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Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Wesley Bryan, Cody Gribble share lead at Honda

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — One reason Martin Kaymer enjoys the Honda Classic is because he doesn't feel as though he has to make a bunch of birdies. On such a serene Thursday at PGA National, that was required to keep pace. A pair of PGA Tour rookies who last played this course at Q-school for the Web.com Tour, Cody Gribble and Wesley Bryan, each opened with a 6-under 64 in the morning and it stood the rest of the day. The wind never really materialized. The greens remained soft from a big rain the day before. More than half of the field was at par or better. Kaymer, a two-time major champion from Germany playing on a sponsor exemption, chipped in from behind the 17th green for birdie and closed with a two-putt birdie from 40 feet for a 65. He was one shot behind, along with Anirban Lahiri of India. 'I felt very calm over the ball,' Kaymer said. 'I enjoy the golf course. When you stand on the first tee, you don't feel like you need to make five or six birdies. It's a ball-striking golf course, but even level par or 1-over par is a very good round. 'It was very soft and there was not much wind,' he said. 'Once you miss the fairway, it was actually OK from the rough because the greens are soft. I've not played the golf course in easier conditions.' Rickie Fowler and Ian Poulter found it the same way. They were part of a large group at 66. Sergio Garcia was headed in that direction until he pulled his tee shot left on the par-3 fifth hole and made double bogey, added a pair of other bogeys and recovered with a birdie on his final hole for a 68. He was in the group with defending champion Adam Scott. 'If the weather stays good and it's able to dry out, I don't see the golf course getting any easier,' Fowler said. It was an important start for Poulter, who is playing on a medical extension from a foot injury last year and has only six PGA Tour events left to earn either $220,301 or 154 FedEx Cup points to retain his full status. 'I'm on borrowed time,' said Poulter, who has slipped to No. 206 in the world. 'A win would be nice. I have to think that I've got a chance, I really do. The situation I'm in, I have to be aggressive, but I've got to be careful. I can't make many mistakes.' Bryan is coming off his best tournament, a tie for fourth at Riviera in which he got within two shots of Dustin Johnson toward the end of the third round. It took him awhile to get going in warm, calm weather, and he finished with a 30 on the front nine. Gribble already has won this season at the Sanderson Farms Championship last fall while the top players were in Shanghai. He missed four straight cuts on the West Coast and finally got his swing back to where he wants it. Along with birdies on three of the par 3s, he hit all 18 greens in regulation. Bryan, still more known for the trick-shot videos he makes with his brother, can feel his confidence starting to grow. And it helped to be on familiar turf. 'I think the comfort out here this week ... yeah, I got into some pretty good form, but out here on the golf course, I got through Q-school just about 14 months ago, and it's a place that I'm comfortable at and a golf course I know,' he said. He picked up a rare birdie on the sixth hole, one of two that have been converted from par 5s to par 4s for the Honda Classic, followed that with a 12-foot par save and then a 10-foot birdie on No. 8 to join Gribble in the lead. Gribble's PGA Tour journey started a year earlier than Bryan's. He tied for eighth at Q-school in December 2014 to get onto the Web.com Tour. He did well enough in the final event to earn his card, and a month later he was a PGA Tour winner. 'This is one of the tournaments I like to play,' Gribble said. 'I played it well in Q-school a couple years ago. I've got some good memories.' There weren't a lot of good memories over the last month, missing the cut in three straight events starting with the Phoenix Open. But the Texan has been grinding away with his coach the last few weeks and it's starting to take hold. 'We both know exactly how we want the ball to come out. We want less curve. I tend to draw it too much,' Gribble said. 'I know we wanted more a cut swing, but kind of finally ... it's hard to explain. It clicked today, but it could be lost again tomorrow. You never know. It was a great start, and hopefully I can build on it.' It helped to have a birdie putt on every hole. His lone bogey was a long three-putt on the 16th hole. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 24th, 2017

Grizzlies sign Mario Chalmers

em>Memphis Grizzlies press release /em> Memphis Grizzlies General Manager Chris Wallace today announced that the team signed guard Mario Chalmers. Per team policy, terms of the deal are not disclosed. Chalmers (6'2', 190) has appeared in 580 games (390 starts) and averaged 9.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.50 steals in 27.3 minutes over his eight-year NBA career with the Miami Heat and Memphis Grizzlies. The 31-year-old was the starting point guard for back-to-back NBA Championship teams in Miami, where he played for current Grizzlies head coach David Fizdale who was then an assistant coach for the Heat. The Anchorage, Alaska native last played during the 2015-16 season, appearing in 55 games (seven starts) and averaging 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.45 steals in 22.8 minutes for the Grizzlies before sustaining a ruptured right Achilles tendon on March 7, 2016. Chalmers was selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft following his junior season at the University of Kansas where he led the Jayhawks to the 2008 NCAA Championship and was named the 2008 NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. He is one of 44 players who have won both an NCAA Championship and an NBA title.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

