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Elite face biggest Philippine Cup test against Ginebra

If Blackwater is truly serious about being a true PBA contender, then passing a crucial test Friday is going to be big for the Elite. Fresh from winning their fifth game last week, their most in one conference and only two short of their entire total last season, the Elite battle Brgy. Ginebra San Miguel with a chance to go for a top 2 finish on the line. With one playoff bonus still up for grabs, a win by Blackwater certainly gives the Ever Bilena franchise an inside track especially since eight teams basically remain in contention to join defending champion San Miguel Beer at the top. Being one of those eight teams, the Gin Kings would like to further their own campaign by notching what would be their first winning streak for the season. Through eight games so far, the reigning Governors' Cup champions have stumbled to an even 4-4 mark but the team is coming off a huge win over rival Meralco back in Iloilo City. Gametime is set at 7:00 p.m. from the Cuneta Astrodome. Also one of the eight teams in contention for a top 2 spot, Rain or Shine takes on a free-falling Meralco Bolts in the first game at 4:15 p.m., looking to bounce back from a sorry loss at the hands of the Beermen. Armed with a 5-3 record, the Elasto Painters are out to make sure they maintain solo second place for at least a day while the Bolts simply want to arrest a six-game slide. The Bolts are currently tied for last place with a woeful 2-7 card. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

PSA to honor Diaz as 2016 Athlete of the Year

Behind her powerful arms and legs, a young petite lady gave Philippine sports a lift it badly needed in the year just passed. Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz gave this country of 100 million people something to cheer about at the break of dawn one rainy day in August after copping an Olympic medal that was long overdue during the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games. A combination of hard work, effort, heart, and sheer luck paved the way for the 25-year-old pride of Zamboanga City to run away with the silver in the women’s 53-kg weight division behind eventual winner Hsu Shu-Ching of Chinese Taipei. Diaz totaled a combined 200 kgs. in both the snatch and clean and jerk to the 212 of the Taiwanese bet. An Airwoman First Class at the Philippine Air Force, Diaz was only hoping for a bronze medal finish, but ended up a surprise runner up when fancied Li Yaiun of China – who earlier set an Olympic record in the snatch - failed to complete her final two attempts in the clean and jerk. “Sabi ko thank you Lord. Bronze lang ang hinihingi ko, pero silver ang ibinigay mo,” said Diaz moments after her triumph as the first-ever Filipina to win an Olympic medal. The Cinderella finish by Diaz was the first for the country in the last 20 years since boxer Mansueto ‘Onyok’ Velasco punched his way to a similar silver medal feat during the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Hidilyn also became the first Filipino weightlifter to win an Olympic medal for the country and the only one to bag a silver outside of boxers Velasco and the late Anthony Villanueva (1964 Tokyo Games). In the light of her outstanding feats, the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) was one and unanimous in naming Diaz its 2016 Athlete of the Year during its traditional Awards Night presented by MILO and San Miguel on Feb. 13 at the LE PAVILION in Pasay City. Diaz is the first lady to be feted by the country’s oldest media organization with its highest individual honor after boxer Josie Gabuco and the Team Manila women’s softball team in 2012. “This one is a no-brainer. Hidilyn Diaz is truly the hands-down choice as the 2016 PSA Athlete of the Year,” said PSA president Riera Mallari, sports editor of The Standard. Last year, pro boxers Nonito Donaire Jr. and Donnie Nietes, along with young golfer Miguel Tabuena were the recipient of the coveted award annually handed out by the PSA, comprised by editors and sportswriters from the different broadsheets, tabloids, and online portals in the country. Diaz, who came home empty handed during both the 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London) Olympics, respectively, leads a long list of personalities and entities to be recognized during the formal rite co-presented by CIGNAL/HYPHER TV. In the coming days and weeks, recipients of the President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement honor, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Mr. Golf, Mr. Football, and Ms. Volleyball will also be named as part of the two-hour program backed by Smart, Foton, Mighty Sports, Philippine Basketball Association, ACCEL, Gold Toe, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Globalport, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, and MVPSF. There will also be major awardees in different sports and citations to various personalities and entities in the annual rite backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Federal Land. Not to be missed out is the PSA’s recognition to young promising achievers such as the Tony Siddayao Awards and the Milo Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year, as well as posthumous awards to those dearly departed friends of the local sportswriting community.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Phil Mickelson set to return at CareerBuilder Challenge

