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ONE Championship: Coach Mark Sangiao Wary Of Burnout as Danny Kingad Starts Preparing For ‘DJ’

  Danny "The King" Kingad will employ a precautious yet stringent approach as he prepares for Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.   The top flyweights in the world are set to collide in ONE Championship’s historic 100th event at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   Both athletes overcame stiff challenges in the semifinals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES this past 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Kingad upended Reece “Lightning” McLaren and Johnson defeated Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada.   With just roughly two months to spare until the final match, that gives little time for both athletes to rest.   For Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, it is all about balancing rest and preparation.   “We’ll be giving a week of light training before we go back to the rigid training sessions,” Sangiao shared.   “We haven’t really finished sitting down intently and discussing our lapses in the previous match.”   One factor that Sangiao is looking at is the possibility of Kingad burning out from going hard each and every training session.   Sangiao says he has everything covered if he sees signs that “The King” is burnout during training.   “You’ll see that during training sessions, that sometimes he’ll get burnt out, we have adjustments for that,” Sangiao shared.   “We have a lot of adjustments for everything. We have to have everything covered because we know that Johnson is a very difficult opponent. He has proven it worldwide.”   Fans and experts alike point out that Kingad is in a win-win situation in his bout against an athlete touted by many as the pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artist in history.   After all, at 23 years old, Kingad will be getting something out of it - regardless of the result.   Sangiao agrees with that notion, but do not expect them to be happy just to be there.   “It’s a win-win situation for us, even more so if we win,” Sangiao said with a laugh.   “We cannot be content with where we are right now. We have to win. If Danny wins here, it will not only be for him but for the Philippines as well, knowing Demetrious and the legacy that he has worldwide.”   Whatever happens, Sangiao knows that Kingad would not be backing down from the 12-time flyweight World Champion.   “He’s up for a grind. He’s the pound-for-pound king worldwide, but let’s look at Danny - maybe he’s really ‘The King.’”   Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.    Watch the action live on the ONE Super App.   More From ONE Championship   Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final Demetrious Johnson Ready For the King After Wada Win  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News8 hr. 7 min. ago

PVL: Cool Smashers brace for tough grind this week

Defending champion Creamline faces a very challenging grind this week as the Cool Smashers take on two powerhouse squads in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers are still undefeated after three games with all of their victories coming off straight sets. Behind a star-studded lineup bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez, Creamline keeps a tight hold of the solo lead but the Cool Smashers will put that on the line in a pair of acid tests. First up for the Cool Smashers is BanKo on Wednesday in the 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Perlas Spikers are at second spot with a 2-1 win-loss slate and are fresh off a rebound win over Air Force on Saturday. Up next for Creamline is the much-awaited rematch against PetroGazz. The two squads met in the Reinforced Conference Finals series that went the full distance with the Angels booting the Cool Smashers off the throne. The game is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Meanwhile, ChocoMucho and PacificTown Army clash on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. with both teams looking for a follow up to their respective opening day victories. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Flying Titans will then face listless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at 4:00 p.m. before the PetroGazz-Creamline showdown. In the Collegiate Conference, opening day winners Adamson University, University of Perpetual Help, and Ateneo De Manila University in Group A and Group B’s University of Sto. Tomas, Arellano University and College of St. Benilde try to keep their momentum going this coming weekend. On Saturday, Arellano takes on Lyceum of the Philippines at 8:00 a.m., followed by Ateneo’s clash with San Sebastian College at 10:00 a.m. while Adamson collides with Perpetual at 12:00 noon. Opening the Sunday playdate is the Letran-San Beda match at 8:00 a.m. followed by CSB-UST showdown at 10:00 a.m. and the FEU-TIP pairing at 12:00 noon. All 12:00 noon matches will air via iWAnt and livestream. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

