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Category: entertainmentSource: thestandard thestandardOct 10th, 2018

ONE Championship: Amid ‘Split’ Judges, Gina Iniong Relieved To Win With Conviction

Gina "Conviction" Iniong is finally back in contention for the ONE Women’s Atomweight World Championship.   She returned to the World Title picture following a split decision victory over the previously unbeaten Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan at ONE: CLASH OF LEGENDS, which took place from the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on Saturday, 16 February.   The Benguet native dictated the tempo from the get-go. She continually landed her patented right hand over and over, and then mixed her striking attack with well-executed takedowns.   A late third-round surge from the Malaysian put Iniong at the edge of her seat when the judges’ scorecards were read.   Though confident she did enough to win, the Filipina was surprised to hear that a split decision was to be announced after three grueling rounds.   Fortunately for her, the result went in her favor.   “To be honest, I got nervous when they announced that it was a split decision,” said Iniong, who improved her mixed martial arts record to 8-4.   “I thought it should have been won by unanimous decision. I almost lost my breath when I heard that, but it’s okay. I think I did well. I was able to execute our game plan during the fight.”   After going 1-2 in her last three outings, a close loss is something “Conviction" could not really afford.   Iniong’s hopes of one day becoming the first Filipina World Champion in mixed martial arts is still very much alive, and she certainly needed that win to stay the course.   "It was a big relief,” she admitted.   “I struggled in my last bouts, so it feels really good to get back on track. Hopefully, this is a start of another run for me at the belt.”   "I was confident that I did enough to get my hands raised in the end. [Jihin] Radzuan is a tremendous warrior, and I wasn't expecting this to be an easy fight at all. Thankfully, our game plan worked.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 12 min. ago

UAAP Season 81: Tigresses survive Lady Falcons scare

University of Sto. Tomas flirted with disaster before eking out a 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 24-26, 15-6, win over Adamson University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the MOA Arena. The Tigresses opened a five-point lead in the fifth set after yielding the third and fourth frames that forced the decider to set up the tempo before finishing off the hard-fighting Lady Falcons. “The last three years lagi kaming talo sa first game namin and this is historic for us,” said UST coach Kungfu Reyes of the Tigresses' opening day losing streak under his watch.  Sisi Rondina and Milena Alessandrini delivered the goods while sophomore Eya Laure lived up to the pre-season hype to help the Espana-based squad, which snapped a seven-year opening day losing slump. Laure made her presence felt with 17 points of 13 attacks, three kill blocks and an ace while graduating hitter Rondina poured 17 markers and tallied 17 digs to start her final season with the Tigresses, who rained down 50 attacks and landed 11 aces.    Alessandrini, last year's rookie of year, got 15 points while freshman Kecelyn Galdones had eigt markers for UST. The Tigresses started the fifth set with a 5-0 lead before breaking the set wide open with a 13-4 advantage as Adamson's confidence crumbled.  UST started the game firing on all cylinders to grab a 2-0 match lead but allowed the Lady Falcons to mount a comeback. The Tigresses squandered a 19-16 lead in the third set as Adamson blasted a 5-1 counterattack for a 21-20 advantage.   Adamson moved at set point, 24-21, before Rondina sparked UST's comeback to force a deuce. Eli Soyud took matters on her own hands in the next plays, scoring  the last two points of the Lady Falcons. Adamson controlled the early goings of the fourth frame and built a 15-6 lead. The Tigresses clawed their way back in the game and overtook Adamson, 23-19. UST moved at match point, 24-21, but a couple of attack errors and Joy Dacoron's back-to-back hits gave the Lady Falcons a 25-24 advantage. UST yielded the set after getting whistled with a net touch.          Bernadette Flora paced Adamson with 14 points while Eli Soyud and Chiara Permentilla chipped in with 13 and 12 markers, respectively. Dacoron posted 10 points while rookie setter Nikka Yandoc tallied 34 excellent sets for the Lady Falcons.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Jordan s weight reaches farther than court in NC

