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LOOK: ‘Banana Sundae’ host Sunshine Garcia, Alex Castro get engaged

https://www.instagram.com/p/BcycafxFK4N/?taken-by=sunshine_garcia Actor-politician Alex Castro proposed to Sunshine Garcia in front of loved ones--- and she said "yes." A video shows Garcia caught off-guard as Castro gave a speech in front of their family and friends. Garcia was brought to tears by the surprise. https://www.instagram.com/p/Bcyy9b8lJkH/?taken-by=sunshine_garcia In an Instagram post, she wrote, "Yung inakala ko na lagi na lang ako magiging audience kada may mag propropose at ikakasal." (I thought I would always just be part of the audience during proposals and weddings.) "Yung malapit ko ng tanggapin sa sarili ko na baka hindi para sa akin ang ganitong klaseng love st...Keep on reading: LOOK: ‘Banana Sundae’ host Sunshine Garcia, Alex Castro get engaged.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 18th, 2017

Sunshine Garcia, Alex Castro are engaged

MANILA, Philippines - Former Sexbomb dancer and Banana Sundae cohost Sunshine Garcia is now engaged to Star Magic singer/actor Alex Castro, after he proposed to her before family and friends on Saturday, December 16. Alex posted the photo of him and Sunshine showing off the engagement ring. "SlexRoadtoForever," he captioned the photo. {source} .....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Pogoy sparks TNT s charge to silence Elite

With TNT in trouble against a very dangerous Blackwater team, RR Pogoy took it upon himself to rescue his KaTropa in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. The reigning Rookie of the Year led TNT's fightback in the second half against the Elite and the KaTropa scored a huge 92-83 victory Wednesday at the Araneta Coliseum. Following a flat first half, Pogoy sparked a third-quarter rally for TNT, allowing the flagship MVP franchise to take over after a 29-14 run. The KaTropa ended up leading by as many as 17 points in the fourth, which was enough to holf off the Elite and get back to .500 with a 2-2 record. "Our rotation messed up in the first half, good thing we recovered in the second half. Going into this game, we knew that we gonna have a hard time against Blackwater," head coach Nash Racela said. "We knew that it's not gonna be easy getting a victory over them. It would take our absolute best and they really able to challenge us, especially in the second half, our shots started to fall," he added. Down by as many as 10, TNT clicked in the third behind Pogoy, who ended up scoring eight points including a highlight dunk on the break. The KaTropa took an eight-point lead into the finals 12 minutes where Jayson Castro helped finish the job, dropping a very confident Elite crew. Pogoy finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with eight rebounds while the Blue added 17 points of his own. RR Garcia started the game and dropped 12 while Anothy Semerad poured 11 points, also in a starting role. For the Elite, JP Erram continued his fine play going for 20 points and eight rebounds but it wasn't enough as Blackwater dropped to 2-2 for the season.   The Scores: TNT 92 - Pogoy 24, Castro 17, Garcia 12, Semerad 11, Rosario 9, Williams 6, Tautuaa 6, Reyes 2, Golla 0, Onwubere 0, Carey 0. Blackwater 83 - Erram 20, Cortez 14, Digregorio 9, Belo 9, Maliksi 9, Jose 7, Sumang 5, Marcelo 4, Sena 4, Pinto 2, Cruz 0. Quarterscores: 15-16, 36-43, 65-57, 92-83.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

WATCH: Family Guy’s Pete and Stewie make fun of Jimmy Kimmel

Cartoon characters and real life people hilariously interacted when the American animated sitcom "Family Guy" had two of its stars become audience members in the talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" In the show's clip, it can be seen that the father-and-son characters of Pete and Stewie Griffin engaged in some banter with Kimmel, as part of his monologue. Kimmel mentioned "The Simpsons" and how "Family Guy" ought to already be catching up in terms of episode numbers. Stewie retorted by saying that Kimmel was never asked to host the Academy Awards again, like he did last year. "Ask Seth McFarlane. He literally never, ever hosts back a second time," Stewie said in reference to the "...Keep on reading: WATCH: Family Guy’s Pete and Stewie make fun of Jimmy Kimmel.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 11th, 2018

