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Mahindra Floodbuster electrifies PBA with small ball offense

Mahindra Floodbuster electrifies PBA with small ball offense.....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJan 12th, 2017

Mahindra floods Blackwater to pick up crucial victory

At this point it its Commissioner's Cup campaign, Mahindra has to be perfect if it wants to have a chance of making the playoffs. Against Blackwater Sunday, the Floodbuster gave themselves a chance to perfect the rest of the way. Mahindra scored a big 96-87 win over the Elite, improving to 2-7 in the mid-season joust to maintain a very small window of opportunity to crash the playoff party. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2017

KaTropa make it four straight after surviving Mahindra

TNT hasn't been winning pretty in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup but the team winning is all that matters. The KaTropa endured a strong challenge from a game Mahindra Floodbuster before escaping with a close 86-84 victory Sunday at the MOA Arena. It was the KaTropa's fourth straight win in the mid-season conference, pushing their record to 4-1. 'At least the win today wasn't a come from behind win, I think we were leading all the way,' head coach Nash Racela said, noting TNT's last victory two days ago where the KaTropa had to erase a 29-point deficit to beat NLEX in overtime. 'During the half I was telling the team that this is the time to build, develop good habits. Obviously we weren't able to do that. It's just good that we're getting wins despite playing that way,' he added. Despite controlling the majority of the contest, the KaTropa never managed to pull away from the Floodbuster as the team still needed a strong fourth-quarter effort to avoid an upset. Fortunately, TNT had enough of a lead built during the first half to weather Mahindra's rally. Donte Greene led the TNT offense with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and four assists but the former NBA veteran continues to fire blanks, shooting only 33 percent from the field. Troy Rosario and Jayson Castro were the team's top locals with 11 and 10 points respectively. Keith Wright paced the now 1-5 Floodbuster with 26 points and 13 boards while LA Revilla finally exploded in the new tournament, going for 20 markers in a losing effort.   br /> The Scores: TNT 86 - Greene 24, Rosario 11, Castro 10, Tautuaa 9, Rosales 8, Pogoy 6, Fonacier 5, De Ocampo 5, Williams 4, Reyes 3, Carey 1, Tamsi 0. MAHINDRA 84 - Wright 26, Revilla 20, Mallari 17, Elorde 6, Salva 5, Paniamogan 4, Deutchman 3, Caperal 2, Yee 1, Ballesteros 0, Corpuz 0, Celda 0, Guevarra 0, Galanza 0.  Quarters: 18-17, 47-38, 65-62, 86-84.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2017

Gary David proving he can still score with the best of them

Gary David landing in Mahindra was supposed to be an opportunity for a career revival of sorts. It didn't work quite well in the All-Filipino for various reasons but in the Commissioner's Cup, things are starting to look better for the former PBA scoring champion. In just the second game of the conference, David flashed some of his old game by dominating the fourth quarter, dropping all 13 of his points and putting Mahindra in a very good position to win late. The Floodbuster still ended up losing to defending champion Rain or Shine in overtime but David's timely explosion was a welcome addition to a team that is still lacking experience after dealing away its top two local scorers from last season. 'Sayang, huli na. May chance na manalo eh,' David said. 'Yung experience talaga nung team medyo kulang, tapos si James [White] bata pa. Pero okay naman, stay positive lang kami.' From playing the role as the first option on offense to a reserve, David is learning to re-adjust his game once again. In Mahindra, him being ready to come in and put up points is something he is working on quite a bit to help his team start winning games again. 'Sakin naman ready lang ako eh. Ready lang naman ako pag binunot ni coach Chris,' he said. 'Alam naman niya na kakabalik ko lang sa injury tapos binibigyan niya rin ng kumpiyansa yung mga bata. Basta ready lang ako pag binunot niya ako,' David added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2017

ROS takes solo lead after overtime win against Mahindra

Rain or Shine got its head coach a perfect birthday gift. It was five minutes late but still, a great gift nonetheless. The defending champion Elasto Painters needed overtime Sunday to hold off a pesky Mahindra squad, 99-95, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Big Dome. Following a nice win to start their title defense two days ago, the Elasto Painters moved to 2-0 for an early lead in the mid-season conference. The victory was also a great way to cap head coach Caloy Garcia's day as he celebrated his 42nd birthday. 'It was a good game. Both teams wanted to win,' Garcia said. 'After a good win against NLEX, maybe we went in this game relaxed. Good thing we had the win. I think that's one of the things we have to experience. The chemistry ng matagal na kami magkasama is showing,' he added. After the Floodbuster zoomed to a 93-90 lead in overtime following a booming three from Bong Galanza, Rain or Shine unloaded a 9-2 finishing kick to maintian a clean slate despite a rocky start to its title defense. Jeff Chan, denied of a go-ahead layup in regulation, punched the dagger in the form or a corner triple for a 97-93 Rain or Shine lead with 1:44 left. Still down by four, Mahindra had the chance to tie and even take the lead in one possession but import James White failed to capitalize on a flagrant foul from Raymond Almazan and missed two free throws. The Floodbuster failed to connect from that point on. Shawn Taggart led the defending champions with 29 points, 10 reboundd, anf four assists while Beau Belga and James Yap were the top locals for ROS with 12 points apiece. Chan came off the bench to add 10 markers. Mahindra, who now fell to 0-2, had the golden opportunity for an upset in regulation. With Gary David finding his touch, the Floodbuster took an 86-80 lead with 2:34 to go only to see the Elasto Painters counter with an 8-2 run to force overtime. Even in the final seconds, White had the chance to win the whole thing for Mahindra but he missed a contested jumper. Regardless, the Floodbuster's 23-year-old reinforcement still led the Mahindra offense with 29 points and 21 rebounds. David added 13, all in the fourth period.   The scores: RAIN OR SHINE 99 - Taggart 29, Belga 12, Yap 12, Chan 10, Almazan 9, Ahanmisi 8, Washington 6, Ponferada 5, Tiu 5, Cruz 2, Norwood 1, Tolomia 0, Trollano 0. MAHINDRA 95 - White 29, David 13, Galanza 10, Celda 10, Deutchman 9, Paniamogan 8, Mallari 6, Caperal 4, Revilla 3, Guevarra 2, Salva 1, Teng 0, Yee 0, Arana 0, Salva 0, Ballesteros 0. Quarterscores: 22-24, 45-43, 68-66, 88-88, 99-95.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 19th, 2017

REINFORCEMENTS HAVE ARRIVED. The 2017 Commissioner's Cup imports

With the Commissioner's Cup set to open Friday, it means that imports get their time to shine in the PBA. And for this year's mid-season joust, a number of familiar names are back for another tour of duty in the league. br /> strong>BRGY. GINEBRA SAN MIGUEL /strong> Despite the Commissioner's Cup featuring no height limit for imports, the Gin Kings opted to have 6'7' Justin Brownlee back for a second conference. And why not, Brownlee practically handed Ginebra its first PBA title in eight years last season, scoring the winner in Game 6 of the Finals that allowed the Gin Kings to capture the 2016 Governors' Cup.   strong>MAHINDRA FLOODBUSTER /strong> Mahindra also chose to return a reliable reinforcement this year with James White back for another go for the team that is still technically coached by Sen. Manny Pacquiao. Despite still one of the younger imports in the PBA, White is no slouch for the Floodbuster as he led the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in the 2016 Governors' Cup.   strong>PHOENIX FUEL MASTERS /strong> While it's not going to last for the whole conference, the Fuel Masters can expect a good start this conference with 'El Destructor' anchoring the Phoenix attack. Coming in late in the 2016 Governors' Cup to lead the Fuel Masters to their first playoff appearance, Eugene Phelps will provide some much-needed interior presence for Phoenix in the mid-season conference until he has to go and play in Puerto Rico due to an earlier commitment.   strong>NLEX ROAD WARRIORS /strong> Yeng Guiao brought another former Elasto Painter over to NLEX as Wayne Chism is ready to go as the reinforcement for the Road Warriors. Playing his third PBA conference, the former Best Import should serve as a reliable force for Guiao in NLEX especially since the Road Warriors struggled mightily in coach Yeng's first tournament with the team. Chism is Guiao's trump card when things go wrong for the Commissioner's Cup.   strong>RAIN OR SHINE ELASTO PAINTERS /strong> With Chism out, defending champion Rain or Shine will be fielding former Globalport import Shawn Taggart in a bid to win back-to-back titles. The high-scoring 6'10' dynamo should be a nice fit for an Elasto Painters team that is looking to rediscover some of its championship magic.   strong>TNT KATROPA /strong> TNT was originally going to have former rival Denzel Bowles as its reinforcement for the Commissioner's Cup. However, the former Best Import, who denied the franchise of a title in the same conference five years, was dropped one day before the tournament's opening. Whether it was Bowles having 'personal issues' or Denzel actually underperforming and being bad for team chemistry, the KaTropa now scramble to find a replacement for the mid-season tournament.   strong>STAR HOTSHOTS /strong> Opting for a new name, Star will have hotshot Tony Mitchell serving as its import in the Commissioner's Cup. The former Detroit Piston should be ready to come in and score in bunches for the Hotshots, a nice complement to the team considering Star featured one of the league's best defenses in the Philippine Cup. br /> strong>SAN MIGUEL BEERMEN /strong> The Beermen took advantage of the no height limit and have brought it Charles Rhodes, forming a twin tower combination with top local June Mar Fajardo. One of the top shot blockers in the Korean league, Rhodes is expected to anchor San Miguel's defense in is PBA debut, further freeing up space for the Beermen's elite scorers.   strong>ALASKA ACES /strong> The Aces were originally going for Octavius Ellis as their import, however, the cousing of NBA star Monta had to fly back to the United States due to an urgent family matter, causing Alaska to scramble two days before it plays its first game. Fortunately, Alaska found a replacement by the name of Cory Jefferson. With the sudden development, it should be interesting how the last pick of the 2014 NBA Draft fits in the Alaska system.   strong>BLACKWATER ELITE /strong> Looking to make a bigger impact following a nice All-Filipino campaign, Blackwater has enlisted the services of Greg Smith to man the middle. A former Houston Rocket, Smith should provide the interior presence no other Elite could give, allowing Blackwater's wingmen, including top pick Mac Belo, to operate more freely on the outside.   strong>MERALCO BOLTS /strong> Meralco has found success with its last two imports, the Bolts look to contiue that with Alex Stephenson. The hulking reinforcement should also solve Meralco's issues down the middle, allowing the team's plethora of guards to get creative. Norman Black's crew was one win away from making the Commissioner's Cup Finals last year, the hope is to make it all the way to the title now.   strong>GLOBALPORT BATANG PIER /strong> With a ton of local scoring options, Globalport is looking to play address some more glaring needs and have brought in international journeyman Sean Williams to the fold. The former New Jersey Net should be a reliable pick-and-roll partner for Terrence Romeo and Stanley Pringle and as one of the older imports around, Williams could serve as a stabilizer for the Globalport offense that tends to go wild more often than not. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 17th, 2017

