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PBA Finals: McCullough on title: “We’re gonna win this s***”

Chris McCullough willled San Miguel Beer to victory in Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. McCullough outscored TNT KaTropa by himself in the final 12 minutes, 19-14, and San Miguel Beer completed a comeback from 16 points down to take a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title. The man was simply on a mission and he wants this title bad. “We’re going to win this s***,” McCullough said repeatedly after they pulled through in Game 5. The young San Miguel import finished the win with 35 points and 22 rebounds. His clutch basket inside the last 30 seconds over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen ahead, 95-94. “I don’t remember it to be honest,” McCullough said of his go-ahead layup. “But coach drew a play and I got a bucket. You do those things in practice and we got the win,” he added. One win away from the title, McCullough is determined to win it all Friday in Game 6. “We'll come ready to play and mentally locked in to get this win, and not let it go to Game 7,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 14th, 2019

PBA Finals By the Numbers: One more to go

San Miguel Beer is pretty much inevitable, right? After Game 5, the Beermen are all of a sudden on the brink of yet another PBA title and they now lead the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT, 3-2. TNT will now need some Tony Stark level of switcheroo to pull this one off or the Beermen will continue to pad their lead against all PBA teams with an incredible 27 championships. But before that, one last By the Numbers look for San Miguel’s amazing Game 5 win.   19 Total points for San Miguel import Chris McCullough in that incredible fourth-quarter run. C-Mac outscored TNT by himself in the last 12 minutes, 19-14, as he willed the Beermen to victory in the final quarter. His basket over the defense of Terrence Jones late finally pushed San Miguel ahead, 95-94, which would later turn into a 99-94 win.   16 Largest lead of the night for the KaTropa. After scoring the first five points in the fourth quarter, TNT was up by 16, 85-69. It went downhill after that. Chris McCullough scored 19 points and the Beermen went on a 30-9 run to end the game for the win.   96 Combined minutes for imports Terrence Jones and Chris McCullough. The two imports did not rest in the pivotal Game 5 for TNT and San Miguel respectively however, the younger McCullough got the upper hand late as he just had the extra bounce in his step during crunch time. They both scored 35 points each in Game 5.   22 Total points for Terrence Romeo. Bro fired 15 points in the opening period as he kept San Miguel within striking distance of TNT. If the Beermen are to win this championship, Romeo is a darkhorse candidate for Finals MVP, he’s been that impactful off the bench for San Miguel Beer.   14 Total three-pointers for TNT. Despite the monumental collapse, the KaTropa were still on target from deep, connecting 14 treys on 34 percent shooting.  Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy had four triples each while Terrence Jones was good for another three. TNT is still playing well in these Finals, they just have to finish. Game 6 is Friday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 15th, 2019

PBA Finals: Beermen close in on title after Game 5 win

San Miguel Beer is closing in on another title. The Beermen erased a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter to take a big 99-94 Game 5 win over TNT in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals Wednesday at the Big Dome. Chris McCullough made things happen in the fourth as his tough lay-up over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen up, 95-94. San Miguel then got a couple of stops and handled business from the line to take a 3-2 series lead. The Beermen can win the title with Game 6 Friday also at the Big Dome. TNT’s momentum in the third carried over into the early parts of the fourth as the KaTropa established a 16-point lead after a booming RR Pogoy triple, 85-69. But then McCullough went to work, outscoring TNT by himself and San Miguel is now on top in this series for the first time. C-Mac poured 19 of his total of 35 points in the final 12 minutes. For good measure, McCullough also had 22 rebounds, four assists, and three blocks. Terrence Romeo was the top local for San Miguel, finishing with 22 points. TR scored 15 in the opening half to keep the Beermen in the game. For TNT, Terrence Jones scored 35 points to go along with 17 rebounds and eight assists. Jayson Castro added 18 but unfortunately, the pair combined for just six points in the fourth.   The Scores: San Miguel 99 - McCullough 35, Romeo 22, Fajardo 16, Pessumal 9, Ross 7, Cabagnot 4, Standhardinger 4, Santos 2. TNT 94 - Jones 35, Castro 18, Rosario 16, Pogoy 12, Trollano 7, D. Semerad 6, Taha 0, Reyes 0, Heruela 0, Magat 0. Quarters: 22-28, 45-49, 69-80, 99-94.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

In heated Finals, Ross tells TNT to “keep crying to the PBA”