JOHN NICHOLSON, AP Sports Writer br /> LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Phil Mickelson is set to play in the CareerBuilder Challenge, returning from two sports hernia surgeries a week earlier than he originally expected. 'I feel good and I want to play,' Mickelson said Wednesday in a statement. 'I don't know where my game is, but I figure the only way to find out is to play.' He'll face an unusual wet and chilly start in the desert, with rain expected overnight and Thursday morning and then again Friday. The forecast high for Thursday was 62 degrees, dipping to 59 on Friday. The 46-year-old Mickelson had surgery Oct. 19 — three days after tying for eighth in the season-opening Safeway Open — and again Dec. 12. He has been hitting balls for a week and played a practice round Wednesday. In his first year as the tournament ambassador, Mickelson stuck to his normal routine of playing and practicing at The Madison Club instead of one of the three tournament courses. He wasn't available for comment beyond his short statement. The Hall of Famer was scheduled to open Thursday morning at La Quinta Country Club, then head to PGA West to play the Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course on Friday, the Stadium Course on Saturday and, if he makes the cut, the final round Sunday. Mickelson won the 2002 and 2004 events and tied for third last year. Winless since the 2013 British Open, the 42-time PGA Tour winner plans to play the Farmers Insurance Open next week in his hometown of San Diego and the Waste Management Phoenix Open the following week. Jason Dufner won last year, beating David Lingmerth with a par on the second hole of a playoff. 'Possibly going to have some weather issues this week, which will make it a little bit more challenging,' Dufner said. 'But just excited to be back, excited to be back playing again. Took some time off at the end of the year, so played a couple weeks in Hawaii.' Patrick Reed is the top-ranked player in the field at No. 9. He won the 2014 tournament. 'I never played here when it rained before; it's always sunny and beautiful and perfect,' Reed said. 'The golf courses aren't that long, by the numbers, but if it starts getting cold, now the ball's not traveling. If it gets wet, ball's not going to travel, either. Then also, if it's raining while you're playing, not having that friction on the golf club, the ball's not going to go as far as well. So, it's just going to make it a lot longer.' In 2014, he shot 63-63-63-71 to break the PGA Tour record for relation to par for the first 54 holes at 27 under and become the first player in tour history to open with three rounds of 63 or better. Two other PGA West courses were used that year in the pro-am event. 'These two golf courses are harder than the other two,' Reed said. 'And I don't think it's as much as length as it is you can get away with some golf shots on the other ones. Here, you can get penalized for hitting a poor tee shot or poor iron shot. And the biggest difference I feel like is for the amateurs. The amateurs over there, they could hit some loose shots and they're fine. Over here, when they hit a loose shot, they're really struggling and it just seems to make the rounds a little longer. And now if you're adding weather, some of these amateurs are going to struggle.' Brendan Steele, the Safeway Open winner from nearby Idyllwild, played the PGA West courses as a junior. He also played in a rain-plagued Golden State two-man team event. 'That two-man team event, it actually dumped and we got cut down to 27 holes and barely got in nine holes the second day,' Steele said. 'So, it was really, really bad. So, I have seen them that way. I may be one of the few guys in the field that has seen them that way.' .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2017

TNT and Phoenix face separate foes as playoff race heats up

Five teams currently have 4-4 records in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. At the end of Wednesday, two teams will break away from that logjam, for better or for worse. TNT and Phoenix face separate foes at the Cuneta Astrodome in hopes of trying to improve their respective playoff campaigns. The struggling KaTropa take the floor first against a confident Mahindra (2-5) squad at 4:15 p.m. with the Floodbuster looking to make in three in a row and solidify their own case for a quarterfinals slot. Since scoring a Christmsa breakthrough, Mahindra has carried on in 2017 and facing a vulnerable TNT squad, a team that has lost two straight, seems like the perfect opportunity for the Floodbuster to keep turning their campaign around. In the second game, Phoenix looks to jump back on the winning track as the Fuel Masters take on NLEX at 7:00 p.m. Despite an impressive outing against TNT, the Road Warriors failed to get anything going after falling short to Globalport, dropping their record to 2-6. The Fuel Masters meanwhile go for a strong finish after suffering a hiccup vs. Rain or Shine. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

