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PPTC forms paratriathlon national training team

The Philippine Paratriathlon Committee has announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for new entries......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarApr 17th, 2018

PPTC forms train team

THE Philippine Paratriathlon Committee (PPTC) has just announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for prospective paratriathletes. The athletes are the Nelmida twins, Jerome and Joshua, 17 years old and both visually impaired paratriathletes and Cebuano Alex Silverio,… Source link link: PPTC forms train team.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

PPTC forms train team

THE Philippine Paratriathlon Committee (PPTC) has just announced the formation of the national paratriathlon training team, initially composed of three athletes but with slots still open for prospective paratriathletes. The athletes are the Nelmida twins, Jerome and Joshua, 17 years old and both visually impaired paratriathletes and Cebuano Alex Silverio,….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

By Aron Heller, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person. But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina's white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina's football federation announced it was skipping the event. Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match but said the safety of the players was at stake. "What has happened in the last 72 hours, the actions, the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel," he said during a news conference in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is training prior to the start of the World Cup next week. "(We) apologize to the Israeli community. It's nothing against the Israeli community, the Jewish community and I would like everyone to take this decision as a contribution to world peace," he said. "In the end, they've done the right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. Later Wednesday, Israel's Sports Ministry said a "negotiation" about the match was underway, perhaps in hopes of salvaging it, but gave no further details. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters." The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and T-shirts if he participated. He has long tried to get soccer's world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee to impose sanctions against Israel. Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in West Bank settlements. Rajoub had also objected to holding the match in Jerusalem, whose eastern sector the Palestinians claim as their capital. Although the Kollek stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighborhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948. Following the move, he held a press conference in Ramallah featuring a picture of him with Messi and a sign reading: "From Palestine, thank you Messi." Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game, by moving it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, and by trying to link it to celebrations surrounding Israel's 70th anniversary. He called it a victory for "ethics and values" of sports. "They tried to use sport as a tool for political ends, and for this I think, they failed," Rajoub said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicization of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister Miri Regev of bringing on the politicization of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a politicized photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Regev rejected the backlash at a press conference Wednesday evening saying "there is no bigger lie" than claims her decision to hold the match in Jerusalem aided in its cancellation. She said the Argentinians had not objected and that Messi himself had wanted to visit sacred Christian and Jewish sites in the holy city. Regev said the match was canceled following "threats by terror elements sent to Messi and his family and to other players." Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Regev that delivered victory to boycotters of the Jewish State. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called for a police investigation into Regev's "corrupt conduct." "We just absorbed a shot in the face. This is not just sports," he tweeted. "This, unfortunately, could start an international tsunami." Regev claimed that "terrorist" groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families, sending them images of dead children, though she gave no further evidence. She accused members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, of backing the boycott advocates. "Unfortunately, we have Trojan Horses in the Knesset who give headwind to terrorism," she said. The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas praised Argentina for canceling the game. Spokesman Husam Badran said Hamas "applauds" the move and reiterated its position that rejects "all forms of normalization" with the Jewish state. A senior official at the Argentine Football Federation said the national team decided to call off the match with Israel after receiving threats from Hamas. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, did not provide evidence or details of the alleged threats. A Hamas official mocked reports that the group had threatened the players, calling them unrealistic, and saying they don't deserve a comment. The Hamas official was not authorized to comment in the issue and also spoke on condition of anonymity. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction and has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since it took over the territory in 2007. Israel and the United States consider it a terror organization for its bombings, shooting and rocket attacks targeting civilians. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign with only a small number of artists and organizations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. The Argentinean move, which featured on the front pages of all the major Israeli dailies, raised fears that it could serve as a template for future boycotts of Jerusalem, most notably next year's scheduled hosting of the popular Eurovision song contest. The Palestinians celebrated the cancellation as a major triumph. Israeli organizers said an offer had been floated to have the game played in Barcelona instead, but it was highly unlikely. "I think sports should never be involved with politics," said Shahaf Ashraga, a fan in Jerusalem. "It just makes me sad to think that the game has to be canceled because of the Palestinian pressure." Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. It then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive in Moscow ahead of schedule. ___ Associated Press writers Debora Rey and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

