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Thousands flee & lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo; fury; some events on hold

Tens of thousands of people were sheltering in evacuation centers as Typhoon “Tisoy” (international name: Kammuri) barreled towards the Philippines, threatening plans for the Southeast Asian Games events near Metro Manila......»»

Category: newsSource: thestandard thestandardDec 3rd, 2019

& lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo; cancels several events

The Philippines has begun evacuating thousands of people, local officials said Sunday, as a powerful typhoon rumbling in from the Pacific forced Southeast Asian Games organizers to cancel or reschedule some events......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games: NLEX to close section near Philippine Arena for SEA Games opening ceremony

Organizers of the 30th Southeast Asian Games are looking at a 12-hour closure of a section of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) near the Philippine Arena on November 30. The 55,000-seater indoor Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan will be hosting the biennial meet’s opening ceremony that will land on a Saturday and on Bonifacio Day.   “We are doing a thorough planning of the opening ceremony. You can imagine we have an opening ceremony on Nov. 30. Although that's a holiday, if we close NLEX for 12 hours, malaking ano yun [traffic],” said Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc), Foundation chief operating officer Ramon ‘Tats’ Suzara. Phisgoc is working with the Philippine National Police and the NLEX management on the details of the closure with thousands of fans, athletes, officials and delegates from the 11 participating countries trooping the arena for opening ceremony.    “People have to plan from now on, na pagdating ng Nov. 29, magbiyahe na sila ng Baguio or somewhere north. Kasi pagdating ng Nov. 30 ng 12:00 noon, sarado na ang NLEX hanggang midnight. That's a 12-hour window. After nun, aalis na ang lahat ng tao na manonood ng opening ceremony,” Suzara said. “These things will be convenient for us. This is the suggestion of the Iglesia ni Cristo. Kasi alam mo naman yung likod ng Philippine Arena, masikip. Main highway lang talaga tayo, NLEX lang. This takes a lot of planning with the PNP and NLEX also,” he added. The SEA Games will last until December 11 with 530 events across a record 56 sports to be held in venues in Manila, Clark, Subic, Tagaytay, Laguna, La Union and Batangas.     Concerns of traffic congestions has been raised with the country’s hosting of the biennial meet especially with it landing near the Christmas season. “We are trying to solve this,” said Suzara.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 24th, 2019

Thousands flee as ‘Nina’ approaches

Thousands flee as ‘Nina’ approaches.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 25th, 2016

LeBron James, Anthony Davis bring new Heat to L.A.

