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PVL: Cool Smashers eye back-to-back wins

Alyssa Valdez and the rest of defending champion Creamline brace for a tough battle against Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers cruised past returning Philippine Air Force in straight sets last Sunday. But this time, Creamline knows that Motolite poses a tougher challenge considering the recruitment it did during the preseason when it tapped Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada. “Ako, ang masasabi ko lang. Ang Motolite, mag-iiba siguro ang rotation,” said Valdez. Tolenada, who helped Pocari Sweat alongside Myla Pablo rule the defunct V-League in 2016, will make her long-awaited return in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “It's going to be an interesting game kasi for the longest time, si Iris yung nakikita natin na setter na medyo mas matangkad sa most na setters na nakikita natin. So, it's going to be an interesting match on Wednesday,” said Valdez. The Tolenada-Pablo tandem will be backed by a very young core led by Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Thang Ponce and Marist Layug all raring to bounce back from a forgettable fifth place finish in the six-team Reinforced Conference. However, the Cool Smashers aside from parading a star-studded lineup will bring in the momentum of their emphatic, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, win in the conference opener. Michele Gumabao hopes to sustain her fine form after scoring 14 points the last time out along with Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and top setter Jia Morado.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye first round sweep this week

Defending champion Creamline is out to continue its winning romp and complete a first round sweep this week in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Parading a perfect 6-0 win-loss record, the Cool Smashers are set to take on PacificTown Army on Wednesday before wrapping up the opening round against BaliPure on Saturday. Three-time Most Valuable Player Alyssa Valdez has been playing consistently in the conference and with a solid backup in Jema Galanza, Risa Sato and Michele Gumabao with setter Jia Morado utilizing Creamline’s full arsenal, the Cool Smashers are favored to come up on top in their last two assignments. But Creamline is sure to encounter tough resistance from both rivals. The Cool Smashers will be tested first by the Lady Troopers, who are raring to halt a two-game slide after starting the season-ending conference with back-to-back wins. Game time on Wednesday is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline will then face an upset-conscious Water Defenders three days after at 6:00 p.m. in a showdown that will air live 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 via livestream. Another streaking team in Motolite (4-1) targets to stretch its winning run to five in a row on Sunday against PetroGazz at 6:00 p.m. But before facing Motolite, the Angels (3-2) get a crack at ChocoMucho which is on a two-game slide for a 2-3 slate on Wednesday. Meanwhile in the Collegiate Conference, unbeaten Adamson University and Ateneo de Manila University dispute the first semifinals seat in Group A when they cross paths at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday. Both squads lead the group with 3-0 win-loss records. In Group B, unscathed University of Sto. Tomas (3-0) tries to secure a Final Four berth in a showdown with Far Eastern University at 10:00 a.m. also on Sunday. Games in the Collegiate Conference are all available via iWant and livestream.   ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers snatch back-to-back wins

Defending champion Creamline displayed its firepower anew as the Cool Smashers spoiled the debut of Motolite, 25-14, 25-15, 25-14, on Wednesday for their second straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Veterans Michele Gumabao and Alyssa Valdez picked up from where they left off as they paced Creamline in its clinical beating of Motolite to climb at solo top spot. The Cool Smashers buckled down to business right from the opening serve for a fitting follow up to their straight sets drubbing of Philippine Air Force last Sunday.     (To be updated) --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye back-to-back wins

Alyssa Valdez and the rest of defending champion Creamline brace for a tough battle against Motolite on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers cruised past returning Philippine Air Force in straight sets last Sunday. But this time, Creamline knows that Motolite poses a tougher challenge considering the recruitment it did during the preseason when it tapped Fil-American setter Iris Tolenada. “Ako, ang masasabi ko lang. Ang Motolite, mag-iiba siguro ang rotation,” said Valdez. Tolenada, who helped Pocari Sweat alongside Myla Pablo rule the defunct V-League in 2016, will make her long-awaited return in the 4:00 p.m. match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. “It's going to be an interesting game kasi for the longest time, si Iris yung nakikita natin na setter na medyo mas matangkad sa most na setters na nakikita natin. So, it's going to be an interesting match on Wednesday,” said Valdez. The Tolenada-Pablo tandem will be backed by a very young core led by Isa Molde, Tots Carlos, Thang Ponce and Marist Layug all raring to bounce back from a forgettable fifth place finish in the six-team Reinforced Conference. However, the Cool Smashers aside from parading a star-studded lineup will bring in the momentum of their emphatic, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, win in the conference opener. Michele Gumabao hopes to sustain her fine form after scoring 14 points the last time out along with Valdez, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and top setter Jia Morado.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