Steve Mills named president, Perry named GM of NY Knicks

em>New York Knicks press release /em> NEW YORK – James L. Dolan, executive chairman of The Madison Square Garden Company, announced today that Steve Mills has been named president of the New York Knickerbockers. Mr. Mills announced that Scott Perry has been named the team’s general manager. “Today marks a culture change for our organization where we reestablish the pride, work ethic and responsibility that comes with playing for the Knicks and representing New York,” Mr. Dolan said. “I’m confident that Steve is the right person to take on this role, and ensure that we return to one of the elite teams of the NBA. He’s got an ambitious plan that centers on building a young team focused on player development, communication and teamwork. “His decision to bring Scott on as general manager is a critical first step in transforming this franchise. Scott brings tremendous skill and experience in helping to build winning basketball teams. He’ll immediately get to work adjusting our basketball operations department to make sure we have one of the most effective front office staffs in the NBA,” Dolan added. “As Steve and Scott move forward, I will continue to not be involved in the operations of the team.” Mills, Perry and Head Coach Jeff Hornacek will be available to discuss the team’s strategy moving forward on Monday, July 17 at 2:00 p.m. at MSG Training Center. At Princeton University, Mills helped lead the Tigers to two Ivy League first-place finishes, including the league title and an NCAA berth in 1981 playing for Hall of Fame Head Coach Pete Carril. He then went onto a 30-plus year career in professional basketball, including 16 years at the NBA, where he rose to become senior vice president of basketball and player development. Originally joining MSG in 1999 as executive vice president of franchise operations, Mills was elevated to the position of president of MSG Sports in 2001. He had a wide range of responsibilities over his 10 years with The Madison Square Garden Company, including oversight of all basketball and business operations for the Knicks and WNBA’s Liberty, as well as all other sports-related activities at The Garden. The Long Island-native returned to the Knicks as president and general manager at the start of the 2013-14 season, and has served as general manager for the past three and a half seasons. “I want to thank Jim for having the confidence in me to lead this team at such a critical time. I want to welcome Scott to the Knicks, and I know his skills and experience will help guide our team to future success,” Mills said. “Today is a new day for this franchise. Scott will immediately begin to put together a basketball operations department that is among the best in the league. We will all be united in implementing our strategy, which is to build our team by developing young players, emphasizing athleticism, length and defense. We have several rising young stars in the organization and we expect to add more young talent to this core. Our message to our fans is clear: we will be disciplined in sticking to this strategy, hold our players and staff accountable to the high standards that we have set for ourselves, and deliver results.” Perry has been with NBA teams for the past 17 seasons, most recently as the executive vice president of basketball operations for the Sacramento Kings. Prior to the Kings, Perry was the Orlando Magic’s vice president & assistant general manager, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the basketball operations department, player personnel matters and roster management and development. He spent parts of 12 seasons with the Detroit Pistons as vice president of basketball operations, director of player personnel and a collegiate scout. During his tenure, the Pistons reached the Eastern Conference Finals six straight times, made consecutive appearances in the NBA Finals and won the NBA Title in 2004. He also served as the Seattle SuperSonics assistant general manager in the 2007-08 season, during which the franchise drafted Kevin Durant. Perry spent three seasons as head basketball coach at Eastern Kentucky University and nine years as an assistant coach at the University of Michigan, UC Berkeley and Detroit Mercy. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1986 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing and was a member of the Warriors’ basketball team for two seasons after transferring from the University of Oregon. “It is an honor to be joining Steve, Jeff and the New York Knicks as we begin a new chapter for this beloved franchise. I am excited for the opportunity and the responsibility bestowed upon me,” Perry said. “As general manager, I will work tirelessly to develop a culture that demands results, commitment and pride from everyone fortunate enough to be associated with our team - from our staff to our players. Nothing comes close to Madison Square Garden for basketball and it is our right and responsibility to showcase that tradition of excellence, day and night. I can’t wait to get started.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Did Celtics add enough to challenge Cavs?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> The Celtics have word that Gordon Hayward is coming, but they lost a lot of depth in players like Avery Bradley, Amir Johnson and Kelly Olynyk. Are the Celtics, as constructed today, good enough to overthrow the Cavaliers? * * * strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong>No. I’m not even sure the Celtics as constructed today are good enough to overthrow the 2016-17 Celtics. The players to whom they’ve bid adieu represent several steps backward, with the strides forward from landing Hayward still to be determined. Avery Bradley in particular was a valuable, three-way player for Boston. Three-way? Yes, toting up his offensive, defensive and chemistry contributions. And say what you want about Kelly Olynyk, but he gave the Celtics a combination of size and shooting range that it will miss. All that gnashing of teeth we hear coming out of Cleveland is about the Cavs’ apparent difficulty in narrowing The Finals gap with Golden State, not about Boston or anyone else closing the gap in the East. strong>Fran Blinebury: /strong> Gordon Hayward is a very good player and gives the Celtics an upgrade in their starting lineup, but not the same kind of boost they’d have received at both ends of the court from Paul George. The loss of depth should not be underestimated, especially Avery Bradley as a defender and locker room presence. They’re going to need Jayson Tatum and/or Jaylen Brown to step up in a big way. The bigger difference in terms of catching the Cavaliers just might be the loss of general manager David Griffin in Cleveland. He’s the one that kept LeBron James happy and nursed the salary cap with shrewd additions to the roster. Still advantage Cavs. strong>Scott Howard-Cooper: /strong>Yes. I would still give the Cavaliers an edge unless LeBron James recently sold the time machine that last season turned him into a 28-year-old, and I think having so many people talk about the Boston is an extra dose of motivation for Cleveland. The Cs winning the East, though, would hardly be a surprise. They will be better and I don't know that we can say the same about Cleveland. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong>They're probably not ready to beat the Cavs right now, barring some circumstance that is, but I'm not sure that was the primary goal. Danny Ainge wants this team to be ready for a five-to six-year run and particularly if/when LeBron James has had enough of Cleveland, which could be after this season. In order to stay ahead of the Washington Wizards, Toronto Raptors and whomever else becomes a contender in the East, Ange must soon address the big man issue. The Celtics need a rim protector. strong>John Schuhmann: /strong> The answer to that question is more about the Cavs than the Celtics. It promises to be another drama-filled season in Cleveland, with the fear of LeBron James leaving (again) next summer and with Kevin Love remaining in trade rumors. If the Cavs can stay focused in between the lines and build better defensive habits through the season than they did last year, they should remain the favorites in the East. But if the wheels start to come off in Cleveland, the Celtics are capable of taking advantage. With improved shooting and playmaking, Boston could have a top-five offense for the first time in 26 years (since 1990-91, the last time Larry Bird played more than 50 games). I am curious to see how they hold up defensively after taking a step backward on that end of the floor last season and losing both Bradley and Johnson. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong>No, they're not quite there yet. The loss of Avery Bradley directly impacts the (theoretical) matchup with the Cavaliers in that the best possible defender of Kyrie Irving is no longer in green and white. The loss of Bradley is devastating enough, given his abilities on both ends of the floor and fit alongside Isaiah Thomas. But not having him to at least try and slow Kyrie down would be a game changer in that series. I know you have to give something (or someone) of quality up to get something of quality in return this time of year in the NBA, but Bradley was a piece I felt was too valuable to part with in this instance. strong>Ian Thomsen: /strong>On paper, which is all we have today, the Celtics don’t have the star power to bring down LeBron James. But the outlook may be different nine months from now. James is seeking his eighth straight NBA Finals, and even more relevant is that his teammates are trying to get there for the fourth year in a row. Miami looked like a tired team while reaching its fourth straight Finals in 2014, as did Kobe’s Lakers when they fell short of a fourth successive Finals in 2011. In this threshold year, conditioning, teamwork and humility could carry the Celtics a long way. No one should be predicting an NBA Finals appearance for them, but no one should be counting them out either. strong>Lang Whitaker: /strong>Didn't the Celtics finish with the Eastern Conference's best regular-season mark in 2016-17? That tends to get overlooked in the aftermath of their thrashing by the Cavaliers in the conference finals, but the Celtics were the best team in the Eastern Conference last season, at least by record. Olynyk had his moments, and Johnson was mostly a contributor off the floor, but the guy I really don't like them losing is Avery Bradley. Not only is Bradley one of the NBA's best perimeter defenders, but he also provided important defensive cover for Isaiah Thomas, and knocked down spot-up jumpers. The only way it makes sense to me is if you zoom out and look bigger picture: If you're losing Bradley, Olynyk and Johnson and adding Hayward, Tatum and Marcus Morris, I feel like it's mostly a net-plus. Especially if someone else (Marcus Smart?) accepts that defensive stopper role. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2017

San Beda starts title defense with convincing victory vs Baste

Many teams have improved, but defending champion San Beda College still has the most firepower in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Red Lions put all of their weapons to good use once more and shot down resurgent powerhouse San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 76-67, on opening day Saturday at the MOA Arena. All but one of the 13 players sent in by head coach Boyet Fernandez contributed in the scoring column as the defending champions registered a big-time win to begin the season. Reserves Clint Doliguez and JB Bahio keyed the decisive 14-2 run that erased a three-point deficit and erected a 69-62 advantage inside the last three minutes. Still, Robert Bolick was there to finish it by pouring in three of his 15 points in that decisive run. The Golden Stags were going toe-to-toe with San Beda for three and a half quarters until the latter's depth proved itself yet again. “Our defense really stepped up in the fourth quarter,” Fernandez said. Sent in for Donald Tankoua and Radge Tongco, Doliguez and Bahio did their job at both ends and gifted Fernandez his first win in only his first game back in the NCAA. “Clint Doliguez came in. I don’t really know how many points he scored, but he played good defense to bring back our energy,” Fernandez said. In the end, Doliguez had six points, two rebounds, and two steals in just 11 minutes of action while Bahio added four points and four rebounds of his own. Javee Mocon also posted a 15-point, 13-rebound double-double for the Red Lions who survived turning the ball over 25 times. “We still have to learn how to play and win. We simply have to step up every time we play the game,” Fernandez said. The returning head coach didn’t hold back in acknowledging the tough test San Sebastian sent their way. “Baste really played well today and I salute them,” he expressed. For the Golden Stags, Michael Calisaan and Renzo Navarro topped the scoring column with 13 and 12 points, respectively. Only scoring seven points in the last seven minutes, however, the season hosts suffered an opening day setback. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 76 – Mocon 15, Bolick 15, Tankoua 10, Potts 9, Soberano 6, Doliguez 6, Bahio 4, Cabanag 3, Noah 2, Presbitero 2, Abuda 2, Carino 2, Tongco 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Calisaan 13, Navarro 12, Ilagan 10, Bulanadi 10, David 6, Gayosa 6, Are 4, Capobres 2, Calma 2, Mercado 2, Valdez 0, Baetiong 0, Baytan 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-14, 31-29, 50-51, 76-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2017

