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UAAP Season 81 Final Four: Ilalaban ko na ‘to -- Laure on playing in pain

Rookie Eya Laure showed great heart and dedication to help University of Sto. Tomas’ cause, playing through pain in three sets for a heroic outing on Sunday that helped the Tigresses break an eight-year Finals drought. The freshman highlighted her career-game with an inspiring outing to rally the Tigresses to a dramatic 25-19, 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 15-10, win over dethroned three-time champion De La Salle University in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball Final Four at the MOA Arena. Laure, who scored a personal-best 25 points including 21 from attacks, hurt her left knee early in the third set after a bad landing following an attack. She was called for a net touch in the said play and was obviously in pain, dragging her left leg and played with diminished explosiveness.             The Lady Spikers took advantage of UST’s struggles in the next two sets to force a decider. With the chance of advancing to the Finals – their first of two tries as the no. 2 seed in the Final Four – hanging in the balance, the top Rookie of the Year candidate ignored the pain and played her heart out.   “’Yun lang naman ang sinabi ni coach (Kungfu Reyes) eh, ‘Mamaya mo na yan iinda laruin mo muna kung kaya mong laruin,’” said Laure. “Sabi ko sa kanya mamaya ka na umaray,” added Reyes during the postgame interview. Reyes said that he tried to sub out Laure in the third frame but the rookie insisted to remain inside the court and fight alongside the Tigresses.    “Sabi ni coach, ‘Mamaya mo na iaray kung nasa dugout ka na. Ngayon kung kaya mong ilaban…’ Paulit-ulit niya akong tinatanong noon kung ‘kaya mo pa ba?’” continued Laure. “Sa loob-loob ko nandito na ako eh, aalis pa ba ako? Malay mo kailangan din ako ng mga teammates ko. Papaano kung be-babyhin ko itong nararamdaman ko, ano ang parang naitulong ko sa kanila?” Laure will not just sit on the bench, she wanted to be in the thick of the action, even in pain. “’Dun na lang ako sa side na ilaban ko na ‘to kaysa naman na lumaban sila, na nakikita ko sila na sila lang ang lumalaban. Siyempre, gusto ko na nakikita ko sila na kasama ako na lumalaban para sa UST, na kasama sila,” she said. Laure, with all the remaining strength in her in an exhausting match that went the full distance, delivered one of her most memorable shining moments. The young gun scored five points in the fifth set and fueled the Tigresses to one last push when DLSU closed in at 11-10. Setter Alina Bicar scored back-to-back points before Laure asked the veteran setter for the ball.    “Hiningi ko na kay Ate Alina ‘yun,” she recalled. “Kasi may instructions sa akin si coach nun na, ‘Paluin mo pero sa dalawang direksyon lang kung down the line o crosscourt.’ So alin dun eh nakikita ko na nu’ng nagbaligtad na ng place ng court, natsi-check na ako sa crosscourt kaya tinry ko na down the line. Kaya puro down the line.” Laure hammered the match point before ending her magical night with the championship berth-clinching down the line hit.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2019

Bar 2018- La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat

Bar 2018: La Salle Manila gets first topnotcher as USC continues feat Rappler The Ateneo de Manila University School of Law returns to the top after 6 years, while the University of the Philippines C.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

UAAP: LSGH glue guy Joshua David takes talents to DLSU

Joshua David will keep doing it all in green and white. David, La Salle Green Hills' Swiss army knife in the last three years, has committed to De La Salle University. "Sa La Salle na po ako," he said. The 6-foot swingman had been a key cog in the Greenies best-ever run in school history. He will not wow anybody with what he does, but his all-around game is a much-welcome addition for just about any team. In 2017, he joined forces with Joel Cagulangan and Inand Fornilos to will LSGH to its maiden championship. The following year, as a Mythical selection, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, continuing to do whatever his team needed in their run back to the Finals where they bowed to eventual champion Mapua High School. Now, the 18-year-old will be tasked to help steady a rocky boat for La Salle which had just lost all of Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and Taane Samuel. He will follow the lead of Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio as they try to return to the Final Four following a one year absence. The even better news, however, is that David will be re-united with longtime partner-in-crime Joel Cagulangan who had repeated his commitment to the Green Archers a week ago. With those two in the fold, the Taft-based team has a backcourt that has all the chemistry in the world and all the knowledge how to unleash it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

