Lob City enlists help from Pinoy fans to send CP3 to '17 ASG

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Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2017

'Laking lola' Elaine Kasilag stars for Lady Warriors

Elaine Kasilag grew up with paternal grandmother.    “Laking lola po ako.” There’s so much pride in the way Lady Warrior Elaine Kasilag Sweat of Pocari Sweat claims she grew up with her paternal grandmother since she was a baby.     Now 22 and standing at 5-foot-11, Kasilag says her turn has come to take care of grandma Arsenia Silva whom she affectionately calls Inay. Wherever she is, she doesn’t forget to send her deceased dad’s mom her monthly allowance. On occasions, she also gives her extra money whenever she makes small lambing to her.      In a casual voice she volunteers the information that her mother left her when she was only eight months old and her two older siblings in the care of her paternal grandmother in Lipa City, Batangas.     “Growing up,” she says in Filipino, “I was not showy with my affections for Inay, but I so love her just the same. When my brother and sister got married and left the house, it brought her and me much closer and more open with each other. I became showy with my love for her, especially when I started earning money from playing commercial volleyball.”      An exceptionally talented wing or utility spiker, Kasilag seems to be bringing luck as well to the team she’s played for so far.  In her first three years as an athlete-scholar with the University of Perpetual Help in Biñan, Laguna, where she’s taking up criminology, she helped power the school to another winning streak of three consecutive indoor championships in the NCAA South and as many beach volleyball titles with different partners.   In her first ever appearance in a commercial league as a member of PLDT Home Ultera, the Alyssa Valdez-led Ultra Spikers captured the Open Conference of the former V League in 2015. She says she was a bit disappointed when she didn’t receive a call-back for the PLDT squad for the V League Reinforced Conference in the same season.      But that disappointment turned into elation when the following year, Pocari Sweat included her in their lineup in the Lady Warriors’ debut in the V League Open Conference. “I was really, really surprised when coach (Rommel) Abella made me a member of the first six right away.” The Lady Warriors, cheered on by their own hordes of fans, went on to sweep the Open and Reinforced Conference championships of the V League in a dominant display that has since installed Pocari Sweat as a new power in Philippine volleyball. Kasilag is thankful that she has kept her spot as a first stringer with the Lady Warriors in the ongoing Reinforced Conference of the Premier Volleyball League, another trailblazing tournament put up by Sports Vision incorporating both men’s and women’s play in joint auspices with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball.    “I have to live up to the trust of my coach in my capability all the time,” she says. “Much more is expected of me as a member of the first team so I have to deliver; there’s no excuse if I don’t.” Her numbers in the Lady Warriors’ five outings so far in the PVL reflected in a way Pocari’s slow climb to somewhere near the top with a three-win, two-loss record.      Kasilag managed only five points against the Power Smashers and eight against Balipure in their first two matches, which Pocari both lost.   When she started hitting double figures in a continuing progression – 11 against the Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, 12 against the Perlas Spikers, and 14 against the Creamline Cool Smashers – that signaled the Lady Warriors’ ascent to the win column again with three straight victories. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Nationals maul Mets 23-5, Red Sox beat Cubs 6-2

The Associated Press   WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon had 10 RBIs, three home runs and six hits as the Washington Nationals took advantage of Noah Syndergaard's injury and mauled the New York Mets 23-5 on Sunday to set a franchise scoring record. Rendon went a career-best 6 for 6 and scored five times while breaking the club mark for RBIs. He became the 13th player in major league history to drive in 10 or more runs in a game — the first since Garret Anderson did it for the Angels in 2007. Matt Wieters added two homers, a single and two walks as the Nationals salvaged the finale of a three-game series between NL East rivals. Adam Lind and Bryce Harper also homered while Harper scored four times to set a major league record for runs in April with 32. Washington finished with a season-high 23 hits and scored the most runs in the history of the Expos/Nationals franchise. The Nationals' seven homers were their most since the team moved from Montreal to Washington in 2005. Rendon, who began the day with no homers and five RBIs this season, raised his batting average from .226 to .278. He capped his incredible performance with a solo home run off Mets backup catcher Kevin Plawecki in the eighth. Harper and Lind went deep against Plawecki earlier in the inning. It was a miserable day all-around for the Mets, who won the first two games of the series after losing six straight. They gave up 17 consecutive runs after trailing 6-5 in the fourth. Syndergaard (1-2), the team's hard-throwing ace, left in the second inning with what the club called 'a possible right lat strain' and was on his way back to New York for an MRI on Monday morning. RED SOX 6, CUBS 2 BOSTON (AP) — Marco Hernandez scored the go-ahead run on Pedro Strop's wild pitch in Boston's four-run eighth inning. The Red Sox took two of three in the lively weekend series that featured a strong showing for Cubs fans and the World Series trophies that ended long title droughts for the once-frustrated franchises. Hanley Ramirez hit a two-run homer for Boston and Matt Barnes (3-0) worked one scoreless inning after completing his four-game suspension for throwing behind the head of Baltimore's Manny Machado. Kris Bryant hit a solo homer for Chicago, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Koji Uehara (0-2) got the loss. PADRES 5, GIANTS 2, 12 INNINGS SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a three-run homer in the top of the 12th inning to send San Diego past San Francisco. Myers' seventh home run and second in two games came off reliever George Kontos (0-2). Cory Spangenberg singled against Kontos leading off the inning and Erick Aybar singled two batters later. Hector Sanchez, who played parts of five seasons with the Giants, had a pinch-hit, two-run homer off San Francisco closer Mark Melancon in the ninth to send the game to extra innings. Sanchez's first home run of the season handed Melancon his second blown save in seven chances. Sanchez represented the tying run after shortstop Eduardo Nunez booted Luis Sardinas' leadoff grounder for an error. INDIANS 12, MARINERS 4 CLEVELAND (AP) — Michael Brantley homered and Francisco Lindor had a two-run double as Cleveland scored eight times in the third inning against weary Seattle. Brantley led off the big inning with a single and capped it with a two-run homer. Lindor, who had three RBIs, hit a solo homer in the third and preceded Brantley's homer with his double. Josh Tomlin (2-3) allowed four runs in five-plus innings for the win. The Mariners began the sixth with six straight hits and scored three times but Nick Goody worked out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam. Chase De Jong (0-2), making his first major league start, gave up six runs and nine hits in 2 2/3 innings. Nelson Cruz homered for the Mariners, who finished 4-6 on their 11-day road trip. Roberto Perez had three hits and drove in three runs for the defending AL champions, who have won nine of 12. MARLINS 10, PIRATES 3 MIAMI (AP) — Justin Bour drove in six runs with four hits, both career highs, as Miami rallied from a three-run deficit to end a four-game losing streak by beating Pittsburgh. Bour had an RBI double in the second, an RBI single in the fourth, a two-run single off Trevor Williams (1-1) in the fifth and a two-run homer in Miami's six-run seventh. Josh Bell hit a two-run homer for the Pirates but they were shut out over the final 8 2/3 innings. ANGELS 5, RANGERS 2 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — JC Ramirez got his first win as a starter on his fourth try after 111 career relief appearances while Jefry Marte homered and hit a tiebreaking, two-run single to help Los Angeles beat Texas. Ramirez (3-2) matched his career high from two starts earlier with nine strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. Marte had a solo homer in the ninth. Kole Calhoun also connected for the Angels and Shin-Soo Choo homered for Texas. ORIOLES 7, YANKEES 4, 11 INNINGS NEW YORK (AP) — Mark Trumbo hit a go-ahead single in a three-run 11th off Bryan Mitchell, who returned to the mound after an unusual inning at first base, as Baltimore rebounded from another blown late lead. Didi Gregorius hit a two-out, two-run single in the New York ninth that made it 4-all. Logan Verrett (1-0), making his Orioles debut, escaped a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the 10th. Joey Ricard singled with one out in the 11th against Mitchell (1-1), stole second and later scored on Trumbo's two-out single. BLUE JAYS 3, RAYS 1 TORONTO (AP) — Russell Martin hit a go-ahead single during a three-run rally in the eighth inning as Toronto posted back-to-back wins for the first time this year. The Blue Jays started the day at 7-17, the worst record in the majors. A loss would've left them with the poorest winning percentage in March/April in team history. Toronto then lost starter Aaron Sanchez, the AL ERA leader last year, after just one inning because of a split fingernail. Six Toronto relievers combined to limit the Rays to one run in eight innings. J.P. Howell (1-1) got one out and Roberto Osuna finished for his third save. REDS 5, CARDINALS 4 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Joey Votto hit a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and Adam Duvall doubled three times and singled for Cincinnati. The Reds had lost eight of their previous nine games. Wandy Peralta (1-0) pitched a scoreless seventh. Closer Raisel Iglesias threw two innings to record his fourth save in as many chances. BREWERS 4, BRAVES 3 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Domingo Santana homered twice and drove in four runs as Milwaukee ended Atlanta's four-game winning streak. Santana hit a solo shot in the fifth then added a three-run drive in the sixth inning. He has five homers this season, including three in the three-game series against Atlanta. Freddie Freeman hit his ninth home run for the Braves. TIGERS 7, WHITE SOX 3 DETROIT (AP) — Jose Iglesias doubled and drove in three runs to help Detroit stop a four-game losing streak. Jordan Zimmermann (3-1) picked up a sloppy victory, allowing three runs in five-plus innings. Todd Frazier homered for the White Sox, who had won six in a row. Miguel Gonzalez (3-1) allowed seven runs and a career-high 14 hits in six innings. Justin Upton went deep for the Tigers and Alex Avila had three hits. ASTROS 7, ATHLETICS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Dallas Keuchel threw 7 2/3 solid innings and Marwin Gonzalez hit a three-run homer to lead Houston to the victory. Keuchel (5-0) struck out nine while allowing one run and three hits. The left-hander became the second pitcher in Astros history to get five wins in April, joining Roger Clemens in 2004. Ken Giles earned his sixth save after getting Yonder Alonso to fly out with the bases loaded. TWINS 7, ROYALS 5 KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Miguel Sano homered and drove in five runs to helpthe Twins hand the Royals their ninth straight loss. Sano posted his fourth consecutive multihit game. He has 11 hits in his last 16 at-bats. Sano connected in the third after Jason Hammel (0-3) walked Byron Buxton and Max Kepler. He added run-producing singles in the fourth and sixth innings. Minnesota right-hander Phil Hughes (4-1) got the win despite allowing 10 hits and four runs in 5 2/3 innings. Brandon Kintzler yielded Whit Merrifield's two-out homer in the ninth before finishing for his seventh save. DODGERS 5, PHILLIES 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Andrew Toles hit a three-run homer and Hyun-Jin Ryu pitched 5 1/3 solid innings to help Los Angeles complete the three-game sweep. Ryu (1-4) earned his first victory of the season in his second consecutive strong start. The veteran left-hander struck out nine and allowed one run. Odubel Herrera hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia in the ninth. Kenley Jansen then came in and struck out Cesar Hernandez for his seventh save. DIAMONDBACKS 2, ROCKIES 0, 13 INNINGS PHOENIX (AP) — Daniel Descalso hit a two-run homer into the Chase Field swimming pool in the 13th inning to lift Arizona to the victory. Descalso's drive off Jordan Lyles (0-1) salvaged the finale of the weekend series for the Diamondbacks and ended the longest scoreless game in Chase Field history. Seven pitchers, led by Patrick Corbin's 6 1/3 innings, combined to shut out the Rockies on five hits. Randall Delgado (1-0) pitched the final two innings to get the victory, finishing a 6-4 homestand for Arizona. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2017