Holloway, Nunes eager to show championship form at UFC 245

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LAS VEGAS (AP) — With a months-long barrage of trash talk and provocative posturing, Colby Covington and champion Kamaru Usman have infused their welterweight title bout at UFC 245 with political, racial and very personal overtones. Before they get in the cage Saturday night, two of the UFC's most durable, likable champions will entertain the mixed martial arts world without pandering or preening. Max Holloway and Amanda Nunes are among the toughest and winningest fighters of their generation, and their latest title defenses against Alex Volkanovski and Germaine De Randamie are both likely to be more entertaining than the main event bout between two wrestlers who sometimes talk better than they punch. Holloway and Nunes aren't complaining, however. They know controversy sells pay-per-views, and they're not mad about being along for the ride on this main event that feels more like a sideshow. “I got to talk a little bit less at the press conferences, which is cool,” Holloway said with a laugh. “Those guys, they've got stuff. I wish I was a little bit lighter and I could have grabbed my popcorn. Things are getting heated up.” The T-Mobile Arena crowd is likely to be strongly behind Holloway, the genial Hawaii native who hasn’t fought in Las Vegas since 2015. His scheduled bout here last year was scrapped at late notice when Holloway exhibited symptoms of a concussion. Holloway went back to work with a renewed focus on recovery and health, citing the examples of LeBron James and other elite athletes who spend millions on recovery and training. “I’ve got some of the greatest minds in MMA behind me, and they make sure I’m good all around,” Holloway said. Holloway was on a 13-bout winning streak against some of the sport’s best fighters until earlier this year, when he moved up to lightweight and lost to Dustin Poirier. Holloway rebounded with a featherweight title defense victory over Frankie Edgar, and his acceptance of another title defense against Volkanovski doesn’t mean he has given up multi-belt championship dreams. “It’s not even the belts that intrigue me,” Holloway said. “It’s being the best mixed martial arts fighter in the world that intrigues me. Being the best in the world is not somebody who stays at a weight and dominates his weight. He’s willing to go to whatever weight. But I'm not overlooking Alex. When you overlook somebody, you lose.” Volkanovski (20-1) has emerged from Australia as a serious contender for the featherweight title with 17 consecutive wins since 2013, including seven straight in the UFC. NUNES RETURNS Nunes already beat De Randamie in 2013, back when Nunes was a prominent contender, but not a champion. After a loss to Cat Zingano in her next bout, Nunes began her current nine-fight winning streak against the greatest women’s fighters in MMA history, from Ronda Rousey and Cris “Cyborg” Justino to Holly Holm and Valentina Shevchenko. De Randamie earned this bantamweight title shot with five straight wins, beating Holm and Aspen Ladd along the way. Nunes has beaten every female fighter who has ever held a UFC belt at 135 or 145 pounds, but she isn't bored. “All the work I've put in has paid off, and I will stay here,” Nunes said. “I'll prove it over and over that I'm the best.” MAIN EVENT Usman and Covington will close the show with the champion’s first fight since he dominated Tyron Woodley to take the belt in March. This meeting between two top-shelf wrestlers seems likely to be a tactical fight leading to a decision, but the fighters’ big personalities have generated ample publicity for two less-than-thrilling combatants. Usman has won 14 straight fights, while Covington has won seven in a row. Both welterweights have striking similarities in their styles, preferring to pin their opponents against the cage or on the mat and gradually grinding out victories. Although Covington is an eager striker, he doesn’t appear to have as much punching power as Usman, who appears to be bigger and stronger. ON THE SHOW The traditional big New Year’s Eve show in the UFC’s hometown has been moved up two weeks in the first year of the promotion’s lucrative deal with ESPN. The UFC still stacked the card, which also includes fights for crowd-pleasers Mike Perry and Urijah Faber, up-and-coming contenders Ketlen Vieira and Petr Yan, and veteran stars Jose Aldo, Matt Brown and Ben Saunders......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News19 hr. 41 min. ago

