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McIlroy says he resents Olympics for making him choose sides

  DUBLIN (AP) — Rory McIlroy says he resented how the Olympics forced him to decide whether he would represent Ireland or Britain and that it reached a point that it 'wasn't worth the hassle' to compete in Rio de Janeiro. In an interview with the Sunday Independent in Ireland, McIlroy explained why he was so critical of golf's return to the Olympics during a press conference at last summer's British Open. McIlroy, the four-time major champion from Northern Ireland, cited concerns over the Zika virus as his reason not to go to Rio. He told the Irish newspaper that when the International Olympic Committee announced in 2009 that golf would be part of the program for the first time since 2004, 'all of a sudden it put me in a position where I had to question who I am.' 'Who am I? Where am I from? Where do my loyalties lie? Who am I going to play for? Who do I not want to (upset) the most?' McIlroy said. 'I started to resent it. And I do. I resent the Olympic Games because of the position it put me in. That's my feelings toward it. And whether that's right or wrong, that's how I feel.' McIlroy said he sent a text message to Justin Rose to congratulate him on winning the gold medal in Rio for Britain. He said Rose thanked him and asked if McIlroy felt as though he had missed out. 'I said, 'Justin, if I had been on the podium (listening) to the Irish national anthem as that flag went up, or the British national anthem as that flag went up, I would have felt uncomfortable either way.'' McIlroy told the newspaper. 'I don't know the words to either anthem. I don't feel a connection to either flag. I don't want it to be about flags. I've tried to stay away from that.' McIlroy was among several top stars who opted to skip the Olympics, most citing the Zika virus. He had been scheduled to play for Ireland until announcing in June he would not be going. Jordan Spieth did not announce his decision to miss Rio until a few days before the British Open. McIlroy spoke after Spieth, and the Olympics was brought up again. McIlroy dismissed the notion that he had let down his sport, saying, 'I didn't get into golf to try and grow the game.' He also said that he probably wouldn't watch Olympic golf on TV, only 'the stuff that matters.' 'Well, I'd had nothing but questions about the Olympics — 'the Olympics, the Olympics, the Olympics' — and it was just one question too far,' McIlroy said. 'I'd said what I needed to say. I'd got myself out of it, and it comes up again. And I could feel it. I could just feel myself go, 'Poom!' And I thought, 'I'm going to let them have it.' 'OK, I went a bit far,' he added. 'But I hate that term, 'growing the game.' Do you ever hear that in other sports? In tennis? Football? 'Let's grow the game.' I mean, golf was here long before we were, and it's going to be here long after we're gone. So I don't get that, but I probably went a bit overboard.' McIlroy said Olympic golf didn't mean that much to him. 'It really doesn't. I don't get excited about it. And people can disagree, and have a different opinion, and that's totally fine,' he said. 'Each to their own.' McIlroy, who is to play the South African Open this week, said he has never been driven by nationalism or patriotism because of where he was raised. 'And I never wanted it to get political or about where I'm from, but that's what it turned into,' he said. 'And it just got to the point where it wasn't worth the hassle.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Tina Charles, Candice Dupree lead WNBA All-Star 2019 reserves