Lakers beat Hawks 132-113 to end nine-game losing streak

By Alex Vejar, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon Ingram had 20 points and seven assists, and the Los Angeles Lakers snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 132-113 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Julius Randle had 15 points and nine rebounds in this sixth straight start, while Lonzo Ball finished with 13 points, 10 assists and six rebounds. Dennis Schroder led the Hawks with 27 points on 10-of-23 shooting. Kent Bazemore and John Collins added 15 points apiece. Los Angeles led by as many as 26 points — its biggest margin this season — and enjoyed a strong shooting night. The Lakers made 55.8 percent of their field goals, and shot 44.4 percent from three-point range. Even free throws went in for the Lakers, who came into Sunday (Monday, PHL time) as the worst team in the league in that category. Los Angeles made 20-of-25. The Hawks, on the other hand, shot just 43.6 percent from the field. Los Angeles went on a 16-3 run in the opening minutes of the second quarter that culminated in a transition three-pointer by Ball and a basket by Larry Nance Jr. off a pass from Josh Hart. The lead quickly ballooned to 20 after another three by Ball and a layup by Kyle Kuzma. The Hawks closed within 13 with 10:09 remaining in the fourth quarter, but a long pass from Kuzma led to a one-handed dunk by Ball, giving the Lakers a 17-point lead. Hart's three-pointer with 5:33 left in the game gave Los Angeles its biggest lead. The Hawks started the game on a 10-2 run, but the Lakers recovered. Kuzma's basket on a strong drive gave Los Angeles a 29-27 lead just before the first-quarter buzzer. TIP-INS Lakers: Got their first home win since Nov. 21 (Nov. 22, PHL time) against the Chicago Bulls. ... Beat the Hawks 36 years ago to the day for an NBA-record 33rd straight win. ... Seven Lakers scored in double figures. Hawks: Coach Mike Budenholzer picked up a technical foul in the first quarter. Taurean Prince dislocated his right ring finger in the first quarter, but returned to the game. UP NEXT Lakers: Host the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Hawks: Back at Staples Center to play the Clippers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2018

Kemba gets 19 in Hornets 108-94 rout of slumping Lakers

LOS ANGELES -- Kemba Walker had 19 points and seven assists, and the Charlotte Hornets wrapped up a solid road trip with their first back-to-back victories since Thanksgiving, beating the spiraling Los Angeles Lakers 108-94 on Friday night. Jeremy Lamb scored 17 points and Marvin Williams added 16 for the Hornets, who won three of four in California and avenged their home loss to the Lakers last month. Six players scored in double figures for Charlotte, which has won four of six overall. Lonzo Ball had 11 points and five assists in his first game since Dec. 23 for the Lakers, who have lost nine straight since Dec. 20. The rookie point guard missed six games with a sprained left shoulder, and he returned in limited minutes while rebuilding his strength. Brandon Ingram had 22 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, but Los Angeles dropped to 1-12 since winning at Charlotte on Dec. 9. The Lakers (11-27) are in last place in the Western Conference. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 10 rebounds while the Hornets had little trouble staying ahead of the Lakers after the opening minutes. Charlotte took a 16-point lead in the first half and stretched it to 21 in the third quarter. The Lakers' faithful fans are even growing frustrated in what looks like a fifth consecutive losing season. They booed the Lakers after Lamb's uncontested alley-oop dunk on a fast break put the Hornets up by 25 early in the fourth quarter. TIP-INS Hornets: Frank Kaminsky scored 12 points. He also got a technical foul in the fourth quarter for arguing a call. ... Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 13 points and eight rebounds. Lakers: Brook Lopez scored 11 points in his second game back from an eight-game absence with a sprained ankle. ... Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez watched the game at courtside, as did comedian John Mulaney. GETTING SHOTS The Lakers are the NBA's worst 3-point shooting team, and they went 9 for 36 against the Hornets. At least they improved the NBA's worst free-throw shooting percentage by going 9 for 12. HI DWIGHT Howard received the thunderous boos that have greeted him at Staples Center ever since he completed his single season with the Lakers in 2013 by spurning them to sign a free-agent deal with the Rockets. The Lakers haven't made the playoffs since he left, enduring the worst half-decade in franchise history. UP NEXT Hornets: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday in their first home game of 2018. Lakers: Host the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday night in a meeting of the NBA's two worst teams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

