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NorMin command, control center site breaks ground

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 8 -- Construction of the Government Command and Control Center at Lumbia Airport here will soon kick off after the groundbreaking ceremony and laying of time capsule was d.....»»

Category: newsSource: manilanews manilanewsJul 11th, 2019

NorMin command, control center site breaks ground

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, July 8 -- Construction of the Government Command and Control Center at Lumbia Airport here will soon kick off after the groundbreaking ceremony and laying of time capsule was d.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJul 11th, 2019

DILG Joins Groundbreaking of P77-M Gov’t Command Center in CDO

To ensure the protection and welfare of the people during disasters and emergencies, DILG Region 10 and partner agencies recently conducted the groundbreaking ceremony of P77-million Government Command and Control Center at Lumbia Airport, Cagayan de Oro City. DILG 10 Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe said that the facility includes a three-storey multi-purpose building including […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJul 19th, 2019

STUDENTS OPPOSE PROJECT: P135-million training center breaks ground

BACOLOD City – The provincial government on June 3, 2019 led the groundbreaking of the P135-million Negros First Global Institute of Technology (NFGIT) in Talisay City, Negros Occidental amid protests by students of a local high school. Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. led the ceremonies with outgoing Board Member Salvador Escalante, and Police Colonel Romeo Baleros, […] The post STUDENTS OPPOSE PROJECT: P135-million training center breaks ground appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

Belotti shines again but Torino still can't beat AC Milan

TURIN, Italy (AP) — Italy forward Andrea Belotti has three goals in three matches against AC Milan this season but his Torino club can't beat the Rossoneri. Milan came back from two goals down to draw at Torino 2-2 in Serie A on Monday, four days after eliminating the 'Granata' from the Italian Cup. Belotti and Marco Benassi put Torino ahead 2-0 at halftime but Andrea Bertolacci and Carlos Bacca responded for Milan. Milan, which has a game in hand, remained fifth, three points behind Lazio, while Torino dropped to ninth, seven points further back. Torino coach Sinisa Mihajlovic smashed an interview backdrop as he walked off the pitch. 'I'm not angry, I'm furious and very disappointed because we continue to throw away points and waste chances,' said Mihajlovic, who coached Milan last season. 'It's crazy to draw this match. We made the same mistakes we made in the Italian Cup. We went up by two goals, we narrowly missed a third, and then in the second half we didn't play for 20 minutes.' Midway through the first half, Belotti stuck his boot out to redirect in a shot from Adem Ljajic. Belotti also scored when Milan beat Torino 3-2 on the opening weekend of Serie A in August — when he had an injury-time penalty saved by Milan teenager goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma — and got the opener in the 2-1 loss at the San Siro last week. Five minutes after Belotti's goal, Benassi scored with his backheel, redirecting a cross from Iago Falque. Torino had a golden chance to take a 3-0 lead when Antonio Barreca earned a penalty after a foul by Ignazio Abate but Adem Ljajic's spot kick went directly at Donnarumma in the center of the goal. Just like last week's match, Torino dominated the first half then ceded control to Milan. Ten minutes after the break, Bertolacci scored his first of the season from close range with the help of goal-line technology. Near the hour mark, Luca Rossettini used his arm to push Milan defender Gabriel Paletta to the ground, drawing a penalty that Bacca drilled into the top right corner. It was Bacca's fourth goal in two league matches against Torino this season, having scored a hat trick during the victory in August. Milan ended with 10 men when Alessio Romagnoli picked up his second yellow for a foul on Belotti in the 89th. Before the match, Milan announced it sold forward Luiz Adriano to Spartak Moscow. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2017

