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Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 17th, 2017

Roddick, Clijsters among Tennis Hall of Fame inductees

em>By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press /em> NEWPORT, Rhode Island (AP) — Looking around the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Andy Roddick thought about all the things he is not. Not as good as the historic greats, especially Americans who preceded him into the Newport shrine like John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. Not as good as the modern Big Four — Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray — who stood in the way of him winning more than one Grand Slam. 'I'm not the best of all time. I'm not going to win Wimbledon. I'm not the best of my generation. I'm not the most well-behaved. I'm not the most polished,' Roddick said in a speech Saturday that was sometimes funny and sometimes poignant. 'I'm also never going to take this honor for granted,' he said. 'I may not be a lot of things, but from this day forward, I'm never going to be anything less than a Hall of Famer.' Known for his powerful serve and his often biting wit, Roddick was inducted into the Hall along with Belgian star Kim Clijsters, six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch and journalist and historian Steve Flink. Tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden, who died in 2014, was inducted posthumously. Clijsters won four Grand Slam singles titles and 31 overall, including the 2009 U.S. Open as an unranked, wild-card entry after coming out of retirement following the birth of her daughter. 'Sorry, guys, but it's different,' said Hall of Famer Chris Evert, who presented Flink for induction. Evert said she developed a friendship with Flink over his career, which started when he was a researcher for Hall of Fame tennis writer Bud Collins. He went on to write books and magazine articles and provide tennis commentary on TV and radio. Evert spoke in awe about Flink's recall for long-ago matches, and how he would interrupt her at press conferences when she got details about her own record wrong. 'Steve Flink is being inducted today for a lifetime of making tennis the center of his world,' she said. Kalkman-van den Bosch discussed fighting cancer at the age of 14 and fearing that she would never play tennis again. Her friends pushed her around on a court in her wheelchair so she could she feel like she was still involved with the sport. 'I'm so fortunate to have tennis in my life,' she said. 'It's been magic for me.' Roddick thanked his several coaches and his father and his wife, Brooklyn Decker, who sat in the stands near fellow model Chrissy Teigen and her husband, singer John Legend. He also congratulated his fellow inductees, joining those who praised Clijsters as a person. 'I have a simple way of putting it,' he said. 'If you have a problem with Kim Clijsters, I blame you.' Roddick also spoke of sneaking into the players' lounge at the U.S. Open when he was 8 years old and playing video games with Sampras, too scared to speak. Eleven years later, they were on the same Davis Cup team. And he said he doesn't play 'the 'what-if' game' and wonder what he might have done if he hadn't overlapped with the Big Four. 'It (stunk) being in your vacuum at times. I still consider myself lucky,' said Roddick, who lost to Federer in a Grand Slam final four separate times. 'I got to guard (Michael) Jordan. I went the distance with (Muhammad) Ali. I pitched to Babe Ruth. I feel like I know what it must have been like to watch Picasso. I saw it all. 'I won a couple times — not a lot, but a couple,' he said. 'The big four guys really (angered me) most of the time when I played them. But I'm absolutely proud to have my life and career associated with such quality individuals.' And he said at the pre-ceremony news conference that when he woke up that morning, the first text he saw was from Federer. 'He makes it extremely hard not to like him as a person,' Roddick said. The inductees took a tour of the museum on Friday, where they got to see their mementos alongside those of some of their heroes. Roddick took special pleasure in seeing the racket Arthur Ashe used when winning Wimbledon in 1975, or the one Rod Laver used at Forest Hills. 'It's almost like your childhood flashes through your head,' Clijsters said. 'It's very humbling. I'm just trying to take it all in.' Wearing a white button-down shirt embroidered with trucks that his 22-month-old son, Hank, picked out, Roddick noted that as an inductee he now gets to vote on future candidates. And he joked that he would take advantage of his new power to pay Federer back for all of the defeats. 'I might vote against him,' he said with a smile.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News3 hr. 58 min. ago

Spieth 1 round away from 3rd leg of Grand Slam

em>By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press /em> SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth is one round away from the third leg of the career Grand Slam, and one year removed from a reminder that it won't be easy. On the horizon is a chance to join Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three different majors at age 23. In the past was his last time leading a major, when he let a five-shot lead get away from him on the back nine a year ago at Augusta National. All that mattered to him was the present. Spieth did his part on an extraordinary day of scoring in the British Open, capping off his 5-under 65 by seizing on a good break and making a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for a three-shot lead over Matt Kuchar, who did his best to keep pace with a 66. Spieth had one of seven rounds at 65 or lower at Royal Birkdale, which was never more vulnerable with a light breeze and a clear sky until the final hour. He was warming up on the range when Branden Grace shot 62, the lowest 18-hole score over 157 years of major championships. Spieth then delivered his second bogey-free round of the week in which he never came seriously close to a bogey. 'Pretty stress-free,' Spieth said. 'On a Saturday with a lead in a major, that's as good as I can ask for.' He was at 11-under 199, breaking by six shots the 54-hole record at Royal Birkdale that Tom Watson set in 1983. Not only did that last birdie give him a three-shot lead, no one else was closer than six shots. This will be Spieth's third time taking the lead into the final round of a major. He led by four at the Masters two years ago and won by that margin. More recent was a one-shot lead at Augusta to start the final round, a five-shot lead at the turn and a quadruple-bogey on the 12th hole that cost him another green jacket. Spieth was embracing both memories. 'I think I'm in a position where it can be very advantageous, just everything I've gone through — the good, the bad and everything in the middle,' he said. 'I understand that leads can be squandered quickly. And I also understand how you can keep on rolling on one.' He described the Masters last year as a humbling experience that he thought would serve him well down the road. 'If I don't win tomorrow, it has nothing to do with that,' he said. 'And if I win tomorrow, it has nothing to do with that, either.' Kuchar never quite caught up to Spieth. He twice made birdies that momentarily tied him for the lead, only for Spieth to pour in birdie putts on top of him to stay in front. Kuchar's one slip was a drive into the pot bunker on No. 16 when the rain finally arrived, and a three-putt that led to double bogey. He will be playing in the final group of the fourth round at a major for the first time, and the 39-year-old Kuchar sounded up for the occasion. 'It's not that I ever felt like I was playing Jordan today,' Kuchar said. 'We certainly had a great round of golf. I never felt like I was out there trying to beat Jordan. It's trying to go up against Royal Birkdale and put on the best show you can against the golf course.' No one put on a show quite like Grace, the 29-year-old South African who had a chance to win the U.S. Open two years ago. He went out in 29, then added two long birdie putts on the 14th and 16th holes, and a two-putt birdie on the 17th to reach 8 under. From 60 feet behind the 18th green, he lagged it to 2 feet and tapped in for a 62. 'Look at that number! That is sweet,' Johnny Miller, now a golf analyst, said as NBC flashed a 62 on the screen. Miller was the first to shoot 63 in a major at the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont. It took 44 years for someone to top it. Spieth and Kuchar lit it up, too. They combined for 12 birdies, such impressive golf that Kuchar said a couple of times they forgot who had honors on the tee box. Along the way, they created a little separation from the rest of the field. Austin Connelly, who grew up in Dallas and shares a swing coach with Spieth, extended his remarkable run with birdies on his last two holes for a 66. The 20-year-old who plays under the Canadian flag was six shots behind at 5-under 205, tied with U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 68. Grace wound up seven shots behind even after his 62. Missing from the mix was Rory McIlroy, who looked to be a big threat when he began with three birdies in five holes, driving the green on the shortened par-4 fifth hole. He lost it around the turn, making back-to-back bogeys, and then a double bogey at No. 10 when he blasted out of one pot bunker left of the fairway and it spun toward another, resting in the thick collar. McIlroy had a 69, rarely a bad score in the third round of a major. This one left him nine shots behind. 'If you keep it in play, it's almost hard to make a bogey out there, you know?' McIlroy said. 'I've always been good when I get off to fast starts, being able to keep it going, and I didn't today. And I needed to — that's the disappointing thing.' Ian Poulter felt even worse. Still lurking, he ran off three straight bogeys early on the back nine and shot 71 to fall nine back. The tone for Sunday was set over the final three holes, when Kuchar made his double bogey. Kuchar got one back with a birdie from the pot bunker short of the green at the par-5 17th. And then Spieth stole a birdie at the end when his approach narrowly missed the bunker right of the green and had enough spin to stay on the putting surface for his final birdie. Kuchar missed his birdie attempt from 12 feet. 'I played well today,' Kuchar said. 'Certainly, I'm not out of it. I'm playing some good golf. I'm very excited for tomorrow.' Both took time to stop and soak in the best walk in golf, a full grandstand surrounding both sides of the 18th. Kuchar stopped and said to Spieth, 'This is pretty cool to be here, walking up the last hole of a British Open.' They get to do it again Sunday, with a lot more at stake than warm applause.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 45 min. ago

