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Rosal gains solo lead with 75

Rosal actually yielded the lead to Viray with a 39 start and a bogey on the 10th but the 2017 champion fought back with a birdie on the par-5 14th and parred the rest to wrest control at 151 heading to the final 18 holes of the annual event for the country’s leading golfing seniors organized by National Golf Association of the Philippines......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 21st, 2019

Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Rickie Fowler had an ideal start Thursday in the U.S. Open, and so did the USGA. Pebble Beach was as gentle as could be in the opening round, and Fowler was among those who took advantage with six birdies for a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the early lead with Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen. The notorious wind off the Pacific coast was little more than a breeze. The course was lush green and relatively soft. The USGA wanted to start conservatively and make it progressively more difficult, a forecast of dry weather gives officials a lot more control. This was the day to take advantage. Schauffele, who keeps showing up in golf's biggest events, holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to join Fowler at 66. Oosthuizen holed out for eagle from 95 yards at No. 11, his second hole of the day. "It's a very soft start to a U.S. Open, which is a good thing," Rory McIlroy said after a 68, his first sub-70 round at the U.S. Open since he won at Congressional in 2011. "They can do whatever they want with from here. It's not as if you're starting with a course that's in the condition like a Sunday, and then you get three days and it sort of starts to get away from you." Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods played in the afternoon. Koepka reached 4 under through seven holes until a bogey on No. 8, while Woods had three birdies to atone for a double bogey on par-3 fifth. He was 1 under through seven. Scott Piercy made bogey on the 18th for a 67. He was the first player to get everyone's attention when he made three birdies and an eagle through the opening six holes — the scoring holes at Pebble — and was 5 under. Graeme McDowell saw the score when he walked off the 10th green at the start of his round and quipped to his caddie, "All the USGA radios are going off and they're saying, 'Turn off the water — NOW!'" McDowell won the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 when it was so difficult he made only one birdie in the final round and no one broke par for the week. Even as he saw low scores on the board — he had a bogey-free 69, one of 16 rounds in the 60s among the early starters — McDowell feared what was to come. What really got his attention was Phil Mickelson being some 30 feet above the hole at No. 1, which should ordinarily have been a lightning fast putt. Mickelson left it short. "I don't think level par wins this week," he said. "Careful what you wish for, because I think we're going to see it come the weekend." Mickelson, in his fifth attempt at the career Grand Slam, opened with a 72 that certainly didn't hurt him, but only two birdies held him back. Two of his bogeys came from missing the fairway with an iron off the tee. The other was a careless three-putt — he missed from 22 inches. Dustin Johnson was only one shot better, and he could have been a lot worse except for a magnificent short game, no shot better than his flop shop from well behind the eighth green to 2 feet. He nearly drove the green on No. 4, a dangerous shot because the coast line hugs the right side. Why driver? "Because I'd bogeyed the last two holes," Johnson said with a wry smile. "I needed a birdie." That wasn't impatience that often dooms chances at a U.S. Open. That was recognition that scores were to be had, and this might be the best day. Fowler picked up three birdies in seven holes, dropped a shot at the turn and added three birdies on the back. It's the second time in three years at the U.S. Open he has started well — he had a 65 in the first round at Erin Hills — but the focus is on how he finishes. Even though he's 30, with seven victories on the PGA Tour and European Tour combined, Fowler is on that list of best without a major, perhaps because he's had so many top finishes. So the start was important. "It was very stress free," Fowler said. "You never feel in cruise control at a major, especially a U.S. Open, but the execution was very good today. ... It was the worst I could have shot, so that's a good thing. I'm happy with the start. You can't go out and win it up the first day, but you can obviously take yourself out of it and you're having to fight back." Schauffele also appears poised to break through in his third full year on tour. He first gained attention with his tie for fifth in his U.S. Open debut two years ago, and he tied for sixth last year at Shinnecock Hills. He also has runner-up finishes in the British Open and the Masters. His big break came at the end when he caught his drive off the toe and it hit off a rock framing the left side, bounding down the fairway. From there, he only had 8-iron to set up his eagle. "Very fortunate, and happy we capitalized on a really lucky break," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

Ikeda in the hunt for lead

Kanphanitnan Muangkhumaskul closed out both nines of Alabang Country Club with a burst of birdies – and an eagle on No. 7 – as she stormed past a steady Chihiro Ikeda and a faltering Lee Jeong Hwa of Korea to wrest control with a 69 at the s.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsDec 21st, 2016

