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Enzo Flojo's 2017 NBA wish list

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

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2017

LIST: Nominees, MTV VMAs 2017

LIST: Nominees, MTV VMAs 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News11 hr. 49 min. ago

MARTIAL LAW SA MINDANAO: Hindi ito ang pangakong pagbabagong hinahanap ng mamamayan

(Explanation of “No” Vote para sa Extension of Martial Law in Mindanao by Anakpawis Rep. Ariel “Ka Ayik” B. Casilao, Hunyo 22, 2017. Tatlo lang sa 64 na Kongresista na taga Mindanao ang bumoto ng 'No') Bilang kinatawan ng Anakpawis Party-list, na binubuo ng mga maralitang sektor, mariin naming inirerehistro ang aming boto na “NO” para [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian Awards 2017

FULL LIST: Winners, Gawad Urian Awards 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

BLOGTABLE: Early picks for Rookie of the Year?

em>NBA.com blogtable /em> Name your top three, ridiculously early Kia Rookie of the Year candidates. * * * strong>David Aldridge: /strong>Good Lord. Okay, for purposes of this ridiculously early exercise, I think you have to go Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball and Dennis Smith Jr. No particular order. strong>Steve Aschburner: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. Ben Simmons br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. Ball grabbed an early lead with his strong showing at the Las Vegas Summer League, and if he’s able to meet or exceed the lofty expectations his team, Lakers fans and the NBA overall have for him, he could win the ROY running away. Ben Simmons figures to be Philadelphia’s latest second-year Rookie candidate, owing to his injury-zapped 2016-17, but like the Sixers’ Joel Embiid and Dario Saric last season, Simmons could wind up splitting votes with teammate Markelle Fultz. Smith Jr. strikes me as a perfect blend of talent, opportunity, drive and need, in that Dallas might basically flip the new point guard the franchise keys and let him drive serious minutes all season long. strong>Fran Blinebury: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. De'Aaron Fox br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. And that will likely change week to week. Unlike last season, we'll have a real rookie race. strong>Scott Howard-Cooper: /strong> 1. Ben Simmons br /> 2. Lonzo Ball br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. But this could be such a great season for rookies that we could go five names and still be leaving out legit candidates. The draft alone was good enough to get excited about the first-year class of 2017-18. And it also includes the guy who would have been the favorite entering last season, Simmons, before getting hurt. strong>Shaun Powell: /strong> 1. Ben Simmons br /> 2. De'Aaron Fox br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. They're the three players who are most likely to have the combination of playing time and responsibility, which should translate into statistics. Will they be the three best players five years from now? Perhaps not. But it's hard to see a first-year player being in better situations than Simmons in Philly, Fox on the rebuilding Kings (where there's little competition at point guard) and Smith (ditto). strong>John Schuhmann: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. Ben Simmons br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. All three of those guys will have the ball in their hands for teams looking to build for the future around their skill sets. So the opportunities are there for them to put up strong boxscore numbers. strong>Sekou Smith: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. Dennis Smith Jr. br /> 3. Josh Jackson It is ridiculously early for Rookie of the Year candidates, but this is the silly season. So why not? Lonzo Ball has to headline anyone's short list. The Lakers' face of the franchise showed us exactly what he can do during summer league. He's joined on my short list by fellow top lottery picks Dennis Smith Jr., who will have the ball in his hands from the first day of training camp in Dallas, and Josh Jackson, who slides into a comfortable role at small forward for the Phoenix Suns. Jayson Tatum would have normally been in my top three, but the competition for playing time at his position in Boston is going to be fierce. It remains to be seen just how many quality minutes are available for the talented wing player in Brad Stevens' rotation. strong>Ian Thomsen: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. Markelle Fultz br /> 3. Dennis Smith Jr. Lonzo Ball enters the year with unmatched hype, the opportunity to make all of the plays for his team, and low expectations for his team -- a ROY perfect storm. Markelle Fultz is sure to put up big numbers for the 76ers, though the success of his team may hinge largely on the health of Joel Embiid. Dennis Smith Jr. will benefit from quarterbacking Rick Carlisle’s offense and Dirk Nowitzki’s leadership. strong>Lang Whitaker: /strong> 1. Lonzo Ball br /> 2. Josh Jackson br /> 3. John Collins At the tip top of my list is Lonzo Ball. I didn't see much of him at UCLA but had questions about how his game would translate to the next level. But after seeing Ball last week in Vegas, I'm sold. The word I kept coming back to when watching him play was 'connectability,' as in Ball somehow manages to act as a link between whoever he is on the court alongside. His shooting is still inconsistent, but his touch and feel and timing were, to me, off the charts. I also really liked Josh Jackson, who has the tools to be a terrific athletic big for the Suns. And if you want a darkhorse pick, how about John Collins of the Hawks? John the Baptist made first team all-tournament in Vegas and is going to dunk on a lot of people this season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 20th, 2017