Aldeguer aims to bring Pinoy Pride, Filipino boxing to next level

40 events in, it's hard to argue that ALA Promotions' Pinoy Pride series has been the country's most prominent and most consistent avenue for Filipino boxing.  Since the series' inception in 2010, Pinoy Pride has been responsible for the emergence of now-household names in Pinoy boxing such as two-division world champion and the longest-reigning Filipino boxing world champion Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes, interim world champion Milan 'El Metodico' Melindo, Rey 'Boom Boom' Bautista, as well as up-and-coming stars such as Mark Magsayo, Albert Pagara, and many more.  As the Pinoy Pride brand continues to grow, ALA Promotions president and CEO Michael Aldeguer wants boxing in the Philippines to grow along with it, and to do that, he believes that it's time to branch out and work with others in the business.  'I've always felt that right now is the right time to work with different promoters, I think that's always been the thrust of Pinoy Pride.' Aldeguer said during the press conference for Pinoy Pride 40: Domination in Cebu. 'People are always talking about Pinoy Pride, ALA Promotions promoting ALA Gym fighters.' Outside the ALA Boxing Gym stable, there are handful of unshowcased talents, and Aldeguer hopes to be able to work with their respective promoters to to get them the exposure that they deserve.  'It's called Pinoy Pride, for the Philippines, Filipino fighters.' 'We want to work with 'Wakee' [Salud] hopefully, with [Marlon] Tapales, I think he should be showcased. There are a lot of good fighters, with Sanman they have [Romero] Duno, he's a good fighter too, [Jerwin] Ancajas is really good, they have to be showcased.' Aldeguer continued.  Tapales just recently held the WBO world bantamweight championship, but was stripped of the title due to missing weight for his title defense against Japan's Shohei Omori just last April 23rd. Tapales has a 30-2 professional record, with 13 knockouts.  Sanman Promotions' Romero Duno is a 21-year old prospect out of General Santos City, who recently made his US debut, winning the WBO Youth Intercontinental Lightweight Championship. He has a 13-1 pro record with 12 wins coming via knockout.  Jerwin Ancajas fights under Manny Pacquiao's MP Promotions banner, and is the reigning IBF world Super Flyweight Champion. He recently defended his belt against Jose Alfredo Rodriguez in Macau to improve his record to 26-1-1 with 17 knockouts.  Those were just the names that Aldeguer mentioned. There are still the likes of former IBF world flyweight king Johnriel Casimero who are under-showcased, and would definitely draw big crowds and would become household names, if put on an avenue with the reach of Pinoy Pride.  'We would make it bigger, and hopefully more events, if we can work with more fighters, and that's the thrust that we wanted because Philippine boxing will depend on who you put, who are the great fighters out there, as long as they're never showcased, the sport will never grow, and I think we're on the right track.' said Aldeguer.  Filipinos are fight fans by nature, and with names like Pacquiao, Nonito Donaire, and Nietes making headlines across the globe, the next step is to elevate the level of the sport in a local sense, with hopes of finding and showcasing future Pinoy boxing stars, and of course giving the established stars the attention that they deserve.  'I think that would help Filipino boxing and put us in a position where we can really escalate the level and bring it to bigger heights were people will want the better fights.' 'The fans want big fights, and it's about time. Hopefully we can work with promoters and managers here, and bring them to Pinoy Pride. At the end of the day, it's Filipino boxing, and we'll be able to make it grow if we all work together.' said Aldeguer.  ' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2017