Red Cubs survive Jr. Pirates to stay as top team in NCAA 95

STANDINGS San Beda 7-1 Arellano 5-2 LPU 5-3 CSB-LSGH 5-3 JRU 4-4 Letran 4-5 Perpetual 4-5 Mapua 3-5 San Sebastian 2-5 EAC 1-7 San Beda High School had to go deep into its bag of tricks to be able to put away very game Lyceum of the Philippines University, 99-97, in overtime, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Little-known Dom Cabanero's midrange jumper with under 40 ticks to go proved to be the difference between the two teams fighting over the top spot in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. "Talagang fighter talaga yang batang yan. Buti, matapang talaga yung bata," a beaming head coach Manu Inigo said post-game. Cabanero would not have had that chance, however, if not for Tony Ynot and Justine Sanchez who connived in the last three minutes of the extra period to overturn a three-point deficit and tie the tally at 97-all. There was still time for the Jr. Pirates to make something happen, but both Mac Guadana and John Barba were well-defended and muffed on their inside baskets. In the end, Cabanero had eight points to his name while Sanchez and Yukien Andrada both posted 19 markers and nine rebounds. Rhayyan Amsali also just missed out on a triple-double with 18 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds, and two steals. Showing character when it mattered most, the Red Cubs retained solo first in the standings now at 7-1. "Yung LPU, gusto rin talaga manalo kasi pagtinalo nila kami, no. 1 sila so sinabi talaga namin sa players, dapat ready kami. Alam ko nga, talo na, pero buti na lang, binigay pa rin sa amin," coach Manu said. The pleasant surprise of heroics from Cabanero spoiled a big-time 31-point outing by Guadana to go along with seven rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Barba and Jae Omandac posted their own double-doubles with the former finishing with 22 points and 11 rebounds and the latter ending with 21 markers and 10 boards. All of those still weren't enough, however, as LPU sank to 5-3. Meanwhile, both Colegio de San Juan de Letran and University of Perpetual Help got their campaigns back on track with victories versus separate foes. First, the Squires overwhelmed San Sebastian College-Recoletos with their balanced attack for a 72-64 decision. Lenard Santiago and Joshua Ramirez were the only ones in double-digit scoring with 14 and 13 points, respectively, but Shawn Umali, Andrei Romenez, CJ Saure, and Stacey Tibayan each also added seven markers for the blue and red which has now won four of its last six following a 0-3 start to the season. Also standing at 4-5 are the Jr. Altas who braved through a late rally by Emilio Aguinaldo College for a well-earned 71-70 win. Perps was in control for majority of the matchup until the Brigadiers battled back to even notch a one-point lead inside the final minute. Emman Galman, however, would take matters into his own hands and hit a floater over the outstretched arms of two defenders for what proved to be the game-winner. That was the biggest make of his total of 16 points on top of seven rebounds and three assists while rookie John Escalante chippined in a career-best 21 markers. With their respective losses, the Staglets fell to 2-6 and the Brigadiers fell to 1-7 BOX SCORES FIRST GAME LETRAN 72 - Santiago 14, Ramirez 13, Argente 11, Umali 7, Romenez 7, Saure 7, Tibayan 7, Tolentino 2, Cauguiran 2, Flauta 1, Omega 1, Lim 0, Cabal 0, Miranda 0, Delas Alas 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 64 - Janao 14, Darbin 14, Are 10, Concha 8, Perez 6, Una 4, Balo 4, Dailo 3, Gomez 1, Bulasa 0, Lustina 0, Brizo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-15, 38-29, 54-44, 72-64 SECOND GAME PERPETUAL 71 - Escalante 21, Galman 16, Kawamura 10, Orgo 8, Cuevas 7, Gelsano 6, Angeles 2, Nunez 1, Dela Cruz 0, Balazuela 0 EAC 70 - Balowa 22, Ilustrisimo 17, Cabuhat 11, Dandoy 8, Sanosa 6, Calipco 4, Macaraya 2, Sollestre 0, Rodrin 0, Mejia 0, Baruelo 0, Reyes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-7, 34-25, 53-48, 71-70 THIRD GAME SAN BEDA 99 - Sanchez 19, Andrada 19, Amsali 18, Ynot 16, Cabanero 8, Pascual 6, Llarena 3, Delfino 3, Oftana 3, Nicdao 2, Pelipel 2, Valencia 0, Alao 0, Alcantara 0, Peregrina 0. LPU 97 - Guadana 31, Barba 22, Omandac 21, Montano 10, Panganiban 6, Garro 3, Garing 2, Gamlanga 1, Ragasa 1, Dejelo 0, Santos 0, Dumon 0, Caringal 0, Caduyac 0, Gudmalin 0. QUARTER SCORES: 23-12, 47-36, 67-56, 87-87, 99-97. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News9 hr. 3 min. ago