Lazaro, Gumabao to star in a new team

A week after Michele Gumabao left Pocari Sweat, the former De La Salle star is set to banner a team that is expected to break the barrier between two of local volleyball’s most heated rivalry. Gumabao will team up with former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle star libero Denden Lazaro as the main stars of new team United VC that will see action in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference. Though sponsorship of the squad is yet to be ironed out, team manager Joshua Ylaya said that the team will definitely play in the tournament.        Gumabao left the V-League two-time champion Lady Warriors after some issues with the management last week while Lazaro last played for BaliPure in the same league.  For the longest time Gumabao and Lazaro has been on rivals starting from their UAAP days. Gumabao won three straight UAAP titles from Season 73 to 75 while Lazaro got two UAAP crowns from Season 76 to 77. The two faced each other in two UAAP Finals series with Gumabao winning both.   “The main reason why we called the team ‘united’ is because we wanted to show that we can play together despite our differences in the past,” said Ylaya, who represented the team in the league’s team owners’ meeting Tuesday. “At the end of the day, it’s just one sport and we can play competitively together.” Angeli Tabaquero, an Adamson co-assistant coach of Gumabao, former DLSU player Wensh Tiu and another ex-Pocari Sweat volleybelle Erika Alkuino are all expected to join the squad while there are reports that Mae Tajima and setter Jem Ferrer will also suit up for the team.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

PBA not messing around with player fines

The PBA is not messing around with its fines imposed on erring players. After just a week of action in 2017, the PBA has collected a total of P102,900 on fines mostly courtesy of flagrant fouls committed in the first week of the new year as well as the league's last couple of game days in December of last year. Globalport forward Rico Maierhofer shouldered the burden of the player expenses as the former La Salle star was penalized for P20,000 after a flagrant foul 2 against the Bolts last week. The TNT KaTropa pair of Troy Rosario and RR Pogoy were fined P15,000 each for separate incidents last December 23 and January 7 respectively. In the case of Pogoy, his large fine was courtesy of his third flagrant foul penalty 1 call for this season. The money collected by the PBA through penalties goes straight to the Players' Trust Fund that is to be used for the retired players scholarship program. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