WNBA press release NEW YORK – The New York Liberty’s Tina Charles and the Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree lead the list of 12 players – six guards and six frontcourt players from across the WNBA – who will serve as reserves in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.   The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not able to vote for their own players. Joining Charles and Dupree as frontcourt reserves are the Phoenix Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner, the Minnesota Lynx’ Sylvia Fowles, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas. Reserves at the guard position are the Chicago Sky’s Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, Minnesota’s Odyssey Sims, the Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver,  and the Indiana Fever’s Erica Wheeler. The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media. As the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, Washington’s Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. Joining Delle Donne and Wilson as starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and New York’s Kia Nurse. Delle Donne and Wilson will select their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.  By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne will make the first pick in the first round (Starters).  Wilson will have the first pick in the second round (Reserves). Additional details about the All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date. Las Vegas head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington head coach Mike Thibault have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019. With Las Vegas having clinched the best record in the WNBA through July 12 (10-5, .667), Laimbeer and his staff will coach Team Delle Donne. Thibault, whose Mystics posted the second-best record through July 12 (9-5, .643) will guide Team Wilson. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Reserves - DeWanna Bonner, Mercury (3rd All-Star selection): The WNBA’s leading scorer (19.4 ppg), Bonner was named to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season after sitting out the 2017 campaign when she gave birth to twins. A two-time WNBA champion with Phoenix (2009, 2014), Bonner began her career by winning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors three straight seasons (2009-11). - Tina Charles, Liberty (7th All-Star selection): Charles, who this season moved into sixth place in WNBA history with 3,014 rebounds, also ranks 12th with 5,727 points. Earlier this year, she added filmmaker to her resume when the documentary she produced about her father Rawlston Charles and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. - Diamond DeShields, Sky (1st All-Star selection): Chicago’s leading scorer (14.9 ppg), DeShields, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, is one of three Sky guards named to the All-Star Game along with Quigley and Vandersloot. - Candice Dupree, Fever (7th All-Star selection): Now in her 14th WNBA season, Dupree recently moved past Lisa Leslie and into sixth place in league history with 6,267 points. She also ranks eighth in career rebounds with 2,880. - Sylvia Fowles, Lynx (6th All-Star selection): The WNBA’s MVP in 2017 and Finals MVP in 2015 and 2017, Fowles became the WNBA’s career leader in double-doubles (158) this season. She also ranks fourth in league history with 3,201 career rebounds, behind only Rebekkah Brunson (3,356), Tamika Catchings (3,316) and Lisa Leslie (3,306). - Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks (6th All-Star selection): Ogwumike leads the Sparks with 15.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. The top pick in the 2012 draft, she is one of five No. 1 overall picks in this year’s All-Star Game, along with Tina Charles (2010), Brittney Griner (2013), Jewell Loyd (2015) and A’ja Wilson (2018). - Allie Quigley, Sky (3rd All-Star selection): A two-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2014, 2015), Quigley has earned three consecutive All-Star appearances since becoming a full-time starter for the Sky in 2017. Quigley won the Three-Point Shooting Contest at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in Minnesota. - Odyssey Sims, Lynx (1st All-Star selection): After spending the past two seasons with rival Los Angeles, Sims was acquired by Minnesota from the Sparks via a trade in April. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, she leads the Lynx with 15.7 ppg and a career-high 5.4 apg and is the only player in the league ranking in top 10 in scoring and assists. -  Alyssa Thomas, Sun (2nd All-Star selection): Thomas, who made her All-Star debut in 2017, is the Sun’s No. 2 scorer (11.6 ppg) and rebounder (7.2 rpg) behind Jonquel Jones, an All-Star starter. - Kristi Toliver, Mystics (3rd All-Star): An All-Star for the second consecutive year as a member of the Mystics, whom she helped to the WNBA Finals last season, Toliver also represented the Sparks in the 2013 All-Star Game. - Courtney Vandersloot, Sky (2nd All-Star): Vandersloot leads the league with 8.2 assists per game a year after she set a WNBA single-season records with 8.6 apg and 258 total assists. She returns to the All-Star Game for the first time since her rookie season of 2011. - Erica Wheeler, Fever (1st time All-Star): Wheeler is the only undrafted player among the 22 players selected for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 and the first undrafted player named to the Game since Erika de Souza in 2014......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 12 min. ago

PBA (July 17 - 21): With top seed in sight, TNT is the team to watch late in Commissioner’s Cup

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs is almost set, with just one more team missing to complete the post-season puzzle. But while the top-2 seeds have been decided for a good amount of time now, the no. 1 team in the conference is yet to be finalized. TNT holds the key and that’s why the KaTropa are the team to watch in the PBA’s set of games for July 17-21. At 9-1, TNT will decide which team enters the playoffs as the number one seed. If the KaTropa beat Magnolia for the very last game of the elimination round, they keep first place. If they lose, Northport takes over as no. 1 and TNT drops to second place. It’s that simple. The top-2 seeds then see action in the playoffs on Sunday, win there once and it’s on to the semifinals. Jul 17 @ Smart Araneta 4:30 p.m. San Miguel vs. Meralco 7:00 p.m. TNT vs. Magnolia July 19 @ MOA Arena 7:00 p.m. Playoff for 8th place July 20 @ MOA Arena Quarterfinals for 3 vs. 6 and 4 vs. 5 (Game 1 of best-of-3) July 21 @ TBA Quarterfinals for 1 vs. 8 and 2 vs. 7 (Top-2 seeds hold 2x-to-beat)   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 12 min. ago

