Maxine Medina's mentor dismayed by online bashing of her English skills

Maxine Medina's mentor dismayed by online bashing of her English skills.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource: pep pepJan 12th, 2017

Sabi nila umatras na raw ako sa lineup -- Baliton

' em>Sabi nila umatras na raw ako sa lineup /em>.' (They said I should just pull out of the lineup) This and more hurtful messages flooded the cellphone and social media account of University of the East setter Roselle Baliton when her name was included in the 25-man national women’s team pool Tuesday. Criticisms rained down on Baliton and national team coach Francis Vicente when the converted playmaker made the cut. Seasoned setters Kim Fajardo and Rhea Dimaculangan made it to the pool, but the glaring absence of Ateneo de Manila playmaker Jia Morado coupled with Baliton's surprise inclusion drew the ire of rabid volleyball fans.       “Actually noong hindi pa ako nag-online may nagte-text na sa akin (ng masasakit). So naisip ko na sa text pa nga lang meron na so sa internet meron na rin, hindi ko kilala,” said Baliton after the Lady Warriors’ 14-25, 25-18, 15-25, 10-25 loss to University of the Philippines Wednesday in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament.  Vicente defended the decision of the three-man selection committee to include the 6-foot-1 third year player in the pool where he will pick the players that will participate in the Asian U-23 championship in May in Thailand, Asian Women’s Seniors Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   The mentor pointed out that he wanted to take advantage of the playmaker’s height and at the same time said that Morado was invited to join the special tryouts last March 12, but failed to show up or inform him of her intent to join the pool. Ateneo officials denied the claim of Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. that they sent invites to their players to participate in the tryouts for NCAA and UAAP volleybelles. LVPI held three open tryouts in Manila, Cebu and Davao. A total of 37 players attended the Manila leg held at Arellano University gym in Taft Ave. last January 28, 29 and 31. Among them were current UAAP players including Jaja Santiago, Ria Meneses, Baliton and Fajardo, who are all in the pool.   Vicente’s reasons for accepting Baliton was unacceptable to fans and the setter absorbed the brunt of criticisms and bashing.  “Sabi, umatras na daw ako sa lineup kasi madami na nagba-bash tapos trending daw ako sa Twitter hindi dahil sa support kundi dahil sa pamba-bash,” said Baliton. The business management student admitted that she was affected with the bashings but as much as possible tried to shrug everything off. “Oo, masakit kasi jina-judge nila si coach na may authority pero ako deadma na lang. Sa internet naman nababasa ko kasi sabog ang notifications ko pero hinayaan ko na lang,” she said. “OK na lang deadma na lang.” “May mga nababasa ako na (hindi maganda) pero ganoon talaga part talaga ng life ‘yun sa pag-grow. Siyempre madami nakatutok sa lineup, sa coaches, sa players, part ‘yun so tanggap lang,” she added. Baliton also accepted the fact that she still has much to improve on especially that she’s just on her first year of conversion into a setter from a middle blocker. “Nahu-hurt din pero kasi accepted ko na sabihin nila na raw pa ako, hilaw pa ako as setter na syempre madami rin naman mas magaling din,” said Baliton. But despite the bashings, Baliton stayed strong with the help of her teammates. It motivated her to improve and prove her critics wrong. “Yes po (mas motivated ako) kasi ‘di ba ang mga negative comments sa akin nasasabayan din ‘yun ng teammates ko na ‘OK lang ‘yun Ate Sel,’” she said. “So nali-lift up pa ako tapos may mga comments din na positive din. So doon na lang ako nagfo-focus kesa ma-down pa ang sarili ko.” “Kasi siyempre madaming tao talaga na gusto ako ma-down pero it’s OK lang part lang din ‘yun,” said the Lady Warrior.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 15th, 2017

Maxine Medina shows off dance skills to the tune of Rodjun Cruz's "Mr. Suave"

Maxine Medina shows off dance skills to the tune of Rodjun Cruz's "Mr. Suave".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2017

Maxine Medina leads online voting ahead of coronation day

Maxine Medina leads online voting ahead of coronation day.....»»

