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PBA: Ferrer missed matching up with “bespren” Parks Jr.

Back when they were playing in the UAAP for UST and NU respectively, Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. went to war a lot of times. In almost all cases, it was the two of them that matched up. In the case of the Growling Tigers, the lanky Ferrer was the perfect foil for the Bulldogs’ MVP in Parks Jr. Both young wings finally got the chance to meet on-court Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and Ferrer got his chance to mark down Parks once again. “Ah, si bespren,” Ferrer said. “Wala lang, masaya ulit na mabantayan siya. Ayun, na-miss ko lang siya bantayan,” he added. It’s been a while since they both played against each other and Ferrer certainly took note of the differences his rival went through on the court. Parks Jr. is a different beast now. He got better, a lot. “Malaking pagbabago eh, maraming na-develop sa kanya, yung mga decision [making] niya [nagbago],” Ferrer said. Ferrer and his Growling Tigers took down Parks’ NU Bulldogs multiple times in the UAAP back in the days but Ray gets the last laugh this time as his Blackwater Elite beat Ginebra in overtime. When they meet again, Ferrer hopes to get back his win but he makes sure to note that his matchup with Parks is nothing personal. It’s just an assignment. “First game pa lang naman eh. Pag magka-harap ulit, sana manalo na,” Ferrer said. “Trabaho lang, trabaho na to eh. Kailangan ko lang gawin trabaho ko, gawin ko yung best ko,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnMay 25th, 2019

PBA: Ginebra set to acquire Pringle in mega trade with Northport

Defending champion Brgy. Ginebra gets a new Gin King to bolster its ongoing title defense of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Dealing with Northport, Ginebra is set to acquire point guard Stanley Pringle in exchange for a haul of role players. To get Pringle, Ginebra will give up Sol Mercado, Kevin Ferrer, Jervy Cruz according to a report by Spin’s Randolph Leongson. Northport’s pick for the 2019 Draft is reportedly still being negotiated if itms part of the deal to Ginebra or not. Pringle, a former top pick, has missed quite some time in the Commissioner’s Cup following surgery to remove bon spurs in his feet. Northport has zoomed to a 5-1 record in the mid-season joust without Pringle. Along with Mercado, the Batang Pier get former Growling Tigers in Ferrer and Cruz, reuniting them with former UST coach Pido Jarencio in Northport.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2019

PBA: Brownlee to the rescue as Ginebra escapes Northport

Justin Brownlee to the rescue as always. The league’s reigning Best Import drilled a clutch corner triple in the final 90 seconds and defending champion Brgy. Ginebra escaped Northport Saturday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the MOA Arena, 73-70. Tied at 70, the Gin Kings found Brownlee sitting in the corner and Ginebra’s resident super import calmly drilled the go-ahead triple with 1:29 left. Ginebra then managed to hold on in the final 36 seconds as the Batang Pier missed three attempts from deep that would have sent the game in overtime. “I coached poorly I thought it was a loss,” head coach Tim Cone said. “The zone really bothered us, gave us a hard time finding high-percentage shots. Our defense kept us in the game, we basically survived with our offense,” he added as his Gin Kings climb to 2-1 in the standings. It was a close game throughout with no team having any significant leads. It came down to who made the more timely shots and the Gin Kings did courtesy of Brownlee. Ginebra’s super import finished with 32 points, eight rebounds, and six rebounds. He also had five steals for a true all-around effort. After Brownlee, Greg Slaughter was Ginebra’s top local with 16 points. Northport missed out on solo first with the loss, dropping to 3-1. Mo Tautuaa was the high man for the Batang Pier with 15 points while Sean Anthony was good for 14 markers. The scores: Ginebra 73 - Brownlee 32, Slaughter 16, Thompson 11, Mercado 6, Aguilar 3, Ferrer 3, Mariano 2, Devance 0, Tenorio 0, Teodoro 0. NorthPort 70 - Tautuaa 15, Anthony 14, Grey 9, Lanete 8, Ibeh 8, Pringle 7, Bolick 5, Elorde 4, Flores 0, Gabayni 0. Quarterscores: 13-14, 38-31, 55-54, 73-70.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 1st, 2019

Jason Dufner takes Wells Fargo lead with a 63

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jason Dufner's game was going nowhere, so he changed everything from his swing coach to his equipment to his caddie. It didn't get any better. He at least is starting to see signs of it coming together with an 8-under 63 on Friday in the Wells Fargo Championship, matching his career-low score on the PGA Tour and giving him a one-shot lead going into the weekend at Quail Hollow. Dufner considers it the best two rounds he has put together since the 2017 Memorial, which also is the last time he had a 36-hole lead. "See how it goes being in the heat of it on Saturday and Sunday," Dufner said. "I've been there before. It's been a while, but I kind of know what to expect. It will be a good challenge to see where I'm at, what I'm doing." Dufner was at 11-under 131. Joel Dahmen made his first bogey of the week on his final hole of the second round — from the middle of the fairway, no less — but still had a 66 and was one-shot behind. So was Max Homa, who also knows about coping with bad results when he missed the cut in 14 out of 17 events in 2017. He birdied his last two holes for a 63. The weekend at the Wells Fargo Championship will not feature Phil Mickelson for the first time since he started playing it in 2004. Mickelson shot 41 on the front nine and wound up with a 76 to miss the cut by four shots. Rory McIlroy was stride for stride with Dufner until he dropped three shots over the last two holes. McIlroy made double bogey with a fat shot out of a bunker and a pitch too strong over the green at No. 8, and then went over the green on No. 9 for a bogey and a 70. Even so, he was five behind and in the mix for a third title at Quail Hollow. He was at 6-under 136 along with Patrick Reed, who had a 69 as he goes for his first top 10 of the year. Defending champion Jason Day (69) was six behind. "I stood up here last night talking about that I got the most out of it yesterday, and today it was the complete opposite. I turned a 66 into a 70," McIlroy said. "Golf, it's a funny game and these things happen." Dufner didn't find too much funny about last year, when his world ranking fell from No. 41 to No. 124 and he missed the cut 11 times. That's when he decided to make changes to just about everything. "This is my fourth caddie of the year so far," he said. "I left Chuck Cook, started doing some other things. I started working with Phil Kenyon. I think I'm on my fourth or fifth putter this year. I'm on my fourth or fifth driver, my fourth or fifth golf ball, fourth or fifth lob wedge. I'm trying to find stuff that's going to work." It worked on Friday at Quail Hollow. He started his round by missing the green 35 yards to the left and holing the chip over the bunker. He made a 20-foot eagle. He missed a 3-foot par putt. He drove the green on the par-4 14th for another birdie. And he capped it all off with a 40-foot birdie putt on the peninsula green at the par-3 17th. It was the first time he shot 63 since Oak Hill in 2013, the year he won the PGA Championship. "I'm just getting to that point where I'm kind of settled with everything," he said. "Sometimes you make a change and it happens immediately. For me, that wasn't the case. But kind of getting past all those changes and settling into playing some better golf instead of coming to tournaments wondering how I might play or how it might go or is this going to be the right change. Getting to where I feel more comfortable with that and I can just go out play free and play some good golf." Dufner turned 42 in March and realizes he doesn't have many years left to compete at a high level. "I'm not really trying to be mediocre," he said. "I'm searching for things that are going to make me a better player." Homa always had the talent, winning the NCAA title at Cal with a three-shot victory over Jon Rahm. He just fell into the trap of thinking he had to be even better when he got to the PGA Tour, and he's had a rough go of it. But when he's driving it well, it frees up the rest of his game. He also went back to longtime friend Joe Greiner, who caddied for him his first year on tour until leaving for another friend, Kevin Chappell. "Joe stayed with me until it became financially irresponsible for him to work for me," Homa said. Chappell had back surgery and is out until the fall, and Homa brought him back. "My attitude is awesome nowadays," he said. "I don't really get too down on myself. I have an awesome, awesome caddie that doesn't let me. If I'm quiet, he yells at me and tells me quiet golfers are usually very mean to themselves, so we have a good thing going.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 4th, 2019