San Beda-LPU, Letran-Baste go to war in NCAA 95

Games on Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - San Sebastian vs Letran 2:00 p.m. - EAC vs Perpetual 4:00 p.m. - LPU vs San Beda The top two teams in the last two year's finally meet again in the ongoing NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. Defending champion San Beda University puts its perfection on the line against Lyceum of the Philippines University, runner-up of the previous two tournaments, in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor on Tuesday. The highly anticipated Finals rematch tips off at 4:00 p.m. and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. The game day begins with a showdown just as intense when Colegio de San Juan de Letran rekindles its rivalry with San Sebastian College-Recoletos at 12:00 p.m. Meanwhile, University of Perpetual Help plays its first game sans head coach Frankie Lim who is said to be on leave at 2:00 p.m. opposite Emilio Aguinaldo College. In Jrs. action, the LPU Jr. Pirates have their sights set on another statement win at the expense of the league-leading San Beda Red Cubs at 6:00 p.m. There will also be matchups between the Letran Squires and the San Sebastian Staglets at 8:00 p.m. and the Perpetual Jr. Altas and the EAC Brigadiers at 10:00 a.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Lito Adiwang hopeful to make debut at ONE: Masters of Fate

Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang is ready to strut his wares in front of a worldwide audience after getting a lucrative six-figure contract to the ONE Championship main roster. The fast-rising strawweight athlete from Baguio City defeated Anthony "The Antidote" Do by unanimous decision at Rich Franklin’s ONE WARRIOR SERIES 7 on 6 August in Singapore. Eager to get down to business and make his mark in the strawweight division, "Thunder Kid" hopes to compete when The Home Of Martial Arts returns to the Philippines for ONE: MASTERS OF FATE on 8 November at the Mall Of Asia Arena. “I’ll be ready. For me, it’s the perfect timing cause it’s only a few months away. I don’t have any injuries, so there’s no problem for me,” Adiwang said. “Now it’s all about getting a bit of rest and recovery and then I’ll go back to training and prepare for November 8. If I’m given a chance, I’ll be ready. I’m really eager to join the card.” His latest exploits inside the ring earned Adiwang a lucrative six-figure contract in his entry to the main roster of ONE Championship. But despite an impressive showing in the developmental show, he was not exactly pleased with his performance and wants to make up for it in front of his compatriots. "Now I’m eager to enter the Circle as soon as possible so I can showcase what I failed to show back then. Really excited to showcase the things that I can do,” Adiwang explained. “My goal is to become the ONE Strawweight World Champion. That’s what I am aiming for. That’s what pushed me to get some impressive wins and put on a better show.” Now that Adiwang has made a name for himself at ONE Warrior Series with his explosive striking and monstrous knockout power, he aims to do the same in the main roster. "I’ll do my best, train harder, give better shows - then get a title shot." Catch ONE Championship’s event ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event. It will be aired live on the ONE Super App.     More from ONE Championship: Latest ONE Warrior Series Contract Awarded To Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang Top Five Highlights From ONE Warrior Series 7 How Lito Adiwang’s Homecoming Set Him For Breakout Success.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Mayweather denies Pacquiao rematch rumors

Retired boxer Floyd Mayweather, Jr. denied any comeback fight that would lead to his potential rematch with reigning World Boxing Association super welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao in the Middle East….READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Madison Keys, Daniil Medvedev get 1st titles in Cincy

