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Christmas truly is the best time of the year! Meet ‘n greet Santa on all Saturda…

Christmas truly is the best time of the year! Meet ‘n greet Santa on all Saturdays of December or be serenaded by carolers on all Sundays of December at SM City Manila! Have a #SMagicalChristmas! #MerrySMChristmas2017 Source link: Christmas truly is the best time of the year! Meet ‘n greet Santa on all Saturda….....»»

Category: newsSource: manilainformer manilainformerDec 7th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Everybody’s still waiting for Kia to be unconventional

Kia head coach Chris Gavina did not get the gift he wanted for Christmas. “Man, if Santa Claus had anything to give me, (I wanted it to be a) first win after 14 straight (losses),” he told reporters after the Picanto was routed, 102-125, by Phoenix on Wednesday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. May of this year was the last time the now third-year franchise had won a game in the PBA. Since then, they have dropped 14 games in a row. Their fortunes may have had a chance to begin to turn if they held on to the first overall pick of this year’s PBA Draft. Only, they opted to do the so-called unconventional route and traded the selection that turned out to be Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger for a package that included veterans Jay-R Reyes and Ronald Tubid and enigmatic Rashawn McCarthy. After two games in the season, that trade has yet to lead to a win. “Let’s say everything’s been conventional so far,” Gavina lamented. The mentor went on to say that failing to play as a team was what did them in. As he put it, “Ugly – really one word to describe it all today. A lot of me-ball and our guys felt like statistics were more (important) than team effort to win this game.” In his eyes, Gavina said that his players may be trying too hard in trying to prove themselves individually. “A lot of things have been said about, you know, that trade and guys are taking it as a challenge, but taking it the wrong way. Not one person is gonna deliver us a win,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s gotta be team effort. They know that. We know that.” In the end, however, with the season so young, the Kia coach said he and his team still have time to flip the script. “You can’t keep your head down. We will push forward, learn, and try not to relive those bad moments,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 27th, 2017

Notes to know: 2017 NBA Christmas Day games

NBA press release Here are some important stats and info about this year's batch of NBA Christmas Day (Dec. 26, PHL time) games PHILADELPHIA 76ERS @ NEW YORK KNICKS (1am, PHL time on NBA League Pass) All-Time Head-to-Head: PHI leads 244-201 Christmas Head-to-Head: PHI leads 6-5 Christmas Day Records: PHI – 16-13 (Last: 2001) | NYK – 22-29 (2016) • Philadelphia and New York are meeting for the first time this season. • The Knicks are playing in their NBA-high 52nd Christmas Day game, a history that dates to 1947, when the team defeated the Providence Steamrollers 89-75 during the first edition of the NBA on Christmas. New York’s 22 victories are tied for the most on Christmas with the Lakers. • Philadelphia is playing on Christmas for the first time since 2001 – an 88-82 loss to the Lakers in a rematch of the 2001 NBA Finals. • New York and Philadelphia are meeting on Christmas for the first time since 1978. • The matchup features three potential first-time All-Star selections in the 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons and the Knicks’ Kristaps Porzingis. All three international standouts have unique skill sets relative to their size and position. • Both teams have a substantial international presence. Five of the 10 projected starters hail from outside the U.S.: Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Dario Saric (Croatia) and Ben Simmons (Australia), and New York’s Enes Kanter (Turkey) and Kristaps Porzingis (Latvia). Other countries represented on the two rosters are France, Spain and Canada.   • Knicks coach Jeff Hornacek played for the 76ers for two seasons (1992-94). He was part of the trade the sent Hall of Famer Charles Barkley from Philadelphia to Phoenix in 1992. CLEVELAND CAVALIERS @ GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS (4am, PHL time on S+A and NBA Premium) All-Time Head-to-Head: GSW leads 57-52 Christmas Head-to-Head: Tied 1-1 Christmas Day Records: CLE – 7-6 (Last: 2016) | GSW – 11-15 (Last: 2016) • Cleveland and Golden State are meeting for the first time since the 2017 NBA Finals. • This is the third consecutive Christmas Day matchup between the teams. The last teams to meet three straight years on Christmas were the Lakers and Heat from 2004-06. • Last season’s Christmas matchup was a classic. Cleveland rallied from a 14-point fourth-quarter deficit and Kyrie Irving made a game-winning shot with 3.4 seconds left. • Last season, the Cavs and Warriors became the first teams to meet in three straight NBA Finals. • The rosters have combined for 55 All-Star selections and eight of the last nine MVP awards. • Cleveland’s Dwyane Wade is the NBA’s winningest player on Christmas Day (10-2). This year will be his 13th Christmas game, tied for the second-most appearances behind Kobe Bryant (16).   • Teammates LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are tied for third in scoring (301 points) and assists (76) on the NBA’s all-time Christmas Day lists, making them the active leaders in both categories. Kobe Bryant (395) and Oscar Robertson (377) are the top two in scoring. Robertson (145) and Bryant (85) are the top two in assists. • Cleveland’s Isaiah Thomas could be back in time from his hip injury to play on Christmas. Last season, Thomas finished fifth in the MVP voting – just behind new teammate LeBron James and just ahead of his point guard counterpart in this game, Stephen Curry (health permitting). • Golden State forward Kevin Durant’s 44-point performance for Oklahoma City against Denver in 2010 is the highest-scoring game by an active player on Christmas Day. WASHINGTON WIZARDS @ BOSTON CELTICS (6:30am, PHL time on NBA League Pass) All-Time Head-to-Head: BOS leads 187-111 Christmas Head-to-Head: BOS leads 1-0 Christmas Day Records: WAS – 15-7 (Last: 2014) | BOS – 13-17 (Last: 2016) • This is the first meeting between the Celtics and Wizards since their dramatic playoff series in the 2017 Eastern Conference Semifinals. Boston won in seven games. • The Celtics have four new starters since last facing the Wizards – including 19-year-old Jayson Tatum and 21-year-old Jaylen Brown – and yet Boston has gotten off to the NBA’s best start. • The Celtics are playing a home game on Christmas Day for the first time in franchise history. Boston has played 30 previous games on Christmas – 28 on the road and two at neutral sites. • In the teams’ only Christmas Day matchup, Boston defeated the Baltimore Bullets 113-99 in 1965. In that game, Bill Russell grabbed 34 rebounds for the Celtics. • Twin brothers Marcus Morris of the Celtics and Markieff Morris of the Wizards square off for the first time with Marcus in a Celtics uniform. Marcus was traded from Detroit in the offseason. • Washington’s John Wall (2010) and Boston’s Kyrie Irving (2011) were the top overall picks in their respective NBA Drafts and have each appeared in four NBA All-Star Games. • Washington’s Bradley Beal is making a strong push to be a first-time All-Star selection. He recently scored a career-high 51 points in a game against Portland. HOUSTON ROCKETS @ OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER (9am, PHL time on BTV) All-Time Head-to-Head: OKC leads 107-106 Christmas Head-to-Head: First meeting Christmas Day Records: HOU – 5-4 (Last: 2015) | OKC – 5-13 (Last: 2016) • Houston and Oklahoma City are meeting for the first time since the Rockets defeated the Thunder in five games in the first round of the 2017 playoffs. • Former teammates Russell Westbrook and James Harden dueled for the MVP last season. Westbrook earned the honor and Harden finished second. Harden, however, was the only unanimous selection to the 2016-17 All-NBA First Team.   • James Harden leads the NBA in scoring and narrowly trails Russell Westbrook for the assists lead. The only player to lead in both categories for a season is Tiny Archibald in 1972-73. Last season, Harden ranked second in scoring behind Westbrook and was the league leader in assists.   • The center matchup features two top young international big men in Houston’s Clint Capela (Switzerland) and Oklahoma City’s Steven Adams (New Zealand).    • Carmelo Anthony is averaging 33.2 points in five Christmas Day games, the highest mark among all players who have appeared in four or more games on the holiday. • The Seattle SuperSonics went 0-11 on Christmas Day. Since the franchise moved to Oklahoma City and became the Thunder, the team is 5-2 on Christmas. MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES @ L.A. LAKERS (11:30am, PHL time on NBA Premium) All-Time Head-to-Head: LAL leads 77-29 Christmas Head-to-Head: First meeting Christmas Day Records: MIN – 0-1 (Last: 2016) | LAL – 22-21 (Last: 2016) • Minnesota and Los Angeles are meeting for the first time this season. • This year marks the Lakers’ 19th consecutive appearance on Christmas Day. Los Angeles has appeared in the second-most Christmas Day game in history (43) and is tied with the Knicks for the most victories (22).   • The Lakers made their first 11 Christmas Day appearances (1949-1959) when the franchise was in Minneapolis. • Last year was Minnesota’s first game on Christmas Day. The Timberwolves lost to Oklahoma City 112-100. • Minnesota’s Andrew Wiggins averaged 37.8 points in four games against the Lakers last season, including a career-high 47 points on Nov. 13, 2016, and 41 points on April 9, 2017. • The Timberwolves, fifth in the West midway through Week 8 of the season, are looking to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004. That season, they lost in the Western Conference Finals to a Lakers team that included current Lakers coach Luke Walton. • The Lakers are seeking to build around former No. 2 overall draft picks Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball in much the same way that the Timberwolves are bringing along former No. 1 overall draft picks and NBA Rookie of the Year winners Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Lara’s golden holiday memories

