Dysangco to temporarily oversee UST men s basketball practices

Following the departure of the UST Growling Tigers coaching staff, the team's practices will temporarily be handled by Tigresses assistant coach Arsenio Dysangco. Though nothing has been made official yet, Dysangco, a former assistant coach with the women's national basketball team, also under current Tigresses head coach Haydee Ong, said that he has been tapped by the UST Institute of Physical Education and Athletics to temporarily oversee the team's daily practices. "We're only a good soldier of the school, so whatever we can help, susunod lang tayo sa sasabihin ni Father [Jannel Abogado, IPEA head], Dysangco said after the step-ladder game between the Tigresses and the UE Lady Warriors. The former Big Chill Superchargers head coach meanwhile is ready if the school may ask him for next year's coaching staff, with the search starting in the early part of next year. "You know, I studied in UST, and after noong [1-13 season], I feel for the school, with all my coaching experience with coach Yeng Guiao, with the PBA, with the national team before, with the women's team, I would like to help in whatever way that I can. It's all for the UST community and love for the school. I would gladly sacrifice para sa school. ".....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnNov 22nd, 2017

Height, speed are keys for Kai Sotto and Batang Gilas in FIBA Asian Championships

The Philippine youth team bannered by promising big man Kai Sotto,will bank on height and speed for its coming campaign in the FIBA U16 Asian Championships in Foshan, China from April 2-8. The 15-year-old Sotto, who recently led Ateneo to the UAAP juniors basketball championship, serves as the centerpiece of the 12-man team of coach Michael Oliver which also counts on Rafael Go, Raven Cortez, McLaude Guadana, Terrence Fortea, Recaredo Christian Calimag, Rence Padrigao,, and Shaun Geofrrey Chiu – all of whom suited up for the Batang Gilas squad that won the Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) juniors championship held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last year. Newcomers include Jerick Kyle Bautista, Joshua Rafael Lazaro, Yukien Andrada, and King Balaga. “We have a combination of height and speed. At least hindi na tayo kawawa sa ilalim unlike before. Hindi na tayo undersized sa mga kalaban natin,” said Oliver. Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) executive director Sonny Barrios, who, was with Oliver and Batang Gilas co-team manager Andrew Teh and Wilbert Loa in Tuesday’s Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at the Farmers Center in Cubao, said seven Batang Gilas players are above six feet, including Sotto who stands 7-foot-1, Chiu, who is 6-foot-8, and Cortez at 6-foot-7. Chiu and McLaude joined the team together with deputy coach MC Abolucion in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. The country is bracketed in Group B with powerhouse Australia and Malaysia. The host country leads Group A together with New Zealand and Hong Kong, Group C will have Iran, Chinese Taipei, and Macau, while Group D is composed of Korea, Japan, Lebanon, and India. In all, 13 countries are seeing action in the week-long event. Barrios said the meet was supposed to be held last year shortly after the SEABA meet, but had to be moved to this year as FIBA failed to find a willing host. The top four countries to finish in the meet will represent Asia to the FIBA U17 Basketball World Cup in Argentina next year. As per tournament format, the best placed team in each group will qualify directly to the knockout stage starting with the quarterfinals. The second and third place teams will proceed to the playoff round. It won’t be easy, according to Oliver, since the team didn’t get to practice with a full roster until after the end of the UAAP season. “Naghahabol talaga kami sa training. Daily practices kami as much as possible,” said the Batang Gilas coach......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News20 hr. 36 min. ago

