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San Beda downs LSGH, moves closer to juniors football title repeat

Defending NCAA juniors football champions San Beda College used an early second-half blitz to come back and defeat CSB-LSGH, 2-1, Friday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. LSGH was getting the better chances early in the match, and came very close to getting a quick 1-0 lead after San Beda committed a foul inside the penalty box. Loyd Soco was tasked to take the Penalty Kick, but missed out on scoring after sending it straight to Red Cubs keeper Jessie Semblante’s mitts. The Greenies ended up getting on the board first anyway, after striker Vin Dela Cruz found the back of the net in the 33rd minute. It was all San Beda in the second half however, as the defending champs turned the match around in a matter of seven minutes. Jimmar Castillo scored the equalizer in the 47th minute, and then doubled up in the 54th minute to give the Red Cubs a 2-1 advantage. The Taft-based side pushed hard to pull even, but couldn’t manage an equalizer of their own as the Red Cubs held on for the win. San Beda finds themselves one game away from back-to-back juniors titles, while LSGH will look to even things up. Match two takes place on Monday, January 15th, at 4:00 PM, also at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium......»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnJan 12th, 2018

2018 WORLD CUP: Coaching change shakes Japan preparations

By John Duerden, Associated Press Akira Nishino was given only two months to prepare Japan for the World Cup after the sudden dismissal of Vahid Halilhodzic. The hastily-appointed coach had the task of addressing the trust and communication issues swirling around the team. While Halilhodzic secured qualification for Russia with a game to spare, Japan was not always convincing. Halilhodzic, who led Algeria to the second round at the 2014 World Cup, tried to turn a Japanese team with a fluid passing tradition into a counterattacking unit. He also dropped the three leading players at times: Keisuke Honda, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki. By the time Halilhodzic was dismissed in April, the Samurai Blue had won only three of their last 10 games and the federation feared there would be a repeat of the 2014 World Cup when they collected one point. "Even if it only increases the chances of winning at the World Cup by 1 or 2 percent, we had to act," Japanese federation president Kozo Tashima said. Here's a closer look at the Japan team: COACH Considered a safe pair of hands, the 63-year-old Nishino has the Japan job until the end of the World Cup. In the previous decade, he led Gamba Osaka to success with a first domestic title in 2005 and won the Asian Champions League three years later on the back of an attractive and fluid passing game. Nishino had been working on the Japan Football Association technical committee when he was handed a first coaching job since 2015. GOALKEEPERS Eiji Kawashima, who played at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups and is now 35, is likely to start in goal in Russia. He has spent recent years playing for clubs in Belgium, France and Scotland. Shusaku Nishikawa is the other experienced goalkeeper, while Kosuke Nakamura is a third option. DEFENDERS Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai is one of Asia's top right backs, while Yuto Nagatomo, who has been playing at Galatasaray, is set to start on the left. Expect to see Maya Yoshida of Southampton in central defense but the place alongside him is up for grabs. MIDFIELDERS Makoto Hasebe is the midfield general who offers authority and coolness after a decade in the Bundesliga at Wolfsburg, Nuremberg and Eintracht Frankfurt. The captain likes to sit in front of the back four, often alongside Hotaru Yamaguchi, to dictate play and build passing moves. FORWARDS Honda hasn't scored for Japan in two years but is still likely to lead the attack. Kagawa has struggled for national form but has a greater chance of playing under the new coach, while Okazaki, who won the Premier League title with Leicester, may get the nod to make the starting lineup. GROUP GAMES Japan won't play any Group H games in Kazan, where it has its training base. After opening against Colombia in Saransk on June 19, the team travels to Yekaterinburg to play Senegal on June 24 and then faces Poland in Volgograd on June 28......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

San Beda beats LSGH on penalties to retain Juniors football crown

The San Beda College Red Cubs survived a valiant College of Saint Benilde-La Salle Greenhills effort, beating the Greenies 3-1 on penalties to retain the NCAA Juniors football title, Monday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  While San Beda dominated the shots in the first 45 minutes of action, it was CSB who came the closest to scoring, getting the ball into the back of the net but the goal was ruled off side.  The Greenies eventually took control in the second half, with Vin Dela Cruz scoring in the 63rd minute.  Senior Red Cubs striker JR Suba needed only six minutes to respond, as he drained the equalizer in the 69th minute.  Two minutes later, the Greenies would take the lead once more, courtesy of a Kobe Del Rosario conversion.  Again, it was Suba to the rescue for the Red Cubs, pulling the defending champions even in the 73rd.  Neither side would manage a deadlock-breaking conversion and the match headed into extra-time.  In the 109th minute, LSGH would again take the driver's seat as Dela Cruz's brace gave the Taft-based side a chance to extend the finals series.  For the third time in the match, Suba would rise to the occasion as he headed in a 118th minute equalizer to ultimately force a penalty shootout.  LSGH was the first to get on the board in the shootout thanks to a Jethro Borlongan attempt, but that would be the only time they'd get past San Beda keeper Jessie Semblante, who successfully denied all of the Greenies' succeeding penalty attempts.  With the title one conversion away, it was Semblante who stepped up to the spot and calmly beat LSGH keeper Joshua Gatchalian to clinch the championship.  "Hindi parin ako nawalan ng pag-asa," said Suba, talking about being down 3-2 with mere minutes left in the match. "Sabi nga ni coach Aris Caslib, hangga't hindi pinipito ng referee yung final whistle, wag kang susuko, may chance pa din." "Ayun nga, dumating yung chance. Patience lang. Dumating yung goal." continued Suba, who finished with a hattrick in his final match as a Red Cub. Suba was also named the season Most Valuable Player, and the season's Best Striker, with 20 conversions to his name.  San Beda's Semblante was named Best Goal Keeper, while teammate Eldwin Escoro was named Best Defender.  Red Cubs coach Jeff Cuayong was named Coach of the Year.  Other awardees include LSGH's Raphael Santos, who was named Best Midfielder, and University of Perpetual Help, who took home the Fair Play Award.  This is the 17th juniors football title for San Beda and their fourth in the last six seasons.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 15th, 2018

