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READ: Rachel Peters final speech at Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Before Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters crowned her successor on Sunday, March 18, she had her final walk and gave one last message as the reigning queen. Rachel, who made it to the Top 10 in the Miss Universe 2017 pageant, wore a gown by Val Taguba as she ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerMar 19th, 2018

Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Catriona Gray is Miss Universe Philippines 2018! ( FULL LIST: Winners, Binibining Pilipinas 2018 ) She was crowned by Miss Universe Philippines 2017 Rachel Peters on Sunday, March 18, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Catriona will represent the Philippines in the Miss Universe pageant scheduled this year. ( READ: Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray's winning answer ) The following ladies will compete ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

READ: Miss Universe Philippines 2018 Catriona Gray s winning answer

MANILA, Philippines – Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 on Sunday, March 18, at the Binibining Pilipinas coronation night. (READ: Catriona Gray crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 ) Catriona fielded a question from US Ambassador to the Philippines Sung Kim, who asked her: "After the devastating war, Marawi is now on its way to recovery. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

Binibining Pilipinas 2018 post-pageant review: a new beginning

The 2018 Binibining Pilipinas Coronation Night was one of the most uproarious editions I have ever witnessed. The supporters of the 40 official candidates came in full force with their blowhorns, candidate number signs, and LED lights. To become a Binibini is to be loved by thousands ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

Photo recap: Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night

MANILA, Philippines – The results are in, and the 2017 Binibining Pilipinas queens have passed their crowns on to their successors! The Bb Pilipinas 2018 coronation night was held at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, March 18. Hosting the event were Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach , actor Richard Gutierrez, and Miss Grand ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 19th, 2018

LOOK: Alyssa Valdez, Thirdy Ravena look sharp as Bb. Pilipinas judges

The entire Philippines all shifted its on the most beautiful night of the year, during the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night, Sunday at the Big Dome.  The most esteemed beauty pageant judges were all present, but fans of the UAAP may have chanced upon two people from the world of Pinoy sports, proudly representing their group. Former Ateneo volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez and Blue Eagles forward Thirdy Ravena were chosen to be part of the special panel of judges in the 55th Bb. Pilipinas coronation night. Your judge for tonight's #BinibiningPilipinas2018 , Alyssa Valdez 💗👑 pic.twitter.com/PgGejbu7Ut — Vania PadillaEdralin (@vaniaedralin) March 18, 2018 Aside from the two athletes, Michel Gumabao, a multi-titled volleyball player and a former De La Salle Lady Spiker, was a candidate herself. These stars show that athletes can indeed slay in any setting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

[POLL] Binibining Pilipinas 2018: Who will be Miss Universe Philippines?

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is waiting and watching to see who will be the next batch of Filipino beauties representing the country in 2018's international pageants. On Sunday, March 18, the most coveted crown – Miss Universe Philippines – is set to be passed down from Rachel Peters to her successor. Which ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

FULL LIST: Winners, Binibining Pilipinas 2018

This page will be updated as the winners are announced. Stay tuned! MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Binibining Pilipinas 2018 Coronation Night kicked off on Sunday evening, March 18, at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.Here are the winners of the special awards and the ladies who made it to the Top ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

FEARLESS FORECAST | Top picks for Bb. Pilipinas 2018

The grand coronation night of the 55th edition of the Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant will take place this Sunday night at the Smart Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 18th, 2018

LOOK: Mariel de Leon, Catriona Gray meet before pageant night

MANILA, Philippines – A day before the Binibining Pilipinas 2018 coronation night, Bb Pilipinas International 2017 Mariel de Leon and Catriona Gray had the chance to meet during the rehearsals for the pageant. In her Instagram stories, Mariel wrote: "Finally talked! We know what really happened and that's all that matters. ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 17th, 2018

IN PHOTOS: Meet the 40 candidates of Bb Pilipinas 2018

MANILA, Philippines – Binibining Pilipinas Charities Inc (BPCI) has posted the photos of the 40 official candidates  of the 2018 Bb Pilipinas pageant. These 40 candidates will compete in the pageant's many events leading up to coronation night, which is scheduled to be held on March 18. At stake are 6 titles ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

Gambling sites give PH bet to Miss U good odds

    If online betting sites were to be believed, the odds may be in Binibining Pilipinas-Universe's favor, as the prestigious beauty pageant stages its coronation ceremonies on Nov. 26 (Nov. 27 in Manila).   The Philippines' Rachel Peters is among the top picks of online bettors for this year's Miss Universe, with one site putting her on third spot. But Thai bet Maria Poonlertlarp and South African Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters shared the top spot in three betting sites from different parts of the globe.   Bettors at Covers.com, a US-based site primarily serving followers of collegiate and professional sports leagues, put Peters on third place, scoring +...Keep on reading: Gambling sites give PH bet to Miss U good odds.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

