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Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnSep 15th, 2017

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Sunday Sneaks: Beauty in Chaos

Just because not a lot of shoes really stood out, this latest edition of Sunday Sneaks* will be short and sweet. Short, sweet, and colorful.   *Sunday Sneaks on a Monday ¯backslash_(ツ)_/¯ In a sea of boring white, black, and red shoes, former teammates and now opponents Ryan Reyes and Jared Dillinger chose to zig instead of zag. The hype for multicolor flyknit is dead, but one cannot deny that the latest multicolor flyknit is still beautiful. The Nike KD 10 gets the rainbow treatment this time around and JD went ahead and even laced these pretty pair up with matching laces. Now that's how you go all out on a multicolor setting. Proving that there's beauty in chaos, Ryan Reyes once again went with a favorite in the old Nike Zoom Kobe 6 in the "Chaos" colorway. Reyes has been balling in this classic pair of Kobes for a while now, but never on a Sunday. The Chaos colorway, inspired by the Dark Knight's arch-nemesis, features a purple upper with hints of, white, volt and infrared. One of the more famous series of colorways in the Kobe signature line, there's definitely beauty in Chaos. Am I right or am I super right?     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 29 min. ago

WATCH: Alyssa Valdez ready to play, learn alongside “champions” Gumabao, Gohing

Filipino volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez can’t wait to play with the Creamline Cool Smashers’ newest additions, opposite spiker Michele Gumabao, and libero Melissa Gohing. In an exclusive video interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Valdez revealed that playing with the veteran duo of Gumabao and Gohing, a tandem she used to play against, is an enticing idea, as they can add experience and a winning mentality to a stacked team that has star setter Jia Morado. “Sobrang nakakaexcite at the same time siyempre parang bago samin lahat kasi sabi mo nga, first time ko magiging teammates yung dalawang MG na very well-known sa UAAP also and sa ibang professional league, commercial league sa natin dito sa Pilipinas,” Valdez said. “I’m really excited to team up with them kasi alam natin yung talent and alam natin din talaga yung madadala nila sa team namin,” she continued. Valdez is quick to ensure fans, however, that even with the bevy of go-to stars now on the stacked team, everyone in the squad still has equal footing, and should learn from one another to be successful in the PVL. “Pinaniniwalaan ko talaga na everyone is really equal inside and outside of the court and marami rin experiences si Michele and Mel na siyempre hindi ko rin napagdaanan, and sila lang din nakakaalam kung pano,” Valdez said. “We’re really happy na sana, matutunan namin and makuha namin yung madaming learnings also from them,” she continued. Valdez touches upon Morado and Gohing's pivotral roles on the team, Gumabao's championship experience, and more in the FULL VIDEO below:  The inclusion of Gumabao and Gohing creates an interesting mix, as they will team up with Valdez and another former Ateneo star in setter Jia Morado in Creamline. #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/yF0lBai4ip — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 20, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Duterte Wants Gov’t Workers Strictly Banned from Entering Casinos

In line with his call to all government workers to avoid lavish lifestyles, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the strict implementation of a law prohibiting public servants from entering gambling casinos. During the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) last Thursday, President Duterte said he made his directive to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Three PH films go to India, Europe

Starting the year with a bang, three Filipino films got invitations to international festivals in Asia and Europe. Zig Dulay's "Bagahe" is headed to three film festivals in Europe. It will have its "international premiere" in France---specifically, at the Vesoul International Film Festival of Asian Cinema, set from Jan. 30 to Feb. 6. Dulay told the Inquirer: "I am excited to share our film with the entire world. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction of foreigners. They read, see and view films differently." He said it's important for filmmakers to be exposed to international feedback "so that their understanding of cinema will become deeper and broader." He noted: "...Keep on reading: Three PH films go to India, Europe.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Ateneo coach Silva on 3 Eaglets in NBTC 24: ‘They deserve to be there’