Top of the draft board shines at Summer League

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> The depth and quality of the 2017 NBA draft had teams tanking at the end of the regular season in hopes of vaulting into the top three picks. With the huge caveat being that it was only summer league action, those at the top of the draft made quite a first impression. Summer League play was set to end on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) after Portland played the Lakers in the Las Vegas league championship game. Over leagues played in Orlando, Salt Lake City and Vegas, many of the top 10 picks gave their teams plenty to feel good about before heading into the league’s quiet period for the next two months. No. 2 pick Lonzo Ball owned Vegas with a pair of triple-doubles to help the Los Angeles Lakers reach the title game. Top pick Markelle Fultz showed off his wide array of scoring tricks in Utah before sitting out much of Vegas with an ankle injury and No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum of Boston was drawing comparisons to Paul Pierce while dominating both in Utah and Nevada. The competition these rookies will face will increase exponentially when training camps open in October. And there is a long list of summer league standouts — Nikoloz Tskitishvili, anyone? — who never amounted to anything in the NBA. But for struggling franchises like the Lakers, Sixers, Suns and Kings, seeing some real promise from their youngsters the first time they step on the court is encouraging. “Every day, Magic and I say: ‘How are we pursuing excellence?’” Lakers GM Rob Pelinka told reporters in Vegas on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), referring to new Lakers president Magic Johnson. “To win the Summer League [would be] a step in that direction.” Whether the Lakers achieve that goal or not doesn’t mean the suffering of the last four years is over. Far from it. The real test awaits in a couple of months. But for several franchises that are in the business of selling hope right now, business is good. Here are some other takeaways from summer league action: ___ strong>PACKED HOUSE: /strong>Buoyed by Ball and the Lakers, the Vegas Summer League enjoyed record attendance numbers, including multiple sell-outs of Thomas & Mack Center. What started as a gathering of a few teams 13 years ago has turned into a full-fledged event under the guidance of coaching agent Warren LeGarie and Albert Hall. Sponsors are lining up to get in on the action, fans crowd the concourses looking for autographs of the next big things and established stars like LeBron James, Isaiah Thomas and John Wall sit courtside to watch the games. ESPN and NBATV televise the games and over 500 media credentials were given out for the Las Vegas site alone. The Vegas tournament has grown to include 24 teams and is also home to the league meetings, where owners gather to consider rules changes and other orders of business for the season ahead. “I told Mayor Goodman that we should get a commission for the NFL and the NHL following in our footsteps,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said last week. “We were here when some leagues weren’t even taking advertising in Las Vegas, and we’re proud to be here. I feel our Summer League has become a fixture in Las Vegas, part of the permanent summer calendar.” ___ strong>OTHER STANDOUTS: /strong> Fultz, Tatum and Ball weren’t the only youngsters to have strong showings in summer league. Dennis Smith Jr., the No. 9 pick by Dallas, may have been the best player in Las Vegas, averaging 17.3 points and 4.2 assists per game for the Mavericks and Utah’s Donovan Mitchell averaged 28 points per game in just two games for the Jazz. Sacramento’s De’Aaron Fox, the fifth overall pick out of Kentucky, displayed his athleticism and defensive instincts for the Kings. Josh Jackson, the No. 4 overall pick by Phoenix, averaged 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds in Vegas and played with a competitive fire that intrigued many scouts leading up to the draft. Portland’s Caleb Swanigan was consistent throughout and San Antonio’s Bryn Forbes had a pair of 35-point games to give the Spurs another promising young talent in the pipeline as they wait to hear from Manu Ginobili on his future. ___ strong>FLIP SIDE: /strong>Just as we shouldn’t read too much into the successes of summer league, so to should the struggles be taken with a grain of salt. But Lauri Markkanen, the Bulls’ No. 7 overall pick who came over in the draft-night trade that sent Jimmy Butler to Minnesota, shot just 24 percent (6-for-25 on three-pointers) in Las Vegas, not a great sign for a seven-footer billed as the best shooter in the draft. Sacramento’s Buddy Hield, the centerpiece of the trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans in February, shot just 35 percent in three games in Las Vegas, a mark was aided by a binge of six three’s in his final game against the Lakers. Not what you want to see from a second-year player who will turn 24 in December. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