Angels try to regroup, seek equalizer

PetroGazz vows to bounce back strong and reprise its feat in the Reinforced Conference as the Angels go for the equalizer against the Creamline Cool Smashers in the PVL Open Conference Finals.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

Angels try to regroup, seek equalizer in PVL finals

Outhit and outwitted in Game One, PetroGazz vows to bounce back strong and reprise its feat in the Reinforced Conference as the Angels go for the equalizer against the Creamline Cool Smashers in the PVL Open Conference Finals tomorrow. Coach Arnold Laniog admitted his wards played below par despite coming into the match fully rested […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsNov 7th, 2019

Creamline inches closer to PVL sweep

Creamline surprisingly struggled with top hitter Alyssa Valdez and playmaker Jia Morado back in the fold but the Cool Smashers quickly recovered and re-asserted their might over Motolite and fashioned out an 18-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-14 victory to stay on track for a grand sweep of the PVL Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 27th, 2019

PVL Final Four underway

Creamline, which completed a record sweep of the elims without its two key players in the last three games, tries to move closer to a grand feat with Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado back in the fold as the Cool Smashers face Motolite at the start of the PVL Open Conference Final Four today at the Filoil Flying V Center......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 26th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers aim for rare elims sweep

Only Motolite stands in the way of defending champion Creamline in completing a rare elimination round sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday. Even without its star players Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado, who are both in Japan for training camp with the national team, the Cool Smashers were able to sustain their hot win streak as they swept BanKo last Sunday for a 15-0 win-loss record. Already assured of the no. 1 seed in the best-of-three Final Four, Creamline is just looking to build momentum for the next round where they will face the no. 4 ranked team. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Pau Soriano and playmaker Kyle Negrito are holding the fort in the absence of Valdez and Morado. They are again expected to be at the forefront of the Cool Smashers’ drive to stay unbeaten. But Motolite won’t be an easy target as the squad is looking to land with a better seeding in the semis. Motolite sports a 10-5 win-loss record at the third spot ahead of BanKO (10-6) and a straight sets or four-set win will give the team a chance to avoid crossing paths with Creamline in the semis. A loss will put Motolite into a Final Four collision course with the Cool Smashers, who by then will already have Valdez and Morado back in the fold. ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

PVL: Angels go for semis playoff, ninth straight win

PetroGazz has its eyes on clinching at least a playoff for a semifinals berth on Wednesday in a rematch with sputtering Motolite in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Holding the second-longest winning streak at eight games behind Final Four-bound and unbeaten repeat-seeking Creamline (12-0), the Angels will try to duplicate its first round win over Motolite when the two teams meet inside the court at 4:00 p.m. The match will air live on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. PetroGazz sports a 9-2 win-loss record behind the Cool Smashers and head of five other teams still in the hunt for a semis berth. Facing a team with a young core, the Reinforced Conference champions hope to bring back the same intensity and aggressiveness they displayed in their previous conquests and avoid the same pace that almost cost them the game on Saturday in Iloilo, where the Angels needed five sets to frustrate PacificTown Army. But Motolite will come into the game raring to get back on the winning track after back-to-back losses that hampered its semis drive and at the same time gave the other teams within striking distance of the top four. Motolite holds a 7-5 mark at fourth spot just ahead of Army (6-6), Air Force (5-7) and ChocoMucho (6-7).     ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 8th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers shoot for Final Four seat