Hall of Famer Roddick asked more about '09 loss than '03 win

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> More people want to ask Andy Roddick about a Grand Slam final he lost than the one he won. Yes, that 16-14 defeat in the fifth set against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in 2009 seems to spark more conversations than Roddick's straight-set victory at the 2003 U.S. Open, the last time any American man won a major championship. 'For better or worse, it's going to be the '09 Wimbledon final. It's the match people want to talk about. I'll be in a coffee shop and people want to talk about it. People will tell me where they were and where they were watching it,' Roddick said in a telephone interview Friday, the day before he is inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. 'It's a proud moment for me. To go on the biggest stage and — I know I didn't come up on the right end of it, but I don't know that I could have played or executed a game plan better than I did for 4½ hours,' he said. 'It's definitely the one I hear about the most and talk about the most and kind of think about the most.' On Saturday, Roddick and another former No. 1 player, four-time major champion Kim Clijsters, will headline the Hall's Class of 2017. Also being enshrined this year: Monique Kalkman-van den Bosch, a four-time Paralympic medalist in wheelchair tennis; journalist and historian Steve Flink; and tennis instructor Vic Braden. Roddick and Clijsters were moved by the opportunity to tour the hall with family and friends on Friday. 'When I walk through there and I see the history of our sport from when I was a little girl — Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and Arantxa Sanchez — and just a few meters over, there's my picture or my trophy, it feels very special,' Clijsters said. 'But it's also very hard to understand and have it sink in.' Both played their last singles matches in 2012 at the U.S. Open, an important site for their careers. Clijsters won titles in New York in 2005, 2009 — with her daughter, Jada, prancing around the trophy in Arthur Ashe Stadium — and 2010, along with the Australian Open in 2011. In addition to winning his Grand Slam trophy at Flushing Meadows, Roddick was the runner-up there in 2006 to — yes, that's right — Federer. Roddick's trio of runner-up finishes at Wimbledon in 2004, 2005 and 2009 all came against Federer. 'I gave myself a lot peace of mind when I decided I wasn't going to compare myself to Roger,' Roddick said with a chuckle. The key to Roddick's success was his big serve — he once held the record for fastest at 155 mph (250 kph) — and big forehand. But he worked to improve other aspects of his game, including his fitness, backhand and volleys. 'A great competitor. Always getting the most out of himself,' said Lleyton Hewitt, a two-time major champion whose career overlapped Roddick's. 'Left it all out on the court every time he stepped out there. Looked like he did all the hard work, as well, to try and prepare himself as well as possible.' Roddick spent much of his career dealing with questions why his generation wasn't as successful as previous groups of American men, such as Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi in the 1990s, or John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors before that. Now it's Roddick whose name comes up in that sort of context: When Sam Querrey reached the Wimbledon semifinals this month, it was noted he was the first man from the U.S. to get that far at a major since Roddick's tight-as-can-be loss to Federer in 2009 at the All England Club. After that match, fans at Centre Court chanted Roddick's name, an unusual homage to someone who didn't win. 'That's obviously the one that haunts him,' said Patrick McEnroe, Roddick's former U.S. Davis Cup captain. 'He was so close. It was arguably the best match he ever played.' Roddick helped the United States end a 12-year David Cup drought by winning the 2007 title. 'He was one of those guys that got the most out of his ability,' McEnroe said. 'I would say he overachieved. He was a great server, one of the greatest servers ever. But he wasn't a great tennis player. And I think he would tell you that. He wasn't a natural player, where he could just hit shots. He had to work extremely hard. So because of that, to me, he overachieved (by) getting to No. 1 in the world and winning a major.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 22nd, 2017

Delly has the perfect method not to lose his wedding ring while playing basketball

Matthew Dellavedova has been happily married for three weeks now and he has found the perfect way to keep his wedding ring close even if he plays basketball. Because he can't actually wear his wedding ring while on the basketball court, Delly has decided to keep it on his shoe, tying it on his laces to keep it close while he shoots some hoops. It makes perfect sense, it let's everyone know that he's taken and also, it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Because it would be rather awkward if he has to tell his new wife that he lost his wedding ring. 'I think I'm not gonna be able to wear it in a game. So I wanna keep things the same and if I put it anywhere else I'll probably lose it and then I'll be in trouble,' Delly, who is in town for Peak to promote his first signature shoe, told ABS-CBN Sports Friday. 'So I think the safest way is to put it on my shoe,' he added. The little gesture let's everyone know that he's taken and it's a nice way not to lose his ring. Also, it's sorta kinda a crafty method to promote the Peak Delly 1. Anna Schroeder, Delly's lovely wife, says that she's not going to mind if that much if her husband loses his wedding ring while playing basketball. She revealed that Delly actually tends to lose his stuff every now and then although she hopes that he can actually hold on to his ring. And tying it to his shoes seems like the perfect way to go. 'I'm a pretty low-key person so I wouldn't be too frustrated,' Schroeder told ABS-CBN Sports. 'But he also loses his keys and wallet a lot so I hope he can hold on to this and I think that's probably a good place for him to keep it [on his shoe],' she added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

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Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