Germany beats Chile 1-0 in bruising Confederations Cup final

em>By Rob Harris, Associated Press /em> ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Germany's experimental young side overcame street-wise Chile to win a bruising Confederations Cup final 1-0 on Sunday, vindicating Joachim Loew's decision to leave most of his world champions at home. The only goal in St. Petersburg came in the 20th minute from the 28-year-old Lars Stindl, who tapped into an empty net after a defensive blunder. While the midfielder was the oldest player in a starting lineup with an average age under 25, he only made his international debut less than a month ago. 'This was a magic match for us, for our young players who don't have this international experience,' Loew said. 'The way we were so single minded in this victory, it was very impressive' Stindl's third goal of the World Cup warm-up tournament came completely against the run of play in a first-half dominated by Chile. But the more experienced south American champions, whose lineup had an average age over 30, could find no way past a side that is effective on the counterattack. Chile's frustrations were clear in the second half when Chile midfielder Arturo Vidal squared up to Bayern Munich teammate Joshua Kimmich, who was also shoved by Gary Medel. 'Our team today had to fight back a lot,' Loew said, 'because the Chileans are very robust players, especially in one on ones.' Gonzalo Jara elbowed Germany forward Timo Werner in the face but escaped with a yellow card despite the incident being reviewed by the referee on a pitch-side monitor. It was the latest moment of confusion during trials of the video replay system by FIFA, which is determined to retain the technology at the World Cup next year in Russia despite major teething problems. Russia's capabilities as a host for the World Cup next year became far clearer during the two weeks it hosted eight teams in four cities, as the country overcome concerns about fan behavior to provide a welcoming environment. The eighth — and probably last-ever — Confederations Cup has also proved a useful testing ground for Germany, with Loew able to test the capabilities of the talent at his disposal. Victory in St. Petersburg came two days after Germany beat Spain in the Under-21 European Championship final, signaling a bright future for a country which will return to Russia in a year to defend the World Cup won in Brazil in 2014. Only three members of that 2014 squad even made the trip to Russia. The squad didn't rely on one star to carry it to glory, with goals shared throughout the team. Stindl, Werner and Leon Goretzka netted three apiece across five matches. 'Jokingly, we could say that now we have to think about which of the players we left at home we can still add to this team next year,' Loew said. 'Seriously though, we have created alternatives, by giving young players experience.' Unlike in the group-stage draw with Chile, Germany avoided conceding an early goal — only just. The pivotal moment that swung the final in Germany's favor came after 20 minutes. Arturo Vidal's long-range strike was parried by Germany goalkeeper Marc-Andre Ter Stegen and Alexis Sanchez followed up with a wayward shot. Then Germany launched a counterattack from inside its own penalty area that ended with the only goal, despite Marcelo Diaz's attempts. The Chile midfielder turned and tried to clear the ball on the edge of his penalty area but didn't spot Werner lurking. Goalkeeper Claudio Bravo was drawn off his line and Werner squared to Stindl, who had the simplest of tap-ins. 'The goal changed everything,' Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. 'It changed the way the players felt, it also made our opponent stronger of course. They felt better immediately.' And had opportunities to extend the lead, with both Goretzka and captain Julian Draxler striking wide, while Chile didn't eradicate its mistakes. Gonzalo Jara's clearance across the pitch went straight to Draxler, who set Goretzka up for a shot that Bravo saved. When the halftime whistle blew, Germany immediately headed down the tunnel but the Chileans gathered in a huddle on the pitch for an impromptu team talk. It had little effect, with Germany preventing the Chileans from gaining the possession they enjoyed in the first half. However much Sanchez tried to produce the equalizer, the striker was foiled as Germany held on to win the Confederations Cup for the first time. It might never be defended, with the eighth edition likely to be the last. The competition — featuring the regional champions, World Cup holders and next World Cup hosts — failed to spark much interest outside competing countries. Qatar, the 2022 World Cup hosts, also cannot stage the Confederations Cup in 2021 because it would have to be played in November or December and disrupt a second European club season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2017

Vidal says beating Germany would make Chile world's best

JAMES ELLINGWORTH, AP Sports Writer br /> ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Arturo Vidal and Chile want to be the unofficial world champions. It may be only the Confederations Cup on the line when Chile faces Germany in Sunday's final, but the combative midfielder wants to claim the bragging rights over his German teammates at Bayern Munich. It could be the third title in as many years for Chile's golden generation of players. They racked up Copa America wins in 2015 and 2016, beating Lionel Messi's Argentina in both finals, and defeated Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal on penalties in Wednesday's Confederations Cup semifinal. 'We have proven our value on the pitch. We beat Argentina, which is one of the best teams and a few days ago we beat Portugal, the European champion,' Vidal said. 'So tomorrow, if we win we will be the best team in the world.' Germany coach Joachim Loew said Chile was far outperforming expectations. 'We wonder about how so many good players come from Chile,' he said. 'If such a small country can take such a prominent role in football ... that's a great, great achievement' Fatigue could be an issue for a Chile team that has played eight games in a month and went to penalties against Portugal, but Vidal hopes the will to win can make up for any tired legs. 'Our fuel reserves never run empty,' he said. 'Today we are ahead of the final and the pleasure is a unique situation in football.' Sunday's final will pitch youth against experience, with an experimental Germany side taking on a Chile team that has kept the same key players for several years. The Confederations Cup is FIFA's dress rehearsal for the World Cup, but for Germany it's an audition. Loew's young players know they're fighting each other for a chance in next year's World Cup squad, when key players from the victorious 2014 side like Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller are set to return. The German under-21 team's European Championship win on Friday means younger players are staking a claim to a World Cup place too. Chile and Germany drew 1-1 in the group stage, with Lars Stindl canceling out Alexis Sanchez's sixth-minute opener for Chile. Loew said his team was left in 'disarray' by Chile's fast-starting, hard-charging style, before recovering later on. He'll rotate his team after Thursday's 4-1 semifinal win over Mexico. 'There will be changes,' Loew said. His rotations so far have yielded explosive contributions from formerly fringe players. Germany's lively start against Mexico was in part due to the speed of right wing back Benjamin Henrichs, who had played just 16 minutes in the group stage. On his only appearance, Kerem Demirbay opened the scoring goal in a 3-1 win over Cameroon, and substitute Amin Younes scored in a late cameo appearance against Mexico. Loew faced criticism at home ahead of the Confederations Cup for leaving out big-name players. 'I feel vindicated,' he said Saturday. 'What will happen this year is still on another page. The players who have played here have made a very favorable impression.' Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said his team wouldn't underestimate the young Germans, whose time at top clubs made them wise beyond their years. 'While it is true that because of their age they can seem like beginners or youngsters, they have a lot of experience despite their youth,' he said. 'That makes them a formidable opponent.' ___ AP Sports Writer Graham Dunbar also contributed to this story. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2017

Foton continues rampage, adds Cignal to list of victims

Jaja Santiago displayed another monster performance as Foton handed Cignal its first loss 25-22, 16-25, 25-22, 25-14, in Pool C of the Philippine Superliga (PSL) All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The 6-foot-5 Santiago scattered 26 points coming from 18 kills, four kill blocks and four aces for the Tornadoes, who bagged their fourth win. EJ Laure added 16 markers. “I come and see every match and analyze Cignal,” said Foton Serbian coach Moro Branislav. “Cignal is a very good team and today my players played well, this is a big win for Foton.” National team member Jocelyn Gonzaga had 14 points while Royse Tubino added 11 for Cignal, which dropped to 3-1 slate. Meanwhile, F2 Logistics kicked off its second round campaign on a sizzling note as it clobbered Cocolife, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16. Majoy Baron, the reigning UAAP Most Valuable Player, spearheaded the assault to tow the Cargo Movers to their second victory in four starts. With the win, the Cargo Movers have to nail their next two assignments against Cherrylume and Sta. Lucia to gain a good position in the crossover quarterfinals. The survivors in the quarterfinals will figure in the semifinals with the victors advancing to the best-of-three title showdown starting July 11. “Ang goal namin is mag-number one sa group namin para kahit papano yung las sa kabilang bracket ang makalaban namin,” said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus, adding that his wards played well despite facing a squad bannered by former La Salle star Michele Gumabao. “Sana magtuloy-tuloy ‘yung ganitong galaw. Although marami pang errors pero maganda pa din ang pinakita namin.” Baron delivered nine kills, a block and an ace for 11 points to topscore for the Cargo Movers, whose domination reflected in the attack department, 35-23. Earlier, MJ Phillips waxed hot at the attack zone to lift Sta. Lucia Realty to an emphatic 25-20, 21-25, 25-17, 25-16 victory over Cherrylume. A power-hitting Filipino-American, Phillips erupted with 23 attacks and a pair of aces for a total of 25 points for the Lady Realtors, who nailed their first win after three luckless starts. Pam Lastimosa delivered 13 hits while Janine Navarro and Danika Gendrauli chipped in nine markers apiece for Sta. Lucia, which displayed red-hot offense and solid services with Phillips at the helm. “We served really tough and passed really well,” said the 6-foot Phillips, who was born in Zambales but was raised in Carson, California before seeing action for Juniata College in the Division III of the US NCAA. “We’re still a work in progress, but we really wanted to win.” The Lady Realtors gained the upper hand on offense with 52 attacks compared to the Iron Lady Warriors’ 30. They also had more blocks (6-4) and more aces (12-11) to underscore their dominance on both ends despite giving their young and inexperienced foes their first set victory of the tourney in the second set. But after that second set meltdown, where they fell to a maze error in the crucial stretch, the Lady Realtors sprung back to life in the third with Phillips punching holes at the defensive blanket of the Iron Lady Warriors, whose average age is just 19 years old. Sta. Lucia was nursing a two-point lead, 18-16, before Cherrylume committed three service errors in the final stretch of the third set that set the tone for yet another heart-crushing setback. Mary Ann Mendrez again served as a lonely soldier on offense with 16 kills for a team-high 18 points for the developing Cherrylume side, which suffered its fourth consecutive setback.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2017

