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CEU fends off late Batangas-EAC rally

  MANILA, Philippines – A hot-shooting Centro Escolar University squad showed up early, but the Scorpions needed to fend off a late rally to hack out an 84-75 victory over the Batangas-EAC Generals in the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena on Thursday, July 12. Orlan Wamar fired 12 ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

MPBL inaugural champ Batangas sends statement at expense of QC

Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League inaugural champion Batangas has wasted no time in proving it remains one of the top teams now in the 2018 Anta Datu Cup. Leaning on former pros Bong Galanza and Dennice Villamor, the Athletics fought off a late rally by expansion team Quezon City for a 95-90 decision on Wednesday at the Caloocan Sports Complex. Galanza, who last played for Mahindra (now Columbian), was red-hot in his league debut and wound up with a game-high 28 points while former Ginebra Gin King Villamor had for himself a 20-point, 12-rebound double-double in their season-opening win. It was also those two who connived in the fourth, delivering the clutch makes even as the Capitals had a 31-point outburst in the quarter. The two new recruits were backstopped by a couple of players who had already played for Batangas when they won the championship last conference. Paul Varilla tallied 15 points, seven rebounds, and five assists while Teytey Teodoro chipped in 11 markers of his own. QC was at the losing end in its debut even after ex-PBA D-League standout Jay Collado’s 21-point, 12-rebound effort as well as 19 points from former University of Sto. Tomas hero Jojo Duncil. Meanwhile, home team Caloocan made good use of its homecourt advantage, burying Pasig in the final frame for a 91-81 come-from-behind win. The Supremos (1-0) had six players in double-digits led by Mar Villahermosa who had 18 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Bernzon Franco paced the Pirates (0-1) with 15 points. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Gilas foils Luzon s late rally in Batangas

Gilas Pilipinas, behind Terrence Romeo's huge game, withstood Luzon All-Star's fourth quarter rally en route to a 152-149 victory on Friday in the second leg of the Philippine Basketball.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 26th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Final test for DLSU’s Big 3