Pinoy boxer Jeo Santisima, mabibigyan ng mahalagang exposure sa Pinoy Pride 40

Dahan-dahan ay mas nabibigyang-exposure na ang Masbatenyong boksingero na si Jeo 'Santino' Santisima.  Kung dati ay kabilang lamang ang 20-anyos na junior bantamweight prospect ng ALA Promotions sa mga featured na undercard, sa darating na Pinoy Pride 40: Domination ngayong Sabado sa Cebu, si Santisima na ang ikatlong featured na fighter sa gabi, ang laban bago ang co-main event.  At hindi lamang ito basta-basta na card, dahil ang main event ay walang iba kundi si Donnie 'Ahas' Nietes, na minamata ang kanyang ikatlong world championship, samantalang nasa co-main event naman ang unbeaten ALA Promotions star na si Mark 'Magnifico' Magsayo.  Para sa isang fighter na kasing aggresibo ni Santisima, na mayroong labing-isang knockout sa labin-dalawang panalo ang kanyang pagiging featured fighter sa isang malaking Pinoy Pride event ay isang magandang paraan upang siya'y mas lalo pang makilala ng mga fans ng boxing sa bansa.  'Nagpapasalamat lang talaga ako sa kanila, lalong-lalo na sa ALA Promotions, na ibini-build up nila ako.' wika ni Santisima.  Pero tulad ng lahat ng mga batang atleta, hindi lamang nagtatapos sa pagiging featured fighter ang hangarin ni Santisima. Oo, masaya siya na mas na-eexpose siya, pero higit pa dito ang kanyang inaasam.  'Yung goal ko talaga, hindi lang yung ikatlo ako sa fight, gusto ko parin na ma-aabot yung mga pangarap ko na makalaban ng championship.' Tumatayo sa 11-2 ang kasalukuyang record ni Santisima, at sampu na ang kanyang sunod-sunod na naipanalo. Sa bawat panalo, tumataas ng tumataas ang lebel ng kanyang mga nakakalaban.  Sa darating na Sabado, kaya ni 'Santino' na gawing labing-isa na sunod-sunod ang kanyang panalo kung kanyang malagpasan ang Indonesian na kalaban na si Master Suro. Kung impressive ang maging panalo ni Santisima, asahan na isa itong hakbang patungo sa kanyang inaasam na pagkakataon sa lumaban para sa championship.      em> strong>Ang Pinoy Pride 40: Domination ay gaganapin sa Sabado, April 29 sa Waterfront Hotel and Casino sa Cebu City.  /strong> /em> em> strong>Mapapanood ang telecast sa Linggo, April 30, 3:30 PM ABS-CBN channel 2 at 8:00 PM sa S+A channel 23!  /strong> /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 27th, 2017

Little Big Man: Celtics' Thomas finding stride after tragedy

em>By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — There's a cloud trailing Isaiah Thomas these days. In his basketball world, though, there's also been light. And, on occasion, even some levity. Minutes after Thomas posted a 33-point, seven-assist effort to lead Boston to a game four road win over Chicago, the Celtics guard was asked what he thought about Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg's contention that he was getting away with dribbling the ball illegally. The question made Thomas chuckle. 'That's not the reason why I'm an impossible cover,' Thomas quipped. 'I don't know. I guess he's gonna just keep saying it.' Thomas' response also made his two sons, seated next to him on the podium, cackle with laughter. 'It's not that funny,' Thomas, by then himself smiling, said to his kids. Maybe that's because by now the 5’9” All-Star is more than accustomed to people questioning his ability. It's been only a week since the death of Thomas' younger sister, Chyna Thomas, in a car accident triggered what the 28-year-old has called the 'hardest week of my life.' But, with the top-seeded Celtics headed back home for game five on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) having successfully tied their first-round series with Chicago, Thomas is answering the biggest challenge of his career the only way he knows how — by not letting anyone diminish the stature he's built in Boston. 'Not one man can guard me. And that's just the confidence I have,' Thomas said. Aside from being Boston's first All-Star since Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo in 2012-13, he's the first undersized guard to excite Celtics' fans since Nate Robinson. Off the court, Thomas acknowledges 'mentally and emotionally I'm not here,' but on the court he's again producing like the player Boston will need to be at his best if it hopes to dethrone the Cleveland Cavaliers as Eastern Conference champions. 'I'm just feeding off what [my teammates] give me,' Thomas said. 'They give me a lot of confidence. I can't do it without those guys.' Maybe not, but he continues to be the engine of a Boston team that is finally starting to look like the East's No. 1 seed. With two 33-point games in four games against the Bulls, Thomas is currently averaging 25.5 points and shooting 45.8 percent from the field — both playoff career highs. It's becoming contagious for his teammates, who also have rallied over their past two wins after acknowledging being emotionally drained themselves during games one and two. The biggest example has been veteran Gerald Green, who coach Brad Stevens inserted into the starting lineup for game three after his team was beaten up physically in back-to-back losses to Chicago. With tears in his eyes, Green said before that game that he was dedicating his entire postseason to Thomas, calling him 'one of my closest friends in the league.' Green has responded with instant energy. He scored eight points in game three, and posted 18 points and seven rebounds in game four, while going 4-for-9 from the three-point line. 'It's just something that we're gonna have to get through,' Green said. 'It's definitely gonna motivate me to get through this postseason. I'm playing this postseason for him.' There are also new visible representations of their support for Thomas. The team is wearing a black stripe on its jerseys to honor Chyna. It's a gesture usually reserved for the passing of team officials or former players, Garnett is keenly familiar with what the full embrace of Celtics Nation feels like, having helped bring it its last championship in 2008. Watching from afar he said he sees a player that is hurting emotionally, but is plenty capable of using his pain to inspire himself and the city. It also may be been what prompted him to send the team a special video message, which Thomas shared with them before game three. 'There's no better outlet than to have an outlet, first off. And let it be sports, where he can still be inspired,' Garnett told The Associated Press. 'He can still go out and play. And he's going to play like that.' Garnett said he is anticipating seeing 'a special playoffs' from Thomas. 'It's going to carry the Thomas name, Chyna's legacy, everything she stood for,' Garnett said. 'It's going to be in every shot, it's going to be in everything that he does.' Thomas said the court has been his sanctuary. 'Being here, I guess, is what makes me sane,' Thomas said. 'It makes me feel somewhat normal through this tough time.' ___ em>AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski in Minneapolis contributed to this report. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2017

