casino in Indio, California on Thursday, May 17 (Friday, May 18 in Manila). Headlining a Golden Boy on ESPN card, Duno extended his winning streak ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Folayang s return; three title fights on deck for ONE: Unstoppable Dreams in Singapore

Three world title fights, plus the highly-anticipated return of former ONE Championship Lightweight world champion Eduard 'The Landslide' Folayang' highlights ONE Championship's Unstoppable Dreams card on Friday, May 18th at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Six months after his stunning KO defeat to Martin Nguyen for the ONE Lightweight World Championship in Manila, Folayang returns to the very place where he won his first world championship to begin his journey back to the top of the division.  The Team Lakay star's first test comes in the form of unbeaten Russian newcomer Kharun Atlangeriev, who's also looking to make a splash in his ONE debut.  A win over Atlangeriev could rocket Folayang back into the ONE Lightweight World Championhship picture, and at 33 years old, the former champ knows that at this point, opportunities won't be coming as often.  For the debuting Atlangeriev, a win over a name as big as Folayang also pushes him into the title picture.  In the main event of the evening, Singaporean superstar and reigning ONE Atomweight World Champion 'Unstoppable' Angela Lee puts her world title on the line against number one contender Mei 'VV' Yamaguchi in a rematch of their 2016 world title bout.  Originally scheduled for ONE's November 2017 card in Singapore, the Lee-Yamaguchi rematch had to be put on hold after Lee was involved in a car accident that kept her sidelined for a bit.  Since their first bout in 2016, Lee has successfully defended the ONE Atomweight World Championship twice, stopping Jenny Huang and Istela Nunes in impressive fashion. Friday in front of a pro-Lee crowd in Singapore, the champion looks to repeat history by once again beating Yamaguchi.  After her title rematch with Lee was put on hold, Yamaguchi put her top contender spot on the line against Team Lakay's Gina Iniong on short notice. Yamaguchi put on a masterful performance, beating Iniong via unanimous decision in Singapore to secure her place as the rightful number one contender to the champ Lee.  In the co-main event, two-division ONE Championship World Champion Martin 'The Situ-Asian' Nguyen puts his featherweight world title on the line against a familiar opponent in Christian 'The Warrior' Lee.  The two featherweight stars have crossed paths before, with Nguyen extending his winning streak to three straight after choking Lee out in Macau, handing the Singaporean the first and only loss in his career so far.  Since then, Nguyen has won three more bouts and capturing two world championships, while Lee has picked up four straight wins to put him in the front of the line to challenge for the featherweight title.  Follwing a tremendous debut in Manila back in April, the ONE Super Series will be crowning their first world champion in Singapore when Muay Thai legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao meets Dutch multi-time Muay Thai world champon Sergio Wielzen for the ONE Super Series Flyweight World Championship.  A two-division Lumpinee champion with an unbelievable 365-46-9 Muay Thai record, Gaiyanghadao introduced himself to ONE fight fans back in January after dismantling Joseph Lasiri in a Muay Thai bout at ONE: Global Superheroes in Manila. He now has a chance to add a ONE Super Series world championship to his long list of accolades.  Amsterdam, Netherlands' Wielzen owns a 46-18-2, 1 No Contest Muay Thai record and has a respectable list of accolades of his own, which includes the Lion Fight Featherweight world championship. Wielzen looks to take down a massive name in Gaiyanghadao on his way to another world championship.    Catch ONE Championship: Unstoppable Dreams LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 18th, 2018