Sandro Wagner a throwback striker in youthful Germany squad

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer   SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Physically imposing and direct, Sandro Wagner is a veteran throwback center forward in a youthful German squad looking to the future at the Confederations Cup. Forget about diminutive false nines like Mario Goetze, the six-foot-three inch tall Wagner is the genuine article: a lofty battering ram of a striker who can wreak havoc in defenses. Just the type of player out of favor in the modern game. Little wonder that it's taken Wagner until the age of 29 to earn his first call-up to the national team. 'Tall players aren't so agile, busy or as strong dribblers as smaller players,' Oliver Bierhoff, the Germany team general manager, said Friday. 'Normally tall players who aren't called Zlatan Ibrahimovic are often criticized and polarize opinion.' Particularly Wagner, with his penchant in the past for annoying people with outspoken remarks — from claiming 'women and football do not fit' to calling for players to be paid more. But it is Wagner's footballing intelligence that appeals to Germany. 'He can definitely also hold the ball up well and defend well,' said Bierhoff, whose goal clinched the European Championship title for Germany in 1996. 'These are the types of players that we haven't had many of recently.' Tough too, playing through the pain after dislocating a finger during a Hoffenheim game earlier in the year. And patient, in the extreme. Like so many in Germany's traveling party in Russia, Wagner has limited international experience as established stars are given a summer off. Unlike many teammates, Wagner lacks time to prove himself on the international stage. Wagner only made his competitive debut for Germany last week, but made the most of it. Demonstrating his aerial prowess with an early header, Wagner went on to grab a hat trick in a 7-0 victory over San Marino in World Cup qualifying. 'He offers some great runs, he comes deep, he comes short, he demands the ball,' midfielder Joshua Kimmich said in Sochi ahead of Germany's Confederations Cup opener against Australia on Monday. 'When you're on the wing and you have the opportunity to cross the ball in, he's right there when you hit the ball high into the box ... and he also makes lots of runs that free up teammates. That makes him unbelievably precious.' Wagner and Timo Werner, a speedier 21-year-old from RB Leipzig, are the only two strikers in the squad in Russia. 'It's a good dynamic as both of them have a great shot and they complement each other so well,' winger Julian Brandt said. 'So it's a luxurious problem for the coach (Joachim Loew) to have, deciding if one or both of them play.' The Confederations Cup could be Wagner's best chance to prove he should make the return trip to Russia next year for Germany's World Cup title defense. This eight-team dress rehearsal for the World Cup won't be the first time Wagner has represented Germany in a tournament. Wind back the clock eight years and Wagner was part of a prodigious group of youngsters who became known as 'Generation Malmo' as Germany won the Under-21 European Championship in Sweden. Wagner even scored twice in the 4-0 victory over England in the final in what should have provided a platform for a promotion to the senior ranks. Every member of the starting lineup went on to become full internationals (two for other countries) apart from Wagner — until last week. A promising club career that began at Bayern Munich stalled as Wagner drifted around Germany. Some time was even spent in the lower leagues playing for the B teams of Werder Bremen and Hertha Berlin as the goals dried up. From 2010 to 2015, he scored barely a dozen goals in first-team football. But then came the renaissance: 14 goals to keep Darmstadt in the Bundesliga in the 2015-16 season and a transfer to Hoffenheim. By the end of 2016, Wagner was the top-scoring German striker in the calendar year and readily bragging about it. 'I've been the best German striker in my eyes for some time,' he said with typical self-confidence. Eleven goals in the recently-completed campaign propelled Hoffenheim to fourth place and a first-ever shot at the Champions League. Just where has this explosive form come from? 'This is not an explosion,' Wagner said ahead of the Confederations Cup. 'This is my quality.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 17th, 2017

Buffalo Sabres hire Phil Housley as head coach

em>By John Wawrow, Associated Press /em> BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Phil Housley began his Hall of Fame playing career in Buffalo. It is also where he will open his NHL head-coaching career after being hired by the Sabres on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Housley's hiring completes an offseason overhaul for the Sabres in replacing coach Dan Bylsma, who was fired along with general manager Tim Murray in April. He represents the first significant move made by first-time general manager Jason Botterill, who took over the job last month. Housley takes over a team that stagnated under Murray in extended its franchise-worst playoff drought to six seasons. With a 33-37-12 record, Buffalo finished last in the Atlantic Division, 26th overall, and with two fewer wins than last season. Housley has spent the past four years as an assistant coach with the Nashville Predators. He is credited for overseeing a highly skilled and speedy group of defensemen that helped Nashville make its first Stanley Cup Final appearance in franchise history. Botterill was forced to place his coaching search on hold to wait for the Predators' season to end, which came with a 2-0 loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) in game six. 'Based on his experience as a player and coach, we think Phil is uniquely qualified to be our head coach and help us achieve our organizational goals,' Botterill said in a statement released by the team before a late-afternoon news conference. 'His approach to the game aligns with the way we envision our hockey team playing, and we're excited to see where his leadership will take us.' It's a home coming for Housley, who was selected with the No. 6 pick in the 1982 draft by Buffalo and spent his first eight of his 21 NHL seasons playing for the Sabres. He also had a connection to Botterill from their playing days. Though Botterill was mostly a minor-league journeyman, he and Housley both played for the Calgary Flames from 1999-2001. Housley has head-coaching experience but not at the NHL level. He was head coach of the gold medal-winning U.S. team at the 2013 World Junior championships. Starting in 2004, Housley spent nine seasons coaching Stillwater Area High School in his native Minnesota. As a player, Housley's 1,232 career points (338 goals and 894 assists) rank third among American-born players and fourth among all NHL defensemen. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 15th, 2017

Much tougher matchups seen in PVL semifinals

Coaches and players alike foresee much more exciting games in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference starting today, June 3, ensuring a thunderous finish for the groundbreaking Sports Vision-organized tournament touted as the next big hit in Philippine volleyball.    All coaches through to the semifinal playoffs agree that the four teams that survived the grueling two-round eliminations and the edge-of-the-seat quarterfinals –  Balipure, the Power Smashers,  Pocari Sweat, and Creamline ranked in that order -- are so evenly matched that no one team could claim a slight advantage over the other.      The Water Defenders of coach Roger Gorayeb clash with the Cool Smashers in one playoff and the Power Smashers against the Lady Warriors in the other.    It will all boil down to, according to Power Smashers coach Nes Pamilar, how well the locals will support the imports and how well the latter have adapted by now to the systems of their respective mentors.      “If the level of competition during the quarterfinals was this hard,” said Cool Smasher Alyssa Valdez, referring to the four of six matches in the quarters resulting in five sets, “I expect the semifinals to be much more intense. For our part, we will train harder and listen to coach Tai (Bundit) more to get to the finals. That’s all we have to do.” In the eye of Creamline assistant coach Oliver Almadro, who had a double celebration when his Cignal Tv HD Spikers advanced as well to the semifinals in the men’s division, every playing day henceforth will be a do-or-die game.     “All teams (in the women’s division) are even now,” said Almadro, architect of the Ateneo Blue Eagles’ exceptionally remarkable three successive title triumphs in the UAAP all at the expense of the National University Bulldogs. “Every game will test the heart and character of the players; every game will go the way of the team with the bigger heart and the stronger fortitude. Pocari coach Rommel Abella could hardly look beyond what he said was the fantastic game the Lady Warriors played Thursday in their masterful, three-set domination of Perlas Spikers that gave them a spotless 3-0 win-loss card in the quarterfinals ahead of Creamline’s 2-1 record.  “I won’t ask for more if only the girls would bring that same incredible cohesiveness over to the semifinals,” said Abella, his face glowing with pride for the Lady Warriors. He reserved the highest praises for import Michelle Strizak and her 17-point effort, Cai Nepomuceno (12), the steady and accurate Myla Pablo (8), and the intelligence of setter Gyzelle Sy. “The pairings in the semifinals will be very, very tough,” he added as he made his way to the locker.   strong>Flowers for the superstar  /strong>     For the second straight time, Valdez, whose legion of fiercely loyal followers would rather see her uninjured in defeat rather than hurt in victory, rose to the occasion by repeatedly digging the Cool Smashers out of the hole, scoring 19 points in their third straight conquest of the Lady Jet Spikers in the PVL Reinforced Conference which has Sports Vision working hand in hand with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball. She could not be bothered by persistent talks about her supposed marked slide in her game. A bunch of flowers from her highly organized fans awaited her outside the Cool Smashers’ locker, where their raucous celebration of their 24-16, 26-24, 25-17 walloping of the Lady Jet Spikers and guaranteed advance to the semis spilled over from the court, interrupted only by a text message from Creamline joint owner Jonathan Ng.     “Listen up,” she called her teammates’ attention. “Mr. Jonathan is congratulating us and I quote: ‘Great game, guys. Mas maganda pala kapag wala ako.’    The victors in pink roared in good-natured laughter at Ng’s reference to the few games he missed during the eliminations and the quarterfinals which the Cool Smashers lost. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2017