LIST: Nominations, 2017 Emmy Awards

LIST: Nominations, 2017 Emmy Awards.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2017

IRS lien shows Floyd Mayweather owes $22.2M on 2015 taxes

em>By Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press /em> LAS VEGAS (AP) — The IRS says it's still waiting for its cut from Floyd Mayweather Jr. from his nine-figure payday against Manny Pacquiao. The undefeated boxer nicknamed 'Money' owes $22.2 million in taxes from 2015, according to a notice of a federal tax lien filed by the IRS. The notice shows the balance unpaid as of March 6. The lien was filed with county officials in Las Vegas in April, and the boxing champ last week filed for a temporary reprieve with the U.S. Tax Court. Still, the boxer who regularly flaunts his wealth defended himself on Facebook on Monday, saying his 'empire is rock solid' and the IRS 'just wants to be part of the 'Money May' show.' 'While everyone is counting my money and assuming the worst, these are the facts... Uncle Sam, received $26,000,000.00 from me in 2015! What else could they possibly want?' he wrote in a post with a picture of a handwritten ledger that showed three amounts totaling $26 million. 'I'm sure I would have been notified much sooner if there were any real discrepancies right?' Mayweather's tax troubles come as prepares for a boxing match against Irish MMA star Conor McGregor in August in Las Vegas. Mayweather, 49-0, will be ending his retirement to face McGregor at T-Mobile Arena. Depending on pay-per-view sales, both fighters could earn huge purses, though probably not the $200 million or so Mayweather earned for the fight against Manny Pacquiao. The men on Tuesday appeared at a news conference in Los Angeles to promote the fight, the first of four this week. There's been plenty of trash talk around the fight, and McGregor didn't miss the opportunity to attack Mayweather. 'Tell that to the tax man,' McGregor said after Mayweather flashed a $100 million check from his fight against Pacquiao. Mayweather declined to talk about his taxes when asked by reporters. 'We ain't even tripping on that,' he said. His tax attorney did not immediately return a request seeking comment. It's unclear whether the IRS has tried to withhold on Mayweather's purse from the fight against McGregor. The agency does not comment on individual cases. Nevada boxing regulators did not immediately return a request for comment. The lien for 2015 is just the latest in a series of tax liens filed by the IRS against Mayweather over the past decade. McGregor does not appear to have any tax issues in Ireland or the United States. Ireland's tax website did not include him among a list of delinquent taxpayers for 2015, 2016 and the first quarter of 2017. He did not have any cases in U.S. Tax Court or any liens filed against him in Nevada, Massachusetts or New York, the states where he has fought.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2017

SEABA 12 make up half of Gilas pool for FIBA-Asia Cup

With a month before the 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup, Gilas Pilipinas finally released its 24-man pool for the continental championship in Lebanon. National team head coach Chot Reyes released the list on his Twitter account on Saturday with the usual suspects returning for another  tour of duty for Gilas Pilipinas. Naturalized center Andray Blatche leads the group and is followed by Jayson Castro, the reigning two-time best point guard in Asia. Three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo is also in the mix while the rest of the SEABA crew in Calvin Abueva, Japeth Aguilar, Raymond Almazan, Jio Jalalon, Allein Maliksi, RR Pogoy, Terrence Romeo, Troy Rosario, and Matthew Wright make up half of the pool. Gilas cadets like the returning Mac Belo, Carl Bryan Cruz, Kevin Ferrer, Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena, Ray Parks, Mike Tolomia, and Christian Standhardinger are also in consideration while PBA veterans Baser Amer, Kevin Alas, and Norbert Torres likewise made the list. A surprise name in the Gilas pool is Rain or Shine's Gabe Norwood. A veteran of the national team since 2007, Norwood was out of the original pool that was revealed earlier this year. He last played for the Philippines in 2016 during the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The 2017 FIBA-Asia Cup will run from August 8-20 in Beirut and Gilas is part of Group B with rival China, Qatar, and Iraq. Although all 16 teams from the FIBA-Asia Cup will compete in the first round of the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, the tournament will crown one true champion in for both Asia and Oceania.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2017