What would you give your loved ones this holiday season? What's your wish for the coming year? What's your most memorable Christmas? For singer Lara Maigue, the holiday season is always a magical time. "My most cherished holiday memory would be Christmas mornings when we were kids," she recalled. "The New Minstrels Christmas album playing in the background and opening the gifts Santa Claus had left under the tree with my family were golden memories to me." It's a heartfelt tradition observed every year. "We pray as a family before the clock strikes 12 on both Christmas and New Year's Eve. We exchange gifts with our relatives on Christmas Day and enjoy a sumptuous lunch and dinn...Keep on reading: Lara’s golden holiday memories.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 21st, 2017

Atlanta Hawks get in sync at new practice facility

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com ATLANTA -- The pregnant check written by Hawks owner Tony Ressler for the team’s glossy new 90,000 square foot training center didn’t concern him as much as the more numerous, smaller ones. As in: Double practice courts? Check. Outdoor swimming pool? Check. Grilling area and on-site gourmet chefs? Check. Video game consoles and a fleet of flat-screen TVs? Check and double check. Still, Ressler and the folks at Emory Healthcare, which teamed with the Hawks to blueprint the place, wanted more for the $50 million. And so they checked off another amenity: An East Coast hub of a California sports science lab that developed a cult following among a number of players and over half the league’s teams. Peak Performance Project carted computers, high-tech gadgets and cutting edge fitness equipment from its Santa Barbara headquarters to set up shop in Atlanta. The company, or P3, helped the Hawks raise the bar in what’s become a practice facility building boom in the NBA, where the Bulls, Sixers, Nets, Kings and Raptors all recently moved into or building swanky centers that could double as country clubs. Yes, the gourmet meals, hydrotherapy pools and theater seating is quite a refreshing change from the prehistoric places in which teams trained before. The Hawks’ old setup was inside Philips Arena, where ironically players had to climb stairs to reach the Stairmaster machines and had the disadvantage of only one practice court. Perhaps the Ground Zero of practice centers, however, was used by the Nets some 20 years ago in New Jersey. They shared a gym, weight room and a locker room with pot-bellied drivers from the owner’s trucking company. Yes, Derrick Coleman sometimes showered next to Fred from Bayonne. Not only have facilities come a long way — the Nets now train on the Brooklyn waterfront with a panoramic view of Lower Manhattan — so has sports science and how it’s being embraced as a necessary part of the game. Ten years ago nobody in the NBA had their bodies poked by scientists or 'scoped by modern technology to learn more about the way those bodies function. Then P3 came along and quickly became the gold standard of technology and sports and a go-to place in the offseason for players looking for an edge. If the NBA All-Star Game draws the biggest collection of talent around the league during the year, then an athletic science lab in Santa Barbara might be next. Damian Lillard, Karl-Anthony Towns, Rudy Gobert, Zach LaVine, Andre Drummond and Kyle Korver are just some of those seduced by science. P3 collects data through assessments of a player’s body and his high velocity movements to identify his physical strengths and weaknesses, raise red flags for areas that could be prone to potential injury, and give him and his team information to help improve performance. There’s also training sessions designed to prevent injuries and enhance the muscles and movements needed to reach potential, an elite athlete optimization that’s suddenly vital to careers. “Their assessments and the data they collect are so valuable to helping you understand what needs to be done,” said Korver. “No question it was so important for my career.” In a section of the Hawks facility used exclusively for P3, there’s a straight running track, some free weights, and hi-tech treadmills. It looks simple, and in a sense, it is, although the science and technology sets it apart and makes it unique. The center can test and train 12 to 15 athletes at a time over a two-hour period. Thousands of athletes from various Olympic, amateur and pro sports have been through the doors in Santa Barbara. No athlete can train without an assessment first. Once the data is received, then a workout conducted by bio-mechanists and performance specialists and tailored specifically for that athlete, based on the results. There’s no one-size-fits-all philosophy at P3. “It’s all individualized,” said Adam Hewitt, the director of operations at P3. “All bodies are different. You can have two guys the same size and have completely different systems. One might have flexibility in his lower, but the other doesn’t. Our thought is, how do we make the athlete better using this technology?” Hewitt said this process is light years ahead of what athletes and teams did just a few years ago, mainly because science and technology is evolving and P3 is trying to stay ahead of the curve. “Others aren’t using bio-technology to assess their athletes,” he said. “We’re showing the value that we can offer. We’ve invested so much and for so long.” P3 looks at the bodies in motion with the help of motion-capture technology similar to those used in video games. The images and information allow P3 to craft workouts to strengthen limbs and also to avoid injury. Just as NBA teams have spent millions building new practice facilities and hiring nutritionists and massage therapists, Elliott thinks it’s wise they make an investment in science. “There’s a revolution going on in sports science and athlete care,” he said. “I think it was overdue in professional sports. Your average sprinter or speed skater has more science data in his physical development and he’s working a part time job at a restaurant to make ends meet. He has more resources going for him than someone you’re paying $20 million a year. That made no sense to me. Contracts are too big and players are too important to take anything to chance. There’s a lot to lose. Even if you don’t understand it all, why wouldn’t you at least want the information on the table? If you don’t have all the information then is hard to play the probability game. You’re making bets on big contracts and on players being able to perform and stay healthy.” The use of force plates to measure explosiveness while jumping is of great use for NBA players and why P3 has growing influence on most of the league. “The NBA is leading our pro sports leagues,” Elliott said. “As a league, they should be proud. The other leagues are trying to copy them. The NFL is trying to catch up, baseball, hockey, teams are starting to hire smarter people and investing more in their performance sports science staffs. A lot has changed. I feel the biggest thing is we’ve been so invested in getting insight into the data. “There’s people in academics asking questions, and people in sport are trying to do the best they can. Rarely do they come together. Our motto is bringing these together. It’s super exciting to see. At the risk of sounding pompous I’d say I’m proud of it. I know the NBA is happy because they can see the bar’s being raised.” The P3 in Atlanta will operate same as usual, with no advertising, just word of mouth and a growing number of clients. The lab anticipates helping NBA players improve their ankle and hip mobility and put them in better position to succeed through science. “It’s about turning it back to advantages to the athlete,” Elliott said. “These guys are super unique.” Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 2017