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The relationship they formed, nurtured and maximized to the championship fullest was captured in all its glory nine years ago this month on a sensational play that took maybe six seconds. Dwyane Wade grabbed a loose ball and ran up court, leading a rather routine fast break and then, chemistry happened. He gently tossed a short, no-look bounce pass that for a microsecond went to a ghost, at least until LeBron James, trailing the play in full sprint, appeared and scooped the ball. Wade didn’t see LeBron behind him … he just knew. LeBron didn’t call for the ball … he just knew. As LeBron elevated and cupped the ball for a tomahawk dunk, Wade kept running forward and spread his arms before the crowd, as if to say: This is how we do it. That finish was immortalized by an Associated Press photographer seated underneath the rim named Morry Gash. The image instantly went viral, causing witnesses to gasp at the image’s snarky, arrogant and amazing glory. Mostly, though, that sequence symbolized the blossoming bond between LeBron and Wade early in their time together with the Miami Heat. 9 years ago today. #L3GENDARY pic.twitter.com/Yc7iQDezlM — Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) December 6, 2019 And, it suggests what’s currently percolating in Los Angeles with the Lakers. LeBron has a new basketball boo, and the process with Anthony Davis is starting to look strikingly familiar. Theirs is an already devastating combo that has the Lakers scorching through the early NBA season with the best record in the West. ‘Bron and The Brow are both entertaining and effective, a combination that certainly works in L.A. (which expects both). This is more of the peanut butter-and-jelly variety than fingernail meets blackboard in terms of two forces blending in beautifully. They share the same ideas about how to play the game as one, when to defer (and when take over) and why there’s no need for ego or one-upmanship. It’s a tag-team, your-turn-my-turn type of existence, sprinkled with an ability to recognize each other’s tendencies. Oh, and it helps that they like each other as people. Longtime Laker witnesses might feel the urge to compare this to Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant, but a more apt linkage is LeBron and Wade, whose on-court kinship spilled over into their personal lives, and to this day they still refer to each other as brothers from other mothers. “We had something special,” James said. And now, with Davis? “Everything’s coming along great, maybe even quicker than we thought.” As the Lakers prepare to play Friday in Miami (Saturday, PHL time) -- the site of so many LeBron-Wade connections -- the NBA’s new combo is just getting ramped up. No All-Star duo in the league is generating more wins, sizzle and per-game production than LeBron and Davis, who average a combined 53.6 points, 15.8 rebounds and 14.1 assists per game. They’re durable, too: LeBron has played in every game while Davis has missed only one. Much of this was expected when the Lakers traded for Davis and gave LeBron someone who was arguably his equal in terms of talent. The pairing seemed ideal because Davis is a low-maintenance star who doesn’t always demand the ball and keeps his ego hidden -- necessary tools when one plays in LeBron’s orbit. They also tend to cover each other’s weaknesses. For example, Davis is a superior defender while LeBron, who turns 35 in a few weeks, picks his spots defensively. Davis took the Pelicans to the semifinals once, while LeBron has played in eight of the last nine Finals. One other critical element worth noting is this: LeBron is anxious to grab at least another title here with his third team, which would be unprecedented. Davis is hungry for his first. They share the same quest, then, but approach it from different angles. Given where they are in their careers, there was a hunch they were made for each other. After 25 games, this notion has proven correct. “They hit the ground running right from the start of training camp,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “Both on and off the basketball court, their chemistry has been seamless.” LeBron seemed determined to make this work after his first season in L.A. lacked a true co-star and was slowed by a groin injury. His basketball relationship with Kyrie Irving in Cleveland took a sharp turn three years ago when Irving demanded a trade, mainly to escape LeBron’s enormity and strike out on his own. LeBron, like almost everyone else, was stunned as to why someone was so willing to bail on an all-time great. That raised this issue: while LeBron is one of the most accommodating superstars in NBA history, other stars in their prime would rather be the lead singer on another team. Davis seems cut from another cloth, however. And besides, when LeBron eventually retires (he has two seasons left on his contract), Davis will become a solo king if he so desires. This process was months in the making as LeBron made a point to align himself with Davis off the court since last summer. He welcomed him into his home, inviting him to events and generally magnetizing himself to Davis, who in turn did the same. This same approach worked for LeBron and Wade in 2010, but back then, LeBron was joining Wade’s team and was careful not to overstep any boundaries. “What I’m seeing here is how much time they spent together away from the court last summer and how that has impacted what’s going on right now,” Vogel said. “Even in film sessions the two are always together. They’re just building that friendship that LeBron and Dwyane had. LeBron has done everything in his power to make sure he’s going out of his way to make Anthony comfortable.” Wade and LeBron became fast friends because their personalities were similar and therefore clicked. Wade admitted that, at times, it was difficult to ride shotgun that first season together. But he respected LeBron’s talents too much to make that an issue. It all worked as they won two championships and made four Finals together. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra recognizes what’s developing in L.A. and says about LeBron: “He’s able to morph into whatever he needs to be to bring out the best from other players. This just fits like a glove with LeBron and AD, the way they work well together. Their skill sets compliment each other.” The Bron-Brow combo is causing defensive hell for teams: Which one gets a double team? Do you put a big player on LeBron and a shorter one on Davis or vice versa? Last Sunday (Monday, PHL time), the two combined for 82 points against the Timberwolves, which came two nights after they dropped 70 on the Blazers. Scoring only tells so much, but the way they compliment each other is nearly perfect. LeBron handles the ball, Davis impacts the rebounding and defense. They can almost sense where the other is without looking. Together, their sneaker prints are all over the floor. “The more time you spend together, if you have the same goals in mind and you have the same drive, then organically it happens,” LeBron said. Much of this is new to Davis, who only got a half-season’s worth of playing time with an All-Star (DeMarcus Cousins) his six seasons with New Orleans. He welcomes the change of synergy because playing next to LeBron ups his championship odds. “I mean, he’s a tremendous teammate, great talent and takes a lot of pressure off not only me, but everyone else,” Davis said. “It’s fun to be on the floor with him.” That’s evident from everyone who has watched this relationship take root and grow. “It’s there, and I think it’s genuine, too, from what I can see,” said former Lakers great and James Worthy, now a TV analyst for the club. “They’ve known each other for a while now, and they have that same drive and vision about the game and how it’s played. I think they know how to monitor each other and the team constructively to where the cohesiveness remains tight.” What’s frightening is the process hasn’t even reached a half-season. The wavelength LeBron and Wade once enjoyed can be matched with Davis, and it’s on pace to be fully maximized by the playoffs. The better it gets for Bron and Brow, the better it is for their supporting cast. “For me and AD, it starts with us,” LeBron said. “If we’re on the same page it makes it easier for the rest of the ball club.” There’s an important duplication taking place in Los Angeles, from LeBron-Wade to LeBron-Davis. The initial results are decisively promising. If this all keeps up, might multiple championships also follow? Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News7 hr. 24 min. ago

Reds scoff at safe-passage offer, bat for talks in & lsquo;neutral country& rsquo;

Self-exiled communist leader Jose Maria Sison on Wednesday urged the government to hold negotiations in a neutral country instead of the Philippines to prove that the offer to revive peace talks is not a trap......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 12th, 2019

