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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 25th, 2017

Yes, undefeated league-leader Ateneo can still get better

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

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 24th, 2017

Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston channels modern women empowerment icons with new pixie cut

Ateneo Lady Eagles outside hitter Ponggay Gaston stunned fans on Twitter when she was seen Friday afternoon rocking a new shorter “pixie” hairstyle during their UAAP season 80 photoshoot in ABS-CBN. .@pingpongPONGGAY rocking the new ‘do! 👀💇🏻 #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/zq7pQbPKUG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 19, 2018 Far from the long, flowing locks from seasons past, Gaston’s shorter hair was both a fashion choice, and a social statement as well. “I wanted to be like Eleven from hit Netlfix series ‘Stranger Things’ and Natalie Portman’s character in ‘V for Vendetta’,” she bared. Ponggay, a bubbly presence on the court for Ateneo, is of course talking about two fictional characters in TV and in film who she felt best represented the empowerment of women.  “Wala lang, I think that there is more to a woman than her hair,” she said, after revealing that she actually had the haircut right before Christmas last year.   Snip snip snip 💇🏽 A post shared by i come for ür doggos (@pingpongponggay) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:21am PST While Gaston originally wanted to emulate the shaved hairstyles popularized by Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman in the 2006 film, she compromised for a slightly longer cut.  “I wanted to make it really semi-kalbo, I wanted it short,” Gaston shared, “But then they wouldn’t let me cut it that short.” Ever the trendsetter, Gaston, who also used to be a runway model, had nothing but positive reactions from her peers, after the initial surprise, of course.  “They were shocked because I’ve always had long hair. But then, you know, what choice do they got, they’re going to see it everyday,” she said. “They liked it naman.” With the season already near, Ponggay says she’d let her hair grow back until the UAAP wars end, then she’ll push for her original plan. “I think I’m gonna go for my goal, which is to make it really shaved. Maybe after [the season],” Gaston shared. While fans are yet to get used to Gaston’s new hair, they’ll get to see the outside hitter step up for Ateneo when the Lady Eagles open their bid this February 4 against FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Kiefer admits to talking trash to Von Pessumal

Kiefer Ravena denies doing anything physical to provoke Von Pessumal during NLEX's eventual loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. However, Ravena admitted to trying to talk some trash to his former Ateneo teammate. Well, it kinda worked. Obviously. "I did not expect that at all. But hopefully Von doesn't take it personal," Ravena on the whole incident that caused Pessumal to receive a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving Kiefer to the floor. "They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing. It was a heat of the moment [type of thing]," he added. With Pessumal offering no explanations from his end, Ravena hopes that everything will be well after the heated game. "I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that. Probably nung tinignan ko siya. But you know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don't become too personal," Ravena said. "I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang," he added. Finally, Kief says he has no plans of reaching out to Von after the fact. Basically what Pessumal said as well. "No. Not really," he said on if he tries to reach out to Von. "It's just two players wanting to battle it out and help their team win," Ravena added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 19th, 2018

Ahead of point guard clash, Cabagnot praises Ravena for seamless transition to the pros

After nearly 13 years in the league, San Miguel Beer starting point guard Alex Cabagnot has proven time and again that he knows a thing or two about running a successful offense in the PBA. The Beermen’s dynastic success under head coach Leo Austria had to go through Cabagnot first, and he translated it to the tune of three straight Philippine Cup championships, and more. So when it comes to steady point guards in the league, Cabagnot is right up there. But the veteran playmaker, who has per game averages of 20.67 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over three outings, is set to clash with one of the rising point guards in the league in Kiefer Ravena, as San Miguel faces off against NLEX on Friday. Speaking about his upcoming match-up against the 2nd pick of the 2017 PBA Draft, Cabagnot was all praise, commending how Ravena was able to live up to the massive expectations he came with. “He’s playing well. I think he’s adjusted well to the PBA brand. I think it’s a long time coming naman talaga for Kiefer to head to the PBA and he’s doing well,” Cabagnot told ABS-CBN Sports. “I expected that from him and he’s doing exactly what I expect him to do.” Ravena is norming 19.25 points, 7.25 assists, and 3.5 rebounds per game through his first four matches as a pro, and is coming off a career game where he scored 31 points in a loss against Magnolia. While Cabagnot, a six-time PBA champ is all praise for the rookie out of Ateneo, the veteran guard also knows stopping Ravena will be all fall under the responsibility of the whole San Miguel squad. “I think the coaching staff has done a great job scouting him. Not just Kiefer, but all their guards, all their players so we’re just gonna have to stick to the game plan, stick to the blueprint,” Cabagnot bared. What has Cabagnot beaming about Ravena even more is that the Phenom is earning every bit of green light that the fiery mentor Yeng Guiao allows him.  “Under Coach Yeng Guiao, he has a little bit more freedom, and a little bit more things that most rookies don’t have. But then again, he’s producing so he earns that freedom, not necessarily given to him, he earned it,” he said. This will be the first clash between two of the most electrifying and solid point guards in the PBA, and Cabagnot wishes Ravena nothing but luck, in tomorrow’s game, and in what is expected to be a long and fruitful career. “I just hope he continues, I just hope he stays injury-free. I hope he has the good health, I mean siyempre naman you need a lot of blessings and luck to not be injured and I’m pretty sure we’ll hear more about Kiefer,” Cabagnot said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 18th, 2018