All-Stars LeBron, Irving lead Cavs past Suns

em>By Tom Withers, Associated Press /em> CLEVELAND -- Kyrie Irving scored 26 points, All-Star teammate LeBron James had 21 points and 15 assists, and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked more like themselves at home in a 118-103 win over the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). The Cavs were back in Quicken Loans Arena following a six-game road trip (their longest of the season) that concluded with an embarrassing 35-point loss at Golden State. But on their home floor, they had better offensive balance and ball movement while improving to 30-11 -- the same record Cleveland had at the halfway point of its 2016 NBA championship season. Channing Frye scored 18, Iman Shumpert 17 and James Jones 14 while filling in for star forward Kevin Love, still bothered by back spasms. Tyson Chandler had 22 points and 16 rebounds, but the Suns lost for the fourth time in five games. Already thin on their front line with Love out, the Cavs lost forward Tristan Thompson in the second quarter with a dislocated left index finger. However, Thompson returned after halftime. And Cleveland's offense was in a much better rhythm from the start after a trip that wasn't always pleasing to the eye. While trying to integrate newly acquired Kyle Korver into their rotation on the road, the Cavs got into some bad habits as they forced passes to one of the league's best shooters. A couple of practices seem to have helped as Korver made a pair of three-pointers in the second quarter of his home debut to help Cleveland open a 21-point lead. The Suns made a brief run in the third and got within 12 before Shumpert hit a pair of three’s and Jones hit one from long range. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> Chandler has at least 15 rebounds in six straight games, matching the club record set by Jim Fox in 1969. Phoenix coach Earl Watson has known Korver for years. When he joined the Jazz in 2010, Watson leased Korver's condominium in Utah. 'We go back. I sent him a lot of money every month,' Watson said with a smile. 'I'm glad I don't do that anymore.' On a serious note, Watson said Korver is a perfect addition for Cleveland, especially while J.R. Smith recovers from thumb surgery. 'He's a deadly knock-down shooter. He knows how to win,' Watson said. 'They're looking more long term instead of immediate. You get into the playoffs and you need a big three to stretch the floor. He's obviously the best shooter on their team. It's an impressive move.' em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>James, who missed his 46th career triple-double by one rebound, will be making his 13th consecutive All-Star Game appearance next month. He said the honor never gets old. 'Just means I've been doing something right in this league,' he said. 'Means I'm consistent and taking pride in my individual ability to go out and produce for the team every night, and whatever team I've been on in my career. It's always great to see my name up there with the best guys in the league, so it's a pretty cool thing.' Smith has had the hard cast removed from his right hand. He's expected back in late March. Jones made his first start since April 2, 2015. strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Suns: /strong> /em> At the New York Knicks on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). Phoenix won the first meeting this season in overtime. em> strong>Cavaliers: /strong> /em>Host the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in a matchup between two of the NBA's best teams. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2017

Raonic continues streak by reaching 3rd round in Australia

JOHN PYE, AP Sports Writer br /> MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Third-seeded Milos Raonic ended one streak and continued another with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (4) Thursday over Gilles Muller to reach the third round at the Australian Open. Raonic, who reached the semifinals here last year and the final at Wimbledon, had lost both previous matches to Muller — including one when he retired with an injured hip in the second round at Wimbledon in 2012. His win Thursday maintained Raonic's record of reaching the third round at least all seven years he has contested the Australian Open. The 33-year-old Muller entered the season's first major after capturing his first tour-level title in Sydney last week. Raonic was unable to defend his Brisbane title in the first week of the season, but is finding rhythm quickly in Melbourne — he fired 21 aces, hit 56 winners and only had 15 unforced errors against Muller. He left the court complaining of a sore throat, and will get a day off before his next match against No. 25 Gilles Simon. No. 15 Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Raonic in the semifinals before winning the Brisbane International earlier this month, moved into the third round with a 1-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Chung Hye-on. Dimitrov will next play No. 18 Richard Gasquet. No. 32 Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Donald Young 7-5, 6-3, 6-0. David Ferrer, the former world No. 3 who has only missed the quarterfinals once in the previous six years at Melbourne Park, recovered to beat U.S. qualifier Ernesto Escobedo 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 and set up a third-round match against fellow Spaniard and No. 13-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut. No. 30 Pablo Carreno Busta had a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 win over Kyle Edmund to move into a third-round match against either six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic or Denis Istomin. U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova and No. 9 Johanna Konta carried their winning form from warmup tournaments into the third round of the season's first major. Brisbane International winner Pliskova beat Anna Blinkova 6-0, 6-2 in 59 minutes, and has dropped just four games en route to the third round. She was leading 6-0, 4-0 in the opening match on Rod Laver Arena before the 18-year-old Russian qualifier, ranked 189th, held serve and later held up her arm to acknowledge the cheers from the crowd. 'It's always good to be in the zone,' said fifth-seeded Pliskova. 'It can always be a bit better.' 'I'm feeling pretty good on the court, confident,' she said. 'Also, people are talking I have a good chance to win a Grand Slam, but we are just in third round, so let's see.' She will next play Jelena Ostapenko, who beat No. 31 Yulia Putintseva 6-3, 6-1. Sydney International winner Konta, who made a surprising run to the semifinals in her debut Australian Open last year, advanced 6-4, 6-2 over Naomi Osaka. Konta, voted the WTA Tour's most improved player of 2016 after moving from 48th to 10th in the rankings, will next play former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki. WTA Finals winner Dominika Cibulkova held off Hsieh Su-wei 6-4, 7-6 (8) and will next play No. 30 Ekaterina Makarova, who was leading 6-2, 3-2 when Sara Errani retired because of a leg injury. No. 14 Elena Vesnina advanced to a third-round encounter against U.S. qualifier Jennifer Brady, who saved five match points before beating Heather Watson 2-6, 7-6 (3), 10-8. Andy Murray returned to the practice court for an afternoon hitting session under the scrutiny of coach Ivan Lendl, allaying concerns about his injured right ankle. Top-ranked Murray, a five-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, twisted his ankle and tumbled to the court during the third set of his otherwise routine second-round win on Wednesday night. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2017