By Joe Kay, Associated Press MASON, Ohio (AP) — Two unexpected champions embraced their first Rookwood championship trophies, concluding a week that brought more questions than clarity to the upcoming U.S. Open. Who's going to be healthy on the women's side? Will stumbles in the men's bracket at the Western & Southern Open carry over to New York? And are Madison Keys and Daniil Medvedev capable of carrying their newfound momentum into a Grand Slam event? After winning the biggest tournament title of their careers, they were already getting asked about how it might transfer to the bigger stage. Keys rallied late in both sets and beat Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-5, 7-6 (5) Sunday for her second title of the season and easily the biggest of her career. After flameouts in her last three tournaments and a tough draw for the week, she couldn't imagine the outcome. Back on the court to receive the trophy , she told the crowd: "If you told me this is where I would be a week ago, I would have laughed in your face!" Yet there she was, back in the Top 10 on a surprising upswing heading to New York. She'll move up to the No. 10 ranking after a gritty showing that was typical of her week. She broke Kuznetsova to pull even in both sets at 5-5 and then pulled them out with a steady serve. Keys hadn't made it past the second round in her last three tournaments, including Wimbledon. Now she's got a good feeling with her favorite Grand Slam event at hand. "It's definitely a great building block," Keys said. "I want to do well in New York and have a good end to the season." At 34, Kuznetsova was the oldest finalist in the Western & Southern Open's history. She beat three top-10 players in a tournament — Sloane Stephens, Karolina Pliskova and Ashleigh Barty — for the first time in her 19-year career. The 153rd-ranked player got a late start on the season as she completed a seven-month recovery from a knee injury. In her ninth tournament of the season, she got her game together and got her best result in two years. "Honestly, I didn't expect to be so good at this tournament," she said. After what happened in Cincinnati during the week, nobody knows what to expect in the women's bracket in New York. Serena Williams dropped out of Cincinnati because of back spasms that also forced her to withdraw from the final in Toronto. Naomi Osaka, the defending U.S. Open champion, withdrew from her semifinal match on Friday with discomfort in her left knee that left her worried about her condition heading to New York. There's some intrigue on the men's side, too. The bracket in Cincinnati was billed as a reunion of the Big Four — Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray back together for the first time since January. None of them made it to the final. Nadal won the Rogers Cup last Sunday and withdrew from the Western & Southern, citing fatigue. Murray played singles for the first time since hip surgery in January and lost his opening match. Seven-time champion Federer was knocked out in the quarterfinals, and Djokovic lost to Medvedev in the semifinals with the crowd cheering him on. The Russian thanked the crowd for its support after beat David Goffin 7-6 (3), 6-4 for his first Masters 1000 title Sunday. It was his third straight final, but the first time he'd won. Medvedev lost to Nadal on Montreal a week earlier, then went on to reach his sixth final of this season, most on the ATP tour. He's won twice. "To finally lift the trophy this week is an amazing feeling," Medvedev said. At age 23, he became the youngest Cincinnati champion since Murray at age 21 in 2008. "Congratulations," Goffin told him, "and I think you're ready for New York.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

NCAA 95: Spotless CSB gets challenged by streaking LPU

Games on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - Perpetual vs San Beda 2:00 p.m. - JRU vs Mapua 4:00 p.m. - CSB vs LPU College of St. Benilde remains unscathed in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, but coming right for them is smooth sailing Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Blazers stake their spotless slate while the Pirates put their five-game win run on the line in the clash of titans in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor, Friday. Starting at 4:00 p.m., CSB is out to ace its toughest test thus far in the season even as LPU is out to stretch its streak ahead of its rematch with the defending champions. As always all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. Also hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of the rematch of last year's Finals is San Beda University which will take on a University of Perpetual Help side on a downward spiral at 12:00 p.m. while Mapua University is hoping its newfound groove will take it even farther at the expense of Jose Rizal University at 2:00 p.m. In Jrs. action, defending champion Mapua Red Robins also seek a bigger boost for its playoff push when they take on the dangerous JRU Light Bombers at 10:00 a.m. There will also be big-time battles between league-leading San Beda Red Cubs and daring Perpetual Jr. Altas at 8:00 a.m. as well as between second-running CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers and fourth-running LPU Jr. Pirates at 6:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

ONE Championship: Pinoy Ramon Gonzales targets fourth-straight win at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD

Ramon “The Bicolano” Gonzales looks to leave a bigger dent in the stacked strawweight division in his next appearance inside the ONE Championship ring. The Filipino National Kyokushin Karate Champion will take on “Wolf of the Grasslands” Hexigetu at ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD on Friday, 16 August at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand. Currently on a three-bout winning streak all by way of first-round submission, “The Bicolano” is ready to climb the ladder anew in the hopes of getting a crack at the ONE Strawweight World Title, which is currently held by his compatriot Joshua “The Passion” Pacio. “I’m certainly ready for Friday. I’m ready to display more innovation and improvement from what I can do. Of course, there’s still my striking,” Gonzales said. “I’ve been focusing on everything, from my striking, which is Kyokushin, to my ground game. I know that a win could push me further up the rankings. But on top of that, my main goal for every match is to win and learn.” In the hopes to finally make a splash in his weight class, Gonzales says he has stepped up his training camp in preparation for Hexigetu. “This is one of the best training camps I’ve had. Everyone in the gym helped me out with the challenge I’m facing in Bangkok,” he said. “I am eager and much more determined for this coming Friday. This is for everyone who believes in me.” His game plan is simple - get in the ring and showcase his renowned striking and improved well-roundedness as a mixed martial artist. “Our game plan is to give my all thru striking and the ground. Wherever this match goes, I am ready, and I will give my best,” Gonzales shared. “I know how dangerous of an opponent Hexigetu is, and I have no plans of getting complacent.” Eager to prove himself on the global stage, the Filipino athlete said that he remains as hungry as ever, even after winning three straight matches. “I remain focused in training even on match week. I am excited and challenged for my next fight because this is another opportunity for me.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, this Friday, 16 August. The main card airs live on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT. To catch the prelims, tune in to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:00pm PHT.   More from ONE Championship: Ramon Gonzales Aims To Continue Life-Changing Winning Streak In Bangkok Ramon Gonzales Thrills Manila With 79-Second Submission Ramon Gonzales Opens The Show With Crushing First-Round Choke      .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Five teams to debut in Open Conference; Collegiate Conference begins

Five clubs will make their respective debuts in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference this week while action in the Collegiate Conference gets underway with 12 teams vying for the crown. Newcomer ChocoMucho bannered by the trio of former Ateneo de Manila University stars Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and Bea De Leon along with legendary Manilla Santos-Ng gets an early acid test on Wednesday against another debuting team BaliPure. All eyes will be fixed on four-time UAAP champion and Season 71 Most Valuable Player Santos-Ng in her return to competitive volleyball after a decade when the Flying Titans march into battle at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The loaded Wednesday match will also feature the opening game of Motolite against defending champion Creamline while BanKo takes on PacificTown Army in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference battle for third won by the Lady Troopers. The Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers opened their respective campaigns with victories over Air Force and PetroGazz, respectively. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Saturday, another newcomer Chef’s Classics will make its first appearance in the tournament in a clash with Motolite at 4:00 p.m. while Air Force hopes to bounce back against BanKo at 6:00 p.m.. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz seeks to rebound from its opening-day loss as the Angels square off with BaliPure at 4:00 p.m. The game will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Chef’s Classics lock horns with Creamline at 6:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The much-awaited sneak peek of college teams opens on Saturday. College of St. Benilde clashes with Far Eastern University at 8:00 a.m. followed by reigning UAAP champion Ateneo’s crack at Letran at 10:00 a.m. San Beda University and Adamson will meet at 12:00 noon On Sunday, University of Sto. Tomas opens up the triple-header against Lyceum of the Philippines University followed by NCAA three-peat champion Arellano University’s battle with Technological Institute of the Philippines and the San Sebastian College-University of Perpetual Help match at 12:00 noon. The 12 noon games are available via iWant and livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Captain CJ Cansino? Better believe it in UAAP 82, UST