EYES ON YOU, KID: UAAP 80 Jrs. players to watch

The first round of the UAAP 80 Juniors Basketball Tournament is over and done with. And we can’t wait for the second round to get started just so we could get even more glimpses of the future of Philippine basketball courtesy of these players: CJ CANSINO – University of Sto. Tomas (yellow jersey with ball) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 27.6 points, 43.5 percent shooting, 14.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.7 steals (yellow jersey number 27) CJ Cansino has single-handedly made University of Sto. Tomas matter again – and that’s not an exaggeration. Through his sheer will, the Tiger Cubs find themselves well inside the playoff picture at the end of the first round. The long-limbed forward is an all-around weapon who can get his shots inside the paint, from the perimeter, and even from the charity stripe where he has already scored a mind-boggling 60 points – that’s out of 76 attempts, giving him a 78.9 percent shooting clip from there. It’s not just scoring where he makes an impact, though, as he also can also make plays for teammates like scoring guard Kobe Palencia as well as disrupt plays for opponents. And oh, the six-foot-two graduating player is also tops in the league in rebounding – yes, he has more rebounds than the next kid on our list. The even better news for UST? Cansino wants to stay for college. KAI SOTTO – Ateneo de Manila High School (blue jersey number 11) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.9 points, 52.5 percent shooting, 12.7 rebounds, 4.9 blocks (blue jersey number 11) All eyes have been on Kai Sotto ever since he was discovered in the Jr. NBA. Now in his second season for currently league-leading Ateneo de Manila University, he has given all of us more than enough reason to never take our eyes off of him and all of his now 7-foot 1-inch stature. A legitimate inside presence the likes of which the high school ranks have never seen before, Sotto is unstoppable in getting points near the basket and collaring rebounds from anywhere inside the paint. And yeah, the kid atop our list has more rebounds than him, but nobody in the Juniors can touch the 15-year-old’s rim protecting ability. 34 blocks through seven games? That’s unheard of! The even better news for Ateneo? He’s just in Grade 9, that’s three more seasons of eligibility after this one. SJ BELANGEL – Ateneo de Manila High School (white jersey number 0) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 50.6 percent shooting, 5.6 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals (blue jersey number 0) Sotto has been getting all the attention, but just like a year ago, Ateneo has been SJ Belangel’s show to run. The kid who famously scored 99 points back in his hometown of Bacolod is now a complete player. The scoring has always been there for Belangel, but it’s his now pinpoint passing that is the more welcome development for the still undefeated Blue Eaglets. It doesn’t hurt either that the 18-year-old is doing nothing but living up to being a floor leader. L-JAY GONZALES – Far Eastern University-Diliman (yellow jersey number 0) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.6 points, 9.7 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.6 steals (yellow jersey number 0) No doubt, the shots have yet to fall for L-Jay Gonzales as he is only shooting 32.4 percent from the field. Just like what he showed in his starmaking stint in last season’s Finals, however, it has again become clear that he doesn’t have to score to make an impact. In all of the league, Far Eastern University-Diliman’s main man is first in steals, second in assists, and fifth in rebounds. And there’s one thing we all learned last season, it’s never to count out the Baby Tamaraws and their do-it-all guard. DAVE ILDEFONSO – Ateneo de Manila High School (white jersey number 10) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.9 points, 42.7 percent shooting, 8.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.4 steals (white jersey number 10) Dave Ildefonso is not top five in the league in anything – he is well inside the top 10 in many things, though. With Sotto, Belangel, and the rest of Ateneo’s stacked lineup, it’s easy to forget that they have a versatile player who can score from all over the floor while also defending the opposing team’s forwards and guards. And among all of high school, the son of Philippine basketball legend Danny Ildefonso has one of the most college-ready bodies – he can bump with the best of them and he can move with the best of them. That is exactly why make no mistake about it, Dave Ildefonso has been a key cog in the Blue Eaglets’ ascent to the top of the leaderboard. RHAYYAN AMSALI – Nazareth School of National University (blue jersey number 13) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 13.0 points, 43.2 percent shooting, 8.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals As expected, there has been an adjustment period for Nazareth School of National University and new head coach Goldwyn Monteverde. That hasn’t stopped Rhayyan Amsali from producing as expected, though. Already having proven himself as an all-around offensive weapon, the third-year forward is now displaying the development of his defense to the tune of a third-best steals total. RJ ABARRIENTOS – Far Eastern University-Diliman (green jersey number 17) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 14.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.0 steals FEU-Diliman is already fortunate to have somebody like L-Jay Gonzales and yet, they actually have two of that kind of player on their roster. RJ Abarrientos can do the very same things his Finals MVP teammate can, but when focused, has proven himself to be an impactful 3-and-D swingman. The nephew of “Flying A” Johnny Abarrientos will never have the ball in his hands all that much, but when he does, good things happen more often than not. JOEM SABANDAL – Adamson High School (blue jersey number 21) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 16.3 points, 45.9 percent shooting, 6.7 rebounds, 6.3 assists, 2.2 steals A new day has dawned upon Adamson High School and serving as the brightest ray of light is Joem Sabandal. The heady guard is best in the league in assists, second in steals, and third in points – doing anything and everything in his power to keep his team afloat. The journey back to the heights they once reached is far and long, but the Baby Falcons are nothing but glad that they already have the person to steer them there. AGEM MIRANDA – University of the East (white jersey number 4) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 17.9 points, 41.1 percent shooting, 8.6 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 2.1 steals University of the East remains winless Round 1, but unlike a year ago, there is reason to watch and there is reason to hope. Agem Miranda has made the most out of his opportunities on a talent-lacking squad and has opened eyes on how his all-around game will translate if given more help. The one-and-done guard will have to find that out on some other team, but at the very least, he has energized the Junior Warriors back on track. RAVEN CORTEZ – De La Salle Zobel (green jersey number 6) ROUND 1 AVERAGES: 12.6 points, 64.2 percent shooting, 10.9 rebounds, 3.3 blocks, 1.1 assists It looks like Boris Aldeguer, the mentor who molded Joshua Webb and Arnold Van Opstal into promising big men, has finally gotten his hands on his next project. There is no doubt that Raven Cortez is raw, even rawer than Ateneo’s Sotto, but his size and skill give him all the potential in the world, much like Ateneo’s Sotto. The Batang Gilas member may not have an outside shot just yet, but he has already put his 6-foot 7-inch frame to good use as the second-best blocker and fourth-best rebounder in the league......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

From Ivanka Trump to Baron Geisler: Celebrity New Year’s resolutions for 2018

A new year, a new you. With 2017 nearing its close, some of the world's and local showbiz's most influential celebrities have listed down their goals for 2018, along with their New Year's resolutions. In this list, notable personalities expressed their wishes for things to be better in their lives. They talked about lifestyle changes, taking up new hobbies, and just being better versions of themselves. Others, however, set aside personal wishes and instead hoped for the betterment of their country. Here are some celebrities who posted their plans for the year ahead: 1. Kim Kardashian The "Keeping Up with The Kardashians" star and social media sensation wishes to "be on...Keep on reading: From Ivanka Trump to Baron Geisler: Celebrity New Year’s resolutions for 2018.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

