Enzo Flojo's 2017 NBA wish list

Enzo Flojo's 2017 NBA wish list.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2017

BVR shifts into higher gear as 2017 tour heads to La Union

After another successful leg at Lakawon Island that featured perhaps the most incredible final of the calendar year so far, the Beach Volleyball Republic gets ready to shift into higher gear with a fourth leg set for this weekend. Kicking off the first of two legs this April, BVR on Tour 2017 makes its return to La Union as Kahuna Beach will host a two-day joust featuring both the women's and men's division. While this leg is sitll more of the same as with the three previous ones, Kahuna Beach will offer something a little different as previous winners from BVR on Tour 2017 will be automatically seeded in a double-elimination format. Aside from P30,000 grand prize for the champion, slots for the 2017 BVR National Championships set for June are also at stake. So far, the tentative list for the Kahuna Beach leg of BVR on Tour 2017 include two-time leg champion Bea Tan teamming up with former Adamson Lady Falcon Amanda Villanueva. Fellow two-time leg winner Dzi Gervacio will have Charo Soriano as partner while Lakawon Island champion Kassi Gormley will go to battle with Cecila Bangad. Teams from PNP-Tagum, Airforce, Lyceum, Perpetual, and RTU are also on the initial list for La Union. In the men's division, two-time leg champions KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto are set to go on tour again after missing Lakawon Island. Their chief rivals Kevin Hadlocon and Jeremiah Barrica are also scheduled to compete as the FEU pair look for a second straight leg win. The Taneo brothers from Perpetual Help also figure in a tight race for the men's championship while pairs from Cebu, Navy, Lyceum, Airforce, and Bacolod complete the list. BVR on Tour 2017 has gone to Cabugao, Ilocos Sur, Dagupan, Pangasinan, and Lakawon Island, Negros Occidental this year for the first three legs of the 2017 BVR tournament. After the La Union leg, it will also go to Visayas this May and then to Ilocos Norte before the culmination on June. BVR Kahuna Beach is set for April 1-2.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2017

Talisay paddlers dominate Baroto Regatta

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/richiel-s-chavez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Richiel S. Chavez /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> BROTHERS Lyndon and Ricardo Sumalinog completed a three-peat after reigning in the 2017 Balik Baroto Regatta last Sunday in Barangay Poblacion, Talisay City. The Sumalinog brothers of Tangke, Talisay City completed the estimated 13-kilometer course in one hour 50 minutes and 48 seconds for their third consecutive victory in the event held in line with the 72nd anniversary of the historic Landing of the American Liberation Forces. “Maybe we are used to it already because we paddle our way when we sail at sea almost every day,” said the Sumalinogs. It was a clean sweep by the Talisaynons in the Top 5 list as tandem Gilberto Obrero and Frankie Gamboa came second in 1:52:04, just two seconds ahead of Mario Canon and Arnold Cabalda. Virgilio Jumao-as and Marto Abines wound up fourth in 1:54:23, while Limdel and Jimmy Malinao placed fifth with 1:58:40. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2017

Top bets join NAGT in Cebu

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/richiel-s-chavez" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Richiel S. Chavez /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> THE promising prospects of triathlon will be in Cebu for the second leg of the 2017 National Age Group Triathlon (NAGT) in Camotes Island this Sunday. “We are very sensitive to the comments that most of the sprint races are in Luzon. So we bring this leg to Visayas. We’re happy that Boying (Oscar Rodriguez) agreed to host this race,” said Triathlon Association of the Philippines (Trap) national coach Rick Reyes during the press conference yesterday. Reyes was joined by the junior triathletes and member of the junior national team from Cebu, Davao and Dipolog, whom he think will be the prospects in representing the country in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenas Aires. Cebuana rising triathlete Karen Andrea Manayon, who was recently named as part of the national pool, was one of the kids. “Karen (Manayon) is very consistent and been winning in the previous races. She’s probably one of the female triathlets who can represent us in the 2018 YOG if she maintains her performance,” said Rick Reyes. “I had a continuous training and I’m hoping to win this race,” said Manayon, who recently won in the Alaska Ironkids Philippines in Subic this month. The sprint competition this Sunday, which will start and end at the Santiago Bay, is one of the qualifying races for the 2018 YOG. Trap has calendared 10 qualifying races. “We had three races in 2016, six races this year and a final race in 2018. The participants will get points and will be evaluated on their performances and from there we will make a short list. We started this early so we can prepare the kids early before the YOG,” said Reyes, who added that they will select six kids—three boys and three girls. Trap Vice-President Rodriguez said that more than 100 participants have signed up for the event, including the formidable junior triathletes from Luzon. He said that the participants can still register onsite. “For the grassroots level, we have come up with the aquathlon event. This will be for the kids who don’t have a bike,” said Rodriguez. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 23rd, 2017

