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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Antetokounmpo scores 33, Bucks hold off Nets 129-125

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK -- Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 33 points in his final game before making his All-Star debut, Greg Monroe added 25 and the Milwaukee Bucks sent the Brooklyn Nets to the break on a 14-game skid with a 129-125 victory Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Khris Middleton finished with 20 points in his strongest game since returning from a ruptured left hamstring that forced him to miss the first 50 games. He made four free throws in the final 19 seconds as the Bucks won their third straight. Monroe was 12 for 16 from the field after going 12 for 15 on Monday in a victory over Detroit. He has two straight 20-point games after just one previously this season. Brook Lopez scored a season-high 36 points for the Nets. They have lost 16 straight at home. The Bucks led 95-82 after a 33-point third quarter, but Spencer Dinwiddie scored 15 of his season-high 19 in the fourth and the Nets got within two a few times. But Antetokounmpo, voted to start Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in New Orleans, had a basket with 47 seconds to play before Middleton closed it out from the line. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Bucks: /strong> /em>Michael Beasley scored 14 points, and Matthew Dellavedova and Tony Snell each had 10. The Bucks beat the Nets for the eighth straight time. em> strong>Nets: /strong> /em> The Nets open the second half with an eight-game road trip and don't play at Barclays Center again until March 12 (March 13, PHL time). They haven't won in Brooklyn since Dec. 26 (Dec. 27, PHL time). Trevor Booker scored 18 off the bench. strong>MIDDLETON'S MINUTES /strong> Middleton played about 18 minutes a game in his first three games but played 26 on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). Coach Jason Kidd said before the game the Bucks would determine his status over the next week. 'We'll talk about his minutes, we'll talk about starting, we'll talk about all that fun stuff over the break,' Kidd said. strong>LIN CLOSE /strong> Jeremy Lin, who hasn't played since straining his left hamstring on Dec. 26 (Dec. 27, PHL time), returned to full practice Tuesday. He's expected to play Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Denver in the Nets' first game after the All-Star break. 'You can see his impact right off the bat and it was only an hour and 15 minute practice,' coach Kenny Atkinson said. 'But we felt it and that's good for all of us, all of our morale right now, our confidence that he's on the verge of coming back. And he's anxious to come back and help the team.' strong>BOUCHARD'S BET /strong> Tennis player Genie Bouchard watched from a courtside seat after keeping her word to a fan who asked for a date on Twitter if the Patriots won the Super Bowl. The Canadian star was in New York on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) for ceremonies tied to the 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue, in which she appears. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Bucks: /strong> /em>Host Utah on Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time). The Jazz have won five of the last six meetings, including a 104-88 victory on Feb. 1. em> strong>Nets: /strong> /em>Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) in Denver to start an eight-game trip. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Spurs top Pacers for NBA-record 20th straight winning season

em>By Michael Marot, Associated Press /em> INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Kawhi Leonard scored 32 points and the San Antonio Spurs clinched their NBA-record 20th consecutive winning season with a 110-106 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). LaMarcus Aldridge scored 10 of his 19 points during the final 6.5 minutes as the Spurs improved to 42-13 in the season following Tim Duncan's retirement. They have had a winning record every season since 1997-98, when Duncan was a rookie, and broke a tie with the Utah Jazz, who had 19 straight winning seasons from 1985-2004. Paul George scored 27 points and Myles Turner had 22 for the Pacers, who have lost four straight -- three on their home court. George's three-pointer with 21 seconds left cut it to 107-104, but the Spurs closed it out at the free-throw line to bounce back from their loss in New York on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Indiana took a 95-91 lead with 5:17 left. But the Pacers missed five free throws after that and turned the ball over with 29 seconds left in a four-point game. San Antonio looked ready to pull away when it used an 11-0 run in the third-quarter to make it 81-72. But the Pacers closed the quarter on a 7-2 flurry to get within 83-79 and opened the fourth on an 8-1 spurt to retake an 87-84 lead on back-to-back breakaway dunks from Monta Ellis. They just couldn't hold it against the team with the NBA's second-best record. Leonard has scored 30 or more points in five straight games. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em> Leonard also extended his streak of double-digit scoring games to 84, the longest streak by a San Antonio player since Duncan's 91-game streak ended in 2003. Danny Green, Tony Parker and David Lee each scored 12 points and Dwayne Dedmon had six points and 12 rebounds. San Antonio was 23-of-27 from the free-throw line. Coach Gregg Popovich earned win No. 1,031, moving within 24 of Phil Jackson for sixth in league history. em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em>Jeff Teague had 15 points, Rodney Stuckey finished with 13 and Kevin Seraphin had 12 in his first start of the season. Indiana has lost eight of its last nine home games against San Antonio. Indiana was outscored 15-4 on second-chance points and 44-36 on points in the paint. The Pacers were 21-of-30 on free throws. Starting forward Thaddeus Young sat out again with a sprained left wrist. C.J. Miles made one triple to move within two of Mike Dunleavy (408) for No. 7 in the franchise's NBA history. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em> Will make their sixth stop on an eight-game road trip at Orlando on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em> Will try to avoid a sixth consecutive loss at Cleveland on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2017

