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SEA Games boxing matters little, but Philippines doesn't mind the medals

SEA Games boxing matters little, but Philippines doesn't mind the medals.....»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 17th, 2017

Marcial, Marvin cop gold medals in SEAG boxing

MANILA, Philippines — Two Filipino boxers on Thursday contributed to the gold medal haul of the Philippines in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 24th, 2017

Boxers eye 6 SEAG medals

MANILA, Philippines - From 11 in 2015 in Singapore, the gold medals that will be disputed in boxing in next month’s Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur are.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 15th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 5: No one-and-done for forward-looking LPU

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 2 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 3 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. Read Part 4 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Lyceum of the Philippines University is so close to the greatest season in the 93-year history of the NCAA that they can taste it. After going undefeated through 18 games in the elimination round, the Pirates need just two more wins to complete the greatest-ever perfect season. Yes, a 20-0 record will put them in a league of their own. The last team to have accomplished a perfect season was San Beda College in 2010, but only had an 18-0 record as there were just nine teams in the league then. While that would be the fitting end to what has been a magical season, the Intramuros-based squad doesn’t want an ending just yet. IT’S THE CLIMB For them, a championship – or a runner-up finish – is just another step they are taking in their journey. As head coach Topex Robinson put it, “Building a culture is not a one-time thing; it’s gonna take a while. I always remind myself na not just because we’re in the Finals, we forget ano ba yung vision namin.” He then continued, “There has to be a constant reminder to myself that setting a culture is a combination of all the seasons that’s about to come.” Robinson has not gotten tired of reminding his boys that all of this, from the underwhelming first two seasons to this magical season, is just a part of their overarching desire to inspire others. And so, for LPU, the championship round up against the defending champion Red Lions is only yet another chance to showcase skills and have a positive effect on all who are watching them. “I always tell them that this is just the tip of the iceberg. Sabi ko nga, the longer we play this season, the longer we could really spread the word,” the always amiable mentor said. He then continued, “At the same time, I always tell them that now they’re in this position, mas malaki yung responsibility. People know who they are so mas marami dapat silang matutulungan." MAKE A MARK Without a doubt, it’s nothing but amazing to watch, or read about, or hear about the Pirates who just joined the first and oldest collegiate league in the country in 2011 and are now knocking on the door of history. All of that, they have done by standing as David to the Goliaths of the land such as San Beda. “The masses could relate to us because we’re not a well-funded program. We don’t have the money like the other big programs have,” Robinson shared. He then continued, “What we have are people who are committed to winning. What we have are players na napulot ko sa tabi-tabi and are just happy to be given a second life.” CHIP ON THE SHOULDER CJ Perez, the MVP frontrunner, went from Pangasinan to San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then transferred to Ateneo de Manila University only to find his home inside the walls of Intramuros. MJ Ayaay, the glue guy, went from the end of the bench to a key reserve and now, team captain. Mike Nzeusseu, the inside presence, is a forgotten name among all foreign student-athletes. Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee found no place in Adamson University. Reymar Caduyac just may be the steadiest player in the league, but gets no props for it. Robinson himself failed to find success in his first coaching gig with alma mater San Sebastian. The list goes on and on and on for all of LPU. Always remembering how they had to claw for every inch just to get to where they are keeps each and every one of them going. “We always go back to saan ba tayo dati? Sila, tinapon sila ng teams nila and now, they have an opportunity to redeem themselves,” their mentor said. He then continued, “Once you touch that part of their lives, they really become more aligned to where I wanna go. That’s where I keep them grounded.” THE BLUEPRINT All season long, the Pirates have said they want nothing more than to inspire others. Now their story is coming to its climax, they hope they have already done just that. “I hope that we could also inspire programs that are not well-funded to really look deep inside their hearts to find a way. Instead of complaining, you can find a way to win,” Robinson said. And so, win or lose in their first-ever Finals, the crew from Intramuros is already on the right track. “Whatever happens in the Finals, our vision is not gonna stop there. We’re not a goal-oriented team; we’re vision-oriented. Goal is you hit a number, it’s done while vision is, it’s way beyond what’s happening now,” the head coach said. He then continued, “We can be contented now – nobody thought we were gonna be 18-0. But again, that’s not what we want. What we want is to be persons who make an impact, who become an inspiration.” THINK BIGGER And watch out, LPU is not just limiting itself to the NCAA, to the sport of basketball, and even to the Philippines. “You know, being part of something bigger than yourself is really important. We’re here to change the world, how good is that,” Robinson mused. He then continued, “We’re talking about the world – not just the LPU community, not just the NCAA, but whoever we could touch. That’s not a guarantee of winning a championship, but it’s always about giving, sharing, and inspiring.” Indeed, you and LPU made us believe, coach. Now, believe us when we say. Win or lose, these LPU Pirates made an impact. Win or lose, these LPU Pirates are here to stay. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