San Beda goes streaking ahead of rivalry game with Letran

Quiet in the first three games of the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament, both Jomari Presbitero and Davon Potts busted out at last for San Beda College. Presbitero poured in a career-best 16 points while Potts fired all but three of his nine points in the decisive third quarter run that eventually ended as an 81-69 win for the Red Lions against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. With all the attention on Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, Potts and Presbitero proved that the defending champions remain as deep and as balanced as ever. Nonetheless, Bolick had 10 points, nine rebounds, and five assists while Mocon posted 10 markers and four boards as San Beda scored back-to-back wins and its third win overall in four games. It took until the third quarter, though, for the Red Lions to break this one wide open. There, Potts lit up the 17-3 blast that turned a six-point margin into the biggest lead of the game at 20, 55-35, at the three-minute mark of the third. The Generals then battled back to as close as 62-72 inside the last three minutes, but were turned back by seven unanswered points for San Beda. With the convincing victory, the defending champions are all ready for their rivalry game with Colegio de San Juan de Letran on Tuesday. On the other hand, EAC lost for the second time in a row following a season-opening win. Francis Munsayac scored 21 points to lead their effort before exiting the game with an apparent foot injury. Jerome Garcia also added 16 markers. Cameroonian Hamadou Laminou struggled anew and only had 13 points and nine rebounds all while missing 14 of his 18 shots. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 81 – Presbitero 16, Tankoua 12, Bolick 10, Mocon 10, Doliguez 9, Potts 9, Oftana 6, Soberano 3, Adamos 2, Bahio 2, Tongco 2, Cabanag 0, Abuda 0, Noah 0 EAC 69 – Munsayac 21, Garcia 16, Laminou 13, Onwubere 10, Diego 4, Guzman 3, Mendoza I 2, Corilla 0, Pascua 0, Mendoza J 0, Tampoc 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-17, 38-32, 62-43, 81-69 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

Fearsome 6th hole the ultimate test at Birkdale

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — The sixth hole at Royal Birkdale lived up to its fearsome reputation Thursday. David Duval can vouch for that. The 2001 British Open champion ran up a quadruple-bogey 8 and was one of eight players to make double or worse at the 499-yard hole that ranked No. 1 in the first round, with an average score of 4.5. It was the toughest hole the last two Opens held at Birkdale, in 1998 and 2008. The signature hole on the front side is a left-to-right dog-leg that requires a precise drive and a long second shot to an elevated and well-contoured green protected by three bunkers at the front — two on the right and one on the left — and surrounded by dunes. Dustin Johnson was asked before the tournament what he would call the hole if it was to be given a name, like they do at St. Andrews and some other Open courses. 'Probably words I couldn't use in a press conference,' the top-ranked Johnson said. Henrik Stenson said he was sure it will be the toughest hole this week. Jason Day said making par would be like making a birdie. There were only eight birdies in the 156-man field. Except for a few hours early in the round when the wind was coming in from the west off the sea, it was a tee shot into the wind. Brooks Koepka, Tommy Fleetwood and Hideki Matsuyama all took driver, hitting over the pot bunker on the right (the inner bend of the dog leg) at about 280 yards. On the left, there's a bunker at 230 yards and another at 310 yards. Hit the drive down the middle but too far, there's rough and beyond that a ditch at the top of the bend. The second shots, which for most players was between 200-220 yards, proved to be tough Thursday. None of Koepka, Fleetwood and Matsuyama found the green with their approach. Fleetwood went so far left, his ball ended in knee-high rough down a bank. He hacked out and made bogey. Spieth hit 4-iron from 215 yards, landing his ball on the front of the green and 60 feet from the pin. 'You feel like you're hitting so much club,' Spieth said. 'You feel like you're going to fly the world.' In '08, the scoring average was 4.77, making it the second-most difficult hole at an Open Championship from 1982-2016 after the 17th at St. Andrews in 1984. Possibly the most famous incident on the hole came in 1998, when Mark O'Meara spent four minutes looking for his ball after his second shot drifted right into knee-high grass. Thinking his ball was lost, he started back down the fairway only for a spectator to find it and pick it up. The ruling was O'Meara's ball had been identified within the allotted five minutes, and he was granted a free drop. He made bogey and went on to win. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Kia import on softer calls: They're taking the fun out of the game

Markeith Cummings has returned to a new PBA. After first seeing action in the league four years ago with the Globalport Batang Pier, Cummings is back in the PBA, this time reinforcing the Kia Picanto for the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup. Asked to compare both stints, the calls being softer this time around is the one that stood out most for the veteran journeyman. 'They don't allow you to touch,' Cummings said with a little chuckle. 'When I was here in 2013, there was a lot of pushing and a lot of stuff going on. Now, they're taking the fun out of the game. We just have to adjust, and we're going to,' he added. Averaging 28.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.6 steals per game for Globalport four years ago, Cummings came in and finished with 31 points, 10 rebounds, and six assists in his first game with the Picanto. And while they lost to the Phoenix Fuel Masters, Cummings liked what he saw with the Kia squad. “We fight ‘til the end. We just made a couple of mistakes on defense, our rotations, but that stuff comes with practice,' he said. 'Now we kind of got a feel of how everyone plays, so it’s going to give us extra boost coming into the next game,' Cummings added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Valdez-less Cool Smashers show heart in seizing first semis spot

For the first time in five games in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Open Conference, Creamline was without Alyssa Valdez. And still, for the fifth time in five games, Creamline came out on top. With Rosemarie Vargas and Pau Soriano taking over scoring and Jia Morado filling in as leader, the Cool Smashers frustrated the Power Smashers in straight sets, 25-22, 25-21, and 25-22, on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Valdez, who is averaging 27 points per game, is fulfilling her duties with the national team and will not be suiting up for the rest of the elimination round of the tournament. “Sa umpisa talaga, we were looking for our firepower, but along the way, nakita na nang team na kailangan nang tumrabaho,” coach Oliver Almadro said. Indeed, Creamline proved to be more than capable in marching forward in its first game without its top hitter. “Yung resiliency namin, nandun. As you can see, everybody delivered,” Almadro said. In all three frames, the Cool Smashers found themselves trailing after the second technical timeout only to come roaring right back and stealing the set. Vargas was at the forefront of the four-point comeback in the first as well as the six-point comeback in the second sets. Come the third set, it was then Soriano who took charge and had three points in Creamline’s 5-0 run to close the contest. In the end, Vargas and Soriano had 15 points apiece while Coleen Bravo added 13 markers of her own. “Ang pinakamaganda, they are trusting each other, they are confident to play with each other, they are happy playing with each other,” Almadro expressed. As always, all of those came courtesy of the floor direction of Morado who registered 62 excellent sets. Now with a 5-0 record, the Cool Smashers have assured themselves of a seat in the semifinals. “Malaking bagay para sa amin na we started [the season] right so we really have to end it right din,” the coach said. By then, Valdez will be back in action. With or without her, however, Almadro said they remain confident. “We’re always telling our players na Creamline is not about Alyssa,” he said. For the Power Smashers, Jovelyn Prado top-scored with 15 points. She only had Regine Arocha with 10 points to help her, however, as they lost for the fourth time in five games. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Phoenix scores impressive first win to open Governors' Cup