Aces roll to another impressive win

Still so far so good for the Aces in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup. Alaska joined defending champion Rain or Shine and Meralco at the top of the standings early i nthe mid-season conference after scoring a convincing 109-95 victory over a struggling Blackwater side Wednesday at the Big Dome. Taking a second straight win in as many games, the Aces are on top right now with two other teams with a clean 2-0 slate. 'It's great to start the season 2-0 and play with some energy,' head coach Alex Compton said. 'It's a total team effort. I'm just proud of the guys.' Alaska started to slowly pull away in the second quarter before really opening the floodgates in the third. With Cory Jefferson once again leading the charge, the Aces led by as much as 21 points, 72-51, in the second half. Jefferson, whose had three practices with Alaska since arriving in the country last week, finished with 28 points, 20 in the last two quarters, and 15 rebounds. The local support was adequate for the Aces as well as five players scored at least 9 points with rookie Carl Bryan Cruz on top of the list with 15 off the bench. Coming off a sorry double-overtime loss to Phoenix over the weekend, the Elite now drop to 0-2 in the Commissioner's Cup. Reil Cervantes led Blackwater with 21 points while import Greg Smith, who debuted with a 30-30 game, was limited to only 14 points and 16 rebounds after fouling out at the 7:26 mark of the fourth period.   br /> The scores: ALASKA 109 - Jefferson 28, Cruz 15, Exciminiano 13, Racal 12, Thoss 10, Abueva 9, Galliguez 7, Pascual 5, Banchero 4, Mendoza 4, Enciso 2. BLACKWATER 95 - Cervantes 21, Smith 14, Sumang 13, Buenafe 11, Belo 9, Digregorio 8, Ababou 4, Sena 4, Pascual 4, Aguilar 3, Gamalinda 2, Miranda 2, Pinto 0. Quarterscores: 27-23, 52-43, 80-68, 109-95   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

LIST: Duterte appointees announced on March 21, 2017

LIST: Duterte appointees announced on March 21, 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 22nd, 2017

Sy richest Filipino

Based on Forbes 2017 Global Billionaires’ list, the Sy family’s 92-year-old patriarch has an estimated net worth of $12.7 billion – roughly P637.2 billion – as of this month, making him the world’s 94th richest person......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

CHOW BUZZ | 'Asias50Best Restaurants 2017 list recap, who's next from the Philippines?

CHOW BUZZ | 'Asias50Best Restaurants 2017 list recap, who's next from the Philippines?.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

Forbes: 14 Filipinos on 2017 world billionaires list

MANILA, Philippines — Fourteen Filipinos returned to the recently released Forbes magazine's annual billionaires list......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 21st, 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Myx Music Awards 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Myx Music Awards 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

Serna: Too old for Bb.