Manny Pacquiao gets final workout in before heading to Las Vegas

With less than a week before fight night, eight-division world champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was able to get one last workout in before heading to Las Vegas for his highly-anticipated WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship bout against undefeated American Keith "One Time" Thurman this coming weekend.  It’s #PacmanThurman fight week!!! @mannypacquiao getting in one last morning workout before he heads off to Vegas later today. pic.twitter.com/dbs2o820qM — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 15, 2019 Fight week is here! Final Wild Card training session before @MannyPacquiao heads off to Las Vegas for #PacThurman ???????????????? pic.twitter.com/x2PBKd3iBh — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) July 15, 2019 The 40-year old fighter-slash-senator has been training out of the famed Wildcard Gym in Los Angeles for the past few weeks, where he was joined by the likes of former Pinoy champions Johnriel Casimero and Jhack Tepora. While the heavy work should be done, expect the Pinoy boxing legend to get a little more work in when he arrives in Las Vegas.  The two welterweight stars will clash at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday, July 20th (July 21st, Manila time.)   Don't miss the action! Catch Manny Pacquiao challenge Keith Thurman for the WBA (Super) Welterweight World Championship LIVE on SKY PPV this coming Sunday, July 21st! Follow the blow-by-blow coverage on DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 starting at 9:00 AM!  ABS-CBN channel 2's free TV telecast will begin at 10 am. Replay will be at 3:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23.  The entire bout will be available on iWant beginning Monday, July 22. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 12 min. ago

ONE Championship: Folayang vs. Alvarez matchup now a ONE Lightweight Grand Prix semifinal bout

As if it wasn't massive enough, the lightweight clash between former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang of the Philippines and multiple-time lightweight world champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez of the United States at ONE: Dawn of Heroes at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Friday, August 2nd now has even more at stake.  Due to an injury that has forced Russian contender Timofey Nastyukhin to withdraw from his ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals bout against former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio "The Rock" Banario of the Philippines, the Folayang-Alvarez matchup has now been elevated to the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinals, as announced by ONE Championship.  This now means that the winner of the must-see lightweight contest will advance to the finals to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid "Dagi" Guseyn Arslanaliev at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this coming October.  The eventual winner of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix will challenge reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee in the future.  Banario, meanwhile, could remain on the card to face a different opponent, or could be moved to a different card altogether.  Folayang is coming off a first-round submission loss to Shinya Aoki at ONE: A New Era in Tokyo, Japan back in March. Earlier that same evening, Alvarez lost his ONE debut via first-round TKO to Nastyukhin in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix quarterfinals bout.    ONE: Dawn of Heroes takes place on Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Catch it LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

ONE Championship: Alvarez match the perfect gauge for Folayang s future

Eduard "Landslide" Folayang says he will see a glimpse of his future when he shares the Circle with former lightweight World Champion Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez.   The former ONE Lightweight World Champion from Baguio City is slated to lock horns with the American mixed martial arts legend in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Eager to become a World Champion yet again in The Home of Martial Arts, Folayang, will find out if he still has what it takes to reign over the talent-rich division.    After all, Folayang is not getting any younger and he believes that his battle with Alvarez will only show him where he stands right now.    “This is very important because this is where I’ll my see future and where I am right now,” said Folayang.    “It’s like a measurement fight. This is where I’ll see if I still have what it takes and the things I need to do in order to become a champion again.”    Folayang realizes that he is about to mix it up with the most decorated opponent he has faced to date. With pressure mounting to perform in front of his hometown crowd, "Landslide" is bent on getting the win in hopes for another World Title shot.   “The home crowd will certainly be a factor, especially since I’m facing a very good opponent. I think all of the fans know that,” said  Folayang.    “They know what’s at stake and that’s why we should be at our best. Sometimes all they care for is winning or losing, so we really have to be better.”    With less than a month left before the highly-anticipated showdown between the two best lightweights the East and West has to offer, Folayang is banking on his countrymen's cheers to uplift his warrior spirit at the Mall of Asia Arena.   “It’s a different feeling when they cheer. Your spirits are lifted and your adrenaline is through the roof.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

ONE Championship: Rene Catalan gives honest assessment on Jomary Torres latest loss

