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Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

IOWA CITY, Iowa --- A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social media to trick the boys into making live videos masturbating. He secretly recorded them showering during trips to tournaments. And in some cases he recorded himself fondling nude players as they slept. The massive scope of Stephen's abuse was revealed in a plea agreement filed Thursday after the former Iowa Barnstormers coach pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitatio...Keep on reading: Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerOct 19th, 2018

PBA 43 Revew: Columbian should let go of uncoventional ball

The PBA's 43rd season was a loooooong one. Seriously, it started December of 2017 and ended December of 2018. That's 12 months of almost non-stop basketball. But with the current PBA season finally drawing to a close, it's time we look back at how each team fared in 2018. Today, we start with the Columbian Dyip.   UNCONVENTIONAL Columbian's season was doomed before it even started pretty much. In trading away its no. 1 pick in the 2017 Draft, which to no one's suprise turned out to be a stud in Christian Standhardinger, the Dyip sent a signal to the whole country that they're not exactly going after championships. The team passed it off as "unconventional" but as we all know, unconventional simply does not work in the PBA. Sure, the Dyip ended up with a handful of players from the Standhardinger trade but it appears that only Rashawn McCarthy will be serviceable now and moving forward. To be fair, Columbian has some talent in its roster and McCarthy paired with surprise pickup Jerramy King should have the potential to be a solid backcourt rotation in the PBA. Looking at the Dyip, that explosive guard pairing is their foundation for the future. Still, their foundation for the future could have been Christian Standhardinger but that's either here nor there now. Anyway, Columbian's unconventional ways had them go through three head coaches this season, not exactly the most ideal situation for a team that's already lagging in overall talent compared to their competitors. Chris Gavina started the season for the Dyip but he quit after two games. Ricky Dandan took over from him but he quit after the Commissioner's Cup. Johnedel Cardel followed but who can tell if he's going to continue coaching next season as well. To be fair again, Columbian had a nice run in the Commissioner's Cup and they were in the playoff race until the bitter end. Coach Ricky Dandan wanted his boys to be scrappy and defensive minded and it worked for that particular tournament. Still, there's no denying that the Dyip desperately need some talent and they need continuity from their coaching staff. Then again, the franchise seem like they're not the type to display incredible amount of patience, just look at their insane number of name changes in just a couple of seasons and constant shuffling of role players and top picks. Anyway, Columbian picked first once again in the PBA Draft. Maybe this year, try and keep the pick? That's always a nice start to a proper rebuild. In all seriousness, if Columbian wants to truly compete in the PBA, they might want to start with proper team building because their past season was doomed right from the start. It's time for the Dyip to abandon their unconventional ways, it simply does not work... except against Rain or Shine.   Columbian DYIP in the 2017-2018 PBA Season Philippine Cup: 1-10 (12th place) Commissioner's Cup: 4-7 (9th place) Governors' Cup: 1-10 (12th place) Overall: 6 wins and 27 losses. Zero playoff appearances.   POST DRAFT NOTE: Columbian picked CJ Perez first and immediately locked him up with a maximum rookie deal for three years. That's a nice start for the Dyip Is Perez good for additional wins enough to take a significant jump? We'll see but at the very least, Columbian will not be an easy out this season. And that's good.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2018

Raptors coach Nurse s 94-year-old mother dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Toronto Raptors coach Nick Nurse has rejoined his team in Los Angeles after the death of his 94-year-old mother. Nurse says his mother, Marcella Nurse, died Monday in Iowa, where he was born in the city of Carroll. He plans to coach Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time) against the Clippers and Wednesday at Golden State before returning to Iowa. “I’m here because my mother wouldn’t want it any other way,” Nurse said before the game. In June, Nurse was promoted from assistant to head coach of the Raptors after Dwane Casey was fired. He has led the team to a record of 21-7, best in the NBA. “She had a big impact because she had nine of us and I was the last one,” the 51-year-old coach said. “Lots of games — 94 years, nine kids and about 80,000 games watched are her final stats.” Marcella Nurse lived in Carroll for more than 60 years. She endured a suspenseful wait in June before Nurse was elevated to head coach of the Raptors. “The anticipation was just something you wouldn’t imagine,” she told the Daily Times Herald newspaper in Carroll. Marcella Nurse followed her youngest son’s playing exploits in basketball, football, baseball and track and field. “He was always busy, trying to learn about all kinds of sports,” she said. Marcella Nurse was preceded in death by her husband, Maurice. He died in July 2015 at age 89......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

