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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: abscbn abscbnAug 14th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers zero in on nearing first round sweep

Defending champion Creamline tries to inch closer to a first round sweep when the Cool Smashers meet the slumping PacificTown Army on Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan City,. Fancied Creamline has been dominating the competition after striking down its first six opponents and is looking to add the Lady Troopers in the list in their 4:00 p.m. duel that will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream.  Just as always Creamline will be banking on its deep arsenal bannered by three-time Most Valuable Player and league-leading scorer Alyssa Valdez, who is averaging 18.3 points per game, setter Jia Morado, Jema Galanza, Risa Sato and Michele Gumabao. Still, the Cool Smashers don’t want to put too much pressure on themselves on the prospect of sweeping the round.   “Hindi naman namin ini-expect yun. We just want to take it one game at a time,” said Morado, who is lording it over in playmaking with 6.80 excellent sets per frame. The Lady Troopers are expected to come into the match swinging to arrest at sudden skid after opening their campaign with back-to-back wins. PacificTown Army is at sixth place with a 2-2 slate and it’s up to veterans Jovelyn Gonzaga, Royse Tubino, Ging Balse and Nene Bautista to steer their campaign back on the right track.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 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 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

Clippers beat Pistons 126-112; George leaves with hamstring tightness

By Beth Harris, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Montrezl Harrell scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Clippers survived without Paul George in the second half to beat the Detroit Pistons 126-112 on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time), winning consecutive games for the first time since Dec. 13 (Dec. 14, PHL time). George didn't return after halftime because of left hamstring tightness. He finished with 12 points. Lou Williams added 22 points and Kawhi Leonard had 18 in three quarters for the Clippers, who had alternated wins and losses for nearly three weeks. Bruce Brown led nine Pistons in double figures with 15 points. Andre Drummond added 10 points and 12 rebounds. They've lost four in a row on the road and eight of nine overall. Trailing by nine, the Clippers took control in the second quarter. They outscored the Pistons 35-20, including runs of 9-0 and 10-0, to take a 69-63 lead into halftime. George hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Leonard followed with another 3. Seven different Clippers scored in the spurts. Once George was sidelined, his teammates stepped up. Landry Shamet hit consecutive 3-pointers that extended the lead to 18 points in the third. Maurice Harkless, who started, Williams and Harrell combined to score 13 of the Clippers' final 15 points and send them into the fourth leading 106-79. Detroit scored on consecutive possessions just once in the third. Harrell and Williams anchored the second unit in the fourth when the starters rested. The Pistons outscored the Clippers 33-20, but they had too big a deficit to overcome. TIP-INS Pistons: They're on a trip with at least one game in each time zone for the first time since Dec. 5-16, 1979. ... Nearly two years after Blake Griffin's shocking trade from the Clippers to Detroit, he's the only one of six players involved still on either roster. Clippers: Patrick Beverley is expected back in the next couple games from a sprained right wrist. ... At 10-5, they tied for the league's third-best record in December. ... So far the Clippers have scored at least 130 points in six games, tied for second-most in the NBA. NO GRIFFIN Griffin sat out with left knee soreness against his former team. Clipper Darrell shouted, “I paid my money and I want to see Blake Griffin!”, drawing a smile from Griffin seated on the bench. The crowd then began chanting, “We want Blake! We want Blake!” REMEMBERING STERN Doc Rivers recalled that David Stern was the first call he received after being fired as Orlando coach in 2003. "I'm thinking, `Wow, this is a cool thing. When you get fired the commissioner calls,'" Rivers said. "But he was calling me to tell me was that tomorrow ABC was going to offer me the job and I better take it." Rivers did, working with Al Michaels as a TV commentator for one season before returning to coaching with the Boston Celtics. "He was the sheriff with love," Rivers said of Stern, who died Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). "People don't remember this league when he came in. This was a tough league. This was a drug-infested, image-problem league. David Stern came in and cleaned it up and kept it going." Detroit coach Dwane Casey credited Stern for doing more than any other sports commissioner to promote race relations and women in the workplace. “I am a product of the '60s and I've seen everything, discrimination, segregation, and David made it known from the very start that he wanted diversity in the NBA,” Casey said. "He wanted it in the front offices and in the coaching ranks, and he made it happen." There was a pregame moment of silence for Stern. UP NEXT Pistons: Visit Golden State on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) in the middle of their six-game trip. Clippers: Host Memphis on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time), a team the Clippers beat by two points on Nov. 27 (Nov. 28, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2020