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CHARLOTTE -- Unlike Mark Cuban and James Dolan, the host of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game was voted in 14 times to participate and played in 13. Quite different from Micky Arison and Glen Taylor, the team owner whose arena and city will be the center of All-Star 2019 averaged 20.2 points in those 13 All-Star appearances, was named MVP three times and posted the first triple-double in the game’s history (1997). And not at all like Steve Ballmer and Joe Lacob, the guy most often credited with making Charlotte All-Star worthy this weekend ignited the annual Slam Dunk Contest with his takeoff from the foul line in 1988. He also regularly irritated former NBA commissioner David Stern into a series of fines for golfing when he should have been sitting through mandatory Friday media sessions. With a level of celebrity as arguably the game’s greatest player ever, morphed now into an off-radar role as owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan remains as famous, as popular and as successful as any or all the active All-Star participants who’ll cavort at the Spectrum Center in the city’s Uptown business district. Ain’t no other NBA owner who can say that. “You think about all these wealthy, successful owners in our league,” said Hornets president Fred Whitfield, “no one knew who any of them were, really, until they bought their team. Everybody in the world knew who Michael Jordan was before he bought his team.” Jordan’s place in the All-Star galaxy in the coming days is reflective of his unique position among those who oversee the NBA’s 29 other franchises. His impact on the team, on its fans, on their city and on the state in returning to his native North Carolina -- he grew up in coastal Wilmington before attending college in Chapel Hill -- to anchor and lend stability to the Hornets will be on full display, even if he’s hard to spot this weekend. It’s all a reminder, too, of the old movie line from a remarkably blessed character, wondering “What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?” Most don’t dare to imagine playing in an All-Star Game, never mind hosting one as the owner of the local team. “No,” Jordan told some Charlotte reporters Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), coming forward for one of his few appearances of the week. “As a kid growing up here in North Carolina, the first thing [was] playing basketball. And then things evolved from there -- from the University of North Carolina to Chicago. Obviously you know the history from that. “[The] opportunity to represent North Carolina in an All-Star Game from a different seat is truly amazing. It tells the path that I have taken. It gives me great pleasure to give that back to the community. It’s been a long-traveled road.” The celebration of the league’s brightest stars, and the ubiquitous banners and signage devoted to it will make it even harder than usual to visibly spot signs of Jordan’s ownership of the Hornets. For a typical regular season game, you might spy a flag emblazoned with his well-known “Jumpman” logo. Occasionally he’ll watch part of the game, rarely all, from seats at the end of his team’s bench, though he’s as likely to retreat to his suite atop the arena’s lower bowl. An in-game, timeout scoreboard video meant to stoke the crowd includes shots of GM Mitch Kupchak (“Architect of Champions”) and coach James Borrego (“Elite Pedigree”) but ends right about the time you expect some dramatic silhouette of His Airness to appear. It’s as if Jordan is as protective of his brand in running the Hornets as he is in maintaining its exclusivity in the marketplace. Doesn’t matter, though. His fingerprints are all over the franchise, as a basketball team, as a business enterprise and as a member of the community. On court, Jordan trusts his team Jordan’s greatest notoriety as an owner in a basketball setting may have come in December, when he was courtside for a tense game against Detroit. Guard Jeremy Lamb drained a 22-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds left, sending reserves Malik Monk and Bismack Biyombo onto the floor in celebration of what would be a 108-107 home victory. Trouble was, that sliver of time on the clock. Too many men. The Hornets were whistled for a one-shot technical foul and Jordan impulsively smacked Monk lightly, twice, on the back of the head. Any other owner does that, the player’s agent might file a grievance with the players union. Jordan does it and, thanks to his in-the-trenches, in-the-fraternity credibility, it comes across as a goof. “A tap of endearment,” Jordan called it later in a statement. “It was like a big brother and little brother tap. No negative intent. Only love!" Said Monk: “Big, big, big brother. But it was nothing. He was just playing.” The arc of Jordan’s career and his reputation as a stone-cold competitor make it OK if he wants to vent -- or swipe -- when things don’t go the Hornets’ way. Doesn’t matter that Jordan, who will turn 56 on All-Star Sunday, is old enough to be any of his players' dad. He still carries himself like an athlete, and their frame of reference remains, “That’s Mike.” “I’ve seen kids come up through camps,” said Buzz Peterson, Charlotte’s assistant general manager under Kupchak. “You could say Julius Erving, you could say Larry Johnson, Karl Malone, whatever, and the kids’ eyes are like, ‘Who?’ But you say Michael Jordan, they’re gonna know. That’s the separation there.” Peterson is among Jordan’s closest friends -- he beat him out as North Carolina’s prep player of the year in 1981, won an NCAA title with him as a Tar Heels teammate and is described by those who know both as someone who can disagree with the boss while staying comfortably in the inner circle. For Borrego, Charlotte’s first-year coach, interviewing to run Jordan’s team could have been intimidating. “We’re all human beings -- there’s a presence that comes with ‘Michael Jordan’ when he’s around,” Borrego told NBA.com in January. “But it’s healthy. He comes with a competitive spirit that you feel. “Michael was straight with me from Day 1. When I interviewed, he said, ‘I’m going to give you space to do your job. Whatever you need, you come to me. I’ll give you the resources you need.’ He has not tried to interfere one time. I feel his full support. … We’re starting to speak each other’s language, which is pretty healthy for us now.” Jordan keeps the coach apprised of his interactions with players, Borrego said. Other coaches should have such a resource at the ready. Hornets guard and 2019 All-Star starter Kemba Walker probably has benefited most from Jordan’s counsel. They text frequently, a pinch-me arrangement to this day for Walker. “I grew up wearing Jordans, grew up wanting to be like Jordan,” Walker said recently. “So for me to get this opportunity to be on his team means the world to me. He’s the one who believed in me -- I had no idea where I was going to go on draft night and he traded up for me. I’ve always heard the story, he was the one who actually drafted me. So it’s unbelievable. “He’s such a good dude. He understands what it is to be good. His delivery is always good. Only in a positive way, honestly.” Said rookie wing Miles Bridges: “You think there’ll be a lot of pressure having MJ as an owner. I’d seen how he got on his teammates when he played. So I was nervous, thinking if I had a bad game, he’d go at me like, ‘What’re you doing?’ But after meeting him and bonding with him, I feel like he’s the coolest owner out there. I don’t feel any pressure, I feel like he wants the best for us.” Big man Frank Kaminsky typically sits at the end of the bench, which puts him cheek to cheek with Jordan when he’s courtside. “He’s talking about what he’s seeing out on the court. Talking to the refs,” Kaminsky said. “Things other players don’t necessarily see. He still thinks the game. “You see things on the court that he sees. One game, the roll, pocket-pass, skip to the corner was open. He was saying that. We made an adjustment in a timeout, but he saw it a couple plays before that. At the end of that game, we had a big play that was a roll, pocket-pass, into the corner that put the game away. It worked the way he’d seen it.” The Hornets’ struggles during Jordan’s tenure as owner wouldn’t suggest it -- the last time this organization won a playoff series (2002), Jordan still was a player -- but there is a prestige to playing for his team. It’s not unlike being welcomed onto the list of elite athletes who endorse Jordan Brand. “I’m one of the lucky ones who’s in both,” Kaminsky said. “You’re talking about the most iconic player in sports history -- I might be biased because I grew up in Chicago -- but when you have his approval, it means a lot. You have it in the back of your mind that he wants you here.” Head smack or no head smack. Jordan grows as owner, businessman Basketball is a zero-sum game and the NBA is full of stars, even if none shines quite as brightly as Jordan. But business has room for negotiation and compromise, and deals get struck daily that leave both sides happy. There, Jordan has been beyond clutch. Funnel down everything he’s accomplished -- six NBA championships, the league’s highest career scoring average (30.1), five MVP awards, six Finals MVP, 10 scoring titles, nine All-Defensive team nods -- and it invariably ends with clammy hands. The “wow” factor is real and the Hornets are extremely careful about leveraging it. “It gives our organization a certain cachet,” said Whitfield, another longtime friend who goes back more than 35 years with Jordan. “For him to be majority owner, for him to do it in his home state as a local hometown hero, and to be able to come back and not just lead the team and the rebranding from the Bobcats to the Hornets, but his commitment to the community in giving back, it’s something that’s so special.” That’s a lot to unpack. When Jordan initially signed on with the Hornets, he did so as head of its basketball operations in 2006, purchasing a small minority stake in the team. The team was bad, the business was worse and trending down. “Back in ’08-09, the economy was in the tank and I was mandated to ‘displace’ 42 of our executives here on the business side,” Whitfield said. “When Michael bought the team, we were losing $30 million a year.’ Brought back into the league in 2004 two years after the original Hornets (1988-2002) were moved to New Orleans by reviled owner George Shinn, the Charlotte expansion team was owned -- and nicknamed -- by Bob Johnson, a co-founder of the BET television network. The Bobcats excelled only at losing and were 122 games under .500 in their first five seasons. The front office was understaffed, Spectrum Center (then known as Time Warner Cable Arena) needed renovations almost from its inception and there was a real sense that, if a buyer with deep pockets and a commitment to the area weren’t found, the franchise could be moved. In March 2010, Jordan ponied up the cash to become majority owner. But it says something that the deal stands as one of the few, if ever, instances of an NBA franchise being sold at a discount. Johnson paid $300 million for the team; Jordan purchased it for $275 million. Forbes.com recently had Charlotte worth $1.25 billion -- which ranks 28th. And Jordan reportedly has one of the biggest stakes of all NBA owners, with his share estimated at upwards of 90 percent, possibly as high as 98 percent. That’s a lot of success in nine years, despite the basketball team’s mostly middling performance. “With MJ being with the team, you got instant credibility in the marketplace,” said Pete Guelli, the chief operating officer who started on the job about 10 months before Jordan took ownership. “There had been a lot of uncertainty previously, but with his brand and his resources and his commitment, that just dissipated immediately. It was much, much easier to walk in the door and tell people about our vision for this franchise.” Rebranding the team as “Hornets” gave the franchise an existential boost -- it suddenly had a history again, complete with records, archives and true alumni. The arena got a makeover and, per Guelli, is credited for events there that generate an alleged $1 billion in revenues for local businesses. “Fortunately, we’ve been profitable pretty much since [Jordan took over],” Whitfield said. “That’s huge, especially since we haven’t gotten where we want to be on the basketball side.” Closing a new kind of game now It’s hard to overstate Jordan’s added value, not so much as some corporate or financial whiz but as a presence who brought instant motivation and energy to the staff. He imported executives with whom he had developed relationships at Nike or in other ventures and, after taking early criticism for an uncertain level of involvement, has been more diligent in recent years. “I love seeing him sitting at the end of the bench encouraging his players when he attends a game” said Charles F. Bowman, Bank of America’s market president for Charlotte and North Carolina. “And as a business person what impresses me is that he has empowered his management team to focus not only on the court but also on building bridges with the community. “He had a vision for where he was taking the team and a clear plan to get there. He has hired good people, gives them latitude to make decisions and he expects them to perform. Michael is unique -- the best player ever who is determined to keep getting better year over year as an owner.” The NBA has gotten a taste of Jordan’s growth and transition at some pivotal times. This is the legendary voice of the players who, during rancorous negotiations in the 1998 lockout, countered Washington owner Abe Pollin’s gripes about losing money by telling Pollin to sell his team. By the lockout of 2011, Jordan had moved to the other side of the table. But several members of the National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee saw him not as an opponent or turncoat but as a role model: someone who had transformed himself from employee to employer at the game’s highest level. “The players understood, he had been in their shoes,” Whitfield said. “He’s not forgetting what it meant to be a player. He was in the process of learning what it meant to be an owner.” When the current collective bargaining agreement was negotiated with commissioner Adam Silver and union director Michele Roberts leading the talks, Jordan was an active, powerful voice. He is an influential member of the NBA’s labor relations and competition committees. One Charlotte insider spoke to Jordan’s clout with his fellow owners in getting this weekend’s showcase -- jeopardized by a political squabble in 2017 -- back onto the league’s short list. “There’s no All-Star Game here in Charlotte if it’s not for MJ,” the person said. Last summer in Las Vegas, Silver lauded Jordan for his ability to straddle the basketball and business worlds. “He brings unique credibility to the table when we're having discussions [with the players],” he said, “and even just among the owners, he's able to represent a player point of view… Michael can say, 'Well, look, this is how I looked at it when I was a player, and these are the kind of issues we need to address if we're going to convince players that something is in everyone's interest.’ ” Jordan’s powers of persuasion apparently have been even more impressive in Charlotte and North Carolina. The executives are careful about relying on him too often -- Jordan’s most precious commodity, now that his net worth is estimated to be upwards of $1.7 billion -- is his time. But when they need Mariano Rivera to walk in from the bullpen, he is lights out. “We’ve had corporate sponsors at a golf outing, and he’s been there, maybe stayed at one hole to tell off with everybody,” Whitfield said. Or they’ll invite certain corporate sponsors to one of a few games each season in which “Club 23” is up and running at the Spectrum Center, a private club built for such purposes. They get a chance to visit, talk with and pick Jordan’s brain on the Hornets and much more. “We’ve closed all those deals,” Whitfield said. Then there was the time a local CEO wanted to finalize a sizeable sponsorship deal with the team, and had his No. 2 invite Jordan over to their headquarters for the meetings. Whitfield told the tale: “This guy says, 'You have to come to our office. Our CEO is the man in our business.' But we’re like, 'Nah, typically, CEOs come and meet in Michael’s office or in ‘Club 23’ over here.' He said no, that wasn’t going to work for them. “So Pete Guelli said, 'Let’s make a deal: We’ll take your CEO and drop him off in Beijing. And we’ll drop off Michael in Beijing. Then we’ll see who more people gravitate to. Whoever gets the least people, he has to come to the other guy’s office.'” Point made. Point taken. Said Whitfield: “The guy says, ‘You know what, I got it. We’ll be over 10 o’clock Friday morning.’” A community he calls home The Michael Jordan who once seemed determined to float above cultural and political frays as the most prudent way to serve commerce has not held back in recent years from making his presence felt. He has been more philanthropist than activist and, let’s face it, in times of the most dire need, cash beats talk every time. Charity and investing in the community can be good for business, sure. Making that a priority after Guelli’s arrival and Jordan’s purchase helped the Hornets build bridges with fans and merchants that Shinn and the original franchise’s departure had torched. More than that, though, giving back for Jordan and his team at this point in his life was the right thing to do. And do, and do, and do. The list of charitable and civic efforts Jordan and the Hornets have undertaken is long, with few outside the region or state aware of most of it. Among the highlights: - Donating $2 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence, particularly meaningful because of the damage it did in Jordan’s hometown of Wilmington. - Dedicated $7 million in partnership with Novant Health to fund two Michael Jordan Family Clinics, set to open in Charlotte in 2020. - Serving as Make-A-Wish’s Chief Wish Ambassador since 2008, while donating more than $5 million to the organization. His relationship with Make-A-Wish began more than 30 years ago. - Contributing $5 million as a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. - Addressing the issue of police shootings and community policing in 2016 by donating $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After the hurricane in September devastated so many homes and businesses in and near Jordan’s roots, he wanted to do more than to stroke a fat check. In a meeting covered by The Associated Press, he met with Stephanie Parker and her family, including four young children, after they lost their apartment in two feet of flooding. A call from the director of the Cape Fear chapter of the Red Cross brought them together. The meeting took place at a Lowe’s home improvement store. “I look around the corner, and it’s Michael Jordan. ‘Oh my God!’" Parker said. “I look at my kids, ‘It’s Michael Jordan!’ I’m not going to lie, some tears came in my eyes, because the first thing that went through my mind was when I was younger, his last game when he was on the Chicago Bulls team, and that flashback just came right in my mind.” Afterward, Jordan was coaxed by the Charlotte Observer to talk about why that disaster resonated so deeply for him. “You gotta take care of home,” he said. “Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to … You don’t want to see any of that anywhere, but when it’s home, that’s tough to swallow.” There’s basketball, there’s business and then there’s real life, which sometimes intrudes in the most desperate ways. “We didn’t know how many people in our community were hungry,” Whitfield said. “There are people in dire need, and it’s special to have that hometown hero have in his heart that ‘This is where I can help.’ “It gives not only him as a person but our organization a platform to really speak out. That commitment is what has made him a special owner, and why he’s even more beloved in our community.” Winning title No. 7 drives Jordan now To date, Jordan’s greatest achievements have come elsewhere, at least since his baseline shot as a freshman propelled North Carolina to the 1982 NCAA championship. Those Bulls championships, the “Dream Team” magnificence, his partnership with that sneaker company in Beaverton, Ore., his Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction, shooting “Space Jam,” all of it -- his legacy has been crafted with others, for others, mostly far from home. (For the record, Jordan, his wife Yvette and their two daughters own a mansion outside Charlotte and an estate in south Florida). “Look, this has always been home for him,” Whitfield said. “Even though he was drafted by Chicago, WGN became a very popular station. And he just continued to elevate, so people in this state were proud to say, even though he’s a Bull, we love him. When the Bulls would come here and play at the old Coliseum, these fans who were avid Hornets fans were all pulling for Michael Jordan. “He’d score, they’d cheer loudly. The Hornets would score, they’d cheer loudly. North Carolina always felt like he was their native son who went off and achieved greatness.” Coming back first to head the franchise’s basketball operations and then as owner, Jordan’s role -- in light of the modest results on the court -- has been custodial. Yes, the club’s improved financial stability is important. But for this driven winner and NBA owner unlike all others, custodial isn’t going to cut it for long. “He did an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine a while back,” Peterson said, “and the question was asked, ‘What would you like to do?’ And he said, ‘Win a seventh championship. Win as an owner.’ So for me, every day, I’m thinking, here’s a close friend and you want to make your friends happy, right? So each day I think, do the best you can to reach this goal for him.” Said Hornets wing Nicolas Batum: “I understand. He wants to win. He wants to compete since he was born.” It hasn’t been for lack of trying, although Jordan has made sure to keep fiscal responsibility high on every agenda. The team’s payroll for 2018-19 is approximately $122.3 million, which ranks near the middle of the NBA pack. “That Michael Jordan is one cheap dude,” said an impassioned cab driver on a recent airport run. “He’s only going to spend so much and the players they get shows it.” The Hornets never have spent into the league’s luxury-tax, and if Walker is retained when he hits free agency this summer, he’ll likely become the first Charlotte player to sign a full maximum-salary contract (though the five-year, $120 million deal Batum landed in 2016 came awfully close). Injuries and dubious moves have taken a toll, a situation that Kupchak, Borrego and their staffs have been tasked with fixing. Jordan, by all accounts, is engaged yet patient, with a playoff berth and potentially a record above .500 within reach. “I’m sure he feels like,” Whitfield said, “if he were still 30 years old and could lace ‘em up and get out there, he’d help us get over the hump. I think he would cherish it as much or more than the first six. Because I think he realizes how hard it is to get it done. “But it doesn’t bother us if the fans see his frustration sitting next to our bench. It’s important to us that they see he’s not only invested, he’s vested in what our team is trying to do. They can relate to him because they’re feeling that same frustration.” Jordan is theirs again and that’s what matters. For basketball, for business, for community and in time, just maybe, in championship. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 NewsFeb 16th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Dapat gampanan ko ang pagiging Best Blocker ko -- Domingo