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In Focus: The Squad Who's Got Miss Universe Philippines Maxine Medina's Back

Get to know the very people who’ve helped Maxine get to where she is—from handling her diet and exercise regimen, to polishing her communication skills, to getting her picture-perfect and everything in between!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 29th, 2017

Lazaro leads first batch of national team aspirants

Superstar libero Denden Lazaro is ready to answer the call for another tour of duty. Showing her genuine love for the country and for the sport of volleyball, the former Ateneo de Manila Lady Eagle will spearhead a bumper crop of talents expected to show up for the national women’s team tryouts set Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at the Arellano gym in Taft Ave., Manila. Lazaro is looking to land a spot for the national squad being formed by Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. (LVPI) that will see action in the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. “It’s ultimately the honor and privilege to represent the country,” said the 25-year-old Lazaro, who led Ateneo to back-to-back UAAP titles in Season 76 and 77. The multi-awarded libero and host of's weekly online show Down the Line also played for the 2015 team that competed in the Singapore edition of the biennial meet alongside ex-Queen Eagle Alyssa Valdez and other former Ateneo teammates Jia Morado and Bea De Leon.     Seasoned head coach Francis Vicente will preside over the three-day tryouts. Also expected to sign up are Aby Marano, who also played in the 2015 SEA Games, Jen Reyes, Mika Reyes, Bang Pineda and Ara Galang. Valdez was the first to express her interest in joining the tryouts as well as sisters Jaja Santiago and Dindin Santiago-Manabat. The 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago, however, might be unavailable pending the green light of National University coach and former national team mentor Roger Gorayeb, who announced earlier this week that he will not allow his players from San Sebastian College and NU to join the tryouts to focus on their respective collegiate leagues.       Valdez, meanwhile, will be shooting for a slot when the tryouts move to Cebu and Davao next month as she will debut with 3BB Nokhonnont in the Thailand Volleyball League on January 29. “This is going to be an honest-to-goodness selection process,” said Vicente, who coaches University of the East in the UAAP and Generika in the Philippine Superliga. “More than their skills, talent and height, we want to see their commitment. Representing the country is no easy task. We want to know if they are willing and serious to play for flag and country.” The men’s team tryouts is scheduled at 6:00 a.m. Head coach Sammy Acaylar, who was part of the coaching staff when the Philippines won its last gold medal in the women’s division of the 1993 SEA Games, confirmed that those in his “wish list” like Ranran Abdilla, Mark Gil Alfafara, Ysay Marasigan, Howard Mojica and Rey Taneo would be in attendance to fight for their respective slots in the national team. Based on the blueprint prepared by the two coaches in coordination with LVPI acting president Peter Cayco, a 16-man pool composed of six young, six seasoned and four reserve players will be assembled. But the pool can be increased to 20 players depending on the decision of the selection committee. The six young players will serve as core of the team that would compete in the AVC Asian U23 Women’s Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima while the entire team would be groomed to campaign in the AVC Asian Women’s Seniors Championship in Manila and the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur. Prior to that, the team would be given maximum training and foreign exposure as it is expected to establish training camps in countries like China, Japan and South Korea. “We are eager to bring back the glory of the Philippines in international volleyball,” said Cayco. “That’s why are serious in coming up with a strong team that is capable of giving other countries a run for their money.”      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Joey Reyes defends Maxine Medina from bashers who "speak English with perfect grammar"

Joey Reyes defends Maxine Medina from bashers who "speak English with perfect grammar".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 27th, 2017

Derek Ramsay to Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina's detractors: "Stop the bashing!"

Derek Ramsay to Miss Universe-Philippines Maxine Medina's detractors: "Stop the bashing!".....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 25th, 2017

Winwyn Maquez appeals to Pinoy netizens to refrain from bashing Maxine Medina

Winwyn Maquez appeals to Pinoy netizens to refrain from bashing Maxine Medina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 21st, 2017

Will Maxine Medina speak Tagalog or English?

Will Maxine Medina speak Tagalog or English?.....»»

Category: moviesSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Dianne Medina unfriends "insensitive friends" on Facebook for bashing cousin Maxine Medina

Dianne Medina unfriends "insensitive friends" on Facebook for bashing cousin Maxine Medina.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  pepRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