San Beda downs Arellano, moves one win from NCAA football title

MANILA, Philippines — San Beda leaned on the late heroics off Mike Daniel Riconalla and Adolfo Abada as it edged last year's champion Arellano U, 1-0 to move.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 12th, 2017

NCAA: Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs second title in three years

Mapua High School now has the most number of championships in NCAA Juniors Basketball – and its record-setting title could not have come in more dramatic fashion. Dan Arches finished what Paolo Hernandez started as the Red Robins stood strong in the face of a furious fightback from now-dethroned champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday at the MOA Arena. Mapua was well on its way to a win, up 69-53 late in the third quarter before being at the wrong end of a 19-5 Junior Blazer rally that tied the tally at 74-all inside the last two minutes. “Credit sa lahat ng players na walang ginawa kundi sumunod sa game plan namin,” a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Arches scored from a split from the stripe and then an inside basket to put his team back on top, 77-74. CSB-LSGH had 66 ticks to go to make something happen, but was unable to find the hole the rest of the way. Up until the last moment, however, the game wasn’t over as the Junior Blazers had the ball with 0.5 on the clock. The inbound went to Joshua David at the top of the key and he had an open look that had the ball finding the bottom of the net. Only, he wasn’t able to release the ball before time expired – therefore, preserving the three-point win for the Red Robins. With that, Mapua claimed its second championship in the last three years and 22nd overall – tying it with San Beda High School as the winningest program in the Juniors. At the same time, they have gotten back at the same Junior Blazers who dethroned them a season ago. Hernandez was the firestarter for it all with a career-best 33 points on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two steals. Arches then brought the finishing kick with 22 markers, including all six of his team’s points in the final frame, to go along with five boards. “Thank you nagkaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng mga players. Sila talaga ‘to e,” coach Randy said. For CSB-LSGH, Inand Fornilos topped the scoring column with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Cagulangan, though, was silent for his standards with just 10 markers, six boards, and four assists after incurring an apparent right ankle injury early in the game. BOX SCORES MAPUA 77 – Hernandez 33, Arches 22, Sarias 5, Smith 5. Quimado 4, Policarpio 4, Mariano 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0. CSB-LSGH 74 – Fornilos 18, David 13, Cagulangan 10, Palencia 8, Natividad 7, Calimag 6, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Mosqueda 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 42-34, 71-56, 77-74. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 15th, 2018

LSGH, Mapua play for all the marbles in NCAA juniors finals

La Salle-Greenhills shoots for a second-straight title while Mapua seeks to join San Beda as the league’s most titled high team as the two go at it one final time in the 94th NCAA juniors basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

NCAA: San Beda rips Benilde, clinches playoff for Final 4 bonus

San Beda took another step closer to a title repeat after making quick work of College of St. Benilde, 77-55, in the NCAA Season 94 men's basketball tournament Thursday at Filoil Flying V Cent.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsOct 5th, 2018

LSGH, Mapua remain 1-2 now in stretch run of NCAA 94

STANDINGS LSGH 12-2 MAPUA 11-3 SAN BEDA 9-4 JRU 8-6 LPU 6-7 ARELLANO 5-7 SAN SEBASTIAN 5-8 PERPETUAL 5-9 LETRAN 3-10 EAC 3-11 The top two spots in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament remain in the hands of the favorites to go to the Finals. Defending champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills and runner-up Mapua High School both protected their inside tracks to a twice-to-beat advantage by pounding on their respective foes on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Junior Blazers officially clinched a playoff berth after making quick work of Emilio Aguinaldo College, 77-61. Inand Fornilos led a total of five players in double-digits for the defending champions with 14 points on top of four rebounds, one assist, one steal, and one block. Joshua David and Joel Cagulangan also did their part with the former finishing with 12 points, eight rebounds, and three assists and the latter ending with 10 markers, 10 boards, seven dimes, and two steals. Now at 12-2, CSB-LSGH has assured itself of a spot in the next round. Meanwhile, the Red Robins moved one step closer to their own playoff berth after routing University of Perpetual Help, 96-73. The return of Clint Escamis only energized Mapua as their main man had 16 points, three rebounds, and three assists in just 20 minutes of action. Karl Mariano also scored 16 points of his own as they improved to 11-3. Dan Arches and Roseler Sarias each chipped in 14 points as well while Jonnel Policarpio had 10 markers and seven rebounds all while leading their domination of their opponents in inside points, 50-30. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 5-9 and the Brigadiers to 3-11. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME MAPUA 96 – Escamis 16, Mariano 16, Sarias 14, Arches 14, Policarpio 10, Hernandez 7, Smith 5, Diaz 4, Tagal 4, Quimado 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 2, Chavez 0, Fransman 0, Samonteza 0 PERPETUAL 73 – Galman 17, Kawamura 16, Ogunsanya 10, Orgo 9, Galoy 7, Nunez 5, Lauchengco 4, Barcuma 2, Dela Cruz 2, Romilla 1, Defante 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-16, 43-34, 72-49, 96-73 SECOND GAME CSB-LSGH 77 – Fornilos 14, Lopez 13, David 12, Calimag 11, Cagulangan 10, Morales 6, Mosqueda 5, Valenzuela 4, Palencia 2, Lao 0, Sangco 0, Cortez 0, Arciaga 0, Lepalam 0, Natividad 0 EAC 61 – Balowa 26, Ilustrisimo 15, Quebral 8, Sanosa 4, Boado 2, Pascual 2, Lozano 2, Sumagaysay 2, Rivera 0, Calara 0, Mejia 0, Encila 0, Murillo 0 QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 36-22, 56-42, 77-61 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

