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Blue Eagles flying to Greece, Singapore, Australia for UAAP 82 preps

With the 2019 PBA D-League championship all wrapped up and headed to Katipunan, Ateneo de Manila University can now set its sights on its title defense for the upcoming UAAP 82.  For that, the Blue Eagles will finally get to leave their nest and get themselves some overseas training. "We're leaving next week and we'll have a training camp in Greece. That'll be pretty brutal to be honest," head coach Tab Baldwin told reporters not even half an hour after they hoisted their trophy in the developmental league, Tuesday at Ynares Center in Pasig.  He then continued, "Then we'll go to Singapore and play against the Singaproe national team before heading down to Australia. We have a few games in Perth and also in Melbourne."  This is the second year in a row that Ateneo will be flying to Greece in preparation for its title defense. Obviously, the last time they did so worked wonders as they won back-to-back championships.  More than that, though, it's the bond between his boys that coach Tab wants to see get better. As he put it, "It's a great experience, I think, for the boys to understand the difficulties that long tours represent. They got to be away from home and get to bond together as a team."  He then continued, "That's where we learn to help each other through everything that we face. And you know, that's a lot when you go on tour."  Along with that, the overseas training will also be the ideal time for the Blue Eagles' coaching staff to see who are more than capable to fill out the rest of their roster – as two spots were vacated by graduated Anton Asistio and Aaron Black who is now starring in the MPBL and two more may be left open by Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza who are both dealing with academic deficiencies.  With that in mind, the two-time collegiate champion coach mentioned former NCAA Jrs. MVP Troy Mallillin, former UAAP Jrs. Champion Jason Credo, and Filipino-Kiwi forward Patrick Maagdenberg as Team B players who will be going along to Greece, Singapore, and Australia.  Coach Tab also said that new recruits Dwight and Eli Ramos will also be joining them there. Dwight had been a 23 for 23 Gilas Pilipinas cadet, but will still have to undergo one year of residency while Eli, who most recently opened eyes with FilAm Sport USA in the 2019 NBTC, will be good to go right away.  Still, no roster spot is assured as Ateneo gets down and dirty in preparation for another title defense. "We've had to expand the pool a little bit so we'll take those guys overseas. There, we'll let them fight it out," their brilliant tactician said.  ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 38 min. ago

Lionesses eye Final Four spot playoff

strong>Games Friday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 9:00 a.m. --- San Beda vs. Mapua (m) 10:30 a.m. --- San Beda vs. Mapua(w) 12:00 noon --- Perpetual vs JRU (w) 1:30 p.m. --- Perpetual vs JRU (m)   San Beda College hunts to secure a playoff for a semifinals berth Friday when the Lionesses take on the listless Mapua Lady Cardinals to close their elimination round campaign in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at The Arena in San Juan. Totting a 5-3 win-loss record at fourth to fifth spot tied with idle Lyceum of the Philippines University, San Beda puts its season on the line at the 10:30 a.m. clash with the Cardinals, who remain winless in eight games. A win by the Lionesses will not only give the Mendiola-based squad a playoff for a semifinals slot in case of a tie at 6-3 card but will also put San Beda in a good position to advance in the next round with Perpetual Help and LPU facing tough opponents in their remaining assignments. If San Beda hurdles Mapua and the Lady Altas and Lady Pirates absorbing their fourth loss, the Lionesses will get the last semis spot.   In case the Lionesses lose, SBC will have to wish that LPU drops its last game against San Sebastian College and for Perpetual to at least lose one of its last two remaining games for tie at 5-4 that will also force sa playoff for the last semis seat. Unbeaten SSC-R  (7-1) and Season 90 champion Arellano University secured the first two Final Four berths while defending champion College of St. Benilde (6-2) is assured of at least a semis seat playoff. San Beda is coming off a painful straight sets loss at the hands of the Lady Blazers, 25-12, 17-25, 23-25, 19-25, last week and is looking for a bounce back against the Lady Cardinals, who were swept by Emilio Aguinaldo College 18-25, 13-25, 24-26, last Friday. Meanwhile, the Lady Altas fight for survival when they face upset-conscious Jose Rizal University at 12:00 noon. With a 4-3 card, Perpetual can still make it to the Final Four if the Las Pinas-based squad completes a sweep of its last two games starting with the Lady Bombers. The Lady Altas will end the elims on January 25 against Arellano University. Perpetual survived its first test last week with a sweep of LPU, 25-21, 29-27, 25-23. JRU is out of contention with a 3-5 slate but is looking to play the spoiler’s role. In men’s play, San Beda (6-2) attempts to formally advance in the semis to join CSB (7-1) in a clash against Mapua (5-3) at 9:00 a.m. while defending champion Perpetual (6-1) also seeks a Final Four berth in a faceoff with JRU (1-7) at 1:30 p.m.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Lady Pirates set sight on at least a semis berth playoff