‘I think it was Russia’ – CNN News

President-elect Donald Trump said for the first time Wednesday he believes Russia was responsible for hacking ahead of the election but contemptuously rejected allegations that Moscow mounted a campaign to compromise him. In his first news conference since winning the election, a combative Trump made clear he will not mute his style when he is inaugurated in nine days. He lashed out at media and political foes alike in a bravura performance. The Trump Tower press conference confirmed the President-elect's deep desire to quickly assert power once he's sworn in. He insisted on moving speedily &'8212; too speedily for some Republicans in Congress &'8212; to replace Obamacare. He also pledged swift action on building a wall along the border with Mexico and nominating a new Supreme Court justice. But it's also clear Trump will take office amid persistent questions about his relationship with Russia. While Trump was at the podium, his nominee to become secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, faced tough questions on Capitol Hill about whether the incoming administration will view Russia with sufficient skepticism. At the news conference, Trump finally conceded he believes Russian President Vladimir Putin's intelligence agencies were behind hacks on Democratic computers ahead of the election but argued that wouldn't happen again. &'8220;I think it was Russia,&'8221; Trump said. Putin &'8220;should not be doing it. He won't be doing it. Russia will have much greater respect for our country when I am leading it than when other people have led it.&'8221; Trump, who has vowed to improve relations with Russia despite some Republican opposition, said he did not know if he would get along with Putin and noted it's possible he won't. But he could not resist a swipe at his defeated Democratic election rival, Hillary Clinton. &'8220;Do you honestly believe Hillary would be tougher on Putin than me?&'8221; he asked. He added that Russia is not the only nation that hacks US targets and accused Democrats of not having sufficient cybersecurity programs. The news conference opened with the incoming White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, slamming a &'8220;political witch hunt&'8221; following reports that Russian operatives claim to have compromising personal and financial information about Trump. Vice President-elect Mike Pence also criticized the media before introducing Trump, who kept up his criticism of US intelligence. &'8220;I must say that I want to thank a lot of the news organizations here today because they looked at that nonsense that was released by maybe the intelligence agencies,&'8221; Trump said. He said any such move by the agencies would be a &'8220;tremendous blot on their record.&'8221; &'8220;A thing like that should never have been written, it should never have been had and it certainly should have never been released,&'8221; Trump said. The news conference follows exclusive reporting by CNN on Tuesday that classified documents presented last week to President Barack Obama and Trump included the allegations about Russia. The allegations were presented in a two-page synopsis that was appended to a report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and drew in part from memos compiled by a former British intelligence operative, whose past work US intelligence officials consider credible. Intel chiefs presented Trump with claims of Russian efforts to compromise him 01:38 The FBI is investigating the credibility and accuracy of these allegations, which are based primarily on information from Russian sources, but has not confirmed many essential details in the memos about Trump. The news conference, delayed from December, was scheduled for Trump to outline how he will address questions about possible conflicts-of-interest related to his vast business empire. Trump appeared beside a large pile of files he claimed were pertinent to the companies that are going to be placed in a trust to be run by his sons. He reiterated that he doesn't plan to release his tax returns, saying they are under audit and don't include relevant information After taking a handful of questions, Trump turned the event over to Sheri Dillon, an attorney who was on hand to discuss Trump's business interests. She said Trump planned to put in place a structure that will &'8220;completely isolate him from the management of the company.&'8221; &'8220;He further instructed that we build in protections that will assure the American people that the decisions that he makes and the actions he takes as President are for their benefit and not to support his financial interests,&'8221; she said. Trump will place all his financial and business assets in a trust, Dillon said. The Trump Organization, meanwhile, will not enter into any new deals abroad and all domestic deals will be subject to a heavy vetting process. The firm will also appoint a new ethics officer, she said. The President-elect has also terminated a number of deals set to close shortly, a step that had cost him millions of dollars, she said. Dillon argued that the decision had been made not to put all Trump's assets in a blind trust or to divest of all his assets because it would be impractical. She also said that Trump should not be forced to destroy the business that he had built up. &'8220;President Trump can't unknow he owns Trump Tower,&'8221; Dillon said, explaining why a blind trust would not be a workable solution to addressing conflicts of interest issues while he is President. Dillon said Trump would take other actions to avoid the appearance of a conflict over the Emoluments Clause [&'].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

LVPI to announce national team coaches on Friday

Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. could be leaning towards tapping Sammy Acaylar and Francis Vicente to handle the national teams that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The two coaches out of the 23 names in the associations shortlist of mentors presented solid programs for the national squad when they sat down with LVPI acting president Peter Cayco. “Both of them showed their commitment and presented a very good training program for the national team,” said Cayco, who with the association is looking forward for a better showing for the national team in the biennial meet from August 19 to 31. Cayco together with Jeff Tamayo and Rod Roque of the three-man search committee will forward their recommendation to the LVPI board of trustees, which will then make the formal announcement on Friday. “We already have the decision but we don’t want to preempt the LVPI board. We will forward our decision to the LVPI board,” Cayco said.         The chosen head coaches will then be tasked to form a 16-man pool each for the men’s and women’s teams. Acaylar led Altas back on top of the NCAA in Season 91 and was a part of the coaching staff of the national women’s team that won the country’s last gold medal in the SEA Games and was the head coach of the national squad that saw action in 2015 Asian Women's Seniors Volleyball Championship. Vicente, meanwhile, handled the national youth team in a couple of international stints last year. Aside from the two, other coaches in the shortlist are Ateneo coach Oliver Almadro, who handled the men’s national team in the Singapore SEA Games two years ago, Macky Carino of defending NCAA women’s volleyball champion College of St. Benilde and Obet Javier of NCAA Season 90 titlist Arellano University. Also included are Lerma Giron, Mac Gepuela, Marcelo Joaquin, Jason Gabales, Michael Inoferio, Bryan Esquibel, Raymund Castillo, Jeremiah Barrica, Raplh Dablo, Leovimo Rivera, Michael Santos, Roberto Javier, Carl Bryan Vitus, Richard Estacio, Ruel Pascual, Leonardo Toyco, Benjamin Mape, Michael Carino, Dexter Clamor and Alvin Dumalaog. De La Salle women’s team head coach Ramil De Jesus and University of Sto. Tomas’ Kungfu Reyes declined the invitation because of various reasons but promised to help out and give their support if needed.         --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 11th, 2017