Beermen stay hot after surviving Gin Kings in thriller

It wasn't as dominant as their last couple of wins but it was a win regardless. Two-time defending Philippine Cup champion San Miguel pushed its winning streak to six games after surviving sister team Ginebra in a low-scoring affair, 72-70, Sunday at the Big Dome. Already assured of a quarterfinal berth after taking care of Blackwater just two days ago, the Beermen have started their quest for a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals. The champs also maintained their stranglehold of first place after pushing their record to a near-perfect 7-1. San Miguel appeared to cruise to a victory, leading by eight with two minutes to go but Ginebra got two booming treys from Joe Devance and LA Tenorio to make things interesting. With 11 seconds to go, the Gin Kings had the chance to tie or go for the win after Marcio Lassiter missed two crucial free throws but Tenorio's floater was way short against the defense of Arwind Santos. 'I know from the start na this will be a tight game for us dahil I think the energy of our team has gone down since our last game against Blackwater,' head coach Leo Austria said who once again started his post-game talk with his now infamous 'well ah...' remark. 'Mabuti na lang talagang may kaunti pang Petron na laman ang gas tank ng mga players,' he added finding time to put a little product placement here and there. Despite a broken nose, Alex Cabagnot once again led the Beermen in scoring with 16 points while Santos posted a double-double of 10 points and 12 rebounds. Ronald Tubid came off the bench to add another 10 points for the champs. Meanwhile, Ginebra's up-and-down season continued as the Gin Kings dropped to 3-4 in the Philippine Cup. Japeth Aguilar picked up where he left off from Christmas and paced Ginebra with 17 points.   The scores: SAN MIGUEL 72 - Cabagnot 16, Tubid 12, Santos 10, Fajardo 9, Lassiter 7, Espinas 7, De Ocampo 5, Ross 4, Garcia 2, Heruela 0. GINEBRA 70 - Aguilar 17, Mercado 11, Tenorio 8, Devance 7, Ferrer 7, Thompson 6, Cruz 6, Ellis 2, Mariano 2, Marcelo 2, Caguioa 2. Quarters: 15-17, 32-31, 53-49, 72-70   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 8th, 2017

76ers survive late flurry to beat Nuggets

DENVER (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers came up big in the fourth quarter a night after collapsing in the final 12 minutes. Ersan Ilyasova had a career-high 23 points and 13 rebounds and the 76ers survived a flurry in the final seconds to beat the Denver Nuggets 124-122 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). 'I feel like the trip has been rewarded with a win and us having the ability to finally close out a game and finish off the fourth period,' Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said. Joel Embiid returned after sitting out Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) loss in Utah to score 23 points and hit key free throws down the stretch. The Sixers ended their four-game trip with just their third win away from home despite having just nine available players. They had a chance to win the other three games on this trip but consistently faltered in the fourth quarter. The Jazz outscored them 30-9 to end Thursday's game, and the Sixers went over the tape of the period Friday morning. The attention to detail paid off. 'Tonight, that was the emphasis at the end of the third quarter, that's what everybody was talking about,' Embiid said. 'We focused, we locked in and got the win.' Nikola Jokic had a game-high 25 points for the Nuggets, and Emmanuel Mudiay scored 22. Denver had won four of its last five home games but a bad start led to another defeat. 'I thought our focus at shootaround [Friday, Saturday PHL time] was not great,' coach Michael Malone said. 'And I think that when you win a few games you start to feel pretty good about yourself and you forget why you have been winning games.' The Nuggets had a chance to tie it during a frantic ending. After Embiid hit two free throws to put the Sixers up four, Jokic was fouled on a three-point attempt. Jokic made the first two free throws and intentionally missed the third. Denver's Gary Harris grabbed the rebound but missed a short bank shot, and Kenneth Faried's tip-in try was off as time expired. 'Jokic did a great job missing, I got a shot up and we had a chance for a tip-in, but it just didn't go our way,' Harris said. The Nuggets pulled within 114-113 with 1:43 left, but Philadelphia's T.J. McConnell hit his third three-pointer of the night — matching his total makes for the season. He finished with 17 points and eight assists. Four straight foul shots by Denver tied it, but Embiid split a pair of free throws to put Philadelphia ahead by one. He then stripped Jokic on the other end as the center went up for a go-ahead layup and drained two more free throws to put the Sixers ahead 120-117 with 15.9 seconds left. strong>TIP-INS /strong> em> strong>Sixers: /strong> /em> Sergio Rodriguez sprained his left ankle in the loss at Utah on Thursday (Friday, PHL time) and did not play Friday. Richaun Holmes was not with the team and is in concussion protocol. G Gerald Henderson missed his second straight game with left hip soreness. em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em> Wilson Chandler (right neck sprain/strain) and Jamal Murray (groin soreness) both played. Jokic has scored in double figures in 12 of his last 14 games. strong>CENTER OF ATTENTION /strong> Nuggets big man Jusuf Nurkic played 18:33 after not playing in four straight games and averaging just 6:16 in three other games. Nurkic expressed his disappointment after practice Thursday (Friday, PHL time), telling The Denver Post, 'I'm not here to sit on the bench; I'm here to play basketball.' Malone said before Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) game he had no problem with Nurkic's sentiments. 'Nurk's been great,' Malone said. 'I understand guys want to be out there. They're competitive. You want them to be competitive. Just make sure you're being a good teammate.' strong>UP NEXT /strong> em> strong>Sixers: /strong> /em> Host Minnesota on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). em> strong>Nuggets: /strong> /em>At the Golden State Warriors on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2016