Teng flirts with triple-double as AMA goes streaking once more

Jeron Teng had a near-perfect send-off, going three assists shy of a triple-double as AMA Online Education turned back Victoria Sports-MLQU, 88-80, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Aspirants' Cup at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. The De La Salle University product carried his side with 18 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists as the Titans bagged their fourth win in six games. Juami Tiongson also made his mark, taking over in the fourth in unloading all but eight of his 22 markers in the period while also hauling down a total of four boards. It wasn't an easy win, though, as AMA lost hold of a 20-point advantage, 57-37, in the third frame and saw it cut down to as low as six, 86-80, with 20.3 seconds left. Tiongson, however, made the game-clinching freebies to secure the win for the Titans. '’Di naman kami totally umaasa kay Jeron. May iba pa rin dyan like Juami and PJ Barua na kayang mag-contribute para sa amin,' coach Mark Herrera said. AMA's resolve will be tested next week when it plays Blustar Detergent without Teng, who will be with Mighty Sports for an invitational in Dubai. Robbie Herndon topped winless Victoria (0-4) with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and six assists, while Aris Dionisio had 23 markers, 17 boards, and three blocks. In the first game, Cignal-San Beda College stamped its class anew and routed Batangas, 95-68, for its third straight victory. Robert Bolick and Byron Villarias tore the Batanguenos to shreds in the second quarter, teaming up for 16 of the Hawkeyes' 31 points in the frame to pull away at halftime, 56-34. They would further extend the lead to as much as 27, 71-44. Cignal is now on a three-way logjam at second place with Tanduay and CafeFrance, all carrying identical 3-1 records. Bolick topped the Hawkeyes with 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists and Villarias got 13 markers on a 3-of-6 clip from threes. Coach Boyet Fernandez, though, kept his focus on the team's continued development, saying, 'This is a team in progress. We still have to develop our teamwork because we only started a month ago.' Still, he's happy that he's seeing positive signs for his squad four games into the tournament. 'Credit to my boys because they played well today. This will only help us improve our teamwork as we play more stronger teams in the future,' he said. Cedrick Ablaza topped Batangas (1-4) with 16 points and five rebounds. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME CIGNAL 95 - Bolick 19, Villarias 13, Perkins 11, Batino 10, Raymundo 9, Potts 8, Oftana 7, Mocon 5, Arong 4, Tongco 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Bringas 2, Arboleda 0. BATANGAS 68 - Ablaza 16, De Joya 12, Anderson 7, Isit 6, Sara 6, Laude 5, Dela Pena 4, Sedurifa 4, Fortu 3, Lascano 3, Delfinado 2, Magbuhos 0, Mendoza 0, Revadavia 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-22, 56-34, 73-50, 95-68. SECOND GAME AMA 88 - Tiongson 22, Teng 18, Bragais 15, Arambulo 9, Alabanza 7, Flores 6, Barua 4, Riley 3, Jumao-as 2, Taganas 2, Carpio 0, Jordan 0, Macaranas 0, Malones 0. VICTORIA SPORTS 80 - Herndon 24, Dionisio 23, Grimaldo 10, Lao 9, Mag-isa 6, Koga 5, Nicholls 3, Bitoon 0, Butron 0, Ragasa 0, Sorela 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 46-37, 69-53, 88-80. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2017

Relegation a genuine prospect for stumbling Leicester

STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer br /> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Relegation is looming as a genuine prospect for stuttering Premier League champion Leicester. It's 79 years since a defending champion was relegated from England's top division — the fate befell Manchester City in 1938 — but Leicester is heading that way after a 3-0 home loss to Manchester United on Sunday. That left Claudio Ranieri's team in 16th place in the 20-team league, one point above the relegation zone with 14 matches left. This time last season, the Foxes were atop the standings and on their way to the most remarkable title triumph in Premier League history. 'Let's not talk about last season. It's gone,' Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel said. 'It is not a comfortable situation. It has been terrible, embarrassing. It is time for each one of us — from the top to the bottom of this club — to be counted. If we don't, we will be relegated.' Leicester hasn't scored in five league games in 2017 and is still without a win away from home all season, hardly encouraging statistics ahead of an important game next weekend at 17th-placed Swansea. Unconfirmed reports of dressing-room unrest have surfaced in the British media in recent weeks, adding to Leicester's problems. The team clearly misses the influence of central midfielder N'Golo Kante, who left for Chelsea in the offseason, while other star players from last season — notably Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy — have lost their form altogether. Motivation also seems an issue, with progress in the Champions League having been the priority in the first half of the season. Ranieri, who is starting to come under criticism, has tried different formations and different players but to no avail. In 24 games of the title defense, Leicester has lost 13 of them. For United, it's 15 matches unbeaten in the league and the top four — and therefore the Champions League qualifications positions — are in sight for Jose Mourinho's men. United is sixth, two points behind fourth-placed Liverpool. It was also a good day for Man City, which beat Swansea 2-1 thanks to Gabriel Jesus' injury-time goal to climb above Arsenal and Liverpool into third place. A look at Sunday's games: ___ LEICESTER 0, MAN UNITED 3 United scored three goals in an eight-minute period either side of halftime at King Power Stadium. Henrikh Mkhitaryan's brilliant run and finish broke the deadlock in the 42nd and Zlatan Ibrahimovic added a second with a first-time strike 88 seconds later , his 15th league goal of the season. Juan Mata was perhaps fortunate not to receive a first-half red card for a robust tackle on Vardy in the first half, so it was even more galling for Leicester fans to see the Spain playmaker make it 3-0 in the 49th from Mkhitaryan's pass. 'We are still in the same position,' Mourinho said, 'but we are closer to the others so we keep fighting.' ___ MAN CITY 2, SWANSEA 1 Gabriel Jesus against started ahead of Sergio Aguero and justified the selection by scoring twice, including the winner two minutes into second-half stoppage time. That's three goals in his first two starts in the league for the 19-year-old Brazil striker, who has adjusted quickly to the English game and delighted City coach Pep Guardiola with his work rate and desire as well as his goals. 'Everybody is a bit surprised by his level,' said Guardiola. Gabriel Jesus put City ahead in the 11th minute, before Swansea equalized in the 82nd through Gylfi Sigurdsson. ___ LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP A clash between rival managers sparked a free-for-all between players and coaching staff of Huddersfield and Leeds at the end of a Yorkshire derby in the second-tier League Championship. Huddersfield coach David Wagner raced down the touchline and joined in the celebrations of his players after an 89th-minute goal by Michael Hefele, which proved to be the winner in a 2-1 victory for the hosts. As Wagner returned to his bench, he was blocked off by Leeds manager Garry Monk, leading to a confrontation. Players from both sides then got involved in the melee, leading to three players getting booked and both Wagner and Monk getting sent to the stands. Wagner said he was not being disrespectful with his celebration, with Monk replying: 'I hold myself in a certain way and I have humility and respect.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 6th, 2017