PSA to fete country's top sports achievers next month

Top achievers of the year 2016 share center stage once as the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) honors them during its traditional Awards Night presented by MILO and San Miguel on Feb. 13 at the LE PAVILION in Pasay City. Hidilyn Diaz, who ended the country’s 20-year medal drought in the Olympics by winning a silver in weightlifting of the Rio De Janeiro Games, looms as the leading choice for the coveted Athlete of the Year award during the formal affair. Last year pro boxers Nonito Donaire Jr., and Donnie ‘Ahas’ Nietes along with golfer Miguel Tabuena were the joint recipients of the highest honor bestowed by the Philippines’ oldest media organization composed of editors and sportswriters from both the print and online portals. President Duterte has been invited to be the guest speaker of the night. President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement honor, Executive of the Year, National Sports Association of the Year, Mr. Basketball, Mr. Golf, Mr. Football, and Ms. Volleyball will also be handed out as part of the two-hour program backed by Smart, Foton, Mighty Sports, Philippine Basketball Association, ACCEL, Gold Toe, SM Prime Holdings Inc., Globalport, Rain or Shine, ICTSI, and MVPSF. Athletes who earned Olympic berths through qualifying tournaments are likewise to be cited, among them tracksters Eric Cray, Marestella Torres, and Mary Joy Tabal, weightlifter Nestor Colonia, Ian Lariba, boxers Roger Ladon and Charly Suarez, taekwondo jin Kirstie Alora, and golfer Miguel Tabuena. The PSA will also recognized major awardees in different sports and citations to various personalities and entities in the annual rite backed by the Philippine Sports Commission, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, and Federal Land. Not to be missed out are the organizations recognition to young promising achievers such as the Tony Siddayao Awards and the Milo Male and Female Junior Athletes of the Year, as well as posthumous awards to those dearly departed friends of the local sportswriting community.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Beermen clinch playoff bonus on their day off

As proof of their dominance so far in the Philippine cup, two-time defending champion San Miguel Beermen clinched a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs despite doing nothing Sunday. Following their seventh straight win just two days before to improve to a league-best 8-1, there was still a slight chance that the Beermen would actually fail to finish in the top two. But with both Alaska and TNT losing their respective games Sunday at the Big Dome, there's no doubt now about San Miguel heading to the playoffs to defend its title with some perks. Head statistician Fidel Mangonon III confirmed that the champs got the first of the two twice-to-beat advantages in the quarterfinals. As for the rest of the field, eight teams are currently separated by one game in the standings. Globalport and Rain or Shine currently share second place with identical 5-3 cards while Blackwater sits alone at fourth with a 5-4 record. TNT, Star, Ginebra, Phoenix, and Alaska are all stuck in the middle at 4-4 while Mahindra, NLEX, and Meralco complete the list with two wins each. Only eight teams advance in the Philippine Cup with the top-2 seeds earning a twice-to-beat advantage. Teams ranked 3rd-6th figure in a best-of-3 series and all ties are to be broken by the quotient system.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 16th, 2017

Alaska, TNT shoot for share of 2nd vs. different foes

Finding their groove following a slow start, the Alaska Aces set their sights on a share of second place as they battle struggling Blackwater Sunday in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup at the Big Dome. Winners of four of their last five games, Calvin Abueva and the rest of the Aces (4-3) go for win number five, putting them in a tie with idle Rain or Shine and Globalport for the league's second-best record. In order to do so, they'll have to get past a hungry Elite side looking to bounce back after suffering a pair of tough defeats. Since zooming to a 4-2 start, Blackwater has dropped back to .500 basketball, barely holding on to one of the eight playoff spots as of posting time. The Elite's matchup with the Aces is set at 4:30 p.m. at the Araneta Coliseum. In the second game, TNT KaTropa (4-3) also shoot for a share of second place against a Star (3-4) team that lost all momentum from their recent three-game run. Losing their first game of 2017 against sister team NLEX, the KaTropa look to jump back on the win column as the flagship MVP franchise continue to chase a playoff bonus. Gametime is set at 6:45 p.m.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2017