Not so golden Warriors: Curry slumping, team skidding

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> NEW YORK (AP) — Stephen Curry screamed, turned and kicked the nearby wall, disgusted by another missed jumper. It was just practice and most of his other shots went in, so there was little reason for concern. But if he keeps misfiring in games and the Golden State Warriors keep losing them, there might be. With Curry in a rare shooting slump and the Warriors on an even rarer losing streak, the NBA leaders are facing adversity — at least by their standards — as they visit the New York Knicks on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). Curry is 4-for-31 from three-point range through three games of the Warriors' road trip, with most of the last two games coming after Kevin Durant was injured. The Warriors found a way to win the opener in Philadelphia — when Curry missed all 11 attempts behind the arc — but they then dropped games in Washington and Chicago to end their NBA-record streak of regular-season games without consecutive losses at 146. 'We haven't lost two in row in a long time obviously and we've been in a rut on this trip in general,' coach Steve Kerr said after practice Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) at a court in the Manhattan building where the players' union is headquartered. 'We're not making shots, but we're also well aware that this is just a blip on the radar screen. We'll be fine and I'm not concerned at all. We just have to play better.' Klay Thompson is also struggling, and the Splash Brothers really dried up Thursday (Friday, PHL time), going a combined 3-for-22 on three-pointers in a 94-87 loss in Chicago. But the Warriors don't seem stressed and don't think defenses are crowding the guards more than normal without having to worry about Durant. 'We've had plenty of openings and creating decent shots, just haven't gone in in the last three games,' Curry said. 'But that happens as you go through a long season, you just have to fight through it and not let it affect how you play. Obviously if we make a couple more shots in Chicago the game's a little different. Philly it was a struggle but we found a way to win, so just got to stay on the mission of letting the offense create good things for us and still have confidence to knock down shots.' The Warriors were held to their lowest point total of the season Thursday (Friday, PHL time). Curry and Thompson were a combined 15-of-49 from the field. Those are performances Golden State can't afford without Durant, its leading scorer who is lost for at least four weeks with a knee injury. 'It happens to the best of them, so you just move on,' All-Star Draymond Green said. 'You try to make plays, get them the ball and get them open shots, knowing that more often than not they'll fall. But everybody has shooting struggles. Michael Jordan had shooting struggles and the list goes on.' Curry seemed to rush some shots late in the last loss, and he's trying to be more aggressive in Durant's absence without changing the way the Warriors play. Kerr said Curry and Thompson — who is 7-for-33 behind the arc on the trip — had plenty of space to shoot. 'The only thing that jumps out on tape is that they're taking some quick ones that we could probably move the ball a little bit more and get better shots,' Kerr said. 'We're still getting good shots. I think we can get great shots if we move it a little better.' Perhaps Curry can get untracked in the nationally televised game at Madison Square Garden, where he made 11 three-pointers in a game four years ago. If not, the Warriors know they need to win anyway. Their lead over surging San Antonio for home-court advantage throughout the playoffs is down to 2.5 games. 'We're not far off. Couple plays, couple shots fall and we're winners of two in a row,' Green said. 'But that's the margin for error in the NBA. It's very small and especially with KD being out our margin for error is even smaller, so just got to understand that and adjust.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 5th, 2017

The Dallas Mavericks acquired a centerpiece in Nerlens Noel

em>The trade: The Dallas Mavericks acquire Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers, in exchange for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson, and a protected 2017 first-round pick /em> When the deal that swapped Nerlens Noel for Andrew Bogut, Justin Anderson, and a first-rounder went down, it was one of the big moves on an otherwise quiet NBA trade deadline.  If you were to break it down, the deal favors the Mavericks. Sure, the 76ers get Anderson, an explosive wing player with a ton of potential. However, it’s unlikely that they’ll get the Dallas first-rounder due to the protections involved, meaning it’ll instead be conveyed as a pair of second round picks, not exactly a good return for a former '6 overall choice. They also bought out Bogut’s contract, a move that helped them reach the salary floor, but again Philly loses out in terms of value.  Now for the Mavericks on the other hand, they get an immediate impact player in Noel. Prior to the move, Dallas’ front court looked like this: Dirk Nowitzki (playing out of position at center), Harrison Barnes (playing power forward in small-ball groups), Dwight Powell, Salah Mejri, and AJ Hammons.  At 38-years-old, Nowitzki can’t afford to take the center position all the time. Given his age, he should be focusing more on his offense, letting younger guys do the dirty work. Now with Noel, he won’t have to. The former 76ers will be the one protecting the rim and fighting for rebounds.  In 29 games with the 76ers this season, Noel was putting up 8.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals, and 0.9 blocks in just a bit over 19 minutes a night. Given how he was often sharing the court with guys like Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric back then, you can definitely expect his numbers to sky-rocket with his new club.  Noel is a wrecking ball on the defensive end. His persona screams “hold down the fort.” Plus, he’s just 22-years-old, giving Dallas a much needed shot of youth. He also gives the Mavericks a spark on offense. Noel likes to run down the court for early baskets before the opposing side sets up their D. He could find himself on the receiving ends of lobs too, similar to what the Mavs used to do with Tyson Chandler. As of posting, the Mavericks are 24-35, tied with the Portland Trail Blazers for '11 in the West. At 2.5 games back of the Denver Nuggets, the current eighth seed, they can definitely still make a playoff push. And while it’s unlikely that they’ll be able to get out of the first round, it’ll be good postseason reps for Barnes, Noel, Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell, and the rest of their young crew.  After several offseasons of failing to land marquee free agents, the future suddenly looks good for Mark Cuban’s franchise. Through a couple of shrewd transactions, they were able to land potential building blocks to their squad, setting themselves up for the inevitable post-Nowitzki era.  With Noel in the center, Dallas has their big man, and the potential for more success down the road. em>The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or ABS-CBN Sports. /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 1st, 2017

E-Painters post easy win over Floodbuster

MANILA, Philippines – Rain or Shine, impressive in its season debut versus TNT KaTropa, put in a more remarkable effort last night, beating the Mahindra ball.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2016