ONE Championship: Bigdash retains title; Catalan, Subora victorious

ONE Championship returned to the Jakarta Convention Center for another evening of world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) action. ONE: QUEST FOR POWER set the tone for what will be an amazing 2017 for ONE Championship with a series of compelling bouts featuring the absolute best in local and international MMA talent. In the main event, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash retained his title, defeating top contender “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang by unanimous decision after five rounds. div>  /div> div>In the main event of the evening, ONE Middleweight World Champion Vitaly Bigdash of Rostov-on-Don, Russia impressed with a great show of strength in a dominant performance over “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar. Throughout the bout, Bigdash kept N Sang at bay with his sharp combinations, while on the mat he connected with multiple elbows. After five rounds of action, it was a clear win for Bigdash who met very little resistance in outlasting the durable N Sang to remain undefeated, retaining his ONE Middleweight World Championship. /div> div>  /div> div>In the co-main event of the evening, 27-year-old Martin “The Situ-Asian” Nguyen of Sydney, Australia authored one of the most spectacular finishes of the evening, stopping Japanese MMA veteran Kazunori Yokota with strikes to win by technical knockout just past the midway point of the first round. Yokota stalked Nguyen, looking to throw combinations but Nguyen timed Yokota with an overhand right that dropped him to the canvas. From there, Nguyen jumped on his foe and rained down punches from the top to earn the stoppage victory. /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight contenders Vincent “MagniVincent” Latoel and Vaughn “The Spawn” Donayre put on an exciting show for fans in attendance, tagging each other with intense combinations for the majority of the three-round lightweight contest. On the mat, Donayre showcased his grappling skills, threatening with various submissions off his back. Latoel however was more consistent throughout and scored points with his takedowns and cage control. All three judges saw the bout in favor of Latoel to win by unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>The highly-anticipated lightweight showdown between Georgi Stoyanov of Bulgaria and Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev of Russia ended on an unfortunate note, as the bout resulted in a No Contest ruling. Although Arslanaliev swarmed Stoyanov from the beginning of the bout and completely outclassed the Bulgarian, an ill-advised technical ground kick landed for Arslanaliev and Stoyanov was unable to continue. /div> div>  /div> div>Dutch featherweight standout based in Jakarta, Anthony “The Archangel” Engelen, put on a masterful performance, stopping Malaysian fight veteran A.J. “Pyro” Lias Mansor in under two minutes in the first round of a scheduled three-round bout. Engelen pressed Mansor up against the cage fence with a combination before a beautiful right hand felled Mansor, earning Engelen one of the most spectacular knockouts of his career. /div> div>  /div> div>Fans were treated to an action-packed clash of colossal light heavyweights as Igor Subora of the Ukraine and Sherif Mohamed of Egypt pushed each other to the limit in a tremendous three-round show of determination from both fighters. Subora effectively used his reach advantage to keep the smaller, stockier Mohamed at bay with his boxing throughout the bout. In the third round, both fighters fought through sheer exhaustion to make it to the final bell as Subora did just enough to outlast Mohamed to earn the unanimous decision. /div> div>  /div> div>Local martial arts hero from Jakarta, “The Terminator” Sunoto, brought the crowd to its feet with a riveting performance to defeat Cambodia’s Chan Heng by technical knockout just a little under three minutes into the first round. Sunoto wasted no time in taking the fight directly to Heng, challenging the Khun Khmer practitioner to a striking showdown at the center of the ONE Championship cage. Sunoto however, proved too much for the Cambodian after he gained mount and unleashed the ground-and-pound. /div> div>  /div> div>Unbeaten Indonesian flyweight prospect Stefer Rahardian defeated Jakarta-based Liberian fighter Jerome S. Paye via unanimous decision in the second preliminary bout of the evening. Rahardian showcased tremendous cage-control for the majority of the fight, smothering Paye with a consistent attack that left the Liberian stifled throughout the contest. The 30-year-old Rahardian left very little openings for Paye who just couldn’t get his offense going. In the end, Rahardian had just enough in the tank to complete a comprehensive three-round performance, earning the nod on all three judges’ scorecards. /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweights Rene Catalan of the Philippines and Adrian Matheis of Indonesia kicked off ONE: QUEST FOR POWER with a spirited display of mixed martial arts action, on a bustling Saturday night in Jakarta. After a dominant first round from Catalan, one that saw the Filipino attempt various finishes, the end came swiftly in the second when Catalan was able to execute an armbar to earn the submission victory. /div> div>  /div> div> strong>COMPLETE RESULTS /strong> /div> div>  /div> div>MW Title: Vitaly Bigdash defeats Aung La N Sang by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Martin Nguyen defeats Kazunori Yokota by TKO (Strikes) at 3:36 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Vincent Latoel defeats Vaughn Donayre by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Lightweight bout: Georgi Stoyanov, Saygid Guseyn Arslanaliev (No Contest) /div> div>  /div> div>Featherweight bout: Anthony Engelen defeats AJ Lias Mansor by Knockout (KO) at 1:42 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Light Heavyweight bout: Igor Subora defeats Sherif Mohamed by Unanimous Decision /div> div>  /div> div>Bantamweight bout: Sunoto defeats Chan Heng by TKO (Strikes) at 2:30 minutes of round 1 /div> div>  /div> div>Flyweight bout: Stefer Rahardian defeats Jerome S. Paye by Unanimous Decision (UD) /div> div>  /div> div>Strawweight bout: Rene Catalan defeats Adrian Matheis by Submission (Armbar) at 2:08 minutes of round 2 /div>.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2017