University of Sto. Tomas will be heading into the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament with a whole lot of optimism. Aside from big-time recruits, the Growling Tigers are also all set to welcome back with open arms a CJ Cansino who has fully recovered from an ACL tear. "Naglalaro na siya, actually. Almost two or three weeks na nga siya nagpa-practice," head coach Aldin Ayo shared about the recovery of their prized ward. Even better, there could be no fear that Cansino wouldn’t be back to his good old talented self. "(Hindi) lilimitahan yung minuto kasi we made sure na pagbalik niya, full blast na lahat. We made sure na pagbalik niya, he's really ready to play," he said. Last year, his first in the UAAP Srs., the 6-foot-2 swingman did nothing but impress by posting per game counts of 12.8 points in 44 percent shooting, 10.3 rebounds, and 3.6 assists before injuring his knee. Prior to that, he also became the first rookie since 2003 to tally a triple-double. Without a doubt, UST's future looked like it hinged on its homegrown talent. And even after the ACL tear, coach Aldin still believes as much - so much so that he has named the sophomore star as team captain. "Siya lang ang sophomore na captain ball. We have a lot of leaders like si Renzo [Subido], si Enrique [Caunan], si Zach Huang who's the co-captain, pero si CJ, buo na yung batang yun e," he said. He then continued, "Although he's a sophomore, yung respeto sa kanya ng team, nandoon na and I have no doubt he can lead us." For his part, the 19-year-old said he is nothing but grateful for the full faith his one-time NCAA and one-time UAAP champion coach has in him. "Una sa lahat, siyempre masaya ako kasi binigyan ako ni coach ng responsibility na maging team captain kahit sophomore pa lang ako, pero at the same time, binigyan niya ako ng confidence dahil sa dami ng players, ako pa yung napili niya," he said. Now he is the official leader of the Growling Tigers, Cansino has but one promise for the faithful over at Espana. "Siyempre, gusto ko ma-lead yung team sa mga panalo at sa championship. Gagawin ko lahat nang makakaya ko every game at every practice para matulungan yung coaching staff pati yung teammates ko para mag-grow kami lahat hanggang maabot namin yung goal namin," he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Murray ready as he ll ever be for Cincy singles return

CINCINNATI, Philippines – Andy Murray on Sunday, August 11, pronounced himself ready to go as he prepared to resume his singles career with a first-round test at the ATP Cincinnati Masters. "I'm feeling good, I've had 3 of 4 good practice sessions," said Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion who has tumbled ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 12th, 2019

Serena, Osaka book US Open final rematch in Toronto

    TORONTO, Canada – Serena Williams and Japan's Naomi Osaka booked a rematch of last year's US Open final in the WTA Toronto quarterfinals after straight-set triumphs Thursday, August 8 (Friday, August 9, Philippine time). Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka broke at love in the final game to defeat Polish ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

ONE Championship: Edward Kelly takes blame for letdown against Xie Bin

Hard-hitting Filipino featherweight Edward "The Ferocious" Kelly admitted that he only has himself to blame for losing to "The Stalker" Xie Bin at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. It was a back and forth affair between the Team Lakay stalwart and the Chinese athlete, but it was the latter who got the better of the exchanges as he nullified Kelly's striking with his takedowns. The bout came to a halt when Xie landed a series of unintentional elbows to the back of the head, prompting the referee to give Kelly time to recover. Moments later, after Kelly could not continue, the match went to the judges, who all awarded the Xie his eighth straight win in ONE Championship. “I was 100 percent confident that I was gonna win, but that happened. I went there knowing how ready I am but again, there are still a lot of holes in my game that I can’t quite fill,” Kelly admitted. “I know my weakness. In the gym, we always work on that and I know that I’ve improved. But come fight night, it still happens.” Kelly’s latest loss was his second in four bouts. More than sharpening his skillset, “The Ferocious” believes that it is his mind that needs to be stronger. “Maybe I need to work on my mentality and reactions,” Kelly said. “We have the same way of training, that’s why I’m confident with my conditioning, but I guess it’s still in my mentality cause after grappling for a bit, I lose wind.” Nonetheless, Kelly remained in high spirits. All he knows is that he needs to have a bulletproof mentality as he looks to work his way back up the rankings and maybe get a rematch with his latest conqueror. “It’s all mental now. If there are any problems, then I’ll adjust,” Kelly said. “Of course I want the rematch. I’m not satisfied with how I lost.” Tune in to watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: DREAMS OF GOLD, by downloading the ONE Super App. The action starts Friday, 16 August at 6:30pm local time.     More from ONE Championship: Xie Bin Picks Up Technical Decision Win In Kelly’s Backyard Top 5 Highlight From ONE Warrior Series 7 Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2019

