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There is more to Kobe than just beef

There is more to Kobe than just beef.....»»

Category: financeSource: bworldonline bworldonlineSep 11th, 2019

Kobe, Shaq shut down renewed beef talks

The duo, who had led the Los Angeles Lakers to three championships from 2000 to 2002, sparked talks that trouble might be brewing between them after Bryant recently made comments about O'Neal's work ethic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

Kobe, Shaq squash renewed feud speculation

    LOS ANGELES, USA – Kobe Bryant insisted Wednesday, August 28, he has "no beef" with Shaquille O'Neal as the former Los Angeles Lakers teammates hit social media to say their sometimes strained relationship was "all good." Bryant and O'Neal won 3 NBA titles together, but their tense relationship was a staple ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

Kobe earthquake after 20 years

KOBE – I am traveling with a group to this Japanese city essentially to have a taste of the world famous Kobe beef......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

Amid recent squeakers, UP Maroons vow to work on closing out games

While back-and-forth affairs prove entertaining for spectators, Kobe Paras and head coach Bo Perasol would rather have a larger margin of victory......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated News20 hr. 50 min. ago

Sagpang ng Bulldogs, ‘di tumalab kay Paras

UAAP – Muling niyanig ni Kobe Paras ang UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament matapos na makalusot ang University of the Philippines Maroons sa sagpang ng National University Bulldogs sa score na 80-79 ngayong Miyerkoles, sa Araneta Coliseum. Nanalo ng dalawang sunod ang UP para makuha ang 3-1 na standing habang nananatiling wala pang naitatalang […] The post Sagpang ng Bulldogs, ‘di tumalab kay Paras appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

UP fights off National U for first win run in UAAP 82

The University of the Philippines took time to get going, Wednesday at MOA Arena, but once it did, it blitzed its way past still winless National University, 80-79. Kobe Paras had a second straight 20-point outing with 25 points on top of six rebounds in this one, but all of the Fighting Maroons were also on-point in their back-to-back wins following a 1-1 start to the season. Issa Gaye actually got the Bulldogs off to a blazing beginning and they led, 23-18, after the opening salvo. Come the second quarter, though, Paras was joined by Javi Gomez de Liano in a 23-4 tear that sped their side way ahead, 41-27. Still, Dave Ildefonso and National U were threatening at 79-80 with 11.3 ticks to go and even got a golden opportunity to complete a comeback as David Murrell muffed on two free throws. "We need to learn how to close out games as a team and that's a process," head coach Bo Perasol said post-game. Ildefonso, however, found himself locked down by Murrell and Kobe Paras and gave the ball up to John Lloyd Clemente who was forced into a long two that was well-defended by Jaydee Tungcab. Not long after, UP was celebrating its first winning streak in the tournament. "I think we are smart enough or wise enough to close out games now. The fact of that is I know we can," coach Bo said. Flanking Paras were Bright Akhuetie and Javi GDL as the former finished with a 19-point, 12-rebound double-double and the latter ended with 17 markers of his own built on a 5-of-7 shooting clip from deep. At the same time, the decision was the fourth heartbreak in a row for the Bulldogs - after being at the wrong side of game-winners by Adamson University and then De La Salle University and then an overtime loss to University of Sto. Tomas. Ildefonso topped the scoring column for them in this one with 25 points to go along with five rebounds while Gaye wound up with 13 markers and 13 boards of his own. BOX SCORES UP 80 - Paras 25, Akhuetie 19, Ja. Gomez de Liano 17, Tungcab 6, Manzo 4, Rivero 4, Longa 3, Murrell 2, Ju. Gomez de Liano 0, Gozum 0, Jaboneta 0, Prado 0, Spencer 0. NU 79 - D. Ildefonso 25, Gaye 13, S. Ildefonso 13, Gallego 9, Joson 8, Minerva 7, Clemente 2, Mosqueda 2, Diputado 0, Galinato 0, Malonzo 0, Oczon 0, Tibayan 0, Yu 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-23, 44-36, 67-59, 80-79. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 18th, 2019

Kobe Paras thanks UP for 3rd chance after long-awaited debut

MANILA, Philippines – After sitting out two games due to injury , the highly-touted Kobe Paras finally made his long-awaited debut with the University of the Philippines (UP) Fighting Maroons in UAAP Season 82. And he couldn't have debuted on a bigger stage as UP escaped their heated rivals Adamson ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Healthy soups: Higop-sabaw sa malamig na araw