Monaco has no fear of Champions League semifinal opponent

JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer   MONACO (AP) — After such a long journey to reach the Champions League semifinals, Monaco has no fear of who it plays next. With good reason. Monaco dispatched Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday — with red-hot striker Kylian Mbappe continuing his remarkable rise to stardom with another goal — to go through 6-3 on aggregate. Coach Leonardo Jardim's spellbinding brand of attacking football has produced 141 goals so far this season, including three goals home and away in both knockout rounds. Monaco reached the 2004 final against the odds, knocking out Real Madrid along the way, and they could meet again in Friday's draw. In another parallel, midfield great Zinedine Zidane was playing for Real Madrid back then and he is now the club's coach. Monaco's other two potential opponents are Atletico Madrid — which lost last year's final to Real — and 2015 runner-up Juventus. Some prospect. But asked which side he feared the most, Jardim's answer spoke volumes for Monaco's confidence. 'I think this question is something for our opponents now,' the Portuguese coach said. 'For them to worry about playing us.' Monaco has come a long way since July 27 last year — when it started in the qualifying rounds with a trip to Istanbul. Monaco got past Fenerbahce and then beat Spanish side Villarreal to reach the group stages. 'It's not easy to play the Champions League and to try and win the French league at the same time,' Jardim said of the domestic league leaders. Mbappe and resurgent forward Radamel Falcao scored early goals to put immediate pressure on Dortmund, which trailed 3-2 from the first leg of the quarterfinal in Germany. Attacking midfielder Marco Reus pulled one back in the 48th minute, but substitute Valere Germain added the third in the 81st minute to seal a 6-3 victory on aggregate. It was Monaco's 141st goal of an incredible season that has captured the imagination and made the rest of Europe take notice. 'We never tried to protect the result,' Jardim said. 'Because our DNA is to attack and to always try and score.' Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel accepted that his side fell short. 'We knew we needed a performance of the highest level to turn things around, but that wasn't the case,' he said. 'We made too many basic errors.' The home leg in Germany was overshadowed by an attack on the Dortmund team bus as it headed to the stadium. Prior to Wednesday's game, Dortmund's bus was held up by police at the team hotel and kickoff was briefly delayed. 'We wanted to leave at 7:15 p.m. Everyone was prepared and in the bus, but we couldn't move for 16 or 17 minutes,' Tuchel said. 'The police was there to escort us and we asked them why we couldn't move and they just said 'for safety reasons.' You can imagine that eight days after the attack that (this is) the worst thing that can happen.' On the pitch, Dortmund conceded after just three minutes. Attack-minded left back Bernard Mendy — newly called up to the France team along with Mbappe — hit a fierce shot that goalkeeper Roman Burki spilled. Mbappe slotted the loose ball into the bottom left corner for his 22nd goal of a breakthrough season that has made the 18-year-old one of the brightest prospects in European football. He had scored twice in the first leg and in both legs against Manchester City in the Round of 16. Falcao's diving header, the 27th goal of his comeback season, made it 2-0 in the 17th minute. Reus pulled one back when he turned in a right-wing cross from substitute Ousmane Dembele to offer some hope, before Germain sprinted through to send Stade Louis II crowd into raptures. In the night's other match, Barcelona went out after drawing 0-0 at home to Juventus, which won the first leg 3-0. After the drama of last week's attack, this was a welcome return to euphoric, attacking football. Both sets of fans united in a touching show of support beforehand, singing the famed football anthem 'You'll Never Walk Alone' as they raised scarves together. As Dortmund kept pushing forward in numbers, Monaco was stretched down both flanks but, equally, Dortmund was increasingly exposed to slick counterattacking. Falcao lofted a shot narrowly over after breaking down the right in the 65th and Mbappe had a low shot saved moments later from a similar position. Dembele and Reus continued to threaten, while Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko headed over and Mbappe failed to control a good pass as the chances came thick and fast on a chilly night. Germain put the result beyond doubt as he broke through down the right and slotted the ball under Burki's body. The whole Monaco bench rushed to jump on him: a symbolic image of Monaco's teamwork. 'All the players played at a high level,' Jardim said. 'It wasn't a day for speaking about individuals.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2017

New Orleans' big weekend: NBA All-Star Game meets Mardi Gras

em>By Kevin McGill and Brett Martel, Associated Press /em> NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Floats, marching bands and street parties are about to converge with slam-dunks, three-point plays and buzzer-beaters in New Orleans. Laissez les bons temps rouler! Yes, Mardi Gras revelers and basketball fans alike will 'Let the good times roll!' when New Orleans' famous pre-Lenten Carnival meets NBA All-Star Weekend. Bobby Hjortsberg, a local attorney and captain of the Krewe of Freret parade, said riders are excited about rolling during All-Star Weekend. In addition to the traditional colorful strings of beads, Hjortsberg expects parade krewes to shower people along the route with basketball-themed items. Riders will also be taking longer looks at some of the taller spectators to see if they look familiar. 'We've got a lot of basketball fans that are part of our parade. They're well aware of where the [NBA hotels on the route are] and that a lot of players could be around there,' Hjortsberg said. 'People will definitely have their eye out for any players that might be out and about. We'll try to get their attention and throw something to them. It might be the only opportunity we have where they're looking for something from us.' Mardi Gras is one reason why the NBA's annual showcase is in New Orleans for a third time. When the league pulled the 2017 All-Star Game from Charlotte because of a North Carolina that limits the protections of LGBT people, New Orleans hurriedly put together a bid to host. That the full weekend of events involving celebrities and the NBA elite would coincide with the first major Mardi Gras parades was pitched as more a selling point than a complication. 'We were in a good position in that we were already prepared for Mardi Gras, and already had our special event operations ongoing — to kind of plug the NBA into that,' Ryan Berni, a spokesman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu, said in an interview with The Associated Press. NBA owners, officials, players and other dignitaries have been invited to parties at prime viewing areas along historic St. Charles Avenue on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) and will have an opportunity to experience Mardi Gras like a local, said Jay Cicero, president of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation. 'What a great way to expose Mardi Gras to people who may have never been,' Cicero said. Because of the relatively short notice — the city didn't learn it would host the 2017 All-Star events until mid-August — the NBA is cordially co-existing with Mardi Gras but not really coordinating. 'Most of the work, particularly stuff for that first weekend of parades, would have all been decided by that time,' said Barry Kern, whose family business includes design and construction of floats plus hosting special events at Mardi Gras World. Hjortsberg said his float is pretty much full but would make an exception for the right guest. 'I got an extra spot on my float if Anthony Davis or LeBron [James] want to come ride,' he said wishfully. Hjortsberg might want to give Davis a call. The Pelicans All-Star said he hasn't been available to accept previous invitations. 'I'm thinking about doing it this year since we're going to be in town and just get that whole experience,' Davis said. 'You know, have fun with it.' Tourist-dependent businesses are hoping other party-goers feel the same way Davis does and are looking for a larger-than-normal Mardi Gras boost with the NBA presence. 'We'll put on extra bartenders, extra bar-backs, extra doormen,' said Earl Bernhardt, owner of five Bourbon Street bars and a French Quarter restaurant. 'We'll be ready.' In a city with deep Roman Catholic roots, Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a final day of unabashed excess preceding the arrival of Lenten solemnity. Always the day before Ash Wednesday, it falls on Feb. 28 this year. Celebrations, however, begin in January and the city's major parades begin 11 days before the big day. That poses a few welcome challenges, such as finding enough hotel rooms. Normally, the city's hotels do not fill to capacity during the first Mardi Gras weekend. 'I've been trying to get people some rooms and being turned down,' said Mark Romig, president of the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. 'It's good for the suburban hotels and the casino hotels on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.' Security is always a concern at major events, but officials are taking steps to keep everyone safe. With the two major events overlapping, there will be no days off and plenty of overtime for the police force of close to 1,200, New Orleans police chief Michael Harrison said. Roughly 170 extra state troopers are coming in to supplement the usual contingent of about 30. And other area law enforcement agencies will also send officers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Bledsoe's triple-double leads Suns over Lakers, 137-101