UAAP Finals: UP got farther because the seniors went the extra mile

Doing extra work beyond regular team practices is a common thing all athletes do - extra skills training over here, extra shooting drills over there. It is always part of the trade. But for a team with a deep-rooted losing culture like the University of the Philippines had six years ago, extra work was not normal. At one point, it was even made fun of. The losing tradition was so deep that going beyond what was required was so foreign to the players. The mindset then was, "You're going to lose anyway, why even try?" It was something that the rookies then - Diego Dario, Gelo Vito, Jarrell Lim, and Paul Desiderio - had trouble understanding. "Before, nung rookies kami, since fresh from high school, masipag kami. Kunwari after training, extra work, shooting-shooting. Pero ang problema namin, tinatago na yung bola [after practice]. Ayaw na kami pag shootingin. Hihiritan pa kami ng seniors namin, 'Oh, baka mag-PBA ka na nyan, itigil mo na yan.' Hindi namin yun ma-gets," Lim shared. "Noon, after ng final huddle, may sisigaw na diyan ng 'Mga bola!!!' So kaming mga bata, wala naman kaming choice, parang ito na, sige na nga," Vito said. But just like any rookie with big dreams, they pressed on and brushed off the jokes of their seniors.  "Nung 'dark days,' after training, wala ng tao sa court, kami na lang! Mga rookies - ako, Jarrell, Gelo. Nagsho-shooting kami, extra work kami," chipped in Dario. In addition to staying after team practices, Dario, Lim, Vito, together with a few older Fighting Maroons created a 6 a.m. workout habit. From the self-initiated morning sessions to the team practices scheduled from the afternoon to the evening, they made sure that they put some extra work in to better their games and to ultimately transform the losing mentality of their team. It all started with a bunch of rookies who were fed up with the nightmare of losing seasons and were hungry for the dream of contention. "Pinromise namin sa isa't isa na ito yung culture na papalitan namin sa UP kasi walang nag-eextra work. Bawal mag-extra work," said Vito. "Even when Coach Bo [Perasol] wasn't here [yet], our batch ni Gelo, Jarrell, all our batchmates made a decision na I think we should change the culture off the court. We should be humble, we haven't reached anything yet, we have to do the work. We made sure even with the younger ones who were coming in, we lead by example," added Dario. During the time they were rookies, UP was a bottom-feeder in the standings and the butt of jokes of other teams. They barely had any financial support and they trained in faulty facilities, but that did not stop them from trusting the process.  After one late night extra work session back in 2014, Dario's father, Edwin, said something that was a vision of the future. It was something that Dario and Vito held on to. "Andun kami sa Old Gym sa labas, may tulo tulo pa yung court," Vito said as he described the lowly state of their only basketball facility then. "Late night, Team A na kami nun, finally. This was few weeks before my dad passed away. Nung nag-eextra work kami, papa told me, 'Yung batch niyo yung magfa-Finals, yung batch niyo ang magdadala sa team sa championship,'" Dario narrated. At that point, it was a vision that sounded so preposterous. From 0-14 to the Finals? What a joke. But for some reason that could only be described by faith, these rookies believed. As Dario put it, "Sa old UP, hindi mo maririnig yung mga ganung pangarap. Pero kaming batch yung nagsimula nung, 'Oh ano, Final Four?' Pinagtatawanan na kami ng mga tao." Despite the faith, the laughs never really went away. From Season 76's 0-14, UP's record in the next years improved, but it was still far from Final Four material, let alone the Finals. UP was still one of the league's whipping boys. They still didn't make it to the Final Four and they were still inconsistent. So much so that it casted doubts on whether Dario, Vito, Lim, and Desiderio should still play their fifth and final years. Dario was mulling over sitting out Season 81 just so he can improve his game on his own. Vito, given all the bigger names entering the team, was considering retiring from playing basketball altogether. Lim was so heartbroken from Season 80's finish that he avoided touching a ball for months. Desiderio was thinking of leaving college basketball early to try getting into the PBA. But they just couldn't let go of the vision they had when they were still rookies - that their batch will reach the Finals, that their batch will change the culture of UP. Fast forward to Season 81, with the help of new recruits, support from management, and a rabid fanbase, their vision turned into reality. "After our Game 2 [versus Adamson in the semifinals], na-realize namin before 'UP Naming Mahal,' ito na yun! Ito na yung sinasabi ni papa! Magfa-Finals na tayo! It's true!" Dario narrated. "May nagtanong sa akin after the semifinals, 'Fifth year ka na, hindi ba parang masakit sayo na you're not playing in those kinds of moments na crucial?' Sabi ko sa kanya, I would never exchange this moment na pumasok kami sa Finals after 32 years for playing time. It's not about yung moment lang na yun eh. Yung process na pinagdaanan namin, para marating yun, naghirap kami nun, it was part of it," Vito added. 'Trust the process' may be one of the most overused phrases of athletes nowadays, but graduating seniors Desiderio, Vito, Lim, and Dario proved that they are the ones who truly know what it means. From being shamed for doing extra work, now, they are proudly wearing a silver medal around their necks. Coming from 0-14, who would have thought and believed? They did. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

UAAP: Former UP cagers congratulate Fighting Maroons for Finals trip

The celebrations are on. The UP Fighting Maroons wrote another chapter in this storybook season, climbing from a twice-to-beat disadvantage against the Adamson Soaring Falcons in the Final Four to advance to the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball Finals Wednesday evening. It is their first Finals appearance since 1986, on top of making the semifinals for the first time in 21 years. The current roster has accomplished something no previous UP team has done in decades. That is why former Maroons congratulated their team for doing a job well done. Ginebra guard and former UP team captain Jett Manuel could not express his happiness fully. WHAT A GAME!!! Happy beyond words!!! This is what the UP Community deserves!! #UPFight — Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) November 28, 2018 Dave Moralde of the Muntinlupa Cagers in the MPBL simply invoked his school's hymn to express his elation. UP NAMING MAHAL!! #UAAPFinals — Dave Moralde (@davemoralde8) November 28, 2018 From the other side of the world in Canada, JR Gallarza stayed up in the wee hours of the morning just to watch his beloved team make the championship series. Unfortunately, he slept through the epic second half and overtime but woke up to the most wonderful news.  I was keeping my family awake while watching the first half of the game so I closed my eyes for a bit... ...ended up waking up and UP is off to the finals?!?! This shit is so crazy. 21 years since the final four, 32 years since the finals...and I’m alive to witness all this?!?! — Role x Coach JR (@JRGallarza) November 28, 2018 He also wished his alma mater good luck against the defending champions Ateneo. EVERYONE LOVES A WINNER. EVERYONE LOVES AN UNDERDOG STORY. EVERYONE also LOVES CONSISTENCY. Keep the consistency up UP Family!!! The boys need it the most this weekend! 🏆 — Role x Coach JR (@JRGallarza) November 28, 2018 ABS-CBN Sports analyst Mikee Reyes shared a throwback photo when Gelo Vito, Jarrell Lim, and Diego Dario sported skinhead cuts to signify that they were rookies. How fast time flies. Back when Gelo, Jarrell and Diego were rookies, and Coach Mo was a player. Proud of u guys ❤️ Pag rookie ka, tradition na kakalbuhin ka. Ayan sila. Mga batang kalbo 😂@IAmGeloV @JarrellLim12 @Diego5Dario pic.twitter.com/r9Vk0FGgY9 — Mikee (@_mikeereyes) November 28, 2018 Former foreign center Ibrahim Ouattara sounded off the alarms for this Tagalog tweet. Exempted na kayo? Awwww sayaaanng. TAYO HINDEEEEE#Finalsbound #proudoftheboys#UPFIGHT #NOWHERETOGOBUTUP ✊🏾✊🏾 — Ibrahim ouattara (@ibrahouatt11) November 28, 2018 Former courtside reporter Niña Alvia called on the Maroons to recreate an iconic moment from years back. throwing it back to a couple of seasons ago (season 79), this was right after the @upmbt won against ateneo. it was the first time they won against the blue eagles in a decade (i think)! TARA, REMAKE???? hehehe #UPFIGHT pic.twitter.com/eb14xXklfB — Niña Alvia (@NinaAlvia) November 28, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2018