Juventus stays on Serie A title track with wild win at Inter

By Andrew Dampf, Associated Press ROME (AP) — Juventus scored two late goals to rescue a 3-2 win over 10-man Inter Milan in a wild Derby d'Italia on Saturday and stay on track for a record-extending seventh straight Serie A title. Juan Cuadrado and Gonzalo Higuain scored in the final four minutes as Juventus moved four points ahead of Napoli, which visits Fiorentina on Sunday in a tense title race. "This is the hunger, pride and thirst for victory that this squad possesses. We will fight to the death to win," Higuain said. After Douglas Costa's early opener for Juventus, Inter equalized after the break with a header from captain Mauro Icardi then went ahead with an own goal from Juventus defender Andrea Barzagli. The victory ended a run of two straight matches in which Juventus dropped points, having drawn with relegation-threatened Crotone and lost to Napoli at home last weekend. Inter remained fifth, one point below the Champions League places. "Inter played well, but got tired in the end, crumbled physically and we took advantage," Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. "It's another step towards the Scudetto, even if it remains very difficult." Early on, it was all Juventus. Douglas Costa scored with a decisive half-volley, extending the Brazilian's streak of being involved in the last six Juventus goals in Serie A: Two goals and four assists. Inter midfielder Matias Vecino was sent off for a foul on Mario Mandzukic in the 18th. Referee Daniele Orsato originally pulled out a yellow card but changed to red after a video review. Vecino stepped on Mandzukic's ankle and the Croatia international later showed a deep cut. Inter stepped up after the break. Icardi rose above Juve's defense to redirect a free kick into the far corner with a glancing header — his eighth goal in 11 Serie A matches against Juventus. Then in the 65th, Cuadrado couldn't handle Perisic on the left flank and lied down instead to avoid picking up a second yellow card. Perisic then crossed toward Icardi but the ball bounced in off Barzagli. Cuadrado made up for the error by scoring from a tight angle with a shot off Inter defender Milan Skriniar in the 87th. Then Higuain ran past Inter's defense to head in Paulo Dybala's free kick two minutes later to complete the comeback. Allegri was sent off after Higuain's winner for entering the pitch in an attempt to get his players to stop celebrating and refocus for the final minutes. "There were four minutes to go ... I didn't want a repeat of Madrid," Allegri said, referring to the Champions League elimination by Real Madrid. ROMA SHOWS POTENTIAL Displaying the offensive firepower it will need in the Champions League semifinals, 10-man Roma defeated visiting Chievo Verona 4-1 in convincing fashion. Edin Dzeko scored twice, Patrik Schick and Stephan El Shaarawy also found the target, and Roma goalkeeper Alisson saved a penalty. Roma also hit the post twice. Roberto Inglese pulled one back late for Chievo. A similar result on Wednesday would allow the Giallorossi to overturn a 5-2 deficit to Liverpool. "Now we have to recover our physical and mental energy, leave the field on Wednesday knowing we've done all we possibly could," Roma coach Eusebio Di Francesco said. "We've proved in the past that we can achieve great results in the Champions League, so we must all believe, that is my slogan." Meanwhile, the victory strengthened Roma's chances of returning to the Champions League next season. Third-placed Roma moved three points ahead of Lazio, which visits Torino on Sunday. Chievo remained two points above the relegation zone. EMPOLI PROMOTED Empoli secured promotion into Serie A after only one season in the second division. Empoli moved 14 points ahead of Parma and Palermo after drawing with Novara 1-1 and was assured of winning Serie B with four rounds remaining. The Tuscan squad is coached by former Roma manager Aurelio Andreazzoli......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 29th, 2018

