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Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarSep 14th, 2017

Now or never for the Minnesota Timberwolves

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves have gone through a makeover this summer, changing their logo, their uniforms and renovating Target Center to usher in a new look for a team that has been a doormat for well over a decade now. If logo designer Rodney Richardson wanted to add a Bulls head to the new look, it would have been appropriate. After a disappointing first season in Minnesota, coach and president Tom Thibodeau went looking for some familiar faces from his days with the Chicago Bulls to set a different tone with a team that has spent the last four seasons billing itself as a young and exciting group on the rise. Jimmy Butler came from Chicago in a trade. Former Bulls Taj Gibson and Aaron Brooks were added in free agency. Thibs even added John Lucas III to the coaching staff to try and bring another voice familiar with his system and knowledgeable of his demands to the organization to make sure nothing gets lost in translation. Thibodeau will never admit that there was a concerted effort to target ex-Bulls. But there is no dispute he went looking for players from his Chicago era to add an edge to a team that features young stars Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. “It was who fit us best and what we needed,” Thibodeau said. At the top of that list was toughness. A young team with few proven veterans lost 22 games last season in which it held a double-digit lead. Butler and Gibson bring that by the bucketful, and the Wolves also added 37-year-old Jamal Crawford to the bench for another veteran who has been in all kinds of big spots. “A lot of guys don’t understand when you get to the NBA, it’s not just about running up and down the court and smiling and having fun,” Gibson said. “It’s a business. Everyone has to align with each other like a puzzle piece.” The Wolves go into the season in a loaded Western Conference looking to end the longest active playoff drought in the league, which stretches back to 2004. After hoping that streak would end for several years, this year that is the expectation. The season opener is Oct. 18 at San Antonio. Here are some things to watch with the Timberwolves this season: strong>WIGGINS RE-UPS: /strong>Wiggins finally signed a five-year, $148 million contract extension on Wednesday, ending a head-scratching process that was made more complicated by his decision to part ways with agent Bill Duffy on the brink of a new deal in August. The deal is sure to be one of the more polarizing in the NBA for a gifted scorer who has yet to make an All-Star team. strong>KAT’S MEOW: /strong>Towns has put up some incredible numbers in his first two seasons, making him a fashionable choice to become the league’s next big star. Perhaps the only thing holding him back is a bigger commitment on the defensive end. Towns frequently lost focus on that end last season, but flashed strong potential as a rookie when playing alongside Kevin Garnett. Playing in a starting five with Gibson and Butler figures to help him make the necessary strides. strong>BJELICA’S RECOVERY: /strong>Nemanja Bjelica has never been a starter in his three seasons with the Wolves, but he may be one of the team’s most important players. At his best, he is a versatile, playmaking shooter who can play multiple positions and give the second unit some much-needed offensive punch. He was just starting to show everything he can do last season when he went down with a broken foot. He has been playing in the preseason, and the Wolves will need him to stay healthy and effective to compete in the West. strong>MUHAMMAD RETURNS: /strong>Shabazz Muhammad turned down a four-year, $40 million contract offer from the Timberwolves before last season, hopeful that another strong year could help him break the bank as a free agent in the summer. But the salary cap did not increase as many projected, and Muhammad was one of many restricted free agents to get squeezed. He wound up settling for a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, a bargain for the Wolves. Now Muhammad is motivated to have a strong season for a competitive team to try to recoup some of the money he lost. “We felt fortunate we were able to get him back,” Thibodeau said. strong>RUBIO’S REPLACEMENT: /strong>The Wolves traded longtime point guard Ricky Rubio to the Utah Jazz this summer and brought in Jeff Teague on a three-year, $57 million deal to give Thibodeau the scoring point guard he wanted. Rubio is an immensely popular figure locally, and it didn’t take Teague long to figure out what kind of shoes he has to fill. “He was a fan favorite,” Teague said. “I hear it every day. No, seriously. I really do.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 12th, 2017