PHI ends SEA Games hosting in style

The Philippines celebrated the end of its successful hosting of the 30th Southeast Asian Games the same way it rolled out the red carpet for all participating nations. From a presentation of Filipino culture through performances from Aeta Festival Dancers and the Manila Concert Choir, to the dazzling aerial drone presentation to the colorful fireworks display and a concert featuring the Black Eyed Peas, the Philippines made the biennial meet’s closing ceremony Wednesday night at the New Clark City Stadium in Tarlac as memorable as its opening. After 10 days of competition on different fronts in 56 sports with 530 events, the Philippines emerged as overall champion once again after completing the feat 14 years ago when the country also hosted the Games. Philippine Sports Commission chairman and PHI SEA Games Chef De Mission William ‘Butch’ Ramirez and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea accepted the overall championship recognition for Team Philippines, which collected 149 gold, 117 silver and 121 bronze medals. Heroic Filipino surfer Roger Casugay, who was also the PHI’s flag-bearer in the closing ceremony’s traditional parade of athletes, was feted the Fair Play Athlete for his selfless act of helping Indonesian competitor Arip Nurhidayat get out of dangerous waters during the semifinal of their surfing competition. Casugay eventually won the men’s longboard event gold. Also feted were swimmer Quah Zheng Wen of Singapore as Male Mega-Athlete for copping six gold and two silver medals while Nguyen Thi Anh Vien of Vietnam was named Female Mega-Athlete for her six gold and pair of silver medals in the pool. A tribute and a parade for the workforce and volunteers was also part of the program before Medialdea officially closed the PHI’s hosting as the fire in the P55 million cauldron was extinguished. Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) head and House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano and Philippine Olympic Committee president Cong. Bambol Tolentino handed over the SEA Games flag to 2021 host Vietnam in the turnover rites.     Vietnam prepared a presentation for their hosting two years from now.    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 11th, 2019

SEA Games: ‘Seventh man’ pushes PHI to historic feat

It may sound like the ultimate sports cliché, but the Philippine men’s volleyball team was grateful for the thousands of fans who came and cheered in its semifinals game against powerhouse Thailand in the 30th Southeast Asian Games on Sunday. The squad’s sixth – or in volleyball’s case seventh – man did their job well in inspiring the team.    From just 2,500 in their first game, the gate attendance at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City ballooned. “Siyempre, sobrang tuwa kasi eto naman talaga yung hinihingi namin dati pa. Simula pa lang, sabi namin sana kami naman yung mapanood ng maraming tao. Para makilala naman kami,” said PHI head coach Dante Alinsunurin. A total of 6,700 screaming fans rocked the newly-renovated stadium as the Philippines made a huge upset to set up a gold medal match 42 years in the making.   The size of the crowd was an achievement itself for the team, which is fighting for their share of attention after years of being in the shadow of the more popular and marketable women’s division. “Sabi nga namin nung first game, meron na tayong dumagdag na 12 persons. Second game, nanalo tayo, meron tayong 13 persons,” he said. “Sabi ko tuluy-tuloy lang tayo, malay niyo sa third game natin, magiging 20 na yan. Yun lang lagi ginagawa namin.” The effect of the home crowd, which prayed, cheered and lifted the spirits of the players, energized the squad especially in the fourth set when the Filipinos stared an impending defeat straight in the eye before pulling off a great escape to force a decider.     “Sobra grabe. Ako personally pagpasok ko pa lang sa arena, sa court, napa-wow ako sa crowd kasi sobrang dami,” said top hitter Marck Espejo. “Di namin ini-expect na ganoon karami ang manonood, na susuporta at magtsi-cheer para sa amin tapos nilabas namin ang laro namin.” And the Nationals did not disappoint. The Filipinos completed a remarkable come-from-behind, 17-25, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25, 17-15, victory that catapulted them to their first gold medal match since a runner-up finish in the inaugural edition of the biennial meet in 1977 in Malaysia. “Sana magtuluy-tuloy na yung gusto ng men’s team sa Pilipinas na makilala naman kami at sabihin nating tumaas yung level ng laro ng mga lalaki sa Pilipinas,” said Alinsunurin. But the battle is not yet over for the men’s team as it will face group stage tormentor Indonesia for all the marbles on Tuesday. The team will again need its ‘energizer’ one last time.     ---       Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 8th, 2019

Afraid of bashing, Quiboloy lets & lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo; roil

He could stop earthquakes, but why not a typhoon like “Tisoy”?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 6th, 2019

P1.9 billion in crops lost to & lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo;; Bicol reeling

Typhoon “Tisoy” did P1.93 billion in damage to agriculture, officials said Thursday, more than doubling their initial estimates......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

& lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo; leaves 12 dead, vast losses to crops, infrastructure

The death toll from Typhoon “Tisoy”’ rose to 12 after the strongest storm this year hammered parts of Luzon and the Visayas, field reports indicated Wednesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Joshua out to regain aura, belts in rematch