Warriors set to break ground on new San Francisco arena

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Golden State Warriors plan to break ground on their new arena in San Francisco this month. The team announced Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) that the ceremony will be on Jan. 17 (Jan. 18, PHL time) at the site of the Chase Center near the San Francisco Giants' downtown baseball stadium. The Warriors are preparing to move from Oakland to San Francisco in time for the 2019-20 season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 4th, 2017

Davide: WT may sue province for stopping resource center project

CEBU CITY, Philippines — WT Construction Inc. (WTCI) the contractor of the proposed P1.3-billion Capitol Resource Center, is not obliged to backfill the now excavated site of the cancelled project. Instead, the firm may file a case against the Cebu provincial government for ordering for the stoppage of the project despite a standing contract with […] The post Davide: WT may sue province for stopping resource center project appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

NCAA 95: Jr. Altas announce arrival anew at expense of Jr. Blazers

STANDINGS Perpetual 2-0 San Beda 2-0 LPU 2-0 JRU 2-1 Arellano 1-1 San Sebastian 1-1 CSB-LSGH 1-1 EAC 0-2 Mapua 0-2 Letran 0-3 University of Perpetual Help has now downed Mapua High School and College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills - the defending champion and runner-up, respectively, in the NCAA 95 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The Jr. Altas kept up their impressive start to the season by dropping a 22-point hammer on the Jr. Blazers, Tuesday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Emman Galman showed the way with 23 points to go along with five rebounds and two assists. “Si Emman? Superman,” a beaming head coach Myk Saguiguit said post-game. He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Angelo Galsano also added 13 points while Shawn Orgo stuffed the stat sheet with seven markers, six assists, and five rebounds Perps took control right from tip-off and dominated the first half by a score if 34-16. The contest would never be close the rest of the way. This, a week after already having sent a statement to defending champion Mapua. “This is another morale-boosting win for us. Una, tinalo namin Mapua, defending champion tas ngayon yung runner-up naman,” coach Myk said. He then continued, “Napakalaking bagay nito kasi napatunayan na nila sa sarili nilang kaya nila.” At 2-0, Perpetual stands on level ground with San Beda High School and Lyceum of the Philippines University, but their back-to-back wins are the most impressive thus far by virtue of having come at the expense of last season’s top two teams. On the other hand, CSB-LSGH suffered a setback following a season-opening win. BOX SCORES PERPETUAL 81 -- Galman 23, Gelsano 13, Orgo 7, Escalante 7, Galoy 6, Cuevas 6, Balazuela 6, Manuel 4, Nunez 3, Dela Cruz 2, Angeles 2, Banaticla 2, Kawamura 0, Berwite 0, Ignacio 0. CSB-LSGH 59 -- Calimag 17, Quiambao 12, Arguelles 6, Palencia 5, Macalalag 4, Valenzuela 4, Manansala 4, Panlilio 3, Estil 2, Dimaunahan 1, Torrijos 1, Rivera 0, Gagate 0, Reyes 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-6, 34-16, 58-41, 81-59. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers a step away from grand slam