Wade says he wants to wear a Heat jersey again someday

em>By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press /em> MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade cannot be clearer about this: He wants to wear a Miami Heat uniform again. Someday. After signing his one-year, $2.3 million deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Wade — speaking from his new locker room — told The Associated Press that Miami is “always in my heart” and that he took a serious look at whether this was the right time to return to the franchise where he spent his first 13 NBA seasons. “Miami, the door’s always unlocked,” Wade told AP. “One day I want to retire in a Miami Heat jersey. I don’t know how that will happen, but I definitely want to make sure than when I decide to hang it up, that jersey is on. Whether it’s being back there or signing a one-day deal like Paul Pierce, I want to make sure that I go out the way I came in.” The Heat have also indicated they would like a reunion many times — such as when they took out a full-page newspaper ad saying “We’ll leave a key under the mat for you” when he left Miami for Chicago last year and earlier this week, when Miami coach Erik Spoelstra talked about “our hopes for where he ends up eventually.” “Everybody knows how we all feel about him,” Spoelstra said. The feeling is mutual. Wade is from Chicago and now will live in Cleveland, but Miami is home. His children are back in South Florida schools after joining him in Chicago last year, and Wade said he got the blessing from his oldest son to pursue the Cleveland opportunity. “When it comes down to big decisions like this, there’s two people I listen to: Her name is Gabrielle Union Wade and his name is Zaire Wade,” Dwyane Wade said, referring to his wife and oldest son. “I listen to Zaire and my wife and try to see what they feel and what they want. Zaire told me just like this: ‘Dad, I would love to have you here and be around more. But I want you to go get your fourth ring.’” With that, it became an easy choice. Some Heat fans lobbied Wade on Twitter to come back to Miami after he got his buyout from the Bulls this week, and former teammates like Udonis Haslem, Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic also said they wanted him back. Wade said it was flattering. “To be in this position, to be in this league so long and to have fans wanting you to be part of their team — I mean, we all want to be wanted — I can’t even explain what that means,” Wade said. “I really looked at their team and where could I fit in and what could my role be and would I be happy with that role.” Miami has plenty of shooting guards: Dion Waiters is the presumed starter, and Josh Richardson, Tyler Johnson, Rodney McGruder and Wayne Ellington all will see time at that spot for the Heat. Wade looked at Miami’s depth at that position and realized the fit wouldn’t be ideal. Plus, the Heat were able to bring back most everyone from a team that went 30-11 in the second half of last season and Wade thought he could get in the way. “Honestly, I didn’t feel they needed me there,” Wade said. “I feel that those guys are in a good place. They deserve to come back this year and see what that 30-11 was about. They don’t need me there over their shoulder or anything like that. That’s kind of how I approached it.” There is a bit of irony in how the schedule works out. When he was with the Bulls last season, Chicago played at Miami only once — one of the schedule quirks that has some Eastern Conference teams playing each other three times instead of the more-customary four. The same thing happens this season in the Heat-Cavaliers series, with Cleveland coming to Miami one time only. “Last year, honestly, I could only take coming back that once,” Wade said. “It worked out for the better last year. It was the weirdest game I ever played in my life.” .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Van Gundy, Pistons ready for move to new arena

em>By Noah Trister, Associated Press /em> AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Pistons were back at The Palace for their annual media day, so their old venue hasn’t completely been forgotten. This season, however, is about something new. The Pistons will play at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit, the new facility they’ll share with the Detroit Red Wings. It’s already hosting preseason hockey, and the Pistons will open the regular season there Oct. 18 against Charlotte. Their first home exhibition game is also against the Hornets on Oct. 4. “The sight lines are terrific,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “The way it is built puts people closer to the court, which I think will give us an outstanding home-court advantage when we get those people yelling and screaming.” It will be interesting to watch the team’s attendance, which wasn’t good during the final few seasons in Auburn Hills. The Pistons have made the playoffs just once in the past eight seasons and missed out in 2016-17 with a 37-45 record. Center Andre Drummond said he’s been to the new arena and felt there was more emphasis on hockey than basketball. “I felt like us coming to a new home, I felt like it would be more welcoming, in my opinion,” Drummond said. “But maybe I’m looking at it at a wrong angle because everything is not done yet.” This is an important season for Drummond, who received a $130 million, five-year contract from the Pistons last year, then became the subject of trade speculation months later. “The year I had last year was not who I was,” Drummond said. “That’s not the player I’m supposed to be. That’s not the player I’m supposed to represent for this city.” Drummond said he’s lost about 30 pounds and now weighs 285. “I’m moving faster, jumping higher,” Drummond said. “I’m just feeling great overall, and it’s just something I’m really proud of myself for really taking that time and really grinding this summer out.” Drummond underwent a procedure to correct a deviated septum — a displacement of bone and cartilage that divides the two nostrils. He says his breathing has been better, and that could have an impact on the court. Van Gundy said Drummond sprained an ankle last week but there was no major damage. The big health issue facing the Pistons is still the condition of point guard Reggie Jackson, who had a knee problem before the start of last season and never got into a groove. Van Gundy said Jackson can’t go through full two-a-days at this point. “He can go once a day. He did play some five-on-five with our guys at the end of last week, and we’re just trying to decide which practice and how much and how to bring him along,” Van Gundy said. “He’s in the shape of someone who hasn’t played in six months, so conditioning’s an issue.” strong>NOTES: /strong>Van Gundy said Boban Marjanovic, the team’s 7-foot-3 backup center, could be “one of the most indefensible offensive forces in the game in the time he’s on the floor.” Marjanovic figures to have a bigger role now that Aron Baynes is no longer on the Pistons. “It’s incumbent on us to find the best way to use him,” Van Gundy said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Clearly, Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin bring out the best in each other