Ateneo de Manila High School is undefeated in the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament. And with a lineup as talented and as deep as they have, the Blue Eaglets are expected to go all the way to the Finals – and even get the championship. Led by three players in the top five in terms of Statistical Points (SPs) in the UAAP in second-running Kai Sotto, third-running SJ Belangel, and fourth-running Dave Ildefonso, indeed, no team is as talented and as deep as the kids from Katipunan. For head coach Joe Silva, those three are only worthy of being mentioned as top talent not only in the UAAP, but also the entire Philippines. “The three of them really are blue-chip talents sa high school,” he said. The first-ever NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 high school player rankings seems to agree with him as in the initial list revealed last Monday, Sotto was deemed the top talent among all players taking part in the NCAA, UAAP, CESAFI (Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation, Inc.), MMBL (Metro Manila Basketball League), and FCAAF (Filipino-Chinese Amateur Athletic Federation). The NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24 is a weekly ranking of high school players which will ultimately be used to select the participants in the annual SM-NBTC High School All-Star Game at the MOA Arena. There, Belangel was ranked fifth while Ildefonso was eighth. That means that Ateneo has three players in the top eight in all of the Philippines. In Silva’s eyes, there is no doubt that his three prized prospects are nothing but deserving of their ranks. “They deserve to be there,” he said. That statement is even truer for Sotto, the towering teen who has long had scouts drooling about his potential. “If you put him in another team, he’d dominate, double-double yan easily. We’re not about individual stuff, but it’s not a surprise that Kai’s number one,” he said. The 7-foot-1, 15-year-old has per game counts of 12.6 points in 53.7 percent shooting, 12.6 rebounds, and 4.9 blocks in just 23.2 minutes of play. Silva was quick to remind Sotto, Belangel, and Ildefonso, however, “Good for them, pero they shouldn’t settle. They should work harder, stay humble, and focus on their studies.” The Blue Eaglets mentor, though, would also like to see two more names of his players on the NBTC Chooks-to-Go 24. “For me, Jason Credo and Joaqui Manuel should be there. Maybe they’re being overshadowed kasi medyo malakas yung team namin kaya they don’t get their numbers,” he said. He then continued, “Pero versatility-wise, value to the team, I believe they should be there.” Manuel has been their breakout player with averages of 11.1 points, 9.0 rebounds, and 1.6 assists while Credo has been their glue guy with norms of 10.0 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.6 steals. Manuel and Credo’s next chance to get on the list will be next Monday when the new rankings will be released. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