Now Warriors All-Star, Durant was once their 2nd choice

em>By Brian Mahoney, Associated Press /em> Truth be told, Golden State’s former coach wasn’t sure the Warriors needed Kevin Durant. The Warriors were already small-ball sensations, capable of piling up the points with their daring drives and sizzling shooting. So rather than add another scorer, Don Nelson figured Golden State might be better off getting a dominant man in the middle to shore up the defense in the 2007 NBA draft. Nelson thought the Warriors needed Greg Oden. That was 10 years ago, leading up to the heavily hyped draft in which the Oden-Durant debate raged throughout basketball. And now, as Durant leads the league’s most potent team into the NBA Finals while Oden is long gone from the NBA spotlight, it’s easy to forget that a lot of people agreed with Nelson. “I think everyone felt that there were two players there that were going to be prominent players, but one thing you can’t count on is injuries,” Warriors executive Jerry West said. “So Greg really never had a chance to have a career, where Kevin’s obviously been more than advertised.” The Warriors were looking like a lottery team in March 2007 when Nelson was asked what he thought they should do if they got the No. 1 pick. He’s one of the innovators of small ball, a coach who seemed more comfortable with a point forward than a power forward, so it wouldn’t have been surprising if he leaned Durant. But he favored Oden, a seven-footer who in his lone season at Ohio State was drawing comparisons to Hall of Famer Bill Russell, Nelson’s teammate in Boston. “I think it’d be pretty simple for us,” Nelson said. “We would probably have to go with the bigger guy at this point.” Nelson said he might reconsider if he thought Durant was going to be a superstar, and the forward looked like one as he tore through the Big 12 as a freshman at Texas. But with the Warriors already having Baron Davis, Monta Ellis and Stephen Jackson, Nelson saw other needs. “With this team, the center position is one that we’re looking for,” he said. “But I’d say anybody up front. Our backcourt’s pretty solid.” The Warriors were fined by the NBA for Nelson’s comments about players who weren’t yet draft eligible. Boston, San Antonio and New Orleans also would be penalized that spring when normally button-lipped coaches couldn’t help themselves when thinking about the promise of the two freshmen. “I don’t think there could have been any more hype than there was,” Memphis guard Mike Conley said. “It was an amazing time to see two great players who have Hall of Fame potential from the beginning. You just know that they could come in and win multiple championships and be All-Stars every year and you don’t have that in every draft.” The No. 1 pick became a moot point when the Warriors finished the regular season with a 16-5 kick to secure the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference, then pulled off perhaps the biggest upset in NBA playoff history when they ousted the 67-win Dallas Mavericks in the first round. Later that postseason, the Portland Trail Blazers won the draft lottery and the Seattle SuperSonics were second. The Grizzlies had the league’s worst record and the best odds at the No. 1 pick but fell to fourth as West, then the Grizzlies’ president of basketball operations, was left livid with the process. Had he been given the chance, West said he would have taken the best player available, which is always his strategy. He said he considered Durant that player. Many mock drafts had it the other way, given Oden’s potential — he likely would’ve been the top pick a year earlier out of high school, but the 2006 draft was the first with the NBA’s age requirement. “Everyone is always looking for someone big in the draft because everyone thinks it’s a game-changer. Well, the game has changed,” West said. “Now, they’re not naming big guys unless you’re really versatile. There are very few back-to-the basket centers in the league that are not versatile enough to go out and play on the court. And so when you look at it, I think A, it would have been really interesting to see if another team, except Portland, who they would have taken if they needed a center.” Oden’s knee injuries ended his NBA career after 105 games, long before he would’ve had to worry about playing away from the basket, the way traditional centers such as Marc Gasol now do. But Conley, Oden’s high school and college teammate who went to the Grizzlies with their No. 4 pick, believes his friend could have handled the transition. “I think he’s that kind of a talent. He would have reminded me of like a Joel Embiid, how he’s able to stretch it out there and shoot the ball like he is,” Conley said, referring to Philadelphia’s rookie center. “So I think they have similar bodies and similar way they move, so I think he could have done it.” Instead, Oden himself acknowledged he goes down as a bust, which nobody could have predicted when coaches were tantalized by him. “Same thing was true with the Bowie-Olajuwon-Jordan draft, and that was years before that,” said former NBA Commissioner David Stern, recalling more of Portland’s painful past, when the Blazers took oft-injured center Sam Bowie at No. 2 in between Hall of Famers Hakeem Olajuwon and Michael Jordan in 1984. “You never know. That’s the beauty of it. That’s why people watch,” he said. Next week they’ll be watching Durant, who will play for his first title in his first season with the Warriors, a chance to finally be No. 1 on a team that once viewed him as their No. 2. “I’m really proud where I am right now as a player and being as consistent every year as I’ve been,” Durant said. “Since my first year I’ve grown so much and I’m proud of myself in that area as well, but I’ve got a long ways to go. Hopefully there’s another 10 more years.” ___ em>AP Sports Writers Janie McCauley in Oakland, California and Teresa Walker in Memphis, Tennessee contributed to this report /em> .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News1 hr. 51 min. ago

Panik homers as Giants beat Cubs 6-4

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik hit his first career leadoff homer and doubled twice to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Monday. Brandon Belt also connected while Ty Blach (2-2) pitched into the eighth inning in the first meeting between the teams since San Francisco was eliminated by Chicago in the NL Division Series last year. Panik, Belt and Justin Ruggiano each had two RBIs as the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games. Ruggiano's leadoff drive in the eighth made it 6-0 and gave San Francisco 18 straight solo homers, just three from matching its major league record of 21 set in 2011. The Cubs responded with four in the bottom half on two-run homers by Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist. But the rally stalled from there. YANKEES 4, ROYALS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter all homered as New York beat Jason Vargas again in defeating Kansas City. A reversed call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven. Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in New York's lineup. DIAMONDBACKS 5, WHITE SOX 1 PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 for Arizona and came within one out of a complete game against Chicago. The ace right-hander allowed four hits and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts. The crowd booed loudly when manager Torey Lovullo walked to the mound to pull Greinke (6-2) after Jose Abreu's two-out double in the ninth. Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks during their sixth victory in seven games. The White Sox managed only Leury Garcia's solo homer against Greinke, who walked one in his third double-digit strikeout game this season. ASTROS 1, TIGERS 0 HOUSTON (AP) — Brad Peacock and three relievers combined on a one-hitter while Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double as Houston nipped Detroit. Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins in the fifth. Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings before Will Harris worked the eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save, allowing the Astros to bounce back after being swept by Cleveland last weekend. Houston struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk and scored on Altuve's one-out double in the first. TWINS 14, ORIOLES 7 BALTIMORE (AP) — Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs while Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits as Minnesota roared back to beat Baltimore. The Twins trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Orioles bullpen. Tyler Wilson (2-2) gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings. A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins tie the scores in the fifth. Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth. Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21). ROCKIES 8, PHILLIES 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead Colorado over Philadelphia. Hoffman (2-0) also had his first big league hit and the National League-leading Rockies continued to cruise away from home. They are best in the majors with a 16-7 road record and are 5-2 on this 10-game trip, their longest of the season. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in a four-run ninth after the Rockies scored four times off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (0-5). Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double. REDS 5, INDIANS 1 CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Feldman struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati's long stretch of ineffective starts while Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game in leading Cincinnati past Cleveland. The Reds took the opener of the annual intrastate series. The teams play two games in Cincinnati followed by two in Cleveland. The Indians had won their last four at Great American Ball Park and six straight overall in the Ohio series. Feldman (3-4) got the first victory by a Reds starter since May 9. He gave up four hits, including Jason Kipnis' homer, while becoming the first Cincinnati starter in the last 10 games to make it through six innings. The Reds' rotation is last in the NL in ERA and innings pitched. Three relievers closed out a seven-hitter for Cincinnati's second victory in 10 games. Schebler connected against Josh Tomlin (2-6) for his third homer in a span of seven at-bats. It's the first time he's homered in three consecutive games. Zack Cozart's two-run single in the seventh off Dan Otero put Cincinnati in control. BRAVES 5, PIRATES 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta and Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits as the Braves beat Gerrit Cole. Brandon Phillips also homered for the Braves, who have won eight of 11. Adams was acquired from St. Louis on Saturday as a fill-in for injured first baseman Freddie Freeman, expected to miss about 10 weeks with a broken left wrist. Adams had two hits, including his fifth-inning homer high into the right-field seats for a 5-1 lead. David Freese and Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle were ejected by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fourth. ANGELS 3, RAYS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Jefry Marte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to help Los Angeles beat Tampa Bay. The Angels, who have won six of eight, pushed across the decisive run without a hit against relievers Jumbo Diaz (0-3) and Ryne Stanek. After walking Mike Trout intentionally to load the bases with two outs, Stanek threw a ball in the dirt while facing Albert Pujols, allowing Marte to score easily. Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison homered off Angels starter J.C. Ramirez (4-3). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 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

The Thai darlings of PHI volleyball are back!