strong>Games Friday: /strong> (The Arena, San Juan) 8:30 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (m) 10:00 a.m. --- EAC vs. MIT (w) 11:30 a.m. --- LPU vs. Perpetual (w) 1:00 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (m) 2:30 p.m. --- LPU vs Perpetual (jrs)   With unbeaten San Sebastian College clinching the first Final Four seat, Lyceum of the Philippines University attempts to draw closer to one of the remaining three berths Friday in a showdown with the desperate Perpetual Help Lady Altas in the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. Riding the crest of a three-game winning run, the Lady Pirates face the Lady Altas in the scheduled 11:30 a.m. clash to secure at least a playoff for a semis spot at The Arena in San Juan. Coming off a straight-set, 25-20, 25-23, 25-20, demolition of listless Emilio Aguinaldo College last week, the Intramuros-based squad parades a 5-1 win-loss slate and is on the right track for its bid to advance in the next round for the first time since 2011. LPU is on a high with its winning streak sparked by a huge upset of College of St. Benilde and head coach Emil Lontoc is confident the Lady Pirates can take one against Perpetual. “Sa tingin ko kaya naming silang tapatan gaya nu’ng laro namin sa Benilde kasi halos pareho ang laro ng dalawang ‘yan eh,” he said. “Kapag gumanda ang receive namin, gumanda ang atake lalaban kami sa kanila. Saka ang Perpetual hindi na rin ganoon (kaganda) ang laro.” But the Lady Altas will surely show a different form after sliding to 3-3 slate. The Las Pinas-based squad suffered a 22-25, 13-25, 13-25, beating at the hands of SSC-R last Wednesday, putting Perpetual in a dangerous spot of missing the cut for a Final Four seat. Another loss will eliminate Perpetual from the semis race. In the non-bearing game, tied at 0-7 slates EAC and Mapua collide to barge in the win column in their scheduled 10:00 a.m. match. Meanwhile, the Generals (0-7) faceoff with the Cardinals (4-3) at 8:30 a.m. while LPU (3-3) meets Perpetual (4-1) in the 1:00 p.m. match in the men’s division. The lone juniors play is between unbeaten LPU (4-0) and defending champion Perpetual (4-0) at 2:30 p.m.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

Mapua’s Oraeme crowned NCAA MVP anew

MANILA, Philippines – Mapua's Allwell Oraeme made up for his team's failed title bid by snaring the Most Valuable Player award trophy for the second straight.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 11th, 2016

Oraeme bags NC week best honors

MANILA, Philippines – Allwell Oraeme is on track for a crack at a second straight NCAA MVP, leading Mapua to another Final Four stint following the Cardinals.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 18th, 2016

Mapua makes playoffs again on back of Player of the Week Oraeme

Allwell Oraeme is making a statement for a shot at a second straight NCAA Seniors MVP. By leading Mapua Institute of Technology to another Final Four stint, Oraeme became the unanimous choice for the ACCEL Quantum/3XVI-NCAA Press Corps Player .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2016

