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Perpetual overpowers LPU in season opener

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. -- Letran vs. Mapua (jrs) 11 a.m. –- Letran vs. Mapua (w) 12:30 p.m. -- JRU vs. SSC-R (w) 2:00 p.m. -- JRU vs SSC-R (m)   University of Perpetual Help gave new coach Macky Carino a welcome gift Sunday after sweeping past a limping Lyceum of the Philippines University side, 25-21, 25-17, 25-22, in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Veteran 6-foot-1 middle Lourdes Clemente led the Lady Altas with 14 points coming off eight attacks, four kill blocks and an ace. Cindy Imbo and Bianca Tripoli added 13 and 10 markers, respectively, while Jowie Versoza, who took the starting opposite spiker spot after Jhona Rosal was diagnosed with a cyst on her ovary just two days ago. “Happy. Siyempre unang pasok ng taon nanalo agad kami,” said Carino, who came in just two months ago as replacement for Sammy Acaylar after bolting out of College of St. Benilde. “Siguro kasi nagkaroon kami ng kaunting problema bago kami mag-game today kasi may isa akong player na na-ospital kasi may cyst sa ovary.” After a cruising in the first two sets, the Las Pinas-based squad faced a stiff resistance from the Lady Pirates, who only had eight players available in the match, in the third frame. LPU came back from an 18-23 deficit and closed the gap, 22-23. Imbo doused cold water on the Lady Pirates’ run with an thunderous kill that went through the defensive wall of LPU but Mery Rose Bongabong committed an error on a joust to surrender the match to Perpetual. Christine Miralles scored nine points while skipper Bien Juanillo and Monica Sevilla added seven each for the Lady Pirates, who lost some of their players due to academics while Rocelyn Hongria is yet to return from the States.     Perpetual completed a sweep of LPU with victories in other fronts. Noel Kampton and Ivan Encila scored 13 and 12, respectively, to power the defending champion Junior Altas to a walk in park win over the Junior Pirates, 25-18, 25-20, 25-13, while the Altas made short work of the Pirates, 25-19, 25-13, 25-18.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 7th, 2018

PVL: Falcons eye third straight win, solo lead

Adamson University goes for the solo lead when the Falcons take on San Beda University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference men's division on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre. Sporting a 2-0 win-loss record, the Falcons are looking to preserve their unbeaten slate at 9:00 a.m. Adamson shares the early lead with National University and University of Sto. Tomas. The Falcons are coming off a four-set win over De La Salle University last Wednesday. The Red Spikers started their campaign on a wrong foot, dropping a four-set duel at the hands of NCAA rival College of St. Benilde. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University and University of Perpetual Help square off at 11:00 a.m. The reigning NCAA champions Altas fell short in their first two matches while the Tamaraws bowed down to UST in straight sets in their conference opener.   ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2018

Perpetual trips Letran in NCAA thriller

    MANILA, Philippines – After giving the defending champion a scare in the opener, Perpetual Help pulled through this time as the Altas outlasted the Letran Knights, 78-75, in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre, Friday, July 13. New recruit Edgar Charcos dropped a game-high 27 points, the last on ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

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

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Frankie Lim satisfied with Altas tough stand vs Red Lions

As heartbreaking as University of Perpetual Help's 67-65 loss to defending champion San Beda, head coach Frankie Lim decided to look at the silver lining of their opener in the NCAA Season 94.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener

San Beda University displayed a champion’s resolve, as it downed University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 67-65, to open its three-peat bid on a high note in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez lauded… link: Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener

San Beda University displayed a champion’s resolve, as it downed University of Perpetual Help System DALTA, 67-65, to open its three-peat bid on a high note in Season 94 National Collegiate Athletic Asso-ciation (NCAA) men’s basketball tournament on Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. San Beda head coach Boyet Fernandez lauded [...] The post Red Lions maul Altas in NCAA hoops opener appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Bolick rues San Beda’s five measly assists in opening win