SBP withdraws from Asian Games, cancelling ROS reunion

In a sudden turn of events, the Philippines will not send a basketball team to the 2018 Asian Games. In a statement late Thursday night, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas has decided to withraw from the Asiad in order "to allow our National Team and our organization to regroup." Excatly one week ago, FIBA handed out its sanctions to the Philippines following the brawl against Australia in the World Cup qualifiers. 10 players were suspended. Head coach Chot Reyes was suspended as well. In light of that, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, with Yeng Guiao coaching, were supposed to take over the TNT KaTropa as Philippine representatives in the Asian Games slated next month. The PBA Board even had a meeting early Thursday to discuss the country's participation. But in a surprise move, the SBP is withdrawing from the competition just a few hours later. Read the full statement below: SBP Statement on Philippine Participation in the 2018 Asian Games pic.twitter.com/bYJkGEi74R — SBP (@officialSBPinc) July 26, 2018     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2018

Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game

Jayson Castro missed TNT's final elimination round game in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup against Rain or Shine to rest, as per his head coach Nash Racela. According to Racela, Castro had to take a time off to "recover" from the brawl between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia in the Fiba World Cup Qualifiers last Monday. "He needed time to recover. Jayson talked to me before the game. He was asking for some rest," Racela told reporters on Saturday after the game. READ:Gilas players say sorry for failing to keep emotions in check leading to brawl Castro played a significant role in the free-for-all as he was seen punching Aussie big man Daniel Kickert in the face. The veteran point gua...Keep on reading: Jayson Castro asks for time to ‘recover,’ skips TNT’s final elims game.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2018

FIBA: LOOK: Joint statement of SBP and Basketball Australia after Gilas-Boomers brawl

MANILA, Philippines --- In a joint statement, the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas and Basketball Australia are continuing to apologize for the unfortunate brawl between Gilas and the Boomers on July 2 at the Philippine Arena. The brawl left 13 players ejected and has dominated the news all week. "We wish to apologize to the entire basketball community worldwide - and in particular to our fantastic fans in the Philippines and Australia - for the behavior displayed by both teams and for bringing the game of basketball into disrepute," the statement, undersigned by SBP President Al Panlilio and BA President Ned Coten, read. "We fully accep our responsibility and are collaborating in the ongoing proceedings to investigate the incidents," the statement added. While both basketball federations are doing their own investigations, FIBA is yet to come out with a final ruling. Read the full statement below. JOINT STATEMENT OF SBP & BA pic.twitter.com/VWVYe50aIz — SBP (@officialSBPinc) July 5, 2018     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 5th, 2018

