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Solid as a rock (star)

Newly elected Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was treated not just like a rock star, but also like a President-elect who just won the elections by a landslide at PeopleAsia’s “Men Who Matter” awards night at the New World Makati Hotel......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarJul 12th, 2019

Solid as a rock (star)

Newly elected Manila Mayor Isko Moreno was treated not just like a rock star, but also like a President-elect who just won the elections by a landslide at PeopleAsia’s “Men Who Matter” awards night at the New World Makati Hotel......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

ONE Championship: Joshua Pacio to defend title against Rene Catalan in Manila; Folayang, Eustaquio return to action

A Pinoy versus Pinoy world title affair is set to rock Manila this coming November, as ONE Championship returns to Philippine soil for the final time in 2019 with ONE: Masters of Fate, headlined by Team Lakay’s Joshua “The Passion” Pacio defending his ONE Strawweight World Championship againt compatriot Rene “D’ Challenger” Catalan.  ONE: Masters of Fate is set to take place on Friday, November 8th at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.  Team Lakay’s strawweight star Joshua Pacio is coming off a spectacular knockout win over Japan’s Yosuke Saruta in Manila back in April to reclaim the ONE Strawweight World Championship. The 23-year old Pacio is currently on his second run as the strawweight king and holds wins over the likes of former champions in Yoshitaka Naito and Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke. He looks to successfully defend his title for the first time against the undeniable top contender in Catalan.  Catalan, on the other hand, is riding an impressive six-fight winning streak with wins over Adrian Matheis, Stefer Rahardian, and most recently, a first-round TKO win over Naito, making him the first man to stop the Japanese submission specialist. The 40-year old former Wushu medalist, who has not looked back since losing his first two professional MMA bouts, will now look to add ONE Championship gold to his already impressive combat sports resume   Pinoy Champions Return The card will also mark the return of former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard “Landslide” Folayang as he meets up-and-coming Mongolian prospect Amarsanaa “Spear” Tsogookhuu in the co-main event.  Team Lakay’s Folayang, the biggest star in Philippine MMA today, is coming off a heartbreaking submission loss to Eddie Alvarez in the semifinals of the ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix in Manila last August, and is looking to end the year on a high note.  Tsogookhuu made quite the impact in his ONE Championship debut, defeating Thai star Shannon Wiratchai via unanimous decision. He takes a massive step up in competition as he meets the Filipino hero.  Also making his return to action will be former ONE Flyweight World Champion Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, as he faces a familiar opponent in Finland’s Toni “Dynamite” Tauru.  Eustaquio is also looking to bounce back from a tough loss after getting knocked out for the first time in his career by the heavy-handed Yuya Wakamatsu of Japan. The former flyweight king begins his road back to redemption by trying to avenge a 2016 loss to Tauru.  That win over Eustaquio, as it turns out, has been the only bright spot in the Finnish flyweight’s last seven outings. Following his win over Eustaquio, Tauru tried his luck at bantamweight only to be defeated by the likes of Kevin Belingon, Leandro Issa, and Gary Mangat. He returns to flyweight with the hopes of repeating history against the former champion.    Here’s how the ONE: Masters of Fate card looks so far:  Joshua Pacio vs. Rene Catalan (ONE Strawweight World Championship) Eduard Folayang vs. Amarsanaa Tsogookhuu (Lightweight MMA) Sangmanee Sathian MuayThai vs. Azize Hlali (Bantamweight Muay Thai) Geje Eustaquio vs. Toni Tauru (Flyweight MMA) Stamp Fairtex vs. Bi Nguyen (Women’s Atomweight MMA) Alma Juniku vs. Anne Line Hogstad (Atomweight Muay Thai) Yoshitaka Naito vs. Pongsiri Mitsatit (Strawweight MMA) Han Zi Hao vs. Kongsak PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym (Bantamweight Muay Thai) Jae Wong Kim vs. Emilio Urrutia (Featherweight MMA) Tukkatatong Petpayathai vs. Hiroaki Suzuki (Bantamweight Muay Thai) Kim Kyu Sung vs. Akihiro Fujisawa (Flyweight MMA) Roshan Mainam vs. Khon Sichan (Flyweight MMA)  .....»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers shoot for Final Four seat

Fancied defending champion Creamline seeks to formalize its stint in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference semifinals in Iloilo Saturday as it faces a sister team ChocoMucho at the University of San Agustin gym. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Cool Smashers stake their unbeaten 11-0 slate against the surging Flying Titans Though the star-studded Cool Smashers are tipped to repeat their four-set triumph over the Flying Titans last Aug. 31, the latter have shown tremendous improvement and promise after snapping a long skid with a scrambling five-set escape over Chef’s Classics then beating BaliPure, BanKo-Perlas, PacificTown Army and Motolite to bounce back into semis contention. They remain outside of the Magic Four with a 6-6 card but their recent surge has bolstered their chances to grab at least a playoff for the last semis slot with Motolite and BanKo-Perlas just ahead at joint third with 7-5 slates and PacificTown Army at fifth with a 6-5 mark. PetroGazz is a cinch to clinch the second semis seat with an 8-2 mark. But Choco Mucho’s vaunted triple town combination of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag and Bea de Leon must come up with one solid game to neutralize Creamline's vaunted firepower anchored on Alyssa Valdez, Michele Gumabao, Jema Galanza and Risa Sato......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2019

Star City closed over Christmas after fire; MBC stations to continue operations

"MBC FM stations Love Radio, Yes the Best, and Easy Rock will continue regular broadcasting operations," MBC said in a statement posted by Yes! The Best 101.1......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2019

Kapamilya at Kapuso stars, sanib-puwersa para sa BeauteDerm

NAGHATID ng solid na entertainment at ligaya sa mga taga-Angeles City, Pampanga ang pinagsanib na puwersa ng mga Kapamilya at Kapuso stars para sa Beautederm Flagship Store Grand Opening na ginanap last September 22 sa Marquee Mall. Present sa star-studded event ang Beautederm CEO and owner na si Rhea Anicoche Tan at Chief Operating Officer na ........»»