Top-2 teams clash as Beermen takes on Elasto Painters

More than halfway through the 2017 Philippine Cup, the no. 1 and no. 2 teams finally meet on the court as the PBA resumes Friday at the Mall of Asia Arena. Coming in with an incredible six-game winning streak, two-time defending champion San Miguel Beer test the steady Rain or Shine Elasto Painters in the main game at 7:00 p.m. Already assured of a quarterfinals berth, the champs continue their chase for a playoff bonus while also trying to improve upon their league-best 7-1 mark. Meanwhile, Rain or Shine looks to also make its case in the quarterfinals but a win might win more for the Elasto Painters as James Yap and co. look to hold off a horde of teams in the middle of the standings. At 5-2, ROS is only currently one game ahead of three teams sitting at third and only 1.5 gameas up of two teams sitting at .500. A victory over the Beermen also means that the Elasto Painters can still make a play for the no. 1 overall seed. In the first game at 4:15 p.m., both Globalport and NLEX hope to build on their respective victories to the new year. The Batang Pier are one of the three teams which are one game behind the Elasto Painters and a win, coupled with the Beermen also emerging victorious, would put Globalport tied for second heading into the weekend. Meanwhile, the Road Warriors push for their first winning streak under the Yeng Guiao era after finally stoppid a five-game slide last week. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Beermen eye twice-to-beat vs Painters

Games today (MOA Arena) 4:15 p.m. – NLEX vs GlobalPort; 7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Rain or Shine  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

Beermen seek playoff for quarterfinals edge, clash with Painters

Games Friday (MOA Arena) 4:15 p.m. – NLEX vs GlobalPort 7 p.m. – San Miguel vs Rain or Shine.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

No masking truth that Cabagnot is Player of the Week

It seems like there’s no stopping San Miguel playmaker Alex Cabagnot these days - not even a depressed nasal fracture. Though advised by doctors to undergo surgery, Cabagnot managed to still get a green light to play, provided he wears a facial mask to protect his injured nose. Except for that mask, nothing has changed for the left-handed guard who averaged 15.0 points, 4.5  rebounds, and 3.0 assists as the Beermen went 2-0 in a span of three days to become the first Accel-PBA Press Corps Player of the Week awardee in 2017. The 34-year-old Cabagnot beat the likes of fellow Beermen Arwind Santos and June Mar Fajardo, Rain or Shine’s Jericho Cruz, NLEX guard Carlo Lastimosa, and GlobalPort’s high-scoring gunner Terrence Romeo for the citation for the period of December 28, 2016-January 8, 2017. Although he felt uncomfortable playing with the facial mask the first time he wore it last Friday, Cabagnot managed to heat up fast, firing 10 points in the opening period to set the tone for San Miguel, which went on to clobber Blackwater, 118-93. The win helped San Miguel gain the first playoff spot in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. The University of Hawaii-Hilo standout finished the game with a near double-double output of 14 points and 9 rebounds against the Elite. Two days later, Cabagnot helped San Miguel get the upper hand after banging nine of his 16 points in the third period as the Beermen scraped past Brgy. Ginebra, 72-70, and improved to a tournament-best 7-1. Opting for surgery would have forced Cabagnot to miss the rest of the conference, a scenario that the SMB guard wouldn’t want to happen. “And I'll miss part of the Commissioner's Cup (if he underwent surgery), but we're in the middle of the season now and there are certain things you gotta do and you gotta take care of. Put the priorities at hand first,” he said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