Pinoy spikers drop five-setter match vs. Korean U-19 team

SUWON CITY, South Korea --- Head coach Sammy Acaylar had a clear look at what his players needed to improve on after the Philippine men’s national team suffered a 26-24, 17-25, 22-25, 25-22, 11-15 loss at the hands of much taller Korean U-19 national squad Monday in their tune-up game at the Sungkyunkwan University gym here. Acaylar and his coaching staff were able to assess the weaknesses of the team in the first of 10 practice games of the Nationals in their 13-day training camp in preparation for the 29th Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia next month. The Nationals started Day 2 of their training camp with an early morning laps at the oval before their reception and blocking drills after breakfast heading into their afternoon tune-up match. The Filipinos showed a lot of promise with their power and intensity during the match, but were obviously lacking in some crucial departments, as observed by Korean coach Park Wongil. “I’m really impressed because your team is really better than what I expected. It’s a good game,” he said through an interpreter. The Koreans capitalized on their height advantage and the Pinoys’ brittle defense at the middle to build an 8-3 lead in the deciding frame and control the fifth set. “Your service is really good but your receive is a little bit weak so its better if you work on that,” he added. “I think you should practice on your blocking a little bit more especially on your timing because you’re a little bit on a disadvantage in height.” The Nationals played neck-and-neck with the young Koreans, whose average height is 6-foot-5, and behind veterans Mark Alfafara, Greg Dolor and team captain John Vic De Guzman, grabbed the opening set. But the Koreans adjusted with their defense at the net to shut the door on the Pinoy spikers to easily take the second and third frame. The Nationals utilized their combination plays and running attacks of Herschel Ramos to slip past the iron wall of the Koreans to force a decider.     Despite their loss, Acaylar was happy with how the game turned out but stressed that his players need to step up their game and learn from their mistakes. “I’m happy although naka-five sets kami pero hindi ako satisfied doon. Nandito tayo para matuto,” said the mentor, whose squad is bracketed with Indonesia, Vietnam and Timor Leste in the biennial meet slated from August 19 to 31. “Nakita ko rin ang mga kakulangan namin in terms of skills. We lacked service receive, defense pattern and blocking.” The Nationals will take on the Korean Universiade national team Tuesday afternoon after their weights training in the morning.     ---        Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2017

Skippers still hoping for 'miracle' even after 69-point win

Marinerong Pilipino continued its miraculous drive to the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup quarterfinals, cruising to a fourth consecutive victory with a 69-point decimation of Gamboa Coffee, 138-69, on Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Everything went the way of the Skippers as they turned a 24-all deadlock to a commanding 57-41 halftime lead before the margin exploded to 69 points, the second-most winning spread in league history. The mark came seven points away from tying Tanduay’s 76-point demolition of Zark’s Burgers last July 10. Pao Javelona top-scored for Marinerong Pilipino as he scattered 16 points, three assists, and two rebounds to lead eight players who logged double-digits in scoring in the conquest. Joseph Marata also went for 15 markers, all coming in the first half, while Ralph Salcedo and Renzo Subido both tallied an identical statline of 12 points and five assists. At 5-4, the Skippers can complete their huge sail to the playoffs with a victory over AMA Online Education this Thursday, something coach Koy Banal is putting a lot of optimism on. “Miracles still happen. We’re hoping that we’ll be able to be smart in our preparation so that we’ll be ready for the next level. Who knows, baka magkaroon ulit kami ng miracle,” he said. Coffee Lovers playing-coach Leo Avenido topped his crew with 24 points while Ken Acibar poured 14 markers and nine rebounds. It was the Coffee Lovers’ eighth straight defeat. In the second game, Tanduay kept its slim hopes for an outright semifinals berth alive with a 91-80 drubbing of AMA Online Education. Collecting their fourth consecutive victory, the Rhum Masters remain in the hunt for the elusive advantage at 7-2. However, they would have to hope that Cignal HD loses to Centro Escolar University on Tuesday and then win their last assignment against Racal Motors on Thursday. Still, coach Lawrence Chongson would rather focus on Tanduay’s psyche rather than lose sleep on the possible outcomes of the standings. “Whatever happens, proseso yan. Gusto ko lang mangyari is to build a certain identity, a certain culture kumbaga regardless on who we play against,” the outspoken mentor said. James Martinez led the Rhum Masters with 14 points and two assists while Renz Palma dropped 11 markers and five dimes. Jom Sollano also had his best game to date for Tanduay with 10 points and seven rebounds. Mario Bonleon topscored for the skidding AMA (1-8) with 23 points, but shot 8-of-23 from the field, on top of seven rebounds. Daniel Salonga chimed in 15 markers while Andre Paras contributed a double-double of 12 points and 12 boards. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MARINERONG PILIPINO 138 - Javelona 16, Marata 15, Salcedo 12, Subido 12, Isip 11, Javillonar 11, Moralde 11, Publico 10, Gumaru 8, Iñigo 8, Sargent 8, Lopez 7, Alabanza 6, Gavieres 3. GAMBOA COFFEE MIX 69 - Avenido 24, Acibar 14, David 6, Montuano 6, Parala 6, Acuña 3, Padilla 3, Jumao-as 2, Riva 2, Sarangay 2, Arellano 1, Vidal 0. QUARTER SCORES: 24-16, 57-41, 92-54, 138-69. SECOND GAME TANDUAY 91 - Martinez 14, Palma 11, Sollano 10, Gaco 9, Vigil 9, Alvarez 8, Eguilos 6, Sanga 6, Santos 6, Varilla 6, Tambeling 4, Villamor 2, Taganas 0, Terso 0. AMA 80 - Bonleon 23, Salonga 15, Paras 12, Alas 10, Magpantay 10, Calma 4, Macaranas 3, Malones 3, Carpio 0, Celso 0, Jordan 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-18, 44-35, 65-53, 91-80. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2017

