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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

Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws

Ateneo rarely saw its shots fall against Far Eastern University in their Final Four of the UAAP Season 80 men's basketball tournament. What did go down was, as head coach Tab Baldwin said, the team's collective confidence. "I think our confidence kind of went down," said Baldwin after a 80-67 loss to the Tamaraws Sunday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. "I hate to see that because with young kids you don't ever want to see their confidence erode a little bit." Ateneo shot 26-of-71 from the field good for 37 percent and nearly half of those attempts were 3-pointers. The Blue Eagles chucked up 32 attempts from long distance and made just 10, but what made things difficult for t...Keep on reading: Blue Eagles misfire, lose confidence in defeat to Tamaraws.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News5 hr. 9 min. ago

Goran Dragic scores season-high 29, Heat beat Suns 126-115

By Jose M. Romero, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Former Phoenix guard Goran Dragic scored a season-high 29 points in the Miami Heat's 126-115 victory over the Suns on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). The Heat made 12 three-pointers, shot 53.1 percent overall and never trailed. The Suns lost their fourth straight. Dragic scored 10 points in the third quarter. The Heat took a 94-86 lead into the fourth and opened the final period with a 7-0 run. Phoenix made it 112-106 on Devin Booker's jumper with 2:53 to play, but got no closer. Hassan Whiteside added 23 points, 10 rebounds and four blocked shots for Miami. Booker led Phoenix with 30 points, and Mike James had 18. Guard Dion Waiters, playing in his first game since last Friday (last Saturday, PHL time), made a layup to give the Heat a 47-31 lead with 9:18 to go in the second quarter for Miami's largest lead of the first half. Waiters was away from the Heat for the birth of his daughter and returned to score 16 points. The Suns went on an 11-1 run to cut the lead to six, but Waiters' three-pointer with 10.8 seconds gave the Heat a 69-54 halftime advantage. The 69 points was the highest total in a half for the Heat this season. The Heat led by as many as 14 points in the first quarter. Phoenix hit five of its last seven shots of the quarter, and cut the lead to 36-27. STAREDOWN Whiteside blocked James' driving dunk attempt with 4:56 to go in the first half, then stopped and stared down the fallen James. Whiteside was a tough matchup inside for Phoenix without big man Tyson Chandler (back spasms) in the lineup. TIP-INS Heat: Justise Winslow started at power forward for the first time this season and had 14 points and six rebounds. ... Miami's 17.1 turnovers per game were the third-worst in the NBA entering the game, so coach Erik Spoelstra said he'd like to simplify things on offense. "Hopefully that can help, but the responsibility and the accepting of that responsibility is the most important thing," Spoelstra said. The Heat had 14 on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). ... G Tyler Johnson did not play due to illness. Suns: Alex Len made his first start of the season at center, in place of Chandler. ... Newly acquired C Greg Monroe has yet to report to the team. Monroe, who arrived in Tuesday's (Wednesday, PHL time) trade that sent Eric Bledsoe to Milwaukee, is dealing with a calf strain. ... Before the game, F Derrick Jones Jr. was recalled from the Northern Arizona Suns of G League. UP NEXT Heat: At Utah Friday night (Saturday, PHL time). Suns: Host Orlando on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2017

Romeo looking to move on from Globalport?

Terrence Romeo and Globalport might be headed to a basketball divorce. In a report by Musong Castillo of The Philippine Daily Inquirer on Tuesday, it appears that the high-scoring Batang Pier guard is on the trading block. Castillo cited a source that says Globalport has engaged with the Meralco Bolts for a possible trade with the Batang Pier looking at Chris Newsome and Baser Amer in exchange for Romeo. However, head coach Norman Black is hesitant to trade away Newsome, one of his former players at Ateneo De Manila University in the UAAP. Aside from Meralco, TNT has been involved with Globalport regarding a possible Romeo trade but the KaTropa are still hoping that Mo Tautuaa actually plays like a number one pick. Romeo reportedly asked to be traded during the Commissioner's Cup. Despite coming off another impressive individual season by averaging a league-high 23.3 points on top of 3.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists, Romeo's Globalport squad only made little noise in the grand scheme of things. Tha Batang Pier's best conference was in the Philippine Cup where behind Romeo's 28.2 points per game, the team made it to the quarterfinals only to getr swept by TNT, 2-0. Globalport made the quarters again in the Commissioner's Cup as the 8th seed but got dominated by no. 1 Ginebra. In the Governors' Cup, the Batang Pier missed the playoffs altogether.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

BEST OF 5 Part 1: The LPU Pirates are knocking on the door of history

The best-ever start to the season in the 93-year history of the NCAA belongs to Lyceum of the Philippines University. Yes, that Pirate crew which has been in the league for only six years. That best-ever start, 18 wins in 18 games, has put LPU straight into the Finals. Meaning, not only have they made their first playoffs, they have also made their first championship round. In doing so, the Pirates were also granted the luxury of a three-week break while watching their challengers in Colegio de San Juan de Letran, San Sebastian College-Recoletos, Jose Rizal University, and San Beda College go at it in successive knockout bouts. And for now, their first-ever Finals is far from the minds of the Intramuros-based squad. LOVE. SERVE. CARE. After setting the league on fire through 18 games, their first agenda was to stay true to the three words on the back of their warmup shirts: “Love, Serve, Care.” “We went to White Cross which is a home for kids who were abandoned,” head coach Topex Robinson shared. “It’s a part of letting them know how blessed they are to be in this situation right now.” Last October 26, LPU visited the orphanage in San Juan to spend time with youngsters whom they want to inspire. While that isn’t necessarily the typical preparation for a big game, it does help with the mental aspect of things – specifically, reminding them that they aren’t bigger than anything. “Amongst us, we know how we handle things. They know that our job isn’t done, that we haven’t accomplished anything yet,” Robinson said. “Rather than boast and be proud, we did a lot of community service so again, it’s going back to service. We could be enjoying everything, but it’s always about helping back and giving back.” HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS And so, two-thirds of the Pirates’ three-week break was devoted to both giving back and looking back. According to their mentor, most of the players went back home to their provinces during the Halloween break. “I gave them three days off to go back to their families. Ang reminder ko dun when they went back is to try to remember where they started and how everything has gone for them,” he shared. He then continued, “It’s always about remembering saan sila nanggaling before.” Robinson went on to say how he reminded CJ Perez of how he went from Pangasinan to San Sebastian College-Recoletos and then transferring to Ateneo de Manila University only to find his home inside the Walls of Intramuros. The same goes for Kim Cinco and Ralph Tansingco who floundered in National University and for Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee who found no place in Adamson University. “It’s always about being grateful for where they are now,” the head coach said. READY. SET. GO. All of this means that mentally, LPU is more than prepared as it sees action in its first-ever Finals – which just so happens to also be its first time playing on the floor of the Araneta Coliseum. Now that has been taken care of, they turn their attention to the game itself. “We were pretty much trying to take it lightly because we had three weeks, but we will be playing Alab (Pilipinas) in a tuneup match,” Robinson said. He then continued, “It’s gonna be our first, pretty much, basketball (since October 19).” That is why, on Sunday, the Pirates took on, and closely competed with, Ray Parks Jr.-led and Jimmy Alapag-coached Alab of the Asean Basketball League. After that, they return to practice to re-ignite the flame that had them setting the league on fire for 18 games. Nobody knows exactly what will happen in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. One thing is for sure, though: the LPU Pirates will cherish their first-ever Finals, their first time at the Araneta Coliseum, and their first chance to officially put their school at the top tier of teams. After all, just six seasons ago, that was all but a dream for them. LPU and whoever wins between San Beda and San Sebastian will wage war in Game 1 of the NCAA 93 Finals. All of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/ncaa. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 5th, 2017