By Steve Douglas, Associated Press Anthony Joshua didn't just lose three world heavyweight titles and an undefeated record when he was beaten by Andy Ruiz Jr. in one of boxing's biggest upsets in a generation. He lost his aura, his growing sense of invincibility. So Joshua has had to reinvent himself, strip everything back and, in a sense, start all over. That began by going back to his roots in Nigeria. “Because of boxing, I’ve never had time to go there,” Joshua told The Associated Press of his first return in 17 years to the homeland of his parents and where he briefly went to boarding school at the age of 11. “In Nigeria, the people love you for you, not for what you have.” At the lowest point of his professional career and with people starting to question him for the first time, Joshua needed time to reflect and to have a dose of reality. He visited Makoko, a slum just off mainland Lagos that is largely a floating community of wooden homes on swampland. Joshua is adored there, and they mobbed their icon. “It was good to see hope,” Joshua recalled. “Anyone that can bring hope to you, they appreciate it and they appreciate my journey so far. That’s what I liked. We’re on a journey.” Joshua's journey took an unexpected detour with that loss to Ruiz Jr. in June. But it may well be the making of him. The Briton heads into the rematch in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Saturday as something of a changed man. More humble, more accepting of vicissitudes of his sport, and eager to learn from his mistakes. Joshua accepts there were plenty of them before the first fight in Madison Square Garden. He still won't say exactly what went wrong that night in New York, but he acknowledges he “wasn't prepared” for the challenge of Ruiz Jr. — a portly Mexican with a big heart, fast hands and unexpected power. Ruiz Jr., who stood in as a late replacement after Jarrell Miller failed multiple doping tests, knocked down Joshua four times before the fight was stopped in the seventh round, the defeated champion somewhat dazed and disheveled. Joshua has ignored some calls to dispense with his long-time trainer, Rob McCracken — the pair go way back, to before Joshua won an Olympic gold medal at the 2012 London Games — but has changed his sparring partners, his routines, and his mentality. “Last time when I lost, I understood why,” Joshua told the AP in a phone interview after arriving in Riyadh. "I took it like a man, I'd say. I took it like a champion should. Because I understood my mistakes. And I’ve changed them, I’ve rectified them. “If anything wasn’t to go my way this time, I just have to say the man is better than me. He is a tricky customer but I think I’m a better fighter than him, even though I didn’t get the decision last time. I went straight back in. I didn’t say, ‘Ah, I need a warm-up fight.’ I knew where I went wrong. I know how to improve it, and I’ve done that.” Time will tell, but there's a sense Joshua is more comfortable in Saudi Arabia than he was in the bright lights of New York five months ago, when he was making his U.S. debut and, maybe, took his eye off the ball. While retaining that chiseled physique that could not contrast more with Ruiz Jr.'s, Joshua looked slimmer and lighter during his public workouts in Riyadh this week. And because he is having to prove himself all over again, Joshua said he compares this fight with the first of the 23 in his pro career. “I have erased the old fight from my memory and I’m approaching it like I’m fighting for the heavyweight championship of the world, which I am. I’m not looking at it as a rematch,” Joshua said. “Even though I’ve had a belt around my waist, I’ve always had that challenger mindset because even in my 15th fight, I challenged for the British title. The 16th (was for the) world title, defend, defend, challenge again, so it’s part and parcel of the game now. I’m used to the tough challenges.” Another loss to Ruiz Jr. — in a fight with a reported $70 million purse and being televised by the DAZN streaming service — and there would be serious questions about Joshua, one of Britain's most celebrated sportsmen and someone whose career trajectory was only heading one way until last summer. Fights with the likes of Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury would be further away then ever. But he's not thinking that way. He's embracing taking boxing to a new audience, shrugging off the fact that the fight will take place in a kingdom where there are human-rights concerns, and is desperate to regain his IBF, WBA and WBO belts. “Of course people doubt me,” Joshua said. “But the main thing is I’m still here. I’m not discouraged. That’s all I can say.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

Post-Tisoy assessment

​Typhoon “Kammuri” or Bagyong “Tisoy,” classified as a Category 4 hurricane, made landfall in Sorsogon early this week. Thousands were forced to flee from their homes and take refuge in evacuation centers in the Bicol Region. Quezon province was not spared......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 5th, 2019

& lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo; threat persists

Metro Manila can expect “frequent to continuous heavy to intense rains” Wednesday due to Typhoon “Tisoy,” the weather bureau said Tuesday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 4th, 2019

Unity for SEA Games and & lsquo;Tisoy& rsquo;

With the Southeast Asian Games properly launched last Sunday, the next two weeks could be unifying for the country. The opening ceremony was fantastic—though the lighting of the cauldron was underwhelming given especially its cost—and the performance of our athletes have so far been electrifying......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2019