Pacers hold on to beat Magic 98-88 on the road

em>By Terrance Harris, Associated Press /em> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- C.J. Miles scored 16 points, Glenn Robinson III added 14 and the Indiana Pacers held on to beat the Orlando Magic 98-88 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Pacers used their smaller lineup and timely three-point shooting to keep the struggling Magic from rallying. Orlando didn't have an answer for Miles' three-point shooting, including a trey that pushed the lead to 96-88 in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter. Orlando moved within five points a few times in the final period but could not come any closer. Jeff Teague had 13 points and nine assists and was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line to join six Pacers in double figures. Serge Ibaka led five Magic players in double figures with 20 points. The Pacers have defeated their former coach Frank Vogel four straight times this season and look like a team on the rise. They have won four straight to stay in the Eastern Conference playoff mix. Orlando, meanwhile, is letting its playoff hopes fade fast with its second straight loss and fifth in its last six games. The Magic slipped to 8-16 at Amway Center. After trailing by nine points at halftime, the Magic picked up their defense and played with more patience offensively in the third quarter as they pulled within four points late in quarter on a three-pointer by C.J. Watson. Indiana was able to stretch back out to an 80-74 advantage when Rodney Stuckey converted a jumper in the waning moments of the third. The Pacers took advantage of their smaller lineup to create mismatches during the first half to take a 56-47 lead into halftime. Indiana, which led by as many as 15 points in the second quarter, used its speed and quickness advantage, especially at the power forward spot to keep Orlando on its heels during the opening two quarters. Thaddeus Young and reserve Lavoy Allen combined for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the first half as Orlando's big three of Serge Ibaka, Nikola Vucevic and Bismack Biyombo struggled to guard them on the perimeter. Teague also proved to be a tough matchup for the Magic guards as he consistently beat them off the dribble to draw fouls. He was 8-of-9 from the free-throw line and led the Pacers with 11 points while Paul George had seven points in the first half and finished with eight. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em>Indiana began the game shooting 80 percent from the field to take an 18-6 lead in the first five minutes. Indiana finished the month of January with a 9-4 record, which was the fifth highest in the NBA during the month. George had scored 30-plus points in four consecutive games. em> strong>Magic: /strong> /em>Starting guard Evan Fournier returned to the starting lineup for the first time in nine games. He missed eight games with a foot injury and returned to the floor during Monday night's (Tuesday, PHL time) loss at Minnesota. Watson returned to coming off the bench. Orlando went 4-12 during January. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em>Indiana continues its road trip with a stop in Brooklyn to take on the last place Nets on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). em> strong>Magic: /strong> /em> Last than week since stunning Toronto on the road, the Magic get to host the Raptors at Amway Center on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2017

Lakers hold off Nuggets 120-116, snap latest losing streak

em>By Greg Beacham, Associated Press /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nick Young scored 23 points, Lou Williams added 21 and the Los Angeles Lakers survived a frantic fourth quarter to snap their seven-game home losing streak against Denver, beating the Nuggets 120-116 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Rookie Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 17 points for the Lakers, who snapped their three-game skid despite getting outscored 40-39 in the wild final period. Wilson Chandler scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth for the Nuggets, whose three-game winning streak ended with just their third loss in 10 games. D'Angelo Russell had 22 points, a career-high 10 assists and seven rebounds for the Lakers in his return from a three-game absence with a pair of mild leg injuries. His pick-and-rolls with Zubac allowed the Lakers to generate consistent offense in the fourth quarter. The Nuggets hit their first six three-point attempts and scored 11 consecutive points to open the fourth, but Williams scored 13 points in the final period and Zubac added eight. Williams put the Lakers ahead to stay on a layup with 2:17 left. Zubac and Russell added jumpers on the Lakers' next two possessions. Kenneth Faried had 14 points and 17 rebounds, but managed only two points and three boards after halftime in the Nuggets' second straight game without rising Serbian star Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets beat the Lakers at Staples Center two weeks ago, and they hadn't lost a road game in this rivalry since November 2012 during the Lakers' most recent playoff season. But the Lakers had the previous four days off, and it showed in a resilient offensive performance. The Lakers played their second straight game without starting forward Julius Randle, who is recovering from pneumonia. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em>Jokic did light work in practice, and coach Michael Malone calls him day-to-day. Jokic has a strained hip flexor. Faried was out-rebounding the Lakers' entire roster for much of the first quarter. He finished the first half with 14 boards, compared with 20 by the Lakers. em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> They have just one home game in the next 25 days, with a five-game East Coast road trip beginning Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Russell hadn't played since getting hurt on the second possession of a win over Indiana on Jan. 20 (Jan. 21, PHL time). David Beckham watched the game at courtside. So did current LA Galaxy stars Giovani Dos Santos and Romain Alessandrini, the French midfielder officially signed from Marseille earlier in the day. Timofey Mozgov had 12 points against his former team. The Russian was with Denver from 2010-15. The Lakers hope Randle will be ready for their upcoming road trip. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em>Host Grizzlies on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> At Wizards on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Sounders return with Clint Dempsey cleared to practice

TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer br /> TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Just 45 days after winning the club's first MLS Cup title, the Seattle Sounders returned to the practice field on Tuesday for the beginning of training camp. Joining them was star forward Clint Dempsey, cleared for full participation in practice for the first time in five months. 'We've been pleased with his progress. His attitude has been awesome. He's worked really hard. We asked him to do a period of work individually during the offseason and he's now progressed to a point where he is able join the team on a regular basis,' Seattle general manager Garth Lagerwey said. 'We still have some steps to get through, but he's continued to progress, we're happy with his progress and we're happy with his attitude and we're happy with how far he has come and we're excited about what the future may hold.' Dempsey's return to training was another boost for the Sounders, who are still relishing their unexpected title run. Seattle was near the bottom of the Western Conference last July when Sigi Schmid was fired and Brian Schmetzer took over as head coach, starting a run that culminated on a frigid December night in Toronto with the club's first league title. The championship trophy was rolled out on a cart next to Seattle's practice field Tuesday. Schmetzer, now the permanent head coach, went around shaking the hands of the fans that showed up for the open practice. But most of the eyes were on Dempsey. Dempsey missed Seattle's title run last season, sidelined by an irregular heartbeat that required an unspecified procedure to correct. The team announced Dempsey's medical issue on Aug. 26 and the 33-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season a month later. Dempsey showed up at a handful of training sessions during Seattle's title run but was always doing limited work on the side. He accompanied the team to Toronto for the title match and had a memorable line during Seattle's parade and championship celebration taking a shot at rival Portland. Dempsey took part in all drills during Tuesday's practice and showed some of the footwork and flair that has made him one of the top American strikers of his generation. Lagerwey said Dempsey will be closely monitored through the early stages of camp to make sure there aren't any issues that arise. Seattle opens the season on March 4 at Houston. 'The doctors have said it's OK for him to train,' Lagerwey said. 'We'll continue to check in with them as we continue to progress him back. He's a veteran player. He hasn't played a competitive match in six months. There are real fitness concerns around him getting back into form and sharpness and doing so in a healthy manner. That's what we're going to be monitoring.' A number of key players were not in camp on the first day. Chad Marshall, Jordan Morris and Brad Evans were all with the U.S. national team at its January training camp, while Nicolas Lodeiro was getting an extra few days off before joining the team. Present but not practicing was goalkeeper Stefan Frei, whose remarkable save on Jozy Altidore's header in extra time of the MLS Cup final got Seattle to penalty kicks. Frei suffered a right ankle injury during the U.S. training camp. While not serious, the injury is significant enough that Lagerwey brought into question whether Frei will be ready for the opener. 'I'm very happy it was nothing serious,' Frei said. 'I think I was very fortunate; a typical turf injury that could have ended very, very nasty. If you have a small little nick or bruise to take care of now is probably the time to have to deal with it.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2017

