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Cormier-Miocic brace for UFC rematch

Cormier scored a controversial technical knockout win over Miocic in their first face-off in UFC 226 in Las Vegas last year in a match that drew a lot flak due to Cormier’s alleged foul play. In the middle of the first round, footage showed that Cormier might have used an illegal “eye poke” which caught the Croatian-American fighter off-guard......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 14th, 2019

Cormier-Miocic brace for UFC rematch

Cormier scored a controversial technical knockout win over Miocic in their first face-off in UFC 226 in Las Vegas last year in a match that drew a lot flak due to Cormier’s alleged foul play. In the middle of the first round, footage showed that Cormier might have used an illegal “eye poke” which caught the Croatian-American fighter off-guard......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Return of the Mac-killer: Nate Diaz ends hiatus at UFC 241

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras. Even before he said a word at his open workout four days before UFC 241, Diaz showed he can captivate an audience like no active fighter in the mixed martial arts world. Fighters can train for almost every skill in the game except charisma, and the Diaz brothers are laden with it. The younger Diaz (19-11) returns from a three-year hiatus on Saturday night, taking on Anthony Pettis in his first bout since his two showdowns with Conor McGregor in 2016. A heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic is the main event, but many fans at Honda Center and around the world will be watching mostly to see what Diaz does next. "I'm here as a businessman and a natural born killer," Diaz said. "I'm here to get the job done, and he's the guy to do it on, so there's no problem. It's all good with me. I'm just here to kill and stay alive for the weekend." Diaz and his older brother, Nick, receive a level of adulation in the MMA world that exceeds even their considerable accomplishments. It's difficult to explain the Diaz appeal to observers who don't have a full historical perspective on the pugnacious, thoughtful brothers' omnipresence in their sport's attitudes and images during the past 15 years, even when they weren't competing very often. Their swashbuckling attitude, angry disregard for authority, profane words of wisdom and athletic fighting styles all appeal tremendously to many people who support a young sport that's still seen as repellent counterculture by a big segment of mostly aging sports fans. Put it this way: A 22-year-old Nate Diaz once completed a submission finish with his legs while simultaneously thrusting two middle fingers in the air. You might love that or hate it, but you have an opinion. "That's the way I've been from Day One," Diaz said. "It's going to stay this way, too, until I'm 100 years old. I'm the Don of all this. If anybody is going to step in this room and say they're the (butt)-whipper, I beg to differ." Even Anthony Bourdain, the late traveler and gourmand, famously filmed a segment with Nick and Nate for his CNN show on Los Angeles, not because the Northern California natives knew much about LA and its cuisines — other than the best weed, probably — but simply because Bourdain, a jiu-jitsu practitioner and MMA fan, was fascinated by the brothers' outlaw ethos. Some of the brothers' behavior seems performative, but some of it isn't: Both Nick and Nate have essentially walked away from the UFC for long stretches of their prime, turning down countless millions in prize money because they refused to compromise what they considered to be their principles. Diaz split two tremendously entertaining matchups with McGregor and became one of the UFC's biggest stars in 2016, but he is 34 years old now, and Saturday's fight will be only his fifth since November 2013. Diaz said he felt mistreated by the UFC, although he struggles to explain how its persistent attempts to book one of its most popular fighters constitute disrespect. Diaz turned down matchups worth millions, including a probable shot at Georges St. Pierre, and he lost a chance to return last year when future champ Dustin Poirier was injured before their bout. Diaz also said he doesn't fight for money. He and his brother, Nick, who hasn't fought in nearly five years, are busy with Nick's thriving gym in their native Stockton, California. Nate said they've also got a successful CBD business, to absolutely nobody's surprise. "They've been trying to degrade me the whole time I've been out," Diaz said. "They're trying to put me low on the card against not very big names. They also tried to give me huge names, but those fell through. It don't matter. I believe I'm the main event in any event they've got. They'll do the best they can to keep me from that." Diaz's complaints are more likely a distilled version of that everyone-is-against-me mentality that drives so many athletes. But he was tempted back by a matchup with Pettis, who nurses a grudge against Diaz that apparently isn't mutual. Diaz dismissively refers to Pettis as "this Wheaties box" in reference to Pettis' former endorsement deal with the cereal, but has mostly ignored Pettis' pointed criticisms. Diaz won't say whether he plans to fight again, or whether he would like his first UFC title shot since 2012. He will stick to his own timetable and goals while nursing the same attitude that kept him on top of the UFC star pyramid even during three years away. "No one on the roster for the last three years even read the blueprints," Diaz said. "I'm right there. Why don't you go take it? And nobody did, and tomorrow, if some of these young guys say they're going to step up and take my position, I'm not with that.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

