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Singing legend, entertainment icon, and multi-awarded artist Imelda Papin, the country’s one and only Jukebox Queen, is celebrating 45 years in show business with a bang, headlining a concert extravaganza dubbed “Imelda Papin: Queen@45” on Oct. 26, at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: newsSource: tempo tempoOct 10th, 2019

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Singing legend, entertainment icon, and multi-awarded artist Imelda Papin, the country’s one and only Jukebox Queen, is celebrating 45 years in show business with a bang, headlining a concert extravaganza dubbed “Imelda Papin: Queen@45” on Oct. 26, at the Philippine Arena......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsOct 10th, 2019

DILG rebrands Cha-cha as CORE

The Duterte administration is not yet giving up on its bid for constitutional reforms even as the issue of a shift to federalism has apparently taken a back seat......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

LeMahieu, Yankees torment Twins again, 10-4 in ALDS opener

By Mike Fitzpatrick, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — New postseason, same old story for the New York Yankees and Minnesota Twins. DJ LeMahieu homered and drove in four runs, Gleyber Torres broke a tie with a two-run double and the Yankees extended their October mastery of Minnesota with a 10-4 victory Friday night in the AL Division Series opener. Aaron Judge made two diving catches in right field as the AL East champions handed Minnesota its major league-record 14th consecutive playoff defeat — 11 of them to the Yankees since 2004. The second grab thwarted a potential rally and left grateful reliever Zack Britton with both hands on his head to end the top of the seventh, when the Twins were still within striking distance. "That was huge," Judge said. "This is the postseason — you've got to make those plays." Brett Gardner also went deep for the Bronx Bombers in a playoff matchup between teams that finished neck-and-neck for the most home runs in baseball history. Minnesota's Bomba Squad socked 307, one more than New York as both clubs blew away the previous mark of 267 set by the Yankees last year. But in the 14th postseason meeting of 100-win teams, it was more of the same Yankees dominance against the Twins — even though many of Minnesota's players and coaches weren't around for most of it. "We're not out of it by any stretch of the imagination, but we need to show up tomorrow and hopefully turn those solo homers into maybe three-run homers and we'd be in this," first baseman C.J. Cron said. "It's going to be a tough series. We knew that coming in." Jorge Polanco, Nelson Cruz and Miguel Sanó homered for the Twins, who were hurt by eight walks. Minnesota, the AL Central champion, hasn't won a playoff game since Johan Santana beat Hall of Famer Mike Mussina 2-0 in the 2004 Division Series opener at Yankee Stadium. Boston also lost 13 straight postseason games, from 1986-95. "We had some good swings. We had our moments. Just by chance, there was no one on base when we popped a few balls over the fence," manager Rocco Baldelli said after his first playoff game as bench boss. Rookie reliever Zack Littell, a former Yankees farmhand who was traded to the Twins, took the loss after a brief and messy outing. With the score tied in the fifth, he walked Judge, threw a wild pitch and plunked Gardner. Giancarlo Stanton drew the second of his three critical walks to load the bases, bringing up the 22-year-old Torres. He fought back from 0-2 to a full count against Tyler Duffey and pulled a sharp one-hopper that deflected off the glove of a diving Sanó behind third base, giving New York a 5-3 lead. "Big time at-bat against a guy that was really tough on righties," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "That hit I think really, really got us rolling." Sanó sliced a solo homer in the sixth off winner Tommy Kahnle, who retired cleanup batter Eddie Rosario with two on to end the fifth. LeMahieu launched his first postseason home run in the sixth, and Gardner also hit a solo drive off rookie Cody Stashak. LeMahieu, who dropped an easy popup at first base early in the game, made it 10-4 in the seventh when the leadoff man laced a three-run double off Kyle Gibson for his third hit. Fans in the sellout crowd of 49,233 chanted "MVP! MVP!" for the three-time All-Star and 2016 NL batting champ, who left Colorado to sign a $24 million, two-year contract with the Yankees last offseason. "It's like my worst nightmare, dropping a popup like that," LeMahieu said. "I think in the playoffs, you've just got to kind of turn the page real quick, and the next big play is coming up." New York was down 2-0 before scoring three runs in the third against starter José Berríos. Edwin Encarnación knocked in one with his second double of the night, and two more scored when the Twins were unable to turn a potential inning-ending double play on Torres with the bases loaded. With the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton bearing down on him with a hard, clean slide directly into the bag, rookie second baseman Luis Arráez relayed low and wide to first. Cron reached for the throw and could have caught it, but the ball got past him and he was charged with an error that allowed two runs to score. Polanco hit a tying single with two outs in the fifth to chase Yankees starter James Paxton from his postseason debut. It took all of two batters and nine pitches for someone to hit a home run, when Polanco took Paxton deep. Cruz cleared the short right field porch with his 17th postseason homer in the third to make it 2-0. "A lot of guys were on this 2017 team when we went down three to Minnesota (in the wild-card game)," Judge said. "Past experience like that you can feed off." TRAINER'S ROOM Twins: The 22-year-old Arráez returned to the lineup after spraining his right ankle last weekend. He had a tough night on defense and at the plate. Yankees: Back from a strained left oblique, Encarnación batted cleanup and lined a double on the first competitive pitch he saw since Sept. 12. UP NEXT Twins: In an unexpected move, Baldelli announced after the game that undrafted rookie RHP Randy Dobnak (2-1, 1.59 ERA) will start Game 2, with RHP Jake Odorizzi (15-7, 3.51) tabbed for Game 3. Yankees: RHP Masahiro Tanaka (11-9, 4.45 ERA) makes his sixth postseason start Saturday, looking to improve a 3-2 record and impressive 1.50 ERA. He is 5-0 with a 2.27 ERA in five career outings against Minnesota......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2019

