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Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2017

MLB Capsules: Strasburg a strikeout king in Nationals win

WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out 13 in seven innings, Bryce Harper had two doubles and two RBIs, and the Washington Nationals beat the Chicago Cubs 8-4 on Wednesday. Anthony Rendon and Matt Wieters hit back-to-back homers against John Lackey (5-9) during Washington's four-run second inning. After the Cubs pulled within three at 6-3, Daniel Murphy went deep in the fifth. It was a rough day for the Cubs, who cut veteran catcher Miguel Montero after he criticized pitcher Jake Arrieta for his role in the Nationals' seven steals in Tuesday's 6-1 win over the World Series champions. Then reigning NL MVP Kris Bryant departed in the sixth with an apparent right ankle injury. Strasburg (9-2) allowed three runs, two earned, and four hits. ANGELS 3, DODGERS 2 ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Ben Revere scored the winning run from second base on a passed ball and a throwing error by catcher Yasmani Grandal, and the Los Angeles Angels blew a ninth-inning lead before beating the Dodgers. Cameron Maybin ended up with a walk-off strikeout of sorts when Grandal lost control of Pedro Baez's third strike and then put his throw over Chase Utley's head at first, allowing Revere to score in bizarre fashion. Grandal had just hit a tying homer off Cam Bedrosian (2-0) with two outs in the ninth for the Dodgers, but the Angels rallied against Baez (2-1) to send the NL leaders to just their third loss in 20 games. Andrelton Simmons hit a two-run homer in the sixth for the Angels. YANKEES 12, WHITE SOX 3 CHICAGO (AP) — Miguel Andujar had three hits and four RBIs in his major league debut, Aaron Judge added his major league-leading 27th homer and the struggling New York Yankees pounded the White Sox. Andujar made a good impression after being called up from Triple-A with Matt Holliday going on the disabled list because of an illness. He gave New York a 3-0 lead with a two-run single against Carlos Rodon (0-1) in the first. He also singled in the third, walked in the eighth and drove in two more with a double in the ninth. Judge's two-run drive capped a five-run sixth against reliever Jake Petricka, breaking open a 3-2 game. And New York came away with a lopsided win after dropping 11 of 14. Masahiro Tanaka (6-7) went six innings for his first win since May 8. The right-hander gave up two runs and six hits after going 0-6 in his previous eight starts. INDIANS 5, RANGERS 3 CLEVELAND (AP) — Trevor Bauer pitched into the seventh inning, Michael Brantley drove in two runs and Cleveland got the win in manager Terry Francona's return to the team. Francona was cleared to come back after another health scare forced him to leave Monday's game and miss Tuesday's 2-1 loss to Texas. The 58-year-old Francona has been fitted with a heart monitor, but he said doctors have ruled out any serious health issues. Bauer (7-6) allowed one run — Robinson Chirinos' homer — and four hits in 6 1/3 innings. Brantley had RBI singles in the third and the seventh. Texas ace Yu Darvish (6-6) gave up three runs — two earned — in six innings. ASTROS 11, ATHLETICS 8 HOUSTON (AP) — Josh Reddick and George Springer had three hits apiece and combined for five RBIs, powering Houston to the victory. Michael Feliz (4-1) struck out two in a scoreless fifth for the win. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 18th save. The Astros jumped in front with five runs in the third. Springer hit an RBI double and scored on Reddick's base hit, helping Houston open a 9-5 lead. Oakland right-hander Jesse Hahn was charged with six runs and nine hits in two-plus innings. Khris Davis homered twice and drove in four runs for the A's. Ryon Healy, Matt Olson and Jed Lowrie also went deep. METS 8, MARLINS 0 MIAMI (AP) — Steven Matz pitched seven innings and two relievers completed a seven-hitter, helping the Mets to the victory. Asdrubal Cabrera and Curtis Granderson each hit a two-run homer in support of Matz (2-1), who allowed six hits, all singles, and one walk while lowering his ERA to 2.67 in four starts this year. Matz's performance gave the rotation a welcome lift hours after right-hander Robert Gsellman became the sixth Mets starting pitcher to go on the disabled list this season. Gsellman strained his left hamstring Tuesday. Jeff Locke (0-4) allowed three runs, all in a 32-pitch first inning, but settled down to last 5 2/3 innings. He retired 12 in a row after his rocky start but fell to 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA in five career starts against the Mets. REDS 4, BREWERS 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Scooter Gennett hit a two-run homer against the club that decided he no longer fit its rebuilding plans, and Billy Hamilton scored the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning for Cincinnati. The Brewers lost starter Chase Anderson to a strained oblique. Anderson hurt his left side while striking out in the top of the second inning, a notable setback to the NL Central leaders. He is second on the club with six wins. After Travis Shaw tied it at 3 in the eighth with a solo homer off Drew Storen (2-2), Hamilton led off the bottom of the inning with a walk and two steals off Corey Knebel (0-1). Hamilton scored on Adam Duvall's infield single. The game ended on an unusual play. With runners at first and third, Raisel Iglesias fanned Jesus Aguilar for the second out, and Stephen Vogt was caught trying to take second before Jonathan Villar could make it home from third on the back end of the attempted double steal. Iglesias got his 14th save in 15 chances. BLUE JAYS 4, ORIOLES 0 TORONTO (AP) — Marcus Stroman pitched five-hit ball into the eighth inning for Toronto, and Jose Bautista and Justin Smoak homered. Stroman (8-4) bounced back nicely from his worst start of the season, a seven-run outing at Texas last Thursday. The right-hander allowed five singles and struck out seven to win for the first time since June 10 at Seattle. Wade Miley (3-6) was charged with four runs, three earned, in five innings. The Orioles had won three in a row. Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth, finishing a five-hitter. The Blue Jays improved to 3-8 against the Orioles. TWINS 4, RED SOX 1 BOSTON (AP) — Adalberto Mejia pitched 5 2/3 innings in his second straight scoreless start, Max Kepler hit a two-run homer and Minnesota rebounded from two consecutive losses against Boston. Kepler also had an RBI single, and Miguel Sano added an RBI double to help the Twins improve to 24-11 on the road. Mejia (3-3) allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one. Brandon Kintzler got the final three outs for his 21st save. Boston starter Rick Porcello (4-10) gave up four runs and six hits in six innings. ROYALS 8, TIGERS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers during Kansas City's four-run fourth inning. Ian Kennedy (2-6) allowed two runs and five hits in seven innings for the Royals, earning his second victory in three starts. He gave up solo homers to Miguel Cabrera and Alex Avila, but only after Kansas City had jumped to a 5-0 lead. Detroit's Daniel Norris (4-6) permitted five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings. Six of those hits came in the fourth. The Royals snapped a two-game losing streak and improved to 16-8 in June. PIRATES 6, RAYS 2 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jose Osuna doubled twice and drove in two runs, rookie Josh Bell hit his 15th homer and Pittsburgh jumped all over Tampa Bay's Blake Snell. Osuna's ground-rule RBI double sparked a four-run rally with two out in the first. Bell led off the fourth with a home run and Osuna added another RBI double in the fifth. Snell (0-5) walked five in five innings in his return to the starting rotation after a stint in Triple-A. He was charged