SEA Games 2019: Gold medalist Carlos Yulo relishes support from Pinoy crowd

Pinoy gymnast Carlos Yulo was no doubt one of the biggest stars on the first official day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games.  The 19-year old was nothing short of impressive in his SEA Games debut, clinching gold in the Men's Individual All-Around category of the Artistic Gymnastics competition, Sunday afternoon at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum in Manila.  Podium finishes are nothing new for Yulo, who recently captured gold in the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany back in October, as well as a handful of bronze medal finishes in the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup.  What made this SEA Games gold a bit sweeter however, was having the full support of the partisan Filipino crowd at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.  Yulo secured top-three finishes in each of the six events in the Men's Individual All-Around category en route to the gold medal, and with every flip, every twist, and every landing stuck, the Pinoy crowd cheered Yulo on, wildly.  #SEAGames2019 I Gymnastics - Artistic RMS erupts as Caloy Yulo finishes his Horizontal Bars routine pic.twitter.com/eEo2RkOGot — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) December 1, 2019 After completing his final routine on the Horizontal Bar event, Yulo couldn't help but pump his fist in excitement as the fans nearly blew the roof off the modest arena. He too, could feel the energy coming from the crowd.  "Grabe, nakaka-hype. Ako ‘yung kinakabahan," Yulo said of the crowd after the competition. "Maraming-maraming salamat sa support niyo sa amin dito. Grabe, wala akong masabi." Being able to compete on this level, in front of a Filipino crowd was a different experience for Yulo, whose biggest win so far - his gold medal at the World Championships in Stuttgart - was away from home. Yulo admits that the lack of hype surrounding him in Germany helped in relieving the pressure.  "Actually, it's quite different. Here, like, I'd say the crowd gives more attention to Philippine team. In Germany it's like nobody knows me, so I'm just doing my thing. I'm not even scared." Now, with the nation's eyes firmly on him during these next few days and presumably for the rest of his career, Yulo hopes that his success and his newfound popularity can help encourage even more aspiring gymnasts to follow in his footsteps and the footsteps of the ones that have come before him.  "I want Philippine gymnastics to build Olympians," he said.  #SEAGames | Gymnastics - Artistic Caloy Yulo of the Philippines captures GOLD in the Men’s Individual All-Around category pic.twitter.com/YT3V9GuEUi — Santino Honasan???? (@honasantino) December 1, 2019 Yulo has the chance to capture even more gold for the Philippines in the coming days, as he's set to compete in six more events in the Men's Gymnastics competition. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 1st, 2019

UAAP 82 Cheerdance: NU Pep Squad went local in latest conquest

Looking to top their previous performances, National University Pep Squad head coach Ghicka Bernabe went local. NU deviated from their well-known and much talked about Pixar concept and showcased Filipino pride with another show-stopping performance to bag back-to-back titles in the UAAP Season 82 Cheerdance Competition at the MOA Arena Sunday.     Bernabe, whose squad performed a routine that was inspired by the animated movie Coco last year, felt that this season was the right time to use the concept that had been in their list of options for quite a while especially with other teams using themes from around the world.     “Our concept, ‘yung Philippines kasi lagi namin siyang nagiging part ng concept, pero hindi pa siguro ‘yun ‘yung time para isalang siya,” said Bernabe. “Marami ng umaalis na concept. Laging nasa ibang bansa, nagtu-tour sa Asia, sa Europe, kung saan-saan.” The NU Pep Squad had three wardrobe changes, transitioning from Barongs to a Philippine flag-inspired outfits and wrapping it up with Sarimanok costumes and used Pinoy music in their routine.    “It’s time na mag-give back para sa Filipinos. Sabi nga namin balik-bayan tayo ngayon,” said Bernabe, whose squad won the six of the last seven titles in one of the crowd-drawing events in the premier collegiate league.   The Sampaloc-based squad performed last but the NU Pep Squad’s electrifying routine highlighted by difficult stunts and impressive pyramids amazed the crowd and was enough to convince the judges.        But more than dominating the competition, NU’s performance was dedicated to its loyal supporters. “Lahat ng mga sumuporta sa amin noon napatunayan namin kung gaano nila kami kamahal so dapat bigyan namin sila ng magandang performance,” said Bernabe. And NU did.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 17th, 2019