Guide to 2018 contract options, qualifying offers

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com Before free agency officially tips off at midnight ET on Sunday morning (Sunday afternoon, PHL time), players and teams had to make decisions on contract options, qualifying offers, and contracts that were either partially or non-guaranteed. Here's the low down on who's staying and who could be going. Player options These players had an option in the final year of their contract. If they exercised it, they were in for one more year. If they declined it, they become free agents Saturday.. Exercised (under contract for one more year) Darrell Arthur (DEN) Ron Baker (NYK) Wilson Chandler (DEN) Dewayne Dedmon (ATL) Danny Green (SAS) Wesley Johnson (LAC) Cory Joseph (IND) Enes Kanter (NYK) Kosta Koufos (SAC) Wesley Matthews (DAL) Jodie Meeks (WAS) Mike Muscala (ATL) Austin Rivers (WAS) - Exercised option prior to trade to Washington Iman Shumpert (SAC) Jason Smith (WAS) Milos Teodosic (LAC) Garrett Temple (SAC) Thaddeus Young (IND) Declined (free agents) Jamal Crawford (MIN) Kevin Durant (GSW) Rudy Gay (SAS) Paul George (OKC) LeBron James (CLE) DeAndre Jordan (LAC) Joffrey Lauvergne (SAS) Kyle O'Quinn (NYK) Early termination options Early termination options are the opposite of a player option, where you have to exercise the option to become a free agent. Declined (under contract for one more year) Carmelo Anthony (OKC) Team options Here, the decision lies with the team. If they exercised the team option, they keep the player for another year. If they declined it, they allowed him to become a free agent. Exercised (under contract for one more year) Richaun Holmes (PHI) Aaron Jackson (HOU) T.J. McConnell (PHI) Nikola Mirotic (NOP) Note: Mirotic's option was picked up as part of the trade that sent him from Chicago to New Orleans. Declined (free agents) Nikola Jokic (DEN) - Restricted Jordan Mickey (MIA) Dirk Nowitzki (DAL) Lance Stephenson (IND) Joe Young (IND) Note: The Nuggets declined their team option on Jokic, but because he has played just three seasons, they had the ability to issue him a qualifying offer and make him a restricted free agent (see below). That's what they did. The Heat and Pacers could have done the same with Mickey and Young, but did not, so they're each unrestricted free agents. Qualifying offers Some players were eligible for restricted free agency. This group includes 2014 first round draft picks who had their third and fourth-year options picked up and just completed their rookie contract, as well as other players who have played three or fewer seasons in the league. Restricted free agency allows the team to match any offer the player receives from another team. But in order to have that right, the team must have issued the player a qualifying offer by Saturday night (Saturday afternoon, PHL time). If a qualifying offer wasn't issued, that player is an unrestricted free agent instead. The qualifying offer is binding as a one-year contract. If the player signs it, he's under contract for next season. He could also sign an offer sheet from another team (which his team would have the ability to match), and he and his team could agree on a new, multi-year contract. The team also has the ability to rescind the qualifying offer going forward (the list below is as of July 1, PHL time) Issued (restricted free agents) Kyle Anderson (SAS) Davis Bertans (SAS) Nemanja Bjelica (MIN) Clint Capela (HOU) Dante Exum (UTA) Yogi Ferrell (DAL) Bryn Forbes (SAS) Aaron Gordon (ORL) Montrezl Harrell (LAC) Rodney Hood (CLE) Zach LaVine (CHI) Patrick McCaw (GSW) Raul Neto (UTA) Jusuf Nurkic (POR) David Nwaba (CHI) Jabari Parker (MIL) Julius Randle (LAL) Marcus Smart (BOS) Fred VanVleet (TOR) Not issued (unrestricted free agents) Bruno Caboclo (SAC) Pat Connaughton (POR) Malcolm Delaney (ATL) Marcus Georges-Hunt (MIN) Jonathan Gibson (BOS) Traveon Graham (CHA) Aaron Harrison (DAL) Andre Ingram (LAL) Amile Jefferson (MIN) Damion Lee (ATL) Doug McDermott (DAL) Salah Mejri (DAL) Shabazz Napier (POR) Lucas Nogueira (TOR) Elfrid Payton (PHX) Nik Stauskas (BKN) Noah Vonleh (CHI) Travis Wear (LAL) Waived The following players have been waived so that their contracts didn't become guaranteed (or fully guaranteed) and have been added to the free agent list (or will be added once they've cleared waivers)... Cole Aldrich (MIN) Thomas Bryant (LAL) Tyler Ennis (LAL) Omari Johnson (MEM) Shelvin Mack (ORL) Tyler Ulis (PHX) Two-way free agents This past season was the first with two-way players that can go between the NBA roster and the G League. Some two-way players are still under contract for next season. Those that aren't can be restricted free agents if they were on the NBA team's active or inactive list for 15 or more days of the NBA regular season and if their team issued a qualifying offer. Here's a rundown of two-way free agents... Restricted Ryan Arcidiacono (CHI) Jabari Bird (BOS) Markel Brown (HOU) Torrey Craig (DEN) Milton Doyle (BKN) Isaiah Hicks (NYK) Darrun Hilliard (SAS) Derrick Jones Jr. (MIA) Luke Kornet (NYK) Malcolm Miller (TOR) Xavier Munford (MIL) Georges Niang (UTA) Marshall Plumlee (MIL) JaKarr Sampson (SAC) Tyrone Wallace (LAC) Derrick Walton Jr. (MIA) Unrestricted Jamel Artis (ORL) Anthony Brown (MIN) Charles Cooke (NOP) Jack Cooley (SAC) Matt Costello (SAS) P.J. Dozier (OKC) Kay Felder (DET) Daniel Hamilton (OKC) Danuel House (PHX) Demetrius Jackson (PHI) Josh Magette (ATL) Erik McCree (UTA) Ben Moore (IND) Marcus Paige (CHA) Gary Payton II (LAL) Alec Peters (PHX) James Webb III (BKN) Andrew White III (ATL) C.J. Wilcox (POR) John Schuhmann is a staff writer for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2018