Morning Tip Q& A: DeMar DeRozan

By David Aldridge, TNT Analyst The tweet was posted at 6:06 a.m. on Feb. 17 (7:06pm, PHL time), and while there have occasionally been positive tweets sent out at that hour, this one got people’s attention for the wrong reasons. This depression get the best of me... — DeMar DeRozan (@DeMar_DeRozan) February 17, 2018 That it came from the Twitter account of a four-time NBA All-Star, whose team was en route to the best season in franchise history, only added to the confusion. But there it was. “This depression get the best of me...” DeMar DeRozan tweeted, and it surprised just about everyone, because the 28-year-old is pretty quiet most of the time. But DeRozan has been carrying a lot on his plate. Not only is trying to lead Toronto somewhere it’s never been before, but has never has as a good a chance before, either -- The Finals -- but he’s been doing it while going back and forth between Toronto and Los Angeles, where his father, Frank DeRozan, has been hospitalized for weeks. Frank DeRozan has been DeMar’s biggest coach, biggest critic and biggest champion his whole life, never being satisfied as his son rose through the ranks of basketball, from Compton High to USC to the NBA. But Frank DeRozan has suffered health setbacks in recent years -- a stroke and significant kidney problems, per the Toronto Sun -- and DeMar has gone bicoastal multiple times to be with his dad, never missing a game in the process. (Frank DeRozan was able, though, to temporarily leave the hospital last month in L.A. to go to Staples Center to see DeMar play for Team Stephen in the All-Star Game.) In his ninth season in Toronto -- he’s never asked for a trade and agreed almost immediately to a $139 million extension with the Raptors in 2016, never even looking at free agency -- DeRozan has scored less than he did last season, but is averaging a career-high 5.2 assists and gone all in on Toronto’s “culture reset,” as GM Masai Ujiri put it after the Raptors went out again in the playoffs last year. After years of resisting, arguing not without merit that he was a master of the mid-range game, DeRozan has embraced the three-pointer this season, obliterating his previous highs for attempts and makes behind the arc, and keeping the ball moving both to fellow All-Star Kyle Lowry and to the team’s emerging cast of young, talented players, who’ve helped carry the load all season. After winning Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the Raptors are an Eastern Conference best 45-17, and are closing in on home court throughout the playoffs in the East. All would seem to be great. But, as DeRozan’s social media statement made clear (and, to his credit, he acknowledged it was him and that he wasn’t hacked, and he hasn’t taken the Tweet down), life sometimes gets in the way of all our dreams. David Aldridge: So, your dad was able to come to Staples Center to see you at the All-Star Game. How was that for him? DeMar DeRozan: It was good. It was real good. He had a good time. It was cool for him to be able to come out and experience it and enjoy it. It made me feel good. He was happy about it. DA: And how is he doing? DD: Every day is one of them things where you just don’t know until he’s home. Until he gets home, that’s when I think I’ll be more comfortable, knowing, cool, you’re out of there. He’s been in there since Dec. 23. It’s March 2nd. I know just that is bothering him, being in there and wanting to get out. Just on top of that, my mom, when I was home the other day, my mom was telling me ‘this is the longest I’ve been without my husband in 30-plus years.’ Stuff like that, that’s the rough part of it. DA: So is that where your head’s at right now? DD: Without a doubt. For sure. One thing I always try to do whenever I go out there and play is try to do whatever I can, knowing I’m so far, doing something I know will make them proud, make them feel good, give them a kind of energy. That’s kind of where I’ll be with it. DA: Is it hard to compartmentalize? So many people say the court is their refuge? DD: For me, it’s easy to do, from the moment of playing to kind of lock in and focus and kind of indulge in that moment. It’s crazy you say that, because Kyle, he’s one of my closest friends, he knows me so well. A lot of times after the game, the first thing he’ll say to me is ‘back to reality.’ He knows now our night is over. Now I have to go back and get into the reality of DeMar. It’s crazy. DA: What have you heard from folks since you sent that tweet out? DD: Man, where haven’t I heard from? Honestly, the response, I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have even thought how the response, how it came out, I wouldn’t have thought I’d ever gotten anything like that. Especially me. I’ve never been one who wanted any type of attention, good nor bad. The response I got from people was so uplifting, positive, refreshing. It’s crazy. It’s crazy. But it made me feel good. You just look at certain things. People say ‘you helped me. Because if you’re going through something like this, I can get through it.’ It’s incredible. By far one of the most incredible things in my career that I’ve witnessed outside of basketball. DA: So you could be a role model in a whole different way. DD: For sure. I never looked at myself and said ‘man, I want to be a role model.’ But something like that is extremely important. It’s all walks of life. I done had high school players, college players, older people. I had one older coach that I’ve known text me and tell me, ‘if there was a player when I was young that I’d seen or witnessed who was going through something (like this), it would have helped me -- then -- not be an alcoholic.’ It was incredible to hear words like that. It’s been one of them things where I’m like, ‘damn, I’m just speaking the truth.’ It’s crazy. DA: Is there anything you’re doing formally or officially now to deal with it? DD: Nah. I think I’m going to definitely, once we’re all said and done, probably the summertime for sure, I’ll be open arms about it without a doubt. At the end of the day, it’s like it’s one of them things where you can’t play basketball forever, but if there’s something I can do that will outlast it and be helpful, be bigger than basketball, I’m all for it. It’s life. DA: So y’all are in this new position on top of the East. You’ve been good for a minute over the years, but this is the top of the top. Is the vibe different in the locker room? DD: Definitely. It’s more, we have fun with one another, but we understand it’s bigger than us all. We, all of us -- young guys, all of me. Me and Kyle always tell the young guys, ‘this opportunity doesn’t always come around that often. Take advantage of this and be all for it. Before you know it, you’re going to be 10 years in, and the opportunity may not come again. Take full advantage of it.’ And everybody understands that. We see it now, especially when we have games where we lose a game. We think we’re on a 10-game losing streak. That’s how we approach coming in the next day at practice, or the next game. It’s great to have that kind of feeling and vibe. DA: How do you know when you’re all locked in? DD: You just know. I always look at my guy Kyle, and you know he’s gonna ride or die with you. But it’s crazy when you’re able to look over at a guy like Pascal (Siakam), or Freddie (Van Vleet), or Delon (Wright), these young guys who only have a couple of years in the league, they’ve got the same look that Kyle’s got. That says a lot about the team. Because you know when those young guys go in, they’re some dogs, too. That’s the beauty of it, and it shows. DA: So, about those young guys. You know what you’re gonna do in the playoffs, and you know what Kyle’s gonna do, and Jo. But if you’re going to beat an elite team in the playoffs, the young guys are gonna have to perform. DD: Yeah. And they have. I lost count of how many games our starters haven’t even played in the fourth quarter. Against good teams, not just lower teams. There have been times where we’re playing some great teams, and the coaches come in and look at us, and we’re like, ‘nah, let them finish out the game. They’ve got this.’ It’s great to have that type of confidence in the young guys. It’s amazing. I know we get a lot of credit, but they deserve just as much credit. DA: So is this the most optimistic you’ve been going into the postseason? DD: Yeah. Because we’ve done felt the fails. We’ve been at the top, and we fell all the way to the bottom. We know what that feels like. We know what it feels like getting closer and closer. We understand the moments. That’s the beauty of failing sometimes. Nobody wants to fail, but you have to to understand what it takes to succeed. And I think that’s where we’re at mentally, and we understand what we have to do. Longtime NBA reporter, columnist and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer David Aldridge is an analyst for TNT. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2018