Cardinals take on Generals

Mapua aims for a repeat performance of its previous morale-boosting victory over San Beda last week when the Cardinals take on Emilio Aguinaldo College in NCAA men’s basketball at The Arena in San Juan City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 7th, 2016

Batang PBA star Jaymalin to train in Canada

Fresh from helping the NLEX Road Warriors win the title in the Batang PBA 15-and-under categrory, teen prospect Liam Jaymalin is set to leave for Canada next month to get the necessary training in hopes of improving his skills. The 14-year-old Jaymalin played a huge part during the campaign of NLEX in the Batang PBA, and was a key contributor in the Road Warriors 102-85 win over TNT KaTropa in the championship game. Jaymilin, who played for the La Salle Antipolo basketball team, is set to leave July 3 for Vancouver. He is already enrolled and is expected to join the basketball squad of St. Patrick Regional Secondary School as a Grade 9 student. “He’ll study and train in Canada, hopefully for a better career in basketball,” said Liam's father Rjay Jaymalin, a businessman in Vancouver. “Since all of us are already here, including his three siblings who are all Canadian citizens, we decided to bring Liam to study here and at the same time be able to train.” “Here, as parents, we’ll be able to guide him and see his progress as a basketball player. Our hope is if he returns to our country, he’ll comeback as a better player,” added the elder Jaymalin, who played college ball for Mapua and Jose Rizal University. The young Jaymalin’s love for basketball began at early age at three-years-old when his father would bring him to games.  Jaymalin has joined several training camps, including the National Basketball Training Center (NBTC), the Jr. NBA and the Alaska Power Camp where he won two Most Valuable Player Awards.  His favorite players are Scottie Thompson of Barangay Ginebra San Miguel and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks. “I hope to one day play in the professional league like my idols. I’m looking forward to improving my skills in Canada and when the time comes for me to comeback, it’ll help me compete against the best players in the country. I don’t know what the future holds but I’ll put in the hard work in training and in every game,” said Jaymalin, who now stands 5-foot-7......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News15 hr. 38 min. ago

San Beda, La Salle score convincing victories in Filoil Preseason

San Beda University and De La Salle University both ended their elimination round assignments in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament on the right note with separate convincing victories, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. The Red Lions battled back from 10 points down to frustrate University of Sto. Tomas, 75-73. James Canlas fronted the rally and fired 21 points on top of three assists and two rebounds for the three-time NCAA champions who finished off an elims sweep with their seventh win in a row. Donald Tankoua brought the backup with a 19-point, 14-rebound double-double while Ralph Penuela and Clint Doliguez chimed in eight and seven markers, respectively. With the win, San Beda cemented its place as the top-seed in Group A. Meanwhile, the Green Archers clinched Group A's second-seed with a well-earned 84-70 win at the expense of San Sebastian College-Recoletos. The Taft-based team now turns its attention to Group B 3-seed Colegio de San Juan de Letran in the quarterfinals on Monday still at the same venue. In the day's other game, Far Eastern University gored Jose Rizal University, 66-53. Rookie playmaker Royce Alforque broke out with 14 points and three rebounds as the Tamaraws now charge into their quarters meeting with San Beda on a five-game win run. The Growling Tigers and the Heavy Bombers bowed out of the preseason tournament with 2-5 and 1-6 records, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FEU 66 -- Alforque 14, Cani 12, Celzo 9, Nunag 6, Gloria 5, Tchuente 4, Eboña 4, Dulatre 3, Torres 2, Stockton 2, Tuffin 2, Casino 2, Tempra 1, Comboy 0, Mantua 0, Roman 0. JRU 53 -- Miranda 14, Amores 10, Dionisio 8, Delos Santos 4, Dela Virgen 3, Vasquez 3, Bordon 3, Steinl 2, Jungco 2, Abaoag 2, Aguilar 2, Dela Rosa 0, Arenal 0, Dulalia 0, Aguado 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-19, 31-30, 49-39, 66-53. SECOND GAME SAN BEDA 75 - Canlas 21, Tankoua 19, Penuela 8, Doliguez 7, Nelle 6, Noah 6, Oftana 4, Bahio 4, Abuda 0, Etrata 0, Alfaro 0, Cuntapay 0, Obenza 0, Ejercito 0. UST 73 -- Chabi Yo 24, Nonoy 15, Abando 13, Paraiso 10, Ando 5, Subido 3, Huang 3, Bataller 0, Tarranza 0, Cosejo 0. QUARTER SCORES: 16-22, 30-40, 50-54, 75-73. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