Thomas wins at Medinah, takes No. 1 seed to FedEx Cup finale

By The Associated Press MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Justin Thomas had more stress than he wanted and answered with the shots he needed Sunday at Medinah to win the BMW Championship and claim the No. 1 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale. Thomas watched a six-shot lead shrink to two in a span of three holes around the turn until he regained control with two great wedges, and two pivotal putts. One last birdie gave him a 4-under 68 and a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay (65). The victory, the first for Thomas since the World Golf Championship at Firestone last year, gives him a two-shot lead starting the Tour Championship next week as the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup chase the $15 million prize. The field will have a staggered start based on their position in the FedEx Cup, meaning Thomas starts at 10-under par. The top 30 who advanced includes Lucas Glover, who went bogey-double bogey late in his round until finishing with a par to wrap up his first trip to East Lake in 10 years. It will not include Masters champion Tiger Woods, the defending champion. Woods was a long shot going into the final round to crack the top 30, and he closed with a 72. East Lake was his first victory in five years, capping his return from four back surgeries, a special moment replaced some six months later by his Masters victory. Hideki Matsuyama took the 36-hole lead with a 63 until falling back with a 73. He responded with another 63 to finish alone in third, making him one of three players who moved into the top 30 to reach East Lake. The other was Jason Kokrak, but only after J.T. Poston made bogey on his final hole. The U.S. team for the Presidents Cup didn't change, with Bryson DeChambeau holding down the final spot. Tony Finau would have needed to finish alone in third. He closed with a 69 to finish fourth, unable to keep up with Matsuyama. Nothing changed for the International team either, as Jason Day failed to earn one of the eight automatic spots. Thomas finished at 25-under 263 — seven shots lower than what Woods shot at Medinah when he won the 2006 PGA Championship — and earned $1,665,000. Even more money is at stake next week, though this was a burden lifted. All he cared about was winning......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Thai bucks shaky start, leads with strong finish

An errant drive that led to a fat 7 to start a title campaign hardly upset Nemittra Juntanaket, who unleashed a strong finishing kick to save a 72 in the heat and wind and wrest a two-stroke lead over Marvi Monsalve at the start of the ICTSI Mt. Malarayat Ladies Classic at Mt. Malarayat’s composite course here yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PVL: Flying Titans make good impression in debut

ChocoMucho made its presence felt with an explosive debut on Wednesday after crushing BaliPure, 25-12, 25-18, 25-18, in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Flying Titans played sans Bea De Leon, who was rested by head coach Oliver Almadro, but showed no signs of slowing down with their deep arsenal flexing their muscle to dominate the Water Defenders. Kat Tolentino, Bang Pineda and Maddie Madayag showed the way for ChocoMucho, which came back from four points down in the second frame. Tolentino finished with 14 points off 10 spikes, two kill blocks and two aces with 10 digs for an all-around performance for the Flying Titans, who landed 10 aces. Madayag had 11 markers while Pineda scored eight with four excellent receptions for ChocoMucho. Acy Masangkay tallied 18 excellent sets to help the Flying Titans hammer 33 kills. Legendary Manilla Santos-Ng made her return to competitive volleyball midway in the opening set with the Flying Titans up 15-8. Santos-Ng subbed in for Shang Berte and immediately made an impact as ChocoMucho blasted a 6-0 spurt capped by an ace by the former De La Salle University star, who last played in the UAAP Season 71 back in 2009 where she also won her fourth title and the Most Valuable Player award in her swan song. The Flying Titans went behind, 9-13, in the second set before mounting a rally to tie the frame at 13 off a Madayag kill block on Grazielle Bombita. Pineda gave ChocoMucho the lead as the Flying Titans regained their bearing to control the frame. BaliPure showed signs of resistance in the third but were easily repulsed by ChocoMucho, which got a chance to field in its bench. "We’re happy na we won on our first game. Sabi ko nga sa kanila kanin sa huddle, normally people will say first game jitters, but sabi ko sa kanila, ‘Mawawala yun if you play maturely. So we really have to play maturely and we really have to stick together and be one,’" said Almadro.   The Water Defenders bowed down in their first game in  the tournament and absorbed their 11th straight overall since an empty trip in the Reinforced Conference. No BaliPure player finished in double figures with Menchie Tubiera and Bombita scoring nine each.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Blazers repulse Chiefs, regain lead share