Eugene Phelps didn't score 50+ plus points this time around but 'El Destructor' once again made sure Phoenix is off to a good start with him around. The Fuel Masters scored a convincing 118-105 win over the re-branded Kia Picanto Wednesday at the Big Dome, opening the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup with a nice 1-0 record. Phelps, who is making his third stint for Phoenix since last season, anchored the offense, going for 33 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks. In his previous two debut games for Phoenix, El Destructor dropped 52 and 53 points respectively, both wins. 'Good start for us. We broke our losing streak from last conference which started with a Mahindra loss,' head coach Ariel Vanguardia said. 'We had a chance to be number six and we lost to Mahindra and NLEX. That really derailed us last conference,' he added, talking about how the Fuel Masters missed out on a more favorable seeding in the Commissioner's Cup, settling for seventh place and a date against eventual champion San Miguel instead. In control all game long, Phoenix stepped on the gas in the fourth period, taking a 15-point lead to finally put the game on ice. Aside from Phelps, six locals scored at least eight points for the Fuel Masters led by JC Intal and RJ Jazul who dropped 19 and 18 points respectively. The Picanto, who are once again under the Kia branding after spending time as Mahindra, got 31 points from import Markeith Cummings.   The scores: PHOENIX 118 - Phelps 33, Intal 19, Jazul 18, Eriobu 12, Baguio 11, Dehesa 9, Alolino 8, W. Wilson 4, Kramer 2, J. Wilson 2, Lanete 0, Hayes 0, Borboran 0, Miranda 0. KIA 105 - Cummings 31, Galanza 15, Jaime 11, Revilla 10, Paniamogan 9, Caperal 8, Khobuntin 7, Teng 5, Corpuz 4, Celda 3, Camson 2, Ballesteros 0, Elorde 0, Salva 0. Quarters: 33-24, 57-48, 83-75, 118-105.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Ramirez homers in 15th after 1 am, Red Sox outlast Jays 5-4

em>By Doug Alden, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — Hanley Ramirez hit a home run in the 15th inning, giving the Boston Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a rain-delayed game that ended at 1:09 a.m. Wednesday. Ramirez connected for his 15th homer with one out off Mike Bolsinger (0-3), sending a drive over the left-field wall against the Blue Jays' eighth pitcher. Hector Velazquez (2-1), Boston's fifth pitcher, got the win. The start was held up for more than an hour by thunderstorms, and both teams scored in the 11th to keep it going. The game itself took 4 hours, 59 minutes. The Red Sox haven't gotten a lot of rest lately. They lost in 16 innings to the Yankees on Saturday, then split a day-night doubleheader with New York on Sunday. Boston lost to Toronto 4-3 on Monday night — albeit in just nine innings. Ryan Goins put Toronto ahead 4-3 with a sacrifice fly in the 11th. Mookie Betts tied it with a two-out single in the bottom half that drove in Jackie Bradley Jr. from second. Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer in the sixth for Boston and tying double in the seventh. Chris Young also homered for Boston. Justin Smoak, Kendrys Morales and Troy Tulowitzki drove in one run apiece with consecutive hits during Toronto's three-run fifth inning, which gave the Blue Jays a 3-1 lead. Pedroia followed up his clutch hits with one of the defensive plays of the game in the eighth. After Toronto opened the inning with back-to-back singles, the Red Sox star second baseman scooped up a grounder, ran down Steve Pearce to tag him and made a quick throw to first to convert the double play. Boston rookie Brian Johnson, called up earlier Tuesday from Triple-A Pawtucket, remained unbeaten thanks to the late rally. Johnson allowed three runs, all earned, on eight hits over six innings with three walks and four strikeouts. J.A. Happ pitched five-plus innings for Toronto, allowing two runs on eight hits before getting pulled in the sixth. strong>TRAINER'S ROOM /strong> em> strong>Blue Jays: /strong> /em>RHP Francisco Liriano (neck stiffness/pain) threw on the field and could start the series finale Thursday afternoon, depending on how he feels. He left in the third inning Saturday because his neck was bothering him. em> strong>Red Sox: /strong> /em> SS Xander Bogaerts was a late scratch from the starting lineup and had an MRI on his right hand, which has been bothering him since getting hit by a pitch July 6 against Tampa Bay. Bogaerts came off the bench as a pinch-runner in the 11th. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Blue Jays: /strong> /em>RHP Aaron Sanchez (1-2, 3.94) has won his last four starts against the Red Sox. em> strong>Red Sox: /strong> /em>LHP Drew Pomeranz (9-4, 3.75) has won three of his last four starts, getting a no-decision his last time out Friday against the New York Yankees.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Kershaw pitches 7 scoreless innings, Dodgers edge Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th victory as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Tuesday night for their 10th straight win. Kershaw (15-2) made his first start since the All-Star break, scattering seven hits and a walk to post his 11th win in a row. The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball at 65-29, have won 30 of 34. This is the second 10-game winning streak of the season for the NL West leaders. Relievers Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Jansen survived a deep fly by Matt Davidson to record his 24th save in 24 chances. Chris Taylor had four hits and scored on rookie Cody Bellinger's single in the first inning off Miguel Gonzalez (4-9). strong>PIRATES 4, BREWERS 3 /strong> PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered during a sixth-inning rally and streaking Pittsburgh welcomed outfielder Starling Marte back with a victory over Milwaukee. Marte went 1 for 3 in his return from an 80-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy. He also walked in the sixth, coming around to score on Harrison's 11th home run of the season that tied the game. David Freese put the Pirates ahead to stay with an RBI single off reliever Oliver Drake (3-3) later in the inning. Ivan Nova (10-6) survived six innings to get the win. Felipe Rivero worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his eighth save. Pittsburgh won its third straight and pulled within five games of the first-place Brewers in the crowded NL Central. strong>YANKEES 6, TWINS 3 /strong> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon faltered in the fifth inning after a decent start by the burly 44-year-old, whose Minnesota debut ended with a two-run double by Gary Sanchez that sent New York on its way to a victory. Making his 514th major league start and joining his 10th team, Colon allowed eight hits and four runs with no walks and three strikeouts. He left to a standing ovation with no outs in the fateful fifth, despite the lackluster box score line in the end. Aaron Judge added an RBI single and Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run off Ryan Pressly in the fifth after Colon was removed. Miguel Sano homered and Brian Dozier hit an RBI triple for the Twins, but they left 12 men on base. The sputtering New York bullpen stepped up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Luis Cessa, with Aroldis Chapman pitching a scoreless ninth for his 10th save. Chasen Shreve (3-1) picked up the win. strong>DIAMONDBACKS 11, REDS 2 /strong> CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Herrmann capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and Arizona slugged its way past Cincinnati, shortly after trading for slugger J.D. Martinez. Rey Fuentes added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, All-Star outfielder Jake Lamb had a two-run triple and Arizona ended a five-game skid by tying a season high with nine extra-base hits — one from each spot in the order. The Diamondbacks had four doubles in the fifth, helping overcome Zack Cozart's 10th homer of the season. Arizona acquired Martinez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor leaguers Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King. Cincinnati is 0-5 since the All-Star break, and opponents have reached double figures in runs in three of the games. Amid muggy conditions and a 90-degree first-pitch temperature, Robbie Ray (9-4) lasted six innings for Arizona. Reds starter Sal Romano (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier Tuesday to make his third career start, failed to retire a batter in the fifth. strong>ORIOLES 12, RANGERS 1 /strong> BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered in a six-run first inning, added a grand slam in the fourth and finished with a career-high six RBIs to help Baltimore breeze past Texas. It was the 19th career multihomer game for Davis, making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain. Baltimore's cleanup hitter hadn't gone deep since June 10 and has 16 home runs after hitting 38 last season. The Orioles scored six runs against Tyson Ross (2-2) before making an out, and that was enough to send Baltimore to its second straight win over Texas following a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs. Dylan Bundy (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in six innings to earn his first victory since June 24. strong>ASTROS 6, MARINERS 2 /strong> HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis homered twice to back up a solid start by Brad Peacock and help Houston over Seattle. Gattis hit solo shots in the second and sixth innings off Sam Gaviglio (3-5) for the eighth multihomer game of his career. Peacock (8-1) allowed three hits and one run while fanning nine in seven innings to tie the longest start of his career and earn his fifth straight win. Luke Gregerson got the last four outs for his first save. Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for the AL West-leading Astros, and Marwin Gonzalez added a hit in his first game at shortstop since All-Star Carlos Correa was placed on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament on Tuesday. strong>TIGERS 9, ROYALS 3 /strong> KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and drove in five runs, and Detroit scored five times in the second inning and cruised from there past Kansas City. After trading slugger J.D. Martinez to Arizona for a package of prospects before the game, the Tigers proved they didn't need him in the lineup — at least for one night — to win their fourth straight game. Castellanos also tripled to finish a double shy of the cycle. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs, and the Tigers, who began selling ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, still managed to give fill-in starter Matt Boyd (3-5) plenty of support in his return from the minors. He outperformed Travis Wood (1-3), who allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. strong>PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 2 /strong> MIAMI (AP) — Maikel Franco had three hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, to help lift Philadelphia over Miami. National League home run leader Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th for the Marlins, who have lost four of five. Franco's homer to left field off Dustin McGowan (5-1) was his 14th of the season and it broke a 2-all tie. Nick Williams added a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the scoring. Cameron Perkins drove in two runs for the Phillies and Pat Neshek (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory. Hector Neris pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 12 opportunities. strong>CARDINALS 5, METS 0 /strong> NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wacha threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Matt Carpenter had four hits, and St. Louis beat New York. Wacha (7-3) has won his last four starts. He struck out eight and walked one in his 99th career start. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was ineffective last season, had not won four straight starts since the 2013 playoffs when he helped lead St. Louis to the World Series. Wacha and the Cardinals capitalized on a shoddy Mets defense that let down starter Rafael Montero (1-6) with three errors. Montero allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Kershaw pitches 7 scoreless innings, Dodgers edge Chicago