Monteverde to take talents from Bullpups to UE Men’s and Jrs. teams

Nazareth School of National University is bound to have a third head coach in two years. That, of course, is after current mentor Goldwyn Monteverde wraps up a campaign that has the Bullpups second-seeded and still the biggest threats to undefeated Ateneo de Manila High School. Monteverde and his wards are just awaiting the winner between Far Eastern University-Diliman and University of Sto. Tomas, but already have their sights set on the Blue Eaglets who are already in the Finals. Whatever happens there, however, sources said that this will be Monteverde’s first and only season in the blue and gold. At the end of NU’s season, Monteverde is set to be named as head coach for University of the East. And not only will he have a say with the Red Warriors, he will also oversee the rebuild of the program of the Junior Warriors who have languished at the bottom of the standings for years now. According to several sources, the Recto-based school granted Monteverde full control of its Men’s and Juniors basketball teams. This is nothing but good news for the Red Warriors who haven’t been to the Final Four since 2009 as well as the Junior Warriors who are in the midst of their own 16-year playoff drought – if Monteverde will be able to translate his sterling record in the high school ranks onto the collegiate arena. Monteverde made his name in the Juniors division, leading Chiang Kai Shek to multiple titles as well Adamson High School and then NU to contention. Along with his on-court results, he also has an impressive track record in terms of player recruitment and development with the likes of Gerry Abadiano, John Galinato, Encho Serrano, Carl Tamayo, and Jonas Tibayan all having blossomed under his tutelage. Of course, it is unlikely that Monteverde will simultaneously be the head coach of the Red Warriors and the Junior Warriors. It is most likely that he will install one of his trusted lieutenants in charge of UE High School. What is certain, though, is that both the Red Warriors and the Junior Warriors will be under the guidance of Monteverde. As for the Bullpups, they will be forced to undergo another coaching change – their second in two years. This, following six stable years wherein they won three championships under Jeff Napa. Napa ceded control to Monteverde in 2016 and now, the latter will leave a new hole to be filled. According to sources, the school is already in the process of finding its new mentor. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

Baby Falcons swoop onto playoff berth; UE scores vs UPIS

STANDINGS Ateneo 13-0 NU 11-2 FEU-Diliman 8-5 Adamson 7-7 UST 6-7 DLSZ 4-10 UPIS 3-11 UE 2-12 The surprises are far from over from Adamson High School in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. With their playoff lives on the line, it wasn’t Joem Sabandal who came through but the other guys as the Baby Falcons took care of business up against also-ran De La Salle Zobel, 75-51, on Sunday at the Blue Eagle Gym in Quezon City. Adrian Manlapaz had for himself a breakout game with a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double, Adam Doria also turned in his best game of the season with 18 markers, and the San Marcelino-based squad is now assured of at least an eliminator for the fourth and final playoff berth. While Sabandal didn’t star, he still had big-time contributions of 13 points, six assists, six rebounds, and one steal. It was also the team captain who detonated the 28-7 second quarter blast that turned a one-point deficit into a 44-24 lead. The Junior Archers would never threaten the rest of the way and the Adamson lead would only increase to as much as 27. With that, the Baby Falcons finish the elimination round at 7-7 – temporarily alone at the fourth spot depending on the result of University of Sto. Tomas’ matchup with Far Eastern University-Diliman later. If the Tiger Cubs lose, the fourth and final playoff berth goes to Adamson. If the Tiger Cubs win, they will head into a knockout bout with Adamson for the fourth and final playoff berth. Whatever happens from now, head coach Mike Fermin is nothing but proud of his boys who have emerged as the unlikeliest of contenders. In the game day’s opener, University of the East scored a well-earned 94-85 win against University of the Philippines Integrated School. The Junior Warriors drew power performances from their Big Three as Andrei Dulalia had a mighty 24-point, 21-rebound double-double; Agem Miranda had his own 22 markers, 10 boards, and five assists; and Shane Dichoso chipped in 20 points. With that, they registered only their second win of the season - and their first not due to forfeiture. For the Junior Maroons, Matt Santiago topped the scoring column with 19 points. Fellow graduating players Joelo Tupaz, Rafael Labao, and Jaggie Gregorio added 15, 15, and 10 markers, respectively. At the end of the season for them, DLSZ stands at 4-10, UPIS stands at 3-11, and UE stands at 2-12. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 94 - Dulalia 24, Miranda 22, Dichoso 20, Almacen 12, Angeles 9, Vinte 7, Policarpio 0, Tajonera 0, Villarta 0 UPIS 85 - Santiago 19, Tupaz 15, Labao Raf 15, Labao Ral 11, Gregorio 10, Vergeire 9, Estrera 6, Villa-real 0, Condalor 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-20, 36-38, 70-65, 94-85 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 75 – Manlapaz 20, Doria Ad 18, Sabandal 13, Hanapi 9, Doria An 7, Prodigo 4, Canoy 3, Engbino 1, Santos 0, Baculio 0 DLSZ 51 – Calimag 11, Escandor 10, Cosejo 10, Udal 6, Damiles 4, Carlos 3, Terrado 3, Santos 2, Cortez 2, Vesagas 0, Favis 0, Pascual 0, Bonalos 0, Chavez 0, Barcuma 0, Buncayo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-17, 44-24, 61-41, 75-51 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2018