JRU rising star Jed Mendoza once scored 25 points per game

Jose Rizal University put a stop to its two-game slide on Friday. And it wasn’t because of top gun Teytey Teodoro. It wasn’t even courtesy of veterans Ervin Grospe and Gio Lasquety or reinforcements and Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak and Abdel Poutouochi. Showing the way back into the win column for the Heavy Bombers was little-known Jed Mendoza. Scoring six of his 16 points in the final frame on top of a total of seven rebounds, four assists, and one steal, the second-year guard shot his team over Colegio de San Juan de Letran. That he was able to do so wasn’t a surprise to head coach Vergel Meneses. “Actually, nung nasa Team B siya, he averaged 25 points per game sa Fr. Martin’s [Preseason Cup],” he shared. Mendoza came from San Beda College-Alabang before transferring to Shaw Boulevard where he redshirted for a year. Apparently, even before he was in blue and gold, the six-foot guard already made a believer out of Meneses. “I keep on challenging him. Talagang nakakatikim sa akin ng masakit na salita yan,” the mentor said. He then continued, “Ganun ko siya i-motivate kasi alam kong magaling siya.” In his first go-round in the NCAA in Season 92, however, Mendoza didn’t have that many chances to showcase his skills with names like Jordan dela Paz, Paolo Pontejos, Lasquety, and Teodoro ahead of him in the pecking order. Still, he persevered. As he put it, “Expected ko naman na ‘di ako masyado gagamitin last year kasi nandun pa yung veterans. Expected ko naman na kailangan ko lang mag-contribute pag hinugot.” Now, his patience is paying off. “Ngayong wala na sila, sabi nga ni coach, kailangan ko nang i-take yung responsibility to step up. Sabi nga niya, ‘Ikaw na. make a way na,’” he shared. Slowly but surely, the 21-year-old is helping JRU prove it has much more than just Teodoro. And he only wants to make the most out of all of it. “Sana ito na yung unang [steps] para sa career ko kasi siyempre sa ibang school, mahirap mag-tryout. Dito sa JRU, na-welcome ako, na-appreciate kaagad potential ko,” he said. He then continued, “Kaya iga-grab ko na ‘tong sa JRU. Sana tuloy-tuloy na.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 21st, 2017

You easily panic -- Seagulls coach on PHI team

The national women’s volleyball team, composed of the country’s most popular, sometimes controversial and talented players, received a whipping against a disciplined Japanese team in Okayama City Seagulls. Drubbed in three sets, the Pinays saw their flaws. Individually they are skilled, yes, but as a team, head coach Francis Vicente has a lot to work on to just two weeks before they march into battle in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and the 29th Southeast Asian Games next month. The Seagulls clobbered the Pinays, 25-16, 25-13, 25-23, Tuesday afternoon in their first tune-up game after a light training in the morning just around six hours since arriving in the enchanting Japanese city after a 10-hour journey. Okayama City Seagulls head coach Akiyoshi Kawamoto was impressed with the skills of the Pinay volleybelles but pointed out their flaws in Day One of the team’s 17-day training camp. “I like your speed. You are very skilled and talented,” the mentor of the Japan V. Premier League club said. “But one thing I noticed is that you lack concentration. You easily panic whenever you’re being attacked,” he commented. “You have to control yourself and maintain your composure in tight situations.” Kawamoto was referring to the first set where the Nationals hung around, 16-14. But the Japanese made a furious rally, turning the slim lead into a 25-16 victory that dictated the tempo of the match. “You were intimidated after that,” Kawamoto added through an interpreter. “But I see a bright future for your team. You will go far, believe me. All I want you to do is to have concentration, good communication, don’t panic and don’t be complacent whenever you're leading.” Kawamoto's main agenda is to improve the Filipinos’ floor defense and blocking as well as build their character, especially when the game is on the line. Meanwhile, the Nationals won against the Seagulls third team, 25-22, 25-17, 25-14, Wednesday.    “We love how the Japanese coach has been training us,” said team captain Mika Reyes. “This is an eye-opener for us. We realized that we still have a lot to learn and a lot to improve.” The Nationals and the Seagulls will figure in an official match on Saturday with no less than Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano joining a group of Filipino expats and overseas contract workers at the gallery. Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. acting president Peter Cayco, meanwhile, will arrive on July 25. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2017