PSC support hinges on NSAs past performance

MANILA, Philippines — As the perennial source of medals in the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine track and field team is bound to receive the biggest sup.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 2: O captain, my captain, Topex Robinson

Read Part 1 of ABS-CBN Sports’ Best of 5 series on the LPU Pirates here. --- Long before Lyceum of the Philippines University was dominating the NCAA, it was already a force to reckon with in other collegiate leagues. The Pirates were the class of both the National Capital Region Athletic Association (NCRAA) and the Inter-Scholastic Athletic Association (ISAA). Also, they had four Sweet 16 finishes to their name in the Philippine Collegiate Champions League (PCCL). Perennial favorites in the collegiate leagues they competed in, they were, without a doubt, a battleship staking claim to a river. Clearly, the Intramuros-based squad needed a whole damn sea to set sail in. MAKE WAY And so, LPU entered the first and oldest collegiate league in the country as a guest team in 2011. However, they soon realized that they may have had good endings in their prior collegiate leagues, but the NCAA is a whole different story. The Pirates fell far from the .500 mark in their first four years in the NCAA and compiled an overall record of 25-47. “Na-experience ko lahat simula guest team pa lang ang Lyceum. Noon, yung pag-compete namin, kapos na kapos pa,” now graduating Wilson Baltazar recalled of that time. He then continued, “Naalala ko nung mga panahong yun, gustong-gusto naming manalo, pero laging kulang effort namin.” Their battleship was now in the sea, but was also now alongside other battleships – other battleships which were bigger, badder, better. Clearly, change had to come. PARTING WAYS Long before he was the leader of a crew that is now in the championship round, Topex Robinson was already leading a generational group in the Finals. In just his first year as head coach of San Sebastian College-Recoletos in 2011, Robinson made it all the way to the Finals, guiding the famed “Pinatubo Trio” of Calvin Abueva, Ronald Pascual, and Ian Sangalang into yet again challenging dynastic San Beda College. Unfortunately, his first championship wasn’t meant to be as he and his alma mater ultimately bowed down to the Red Lions. The former PBA player would not reach the same heights again in Recto. With a 5-13 record in 2014, both Baste and its alumnus had fallen off the map. Clearly, change had to come. SEE YOU AT THE CROSSROADS And so, LPU saw the resignation of 11-year head coach Bonnie Tan while San Sebastian witnessed Robinson’s second departure from the bench. Not long after, LPU and Robinson then found one another. “It was something I didn’t expect to happen so early because, basically, I had just resigned from San Sebastian. I guess I was just blessed to be given an opportunity,” the always amiable mentor now narrates. Just as the Pirates were more than willing to give the young coaching mind a fresh start, the young coaching mind was also more than willing to give the Pirates a fresh start. “It was just an opportunity for me to grow. I always loved coaching and that’s how I always envisioned myself,” he said. He then continued, “So whatever opportunity there is for me to take my calling, I’m always open to that.” THIS IS DIFFERENT Still, Robinson made it clear that it never crossed his mind that he would end up inside the walls of Intramuros – a place he did not really have any ties to. “I never thought of being LPU coach,” he expressed. In fact, he went on to say that in during those first few practices, he had a tough time getting their team name right. As he put it, “Actually, the first year, I still always said, ‘San Sebastian.’ Yung adjustment from San Sebastian then all of a sudden, I was in LPU, it took me a while bago mag-sink in.” Fortunately for the mentor, he had the all-out support of both the school of the students. “What I appreciate about LPU is the support of the students and the management. Yun yung isang bagay na I was really excited about – knowing na I had the full support of the community,” he said. Of course, that all-out support entailed being given the tallest of tasks. “Sa start pa lang, they told me to change the culture. I pretty much explained to them that it’s not an overnight thing, that it’s gonna take a while,” he said. ROUGH START Robinson’s entry didn’t necessarily turn the tides in LPU’s favor. He won four of 18 games in his debut season and then followed that up with a 6-12 record in his sophomore effort. However, he also wasted no time in effecting change in the habits of players. “Yung iniba ni coach Topex, yung disiplina sa team. Ngayon, willing kaming lahat gawin lahat para manalo,” Baltazar shared, noting the difference between the Pirates of old and the Pirates under Robinson. He then continued, “Sa training talaga, dun mo makikita yung pagkakaiba. Ngayon kasi, lahat nag-sacrifice sa training, lahat nagbibigay ng effort mula sa dulo ng bench hanggang first five.” Baltazar went on to say how their new head coach gave his all to make them understand that they are a team and not just a collection of individuals. “Lahat kami, walang entitled, pantay-pantay lang. Kung anong ginagawa ng isa, ginagawa ng lahat,” he said. And while that understanding didn’t translate onto the standings just yet, Robinson already proved that he was up to the tallest of tasks. That did not get lost on the LPU community which entrusted him with its fledgling program. “What I appreciate from them is LPU is really determined to change what was there and make this program one to be respected,” he then continued. Now, the LPU Pirates had their captain. Now, it was just all about assembling the right crew. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 6th, 2017