div class="field field-name-field-location field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above"> div class="field-label">Location:  /div> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/taxonomy/term/18" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Cebu /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-author field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/author/roger-serna" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Roger Serna /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-field-column field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even"> a href="/column/sounds-and-images" typeof="skos:Concept" property="rdfs:label skos:prefLabel" datatype="">Sounds and images /a> /div> /div> /div> div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"> div class="field-items"> div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"> I FELT sad upon knowing that Ms. Earth-Air 2012 Stephany Stefanowitz did not make it to the elite list of Bb. Pilipinas 2017 hopefuls due to a technicality: over-age. Why did Stephany wait at least five years? She could have been an easy choice to complete the lineup had she made the move earlier. Sigh. Stephany is a Psalmstre Enterprises endorser along with Kapamilya actor Ejay Falcon, Lawrence Mossman and Mr. World 2016 1st Runner-up Fernando Alvarez. *** My sense of Cebuano pride swelled as I watched Pilita Corrales being featured in the Sunday show ASAP last weekend. Some Visayan songstresses like Dulce, Dessa and Jaya along with ASAP regulars Zsa Zsa Padilla, Jona and Mariz, sang songs (Visayan, Tagalog and English) that were popularized by Pilita, Asia’s Queen of Songs. I smiled as some of the singers copied the “trademark” bend that characterized every Pilita performance then and now. *** Piolo Pascual’s latest movie Northern Lights is scheduled to be shown on March 29. I am still clueless to the details of the movie up to this writing. What is good to the loyal followers of Papa P is that your idol is coming again to Cebu to promote the movie. Just keep posted. *** Three child endorsers of consumer products (cheese, snack food made of sweet corn and crab meat, and a fabric conditioner) have impressed me with the facial expressions and voice projections. I can still remember Marco Masa’s first commercial (a toothpaste brand) where he effectively portrayed the role of an inquisitive pre-schooler. /div> /div> /div>.....»»

Category: newsSource:  sunstarRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