The game on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum was between De La Salle University and National University. However, the story of that game was the rekindling of the rivalry between champion coaches Aldin Ayo and Jamike Jarin. From start to finish, the showdown lived up to expectations as the two teams went at it and scored basket after basket after basket. “We have the same system na we keep on running. Siguro, kung titignan niyo, para kayong nanonood ng lawn tennis,” Ayo said post-game. Indeed, everybody was entertained in a back-and-forth affair that saw the Green Archers’ “mayhem” get answered by the Bulldogs’ very own running game. In the end, the two teams combined for the highest scoring output in over a decade with Ayo and the defending champions coming out on top, 115-109. And in the end, the mentor of the Taft-based team was nothing but glad to have been part of a classic contest. “Both of us are very familiar with each other. Grabe yung competition, pero I have so much respect for that coach,” he shared. He then continued, “He always brings (out) the best (in me).” While they may be rivals, Jarin could only say the same about Ayo. “It’s always interesting when you coach against La Salle and Aldin. He’s a really good coach so he brings out the best in me also,” he expressed. Asked just why they bring out the best in each other, he answered, “Probably because we’re just two competitors who bring out the best sa mga players.” The NU mentor was quick to add, however, “Like I’ve said before, coach Jamike is not bigger than the UAAP, Aldin Ayo is not the bigger than the UAAP. We’re not bigger than La Salle, we’re not bigger than NU.” While this was their first meeting in the UAAP, Ayo and Jarin share a colorful history dating back to their days in the NCAA. Then, Ayo was at the forefront for Colegio de San Juan de Letran and Jarin was at the helm of San Beda College. Then, they split their head-to-head matchups at three wins apiece. They just could not find separation from each other even then so much so that Ayo had to say, “I find (coaching against Jarin) very interesting kasi may ginagawa siyang natutuwa ako. Natutuwa ako kasi alam kong ginagawa niya yun dahil galing siya sa grassroots.” He also added, “Ganun din ako. Basically, parehas kami ng ginagawa.” And until now, Ayo is loving the challenge of going up against Jarin. “We have the same system and coach Jamike is a very good coach. Kanina, ‘di ko alam kung ano pa nga ilalabas ko sa bulsa ko kasi malakas siya manggoyo e,” he said. He then continued, “Kung kalaban mo talaga si coach Jamike, talagang pipigain mo yung utak mo e. You have to make sure na nag-e-execute yung mga players.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

