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Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardOct 12th, 2018

ONE Championship: Jomary Torres is eager to pick herself up after bowing to Mei Yamaguchi

Experiencing two defeats in a row is not the ideal way that a mixed martial artist would want to end a year, but that is exactly how Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres is wrapping up her 2018.   Torres started the year with a bang, scoring a 40-second knockout victory over Team Lakay's April Osenio at ONE: GLOBAL SUPERHEROES in Manila, Philippines last January.   She then made a trip back to the cage eight months later against Priscilla Hertati Lumban Gaol at ONE: CONQUEST OF HEROES in Jakarta, Indonesia.   Expectations were high for Torres, but the Filipina was outplayed at every turn by Lumban Gaol, yielding to the Indonesian hometown hero by unanimous decision.   With the goal to redeem herself and conclude the year on a triumphant note after suffering her first career loss in the sport, she took the challenge of facing former ONE World Title challenger Mei "V.V" Yamaguchi of Japan at ONE: DESTINY OF CHAMPIONS at the Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last Friday, 7 December.   Yamaguchi showcased her edge in experience and skills as she outworked Torres in both the striking and ground game departments over the course of three rounds, cruising to a clear-cut unanimous decision.   Although Torres did not get what she wished for, the 22-year-old native of Zamboanga City finds comfort with the thought of going the distance against a battle-tested martial artist such as Yamaguchi.   "To share the stage with a world-class athlete like Yamaguchi is a great learning experience. I see this as something that would benefit my career in the future," she stated.   "This is definitely a great learning experience for me. I gave everything I have, but it didn't quite work out. I knew I was a big underdog, but I stepped up and went all-out against her.”   She concedes that her Japanese opponent was simply the better woman, suggesting that her cage meeting with Yamaguchi will be supplemental to her journey as an athlete in mixed martial arts.   "It's a huge help to have been able to compete against someone of Mei Yamaguchi's caliber. She's a former ONE World Title contender,” she said. "She was the better lady that night, but that's part of being an athlete. I will learn and improve.”   Her first three impressive bouts in the world's largest martial arts organization convinced observers that Torres is a special competitor in the women’s atomweight division of ONE Championship.   Despite the string of setbacks, Torres plans on living up to her potential, believing that better days are definitely ahead in her young career.   "I have a great career ahead of me. The loss will only make me a better competitor moving forward," she vowed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 10th, 2018

Attracting the Filipino Gen Z

Aside from being heavily tech-oriented, Filipino Gen Zers---those born in 1996 and later---are looking to work not just for money, but for companies that are socially and environmentally responsible, and can provide them with opportunities to experience new things in their careers, says a recent study commissioned by information technology company Dell Technologies.   The "Gen Z: The Future Has Arrived" study compiled insights from over 12,000 high school and college students in 17 countries, over 4,000 of whom came from Southeast Asia (the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Singapore and Malaysia). Locally, 730 Filipino students participated in the study.  ...Keep on reading: Attracting the Filipino Gen Z.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Body of Filipina found floating in Malaysian river–DFA

      MANILA, Philippines--A Filipina was found floating in Pengalan River in Sabah, Malaysia and bore wounds that suggest foul play, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) reported on Saturday. The DFA identified the victim as Madelyn Bernardo Asuncion, whose body was found floating in the river last Nov. 28, according to a plantation worker. Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose said that authorities claimed there was enough evidence to classify the case as a possible homicide. The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the DFA expressed their condolences to the victim's family. The Embassy is still awaiting for the official report and ...Keep on reading: Body of Filipina found floating in Malaysian river–DFA.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