UAAP Season 81: Diolan, Clemente could get go-signal to play

Barring other technicalities in their eligibility, returning National University setter Rica Diolan and De La Salle University transferee Lourdes Clemente could get the green light to play for their respective schools in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. UAAP Board and eligibility committee member Rod Roque of University of the East said that the two players have met the criteria for residency and for student-athletes pursuing graduate studies if their respective teams submit their names in their roster. The eight schools have until January 28 to submit their team rosters to the screening committee. Diolan left NU after Season 78 and tried her luck at different schools before enrolling at UE two years ago. She never made the roster of then head coach Francis Vicente and left the school after just one semester and returned to NU. “Nag-one year na siya sa NU, nag-residency na siya,” said Roque of Diolan. “Nag-one year na siya sa NU so qualified na siyang maglaro ulit.” In the case of Clemente, the middle blocker and former national team member exhausted all her playing years with University of Perpetual Help and decided to transfer to DLSU for her graduate studies and try her luck with the four-peat-seeking Lady Spikers. Although DLSU head coach Ramil de Jesus has yet to confirm Clemente’s inclusion to the team, she has been seen training with the team.    “Kapag masteral tapos galing ka sa ibang school walang residency, ready to play. Pero kung galing ka sa ibang UAAP school, magma-masteral ka sa another UAAP school then one year residency. Pero si Lourdes wala siya, qualified siya,” said Roque. The Eligibility Committee will conduct screening on February 4 while the final approval of the rosters is set on Feb. 11.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019

10 can’t-miss moments in sports for 2019

2018 is already in the books. Now, we look forward to the next chapters we’re all about to read in 2019. Laban Azkals in AFC Asian Cup – January The Azkals will enter historic grounds as early as January as they play for the first time in the AFC Asian Cup in 2019. Their ticket was booked after crushing Tajikistan in a 2-1 home victory early in 2018. With a world-renowned mentored on their side in Sven-Goran Eriksson and veteran national players, the Azkals will travel to the United Arab Emirates for the continental showdown. The Azkals kick off their 2019 AFC Cup Campaign on January 7th against South Korea, followed by a match against China PR on January 11th, before closing out the Group Stage on January 16th against Kyrgyzstan.  Newest season of the oldest professional league in Asia – January After just roughly a month of break from basketball action, the oldest professional league in Asia is back. The PBA will be kicking off its 44th season on January 13 with San Miguel defending its Philippine Cup title. Aside from that, marquee rookies such as CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Paul Desiderio are all set to play their first professional games with their respective teams. Up next on Pacman’s list – January The Filipinos will be treated to quality boxing as early as January 19 when Manny Pacquiao defends his WBA (Regular) Welterweight World Championship against challenger American Adrien Broner. After two years of fighting outside the US, Pacquiao will be back in Las Vegas to defend his title against a tough challenger in Broner. Just like old times, Freddie Roach will be back in Pacquiao's corner, this time serving as a consultant. Fanning the flames for a place in FIBA World Cup 2019 – February For the Philippines to be back in the FIBA World Cup, these are the things that need to happen: we must sweep out last two games then Japan must lose at least one of its last two games – giving us the third spot in Group F. Alternatively, we can pin our hopes on China winding up in the top four of its group – giving Groups E and F four berths apiece. Gilas Pilipinas begins its trek through that long and winding road away from home up against Qatar. All teams are teams-to-beat in UAAP 81 Volleyball – February The exciting and highly entertaining collegiate volleyball league is back on February 16. Things to watch out for? La Salle's bid for their fourth consecutive title, Ateneo's face post-Tai Bundit era, UP's confident aura coming off two major preseason championships, and UST's game-changing rookies. Eaglets-Bullpups Finals rematch or not – March Without a doubt, Ateneo and NU, the very same two teams that battled in the Finals last year, are the favorites to go all the way back to the champipnship round in the ongoing season. After all, the Blue Eaglets still have 7-foot-1, 16-year-old Kai Sotto and the Bullpups boast of the deepest roster in all of high school. After the first round of eliminations, however, it’s also clear that RJ Abarrientos-led FEU-Diliman and Joem Sabandal-fronted Adamson have other plans. For sure, something’s gotta give. Alab Pilipinas’ shot at history – April In the almost decade-long history of the Asean Basketball League, no team has won back-to-back championships. Alab Pilipinas is here to change that with the Puerto Rican pair of Renaldo Balkman and PJ Ramos showing the way alongside two-time Local MVP Ray Parks Jr. No doubt, this is the most talented team in franchise history and as such, nothing but a second straight title will be an acceptable outcome. The NCAA is five years away from its centennial celebration – July The first collegiate league in the country is approaching rarified air. Set to open its milestone mark 95th Season, the same old intensity is to be expected in the NCAA. The protagonists, however, may very well be different as all of last year’s Final Four teams will now be missing their main men – Robert Bolick for San Beda, CJ Perez for LPU, Bong Quinto for Letran, and Prince Eze for Perpetual. Is the UAAP 82 Basketball crown Katipunan’s to keep – September In Season 82, all teams will be seeking to nip the dynasty that the Ateneo Blue Eagles are trying to build. After going for back-two-back last season, all eyes will still be on them as their enter the season with an intact core. However, just like Season 81 it will not be a walk in the park with all contenders striving to match their caliber through massive recruitment, coach changes, and tough training camps. Filipino hospitality in SEA Games 2019 – November For the first time since 2005, the SEA Games will be played in Manila. That means that, at long last, our regional neighbors will yet again experience that world-renowned warmth of the Philippines and its people. Make no mistake, however, the Filipinos are all set to go all-out and dominate the medal tally – whether that be basketball in Manila or athletics and aquatics in Clark......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2018