It's on: Triple G and Canelo ready for big middleweight bout

em>By Tim Dahlberg, Associated Press /em> LAS VEGAS (AP) — It's the kind of fight Gennady Golovkin has been chasing from the moment he walked off an airplane six years ago to make his new home in Los Angeles. It's the fight boxing fans have been waiting for almost as long. Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez meet Saturday night in a middleweight showdown that has been brewing for years. They do it in their prime, and they both bring the kind of power that could make for a night that will be talked about in boxing for years to come. Three weeks after Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor met in an odd spectacle, boxing shows off its best side in a scheduled 12-round fight that will pay both men millions and make one of them the undisputed top 160-pounder in the world. 'It's a true fight,' Golovkin said. 'You can go back home or go to the hospital. It's dangerous. Everyone understands that.' Indeed they do, which is one reason Golovkin has had trouble getting fighters in the ring with him. The fearsome slugger from Kazakhstan has stopped almost everyone put in the ring with him, winning all 37 of his fights, 33 by knockout. But Alvarez packs power, too, and the red-headed Mexican is a savage counterpuncher with a style that should match up perfectly against the onrushing Golovkin. 'I don't back down,' Alvarez said. 'I'm a counter puncher, and I like to fight.' The combination of styles has boxing fans salivating over what will happen in the same ring where Mayweather stopped McGregor three weeks ago. The fight quickly sold out and is expected to do well on HBO pay-per-view, though it will not reach the level of last month's spectacle. Still, it promises to be a can't miss fight that brings back memories of the great middleweights of the 1980's. Both fighters weighed in Friday at the middleweight limit of 160 pounds. 'It all depends on who lands the punch that defines the fight and I think Gennady is going to do that,' said Abel Sanchez, Golovkin's trainer. 'They're going to hit each other and give fans the kind of fight they want and expect.' It won't be the first time the two have met, but it will be under far different circumstances. They sparred together at Golovkin's camp in Big Bear, Calif., in 2011 as both were preparing for fights and, though accounts vary, both had their moments with each other. But this is a real fight, with Golovkin's titles at stake and a lot more. Both will make millions of dollars in a fight that holds risks — and plenty of rewards — for both of their careers. 'These are the fights that define your career,' said Oscar De La Hoya, who promotes Alvarez. 'Both guys are not going to back down.' Alvarez is already an established superstar, arguably the most popular athlete in Mexico. Golovkin, who won a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, is hoping for the kind of performance that will finally win over fans not overly impressed by a 23-fight knockout streak of 18 middleweight title defenses. Between them they have 86 wins, against only one loss. That was suffered by Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 knockouts) in 2013 against Mayweather in a fight he admitted he was too young to take. Oddsmakers in this gambling city have made Golovkin a slight 7-5 favorite, but the fighters themselves say anything could happen. 'It's not an easy fight for him or me,' Golovkin said. 'I think the first couple of rounds will be very close. I think the second half will be much crazier, like a street fight.' For Golovkin, the fight is the culmination of a long battle to establish himself as the top middleweight in the world. Triple G came to the U.S. in 2011 to pursue bigger fights, and has collected the major middleweight titles while trying to get Alvarez into the ring. It finally happened after Golovkin (37-0, 33 knockouts) was forced to go 12 rounds earlier this year against Danny Jacobs in a fight where he got hit a lot and barely escaped with a decision. Some in boxing thought it showed some vulnerability or suggested that at the age of 35 Triple G is getting a bit old. Nonsense, he says. 'I am the champion and I bring all my belts,' Golovkin said. 'This is my game, my fight. I am the boss, not Canelo.' Golovkin, who speaks limited English, backed his comments up with a tweet warning Alvarez what was yet to come. 'If you go in the ocean the shark knows,' he wrote. 'He's home. It's the same for me in the ring. ... Let's do it.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Senate opens ‘Obamacare’ debate at last but outcome in doubt – ABC News

