Mondilla, Ababa rally to force 4-way tie

Clyde Mondilla and Jhonnel Ababa broke a pair of mediocre frontside starts with blistering windups, coming away with three-under 69s to force a four-way tie for the lead at the start of the ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic at the sprawling Pradera Verde layout here yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 21st, 2020

MPBL: Bicol forces decider against Davao

BATANGAS -- Eight seed Bicol-LCC Stores lived to fight another day, taking down top-ranked Davao Occidental-Cocolife, 84-81, to force a Game Three in the 2019-20 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South quarterfinals, Friday at the Batangas State University Gymnasium here. With the scores shackled at 69-all in the final quarter, Alywn Alday fired five-straight points to spark a crucial 8-0 blast to give Bicol an eight-point cushion, 77-69, with 4:28 still on the clock. But Bonbon Custodio, Emman Calo, and Marco Balagtas came into Davao Occidental's defense quickly, countering with a 7-0 rally to trim Bicol's lead to just one point. Behind Alday, Jerome Garcia, and Hafer Mondragon, Bicol managed to build five-point advantage, 82-78, with 1:17 ticks left. In a last-ditch to save the Tigers, Joseph Terso earned a split from the line while Kenneth Mocon forced a steal on Ronjay Buenafe with 17.4 left, leading to a breakaway layin from Chester Saldua to cut the lead to two, 81-83. However, Alday went 1-of-2 from the line on the other end before Calo badly missed a three on the other which then spelled doom for Davao Occidental. "Napakahirap talunin ng powerhouse team. Pero still, kailangan naming mag trabaho, kailangan naming trabahuhin kasi gusto naming manalo, sabi ko kailangan naming trabahuhin hanggang dulo," said Bicol head coach Monel Kallos. Alday pumped in 18 points on 6-of-17 shooting laced with five rebounds, four assists, and two steals for Bicol. Garcia also had 18 markers built on five three-pointers along with five boards and three assists while Buenafe tallied 14 points, eight assists, and four rebounds. Hafer Mondragon, meanwhile, chipped in a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds. Calo paced the Cocolife-backed squad with 15 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a block. Billy Robles had 13 points and six boards while Saldua added 12 points and five rebounds for Davao Occidental, who lost star forward Mark Yee in the 3:05-mark of the second quarter after landing on his right foot badly off a rebound. Game Three will take place on Thursday, February 27 in Davao. The Scores: Bicol-LCC Stores (84) -- Alday 18, Garcia 18, R. Buenafe 14, Mondragon 10, Aldave 8, Lalata 8, Ongteco 2, P. Buenafe 2, Alfonso 0, Manalang 0. Davao Occidental-Cocolife (81) -- Calo 15, Robles 13, Saldua 12, Mocon 11, Custodio 11, Balagtas 8, Ludovice 5, Gaco 5, Terso 1, Forrester 0, Yee 0 Quarterscores: 16-21, 34-41, 54-63, 84-81.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 53 min. ago

Birdie-binge gives Mondilla share of lead

Lubao, Pampanga—Clyde Mondilla put on a late assault to check a fumbling frontside start and force a four-way tie for the lead at three-under 69 at the start of the windy first round of the ICTSI Pradera Verde Classic at the sprawling Pradera Verde layout here yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2020

Bulls rally from 18 down to beat Wizards in overtime

By Harvey Valentine, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Wendell Carter Jr. made a layup with 9.1 seconds left in overtime, completing the Chicago Bulls' rally from an 18-point deficit in the fourth quarter to beat the Washington Wizards 110-109 Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Zach LaVine drops it off to Wendell Carter Jr. to put Chicago ahead for good! Final in OT:@chicagobulls 110@WashWizards 109 — NBA (@NBA) December 19, 2019 Zach LaVine capped a 21-3 Bulls run with three free throws that tied the game at 96 with 5.5 seconds left in the fourth. Bradley Beal hit a jumper with 0.5 seconds remaining to put Washington ahead 98-96, but LaVine was fouled on the ensuing inbound play and hit two free throws to force OT. Lauri Markkanen's alley-oop basket gave the Bulls their first lead since the first quarter, 106-105 with 1:47 left in overtime. Beal's two free throws put Washington back on top, and Isaiah Thomas' two foul shots made it 109-106 with 53 seconds left. Carter, aided by a lane violation by Washington, made two free throws with 40 seconds to go and scored the winner after Beal's miss. Beal missed another jumper at the buzzer. Markkanen had 31 points and nine rebounds, and LaVine added 24 points. Davis Bertans led Washington with 26 points, and Beal finished with 22. The Wizards led 93-75 with 8:21 left in the fourth before Carter's dunk started Chicago's spurt. LaVine's 3-pointer pulled the Bulls within 96-93 with 1:33 remaining. LaVine scored 10 points in the final three minutes of the period. In his return to Washington, former Wizards player Tomas Satoransky had 17 points. Washington led by six at halftime, and Beal and Thomas combined for three 3-pointers in a 9-2 run that gave the Wizards a 74-61 lead midway through the third quarter. TIP-INS Bulls: Satoransky was the subject of a video tribute during the first quarter. ... Carter picked up a flagrant foul in the fourth quarter. He had nine points and nine rebounds. ... the Bulls have seven straight games with at least five blocks. ... Chicago has won three straight versus Washington for the first time since a seven-game streak from April 2, 2010-Jan. 30, 2012. Wizards: Rookie center Anzejs Pasecniks had nine points and seven rebounds in his NBA debut. ... Bertans started in place of rookie Rui Hachimura, who injured his groin in Monday's (Tuesday, PHL time) win at Detroit and is out for at least five games. ... The 13-point fourth quarter was their lowest-scoring quarter of the season. UP NEXT Bulls: Visit the Detroit Pistons on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Wizards: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 19th, 2019