Catalan Fighting System head coach Rene "The Challenger" Catalan talks honestly about his prized pupil's missed opportunity at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on Friday, 12 July.   In a critical contest which could determine her future in ONE Championship, CFS’ Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres lost by first-round submission to Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Torres was on the retreat from the opening bell, and she never found her rhythm the entire night.   Catalan revealed that Torres deviated from the months-long game plan they worked on, and he refused to beat around the bush in expressing his disappointment with his athlete.   “She’s still doing the same things she did in her previous contests,” Catalan said.    “We worked intently for three months, even up to the warm ups we were doing drills to improve her muscle memory, but it was still lacking [in the ring],” Catalan added. “Our game plan was to move forward, hit her with a jab and a combo, step back, and pivot, but we didn’t see that in the ring.”    The submission loss, which came by way of triangle choke, was Torres' fourth consecutive defeat at The Home of Martial Arts, and Catalan did not exactly mince his words over the loss.   “I told her that her stock in ONE Championship is plummeting,” Catalan said. “There were a lot of expectations of her, and now they’re dismayed because she keeps on backpedaling.”   “There was no eagerness to knock her opponent out. Even I am dismayed because I know Jihin would have a harder time if she applied the game plan.”    Despite his brutal honesty, Catalan is still a believer of Torres. However, he remains firm that he will no longer accept “moral victories.”   “I told her to stop thinking about friends who would say ‘it’s okay, better luck next time.’ There’s a difference between ‘that’s okay’ and ‘congratulations,’” Catalan said.   “I always tell her that there’s no tomorrow. There’s no next time. Of course, if she loses, it also effects the team and the coaches, and that’s why we’re working intently on her game.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

Gray comes to play as Mighty-GFG Philippines stays spotless in 2019 Jones Cup

Jeremiah Gray has been spreading his wings in the 2019 Jones Cup and on Monday inside Changhua Gym in Taiwan, he was in full-fledged flight mode, leading the Mighty Sports-Go for Gold Philippines to a 116-87 whipping of Canada's University of British Columbia. The Filipino-American swingman waxed hot with 25 points built on a 6-of-8 mark from threes to go along with six rebounds and four assists. It was also him who had a third of the Philippines 33-point third quarter that turned a close contest into a blowout win. This more than made up for the fact that a day ago, Gray went scoreless against Japan-B. Renaldo Balkman was right there with him with 22 points, nine rebounds, six assists, and four blocks while Eugene Phelps contributed 22 markers, nine boards, and six dimes of his own as the Filipino side registered yet another rout, their fourth in as many games in the tournament. Up next for them is South Korea on Tuesday. BOX SCORES MIGHTY-GFG PHILIPPINES 116 - Gray 25, Balkman 22, Phelps 20, N'Diaye 15, Williams 9, Yeo 7, Banal 7, Adams 4, Graham 3, Black 2, Wongchuking 2, Brickman 0. UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA 87 - Browne 25, Simon 25, Shepard 14, Cruz-Dumont 8, Rosebush 5, Audu 5, Bourcier 3, Wallack 2, Morrison 0, Familia 0, Clair 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-27, 65-36, 98-58, 116-87......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

EAC hero Jethro Mendoza makes mark as NCAA 95 s first Player of the Week

Just a week into the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament, graduating guard Jethro Mendoza has already given Emilio Aguinaldo College a moment to remember. Mendoza hit the go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds remaining as EAC pulled off a monumental 84-82 stunner over back-to-back runner-up Lyceum last Friday at Filoil Fying V Centre. That game-winner alone was more than enough for the sweet-shooting guard to earn the season's first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award. Along with the shot that sank the league heavyweight, Mendoza poured eight of his team-high 21 points in the closing stretch, towing the Generals to their first win against the Pirates since 2016 and biggest triumph overall since beating eventual champion Letran back in 2015.     He buried six triples to anchor his scoring explosion and also tallied four rebounds, two assists, and a steal against zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.  “Sabi lang namin, atin ‘to, lalaban tayo hanggang matapos. Kahit na nakakahabol na sila, gawin lang namin ‘yung tama,” said Mendoza, who made sure EAC repelled Lyceum’s fightback from 18 points down.   It also helped that first-year head coach Oliver Bunyi has full trust in his deadshot shooter.  “I was telling them, even if Jethro is doing 0-of-10 in the first part, I will still trust him to take the ball outside. That’s his job. ‘Yun naman, naging successful siya,” said Bunyi.  Mendoza bested Jerrick Balanza of Letran, RK Ilagan of San Sebastian, Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum, Edgar Charcos of Perpetual, and the San Beda troika of James Canlas, Evan Nelle and Donald Tankoua for the weekly award handed out by scribes from print and online covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL: Gusto kong mag-give back sa Army -- Gonzaga