Far Eastern University head coach George Pascua has one mission order for Celine Domingo for UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. “(Dapat) gampanan ko ang pagiging Best Middle Blocker ko last season and consistency sa game ko,” said Domingo. The middle blocker will have much responsibility in her hands after the exit of top hitter Bernadeth Pons last year and with veteran opposite hitter Chin-Chin Basas sidelined with a shoulder injury. Domingo averaged 11.14 points per game last year and helped the Season 80 runner-up Lady Tamaraws advance to the Finals for the first time after a decade. She was FEU’s third best scorer in the previous edition behind Pons (15.3 points per game) and Basas (11.7 points per game) Domingo normed 0.73 kill blocks per set to bag the individual award.  Marching into a new war and without the top two scoring options last year, Domingo will have to up the ante in her game to lead the charge of the Lady Tams.     “Dagdag pressure kasi nabawasan ng beterano na maasahan sa loob ng court,” Domingo admitted. Domingo will have returning seasoned players Jerrili Malabanan, Heather Guino-o, Jeanette Villareal, setter Kyle Negrito and libero Buding Duremdes to back her up in FEU’s quest to bring the title back to Morayta. “Hindi kami nagi-expect ng sobra. Parang ang mindset namin ay one game at a time,” said Domingo. “’Di kami nagi-expect pero siyempre gusto naming makabalik ulit ng Finals.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