These volleyball-playing sisters prove great things come in pairs

With the rise of volleyball in the Philippines, 2017 saw an even bigger growth among the youth who'll end up loving the sport even more as the years go by. And as a kid with humble volleyball dreams, what's better than having a sister you can play with? Aside from being each other's closest buddy on and off the court, these sets of spiking siblings prove that great things come in pairs. Kim and Candice Gequillana   happy birthday manang! sml 💕 A post shared by cacee ❁ (@caceegequillana) on Jul 7, 2017 at 7:56pm PDT Kim Gequillana has long been the Ateneo Lady Eagles' "Magic Bunot", providing much-needed contributions be it with her timely service aces or her wide smile beaming from the bench. Kim's sister Candice, or Cacee, as she is fondly called, is a newcomer for the Heartstrong team, and beside her ate, she's expected to have that signature Gequillana energy to help keep the Lady Eagles in form after a number of veteran departures.   Desiree and Djanel Cheng   Proud of you achi 💚❤️ A post shared by Desiree Wynea Cheng (@chengcherengcheng) on Jan 29, 2016 at 10:26pm PST Des Cheng's renaissance season came last year, when she was a key part of the DLSU Lady Spikers' repeat championship. Coming from an injury, Des showed incredible heart in bouncing back, even leading the Lady Spikers as the season 79 Finals MVP in their win against Ateneo. On another collegiate league, Djanel has been a steady presence for another Green team. She was a part of the College of St. Benilde's historic NCAA volleyball title back in season 91.  They've been a great part of each others' success, and they're a great example to sisters and athlete-siblings, everywhere.    Myla and Marites Pablo Sister 👭👭👭 pic.twitter.com/41w77d57Ec — myla pablo (@iamMylaPablo) January 23, 2016   Myla Pablo needs no introduction. She's been a constant in Philippine volleyball since her days as a National University Lady Bulldog, up to her current stint with the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors. Her younger sister Marites, a former Lady Bulldog herself, has transfered to Benilde in the hopes of making a name for herself. With a mentor like Myla, Marites would have no problems doing so.   Therese and Ponggay Gaston Therese may not be playing for Ateneo anymore, but the Gaston lineage in the Lady Eagles continues through the bubbly and athletic Ponggay. Daughters of former PBA player Fritz Gaston, they've always had sports in their genes, but more than that, their dad instilled a sense of competitiveness on the siblings early in their lives. "So, high school pa lang, we were very dedicated to volleyball and it was very serious for us," Therse shared in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports last 2016.   Jaja and Dindin Santiago   Nice outfit, Nice Bagsss... #kambal #twintowers #nikebagpack #nikeslingbag #dress #passion haha. A post shared by Alyja Daphne Santiago (@alyjasantiago3) on Jun 20, 2014 at 4:19am PDT National University's twin towers have been tearing it up since their UAAP days. From bright prospects as high school players back in UST, to their collegiate careers as towering players at the net, able to deliver lethal hits, or thunderous blocks. With Jaja standing at 6'6", and older sister Dindin reaching a still-impressive 6'2", it's safe to say that the Santiago sisters are strong by themselves. But together? Unstoppable.  Dindin may be nursing an injury at the moment, but Jaja is proudly representing the Santiago clan with her stellar outing as a member of the Philippine team for the AVC and SEA Games, and now back in NU in the Premier Volleyball League.   Jiezela and Nieza Viray From one set of "twins", to a legit pair, Jiezela and Nieza Viray are both currently playing for San Beda College. From Pangasinan to Mendiola, the Viray twins' exploints aren't limited to indoor volleyball.  They also compete regulary in the NCAA beach volleyball tournament, and in the Beach Volleyball Republic. As you would expect from twins, Jiezela and Nieza are dangerous weapons for the Lady Red Spikers with their high-flying hits and a connection that has been going strong since Day 1.    EJ and Eya Laure Daughters of former PBA player Eddie Laure, Ennajie or EJ, and Ejiya or Eya, definitely carry the stamp of their father. From their athleticism to their first name, which both start with the letter "E", and they're certainly making waves for UST as a formidable duo seen in the previous V-League season. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 26th, 2017

Al Chua on UST: Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung 'Go USTe!

Alfrancis Chua will absolutely not coach the UST Growling Tigers, that's for sure. However, the San Miguel sports director says that he's absolutely willing to help the UST program in any way possible. UST just has to actually want to be helped. The school has to talk to him officially first too, among other things. "I'm willing to help in any way na kaya kong maitulong. If, if they need our help. Kung kailangan ng tulong namin, bakit hindi? Diyan kami galing eh, masakit para samin na nakikita naming ganun," Chua told several reporters Wednesday. Chua, who played for UST back when the team was still known as the Glowing Goldies, revealed that initial talks about him supporting the Tigers started last year. Those talks stalled though only to be reignited towards the end of Season 80. However, the ones that talked to Chua in 2017 were fellow alumni, not school officials. "Actually, may kumausap sa akin last year. And I said I'm gonna pledge pera to recruiment ganun, kasi naawa na ako sa alma mater ko eh no. Lahat ng magagaling na player sa high school, sa probinsya o kung saan, pag tinanong mo meron ng team eh. Naawa na ako," he said. "When they talked to me, I told them sige bibigay ako ng ganito ganyan ganyan, and then na-cancel yun. Natigil yung usapan. And I think like middle of the UAAP [Season 80], I think UST was 0-10, or 0-11, kinausap nila ako, tinanong nila ako. I said we'll see kung paano, sino muna yung coach na kukuhanin nila and sino yung mga players plus recruitment because I really don't know kung saan ang recruitment eh. From La Salle to Ateneo, alam ko kung sino mga nagre-recruit dun ano, sa alma mater ko wala," Chua added. With UST's basketball program experiencing an incredible decline over the past two seasons, Chua, provided there is a clear path back to relevance, is more than willing to personally help the team. The San Miguel Corporation also comes into play in all of this as Chua assured that his boss, Ramon S. Ang, is only one call away. It's just a matter of putting it all together at this point and UST has to take the lead. "Personal, San Miguel [support]. Like my boss RSA, if I talk to him to help my alma mater, he'll help for sure. Mabait naman yung boss ko basta sports lahat tinutulungan," Chua said. "Mabilis naman ang tulong makita lang natin yung plataporma, ano mga kailangan natin gawin hindi yung palakasin natin ang team. Bakit? Anong kulang? Anong kailangan? Gusto ko lang makakita nung plan, what's the plan? As of now parang we're all blinded," he added. Ultimately, Chua is just one of the many people that wants to see the Tigers succeed again. Hopefully, that happens very soon. "Wala pa. Wala pang formal," Chua said on negotiations with school officials. "Masakit eh. kaya tayong mga taga-USTe, hindi lang po ako, lahat po ng alumni ng UST yung mga naglaro po diyan, yung mga may negosyo, magtulung-tulong po tayo para maangat yung UST ulit."  "Again, I'm gonna repeat it. I'm willing to help. Kahit ano, kung ano maitutulong natin maibalik lang yung "Go USTe!" Ngayon wala na sumisigaw eh. Wala na sumisigaw ng "Go USTe!" go home na," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 13th, 2017

Nine things you should know about Ateneo’s Isaac Go(AT)

