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On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action

Before the PBA held Christmas Day games, Mich Flores spent the 25th of December with her family, serving in church. Her mother and twin sisters would join her as lectors while her father acts as lay minister. "Other ministers usually go to their provinces or spend time with family and relatives during Christmas time, so we're the only ones left," she said. Today, the 25th means running social media sites and making sure they keep up with all the basketball action going on. Willie Marcial, meanwhile, remembers traveling to Batangas to spend time with his family and "sharing drinks with friends" on Christmas Day. Nowadays, he manages traffic inside the press room, tending to the n...Keep on reading: On Christmas Day, a well-deserved applause for the ‘other’ team in action.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerDec 25th, 2017

Global Cebu, Ceres Negros battle to draws in 2018 AFC Cup action

Filipino football club Global Cebu FC scored early, but conceded a goal late as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Indonesia’s Bali United, Tuesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in 2018 AFC Cup Group G action. It was the visiting Bali United side that got their attempts off first, with attempts from Kevin Brands and Irfan Bachdim sailing above the crossbar. Global got on the board in the eleventh minute, as Curt Dizon connected on a header after Bali United keeper Wanwan fumbled on a save attempt. Bali United came close to pulling even, but keepr Patrick Deyto came up with defensive gem, saving Byungkeon’s attempt in the 15th minute. Late in the second half, Rufo Sanchez almost gave the Cebu-based club a two-goal advantage, but the officials ruled his attempt offside. Bali United would pull even eight minutes later, courtesy of a header from Ilija Spasojevic off a header from skipper Fadil. Spasojevic had a golden opportunity to give Bali United the maximum three points after Global Cebu gave up a foul in the penalty box. Once again, Deyto came up with a game-saving defensive play as he secured Spaso’s penalty attempt at the 79th minute. After 90 minutes, the score would stand at 1-1, with Global and Bali United splitting points. “We deserved to win this game, but they just so happened to score also.” Team Captain Deyto said following the match. “We have to give credit to Bali, they kept coming at us even if we were leading, 1-0. We have to be better prepared, now we really have to win the next few games. We’ll just get as many points as we can in the next games, and hopefully, it will be enough for us to go to the next round.” Global Cebu moves to a draw and a loss for one point, good for third in Group G. Bali United sits at the bottom, also with a draw and a loss for one point. Up next for Global Cebu will be a matchup with group-leading Yangon United at the Thuwunna Stadium in Yangon, Myanmar. Over in Singapore, Ceres Negros FC came back to draw Home United, 1-1, at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The home team scored first, courtesy of a Shahril Ishak penalty in the 23rd. Manuel Herrera “Super” Lopez provided the equalizer for Ceres Negros in the 79th minute to keep the Bacolod-based club unbeaten. Ceres Negros moves to a win and a draw for four points in Group F. Up next for Ceres is a matchup with Shan United at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 27th, 2018

Koreas combined women s hockey team debuts in friendly

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for ice hockey. The North and South Korean women's hockey players, who only began practicing together about a week ago as a combined team, showed plenty of fight in their first competitive test, crashing the boards and throwing their bodies to stop pucks and opponents, but never really threatened in a 3-1 loss to world No. 5 Sweden in Incheon, South Korea. The Koreans will play Sweden again on Feb. 12 during the Olympic tournament. But the outcome didn't seem to matter to the capacity crowd of 3,000 at the Seonhak International Ice Rink. Fans waved miniature white-and-blue flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula — the same mark on the players' uniforms — and chanted "We are one" while screaming whenever the Koreans got on the break. The arena thunderously erupted when South Korean forward Park Jong-ah cut the deficit to 2-1 during the first period. The Korean players stood to the Korean traditional tune of "Arirang" at the start of the game, instead of their respective national anthems, and received warm applause as they left the arena after the contest. "I think that the North Korean players played really well — this is one of the biggest crowds they played in front of," said Sarah Murray, the joint team's Canadian head coach. "Being added 12 days ago and not getting to practice together all that much, they played our system pretty well, so I am proud of them." The team's North Korean coach, Pak Chol Ho, said the Koreas "can do anything if they do things as one." He left the postgame news conference without taking questions. The joint Koreas team highlights a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang games, which South Korea sees as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea following an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear program. The Olympics begin Friday, with Pyeongchang, a relatively small South Korean ski resort town, hosting the skiing, snowboarding and sliding events, and Gangneung, a coastal city about an hour's drive away, hosting the hockey, skating and curling events. North Korea plans to send hundreds of people to the games, including athletes, officials, artists and a 230-member cheering group. Skeptics think the country is trying to use the games to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and pressure and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal. The decision to create the joint hockey team, which wasn't reached until January, triggered heated debate in South Korea, where many people thought the South Korean players were being unfairly asked to sacrifice playing time to their North Korean teammates, who are seen as less skilled and experienced. Murray, who coached South Korea before taking over the combined team, had also expressed concerns over team chemistry. Sunday's friendly was Murray's only opportunity to experiment with potential lineups in game situations before the start of the Olympics. She previously said the North Koreans' hard-hitting style would be suited for her fourth line, a group of players asked to provide physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest. But after seeing them in practice and now in game action, she sees potentially bigger roles for some of the North Koreans, including Jong Su Hyon, a forward who Murray says has broken onto her second line. "They are eager to learn and get better," Murray said about the North Koreans. "We have been having team meetings with them and they ask so many questions. The meeting's supposed to be 15 minutes, and an hour later we are still talking and we are still watching video." The Korean players, at least on the surface, appear to be getting along. They arrived at the arena Sunday relaxed and playful, stretching and jumping in the hallway to get loose before gathering in a scrum and shouting "Team Korea!" Seven of the players later formed a circle and started kicking around a rubber ball, giggling whenever the ball bounced away from them. Amid a heavy police presence, hundreds of supporters began gathering outside the stadium hours before the game despite the icy weather, including dozens who danced to music in matching white parkas and hoodies with the peninsula logo and shouted "Win, Korea!" "I don't even care about the results, I just want to cheer for them and see them work together and help each other out on the ice," said Kim Hye-ryeon, 42, who brought her two children, 8 and 6, to the game. Kim Won-jin, a 33-year-old who made a several-hour trip to the game with his wife and 3 1/2-year-old son from the city of Daejeon, hoped the Korean players had overcome any uneasiness they may have had over the distribution of playing time. "If we ever get unified again, these young players of the South and North will be able to look back and be proud that what they did contributed to a historic change," he said. Not everyone was happy. Across the street from the arena, dozens of anti-Pyongyang activists glumly waved South Korean and U.S. flags to denounce what they said had become the "Pyongyang Olympics." They roared as one of the protesters ripped the banner of the peninsula logo atop a van......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