LeBron s free agency decision could swing NBA s balance of power

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND -- These combo coronation-funerals can be tricky. Imagine the crowning of a new monarch where the royal subjects couldn’t stop chattering about the freshly deposed or deceased predecessor. Where the traditional cry of continuity and succession, “The king is dead! Long live the king!” got flipped, with what was overshadowing what is. That’s pretty much how it went Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) at Quicken Loans Arena, with the Golden State Warriors’ latest NBA championship having to share the stage with speculation, instantly revved up, about LeBron James and the choice he’ll soon make about his next employer. The Warriors are the kings, claiming pro basketball’s throne yet again by completing a sweep of James’ Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 Finals. But of course, James is the King, and as so many of us learned in sophomore English – thanks, CliffsNotes! – “Uneasy lies the head (of those who fret and obsess about the future whereabouts of the NBA superstar) that wears a crown.” Long live the kings! The King is ... gone? There was so much energy before, during and after Game 4 Friday (Saturday, PHL time) poured into the last game/next game conjecture about James, the Cavaliers and seismic shifts in the league’s 2018-19 landscape that even the player’s surprise reveal near the end of the night – a bruised and bandaged right hand – couldn’t derail it. Turns out, as James ‘fessed up, the sore shooting paw was an injury he had been playing with ever since Game 1 in Oakland eight days earlier. He had “self-inflicted” it in a fit of pique when he smacked a whiteboard in the visitors’ dressing room at Oracle Arena after Cleveland’s overtime loss in the series-setter, an outcome driven at least in part by some teammates’ mistakes and an arcane wrinkle in the NBA’s replay rules regarding block/charge fouls. Despite the hordes of media people chronicling every waking detail of the Finals, James had kept the injury on the down-low (along with the possibility that J.R. Smith’s nickname amongst his Cavs teammates might be “whiteboard”). The cameras zoomed in and clicked in a paparazzi frenzy of motor drives every time James raised the hand, wrapped in black tape, above the table during his postgame podium remarks. Whether a legit Page-2-the-rest-of-the-story factor in the championship series or a too-late alibi, the contused hand wound up as a sidebar to where James plans to be using it when training camps open in a few months. As of Friday (Saturday, PHL time), it had been 95 months since “The Decision,” the 2010 announcement that James made in a tone-deaf vanity TV production that he was taking his talents from Cleveland to South Beach. Nearly 47 months had passed since he broke the news of his return in a Sports Illustrated ghost-written essay, envisioning much of what actually has unfolded in the four years since. Now savvy insiders and casual observers alike presume James will be on the move again, pushed to leave the franchise he has defined in an urgent search for more and better talent with which he can compete. As in, y’know, some horses, some horses, his kingdom for some horses. James’ free-agency process next month (he can opt out of a $35.6 million deal in the final season of his current contract) is expected to dictate the market of player movement this summer like an oversized domino. It easily could swing the balance of power, if not quite at Golden State’s lofty level then immediately below it. The monster he helped create Dr. Frankenstein eventually was done in by his macabre creation, and it can similarly be argued that James has no one but himself to blame for the predicament in which he again finds himself. He set in motion the machinery of the super team, after all, when he chose to join forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami eight years ago. Oh sure, the Boston Celtics in 2007-08 got there first by luring Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen to join Paul Pierce, but that was about knitting together three stars, all age 30 or older, for what would be their last best chance to win in an extremely limited run. That group won one title, went to two Finals in three seasons and was done, Allen leaving to join James & Co. with the Heat while Garnett and Pierce morphed into trade chips for Boston POBO Danny Ainge. When James, Wade and Bosh teamed up, they were in their basketball primes and their initial giddy boasts of “not four, not five, not six” championships turned off fans league-wide as much for its portent as its pretension. That crew went 4-for-4 in Finals, winning two rings before James, nudged by staleness and chafing as well as his grand plan for northeast Ohio, went home. From there, a line can be drawn through the ill-conceived 2012-13 L.A. Lakers of Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol all the way to this season’s Houston Rockets of James Harden and Chris Paul and the talent-gorged Golden State roster. James was the centerpiece as Cleveland replicated the Big Three concept around him with Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, two younger, playoff-stymied All-Stars. The new-look Cavaliers went to the Finals in their first season together and clambered atop the basketball world to win the franchise’s first NBA title by the end of the second, becoming the first team in league history to do so after digging a 1-3 hole in the best-of-seven series. In that moment, regardless of the two Finals trips that followed, James’ bill was stamped: Paid In Full. Misguided fans might burn his jersey if he leaves again, but James burned the mortgage after that Game 7 in Oakland in 2016 as far as any remaining obligation to fulfill. “I came back because I felt like I had some unfinished business,” he said after elimination Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “To be able to be a part of a championship team two years ago with the team that we had and in the fashion that we had is something I will always remember. Honestly, I think we'll all remember that. It ended a drought for Cleveland of 50-plus years, so I think we'll all remember that in sports history.” James added: “When you have a goal and you're able to accomplish that goal, it actually – for me personally – made me even more hungry to continue to try to win championships. And I still want to be in championship mode. I think I've shown this year why I will still continue to be in championship mode.” In other words, James intends to sustain his high level of performance. He expects to win. And he presumably will do whatever – and go wherever – is necessary to achieve that. There’s no perfect fit So what does that mean for the NBA’s best player (never mind what the annual MVP balloting says in any given season)? It means this: compromise. There is no ideal situation, certainly no easy answer to the guesswork surrounding James’ looming free agency. He could transform any of the 30 teams, but not without some trade-offs for him, for them or for both. Most of them won’t be in play. Teams in markets such as Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Portland, Sacramento, the Twin Cities and so on can’t scratch James’ itches for either championship-worthy depth chart or spotlight. New York and Chicago, among the biggies, are out of synch with his timeline. Toronto? No way James is resettling his brand north of the border, and given his stated desire for teammates who have not just sufficient basketball skills but also mental toughness, well, the Raptors teams he and the Cavs have dominated do not qualify. The Boston club that stretched Cleveland to seven games in the Eastern Conference finals is built for the long haul and would have to surrender much of that to adjust to James’ career