Category: filipinoSource:  hatawtabloidRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Rappler editor, columnist finalists for 38th National Book Awards

  MANILA, Philippines – Books written by Rappler’s editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug and regular Thought Leaders writer Joselito D. Delos Reyes have been shorlisted in different categories of the 38th National Book Awards (NBA), honoring books published in 2018.   Vitug’s Rock Solid: How the Philippines Won Its ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Nuggets to keep rolling with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Denver Nuggets 2018-19 Record: 54-28, lost in the second round of the playoffs Key additions: Jerami Grant (trade), Bol Bol (draft) Key subtractions: Trey Lyles, Isaiah Thomas The lowdown: The steady growth of the Nuggets was evident in a 50-win season and a first-round victory in the playoffs over the more-experienced Spurs, which was clearly a step forward. Then the journey ended with a sour taste after Denver lost a Game 7 at home to a lower seed, the Blazers. In all, the Nuggets received almost everything they’d hoped for from a developing contender, especially in the form of Nikola Jokic. The multi-skilled Serb established himself as the league’s most talented big man, if not the best period, with a stellar performance that attracted some Kia MVP notice. He averaged 20 points, almost 11 rebounds and seven assists in an offense that ran through him, rare in today’s spread-the-floor league where centers are being phased out or pegged as role players and pick-setters. Jokic reminded many of Bill Walton or maybe Vlade Divac for his precise and sometimes entertaining passing skills from the high post. His co-star was Jamal Murray, who made generous strides as a leader and shot-maker and fit well with Jokic. The Nuggets also played some of the best defense in the league for much of the season and had solid backcourt depth with Monte Morris and Malik Beasley averaging a combined 21 points off the bench. There were mixed reviews, however, for Gary Harris. The starting two-guard didn’t improve and in some areas actually regressed as he struggled with injuries in a 57-game season. Same for Will Barton, who shot 40 percent and played 43 games. But those were nit-picks. The Nuggets finally arrived after going a league-leading 34-7 at home, reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and using the draft and trades to remake the roster over the last few years to stay in the attic in the very competitive West, which was no easy task. Summer summary: When an NBA team reaches a critical stage of the developing process and checks all the necessary boxes, it’s time to keep the continuity. Which means, time to pay up, and the Nuggets did just that this summer with two of their important figures: Murray and GM Tim Connelly, and both were easy calls. Murray went from a rookie who played behind Emmanuel Mudiay to a dependable, sometimes clutch-shooting guard in just three seasons. While he’s obviously the starter at the point for the Nuggets, Murray’s value lies in his flexibility. He can play off the ball and be just as valuable whenever Jokic assumes the “point-center” role. He averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists and showed growth despite struggling at times in his first postseason. He also doesn’t turn 23 until February. So the Nuggets gave him $170 million over five years, banking on his continued growth, which appears to be a safe investment. Therefore, Denver’s two most important players, Jokic and Murray, are under contract together for the next three seasons. Connelly replaced Masai Ujiri in 2013 and repaid the Nuggets’ faith by overseeing a basketball operation that has run mostly smoothly ever since. He drafted Jokic at No. 41 and hired Mike Malone as coach. The Nuggets have gone from 33 wins in Malone’s first season to 54. Even better, the meat of the roster is trending in the right direction and there’s no dead weight. This summer, the Wizards, after firing Ernie Grunfeld, chased after Connelly, a Baltimore native who attended college in D.C. Connelly broke into the business as an intern for the Wizards and has family ties to the D.C area, so the prospect of leaving Denver was a real threat. Ultimately, Nuggets boss Josh Kroenke was successful in persuading Connelly to stay. Usually that comes with a promise of a significant raise, but more importantly, Connelly saw what he’s building in Denver and couldn’t leave unfinished business. Denver has a solid mix of youth and vets and is coming off a season where it was the No. 2 seed in the West. Hard to walk away from that. Paul Millsap also cashed in when the Nuggets agreed to pick up his 2019-20 option year for $30 million. There was some question whether the Nuggets would tie that much into a soon-to-be 35-year-old forward who, statistically anyway, is coming off his worst season since 2009-10 and his fewest minutes since 2008. But Millsap still brings a solid defensive mindset and experience, and anyway, the Nuggets were all about maintaining the flow this summer. Plus, Denver will remain under the luxury tax with with Millsap’s option. Millsap’s minutes could be reduced this season because the Nuggets traded for a more athletic option in Grant. With the Thunder, Grant improved his 3-point shooting last season and became more of a well-rounded forward. If used correctly by Malone, he can thrive in Denver, which badly needs his physical gifts. Of course, there’s also the wild card: Michael Porter Jr. The club’s first-round pick two summers ago sat all last season while recovering from a back issue, then was scratched from summer league play in July because of a minor knee issue which was more of a precautionary move. In a best-case scenario, Porter stays healthy and gives the Nuggets three options at power forward. Connelly didn’t have a first-round pick this summer but swung a deal to fetch a second-rounder once Bol Bol dropped to No. 44 in the draft. The son of former NBA player Manute Bol, he suffered a foot injury last season at Oregon and NBA teams were wary of his potential for recovery. Well, Connelly and the Nuggets will essentially treat Bol as they did Porter; Bol will be an injury red-shirt and prepare for 2020-21. And so, the Nuggets’ summer wasn’t about making wholesale changes, but keeping the pace they’ve set over the last three seasons and rewarding some of the key personnel responsible for it. Patience has allowed the Nuggets to get this far and so there was no reason to panic or rush the process this offseason. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Rockets see Harden, Westbrook team up