Allegri marks 300th match as coach with Juve win over Lazio

DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press br /> MILAN (AP) — On his 300th Serie A match as coach, Massimiliano Allegri appeared to throw caution to the wind as Juventus fielded an all-out attacking lineup against Lazio on Sunday. But it paid off as Juventus bounced back from last weekend's defeat at Fiorentina to beat Lazio 2-0, with goals from Paulo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain inside 16 minutes. 'I woke up on Wednesday morning and I decided to change things,' Allegri said. 'I decided so because we were coming off not so good a match in Florence and today was the right match for that sort of experiment. 'We won't always play like this, but the response the team gave me today was positive: we played well, with quality and sacrifice. And despite the attacking imbalance, we still did well in defense, not risking anything. But we have to maintain this tempo, irrespective of the formation.' Juventus remained one point above Roma and four above Napoli, which won 2-1 at AC Milan on Saturday. Allegri's side also has a game in hand on its rivals. Lazio is fourth, four points further back. There have been question marks this season over who works best with Higuain and Allegri found a novel solution, by utilizing all his main attackers in a new 4-2-3-1 formation. Miralem Pjanic partnered Sami Khedira in midfield, with Juan Cuadrado, Dybala and Mario Mandzukic just behind Higuain. It took just five minutes for the new-look Juventus to take the lead, with Mandzukic knocking down a long ball for Dybala's half-volley into the bottom left corner from just outside the area. Juve doubled its lead in the 16th when Cuadrado crossed from the right and Higuain tapped it into the bottom right corner from six yards for his seventh goal in the past five league matches. Higuain had another goal, a header, ruled out for offside on the half hour. Juventus extended its Serie A record to 27 consecutive home wins. ___ ROMA 1, CAGLIARI 0 The best and worst of Edin Dzeko was again on show as Roma ground out a third straight 1-0 league win. Dzeko missed a golden opportunity in the first half as he volleyed Daniele De Rossi's chipped pass straight into the arms of Cagliari goalkeeper Rafael from six yards. But Dzeko put away a more difficult chance 10 minutes into the second half as he used his strength to hold off Nicola Murru and fire Antonio Rudiger's cross into the back of the net. 'Before they said it wasn't possible for us to win 1-0, but now we have won three in a row like that,' Dzeko said. 'We can win also like this. The defense do their job and we up front do ours, like we did today. 'It was difficult. I missed the great ball Dani gave me but in the second half I had my say, I was clinical. We have to continue like this, all together.' Dzeko also had a goal ruled out for offside. Cagliari Joao Pedro was shown a straight red card in stoppage time for an uncontrolled challenge on Kevin Strootman. ___ PALERMO 0, INTER MILAN 1 Inter recorded an eighth successive win in all competitions but only after struggling to break down relegation-threatened Palermo. Substitute Joao Mario scored the only goal of the game in the 65th when he was left unmarked to volley in Antonio Candreva's cross. Both teams were reduced to 10 men late on, with Inter defender Cristian Ansaldi sent off in the 80th for a second yellow card. Inter protested and coach Stefano Pioli was also dismissed. Palermo midfielder Alessandro Gazzi was also shown a second yellow and sent off in stoppage time. Inter leapfrogged AC Milan into fifth, a point behind Lazio, although the Rossoneri have a game in hand. ___ OTHER MATCHES Crotone picked up a precious point in its fight for survival as it twice fought back to draw 2-2 at Genoa. It remains 11 points behind 17th-placed Empoli, which beat Udinese 1-0. Bottom club Pescara had a late penalty saved as it lost 3-1 at home to Sassuolo, with Alessandro Matri scoring a second straight double Bologna beat Torino 2-0, and Atalanta defeated Sampdoria 1-0. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2017

Zverev's win over Murray caps dramatic career comeback

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Mischa Zverev still remembers one of his earliest losses to Andy Murray, when the two were rising juniors, just 17 years old, and playing in the semifinals of the 2004 U.S. Open boys' tournament. Zverev tried playing a serve-and-volley game and lost. Murray went on to win the title. More than 12 years later, Zverev tried the same tactics against Murray on a far bigger stage — and this time it worked. The German journeyman served, volleyed and sliced his way to a 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 upset over No. 1-ranked Murray to reach the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. 'I knew I could get to him with my game,' Zverev said. 'I knew I could slice a lot, come in, try to annoy him, which worked.' The win capped an improbable career comeback for Zverev, who has recently been known as the older brother of star-in-waiting Alexander Zverev and may now be finally starting to realize his own potential as a player — at the ripe old age of 29. Zverev had been a highly regarded junior player, but his professional career never really took off. He peaked at a high ranking of No. 48 in 2009, but injuries and a lack of dedication took a toll. After undergoing surgery to repair a fractured wrist in 2014, Zverev hit what he calls 'the bottom.' His ranking plummeted to No. 1067 and to stay engaged in the sport, he chaperoned teenage friends of his brother around south Texas to play in the bottom-rung of professional tournaments. 'We went to really like small towns,' he said. 'No hospitality. You stay at hotels, eat at Subway.' But his brother had faith he could play at a high level again. And Zverev began to miss the sport, too. And so when he was able to hold a racket again at the end of 2014, he devoted himself to his training like never before. Keeping up with Alexander, 10 years his junior, was a major motivation. Considered by many to be a future Grand Slam champion, Alexander began his rapid ascent just as Mischa was finding his feet again. It was around that time Alexander first beat Mischa in a practice set. 'We didn't talk about it until dinner and he actually said 'Do you know what happened today?' and I was like 'no,' and he said, 'I beat you for the first time,'' Zverev said following his third-round win on Friday. 'And that was it, nobody said anything else.' Rather than get discouraged when his much younger brother surpassed him, however, Zverev found inspiration. After failing to qualify for 11 straight Grand Slams dating back to 2002, he finally broke the drought by making the main draw at last year's U.S. Open and finished the year strongly, reaching the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters and notching wins over U.S. Open champion Stan Wawrinka and Nick Kyrgios. 'I always say, when I see (Alexander) beat those top guys, I start believing in myself because every time we practice, I can kind of compare my game with his level,' Zverev said. 'And if I feel like I can keep up with him, that means I can keep up with other guys, too.' Zverev's high-risk serve-and-volley strategy doesn't always work, as his 6-1, 6-1 drubbing by Rafael Nadal at an Australian Open tune-up event shows. But he was undeterred heading into his match against Murray. 'If he plays his best tennis, I mean, obviously, I don't think I have a lot of chances. Let's see if I can annoy him a little bit,' Zverev predicted. 'If I'm serving well and not missing any volleys, maybe I can do some damage.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2017