ANTIPOLO -- Jovelyn Gonzaga knew that she had to start from scratch to regain her old form and reintroduce herself after a long layoff. Two years removed from competitive volleyball, the PacificTown Army lefty opposite spiker did her best to contribute to the Lady Troopers’ cause. It was not a rosy road for the celebrated Ilongga, who battled a devastating knee injury that kept her from playing since 2017. Back on court with her Army comrades, Gonzaga was a shadow of her former self but it didn’t stop her from displaying her unquestionable heart throughout the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.      It’s no wonder, the former national team member burst into tears after landing the bronze-medal clinching ace in the Lady Troopers’ 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13, win on Sunday in the best-of-three battle for third decider against BanKo at the Ynares Sports Center here.        “Kasi di ba kakabalik ko lang sa laro? Gusto ko maglaro sa Army, sobrang support ng Army sa akin and at the same time ang tagal na naming di naglalaro,” said Gonzaga. PacificTown Army, just like Gonzaga skipped, competitive volleyball as a team for almost three years. Coming into the league as newcomers the Lady Troopers showed the field that they can still pull the trigger. Gonzaga though playing below 100% of her vintage form, delivered what was needed of her.   “Gusto ko talagang mag-give back sa Army sa pagpayag sa akin pag intindi sa case ko,” said Gonzaga, who is also playing in the Philippine Superliga for Cignal. “Gusto ko every time ang ano ko talaga is to give back, na every game ko para sa Army para sa mga sumusuporta at mga naniniwala sa Army.” Down 1-2 in the series decider, the Lady Troopers needed a great comeback. Gonzaga knew she had to contribute.        “Sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi ang mentality ko lang sa loob ng court, though hindi ako nasiset-an lagi, ang mentality ko kung saan ako makakapa-gstep up para makatulong sa team,” said Gonzaga. “’Yun talaga ang focus ko receive, depensa, blocking, service so thankful ako kay Papa God na sa duration ng game nagawa ko yung part ko sa team.” After forcing a deciding set, the Army found itself trailing, 6-10. The Lady Troopers slowly cut their deficit before taking a 13-12 lead.   Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink broke a 13-13 deadlock before Gonzaga heroic series-clinching ace. “So hanggat maaari, this time, di ako papayag na di kami mapasama, manalo sa third spot,” she said. “So nung time na ‘yun ang mentality ko lang talaga is i’ll give my best na para makatulong at maipanalo yung laban.” Win the game and the bronze she did.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PBA: Blackwater pounces on third-seed after piling onto Alaska s woes

Blackwater will continue its best campaign in franchise history as the third-seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup by virtue of a well-earned 112-104 win over Alaska, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. As always, super rookie Ray Parks Jr. and American reinforcement Staphon Blair showed the Elite the way to victory with the former finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals and the latter ending with his own 14-marker, 10-board double-double. With those two at the head of the attack, the upstart squad has now risen to its best-ever finish in the elimination round. However, it was Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, and Roi Sumang who got together in the 9-3 run that broke open a tied tally of 93-all and built up a 102-96 advantage for Blackwater inside the last four minutes. The Aces wouldn’t quit just yet as Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng pulled them within a solitary point, 101-102. Only, Sumang had the quick counter for Blackwater and scored all but three points in their 9-3 finishing kick that eventually ended as their seventh win in 11 games. Prior to this, the Elite's best record at the end of eliminations was as the fifth-seed back in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Sumang wound up with 18 points in this one while Maliksi and Belo also added 15 and 13 markers, respectively. They now await how the bottom half of the seedings shake out, but their next matchups may be opposite Magnolia, San Miguel, or Rain or Shine. Also awaiting the results of the last three games in the eliminations is Alaska which suffered its fifth setback in a row and now stands at 4-7. Fronting their effort is American reinforcement Diamon Simpson who had 24 points on top of 18 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. BOX SCORES BLACKWATER 112 - Parks 25, Sumang 18, Maliksi 15, Blair 14, Belo 13, Al-Hussaini 12, Digregorio 6, Desiderio 4, Cortez 3, Sena 2, Alolino 0. ALASKA 104 - Simpson 24, Banchero 18, Thoss 15, Manuel 15, Teng 11, Enciso 9, Casio 6, Racal 4, Pascual 2, Exciminiano 0, Cruz 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-32, 56-55, 80-78, 112-104. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL: Angels fly high, claim Reinforced Conference crown