San Beda may have claimed the opening day victory against Perpetual Help, 67-65, in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament, but main man Robert Bolick wasn't happy with how the Red Lions got the win. Bolick, who was vital in the Red Lions' closeout of the Altas, took a shot at himself and at the team with how they had just five assists throughout the game. "Assists are a part of playmaking and I didn't do a good job, maybe coach Boyet [Fernandez] will let me see the tapes," said Bolick Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. "We had five assists compared to 19, we should've lost the game." READ:Bolick helps San Beda fend off Perpetual in NCAA opener In fact, Perpetual's E...Keep on reading: Bolick rues San Beda’s five measly assists in opening win.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Frankie Lim satisfied with Altas’ tough stand vs Red Lions

As heartbreaking as University of Perpetual Help's 67-65 loss to defending champion San Beda, head coach Frankie Lim decided to look at the silver lining of their opener in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament. The Altas went up against the formidable Red Lions whose only notable loss from last year's championship squad were big man Arnaud Noah and shooter Davon Potts. "You know, I'm happy with the performance of the players and I told them that they can go out of this place with your heads help up high because there was nothing to be ashamed of," said Lim Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena. "Our opponents were the defending champions and they have an intact lineup, th...Keep on reading: Frankie Lim satisfied with Altas’ tough stand vs Red Lions.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

Coaching change to Frankie Lim is much welcome for Perpetual

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-14, ninth YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: AJ Coronel, Prince Eze WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Frankie Lim (coach), Kim Aurin, Edgar Charcos, Jielo Razon GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Nosa Omorogbe (coach), Gab Dagangon, GJ Ylagan, Keith Pido (injured – out for season) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM PERPETUAL? One thing’s for sure, this Perpetual team is not Frankie Lim’s team – not yet at least. The four-time NCAA champion coach had only officially taken the reins earlier last January and would need at least a year to gather and grow the team he has in mind. “I spoke to the (school’s) chairman and sinabi ko sa kanya na there’s nothing much we can do right now. Maybe in 2019, 2020 then we can build up a better team.” – head coach Frankie Lim That doesn’t mean, however, that the Altas will be pushovers in the upcoming season. Instead, the exact opposite is true as with a stern mentor like Lim on the sidelines and with talented pieces such as Nigerian powerhouse Prince Eze and versatile wing AJ Coronel as well as solid transferees Kim Aurin and Edgar Charcos on the floor, the Las Pinas-based ballers still have what it takes to compete. And who knows, Lim may very well do what he does – turning foreign reinforcement Eze into an MVP frontrunner. After all, that’s exactly what he did with the likes of Sam Ekwe and Sudan Daniel. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM PERPETUAL? With Lim at the helm, everybody should expect a more consistent and more focused Eze. Last year, the 6-foot-11 center was the frontrunner for MVP after the first round, but was unable to lift his team onto the playoffs and thus lost out on the MVP to LPU’s CJ Perez. “Ang alam ko dati, he only goes to practice when he wants to, but since I came in, he comes to practice every single day. He works hard and that’s why he has a good chance (at MVP).” – head coach Frankie Lim Scoring forward Aurin and steady point guard Charcos are also ready and raring to prove themselves in their second chances after stints in JRU and UE, respectively. “We have a good core. Competitive siya.” – head coach Frankie Lim Most of all, though, this will be the season for Lim to show the world that he has still got it, bringing another team to legitimate and consistent contention. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR PERPETUAL? Perpetual has always known its identity – one built on stout defense and disciplined offense. Even with Lim in charge, that’s not changing. Meaning, the Altas we loved when the likes of Jong Balorio, Harold Arboleda, and Scottie Thompson were playing are still here. “I didn’t come here to lose. I want to win and that’s why we’re doing everything possible to make good things happen here.” – head coach Frankie Lim WHERE WOULD PERPETUAL BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 94? Just like a season ago, Perpetual could very well be the league’s giant-killers as, if all is well, they could match up with the best of them. Matching up is a different matter from pulling it off, however, and the Altas aren’t there just yet. “Hindi ko masabi exactly kung hanggang saan (mararating namin), pero for sure, we will compete. ‘Di man kami mag-champion, we will compete. Makikita niyo na it is fun to watch Perpetual.” – head coach Frankie Lim WHEN IS PERPETUAL’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 94? As if the season opener on July 7 at the MOA Arena needed even more color, Lim’s first game for Perpetual comes against the San Beda side he once led to four championships in five seasons. Yes, it’s the league’s traditional matchup between defending champions and season hosts – only now, with a lot more spice. As always, all of the #GalingNCAA will be on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