Prodded by President Donald Trump, a bitterly divided Senate voted, at last, Tuesday to move forward with the Republicans' long-promised legislation to repeal and replace &'8220;Obamacare.&'8221; There was high drama as Sen. John McCain returned to the Capitol for the first time after being diagnosed with brain cancer to cast a decisive &'8220;yes&'8221; vote. The final tally was 51-50, with Vice President Mike Pence, exercising his constitutional prerogative, breaking the tie after two Republicans joined all 48 Democrats in voting &'8220;no.&'8221; When the Senate voted Tuesday evening on the bill's initial amendment, it underscored how hard it will be for the chamber's divided Republicans to pass a sweeping replacement of Obama's law. By 57-43 — including nine GOP defectors — it blocked a wide-ranging proposal by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to erase and replace much of the statute. It included language by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, letting insurers sell cut-rate policies with skimpy coverage, plus an additional $100 billion to help states ease out-of-pocket costs for people losing Medicaid — a provision sought by Midwestern moderates including Rob Portman, R-Ohio. On the day's opening vote to begin debate, and with all senators in their seats and protesters agitating outside and briefly inside the chamber, the vote was held open at length before McCain, 80, entered the chamber. Greeted by cheers, he smiled and dispensed hugs — but with the scars from recent surgery starkly visible on the left side of his face. Despite voting &'8220;yes,&'8221; he took a lecturing tone afterward and hardly saw success assured for the legislation after weeks of misfires, even after Tuesday's victory for Trump and Republican leader Mitch McConnell. &'8220;If this process ends in failure, which seems likely, then let's return to regular order,&'8221; McCain said as he chided Republican leaders for devising the legislation in secret along with the administration and &'8220;springing it on skeptical members.&'8221; &'8220;Stop listening to the bombastic loudmouths on the radio, TV and internet. To hell with them!&'8221; McCain said, raising his voice as he urged senators to reach for the comity of earlier times. At the White House earlier, after senators voted to consider the bill, Trump wasted no time in declaring a win and slamming the Democrats anew. &'8220;I'm very happy to announce that, with zero of the Democrats' votes, the motion to proceed on health care has just passed. And now we move forward toward truly great health care for the American people,&'8221; Trump said. &'8220;This was a big step. I want to thank Senator John McCain — very brave man.&'8221; Trump continued to celebrate the vote at a rally in Youngstown, Ohio that doubled as a victory lap. &'8220;We're now one step closer to liberating our citizens from this &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; nightmare and delivering great health care for the American people&'8221; he said. At its most basic, the Republican legislation is aimed at undoing &'8220;Obamacare&'8221;'s unpopular mandates for most people to carry insurance and businesses to offer it. The GOP would repeal &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; taxes and unwind an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor, the disabled and nursing home residents The result would be 20 million to 30 million people losing insurance over a decade, depending on the version of the bill. The GOP legislation has polled abysmally, while &'8220;Obamacare&'8221; itself has grown steadily more popular. Yet most Republicans argue that failing to deliver on their promises to pass repeal-and-replace legislation would be worse than passing an unpopular bill, because it would expose the GOP as unable to govern despite controlling majorities in the House, Senate and White House. Tuesday's vote amounted to a procedural hurdle for legislation whose final form is impossible to predict under the Senate's byzantine amendment process, which will unfold over the next several days. Indeed senators had no clear idea of what they would ultimately be voting on, and in an indication of the uncertainty ahead, McConnell, R-Ky., said the Senate will &'8220;let the voting take us where it will.&'8221; The expectation is that he will bring up a series of amendments. Yet after seven years of empty promises, and weeks of hand-wringing and false starts on Capitol Hill, it was the Senate's first concrete step toward delivering on innumerable pledges to undo former President Barack Obama's law. It came after several near-death experiences for earlier versions of the legislation, and only after Trump summoned senators to the White House last week to order them to try again after McConnell had essentially conceded defeat. &'8220;The people who sent us here expect us to begin this debate, to have the courage to tackle the tough issues,&'8221; McConnell said ahead of the vote. Democrats stood implacably opposed, and in an unusual maneuver they sat in their seats refusing to vote until it was clear Republicans would be able to reach the 50-vote margin needed to get them over the top with Pence's help. &'8220;Turn back,&'8221; Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York implored his GOP colleagues before the vote. &'8220;Turn back now, before it's too late and millions and millions and millions of Americans are hurt so badly.&'8221; Schumer's pleas fell on deaf ears, as several GOP senators who'd announced they would oppose moving forward with the legislation reversed themselves to vote &'8220;yes.&'8221; Among them were Dean Heller of Nevada, the most vulnerable Republican senator in next year's midterm elections, Shelley Moore Capito of West Virginia and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Johnson has recently accused McConnell of [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

Green Day takes on the American dream in ‘Back in the USA’

Green Day has just released a greatest hits album that includes the brand-new track "Back in the USA", which has now been given the video treatment with a black-and-white satire of the American dream. The video opens on a 1950s-style scene of American life, complete with lawn-mowing, sweater vests and waving neighbors. Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong grabs a copy of the newspaper, headlined "Presidential Address Tomorrow," and heads inside before getting a visit from a traveling sunglasses saleswoman who changes his outlook on his seemingly idyllic lifestyle. He is soon joined by his fellow band members as they bring their new outlook to the stage. "Back in the US...Keep on reading: Green Day takes on the American dream in ‘Back in the USA’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News13 hr. 34 min. ago

Get under the skin of Ferrari at the London Design Museum

A painstakingly curated exhibition featuring one of the biggest collection of Ferraris and Ferrari memorabilia ever bought together under one roof outside of Maranello, Italy, opened its doors this week. To mark the marque's 70th anniversary, "Ferrari: Under the Skin," which opens to the public this weekend, will feature a collection of 70 classic and contemporary Ferraris with a combined value of 140 million including an exact replica of the very first Ferrari ever made, the 1947 125 S, alongside original sketches and correspondence. There are collections of handwritten letters from Enzo Ferrari himself, plus his driving licence, as well as a collection of trophies w...Keep on reading: Get under the skin of Ferrari at the London Design Museum.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Lifestyle glams up Miss Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters in time for the Miss Universe pageant