UAAP Finals: Pumaren sees Ateneo with the upper hand vs UP

As neighbors Ateneo de Manila University and University of the Philippines dispute UAAP Season 81 men's basketball supremacy starting Saturday, Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren sees it as an advantage for the defending champions. The Blue Eagles, Pumaren says, have the advantage of a longer break, since they defeated the FEU Tamaraws last Nov. 25, while UP just advanced following a hard-fought 89-87 overtime win Wednesday evening. "Advantage right now is Ateneo. Why? UP's gonna be tired of the emotions, everything physically," the coach said. However, if one thing's for sure, the boys from Diliman could always harness energy from their electric crowd, whose cheers reverberated througout the Araneta Coliseum in the winner-take-all encounter. The 54-year old also praised the Maroon-clad crowd for their overwhelming support for the team, which advanced to their first championship series since 1986. "[The crowd's] just like a typhoon surge that is hard to stop. But the only question is when will the surge stop? Kasi they won purely because of heart and because of the support of the community," he shared. Game 1 of the UAAP Season 81 Men's Basketball finals start on Saturday, Dec. 1, on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, and via livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 28th, 2018

UAAP: Yes, Santi Santillan s last shot was what La Salle wanted

De La Salle University was 63 seconds away from the Final Four in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Green Archers were up by four, 70-66, late in their knockout bout for the fourth-seed up against Far Eastern University on Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Unfortunately for them, Ken Tuffin and Arvin Tolentino connived to put the Tamaraws on top by one. Still, the Taft-based team had 3.1 ticks to win the game and head coach Louie Gonzalez drew up a perfect play that had Aljun Melecio lobbing an inbound right to Santi Santillan who was positioned below the ring. It was a play that, apparently, was already planned in advance. “Actually, I know naman, malakas yung pakiramdam ko na this game will be decided hanggang sa last play. Kaya talagang ang dami kong baong inbounds [plays] e kasi malakas yung pakiramdam ko na aabot talaga sa puntong yun,” he told reporters post-game. While they prepared for that point in time, though, lady luck just wasn’t smiling on them on this day as Santillan was able to put up a shot, but the ball only hit the right side of the ring before falling out. And so, FEU barged into the Final Four while La Salle bid bye-bye to the tournament. Nonetheless, coach Louie said they had no regrets about that last shot. “We were able to get the shot that we want, pero siguro, hindi talaga para sa amin,” he said. Santillan himself could only agree. “Ganun talaga. Wala tayong magagawa dun. Yung last shot ko naman, talagang sure ball na yun e, pero wala e, ‘di pumasok,” he said. He then continued, “Ganun talaga ang laro – may nananalo, may natatalo. Ginawa naman namin ang lahat nang makakaya namin para makapasok sa Final Four.” Indeed, the Green Archers were right there from start to finish in a close contest that had nine lead changes and eight deadlocks. For that, their mentor is nothing but satisfied. As he put it, “It could have gone either way. Congratulations to FEU.” He then continued, “I’m still proud of my boys na talagang up to the last second, nandun pa rin kami sa game. Talagang, lumaban yung mga bata.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 21st, 2018

UAAP Women s Basketball: NU wins 78th straight, sweeps elims for outright Finals berth

For the fifth straight season, the ladies of the National University cruised to another sweep of the 14-game elimination round. This UAAP Season 81, the Lady Bulldogs cemented their inevitable history against the Far Eastern University via a 68-44 victory Friday afternoon at the Filoil Flying V Centre. It was also NU's record-setting 78th consecutive win dating back to July 13, 2014. National University Lady Bulldogs sweep the elimination rounds of #UAAPSeason81! This is their fifth straight sweep in the league. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/x6PLxuRsDe — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 16, 2018 Dominant forces in the paint, Jack Animam and Rhena Itesi topped the scoreboards once again. Animam towed NU with 19 points, 18 rebounds, and two assists while Itesi added 14 points and 14 rebounds. Animam and Itesi limited FEU's Clare Castro to just six points on 3-of-11 shooting, well below her aveage of 16.5 points prior to the match. To add to NU's growing memorabilia, the NU community present in the venue celebrated the milestone with 14-0 shirts. National University Lady Bulldogs sweeps #UAAPSeason81! This is their fifth straight eliminations sweep. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/XpavE1dvax — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 16, 2018 "I'm just happy na nasurvive namin uli yung 14-0 uli. We're just waiting for the championship kung sino man but still yung job namin is not yet done. We hope na we get the championship, that's the most important thing this season," said NU head coach Pat Aquino as his squad enjoyed their advantage. As they wait for their opponent in the finals, Aquino said that their team will be having a series of practice games and a team building. "We'll have a team building this next weekend and we'll continue working hard. Then we'll have practice games again with the boys like we did last few years back yung mga past season, yun ginagawa namin. There will be a Taiwan team na baka mag practice game kami, series of practice games," Aquino added. Valerie Mamaril and Fatima Quiapo produced nine points each to lead the way for the Lady Tamaraws. With a 9-5 record after the elimination round, FEU is tied with Adamson University and is set to have a playoff for the second seed and twice-to-beat advantage in the step-ladder semifinals. Adamson secured a spot in the step-ladder semifinals berth and a playoff for the twice-to-beat bonus in the process following an 80-65 romp of Ateneo. The University of Santo Tomas lost a 10-point third quarter lead but regrouped late in the game to nip De La Salle, 68-65, to extend its season and tie its victims at 8-6. With their ninth win in 14 contests, the Lady Falcons will play the Lady Tamaraws in a playoff for the No. 2 ranking in the semis on Wednesday. The Tigresses and the Lady Archers meet again in a do-or-die playoff for the last semifinals slot on Wednesday. Mariz Cacho scored 20 points while Nathalie Prado also had 20 points and pulled down 12 rebounds for Adamson University, which finished the elims with back-to-back wins. The University of the East beat fellow also-ran University of the Philippines, 71-56, to cap its season with two consecutive wins. The Lady Warriors, who placed second last year, ended up tied with the Lady Eagles in sixth and seven spots at 4-10. The Scores: First Game UE (71) -- Cortizano 15, Requiron 15, Francisco 11, Ganade 11, P. Pedregosa 10, L. Pedregosa 9, Borromeo 0, Nama 0, Brencis 0, Ebeza 0, Gaa 0, Strachan 0. UP (56) -- L. Ordoveza 15, Rodas 13, Cruz 12, Medina 7, Gonzales 6, Bascon 3, Amar 0, De Leon 0, De Guzman 0, Rivera 0, Hidalgo 0, Lebico 0, Moa 0, N. Ordoveza 0. Quarterscores: 14-17, 37-35, 56-49, 71-56 Second Game AdU (80) -- Cacho 20, Prado 20, Alcoy 11, Araja 9, Bilbao 8, Rosario 5, Camacho 3, Razalo 2, Aciro 2, Cabug 0, Osano 0, Tandaan 0. Ateneo (65) -- Buendia 15, Nimes 15, Guytingco 10, Go 7, Villamor 6, Cancio 5, Chu 3, Joson 2, Seigle 2, Newsome 0, Moslares 0, Miranda 0, Payac 0, Gino-gino 0, De Dios 0, Aquisap 0. Quarterscores: 16-14, 40-32, 66-48, 80-65 Third Game NU (68) -- Animam 19, Itesi 14, Pingol 9, Nabalan 7, Del Carmen 6, Camelo 6, Fabruada 4, Bartolo 2. Goto 1, Canuto 0, Cacho 0, Cac 0, Harada 0, Ceño 0, Layug 0. FEU (44) -- Mamaril 9, Quiapo 9, Castro 6, Antiola 5, Adriano 5, Bahuyan 4, Bastatas 2, Abat 2, Vidal 2, Taguiam 0, Payadon 0, Dugay 0. Quarterscores: 20-9, 35-21, 54-30, 68-44 Fourth Game UST (68) -- Larosa 25, Irebu 13, Ferrer 8, Capilit 7, Portillo 6, Aujero 4, Rivera 3, Sangalang 2, Tacatac 0, Magat 0, Gonzales 0. DLSU (65) -- K. Castillo 16, Nuñez 14, Revillosa 11, Claro 10, Paraiso 5, Torres 4, Binaohan 3, Quingco 2, Delcampo 0, Arciga 0, Jimenez 0. Quarterscores: 10-17, 31-28, 54-44, 68-65  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