Jags ‘threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes

By Mark Long, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville’s locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head. “Can you believe this?” Marrone whispered. The Jaguars were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak that would ultimately cost coach Gus Bradley his job. Marrone had watched from afar for two years, witnessing an atmosphere he felt was too loose, too laid-back and too lenient amid losing. So when Marrone was hired to replace Bradley last January, high on his to-do list was to change the culture in Jacksonville. His success is one reason the Jaguars (12-6) are in the AFC championship game against New England (14-3). The ping pong table was the first to go. Dominoes followed. The locker room stalls were overhauled, too, with Marrone mixing and matching position groups and putting certain players next to veteran leaders and/or NFL role models. “We definitely threw a tantrum,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “Went in there and talked to him about it. Definitely wasn’t happy. I learned just to be quiet, you know, and go with the flow. He’s been at it longer than I have, and I’m just the football player. He says do this and I go do it. Just learn to follow him, and I’m glad I did.” Marrone saved the most significant changes for the practice fields. Marrone, top executive Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell wanted a much tougher and more physical team. They drafted bruising running back Leonard Fournette and fiery left tackle Cam Robinson to complement a defense that was significantly beefed up in free agency with the addition of All-Pro pass-rusher Calais Campbell, Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye and veteran safety Barry Church. They also designed an offseason program that was more grueling than most players had experienced. Marrone’s message was clear: Go hard or go home. “You remember guys in camp talking about this took a few years off their lives,” Jackson said. “It’s pretty funny just to see us now. I guess he does know what he’s doing.” The Jaguars were in full pads nearly every day during training camp, a tortuous stretch in draining heat and humidity that left rookies and veterans questioning the process and wondering if it would pay off. It was the NFL’s version of boot camp. Break them down, then build them up. It ultimately brought players closer, making them accountable to each other and causing them to care more for each other. Winning was the final piece, and thumping Houston 29-7 in the season opener was all the proof players needed. “It was the toughest training camp I’ve ever been a part of,” said linebacker Paul Posluszny, in his 11th season. “Coach Marrone would talk to us and say, ‘Listen, I have a plan and you have to trust me.’ With that, guys were able to say, ‘OK, we haven’t gotten what we wanted in years past doing things a certain way, so we have to buy in, trust the head man and know that that’ll bring us success when it’s time.’ “It was difficult just because of so many changes from what we were used to. I think the most important thing is we always said, ‘Well, if it helps us win, then it’s all good.’” Jacksonville had lost 63 of 80 games over the previous five seasons — the worst record in the NFL during that span — and had been through two coaching changes. Coughlin’s return was a key part of the team’s revival, and although the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the New York Giants gets much of the outside credit for the team’s turnaround, the reality is Marrone was the one pushing all the right buttons. Marrone has been other places where players resisted, prompting personnel moves that would slow progress. That wasn’t the case in Jacksonville, and he credited his players for being open to change. “They gave our staff the opportunity to say, ‘This is what we want to do. This is what we believe in as coaches or as an organization. This is how we want to handle ourselves,’” Marrone said. “We are still working toward that. It is not perfect by any means.” It’s clearly working, though. The Jaguars are in the title game for the third time in franchise history, one victory away from their first Super Bowl appearance. “They say (stuff) rolls downhill,” Jackson said. “Well, the good stuff rolls downhill, too. ... It’s all worth it when you win.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Griffin, Clippers help LA schoolchildren with vision issues

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Every student in the Los Angeles Unified School District who needs an eye exam and glasses will be getting them in a partnership with the L.A. Clippers Foundation. The team, along with owner Steve Ballmer and star Blake Griffin, announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that over the next two years LAUSD students in kindergarten through 12th grade will be provided free exams and glasses. Of the district’s over 600,000 students, an estimated 15 to 20 percent need glasses, but don’t have them in part because their families are low income and have difficulty finding affordable vision care. “I truly believe in this program,” Griffin said. “If you get behind in first grade, then you’re behind every grade from then on.” Griffin says he was inspired to join the team’s efforts because his older brother Taylor struggled with poor vision as a child. Taylor Griffin accompanied his brother to Lovelia P. Flournoy Elementary in south Los Angeles on Tuesday. “I was always so jealous that he got to wear glasses and I didn’t. I wanted to do everything he did,” Griffin said. “I remember thinking about like the next time I go to the eye doctor I might just fudge this test a little bit so I could get some glasses, but I never did.” Blake Griffin put glasses on a succession of students who lined up to meet him. “The kids were very, very excited,” he said. “It’s also really cool because they get to pick out their glasses, they get to pick out the color, it makes it like personal for them. When you get to do something like that and not just wear a generic pair of glasses, I think they really take pride in it.” The eye exams are underway at all LAUSD schools. The program includes student visits to Clippers games and future school visits by Ballmer, Griffin and other Clippers. Three years ago, the Clippers worked with non-profit Vision To Learn to bring vision services to 12,000 students in Inglewood. Last year, the team helped 80,000 students in Long Beach, and now the program is expanding all over Los Angeles......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018
Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Lee has high praise for ‘gifted’ Ravena