Manila, Philippines – Tag-ulan at taglamig, at sa mga panahon na ito, masarap talagang humigop ng mainit na sabaw na siyang perfect para sa bed weather. Kaya naman narito ang ilang healthy recipes ng sabaw na maaaring ihain sa pamilya ngayong panahon ng taglamig. Bulalo (Beef Shank Soup) Bukod sa pagiging swak nito ngayong taglamig, […] The post Healthy soups: Higop-sabaw sa malamig na araw appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Category: newsSource:  remateRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

UAAP 82: Akhuetie shines bright as UP steals win from Adamson

Juan Gomez de Liano finally came alive in the UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, but it was Bright Akhuetie who carried the University of the Philippines to a gutsy 83-82 overtime decision against Adamson University, Sunday at MOA Arena. The Fighting Maroons were down by seven with 2:22 remaining in the extra period until the reigning and defending MVP made his presence felt with his four free throws bookending an 8-0 run that eventually ended as a bounce back win. Akhuetie wound up with an 18-point, 18-rebound double-double and his heroics were only flanked by Kobe Paras and Jun Manzo who willed in a short stab and a layup, respectively, in between those four free throws. Manzo wound up with four points while Paras had 20 markers on top of six rebounds and two blocks in his league debut. They wouldn't have had that chance, however, if Javi Gomez de Liano didn't finish off a setup by Paras late in regulation. That triple tied the tally at 73-all and ultimately forced overtime. There, State U saw the Soaring Falcons go up, 82-75, thanks to rookie AP Manlapaz. They kept coming, however, and put their opponents inside a pressure cooker, leading to three straight turnovers from Jerrick Ahanmisi and Jerom Lastimosa. At the other end, UP followed Akhuetie's lead back into the win column now at 2-1. Juan GDL was also a big part of that, turning in his best game of the season with 12 points, five rebounds, four assists, and two steals while kuya Javi had three markers and three boards to help their side triumph over Adamson for the third time in a row dating back to last season's semifinals. The roller-coaster ride continued for the Soaring Falcons, meanwhile, as Ahanmisi and Lastimosa's late gaffes wasted Val Chauca's 21-point and Manlapaz's 17-marker performances. Lastimosa and Ahanmisi merged for 20 points in 7-of-19 shooting as well as 10 turnovers to see their squad drop to 2-2. BOX SCORES UP 83 - Paras 20, Akhuetie 18, Ju. Gomez de Liano 12, Murrell 6, Rivero 6, Spencer 6, Webb 6, Manzo 4, Ja. Gomez de Liano 3, Tungcab 2, Gob 0, Jaboneta 0, Mantilla 0, Prado 0. ADAMSON 82 - Chauca 21, Manlapaz 17, Douanga 14, Lastimosa 13, Ahanmisi 7, Magbuhos 4, Camacho 2, Flowers 2, Mojica 2, Fermin 0, Yerro 0, Zaldivar 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-20, 25-41, 52-50, 73-73, 83-82. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

UP s bonds will only get stronger now Paras has debuted in UAAP Season 82

Kobe Paras took a little longer to make his debut for the University of the Philippines in the UAAP Season 82 Men's Basketball Tournament, but he finally did so, Sunday at MOA Arena. And in just his first game for the Fighting Maroons, Paras made an immediate impact, dropping 20 points on top of six rebounds and two blocks. Most importantly, his assist led to Javi Gomez de Liano's three that forced overtime and his short stab was part of the 8-0 finishing kick that eventually ended as a bounce back win. Of course, head coach Bo Perasol only welcomed the 6-foot-6 forward with open arms. "It's a great catalyst that we have Kobe here not just for his offense, but his presence inside. It gives inspiration to his teammates," he told reporters in the post-game conference. For his part, Paras is just glad to be able to take the floor once more. "I'm happy. I'm really happy. As everyone knows, this is my fourth college so I'm just thankful for coach Bo and the whole UP community for giving me, basically, a third chance not just in basketball, but in life," he said. After a short stint as a promising prospect for La Salle Green Hills, the son of Philippine basketball legend Benjie Paras first committed to UCLA before transferring to Creighton. Paras suited up for one season as a Bluejay before relocating again to Cal State Northridge, but never played a game there. Now he has debuted - and has triumphed in his debut - the 21-year-old is only looking forward to strengthening his bonds with his teammates. "The win helps us to build our chemistry because you know that his is a new team. A lot of people think it's easy to just have a group of players come in and produce, but it's hard," he shared. He then continued, "I'm just glad we have games like this because it brings us together." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Paras, Bright sparkle as UP trips Adamson in OT

