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UAAP: Okumu remains as UP women s volleyball coach

Godfrey Okumu will remain as the University of the Philippines women's volleyball head coach. The school released a statement on Monday after rumors circulated on social media that the Kenyan mentor will be replaced after the Lady Maroons' sorry result in the UAAP Season 81. "The College of Human Kinetics wishes to clarify that coach Godfrey Okumu is still the head coach of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons Women's Volleyball team," according to the statement released by UP College of Human Kinetics signed by Dean Francis Carlos Diaz and endorsed by UP Chancellor Michael Tan. "Mr. Okumu has a live contract with the UP College of Human Kinetics and the University of the Philippines, and as such,  will continue to coach, train and recruit players for the UPWVT," the statement continued. "Coach Godfrey's relationship with other entities involved in the volleyball sport does not include or affect his current position in the UP team." Okumu replaced Jerry Yee two years ago. He steered the Lady Maroons to back-to-back titles in the Premier Volleyball League  Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam last year. But the Lady Maroons' success in the offseason did not translate in the UAAP as UP missed the Final Four for the third straight year.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Young guns to be wind beneath JRU s wings for NCAA 95

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 3-15, 10th YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Ry Dela Rosa, MJ Dela Virgen, Agem Miranda WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: John Amores, John Delos Santos, Marwin Dionisio, Thomas Vasquez, Louie Gonzalez (coach) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Jed Mendoza, Junmark Silvarez, Darius Estrella (injured), Vergel Meneses (coach) WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM JRU? With Jed Mendoza transferring to University of the East, JRU was supposed to be Darius Estrella’s show to run in NCAA Season 95. Unfortunately, Estrella, a former MVP in the NCAA Jrs., suffered another ACL injury and will be out for the year. That makes the Heavy Bombers even more of a young team as the mantle of leadership will now fall on second-year players Ry Dela Rosa and Agem Miranda. “Every day, I talk to Agem and Ry, I give them more responsibility. With their attitude, they're really up to it. Agem is really special. Ry is a team player, he does the small things.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez While those two are solid pieces, the future of Kalentong will fall upon the shoulders of a quartet of recruits from the school’s Juniors program. First and foremost among them is fearless slasher John Amores, the 17th-ranked player in last season’s NBTC 24, but playmaker John Delos Santos, steady forward Marwin Dionisio, and sparkplug Thomas Vasquez are no slouches themselves. “Yung rookies ko from high school, sobrang promising talaga. Sakin, napagandang opportunity ito to show na may connection yung program from Light Bombers to Heavy Bombers.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM JRU? Without a doubt, several players will take turns in doing the heavy lifting for JRU. And so, there is no definitive player to watch from them. “The way things are running, come NCAA, wala naman akong ma-ask sa players ko. They are a young team, pero sobrang promising naman. What's good with the players right now, nag-buy in agad dun sa sistema. Yung commitment at effort na binigay sakin, sobra-sobra.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez What would be must-watch, however, is how new head coach Louie Gonzalez tries to rejigger a program that fell to the back of the pack last season with a 3-15 record. This, after an eight-year run that saw them posting an overall 81-61 record under school legend Vergel Meneses. Fortunately for Coach Louie, he will have championship experience to draw from as he was an assistant for both Colegio de San Juan de Letran’s NCAA Season 91 championship and De La Salle University’s UAAP Season 79 championship. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR JRU? Again, JRU is a young team. Aside from point guard MJ Dela Virgen, nobody from their lineup saw heavy minutes in the last two seasons. That gives all their young talent – such as second-year players Miranda and Dela Rosa and rookies Amores, Delos Santos, Dionisio, and Vasquez – the golden opportunity to break out. Coach Louie also turned La Salle into a team of scrappy upstarts that leaned on third-year studs Justine Baltazar and Aljun Melecio for a run that just fell a win shy of the Final Four in the UAAP a year ago – meaning, he is more than capable of doing the same for the Heavy Bombers. “One thing's for sure, lalaban 'to.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez WHERE WOULD JRU BE AT THE END OF NCAA SEASON 95? No question, JRU will not be in the Final Four next season. “Wala naman kaming pupuntahan kundi pataas. For this one, sana 7th or 8th, medyo okay na ako kasi it’s a rebuilding team. Ang goal namin is mag-improve nang mag-improve.” – head coach Louie Gonzalez Instead, what NCAA Season 95 will mean for the Heavy Bombers is the first step in a grand plan to take flight once more. As such, at the moment, getting experience for their young talent is their primary purpose. WHEN IS JRU’S FIRST GAME IN NCAA SEASON 95? JRU’s new era commences opposite San Sebastian College-Recoletos on July 9 at Filoil Flying V Centre. As always, the latest season of the first and oldest collegiate league in the country 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. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News2 hr. 18 min. ago