Lauri Markkanen, Jimmy Butler’s replacement in Chicago, the next European sensation

In hindsight, Bobby Portis breaking Nikola Mirotic’s face in an altercation in practice was the best thing to happen for the Chicago Bulls this season. When you’re the 2017-2018 Chicago Bulls, you’ll take all the good things you can get. With Portis suspended and Mirotic requiring surgery on his face, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2017

Will Ben Mbala miss the UAAP Finals?

Ben Mbala missed the first two games of De La Salle University in the UAAP 80 Men's Basketball Tournament. There's a chance he may miss miss more. The Cameroonian was named part of his national team's lineup for the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 African Qualifiers scheduled from November 24 to 26. This was not a surprise as the 22-year-old had a starmaking stint in the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket with averages of 21.8 points and 9.3 rebounds through his country's quarterfinals finish. His time wearing the Cameroonian flag caused him to miss the Green Archers' first two assignments up against Far Eastern University and National University. Still, the defending champions took care of business and won without Mbala. This time around, however, things may be different as the UAAP Season 80 will be well approaching its climax by the time of the African Qualifiers. In fact, Game 1 of the Finals is slated for November 25. As it stands, the Green Archers and archrival Ateneo de Manila University are the top two teams in the tournament. ABS-CBN Sports reached out to Mbala and DLSU head coach Aldin Ayo for comment, but have yet to receive a response......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 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

Blue Eagles say their win against Green Archers was an upset

Ateneo de Manila University toppled De La Salle University last Sunday. Matt Nieto was the hero, Gian Mamuyac yet again proved to be “Mr. Intangibles,” Thirdy Ravena did Thirdy Ravena things, and both Chibueze Ikeh and Isaac Go held their own against reigning and defending MVP Ben Mbala. Bottom line, there was a total team effort from start to finish for the Blue Eagles – total team effort needed to take down the powerhouse Green Archers. Just like the University of the Philippines before them, the now league-leaders played a near-perfect game to topple DLSU. And just like UP before them, the now league-leaders say their victory versus DLSU should be considered an upset. Asked their win makes them the favorites for the championship, coach Sandy Arespacochaga answered, “It’s too early to talk about that. I think if you watched the game, it was an upset on our part.” He then continued, “I think you all feel that way. La Salle is still the favorite, I guess.” Going into details, Arespacochaga pointed to how they lost a 14-point lead and it took a mental lapse on the part of the usually steady Kib Montalbo to set up Nieto’s game-winning moment. “It was an Ateneo-La Salle game and you know, some of the players were excited so they veered away from what we wanted to do a couple of times,” he said. He then continued, “But in the end, when we asked them to follow the game plan offensively and defensively, they followed and we managed to steal the win.” The mentor also mentioned the disparity between the two teams in terms of shooting the ball. “We shot well especially in the first quarter, but La Salle managed to bring it down,” he said, referring to how they shot 43.9 percent in the first half before finishing with a 39.4 percent mark from the field. Even with those points for improvement, however, Arespacochaga said they were happy that their boys had the discipline in the face of their opponents’ famed “mayhem.” As he put it, “La Salle is a very good pressing team and a very good trapping team. For us to only turn the ball over 11 times is very good for us.” He then continued, “We can always look to improve, but we’re happy we won the turnover battle.” In the end, while they came out on top in the rivalry game, Ateneo reminded everybody that the season is far from over. “Right now, our mindset is we’re done with the first round and we’re looking forward to our next game. Of course, we’re happy that we came up with the win and we’ll celebrate,” he said. He then continued, “But we’re also waiting for the schedule to find out who we’re going up against and we’re gonna prepare for that team.” And in the end, the Blue Eagles vow that they, they who just downed the defending champions to go 7-0, are not yet done being better. “The key is to continue improving each game. I think, to a certain extent, we did that (in the first round),” he said. He then continued, “We’d like to carry that over to the second round. We’re looking at that both as a team and also individually.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

By the Numbers: All hail, the Human Heat Check

My goodness, we're already halfway through men's basketball for UAAP Season 80. Before things kick into higher gear for the second round, the past week was already intense for the country's premier collegiate basketball tournament. Career highs were set and rivals crossed paths once more. There was even a 'Finals' game fro crying out loud. As usual, after all the craziness, here we breakdown some of the notable statistics that happened in the past week. UAAP By the Numbers is here again.   br /> strong>49 /strong> Number of points scored by UE star Alvin Pasaol in a loss to defending champion La Salle last week. The hefty Red Warrior put himself on another level Wednesday, scoring the most points in the UAAP since 2003. NU's Jeff Napa was the last player to break the 40-point barrier in the UAAP. He scored 43 back in 2002. He did it with extreme efficiency as well, shooting 20-of-30 from the field for 67 percent. Wow   br /> strong>81 /strong> Number of points scored by Alvin Pasaol in two games this week. After his 49 points against the Green Archers, Pasaol dropped another 32 on UST just a couple of days later as the Red Warriors picked up their first win of the season. The previous five UE games before this week, Pasaol scored a combined 76 points.   br /> strong>3 /strong> Number of players who set their career highs in one game during La Salle vs. UE. Aside from Pasaol, reigning MVP Ben Mbala also had himself a game during that wild Wednesday matchup. Big Ben scored 39 points, setting a new high for his UAAP career. His frontcourt partner Abu Tratter dropped 24 points, also a career high.   br /> strong>4 /strong> Number of consecutive wins by the Adamson Falcons, their longest such streak (so far) under the Franz Pumaren era. The Falcons dominated the FEU Tamaraws in a streak vs. streak game, rising to 5-2 after the first round. Adamson is now currently tied for second with La Salle, its Final Four tormentors from last season.   br /> strong>7 /strong> Number of consecutive wins by Ateneo and number of consecutive losses by UST. The Blue Eagles, thanks to the clutchness of Matt Nieto, are flying high after round 1. They take down the Green Archers Sunday to complete the first round sweep. Now, everyone is chasing Katipunan. The same cannot be said for the Grownling Tigers who sport a sorry 0-7 mark. There's nothing really left to say about UST except the 2017 batch has now set the worst start by the school in the Final Four era. Things are not well in Espana.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 9th, 2017