Alam ko rin na hindi pa ako healthy -- Galang on skipping F2 Logistics campaign

Games on Saturday: (University of St. La Salle, Bacolod) 2:00 p.m. –- Generika-Ayala vs Foton 4:00 p.m. –- Cocolife vs Cignal 6:00 p.m. –- F2 Logistics vs Petron   BACOLOD CITY -- Ara Galang will sit out F2 Logistics’ campaign in the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix. Talking to fans who flocked the PSL’s meet-and-greet event at SM Bacolod here Friday, the former De La Salle University standout revealed that she will need some time to rest and recover from a maintenance procedure done on her previously injured knee.          “Personally, siyempre medyo sad ako pero OK lang din naman sa akin kasi alam ko naman ‘yung kondisyon ko,” said Galang, who helped the Cargo Movers capture the 2016 PSL All-Filipino Conference crown and to a runner-up in the same tournament this season.    Galang is not in the official lineup of F2 Logistics but still joined teammates Aby Marano, Dawn Macandili, Cha Cruz and Kim Kianna Dy to promote the league’s triple-bill playdate set on Saturday at University of St. La Salle-Bacolod. Representatives of eight teams not including guest team University of Sto. Tomas attended the event and were welcomed by Bacolod City congressman Greg Gasataya.  The UAAP Season 75 Most Valuable Player sustained an ACL, MCL tear and big bone bruise on her left knee during the 77th UAAP semifinals match against National University back in 2015. She came back the following year to lead DLSU in snapping archrival Ateneo de Manila University’s back-to-back reign.       “Alam ko rin na hindi pa ako healthy,” who needed to undergo a procedure to drain fluid on her knee. “Pero alam ko na nandiyan naman ang mga teammates ko, kaya naman nila maglaro.” Despite being on the sideline for this tournament, Galang said that she’s just happy to help the team on some other way. “Happy pa rin naman ako na part pa rin ako ng team at PSL,” said Galang. The Cargo Movers will make their debut against unbeaten Petron at 6:00 p.m. Cocolife and Cignal HD will meet at 4:00 p.m. after the curtain-raiser between two-time champion Foton and Generika-Ayala in the curtain-raiser at 2:00 p.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

‘What’s his name again?’ Once smitten by ‘Trudeaumania,’ drama-stricken D.C. too anxious to fete PM – ABC News