Chris Ross is no longer subtle with his mind games against TNT KaTropa in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. First, Ross called Terrence Jones a “baby” for yet another incident that got Ross a headbutt from the TNT import. “Mentally, he’s a baby,” Ross said. “I got two busted lips and now a lump from a dude that’s mentally two-years-old,” he added. Ross didn’t stop there though. After finding out that the KaTropa might have issues from all the mind games going on, Ross said TNT should grow up or if not, go play somewhere else. Also, there’s that option of crying to the PBA, Ross added. “It’s basketball. Are you gonna cry about that? We’re not playing dirty, no ones playing dirty. They’re gonna cry about people playing mind games? Come on man, grow up,” he said. “No one’s doing nothing dirty, if you’re not mentally strong enough to play in a game like this, then go play somewhere else. If they’re crying about playing mind games, they need to check themselves. If that’s what they want to cry to the PBA, let them cry about that,” Ross added. The San Miguel Beer point guard insinuated that all of TNT’s “crying” earned the team a ton of free throws in a Game 3 win. True, the KaTropa beat the Beermen in total free throws, 45-28, but San Miguel was only called for four more fouls than TNT, 30-26. Brian Heruela, Don Trollano, Terrence Jones, Chris McCullough, and Terrence Romeo were all in foul trouble from both teams with five fouls each. Troy Rosario and June Mar Fajardo finished with four fouls each. Two TNT players got the bulk of the free throws in Jones (14/23) and Jayson Castro (8/10). In the case of Jones, he was fouled 14 times. “I guess it worked today because they got 50 [45] free throws. I guess it worked,” Ross said. “If that’s how they want to do it, keep crying to the PBA. Because I know that’s what they did,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019

PBA FINALS: Not a troll job, just a good job for Don Trollano

TNT vs San Miguel Beer in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals has been as good as advertised - and all the stars of the two teams have been shining bright. From out of the shadows, however, the KaTropa have unleashed a secret weapon that has helped tilt the best-of-seven series back in their favor. Don Trollano has been the primary defender on Beermen reinforcement Chris McCullough and thus far, the former has made the latter work for each and every statistic. And with the series all even at 1-1, the unheralded swingman then made his presence felt at the other end with a career-high 18 points, Friday at Araneta Coliseum - all those key to his side's much-welcome 115-105 win. For Trollano, his breakout game was just another day in the office. "Gusto ko lang talagang manalo. Ryan [Reyes] is injured and I needed to step up," he said post-game, talking about their starting shooting guard who was out with a calf injury. Add to that the fact that TNT was oh so close to being a win away from the championship - and the four-year veteran and his teammates had all the fuel he needed for their already burning fire. "Yung Game 2, nawala pa sa amin, nasa amin na kaya ang mindset lang namin is to bounce back," he said. Indeed, the KaTropa just went back to work and came away with a convincing victory in the crucial contest. That workmanlike mentality was no more evident than in Trollano who, alongside his career-best scoring, also added five rebounds, one steal, and a whole lot of energy. "I've talked to him about just playing defense, crashing the offensive glass, and just allowing the game to come to you. He's got a role now on the team and he's earned it," active consultant Mark Dickel said. Of course, the now-27-year-old was just returning the trust given to him by their coaching staff. Asked what had been the catalyst for their glue guy's strong showings, Dickel answered, through chuckles, "It's probably us playing him more minutes, to be honest. But he's always been more than capable." And for doing his job, Trollano has not only earned the trust of the TNT coaching staff, but their American reinforcement as well. In fact, more than a few of Terrence Jones' nine assists in the game went to the 15th overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft. "Siguro, nakikita lang niya akong open. Nagtiwala lang siya sakin," Trollano said. "E sabi naman ng coaches sa amin, kumpyansa lang. Pag-open, itira." Without a doubt, he did just that - and in doing so, proved to be a key cog for the KaTropa's title hopes. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 9th, 2019

PBA: SMB needs “another level” to beat TNT in Finals

Over the course of this incredible San Miguel Beer dynasty, one of the only things to really stop the Beermen has been an opponent with a twice-to-beat advantage in the playoffs. As the no. 7 seed in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup playoffs, San Miguel had to deal with one of its kryptonites anew. But after powering through no. 2 Norhport and then surviving a tough out against Rain or Shine in the semis, the Beermen are once again in the Finals, ready to compete for another title. San Miguel just keeps going thanks to its championship composure and unrivaled resiliency. “That just shows the type of character we have, the type of character that those guys in that locker room, and the coaching staff and the bosses. I mean, we’re so resilient. We’ve been in every situation you can think of,” guard Chris Ross said. “I think this is the first time we were in a twice-to-beat and we overcame it. So that’s kind of another check on the list for us. I mean, we battled, man. And we’ve had a lot of change this conference and credit to our team, credit to the coaching staff for not giving up and we were able to kinda right the ship, and now we’re back in the Finals,” he added. In the Finals against the top-ranked KaTropa, Ross says the Beermen will need to reach another level to get the job done. While San Miguel took a while to get things going in the Commissioner’s Cup, TNT was hot right from the start and the KaTropa have maintained that level all the way to the Finals. TNT was no. 1 in the conference with a 10-1 record and they dethroned defending champion Ginebra after four games in the semifinals. All in all, the KaTropa have only lost three times this conference. However, the Beermen have only lost twice since they acquired new import Chris McCullough which should set up an explosive fight for the title. “Talk ‘N Text has been playing at a high level all conference and we kinda struggled at the beginning of the season, but we’ve made strides since then,” Ross said. “I think we’ve lost twice since Chris has been here, so we’ve made a lot of strides and we’re playing some pretty good basketball. But we know we gotta bring it up another level if we wanna complete the task,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019