With everyone expecting big things from Kiefer Ravena, Paul Lee knew he needed to deliver the goods for Magnolia in its clash against NLEX on Sunday. After all, it was no less than his former coach Yeng Guiao, who compared the two guards. That's why Lee couldn't help but share everyone's excitement over the clash. "I was excited because this will be the first time that we'll meet," Lee said in Filipino. "For a coach to say those things, it means that he saw something different on the kid." It turns out, Lee didn't need really need to do so much as he got ample support from his teammates in the Hotshots' 105-94 victory over the Road Warriors. He still led the charge for Ma...Keep on reading: Lee has high praise for ‘gifted’ Ravena.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

Loy’s next move

For those who are curious, director Loy Arcenas was in a plane somewhere in South America when his film, "Ang Larawan," won best picture at the recent Metro Manila Film Festival. The victory took a while to sink in because Loy had been battling altitude sickness after touring Galapagos Island and Machu Picchu. The usually calm and collected Loy conceded that the unexpected triumph had given him a slight thrill. "After receiving the text [from producer Alemberg Ang] about the awards, I got excited! I never get hysterical. I thought the high point was the film's premiere in Tokyo before the MMFF." The trouper that he was, Loy wasn't the type to linger on in the here-and-now an...Keep on reading: Loy’s next move.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018

The case for Keenum: Vikings QB keeps on disproving doubters

By Dave Campbell, Associated Press MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When Minnesota's offense huddled for the first time that mid-September afternoon in Pittsburgh, Case Keenum's energy and confidence quickly filled the circle. The Vikings were forced to turn to their backup quarterback to start the second game of the season after Sam Bradford's knee acted up, an ominous development that can doom a team to an autumn of disenchantment and playing for draft pick position. Despite the decisive defeat against the Steelers that day, though, there was a certain assurance Keenum gave his teammates that suggested they'd be all right. "He's a guy you want to play for," wide receiver Adam Thielen said. Four months later, the Vikings and Keenum are still playing. They're two wins away from reaching the Super Bowl. "It's been a blast, man. It's been incredible. I'm sure one of these days I'll be able to look back and really appreciate it, but there's so much to enjoy right now," Keenum said. "Not really putting too much into perspective. Not really looking too much at the big picture. I'm keeping my blinders on." With a modest 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame, Keenum was mostly ignored by major college programs despite leading Abilene Wylie High School to its first state championship in football-obsessed Texas. Houston made his only FBS scholarship offer, from then-head coach Art Briles, and by the time Keenum was finished with the Cougars he was the NCAA's all-time leading passer with 19,217 yards and 155 touchdowns. Yet he still went undrafted in 2012, needing the Houston Texans practice squad to get his professional career off the ground. Keenum started 10 games over the next two years before being traded to the Rams in 2015, but they made Jared Goff the first pick in the 2016 draft so there was no future for Keenum there beyond being a veteran mentor. Even Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer was among those who typecast Keenum as a just-in-case second-stringer. Zimmer acknowledged recently he didn't gain full confidence in Keenum until the 11th or 12th game of the season and, when Teddy Bridgewater was cleared to play in mid-November, Zimmer never declared Keenum the starter for more than a week at a time. "He just wanted a chance," his father, Steve Keenum, said this week in a phone interview. "He's got to have the knack. It's just a God-given, innate thing that he's maximized by working hard." As the oldest of his three children, Case made clear at an early age to Steve that he had the makeup to be an NFL quarterback even if there was no way to predict how the skill set would unfold. "He was competitive in everything. It could be a board game. It could be playing darts. It could be playing cards. It didn't matter. But if it had a ball, he wanted to do it," said Steve, who was a high school and college coach around Texas for 24 years, including 10 seasons as the head coach at his alma mater McMurry University. Good coaching, starting with dad's tips in the family backyards, was another success factor. When Briles left for Baylor, Kevin Sumlin arrived at Houston for Keenum's sophomore year. Dana Holgorsen, now the head coach at West Virginia, was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. After he departed, Kliff Kingsbury, currently the head coach at Texas Tech, took charge of the quarterbacks. "They had some speed, and the next thing you know they were throwing the ball all over the field," said Steve, who attended all 57 of Case's games with the Cougars and has been to each game he's played for the Vikings. "They had some really talented kids. People talked about him being a system guy, with short passes and a run after the catch, but they didn't see him play." Steve is now an area director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, an organization that Case has long been active in as well. "He's come to the realization like a lot of people in big situations that there are things that are really too big to do by yourself, and in order to stay grounded you've got to find somebody or something that you believe strongly in," Steve said. "I think his faith has been that for him." Though Keenum had prior NFL experience, including nine starts for the Los Angeles Rams in 2016, he was signed by the Vikings as a one-year stopgap to be the guy in the ball cap providing sideline support and give Bridgewater ample time to recover from his colossal knee injury. Bradford had just produced an injury-free career-best performance in 2016, after all, so the Vikings were banking on him. Over the last four months, though, they've been cashing in on Keenum, a dividend that has paid out handsomely for both parties. "We've got a great group of guys here," he said, "and I think we're all excited to be extending our season." With offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur deftly adapting the team's scheme to use Keenum's mobility to better advantage and a sleeker offensive line mostly protecting him well, the Vikings have leaped up the league rankings in every significant statistical category. Among them: 28th to ninth in scoring touchdowns on possessions after passing the 20-yard line, and 19th to third in third-down conversions. Keenum will start his first playoff game Sunday against New Orleans, with a raucous home crowd at U.S. Bank Stadium ready to cheer the next step toward the franchise's elusive first championship. "Our fans are awesome," Keenum said. "All my friends and family who have come up from Texas and my friends from other teams that come in, they'll text me after the games and they'll be like, 'Dude, that place is ridiculous.' It really is.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2018