Canada's prime minister was in town, but Jamal Turner was drawing a blank. On a blustery sidewalk of downtown Washington, the 30-year-old Baltimore native was in a chatty mood about &'8220;the good country of Canada,&'8221; extrapolating impressively on U.S.-Canada trade relations and the finer points of the North American Free Trade Agreement, while, just blocks away, the heads of both governments met face-to-face for the first time. There are 35 states that depend on Canada as a top exporter,&'8221; said Turner, rattling off a key talking point of the economic relationship. Well, maybe not, but it depends on who you ask around the U.S. capital. Just shy of a year after former U.S. president Barack Obama hosted Prime Minister Trudeau's family for a state dinner at the White House, a new American president Trump was in the White House to greet the Canadian leader on Monday. Last March's Obama invitation ushered in talk of &'8220;Trudeaumania&'8221; in reports by U.S. media outlets like Fox News and the Boston Herald, launching internet memes about an Obama-Trudeau &'8220;bromance.&'8221; The state dinner was the hottest ticket in town. On the morning that Trudeau arrived at the Trump White House for a straightforward working meeting, American news outlets around the capital were preoccupied by North Korean missile tests, by reports about tumult within the National Security Council, by fallout of Trump's travel ban, and by allegations that new National Security Adviser Michael Flynn discussed sanctions with a Russian official before Trump took office. &'8220;It's crazy. It's just day to day, a full spectrum of things,&'8221; said 29-year-old Pete Hansel, while browsing the First Amendment-themed Newseum's outdoor gallery of newspapers from that morning's U.S. and international front pages. (Of the 60 covers displayed, one made mention of Trudeau in a headline — Canada's Globe and Mail.) Hansel had heard Trudeau was coming to town, but the new presidency has been beset with so much controversy in the first month that he says the Canadian prime minister's arrival &'8220;is just not top of mind right now&'8221; for Washingtonians &'8220;It's anything from what Trump is trying to do around voting rights; around environmental protections; around banning people from entering this country, and just his failure to recognize news and facts.&'8221; Lack of chemistry aside, a will-they-or-won't-they tension was building between Trump and Trudeau. Much of it was rooted in expectations the two leaders might publicly criticize each other or clash on ideologies, whether it be tackling climate change or opening borders to Syrian refugees. Trump had already made diplomatic slights against the leaders of Mexico and Australia. In a city that routinely sees foreign heads of state roll through for high-level meetings with the U.S. administration, Trudeaumania — if it was there — was muted. At Lafayette Square, across the street from the White House, passersby couldn't place the name. Shown a photo of Trudeau, though, the recognition set in. &'8220;He's the handsome guy,&'8221; said Carlos Castillo, 36, a firefighter from Virginia. Fenella Henderson said she was hearing more about Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe playing golf with and high-fiving Trump than about any anticipation for Trudeau's visit. Even U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson did not show up, according to reports. A subordinate, Thomas Shannon, was instead scheduled to attend a Trudeau meeting. Canadian expat Naveed Bandali, 29, heard about Tillerson's reported snub. &'8220;Did they take it seriously?&'8221; the Edmonton native said of the Trump administration. &'8220;Or are we so below the radar that I guess we can co-exist mutually, despite having big differences on refugees and climate change, without us causing too much of an aggravated response?&'8221; Last March, he said, the big news in America felt like it was Canada. There was a &'8220;novelty&'8221; to the Trudeau-Obama relationship owing to the fact they not only had overlapping priorities, &'8220;but these guys actually seemed to like each other.&'8221; &'8220;I feel like the novelty now is, what's Trump going to tweet after?&'8221; This was a high-stakes meeting for Trudeau, who walked into the Oval Office with a mission to convince the president that NAFTA, which Trump has signalled he might withdraw from or renegotiate, is worth preserving. Trudeau's cabinet had done some advance legwork. His arrival was preceded days earlier by a parade of Liberal government cabinet ministers who dropped in last week to meet their U.S. counterparts. There was little room for whimsy on Monday. As a parliamentary pool reporter noted, gone were Trudeau's signature &'8220;fancy bright socks,&'8221; swapped for some more understated footwear, black with small blue diamonds for his sit-down with Trump. The prime minister departed Washington without major incident. &'8220;A lot of people in Canada are breathing a sigh of relief,&'8221; Roland Paris, Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser, said from Ottawa. &'8220;Those men were obviously determined not to criticize the other directly, but also took the chance to reiterate their points of view, with Trudeau saying his role is to govern in a way that reflects Canadians' approach. That's a very difficult task to strike that balance.&'8221; The prime minister departed Washington without major incident. &'8220;A lot of people in Canada are breathing a sigh of relief,&'8221; Roland Paris, Trudeau's former foreign policy adviser, said from Ottawa. &'8220;Those men were obviously determined not to criticize the other directly, but also took the chance to reiterate their points of view, with Trudeau saying his role is to govern in a way that reflects Canadians' approach. That's a very [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2017

LOOK: Michael Martinez talks about Olympic journey on ANC s Headstart

After his appearance in the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, two-time Olympian Michael Martinez sat down and talked with ANC's Migs Bustos about his journey and the things he endured before qualifying in the quadriennial affair. The Filipino, even though performing a flawless routine, just came up short, finishing 28th in a competition that took the top 24. Martinez was not even supposed to be in this competition, as he was named as a replacement for a Swedish skater that failed to meet requirements. The 21-year old revealed that he even thought of finally hanging up the skates for good after narrowly missing the cut in the 2017 CS Nebelhorn Trophy, where the top six automatically booked a spot in the Winter Olympics. #ANCHeadstart: Filipino figure skater Michael Martinez reveals he considered hanging up the skates for good after narrowly missing the cut for the Olympics. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/1LJBDh9kOH — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 After failing to meet the cutoff, Martinez eventually ventured into bodybuilding to improve his body's strength, but eventually had to remove all his gained weight in order to retain the sleeker figure, which is more helpful in his sport. #ANCHeadstart: "Since I made it to Olympics, I have to lose everything." Michael Martinez talks about his preparations for the PyeongChang 2018 after switching to body building before the Olympics. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/idMPhbiOfp — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 When the Swedish skater's failure to qualify was announced, Martinez was in great shock since he only had a mere two weeks to prepare for an event that showcases the world's greatest athletic abilities and talents. #ANCHeadstart: Figure skater Michael Martinez recalls getting the call that secured his spot in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. #ANCRecap pic.twitter.com/C9kbUi3LAf — ABS-CBN News Channel (@ANCALERTS) February 20, 2018 Martinez, who achieved a score of 55.56 points in the short program, added that simply being a representative of the Philippines is already an accomplishment for him, but rued that his placing could have been higher if he had a much longer time to prepare. Despite having asthmatic bronchitis as a child, Martinez says that it did not hinder him from pursuing sports, let alone figure skating, which entails a lot of stamina for a successful and flawless routine......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 46 min. ago

Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump

PARKLAND, Florida --- Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive. "You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press." "How dare you," he added. Hogg was responding to Trump's tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn't passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI's failure to act ...Keep on reading: Survivors of deadly school shooting lash out at Trump.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News14 hr. 59 min. ago