Ricci finally practices with Gilas Pilipinas

After taking a leave of absence from De La Salle University, Ricci Rivero was a full participant in Gilas Pilipinas practice Monday at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas. Only an observer during the national team's first training session of the year last Jan. 8 as well as last week, Rivero was finally in a Pilipinas jersey and ready to go, a couple of days after his request to take a leave from La Salle's basketball team was made official. Rivero ran some sets with the national team and his official inclusion to the #23for23 pool seems to be already official at this point. Joining Rivero in practice from the #23for23 pool were Juan Gomez De Liano, Kai Sotto, J-jay Alejandro, Arvin Tolentino, Kenneth Tuffin, Javee Mocon, Paul Desiderio, Will Gozum, and Karl Tamayo. As for the senior squad, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo led the way together with Troy Rosario, Mac Belo, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Alas, Kiefer Ravena, Japeth Aguilar, and team captain Gabe Norwood. RR Pogoy and Matthew Wright were in attendance but didn't paticipate in practice.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

DLSU says Green Archers Ricci, Prince Rivero, Brent Paraiso on leave

Ricci Rivero, his brother Prince, and Brent Paraiso have asked to go on leave from the De La Salle University men's basketball team to honor their existing contracts for endorsements, the school's Office of Sports Development said via Twitter. De La Salle University - Office Of Sports Development's Official Statement: The DLSU Men’s Basketball Team management announces that they have implemented a policy that prohibits players to enter into sponsorship agreements with commercial entities. 1/4 — DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 This will allow the players to focus on the games and team practices without any restrictions. 2/4 — DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 In this connection, team members Prince Rivero, Ricci Rivero, and Brent Paraiso have requested to go on leave from the basketball team to honor their contractual obligations to their existing endorsements. 3/4 — DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 Prince, Ricci, and Brent are currently enrolled in the University and are attending their respective classes. 4/4 — DLSU Sports (@dlsusports) February 2, 2018 The statement assured the players are still attending classes in DLSU......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2018

Good old friends Grospe, Pontejos are here to help out JRU’s first-year coach Lasquety

Just two months after playing his last game as a Heavy Bomber, Gio Lasquety has coached Jose Rizal University to back-to-back wins to begin the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants Cup. Of course, the heir apparent of Vergel Meneses felt weird wearing a coach’s collared shirt rather than a player’s jersey – especially as he had played with each and every one of his wards before. “Siyempre, meron pa rin talagang awkward feeling kasi merong mga mas nauna sa ain like sina Pao (Pontejos),” he said. Still, even though it’s just his very first time calling the shots, Lasquety’s players saw that he was nothing but prepared. “Kahit baguhan siya, nasa ugali na niya yung maging head coach e. Nung nasa JRU kami, parang siya nga yung coach namin pag nasa court kami,” Ervin Grospe said. “Mataas talaga basketball IQ niya. Dati pa lang, nag-iisip-isip na siyang maging magaling na head coach kaysa player.” Grospe and Lasquety played together for four years. Paolo Pontejos, who went to war alongside the rookie mentor for three years as a player, echoed the same sentiment. “May skill talaga siya mag-coach e – mataas basketball IQ niya at yung passion niya para sa coaching, nandyan na talaga,” he said. Fully behind their former teammate turned coach, Pontejos said they will do anything and everything in their power to make sure Lasquety’s first run is as successful as it could be. “Parehas lang naman sila ng system ni coach Vergel. Binigyan siya ni coach Vergel ng opportunity kaya tutulungan namin siyang ma-prove niyang kaya niyang mag-coach,” he said. That is true even though they will have to turn down the fun during practices and games just by a bit. Asked if they still josh around with their good old pal and now bench tactician, he answered, “Hindi e. Strict si Gio e. Pag sa court, sa court talaga.” Grospe could only agree. “Noong una, nakakatawa kasi tropa namin yan tapos ngayon, coach na namin. Pero siyempre, may respeto pa rin,” he said. He then continued, “Deserve talaga niya kaya mapa-practice o mapa-game, sineseryoso namin.” In the end, Grospe said he is only proud of their good old friend. As he put it, “Proud ako sa kanya kasi yung dream niya, unti-unti na niyang natutupad.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2018

Abueva after finally showing up to practice: Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako

The Beast finally speaks. A week after being cut from Gilas Pilipinas, at least for the upcoming window of the 2019 FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers,and two days after he excused himself from Alaska's Philippine Cup showdown against Blackwater, Calvin Abueva attended national team practice for the first time Monday. And he set the record straight. Sort of. "Syempre di ko naman pwede sabihin na totoo sa inyo na lahat na lang. Sakin is family problem yung nangyari kaya di ako nakakalusot dito," Abueva said when asked why he missed Gilas' first three practices this year. "Di ako nakakapunta tsaka sa management ko rin sa Alaska, syempre nanghihingi rin ako ng dispensa sa mga nangyari sakin. Kaya ngayon mas inuuna ko yung career ko ngayon para malinis ko kung ano meron ako ngayon," he added. As for his cut from Gilas for the February games against Australia and Japan, Abueva has accepted his fate. However, he plans to attend more practice sessions now and he plans to make his way back to the team in the near future. "Ako actually, di naman masakit sakin to na di ako makakapaglaro dito eh. Ang ina-ano ko lang makasama ako dito eh diba? Part parin ako ng Gilas family, kaya ito ako. Kahit na di ako makapaglaro dito sa game na to, at least andito ako naka-suporta," he said. "Marami pang window na pwede ako ipasok pero dito sa ano na to, syempre nakakahiya naman sa mga nauna na nag-ensayo tapos bigla akong papasok. Parang unfair naman yun diba. Kaya ngayon ang ginagawa ko is nagpakita ako ngayon para i-prove ko sa kanila na nandito parin ako at part parin ako ng Gilas," Abueva added. After everything that went down as far as his personal life is concerned, it appears that Calvin Abueva will be back to doing Calvin Abueva things on the basketball court. And if the Beast is good, that's something to be happy about. "Di na ko problemado, wala na kong iniisip. Ayoko lang madamay itong team na to kasi marami akong iniisip, magulo isip ko," Abueva said   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2018