Nationals brace for tough rematch against Vietnam

The Philippine national women’s volleyball team hopes to capitalize on its home court advantage and with Vietnam missing the services of its main scorer as the second leg of the ASEAN Grand Prix kicks off Friday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-purpose Sports Complex in Laguna. Carrying the momentum of its bronze medal finish in the first leg of the four-nation tournament in Nakhon Ratchasima in Thailand, the Filipinas will try to duplicate its conquest of the Vietnamese in their scheduled 3:00 p.m. showdown. The match will be available via iWant and livestream (Philippines only). Livestream abroad is available via TFC.tv. Team captain Aby Marano sees the support of the home crowd as a big morale boost for the squad seeking to surpass its finish in the opening leg.  “Oo, kasi ang sarap maglaro na may sumisigaw sa’yo eh. Iba kasi dun sa Thailand kaunti lang ang Pilipino. Iba kasi yung may sumisigaw, tinatawag ang pangalan mo kasi nakaka-add ng confidence and morale yun,” said Marano. The Nationals are also looking to exploit the absence Vietnamese top hitter Thi Thanh Thuy Tran, who is currently training with her club in the Japan V. Premier League, though the Filipinas themselves lost two key players.      “Sa tingin ko malaking bagay din yun pero kasi nawalan din kami ng players like Alohi (Robins-Hardy) and Kalei (Mau). For sure another challenging match for us,” Marano said. “We’re not taking it as wala si T4 magiging complacent kami, we’re gonna take it na mas ma-inspire kami to play our A-game.” Vietnam coach Tuan Kiet Nguyen knows that their rematch against the Philippines will be tougher.     “The Philippine team now improved a lot. We lost the match in Thailand two weeks ago, but in this tournament, we're still not confident because one of our players cannot play here,” he said. Replacing Mau, who suffered an Achilles injury, and Robins-Hardy, who had trouble securing a Philippine passport, are Grethcel Soltones and Jasmine Nabor.     Alyssa Valdez, who skipped the Thailand edition because of an ankle injury, will make her debut for the Nationals in the tournament that serves as test event for the country’s hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games. First leg Best Middle Blocker award winner Majoy Baron, skipper Aby Marano, Ces Molina, Mylene Paat, Roselyn Doria, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Kath Arado and Dawn Macandili are back for another tour of duty. Also making their return are Maddie Madayag, setter Jia Morado, Eya Laure and Jovelyn Gonzaga.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers brace for tough grind this week

Defending champion Creamline faces a very challenging grind this week as the Cool Smashers take on two powerhouse squads in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers are still undefeated after three games with all of their victories coming off straight sets. Behind a star-studded lineup bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Creamline keeps a tight hold of the solo lead but the Cool Smashers will put that on the line in a pair of acid tests. First up for the Cool Smashers is BanKo on Wednesday in the 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are at second spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate and are fresh off a rebound win over Air Force on Saturday. Up next for Creamline is the much-awaited rematch against PetroGazz. The two squads met in the Reinforced Conference Finals series that went the full distance with the Angels booting the Cool Smashers off the throne. The game is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army clash on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with both teams looking for a follow up to their respective opening day victories. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Flying Titans will then face listless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before the PetroGazz-Creamline showdown. In the Collegiate Conference, opening day winners Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, and Ateneo De Manila University in Group A and Group B’s University of Sto. Tomas, Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their momentum going this coming weekend. On Saturday, Arellano takes on Lyceum of the Philippines at 8:00 a.m., followed by Ateneo’s clash with San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m. while Adamson collides with Perpetual at 12:00 noon. Opening the Sunday playdate is the Letran-San Beda match at 8:00 a.m. followed by CSB-UST showdown at 10:00 a.m. and the FEU-TIP pairing at 12:00 noon. All 12:00 noon matches will air via iWAnt and livestream. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Top juniors clash in PPS Suarez Cup

John David Velez, Hans Cabellon, Mia Gemida and Nicole Villar brace for a gruelling battle of power and tactics in the PPS-PEPP Fr. F. Suarez Cup national age group tennis tournament which gets going today at the Villa Aurora Tennis Club in Cebu City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News5 hr. 38 min. ago