Teng posts triple-double, Flying V clinches semis seat

Unbeaten Flying V Thunder clinched an outright semifinals top seed berth as the Thunder leaned on Jeron Teng’s triple-double effort in a 114-91 rout of AMA University Online Education in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup Monday at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. The former De La Salle University star opened the floodgates for Flying V in second half, scoring 11 points in the third quarter to finish with 21 points. He dished out 13 assists and grabbed 11 rebounds for the Thunder, who preserved their pristine record to 8-0 and moved two wins away from completing a sweep of the elimination round. Teng was the fourth player to register a triple-double after Ray Parks for BDO-National University, Mike Tolomia, who did it twice last year for Phoenix, and Kent Salado of Racal early this conference. “Jeron has nothing to prove when it comes to his scoring, but the good thing is he’s showing that he’s a multi-dimensional player,” said coach Eric Altamirano. Eric Salamat led all scorer with 33 points on 13-of-19 field goal shooting and added five rebounds, five steals and three assists for Flying V. Jerick Canada had 15 while Gab Banal scored 14. The Thunder came in after halftime carrying the energy and intensity it lacked in the first two quarters to erase a 43-45 end of second frame deficit. Flying V got buried 2-18 early in opening frame. “We’re happy that we’re the first one to make it to the semis. In the first half, we were a bit shaky, we were so relaxed and were complacent, but the good thing is we got our game back in the third quarter,” said the veteran mentor, as Flying V poured 41 points in the third. Flying V blew the game wide-open early in the fourth, pulling away by as much as 32 points, 103-71. The also-ran Titans slid to 1-7 in a three-way tie at the cellar with Gamboa Coffee Mix and Zark’s. Daniel Salong led AMA with 20 points, Mario Bonleon got 16 while Andre Paras registered 14 markers, 10 rebounds and four blocks.   strong>The Scores: /strong> strong>FLYING V /strong>  strong>(114) /strong>- Salamat 33, Teng 21, Cañada 15, Banal 14, Torres 9, Thiele 7, Dionisio 6, Tampus 4, Austria 3, Colina 2, Gamboa 0, Mendoza 0, Paredes 0, Webb 0. strong>AMA (91) /strong>- Salonga 20, Bonleon 16, Paras 14, Calma 13, Celso 9, Flores 7, Jordan 4, Carpio 3, Macaranas 3, Tobias 2, Alas 0, Asuncion 0. strong>Quarter scores: /strong> 18-27, 43-45, 84-65, 114-91.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2017

Shevchenko's world travels lead to title shot at UFC 213

em>By Greg Beacham, Associated Press /em> LAS VEGAS (AP) — Valentina Shevchenko has no idea how many countries she has visited or how many millions of miles she has covered in her lifelong pursuit of insight, enlightenment and new martial arts skills. Fighting is her profession, but the quest for knowledge is another great passion for a Kyrgyzstan native from a fighting family. She now calls Peru home, but trains for her fights largely in Thailand and the U.S. Shevchenko might spend her life roaming the globe, but her travels culminate Saturday in Las Vegas when she fights bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes in the main event of UFC 213. 'My opinion, for a sportsman, it's very important to travel,' Shevchenko said. 'To travel for training in different gyms with different people, each country, each gym, it's like its own school. And to have the opportunity to fight and to train with many different opponents, it gives more experience. ... I have visited so many beautiful countries (and met) so many good spirits around the world. I would like to travel all the time.' Nunes and Shevchenko meet in the main event of International Fight Week, the UFC's annual weeklong celebration of its sport in its hometown. The fights start Friday night with a full card at T-Mobile Arena, highlighted by Justin Gaethje's much-anticipated UFC debut against veteran Michael Johnson and the final fight of the UFC's long-running competition reality show, 'The Ultimate Fighter.' Shevchenko, who speaks three languages fluently, holds an incredibly broad base of fighting knowledge, even by MMA standards. Already a muay thai world champion and an accomplished boxer and kickboxer, she also could become a UFC champion in her rematch with Nunes, who narrowly beat her by decision last year. Shevchenko is also an accomplished dancer and teacher who even won a dance competition on a Peruvian reality show. She's an amateur marksman in her free time — oh, and she recently survived a restaurant shooting in Peru. Fighting is the driving force in her life, but it doesn't define her. She delights in treating her Kyrgyz friends to Peruvian seafood cooking, and she shows off her belly dancing skills to impress her South American friends. 'Whenever I visit a place, I try to take all the best from this place,' she said. 'I try to understand the culture, try to understand how people live, and see how the country is from inside. Not only like a tourist, when you are going to tourist places and taking a picture and going (home). I try to live like people live.' Born in the Soviet Union, Shevchenko made her pro MMA debut as a 15-year-old in Kyrgyzstan. In 2007, she traveled to South America with her older sister — fellow muay thai fighter Antonina — and their longtime coach, Pavel Fedotov. They found financial success as martial arts teachers in Peru, and Fedotov decided to relocate his team permanently to Lima. Shevchenko immediately felt at home in Peru, and she now fights under the nation's flag after gaining citizenship. She already spoke English from her schooling in Russia, but swiftly picked up Spanish through immersion: 'When no one you meet speaks English and no one speaks Russian, it's very easy to learn Spanish.' The group has taught martial arts throughout Latin America, and Shevchenko relishes her new experiences. She even took a 20-day cruise on the Amazon, sleeping in hammocks while traveling from Belem, Brazil, to Iquitos, Peru. Not everything about Peru has been great, however: Fedotov was wounded last year in a gunfight with three armed robbers at a chicken restaurant in Lima while Shevchenko was a few feet away. Shevchenko ran to her coach's side during the shootout, a surreal moment captured on surveillance cameras . For this title shot, Shevchenko began her training in Thailand before moving to Houston and on to Denver, where she worked with strawweight title contender Rose Namajunas. Shevchenko lost a three-round decision in her first bout with Nunes at UFC 196 in March 2016, but it was close. Nunes dominated the second round but then struggled, and Shevchenko pressed forward before running out of time to finish the Brazilian star. 'If the last fight had one minute more, it would maybe be a different result,' Shevchenko said. 'My goal is always to be the champion. This has been a little bit delayed, but this time, this fight will be totally different.' Nunes got the ensuing title shot and won the belt by beating Miesha Tate, followed by a big-money domination of Ronda Rousey in December. Shevchenko missed out on that fame and wealth, but pushed forward with persuasive wins over former champ Holly Holm and Julianna Pena to earn the rematch — and this one will be five rounds. 'There's nothing to talk about with that fight,' said Nunes, whose rivalry with Shevchenko got even more personal when they exchanged contact at a promotional faceoff in May. 'After that fight, I became a champion, and I will make Valentina understand I'm the best in the world.'   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2017