UAAP: FEU takes care of business against NU to tie UP at fourth

Far Eastern University made certain it still has complete command of its own fate now in the stretch run of the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Arvin Tolentino waxed hot from start to finish as the Tamaraws wielded all of its weapons in a 79-74 triumph over hapless National University on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Tolentino was on-point from the get-go and fired all of his 16 points in the first half. “So far, these boys are playing really well the past two games. Hopefully, we can sustain this,” head coach Olsen Racela said post-game. Right beside him was team captain Kenneth Tuffin and promising rookie L-Jay Gonzales who totaled 15 and nine points, respectively, to help FEU hike its record to 7-6. It was still a close contest after the opening salvo until the floodgates opened for the Tamaraws with Tolentino and Tuffin spearheading their 25-10 surge in the second quarter. The Bulldogs would only come as close as six points for the remainder of the game. FEU now stands on even ground with the University of the Philippines at the fourth spot. “Yun na yun. We’re still in the hunt,” their mentor said. Another win for the Tamaraws against Adamson University coupled with a Fighting Maroons loss to De La Salle University will send the former to the Final Four. “We are going all-out for that win. Whatever happens sa ibang games ng teams, we’re going for that win,” coach Olsen said. For NU, John Lloyd Clemente dropped 38 points, the most points from a player in this season, while Dave Ildefonso also added a 12-marker, 10-rebound double-double. That still wasn’t enough, though, as they dropped to 3-10 in the standings. They hope to salvage a winning end to their campaign up against fellow cellar-dwelling team University of the East. BOX SCORES FEU 79 – Tolentino 16, Tuffin 15, Gonzales 9, Stockton 7, Parker 6, Inigo 6, Orizu 6, Bienes 5, Ebona 4, Comboy 3, Bayquin 2, Cani 0, Escoto 0 NU 74 – Clemente 38, Ildefonso D 12, Diputado 4, Yu 4, Rike 2, Aquino 2, Tibayan 2, Galinato 2, Gallego 2, Salim 2, Gaye 2, Ildefonso S 1, Malonzo 1, Joson 0, Sinclair 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-18, 44-28, 69-61, 79-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

FIBA WORLD CUP: Guiao wants to test 'big boy' Kai against Gilas 'old boys'

In a loaded 20-man Gilas Pilipinas pool for the new FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers window, one name stood out the most. Young Kai Sotto was easily the most surprising name in head coach Yeng Guiao's lineup announced Tuesday and while the 7'2" high school phenom is a long shot to make the final 12, it wouldn't hurt for him to be included in the senior team as early as now. Former head coach Chot Reyes actually teased about the possibility of Kai joining the senior team as early as 2017 but this year, it's no longer just a possibility. [Related: Chot considered including Kai Sotto to Gilas' SEA Games lineup] It's happening. "With Kai kasi, we have nothing to lose [and] we have everything to gain," Guiao said on why he included Sotto in his new pool that also includes June Mar Fajardo, Greg Slaughter, Christian Standhardinger, and Japeth Aguilar. "I'd like to see him play against the big boys and be able to accelerate his development. Who knows? Baka gulatin tao, baka makakuha siya ng spot sa top 12," he added. As the undisputed future of Philippine basketball, many are clamoring for Kai to improve his competition. The junior ranks in the Philippines are not exactly challenging for Sotto. At 7'2" and still growing, no one can match up to Kai's size and improving skill set. [Related: FIBA WORLD CUP: Castro and Tenorio make Gilas return in new 20-man pool] With plans to train abroad shelved for the moment, joining the senior team of Gilas Pilipinas is the next best thing for the Ateneo star. "I think Kai is our future, and we're just trying to make use of the opportunity for him to be developed and be able to upgrade the competition he's been playing in kasi dominado niya masyado yung high school, dominado niya rin yung Under-18, so now maybe it's time for him to try the big boys," Guiao said of Kai. "Or the old bots kasi big boy din siya," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 8th, 2018