Striking-based ONE Super Series a treat for Pinoy fans, says ONE CEO

Aside from a sure-to-be entertaining main event between top bantamweight contenders Kevin Belingon and Andrew Leone, ONE Championship's return to Manila on Friday, April 20th will mark the debut of the ONE Super Series.  “It’s an open invitation to the greatest strikers in the world,” explained ONE Championship CEO and Chairman Chatri Sityodtong. “Fans will witness the absolute elite in striking martial arts, as they go head-to-head on the biggest and most prestigious global stage of competition.” And for starters, Manila's Heroes of Honor card will feature four ONE Super Series bouts headlined by kickboxing legend Giorgio Petrosyan taking on Jo Nattawut.  "ONE Championship is now the world’s largest martial arts organization, in that if you think about the umbrella of martial arts and all the verticals of Muay Thai, Kickboxing, submission grappling, boxing, mixed martial arts, these are all the verticals, and I decided we really wanna do all and celebrate all of Asia’s greatest martial arts, full stop. Asia is the home of martial arts, but we’ve never been able to see all, witness all of them. I think it’s also an amazing opportunity for our athletes to win world titles in both." What's more, in line with the debut of the ONE Super Series, ONE Championship will be exchanging their circular cage with a five-rope ring. The squared circle is the traditional battleground for striking-based martial arts such as boxing, kickboxing, and Muay Thai.  "ONE Super Series is dedicated in a ring, where you will see all the beautiful striking arts of the world, but you’ll also see mixed martial arts in there as well. The cage is going to be dedicated for primarily MMA, so that’s how it’s gonna work out."  "The beauty of this is, as a martial artist, you wanna test yourself in the cage, you can, you can test yourself in the ring, in any environment, and if you’re truly the best in the world, it doesn’t matter where the fight’s gonna be, you should be able to win, right, as a real world champion. That’s kind of the idea of experimenting with a ring. Definitely, this is a start, and we’ll have a bunch more ring shows this year." Sityodtong added.  Over the course of the past year, Sityodtong and ONE Championship have heavily promoted Asian martial arts in their fight cards, with Lethwei and Silat exhibitions, as well as a caged Muay Thai bout between Lumpinee legend Sam-A Gaiyanghadao and Joseph Lasiri in Manila back in January.  With the ONE Super Series, Sityodtong aims to put these martial arts on full display.  "We’ve been toying with the idea for about two or three years, internally, about when is the right time. Now, ONE Championship has really arrived and just exploded all over the world and all over Asia, we said what else can we do to bring martial arts fans all over the world? ONE Championship being the home of martial arts, Asia being the home of martial arts, it’s a way for us to celebrate across the entire continent. We wanna showcase Lethwei, which we have, showcase Silat, Muay Thai, Kickboxing, Wushu, Sanda, Kung Fu, all the beautiful arts of Asia, this is what I wanna showcase." So why choose to launch the sport in the Philippines?  Sityodtong explains that it's somewhat a way to give back to the Filipino fans for their continued support and unparralleled appreciation since ONE's inception in 2011.  "We also debated, where would we get the biggest bang for the buck, it’s no secret that the Filipino, it’s in the warrior blood of every Filipino, you guys are fighters at heart, probably the biggest fight fans in the world, and so I wanted to give a special treat and said let’s do it in the Philippines." "I wanted to do something special, for me, Manila holds a very special place in my heart, so many great moments of ONE Championship here. I said if we’re gonna do the ONE Super Series, let’s launch it out in Manila." Sityodtong added.    Catch the debut of the ONE Super Series at ONE: Heroes of Honor on Friday, April 20th, at the Mall of Asia Arena.  You can watch it LIVE starting at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Celtics still eyeing long playoff run after rash of injuries