Diaz hits 2 homers, Rays beat A’s 5-1 in AL wild-card game

By Janie McCauley, Associated Press OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running. Out for two months, no matter. Diaz slugged baseball's lowest spender into a playoff matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its own game with a 5-1 win in the AL wild-card round Wednesday night. After playing only one game since late July because of a foot injury, Diaz hit a leadoff homer and went deep again in the third inning. “When I looked to the bench and saw the guys super excited, it pumped me up to go around the bases,” Diaz said through a translator. “I thought we had to carry that momentum throughout the game.” Avisail Garcia hit a two-run drive in the second, and Morton had all the support he needed as Tampa Bay advanced to face the AL West champion Astros in a best-of-five Division Series. Game 1 is Friday at Houston, which piled up a major league-best 107 wins this season. “We have a tough road ahead of us, Houston’s a great team, but we played them well this year. It’s going to be a dogfight,” Tommy Pham said. Pham homered in the fifth for the 96-win Rays, who had the smallest payroll in the majors at $66.4 million. And in a playoff meeting between creative, small-budget teams that make the most of limited resources, it was Tampa Bay that came out on top. The Rays were unfazed by a towel-swirling Oakland crowd of 54,005 that established a wild-card record, having recently played at Dodger Stadium and on the road against the Yankees and Red Sox during the season's final two weeks. “I really feed off the energy of this situation. I that helped us,” Morton said. “It helped us to come in here and be in a high-pressure situation. The stadium was pretty rowdy but I think that helped us focus.” And when Marcus Semien struck out to end it, Tampa Bay players raced out of their dugout to celebrate and put on fresh playoff T-shirts and caps. Once in the clubhouse, the Rays drenched Morton with booze. "It's a beautiful thing having the lowest payroll in baseball and having the success we did," center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said before the game. "It always feels good to stick it to the man any time you're able to in this game, and that's something to be very proud of." The A's have lost nine straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-15 with a chance to advance to the next postseason round. Their only win came in 2006 against the Twins before being swept in the AL Championship Series by the Tigers. A year ago in the wild-card game, Oakland's first time back in the playoffs since 2014, the A's fell behind fast and lost 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. They won 97 games again to earn a wild card. This game had a far different feel in the familiar, friendly confines of the Coliseum, but the A's dug themselves another quick hole. And the visitors were the ones putting on a happy home run show this time. Oakland, which hit a franchise-record 257 homers, is 0-6 in winner-take-all playoff games at home since 2000. Even a day earlier, Rays manager Kevin Cash wasn't sure Diaz would play given how much time he missed during the season’s second half. Diaz returned for the finale last Sunday at Toronto after being sidelined since July 23. He played in just 79 games this season, 22 of those at first base with 17 starts. "He probably caught us off guard a little bit with how quickly he turned around over the last five, six days," Cash said. Never one to shy from the unorthodox _ the Rays used four outfielders against Matt Olson _ Cash started Diaz at first to make sure his best bat against lefties was in the lineup. Kiermaier noted Diaz is "just one of those guys, he just wakes up out of bed and rakes. Everyone knows him for his muscles and what he can do in the weight room and stuff like that, but the guy finds the barrel so much throughout this whole season, and any time we're able to have him available, we're happy." Morton, with a career-high 16 wins and his best ERA yet of 3.05 this season, counted on his playoff experience giving him an edge. He won Game 7 of the ALCS and World Series for the Astros in 2017. Morton gave up five hits without an earned run over five innings. He struck out four and walked three in his seventh postseason start and eighth appearance, having spent the last two seasons with Houston. The right-hander walked Mark Canha to load the bases with two outs in the first before retiring Jurickson Profar on a flyball and had already thrown 32 pitches. Morton quickly settled in and once his turn was done, the Rays’ shutdown bullpen did the rest. “When the first inning ended, I kind of said to myself, we were fortunate to have Charlie Morton on the mound. We get the 1-0 lead. A young pitcher in that situation, that environment, you just wonder how he's going to be able to handle that,” Cash said. “But Charlie, been there, done that, his veteran, his experience, I think allowed that. And I would still say, I don't think Charlie was at his best today, but he certainly made his best pitches when they counted the most.” Semien reached third on a three-base error by third baseman Mike Brosseau in the third and scored on Ramon Laureano's sacrifice fly. Oakland did little else. Diaz hit the fifth pitch of the night from Sean Manaea over the wall in right-center. Manaea then struck out the side after Diaz's drive, but was done after two innings. “That’s kind of our game. They kind of beat us with our game. We’re normally a home run-hitting team,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. Melvin handed Manaea the ball based on his triumphant September return after missing nearly a year following shoulder surgery. Manaea went 4-0 with 1.21 ERA in five starts last month. Manaea earned his first career playoff start over 15-game winner Mike Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter May 7 against the Reds to begin a 21-start unbeaten stretch in which he went 12-0. “That’s the tough part about a one-game playoff. Those nights where it’s not happening are going to be your last game,” Semien said. “That’s what happened.” ALL OVER THE INFIELD Brosseau started at second then moved to third and first, becoming the first to play three infield spots in one wild-card game. TRAINER'S ROOM Rays: INF Eric Sogard, who played for the A's from 2010-15, could be on the ALDS roster as he is close to healthy from a bone bruise in his right foot, Cash said. Sogard hasn't played since Sept. 15 at the Angels. "He's getting closer," Cash said. Athletics: RF Stephen Piscotty, out with a sprained right ankle since Aug. 25, wasn't on the roster. Piscotty, who batted .249 with 13 homers and 44 RBIs, also missed extended time with a sprained right knee from June 30 to Aug. 2. "The hard part is getting him at-bats against live pitching. That was part of the thinking leading up is he just didn't have enough at-bats,” Melvin said. UP NEXT RHP Tyler Glasnow is a strong candidate to start Friday for the Rays at Houston, with 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner Blake Snell following in Game 2. Tampa Bay had success against the Astros this year, winning four of seven meetings. Three of those victories came in a season-opening series at Tropicana Field......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2019

PVL: Tigresses force rubber match for Finals seat

Janna Torres delivered when her number was called, leading University of Sto. Tomas to a 24-26, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17, victory over Ateneo De Manila University on Wednesday to force a rubber match in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference semifinals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The freshman middle blocker exploded for 14 points as she wreaked havoc at the net with 10 attacks and three kill blocks along with one ace for the Tigresses, who came back from a four-set loss their UAAP Season 81 Final tormentors in the game that saw Torres play only two sets with only one point under her name. UST recovered from a first set meltdown with strong showings in the next three as the Tigresses took advantage of the Lady Eagles’ 38 errors to force a deciding Game 3 on Sunday. Rookie Imee Hernandez added 12 markers while Eya Laure had 10 points including three aces with two coming in the closing stretch of the fourth set for UST. EJ Laure and Rachelle Roldan combined for 14 points for the Espana-based squad. The Tigresses actually had a chance to take the first frame after pushing at set point, 24-21, only to see Ateneo counterattack with five unanswered points. The next two sets were easy picking for the Tigresses, before Ateneo showed tough resistance in the fourth. The Lady Eagles were able to erase a 6-10 deficit and tied it at 10 off an Erika Raagas kill. UST regained the lead but Ateneo rookie Faith Nisperos cut it to 15-14 only to see the Lady Eagles shoot themselves on the foot after giving away five of the Tigresses’ last 10 points off their errors. Vanie Gandler led Ateneo with 15 points including 13 off spikes, Nisperos had 12 markers while Jules Samonte and Raagas got 11 points each. Dani Ravena tallied 22 digs and 10 excellent receptions but committed the last of Ateneo's atrocious errors after pushing the ball out on a broken play.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

