Celts draw first blood

Pound listless Cavaliers NEW YORK (AFP) - Jaylen Brown scored 23 points and Al Horford added 20 to power the Boston Celtics over Cleveland 108-83 Sunday, humbling LeBron James and his Cavaliers teammates in their NBA playoff series opener. The Celtics seized the lead in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference finals,….....»»

Category: newsSource: journal journalMay 14th, 2018

Kings draw first blood

Brownlee erupts Game Tomorrow: (Smart Araneta Coliseum) 6:30 pm – Ginebra vs San Miguel   Ginebra unleashed a strong start and an even stronger finish to crush San Miguel Beer, 127-99, in Game 1 of their Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup best-of-seven finals series last night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Import Justin Brownlee caught […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Cargo Movers draw first blood in Invitational Finals

F2 Logistics showed nerves of steel in the cliffhanger fifth set to outlast archrival Petron, 18-25, 25-23, 20-25, 29-27, 16-14, Thursday in Game 1 of the best-of-three Philippine Superliga Invitational Conference Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Majoy Baron delivered the crushing blows to seal the Cargo Movers’ victory that pushed them closer to their third title. With the Blaze Spikers threatening to steal the match after erasing a 14-12 deficit in a thrilling rally to force a deuce, Baron stepped up and played the hero’s role with a crucial running attack to give the lead back to F2 Logistics. Baron then buried the dagger to the hearts of Petron and its faithful that trooped the arena with a service winner that went past Blaze Spikers Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and libero Buding Duremdes. Baron finished with 15 points highlighted by four blocks including the denial against Petron’s fireball Sisi Rondina in the extended fourth set that forced the decider. The UAAP Season 79 MVP had eight attacks and three aces. “Well ah, sabi ko nga sa inyo, ‘yung team ng Petron mahirap mahanapan ng butas kasi madalang ‘yung unforced errors hindi basta-basta dumadating. Unlike noong mga first set namin and third set sobrang ang daming unforced errors lalo na ‘yung service and isang naging factor siguro medyo nahirapan kaming pumasa noong first set and third set,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, who rued his squad’s 39 errors. Ara Galang led F2 Logistics’ offense with 18 points built on 13 attacks while Aby Marano scored nine of her 10 points on kills for the Cargo Movers, who are looking to end the series on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.    F2 Logistics took control of the fifth set after rallying from a 7-6 deficit to take a 10-7 lead. The Cargo Movers moved at match point, 14-12, only to see Petron tie it after Desiree Cheng’s service error and a kill block by Blaze Spiker setter Rhea Dimaculangan. Then, Baron took over. Mika Reyes and Bernadeth Pons posted 14 points each, Maizo-Pontillas had 13 while Rondina and Ces Molina got 12 apiece for Petron, who gave away 12 points to the Cargo Movers from the service line.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

San Miguel exacts revenge on Alaska to take Game 1 of semis clash

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel banked on a balanced scoring attack to frustrate Alaska, 92-79, and draw first blood in their best-of-5 semifinals duel in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday, July 14.  June Mar Fajardo finished with 17 points, 9 rebounds and ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers near breakthrough title

Creamline bounced back from a second set meltdown before dismantling PayMaya, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, Sunday to draw first blood in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals at the MOA Arena. The Cool Smashers moved a win away from bagging their breakthrough title after a couple of third place finishes last year. Creamline ace hitter Alyssa Valdez and Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin led the way for the Tai Bundit-mentored squad.   Game 2 is on Wednesday.     (To be updated) ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Cabuyao, RTU draw first blood in U19 men’s softball tournament

CABUYAO CITY and Rizal Technological University (RTU) dominated their rivals at the start of the National 19 and Under Men’s Softball Championship at the Sto. Niño Softball Field in Marikina City. RTU outclassed Binangonan, 18-3, while Cabuyao City defeated La Salle Antipolo, 13-5, on the first day of the tournament presented by Cebuana Lhuillier and […] The post Cabuyao, RTU draw first blood in U19 men’s softball tournament appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Harden drops 41 points as Rockets draw first blood vs Jazz

James Harden scored 41 points and the Houston Rockets raced out to a huge lead and sailed to a 110-96 win over the Jazz in Game One of the Western Conference semifinals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