NBA to play first-ever games in India

NBA press release MUMBAI AND NEW YORK – The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings will play in two preseason games in Mumbai in 2019, marking the first games the NBA has played in India and the first games staged in the country by a North American sports league. The NBA India Games 2019 will take place Friday, Oct. 4 and Saturday, Oct. 5 at the NSCI Dome. The announcement was made today by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco in Mumbai. Tickets to the games will go on sale at a later date. Fans can visit nbaevents.com/indiagames to register interest for information and tickets. In addition to the games, the league and its partners will conduct interactive fan activities, Jr. NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreach events that will bring the NBA experience to fans in Mumbai. The NBA India Games 2019 will be promoted by BookMyShow and AEG and supported by a roster of marketing and merchandising partners. The games will air live in India, and will reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories on television, digital and social media. The Kings, under the leadership of the NBA’s first Indian-born majority owner and Mumbai-native Vivek Ranadivé, currently features 2018 No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, 2017 No. 5 overall draft pick De’Aaron Fox and 2016 No. 6 overall draft pick Buddy Hield (Bahamas). The Pacers’ roster currently features 2018 NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, 2016 NBA All-Rookie second team member Myles Turner and 2016 No. 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania). More than 350 live NBA games are available each season on SONY TEN 1, SONY TEN 3 and SONY ESPN, including 78 games with Hindi commentary. The 2018-19 season also includes five consecutive Sunday games from March 10 to April 7 that will air in primetime in India, marking the second straight year that five games will be televised in primetime. Since 2006, more than 35 current and former NBA and WNBA players have visited India on behalf of the NBA. The NBA office in Mumbai opened in 2011. The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) for the top male and female prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, officially opened in May 2017 and builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India, including The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program that has reached more than 10 million youth from 10,000 schools and trained more than 10,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 20th, 2018

Buenavista lead NBTC Guimaras

THE Buenavista National High School (BNHS) basketball team capitalized on their high percentage shooting to top the ongoing 2018 National Basketball Training Center (NBTC)-Guimaras at the Sta. Teresa NHS covered gym. Last Dec 4, 2018, Buenavista fortified their campaign with an unblemished 4-0 record after defeating Jordan NHS, 76-71. They also defeated Sta. Teresa NHS, […] The post Buenavista lead NBTC Guimaras appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 4th, 2018