Soto lifts Nats to 4-3 comeback wild-card win over Brewers

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — After all the heartache and close calls, all the early exits, maybe it makes sense that a 20-year-old kid who had never been to the postseason, Juan Soto, would help the Washington Nationals finally advance in the postseason. And maybe, just maybe, it makes sense that it would be this particular edition of the Nationals, a club that went from 12 games under .500 in May to playoff participant, to demonstrate the necessary never-give-up fortitude when things looked bleak. Soto delivered a bases-loaded single against Milwaukee closer Josh Hader that scored three runs with two outs in the eighth inning, thanks in part to an error by rookie outfielder Trent Grisham, and the Nationals came back to beat the Brewers 4-3 in the NL wild-card game Tuesday night. "We started off horrible, as we all know, and we vowed that we wouldn't quit," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said, talking about the year as a whole but sounding like he could have meant this particular evening. "I told the boys, 'I promise you, stay with it, don't quit, this will turn around.' And it did. And here we are today." The Nationals carry a nine-game winning streak into their best-of-five NL Division Series against the league-best Dodgers. Game 1 is Thursday in Los Angeles, and some in the sellout crowd of 42,993 chanted "Beat LA! Beat LA!" as members of the Nationals lingered on the infield with family members. The Nationals, who moved to Washington from Montreal before the 2005 season, had been 0-3 in winner-take-all postseason games — all NLDS Game 5 losses at home, by a grand total of four runs. Indeed, eight of their past nine playoff losses had been by one run apiece. This time, it went the other way. "We've been here a bunch of times. Never kind of broke through," said Ryan Zimmerman, the Nationals' first draft pick back in 2005, so someone who has been through all the disappointment. "Finally caught a break tonight." It was Zimmerman's broken-bat bloop single as a pinch hitter that helped load the bases in the eighth off Hader, who took the loss. Hader hit another pinch hitter, Michael A. Taylor, an initial ruling that stood up when the Brewers challenged, according to Major League Baseball, because there wasn't "clear and convincing evidence to overturn the call." Said Hader: "Definitely looked like it got the bat, but it also got his hand." Hader, who had 37 saves this season, also walked Anthony Rendon, filling the bags and bringing Soto to the plate. What was Soto thinking right then? "Just get a base hit up the middle," he said, "and try to help to tie the game." The runner-up for 2018 NL Rookie of the Year did more than that. Soto ripped a 96 mph fastball to right, and the ball skipped under Grisham's glove for an error. That allowed the go-ahead run to cross the plate and Soto to get to second, then turn for third. Eventually, Soto was caught in a rundown to end the inning, but that didn't matter: He had turned a 3-1 deficit into a lead, and so he clapped his hands, then pounded his chest and high-fived third base coach Bob Henley, before shouting "Let's go!" and its Spanish equivalent, "Vamonos!" "The inning was an ugly inning," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "Crazy things happen." Grisham, who has appeared in only 51 games in the majors, said the ball "came in with a little topspin, took a funny hop." His teammates tried to console a tearful Grisham with a series of hugs in the clubhouse afterward. "It's gonna sting," he said. After Max Scherzer fell behind 3-0 by giving up homers to Yasmani Grandal in the first and Eric Thames in the second, Stephen Strasburg replaced him in the sixth and threw three scoreless innings to earn the win in the first relief appearance of his major league career, regular season or playoffs. Daniel Hudson pitched the ninth for the save, getting Ben Gamel to fly out to the warning track in center with a man on to end it. "Hats off for us to for continuing to fight, because we know if we could keep it close we could have a chance at the end," said Trea Turner, who got Washington within 3-1 with a solo shot off Brandon Woodruff in the third. It wasn't until the eighth, though, that the Nationals would push more runs across. Just the sort of dramatic turnaround they pulled off this season, going from 19-31 in May to playoff team. And now it continues. "Kind of sums up our season, the way this game went," Zimmerman said. "We'll take it and we'll move on." TRAINER'S ROOM Brewers: 2018 NL MVP Christian Yelich, lost to a fractured kneecap on Sept. 10, was in the Brewers' dugout before the game. ... OFs Ryan Braun (calf) and Lorenzo Cain (ankle) were in the starting lineup despite late-season injuries. They came into Tuesday a combined 0 for 29 with 12 Ks against Scherzer and went 0 for 4 while he was in the game. Nationals: C Kurt Suzuki, who missed most of September because of a bothersome right elbow, played nine innings Tuesday. ODD FOURTH The fourth inning was bizarre. Fire alarms — false alarms, thankfully, the Nationals eventually said — rang out. The public address system went completely silent for several minutes, so the Racing Presidents mascot race in the middle of the inning went on without the usual play-by-play, and the initial two Nationals batters in the bottom half went to the plate without any walk-up music or announcement of their names. UP NEXT Left-hander Patrick Corbin will start Game 1 for the Nationals against the Dodgers, who eliminated Washington in Game 5 of their 2016 NLDS. LA won the teams' season series this year 4-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

New-look Clippers ready to level up beyond Best Team in L.A.