NCAA: Mapua gets to keep another homegrown talent in Paolo Hernandez

Mapua University's new era is mostly made up of products from its thriving high school program. And the latest Red Robin to turn into a Cardinal is Paolo Hernandez, the Finals MVP in the most recent NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament. "Stay po ako sa Mapua," he said. In Hernandez, Mapua gets a knockdown shooter who also has quite a few moves inside. With those, he averaged 12.4 points, including 31-of-102 shooting from three, 7.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.6 steals, and 1.4 blocks in his final season in the Juniors. The 6-foot-3 forward saved his best for last a season ago as in their the winner-take-all Game 3 against La Salle Green Hills, he dropped 33 points, 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two blocks, shooting the red and yellow to their second championship in three years. Now in college, however, Hernandez will have to transition from playing as a 4-man to more of a swingman. The good news is that the 20-year-old will continue learning under the tutelage of head coach Randy Alcantara - his mentor with the Red Robins and now the shot-caller of the Cardinals. Hernandez follows the footsteps of Warren Bonifacio, Eric Jabel, Noah Lugo, and Laurenz Victoria as Red Robins turned Cardinals. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

Akhuetie, Eze move on from heartbreak to team up anew

UAAP 81 MVP Bright Akhuetie and NCAA 94 MVP Prince Eze were, at one point in time, teammates. Yes, 6-foot-8 hulking Akhuetie and 6-foot-11 towering Eze once formed a fearsome frontline for University of Perpetual Help. That was back in 2015 and 2016, the latter of which was when they helped the Altas move one win away from the Finals. A year later, however, Akhuetie transferred from Las Pinas to Diliman. Two years since and Eze still feels the pain. "I felt heartbroken. I mean, we used to hang out together all the time," he answered, to laughs of those present in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Awards, after being asked how he felt about what happened. The good news, though, was that the Nigerian saw silver linings from his good friend's trek to the north of Metro Manila. As he put it, "Because of him, I learned to be alone." Along with that, Eze also broke out and in his last year in wine and gold, putting Perps on his back all the way to the Final Four. For his Herculean effort, he was recognized as the season's top individual player. And in the same year, Akhuetie did so too for the University of the Philippines. The UAAP's best player provided the paint presence the Fighting Maroons have long been lacking as they made their first Final Four in 21 years and then their first Finals in 32 years. For his own Herculean effort, Akhuetie was himself named into the 2019 All-Collegiate Team and funnily enough, accepted his award right after Eze. Asked for a response to what the latter had said, the former answered, again to laughs of the crowd, "We still see each other every weekend. Come on, man! Don't be so emotional about it." Indeed, even though the Nigerians are now in different schools, they will remain good friends. And now, they can celebrate the fact that they are on one team once again - the 2019 All-Collegiate Team. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 29th, 2019

Public, Private Agencies Share Resources for Brigada Eskwela 2019

The Filipino spirit of bayanihan surfaced anew at Panan-awan village in this city on Tuesday, May 21 during the kickoff ceremony for 2019 Brigada Eskwela led by the city schools division of the Department of Education (DepEd). “Panan-awan Integrated School was chosen as the jump-off point for the week-long annual schools maintenance work due to […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsMay 25th, 2019

Yellow alert up for 3rd straight time in Luzon grid  this week

A yellow alert was raised anew in the Luzon grid on Thursday due to thin power reserves. In its advisory, the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) said the…READ The post Yellow alert up for 3rd straight time in Luzon grid  this week appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Slasher Cyril Gonzales stays in NU; two Bullpup bigs headed to NCAA