At least 15 players expected to show up for Gilas practice next week

At least 15 players are expected to show up Monday, Jan. 8, when Gilas Pilipinas officially opens camp to start 2018. According to head coach Chot Reyes, the team already got clearance from PBA OIC Willie Marcial for the release of the 15 players even if the league is just starting to pick up steam in the ongoing Philippine Cup. As per usual, Jayson Castro and June Mar Fajardo will lead Gilas to training to start the year followed by Calvin Abueva, Kiefer Ravena, and Gabe Norwood. The rest are Kevin Alas, Jio Jalalon, RR Pogoy, Matthre Wright, Allein Maliksi, Carl Bryan Cruz, Mac Belo, Troy Rosario, Raymond Almazan, and Japeth Aguilar. For now, Gilas training is limited to once a week every Monday however, do expect the national team to resume its normal schedule very soon. For the next window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers, the Philippines (2-0) will travel to Australia to take on the Boomers (2-0) on Feb. 22. Three days later on Feb. 25, Gilas will host Japan at the MOA Arena.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

Rosario, TNT spoil Teng s career night with Alaska

Jeron Teng went full Beast Friday but all that went to waste as Alaska absorbed its second loss in as many games in the 2018 Philippine Cup. TNT is on the board for the new season as the KaTropa scored a 106-98 victory over the Aces at the Cuneta Astrodome. With Troy Rosario leading the charge, the KaTropa gained control late in the first half and TNT just managed to keep the Aces at bay in the second to push their record to an even 1-1. Rosario scored 21 points, 17 in the first half, and grabbed eight rebounds as TNT bounced back from a season-opening loss to Rain or Shine last week. Jayson Castro and Mo Tautuaa also had great games for the KaTropa as both players scored 18 apiece. The Blur added another six rebounds and five assists while Mo finished with nine rebounds. RR Garcia returned from injury reserve and put up 11 points for TNT. "It's always hard to get the first win especially with our next game being against San Miguel. At least we got some sort of momentum before we face the best team in the league," head coach Nash Racela said as his team looks forward to a semis rematch against the three-time defending champions when action resumes early next year. Following a high-scoring first quarter, TNT buckled down on defense and limited the Aces to 19 points in the second while scoring 29 to really take control of the contest. Alaska, who still can't seem to find ways to win in the new season, got a monster effort from Jeron Teng, its no. 5 overall pick from the previous Draft. Teng powered his way for 28 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists, and four steals but he couldn't lead the Aces back from a 14-point deficit. Jvee Casio added 17 for Alaska while Calvin Abueva went for 16 points and nine boards.   The Scores: TNT (106) - Rosario 21, Tautuaa 19, Castro 18, Garcia 11, Williams 9, Pogoy 7, Onwubere 6, Reyes 6, Torres 6, Tallo 2, Arong 2, Carey 0. Alaska (98) - Teng 28, Casio 17, Abueva 16, Magat 9, Thoss 6, Galliguez 5, Pascual 5, Banchero 4, Cruz 4, Manuel 2, Racal 2, Exciminiano 0. Quarterscores: 29-30, 56-49, 81-72, 106-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 29th, 2017

Nikki Valdez gets engaged on Christmas Day

MANILA, Philippines – It was a merry Christmas indeed for Nikki Valdez as the actress got engaged on December 25 to her boyfriend, media executive and triathlete Luis Garcia. On Instagram, Nikki posted a photo of their engagement, which took place at the historic Calle Crisologo in Vigan, Ilocos Sur. {source}.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