AFF SUZUKI CUP SEMIS: Azkals face Vietnam in Bacolod City

VIETNAM’S national football team is now training in Bacolod City for their much-anticipated match in the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup Leg-1 Semifinals against the Philippine Azkals on Dec 2 at the Panaad Park and Stadium. The match starts 3 p.m. The visitors landed at the Bacolod-Silay Airport last Wednesday via chartered flight from Hanoi. The […] The post AFF SUZUKI CUP SEMIS: Azkals face Vietnam in Bacolod City appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsNov 30th, 2018

Friendlies Vs. Jordan, Lebanon Highlight Gilas’ Daily Grind

The crucial part of the Gilas Pilipinas’ preparation for the fifth window of the FIBA World Cup Qualifiers has already begun as Coach Yeng Guiao announced that the daily practice sessions of the national team kicked off with its Sunday night training at the Meralco Gym. The Philippine Basketball Association announced on Saturday that the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsNov 19th, 2018

PH gets help from friends

Team Pilipinas gets its first test as a newly-built national squad when it hosts Jordan in a friendly game today at the Meralco Gym in Ortigas, Pasig City. Yeng Guiao is set to field 14 players out of his 20-man national training pool Action begins at 8 p.m. with the Nationals testing Jordan as part […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Kai Sotto forgoes Gilas practice and tune-up game for exam week

Citing academics, Kai Sotto won't be attending Gilas Pilipinas' tune-up game against Jordan at the Meralco Gym Monday evening. Sotto says he will be undergoing exams this week at Ateneo High School, thus not being able to devote his time fully to the rigors of national team training. "Hindi ako pupunta sa practice. Exams namin sa Ateneo. Hindi ako lalaro bukas," the 7 foot 1 center said. Even though he won't be able to attend training for Gilas, Sotto had a show in their 75-59 win against the Adamson Baby Falcons at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday morning. The slot man had 27 points and 20 rebounds in the victory, with 17 of those markers coming from the free throw line. Even so, new Blue Eaglet coach Reggie Varilla was proud of his boys of towing themselves to the win, days after floor general Forthsky Padrigao underwent an appendectomy and will be out the remainder of the first round. Sotto even dedicated the victory to his recovering teammate who he is proud to be called as his best friend. "Si Forthsky talaga, best friend ko yan. Sobrang ka-close ko yan. Alam ko yung nararamdaman niya na yung parang comeback season niya tapos naputol pa." About his 25 attempts from the line, Sotto expected the swarming Adamson defense to give no inch to him, and took every opportunity to take advantage of the tactic. "Yun talaga gagawin lagi ng depensa. Expected na lagi. Marami rin akong namintis so sayang." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 18th, 2018

Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’

Matthew Wright's job for this PBA season may be over, but he's not about to get a break just yet. With Phoenix Fuel Masters out of 2018PBA Governors' Cup playoffs, Wright will return to his duty with the Philippine men's national basketball team that will play in the fifth window of the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers. Wright, who is part of the 20-man pool that will begin training on Monday, is looking forward to the national team grind especially with the return of Arwind Santos and LA Tenorio. "It's a great pool, I know it's exciting to see guys like Arwind and LA back in the mix," said Wright, who first began his international career in 2016. Tenorio last became part ...Keep on reading: Matthew Wright excited to return to Gilas duty: ‘It’s a great pool’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Foton, Petron, F2 Logistics share top spot