Doc Volleyball: Unfinished Business

It has been 2 years since I got a call from my former college coach Oliver Almadro inviting me to suit up for the team he was tasked to organize for the 2015 South East Asian Games (SEA Games) in Singapore. Back then, I was already starting my medical practice through a moonlight stint at Boracay Island. I thought I was done with the sport. I had no more volley responsibilities and had no commitments whatsoever. My only allegiance was to my budding practice. It was not an easy invitation for my part as I knew the trade-offs that I would make. Not only will I impair my current earning to settle for a measly compensation, I would also have to put on hold the momentum of my medical profession which admittedly hasn’t taken off yet. I asked Coach O why still ask me when there’s a ton of emerging stars back there at the metro. His explanation was simple. He already had a “dream team” in mind, but despite the many he called, only a few answered. In line with that, given the tight schedule he was tasked by the NSA, it would be logical for him to enlist players he has already worked with. At that time, everyone had high hopes for Philippine Volley. With a new governing body at the helm, it was already a victory for everyone that the country was once again fielding both a men’s and women’s team for the SEA Games after a long hiatus. While both us and our female counterparts fell short in qualifying for podium finishes, our mere re-joining and tallying a couple of wins definitely spelled a sense of hope to a continuously increasing volley community. Were our teams good? No doubt about it. Was it the best the country could have offered? I would have to admit no. As the host country passes the torch to Malaysia and the ceremonies come to a close, we were all in high hopes that in two years perhaps, with continuous training and support, we would make the country proud not just with our mere presence in the tourney but with actual podium finishes and medals around our necks. We packed our bags, flew back to Manila, went on back to our daily lives. Fast forward to 2017 and we are now once again in a familiar scene. Only a few months left before a major tourney and we are yet to field in an actual line-up. Whatever happened to the long term plans of 2015, one can only imagine. This 2017 Malaysia SEA Games should be the fruition of the unfinished business of 2015. A podium finish is expected now and I admit that it’s definitely a tall order given the level of preparation. However, with an ever growing pool of talents, this new selection process can serve as a new ray of hope for the volley community. It is of no doubt that the newly appointed Head Coaches were able to put up a commendable list of national team hopefuls. Looking at the individuals enlisted for both men’s and women’s team, I can already imagine the ideal team set-up. Indeed, the players considered are outstanding individually, but the challenge still remains in synergizing them and working on a system that is internationally competent. strong>Men’s Training Pool: Initial Thoughts /strong> I had the pleasure of playing with or against some of the names included in the men’s training pool. One quick glance at the list and I can easily surmise that head coach Sammy Acaylar is building up a wall. From middles to setters, Acaylar has a pool of tall players at his disposal. I can definitely see the trio of Ran-Ran Abdilla, Mark Alfafara and Howard Mojica gunning from the left pins and the pipe while John Vic De Guzman blasts away from the right pin and back row. Reyson Fuentes and Herschel Ramos will man the wall for net defense while a tall setter in Mark Deximo further fortifies it. While Peter Torres is a shoo-in for another middle position, his bread and butter slide attack might pose some problems in synchronization with De Guzman’s right wing and back row attack. This is due to the fact that if in the first middle position, the slide can be an obstacle to a right back row attack and as a second middle, the slide attack will force the opposite to hit more combination x-plays which are proving to be easily mitigated in the international scene especially against teams with tall pin blockers. It would be definitely be easy for the coaches to come up with a strong team with the men’s pool. Though still short in height by western standards, the size of the potential team would be competent enough at the SEA Games level. That doesn’t mean though that we can still apply the local level of play with heavy reliance on combination x-plays. Based on experience, teams like Thailand and Myanmar are not only tall but also agile and can serve aggressively. Heavy reliance on the local offensive style of combination plays will prove problematic since it is to be expected that passing will not be accurate enough to run such offense consistently. Rather, the team would have better chances scoring in running consistent tempo plays to the pins, pipe or back right in which the timing gap between the quicker and pin hitter are minimized as much as possible. strong>Women’s Training Pool: Initial Thoughts /strong> Looking at the short list for the women’s team, it is of no surprise that head coach Vicente is also building up a vertically competent roster. While Acaylar will have an easy time handpicking the men’s hopefuls, such cannot be said for Vicente. With the continuous emergence of the sport especially in the women’s division, the talent pool of both collegiate and professional players continues to grow. My initial thoughts on a potentially formidable lineup would have Alyssa Valdez, Myla Pablo and Dindin Manabat from the left pins, Jaja Santiago and Aiza Maizo-Pontillas from the right, Aby Marano and Maika Ortiz to add impeccable block timing from the middle, Rhea Dimaculangan and Kim Fajardo orchestrating the play, while Denden Lazaro mans the floor. One crucial factor here is the ability of the outside hitters to hit a pipe and the opposites with the right back row. Much like their male counterparts, the challenge for the women’s team would be on running an offensive system that is internationally competent and updated. While it works here in the local scene, heavy reliance on combination x-plays as the bread and butter offense would also prove problematic since teams like Thailand and Vietnam also have tall players who are much more agile and disciplined in terms of blocking. In line with that, the women’s team cannot just rely on the height in terms of blocking since the top SEA Games teams also run fast tempo plays. Blocking at the SEA games level would entail careful observation of opponent setter biomechanics especially for the Middles since tentative and instinct blocking would not be effective against the likes of Thailand’s Nootsara Tomkom. More than the height, middles will be hard pressed in improving their agility and footwork to ensure that they can easily close the gap while penetrating the arms across the net especially against fast tempo plays not commonly seen in the local setting. strong>Missing in Action /strong> Given the list of considered athletes, we go back to the question – will it be a good team? Definitely! Will it be the best the country can offer though? Well, that is still up for debate. To address the elephant in the room, the most notable exclusions are Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas for the men’s team and Jia Morado and Melissa Gohing over at the women’s side. Standing at 6’4” with commendable vertical reach, Bagunas has proven himself to be a force to reckon with at the net be it in offense or defense. Since top teams in the SEA Games have highly threatening opposites like Thailand’s ace, Jirayu Raksakaew, Bagunas’ size and leap would be of benefit for the team. On the other hand, Espejo would be sorely missed for his overall versatility. While it is of no doubt that Espejo has proven himself as the best left pin hitter in UAAP history to date, what makes him stand out is his impeccable work at the back row. Aside from his pipe attacks, Espejo’s passing and digging ability has made him stand out amongst other left pin hitters. His previous SEA Games experience especially in passing Thailand’s aggressive serving could have been a crucial factor for the team to run consistent offense. Despite ending her collegiate career with a gold medal, Melissa Gohing has proven that she can definitely improve more. With back to back championships in the V-League, Gohing has shown tremendous growth in terms of her ball control and placement. Despite facing hard hitters especially with the reinforced conference, she was able to hold her ground and contribute significantly to her team’s defense. That consistency and experience could have been also a much needed boost for the upcoming team. Perhaps the most surprising exclusion that sparked community intrigue would be that of Jia Morado. In the UAAP, Morado has so far been the only setter to date to actually implement an updated style of setting that blends consistency and agility. The manner by which she runs tempo plays to the pins and middles has been a major factor for her team to disrupt the blocking strategies of their opponents. Morado, with her international experience, could definitely be of tremendous help in increasing the agility of our team’s offense. Her fast tempo plays could have been crucial in circumventing the blocks of other countries a preview of which is how her team was able to dismantle the defense of a relatively good blocking team such as UP in their recent encounter.     .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2017