The Associated Press   CHICAGO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw pitched seven scoreless innings for his major league-leading 15th victory as the Los Angeles Dodgers edged the Chicago White Sox 1-0 Tuesday night for their 10th straight win. Kershaw (15-2) made his first start since the All-Star break, scattering seven hits and a walk to post his 11th win in a row. The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball at 65-29, have won 30 of 34. This is the second 10-game winning streak of the season for the NL West leaders. Relievers Pedro Baez and Kenley Jansen closed it out. Jansen survived a deep fly by Matt Davidson to record his 24th save in 24 chances. Chris Taylor had four hits and scored on rookie Cody Bellinger's single in the first inning off Miguel Gonzalez (4-9). PIRATES 4, BREWERS 3 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered during a sixth-inning rally and streaking Pittsburgh welcomed outfielder Starling Marte back with a victory over Milwaukee. Marte went 1 for 3 in his return from an 80-game suspension for violating the performance-enhancing drug policy. He also walked in the sixth, coming around to score on Harrison's 11th home run of the season that tied the game. David Freese put the Pirates ahead to stay with an RBI single off reliever Oliver Drake (3-3) later in the inning. Ivan Nova (10-6) survived six innings to get the win. Felipe Rivero worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the ninth for his eighth save. Pittsburgh won its third straight and pulled within five games of the first-place Brewers in the crowded NL Central. YANKEES 6, TWINS 3 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Bartolo Colon faltered in the fifth inning after a decent start by the burly 44-year-old, whose Minnesota debut ended with a two-run double by Gary Sanchez that sent New York on its way to a victory. Making his 514th major league start and joining his 10th team, Colon allowed eight hits and four runs with no walks and three strikeouts. He left to a standing ovation with no outs in the fateful fifth, despite the lackluster box score line in the end. Aaron Judge added an RBI single and Didi Gregorius hit a two-run home run off Ryan Pressly in the fifth after Colon was removed. Miguel Sano homered and Brian Dozier hit an RBI triple for the Twins, but they left 12 men on base. The sputtering New York bullpen stepped up with 5 1/3 scoreless innings in relief of starter Luis Cessa, with Aroldis Chapman pitching a scoreless ninth for his 10th save. Chasen Shreve (3-1) picked up the win. DIAMONDBACKS 11, REDS 2 CINCINNATI (AP) — Chris Herrmann capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run homer, and Arizona slugged its way past Cincinnati, shortly after trading for slugger J.D. Martinez. Rey Fuentes added a pinch-hit, three-run shot in the seventh, All-Star outfielder Jake Lamb had a two-run triple and Arizona ended a five-game skid by tying a season high with nine extra-base hits — one from each spot in the order. The Diamondbacks had four doubles in the fifth, helping overcome Zack Cozart's 10th homer of the season. Arizona acquired Martinez from the Detroit Tigers in exchange for minor leaguers Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King. Cincinnati is 0-5 since the All-Star break, and opponents have reached double figures in runs in three of the games. Amid muggy conditions and a 90-degree first-pitch temperature, Robbie Ray (9-4) lasted six innings for Arizona. Reds starter Sal Romano (1-2), recalled from Triple-A Louisville earlier Tuesday to make his third career start, failed to retire a batter in the fifth. ORIOLES 12, RANGERS 1 BALTIMORE (AP) — Chris Davis homered in a six-run first inning, added a grand slam in the fourth and finished with a career-high six RBIs to help Baltimore breeze past Texas. It was the 19th career multihomer game for Davis, making his fifth start since coming off the disabled list with an oblique strain. Baltimore's cleanup hitter hadn't gone deep since June 10 and has 16 home runs after hitting 38 last season. The Orioles scored six runs against Tyson Ross (2-2) before making an out, and that was enough to send Baltimore to its second straight win over Texas following a three-game sweep by the Chicago Cubs. Dylan Bundy (9-8) allowed one run and four hits in six innings to earn his first victory since June 24. ASTROS 6, MARINERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Evan Gattis homered twice to back up a solid start by Brad Peacock and help Houston over Seattle. Gattis hit solo shots in the second and sixth innings off Sam Gaviglio (3-5) for the eighth multihomer game of his career. Peacock (8-1) allowed three hits and one run while fanning nine in seven innings to tie the longest start of his career and earn his fifth straight win. Luke Gregerson got the last four outs for his first save. Jose Altuve had three hits and drove in a run for the AL West-leading Astros, and Marwin Gonzalez added a hit in his first game at shortstop since All-Star Carlos Correa was placed on the disabled list with a torn thumb ligament on Tuesday. TIGERS 9, ROYALS 3 KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and drove in five runs, and Detroit scored five times in the second inning and cruised from there past Kansas City. After trading slugger J.D. Martinez to Arizona for a package of prospects before the game, the Tigers proved they didn't need him in the lineup — at least for one night — to win their fourth straight game. Castellanos also tripled to finish a double shy of the cycle. Victor Martinez drove in a pair of runs, and the Tigers, who began selling ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, still managed to give fill-in starter Matt Boyd (3-5) plenty of support in his return from the minors. He outperformed Travis Wood (1-3), who allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings. PHILLIES 5, MARLINS 2 MIAMI (AP) — Maikel Franco had three hits, including a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning, to help lift Philadelphia over Miami. National League home run leader Giancarlo Stanton hit his 29th for the Marlins, who have lost four of five. Franco's homer to left field off Dustin McGowan (5-1) was his 14th of the season and it broke a 2-all tie. Nick Williams added a two-run homer in the ninth to cap the scoring. Cameron Perkins drove in two runs for the Phillies and Pat Neshek (3-2) pitched a scoreless seventh for the victory. Hector Neris pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save in 12 opportunities. CARDINALS 5, METS 0 NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Wacha threw a three-hitter for his first career shutout, Matt Carpenter had four hits, and St. Louis beat New York. Wacha (7-3) has won his last four starts. He struck out eight and walked one in his 99th career start. The 26-year-old right-hander, who was ineffective last season, had not won four straight starts since the 2013 playoffs when he helped lead St. Louis to the World Series. Wacha and the Cardinals capitalized on a shoddy Mets defense that let down starter Rafael Montero (1-6) with three errors. Montero allowed four runs, two earned, in six innings. New York has lost three straight and eight of 11. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Aces open Governors' Cup against NLEX