University of the Philippines hit eight straight points in the last 1:24 of the overtime period and escaped with an 83-82 thriller over Adamson University on Sunday in UAAP season 82 men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. Down 82-75, Bright Akhuetie teamed up with Kobe Paras and Jun Manzo in that decisive stretch […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

After 7th place finish, Team USA reflects on what went wrong, next steps

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com BEIJING -- The result of Saturday's seventh-place game didn't really matter. Once the United States Men's National Team beat Brazil in its final pool play game at the FIBA World Cup, it had qualified for the Olympics. Once it lost to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, its run of five straight major tournament titles had come to an end with no shot at a medal. And once it lost to Serbia on Thursday, it was doomed to the second worst tournament finish in USA Basketball history, with the only worse result coming when a team of junior college players went 0-4 at the 2001 FIBA Americas tournament. But the U.S. beat Poland 87-74 on Saturday to finish seventh at the World Cup and put an end to its first two-game losing streak since 2002. Only nine Americans played, with Kemba Walker (neck) joining Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart on the sideline. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 16 points and 10 assists. Gregg Popovich said afterward that there's neither shame nor blame to be distributed following the Americans' worst finish in a tournament to which it sent NBA players. "Like we should be ashamed because we didn't win the gold medal?," Popovich said. "That's a ridiculous attitude. It's immature. It's arrogant, and it shows that whoever thinks that doesn't respect all the other teams in the world and doesn't respect that these guys did the best they could." Falling short of their gold-medal goal still comes with pain, something the Americans have had to deal with since losing to France in the quarterfinals on Wednesday, and something that won't go away when they arrive back in the States on Sunday. "That's something," Myles Turner admitted, "that's going to stick with us for the rest of our lives." The sting could ultimately be worse for the players who will never again have the chance to play for the national team. That could be a significant portion of this roster, with higher profile Americans expected to play at next year's Olympics in Tokyo, and with the next World Cup four years away. A lack of top-flight talent is the easy answer for why this was the first American team of NBA players to lose since the 2006 World Championship. And it's not a wrong answer. Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and James Harden would obviously have made a difference. But when asked about his country's failure to win gold this year, Kobe Bryant insisted that, no matter who is wearing the red, white and blue, losses will happen. "It's not a matter of the rest of the world catching up to the U.S.," Bryant said at a FIBA press conference on Friday. "The rest of the world has been caught up for quite some time. It's to the point now where us in the U.S., we're going to win some and we're going to lose some. That's just how it goes." Bryant brought up the 2008 Olympics, when one of the most talented teams ever assembled led Spain by just two points early in the fourth quarter of the gold medal game. At the World Championship two years later, a U.S. Team with four future NBA MVPs escaped with a two-point win over Brazil in pool play. "Put the best players that you think are going to make the best team out there on the floor," Bryant said, "we are still going to have challenges. It's not going to be a cakewalk. The days of the '92 Barcelona Dream Team are gone. They're over." That doesn't mean that the United States couldn't have won this tournament with the players that it had, some of which had disappointing performances on the world stage. In each of the last five major international tournaments, the U.S. ranked No. 1 in offensive efficiency. Through its first six games in this tournament, it ranked ninth offensively. Before breaking with a 12-for-25 performance against Poland on Saturday, the Americans had shot just 33.3 percent from 3-point range, well below the NBA league average (35.5 percent), even though the 3-point distance is shorter on the FIBA floor. The general sentiment among the players was that the loss to France was an "anything can happen on any given night" situation, but Harrison Barnes said that it was "executing on the offensive end" where the team fell short in a general sense. "If you look at a lot of these teams and how they played," Barnes continued, "they're able to fall back on their system. They're able to fall back on things that they know, things that they've run, guys that have been playing together for five, six, seven years. For us, we had to put our hat on defense. That was what we kind of made our calling card. Offensively, we knew we weren't going to ever get to that place where, 'OK, here are two or three quick-hitters.' But we did the best that we could." Though the U.S. was one of the best defensive teams in the tournament, it couldn't turn enough stops into transition opportunities. In each of the five major tournaments that the U.S. won from 2008 to 2016, it ranked first or second in pace. Through its first six games, this U.S. team ranked 13th of 32 World Cup teams in pace (an estimated 75 possessions per 40 minutes). Fewer fast breaks led to more half-court offense, where the execution just wasn't there consistently enough. There's something to be said about ingrained teamwork and the difference between how American and international players are developed. But four weeks of preparation and five pool-play games isn't enough time to build the requisite chemistry when the Americans bring back an almost entirely new roster every time they compete in a major tournament. This team also had less practice time than previous editions of Team USA. From the day before its first game in China to the end of the tournament, the U.S. never practiced on days between games, choosing only to get in the gym for one-hour shootarounds in the morning on game days. Next year's Olympics are earlier in the summer, so that preparation time will likely be shorter than the four weeks that this team was together before the start of the World Cup. And without the same chemistry that their opponents have, more talent -- guys that can get buckets on cue -- is needed. That means more roster turnover. And if some of these players never put on the USA uniform again, they can at least hope that the work that they've put in over the last six weeks will propel them to strong NBA seasons as a silver lining. "Individually, across the board, everybody gets a lot better by playing and going through this entire process," Joe Harris said this week. "You spent 39-plus days with one of the best coaches in the world, one of the best coaches in the game in Pop. "Just being around them, learning their approach to the game, being around all these great players, competing with them night in and night out, whether it's practices or games, and competing at a high level every night against some of the best players in the world, this is the best offseason preparation you can have going into the season." There don't seem to be any misgivings among the players about spending the last four weeks on the other side of the world. "We made that pact that we were going to do whatever we could to win basketball games," Barnes said. "To go out there and try to win gold medals. On the flip side of that is that there's a chance that we may not win. And, I think there are no regrets from our group in terms of what we've given, what we sacrificed, the commitment that everyone has made away from their families, teams, organizations, all of that." They all have an NBA season to prepare for now, and at least some of them would love a shot at redemption next summer. "There's no telling," Walker said about possibly playing next year. "It's not up to me. I would love to. It was really fun to be a part of. I would love to do it again." Hopefully with better results. John Schuhmann is a senior stats analyst for NBA.com. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 15th, 2019