Q& A: Hornets Walker starts season in scoring groove

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com With the new season underway, and with his game as hot as almost anyone to start, Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker was asked what impressed or surprised him about the first 10 days or so of 2018-19. “Nothing besides my own play,” Walker said, laughing after a shootaround Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Nothing besides seeing my name near the top of the NBA scoring, which is pretty weird.” Eh, maybe not so weird. Walker, a two-time All-Star, is the Hornets’ all-time leading scorer. At 28, the former ninth overall pick in the 2011 Draft is in his prime as a player. The 41 points he dropped on Milwaukee on opening night and the fact he’s gone for at least 23 every game since (with three more games of 30 or more) seems like the next logical step. It earned him the season’s first Eastern Conference Player of the Week honor and as Week 2 ended, his 31.7 ppg trailed only Golden State’s Stephen Curry (33.9) and Portland’s Damian Lillard (33.8). “It was [gratifying]. Who wouldn’t want it to keep going?” Walker told NBA.com. “I know teams will be gearing up on me and double-teaming me. But I just want to win, man. I want to get back to the playoffs any way possible. I don’t care what I average the rest of the year.” Walker, in the final year of a four-year, $48 million deal he signed in 2014, never has shot the ball so well -- 40.5 percent from the arc, 46.6 percent overall. Neither has he shot it so often and from such range. Walker is averaging 23 shots, including more than 11 3-point attempts. His usage rate of 33.5 trails only Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo (35.1) and his 29.4 PER puts him ahead of Kevin Durant and LeBron James. Is it sustainable? That was one of multiple topics Walker talked about with NBA.com’s Steve Aschburner: *** Steve Aschburner: On Media Day, you made it sound as if you would hit this season hard from the start, and that’s exactly what we’ve seen. How do you explain it? Kemba Walker: I knew I had a good summer. I put in the work and the time and the effort to get better. And I’m healthy -- I haven’t felt healthy like this in a long time. Over the last three summers, I wasn’t healthy, having knee surgeries and ‘scopes. So I was rehabbing. This summer, I had a chance to work on my game. Being able to work on my shooting over a long period of time really helped as well. SA: You took as many 3FGAs last season as you shot your first two seasons combined. Now you’re launching them at a pace (11.3 per game) to break Steph Curry’s single season record (886). Is this a conscious change by you or a reaction to the league’s preferred style? KW: Both. The league definitely has changed from the time I first came in. Everybody’s shooting more threes, no matter their position. Me, I’ve just become more confident. I worked on my shot tremendously to get to this point. I’m comfortable now shooting it, whenever I can get to my spots. SA: What’s your preference -- pull-up threes, spot-up threes or those halfcourt threes like Steph takes? KW: Not at all [laughing]. Steph is a different type of shooter, maybe the best to ever shoot the basketball. But I’m comfortable shooting them however. It doesn’t matter. If I can get ‘em up, I try to make ‘em. But I do love for my teammates to create for me and get me some easy ones. It does take some stress, some pressure, off of me. SA: Your coach, James Borrego, has talked of using you more off the ball. Does that suit you? KW: It really helps. It gets me a little bit of rest, and it opens up a different dynamic in my game. As well as giving other guys a chance to have the ball in their hands and create for others. But the main thing is, it just keeps me fresher, which is huge for me. SA: What’s your take on the Charlotte rookies? KW: Oh, I’m a huge fan. Devonte’ [Graham] really hasn’t gotten a chance to play yet, but I’ve always been a huge fan, even when he was at Kansas. Just love his game, love his poise. And that’s skill -- I don’t think people understand how much of a skill it is to be poised, especially at a young age. It’s something that I didn’t have, something that took me a very long time to get. Miles [Bridges], he’s a hard-playing kid. Smart, always in the right spot on both ends of the floor. I can see him getting more minutes as the season progresses. SA: Malik Monk is a second-year guy who didn’t have the most satisfying rookie season. What do you see from him, and can he become a reliable backcourt mate? KW: Oh yeah, he’s growing. Every single day. His efficiency will come. He needs time to learn, needs time to develop, to figure out where his shots are going to come. He’s getting better already. He’s passing the ball really well, getting other guys involved. He needs to know we need him every night, with him coming off the bench for us. SA: Your rookie season was about as challenging as could be -- delayed by a lockout, rushed through training camp and a quickie preseason, and then a 7-59 experience. Did that set you back as a player? KW: Nah, it wasn’t a setback. It was humbling. I took it as a point in my career where I was going through adversity. It was tough -- nobody likes to lose -- and through my basketball career I felt I had been a winner. But I just stuck to it, just kept working hard. SA: You said you don’t want to talk anymore about your free agency next summer -- and your general manager, Mitch Kupchak, is on record saying, “Our intention is for him to end his career in a Hornet uniform.” Some people wonder what the market might be, though, given how many terrific point guards are out there. So let’s address that another way: what is it like competing with all those rivals? KW: It’s unbelievable, man. Every night. Every single night, somebody is there to … I can’t even explain it. Every team, there’s so many great point guards out there who are just ready to showcase their talents. There are young guys ready to show how good they are. Yeah, it’s a point guard league. SA: We’re seeing more and more teams switching everything defensively. How hard is that on a 6-foot-1 point guard? KW: It’s … tough sometimes. Some matchups, you don’t want to get. But I rely on my teammates to help out as much as possible. The most challenging part probably is boxing guys out. But I’m always up for the challenge. SA: Some players talk or at least play like defense is optional. Your thoughts? KW: Not at all. I’m paid to do it all. It’s not even about being paid -- I’m just competitive. I want to play defense. I want to score. I want to do it all. SA: I’ve often wondered what it’s like to play for the team that Michael Jordan owns. Other teams, the owners aren’t basketball experts. But that’s not the case for the Hornets. Is it intimidating? KW: I wouldn’t say intimidating. I love it. I want my owner to have played. He knows what’s going on, he knows how it feels after losses, after wins. Traveling. Being tired. He’s been through it. He knows what it takes to win games in this league. Even though basketball’s a bit different now from when he played, but still, he knows. I feel like I’m at an advantage because I can go to him, I can ask him things. Or he can just come to me, or text me or call me to let me know things. And let me know how to get past things. No, it’s an honor for us, it’s an honor for me to have him as an owner. SA: How is basketball different from when Jordan played? KW: For me, just the threes. A lot of bigs shooting threes. The bigs are different in general, you know? Back with MJ, I feel like the shooting guards and the forwards were dominant, and it was more of a post-up league. Now it’s a point guard’s league for the most part. And it’s not a post-up league much anymore. There are so many threes up in the air. SA: Do you little guys resent the stretch-fours and stretch-fives coming out onto your turf these days? KW: Yeah, man, it’s crazy. But it’s fun. Just seeing the development and the change. Even from when I first got in the league it wasn’t like that. But guys are so talented nowadays, it’s unbelievable. SA: Tell me about the Big Brothers Big Sisters work you do, mentoring four kids -- two boys and two girls -- in the Charlotte area. KW: Just to be in their lives. I take ‘em out to eat, take ‘em to Dave & Buster’s every now and then. It’s fun. I try to avoid the cameras. It’s not for social media. It’s not for anything but them. The kids are doing great in school. That’s the biggest progress, that’s what you want. They’ve really started to love basketball now -- they come to games sometimes. It’s been fun to see them grow, each and every time I see them. One of the kids, his mom passed away. I know it’s been a struggle for him. For me to be able to help get his mind off of that for a time, just be there for him, that’s definitely rewarding for me but I hope it’s more rewarding for him. SA: You’re in your eighth season, and you’ve played a total of 11 playoff games. What stands out for you about the postseason? KW: I remember every game. We played Miami twice. The first year [2014] was when they had LeBron, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh. They swept us, but I thought we played really well. Obviously it wasn’t enough -- they had three Hall of Famers. I remember the level of intensity those guys played with. I remember telling myself, the next time I get to the playoffs, I’m going to try my best to play like that. The next time [2016], that’s what I did. People thought we might get swept again, but we went to seven games. It was really fun. The whole atmosphere was so intense. I loved it. You have to take your game to a whole ‘nother level. You have to play hard every possession, every second of those games. The competitiveness, the toughness, everything goes up. SA: A problem that team had, it still has -- you’re carrying such a big load offensively. Do you need a second reliable scorer, and is that guy on the roster now? KW: Of course. We need it. I’m not going to have huge games every night. It’s on one of these guys to step up. I think guys are still searching for their roles at this point, especially with a new coach, new system. We’re still learning. But as the season progresses, I think they will. We have guys who are capable of putting points up for us. SA: The All-Star Game this season is in Charlotte. You’ve been selected twice. What would you think of playing in that game in your market? KW: That’d be amazing. To be in Charlotte, the team that drafted me, the team I’ve played with for eight years now, it would be a really special moment. Hopefully I can get there. It’d be fun. A really important and fun moment in my career. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 30th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