Athletics to receive biggest PSC support

MANILA, Philippines — As the perennial source of medals in the Southeast Asian Games, the Philippine track and field team is bound to receive the biggest sup.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 4th, 2017

Iya Villania on motherhood and keeping your child active

MANILA, Philippines – Iya Villania said that she and husband Drew Arellano don't mind son Primo doing commercials and modeling for as long as he doesn't get tired. At the launch of the Uniqlo baby and maternity line, Iya said she and Drew had no reason to refuse when they ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

Coach Topex: ‘We always try to remember kung saan kami nanggaling’

Lyceum of the Philippines University is in the Finals for the very first time since joining the NCAA in 2011. For head coach Topex Robinson, more than the milestone for their program, their first trip to championship round is just a chance to continue their ultimate goal of inspiring others. “They all know that this is an opportunity for them to really showcase their talent,” he told reporters. Throughout the tournament, the Pirates have preached that they are showcasing their skills to have a positive effect on all who are watching them. And from the beginning of Season 93 to Thursday, when the completed a sweep of the elimination round, they have indeed been doing just that. As their mentor put it, “After games, I would receive messages from coaches that (our boys) are a really fun team to watch. I always tell (our boys) that most of the coaches who text me wish that they had (our boys).” And so, whether or not it turns its first trip to the championship round to its first title, LPU has its sights set on continuing to inspire others. “When you get to meet people na sinasabing maganda ang ginagawa niyo, it gives us more meaning to what we’re doing,” Robinson said. Of course, that is far from the end of it as the Intramuros-based squad is also the heavy favorite to win the title – and even complete a season sweep. Still, Robinson said they are will be keeping their feet on the ground. “The way we’ll manage our egos and our prides will be key for us. We have to always be humble, we have to always know that we’re just here because somebody gave us an opportunity,” the always amiable mentor shared. In doing so, they will also just never fail in making the best out of each and every opportunity. “Even me, I’m here because of somebody gave me an opportunity. Kapag pinabayaan namin ‘to, someone else will get the ball so we want to keep protecting that opportunity,” Robinson said. He then continued, “We always try to remember kung saan kami nanggaling. We always try to remember anong nangyari before kami napunta sa Lyceum.” Indeed, Robinson himself is making the best out of his opportunity after his tenure in San Sebastian College-Recoletos unceremoniously ended. Same goes for CJ Perez whose time in San Sebastian and Ateneo de Manila University didn’t work out, for MJ Ayaay who was a benchwarmer in his first two season, for Mike Nzeusseu who was a forgotten force, and the Marcelino twins who were cast away from Adamson University. That mantra also goes not only on the court, but also off of it. “We’re trying to make sure that these guys are healthy. We’re trying to make sure they attend their classes because it’s very important not to fall in love with basketball,” the head coach said. He then continued, “The reality here is that this is bigger than basketball. ‘Pag hindi sila pumasok (sa klase), hindi sila maglalaro. It’s as simple as that.” Most important of all, Robinson believes that this magical season is only a sign of things to come for the Pirates. “Hopefully, we can continue this culture. Hopefully, winning doesn’t stop us from pursuing this culture,” he expressed. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2017

