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Mirror Ninoy’s life, Duterte urges youth, gov’t workers

President Duterte yesterday urged government workers and the youth to be inspired by the life of the late Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. as a public servant who served with honor, integrity, and purpose. Duterte cited important role of Aquino in restoring democracy in the country. “Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino Jr. and his important […].....»»

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Duterte: Ninoy Aquino serves as guide for protecting democracy

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte paid tribute to the memory of Benigno Aquino Jr, more commonly known as Ninoy Aquino, the senator who fiercely opposed the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos and whose assassination sparked the People Power Revolution of 1986. "Today, we remember Benigno S. Aquino Jr ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

Robredo to Filipinos: Honor all freedom fighters on Ninoy Aquino Day

MANILA, Philippines – Vice President Leni Robredo said the day the nation commemorates the assassination of the late senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr is also the time to remember all the nameless Filipinos who fought the dictatorship like he did.  On Wednesday, August 21, Robredo described Aquino as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 21st, 2019

A scam, a traitor’: ‘Duterte’ now a word in Urban Dictionary

MANILA, Philippines – Remember Rodrigo Duterte's slogan when he was campaigning for president? "Change is coming." Soon, critics of his broken or undelivered promises turned that into "change scamming" to highlight how he had tricked voters into electing him.  As the Philippine President enters the second half ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 19th, 2019

Laptops and male infertility

  Hi Ma’am Rica, Nagtatrabaho ako as IT support. Kung iisipin ninyo, halos kadugtong na ng katawan ko ‘yung laptop ko kasi anytime, anywhere ako on call. As far as I can remember, kahit nung college pa lang ako, lagi na akong may kandong na laptop. Basta may mauupuan at extrang oras, nasa laptop na […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 16th, 2019

PBA Finals: McCullough on title: “We’re gonna win this s***”

Chris McCullough willled San Miguel Beer to victory in Game 5 of the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals. McCullough outscored TNT KaTropa by himself in the final 12 minutes, 19-14, and San Miguel Beer completed a comeback from 16 points down to take a crucial 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series for the title. The man was simply on a mission and he wants this title bad. “We’re going to win this s***,” McCullough said repeatedly after they pulled through in Game 5. The young San Miguel import finished the win with 35 points and 22 rebounds. His clutch basket inside the last 30 seconds over Terrence Jones finally pushed the Beermen ahead, 95-94. “I don’t remember it to be honest,” McCullough said of his go-ahead layup. “But coach drew a play and I got a bucket. You do those things in practice and we got the win,” he added. One win away from the title, McCullough is determined to win it all Friday in Game 6. “We'll come ready to play and mentally locked in to get this win, and not let it go to Game 7,” he said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 14th, 2019

MPBL: Cabahug thrills home fans in Cebu win, Pasig set three-point record

Cebuano hoops fans had a night to remember on Saturday when their Cebu Sharks Casino Ethyl Alcohol turned on the afterburners in the second half to corral the Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort, 79-62, in the Hoops Dome in Lapu-Lapu City. The Sharks gave the visitors to Lapu-Lapu City a welcome similar to the one shown by Lapu-Lapu himself on Magellan centuries ago as a massive third quarter outburst put the game out of reach. Down 41-34 at the half, Cebu found another gear on both sides of the ball to outscore Muntinlupa, 28-9 in the third on the back of nine points from Patrick Cabahug and eight from Harold Cortes. In those 10 minutes the Cagers scored exactly one field goal, a triple from Ryusei Koga. It was also in that period where Shark Rhaffy Octubre and Cager Mark Guillen were ejected after scuffling. Muntinlupa continued their desultory shooting into the final quarter as Cebu ran out big winners in front of a large Cebuano crowd. "Must-win ito kase home game, (ang panalong ito) para sa lahat ng taga-Cebu," said Cabahug, who topscored with 26 points in front of his father, Boy. Cebu advances to 4-5 while Munti drops to 3-7. In the day's opener, the Pasig Sta. Lucia Realtors carpet-bombed the Parañaque Patriots Yabo Sports from beyond the arc enroute to a 100-87 win. Twenty-one Pasig triples from 41 attempts is a new league record, as is the combined 27 treys from both clubs. Realtor Jeric Teng was the most prolific of the long-range snipers, going 9 of 13 from three-point land and finishing with 30 points. Argel Mendoza was another Pasig gunner in lethal mode, hitting 6 from 14 as he piled on 28 points. But the Patriots kept pace until the fourth quarter when down just 82-76, Pasig went for the jugular with Teng nailing a trey, Robbie Manalang hitting a long two, Mendoza knocking down a three-bomb, and Nic Belasco joining in the fun from three point land with a fourth triple. That put Sta. Lucia up 94-82 with under two minutes left, effectively settling the contest. Jayboy Solis and Jemal Vizcarra topscored for the Patriots with 15 apiece. Pasig goes to 6-2 while Parañaque slides to 3-6......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