MVP: Present and future Gilas players in one court ‘a sight to behold’

Seeing the highs and lows of Philippine basketball in the last decade, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan couldn't help but smile knowing that the future is in good hands. "Just looking at the cream of Philippine basketball, both the mature ones and the younger ones in one court is simply a sight to behold. It's a very heartening experience for me and I'd like to think that the future of Philippine basketball is very bright. So I'm quite optimistic about the future," Pangilinan said on Monday. Watching the Gilas Pilipinas resume its weekly evening practices at Meralco Gym together with members of coach Chot Reyes' "23-for-23" pool, Pangi...Keep on reading: MVP: Present and future Gilas players in one court ‘a sight to behold’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Check out these Pinoy athletes cute bundles of joy

As 2017 comes to an end, have you ever wondered why some of our favorite athletes seem to be so motivated and seem not to get exhausted after a year of nearly grinding everyday? Aside from following their well-balanced diet, exercising regularly, practicing their routines, and undergoing other required procedures to ensure their fitness, what surely keeps our favorite athletes in tip-top shape physically, emotionally, and mentally is the love and inspiration they consistently get from their families and other loved-ones.  Those who already have a loving family behind them will surely get inspiration from the irresistible charm of their so adorable babies we spotted on their Instagram accounts! Idris Saint Norwood   Strictly going by the calendar, you were a little early. But to us, you were right on time! Welcome to the the world Idris Saint Norwood! 7.16.17 #LilNorwoods A post shared by Gabe Norwood (@gnorwood5) on Jul 16, 2017 at 3:42am PDT Despite just welcoming their newborn Idris Saint a month ago, Gabe had to be separated from his wife and #LilNorwoods for quite some time to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the on-going FIBA Asia tourney in Lebanon. Ezekiel Kai Devance   today im 1! #Ezekielkai #birthdayboy A post shared by joe devance (@them_devance_kids) on Jul 26, 2017 at 3:35pm PDT Joe Devance stands out not only because of his tallness and unusual hairstyle, but with his incredible performance as a baller and his swagas a dancer as well. And browsing through his IG snaps, it appears that his cute children, including one year old Baby Zeke, also brandish the humor and talent he possesses. Michael James Yap   Buon compleanno amore mio!!! ❤️ A post shared by Mic (@michelacazzola) on Aug 8, 2017 at 4:14am PDT The “little explorer” recently celebrated his birthday party as his doting parents Rain or Shine cager James Yap and Michela Cazzola prepared a safari-themed party for him! Amanda Claire Tiu   To our little one who can turn a rough day into a beautiful one, make a happy day an even sweeter one, and give life a whole new meaning and purpose -- Happy 1st birthday to our dearest Amanda Abu bear!! May you grow up to be beautiful inside out and a faithful servant of Christ. You are our greatest blessing! We love you so much ❤️❤️ - love your Papa and Mama A post shared by Chris Tiu (@chris_tiu17) on Jun 5, 2017 at 7:30am PDT One of Baby MJ’s special guests was the pretty unica hija of Chris Tiu with his equally beautiful wife Clarisse who just turned one last June. We wonder if they’re going to be good friends when they grow up? Lucas Alejandro Tenorio   😂😂😆 what happens when I'm queen, and you got a wife/momma that's trippin! 😂😆 matching outfits for all the boys this Father's Day!!!! 😍 lol we love you Daddy @la_tenorio , Happy Dad's day! 😘 A post shared by Chesca B T (@chesca_bt) on Jun 18, 2017 at 2:26am PDT The Tenorios have another LA in the house! However, he is not his daddy’s junior. Behold how cute they are in matching outfits, thanks to their power-tripper matriarch.  Zoey Isabelle Rosario   Isa sa aking inspirasyon. Mahal na mahal kita prinsesa ko. Happy 7 months! 😘❤️🎀🌻 #ZoeyIsabelle🌷 A post shared by Jeth Troy U. Rosario (@troyrosario18) on Aug 3, 2017 at 3:51am PDT The TropangTexter sophomore forward cannot hide how smitten he is to his seven-month-old princess as his feed is bombarded with candid shots of their Baby Zoey. Despite his busyness in their practices and games, he still finds time to bond with her like clipping off her fingernails. Pristine Althea Cruz   Disneyland you've been great! Had a superb time and my baby @pristinealthea felt like she was in her dreamland. Till next time 🙌🏼 A post shared by Jericho Xavier Cruz (@jerichoxcruz) on Jun 14, 2017 at 8:12am PDT His father Jericho Cruz is a fleet-footed guard for the ROS Painters. We’re thinking if he exudes the same protectiveness when it comes to their three-year-old baby. David Castro   David at Disneyland🤗 A post shared by Jayson Castro (@jaywill_17) on Mar 14, 2017 at 11:50pm PDT Meet David, the one year old small but terrible son of Asia’s Best Point Guard Jayson Castro. We hope his dad would pass on him his formidable basketball skills so we can have the The Blur Junior in the future. Lucia Intal   my little cheerleader ❤ #babyrocket A post shared by JBL (@jcintal7) on Jul 30, 2017 at 11:50pm PDT Time flies so fast as JC and Bianca’s little angel is turning two this coming October. No wonder that her daddy is always inspirited to win their games for his little cheerleader is always in the bleachers. Fille Renee Cainglet-Cayetano   We made it to number #1 ! Happy happy birthday @fillereneecayetano my sweet angel! Love you so much!💘 A post shared by Fille C. Cayetano (@fillecainglet_15) on Aug 8, 2017 at 12:04am PDT The sweet little angel of Direk Lino Cayetano and Pocari Sweat Lady Warrior Fille Cainglet just reached her first year last August 8! When she grows up, will she be a filmmaker like her dad or an athlete like her mom? Let’s just all find out! Chloe Sapphire Santiago-Manabat   Disney chloe and mommy BIG 'D'😘😘😘 A post shared by Chico Manabat (@kots_chico) on Apr 10, 2017 at 6:13pm PDT Being a daughter to two of this country’s most celebrated people in the athletics department – Mommy Dindin’s one of the finest volleybelles in the league today while Daddy Chico, a former National University Bulldog, is theassistant coach for both Letran Knights and NU Bullpups – we assume that Baby Chloe’s going to be in inclined with sports too! Jace Alonzo Lizardo   First wedding event of jace!! Congratulations insan @naldjpm and carmelie!! God bless you both!! . . #andnewmrandmrsmacapagal #TheLizardoSquad #squadgoals #family A post shared by Japoy Lizardo (@japoy_lizardo) on Aug 13, 2017 at 3:35am PDT For sure, the “future champion” of taekwondo power couple Japoy Lizardo and Janice Lagman would also be the future heartthrob as Baby Jace already captures a lot of hearts with his piercing eyes, bewitching smile, and astonishinglong, thick hair. Don’t grow too fast, little champ! We guess, we’re going to have a beautiful and bright future seeing these cute little babies who could be the country’s greatest athletes, artists, or influencers someday!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Bucks closed with 9-0 run to beat Hornets 109-104