SEA Games: PHI volleybelles relegated to battle for bronze

The Philippines kissed its gold medal hopes goodbye as 11-time defending champion Thailand turned back the Filipinas, 25-16, 25-22, 34-32, Thursday night in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the jampacked PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Even with the overwhelming odds against the finest team in the region, the Nationals, specifically team captain Aby Marano, stayed true to their promise to give the Thais a match to remember with a gallant stand until the bitter end as the Philippines saw its championship round bid go down the drain with its second straight defeat. Thailand set up a gold medal duel with Vietnam, the other unbeaten team after two outings, for a rematch of their 2015 Singapore edition championship battle. The Thais are now on its 15th straight gold medal match appearance Vietnam, which defeated Indonesia 20-25, 25-14, 19-25, 25-18, 15-6, in the curtain-raiser, and Thailand clash on Saturday in a preview of their gold medal clash. Alyssa Valdez, who scored five points in the closing stretch including the country's last of five set point advantages in the third set, finished with 14 points with 12 coming off attacks and added 12 digs while Mylene Paat had 11 points off eight kills and two kill blocks for the Philippines. Marano and Majoy Baron posted seven markers each for  the Nationals. “Sobrang nakaka-proud kasi like every huddle namin pinag-uusapan namin, ‘Maglaro lang kayo i-enjoy natin, give your 100 percent kasi wala naman mawawala eh.’ Yun nga pakiramdam namin eh,” said PHI coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Kung matatalo ka nakakalungkot pero yung pakiramdam namin na nakapag-perform kami ng napakaganda especially yung mga players grabe yung ginawa and then marami kaming napasayang tao, nakakatuwa kasi nakikita namin yung improvement every game." “’Yun din naman goal namin hanggang ma reach namin kung ano kaya namin this SEA Games,” he added. The Thais found the Nationals a tough nut to crack the whole match. The Filipinas breathed down Thailand's neck 17-21, in the third set after a Mylene Paat back-to-back hit and a Majoy Baron ace as the Nationals fought back from a 13-19 deficit. Maddie Madayag, Valdez and Jovelyn Gonzaga saved three match points to close in, 24-22, as Thailand called time. Valdez scored off a cross and Gonzaga forced a deuce before Thailand committed a line fault to give the Philippines the set point advantage. Veteran Wilavan Apinyapong stopped Thailand's bleeding with a down the line kill. An unsuccessful challenge by PHI head coach Shaq Delos Santos resulted on another Thai match point before Valdez knotted it at 26 with an off the block kill. Pimpichaya Kokram scored for Thailand but Valdez tied it again at 27. Kokram scored on the next play before Majoy Baron countered with a monster block for 28-28 count. Thailand committed an attack error before tying it again, 29-29. Mylene Paat got a kill block only to see Thailand force another deuce. Chatchu-on Moksri sent her service short but Thailand evened the set again at 31. Valdez hammered a kill for another PHI set point advantage, but Madayag crumbled under the pressure, overcooking her serve for a 32-32 tie. Kokram pounded a down the line hit before Wilavan sealed the edge-of-your-seat match with an off speed.                Kokram had 19 points with 17 coming off attacks while Apinyapong got 15 with all but one comin off kills for Thailand. The Thais looked poised for a walk in the park domination of the same squad they had been beating in the biennial meet since dethroning the Filipinas in 1995, in what turned out to be the start of their now-two and a half decade stranglehold of the crown, after taking a 21-9 advantage in the first set following an Alyssa Valdez attack error. Marano, who after losing to Vietnam in five sets vowed to give the Thais a memorable match on home soil, anchored an inspired rally to somehow close the gap, 16-23, on a kill block. But the Thais countered to extinguish the fight from the Filipinas. Fueled by the cheering home crowd, the Nationals sprung to life in the second set with libero Dawn Macandili providing one of the highlights as she dove head first to the stands trying to retrieve the ball to no avail.    Her effort fired up her teammates to give the Thais a scare with the Philippines taking what turned out to be its biggest lead in the duel, 13-10, capped by back-to-back hits by Majoy Baron. Then the Thais did what they do best. The Philippines will take on Indonesia, also winless in two games, on Saturday in a sneak peek of the bronze medal battle. The medal round is on Monday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles        .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