Warriors keep evolving in rivalry with Cavs

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- You might expect, given the familiarity from what’s gone on for four years now, that the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers have worked up some serious mutual contempt. They both covet what the other wants -- in fact, the Warriors or the Cavs could make a persuasive case that, if not for the other guys, one already would have notched a three-peat and be chasing Bill Russell’s Celtics in pursuit of a fourth consecutive championship. They both have poured buckets of blood, sweat, tears, money, Gatorade and offseason counter moves into their nouveau NBA rivalry. And they both, well, as Golden State coach Steve Kerr phrased it to the San Jose Mercury News Sunday (Monday, PHL time), “We just want to kick each other’s ass.” And yet the Warriors and the Cavaliers -- who play again Monday (Tuesday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena in the NBA’s prime-time MLK showdown -- have more in common with each other than they do with any of the league’s other 28 teams. Playing 100 games or so every year. Locking in mentally and surviving physically longer than anyone else. Showing up each night targeted as a measuring stick, even a season maker, by the opponents. While trying like heck to keep things fresh. Renew. Find and tap into a new source of energy, because old ones wane over time. “It’s the biggest challenge of this whole season,” Kerr told NBA.com late last week, with the Warriors starting a back-to-back in Milwaukee and Toronto on their way back to The Land. Even if it were possible -- and it realistically is not, given free agency, injuries, trades, the salary cap, luxury taxes, hirings and firings each NBA offseason -- playing a pat hand from one championship-level season to the next isn’t desirable. Voices, locker rooms, relationships get stale. Rivals adjust and escalate in the arms race. Some players ebb in the pecking order, others flow. It’s important to inject new faces, add skills and even find fresh themes to fend off monotony, even boredom, through the 82-game slogs. The Warriors, in winning 20 of 23 games over the past seven weeks, largely have managed to do that. The Cavaliers, at 26-15 after 2-7 stretch that started at Golden State on Christmas (Dec. 26, PHL time)? Not so much. Golden State shifts gears after each season It’s easy to think of Golden State’s success since Kerr’s hiring before the 2014-15 season as one uninterrupted run of excellence. Three-pointers, “death lineups,” and the rest. But the differences from one year to the next have been fairly pronounced. “In Year 1, we were trying to prove ourselves to the world,” Kerr said. “Then we win the championship -- it was all so fresh. There were no letdowns at all that year. It was the most exciting, it was the most energized, it was the most refreshing. It was brand new to all of us. It felt like we were riding this wave all year -- we were all giddy, like, ‘Oh my God, we’re really good!’ We didn’t know we could be like that. And for me, it was my first year coaching.” Steph Curry won his first MVP award. He and Klay Thompson generated considerable conversation about the best shooting backcourts in league history. Draymond Green forever changed the old NBA notion of “’tweeners.” The Warriors finished 67-15, ranked second in the league in offense (111.6) and first in defense (101.4) and beat Cleveland in the Finals in six games. “It was maybe like the first stages when you fall in love,” Kerr said. “You’re just on Cloud 9 and she can’t do anything wrong. There’s infatuation and then you truly fall in love, and it’s amazing. “The second year, we sort of rode that wave of euphoria of being the best team in the league and having won the title. The next thing you know, we’re 24-0 and we’ve got a chance to set an all-time record. That 73-win mark carried us all year. We were going to prove that, not only were we the champs but we were one of the best teams ever.” The Warriors were -- by regular season standards. Curry won his second MVP award. Kerr missed the first 43 games due to health issues but assistant coach Luke Walton steered them to a 39-4 mark. They bought into the chase for 73 victories fairly late, but instead of a 16-5 playoff run like the previous spring’s, the Warriors went 15-9 -- coming up one victory short when the Cavaliers became the first team to claw back from a 3-1 deficit. That led directly to Golden State’s next new wrinkle, a reconfiguration that came close to buckling the league’s knees. “We got KD,” Kerr said. “Now we’re changing our team, right? Last year was about incorporating KD, welcoming this incredible player into our organization and our roster. Figuring how to do it, how we were going to adjust. I felt like there were times last year that were tiring, where our guys were done a little bit. But it was ‘new’ again.” Even the challenges were fresh, like counting Curry’s or Klay Thompson’s touches relative to Durant’s or closing ranks around Golden State’s thin man as his reputation took blows for the first time in his NBA career. Not interested in shooting for 74 victories, the Warriors simply took care of business and stayed coiled for the postseason. Then it was a 16-1 dash to title No. 2, Durant snagging the Finals MVP trophy after the five-game dispatching of the Cavs. All of which just set the Warriors’ bar higher, requiring them to search for something new, somebody borrowed, presumably nothing blue. “This year it’s just survive and advance,” Kerr said. “It’s ‘let’s get to April, May, June in one piece.’ There’s a reason we’ve lost six home games already. We don’t have the driving force that we had the last few years. We’re dealing with what any team in NBA history that’s tried to do this has dealt with. The Lakers (1982-85), the Celtics (1984-87, 1957-66)... It’s just really hard and you need that driving force.” Said Warriors vet Andre Iguodala: “Your body is mindful of it, because it hurts.” A couple of young guys -- Patrick McCaw, Kevon Looney -- have taken on bigger roles. Nick Young brings some sort of buzz into any locker room that will have him. Still, as veteran guard Shaun Livingston said: “We’re not chasing any records. We’re not adding another All Star. We’re just trying to make it through the marathon.” Cavs' challenges mount during 2017-18 The Cavaliers are just trying to make it through the marathon, too. But if they could, they might do it like Rosie Ruiz, the 1980 women’s “winner” of the Boston Marathon who perpetrated a hoax by hopping the subway and running only the final mile of Beantown’s famous race. The 2017-18 has been anything but fun for Cleveland so far. It began with the departure of All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, a not-so-funhouse mirror image of Durant’s arrival a year earlier in the Bay Area. Irving, for reasons still not quite explained, made it known in the offseason that he wanted out. He wanted to be the man on his own team. Or he didn’t want to be left in the lurch if (when?) LeBron James took his talents elsewhere again. Or both. Or neither. Regardless, once the Cavaliers made his request come true by dealing him to Boston for All-Star point guard Isaiah Thomas and Brooklyn’s coveted first-round pick this June, their task got tougher and their season longer. Losing one of the league’s best ball handlers and shot makers doesn’t qualify as “renewal” any more than what went on in Oklahoma City when Durant packed up. There’s been more. Shooting guard J.R. Smith seemingly got old overnight. Jae Crowder, who came from the Celtics in the Irving deal, hasn’t meshed with the Cavs’ style. Kevin Love has been moved to center but hasn’t done anything to satisfy the Cavs’ need for rim protection. Thomas only returned to action from a hip injury as the calendar turned to 2018 and has played only four games in these two weeks. Even with so many new faces -- seven of the top 12 in coach Tyronn Lue’s rotation weren’t here 12 months ago -- it’s a group heavy on veterans, players a little too established or mature to naturally instill raw energy. James said recently that none of this is new, it’s another case of the Cavs biding their time for the “second” season that means everything. But Lue also introduced the topic of “agendas,” suggesting that some of his guys were looking out for their own responsibilities and performances -- particularly on defense -- rather than the group’s. At best, this is another dose of the midseason blahs, the Cavs in their doldrums in need of an All-Star break. At worst, though, they might be honing some bad habits that won’t be so easy to break in May or June. Especially if East rivals such as Toronto, Boston or Washington are emboldened after witnessing or administering some of the Cavs’ more embarrassing beat downs this season. Will any of this matter come spring? It will if the switch each team is minding stubbornly decides not to flip. “That’s the key. You’ve got to find that balance,” Kerr said. “Are you flipping the switch or are you navigating? The idea is, don’t let bad habits slip in. Right now, this moment, we’re into some bad habits. Our defensive efforts  the last five, six games [before the weekend] were awful. We got away with it because Steph was going nuts.” The Cavaliers repeatedly have not gotten away with bad defensive habits, even on nights when James has been dominant. “It’s tough,” Livingston said. “They’re a team that’s built for the playoffs. But our core guys still are in there prime. Their core guys are still good. But we’re talking about ‘prime.’” Most still would pick both Golden State and Cleveland to advance all the way to a “Finals Four” (after last year’s “Rubber Match” series). But one of these years, most will be wrong -- about one or both. That alone might be motivation enough. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