calendar. There’s a little Kyrie problem lurking there and, truth be told, the Celtics look to be on their way and are doing just fine without the 33-year-old heading, one of these years, toward decline. At some point in each of the 2018 Finals’ final three days, James spoke admiringly of the Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs title teams that blocked his path whether in Miami or Cleveland. He was at it again even as the Warriors were dousing the opponent’s locker room at The Q with Moet champagne. “I made the move in 2010 to be able to play with talented players, cerebral players that you could see things that happen before they happened on the floor,” James said. “When you feel like you're really good at your craft, I think it's always great to be able to be around other great minds as well and other great ballplayers. “That's never changed. Even when I came here in '14, I wanted to try to surround myself and surround this franchise with great minds and guys that actually think outside the box of the game and not just go out and play it.” Where might James find that now or recruit that swiftly? Hard to say. There are asterisks and “buts” everywhere: * If he were to sign with the Houston Rockets, James would be hitching his star to Chris Paul, a buddy with an injury history that’s about the mirror opposite of his own. He would be teaming up with an elite coach in Mike D’Antoni, something he’s never had (though Miami’s Erik Spoelstra was just young and unproven, on his way to big things). But it also would require another big ask of James Harden, who had to adapt last summer to Paul’s arrival and need for the ball. * If James chooses the Lakers, he has the chance to hit reset with the league’s glitziest franchise, in a market that can meet his every off-court wish and where he and his family already own one or more ultra-comfortable homes. The Lakers have young talent to help James transition into a lower-usage veteran’s role, favored status as a destination team for other top free agents and the salary-cap space to get it done this summer with the likes of Paul George or his pal Paul. But that roster might not be capable of insta-contending, which could burn a season or two when James’ clock most definitely is clicking. * If it’s San Antonio, James could link up with the elite coach in Gregg Popovich, where the winning culture is in the DNA rather than some acquired taste. The Spurs have talent, particularly if Kawhi Leonard finds happiness again there. But they might not have enough to rattle the Warriors’ cage. And for all their professed admiration, James and Popovich might both fare better by keeping their relationship long-distance vs. the 82-game grind. * If it’s Golden State? Perish the thought. The NBA might have to board up itself if competitive balance were capsized to that extent. And as Draymond Green shrewdly noted on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), if James climbed aboard, it likely would require him and several other Golden State teammates to be dispatched to parts unknown. * If James prefers to stay East, where the winning comes easier, he could pick Philadelphia. The Sixers have two foundational young stars at positions that matter most, center Joel Embiid and point guard Ben Simmons. But Simmons is a non-shooter at the moment, the antithesis of what makes a great complementary LeBron teammate. As for Embiid, James never has had to play off of and service a top center. And Philly might feel like a basketball-only move, with the hungriest and most demanding of any new fan base he would embrace. * If it’s Miami – wait, could it be Miami? Could he go second-home again? The Heat always strive to be competitive and offer a talent base deep enough for the East and lots of familiarity. But they also have players such as Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters whose mental approaches don’t seem to fit the model James was cooing about in Golden State and with the Tim Duncan-era Spurs. * That brings us to Cleveland, where it’s possible James might choose to remain. Staying with the Cavaliers, after leading them to four Finals and that heady 2016 title, would be the easiest choice as far as pressure to win. He owes these fans nothing anymore – in fact, had the bargain been offered to them in 2010 (“LeBron will leave and win elsewhere for four years, but will come back and deliver a championship and four Finals trips”), most would have grabbed it. Here, James and the fans who have watched him even through the interruption develop from ridiculously touted high schooler to one of the world’s most famous athletes could grow older together. Then he could partner up and buy the team from owner Dan Gilbert for a long-term future. Certainly, staying has a certain place in his and the rest of the James clan’s hearts. “The one thing that I've always done is considered, obviously, my family,” he said at series end Friday (Saturday, PHL time). “Understanding especially where my boys are at this point in their age. They were a lot younger the last time I made a decision like this four years ago. I've got a teenage boy, a pre-teen and a little girl that wasn't around as well. So sitting down and considering everything, my family is a huge part of whatever I'll decide to do in my career, and it will continue to be that.” It’s worth noting that as James contemplates his options as a modern pursuer of championship excellence, the prospect of him moving again qualifies at some level as a failure. Not just by the support system in Cleveland, where he and Gilbert have their friction and James gets snidely mentioned as the team’s unofficial GM and head coach, but by him too. He’s the one who went off to seek his “college education” in south Florida in what it takes to win, whether on the court, in the front office or in and around the seams 365 days a year, straight out of the Pat Riley handbook. The teams about which James talks so glowingly in Oakland now and in San Antonio then have cultures he covets, stability up and down the flowchart he craves. In Cleveland, for a variety of reasons, his team has been incapable of establishing and maintaining that to a lasting degree. He is part of that missed opportunity and he has to own it, no matter if he goes or stays. James is inseparable from the dynamic of the Cavaliers’ ever-changing and often melodramatic roster maneuvers. Spending big, swapping out draft picks to import current stars and supporting players, and overvaluing secondary guys like Smith and Tristan Thompson are risks the Warriors and the Spurs largely avoided thanks to shrew drafting and laudable continuity. The Cavs’ scrap heap, by contrast, is high with traded picks, scuttled plans, panic deals, short-term patches and folks such as former coach David Blatt and former GM David Griffin. And maybe James could have nurtured a little better relationship with All-Star point guard and 2016 title sidekick Kyrie Irving, enough to have kept Irving from bailing on them all with his trade demand last summer. Now he’s on the verge of casting about again, prioritizing what matters most for however long he continues to play. James is more at peace with it than he was before, particularly in 2010, and surely can enjoy the leverage he wields and the riches it delivers. But there is a burden there as well, one that could be seen as completing a circle. So many of the NBA’s greatest stars have been stuck playing and living in the Age of LeBron, right? Their paths to the Finals blocked, on one whole side of the league, by him and his? Well, LeBron James is stuck now in the Era of the Warriors, freshly swept and anxious to close the gap. What goes around comes around, though the key more pressing of the big W’s now is, where? Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Nat l women s volleyball team hopefuls take coaching change positively