ROS takes over solo second after burning Phoenix

Phoenix appeared to be in the middle of another comeback Sunday against Rain or Shine, cutting a 21-point deficit by more than half with ample time to go in the fourth quarter. However, the Fuel Masters didn't take into account Jericho Cruz suddenly going Splash Brother all over the Big Dome. Cruz fired three straight treys in the payoff period, providing insurance for Rain or Shine as the Elasto Painters scored an impressive 97-82 victory in the 2017 PBA Philippine Cup. With the Fuel Masters gaining momentum behind rookie Matthew Wright, Cruz connected a trifecta on long-range bombs in a span of 68 seconds to turn a nine-point lead into a 90-74 cushion. Cruz ended up with 21 points, 15 from deep, and eight rebounds off the bench, leading the Elasto Painters to their fifth win against two defeats for solo second place. Down one game against two-time defending champion San Miguel, Rain or Shine set up a mega showdown against the Beermen next week for first place. Not playing a game since Dec. 23 of last year, Rain or Shine didn't show signs of rust one bit, scoring 30 points in the first 12 minutes to put up an early double-digit lead. Phoenix cut the deficit to one in the middle of the second quarter before the Elasto Painters recovered and took a 53-45 lead at the break. The game took a turn for worse for the Fuel Masters in the second half as Rain or Shine went on a big 16-0 run to establish the biggest lead of the contest at 21 points, 66-45. Aside from Cruz, Jeff Chan and James Yap also finished in double figures for ROS, going for 12 and 10 points respectively. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

Memories of recent meltdown fueled Romeo to clutch outing

With memories of their most recent collapse still fresh in his mind, Terrence Romeo made sure no such thing would happen to his squad to open a new year of PBA basketball. The explosive Globalport point guard came through with 12 points in the fourth quarter to help the Batang Pier hold off Meralco Friday in the very first PBA game of 2017, erasing some of the bitter memories from a 26-point meltdown to end 2016. Losing a 16-point lead to the Bolts, it was almost all Romeo in the final 12 minutes as the reigning two-time scoring champion gave the Batang Pier some much-needed lift to keep Meralco at bay. 'Yun yung topic namin, kung paano kami magme-maintain ng lamang namin tapos hindi na mahahabol,' Romeo said who went on and finished with 27 points, five rebounds, and five assists. 'Kasi kagaya niyan, na-sustain lang namin nung last minute. Paano kung hindi na naman namin [napanalo], ang sakit na naman di ba?' he added. Globalport suffered no such heartbreak against Meralco and the victory more importantly put the Batang Pier back in the thick of the playoff race with a 4-3 record. Half a game behind the teams currently sitting with the league's second best records, the Batang Pier are most definitely going for a top two spot and a twice-to-beat edge in the quarterfinals. 'Sabi samin ni coach Franz [Pumaren], hawak pa rin namin. Kung ibibigay yung talagang all out namin, tapos laruin yung tamang basketball, may chance pa rin sa atop 2,' said Romeo. However, Globalport's journey to a playoff bonus is not a walk in the park as the Batang Pier play NLEX, San Miguel, TNT, and Rain or Shine to close out the Philippine Cup. Three of those teams currently sit in the top three in the team standings. Still, Romeo remains unfazed. 'Tingin ko, wag nalang namin sigruo tignan kung sino yung kalaban,' he said. 'Basta pag nandun kami sa court, laruin lang namin yung tamang basketball tapos mangyari na lang kung ano yung mangyayari.' br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2017

Romeo drops season-high 35 points to power GlobalPort over Ginebra

Updated Standings  - W L Rain or Shine 3 1 San Miguel 3 1 Globalport 3 1 Meralco 2 1.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 11th, 2016

Blockbuster deal sends Lee to Star for Yap

MANILA, Philippines - Rain or Shine and Star yesterday agreed on what’s easily the biggest trade transaction in the PBA in years, dealing in a one-on-one swa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2016

NLEX completes 21-point comeback to stun ROS

It was a tale of two halves in the PBA Sunday and fortunately for the Road Warriors, they won the second half. NLEX matched its biggest comeback in franchise history, besting Rain or Shine, 111-99, in the Governors' Cup at the MOA Arena. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2016

Globalport Batang Pier naungusan ang Rain or Shine Elasto Painters

Globalport Batang Pier naungusan ang Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 28th, 2016

GlobalPort holds off RoS

MANILA, Philippines - Jay Washington tipped in his own miss for the go-ahead basket as GlobalPort topped Rain or Shine, 101-99, to sustain its resurgence and.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

GlobalPort trips Rain or Shine

GlobalPort trips Rain or Shine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016

Globalport escapes Rain or Shine in first out-of-town game win

Globalport escapes Rain or Shine in first out-of-town game win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 27th, 2016