UAAP: Defending champ Ateneo doesn t care about all your expectations

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 13-1 after eliminations, 1-1 in Final Four, 2-1 in Finals, champion YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Anton Asistio, Isaac Go, Gian Mamuyac, Matt Nieto, Mike Nieto, Thirdy Ravena WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: SJ Belangel, Matthew Daves, Angelo Kouame, William Navarro, Adrian Wong (returning) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Chibueze Ikeh, Vince Tolentino WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM ATENEO? As it should be, defending champion Ateneo de Manila University is the favorite to repeat. “We recognize the quality of the opposition. Anytime you have a successful season, you not only have to fight your own complacency, but you also have to fight the elevated determination that kind of season creates on your opponents.” – head coach Tab Baldwin While the Blue Eagles’ championship team lost big man Chibueze Ikeh and glue guy Vince Tolentino, they are installing in their places 6-foot-10 Ivorian tower Angelo Kouame, Filipino-Canadian high-flyer Matthew Daves, and former San Beda University sweet-shooter William Navarro And oh, they now also have SJ Belangel of UAAP Juniors champion Ateneo high as well as returning swingman Adrian Wong. Safe to say, the defending champions only got better – and that much was evident in their strong showing in the 2018 William Jones Cup. “We try to make sure that we see each animal distinctly. The summer leagues, each of them was different, but there’s no doubt as to what we really exist for and that’s the UAAP. All of these things are in preparation for the UAAP.” – head coach Tab Baldwin Still, Ateneo is tuning out all the noise from all over and instead, as always, have decided to focus on themselves. “Expectations are irrelevant to us. We have our own expectations and we believe in ourselves. I don’t feel like I have anything to prove, but that doesn’t mean I would accept losing.” – head coach Tab Baldwin WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM ATENEO? Thirdy Ravena has been runner-up to MVP Ben Mbala for two seasons running. Now that Mbala is in Korea, it’s not that farfetched to see Ravena finally hoisting the trophy for top individual player. Matt Nieto and Isaac Go are also still here and even better than ever – especially after gaining valuable experience as Gilas cadets. All eyes are on Kouame who wowed in the Jones Cup as well as the Filoil Preseason. He is as raw as they come right now, but likewise has the potential to be the best foreign student-athlete the school has ever had. “Angelo has very little background in basketball and there are some complexities to our system, but he’s an intelligent kid. He’s very hungry and incredibly willing to do what’s asked of him. We believe in him and his future – both short-term and long-term. I think he has a big upside.” – head coach Tab Baldwin When it all comes down to it, however, Ateneo is still Ateneo and they don’t really have players to watch – just a team to watch. That means that what we can only expect is that there will be different top scorers, different top rebounders, and different top assist-men in each and every game. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR ATENEO? Ateneo is the defending champion and the heavy favorite, but remains grounded on team play, selflessness, and brotherhood. That same balanced offense and disciplined defense is still here – and perhaps, even better than ever. “We just try to continue to grow. There’s so much to learn for these young players in the game of basketball and there’s so much development for them to achieve. We don’t get bored because tomorrow is another day to grow and improve.” – head coach Tab Baldwin And so the Blue Eagles are the team-to-beat for opponents, but also remain the team-to-love for fans. WHERE WOULD ATENEO BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo will be in the Finals once more – living up to its billing as favorite to repeat. A season sweep also isn’t out of the question, but even the Blue Eagles know that doing such thing is more difficult than winning the title or going back-to-back. WHEN IS ATENEO’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 81? Ateneo’s first test in the tournament will be courtesy of another championship contender in Adamson University on September 9. Of course, It All Begins Here on S+A, S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 7th, 2018