Ateneo de Manila University’s ninth championship was built on a total team effort. The Blue Eagles drew contributions from all over their roster – from Thirdy Ravena to Gian Mamuyac, from Matt Nieto to Anton Asistio, and from Chibueze Ikeh to Raffy Verano. Among them, though, nobody figured in more memorable moments than Isaac Go. For being a big part of Katipunan’s ninth title, let us give ourselves nine facts we should know about the man they now fondly call Isaac Go(AT). This isn’t the first time he proved his clutch credentials Isaac Go had a hand in Ateneo’s do-or-die semifinals win against Far Eastern University, Finals Game 1 triumph over De La Salle University, and winner-take-all Finals Game 3 conquest over the Green Archers. This wasn’t the first time he has found himself right in the middle of big-time plays, however. In fact, Ateneo’s Finals appearance a year ago was all thanks to Go who made good on a follow-up in the dying seconds of the knockout semifinals versus the Tamaraws. That make lifted the Blue Eagles onto the championship round and should be considered as the origins of their newest folk hero. And oh, just for good measure, he hit that shot with a bloodied nose. But… he prefers if you won’t call him clutch. Time and again, Isaac Go has proven his clutch credentials on the biggest of stages and under the brightest of lights. Still, he has also, time and again, proven his humility by deflecting to his coaches and teammates. His reaction on his championship-sealing triple in Game 3? “Everybody thinks that I’m clutch because I’m making shots at that moment, but without the execution of the coaching staff and the recognition of my teammates, I won’t have the opportunity to take the shot,” he said. He then continued, “If you say I’m clutch, it’s better to say the team is clutch.” He’s taking BS Management of Applied Chemistry – and he’s already putting his studies to good use Isaac Go is in the latter stages of his studies and his course isn’t something you usually associate with student-athletes – Bachelor of Science in Management of Applied Chemistry. And he is already, well, managing applied chemistry with X-Stink Cleaning Spray. According to the product’s Facebook page, it is a “portable toilet cleaning solution.” Go and his groupmates are already going around bazaars with their pride – so who knows, they just may be hitting one near you!   Come and support X-Stink! The portable toilet cleaner! pic.twitter.com/2yS83VJPOv — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 22, 2017   At first, coach Tab Baldwin referred to him as “the big, fat kid” When seasoned mentor Tab Baldwin took over Ateneo in 2016, their frontcourt was far from fortified.  “When I joined the organization, I looked around and said, ‘What do we have for big men?’ Everybody pointed at G-Boy (Babilonia) and (Chibueze) Ikeh,” he told reporters in an earlier interview. Babilonia was serviceable at best while Ikeh was yet to develop. There was another big man on their lineup, however. “Nobody said anything about Isaac and I said, ‘What about the big, fat kid over there,’ Baldwin recalled. Yes, Baldwin once referred to Isaac Go as the “big, fat kid.” Little did both know that together, the seasoned mentor and the 250 lbs promise of a player, they will help the Blue Eagles become king once again. He lost all that weight by letting go… of rice Weighing 250 lbs, Isaac Go was once, indeed, the “big, fat kid.” Now, however, he walks around at no more than 235 lbs – just enough to bang with the likes of Ben Mbala while also staying agile for a big man. How did he do it? With the no-rice diet. As coach Tab Baldwin tells it, “I told Isaac, ‘You’re not gonna eat rice anymore.’” It wasn’t easy at first, though, not at all. “ And he said, ‘But my mom will get upset with me if I don’t eat rice.’ And I told him, ‘I’m already upset with you that you’re telling me that,’” Baldwin shared. Good thing Go overcame his fear of his mom getting upset! He… commutes?   Commuting time = thinking time — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Oktubre 27, 2017     Morning cardio: Run from the lrt station to class 😂😭 — Isaac Go (@IsaacGo1) Setyembre 15, 2017   He was once a member of Batang Gilas (technically, it’s earlier iteration) Isaac Go has played for the Philippine national team – the Under-16 basketball team, to be exact. Called Energen Pilipinas, that was the forebearer of what is now known as Batang Gilas. Go teamed up with the likes of J-Jay Alejandro, Andrei Caracut, Kyles Lao, Prince Rivero, and Arvin Tolentino and was coached by Olsen Racela in that squad that competed internationally in 2011. He feels strongly about the environment   ADMU Blue Eagle @IsaacGo1 on climate action: "One person cannot solve climate change alone. We need to band together to solve it." #GCCW2017 pic.twitter.com/Ihwz9IJBzx — Ateneo GCCW 🌏 (@AteneoGCCW) Oktubre 5, 2017   He’s a Xavier Golden Stallion, but his game is not at all like the Tengs’     When you young and 30 years out of style 😂 #thefro 🏀 A post shared by Isaac Go (@isaacgo1) on Aug 27, 2017 at 6:32am PDT   Xavier has produced great guards in Chris Tiu and Joseph Yeo as well as fine forwards in Jeric and Jeron Teng. Apparently, the Golden Stallions can also produce bigs with the size and skill of Isaac Go. With that, Ateneo now has another thing they can thank St. Francis Xavier for.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 6th, 2017

Alex Compton on Jeron Teng: He s a diva from La Salle

Jeron Teng finally played his first PBA preseason game Monday as the Alaska Aces took on the NLEX Road Warriors at the Upper Deck Gym in Mandaluyong. He and the Aces didn't have a pretty good outing, they lost a 12-point lead on their way to taking a six-point defeat. Teng, whose alma mater just lost its UAAP title to rival Ateneo just a day before, had bad game, scoring only four points on 2/11 shooting. Fortunately, this is only the preseason and all of this do not count yet. But still, Jeron can be evaluated as early as now. And his early review from head coach Alex Compton sure is interesting. "Jeron? That guy? That guy right there, I can't stand him," Compton said when asked about Jeron, who was just behind him, stretching after the game. "He's a diva from La Salle. He's all about his hair and his style," Compton added. Coach Alex was obviously kidding, and turning a little serious, he says that he's already spotted one great quality about the younger Teng and the new PBA season is not even opened yet. "No, he's actually... one of the things, one of his best qualities that I've seen is that he's a learner," the Alaska mentor said. "It shows a capacity for growth, which is really important. He's basically had three weeks of practice with us so he's still learning what we do, when we do it, how we do it, and why we do it," Compton added. Teng's ability to process new information and put it into action is going to be key for his journey in the PBA says Compton. Actually, that quality not only goes for Teng but for Davon Potts as well, the Aces' other rookie pick up. "Actually both of our rookies seem like they have good basketball intelligence. It's just that they have a high volume of stuff to catch up on that all the other guys already know," Compton said.  "That's one of the things that surprised me most about both of them, Jeron and Davon, it looks like they can learn fairly quickly, which I think is a tremendous strength. As the year goes on you'll see them getting better and better," he added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 4th, 2017