UAAP FINALS: Hindi madaling kalaban ang FEU –- De Jesus

Two-time defending champion De La Salle University swept past Far Eastern University on Saturday to draw first blood in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball Finals best-of-three series. But it was a deceiving result as the Lady Spikers needed to hang tough in the closing stretch of each set to carve out a 29-27, 25-21, 25-22, win. The Lady Tamaraws gave the Taft-based squad one hell of a fight.   “Well, oo, kasi alam naman natin na, sabi ko nga kanina, noong eliminations, talagang hindi madaling kalaban para sa amin ang FEU,” said DLSU coach Ramil de Jesus, who is looking to steer the Taft-based squad to its 11th title and third grand slam.    The mentor, who nine years ago dethroned the Lady Tams in three games, also pointed out that FEU has a full arsenal of versatile hitters who could defend both at the net and on the floor. “Sila kasi 'yung team na talagang marami ding kayang paikutin na tao eh. So tulad kanina, ginamit nila 'yun. So malaking bagay para sa team nila 'yun,” said De Jesus . The DLSU coach also praised FEU’s heady setter Kyle Negrito for distributing the ball well and keeping his wards guessing on who to defend.   “Kaya nahihirapan din kami dahil magaling din 'yung setter,” he added. “Halos wala kang makitang weak point sa rotation kasi lahat nakaka-block.” The Lady Spikers had to rely on their championship experience and composure in each of the sets just to stave off the rampaging and feisty Lady Tams. Now with three days of preparation, De Jesus is looking to make the necessary adjustments to finish off FEU in Game 2. “Well pipilitin namin na makuha 'yung Game 2, kasi mahirap na pag umabot pa ng Game 3,” he said. “And then kung ano man ang naging performance ng FEU today, pag-aaralan namin kung paano pa namin sila mako-control. Hopefully matapos sa Wednesday.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Fiery Lady Spikers draw first blood

LA SALLE used its championship pedigree to the hilt, as the Lady Spikers inched closer to claiming a three-peat with a 29-27, 25-21, 25-22 conquest of Far Eastern University in the UAAP women’s volleyball tournament last night before 14,293 fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Determined to end their final….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 28th, 2018

Blaze Spikers draw first blood in semis

Games tomorrow (Filoil Flying V Centre) 4:15 p.m. -- F2 Logistics vs. Foton 7 p.m. -- Petron vs. Cocolife KATHERINE Bell made a strong first impression in powering Petron to a 25-18, 23-25, 25-16, 25-23 victory over Cocolife in Game 1 of their Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 24th, 2018

Brownlee’s 46 propels Alab Pilipinas to 1-0 lead in ABL Finals

STA. ROSA --- Justin Brownlee carried San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to a thrilling 143-130 overtime victory over Mono Vampire to draw first blood in the best-of-five 2018 ASEAN Basketball League Finals Sunday at Sta. Rosa Multipurpose Complex here. The do-it-all forward set the new ABL Finals record with his 46 points, 10 of which came in the extra period where Alab Pilipinas blew the game wide open after rallying back late in regulation. With the home team staring at a 120-116 deficit in the last 19.3 seconds of the fourt, Brownlee showed his never say die spirit, first drilling a trey to cut the deficit to one with 15.1 on the clock. His foul led to a Michael Singletary split ...Keep on reading: Brownlee’s 46 propels Alab Pilipinas to 1-0 lead in ABL Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2018

Bantayan, Alcoy Draw First Blood in Gov’s Cup Hoop Openers

The squads of Bantayan and Alcoy towns embarked on their title bids on a bright note after carving out separate victories in the opening day of the 2nd Governor’s Cup Inter-Cities/Municipalities Basketball Tournament on Sunday at the New Cebu Coliseum in Cebu City. First, Bantayan rode on the game-long brilliance of Romeo Sumbi to sink […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 17th, 2018

Green Archers United-Iloilo shock Kaya FC in Youth Football League

THE Green Archers United-Iloilo Team B surprised Kaya FC during their first encounter in the Youth Football League (YFL) U15, 3-1, at the Alabang Country Club football ground, Apr. 8, 2018. The undersized Ilonggo booters used their speed against taller opponents and EVEN managed to draw first blood courtesy of James Tuazon. Tuazon, a pride […] The post Green Archers United-Iloilo shock Kaya FC in Youth Football League appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