Salt Lake City to host NBA All-Star 2023

NBA press release SALT LAKE CITY – The NBA announced today that Salt Lake City has been selected to host NBA All-Star 2023. The 72nd NBA All-Star Game will take place at Vivint Smart Home Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, on Sunday, Feb. 19, 2023 (Feb. 20, PHL time). This will mark the 30th anniversary of the 1993 NBA All-Star Game played in Salt Lake City. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver made the announcement today during a press conference at Vivint Smart Home Arena, where he was joined by Larry H. Miller (LHM) Group of Companies Owner and Chairman Gail Miller, LHM Group of Companies CEO Steve Starks, Utah Governor Gary Herbert and Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “Along with a rich basketball tradition, Salt Lake City has proven to be a world-class destination for large-scale events and sports competitions,” said Silver. “I want to thank the Miller Family and the Utah Jazz organization for their commitment to hosting our All-Star festivities and to developing a program that will leave a lasting impact on the community.” “The return of the NBA All-Star Game to Salt Lake City is a tremendous honor and an opportunity for us to welcome back the NBA family for one of basketball’s biggest events,” said Miller. “The memory of John Stockton and Karl Malone sharing MVP honors 30 years ago remains strong. We are excited to create new memories for this generation of NBA fans in a place that loves to celebrate basketball.” “We are excited to bring NBA All-Star 2023 to Salt Lake City and Utah,” said Starks. “We have civic and community partners who are engaged and committed to making our celebration very special. Vivint Smart Home Arena is an ideal host venue after our recent $125 million renovation, which focused on enhancing the guest experience. With the close proximity of the Salt Palace Convention Center and Huntsman Center as facilities, NBA fans will enjoy a dynamic downtown atmosphere.” “I am very proud of our people and our state, and hosting NBA All-Star 2023 is a fitting tribute to the Miller Family and Utah Jazz organization,” said Herbert. “We look forward to showcasing our state in an unforgettable way. It’s true that nature played favorites with Utah. Visitors can hike or bike in red-rock Moab in the morning, ski at Park City in the afternoon, and attend NBA All-Star events at night for a robust Utah experience.” “Salt Lake City is a vibrant, diverse, and culturally-rich community that knows how to celebrate the experience of sport,” said Biskupski. “Our 2002 Olympic Winter Games remain the standard against which all other Games are measured. Our selection as the NBA All-Star 2023 host is a testament to Salt Lake City as a sought-after destination for major conventions, sports and entertainment events, and new business.” NBA All-Star oncourt events will tip off on Friday, Feb. 17 (Feb. 18, PHL time) at Vivint Smart Home Arena and will culminate with the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 19 (Feb. 20, PHL time). Additional programming for fans of all ages will take place at venues throughout the city, including the Salt Palace Convention Center and Huntsman Center on the University of Utah campus. The league will also continue to celebrate its tradition and commitment to social responsibility with a full schedule of NBA Cares and Diversity & Inclusion events during NBA All-Star 2023. Through partnerships with schools, government, and local and national nonprofit organizations, the league will reach thousands of children and families in Salt Lake City and the surrounding areas and provide critical resources to community-based programs. In 2023, TNT will be televising the All-Star Game in prime time for the 21st consecutive year, marking Turner Sports’ 38th year of All-Star coverage. The game will be broadcast worldwide in more than 200 countries and territories and more than 40 languages. NBA ALL-STAR HISTORY IN UTAH Salt Lake City previously hosted NBA All-Star at the Delta Center in 1993, when the Western Conference defeated the Eastern Conference 135-132 in overtime in the 43rd All-Star Game. Karl Malone and John Stockton of the hometown Jazz became the first teammates to share the All-Star MVP award. Malone led the West with 28 points, while Stockton notched nine points and 15 assists.  The San Antonio Spurs’ David Robinson added 21 points and 10 rebounds for the West, which overcame a game-high 30 points from the Chicago Bulls’ Michael Jordan. This was the final All-Star Game for the Detroit Pistons’ Isiah Thomas and the first for Orlando Magic rookie Shaquille O’Neal. The Charlotte Hornets’ Larry Johnson became the first player in franchise history to appear in an All-Star Game. Mark Price of the Cleveland Cavaliers won the Three-Point Contest, ending a three-year reign by the Chicago Bulls’ Craig Hodges. Price would win it again in 1994. The Miami Heat’s Harold Miner won the first of his two Slam Dunk Contest titles. Salt Lake City was home for the Utah Stars of the American Basketball Association from 1970-75 and hosted the 1973 ABA All-Star Game at The Salt Palace. The Eastern Conference team in the 1973 ABA All-Star Game included NBA legend Julius Erving and was coached by Hall of Famer Larry Brown......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 23rd, 2019

ONE Championship: Confidence will be key for Danny Kingad, says Geje Eustaquio

A win from Danny "The King" Kingad over Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final will do wonders for the next generation of Team Lakay athletes according to Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio. Kingad takes on his toughest bout to date when he meets the former Flyweight World Champion – touted by many as the greatest of all time – at the historic ONE: CENTURY PART I on 13 October at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan. Getting past "Mighty Mouse" is a tall order according to the former ONE Flyweight World Champion. But if he conquers this humongous challenge, it sends a message to all the up-and-comers that they can be world class too.  “It would be life-changing for Danny and life-changing for the team as well,” Eustaquio said. “It will be historic if he defeats DJ in Japan.” “Of course, it will be a huge motivation, not only for us, but for the next generation of athletes from Team Lakay.”  "The King" has shown tremendous growth throughout the years. He is currently on a six-bout winning streak against top-tier competition.   The 23-year-old’s last loss was against ONE Flyweight World Champion Adriano "Mikinho" Moraes at ONE: LEGENDS OF THE WORLD in November 2017.  “Gravity,” a mainstay at the Team Lakay gym even between bouts, is a witness to how Kingad has blossomed into one of the best flyweights in the world.  “The nice thing about Danny is he absorbs the lessons in training and he translates it into his matches,” Eustaquio said.  The key according to the wushu specialist is the Team Lakay prodigy’s confidence entering the match.  "If he has the confidence, he will have the chance to knock DJ out," Eustaquio predicted. "It's confidence more than anything. Looking at Danny, he’s a complete mixed martial artist. On behalf of Team Lakay, we are looking forward to that knockout.”  Kingad’s road to immortality kicks off at ONE: CENTURY, the biggest World Championship martial arts event in history. No organization has ever promoted two full-scale World Championship events in one day. The Home Of Martial Arts breaks new ground as 28 World Champions compete in four World Title bouts, three World Grand Prix Championship Finals, and four World Champion versus World Champion matches at the famous Ryogoku Kokugikan on 13 October in Tokyo, Japan.   Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!   Download the ONE Super App to watch it live and for free.   Read More From ONE Championship: Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling, But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final First Bouts Announced For Momentous ONE: CENTURY in Tokyo  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 23rd, 2019