F2 Logistics and Foton sustained their blazing starts as they clobbered their respective foes in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cargo Movers crushed Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18, while the Tornadoes devastated Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, to clinch their second straight victory in as many outings. They were joined at the top spot by Petron after the Blaze Spikers defeated Generika-Ayala, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 11 points while Remy Palma added nine for Petron, which sent the Lifesavers to their second loss in as many games. Meanwhile, Majoy Baron led the charge with 14 points and added seven digs, while former Most Valuable Player awardee Ara Galang and Kianna Dy chipped in 12 markers apiece for the Cargo Movers, who came up with a fitting follow-up to their impressive win over the HD Spikers in the opener. But F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus remains far from satisfied.  “We often start slow, especially whenever we play against opponents who just came from a tough loss,” said de Jesus, noting that they are still searching for their killer instinct. “We should get away with it because it gives momentum to other team. We have to be at our best from start to finish regardless of whom we are facing.” CJ Rosario delivered 13 kills, two blocks and two aces to finish with 17 points while Mina Aganon tallied 14 hits for Foton, which hardly missed the presence of towering frontliners Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat. Santiago and Manabat opted to sit out the season-ending conference to see action in the prestigious V.Premier League of Japan. Foton head coach Aaron Velez stressed that they remain a work in progress. "I think we were able to get back to our system,” said Velez, who took the helm from John Abella in the off-season. “We're still trying to figure out how to be consistent. But, I also think were able to tap our energy and momentum down the stretch.” Velez said they made some changes in their position to thwart the vaunted defense of the HD Spikers. "We were always training in the match,” said Velez, who also drew solid performance from new recruits Arianne Layug and Shaya Adorador that gave Ateneo de Manila ace blocker Bea de Leon the luxury of seeing limited minutes. “We wanted to win this one very badly so I thought of a plan in which we can take advantage of our positions and turn the game around. Fortunately, it worked.”  Rachel Anne Daquis, the newly-crowned league ambassador, sizzled with game-high 21 points laced with 13 digs while national team stalwart Mylene Paat added 17 hits for the HD Spikers, who suffered their second setback in three games. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

Former England manager set to coach Philippine Azkals in Suzuki Cup

The Philippine Azkals make a major adjustment with just a couple of weeks to go before the start of the 2018 AFF Suzuki Cup.  Team Manager Dan Palami announced during Saturday's  AFF Suzuki Cup Trophy Tour in Manila that legendary coach and manager Sven-Goran Eriksson will be coming on board as the Philippine Men's National Football team as coach.  "He will be a great addition to the team and I'm sure that the players will learn a lot from him," said Palami. "He will be working together with interim coach Scott Cooper." The announcement comes months after the surprising exit of former English football great Terry Butcher, who was initially tapped to take over the head coaching duties.  Eriksson's tenure will last at least six months. "This is one of the moves that we've done in order for us to do better in this edition of the Suzuki Cup," Palami continued.  A native of Sunne, Sweden, the 70-year old Eriksson began his managerial career back in 1977 and has handled club teams such as Roma, Manchester City, and Leicester City, as well as national squads such as England, Mexico, and the Ivory Coast.  Eriksson is best known for leading England to the two World Cup stints in 2002 and 2006.  He is coming off a stint with Chinese football club Shenzen FC.  "Fortunately, I was able to sell to Sven the dream of Philippine football," Palami said further, "He’s been there, he’s done it. I think it's beyond any financial relation, he’s not about that." "He believes in the legacy the can leave behind in the Philippines and in Asia. The Philippines is a very good bed for his time and effort. I’m glad that he agreed after several exchanges of emails. We also met in Qatar. We’re looking forward to him coming over to the team," Palami added.  Eriksson is expected to join the team when they begin training camp on November 3rd.  The Azkals fly to Bacolod on November0 7th, six days before they begin their AFF Suzuki Cup campaign on November 13th against Singapore at the Panaad Park and Stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 27th, 2018