Tacagni brace saves Red Booters

strong>Games Thursday: /strong> (Rizal Football Field) 8:00 a.m.- AU vs SBC (jrs) 10:00 a.m.- Letran vs CSB (jrs) 12:00 nn.- AU vs SBC (srs) 2:00 p.m.- LPU vs CSB (srs)   Filipino-British Connor Tacagni scored two goals to lift San Beda College to a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over upset-conscious Lyceum of the Philippines University Tuesday that boosted its sweep bid in the 92nd NCAA football tournament at the Rizal Football Field. Down by a goal after LPU's striker Riel Mark Subebe came through on a set piece on the 15th minute, Tacagni, a 24-year-old native of Manchester, England, came to the rescue and unloaded a pair of rockets--one coming on the 41st minute and the other on the 81st. 'I just focused on helping my team win,' said Tacagni. It was a win that pushed the Red Booters closer to sweeping their way to the championship after winning all their matches in the first round to win the opening round pennant. San Beda faces off with defending champion Arellano U tomorrow and St. Benilde next week and if it could hurdle both teams, it will clinch a league-best 22 seniors titles. And San Beda nearly blew it. 'I have to commend LPU, they prepared against us well,' said San Beda coach Michael Pediamonte. In juniors' action, Arellano U shocked reigning titlist La Salle-Greenhills, 1-0, on a 64th minute goal by Kent Talam to stay in the title hunt. The Junior Chiefs will need to beat the Junior Red Booters, who ruled the first round, tomorrow and top the Final Four for it forge a one-game title duel against the latter.  San Beda routed Letran, 5-0, on a hat-trick by Christopher Villanueva, to close in on its 17th juniors crown. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

World Sports: Meralco and GlobalPort seek new year turnabout

THE Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) returns to action today after the holiday break with a Philippine Cup double-header at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, including a duel between two skidding teams......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

Almadro, Vicente, Acaylar lead nat'l team coach list

Ateneo de Manila University coach Oliver Almadro, University of the East’s Francis Vicente and Perpetual Help tactician Sammy Acaylar lead the shortlist of mentors Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. is looking into to call the shots for the national women’s team that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. The association has in its list 23 names limited to the members of the LVPI coaches commission. LVPI acting president Peter Cayco said that they will narrow down the list to 8 to 6 coaches for interview and in a week’s time he will recommend one to the board who will take the position. Among the names in the list, Almadro and Acaylar stood out as possible national team coaches as they led their respective collegiate teams to the throne. Almadro steered the Blue Eagles to back-to-back UAAP men’s volleyball titles and was the head coach of the men’s U-23 team and Singapore Southeast Asian Games two years ago while Acaylar led Altas back on top of the NCAA in Season 91 and was part of the coaching staff of the national squad that won gold in the 1993 SEA Games in Singapore. Acaylar also coached the national team in the 2015 AVC Asian Senior Women's Championship in China.  Vicente, meanwhile, handled the national youth team in a couple of international stints last year. Macky Carino of defending NCAA women’s volleyball champion College of St. Benilde and Obet Javier of NCAA Season 90 titlist Arellano University are some of the other prominent names on the list. Other big names like multi-titled mentor Ramil de Jesus of reigning UAAP champion De La Salle and University of Sto. Tomas’ Kungfu Reyes all begged off for various reasons but are willing to offer their help and support.                 San Sebastian College and National University mentor Roger Gorayeb, who called the shots for the national team in the 2015 SEA Games, is not included in the list “Ang kailangan natin ay ‘yung may oras,” said Cayco. “Meron d’yan magagaling pero wala naman silang oras.” LVPI is also looking to tap Serbian mentor Moro Branislav, who handled the PSL-F2 Logistics Manila in the 2016 FIVB Women’s Club World Championship and the Philippine Superliga back-to-back Grand Prix champion Foton, as team consultant.  The chosen head coach will be tasked to form a 16-woman pool. As part of the preparation the national team will play in the Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship from August 9 to 17 before heading to Malaysia for the SEA Games from August 19 to 31.   “We have all time to prepare and that’s the best part,” Cayco said. Also included in the list are Lerma Giron, Mac Gepuela, Marcelo Joaquin, Jason Gabales, Michael Inoferio, Bryan Esquibel, Raymund Castillo, Jeremiah Barrica, Raplh Dablo, Leovimo Rivera, Michael Santos, Roberto Javier, Carl Bryan Vitus, Richard Estacio, Ruel Pascual, Leonardo Toyco, Benjamin Mape, Michael Carino, Dexter Clamor and Alvin Dumalaog. The participation of the men’s team in the SEA Games is yet to be discussed.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