Istomin credits coach (and mother) for upset over Djokovic

JUSTIN BERGMAN, Associated Press br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — When Denis Istomin walked off court after upsetting Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open — without a doubt the biggest win of his career — his mother had just two words for him: 'Good job.' There's a reason she's probably more measured than most mothers would be: She doubles as his coach. It's an unusual arrangement on the men's tennis tour, to be sure, but one that works well for the Uzbek player with the neon green eyeglasses and droll sense of humor. He said he wouldn't have it any other way. 'When your family is part of your team, it's great. I was lucky that my mother is coaching me,' he said, before adding with a smile, 'The (other) good thing that I don't need to pay the coach extra, you know. Everything to my mother.' Klaudiya Istomina might be due a raise after her son's stunning 7-6 (8), 5-7, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 win over Djokovic in the second round on Thursday. Not only was Istomin just 1-33 in his previous matches against top-10 players (the only win coming against David Ferrer at Indian Wells in 2012), he was also ranked a lowly No. 117 after a demoralizing year punctuated by frequent losses. His ranking was so low, in fact, the 30-year-old Istomin had to win a special Asian wild card tournament just to gain entry to the tournament. He was realistic when asked what he would have thought if someone told him before the tournament that he would upset Djokovic, a six-time Australian Open champion. 'I would say, 'Are you crazy or what?'' he said, laughing. 'For me, (it) was impossible to think about that I can hold it five sets with Novak, physically and mentally.' But Istomin still had the belief he could at least compete with Djokovic. The 12-time major winner's loss to Sam Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon last year showed that even the top players are sometimes vulnerable. 'I mean, maybe today (Djokovic) wasn't best,' Istomin said. 'But the level of all players is growing. So if you can see everybody's fighting, even for Roger (Federer) or other players, it's not easy to win against, like, the top 20, top 30. And more young players are coming, as well.' Istomin was nearly forced to give up tennis after a serious car accident in Uzbekistan when he was 14. He was in the hospital for three months and the doctors doubted he would be able to play at the elite level. But two and a half years later, Istomin picked up his racket — thanks to the encouragement of his coach (and mother), Klaudiya. 'I mean, it was all (these) years together. We have a good relationship. We understand each other very well,' he said. 'She was always believing in me.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Coach E clinics start in 7 venues

MANILA, Philippines - The Coach E Basketball School kicks off its third semester today with seven venues, including the Celebrity Sports Plaza, hosting the e.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Thomas takes 2-shot lead over Matsuyama in Kapalua

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer br /> KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Justin Thomas, who as a skinny kid in Kentucky had to hit driver to reach a par 3 in junior golf, stood on the 14th tee at Kapalua trying to decide if 3-wood would be enough to drive the green on a par that was playing 287 yards up the hill. His caddie thought driver was the club, and Thomas took it from there. 'It needs to be something hot to run up there,' he said. 'And I just nuked it, and hit it low and just enough to scoot up the ridge.' The ball bounded onto the green to 20 feet, and Thomas made that for eagle . It was enough for him to take control Saturday at the SBS Tournament of Champions, ultimately leading to a third straight round of 6-under 67 and a two-shot lead over Hideki Matsuyama, who had a 66. Perhaps it's only fitting that those who will be in the final group. Thomas, who was at 18-under 201, is the only player to beat Matsuyama over the last three months. The 24-year-old from Japan has won four of his last tournaments dating to Oct. 16 at the Japan Open, a streak that includes seven-shot victories in Japan and at a World Golf Championships event in Shanghai. Thomas beat him by three at the CIMB Classic at Malaysia, and Matsuyama wasn't much of a threat that final round. He is now. 'If I'm near Hideki in the tournament, that's usually a pretty good thing on Sunday,' Thomas said. 'He's obviously a tremendous player and he's on an unbelievable run here the last five events. I actually had no idea I was the only one to beat him in the last five events, which is absurd, the fact he's won four of his last five. ... But there's a lot of great players out there. I just need to go take care of my job.' There might not be as many players to beat in this winners-only field after Thomas gave himself a little separation. Only five players were within five shots of the lead going into the final round, with Dustin Johnson seven shots back and world No. 1 Jason Day eight shots behind. Thomas was only mildly perturbed that his lead wasn't greater. Following his eagle on the 14th, he smashed another drive that caught the slope on the par-5 15th and rolled to the bottom of the hill, a 348-yard drive that left him only 180 yards to the elevated green. But his shot was a clunker coming out of the short rough, and while he hit a tough pitch to 6 feet, he read a fraction too much break in the putt and had to settle for par. 'I had 8-iron twice and made par,' he said of his week. On the short 16th, he pounded another drive within 60 yards of the pin, but his wedge came up well short and he missed from 15 feet. He also looked back to how he closed out the front nine, with a soft bogey on No. 7 and missed birdie chances of 10 feet on the par-3 eighth and a 3-footer on the par-5 ninth. 'I'm definitely not disappointed with today, but I left a lot out there,' Thomas said. Matsuyama made three birdies over his last five holes, starting with a chip-in on the 14th hole, to get into the final group as he goes for his fourth straight victory 'Justin doesn't have any weaknesses at all in his game,' Matsuyama said. 'He hits it long, has a marvelous short game, putts well, hits the ball well. We've got to go low tomorrow to be able to catch him.' Memorial winner William McGirt, one of 11 players playing the Plantation course at Kapalua for the first time, played bogey-free for a 66 and was four shots behind, along with Ryan Moore (71) and Jimmy Walker (70). Moore was tied for the lead until Thomas drove the 14th green for his eagle and Moore missed a 15-foot birdie putt. On the next hole, Moore's tee shot plugged into the steep face of a bunker and he had no choice but to pitch out sideways, leading to another bogey. Walker spent most of the gorgeous afternoon wincing over putts that kept burning the edges of the cup. 'Plenty of looks. Nothing went in,' Walker said. 'That's just kind of frustrating, especially the finish. I had a good look on 17, and then to not get that up-and-down on 18 is a bummer. ... I'm hitting the putts the way I feel like I need to hit them. They're just not going in.' Thomas has won twice in his three years on the PGA Tour, both in Malaysia. Jordan Spieth, meanwhile, had another double bogey, this one on his second hold. He ended with a three-putt par on the 18th for a 70 and was 10 shots behind. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Classes resume in Bicol

The Department of Education (DepEd) has advised its office in Bicol to resume classes starting today despite the damage caused by typhoon Nina on several classrooms in this region......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017