Young Pinoy booters cherish FC Barcelona experience

Ten lucky kid footballers took part in a once-in-a-lifetime experience of training in Barcelona, Spain under the tutelage of esteemed FC Barcelona Youth Academy coaches. The kids returned to Manila recently after their global training camp that ran from November 4 to 12 and happily shared their memorable experiences, meeting other young athletes from around the world and ultimately watching their football heroes play live. “We’ve made a lot of friends there and learned a lot of things from our coaches. It was a memorable experience for us,” said Jelena Loren Soon of Singapore School Cebu and a member of the USPC Panthers and Cebu Elite Girls Team, who was the only girl in the batch that flew to Spain through the joint initiative of FC Barcelona and Milo. Soon was joined by Lien Dale Manuel, Alexander David Villarosa, Breindel Medina, Heaven Andrei Teodosio, Tristan Ybanez, Juan Pablo Unlay, Dylan Wong, Carlo Bongocan and Daniel Cagaanan  in the press conference held for the kids on Wednesday.   The Pinoy booters were carefully chosen by an expert panel from Milo, Cebu Football Association and FCB Academy in Cebu from almost 240 participants in Cebu last September.   The junior booters were immersed in a series of training sessions both on the pitch of Ciutat Esportivo, the home of La Maisa, FCB’s youth academy, and in the classroom at Camp Nou. The Filipinos joined other young delegates from Chile, Colombia, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela. There, coaches instilled to the young booters the Barca methodology of creative passing and attacking while underscoring the importance of positive values. The Filipinos also played a friendly match against young players of Fundacion Marcet Football Academy. The game was played in four quarters with the Pinoy representatives winning the final frame, 4-0.      But the ultimate experience for these young athletes was their exclusive training with former Brazil and Barca player and legend, Juliano Belleti, capped by watching Lionel Messi and Barca play live against Betis in their La Liga duel.       As an added treat, the kids were given a chance to visit the FC Barcelona locker room – a unique and unforgettable experience. “Milo hopes that these young delegates will continue to work hard and aspire to be the best version of themselves,” said Milo Philippines Consumer Marketing Manager. “We also hope that these kids can share their experience and learnings to help uplift Philippine football and build ambition for others to reach their dreams.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

Malaya FC shines at 2018 YFL Tournament

JPV-Malaya Football Club (Malaya FC) delivered a dominant performance in the recently concluded Season 2 of the Youth Football League (YFL) to lift the championship trophy in the U-11 and U-15 categories. The youth development arm of JPV Marikina FC, Malaya FC also emerged first runner-up in the U-13 and women’s U-17 categories. In division 2, Malaya FC won the plate championship in U-7 and U-9, first runner-up in U-17, and second runner-up in U-15 (born 2004 team). In the hotly contested U-15 category, Malaya FC outplayed 14 other teams to win not only the gold but also Most Valuable Player honors for midfielder Jenil Gorre and Best Goalkeeper for Lance Jeter Bencio. In early October this year, the same U-15 team reached the finals of the Borneo Cup, outgunning youth clubs from Malaysia and Hong Kong and bowing only to the Singapore team. In the U-11 age group that also saw a total of 15 teams, MVP honors went to Malaya FC’s striker Ralph Valentine Capis, while Malaya FC keeper Simon Elijah Soco was awarded Best GK. A total of 81 teams in eight categories played in Season 2 of YFL, which is now on its second year. In its website, YFL said “the league aims to provide organized football competitions throughout the year, catering to youth clubs and players looking for more opportunities to play beyond their school varsities.” Malaya FC fielded teams in 7 of the 8 categories. Founded in March 2013, Malaya FC (Facebook: Malaya Football) is a non-stock, non-profit organization registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission. It has close to 180 active youth players with ages ranging from 6 to 16 years old. About 70 percent of Malaya FC’s players are football scholars from underprivileged families who, thanks to donors and paying members, have a chance to play the beautiful game and a shot at a better future.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

    HANOI, Vietnam --- Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States.   Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as "Mother Mushroom," was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the Communist government. The conviction of the popular blogger, who wrote about human rights and industrial pollution, drew criticism from some Western governments and international human rights groups.   Friends of the 39-year-old blogger said she was on her way to the U.S. with her mother and two young children.   "After numerous efforts, the family o...Keep on reading: Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering, tax evasions

  KUALA LUMPUR---Rosmah Mansor, the luxury-loving wife of Malaysia's former Prime Minister Najib Razak, was charged on Thursday with money laundering and tax evasion linked to a multibillion-dollar scandal that helped bring down his government.   The 66-year-old pleaded not guilty to 17 charges of money laundering and tax evasion at a court complex where her husband Najib was also making a separate appearance in connection with the alleged plunder of state funds.   $480,000 bail   Rosmah was allowed to post bail of $480,000 and ordered to surrender her passport.   She was also barred from contacting any witness.   Prosecu...Keep on reading: Wife of ex-Malaysian leader charged with money laundering, tax evasions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