Fancied defending champion Creamline seeks to formalize its stint in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference semifinals in Iloilo Saturday as it faces a sister team ChocoMucho at the University of San Agustin gym. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers stake their unbeaten 11-0 slate against the surging Flying Titans Though the star-studded Cool Smashers are tipped to repeat their four-set triumph over the Flying Titans last Aug. 31, the latter have shown tremendous improvement and promise after snapping a long skid with a scrambling five-set escape over Chef’s Classics then beating BaliPure, BanKo-Perlas, PacificTown Army and Motolite to bounce back into semis contention. They remain outside of the Magic Four with a 6-6 card but their recent surge has bolstered their chances to grab at least a playoff for the last semis slot with Motolite and BanKo-Perlas just ahead at joint third with 7-5 slates and PacificTown Army at fifth with a 6-5 mark. PetroGazz is a cinch to clinch the second semis seat with an 8-2 mark. But Choco Mucho’s vaunted triple town combination of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon must come up with one solid game to neutralize Creamline's vaunted firepower anchored on Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza and Risa Sato......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers, Lady Jet Spikers stake win streak

Unbeaten defending champion Creamline shoots to secure at least a playoff for a Final Four seat against soaring Air Force on Sunday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers sport a perfect 10-0 win-loss record and are looking to repeat over the Lady Jet Spikers in their 4:00 p.m. clash that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Top hitter Alyssa Valdez is expected to suit up after sitting out two games to rest a foot injury while setter Jia Morado will also be back after a tour of duty with the national team in the inaugural ASEAN Grand Prix in Thailand recently where the Philippines bagged a bronze medal finish. Creamline defeated Air Force, 25-23, 25-20, 25-15, to open its campaign in the season-ending conference. Meanwhile, the Jet Spikers are on a roll, winning five straight after five consecutive losses. Air Force hopes to ride the momentum of its straight sets win over BanKo to exact revenge on the Cool Smashers, with Dell Palomata, setter Wendy Semana, Joy Cases and Angel Antipuesto at the helm.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers eye win no. 9

It’s back to work again for unbeaten Creamline as the well-rested defending champion Cool Smashers look to pick up from where they left off as they open their second round campaign in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Red-hot Creamline gets another shot at the winless Chef’s Classics on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre with the Cool Smashers looking to extend their winning run to nine before prized setter Jia Morado leave for a tour of duty in Thailand. But the Cool Smashers will have to march into battle without top hitter Alyssa Valdez, who injured her ankle just days before her scheduled Thailand trip with Morado. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and it will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers completed a sweep of the first round last Sunday after rolling past BaliPure, 25-8, 25-19, 25-14. Creamline is tipped to stamp its class over the listless Chef’s Classics, which the Cool Smashers battered to submisison, 25-12, 25-5, 25-15, in the first round, with Morado at the helm together with Jema Galanza, Risa Sato, Celine Domingo and Michele Gumabao. The Lady Red Spikers led by Justine Tiu and Nieza Viray have yet to barge in the win column after seven fruitless outings.   ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 13th, 2019

“U-Town” returns for fourth season on ABS-CBN S+A and iWant

The UAAP is back and so are the trio of Robi Domingo, Gretchen Ho, and Alyssa Valdez who will once again tour the eight campuses in the country’s premier collegiate league to feature the pride and legacy of each institution in “University Town” (U-Town). First up in the show this Saturday (September 7) at 1 pm on S+A and iWant is the home of the Soaring Falcons, the Adamson University, which has produced great athletes such as former Metropolitan Basketball Association MVP Eddie Laure and current Creamline Cool Smashers spiker Jema Galanza. Eddie, the proud father of rising volleyball stars EJ and Eya Laure, and Jema, the big sister of EJ and Eya’s teammate Mafe, will look back on their beginnings as young athletes in Adamson, and share how their school helped them fulfill their dreams. Not to be outdone, Adamson’s current basketball star athletes Jerrick Ahanmisi, Simon Camacho, and Jerome Lastimosa will also join Robi, Gretchen, and Alyssa in the episode as they share tips on how to survive college life in the segment “Campus Hacks.” Alyssa will also train with the undisputed queens of UAAP softball, the Adamson women’s softball team, who have brought home the crown to their school for ten years! The former UAAP volleyball MVP will be bringing with her kids to learn the sport from the champions, making the session even more meaningful. Like in previous seasons, “U-Town,” will also put the spotlight on students who are excelling in fields outside sports. For Adamson, it is Mechatronics major Michelangelo Barroga and his teammates in the group Exoid One Robotics, who recently won in an international robotic competition. The living proof of the strength of their school’s Mechanical Engineering program, Michelangelo will also share about their group’s advocacy, which makes them truly worthy to be called “University Lodi.” Get into the UAAP Season 82 fever and join Robi Domingo, Gretchen Ho, and Alyssa Valdez explore the Adamson University this Saturday (September 7) at 1 pm on “U-Town” on S+A and iWant. For UAAP news, follow @ABSCBNSports on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @abscbnpr on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or visit www.abscbnpr.com......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