ANTIPOLO --- PetroGazz denied Creamline of a three-peat after completing a come-from-behind Finals series win on Sunday to claim its breakthrough Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference title. Celebrated scoring duo Wilma Salas of Cuba and Janisa Johnson of the United States delivered the same performance they have been bringing the whole conference to power the Angels to a 25-15, 28-30, 25-23, 25-19 win in the best-of-three series decider at the packed Ynares Sports Center here.    Tied at 14 in the fourth set, PetroGazz displayed great team effort with Johnson and Salas conniving with teh Angels locals led by Jonah Sabete, Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga, setter Djanel Cheng and libero Cienne Cruz for a 10-3 scoring spurt to reach match point, 24-17. The Cool Smashers saved two championship points before Johnson sealed their reign with a kill.    Salas  pounded her way to 30 points with 26 attacks and four kill blocks with seven excellent receptions while Finals Most Valuable Player Johson scored 23 markers on 19 spikes, two aces and a pair of kill blocks for PetroGazz. Panaga finished with 10 points while Nunag and Sabete got eight and six markers, respectively, for the Angels. "Answered prayers. These two imports namin played a big role but again siyempre as a team talaga di naman namin makukuha ito basta-basta kung walang help ng locals," said PetroGazz coach Arnold Laniog. "But the moment na nag-commit talaga sila doon sa goal namin, sabi ko 'Atin na di na talaga papakawalan.'"   The Angels escaped a tight third frame, hanging tough in the closing stretch after a 22-22 deadlock. Creamline’s Venezuelan import Ale Blanco put too much power on her attack off an overreception before reigning Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez was denied by PetroGazz’s defensive wall as the Angels took a 24-22 lead. Michele Gumabao saved a set point on the next play before Salas’ hammer to end the frame.         PetroGazz forced the decider after coming back from a set down to prevail over Creamline, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, in Game 2 on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers drew first blood, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, on Wednesday. After dropping the opening set, Creamline saved two set points in the second frame before taking a 25-24 lead. The Cool Smashers took three more set points before the Angels tied it at 28. Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin broke the deadlock before Jonah Sabete surrendered the frame with an attack error.    Valdez had 22 points off 18 kills, three kill blocks and an ace while Kaewpin and Risa Sato scored 17 and 10 markers, respectively, in a losing cause for Creamline.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL Finals: ‘Yung momentum is with us -- Laniog

PetroGazz is looking to use the momentum of its morale-boosting, series-equalizing win to finish off defending champion Creamline and annex the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference throne on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. Less than 24 hours after tying the best-of-three title showdown to one game each, the Angels set their eyes to claiming their breakthrough title in the decider that will start at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “Parehas lang na pagod, walang advantage. Pero siguro ang pinaka-advantage namin is yung momentum is with us,” said Laniog, whose squad snapped the Cool Smashers’ 12-game winning streak. PetroGazz came back from a set down to prevail over Creamline, 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, in Game 2 on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson, who powered the Angels with 23 points the last time out, are expected bring out another monster game while locals Jonah Sabete, Jeanette Panaga, Cherry Nunag, libero Cienne Cruz and setter Djanel Cheng as support.      “Ang tanong gaano namin iha-handle ang momentum namin habang mainit pa para maipakita namin bukas sa do-or-die championship,” said Laniog. The Cool Smashers will play back-to-back games for the first time in the conference but Laniog doesn’t see it as their advantage heading into Game 3. “Wala namang advantage, it’s all players game. If you want it talagang makukuha talaga,” said Laniog.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Lady Troopers equalize

PacificTown Army beat BanKo, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference battle for third on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Troopers equalized in the best-of-three series and put themselves in a good position to snatch the bronze depending on the outcome of the championship series between Creamline and PetroGazz. BanKo played catch early in the fourth set and knotted it at 20. Ging Balse Pabayo capped a two-point swing for Army before the Perlas Spikers tied it again at 22.  Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink put the Lady Troopers back on top with an off the block kill before BanKo setter Jem Ferrer was whistled for a setting error that put Army at match point, 24-22. The Perlas Spikers saved a match point before Lymareva-Flink sealed the win with a hammer that penetrated the two-woman wall of BanKo.     Royse Tubino finished with 23 points including 20 off attacks while Lymareva-Flink scored all but one of her 21 markers from kills while adding 13 excellent sets for the Lady Troopers. American Jenelle Jordan had 17 points while Best Libero winner Angela Nunag posted 18 digs for PacificTown Army.  "Definitely, masaya dahil nanalo, pero hindi mo inaasahan na yung laban ang taas ng level. Both teams panalo sa laro na ‘to kasi nagi-exceed na sa expectation yung level ng competitiveness as a whole tapos makikita mo ang team mo kasama doon sa level ng pag-angat," said Lady Troopers coach Kungfu Reyes.  PacificTown Army can bag the bronze medal if Creamline wins over PetroGazz in Game 2 of the Finals because of a higher tiebreak using the FIVB rule. The championship match is ongoing as of press time.    Game 3, if necessary, in on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Perlas Spikers showed grit in a thrilling 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, come-from-behind win in Game 1 on Wednesday. Thai Sutadta Chuewulim finished with 14 points with 10 digs and 13 excellent receptions while 1st Best Middle Spiker Kathy Bersola had 13 markers with five coming off kill blocks BanKo. Best Opposite Spiker Dzi Gervacio and 1st Best Open Hitter fired 12 points each in a lost cause.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