em>By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press /em> PHOENIX (AP) -- Eric Bledsoe had his third career triple-double, the first for a Phoenix player since November 2015, and Devin Booker scored 23 points to lead the Suns over the Los Angeles Lakers 137-101 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Bledsoe got his 10th rebound with 6:06 to go and exited shortly after, finishing with 25 points and a season high-tying 13 assists. Marquese Chriss added 15 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix, with all four of his baskets on dunks. Alex Len came off the bench to contribute 15 points and nine boards. The Suns led 102-76 after three quarters and coasted to their second victory in seven games and 11th straight over the Lakers at home. Lou Williams and D'Angelo Russell led Los Angeles with 21 points apiece. The Lakers have lost three of four. The Suns set season-highs for points and field goal shooting (55.7 percent). Phoenix made eight of its first 12 shots, two of those on lobs for dunks by Chriss and Booker. Chriss threw down another alley-oop dunk with 5:13 left in the first quarter, giving the Suns a 23-6 lead, and his putback jam off Booker's miss at the 3:25 mark made it 27-8. Phoenix was up 32-15 at the end of the first quarter after leading by as many as 22 points, with Los Angeles making just five of 19 shots with eight turnovers. The Lakers cut the margin to 11 twice in the second quarter, but the Suns built it back to 20. Bledsoe banked in a 41-foot heave at the buzzer, and Phoenix led 68-48 at halftime behind 21 points from Booker and 10 assists from Bledsoe. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> G Jordan Clarkson and F Larry Nance Jr. played despite both dealing with a sprained thumb. Russell played on a sore knee. Williams has scored at least 20 points 25 times this season, tops among NBA reserves. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> P.J. Tucker left midway through the second quarter when he tumbled over a photographer along the baseline after a missed transition layup. Tucker limped back to the locker room with a bruised lower back but returned in the third quarter. The 15 points allowed in the first quarter were a season-low for the Suns. Their 68 points in the first half were a season high. strong>HUSTLE PLAY /strong> With the Suns up big late in the third quarter, Booker caught up to Clarkson on a fast break and blocked his layup attempt off the backboard. The play got Booker's teammates and fans on their feet with cheers. strong>WORLD CHAMP /strong> Chicago Cubs slugger Anthony Rizzo sat courtside. Rizzo and the Cubs just started spring training in nearby Mesa. strong>WEEKENDERS /strong> Four players in the game will play for the U.S. team in Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) NBA Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star weekend in New Orleans. Booker and Chriss will represent the Suns, while the Lakers will send Russell and Brandon Ingram. Also, Derrick Jones Jr. of the Suns will compete in the Slam Dunk Contest, and the Lakers' Nick Young will take part in the Three-Point Shootout, both on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Lakers: /strong> /em> Return to regular-season action Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Oklahoma City. em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em>Start a three-game road trip Feb. 24 (Feb. 25, PHL time) at Chicago. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2017

Hull's Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing skull

HULL, England (AP) — Hull midfielder Ryan Mason feels lucky to be alive after fracturing his skull during a Premier League game. The 25-year-old Mason spent more than a week in a London hospital before being released on Monday and there is no indication yet whether he will play again. 'It has been an emotional roller-coaster and I feel lucky to be alive, but I'm happy to say I'm now at home resting and recovering,' Mason said Tuesday in a statement. Mason required surgery following a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill during Hull's 2-0 loss at Stamford Bridge on Jan. 22. 'To have had so many people send messages to me, including from fellow players, clubs (in particular the support shown to me from both Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur) so many fans, as well as the support I have received from the general public around the world has been completely overwhelming,' Mason said. 'Each and every message of support really has given me strength and I cannot tell you how much it means to me.' Mason thanked the medical staff at Hull and Chelsea as well as St. Mary's hospital in London. 'I will now be taking each day as it comes and concentrating on my recovery,' Mason said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 1st, 2017

Global FC falls to Brisbane Roar in Australia, joins Ceres-Negros in the 2017 AFC Cup

Global FC's AFC Champions's League dreams have come to an end after falling to Australian side Brisbane Roar, 6-0, Tuesday evening at the Brisbane Stadium, Brisban Australia.  The home-side went to work early, with winger Brandon Borello scoring a hat-trick within the first 30 minutes of the match.  Spanish winger Manuel Arana added a conversion of his own in the 37th minute to send the Roar into halftime with a comfortable 4-0 advantage.  The second half wasn't any easier for the visiting Pinoy side, as Arana completed his brace in the 65th minute, while Borello scored his fourth and final goal in with ten minutes left in regulation for a 6-0 final score in favor of the Aussie club. With the big win, Brisbane advances into the playoff round, where they meet Chinese club Shanghai Shenua. The winner will secure a spot in Group E of the 2017 AFC Champions League group stages.  Global FC fans need not fret however, as they'll be heading to the 2017 AFC Cup, along with Bacolod-based club Ceres-Negros FC.  Last year, Ceres-Negros, then known as Ceres-La Salle FC made history by becoming the first Pinoy club to advance into the AFC Cup Round of 16, and they did it in style, finishing the group stages at the top of their group.  Global FC on the other hand, was the first Pinoy club to qualify for the AFC Cup back in 2015.  This year, both Global FC and Ceres-Negros FC will try to make even more history by going for the AFC Cup championship.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2017

Pinoy fans team up online to send Jordan Clarkson to the 2017 All-Star Game

Pinoy fans team up online to send Jordan Clarkson to the 2017 All-Star Game.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 10th, 2017

Reported hermaphrodite Manganang gets love, respect from Pinoy fans

BIÑAN CITY, LAGUNA --- Indonesian ace spiker Aprilia Manganang said that she has already put the controversial protest of the Philippines against her during the 2015 Southeast Asian Games behind. The team captain of Jakarta Electrik-Ind.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2016

WWE Live Manila explodes Sept. 9

WWE superstar Big Show talks to reporters during a news conference on Tuesday at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City. PHOTO BY LANZ MENDOZA Pinoy wrestling fans will be in for a treat when the World Wrestling.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 26th, 2016