with six runs and four hits. Ivan Nova (8-5) struggled with his command and failed to work into the sixth for the first time this season but picked up the win despite allowing seven hits and two walks in five innings. Tampa Bay went 2 for 13 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base. CARDINALS 4, DIAMONDBACKS 3 PHOENIX (AP) — Adam Wainwright pitched into the seventh inning, Yadier Molina and Jedd Gyorko each drove in two runs and St. Louis held on to beat Arizona. Wainwright (8-5) limited the Diamondbacks to two runs and eight hits over 6 1/3 innings He struck out eight. Gyorko's RBI double in the eighth pushed St. Louis' lead to 4-2. The Diamondbacks nearly tied it against Trevor Rosenthal in the ninth. Brandon Drury led off with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Chris Herrmann walked and both runners advanced on pinch-hitter Gregor Blanco's grounder. Drury then scored on Rosenthal's wild pitch, with Herrmann moving up to third. After a walk to Daniel Descalso, Rosenthal got David Peralta on a grounder to pick up his fourth save. Zack Godley (3-2) took the loss, allowing three runs and two hits with seven strikeouts in seven innings. PADRES 7, BRAVES 4 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to lead San Diego. Carlos Asuaje and Erick Aybar had three hits each for the Padres. Perdomo (3-4), winless after his first 10 starts, won for the third time in his last four outings. The right-hander went 5 1/3 innings and was charged with four runs and seven hits. He struck out four and walked two. The Braves, who had won five straight over the Padres, chased Perdomo in the sixth when they scored four times. Earlier Perdomo was aided by two double-play balls as Atlanta lost for just the third time in 11 games. Brandon Maurer worked a perfect ninth for his 15th save. Veteran Bartolo Colon (2-8) turned in another disappointing start, pitching for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained left oblique on June 6. Colon, 44, surrendered six runs, eight hits and three walks over four innings. PHILLIES 5, MARINERS 4 SEATTLE (AP) — Tommy Joseph led off the ninth inning with his 13th homer and Andrew Knapp added a two-out RBI single, helping the Phillies rally for the road win. Joseph's drive to left on a 3-2 pitch from Edwin Diaz (2-3) was Philadelphia's first hit since the third inning. Diaz struck out the next two batters, but Cameron Perkins walked and advanced on a balk before Knapp lined a 1-2 pitch into right field to give the Phillies the lead. Ricardo Pinto (1-0) pitched three innings of relief to get the win and Hector Neris got three outs for his seventh save. Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager and Danny Valencia homered for Seattle, which went 5-4 on a nine-game homestand after winning the first five games. GIANTS 5, ROCKIES 3 SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Jae-Gyun Hwang homered in his major league debut, a tiebreaking drive in the sixth inning that helped the Giants extend the Rockies' losing streak to a season-high eight games. The 29-year-old Hwang grounded out in the second inning, hit a run-scoring grounder in the fourth that cut Colorado's lead to 2-1, and then broke a 3-3 tie when he homered against Kyle Freeland (8-6). Hwang was given a standing ovation from fans as he rounded the bases and was mobbed by teammates when he got back to the dugout. San Francisco's Ty Blach (5-5) gave up three runs — one earned — and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings, George Kontos, Steven Okert and Hunter Stickland combined for one-hit relief. Strickland retired Ian Desmond, his only batter, on a flyout for his first save this season. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run single for Colorado in the first. The third baseman also made an outstanding diving play on Blach's third-inning grounder before throwing him out from a near-sitting position. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2017