PBA: McCullough all business ahead of Finals clash vs. Jones, TNT

The 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals will feature the league’s only two flagship teams in TNT and San Miguel Beer. The Finals will also feature two former NBA players at the peak of their super powers in the KaTropa’s Terrence Jones and the Beermen’s Chris McCullough. McCullough, who’s the second to make the Finals, kept his answer very short and sweet when asked about his impending showdown against Jones. “Let’s play basketball,” McCullough said. Import Chris McCullough’s short and sweet answer on the PBA Finals against TNT and Terrence Jones specifically#PBA2019 #PBAFinals #SMB #FearTheBeer pic.twitter.com/eFfC5ZBGzU — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) August 2, 2019 The high-scoring import wasn’t around yet when TNT beat San Miguel earlier this conference. The Beermen still had Charles Rhodes then and Jones scored 30 points on top of 18 rebounds, four assists, two steals, and five blocks for the KaTropa in a 13-point win. McCullough is yet to face TNT but he’s confident he and his team can put something together in practice before Game 1 starts on Sunday. “In practice we’re gonna have to figure it out, see what we’re gonna do,” McCullough, who scored 35 points in a Game 4 win against Rain or Shine to end the semifinals, said. “Matchup-wise, I don’t know yet. We’ll figure it out,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

PBA: Coach Leo thankful as SMB somehow still makes Finals

Despite making yet another PBA Finals, San Miguel Beer’s journey to the title round of the Commissioner’s Cup was far from easy. The Beermen let go of former Best Import and champion Charles Rhodes after they stumbled into a sorry 2-5 start. And while his replacement, Chris McCullough, has been sensational, San Miguel still almost didn’t make the playoffs, barely moving on as the no. 7 seed. In the playoffs, the Beermen had to overcome Northport’s twice-to-beat advantage and had to erase a combined 55-point deficit in their three semifinals wins against Rain or Shine just to make the Finals. “Nagpapa-salamat kami sa Panginoon at dinala na naman kami dito sa Finals,” said head coach Leo Austria said after the Beermen’s close Game 4 win over ROS. “At the start of the conference, we were struggling and we almost didn't make it into the quarterfinals. It was just a matter of one win. But it's a roller-coaster journey to the Finals and we will embrace this,” he added. In the Finals, the Beermen draw top-ranked TNT. The KaTropa ended Ginebra’s title reign in the semifinals and they enter the championship round with just three losses all conference long. San Miguel has little to no time to prepare but the Beermen will certainly be ready by the time Game 1 tips off Sunday. “Talk ‘N Text, after watching their game last night, I think it will be tough to face them kasi alam nating they're really playing at the highest level of basketball. They transformed their team into another high-caliber championship team,” Austria said. “But we will see. We don't have ample time to prepare, but for us to be in the Finals, we're thankful. This is the Finals, let's see what we can do,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 2nd, 2019

PBA: T-Jones on TNT’s Finals opponent: “I like my team vs. anybody“

With another triple-double effort in Game 4 of the Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, Terrence Jones has helped bring back TNT to the PBA Finals. Jones was a man on a mission Thursday, leading the KaTropa with 24 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists. With the win to dethrone Ginebra, the KaTropa have made it back to the Finals for the first time in two years and Jones likes their chances against whoever. In the other semis bracket, San Miguel leads Rain or Shine, 2-1. “Man I like my team vs. anybody,” Jones said. “We worked very hard this whole year to create this chemistry and belief in one another. We’re gonna continue on having that same belief in each other,” he added. SMB? ROS? It doesn’t matter as Terrence Jones will take his TNT team over anybody in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals#PBA2019 #PBAFinals #TNT #TNTKaTropa pic.twitter.com/RANlXPW29J — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) August 1, 2019 The KaTropa enter the Finals as the no. 1 seed and with only three losses all conference long. Still, Jones says they’re not the favorites. With TNT making the Finals for the first time in two years and having not won a title since 2015, the KaTropa certainly have that chip on their collective shoulders. That starts with Jones, who would for sure want to finish the job this conference with a championship. “This is my first time here so I’m just experiencing everything and taking it one game at a time. I don’t feel like we’re the favorites,” Jones said. “I know we haven’t won in a long time so we feel we’re the underdogs, we’re gonna come in excited an trying to get something special done that hasn’t happened for our organization in a long time,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 1st, 2019