ONE Championship: Brandon Vera super excited for matchup with Aung La N Sang

The world will soon witness potentially one of the greatest bouts in ONE Championship history when two of the greatest warriors, ONE Heavyweight World Champion Brandon “The Truth” Vera and two-division ONE World Champion Aung La N Sang, square off at ONE: CENTURY in October for the light heavyweight title.   Vera made a decision to challenge Aung La earlier this year, so he sought the permission of ONE Championship Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong.   Aung La successfully defended his title against Ken Hasegawa at ONE: A NEW ERA last March. Vera congratulated him on his win before humbly and respectfully challenging “The Burmese Python” for the light heavyweight title.   “I wasn’t very comfortable doing that inside the cage. It was Aung La N Sang‘s time to shine, but I’ve been wanting to become a double titleholder – a champ-champ – and I’ve always wanted to challenge for the ONE Light Heavyweight World Title,” said Vera.    “I just happened to be in Tokyo, the next event I wanted to compete on is in Tokyo, and I think it would be a beautiful main event or co-main event.”     “When I went in there, I was very nervous – not about challenging, but doing it in the most respectful way that Aung La deserves – especially after he just won his ONE Middleweight World Championship bout against Ken Hasegawa,” he explained.    “It was super weird and super nerve-wracking – kind of awkward, but kind of awesome at the same time. I got to talk to Aung La after we got out of the cage and now I’m feeling more comfortable about challenging him like that.”   During that moment, Vera referred to Aung La as a “man among men,” describing him as a father, a good role model, and a true martial artist -- a person everyone can look up to and aspire to become.   “Aung La is younger than me, but as a whole, he is a man among men, and I do put him in a different category to other people. He’s very well-rounded in life. He’s an alpha male in the most respectful and polite manner. If the world was full of Aung Las, the world would be a better place,” said Vera.   The Filipino-American heavyweight is looking forward to his match with Aung La in October if they’re both healthy. Vera, who is on a four-bout winning streak, shared that he is excited to next face Aung La, whom he believes can take him past the first round.     With a professional record of 25-10-1, Myanmar’s hero is currently enjoying a six-bout winning streak through five knockouts and a submission. Vera respects Aung La’s power, skill, and heart and has studied and analyzed his fighting style.   “This is really hard to break down because I can’t really pick apart Aung La’s game. We’re almost related. His coach came from my coach. We train the same, we know the same hardships, we’ve been through that grind,” Vera said.  “His new coach [Henri Hooft] was training with my former head kickboxing coach Rob Kaman – they’ve been sparring with each other since they were 17 – so our style is almost the same.”   A win means Vera will hold both the light heavyweight and heavyweight championship titles. Having fought some of the biggest names in martial arts, he is confident that he has the upper hand in the upcoming bout.   “I think the biggest difference between us is our experience,” he said.    “During his matches, I look for those little holes he still has because of his lack of experience. I’m not going to outpace Aung La, I’m not going to outwork Aung La. I’m not going to be a bully because that’s impossible. He’s been through the same system.”   “I have to find holes in Aung La’s game and exploit them while he’s doing the same thing to me. We come from the same school, the same train of thought, so this is why I’m super excited for this match,” he added.     ONE: CENTURY will be available on multiple platforms for every Kapamilya viewer!  Catch ONE: CENTURY in it’s entirety on LIVESTREAMING on Sunday, October 13 starting at 8:00 AM (Part 1) and 4:00 PM (Part 2) via sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/one and on iWant Sports as well as on the ABS-CBN Sports Facebook Page and the ABS-CBN Sports YouTube Page! Catch ONE: CENTURY Part 2 LIVE at 6:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23! ONE: CENTURY Part 2 will air on Friday, October 18 at 8:30 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23!.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 20th, 2019