Defending champion Creamline needed some time to catch its groove before beating PetroGazz, 24-26, 25-16, 25-16, 25-22, Wednesday to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Finals at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers exploited their huge advantage in championship experience to silence the Angels for their 12th straight victory and to inch closer to completing a grand slam. Creamline ruled the import-laden and Open Conferences last year Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 21 points off 18 attacks and three aces while adding 16 digs for the Cool Smashers, who won their second straight over the only team that handed Creamline its lone loss in the elimination round. Venezuelan import Ale Blanco scored 18 points with 15 comin off kills while Alyssa Valdez posted 16 markers for Creamline, which hammered 57 attack points orchestrated by Jia Morado's 21 excellent sets.   Down 3-8 at the onset of the fourth set, the Cool Smashers displayed grace under pressure to tie it at 9. From there the game was fought in a nip and tuck affair to the finish with Creamline showing nerves of steel to seal the win. “Breaks of the game talaga and PetroGazz is very experienced team with two of the best imports right now dito sa PVL,” said Valdez. “Ako masaya ako kasi kahit ganoon ang nangyari we were eyeing for our goal sa team. Hangga’t di pa tapos ang game we kept on pushing each other and ayun maganda naman ang result.” Game 2 is on Saturday.   Creamline engaged PetroGazz in a gunfight in the opening set and pulled away, 21-15, only to see the Angels chip away their lead and move in front, 24-23, off a blistering scoring barrage. Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin extended the set but American Janisa Johnson put the frame away with back-to-back attacks. The next two sets were all Creamline, which in both sets the Cool Smashers were able to lead in double dgits. The Cool Smashers were able to control PetroGazz's vaunted scoring duo of Johnson and Cuban Wilma Salas, whose attack success rate went down to  32% combined. Johnson and Salas bled for their 20 and 18 points, respectively, as they combined for only 32-of-101 attacking clip for PetroGazz, which threw away 31 points off errors.  Jeanette Panaga had 10 markers in a lost cause.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2019

Capitol to hold WT equipment until Capitol grounds are restored

CEBU CITY, Philippines —At least P6.9 million shall be needed in order to restore to level ground the excavated part of the Provincial Capitol Compound where the 20-story Capitol resource center was supposed to stand. But Governor Gwendolyn Garcia has maintained that the provincial government will not shell out any amount to backfill and compact […] The post Capitol to hold WT equipment until Capitol grounds are restored appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

Garcia denies WT Construction’s request to pull out equipment from resource center project site

CEBU CITY, Philippines —After it was ordered to stop building the 20-story resource center, WT Construction Inc. asked the provincial government that it will be pulling out its survey instrument from the project site. WTCI, the contractor of the P1.3-billion project, wrote to Governor Gwendolyn Garcia through General Services Office Assistant Head Bernard Calderon, informing […] The post Garcia denies WT Construction’s request to pull out equipment from resource center project site appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

No more 20-storey resource center, restore project site ― Governor Garcia

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The area at the right side of the Capitol, which is supposedly the project site of the 20-story resource center, will have to be restored. But Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said the Cebu Provincial Government will not be spending a centavo for its restoration. She made this announcement after she issued the […] The post No more 20-storey resource center, restore project site ― Governor Garcia appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

NCAA 95: Will third time be the charm for TY Tang-coached CSB?