May maibubuga pa siya -- Abella on 'super import' Rivers

American import Krystal Rivers had an impressive debut for Pocari Sweat. The 5-foot-11 opposite spiker dropped 20 points in the Lady Warriors, 22-25, 25-22, 25-22, 26-24, win over BaliPure to open their Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference best-of-three Finals series Saturday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. But head coach Rommel Abella felt that that there was still something missing in the power-hitter’s game.    “Actually hindi pa kami masyado na-impress sa (performance) ni Krystal kasi based doon sa pina-practice niya sa amin,” said Abella of the replacement import that had to wait for two weeks to get a clearance to see action. 'May alam kami na may maibubuga pa siya.' The mentor expects more from her on Tuesday when the Lady Warriors try to close out the series. “We are expecting a few more surprises coming from her on the second game,” he said. Rivers, a prolific scorer who played for Alabama in the US NCAA, took some time to settle in her first game since receiving the FIVB confirmation to play last Thursday. The guest player, who replaced injured Bosnian import Edina Selimovic (right hamstring tear), started out a little flat committing three straight errors before scoring her first point – an attack that tied the opening set at 16. She eventually closed the first set with just two points and a couple more errors. “It was pretty awesome (to finally be able play here). It was my first time playing here in a professional match. It took some time for me before I settled in,” said Rivers, who had a 17 attack points on 44 attempts. “But once I did it was a lot of fun.” Rivers admitted that she needed a little more time to adjust with the Pocari Sweat’s system during the match. “It’s always tough to come in especially in the end of the season and adjusting to the team,” Rivers said. “But the team was just great, giving me positive energy and just allowed myself to settle in and focus on my game and play volleyball.” “The energy of the fans is amazing. I’ve been here for two weeks and I’ve seen how excited the fans are for me,” she added. “It was great to see how they’re excited not only for me but for the team as well It just took a little bit for me to settle in, playing in this stage.” Rivers played her best run of the match in the third set, leading the Lady Warriors’ assault to turn an 11-12 deficit to an 18-12 cushion. The Water Defenders counterattacked to close the gap, 24-22, but Rivers pounded an off the block kill to give Pocari Sweat a 2-1 match lead. When the Water Defenders threatened to send the match to a decider after erasing an 8-15 deficit and taking a 24-22 lead, Rivers was there to score the equalizer from a kill block on BaliPure’s Thai import Jeng Bualee.  Asked about her personal assessment of her performance, Rivers thought she did well. “Any time I can score any amount of points for my team it’s always a good day,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 10th, 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

Manchester City's busy summer includes brand growth in US

em>By Greg Beacham, Associated Press /em> POMONA, Calif. (AP) — Manchester City is having an awfully busy summer in its quest for global domination, and much of that work is being done stateside. Following a remarkable offseason spending spree on new players, City Football Group chief executive Ferran Soriano ventured into the Los Angeles suburbs Tuesday to announce plans to create a series of branded soccer playing and training facilities across North America. City Football Group formalized its partnership with Goals Soccer Centres at a tidy complex where City's logo is featured prominently on signage among several five-a-side fields. City's investment will spur Goals' expansion across the continent with similar complexes, building City's brand among American and Canadian fans. 'We are convinced that the biggest opportunity for this sport is in the U.S.,' Soriano said. 'We know that 60 million Americans watch soccer every week. The U.S. is a land of opportunity for soccer, and this is why we are so happy to be here.' The complexes are another step in the global growth of CFG, which also owns Major League Soccer's New York City FC and Australia's Melbourne City plus a minority interest in Japan's Yokohama F. Marinos. While serious soccer fans know all about Manchester City's evolution into a big-budget superpower since its purchase by the Abu Dhabi United Group in 2008, the club realizes many casual North American fans still are more familiar with the red of Manchester United than City's sky blue. City's work to raise its stateside profile is continuing with a barnstorming preseason tour, which has become practically an annual requirement for European clubs with dreams of captivating a worldwide audience. After facing United in Houston last week in the rivals' first meeting outside Britain, City is in Los Angeles to face Real Madrid on Wednesday at the Coliseum, expected to be packed with more than 80,000 fans. Soriano was joined in Pomona by City players Yaya Toure, Nicolas Otamendi, Leroy Sane and newcomer Danilo. The stars participated in a quick game with local youth before expressing their optimism about the upcoming season under coach Pep Guardiola, who has made a huge impact in the transfer market after finishing third in the Premier League in his debut season. 'You can see Man City wants to win some trophies, to build something and get bigger,' Sane said. 'That's a motivation for all of the players.' Danilo only signed with City on Sunday, leaving Real Madrid after two years to become another high-priced fullback in Guardiola's offseason spending spree on defense. City also made extraordinarily expensive moves to get Kyle Walker from Tottenham earlier this month and Benjamin Mendy from Monaco on Monday. 'It's always positive when there is this much competition,' said Otamendi, a center back. 'It doesn't allow for any of the players to relax. You always have to give 100 percent, and it makes it complicated to choose the 11 for the squad. That's why we need to have a strong preseason.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 53 min. ago