Totti leaves future uncertain before final match with Roma

ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer br /> ROME (AP) — Francesco Totti has finally announced that Sunday's match against Genoa will be his last with Roma after an incredible 25-season career with his hometown club. Whether the 40-year-old Totti will continue playing with another squad remains anyone's guess. The 2006 World Cup winner opened his future to questions by releasing a carefully worded statement on Thursday. 'Roma-Genoa, Sunday 28th May 2017. The last time I can wear Roma's jersey,' Totti said. 'I can't tell you in a few words how much these colors meant, mean and will always mean to me. 'I just feel that my love for football never fades; it's a passion, my passion. It's so deep I can't imagine not fueling it any longer. Ever. From Monday I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge,' Totti added. The first part of Totti's statement inferred that it wasn't his decision to end his Roma career but that of the club, by not offering him a contract for next season. Totti has not hidden his difficult relationship with Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, who has used Totti mainly as a last-option substitute. However, Spalletti is widely expected to follow former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini to Inter Milan; while Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco, a former teammate of Totti's, could move to Roma. The second part of Totti's statement, when he mentioned a 'new challenge,' inferred that Totti is considering ending his career with another club. Miami FC, which plays in the second-tier NASL and is managed by Totti's former teammate with the national team, Alessandro Nesta, and co-owned by Paolo Maldini — another former Italy teammate — appears to be the most attractive option. James Pallotta, Roma's American owner, has offered Totti an unspecified management position. As for Sunday, Totti is not expected to start. While the match at the Stadio Olimpico was sold out for Totti's goodbye, Roma enters the final match of the season still looking to seal second place in Serie A and a direct berth into the Champions League. Roma is one point ahead of third-place Napoli, which will play at Sampdoria. Totti has appeared in 785 matches in all competitions with Roma, third all-time in Italy for most games with a single club behind only Maldini (902 with AC Milan) and Javier Zanetti (858 with Inter Milan). Totti is also second all-time in goals scored in Serie A with 250, 24 short of the record that Silvio Piola established from 1929-54. No other active player has more than 200. But statistics don't tell the entire story for Totti, a cultural icon perhaps more linked with his club and city than any other player in Italian history. Born in the working-class San Giovanni section of Rome, Totti made his debut for Roma at the age of 16 way back in 1993. In 1998 at the age of 22, Totti became the youngest ever Serie A captain. At the 2000 European Championship, Totti's chipped 'Panenka' penalty against the Netherlands highlighted his talent and audacity. A year later, Totti led Roma to its third Serie A title and was the centerpiece of a celebration inside the Circus Maximus attended by a crowd estimated at 1 million. After a spitting incident with Denmark's Christian Poulsen at Euro 2004 slightly tarnished his image, Totti regained respect within the national team by returning from a broken leg to help Italy win the 2006 World Cup — playing with a metal rod and about 10 support screws inside his left ankle. In 2007, Totti led Serie A with a personal-high 26 goals and earned the Golden Shoe award as the top scorer in Europe. In 2015, Totti scored twice as Roma came back from two goals down to earn a draw with Lazio in the city derby, then took a selfie with Roma's fans in the background. A final highlight came in February, when Totti scored in added time to give Roma a 2-1 win over Cesena and a spot in the Italian Cup semifinals. On Sunday, Totti's career will be honored with an extensive post-match celebration at the Olimpico. Whether or not there will be more highlights next season — somewhere — remains to be seen. ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News10 hr. 2 min. ago

Two Pinoy teams remain to fight for 3x3 basketball World Finals slot

Team Santa Rosa and Balandra Squad advanced to the National Finals of the Red Bull Reign Qualifier A in Manila last Saturday, May 20. The 3-on-3 basketball tournament pits hopefuls against one another in a high-endurance, offensive-driven battle that will end with over 15 countries sending their best to compete at the World Finals in Washington DC, USA.  Team Santa Rosa rose to the top by finishing with a total of 40 points. Team Captain Victor Renan Sayo credits his team’s success to constant practice and conditioning. “Hard work and trust in God are our keys to success,” he said. Despite several setbacks prior to Qualifier A, Balandra Squad clinched the 2nd seed with a combined score of 31 points. As Team Captain Airand Vicente shares, “There was no time to prepare, but we got the best of them!” The rules of this tournament are simple: the team that scores the most overall points in each round will advance until one team remains.  br /> ---- Registrations for Manila Qualifier B are still open online. Registrations for the Last Chance Qualifier are now available on the sports app, Laro. The app can be downloaded through Google Play and iTunes. Qualifying Tournaments and Finals are open to the public for viewing and will be held on the following dates: Manila Qualifier B - May 26, 2017 (Buendia Food by the Court, Makati City) Last Chance Qualifier and Finals - May 27, 2017 (Nagtahan Bridge Court, Pasig River, Manila) .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Man United beats Ajax 2-0, wins Europa League

STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer br /> STOCKHOLM (AP) — A guttural roar of 'Manchester, Manchester' thundered around the Friends Arena at the full-time whistle. Purely in soccer terms, Manchester United's 2-0 win over Ajax in the Europa League final on Wednesday was a triumph of huge significance for England's biggest club. On a wider level, it was also a moment to cheer for the team's home city, grieving two thousand kilometers away. Manchester was plunged into tragedy on Monday when 22 people were killed by a bomb attack at an Ariana Grande concert in the city center. United's players were clearly moved by the events and flew to Sweden with heavy hearts, vowing to deliver a display in their biggest match of the season that would serve as a tribute to the victims and their families. That they succeeded in doing so was a testament to their strength of character. It made this victory, in a largely forgettable match, one to remember. 'Yesterday morning, we were devastated,' said United midfielder Ander Herrera, dedicating the win to the victims. 'But the manager told us the only thing we could do was to win this for them. That's what we've done. 'It's just a football game, just a trophy, but if we can support them with this just 1 percent, it's enough for us.' Paul Pogba scored off a deflected shot in the 18th minute — the France midfielder pointed to the sky during his celebrations — and Henrikh Mkhitaryan added a second goal in the 48th by deftly hooking home a close-range effort from a corner. In tough circumstances, United handled the occasion better than an Ajax side featuring six players aged 21 or under and playing in the famous Dutch club's first European final in 21 years. 'I haven't seen the Ajax that I am used to,' Ajax coach Peter Bosz said. 'They are not used to play a final. It was all new for them.' For United coach Jose Mourinho, it was obvious that the victory was a huge weight off his shoulders, because of both the emotions of the last few days and the importance of the match. Mourinho was thrown up in the air by his coaching staff in the post-match celebrations, he rolled around on the ground with his son, and jumped up and down in frenzied fashion just before United captain Wayne Rooney lifted the trophy. United's season was always going to be defined by this game. In Mourinho's first season at Old Trafford, he has guided the team to two trophies — the League Cup in February — and a place in next season's Champions League, the bonus prize for winning the Europa League. 'Obviously there's happiness from our achievement,' Mourinho said. 'But if we could, we'd change the peoples' lives for this cup. We wouldn't think twice. Does this cup make the city of Manchester a little bit happier? Maybe.' The planned pre-match one minute's silence, in honor of the victims of the blast, rapidly turned into 60 seconds of applause, during which United's fans chanted poignantly 'Manchester, Manchester' for the first time. The two teams wore black armbands for the match in another mark of respect and both sets of fans came together in a show of unity, mingling happily outside the stadium and in the city center before the match. It was billed as a clash between the efficiency of Mourinho's United against the swagger and youthful exuberance of Ajax. United was the clear winner, the players imposing themselves as much through their physicality as their superior game management. 'It was the victory for pragmatism,' Mourinho said, 'a victory of the humble people. People who respect their opponents and exploit their weaknesses.' For Mourinho, that meant long balls to Marouane Fellaini, a regular attacking outlet because of his height and physical presence. It meant keeping a strong defensive shape and using the pace of Marcus Rashford on the break. Pogba — the world's most expensive player — stood out, dominating the midfield in the first half. His crucial goal had a huge element of fortune to it, though. Fellaini laid the ball off to Pogba at the edge of the area, and the France midfielder allowed it to run across him before sending in a low left-footed shot that struck Davinson Sanchez's outstretched leg, looped up, and span into the net past wrong-footed goalkeeper Andre Onana. Mkhitaryan's goal was much more easy on the eye. A right-wing corner was headed down by Chris Smalling, and Mkhitaryan reacted quickest with a very smart finish. Pogba and Mkhitaryan were United's big-money signings last offseason and have had inconsistent seasons. They delivered when it mattered most. United had little trouble keeping Ajax at bay in the closing stages and the celebrations were euphoric after the match, with Pogba producing some dance moves in front of United's jubilant fans. It was United's sixth European trophy and the only major piece of silverware missing from its collection. 'It means the last piece in the puzzle,' Mourinho said, 'a club with every trophy in the world of football.' ___ Steve Douglas is at .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2017