Fil-Am artists join George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ in LA staging

LOS ANGELES --- Filipino American theater artists Marc Macalintal and Cesar Cipriano will be part of East West Players' staging of the musical "Allegiance," which opens in February.   Lea Salonga played Kei Kimura, the sister in a Japanese American family forced to stay at an internment camp during World War II, in the musical's Broadway run in 2015.   George Takei reprises his role as the brother in this staging, to be helmed by EWP's artistic director Snehal Desai, at the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center's Aratani Theatre.   With music and lyrics by Jay Kuo and book by Kuo, Marc Acito, and Lorenzo Thione, the musical is inspired by Ta...Keep on reading: Fil-Am artists join George Takei’s ‘Allegiance’ in LA staging.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly for 2023

  Jayson Castro feels more rejuvenated with the infusion of the young bloods in Gilas Pilipinas' evening practice session at Meralco Gym. "I feel younger," Castro said in Filipino. "It feels good because you can see it in their faces that they're excited and they want to learn. It's a good feeling for me as a veteran that I can give them advice about the international game that they can use in case they get called up." Seeing the young guns buckle down to work, Castro was ecstatic for the future of the national team as he worked with guys like Robert Bolick, CJ Perez, Paul Desiderio, and Juan Gomez de Liao in the session, giving them pointers on how a guard's role in...Keep on reading: Castro hopes young guns grow up quickly for 2023.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Fil-Canadian AJ Mandani always has fun shushing his kababayans

Just like he did in their first meeting in the early going of the 2017-2017 Asean Basketball League, AJ Mandani proved to be a boon for Singapore and a bane for the Philippines. Mandani scored 11 of his 23 points in the final frame to lead the Slingers in taking down Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. This, nearly a month after his big shots also sank the Filipinos in Sta. Rosa, Laguna. Yes, in the two games that the Slingers have played in the Philippines, it has been the Filipino-Canadian who showed the way to a win. Mandani minced no words about loving each and every moment he has spent in his native land. “It’s great to be here, man. (There’s) something about the environment, something about the air that just helps me make my shots,” he told reporters. More specifically, the environment and the air was good because the shifty guard’s friends and family were in attendance for the first time. “I got my family watching here today and of course, that’s a factor in my inspired play. It’s just good to have family here to support me,” he said. Indeed, Mandani was inspired as he was red-hot from the field, converting six of his eight shots from deep. All of those played a part in breaking the hearts of his kababayans. And as a key cog for Singapore, that’s just the way he wants it. “I knew the crowd was gonna go crazy and we knew that we didn’t want to let the atmosphere shake us up. We just had to stick together,” he said. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Fil-Am pro cyclist tells kababayans to just keep riding