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 10-8, 5th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Kendrix Belgica, Justin Gutang, Yankie Haruna, Clement Leutcheu, Unique Naboa WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Ladis Lepalam, Mark Sangco GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Carlo Young WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM CSB? A year ago, CSB came oh so close to finally breaking through to the Final Four. Now in NCAA Season 95, the Blazers are bringing back a mostly intact core that only lost two-way guard Carlo Young. Even so, rising star Justin Gutang remains in green and white alongside tireless workhorse Kendrix Belgica, hard-nosed forward Edward Dixon, pint-sized playmaker Unique Naboa, and Cameroonian center Clement Leutcheu. “We have no doubt Edward Dixon and Kendrix Belgica will be stepping up for us big time.” – head coach TY Tang They will also be joined by a couple of sophomores being eyes to take the next step in Prince Carlos and Robi Nayve as well as a pair of standouts from CSB-La Salle Green Hills in 6-foot-8 raw project Ladis Lepalam and long-limbed wing Mark Sangco. All that may very well be the perfect mix TY Tang has long been looking for now in his third year at the helm – and that elusive playoff berth may very well be within reach for the Taft-based team. “We can always say we are ready but the result will show if we are or we are not. For us, we are just looking forward to again play in the NCAA.” – head coach TY Tang WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM CSB? NCAA Season 95 is Gutang’s time to transform from an impact rookie to a bonafide star. Without a doubt, CSB will go wherever its Filipino-American takes it, but that also means that the do-it-all swingman would need to take on more of a leadership role for his young supporting cast. “In terms of playing inside the court, no doubt na siya talaga ang leader namin, but more than the on-court stuff, it's more of his character, yun ang hinahanap namin sa kanya. When you're a leader, you're supposed to command and earn the respect of your team. That's where we want him to lead. He's still a work-in-progress with his maturity, pero nag-improve naman.” – head coach TY Tang In that light, it’s only a step in the right direction that the Blazers are, at long last, getting to add talent from its thriving high school program. Lepalam and Sangco may be under the radar pickups, but both are more than capable of being key cogs for a contender. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR CSB? CSB has long been longing for another run to the Final Four, or even the Finals, after the school took the league by storm by winning the championship in its early years of membership. In recent history, the Blazers have fallen a win or two short of the playoffs more than a few times. With the field as wide open as it has been in a long while, NCAA Season 95 may just be the opening they need to finally get that Final Four monkey off their backs. “To get to the playoffs is our main goal.” – head coach TY Tang WHERE WOULD CSB BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? CSB will be fighting with its all for a place in the Final Four, but it is far from a shoo-in. Coach TY needs even more lucky bounces to go his way if he is to finally accomplish the mission he set out for with the Blazers. WHEN IS CSB’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? CSB begins its quest for a breakthrough when it wages war against Emilio Aguinaldo College on July 9 at the Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country 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. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE NINE OTHER TEAMS IN NCAA SEASON 95: Young guns to be wind beneath JRU’s wings for NCAA 95 EAC turning over a new leaf for NCAA 95 Kent Salado back in the driver's seat for Arellano in NCAA 95 Mapua Srs. out to reap the rewards of its champion Jrs. team Health only thing standing in way of Baste's best shot at a title --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

Samsam promises ‘Aksyon Agad’ policy in addressing city’s traffic woes

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Talisay City Mayor Gerard Anthony “Samsam” Gullas activated today, July 2, the City Command Center that is located near the City Hall’s main gate. The command center, a two-storey building donated by Aboitiz Foundation, will serve as the new home of the City of Talisay Traffic Operation Development Authority (CT-TODA) and […] The post Samsam promises ‘Aksyon Agad’ policy in addressing city’s traffic woes appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

Garcia orders permanent halt of resource center construction

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Is it now the end of the 20-story Cebu Provincial Resource Center project? Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in her first executive order on Monday, July 1, has ordered for the “immediate stoppage and permanent discontinuance” of any development relative to the project. Garcia inspected the construction site, which is at the right […] The post Garcia orders permanent halt of resource center construction appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