Pressure off as Osaka hopes for better Wimbledon fortune

    LONDON, United Kingdom – With the burden of being world No. 1 lifted, Naomi Osaka will set her sights on Wimbledon, buoyed by the support of Roger Federer and praying for a decent draw this year. The 21-year-old Japanese star saw her hopes of a third consecutive Grand Slam title end ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News6 hr. 4 min. ago

Rafael Nadal says Wimbledon seeding system disrespects world rankings

Rafael Nadal has complained about Wimbledons seeding system after the Spaniard was placed at number three, behind Roger Federer, for next weeks grand slam in London. The other three major tournaments.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Can Federer defy age to lift 9th Wimbledon title?

    PARIS, France – Twenty years after his debut, Roger Federer will take aim at a ninth Wimbledon title and a place in history as the oldest man to capture a Grand Slam singles crown. Federer, who turns 38 in August, is already the oldest player to win the Wimbledon men's title ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 26th, 2019

Rapid rise could be just a start for new No. 1 Ashleigh Barty

Ash Barty never had been ranked inside the WTAs top 10 until April.As of Monday, she is No. 1. The 23-year-old Australian never had been as far as the quarterfinals at any Grand Slam tournament until.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJun 25th, 2019

Ashleigh Barty: From quitting tennis to world No. 1

PARIS, France – Newly-crowned world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty could never have imagined winning a Grand Slam title and rising to the summit of the rankings when she took a break from professional tennis in 2014. But the 23-year-old Queenslander has gone from strength to strength since returning at Eastbourne 3 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2019

Singer JK Labajo to girlfriend model Wroblewitz: Happy birthday, bbq

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebuano singer Juan Karlos Labajo has a sweet birthday message to his rumored girlfriend Maureen Wroblewitz. Labajo shared photos of Asia’s Next Top Model (AsNTM) Season 5 grand winner on his Instagram account on June 22, Saturday. Read more: Maureen Wroblewitz enjoying stint as ‘Eat Bulaga!’ co-host “Happy birthday bbq,” he […] The post Singer JK Labajo to girlfriend model Wroblewitz: Happy birthday, bbq appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Mixed fortunes: Murray in the dark before willing Wimbledon partners line up

  LONDON, United Kingdom – Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray found himself frustrated by fading light at Queen's on Friday, June 21, but not before he was deluged with offers from potential partners to play mixed doubles with him at Wimbledon. The 32-year-old Briton and Spain's Feliciano Lopez were 6-4, 4-5 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2019