  As this story sees print, Miss Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters will already be in Las Vegas for the Miss Universe pageant set on Nov. 26, and, like we do every year, Inquirer Lifestyle holds a glam shoot as a send-off for the beauty queen. Peters is not your typical pageant girl; a beach girl at heart, she has a personality that is very laid-back and private. Whenever she can, she tries to fly to Siargao, to unwind, surf and run her caf called Bake, which will soon become a bed and breakfast. Her personality is reflected in her preferred fashion. Away from the formal wear and the glitz, she prefers to keep things very chill and classic. "I like basic colors mostly, ...Keep on reading: Lifestyle glams up Miss Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters in time for the Miss Universe pageant.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 17th, 2017

WATCH | Trudeau’s charm has no effect on Villar: ‘He should just take back their trash’

He visited a popular fast food chain where he charmed both the crew and the customers before leaving with a take-out order, then was seen cuddling a child in Tondo district; and still later, riding an e-jeepney with special features for persons with disability......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 16th, 2017

Globe LIVE, 9Works Theatricals bring back & lsquo;A Christmas Carol& rsquo;

Globe LIVE, 9Works Theatricals bring back & lsquo;A Christmas Carol& rsquo;.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 15th, 2017

Trudeau says ‘now theoretically possible to get back’ Canada trash in PH

MANILA, Philippines – Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said it is now possible for his country to bring back 103 container vans of trash illegally shipped to the Philippines. But the world leader did not make a full commitment to remove the garbage out of the country yet......»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 14th, 2017

The journey doesn t end here : former champ Eduard Folayang remains motivated following loss to Martin Nguyen

Eduard Folayang's magical run as ONE Championship lightweight world champion is over.  Friday night at ONE: Legends of the World in Manila, Folayang was on the wrong end of a brutal knockout loss to now-two division world champion Martin Nguyen. It was a painful end to what was an insipiring journey to the top for the Team Lakay superstar, and the image of seeing the Pinoy hero getting seperated from his senses is one that will remain with Pinoy fight fans for a while.  Days after the loss, Folayang released a statement via ONE Championship, reassuring everyone that he's fine after the match's violent end.  "First and foremost, I thank God for His protection. At this point, I assure my followers and the fans of Team Lakay that I am alright and there is nothing to be anxious about. I am still in good physical condition." Folayang said. "I extend my heartfelt gratitude to ONE Championship for seeing that I get the best medical attention after the match. Folayang went on to thank the Filipino fans who came and supported him and Team Lakay, Friday night.  "I take this opportunity to thank my countrymen for their support not only to me but to the entire Team Lakay athletes who competed last November 10 at the Mall of Asia Arena. My heart is overwhelmed with the outpouring of their encouragement. We hope we can pay it forward. As for Nguyen, the Baguio City native congratulated the new champion and added that this isn't the end of the line for 'The Landside." "I tip my hat off to Martin Nguyen. He did his homework well and came very prepared. Because of this, my hunger for improvement remains unsatiated. This is a big lesson learned. I believe challenges inside and outside the cage always bring out the best in us. I assure you that the journey doesn't end here." The former champion has been in the same situation before. Following a devastating KO loss to lightweight contender Timofey Nastyukhin back in 2014, Folayang went on an amazing run which led him to the top of the lightweight division.  ONE Championship chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong fully believes that the Pinoy warrior can once again rise to the top of the heap. "I expect Eduard to shine again."  Sityodtong said during the post-fight presser.  As for now, Folayang will likely take a break as he and the team prepare for what's set to be an eventful 2018. "The odds were not in my favor last Friday. Nevertheless, Team Lakay and I will exert our best efforts to wave our Philippine flag more triumphantly in 2018."     Eduard Folayang quotes courtesy of ONE Championship.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Status quo for PBA in 2018