Troy Daniels hits late 3, Suns hold off Grizzlies 97-95

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Former Memphis guard Troy Daniels hit a three-pointer with 17 seconds to play to give Phoenix the lead, and the Suns held off the Grizzlies 97-95 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time) for their third victory in four games. T.J. Warren led the Suns with 27 points, and Daniels — acquired from the Grizzlies in September — added 14 off the bench. Phoenix won at home for the first time since Nov. 19 against Chicago. Tyreke Evans led Memphis with 21 points, and Marc Gasol added 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and four blocked shots. The Grizzlies have lost 8-of-9 games and nine straight on the road. Troy Daniels seals the @suns victory with this 3! FINAL: #SUNSat50 97 / #GrindCity 95 pic.twitter.com/3HgzFJEivT — NBA (@NBA) December 22, 2017 The teams traded baskets and leads for much of the fourth quarter, and there were three ties. Neither team scored from the 3:45 mark of the fourth quarter until Daniels' key triple. Memphis had two chanced to tie or take the lead, but Evans' shot at the buzzer missed. Greg Monroe rebounded a miss and saved the ball to Daniels for his shot. Monroe had 12 rebounds. The Grizzlies used a 15-2 run to grab a 21-9 lead in the first quarter. But Phoenix outscored Memphis 17-4 over the final four minutes of the quarter to take a 26-25 lead going into the second. Evans scored 11 of his points in the opening 12 minutes. The Suns took a 53-44 lead on Warren's three-pointer with 2:40 left in the second. Then Warren scored and was fouled, making it 56-46. Warren had 17 of his points at halftime, and the Suns led 60-51 at halftime. The Grizzlies erased a 12-point third quarter deficit and took a 76-75 lead on Evans' layup, then James Ennis stole a pass and fed Kobi Simmons for a layup and a three-point Grizzlies lead with 2:25 left in the third. Memphis took an 81-79 lead into the fourth quarter. CHALK TALK Midway through the third quarter, Suns guard Isaiah Canaan accidentally dusted a fan sitting courtside with the rosin that players put on their hands before checking into the game. It led to a brief exchange in which Canaan apologized and the two smiled. TIP-INS Grizzlies: Coach J.B. Bickerstaff was asked about speculation that the team is losing games on purpose. "Everyone is entitled to their own opinion," he said. "We are going to stay positive with our group, stay competitive and let it fall where it may."... Gasol is the Grizzlies' leader in points, rebounds, assists and blocked shots this season and is one of two NBA players to lead his team in all four categories, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee. ... F Chandler Parsons returned after resting the past two games, and F-C Brandon Wright saw his first action since Dec. 1 (Dec. 2, PHL time), returning from a groin injury. Suns: Injured star Devin Booker, out since Dec. 6 (Dec. 7, PHL time) with a goin injury, could return to practice as soon as this weekend. He took some shots in pregame warmups on Thursday (Friday, PHL time). ... Phoenix hosts Memphis the day after Christmas (Dec. 27, PHL time), at the same time as the Cactus Bowl a couple of blocks away at nearby Chase Field. ... The Suns ended a four-game Grizzlies' win streak in the series. UP NEXT Grizzlies: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time). Suns: Host Minnesota on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 22nd, 2017

PBA: End-game struggles doom Diamon Simpson, Alaska in Game 2

Looking to even up their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series against defending champions San Miguel, the Alaska Aces got off to a strong start, courtesy of import Diamon Simpson. In the opening period, Simpson put up ten points to help the Aces to a 29-18 lead over the Beermen after the first 12 minutes of action. Then, everything began to slip. Alaska saw their lead, which was as high as 16 points at one point, slowly slip away. In the end, the Beermen escaped with a 105-94 win to move within just a win away from another Finals berth. Alaska, once again, was left looking for answers. “Yeah, it was tough, it was a tough game.” Simpson said following the loss. After his ten-point explosion in the first period, six-foot-seven forward out of Los Angeles scored a total of nine points in the final three quarters to finish with 19 points to go with 15 rebounds. “They played really good. That’s a good team. On to the next game.” Simpson added. Throughout the game, things were pretty physical between Simpson and San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman, but says that it wasn’t what caused him to go cold in the last three quarters. It was simply about not making his shots. “Nah, I just, I missed a lot of shots and I could’ve played better, I feel. [Balkman] played well, credit to him.” Now just one more loss away from calling it a conference, Simpson and the Aces will need to find a way to fight back to keep their season alive. “We have to focus more and compete harder. That’s what our goal should be.” Game 3 between Alaska and San Miguel will be on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss

After its huge opening day victory, Ateneo succumbed to South Korea, 90-73, in the 2018 Williams Jones Cup Monday in New Taipei City. The Blue Eagles were no match against the South Koreans, who had national team members and former Magnolia import Ricardo Ratliffe, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament so far. The UAAP champions routed Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Rattlife paced the South Korea side with 15 points,Heo Il-young also had 15 while Heo Ung added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, dropped 14 points for Ateneo in a losing effort while Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Eagles will return to action agai...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