UAAP 81: Ateneo beating fueled La Salle s prep for AdU

After taking a sound beating at the hands of rival Ateneo, De La Salle University spent the whole week contemplating on what they did wrong. The Green Archers spent a whole week trying to pinpoint what went south against the Blue Eagles and they wanted to make sure those lapses were corrected for their game against the Adamson Falcons. Because while the opportunity to learn is always present, there are Final Four spots to win and already in the middle of the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament, there's little room to just only learn. One has to win and the Green Archers did just that Saturday at the MOA Arena to end round one of the elimination round. La Salle forced overtime and took down no. 1 Adamson in extra session, improving to 4-3 and grabbing solo fourth in the standings halfway through the season. "Buong linggo after that loss to Ateneo, what we did was talagang back to basics kami," head coach Louie Gonzalez said. "Learning from the Ateneo game, dapat ma-correct kaagad namin. This is end of the first round, we should be competing already, the learning is there pero nasa gitna na kami, dapat lumalaban na kami talaga," he added. Despite beating Adamson, 79-78, Gonzalez admits that the Green Archers still had their low moments in the game. But he just credited those mistakes to the Falcons' style of play where they will still force errors regardless of your preparation. "Good thing dito sa game na ito nandun hanggang sa huli. Alam ko may glitches pero ayun yung ano pag Adamson kalaban mo eh," Gonzalez said. "They [Falcons] will push you to the limit, they will get to your head. Blink of an eye, kung mawala yung mental toughness mo, babalik at babalik sila sa game. Buti na lang nanalo," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

NCAA: Altas near Final Four, pound Generals

University of Perpetual Help moved closer to a Final Four berth after an 81-67 romp of Emilio Aguinaldo College in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Kim Aurin came off the bench and set a career-high 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting from the field that went with five rebounds and three assists while Prince Eze posted a double-double with 14 points and 16 rebounds with two blocks to boot for the Altas, who rolled to their sixth consecutive win. "We struggled a bit in the first half. The boys were a bit tight because they wanted to build a big lead right away," said Perpetual Help head coach Frankie Lim, whose team only needs a s...Keep on reading: NCAA: Altas near Final Four, pound Generals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