BDO’s Nestor Tan voted ‘Best CEO’

  BDO Unibank's long-time chief executive officer (CEO) Nestor Tan was voted "best CEO" in emerging markets (Philippines) in a poll of investors and analysts conducted by New York-based international finance magazine Institutional Investor. The survey is a key feature of the All-Asia (excluding Japan) Executive Team, an annual ranking done by Institutional Investor, which often serves as industry benchmarks. Aside from the Philippines, the countries in the emerging markets category include Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand. "Each voter can nominate up to four CEOs based on their investor engagement efforts. All votes are weighted by place (first, second, third, fourt...Keep on reading: BDO’s Nestor Tan voted ‘Best CEO’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 4th, 2018

Perlas Spikers cop bronze medal in Vinh Long Cup

BanKo salvaged a bronze medal finish after reasserting its mastery over Malaysia, 28-26, 25-16, 25-22, Wednesday in the Vinh Long Television Cup at Vinh Long Province Gymnasium.     The Perlas Spikers wrapped up their first international tournament on a high note as they go back in the country brimming with confidence in their return in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. BanKo is currently unbeaten in the PVL after two outings.   The Perlas Spikers’ win against the Malaysians was a repeat of their 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, conquest of the same squad in the elimination round. It was the first of BanKo’s back-to-back wins in the elims of the 5-team contest. The Perlas Spikers defeated Vietnam Postbank in four sets to close the elims and advance in the battle for third. BanKo dropped its first two games against VTV-Vietnam and Vinh Long. The Perlas Spikers will face Adamson-Akari on Saturday when they resume action in the PVL......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 3rd, 2018

Perlas Spikers win back-to-back to end Vinh Long tourney elims

BanKo came up short of advancing in the gold medal round but still closed its campaign in the Vinh Long Television Cup elimination round on a high note Monday in Vietnam. The Perlas Spikers defeated Vietnam Postbank, 25-19, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18, a day after taking down Malaysia, 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-18, at Vinh Long Province’s Gymnasium. BanKo will get a day to rest and prepare for the bronze medal match on Wednesday. The PVL Reinforced Conference third placers dropped their first two games against VTV-Vietnam, 25-20, 12-25, 13-25, 20-25 and Vinh Long, 23-25, 14-25, 22-25......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

Floyd Mayweather Jr. rematch is unfinished business, says Manny Pacquiao

Over the weekend, social media went into a frenzy as Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. announced on his Instagram account that he would be coming out of retirement for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. It was easy to shrug the news off, but then Pacquiao responded on his Instagram with a post of his own and fueling the talks of a potential rematch. As it turns out, the little Instagram back-and-forth could actually turn out to be a legitimate fight announcement.  According to Senior Ring Magazine writer Mike Coppinger, the rematch is already in the advanced stage of negotiations, with the fight being planned for Las Vegas and December 1 or December 8 as target dates. Breaking: Talks for #MayweatherPacquiao2 are in the advanced stages and it’s expected there will be contracts out this week, according to industry sources. Once finalized, the fight will likely land in Las Vegas and two target dates are Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 — Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) September 17, 2018  In his first interview since the interaction with Mayweather, Pacquiao basically confirmed that the fight is happening.   "Well, he’s announcing his comeback from retirement, so he wants to fight, he challenged me, he wants get my belt." Mayweather has mostly been retired since late-2015, returning to action last year for a big money super-fight with UFC star Conor McGregor. Pacquiao on the other hand, has remained active, save for a brief eight-month retirement perioid in 2016. Last July, Pacquiao captured his eleventh-world championship by defeating Lucas Matthysse for the WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pacquiao himself confirmed that he and Mayweather are indeed in negotiation-mode, without giving away too much information.  "Right now we’re in the middle of negotiations, hoping to finalize that." Pacquiao shared with Dyan Castillejo of ABS-CBN News. "Sa ngayon, pag-uusapan pa yung negotiations, we’re in the middle of negotiations, so hindi pa natin masabi kung kailan or kung ano yung exact date." "I’m always available. I’m always available for him." Pacquiao added.  @mannypacquiao says @FloydMayweather wants his belt and they will continue to discuss details of planned superfight #MP #TMT pic.twitter.com/nZCOW4sByN — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018 I’m always available for him . @mannypacquiao to @FloydMayweather #MP #TMT pic.twitter.com/5nf01HrZz3 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018 If the fight does push through, it will be a highly-anticipated rematch of their 2015 bout, which saw Mayweather emerge victorious via Unanimous Decision after twelve rounds.  For Pacquiao, he feels that he has some unfinished business with the unbeaten fighter, which is why he's pushing for the rematch to happen.  "Ang importante ay matuloy na para makita, para hindi unfinished business yung kaming dalawa. Para bang nanakawan tayo ng panalo and matagal na panahon ang hinintay natin." The eight-division boxing world champion is confident that he can come out with the win this time around.  "Right now, alam ko na yung gagawin ko." As far as his training is concerned, Pacquiao has yet to reveal where he'll be holding camp. For his bout against Matthysse, Pacquiao held camp in his gym in General Santos, with close friend Buboy Fernandez overseeing matters.  "Kung saan man ako mag-training, basta I’ll put myself through strict and disciplined training." the 39-year old boxer-turned-statesman said.      @mannypacquiao on @FloydMayweather as unfinished business pic.twitter.com/YiUU3gdAhI — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) September 17, 2018.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