Sister act: 1st WTA meeting of identical twins ends in upset

BIRMINGHAM, England (AP) — The first meeting of identical twins in WTA Tour history ended with an upset as Kristyna Pliskova overcame a ranking gap of more than 100 places to beat Karolina at the grass-court Birmingham Classic on Wednesday. Kristyna, ranked No. 112, won 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (7) against her No. 3-ranked sister from the Czech Republic. It was their first match against each other in the main draw of a WTA event, and the 10th meeting of sisters on the tour. Kristyna won their first-ever meeting, at the Malta ITF junior tournament as 14 year olds, and has edged ahead 6-5 in their head-to-head record in competitive matches. The match was decided by a third-set tiebreaker in which both of the 27-year-old sisters made untimely double faults. Karolina fell behind 6-5 with a double fault, but Kristyna replied with one of her own to make it. At 7-7, Karolina once again double faulted to give Kristyna another match point and this time the left-handed player didn't waste it to wrap up the match in just under two hours. Ashleigh Barty won her first match since capturing her first grand slam at the French Open, beating Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-4. Barty said she does not feel any extra pressure with her new status. "For me, nothing changes," the Australian said. "It was an incredible fortnight of tennis that we had without a doubt and some of the best memories of my career will come from those two weeks. But I'm still the same person. I'm still the same Ash Barty and I try and prepare the same way. "I feel like, if anything, it's taken the pressure off. I can just go out and enjoy it." Barty could face Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, after the American marked her debut at the tournament with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It is only the second time in 20 years that Williams has played a Wimbledon warm-up event. Jelena Ostapenko won back-to-back matches for only the second time this season, knocking out home favorite Johanna Konta 6-3, 6-4......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 20th, 2019

Sharapova has expectations for return from 5-month absence

PALMA, Spain – Maria Sharapova said on Sunday, June 16, that she has "expectations" for herself ahead of her return from a five-month injury absence in the Mallorca Open next week. The five-time Grand Slam champion has not played since withdrawing from the St. Petersburg event in January to have surgery ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 17th, 2019

Fowler and the USGA off to a good start at US Open

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Rickie Fowler had an ideal start Thursday in the U.S. Open, and so did the USGA. Pebble Beach was as gentle as could be in the opening round, and Fowler was among those who took advantage with six birdies for a 5-under 66, giving him a share of the early lead with Xander Schauffele and Louis Oosthuizen. The notorious wind off the Pacific coast was little more than a breeze. The course was lush green and relatively soft. The USGA wanted to start conservatively and make it progressively more difficult, a forecast of dry weather gives officials a lot more control. This was the day to take advantage. Schauffele, who keeps showing up in golf's biggest events, holed a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 18th to join Fowler at 66. Oosthuizen holed out for eagle from 95 yards at No. 11, his second hole of the day. "It's a very soft start to a U.S. Open, which is a good thing," Rory McIlroy said after a 68, his first sub-70 round at the U.S. Open since he won at Congressional in 2011. "They can do whatever they want with from here. It's not as if you're starting with a course that's in the condition like a Sunday, and then you get three days and it sort of starts to get away from you." Two-time defending champion Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods played in the afternoon. Koepka reached 4 under through seven holes until a bogey on No. 8, while Woods had three birdies to atone for a double bogey on par-3 fifth. He was 1 under through seven. Scott Piercy made bogey on the 18th for a 67. He was the first player to get everyone's attention when he made three birdies and an eagle through the opening six holes — the scoring holes at Pebble — and was 5 under. Graeme McDowell saw the score when he walked off the 10th green at the start of his round and quipped to his caddie, "All the USGA radios are going off and they're saying, 'Turn off the water — NOW!'" McDowell won the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010 when it was so difficult he made only one birdie in the final round and no one broke par for the week. Even as he saw low scores on the board — he had a bogey-free 69, one of 16 rounds in the 60s among the early starters — McDowell feared what was to come. What really got his attention was Phil Mickelson being some 30 feet above the hole at No. 1, which should ordinarily have been a lightning fast putt. Mickelson left it short. "I don't think level par wins this week," he said. "Careful what you wish for, because I think we're going to see it come the weekend." Mickelson, in his fifth attempt at the career Grand Slam, opened with a 72 that certainly didn't hurt him, but only two birdies held him back. Two of his bogeys came from missing the fairway with an iron off the tee. The other was a careless three-putt — he missed from 22 inches. Dustin Johnson was only one shot better, and he could have been a lot worse except for a magnificent short game, no shot better than his flop shop from well behind the eighth green to 2 feet. He nearly drove the green on No. 4, a dangerous shot because the coast line hugs the right side. Why driver? "Because I'd bogeyed the last two holes," Johnson said with a wry smile. "I needed a birdie." That wasn't impatience that often dooms chances at a U.S. Open. That was recognition that scores were to be had, and this might be the best day. Fowler picked up three birdies in seven holes, dropped a shot at the turn and added three birdies on the back. It's the second time in three years at the U.S. Open he has started well — he had a 65 in the first round at Erin Hills — but the focus is on how he finishes. Even though he's 30, with seven victories on the PGA Tour and European Tour combined, Fowler is on that list of best without a major, perhaps because he's had so many top finishes. So the start was important. "It was very stress free," Fowler said. "You never feel in cruise control at a major, especially a U.S. Open, but the execution was very good today. ... It was the worst I could have shot, so that's a good thing. I'm happy with the start. You can't go out and win it up the first day, but you can obviously take yourself out of it and you're having to fight back." Schauffele also appears poised to break through in his third full year on tour. He first gained attention with his tie for fifth in his U.S. Open debut two years ago, and he tied for sixth last year at Shinnecock Hills. He also has runner-up finishes in the British Open and the Masters. His big break came at the end when he caught his drive off the toe and it hit off a rock framing the left side, bounding down the fairway. From there, he only had 8-iron to set up his eagle. "Very fortunate, and happy we capitalized on a really lucky break," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 14th, 2019