Kobe debuts for Maroons vs Falcons

Adamson hopes to stretch its winning streak to three games against a Kobe Paras-led University of the Philippines while University of Santo Tomas is eager to bounce back from a heartbreaking loss when they face separate foes Sun day in UAAP men’s basketball at the Mall of Asia Arena. The Falcons clash with the Maroons […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

Kobe Bryant says USA Dream Team days are over

    BEIJING, China – Kobe Bryant leapt to the defense of the United States basketball team after their failed World Cup campaign, saying on Friday, September 13: "The days of the 1992 Barcelona 'Dream Team' are gone." A Team USA missing their biggest names were beaten for the second time in as many days ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 14th, 2019

The MVP exits: Giannis, Greece fail to advance at World Cup

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season. That would be an unwanted consolation prize. The reigning NBA MVP's stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team's finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12 points to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals, and instead is heading home after an 84-77 win on Monday wasn't enough to push it to the next round. "He's proud of his team. ... We gave everything we have," said Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the MVP's brother, along with his Greece and now Milwaukee Bucks teammate. "It's crazy — you win and you don't get to the next round." Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out with 5:32 left, called for charging on a play that left the Greek bench and fans howling in disbelief. Greece was up by 10 at the time, on the cusp of the margin it needed to advance. Czech guard Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls knew it was a big call. "We knew that he would go for the Eurostep or try to force it," Satoransky said. "In Europe, they'd probably call it. In the NBA, they wouldn't call it, obviously, because they protect stars." Giannis Antetokounmpo did not make himself available to reporters for the second consecutive game. He also told FIBA officials that he was too upset to speak Saturday after Greece's 69-53 loss to the U.S. Antetokounmpo is the first reigning NBA MVP to play in the World Cup or the world championships. Only three reigning MVPs have played in the Olympics — Michael Jordan in 1992, Kobe Bryant in 2008 and LeBron James in 2012, all for the U.S., and all going home with a gold medal. "He came, he worked 100%, he tried 100% to get this game," Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulous said. Greece, up by seven both times, had to take fouls three times in the closing seconds — unusual for a team with a lead, of course, but the only number that mattered was the scoring margin and the Greeks simply needed more points. It almost worked: Nick Calathes' deep 3-pointer with 7 seconds left pushed Greece's lead to nine, but Jaromir Bohacik — who was 5 for 6 from the line in the final 20 seconds — made a pair with 4.6 seconds remaining, and that was the end for Greece. Greece had its chances, leading by as many as nine in the first half. But the Czechs closed the half on a 16-6 run — a stretch where Giannis Antetokounmpo went to the bench with 1:10 remaining after an ill-advised offensive foul, his third personal of the game — and, because of the point-differential tiebreaker, Greece knew it needed a dominant 20 minutes of second-half basketball to keep hope alive. And it wasn't to be. So soon, it'll be time to head back to Milwaukee. The Bucks open training camp Oct. 1, play their preseason opener Oct. 7 against Chicago and open the regular season on Oct. 24 at Houston — in a game that will feature the last three MVPs, with Antetokounmpo, Rockets guard and 2018 winner James Harden and new Houston guard Russell Westbrook, the 2017 MVP when he was with Oklahoma City. Thanasis Antetokounmpo said getting to share the World Cup stage with his brother, even with a disappointing final outcome, was what he would remember. "It was a dream come true," he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 10th, 2019

PLDT Enterprise, Google Philippine team up to boost MSMEs’ digital presence