MPBL: Terrific Tayongtong leads QC to home win over Makati

Joco Tayongtong scored 13 of his 20 points in the final quarter as the Quezon City Capitals - WEMSAP roared back in the endgame to stun Makati Super Crunch 91-85 in Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball Lakan Cup action on Tuesday at the Ateneo Blue Eagle Gym. "Ang nasa isip ko lang ay manalo sa home court namin," said the former JRU Heavy Bomber after the game. Makati looked in command from the second quarter up until midway through the fourth after three straight JJ Manlangit baskets put them up by a dozen, 82-70. And then Joco Tayongtong happened. Tayongtong went berserk, leading an 11-0 run bouyed by a noisy crowd at the Blue Eagle Gym. Juneric Baloria's two free throws stopped the rot briefly for Makati, but Tayongtong went back to work with a three ball that keyed a 10-1 run to finish the game. Makati failed to score a field goal in the last five minutes of the contest to lose for the first time in five outings as only defending champion San Juan remains unbeaten in the Lakan Cup while QC improves to 3-2. Jeckster Apinan top scored for Cholo Villanueva's team with 21 points in a losing effort. The game brought back memories of the two teams' playoff series earlier this year in the Datu Cup, when seventh-seeded QC upset second-seeded Makati, sweeping them in two games. In the second game, Davao Occidental Cocolife upped their standing to 4-1 with a comfortable 86-55 romp over Rizal Golden Coolers Xentro Mall. Leading 36-31 at the half, the Tigers exploded with 27 points in the third quarter against only eight from Rizal to put a once-competitive game out of reach. Billy Robles, James Forrester and Mark Yee led the way with a barrage of points against a hapless Rizal defense. Yee claimed his 14th player of the game award with 21 points and 12 boards for a league-record 23rd MPBL double-double. Robles chipped in 15 for Davao. Only one player from Xentro Mall, Achie Iñigo, got into double figures with ten points. The Golden Coolers drop to 1-3. In the first match the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort won the Battle of BF Homes, defeating neighbors the Parañaque Patriots Yabo Sports 85-78. GJ Ylagan had a mammoth game with 22 points, including 6 out of 10 from three- point range, none bigger than a trey with 70 seconds to go in the game that gave Angelis Resort a 78-72 cushion. Matching Ylagan in scoring 22 was point guard Ryusei Koga, who skillfully outfoxed the Patriot pressing defense all day long with his ball-handling and passing. Completing the Munti big three was John Kevin Ortuoste, who poured in 19 markers. Parañaque shot a paltry 30.4 percent from the field, led by Vinny Begaso's 18 markers. Muntinlupa won despite seeing head coach Richie Melencio get tossed with 1:26 left in the game for a second technical after complaining about the officiating all game long. The Cagers climb to 2-4 in the standings with a second straight win. The Patriots are also now at 2-4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2019

Grizzlies rookie Brandon Clarke named Summer League MVP

Memphis Grizzlies rookie forward Brandon Clarke has been named 2019 NBA Summer League MVP, the league announced, Tuesday (PHL time). The @memgrizz's @brandonclarke23 named 2019 @NBASummerLeague MVP! #NBASummer pic.twitter.com/fEIisTCZ8t — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 The 21st overall pick of the 2019 NBA Draft missed the early part of the Las Vegas tournament as he waited for a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder to become official, but he put up 14.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in five games, leading Memphis to the title game. ???? 2019 @NBASummerLeague First Team ????@TheReal_NAW1 @_bigjayy_ @brandonclarke23 @nunnbetter_ @23savage____ pic.twitter.com/k7UDjYnJhk — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 Joining Clarke in the NBA Summer League First Team are Nickeil Alexander-Walker of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kendrick Nunn of the Miami Heat, Jarrett Allen of the Brooklyn Nets, and Mitchell Robinson of the New York Knicks. ???? 2019 @NBASummerLeague Second Team ????@chrisboucher @rui_8mura @hayes_jaxson @AnferneeSimons @lonniewalker_4 pic.twitter.com/7KLpWpoX02 — NBA (@NBA) July 15, 2019 The NBA Summer League Second Team is comprised of Chris Boucher of the Toronto Raptors, Rui Hachimura of the Washington Wizards, Jaxson Hayes of the New Orleans Pelicans, Anfernee Simons of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Lonnie Walker IV of the San Antonio Spurs. The Grizzlies take on the Minnesota Timberwolves later today for the 2019 Summer League title......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

MPBL: Celiz s career-best helps Gensan to a 93-87 win at Valenzuela

Robbie Celiz came off the bench to lead the Gensan Warriors Burlington to a 93-87 road win over Valenzuela SVP Top Marketplace at the Valenzuela Astrodome in Monday night action in the Lakan Cup of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League. Celiz scored 25 points and hauled down 7 rebounds as the Rich Alvarez-coached Warriors gain a fourth straight win to move to 4-2 in the standings, the same record as Valenzuela. Leading 68-62 after three periods, Gensan pulled away in the fourth thanks to timely offense from Celiz, Pamboy Raymundo and Chris Masaglang. Raymundo had a sparkling evening with 14 points and 12 assists. Raymundo's counterpart, Paolo Hubalde, scored 15 points for the home side but could only muster two assists. Jayson Varilla top scored for Valenzuela with 20 markers "Wala si Michael Williams kaya sinabi sa akin ng coaching staff na kailangan mag step up sa scoring at defense. Ginawa ko lang ang trabaho ko," said player of the game Celiz after. In the second game, Batangas City Athletics Tanduay needed overtime to subdue a pesky Basilan Steel Jumbo Plastic team, 101-89. The Steel battled back in the fourth quarter and saw Cris Dumapig score the last three points to force an extension. But it was one-way traffic in OT as the Athletics, who had led for most of the second half, ran away with the game. Batangas guard Jeff Viernes was in beast mode with 27 points and four three-pointers while Jay Collado was Basilan's best scorer with 20 points. The Athletics go to 2-1 while the Steel are now sporting a 3-2 slate. In the early game Bill McAloney was the hero as Cebu Sharks - Casino Ethyl Alcohol nipped Iloilo United Royals, 69-68. With Cebu trailing 68-66 with time winding down, McAloney barreled in from the left flank and knocked in a lay-up off the glass. He was fouled on the play and showed his nerve by draining the go-ahead charity. On the next play, Francis Tamsi's last-second attempt to win the game for the Royals missed, and the Sharks leveled their record at 3-3. The Ilonggos meanwhile go down to 3-2. McAloney scored 12 of his 15 points in the last quarter, doing just enough to outduel Royal Samboy De Leon, who was good for 20 points, half of which came in the fourth. Iloilo was unlucky to see Jay Javelosa come off injured in the fourth period with a sprain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