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017

South Korea, China top list of Boracay arrivals in first half of 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2017

All is not well for suddenly rebuilding Mapua

strong>HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? /strong> 12-6, 3rd place (Final Four) strong>YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: /strong> Andoy Estrella strong>WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: /strong>N/A strong>GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: /strong> Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit, Darrel Menina, Allwell Oraeme Mapua University lost all of its eight games in the preseason – and none of them were even close. That’s quite the fall for a team that has gone to back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA. And so, the Cardinals’ goal in the oncoming season is as modest as it could be. As head coach Atoy Co put it, “I’m just trying to be realistic, we just want to play. And then we’ll try to win as much as possible.” The goal is modest as it could be, but still a tall task for a squad which had just lost the two-time MVP. That much was apparent in the recently-concluded 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason where Mapua had difficulty in even coming close to replacing Allwell Oraeme’s averages of 16 points, 20 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. “Winless kami because we lost out foreign player,” Co said. He also added, “Yung consequence nun, siyempre all the players, bumaba yung morale.” And it’s not just the Nigerian powerhouse who left. In all, the Cardinals only return three of the nine most used players a year ago. Joining Oraeme on the list of who they lost are fellow starters Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit, and Darrel Menina. Still, Co reminded everybody that it’s not the end of the world. “Now, we are trying to raise the morale of the team, telling them it’s not the end of the ballgame. We have to keep going,” he said. He then continued, “’Di pupwedeng we just let them play around and make fun of us. We have to show them we still have pride.” After all, all the Philippine basketball legend wants to see from his boys is some fight. “There is good losing when you fight until the end. If you play lousy basketball lang, that is bad losing,” he expressed. Unfortunately for the faithful over in Intramuros, thus far, Co has found no one stepping up to the challenge of replacing all they have lost. “Hindi pa ready mag-step up yung iba. Hindi pa. hindi pa,” he said. Of the 11-man lineup submitted by Mapua, two are rookies, four are sophomores, and two are returnees. And all of them are, simply put, struggling. “I don’t know if I’m talking to them in Chinese,” Co quipped. “I’m talking to them naman in English and in Filipino to make them understand.” The Cardinals’ only ray of light comes in the form of veteran Andoy Estrella who, while skilled, will still have an unenviable task of leaping from being the first or fifth option to becoming the first, second, and third. In the end, however, the graduating guard has the full faith of his mentor. “He’s the most senior on the team so I hope he will have the maturity because he’s our captain ball,” Co said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2017

Perez-led Pirates on the minds of other NCAA coaches

San Beda College was mentioned by all NCAA head coaches first on their list of teams-to-beat in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The defending champions had a close second, however. Lyceum of the Philippines University was another school mentioned most by the league’s mentors in the preseason press conference on Monday at the MOA Arena. In the eyes of Arellano University’s Jerry Codinera, Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s Jeff Napa, University of Perpetual Help’s Jimwell Gican, San Sebastian College-Recoletos’ Egay Macaraya, Mapua University’s Ed Cordero, Jose Rizal University Vic Caridad, and Emilio Aguinaldo College’s Ariel Sison, the Pirates are the biggest threats to the Red Lions and their bid for a back-to-back. “San Beda, given na talaga e. Pero LPU, maganda talaga takbo nila,” Caridad expressed. Most of the coaches reasoned out that the Pirates had the most eye-opening preseason. In the 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason, the Intramuros-based squad finally broke through into their very first quarterfinals and then semifinals. With MJ Ayaay, Wilson Baltazar, and Mike Nzeusseu returning and Jaycee and Jayvee Marcelino and CJ Perez arriving, Topex Robinson’s crew does seem all set for a long-awaited and much-wanted breakthrough in the NCAA. However, Robinson said the Pirates are actually just part of a nine-team field chasing down defending champion San Beda. “It’s still San Beda and after them, it’s gonna be equal opportunity,” he expressed. Whatever it is, LPU could start sinking or swimming in its first matchup of the season against Jose Rizal University on Tuesday, July 11. Opening day of the NCAA 93 is on July 8 at the MOA Arena. There, the Red Lions battle season host San Sebastian College-Recoletos starting at 2:00 PM. A duel between Final Four teams Arellano University and Mapua University then follows at 4:00 PM. The 93rd Season of the first and oldest collegiate league will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2017