Cross Court: Basketball-volleyball power couples

Aside from titles won, awards garnered and lessons learned this year, a handful of Filipino athletes have found, and nurtured love between another fellow sports star. One could just imagine how two hearts meet in the harsh battlefield of sports especially coming from different fronts. Fate led some of the stars from the country’s top two sports – basketball and volleyball – to cross paths and develop a blooming romance. Here are some of the power couples coming from the said sports.   Bong and Mozzy Ravena The perfect example in this list. Bong was a successful basketball star during his UAAP days with University of the East, the PBA and MBA while Mozzy donned the University of Sto. Tomas jersey as a volleyball varsity player. The union produced three kids who followed their footsteps. Kiefer and Thirdy are making their own mark as basketball standouts while their sister Dani has a budding career as a rookie setter for Ateneo de Manila University.         Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez What is a King Phenom without a Queen Phenom? Arguably, the most popular sports couple of this generation, former Ateneo de Manila University King Eagle Kiefer Ravena and ex-Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez are the equivalent of the country’s best teleserye loveteams.       LA Revilla and Denden Lazaro   I love you past the moon and beyond the stars, baby ❤️ Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ . @larevilla A post shared by Dennise Lazaro (@denniselazaro) on Feb 14, 2017 at 4:05am PST Whoever said that blue and green won’t mix has been living under a rock. Say that to this sweet couple of ex-De La Salle University and current Kia guard LA Revilla and former Ateneo de Manila University and current Cocolife libero Denden Lazaro.   Philip Manalang and Cesca Racraquin   Walo ❤️ A post shared by Cesca Racraquin (@cescarac) on Aug 25, 2017 at 11:17pm PDT Red is the color of love. Well, at least for this couple Cesca Racraquin of San Beda College Lady Red Spikers and University of the East Red Warrior Philip Manalang.   Alfren Gayosa and Grethcel Soltones Home 🏡 bound with this one ❤🌹👑💏💍👣 @ladybeast05 💪🏻 pic.twitter.com/Kq0un7HjkM — Alfren Gayosa (@eeeeerjordan15) June 24, 2017 Fun, bubbly, sweet and chill. San Sebastian College cager Alfren Gayosa and former Lady Stags spiker and three-time NCAA MVP Grethcel Soltones’ relationship is simply described that way.   Myla Pablo and Patrick Aquino As the old saying goes, in love ‘age doesn’t matter.’ National University women’s basketball team coach Patrick Aquino and former Lady Bulldogs spiker Myla Pablo proved that. Some say that it is a May-December love affair but hey who are we to judge? Oh by the way, we’ll be hearing wedding bells soon.   Aby Marano and Robert Bolick The last time Aby Marano visited ABS-CBN Sports’ Down the Line, the former De La Salle University middle readily answered that if her boyfriend Robert Bolick of San Beda College asks her hand right that very moment, without second thought, she’ll say ‘yes’.   Kib Montalbo and Desiree Cheng   ❤️ A post shared by Kib Montalbo (@kibmontalbo) on Aug 20, 2017 at 6:12am PDT KibRee is definitely real. The De La Salle University Green Archers’ ‘man of steal’ has captured the heart of Lady Spiker and UAAP Season 79 Finals MVP Desiree Cheng, and they have been seen cheering and supporting each other through wins and losses.   Arvin Tolentino and Brandy Kramer   There's no place I'd rather be A post shared by Arvin Tolentino (@arvintolentino5) on Jul 5, 2017 at 3:43am PDT Three years and counting. Judging from this picture, there’s no letting go between Far Eastern University cager Arvin Tolentino and former San Beda College Lady Red Spiker Brandy Kramer, who is the younger sister of cager Doug.   Chico Manabat and Dindin Santiago - Manabat   First!🤗🤣 A post shared by Dindin Santiago Manabat (@dindinquickermanabat) on Aug 14, 2017 at 8:41am PDT Two years of marriage and an adorable daughter, National University Bullpups assistant coach Chico Manabat and Foton middle Dindin are a picture of a happy family.     Junemar Fajardo and Aeriael Patnongon Saturdate ❤️ pic.twitter.com/pniFpWnEC2 — Aerieal Patnongon (@iamaeriealituh) April 8, 2017 San Miguel Beer center Junemar Fajaro is one big, tall and tough man. Only Creamline middle Aerieal Patnongon can make this big, tall and tough man’s heart skip a beat.   Jan-Jan Jaboneta and Isa Molde Maroon pride runs deep for Isko and Iska power couple Jan-Jan Jaboneta and Isa Molde. Jaboneta, a sparkplug off the bench for the rising UP Fighting Maroons and Molde, one of the Lady Fighting Maroons' go-to scorers have hit it off, and are probably each others' biggest fans when gametime comes......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

Races too close to call at NBA All-Star break

By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press The NBA will reach the All-Star break with conference races that are too close to call. In fact, they could be closer than ever at the league’s showcase event. The Toronto Raptors take a one-game lead over Boston in the Eastern Conference into Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), the last full night of play before a week off. In the West, the Golden State Warriors’ lead is down to a half-game over the surging Houston Rockets, who have won nine in a row. Unless those leads grow after those four teams play Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), it will be the first time in NBA history that both conference leaders are ahead by one game or less at the All-Star break, according to the league. If Houston beats Sacramento and Golden State loses to Portland, it will also mean both All-Star coaches warrant their spots because of their records, instead of the rules. Toronto’s Dwane Casey, who will coach Team LeBron, and Houston’s Mike D’Antoni, who will lead Team Stephen, clinched the coaching positions even though their teams didn’t lead the conferences at the cutoff date. Boston’s Brad Stevens and Golden State’s Steve Kerr were both ineligible because they coached last year. But Casey isn’t celebrating as he heads off to his first time as the head coach of an All-Star team, knowing the tough road ahead. “That’s not even in my thought process,” he said after a 115-112 victory over Miami on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). “I’m upset even though we won because I know what’s coming around the corner. It’s like you’re going down a dark alley and here comes a group of guys with a baseball bat and you say, ‘Oh, hey, where’s the baseball game?’ at 12 o’clock at night. You know what’s coming around the corner.” ___ AND TOWARD THE BOTTOM OF THE BRACKET It’s shaping up to be a wild West again. Six teams are within 2.5 games of each other from fifth place, where Oklahoma City resides, to 10th. While New Orleans is holding the final spot, the two teams right behind the Pelicans look as if they’ll be tough to hold off down the stretch. The Los Angeles Clippers are ninth, a half-game back of the final spot, and hard-charging Utah is another game back after 10 straight victories. The Clippers have won 12-of-17, but realize they need to keep rolling after a nine-game losing streak in November forced them to play catch-up. “For us, we have to try to win every game,” coach Doc Rivers said. “We dug ourselves a hole earlier, and it’s just, we’re in the West. You lose four in the West, you’re out. That’s just how it is. So we have to win games.” The East is essentially down to nine teams for eight spots. Detroit is 2.5 games behind eighth-place Miami and nobody else is close. ___ PREVIEWING ALL-STAR WEEKEND IN LOS ANGELES — All-Star Game: For the first time, it won’t be East vs. West on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). It’s Team LeBron vs. Team Stephen after captains LeBron James and Stephen Curry drafted teams from the pool of All-Stars, with the league hoping the new format leads to a more competitive game. —Rising Stars Challenge: The NBA’s best rookies and second-year players meet, with a team of U.S. players facing a team from the rest of the world. The World Team has won two of three under this format, and will be led by Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid (Cameroon) and Ben Simmons (Australia). —Slam Dunk Contest: The field includes two rookies, one All-Star, and one son of slam dunk royalty. Larry Nance Jr.’s father won the NBA’s first slam dunk title in 1984. Rookies Donovan Mitchell of Utah and Dennis Smith Jr. of Dallas, and Pacers All-Star Victor Oladipo round out the field. —3-point Shootout: Houston’s Eric Gordon defends his title against a field that includes All-Stars Klay Thompson, the 2016 champion, Paul George, Kyle Lowry and Bradley Beal. Also competing are Devin Booker of Phoenix, Tobias Harris of the Clippers and Wayne Ellington of Miami. —Skills Challenge: The dribbling, passing and shooting event will have a new champion after New York’s Kristaps Porzingis had to pull out with a torn left ACL. Big men are 2-for-2 since joining what was previously an event for the little guys, with Karl-Anthony Towns winning in 2016. This year’s field: Embiid, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Boston’s Al Horford, Chicago rookie Lauri Markkanen, Lou Williams of the Los Angeles Clippers, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie, Sacramento’s Buddy Hield and Denver’s Jamal Murray. ___ STAT LINE OF THE WEEK T.J. McConnell, 76ers: 10 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a 108-92 victory over New York on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). A triple-double off the bench would have been impressive enough, but the undrafted guard added six steals as well. ___ AP freelance writer Ian Harrison in Toronto contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 athletics: FEU, UST retain crowns