After a dunkfest in Game 1, Cavs must slow Warriors at rim

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> The first-half list of baskets for Golden State’s Kevin Durant in game one of the NBA Finals went like this: layup, dunk, jumper, dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk, layup, dunk, layup. Most were easy. And easy isn’t supposed to happen, especially not at the rim in the NBA Finals. Forget all the things that Cleveland did wrong offensively in game one, the poor shooting and the 20 turnovers and how the bench basically contributed nothing and how Rihanna got — and merited — more commentary from ABC’s Jeff Van Gundy than J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson did. The Cavs can score. They’ll likely be better on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) in game two. That isn’t the issue. The issue is this: If the reigning NBA champions don’t show some toughness — especially at the rim — soon, they won’t be reigning NBA champions much longer. “I think that’s how Cleveland is going to approach it, make it a physical game,” Michael Cooper, now the coach of the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream who went through some epic Lakers-Celtics battles as a player in the 1980s, said before the series began. “Golden State wants a finesse game.” Finesse won game one. And after a team has been blown out in the playoffs, history shows that team typically tries to make a statement in game two that things will be different. Funny thing is for Cleveland, the Cavs had the answer they needed to just that three months ago in Andrew Bogut. Problem is, they only had him for 58 seconds. Let’s clear up a misconception: Golden State’s biggest undoing on the way to blowing that 3-1 lead in last season’s NBA Finals was not Draymond Green’s game five suspension for connecting with LeBron James’ midsection. The Warriors lost that series because Bogut — their best rim protector — got hurt in game five. And this year, it was Cleveland’s turn to lose Bogut. He started the year in Dallas, got traded to and ultimately waived by Philadelphia, and signed with Cleveland because the Cavs knew they needed — and wanted — another tough guy who could clog the lane and had playoff experience. And there is no doubt he would have been eager to go against the team that jettisoned him to the Mavericks to make room for Durant. But Bogut checked into a game against Miami for his Cavs debut, collided with Heat rookie Okaro White, and broke his left leg. Season over. So while he was tweeting Thursday (Friday, PHL time) about Santa Claus and Australian Rules Football, Durant was dunking on the sort of nonexistent defense typically seen at an All-Star Game and not the NBA Finals. Durant had six dunks, all in the first half. — The first came off a great cut to beat James. — The second, James got no help after he swiped unsuccessfully at the ball. — The third, James slipped and again no help came. — The fourth, Kyrie Irving didn’t stop the ball as Durant sailed past. — The fifth, Shaun Livingston faked the Cavs out and Durant was left all alone. — The sixth, Durant drove the lane and Smith ran away to cover Stephen Curry. “We made a lot of mistakes. They capitalized,” James said. “And we get an opportunity to get a couple days to see what they did and see what we did wrong and how we can be better in game two.” To be fair, playing the Warriors is a slew of pick-your-poison decisions. Overcommit to the lane, and their shooters will tee off from three-point range. Overplay the perimeter, and the rim is undefended. They’ve won 28 of their last 29 games. They’re 80-15 this season. They could post the second-best record in NBA history when counting the regular season and playoffs, behind only the 1995-96 Bulls. Today’s NBA isn’t the sort of league where someone is going to clothesline Durant or any other Warrior to send some sort of foolish overly physical message, nor should it be. Though Kevin McHale’s aggressive at-the-rim takedown of Kurt Rambis in the 1984 title matchup remains a quintessential moment in postseason lore (and swung that Celtics-Lakers series totally Boston’s way). And this series is a long way from over. James has been on the losing end of game one of the Finals seven times in eight tries. He was down 1-0 in all three of the series where he went on to win a ring. Not even a 3-1 deficit last year was enough to faze him. But someone from Cleveland, maybe many someones, had better find a way to make life tougher for the Warriors going forward starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Or else a lot more dunks are coming. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2017

Rested and ready: 13-1 shot Cloud Computing wins Preakness

BETH HARRIS, AP Racing Writer br /> BALTIMORE (AP) — Sometimes it pays to have a fresh horse. Cloud Computing skipped the Kentucky Derby, while eventual winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empire mixed it up in the mud at Churchill Downs. Two weeks later, Cloud Computing pounced on those two horses in the Preakness, pulling off an upset victory at 13-1 odds Saturday. He became the first horse to skip the Derby and win the second leg of the Triple Crown since filly Rachel Alexandra in 2009. 'Some of the reason that we won today was because we were patient and didn't throw an inexperienced horse against a 20-horse field in the Derby on a very difficult track,' winning co-owner Seth Klarman said. 'We made a great call.' Always Dreaming and Classic Empire dueled for most of the race before Classic Empire stuck his nose in front midway on the far turn. It looked as if Classic Empire would go on to win, but Cloud Computing ran him down on the outside. Always Dreaming faded to eighth in the 10-horse field on a cool and cloudy day at Pimlico. The crowd of 140,327 and wagering total of $94,127,434 were records, bettering the marks set last year. Ridden by Javier Castellano, Cloud Computing ran 1 3/16 miles in 1:55.98 and paid $28.80, $8.60 and $6. It was just the dark brown colt's fourth career start, the fewest of any horse in the race, and only his second win. He didn't run as a 2-year-old because of injury. Classic Empire returned $4.40 and $4, and 31-1 shot Senior Investment was another 4 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $10.20. New York-based trainer Chad Brown earned his first victory in a Triple Crown race. Castellano won for the second time. He rode Bernardini to victory in the 2006 Preakness. Castellano comes from a racing family, with a father, uncle and brother who have been jockeys. 'We've been working for a long time for this moment,' he said. 'It's great for the family.' The 142nd Preakness had been billed as a match race between Always Dreaming and Classic Empire, and it was from the start. They broke out of the starting gate next to each other and the fight was on. Always Dreaming took a slight lead with Classic Empire on his flank. Meanwhile, Cloud Computing was back in third as Castellano watched the duel unfold in front of him. Always Dreaming was the first to throw in the towel, surrendering the lead to Classic Empire midway around the final turn. 'We didn't have an excuse,' said Todd Pletcher, who trains Always Dreaming. 'We were in a position we expected to be, and I think the turnaround was a little too quick. He ran so hard in the Derby and today just wasn't his day.' Always Dreaming lost for the first time in five races this year. He'd won his first four by a combined 23 1/4 lengths. Classic Empire and Julien Leparoux went into the stretch with three-length lead, seemingly on his way to the winner's circle. At that point, trainer Mark Casse thought he was headed there, too. 'Of course,' he said. 'But I thought I was going to win a lot of times before, so it doesn't shock me.' But Classic Empire also paid a price for putting away Always Dreaming. Classic Empire fought on to the finish line, but couldn't hold off a fresh horse in Cloud Computing. 'Certainly I'm not going to dispute the fact that I brought in a fresh horse as part of our strategy,' Brown said. 'Our horse is very talented, too. Classic Empire and Always Dreaming are two outstanding horses, and our strategy was, if we are ever going to beat them let's take them on two weeks' rest when we have six (weeks), and it worked.' After Cloud Computing ran third in the Wood Memorial, Brown and the owners decided the colt would benefit from skipping the Derby. He came into the Preakness after a six-week break. 'It just didn't work out in the Wood. We just ran out of time,' Brown said. 'We just really zeroed in on this race, and thankfully it worked out.' The victory was especially sweet for Klarman, who grew up a few blocks from Pimlico. He turns 60 on Sunday. He and William Lawrence have been buying and racing horses together since 2006. 'This is the culmination of 25 years of hard work and learning and trying to figure this game out,' said Klarman, president of the Baupost Group, a hedge fund valued at $31 billion. 'In my regular life, I'm a long-term value investor. This is gambling. It's really been a thrill and this is the highlight of our career so far as thoroughbred owners.' Klarman, who races as Klaravich Stables, is a minority owner of the Boston Red Sox. Lookin At Lee, the Derby runner-up, was fourth. Gunnevera was fifth, followed by Multiplier and Conquest Mo Money. Hence was ninth and Term of Art last. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