PLDT Enterprise has teamed up with the local unit of technology giant Google to beef up the digital presence of micro, small and medium enterprises in the country......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsSep 6th, 2019

Injured Kobe Paras ‘needs to feel the game, says Bo Perasol

MANILA, Philippines – In what was supposed to be his UAAP debut, Kobe Paras was forced to sit out due to a sprained right ankle.  However, University of the Philippines (UP) head coach Bo Perasol wants him to suit up in their next game against University of Santo Tomas (UST) on Saturday, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2019

For the first time in a long time, UP is all-in for UAAP 82

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 8-6, runner-up YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Bright Akhuetie, Javi Gomez de Liano, Juan Gomez de Liano, Will Gozum, Janjan Jaboneta, Jun Manzo, Jerson Prado, Jaydee Tungcab WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: J-Boy Gob, Jaybie Mantilla, Kobe Paras, Ricci Rivero, Noah Webb (returning from injury) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Diego Dario, Paul Desiderio, Jarrell Lim, Gelo Vito WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM UP? For sure, UP is no longer an also-ran, no longer a pushover, no longer an afterthought. What the Fighting Maroons have become is a brand new heavyweight that is a legitimate threat to the championship belt Ateneo has held in the last two years. Why is that? Returning for State U is UAAP 81 Season MVP Bright Akhuetie and Mythical Team member Juan Gomez de Liano as well as now-team captain Jun Manzo, Javi Gomez de Liano, Janjan Jaboneta, Jerson Prado, and Jaydee Tungcab. Then, arriving in Diliman are Kobe Paras and Ricci Rivero – a couple of generational talents who have all the confidence and capability to turn the tide in favor of their new team. Add all of that together and what you have is the strongest squad to wear the maroon and green in a long, long time. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM UP? There is no doubt that Paras and Rivero are big gets for UP. What has to be seen if the Fighting Maroons are to live up to the hype, however, is for the likes of Akhuetie, Manzo, and the GDL brothers to do their best to see to it that those two talented transferees buy into the program. Most, if not all, eyes will be trained on how Paras and Rivero resume their careers, but at the same time, Juan GDL also has to take another step forward – this time, most importantly, in terms of leadership. The cupboard of talent is most certainly fully loaded, but the void left behind by school legend Paul Desiderio is yet to be filled – and among all players, its Juan GDL, the homegrown star, who is actually the ready-made replacement. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR UP? UP's climb back to the mountaintop in recent history has been slow and steady, but now, State U has its best shot at ending a more than three decade-long title drought. UP may not be underdogs anymore, but that doesn’t change the fact that what has happened to them in the past years is proof that, indeed, there is nowhere to go but up. WHERE WOULD UP BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 82? Just like Ateneo, UP is returning a mostly intact core that actually improved with additions of prized prospects. And just like the Blue Eagles, the Fighting Maroons may very well be back in the Finals. The questions about chemistry cannot be denied. At the same time, however, there is also too much talent here for State U to be denied entry into level of the elite. WHEN IS UP’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 82? UP’s first tough test in a season overflowing with expectations is FEU in a heavyweight battle on September 4 at Araneta Coliseum. Of course, everybody goes All for More and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SEVEN OTHER TEAMS IN UAAP SEASON 82: With its arsenal fully loaded, UE’s ambush good to go in UAAP 82 UAAP 82 one more chance for NU to piece the puzzle together Espana’s hope in UAAP 82? Cansino’s return to form, UST’s return to playoffs All-Filipino La Salle all set to cut UAAP 82 rivals down to size Brave FEU not backing down from more heralded UAAP 82 rivals Behind Ahanmisi, Adamson’s youth will be on the march in UAAP 82 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 2nd, 2019