All is not well for suddenly rebuilding Mapua

strong>HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? /strong> 12-6, 3rd place (Final Four) strong>YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: /strong> Andoy Estrella strong>WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: /strong>N/A strong>GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: /strong> Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit, Darrel Menina, Allwell Oraeme Mapua University lost all of its eight games in the preseason – and none of them were even close. That’s quite the fall for a team that has gone to back-to-back Final Fours in the NCAA. And so, the Cardinals’ goal in the oncoming season is as modest as it could be. As head coach Atoy Co put it, “I’m just trying to be realistic, we just want to play. And then we’ll try to win as much as possible.” The goal is modest as it could be, but still a tall task for a squad which had just lost the two-time MVP. That much was apparent in the recently-concluded 2017 Filoil Flying V Preseason where Mapua had difficulty in even coming close to replacing Allwell Oraeme’s averages of 16 points, 20 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks. “Winless kami because we lost out foreign player,” Co said. He also added, “Yung consequence nun, siyempre all the players, bumaba yung morale.” And it’s not just the Nigerian powerhouse who left. In all, the Cardinals only return three of the nine most used players a year ago. Joining Oraeme on the list of who they lost are fellow starters Joseph Eriobu, CJ Isit, and Darrel Menina. Still, Co reminded everybody that it’s not the end of the world. “Now, we are trying to raise the morale of the team, telling them it’s not the end of the ballgame. We have to keep going,” he said. He then continued, “’Di pupwedeng we just let them play around and make fun of us. We have to show them we still have pride.” After all, all the Philippine basketball legend wants to see from his boys is some fight. “There is good losing when you fight until the end. If you play lousy basketball lang, that is bad losing,” he expressed. Unfortunately for the faithful over in Intramuros, thus far, Co has found no one stepping up to the challenge of replacing all they have lost. “Hindi pa ready mag-step up yung iba. Hindi pa. hindi pa,” he said. Of the 11-man lineup submitted by Mapua, two are rookies, four are sophomores, and two are returnees. And all of them are, simply put, struggling. “I don’t know if I’m talking to them in Chinese,” Co quipped. “I’m talking to them naman in English and in Filipino to make them understand.” The Cardinals’ only ray of light comes in the form of veteran Andoy Estrella who, while skilled, will still have an unenviable task of leaping from being the first or fifth option to becoming the first, second, and third. In the end, however, the graduating guard has the full faith of his mentor. “He’s the most senior on the team so I hope he will have the maturity because he’s our captain ball,” Co said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2017