Far Eastern University topped the men's division for the eighth straight season, while University of Santo Tomas copped a fourth consecutive women's title Sunday in the UAAP Season 80 athletics championships at the Philsports oval. Clinton Bautista capped his scintillating collegiate career by shattering the league's 110-meter hurdles record with a time of 13.31 seconds in the final day of competition. Winning six golds and a silver medal, Bautista captured the season MVP honors. Bautista earlier swept the 100 and 200-meter sprint crowns.  He emerged as the century dash king for the fourth straight season, matching his UAAP and personal-best record of 10.81 seconds. Despite falling short of .05 seconds from the meet record, Bautista was able to claim the 200-meter gold, tying his personal best 21.87 seconds. FEU now has a league-best 26 championships. The Tigresses won their eighth title overall behind Louielyn Pamatian, who emerged as the MVP for the second straight season. A middle distance specialist, Pamatian clocked 58.01 in the 400-meter and 2:19.06 in the 800-meter run to capture golds. De La Salle's pole vault gold medal winner Francis Obiena was the men's top rookie, while the women's Rookie of the Year award went to University of the Philippines trackster Sunshine Acaso. University of the East swept the high school titles, with the boys emerged as the 5-peat champion, and the girls winning a three-peat.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

CSB keeps title-retention bid alive, boots out San Beda

Repeat-seeking College of St. Benilde needed the late game heroics of Isaah Arda to survive the claws of San Beda University, 25-16, 24-26, 25-19, 20-25, 20-18, Friday in the first phase of the knockout stepladder semifinals of the 93rd NCAA men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Hanging by their fingernails in their breakthrough crown they won via series sweep last year, the Blazers showed grit in the closing stretch of the fifth frame to save six match points before Arda took matters on his own hands with the closing off the block kill over Red Spikers’ Mark Enciso and John Carlo Santos. “Ipinakita namin yung mental toughness namin na kapag tumutok talaga kami sa game makukuha talaga namin yung goal namin. At the same time ipinakita rin namin ang heart of the champion,” said CSB coach Arnold Lanios, whose wards will take on Arellano University on Tuesday in a sudden death for the right to challenge unbeaten Perpetual Help in the best-of-three Finals. Arda scored all but one of his 23 points off attacks while Francis Basilan and Mark Orian added 19 and 16 markers, respectively, for the Taft-based squad. Setter Kevin Magsino had 51 excellent sets while birthday boy Aljan Dy had 22 excellent receptions and 14 digs, including the save on Adrian Viray’s attack that led to Arda’s winner. CSB squandered an 8-5 lead in the fifth set as San Beda University pushed at match point, 14-12. Orian scored on a runner before Basilan scored an ace to tie the frame at 14. The Red Spikers pushed at match point advantage five more times with their last at 18-17 on a kill by Enciso. Basilan tied it on an attack before Enciso committed a crucial attack error when he sent his kill wide to give CSB the match point advantage. Arda sealed it with his off the block hit. Enciso finished with 22 points all coming of kills, Limuel Patenio got 14 while Santos had 13 for the Mendiola-based squad. Meanwhile, Letran defeated CSB-La Salle Greenhills, 13-25, 25-23, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12, in their playoff match for the no. 4 spot. The Squires will face top seed and twice-to-beat defending champion Perpetual in the Final Four. No. 2 seed Emilio Aguinaldo College and Arellano U will meet in the other semis pairing.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

Equal pay for female ‘Doctor Who’

English actress Jodie Whittaker, who will play the time-traveling alien hero in "Doctor Who," confirmed recently that she demanded the same salary as the previous main actor, Peter Capaldi. "I don't imagine you're going to meet a woman this evening who is unenthusiastic about the prospect of equal pay," Whittaker told reporters at the National Television Awards. "It's an incredibly important time, and [equal pay is] a notion that should be supported." Whittaker's casting last year as the first female Doctor, after a dozen male actors in the long-running show, was met with support and disapproval---the latter from viewers who wanted the regenerating hero to stay a man.---OLIVER ...Keep on reading: Equal pay for female ‘Doctor Who’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2018