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com LOS ANGELES -- It was almost exactly a year ago when the Clippers welcomed the media on the same day the Lakers debuted LeBron James, and Patrick Beverley told the half-dozen or so reporters who must’ve made a wrong turn: “We’re the best team in L.A.” That bit of bravado went unnoticed and unheard, partly because of the Laker noise, partly because few -- if anyone -- bought it. Of course, Beverley was ultimately proven wise when the Clippers scrapped their way to 48 wins and a pair of first-round wins against the Warriors while LeBron and the Lakers almost literally collapsed from a kick to the groin. With a swell of attention now being paid to presumptive title favorites, who added Paul George and Kawhi Leonard while retaining much of the supporting cast, Beverley was given the chance Sunday (Monday, PHL time) to double down on his prophecy. He toned it down. “We’ll see,” he said. Yet his sinister grin was plain to see, and it reflected the swagger and internal expectations of a franchise not known for through-the-roof projections. Such is the new world order in Los Angeles, and perhaps the NBA, in 2019-20. These are unprecedented times for the Clippers, who’ve had winning teams before but none with this much title twinkle headed into the season. “We know what we’re capable of doing,” said Beverley, and so does everyone else. You don’t add the reigning NBA Finals MVP and another who finished third in the regular-season Kia MVP balloting without shaking up the establishment, even if you’ve never won a championship in franchise history. But there’s a long wait between now and next spring's playoffs, and a shorter one to see George on the floor. The 29-year-old swingman is still in the mending stage after off-season surgery on both shoulders. He said “I’m not sure” when he’ll be ready to play, even with opening night against the Lakers a little over three weeks away. George said he hasn’t had any complications or setbacks, but won’t engage in any contact work in camp and coach Doc Rivers said George will not appear in any games until he does. “There’s no problems,” George said. “I’m just going to do light work and drills for now.” The other issue as it relates to health is Leonard’s usage. Last year in Toronto, still smarting from a persistent quad injury that led to his stormy exit from the Spurs, Leonard didn’t play on consecutive nights during back-to-back games. Rivers said there are no such restrictions this season, or demands from the player, although the coach wants to reserve the right to monitor and change the approach if necessary. "Last year, I was going in with an injury that I was dealing with the year before, still was lingering, and we knew that I had to be healthy going throughout the season and making it to the playoffs,” Leonard said. "This time, I'm feeling good. I’m feeling way better than I was at the start of last season. There really was no plan laid out to discuss with everyone." Rivers also noted that the Clippers’ depth will allow for rest periods for George and Leonard; both players are joining a team that prospered without an All-Star last season, a team that will probably once again bring reigning Sixth Man of the Year Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell off the bench. In due time, the Clippers will be complete, and that’s the most important takeaway from their first official gathering. The level of enthusiasm is “sky-high,” said Williams. Rivers has flexibility with Leonard and George, widely considered among the most elite two-way players in basketball. On offense, George and Leonard are top-10 league scorers (26.6 points last year for Leonard; 28.0 for George). Playing those two alongside Williams, who averaged 20 points last season in just 26 minutes off the bench, should cause matchup headaches. “We’ll force a lot of defenses to make a lot of hard decisions,” said Williams. And the options afforded to Rivers might even be richer on the other end. Rivers thinks pairing two newcomers plus Beverley -- who guarded Kevin Durant in the playoffs, while giving away seven inches -- can be “special.” Utilizing three players who can legitimately guard multiple positions, the Clippers’ defense could be epic, if not historic. George said: “It’s going to be scary … we’ve really got a chance to do something special on the defensive end. Watching Pat get out there and picking somebody up 94 feet, that's going to get me going. It's going to get Kawhi going. It's just going to become contagious on a nightly basis. I honestly think, for the first time, people are going to be excited to watch the defensive end as opposed to watching the offensive end.” The makings of a unique season, then, is on deck for the Clippers. It became realistic when Leonard, fresh off a title in Toronto, chose George and the Clippers over LeBron James and Anthony Davis and the Lakers — which, in itself, seems un-Clipper-like given the club’s former reputation and history, when superstars were once allergic to L.A.’s "other" basketball team. But these are new times. “We actually wanted to be teammates for a long time,” said George. “This was always in the works to happen at some point.” From the top of the organization to the bottom, everyone knows the potential and just the same, would rather allow a scenario to play itself out than speak it into existence. That’s why Beverley provided the most unexpected news of camp by playing it coy. But you knew where he stood. “Can’t wait to get started,” he said, echoing the thoughts of a locker room thinking big. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsSep 30th, 2019

Chiefs Patrick Mahomes more comfortable with his emotions

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Patrick Mahomes was put on his backside before he had time to blink, a mix-up along his offensive leaving one of the Baltimore Ravens' big defensive linemen with a clear path to the quarterback. A year ago, Mahomes probably would have picked himself up, made sure all his limbs were still attached, then walked back to the Kansas City Chiefs huddle to call another play. That wasn't the case at all last Sunday. No, the record-setting league MVP went right after Austin Reiter, pointing his finger directly at the young center in equal parts instruction and admonishment. It was the kind of move that quarterbacks such as Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers, who have been in the game long enough to earn a certain measure of gravitas, are likely to make more so than a quarterback only in his second year as a starter. Mahomes' teammates will say it's nothing new, that he has always been a feisty one. But there is a marked difference in his willingness to put that emotion on display this season. "He's competitive. He's the leader of that bunch. He's the one that's on the field," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "He wants certain things out of a play that as a player, you got to get those things done. That's where my trust in him and the other coaches' trust in him comes in." That's also why you'll see him giving his offensive linemen an occasional earful. It isn't just when things have gone sour that the emotion flows, though. Mahomes is usually right in the middle of touchdown celebrations, or pumping his fist after a big play. He's only bringing his own unique energy to the sideline, engendering confidence in everyone around him. "We hold each other accountable," Mahomes said. "It's not just me saying stuff to those guys. They will say stuff right back to me if I do something wrong." Mahomes said that is what makes the Kansas City locker room unique. People may point fingers, but it is always with the greater good in mind, and it is always followed by a high-five or a hug. Egos are checked at the door. Grudges are left to die. "I think we got the group of guys to play fast and have fun and play through each other," Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins said. "It feels good to go out there and get a win." Even if it means having Mahomes in your grill? "We see it all week during practice. I think this is the time where people be like, 'Oh wow!' But all week he goes through practice, tries these hard throws, and he comes into the game and literally he's on point. We just looking like, 'Oh yeah, that's just Pat being Pat.'" Rarely does a quarterback have the confidence to take on such a leadership role so early in his career. But in the case of Mahomes, the reason it has worked is twofold: He has the undeniable talent to back up whatever he might say to anyone else on the field, and he grew up around professional sports as the son of big league ballplayer Pat Mahomes — meaning any sense of awe went away long ago. Mahomes also has the kind of magnetic personality, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said, that seems to draw everybody in. It's the kind of charisma that allows him to rip into you one play, then put your body on the line to protect his blindside on the very next play. "Everything's about our quarterback," Robinson said. "He's our head coach when we're on the field, he makes all the calls and we go out and try to execute for him.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2019