Pacquiao not keen on calls by Thurman, Horn

Keith Thurman and Jeff Horn are both calling for a rematch with Manny Pacquiao while Marcos Maidana, the former world champion who hasn’t fought in five years, wants to come out of retirement to face the Filipino superstar......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

A US Open, and a summer of stress for Gary Woodland

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — Gary Woodland made sure plans were in place for him to leave tournaments before he even arrived. And when he did show up, just the sight of officials in a golf cart made him nervous. Most of the time, they were on their way to administer a ruling. Woodland always assumed they were coming to tell him his wife had gone into labor. It was like that for the last six weeks. So the smile that never left him Tuesday at Liberty National Golf Club had nothing to do with the $15 million prize at stake as the FedEx Cup playoffs begin. It was all about his twin daughters Maddox and Lennox born Thursday, making his best year in golf the greatest year of his life. "I feel 100 pounds lighter," Woodland said as he walked off the course during a weather delay in a practice round Tuesday for The Northern Trust. "Obviously, I had a huge win and that was great. But it's been stressful every week because every cart I see ... 'Are they coming to get me? Is Gabby going into labor?' The last month has been stressful for both of us." That huge win was the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, which was filled with plenty of tense moments. Woodland handled those with ease, no small task with two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka chasing him all the way to the finish line. He drilled a 3-wood from 263 yards onto the 14th green to set up a pivotal birdie, and then turned to another high-risk shot by using a 64-degree wedge to pitch the ball off one end of the green to a pin some 90 feet away on No. 17, a shot that will take its place in U.S. Open lore. That still didn't equip him for six weeks of nerves that followed. "At Pebble, I felt in control. The last month, I've had no control," Woodland said. "That was the hardest part for Gabby and I, the uncertainty." It was at the Dell Match Play two years ago when Woodland learned that one of the twins his wife Gabby was carrying had died. Their son, Jax, was born at 30 weeks and spent six weeks in the neonatal intensive care unit. The following April, she had a miscarriage. So imagine the surprise — and trepidation — when they learned in January that she was pregnant with twins. "One, they told us she couldn't get pregnant," Woodland said. "Two, they didn't think there was any chance she'd make it to 36 weeks. That was almost as much a miracle as her getting pregnant." Her last trip was to the PGA Championship at Bethpage, where she was sick and never made it out to the golf course. She stayed up late at home in Florida to watch Woodland hold off Koepka at Pebble Beach, and she saw that rare burst of emotion when he made a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th to win by three. With the silver trophy at his side that evening, Woodland thought about the next two months and said life was about to get real. The U.S. Open, his greatest achievement in golf, didn't feel real at all. Woodland went home to Florida, and soon thereafter brought his family to Kansas, where Jax had been born. He went to Topeka, Kansas, so his hometown could celebrate his U.S. Open victory with a block party. Gabby was in the hospital that day and couldn't make it. "It was awesome to win," Woodland said, "but I haven't really enjoyed it." That was a time to wait and to hope. Woodland anticipated the twins being born prematurely and having to spend a month or two in the neonatal intensive care. He tried to keep playing, and golf never felt so hard. He missed the cut in Detroit. He missed the cut in the British Open. There was no cut at the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where Woodland failed to break par in any round and tied for 55th. "Detroit, I shouldn't have played. I wasn't ready to go and I got into bad habits," Woodland said. "The British, and even Memphis, it was like I wasn't there." He had a plane ready to go in Memphis that would have taken him the just over an hour to get to the hospital in Kansas. Woodland saw plenty of carts at that week on the golf course and held his breath as they drove past. No news was good news. The best news was four days after he got home. The twins were born Thursday, 15 seconds apart. His wife was released from the hospital on Sunday. If all goes well, the twins will be ready to come home by the end of the week. Woodland spent five hours on the range with Pete Cowen when he arrived at Liberty National — the first time in more than a month that he didn't make arrangements for a quick exit — and said Tuesday was the best he has hit the ball since he won the U.S. Open. He never looked happier. Woodland has three FedEx Cup events to play, and then he'll be home with his wife, his son, his twins, the U.S. Open trophy, everything he could want. "I can enjoy it now," he said of his major victory. "I think it will hit me more after I get home from East Lake, not having to think about the stress and everything. I'm excited to play these three weeks. I'm excited to have three kids at home.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 7th, 2019