Pacquiao urged to decide soon on boxing career

MANILA, Philippines – Manny Pacquiao’s longtime promoter is calling for the boxer to make up his mind soon on whether he will retire or continue fighting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 17th, 2017

Welcome rooks: Ball, Tatum, Fultz and more making NBA debuts

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press MIAMI (AP) — If there was one takeaway from Lonzo Ball’s first training camp and preseason, it was this: He doesn’t sound like his dad. There’s no humility in Ball’s game. The confidence of the Los Angeles Lakers’ rookie point guard is high when he’s on the floor and with a ball in his hand. But when he speaks, when microphones are thrust near his face and the lights of cameras shine in his eyes and reporters pepper him with questions, there’s no bluster or bravado emanating. Yes, even the most ballyhooed player in this highly regarded NBA rookie class knows that a learning process awaits over the next few months. “The grind of the season, 82 games, I’ve never played that before,” Ball said. “It is my first year, so I don’t know what really to expect. But I’m going in there with an open mind, ready to learn, ready to get better and I’m looking forward to the challenge.” His father, LaVar Ball, has generated plenty of headlines with his sometimes over-the-top remarks, plus has faced tons of criticism for things like slapping a $495 price tag on the infamous Big Baller Brand shoe that was released months before his son made his NBA debut. But Lonzo Ball speaks with humility, a calmness that helped convince the Lakers that he indeed was the right pick to be the rebuilding team’s point guard of the present and future. “I’d like to just play,” Lonzo Ball said. No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz will be part of Philadelphia’s young core that the 76ers hope get them back in the Eastern Conference playoff mix, No. 3 pick Jayson Tatum should be a big part of a Boston team that believes it can compete for a title, and No. 9 pick Dennis Smith Jr. — an absolute freak of an athlete, even by NBA standards — is already being mentioned as a star of the future in Dallas and a legitimate rookie of the year candidate this season. They won’t be asked to be great right away. But this rookie class might have as much potential as any in years. Here’s some of what to know from the rookie perspective going into the season: ___ ALL-STAR CHANCES Don’t expect to see many freshmen on the floor in Los Angeles for the All-Star Game in February. Here’s the last three rookies to make an All-Star team — Blake Griffin in 2011 (which was his second year in the NBA), Yao Ming in 2002 (after he was a pro in China before coming to the NBA) and Tim Duncan in 1998. The odds are stacked even higher against the guards. The last rookie guard to make the game was Michael Jordan in 1985, and the last rookie point guard was Isiah Thomas in 1982. SCORING COMES LATER Since 2000, only seven rookies have averaged 20 points per game. They were Blake Griffin (22.5), Carmelo Anthony (21.0), LeBron James (20.9), Kevin Durant (20.3), Joel Embiid (20.2 last year, after he missed his first two seasons), Elton Brand (20.1) and Tyreke Evans (20.1). The learning curve can be steep, when considering that stars of now like Isaiah Thomas, Kevin Love, Marc Gasol and Al Horford all averaged less than 12 points as rookies. James Harden averaged 9.9, Mike Conley 9.4, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George were just under 8 points per game, Giannis Antetokounmpo was at 6.8, Kyle Lowry and Gordon Hayward didn’t even average 6 points and CJ McCollum barely averaged 5. THEN AGAIN ... Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon showed last year that scoring isn’t exactly a prerequisite for rookie awards. He averaged 10.2 points per game last season, the lowest for any NBA rookie of the year in the 68-year history of the award. Brogdon started only 28 games, by far the lowest for a ROY winner since the NBA started charting that statistic. Of Brogdon’s four most recent predecessors as top rookie, three — Damian Lillard, Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns — started all 82 games. WELCOME, MILOS Having 30-somethings as NBA rookies isn’t unheard of, although the vast majority of those examples came in the league’s infancy during the 1940s. Milos Teodosic is about to join that club. The 30-year-old Serbian is a rookie for the Los Angeles Clippers this season, and yes, he’s eligible for rookie of the year honors. He’s starred in pro leagues in Russia and Greece, and Clippers coach Doc Rivers — not a bad passer in his day — says Teodosic is one of the best distributors of the basketball that he’s ever seen. Other 30-and-uppers in recent years that have joined the NBA after foreign careers and made a quick impact include Pablo Prigioni and Marcelo Huertas. The most notable player to pull off such a move might be Basketball Hall of Famer Arvydas Sabonis, who entered the NBA a decade after first being drafted and was a 31-year-old All-Rookie Team member for Portland in 1995-96. TEEN TIME? No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz of Philadelphia said he is setting high personal goals. Rookie of the year is on the list. He doesn’t turn 20 until May, but could be the third teenager to win the award — potentially joining LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving and Andrew Wiggins were 19 in their ROY seasons, but turned 20 before those campaigns ended.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 16th, 2017