It’s Coryn Rivera’s third time in the Philippines. However, this time is just the first time the now professional cyclist took her bike out to ride around in her native land. What she saw was nothing but a pleasant surprise. “I didn’t know too much (about the cycling scene) when I got here. I was surprised because I saw around 300 cyclists in Tagaytay,” she told reporters. She then continued, “I was really impressed by that.” Along with that, the 25-year-old, said to be the only cyclist with Filipino roots to be taking part in the European circuit, is nothing but glad to see big cycling events like the one she will be participating in over the weekend. “It’s good that Pru Life UK is doing this. This is a step in the right direction for cycling as a sport here,” she said. Rivera will be riding in the upcoming PRUride PH 2018 from January 11 to 14 in Subic, Zambales. Backed by British life insurer Pru Life UK, PRUride PH 2018 is expected to be one of the biggest cycling events in the country as it will be spread over two areas and span two weekends. These kinds of events, in the professional cyclist’s view, will do nothing but ignite Filipinos’ passion for the spot – just like how her love affair with cycling began when her father would bring her along in group rides as a kid. “When I was 10, I already loved the thrill of speed. Then, I was doing group rides with my parents and their friends,” she shared. Indeed, it was riding their bikes together that was the origins of what is now a successful career for Rivera. “We rode regularly on the tandem (bike) before. Then on our group rides during weekends, she was always drafting on us,” father Wally said. He then continued, “She fell down many times, but she got up many times and just kept following us.” From there, it was clear that cycling was going to be a big part of Coryn’s life. So much so that the five-foot-three American cyclist with Filipino blood has her sights set on the biggest competition of them all. As she put it, “Definitely, my eyes are on the Tokyo 2020 (Olympics).” Together with that high hope, Rivera said she will also make it a point to help her kababayans share her passion for the sport. Asked if she’s planning to visit the Philippines more frequently, she answered, “For sure, especially after seeing how many cyclists there are here. It’s just really exciting to see that.” She then continued, “That’s why I want to continue inspiring people to ride more. The weather here is so nice so it’s a great place to ride.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2018

Kobe Paras upbeat about the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 squad he ll eventually lead

If you ask Filipino forward Kobe Paras to describe what all the early developments for the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the 2023 FIBA World Cup make him feel, you'll get one word: Happy. Paras, who was one of the more prominent names among 23 young players listed by the Philippine national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes to be part of the early training pool, expressed his approval of the group of guys, even if some are visibly left off of the list because of their commitment to other squads. "I’m happy with the group of guys. I know there are a lot of guys that aren’t on the list," Paras said in an interview with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News North America during the Los Angeles Clippers' Filipino Heritage Night. "It makes sense if they’re not on the list because of their teams or whatever rules but I’m happy with it."  One player who fit that bill was De La Salle University's flashy forward Ricci Rivero, who was left off the list after his school urged its players to focus on their rebuild next UAAP season. Even then, the 6'6" Paras, who's more or less baptized by Coach Chot to be destined to be the face of the nationa team sounded both honored and excited about his inclusion to the squad, who'll represent the Filipino tricolor five years from now, as the Philippines co-hosts the international basketball meet with Indonesia and Japan. "I’m happy that coach picked me as well. I love representing my country so I’m just really happy that he chose me for that," said the U.S.-based Paras. "I saw the other day they practiced." Aside from local, homegrown talents included in the "#23for23" pool like Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Isaac Go, a couple of Filipino-Americans also made the list. Remy Martin, a rookie point guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils, and Dwight Ramos from the California State-Fullerton Titans, were names present in the preliminary pool. As a fellow Pinoy cager in a foreign land, Kobe is nothing but eager to meet, and eventually play his contemporaries. "I haven’t talked to Remy [Martin] or what’s his name from Fullerton...Dwight [Ramos]," Kobe said. "I think I’m going to play him too. I gotta talk to Dwight but I’ve seen Remy play. I need to talk to them though. Because we’re representing L.A. and the Philippines so it’s going to be cool."  Here's the full video interview of Kobe Paras:  .@_kokoparas enjoyed being at .@LAClippers Filipino Heritage Night and he also expressed his happiness about being on SBP #23for23 He hopes to also speak to .@3wight and .@1Remy_Martin1 soon 🇵🇭🏀🌊 .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport .@ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/e8GcUq1Luf — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 9, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