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Houston Rockets 2018-19 Record: 53-29, lost to the Warriors in the conference semifinals Key additions: Russell Westbrook (trade), Tyson Chandler (free agency), Ben McLemore (free agency) Key departures: Chris Paul The lowdown: Juiced by yet another epic, and on some levels, historic season by James Harden, the Rockets amassed 50 wins, reached the playoffs and were denied (again) by the Golden State Warriors. As in 2018, this ouster was met with a high degree of frustration. The year before, Houston lost Paul to a hamstring injury late in the series and fell in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals. This time, the Rockets were unable to beat a Golden State team that clinched the series in Game 6 without Kevin Durant (who got injured in Game 5 of the series), a cold slap of an ending to Houston's realistic Finals hopes. In one of the NBA's all-time best offensive seasons, Harden averaged 36.1 points per game and revived Houston's season while Paul was on the mend from yet another injury. Harden scored 30 or more in 32 straight games, scored 50 or more nine times and had two 61-point games. He was a singular force with the ball and didn’t show any wear in the postseason. Unlike Paul, Harden was a symbol of sturdiness and strength, averaging 36.8 minutes per game in 78 games played. Paul played only 58 games, although when healthy he was respectable (8.2 apg) and at times looked like an All-Star. However, his customarily high level of play dropped a few floors. Eric Gordon played solid enough to earn a max extension, and Clint Capela gave the Rockets a front-line weapon at both ends. The Carmelo Anthony experience folded after 10 games, but Houston got supporting help from Austin Rivers and PJ Tucker (who was noticeably effective in the playoffs). Another effective-yet-disappointing year was unacceptable to ownership and, quite honestly, the locker room as well. Summer summary: When he purchased the Rockets for $2.2 billion a few years ago, owner Tilman Fertitta was a reasonable and patient man. He pledged his faith in GM Daryl Morey, sung the gospel of Harden and thought the world of Paul. But everyone has their limits and Fertitta was clearly discouraged by the manner and speed in which the Rockets were bounced last season. Something had to be done and a big opportunity presented itself. When Kawhi Leonard signed with the LA Clippers and convinced Paul George to request a trade from the Oklahoma City Thunder, it led to Westbrook being available. While this was happening, Harden and Paul were having relationship issues, or at least that was the word in Rockets’ circles. Just two years earlier they were thrilled to be teammates and even made commercials together. Now, they were on the outs. Therefore, the solution was simple: Trade Paul and his hefty contract for Westbrook and his hefty contract, and reunite a pair of Kia MVP winners. Advantage, Rockets? It bears repeating that Harden and Westbrook are tight and respectful of each other’s accomplishments, because this will be worth revisiting if this attempt to help Harden win a ring fails like the others. That relationship is the selling point, because based purely on styles of play, this appears to be major clash. Both players need the ball, perhaps more than any two players in the NBA right now, if not in history. They’re high-usage talents, meaning, they work best when creating opportunities for themselves or teammates and neither can happen if they’re playing off the ball. Westbrook has never done that in his NBA life and Harden only did so briefly as a youngster with OKC. Harden gave the trade his blessing, and once the deal was done, both players said all the right things -- if anything, they scolded any observers who dared to raise the obvious. Can it work? Well, sure, but it’ll take some concessions by both players, and coach Mike D’Antoni must change (if not overhaul) his system in order to accommodate this duo. Meanwhile, the Rockets are somewhat on the clock. It is not to say that Harden and Westbrook are approaching their sunset years, but the chances of playing for a title are increased if the two players click sooner than later. There’s also a question of what Westbrook has left. His efficiency and 3-point shooting faded last season. Will defenses respect him when he’s left open in Houston? He at least appears to have more in the tank than Paul, which was another reason the Rockets were anxious to make this swap. For all of his explosiveness, Westbrook is rather durable and dependable; the same can’t be said of Paul as he approaches his mid-30s. Westbrook was sad to leave OKC, the only team he’d ever known, a city that embraced him and a franchise that gave him a supermax contract. Now he’s going to a new team where the demand for June basketball will only increase. The last time he and Harden were teammates, they did play in June, where they lost to LeBron James and the Miami Heat in 2012. Can they make a triumphant return together? Given all they’ve accomplished -- MVPs, scoring titles, triple-doubles, All-Star appearances -- they’re certainly due. A championship is all they’re missing. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 26th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Solid finish, playoff push prompts Magic to run it back