The coaching change came as a surprise to most of the national women’s volleyball team hopefuls, but the players received the appointment of Shaq Delos Santos as replacement for resigned mentor Ramil De Jesus positively. Delos Santos met with some of the national team candidates on Tuesday at the Arellano University-Legarda Gym together with his assistants Kungfu Reyes and Bryan Esquibel and Larong Volleyball sa Pilipinas, Inc. vice president Peter Cayco. LVPI appointed the Petron coach to the position after De Jesus, who took the coaching duty last April and conducted two tryouts attended by the country’s top volleybelles, stepped down two weeks ago. Delos Santos is tasked to form and train a team for the Jakarta Palembang Asian Games in September, the AVC Asia Cup in Thailand the following month and the 2019 Manila Southeast Asian Games.      “Nabigla ako na nagpalit ulet ng coach. We're in good hands naman with coach Shaq. He's a good coach, he has a good system. I'm looking forward to working with him,” said Cocolife libero Denden Lazaro, who was with 15 other hopefuls during the pool meeting. “Sa aming mga players kailangan lang naman namin maging open sa lahat kasi there’s no permanent naman talaga and ‘yun nga syempre kami mga players susunod lang kami kung ano papagawa sa amin ng coaches, ng staff,” said Jaja Santiao. “Okay lang naman na may pagbabago kasi si coach Shaq din naman is one of the best coaches din dito sa Pilipinas so go lang.” Petron’s Mika Reyes, the Nationals’ team captain last year during the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Championship and Kuala Lumpur SEA Games, was informed of the changes a few days ago.    “Actually hindi ko alam na nagpalit muna. Ang sabi lang may final tryouts. So okay. And then siguro two to three days ago, dun ko lang nalaman talaga. Mga Sunday ata yun,” she said. “Si coach sabi nya ‘Ye punta ka sa tryout ha.’ Tapos sabi ko okay coach. Tapos may nagsabi sa akin na teammate ko na sya na daw yung coach.” Reyes played for De Jesus for five years in De La Salle, in the Philippine Superliga for Meralco and F2 Logistics. The middle blocker bannered the 2018 PSL Grand Prix champion Petron under Delos Santos.      “Nagulat lang ako syempre coach ko rin before si coach Ramil, akala ko siya na,” she added. “Pero okay lang din naman, at least ito coach namin. Siguro yung advantage lang is alam ko na yung sistema nya.” Aby Marano, who during most of her volleyball career played under De Jesus, said that she was one of the first to know of her F2 Logistics mentor’s plan to step down. According to LVPI, De Jesus decided to quit his post because of conflict of schedule with his duties as coach for DLSU, the Baby Spikers and F2 Logistics. “Positive pa rin kami, whether nagpalit ng coach o hindi. Dapat hindi kami maapektuhan. Sa kanila na 'yun eh, ang kailangan namin mag-focus sa ensayo para magpalakas at magpahusay pa. Okay naman din 'yung set ng coaches na nakilala namin today. I don't think there will be a problem,” said Marano, a veteran internationalist who donned the tri-colors in the past two SEA Games and in the AVC Asian Seniors. “Magulo, siyempre, ganoon 'yung nangyare. Personal na decision 'yun ni coach Ramil eh so we all respect that. Ang laki talaga ng responsibilty niya sa mga teams niya. Wala naman kaming masasabi sa decision ni coach Ramil,” Marano continued. “Siyempre, na-brokenhearted nga kami,” she added. “Ako, personally, hindi naman ako bumabata. Gusto ko, bago ako mag-retire, maging coach ko siya sa National Team. Kung hindi naman papalarin, wala akong magagawa.” Also in attendance during the first meeting with the new set of coaches were Kim Kianna Dy, Dawn Macandili, Majoy Baron, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Rebecca Rivera, Mylene Paat, Sisi Rondina, Kim Fajardo, Rhea Dimaculangan, Maika Ortiz, CJ Rosario and Ces Molina. Creamline's Alyssa Valdez and Jia Morado were supposed to attend the meeting but were caught in a traffic jam in Katipunan after their training while Myla Pablo was training with Pocari Sweat. Other players in the pool who skipped the meeting were Tots Carlos, Bea De Leon, Kath Arado, Royse Tubino, Lourdes Clemente, Elaine Kasilag, Jasmine Nabor, Maddie Madayag, Cha Cruz-Behag, Ara Galang, Mel Gohing, MJ Phillips, Isa Molde, Jho Maraguinot, Rachel Anne Daquis, Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza.    The pool will start its training on Thursday.    ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 5th, 2018