PBA: Terrence Jones new tropa wants to send him back to the NBA

Over the last couple of seasons, the PBA has seen its share of super imports. Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee immediately comes to mind. Meralco’s Allen Durham and Phoenix’s Eugene Phelps fit in that mold too. Alaska’s Mike Harris is in that list as well. The uber-talented Glen Rice Jr. could have made it if he just got it together. But for the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, TNT brought not just any other import. Tired of underperforming for the past few conferences, the KaTropa went ahead and signed former Houston Rockets forward Terrence Jones for the mid-season joust. With Jones, TNT went the super — SUPER — import route and it has been worth every penny for the KaTropa, at least so far.   ROCKET MAN Many former NBA players have played in the PBA before, that’s not a new thing. But what makes Jones special is that he’s at his peak of his powers now as he plays his first stint in the PBA. Jones is a former first-round pick and was a legitimate NBA contributor. In his best NBA season, in 2013-2014 for Houston, Jones started 71 games and had career-high numbers of 12.1 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. This dude is legit. “Oo iba, iba siya talaga,” guard RR Pogoy said of Jones. (Yes, he’s really different). In just one conference, Pogoy and Jones have clicked as teammates. Terrence has admitted that RR is one of his favorite local targets when he’s trying to spot an open teammate when opposing teams double on him. Pogoy admits that Jones is one of the best, if not the best, import he’s ever played with. “Pwedeng-pwede pa siya talaga sa NBA eh. Iba yung skills niya,” he added. (He could still play in the NBA. His skills are just different).   THE DIFFERENCE TNT has ran pretty much the same system for years. Whether you like this team or now, they know what style they want to play andd they identify players that fit that system well. The KaTropa have dominated the PBA without a traditional big man. Ask other teams, they’ve been blindsided and bamboozled by a TNT offense led by diminutive point guards like Jimmy Alapag and Jayson Castro. However, the KaTropa have hit another rough patch. The team hasn’t made it to the PBA semifinals since 2017. Their 2018 campaign was a lot like the horror 2016 year with the only difference being three seasons ago, they actually made it to the semifinals of the Governors’ Cup as a no. 1 seed. Last year, they won zero playoff games and missed the playoffs altogether once so in essence, 2018 was a worse nightmare for the KaTropa. It didn’t help that in the previous All-Filipino, they were practically a missed 24-second violation away from ending the San Miguel Beer Philippine Cup dynasty. The winning formula no longer works for TNT. Or at the very least, it’s not as effective. Enter Terrence Jones. “Malaking tulong talaga siya sa team namin. Kung ano yung kulang samin, parang fit na fit talaga siya eh. Napa-dali na lang yung mga buhay namin sa basketball,” Pogoy said of Jones. (He’s a big help to our team. What we lack, he fits right in. Our basketball lives are easier with him). “Yung rebounding tsaka yung pagka-shot blocker niya [malaking tulong]. Naiilang din yun kalaban namin eh, sa rebound naman naco-control namin kasi may malaki na kami, yun naman talaga kulang namin,” Pogoy added. (His rebounding and his presence as a shot blocker is a huge help). In 10 games so far, Jones is averaging 14.9 rebounds per game. That may not seem much for an import but he’s never had fewer than 10 in a game and has hit a high 22 rebounds. His shot blocking has helped TNT shore up its overall defense as well with Jones averaging 2.9 rejections a game with his three best performances coming against Columbian (7 blocks), Ginebra (6 blocks), and San Miguel (5 blocks). The last two teams feature perhaps the two best frontlines in the league today by a wide margin. Aside from his defensive presences, Jones is a force on offense as well, averaging 34.5 points on close to 50 percent shooting. He’s hit over 30 points eight times and over 40 points four times. Scoring will be a given for a player of his caliber but what sets him apart is his ability to locate open teammates and willingly pass the ball to them. Jones is good for at least four assists in every game and he’s topped out at 16 dimes so far. In 10 games, he’s rounding up to 7.7 assists per outing which leads all imports, and the whole league actually. “Talagang willing passer siya, hinahanap din niya talaga yung mga kasama niya. Kumbaga di niya inaako lahat yung scoring load,” forward Troy Rosario said of his new frontcourt tandem in Jones. (He’s a willing passer. He really tries to find his teammates and he’s not trying to shoulder all the scoring load). “Kami ready pa rin kami lagi. Syempre yung experience niya sa NBA talagang pinapakita niya dito, natutulungan din niya kami kung saan kami dapat lumugar sa plays kasi advanced na siya eh, kahit di na sabihin ni coach alam na niya dapat gawin,” he added. (We’re just ready as locals. He’s really showing his NBA experience here, he’s helping us to where we need to be on plays because he’s so advanced he knows what to do even before coach tells us).   THE LEADER Aside from putting up big numbers across the board, there’s one underrated factor about Terrence Jones that has led to him making a positive impact on TNT. Jones made an effort to be a leader for the KaTropa and his teammates have rallied behind him for sure. The result is in the way they play and the way they win in the Commissioner’s Cup. “I think it’s come to them [TNT locals] listening and understanding that I have a little experience on what it takes to try to win and be a good teammate,” Jones said of his leadership role with the KaTropa and how it worked out. “They listened and understood that and we’ve been having fun ever since,” he added. TNT is full of alpha-level players but Jones’ NBA resume has certainly helped in making them line up behin their import and provide support. The the KaTropa have been running like a well-oiled machince with that set up. “Leadership pa lang niya ang laking tulong na samin. As locals, ginagawa lang namin kung ano dapat namin gawin para maka-contribute din and para matulungan din siya,” Rosario said. (His leadership alone is a big help for us. As locals, we just try to do what we need to do to contribute and to help him out). “Magaling siya, isa talaga siya mga leader namin ngayon. Talagang nili-lift up niya kami, di lang sa salita pati sa gawa,” Pogoy added. (He’s great, he’s one of our leaders now. He really lifts us up not just with words but with action as well)   THE LONG ROAD BACK TO THE ASSOCIATION It would be incredible if TNT ends up having Terrence Jones as a resident import the same way Ginebra has Justin Brownlee or Phoenix has Eugene Phelps or Meralco having Allen Durham. However, the KaTropa know that their super import still has a good shot of returning to the NBA and they plan on helping him get back there. “Syempre goal namin makapasok sa playoffs, nagawa na namin yun. Ang susunod na step is next round sa playoffs. Malaking tulong din yun sa kanya kasi yung pangalan niya bumabango ulit,” Rosario said. (Our goal is to make the playoffs and we did that. Now the next step is to get to the next round of the playoffs. That’s a big help for him to get his name out there again). “Preparation na rin kasi alam namin na after dito, meron siyang invites sa mga training camps,” he added. (It’s also good preparation because we know after this, he has some invites to camps). With TNT at 9-1 and a top-2 seed in the playoffs, the team is certainly favored to win in the Commissioner’s Cup. And perhaps one of Jones’ best ways to once again get some traction is to put up great numbers for a championship team in a big league like the PBA. There’s a big check mark on the numbers part and while he can’t win a title by his lonesome, Jones has an entire tropa that has his back. “Lalo na kung mag-champion kami, mabango yung pangalan niya di ba?” Pogoy said. (If we win the championship, that’s good for his name, right?). “Marami naman nags-scout diyan, nakikita siya and maganda pinapakita niya. Feel ko [kaya bumalik sa NBA],” he added. (There’s people that scout him, seeing him and how good he’s been performing. I feel [he can make it back to the NBA]). Of course, winning a PBA championship does not directly award Jones and NBA roster spot. However, he appreciates that his team backs him up in that regard. Right now TNT’s super import is just concerned about playing well with his team and winning more games. “I appreciate it, I wish nothing but the best for all my teammates as well,” Jones said. “I hope you guys see that while we’re playing, we’re smiling and enjoying one another when anybody scores. It’s just like a family atmosphere,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2019