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward exchanged the kind of toothy giggles normally only found between kids on a playground when they were introduced as the new faces of the Celtics. “It’s about to be crazy, G,” Irving said in the ear of Hayward to a soundtrack of clicking camera lenses as they sat on a dais back in September two days after Boston’s blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Seven months later, Irving has proven to be prophetic — albeit not how he had in mind. It has been crazy unlucky for the Celtics. Stunning too. Al Horford said even shocking. And though things haven’t gone as scripted in Boston, the Celtics will open the playoffs at the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference believing they can win it all without their injured offseason acquisitions. “Finals. I’m very confident,” guard Terry Rozier when asked how far Boston can go. “Everybody has to be on the same page. And we just gotta play. And play hard.” That’s been Boston’s calling card throughout the season. They have no choice but to play hard because from Hayward’s gruesome, season-ending left ankle injury on opening night, to the recent pair of left knee surgeries that has sidelined Irving, luck has been in short supply beyond the Celtics’ Leprechaun mascot named Lucky. Horford acknowledged being shocked when he heard that Irving was done for the season. But he said the time has passed for sulking about misfortunes. “We can’t dwell on the past,” Horford said. Obviously it makes it more difficult. Kyrie, he’s the leader of this team. We won with him and now we have to find ways to do it without him.” In addition to Irving and Hayward, Boston will also be without productive rookie Daniel Theis (left knee surgery) for the season and Marcus Smart (right thumb surgery) until at minimum the second round. That’s not to mention a plethora of nagging injuries that have dogged the rest of the roster. Yet, in an Eastern Conference that features a less-than-dominating LeBron James-led Cavaliers team, Boston veterans Horford and Marcus Morris and its corps of talented young players led by Jaylen Brown, Rozier and rookie Jayson Tatum give it as legitimate a chance as anyone to make it to the NBA Finals. The Celtics will finish with their second straight 50-win season and their highest number of victories under coach Brad Stevens. Last season as the East’s top seed, Boston made it to the conference finals in spite of being smacked with adversity on the eve of the postseason following the death of Isaiah Thomas’ sister. Thomas returned to the team, but was then lost midway through the conference finals to a hip injury he’d been quietly playing through. “With Isaiah, we had him all year. Even though he was banged up, he was with us,” Horford said. “Now with our group this year it’s different. We’ve been having so many injuries throughout the year that I feel like our guys — we’re much more prepared handling everything that we’re going through.” The good news is this Celtics team has already done an admirable job of figuring things out without Hayward and Irving. They’ve played all but five minutes this season without Hayward. In 20 games without Irving they are 13-7. Irving played his last game on March 11 (Mar. 12, PHL time). That’s given Boston time to see what its remaining rotation will look like. One thing it will certainly mean is a lot more minutes for reserves like Shane Larkin and Greg Monroe, as well as rookies Semi Ojeleye and Guerschon Yabusele. Stevens acknowledged that there was hope after Irving’s first surgery on his knee last month that removed a tension wire that he would be able to return early in the playoffs. Having him ruled out has “just solidified that this is where our focus needs to be” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for the other guys and it’s our job to coach them,” Stevens said. “I believe in the guys in our locker room. They believe in themselves.” Without Irving, the most glaring deficiency for Boston is its lack of a go-to scorer. Brown is just a few games removed from scoring a career-high 32 points, and Rozier only recently had a 25-game double-digit scoring streak stopped. He’s also proven to be a dependable defender. Still, there is a sense in the East that Boston may be susceptible to a first-round upset. Miami and Milwaukee, currently have the same record (43-37) as the No. 6 and 7 seeds respectively. The Heat won 2-of-3 meetings this season with Boston, while the Celtics split their four games with the Bucks. Washington, at No. 8 leads the season series with Boston 2-1 with the series finale set on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Vulnerable or not, Horford has a message for whoever their first-round opponent is. “We’re the [No.] 2 seed. We have home-court advantage,” he said. “And this point, the only thing I can say to that is I can’t wait for the playoffs to start.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 10th, 2018

Messi hat trick helps Barcelona equal record unbeaten streak

MADRID, Spain – Barcelona equalled the record longest unbeaten run in La Liga history as a Lionel Messi hat trick inspired the runaway leaders to a 3-1 win over Leganes on Saturday, April 7, to make it 38 league games unbeaten. The Catalan giants will look to break the record ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 8th, 2018