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Orlando Magic 2018-19 Record: 42-40, lost to Raptors in first round of playoffs Key additions: Al-Farouq Aminu (free agency), Chuma Okeke (Draft) Key departures: Timofey Mozgov The lowdown: It perhaps escaped your notice, but the Magic actually raised a banner in 2018-19. They won the admittedly-weakened Southeast Division, and while that might make folks snicker, any progress is good progress for a franchise still looking to gain traction in this, the unfulfilled post-Dwight Howard era. They were beastly down the stretch, going 11-2 to fight their way out of a midseason slump to reach the playoffs. Plus, they took a game from the eventual-champion Toronto Raptors in the first round. It helps to be in the Eastern Conference, but let’s not water-down what the Magic did too much. They received solid seasons from Aaron Gordon and Evan Fornier, a career season from Terrence Ross and an All-Star season from Nikola Vucevic. (It didn’t hurt that Vucevic and Ross were pending free agents playing for money.) The club also responded well to new coach Steve Clifford. However, there were mild disappointments -- mainly from the last two first-round picks. Jonathan Isaac didn’t take a leap in his second season and seemed unsure whether to be a stretch-four or use his size advantage in the paint. He wound up being just OK at both (9.6 points, 5.5 rebounds per game). Rookie Mo Bamba looked like a project throughout the season as injuries limited him to just 47 games. All told, the Magic made the playoffs for the first time in seven years and won more games in any strike-shortened season since 2010-11. That was enough to pacify the home crowd and finally show up on NBA radar, however faint. Summer summary: For the second time this decade, the Magic arrived at a crossroads regarding their All-Star center and had to make a decision with fairly large future ramifications. Last time, it was Howard. This time, it was the guy who replaced Howard. The decision now, as then: Should they re-sign the big man? Actually, it was a dual decision. Orlando had to want "Vooch" and vice-versa, considering he was an unrestricted free agent, and it wasn’t an automatic call in either case. Vucevic and his family enjoyed Orlando, yet the franchise, despite finally posting a winning season, was hardly in contender condition. He had options as a number of teams -- the LA Clippers among them -- expressed interest in the center with a soft touch and sound footwork. As for the Magic, they’d just drafted Bamba in 2018 with the No. 6 overall pick. The idea, at least you’d think, was having Bamba replace Vucevic at some point. By keeping Vucevic, what signal were they sending to Bamba? Why would they stifle the growth of a player whom they took over Wendell Carter Jr. and Collin Sexton? In the end, both the Magic and Vucevic agreed and Orlando delivered a four-year, $100 million deal. The team's thinking? Vucevic is an asset and so it’s better to keep him, even at a high price, rather than let him walk and get nothing back. Bamba must wait his turn, and he’ll need more time to develop after a raw rookie season. The other investment was in Ross, who spent much of his previous six NBA seasons as an athletic swingman who teased a lot. Last season, he was (for once) a primary option and shot well from deep (38.3 percent), earning himself a four-year, $54 million deal from Orlando. The Magic believe Ross, 27, is tapping into his prime later than usual. Then Orlando added depth at that position with Aminu. He can spread the floor and is decent defensively ... but isn’t a shot creator because of a weak dribble. At three years and $29 million, Aminu was a reasonable buy. In recent years past, Orlando was a fixture at the Draft lottery, and then their fate changed abruptly by making the playoffs. The downside, though, is Orlando had a middle first-round pick, where future superstars don’t normally live. Those picks are where teams take risks, and the Magic did so by selecting Okeke, who missed Auburn’s Final Four appearance after injuring his knee in the Sweet 16. Before the injury, the 6-foot-8 Okeke showed strong instincts around the basket, especially rebounding, while also shooting 3-pointers. Most scouts believe he would’ve been a lottery pick, and perhaps taken in the top-10, if not for the injury. The Magic spent the summer mulling whether to “redshirt” Okeke as they have another young player at his spot in Isaac. Plus, Okeke can heal thoroughly and also get reps in the NBA G League. There's also former No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz here, too, whom the Magic added in a deadline-day trade last season with the Philadelphia 76ers. He's still recovering from the thoracic outlet syndrome he was diagnosed with last season and hasn't played a game for the Magic. Still, Orlando believed in him enough to exercise his contract option for 2020-21. If he's ever healthy and shows the talent that made him a star a Washington, Fultz could help Orlando rise up as a real East contender. Other than big-money decisions on Vucevic and Ross, the Magic was content to make only minor changes. They still lack the superstar needed to rise the ranks in the East, yet their core is proven and capable of knocking on playoffs' door for a second straight season. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

ONE: Century will be available on multiple ABS-CBN platforms for every Kapamilya!

The biggest martial arts event of the year will be available to Kapamilyas across multiple ABS-CBN platforms!      ONE: Century, ONE Championship’s 100th offering, which will emanate live from the historic Ryogoku Kokugikan Sumo Hall in Tokyo, Japan, will feature two full-length fight cards with eleven bouts each, and it will all be LIVE and available for Kapamilyas to enjoy!    Part 1 of the massive card will feature our very own Danny “The King” Kingad of Team Lakay facing his biggest test yet, American MMA legend and former UFC world champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in the finals of the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix. The winner will be crowned the Flyweight World Grand Prix Champion and will be next in line to challenge Brazilian star Adriano Moraes for the ONE Flyweight World Championship.    Also on the card, Kingad’s Team Lakay teammate Lito “Thunder Kid” Adiwang will make his ONE Championship debut against Japanese star Senzo Ikeda.    Headlining the morning portion will be reigning and defending ONE Women’s Atomweight World Champion Angela “Unstoppable” Lee of Singapore defending her title against reigning ONE Women’s Strawweight World Champion “The Panda” Xiong Jing Nan of China This will be an emotionally-charged rematch of their March encounter that saw Xiong hand Lee the first defeat of her career.    Plus, Former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion and American MMA star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez meets Turkish knockout master Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals.    ONE: Century Part 1 will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 8:00 AM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it on free TV as well on Friday, October 18th at 8:30 PM.    In the second half of the star-studded event, three world championships will be up for grabs, as the Philippines’ own ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera will make his way down to one weight class to challenge two-division world champion “The Burmese Python” Aung La N Sang of Myanmar for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Championship in the main event.    Also looking to bring ONE gold back home to the Philippines will be lethal striker Kevin “The Silencer” Belingon of Team Lakay as he looks to regain the ONE Bantamweight World Championship against Brazilian legend Bibiano “The Flash” Fernandes in the fourth installment of their amazing rivalry.    In another featured co-main event, Belingon’s Team Lakay teammate and former ONE Featherweight World Champion Honorio “The Rock” Banario faces a gigantic challenge in Japanese legend and former multiple-time world champion Shinya “Tobikan Judan” Aoki.    Plus, Muay Thai star Rodtang “The Iron Man” Jitmuangnon of Thailand will put his ONE Flyweight Muay Thai World Championship on the line against Brazilian newcomer Walter Goncalvez.    Part 2 of ONE Century will be on Sunday, October 13th starting at 4:00 PM. Catch it on LIVESTREAMING via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports, as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook and ABS-CBN Sports YouTube pages.    Catch it LIVE on free TV as well on Sunday, October 13th at 6:30 PM. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Nuggets to keep rolling with Nikola Jokic, Jamal Murray