UST, FEU continue rampage in women's beach volleyball

Looking for: teams that can stop defending champion UST and no. 1 contender FEU. Both the Golden Tigresses and the Lady Tamaraws kept their unbeaten run in the UAAP Season 80 women's beach volleyball tournament Saturday, scoring impressive wins in the first set of games of Day 3 action at MOA Sands. Defending champion UST started things off with a bang, dominating the University of the Philippines, 21-7, 21-15. With Cherry Rondina and Caitlyn Viray finally getting in sync, the Tigresses had little trouble in picking up their fourth win in as many games. 'Maganda galaw nila kanina, yun pinaka magandang galaw nila mula nung first day,' UST head coach Paul Jan Doloiras told ABS-CBN Sports. 'Nung unang araw si Sisi ang nawala, tapos pangalawang araw si Cait. Ngayon maganda nagsabay kaya nag-single digit lang. Kung ganun lalaruin mas maganda ang chance,' he added. The Lady Tams were also near-perfect in their match against Adamson as Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza cruised to a 21-10, 21-17 decision over the Lady Falcons. FEU tied UST at the top of the standings with a 4-0 mark. In the third match of the day, De La Salle picked up a 21-17, 21-16 win over UE while NU's Romajoy Doromal and Audrey Paran overcame pouring rain to take down Ateneo de Manila, 21-13, 15-21, 15-13. (To be updated)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 7th, 2017

Ranking the possible 2017 Governors' Cup Finals pairings

The 2017 Governors' Cup semifinals is starting to take shape, and from the looks of it, things might be over earlier than expexted. That means, the Finals will have an earlier start that usual. Before that happens though, let's take time to rank all possible Finals matchups because that's always fun. Okay, here we go.   strong>1. Ginebra vs. Meralco /strong> Two words: The Shot. A rematch from the 2016 Governors' Cup Finals is the best way to go, simply because there's unfinished business here and both teams seem to genuinely despise each other. Of course, the defending champion Gin Kings remain as the favorites here as all key members returned from last year led by import Justin Brownlee. A big factor, literally, is the return of Greg Slaughter, whose mere presence makes Ginebra the team the that the best frontline in the league. On the other hand, the Bolts have been plotting all year long for this one shot at redemption. No offense to Jimmy Alapag but Meralco now has a better guard rotation with the team trading for Mike Tolomia and Baser Amer taking the next step towards his superstardom. All the key pieces are there too and they all look better than ever. Allen Durham somehow found a way to be even more dominant and Chris Newsome is now a more consistent all-around threat. Jared Dillinger is also back in harness (he missed last year's Finals) and is steady as ever while Ranidel De Ocampo, acquired in trade for the sole purpose of getting over that playoff hump is adjusting quite nicely. If this rematch were to happen, it might be better than last year. And last year was an instant classic.   strong>2. Meralco vs. TNT /strong> Basically all the elements from the first series but add more emotion. Emotion that's not exactly hate. If this series takes place, it should be awkward at first, after all, some of the Bolts key pieces, including their head coach, came from TNT. It's barely been a month since TNT traded Ranidel De Ocampo. Jared Dillinger was drafted no. 2 overall by TNT and he won multiple championships with the team. Assistant coach Jimmy Alapag has his jersey number retired with TNT and coach Norman Black's return to the PBA after his Ateneo dynasty in the UAAP was with the then Tropang Texters. Jayson Castro, Kelly Williams, and Ryan Reyes are the only members of the old TNT dynasty that still see actual minutes for the KaTropa currently. It's like a reunion of that old team but with new stars like Amer, Newsome, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario ready to break out. If this series takes place, all games are guaranteed to be emotional and close. Also, it would serve as a final tiebreaker between the two MVP teams. In the 2016 Governors' Cup semis, the Bolts took a 3-1 decision over the KaTropa to make the Finals. In the 2017 Commissioner's Cup, TNT won a 2-1 quarterfinal series over Meralco to make the semis and Finals. Those previous two matchups were yes, emotional and close. Now, imagine a tiebreaker with a title on the line.   strong>3. Ginebra vs. Star /strong> Manila Clasico fans were spoiled this season, as both teams have already played each other ten times. However, Ginebra has dominated the rivalry so far, winning seven of those games. At least for this season, the Gin Kings have proven that they are indeed the better team. And if this were to happen, it might be a repeat of the 2017 Philippine Cup semifinals where Ginebra won in seven games without ever leading the series. That was a close one, but with the way the Gin Kings are built right now and the way Star is playing, a Manila Clasico Finals might not live up to expectations.   strong>4. TNT vs. Star /strong> Again, take all the elements of Manila Clasico and tone them down a little bit. Actually, tone them down a lot. As of right now, this rivalry is dead. Simple as that. Also, both teams might not even get out of the semifinals. TNT is consistently inconsistent, and Star is hurting and has no offense. Sure, both teams are more than capable of rallying and making the championship round but with all the possible Finals pairings, a matchup between the KaTropa and the Hotshots is the least enticing.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Gano field goal lifts Panthers over Patriots 33-30