Leading eSports company looks to lift Philippine gaming to the next level

Eric Redulfin started his cyber cafe business with just four units. Now, his TNC Cyber Cafe has blossomed into a firm that has over 100 branches with a total of 12,000 computers. Aside from his success, Redulfin and his company has also been an integral part of the booming eSports scene in the Philippines, with an array of pro eSports teams that have found success in their respective games. 'From having only a Dota 2 team, now we have League of Legends, CSGO, Crossfire, Hearthstone and Dota 2 girls’ team – the TNC Amazons,' Redulfin said. With the teams taking pride in their victories, Redulfin has bared a plan to help the gaming squads, and Philippine eSports itself flourish even more. TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. has announced its grand opening to help safeguard the growth and presence of eSports in the country.  The grand opening was graced by titans in the gaming industry, Nvidia, Predator, among others, and representatives from the Game Amusement Board. New teams from TNC E-Sports were also introduced. Aside from the TNC Pro Team, now they have League of Legends, CS:GO, CRossfire, Hearthstone and a Dota 2 female team – the TNC Amazons. TNC is set to focus heavily on developing eSports by targeting multiple gaming platforms, hopefully strengthening the hold of TNC towards gaming in the local and global scene. “Ensuring the growth of eSports, it doesn’t stop there. TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. will dive into innovations, research and development, high level marketing to further the quality of growth of eSports in the Philippines. And most importantly, to build a strong relationship and trust with all the company all around the Philippines and show them that eSports is the future.” says Lester Ryan Wong, the CEO of TNC Philippine Holdings Incc. Redulfin said that the founding of this company will give opportunities to aspiring players which was his original plan when they first established TNC Pro Team.  Now, more than giving opportunities to these aspiring gamers, the company will secure more breaks for new players with the goal of proving that there can be a professional future in eSports.  With the help and support of the Games and Amusements Board's accreditation eSports will be the next big thing. Aside from this, we also want to strengthen our main business, our cyber cafes. This is only the start for a stronger Philippine eSports industry,” Redulfin added. In the near future, TNC Philippine Holdings Inc. plans to establish more professional teams, hold bigger eSports events and expansion of TNC. The company also plans to go full power with their merchandises and gears which will soon be able to the public. TNC Philippine Holdings also promises to ensure innovation from what the eSports industry currently have right now especially in Southeast Asia. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

Chooks-Pilipinas earn rematch with Mono Vampire for 5th place in Champions Cup

Chooks-to-Go is in prime position to salvage fifth place in the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup. Team Pilipinsa will face Thailand's Mono Vampire to end the consolation round of the Asian Club championships Sunday, a rematch from their previous Group A matchup. Chooks-to-Go won that one, 115-102. Losing back-to-back games to Petrochimi and Kashgar, the Philippines missed out on any medals. However, the team issued a big bounce back effort against Dubai to have this latest chance to finish in the top-5 of the 10-team field. Gametime against Mono Vampire will be at 12:15 p.m. Saturday live from Chenzhou.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 30th, 2017

Castro doesn t mind TNT losing KO game to Rain or Shine: It was so good

MANILA, Philippines — The TNT-Rain or Shine do-or-die clash was so good that it actually didn’t bother Jayson Castro if he lost the game......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