SEA Games: Pinay spikers suffer stinging loss to Vietnam

Vietnam silenced the home crowd after beating the Philippines, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, 20-25, 15-8, on Tuesday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena.    Thi Thanh Thuy Tran reintroduced herself to the Filipinas after missing Vietnam’s last clash against the Philippines in the ASEAN Grand Prix second leg two months ago. The Philippines defeated Vietnam in both ASEAN Grand Prix legs. Tran uncorked 27 points with all but one coming off attacks and carved monster numbers on defense with 13 digs and 13 excellent receptions for the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games bronze medalists. Thi Xuan Nguyen got 15 markers, Thi Nga Bui scored 14 while Thie Kieu Trinh Hoang added 10 for Vietnam, who frustrated the Filipinas with 15 kill blocks.         Vietnam was quick to recover from yielding the fourth frame as the visiting team banked on its vaunted net defense to create an early separation that the Filipinas failed to surmount. The Vietnamese will face Indonesia on Thursday. Alyssa Valdez posted 22 points to lead the Philippines with 20 coming off spikes and added 13 receptions. Ces Molina and Jovelyn Gonzaga finished with 12 markers each while Majoy Baron got 10.  The loss put the host team in tough position in the race for the top two spots in the short round robin format where the top two squads will faceoff for the gold. The third and fourth ranked teams will battle for the bronze. “Well, I think meron kaming magandang performance but siyempre nashort. Hindi maganda yung result pero lesson learned para sa amin siyempre kailangan namin paghandaan yung mga next game namin," said PHI head coach Shaq delos Santos. Down, 1-2, in the match, the Nationals backed by the huge crowd fought back in the fourth. Protecting a slim, 17-16, advantage, the Filipinas fired four straight points to take a five-point advantage before wrapping up the set to force a decider.       Vietnam broke a 19-19 deadlock in the second set with a 5-1 rally with Tran hitting a kill. Jovelyn Gonzaga stopped the bleeding before Valdez scored on back-to-back kills to push Philippines closer, 23-24. The Vietnamese doused cold water on the host team’s rally as setter Thu Hoai Nguyen scored on a tip to tie the match. Vietnam again ignited a huge 9-0 blitz to break a 13-13 tie in the third frame for a 22-13 lead. Gonzaga sparked the Nationals’ 4-1 fight back to cut their deficit, 17-23, before the Vietnamese countered to take the set point. Valdez scored back-to-back hits but committed an error in the next play as the Philippines went down, 1-2, in the match.                 The Philippines will take on 11-time defending champion Thailand on Thursday. The Thais defeated the 2017 silver medalist Indonesia in straight sets, 25-13, 25-15, 25-9.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2019

SEA Games: PHI forces Singapore to 6-6 draw in men’s water polo

Almost but not quite. The Philippines got powerhouse Singapore on the ropes in the first two quarters only to see the defending champions rally in the next two to force a 6-6 draw Friday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s water polo at the New Clark City Aquatics Center. With the stalemate, the Filipinos now sport a 1-2-0 win-draw-loss record and boosted its chances of claiming a silver medal if it wins convincingly against winless Malaysia on Sunday at the close of the competition.    Coming off a big win the night before, the Filipinos played an inspired first half, building a 4-2 lead after three goals in the second canto. But the Singaporeans, who has been dominating the sport in the biennial meet with 27 titles, fought back with pairs of goals in the third and fourth periods. Singapore tied it at 5-5 in the fourth quarter before the Philippines slotted in a goal to regain the lead. But a late goal by the determined Singaporeans broke the hearts of the upset-conscious home team.   Singapore improved to 1-1-1 card heading into its final match against Thailand on Sunday. Indonesia, which defeated Malaysia, 14-7, already have the gold medal in the bag after closing its campaign with a commanding 3-1-0 slate. The Indonesians' lone draw came at the hands of the Filipinos after their opening day game resulted to a 6-6 deadlock.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2019

Impeachment cloud darkens Trump s Florida Thanksgiving break

WASHINGTON, DC, USA – President Donald Trump leaves Washington for a rally with supporters and a Thanksgiving break at his Florida home on Tuesday, November 26, but impeachment storm clouds threaten to spoil the party.  Before boarding Air Force One, the president will act out the quirky annual ritual of pardoning ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

PBA: Confidence pulls through as McDaniels, TNT make semis

It sure looked like Magnolia had TNT’s number. After dominating the KaTropa for a win just a week prior, the Hotshots had TNT on the ropes in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup quarterfinals Monday. Magnolia was up 18 in the second half and the defending champs were on their way to force a knockout game for the semifinals. However, the KaTropa mounted a huge rally and thanks to multiple clutch hits from Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, Ray Parks, and import KJ McDaniels, TNT was able to push through and eliminate Magnolia in a thriller. “They had our confidence shook for a minute,” said McDaniels. “But you know, we just have to stay together throughout the ups and downs and that’s what we did,” he added. After a late slump where they lost three straight games, the KaTropa have now won back-to-back close games against San Miguel Beer and Magnolia to barge into the next round. It appears TNT's confidence that allowed the team to zoom to a 7-0 start is back. “We have confidence in each other,” McDaniels said. “We have to continue having that in each other throughout the rest of the games, just staying positive throughout the wins and losses. When we have breakdowns, we just have to bounce back. That’s what we did,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 26th, 2019