SLR scores huge upset over erstwhile unbeaten Petron

Games Saturday: (Batangas Sports and Convention Center) 4:00 p.m. -- Foton vs Generika-Ayala 6:00 p.m. -- Cocolife vs Smart   Sta. Lucia Realty carved out the biggest upset so far in the 2018 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix when the Lady Realtors put Petron’s eight-game winning streak to a screeching halt, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17, Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Spikers pounced hard on the cold and sluggish Blaze Spikers from start to finish en route to a massive conquest. With the win, the Lady Realtors now fashion a 4-5 win-loss card, giving it a slight chance of stealing one of the four twice-to-beat incentives in the quarterfinal round. Sta. Lucia, however, has to beat winless Smart while hoping that Cocolife (5-3) would drop its next two matches in the classification phase. “Whatever happens, this win is a huge morale-booster for us,” said Pascua, who is very familiar with the Blaze Spikers after guiding them to a sweep of the All-Filipino Conference in 2015. Ukrainian reinforcement Dana Anisova delivered 13 kills and an ace to finish with 14 points while MJ Philips and Marisa Field chipped in 13 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Lady Realtors, who marched to the battlefield in with fire in their eyes knowing that the Blaze Spikers have yet to lose in their first eight games. Meanwhile, F2 Logistics recovered from a cold start to clobber Cignal, 23-25, 27-25, 25-16, in the second game. Imports Kennedy Bryan and Maria Jose Perez spearheaded the balanced attack to tow the Cargo Movers to a win away from sweeping the second round. It was the eighth win of the Cargo Movers in nine matches, forging a tie with Petron, which suffered its first loss after falling prey to Sta. Lucia Realty in the first match, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17.   With that, F2 Logistics has a golden chance to steal the top seed in the quarterfinals pending the outcome of its final match in the classification phase. Bryan delivered 13 kills, two blocks and an ace for 16 points while Perez chipped in 14 markers for the Cargo Movers, who banked on their solid blocking as well as the steady offensive performance of Ara Galang and Aby Marano. Serbian import Sonja Milanovic delivered 27 markers while American Jeane Horton had 23 points for the HD Spikers, who fell to sixth place after absorbing their sixth loss in nine matches. The Lady Realtors played their hearts out, especially in the third set where they entered the second technical timeout with a huge 16-7 lead. Anisova, Philips and Jonah Sabete continued the rout to put the Lady Realtors at match point, 24-14. Although Lindsay Stalzer tried to pump life into their flickering chances, Field connected a strong hit from the middle to essay the victory. American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley tallied 19 and 15 markers, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who struggled all game long due to misreceptions and turnovers. They tallied 28 errors while the presence of Japanese libero Yuri Fukuda was hardly felt, giving the Lady Realtors a golden chance to become the first team to tarnish their sterling record in just 77 minutes of action......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 5th, 2018

Heavy Bombers put a stop to struggles at expense of AMA

Jose Rizal University finally put an end to its demise, stopping its losing streak at eight with a huge 98-87 win against AMA Online Education in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Monday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. Paolo Pontejos took matters to his own hands late, dropping seven of his 17 points in the last seven minutes of the game as the Heavy Bombers staved off the late rally from the Titans. Kris Porter paced JRU with 21 markers and six rebounds while Ervin Grospe and Jeckster Apinan both registered an identical 17-point and five-rebound statline. “Yung maturity ng team, halatang wala pa eh. Bright side na lang is kahit papaano, may nakukuha kami sa pagsali namin sa liga na ito,” said coach Gio Lasquety. “Lumalaban lang kami every game at sabi ko nga sa kanila, pag may chance manalo, grab lang natin.” With both teams having nothing to lose, it was the Heavy Bombers who took the baton and started the game hot with a 16-5 tear before erecting a lead as high as 20, 59-39, early in the third period. Robbie Manalang and Carlo Escalambre fought back for AMA, cutting the deficit down to seven, 81-74 with 7:19 left, but Pontejos was there to quash the comeback bid and secure JRU’s second win in 10 outings. The Heavy Bombers claimed 10th place with its 2-8 card while sending the Titans down the cellar with Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College at 1-8. Manalang finished with 26 points and three assists in the defeat while Escalambre contributed 21 markers and eight boards. BOX SCORES JRU 98 — Porter 21, Apinan 17, Grospe 17, Pontejos 17, Yu 8, Mendoza 7, De Guzman 6, Dela Virgen 2, Silvarez 2, Esguerra 1, Bordon 0, Sawat 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 87 — Manalang 26, C. Escalambre 21, Martinez 16, Andaya 7, Garcia 6, Paras 6, Lao 5, Antonares 0, Quijano 0, Taganas 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-13, 53-35, 77-66, 98-87......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Petron survives Klisura s 38-point explosion, keeps unbeaten slate