NCAA 94 opens with San Beda vs ex-coach Frankie Lim and Perpetual

San Beda University will begin its title defense in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament up against somebody who knows a thing or two about its winning tradition. The Red Lions’ first test in the new season will come on July 7 at the MOA Arena and will come against hosts University of Perpetual Help and its new coach in Frankie Lim. As always, the latest tournament in the first and oldest collegiate league in the Philippines will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the season-opener tipping off at 2:00 PM, San Beda will trot out an almost intact lineup still led by Mythical selection Javee Mocon, Finals MVP Donald Tankoua, and top gun Robert Bolick. Also expected to contribute are AC Soberano, Clint Doliguez, and Jomari Presbitero as well as prized rookie Evan Nelle. Opposite them will be Lim who won four championships as Red Lions mentor in the 2000s and who now leads the Altas as they try to return to relevance. He will lean on holdovers Prince Eze and AJ Coronel as well as incoming talent like Edgar Charcos and Jielo Razon. Of course, before the first game of Season 94, there will be opening ceremonies at 12:00 PM. In the day’s other game at 4:00 PM, Season 93 runner-up Lyceum of the Philippines University embarks on a new voyage with San Sebastian College-Recoletos as the first obstacle in its way. Here is the full schedule for the first round: --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

Host Perpetual and reigning champ San Beda collide in NCAA opener

     MANILA, Philippines – University of Perpetual Help System Dalta (UPHSD) will take on reigning two-time men's basketball titlist San Beda University when the the 94th NCAA season fires off on July 7 at the Mall of Asia Arena. Frankie Lim, who incidentally gave the Red Lions ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Che’Lu Bar and Grill roasts Perpetual in D-League season opener

MANILA, Philippines – Che’Lu Bar and Grill-San Sebastian Revellers rode on a huge fourth quarter salvo en route to an 83-70 victory over the University of Perpetual Help System Dalta Altas in their season opener of the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup at the Pasig City Sports Center Monday, January ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

Arellano U eyes solo lead; Perpetual, LPU begin quest

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (jrs) 9:30 a.m. -- LPU vs. Perpetual (m) 11 a.m. –- LPU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. -- EAC vs. Arellano (w) 2:00 p.m. -- EAC vs Arellano (m) 3:30 p.m. – EAC vs. Arellano (jrs)   After a dominating win to open its title-retention bid, Arellano University looks to take an early solo lead on Sunday when the Lady Chiefs take on Emilio Aguinaldo College in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. Game time is at 12:30 p.m. at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Behind Regine Arocha’s 12-point outing and superb debut of transferee setter Sarah Verutiao, the Lady Chiefs easily hurdled Mapua University, 25-10, 25-17, 25-13, Thursday that extended Arellano U’s winning streak to 13 since their championship run last season.    Although the Lady Chiefs are heavily favored to prevail over the Lady Generals, who lost to an eight-woman San Sebastian College, 16-25, 19-25, 16-25, in the season-opener, head coach Obet Javier is not taking EAC lightly. “Sa EAC ganoon din bago ang coach nakita ko medyo may konting adjustments sila. Kasi nakita ko noong liga namin sa Founder’s Cup, nakita ko na rin ang position ng player,” said Javier, who steered Arellano to its second title in three years last season in a Finals sweep of the thrice-to-beat Grethcel Soltones-led Lady Stags. “Nakita ko kanina (against San Sebastian College) na mayroon silang kaunting adjustments ng player so sinabi ko sa team na kailangang paghandaan namin,” he added. Verutiao, who had 28 excellent sets as backup to injured playmaker Rhea Ramirez, is expected to deliver the same numbers to utilize the firepower of Arocha, Jovelyn Prado, Mary Anne Esguerra and middle Andrea Marzan. The Lady Generals will pin their hopes on Ladeisheen Magbanua, Jaylene Lumbo and Yvette Tongco. Meanwhile, Perpetual Help will try to give new coach Macky Carino a good welcome gift when the Lady Altas clash with Lyceum of the Philippines University at 11:00 a.m. Carino, who resigned from his post as College of St. Benilde coach a few months back, will bank on Lourdes Clemente, Cindy Imbo and setter Necelle Gual. The Lady Pirates will have to look for other scoring options with top hitter Cherilyn Sindayen skipping this season because of academics.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