Iraqi president urges end to escalation after days of deadly protests

BAGHDAD, Iraq – Iraq's president called Monday, October 7, for a "halt to escalation" after widespread protests that killed dozens, including an overnight rally in east Baghdad in which the military admitted using "excessive force." Demonstrations have rocked the capital and Iraq's southern provinces since Tuesday, October 1, first demanding ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

PBA: NLEX comes back from 28 down to beat Ginebra in OT

Incredible comeback by NLEX in Dubai. The Road Warriors erased a 28-point deficit to frustrate Ginebra in overtime Saturday (Sunday morning in Manila) at the Coca-Cola Arena, picking up a huge 113-111 win in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. Kiefer Ravena completed the rally in regulation, sinking a booming triple to force a 103-all tie. The Phenom then found Jericho Cruz for the final go-ahead triple with 20 seconds to go in extra time. Ginebra tried to make up for its 111-113 deficit but Japeth Aguilar, LA Tenorio, and Stanley Pringle all missed shots at the basket inside the last 10 seconds. The win pushed NLEX to 4-1 in the team standings, solo third behind unbeaten TNT (4-0) and San Miguel Beer (3-0). NLEX had three 20-point scorers led by import Olu Ashaolu with 25. JP Erram scored 21 points, including three that forced an initial 100-all tie late in the fourth. Philip Paniamogan also scored 20 for the Road Warriors while Kiefer Ravena and Jericho Cruz each had 13. Kiefer also had a career-high 17 assists in the win. Ginebra not only wasted a 28-point lead but the Gin Kings also wasted Justin Brownlee’s effort of 42 points, 20 rebounds, and 10 assists. The Gin Kings dropped to 1-2 with back-to-back losses.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 5th, 2019

PVL: Motolite, Flying Titans out to fuel semis bids

With the race for the Final Four slot tightening up, Motolite tries to get back on the winning track in a rematch against first round victim Choco Mucho on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Motolite is currently at third spot with a 7-4 win-loss record, two games behind of second-running PetroGazz (7-2). Unbeaten repeat-seeking Creamline is way ahead of the pack with 11-0 slate. Coming off a 21-25, 19-25, 21-25, defeat at the hands of BanKo, Motolite will try to regroup to repeat over the Flying Titans which the Godfrey Okumu-mentored squad defeated in a dramatic come-from-behind escape, 25-27, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17, 18-16, in the first round despite missing the services of Myla Pablo because of a foot injury. Back in the fold, Pablo will try to rally Motolite with the help of Tots Carlos, Isa Molde, Jessma Ramos and setter Iris Tolenada back in the win column. But it won’t be an easy task just like in their first meeting as ChocoMucho is currently on a high from a three-game win streak after arresting a five-game slump. The Flying Titans outlasted PacificTown Army in five sets the last time out for a 5-6 card tied with Air Force. ChocoMucho, which will rely on the duo of Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag, must win all of its remaining games to boost its chances of forcing a at least a playoff for a semifinals seat.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2019

UAAP 82: Tigresses growl back to life at expense of Lady Tams

ANTIPOLO - University of Sto. Tomas put an end to its two-game skid and got away with a tight 56-55 escape over Far Eastern University Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 Women's Basketball Tournament at Ynares Center here. Grace Irebu led the Golden Tigresses with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists, three steals, and two blocks as they averted disaster after losing a 13-point lead in the third frame. "We are lucky to win this game," said coach Haydee Ong. "We had crucial passing errors that were converted by FEU. We are just fortunate to get this one" Choy Bahuyan led the Lady Tamaraws' rally, with her split from the line cutting the deficit down to one with 1:33 remaining. Clare Castro had a chance to win the game for FEU, but her short stab rimmed out as UST grabbed crucial offensive boards to pull off the slim victory. Lon Rivera added nine points, five rebounds, and two assists, while Jeorge Panti had seven points, six boards, and two dimes in the win to improve its standing to 3-2 and force a three-way tie for second place with FEU and Adamson. Bahuyan carried the Lady Tamaraws with 16 points and five rebounds, while Judy Abat had 12 points, five boards, two assists, and two steals. Castro was limited to just three points as she shot 1-of-10 from the field in the defeat. "It's not easy to defend Clare because she is stronger and taller than me. I needed to not see that and do my best on both offense and defense," said Irebu, the league's reigning MVP. BOX SCORES UST 56 - Irebu 21, Rivera 9, Panti 7, Callangan 5, Ferrer 3, Gonzales 3, Soriano 3, Tacatac 3, Portillo 2, Gandalla 0, Javier 0. FEU 55 - Bahuyan 16, Abat 12, Jumuad 10, Mamaril 6, Quiapo 5, Castro 3, Vidal 3, Adriano 0, Antiola 0, Bastatas 0, Delos Santos 0, Payadon 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-15, 32-27, 49-42, 56-55......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2019