NBA Finals: Raptors title win would be “special” for Toronto says Fil-Canadian Matthew Wright

Kawhi Leonard wouldn’t answer it directly so ABS-CBN Sports got someone who would delightfully answer the question of what would an NBA title win mean for Toronto and Canada. While Phoenix guard Matthew Wright is not exactly just “somebody on the street,” he’s a huge Raptors fan and can certainly offer a better response to the question given to Leonard. Wright is not in Toronto now, the Fil-Canadian guard is trying to have a professional basketball career across the world in the PBA, but he’s been watching his Raptors try to make history in the NBA Finals against two-time defending champion Golden State. If the Raptors, currently up 3-1 on the Warriors, can pull this championship win off, it would be pretty special not only for the city of Toronto but for the whole of Canada. The way fans celebrate every win in this incredible postseason run should be proof of that. “You guys see it, the frenzy that happens outside the game, you see the fan support in Canada. I’m just proud. When I was growing up watching them, from then until now, they’ve made a huge jump,” Wright told ABS-CBN Sports. “I don’t wanna jinx it, there’s still one game left. Just making it to the Finals and having the world see how big of a basketball country Canada really is or what it’s becoming, especially the city of Toronto, it’s really special. You can see it for yourself, the fanbase is crazy there,” he added. As soon as LeBron James left the Eastern Conference, the Raptors find themselves in the NBA Finals and on the verge of taking down one of the greate modern-day NBA dynasties in the Warriors. After years of torture at the hands of the King, this Finals run has to be a delight to witness for fans like Wright. However, while those losses were painful, no one really remembers them in the grand scheme of things, especially if Toronto could pull it off this year. Winning will get you remembered. “I know from my career and my perspective, you don’t really remember the losses. You remember the wins,” Wright said. “You remember the good things. When it’s all said and then, that’s history. I guess all the Raptos can do now is enjoy the present. All those losses to LeBron, that’s what brought them to this point, like how Jordan used to lose to the Bad Boys. You do have to go through tough losses in order to achieve something,” he added. Up 3-1, Toronto has three chances to close out the Warriors and end Golden State’s reign on top of the NBA. Two of those chances will be at home in Canada and the Raptors can win the title as early as Game 5 Monday [Tuesday in Manila]. Wright won’t make a prediction but if the Raptors can win the whole thing, he might have to go home to Toronto real quick. “I’m not saying anything, I haven’t said anything the whole year. I’ve spoken too soon in the past so I’m just gonna keep my mouth shut and enjoy every game,” he said. “[But] if the Raptors pull it off, I might have to book a private jet home for a couple of days just to celebrate,” Wright added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

NBA Finals: Raptors title win would be “special” for Toronto says Fil-Canadian Matthew Wright

Kawhi Leonard wouldn’t answer it directly so ABS-CBN Sports got someone who would delightfully answer the question of what would an NBA title win mean for Toronto and Canada. While Phoenix guard Matthew Wright is not exactly just “somebody on the street,” he’s a huge Raptors fan and can certainly offer a better response to the question given to Leonard. Wright is not in Toronto now, the Fil-Canadian guard is trying to have a professional basketball career across the world in the PBA, but he’s been watching his Raptors try to make history in the NBA Finals against two-time defending champion Golden State. If the Raptors, currently up 3-1 on the Warriors, can pull this championship win off, it would be pretty special not only for the city of Toronto but for the whole of Canada. The way fans celebrate every win in this incredible postseason run should be proof of that. “You guys see it, the frenzy that happens outside the game, you see the fan support in Canada. I’m just proud. When I was growing up watching them, from then until now, they’ve made a huge jump,” Wright told ABS-CBN Sports. “I don’t wanna jinx it, there’s still one game left. Just making it to the Finals and having the world see how big of a basketball country Canada really is or what it’s becoming, especially the city of Toronto, it’s really special. You can see it for yourself, the fanbase is crazy there,” he added. As soon as LeBron James left the Eastern Conference, the Raptors find themselves in the NBA Finals and on the verge of taking down one of the greate modern-day NBA dynasties in the Warriors. After years of torture at the hands of the King, this Finals run has to be a delight to witness for fans like Wright. However, while those losses were painful, no one really remembers them in the grand scheme of things, especially if Toronto could pull it off this year. Winning will get you remembered. “I know from my career and my perspective, you don’t really remember the losses. You remember the wins,” Wright said. “You remember the good things. When it’s all said and then, that’s history. I guess all the Raptos can do now is enjoy the present. All those losses to LeBron, that’s what brought them to this point, like how Jordan used to lose to the Bad Boys. You do have to go through tough losses in order to achieve something,” he added. Up 3-1, Toronto has three chances to close out the Warriors and end Golden State’s reign on top of the NBA. Two of those chances will be at home in Canada and the Raptors can win the title as early as Game 5 Monday [Tuesday in Manila]. Wright won’t make a prediction but if the Raptors can win the whole thing, he might have to go home to Toronto real quick. “I’m not saying anything, I haven’t said anything the whole year. I’ve spoken too soon in the past so I’m just gonna keep my mouth shut and enjoy every game,” he said. “[But] if the Raptors pull it off, I might have to book a private jet home for a couple of days just to celebrate,” Wright added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