Ben Simmons fell in love with basketball again

By Rob Maaddi, Associated Press PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Videos of Ben Simmons making jumpers flooded social media over the summer and the All-Star point guard is ready to take his game to another level when the Philadelphia 76ers open camp next week. “I feel like this summer I fell in love with the game again,” Simmons told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). “I kind of got back to who I was and having fun with the game. I felt like the past season I lost that enjoyment side of it but I feel like this summer has been huge for me. Just the work I’ve been putting in, I kinda fell in love with putting that work in again and I’ve been in the gym every day working and the results have been paying off so I’m excited for the season to start. Simmons, the No. 1 overall draft pick in 2016, has helped lead the Sixers to the second round of the NBA playoffs two straight seasons after making his debut in 2017. He was the Rookie of the Year that season and an All-Star for the first time last season. Simmons has averaged 16.4 points, 8.5 rebounds and 7.9 assists and signed a $170 million, five-year contract extension in July. Philadelphia is 101-58 in regular-season games when Simmons plays. He has had 22 triple-doubles in the past two seasons, tied for third most in the league with Denver’s Nikola Jokic and trailing Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook (59) and the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James (26). Simmons also has had 80 double-doubles over the past two seasons. But the one knock against Simmons has been his reluctance to shoot long jumpers and three-pointers. He’s 0-for-18 from beyond the arc, so defenses often focus on taking away his ability to drive to the basket and dare him to shoot. He’s up for the challenge. “I’m ready to be who I am as a player, continue to develop, keep working,” Simmons said. “It’s a process. It takes time. Obviously, people always want to see results straightaway but that’s not how things work.” Simmons decided to focus on improving his game instead of playing for the Australian team at the FIBA World Cup earlier this month in China. He rediscovered his love for basketball during those long hours in the gym and admitted the criticism weighed on him at times. “I think sometimes you kind of get too deep into it where you listen to other people which should never be the thing you do unless they’re giving you positive feedback or trying to help you get better because there’s a lot of negativity out there,” Simmons said, pointing to various social media platforms. “It’s huge once you kind of block that out, you don’t really care, you kinda go out there feeling free. You don’t care if you miss a shot because everyone misses a shot so that’s one of the things that I think this summer I got back to how I was as a player just playing and doing what I love at a high level.” Despite being a lightning rod for criticism in Philadelphia, Simmons says he enjoys playing in front of a passionate fan base. “I love being in Philadelphia. I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” he said. “I think this is the perfect place for me. I just handle (criticism) how it comes.” Simmons heard plenty of boos after a poor performance in Philadelphia’s first-round series opener against Brooklyn in April. He had nine points, seven rebounds, and three assists and shot 1-for-5 from the free throw line in a loss. Afterward, Simmons said: “If you’re gonna boo, then stay on that side.” Simmons answered with his second career playoff triple-double in Game 2, finishing with 18 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia reeled off four straight wins. He looks back at it as a learning experience. “I had a terrible first game and I loved it when people are tweeting me saying all these negative things because the next game I came out (and played better),” Simmons said. “It kinda fires me up a little.” Why does he even pay attention to the critics flexing their keyboard muscles? “It’s hard to avoid. It’s hard to not see,” Simmons said. “I’ve done a better job of not watching certain things in terms of what people are saying but that was a good example of people not giving me positive feedback and I had to respond.” The Sixers revamped their roster in the offseason, losing Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick and adding Al Horford and Josh Richardson and retaining Tobias Harris to play with Simmons and fellow All-Star Joel Embiid. “We’re locked in. We’re ready to play,” Simmons said. “We’ve been in the gym. We’ve been there early. We’re competing trying to get each other better from the rooks to the guys who are vets. I think it’s going to be an exciting year for the 76ers.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2019

UAAP 82: Juan GDL more than happy to give whatever UP needs

The University of the Philippines is on its first win run in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. With back-to-back wins, the Fighting Maroons have moved to solo second in the standings at 3-1 - just right behind undefeated defending champion Ateneo de Manila University. And State U has done this even though its homegrown star has yet to get going. Through four games, Juan Gomez de Liano is averaging 5.8 points and his shooting has not gone online. Even more, the third-year guard has just one double-digit scoring game to his name. Still, Juan GDL is nothing but satisfied - as he has given his all, just as his teammates have given their all, to make sure UP continued its contention. "I'm really happy for us because the fact is, we're winning. We've all been working hard for this," he said. While the 19-year-old's scoring is far from his norms of 16.2 a season ago, his all-around game remains, also posting per game counts of over five rebounds and over three assists thus far in the tournament. And Juan GDL will only keep giving whatever it is that the Fighting Maroons need. "Whatever coach Bo [Perasol] needs, I'll just be more than ready. It'll be a hard adjustment for me, but I'll just continue to be patient and selfless," he said. For his part, coach Bo could only sing the praises of his primary playmaker who has always been a team player. As he put it, "Yan ang sacrifice, yung ginagawa niya ngayon, yung ginagawa lang muna niya whatever is best for the team." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 19th, 2019

UP s bonds will only get stronger now Paras has debuted in UAAP Season 82

Kobe Paras took a little longer to make his debut for the University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, but he finally did so, Sunday at MOA Arena. And in just his first game for the Fighting Maroons, Paras made an immediate impact, dropping 20 points on top of six rebounds and two blocks. Most importantly, his assist led to Javi Gomez de Liano's three that forced overtime and his short stab was part of the 8-0 finishing kick that eventually ended as a bounce back win. Of course, head coach Bo Perasol only welcomed the 6-foot-6 forward with open arms. "It's a great catalyst that we have Kobe here not just for his offense, but his presence inside. It gives inspiration to his teammates," he told reporters in the post-game conference. For his part, Paras is just glad to be able to take the floor once more. "I'm happy. I'm really happy. As everyone knows, this is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo and the whole UP community for giving me, basically, a third chance not just in basketball, but in life," he said. After a short stint as a promising prospect for La Salle Green Hills, the son of Philippine basketball legend Benjie Paras first committed to UCLA before transferring to Creighton. Paras suited up for one season as a Bluejay before relocating again to Cal State Northridge, but never played a game there. Now he has debuted - and has triumphed in his debut - the 21-year-old is only looking forward to strengthening his bonds with his teammates. "The win helps us to build our chemistry because you know that his is a new team. A lot of people think it's easy to just have a group of players come in and produce, but it's hard," he shared. He then continued, "I'm just glad we have games like this because it brings us together." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Fury treading carefully as he fights Sweden s Otto Wallin