It was Game 4 of the UAAP Season 76 Women's Volleyball Finals. A monstrous 21,314-strong crowd filled the Mall of Asia Arena, rocking the three-year-old state-of-the art venue in Pasay City. A do-or-die match for the four-peat-seeking De La Salle University, which a few weeks ago was the favorite to go all the way, make a flawless title run in the women’s volleyball tournament following a 14-0 sweep of the elimination round. They only needed two wins. The Lady Spikers held a thrice-to-beat advantage. They could’ve had won it all the game before. But a young and hungrier Ateneo de Manila University led by a third-year hitter in Alyssa Valdez and piloted by a newly-appointed Thai coach spoiled their run late in the fifth set. Then it all came to one final battle for the crown. Graduating Aby Marano, a feisty and vocal leader, tried to rally her teammates. DLSU was down two sets to none. Rookie Kim Kianna Dy was deployed for the first time in the series as a substitute. With her was another rookie, libero Dawn Macandili, her high school teammate at De La Salle Zobel. On the bench, freshman middle Majoy Baron, a recruit from Baguio City National High School, looked at her teammates as the Lady Eagles reached their 25th point. Tears fell almost simultaneously as the final whistle blew. DLSU lost their three-year throne. It was second stringer Baron, reserve libero Macandili and benchwarmer Dy’s first taste of the championship round. It was bitter. It was painful. They vowed for revenge the following season. But the aftertaste of that defeat lingered up until Season 77.      CHANGE OF FORTUNE   The trio under the guidance of head coach Ramil De Jesus were molded into legit stars in just three years. They finally earned the trust of the mentor, the architect of DLSU’s success the past two decades. Before Season 78, the Lady Spikers joined the Philippine Superliga under the Meralco banner during the off-season. There they became the whipping girls of the tournament, finishing fifth in the six-team field. But it was De Jesus’ way to strengthen the Lady Spikers’ minds and develop their skills. In order to build a strong team, he had to make them feel defeat. The trio of Macandili, Baron and Dy benefited from all of these. They had the weapons this time around against Ateneo in the bitter rivals’ fourth straight championship installment. Macandili’s floor defense was superb, Baron was a solid net defender alongside a graduating Mika Reyes. And Dy, the opposite who only saw action on borrowed playing time in Season 76, made her presence felt in the most important three games of the season. Dy brought down on its knees the mighty Ateneo with an average of 17 points per game in the Finals that went the full distance and earned the Finals Most Valuable Player award. Macandili won the Best Receiver and Best Digger honors while Baron was named Best Blocker. They gave the ‘Big Three of Reyes’, Ara Galang and Cyd Demecillo a fitting farewell gift. As they bid adieu to the trio, it was the time for Macandili, Baron and Dy to fit in to the shoes of DLSU’s new ‘Big Three’. SHINING MOMENT Season 79 became the litmus test for the three. DLSU lost most of its veterans save for graduating setter Kim Fajardo while hitter Desiree Cheng just came back from an ACL tear injury. The trio needed to step up. Most of the pressure was on Macandili’s shoulder. Before the start of the season, the five-foot Tanuan, Batangas defense specialist was named PSL All-Filipino Conference MVP as the DLSU-backed F2 Logistics ruled the tournament on June 2016. However, the Lady Spikers encountered a bumpy road in the UAAP, losing three games in the elims. Two against Ateneo. But it didn’t deter the three volleybelles from doing their part to carry the team back into the Finals against the Lady Eagles. It was the trio’s shining moment. Bringing in the experience, confidence and the signature swag, the Lady Spikers steamrolled past the Ateneo in two games to cap a successful season that saw Baron win the coveted Season MVP plum for her undeniable efficiency the whole tournament long. Baron was the first DLSU player to win the highest individual honor since Marano and Galang shared the award in Season 75. FINAL TEST “Iba ’yung pressure na kailangan mong buhatin ang team kasi last playing year mo na.” This was how Macandili described Season 80. Now playing on her last year, Macandili, like the rest of the ‘Big Three’ wanted to leave a winning legacy. “Siyempre gusto mong maging maganda ang exit mo and para sa team din na ma-achieve ang goal naming,” added Macandili, who a few months back was awarded as Asia’s Second Best libero during the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship. “Nandoon din ang takot na last playing year mo na and hindi mo na mababalikan ‘to. Ayoko namang mag-exit na may regrets.”   The Lady Spikers advanced to the Finals for the tenth straight year and are on the brink of handing De Jesus his third career grand slam and DLSU’s 11th overall crown after taking down Far Eastern University in straight sets in Game 1. “Siguro this is our chance to bring back the three-peat and siyempre lahat ng sacrifices namin, lahat ng pinaghirapan namin, ito na 'yung final test namin,” said Dy. One last push to return the trust and confidence given by de Jesus. “We want to show coach na sa five years naman dito, these are the players that you produced. We want to honor him,” added Dy. Baron, for her part, wanted to fulfill a promise she made before the start of the season. To keep DLSU’s winning tradition. “Ayaw kong masira 'yung record ni coach. Kaya as much as possible, parang sobrang nabilib din ako sa sistema niya at mga seniors ko before, parang ayaw ko na puputulin ko 'yung history na ginagawa nila sa time ko ngayon,” she said. “Personally, 'yun ang motivation ko.” On Wednesday, Macandili, Baron and Dy could be playing their last games as Lady Spikers. The Big Three could be making their final bow. A last chance to join their teammates in forming a circle, kneeling and posing with an arm stretched while the other bent imitating an archer ready to release a flaming final arrow.   Three more DLSU players will be leaving the lair of the Lady Spikers. A trio that gave everything they got for five fruitful and colorful years. People, for sure, will be talking about their stints for the green and white for years. The stories of their ups and downs. The glory that they made together.   But for Baron, Macandili and Dy, it was the honor of playing for La Salle under the great Ramil De Jesus that will be their most cherished college memories.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Batangas weathers Muntinlupa storm to close in on inaugural MPBL title