PLDT, Petron survive cliffhanger battles

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY -- Fans inside the jampacked Corpus Christi Gym here were treated to a night of thrill and excitement as Petron and PLDT Home Fibr carved out amazing five-setter victories in the 2019 Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference on Saturday. Sisi Rondina delivered a performance to remember after dropping 32 points in the defending champion Blaze Spikers’ 25-23, 24-26, 24-26, 25-22, 19-17, win over Foton to lock the no. 1 seeding in the quarterfinals. The 5-foot-6 hotshot towered over the giants of the Tornadoes to fill up the stats sheet with 27 attacks, a game-high four kill blocks and an ace laced with 20 digs and 10 excellent receptions for Petron’s 11th straight win to end preliminary round. The Blaze Spikers closed the round with a 13-1 record at the top spot. “Grabe! Grabe! Bilib ako sa puso ng team. Ramdam na namin yung pagod nila pero siyempre sabi ko nga sa kanila wag maggigive up,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Talagang grabe sila (Foton). Grabeng effort yung ginawa nila at yung eagerness nila na talunin kami.”         Foton controlled the fifth set early before Petron stepped on the gas to engage the Tornadoes in a mad dash to the finish. Rondina made amends on an earlier error with an off the block kill to put Petron at match point before Bernadeth Pons sealed the deal with a cross-court hit. Skipper Ces Molina and Mika Reyes finished with 13 points each while Pons had 12 markers all coming off attacks for Petron, which will take on Marinerang Pilipina in the knockout quarterfinals. Dindin Santiago-Manabat led Foton, which fell to 7-6 card tied with Cignal, with 31 points anchored on 28 kills and three kill blocks. Jaja Santiago had 26 markers while Elaine Kasilag had 11 for the Tornadoes. Meanwhile, Jerrili Malabanan and Grethcel Soltones rose to the occasion as PLDT Home Fibr shocked powerhouse F2 Logistics, 25-21, 26-28, 15-25, 25-19, 15-11, in the curtain-raiser. Down 1-2 in the match as the Cargo Movers dominated them in the resumption of the third set, the duo of Malabanan and Soltones lifted the Power Hitters to force a decider, where both squads fought toe-to-toe lasting for three hours and 31 minutes due to air-conditioning malfunction. Tied at nine in the fifth set, Malabanan scored three of the team’s four straight points to reach match point, 14-10, before Kalei Mau saved a point. But Soltones soared to close out the match and sent F2 Logistics to its second straight defeat. Malabanan and Soltones finished with 21 points apiece with the San Sebastian College standout also putting up 24 digs and 19 excellent receptions. PLDT finished the preliminary with a 6-9 win-loss card, locked in at No.6. Game officials decided to temporarily stop the match with F2 Logistics holding an 8-7 lead in the third frame. It took almost an hour for the venue to reach a cool temperature before referees resumed the game with the Cargo Movers blazing hot dominating the third set for a 2-1 match advantage. But the Power Hitters caught fire in the last two sets also drawing a great game from setter Jasmine Nabor, who had 31 excellent sets on top of six points, as well as Aiko Urdas adding 10 markers. Mau erupted with 28 points including 19 digs and 10 excellent receptions while Ara Galang and Majoy Baron had 19 and 18 points, respectively, for the Cargo Movers, who suffered their second straight setback. Aby Marano added 12 markers while Kim Fajardo returned to action from a fracture finger last conference with 15 excellent sets as F2 Logistics slid to No. 2 with an 11-2 card......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 10th, 2019
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Corazon C. Aquino remembered today