If the names Jaroensri Bualee and Patcharee Saengmuang ring a bell in the local volleyball community, it is because years ago they were whipping up more excitement in the sport that at the time was starting to gain national attention and a wider following.       Now 33, the five-foot-nine Bualee, according to her recollection, was first flown into the country by Sports Vision co-founder Tony Boy Liao in 2005. In halting English, she says she instantly became one of San Sebastian College coach Roger Gorayeb's talents since meeting up with him and Liao in a hotel.     'I played for San Sebastian College as a guest player many times in the V League,' she says. 'I won a V League championship as a member of the SSC-Sandugo squad in the Reinforced Conference.'      She reckons she kept coming back to the Philippines to play for eight years. On one of those returns to what she now considers her second country, she brought along the 5-foot-11 Saengmuang, a member of the powerhouse Thailand national team for 12 years.      Not only did Saengmuang become a talent of coach Nes Pamilar; she was also embraced as a member of the Pamilar household. Over her four playing years in the country, distinguished by one V League title when she suited up for coach Pamilar's  Cagayan Valley squad, she stayed with the Pamilars, whose kindness and generosity until now, she says, overwhelms her.    Bualee and Saengmuang, 39, are back to the utter delight of their Filipino fans as among the foreign guest players in the inaugural staging of the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference, another grand offering of Sports Vision, architect of the hugely successful but now defunct V League, in cooperation with Asics as its official league partner and Mikasa as its official game ball.  Bualee is donning the colors of the Balipure Water Defenders and Saengmuang is with the Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers.    Age has caught up with both as shown by the lack of wallop and accuracy in their net attacks during their first games in the PVL. What is remarkable, though, was their display of fresh excitement and bigness of heart in their comeback on the Philippine court.      Bualee, however, remains a solid floor defender. 'I put my heart into every game I play. I try to be everywhere on the court, at least to keep the ball alive for my team in defense if I can't be that accurately effective in offense anymore.' 'Volleyball is my life,' says she. 'I am still single and happily so. I need only to play to complete my life. If I can't play anymore I will be a full-time coach.' Back in Thailand, Bualee is coaching kids in an international school. She's already a fully-accredited coach having secured her certificates of coaching (Level 1 & 2) from the world governing body in the sport. After her stint in the PVL, she says she'll proceed to attend the Level 3 coaching seminar so she can be accredited as an international coach.   Enlisted with the Thai Army for 19 years now, Saengmuang is also hopelessly hooked on volleyball. 'I don't mind not being married; I just want to play and play.'      Before flying back to Thailand, she says she will find time to visit Cebu and Palawan. 'I like the Philippines. I have many friends here so I will keep coming back to visit them, particularly coach Nes and his wonderful family.'                   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Strasburg leads Nationals over Braves

ATLANTA (AP) — Stephen Strasburg struck out a season-high 11 batters, allowing five hits in 7 2/3 innings as the Washington Nationals beat the Braves 3-2 in Major League Baseball on Sunday to stop a four-game losing streak. Strasburg (5-1) improved to 7-1 in his last nine starts against Atlanta. After Dansby Swanson hit a two-run double in the eighth that chased Strasburg, Koda Glover struck out Nick Markakis to end the inning and finished the six-hitter for his third save. Daniel Murphy hit a second-inning homer off Jaime Garcia (1-3) and the Nationals added two unearned runs in the third. YANKEES 3, RAYS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Brett Gardner hit his eighth home run, one more than this 2016 total, and CC Sabathia won consecutive starts for the first time since last June to help New York avoid a three-game sweep. Rookie Aaron Judge made a full extension diving backhand catch on the right field warning track in the sixth to rob Evan Longoria of a tying extra-base hit, starting a double play that doubled up Corey Dickerson at first. Didi Gregorius had four hits, including an RBI single, as New York won for just the fourth time in 11 games. Sabathia (4-2) allowed two runs and four hits in five-plus innings, and Dellin Betances got four outs for his second save. Chris Archer (3-3) struck out a season-high 12, giving up three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. ANGELS 12, METS 5 NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Trout homered, doubled and drove in three runs, C.J. Cron hit a grand slam and Los Angeles built a 9-0 lead by the third inning as it avoided a three-game sweep. Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte also homered for the Angels. Matt Reynolds, Curtis Granderson and Jay Bruce hit home runs as the Mets tried to rally. Cron's long slam highlighted a five-run first, and Trout hit his 14th homer and Marte followed with a home run in the second that brought the withdrawal of Tommy Milone (1-2), who tied a career high by allowing eight runs. Jesse Chavez (4-5) gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings. BLUE JAYS 3, ORIOLES 1 BALTIMORE (AP) — Marco Estrada (3-2) matched his career high with 12 strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings, Devon Travis hit a three-run homer and Toronto prevented a three-game sweep with its second win in nine games against Baltimore this season. Travis connected in the first inning off Wade Miley (1-2) following a two-out error and a single. Joe Smith struck out Chris Davis with two on in the eighth, and Roberto Osuna got three outs for his sixth save. ROYALS 6, TWINS 4, 1st game; TWINS 8, ROYALS 4, 2nd game MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Robbie Grossman, Max Kepler and Chris Gemenez all homered to help the Minnesota salvage a split of the doubleheader. Grossman and Kepler each hit two-run homers in the first inning, and Brian Dozier had an RBI double in the second off Ian Kennedy (0-4) in his first game back from the disabled list. Minnesota's offense helped left-hander Adalberto Mejia (1-1) earn his first career big league win. Mejia was the Twins' 26th active player for the second game and allowed three runs in seven innings, on two home runs by Salvador Perez — who also went deep in the first game. In the first game, Brandon Moss hit two of Kansas City's four home runs, and Perez and Jorge Bonifacio each hit two-run homers. Mike Minor (1-1) pitched 1 1/3 innings to win for the first time since Aug. 28, 2014. Minor, a 29-year-old left-hander who missed two seasons with a shoulder injury, relieved Jake Junis with a 5-2 lead in the fifth, two outs and two on. He walked Max Kepler, retired Kennys Vargas on a popout then pitched a perfect sixth. Kelvin Herrera pitched a one-hit ninth for his ninth save. Phil Hughes (4-3) gave up five runs and six hits — including three homers — in four innings. INDIANS 8, ASTROS 6 HOUSTON (AP) — Yan Gomes homered and tied a career high with five RBIs as Cleveland completed a three-game sweep. Gomes' third-inning homer off Joe Musgrove (3-4) gave the Indians a 3-1 lead, and Cleveland added three more runs in the fourth. The Indians are 5-1 against Houston this season, dealing the Astros two of their three series losses. Danny Salazar (3-4) yielded three runs and four hits in 5 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts. ROCKIES 6, REDS 4 CINCINNATI (AP) — Rookie pitcher Kyle Freeland hit one of Colorado's four solo homers off Bronson Arroyo (3-4) and Colorado improved the NL's best record to 28-17. Freeland (5-2) gave up four runs — three earned — in 5 2/3 innings. Joey Votto and Scott Schebler homered off him in the sixth. Freeland doubled and hit his first major league homer off Arroyo (3-4), connecting on a 71 mph pitch for a drive to right field. Carlos Gonzalez, DJ LeMahieu and Pat Valaika also had solo shots off Arroyo, who has given up 15 homers. Greg Holland remained perfect in 19 save chances. Cincinnati has lost eight of nine, with none of its starters going more than 5 1/3 innings. PIRATES 1, PHILLIES 0 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Chad Kuhl and four relievers combined on a three-hitter and Pittsburgh scratched out the only run of a rainy game when David Freese was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Philadelphia starter Aaron Nola (2-1) returned from the disabled list and gave up four hits in seven innings. Wade LeBlanc (3-0) pitched 1 1/3 innings to win in relief. Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero got the ball to Tony Watson, who earned his 10th save. CARDINALS 8, GIANTS 3 ST. LOUIS (AP) — Matt Carpenter homered and Randal Grichuk drove in four runs for St. Louis, which stopped a four-game skid. San Francisco had won seven of eight. Adam Wainwright (4-3) allowed one run and five hits in 6 1/3 innings. Matt Cain (3-2), who gave up seven runs and nine hits in 5 1/3 innings. CUBS 13, BREWERS 6 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant homered twice and reached base in all five plate appearances, Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist also went deep, and Willson Contreras went 3 for 3 with three RBIs. Jake Arrieta (5-3) allowed one unearned run over six innings. Milwaukee's Eric Thames left in the fifth with leg cramping. Chase Anderson (2-1) yielded six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. RED SOX 12, ATHLETICS 3 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Mitch Moreland homered in his third consecutive game, a two-run drive in the sixth off starter Andrew Triggs (5-3) that landed in the second deck. Boston avoided a four-game sweep. Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) allowed three runs and struck out eight in eight innings. Hanley Ramirez and Christian Vazquez had three hits apiece. Oakland's three errors raised its total to a major league-leading 42. WHITE SOX 8, MARINERS 1 SEATTLE (AP) — Yolmer Sanchez had a two-run single in Chicago's five-run first inning, and Derek Holland (4-3) gave up six hits in eight innings. Tim Anderson had three hits and two RBIs for the White Sox. Nelson Cruz hit his 11th home run for the Mariners, who have lost three straight. Seattle starter Chris Heston (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Tacoma before the game to make his first major league start since Oct. 2, 2015, was roughed up for seven runs and seven hits in three innings. He walked the bases loaded in the first before giving up four straight hits. DODGERS 6, MARLINS 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Brandon McCarthy (4-1) retired his first 14 batters before Derek Dietrich's double and allowed one run and three hits in six innings. Adrian Gonzalez had three RBIs and his first three-hit game of the season for the Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal had three hits, including a pair of doubles. Vance Worley (0-1) made his Marlins debut and allowed three runs and six hits in four innings. PADRES 5, DIAMONDBACKS 1 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Clayton Richard (3-5) pitched a five-hitter and struck out six in his fourth career complete game as San Diego ended a five-game losing streak. The 33-year-old Richard also had an RBI single during a three-run, fifth-inning rally off Zack Godley (1-1) that was cut short due to fan interference. RANGERS 5, TIGERS 2 DETROIT (AP) — Mike Napoli homered to the camera platform beyond center field, helping Yu Darvish beat Detroit yet again. Darvish (5-2) has won all seven of his starts against the Tigers, although this one was a bit of a struggle. He allowed two runs and five hits in five innings, but Napoli put the Rangers ahead 3-2 with his solo shot in the fifth off Matthew Boyd (2-4). Pete Kozma also went deep for Texas, and the Rangers shut down Detroit after Darvish exited. Relievers Alex Claudio and Sam Dyson allowed one hit apiece, and Keone Kela pitched a perfect ninth for his first save. Ian Kinsler homered for the Tigers. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2017