ABS-CBN S+A’S “THE SCORE” LOOKS BACK ON THE BEST OF 2019 IN PH SPORTS

ABS-CBN S+A wraps up a milestone year for Philippine sports with a two-part special of “The Score,” featuring champion athletes in basketball and volleyball, and medalists from the recent 30th Southeast Asian Games (SEAG). Joining veteran sports anchor Mico Halili on December 30 (Monday) to discuss the year in basketball are kings of the hardcourt Fran Yu and Jerrick Balanza from the NCAA Season 93 men’s basketball champion Letran Knights and John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon of MPBL Datu Cup champion San Juan Knights, and Southeast Asia women’s basketball queens Afril Bernardino and Janine Pontejos. Afril and Janine helped make 2019 one for the books for Philippine women’s basketball as members of the teams that clinched the gold medals in SEAG women’s basketball and women’s 3x3. Other SEAG heroes and heroines will also be part of the program as Mico shifts the discussion to Team Philippines’ 387-medal haul in the region’s biennial sporting event. To share their thoughts on the Filipinos’ historic feat are CJ Concepcion (Fencing), Carlo Peña (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu), Kim Kilgroe (Triathlon), Jasmine Alkhaldi (Swimming), Christiana Means (Skateboarding), and Meggie Ochoa (Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu). On December 31 (Tuesday), former volleyball superstar and now multisport athlete and “Umagang Kay Ganda” anchor Gretchen Ho takes over the special to focus on the sensational year for Philippine volleyball. Premier Volleyball League (PVL) 2019 Open Conference champions Creamline Cool Smashers will be represented by national athletes Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado with teammates Jema Galanza and Kyla Atienza, while 2019 Reinforced Conference champions Petro Gazz Angels will be represented by Cherry Nunag, Jonah Sabete, and Chie Saet. Joining them in the roundtable are UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball champion Ateneo Lady Eagles’ setter Deanna Wong and middle blocker Maddie Madayag, who also represented the country in the SEAG. As in previous years, ABS-CBN Sports has been delivering the inspiring stories of Filipino athletes through its coverage of tournaments in various local and international leagues on multiple media platforms including S+A on TV, S+A HD, LIGA, and LIGA HD on cable, and online on iWant, sports.abs-cbn.com, and the ABS-CBN Sports social media accounts and YouTube channel. In 2020, the sports arm of the country’s leading media and entertainment conglomerate will continue to highlight the greatness and positive values of Filipino sports idols and icons. Don’t miss “The Score: Best of 2019” two-part special on December 30 and 31, 6 pm on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD. Watch online on iWant. For sports 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.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 30th, 2019

Benzema scores on last kick as Madrid draws 1-1 at Valencia

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Karim Benzema scored with the final kick of the match to snatch a 1-1 draw for Real Madrid at Valencia in the Spanish league on Sunday. The draw wasted a chance for Madrid to take the outright lead. Second-place Madrid is level on points with league leader Barcelona before the teams meet in their "clásico" at Camp Nou on Wednesday. Thibaut Courtois played a key role in Benzema’s goal when the Belgium goalkeeper joined the attack on a corner kick five minutes into stoppage time. Thibaut rose to connect with a powerful header that his counterpart Jaume Domenech batted down into the crowded box, where it reached Benzema to smash it home. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane rested holding midfielder Casemiro, who has four yellow cards and would have risked a suspension if he had played. Federico Valverde took the Brazilian’s place and had the game’s first scoring chance when he combined quick passes with Benzema before forcing Domenech to get low. Madrid was also without injured left backs Marcelo and Ferland Mendy, and Zidane had to employ the little-used Nacho Fernández, a central defender, on the left side of his back line. Madrid dominated the first half hour, working several flowing passing combinations to get into firing range. Valencia held firm thanks to holding midfielder Francis Coquelin until playmaker Dani Parejo shifted the action into a back-and-forth exchange. Rising talent Ferrán Torres had a great opportunity for the hosts just after halftime on the break, only for Courtois to close in fast and snuff out his attempt. Zidane sent on Gareth Bale and Vinicius Junior with just over 20 minutes left to take advantage of the open space. But it was Valencia that broke the stalemate when Daniel Wass spotted Carlos Soler on a team break. Soler coolly fired in Wass’ pass after teammates had drawn off the backtracking defenders to take the lead in the 78th. STREAK OVER Villarreal ended Sevilla’s eight-match unbeaten run in the Spanish league with a 2-1 away win, leaving the hosts four points behind Barcelona and Real Madrid. Sevilla had equalized and was pressing for a second when Villarreal got its second goal against the flow of play. Moi Gómez responded to Manuel Trigueros' run behind the defense with a lobbed pass that the midfielder controlled with his back to the net. Trigueros then stayed calm as goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik rushed off his line before passing for the unmarked Toko Ekambi to get the 74th-minute winner. Munir El Haddadi had canceled out Raúl Albiol’s header for Villarreal when the Sevilla forward rifled in a cross from Sergio Reguilón in the 61st. The win was Villarreal’s first in seven rounds. BACK IN FORM Getafe got goals from Ángel Rodríguez and Marc Cucurella to beat Valladolid 2-0 and move past Atlético Madrid into fourth place. After only one win in its first seven games, José Bordalás has got Getafe back to its good form from last season. The modest Madrid-based club is in contention for a Champions League berth after seven wins, two draws and one loss in its last 10 games. STILL WINLESS Last-place Espanyol remained without a victory at its stadium in nine games after a 2-2 draw against Real Betis. Betis got its opening goal from Borja Iglesias. Both Iglesias and Betis coach Joan “Rubi” Ferrer helped Espanyol earn a Europa League berth last season before changing clubs. Despite remaining five points from safety, Espanyol coach Pablo Machín was pleased by his team’s fightback from an early deficit to take a 2-1 lead before conceding a second goal to Betis’ Marc Bartra. “The point has more value than just a number. Today’s match shows us the way forward,” Machín said. RELEGATION FIGHT Ante Budimir scored for Mallorca with seven minutes left to earn a 2-2 draw at struggling Celta Vigo. The point allowed promoted Mallorca to stay just above Celta, which is in the drop zone......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 16th, 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 NewsDec 14th, 2019