Browns to stay the course despite 1-15 season

WILL GRAVES, AP Sports Writer br /> PITTSBURGH (AP) — The worst season in franchise history won't cost Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson his job. If anything, owner Jimmy Haslam is doubling down on his bet that Jackson, general manager Sashi Brown and the rest of the front office are the right people to turn things around. The revolving door that's been an offseason fixture since Haslam bought the team in 2012 is stopping, even after a 27-24 overtime loss to the backup-laden Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday that left the Browns an NFL-worst 1-15. 'Clearly not an acceptable year,' Haslam said. 'Really since we bought the team, it's totally unacceptable performance, which as ownership we'll take the entire blame for.' And not, Haslam stressed, Jackson or Brown, both of whom were brought in last winter to revive a team that's 15-49 over the past four seasons. 'Could not be more pleased with the job Hue and the staff are doing,' Haslam said. 'You wouldn't think this was a 1-14 team with the way this team was out there battling (today). Really pleased with Hue and really pleased with our personnel group. I think we have the right people in place.' If not the right results. At least, not yet. Their final game of 2016 looked an awful lot like the 15 that came before it: flashes of competence undone by questionable play-calling and occasionally bad luck. The Browns fumbled inside the Pittsburgh 5 with a minute to go in regulation and had a first-and-goal at the Pittsburgh 2 turn into a field goal by Cody Parkey, extending the game. Oh, and they had a potential pick-6 by Briean Boddy-Calhoun turn into a touchback when Pittsburgh's Darrius Heyward-Bey punched the ball out of Boddy-Calhoun's hands as he stretched for the goal line in the third quarter. A touchdown would have put Cleveland up 21-7 in the third quarter. Instead, the Steelers went right back down the field to tie the score. And so it goes. While the loss assured the Browns of the top pick in the draft this spring, it provided little solace after the Steelers responded to Parkey's field goal by going 75 yards in nine plays, the last a 26-yard touchdown lob from Landry Jones to Cobi Hamilton. 'We were coming here to win the game,' Jackson said. 'We weren't coming here to get a No. 1 pick. Those guys gave it everything they had.' Isaiah Crowell ran for a career-high 152 yards for the Browns, who have been playing football since 1946 (save for a brief three-year break from 1996-98) and never finished with a 'one' in the win column. Not exactly that Jackson envisioned when he took over last January. 'You can't sugarcoat this,' Jackson said. 'It is what it is. I would hope we get a chance next year to earn a different type of record. That's where it starts. We're 1-15. I never would have thought that in a million years, but we are.' Robert Griffin III passed for 232 yards with two touchdowns and an interception, but Cleveland missed a chance to beat the Steelers on the road for the first time since 2003. Griffin, signed to a two-year deal last offseason, said getting a chance to compete for the starting job in 2017 would be 'awesome.' He also acknowledged that the broken bone in his shoulder suffered in September never fully healed, though he was quick to point out it did not have a significant impact on his play. 'You'd be naive to think a guy that breaks a bone in season is going to come back with a fully healed bone,' Griffin said. 'The doctors felt I was healed enough to return to play ... but to say I was 100 percent healthy is a lie.' Like Haslam, Griffin praised Jackson and his staff for doing what they could in a difficult situation. 'I think those guys are the right guys,' Griffin said. 'I think in the offseason what those guys are going to do is give the Cleveland Browns the best chance to win going into next year.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2017

Hardaway powers Hawks to long-awaited OT win over Spurs

em>By Charles Odum, Associated Press /em> ATLANTA (AP) -- Tim Hardaway Jr. made a tying three-pointer with 3.3 seconds remaining in regulation and scored nine points in overtime, including the go-ahead free throw, to lift the Atlanta Hawks to a 114-112 victory over the San Antonio Spurs on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Hardaway made the first of two free throws with 10.8 seconds remaining in overtime for a 113-112 lead. Paul Millsap grabbed the missed free throw before Dennis Schroder also made only one of two attempts with 3.9 seconds remaining. Millsap scored a season-high 32 points and had 13 rebounds for the Hawks, who snapped a string of 11 straight losses to San Antonio since 2010. Kawhi Leonard missed a last-second layup for San Antonio in overtime. Leonard also had a potential winning short jumper spin around the rim before falling out to end regulation. Mike Budenholzer, in his fourth season as Atlanta's coach, finally earned his first win over San Antonio, where he was a former longtime assistant under Gregg Popovich. Budenholzer had been 0-6 against his former boss. LaMarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 13 rebounds to lead San Antonio. The Hawks couldn't hold a 110-104 lead in overtime. Leonard's 3-pointer tied the game at 112-all. A turnover by Pau Gasol gave Atlanta the ball with 1:08 remaining and the Spurs leading 98-95. Millsap's layup cut the lead to one point. Following a missed jumper by Parker, Dennis Schroder missed a layup for Atlanta. Leonard made two free throws with 10.1 seconds remaining. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em>Tony Parker had 22 points, and Pau Gasol had 18. The loss ended a four-game winning streak. em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em> F Mike Scott was assigned to the Long Island Nets of the NBA Development League, his third D-League assignment of the season.  Atlanta's last win over the Spurs was a 119-114 overtime victory on March 21, 2010. Millsap scored Atlanta's first 11 points of the fourth period. strong>FEELING BETTER /strong> Leonard had 13 points in his return to the starting lineup after missing two games with a stomach virus. He made only 3-of-12 shots from the field. Leonard leads the Spurs with his average of 24.4 points per game. strong>ROAD KINGS /strong> The Spurs fell to 16-3 in road games. Their 16-2 mark through 18 road games was tied for the second-best in NBA history, trailing only a 17-1 mark by the 1971-72 Lakers. San Antonio won its first 13 road games. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Spurs: /strong> /em> Return to San Antonio to play Toronto on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). em> strong>Hawks: /strong> /em> Travel to Orlando to play the Magic on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2017

AMA Titans bare tryouts for D-League

MANILA, Philippines – AMA OnLine Titans coach Mark Herrera is holding tryouts for the upcoming PBA D-League Conference starting today, at 10 a.m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 13th, 2016