Milan Melindo's world title win to air on S+A

ALA Boxing Gym’s stalwart Milan “El Metodico” Melindo finally got his world title when he demolished former IBF Light Flyweight champion Akira Yaegashi in a single round in Tokyo, Japan. Fight fans will be able to witness his valiant conquest this Sunday (May 28) on “Pinoy Pride Presents: Milan Melindo,” which will have a primetime telecast on S+A at 8pm. Fresh from grabbing the interim belt in his last fight, Melindo (35-2; 12KOs) defeated the former titlist Yaegashi (25-5; 13KOs) in a showdown of technique and skill in the ring to bring home the title that has eluded him twice. Yaegashi is a three-division world champ like Melindo’s stablemate, Donnie “Ahas” Nietes, with the WBA Minimumweight and WBC Flyweight to his name before defeating IBF Light Flyweight ruler Javier Mendoza. Analysts and fans expected a war with Melindo’s sharp combinations and patented double-left hook spelling trouble for Yaegashi, but Melindo had better plans and took only one round to complete the upset. Don’t miss Milan Melindo’s quest for glory on “Pinoy Pride Presents: Milan Melindo” this coming Sunday(May 28) on S+A. For more information and stories, go online visit ABS-CBN’s sports hub, and follow their official social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter (@ABSCBNSports). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

MLB: Twins beat Orioles 2-0 on Santana's 10th career shutout

BALTIMORE (AP) — Ervin Santana pitched a two-hitter for his 10th career shutout, Brian Dozier homered and the surging Minnesota Twins beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-0 Tuesday. After banging out 21 hits in a 14-7 win over Baltimore on Monday, the AL Central-leading Twins got exceptional pitching for their ninth victory in 13 games. Santana (7-2) struck out six, walked two and permitted only one runner past first base. It was Santana's 18th complete game, the second this season. He finished by retiring the last 14 batters. Minnesota became the first team this season to capture a series at Camden Yards (the Orioles were 7-0-0). Dylan Bundy (5-3) allowed two runs over seven innings. RED SOX 11, RANGERS 6 BOSTON (AP) — Xander Bogaerts had three RBIs and twice scored on wild pitches, and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double for Boston. Rick Porcello (3-5) won for just the second time at home despite allowing 11 hits in 6 2/3 innings. The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner gave up four earned runs. Joey Gallo hit 14th homer for Texas, which had won 11 of 12. Andrew Cashner (1-4) gave up five runs in five innings. ANGELS 4, RAYS 0 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Cameron Maybin and Mike Trout hit back-to-back home runs to begin the game and Matt Shoemaker won his third consecutive start for Los Angeles. Maybin led off by homering on a 3-1 pitch from Alex Cobb (4-4). Trout connected on the next pitch for his 15th homer, including seven in his last 11 games. Shoemaker (4-2) gave up three hits, three walks and struck out five in 6 1/3 innings. Los Angeles has won seven of nine. The Rays have lost three in a row after a season-high four-game winning streak. ROYALS 6, YANKEES 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Danny Duffy beat the Yankees for the second time in a week and rookie Jorge Bonifacio capped a three-run, seventh-inning rally with a go-ahead, two-run homer for Kansas City. Lorenzo Cain, Whit Merrifield and Mike Moustakas also homered late for the Royals, who went deep four times in a span of nine batters. New York rookie Jordan Montgomery took a one-hit shutout and 2-0 lead into the seventh before a solo homer by Cain, who had been hitless in 14 at-bats. Adam Warren (1-1) took the loss. Duffy (4-3) gave up two runs in seven innings. ASTROS 6, TIGERS 2 HOUSTON (AP) — Juan Centeno homered in his Houston debut and Yuli Gurriel also connected. Centeno, who has played for the Mets, Brewers and Twins, filled in for catcher Brian McCann, later singled and scored. Houston starter Lance McCullers (5-1) allowed one hit in five innings to extend his AL-leading streak of scoreless innings to 22. Detroit starter Jordan Zimmermann (4-3), who turned 31 on Tuesday, yielded four runs in six-plus innings. NATIONALS 10, MARINERS 1 WASHINGTON (AP) — Anthony Rendon homered twice and drove in five runs, and Joe Ross returned from the minors to allow one run over a career high-tying eight innings for Washington. Bryce Harper hit 14th home run and Jayson Werth almost homered off Chris Bergman (1-2), who allowed all of the Nationals' runs and 14 of their 15 hits. Ross (2-0) showed no signs of the late April struggles that ended with a demotion to Triple-A. He yielded five hits and a walk while striking out six. ROCKIES 8, PHILLIES 2 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Charlie Blackmon hit a pair of two-run homers and German Marquez tossed six effective innings for Colorado. Gerardo Parra also went deep to help the NL leading-Rockies win their major league-best 17th road game. Marquez (3-2) allowed one run and seven hits, striking out six. Philadelphia is 4-19 since an 11-9 start. Zach Eflin (0-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits in six innings. CUBS 4, GIANTS 1 CHICAGO (AP) — Jon Lester pitched a four-hitter and the Cubs beat Johnny Cueto and San Francisco in a rainy rematch of last year's playoff opener. Anthony Rizzo, Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward homered for Chicago. Lester and Cueto hooked up in a memorable pitchers' duel in Game 1 of the NL Division Series last October, with Chicago winning 1-0. Lester (3-2) outpitched Cueto (4-4). INDIANS 8, REDS 7 CINCINNATI (AP) — Edwin Encarnacion hit two of Cleveland's four homers off rookie Amir Garrett and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. The Indians split the two-game series in Cincinnati, and now the teams play twice in Cleveland. The Indians have won seven of the last eight between Ohio's teams. Andrew Miller (3-0) got help from right fielder Daniel Robertson, who threw Jose Peraza out at the plate in the eighth. Cody Allen escaped in the ninth to extend his franchise record by converting his 13th straight save try to start a season. Drew Storen (1-1) took the loss. METS 9, PADRES 3 NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Conforto homered twice and had a career-high four RBIs, including three on two hits during the Mets' biggest first inning in 13 years, and Matt Harvey won his first home start since getting suspended. Lucas Duda broke out of a slump with three hits and three RBIs, and manager Terry Collins earned his 500th victory with the Mets. His team got a leadoff homer and a two-run single from Conforto in a seven-run first against Jhoulys Chacin (4-4). Harvey (3-3) labored through five innings to win for the first time since April 11 at Philadelphia. The embattled former ace was 0-3 in his previous six starts and got banned three days by the Mets after skipping a home game this month following a late night on the town. BLUE JAYS 4, BREWERS 3 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit a two-run homer to lead Toronto. Six of the first eight Blue Jays batters reached base against Jimmy Nelson (2-3). Danny Barnes (1-2) won in relief. Roberto Osuna earned his seventh save in 10 chances. DIAMONDBACKS 5, WHITE SOX 4 PHOENIX (AP) — Jake Lamb and Chris Herrmann homered and Arizona held off the White Sox for the Diamondbacks' seventh win in eight games. Patrick Corbin (4-4) settled down after a tough start to get the victory. The left-hander went six innings plus one batter, allowing three runs and scattering eight hits. Chicago rookie Dylan Covey (0-4), still looking for his first big-league win after eight starts, left the game with one out in the third inning with left oblique soreness. Jose Abreu cut the lead to 5-4 with a leadoff home run of Jorge De La Rosa to start the eighth. It was his 100th career homer and all nine of them this season have come on the road. But J.J. Hoover came on with one out and the bases loaded to strikeout Kevan Smith and Yolmer Sanchez to preserve the lead. Fernando Rodney pitched a perfect ninth for his 11th save in 13 tries. BRAVES 6, PIRATES 5 ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Adams singled in the winning run with about 200 fans left in the stands for the ninth inning, lifting the Braves over the Pirates in a game delayed over three hours by rain. The delay started in the top of the seventh inning and ended at 12:51 a.m. The game finished just before 2 a.m. — 6 hours, 15 minutes after first pitch. After Pittsburgh scored twice in the top of the ninth, Atlanta got two runs in the bottom of the inning. Nick Markakis had an RBI double to tie it at 5, and after Matt Kemp was intentionally walked, Markakis scored from second on Adams' single to left. Pirates closer Tony Watson (2-1) faced six batters in blowing the save in the ninth. Atlanta has won nine of 12. Luke Jackson (1-0) got his first career win. MARLINS 11, ATHLETICS 9 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Justin Bour matched his career high with four hits including his fourth home run in five games to highlight Miami's best offensive game of the season, and the Marlins held off a late surge to beat the Athletics. Yonder Alonso hit his 13th home run of the season for the A's, but left with a bruised right hand after getting hit by a pitch in the sixth. Ryon Healy and Rajai Davis also homered for Oakland. Jose Urena (2-2) pitched five uneven innings for his first career interleague win in 10 appearances. Jesse Hahn (1-4) took the loss and left the game in the third inning with a triceps strain. DODGERS 2, CARDINALS 1, 13 innings LOS ANGELES (AP) — Logan Forsythe doubled in a run in the 13th inning to lift the Los Angeles Dodgers over the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 after a stellar duel between starters Clayton Kershaw and Lance Lynn. Forsythe played for the first time in a month and struck out in his first four at-bats before walking in the 11th and delivering the winning hit in the 13th. His double off Jonathan Broxton (0-1) scored Enrique Hernandez. Kershaw and Lynn struck out 10 batters and allowed a run each, with Kershaw going nine innings and Lynn pitching eight. Kershaw missed out on his majors-leading eighth victory by giving up a run in the ninth. Randal Grichuk singled, advanced to second on a groundout then scored on a wild pitch to tie it at 1. Josh Fields (1-0) pitched the 13th for Los Angeles. Joc Pederson left the game after a frightening collision with Yasiel Puig in the 10th inning. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2017