PBA Season 43 is readopting the exciting calendar in the past season that culminated with the Governors Cup finale played before record crowds at the Philippine Arena. The local pro league is also reimplementing the same exciting formats used last season where San Miguel Beer emerged as the Philippine Cup and Commissioner’s Cup champ while Barangay Ginebra came through with a successful title defense in the Governors Cup. This measure was resolved in the last PBA regular board meeting in Manila. The same height limits for imports are set – 6-foot-10 in the Commissioner’s Cup and 6-foot-5 in the Governors Cup. This paves the way for the likely return of topnotch imports Justin Brownlee, Charles Rhodes, Ricardo Ratliffe and Allen Durham in PBA Season 43 set to start Dec. 17. All three tourneys feature a single-round-robin elimination phase, with the best eight teams advancing to the playoffs. Thus each team will be playing a minimum of 33 games in the season. In the all-Filipino and in the Commissioner’s Cup, the Top Two gain a twice-to-beat advantage versus the bottom two in the quarters. The four middle teams, meanwhile, figure in a pair of best-of-three quarterfinals showdowns. In the Governors Cup, the Top Four will all enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals versus the next four. It’s No. 1 versus No. 8, No. 2 opposite No. 7, No.3 against No. 6 and No. 4 versus No. 5. The Gin Kings are likely to play Brownlee in both the Commissioner’s Cup and in the Governors Cup like they did last season. Meanwhile, San Miguel and Star are likely to bring back Rhodes and Ratliffe in the second conference while Meralco could lean on Durham again in the Governors Cup. Rhodes and Durham emerged as the Best Imports in the Commissioner’s Cup and Governors Cup, respectively, in PBA Season 42......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE

Derrick Pumaren is uncertain whether he would return to University of the East for another season after the Red Warriors failed to make the Final Four for the eighth consecutive year. "I don't know, really. I still have to see what's the direction of the UE management for next season and I have to think about that," Pumaren said after his team fell to University of Santo Tomas, 85-88,on Sunday. Pumaren was named UE head coach in 2014 but has yet to bring the Red Warriors back to the semifinals, and though UE showed a lot of promise in UAAP Season 80, it still finished with the second-worst record in the league at 3-11. "As I've told the team in the dugout, I think we could have done...Keep on reading: Derrick Pumaren unsure of return to UE.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Al Horford carries the Kyrie-less Celtics to 12th straight victory

THE Boston Celtics faced the Toronto Raptors without their All-Star point guard, Kyrive Irving, who suffered a facial fracture the last game the Celtics played against the Charlotte Hornets. Fortunately for Boston, Al Horford came back from his concussion and was able to spark the Celtics to a one point victory, 94-95. Despite Raptors Demar… link: Al Horford carries the Kyrie-less Celtics to 12th straight victory.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Coach Bo says season-ending win is ‘defining moment for UP’

It was a short-lived celebration for the University of the Philippines. Two hours and 18 minutes after staying alive in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament, the playoff hopes of the Fighting Maroons were effectively extinguished when Far Eastern University triumphed over Adamson University. “Wala na naman talaga yung bola sa kamay namin,” head coach Bo Perasol said. “What’s important now is we (had for) ourselves a chance for the playoffs.” Indeed, a lot had to go right for them to end what is now a 20-year playoff drought. Heading into today’s gameday, State U was tied with National University at 5-8. A win there then raised their record to 6-8. Along with that, however, they also needed 6-7 FEU to lose to Adamson. If such scenario would have happened, FEU and UP, both at 6-8, would have figured in a knockout bout for the fourth and final playoff berth. Of course, their first playoffs in two decades wasn’t meant to be as they downed NU, 106-81, only to see the Tamaraws gore the Soaring Falcons, 71-54. Still, Perasol said how they came through in a must-win game was only a good sign for their program. “Ang sabi ko sa kanila, this is going to be a defining moment for our program. If you wanna grow, you have to undergo these kinds of games – knockout games, all for the marbles games – kasi rito mo nage-gain yung confidence mo,” he shared. He then went on to say how the Fighting Maroons, long used to be at the bottom of the standings, just did not have the experience of how to win. “Lahat ng teams have to overcome high-pressure games. E kami, yung simpleng laro lang, pagdating sa dulo, bumabagsak kami,” he said. He then continued, “Kaya kailangang merong pinaghuhugutan. They have to remember this experience na, ‘Hey, we have done this already.’” Indeed, Perasol’s wards got just that and persevered – imposing their will on the also determined Bulldogs from tip-off to final buzzer. “Whatever happens, I’m really proud of how we played this game. All of them really responded well,” he said. While they are yet to end that 20-year playoff drought, the always amiable mentor said they are on their war there, slowly but surely. “When we began this season, we really had high hopes on getting into the Final Four. Now, here we are and we were just a win away,” he said. And Perasol has the numbers to back him up as in his first season, he guided State U to a 5-9 record. Now, they wrap up their campaign at 6-8. “It’s an improvement to what we had last season. So no matter what happens, I believe we added some character to these gentlemen which we are going to hopefully bring into next season,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Saric scores 25 as 76ers beat Jazz 104-97 for 5th straight