St. Benilde drew boost from the returning Justin Gutang as the Blazers turned back the Arellano University Chiefs, 82-77, yesterday to seize a share of the lead with the San Beda Lions in the 95th NCAA basketball tournament at the Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

Filipinos should lead marine survey in Philippine waters — Locsin

Foreign ships may conduct marine survey in Philippine exclusive economic zone provided that they turn over control to Filipino scientists, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

'Agimat' returns with special LeBron 16 low colorway

In its third year, the Agimat story takes center stage with the first footwear collaboration with Titan, a beacon of basketball culture in the Philippines. The latest LeBron 16 Low x Titan “Agimat” was inspired by Filipino folklore, where the greatest of warriors are tasked not only to excel in battle, but also to lead past the field of combat and to the pinnacle of their kingdom.  Evolving LeBron James’ journey from Warrior to King, the new Agimat sets the stage for James’ newest challenge to scale greater heights. Speaking about their first Nike collaboration, Levon Rondina, Chief Brand Officer for Titan said, “We are proud and excited that our partnership with Nike is on the Agimat, with its iconic relevance to the people of the Philippines. Since it first launched in 2017, the Agimat has rooted itself not just in basketball performance but also the culture around the game. We are proud to continue deepening that connection through design and storytelling true to Titan’s heritage, culture and spirit.”           View this post on Instagram                   #TAKETHETHRONE // The Agimat. Struck by Lightning. Made for the Warrior, Fit for a King. The journey continues. The Nike LeBron 16 Low x Titan ‘Agimat’ is coming. #FLOTG #TitanX A post shared by TITAN (@titan_22) on Aug 12, 2019 at 8:00pm PDT   Built to harness the athlete’s power during possession, the LeBron 16 Low x Titan “Agimat” features a combined cushioning system that helps absorb impact and provide responsive energy return. The stretch collar in the new design expands to let athletes easily get their foot in, while the custom lacing will secure the fit as per the athlete’s requirement.  In terms of design, there are 2 new badges appearing for the first time on this Agimat iteration – the ‘shield’ inspired by the Bagobo tribe’s traditional armour and ‘lightning’ that symbolizes power – both reflective of James’ stature as he takes on greater challenges in his journey with those who share the same values and resilience onwards. Jino Ferrer, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Philippines said, “We are thrilled to have worked with Titan on this special collaboration of the LeBron 16 Low x Titan “Agimat”. Titan’s love of the game has helped established them as an authentic and vital lifeline of Manila’s basketball scene. We are confident that the Agimat aptly inspires athletes to raise their game on and off the court; to the next level and beyond.” The Nike LeBron 16 Low x Titan “Agimat” priced at PHP8545 will be available at Titan stores, the Titan App, and TITAN22.COM.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

After three cancelled games, Blazers eager to play Chiefs

After three cancelled games, College of St. Benilde is raring to go as it eyes a share of the lead when it tangles with Arellano University in the 95th NCAA men's basketball tournament today at The Arena in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Fans call for Neymar s departure as PSG beats Nimes 3-0