Top juniors clash in PPS Suarez Cup

John David Velez, Hans Cabellon, Mia Gemida and Nicole Villar brace for a grueling battle of power and tactics as they seek top honors in the PPS-PEPP Fr. F. Suarez Cup national age group tennis tournament which gets going today (Friday, Jan. 24) at the Villa Aurora Tennis Club in Cebu City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated News14 hr. 59 min. ago

Top junior netter clash in Cebu; Velez favored

John David Velez, Hans Cabellon, Mia Gemida and Nicole Villar brace for a grueling battle of power and tactics as they seek top honors in the PPS-PEPP Fr. F. Suarez Cup national age group tennis tournament which gets going today at the Villa Aurora Tennis Club in Cebu City. Velez, who topped the Unified rankings […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated News20 hr. 58 min. ago

Top juniors clash in PPS Suarez Cup

John David Velez, Hans Cabellon, Mia Gemida and Nicole Villar brace for a gruelling battle of power and tactics as they seek top honors in the PPS-PEPP Fr. F. Suarez Cup national age group tennis tournament, which gets going Friday at the Villa Aurora Tennis Club in Cebu City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 23rd, 2020

Celebrate the best of PH Wrestling with PWR’s first show of the year, PWR: Mabuhay Ang Wrestling

2019 was wildly successful for Philippine Wrestling Revolution with unmissable shows, iconic in-ring moments, and glorious homecomings being key highlights for a historical year! And with the Philippine pro wrestling scene being positioned for even greater heights, PWR welcomes 2020 with literal slammin’ and bangin’ festivities featuring the country’s best wrestling talent with PWR Mabuhay Ang Wrestling happening on January 26, 2020, at 2 p.m. at the Power Mac Center Spotlight, Circuit Makati.  Championship Fireworks Chris Panzer faces his past when he puts this PWR Championship on the line in a Three-Way Dance, taking on the former champion, “The Lightbringer” QUATRO, as well as the man he betrayed to kickstart his championship journey, one-half of the #PWOGs, Ken Warren, for the right to kickstart 2020 as the Kampeon ng Pilipinas!    Last Man Standing No pinfalls, no submissions, no mercy! The Philippine Excellence Championship will be disputed in a “Matira, Matibay” match to end the blood feud as “The Blessed One” Chino Guinto invokes his rematch clause against the behemoth that is Vlad Sinnsyk to have the right to be called the undisputed PHX champion.   More Party Favors With the Mr. Sy Group of Talents (MSG) terrorizing PWR to get more gold on their hands, Mr. Philippine Wrestling’s interesting #PWOGs recruitment drive, the Naughty Boys’ bizarre adventures, more matches are set to be scheduled for PWR’s first outing of the decade!    Take your Mabuhay Ang Wrestling experience to a whole new level with the special Mabuhay Ang Wrestling bundle of an event ticket and t-shirt for just PhP 850! Award-winning Filipino illustrator Rob Cham lends his artistic view on the best of Philippine Wrestling with a limited-edition Mabuhay Ang Wrestling tee!      Shirts are available at the venue for just PhP 600.   Mabuhay Ang Wrestling Tickets are available at bit.ly/PWRMabuhayAngWrestling. Early bird tickets are available at PhP 399 each or in barkada bundles of three (3) tickets for PhP 1,099. Regularly priced tickets will still be available at the venue for PhP 450 each. Tickets can also be purchased through the PWR Facebook page, via pwr.tickets@gmail.com, and official PWR retail partners.     Philippine Wrestling Revolution is the premier professional wrestling promotion in the Philippines featuring the top Filipino wrestling talent in the country. PWR was established in December 2013, and has since gained a strong following in Manila, and Southeast Asia, even gaining the attention of World Wrestling Entertainment. Philippine Wrestling Revolution aims to become the premier wrestling promotion in Southeast Asia. Follow PWR on social media on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. For further inquiries, please email us at philippinewrestlingrevolution@gmail.com Official event hashtag: #MabuhayAngWrestlin.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 21st, 2020

As Taal volcano simmers, Philippine officials brace for long crisis

As Taal volcano simmers, Philippine officials brace for long crisis.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 19th, 2020