National Taekwondo tourney set July 21-22

AROUND 2,000 athletes from 300 teams will see action in the Philippine Taekwondo Association’s biggest annual event — the 42nd SMART/MVP Sports Foundation National Championships — on July 21-22 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Members of the Philippine team head the participants as they compete for their respective home teams,… Source link link: National Taekwondo tourney set July 21-22.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

National Taekwondo tourney set July 21-22

AROUND 2,000 athletes from 300 teams will see action in the Philippine Taekwondo Association’s biggest annual event — the 42nd SMART/MVP Sports Foundation National Championships — on July 21-22 at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum. Members of the Philippine team head the participants as they compete for their respective home teams,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

Tom Cruise walks red carpet in Paris

Tom Cruise on Thursday attended the red carpet premiere of the latest installment in the Mission: Impossible film series in Paris, the city where which much of the film was shot. "Mission: Impossible - Fallout" is the sixth in the action spy series and stars Cruise as agent Ethan Hunt along with Simon Pegg, Rebecca Ferguson, Henry Cavill and Alec Baldwin. The film, directed by Christopher McQuarrie, follows Hunt and his team as they race against time to recover stolen plutonium after a mission goes wrong. Cruise, 56, known for performing many of his own stunts, jumped from the cargo door of a plane at 7,500 meters (25,000 feet) for one scene and broke an ankle tryi...Keep on reading: Tom Cruise walks red carpet in Paris.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Standhardinger '100 percent' as SMB gears up for title run

San Miguel's super team is fully operational again. In Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals against Alaska, the Beermen finally had top pick Christian Standhardinger in action. Standhardinger has missed most of his first PBA conference due to nagging knee issues. But Christian's knee is fine now and the Beermen are scarier than ever in the playoffs. Playing his first game back, Standhardinger had instant impact, scoring nine points and grabbing five rebounds in 11 and half minutes. All nine points came in the second quarter as he helped the Beermen gain some cushion over Alaska. "It just felt good to be out there again and yes, it was also excitingm" Standhardinger said, "I felt like we had the game under control the whole time and we have to play like that again to have good chances to get the victory," he added. As for his knee, Christian says it's better than ever. The extra time he took to recover is certainly worth it as the Beermen gear up for their latest title run. "It feels good. I'm 100 percent healthy now and I can go however long they wanna play me. They just let me know and I go," he said. "My knee is good, 100 percent recovered," Standhardinger added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

Cignal keeps perfect slate, Petron downs F2 Logistics

Reigning champion Cignal booked a return flight to the semifinals as it clobbered Cocolife in straight sets, 25-21, 25-21, 25-22, in the Chooks to Go-Philippine Superliga (PSL) Invitational Conference Saturday at the Muntinlupa Sports Center. Skipper Rachel Anne Daquis got the job done as she spearheaded the HD Spikers to a clean sweep of the preliminaries. Daquis nailed the semis-clinching backrow kill to complete an impressive third-set fightback and finish with 15 points built on 13 attacks, two blocks and seven digs. “Rachel was really very eager to win this game for us. She played in beast mode and carried the team,” said Cignal head coach Edgar Barroga, noting that he fired up his wards by reminding them the importance of the game. “We came in a bit relax because our opponents is already out of contention and then we realized that we cannot afford to lose this game because we might blow our opportunity for outright semifinals.” Meanwhile, Petron bounced back from an upset loss with a morale-boosting 25-16, 21-25, 25-20, 26-24, win over archrival F2 Logistics. Bernadeth Pons led the way for the Blaze Spikers with 16 points while Mika Reyes had 13 markers. Sisi Rondina scattered 11 points in two sets of action, making her presence felt in the tightly fought fourth frame while Aiza Maizo-Pontillas added 10 for Petron, which tied its victim and idle Generika-Ayala, which handed the Blaze Spikers its first loss, with 3-1 slate.         National Pool member Mylene Paat scattered 10 kills and six blocks for 16 points while Mumay Vivas notched six hits and playmaker Acy Masangkay made 21 excellent sets for the HD Spikers, who also drew impressive game from seasoned libero Jheck Dionela. Cignal will take a one-week break while waiting for its foe in the knockout semifinals. After taking the first two sets in convincing fashion, the HD Spikers lost steam in the third set as they trailed the Asset Managers, 11-15. But the HD Spikers used its experience to the hilt as they found their way back to force a neck-and-neck duel until the Asset Managers fired back for a 21-19 cushion. Cignal never wavered with Vivas and Shirley Salamagos providing the clutch blows before Daquis hit the game-winning backrow hit. Barroga also managed to limit the production of her daughter, Gyra Barroga, who had only four points, leaving Denice Tan and Justine Tiu leading the way with eight and seven hits, respectively. The Asset Managers finished fourth in Pool B and will be relegated to the classification battle for seventh to 10th places starting Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2018