ROS holds off TNT in slugfest between contenders

Rain or Shine was not going to be denied. Losing a double-digit advantage and even giving up the lead altogether, the Elasto Painters recovered in time to eke out an 82-79 victory over the TNT KaTropa in the 2018 Philippine Cup at the Cuneta Astrodome Friday. Holding on to a three-point lead, ROS appeared to be headed for disaster after Raymond Almazan lost the ball with 18 seconds left. However, Almazan more than made up for it on the other end as the towering center made sure his Gilas teammate and TNT ace Jayson Castro would not be able to get a decent attempt at a game-tying three-point shot allowing the Painters to walk away with the victory. "Sabi ko nga sa mga players before the game was we practiced hard for one month and a half, to prepare for this conference, wag lang nila sayangin. Dami pa ring lapses but I think we're gonna get better," head coach Caloy Garcia said. "We're just lucky that they missed the shot at the end," he added. Taking advantage of a TNT team that was firing blanks almost all game long, the Elasto Painters opened up an 11-point lead at the end of the third period, 62-51. But behind the ageless Kelly Williams, the KaTropa wouold mount a spirited comeback, even taking the lead, 68-66, after a layup from Ryan Reyes. ROS would immediately respond though, firing 10 straight points to regain control before holding on for the win. Four players scored in double-figures for the Elasto Painters led by Beau Belga with 14 points. Chris Tiu added 12 while Gabe Norwood and Raymond Almazan finished with 11 points each. Jayson Castro led the way for TNT with a near triple-double, firing 18 points on top of nine rebounds and 10 assists in a losing cause. RR Pogoy added 16 and Anthony Semerad drilled 13 points. Williams was good for 11, nine in the fourth period.   The Scores: RAIN OR SHINE 82 — Belga 14, Tiu 12, Almazan 11, Norwood 11, Ahanmisi 9, Daquioag 8, Borboran 5, Nambatac 5, Trollano 4, Ponferrada 3, Maiquez 0, Yap 0. TNT 79 - Castro 18, Pogoy 16, Semerad 13, Williams 11, Rosario 8, Reyes 7, Torres 4, Tautuaa 2, Carey 0, Nuyles 0, Tallo 0. Quarters: 20-20, 43-37, 62-51, 82-79.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