20 million children not vaccinated in 2018: U.N. warns against stagnation

GENEVA, Switzerland – Almost 20 million children missed out on potentially life-saving vaccinations last year, the UN said Monday, July 15, as surging measles cases highlighted "dangerous" gaps in efforts to shield kids from preventable illness. Last year, 19.4 million children were "not fully vaccinated," the World Health Organization and the ........»»

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ONE Championship: Rene Catalan gives honest assessment on Jomary Torres latest loss

Catalan Fighting System head coach Rene "The Challenger" Catalan talks honestly about his prized pupil's missed opportunity at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on Friday, 12 July.   In a critical contest which could determine her future in ONE Championship, CFS’ Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres lost by first-round submission to Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Torres was on the retreat from the opening bell, and she never found her rhythm the entire night.   Catalan revealed that Torres deviated from the months-long game plan they worked on, and he refused to beat around the bush in expressing his disappointment with his athlete.   “She’s still doing the same things she did in her previous contests,” Catalan said.    “We worked intently for three months, even up to the warm ups we were doing drills to improve her muscle memory, but it was still lacking [in the ring],” Catalan added. “Our game plan was to move forward, hit her with a jab and a combo, step back, and pivot, but we didn’t see that in the ring.”    The submission loss, which came by way of triangle choke, was Torres' fourth consecutive defeat at The Home of Martial Arts, and Catalan did not exactly mince his words over the loss.   “I told her that her stock in ONE Championship is plummeting,” Catalan said. “There were a lot of expectations of her, and now they’re dismayed because she keeps on backpedaling.”   “There was no eagerness to knock her opponent out. Even I am dismayed because I know Jihin would have a harder time if she applied the game plan.”    Despite his brutal honesty, Catalan is still a believer of Torres. However, he remains firm that he will no longer accept “moral victories.”   “I told her to stop thinking about friends who would say ‘it’s okay, better luck next time.’ There’s a difference between ‘that’s okay’ and ‘congratulations,’” Catalan said.   “I always tell her that there’s no tomorrow. There’s no next time. Of course, if she loses, it also effects the team and the coaches, and that’s why we’re working intently on her game.”.....»»

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LOOK: Isko Moreno wants to build Manila civic center

MANILA, Phlippines – Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is eyeing the construction of several parks and green walkways to create a new "Manila civic center" that would allow pedestrians and bikers to move from Rizal Park to Escolta. Moreno said the plan seeks to put the city in order and is in ........»»

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Blackwater seals No. 3 seed, denies Alaska playoff seat

MANILA, Philippines – Blackwater secured the No. 3 seed in the quarterfinals and denied Alaska a playoff berth with a 112-104 win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, July 14.  Ray Parks finished with a near triple-double of 25 points, 10 rebounds, 8 assists, ........»»

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PBA: Blackwater pounces on third-seed after piling onto Alaska s woes

Blackwater will continue its best campaign in franchise history as the third-seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup by virtue of a well-earned 112-104 win over Alaska, Sunday at Araneta Coliseum. As always, super rookie Ray Parks Jr. and American reinforcement Staphon Blair showed the Elite the way to victory with the former finishing with 25 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and three steals and the latter ending with his own 14-marker, 10-board double-double. With those two at the head of the attack, the upstart squad has now risen to its best-ever finish in the elimination round. However, it was Allein Maliksi, Mac Belo, and Roi Sumang who got together in the 9-3 run that broke open a tied tally of 93-all and built up a 102-96 advantage for Blackwater inside the last four minutes. The Aces wouldn’t quit just yet as Simon Enciso and Jeron Teng pulled them within a solitary point, 101-102. Only, Sumang had the quick counter for Blackwater and scored all but three points in their 9-3 finishing kick that eventually ended as their seventh win in 11 games. Prior to this, the Elite's best record at the end of eliminations was as the fifth-seed back in the 2018 Governors' Cup. Sumang wound up with 18 points in this one while Maliksi and Belo also added 15 and 13 markers, respectively. They now await how the bottom half of the seedings shake out, but their next matchups may be opposite Magnolia, San Miguel, or Rain or Shine. Also awaiting the results of the last three games in the eliminations is Alaska which suffered its fifth setback in a row and now stands at 4-7. Fronting their effort is American reinforcement Diamon Simpson who had 24 points on top of 18 rebounds, eight assists, and two blocks. BOX SCORES BLACKWATER 112 - Parks 25, Sumang 18, Maliksi 15, Blair 14, Belo 13, Al-Hussaini 12, Digregorio 6, Desiderio 4, Cortez 3, Sena 2, Alolino 0. ALASKA 104 - Simpson 24, Banchero 18, Thoss 15, Manuel 15, Teng 11, Enciso 9, Casio 6, Racal 4, Pascual 2, Exciminiano 0, Cruz 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-32, 56-55, 80-78, 112-104. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PVL: Lady Troopers equalize