PVL: Creamline-ChocoMucho clash highlights this week s PVL action

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to test the mettle of sister-team ChocoMucho in this week’s marquee match in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Cool Smashers remain unbeaten in five outings and will be coming off a one-week rest when they march back into action on Saturday to face the Flying Titans, who will take on the veteran-laden BanKo first on Wednesday before facing Creamline in their pair of heavyweight assignments. The Creamline-ChocoMucho clash is slated at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Wednesday, the Flying Titans, who are on a two-way tie with Motolite at 2-1 win-loss slate, gets and acid test against the Perlas Spikers, who are looking to improve their 3-2 slate and spark a winning streak at 6:00 p.m. Facing off in the curtain-raiser are Moolite and listless Air Force (0-3) at 2:00 p.m. in a match that will air live 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 via livestream. At 4:00 p.m. unbeaten PacificTown Army guns for its third straight win when it pairs with PetroGazz (1-2). Winless Chef’s Classics (0-4) tries to arrest its slump on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. against BaliPure (1-3) before Creamlin and ChocoMucho take the spotlight. The Lady Troopers and Motolite cap their week with an encounter on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. to be followed by the Angels and Lady Jet Spikers’ bout at 6:00 p.m. In the Collegiate Conference, Ateneo de Manila University eyes its third straight win when it battles San Beda University (1-1) on Saturday at 12:00 noon in Group A action. Group B leader Arellano University (2-0) collides with Far Eastern University (1-1) at 10:00 a.m. while College of St. Benilde (1-1) looks to get back on the winning track also in Group B when it clashes with Lyceum of the Philippines University (0-2) in the 8:00 a.m. curtain-raiser. UAAP powerhouse teams University of Sto. Tomas and Adamson University try to keep their grip of the lead in their respective groups on Sunday. The Tigresses (2-0) take on winless TIP at 10:00 a.m. in Group B while at 12:00 noon the Lady Falcons square off with San Sebastian College (0-2). University of Perpetual Help (1-1) and Letran (0-2) begin the triple-bill playdate at 8:00 a.m. All Collegiate Conference games are available via iWant and livestream.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles       .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 27th, 2019

Cool Smashers seek payback vs Angels

Creamline gets the chance to get back at Reinforced Conference title tormentor PetroGazz, at least in the early going of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference as they clash tonight in what promises to be an explosive matchup at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers seek payback on Angels

Defending champion Creamline gets a chance to exact revenge at Reinforced Conference championship tormentor PetroGazz in an explosive duel of powerhouse teams on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. Expect fireworks inside the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan when the unbeaten Cool Smashers and the Angels troop on the court for their 6:00 p.m. encounter that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Led by do-it-all imports Wilma Salas and Janisa Johnson, PetroGazz dethroned Creamline in a hard-fought best-of-three Finals series that went the full distance. But the Cool Smashers have shown that they have already moved on from that setback as they swept their first four matches in the season-ending tournament including emphatic straight set victories over Air Force, Motolite and Chef’s Classic. Creamline is coming off a four-set win over BanKo on Wednesday with Alyssa Valdez scoring 26 points with significant contributions coming from Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and Michele Gumabao. Unlike the Cool Smashers, PetroGazz had a shaky start after opening its campaign with a four-set loss to BanKo before bouncing back against BaliPure last week. The Angels will need the A-game and collective effort of the whole team led by Paneng Mercado, Jeanette Panaga, Jovielyn Prado, Jonah sabete and Cherry Nunag to measure up with Creamline.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