PVL: Pablo, Carlos star in Motolite’s third straight win

Motolite picked up from where it left off to extend its winning streak to three at the expense of listless Air Force, 25-14, 25-18, 25-23, on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The duo of Myla Pablo and Tots Carlos did most of the damage as Motolite improved to a 3-1 win-loss slate. Pablo was sharp as ever, pounding in 14 kills in her 15-point outing while Carlos filled the stats sheet with 14 points coming off eight attacks, three aces and three kill blocks while adding eight excellent receptions for Motolite. Isa Molde scored 10 points with all but one coming off spikes including the match-clinching off the block hit and added 10 digs while Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada tallied 17 excellent sets on top of six markers for Motolite, which struggled at the start of the third frame before completing a comeback. “The first and second sets were convincing. Now, the third set, we started slow,” said Motolite coach Godfrey Okumu. “Because of the way we started, we noticed as we continued playing, we struggled. We seemed to be making effort in things that we supposed to do effortlessly.”  After controlling the first two sets, Motolite needed to get back from six points down, 9-15, with a 10-3 rally with Aie Gannaban hitting back-to-back aces to tie the frame before Pablo smashing a kill to put her squad up, 19-18.     Lady Jet Spiker Angel Antipuesto tied the set at 23 off a block on Carlos. Motolite took the next two points and the victory with Carlos scoring an off the block hit before Molde’s game-winner. “Noong third set talaga, naunahan kami sa score. Malayo pa naman 'yun, kaya kaya pang habulin. Ayun, tulong tulong lang kami as a team,” said Pablo. Air Force absorbed its fourth straight defeat in as many games despite the 14-point effort of Dell Palomata. Antipuesto had nine markers while Joy Cases posted four.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