UAAP Jrs: Suspension fuels Terrence Fortea s hot hands

The NU Bullpups are in the UAAP Juniors' Basketball Finals for the eighth straight time, thanks primarily to the scintillating shooting display of guard Terrence Fortea. Fortea made the game look like target practice, scoring a career-high 30 points, all coming in the first three quarters.  He was also efficient at it, hitting 9 of his 17 attempts, including 7 of 14 from beyond three-point distance in the Bullpups' 94-72 win over the Adamson Baby Falcons. Terrence Fortea drops a career-high 30 points to tow NU to the #UAAPSeason81Jrs Finals! pic.twitter.com/NkGxulNzXT — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 15, 2019 Coach Goldwin Monteverde praised Fortea for a tireless effort every time he steps on the floor, whether in practice or in the actual game. "He really played well talaga. kumbaga day in day out naman talaga he really tries his best to play his best," said the second-year coach of the squad. "Ang maganda sa kanya yung attitude niya towards practice, attitude everyday, he always gives his best. So no doubt," he added. But for the 18-year-old, his lights-out performance would not have been possible if not for the confidence his teammates bring day in and day out. "Sa team namin... kasi yung tiwala ng teammates ko nandoon naman eh. So bale, wala akong kailangan isipin na baka mawala sila ng kumpyansa pag sumasablay ako. Nandun naman yung tiwala," shared the 5'11" sharpshooter. Fortea was in fact handed a one-game suspension for a disqualifying foul he committed against De La Salle-Zobel a few weeks back, and it had served as a springboard for him to become a more accurate shooter. "Meron din talaga kasi yung, dun sa nangyari. Suspension ako tas parang sobrang daming na-realize rin. 'Yung maturity na realize ko para sa akin," Fortea exclaimed. With NU targeting its first title for the first time since 2016, all eyes will be set on a very stacked NU squad, now enjoying the services of fellow national team mainstays Carl Tamayo and Gerry Abadiano, who were redshirted in the loss against Kai Sotto and the Ateneo Blue Eaglets last year. Fortea will be expected to lead the way, and shared his motivation for his teammates. "Gusto naming bumawi talaga. Kasi two straight loss na sa finals eh. Parang ngayon sobrang motivated talaga kami. Prepare lang kami lagi. Kung sino man makalaban sa finals bibigay lang namin yung lahat." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

UAAP Season 81: Dawn of a new era for the Lady Eagles

For five years, Ateneo de Manila University embraced the ‘happy, happy’ and heartstrong mantra preached by former mentor Tai Bundit. This coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament will be the dawn of a new era for the Lady Eagles under new head coach Oliver Almadro. Known as a great motivator who engineered three straight title conquests in the men’s division, Almadro brings to the Lady Eagles a new system and injects and a different approach to the game. “My players trust naman kung ano ang sistema namin, yun ang maganda,” said Almadro, who replaced Bundit after Season 80. “My players naman are slowly getting the system kasi seven months pa lang ako sa Ateneo.” “Sad part lang talaga na ang nga seniors ko, sina Bea (De Leon) and Maddie (Madyag), is [sic] on their last playing years. Kung mayroon pa sanang isang taon medyo may buwelo pero wala na,” he added. “We really have to give our best, we really have to give all-out this year. We have to mature right away.” Almadro also wants his wards to adopt a simple mindset: ‘be better than their best’. "The mindset of my players is to just aim at what is above, play right and be better than their best. Kung ano ang ibinigay nila sa mga previous tournaments they just have to be better than that. Yan ang mindset namin," Almadro said. Bundit handled the Lady Eagles for five years and gave Ateneo its breakthrough crown in Season 76 and a rare tournament sweep in Season 77. For his first order of business, Almadro will try to bring the Lady Eagles back into the Final Four and eventually a return stint to the championship after missing the Finals last year. Ateneo missed the Finals last year after six straight championship appearances and settled for a third place finish.      “Well, realistic goal, of course, first, to be in the Final Four. Because if we reach the Final Four, we have a chance and opportunity to be in the Finals,” said Almadro, who steered the Marck Espejo-led Blue Eagles to three straight titles from Season 77 to 79. “Now, kapag nasa Final Four na, saka natin pag-isipan kung anong mangyayari doon. But of course, all teams are aiming on what is above always, which is the championship.” Almadro will have in his hands a squad with a good mix of veterans and promising rookies. Seasoned players and co-team captains Bea De Leon, Maddie Madayag and Kim Gequillana will return for their swan songs for the blue and white as well as other veterans Kat Tolentino, Ponggay Gaston and last year’s Best Setter Deanna Wong. Rookies Vanessa Gandler and Jaja Maraguinot, sister of former Ateneo hitter Jho Maraguinot who graduated last year, also showed a glimpse of their game during the pre-season, making the Lady Eagles one of the top title contenders.    “I have 60 percent veterans and 40 percent rookies. Hindi siya 50-50 pero vital role kasi 'yung rookies ko kasi in my system kasi, I really rotate players eh,” said Almadro. “So 'yung mga rookies talaga, magagamit at magagamit sila. So, vital role 'yun.” “Importante talaga 'yung mga rookies ko kahit 40% lang sila nu’ng team. And 'yung mga veterans ko naman, new position. So, basically it's a new system talaga,” he added. As part of their build up for the season, the Lady Eagles joined the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference and finished runner-up to star-studded club Creamline led by former Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez. Ateneo also ruled the Viking Cup and set up a training camp in Japan.   With a report from Danine Cruz. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2019

Redick scores 34 points, 76ers beat Nuggets 117-110

By ROB MAADDI,  AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) — JJ Redick scored a season-high 34 points, Jimmy Butler had 22 and the new-look Philadelphia 76ers beat the Denver Nuggets 117-110 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Tobias Harris had 14 points and eight rebounds in his first game for Philadelphia and Joel Embiid scored 15 and grabbed 12 boards despite playing with a stomach flu. Nikola Jokic led Denver with 27 points and Jamal Murray had 23. The Nuggets, who have the second-best record (37-18) in the Western Conference behind Golden State, were missing two of their top five scorers: Gary Harris and Paul Millsap. The Sixers made a flurry of moves before Thursday's trade deadline, acquiring Harris, Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott from the Clippers, James Ennis from Houston and Jonathon Simmons from Orlando. Harris hit a jumper to give the Sixers a 105-103 lead with under four minutes left and then grabbed a rebound to set up Embiid's layup. Butler stole the ball, got fouled and hit a pair of three throws to extend the lead to 109-103. Ben Simmons' driving, left-handed dunk over Mason Plumlee thrilled the crowd and deflated the Nuggets. Sixers legend Allen Iverson jumped from his courtside seat and smacked hands with fans after Simmons' thunderous slam. Philadelphia (35-20) is ted with Boston for the fourth spot in the East. The Sixers took a 50-34 lead when Simmons lobbed an alley-oop pass to Butler for a one-handed jam and Ennis hit a 3 off a cross-court pass from Harris. But Denver answered with a 22-6 run to tie it at 56 at halftime. Philly led 83-82 after three quarters. Harris helped ignite an early 10-0 run. He hit a 3-pointer, 8-footer and dished to Redick for an open 3 to cap the burst. Marjanovic got a loud ovation when he entered the game midway through the first and another one after he scored on a driving layup. KEEP THE CORE Sixers GM Elton Brand said the team plans to retain Butler and Harris, who are both playing the final years of their contracts. "I've gotten all assurances from the managing partners that we can bring them back and sign them for whatever it takes to sign them. We want to keep this core long term," Brand said. TIP-INS Nuggets: Harris missed his fifth consecutive game with a strained right groin. Millsap missed his third straight with right ankle soreness. ... Beat the Sixers 126-110 at home on Jan. 26. 76ers: The Sixers retired Hall of Famer Moses Malone's No. 2 in a halftime ceremony. Malone helped lead Philadelphia to its last championship 36 years ago. ... Members of the 1983 NBA championship team, including "Dr. J" Julius Erving, rang the team's ceremonial bell at midcourt before the game. ... Ennis had six points and Marjanovic had four. Both played 15 minutes. ... Butler made all 14 of his free throws. UP NEXT Nuggets: Host the Miami Heat on Monday night. 76ers: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Kings come back from 11 down in fourth to beat Heat 102-96