UAAP Juniors Basketball: Kai Sotto leads Ateneo to 4-0 record

Kai Sotto led the way for the Ateneo Blue Eaglets as they demolished the previously undefeated UST Tiger Cubs, 94-63, in the UAAP Season 80 juniors basketball tournament at the Blue Eagle Gym Sunday. Sotto made his interior presence felt with 20 points on an efficient 10/14 shooting clip, 13 rebounds, and seven blocks, as Ateneo won their fourth straight game to start the season. Sean Ildefonso added 19 points while SJ Belangel registered 15 markers. The Tiger Cubs, who fall to a 3-1 record, led at the end of the first quarter from a buzzer-beating triple by Vince Dolendo, 18-15.  However, it would be the final time UST would take control of the game as the Blue Eaglets suddenly shifted to a higher gear and launched a 21-5 blitz that gave Ateneo a 36-20 lead. The Tiger Cubs then lost the guidance of head coach Chris Cantonjos immediately after the huge Ateneo run as he was ejected for storming the court. Things never got in UST's way again as the Blue Eaglets cruised through the rest of the game, leading by as much as 33 points in the payoff period, 94-61. John Cansino paced UST's scoring with a 20-point performance. Bismark Lina was the only other Tiger Cub in double figures with 10. "If we let UST hung around, we knew it would have been a close game," Blue Eaglets head coach Joe Silva said. "I just told my team to play defense. Defense is really the team's identity." In the second game, the Adamson Baby Falcons defeated the UPIS Junior Maroons in a wire-to-wire victory, score. Jose Sabandal had an all-around game for Adamson, scoring 19, grabbing four rebounds, and dishing six assists. Andrey Doria added 17 points and six rebounds. Jacob Estrera meanwhile led the way for the FIghting Maroons with 13 points. Matt Santiago and Rafael Labao contributed 12 points apiece. It was all Adamson in the game as the Baby Falcons soared from the get-go and never looked back, leading by as much as 35, 81-46, in the fourth quarter. Adamson improved to a 2-3 slate while the Junior Maroons fall to 1-4. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ADMU (93) - Sotto 20, Ildefonso 19, Belangel 15, Jaymalin 14, Manuel 10,  Diaz 6, David 4, Credo 2, Chiu 2, Escalona 2, Lopa 0, Ong 0. UST (63) - Cansino 20, Lina 10, Manabat 9, Dolendo 6, Bayquial 6, Palencia 4, Dela Cruz 3, Anunciacion 2, Estrella 2, Biag 1, Co, 0, Relucio 0, Narvasa 0, Villapando 0. Quarter Scores: 15-18, 45-35, 74-49, 94-63. SECOND GAME ADU (86) - Sabandal 19, Doria An 17, Padilla 9, Doria Ad 6, Manlapaz 6, Baculio 5, Engbino 5, Santos P 5, Santos R 5, Perez 4, Padilla 3, Sevilla 2, Canoy 0, Prodigo 0, Bantiles 0. UPIS (55) - Estrera 13, Santiago 12, Labao Raf 12, Tupaz 9, Gregorio 3, Lopez 3, Labao Ral 1, Vill-Real 0, Vergeire 0, Dimaculangan 0, Colandor 0. Quarter Scores: 28-16, 46-25, 62-40, 86-55......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2017

Richardson’s career night lifts Heat past Hornets, 105-10

MIAMI (AP) — Josh Richardson scored a career-high 27 points, Dion Waiters added 19 and the Miami Heat shook off a horrendous start to beat the Charlotte Hornets 105-100 on Friday night. The Heat went on a 9-0 run in the final moments to decide things, with a 3-pointer by Waiters with 1:09 left for a 102-96 lead being perhaps the shot of all for Miami. Wayne Ellington scored 14 points, Tyler Johnson added 12 and Kelly Olynyk had 10 for Miami, which snapped a two-game slide. Marvin Williams scored 16 points for Charlotte, which lost despite having seven players in double figures. Nicolas Batum had 13, while Michael Carter-Williams, Jeremy Lamb and Cody Zeller each had 12. Charlotte fell to 1-10 on the road. Goran Dragic’s basket with 2:30 left put the Heat up for good at 97-96, and the Heat pulled just far enough away after a drive by James Johnson, the Waiters 3-pointer from near the Charlotte bench and Richardson’s final field goal of the night. Both teams were missing key players. Charlotte’s Kemba Walker sat for a second straight game with a left shoulder contusion, and Miami’s Hassan Whiteside is expected to miss two weeks or more with his second left knee bone bruise of the season. The Heat were coming off blowout losses at Cleveland and New York, and thought returning home would provide a spark. It did not — at least, not right away. Miami missed its first 11 shots, six of them coming from 4 feet or closer, and got into a 16-1 deficit before the game was 5 1/2 minutes old. The Heat chipped away, got within 30-22 to end the quarter and grabbed the lead for the first time when Richardson got a steal and dunk for a 44-43 edge with 2:43 left in the half. From there, it went back and forth, back and forth, back and forth. Neither team led by more than four until Miami’s burst in the final 2 minutes. Charlotte’s biggest lead in the second half was four, and that lasted for 23 seconds of the third quarter. The Heat took a four-point lead late in the third, and that lasted for 41 seconds......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

Baldwin lauds La Salle for turning things around with pressure defense

MANILA, Philippines — You just have to laud De La Salle’s defense, according to Ateneo de Manila head coach Tab Baldwin......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 30th, 2017

UAAP Finals: Mbala sets sight on second straight championship

Now two-time UAAP MVP Ben Mbala said that his work is not done and only sees the season’s end with a trophy hoisted up in the podiums as champions in Game 3 of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Finals on Sunday. Mbala added that the only thing he and the Green Archers aspire is for a second straight championship, a goal set since the start of UAAP Season 80. “We go here to be champions, that's what we all work for. We're gonna come out to try to grab that trophy.” In playing against bitter rivals Ateneo, Mbala said that there is no underdog in a matchup that is seen to be in favor of the defending champions. Although there are many much things to see in the game – from the rabid crowd, player intensity, and both teams’ will to win – the Cameroonian big man stated the obvious in saying that player focus is the most important factor in grabbing the win. The Green Archers, which came back from a 21-point hole in the first half, made a run for Ateneo’s money in the second quarter, wherein La Salle managed to cut the Blue Eagles’ lead to nine, 51-42, at the halftime break. “As a team, we've been through almost the same situations as here, against Adamson. I feel like we got used to games like this. We just stick together, we stick to the game plan, and we did what coach asked us to do -- play D, play D, and from there, we started everything,” Mbala said of their crucial second-quarter run. In playing the final game of the season at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday afternoon, Mbala could only relish another opportunity in playing in one of the country’s most famous sporting venues, and sees the proper way in returning his fans’ support with a great performance in every game. “I enjoy playing here. I love my team, I love my teammates, I love the Philippines, I love the fans and I enjoy the game. People are nice to me here, and I'm turning back the favor by giving my everything out there during every single game.” Game Three of the UAAP Men's Basketball Finals will air on December 3, Sunday LIVE at 3:30 pm on ABS-CBN Channel 2, S+A, S+A HD and via livestream......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 29th, 2017