Eight new stars who have risen in UAAP Season 81

It all begins here. That has been the UAAP theme this year and the names you will see on this list have been embracing their new beginnings and are delivering with promise despite all the pressure. The UAAP’s 81st season has been wild right off the bat with teams pulling wins out of nowhere, impressive individual performances, and lit on-court actions, which everyone has caught live on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD every Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. However, eight names have already shown why they are head and shoulders above everybody else in the season. Let’s take a look at the idols of future ballers and coaches here: 1.) Ange Kouame, Ateneo De Manila University The Ivorian big man is having a great debut with the defending champs in Season 81 and has been announcing his arrival to the league big game after big game, punctuated by his 33-point 27-rebound performance against potential Final Four contender, the FEU Tamaraws. While Thirdy Ravena continues to be the Blue Eagles’ leader on the floor, Kouame is slowly turning himself into a problem on a nightly basis. He’s constantly improving and learning about the college game thanks in part to fellow Ateneo big, who saw his play blossom last year, in Isaac Go.   2.) Sean Manganti, Adamson University Jerrick Ahanmisi is the Falcons’ leading scorer and main attraction. But let it not distract you from the fact that Sean Manganti has improved vastly to be the actual barometer of the team as it continues its stellar season. To prove a point, Manganti has also hit big shots for the Falcons including that game-winning dagger against the UP Fighting Maroons. Part of the reason for his impressive season so far is due to his training with former UAAP MVP Kiefer Ravena, who has been teaching him all the tricks in his bag.   3.) Justine Baltazar, La Salle  Justine Baltazar was a diamond in the rough coming to the Green Archers’ side of the fence after a stellar UAAP Juniors showing for National University. This season, without Ben Mbala up front, people are shocked by the massive improvement of Balti’s game as he has been the Green Archers’ consistent pillar of strength next to Aljun Melecio and Leonard Santillan. Balti is yet to have a bad game this season except when he had to contend with Ateneo’s hulking Ange Kouame, who is way heavier than the lanky center.   4.) Hubert Cani, Far Eastern University What a journey it has been for the former UAAP Juniors Finals MVP Hubert Cani, who went to Ateneo for two years before transferring to FEU and debuting last year. The 5’11” point guard has trimmed down immensely in preparation for Season 81 and it has clearly shown that his deadly Juniors form is back in harness. While FEU has been see-sawing lately in the standings, Cani has been the constant as much as teams prepare to stop FEU’s top scorer Arvin Tolentino.   5.) Juan Gomez De Liano, University of the Philippines Juan’s sophomore year has been anything but a disappointment. The UAAP Season 80 Rookie of the Year recently stopped the UAAP triple double drought when he posted a 15-point, 12-rebound, 12-assist line against the UE Red Warriors last Sunday (October 21). With team captain Paul Desiderio struggling in the start of the season, the former UAAP Juniors MVP stepped up to the plate and show improvement across the board and has become a huge headache for opposing teams alongside prized recruit Bright Akhuetie everytime he steps on the court.    6.) CJ Cansino, University of Sto. Tomas The Growling Tigers rookie is living up to lofty expectations heaped on his shoulders as a UAAP Juniors MVP coming out of the UST Tiger Cubs program. Cansino is already displaying a grown man’s game despite being at the collegiate level. His basketball IQ is off the charts while maximizing the most of his physical tools at hand along with the system new Head Coach Aldin Ayo has put in place. With the keys in his hand, Cansino has responded and what a way for a rookie to, already having an 18-point, 18-rebound game and constantly hovering around a triple-double.   7.) Dave Ildefonso, National University The younger Demolition Brother has been a treat to watch. Along with Cansino, they are both starring for their teams as rookies, leading the way, and leaving fans with jaws on the floor because of the level of talent they are displaying. He has shown great scoring instincts and has been at the forefront of the Bulldogs’ rebuild. 8.) Joe Silva, University of the East We’re giving the last and final spot in the list to UE’s neophyte coach, who’s the driving force behind the rebuilding Red Warriors. Coach Joe maybe younger in terms of age and experience compared to his UAAP counterparts, but he is definitely no pushover with two UAAP Juniors championship under his belt with the Ateneo High School Blue Eaglets. So far, he is off to a good start in building a winning culture in the current UE Red Warriors lineup. This is evident in how feisty his team fights game in and game out despite the talent gap they face. These eight guys are not the only impressive names we should all watch out for as you never know who will suddenly come out of the woodwork and starts pumping impressive game after impressive game. Get to see these stars in action every UAAP Season 81 game day during Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays on ABS-CBN S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD starting at 2 pm. For more sports news, follow ABS-CBN Sports on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 26th, 2018