Staying spotless in the playoffs of the inaugural Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Anta Rajah Cup, Batangas is getting closer and closer to history. Drawing big-time contributions from their bench, the Athletics endured late-charging Muntinlupa, 78-74, on Saturday in their home court Batangas City Coliseum to march forward to a 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Finals. Jhaymo Eguilos topped the scoring column with 16 points and was flanked by reserves Val Acuna and Moncrief Rogado who had nine markers apiece. Top gun Teytey Teodoro also had nine points, including the game-sealing free throws in the last 17 seconds as the home team counted six players who had at least seven points. Still, it was the Cagers who were in command after the opening salvo, leading 14-13. Batangas started the second with nine unanswered points, however, to mount a 22-14 edge they would never relinquish. Fueled by that rush, in all, nine different players got together for a 25-10 quarter and a 38-24 lead. Muntinlupa had for itself an uprising in the endgame and pulled to within 74-75 with 28 ticks to go on the clock, but Teodoro three free throws and a couple of defensive stops boosted the Athletics to the win. Now, the tournament’s top-seed will try to wrap up the series sweep in Muntinlupa’s home court on Tuesday. Chito Jaime paced the Cagers with 18 points while Allan Mangahas and Dave Moralde both chipped in 15 markers. With their rally falling short, however, they are one loss away from being runners-up in the inaugural MPBL Anta Rajah Cup. BOX SCORES BATANGAS 78 – Eguilos 16, Acuna 9, Teodoro 9, Quinto 9, Rogado 9, Olayon 7, Varilla 6, Grimaldo 4, Santos 4, Alvarez 3, Villamor 2 MUNTINLUPA 74 – Jaime 18, Mangahas 15, Moralde 15, Llagas 9, Buenaflor 6, Ylagan 5, Reverente 4, Apreku 2, Vergara 0, Salaveria 0, Stevens 0 QUARTER SCORES: 13-14, 38-24, 60-46, 78-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 14th, 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

Batangas-EAC grounds JRU to get on win column

Batangas-Emilio Aguinaldo College survived a furious endgame uprising from Jose Rizal University to pull off an 81-71 stunner of a win on Monday in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Pasig Sports Center. Cedric Ablaza topscored for the Generals with 16 points, 11 rebounds, three assists, and two blocks, but contributions were abound for the team which finally halted their four-game losing streak and nabbed their breakthrough win. “We’ve been wanting to win and we’re very thankful na yung gameplan, nagawa  namin nang maayos. What more can I ask for?,” said coach Ariel Sison, who seemingly lost his voice in celebration after finally ending the drought. The trio of Jerome Garcia, Cedric De Joya, and Earvin Mendoza all chipped in 11 markers each while helping the cellar-dwelling side finally see the light halfway through the conference. Batangas-EAC shell-shocked JRU early to grab a 20-8 lead at the end of the first period, pouncing on the dazed opposition on its way to a 26-point edge, 66-39, late in the third quarter. The Heavy Bombers got their bearings back late, chipping the lead away and got the deficit down to six, 71-77 in the final 24.5 seconds courtesy of a Jed Mendoza free throw split. The comeback bid, however, wouldn’t come to be as Ablaza and De Joya drained the game-sealing buckets to end the rally and seal the game shut. “Ang ganda ng halfcourt execution namin. Doon kami talaga sinwerte,” said Sison. “Sana ma-sustain yung win. Sana, hindi lang ito ang una’t huli naming panalo.” Jeckster Apinan and newcomer Kris Porter led the way for the skidding JRU with 16 points apiece. The Heavy Bombers have now suffered four straight losses to go on a three-way tie at the cellar at 1-4 with AMA and Batangas-EAC. BOX SCORES BATANGAS-EAC 81 — Ablaza 16, De Joya 11, Garcia 11, E. Mendoza 11, Diego 8, Laude 8, Bautista 6, J. Mendoza 6, Dela Peña 4, Estacio 0, Neri 0. JRU 71 — Apinan 16, Porter 16, Pontejos 11, De Guzman 10, Mendoza 10, Dela Virgen 5, Esguerra 2, Sawat 1, Ramos 0, Tobiano 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-8, 41-30, 66-43, 81-71......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2018

Gamboa-St. Clare roasts Mila’s Lechon, fends off late 4th quarter rally

  MANILA, Philippines – The Gamboa-St. Clare Coffee Lovers continued its winning ways in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, this time cooking the Mila’s Lechon Roasters, 70-58, at the Ynares Sports Arena, Thursday, February 1. The action tightened up early into the 2nd quarter, when Mila’s launched a 7-0 attack ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2018

Slain Tanauan mayor Antonio Halili buried

BATANGAS, Philippines (UPDATED) – Slain Tanauan City mayor Antonio Halili was buried late Sunday afternoon, July 8, at the Loyola Gardens of Tanauan in Batangas. The 72-year-old Halili was shot to death last July 2, during the singing of the national anthem in a flag ceremony at the city hall. (READ: ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Late Mayor Halili was like the father of Tanauan

BATANGAS, Philippines – It does not matter what President Duterte says. For the people of Tanauan City, specially for the throngs visiting his wake, slain mayor Antonio “Tony” Halili  was the “father of Tanauan” and the only leader who changed the city's image. Since 2013, long before the word “TokHang” gained nationwide notoriety,  ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 4th, 2018