US Open 28th seed Suarez Navarro fined $40K after quitting

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — In the latest example of a player fined thousands of dollars at a Grand Slam tournament for what tennis officials deem a lack of effort, 28th-seeded Carla Suárez Navarro of Spain was docked $40,000 at the U.S. Open on Thursday, two days after retiring from her first-round match with a lower-back injury. She was due to collect $58,000 as a first-round loser in singles at Flushing Meadows. But tournament referee Soeren Friemel said Suárez Navarro, who can appeal the decision, "did not perform to the required professional standards" and so was punished for violating the first-round performance rule. She stopped playing after losing the first set of her match against Timea Babos by a 6-2 score. The Grand Slam Board introduced the rule before the 2018 season to deter players who enter tournaments while injured from retiring during first-round matches. Suárez Navarro also retired from a match at the hard-court tournament in Toronto earlier this month. "Not the easiest weeks for me dealing with some back pain," she tweeted Thursday. "We made our best effort to be ready and play our heart out, but it got really worse during my opening match in New York." In July, American player Anna Tatishvili was awarded her French Open prize money when the Grand Slam Board reversed her fine of about $50,000 for a 6-0, 6-1 loss at the French Open. That was her first tournament since October 2017. Bernard Tomic was fined his full prize money of about $55,000 at Wimbledon last month after a three-set loss in the first round that lasted only 58 minutes. ___ DOUBLE TROUBLE Naomi Osaka would be happy to play mixed doubles with Kei Nishikori for Japan at the 2020 Toyko Olympics. Just one problem: The reigning U.S. Open singles champion apparently isn't much of a doubles player. After Osaka's victory in singles Thursday — with Colin Kaepernick and Kobe Bryant watching from her courtside box — she said that "anyone that knows my doubles track record" knows she's not exactly an expert. She hasn't played a tour-level women's doubles match since 2017 ... and she went 0-5 that season. Nishikori said last week he was planning to play singles and men's doubles in Tokyo but wasn't sure about mixed, because it might mean too much tennis in the hot and humid weather. But, he added he would talk to Osaka at some point. They are friends, and Osaka said their pairing in Tokyo would be "historic." "I would definitely play with him," Osaka said. "I just would actually need to practice doubles for the first time in my life. Because you cannot play mixed doubles with Kei Nishikori and lose in the first round of the Olympics in Tokyo. That would be the biggest — like, I would cry. I would actually cry for losing a doubles match." ___ SET-DOWN SERENA That Serena Williams came back to beat 17-year-old Caty McNally at the U.S. Open after dropping their opening set shouldn't have come as a surprise: No one in the history of professional tennis has been as good as Williams at that sort of turnaround. Turns out Williams actually wins more Grand Slam matches than she loses after trailing by a set. Her 5-7, 6-3, 6-1 victory over McNally in the second round at Flushing Meadows improved Williams' career record at major tournaments to 42-40 after being down a set — the only woman in the 50-year Open era who can boast of a winning record in such situations, according to the WTA. The only other active player with more than 25 such victories is her older sister, Venus, who has 28. In all tour-level main-draw matches, Williams is 97-107 after ceding the opening set, a .475 winning percentage that leads active players. Next on the list? Maria Sharapova at .390, 83-130. ___ AP Sports Writer Brian Mahoney contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 29th, 2019