PARIS (AP) — Fans expressed their anger at Neymar with chants and banners demanding his departure as Paris Saint-Germain started the defense of its French league title with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday. Neymar, who reported late to training from his summer holidays and has been linked with a move away from PSG to Barcelona or Real Madrid, was not included in coach Thomas Tuchel's squad. Some PSG hardcore fans mocked Neymar's behavior with one banner at the Parc des Princes saying "Get lost Neymar". Neymar, who became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017, has made clear in recent weeks that he wants to leave the club. In his absence, PSG dominated from the start and monopolized possession to camp in Nimes' half of the pitch. Edinson Cavani put the hosts in the lead from the penalty spot in the first half before Kylian Mbappe scored his 63rd league goal near the hour mark and then set up Angel Di Maria's goal. Mbappe was in superb form with his trademark dribbles and bursts of speed, while new signing Pablo Sarabia worked well with his teammates and delivered several good passes from the right flank which destabilized the visitors' defense. Nimes held out until Pablo Martinez was sanctioned for an unintentional hand ball in the box following a VAR review. Cavani took the penalty and beat goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni with a powerful strike in the 24th. Sarabia was dangerous again in the 34th with a fine volley at the far post that drew a spectacular save from Bernardoni, and Cavani missed an easy chance from close range with a poor touch from Mbappe's cross. Mbappe fired the ball into the top left corner in the 57th for 2-0 after connecting with a cut-back pass from Juan Bernat, and then delivered a perfect assist to the unmarked Di Maria inside the area. The Argentina forward, who came on as a substitute, controlled the ball and beat Bernardoni with a left-footed shot for his 40th French league goal. OSIMHEN SCORES 2 Lille forward Victor Osimhen scored twice on his French league debut to help the northern side to a 2-1 win over Nantes. Runner-up last season behind Paris Saint-Germain, Lille hired the Nigeria striker this summer to compensate for the loss of Nicolas Pepe, who joined Arsenal. The 20-year-old Osimhen, who scored 20 goals for Belgian side Charleroi last season after starting his professional career in the Bundesliga, showed both his athletic abilities and technical skills to put the hosts in the lead. After Nantes gave the ball away in Lille's half of the field, Osimhen collected a lofted pass with perfect chest control, pushed the ball forward with a fine touch, surged past a defender with a burst of speed and scored from close range with great composure. After Zeki Celik's own-goal put Nantes back in the game soon after the interval, Osimhen was decisive again with nine minutes left with a near-post finish from Celik's cross. Turkish international Yusuf Yazici also made his league debut for Lille after completing his move from Trabzonspor. Although he did not score, Yazici came off the bench as a replacement for Timothy Weah to add a dose of creativity in midfield and came close with a menacing free kick which went just over the bar in the 78th minute......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

PBA Finals: Second quarter meltdown buries SMB, 1-2, in Finals series

San Miguel Beer for the first time in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals series took control of the game early. The Beermen even held a 17-point lead to start the second quarter. Then everything went south from there. SMB squandered a big lead and allowed TNT KaTropa to mount a pivotal counterattack to turn the tables around as they hand the Beermen a 105-115 beating in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series on Friday at the Big Dome. The KaTropa took a 2-1 series lead. The Beermen actually shot better from the field with a 38-of-81 clip compared to TNT’s 35-of-82 but the KaTropa made an amazing 24-0 run in the second quarter that shifted the momentum on their side and SMB had no answer.    “Well ah, if we look at the stats makikita n’yo almost even. Still mataas pa rin kami sa shooting percentage but napabayaan namin ang lead namin nu’ng first quarter,” said SMB coach Leo Austria. “Although, first time namin na nagkaroon ng good start I think lumamang kami ng 16 (sic) but in the second quarter we allowed them to play their game.” The Beermen built their biggest lead, 36-19, off a Terrence Romeo triple to open the second period only to see TNT ignite a blitz. Terrence Jones sparked the KaTropa’s run with a lay-up. The TNT import scored 11 more points in the run capped by a trey that gave KaTropa a 43-36 advantage with just 4:29 left before the half. TNT entered halftime with a 55-50 lead.   “Nagkaroon kami ng kaunting scramble sa offense and defense,” said Austria. The mentor also felt that his wards veered away from their game plan.   “We’re trying to get the ball to June Mar (Fajardo) but something happened kumbaga the players ay talagang may iniisip din na magpapanalo sa team but hindi nangyari yun,” he said. “We’re not able to get some good breaks and a little bit panic siguro noong nakahabol sila,” Austria added. “In the second half they were able to control the game.” TNT also shot better from the outside with 15 triples compared to SMB’s eight. Jones hit 5-of-9 from the outside, Roger Pogoy also had 5-of-9 while Don Trollano nailed three, causing a SMB a big headache that Austria hope they could address in Game 4. “We were able to recover in the third quarter but they were really focused and hungrier. Then some of our shots hindi pumasok eh especially coming from those players na gumawa before,” said Austria. “Makikita naman natin eh. Eight out of 26 three points against (15) of 38. I think that’s one thing na kailangang ma-solve ulit namin.” Game 4 is on Sunday.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