New Tanauan City mayor to continue Halili’s campaign against illegal drugs

BATANGAS, Philippines – Work was suspended Tuesday, July 3, at Tanauan City Hall’s Office of the Mayor as employees mourned the death of late mayor Antonio Halili. But in the following days, it will return to business as usual said new Tanauan City Mayor Jhoanna Villamor. And she vowed to continue ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2018

BanKo-Pocari duel nears

Banko-Perlas and Pocari Sweat-Air Force took advantage of furious starts on Sunday, besting their seeded rivals blunted by long rests to move a win each from a championship showdown. BanKo-Perlas defeated second seed PayMaya, while Pocari swept top ranked Creamline in the opener of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference bst-of-three semifinal series at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers doused the High Flyers' late-set rally to post a 25-19, 26-28, 25-23, 25-23 win. Earlier, the Pocari Lady Warriors displayed the brand of game worthy of the defending champions that they are, crushing the off-form Cool Smashers, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23. While Creamline and Pay...Keep on reading: BanKo-Pocari duel nears.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

PVL: Jet Spiker trip Blockbusters in semis opener

Philippine Air Force weathered the furious late fourth set rally of Vice Co. to claim the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference men’s Final Four series opener, 27-25, 17-25, 25-19, 25-21, Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bryan Bagunas was sharp the whole game slicing his attack through the defense of the Blockbusters like hot knife through butter to score 29 spikes in his 30-point performance for the Jet Spikers, who spoiled Vice Co. playng team owner Vice Ganda's first time to watch his squad in action. The National University standout added 16 excellent receptions for a complete game for Air Force, which swept the round robin quarterfinals to clinch the no. 3 seed. The Jet Spikers saw its 20-16 lead in the fourth set evaporate after Vice Co. evened the frame at 20 capped by a Jude Garcia kill block on Bagunas. Jeffrey Malabanan and Bagunas scored back-to-back hit to put the Jet Spikers back on top, 22-20. Garcia answered with a kill of his own but committed a crucial service error on the next play. Bagunas put Air Force at match point on an off the block hit before Fauzi Ismail sealed the win with a kill block. Malabanan finished with 18 points while Ismail and Ranran Abdilla chipped in with 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Jet Spikers, who finished runner-up to Cignal in last year’s edition. JP Bugaoan had 17 points while Garcia posted 10 for Vice Co., which came off a long layoff after clinching an outright semis seat.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles           .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

HD Spikers claim second straight win

Games Tuesday: (Cadiz Arena, Negros Occidental) 4:15 pm -- Cignal vs Sta. Lucia Realty 7:00 pm -- Foton vs Petron   BACOOR CITY – Reigning champion Cignal essayed a 25-10, 26-24, 25-18 victory over Smart-Army in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Thursday at the STRIKE Gym here. Rachel Anne Daquis led the HD Spikers to their second straight win with 13 points built on seven spikes, four blocks and a pair of service aces while anchoring the defense with five digs to put Cignal within two wins away from gaining an outright semifinals seat. “As I’ve I said before, you’ll see a different Daquis. She rotates and spikes everywhere. She is really confident in everything she does,” said Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga.  "And I told her that this (Army) was her former team, they will target you so we practiced her reception.” Mylene Paat was also instrumental with 12 points built on seven kills, four blocks and an ace while Rapril Aguilar and Janine Navarro added five markers apiece while providing the clutch points in the second and third sets, respectively. "This is how I wanted them to play,” Barroga said. “I think they already adjusted, their trust in each other is back, and they’re confident.” After a 15-point rout in the first set, the HD Spikers had to labor their way through the late rally of the Giga Hitters in the next two sets. Cignal squandered a 17-12 spread as Smart rallied back to tie it to 20-all off an ace from Alina Bicar.  But Aguilar came to the rescue scoring back-to-back hits for a 23-20 cushion before Paat their team at set point, 24-22.  The Giga Hitters, however, forced a deuce, 24-all, through Tin Francisco’s quick attack and a crucial attack error of Daquis. Aguilar put the HD Spikers ahead, 25-24, followed by a net fault by Smart that handed the two-set lead to Cignal. Nene Bautista and Dimdim Pacres delivered six points apiece for the Giga Hitters, who absorbed their first defeat after two matches in Pool B......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2018