Gutsy rookie Celda saves the day for still fighting Floodbuster

Mahindra is not yet done in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Rookie Reden Celda made sure of that as his floater dropped the Floodbuster’s upset ax on Phoenix, 122-121, in an overtime thriller on Sunday at the MOA Arena. Celda scored all but two of his team’s six points in the extra period, granting Mahindra the boost it needed for just its third win out of 10 games. In all, the rookie had a career-high 25 points in 64 percent shooting in what is undoubtedly the best game of his professional career. “Red has turned a corner. He’s probably our most consistent guy right now,” a more than satisfied coach Chris Gavina said. None was bigger than his short stab along the baseline with 21.6 ticks to go in overtime that proved to be the difference between the two teams. The Fuel Masters had several openings for their own game-winner, but Matthew Wright, Jameel McKay, and Cyrus Baguio all muffed on their attempts. Still, Celda would not have had a chance for the game-winner without the heroics of LA Revilla who had 11 of his game-high 26 points in the final frame of regulation. “LA is… wow. He carried us in the last push,” Gavina expressed, talking about his floor leader who also registered a career-best scoring output. Reinforcement Keith Wright also contributed an 18-point, 21-rebound double-double for Mahindra. Now at 3-7, the Floodbuster is breathing down the neck of the Fuel Masters for a spot in the top eight. “It’s a good situation to be statistically still in this some way, somehow, considering this kind of up and down season we’ve had,” Gavina expressed. Six Phoenix players were in double-digits led by import McKay with 18 points to go along with 12 rebounds and seven assists. Unable to stop Celda in the dying moments, however, they dropped to 4-6. BOX SCORES MAHINDRA 122 - Revilla 26, Celda 25, Wright 18, Camson 17, Khobuntin 13, Deutchman 6, Teng 6, Corpuz 4, Nimes 3, Salva 2, Caperal 1, Paniamogan 1, Yee 0, Ballesteros 0. PHOENIX 121 - McKay 18, Wright 17, Alolino 16, Borboran 15, Jazul 15, W. Wilson 10, Baguio 9, Intal 7, Eriobu 6, Dehesa 4, Kramer 2, Torres 2, Lanete 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-30, 58-62, 93-93, 116-116, 122-121. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

Lexi Thompson opens 3-stroke lead at Kingsmill

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Lexi Thompson shot her second straight 6-under 65 on Friday to take a three-stroke over playing partner Gerina Piller into the weekend at the Kingsmill Championship. Thompson is playing her third tournament since losing the major ANA Inspiration in a playoff after being penalized four strokes for a rules violation that a TV viewer spotted. 'I feel great with where my game is at,' Thompson said. 'I am just trying to keep my thoughts very simple, focus on doing my routine and picking small targets out and committing to my shots. If I do that, my game is in a good spot.' The long-hitting Florida player had six birdies in a bogey-free round on Kingsmill's River Course. She waited out a rain delay in the middle of the round. 'Always stalls you a bit,' Thompson said. 'Wasn't too loose on the first iron shot that I hit, but, it was a beautiful day out. Not much wind. Hopefully, we get some good weather this weekend.' Piller shot a 67, closing birdie-bogey-birdie-bogey. Winless on the LPGA Tour, she chipped in for her birdie on 17. 'I feel like my putting is really great right now,' Piller said. 'Just excited for tomorrow. ... Hit the fairway, hit the green, make the putt. Keeping it as simple as possible.' Piller will play alongside U.S. Solheim Cup teammate Thompson again Saturday. 'She's a great ball-striker and hits it far,' Piller said. 'This course definitely suits the long-ball hitters, especially now. The greens are firming up and getting a little quicker. To have a shorter iron in is definitely an advantage.' Top-ranked Lydia Ko was four strokes back at 8 under after a bogey-free 67. Trying to hold off So Yeon Ryu and Ariya Jutanugarn for the No. 1 spot, Ko is winless since July. 'There is a lot of golf to be played,' Ko said. 'All I need to do is focus on my game and be excited for the weekend.' Ryu, the ANA winner, was 5 under after a 67. Jutanugarn, defending the first of her five tour victories last year, was 3 under after a 67 playing in the group with Thompson and Piller. Candie Kung joined Ko at 8 under. Kung eagled the par-4 sixth in a 66. In Gee Chun (66) and Vicky Hurst (67) were 7 under, and Angela Stanford (66), Shanshan Feng (67) and Brittany Lincicome (70) were another stroke back. Chun rebounded after an opening bogey on the par-4 10th. 'Walking to the (next) tee I said, 'Forget it, start again,' Chun said. 'I tried to stay patient and made a lot of birdies.' The South Korean player is one of five major champions in the top nine, joining Thompson, Ko, Feng and Lincicome. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2017

Nadal beats Sock to reach Italian Open quarterfinals

ROME (AP) — Rafael Nadal's preparations for the French Open continued apace as he swept past 13th-seeded Jack Sock 6-3, 6-4 Thursday to ease into the Italian Open quarterfinals and extend his winning streak to 17 matches. Fourth-seeded Nadal broke Sock's serve twice in the second set and served out the match to set up a last-eight meeting with Dominic Thiem, who was beaten by Nadal in the Madrid Open final last week. 'I am here to try my best. I know (it) is a tough tournament. I don't have an easy draw here, a tough one,' Nadal said. 'Dominic is the player that is having probably more success now on clay, no? So will be another tough battle tomorrow.' The 30-year-old Nadal has won consecutive clay-court tournaments in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. The Spaniard is aiming for an eighth title at the Foro Italico as he prepares for the French Open in less than two weeks. 'I think I can play a little bit more aggressive than what I did tonight. I think I have to do it,' Nadal said. 'But in general terms I am happy with the way that I played, obviously.' Thiem also beat an American but had to save two match points in a 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7) victory over Sam Querrey. Four-time champion Novak Djokovic is also safely through to the quarterfinals after beating Roberto Bautista Agut 6-4, 6-4. Second-seeded Djokovic next plays Juan Martin del Potro after the Argentine ousted seventh-seeded Kei Nishikori 7-6 (4), 6-3. Djokovic seemed in full control when he went 3-1 up in the second set but allowed the Spaniard to fight back to 4-4 before going on to seal the match. Bautista Agut could have gone 5-4 up in the second set after Djokovic appeared to send the ball long but the umpire said it was in. Television replays showed the ball was out. Instead it was Djokovic who broke to take a 5-4 lead and won the match when he had a forehand ruled in. Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka went out of the tournament after losing 7-6 (1), 6-4 to American John Isner, who served up 19 aces in their match. 'It's a situation for me where I'm going out there against the No. 3 player in the world. Maybe I have a little bit less to lose than he does,' Isner said. 'I went out there with the belief that, if I played well and executed my game plan, that I could walk off that court with a win. That's what happened today.' Isner grabbed the only break of the match at 3-3 in the second set before comfortably serving out the match on his first attempt after Wawrinka had saved two match points on his serve. Isner next faces another big server in sixth-seeded Marin Cilic, who dismissed ninth-seeded David Goffin 6-3, 6-4. Home favorite Fabio Fognini, who saw off top-seeded Andy Murray on Tuesday, lost 6-3, 6-3 to Alexander Zverev, who will play fifth-seeded Milos Raonic in the quarterfinals after the Canadian beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2. In the women's draw, Venus Williams defeated Johanna Konta 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Konta had won her previous three meetings against Williams but the American dominated the first set. Although Konta rallied in the second, another double break in the third handed Williams victory. Williams will take on Garbine Muguruza after the 2016 French Open champion beat Julia Gorges 7-5, 6-4. 'I love this tournament, and I love Rome,' Williams said. 'It's one of my favorite places on earth, so that's one of the reasons why I have always come here. 'You know, I have had a good amount of success here.' Second-seeded Karolina Pliskova is also safely through after easing past experienced clay-court player Timea Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5. The Czech next faces eighth-seeded Elina Svitolina, who recovered to beat Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-0, 6-0. Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit, who beat top-ranked Angelique Kerber in the second round, continued her dream debut. Kontaveit beat 16th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-1, 6-1 to set up a quarterfinal against Madrid Open champion Simona Halep. 'I'm just really trying to take it match by match and setting these really small goals,' the 21-year-old Kontaveit said. Sixth-seeded Halep beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 4-6, 6-0. Qualifier Daria Gavrilova beat seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 and Kiki Bertens won 7-6 (3), 6-1 over Russia's Ekaterina Makarova. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2017