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: Denver Nuggets 2018-19 Record: 54-28, lost in the second round of the playoffs Key additions: Jerami Grant, forward (trade); Bol Bol, forward (draft). Key subtractions: Trey Lyles, forward; Isaiah Thomas, guard. The lowdown: The steady growth of the Nuggets was evident in a 50-win season and a first-round victory in the playoffs over the more-experienced Spurs, which was clearly a step forward; then the journey ended with a sour taste after Denver lost a Game 7 at home to a lower seed, the Blazers. In all, the Nuggets received almost everything they’d hoped for from a developing contender, especially in the form of Nikola Jokic. The multi-skilled Serb established himself as the league’s most talented big man, if not the best period, with a stellar performance that attracted some MVP notice. He averaged 20 points, almost 11 rebounds and seven assists in an offense that ran through him, rare in today’s spread-the-floor league where centers are being phased out or pegged as role players and pick-setters. Jokic reminded many of Bill Walton or maybe Vlade Divac for his precise and sometimes entertaining passing skills from the high post. His co-star was Jamal Murray, who made generous strides as a leader and shot-maker and fit well with Jokic. The Nuggets also played some of the best defense in the league for much of the season and had solid back-court depth with Monte Morris and Malik Beasley averaging a combined 21 points off the bench. There were mixed reviews, however, from Gary Harris; the starting two-guard didn’t improve and in some areas actually regressed as he struggled with injuries in a 57-game season. Same for Will Barton, who shot 40 percent and played 43 games. But those were nit-picks. The Nuggets finally arrived after going a league-leading 34-7 at home, reaching the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade, and using the draft and trades to remake the roster over the last few years to stay in the attic in the very competitive West, which was no easy task. Summer summary: When an NBA team reaches a critical stage of the developing process and checks all the necessary boxes, it’s time to keep the continuity. Which means, time to pay up, and the Nuggets did just that this summer with two of their important figures: Murray and GM Tim Connelly, and both were easy calls. Murray went from a rookie who played behind Emmanuel Mudiay to a dependable, sometimes clutch-shooting guard in just three seasons. While he’s obviously the starter at the point for the Nuggets, Murray’s value lies in his flexibility; he can play off the ball and be just as valuable whenever Jokic assumes the “point-center” role. He averaged 18.2 points and 4.8 assists and showed growth despite struggling at times in his first postseason. He also doesn’t turn 23 until February. So the Nuggets gave him $170 million over five years, banking on his continued growth, which appears to be a safe investment. Therefore, Denver’s two most important players, Jokic and Murray, are under contract together for the next three seasons. Connelly replaced Masai Ujiri in 2013 and repaid the Nuggets’ faith by overseeing a basketball operation that has run mostly smoothly ever since. He drafted Jokic at No. 41 and hired Mike Malone as coach. The Nuggets have gone from 33 wins in Malone’s first season to 54. Even better, the meat of the roster is trending in the right direction and there’s no dead weight. This summer, the Wizards, after firing Ernie Grunfeld, chased after Connelly, a Baltimore native who attended college in D.C. Connelly broke into the business as an intern for the Wizards and has family ties to the D.C area, so the prospect of leaving Denver was a real threat. Ultimately, Nuggets boss Josh Kroenke was successful in persuading Connelly to stay. Usually that comes with a promise of a significant raise, but more importantly, Connelly saw what he’s building in Denver and couldn’t leave unfinished business. Denver has solid mix of youth and vets and is coming off a season where it was the No. 2 seed in the West. Hard to walk away from that. Paul Millsap also cashed in when the Nuggets agreed to pick up his 2019-20 option year for $30 million. There was some question whether the Nuggets would tie that much into a soon-to-be 35-year-old forward who, statistically anyway, is coming off his worst season since 2009-10 and his fewest minutes since 2008. But Millsap still brings a solid defensive mindset and experience, and anyway, the Nuggets were all about maintaining the flow this summer. Plus, Denver will remain under the luxury tax with with Millsap’s option. Millsap’s minutes could be reduced this season because the Nuggets traded for a more athletic option in Grant. With the Thunder, Grant improved his 3-point shooting last season and became more of a well-rounded forward. If used correctly by Malone, he can thrive in Denver, which badly needs his physical gifts. Of course, there’s also the wild card: Michael Porter Jr. The club’s first-round pick two summers ago sat all last season while recovering from a back issue, then was scratched from summer league play in July because of a minor knee issue which was more of a precautionary move. In a best-case scenario, Porter stays healthy and gives the Nuggets three options at power forward. Connelly didn’t have a first-round pick this summer but swung a deal to fetch a second-rounder once Bol Bol dropped to No. 44 in the draft. The son of former NBA player Manute Bol, he suffered a foot injury last season at Oregon and NBA teams were wary of his potential for recovery. Well, Connelly and the Nuggets will essentially treat Bol as they did Porter; Bol will be an injury red-shirt and prepare for 2020-21. And so, the Nuggets’ summer wasn’t about making wholesale changes, but keeping the pace they’ve set over the last three seasons and rewarding some of the key personnel responsible for it. Patience has allowed the Nuggets to get this far and so there was no reason to panic or rush the process this offseason. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