NCAA Juniors: Cagulangan leads Greenies to start title defense on right track

STANDINGS PERPETUAL 2-0 JRU 1-0 LSGH 1-0 SAN SEBASTIAN 1-1 LPU 1-1 ARELLANO 0-0 LETRAN 0-1 EAC 0-1 SAN BEDA 0-1 MAPUA 0-1   Defending champions CSB-La Salle Greenhills Greenies started their title defense on the right track as they defeated the San Sebastian Staglets, 93-80, Friday morning at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Floor general Joel Cagulangan paced the Greenies with  20 points on 58-percent shooting, including two three-pointers. He also dished out nine assists and stole the ball four times. Milo Janao meanwhile led the Staglets in scoring with 16 points for 0-1 San Sebastian.  After a close game in the first half, the Greenies pulled away in the third period after the NCAA Season 93 Juniors' Finals MVP and De La Salle recruit Cagulangan tallied 11 points in the third as his team l led, 71-56. They never looked back and led the rest of the way for their first win of the season. Meanwhile, the Lyceum Junior Pirates earned their first win in two tries as they stymied the EAC Brigadiers, 74-63.  The now 1-1 Jr. Pirates were paced by John Barba's 22 points and 11 rebounds. Marj de Leon meanwhile added 10. The Brigadiers, who lost their season opener, were led by CJ Boado's 16 points, while Adrian Balowa added 10.  It was all LPU most of the way as they led by as much by 18 points. The Perpetual Jr. Altas momentarily rose to the top of the standings as they scored  a wire-to-wire 73-57 victory against the Letran Squires. Perpetual, who improved to 2-0, led by as much as 18 points, and had three players in double-figures in scoring. Yukihiro Kawamura led the way with 18 points coming off the bench, while Mark Gallano and Ezdel Galoy added 14 and 12 markers, respectively. Ralph Yanes meanwhile paced the Squires with 11 points. Action resumes on Tuesday, July 17. BOX SCORES:  1st Game: CSB-LSGH (93) -- Cagulangan 20, Cortez 14, Sangco 13, Calimag 12, Fornilos 11, David 6, Mosqueda 4, Natividad 4, Palencia 4, Lopez 3, Valenzuela 2, Arciaga 0, Lao 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0. SSC-R (80) -- Janao 16, Are 10, Dela Cruz 10, Baclaan 7, Balo 7, Loristo 6, Austria 6, Pinero 6, Bonalos 4, Timbancaya 4, Cortes 2, Suico 2, Perez 0, Solatorio 0. Quarter Scores: 25-24, 49-43, 71-56, 93-80. 2nd Game: LPU (74) --  Barba 22, De Leon 11, Guadana 9, Jugar 8, Ragasa 7, Gudmalin 5, Omandac 4, Tulabut 4, De Guia 2, Pagdanganan, 2, Caringal 0, Nocal 0, Santos 0. EAC (63) -- Boado 16, Balowa 10, Ilustrisimo 9, Murillo 6, Sumagaysay 6, Lozano 4, Sanosa 4, Encila 3, Papa 2, Rodrin 2, Quebral 1, Calara 0, Pascual 0, Rivera 0. Quarter Scores: 19-14, 41-27, 59-46, 74-63. 3rd Game: PERPETUAL (73)– Kawamura 18, Gallano 14, Galoy 12, Coloma 8, Lauchengco 5, Duka 4, Barcuma 3, Orgo 3, Dela Cruz 2, Nunez 2, Romilla 2, Agbayani 0, Defante 0, Galman 0. LETRAN (57) – Yanes 11, Romenez 9, Argente 7, Santiago 7, Umali 7, Saure 6, Tabajen 6, Tolentino 3, Tibayan 1, Cauguran 0, Culanay 0, Guarino 0, Lontok 0, Miranda 0, Omega 0. Quarter Scores: 21-11, 40-25, 58-40, 73-57.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

NCAA Jrs: Perps downs San Beda for first time in recent memory

STANDINGS Perpetual 1-0 San Sebastian 1-0 Arellano 0-0 EAC 0-0 JRU 0-0 Letran 0-0 LPU 0-1 LSGH 0-0 Mapua 0-0 San Beda 0-1 University of Perpetual Help accomplished what its seniors counterparts failed to do as it shocked San Beda High School, 72-69, on Sunday at the start of the 94th NCAA Juniors Basketball Tournament at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Mark Gallano and Edzel Galoy led the Junior Altas with 16 points apiece and it was the two who made the game-winning plays with the former assisting to the latter in scoring the baskets that broke a 69-all deadlock. Yukihiro Kawamura then split his free throws right after the Red Cubs bungled their last play to seal the deal. “The boys showed heart,” said Perpetual coach Michael Saguiguit in Filipino. It was the Junior Altas' first victory against San Beda in recent memory. Ato Badolato, who coached the Red Cubs for decades but has retired and has turned as athletic director, said he can’t remember the last time San Beda lost to Perpetual. “I can’t remember anymore, maybe in the early 90s,” he said. The Junior Altas also avenged the Altas’ heartbreaking 65-67 defeat to the Red Lions in the league inaugurals last Saturday. In the other game, San Sebastian College-Recoletos edged out Lyceum of the Philippines University, 69-68, to join Perpetual at the helm. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 72- Gallano 16, Galoy 16, Kawamura 15, Orgo 11, Barcuma 6, Duka 3, Nunez 3, Coloma 2, Defante 0, dela Cruz 0, Lauchengco 0, Romilla 0 SAN BEDA 69- Estacio 20, Alcantara 12, Pelipel 9, Coyoca 7, Sanchez 7, Ynot 5, Talampas 5, Valencia 4, Compolente 0, Llarena 0, Oliva 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-18; 34-33; 59-48; 72-69 SECOND GAME SAN SEBASTIAN 69- Janao 22, Balo 12, Baclaan 10, Perez 8, dela Cruz 8, Are 4, Timbancaya 3, Solatorio 2, Bonalos 0, Cortes 0, Suico 0, Austria 0 LPU 68- Barba 27, de Leon 14, Jugar 11, Gudmalin 7, Tulabut 4, de Guia 3, Omandac 2, Caringal 0, Dejelo 0, Nocal 0, Pagdanganan 0, Santos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-17; 34-42; 53-57; 69-68.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2018