PBA: Reavis did the dirty work best in Magnolia’s Game 7 win

Game 7 between Rain or Shine and Magnolia in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals was not pretty. Both teams fought to a 55-all stalemate after four quarters and the game ended in overtime with an unsightly final score of 63-60. It was the lowest scoring Game 7, lowest scoring overtime game, and lowest scoring playoff game through three quarters in PBA history. However, there will always be a diamond in the rough and Game 7’s brilliant outing was courtesy of Magnolia center Rafi Reavis. Sure, Reavis only scored eight points but he had three in overtime, including the clutch floater he hit to give the Hotshots a 61-58 lead with less than two minutes to go. More importantly, Reavis had 20 huge rebounds, 10 on the offensive end. In a game where both teams shot 26 percent from the field (ROS at 26.3 percent and Magnolia at 26.2 percent), Rafi giving his team 10 extra possessions was crucial. “It’s just about effort. It’s gonna boil down to who wanted it more, so those are all effort plays the rebounds, the hussle points. There’s nothing glorious about it,” Reavis said. “It’s all about who’s gonna do the dirty work better, that’s what this series was about and that’s what it came down to. It’s just the dirty work and that’s what I’m known for doing,” he added. After overcoming a tough Rain or Shine team, the Hotshots move on to the Finals to once again challenge San Miguel Beer for the All-Filipino title. Last year, Magnolia lost to the Beermen in five games. This time, Reavis has full confidence in his team that the result will be different. “Anytime you reach this stage, you feel like you’re equipped,” Reavis said. “You don’t make it this far without the right pieces. For sure we feel equipped to win this series [vs. SMB],” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 28th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: SMB has a “mini C-Mac” in Dez Wells

MACAU — San Miguel is focused on the East Asia Super League’s The Terrific 12 tournament here but the Beermen have some important business to attend to when they get back to Manila. That business is to win a second PBA Grand Slam in franchise history. With that goal in mind, San Miguel has tapped import Dez Wells to help power the team’s chase for a triple crown. Tuesday against China’s Shenzhen Aviators, everyone got a good look at Dez Wells in a San Miguel jersey and well... he’s pretty good. Wells shot an even 50 percent and led the Beermen with 29 points on top of eight rebounds, five steals, and four assists. After winning a title with Chris McCullough, the Beermen have found their mini C-Mac in Wells. “Just like what I’ve said before, he’s the small version of the role of Chris McCullough,” head coach Leo Austria said. “He could manufacture some points when needed and I think he will do well on our team,” he added. The more crucial part of Wells’ stint with San Miguel is how well he’ll fit with the Beermen. Judging by early returns, his integration to the Beermen will be smooth and unproblematic. “I think he’s fit into our team,” Austria said of Wells. “He’s really a nice player and everybody loves him.”   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News11 hr. 49 min. ago

Eduard Folayang sees Dagi Arslanaliev emerging as ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Champion