NCAA Juniors: Cagulangan leads Greenies to start title defense on right track

STANDINGS PERPETUAL 2-0 JRU 1-0 LSGH 1-0 SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1 LPU 1-1 ARELLANO 0-0 LETRAN 0-1 EAC 0-1 SAN BEDA 0-1 MAPUA 0-1   Defending champions CSB-La Salle Greenhills Greenies started their title defense on the right track as they defeated the San Sebastian Staglets, 93-80, Friday morning at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Floor general Joel Cagulangan paced the Greenies with  20 points on 58-percent shooting, including two three-pointers. He also dished out nine assists and stole the ball four times. Milo Janao meanwhile led the Staglets in scoring with 16 points for 0-1 San Sebastian.  After a close game in the first half, the Greenies pulled away in the third period after the NCAA Season 93 Juniors' Finals MVP and De La Salle recruit Cagulangan tallied 11 points in the third as his team l led, 71-56. They never looked back and led the rest of the way for their first win of the season. Meanwhile, the Lyceum Junior Pirates earned their first win in two tries as they stymied the EAC Brigadiers, 74-63.  The now 1-1 Jr. Pirates were paced by John Barba's 22 points and 11 rebounds. Marj de Leon meanwhile added 10. The Brigadiers, who lost their season opener, were led by CJ Boado's 16 points, while Adrian Balowa added 10.  It was all LPU most of the way as they led by as much by 18 points. The Perpetual Jr. Altas momentarily rose to the top of the standings as they scored  a wire-to-wire 73-57 victory against the Letran Squires. Perpetual, who improved to 2-0, led by as much as 18 points, and had three players in double-figures in scoring. Yukihiro Kawamura led the way with 18 points coming off the bench, while Mark Gallano and Ezdel Galoy added 14 and 12 markers, respectively. Ralph Yanes meanwhile paced the Squires with 11 points. Action resumes on Tuesday, July 17. BOX SCORES:  1st Game: CSB-LSGH (93) -- Cagulangan 20, Cortez 14, Sangco 13, Calimag 12, Fornilos 11, David 6, Mosqueda 4, Natividad 4, Palencia 4, Lopez 3, Valenzuela 2, Arciaga 0, Lao 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0. SSC-R (80) -- Janao 16, Are 10, Dela Cruz 10, Baclaan 7, Balo 7, Loristo 6, Austria 6, Pinero 6, Bonalos 4, Timbancaya 4, Cortes 2, Suico 2, Perez 0, Solatorio 0. Quarter Scores: 25-24, 49-43, 71-56, 93-80. 2nd Game: LPU (74) --  Barba 22, De Leon 11, Guadana 9, Jugar 8, Ragasa 7, Gudmalin 5, Omandac 4, Tulabut 4, De Guia 2, Pagdanganan, 2, Caringal 0, Nocal 0, Santos 0. EAC (63) -- Boado 16, Balowa 10, Ilustrisimo 9, Murillo 6, Sumagaysay 6, Lozano 4, Sanosa 4, Encila 3, Papa 2, Rodrin 2, Quebral 1, Calara 0, Pascual 0, Rivera 0. Quarter Scores: 19-14, 41-27, 59-46, 74-63. 3rd Game: PERPETUAL (73)– Kawamura 18, Gallano 14, Galoy 12, Coloma 8, Lauchengco 5, Duka 4, Barcuma 3, Orgo 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nunez 2, Romilla 2, Agbayani 0, Defante 0, Galman 0. LETRAN (57) – Yanes 11, Romenez 9, Argente 7, Santiago 7, Umali 7, Saure 6, Tabajen 6, Tolentino 3, Tibayan 1, Cauguran 0, Culanay 0, Guarino 0, Lontok 0, Miranda 0, Omega 0. Quarter Scores: 21-11, 40-25, 58-40, 73-57.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

NCAA: Letran unveils bigger, better lineup vs Perpetual

Games on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 PM – EAC vs LPU 2:00 PM – CSB vs San Sebastian 4:00 PM – Perpetual vs Letran For years, matching up with foreign student-athletes has been a headache for Colegio de San Juan de Letran. That is no longer the case now in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Knights trot out their big frontline for the first time in the tournament when they take on University of Perpetual Help on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Nigerian tower Prince Eze puts that big frontline to the test, however, at 4:00 PM and all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. With Larry Muyang, Christian Fajarito, Christian Balagasay, Jeo Ambohot, and even Bong Quinto, Letran now has all the pieces to match up with just about anybody. Eze has long proven to be a load, however, and he will team up with AJ Coronel in Perpetual’s attempt for a bounce back win. In Juniors action, defending champion La Salle Greenhills opens its title defense against San Sebastian at 10:00 AM. There will also be matchups between playoff hopeful Letran and giant-killing Perpetual at 6:00 PM as well as between LPU and EAC at 8:00 AM. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Recruitment coup testament to UP’s commitment to produce results