He said, he said: Browns stars Mayfield, OBJ rip NY Giants

By Tom Withers, Associated Press BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Maybe it's good the Browns and Giants won't play this season. They're already trash-talking. Comments by brash Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield and star receiver Odell Beckham Jr. created a stir at the training camps for both teams Tuesday, adding extra heat to brutally humid weather conditions. Mayfield, the outspoken and uninhibited second-year QB, strangely took a swipe at the Giants and rookie quarterback Daniel Jones, the team's first-round pick this year and potential heir apparent to Eli Manning. In an interview with GQ, Mayfield said he was stunned the Giants would draft someone such as Jones, who played at Duke and was not considered one of the top QBs in this year's class. "Blows my mind," Mayfield told the magazine, adding he thinks NFL teams are flawed in their quarterback evaluation. "Some people overthink it. That's where people go wrong. They forget you've gotta win." Mayfield's remarks were then presented to Jones, who was somewhat shocked by them because he doesn't know Cleveland's quarterback. "I try not to listen to much that's said," Jones said. "I think I've done a pretty good job of that. I heard that before. I kind of have the same mindset, I certainly have a lot to focus on here, I have a lot to worry about here and I'm focused on that." He doesn't have any background or known beef with Mayfield, which is why Jones was somewhat caught off guard. "I have never spoken to him," said Jones, who went 17-19 in college. "He has an opinion. A lot of people have opinions." While Mayfield's feelings may have rubbed some the wrong way, first-year Browns coach Freddie Kitchens was unfazed. Kitchens dismissed the idea that anything Mayfield says or does will make the Browns, who have huge expectations after a 7-8-1 season and the arrival of Beckham, any more of a target. "We don't care, all right?" Kitchens said, when asked if the bull's-eye on the Browns had grown. "It is already on there so it does not matter. We will be ready to play. I do not know what a 'bull's-eye' is," he said. "I do not know what that is. Does anybody know? Does anybody know what a bull's-eye is? If they are not trying to beat our ass and we are not trying to beat their ass, I do not know what else you do. "That is what we are going to try and do, and hopefully, they try and do the same." Following practice, Mayfield posted on Instagram that his comments about Jones were taken out of context. "This is not what I said ... just so we're clear," Mayfield wrote. "I also said I was surprised I got drafted number one. Then was talking about the flaws in evaluating QBs. Where I brought up winning being important. Reporters and media will do anything to come up with a clickbait story. Heard nothing but good things and wish nothing but the best for Daniel." The former No. 1 overall pick is scheduled to meet with reporters Wednesday. As for Beckham, he can't seem to shake the Giants despite insisting he has moved on from his drama-filled days with them. In a Sports Illustrated cover story, the three-time Pro Bowler said New York turned down better trade offers to send him to Cleveland in March. The Browns acquired Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon for guard Kevin Zeitler, safety Jabrill Peppers and first- and third-round picks. "This wasn't no business move," he told SI. "This was personal. They thought they'd send me here to die." Shurmur, who spent part of last season sparring with Beckham or dealing with the endless theater that seems to follow him, chose not to engage any further with his former player. "Quite frankly on our list of issues of the day it really doesn't matter what Odell or Baker says," Shurmur said. "There are many other things we probably should be discussing. Again, we wish him (Beckham) well and it was a trade. We said that all along, I said I would not comment on what he says about the situation." Beckham has acknowledged struggling in the weeks after the deal. He skipped almost all of Cleveland's offseason program but he's been adamant that he's adjusted to his new team and city. Kitchens believes Beckham. "No doubt. When he came back, he was all in — exactly what he promised me he would do," Kitchens said. "I trust him. He trusts me. I will not betray him. I do not think he will betray me." NOTES: Pro Bowl DE Myles Garrett missed practice with an unspecified illness. ... Mayfield and Kitchens were presented with jerseys by Columbus Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno and Brandon Dubinsky, who came to camp to show their support for the Browns. Kitchens followed the NHL club's playoff run last season, and he's amazed by the skill level it takes to play hockey. Has he ever tried the sport? "No, I am from Alabama," he quipped. "There are no hockey sticks. There is a football, baseball and basketball and that is about it. " ___ AP Sports Writer Tom Canavan contributed to this report......»»

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