Spieth and Palmer share lead at team event in New Orleans

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — Jordan Spieth showed off his stellar short game. Ryan Palmer contributed momentum-saving par putts. They turned out to be quite the team Thursday in the Zurich Classic, the first official team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years. Spieth hit a bump-and-run from 100 feet to a front pin to set up birdie on the par-5 11th, chipped in for birdie on the 14th and closed out their foursomes round with a 15-foot birdie for a 6-under 66 to share the lead with 18-year-old Ryan Ruffels and Kyle Stanley. Nick Watney made a 60-foot eagle putt from well off the green at the par-5 18th as he and Charley Hoffman were among four teams at 67. Even in the tough alternate-shot format, benign conditions at the TPC Louisiana allowed for good scoring with 43 of the 80 teams breaking par, and 18 teams in the 60s. 'Alternate-shot format with these conditions, anything 3 under or so was a solid score,' Spieth said. 'Grab a few extra and be in pole position , it's fantastic. We're just going to try and have as much fun as we had today.' The partnership of Spieth and Palmer, close friends who live in Dallas, took root late last year when Palmer's caddie, James Edmondson, said they would have to play together if Edmondson beat Spieth in a friendly match. He got Spieth on the last hole, and Spieth decided to add the Zurich Classic to his schedule. Spieth said his partner didn't miss a shot over the first 10 holes, and Palmer pitched in with key putts. They hit only two of the last seven greens in regulation and still played that stretch in 3 under par. 'It's great watching his short game,' Palmer said. 'It's one of the best in the world. And when the putter is rolling, it makes it not has hard to make those 5-footers. We both had our fair share, and we poured them in.' Palmer made a 6-foot par putt on the 13th hole and, after Spieth chipped in on the 14th, Palmer made a 12-foot par putt on the 15th. Ruffels, who turns 19 on Saturday, was an amateur in Australia when he played with Stanley at the Australian Masters. They got along well, are now represented by the same management firm and decided to play together in New Orleans. Ruffels had never played foursomes until nine holes of practice on Tuesday, but it sure didn't show. Starting on the back nine, they began the round with four straight birdies, with Stanley making three of those putts. 'We both keep it in play, and we both hit it quite long, and we gave ourselves a lot of opportunities,' Ruffels said. 'So all it took was someone to start rolling a few putts in, like we both did.' Some teams getting most of the attention didn't fare too well. Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson, the gold and silver medalists at the Olympics last summer in Rio, played the par 5s in 2 over and opened with a 72. Jason Day and Rickie Fowler, who have a corporate relationship with Zurich, could only manage a 71. The cut will be made after Friday fourballs to the top 35 teams and ties. The winners will each get credit for a PGA Tour victory, just as it was in 1981 at the Walt Disney World National Team Championship in 1981, the most recent official team event. Brian Stuard, who won the Zurich Classic last year on his own, has Chris Stroud as a teammate. They had a chance to tie for the lead on their final hole, the par-3 ninth, until Stuard hit into the water. He made a 20-foot putt to at least escape with bogey and a 68. Also at 68 were Steve Stricker and Jerry Kelly, a pair of 50-year-olds from Wisconsin who still have full PGA Tour status. They also had a chance to join the leaders until Kelly missed a 3-foot par putt on the 17th. Brooks Koepka and his younger brother, Chase, who received a sponsor exemption, were among those at 69. Spieth headed to the practice range after the round, and then the two-time major champion and Palmer had plans Thursday night. New Orleans coach Sean Payton invited them to the Saints' team room for the NFL draft. Both are Cowboys fans, but Palmer is friends with the coach and played the pro-am with Payton and quarterback Drew Brees. 'It'll be really cool just kind of sitting in the back and watching that process take shape,' Spieth said. 'I've always wondered what it's like.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2017

Mike Brown is more than capable of leading the Warriors

em>By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press /em> PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With coach Steve Kerr ailing, the Golden State Warriors are in capable hands with assistant Mike Brown. Kerr, the reigning NBA Coach of the Year, stayed behind at the team hotel Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) while the Warriors overcame a slow start to beat the Trail Blazers 119-113 and take a 3-0 series lead. Kerr announced Sunday (Monday, PHL time) that he would not be on the sidelines when Golden State tries to close out the series Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) at the Moda Center. It's one of three games on tap for the day: Toronto hosts Milwaukee with that series even at 2-all, and Washington has a 2-1 advantage in its series with game four at Atlanta. Golden State's players praised Brown for stepping into a lead role with short notice. A first-year assistant for the Warriors, Brown has plenty of experience as former head coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers. 'Well we know he's comfortable in that position and he's got a ton of playoff experience. He's been a head coach in this league a long time, a very successful one,' Klay Thompson said. 'Obviously we miss Steve but Mike did a tremendous job and he's been there before, you could tell. We appreciated his composure. He was tremendous.' In the first of two stints with Cleveland, Brown led the Cavs to their first-ever NBA Finals appearance in 2007. He was named the league's Coach of the Year in 2009 when Cleveland finished with 66 wins. Draymond Green praised Brown as the MVP of game three, recounting a moment in the fourth quarter where he kept Green in the game despite playing the entire third — because the Warriors were making their comeback. 'When [he makes] those decisions that he made like that on the fly, it shows why he's been a head coach multiple times in this league. It shows why he's been to the finals. Why he's been around this league for 30 years,' Green said. 'He was thrown into the fire. He didn't find out he was coaching until today, and to make decisions like that in a hostile environment about to lose game three, and to do that, that was pretty big time for him. So that was huge.' Kerr, 51 still experiences lingering symptoms from complications following two back surgeries after the franchise's run to the 2015 championship. He missed the first 43 games last season dealing with symptoms such as headaches, nausea and an aching neck. Here's what to know for Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) games: ___ strong>Warriors at Trail Blazers, Golden State leads 3-0 (10:30am, NBA Premium) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em> The Warriors can sweep the series on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) and get a bit of rest before they'll face the winner of the first-round series between the Los Angeles Clippers and the Utah Jazz. That match-up is tied at 2-2, following Sunday night's (Monday, PHL time) game in Salt Lake City. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em> JaVale McGee. Twice the seven-footer has come off the bench and had a big impact. He had 15 points in game two, before 14 in game three — well above his regular season average of 6.1 points. Following the latest game, acting coach Brown said: 'In that third quarter, obviously you guys saw it, he was fantastic and that's why we went to him down the stretch. Normally we don't go back to him, but his length, his size, his athleticism we really felt affected the game on both ends of the floor.' em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em> Warriors F Kevin Durant is listed as questionable with a strained left calf that has kept him out of last two games. Also unknown is the availability of Matt Barnes (right ankle/foot sprain), and Shaun Livingston (right index finger sprain). The Blazers will be without center Jusuf Nurkic. The big man missed the final seven games of the regular season and the first two games of the playoffs with a nondisplaced fracture in his right leg. He came back for game three, but wasn't himself and finished with two points and 11 rebounds in less than 17 minutes. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>The Blazers would like to steal just one away from the defending Western Conference champions. Damian Lillard said pride is on the line: 'At the end of the day, we've still got games to play. Right now, you've got to have some pride in having a sweep on the line and try to go get this next one on Monday and go from there a game at a time.' ___ strong>Wizards at Hawks, Washington leads 2-1 (8:00am, NBA Premium) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em>The nastiness between the teams ramped up even more when Washington's Markieff Morris called Atlanta star Paul Millsap a 'crybaby' after the Hawks' blowout victory in game three. Millsap took the comment personally and it will be interesting to see how it affects his play. It would be hard to top his last performance, when he led the Hawks with 29 points and 14 rebounds, to go along with five assists, two blocks and one steal. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>John Wall vs. Dennis Schroder. Wall has played brilliantly in the series, averaging 31 points per game, but Schroder is also coming off a big game (27 points, nine assists). Schroder changed things up defensively in game three, picking up Wall in the backcourt, and it seemed to pay dividends. While Wall scored 29 points, he was held to just seven assists and wasn't quite as effective getting his teammates involved. em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em>Wizards F Otto Porter Jr. left the last game with a strained neck, but he was feeling much better Sunday and took part in practice. It looks like he'll be good to go for game four. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>G Bradley Beal. The Washington star has struggled with his jumper all series, and he was especially anemic in game three with just 12 points on 6-of-20 shooting, missing all six attempts beyond the three-point arc. The Wizards want him to keep shooting, however, and believe it's just a matter of time before he breaks out of the slump. ___ strong>Milwaukee at Toronto, series tied at 2-2 (7:00am, BTV) /strong> em> strong>NEED TO KNOW: /strong> /em>DeMar DeRozan was an active presence in game four with 33 points and team-highs of nine rebounds and five assists. The Raptors' star is back on more comfortable turf at home, having erased memories of his 0-for-8 nightmare in game three in Milwaukee. Backcourt mate Kyle Lowry had 18 points, proving once again that Toronto is at its best when its star guards are productive. em> strong>KEEP AN EYE ON: /strong> /em>Whether the Raptors keep guard Norman Powell in the starting five. The 6'4' guard replaced center Jonas Valanciunas to give Toronto a smaller but quicker lineup to keep up with the athletic Bucks. Powell helped guard Khris Middleton, and the Bucks' second-leading scorer was held to 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting. em> strong>INJURY UPDATE: /strong> /em>None of note. em> strong>PRESSURE IS ON: /strong> /em>The younger Bucks and how they respond after the Raptors reset the tone of the series the game four slugfest. Watch how Giannis Antetokounmpo responds after being held to 14 points on 6-of-19 shooting and committing seven turnovers. Playoff games on the road after subpar outings are situations in which up-and-comers like Antetokounmpo polish their reputations as NBA stars. ___ em>Paul Newberry in Atlanta and Genaro Armas in Milwaukee contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 24th, 2017