Games Saturday: (Muntinlupa Sports Center) 1:45 p.m. -- Foton vs F2 Logistics 4:10 p.m. -- Cignal vs Smart   Petron continued with its winning ways to keep its pristine record intact while defending champion F2 Logistics kept its hold of the second spot in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blaze Spikers collected its seventh straight win in as many outings after snapping Cocolife’s four-game winning streak with a 26-24, 25-18, 21-25, 25-20, decision. Ces Molina stepped up in the absence of injured American import Hilary Hurley (right foot sprain) as the former San Beda University star dropped 21 points while American reinforcement Lindsay Stalzer had 22 markers for Petron, which survived the 38-point explosion of the Asset Managers’ Serbian sensation Sara Klisura.   Aiza Maizao-Pontillas got 13 points while Mika Reyes had nine for the Blaze Spikers.   “Cocolife, expect namin na lalaban talaga rin kasi ang ganda ng performance nila eh so para sa amin parang naisip ko nga kanina na wala pa ang isang import naming. Pero excited naman si Ces para doon sa posisyon niya na outside hitter hindi naman ako binigo, na-maximize namin ang strength niya so para sa amin malaking bagay,” said Petron coach Shaq Delos Santos. Cocolife dropped to 4-3. Meanwhile, the Cargo Movers cruise to an easy 25-21, 25-17, 25-14 victory over Cignal. With Venezuelan import Maria Jose Perez and Kim Fajardo at the helm, the Cargo Movers asserted their dominance early on before going for the kill en route to this impressive victory. Perez, the reigning Most Valuable Player awardee, delivered 15 kills to finish with game-high 16 points while Fajardo uncorked five aces on top of 18 excellent sets to help the Cargo Movers solidify their hold at the second spot with a 4-1 card. Kennedy Bryan and Aby Marano were also on fire as they knocked down nine points apiece while playing solid defense at the net, leaving HD Spikers’ prolific imports Jeane Horton of United States and Sonja Milanovic struggling for form. Milanovic finished with 12 points while Horton had only 10 markers for the HD Spikers, who suffered their third loss in five matches......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed

Amid the ballyhoo surrounding the finals rematch, De La Salle continued its mastery over Ateneo with a 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20 win Saturday in their first meeting this the UAAP Season 80 women's volleyball tournament at Mall of Asia Arena. The defending champions bounced back from their shock loss to Adamson and ended the first round on a high note, tied Far Eastern U at the second spot with a 5-2 record, while the Lady Eagles had their streak snapped and settled for third with a 4-3 card. La Salle almost let go of a six-point lead late in the fourth period after Ateneo captain Maddie Madayag cut the margin to two, 21-19 off a dump that landed in front of the Lady Spikers' d...Keep on reading: UAAP volleyball: La Salle outplays Ateneo for share of 2nd seed.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: DLSU shoots down poor-receiving Ateneo

Two-time defending champion De La Salle University peppered archrival Ateneo de Manila University with service aces the whole match in a bounce back 25-20, 25-17, 24-26, 25-20, victory Saturday in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the Mall of Asia Arena. Coming off a shocking four-set loss to Adamson University a week ago, the Lady Spikers bared their teeth once again as they drew first blood in their elimination round head-to-head against the Lady Eagles. Desiree Cheng, who nailed three-straight service aces at the close of the second set, Kim Kianna Dy and Majoy Baron bannered the Taft-based squad’s fifth win in seven outings to tie Far Eastern University at second to third spots. DLSU put the Lady Eagles’ four-game winning streak to a screeching halt. Ateneo slid to 4-3 card at the close of the first round.              The Lady Spikers pulled away in the fourth after a sorry loss in the third and built a 20-14 lead. The Katipunan-based squad aswered with a 5-1 rallt capped by three straight points to breathe dowm the necks of DLSU, 21-19. Bea De Leon sent her service long in the next play followed by a Tin Tiamzon hit and a block by Kianna Kim Dy on Kat Tolentino for a 24-19 lead. Desiree Cheng gave Ateneo a free point on a service error but Season 79 Rookie of the Year Jules Samonte sent her serve short as DLSU escaped with the win.        The Lady Spikers clawed its way back from an 11-21 deficit in the third set with a scorching run. Ahead by 10 points, DLSU took advantage of Jho Maraguinot’s service error to mount a telling scoring blitz to knot the set at 21. Season 79 rookie Jules Samonte pushed Ateneo back on top but DLSU answered with three straight points to move at match point, 24-22. But the Lady Spikers committed an error before Maraguinot tied it at 24. Maddie Madayag blocked Aduke Ogunsanya on the next play before Kat Tolentino put the set away with a crosscourt hit.              (To be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