PVL: Valdez claims third MVP award

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez added another feather to her cap after bagging the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Most Valuable Player award. The prized hitter collected her third conference MVP hardware on Saturday before the Cool Smashers’ Game 2 match against PetroGazz in the best-of-three Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Valdez averaged 12 points per game, tallied a 35.77% success rate in attacks and led the rest of the field at the service line with 0.68 aces per set during the 10-game elimination round. The national team member also landed at the 10th spot in digging with 2.24 digs per frame for a consistent all-around performance that fueled Creamline’s return to the championship round for the third straight tournament. The Cool Smashers’ skipper, who won the inaugural import-laden conference and last year’s Open Conference MVP recognitions, was also named 2nd Best Open Spiker. BanKo’s Nicole Tiamzon won the 1st Best Open Spiker award. The Perlas Spikers hitter averaged 13 points per game, the highest scoring norm from a local player.      Tiamzon’s teammates Dzi Gervacio and Kathy Bersola won the Best Opposite Hitter and 1st Best Middle Blocker, respectively, Angela Nunag was named Best Libero while Jia Morado pocketed her fourth straight Best Setter award. Morado, who averaged 5.94 excellent sets per frame, ruled the playmaking position since joining the league in the inaugural Open Conference two years ago.               Rounding up the award winners were PetroGazz players Cherry Nunag (2nd Best Middle Blocker) and Cuban Wilma Salas (Best Foreign Guest Player).   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: Angels forge winner-take-all

PetroGazz scheduled a winner-take-all Game 3. Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson unleashed a monstrous scoring salvo to fuel PetroGazz’s 15-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-12, Game 2 win over defending champion Creamline to tie the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 best-of-three Finals to 1-1 at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan on Saturday. The rubber match is on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.   The Angels, which snapped Creamline’s 12-game winning streak, capitalized on the momentum of their tough showing late in the third frame to clobber the Cool Smashers and stretch the series to a decider. PetroGazz showed great grace under pressure in the third set, staving off the Cool Smashers’ rally to take a 2-1 match lead. The Angels saw its 20-16 lead evaporate as Creamline tied it at 21 off an Ale Blanco kill block on Johnson. PetroGazz reclaimed the lead on a Johnson hit before Alyssa Valdez knotted the game at 22 off an attack. Johnson sparked the closing rally with a kill followed by a Salas off speed before Johnson scored off a tap to seal the frame. Creamline took the series opener in four sets last Wednesday.          (To be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Pasaol wills Balanga to first title in Chooks 3x3 Patriot s Cup

For the fourth time in as many legs in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriot's Cup presented by Coca-Cola, there was a different champion. Wilkins-Balanga Pure topped archrivals Gold's Gym-Pasig Kings in the final, 21-17 (1:26), Saturday afternoon at SM Megamall Events Center. And the x-factor for Balanga in this tournament endorsed by FIBA 3X3 and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was the return of Santi Santillan, who missed the first three legs. "Laking bagay ni Santi kasi lalo kaming lumaki. Grabe din yung mga shots niya," said Alvin Pasaol as Santillan was a huge part in the then-1Bataan Risers' second-place finish in the President's Cup two months ago. With Balanga behind 8-9 midway through the finale, Santillan knocked down a quick deuce to spark a 7-2 run to gain a four-point edge. "Yun lang nasa isip ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko nakapag bumalik ako ng 3x3, dapat champion ako. Na-miss ko yung larong ito," said Santillan. Pasig's 1-2 punch Taylor Statham and Joshua Munzon rallied their squad back, cutting the lead to just two with 2:29 remaining, 16-18. Prince Orizu though was able to stop Balanga's bleeding while Pasaol sent Balanga to championship-point with 1:55 left.  Pasaol then made sure to end the game, scoring on a tough runner over Nikola Pavlovic and Taylor Statham with 1:26 to spare to bag the PhP 100, 000 pot. Pasaol and Santillan had eight and seven markers, respectively, while Karl Dehesa added five points. Munzon paced Pasig with 10 points, all on deuces. Pasig and Balanga will enter the Grand Finals on Saturday, July 27 still at SM Megamall as the second- and third-seeds, respectively. Balanga dropped VetHealth-Delhi 3BL down to solo fourth (290 points) after taking a thrilling 21-20 (1:04) semifinals win. In the other bracket, Pasig eliminated third leg champs Phenom-Basilan Steel, 17-7. Still, Basilan will enter the last leg as the top -seed with 330 points. The top four teams will automatically gain a quarterfinals berth for the fifth leg that has PhP 1, 000, 000 and a ticket to the 2019 Jeddah Masters as top prize. The bottom eight teams, on the other hand, will compete in a knockout stage to advance to the quarterfinals. In the side events, Delhi's Kiran Shastri won the Coca-Cola Two-Point Shootout for the fourth straight time while Jebb Bulawan ended David Carlos' four-peat bid in the Coca-Cola Slam Dunk Competition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