Batang Gilas hero RC Calimag moves to Greenhills from Zobel

College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills is not resting on its laurels as it nears the beginning of its title defense in the NCAA 94 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Already with Mythical selections Joel Cagulangan and Inand Fornilos leading the way, the Junior Blazers are now also welcoming Batang Gilas player RC Calimag into the fold. With the move, Calimag will be transferring La Salle campuses – already having played two seasons for De La Salle Zobel. A year ago, the 17-year-old normed 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, and one assist, but the Junior Archers missed out on the Final Four. Now, Calimag will be teaming up with Cagulangan, Fornilos, and Joshua David as CSB-LSGH tries to go back-to-back. The 6-foot-2 swingman will be placed in the spot left behind by now-University of Sto. Tomas player Makoy Marcos. He will be bringing along with him the valuable experience he earned from representing the Philippines in the FIBA Asia Under-16 Tournament. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 18th, 2018

UAAP: La Salle now has its point guard of the future in Joel Cagulangan

Still with one year left to play for La Salle Greenhills, Joel Cagulangan has already committed to his college of choice. The NCAA champion and top point guard prospect will continue to wear green and white when he suits up for De La Salle University following his high school graduation next year. “Opo, sa La Salle po ako maglalaro; yung dream school ko po,” he told ABS-CBN Sports. The development was first reported by Go Archers.com. Cagulangan had for himself a breakout season in last year’s NCAA Juniors when he willed the Greenies to their first-ever championship. To do so, he and his team had to fight through a playoff for the fourth and final playoff berth, top-seeded and dynastic San Beda High School, and then defending champion Mapua High School. Through all of that, the 5-foot-9 playmaker left his heart out on the floor each and every game and his teammates only followed suit all the way to the title. Along with being a champion and Finals MVP, Cagulangan was also a Mythical selection, averaging 16.2 points in 42.7 percent shooting on top of 6.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists, and 2.3 steals. He will be back in the NCAA Juniors for the upcoming season as he and LSGH try to go back-to-back. Whatever happens from there, the recruit from Butuan will then move up to play for the Green Archers, steadying a spot that will be left behind by then by Kib Montalbo and Andrei Caracut. “Ang madadala ko po siguro dun, yung puso ko pa rin po,” he said. When he finally plays for La Salle, he will be teaming up with Aljun Melecio and incoming Jordan Bartlett to form a still fiery backcourt. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2018

2018 WORLD CUP: Talent but doubts for Belgium

By Raf Casert, Associated Press BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium has all the ingredients for success at the World Cup. Romelu Lukaku leads the attack, supported by the creative genius of Eden Hazard and with Kevin De Bruyne pulling the strings in midfield. Thibaut Courtois is in goal. But for all the exceptional talent, Belgium keeps underwhelming at major tournaments, only reaching the quarterfinals at the 2014 World Cup and 2016 European Championship. There are doubts throughout the team. Center back Vincent Kompany spends much of his time in the treatment room at Manchester City. Too many Belgian players have morphed into glorified benchwarmers these days after falling out of favor, including Toby Alderweireld at Tottenham, Thomas Meunier at Paris Saint-Germain and Thomas Vermaelen at Barcelona. Axel Witsel and Yannick Ferreira Carrasco do have a lock on their starting position for their clubs, but in the modest Chinese league. It all makes the road to World Cup success seem far from clear for FIFA's third-ranked team. Here's a closer look at the Belgium team: COACH It took a loss to Wales at the 2016 European Championship for Belgium to oust underachieving coach Marc Wilmots and turn to Roberto Martinez, a Spanish coach with Premier League experience. Martinez led Belgium to the top of its qualifying group with an unbeaten record. But it's unclear how a coach who spent most of his time with teams like Wigan, Swansea and Everton will endure at a World Cup. At least he has already won a trophy, taking unheralded Wigan to the FA Cup title by beating Manchester City in 2013. GOALKEEPERS Having Courtois in goal has made Belgium the envy of world football. Then came the night in March at Barcelona when Lionel Messi beat Courtois twice with shots through the legs to open up the Chelsea goalkeeper to international ridicule for the first time. Courtois will need to banish any self-doubt in Russia. When it comes to doubt, there is plenty of uncertainty about backup Simon Mignolet, who has been banished to the bench at Liverpool. DEFENDERS Previously known for its dour defensive prowess, Belgium added flair with Kompany, Alderweireld, Meunier and Jan Vertonghen. Going into the World Cup, though, only Vertonghen inspires confidence and gets all the playing time he wants at Tottenham. Every time the 32-year-old Kompany takes the field for Belgium, onlookers fear he could come down with another injury. MIDFIELDERS This department is where Belgium's genius resides, with De Bruyne and Hazard dazzling with sparkling moves and piercing passes. Even if their synergy on the field has not been perfect, Martinez has been getting close enough. Now the coach has to figure out what to do with Radja Nainggolan, whose skillful doggedness helped take Roma past Barcelona in the Champions League. Martinez, though, has fallen out with Nainggolan and criticized his sometimes raucous off-field behavior. It means Nainggolan is still not an automatic pick to make it to Russia. FORWARDS The 24-year-old Lukaku is already Belgium's all-time top scorer with 33 goals. All hope is invested in Lukaku staying fit and in form for the World Cup after an impressive first season leading the Manchester United attack, with De Bruyne and Hazard in support. Martinez can also turn to Dries Mertens, the deft, diminutive winger-striker who has been instrumental in Napoli's pursuit of the Serie A title. Michy Batshuayi was just hitting form with Dortmund when he injured his ankle in early April and is racing to be fit for Russia. GROUP GAMES After opening in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on June 18 against Panama, the second Group G game is close to its Moscow base against Tunisia on June 23. The group concludes on June 28 against England in Kaliningrad......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 1st, 2018