FOXBOROUGH, Massachusetts (AP) — Graham Gano hit a 48-yard field goal as time expired, helping the Carolina Panthers stun the New England Patriots 33-30 on Sunday. The winner served as redemption for Gano, who missed an extra point in the third quarter. It was the second home loss this season for the usually unbeatable Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The defeat marked just the second time since 2012 that Tom Brady has lost two home starts within a season. Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and ran for another . Jonathan Stewart rushed 14 times for 68 yards to pass DeAngelo Williams and become the franchise's all-time leading rusher. Newton finished 22 of 29 for 316 yards and an interception, picking apart a New England defense that was giving up an NFL-worst 461 yards and 31.7 points per game. The Patriots (2-2) forced a pair of turnovers, but had trouble containing Newton's stable of targets. Carolina (3-1) finished with 444 total yards, marking the fourth straight game the Patriots have given up at least 300 yards. Brady finished 32 of 45 for 307 yards and two scores. strong>BRONCOS 16, RAIDERS 10 /strong> DENVER (AP) — The Broncos throttled running back Marshawn Lynch and sent quarterback Derek Carr to the sideline with a back injury, then sealed their win on safety Justin Simmons' interception of EJ Manuel at the Denver 8 in the closing minutes. Despite holding Lynch to 12 yards on nine carries, the Broncos found themselves in danger of frittering away an AFC West showdown they had dominated. Trailing by six, Manuel heaved a high toss to Amari Cooper just after the two-minute warning. Simmons, who won the job from three-time Pro Bowl safety T.J. Ward this summer, came down with the ball just shy of the goal line and took it out to 8. The Broncos ran out the clock to hit their bye week at 3-1. Oakland (2-2) had cut its deficit to six on Giorgio Tavecchio's 38-yard field goal with 5:23 remaining. That came after Brandon McManus hit the left upright from 29 yards out early in the fourth quarter after nailing kicks from 28, 36 and 46 yards. strong>CARDINALS 18, 49ERS 12, OT /strong> GLENDALE, Arizona (AP) — Carson Palmer threw 19 yards to Larry Fitzgerald with 32 seconds left in overtime for the game's only touchdown. The scoring had been limited to nine field goals on an ugly afternoon in the desert before Palmer directed a seven-play, 75-yard drive with 1:52 to play. Fitzgerald, who had three catches for 13 yards before the winning grab, rose to catch the ball under tight coverage by Rashard Robinson. Robbie Gould kicked his fifth field goal, a 23-yarder with 2:24 left in overtime to put the 49ers ahead 15-12. Phil Dawson kicked four field goals for the Cardinals (2-2), whose two victories both have come in overtime. The 49ers (0-4), losing to the Cardinals for the fifth time in a row, won the coin toss to start the overtime. They used up 7:36 of the extra session, which was shortened from 15 to 10 minutes this season. strong>EAGLES 26, CHARGERS 24 /strong> CARSON, California (AP) — Carson Wentz passed for 242 yards, LeGarrette Blount rushed for 136 and the Eagles extended their promising start to the season. Rookie Jake Elliott kicked four field goals for the Eagles (3-1), who had thousands of roaring fans in the Chargers' temporary stadium while they hung on to win on the road for the second time in 10 tries. Playing without several injured defensive regulars, the Eagles matched last year's 3-1 start even though they blew most of an early 13-point lead. Rookie Austin Ekeler rushed for a score and Hunter Henry made a one-handed TD catch during the Chargers' fourth-quarter surge. But Blount rushed for 88 yards in the fourth quarter alone, and Philadelphia ran out the clock after Henry's TD catch with 6:44 to play. Philip Rivers passed for 347 yards and two TDs for the Chargers, who have lost nine consecutive games dating to last season in San Diego. Tyrell Williams caught a 75-yard touchdown pass , but the Bolts are off to their first 0-4 start since 2003 — three years before Rivers became their starting quarterback. New coach Anthony Lynn is still winless after Los Angeles' new team wrapped up a three-game homestand. strong>BUCCANEERS 25, GIANTS 23 /strong> TAMPA, Florida (AP) — Jameis Winston threw for 332 and three touchdowns without an interception, and Nick Folk kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired. Folk redeemed himself after missing two field goals and an extra point earlier in the day, booting the winner after Winston answered Eli Manning's second TD pass of the day with an impressive drive that began at his 25. The Giants (0-4) lost on a last-second field goal for the second straight week. They took a 23-22 lead on Rhett Ellison's 2-yard TD reception with 3:16 remaining. Manning threw to Odell Beckham Jr., in the rear of the end zone for a 2-point conversion that was disallowed because the receiver had stepped out of bounds before making the catch. Winston threw TDs passes of 6 yards to Mike Evans and 58 yards to O.J. Howard in building an early 13-0 lead. His 14-yard scoring pass to Cameron Brate put the Bucs up 22-17 midway through the fourth quarter, setting the stage for an exciting close. strong>RAMS 35, COWBOYS 30 /strong> ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Todd Gurley scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 53-yard catch-and-run, and Greg Zuerlein kicked a career-high seven field goals. Gurley finished with 215 total yards — 121 rushing and 94 receiving — as the Rams overcame two first-half touchdowns from Ezekiel Elliott the day before a federal appeals court hearing related to the star Dallas running back's blocked six-game suspension over a domestic incident in Ohio. The Rams (3-1) rallied from 11 points down late in the first half and matched their start from a year ago, when they went 1-11 the rest of the way as No. 1 overall pick Jared Goff was sitting and later lost the first seven starts of his career. Goff showed more poise in first-year coach Sean McVay's offense, throwing for 255 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. He has seven TD passes and one interception this season. The Cowboys (2-2) are already a loss shy of their total from last season when Dak Prescott was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and Elliott led the league in rushing, also as a rookie. strong>BILLS 23, FALCONS 17 /strong> ATLANTA (AP) — Stephen Hauschka kicked a tiebreaking, 56-yard field goal with less than five minutes remaining and the Buffalo Bills made a last-minute defensive stand. The Falcons lost star wide receiver Julio Jones to a hip injury and also saw fellow WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) leave the game. Hauschka padded the lead with a 55-yarder with about three minutes remaining. Buffalo's defense stopped the Falcons at the Bills 10 with less than a minute remaining when Matt Ryan couldn't complete a fourth-down pass to Taylor Gabriel, and Atlanta became the last NFC team to lose this season. Tre'Davious White returned a fumble recovery 52 yards for a third-quarter touchdown as the tough Buffalo defense delivered again even when it yielded its first passing touchdown of the season. Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes hit Ryan's arm as Ryan was trying to pass, forcing the fumble. It was one of three turnovers by Atlanta (3-1) on a day the Bills (3-1) set a team record for consecutive quarters without a turnover. Ryan threw two interceptions, giving him five in his last two games. strong>STEELERS 26, RAVENS 9 /strong> BALTIMORE (AP) — Le'Veon Bell rushed for 144 yards and two touchdowns to seize first place in the AFC North. Though held to a touchdown over the final 30 minutes, Pittsburgh (3-1) mounted enough of an attack before halftime to earn its first win in Baltimore since 2012. Ben Roethlisberger went 18 for 30 for 216 yards and a touchdown. Bell did more than his share, carrying the ball 35 times to help the Steelers amass 381 yards on offense. The Ravens (2-2), meanwhile, looked every bit like the 32nd-ranked offense in the NFL. Baltimore trailed 19-0 at halftime, generated only 154 yards through three quarters and stumbled through a second straight game with only one touchdown. Joe Flacco completed 31 of 49 passes for 235 yards, was sacked four times and intercepted twice. strong>TEXANS 57, TITANS 14 /strong> HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie Deshaun Watson threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Texans scored the most points in franchise history. Watson, the 12th pick in this year's draft, became the first rookie to throw four touchdowns and run for another one since Fran Tarkenton in 1961, and tied an NFL record for most TDs by a rookie quarterback. The Texans (2-2) outdid their previous highest point total of 45 set in a victory over the Titans in 2014 and are the first NFL team to score 50 points since the Jaguars scored 51 in December 2015. Houston's defense got things going when Andre Hal intercepted Marcus Mariota on the game's third play. It was the first of four interceptions for Houston's defense. Mariota, who became the first Titans quarterback with two rushing touchdowns in a game since Steve McNair in 2003, injured his hamstring and didn't play after halftime. Matt Cassel took over for the Titans (2-2) and threw for 21 yards with two interceptions. Watson then led Houston's offense to touchdowns on three straight possessions for a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter. It was the first time since Oct. 19, 2008 that Houston scored a touchdown on each of its first three possessions. strong>LIONS 14, VIKINGS 7 /strong> MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Anthony Zettel led a ferocious performance by Detroit's defense with two sacks, four hurries and a fumble recovery, as the Lions forced three turnovers while holding Minnesota scoreless in the second half. The Lions turned two fumbles lost by the Vikings in the third quarter into 11 points, taking the lead on Ameer Abdullah's 1-yard touchdown run five plays after rookie Dalvin Cook fumbled at the Minnesota 29. The Vikings (2-2) lost more than just possession when Cook limped off with an injury to his left knee and did not return. Tahir Whitehead recovered that fumble for the Lions, plus one by Adam Thielen with 1:43 left at the Detroit 45 that ended the last-chance drive for the Vikings. Detroit (3-1) leads the NFL in turnover margin at plus-9. Abdullah came close to ending a four-year stretch by the Lions without a 100-yard rusher, finishing with 94 yards on 20 carries before leaving with an undisclosed injury. Matthew Stafford was sacked six times for 55 yards, but he hung on to the ball each time and completed 19 of 31 passes for 209 yards, plus the key 2-point conversion to T.J. Jones to give the Lions a seven-point lead. Case Keenum started in place of Sam Bradford at quarterback for the Vikings for the third straight game, going 16 for 30 for 219 yards. He was sacked by Zettel for an 11-yard loss on third-and-goal from the 3 right before the two-minute warning, and his fourth down heave into the end zone sailed over Thielen's head. strong>SAINTS 20, DOLPHINS 0 /strong> LONDON (AP) — Drew Brees threw for 268 yards and two touchdowns and the Saints scored all but three of their points in the second half. Michael Thomas had a touchdown reception in the third quarter, Alvin Kamara added one in the fourth and Will Lutz made two of his three field-goal attempts for New Orleans (2-2), which arrived for the game on Monday and won the lowest-scoring game ever held in London. It was expected to be a big homecoming for the Dolphins' Jay Ajayi, who was born in the city, but the running back finished with 46 yards on 12 carries. Lutz missed his first try, a 41-yarder, wide right on the second play of the second quarter, and the teams threatened to have the first scoreless opening half since Week 14 of the 2011 season until Lutz connected from 43 yards with no time remaining. Brees found Thomas, who had eight catches for 89 yards, on a 4-yarder to push the score to 10-0 in the third quarter, and Kamara took a shovel pass from Brees 12 yards into the end zone with 3:57 remaining to wrap up the victory. strong>JETS 23, JAGUARS 20, OT /strong> EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey (AP) — Chandler Catanzaro kicked a 41-yard field goal with 28 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Jets to a wacky win. After Catanzaro split the uprights, he and his teammates celebrated wildly in the middle of the field — but then had to wait because there was a penalty flag on the field. The officials ruled there actually was no penalty on the play, giving the Jets the victory. Bilal Powell rushed for a career-high 163 yards, including a 75-yard touchdown, and rookie Elijah McGuire had a 69-yard score and finished with 93 yards rushing as the Jets (2-2) ran all over the Jaguars (2-2). But New York blew a 10-point, fourth-quarter lead because of some big mistakes, then had to hold on in the extra period. After Jacksonville went three-and-out, on the punt Paul Posluszny was called for unsportsmanlike conduct for taunting as the Jets' Dylan Donahue went down on the Jaguars sideline with an elbow injury. It put the ball on the Jacksonville 25, and after two 1-yard runs, Josh McCown spiked the ball to set up Catanzaro's field goal. McCown finished 22 of 31 for 224 yards with an interception and the Jets outgained the Jaguars 471-311 in total yards, including 256-175 on the ground. strong>BENGALS 31, BROWNS 7 /strong> CLEVELAND (AP) — Andy Dalton threw three of his four touchdown passes in the first half and Cincinnati's offense found the perfect opponent to work out some early season struggles. Dalton only missed on one of 18 throws in the first half as the Bengals (1-3) built a 21-0 lead. He connected with A.J. Green, Tyler Croft and Giovani Bernard while dissecting the young Browns (0-4), who were again plagued by mistakes and were down three defensive starters. Dalton, the NFL's 30th-ranked QB, finished 25 of 30 for 286 yards. His second TD to Croft in the third quarter made it 31-0, and sent even some of the most die-hard Browns fans toward the FirstEnergy Stadium exits. The Browns avoided a shutout with 1:54 left. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 2nd, 2017