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

Germany, Netherlands win as Croatia drops points

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press Germany flirted with defeat for a second straight European Championship qualifier before Marcel Halstenberg's first international goal lifted the team to a 2-0 win over Northern Ireland on Monday. Coming off a 4-2 loss to the Netherlands, Germany's recovery was unconvincing, helped by Northern Ireland wasting good chances. The Dutch delivered another impressive attacking display as Memphis Depay marked his 50th game for the Netherlands by scoring one goal and setting up two more in a 4-0 win over Estonia. Belgium made qualifying seem a pushover by beating Scotland 4-0 to keep a perfect winning record, but other favorites faltered. Croatia and Poland both dropped points but remained top of their increasingly competitive groups. REBUILD CONTINUES Germany's still in rebuild mode. More than a year on from its embarrassing group-stage elimination at the World Cup, Joachim Löw's team still struggles to get what should be routine wins. Just as South Korea ran Germany into the ground at the World Cup, so hard pressing from Northern Ireland nearly earned an upset win in Belfast. The host had the better of the first half. Conor Washington had one good shot saved by Manuel Neuer, and later tripped over the ball in front of goal, missing the best chance of the game. Germany emerged from the break refreshed and needed just three minutes before Halstenberg volleyed the ball into the net after Julian Brandt flicked on a cross. Stuart Dallas then went close for Nothern Ireland, who continued to challenge until deep into stoppage time, when Serge Gnabry grabbed Germany's second goal on a counter. "They pressed us hard in the first half, but at some point they got tired," Halstenberg said. Asked if Germany was getting back to the level of Europe's best, he was diplomatic. "It's hard to say." Ryan Babel was crucial in the Netherlands' come-from-behind win over Germany on Friday and he tore up another defense on Monday, scoring twice against Estonia. It was the first time Babel scored two in an international game and left the Dutch third in Group B, though they've played one game fewer than everyone else. The Netherlands' home-and-away games against Northern Ireland next month and in November will likely decide the automatic qualifying places in Group C. CROATIA CHECKED World Cup finalist Croatia was held by outsider Azerbaijan to 1-1 on Monday, denting its chances of reaching next year's European Championship. Croatia won an early penalty for handball, converted by captain Luka Modric, but Azerbaijan wing back Tamkin Khalilzade cut in from the left in the 72nd minute and beat Dejan Lovren before shooting past goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic. For Azerbaijan, a Euro 2020 host, it was the first point of the qualifying campaign after four straight defeats. Croatia leads Group E by a single point from Slovakia and Hungary with two qualifying spots available. Slovakia beat Hungary 2-1 to move up to second. The other team in the hunt for qualification, Wales, was playing a friendly. BELGIUM TAKES IT EASY Scotland's Hampden Park was a walk in the park for Belgium. The visitors were three goals up after just 32 minutes as they kept a perfect record of six wins from six in qualifying. With an 11-point cushion to third-placed Kazakhstan, Belgium could seal qualification in its next game against San Marino. Belgium's goal difference of +18 is the best of any team in the qualifying competition and its gone five competitive games without conceding. Russia kept second place in Group I, but was lackluster in beating Kazakhstan 1-0, needing an 89th-minute headed goal from right back Mario Fernandes. Cyprus beat San Marino 4-0. After a fourth defeat, Scotland was in fifth place. It has never finished a European Championship qualifying campaign below fourth. POLAND SCORELESS AGAIN Poland looked a dead cert to qualify until last week, and now that seems a long time ago. After four straight wins, a 2-0 loss to Slovenia on Friday rattled the Poles. A 0-0 draw with Austria on Monday left Poland with its lead cut to two points. Slovenia earned a second big win in four days, beating Israel 3-2 to snatch second place in Group G. The competition's top scorer, Eran Zahavi, netted his ninth goal in qualifying as Israel turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead, but Roman Bezjak drew Slovenia level before winger Benjamin Verdic scored the winner. Fourth-placed North Macedonia kept long-shot qualifying hopes alive by beating Latvia 2-0......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 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