MLB Capsules: Kershaw wins 7th game, 20th career vs Giants

The Associated Press   SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Clayton Kershaw took a share of the major league lead with his seventh win and earned career victory No. 20 against the rival Giants, helping the Los Angeles Dodgers avoid a sweep by beating San Francisco 6-1 on Wednesday. Kershaw (7-2) struck out five in seven shutout innings and retired the first 10 batters he faced before Justin Ruggiano's fourth-inning single. The left-hander moved into a tie for most wins with Houston's Dallas Keuchel. Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run double in the first and Yasiel Puig singled in a pair of runs in the sixth as the Dodgers jumped on Johnny Cueto (4-3), who lost for the first time at home this season. The benches cleared briefly after the top of the third when Cueto and Grandal exchanged words. It happened just after Cueto's high, inside pitch flew wildly past catcher Buster Posey, allowing another Dodgers run. ASTROS 3, MARLINS 0 MIAMI (AP) — Lance McCullers paid tribute to the late Jose Fernandez and pitched like him, allowing no earned runs for the third start in a row, and Houston completed a three-game sweep. McCullers (4-1) wore cleats with Fernandez's initials and uniform number. Their friendship began when they were high school pitchers in the Tampa area, before Fernandez became the Marlins' ace and then died in a boating accident last September. McCullers limited Miami to three hits in six innings and lowered his ERA to 2.65. The Astros (29-12) have the best record in the majors and their fourth consecutive win lifted them 17 games above .500 for the first time since 2004. Jose Urena (1-2) limited Houston to three runs, one earned, in 5 2/3 innings. DIAMONDBACKS 5, METS 4, 11 INNINGS PHOENIX (AP) — Chris Herrmann homered off Rafael Montero leading off the 11th inning, sending New York to its season-high seventh straight loss. Montero (0-3) relieved to start the 11th, and Herrmann worked the count full, fouled off a pitch and connected on a belt-high fastball for his first game-ending home run in the major leagues. New York went 0-6 in Milwaukee and Arizona, the Mets' longest winless trip since 1999, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. At 16-23, New York dropped seven games under .500 for the first time September 2014. Tom Wilhelmsen (1-1) walked Matt Reynolds and Lucas Duda with two outs in the 11th before throwing a called third strike past Jose Reyes. RAYS 7, INDIANS 4 CLEVELAND (AP) — Corey Dickerson hit a three-run shot — his third homer in two days — and Alex Cobb controlled Cleveland over seven innings as Tampa Bay completed its most successful road trip in a year. Dickerson connected in the second inning off Josh Tomlin (2-5) and Logan Morrison hit a solo shot in the third for Tampa Bay, which went 4-2 on a swing through Boston and Cleveland. It's the Rays' first winning trip since last May. Cobb (4-3) allowed three runs and six hits. PIRATES 6, NATIONALS 1 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Gerrit Cole shut down the best offense in the majors, holding Washington to three hits in seven innings to win for the first time in a month. Cole (2-4) struck out three, walked two and received an overdue dose of support when Josh Bell smacked a three-run homer in the sixth off Jacob Turner (2-2). Andrew McCutchen went 2 for 4 with two RBIs and stole two bases for Pittsburgh. Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, who began the day with the top two batting averages in the majors, combined to go 0 for 8. TIGERS 5, ORIOLES 4 DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Collins snapped an 0-for-30 skid in style, hitting two home runs for Detroit in a victory over Baltimore. Hitless since May 1, Collins connected for a solo homer in the second inning and a three-run shot in the fifth, giving Detroit's offense a boost while Miguel Cabrera sat out with a sore left side. Michael Fulmer (5-1) wasn't at his best, allowing three earned runs and 10 hits in seven innings, but the Tigers gave him enough support. Ubaldo Jimenez (1-2) allowed five runs in five innings. YANKEES 11, ROYALS 7 KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Aaron Hicks hit a three-run homer to cap a five-run fourth inning, and New York piled up 16 hits against Kansas City. Michael Pineda (4-2) allowed three runs and six hits over six-plus innings. The big right-hander was shaky throughout but good enough to win for only the second time in 16 road starts. The Yankees teed off on Jason Vargas (5-2), who came into the game with a major league-leading 1.01 ERA. The left-hander allowed as many earned runs in the fourth as he had in his first seven starts combined, and was lifted after giving up six runs on seven hits and two walks in four innings. Vargas had been unbeaten in his last 10 home starts. But he is 0-6 with a 7.15 ERA against the Yankees. Starlin Castro had three hits for New York. Dellin Betances got one out for his first save since replacing injured Aroldis Chapman as closer. CUBS 7, REDS 5 CHICAGO (AP) — Anthony Rizzo and Kyle Schwarber drove in two runs apiece, and Chicago handed sloppy Cincinnati its season-high fifth straight loss. Kyle Hendricks (3-2) pitched six effective innings and drove in a run as the Cubs improved to 22-5 in their last 27 games against the Reds. Ben Zobrist reached three times after missing two games with lower back tightness. Zack Cozart had three hits and two RBIs for Cincinnati, but Adam Duvall committed a big error in left field. Cozart extended his Wrigley Field homer streak to five games, matching a record for any player at the iconic ballpark. Chicago went ahead to stay with five runs in the second against Scott Feldman (2-4), who was chased in the third. BRAVES 8, BLUE JAYS 4 ATLANTA (AP) — Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer to cap a six-run first inning, and Atlanta held off Toronto in a testy game after Freddie Freeman left with an injury. Freeman was struck on the left wrist by a pitch in the fifth inning. The umpires initially ruled that Aaron Loup's pitch did not hit Freeman. But with the Atlanta star in obvious pain, the Braves challenged and the call was reversed after a video review. Freeman headed to the clubhouse instead of first base, and X-rays were inconclusive. He will have more tests Thursday, including an MRI. Things got heated in the late innings after Kevin Pillar apparently thought Atlanta reliever Jason Motte quick-pitched him, yelling toward the mound before Suzuki stepped in to calm things. In the eighth, the benches cleared after Toronto's Jose Bautista homered, standing briefly at home plate to admire the drive before flipping the bat away. Jace Peterson appeared to say something to Bautista as he rounded first, and Suzuki was waiting for Bautista when he touched home. No punches were thrown. Atlanta has won three consecutive games against the Blue Jays. After the Braves took two straight in Toronto, the teams shifted to SunTrust Park to complete the four-game, home-and-home series. The Braves, who scored 19 runs in their two wins at Toronto, jumped all over Joe Biagini (1-2) their first time up. Mike Foltynewicz (2-4) went six innings for the win, allowing three runs. RANGERS 9, PHILLIES 3 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Andrew Cashner finally won in his home state of Texas, pitching seven solid innings to help the Rangers match the longest winning streak in the majors this year at eight games with a victory over Philadelphia. The right-hander from the Houston area also got his first win with the Rangers, who scored all nine of their runs in the first five innings after getting just six in the first six starts by Cashner (1-3) when the stocky 30-year-old was in the game. Texas turned four double plays in the first five innings behind Cashner. The Phillies also turned four double plays. Jared Hoying hit his first big league homer and had his first four-hit game in his second start since coming up from the minors to replace injured center fielder Carlos Gomez. Shin-Soo Choo had three hits with three RBIs among a season-high 17 hits for the Rangers, who matched the Yankees for the longest winning streak this season and are on their best run since August 2013. The defending AL West champs (21-20) are over .500 for the first time this year. RED SOX 5, CARDINALS 4, 13 INNINGS ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pinch-hitter Chris Young singled home the tiebreaking run in the 13th inning and Boston rallied past St. Louis to sweep their two-game interleague series. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a two-run homer in the seventh off starter Mike Leake to begin Boston's comeback from a four-run deficit. The Red Sox tied it in the eighth against reliever Trevor Rosenthal when Xander Bogaerts hit an RBI triple and scored on Andrew Benintendi's sacrifice fly. Mitch Moreland doubled with two outs in the 13th and Bradley was intentionally walked before Young singled off Sam Tuivailala (2-1). Fernando Abad (1-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win, and Ben Taylor got three outs for his first major league save. BREWERS 3, PADRES 1 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jett Bandy singled in the go-ahead run with one out in the ninth inning and Milwaukee beat San Diego to take over first place in the NL Central. The Brewers, who have won five of six, had only two hits going into the ninth before getting four straight with one out against reliever Brandon Maurer (0-3). Travis Shaw, who missed the previous two games with a swollen right index finger, started the rally with a double. Domingo Santana reached on a single that glanced off the glove of leaping shortstop Erick Aybar, and Bandy hit a bouncer up the middle to score Shaw. Jacob Barnes (1-0) pitched the eighth for the win, and Corey Knebel earned his second save. MARINERS 4, ATHLETICS 0 SEATTLE (AP) — Christian Bergman pitched two-hit ball into the eighth inning for the best start of his career, Jean Segura extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a two-run single and Seattle blanked Oakland. Bergman (1-1) held the Athletics hitless until the fifth in his first win since May 5, 2016, with Colorado against San Francisco. He had a career-high nine strikeouts and tied James Paxton for the most in a game by a Mariners pitcher this year. Nelson Cruz drove in two runs for the Mariners, who took two of three in the series. Jesse Hahn (1-3) gave up four runs — three earned — in five innings. Oakland has lost five of six. ANGELS 12, WHITE SOX 8 ANAHEIM, California (AP) — Mike Trout homered for the fifth time in six games, Cameron Maybin had three more hits and the Los Angeles Angels completed a three-game sweep of the Chicago White Sox. Trout's 13th homer of the season, a three-run shot, keyed a four-run sixth inning for the Angels. Maybin, batting leadoff for the second time in an Angels uniform, went 3 for 4 with two runs scored and drew a walk a day after a career-best five hits. Matt Shoemaker (3-2) gave up two runs in each of the first two innings, but settled down to earn the win. He finished with four runs allowed — three earned — and nine hits with nine strikeouts and one walk in 6 1/3 innings. Miguel Gonzalez (3-4) allowed five runs and six hits in 5 2/3 innings. He walked five and struck out two. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2017