Blue Babble Battalion banking on a perfect run to break out of CDC cellar

For the last four seasons, the Ateneo Blue Babble Battalion has finished at the bottom of the results table of the UAAP Cheerdance Competition. The blue squad finished at eighth place since 2013, except for last year when they ranked 7th – all because of the withdrawal of the vaunted UP Pep Squad from the competition. With their backs against the wall, the Ateneo contingent wants nothing more than to break out of the cellar to avoid an embarrassing last-place finish for the fifth straight year. According to team captain Sophia Samala, the Blue Babble, and the proud Ateneo community has had enough of their squad's last place finishes and they are using years and years of pain to will themselves towards a better finish. "It's continuously being at the last," Samala said of Ateneo's main motivation heading into the competition. "Not at the last of all the schools because it really motivates us to not only do better for ourselves but for the Ateneo community as well." Although the stigma of being the so-called cellar-dwellers of the competition makes their Season 80 bid more difficult, the Blue Babble is ready to take on the challenge. "It's not only pressure to us, but to the Ateneo community as well because we represent the school," Samala said. "However, I think it's a challenge so that we may able to compete better this year." That's why the Blue Babble Battalion has been quietly working on improving by patching up their routine to avoid pesky errors that have marred their acts for the past few years. According to Samala, they have opted to try an improved training program that would theoretically help them halt their skid. "We've been trying out a new program. This program was implemented just last year. So last year it was fairly new," Samala bared. "But this year I think the team is more used to this training program and I think we've improved a lot from the past years." After their revamp, Samala has already seen a better and more empowered squad than years past. "I'm confident that this year will be very, very different from the previous years." "I've seen the improvement of the team and the hard work of each of the members. So I hope that reflects in our CDC performance," she continued. Even with their preparations, the Blue Babble Battalion believes there is still much to work on and focusing on the little things, Samala says, will help them achieve their goal of a better outing. "We're not aiming for a spot as of now, we're just aiming for a perfect run," she said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

No intention to hurt Matt, Ben Mbala tells Nieto’s dad

Ben Mbala’s left elbow came down hard on the right eyebrow of Matt Nieto late in the second quarter on Saturday. And so, Ateneo de Manila University’s point guard was down on the floor and bleeding bad.   Matt Nieto left bloodied after the accidental hit. (⚠️ Warning: Graphic Image) #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/7RW8Ley8IM — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 25, 2017   Asked about the incident post-game, De La Salle University’s big man answered, “It’s part of basketball. I had the ball and (spun). He was late on the rotation, that’s why he got hit.” Mbala then reiterated that he did not mean for what happened to happen. “I didn’t intend to hit him or hurt him,” he expressed. The Cameroonian powerhouse wanted that message to be heard by Nieto’s father Jett. According to the former, the latter was yelling expletives at him right after the incident. “I don’t know why his dad is cursing at me, threatening me, and telling me I am dead. That is not something you should be doing,” he told reporters. “He’s been (here) for quite some time and we all know things like that happen all the time. I did not intend to hurt his son.” Still, Mbala said he understood where the elder Nieto was coming from. “I don’t wanna mind that. I’ll just say he was probably in the emotion of the game and seeing his son on the floor,” he said. He then continued, “But again, it is just part of the game.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 25th, 2017

Parker proud of Tamaraws: ‘We never stopped, we never quit’

Fourth-seed Far Eastern University came oh so close to toppling top-seed Ateneo de Manila University on Wednesday. And it was all because of Jasper Parker. The first-year point guard totaled 19 points, four rebounds, two assists, and two steals. It was also his layup and two free throws that put the Tamaraws on top by three with 14.5 ticks to go in regulation. Unfortunately for Morayta, all of those wasn’t enough as Isaac Go and Matt Nieto saved the day for the blue and white. And so, Parker played one of his best games only to come up short. “It hurts. This loss, it hurts. We had the game in the fourth quarter, but it just came down to the last seconds,” he told reporters post-game. Still, the former Southwestern University star opted to see the silver lining. “Things happen for a reason. The outcome is just what it is, but I’m just proud of the guys for this game and for the whole season,” he said. He then continued, “We never stopped. We never quit.” The 23-year-old will be back for one more season for FEU – and he will be stronger and wiser and better. “Offseason starts now. Tomorrow, I’ll get some work in already,” he said. He then continued, “It’s time to get better for next season.” And rest assured, his game today is only a glimpse of what’s to come for him and his team. “I’m proud of what I did this year. I was definitely trying to create for my teammates and that’s what a point guard should do,” he said. He then continued, “Overall, I’m proud of what I did, but there is still a lot to improve on.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 22nd, 2017

UAAP By the Numbers: Final Four weekend

UAAP Season 80 Final Four weekend sure was interesting to say the least. Both games had their fair share of intriguing storylines, storylines that could even carry on beyond this season and into the next. However, those are for a different article and here, we just enjoy numbers, numbers, and oh yes, more numbers. It's UAAP By the Numbers for a reason. Okay let's just do this.   9032 Total number of points scored in UAAP Season 80 through the first two rounds of play. For comparison, the total number of points scored in Season 79 was 7,959 points. In Season 78, it was 7,915 points.   8 Number of UAAP teams that scored 1,000 points or more this season, first since at least 2003. Defending champion La Salle scored the most points at 1,291 while UP ended up last with 1,041 points.   39 and 12 Number of free throw attempts and number of fouls for La Salle during the Green Archers' Final Four showdown against the Adamson Falcons. Down by as many as 15, the champs would turn the game around with free throws to take the win and advance to yet another Finals.   5 and 33 Number of free throw attempts and number of fouls for Adamson during the Falcons' Final Four showdown against the Green Archers. Throughout the game and immediately afterwards, the Adamson staff were fuming mad about the supposed biased officiating that went down in their Final Four loss to La Salle, which was their second in as many seasons. While those sort of things almost never get proven, the numbers tell quite a telling story. It's up to you how to look at it.   1 Number of Final Four series this season that will go to sudden death, and it's the same one as last year. FEU turned the table on Ateneo this weekend as the no. 4 Tamaraws stunned the no. 1 Bue Eagles to force a do-or-die. The Tams came alive in the second half to hand Ateneo one big L, the Blue Eagles' second straight after winning 13 conseuctive games.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 20th, 2017