Grand Slam win can elevate 2017 Beermen to immortal status

There's two sides to playing for a team like San Miguel Beer. One is by being part of this historic franchise, you're most likely to win a title or two throughout your career. The second side is by being a part of this historic franchise, winning just one title or two will not be enough to elevate you into a status you'll probably get with another team if you happen to accomplish the same thing. There's just too many legendary names that have worn the San Miguel jersey since the PBA opened business. To make your mark as a member of the Beermen, you have to do legendary things. Legendary things like winning a Grand Slam. Former Most Valuable Player Arwind Santos thinks that if this current San Miguel dynasty can complete a triple crown at the end of 2017, they can finally enter the list of true Beermen greats. 'Grand Slam, isa yan sa history na hindi pa namin nakukuha dito sa batch na ito,' Santos said after the Beermen captures the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, setting up the chase for the franchise's second Grand Slam ever almost three decades after the first. 'Kasi pag nagkaroon [ng Grand Slam], maco-compare ka sa mga players dati, kila Ramon Fernandez, Hector Calma mga ganyan. At least yung group na ito, sana makuha namin,' he added. Coached by Norman Black, Fernandez, Calma, Franz Pumaren, Samboy Lim, Alvin Teng, and Ato Agustin were just some of the legends that won the Grand Slam in 1989 for San Miguel. Now Arwind never said that the 2017 Beermen are planning to take out the accomplishments of those legends. No sir. Arwind is only saying that if they win the Grand Slam, they can probably join them in the list of all-time greats and that drives them now more than ever. 'Hindi sa sinasapawan namin sila, ito yung motivation namin na hangga’t maari na makakuha kami na hindi pa nakukuha ng mga players noon,' he said. As deep as San Miguel's lineup is of all-time greats, that 1989 team is the only one to win a Grand Slam. The 2017 squad is oh so close and a lot of history is riding on the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Arwind knows that and he wants it. He wants that triple crown. 'Iba yun. Pag may history ka, kahit matanda ka na, wala ka na sa mundo, patay ka na, isa yun sa mga maalala ng mga taong mahilig magbasketball,' Santos said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2017

Pokus: Free tuition policy & high hopes

The 2017 Free Tuition Fee Policy is being implemented this A.Y. 2017 - 2018 with an allocated fund of P8.3 billion, to be divided among the 114 State Universities and Colleges (SUCs) in the country. The said policy prioritizes students enrolled in SUCs who can not pay for their tuition fee based on their socio-economic status. Benguet State University, Kalinga State University, and University of the Philippines Baguio are some of the SUCs in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) that made it to the list......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2017

Andrew Bogut feeling good in recovery from leg injury

em>By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com /em> When we last saw Andrew Bogut on the NBA stage, he was on the floor at Quicken Loans Arena, grabbing his left shin and cringing in pain. His stint as a rebounder and rim protector to help the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the season and through the 2017 playoffs lasted all of 58 seconds, snuffed by a fractured tibia when he collided with a Miami player in his March 6 debut. Nearly four months later, Bogut is finishing his rehab and nearing NBA free agency, which begins Saturday at 12:01 a.m. ET. In a phone conversation from his native Australia, Bogut, 32, said he plans to resume jumping and full basketball workouts within three weeks. His injury did not require surgery, and he shed a custom carbon-fiber cast a few weeks ago. “The big one was getting cleared to jog. And then just ramping it up week by week,” said Bogut, 32, a veteran of 12 seasons who started 2016-17 with Dallas before being included in a trade-deadline deal with Philadelphia for Nerlens Noel. Waived by the Sixers, he signed a $385,000 deal with Cleveland in hopes of returning to the Finals for the third straight year (he went in 2015 and 2016 with Golden State). His injury ended that plan for both Bogut and the Cavs. “Rehab’s been good,” he said. “I feel strong, everything feels good. But the full explosive stuff will be about another three weeks.” To head off any concerns about his leg, agent David Bauman has sent copies of Bogut’s medical clearance and bone scans to interested teams. Bogut said they have a “laundry list” of more than 10 teams with whom they’ll talk, and added that he isn’t worried the injury will dissuade anyone. “I don’t feel like this injury will hurt me long-term, because the bone will heal stronger than it was before,” he said. The NBA’s style of play has moved away from dominant seven-footers roaming the low post, too. But there’s still work to be had for a player of his skills and experience, Bogut said. In 26 games with the Mavericks, including 21 starts in their first 46 games, he averaged 22.4 minutes, grabbing boards at a per-36 rate (13.5) that ranked second-best in his career. “If you look at a lot of the teams with stretch fives, a lot of them have rebounding issues generally,” said Bogut, picked by Milwaukee No. 1 overall in 2005. “I know it’s not a max market for big guys, but you can still make a decent living from doing the little things. I like to think I do a lot of good things that go unnoticed as well. Teams I’ve played for, teams that have played against me know the value I have.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 30th, 2017