Atletico holds Real Madrid 1-1 in fight for 2nd place

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Cristiano Ronaldo scored for the 650th time in his career on Sunday but Antoine Griezmann responded with a goal of his own to leave Atletico Madrid and Real Madrid even in a city derby that allowed Barcelona to move closer to the Spanish league title. Atletico held Madrid 1-1 at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to keep a four-point lead over its city rival in the fight for second place. Valencia later defeated Espanyol 1-0 to move past Madrid for third place, and within three points of Atletico. The draw at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium benefited league leader Barcelona, which defeated Leganes 3-1 on Saturday with a hat trick by Lionel Messi to stay 11 points in front of Atletico at the top with seven matches left. Atletico won La Liga in 2013-14 but has finished third behind either Barcelona or Madrid in all other years since 2012-13, which was the team's first full season under coach Diego Simeone. "I'm not happy because we wanted to win, we wanted the three points to try to stay close to Barcelona," Simeone said. "We needed more. Our goal is always to try to do the best we can against the powerhouses of Real Madrid and Barcelona. As an Atletico fan I would have been proud of how we have been competing against them." Madrid hasn't finished worse than second since 2014, when it trailed Atletico and Barcelona. Before then, the last time it failed to finish in the top two was in 2003-04, when it was fourth behind Valencia, Barcelona and Deportivo La Coruna. Ronaldo opened the scoring with his 650th career goal — for clubs and country — early in the second half with a shot from near the far post after a long cross by Gareth Bale from the left flank. Griezmann equalized less than five minutes later with a strike from near the penalty spot after a move started by Vitolo inside the area. "We deserved more, it's a shame," Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane said. "But in the end we also could have lost the match. This is how it goes in football." Of Ronaldo's 650 goals, 446 came with Madrid, 118 with Manchester United, 81 with Portugal and five with Sporting Lisbon. Ronaldo has scored 20 goals in his last 10 matches in all competitions, including his acclaimed bicycle kick in the 3-0 first-leg win at Juventus in the Champions League quarterfinals midweek. Zidane rested some of his regular starters ahead of the return leg against Juventus on Wednesday at Bernabeu, including midfielders Luka Modric and Casemiro. Striker Karim Benzema also started from the bench, replacing Ronaldo in the 64th. Atletico hasn't lost at Bernabeu in five seasons now in the Spanish league. Madrid, which had won six in a row, had the most dangerous scoring chances throughout. But the hosts brought out a great performance by Atletico goalkeeper Jan Oblak, who made one of his best saves on a last-minute free kick taken by Sergio Ramos. "Oblak is a great player, he has been showing it game after game," Zidane said. ___ VALENCIA MOVES UP Rodrigo scored with a close-range header in the seventh minute against Espanyol and Valencia held on for its fifth straight victory. It was the sixth goal in the last five matches for Rodrigo, the Brazilian-born striker who is among Spain's attacking options for the World Cup in Russia. Espanyol, winless in three matches, stayed 14th. ___ HUGE WIN FOR LEVANTE Levante took a big step toward avoiding demotion by defeating Las Palmas 2-1 with an injury-time winner by Jose Campana, opening an eight-point gap to the relegation zone with seven matches left. Las Palmas is in second-to-last place and two points behind Deportivo La Coruna, which on Friday earned its first win in nine matches under coach Clarence Seedorf by defeating last-place Malaga 3-2 at home. Levante opened the scoring at Ciutat de Valencia Stadium with a goal by Jorge "Koke" Andujar in the 35th, but David Garcia equalized in the 50th before Campana calmly found the far corner for the winner in a late breakaway for the hosts. Levante's winner came while the team played with 10 men as Koke was sent off for a hard foul in the 86th. Levante also had Ruben Rochina ejected in the fourth minute of injury time. ___ SOCIEDAD THRASHES GIRONA Mikel Oyarzabal scored twice as Real Sociedad routed Girona 5-0 at home for its first win in four matches. The result moved Sociedad to 12th place. Girona, winless in three matches, is eighth......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 9th, 2018

Arellano U completes NCAA Cheerleading repeat crown

Defending champion Arellano University executed its patented thrilling stunts and had a near-flawless routine to wow the judges as the Chiefs Squad completed a back-to-back in the 93rd NCAA Cheerleading Competition Friday at the close of another successful year for the oldest collegiate league in the country at the Big Dome.    The Chiefs Squad earned a total of 234 points to lord over the nine-team competition in the Legarda-based squad’s third championship in four years after its breakthrough crown in 2014. Arellano U bested nine-time champion University of Perpetual Help Perps Squad, which received a total of 226 points to finish behind the Chiefs Squad. AU coach Lucky San Juan said that they’ve completed and practiced their since last year as a testament of their serious bid to keep the title in their Legarda campus. “Actually, last year pa namin natapos ‘tong routine namin eh,” said San Juan, who wards bagged the top purse of P100,000. “Actually, mas mahirap ang back-to-back for me kasi kami magde-defend kami ng title, ‘yun ang pressure namin.” The Perps Squad received a P75,000 cash prize. San Beda University made its presence felt as it landed a podium spot for the first time since the competition started in 2004. The SBU Red Corps had 193.5 points to pocket the bronze medal and P50,000. Mapua University finished fourth with 193, followed by Jose Rizal University, which took the 2008 title, (190), Emilio Aguinaldo College (175.5), Letran (170.5), College of St. Benilde (166) and Lyceum of the Philippines University (152). During their performance, graduating CSB cheerleader Jasmin Yu sustained a left knee injury after a bad fall. She managed to finish the routine before being carried out of the mat and was rushed to Makati Medical Center for medical checkup.   San Sebastian College skipped the tournament for the fourth straight season but stepped on the mat for a special performance after the competition.      Meanwhile, San Beda pocketed the general championship trophy in both the senior and juniors division during the closing ceremony while Perpetual formally accepted the hosting duties for Season 94 from SSC-R.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles              .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 16th, 2018