Gervacio returns to Foton

Dzi Gervacio will make a return stint with Foton for the 2017 Philippine Superliga Grand Prix, slated to open on October 21 as the Tornadoes gun for a three-peat in the import-laden tournament. The former Ateneo de Manila University star last donned the Tornadoes jersey two years ago and her addition will shore up the squad's lineup in the nine-team season-ending conference.   “Injury-plagued pa rin kami so we’ll see (if maka-three-peat) but Miss Gervacio will be a big boost to our campaign,” said Foton team owner Rommel Sytin Friday when he met Gervacio and league officials headed by chairman Philip Juico and president Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara. Gervacio will add more firepower to the Tornadoes, alongside veterans and national team members 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago and Maika Ortiz and holdovers Ivy Perez and returning Dindin Santiago-Manabat. Foton tapped Sara Klisura and Katarina Vukamanovic of Serbia and Dragana Perunicnic of Montenegro.  Gervacio suited up for the Tornadoes back in the 2014 Grand Prix and the 2015 All-Filipino Conference where she unfortunately sustained a left ACL injury in a match against Philips Gold. She returned to indoor volleyball last year with BaliPure in the V-League and then played for BanKo-Perlas in the 2017 Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference. Gervacio is also busy organizing tournaments for Beach Volleyball Republic with close friends and Ateneo alumni Charo Soriano, Bea Tan and Gretchen Ho. The meeting also served as a chance for bridging the gap between Gervacio and Suzara regarding the issue of the delayed release of the international transfer certificates of PVL imports back in May. Gervacio apologized for her tweets and the hashtag 'IbigayMoNaTatsSuzara, which accused Suzara, the marketing and development committee chair of the Asian Volleyball Confederation (AVC) and an active member of the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB), of meddling with the processing of the ITCs. Gervacio in an letter said that her decision to bring the issue through social media platform ‘was in no way to try and disrespect Mr. Suzara as it was my way of eliciting a response from the authorities regarding the matter.’ Suzara said that everything’s water under the bridge now and thanked Sytin for initiating the fruitful meeting to clear the issue. “I respect Mr. Sytin and admire him for his decision to settle all things among the PSL, our stakeholders, our players and prove that negativity has no place in our quest to become one of the leading sports leagues in the country,” he said.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 29th, 2017

King Maroon Desiderio is hands down Player of the Week

Following a career performance, all Paul Desiderio could say was, “Naglaro lang ako.” University of the Philippines’ main man was never one for talking and just lets his game speak for him. His statement was loud and clear last Saturday as he fired a career-best 30 points on top of six rebounds and five assists to lead the Fighting Maroons to a big-time win over De La Salle University. Scoring the most points by a player from Diliman since 2003 all while proving that State U is serious in its contention, Desiderio was hands down the Chooks-to-Go UAAP Press Corps Player of the Week from September 18 to 24. Even after besting teammate Jun Manzo, Ben Mbala of DLSU, Thirdy Ravena of Ateneo de Manila University, and Papi Sarr of Adamson University for the weekly citation, the 20-year-old was at a loss for words. “Wala akong masabi. Nagpapasalamat lang ako sa mga teammates ko kasi tulong-tulong kami para manalo,” he said. Indeed, UP head coach Bo Perasol said Desiderio’s “excellent performance” was also made possible by the other guys. “His teammates are his unsung heroes. They pass the ball to him, they rebound for him, they set screens for him, they do the little things for him,” he shared. Desiderio started the season slow, averaging 13 points on 26.3 percent shooting, but busted out with 28 points to shoot the Maroons over University of the East a week ago. “Medyo gigil pa ako first two games, pero ngayon, okay na. Nag-relax na ako,” he said. Against the defending champions, the pride of Cebu was even hotter, swishing six of State U’s 16 total triples. While Desiderio was never one for talking, opponents have no choice but to talk about him. Last week, Red Warriors mentor Derrick Pumaren said, “I think Desiderio killed us.” Not long after, Green Archers coach Aldin Ayo said, “Ginawa na rin sa amin ni Desiderio ‘yun before so we prepared ourselves for that, pero our players did not respond.” The Player of the Week will again lead UP as they try for three straight wins against Far Eastern University next Sunday. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 25th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs remain unscathed; UE moves into joint second

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> NU 4-0 br /> UE 3-1 br /> UST 3-1 br /> Ateneo 2-2 br /> FEU 2-2 br /> Adamson 1-3 br /> DLSU 1-3 br /> UP 0-4 One after the other, National University has defeated the other three semifinalists from a year ago. This time on Sunday, the Lady Bulldogs’ victims was Adamson University which was ran out of the MOA Arena with a 44-point rout, 82-38. The win was the defending champions’ fourth in a row in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. Two of the previous three have come against University of the East and De La Salle University who both made the Final Four a year ago. Also, the win was their 52nd in a row dating back to 2014. There was no doubt about in in this one as Rhena Itesi and Ria Nabalan got NU to the strongest of starts. By halftime, their lead was 34, 41-17. They would be in cruise control for the remainder of the game. In the end, Itesi had 18 points and 22 rebounds while Nabalan also posted a double-double of her own with 14 points and 12 rebounds. The Lady Bulldogs’ dominance was most evident in the rebounding department where they tallied a massive 69-42 advantage. “We just dominated the boards. By controlling the boards, we can do other things like controlling the tempo of the game and that’s we did,” a satisfied head coach Pat Aquino said. Meanwhile, following a season-opening loss to NU, University of the East is now on a three-game winning streak as they prevailed over Ateneo de Manila University, 62-51. Ruthlaine Tacula fired half of her 20 points in the final frame while Eunique Chan contributed a 17-point, 10-rebound double-double. “Every game naman talaga, si Tacula, binubuhos niya ang lahat,” head coach Aileen Lebornio said. Indeed, it was Tacula who scored six points in the Lady Warriors’ 12-1 run to close the contest. Now, UE is at 3-1, tied for the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas. Their respective losses dropped the Lady Eagles to 2-2 and the Lady Falcons to 1-3. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 62 – Tacula 20, Chan 17, Francisco 9, Sto. Domingo 8, Ramos 4, Gayacao 3, Cortizano 1, Requiron 1, Strachan 0. ATENEO 51 – Go 13, Guytingco 11, Uy De Ong 8, Joson 6, Deacon 4, Newsome 4, Buendia 3, Yam 2, Payac 0, Morelos 0, Cancio 0. QUARTER SCORES: 12-13, 24-18, 42-43, 62-51. SECOND GAME NU 88 – Itesi 18, Nabalan 14, Camelo 11, Del Carmen 7, Ano-os 6, Sison 6, Ceno 6, Antiquera 6, Animam 4, Harada 4, Cacho 0, Layug 0, Lopez 0, Tanesa 0. ADAMSON 38 – Camacho 10, Prado 6, Araja 6, Razalo 6, Alcoy 4, Cabug 2, Aciro 2, Cacho 2, Lacson 0, Rosario 0, Villanueva 0, Ramiliano 0, Tacitac 0, Gaite 0. QUARTER SCORES: 27-6, 41-17, 64-24, 82-38. --- Follow this writer, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Lady Bulldogs win 51st straight even as DLSU remains winless