Ross beats Cabagnot to win his first BPC award

At the end of the closest Best Player of the Conference race the PBA has seen in a long time, Chris Ross edged two of his teammates to win the highest individual honor of his career so far. A two-time Philippine Cup Finals MVP and the reigning PBA defensive Player of the Year, Ross added the 2017 Commissioner's Cup BPC award to his list of accolades, officially taking the trophy home Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum. Ross earned a total of 1038 points for the win, beating Alex Cabagnot (746 points), Jayson Castro (630 points), June Mar Fajardo (530 points), and Stanley Pringle (415 points). Ross was actually tied with Cabagnot in the statistical race before winning over the votes from the media and the PBA Office. He finished second to Castro in the player votes. After landing only in the 8th spot at the end of the elimination round, Ross did some major work in the playoffs to catch up to Cabagnot in the statistical race. Ross ended up averaging 13.9 points, 5.19 rebounds, 8.06 assists, and 2.94 steals per game for San Miguel through the semis.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 28th, 2017

LIST: Nominees, Gawad Urian 2017

LIST: Nominees, Gawad Urian 2017.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 27th, 2017

LOOK: 2017 NBA Draft-day trades list

LOOK: 2017 NBA Draft-day trades list.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2017

Butler trade begins rebuilding for process Bulls

em>By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com /em> CHICAGO – Jimmy Butler’s whereabouts, the object of speculation stretching back more than a year, snapped into focus Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). So, did the Chicago Bulls’ immediate future, which isn’t pretty but is both necessary and overdue. In trading Butler and the No. 16 pick (Creighton’s Justin Patton) to Minnesota in the 2017 Draft staged last night in Brooklyn, the Bulls got back wing Zach LaVine, guard Kris Dunn and the No. 7 pick (Finnish-by-way-of-Arizona stretch-4 Lauri Markkanen) – pieces essential to the rebuild that management had seemed so determined to avoid. But that noise early in the first round, in between NBA commissioner Adam Silver’s trips to the podium, was the sound of Chicago’s front office swallowing, trading its most valuable asset (Butler) and accepting the reality of its predicament as one of the league’s “’tweeners.” No more denial for Da Bulls. Having eked into the playoffs this spring with a 41-41 record, on the heels of missing in 2016 with a 42-40 mark, the Bulls were stuck in the league’s proverbial middle. Too good to bottom out for a high lottery pick, not good enough to contend for much beyond a first-round ouster, Chicago meandered through those first two seasons under Fred Hoiberg – brought in to replace Tom Thibodeau, fired by the Bulls’ brass after a 50-32 finish in 2014-15. The roster has been a mishmash of old and young, accomplished and inexperienced, with veterans Butler, Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo at cross-purposes with younger and unproven players such as Bobby Portis, Nikola Mirotic, Doug McDermott (traded in February), Denzel Valentine, Jerian Grant and Paul Zipser. Now, instead of fudging again behind last year’s claim of “retooling,” the Bulls can commit to overhauling and developing the roster. It’s a phase they had hoped to avoid, while filling the seats at United Center and duct-taping around and after Derrick Rose’s multiple injuries. It’s a phase that might challenge general manager Gar Forman and VP of basketball operations John Paxson – who caught a break in 2008 when Chicago scored the No. 1 pick overall to draft Rose. But it’s a phase that was inevitable, based on the pieces in place – role players, not especially athletic, with a dire lack of perimeter shooting – and the franchise’s limited history of luring A-list free agents. Suddenly Wade (who just exercised a $23.8 million player option) is a candidate for a buyout and Rondo might be waived (only $3 million of his $14 million salary is guaranteed). Butler, 27, ranks as one of the Chicago franchise’s greatest success stories. Drafted out of Marquette with the final pick of the first round in 2011, the 6-foot-7 wing worked himself into a three-time All-Star selection. His scoring average improved in each of his first six seasons to 23.9 in 2016-17, and his reputation as one of the NBA’s top on-ball defenders helped him achieve third-team all-NBA status. The Bulls could have chosen to rebuild around Butler, who is under contract for $18.7 million and $19.8 million the next two seasons – except for several factors working against that approach. First, the cupboard of assets was relatively bare – LaVine and Dunn