Sports Briefs

  PH seniors sweep group in Asean hoops   HAT YAI, Thailand---Johnny Chua, Sonny Co, and Conrad Siy delivered key baskets down the stretch as 65s of the Filipino-Chinese Veterans Basketball Association (FCVBA) downed Miri, Malaysia, 42-37, to sweep their group in the 27th Asean Basketball Veterans Tournament Wednesday at Prince Songkla University gym here. After struggling in the first three quarters, Co found the right time to redeem himself as he buried a huge three-point shot to tie count at 37-all then Chua split his pressure-packed charities before Siy hit a putback for a 40-37 lead. Chua, who finished with 13 points, finally sealed the deal with a baske...Keep on reading: Sports Briefs.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

TNT s former Best Import to lead Team Philippines in Terrific 12 joust

The lone Philippine team in the Asia League's Terrific 12 tournament will have a former PBA Best Import as its main reinforcement. Richard Howell, the 2014 PBA Commissioner's Cup Best Import for TNT, will lead the campaign for the iECO Green Warriors seeing action in Macau starting Sept. 18. Playing for the Tropang Texters, Howell helped TNT sweep the Commissioner's Cup through the semifinals. Unfortunately for him and the Texters, San Mig Coffee took the Finals, 3-1, to win the third of four straight titles that led to their Grand Slam that year. Howell would return to TNT the following year, leading the team to a 4-1 start. However, he was replaced by Ivan Johnson and the Tropang Texters would later win the 2015 Commissioner's Cup, beating Rain or Shine after two overtimes in Game 7 of the Finals. Howell, who has since played for Israel national team, is back in the Philippines to play for the Green Warriors coached by former Phoenix Fuel Masters mentor Ariel Vanguardia. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Vanguardia-coached D-League All-Stars start prep for Macau invitational] Sam Logwood is iECO's other import and the local crew is composed of several D-League standouts including 2018 Foundation Cup champion Gab Banal. Also in iECO's roster is Joshua Munzon from the ABL's Westports Malaysia Dragons. The Green Warriors will have work cut out for them in Group C. iECO will debut in the main game of Sept. 18 against Japan's Ryuku Golden Kings which has 2014 NBA champion Jeff Ayres and former Japan naturalized player Ira Brown on deck. [Related: TERRIFIC 12: Jefferson takes over Blatche's old spot with Flying Tigers] iECO will then take on the Xinjiang Flying Tigers two days later on Sept. 20. The Flying Tigers have former NBA veteran Al Jefferson as import.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 11th, 2018