Former ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard "Landslide" Folayang expects fireworks when Eddie "The Underground King" Alvarez takes on Saygid Guseyn "Dagi" Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship Final. “Dagi” collides with "The Underground King" in the co-main event of ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. “This will be an amazing fight,” Folayang said. “I see youth and strength being in ‘Dagi’s’ favor.” “Experience on the other hand goes to Eddie, but you really can’t count Dagi out. He’s a great kid. Eddie’s in for a long night if he doesn’t come in sharp.” Fans and experts alike tout Arslanaliev as the dark horse in the prestigious tournament. A formidable wrestler with monstrous power in both hands, the 24-year-old has finished his past three bouts by first-round knockout. “I haven’t faced ‘Dagi’ yet, but if you’d look at it, you’ll see that he has more power,” Folayang said. “[And] I think him being younger will play a huge factor.” While the Team Lakay standout heavily favors Arslanaliev to defeat Alvarez, he also sees a potential weakness in the Turkish mixed martial artist stamina. “Dagi has knockout power and he’s also very good on the ground,” Folayang said. “The question for him is his cardio. Will he last if the match goes the distance?”  With both martial artists known as excellent finishers, “Landslide” thinks the showdown between the two will not go the distance. “[I see it ending in] either one or two rounds, but for sure this won’t go to the third round.”  “I feel like Eddie will be going to the ground. He also has great wrestling but Dagi has power and he’s excellent on the ground. I don’t think this fight will be going to the third round,” Folayang added. Catch the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY set for 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. The Home Of Martial Arts will bring 28 World Champions, four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion match-ups in the promotion’s two-part 100th event.    ONE: CENTURY will be available on multiple platforms for every Kapamilya viewer!  Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   Download the ONE Super App to catch the action live and for free.     Read More From ONE Championship:  Why Defeat Will Never Stop Eddie Alvarez Eddie Alvarez Survives Early Onslaught To Submit Eduard Folayang How 'Dagi' Overcame Illness To Dominate Amir Khan  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms for every Kapamilya!

The biggest martial arts event of the year will be available to Kapamilyas across multiple ABS-CBN platforms!      ONE: Century, ONE Championship’s 100th offering, which will emanate live from the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, will feature two full-length fight cards with eleven bouts each, and it will all be LIVE and available for Kapamilyas to enjoy!    Part 1 of the massive card will feature our very own Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay facing his biggest test yet, American MMA legend and former UFC world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The winner will be crowned the Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and will be next in line to challenge Brazilian star Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship.    Also on the card, Kingad’s Team Lakay teammate Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang will make his ONE Championship debut against Japanese star Senzo Ikeda.    Headlining the morning portion will be reigning and defending ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defending her title against reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China This will be an emotionally-charged rematch of their March encounter that saw Xiong hand Lee the first defeat of her career.    Plus, Former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion and American MMA star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez meets Turkish knockout master Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals.    ONE: Century Part 1 will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 8:00 AM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it on free TV as well on Friday, October 18th at 8:30 PM.    In the second half of the star-studded event, three world championships will be up for grabs, as the Philippines’ own ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will make his way down to one weight class to challenge two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the main event.    Also looking to bring ONE gold back home to the Philippines will be lethal striker Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Team Lakay as he looks to regain the ONE Bantamweight World Championship against Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in the fourth installment of their amazing rivalry.    In another featured co-main event, Belingon’s Team Lakay teammate and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario faces a gigantic challenge in Japanese legend and former multiple-time world champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.    Plus, Muay Thai star Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand will put his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Brazilian newcomer Walter Goncalvez.    Part 2 of ONE Century will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 4:00 PM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it LIVE on free TV as well on Sunday, October 13th at 6:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Loaded Liaoning is TNT’s first test in Macau

MACAU — If TNT is to break its title drought here for the East Asia Super League’s the Terrific 12 tournament, the KaTropa will have to earn it. The deck has been suddenly stacked for the KaTropa as their first opponent has added major pieces ahead of Group D play. China’s Liaoning Flying Leopards have acquired the services of Lance Stephenson and Salah Mejri to complement a loaded local team led by national team star Guo Ailun. Stephenson played with LeBron James for the Lakers last season and Mejri was last seen by Filipino fans in China, leading African champion Tunisia to a sound beatdown of Gilas Pilipinas in the 2019 FIBA World Cup. The KaTropa are on a collission course against the Flying Leopards Tuesday, with their 9:00 p.m. showdown serving as the main event of a loaded Day 1 slate in The Terrific 12 at the Tap Seac Multi-sport Pavilion. TNT is fresh from a Finals stint in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the team’s first in two years. However, the KaTropa lost that series in six games and their title drought is now at four years and counting. In Macau, TNT can play for a title if it maintains its high-quality of play that ran amok in the PBA but the KaTropa no longer have Best Import Terrence Jones in the fold. They do have the next best thing in KJ McDaniels, who will also suit up for the team in the Governors’ Cup. TNT also has McKenzie Moore for added import firepower. The KaTropa also sill have their local Big 3 of Jayson Castro, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy to count on scoring.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2019