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN,  Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Buddy Hield scored 23 points and made a pair of free throws with 17 seconds left, and the Sacramento Kings rallied from 11 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Miami Heat 102-96 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Bogdan Bogdanovic added 16 points and Harrison Barnes scored 12 in his Kings debut after being acquired from Dallas as part of a three-team trade earlier in the week. Josh Richardson scored 21 points and Dwyane Wade had 15 for Miami, all coming after the 12-time All-Star was involved in a scary fall with 15 seconds left in the first quarter. Wade landed awkwardly while going for a rebound and his head bounced off the floor. He immediately grabbed the back of his head, and then rolled onto his stomach, where he lay while being checked by a team trainer. Wade was eventually helped to his feet and walked off the court. He was examined by a team trainer and was checked for a possible concussion before returning with 4:35 remaining in the first half. Hassan Whiteside added 17 points and 19 rebounds, while Dion Waiters scored 12 points for Miami. The Kings closed the game on a 9-0 run over the final 2 minutes to extend their winning streak to four over the Heat. Sacramento trailed 96-93 following Richardson's layup with 2:05 left. After Willie Cauley-Stein's dunk, Bogdanovic and Hield both made free throws. Hield then scored off an offensive rebound before he and Cauley-Stein combined for three free throws to end the run. Before that, much of the attention was focused on Wade's final game in Sacramento that nearly ended early when Wade appeared to get hurt. After returning, Wade made a trio of 3-pointers then drove around Sacramento's 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein for a layup that gave the Heat a 59-50 lead. Wade struggled down the stretch when Miami was trying to hold onto its lead. He committed a turnover while trying to lob a pass to Whiteside, then missed a 3-pointer with 32 seconds left. Richardson also missed a layup and had a pass go through his hands for a turnover in the final seconds. TIP-INS Heat: Ryan Anderson, acquired in a trade from Phoenix at the deadline, did not play. Kings: Before the game Corey Brewer signed a 10-day contract. The seventh overall pick in 2007, Brewer played in seven games with Philadelphia this season before being released by the 76ers earlier this week. UP NEXT Heat: At Golden State on Sunday. Kings: Host Phoenix on Sunday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2019

Rondo s jumper at buzzer lifts Lakers over Celtics 129-128

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Rajon Rondo hit a 20-foot jumper as time expired to lift the Los Angeles Lakers over the Boston Celtics, 129-128 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). FOR THE #LAKESHOW WIN!! pic.twitter.com/18wt7rKGtF — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 8, 2019 LeBron James had 28 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 25 points and Rondo had 17 points and 10 assists to help Los Angeles bounce back after a 42-point loss at Indiana on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Rondo was in the right place at the right time for his final shot against the team he won an NBA title with in 2008. Brandon Ingram had his layup attempt blocked by Al Horford, but Horford whiffed on the rebound and the ball bounced into Rondo's hands. Kyrie Irving led Boston with 24 points and eight assists. Jayson Tatum added 22 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis has 20 points off the bench but the Celtics had a five-game win streak snapped. It ended a wild, speculation-filled day in which the NBA's trade deadline expired with one of the players potentially on the wish list of both the Lakers and Celtics staying with his current team. Los Angeles attempted to put together a deal for New Orleans big man Anthony Davis, but the Pelicans held onto the All-Star despite him saying recently that he would not sign an extension and wanted to be traded. It means any potential suitor will have to wait until the summer to make a run at him. The Lakers weren't completely quiet Thursday (Friday, PHL time), trading Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac to the Clippers for Mike Muscala. But for now, James will have to go forward with most of a roster that improved to 2-2 since his return from a groin injury that kept him out of action a month. TIP-INS Lakers: Shot 22-of-41 from the three-point line. Celtics: Were outscored 50-42 in the paint. . Shot 16-of-38 from the three-point line. WILD FINISH Boston led by as many as 18 in the first half. The Lakers erased it in third quarter, connecting on nine of their 13 attempts from beyond the arc and outscoring the Celtics 42-27 in the period to retake the lead entering the fourth. But the Celtics responded with a 15-4 run to start the final period to get it back. James and Irving traded shots down the stretch. In one exchange James' three-pointer cut Boston's lead to 114-113. Irving then calmly responded with his own step-back 27-footer. Later, it was Irving assisting on a big basket. With Boston leading 121-118, Irving drove into the middle of the Los Angeles defense and kicked it out to a wide-open Marcus Morris for a three with just 1:24 left. But following an Irving turnover, James tied it with his own corner three-pointer. TOUGHER EAST The Celtics stood mostly pat at the trade deadline, except for trading Jabari Bird to the Atlanta Hawks. The move opens a roster spot for the Celtics and allowed them part ways with a player who hasn't played this season after charged with beating up his girlfriend last September. But two of the teams currently in front of them in the East did make some changes. The Bucks, who had the best record in the NBA entering the day, picked up Nikola Mirotic in a deal with the Pelicans. The Raptors added former All-Star center Marc Gasol from Memphis in exchange for center Jonas Valanciunias. "Those teams were already really good. And the assumption would only be that they'd only benefit from those moves," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said. "It will be quite a challenge. As we knew it would be." UP NEXT Lakers: Continue their six-game road trip at Philadelphia on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Celtics: Host the Clippers on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2019

Hua Siong suffers first loss in NBTC-Iloilo

DEFENDING champion Hua Siong College of Iloilo (HSCI) ran out of steam in the ongoing National Basketball Training Center (NBTC)-Iloilo quarterfinals after suffering their first defeat in the hands of University of San Agustin (USA), 90-86, at the Western Institute of Technology (WIT) covered gym, Feb. 2. San Agustin banked on Jesmar Edgar Fulgencio’s back-to-back […] The post Hua Siong suffers first loss in NBTC-Iloilo appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