Arsenal, Man City pile on pressure in race for top 4 in EPL

STEVE DOUGLAS, AP Sports Writer   MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The swagger has returned to their play. The wins and the goals are piling up. Arsene Wenger, a target of abuse for much of the season, was even greeted with rapturous applause as he walked toward the fans. Things are looking up for Arsenal as the team makes its traditional end-of-season charge for Champions League qualification from the English Premier League. The question is: Have they left it too late? Arsenal produced one of its best performances of the season to beat Stoke 4-1 on Saturday and move to within one point of the top four with two games remaining. If fourth-placed Liverpool fails to beat West Ham away on Sunday, Arsenal knows that victories over Sunderland on Tuesday and Everton on the final day will earn the team a place in the Champions League for the 20th straight season. It's some turnaround from a month ago, when Arsenal lost at Crystal Palace 3-0 and Wenger's future was looking bleak amid strong criticism from a section of fans. On Saturday, as he was making his way along the touchline toward the dressing room after the final whistle, Wenger gave a wave to Arsenal's visiting supporters and they roared their approval. 'At the moment, we have consistency,' Wenger said. 'Let's finish well.' The pressure on Liverpool was ramped up even further by Manchester City beating Leicester 2-1 to move into third place, above the Reds. City has 72 points, Liverpool 70, and Arsenal 69. Manchester United is on 65 points in sixth place, with a game in hand. Here's a look at the other games on Saturday: STOKE 1, ARSENAL 4 Olivier Giroud tapped in two close-range finishes, while Alexis Sanchez netted his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal in the team's fifth win in its last six games. Mesut Ozil also scored, finishing off a slick team move that showed the confidence Arsenal is starting to play with. Stoke's reply came through substitute Peter Crouch in the 67th, which made it 2-1. Replays showed the striker punched the ball into the net, but the offense was missed by match officials. MANCHESTER CITY 2, LEICESTER 1 City got two big breaks on its way to victory over the deposed champions. The team's first goal, scored by David Silva, could have been ruled out as Raheem Sterling was standing in an offside position and directly in Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel's line of vision when Silva took aim. Gabriel Jesus made it 2-0 from the penalty spot, Shinji Okazaki reduced the deficit with an acrobatic volley, before City's second piece of fortune. Leicester was awarded a penalty in the 76th minute when Riyad Mahrez was fouled. Mahrez took it himself but slipped as he shot, kicking the ball against his standing foot and into the net. The referee disallowed the goal and awarded City a free kick, holding up two fingers to show that Mahrez took two consecutive touches. 'The referee was so brave in making the decision,' City manager Pep Guardiola said. 'I've seen that happen before (but) a long time ago.' SUNDELAND 0, SWANSEA 2 Swansea could be celebrating another season in the league on Sunday. This win, achieved courtesy of first-half goals by Fernando Llorente and Kyle Naughton, lifted Swansea four points above the relegation zone. Third-to-last Hull will join Sunderland and Middlesbrough in being relegated if it loses at Crystal Palace on Sunday. Even a draw probably won't be enough for Hull because of its inferior goal difference. Swansea's players paid for the tickets of the 3,000 away fans for the match, and the traveling contingent saw their team notch a third win in four games. BOURNEMOUTH 2, BURNLEY 1 Josh King enhanced his burgeoning reputation by scoring his 16th goal of the season to win the game for Bournemouth in the 85th minute. Twelve of King's goals have come since the middle of January and the Norway forward is the biggest reason why Bournemouth can celebrate securing the highest finish in its 118-year history. The south coast team is in 10th place, and is guaranteed to finish higher than last year's 16th place. MIDDLESBROUGH 1, SOUTHAMPTON 2 Southampton strengthened its chances of securing a top-half finish with this win, secured by goals by Jay Rodriguez and Nathan Redmond either side of halftime. Southampton climbed into ninth place with two games left of a season in which the south coast team also reached the final of the League Cup, losing to Manchester United. Shane Long blazed a penalty over the bar for Southampton, before Patrick Bamford reduced already-relegated Middlesbrough's deficit with his first Premier League goal. ___ Steve Douglas is at www.twitter.com/sdouglas80 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 14th, 2017