PacificTown Army beat BanKo, 25-23, 20-25, 25-20, 25-23, in Game 2 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference battle for third on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Troopers equalized in the best-of-three series and put themselves in a good position to snatch the bronze depending on the outcome of the championship series between Creamline and PetroGazz. BanKo played catch early in the fourth set and knotted it at 20. Ging Balse Pabayo capped a two-point swing for Army before the Perlas Spikers tied it again at 22.  Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink put the Lady Troopers back on top with an off the block kill before BanKo setter Jem Ferrer was whistled for a setting error that put Army at match point, 24-22. The Perlas Spikers saved a match point before Lymareva-Flink sealed the win with a hammer that penetrated the two-woman wall of BanKo.     Royse Tubino finished with 23 points including 20 off attacks while Lymareva-Flink scored all but one of her 21 markers from kills while adding 13 excellent sets for the Lady Troopers. American Jenelle Jordan had 17 points while Best Libero winner Angela Nunag posted 18 digs for PacificTown Army.  "Definitely, masaya dahil nanalo, pero hindi mo inaasahan na yung laban ang taas ng level. Both teams panalo sa laro na ‘to kasi nagi-exceed na sa expectation yung level ng competitiveness as a whole tapos makikita mo ang team mo kasama doon sa level ng pag-angat," said Lady Troopers coach Kungfu Reyes.  PacificTown Army can bag the bronze medal if Creamline wins over PetroGazz in Game 2 of the Finals because of a higher tiebreak using the FIVB rule. The championship match is ongoing as of press time.    Game 3, if necessary, in on Sunday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo. The Perlas Spikers showed grit in a thrilling 25-27, 10-25, 27-25, 26-24, 16-14, come-from-behind win in Game 1 on Wednesday. Thai Sutadta Chuewulim finished with 14 points with 10 digs and 13 excellent receptions while 1st Best Middle Spiker Kathy Bersola had 13 markers with five coming off kill blocks BanKo. Best Opposite Spiker Dzi Gervacio and 1st Best Open Hitter fired 12 points each in a lost cause.      --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

Pasaol wills Balanga to first title in Chooks 3x3 Patriot s Cup

For the fourth time in as many legs in the 2019 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3 Patriot's Cup presented by Coca-Cola, there was a different champion. Wilkins-Balanga Pure topped archrivals Gold's Gym-Pasig Kings in the final, 21-17 (1:26), Saturday afternoon at SM Megamall Events Center. And the x-factor for Balanga in this tournament endorsed by FIBA 3X3 and sanctioned by the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas was the return of Santi Santillan, who missed the first three legs. "Laking bagay ni Santi kasi lalo kaming lumaki. Grabe din yung mga shots niya," said Alvin Pasaol as Santillan was a huge part in the then-1Bataan Risers' second-place finish in the President's Cup two months ago. With Balanga behind 8-9 midway through the finale, Santillan knocked down a quick deuce to spark a 7-2 run to gain a four-point edge. "Yun lang nasa isip ko. Sabi ko sa sarili ko nakapag bumalik ako ng 3x3, dapat champion ako. Na-miss ko yung larong ito," said Santillan. Pasig's 1-2 punch Taylor Statham and Joshua Munzon rallied their squad back, cutting the lead to just two with 2:29 remaining, 16-18. Prince Orizu though was able to stop Balanga's bleeding while Pasaol sent Balanga to championship-point with 1:55 left.  Pasaol then made sure to end the game, scoring on a tough runner over Nikola Pavlovic and Taylor Statham with 1:26 to spare to bag the PhP 100, 000 pot. Pasaol and Santillan had eight and seven markers, respectively, while Karl Dehesa added five points. Munzon paced Pasig with 10 points, all on deuces. Pasig and Balanga will enter the Grand Finals on Saturday, July 27 still at SM Megamall as the second- and third-seeds, respectively. Balanga dropped VetHealth-Delhi 3BL down to solo fourth (290 points) after taking a thrilling 21-20 (1:04) semifinals win. In the other bracket, Pasig eliminated third leg champs Phenom-Basilan Steel, 17-7. Still, Basilan will enter the last leg as the top -seed with 330 points. The top four teams will automatically gain a quarterfinals berth for the fifth leg that has PhP 1, 000, 000 and a ticket to the 2019 Jeddah Masters as top prize. The bottom eight teams, on the other hand, will compete in a knockout stage to advance to the quarterfinals. In the side events, Delhi's Kiran Shastri won the Coca-Cola Two-Point Shootout for the fourth straight time while Jebb Bulawan ended David Carlos' four-peat bid in the Coca-Cola Slam Dunk Competition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2019