Sporting KC's Dom Dwyer traded to Orlando in record deal

em>By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press /em> Sporting Kansas City forward Dom Dwyer has been traded to Orlando City for what could be a Major League Soccer-record $1.6 million. Orlando traded $900,000 in guaranteed allocation money plus more based on performance in the deal for Dwyer, who recently got his first call-up for the U.S. national team after becoming a citizen. Sporting Kansas City coach Peter Vermes praised Dwyer for his play on the field and for being a 'tremendous ambassador' for the team. 'How do we replace Dom? I don't know that we do. Go find another player maybe that gives you other strengths that you can work with. But tremendous player and a great guy for our club and that's not going to be easy to replace,' Vermes said on a conference call Tuesday after the trade was announced. Vermes added: 'At the same time this is an incredible resource to help us navigate the salary cap over the next so many years.' Dwyer was selected by Kansas City in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft. He ranks second on the team with five goals this season, and he's scored 57 goals in 128 games during his MLS career. He posted his thanks to Sporting fans on Instagram . 'I hope I made a footprint in your hearts like you did mine. Kansas City I love you & I always will. This isn't goodbye, just a see you later. My Mum's always told me 'leave it better than you found it,' he wrote. Dwyer scored in his national team debut against Ghana this month. He also scored against Panama in the opening game of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. MLS says the previous record was Orlando's trade of Kevin Molino to Minnesota United for $650,000 in allocation money. 'Our group has worked hard to find potential additions to the club and we are thrilled to finalize this deal and add an important piece to the roster in Dom,' Orlando City CEO Alex Leitao said in a statement. 'Dom is a fantastic player who recently gave us a glimpse of what he is capable of with the U.S. men's national team and will keep doing so with the club and at the MLS All-Star game next week.' Dwyer, 26, is married to women's national team forward Sydney Leroux, who plays for FC Kansas City of the National Women's Soccer League. The couple lives with their infant son Cassius in the Kansas City area. Dwyer and Leroux are the first husband-and-wife duo to each score for the U.S. national soccer team. They are just the fourth married couple to play for the United States, joining Jim Gabarra and Carin Jennings, Claudio Reyna and Danielle Egan and Zach Loyd and Casey Nogueira. Egan's only goal was in 1993, four years before she married Reyna. Born in England, Dwyer came to the U.S. as a college student, playing at Tyler Junior College in Texas before transferring to South Florida for the 2011 season. He was the 16th overall pick for Sporting Kansas City in the 2012 draft and has 67 goals across all competitions for Sporting KC. He became a U.S. citizen in March, paving the way to a spot on the national team. On Tuesday, he was greeted by a large crowd at Orlando's airport . A news conference to welcome him to the team was scheduled for Wednesday. Vermes said he was confident that the incentives that bring the deal to $1.6 million would be met. He said he could not comment specifically on reports that Sporting was trying to bring back striker Krisztian Nemeth, who reportedly wants to return to MLS. Kansas City would have to acquire the top allocation spot from the Columbus Crew. Vermes emphasized the roster situation is fluid and the team is always looking at players. 'The question is whether or not we'll be able to get a deal done in short term or if it is going to be in the next window,' he said.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News21 hr. 53 min. ago