Go for Gold remains unbeaten

Games Monday: (Ynares Sports Arena) 1 p.m. -- AMA vs. Batangas 3 p.m. -- Marinerong Pilipino vs. CEU GO for Gold withstood a late Marinerong Pilipino stand to fashion out a 93-88 win and stay perfect in the PBA D-League Foundation Cup yesterday at the Ynares Sports Arena. Gab Banal….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Athletics, Supremos topple MPBL rivals

Tanduay bucked a depleted roster and fought off a late Quezon City rally to pound out a 95-90 victory and join the early winners in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Datu Cup at the Caloocan Sports Complex late Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

PBA: Hotshots shut down TNT to break 3-game slide

Magnolia was absolutely in the zone in the second half to crush TNT. The Hotshots were on fire on both ends Wednesday, beating the KaTropa, 111-89, in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the MOA Arena. Magnolia exploded for 36 points in the third period to turn the game around and then they just shut down TNT in the fourth, 32-16, to break the game wide open. The win finally got the Hotshots back on the winning track, breaking out of a three-game slump to improve to 4-4 in the standings. TNT dropped to 6-2, giving up its hold of the top-2 spot. "For the last two weeks we had different imports so we have a problem with chemistry," head coach Chito Victolero said. "But I told my players to find ways how to win games and I'm very proud and very happy that they responded to my challenge," he added. Magnolia appeared to be in trouble early as TNT opened up a 12-point lead late in the second quarter, 48-36. The Hotshots managed to close the gap before the first half ended, 43-48, setting up their huge rally in the next two quarters. A 12-0 run for Magnolia in the fourth to take a 99-76 lead pretty much ended things. Paul Lee led the way for the Hotshots with 25 points, 17 in the blistering third period as Magnolia started to take control of the game. Import Justin Jackson played his first game for the Hotshots and added 18 points and 19 rebounds. He also had seven assists. Terrence Romeo paced the KaTropa with 17 points and seven assists.   The Scores:   MAGNOLIA 111 — Lee 25, Jackson 18, Brondial 16, Jalalon 13, Barroca 9, Ramos 9, Melton 7, Dela Rosa 5, Simon 3, Herndon 2, Pascual 2, Reavis 2. TNT 89 — Romeo 17, Pogoy 16, Smith 12, Castro 9, Reyes 9, Semerad 7, Williams 6, Rosario 5, Cruz 4, Taha 2, Trollano 2, Carey 0.   Quarters: 18-25, 43-48, 79-73, 111-89. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2018

Hua Siong edges St. Robert’s in Bingawan Foundation Cup

HUA SIONG College of Iloilo (HSCI) Red Phoenix survived a late quarter rally by St. Robert’s International Academy (SRIA) Panda Rockets, 84-82, in the elimination phase of the ongoing Bingawan Foundation Cup-Preseason High School Basketball Premier Tournament at the Bingawan gym in Iloilo, June 11, 2018. Palarong Pambansa veteran and Hua Siong point guard Reynold […] The post Hua Siong edges St. Robert’s in Bingawan Foundation Cup appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Bayron outduels O’Toole

Jay Bayron used a fiery start to regain control then held sway at the back and withstood John Michael O’Toole’s late-hole rally to snap a two-year spell via a one-stroke victory in the ICTSI Manila Southwoods Golf Championship here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Talk about political football: No Eagles at the White House