PSC mulls early buildup for Asian Games

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Sports Commission is looking for 25 athletes that can deliver medals in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia and all the wa.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Pinoy athletes exceed expectations at the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario hardly expected a deluge of medals in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. So it really came as a big surprise when Filipino athletes produced far more than what Del Rosario had asked for. ``We succeeded and exceeded the country’s expectations in the AIMAG,’’ said Del Rosario, the Makati City congressman who also sits as secretary general of the Philippine Taekwondo Association. The Philippines ended its 12-day stint with two gold, 14 silver and 14 bronze medals in the biggest continental sportsfest next to the quadrennial Asian Games. It overshadowed the one-gold, two-bronze performance of Filipino athletes in the previous AIMAG held in 2013 Incheon, South Korea. ``We didn’t make any bold projections and just believed that our athletes can accomplish it,’’ said Del Rosario, who joined hands with karatedo secretary general and deputy chef de mission Raymund Lee Reyes in taking care of the 116 Filipino athletes who participated in 17 sports. Jiu-jitsu grapplers Margarita Ochoa and Annie Ramirez captured the two golds worth P2 million each from the Philippine Sports Commission as provided for by Republic Act 10699 or the amended Sports Incentives Act. Silver medalists led by Olympian Hidilyn Diaz, trackster Eric Cray, muay fighter Phillip Delarmino, cue aces Chezka Centeno, Rubilen Amit, bowler Kenneth Chua and the dancesport tandem of German Enriquez and Danella Publico will earn P1 million each from the government. The 62-nation Games, which included the Oceania region headed by Australia and New Zealand, ended with a lavish closing ceremony late Wednesday night at the 35,000-seater Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. Completing the silver performers are poomsae specialists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla, the men’s rapid chess team under-23 of international masters Jan Emmanuel Garcia and Paulo Bersamina and jiu-jitsu’s Marc Alexander Lim, Jenna Kaila Napolis and Gian Taylor Dee. Taekwondo jins Kirstie Elaine Alora, Francis Agojo, Kristopher Uy, wrestlers Alvin Lobreguito and Jefferson Manatad wound up with bronze medals as well as kurash grappler Al Rolan Llamas, lifter Kristel Macrohon and cue master Carlo Biado. Joining them are the women’s rapid team under-23 starring woman grandmaster Janelle Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza and the dancesport pair of Gerald Jamili and Cherry Parcon. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Ballroom, pool contingents deliver AIMAG silvers for PHI

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan—Dance instructors German Enriquez and Maria Danella Renee Publico secured a silver medal together with cue master Rubilen Amit on the penultimate day of competitions Tuesday in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Enriquez and Publico scored 30 points in the Viennese waltz event in dancesport while Amit lost her gold-medal encounter with China’s Chen Siming, 7-5, in women’s 10-ball pool singles. Japan’s Tomomi and Takeshi Yamamoto ruled the event with 32.291 points and Macau’s Vong Weng Lam and Tam Ka Pan copped the bronze (28.167pts). Bowlers Krizziah Lyn Tabora, Liza Del Rosario, Marian Lara Posadas and Marie Alexis Sy were also guaranteed of a silver after beating China in the women’s team of four semifinals over at the Bowling Center. They rolled 780 points to overcome the 737 pinfalls of China’s quartet of Yang Liyan, Zhang Yuhong, Zhang Chunli and Peng Rui. The PH women’s bowling team faces South Korea’s Jung Dawun, Kim Moonjeong, Baek Seungja and Hong Hae Ni in the finals on Wednesday. International masters Paulo Bersamina and Jan Emmanuel Garcia likewise are preparing for a gold-medal face-off against China’s Wei Yu and Xu Yinglun in the men’s rapid team under-23. They downed Maksat Atabayev and Yusup Atabayev of host Turkmenistan in the semifinals. Amit immediately grabbed the lead after three sets but Chen, a former 10-ball world champion like the Filipino cue artist, managed to gain control on the seventh frame. Chen gave up two more frames but couldn’t be denied when the Chinese got a fantastic break in the 12th and final set to finish off Amit. Overall, the Philippines is running 18th among 65 countries with two gold, 11 silver and 12 bronze medals. More medals are expected from bowling, chess and dancesport prior to the closing ceremony late Wednesday. Woman grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna and woman Fide master Shania Mae Mendoza will bring home a bronze medal after failing to hurdle Kazakhstan’s Zhansaya Abdumalik and Dinara Saduakassova in the semifinals of women’s rapid team under-23. Ana Leonila Nualla and Sean Mischa Aranar missed out on a medal after placing fourth in the waltz finale and winding up fifth in the tango. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2017