Thomas loses cushion, shares lead in Tour Championship

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Xander Schauffele was six shots behind before he ever hit a shot Thursday in the new scoring format for the Tour Championship. His goal was to keep his head down, play good golf and see where he stood to par at the end of two days. The TV cameras following his every move on the back nine at East Lake were the first hint it was going well. A leaderboard on the 18th green confirmed it. "I saw I was in first," he said. "Happy with the day." Schauffele didn't come seriously close to a bogey in a 6-under 64 that was the best score of the opening round by two shots. It was only worth a share of the lead with Justin Thomas and Brooks Koepka in a Tour Championship where players started with better scores to par than others depending on their place in the FedEx Cup. Thomas, who started at 10-under par and a two-shot lead as the No. 1 seed, still led despite having trouble finding the fairway. That was the least of his problems on the back nine. He hit pitching wedge into the water for double bogey and missed a pair of 3-foot putts for a 70. Instead of being six shots behind Schauffele, who started at 4 under as the No. 8 seed, Thomas was tied for the lead. Koepka, the No. 3 seed who started three shots behind, birdied three of his last four holes for a 67 to join them at 10 under. "It's weird on Thursday to be three back after a couple of holes," Koepka said of the start. "It's nice to close that gap on Day 1." Rory McIlroy, five shots behind at the start as the No. 5 seed, had a 66 and was one shot behind at 9 under going into the second round. Over the next three days, it should look and feel like a normal tournament. The score to par is all that matters in deciding who wins the FedEx Cup and the $15 million prize. And after one day, it was setting up to be a shootout. The top five players were separated by five shots at the start, and that number was at 12 players by the end of the day. That included Paul Casey, who felt a new kind of anticipation for a Thursday. "After five holes, I wanted to see scores. I never usually care about what's going on after five holes," said Paul Casey, who shot 66. He started eight shots behind as the No. 16 seed and cut that margin in half after one round. The concern was that Thomas, who won last week at Medinah, might post another low score and build a huge lead. It didn't work out that way. "We've got a golf event now," Casey said. "This is kind of cool. Looks like it's working." There were a few other moments that indicated this Thursday was different from all others in golf. Thomas made the turn at 1 under, and as the walking scorer brought the sign across the road and onto the 10th tee, one fans was shocked to see him at 11 under until he said, "That's right — he started at 10 under." Schauffele was at 10 under when he approached the 18th green to face a 6-foot birdie putt. "I had a putt for 59 on the last hole," he said with a smile. "That's what (Matt) Kuchar told me. I looked at him the same way. Got it." Patrick Cantlay, the No. 2 seed who began two shots behind, shared the lead briefly until two bogeys over the last five holes for a 70. It wasn't a good day, yet he still was only two shots behind. Thomas missed a 3-foot par putt on No. 12. On the par-3 15th, which played 60 yards shorter than usual, his wedge was right all the way and found the water. And on the 17th, he hit wedge to 3 feet only to see his birdie putt spin 270 degrees around and out of the cup. He salvaged the day with a good drive — only his sixth fairway of the round — that set up a two-putt birdie. "It's fine," Thomas said. "I'm tied for the lead." Schauffele won the Tour Championship two years ago in a situation that led to this change in format. FedEx Cup points accrued during the regular season and quadrupled in the postseason were reset to give everyone a chance. The top five players only had to win the tournament to capture the FedEx Cup, and odds of winning the bonus were higher as the position in the standings got lower. Schauffele, a rookie in 2017, was the No. 26 seed when he won the tournament. The FedEx Cup went to Thomas, who was the No. 2 seed and finished one shot behind. There were two winners that day and mixed emotions. Thomas had never been so irritated winning $10 million. Now, the reward for a good season and two playoff events is a lower score under par to start the Tour Championship, and the lowest score to par at the end of the week wins $15 million. "I think everyone needed help from J.T.," said Schauffele, a phrase usually only heard going into the final round, not on a Thursday. "If J.T. went out and shot a pair of 65s, I don't think the tour would be very happy and I don't think the rest of the field would be happy. "But it looks to be a good tournament so far.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 23rd, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers keep unbeaten slate intact