Griezmann gives Atletico win at Espanyol in Spanish league

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press br /> BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Antoine Griezmann kept Atletico Madrid focused on a strong finish to the Spanish league on Saturday despite its looming Champions League semifinal with Real Madrid. Griezmann struck late in the second half at Espanyol to earn a 1-0 victory that kept Atletico in third place, three points ahead of Sevilla, and on course for a return to Europe's top competition next season. Atletico moved within four points of second-place Barcelona, which visits leader Real on Sunday trailing the pace-setter by three points. Real also has a game in hand as it tries to win the domestic title for the first time since 2012. On Friday, Atletico and Real were drawn to face each other for a third time in four seasons in the Champions League. Real won the other two meetings in the finals of 2014 and 2016. While Atletico has two league matches against Villarreal and at Las Palmas over the next week, its hopes for silverware rest squarely on their European clash with Madrid beginning on May 2 at the Santiago Bernabeu. '2017 is shaping up better than 2016,' Atletico manager Diego Simeone said. 'We are defending well and finding the moments to win games. I am sure we could perhaps play better, but the team is winning. There is still a ways to go before the semifinals.' At Espanyol, Simeone made only one change in his starting 11 from the team that drew at Leicester on Tuesday to advance in the Champions League on a 2-1 aggregate score. His side, however, showed little signs of weariness against an Espanyol that won four straight at home. Griezmann decided the contest in Barcelona dominated by both defenses in the 73rd minute when he used one touch of his left boot to volley home a rebound of a strike by Saul Niguez that came off a defender. The goal was his team-leading 16th in the league and 25th overall. 'We knew we would have a difficult time against a team that is so good at home,' Griezmann said. 'But we tried until the end and then held on.' VILLARREAL 2, LEGANES 1 Cedric Bakambu scored twice, including the stoppage-time winner apparently with his hand, to ensure Villarreal strengthened its hold on fifth place and a Europa League berth. Villarreal created several scoring opporunities but needed Bakambu to slot home the opener in the 68th. Leganes was close to grabbing a late draw when Miguel Guerrero struck in the 90th, but Bakambu appeared to use his hand to redirect Jonathan Dos Santos' cross into the net two minutes later. The result left Leganes winless in seven matches and clinging to the final spot above the relegation zone. 'He scored with his hand,' Leganes goalkeeper Iago Herrerin said. 'We are fighting for our lives. It was impossible not to see it.' Villarreal coach Fran Escriba acknowledged Bakambu 'touched the ball with his hand' after watching replays, but 'I didn't see it live.' MALAGA 2, VALENCIA 0 Sandro Ramirez continued his good scoring form, ensuring a third win in four rounds to dispel any relegation fears for Malaga. The former Barcelona forward has scored in all three of those victories. Ramirez blasted in his own rebound from a free kick just minutes after Jose 'Recio' Garcia headed the hosts in front in the 36th. Before he scored, Ramirez's powerful free kick struck Valencia's Ezequiel Garay in the head, leaving him visibly groggy as he remained on the turf. The defender underwent tests at a hospital that indicated mild head trauma. He was released from the hospital soon after the tests. OSASUNA 2, SPORTING GIJON 2 Last-place Osasuna couldn't have done much more to crush its fans' spirits than go up by two goals only to concede twice in the final 11 minutes. The draw left Sporting also in the drop zone at four points from Leganes and safety with five rounds left. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2017

Irving scores 37, Cavs hold on to beat Pacers 117-111

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND (AP) - Kyrie Irving scored 37 points, Kevin Love added 27 and the Cleveland Cavaliers avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in Game 2, beating the Indiana Pacers 117-111 on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) to take a 2-0 lead in the series. After squeaking out a win in the opener by a point, LeBron James and Co. showed more intensity on defense, more swagger in general and won their 10th straight first-round game over the past three seasons. However, they nearly blew an 18-point lead in the fourth as the Pacers got within four before Cleveland closed it out at the line. James added 10 rebounds and seven assists, but had eight of Cleveland's 19 turnovers. Game three is Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Paul George scored 32 and Jeff Teague 23 for Indiana, which showed more fight, but now has a steep hill to climb to get back in the series. Cleveland is 12-0 when starting 2-0 in the postseason. The Cavs vowed they would play better after their near-disaster in game one and they backed up their talk, delivering the kind of performance that was routine last season but very rare in 2017. Love scored 10 straight and drew a charging foul on Lance Stephenson in a span of two minutes as the Cavs opened an 89-70 lead. Irving closed the quarter by draining a three-pointer over Stephenson and the All-Star made sure Indiana's antagonizing guard knew about it, yapping in his direction long after the horn sounded. The Cavs still led 109-91 with 6:09 left, but the Pacers ripped off 13 straight points and were within 113-109 when George hit a three-pointer with 20 seconds left. It continued a disturbing trend for the Cavs, who have been giving up late, big leads with regularity. The other hitch for Cleveland was that starting guard J.R. Smith didn't play in the second half because of a left hamstring injury. Iman Shumpert, who sat the opener, replaced Smith and played 20 solid minutes. Despite losing the opener, Pacers coach Nate McMillian insisted his team hadn't lost any confidence. 'We believe,' he said. 'We came in believing, we still believe.' It just got a lot harder. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Pacers: /strong> /em> Glenn Robinson III returned after missing the past 12 games with a strained left calf. He scored four in nine minutes. C Al Jefferson was active, but didn't play. He's been out since March 26 with a sprained left ankle. George has made at least one three-pointer in 19 consecutive playoff games. McMillan said the team was told by security officials to stay in their hotel Sunday night (Monday, PHL time) while Cleveland police searched for a suspected killer, who randomly murdered an elderly man while posting the shooting on Facebook. Indiana is 0-9 when dropping the first two games in a series. em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>James (357) jumped Magic Johnson (358) for third place in career playoff steals and hopped Robert Parish for eighth in rebounds. A moment of silence was observed for Robert Godwin Sr., the 73-year-old tragically gunned down by the Facebook assailant. Stephenson had a strong workout with Cleveland in January before latching on with Indiana, but coach Tyronn Lue said his recent injury issues -- groin surgery and an Achilles issue -- dissuaded the Cavs from signing him. James has scored at least 30 points with 10 assists in 13 career playoff games, trailing only Jerry West (14) and Michael Jordan (15). strong>UP NEXT /strong> After two days off, the series resumes in Indianapolis on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). The Pacers went 29-19 at home during the regular season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2017

17 players present as Gilas begin daily practices

While more than a few key cogs were missing, Gilas Pilipinas still went to work in the first day of their day-to-day training sessions on Monday at the Kerry Sports Manila in Taguig. Mainstays Jayson Castro, Calvin Abueva, Terrence Romeo, and Troy Rosario fronted the effort for the national team’s first daily practice to gear up for the 2017 SEABA Championship. Also present were Raymond Almazan, Carl Bryan Cruz, Ed Daquioag, Fonso Gotladera, Jonathan Grey, Bradwyn Guinto, Allein Maliksi, Von Pessumal, Roger Pogoy, Mike Tolomia, Norbert Torres, Almond Vosotros, and Matthew Wright. Mac Belo, LA Revilla, and Arnold Van Opstal were at the venue, but sat out due to various injuries. Among those absent from the training session were Japeth Aguilar, June Mar Fajardo, and Jiovani Jalalon. From today to two weeks forward, head coach Chot Reyes will hold daily training sessions to help determine the final lineup which will represent the country in the regional tournament. Reyes will name the final lineup on April 28. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