Patriots defeat Rams in lowest-scoring SB ever

ATLANTA (AP) — For those who may have dozed off ... the Patriots have won the Super Bowl. New England topped the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in a game that dragged the high-def NFL back to the days of black-and-white TV. It was the lowest-scoring Super Bowl in the 53-year history of the game. Tom Brady captured his record sixth NFL title by throwing for 262 yards, without a touchdown. The Patriots matched the Steelers for most Super Bowl wins, with six. Julian Edelman caught 10 passes for 141 yards; he was the day's only consistent offensive threat. Brady engineered the game's lone touchdown drive —a five-play, 69-yard march punctuated by an over-the-shoulder, 29-yard throw into the hands of tight end Rob Gronkowski. On the next play, Sony Michel scored on a 2-yard plunge with 7 minutes to play for a 10-3 lead. But the real stars of this game were the New England defenders, who smothered Rams quarterback Jared Goff, holding him to 229 yards that felt like less. After New England's score, Goff moved the Rams down to the New England 28 with 4:30 left. But the third-year quarterback threw one up for grabs near the end zone and cornerback Stephon Gilmore stepped in front for the interception. The Rams, who averaged 32.9 points a game this season, joined the Miami Dolphins —from Super Bowl 6 in 1972— as the only the second team not to muster a touchdown in the title game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2019

PBA: Rain or Shine bounces back, stuns San Miguel

ANTIPOLO--Rain or Shine came out with a lot of zest and took the very best that San Miguel Beer could offer on Friday night, carving out a 108-98 victory for a great bounce back from its first loss in the PBA Philippine Cup eliminations at Ynares Center here. The Elasto Painters used a huge second quarter to gain control before fending off several uprisings by the Beermen and get back on track after dropping a 99-111 upset at the hands of Blackwater just a couple of nights ago Four-time MVP James Yap scored 21 points in a relief role at the shooting guard spot, but the Painters got the biggest boost from rookie Javee Mocon, who had career-highs of 18 points and 16 rebounds tha...Keep on reading: PBA: Rain or Shine bounces back, stuns San Miguel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

Families digging for loved ones

BRUMADINHO — Under a scorching sun, Tereza Ferreira Nascimento on Wednesday dug through the mud with garden tools and her hands in search of her brother Paulo Giovane dos Santos, resigned to the reality that he was most likely dead six days after the collapse of a Brazilian dam holding back mine waste. As search-and-recovery […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2019

PBA: Big win vs. TNT shows Meralco’s character says Newsome

After taking a beating at the hands of four-time champion San Miguel Beer last week, it looked like Meralco was on its way to another beatdown Wednesday. The Bolts were down early to TNT KaTropa, giving a 13-0 run right off the bat and trailed by 21 in the second quarter, 9-30. Fortunately, Meralco would get close at the break, cutting the deficit to nine points. The Bolts then went to work in the second half, clamping down on defense to frustrate the KaTropa. Meralco comleted a 32-point turnaround to pick up the win, even leading by as many as 19 points in the final period. “Last game we got blown out by SMB and it didn’t look pretty in that first quarter. But you know, that’s big credit to the team for actually coming in at halftime and staying positive,” guard Chris Newsome said. “In those situations, it’s really easy to break apart and start blaming one another and things like that. But we did a very good job of staying positive and encouraging each other. We made halftime adjustments and gave it everything we had,” he added. Newsome says it was a big character win for the Bolts, especially showing resolve an bouncing back after a terrible last game against the Beermen. Down early to the KaTropa, Meralco didn’t shut down and fought back to get the big win. “It’s definitely big, especially the way we lost to San Miguel. It wasn’t pretty at all,” Newsome said. “Of course, after a blow out game, you tend to get down. Teams can kind go their separate ways instead of coming together. It shows a lot of character with the guys in our locker roo,” he added. Now sitting at 2-2 for the season, Newsome says it’s important for the Bolts to stay consistent in order to get some more wins moving forward. Defense has been holding up for the most part for Meralco and it has to stay that way. “For us, it’s just gonna have to be consistency. We all know we’re undersized for the All-Filipino but we still want to be known as a defensive team. For us to be consistent and make it difficult for out opponents, that’s basically Meralco basketball in a nutshell,” Newsome said. “Offensively, we understand  that have to be creative in how to score the ball, and of course we gotta hit shots. Today, a lot of guys came through in the second half. It all comes down to consistency,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

PBA: TNT shoots for third straight win against Bolts

Signal has been restored at TNT. After back-to-back losses to start the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, the KaTropa have bounced back to win back-to-back, including a convincing decision against defending four-time champion San Miguel Beer. TNT hopes to continue its rise in the standings with a third straight win and sister team Meralco stands in the way of that. The KaTropa battle the Bolts in teh first game Wednesday at the Cuneta Astrodome with Meralco (1-2) looking to recover following a beating suffered at the hands of the Beermen last week. Tip off will be at 4:30 p.m. before the 7:00 p.m. clash of Rain or Shine and Blackwater. The Elasto Painters are perfect after two games while the Elite are still winless after two outings.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 30th, 2019

NCAA Season 94 volleyball: Perpetual earns Finals berth in thrilling comeback

University of Perpetual Help wanted to make history. The No. 4 seed Lady Altas wrote it Tuesday with a miraculous win. Perpetual came back from a 1-2 match deficit and showed nerves of steel in the closing stretch of the fifth set to escape with a hard-earned 25-17, 27-29, 19-25, 26-24, 16-14, win over top seed College of St. Benilde and clinch the last NCAA Season 94 women’s volleyball Finals berth at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Tuesday. The Lady Altas showed their big hearts and mental toughness, erasing a 12-22 deficit in the fourth set to force a decider and coming back from a 7-10 down in the fifth to set up a best-of-three Finals series against two-time defending champion Arellano University.   “Mental toughness,” said Lady Altas coach Macky Carino, whose squad defeated the twice-to-beat Lady Blazers in the Final Four opener last week. “Sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Hangga’t di tapos ang game, 'wag titigil na lumaban ng lumaban.”            Graduating hitter Cindy Imbo played her heart out to post a career-high and season-best 32 points to lead the Lady Altas back into the Finals for the first time in last four years. Imbo scattered 29 kills, two aces and one kill block while adding 14 digs and 11 receptions for an all-around performance for Perpetual, which last held the title back in Season 89 and first Finals appearance since finishing runner-up to Arellano U in Season 90. Jenny Gaviola got 10 markers while Hannah Suico and Jhona Rosal posted nine and eight markers, respectively, for the Las Pinas-based squad, which got its women's, men's and juniors team advance in the championship.  Game 1 of the best-of-three championship series opens on Friday. Perpetual saw itself get buried, 12-22, in the fourth frame before mounting an incredible 12-1 scoring spurt capped by Imbo's easy drop off CSB's misreceive to take a 24-23 lead. The two squads traded service errors in the next play before Imbo completed the fourth set comeback with a hit.     The Lady Altas again went down, 7-10, in the fifth frame before Imbo scored five of the next six points of Perpetual for a 13-10 advantage. The Lady Blazers countered to tie it at 14 before Imbo took matters on her own hands with a through the block hit and the championship berth-clinching service ace. Graduating Rachel Austero scored 17 points while Klarisa Abriam had 16 markers for CSB. Chelsea Umali landed seven aces for 14 markers while Felicia Cui got 11 for the Lady Blazers, who missed a return stint into the Finals for the third straight year since the Taft-based squad captured its breakthrough title under Carino in Season 91.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2019

ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio Laughs Off Heartbreaking Loss To Adriano Moraes

Former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio was upbeat and all smiles even after a heartbreaking defeat at the hands of his old rival Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes last Friday, 25 January.   The pair completed the first trilogy in ONE Championship history at ONE: HERO'S ASCENT at the Mall Of Asia Arena, which resulted in Moraes winning the bout via unanimous decision.   It was an intense back and forth affair, with many fans and observers believing that the Baguio-native was well ahead on the scorecards after the contest.   The bout, however, did not turn out the way the home crowd expected as Moraes was ultimately given the nod after five grueling rounds.   "Every round I ask coach Mark and Eduard Folayang, they told me I was winning the fight. But then when the winner was declared, the first thing that came to my mind was they were joking along," Eustaquio said as he bursted into laughter.   "I thought I was able to edge him out in striking, my punches were able to land though our game plan was to knock him out.   "According to coach, my timing wasn't right because each time I get to clip him was when he was moving backwards."   Regardless of what his corner said during the contest, Eustaquio was more than convinced that he was up on the scorecards after five rounds.   He knows he landed the more significant strikes during the match, but he would rather respect the judges' decision instead of going out of his way to protest the official outcome.   "There were times when I saw his knees wobble and that was an indication that it was a near KO. Based on the judging criteria, I was thinking, I was able to score in that area," Eustaquio shared.   "But it is what it is. What hurts more is that there were two Filipino judges. What's happening in Philippine mixed martial arts? But hey, I have to stay positive."   Eustaquio says he would take a quick break for now and then it is back to the drawing board for him. It remains unknown what the future has in store for him, and he is willing to go through a difficult path in hopes of becoming a world champion again.   "If they want me to fight Adriano for the fourth time, why not?”  said Eustaquio.   "If they want me to compete in the grand prix, if that's going to be my ticket to face him again in the event he's still champ at that time, then why not?".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

ONE Championship: Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes share moment of respect

When it was all said and done, Geje Eustaquio and Adriano Moraes shared a moment of respect after their five-round war at ONE: Hero's Ascent, Friday evening at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.  For the third time in their careers, Eustaquio and Moraes battled for the ONE Flyweight World Championship, and for the second time, it was Moraes who came away the victory, taking the trilogy match via unanimous decision.  After the belt was awarded to Moraes, he and Eustaquio kneeled in front of each other shook hands and embraced. In between them was the gold strap that will forever keep their legacies intertwined.  Geje Eustaquio versus Adriano Moraes is ONE Championship's first real rivalry, with their history going back to 2014 when they first met.  Three world title matches later, nothing remains between the two aside from utmost respect.  "I’m thanking him for bringing the best version of Geje Eustaquio," the Filipino former champion said when asked what he told Moraes during that touching moment. "Because I have to admit, without Adriano, I am not as skilled as I am right now, I am not as good as I am right now, it’s all because of him." "He has been in the flyweight division for four years, and if you are the champion, the rest of the division is looking forward to every move you have, every angle you move, they always study you. I got the chance to thank him for making me a better Geje Eustaquio." Moraes shared the same sentiments, saying that he considers Eustaquio more than just an opponent, but rather a friend and a 'ONE Championship teammate'.  "Me and Geje, we worked together about six years ago. When I signed with ONE Championship, Geje Eustaquio was here already. I respect him a lot. We fought for the first flyweight world championship, me and Geje, we have history together, like opponents but like friends too. We are like ONE Championship teammates." Moraes emphasized on how much it meant to be able to share some ONE Championship history with the Team Lakay star.  "If I’m not the champion, I was happy that Geje was the champion. When this history was finished, the first trilogy of ONE Championship, we just embraced each other and said ‘Thank you, for helping me to be a better person, better fighter, everyday. Thank you for this match, because if you don’t have a good opponent, you don’t have a good fight, and for those fighters who love to fight, you love to fight against a good fighter. Geje is a good fighter and I loved to have this history against him. It’s against him, but it’s like together with him." While for now, it appears that the Eustaquio-Moraes trilogy has reached its end, down the road there's always a chance that the two top flyweights will cross paths once again......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Fil-Am Remy Martin drops double-double, insane dunk in Arizona State win

Filipino-American point guard Remy Martin dropped 15 points, a career-high 11 assists, and punctuated his performance with a sensational slam dunk to help Arizona State defeat UCLA, 84-73 Friday afternoon (Manila time) at Pauley Pavilion. The sophomore playmaker, who was back as a starter, put a premium on distributing the ball in the earlygoings, tallying eight dimes in the first half alone, before dropping 13 of his 15 markers in the second half to lead the Sun Devils to their third straight victory. The 5-foot-11 point guard also delivered a contested rim-rattling slam to make the victory even sweeter. In @SunDevilHoops' win over UCLA, Remy Martin had: 1️⃣5️⃣ points 1️⃣1️⃣ assists 1️⃣ insane dunk pic.twitter.com/CbcFQHoLBy — Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) January 25, 2019 Arizona State rookie Luguentz Dort dropped 16 points, while senior forward Zylan Cheatham had just 9 markers, but brought down 20 rebounds to backstop Martin. With the win, the Sun Devils improve to a 14-5 win-loss card, and a 5-2 record in the Pac-12 Conference. Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes led the way with 15 points apiece for the Bruins, who have lost their third straight game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 25th, 2019