ONE Championship: Martin Nguyen reigns supreme at ONE: Dawn of Heroes in Manila

2 August 2019 – Manila, Philippines: The largest global sports media property in Asian history, ONE Championship™ (ONE), returned to a packed Mall of Asia Arena in Manila for the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history with ONE: DAWN OF HEROES. Once again, the finest martial arts talent in the world came out to showcase their incredible skills. In the main event, Martin Nguyen retained his ONE Featherweight World Championship with a technical knockout victory over Koyomi Matsushima. In the co-main event, Rodtang Jitmuangnon captured the ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship with a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Haggerty. In the main event, Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Australia and Vietnam continued his reign over the featherweight division with a second-round technical knockout victory over Japanese challenger Koyomi “Moushigo” Matsushima to retain the ONE Featherweight World Championship. Matsushima put the pressure on Nguyen early in the opening round with his solid ground game. The champion was able to make the necessary adjustments in the second round, however, as he picked apart a tired Matsushima with a barrage of strikes to get the stoppage win and successfully defend his title for a third time.  In the co-main event, Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand dethroned English striking sensation Jonathan “The General” Haggerty via unanimous decision to become the new ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Champion. Haggerty utilized his length in the early going, using front kicks to keep the challenger at bay. Rodtang picked up steam in the succeeding rounds and managed to drop Haggerty twice. After five rounds of explosive action, it was Rodtang who walked away with the victory and the prestigious ONE World Title.  In the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez of the United States recorded his first victory under the ONE banner with a rear naked choke of former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang of the Philippines. Folayang attacked Alvarez with a blitz of strikes to open the contest and a low kick brought “The Underground King” to the mat. Alvarez, however, was able to sweep Folayang to wind up in mount. From there, Alvarez took Folayang’s back, fished for the submission, and forced the tap. In the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-finals, Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson of the United States outlasted Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada of Japan to take home a three-round unanimous decision. After a brief exchange on the feet in the first round, Wada was able to take Johnson to the mat and secure his back. Johnson however defended very well. Action continued in the second round with Johnson dominating the grappling exchanges. In the third and final round, Johnson appeared to have Wada figured out and took control of the bout to cruise to a unanimous decision victory. Filipino flyweight star Danny “The King” Kingad secured his spot in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Finals with a split decision win over Australian Reece “Lightning” McLaren. Kingad survived a number of precarious situations in the first two rounds to rally back in the final round. In the last two minutes of the bout, Kingad dominated a fading McLaren as he was able to land a couple of takedowns and unload some ground-and-pound to swing the decision in his favor. Kingad is now one win away from becoming the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion. Muay Thai star Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym of Thailand opened the main card in spectacular fashion with a third round knockout victory over Andrew “Maddog Fairtex” Miller of Scotland. Rodlek overcame Miller’s significant height and reach advantage as he outstruck his foe in the first two rounds of action. In the opening minute of the final round, Rodlek dropped Miller with a short right elbow followed by a knee to score the stoppage win. Japanese flyweight Yuya “Little Piranha” Wakamatsu captured his first win under the ONE banner in highlight-reel fashion with a first round knockout of former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio of the Philippines. The heavy-handed Wakamatsu timed his shot, found the opening and unloaded a solid straight right hand that had Eustaquio out before hitting the canvas. Wakamatsu followed up with a few more shots before the referee stepped in to stop the bout. In a lightweight contest, South Korea’s “Crazy Dog” Dae Sung Park overwhelmed former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario of the Philippines over three rounds. Park came out firing powerful combinations and actively pursuing the takedown in the first round. He dropped Banario with a head kick and followed him to the mat for some ground-and-pound nearly finishing the Filipino. Banario survived and came back with a flurry of his own, sending Park reeling towards the ropes. Park rocked Banario again in the third with a high kick, which “The Rock” again recovered well from. In the end, all three ringside judges scored the bout in favor of Park to  win by unanimous decision. Japan’s Daichi Takenaka and Brazil’s Leandro “Brodinho” Issa figured in an epic back-and-forth battle in a bantamweight contest. Takenaka and Issa began the bout testing each other’s grappling skills, with both men taking turns in dominant positions. As the bout wore on however, action shifted to the feet and Takenaka began to pull away with superior striking. After a right hand put Issa down in the third, Takenaka followed up with a plethora of punches on the ground to force the stoppage. American top welterweight contender James “Nako” Nakashima put together a well-rounded performance, defeating Japanese mixed martial arts legend Yushin “Thunder” Okami. Nakashima came out to a fast and aggressive start, taking the action right to Okami in the opening moments of the contest. For three full rounds, Nakashima got the better of Okami in the striking and grappling departments. In the end, all three judges scored the bout in favor of Nakashima to win by unanimous decision. In a featherweight contest, China’s “The Stalker” Xie Bin took on the Philippines’ Edward “The Ferocious” Kelly. However, after an unfortunate halt to the bout in round two, Xie was awarded a technical decision victory over the Filipino. China’s Miao Li Tao was impressive in his return to the ring, defeating Thailand’s Pongsiri “The Smiling Assassin” Mitsatit via unanimous decision. Miao was in control from the get-go as he took Mitsatit down and controlled him on the mat for the majority of the three-round contest. Mitsatit had no answer for Miao’s aggressive and powerful grappling as the Chinese warrior coasted to a convincing decision win. Japanese women’s strawweight contender Ayaka Miura continued to roll in her ONE Championship career, defeating former World Title challenger Samara “Marituba” Santos of Brazil with an Americana submission in the second round. Miura bucked a slow start in the opening round and displayed her superior grappling in the second round by taking Santos down and locking in the Americana in just 39 seconds. Malaysia’s Muhammad “Jungle Cat” Aiman kicked off the action at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES with a unanimous decision victory over Indonesian veteran “The Terminator” Sunoto. Aiman remained a step ahead throughout the three-round bout as he outstruck and outgrappled Sunoto to walk away with the curtain-raising win. Official results for ONE: DAWN OF HEROES ONE Featherweight World Championship bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Koyomi Matsushima by TKO (Strikes) at 4:40 minutes of round 2 ONE Super Series Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship bout: Rodtang Jitmuangnon defeats Jonathan Haggerty by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 5 rounds ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Eddie Alvarez defeats Eduard Folayang by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:16 minutes of round 1 ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Demetrious Johnson defeats Tatsumitsu Wada by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Semi-final bout: Danny Kingad defeats Reece McLaren by Split Decision (SD) after 3 rounds ONE Super Series Muay Thai Bantamweight bout: Rodlek PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Andrew Miller by Knockout (KO) at 0:49 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Flyweight bout: Yuya Wakamatsu defeats Geje Eustaquio by Knockout (KO) at 1:59 minutes of round 1 Mixed Martial Arts Lightweight bout: Dae Sung Park defeats Honorio Banario by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Daichi Takenaka defeats Leandro Issa by TKO (Strikes) at 1:39 minutes of round 3 Mixed Martial Arts Welterweight bout: James Nakashima defeats Yushin Okami by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Featherweight bout: Xie Bin defeats Edward Kelly by Technical Decision (TD) Mixed Martial Arts Catchweight bout (57.0kg): Miao Li Tao defeats Pongsiri Mitsatit by Unanimous Decision (UD) after 3 rounds Mixed Martial Arts Women’s Strawweight bout: Ayaka Miura defeats Samara Santos by Submission (Americana) at 0:39  minutes of round 2 Mixed Martial Arts Bantamweight bout: Muhammad Aiman defeats Sunoto by Unanimous Decision at after 3 rounds.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