  WE remember today, on her 10th death anniversary, the first woman president of the Philip­pines – Corazon C. Aquino – who led the period of transition back to democratic government in 1986 af­ter 20 years of martial law and au­thoritarian rule. President Aquino found herself at the center of a national upheaval after the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Nick Young tweets encouragement to Jeremy Lin

Nick Young has reached out to Jeremy Lin via Twitter, after the latter guard revealed in a motivational speech for Christian outlet GOOD TV that he has 'hit rock bottom.' Lin, who remains unsigned after winning an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors a few months back, said that he feels "like in some ways the NBA's kind of given up on me." Young, perhaps better known as "Swaggy P," tweeted at Lin, "@JLin7  It’s alot of ppl who feel the same way myself included but stay positive you have so much more to offer... you are the man bro remember that, dnt let nothing take away your joy.. my Chinese homie to many ppl love and look up to you my brotha.. but bring back the dreads" @JLin7 It’s alot of ppl who feel the same way myself included but stay positive you have so much more to offer... you are the man bro remember that, dnt let nothing take away your joy.. my Chinese homie to many ppl love and look up to you my brotha.. but bring back the dreads ???? — Nick Young (@NickSwagyPYoung) July 30, 2019 Swaggy P can perhaps indeed relate. After winning a championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2018, he became a free agent, and was not signed by any team by opening day. He did finally land with the Denver Nuggets in December of last year, but was waived by the end of the month, playing in just four games and averaging 2.3 points. It's been reported that European powerhouse CSKA Moscow had previously had interest in signing Lin, but the Taiwanese-American rejected an offer, as he is dead-set on playing in the NBA. The deal between Jeremy Lin & CSKA Moscow falls apart, I am told. The free agent guard turned down CSKA Moscow's proposal because he is not interested, at least for now, to sign in Europe. Lin awaits for NBA offer to come but if nothing happens, I wouldn't rule out China for him — Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) July 30, 2019 Like Lin, Young is currently without an NBA team......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2019

Ferrari tops both practice sessions at sweltering German GP

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — With track temperatures uncomfortably high at the sweltering German Grand Prix on Friday, Ferrari made the best of the conditions by topping both practice sessions. Charles Leclerc finished ahead of teammate Sebastian Vettel in the afternoon, when the Hockenheimring track thermometer hit 51 degrees Celsius (124 F), reversing their positions from the already scorching morning session. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was third in both sessions, while teammate Valtteri Bottas could improve from fifth to fourth. "It was extremely hot. I can't remember the last time I drove in these conditions," said Bottas, who is Finnish. "The weather is going to be completely different tomorrow and on Sunday, with lower temperatures and a chance of rain. I actually hope for rain — it would be nice to drive in the wet." Hamilton won the race in pouring rain last year, profiting after Vettel crashed while comfortably leading. On Friday, the five-time F1 champion Hamilton also struggled to get the best out of his Mercedes. "These tires don't like the temperature. They were always overheating, so that's been the main issue," the British driver said. "We're hoping the weather won't be like this for the rest of the weekend. If it's cooler and it's dry, nothing from today really applies and everyone will be quicker." Hamilton has won five of the past six races to take his career tally to 80 and he leads the championship by 39 points, with Bottas in second place overall. Vettel, a four-time F1 champion but runner-up to Hamilton in the past two F1 championships, already trails Hamilton by 100 points and is in fourth overall. He needs a long run of wins to stand any realistic chance of catching Hamilton, but Vettel has not won for the past 18 races. Another driver with a point to prove heading into Saturday's qualifying and Sunday's race is Red Bull's Pierre Gasly. The second practice was briefly suspended near the end after Gasly went off the track and smacked into the barriers, mangling both tires on the left side of his Red Bull car. "We need to get the chassis back and have a proper look. Thankfully it's not the race engine but it is frustrating to lose a car at that point of the session," team principal Christian Horner said. "It's an annoying accident. ... We can't change it now, we have just got to get on with it." The 23-year-old Gasly is having a difficult first season with Red Bull and has yet to secure a podium finish after 10 races. The Frenchman is sixth in the standings. His teammate Max Verstappen is third and has three podiums, including a brilliant win in Austria. Earlier Friday, Vettel topped the first practice by .255 seconds ahead of Leclerc. Verstappen was fourth quickest. Bottas misjudged a late turn, swerved into gravel and only just managed to retain enough control of his car to avoid the barriers. He lost control of his car at the same turn where Vettel crashed last year and relinquished the championship lead to Hamilton. Bottas was not at his best on Friday, also going briefly off the track during P2. He is trying to earn a new contract for 2020, amid speculation he could be replaced at Mercedes by French driver Esteban Ocon or Verstappen......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 27th, 2019