PBA: Champion Travis leads impressive list of 'balik imports' for Governors Cup

The resident import trend continues in the PBA. Eight of the 12 imports for the season-ending Governors' Cup have previous PBA experience, with five coming back to the same team they played for last season. Former Best Import Romeo Travis returns to Magnolia as the Hotshots look to defend their title. With Travis last year, the Hotshots dethroned Ginebra in the semifinals and took out Alaska in six games to win their first title in four years. Speaking of Ginebra, the Gin Kings will once again run it back with Justin Brownlee. JB has been a Ginebra fixture since 2016 and has three titles with the team. With Brownlee playing, the Gin Kings are always in the semifinals at the very least. After failing to complete a Governors' Cup three-peat last year and missing out on back-to-back Commissioner's Cup titles this year, you better believe that Brownlee and Ginebra are hungry for another championship. Also coming back for another tour of duty is Eugene Phelps for Phoenix. El Destructor has helped power the Fuel Masters to the upper half of the standings since coming over as a scoring and rebounding machine in 2016. After a suffering an upset last year, missing the semis as a top-2 seed, Phelps and Phoenix have some unfinished business in the Governors' Cup. The same goes for Olu Ashaolu and NLEX. Olu simply fits with the Road Warriors but Ashaolu's untimely injury last year robbed him of all the momentum he's built with NLEX. Now fully healthy with top local help in JP Erram and the returning Kiefer Ravena, Olu and the Road Warriors are a solid sleeper pick for the Governors' Cup. Finally, there's Allen Durham, who has even bigger unfinished business in the PBA with Meralco. Durham, a two-time Best Import, had the Bolts in back-to-back Finals, losing to Ginebra both times. Last year, AD powered Meralco all the way to the semifinals, surviving six straight knockout games. Third time wasn't the charm for Durham and the Bolts, maybe a fourth time can do the trick. Also coming back for return stints in the PBA are Mychal Ammons for Northport (formerly with TNT), Joel Wright for Rain or Shine (formerly with Star). Marqus Blakely (formerly with San Mig and TNT) will suit up for Blackwater in the East Asia Super League's Terrific 12 tournament in Macau and the Elite are also eyeing the two-time champion for a Governors' Cup stint following a release from the KaTropa.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 12th, 2019

30 Teams in 30 Days: Pelicans could be in for seamless rebuild

Like most summers in the NBA, the 2019 edition was chock full of trades, free agent news and player movement. From the defending-champion Toronto Raptors to just about every other team in the league, change was the most applicable word when it came to describing team rosters for the 2019-20 season. With the opening of training camps just around the corner, NBA.com's Shaun Powell will evaluate the state of each franchise as it sits today -- in order of regular-season finish from 2018-19 -- as we look at 30 teams in 30 days. * * * Today's team: New Orleans Pelicans 2018-19 Record: 33-49, did not qualify for the playoffs Key additions: Zion Williamson (Draft), Lonzo Ball (trade), Brandon Ingram (trade), JJ Redick (free agency), Derrick Favors (trade), Josh Hart (trade), Jaxson Hayes (Draft), Nickeil Alexander-Walker (Draft) Key departures: Anthony Davis, Julius Randle, Elfrid Payton The lowdown: There were teams with worst records and teams with more drama. But no team had a combination of both quite like the Pelicans. It all swirled around Davis, the best player in franchise history, who pulled a power move by switching agents to Rich Paul, business partner of LeBron James. Everyone saw what was coming next except Dell Demps, the beleaguered GM who refused to be proactive and instead tried to fight a losing battle. Through Paul, Davis made a private trade request in the fall and then went public a week prior to the trade deadline when Demps hesitated. When the deadline passed, Davis was still in New Orleans and that was a problem. The rest of the season was a disaster, as Davis was in an awkward state of limbo and the Pelicans, anxious to preserve their only true asset, managed his minutes. The fallout was severe: Fan backlash toward Davis, a fractured locker room, a state of emergency within a franchise that wasn’t among the league’s healthiest to begin with, and Demps getting the boot. Everything else about the Pelicans was overshadowed, such as Randle’s solid production in his first (and subsequently only) season in New Orleans and Jrue Holiday’s continued splendid play on both ends. In the end, Davis had long checked out, the Pelicans fell back into the lottery a year after reaching the second round of the playoffs, and a housecleaning was ordered by ownership. Summer summary: History might reflect that the Davis fiasco, in hindsight, was the most important moment in franchise history, and in a positive way. That’s because a much-needed series of changes were forced to happen because of it, and just maybe the Pelicans will be better off for it. It created a change in command, with David Griffin replacing Demps and tackling the Davis situation head-on rather than tiptoeing around it. And because Davis was essentially benched the entire second half of the season, that allowed the Pelicans to fall into the lottery, where they got lucky and landed the first overall pick in one of those drafts that contained a potential game-changer. New Orleans flipped almost overnight, getting an impressive haul for Davis in the long-awaited trade with the Lakers, and adding Zion Williamson, an explosive talent with gate appeal. It was a best-case scenario for the Pelicans, who went from laughingstock to landing a game on Christmas Day this season. Griffin played his hand skillfully, unlike Demps. Griffin didn’t create distrust or burn bridges and instead maintained good communication with Davis and all potential trading partners. He created a robust market for Davis and then negotiated with the one team that needed Davis the most: the Lakers with an aging LeBron James. Not only did Griffin get promising young players in Ball, Ingram and Hart, he also acquired the Lakers’ future with a collection of first-round picks and first-round swaps. Essentially, if the Lakers collapse in the post-LeBron era, the Pelicans will be awash in assets similar to the Boston Celtics when those Brooklyn Nets’ first-rounders turned to gold. Williamson should never have to worry about talent around him in New Orleans as Davis did. And unlike Davis, Williamson won’t be in a hurry to leave in a huff. There’s no reason for the Pelicans to tank, knowing that ample picks are coming their way. With that in mind, Griffin seized the moment to ramp up the rotation, adding some much-needed shooting in Redick and a reliable veteran in Favors. It’s very possible that the Pelicans can compete for a playoff spot in 2019-20, and again, this seemed remote when last season ended. There’s plenty of hope for Ball. He’ll have the relief of playing away from L.A. for the first time in his life and the advantage of suiting up next to Holiday, who can play off the ball if necessary. Ingram will be returning from a health scare related to blood clots that cut short his season but the prognosis is good. In addition to Williamson, the draft also produced Alexander-Walker, who brings good size (6-foot-5) to the backcourt, and Hayes, a raw big man who’ll instantly enroll in the Pelicans’ development school. To make the upcoming season as stress-free as possible, Griffin handed coach Alvin Gentry a one-year extension. The pair once worked together in Phoenix, when Gentry led the Suns to the Western Conference finals. For the first time in his tenure with the Pelicans, Gentry has ample talent and a solid plan. Now it’s up to him to put the right pieces in place. Clearly, though, the big prize is Williamson, who comes with robust talent and also a personality that reflects well on him and the franchise. Williamson can be a savior and, once Drew Brees retires, the face of New Orleans sports. It all depends if he makes good on the immense expectations. Given his knack for making crowd-pleasing plays on both ends, the burly forward has star potential -- which is exactly what a small market needs. There’s a reason why the Draft lottery results caused Gentry to curse with joy and team employees to dance on tables. Perhaps never before has a franchise fallen hard, then rose suddenly, quite like the Pelicans did in a matter of weeks. They’re still partying in New Orleans. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