Barcelona needs 2nd miracle vs. Juventus in Champions League

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona has already pulled off a seemingly impossible comeback to stay alive in the Champions League. Now it must do it all over again. Barcelona hosts Juventus on Wednesday, needing to overturn a 3-0 defeat from the first leg to advance to the semifinals of Europe's top-tier tournament. If Juventus scores first, Barcelona will find itself needing five goals. Lionel Messi and teammates have one big straw to clutch: their remarkable 6-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in the last round to become the only team to ever overturn a 4-0 first-leg loss in the history of the competition. That rout included three goals after 87 minutes were up. Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is trying once more to rally his players to the challenge, and let Juventus know that his team will be in all-out attack mode. 'We will fight until the end. I am sure that at some point we will be close to pulling it off,' said Luis Enrique. He added, perhaps only half jokingly, 'we will risk it all, even up to fielding eight forwards. 'We have nothing to lose after all.' Barcelona, however, has given few signs that it can put on another great performance. Since roaring back against PSG, it has lost three times in seven matches and struggled to beat Real Sociedad 3-2 at home on Saturday. And former champion Juventus may prove a much tougher side to break down than PSG at Camp Nou. Here is a look at this week's quarterfinal second legs: ___ MONACO-BORUSSIA DORTMUND Dortmund will still be shaken from the attack on its team bus that forced the first leg of the quarterfinal against Monaco to be postponed for a day when it aims to overhaul its 3-2 defeat on Wednesday. This weekend's return of Marco Reus after six weeks out with a torn ligament provides a boost. The midfielder scored after just two minutes to help beat Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. Players dedicated the 3-1 win to Marc Bartra, who was wounded in the three explosions that hit the bus last week. 'It still won't be easy in the next games. You can't just forget the events of this week,' Dortmund defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos said. Monaco has already played 53 games in all competitions this season and fatigue is starting to take its toll on the French league leaders. The good news for Monaco is that Radamel Falcao looks like his old self again. The Colombia striker has scored 18 goals in 24 league games, the best tally for a Monaco player in the top flight since Shabani Nonda scored 26 in 2002-03. ___ REAL MADRID-BAYERN MUNICH The defending champions will have Cristiano Ronaldo rested and ready to add to his two goals in Madrid's 2-1 win in the first leg in Germany. Coach Zinedine Zidane didn't play his star forward or most of his first-choice players during Saturday's Madrid's 3-2 win at Sporting Gijon that maintained its lead of the Spanish league. Gareth Bale is doubtful for Bayern's visit on Tuesday with a right leg injury, as well as defenders Pepe and Raphael Varane. Bayern's hopes will be pinned on Robert Lewandowski recovering from a right shoulder injury that ruled him out of the first leg. The Poland striker has scored 38 goals across all competitions this season. 'I'm doing well. I'm very happy that I could be there today in training. Everything's OK,' Lewandowski said on Sunday. Javi Martinez is suspended so if Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng fail to recover from their injuries, David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich might have to form Bayern's central defense. ___ LEICESTER-ATLETICO MADRID Leicester had to overturn a one-goal first-leg deficit against a Spanish team in the last 16, and achieved the feat at the expense of Sevilla. This time, the English champions don't have an away goal to aid their cause, losing the first leg 1-0, and they will also be up against last year's much more experienced finalist on Tuesday. For possibly the biggest game in its history, Leicester has issues at center back with Robert Huth suspended and Wes Morgan injured. Antoine Griezmann, who scored the first leg's only goal from a penalty, sat out Atletico's 3-0 win over Osasuna on Saturday. ___ BARCELONA-JUVENTUS Juventus could be without forward Paulo Dybala, who scored two goals against Barcelona in the first leg. The Argentina international limped off early in the second half of Juve's 2-0 win at Pescara with an ankle injury. 'He's taken a knock and twisted it a little but there's still four days, we have to be optimistic,' Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri said. Allegri promised Juventus wouldn't fall into the same trap of sitting back against Barcelona on Wednesday — an approach that doomed PSG. 'Our aim is not to score just one goal, but to get at least two,' Allegri said. Barcelona will get Sergio Busquets back after he was suspended from the first leg. ___ AP writers Samuel Petrequin in Paris, Daniella Matar in Milan, Ciaran Fahey in Berlin and Steve Douglas in London contributed to this report. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2017

Messi nets 2 as Barca rebounds before Juve and Madrid games

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press   BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi scored twice on Saturday to help Barcelona rebound from back-to-back losses and go into the next round at Real Madrid within striking distance of the Spanish league leader. Messi added an assist as Barcelona saw off a dangerous Real Sociedad side 3-2 at Camp Nou, with the defending champions struggling to end a run of defeats at Malaga in the league and Juventus in the Champions League. Madrid needed two goals from Francisco 'Isco' Alarcon, including his 90th-minute winner, to stay three points ahead of Barcelona at the top of the table after prevailing 3-2 at Sporting Gijon. Madrid also has a match in hand. Before the fierce rivals meet next round, both will play the return legs of their Champions League quarterfinals. Madrid welcomes Bayern on Tuesday after winning the first leg 2-1, while Barcelona must overturn a 3-0 first-leg defeat to Juventus on Wednesday. 'Today was very important, considering where we were coming from. We were able to pull out a win against a very difficult rival,' Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said. 'I'm more than satisfied with my players' ability to deal with their frustration after what happened in the Champions League.' ___ BARCELONA 3, REAL SOCIEDAD 2 Sociedad started strongly but it was Messi who struck first in the 17th with a sharply taken blast from outside the area that streaked into the lower corner of the net. Messi then scrambled in a rebound of Luis Suarez's shot in the 37th, taking his league-leading tally to 29 goals. Sociedad, however, got a goal back when Inigo Martinez's shot took deflections off Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen and defender Samuel Umtiti before going in. Messi passed for Paco Alcacer, starting for the suspended Neymar, to make it 3-1, only for Xabi Prieto to steer home Willian Jose's pass in first-half injury time. Sociedad was the more aggressive side in the second half, which doesn't look good for Barcelona's chances of another stunning comeback in the Champions League against Juventus. In the Round of 16, Barcelona routed Paris Saint-Germain 6-1 to overhaul a 4-0 loss. 'It's obvious that we are in a phase in which rivals can hurt us easily,' Luis Enrique said. 'We have to improve that. My players need to keep up their confidence.' ___ SPORTING GIJON 2, REAL MADRID 3 Madrid was on the verge of a second consecutive league draw when Isco drilled a right-footed shot from just outside the area between goalkeeper Ivan Cuellar and his post. Isco's outstanding performance saved coach Zinedine Zidane from paying a heavy price for resting almost all his first-choice players, including Cristiano Ronaldo, for Madrid's big week ahead. 'Isco deserved this,' said Marcelo, who went on as a second-half substitute for Madrid. 'It was a relief to score at the end and take the three points. There is little time to rest and those who played today were phenomenal. They don't have many minutes, but that's what makes a team great. We need everyone and everyone responds.' Isco's first goal was a superb solo effort in the 17th to cancel out Duje Cop's opener. The Spain midfielder avoided three defenders before lashing a left-footed strike just inside the top corner of the goal frame. Zidane said it was Isco's best match with Madrid, adding 'you have to have character to do what he did.' Sporting went back ahead through a header by Mikel Vesga, who had already set up Cop's opener. But Alvaro Morata headed Madrid level again in the 59th, and the pacesetters kept pushing until Isco netted the winner. After the match, Isco tried to quash rumors he's unhappy at the club. 'I want to stay at Real Madrid for many years,' Isco said. 'I don't know why people are surprised when I say I want to play more.' ___ ATLETICO MADRID 3, OSASUNA 0 Atletico Madrid rested Antoine Griezmann ahead of Tuesday's Champions League match at Leicester, when it will defend a 1-0 first-leg victory. Yannick Carrasco struck twice and Filipe Luis added another goal as third-placed Atletico eased past bottom-side Osasuna. Osasuna's Salvatore Sirigu saved two late penalties by Carrasco and Thomas Partey. ___ DEPORTIVO LA CORUNA 2, MALAGA 0 Deportivo moved away from the drop zone with its first win in five rounds. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 16th, 2017