5-time All-Star Tulowitzki retires after leg injuries

By Jimmy Golen, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Troy Tulowitzki, a five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies who has missed most of the past two seasons with leg injuries, announced his retirement on Thursday, more than three months after he played in his last game for the New York Yankees. "For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player, to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans," he said in a statement issued by the Yankees before a series against Boston. "I will forever be grateful for every day that I've had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor." Tulowitzki was NL Rookie of the Year runner-up in 2007, when he helped the Rockies reach the World Series for the only time in franchise history. He finished in the top 10 of the NL MVP voting three straight years from 2009-11; in all, he received MVP votes in six seasons. He was traded to Toronto in the middle of 2015 and hit .254 with 24 homers and 79 RBIs the next year, his last full season in the majors. He spent most of 2017 on the disabled list with and ankle injuries, and then missed all of last season with following April 2018 surgery on both heels. The Yankees signed him in the offseason, and he won the shortstop job in spring training while starter Didi Gregorius opened the season on the injured list following Tommy John surgery. But Tulowitzki lasted just five games before going on the IL himself, straining his left calf on April 3. "Even though injuries cut him short a little bit, it was a great career," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said. "What I'll remember is obviously a great player and a guy that played shortstop, a great shortstop, but played it in such a unique way and with a flair. ... He looked at home out there playing shortstop." Tulowitzki finished with a .290 average, 225 homers and 780 RBIs in 13 seasons with Colorado (2006-15), Toronto (2015-17) and the Yankees. He is one of three shortstops in major league history to with at least 20 home runs and a .290 average in six different seasons; the others are Alex Rodriguez (seven) and Nomar Garciaparra (six). He wore No. 2 in honor of Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. "I look forward to continuing my involvement in the game that I love. instructing and helping young players to achieve their goals and dreams," he wrote. "I'm saying goodbye to Major League Baseball, but I will never say goodbye 2 the game I love. Thanks again 2 all of you!".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 26th, 2019

Cheat Sheet: When And How To Know You Are MOMOL-Ready

These are the rules to remember!.....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 23rd, 2019

PNP may be tapped in probe into alleged involvement of BI officials in illegal entry of Chinese workers

“We have to remember, the commissioner came from the police, so his intelligence ties with the intel community is still strong.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2019

EAC hero Jethro Mendoza makes mark as NCAA 95 s first Player of the Week

Just a week into the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament, graduating guard Jethro Mendoza has already given Emilio Aguinaldo College a moment to remember. Mendoza hit the go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds remaining as EAC pulled off a monumental 84-82 stunner over back-to-back runner-up Lyceum last Friday at Filoil Fying V Centre. That game-winner alone was more than enough for the sweet-shooting guard to earn the season's first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award. Along with the shot that sank the league heavyweight, Mendoza poured eight of his team-high 21 points in the closing stretch, towing the Generals to their first win against the Pirates since 2016 and biggest triumph overall since beating eventual champion Letran back in 2015.     He buried six triples to anchor his scoring explosion and also tallied four rebounds, two assists, and a steal against zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.  “Sabi lang namin, atin ‘to, lalaban tayo hanggang matapos. Kahit na nakakahabol na sila, gawin lang namin ‘yung tama,” said Mendoza, who made sure EAC repelled Lyceum’s fightback from 18 points down.   It also helped that first-year head coach Oliver Bunyi has full trust in his deadshot shooter.  “I was telling them, even if Jethro is doing 0-of-10 in the first part, I will still trust him to take the ball outside. That’s his job. ‘Yun naman, naging successful siya,” said Bunyi.  Mendoza bested Jerrick Balanza of Letran, RK Ilagan of San Sebastian, Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum, Edgar Charcos of Perpetual, and the San Beda troika of James Canlas, Evan Nelle and Donald Tankoua for the weekly award handed out by scribes from print and online covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Hamilton denied Brit GP pole by Bottas, takes on negativity