Super Bowl 52 might come down to Gronk or Ertz

By Arnie Stapleton, Associated Press BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski gets to play in this year's Super Bowl after missing last year's game with a bad back. Zach Ertz gets the chance to match his wife, Julie, a soccer star who's already won a world championship. Super Bowl 52 could come down to which of these terrific tight ends shines brighter. The two had similar statistics and impact on their team's fortunes this season. Gronkowski led the New England Patriots with 69 catches for 1,084 yards and eight touchdowns. Ertz led the Philadelphia Eagles with 74 catches for 824 yards and eight TDs — double his previous career best. Ertz also has 11 grabs for 125 yards in the playoffs and Gronkowski has seven catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in the playoffs despite missing most of the AFC championship against Jacksonville after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Barry Church before halftime. That led to concerns Gronkowski might miss his second straight Super Bowl. He was sidelined for last year's 34-28 overtime win against Atlanta after undergoing back surgery. Gronk, however, returned to practice Thursday and said he is "ready to roll" after clearing the concussion protocol. He said he never doubted he'd get to play Sunday. "There was no reason to get frustrated," Gronkowski said. "We had that extra week, which was awesome." The return of the All-Pro tight end gives Tom Brady another key option against a punishing Eagles defense that ranked fourth in the league. "He's a dynamic player. He means a ton to our offense. He really has since he got to our team. It's always great when he's out there," Brady said. "I've played with him a long time, I've thrown him a lot of footballs. He knows exactly what to do, he knows where to expect the ball, when to expect it. He's just a tremendous player for our team." Ertz is just as important to Nick Foles and the Eagles' offense. The fifth-year pro made his first Pro Bowl this season, leading all NFC tight ends in receptions. He added eight catches for 93 yards in the NFC championship game against Minnesota. Despite his breakout season and postseason, Ertz knows he won't be the best tight end on the field Sunday. Gronkowski led all NFL tight ends in receiving yards for the fourth time. Gronk is the gold standard. "He's a beast after the catch, I think that kind of separates him from all the other tight ends," Ertz said. "And he's also able to be open even when he's not open because he's got such a big frame and extremely good ball skills. And obviously Tom Brady is a phenomenal quarterback, too, but even without Tom, I think he would still be doing the same type of things regardless of where he was." Ertz knows the numbers off the top of his head, too. "He has all the (single season) tight end records in the league," Ertz said. He's got the yards — 1,327 — and he's got the touchdowns — 17 — he's just a phenomenal player." With a pair of Super Bowl rings. That's what Ertz really covets, a world championship like the one his wife won in 2015 as a midfielder for the World Cup-winning U.S. national soccer team. "Julie won a World Cup two years ago," Ertz said, "so I need to hold up my end of the bargain." The "It" couple in the NFL was married last March after a romance that started when Julie, then Julie Johnston, was an emerging soccer star at Santa Clara and Zach was playing at Stanford. The two were apart when the Eagles clinched their spot in the Super Bowl with a 38-7 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Julie was in San Diego for a national team match against Denmark. She was among the players who scored in the 5-1 victory. Afterward, when she was told Zach was going to the Super Bowl, she burst into tears . "Zach knew I was there obviously in spirit and I was praying for him and I was excited for him and cheering him from miles away," she said. "It's a part of our job and we sacrifice a lot, and time's the biggest thing. But to find out that they are going to the Super Bowl was amazing, exciting, emotional. It's really cool to see your loved one's hard work pay off." Ertz said it was hard for him watching other players' celebrate with their wives "but seeing that video kind of showed me that she was struggling not being there, too. "And it was extremely difficult for us not being together like it is anytime we're not together. But she's here now, I'm lucky she's here. I'm blessed that she's here and I'm excited hopefully to be able to experience that again." ___ AP Sports Writer Anne M. Peterson contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2018

Carlo not rekindling romance with Angelica just yet

  Actor Carlo Aquino has denied courting ex-girlfriend Angelica Panganiban, saying he was still reeling from the breakup of his seven-year relationship. "Everything is still fresh. We split up only two months ago," Carlo told reporters at the media gathering for his new film, Irene Villamor's "Meet Me In St. Gallen," with Bela Padilla. Carlo broke up with live-in partner Kristine Nieto shortly after he finished shooting the film, which was partially shot in Switzerland. "I extended my stay in Europe. I toured Italy, and spent Christmas in Venice---alone," he said. "I'm still healing. Of course, there were crying moments, but I distract myself with work. " He clarifie...Keep on reading: Carlo not rekindling romance with Angelica just yet.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Number one talaga gusto kong mapalapit pa tayo lalo sa mga fans -- PBA commissioner Marcial

Fans, officiating, and a united PBA board are the top priorities of Willie Marcial in his first year at the helm of Asia’s first ever pro league. “Mabalik yung mga fans sa atin, maayos yung officiating, and siyempre, yung sa board,” Marcial enumerated when he appeared once more as special guest in the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum on Wednesday at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmer’s Market in Cubao. Acknowledging that fans are the lifeblood of the PBA, Marcial said it’s imperative to sustain their support both in the playing venues and on television. It helps too, that the league is coming off a season in which a new record crowd of 54,086 was established during Game 7 of the Governors Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. “Number one talaga gusto kong mapalapit pa tayo lalo sa mga fans. Malaking bagay yun,” he stressed in the public sports program presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Marcial disclosed he already talked to some players about trying to accommodate fans as much as possible, citing PBA greats Alvin Patrimonio and former Senator Robert Jaworski as prime examples of those who had truly endeared themselves to the public. “Ang mga players doon naman (fans) nabubuhay. Paano ba sumikat sila Alvin at Senator Jaworski? Yun sana makita ng mga players natin ngayon yun,” he said. He said that’s one of the reasons behind the introduction of the ‘PBA Homecourt,’ where players – including those from the past – join Marcial and his staff in visiting different barangay courts within Metro Manila unannounced. The project also forms part of the league’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program. They say there’s no perfect officiating, but that doesn’t mean the league won’t do everything to improve how officials call the games, he added. On Sunday, Marcial already implemented a way for fans to further understand PBA rules by letting technical director Eric Castro speak during the post-game interview and explain the technicalities involved during the endgame confusion that marred the San Miguel-Barangay Ginebra Philippine Cup encounter. “Basta may controversial call na technicality at hindi judgment call, papupuntahin ko si Eric to explain everything,” said the 56-year-old Marcial, who began his career in the league as statistician and panel scorer back in the 80s. “At least magkakaroon na ng idea ang lahat, including the fans, kung ano talaga ang rules ng liga. Hindi yung puro haka-haka lang,” he added. “But lahat naman yun (calls) ire-review namin kinabukasan.” Marcial, the long-time head of the league's External Affairs and Communications department and former assistant to the commissioner, disclosed he’s set to meet with all 12 coaches within the week to discuss and get their inputs about officiating. And then, there’s the league board. Referred to as the ‘healing commissioner,’ Marcial said among the reason he accepted the job after initially being appointed as officer in charge (OIC) was for him to serve as bridge to bring the board together again following a chaotic offseason that caused divisions within the league hierarchy. It was upon the advice of a board of governor that a reluctant Marcial was convinced to accept the position vacated by Chito Narvasa. “Ikaw ang puwedeng magsama-sama ulit sa board,” said Marcial, recalling the words given to him by the league executive whom he refused to identify. “Doon pumasok sa isipan ko, doon ako nag-decide na kung ia-alok ulit sa akin, kukunin ko yun,” said the commissioner from Batangas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