Nazareth School of National University continues to be a producer of capable collegiate basketball players. The Bullpups - fresh off championships in the UAAP Juniors, NBTC, and Palarong Pambansa - have just produced three players who are being eyed to lend a hand to different Seniors squads. Cyril Gonzales, their starter at guard, is staying in Sampaloc and is now seeing time for the Bulldogs in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Gonzales is a fearless slasher standing at 6-feet. He posted per game counts of 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in 21 minutes of play in their championship run in the UAAP Jrs. last year. Meanwhile, two big men who once helped NU slow down Kai Sotto will now help two NCAA teams. Pao Javillonar, a 6-foot-6 enforcer, will now patrol the paint for College of St. Benilde while 6-foot-4 raw prospect Dom Dayrit will now help the rebuild in Emilio Aguinaldo College. Javillonar normed 3.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 9.8 minutes of play and Dayrit averaged 3.1 markers and 3.8 boards also in 9.8 minutes of play. The three players continue NU's recent history of sending up capable collegiate basketball players to different teams both in the UAAP and the NCAA. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2019

Cameroonian ace powers Lions over Cards

Reigning NCAA champion San Beda used a mighty start to build momentum en route to an 80-63 rout of an undermanned Mapua side in Group A play in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan City......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 10th, 2019

NCAA champs eye second win in Filoil Cup

Reigning NCAA champion San Beda shoots for the solo lead in its bracket as it clashes with an undermanned Mapua today in the Filoil Flying V Preseason Cup 2019 at the Filoil Flying V Centre......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 9th, 2019

JC Marcelino captains LPU to smooth sailing start in Filoil Preseason

Even sans CJ Perez and MJ Ayaay, Lyceum of the Philippines University looked formidable as ever in a 70-57 triumph over NCAA rival College of St. Benilde, Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre that commenced its campaign in the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. As expected, now-lead guard Jaycee Marcelino did the steering, with his 15 points, three rebounds, and two steals leading the Pirates to victory. Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu brought the backup with a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double while transferee guard Renzo Navarro and second-year forward Enoch Valdez chimed in six markers apiece. It was Marcelino, though, who engineered LPU's big fourth quarter drive which saw them outscore their opponents, 16-7. That was more than enough to be the difference between the two teams, giving the decision to the Intramuros-based squad which has embarked on a new voyage without Perez and Ayaay who are now both playing in the PBA. For the Blazers, sophomore guard Robi Nayve and first-year big man Jay Pangalangan topped the scoring column with 12 points each. Playing without main man Justin Gutang and floor leader Yankie Haruna, however, upstart CSB was unable to keep up with NCAA powerhouse LPU. In the day's other game, Centro Escolar University also breezed to an 84-65 victory versus Mapua University. Senegalese Maodo Malick Diouf was too much for his defenders and pounded in 19 points. Justin Serrano and Denniel Aguirre paced the Cardinals with 17 and 16 points, respectively. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME LPU 70 – Marcelino JC 15, Nzeusseu 12, Navarro 6, Valdez 6, Ibanez 5, Santos 5, Caduyac 4, Remulla 4, Guinto 4, Marcelino JV 3, Tansingco 2, Yong 2, Baetiong 2, Lumbao 0. CSB 57 – Nayve 12, Pangalangan 12, Lepalam 10, Flores 9, Javillonar 5, Carlos 3, Young 2, Mosqueda 2, Sangco 2, Domingo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-18, 42-38, 54-50, 70-57 SECOND GAME CEU 84 – Diouf 19, Formento 16, Fuentes 13, Caballero 8, Uri 6, Diaz 6, Rojas 6, Lisbo 5, Chan 3, Intic 2, Abastillas 0. MAPUA 65 – Serrano 17, Aguirre 16, Bonifacio 10, Bunag 7, Jabel 5, Victoria 2, Lugo 2, Garcia 2, Gamboa 2, Pido 2, Nieles 0 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 6th, 2019