By Rob Harris, Associated Press SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — By only six milliseconds — 0.006 — Lewis Hamilton was left in an unusual position on Saturday: Missing out on pole for the British Grand Prix. The pause was a lot longer when the Formula One leader was later surprised to be asked why "people question your Britishness" in the post-qualifying news conference. Look around Silverstone at the flags and banners and there is little doubt who the home crowd of more than 100,000 wants to win on Sunday. But after being outpaced by Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, Hamilton will not start from the front of the grid at the British GP for the first time since 2014. "It wasn't the best of qualifying sessions," Hamilton said, "but it is a long race tomorrow." It is a race Hamilton is trying to win for a record sixth time, further cementing the racing excellence of Britain's five-time world champion. But Hamilton still has to shake off some negativity. Hamilton was quizzed by a reporter from Britain's Guardian newspaper on why there is a "contention because people say you live in Monaco and your accent isn't maybe as British as others because you spend a lot of time in the U.S." "I don't have a good answer for that," Hamilton replied. "It is crazy because I remember growing up and watching Jenson Button and all the youngsters coming through and everyone migrated to Monaco. Nobody ever said anything about it. But, of course, when I did, they had something to say. "No matter how often that you go abroad or elsewhere in the world you come back to the U.K., see the countryside, and this great history of Formula One and motorsport and I see all my family who are also here and this feels where my heart is. I am fully British." The Silverstone circuit is also bedecked with Hamilton banners and Union Jack flags featuring his name. "Whilst there will be negative views, I feel every day there is an opportunity to turn those who have a negative view," Hamilton said. "I guess over time I will do more and more positive things for the country. I go to all these races and I lift the British flag proudly, and there is no one else in this sport that has raised it so high. At the moment it is not enough. I will keep looking for what else I can do." Having a 31-point lead in the drivers' standings shows Hamilton is on the right track. Escaping the F1 bubble by heading to California last week helped Hamilton. But Nico Rosberg, who had a four-year rivalry with Hamilton as Mercedes teammates, said such an approach wouldn't have worked for him. "Lewis is partying in Los Angeles and is the best driver in the world," Rosberg said at the central England circuit. "If I had been travelling the way he does, I would be 10th on the grid for Mercedes." But the German won the world championship only once, in 2016, before retiring. "I do have five world titles and they didn't come on their own," Hamilton said. "Valtteri parties way more than me. When I started doing the travel and focusing on these other things there was always the issue and comments and the pressure of having to arrive and deliver the same. "It took time to break that mold and I have done it time and time and time again. My preparation comes first and I have felt fantastic all weekend. The pressure is high being that it is a home grand prix and I don't look at that lightly. I prepare the best way I can ... and that is what led me to five world titles." And also victories in six of the nine races this season after shaking off the challenge from Bottas, who won two of the first four events. Bottas is back on pole for the first time since the fifth grand prix in Spain in May. Behind the Mercedes duo on the grid on Sunday will be Ferrari's Charles Leclerc, who qualified in third, and Max Verstappen of Red Bull......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

GMA, ABS kinalimutan ang ‘network’ war para sa KathDen

MARAMI ang natuwa nang mag-guest sa Unang Hirit si Kathryn Bernardo. After so many years ay nakatuntong muli siya sa GMA 7. If you’ll remember, nakagawa na ng soap opera si Kath sa Siyete kung saan gumanap siya bilang young Marian Something. May kinalaman ang guesting ni Kath sa promotion ng “Hello, Love, Goodbye” na […] The post GMA, ABS kinalimutan ang ‘network’ war para sa KathDen appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Beauty sa pagpunta sa GMA: Nakikain lang ako ng litson doon