MLB Capsules: Wheeler's 2-hitter leads Mets over Giants

NEW YORK (AP) — Zack Wheeler pitched two-hit ball against the team that traded him, Michael Conforto homered and the New York Mets scored four times in the first inning Tuesday on the way to a 6-1 victory over the staggering San Francisco Giants. Hours after Matt Harvey returned from his three-day suspension with a string of contrite apologies, the banged-up Mets began moving on from their latest commotion. Despite all the injuries and turmoil, New York (16-16) has righted itself on the field by winning eight of 11 following a six-game slide. Jeff Samardzija (0-5) and the Giants, outhit 13-2, are headed in the opposite direction after their fifth consecutive defeat and eighth in 10 games. San Francisco, with three World Series titles and four playoff appearances since 2010, had the majors' worst record at 11-23. The team got more bad news moments before the first pitch when All-Star closer Mark Melancon was put on the disabled list — though it's not as if he has had many ninth-inning leads to protect. Wheeler (2-2) went six innings in his best start since missing two seasons while recovering from Tommy John surgery. ORIOLES 5, NATIONALS 4, 12 INNINGS BALTIMORE (AP) — Mark Trumbo singled in the tiebreaking run in the 12th inning, and the Orioles extended their season-best winning streak to six games. Baltimore rallied from a late three-run deficit to complete a two-game sweep of its neighbor. The interleague series shifts to Washington for two games on Wednesday and Thursday. Singles by Adam Jones and Manny Machado, along with an intentional walk to Chris Davis, loaded the bases for Trumbo against Jacob Turner (1-1). Trumbo hit the first pitch to left field, ending the game just seven minutes short of four hours. Logan Verrett (2-0) pitched three shutout innings for the Orioles, who improved to 22-10, including 13-3 at home. REDS 5, YANKEES 3 CINCINNATI (AP) — Joey Votto singled with the bases loaded during the latest big inning off CC Sabathia, and the Reds stopped the Yankees' six-game win streak. Sabathia (2-2) struggled for the fourth consecutive start, unable to get his fastball in the right spots until Cincinnati was in control. The Reds piled up six singles — most of them grounders through the infield — while scoring five runs in the second inning. Sabathia gave up seven hits and five runs in six innings. His ERA has risen from 2.25 to 5.77 over his last four starts. Tim Adleman (2-1), who was born in Staten Island, gave up three runs in five innings against the AL's top offense, including solo homers by Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius. Raisel Iglesias pitched the last two innings for his sixth save in six chances. INDIANS 6, BLUE JAYS 0 TORONTO (AP) — Carlos Carrasco and two Cleveland relievers combined on a four-hitter, and Yan Gomes hit a three-run homer. Lonnie Chisenhall reached base three times for the Indians, who scored more than three runs for the first time since a 12-4 win over Seattle on April 30. Carrasco (4-2) pitched seven innings to remain unbeaten on the road. The right-hander is 4-0 with a 1.35 ERA in four road starts this season. Andrew Miller worked the eighth and Nick Goody finished up. Blue Jays designated hitter Kendrys Morales was pulled in the seventh inning because of tightness in his left hamstring. He grounded out twice before leaving. Called up from Triple-A Buffalo to make his season debut, Blue Jays right-hander Mike Bolsinger (0-1) allowed two runs and three hits in 5 1/3 innings. ROCKIES 10, CUBS 4, GAME 1 CUBS 8, ROCKIES 1, GAME 2 DENVER (AP) — John Lackey struck out 10 over seven scoreless innings and added an RBI single, helping the Cubs stop a four-game skid in the finale of a day-night doubleheader. Chicago gave Lackey plenty of cushion with a five-run second inning against Kyle Freeland (3-2). Javier Baez added a two-run homer in the eighth and Kris Bryant tacked on a solo shot in the ninth. Lackey (3-3) allowed just four singles, a sharp contrast to his previous start at Coors Field, when he surrendered 10 runs on June 8, 2015. In the opener, Colorado scored six runs in the third inning and Mark Reynolds homered for a fourth straight game. Antonio Senzatela (5-1) pitched six innings of two-run ball. Jake Arrieta (4-2) was removed after 3 2/3 innings — his shortest stint as a Cub. He surrendered nine hits and nine runs, but just five were earned. BREWERS 11, RED SOX 7 MILWAUKEE (AP) — Eric Thames hit his 13th homer in Milwaukee's five-run first inning, helping the Brewers overcome a big night for Mookie Betts. Keon Broxton drove in four runs for Milwaukee, and Carlos Torres (2-3) pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings for the win. Betts went 4 for 4, drove in four runs and finished a triple short of the cycle. Boston left-hander Drew Pomeranz (3-2) allowed six runs and seven hits in four innings. ROYALS 7, RAYS 6, 12 INNINGS ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Mike Moustakas homered in the 12th inning, helping the Royals to the road win. Moustakas connected against Diego Moreno (0-1), the eighth Tampa Bay pitcher, on a 1-2 pitch with one out. Moreno was promoted from Triple-A Durham before the game. Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis (1-0), recalled from Triple-A Omaha, worked out of a two-on, one-out jam in the 11th. Kelvin Herrera got three outs for his fifth save. Salvador Perez hit a two-run homer for the Royals. The All-Star catcher went 3 for 4 and walked twice. MARINERS 10, PHILLIES 9 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Taylor Motter had the go-ahead RBI double in the ninth inning, Ben Gamel had four hits and the Mariners overcame a four-run deficit to beat the Phillies in Carlos Ruiz's return to Philadelphia. Gamel went 4 for 5 with a three-run home run, two singles and a double. The right fielder also threw out the potential go-ahead run at home in the eighth. Robinson Cano, who left the game with a quadriceps injury, also homered for the Mariners. Michael Saunders, Tommy Joseph and Aaron Altherr also connected for the Phillies. Hector Neris (1-2) got the loss. Nick Vincent (1-0) pitched a scoreless inning, and Edwin Diaz worked the ninth for his seventh save. Ruiz, one of the key players in Philadelphia's run to consecutive World Series appearances in 2008-09, got a standing ovation when he pinch-hit in the eighth and flied out. CARDINALS 6, MARLINS 5 MIAMI (AP) — Pinch hitter Dexter Fowler singled home the tiebreaking run in the ninth inning, and the Cardinals rallied from a late four-run deficit for their fifth consecutive victory. The game was tied when Magneuris Sierra reached on an infield single with one out in the ninth and continued to second on an errant throw to first by A.J. Ramos (1-2). Fowler, held out of the starting lineup for the previous five games because of a sore shoulder, followed with a sharp single to right field, and the speedy Sierra slid home ahead of Giancarlo Stanton's throw. Trevor Rosenthal (1-1) pitched around a leadoff walk in the eighth. Seung Hwan Oh pitched a perfect ninth for his eighth save. ASTROS 8, BRAVES 3 HOUSTON (AP) — Carlos Correa and Carlos Beltran hit consecutive homers off Bartolo Colon during Houston's five-run first inning. Houston led 4-0 after Correa launched a three-run shot with no outs. Beltran followed his third homer this season. Josh Reddick also connected for Houston, belting a solo shot in the fifth for his 100th career homer. Houston starter Charlie Morton (4-2) allowed three runs — one earned — in 5 2/3 innings for his third straight win. Colon (1-4) gave up eight runs and three homers, both season highs, in 5 2/3 innings. TWINS 7, WHITE SOX 2 CHICAGO (AP) — Hector Santiago beat his former team once again and Byron Buxton tied his career high with three hits, leading the Twins to the victory. Santiago (4-1) allowed two runs in 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander is 5-1 with a 1.59 ERA against the White Sox, who drafted him in the 30th round in 2006 and traded him in 2013 to the Los Angeles Angels. Chicago scored twice in the third inning but did not have another hit until two outs in the ninth. Tyler Duffey and Taylor Rogers closed out Minnesota's four-hitter. Kennys Vargas hit a two-run shot off Chicago's Mike Pelfrey (0-3) in the fourth inning. RANGERS 11, PADRES 0 SAN DIEGO (AP) — Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin dominated his hometown Padres with a four-hitter for his second career shutout. Joey Gallo, Ryan Rua and Robinson Chirinos homered for Texas, which scored two more runs than in its previous four games combined. Gallo and Rua each drove in three runs. After splitting a two-game series, the teams head to Arlington for two more. All four hits off Griffin (4-0) were singles, and the Padres got only one runner as far as third base. San Diego right-hander Jered Weaver lasted only three innings, allowing seven runs and six hits. ANGELS 7, ATHLETICS 3 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Yunel Escobar hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, and Albert Pujols and Ben Revere added solo shots for Los Angeles as AL MVP Mike Trout missed his fourth straight game because of a tight left hamstring. Yonder Alonso homered twice for Oakland, raising his career-best total to 11 with his second career two-homer game — four days after his first. Alex Meyer (1-1) earned his first career road victory, allowing three runs, four hits and five walks in 5 1/3 innings, and Bud Norris got three outs for his sixth save Jharel Cotton (3-4) fell to 0-4 in night games while going 3-0 during the day. He allowed a season-high seven runs in five innings. TIGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 3 PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Upton and James McCann homered, and Mikie Mahtook singled in two runs. Justin Verlander (3-2) won his second straight start, giving up three runs, seven hits and three walks in six-plus innings. Robbie Ray (2-3) lost his third straight start, allowing five runs, five hits and five walks in five innings. DODGERS 4, PIRATES 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Pinch-hitter Austin Barnes doubled home the winning run with one out in the 10th against Daniel Hudson (0-2) as Los Angeles won its fourth straight. Pitcher Ross Stripling scored from first after pinch running for Yasmani Grandal, who led off the 10th with a single. Los Angeles starter Julio Urias lost a no-hit bid when Andrew McCutchen doubled leading off the seventh inning. Urias pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings, allowing a run, one hit and two walks with five strikeouts. Kenley Jansen (2-0) pitched a scoreless 10th. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 10th, 2017

New Mahindra guys earn their stripes

You always want to be on the winning side of a basketball trade. For one game at least, it appears Mahindra got a pretty nice haul after acquiring Glenn Khobuntin and Eric Camson from NLEX in exchange for the embattled Alex Mallari. The two new guys stepped right into the spotlight Sunday, helping the Floodbuster earn a crucial win against Blackwater to keep their 2017 PBA Commissioner's Cup campaign alive. Khobuntin and Camson combined for 24 points vs. Blackwater, providing positive energy Mahindra sorely needs. 'Amazing effort from our new guys, Glenn and Eric,' top deputy Chris Gavina said after the Floodbuster picked up their second win. 'Glenn and Eric, i think have really bought in quickly. They've only been with us for three days, and they've had an immediate impact towards the rest of our guys, and our guys have embraced him,' he added. Having a new opportunity in Mahindra, both Khobuntin and Camson are just happy to repay the trust given to them by 'kuya' Gavina. 'He's cool [Gavina]. Difference nila ni coach Yeng, si coach Yeng parang tatay. Ito parang kuya,' Khobuntin said. 'Masaya, may confidence na naman eh. Thankful ako kasi nabigay ko yung binigay nila sakin.' 'Masasabi ko naman, thankful ako sa opportunity na binigay niya sakin,' Camson added, still talking about Gavina. 'Pinagkatiwalaan niya ako. Alam ko naman sa sarili ko na hindi lang yun yung mako-contribute ko sa team na to. Sinabi ko naman sa kanya na coach, biglan mo lang ako ng break, kontin playing time lang para mapakita ko best ko,' he added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 7th, 2017