Brady, Patriots dominate Raiders 33-8 in Mexico City

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Tom Brady felt right at home in his first appearance in Mexico by throwing for 339 yards and three touchdowns, to the delight of an adoring crowd, in the New England Patriots' 33-8 victory over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday. Brady completed his first 12 passes and picked apart Oakland's suspect defense to chants of "Brady! Brady!" from an amped-up crowd at Azteca Stadium. The large contingent of Patriots fans in the well-divided crowd for a Raiders "home" game had plenty to cheer about as New England (8-2) dominated from start to finish. After winning their debut trip to Mexico City last year against Houston, the Raiders (4-6) were completely overmatched in their return. The offense failed to score until Derek Carr threw a TD pass to Amari Cooper in the fourth quarter with Oakland trailing by 30 points. The defense got victimized by short passes by Brady and then beaten on a 64-yard TD to Brandin Cooks on the third play of the second half that gave New England a 24-0 lead. EAGLES 37, COWBOYS 9 ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Carson Wentz threw for two touchdowns and three 2-point conversions after Philadelphia lost kicker Luke Elliott to a head injury, and the Eagles all but wrapped up the NFC East with the victory over Dallas. The Eagles (9-1) outscored the Cowboys 30-0 in the second half while extending their winning streak to eight games, their longest since 2003-04 and tied with New Orleans for the best current run in the NFL. Philadelphia leads the second-place and defending division champion Cowboys (5-5) by four games with six to play after handing Dallas its worst home loss at 8-year-old AT&T Stadium. Dallas' Dak Prescott threw a career-high three interceptions and lost a fumble that was returned for a touchdown in his second straight loss without star running back Ezekiel Elliott, serving a six-game suspension for alleged domestic violence. Luke Elliott left the game after missing a 34-yard field goal late in the first quarter. SAINTS 34, REDSKINS 31, OT NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans extended its winning streak to eight games with an unlikely comeback, erasing a 15-point deficit inside the final six minutes or regulation and kicking a short field goal in overtime to defeat Washington. Mark Ingram capped a 131-yard rushing performance with gains of 20 and 31 yards on back-to-back carries in overtime to set up Wil Lutz's winning 28-yard kick. Drew Brees passed for 385 yards and two touchdowns, going 11 of 11 for 164 yards and his only two touchdowns on New Orleans' final two possessions of regulation. His first TD went to tight end Josh Hill with 2:53 to go, and the last to Alvin Kamara with 1:05 left. The Saints (8-2) set up their final drive by stopping Samaje Perine on third-and-1 at the two-minute warning when a first down would have allowed Washington (4-6) to run out the clock. After Kamara corralled a bobble while running between two converging defenders to score from 18 yards, he took a pitch on a misdirection play to the left side and easily reached the end zone for a 2-point conversion as the Superdome crowd — at least those who hadn't left early — went wild. Washington managed to get into winning field-goal range in the final minute of regulation, only to be pushed back by a fluky grounding penalty that appeared to result from Kirk Cousins' miscommunication with a receiver, followed by a sack as time expired. The Redskins also received the ball first in overtime, but the Saints' hobbled defense, which gave up more yards than in any game during its winning streak, rallied to force a quick punt and Ingram did the rest. Cousins passed for 322 yards and three touchdowns. GIANTS 12, CHIEFS 9, OT EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Roger Lewis Jr. made a spectacular catch to set up the winning 23-yard yard goal by Aldrick Rosas in overtime and the Giants responded from weeks of adversity to beat the AFC West-leading Chiefs on a blustery, cold day. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Giants (2-8) and sent the Chiefs (6-4) to their fourth loss in five games. The winning kick came two plays after Lewis was yanked to the ground on a deep pass from Eli Manning, but still caught the ball while flat on his back for a 34-yard completion on a fourth-down heave. Had he not caught it, flags flew for pass interference. It was an unexpected was for a team that came into the game in turmoil, with questions about the future of coach Ben McAdoo and many wondering whether the Giants had quit in one-sided losses to the Rams and then the winless 49ers in the past two weeks. Few expected them to beat the Chiefs, especially with Andy Reid's record coming off a bye week. He was 16-2. The Giants not only won, they intercepted Alex Smith twice, setting up their first nine points. With one time out, Smith drove the Chiefs 69 yards in nine plays, the big shot a 32-yard pass to tight end Travis Kelce. Harrison Butker tied the game with a 23-yard field goal — his third short one — with :01 left in regulation. VIKINGS 24, RAMS 7 MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Latavius Murray rushed for 95 yards and two touchdowns, Adam Thielen turned a short catch into a 65-yard score and the Vikings smothered the NFL's highest-scoring offense. Case Keenum completed 27 of 38 passes for 280 yards and no turnovers against the team that benched him last season for No. 1 overall draft pick Jared Goff. He also guided the Vikings (8-2) to their sixth straight victory in a matchup of division leaders. Minnesota's defense started the second half by forcing four punts in a row by the Rams (7-3), whose four-game winning streak in which they scored 144 points was finished in convincing fashion. The Rams led the league entering the weekend with a third-down conversion rate of 46.7 percent, but were just 3 for 11 against the Vikings. The Los Angeles defense was trampled in the second half for 288 yards, and Keenum went without a sack for the sixth game this season. Thielen handed him the longest touchdown pass of his career by turning a simple curl route early in the fourth quarter into a game-breaking score after spinning past Rams cornerback Dominique Hatfield. Injuries took two of their top three cornerbacks out of the game for the second half. Thielen finished with 123 yards on six receptions, giving him 916 yards this season. The only player in Vikings history to reach 900 yards receiving by the 10-game mark was Randy Moss, who did it in 2000 and 2003. RAVENS 23, PACKERS 0 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — The Ravens forced five turnovers in their third shutout of the season. Baltimore last accomplished the feat when the Ray Lewis-led defense had four shutouts for the Super Bowl-winning team in 2000. Jimmy Smith, Eric Weddle and Marlon Humphrey each picked off passes for Baltimore (5-5), which led the NFL in interceptions entering the weekend. But a problematic offense couldn't generate a touchdown drive until Joe Flacco's perfect deep ball to Mike Wallace over two defenders for a 13-point lead nearly two minutes into the third quarter. Flacco threw for 183 yards, going 22 of 28 with an interception. His lone touchdown pass was