PVL: In-accept namin ang challenge -- Prado on stepping up

PetroGazz head coach Arnold Laniog has been stressing the importance of his wing spikers to step up on offense. Known for their solid middles in Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga, Laniog challenged his hitters especially Jovielyn Prado on Wednesday when the Angels faced unbeaten PacificTown Army in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference to make their presence felt.     “Yun nga ang tsina-challenge ko sa mga heavy hitters namin, siya [Prado], si Paneng [Mercado], si [Jonah] Sabete, si Cai [Baloaloa] and si [Klarisa] Abriam,” he said. “’Yun ang challenge sa amin na ‘yung middle natin nakaka-contribute ng double digit every game. As much as possible dapat mas makita natin ang mga heavy hitters mas maka-contribute ng at least double digits dahil mas marami silang bola.” Prado and the rest of the Angels' wingers responded well as they delivered the goods in PetroGazz’s 25-15, 25-15, 25-19, beating of the Lady Troopers to get back on the winning track. The former Arellano University star Prado had 12 points coming off nine hits, two aces and a kill block while contributing eight excellent receptions for the Angels, who evened its record to 2-2. Sabete and Paneng Mercado scored nine markers each while opposite hitter Baloaloa added five points. “Ina-accept lang po namin ang challenge ni coach kasi sabi din naman po nila na wala kaming aasahan, kami-kami na lang po ang naglalaro sa loob,” said Prado, who is playing an active role on offense to fill the void left by Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson after leading PetroGazz to the Reinforced Conference throne. “Kung ano po ang ini-expect nila sa amin, ginagawa na lang namin,” she added. Prado understood and embraced her role this tournament.     “Opo nagi-expect po ako [na aasahan sa puntos]. Malaking kawalan po sa amin ang imports namin. Kung hindi ako mag-pupursige pa mas lalo pa kaming mababaon,” she said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 28th, 2019

Boxing: John Riel Casimero knocks out Cesar Ramirez to retain Interim WBO crown

Filipino boxing star and three-division world champion John Riel “Quadro Alas” Casimero dominated Mexico’s Cesar “Perico” Ramirez en route to a tenth-round knockout win to retain the WBO Interim Bantamweight World Championship, Saturday evening. The Casimero-Ramirez tussle was the marquee attraction of the Manny Pacquiao Championship Boxing offering at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, Manila. Casimero was simply too much for the Mexican challenger as he outclassed Ramirez and put the former WBC FECOMBOX Super Bamtamweight Champion down on multiple occassions leading up to the tenth-round finish. The smaller Casimero uncorked a solid left uppercut and followed up with a vicious right hook that landed flush on the jaw, sending Ramirez’s mouthpiece flying before the Mexican dropped to the canvas. With the win, Casimero extended his winning streak to four straight and now sets up a WBO Bantamweight World Championship unification bout against reigning titleholder Zolani Tete of South Africa.  In the co-main attraction, former Olympian Charly Suarez improved to 3-0 in his professional career with a first-round KO win over Virgil Puton.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 24th, 2019

F2 advances to PSL All-Filipino Conference finals for fourth straight time

F2 Logistics banked heavily on its rock-solid defense and beat Foton, 25-19, 25-23, 17-25, 25-19, on Tuesday for a return trip to the finals of the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Muntinlupa Sports Center. Bannered by Aby Maraño and Majoy Baron, the Cargo Movers posted 11 blocks to withstand Foton’s attacks coming from Jaja […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 20th, 2019

Cignal scores sweet revenge over Generika, advances to PSL semis

Cignal leaned on its rock-solid defense to beat Generika-Ayala, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18, 25-22, on Saturday and book a semifinal berth in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City. The fifth-seeded HD Spikers produced 16 blocks, including seven from Alohi Robins-Hardy and four from Jovelyn Gonzaga in knocking out the […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsAug 17th, 2019

PVL: Watch Manilla Santos-Ng’s last UAAP match 10 years ago

Former De La Salle University star Manilla Santos-Ng will make a comeback to competitive volleyball a decade since leading the Lady Spikers to the UAAP throne back in 2009. Known for her amazing elevation despite standing only 5-foot-4 and power as well as for her solid floor defense, Santos-Ng made a name for herself during her heydays with the green and white. One could just imagine the impact she could’ve made if she continued to play in the semi-professional league. Santos-Ng, instead, chose a different path after claiming her fourth UAAP title in Season 71 coupled by bagging the Most Valuable Player award in her swan song. DLSU retired Santos-Ng's jersey no. 14 as an appreciation for contribution to the school.  Here’s a look at her last performance in the UAAP in Game 3 of the Finals against the then Rachel Anne Daquis-led defending champion Far Eastern University. But fans will once again see Santos-Ng in action as she makes her comeback with newcomer ChocoMucho alongside this generation’s notable names in Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino and Maddie Madayag in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference. The Flying Titans will take on BaliPure on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. in their debut match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 13th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers begin repeat quest