Manny Pacquiao taking legal action against Top Rank Boxing

Eight-division boxing world champion and reigning WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Champion Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao is taking legal action against former long-time promoter Bob Arum and Top Rank Boxing.  In an Instagram post Monday evening, Pacquiao, 39, congratulated Top Rank Boxing and ESPN for their recently-announced seven-year partnership.  The boxer-turned-statesman then proceeded to take a jab at Top Rank, citing non-payment for the US rights of his recent WBA world title bout against Argentinian Lucas "La Maquina" Matthysse last July 15th in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.         View this post on Instagram                   Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement. I know both of you have been very busy finalizing the deal. However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you. A post shared by Manny Pacquiao (@mannypacquiao) on Sep 10, 2018 at 5:57am PDT "Congratulations and good luck to @TRboxing and @ESPN on your 7-year partnership agreement." the Instagram post read.  "However, I have not received the US rights payment for my July 15 fight against Lucas Matthysse that was broadcast on ESPN plus. Therefore, I am initiating legal proceedings against Top Rank and all other parties based on the non-payment and attempt to restrict my future rights. Thank you." it continued.  Pacquiao defeated Matthysse via TKO in the seventh round in Kuala Lumpur to capture the WBA title.  The event, dubbed as "Fight of Champions" was a joint promotion between Pacquiao's MP Promotions outfit and former in-ring rival Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions, who handled Matthysse.  It was also Pacquiao's first fight not under the Top Rank Boxing banner since signing with them more than a decade ago.  Top Rank was still involved with the Pacquiao-Mattyhsse bout however, as they, along with ESPN were responsible for broadcasting the bout in the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico.  The unpaid broadcast fees are reportedly worth around $1.7 million, with Pacquiao expected to 85 percent of the revenue for the US rights. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2018

Thais, Austria-Norway rule BVR On Tour Surigao

LIANGA, Surigao del Sur -  Thailand 2's Nasuda Janmong and Saranya Laesood, avenging their lone loss of the competition, captured the women's gold medal with a 21-13, 21-18 victory over BanKo-Perlas 1's Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan in the Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour Gran Ola, Lianga leg Sunday here. Another international pair, Austria-Norway tandem of Marian Klaffinger and Aleksander Sorum, ruled the men's division following a 21-19, 21-14 win over Air Force's Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez. First time as partners, Klaffinger and Sorum also went perfect in the two-day double gender event, as everything clicked right from the get-go. "It's our first tournament. We spontaneously played this tournament. We had fun," said Klaffinger, who played for Austria with Moritz Fabian Kindi in the FIVB Beach World Tour Manila Open last May. "They (Air Force) played well. It was a tough match but I'm happy that we won it.  We had some relatively easy matches at the beginning so that we could get together well. I'm happy that we played that good in the final," he added. Playing much better in the game that mattered most, the power-hitting pair of Janmong and Laesood made major adjustments in last Saturday's 18-21, 17-21 loss to Gervacio and Tan in pool play to become triumphant.        Janmong and Laesood bested BanKo-Perlas 2's Amanda Villanueva and Roma Doromal, 21-13, 21-18, to arrange a women's championship duel with Gervacio and Tan, who foiled an all-Thailand showdown following a come-from-behind 18-21, 21-18, 15-13 over Kijja Khantarak and Sirinuch Kawfong. Despite the tough loss, Khantarak and Sirinuch Kawfong still has something to celebrate of, as the pair claimed the bronze medal with a 21-16, 21-14 victory over Villanueva and Doromal. In the quarterfinals, Gervacio and Tan rallied from a set down to beat Ateneo's Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte, 19-21, 21-12, 15-3, while Villanueva and Doromal won over Lianga's Leah Mae Pontillo and Maria Adabog. Thailand 1's Khantarak and Kawfong overpowered University of the Philippines' Justine Dorog and Abi Goc, 21-12, 21-3, while their compatriots Janmong and Laesood bested National University's Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho, 21-16, 21-14. Abdilla and Lopez prevailed over Davao 1's Calvin Sarte and Edmar Flores, 21-19, 21-19, to set up a men's Finals meeting with Klaffinger and Sorum, a 21-16, 21-13 winner over Malaysia's Raja Nazmi Hussin and Mohd Aizzat Zokri. Sarte and Flores outlasted Hussin and Zokri, 22-20, 12-21, 15-12 to clinch third place......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2018