Next step for NBA is hiring women in positions of power

By Teresa M. Walker, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich sees one simple way for both the NBA and women to mark real progress in the league. Hire more women in positions of power. "I think there just has to be more, more of the same," said Popovich, who during the offseason promoted assistant coach Becky Hammon, moving her one step closer to a head coaching seat. "There are more Beckys out there, they just have to be noticed and given the opportunity by people who are wise enough and courageous enough to do it and not just sit in the old paradigm." And not just on the bench, but on the business side of the NBA as well. The NBA routinely gets high marks for its diversity efforts and is widely viewed as a leader on social issues. Still, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver believes the league needs to be better, and he made his feelings known in a memo to teams in the wake of the Dallas Mavericks' embarrassing scandal. Several NBA teams tout statistics about women in their workforce, but beyond a handful — including Lakers controlling owner Jeanie Buss and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson — the next step for the league seems to be more women in positions of power such as CEOs and COOs. Memphis guard Mike Conley said it's important for basketball, business and society itself to have women in positions of authority. "We welcome it, and we do want to see more of that," Conley said, "and I think that will help bridge that gray area and all the things that have been happening with the Mavs and situations like that and hopefully it will never occur" again. The NBA earned an A+ for racial hiring practices but a B for its gender hiring practices this summer from The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports . That puts the NBA "significantly above" other professional sports, even as the number of women hired at the team level dropped for a third straight year with the percentage of women in team vice presidents and professional staff dipping as well, according to the report's author, Richard Lapchick. When the NBA began investigating a report of sexual harassment and improper workplace conduct involving the former team president, the Mavericks did not have one woman at the executive level. Owner Mark Cubanhired former AT&T senior executive Cynthia Marshall as CEO and president in February , promoted four women to executive roles and now has eight women among 18 leadership roles. A memo obtained by The Associated Press last month shows the NBA plans workshops in Atlanta and Los Angeles in mid-November on the diversity and inclusion efforts. The NBA also set up an anonymous tip line after the Mavs' story broke. NBA teams surveyed by The Associated Press say they've already been holding seminars on workplace conduct and putting women in leadership roles. Irina Pavlova represented the Nets on the Board of Governors before leaving last year and was replaced by a woman as president of the company that runs the Nets, Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum. The Toronto Raptors have Teresa Resch as vice president of basketball operations and player development, and Dr. Lisa Callahan is chief medical officer for both the Knicks and the WNBA's Liberty. The Miami Heat recently hired Ruth Riley Hunter as its newest television and radio analyst, a move in motion before Silver talked about wanting more women in the NBA. Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace has seen the number of women in the NBA jump dramatically since he joined the league in 1986 and believes its heading in the right direction. Chantal Hassard has been with the Grizzlies since the franchise was in Vancouver and is entering her third season as VP of team operations and player programs. Memphis also just brought back Nicki Gross as a basketball analyst after she was the D-League's only woman assistant in 2015 with Iowa. "I think it adds a viewpoint, a skillset that is very beneficial for the teams," Wallace said. Silver wants teams hiring more women, including jobs with power, so the NBA is going to help. The NBA plans an event at the All-Star break in Charlotte, North Carolina, in February to grow the "pipeline of female talent in basketball operations roles." Lapchick said hiring more women has to be a combination of efforts by both the NBA and its teams. "Teams saw the results in Dallas with no women in leadership to stop/confront bad behavior, which I believe is not uncommon toward women in the workplace in and out of sport," Lapchick told the AP. "Adam has the respect to push and I am impressed by the NBA's actions after the decline in gender grade when the Report Card was published followed by the post investigation in Dallas." Ethan Casson, CEO of the Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Lynx, said it can't be a quota approach — and believes there are qualified women in the candidate pools. About 40 percent of Minnesota's full-time employees are women with 35 percent of department heads and above women. He noted how transparent the NBA and its teams have been on this issue. "It's constantly challenging your organization's thinking and creating what that environment is, and that's what makes the diversity inclusion so important," Casson said. "You're a better organization when you're built that way from the ground up." ___ AP Basketball Writers Tim Reynolds and Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writers Dave Campbell, Andrew Seligman, Janie McCauley, Anne M. Peterson, Schuyler Dixon, Pat Graham, Tom Withers, Howard Fendrich, Brett Martel, Kyle Hightower and AP freelance writers Raul Dominguez, Clay Bailey and Ian Harrison contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2018

LOOK: Jr. NBA PH 2018 All-Stars get special send-off

Jr. NBA PH press release Oct. 8, 2018, Gatorade Hoops Center – Sixteen Jr. NBA All-Stars of the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska got a special send-off this year from Alaska Milk the day before they left for their NBA Experience Trip to Shanghai, China. The eight boys and eight girls who topped the Jr. NBA National Training Camp last May underwent a basketball clinic conducted by NBA Legend Cherokee Parks and WNBA player Alana Beard, with US Ambassador Sung Kim in attendance. The All-Stars will play against counterpart Jr NBA All Stars from Vietnam, India, Thailand, Singapore and Jakarta during the trip, do city tours and watch an official preseason NBA game live between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. They will be accompanied by Coaches of the Year Tata Belangel and Hazell Yambot. Above, L -R are: 1st row): Prince Ray Alao, Christian Joi Mesias, Nathan Jan Jundana, Kim Aaron Tamayo, Ethan Rod Alian, Seven Gagate, John Lester Amagan, Manuel Luis Antonio Pablo 2nd row): E-Cow, Marielle Vigno, Madelyn Flores, Christine Nichole Venterez, NBA Global Partnerships Director Mae Dichupa, Gin Kayla Huelar, Aishe Mae Solis, Amber Esquivel, Kyla Mataga, Pauline Angelique Valle, Jr. WNBA Coach of the Year Hazel Yambot 3rd row): Jr. NBA Coach of the Year Mark Belangel, Alaska Power Camp Head Coach Jeffery Cariaso, Alaska Milk Corporation Sports Development Head Richard Bachmann, U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, former NBA player Cherokee Parks, 4-time WNBA All-Star and Los Angeles Sparks Guard/Forward Alana Beard Fans can follow Jr. NBA at the official website www.jrnba.asia and Facebook at www.facebook.com/JrNBAAsia to learn more about the program as well as how to join and become a Jr. NBA All-Star in 2018. To learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

UE still learning how to be more than just Alvin Pasaol in UAAP 81

University of the East was unable to build on its first win in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament, falling to University of Sto. Tomas on Saturday. Alvin Pasaol gave it his all, as always, for the Red Warriors with 32 points on 9-of-21 shooting and 15 rebounds. Aside from him, however, the rest of the team combined to shoot 10-of 44 from the field as they dropped back to the bottom of the standings. In the eyes of first-year head coach Joe Silva, they failed to follow the system. “Siguro, they’re just so used to looking for Alvin, but I want to change that,” he said. He then continued, “They’re so used to that na ‘di pa consistent yung disiplina namin. So trabaho lang.” As they failed to follow the system, the team that had just defeated playoff hopeful Far Eastern University by 25 points was nowhere to be found. “That’s what I’ve been trying to tell them – consistency is what separates good teams from great teams. Great teams bring it day in and day out, night in and night out,” he said. For that, the rookie mentor took full responsibility. As he put it, “I told the boys when we won against FEU, a little success gets into our head. It’s dangerous kasi ‘di kami sanay manalo kaya we came complacent facing UST.” He then continued, “I take full responsibility kasi ‘di ko sila na-advice, kulang ang advice ko sa kanila.” Pasaol could only agree. “Sobrang confident na kaya namin ang UST, pero later on, stats don’t lie,” he said. Nonetheless, UE’s main man has full faith they will only move forward from this. “Bounce back lang ulit kami. Alam naman naming kayang-kaya namin,” he said. Coach Joe shares the same sentiments. “Goot thing for us is we’re coming off a loss and, at least, we’re going to learn from this. We will watch the tape and we’re going to be better,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 6th, 2018