SPONSORSHIP SPEECH for SOGIE Equality Bill: Pag-asa para sa pagkakapantay-pantay

[Sponsorship speech of Dinagat Islands Rep. Kaka Bag-ao for House Bill No. 4982 (SOGIE Equality Act) at the House of Representatives on 14 March 2017]  The Anti-Discrimination Bill, now known as the SOGIE Equality Bill, was first filed in the 11th Congress by Akbayan Party-List Representative Etta Rosales. Under her stewardship, the bill was approved [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsMar 14th, 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards

FULL LIST: Winners, 2017 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Sinag Maynila 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Sinag Maynila 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 12th, 2017

Amazing Arwind wants San Miguel to stay hungry for PBA titles

If there ever was a hero in Game 5 of the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup Finals for San Miguel Beer, it had to be Arwind Santos. Every time Brgy. Ginebra made a run and the Beermen needed an answer, Santos provided it. Need a three to silence the raucous Ginebra crowd? Arwind has you covered. How about a big block to prevent the Gin Kings from coming back? Santos the Tapal King to the rescue. You need a big dunk to seal three straight Philippine Cup championships? Arwind has something better, a dunk so special even Spider-Man would approve. Lost in the greatness of Chris Ross, the Salt Bae and Muhammad Ali shirt of Marcio Lassiter, the clutchness of Alex Cabagnot, and the imposing presence of June Mar Fajardo, Santos was easily the powerful steam that made the San Miguel engine run. Arwind has done everything for the Beermen all while taking a backseat despite his MVP status. 'Meron na kaming June Mar. Tapos nandiyan pa sila Chris Ross. Kumbaga hindi ka dapat makipag-agawan. Dapat itaas mo pa sila, suportahan mo sila para mas lalo sila umangat,' Santos said of the ultimate team sacrifice he and the Beermen had to make to achieve history. 'Alam mo naman kapag umangat sila, ginawa mo yung part mo na hininto mo yung selos. I'm sure mare-realize ng bawat isa na pwede nila ako tularan. Hindi na ako yung tipong nakikipag-unahan pa sa kanila sa score or sa award. Basta kami masaya kami sa kung saan masaya ang bawat isa. Kagaya nito, champion, lahat masaya,' he added. Making the ultimate sacrifice, Arwind now revels in the sweetness of his latest championship. Even sweeter than last year's Beeracle run. Yes, the Perpetual Trophy is that big a deal it overshadows even the greatest comeback in PBA history. 'Ito yung tamis na pagka-umihi ka lalanggamin na eh,' Santos said, digging deep in his list of 'swakwords. 'Mas matamis siyempre. Sobrang nagpapasalamat talaga ako kasi iilan lang naman yung pwedeng makakuha at makatikim ng ganito katamis na tagumpay,' he added. Despite achieving true dynasty status, Arwind wants no end in sight to San Miguel's reign. Whether it's winning yet another All-Filipino title or making a run for the Beermen's second Grand Slam, Santos wants his team to stay grounded and be hungry for PBA titles. 'Hindi kami humihinto mag-improve at mag-improve. Kaya sana itong nakuha namin hindi lumaki yung ulo ng bawat isa, sana manatili pa rin kaming uhaw sa championship,' he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 6th, 2017

Fajardo wins record 5th Best Player of the Conference award

Further proving his dominance in the PBA, reigning three-time Most Valuable Player June Mar Fajardo won his fifth Best Player of the Conference award Friday at the Big Dome prior to Game 4 of the 2017 Philippine Cup Finals. Capturing his fourth straight All-Filipino BPC plum, Fajardo has tied former San Miguel legend and mentor Danny Ildefonso for most BPC awards in PBA history. The Kraken was the obvious choice to win the award, beating out Globalport's Terrence Romeo. Fajardo averaged an incredible 19.4 points, 15.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 2.4 blocks in the Philippine Cup, leading the Beermen to a 10-1 record in the elimination round before taking care of Rain or Shine and TNT in the playoffs to make a third straight Finals. San Miguel's 6'11' center has now matched his former mentor's feat of winning five BPC awards. Ildefonso, a two-time league MVP and eight-time champion with San Miguel Beer, won five straight BPC awards from 2000 to 2001. TNT's Jayson Castro now stands alone at second place behind the two SMB big men in the all-time list with four BPC awards.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2017