PBA Finals: No expectations for TNT says Castro even after Game 1 win

TNT is off to a rousing start in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against San Miguel Beer following a dominant Game 1 win Sunday. However, the KaTropa were also up 1-0 on the Beermen two years ago in the same Finals and they ended up losing the title in six games. This early lead means nothing for TNT. “Syempre every series naman iba-iba. So tinitignan namin as one game at a time,” guard Jayson Castro said. “Ayaw namin na parang mag-expect kaagad,” he added. As the series moves on, Castro says it’s crucial for TNT to maintain its composure against the Beermen. The KaTropa connected on a huge run in the early goings of Game 1 and never let go but they know that San Miguel is certainly for than capable of turning things around pretty quickly. For TNT to win this title, the team will have to check the Beermen everytime they try to make a run of their own. “During that time parang na-control namin yung game and di kami na-rattle. Unlike before, pag humahabol na sila, nara-rattle kami. Isa lang nire-remind ko sa mga teammate ko, yung composure namin against San Miguel dapat nandoon talaga,” Castro said. “Anytime kaya mag-explode nung team na yun eh. Buti na lang, na-keep namin composure namin and na-protect namin lead namin at na-execute namin mga plays namin,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

Pagunsan targets record PGT run at Riviera

Pagunsan will not only try to cash in again on his local knowledge of the layout where he reigned as PGT Asia champ last March but also the momentum of a three-leg romp in the Visayas swing of PGT last June where he won the Bacolod, Negros and Iloilo legs to likewise wrest control in the race for the PGT Order of Merit......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 4th, 2019

ONE Championship: After disappointing night in Manila, it’s back to the drawing board again for Team Lakay

ONE Championship’s third trip to Manila for 2019, ONE: Dawn of Heroes which was held last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena, was tagged as the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history.    With fans packing the stadium, it was the perfect platform for La Trinidad-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay to showcase their talents in front of what could possibly be the biggest ONE crowd in Manila.    Unfortunately for Team Lakay, ONE: Dawn of Heroes would prove to be an unfavorable night for the most part.    “1 and 4,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao during the post-event press conference. “One win and four losses, but again, it’s not the first time that we’ve experienced a case like this. We’ve gone 0-5, and again, we learned a lot of lessons from tonight, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. We’ll go back to the hotel and discuss what happened.”   The preliminary card was nothing short of a disaster for Team Lakay, as former champions Geje Eustaquio and Honorio Banario, and featherweight contender Edward Kelly all absorbed painful losses.    Kelly, who was the first on deck, fell victim to unintentional illegal blows to the back of the head at the hands of Chinese contender Xie Bin, rendering him unable to continue. With the bout already past the halfway point when the infraction occurred, a technical decision needed to be made, and it went in favor of Xie, who had been dominating Kelly all throughout the first one-and-a-half rounds.    Hoping to right the ship and get himself back on track as well was former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, who took on a short-notice replacement in South Korean Dae Sung Park. Banario was originally slated to face Russian Timofey Nastyukhin, but instead went to the prelims after Nastyukhin needed to pull out due to an injury.    Banario found himself in trouble early on after getting rocked with a left high kick and an elbow, but was able to survive and make things competitive for the rest of the bout. Banario had his moments, but it was Park who was in control for the better part of the three-round bout, leading to a unanimous decision win.    “Siguro the lesson I learned in this fight is I need to train more,” a dejected Banario said during the post-fight presser. “I gave everything in the fight, but it wasn’t my night, so I think the next time, I need to train more and improve my game.”    With the loss, Banario is now riding a two-fight losing streak, and while he admitted that the short-notice opponent change may have thrown him off his game for a bit, “The Rock” offered up no excuses for the defeat.    “Just a little bit, because my opponent changed to a southpaw, I tried to adapt for three weeks, but there’s no excuses. I lost the fight and [I need] to go back to the drawing board,” he said.    Hoping to be able to end the slump was former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, who was coming off a bounce-back win back in Singapore. Against a heavy-handed Japanese striker in Yuya Wakamatsu, Eustaquio was hoping to get a win and throw himself back into title contention. Instead, Wakamatsu had other plans, as he landed a stiff right straight that knocked Eustaquio out in the first round.   It was Eustaquio’s first loss via knockout.    “Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out. It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete,” he said.    In what was Team Lakay’s main event for the night, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang faced arguably his toughest challenge yet in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout.    Folayang appeared to be within moments of victory after chopping Alvarez down with a vicious leg kick and pouncing on the grounded American.    Over-aggression led to a bit of carelessness for Folayang as he found himself getting reversed as he was looking to finish Alvarez off.    With the American star now in dominant position, it was only a matter of moments before he managed to impose his superior grappling and submitted the Filipino hero with a Rear Naked Choke just a little over two minutes into the opening round.   “I think, for Eduard in this fight, the major lesson that we learned is that ‘Don’t rush. We’re winning.’ I thought we won already, but because of small details, we’re in the [world-class] calibre, so small details will finish everything and lose the fight, so next time, we’ll be cautious,” Sangiao said of Folayang’s loss.    The lone bright spot for the team was their youngest Lakay in Danny Kingad, who rallied back to defeat Reece McLaren in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout. With the win, Kingad advances to the Finals to face American MMA icon and former long-time UFC Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who was also victorious that night against Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada.    Kingad and Johnson are set to square off at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October.    As Coach Mark said, this isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has felt disappointment in Manila. In fact, they have gone worse.    Back in 2013, Team Lakay went 0-5, with Folayang, Eustaquio, and Banario and Kevin Belingon all suffering losses that night in Manila.    But following the downs are usually ups, and Team Lakay has had their share of ups as well since then. They have gotten quite a few clean sweeps and even ended 2018 with four world championships, which means that all is not lost for the Igorot warriors, and Sangiao is confident that his team will regain their glory in the future.    “As I’ve said, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experienced cases like this. Before, we experienced going 0-5, and now we will be back again, and I know that they will be back stronger and better.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