PBA: Champion Travis leads impressive list of 'balik imports' for Governors Cup

The resident import trend continues in the PBA. Eight of the 12 imports for the season-ending Governors' Cup have previous PBA experience, with five coming back to the same team they played for last season. Former Best Import Romeo Travis returns to Magnolia as the Hotshots look to defend their title. With Travis last year, the Hotshots dethroned Ginebra in the semifinals and took out Alaska in six games to win their first title in four years. Speaking of Ginebra, the Gin Kings will once again run it back with Justin Brownlee. JB has been a Ginebra fixture since 2016 and has three titles with the team. With Brownlee playing, the Gin Kings are always in the semifinals at the very least. After failing to complete a Governors' Cup three-peat last year and missing out on back-to-back Commissioner's Cup titles this year, you better believe that Brownlee and Ginebra are hungry for another championship. Also coming back for another tour of duty is Eugene Phelps for Phoenix. El Destructor has helped power the Fuel Masters to the upper half of the standings since coming over as a scoring and rebounding machine in 2016. After a suffering an upset last year, missing the semis as a top-2 seed, Phelps and Phoenix have some unfinished business in the Governors' Cup. The same goes for Olu Ashaolu and NLEX. Olu simply fits with the Road Warriors but Ashaolu's untimely injury last year robbed him of all the momentum he's built with NLEX. Now fully healthy with top local help in JP Erram and the returning Kiefer Ravena, Olu and the Road Warriors are a solid sleeper pick for the Governors' Cup. Finally, there's Allen Durham, who has even bigger unfinished business in the PBA with Meralco. Durham, a two-time Best Import, had the Bolts in back-to-back Finals, losing to Ginebra both times. Last year, AD powered Meralco all the way to the semifinals, surviving six straight knockout games. Third time wasn't the charm for Durham and the Bolts, maybe a fourth time can do the trick. Also coming back for return stints in the PBA are Mychal Ammons for Northport (formerly with TNT), Joel Wright for Rain or Shine (formerly with Star). Marqus Blakely (formerly with San Mig and TNT) will suit up for Blackwater in the East Asia Super League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau and the Elite are also eyeing the two-time champion for a Governors' Cup stint following a release from the KaTropa.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

ONE Championship: Team Lakay s Lito Adiwang ready for the big stage at ONE: CENTURY

  ?Lito "Thunder Kid" Adiwang is nothing short of grateful to make his ONE Championship main roster debut in the biggest event that the promotion has ever put up.   The ONE Warrior Series contract winner will battle Pancrase Flyweight World Champion Senzo Ikeda in ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   That is the perfect way to make an entry.   “I was wowed when I first heard that I got the match,” Adiwang shared.   “This is the perfect timing for me. It’s my debut in the big league and it happens to be in the biggest event of ONE. I’m really happy.”   “Thunder Kid" bagged a lucrative six-figure contract after he defeated Anthony "The Antidote" Do by unanimous decision at OWS 7 in August.   Though excited and eager for his debut, the Team Lakay representative cannot help but feel some kind of pressure, especially since he is taking on a hometown favorite.   “Of course there’s pressure. It’s ONE’s biggest event, and it’s my opponent’s hometown so there’s definitely pressure,” the Filipino athlete admitted.   “But as days go by, it slowly dissipates. I’m beginning to focus on what I need to do, and I definitely won’t be affected with his hometown advantage.”   Ikeda will not only enjoy familiarity when he takes on Adiwang, he will also come in bigger than him.   Adiwang is also wary of Ikeda’s punching power - the Japanese athlete was a former professional boxer - but he says that his entire focus is on getting better.   “We’re not really fixated on that. Our focus is on how I’ll be putting pressure on my opponent and how I’ll impose my game,” Adiwang said.   “We expect his power. He’s heavier, so the strategy is putting as much pressure on him in the fight.”   They say first impression lasts, and that is exactly what “Thunder Kid" will be thinking of when he makes his main roster debut on 13 October.   "Fans can expect an explosive and thunderous Adiwang," he promised.   "I’ll give everything because it’s my debut. I will give my best and impress them. I want to give back to the fans by putting on a good show.”   ONE: CENTURY is the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day. But The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in multiple World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and several World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.   In the meantime, watch ONE Championship’s next event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on ABS-CBN S+A at 9:30pm PHT.   To catch the prelims, go to ONE’s Facebook and Twitter pages at 6:30pm PHT.   Read More from ONE Championship:   Latest ONE Warrior Series Contract Awarded To Team Lakay’s Lito Adiwang Top Five Highlights From ONE Warrior Series 7 How Lito Adiwang’s Homecoming Set Him For Breakout Success    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 4th, 2019