Cynthia Alexander turns Music Museum stage into a homey den

For her homecoming gig, singer-songwriter Cynthia Alexander---who's been living in the United States for the past five years---turned the Music Museum stage into her private den with lots of lampshades, tables and knickknacks. She also surrounded herself with musicians who have played with her for a long time. The result was one of the most visually appealing, musically uplifting live performances to greet 2018. The new year brings good tidings to Alexander, who has just released a crowd-funded, seven-track new album, "Even Such Is Time," a few songs of which she debuted in public at the Museum gig. Saying that the lyrics to "St. Cecilia" were from an old poem by her mother,...Keep on reading: Cynthia Alexander turns Music Museum stage into a homey den.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

ARMM hires 75 new teachers for Maguindanao, more expected to get jobs

COTABATO CITY – Dozens of newly hired teachers for the province of Maguindanao were added to the roster of the Department of Education in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) on Monday, officials said. ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman signed the appointment papers of 75 teachers and said  their profession is more of service and commitment than livelihood. “You chose this path because it is your passion — because you are committed and determined that you want our youth to learn. The regional government will not neglect your efforts and will provide what you deserve,” he said. Debunking the misconception that appointments in ARMM are tainted with corruption, Gov. Hataman said those appointed are qualified and do not have those so-called backers. A mechanism was made to ensure that appointees are well-distributed to schools that are in need. Along with the appointment order is a deployment order. In his first appearance as the newly appointed DepEd-ARMM Secretary, Atty. Rasol Mitmug, Jr. reminded the teachers that the region’s “youth is expecting to receive quality education.” “Sana maging daan kayong mga guro na matulungan ang mga batang magsumikap sa pag aaral dahil maraming kabataan ang umaasa na magkaroon ng maayos at dekalidad na edukasyon,” he told the teachers. One of the teachers, Elpigenia Apellido, a 41-year old single mother with two children, said: “Excited ako na may halong kaba.” Her appointment was 18 years in the making. Since her graduation in 1999, Apellido served as a factory worker in Luzon and also as a farmer in her hometown in Sultan Kudarat. During the past two years, she served as a volunteer teacher in Kulasi Elementary School where she did not receive compensation. Previously teaching in makeshift classrooms to underprivileged children, she is now eager to go back as a full-fledged teacher and help her students who usually go to school without basic supplies such as pens and notebooks.  “As a teacher and the second mother of my students, I play an important role in nurturing them for their future,” she said. “It’s never too late to reach for your dreams. I’m here now signing my papers, although long overdue, this serves as a message to everyone.” “Sacrifices have to be made along the way, but if you get the chance to go to school, do not miss it, since you never know when your break will come,” she said. Gov.  Hataman said the appointments comprised just the first batch of new teachers in the region. More appointees are expected to be made this year. “The process will be easier now. Our main goal is to finish all appointments, including senior high school, by first quarter of this year,” he said, adding, DepEd-ARMM will fill all teaching positions in nine schools divisions in the region in the first quarter of this year.   Newly hired teacher Sahira Kalipapa said the distance between her home and her school assignment may be challenging, but she is more excited to help her students. A 30-year-old resident of Datu Paglas North, she will be deployed to Darampua Elementary School in Sultan sa Barongis town, an hour away from her place. “Wala pong kaso sa akin ang layo, ang mahalaga po sa akin ay makatulong sa mga estudyante sa sarili kong probinsya,” Sahira said. Overwhelmed with joy as she signed her deployment order, she said: “It’s an answered prayer po. Sobrang saya po na finally teacher na po ako.” “Ang sarap po sa pakiramdam dahil alam namin na dumaan ito sa tamang proseso. Libu-libo ang applicants na kasabay ko dito at masaya ako na napabilang ako sa mga newly hired teachers,” she said.  Sahira said that she never thought of applying to other places outside the ARMM. “Mas pipiliin ko pa rin po ang lugar namin dahil mas kailangan po kami sa lugar namin,” she added. Applicants for teaching positions in the ARMM have to go through the Assessment and Competency Examination for Teachers that includes a panel interview and a teaching demonstration to evaluate their aptitude and proficiency for teaching. The process is meant to promote quality education in the region. Gov. Hataman said it helps guarantee that only qualified teachers will be hired. On January 4 this year, the appointment papers and deployment orders of the 192 public school teachers in Sulu were signed by the governor. “Our goal is to fill in all the teaching vacancies in the first quarter of the year,” he said. “Nandito kayo hindi dahil sa kung sino ang nag-recommend sayo, nandito kayo dahil dumaan kayo sa tamang proseso at alam namin na qualified kayo,” he said.  Another teacher, Johaira Ali, also thanked and praised Gov. Hataman for hiring them, saying, they waited for this for a long time. “I’m excited to be finally appointed by the ARMM Department of Education because I’ve been waiting for this for a long time,” she said.   Musarafah Ebrahim, a teacher who shared her own excitement, said: “I’m happy to be here. I’ve always found joy in teaching, and I feel like this is truly the job for me.” Qualified, not endorsed   Gov. Hataman told the teachers “I made sure to meet all of you today because I wanted to tell you personally that you are here not because of anyone’s endorsement, but because you are qualified. Atty. Mitmug reminded the teachers of their crucial role as educators. “Many of the youth here in the ARMM are hoping to receive quality education in our public school system, and the […].....»»

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Michael Martinez super happy about his second Olympic bid

Figure skater Michael Martinez is 'extremely happy' that he has a chance of making Philippine sporting history as this Winter Olympics will be the first time that the country will be sending athletes in two different events of the quadrennial event. Martinez joins Fil-Am Asa Miller, a 17-year old from Portland, Oregon, who qualified in the giant slalom event. The figure skater expressed his elation after the Philippine Olympic Committee informed him of the good news, saying that Sweden had withdrawn from the event, leaving the door wide open for the 21-year old, to go for his second Olympic stint since Sochi in 2014.  Martinez clinched the final spot in the figure skating event as the Scandinavian nation pulled out Alexander Majorov for failing to meet the Swedish Olympic committee’s minimum qualifying scores. The now two-time Olympian was outside looking in as he finished 8th in the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany last year, as the competition only takes the Top 7 for Olympic qualification.  By virtue of his 8th-place finish, Martinez was named as alternate, should any situation like this arises.  Since he had anticpated an event like this would occur, he continued to train in California, and is now in preparation for Feb. 8, a day after the opening ceremony. Martinez is asking again for the country's support and thanks everyone who believed in him in an interview with ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo. Michael Martinez ecstatic about news he is in the Winter Olympics says he has continuously been training pic.twitter.com/Oh0OTatSDq — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) January 25, 2018.....»»

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