Blazers turn in best outing of season to sweep Altas

College of St. Benilde in the NCAA 93 Men’s Basketball Tournament came via forfeiture and came at the expense of University of Perpetual Help. This time around on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the Blazers left no doubt on who was the better team, destroying the Altas by 28 points, 83-55. The Taft-based team got off to a scorching 23-6 start and never lifted its foot off the pedal until the final buzzer. It was, without a doubt, CSB’s biggest win in the season. “We wanted to win convincingly. We just played good basketball on both ends and finally, we were able to get over that hump,” head coach TY Tang said after they ensured that they still had a fighting chance in the tournament. The two teams were matched up against each other to start the season and Perpetual came out on top, 69-65. However, the Altas were clad in maroon then when they were scheduled to be donning their light uniforms. As such, the decision was overturned in favor of the Blazers. There were no questions whatsoever in their second round meeting as Tang’s team dominated most of the statistics: 30-19 in made field goals, 19-10 in assists, 16-29 in turnovers, and 42-26 in inside points. “We had that motivation,” the head coach said. “We just wanted to prove a point that (season-opener) just slipped out of our hands.” Edward Dixon had a second straight 20-point game with 21 points on top of seven rebounds in this one. Coming off a one-game suspension, Carlo Young also made his presence felt by scoring 14 points. CSB’s lead grew to as high as 32 points in the final frame and in the end, they completed an elimination round sweep of Perpetual. More importantly, at 3-9, they still have a chance, however slim it may be, at the Final Four. They’re not thinking about that just yet, however, as Tang said, “Our mindset right now is we want to win as much games as we want. What’s more important is top pick up learnings the rest of the way.” On the other hand, the Altas’ playoff picture got dimmer as they suffered a shock defeat. With a 4-7 record, they fail to take a step forward and remain tied for seventh. No one was in double-digit for them. MVP leader Prince Eze was shackled to only six points. BOX SCORES CSB 83 – Dixon 21, Leutcheu 14, Young 14, Domingo 11, Naboa 6, Johnson 5, Belgica 4, Castor 3, Pili 2, Velasco 2, Suarez 1, Sta. Maria 0, San Juan 0, Mercado 0 PERPETUAL 55 – Pido 9, Hao 8, Eze 6, Dagangon 6, Sadiwa 5, Yuhico 5, Lucente 4, Coronel 3, Clemente 3, Ylagan 2, Cabiltes 2, Mangalino 2, Tamayo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-9, 47-23, 65-38, 83-55 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2017

San Beda, Arellano, Perpetual post wins in 2nd round opener

San Beda College, Arellano University and University of Perpetual Help System Dalta outplayed their respective rivals to start the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association Season 92 men’s basketball tournament on a.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 16th, 2016