still enough of a cushion against a Packers team struggling without two-time MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, out with a broken collarbone. The Packers (5-5) were last shut out on Nov. 19, 2006, when then-starter Brett Favre left with an elbow injury in the first half of a 35-0 loss to New England. Rodgers, then in his second year in the league, finished off that loss in relief. Rodgers' replacement this year, Brett Hundley, didn't fare any better. He was 21 of 36 for 239 yards. But he threw interceptions on the Packers' first two series. On the third drive, backup running back Devante Mays fumbled on his first carry of the season. CHARGERS 54, BILLS 24 CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Casey Hayward made two of the Chargers' five interceptions during a horrific first half by Buffalo rookie quarterback Nathan Peterman, and Los Angeles cruised over the slumping Bills. Korey Toomer returned Peterman's first interception 59 yards for a touchdown on Buffalo's opening drive, the rookie threw two more interceptions in the first quarter and two additional picks in the second. Peterman was pulled from his first NFL start with a 37-7 halftime deficit after just 14 pass attempts for the Bills (5-5), who lost their third straight. Buffalo benched Tyrod Taylor and promoted the fifth-round pick from Pitt earlier this week despite being in playoff position. Coach Sean McDermott replaced Peterman with Taylor in the second half, and the veteran went 15 of 25 for 158 yards, throwing one TD pass and rushing for another score. The Chargers (4-6) thoroughly capitalized on Peterman's mistakes, putting up a 27-point second quarter and their highest-scoring performance in Philip Rivers' 195 consecutive starts since 2006. Los Angeles set a franchise record for points in a first half during the Bills' worst defensive half since 1977, and the Chargers posted a resounding win for coach Anthony Lynn, who finished last season as Bills interim coach. BENGALS 20, BRONCOS 17 DENVER (AP) — Andy Dalton threw three touchdown passes in Cincinnati's win over the Broncos, their first win in Denver since 1975 when franchise founder Paul Brown was their head coach. That snapped the Bengals' 10-game losing streak in Denver and sent the Broncos (3-7) to their sixth straight loss, their longest skid in 27 years. Trailing by a field goal with 1:52 left, the Broncos went three-and-out with Brock Osweiler taking a sack and then firing incomplete to Emmanuel Sanders on fourth-and-4 from his 26. The Bengals (4-6) took a 13-7 lead into the locker room with Dalton's TD throws of 1 yard to Tyler Kroft and 29 yards to Alex Erickson. The first was set up by cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick's 101-yard interception return and fumble recovery just shy of the opposite end zone after fumbling at the Broncos 15-yard line. LIONS 27, BEARS 24 CHICAGO (AP) — Matthew Stafford threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns, Matt Prater kicked a 52-yard field goal with 1:35 remaining. Detroit (6-4) took the lead after Tarik Cohen had tied it for Chicago (3-7) with a 15-yard touchdown run. The Lions escaped with their third straight win when the Bears' Connor Barth was wide right on a 46-yarder in the closing seconds. Stafford completed 21 of 31 passes. Marvin Jones Jr. had four receptions for 85 yards and a TD. DJ Hayden ran back a fumbled snap for a touchdown to give Detroit seven return TDs this season, tying a team record. And the Lions beat the Bears for the eighth time in nine games. Chicago dropped its third straight even though Jordan Howard ran for 125 yards and a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky faded after a strong start, throwing for 179 yards and a TD. JAGUARS 19, BROWNS 7 CLEVELAND (AP) — Blake Bortles threw a touchdown pass and Jacksonville linebacker Telvin Smith recovered a fumble for a TD with 1:14 remaining as the Jaguars won their fourth straight and moved into sole possession of first place in the AFC South. Jacksonville's top-ranked defense forced five turnovers, two in the final two minutes. The Jaguars (7-3) built a 10-0 lead and turned things over to their "Sacksonville" defense. The Jaguars intercepted rookie DeShone Kizer twice, had five sacks and blanked the Browns (0-10) in the second half. Cleveland's last hopes ended when Yannick Ngakoue sacked Kizer and knocked the ball into the end zone, where Smith recovered. Earlier, Ngakoue and Calais Campbell combined to sack Kizer, who fumbled as he fell and it was recovered near midfield by Dante Fowler with 1:48 left. With the win, Jacksonville is leading its division after 10 games for the first time since 1999, when the Jags were atop the AFC Central at 9-1. BUCCANEERS 30, DOLPHINS 20 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for 275 yards and two touchdowns, Patrick Murray kicked a 35-yard field goal with 4 seconds remaining and Tampa Bay snapped a six-game road slide by topping the penalty-prone Dolphins. O.J. Howard and DeSean Jackson caught those scoring throws for the Buccaneers, who outscored Miami 17-0 in the second quarter. They also stuffed three straight 1-yard-to-go runs by the Dolphins at the Tampa Bay 34 in the fourth quarter, forcing a turnover on downs on a day when Miami had more mistakes than points. Miami (4-6) tied the game at 20 on a 61-yard pass from Matt Moore to Kenny Stills with 3 minutes left. Fitzpatrick coolly moved the Buccaneers 58 yards on the ensuing drive, and Murray delivered what essentially was the winner. Adarius Glanton got a bonus touchdown for Tampa Bay (4-6) on the final play, when the Dolphins' lateral-filled last-ditch attempt at a kickoff return turned into a Bucs score. Jay Cutler threw three first-half interceptions and didn't play in the second half because of what the Dolphins said was diagnosed as a concussion. TEXANS 31, CARDINALS 21 HOUSTON (AP) — Rookie D'Onta Foreman ran for 65 yards and two fourth-quarter touchdowns before being carted off the field with an ankle injury to help the Houston Texans snap a three-game skid. The Texans (4-6) went on top when Foreman scored his first career touchdown on a 3-yard run early in the fourth quarter. The Cardinals were stopped for a loss on a fourth-and-1 later in the fourth. Foreman dashed 34 yards on the next play to push the lead to 31-21 with about six minutes left. Foreman was injured on the play, falling to the ground in the end zone. He was looked at on the field for a few minutes before he was helped to the cart and taken off the field as the crowd chanted: "Foreman, Foreman." Blaine Gabbert threw for 257 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in his first start of the season with Drew Stanton dealing with a sprained knee and Carson Palmer out for the season with a broken arm. But Gabbert threw interceptions on consecutive drives in the fourth quarter to seal Arizona's fate. The Texans won despite two turnovers by Tom Savage, who has lost six fumbles and thrown three interceptions in four starts this season. He finished 22 of 32 for 230 yards and two touchdowns in his third start since Deshaun Watson was injured. Rookie Ricky Seals-Jones, who didn't have a catch entering Sunday, finished with 54 yards receiving and two touchdowns for the Cardinals (4-6)......»»

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