The World: Terror attack at Ariana Grande concert, children among 22 dead

MANCHESTER -- At least 22 people, including some children, were killed and 59 wounded when a suicide bomber struck as thousands of fans streamed out of a concert by US singer Ariana Grande in the English city of Manchester on Monday......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2017

It's time we talk about Beach Volleyball Republic's epic rise

In the Summer of 2016, Beach Volleyball Republic finally landed in Boracay. It was a big win for the group founded by former Ateneo volleyball stars, after all, with Boracay literally the most famous beach in the Philippines, it was the perfect place to showcase the budding orgazination focused on beach volleyball. As part of the nationwide tour by BVR for 2016, the Boracay leg featured only one court and only one division, an all-women tournament. Fast forward to the Summer of 2017 and BVR has started a new tour. But in the year since Boracay, BVR has been bigger and better, with the latest leg alone in Currimao, Ilocos Norte over the weekend featuring not just one, not two, but three divisions. There was a time when men only played in a King of the Rock style of tournament, now, there are enough players to support two separate divisions. Also, BVR set up six courts in Currimao, with four of them being used for actual competition. The other two? Well, let's just say more than a handful of local kids were also having their own beach volleyball tournament over the course of two days there, heavy rain and all. 'We're very much happy with BVR and I think it's well manifested when it comes to the number of teams joining, it's growing already,' co-founder Charo Soriano told ABS-CBN Sports on the BVR's incredible growth and widened reach. 'The number of fans, they're watching in each location. And the amount of support that we get from each local government unit. It's all these things that are very vital for the sustainability of the growth of beach volleyball in our country,' she added. For the longest time, only a number of regular players see action during BVR legs. And more often than not, half of the teams competing are made up of the actual founders that include Soriano, Bea Tan, and Dzi Gervacio. However, over the past couple of tournaments, with an expanding pool of players, BVR can now afford to not play so many of its stakeholders. Soriano hasn't played in any of the legs of the current tour this year. 'Whe we started our first few legs, it was almost the regular players that are playing. At the same time, I think those players who play regularly grew and became more competitive, so right now with the influx of new teams, not only locally, we got teams as well from Malaysia as well as Hong Kong, I think our first few legs really trained us for this type of tournament,' Soriano said. 'Right now, we can see that we're playing very well against international teams and I want for this to be able to continue in the future as well. So in each of our BVR on Tour legs, we would want to keep it open to international teams as well,' she added.   br /> strong>WELCOME WORLD /strong> After playing its 2016 national championship tournament, BVR went all in with an Invitational joust that included teams from Brazil, US, New Zealand, and a couple more pairs from Asia. While BVR is yet to duplicate that feat, there has been a conscious effort to incorporate foreign squads on tour. In this year's Manila leg, a team from Japan actually won in the women's division. In Ilocos Norte, two foreign squads, from Hong Kong and Malaysia, made the final of the men's open and men's collegiate division respectively with the Malaysians taking the win. 'We want top open up our players not only to the local scene but we wanted to slowly open up the players to international scene,' Soriano said. 'That's why in each leg we try to invite 2-3 international teams. That will help our local talent a lot, especially in preparation for the SEA Games in 2019,' she added. While there's no official confirmation yet if beach volleyball will be included in the SEA Games lineup two years from now, the BVR is already doing its part in helping the Philippines send contender for gold. 'Henceforth, we'll be able to also give support to our beach volleyball players din,' Soriano said. 'Admittedly, we have a lot of good ones in the coastal communities, if we can be able to support them and trust them, give them training in a span of like let's say a year, a year and a half, then I think we can be competitive in the Southeast Asian Games for beach volleyball,' she added. And the key to be competitive is to play competitive teams. As early as now, the BVR is working on an officially sanctioned tournament featuring foreign players going up against local talent. 'Hopefully will be able to make one din that's sanctioned by the international federation as well, that's what we're preparing for also. Hopefully by next year we'll be able to do it, right now we're not that big yet but hopefully we'll get there,' Soriano said.   strong>DON'T STOP, WON'T STOP /strong> BVR's quest to grow the sport of beach volleyball will not stop just because there are a handful of new players and a couple more courts set up on every new location. As with every other successful organization, consistency is key. With that in mind, BVR already has some exciting plans set for the rest of 2017 and beyond. 'For this year we're gonna have our national championship, we're [also] gonna have an international one, Asian Invitational. And we're gonna also have new places [to visit], namely Siargao and Surigao maybe late in the year,' Soriano said. 'We'll make sure to bring the sport to different regions and different countries and to give local players also the chance to compete. Because right now, in each of the legs  that we're going to, we give way to the locals, we give them a slot so that their sports director, their sports coordinator, can also assess where they are and then be able to help them,' she added. In the year since Boracay, BVR has been bigger and better. The group founded by former Ateneo volleyball stars is on a genuine mission to unleash an untapped potential in a sport that should come natural to us as citizens of a country surrounded by beaches. Something great is going on in BVR, and it's time we talked about it. There are no politics here, only beach volleyball games to be played under the sun. Even under pouring rain.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017