Creamline jumpstarts its title-retention bid against a comebacking Philippine Air Force side as the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference gets underway on Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Bannered by super star hitter Alyssa Valdez and prized setter Jia Morado, the crowd-favorite Cool Smashers begin their road to redemption after surrendering the Reinforced Conference title to PetroGazz almost a month ago. Game time is at 2:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Creamline will parade the same solid core of veterans Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Jema Galanza and libero Mel Gohing. Also back for another tour of duty are young stars Heather Guino-o, Kyle Negrito and Celine Domingo while Fille Cainglet-Cayetano is making a comeback after sitting out the import-laden conference. Although facing a Jet Spikers squad which skipped the previous conference, Valdez knows that Air Force remains a dangerous foe.    “We can’t blink whenever we play against Air Force,” said the three-time Conference Most Valuable Player. “They’re smart, they’re very well-experienced team. In volleyball if you have those experiences mas dumadali ang laro.” The Jet Spikers are back in the fold after sitting out the Reinforced Conference. Air Force will field a battle-hardened crew led by setter Wendy Semana, Joy Cases, May Ann Pantino, Judy Anne Caballejo and middle Dell Palomata.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 11th, 2019

ONE Championship: After disappointing night in Manila, it’s back to the drawing board again for Team Lakay

ONE Championship’s third trip to Manila for 2019, ONE: Dawn of Heroes which was held last August 2nd at the Mall of Asia Arena, was tagged as the biggest martial arts event in Philippine history.    With fans packing the stadium, it was the perfect platform for La Trinidad-based mixed martial arts stable Team Lakay to showcase their talents in front of what could possibly be the biggest ONE crowd in Manila.    Unfortunately for Team Lakay, ONE: Dawn of Heroes would prove to be an unfavorable night for the most part.    “1 and 4,” said Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao during the post-event press conference. “One win and four losses, but again, it’s not the first time that we’ve experienced a case like this. We’ve gone 0-5, and again, we learned a lot of lessons from tonight, and we’ll be back to the drawing board. We’ll go back to the hotel and discuss what happened.”   The preliminary card was nothing short of a disaster for Team Lakay, as former champions Geje Eustaquio and Honorio Banario, and featherweight contender Edward Kelly all absorbed painful losses.    Kelly, who was the first on deck, fell victim to unintentional illegal blows to the back of the head at the hands of Chinese contender Xie Bin, rendering him unable to continue. With the bout already past the halfway point when the infraction occurred, a technical decision needed to be made, and it went in favor of Xie, who had been dominating Kelly all throughout the first one-and-a-half rounds.    Hoping to right the ship and get himself back on track as well was former ONE Featherweight World Champion Banario, who took on a short-notice replacement in South Korean Dae Sung Park. Banario was originally slated to face Russian Timofey Nastyukhin, but instead went to the prelims after Nastyukhin needed to pull out due to an injury.    Banario found himself in trouble early on after getting rocked with a left high kick and an elbow, but was able to survive and make things competitive for the rest of the bout. Banario had his moments, but it was Park who was in control for the better part of the three-round bout, leading to a unanimous decision win.    “Siguro the lesson I learned in this fight is I need to train more,” a dejected Banario said during the post-fight presser. “I gave everything in the fight, but it wasn’t my night, so I think the next time, I need to train more and improve my game.”    With the loss, Banario is now riding a two-fight losing streak, and while he admitted that the short-notice opponent change may have thrown him off his game for a bit, “The Rock” offered up no excuses for the defeat.    “Just a little bit, because my opponent changed to a southpaw, I tried to adapt for three weeks, but there’s no excuses. I lost the fight and [I need] to go back to the drawing board,” he said.    Hoping to be able to end the slump was former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio, who was coming off a bounce-back win back in Singapore. Against a heavy-handed Japanese striker in Yuya Wakamatsu, Eustaquio was hoping to get a win and throw himself back into title contention. Instead, Wakamatsu had other plans, as he landed a stiff right straight that knocked Eustaquio out in the first round.   It was Eustaquio’s first loss via knockout.    “Things happen, you know? In this level of competition, it’s either you get knocked out or you will knock him out. It’s just that tonight was not my night. I hope, and I believe that this is going to be a big stepping stone for me to become a better athlete,” he said.    In what was Team Lakay’s main event for the night, former two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion Eduard Folayang faced arguably his toughest challenge yet in former UFC and Bellator Lightweight World Champion Eddie Alvarez in a ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout.    Folayang appeared to be within moments of victory after chopping Alvarez down with a vicious leg kick and pouncing on the grounded American.    Over-aggression led to a bit of carelessness for Folayang as he found himself getting reversed as he was looking to finish Alvarez off.    With the American star now in dominant position, it was only a matter of moments before he managed to impose his superior grappling and submitted the Filipino hero with a Rear Naked Choke just a little over two minutes into the opening round.   “I think, for Eduard in this fight, the major lesson that we learned is that ‘Don’t rush. We’re winning.’ I thought we won already, but because of small details, we’re in the [world-class] calibre, so small details will finish everything and lose the fight, so next time, we’ll be cautious,” Sangiao said of Folayang’s loss.    The lone bright spot for the team was their youngest Lakay in Danny Kingad, who rallied back to defeat Reece McLaren in their ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semifinal bout. With the win, Kingad advances to the Finals to face American MMA icon and former long-time UFC Flyweight king Demetrious Johnson, who was also victorious that night against Japanese contender Tatsumitsu Wada.    Kingad and Johnson are set to square off at ONE: Century in Tokyo, Japan this October.    As Coach Mark said, this isn’t the first time that Team Lakay has felt disappointment in Manila. In fact, they have gone worse.    Back in 2013, Team Lakay went 0-5, with Folayang, Eustaquio, and Banario and Kevin Belingon all suffering losses that night in Manila.    But following the downs are usually ups, and Team Lakay has had their share of ups as well since then. They have gotten quite a few clean sweeps and even ended 2018 with four world championships, which means that all is not lost for the Igorot warriors, and Sangiao is confident that his team will regain their glory in the future.    “As I’ve said, this isn’t the first time that we’ve experienced cases like this. Before, we experienced going 0-5, and now we will be back again, and I know that they will be back stronger and better.”   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 3rd, 2019