are younger and more in synch with the new timetable. Also, Butler could have been in a line for a super-max, five-year contract in 2019 worth more than $200 million, which would limit salary-cap flexibility. A trade target for Boston dating back to last season, Butler also was coveted by Minnesota on the eve of the 2016 Draft. More recently, Cleveland and Phoenix reportedly had initiated talks about Butler, with the Celtics and the Timberwolves renewing their interest. The Wolves outbid the rest with their package of players and the upgraded first-round position. Reuniting Butler with Thibodeau gives the coach a player he trusts and can lean on at both ends and Minnesota’s young locker room – built around Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins – an established veteran who can help that franchise end a 13-year playoff drought. LaVine, 22, is a lean 6’5” wing with explosiveness and still-raw potential who won the league’s Slam Dunk contest in his first two NBA seasons. He suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee last February and underwent season-ending surgery. Reports of his rehab have been encouraging, though Bulls fans are painfully familiar with ACL recuperations that don’t go smoothly (Rose). Dunn’s potential was what had the Bulls and Wolves talking about Butler as last year’s Draft approached. The four-year player from Providence was projected by NBA general managers and fellow rookies to be a top candidate for Rookie of the Year this season and to push veteran point guard Ricky Rubio for starter’s minutes. But Dunn suffered a concussion at the Las Vegas Summer League and never got traction as a newbie. Dunn appeared in 78 games, averaging 3.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists while shooting just 28.8 percent from 3-point range and 37.7 percent overall. Markkanen was touted heading into the Draft for his “Kristaps Porzingis lite” potential, a seven-footer who hit 42.3 percent of his three-point attempts last season. Patton is a lanky seven-footer most adept at scoring in the paint (208 of his 296 shots came at the rim for Creighton). One side element to the two teams’ headline-grabbing deal was the Bulls negotiating with – and in delivering Butler, helping a Timberwolves team headed by – Thibodeau, the headstrong coach with whom they’d had a bitter, public falling-out over the 2014-15 season. After coaching Chicago to five playoff appearances in five seasons (255-139), Thibodeau was dismissed for alleged communication issues with his bosses. He sat out the 2015-16 season, then was hired by Minnesota to the dual role of chief basketball exec and coach. Thibodeau hired former Utah and New York exec Scott Layden as Wolves GM to assist with personnel moves such as this one. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2017

TNT's standby import could play for Gilas in Jones Cup

Until TNT actually decides to replace the hurting Joshua Smith in the ongoing 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals, Mike Myers will continue to be on standby and have tons of free time. And not to waste any of that free time, the 6'8' reinforcement joined the Gilas Pilipinas practices Thursday at the Meralco gym, getting a feel of how the national team works under Chot Reyes. With him likely to stick around at least until the mid-season conference wraps up, Myers has been added to the list of possible candidates for naturalization and Reyes has even thought about fielding him in for the William Jones Cup set to start on July 29. 'Well he's here. As you know he's the back-up for Joshua Smith. If things materialize, we're thinking of bringing him with us in the Jones Cup,' Reyes said of Myers. 'Yeah for nor everyone that we could bring in, of course, are possible candidates. The urgent thing is for us to get an import or naturalized player possible for the Jones Cup,' he added. As for Myers, who showed up in training to keep himself sharp for if and when the KaTropa decide to play him in the Finals against the Beermen, he says he's ready for anything. Even suiting up for the Philippines as a naturalized citizen. 'If that's what they want me to be, I'll be ready to play here, ready to help and show my talent,' he said on the possibility of him replacing Andray Blatche. 'I'll be ready to suit up,' Myers added on him playing in the Jones Cup. 'I'll be ready, I'll practice with the team. I'll be ready for the games and be ready to help this team out.'   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2017

List of 40 breakthrough brands of 2017 out soon

MANILA, Philippines - Interbrand, the world’s leading global brand consultancy company lists start ups and early players in emerging markets that represent t.....»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2017