Hall of Fame: Jack Sikma s reverse pivot clears lane to induction

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- When Jack Sikma officially enters the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night (Saturday, PHL time), one of his presenters will be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Which is a terrific example of game recognizing game. Or in this case, move recognizing move. Just as Abdul-Jabbar ranks as the NBA’s most prolific scorer and arguably its greatest player ever, so does his signature sky hook loom as the league’s most famous individual move. Most unstoppable, too, and for defenders, most deflating. Well, Sikma had a signature move of his own, one that helped elevate him from an NAIA program at Illinois Wesleyan to seven NBA All-Star appearances, a championship with the Seattle SuperSonics in 1979 and now to the brink of his craft’s highest honor. It was the reverse pivot or inside pivot, which were its names when it was an arcane maneuver used by a small number of big men, taught mostly at the sport’s lower levels. Once Sikma learned it in 1974, brought it with him to the NBA in 1977 and helped the Sonics reach The Finals as a rookie and win the championship a year later, though, it swiftly became known as his: The Sikma move. “It was just an experiment after my freshmen season,” Sikma said Thursday (Friday, PHL time) at the Hall, after being introduced at a news conference as one of the Class of 2019’s 12 honorees. Others being inducted this weekend: coach Bill Fitch; NBA stars Bobby Jones, Sidney Moncrief and Paul Westphal; as well as WNBA legend Teresa Weatherspoon. Longtime Warriors player, coach and executive Al Attles was elected as a contributor. NBA center and current Sacramento GM Vlade Divac was chosen by the international committee. Being honored posthumously are: guard Carl Braun, a star in the 1950s; and Chuck Cooper, the first black player drafted by an NBA team (Boston, 1950). Finally, there are two college team entries: the Wayland Baptist women’s teams from 1948-82 and the Tennessee A&I teams from 1957-59. Divergent paths, compelling stories all. Including the one about the slender, blond kid from Kankakee, Illinois, whose offensive game needed a makeover. “My college coach [Dennie Bridges] and I sat down and he said, ‘Jack, you’ve just got to be more effective in the post if you want to take the next step.’ I was a good shooter – I’d learned the game as a wing and grew late, so I was comfortable facing the basket. “He had a friend who suggested, ‘Hey, down in southern Illinois there are some coaches who do an inside pivot with their guys to face the hoop. It might create a little space for Jack.’ I was really thin – I just wanted to get dislodged from the defender.” Basically, Sikma choreographically held a mirror to the post-up moves of traditional centers of the time. Holding the ball with his back to the basket, rather than turning on his pivot foot to the outside and attacking over his shoulder, he would spin to the inside. That motion would set up him a few feet back, facing the hoop, allowing for a simple hop and shot. And then there's this priceless Hubie Brown interview, in which Sikma teaches the move:  “A lot of coaches would pooh-pooh it because you’re catching the ball in one spot and then you’re stepping three feet farther away from the basket,” Sikma said. “That’s not the concept of big-men play, right? But I’ve got to hand it to Coach. He said, ‘Jack, I think this is it.’ And I said, ‘I’m not uncomfortable with the pivot.’” Sikma went from averaging 15.4 points as a freshman to 20.3 as a sophomore, with his shots increasing from 14.5 per game to 17.9. By his senior season, he averaged 27.0 points. As Sikma honed it in the NBA, at 6-foot-11, he would hold the ball above his head with a high release point that gave him the option of flipping up his shot or faking, then powering inside. In 14 seasons, by Sikma’s count, he played against 15 Hall of Fame centers, including Abdul-Jabbar. So he wanted every edge he could get. “You didn’t know which way he was going to go with it,” said fellow inductee Bobby Jones, a Sikma contemporary known for his defensive prowess. “Most of the time he would go back and shoot that shot, but sometimes he would go forward and draw the contact. I was just sitting there thinking, with all the other [inductees], if I ever blocked his shot. And I don’t think I ever did.” Jones, at 6-foot-9, matched up with him early in Sikma’s career (when Sikma was cast as a power forward for Seattle). Later, Jones had to decide how much help to give the teammate guarding Sikma. “The only thing I could ever have done was maybe come from behind and get him,” Jones said. “But he was a pretty good passer too. To ever leave your man that much, there’s a danger there.” Opponents weren’t the only ones made uncomfortable by Sikma’s unusual tactic. “I know I surprised some of the officials because I got called for traveling a few times,” Sikma said. “And I said, ‘Nope, I’m not traveling. I’ve got my foot up in the air, I plant it and then I pivot on it. By stepping out, that creates the space.’ “So even though it was a long time ago, they had film. They checked it out and they realized it wasn’t a walk. But I got called two or three times doing it.” Sikma laughed, recalling chatty Sonics teammate Fred Brown pleading his case for him to some of the referees. “I’d get called and Fred was in the ref’s face, ‘That’s his move! That’s his move! It’s not a travel,” Sikma said. “Fred had seen it enough in practice and figured it out.” Sikma had another facet to his game with which current NBA fans might be more familiar: he was a protypical “stretch 5.” Said Sidney Moncrief, another 2019 Hall newcomer who played for Milwaukee before and after Sikma was traded there for his final five seasons: “People don’t remember this about Jack Sikma, but Don Nelson was the first coach who started emphasizing 3-point shots for big men. He put Jack on the perimeter to take the big men out of the lane so we could make plays.” Not unlike current Bucks center Brook Lopez, Sikma underwent a late-career transformation as a deep threat. In his first 11 seasons, Sikma took 68 3-pointers and made seven (10.3 percent). During his final three seasons – from age 33 to 35 – Sikma shot 550 times from behind the arc and made 196 (35.6 percent). Still, it’s the quick inside step about 10 feet from the hoop that puts Sikma in a select subset of Hall of Famers already enshrined and those who will be. Call it the Alcove of Famous Moves. Hakeem Olajuwon’s “Dream Shake,” Kevin McHale’s up-and-under, George Gervin’s finger roll, Dominique Wilkins’ double-pump reverse, Allen Iverson’s crossover, Dirk Nowitzki’s one-legged fadeaway and Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook will be joined, in time, by James Harden’s step-back 3-pointer, Manu Ginobili’s Euro-step, LeBron James’ chase-down block and Steph Curry’s long range pull-up 3. Each became or has become a signature move. But that only matters if the idea works. “They made it look good, so it was effective,” Sikma said. “If I tried to do the sky hook, if I tried to do the up-and-under, you’d probably think, ‘Meh, that’s not such a good move.’ A lot of it has to do with how effective a person is doing it.” The 2019 Enshrinement Ceremony at Springfield’s Symphony Hall will air on NBA TV Friday (Saturday, PHL time) beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. 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 6th, 2019