Petron gears up for F2 rematch with big win

Reigning champion Petron stretched its winning streak to nine games after a 25-12, 25-17, 25-9 shellacking of winless Marinerang Pilipina in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference yesterday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 6th, 2019

Alvarez picks Mayweather over Pacquiao in rematch

Former UFC and Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez predicts a rematch between super WBA welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. will be a major pay-per-view success, if it happens, but the outcome will be the same as the first fight in 2015......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 5th, 2019

PBA: SMB needs “another level” to beat TNT in Finals

Over the course of this incredible San Miguel Beer dynasty, one of the only things to really stop the Beermen has been an opponent with a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. As the no. 7 seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, San Miguel had to deal with one of its kryptonites anew. But after powering through no. 2 Norhport and then surviving a tough out against Rain or Shine in the semis, the Beermen are once again in the Finals, ready to compete for another title. San Miguel just keeps going thanks to its championship composure and unrivaled resiliency. “That just shows the type of character we have, the type of character that those guys in that locker room, and the coaching staff and the bosses. I mean, we’re so resilient. We’ve been in every situation you can think of,” guard Chris Ross said. “I think this is the first time we were in a twice-to-beat and we overcame it. So that’s kind of another check on the list for us. I mean, we battled, man. And we’ve had a lot of change this conference and credit to our team, credit to the coaching staff for not giving up and we were able to kinda right the ship, and now we’re back in the Finals,” he added. In the Finals against the top-ranked KaTropa, Ross says the Beermen will need to reach another level to get the job done. While San Miguel took a while to get things going in the Commissioner’s Cup, TNT was hot right from the start and the KaTropa have maintained that level all the way to the Finals. TNT was no. 1 in the conference with a 10-1 record and they dethroned defending champion Ginebra after four games in the semifinals. All in all, the KaTropa have only lost three times this conference. However, the Beermen have only lost twice since they acquired new import Chris McCullough which should set up an explosive fight for the title. “Talk ‘N Text has been playing at a high level all conference and we kinda struggled at the beginning of the season, but we’ve made strides since then,” Ross said. “I think we’ve lost twice since Chris has been here, so we’ve made a lot of strides and we’re playing some pretty good basketball. But we know we gotta bring it up another level if we wanna complete the task,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