Crippled Blazers survive Stags; Knights roll on

College of St. Benilde bucked the absence of star player Justin Gutang as it repulsed San Sebastian, 77-72, yesterday to reclaim a share of the lead with San Beda in its strongest start in the NCAA basketball tournament in years......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

MPBL: Chad Alonzo finds home with Imus, serves as mentor to younger bigs

Three years ago, Chad Alonzo wasn't even on a basketball team. The former Adamson Soaring Falcon forward was just coming off brief stints with ASEAN Basketball League team MX3 Kings Pilipinas and KIA in the PBA. Now, the grizzled 35-year-old veteran is one of the leaders of the Imus Khaleb Shawarma/GLC franchise in the on-going Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) Lakan Season. "Thankful lang din ako at tinayo ang liga na ito. Everybody, nagkakaroon pa ng chance talaga," said Alonzo, who returned to high-level basketball in 2017 when the MPBL inaugurated. "Yung for the love of the game, andoon eh. Age is just a number. Marami pang mas beterano nga sa atin eh. Pagdating sa MPBL, lahat nabigyan ng chance e. Yung mga bata naman, nakakapag-PBA. Maganda talaga yung programa." It turned out, Imus had always kept their eyes on the 6-foot-4 bruiser. And when the squad had the chance to secure his services, they did. "After ng Bacoor Strikers, free agent ako, and then sinabihan ako ng coaching staff ng Imus, and sabi nila, Chad, punta ka sa amin," shared Alonzo. Liking what they saw, Imus team manager Lou Abad presented Alonzo his new contract. It has not been an easy route so far for the Khaleb Shawarma/GLC crew, faltering in three of their first four outings. But being among the tested veterans on the line-up, Alonzo has been quite a presence in the locker room and in practice. "Medyo nakaka-adjust na lahat. Nagg-gel na yung team kaya unti-unti, maganda na yung tinatakbo kaya maganda rin yung outcome last game," he said. "Ang pagkakaiba dito sa Imus, talagang bago yung team. Lahat ng players bago, hindi kagaya sa mga previous team ko na talagang magkakasama na. Naging responsibility dito ng mga veterans ay tulungan yung mga teammates ko lalo na't mga bago pa sila." With eight years of PBA experience in the bag, Alonzo has served as a leader to younger front-liners like Gelo Vito and Jay-R Ng Sang, and he says he finds joy being that figure for them. "Dito sa MPBL, gusto ko matulungan lang yung ibang mga players. Yung mga gustong makapag-PBA. Mayroon kaming mga gustong magpa-draft," shared Alonzo. "So pwede kaming makatulong nina Jayjay Helterbrand." Not to be outdone, Alonzo even opened up about going toe-to-toe with the youngsters in practice, keeping up with them as he would receive compliments afterwards. "Sinasabi nila, Chad, para kang college lang ah. Paunahan eh, mabibilis, pero nakakasabay pa," recalled Alonzo. "Nakakatuwa talaga kasi karamihan, mga bata. Naishe-share ko sa kanila yung kung anong na-experience ko before sa PBA." Alonzo's last game with Imus was a testament to that, as he scored a double-double performance of 15 points and 12 rebounds in a decisive 82-70 win over the Soccksargen Marlins-Armor On. Such display that he could still be of significance to an MPBL club not only helped Imus, but inspired the rest of his teammates in general to develop winning attitude. "Yung mga bata, kailangan ipakita mo rin eh kasi ikaw yung veteran. Nakakatuwa naman sila kasi ginagaya nila and nagiging habit na nila sa practice. Lahat naman, sa sipag nadadaan eh. Nage-extra na sila after practice," he said. "Kung anong mga pwedeng maitulong sa kanila, ginagawa ko. Minsan nga, ganado pa sila mag-ensayo kasi nakikita nila na nakikipagsabayan ako sa kanila." Alonzo knows it will still be a long road for them in the Lakan Cup, but finding a niche is what's vital in keeping his career going, and perhaps lead him to another championship. "Kung papalarin talaga, sana makukuha rin ng title. Sana malayo ang marating ng Imus," he remarked. About Imus-Khaleb Shawarma/GLC Bandera: Imus-Khaleb Shawarma/GLC Bandera is one of the 10 pioneering teams of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League playing in the Southern Division of the league playing at the Imus City Sports Complex in Imus, Cavite, a third-class city in the Philippines. Khaleb Shawarma/GLC hold a 2-3 record in the Southern Division of the Lakan Cup and are undefeated at home. They will next play the Paranaque Patriots-F2 Logistics on July 30 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 30th, 2019