TERRIFIC 12: Lance Stephenson leads NBA talent in Macau

Last year, NBA champion Mo Speights highlighted the former NBA players seeing action in the East Asia Super League Terrific 12 tournament. In 2018, Speights’ Guangzhou Long Lions made it all the way to the Finals before being stopped by Japan’s Ryukyu Golden Kings. This year’s Terrific 12 tournament is once again filled with NBA talent. East Asia Super League will welcome Lance Stephenson to fold, who now plays for the Liaoning Flying Leopards. Stephenson suited up with LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers last year and before he brings his signature air guitar move to the CBA, he makes a quick stop in Macau for the Terrific 12. Aside from Stephenson, other former NBA talents seeing action are Shabazz Muhammad and Pierre Jackson for the Shenzhen Aviators, Jameel Warney for the Seoul SK Knights, Aaron Jackson for Zhejian Guangsha, Jack Cooley for the Ryukyu Golden Kings, and KJ McDaniels for the TNT KaTropa. The Terrific 12 is the FIBA recognized premier preseason event of the summer. hosted at Macao’s Tap Seac Multi-Sport Pavilion this 17-22 September, 2019. The event features the top basketball clubs from China, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines all colliding in Macao for their shot at the title and lucrative cash prizes.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

For the first time in a long time, UP is all-in for UAAP 82

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 8-6, runner-up YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Bright Akhuetie, Javi Gomez de Liano, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, Janjan Jaboneta, Jun Manzo, Jerson Prado, Jaydee Tungcab WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: J-Boy Gob, Jaybie Mantilla, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Noah Webb (returning from injury) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio, Jarrell Lim, Gelo Vito WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM UP? For sure, UP is no longer an also-ran, no longer a pushover, no longer an afterthought. What the Fighting Maroons have become is a brand new heavyweight that is a legitimate threat to the championship belt Ateneo has held in the last two years. Why is that? Returning for State U is UAAP 81 Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical Team member Juan Gomez de Liano as well as now-team captain Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liano, Janjan Jaboneta, Jerson Prado, and Jaydee Tungcab. Then, arriving in Diliman are Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero – a couple of generational talents who have all the confidence and capability to turn the tide in favor of their new team. Add all of that together and what you have is the strongest squad to wear the maroon and green in a long, long time. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM UP? There is no doubt that Paras and Rivero are big gets for UP. What has to be seen if the Fighting Maroons are to live up to the hype, however, is for the likes of Akhuetie, Manzo, and the GDL brothers to do their best to see to it that those two talented transferees buy into the program. Most, if not all, eyes will be trained on how Paras and Rivero resume their careers, but at the same time, Juan GDL also has to take another step forward – this time, most importantly, in terms of leadership. The cupboard of talent is most certainly fully loaded, but the void left behind by school legend Paul Desiderio is yet to be filled – and among all players, its Juan GDL, the homegrown star, who is actually the ready-made replacement. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR UP? UP's climb back to the mountaintop in recent history has been slow and steady, but now, State U has its best shot at ending a more than three decade-long title drought. UP may not be underdogs anymore, but that doesn’t change the fact that what has happened to them in the past years is proof that, indeed, there is nowhere to go but up. WHERE WOULD UP BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 82? Just like Ateneo, UP is returning a mostly intact core that actually improved with additions of prized prospects. And just like the Blue Eagles, the Fighting Maroons may very well be back in the Finals. The questions about chemistry cannot be denied. At the same time, however, there is also too much talent here for State U to be denied entry into level of the elite. WHEN IS UP’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 82? UP’s first tough test in a season overflowing with expectations is FEU in a heavyweight battle on September 4 at Araneta Coliseum. Of course, everybody goes All for More and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SEVEN OTHER TEAMS IN UAAP SEASON 82: With its arsenal fully loaded, UE’s ambush good to go in UAAP 82 UAAP 82 one more chance for NU to piece the puzzle together Espana’s hope in UAAP 82? Cansino’s return to form, UST’s return to playoffs All-Filipino La Salle all set to cut UAAP 82 rivals down to size Brave FEU not backing down from more heralded UAAP 82 rivals Behind Ahanmisi, Adamson’s youth will be on the march in UAAP 82 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

Quest for lost crown

Reclaiming the lost title will be the ultimate objective when F2 Logistics battles Cignal in Game 2 of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals series today at the Mall of Asia Arena. We’re not expecting an easy fight Game time is at 7 p.m. with the Cargo Movers looking to finally capture the title […] The post Quest for lost crown appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsAug 26th, 2019