New stars continue to shine for National University as it registered its 51st win in a row dating back to 2014 on Wednesday at the MOA Arena. Trixie Antiquerra fired a career-high 27 points, Jack Daniel Animam turned in her best performance thus far, and Ria Nabalan flirted with a triple-double as the Lady Bulldogs pounded on University of Sto. Tomas, 95-65, for a strong 3-0 start in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Antiquerra waxed hot right from the start and had 21 of her career-high in the first two quarters alone. Still, the Tigresses were keeping close and were only behind by three at halftime. “The players just settled down. I told them at halftime that they’re rushing things too much,” head coach Pat Aquino said post-game. Indeed, the third quarter was a different story as the three-time defending champions turned it on and outscored their opponents, 25-14. “Again, it has to be teamwork in the end for a team like this,” Aquino said. In the final frame, Animam and Nabalan then took over and combined for 17 of their team’s 29 points. By themselves, the two outdid UST which only mustered 13. Animam wound up with a 23-point, 18-rebound double-double while Nabalan stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points, 11 rebounds, nine assists, and five steals. By taking down the Tigresses, NU is now the only undefeated team in the tournament. Anjel Anies topped the scoring column for UST with 18 points. Suffering their first setback in three tries, they find themselves in a three-way tie for the second spot with Ateneo de Manila University and Far Eastern Univeristy. Meanwhile, Adamson University scored its first win of the tournament, edging out De La Salle University, 88-84. Nathalia Prado scored a career-best 26 points to lift the Lady Falcons onto the win column now at 1-2. At the same time, they added to the woes of the Lady Archers who remained winless after three games. Ana Castillo paced last year’s runners-up with 19 points. Without a doubt, they continue to miss the services of ace scorer Camille Claro and bigs Susan Al-Mohamen and Benette Revillosa who are all out for the season due to injury. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME NU 95 – Antiquerra 27, Animam 23, Nabalan 17, Itesi 13, Camelo 6, Del Carmen 5, Ano-os 4, Harada 0, Cacho 0, Sison 0, Ceno 0 UST 65 – Anies 18, Penaflor 14, Angeles 13, Tortillo 8, Jerez 3, Magat 3, Larosa 2, Gandalla 2, Isanan 2, Sanggalang 0, Manuel 0, Capilit 0, Valera 0, Aujero 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-15, 41-38, 66-52, 95-65 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 88 – Prado 26, Alcoy 13, Rosario 13, Cabug 11, Araja 7, Camacho 6, Lacson 2, Villanueva 2, Razalo 2, Cacho 2, Tacitac 2, Gaite 2, Aciro 0 DLSU 84 – Castillo 19, Dagdagan 10, Torres 9, Vergara 8, Arciga 8, Del Campo 8, Nunez 7, Jimenez 7, Paraiso 6, Javier 2, Figueroa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 21-26, 44-42, 66-64, 88-84 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2017

Lady Warriors go streaking; Ateneo falls for first time

With De La Salle University plagued by injury, University of the East is now the closest challenger to National University’s throne in the UAAP 80 Women’s Basketball Tournament. And after a season-opening defeat, the Lady Warriors now look the part, going on a win run at the expense of hapless University of the Philippines, 52-42, on Sunday at the Araneta Coliseum. Playing their third game in a week, the girls of head coach Aileen Lebornio still showed much sense of urgency in this one. Bienca Ramos and Joyce Francisco provided a big boost, conniving for all but four in UE’s 19-point third quarter that increased a three-point cushion into a 48-31 lead heading into the final frame. “Nung third quarter, buti nag-respond sila sa sinabi ko at nakuha na namin gusto namin,” Lebornio said. Love Sto. Domingo then hammered down the final nail in the coffin and eventually ended with a 15-point, 17-rebound double-double. Ramos and Francisco also contributed 12 markers apiece. Lebornio’s defense was stout as always, limiting the Lady Maroons into an abysmal 21 percent shooting. And so, after falling to NU in their first assignment, the Lady Warriors are now on a two-game win run. They are now in three-way tie for third after erstwhile undefeated Ateneo de Manila University suffered its first setback in the season. Valerie Mamaril and Precious Arellado scored 16 and 15 points, respectively, and Far Eastern University made another statement, taking down the Lady Eagles, 64-58. Katrina Guytingco’s back-to-back hits kept things interesting for Ateneo in the last 20 seconds before Mamaril kept them at bay once and for all by converting three charities. “At least, meron na kaming help ngayon kasi si Arellado lang last year e. Nag-improve na rin talaga yung Mamaril,” head coach Bert Flores said after his girls bounced back onto a 2-1 standing. Also at 2-1 are the Lady Eagles who were led by Hazelle Yam’s 20 points. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME UE 52 – Sto. Domingo 15, Ramos 12, Francisco 12, Chan 6, Tacula 4, Nama 3, Gayacao 0, Cortizano 0, Requiron 0, Strachan 0, Pedregosa 0, Bobis 0, Borromeo 0. UP 42 – Esplana 16, Domingo 13, Isip 5, Ordoveza 4, Rodas 4, Cruz 0, Pesquera 0, Tan S. 0, Lapid 0, Ongsiako 0, Bascon 0, Viray 0, Gatpatan 0, Tan K. 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-9, 29-26, 48-31, 52-42. SECOND GAME FEU 64 – Mamaril 16, Arellado 15, Taguiam 11, Jumuad 7, Gerner 5, Antiola 3, Bastatas 2, Balleser 2, Okunlola 0, Ouano 0, De Guzman 0. ATENEO 58 – Yam 20, Deacon 11, Guytingco 10, Buendia 6, Go 4, Joson 4, Newsome 3, Uy De Ong 0, Cancio 0, Villamor 0. QUARTER SCORES: 14-21, 30-33, 43-39, 64-58. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2017