Ebondo proves to be too much as CEU downs Zark’s-LPU

Centro Escolar University once again leaned on Rod Ebondo as his game-high 33 points towed his side to a 91-85 win against Zark’s Burger-Lyceum of the Philippines University in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup on Tuesday at the Marikina Sports Center. The Congolese bruiser was superb as always, hauling down 20 rebounds and also collecting three assists, two steals, and two blocks to preserve the Scorpions’ 3-0 card. “We’re so happy dahil nanalo kami against LPU,” said coach Yong Garcia. “I’m very thankful sa kanila. Tinrabaho talaga nila yung panalo.” Art Aquino also chipped in 18 markers and six boards, while Orlan Wamar churned out nine points, five rebounds, and three assists. CEU banked on its experience late as Aquino broke the 84-all deadlock with a drive in the final 1:20. Nino Ibañez split his freebies on the other end in the last 32.5 seconds, but though Jaycee Marcelino secured the offensive rebound, he would throw the ball away and lead to an Orlan Wamar and-one play with 25.9 ticks on the clock. CJ Perez still tried to keep Zark’s-LPU in the game, but he continued to misfire from the field before Ebondo sealed the game with a thunderous dunk. It was a frustrating night for Perez, who had 17 points and eight rebounds but went 7-of-20 from the field. Jaycee Marcelino got 15 markers and seven rebounds as they kept the ship for the Jawbreakers afloat despite the limited minutes from Mike Nzeusseu, who sprained his ankle in the first half. Zark’s-LPU saw its four-game winning streak halted as it dropped to 4-2. BOX SCORES CEU 91 — Ebondo 33, Aquino 18, Wamar 9, Arim 6, Cruz 6, Fuentes 6, Caballero 4, Guinitaran 3, Manlangit 2, Opiso 2, Veron 2, Saber 0. ZARK’S BURGER-LPU 85 — Perez 17, Jc. Marcelino 15, Jv. Marcelino 10, Serrano 10, Yong 9, Liwag 6, Caduyac 5, Ibañez 5, Tansingco 4, Nzeusseu 2, Santos 2, Baltazar 0, Pretta 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-26, 50-44, 69-69, 91-85......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

After winning prestigious tournament, Pinay Alex Eala aims higher

Pinay tennis player Alex Eala is now aiming for a spot in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) World Juniors ranking weeks after stunning her opponents and winning the prestigious Les Petit 14 and Under European Championships in France several weeks ago. As a wild card entry in the contest, Eala soared to the top by winning all six of her games and beating Czech Linda Nozkova in comeback fashion.  The 13-year old stormed back from a one-set deficit and even trailed 3-5 in the third before coming up with the title. Not even Eala could believe that she could beat some of the world's best young tennis players, let alone go the tournament final.  "No, not at all like when I looked at the list sobrang daming gagaling na players, like the top of their country. I have seen them play before, they were really good I was actually expecting na mga hanggang quarters lang so ng nakarating ako ng finals grabe," she told ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo in an interview. Her father, Michael was very much elated with the win, with some spectators and opponents even wondering if the sport is big in the Philippines.  Due to her impressive skill, Eala's opponents also thought that she trained abroad, but her grandfather and coach, Bob Maniego, politely ends that thought. The thirteen-year old rises in the wee hours of the morning to go to the gym for her strength and conditioning training before going to school, where she serves as class president in Colegio San Agustin. After school, Eala continues her grind by undergoing addtional training with her Lolo Bob. Maniego and Eala's training have finally paid off, wherein the tennis prodigy started swinging rackets in international tournaments at eight years old. She now aims to join her brother, Miko, who is ranked in the ITF's Top 400 World Rankings. For Alex, 2018 will become a better year as she has a chance to crack the ITF World Juniors' rankings as she was invited by the French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli himself as a wild card entry in the French Open Juniors Tennis Qualifiers in Paris in May, Eala's first ITF tournament. With a report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Barcelona wins at Eibar 2-0 before trip to Chelsea in CL