University of the Philippines is arguably the most hyped about team in the UAAP at the moment, but fans have to wait another year to see the team's top prospects in action. WithGilas cadets Ricci Rivero and Kobe Paras, two of the most talked-about young talents in Philippine basketball, now on their program, the Diliman team became an instant favorite for years to come. Rivero and Paras can only play in Season 82 but UP head coach Bo Perasol said the recruitment of the two players is a testament to the school's goal of competing in the highest level. "Kobe brings an excitement to the community, to the supporters of the team, because when you have a high caliber player like K...Keep on reading: Recruitment coup testament to UP’s commitment to produce results.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

2018 Summer League standouts: Day 6

NBA.com staff report A look at top performers from the third day of action at the MGM Resorts NBA Summer League: Keita Bates-Diop, Minnesota Timberwolves The No. 48 pick, signed to a guaranteed contract on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), led the Wolves to a win over the Raptors, scoring 24 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. After making just one of his seven three-point attempts in the Wolves' loss to Denver on Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the 6'7" forward shot 3-for-6 from beyond the arc on Sunday (Monday, PHL time) and got to the line eight times. Willy Hernangomez, Charlotte Hornets The Miami Heat played without Bam Adebayo, and Hernangomez took advantage to the tune of 22 points and 10 rebounds in the Hornets' win. The departure of Dwight Howard could give the 6'11" Hernangomez, a First Team All-Rookie selection in 2016-17, a shot a back-up center minutes in Charlotte this season. R.J. Hunter, Houston Rockets It wasn't quite Game 8 of the Western Conference finals, but Rockets-Warriors went down to the wire. Houston got the win and Hunter was the star, scoring 24 points on 8-for-14 shooting, connecting on five of his 11 three-point attempts, including one that beat the halftime buzzer. Jonathan Isaac, Orlando Magic Isaac scored just 12 points, but it was the other end of the floor that the Magic dominated in their rout of the Grizzlies. The frontline of Isaac and Mo Bamba looked like it could be a defensive force. They helped the Magic hold Memphis to just 26 percent shooting, with Isaac blocking five shots and nabbing two steals as the Grizz improved to 2-0. Justin Jackson, Sacramento Kings The second-year wing missed a couple of big shots late, but finished with 28 points on 10-for-19 shooting (4-for-7 from three-point range) in the Kings' loss to the Clippers. The focus in Sacramento is on the development of De'Aaron Fox, Marvin Bagley III, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Harry Giles, but Jackson – the No. 15 pick in last year's Draft – could complement them as a long-armed floor spacer. Jake Layman, Portland Trail Blazers The third-year forward led the Blazers to an easy win over the Atlanta Hawks with 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting. He made as many three's (4-of-5 attempts) as he made all of last season. Devin Robinson, Washington Wizards The Wizards' 6'7" wing had a few highlight dunks (including one on Spurs rookie Lonnie Walker IV) on his way to 24 points on 9-for-18 shooting. He also made an impact on the other end of the floor, registering three steals and two blocks as Washington fell to San Antonio......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

Lucas Matthysse banking on power against Manny Pacquiao

Argentinian defending WBA (Regular} Welterweight World Champion Lucas Matthysse and his team believe that he has the power advantage coming into his title defense against Manny Pacquiao at Fight of Champions in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on Sunday, July 15th.  Understandably so, given that in his 39 career wins, all but three have come via KO or TKO.  His latest KO win, last January against Thailand's Tewa Kiram, earned him his first world championship.  @LucasMatthysse up close with the speedball pic.twitter.com/kMtGuE1XWt — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 9, 2018 Team Matthysse at the pop up gym. @lucasmatthysse getting some speedball action #PacquiaoXMatthysse @GoldenBoyBoxing @lucasmatthysse pic.twitter.com/HS8yLI4M82 — DYAN CASTILLEJO (@DYANCASTILLEJO) July 9, 2018 With less a week to go before fight night, Team Matthysse has already set up shop in Kuala Lumpur, and are working on the Argentinian's power punches.  "I can tell you one thing, I've trained a lot of fighters in the past, all I know about Lucas Matthysse is that he has a devastating punch with both hands." said Mattyhsse's coach Joel Diaz.  Talking to ABS-CBN News' Dyan Castillejo, Diaz believes that if Matthysse gets to tag Pacquiao it could be a short night.  "He has so much power in his punches that if he hits you with a left, he hits you with a right, he hurts you," "That’s why I’m so confident that sooner or later, Manny Pacquiao has to exchange with Lucas, and if he catches him with either hand, it’ll hurt." Diaz added.  Aside from a leaving an impressive mark, Diaz believes that a Matthysse KO would be for the best considering that it's tough to get a decision against a volume puncher like Pacquiao.  "We’re gonna win, and in order to win, we have to be very clear with a win. Not only win, we have to do it convincingly." Diaz said. "If we have to go to the judges, we have to convince the judges, but with the volume of punches that Manny Pacquiao throws, it’s hard to win a decision." At the end of the day, it's going to be Pacquiao's speed against Matthysse's power.  "Manny Pacquiao has fast hands and he has speed. Lucas has the power, speed against power. They’re gonna have to battle it out." Pacquiao has been on the wrong end of a vicious knockout before, most notably against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez back in 2012.  Can Lucas Matthysse be only the third person to stop Manny Pacquiao?    Catch Fight of Champions: Pacquiao versus Matthysse at 10:00 AM on ABS-CBN channel 2! Replay at 7:00 PM on S+A channel 23. You can catch the whole card LIVE on SkyCable Pay-Per-View. CLICK HERE for more information!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2018