By Kareem Copeland, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Dario Saric scored a season-high 25 points and the Philadelphia 76ers won their fifth straight game with a 104-97 victory over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). The winning streak is the Sixers’ longest since the 2011-12 season. Philadelphia used a 21-7 run to start the third quarter, highlighted by eight straight points from J.J. Redick, to take a 67-51 lead it never relinquished. The Sixers seemed to have more energy on both ends of the floor despite being on the road without starting center Joel Embiid. Ben Simmons initiated the offense while Saric and Redick knocked down shots. Saric grabbed 10 rebounds, Redick scored 20 points and Simmons finished with 16 points, 13 rebounds and six assists as the former No. 1 draft pick had his seventh double-double of the season. Robert Covington added 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Jazz didn’t do anything particularly well outside of a second-quarter rally after falling behind by 16 in the first 12 minutes. The defense allowed wide-open shots by the 76ers and was uncharacteristically sloppy throughout, giving up backdoor cuts and slashes to the basket for easy points. On the other end, the Jazz couldn’t connect on their own good looks. Rodney Hood led Utah with 19 points on 4-for-16 shooting, and Rudy Gobert posted his seventh double-double of the season with 16 points and 15 rebounds. TIP-INS 76ers: Richaun Holmes started in place of Embiid. ... Jerryd Bayless was out due to a bruised left wrist. Jazz: Donovan Mitchell started the second half over Hood. ... Utah shot 30.3 percent from the floor and 23.1 percent from three-point range. TRUST THE PROCESS Embiid did not travel with the 76ers and was given a scheduled rest as the team closely watches his return from injury. Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said the “sports science people” have a sophisticated plan put together. Embiid will join the team before it plays the Sacramento Kings on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). REDSHIRT FRESHMAN Top draft pick Markelle Fultz is traveling with the 76ers despite being out with a shoulder injury. Brown said there’s plenty to learn by being around the team. “None of us can dismiss the benefit that Ben Simmons had of effectively being a redshirt and taking it all in, not necessarily in real time,” Brown said. “The NBA is so unforgiving. ... All this time off I’m not looking at as negative. I’ve learned with all the players — Nerlens [Noel], Jahlil [Okafor], Joel and Ben and now Markelle — you can make it work. It’s Jon Gruden’s quarterback camp. ... Bring them in and talk video stuff and what do you see? Still make him feel a part of us and educate him. Although it’s not in a uniform, it still counts for something.” UP NEXT 76ers: At the Sacramento Kings on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Jazz: Host the Miami Heat on Friday (Saturday, PHL time).  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2017

Emperador net profit up

EARNINGS of Emperador, Inc. climbed 18% in the third quarter amid the company’s efforts to bring in new products both in its local and international markets. The liquor maker of tycoon Andrew L. Tan reported in a statement yesterday a profit of P1.7 billion in the July to September period, which came on the back […] The post Emperador net profit up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Seriously, where would LSGH be without Joel Cagulangan?

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is back in the Finals of the NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. For the first time in four years, the Junior Blazers will have a chance at winning their very first championship. For Inand Fornilos, who posted 16-point, 18-rebound double-double in their conquest of dynastic San Beda High School, Joel Cagulangan was the difference between the two teams – and the difference for the boys from Greenhills throughout the tournament. “Kung wala siya, ewan na lang kung saan kami ngayon. Isa talaga siya sa puso ng team,” he said He then continued, “Pag wala siya, parang magiging imposible. Pag nandun siya, kayang-kaya.” And it wasn’t the first time the five-foot-eight point guard has played big. In the eliminations, he has won for them three games by his lonesome. In Game 1 of the semifinals, against the Red Cubs no less, he had 27 points, six rebounds, and five assists as CSB-LSGH. “Last game, parang natulala na nga lang kami e,” Evan Nelle, his backcourt counterpart, said. Cagulangan was at it again in Game 2, dropping 29 points to go alog with nine assists, nine rebounds, and two steals. “Ang galing, grabe. Ang hirap i-stop. Game plan namin, siya lang din, pero ang galing e,” Nelle said. He then continued, “Contested naman lahat ng shots niya, pero sumu-shoot pa rin.” This, all while playing 52 of the 55 possible minutes in the triple-overtime classic. And for the Junior Blazers’ head coach, this was just the start for their main man. As he put it, “He’s just getting better and better. We haven’t seen the best of him yet.” —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017