MPBL: San Juan routs Davao in Finals rematch

ILOILO CITY -- In the rematch of the Datu Cup Finals, champion San Juan-Go for Gold asserted its dominance against Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 84-65, in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go MPBL Lakan Season, Saturday at University of San Agustin Gym here. Though the margin seemed imposing, the Knights needed to dig deep early in the contest. The Tigers started their comeback trail entering the second half with a 15-5 burst, to trim San Juan's once-26 point advantage to just eight, 54-46, with 3:19 left in the first half. But as Davao chomped the lead down to just eight, 57-65, in the final frame, the Knights unloaded 13 straight points to put the game away on a Jhonard Clarito layin off of a turnover at the 3:58 mark, 78-57. Andoy Estrella, John Wilson, and CJ Isit all contributed in the run as well. "Siyempre, nagulat kami sa maagang lamang, pero lumaban kami sa depensa, sa dikdikan. Naka-match kami, naka-execute at gumana ang depensa namin," said Knights coach Randy Alcantara. Davao opened the game with five unanswered points but it was all San Juan after that, outscoring their rivals 43-12, capped by Jeff Tajonera's trey to put his squad ahead by a commanding 43-17 with four minutes left in the second period. Orlan Wamar tallied 15 points in just less than 14 minutes of play to go with eight rebounds as the Knights rose to 23-3, still the top team in the Northern division. John Wilson delivered 14 points, seven rebounds, and two steals for San Juan while Renzo Subido added 11 markers founded on three triples and three assists. The Knights torched Davao from the outside, hitting 15 three-pointers, 11 from their pace-setting first half. Mark Yee and Yvan Ludovice registered 14 points apiece with the former adding 14 rebounds against five turnovers for the Cocolife-backed Davao Occidental. Despite their five-game win streak halted, the Tigers retained the top seed in the Southern division behind a 21-4 win-loss card. The Scores: San Juan-Go for Gold 84 - Wamar 15, Wilson 14, Subido 11, Ayonayon 9, Clarito 9, Tajonera 9, Rodriguez 6, Isit 4, Estrella 4, Reyes 2, Aquino 1, Victoria 0, Bonifacio 0, Pelayo 0, Bunag 0. Davao Occidental-Cocolife 65 - Ludovice 14, Yee 14, Gaco 9, Calo 8, Robles 6, Balagtas 5, Albo 3, Mocon 2, Bonleon 2, Forrester 1, Raymundo 1, Saldua 0, Dumagan 0, Adormeo 0. Quarterscores: 26-13, 49-31, 63-51, 84-65......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

San Juan catches fire, wallops Davao in MPBL finals rematch

ILOILO, Philippines – The San Juan Knights flexed their dominance in the homestretch of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Cup with a crushing 84-65 rout of the Davao Occidental Tigers at the University of San Agustin here on Saturday, January 18. With the cruising win, the playoff-bound Knights rose to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2020

Fury chasing KO in rematch

Las Vegas—Tyson Fury vowed Monday to chase a knockout in next month’s eagerly anticipated rematch with WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder, insisting he believes he has no chance of earning a victory on points in Las Vegas......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 14th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Altas crush Blazers in early Finals rematch

Three-peat-seeking University of Perpetual Help barely felt the departure of two-time Most Valuable Player Joebert Almodiel as the Altas cruised past College of St. Benilde, 25-17, 25-15, 25-19, on Friday in a rematch of last year’s Finals in the NCAA Season 95 men’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Converted hitter Louie Ramirez, who was moved from middle to open spiker, stepped up in his new found role scoring 18 points in a 17-of-36 spiking clip for the Altas, who won their 14th straight match – a winning run that started from their 2018 championship series win. Head coach Sammy Acaylar praised his men for responding to the huge challenge of facing one of the top title contenders even without scoring leader Almodiel, who was scratched from the lineup due to conduct detrimental to the team and a violation of school rules. “I always tell my player that they are going to play for the school and the community,” said Acaylar. “And it's very hard kasi na defending champion ka to maintain the championship so sabi ko lang sa kanila na ensayado tayo, well prepared tayo physically, mentally and spiritually. So they're going to contribute lang 'yun performance nila bawat isa.” Kennry Malinis and Ronniel Rosales scored 11 markers each while Gabriel Casana tallied 13 excellent sets to help the Altas hammer 45 attack points. The Las Pinas-based squad, which swept Blazers in last year’s championship, dominated CSB in their one-hour, nine minute match. Perpetual had six kill blocks and landed seven aces. Ruvince Abrot was the only Blazer in double figures with 12 points while Joshua De Sequera and Georgie Gauani finished with six each.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2020

Rodriguez gets another crack at Ancajas crown in February

     MANILA, Philippines – The Jerwin Ancajas-Jonathan Javier Rodriguez title duel will happen after all. And it will even be held on a grander scale as it will serve as the chief support of the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder grudge rematch on Saturday, February 22 (Sunday, February 23, Philippine time) at MGM ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020