Batangas still surprising, now solo second

Batangas claimed solo second place in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup with a 95-76 rout of AMA Online Education Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. The Batangueños rode their hot start and leaned on the duo of Jhaps Bautista and Joseph Sedurifa to grab an early 22-10 lead in the first period. That further ballooned to 21, 55-34, with 6:13 left in the third quarter as they refused to take their foot off the gas pedal and cruised to their third win in four outings. “Maganda yung naging investment namin noong nakaraang conference. Yung core ng team intact at tingin ko, naa-absorb na nila yung mga gusto ko para sa isang team,” said coach Eric Gonzales. Bautista poured 12 of his 22 points in the first two frames, while also hauling down six rebounds, while Sedurifa added 16 markers, eight boards, and two steals off the bench. Cedrick Ablaza also contributed 11 points and seven rebounds in Batangas’ bounce back win, after tasting a 72-70 defeat at the hands of CEU last Thursday. Though coming away with the victory, Gonzales believes that the Batangueños can still improve moving forward as they inch closer on nabbing a spot in the quarterfinals. “Sabi ko sa kanila, dream ko na makapasok sa quarters. Kaya ang dami pa rin talaga naming kailangang i-correct,” said the two-time PBA D-League champion mentor. Ivan Villanueva carried AMA (0-4) with 14 points and three rebounds, while Renzo Subido had 13 markers and four assists. Andre Paras also registered a double-double with his 10 points and 22 boards, alongside four blocks in the defeat. In the second game, Centro Escolar University went down and dirty on the defensive end as it choked Zark’s Burgers, 78-62. The Scorpions caught the Jawbreakers by surprise after the halftime break, choking them on defense as CEU held Zark’s Burgers to just eight points in the third frame and grab a commanding 59-44 advantage. Congolese center Rod Ebondo towered over the opposition as he led CEU with 23 points, 21 rebounds, and two blocks. Christian Uri had a near double-double with his 11 markers and nine boards, while JK Casiño handed out 10 points, three assists, and two rebounds to put the Scorpions up on an even 2-2 record. Still, coach Yong Garcia isn’t buying his team’s hype despite stringing two straight victories. “Medyo nakakapag-adjust na rin kami, but still, ang dami pa ring mga lapses,” he said. “Lagi naming sinasabi na kailangan naming mag-focus at mag-improve every game. And today’s win is credit to the boys dahil nag-focus talaga sila sa game.” Clark Bautista led Zark’s Burgers (1-4) with 16 points on a 4-of-6 sniping from beyond the arc, to go with four assists, while Robby Celiz had 10 markers and four dimes. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME BATANGAS 95 - Bautista 22, Sedurifa 16, Ablaza 11, Anderson 10, De Joya 8, Napoles 7, Ragasa 6, Mag-isa 5, Saitanan 4, Mendoza 3, Laude 3, Dela Peña 0. AMA ONLINE EDUCATION 76 - Villanueva 14, Subido 13, Alas 12, Paras 10, Bonleon 9, Flores 5, Salonga 4, Pontejos 4, Macaranas 3, Celso 2, Jordan 0, Bragais 0, Malones 0, Carpio 0. QUARTER SCORES: 22-14, 44-26, 73-57, 95-76. SECOND GAME CEU 78 - Ebondo 23, Uri 11, Casiño 10, Wamar 9, Manlangit 6, Arim 4, Guinitaran 4, Jeruta 4, Cruz 3, Saber 2, Galinato 2, Intic 0, Aquino 0. ZARK’S BURGERS 62 - Bautista 16, Celiz 10, Mangahas 9, Nalos 7, Cudal 7, De Leon 6, Argamino 3, Sheriff 2, Cayabyab 2, Ferrer 0, Juruena 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-22, 41-36, 59-44, 78-62. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2017