Arellano U moves closer to back-to-back titles

Defending champion Arellano University went through the wringer before eking out a thrilling 25-15, 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 15-6, win over upset-conscious San Beda University in Game 1 of the best-of-three 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Finals series Friday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Chiefs woke up just in time after squandering a two-set lead, blasting a 9-0 run to break a 6-6 deadlock in the fifth set capped by a heady drop by Sarah Verutiao towards an unmarked spot in the Lady Spikers’ front row for the win. Regine Arocha finished with 14 points with 10 coming off kills including the hit that pushed the Lady Chiefs at match point. Jovielyn Prado had an all-around game with 13 markers and a good defensive effort of 13 digs and eight excellent receptions for Arellano U, which closed in on claiming its third title in the last four years. Andrea Marzan had 11 points while Rookie of the Year Necole Ebuen and skipper Mary Anne Esguerra chipped in with 10 markers each for the Lady Chiefs.      Game 2 is on Monday. After struggling to get its rhythm going in the first two sets, San Beda breathed new life in their rematch against the same squad that swept them in the elims in the third. The Lady Red Spikers controlled the frame to extend the match. San Beda forced a decider after Season 92 Rookie of the Year Cesca Racraquin sparked the Lady Spikers’ 3-point blitz to break a 21-21 tie in the fourth frame off a service ace. Nieza Viray committed an error on the next play before San Beda put the match into a sudden death. Racraquin got 21 points on 16 attacks, four aces and a kill block while adding 23 excellent receptions and 21 digs for the Mendiola-based squad, who are on its first finals appearance.  Viray and Trisha Paras registered 14 and 11 markers, respectively, for the Lady Red Spikers.    --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2018

San Sebastian College wraps 4th straight win in 61 minutes

Games Monday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 8:00 a.m. –- Letran vs EAC (jrs) 9:30 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (m) 11:00 a.m. –- Letran vs. EAC (w) 12:30 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (w) 2:00 p.m. –- CSB vs. AU (m) 3:30 p.m. –- CSB-LSGH vs. AU (jrs)   San Sebastian College needed only 61 minutes to claim its fourth straight win at the expense of the hapless Lyceum of the Philippines University, 25-23, 25-6, 25-14, Sunday to move up to solo third spot in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition. Nika Dalisay had a game-high 16 points for the Lady Stags’ walk in the park win at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. SSC-R improved to a 5-2 win-loss slate behind unbeaten Final Four-bound defending champion Arellano University (7-0) and San Beda College (6-1).       The victory also pushed the Lady Stags closer to one of the last three remaining Final Four berths. Dalisay smacked 12 spikes and scored four from the service line while Dangie Encarnacion and skipper Joyce Sta. Rita finished with 10 markers each for the Recto-based squad, which will close their elims campaign with games against the Lady Red Spikers on Tuesday and a Finals rematch with the Lady Chiefs on Thursday. Julie Tiangco added nine markers with eight coming off service aces for the Lady Stags, who had 18 service winners while pounding the Lady Pirates with 33 attack points. LPU gave SSC-R a scare in the opening set, saving five set points to cut their 18-24 deficit to just a single point before Encarnacion foiled the Lady Pirates comeback with a closing hit. But it proved to be the Intramuros-based squad’s last hurrah in the match as LPU absorbed their fourth straight defeat for a 1-6 mark. Bien Juanillo had eight points while Christine Miralles finished with six for LPU. Meanwhile, the Pirates outlasted the Stags in a come-from-behind 24-26, 20-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-13, win to tie their victim at 2-5 slate in men’s division.  In juniors play, the Junior Pirates scored their second in six outings with a 25-15, 20-25, 25-14, 25-20, win over the winless Staglets.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

DLSZ downs FEU-Diliman to force juniors football Finals rematch

Matches Saturday: (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 9 a.m. – UP vs Ateneo (Women) 2 p.m. – FEU vs UST (Women) 4:30 p.m. – FEU vs DLSZ (Jrs Final) DE LA SALLE-ZOBEL fashioned a 2-0 win over defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman in front of Brazilian football legend Zico, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium to ensure a Finals rematch in the UAAP Season 80 juniors football tournament. Playing with sense of urgency to gain the needed full points to progress in the title match, the Junior Archers were aggressive all throughout to pin the Baby Tamaraws their first loss of the season.        De La Salle-Zobel emerged triumphant with Zico watching in the stands in the second half.         As part of his two-day Manila visit, Zico was able to chat with the players and coaches after the game.        FEU-Diliman has already wrapped up the No. 1 ranking as early as last week, as it finished the double-round eliminations on top of the table with 19 points.        The Junior Archers wound up second with 16 points.        National University wrapped up its elimination round stint last week with 16 points also, but was edged out by De La Salle-Zobel via goals.       The Bullpups will settle for third place, a major feat for a tournament debutant.       The championship match is set at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday at the same Malate venue, with the Baby Tamaraws gunning for a record eighth title, while the Junior Archers are seeking to avenge their 0-1 Finals setback last year.       In a no-bearing match, University of Santo Tomas and Ateneo battled to a scoreless draw to share points......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2018