NCAA Season 95: Lady Chiefs begin four-peat bid

Arellano University fields a solid and intact core as the Lady Chiefs begin their four-peat bid on Friday in a clash with Lyceum of the Philippines University in the NCAA Season 95 women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Winners of four titles in the last five years, the Lady Chiefs’ campaign to extend their dynasty gets underway at 12 noon and will air via iWant.    Arellano U’s vital cogs in their previous conquests will be back, led by reigning Most Valuable Player Necole Ebuen and two-time Finals MVP Regine Arocha. Also making their return are Princess Bello, Carla Donato, Mikaela Juanich and setter Sarah Verutiao, who will pilot the Lady Chiefs’ offense after the departure of veteran playmaker Rhea Ramirez. The Lady Pirates, on the other hand lost two key players after Cherilyn Sindayen and Bien Juanillo exhausted their playing eligibility, and will bank heavily on holdovers Monica Sevilla, Mikaela Wanta and Alexandra Rafael. Meanwhile, last year’s runner-up University of Perpetual Help plunges into action at 2:00 p.m. in a clash with pre-season favorite College of St. Benilde. The Lady Altas saw the departure of scoring leader Cindy Imbo and setter Necelle Gual after Season 94’s championship stint. But the Macky Carino-mentored squad remains formidable with holdovers Jhona Rosal, Shyra Umandal and Bianca Tripoli. The Lady Blazers are out to prove their pre-season billing true with a good mix of veterans and young guns led by Klarisa Abriam, Marites Pablo, Michelle Gamit and setter Jewel Lai. Rising stars Mycah Go and Gayle Pascual, who displayed great potential in CSB’s stint in the PVL last year, are also expected to add depth to the Lady Blazers, who won the crown four years ago. The opening ceremony is set at 11:00 a.m. Arellano U and LPU will clash in the men’s division at 9:30 a.m. while grandslam-seeking Perpetual opens its campaign in an early Finals rematch with CSB at 3:30 p.m. In the juniors division, LPU and Arellano U meet in the curtain-raiser at 8:00 a.m. while five-time defending champion Perpetual collides with CSB-La Salle Greenhills at 5:00 p.m.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2020

ONE Championship kicks off 2020 with ONE: A NEW TOMORROW

ONE Championship will start the year with a bang when ONE: A NEW TOMORROW unfolds this Friday, 10 January, at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.  Bannering the show is the rematch between reigning ONE Flyweight World Champion Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon  and Jonathan “The General” Haggerty, the sequel to their clash at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES last August where the Thai won the belt.  Joining Rodtang and Haggerty on the main card is ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, who battles Puja “The Cyclone” Tomar in a mixed martial arts strawweight contest.  As for local heroes, Roel “Akiyama” Rosauro is the lone Filipino in the event. He competes in the lead card against Yohan “The Ice Man” Mulia Legowo.   The rematch between Rodtang and Haggerty was supposed to happen earlier, but “The General” had to turn it down. He was still recovering from the decision loss, and he felt like mentally he was far from ready.  Now fully recovered, Haggerty plans to spoil Rodtang’s homecoming in Thailand.  “They gave me the immediate rematch [months ago], which I’m very thankful for, but I had to turn it down. In my head, I wasn’t ready. I was still recovering from the loss. I could have jumped straight back in, but then you’re not 100 percent. I’ve done that before and did not get the result I wanted,” Haggerty said.   “It was very hard for me to turn down a rematch, but now is the right time. I know it’s right, and come 10 January, it will [show that I’ve made] the right decision.” After getting frustrated by Rodtang the last time out, the Englishman promises things to do things differently this time.   “I will come less emotional because, in the fight with Rodtang, he wants you to get emotional. He wants you to fight him. He wants you to bring out your war instincts where you’re not comfortable,” Haggerty said.  “I’m going to stick off my jab and stick off my teep. I’m going to frustrate him. Let him come to fight — which he normally does — and hope we catch him with what we’ve been working on.” ONE: A NEW TOMORROW is just a precursor for things to come as The Home Of Martial Arts opens the first two months of the year with four events.  Before January ends, Joshua “The Passion” Pacio defends his ONE Strawweight World Title against former titlist Alex “Little Rock” Silva at ONE: FIRE & FURY on 31 January at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.  February is just as busy for the largest martial arts organization in the world. They will host ONE: WARRIOR’S CODE in Jakarta, Indonesia on 7 February before returning to the Lion City with ONE: KING OF THE JUNGLE on 28 February.  These are just some of the 50 events ONE and ONE Esports have planned for another milestone year. Catch Rodtang and Haggerty battle it out at The Home Of Martial Arts’ first event of 2020 – ONE: A NEW TOMORROW – this Friday, 10 January at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.    Catch ONE: A NEW TOMORROW LIVE at 9:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2020