After a disastrous Commissioner's Cup, Alaska has the opportunity to quickly bounce back as the Aces open the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup on Wednesday against a rejuvenated NLEX squad. Starting the mid-season conference at 4-0, the Aces lost eight straight on their way to an early elimination. But with Buck Henton back in twon to serve as its import, Alaska looks to  have a quick headstart on the competition as the team hopes to revive a lost season. Standing in their way are the Road Warriors, the last placed team in the the first two conferences. However, NLEX added key veteran pieces at the end of the Commissioner's Cup, allowing the Road Warriors to finish the tournament with back-to-back wins for their first winning streak of the season. Game time between the Aces and the Road Warriors is set for 7:00 p.m. at the Big Dome. In the first game at 4:15 p.m., Phoenix will once again welcome Eugene Phelps as the Fuel Masters take on the re-branded Kia Picanto. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Beverley brings defensive mindset to Clippers

em>By Jill Painter Lopez /em> LOS ANGELES (AP) — Patrick Beverley was first in line among all the newest Clippers to walk into an introductory news conference. Then Beverley, who was dealt to the Clippers in a six-player trade that sent Chris Paul to Houston, stopped on a dime and allowed the five others to walk onto the stage first. He will not, however, take a back seat to Paul, a nine-time All-Star. When Beverley was asked about replacing Paul, his response was short and strong. “Let me get this out of the way: I’m not Chris Paul,” Beverley said. “I reiterate, I am not Chris Paul. Understand, he is not me either.” And that was that. Beverley wants the comparison to Paul to end there, but it will follow him as long as he’s the point guard for the Clippers and Paul is with the Rockets. They’re inextricably linked, like it or not. Beverley, no longer playing in the same backcourt with James Harden, is expected to have more freedom in an offense that will feature more ball movement than when Paul ran the system under coach Doc Rivers. He will be counted on to provide the same stingy defense for which he is known. He matches up against opponents’ best guards and has done it well, being selected to the NBA’s first-team all defense last month. In 2016, he proclaimed that he was the best defensive player in the NBA. “We’ve been big fans of Pat for a long time,” said Lawrence Frank, the Clippers’ executive vice president of basketball operations. “He’s an instigator [and] agitator but sometimes what gets lost in that [is] extremely talented. It seems like every time the bar is raised, he meets it. Size is irrelevant. You look at the rebounds and assists and his size. He shoots a high percentage from three. He’s first-team all defense, but we think there’s a complete game with it.” Beverley averaged 9.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.2 assists and shot 38.2 percent from three-point range last season. He will fit in with former Rockets teammates Sam Dekker, Lou Williams and Montrezl Harrell just fine. Also introduced Tuesday were rookies Jawun Evans and Sindarius Thornwell. “We have some dog in us, that’s how we play the game,” Dekker said of the recently traded Houston contingent. “We have a chip on our shoulder…The way we got here was playing hard and playing scrappy, getting in scuffles on the court. That’s what we do. Last year, in Houston, with the second unit when they threw Pat with us, Trez and a couple other guys, when we went on the court, we always said: ‘Let’s bring the dog out. Let’s do what we do and do what we do best, that’s making them work and make them hate us.’ That’s what we did. Our second unit was one of the best in the league, we thought. That’s what we’re going to bring to LA.” Beverley could see his offensive numbers increase on a team that re-signed Blake Griffin, already has DeAndre Jordan and added Danilo Gallinari this offseason. He already has built his reputation on the defensive end, having had success guarding Russell Westbrook, Stephen Curry and others. But Beverley has said he is looking forward to a new kind of opportunity with the Clippers, one that could showcase more of his offensive skills. “I’m put in a situation where I’m truly blessed to see what the limit is with me,” Beverley said. “I understand coach will push me. It’s going to be fun. My mindset is all about winning. I’m a really black-and-white guy. There’s no grey area. I’m coming to win basketball games. I didn’t come here to look good doing it.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Cagulangan takes charge, tows Jr. Blazers into solo first