Rivera, Halladay top newcomers on Hall of Fame ballot

NEW YORK (AP) — Career saves leader Mariano Rivera and late pitcher Roy Halladay are among 20 new candidates on the Hall of Fame ballot for the Baseball Writers' Association of America, joined by 15 holdovers headed by Edgar Martinez. Left-hander Andy Pettitte and infielders Todd Helton, Michael Young and Miguel Tejada also are among the newcomers on the ballot announced Monday. Steroids-tainted stars Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds each appear on the ballot for the seventh time. Clemens rose to 57.3 percent in the 2018 ballot but fell 75 votes short of the 75 percent needed, and Bonds was 79 votes shy at 56.4 percent. Martinez was 20 votes short at 70.4 percent, Mike Mussina at 63.5 percent and Curt Schilling at 51.2 percent. Rivera had 652 regular-season saves and 42 in the postseason during 19 seasons with the New York Yankees that included five World Series titles. He was 8-1 with a 0.70 ERA in 32 postseason series. Halladay won Cy Young Awards with Toronto in 2003 and Philadelphia in 2010 and was 203-105 with a 3.38 ERA in 16 seasons. He pitched a perfect game against Florida in 2010 and a no-hitter that fall versus Cincinnati in the NL Championship Series opener — only the second postseason no-hitter after Dan Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series. Halladay died piloting a plane in November 2017. Pettitte was 256-153 with a 3.85 ERA in 15 seasons with the Yankees and three with Houston and went 19-11 record with a 3.81 ERA in 44 postseason starts. Helton hit .316 in 15 seasons for Colorado with 369 homers, 1,406 RBIs and 1,401 runs, and Young hit .300 in 14 seasons, all but the last with Texas. Tejada batted .285 with 307 homers and 1,302 RBIs in 16 seasons. More than 400 ballots are being sent to eligible voters from the BBWAA, and a player must receive at least 75 percent for election. Ballots are due by Dec. 31 and results will be announced Jan. 22. Voters must have been members of the BBWAA for 10 consecutive years. Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrer and Jim Thome were elected last year. Players remain on the ballot for up to 10 years, provided they receive at least 5 percent of the vote annually. Martinez and first baseman Fred McGriff (23.2 percent last year) are on the BBWAA ballot for the final time. Additional newcomers on this year's ballot include infielder Placido Polanco and outfielder Juan Pierre. Holdovers include reliever Billy Wagner, second baseman Jeff Kent, shortstop Omar Vizquel, third baseman Scott Rolen and outfielders Andruw Jones, Manny Ramirez, Gary Sheffield, Sammy Sosa and Larry Walker......»»

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Mets deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL

By Jake Seiner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. The AL prize also reflected a change in voters’ values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014. “I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect,” deGrom said. “I feel like it’s just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings,” Snell said. “I think that’s just the way it’s going.” DeGrom easily beat out Washington’s Max Scherzer, who was seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Scherzer had the other first-place vote. In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke’s 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters of 13 victories set by the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and matched by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in 2010. DeGrom allowed three runs or fewer in 29 consecutive starts to close the season, breaking Leslie “King” Cole’s 108-year-old record of 26 such outings. Yet the Mets were 11-18 in those games and 14-18 overall with deGrom on the mound. “My thought process was, ‘Hey, take the ball every fifth day and continue to try to put this team in position to win and control what you can control,’” deGrom said. Hernandez’s Cy Young victory signaled a major shift from voters, who once prioritized pitcher wins. The push toward advanced analytics made deGrom’s candidacy possible, and by September there was little debate deGrom was worthy, even as the Mets regularly wasted his dominance. “This was one of my goals,” deGrom said. “The team didn’t end up where we wanted to be this past season, but you kind of set personal goals, and I think being able to accomplish something that has been a dream of yours is just something special. To be a Cy Young Award winner, you’re in great company, and it truly is an honor.” Perhaps no pitcher had ever been such a hard-luck loser. New York averaged 3.5 runs in games started by deGrom, second only to Cole Hamels for worst support in the majors among qualified pitchers. During one stretch late in the season, the Mets totaled 10 runs over seven of deGrom’s outings, and four of those were driven in by the pitcher himself. DeGrom nearly produced more wins above replacement than actual wins — an unfortunate sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics’ Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. Baseball-Reference calculated deGrom for 9.6 WAR. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, he became the seventh rookie winner voted a Cy Young, joining fellow Mets Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. R.A. Dickey was the only other Met to win a Cy Young. The Mets unveiled a deGrom bobblehead featuring the Cy Young Award shortly after deGrom was crowned. They will give away 25,000 prior to a home game April 7 against Scherzer’s Nationals. Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points to 13 first-place votes and 154 points for Verlander. Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Snell had a 1.89 ERA, third best in the AL since the DH was introduced, trailing only Ron Guidry (1.74) in 1978 and Pedro Martinez (1.74) in 2000. The 25-year-old pitched had 33 1/3 fewer innings than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate. The lefty nicknamed Snellzilla wreaked havoc against the AL’s top lineups. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the World Series champion Red Sox, and 2-0 in two starts each against the Astros and Indians. The Yankees roughed Snell up twice, but he got threw five scoreless innings in a victory Aug. 16. That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East. He also made five starts against former Cy Young winners and went 3-0 with an 0.59 ERA. Snell was the first player 25-or-younger to win 21 games since Barry Zito in 2002. He was highly regarded as a minor leaguer for his electric arsenal, but subpar control led to struggles during his first two major league seasons. He was even demoted to Triple-A for a month in 2017. It all came together this year. Snell was a stalwart for a most unusual pitching staff, taking the ball every fifth day while manager Kevin Cash successfully experimented with reliever “openers” to start games in between. Snell led the Rays with 31 starts, and no other traditional starter had more than 17. After longtime franchise ace Chris Archer was traded to the Pirates on July 31, Snell went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA. “I felt with the opener, I had a bigger role on the team,” Snell said. Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012. Scherzer went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA and led the majors with 220 2/3 innings and 300 strikeouts. He was attempting to become the first player since Randy Johnson to win three consecutive Cy Youngs. He got the first-place vote of John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 seconds and 123 points. Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies was third with 86 points, followed by Colorado’s Kyle Freeland and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit. Kluber was attempting to win his second straight Cy Young and third overall. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title