PBA: Coach Leo thankful as SMB somehow still makes Finals

Despite making yet another PBA Finals, San Miguel Beer’s journey to the title round of the Commissioner’s Cup was far from easy. The Beermen let go of former Best Import and champion Charles Rhodes after they stumbled into a sorry 2-5 start. And while his replacement, Chris McCullough, has been sensational, San Miguel still almost didn’t make the playoffs, barely moving on as the no. 7 seed. In the playoffs, the Beermen had to overcome Northport’s twice-to-beat advantage and had to erase a combined 55-point deficit in their three semifinals wins against Rain or Shine just to make the Finals. “Nagpapa-salamat kami sa Panginoon at dinala na naman kami dito sa Finals,” said head coach Leo Austria said after the Beermen’s close Game 4 win over ROS. “At the start of the conference, we were struggling and we almost didn't make it into the quarterfinals. It was just a matter of one win. But it's a roller-coaster journey to the Finals and we will embrace this,” he added. In the Finals, the Beermen draw top-ranked TNT. The KaTropa ended Ginebra’s title reign in the semifinals and they enter the championship round with just three losses all conference long. San Miguel has little to no time to prepare but the Beermen will certainly be ready by the time Game 1 tips off Sunday. “Talk ‘N Text, after watching their game last night, I think it will be tough to face them kasi alam nating they're really playing at the highest level of basketball. They transformed their team into another high-caliber championship team,” Austria said. “But we will see. We don't have ample time to prepare, but for us to be in the Finals, we're thankful. This is the Finals, let's see what we can do,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

ONE Championship: Eduard Folayang believes his style matches up well against Eddie Alvarez

Lightweight stars and former world champions Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines and Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States are set to lock horns in a must-see ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semi-final matchup at ONE: Dawn of Heroes this coming Friday, August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.    Facing a former UFC and Bellator world champion in Alvarez, Folayang knows that he is up against what could be the biggest challenge of his career, but also believes that his style matches up well with the ultra-aggressive American.    “Yeah, for sure, [my style] matches up well [with his], and kailangan ko pang pinu-in yung mga areas na magiging precise, na magagamit ko against sa kanya,” Folayang told ABS-CBN Sports.    Alvarez is known for his charge-forward brawling style that made him a fan favorite among fans during his runs with North American promotions.    Folayang is a gifted striker who has shown stopping power in the past, most notably his third-round TKO win over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki back in 2016, the win that netted the Pinoy star his first ONE world championship.    One clean shot from either man could spell disaster for the other.    Hard-hitting Russian Timofey Nastyukhin spoiled Alvarez's ONE with a TKO win back in March, and Folayang is looking to do the same.   “I think one of the things that I saw is, halos karamihan ng mga talo ni Eddie Alvarez is more on sa mga high-level strikers, so tine-take into consideration ko yun talaga, and siyempre, depende rin talaga sa kung ano yung magiging gameplan niya eh, kasi gusto niyang manalo eh, ako ganoon dun, so I need to read kung ano yung magiging approach sa laban, kasi alam ng bawat isa sa amin na we are strikers eh, so paano yung adjustment ng bawat isa? I think yun yung isa sa mga titignan ng bawat kampo namin,” Folayang explained.    One area that could prove to be a problem for the Pinoy is the ground game. While Folayang and Team Lakay’s grappling and wrestling have improved dramatically throughout the years, top-notch grapplers have remained to be a problem for the Baguio-based team.    Alvarez, while usually prefers to stand and trade, is also a high-level wrestler and could look to bring the bout to the mat.    “Sa ground game niya, magaling din siya eh, he has proved himself time and time again na talagang may submission and knockout wins din siya, so all-around din well-rounded din siya,” Folayang said.     The 35-year old Baguio City-native is coming off a world title loss to Aoki in their rematch in Japan back in March and is eager to get back on track and begin his hunt for a third world title reign.    With the bout against Alvarez on Friday being a lightweight tournament semi-final, a win for Folayang moves him to the Grand Prix finals and a step closer to challenging for the title again.    “Sa akin, siguro, it motivates me to do well, kasi siyempre, I wasn’t able to defend my belt the last time, I think this is a good opportunity for me to bounce back,” said the two-time champ.    Catch ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on Friday, August 2 LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23 starting at 8:30 PM. Livestream will be available on the ABS-CBN Facebook Page and on iWant  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019