I was almost down and out before French Open triumph, says Nadal

PARIS, France – Rafael Nadal admitted that his record 12th French Open title was one of his most special after an injury-hit start to 2019 had left him "down mentally and physically" and questioning his love for the sport. The 33-year-old Spaniard swept to an 18th Grand Slam crown with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

Thiem closer to dream Grand Slam title

PARIS, France – Dominic Thiem said he feels as though he is getting "closer" to his "dream" of winning a Grand Slam title, despite being downed in 4 sets by Rafael Nadal in the French Open final on Sunday, June 9.  The Austrian, who was beaten by the Spaniard in straight ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 10th, 2019

History man Nadal cruises to 12th French Open title

PARIS, France – Rafael Nadal swept to a historic 12th French Open title and 18th Grand Slam crown on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem on Sunday, June 9.  The 33-year-old Spaniard becomes the first player – man or woman – to win the same ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Thiem ends Djokovic history bid, faces Nadal for French Open title

    PARIS, France – Novak Djokovic's dream of becoming just the second man in history to hold all Grand Slam titles at the same time twice was crushed by Dominic Thiem at Roland Garros on Saturday, June 8. Thiem downed the world No. 1, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, to set up ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 9th, 2019

Nadal hands Federer worst Slam loss in 11 years to reach French Open final

    PARIS, France – Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semifinal on Friday, June 7, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his oldest rival his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years. The 33-year-old produced a masterful performance ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Nadal tops Federer in 3 sets; into French final

PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal beat rival Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to reach his 12th French Open final. Nadal improved to 6-0 against Federer at Roland Garros, where they last met in 2011, and 24-15 overall. Federer had won their past five matches, but all of those were on hard courts. This one was on clay, where Nadal is nearly unbeatable. He is now 92-2 for his career in Paris as he pursues a record 12th title there and 18th Grand Slam trophy overall. In Sunday's final, Nadal will face top-ranked Novak Djokovic or No. 4 Dominic Thiem......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Grand Slam far from Austria’s mind

With the Philippine Cup crown safely in San Miguel Beer’s trophy collection, coach Leo Austria has two more titles to capture in claiming a PBA Grand Slam this season but it’s far from his mind at the moment. The only thing that’s in his sights is the Commissioner’s Cup championship and San Miguel began its campaign for a second jewel on a sour note, losing a 121-88 blowout to NorthPort at the Smart Araneta Coliseum last Wednesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Federer, Nadal to meet in French Open semi-final blockbuster

Roger Federer set up a mouthwatering French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Tuesday when he defeated Stan Wawrinka in four sets to become the oldest men’s Grand Slam semi-finalist in 28 years. The 37-year-old Swiss beat his compatriot 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 to reach his 43rd major semi-final and eighth at […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 5th, 2019