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> CSB-LSGH – 3-0 br /> Malayan – 2-0 br /> San Beda – 2-1 br /> Arellano – 1-1 br /> Letran – 1-1 br /> LPU – 1-1 br /> Perpetual – 1-1 br /> EAC – 0-2 br /> JRU – 0-2 br /> San Sebastian – 0-2 Transferees Inand Fornillos and Albert Bordeos have proven to be big boosts for College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills now in the 93rd Season of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, the Junior Blazers are, first and foremost, Joel Cagulangan’s show to run. Cagulangan put on a show on Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Arena, up against powerhouse San Beda High School no less, and showed his team the way to a big-time 82-78 win. The veteran pointman dropped 25 points, 11 coming in the last six minutes, to energize CSB-LSGH onto a place alone atop the leaderboard at 3-0. “He’s a smart kid and there’s too much leadership in him,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said, nothing but appreciative of the efforts of his prized ward. From a one-point lead inside the last seven minutes, Cagulangan put his team on his back for a 77-72 advantage with 39.3 ticks to go. Prince Etrata and Evan Nelle kept the Red Cubs alive and kicking, however, and still threatening at 78-79 with 18 seconds left. Sent to the line, the Junior Blazers’ court general made the first and missed the second. Ain Obenza got the rebound for San Beda and took it all the way to their side of the court, but had his attempt roll around the rim and out. Seconds later, former Red Cub Bordeos converted his charities to put the finishing touches on CSB-LSGH’s big-time win. Bordeos contributed 12 points, five assists, and four rebounds while Inand Fornillos, a Mythical Team member in the UAAP Juniors a year ago, posted a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double on top of five blocks. With the win, the Junior Blazers broke a three-way tie for first-place with San Beda and defending champion Malayan High School of Science. “It’s good to be 3-0, but we will not settle with this,” Bienvenida expressed. For San Beda, Peter Alfaro and Josh Tagala top-scored with 14 points apiece. Without an answer for Cagulangan in the final frame, however, they suffer their first setback in three games. In the day’s other game, Colegio de San Juan de Letran barged into the win column following an 85-81 triumph over Emilio Aguinaldo College. Kiefer Cordero starred with 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Kobe Monje also had an 18-point, 12-rebound double-double to help the Squires improve to 1-1. Maui Cruz poured in 25 points on top of six rebounds and five assists, but those were all for naught as the Brigadiers lost again. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME LETRAN 85 – Cordero 21, Monje 18, Labrador 11, Tolentino 8, Valdez 6, Peralta 5, Ganapathy 5, Reyson 3, Aniban 3, Tamayo 2, Fuentes 2, Guarino 1, Montes 0, Tabajen 0, Culanay 0 EAC 81 – Cruz 25, Boado 12, Dulatre 9, De Quiros 8, Baliquig 7, Santillan 5, Oriondo 5, Castillo 5, Mananquil 3, Tapales 2, Matilde 0, Diaz 0, Mostoles 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 44-36. 69-56, 85-81 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 82 – Cagulangan 25, Bordeos 12, Fornillos 10, David 9, Marcos 8, Mosqueda 7, Sangco 4, Lao 2, Morales 2, Lepalam 2, Cruz 1 SAN BEDA 78 – Alfaro 14, Tagala 14, Obenza 13, Nelle 11, Etrata 7, Barbero 7, Abu Hijleh 4, Velasquez 2, Nayve 2, Lagumen 2, Mahinay 2, Sese 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-18, 40-34, 61-60, 82-78 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

PWR returns to Bayanihan Center for 'Bakbakan sa Bayanihan'

Tuloy ang bakbakan ngayong July 23! Philippine Wrestling Revolution takes over Bayanihan Center with its return-to-Kapitolyo show dubbed PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, featuring Chris Panzer, Jake De Leon, John Sebastian, Billy Suede, and all your favorite PWR stars. Here are all the stellar matches you can look forward to on the big day. Bakbakan na! br />   u> strong>PWR CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: Chris Panzer (c) vs. “Beautiful” Billy Suede /strong> /u> This is not the first time these two men will be going toe-to-toe in a PWR ring to fight to become Kampeon ng Pilipinas. In fact, just last month, former ECCW Champ Billy Suede almost won Philippine wrestling’s top prize from Chris Panzer had it not been for PWR General Manager Mr. Sy’s watchful eye. The Beautiful One had locked in a dirty pin on Panzer, prompting Mr. Sy to reset the match on the spot -- which the Leader of the Panzer Army won clean. br /> br /> This loss was not taken lightly by the Filipino-Canadian. But being the fair GM that he is, Mr. Sy granted Suede another shot at the PWR Championship which he had to re-earn by beating the Pinoy Tecnico in a '1 Contender’s Match. And the next time he goes up against the champ, Billy swears (no pun intended) he’ll make sure he’ll F***ing win.     u> strong>PWR TAG TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH: The YOLO Twins (c) vs. The Network /strong> /u> To say that Yohann and Logan Ollores hate The Network’s stinking guts would be an understatement. After losing at PWR Renaissance, James “Idol” Martinez and Alexander Belmonte III stole -- not won -- the PWR Tag Team titles from The YOLO Twins in a show of force. So we do not blame the YOLOs for wanting to sue the hell out of The Network. But with PWR being a wrestling brand, we’d rather see the two teams beat the living snot out of each other in a wrestling ring. And if The Network really want to keep the Tag Titles for themselves, they’ll have to do it the right way. So at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, hayaan nating magbakbakan ang dalawang koponan na ito for the PWR Tag Team Championship. br /> br /> br /> u> strong>MATIRA MATIBAY: Ralph Imabayashi vs. “The Senyorito” Jake De Leon /strong> /u> At PWR Renaissance, we all witnessed the stellar 3-Way Championship Match between Chris Panzer, Ralph Imabayashi, and Jake De Leon. We also witnessed just how much Imabayashi and De Leon hated each other’s guts and wanted to beat each other up to a pulp, that they both lost sight of their true goal: take the title from Panzer. In the words of the Filipino-Japanese Sensation, there is no way himself or The Senyorito will be able to get their hands on the PWR Championship if either of them are standing in each other's way. The only way for this to end is by destroying each other. br /> br /> And so at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, magbabakbakan sina Ralph Imabayashi at Jake De Leon sa pinaka-unang Matira Matibay Match sa Philippine wrestling. br /> br /> The match will be guided by these three rules: 1) The only way to win is by 10 COUNT or REFEREE STOPPAGE. 2) No Pinfalls. No Submissions. 3) Count Out and Disqualification rules apply. br /> br /> Ang pinakamatibay lang ang matitira. br /> br /> br /> u> strong>ALL OUT WAR: The Apocalypse vs. Trian Dela Torre /strong> /u> br /> br /> The big bad Apocalypse has had it with 'The Miniature Boy' Trian Dela Torre after coming out 0-2 in their latest outing. But if the 5-foot-flat Midget Champ wants to keep playing, he'll have to do so in kapre rules. And so when these two (umm, one-and-a-half?) men meet again in the ring at PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan, it's going to be ALL OUT WAR. No DQs. No countouts. No holds barred. Or should we say 'SmallOutWar? br /> br /> u> strong>FIGHTERS 4 HIRE vs. John Sebastian & Peter Versoza /strong> /u> The band is back together: John Sebastian and Peter Versoza have teamed up to take on the Fighters 4 Hire, Miguel Rosales and Joey Bax. And if you don’t already know, these 4 men are notorious for breaking out the biggest, baddest brawls in Philippine wrestling. Especially at PWR Renaissance just last month, the same cast of troublemakers tore down Playland Fisher Mall when they broke in a scuffle that involved kendo sticks, chairs, and (un)lucky audience members getting thrown around. The fight broke out after Sebastian interrupted Versoza and Rosales’ match to prove with one swift blow, that if he can carry Philippine Wrestling Revolution on his shoulders, he too can burn it to the ground. But if we’ve learned anything from pro-wrestling, it’s that no fight gets settled until it’s done inside the squared circle. br /> br /> PLUS: Punk Dolls vs. Kakaibros, Vlad Sinnsyk vs. SANDATA, and many more!   Do not miss the action of PWR LIVE: Bakbakan sa Bayanihan on July 23rd, 2PM, at the UNILAB Bayanihan Center where you can catch all your favorite PWR stars, grab exclusive merchandise, and be one with the Revo-Nation. br />   em>Order your advanced and discounted tickets NOW by sending us a Facebook DM or an e-mail at pwr.tickets@gmail.com. /em> em>TICKET PRICING: /em> em>Earlybird Tickets (until July 22nd) - P350 each /em> em>Barkada Bundle (until July 22nd) - P999 for 3 tickets /em> em>Regular Tickets (July 23rd, at the venue) - P400 each /em>   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Federer up to ATP No. 3 after Wimbledon; Muguruza WTA No. 5