HISTORY! Azkals beat Tajikistan to enter AFC Asian Cup

The Philippine Azkals made history Thursday night at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium after beating Tajikistan, 2-1, to clinch their spot in the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.  The Azkals fell behind midway through the second half after Kevin Ingreso committed a foul inside the box to award the visiting Tajikistan side a penalty, which Nazarov Akhtam drilled in the 64th minute.  GOAL TAJIKISTAN! Nazarov Akhtam sinks the penalty over Neil Etheridge in the 64th minute to draw first blood for the Tajiks! LIVE NOW! 📺 Liga 86 & Liga HD 183#AFCQ2019 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 27, 2018 Ingreso made up for his error moments later as he helped the Azkals pull even, scoring on a header off an Iain Ramsay cross in the 73rd minute.  GOAL AZKALS! Kevin Ingreso scores a header off a cross from Iain Ramsay! We're all tied up! LIVE NOW! 📺 Liga 86 & Liga HD 183#AFCQ2019 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 27, 2018 Team captain Phil Younghusband sealed the Azkals win late in regulation, sinking a penalty of his own in the 90th minute after Tajikistan was called for a handball inside the penalty box.  It was Younghusband's 50th international goal.  GOAL AZKALS! Phil Younghusband's 50th international goal virtually sends the @TheAzkalsPH to the #AFCQ2019! LIVE NOW! 📺 Liga 86 & Liga HD 183 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 27, 2018 Things got chippy near the end of the match when a bit of phyiscality ensued and Tajikistan's Dzhalilov Iskandar geta booked for a red card.  The match between the Azkals and Tajikistan has gone sour, as they go into some extra-curricular activity! Iskandar gets the red card. #AFCQ2019 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) March 27, 2018 In the end, it was only the final score line that mattered, as the Azkals held on to the 2-1 victory, clinching arguably their biggest win in team history. "It was an emotional game. It's a difficult game when you know you don't need to win the game. We were very cautious, as cautious as possible," Younghusband said after the match. "They had to win the game. But when they scored their first goal, I think that spurred us to play our best football because we knew we needed to attack." "It showed the spirit of the Filipino people, the fighting spirit. Even when we’re down, we can bounce back and I think we showed and typified it today." Younghusband added.  With the win, the Azkals finish on top of Group F with 12 points off three wins and three draws.  More importantly, the first-place finish gives the Azkals their first trip to the AFC Asian Cup, which kicks off on January 5, 2019 in the United Arab Emirates. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

San Miguel topples Ginebra, takes Game 1 of semis bout

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The San Miguel Beermen demolished Barangay Ginebra, 102-90, to draw first blood in their best-of-7 semifinals series of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Araneta Coliseum, Friday, March 9.  Arwind Santos scored 23 points, all coming in the first 3 periods, to go with 8 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 9th, 2018

Nlex takes opener

Games today (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:30 p.m. -- San Miguel vs. Talk N Text 7 p.m. -- Magnolia vs. Globalport NLEX relied on the hot shooting hands of its key players in the payoff period to pull off a stunning 105-99 victory over Alaska and draw first blood in….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

NLEX clinches first playoff win, downs Alaska in nip-and-tuck battle

MANILA, Philippines – Kiefer Ravena poured in 25 points and 8 assists to help the NLEX Road Warriors draw first blood in their best-of-3 quarterfinals series against the Alaska Aces, 105-99, in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena Monday, March 5.  NLEX, aside from inching ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 5th, 2018