BIRDS OF THE SAME FEATHER: Intal, Kramer still lifting up one another

Doug Kramer is doing really good almost three months since his heart scare. Of course, right there by his side through it all were his wife and three daughters. Along with his girls, however, there was also Kramer’s bro who has got his back from when they were in college up until now. When the 33-year-old was traded to Phoenix in the offseason, it signaled some sort of a reunion with JC Intal. The two served as the core of Ateneo de Manila University’s contention in the UAAP in the mid-2000’s. “No doubt, he has been a big help,” Kramer said, talking about his fellow former Blue Eagle. “This is really special now because 10 years ago, we entered this league and then we’re together again.” Intal and Kramer were taken fourth and fifth overall, respectively, by Air21 in the 2007 PBA Draft. They were then both traded to Ginebra before making their names elsewhere. And now, they have been reunited. For Intal, that’s nothing but a good thing as he said, “Nakakatuwa kasi ilang years na kami sa PBA and ngayon, magkasama na ulit kami. Everyday, nagkikita kami tapos yung families namin, close din.” He then continued, “I’m looking forward na magkasama na ulit kami ni Doug (on-court) this January.” In the eyes of “The Rocket,” there is no doubt that his good old friend will be in full health once he returns to action. As he put it, “Doug is a tough guy. Every since nakilala ko yan, malakas ang loob nyan.” He then continued, “He’ll be okay, he’s super okay now. Makikita niyo na pagbalik niya, hopefully, nandun pa rhythm ng game niya.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 1st, 2017

Hawaii Five-0 vows more dangerous criminals in 2017

MANILA, Philippines — Television channel AXN promised a "more heart-pounding action" as the police procedural action drama, "Hawaii Five-0," returns for an a.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 27th, 2016

Nowitzki returns to action

Nowitzki returns to action.....»»

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B Pier seek share of lead versus Elite

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Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 20th, 2016

Cinderella feat awaits Tab, Aldin

MANILA, Philippines - More than the intense hardcourt action expected from every Ateneo-La Salle game, this dream finals provides the venue for a highly comp.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2016

UAAP Season 79 volleyball starts February

Action in the 79 suth /su UAAP volleyball begins on February 4 with De La Salle looking to protect its women’s crown while Ateneo de Manila shoots for a three-peat in the men’s side. The schedule and venue of games are yet to b.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2016

World Sports: La Salle and Adamson kick off UAAP Final 4

FINAL Four action in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) men's basketball kicks off today at the Mall of Asia Arena with the pairing of top seeds De La Salle Green Archers and number four team Adamson Soaring Falcons.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2016

UST judokas triumphant

University of Santo Tomas completed another double championship in UAAP Season 79 judo action over the weekend at the Sports Pavilion at De La Salle-Zobel......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 21st, 2016

World Sports: La Salle shoots for 12th win in a row

THE juggernaut that are the De La Salle Green Archers go for their 12th straight win in as many games in Season 79 of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, taking on the tailending University of the East Red Warriors in opening action to.....»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 25th, 2016

Surprisingly streaking UP challenges still perfect DLSU

Games on Saturday at the Araneta Coliseum strong>2:00 PM – DLSU vs UP /strong> 4:00 PM – NU vs UST Jeron Teng will finally be back in action for De La Salle University after missing their last two assignments i.....»»

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