Monaco teen star Mbappe doing better than Henry at same age

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   PARIS (AP) — Monaco forward Kylian Mbappe, the rising star of French football, is doing better than Thierry Henry was at the same age. Manchester City fans know all about Henry — Arsenal's all-time leading scorer — but are poised to get a glimpse of Mbappe's talent when the team hosts Monaco in the Champions League on Tuesday. Because of his electric speed and style of play, the 18-year-old Mbappe has drawn comparisons with Henry, a world-class finisher and France's record scorer with 51. Henry used to make the same dazzling runs when cutting inside from the left that Mbappe makes now, and the parallel is made stronger by the fact they broke into the Monaco side as teenagers. Mbappe's first professional goal came at the age of 17 years, 62 days, which just happened to beat the Monaco club record held by Henry. 'Every player wants to write their own history. (Henry) has written his and I hope to write mine,' Mbappe said. 'I just hope it's as good or better.' Where Mbappe has the edge is that he can already play at center forward, a quality that Henry developed at a later age. It is testament to Mbappe's maturity that when called upon by Monaco coach Leonardo Jardim, he has switched easily from left winger to striker. When Jardim rested Radamel Falcao, his main striker, for a French Cup game and a league game this month, Mbappe scored in both. Then, when paired alongside Falcao against Metz recently, he scored a hat trick. 'All that remains is finding his true position, out wide or through the middle,' said Jean-Claude Giuntini, Mbappe's coach with the France Under-17s. Jardim said on Monday that Mbappe 'can play anywhere across the front three' but also suggested there was the option of playing in a deeper role, too. For the game against City, Jardim said Mbappe was competing with Valere Germain for a starting place. Henry became a striker when he joined Arsenal from Juventus in 1999, by which time he was nearly 22. Coach Arsene Wenger converted him from a winger averaging one goal every five games at his previous clubs into the Premier League's most feared marksman. Mbappe, who joined Monaco at age 14, started drawing attention when still shy of his 17th birthday. It was for the way he set up Monaco's goal in a 4-1 loss to Tottenham in the Europa League, turning right back Kieran Trippier inside out before feeding striker Stephan El Shaarawy. Amid growing interest, Mbappe turned down Real Madrid last summer. He previously visited Madrid's facilities aged 14, greeted in person by Zinedine Zidane. 'I was a kid who had the best player in French history speaking to him,' Mbappe recounted. 'It didn't happen because I wanted to stay in my country. I decided to come to Monaco, and I made the right choice.' Monaco has a gift for finding rare talent. Forward Anthony Martial joined Manchester United from Monaco in January last year, aged 20. But Mbappe is showing even more potential than Martial. Like Martial and Henry, he also grew up in the Paris suburbs. Following in their footsteps, he soon joined France's youth academy at Clairefontaine, nestled in leafy countryside about one hour from Paris. The logical choice would seemingly have been to join Paris Saint-Germain. But Mbappe saw better opportunities with Monaco. It's a side known for developing young players, whereas PSG had a reputation for overlooking local talent, having missed out on Henry and Martial. Last May, Mbappe helped Monaco win the Gambardella Cup — the French Youth Cup — by scoring twice in the final against Lens: An Henry-like finish for his first goal and a brilliant strike for his second. Although Mbappe's signature move is stepping over the ball multiple times when running at speed — a hallmark of Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo — he has outrageous trickery of his own. In the Euro Under-19 final against Italy last July, he received the ball down the right flank. Feigning to go one way, he flicked the ball the other way over the Italian player's head and then crossed it. All of this on his weaker foot. He was the tournament's star, scoring five goals as France won. Earlier on, in a 2-0 defeat of Croatia, he scored another Henry-like goal, controlling a long pass perfectly with his right foot, then gliding around the keeper before slotting in with his left. 'He is full of surprises,' Monaco defender Fabinho said on Monday. 'We see this on the training pitch every day. He has amazing ability, he does things that stand out.' That Monaco has managed to keep Mbappe is largely down to a strong family structure. Mbappe does not have a high-profile agent like Mino Raiola, who has Manchester United stars Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic among his elite clients. Mbappe, whose mother played professional handball and whose half-brother played striker for first division Rennes, is represented only by his Cameroonian father Wilfried. When Mbappe was on the bench earlier this season, his father gave a newspaper interview bluntly advising Jardim to pick him. The message got through. ___ AP Sports Writer Steve Douglas in Manchester contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 58 min. ago

Giants' Cueto still in Dominican Republic with ailing father

JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer   SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Johnny Cueto remains in the Dominican Republic helping his ailing father a week after pitchers and catchers reported to spring training, and the San Francisco Giants plan to reach out to him to see how he is doing and whether he thinks he will be ready to pitch for his country in the World Baseball Classic. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy is not worried about Cueto's preparation. The right-hander has been throwing and working out regularly at the club's academy. 'The WBC is starting to cause a slight concern,' Bochy said Monday. 'He'll be smart enough to know if he's ready or not.' Cueto, who signed a $130 million, six-year contract before last season, went 18-5 with a 2.79 ERA and five complete games in 32 starts last year. Bochy said the 31-year-old Cueto ideally would be built up to the range of 50-60 pitches ahead of the WBC. The Dominican squad is set to open against Canada in Pool C on March 9 in Miami. Cueto showed a year ago in his first spring training with the Giants how meticulous a routine he keeps to prepare for a season and even between starts. 'You know Johnny: He's smart. He has a great way of getting ready, he paces himself,' Bochy said. 'You saw last year. ... Johnny knows what it takes to get ready.' Bochy has received video of Cueto's throwing sessions back home and didn't want to speculate on his status for the WBC until speaking directly with Cueto. If Cueto doesn't feel quite ready by March 9, there's also the option that he could join the Dominican Republic team for a later round of the tournament. 'We're fine. This spring has started early, so he'll have plenty of time to get ready,' Bochy said. 'Now, the question will be, will he be ready for the WBC? That's the question we have to answer now, and that's why we're going to call him, we're going to try to get ahold of him to see exactly where we're at. He'll be honest with us. We're going to talk about a lot of things, see exactly where he's at, where he's at mentally, too, how his father's doing. He's got a lot going on right now.' Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner will be away from the Giants to work as athletic trainer for the Netherlands team managed by San Francisco hitting coach Hensley Meulens. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 31 min. ago