UAAP Football: DLSU squeaks by pesky UE

The DLSU Green Archers survived a gritty UE Red Warriors squad to get a hard-earned 3-2 victory at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in the continuation of the UAAP Season 80 Football tournament action Thursday morning. Paolo Perez scored the go-ahead goad early in the second half, as he slid his way inside the penalty box, went left and fired the goal in the 49th minute. It was all chaos in the first half as the two teams scored all of the first four goals of the game in a 15-minute span. Jed Diamante drew first blood for the Green Archers, receiving a great pass from midfield, launching it from just inside the boundaries of the box in the 31st minute for a 1-0 La Salle lead. UE found a stroke of luck, two actually, as striker Mar Diano exploited the helpless Green Archer defense, taking advantage of a wide-open goal, scoring the equalizer for UE in the 38th minute. The Red Warriors then managed to get the ball back and utilized great passing to pass it to Regil Galaura, who scored just outside the goalkeeper's box to give UE a 2-1 lead in the 40th minute. "That was because we were too eager to defend. Yung gigil, that's what had happened. We had left them open, and there were three, four attacking against two of us. Thre were mistakes, because of too eagerness, too anxious to defend. They were not thinking too straight," La Salle coach Hans-Peter Smit said after the game. Perhaps stunned by the turn of events, La Salle scrambled to score quickly, as Chris Lawless again tied the game at 2-all with a goal fired from the left side of the UE defense in the first minute of the added extra time. "[The team] had to make some adjustments. It's just, like I said, like in previous games, even after the loss [vs Ateneo], they showed some something else, much different, which is what I want, and which I like now," Smit said. The longtime coach added that the scintillating weather conditions made it much harder for the two teams to play better, as some were already cramping up by halftime. But the team's confidence rose as Lawless scored the game-tying goal jsut before the end of the first half, which provided for Perez to make the go-ahead goal. "I was thinking if we scored before the halftime, I had a feeling we would win the game. The chances that we had, we had allowed the chances, then more than UE, we just had to finish it." DLSU, which had a dismal sixth-place finish last year, has already shown strides of improvement since the start of Season 80, and their coach has already been noticing it. "Attitude. That's it. They had showed much more better attitude than last year. And I'm much more satisfied with that." Due to the win, La Salle obtained their 9th point, moving to three wins and a loss, while UE sits at a win, a draw, and two losses for 4 points. -- Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

Petron demolishes F2 Logistics in series opener

Game Thursday: (Filoil Flying V Centre) 7:00 p.m. –-- F2 Logistics vs Petron   Petron pulled off a shocker Tuesday to draw first blood in the best-of-three 2017 Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix Finals, sweeping top seed F2 Logistics, 25-14, 25-21, 25-16, at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. American imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley were unstoppable and got enough support from the Blaze Spikers locals to easily brush off the surprised Cargo Movers. Game 2 of the series is on Thursday. Petron, looking to score another title after winning the All-Filipino Conference against the same rivals and first Grand Prix crown since winning it all back in 2014,  pounced on the sluggish F2 Logistics and dictated the tempo with Stalzer and Hurley leading the way. "I couldn't be happier with the result tonight. It was a team effort, everybody was at the top of their game," said Stalzer, who scored 20 points coming off 15 attacks, three kill blocks and a pair of aces. Hurley chipped in 20 points anchored on 16 spikes while Remy Palma, Ces Molina and Mika Reyes combined for 17 makers for the Blaze Spikers.  Rhea Dimaculangan tallied 25 excellent sets for Petron, which committed only nine errors in the 91-minute duel.     The Blaze Spikers dominated the first two sets and kept their control of the match as they opened a 19-12 gap in the third frame. Petron widened the gap, 23-15, before Remy Palma scored on a running kill to put the Blaze Spikers at match point, 24-16. Reyes sealed the victory with a quick kill. Venezuelan imporyt Maria Jose Perez finished with 15 points but was the only Cargo Mover to score in double figures with American Kennedy Bryan posting only eight points. Top libero Dawn Macandili had a bad night as she got only five digs as Petron peppered F2 Logistics with 42 attack points and nine service aces.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2017

Antiquera torches UE with 30 points as NU Lady Bulldogs inch closer to 4-peat

MANILA, Philippines – Trixie Antiquera dropped 30 points as the National University Lady Bulldogs flexed their muscles against the University of the East Lady Warriors, 89-61, to notch their 63rd straight win and draw first blood in the best-of-three UAAP Season 80 women’s basketball finals at the Araneta Coliseum Wednesday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Ceres-Negros settles for draw with JPV Marikina

CERES-Negros Football Club’s solid defense forced a 2-2 draw against JPV Marikina FC in the Philippine Football League (PFL) at the Biñan Football Stadium in Laguna, Nov. 9, 2017. The Bacolod City-based squad relied on the heroics of forward Patrick Reichelt who drew the first blood in the 27th minute. But the Laguna team immediately […] The post Ceres-Negros settles for draw with JPV Marikina appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017