em>By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press /em> LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer's eighth Wimbledon title pushed him back up to No. 3 in the ATP rankings on Monday after he ended last season at No. 16. And, because he sat out the last half of 2016, his points will only continue to accumulate, making a return to No. 1 a real possibility. 'I'm playing for titles at this stage of my career. Rankings, not so much, unless I'm as close as I am right now,' said the 35-year-old Federer, who also clinched a berth in the season-ending ATP Finals, held in London on Nov. 12-19. So I just have to check the situation, if it's worth it to run after it or not.' Garbine Muguruza's first championship at the All England Club returned her to the WTA's top 10 at No. 5, a rise of 10 spots, while runner-up Venus Williams goes from No. 11 to No. 9. Karolina Pliskova became the 23rd woman to be ranked No. 1, a debut for her that was guaranteed last week, based on results at Wimbledon. She had been No. 3, and swaps positions with former No. 1 Angelique Kerber. Serena Williams has not competed since January because she is pregnant. By losing rankings points she earned last year, including a title at Wimbledon and runner-up finish at the French Open, she went from No. 4 to No. 15 on Monday — leaving her out of the top 10 for the first time since April 1, 2012. The rankings count points from the preceding 52 weeks, which is why Pliskova is able to take over at No. 1 despite losing in the second round at the All England Club. Pliskova, a 25-year-old from the Czech Republic, has never won a Grand Slam title — she's not the first player to top the rankings without that achievement on her resume — although she was the runner-up to Kerber at last year's U.S. Open and a semifinalist at Roland Garros last month. Kerber lost in the first round at the French Open, then the fourth round of Wimbledon. Simona Halep had a chance to be No. 1 this week but lost to Johanna Konta in the Wimbledon quarterfinals. So Halep continues at No. 2, with Konta going from No. 7 to No. 4. Federer's placement is his highest since he was No. 3 in August 2016, at the start of his half-year hiatus from the tour. He has spent a total of 302 weeks as the ATP's No. 1 player in his career, a record. One of Federer's coaches, Severin Luthi, was asked about aiming to return to the top spot. 'If it comes, for sure, it's amazing,' Luthi said. 'But for him, (winning majors is) more important.' Andy Murray held onto No. 1 despite losing in the quarterfinals of his title defense at the All England Club, ahead of No. 2 Rafael Nadal, who lost in the fourth round of Wimbledon after winning the French Open. Novak Djokovic remained at No. 4, while Stan Wawrinka dropped two spots to No. 5 after a first-round exit. Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic stayed at No. 6.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 18th, 2017

Hamilton seizes on Vettel puncture to cut F1 lead to 1 point

em>By Rob Harris, Associated Press /em> SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Just like his tire, Sebastian Vettel's championship lead was shredded at the British Grand Prix. A 20-point lead was slashed to a single point by Lewis Hamilton after the Mercedes driver led from start to finish to cruise to a fourth win of the season as Vettel capitulated halfway through the season. Vettel was never in realistic contention for victory on Sunday, but he was still third entering the penultimate lap — a finish that would have ensured 10 points still separated him from Hamilton. But Silverstone witnessed a remarkable collapse, a final twist on an afternoon of thrilling racing. A front-left blowout on Vettel's Ferrari sent rubber remnants of the tire flying across the track as the four-time world champion crawled back into the pits for repairs just in time. It ensured Vettel was still able to finish seventh and collect the points that kept him top heading into the Hungarian Grand Prix on July 30. 'It could have been a bit better for sure, but a disaster? I don't think so,' Vettel said. 'I don't think there is anyone particularly to blame.' Troublingly for Ferrari, Vettel's tire trouble struck a lap after teammate Kimi Raikkonen's car also experienced a puncture as he was set for second. It allowed Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two with Hamilton as Raikkonen completed the podium. 'I don't wish any misfortune on anyone,' Hamilton said. 'But we didn't have any issues.' Unlike the last two races when Hamilton lost ground in the championship. There was a faulty head rest in Azerbaijan that contributed to Hamilton finishing fifth, followed by a five-place grid penalty for an unauthorized gearbox in Austria where he was fourth. Now Hamilton is back on top of the podium, for a record-equaling fifth time at his home race. 'Obviously the pendulum has swung this weekend,' Hamilton said. 'That is only good for Formula One and good for the fans with the close battle we continue to have.' Hamilton wasn't on the podium for long. Soon he was among the fans who roared him to glory, vaulting out of the pit line and crowd-surfing. The celebration carried a pointed message to critics of his failure to attend a showcase of the sport in central London that was attended by the 19 other drivers. Unlike in Trafalgar Square, there certainly weren't any jeers of Hamilton's name at Silverstone as he joined Jim Clark and Alain Prost as five-time winners of the race. 'There is no reason to question my preparations,' Hamilton said. '(There was) so much negativity trying to pull the weekend down but obviously it had no effect ... the fans were out-and-out loving and supporting all weekend.' Perhaps recuperating with two-day holidays in Greece is now the blueprint for Hamilton in his quest for a fourth world title. 'I don't understand why the British hero was being beaten up before his home grand prix,' Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said. 'l think that made him even more determined.' There was also an unexpected second-place finish after Bottas made up seven places following a five-place penalty for a gearbox change like Hamilton's a week earlier. As Bottas surged up the order there was an exhilarating battle with Vettel for third that the Finnish driver won on lap 44 of 51. There was also combative racing early on between Vettel and Max Verstappen as they initially fought for third in a wheel-to-wheel challenge. 'He wants to play bumper cars or something,' Verstappen complained over the team radio as Vettel attempted to overtake him on the inside after 14 of 51 laps. Thanks to Vettel's misfortune, Verstappen was able to finish fourth, having provided much early entertainment, while Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo was fifth. 'At the beginning I knew I was quite a bit slower than Seb so I just did my best to stay in front and have some fun,' Verstappen said. 'It was the only thing I could do and luckily he didn't manage to pass me on track, after that little battle my race became a bit lonely.' .....»»

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