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi looks ready for London. Barcelona's star helped to set up two goals to beat 10-man Eibar 2-0 on Saturday as the Spanish leaders warmed up for their visit to Chelsea in the Champions League. Barcelona broke its mini-slump of back-to-back draws to remain unbeaten through 24 rounds and extend its advantage over second-place Atletico Madrid to 10 points. Barcelona visits Stamford Bridge on Tuesday in the opening leg of the round of 16. "We will head to the match with confidence," Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets said about Chelsea. "We are having a good season, but that won't mean anything now. We are facing a tie against a great team that won its league last season. We know it will be difficult and that we have to play smart for 180 minutes." Eibar showed why it is one of the surprises of the season in Spain by taking the initiative first at Barcelona. But a moment of brilliance by Messi was all it took to swing the match Barcelona's way. Messi's weight-perfect pass threaded past three defenders left Luis Suarez all alone in the 16th minute. Suarez used a feint to bring goalkeeper Marco Dmitrovic to the turf before netting his 17th goal in the competition. Only Messi, with 20, has more. Messi played a big part in Jordi Alba's goal in the 88th, when he forced a save from Dmitrovic and Alba was free to finish it off. Suarez's goal came against the flow of the match. Pressing up the pitch and setting a fast pace, Eibar forwards Fabian Orellana, Takashi Inui and midfielder Joan Jordan threatened the visitors. Orellana damaged his team's chances of a comeback when he earned bookings in the 57th and 66th. The first card was for a a needless tackle that cut down Andres Iniesta. Orellana compounded that mistake when he batted a ball into the air with play stopped and the referee waiting for Eibar to return the ball to Barcelona to take a free kick. Eibar coach Jose Luis Mendilibar was also sent off minutes later for protesting when the referee did not book Suarez for lightly kicking the ball after play stopped for an offside call. Despite playing a man down, Eibar still managed to make Barcelona work. Inui had two attempts that required saves from goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen until Alba secured the three points. "Losing a player hurt them. It came at a moment when the game was tightly contested," Barcelona manager Ernesto Valverde said. "It was important to win after the past two matches and knowing how difficult it would be against an Eibar that is having a great season." The loss was only the second for Eibar in its last 13 matches. It remained in seventh place. Atletico hosts Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. ___ SEVILLA AWAITS UNITED Sevilla also won before its Champions League meeting with Manchester United, beating Las Palmas 2-1 in the Canary Islands to move into fifth place. Sevilla hosts United on Wednesday to start their Champions League final-16 tie. ___ LATE TURNAROUND Valencia scored two late goals to snatch a 2-1 win at bottom side Malaga, which was left seven points from safety. Dani Parejo hit the winner with five minutes remaining when he converted a penalty kick after Ignasi Miguel earned a direct red card for pulling down Rodrigo Moreno with only the goalie to beat. Valencia, in third place, moved four points clear of Real Madrid before it visits Real Betis on Sunday. ___ DEPRESSED DEPORTIVO Deportivo lost its second straight match under new coach Clarence Seedorf after falling at Alaves 1-0. Deportivo remained in the relegation zone as its winless streak reached nine rounds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 18th, 2018