Harrison beats Basilashvili 6-1, 6-4 to win Memphis Open

TERESA M. WALKER, AP Sports Writer br /> MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Ryan Harrison served up the ace that won him his first career ATP World Tour title, then stuck both hands over his head pointing index fingers skyward in celebration. A tour title. Finally. Better yet, Harrison won before family, friends and supporters who watched him grow up in Shreveport, Louisiana, on a court at the tennis club he knew intimately before ever playing his first professional match here. Harrison beat Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday to win the Memphis Open at The Racquet Club. 'It's always special to win a title, and especially your first one,' an emotional Harrison said. 'But when you're winning it like this in front of our family and friends and people who've come out and supported you ever since I was playing 10 and under events ... it definitely means a lot to win that in front of everybody like that.' Harrison, 24, took the first set in 27 minutes before fighting off 10 break points in the second to win the match in 1 hour, 16 minutes. For the match, Harrison saved all 12 break points faced. He took home the winner's check of $114,595 and 250 points. This victory is expected to move Harrison to No. 43 in the world, matching his career-best ranking reached in July 2012. Since then, the American had dipped to as low as 197 in the rankings as recently as Oct. 20, 2014. Last March, Harrison was just 168th to make this climb back even more special. 'For me to be where I am now and where I was seven, eight months ago and feeling like there was no light at the end of the tunnel, it's surreal,' Harrison said. 'I honestly can't believe it. It's just so amazing to me.' He joined Gilles Muller (Sydney) as a first-time winner on tour this year and is the first to make Memphis his inaugural ATP title since Joachim Johansson in 2004. Harrison also became the 14th American to win Memphis in the 41-year history of this indoor event and first since Andy Roddick in 2011. With a Challenger title won in Dallas two weeks ago, Harrison is the first since David Goffin in 2014 to win a Challenger event and then an ATP title in back-to-back tournaments. He teamed with Steve Johnson in the doubles final after a quick turnaround and lost 6-3, 6-4 to American Brian Baker and Nikola Mektic of Croatia. This was Basilashvili's second career ATP final and first since Kitzbuehel last year. He knocked off top-seeded Ivo Karlovic in the second round. He upset Dominic Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, to reach the semifinals in Sofia last week. Basilashvili said he just didn't have the energy to cover the court as he had in matches over the past two weeks. Harrison handled Basilashvili's powerful strokes by moving way back from the baseline, often playing shots a step behind the Memphis logo on either end of the court. In the first set, Basilashvili had his best chance to break Harrison in the first game at 15-40. Basilashvili crashed to the court moving to his right on his first break point as Harrison pushed the game to deuce and held serve when Basilashvili put a backhand into the net. Harrison broke Basilashvili to go up 3-1 and again in the sixth game on his way to winning the set. Basilashvili had a chance to break Harrison in each of the American's five service games in the second set. Each time, Harrison fought back starting in the second game as the American served up an ace that just caught the line. He forced deuce where Basilashvili hit a forehand long to give the American the advantage, then Harrison served up his second ace to hold serve. 'Ryan played unbelievable on his break points,' Basilashvili said. Harrison broke Basilashvili to go up 3-2, then fought back from 0-40 to force deuce and hold serve for a 4-2 lead. He had to battle back to force deuce in the eighth game and trailed again 15-40 in the final game. Harrison finished off the win with an ace to start celebrating. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2017

Spotlight shifts to teams with less Champs League pedigree

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   LONDON (AP) — After the Champions League knockout phase was opened by teams with a combined 24 European titles, the spotlight shifts to those with far less of a continental pedigree. Just one of this week's four Round of 16 matches features former European champions, with FC Porto and Juventus — both two-time winners — meeting in Portugal on Wednesday. Atletico Madrid, which has the undesired record of being a three-time losing finalist, plays its first leg away at Bayer Leverkusen the previous night. A return to European action should provide some respite from domestic struggles for Leverkusen, which is mid-table in Germany. Leicester's plight at home in England is far more perilous. The ailing Premier League champions are only one point above the relegation zone as they resume their first Champions League campaign with a trip to Sevilla, which is flying high in third place in Spain. There's a first-leg meeting between the Premier League's second-place team and France's top team on Tuesday when Manchester City hosts Monaco. Although City has been one of world soccer's biggest spenders over the last decade, it has yet to progress beyond the semifinals in the Champions League as it seeks European silverware to firmly establish itself in the elite. Here's a closer look at the games: ___ PORTO vs. JUVENTUS The Serie A standings suggest all is smooth for Juventus, with its seven-point lead. But below the surface, there are cracks in the camp. Defender Leonardo Bonucci became embroiled in a heated argument over substitutions with coach Massimiliano Allegri after a 4-1 win over Palermo on Friday. It was the third time in three weeks that players had questioned Allegri's decisions. Paulo Dybala and Stephan Liechtsteiner also openly displayed their displeasure. 'There has always got to be respect and there's a way to say things that's part of being polite,' Allegri said. 'But when there are moments of tension, there's always a chance that someone will make a mistake.' Porto certainly hasn't been making many. Nuno Espirito Santo's team has won six Portuguese league matches in a row to cut Benfica's lead to one point, fueled by January signing Tiquinho's four goals. ___ BAYER LEVERKUSEN vs. ATLETICO MADRID Leverkusen's inconsistent season — the team is 20 points behind Bayern Munich after 21 Bundesliga games — has led to persistent speculation on the future of coach Roger Schmidt, now in his third season at the club. Two victories have eased the pressure on Schmidt somewhat, while the emergence of 17-year-old Kai Havertz has also provided a welcome distraction. Leverkusen's youngest ever player in the Bundesliga, Havertz provided three assists in the last two games and displayed technical ability and maturity. Regardless of Havertz's presence, Leverkusen striker Stefan Kiessling sees Atletico, which lost to Real Madrid in last season's final, as the favorite on Tuesday. 'Atletico has strengthened further since our duel two years ago,' Kiessling said, referring to the 2015 shootout loss in the same Round of 16. ___ SEVILLA vs. LEICESTER It's been a miserable two months since Leicester was last in Champions League action. The team that captivated the sporting world by winning the Premier League last season after starting out as 5,000-1 outsiders is sliding toward relegation. To make matters worse for manager Claudio Ranieri, Leicester was humiliated in the FA Cup by third-tier Millwall on Saturday. Sevilla, by contrast, is on a high in Jorge Sampaoli's first season in charge. The team is on course to match its third-place finish in 2009 but is only three points behind leader Real Madrid, which does have two games in hand. Sevilla striker Stevan Jovetic will be a familiar face to some Leicester players, having spent two years at Manchester City between 2013 and 2015. But the Montenegrin is unrecognizable from the striker who managed only 11 goals in 44 appearances in England. Since signing on loan from Inter Milan last month, Jovetic has netted three goals for Sevilla, including two in two games against Real Madrid. He also set up both goals in a 2-0 victory over Eibar on Saturday. ___ MANCHESTER CITY vs. MONACO City's top priority will be to keep attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva quiet. Diminutive in stature, but extremely quick, the skillful Silva also has an eye for goal, a lethally accurate shot from outside the penalty area and makes great runs into the box to score with his head. Silva has already scored against Premier League opposition this season, when Monaco 2-1 won against Tottenham during the group stage at Wembley Stadium. 'He's our little phenomenon,' Monaco fullback Djibril Sidibe said. 'He can dribble past two or three players and he's unpredictable.' City, in Pep Guardiola's first season in charge, is equally unpredictable. Having established a four-point lead early in the season, it is now eight points behind leader Chelsea. City also experienced a setback in the FA Cup on Saturday, when it was held by second-tier Huddersfield, although Guardiola made eight changes for the game as he rested players. Guardiola has won all seven previous Round of 16 matches in charge of Barcelona and Bayern Munich. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2017