MILWAUKEE -- Khris Middleton scored 28 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 and the Milwaukee Bucks overcame a late deficit to beat the Charlotte Hornets 109-104 on Friday night. After Kemba Walker gave Charlotte a 104-100 lead with 2:24 remaining, Milwaukee closed on a 9-0 run, the Bucks tied it on dunks by Antetokounmpo and Middleton and took the lead on Eric Bledsoe's layup. Bledsoe had 24 points and 10 assists in the first game of the home-and-home set. Walker had 32 points before leaving with an apparent injury after losing the ball and falling to the floor with the game tied at 104 with 1:42 to play. Former University of Wisconsin star Frank Kaminsky added 16 points, and Marvin Williams had 15 points and 10 rebounds. The Hornets opened a 75-64 lead with 5:50 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee then went on a 12-0 run to take a 76-75 advantage on Middleton's dunk with 3:16 left in the third. Milwaukee took the lead twice in the final minute of the third quarter, but Walker answered with 3-pointers each time to give the Hornets an 85-83 lead heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Hornets: Kaminsky received a loud ovation when he checked into the game for the first time. ... Guard Treveon Graham missed a third consecutive game due to back spasms. Bucks: Guard Tony Snell returned to the starting lineup after coming off the bench in his first game back from left patellar tendonitis. ... Signed to a two-way contract Monday, Sean Kilpatrick made his Bucks debut, scoring five points in 10 minutes. HOWARD EXITS Hornets center Dwight Howard played just five minutes due to a dislocated left ring finger. He suffered the injury less than two minutes into the game and temporarily stayed in after having the finger taped during a timeout. HALL OF FAME Bucks coach Jason Kidd was named a nominee for the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2018 on Thursday. Finalists will be announced during NBA All-Star Weekend in February with the Class of 2018 unveiled at the NCAA Final Four in April. UP NEXT The teams meet again in Charlotte on Saturday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 23rd, 2017

Jabari Parker makes strides in recovery from knee injury

By Rich Rovito, Associated Press MILWAUKEE (AP) — Bucks forward Jabari Parker is taking nothing for granted as he works his way back from a second major knee injury in his brief NBA career. The 22-year-old Parker practiced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) with Milwaukee’s G League affiliate for the second straight day. He tore the anterior cruciate ligament in left knee Feb. 8 (Feb. 9, PHL time) and had surgery six days later. “Basketball is my sanctuary,” Parker said following a scrimmage at the Bucks’ practice facility. “I love that I’m getting the chance to play on the court again. That’s one blessing that I won’t take for granted.” Parker was selected by Milwaukee with the second overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft after he played one season at Duke. The 6'8" forward then tore the ACL in his left knee during a 96-94 win at Phoenix in December of that year. “I’m accepting of what I’ve been through,” Parker said. He spoke with tempered optimism following Tuesday’s (Wednesday, PHL time) practice. “I’m holding up really good,” Parker said. Practicing with the Wisconsin Herd has allowed Parker to take part in full-court sessions, while the Bucks tend to conduct half-court practices at this point in the season given the team’s busy schedule. “It gives him the opportunity to get up and down the court,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. “It also gives him the opportunity to go against different guys. Yesterday and today were positive.” Parker averaged 20.1 points in 51 games last season before he got hurt. He said he has no plans to change his style of play. “If you change your game, you change your mentality,” he said. “If you live in fear, you live with stress and doubt.” Parker expects to practice with the Herd again, possibly at the team’s facility in Oshkosh, about 90 miles northwest of Milwaukee. He is hoping to be ready for game action with the Bucks sometime in February. “I’m at the end of the tunnel,” Parker said. “I’m seeing the light and it’s really nice.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2017

Sean Chambers to UST?