ABL: Paul Zamar hit a dagger right through the hearts of Filipinos

BANGKOK, THAILAND – As if the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals needed even more of it, Ray Parks Jr. and Paul Zamar have even more evidence to prove just how equally matched Alab Pilipinas and Mono Vampire are. In Game 4 on Saturday, Zamar swished a floater over the outstretched arms of Parks Jr. to put out the fire in Alab’s comeback and push Mono to an 88-83 win. This, coming from two days earlier when Parks Jr. hit a fadeaway jumper over the outstretched arms of Zamar to keep Mono at bay and claim for Alab a 99-93 win. Filipino head coach Jimmy Alapag could only marvel at the parallelism of those shots. “Down the stretch, Zamar hit a big one-legged shot similar to Ray’s the other night. That was a big shot,” he told reporters. For Zamar, his clutch shot wasn’t answer to Parks Jr.’s clutch shot. “I didn’t look at it as redemption. I looked at is as survival because our season was on the line,” he said. Indeed, the Thais needed to win Game 4 to level the best-of-five championship series at 2-2 and schedule a winner-take-all Game 5. Good thing then that their Filipino import came through with, in his own eyes, one of the biggest shots of his career. “Coach was stressing before the game that it’s not gonna be easy so we have to find other ways to win. We pushed especially in the end when we needed it the most the most,” he said. In the end, staying true to how he has long known to be, Zamar remained modest and deflected all credit to his teammates. “That clutch shot, it’s team effort that gave me the opportunity. We were trading blows with them (Alab) and I made it,” he said. He then continued, “I’m thankful and relieved I made it.” Zamar and Mono Vampire hope for the same result when they travel to the Philippines for Game 5 on Wednesday at the Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna. That final showdown of the season tips off at 8:00 PM and will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