Jags ‘threw a tantrum’ when Marrone started making changes

By Mark Long, Associated Press JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville’s locker room was abuzz late last season. Four guys played table tennis while others crowded around a small table for dominoes. Two 80-inch televisions were tuned to a sports highlight show, and music blared from one corner of the room. Doug Marrone, the team’s offensive line coach at the time, walked through and shook his head. “Can you believe this?” Marrone whispered. The Jaguars were in the middle of a nine-game losing streak that would ultimately cost coach Gus Bradley his job. Marrone had watched from afar for two years, witnessing an atmosphere he felt was too loose, too laid-back and too lenient amid losing. So when Marrone was hired to replace Bradley last January, high on his to-do list was to change the culture in Jacksonville. His success is one reason the Jaguars (12-6) are in the AFC championship game against New England (14-3). The ping pong table was the first to go. Dominoes followed. The locker room stalls were overhauled, too, with Marrone mixing and matching position groups and putting certain players next to veteran leaders and/or NFL role models. “We definitely threw a tantrum,” Pro Bowl defensive tackle Malik Jackson said. “Went in there and talked to him about it. Definitely wasn’t happy. I learned just to be quiet, you know, and go with the flow. He’s been at it longer than I have, and I’m just the football player. He says do this and I go do it. Just learn to follow him, and I’m glad I did.” Marrone saved the most significant changes for the practice fields. Marrone, top executive Tom Coughlin and general manager Dave Caldwell wanted a much tougher and more physical team. They drafted bruising running back Leonard Fournette and fiery left tackle Cam Robinson to complement a defense that was significantly beefed up in free agency with the addition of All-Pro pass-rusher Calais Campbell, Pro Bowl cornerback A.J. Bouye and veteran safety Barry Church. They also designed an offseason program that was more grueling than most players had experienced. Marrone’s message was clear: Go hard or go home. “You remember guys in camp talking about this took a few years off their lives,” Jackson said. “It’s pretty funny just to see us now. I guess he does know what he’s doing.” The Jaguars were in full pads nearly every day during training camp, a tortuous stretch in draining heat and humidity that left rookies and veterans questioning the process and wondering if it would pay off. It was the NFL’s version of boot camp. Break them down, then build them up. It ultimately brought players closer, making them accountable to each other and causing them to care more for each other. Winning was the final piece, and thumping Houston 29-7 in the season opener was all the proof players needed. “It was the toughest training camp I’ve ever been a part of,” said linebacker Paul Posluszny, in his 11th season. “Coach Marrone would talk to us and say, ‘Listen, I have a plan and you have to trust me.’ With that, guys were able to say, ‘OK, we haven’t gotten what we wanted in years past doing things a certain way, so we have to buy in, trust the head man and know that that’ll bring us success when it’s time.’ “It was difficult just because of so many changes from what we were used to. I think the most important thing is we always said, ‘Well, if it helps us win, then it’s all good.’” Jacksonville had lost 63 of 80 games over the previous five seasons — the worst record in the NFL during that span — and had been through two coaching changes. Coughlin’s return was a key part of the team’s revival, and although the two-time Super Bowl-winning coach with the New York Giants gets much of the outside credit for the team’s turnaround, the reality is Marrone was the one pushing all the right buttons. Marrone has been other places where players resisted, prompting personnel moves that would slow progress. That wasn’t the case in Jacksonville, and he credited his players for being open to change. “They gave our staff the opportunity to say, ‘This is what we want to do. This is what we believe in as coaches or as an organization. This is how we want to handle ourselves,’” Marrone said. “We are still working toward that. It is not perfect by any means.” It’s clearly working, though. The Jaguars are in the title game for the third time in franchise history, one victory away from their first Super Bowl appearance. “They say (stuff) rolls downhill,” Jackson said. “Well, the good stuff rolls downhill, too. ... It’s all worth it when you win.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

FEU downs NU, DLSZ dismantles Ateneo in juniors football action

Defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman needed only two first-half goals to repulse National University, 2-0, and move closer in securing a Finals berth in the UAAP Season 80 juniors football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium, Sunday.       Gio Pabualan scored in the 16th and 37th minute to power the Baby Tamaraws to a league-best 16 points.       With nine goals, Pabualan became the league's leading goalscorer, surpassing his teammate Kieth Absalon, who is now in second with eight.       A draw in its last two matches will be enough for FEU-Diliman to make it to the championship game set on Feb. 3.       De La Salle-Zobel boosted its hopes for the other Finals berth with a masterful 9-1 dismantling of Ateneo.       The Junior Archers are now level with the Bullpups in second spot with 13 points, but the Muntinlupa-based booters are way ahead in goal difference.         Joshua San Diego produced a hat-trick while Shanden Vergara, John Rhey Lagura and Sherwin Basindanan had braces for De La Salle-Zobel.         Justin Luis Uy delivered the lone goal for the Blue Eaglets, who are still at the bottom of the table without a point.        Action resumes on Sunday at the same Malate pitch, with NU taking on University of Santo Tomas at 8 a.m., followed by the 3 p.m. match between FEU-Diliman and Ateneo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 14th, 2018