2018-19 NBA referees: By the Numbers

NBA press release NEW YORK – Sixty-five referees will compose the NBA officiating staff for the 2018-19 season.  Below are some numbers and tidbits pertaining to this season’s NBA officials. On The Court · 33 – Ken Mauer is entering his 33rd season as an NBA referee, the most for any current official.  He is followed by Ron Garretson, who begins his 32nd season. · 1,904/238 – Garretson has called 1,904 regular-season games and 238 playoff games, the most of any current official in each category. · 1,408 – Monty McCutchen worked 1,408 regular-season games – along with 169 playoff games (including 16 NBA Finals games) – before stepping off the court last season to oversee day-to-day management and on-court performance of all officials as Vice President, Head of Referee Development and Training. · 20 – Mike Callahan leads active referees with 20 NBA Finals games officiated, followed by Mauer with 19 and Scott Foster with 18. · 37/27 – 37 of the 65 officials (57%) have at least 10 years of experience, while 27 of the 65 (42%) have 15 or more years of experience. · 75.4 – 49 of the 65 referees (75.4%) have worked in the G League. · 33.8 – 22 of the 65 referees (33.8%) have WNBA officiating experience. Off The Court · 3,600 – Senior Vice President and Head of Referee Operations Michelle Johnson logged more than 3,600 flight hours as a pilot for the United States Air Force during her 36-year career. The former three-star general was the 19th Superintendent at the U.S. Air Force Academy, where she was a graduate and the first woman inducted into the Air Force Sports Hall of Fame after a stellar basketball career for the Falcons. · 1987 – President of League Operations Byron Spruell was an offensive lineman and co-captain of the 1987 Notre Dame football team helping future Pro Football Hall of Famer Tim Brown win the Heisman Trophy that season. · 1977 – Mauer earned All-Big Ten honors in 1977 for the University of Minnesota’s baseball team, helping lead the Golden Gophers to the College World Series alongside future Baseball Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. · 87 – NBA official Eric Dalen wore No. 87 as a two-time letterman at tight end for the University of Minnesota. · 12 – NBA official Leroy Richardson spent 12 years in the United States Navy (1982-94), serving as a surface warfare specialist and underwater sea surveillance specialist. · 9 – Historically Black Colleges and Universities are represented by nine referees: Bennie Adams (Southern University); Tony Brown (Clark Atlanta University); Derrick Collins (Xavier University in New Orleans); Sean Corbin (Coppin State University); Courtney Kirkland (Southern University); Karl Lane (Philander Smith College); Eric Lewis (Bethune Cookman College); CJ Washington (Southern University); and Tom Washington (Norfolk State University). · 7 – The NBA referee roster features seven officials who have earned advanced degrees: Adams (MS, Southern University, 1993); Brent Barnaky (JD, Nova Southeastern Law School, 2001); Kevin Cutler (MS, Cal State Dominguez Hills, 2005); Tyler Ford (MA, Ball State University, 2009); Lauren Holtkamp (MS, Drury University, 2004; MDV, Emory University, 2010); Kevin Scott (MS, Georgia Southern University, 2002); and Sean Wright (MBA, University of Mobile, 1996). · 4 – This year’s staff features four second-generation NBA referees: James Capers, the son of former NBA referee James Capers, Sr.; JB DeRosa, the son of former official Joe DeRosa; Brian Forte, the son of Joe Forte; and Garretson, the son of former NBA official Darell Garretson. · 4 – Four referees – Derek Richardson, Leroy Richardson, Wright and Zach Zarba – were born in New York City, the most for any major U.S. city.  New Orleans and Miami have produced three referees each. · 3 – Three officials have served in the U.S. military, including Matt Boland (Connecticut National Guard), Rodney Mott (U.S. Navy) and Leroy Richards (U.S. Navy). In addition, NBA Senior Vice President and Head of Referee Operations Michelle Johnson is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. · 2 – Two referees were born in Eastern Europe: Marat Kogut (Kiev, Ukraine) and Gediminas Petraitis (Kaunas, Lithuania). · 2 – This year’s officiating staff includes two sets of referees with family ties.  Lauren Holtkamp and Jonathan Sterling are married to each other, while Jacyn and John Goble are the only brothers officiating this season......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Youth team addresses teen pregnancy in T boli community

  The following is a press release from Ideas Positive. Out of 16 National Finalists, Team TeenPUYOG from Region XII – SOCCSKSARGEN was named the Grand Champion of Ideas Positive Run 8. Their project, IDOLescent M.A.T.T.E.R., aimed to address teen pregnancy in Kiamba, Sarangani, by training 25 peer ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Part 2: Assessing PH women’s volleyball