FULL LIST: Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates

FULL LIST: Binibining Pilipinas 2017 candidates.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

Fowler joins friends in winning and extends youth movement

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer   PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Golf's youngest and biggest stars keep winning. Rickie Fowler has mostly been watching. He wasn't in Hawaii when Justin Thomas swept the Aloha State by a combined 10 shots, including a PGA Tour record for 72 holes and a 59 at the Sony Open. He took off the final two weeks of the West Coast swing when Jordan Spieth blew away all his challengers at Pebble Beach, and Dustin Johnson was overwhelming at Riviera. 'It's fun seeing it,' Fowler said. 'It's motivating to see my friends go win. And to have them texting me last night and wishing me the best, telling me to go get it done, it's a fun group to be part of because we're all trying to push each other to be the best players we can be. 'We love seeing each other play well,' he said. 'And we love beating each other when they're at their best.' Sunday at the Honda Classic was Fowler's turn. He didn't want to recite the entire list of text messages he received, though he mentioned Spieth and Thomas and Rory McIlroy, who has been out with a rib injury the last six weeks. Even that old man in the neighborhood, 41-year-old Tiger Woods, chimed in with a message to Fowler for him to get it done. And that's what he did, though Fowler could have done without a brief spell of suspense. Fowler now has four PGA Tour victories, which is solid for a 28-year-old in his eighth season on the PGA Tour, though it doesn't quite stack up with McIlroy, Johnson, Spieth, or even Thomas. The knock on Fowler always has been whether he wins enough to match his marketing machine. He's heard that before. What really got under his skin was knowing that in four previous occasions that he has at least a share of the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour, he had failed to win. Not only that, he had never broken par in the final round when leading. His best chance was at PGA National on a Sunday afternoon that turned blustery. Fowler had a four-shot lead and he never lost it, though there were a few nervous moments. From behind the fourth green, his putt up the slope found the wrong hole — a sprinkler head — and led to bogey. Two holes later, he hooked his tee shot into the water and made double bogey. He could afford that with a four-shot lead. But when Gary Woodland started to make a run, Fowler suddenly was only one shot ahead, and it then became a chance to fail. But only briefly. He rolled in a 40-foot birdie putt on No. 12. He added a 25-foot birdie putt on No. 13. That restored his cushion and his comfort, and when he stuffed a 5-iron from 181 yards into the wind and over the lake at No. 16 to 3 feet and made another birdie, the tournament effectively was over. 'My putter saved me,' Fowler said. 'If I don't make those putts, I've got a pretty tight race.' The finish was not what he wanted — a tee shot into the water on the par-3 17th for a bogey, a wedge into the bunker on the par-5 18th for another bogey, and yet another round over par — 1-over 71 — in a final round when he had the lead. All that did was cost him a chance to break the 72-hole scoring record at PGA National. Fowler finished at 12-under 268, one shot short of the record, but four shots clear of Woodland and Morgan Hoffmann. This is one time Fowler did not care about pretty. He cared about winning. Asked if it was more meaningful to end 13 months without winning or to show he could close out a victory with the lead, Fowler chose the latter. 'Being out front and getting the job done, especially with giving some back and having to fight back,' he said. Fowler moved back into the top 10 — he is No. 9 in this week's ranking — for the first time since September. And he extended a telling trend on the PGA Tour this year. Johnson (32) is the oldest PGA Tour winner in 2017 through eight tournaments. The average age of the winners is 25.5 years. Thomas, who missed the cut, came out to the 18th green to watch Fowler finish. Fowler can finally join them. Next he has to beat them. He could not help but mention that while the Honda Classic typically has a strong field, none of the top was there. All except Jason Day (No. 2) will be at the Mexico Championship next week. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 28th, 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Oscars 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Oscars 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017

LIVE list: Academy Awards 2017 winners

The nominees follow the efforts by Academy of Motions Pictures Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs to diversify the membership of the largely whi.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2017