By TIM DAHLBERG AP Boxing Writer LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tyson Fury ended Wladimir Klitschko's long reign as heavyweight champion and showed how Deontay Wilder could be beaten, only to leave the ring with a draw. Lately, though, Fury has been treading more carefully. Perhaps too carefully for a man who considers himself the heavyweight champion of the world. Fury fights his second straight no-name opponent Saturday night, taking on Sweden's Otto Wallin in a scheduled 12-round fight. The big Englishman is a huge favorite in a bout that seems little more than a chance for Fury to break a sweat and collect a payday while awaiting a scheduled February rematch with Wilder. "The unknown is more exciting," Fury said of his latest opponent. "But the fact is I don't underestimate anybody. I give everybody the ultimate respect. I've trained hard for this fight, as hard as I've trained for any fight." Fury hasn't exactly been taking on the stars of the heavyweight division since fighting to a draw in December against Wilder — a fight he would have won had he not been knocked to the canvas in the final round. But he is filling airtime for promoter Bob Arum as part of a deal with ESPN, as well as giving American fight fans another chance to catch his always entertaining act. Not that he's terribly concerned about Wallin or what he brings to the ring. Fury said this week he knows little about the Swedish fighter, who is undefeated but has rarely ventured out of his home country or fought any top opposition. "I've never met a man I couldn't beat," Fury said. "So he's going to be no exception." If any fighter can be given a pass for his recent level of opposition, though, it's Fury. He hasn't ducked tough fights in the past — Klitschko and Wilder in particular — and wants to fight as often as possible because training every day helps keep his many demons away. So he enters the ring for his second fight in this boxing town in three months, the first a second round knockout over equally unknown German Tom Schwarz. "I've going from being very depressed and down and out to being the lineal champion of the world fighting in Las Vegas two times," Fury said. "It's fantastic for me." Fury's troubles have been well documented, from a huge weight gain after beating Klitschko in 2015 to contemplating suicide to heavy use of drugs and alcohol. He didn't fight for more than two years after winning the title but is now in the middle of a comeback in what has become an interesting heavyweight division. At 6-foot-9, he is a towering sight in the ring, and though he's not known for big punching power he does possess boxing skills more generally seen on much smaller fighters. He hasn't lost in 28 pro fights, though he seemed on the verge of losing to Wilder after being knocked flat on his back in the final round. Fury said he thought he won 10 of the 12 rounds against Wilder in Los Angeles, controlling most of the fight behind his right jab. The draw was the first blemish on his record, but Fury said he didn't take long to put it in the past. "I was never upset about the draw. I understand boxing, I understand politics," he said. "It's not the first time it's every happened and it surely won't be the last. Neither of us lost an O and we get to do it again. We get paid twice for one fight actually." Fury and Wilder have both signed for the rematch, but both need to win interim fights first. That means beating Wallin, who is a 25-1 underdog despite being unbeaten in 20 fights. "It's a dream come true for me," Wallin said. "I come from a small place in Sweden and now I'm here in the big stage. I'm well-schooled, I've got good offense, good defense. I think I have what it takes to pull an upset.".....»»

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Lady Tams barge into UAAP 82 win column at expense of Lady Warriors

Far Eastern University held off a strong surge from University of the East to take a 70-59 victory, Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament at Araneta Coliseum. Clare Castro towered over the competition as she uncorked 20 points, 13 rebounds, and six blocks to lead the Lady Tamaraws to their first win. "Wala silang malaki so kailangan natin gamitin si Clare," said coach Bert Flores, taking full advantage of his side's edge down low. "Pag nilabas mo si Clare, halos bulilit na ang players namin eh." Choy Bahuyan added 16 points, six boards, three steals, and two assists while Fatima Quiapo got herself 12 points, six rebounds, and four dimes. Their effort helped FEU break away early, taking a 34-15 halftime lead that swelled to as high as 18, 53-35, heading into the fourth quarter. But Princess Pedregosa led UE back in the game, cutting the deficit down to just nine, 48-57, with 5:32 to play. Castro, however, quashed that rally as the Lady Tamaraws took the 11-point conquest. Yet Flores isn't batting an eyelash despite losing grip of that lead, with him giving confidence to his younger wards. "Binigyan ko din ng confidence yung mga bagong players namin. Eight players ang mawawala next year, so kailangan silang bigyan ng confidence," he said as they evened their standing at 1-1. Pedregosa paced the Lady Warriors with a double-double of 21 points, 14 rebounds, two assists, and two steals while Jearzy Ganade had 14 points and 14 boards in the defeat that kept them winless after two outings. BOX SCORES FEU 70 -- Castro 20, Bahuyan 16, Quiapo 12, Antiola 6, Mamaril 5, Jumuad 4, Pacia 3, Bastatas 2, Abat 2, Villanueva 0, Vidal 0, Payadon 0, Nagma 0, Delos Santos 0, De Leon 0, Adriano 0. UE 59 -- Pedregosa 21, Ganade 14, Ordas 6, Cortizano 6, Terrinal 4, Tinio 4, Noquil 4, Nama 0, Fernandez 0, Cuadero 0, Caraig 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-9, 34-15, 53-35, 70-59......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

Cutting back on caffeine? Here are 5 alternatives to coffee

MANILA, Philippines – We're sorry to have to ask, but is it finally time for you to ease up on your daily overdose of caffeine?  Maybe your caffeine highs have been giving you the worst of crashes lately, or maybe that daily 3-cup habit is the culprit ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2019