Jason Dufner takes Wells Fargo lead with a 63

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jason Dufner's game was going nowhere, so he changed everything from his swing coach to his equipment to his caddie. It didn't get any better. He at least is starting to see signs of it coming together with an 8-under 63 on Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship, matching his career-low score on the PGA Tour and giving him a one-shot lead going into the weekend at Quail Hollow. Dufner considers it the best two rounds he has put together since the 2017 Memorial, which also is the last time he had a 36-hole lead. "See how it goes being in the heat of it on Saturday and Sunday," Dufner said. "I've been there before. It's been a while, but I kind of know what to expect. It will be a good challenge to see where I'm at, what I'm doing." Dufner was at 11-under 131. Joel Dahmen made his first bogey of the week on his final hole of the second round — from the middle of the fairway, no less — but still had a 66 and was one-shot behind. So was Max Homa, who also knows about coping with bad results when he missed the cut in 14 out of 17 events in 2017. He birdied his last two holes for a 63. The weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship will not feature Phil Mickelson for the first time since he started playing it in 2004. Mickelson shot 41 on the front nine and wound up with a 76 to miss the cut by four shots. Rory McIlroy was stride for stride with Dufner until he dropped three shots over the last two holes. McIlroy made double bogey with a fat shot out of a bunker and a pitch too strong over the green at No. 8, and then went over the green on No. 9 for a bogey and a 70. Even so, he was five behind and in the mix for a third title at Quail Hollow. He was at 6-under 136 along with Patrick Reed, who had a 69 as he goes for his first top 10 of the year. Defending champion Jason Day (69) was six behind. "I stood up here last night talking about that I got the most out of it yesterday, and today it was the complete opposite. I turned a 66 into a 70," McIlroy said. "Golf, it's a funny game and these things happen." Dufner didn't find too much funny about last year, when his world ranking fell from No. 41 to No. 124 and he missed the cut 11 times. That's when he decided to make changes to just about everything. "This is my fourth caddie of the year so far," he said. "I left Chuck Cook, started doing some other things. I started working with Phil Kenyon. I think I'm on my fourth or fifth putter this year. I'm on my fourth or fifth driver, my fourth or fifth golf ball, fourth or fifth lob wedge. I'm trying to find stuff that's going to work." It worked on Friday at Quail Hollow. He started his round by missing the green 35 yards to the left and holing the chip over the bunker. He made a 20-foot eagle. He missed a 3-foot par putt. He drove the green on the par-4 14th for another birdie. And he capped it all off with a 40-foot birdie putt on the peninsula green at the par-3 17th. It was the first time he shot 63 since Oak Hill in 2013, the year he won the PGA Championship. "I'm just getting to that point where I'm kind of settled with everything," he said. "Sometimes you make a change and it happens immediately. For me, that wasn't the case. But kind of getting past all those changes and settling into playing some better golf instead of coming to tournaments wondering how I might play or how it might go or is this going to be the right change. Getting to where I feel more comfortable with that and I can just go out play free and play some good golf." Dufner turned 42 in March and realizes he doesn't have many years left to compete at a high level. "I'm not really trying to be mediocre," he said. "I'm searching for things that are going to make me a better player." Homa always had the talent, winning the NCAA title at Cal with a three-shot victory over Jon Rahm. He just fell into the trap of thinking he had to be even better when he got to the PGA Tour, and he's had a rough go of it. But when he's driving it well, it frees up the rest of his game. He also went back to longtime friend Joe Greiner, who caddied for him his first year on tour until leaving for another friend, Kevin Chappell. "Joe stayed with me until it became financially irresponsible for him to work for me," Homa said. Chappell had back surgery and is out until the fall, and Homa brought him back. "My attitude is awesome nowadays," he said. "I don't really get too down on myself. I have an awesome, awesome caddie that doesn't let me. If I'm quiet, he yells at me and tells me quiet golfers are usually very mean to themselves, so we have a good thing going.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