We just have to stay together -- De Leon on Ateneo's health woes

Ateneo de Manila University team captain Bea De Leon is facing the challenge of leading an injury-laden team head on. The fourth year middle blocker remains positive despite the health issues plaguing the Lady Eagles.      “It’s very hard kasi pati ako affected din kasi pinakauna kong kalaban sarili ko. It’s hard to see a lot of them injured, very hurt, all of them who really want to be there and want to help,” said De Leon after Ateneo’s straight sets win over the gritty Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Katipunan-based squad defeated the Lady Pirates, 25-23, 25-20, 25-20, to get back in the win column in Group A of the inaugural Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Saturday despite a number of players sidelined with injuries. De Leon returned to action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ four-set loss to Far Eastern University last week to attend an immersion in Capas, Tarlac and finished with eight points. Maddie Madayag, who sat out Ateneo’s previous game because of an ankle injury, chipped in nine markers while Jules Samonte and Ponggay Gaston combined for 16 points to fill in the scoring void left by injured Jho Maraguinot, Kim Gequillana and Ana Gopico. Maraguinot was nursing a left foot sprain, Gopico has yet to see action due to a hamstring injury while Gequillana’s left leg was strapped with an immobilizer after hurting her knee last week against FEU.    “There’s nothing much to say but really sad, very hard and I hope we’ll get through it and sana we’ll see maybe these things are blessings in disguise,” said De Leon. “We can only hope ‘cause syempre any loss is hard to take in but we can’t stop eh.” Gequillana, who watched the game on the sidelines, is still waiting for the final result of her MRI to know the extent of her injury and the timeline of her return. But with Gequillana limping and obviously still in pain, suiting up for Ateneo might not come any sooner.  “Medyo nakakagulat pa rin, I wasn’t really expecting to get injured sa last game kasi I don’t know, like for me, I have like a big responsibility sa team last game kasi nga wala si Bea so I thought na I had this responsibility to help the team,” she said. “Then noong na-injure ako it was a bit hard to take kasi parang wala na akong magagawa that game kasi it should be me helping the team. But you know wala talaga sa kamay mo 'yung mga ganong circumstances.” With limited offensive option, the Lady Eagles came out with a quiet 26-kill outing, 10 attack points less than LPU’s output. Save for Ateneo’s 12 service aces and 31 free points off the Lady Pirates errors, the match could’ve gone the other way.    Ateneo improved to 2-1 win-loss record but their journey for a semifinals lot will not come any easier with their remaining games against San Sebastian College and National University. Another loss will put the Lady Eagles in a precarious position of missing the semis cut.  Still, De Leon keeps a positive mindset. “Motivating them I think it comes more na you have to let them know na, when one goes down another one must come up, so they have to believe in themselves na we can fill the spot,” she said. “We just stay together and make sure na all these things we try to process. Magkakasama pa rin kami kasi at the end of the day, 'yun ang kailangan ng team to just stay together.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 16th, 2017

Vladimir Putin denies he has compromising material on Donald Trump – The Guardian

Russian President Vladimir Putin has denied he had any compromising material about US President Donald Trump. “Well, this is just another load of nonsense,” Putin said on NBC News’ Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly, when asked whether he had any damaging information on the Republican president. The remarks were the latest in a series of denials from Moscow that have had little impact so far on a political crisis in the United States over potential links between Russia and Trump’s inner circle. The issue will be front and centre this week in Washington, where former FBI director James Comey is due to testify on whether Trump tried to get him to back off an investigation into alleged ties between Trump’s election campaign and Moscow. Comey, who was leading the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s probe into alleged Russian meddling in last year’s US presidential election, was fired by Trump last month, four years into his 10-year term. Putin also told NBC he had no relationship with Trump and had never met him, regardless of Trump’s previous travel to Russia as a businessman. Putin noted that executives from perhaps 100 American companies were currently in Russia. “Do you think we’re gathering compromising information on all of them right now or something?” Putin asked, before saying: “Have you all lost your senses?” Have you all lost your senses? Vladimir Putin Trump has offered contradictory accounts of his relationship with Putin over time but has also said the two never met. He has called an FBI investigation into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia a “witch hunt” designed to undermine the legitimacy of his 2016 election win. Trump has also disparaged a dossier of unsubstantiated allegations that purported to show Russian intelligence operatives had compromising information about him, but which he has described as a “hoax.” US intelligence agencies concluded in January that Moscow tried to tilt the election campaign in Trump’s favour, including by hacking into the emails of senior Democrats, a charge the Kremlin denies. “They have been misled,” Putin told NBC, in an interview NBC said was recorded on Friday. “And they aren’t analysing the information in its entirety. I haven’t seen, even once, any direct proof of Russian interference in the presidential election.” Trump has denied any collusion but the FBI and congressional probes into the Russia matter have dogged the early months of his presidency. Former CIA director John Brennan said last month he had noticed contacts between Trump’s campaign associates and Russia during the 2016 election and grew concerned Moscow had sought to lure Americans down “a treasonous path.” After Comey’s dismissal, news reports emerged that Trump asked Comey to end the probe into former national security adviser Michael Flynnduring a February meeting in the Oval Office, the day after Flynn was fired for misrepresenting his contacts with the Russian ambassador, Sergei Kislyak. Flynn has declined to testify to the US Senate Intelligence Committee about his Russian ties, invoking his constitutional right to avoid self-incrimination. Putin downplayed Flynn’s appearance with him at a December 2015 gala dinner in honor of the Russian television network Russia Today (RT), which US officials consider a state-run propaganda outlet. “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said he was unaware of any such discussion and criticized NBC for asking about contacts between the ambassador and the Trump administration. “You created a sensation out of nothing. And out of this sensation, you turned it into a weapon of war against the current president,” Putin said. … today we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So we think it’s fair to ask people who visit us often for their help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too. If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps to support it, our future would be much more secure.( “I made my speech. Then we talked about some other stuff. And I got up and left. And then afterwards I was told, ‘You know there was an American gentleman, he was involved in some things. He used to be in the security services’,” Putin said. “That’s it. I didn’t even really talk to him. That’s the extent of my acquaintance with Mr Flynn,” he added. Reuters has reported that Flynn and Trump’s son-in-law and close adviser, Jared Kushner, discussed with Kislyak the idea of creating a back channel between Trump and Putin that could have bypassed diplomats and intelligence agencies. Putin said [&'].....»»

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