Dolor suffers dislocated left pinky, rushed to the hospital

SUWON CITY, South Korea --- Philippine men’s national volleyball team spiker Greg Dolor suffered a dislocated finger in his left hand while doing blocking drills Wednesday at the Sungkyunkwan University gym here.   The former Far Eastern University standout was rushed to a nearby hospital after a broken bone on his left pinky punctured his skin and was accompanied by Korean interpreter Oh Jaehak. Only one person was allowed by the medical personnel of the emergency ambulance to accompany Dolor.  “Naramdaman ko na lang na po ‘yung buto. Di ko na lang tiningnan pero nakita ko na dumudugo,” Dolor said. Dolor is with the national team for a 13-day training camp in preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The team was on its fourth day of training. Team physical therapist Randel Lapuz said that they are still waiting to find out the extent of Dolor’s injury. “Kailangan yun ma-immobilize. Aalamin pa natin ‘yung extent ng injury,” said Lapuz. “For now it’s considered as a dislocated fifth proximal interphalangeal joint of the left hand.” The PT added that Dolor will need time to recover, making his participation in the biennial meet on August 19 to 31 doubtful. The Nationals in Day 4 of the camp started the day with a morning jog around the oval track and after breakfast went back to the gym to practice their service receive and blocking. A tune-up game against the Korean U-19 team, which defeated the Pinoy spikers in five sets Monday, is scheduled at 3:30 p.m.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2017

Royals get pitchers Cahill, Maurer, Buchter from Padres

em>By Noah Trister, Associated Press /em> DETROIT (AP) — After scrambling back into contention in the AL Central, the Kansas City Royals are gearing up to make another bid for a postseason spot. The Royals acquired three pitchers from the San Diego Padres on Monday, getting starter Trevor Cahill, closer Brandon Maurer and reliever Ryan Buchter. Kansas City sent pitchers Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, minor league infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash to San Diego. The deal came one week before the nonwaiver trade deadline. Kansas City entered Monday night's game at Detroit trailing first-place Cleveland by only 1 ½ games, and the Royals are also right in the mix for a wild card. 'We wanted to move sooner than later,' general manager Dayton Moore said. The Royals had been looking to bolster their rotation and bullpen, and did it with one swap. Cahill was 4-3 with a 3.69 ERA in 11 starts for the Padres. The 29-year-old right-hander was an All-Star with Oakland in 2010. Maurer is 20-for-23 on save tries, and 1-4 with a 5.72 ERA. The 27-year-old righty began his big league career with Seattle in 2013 as a starter. Buchter is 3-3 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 42 games. The 30-year-old lefty pitched 67 times for the Padres last year. Kansas City won the World Series in 2015 and the American League pennant the year before that. The Royals fell back to .500 last year, and after they went 7-16 this April, it looked like 2017 might be the end of their chance to contend with this core of players. Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar and Lorenzo Cain can all become free agents after this season. The Royals are back over .500 now, though, and they entered Monday on a five-game winning streak. 'We're very excited. We've always felt good about this team,' Moore said. 'We're certainly very much in the thick of a pennant race in our division.' Moore said the Royals did their due diligence on Cahill, who missed time earlier this season with shoulder issues. Eleven different pitchers have started for Kansas City this year, with unimpressive results aside from Jason Vargas and Danny Duffy. Kansas City's bullpen, meanwhile, looks a lot different than it did during its 2014-15 peak. Greg Holland and Wade Davis are no longer on the team. Kelvin Herrera is the closer, and Joakim Soria and Mike Minor have been solid this year. Maurer and Buchter can now pitch more meaningful innings than the Padres have been playing. San Diego is in fourth place in the NL West. The Padres are in deep rebuilding mode and don't expect to contend for a few years. Many observers and fans figured the first player to be traded would be reliever Brad Hand, San Diego's only All-Star. 'It's tough in the sense that you're losing three guys that you love and appreciate and have poured themselves out for the club,' manager Andy Green said. 'You actually enjoy the guys a lot. The three of them have been great teammates, great contributors. Losing two back-end pieces and a starter that statistically has been your best starter all year, those things are tough. 'But we're excited about what we're getting in return, excited about the future prospects, even though a couple of them won't play for us this year. But we see high upside and with Travis Wood we get some other help to stabilize things. I think he's going to have an opportunity to kind of re-establish himself in the National League,' he said. The 25-year-old Strahm went 2-5 with a 5.45 ERA for the Royals this year in 24 appearances — 21 in relief. Kansas City had been high on the young lefty but ended up using him to help acquire what figures to be more immediate help. Wood was 1-3 with a 6.91 ERA this year for Kansas City. The 18-year-old Ruiz has put up good numbers with the bat at the low levels of the minors. Kansas City also recalled left-hander Brian Flynn from Triple-A Omaha for Monday's game and designated right-handers Al Alburquerque and Luke Farrell for assignment. ___ em>AP Sports Writer Bernie Wilson in San Diego contributed to this report. /em>   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 25th, 2017