PBA Season 43 preview: The Pack

Forget the PBA impasse for a second. Seriously, forget it. Why? There are basketball games to be played. That's right, the PBA will push through with the opening of the 43rd season as originally scheduled and before we start what appears to be another long, exciting, stressful (for the good reasons, of course), and eventful year of basketball, let's look at all 12 teams first. We start with "The Pack" in this preview. Special thanks to Alaska's coach Alex Compton for this idea. Okay here we go.   Rain or Shine Elasto Painters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Gabe Norwood Ed Daquioag Jericho Cruz Dexter Maiquez Maverick Ahanmisi Jewel Ponferrada Mark Borboran Chris Tiu James Yap Don Trollano Raymond Almazan Rey Nambatac Beau Belga Ronnie Matias Jeremy King Injured/Reserve: Jay Washington Head coach: Caloy Garcia The Elasto Painters, after losing so many key peices from their championship team in the previous offseason, didn't exactly have a bad year in 2017. ROS made it to the playoffs in each of the three conferences. However, the Painters failed to advance to the semifinals in all three as well. Rain or Shine is a champion team but the transition period for this franchise might be extended unless they can actually sustain their strong starts to conferences.   NLEX Road Warriors PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Emman Monfort Michael Miranda Juami Tiongson Jansen Rios Kevin Alas Cyrus Baguio Alex Mallari Larry Fonacier Kiefer Ravena Raul Soyud Kenneth Ighalo Rabeh Al-Hussaini Alfonso Gotladera JR Quinahan Asi Taulava Injured/Reserve: Ronjay Buenafe Head coach: Yeng Guiao It took them a while but the Road Warriors finally figured things out under coach Yeng Guiao. And now with a new star at poing guard plus a another offseason of playing together, this season feels like the actual start of the Yeng Guiao era in NLEX. The Road Warriors have a nice mix of young and veteran talent and they have a champion coach at the helm. The potential is there to make noise in the playoffs.   Phoenix Fuel Masters PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: LA Revilla Jason Perkins Gelo Alolino JC Intal Joseph Eriobu Justin Chua Marvin Hayes Jeff Chan Doug Kramer Jam Cortez Karl Dehesa Rey Guevarra William Wilson RJ Jazul Matthew Wright Head coach: Louie Alas Phoenix is in it to win it. The Fuel Masters missed the playoffs once for the first time in four conferences and the team literally changed almost their entire coaching staff. Coach Louie Alas will have an interesting squad to work with in his debut season with the team. If Phoenix can avoid a major slide similar to what happened in the 2017 Governors' Cup, expect the Fuel Masters to be featured in the playoff race.   KIA Picanto PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Reden Celda Jackson Corpuz JR Reyes Jon Gabriel Philip Paniamogan Rashawn McCarthy Prince Caperal Eric Camson Jan Jamon Pedrito Galanza Roldan Sara Glenn Khobuntin Mark Yee Dylan Ababou Ronald Tubid Head coach: Chris Gavina Kia's unconventional ways will be tested this season. After basically trading away Christian Standhardinger, people will most certainly watch the Picanto to lose. But you never know with this team, they have a brilliant coach and maybe Kia manages to pull off an upset or two this season. Maybe it's not so bad after all. We'll see.   Meralco Bolts PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Finals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Bryan Faundo Mike Tolomia Cliff Hodge Nico Salva Baser Amer Chris Newsome KG Canaleta Garvo Lanete Joseph Sedurifa Anjo Caram Jason Ballesteros Jared Dillinger Reynel Hugnatan Ranidel De Ocampo Mac Baracael Injured/Reserve: Ken Bono Head coach: Norman Black For the past two seasons, Meralco has not performed well in the Philippine Cup. Without an import, the Bolts just shut down for some reason. However, the team can build on a more mature set of locals this time around to make some noise in the All-Filipino. And you already know coach Norman Black is not allowing another All-Filipino collapse from his team.   Blackwater Elite PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Missed playoffs Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Quarterfinals PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Mike Cortez Mike Digregorio Ael Banal Roi Sumang JP Erram Mark Cruz John Pinto Mac Belo James Sena Renz Palma Chris Javier Allein Maliksi Dave Marcelo Raymar Jose Kyle Neypes Head coach: Leo Isaac Blackwater has an interesting team. Just looking at their line up from top to bottom, the Elite have all the tools to make a playoff runs this season. Starting with the All-Filipino, Blackwater can finish the job that they failed to do last season. People forget that the Elite, despite missing the playoffs, had a pretty good Philippine Cup last year.   Globalport Batang Pier PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Quarterfinals Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Yousef Taha Julian Sargent Stanley Pringle Terrence Romeo Nico Elorde Sean Anthony Micahel Juico Jonathan Gray Ryan Arana Kelly Nabong Lervin Flores Joseph Gabayni Bradwyn Guinto Injured/Reserve: Arnold Van Opstal Head coach: Pido Jarencio Regardless if its Pido Jarencio or Franz Pumaren coaching this team, things will be hard for Globalport if Terrence Romeo continues to miss time. But looking at it from another angle, maybe Stanley Pringle shows us another level to his game and takes the Batang Pier to new heights. However, Globalport fans would feel more comfortable if the Bro recovers according to schedule and makes his debut sooner rather than later.   Alaska Aces PBA Season 42 results: Philippine Cup - Quarterfinals Commissioner's Cup - Missed playoffs Governors' Cup - Missed playoffs PBA Season 43 opening day line up: Simon Enciso Chris Banchero Sonny Thoss Calvin Abueva Marion Magat Jake Pascual Jeron Teng Chris Exciminiano Carl Bryan Cruz Abel Galiguez Davon Potts Jvee Casio Kevin Racal Vic Manuel Injured/Reserve: Noy Baclao Head coach: Alex Compton It possibly can't get any worse for Alaska this season. After a down year, the Aces are poised for a bounce back season. If Alaska can re-learn how to finish games, the team can absolutely regain its lofty standing on top of the league. The pieces are there, it's amazing how the Aces lost so many games last season. It cannot get any worse.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 15th, 2017