Bottas, Verstappen crashes overshadow Austrian GP practice

By Eric Willemsen, Associated Press SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen both crashed and seriously damaged their cars during the second practice ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix as the high-altitude track in the Alps showed its perilous side on Friday. Mercedes and Red Bull blamed gusty winds in the montane surroundings for the incidents, which caused the 90-minute session to be red-flagged twice. A third big-name driver narrowly avoided a similar crash as Sebastian Vettel also spun off the track but his Ferrari came to a standstill just before the barriers, limiting damage to his tires only. Before his crash, Bottas posted the second fastest time of the session, trailing Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc by 0.331 seconds. Championship leader Lewis Hamilton, who led the first session in his Mercedes, had the fourth best time, 0.443 behind Leclerc. Bottas slammed his Mercedes into the barriers after he lost control of the rear and spun off the track at Turn 6, leaving the front of his car heavily damaged. The mishap came less than 15 minutes after Verstappen slid off the track backward in Turn 10, badly damaging the right rear of his Red Bull. "Hard to say what happened, maybe it was the wind," Verstappen said. "It's still only Friday so we have time to repair everything for tomorrow." Bottas and Verstappen are the last two winners of the race, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Neither was hurt in the crashes. Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff said Bottas couldn't be blamed. "Suddenly you have three, four kph more and you are beyond the limit," Wolff said about the strong wind affecting the drivers. Red Bull motorsport adviser Helmut Marko added that Verstappen "wasn't driving faster as before in that turn but the gust just swept away the rear." The incidents made for probably the most eventful practice of the season, hours after Hamilton posted the fastest time in the first practice. The British five-time world champion led Vettel by 0.144 seconds, with Mercedes teammate Bottas 0.161 slower in third. Bottas, who earned his first career podium on this track in 2014 and started the last two years from pole, had missed the first half hour as his power unit had to be replaced to fix an oil leak. Leclerc and Verstappen were ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. Practice was cut short after Niko Hulkenberg lost the left front wing of his Renault on the curb. Many racers, including Hamilton, damaged their front wing on the high edges of the track, called "yellow sausages" by many. TIRED OF TIRES While the opening practice showed Mercedes' unbeaten streak might continue this weekend, an attempt from various teams to create a more level playing field failed earlier in the day. At the center of the discussion was the new type of tires introduced by supplier Pirelli this season. They have a reduced tread gauge which should cut down on blistering. While most teams have found them unpredictable and have struggled to adapt to them, the new tires seem to perfectly fit the strategy of Mercedes, which has won all eight races this season, including six 1-2 finishes. To open up the battle for victories and make the races more appealing again, various teams, led by Red Bull, have been suggesting a midseason return to last year's rubber. But in a meeting with all team principals, Pirelli, and governing body FIA, the proposal failed to get the mandatory support of at least seven of the 10 teams. Apart from Mercedes, the idea was also rejected by Williams, Racing Point, McLaren and Renault. One of the reasons for the dismissal was the lack of data, as teams could only guess how the 2018 tires would work under the 2019 cars. Hamilton initially had been critical of the new tires during preseason testing, but has meanwhile slammed the idea of switching back to the old ones. "Last year you had to manage the tires to a temperature, which means you had to do more lifting and coasting. It was a lot worse," said Hamilton, who attended Friday's meeting. "That's an example again of different teams pushing for different things for their own personal goals rather than for the sport's." Tire management will become a key factor during Sunday's race with temperatures expected to rise up to 33 degrees Celsius (91 F) in thin air......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

Galang, Mau lead Cargo Movers to 3-0 card

IMUS CITY --- Ara Galang and Kalei Mau led the way as F2 Logistics solidified its hold of the top spot with a 25-9, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, win over Foton in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Imus Sports Center here. Galang uncorked 20 points off 16 kills, three kill blocks and an ace while Mau posted 15 markers and 22 digs for the Cargo Movers’ third win in as many games. Majoy Baron added 11 points while Aby Marano and Kianna Dy scored nine and seven markers, respectively, as F2 Logistics handed the Tornadoes their second straight loss for a 1-2 card.    Shaya Adorador had 11 points and 14 digs to pace Foton. Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago finished with nine and eight points, respectively. Meanwhile, PLDT Home Fibr recovered from a rusty start to overcome Sta. Lucia, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-8, to barge into the win column. Jorelle Singh provided the spark, forcing the game into a deciding fifth set before going for the kill with a game-winning attack to tow the Power Hitters to their first win in two starts. Gretchel Soltones led the charge with 16 kills, two aces and a block for 19 points, 19 digs and 18 excellent receptions while Singh proved that she belonged as she fired 16 hits off the bench, much to the delight of seasoned mentor Roger Gorayeb. “I was looking for the right combination. I already shuffled my whole lineup to find it. I’m glad that Jorelle delivered,” said Gorayeb, referring to Singh who was not part of the roster in the Grand Prix. “Jorelle is not lucky to be part of this team. She deserves it because she’s really good. She can kill the ball and outplay the blockers despite being small.” Joyce Sta. Rita and Shola Alvarez also stepped up with eight points apiece while setter Jasmine Nabor made 25 excellent sets and three points as PLDT bounced back back from their first loss to F2 Logistics, 15-25, 25-27-25, 22-25, last Tuesday. The Lady Realtors dominated the first two sets but the Power Hitters stole the momentum and took control of the third and fourth set with bench player Singh stepping up and delivering the crucial blows. Sta. Lucia completely collapsed in the fifth where it notched six of its 48 errors, allowing PLDT to mount an 11-4 lead that set the stage for Singh’s game-winning hit. MJ Phillips put up 19 points while Rachel Austero had 17 and Pam Lastimosa chipped in 14 markers for the Lady Realtors, who also drew impressive performance from Joy Dacoron and Amanda Villanueva. The Lady Realtors fell to 1-2......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Zion Williamson brings rare potential to New Orleans