Tanduay escapes Marinerong Pilipino for second win in a row

Tanduay flirted with disaster but got the biggest break of the match in the last 3.1 seconds to turn back Marinerong Pilipino, 76-74, Monday in the 2017 PBA D-League Foundation Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City.   Lester Alvarez drained the go-ahead technical free throw while Jaymo Eguilos sealed the win with a split from the line that gave the Rhum Masters their second win in three games despite a long 13-day layoff.       Alvarez finished with 15 points while Eguilos had 10 points and nine rebounds for Tanduay, which squandered a 21-12 lead in the opening period and trailed 50-56 late in the third quarter. Tied at 74, the Rhum Masters were sent to the free throw line after John Lopez was called with a technical foul while battling for position against Adi Santos under the basket on Tanduay’s inbound play with 3.1 seconds left.           Alvarez calmly sank his technical free throw as the Rhum Masters retain the possession. Eqguilos was sent to the line with 2.5 seconds remaining and drained his first charity before intentionally missing the next to seal the victory.     “I hope we can play better but I’ll take the two-point win anytime,” said Tanduay coach Lawrence Chongson. “Maybe, we also need these kinds of games.” Santos broke a 71-71 deadlock with a top of the key jumper in the last 31.6 ticks of the payoff period. Julian Sargent of the Skippers split his trip from the line in the next play before Renz Palma drilled one of his two free throws. Joseph Terso missed all of his charities in the next possession of Tanduay before Lopez tied the game at 74 with an under the basket shot coming off an assist by Achi Inigo with 3.1 seconds left. Inigo scored 14 while Sargent had 10 for Marinerong Pilipino, which slid to a four-way logjam at 1-2 with Wangs, Gamboa and Centro Escolar University. In the first game, Zark’s Burger arrested a three-game slide with a masterful, 109-91, drubbing of listless AMA Online Education. James Mangahas and Robby Celis led the way for the Jawbreakers with 26 and 25 points, respectively. Mangahas finished with a double-double after grabbing 14 rebounds and dropped half of his markers in the second period where Zark’s Burger turned the tables on the Titans after trailing 23-24 at the end of the first for a 55-45 cushion at the half. Clark Bautista had 18 points, RR De Leon added 11 while Christopher Cayabyab chipped in 10 for the Jawbreakers, who improved to 1-3 card. “Sabi ko sa kanila, we're down 0-3 so this is a must-win,” said Jawbreakers coach Jade Padriaga. “Ito ‘yung better chance namin manalo considering yung lineup ng both teams.” The victory was extra special for Pariaga. “Masaya ako kasi nawala na ‘yung jinx,” added the mentor, was winless for two conferences last year in his first coaching stint with the Mindanao Agilas. “For me, relief ito. Sana magtuloy tuloy. Sabi ko lang din sa mga players always try to be competitive regardless of the record. Fortunately nanalo ngayon.” AMA absorbed its third loss in as many outings to remain at the cellar. Ivan Villanueva’s 29-point outing came into naught, so did Mario Bonleon’s 20 markers and the combined 25 points of Paolo Pontejos and Daniel Salonga. Andrei Paras, son of PBA legend Benjie Paras, dominated the boards with 22 rebounds spiked by seven markers in a lost cause.           strong>Box Scores: /strong> strong>First Game /strong> strong>ZARK’S BURGER (109) /strong> - Mangahas 26, Celiz 25, Bautista 18, De Leon 11, Cayabyab 10, Sheriff 7, Nalos 6, Cudal 3, Ferrer 3, Cariaga 0, Argamino 0, Juruena 0. strong>AMA ONLINE EDUCATION (91) /strong> - Villanueva 29, Bonleon 20, Pontejos 15, Paras 7, Macaranas 5, Subido 2, Jordan 2, Alas 1, Calma 0, Celso 0, Malones 0. strong>Quarter Scores: /strong> 23-24, 55-45, 73-66, 109-91.   strong>Second Game /strong> strong>TANDUAY (76) /strong> - Alvarez 15, Eguilos 10, Palma 9, Vigil 9, Terso 8, Santos 6, Tambeling 6, Varilla 6, Taganas 4, Sollano 2, Gaco 1. strong>MARINERONG PILIPINO (74) /strong>- Iñigo 14, Sargent 10, Marata 9, Lopez 8, Isip 7, Javillonar 7, Moralfde 7, Alabanza 5, Javelona 5, Gumaru 2, Nicholls 0, Publico 0. strong>Quarter Scores /strong>: 23-17, 41-39, 55-59, 76-74.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2017

NU appoints Castillo as Lady Bulldogs head coach

National University formally appointed Raymond 'Babes' Castillo as head coach of its women’s volleyball team for the 80th Season of the UAAP. Castillo, who steered the NU’s girls team to three straight high school titles, replaced resigned mentor Roger Gorayeb.  'I am very honored to lead the women's team, but it is a very big responsibility. I believe our team has everything, skills and talent, we just need to give them the sense of purpose and learn how we can work together,' said Castillo in a press release posted by the school in its Facebook page Tuesday.  Gorayeb took the reins in the middle of Season 77, replacing Dong Dela Cruz. He was able to bring the struggling Lady Bulldogs to a stepladder semifinals stint that year. But the next two years under his watch saw NU fall out of the Final Four race. Gorayeb submitted his courtesy resignation last April after the Lady Bulldogs’ painful end of the season loss to University of Sto. Tomas, the last of NU’s three-game losing streak that pulled them out of semis contention. Castillo will have under his wings veterans Jorelle Singh, Aiko Urdas, Risa Sato, talented young setter Jasmine Nabor and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago.        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2017