San Miguel, TNT, Ginebra have target on their backs for PBA Philippine Cup

Three-time champion San Miguel is the unanimous team-to-beat as the PBA gears up for its season-opening Philippine Cup. The Beermen were the only ones mentioned by all of the team governors who were asked about the top team in the tournament. “I think it’s still gonna be San Miguel because of its intact lineup,” Meralco alternate governor Ryan Gregorio told reporters in the league’s preseason press conference on Wednesday at the Okada in Paranaque. Indeed, the three-time champions will be parading the same core of four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo, Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, Chris Ross, and Arwind Santos. That’s not even counting 2017 PBA Draft top pick Christian Standhardinger who is still fulfilling contractual obligations in the Asean Basketball league. Alaska’s Dickie Bachmann, Blackwater’s Dioceldo Sy, Ginebra’s Alfrancis Chua, Magnolia’s Rene Pardo, NLEX’s Ramoncito Fernandez, Rain or Shine’s Mert Mondragon, TNT’s Magnum Membrere, and even San Miguel’s own Robert Non could only agree with Gregorio. Chua and Pardo, however, explained that the Beermen will not be able to truly take their place as the top team in the tournament as they are yet to have Standhardinger. “SMB, hindi pa malakas yan, wala pa si Standhardinger. Sa second conference pa,” the former said. With that opening for contention, team governors also named Ginebra and TNT as teams to watch. “If you know your basketball, Ginebra ang pipiliin ko,” Pardo said, talking about the Gin Kings of multi-titled mentor Tim Cone, Japeth Aguilar, Joe Devance, Greg Slaughter, LA Tenorio and Scottie Thompson. “Yung TNT, intact yung lineup tapos they also have bigs who can match-up with June Mar,” Non said of the KaTropa mentored by Nash Racela and fronted by Jayson Castro, RR Pogoy, and Kelly Williams. Meanwhile, Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle’s Globalport as well as Kevin Alas and Kiefer Ravena’s NLEX are seen as darkhorses in the tournament. The 43rd Season of Asia’s first pay-for-play league commences on December 17 at the Araneta Coliseum. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Westbrook’s triple-double leads Thunder past depleted Spurs

By Cliff Brunt, Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Russell Westbrook had his seventh triple-double of the season to help the Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the short-handed San Antonio Spurs 90-87 on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Westbrook had 22 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Thunder, who won their second straight. Steven Adams added 19 points and 10 rebounds for Oklahoma City, which won even though No. 2 scorer Paul George had just eight points on 2-for-17 shooting. Dejounte Murray had 17 points and Derrick White added 16 for San Antonio. With a chance to tie it at the end, Brandon Paul missed a three-pointer and the Thunder rebounded. Spurs starters LaMarcus Aldridge and Tony Parker sat out. San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said Aldridge rested with a minor knee issue and Parker was “dinged-up.” The Spurs still are waiting for forward Kawhi Leonard’s right quadriceps injury to heal. San Antonio’s Kyle Anderson sprained his left knee with a minute remaining in the third quarter and did not return. Jerami Grant’s three-pointer as time expired in the first half gave the Thunder a 54-43 advantage. Adams had 17 points on 7-for-10 shooting and Oklahoma City led even though George went scoreless and Carmelo Anthony managed just three points. San Antonio rallied in the third quarter and cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 76-73 at the end of the period. Westbrook clinched his triple-double on an assist to George for a three-pointer that gave the Thunder an 87-79 lead. George had made just 1-of-14 shots before connecting with 4:13 remaining. TIP-INS Spurs: Popovich said reserve forward Rudy Gay was “dinged-up,” so he did not play. ... Paul made his first NBA start and was issued a technical foul in the second quarter. Thunder: G Alex Abrines, who is healthy but did not play the previous two games, scored five points in 15:22. ... Westbrook had seven points, six assists and five rebounds in the first quarter. ... Westbrook shot 2-of-6 on free throws. UP NEXT Spurs: Host the Detroit Pistons on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). Thunder: Host the Utah Jazz on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

Leo s personal 'Grand Slam' highlights PBA Press Corps awards night anew

Well, San Miguel head coach Leo Austria got his own personal Grand Slam. Austria was once again the star of the annual PBA Press Corps Awards Night, picking up a third straight coach of the year plum. The Beermen mentor received a new trophy in the official presentation Thursday at the Gloria Maris restaurant in Cubao. And for winning coach of the year for a record third straight season, Austria gets to keep the Baby Dalupan trophy for good. San Miguel in general was the big winner for the night with Ramon Ang named as Executive of the Year. He was represented by Beermen governor Robert Non. Beermen guard Chris Ross was Defensive Player of the Year once again. Ross, together with teammate Alex Cabagnot, were also cited for winning Finals MVPs over the course of last season. Ginebra's LA Tenorio was the other Finals MVP. Speaking of Tenorio, the Gin King ace was the recipcient of the Order of Merit. Other winners were Kelly Williams as the Comeback Player of the Year, Jio Jalalon as Mr. Quality Minutes, and Terrence Romeo as Scoring Champion. Rookie of the Year RR Pogoy, Jalalon, Kevin Ferrer, Matthew Wright, and Reden Celda made up the all-rookie team while Jayson Castro, Ranidel De Ocampo, Tenorio, Beau Belga, Marc Pingris, and head coach Tim Cone were the all-interview squad.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