With the UST coaching job vacant, several names have been mentioned with regards to taking over from Boy Sablan. La Salle head coach Aldin Ayo has been rumored to transfer for a while now but it seems like he's staying at Taft. Current Globalport mentor Pido Jarencio really, really, wants to come back but it appears UST would rather not go through that road again. A left field choice is Sean Chambers. The legendary PBA import, for some reason, has been linked to the job after he resurfaced a couple of weeks ago. It seems highly unlikely but you never really know. Stranger things have happened in the UAAP and in Philippine basketball in general. The rumor has had some traction though, enough for Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, Chambers' former mentor at Alaska, to talk about it among other things last week. "I don’t know. I had a lunch with Sean the day before he left," Cone said last week during Ginebra's grand fans day after defending the PBA Governors' Cup. "I don’t really know anything about it. But he’s got a family, he’s got kids, he’s got a wife, he has a good job. And it’s hard to bring him over here and make him settle here and get his kids in school. He got young kids I think 9 and 11 years old," he added. Chambers is currently a middle school administrator back in the States in the Sacramento City Unified School District in California. The PBA legend was in town a couple of weeks back and was seen watching the UAAP and several practices of Gilas Pilipinas. Still, if and when Chambers decides on coaching basketball, here or elsewhere, Cone believes his former import will do well. "I don’t know but Sean is a great guy, a great coach and a great motivator. He teaches the game the right way," the 20-time PBA champion said. "And if anybody picks him up, it would be great. It is actually my dream to bring him over and be part of my coaching staff. If anybody picks him up, they would love Sean," Cone added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2017

No. 1 draft pick Fultz out 2 to 3 more weeks for 76ers

PHILADELPHIA --- Philadelphia 76ers guard Markelle Fultz will miss another two to three weeks as he recovers from soreness in his right shoulder. The Sixers said Fultz's return to action will be determined by how the shoulder responds to progressive basketball training and practices in the interim. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 draft will continue with physiotherapy as he returns from his soreness and scapular muscle imbalance. Fultz has played only four games this season. He is shooting 33 percent, 50 percent from the free-throw line and has not attempted a 3-point shot all season, all as a reserve....Keep on reading: No. 1 draft pick Fultz out 2 to 3 more weeks for 76ers.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

NBA names Michelle D. Johnson senior VP, head of ref ops

em>NBA press release /em> NEW YORK – The NBA announced today that retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Michelle D. Johnson, the first woman to lead the United States Air Force Academy, has been named Senior Vice President and Head of Referee Operations. She will begin on Oct. 16 and report to President, League Operations Byron Spruell. Johnson, a distinguished 1981 graduate of the Air Force Academy and one of the top women’s basketball players in school history, will direct the NBA’s officiating program with responsibility for the recruitment, training, development and evaluation of all referees. She will also oversee the NBA Replay Center and leverage the new Officiating Advisory Council as well as manage the league’s transparency initiatives and harness advanced technologies to enhance all facets of the officiating program. “Michelle has decades of experience successfully leading large, highly professionalized organizations and spurring growth through innovation,” said Spruell. “With a disciplined, analytical approach to problem solving and a proven track record of building consensus and acting with the utmost integrity, Michelle has the qualities to maximize the effectiveness of our officiating program.” Johnson will replace Mike Bantom, who is transitioning into a new role with the league after five years as Executive Vice President, Referee Operations. Bantom, a 28-year NBA executive, will be a senior adviser on several development initiatives critical to the league’s operations. “Mike has represented the best of the NBA during his nearly 30 years of service,” said Spruell. “His passion and diligence are reflected in the strength of our officiating program. We’re fortunate to continue benefiting from his expertise and counsel as he serves in a new but familiar capacity with the NBA.” Johnson served with distinction in various Air Force assignments before retiring in August. Most recently, she spent four years as the Air Force Academy’s 19th superintendent – equivalent to a college president. The first woman to hold the position, Johnson directed a four-year regimen of military training, academics, athletics and character-development programs for more than 4,000 cadets. “My love for basketball and the opportunity to help shape the direction of a key operational group within the NBA made this position incredibly appealing to me,” said Johnson. “In the military, I always embraced the challenge of using all available resources to design and implement an ambitious agenda. I look forward to applying that experience to further elevate the NBA’s officiating program.” Johnson’s tenure as superintendent of the Air Force Academy marked her latest trailblazing accomplishment. Previously, she was the Air Force’s first female cadet wing commander, first female Rhodes Scholar (1981-83) and first female inductee into the coSIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame (2007). A three-time basketball team captain and the second-leading scorer in school history, she was also the first woman inducted into the Air Force Sports Hall of Fame (inaugural class of 2007). Before becoming superintendent, Johnson spent two years as NATO’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Intelligence (2011-13) and served stints at the Pentagon as the Air Force’s Deputy Director for Information and Cyberspace Policy (2007-09) and Director of Public Affairs (2005-07). A command pilot with more than 3,600 flight hours, she was the Air Force aide to Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton from 1992-94. Upon retirement in August, Johnson received the Distinguished Service Medal. Her awards and decorations also include the Defense Superior Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. In addition, she earned the Aerial Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