UAAP: LSGH glue guy Joshua David takes talents to DLSU

Joshua David will keep doing it all in green and white. David, La Salle Green Hills' Swiss army knife in the last three years, has committed to De La Salle University. "Sa La Salle na po ako," he said. The 6-foot swingman had been a key cog in the Greenies best-ever run in school history. He will not wow anybody with what he does, but his all-around game is a much-welcome addition for just about any team. In 2017, he joined forces with Joel Cagulangan and Inand Fornilos to will LSGH to its maiden championship. The following year, as a Mythical selection, he averaged 13.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 1.3 steals, continuing to do whatever his team needed in their run back to the Finals where they bowed to eventual champion Mapua High School. Now, the 18-year-old will be tasked to help steady a rocky boat for La Salle which had just lost all of Kib Montalbo, Santi Santillan, Jollo Go, Mark Dyke, and Taane Samuel. He will follow the lead of Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio as they try to return to the Final Four following a one year absence. The even better news, however, is that David will be re-united with longtime partner-in-crime Joel Cagulangan who had repeated his commitment to the Green Archers a week ago. With those two in the fold, the Taft-based team has a backcourt that has all the chemistry in the world and all the knowledge how to unleash it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2019

BVR on Tour: San Beda s Viray twins shine in Lingayen Open

LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Playing with a lot of pride in front of their provincemates, San Beda University's Nieza and Ella Viray overwhelmed Pangasinan 3's Dada Martin and Jasmin Ocado, 21-7, 21-12, for a winning start in the BVR On Tour: Lingayen Open Tuesday at the Capitol Beachfront here. The Viray twins showcased the stuff that gave their school two NCAA titles to emerge victorious in their Pool A debut. The Virays later secured a spot in the quarterfinals together with Bea Tan and Dij Rodriguez after Perlas, seeking to rebound from last weekend's second place finish in Dumaguete, downed Pangasinan 3, 21-12, 21-3. Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo N. Bataoil took the effort to invite BVR in Lingayen to bring in players from the national level and try playing next to the beautiful beach of Lingayen Gulf. He hopes to hone local talents to be part of this national league while promoting sports tourism in the province. Bataoil and Marlon Domalanta of the province's Sports Development Center, representing Gov. Amado Espino, attended the opening ceremony and delivered the ceremonial serve along with the Viray twins to formally open the two-day spikefest. In the men's division, Air Force 1's Jade Becaldo and Mike Abria found Army 2's Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina a tough nut to crack to nut before carving out a 21-23, 21-19, 15-7 victory. Becaldo and Abria, former two-time Boracay beach volleyball champions who were reunited and placed second in Dumaguete over the weekend, are installed as heavy favorites. Bingle Landicho had a successful return in the sand court for NU Boysen 2 with Kath Epa as the duo turned back Rizal Techonological University's Myla Lim and Hannah Patrocenio, 21-13, 21-11, and so is Kly Orillaneda, who joined forces with Roma Joy Doromal in NU Boysen 1's 21-10, 21-8 conquest of Air Force 2's Mikaela Andres and Angel Antipuesto. Despite the loss, Andres and Antipuesto, who bested Pangasinan 2's Tricia Abalos and Abigail Guzman, 21-12, 21-12, in their opening Pool B match, remain in quarterfinals contention. University of the Philippines' alums Pam Legaspi and Aliyah Ong made quick work of Pangasinan 1's Lyka Aquino and Princess Cabalteja, 21-9, 21-15, in the other women's morning match. Other men's games saw Army 2's Jason Uy and Randy Fallorina defeating FEU's Kevin Hadlocon and Ralph Justin Dablo, 22-20, 21-13, Mapua's Jeremy Santos and Benneth Abellada beating Baguio's Jason Salonga and Paul Pangidian, 21-8, 21-9, and Fury's Greg Utupo and Pemie Bagalay prevailing over RTU's Peter Galvan and Cesar Sebastian, 21-10, 21-13. Action resumes Wednesday with the quarterfinals starting at 7 a.m., with the semis and finals to be played in the afternoon......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2019