BOXING: Pedro Taduran stops Samuel Salva to capture IBF Minimumweight crown

MANILA - A new Filipino boxing world champion was crowned Saturday evening, as Pedro “Heneral” Taduran needed only four rounds to dispatch Samuel Salva to become the new IBF Minimumweight World Champion. The Taduran-Salva clash for the vacant crown served as the main event of the second installment of MP Promotions’ Manny Pacquiao Championship Boxing series which was held at the Jurado Hall inside the Marine Camp in Taguig.  The 22-year old Taduran overcame an early scare in the opening round after the #1-ranked IBF contender Salva had him rocked and led to an early count.  After and even second frame, Taduran took over in the third round, unloading relentlessly on an exhausted Salva.  More of the same from Taduran in the fourth round, but action was halted briefly after Salva was penalized for a headbutt.  Taduran continued his offensive assault on Salva, landing combination after combination in until the conclusion of the fourth frame.  A dazed Salva was unable to answer the bell for the fifth round, and referee Danrex Tapdasan waved the bout off, giving Taduran the TKO victory.  “Napaka-saya ko ngayong gabi na nag-world champion na ako, nakuha ko na yung pinangarap ko simula pa noong maliit ako,” an elated Taduran told ABS-CBN Sports.  This was Taduran’s second shot at world title gold, coming up short in his first attempt, which was for the WBC’s minimumweight strap against Thailand’s undefeated Wanheng Menayothin back in 2018.  “Yun na po talaga yung pangarap ko, maging world champion, kaya pinagpatuloy ko, kahit hindi ko nakuha nung unang lumaban ako para sa world championship,” Taduran added.  The Albay native improves to 14-2 in his professional career and joins the likes of Manny Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire Jr., and Jerwin Ancajas as current reigning Pinoy world champions.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

UAAP 82: Lady Bulldogs down Lady Falcons even after Prado s 36-point outburst

National University used a strong second half to survive Mar Prado's 36-point explosion and turn back Adamson, 99-78, Saturday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball tournament at Araneta Coliseum. Rookie Camille Clarin put up a season-best 23 points, to go with five rebounds and four assists as she led the Lady Bulldogs to their second win this year as well as extending their win streak to 82 straight games. Jack Animam also bullied her way in the paint with a double-double of 14 points, 10 rebounds, and three steals while Monique del Carmen had 12 points and six assists. Mikka Cacho also did her part with 11 points, Kelli Hayes got 10 points, three boards, and three assists, and Rhena Itesi added eight points and 14 rebounds for NU. As improved of a performance as it was for the Lady Bulldogs, coach Pat Aquino remains unsatisfied as he believes that his team can still perform better as the season goes. "I still can see the real potential of the team. It's not just one girl who can make it happen this year, it takes everyone to make things happen and we're getting there," he said. "I know that we started slow again, but we're just trying to be more aggressive in the coming games." NU took time to warm up before opening the floodgates in the third frame where a 28-point eruption saw it grab a 30-point edge, 71-41, after a Clarin three before ending the quarter up 20, 76-56. The game, however, wasn't easy, especially with the way Prado played as the Lady Falcon ace went 11-of-23 from the field and 14-of-21 from the charity stripe. "She played very aggressively and she really wanted to show us that she has it. That's the kind of player that if they really want it, they could do it," said Aquino in awe of Prado. "I'm so proud of her for playing that good and to coach Ewon (Arayi) for giving her the confidence and making Adamson a well-oiled team." Rose Ann Dampios contributed 14 points, five boards, and four assists for Adamson in its season opener. BOX SCORES NU 99 -- Clarin 23, Animam 14, Del Carmen 12, Cacho 11, Hayes 10, Itesi 8, Pingol 7, Surada 4, Bartolo 4, Fabruada 2, Goto 2, Canuto 1, Cac 1, Harada 0. ADAMSON 78 -- Prado 36, Dampios 14, Anticamara 9, Ornopia 6, Araja 5, Catulong 4, Mendoza 2, Dumelod 1, Ea. Alaba 1, Bilbao 0, Balane 0, Tandaan 0, Flor 0, Dionela 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ei. Alaba 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-19, 48-37, 76-56, 99-78......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2019

Azkals fall to Syria to open 2nd round of World Cup Qualifiers

The Philippine Men’s National Team started strong but could not sustain the momentum as they fell to Syria, 2-5 to open the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Tournament, Thursday evening at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod.  The hometown crowd had a lot to cheer for in the opening moments of the match, as Javi Patiño struck early to give the Azkals the lead in the 7th minute of action.  It didn’t take long for the visiting Syrians to pull even as Omar Al-Soma connected on a header of his own to tie things up at 1-1 in the 15th minute. Syria would take a 2-1 lead into the midgame intermission thanks to a Khaled Almbayer in the 31st minute.  The struggles continued for the Azkals in the second half, as they opened with a handball violation, giving the visitors a penalty opportunity, which was converted by Firas Al Katib to make it a 3-1 lead.  Al-Soma would add to the Azkals woes as he found the back of the net in the 56th to make it a 4-1 advantage.  Mike Ott made things a bit interesting in the 84th minute, pulling one back for the Azkals to make it 4-2, but the momentum was short lived as Mahmoud Almawas answered back to make it 5-2 in the 86th.  The Azkals return to the pitch on Tuesday, September 10th when they face Guam at the Guam F.A. National Training Center in Dededo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 5th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Cavaliers to lean heavily on young roster