An NBA first: Every coach who started last season is back

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Dozens of NBA players found new homes this offseason. A few front offices dealt with hirings and firings. There’s a new arena in Detroit and an ownership change looms in Houston. The league’s logo was even tweaked. Change was everywhere. That is, except the coaches’ offices. Here’s a first for the NBA: Every coach is back. From the start of last season to the start of this season — barring something happening in training camps, anyway — not a single NBA team has changed coaches. That’s an unprecedented run of retention and an obvious source of pride for coaches across the league as the first practices of the season get set to occur this weekend. “I think what people are seeing is what this league needs, what these players need more than anything, is stability and a consistent message,” said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra, who’s going into his 10th season. “Otherwise we’re just losing ground if you have to start all over every year. That’s a tough way to win in this business. That’s a tough way to build any sort of culture or consistency.” No one is starting over in the next few days, at least in the sense that a new staff is taking over a team. Last season was the first since 1963-64 — and only the fourth in league history — where there were no in-season changes. The league was much smaller back then as well, with only nine coaches having to keep their bosses happy. It’s a 30-team league now, and a year ago at this time 10 of those clubs had a new coach. “From top to bottom, we have a very high quality level of coaching,” said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle, the president of the National Basketball Coaches Association. “This is as stable as our profession has been in decades. Contracts are strong, the league is constructed in a way now where coaching is extremely important and ownership understands the importance of the coaching process.” There hasn’t been a coaching hire since Jeff Hornacek was formally announced by the New York Knicks on June 2, 2016 — which might not sound that long ago, but in a field without any real job security that’s an eternity. So when coaches gathered last week for their annual preseason meeting, they celebrated the fact that there were no new faces in the room. “We’ve talked about the importance of supporting one another — and at the same time, the need to try to beat each others’ brains in,” Carlisle said. “It’s a conflicting sort of concept from afar, but internally we are the only ones that know all the challenges that head coaches in the NBA face. And because of that, there’s a real healthy respect for one another.” Summer vacations are ending now. Coaches will all be grabbing their whistles in the next few days, starting with Golden State’s Steve Kerr and Minnesota’s Tom Thibodeau on Saturday when the Warriors and Timberwolves open training camp — those teams can start early because they’re going to China in the preseason. The other 28 teams start practice on Tuesday. “In team-building and pro sports, a lot of times the methodical long game is what’s necessary,” said Spoelstra, the second-longest-tenured coach in the league behind San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich. “But you’re seeing less and less of that. That’s why last year was such a pleasant surprise. I think it really was a celebration of stability and an acknowledgment of how complex this position can be.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 21st, 2017

Tunisia wins Afrobasket beating Nigeria in final

RADES, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia won its second African basketball championship when it dethroned Nigeria 77-65 in the final on Saturday. Backed by a home crowd, Tunisia used clutch 3-point shooting to keep Nigeria at bay in the second half. Ziyed Chennoufi led Tunisia with 19 points, and Nizar Knioua added 16. Tunisia played the tournament without Salah Mejri, a 2.18-meter (7-foot-2) center for the Dallas Mavericks. Mejri, who is recovering from a knee injury, was the MVP of Tunisia's title run in the 2011 AfroBasket. Nigeria was trying to become the first team to successfully defend the title in eight years. Ike Diogu led Nigeria with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and was named MVP of the tournament after averaging 22 points per game. Tunisia coach Mario Palma dedicated the victory to the Tunisian people. The Arab Spring uprisings began in Tunisia, which is struggling with youth unemployment and terrorism concerns. 'This victory is going to help a lot of people who suffer, who don't have money, who are poor,' Palma said. 'They're going to have a few weeks to feel well.' Palma, a 67-year-old Portuguese-Angolan, coached Angola to four consecutive AfroBasket titles, from 1999 to 2005. Palma said his team held 84 practices. In contrast, Nigeria was assembled, and a new coach hired, just a few weeks before the tournament. 'Obviously, everybody in the locker room is upset,' Diogu said. 'It was a learning experience, and we'll be back.' Diogu, selected ninth overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2005 NBA Draft, was the lone returnee from Nigeria's championship team. But he didn't compete in the 2015 tourney after injuring a calf muscle in training camp. After Bryant MBamalu's jumper extended Nigeria's lead to 18-8 with 8:51 to play in the second quarter, Palma called a timeout and yelled at his players: 'Move the ball!' They listened. Tunisia fought back to end the half leading 25-24. At halftime, Palma told his players that the Nigerians were tired, and they should take advantage of it. 'I told my players that the first five minutes are very important. Don't give them confidence. No second shots,' Palma said. 'They are tired. They cannot play against us.' The Tunisians opened the second half with a 19-6 run, backed by Chennoufi's eight points. In the fourth quarter, Nigeria closed the deficit to 68-61 on O'Karo Akamune's dunk with 2:02 remaining. Once again, however, Tunisia responded. Omar Abada's 3-pointer provided a 10-point cushion and Mourad El Mabrouk added another long ball, giving Tunisia a 74-63 lead with 43 seconds left. Tunisia shot 37.5 percent from 3-point range; Knioua was 4 of 5 and Chennoufi was 4 of 6. Ike Iroegbu added 17 points for Nigeria. The Tunisian players cut down the nets and invited their children on the podium when they received their gold medals. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

March Madness slated on ESPN 5

MANILA, Philippines — The NCAA Division I men’s basketball tournament heats up with the Sweet 16 phase beginning Friday with ESPN5, the long-term collaborati.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News3 hr. 37 min. ago

Drunk man from Negros drowns in Maayon

ROXAS CITY, Capiz – A native of Negros Occidental drowned in a river after falling off a bridge Monday afternoon at Barangay New Guia, Maayon, Capiz. Jerry Bujano who temporarily resided in Maayon was crossing a makeshift bridge when he accidentally fell into the river. Police investigation said an old woman saw the victim shout […] The post Drunk man from Negros drowns in Maayon appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News9 hr. 37 min. ago

Purok 1 wins twice

PUROK 1 took two of three matches against Purok 2in the the 2018 Palarong GS Inter-Purok basketball tournament at the Friendly Village 1 covered court in Brgy. Concepcion Uno, Marikina City. Purok 1 leaned on the 31 points of Lance Lopez to beat Purok 2, 90-80, for its second win….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated News13 hr. 37 min. ago