WHEN asked kung paanong napunta sa kanya ang Romina role sa Kadenang Ginto, Beauty Gonzales could not exactly recall how it was. “Naku, may amnesia na ako. To make it sigurado, I remember, if I’m not mistaken, Sir Deo (Endrinal) offered me this role. Sabi niya, ‘o, ‘wag ka nang baliw-baliw, ha. Eto na.’ Sabi […] The post Beauty sa pagpunta sa GMA: Nakikain lang ako ng litson doon appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

US men also seek soccer title, face Mexico for Gold Cup

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press CHICAGO (AP) — Remember the U.S. men's soccer team? It's also playing for a trophy on Sunday, taking on Mexico at Soldier Field in the final of the CONCACAF Gold Cup, the championship of North and Central America and the Caribbean. Gone from the national sports consciousness since its October 2017 loss at Trinidad and Tobago ended a streak of seven straight World Cup appearances, the men's program is trying to regroup under new coach Gregg Berhalter. The American women play the Netherlands in France at 11 a.m. EDT, chasing their fourth world championship, and they are livid they have to share the spotlight with the Copa America final between host Brazil and Peru at 4 p.m. and the U.S. men seeking their seventh Gold Cup title at 9:15 p.m. "I look at it differently. I think that this is an opportunity to be Soccer Day in America," Berhalter said. "When you think about the opportunity for the women to win the World Cup in the morning and then you get to I think party for half the afternoon, then you get to take a little nap, and then you get up, you go to the game and you enjoy the final of Gold Cup." The men have outscored opponents 15-1 in five matches, while the women have a 24-3 advantage in six. "Our whole focus is on us," forward Jordan Morris said. "We're wishing them all the best, of course, and we want them to win the championship, as well, but we don't think about that too much, just really what we can do to come out and win our game." He would have preferred not to play on the same day. "Ideally I guess that would be great that they get their own focus being in a World Cup final and we'll get our own and Copa America gets their own," Morris said. The U.S. is 6-4 in Gold Cup finals, beating Mexico in 2007 and losing in 1993, '98, '09 and '11. The Americans won their only consecutive regional titles in 2005 under Bruce Arena and 2007 under Bob Bradley. Morris, whose 88th-minute goal lifted the U.S. over Jamaica in the 2017 final, is among six holdovers from that roster, joined by defenders Matt Miazga and Omar Gonzalez, midfielders Michael Bradley and Paul Arriola, and forward Jozy Altidore. Led by 20-year-midfielder Christian Pulisic, the U.S. is mostly a young team with a sprinkling of veterans and is testing 24-year-old goalkeeper Zack Steffen in a tournament for the first time. Pulisic, who reports to Chelsea next week, has enhanced his status as by far the top American player. "When I think about this month for him, it's been a lot of personal development," Berhalter said, "in terms of just him blossoming with his personality within the group, his importance to the team on the field. The skills haven't changed, right, from a month, but in terms of his role, what he's comfortable with, how he's embracing his role within the team and his role on and off the field, it's been really nice to see." The Gold Cup has been Berhalter's first extended time with his full player pool and the only lengthy one before World Cup qualifying starts next year. "I'm obviously super-excited for the challenge," Pulisic said. Neither team is at full strength. The U.S. is missing right-side starters DeAndre Yedlin and Tyler Adams, plus central defender John Brooks, all because of injuries. El Tri, in its first tournament under new coach Tata Martino, is going for its eighth Gold Cup title. It had a more onerous path to the final that included a penalty-kicks victory over Costa Rica and an extra-time win over Haiti. Mexico's roster has just five players who started the round-of-16 loss to Brazil at last year's World Cup: goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa, defenders Edson Álvarez and Carlos Salcedo, and midfielders Andrés Guardado and Jesús Gallardo. Among the missing are all three forwards who started against the Selecao: Javier Hernández, Carlos Vela and Hirving Lozano. "We do miss these players," Martino said through a translator. "We play with the soccer players that respond to the call." U.S. players hope American fans are celebrating even before the kickoff, savoring a victory by the women over the Dutch. "Let's hope we both win the finals and make it a historical day in the history of American soccer," winger Tyler Boyd said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019