Yes, undefeated league-leader Ateneo can still get better

Ateneo de Manila University blasted Adamson University, 85-65, for its first win in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ateneo then outclassed University of the Philippines, 92-71, for back-to-back wins to begin its campaign Ateneo then schooled Far Eastern University, 94-82, for a 3-0 start to the season. And on Sunday, Ateneo routed University of the East, 83-65, to move into a place alone atop the leaderboard. That’s a 17.8-point winning margin for the Blue Eagles. However, the four double-digit wins in a row is far, far away from their minds. “We’re not really looking at the outcome of the game in terms of points. I’m not saying I’m surprised, I’m not saying I’m not,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. What matters for the pacesetters is being consistent whatever the result of their assignments may be. “We’re looking at the game in detail and if we happen to win by a lot, thank you. But the most important thing that we want to see from our team is we’ll be consistent,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “And hopefully, the wins will come – whether it be by two points or a big lead.” So far, so good for Ateneo as Thirdy Ravena has been doing it all each and every game while players from rookie Tyler Tio to veteran Aaron Black have also been contributing. Still, the Blue Eagles believe they can get better. As the mentor put it, “After this game, we’re gonna take a look at film and see the things that we did correct, but more importantly, we’re also gonna look at things. There are a lot of things that we can still improve on.” Indeed, the Katipunan-based squad can do a lot better in assists where it ranks sixth, steals where it ranks eighth, and fastbreak points where it ranks seventh. Also, guys like Mike Nieto and Isaac Go, who both made big strides a season ago, are bound make more impact as well. And when that happens, the league-leaders will, without a doubt, only be better – a much welcome thought for an Ateneo side that knows full well their 4-0 record doesn’t mean anything just yet. “In this league, you really can’t take any team for granted. We can’t be complacent and think na okay nang 4-0 kami,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “We can’t afford to think like that. We can’t fall into the trap of looking (at) and enjoying our record. We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Yes, undefeated league-leader Ateneo can still get better

Ateneo de Manila University blasted Adamson University, 85-65, for its first win in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Ateneo then outclassed University of the Philippines, 92-71, for back-to-back wins to begin its campaign Ateneo then schooled Far Eastern University, 94-82, for a 3-0 start to the season. And on Sunday, Ateneo routed University of the East, 83-65, to move into a place alone atop the leaderboard. That’s a 17.8-point winning margin for the Blue Eagles. However, the four double-digit wins in a row is far, far away from their minds. “We’re not really looking at the outcome of the game in terms of points. I’m not saying I’m surprised, I’m not saying I’m not,” coach Sandy Arespacochaga said. What matters for the pacesetters is being consistent whatever the result of their assignments may be. “We’re looking at the game in detail and if we happen to win by a lot, thank you. But the most important thing that we want to see from our team is we’ll be consistent,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “And hopefully, the wins will come – whether it be by two points or a big lead.” So far, so good for Ateneo as Thirdy Ravena has been doing it all each and every game while players from rookie Tyler Tio to veteran Aaron Black have also been contributing. Still, the Blue Eagles believe they can get better. As the mentor put it, “After this game, we’re gonna take a look at film and see the things that we did correct, but more importantly, we’re also gonna look at things. There are a lot of things that we can still improve on.” Indeed, the Katipunan-based squad can do a lot better in assists where it ranks sixth, steals where it ranks eighth, and fastbreak points where it ranks seventh. Also, guys like Mike Nieto and Isaac Go, who both made big strides a season ago, are bound make more impact as well. And when that happens, the league-leaders will, without a doubt, only be better – a much welcome thought for an Ateneo side that knows full well their 4-0 record doesn’t mean anything just yet. “In this league, you really can’t take any team for granted. We can’t be complacent and think na okay nang 4-0 kami,” Arespacochaga said. He then continued, “We can’t afford to think like that. We can’t fall into the trap of looking (at) and enjoying our record. We’ve got to stay focused on our next game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Taekwondo, pool bets add three silvers to PHI haul in AIMAG