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Eventually, as with every NBA Draft, there will be a “re-draft” of the Class of 2019. That’s the irresistible exercise in hindsight from media outlets that rank a particular year’s prospects not on their projected value but on actual demonstrated value five, 10 or more seasons into their professional careers. Some players will rise. Others will fall. “Bust” and “sleeper” tags will be dispersed accordingly. This team or GM will be lauded for an especially savvy selection, that one will be razzed for the quality player or players on whom it whiffed. But the through line of the dreams-come-true event Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) at Barclays Center, the lone selection that will not or at least should not change, is Zion Williamson. Williamson is the sure thing, the “can’t miss,” consensus No. 1 pick bound for the New Orleans Pelicans. He’s a 6'7", 285-pound freshman from Duke whose comps aren’t merely established players currently in the NBA but some of the game’s legends. So think Blake Griffin, sure. But also think LeBron James. And Charles Barkley. And, for that matter, every other wide-body who’s ever played with muscles on muscles, above-the-rim explosiveness, balletic body control and an instantly recognizable game that’s as charismatic as it is freakish. Yeah, awfully small subset. “I’m looking forward to playing against everybody,” Williamson said soon after his selection. “I want to be the best. I feel I have to earn everybody’s respect.” It’s not just a matter of Williamson’s game tickling NBA fans’ fancy, either. He managed, in almost his first official pro moment, to capture a lot of their hearts too. No sooner had Williamson – the first No. 1 pick to be born in this millennium (July 6, 2000) – strode to the stage in his cream-white suit, tugged on a Pelicans draft cap and embraced NBA commissioner Adam Silver, he dropped his guard to let the world share his emotions in the moment. His status as college basketball’s best and his draft position had been established months ago. There was no new mystery as to when his name would be called by Silver at the podium. And yet, when the first ESPN microphone was poked in front of him, with his mother Sharonda Sampson at his side, the big guy lost it. He choked up and blinked back tears, not quite winning that battle. “My mom sacrificed a lot for me,” Williamson said. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.” Several interviews and maybe 20 minutes later, Williamson explained how the horribly kept secret of his No. 1 selection could trigger his response. “Because I love the game of basketball,” he said. “You can hear people say things like, ‘Oh, it was likely I was going to go No. 1.’ But I guess you don’t know until you actually go through it.” What mattered most to Williamson about his mother’s role in his life? “Tough love,” he said. “She was always be the first one to keep it real with me. … She put aside her dreams just so me and my brothers could have a chance at ours.” The love already heading Williamson’s way in New Orleans was less tough and more unconditional at this stage, for the teenager represents a re-birth for a Pelicans franchise rocked by the loss of All-Star forward Anthony Davis. Davis, coincidentally, was the No. 1 pick in 2012 and generally considered the top prospect to hit the Draft before Williamson. But after six-and-a-half seasons and only two trips to the playoffs, Davis asked in December to be traded, despite having more than two-plus seasons left on his contract. David Griffin, the Pelicans' new vice president of basketball operations, had hoped that Williamson’s arrival might convince Davis to stay. When that didn’t happen, Griffin swiftly shifted to Plan B, arranging to trade the discontented big man to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal that won’t be official until July. Now New Orleans, which has won just two playoff series in its 17 seasons and failed to qualify 10 times, has a new cornerstone. Williamson figures to be under team control contractually for as long or longer than Davis stuck around, with teammates relocated from L.A. such as Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart to run with him and Pelicans holdovers. “What excites me the most is the fact that they’re young and they’re close to my age,” said Duke’s third No. 1 overall pick (Elton Brand in 1999, Kyrie Irving in 2011). “So they can help me a lot more, like how to deal with this transition. I think we can build something over there.” The essential block is Williamson, who swept college basketball’s major awards with a game that strains credulity. At 285 pounds, his listed weight is greater than almost every big man in the NBA, but he has quick-twitch speed and thrives in the open court. He can stare down into the rim before slamming home dunks with unnerving ferocity, and he is a deft and willing passer. Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 30 minutes for the Blue Devils, while making 68 percent of his shots. He and fellow Top 10 picks R.J. Barrett (New York, No. 3) and Cam Reddish (Atlanta, No. 10) helped Duke reach the Elite Eight, with Williamson earning ACC Tournament MVP along the way. He’s not a perfect player – his jump shot and range need work – but he already is working to complement his transition and low-post repertoire. Defensively, Williamson has the motor and mobility to switch assignments and quick hands to dislodge the ball without fouling. As a rebounder, his verticality is matched by, well, his horizontality in controlling the air space above and around him. “His size, his athleticism, his power is visible,” former St. John’s coach and Naismith Hall of Famer Chris Mullin said. “But to me his speed is really incredible from end to end. “I would morph Charles Barkley and Shawn Kemp and put them together [as a comparison]. When he gets to the NBA and he plays with that extra space they have in the wide key, he’s going to be a monster.” Williamson arrives with hype – no, make that expectations, because of all he’s shown already on courts around America – that rival what James shouldered when he arrived from high school in 2003. His plan for lugging that responsibility: “Whatever the team needs me to do, I’m willing to do it, because I feel people remember winners.” The selections immediately after Williamson were nearly as predictable, based on intelligence and mock drafts that solidified in the days before the Draft. Murry State guard Ja Morant was chosen by Memphis at No. 2, and Barrett’s ensuing selection by the Knicks delighted their always boisterous fans in the stands at Barclay. The order of the next four choices was jumbled from some predictions. Yet by the time the smoke cleared, sure enough, the seven players projected to come off the board soonest had slotted into the night’s top seven spots. That included Virginia forward De’andre Hunter to Atlanta at No. 4 (via the Lakers, in the aforementioned Davis trade that has yet to be completed), Vanderbilt point guard Darius Garland to Cleveland at No. 5, Texas Tech wing Jarrett Culver to Minnesota at No. 6 and North Carolina guard Coby White to Chicago at No. 7. Just because there wasn’t a lot of suspense at Barclays didn’t mean there was no intrigue. Much of that came from unusually heavy trade action – all technically unofficial – that had teams moving up, down and all around to snag picks, dump picks or clean up their salary-cap positions in anticipation of free agency that starts June 30. The timing of the Draft, relative to when the NBA’s new business year begins, had players donning caps of teams they’ll never play for, while speaking guardedly about those for whom they really were picked. A reported nine trades impacted draft decisions made in the first round alone. There even was a moment when Morant, in his post-Draft media session, gave a shout-out to veteran Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, whose spot he’ll presumably be taking once Conley’s trade to Utah officially goes through. But there’s no such uncertainty about Williamson, the through line of this year’s class, the true line in his heartfelt reactions Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and broad-shouldered hope of a Big Easy franchise in need. Williamson showed his grasp of the NBA’s and sports’ need for fresh icons, in effect accepting his status as a legend in waiting. “You know, times change,” he said. “That’s why there are so many debates about who people think the greatest players of all time are. If you were in the time of Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell, you’d probably say one of those two. If you were in the time of Jordan, you’d say Jordan. 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