Gilas wins

GILAS Pilipinas survived a scare to beat host Japan, 77-71, and open its bid in the FIBA World Cup 2019 Asia qualifiers at the Komazawa Olympic Park gym in Tokyo, Japan. Veteran Jayson Castro and naturalized center Andray Blatche leading the charge for the Filipinos, who blew an early double-digit….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Lonzo Ball’s triple-double sends Lakers past Denver, 127-109

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lonzo Ball had his second career triple-double and Julius Randle scored 24 points in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 127-109 victory over the short-handed Denver Nuggets on Sunday night (Monday, PHL time). Ball had 11 points, a career-high 16 rebounds and 11 assists in the 20-year-old rookie’s first triple-double in front of his hometown fans at Staples Center. Brook Lopez scored 21 points and Jordan Clarkson added 18 for the Lakers, who surged to a 24-point lead in the first half and easily won for just the second time in seven games. Denver coach Mike Malone and top scorer Nikola Jokic were ejected in the second quarter after Malone stepped onto the court during play to argue a no-call on a play by Jokic around the basket. Malone furiously confronted referee Rodney Mott, who swiftly ejected the coach and his best player when Jokic joined in the argument. Forward Paul Millsap also left with a sprained left wrist in the second quarter of a miserable night at Staples Center for the Nuggets, who lost for just the second time in six games. Ball had another big game at another turbulent moment in his family life. With his father, LaVar, engaged in a public argument with Donald Trump over the president’s role in resolving brother LiAngelo’s misdeeds during a UCLA basketball trip to China, Lonzo Ball put together an outstanding floor game to boost the Lakers. Ball and Magic Johnson are the only Lakers with multiple triple-doubles in their rookie seasons. Johnson had seven, and his new point guard has two in his first 17 games. Randle added seven points and five assists in a stellar game off the bench. TIP-INS Nuggets: Jamal Murray got a technical foul for gesturing at Mott after a no-call shortly after the two ejections. ... Two nights after Denver scored 146 points in a win over New Orleans, the Nuggets mustered just 48 points in the first half while committing 13 turnovers. Lakers: The 6'6" Ball’s 16 rebounds were the most in the NBA by any rookie this season. ... Los Angeles had a season-high 36 assists. ... Randle scored 17 points before halftime. ... Josh Hart and Ivica Zubac were recalled from the South Bay Lakers before the game. Hart scored three points, and Zubac played two minutes. TOSSED Malone was infuriated when Mott didn’t call a foul on the Lakers for contact while Jokic battled underneath the basket. When the teams headed upcourt, Malone took two steps onto the hardwood and blocked Mott’s path. Jokic had barely joined the argument when Mott tossed him as well, prompting a profane response. Malone’s assistants had to calm him down. UP NEXT Nuggets: At Sacramento Kings on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). Lakers: Host the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