Alab Pilipinas just beat Mono Vampire at its own run-n-gun game

STA. ROSA, LAGUNA – Thailand’s Mono Vampire was four seconds away from stealing Game 1 of the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League Finals from home team Alab Pilipinas. Justin Brownlee, and Renaldo Balkman, were having none of it, however. Brownlee’s heads-up play coupled with Balkman’s hustle play extended the Finals showdown and in overtime, there was just no stopping the two of them. “We gotta win this game. We gotta win it. That was all that was in my head then,” the latter told reporters post-game. The Filipinos’ reinforcements combined for 18 points in the extra period, outscoring by nine points all of Vampire. “I just knew that if we’re going into overtime, it’s gonna be over,” Balkman said. The final score read, 143-130, in favor of the home team who now has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five championship round. The incredible come-from behind win is nothing but a morale-booster as they prepare for Game 2 on Wednesday still at the same venue and then Game 3 on Saturday in Bangkok, Thailand. “We were down four with 19 seconds and everybody was walking out like we’ve lost the game. We gotta stick together during those times,” the Puerto Rican import said. He then continued, “But it’s all good cause we did and we came up with the win.” The Philippines’ 143 points were the most points scored in a single game in the eight-year history of the ABL. And with that, the defensive-minded team proved that, when needed, they can keep up with Vampire’s high-octane offense. “Credit to Mono, they came out and played extremely well. Credit to coach Douglas [Marty] for coming out with a great game plan,” head coach Jimmy Alapag shared. He then continued, “But we have a very resilient group and guys who continue to fight. That’s a staple for us this season.” Still, Alab hopes that they will be the ones setting the pace on Wednesday. “As a team, we just have to be much better defensively. Giving up 143 points won’t win us this series and I am confident we will be much better,” Alapag said. Balkman could only agree. “We gotta come back (in Game 2) and do a better job than we did tonight,” he remarked Game 2 and the rest of the 2017-2018 ABL Finals will still be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 23rd, 2018

Muntinlupa books a semis ticket; Paranaque forces rubbermatch

Muntinlupa turned to Allan Mangahas in the last 41 seconds to bury the dagger straight into the heart of Navotas as the Cagers clinched a Final Four spot with a 72-69 win in Game 2 of their best-of-three 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Anta Rajah Cup quarterfinals Tuesday night. Protecting a slim lead with under a minute remaining, Mangahas scored on a layup to give the host team a five-point margin. Jamil Gabawan answered with a basket in the next play to cut Navotas’ deficit to 72-69 with only 37 seconds remaining. Cagers forward Chito Jaime missed his three-point attempt but Chester Saldua missed on a potential equalizer from beyond the arc for the Clutch as time expired to the delight of the home crowd inside the Muntinlupa Sports Complex. Mangahas finished with 23 points, six rebounds and six assists while Dave Morale and Chito Jaime scored 14 and 12 markers, respectively, for the home team, which will face in the best-of-three semis the survivor between Bulacan and Paranaque in the other quarters pairing. JP Calvo put Navotas on top, 67-64, on a triple with 3:50 left. Moralde scored on a layup before Felix Apreku gave Muntinlupa the lead on two charities followed by a basket by Mangahas as the Cagers took a 72-67 advantage with 1:16 remaining. JP Calvo had 20 points while Jamil Gabawan posted 20 markers and 17 rebounds for Muntinlupa. Meanwhile, Paranaque forced a rubbermatch for a spot in the semis after blowing out Bulacan, 81-54. The Patriots limited the Kuyas to only 27 points in the first half to dictate the tempo of match before cruising to a rout that evened the series, 1-1. Juneric Baloria led the way for Paranaque with 26 points while Harold Arboleda had 12 markers and 13 boards. Jorey Napoles and Stephen Siruma fired 12 points each for Bulacan. The rubbermatch is set on April 3 at KB Gym in Malolos, Bulacan. Valenzuela and Quezon City will cross paths at 7:00 p.m. for the right to face Batangas in the semis to be followed by the Paranaque-Bulacan sudden death at 9:00 p.m.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 28th, 2018