New Perpetual coach Frankie Lim gives former team San Beda a fright

    MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in 7 years, 4-time San Beda champion coach Frankie Lim is back on the NCAA sidelines. But this time, the former Red Lion coach saw action on the opposing side, debuting as head honcho of the Perpetual Help Altas. And Lim’s boys did not disappoint, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Beau Bolick inspires Maraño juggling act

MANILA, Philippines – As she braces for a hectic national team schedule, Philippine volleyball team captain Aby Maraño draws inspiration from beau Robert Bolick, the San Beda standout who also plays for the national basketball pool.  Bolick also had the same predicament the past months – he saw action for the 2023 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

PH shoot their way to victory at IPSC Action Air World Shoots

Some of the country's top shooters came home victorious at the IPSC Action Air World Shoots held in Hong Kong last June 29-July 3. The world's premier shooting competition in Action Air shooting, which makes use of airsoft guns instead of real firearms featured 480 participants from 22 countries. The Ponch Balolong-mentored squad took home medals in three different categories. Allen Marcos took home gold in the classic junior category, while Eco Navarro clinched bronze in the open junior classification. The trio of Marcos, Clyde Santos, and Jonathan Medrano meanwhile emerged as second runners-up in the team classic category. Action air shooting is popular in areas like Taiwan, Hong Kong, Macau, and Japan, where strict gun laws are enforced. This sport however is only limited to handguns. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

It s a dream come true -- Kapamilya actor Xian Lim on MPBL debut

Kapamilya actor Xian Lim flexed his muscles and showed off his sculpted biceps after scoring over two defenders early in the fourth quarter. Lim’s Mandaluyong squad was already ahead by a mile when he scored the last of his six points but his basket was enough to energize the crowd inside the Blue Eagle gym at the Ateneo de Manila University campus going as the El Tigre ripped apart the Pasig Pirates, 98-55, in the 2018 MPBL Datu Cup Thursday night. The hunky heartthrob cherished his debut for Mandaluyong where he played alongside hardcourt stars Ray Parks and Prince Rivero, calling it a ‘dream come true’ as it brought back his interest to play competitive basketball – the very reason why he decided to come back to the Philippines. “It’s a dream come true para sa akin,” said the 6-foot-1 Lim. “Ito ang dahilan kung bakit ako pumunta from the States to the Philippines, to play basketball for UE along with  (JR) Alabanza kaya nakakatuwa na nag-reconnect kami.” Lim was a part of University of the East’s Team B a few years back but never made it into the school’s main team in the UAAP as he shifted his career into showbiz. Basketball runs in the veins of Xian, whose father Godofredo Lim Uy played for UE in the 80’s, and he’s thankful for the opportunity.      “Napakagandang opportunity ng MPBL especially for everyone, all the Filipinos who want to play basketball to be given a chance,” he said. “Siyempre mahirap (ang level of play). Nirerespeto ko ang mga ‘to eh, napapanood ko lang ang mga ito sa TV pero sabi nga ni coach Mac (Cuan) we have to respect the game, we have to respect all the players and we have to hustle hard,” Lim added. Lim scored his first point in the first half from a split in the free throw line. Fielded back in late in third quarter, Lim uncorked a booming top of the key three-pointer over an outstretched arm of a Pasig defender. He followed it up with strong drive at the hoop off an offensive rebound, twisting in the air and finding a crease to slice through defense of Pasig’s Martin Gozum and Kojack Melegrito at the fourth. Lim celebrated his basket with some swag, much to the delight of the screaming fans. Lim logged in 15 minutes of action, pulling down six rebounds and swatting away a shot.            “Unti-unti na po (nakokondisyon). Araw-araw nagpa-practice, napapagalitan nga lagi ni coach Mac pero to become a better player naman po,” he said. Lim also liked that his basketball career made him learn the importance of discipline in time management both in hoops and in showbiz. “Sa pelikula naman po nagagawan naman ng paraan. Nagiging flexible naman sila sa schedule,” he said. “Sobra (ang nagiging disiplina ko sa schedule) dahil iba po ang disiplina ng player. Kapag sinabing seven o’clock ang practice hindi pwedeng nine o’clock dumating. It’s a whole other discipline po sa basketball.” Lim is now looking forward to Mandaluyong’s game against Marikina – a squad that parades another Kapamilya actor Gerald Anderson. “Pinag-uusapan namin yun noong isang araw ang sabi ko, ‘Bro kailan tayo maglalaro? Wala pa tayong schedule,’” said Lim. “Pero parehong kaming nangangamba kasi all the other players we’re playing with napakagaling and siyempre for me and Gerald to get playing time, si Gerald naman he’s a really good basketball player. Pero for me and him to get playing time, nilalakasan na lang po namin ang dasal namin kay Lord.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018