Defending champion Creamline recovered from a third set meltdown as the Cool Smashers grabbed their fourth straight victory, 25-10, 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, over BanKo on Wednesday to remain undefeated in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Alyssa Valdez led four Creamline players in double figures with 26 points built on 18 kills, six service aces and two kill blocks. The Cool Smashers kept a tight grip of the solo lead after a hard-fought game that started two hours late after the first two games in the triple-bill playdate went into five sets.   “We have a lot of histories with Banko every time since the first season, lagi kaming nagtatapat sa semis tapos maglalaglagan kami. I guess kilala na namin isa’t isa, yung mga tendencies, capabilites, abilities, more than the skills,” said Valdez, who added 15 digs. “May puso talaga [ang BanKo]. They play with heart, mahirap talunin ang ganung klaseng team,” she added. Jema Galanza posted 16 points, Michele Gumabao got 12 while Risa Sato chipped in 11 markers for Creamline, which pounded 54 attack points behind Jia Morado’s 22 excellent sets. The Cool Smashers had a chance to close the match in the third set when they built an 11-3 lead before the Perlas Spikers got their momentum back, sparking a 10-0 assault to take a 13-11 advantage on their way to handing Creamline its first set loss of the conference. The Cool Smashers again got a scare from BanKo early in the fourth set before tying the frame at 14. The two squads engaged in a seesaw battle with Perlas Spikers veteran Sue Roces tying it at 21. Creamline answered with three straight points to move at match point before BanKo threatened to extend the set with the Cool Smashers committing consecutive errors, 23-24. Gumabao ended the match with a kill block on Nicole Tiamzon.          Dzi Gervacio led the Perlas Spikers, who fell to 2-2 slate, with 16 points with all but one coming off spikes while Kathy Bersola and Tiamzon had 13 and 10, respectively.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

PVL: Five teams to debut in Open Conference; Collegiate Conference begins

Five clubs will make their respective debuts in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference this week while action in the Collegiate Conference gets underway with 12 teams vying for the crown. Newcomer ChocoMucho bannered by the trio of former Ateneo de Manila University stars Maddie Madayag, Kat Tolentino and Bea De Leon along with legendary Manilla Santos-Ng gets an early acid test on Wednesday against another debuting team BaliPure. All eyes will be fixed on four-time UAAP champion and Season 71 Most Valuable Player Santos-Ng in her return to competitive volleyball after a decade when the Flying Titans march into battle at 2:00 p.m. and will air live 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 via livestream. The loaded Wednesday match will also feature the opening game of Motolite against defending champion Creamline while BanKo takes on PacificTown Army in a rematch of the Reinforced Conference battle for third won by the Lady Troopers. The Cool Smashers and Perlas Spikers opened their respective campaigns with victories over Air Force and PetroGazz, respectively. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. On Saturday, another newcomer Chef’s Classics will make its first appearance in the tournament in a clash with Motolite at 4:00 p.m. while Air Force hopes to bounce back against BanKo at 6:00 p.m.. Both games will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Reinforced Conference champion PetroGazz seeks to rebound from its opening-day loss as the Angels square off with BaliPure at 4:00 p.m. The game will air live 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 via livestream. Chef’s Classics lock horns with Creamline at 6:00 p.m. in a match that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The much-awaited sneak peek of college teams opens on Saturday. College of St. Benilde clashes with Far Eastern University at 8:00 a.m. followed by reigning UAAP champion Ateneo’s crack at Letran at 10:00 a.m. San Beda University and Adamson will meet at 12:00 noon On Sunday, University of Sto. Tomas opens up the triple-header against Lyceum of the Philippines University followed by NCAA three-peat champion Arellano University’s battle with Technological Institute of the Philippines and the San Sebastian College-University of Perpetual Help match at 12:00 noon. The 12 noon games are available via iWant and livestream.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019