Devin Booker s 33 points power Suns past Lakers, 122-113

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Devin Booker hit six three-pointers while scoring 33 points, and the Phoenix Suns beat the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time in three tries this season, 122-113 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Alex Len had 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Suns, who won for just the second time in eight games. Tyler Ulis added 16 points as Phoenix bounced back impressively after giving up 142 points in a home loss to Houston one night earlier. Rookie forward Kyle Kuzma scored 28 of his career-high 30 points in the second half for the Lakers, who have lost 5-of-6. Los Angeles beat Phoenix 100-93 on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), but couldn't match that defensive effort in the rematch. Ulis, Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Suns rookie Josh Jackson all got technical fouls for an aggressive shoving match near the Phoenix bench with 3:17 to play. Booker scored 36 points in the Suns' home loss to the Lakers on Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), and he kept up his history of torrid performances against LA. Perhaps motivated by a verbal altercation near the Lakers' bench in Phoenix four days earlier, Booker hit all six of his three-pointers in the first half at Staples Center. Kuzma set a new career-high for the second straight game with a dynamite second half, but the Lakers made no progress on their deficit. Brook Lopez had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles. Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball had a quiet six points, six assists and six rebounds in 38 minutes. Greg Monroe had six points and one rebound in his second appearance with the Suns. One night after giving up 90 points in the first half to Houston, the Suns yielded a measly 53 first-half points to the Lakers while jumping out to a 12-point lead. Booker nailed two three-pointers in the final 14 seconds, with Ball's first field goal on a layup sandwiched between them. TIP-INS Suns: Big man Dragan Bender celebrated his 20th birthday with 10 points and five rebounds. ... Big man Tyson Chandler missed his second straight game with a respiratory illness. ... Jared Dudley missed his fourth consecutive game with a knee injury. Lakers: Larry Nance Jr. has been cleared to return to practice earlier than expected. The forward broke his left hand Nov. 2 (Nov. 3, PHL time) and was expected to be sidelined four to six weeks. ... Kuzma's sixth 20-point game is the most among NBA rookies. UP NEXT Suns: Host the Chicago Bulls on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Lakers: Host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday (Monday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

Hollywood’s 'MeToo wave engulfs Washington

WASHINGTON -- From the White House to Congress to the Supreme Court, Washington has had its share of sexual scandals. But the #MeToo wave exposing sexual misconduct which began in Hollywood slammed into the US capital this week, triggering a dizzying slew of allegations, apologies and resignations. Democratic Senator Al Franken said he was sorry after a radio talk show host accused him of forcibly kissing her in 2006 -- two years before voters in Minnesota sent him to the Senate -- and for posing for a picture which showed him groping her breasts as she slept. President Donald Trump, despite numerous allegations that he has personally engaged in lewd conduct towards women, w...Keep on reading: Hollywood’s #MeToo wave engulfs Washington.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 18th, 2017

George scores 42, Thunder beat Clippers to snap 4-game skid

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Paul George scored 42 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Los Angeles Clippers 120-111 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak. It was George's highest points total since joining the Thunder in an offseason trade. He made 13 of 22 shots and had nine rebounds and seven assists. Russell Westbrook had 22 points and eight assists and Carmelo Anthony and Alex Abrines each scored 14 points in the Thunder's highest-scoring game of the season. Lou Williams scored 35 points for the Clippers, and Blake Griffin had 17 points on 5-for-19 shooting. Los Angeles has lost four straight. The Thunder led 63-55 at halftime behind 21 points by George and 17 by Westbrook. The Clippers shot 54 percent before the break, but they turned it over 11 times and were outscored 17-12 at the free throw line. The Thunder continued their surge early in the third quarter. A 3-pointer by Anthony pushed Oklahoma City ahead by 15. The Thunder increased their lead to 20 before the Clippers chipped away late in the quarter to cut their deficit to 94-86 at the end of the period. A 3-pointer by Austin Rivers tied it at 105 midway through the fourth. The Thunder held the Clippers to one field goal in the final three minutes. TIP-INS Clippers: G Jawun Evans, who played at nearby Oklahoma State last season, scored three points in 16 minutes. ... G Patrick Beverley sat out with a sore right knee. F Danilo Gallinari missed the game with a strained left glute. ... G Sindarius Thornwell got his first career start in place of Beverley and scored 10 points. ... G Lou Williams hit a double-clutch shot from halfcourt to end the first quarter. ... Williams was called for a technical foul in the fourth quarter. Thunder: C Steven Adams missed the game with a right calf contusion. ... Dakari Johnson got his first career start in Adams' place and finished with nine points. He was a G-League All-Star last season. ... George hit a short jumper at the halftime buzzer. ... George was issued a technical foul in the third quarter. UP NEXT: Clippers: At New Orleans on Saturday night. Thunder: Host Dallas on Sunday night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2017

Winter wonderlandKorea gets ready to host the Winter Olympics

By Cathy Rose A. Garcia, Associate Editor PYEONGCHANG — Thirty years after Seoul hosted the Summer Olympics, this town in Gangwon Province is getting ready to welcome thousands of athletes and tourists for the Winter Olympic Games in February. The Alpensia Ski Jump will be the venue of some events during the Winter Olympic Games… link: Winter wonderlandKorea gets ready to host the Winter Olympics.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2017