LSGH denies San Beda s entry into NCAA 94 Final Four

STANDINGS LSGH 13-2 (Final Four) MAPUA 11-4 SAN BEDA 10-5 JRU 9-6 LPU 8-7 ARELLANO 6-8 PERPETUAL 6-9 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-10 (eliminated) LETRAN 3-11 (eliminated) EAC 3-12 (eliminated) College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills remains the first and only team assured of a place in the next round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. San Beda High School tried its best to get that as well on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, but was instead resoundingly rejected by the Junior Blazers who registered a 91-78 come-from-behind win. Main man Joel Cagulangan topped the scoring column with 24 points to go along with six rebounds and three assists, but only made 9-of-22 shots from the field In the endgame, it was Sydney Mosqueda who came through, scoring 10 of his 19 points in the tight final frame. “We’re happy with the win because our boys showed resiliency,” head coach Marvin Bienvenida said post-game. The defending champions were down by five points inside the last four minutes until Mosqueda went on a 5-0 run to tie the tally. The Red Cubs again took the lead, 75-72, and even had a chance to increase it, but Inand Fornilos stole the ball and the possession from them. At the other end, Mosqueda then set up Fornilos for an easy look inside that proved to be the go-ahead basket. San Beda would keep coming from that point, but Cagulangan had all the answers for CSB-LSGH which strengthened its stranglehold on the top-seed. Now at 13-2, they are one win away from clinching the twice-to-beat advantage. “We are still taking it one game at a time. We are not done proving to ourselves that we are getting better each and every game,” coach Marvin said. For the now 10-5 Red Cubs, Zach Estacio showed the way with 13 points while Joshua Lazaro also had a 10-point, 12-rebound double-double. A win would have assured them of at least a playoff for a Final Four spot. Instead, they now find themselves still behind 11-4 Mapua High School and barely ahead of 9-6 Jose Rizal High School and 8-7 Lyceum of the Philippines University. In the day’s other game, University of Perpetual Help stayed alive after beating down San Sebastian College-Recoletos, 82-67. Emman Galman was on fire all game long and wound up with a career-best 30 points and was backstopped by Tony Ogunsanya who posted a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double. Just at halftime, Galman already had 17 markers to his name, almost matching the output of their opponents at 22. At 6-9, the Junior Altas still have a boxer’s chance at snatching a playoff berth. On the other hand, now at 5-10, the Staglets are no longer in contention for the Final Four. Kean Baclaan fronted their effort in this one with 24 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 82 – Galman 30, Ogunsanya 20, Galoy 12, Kawamura 8, Orgo 3, Duka 3, Barcuma 2, Nunez 2, Defante 2, Romilla 0, Lauchengo 0, Dela Cruz 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 67 – Baclaan 24, Pinero 13, Are 10, Cortes 4, Cruz 4, Dela Cruz 4, Timbancaya 2, Janao 2, Balo 2, Perez 0, Loristo 0, Solatorio 0, Suico 0, Gomez 0, Austria 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-10, 43-22, 60-53, 82-67 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 81 – Cagulangan 24, Mosqueda 19, Calimag 11, Fornilos 7, Palencia 6, David 5, Sangco 3, Lepalam 2, Morales 2, Valenzuela 2, Cortez 0, Lopez 0. SAN BEDA 78 – Estacio 13, Coyoca 12, Lazaro 10, Llarena 10, Talampas 10, Oliva 9, Sanchez 9, Ynot 2, Andrada 2, Pelipel 1, Alcantara 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-23, 41-36, 59-57, 81-78. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

NCAA Season 94: Red Lions win seven straight, near Final Four spot

Defending champion San Beda University joined Lyceum of the Philippines University on top of the standing and secured at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in the NCAA Season 94 seniors basketball competition. Robert Bolick sparked the Red Lions’ telling run in the fourth quarter while JaVee Mocon buried two cold-blooded triples to break the backs of the San Sebastian College Stags for an 82-75 win Thursday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Red Lions captured their seventh straight win for a 13-1 win-loss record tied with the Pirates. "I really salute San Sebastian because they really played well tonight," said San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. "We did a good job adjusting with our defense, the boys really did a good job," he added. Mocon finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds while Bolick scored 18 for the Red Lions. Donald Tankoua got 16 markers and pulled down 14 boards for the Mendiola-based squad.  Bolick scored five straight points to put San Beda back in the lead after trailing 64-65 early in the fourth. Mocon put the game away with consecutive treys that gave the Red Lions an 82-72 lead with 1:52 left. The Stags saw their three-game winning streak snapped to fall to 4-10 slate. Allyn Bulanadi got 23 markers while Regile Ilagan and Alvin Capobres finished with 20 and 12 points, respectively, for SSC-R.   Box score: SBU (82) --- Mocon 20, Bolick 18, Tankoua 16, Kwetkuteye 10, Soberano 9, Nelle 4, Abuda 2, Cabanag 2, Eugene 1, Presbitero 0, Doliguez 0, Oftana 0, Cuntapay 0, Tongco. SSC-R (75) --- Bulanadi 23, Ilagan 20, Capobres 12, Calisaan 7, Calma 7, Dela Cruz 3, Sumoda 3, Villapando 0, Isidro 0, Are 0, Valdez 0. Quarterscores: 25-21, 47-37, 63-60, 82-75.        ---        Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Ayo, Tigers undeterred by UAAP opening defeat: ‘The loss will make us better’

A simple opening day loss isn't something that will easily upset University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament. Aldin Ayo, the Growling Tigers' hardened head coach, said their 76-70 loss to National University on Saturday still served its purpose for the growth of the team. "I told the boys that the loss will make us better," said Ayo. "This is our first game, we still have 13 more games so we can still adjust." "The good thing is the guys haven't lost spirit and we won't be shaken by this defeat," added Ayo in Filipino. The major reason behind UST's defeat to NU was the team's terrible shooting. UST shot the ball 90 times and made just 26...Keep on reading: Ayo, Tigers undeterred by UAAP opening defeat: ‘The loss will make us better’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Team Pilipinas, yes; Gilas, no

This was the consensus among members of the national basketball team currently preparing for the second window of the 2019 FIBA Asian qualifiers which opens four days from now in Tehran, Iran where coach Yeng Guiao’s boys will meet head-on with their counterparts from the host country. The Filipinos face next, in a close door [...] The post Team Pilipinas, yes; Gilas, no appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018