PBA: Timely Banchero takeover saves Alaska’s conference

With Alaska on the brink of elimination in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, Chris Banchero was in full takeover mode Friday in the one-game knockout for 8th place. Banchero hit two clutch jumpers for Alaska, allowing the Aces to force overtime against Meralco. They got the win in extra time to move on. The first for Banchero was a big triple off an offensive rebound by JVee Casio to cut the deficit to one with 11 seconds to go. Banchero then got another big one, a shot under duress with three seconds left to force a 96-all tie. He scored nine of his 15 total points in that crucial fourth quarter rally. “It started with JVee, he got a big rebound on the first three that I missed. When he kicked it out to me I know I had to knock it down for us to be in that game. Luckily it went down,” Banchero said. “That last one, it was a big shot. I’m happy it went in. Sometimes those are the games you gotta have to break through you know,” he added. Alaska’s prize for this tough overtime win is a date against no. 1 TNT on Sunday. The KaTropa hold a twice-to-beat advantage and enter the playoffs with an eight-game winning streak. The Aces are prepared to stand up for themselves even if they’re seen as heavy underdogs. “We’ve been in a lot of tough games this conference, sometimes when that happens, teams begin to play well. Hopefully we do that on Sunday,” Banchero said. “I told the guys not to be too happy, we’re still in the playoffs but at the end of the day we got a lot of work to do. TNT is very good but we’re not looking at it as a twice-to-beat but one game at a time,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

More than 250 arrested after Ethiopia coup bid – officials

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia – Ethiopia's security forces have arrested more than 250 people in a sweeping crackdown following a failed suspected coup attempt and the assassination of 5 high-ranking officials, a government task force said Thursday, June 27. The country has been on high alert since the attacks ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 28th, 2019

Hong Kong leader apologizes as record rally chokes city

HONG KONG (3rd UPDATE) – Some two million protesters choked Hong Kong's streets in a powerful rebuke of a reviled extradition law, organizers said Sunday, June 16, piling pressure on the city's embattled pro-Beijing leader who apologized for causing "conflict" but refused to step down. The historic show of force ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 16th, 2019

Kapa show of force in GenSan fails to shake Duterte

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews / 13 June) – Thousands of members of the embattled Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. staged a rally here Thursday to urge President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his order to shut down what he dubbed as an investment scam. But Duterte, who distributed certificates of land ownership at the Lagao gymnasium […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJun 13th, 2019

GFG-CSB keeps rolling to force do-or-die vs CEU

Go for Gold-CSB did just enough to hold off Centro Escolar University and take a 84-81 thriller to force a do-or-die Game Two in the 2019 PBA D-League quarterfinals Tuesday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Gab Banal punctuated his triumphant return to the Scratchers as he drilled the go-ahead trey from the top of the arc with 17.5 seconds left, before Jimboy Pasturan forced a stop on Keanu Caballero on the other end. "I'm happy that we're still alive," said coach Charles Tiu. The fact isn't lost on the mentor, however, that Go for Gold-CSB almost squandered a 20-point lead as CEU slowly chipped away the deficit. "We probably deserve to lose that game. We were up big and seems like we never learn. The maturity is still isn't there," he rued. Still, the Scratchers got their new lease on life to send the series to a deciding tiff on Thursday. Banal collected 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds in his comeback to the Go for Gold-CSB side to help Roosevelt Adams' 26-point, 13-rebound performance. Newcomer Santi Santillan also did his part with 15 points and six rebounds, as Justin Gutang finished with 13 points, eight boards, and five assists in the victory. The Foundation Group 2-seed CEU banked on Judel Fuentes, who led the spirited fourth quarter rally to wound up with 22 points, 10 coming in the payoff period. Senegalese center Maodo Malick Diouf registered a double-double with his 14 points, 17 boards, six assists, four steals, and three blocks, as Guinitaran got 13. BOX SCORES GO FOR GOLD-CSB 84 -- Adams 26, Santillan 15, Gutang 13, Banal 12, Leutcheu 8, Nayve 5, Pasturan 2, Dixon 2, Carlos 1, Naboa 0. CEU 81 -- Fuentes 22, Diouf 14, Guinitaran 13, Uri 9, Rojas 6, Caballero 4, Formento 4, Sunga 2, Lisbo 2, Chan 2, Santos 2, Diaz 1, Intic 0. QUARTER SCORES: 26-21, 50-35, 73-61, 84-81......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2019