11 years after epic, Federer tops Nadal in Wimbledon semis

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — After waiting 11 years to get another shot against Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon, Roger Federer was so, so close to the finish line. One match point slipped away when Federer missed a forehand return. A second came and went on a backhand return. Later, serving for a spot in a record 12th final at the All England Club, Federer shanked a leaping overhead off the top edge of his racket frame, giving Nadal a break point. After Nadal wasted that chance, Federer earned two more match points — and failed to convert those, either, as his wife, Mirka, peeked through the fingers covering her face. Federer knew it wouldn't be easy against his great rival. Never is, really, no matter where they play. Eventually, Nadal pushed a backhand long on match point No. 5, bringing an anticlimactic close to the otherwise classic contest and allowing Federer to win their semifinal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 on Friday. "I'm exhausted. It was tough at the end," Federer said. "I'm just very relieved it's all over." Federer closed in on a ninth championship at the All England Club and 21st Grand Slam trophy in all. To get to those numbers in Sunday's final, Federer must get past Novak Djokovic, who is the defending champion and seeded No. 1. "We all know how good he is anywhere," Djokovic said about Federer, "but especially here." Djokovic isn't too shabby himself. He reached his sixth final at the grass-court major by beating 23rd-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 earlier Friday. Djokovic is eyeing a fifth championship at Wimbledon and 16th major title. As entertaining as that first semifinal was — including a 45-stroke point won by Djokovic — it was merely a tasty appetizer ahead of the day's delectable main course. Not only was this the 40th installment of Federer vs. Nadal, but it also was their first meeting at Wimbledon since the 2008 final. In a match many consider the best in the sport's lengthy annals, Nadal edged Federer 9-7 in a fifth set that ended after 9 p.m., as any trace of daylight disappeared. How excited, then, were the spectators for the rematch? When Federer and Nadal strode out into the sunshine at 4:30 p.m. Friday, they were welcomed by a standing ovation before ever swinging a racket. Quickly, that greeting was justified. These are, of course, two of the greats of all-time — maybe the two greatest — and they lived up to that status for stretches. One key, for Federer, was that his rebuilt backhand, hit strong and flat more frequently than it used to be, held steady against Nadal's bullwhip of a lefty forehand. Another was that Federer was able to withstand Nadal's serve, which has improved a ton over the years. Federer amassed 10 break points, and though he succeeded on just two, that was enough, with the last, vital conversion making it 2-1 in the fourth set. And then there was this: Federer won 25 of the 33 points when he went to the net. "I didn't play well enough," said Nadal, who lost a five-set semifinal to Djokovic a year ago at Wimbledon. There was something of an "Anything you can do, I can do, too" vibe to Friday's proceedings. Federer would kick up chalk with an ace to a corner, and Nadal would do the same in the next game. When Nadal jumped out to a 3-2 lead in the first-set tiebreaker, Federer used sublime returning to reel off five points in a row to claim it. Who else but Federer could strike a serve so well that Nadal's wild reply would be caught by someone in the Royal Box behind him, as happened early in the second set? Who else but Nadal could attack Federer's generally unassailable forehand in such a manner as to draw one so off the mark that it landed in the third row? "I thought probably the biggest points in the match went my way. There were some tight ones and long rallies," Federer said. "He plays with such velocity and spins and everything, you're not always sure you're going to connect the right way." No one ever has managed to reduce Federer to mid-match mediocrity quite the way Nadal can, part of why the Spaniard entered Friday with a 24-15 overall lead head-to-head, including 10-3 at Grand Slam tournaments. This was the second major in a row where they've faced off: Nadal won their windy French Open semifinal last month en route to his 12th championship on the red clay and 18th Slam overall. But Wimbledon is Federer's dominion: He's won 101 matches at the place — more than any other man at any other Slam, even Nadal at Roland Garros — and all of those trophies. Djokovic, meanwhile, leads his series with Federer 25-22, including 9-6 in Grand Slam matches. "I hope I can push him to the brink and hopefully beat him. But it's going to be very difficult, as we know," Federer said. "He's not No. 1 just by chance." On Friday, Djokovic was as animated as ever. When Bautista Agut's shot hit the net tape, popped in the air and slid over for a winner that tied their semifinal at a set apiece, Djokovic motioned to the roaring fans, sarcastically encouraging folks to get louder. When Djokovic ended that 45-stroke point — the longest on record at Wimbledon, where such stats date to 2005 — with a backhand winner, he cupped his ear while glaring into the stands. "I had," Djokovic said, "to dig deep." Even Bautista Agut didn't really expect his visit to the All England Club to last this long: The Spaniard was supposed to meet a half-dozen of his buddies on the island of Ibiza this weekend for his bachelor party. Instead, those pals were sitting in a guest box at Centre Court on Friday. Eventually, Djokovic took control with his enviable ability to return serves, track down balls and go from defense to offense. Now he's Federer's problem......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Djokovic wins longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon

By Mattias Karen, Associated Press WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Going by the number of strokes, it was the longest point ever recorded at Wimbledon. And for Novak Djokovic, it went a long way toward putting him into another final at the All England Club. After exchanging dozens of strokes during the third set of his semifinal match against Roberto Bautista Agut on Friday, Djokovic finally smacked a backhand down the line with the 45th shot of the rally to save a break point. The defending champion held serve to make it 5-2 and went on to win the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. According to official statistics, the 45-stroke rally was the longest at Wimbledon since they started tracking point lengths in 2005. But for Djokovic, the important part was the impact it had on what was a very closely-fought duel up until that stage. "At one stage of the match, it could have gone (a) different way. Was very close in the third set," said Djokovic, who faces Roger Federer in Sunday's final as he goes for a fifth Wimbledon title. "Couple of very long games when I broke his serve and he had some break points, a very long rally. I managed to make a winner down the line with a backhand. Obviously winning that game was crucial for me. It gave me more confidence and relief so I could swing more freely in the next games." Aside from the number of strokes, the point itself was perhaps not that memorable. For much of it, both players seemed content with just hitting the ball back over the net and waiting for the other to make a mistake. The last 18 strokes were all crosscourt backhands, with the players remaining in more or less the same position until Djokovic finally switched it up with his shot straight down the line. That was at 30-40, and Bautista Agut had missed a previous break point as well at 15-40, which he said made him a bit more cautious on his second opportunity. "I had an easy forehand (on the first break point). I went too much for it," the Spaniard said. "Then the next point I wanted to play — I didn't want to take a risk on the point, to play long, to play a good rally. Was maybe one of the best points of the match." The previous Wimbledon record was 42 strokes, set in a 2006 match between Jarkko Nieminen and Dmitry Tursunov. The women's record is 39, set in a 2007 match between Nathalie Dechy and Elena Dementieva. Rallies on grass are usually shorter than on clay or hard courts. SECOND CHANCE Barbora Strycova made a Wimbledon final after all — in women's doubles. A day after losing to Serena Williams in the singles semifinals, Strycova teamed up with Hsieh Su-wei to beat top-seeded Timea Bagos and Kristina Mladenovic 7-6 (5), 6-4 and reach her first Grand Slam final. Strycova has 26 doubles titles in her career but lost in the semifinals twice at both the Australian Open and U.S. Open and once at the French Open. Hsieh won the 2013 Wimbledon and 2014 French Open doubles titles. The third-seeded pair will play No. 4 Yifan Xu and Gabriela Dabrowski, who beat Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. JUNIOR FINALS Shintaro Mochizuki became the first Japanese player to reach a junior boys' Grand Slam singles final after outlasting fourth-seeded American Martin Damm 6-1, 0-6, 10-8. The eighth-seeded Mochizuki will play Carlos Gimeno Valero of Spain, who beat Harold Mayot of France 7-6 (5), 6-4. Gimeno Valero will also be playing his first Grand Slam final. In the junior girls' final, Alexa Noel of the United States will face Daria Snigur of Ukraine. Noel beat Diane Parry of France 6-2, 6-1, and Snigur defeated Emma Navarro of the United States 6-3, 6-0......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019