PBA: Bolick makes sure to get a proper game-winner this time

After his “game-winner” against Columbian only counted becase Dyip import Lester Prosper commited a goal tending violation, Robert Bolick made sure to get a proper lay-up to go in this time around. Down one Friday against Meralco, the Batang Pier got the ball to their top rookie and Bolick worked his magic, driving strong to the basket for the marginal lay-up in favor of Northport. He made sure it went in this time. “Gusto ko lang bumawi,” Bolick said. “Ito yung moments na each player, di lang ako, na gusto mo. Gusto mo maka game-winner. Sa akin, I just want to win. I took the opportunity and yun, na-shoot,” he added. With the victory over the Bolts, Northport ended the elimination round with an impressive 9-2 mark. The Batang Pier still have a chance for the no. 1 spot but regardless of their final ranking, they will enter the quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat edge and a nice fresh win as well. “Everybody played great, kahit limited minutes lang yung iba, naglalaro kami ng maayos,” Bolick said. “Gusto lang talaga namin manalo, kasi ito yung stepping stone namin sa playoffs eh. Pangit kung pagpasok namin losing note. Mas maganda yung winning note and then yun, start na kami prepare sa quarters,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

PBA: SMB still shooting for that playoff berth

Rain or Shine and San Miguel are currently in the playoff picture of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. They’d like to stay there. The Elasto Painters and the Beermen battle for a crucial outing Saturday at Cagayan de Oro City, with the winner getting one step closer to that sure quarterfinals slot. At 5-5, ROS is in fifth place and a victory Saturday keeps the team in the top-6 for a best-of-3 series against whoever. The Beermen would like to get into that top-6 spot as well and they’ll need to continue winning to do so. With back-to-back wins, San Miguel has improved to 4-5 but that’s still only good for 7th place so far. Tip off for ROS-SMB will be at 5:00 p.m. Saturday at CDO.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Jason Phillips named to lead NBA Replay Center

NBA press release NEW YORK -- The NBA announced today that Jason Phillips, a top-rated referee with 19 seasons of officiating experience in the league, has been named Replay Center Operations Principal. Get your first look at the NBA’s top Rookies during NBA Summer League LIVE on NBA League Pass! In his new role, Phillips will be responsible for the day-to-day operations of the NBA Replay Center in Secaucus, N.J.  His Referee Operations duties will include creating training videos and interpreting the rules of the game for officials, teams, broadcasters and media. “We are excited to add an experienced and highly-respected official in Jason to our operations staff,” said NBA President, League Operations Byron Spruell. “We look forward to the continued success of the Replay Center under his leadership.” Phillips will be assisted in the Replay Center by Senior Lead Pete Williams, who has been a member of the Replay Center staff since September 2014.  In addition to game oversight, Williams creates training curricula, establishes protocol and assigns nightly responsibilities for all Replay Center personnel. Phillips will succeed Senior Vice President, Replay and Referee Operations Joe Borgia, who has served the NBA for 30 years as a game official and a basketball and referee operations executive. Borgia was instrumental in the creation, design and implementation of the NBA’s state-of-the-art Replay Center. Borgia will refocus his efforts and role with the NBA on the newly-created and recently-approved Coach’s Challenge. As he did with the Replay Center, Borgia will develop the rules and handle the execution of this important initiative. “Joe’s background, knowledge and experience make him a natural fit to lead the introduction and application of the Coach’s Challenge,” said Spruell. “After years of having Joe oversee the Replay Center nightly, we’re grateful that he will continue serving the NBA in such a pivotal role.” Phillips, 49, has officiated more than 1,100 regular-season games since joining the NBA for the 2000-01 season. He has also worked 94 NBA playoff games, including nine games in The Finals. He finished his on-court career officiating Games 1 and 5 of the 2019 NBA Finals. “After 19 years of experiencing NBA excitement on the court with the best officials in the world, I look forward to the new challenge of heading up the NBA Replay Center and working alongside the great people who help support our game on a daily basis,” said Phillips.   A native of Cisco, Texas, Phillips earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Tarleton State University......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019