He makes us go : Green elevates Warriors to 3-0 series lead

By Shaun Powell, PORTLAND, Ore. — There is nothing Draymond Green failed to do Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) when he helped push the Blazers to the edge and the Warriors to the verge. Here is the checklist of his duties: Dribbler, pace-setter, rescuer, shooter, director, shot blocker, shot-caller and the one that probably escaped most witnesses, psychiatrist. Yes, Dr. Dray suddenly offered his services and sofa when poor Jordan Bell blew a breakaway dunk during a critical moment, just as the Warriors were in the process of flipping an 18-point deficit during their 110-99 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Bell immediately hung his head as he returned downcourt, and seconds later at the next timeout, he slowly headed toward the Warriors bench with slumped shoulders. But who intercepted him before he could take another step? That’s right, it was Green, famously known for his cool and soothing words in times of crisis. (OK, put the laugh track here.) But seriously … The type of leader every team needs ???? — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 19, 2019 “I knew he wasn’t going to lecture me or anything like that,” said Bell. “He just told me that everybody misses dunks, that I shouldn’t worry about it, that mine happened to be an open one, and to keep my head into the game because I’d get another chance.” Bell paused. “I was down here,” he said, lowering his hand, “and he lifted me up here.” And wouldn’t you know, Bell got that next chance minutes later. This time, the dunk was thrown down ferociously and completed with a chin-up that belonged at LA Fitness. We can give Green credit for the 20-point, 13-rebound, career playoff-high 12-assist triple double, and we can give Green partial credit for that second-chance slam, too. That’s more like it JB ???? — Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) May 19, 2019 The man was that multi-layered. “I don’t even know what to say about Draymond,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. Once again, Green demonstrated his value to the Warriors in these playoffs with a magnificent all-around game. He left fingerprints all over the Moda Center court and various Blazers' efforts. He was there for the Warriors when nothing else worked, and he was there for the Warriors when everything finally began to click and they needed a finishing touch. His desire and will do not show up directly on the stat sheet, yet those elements made the victory possible. The Warriors won for the fourth straight game without Kevin Durant and are one more away from reaching the NBA Finals for the fifth straight year. It makes you wonder: As great as Durant is, would the Warriors be more vulnerable if it was Green who were out with a calf strain instead? That question stands valid because the Warriors lack anyone who does what he does. The energy, intensity, floor direction, ability to defend three and sometimes four different positions, as well as the rebounding were all apparent Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) and in heavy doses. They came alongside leadership, evidenced by Green giving Bell a pat on the back during that down moment. Green played Game 3 as a blur, grabbing rebounds, pushing the ball up the floor, creating scoring chances for himself or his teammates and providing help defense that triggered the pace. Green was forceful because Steph Curry and Klay Thompson were 9-for-24 shooting in the first half, at times overwhelmed by the trapping Blazers defense. So Green took it upon himself to make things happen and provide the foundation for a second-half comeback. The Golden State defense held Portland to 13 points in the third quarter, Curry had 11 points in the fourth quarter, and this series simply continued along the same path. “He was the difference-maker,” said Blazers coach Terry Stotts. “His energy, the way he was pushing the ball, he kept them going. He makes his teammates better and defensively he’s all over the place. He impacted the game.” In the third quarter, Green poked the ball loose from Damian Lillard for one of his four steals. At the time, the Warriors were down 12 and in dire need of a jolt. But here’s what was remarkable about the play. Not only did the 6'7" Green stoop and strip one of the NBA's most composed ballhandling point guards (although perhaps not in this series), but he also managed to search for and grab it while it bounced between him and Lillard, then dribbled downcourt without missing a beat. The dexterity, quickness, daring and smarts sets Green apart from others who play his role, or at least try to emulate it. “More than reacting, he acts,” said Warriors assistant coach Ron Adams, who oversees the team’s defensive schemes. “There’s reacting and then there's acting. He’s an actor. He sees things. He’s decisive.” Green is averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds and almost 10 assists across the last two games and those numbers barely tell the real story. It’s just heightened because of Durant’s absence. In those two games, the Warriors trailed Portland by 17 and 18 points and Green was the point man on the rally. He says his main purpose is to give Thompson and Curry a breather from the load and responsibility. With the Blazers throwing traps at those two guards to limit their scoring, Green is forcing Portland to pay him respect. He is, in essence, breaking down Portland’s defense by pushing the ball and directing the attack. “I know I have to be more aggressive,” he said. “I think it’s easy to get (Curry and Thompson) to take more shots, but we can’t put that much pressure on them, so I just take it upon myself to get the tempo where I want it and make plays for other guys as well.” It was no coincidence that six Warriors off the bench managed to get at least one basket with Green directing traffic. And Green managed to play such a high-energy game without making constant mistakes; he had only two turnovers in 38 minutes. “He’s playing with force and he’s playing with discipline,” said Kerr. “He’s playing under control. He’s not letting anything bother him, like officiating, bad shots, he’s just moving on to the next play. From that standpoint, he’s as good as he’s ever been.” This is the Draymond Green that makes the Warriors more than willing to put up with the occasional nonsense, mostly stemming from his short temper and low tolerance with the officiating yet also with teammates and coaches at times. The constant technical fouls, the early-season clash with Durant, the high maintenance that often comes with coaching him, those are all part of the package. Taken as whole, that package is more positive than negative. And when there’s no negative, as it’s been through much of this postseason, the package is irresistible. “It’s nothing new; I’ve seen him do this for seven years,” said Thompson. “I’m just so proud of Dray. He makes us go.” There was no more positive reinforcement from Green than when he comforted Bell and told the young player to shake off a missed dunk seen by millions and laughed at by thousands inside Moda Center. Green gave Bell the encouragement needed to forget the embarrassment and maintain composure, which was important because Kerr kept Bell in the game. That set Bell up to gain redemption. And the Warriors, after struggling through a sloppy start, to gain complete control of a series that could end Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) in a sweep. “I’m one of the leaders of this team and in those situations you either go one of two ways. You’re either going to do your job and lift everybody up or you’re going to go the opposite way,” said Green. And so Green, with passing, defense and pace-setting, is stamping his signature on this series. His floor direction is flawless. He hasn’t shown the ability to direct the Blazers right out of the playoffs, but that’s perhaps just a matter of time. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. 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Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 19th, 2019