Amazing Amanda of Banko-Perlas

Of Filipino and American descent, pretty Amanda Villanueva of Banko-Perlas always wows the gallery with her high vertical jump at the net and solid floor defense. Her alma maters – St. James Academy in Malabon and Adamson University – had trained her, she says with some pride, to be that way, to be an asset for any team she’s with. At five-foot-four, she has a vertical leap higher than most, which almost always sets her up for an accurate attack at the net. In the backline she defends as wonderfully as a libero, effectively sealing whatever leaks still remain on her team’s floor defense. This lady with eyes the color of topaz is a joy to interview. She is articulate and witty and amidst the noise fanned by an ongoing game, she listens intently and understands the questions thrown at her. One question, though, stymies her – how do you get to leap that high? She’s at a loss for words to explain how the St. James Academy high school volleyball program is able to turn out girls who are high leapers like her and past and present teammate Ella de Jesus. “I don’t know how they do it over at St. James, but Ella and I, because of that kind of training, are able to leap higher than most girls our height.” Nicknamed 'the Ella-vator' by the imaginative sportswriters covering the volleyball beat, the five feet, two inches high school teammate of Amanda in St. James Academy, had been the Ateneo Lady Blue Eagles’ other main open spiker beside superstar Alyssa Valdez in their back-to-back title romp in the UAAP, and who is now manning, along with Amanda, the same position for the Banko-Perlas Spikers.  Amanda’s numbers in Banko-Perlas’ first three games in the PVL Open Conference glowingly speak of her effectiveness as a spiker despite her height. Nine points against Hair Fairy-Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers, 11 against triple champion Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors, and 12 against the Lady Falcons of Adamson, where she graduated with a degree in BS Psychology, for a three-game total of 32. Amanda credits her Adamson training and coach Dulce Pante for the defensive gem that she has become. A volleyball analyst opines that if you have her as a libero, you have in your hand one highly dependable libero. If, on the other hand, she plays the attacking position, you will effectively have two liberos when she rotates to the backline. That is what Banko-Perlas is enjoying from her now.   strong>Evergreen Amanda /strong> Amanda is among the fortunate athletes who look forever fresh and supremely fit. Evergreen Amanda, some call her. “I super take care of my body by eating right. What I have become I owe largely to eating the right food. People suffer because of what they ate early in their lives.” To wannabes who aspire to competing in big-time tournaments such as the PVL, she has this to say: “Work at it if you really love the sport. Bring out the leader in you and make that leader guide you toward the attainment of your goal.” Ma. Amanda Villanueva was born in America. She and her family relocated to the Philippines, specifically to her father’s hometown of Malabon City, when she was two. She played intramural volleyball as a grade schooler in St. James Academy. Not until she was in second year high did she start playing varsity also for St. James after which she joined the De La Salle Lady Spikers for two years during which she partnered with Cha Cruz in UAAP beach volleyball. She spent her remaining years in the UAAP with the Adamson Lady Falcons, then suited up for PLDT Home Ultera which went on to sweep the Open and Reinforced Conferences of the V League in 2015. She took a one-year break to work in an insurance company in Dubai. Back from Dubai, she started her second wind in the sport she’s most passionate about by joining the Perlas Spikers in the PVL Reinforced Conference and Banko-Perlas in the Open Conference now. In between, she got to compete in the growing and expanding Beach Volleyball Republic multi-leg tournament, winning the La Union stop with partner Bea Tan, her Banko-Perlas teammate as well. “I will continue playing for as long as I can,” she says in all seriousness. Judging by the way she super takes care of her body, volleyball fans will see her play for a long, long time. .....»»

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