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Cleveland Cavaliers 2018-19 Record: 19-63, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Darius Garland (Draft), Kevin Porter Jr. (Draft), Dylan Windler (Draft), John Beilein (coach) Key departures: JR Smith, Cameron Payne, David Nwaba The lowdown: The first season in the post-LeBron James era, Part II, was almost a carbon copy of the first one: He leaves and the team crumbles. This was pretty much expected from a team that was built around LeBron and then suddenly grew old overnight once he left. It didn’t help matters when Kevin Love, given a rich contract the previous summer, played only 22 games because of injury. That ensured the Cavs would be locked into a rebuilding season and rookie point guard Collin Sexton would receive ample playing time as a result, which was not necessarily a bad thing at all. After shaky initially, Sexton finished strong and averaged 20 points the last 2 1/2 months to make the All-Rookie Second Team. Also, swingman Cedi Osman benefited from increased playing time and had moments in his second season. In a mild disappointment, Larry Nance Jr. failed to take a generous step in his development and there’s fear he will be nothing more than a scrappy, hard-working role player who’ll make the occasional highlight dunk. Otherwise, the Cavs’ season served no major purpose. The remaining pieces from the LeBron era either crumbled in various ways or simply disappeared: JR Smith was suspended, essentially for insubordination; Love was hurt; Tristan Thompson plateaued; George Hill and Kyle Korver were traded. The Cavs sunk toward the bottom of the East, fell off radar for the first time in six years, and once again found themselves back in the lottery looking for help. Summer summary: In a summer of surprises around the NBA, one of the more under-rated events happened when the Cavs’ coaching search ended with a 66-year-old grandfatherly type who never spent a day on an NBA bench. John Beilein might well be a revelation, one way or another. He spent much of his college career at Michigan, where he was highly respected for his strategy, composure and character -- three elements he’ll need in Cleveland. Beilein had flirted with the NBA in years past; when nothing materialized, some NBA people thought his time had passed, especially once he reached retirement age. But the Cavs went with an out-of-the-box choice anyway, plucking Beilein even as the college-to-NBA transition comes with inconsistent results and yellow flags. Brad Stevens is the exception, and besides, he was in his mid-30s when he left Butler and took the Celtics job. The one current college coach whose name surfaces the most in NBA conversation is Jay Wright of Villanova, who has served on Team USA and appears NBA-ready (temperament, two-time champ, even wardrobe). Word is Wright will be on the Sixers’ short list if and when that job opens. Because of Beilein's age and the state of the Cavs, he seems a bridge-gap coach; if so, that’s a smart choice. He’s experienced at managing young players, and the Cavs will build their next era through the Draft. Top free agents don’t make Cleveland a destination choice, even when presented with the chance to play alongside LeBron. Given how quiet the Cavs were this summer, the odds are great that they’ll return to the draft lottery in 2020 and give Beilein additional players in their early 20s to nurture. He’ll have five this season, with Sexton and Osman returning, plus Darius Garland, Dylan Windler and Kevin Porter Jr. coming on via first-round picks. The prize is Garland, the No. 5 pick who was limited by a meniscus injury to five games in his one and only season at Vanderbilt. This seems eerily similar to years earlier when the Cavs took another guard with a limited (11-game) college career: Kyrie Irving. Garland was a three-time Mr. Basketball in Tennessee and was considered the best recruit ever at Vandy, and that’s about all NBA scouts had to work with this spring. Not only was his college career brief, but he also left the combine early. Apparently, that was enough for the Cavs, smitten by Garland’s instincts. The only question is how he fits with Sexton; both can play off the ball, although each is more comfortable as the lead playmaker. Porter represents a wild card of sorts. Talent-wise, he can be considered a steal with the 30th pick ... after being red-flagged by teams following a suspension at USC for poor conduct that cost him much of that single season. Porter was a workout beast prior to the draft, a swingman who brings great size (6-foot-6) and can create off the dribble. The Cavs had nothing to lose by choosing him at that point. Windler benefited from four years in college, steering underdog Belmont to the NCAA tourney and developing into a prospect by his senior year. The Cavs and Beilein can figure out how it all fits later. Right now, Cleveland is all about stockpiling as many assets as possible and giving that young core plenty of time to make their mistakes now, rather than later. And speaking of assets, they didn’t trade Love this summer. But that doesn’t mean he’ll be on the roster when next season ends, either. If the right price comes along — and that’ll be tricky because of his age, injury history and salary — Love can and will exit. LeBron James will eventually get a statue outside Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (formerly Quicken Loans Arena), but he isn’t walking through that door again. The Cavs must take another road to respectability, and it could be a long one. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsSep 3rd, 2019

Federer ends slow starts, rolls into fourth round at US Open

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — There was no slow start to this U.S. Open outing for Roger Federer, who bristled at the suggestion that he might have played a role in some favorable scheduling. After dropping the opening set in each of his initial two matches for the first time in 19 appearances at Flushing Meadows, the No. 3-seeded Federer was back at his absolute best Friday in a 6-2, 6-2, 6-1 victory over Dan Evans, accumulating a 48-7 edge in winners as the opening act in the Arthur Ashe Stadium day session that began at noon. Evans acknowledged 20-time major champion Federer's superiority. How couldn't he? But the 58th-ranked player from Britain also thought the timing was "a bit disappointing," because his rain-postponed second-round match was played Thursday, whereas Federer got to play Wednesday under the Ashe roof. Being first up on Friday's program meant Evans had to be back on court about 18 hours after he'd left the tournament grounds. "It was always going to be a competitive advantage for me. ... Luck was on my side," Federer said, although he did add that his team was asked about whether it had a preference for when to play. "But that doesn't mean, like, 'Roger asks, Roger gets.' Just remember that, because I have heard this (stuff) too often now," he said, with a more colorful word choice. "I'm sick and tired of it, that apparently I call the shots; the tournament and the TV stations do. We can give our opinion. That's what we do. But I'm still going to walk out (on court), even if they schedule me at 4 in the morning." Tournament spokesman Chris Widmaier would not discuss specifics of conversations between tournament officials and representatives of any player. "That was the schedule we put forth, and we're comfortable with the decision," Widmaier said. When a reporter asked Evans whether he made any requests about a later start time, he replied: "You think a guy who has my ranking has any say in that?" "There is probably about four people in this tournament who has a say when they play," Evans said. "Maybe three." Truth be told, this one could have been contested at any hour on any day and the outcome might not have changed. Evans has now faced Federer three times, each at a Grand Slam tournament, and lost all nine sets they've played. "I guess he has every shot," Evans said, "so it's not ideal to have an opponent that has every shot." Federer, who faces No. 15 David Goffin next, displayed a bunch of them, too. The leaping, over-the-shoulder volley packed with pace. The drop volley winners. The forehand passes. The serve with which he won 21 consecutive points in one stretch. The returns that accumulated 14 break points, converting half. Federer went from making 17 unforced errors in the first set of his previous match to finishing with 19 for the entire match against Evans. "You almost tend to forget what happened," Federer said, "and you move forward." That's exactly what Serena Williams did, too. She lost the opening set of her second-round match against 17-year-old Caty McNally before coming back to win, then was much better in a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over Wimbledon quarterfinalist Karolina Muchova. Williams seized control with a seven-game run that began after she trailed 3-2 at the beginning. "I knew what she could do," Williams said — after not allowing Muchova to do much. She'll face No. 22 Petra Martic on Sunday for a spot in the quarterfinals. Other women's winners Friday included No. 2 Ash Barty, No. 3 Karolina Pliskova and No. 16 Johanna Konta. Men who advanced included 2016 champion Stan Wawrinka and Alex de Minaur, who knocked off 2014 runner-up Kei Nishikori. In an all-American matchup under the lights in Ashe later Friday, No. 10 Madison Keys faced No. 20 Sofia Kenin. That was to be followed by defending champion Novak Djokovic against Denis Kudla of the United States. During his win Wednesday, Djokovic was visited several times by a trainer for treatment on his painful left shoulder. Whether or not he had any input — wink, wink — Djokovic surely must have been pleased to get such a late start, giving him a chance to rest that joint......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 31st, 2019