UAAP 82: 2nd Round of Juniors Basketball starts on January 12th

The country's brightest young hoops stars continue to showcase their skills on the hardwood, as the second round of the UAAP Season 82 Juniors Basketball Tournament begins on Sunday, January 12th.  League-leading NU-Nazareth, undefeated in 7 matches, opens the second round with a Finals rematch against the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eaglets. In their first round matchup to end the first round. the Bullpups handily dismantled the Eaglets, 102-71.  NU-Nazareth and Ateneo go head to head at 3:00 PM at the FilOil Arena.  Also seeing action to open the second round will be second-seeded FEU-Diliman facing off against third-seeded Adamson University in the 11:00 AM matchup.  Check out the complete second round schedule below:  Don't miss the UAAP Juniors basketball action! 9:00 AM and 11:00 AM games are available via LIVESTREAMING on sports.abs-cbn.com, iWant, and TFC.TV. 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM games are available on LIVESTREAM and LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!  Meanwhile, the UAAP Girls' Basketball Tournament begins on Saturday, January 11th, with Adamson facing Ateneo at 9:00 AM and UST facing DLSZ at 11:00 AM, at the Paco Arena. Check out the full schedule below:     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2020

PBA Finals: Cone ready, expects Game 7

Based on the previous two championship meetings between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco, this coming 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals is expected to come down to a series decider. It’s no wonder Gin Kings head coach Tim Cone is already preparing for a possible Game 7 as the best-of-seven series begins on Tuesday. “We could go to a Game 10 if necessary, if it was a possibility. For me, I never really wanna predict how far we'll go,” said Cone on Saturday in the Finals press conference. “We plan on playing a Game 7.” The two teams battled for the season-ending conference’s throne for two straight years in 2016 and 2017 with the Gin Kings winning both duels. But Ginebra was pushed to the limit both times with the Gin Kings needing Justin Brownlee’s title-clinching buzzer-beater trey to close their first Finals meeting in six games while their rematch the following year went to Game 7. This clash could be no different with both squads – coming off long breaks - claiming that it will be a long series. “We feel like we're in good shape. We tried to pace our players throughout the entire conference to make sure they would stay fresh,” said Bolts coach Norman Black, who is looking to steer Meralco to its first title. “We just played TNT in a Game 5 so we went the limit as far as the semifinals is concerned. We'll be ready just in case it does go to a Game 7.” Just like Black, Cone will try to preserve his wards energy just in case. “We try to watch the players' minutes and such and practice time so we don't wear them out so they have something left in a Game 7,” he said. “But obviously if you can finish it early... we'd like to. They would like to finish it early, we would like to finish it early.” “But I think our feelings are it's gonna go down to a Game 7. That's generally the case when you have two really good teams,” added Cone. “We'll throw grenades at each other back and forth for a few games and try to come down to the wire and see who wins it all.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2020

PBA Finals: Elims beatdown motivates Gin Kings in rematch

Barangay Ginebra sees its elimination round beating at the hands of Meralco as added motivation when the two teams dispute the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup title starting Tuesday. “They beat us pretty bad. We didn’t play well but we’ve seen some stuff that we could be better at,” said Gin Kings import Justin Brownlee recalling their 77-101 blowout loss to the Bolts two months ago. Now facing Meralco again in the biggest stage of the season-ending conference, the Gin Kings are all fired up for payback – and for another possible championship run over the same club they beat in the 2016 and 2017 editions.       “We just hope to add some fuel from that game and just come out and play hard,” said Brownlee, who was held to just 18 points in that elims meeting against Meralco import Allen Durham’s 39 markers.  It was a dominating elims win for the Bolts but as far as Durham is concerned what they performed in that match won’t matter come the championship series. It’s back to a clean slate for both squads and what will count are the four wins that they need to claim in the best-of-seven series.   “It was nice to beat them but it’s a totally different situation now,” said Durham, who hopes to tow Meralco to its first title this time after coming up short twice. Fresh from a long break, Durham is just as stoked as Brownlee for another epic series.   “We both had time off. Both of the coaching staff had time to dissect each other. I think it’s really gonna be a competitive series, I’m excited,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

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