As if completing a third consecutive championship wasn't enough, San Beda found added motivation to beat Lyceum again in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball Finals. The Red Lions breezed past the Pirates in the finals opener last Tuesday in a game where critics felt San Beda only won because Lyceum played minus its star CJ Perez. That sentiment did not sit well with San Beda coach Boyet Fernandez. "Honestly, did they forget that we beat LPU in the second round with CJ there? It's not San Beda's fault that CJ wasn't able to play in Game 1," said Fernandez, who won won his fourth NCAA title. "Give credit to my players. It became our fuel that some people thought we only won because L...Keep on reading: San Beda proves critics wrong with win over CJ Perez, Lyceum to clinch NCAA title.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Bright Akhuetie is UP s first Player of the Week in UAAP 81

So far, the arrival of Bright Akhuetie has paid massive dividends for the University of the Philippines. Touted as a dominant force from his days with Perpetual in the NCAA, the Nigerian anchor’s presence almost certainly assured the Fighting Maroons of a much-needed game changer on both ends of the floor in UAAP Season 81. One thing’s left on their to-do list, though, and that’s to end a 21-year Final Four drought. UP is still engaged in a dogfight with two other teams for a semifinals seat, and on Saturday, the 6-foot-8 big man took it upon himself to make sure that they’ll move to the cusp of reaching that goal. A monster 25-point, 18-rebound double-double by this year’s frontrunner for MVP just did the trick for the Fighting Maroons as they finished with a flurry to kick UST out of contention, 83-69. Akhuetie, who already managed 12 points and 12 rebounds against an undersized Tigers lineup after three quarters, doubled his scoring tally in the payoff period by pouring 13 points, which was just two shy of UST’s output as a team during that stretch. His outstanding performance rightfully earned him the Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Sports Press Corps UAAP Player of the Week award. This citation may seem like it’s been long overdue for Akhuetie, whose stellar play throughout the season has not gone unnoticed. In 13 games, he’s put up prolific averages of 19.1 points, 14.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.0 blocks while shooting a blistering 60.7 percent from the field. He bested FEU's Arvin Tolentino and Kenneth Tuffin, NU's John Lloyd Clemente, Ateneo’s Thirdy Ravena, and Adamson’s Sean Manganti to nab the weekly feat given by online and print writers covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 12th, 2018

Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages

Meralco is having one of the best runs of any team in the PBA Governors' Cup. After starting the season flatly at 1-6, the Bolts won four straight do-or-die matches in the preliminaries and scored two more wins in the quarterfinals against second seed Phoenix. Just one loss in the playoffs would have sent Meralco packing but the two-time runner-up pushed through with a convincing 90-74 win in the opener and a 108-103 overtime squeaker to knock the Fuel Masters out and head to the semifinals. And one man who showed true grit in the Bolts' sixth straight win was point guard Baser Amer. Playing inspired basketball, Amer put in 26 points, five rebounds, and four assists inclu...Keep on reading: Meralco hero Baser Amer gets inspiration from Jimmy Alapag’s text messages.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018