ASHGABAT—Poomsae artists Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Jocel Lyn Ninobla settled for silver medals with pool player Chezka Centeno to keep the medal streak of the Philippines going in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games. Centeno’s hasty shot on the fourth marble in the 10th frame was a costly mistake that China’s Han Yu exploited for a 7-4 victory in the women’s 9-ball finale. Han launched a powerful break on the deciding set and finished off the 18-year-old Zamboanga City native with a combination of the third and ninth balls on the left corner pocket. Delivering what seemed like a spotless routine, Reyes scored 8.310 points from the judges before Pongporn Suvittayarak of Thailand erased his lead with 8.550 points for the gold in men’s individual poomsae. The 22-year-old from Dasmarinas City was proud of the silver, his best performance in international tournaments after bringing home bronze medals from the recent Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games and the 2016 world championships in Lima, Peru. ``It’s nice to have the gold but it wasn’t meant for me. I’m thankful for the opportunity to contribute a silver medal for our country,’’ said Reyes. Jocel Lyn Ninobla also got the silver with 8.000 points after Marjan Salahshouri of Iran scored 8.120 points in the women’s individual poomsae finals. The Philippines jacked up its medal collection of two gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze medals, which included the third-place performance of Kristel Macrohon in women’s weightlifting. Macrohon combined a total lift of 209kg for the bronze behind gold medalist Assem Sadykova of Kazakhstan (222kg) and silver finisher Apolonia Vaivai of Fiji (221kg). Chef de mission Monsour Del Rosario was happy on the turnout where Filipino athletes kept on delivering medals everyday since the Games began last week. It shadowed some of the few setbacks for the day after Anna Patrimonio and Khim Iglupas failed to advance in the semifinals of women’s tennis doubles. Ankita Raina and Prarthan Thombare of India defeated pushed the Filipina netters to the exits with a 6-3, 6-3 victory at the Tennis Center. In bowling, Tannya Roumimper of Indonesia eliminated Maria Liza Del Rosario, 204-194, in their quarterfinal showdown .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2017

Centeno advances to AIMAG pool final; PHI bowling, muay thai bets settle for silver

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan – Chezka Centeno moved to the gold-medal game following her 7-3 win over China’s Liu Shash in the semifinal of the women’s 9-Ball Pool Singles in the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) Thursday evening at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex here. The 18-yrea-old Centeno won six of the first eight racks against the 24-year-old Liu in their Race-to-Seven encounter, before Liu took ninth rack to cut Centeno’s lead to 6-3. After a mistake by Liu on the 10th rack, Centeno did not waste the opportunity as she closed out the match for a spot in the final opposite China’s Han Yu. The match is being played at press time at the Billiards Sports Arena. A native of Zamboanga City, Centeno will try to add the AIMAG title to her recent win when she captured her second straight gold in the Southeast Asian Games (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Bowler Kenneth Chua and Muay Thai bet Philipp Delarmino lost in the final of their respective events to settle for silver medals, but were cheered by the Philippine delegation headed by Chef de Mission Monsour del Rosario and Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) First vice president Joey Romasanta. Chua fell to Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon, 247-212, in the men’s singles final at the Bowling Arena, while Delarmino suffered 30-27 defeat to Thailand’s Chotichanin Kokkrachai in the -57kg men’s final at the Muay Thai Arena. The national team also earned bronze medals Thursday from Carlo Biado in the men’s 9-Ball Pool Singles and Al Rolan Llamas in the men’s -60kg in Kurash. Biado lost to Taipei’s Chang Jung Lin, 9-2, in the semifinal, while the Llamas sustained a 10-0 defeat to Turkmenistan’s Erkin Omurzakow at the Martial Arts Arena. Team Philippines, so far, has captured two gold medals as the Jiu Jitsu fighters Margarita “Meggie” Ochoa and Annie Ramirez ruled their respective events, while Rio Olympics veteran Hidilyn Diaz and Asian Champion Eric Cray settled with silver medals. Also with silver medals are Jiu Jitsu’s Gian Taylor Dee, Marc Alexander Lim and Jenna Kaila Napolis, while bronze medal winners are Kristopher Robert Uy, Francis Aaron Agojo and Kristie Elaine Alora in Taekwondo, Alvin Lobreguito in Traditional Wrestling and Jefferson Manatad in Belt Wrestling. The winners are set to receive cash incentives of P2 million for the gold medal winners, P1 million for silver medalist and P400,000 for bronze medalist from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2017