POC President Vargas all praises for Pinoy athletes in Asiad

JAKARTA — Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) president Ricky Vargas is all praises for the Filipino athletes who competed in the 18th Asian Games and bagged four gold, two silver and 15 bronze medals. Vargas, who was installed as POC president along with Abraham Tolentino as chairman in a special election only last February, congratulated members of the delegation despite disappointments in many fronts. After 17 days of competition, the 227-athlete delegation improved on the 1-3-11 gold-silver-bronze haul in the 2014 Incheon Asian Games and put the Philippines to its best performance in eight years—since its 3-4-9 harvest in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. “‘Yung mga atleta natin can stand proud on the medal stand. We have really improved our medal tally from one gold, three silvers and 11 bronze medals. We've done better,” Vargas said. “Ang atleta talaga ang magdadala, kaya the athlete needs all the support. They get the blame, they get the reward, but our role is to really support the athletes. They are the most important part of the equation,” said Vargas in paying tribute to the athletes. All of the Philippines’ gold medalists in the games are women, with the youngest at 17 years old — golfer Yuka Saso, who is joined by fellow golfers Bianca Pagdanganan, 21, and Kaye Lois Go, 19, and skateboarder Margielyn Didal, 19. Even the oldest of them all in weightlifting icon Hidilyn Diaz is still a millennial at 27. “The women in sports are really giving us so much pride. So we should really look at parity and bring in more (of them) in sports. They have proven that they can win,” Vargas said. From 22nd place in the 2014 Asiad, the Philippines improved by three notches to no. 19 this time, still behind Southeast Asian Games rivals Thailand (12th, 11 golds, 14 silvers, 46 bronzes),  Malaysia (14th, 6-12-15) and Vietnam (17th, 4-16-18). Vargas, the head of the sport of boxing, had a silver from flyweight Rogen Ladon and two bronze medals from light flyweight Carlo Paalam and middleweight Eumir Marcial — a result which the Association of Boxing Alliances of the Philippines president gave him “mixed emotions.” “From the sport that I lead, I’m frustrated not by how the boxers performed, but how the results were judged,” Vargas said, ruing the judging in the games, which seemed to have favored boxers from Uzbekistan, the home country of International Boxing Federation interim president Gafuk Rakhimov. “When boxing presidents and athletes come to your dugout saying that you won, it gives you a sense that injustice has been done. When the crowd from Indonesia and some from Thailand were cheering for the Philippines, then there must have been something wrong that had happened,” Vargas said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 1st, 2018

Expect crackdown, DFA warns Filipino illegals in Malaysia

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday warned undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia to expect an immigration crackdown with the end of the country's voluntary deportation program.   The Malaysian government had said the amnesty program, launched in 2016, would no longer be extended.   There are an estimated 400,000 undocumented Filipinos in Malaysia, according to the DFA.   Philippine Ambassador to Malaysia Charles Jose advised Filipinos there to make sure they have their legal documents with them when they travel.   "In view of this, we request our [countrymen] to exercise due prudence and to ensure they carry their legal documents a...Keep on reading: Expect crackdown, DFA warns Filipino illegals in Malaysia.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 31st, 2018

LOOK: Batu Caves in Malaysia has new rainbow color staircase

PETALING JAYA, Malaysia --- Batu Caves greet visitors with a new look -- 272 colorful steps of the staircase!   StartingSunday, members of public discovered the 272 steps of the staircase leading to the iconic Hindu Temple - Sri Subramaniar Swamy Temple at Batu Caves is given a facelift -- rainbow colour staircase.   Photos of the refurbished Batu Caves went viral on social media, making it the latest hotspot in Kuala Lumpur.   The Hindu temple abides by the oncein 12 yearsof 'consecration ritual` (Maha Kumba Abishegam) to carry out refurbishment.   The colourful 272 steps of the staircase is part of the refurbishment to upgrade Batu Caves....Keep on reading: LOOK: Batu Caves in Malaysia has new rainbow color staircase.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 30th, 2018

ASIAN GAMES: Veteran netters open action

PALEMBANG --- Veteran campaigners Joseph Arcilla and Noelle Zoleta swing into action on Tuesday at the start of the 18th Asian Games soft tennis competitions at the Jakabaring Sport City courts here. Both Arcilla and Zoleta are appearing in their third straight Asian Games, hoping to break the country’s medal drought since the sport made its debut in the 1994 edition held in Hiroshima, Japan. Arcilla  garnered a silver and two bronze medals while Zoleta a pair of bronzess last year in the 29th Malaysia Southeast Asian Games held in Kuala Lumpur. “Arcilla and Zoleta are our veterans so we are banking on them to do well here,” noted assistant coach Michael Enriquez on the eve of the event on Monday. “The rest of our players are newcomers here.” Head coach Jovy Mamawal, on the other hand, said that the draw won’t be known until the team manager late Monday.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2018