Saigon drops upset ax on Standhardinger and Hong Kong

Michael Williams and Moses Morgan were shooting the lights out on Wednesday at the Southorn Stadium. So much so that they left Hong Kong and its home crowd in the dark about what was happening. Williams took charge when it mattered most, Morgan scattered seven long-range missiles, and Saigon shocked once-undefeated Eastern, 121-115, in a well-fought overtime game. Williams totaled 39 points, eight coming in the last minute of the extra period, on top of nine rebounds, seven assists, and two steals as Vietnam dealt the defending champions their first taste of defeat in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. Morgan contributed 27 points of his own to go along with 11 rebounds, two blocks, and two steals. It was the Heat’s third win in five games – and without a doubt, their biggest. Much of it was thanks to the long ball as they made good on a league-record 18 threes. With their shooting on-point from the get-go, the upstart visitors surprised just about everybody by being in control for most of the matchup. Of course, Hong Kong kept coming behind Filipino-German Christian Standhardinger who sparked the 10-0 charge that erased a seven-point deficit and erected a 106-103 lead for them with 39 ticks to go Williams’ triple tied the tally and forced an extra period and there, he only continued to take charge. With the two teams tied at 113-all with 1:26 remaining, the American dropped a booming triple that proved to be the go-ahead basket. And as the Saigon defense finally standing strong from there, Williams added a long two and another trey to put down Eastern once and for all. The defending champions suffered their first setback in eight games in the season despite a 34-point, 12-rebound, 10-assist triple-double from Marcus Elliott as well as Standhardinger’s 37 markers and 19 boards. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2018

All-star Pinoy ‘Ocean’s’ in the works

Currently in development is an all-star, Filipino movie inspired by the Hollywood franchise, "Ocean's Eleven." Actor Albert Martinez is cooking up the action movie that will have Cagayan de Oro and Moscow, Russia, as primary locations. Albert told the Inquirer that he envisions the planned film as a "reunion" for the brightest teen stars of the 1980s, who will be joined by today's hottest actors. "It's like 1980s Brat Pack meets Millennial Stars." Albert admitted that the movie is "a monumental task. It's not easy to put together this huge cast in one project." Apart from Albert, Gabby Concepcion, Richard Gomez, William Martinez and Aga Muhlach are also in the ensembl...Keep on reading: All-star Pinoy ‘Ocean’s’ in the works.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Education key to Filipino Broadway producer’s success

  WASHINGTON, D.C.--The Philippine Embassy welcomed the New Year with a private screening of "Life is What You Make It," a short documentary film that tells the uplifting story of award-winning Broadway producer Jhett Tolentino. Born and raised in an impoverished community in Iloilo, Jhett was able to finish his studies with the assistance of theMeguko Society, a charitable student organization at the Jesuit-run Sophia University in Tokyo, which raises scholarship funds for indigenous children in India and the Philippines. Armed with an accounting degree and a determination to succeed, he migrated to the United States in 2002. "I was one of the millions who wanted to...Keep on reading: Education key to Filipino Broadway producer’s success.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018