NCAA 95: Blazers out to keep fire burning vs Stags

College of Saint Benilde shoots for a share of the lead with defending three-time champion San Beda as it tackles skidding San Sebastian College in the 95th NCAA men’s basketball tournament today at The Arena in San Juan......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 29th, 2019

Ferrari tops both practice sessions at sweltering German GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — With track temperatures uncomfortably high at the sweltering German Grand Prix on Friday, Ferrari made the best of the conditions by topping both practice sessions. Charles Leclerc finished ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel in the afternoon, when the Hockenheimring track thermometer hit 51 degrees Celsius (124 F), reversing their positions from the already scorching morning session. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was third in both sessions, while teammate Valtteri Bottas could improve from fifth to fourth. "It was extremely hot. I can't remember the last time I drove in these conditions," said Bottas, who is Finnish. "The weather is going to be completely different tomorrow and on Sunday, with lower temperatures and a chance of rain. I actually hope for rain — it would be nice to drive in the wet." Hamilton won the race in pouring rain last year, profiting after Vettel crashed while comfortably leading. On Friday, the five-time F1 champion Hamilton also struggled to get the best out of his Mercedes. "These tires don't like the temperature. They were always overheating, so that's been the main issue," the British driver said. "We're hoping the weather won't be like this for the rest of the weekend. If it's cooler and it's dry, nothing from today really applies and everyone will be quicker." Hamilton has won five of the past six races to take his career tally to 80 and he leads the championship by 39 points, with Bottas in second place overall. Vettel, a four-time F1 champion but runner-up to Hamilton in the past two F1 championships, already trails Hamilton by 100 points and is in fourth overall. He needs a long run of wins to stand any realistic chance of catching Hamilton, but Vettel has not won for the past 18 races. Another driver with a point to prove heading into Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race is Red Bull's Pierre Gasly. The second practice was briefly suspended near the end after Gasly went off the track and smacked into the barriers, mangling both tires on the left side of his Red Bull car. "We need to get the chassis back and have a proper look. Thankfully it's not the race engine but it is frustrating to lose a car at that point of the session," team principal Christian Horner said. "It's an annoying accident. ... We can't change it now, we have just got to get on with it." The 23-year-old Gasly is having a difficult first season with Red Bull and has yet to secure a podium finish after 10 races. The Frenchman is sixth in the standings. His teammate Max Verstappen is third and has three podiums, including a brilliant win in Austria. Earlier Friday, Vettel topped the first practice by .255 seconds ahead of Leclerc. Verstappen was fourth quickest. Bottas misjudged a late turn, swerved into gravel and only just managed to retain enough control of his car to avoid the barriers. He lost control of his car at the same turn where Vettel crashed last year and relinquished the championship lead to Hamilton. Bottas was not at his best on Friday, also going briefly off the track during P2. He is trying to earn a new contract for 2020, amid speculation he could be replaced at Mercedes by French driver Esteban Ocon or Verstappen......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2019