We end our two-part analysis of the recent performances of the Philippine women's volleyball national team with the aim to provide an objective evaluation that may help its journey back to Asian competitions. Coach Mac Gepuela currently coaches the middle school team of Miriam College and has produced champion squads there at different levels. She is also the soothing and informative live game announcer of the Premier Volleyball League. For the national team, she suggests a long-term program anchored on a vision, leadership, training, competition at various levels, financial support and proper coordination among the various volleyball stakeholders. Gepuela recommends a five-year pr...Keep on reading: Part 2: Assessing PH women’s volleyball.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Kings’ best yet to come

Help is coming for Barangay Ginebra. Greg Slaughter, Sol Mercado and Art dela Cruz may return from injuries this Saturday when the Gin Kings head to Lucena City, Quezon, to face the winless Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. Slaughter has not played since early September due to a sprained ankle while Mercado had surgery on his meniscus. Dela Cruz, on the other hand, has yet to make his Ginebra debut due to an Achilles tendon injury he sustained while training for the National team last year. There is also the probability that Joe Devance, who is recovering from a stress fracture in his left foot, may be available for the Oct. 13 duel at Quezon Convention Center. The Kings' s...Keep on reading: Kings’ best yet to come.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

UAAP: Hubert Cani blames FEU s blowout loss to bad practices

Good teams are not made in games, but in practices. This was the narrative Hubert Cani was going for after Far Eastern University saw themselves at the losing end of a 25-point drubbing versus the surprising University of the East, Sunday in UAAP Season 81 action. "Kasi nung bago nitong UE, we had two practices tapos sobrang pangit nung practice namin. As in. Kaya siguro ganito yung nangyari sa amin kasi pangit nung practice talaga namin nung Friday and Saturday. Nadala namin dito," said Cani. The FEU Tamaraws are perennial Final Four contenders but unfortunately this season, they already lost to two teams who were in the bottom four last year, namely UST and UE. According to Cani, this is something they should think about and fix as soon as possible. "Dalawa na yun eh. Tingin ko, mali talaga yung approach namin sa game. Parang dinadaya namin eh. Sa amin bumabalik yun. Kunyari malakas yung kalaban namin, dun kami babawi tapos pag may mga teams na parang nasa average, dun kami nagse-step down eh. Yun talaga yung pagkakamali namin," said the Tamaraw point guard. Cani also bared that they might have been underestimating other teams in UAAP Season 81, that is why now they are paying the consequences. "Same lang ng UST, parang in-underestimate namin yung game kaya ngayon yung mga shots nila kahit naka-challenge na, kahit anong gawin namin, talagang shumu-shoot na kasi binigyan namin sila ng confidence. So dun palang sa una palang, mali na," he explained. FEU shot 33.87-percent from the field, which paled in comparison to UE's sweet shooting at 45.95-percent. As early as the first half, Red Warriors Alvin Pasaol and Jason Varilla already had 15 points each across their names, while no one from the Tamaraws had double digits. Entering the last two quarters, FEU was already down by 12 and that just ballooned to as big as 34-points as UE's shooting kept getting sweeter, while FEU's turned sour. "Tingin ko, shumu-shoot lang talaga yung tira nila tapos kami, di namin sinundan yung scheme na gusto ni Coach Olsen," he said after scoring the most for FEU with 12 points and three rebounds. After what can be considered as an embarrassing loss for FEU, a lengthy post-game meeting followed. Head coach Olsen Racela left it to his squad to talk among themselves about what happened and what should be done. "Parang ang gusto niya sa aming sabihin na kami pa lang, kaya naming ayusin 'to. Hindi na niya kailangang pagalitan kami or whatsoever. Parang sa amin pa lang, i-take na namin yung commitment," shared Cani. "Pinag-usapan lang namin yung commitment sa team as individual players. Kahit sinong kalaban namin dapat same approach lang kami sa game," he added. With so-so practices and an underestimating mindset considered as the culprit for this recent loss, Cani looks forward to going to practice tomorrow to try to fix their course. They will prepare for their next game versus National University on October 3. "Bukas tingin ko sobrang ganda ng kakalabasan nung training namin, kasi kung hindi, parang di namin tine-take seriously itong UAAP, yung team namin. Tingin ko bukas, dun pa lang sa practice, magsa-start na kami," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2018