By Jill Colvin and Jonathan Lemire, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Taking on the NFL and football's Super Bowl champs, President Donald Trump gave the boot to a White House ceremony for the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday and instead threw his own brief "Celebration of America" after it became clear most players weren't going to show up. Both sides traded hot accusations about who was to blame. Trump tried to turn the fracas into a referendum on patriotism and tie it to the dispute over players who have taken a knee during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality. However, Eagles players never knelt during the "Star-Spangled Banner," throughout the 2017 season and their march to the Super Bowl. The White House accused Eagles team members of pulling a "political stunt" and abandoning their fans by backing out at the last minute. Indeed, few apparently were going to come, though some expressed disappointment that they'd been disinvited and complained Trump was unfairly painting them as anti-American. Through it all, Trump appeared to revel in fanning the flames of a culture war that he believes revs up his political base. Trump had long been leery of the Eagles' planned visit to the White House, in part because the team's owner, Jeffrey Lurie, has been a Trump critic, and because several players have been vocal critics of the league's new policy that requires players to stand if they're on the field during the national anthem or else stay in the locker room. White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the team notified the White House last Thursday that 81 people, including players, coaches, managers and others would be attending the Super Bowl celebration. But she said the team got back in touch late Friday and tried to reschedule, "citing the fact that many players would not be in attendance." The Eagles proposed a time when Trump would be overseas. Eagles officials declined comment on the White House version of events, sticking with a simple earlier statement: "We are truly grateful for all of the support we have received and we are looking forward to continuing our preparations for the 2018 season." No one connected with the team said the players' reluctance to attend had anything to do with the national anthem, as Trump tried to portray the situation. And comments by star players in the current pro basketball finals indicated it's not about football. "I know no matter who wins this series, no one wants the invite anyway. So it won't be Golden State or Cleveland going," said LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers. There was no disagreement from Stephen Curry, who angered Trump last year when he said he wouldn't go to the White House after the Warriors' NBA triumph, leading the president to disinvite him and his team. Trump, furious about the small number of Eagles who were coming, scrapped Tuesday's visit, believing a low turnout would reflect poorly upon him. He had told aides last year he was embarrassed when Tom Brady, star quarterback of that season's champion New England Patriots, opted to skip a White House visit. Instead, the president held what he dubbed a "patriotic celebration" that was short and spare. A military band and chorus delivered the Star-Spangled Banner and God Bless America, with brief Trump remarks sandwiched in between. "We love our country, we respect our flag and we always proudly stand for the national anthem," Trump said. The White House crowd of roughly 1,000, mostly dressed in business suits, was light on Pennsylvanians and heavy on administration and GOP Party officials. Several in attendance blamed the players, not the president, for torpedoing the Eagles event. John Killion, a lifelong Eagles fan who now lives in Florida and traveled to Washington to see his team, said he was "devastated and infuriated" by a breakdown he blamed on the Eagles owners. "I waited my whole life for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl and they were going to be congratulated at the White House. And I don't really care who you like or dislike, it shouldn't be about that," he said. Bill Fey, a Republican state committeeman from southern New Jersey and an Eagles fan, called the decision "a black eye as far as I'm concerned with the NFL. I think that everyone should come to the White House. This is the peoples' house." Still, he said, "I think the Eagles did what they thought was necessary. I don't blame anyone." Trump's own patriotic event was not without its controversy. Following the playing of the anthem, a heckler shouted from the audience: "Stop hiding behind the armed services and the national anthem!" prompting boos. A Swedish reporter posted video of a man kneeling as the anthem was played. In a statement Monday, Trump placed the blame on Eagles players he said "disagree with their President because he insists that they proudly stand for the National Anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country." Besides the fact that none of the Eagles had taken a knee during the anthem in 2017, defensive end Chris Long said the NFL anthem policy change and Trump's reaction to it were not even discussed by the players in meetings about making the visit. Those deciding to stay away had various reasons beyond Trump's opposition to the protests, including more general feelings of hostility toward the president, one official said. Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who had planned to skip the ceremony "to avoid being used as any kind of pawn," said in a statement that at the White House a "decision was made to lie, and paint the picture that these players are anti-America, anti-flag and anti-military." Trump has long railed against the protests that began in 2016 when San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began silently kneeling on the sidelines during the anthem to raise awareness around racism and, specifically, the killing of black men by police. At a rally last September, Trump suggested NFL owners fire "son of a bitch" players who "disrespect" the flag by kneeling. As for politics, Trump believes the anthem controversy is a winning issue for him and was pleased that last month's announcement of the league's new policy returned it to the news, according to people familiar with the president's thinking but not authorized to discuss private conversations. Even so, Trump made clear Tuesday he doesn't believe the policy goes far enough, tweeting: "Staying in the Locker Room for the playing of our National Anthem is as disrespectful to our country as kneeling. Sorry!" The president told one confidant Monday that he aims to revive the issue in the months leading up to the midterm elections, believing its return to the headlines will help Republicans win votes. Trump's attempt to drive a wedge between the team and its fervent fan base could have political consequences in Pennsylvania, which Trump won by just 44,000 votes in 2016. The politics are already playing out in the state's Senate race, where Republican Rep. Lou Barletta is challenging Democratic incumbent Bob Casey. Barletta attended the White House ceremony sans Eagles, "representing the proud Pennsylvanians who stand for our flag." Casey tweeted he would be "skipping this political stunt at the White House" and invited the Eagles on a tour of the Capitol instead. ___ Lemire reported from New York. Associated Press writers Darlene Superville and Catherine Lucey in Washington, Errin Haines Whack in Philadelphia and Associated Press Pro Football writer Rob Maaddi contributed to this report......»»

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