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TNT thrashes BW sans import

TNT KaTropa relied on a well-balanced game to crush Blackwater, 120-101, without an import, gaining a share of the lead in the Philippine Basketball Association Season 43 Commissioner’s Cup on Friday at the Araneta Coliseum. The KaTropa played without an import as they search for replacement for the ineffective Jeremy Tyler who delivered an inferior [...] The post TNT thrashes BW sans import appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource: manilatimes manilatimesMay 18th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers demolish handicapped Lady Warriors to advance in the Finals

Crowd favorite Creamline exploited the advantage of playing against a handicapped Pocari Sweat-Air Force to cruise to a 25-15, 25-18, 25-16 win to advance to its first Finals gig and dethrone the defending champions Friday. The Cool Smashers demolished the Lady Warriors sans top local scorer Myla Pablo to complete a best-of-three semifinals series come-from-behind victory and book their breakthrough championship stint after back-to-back bronze medal finishes last season. Alyssa Valdez was sharp as always to pace Creamline in the crucial match as the popular star advanced to her first Finals stint since a runne rup finish in the now-defunct V-League back in 2016, while playing for Bureau of Customs in the Reinforced Conference. Valdez had 15 points with 14 digs while Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin finished with 15 markers for Creamline, which outgunned the Lady Warriors, 45-25, in kills. Risa Sato had 10 points, Michele Gumabao scored eight while setter Jia Morado tallied 29 excellent sets for Creamline.  The Cool Smashers will meet in the best-of-three Finals starting on Sunday at the MOA Arena the survivor between BanKo and PayMaya in the other semis pairing. Creamline broke a 14-14 deadlock in the third set with eight unanswered points for a 22-14 lead before closing the match with a 3-2 scoring spurt. Pocari Sweat played without Pablo, who suffered a lower back injury during the warmups minutes before the start of the series decider, and marched into battle with American imports Ari Love and Maddi Palmer recovering from bum stomachs. Pocari Sweat missed the Finals for the first time in three years since it joined the V-League in 2016. Love posted 11 points while Palmer got nine points for the Lady Warriors, who will take on the loser between BanKo and PayMaya in the battle for third on Sunday.   ---          Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2018

Sans Slaughter, Ginebra opts for taller import

Due to the continued absence of 7-foot-1 behemoth Greg Slaughter, Barangay Ginebra was forced to drop 6-foot-7 import Shane Edwards for a bigger replacement in 6-foot-10 Charles Garcia......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Struggling to prepare sans import, NLEX locals working double time

Kiefer Ravena admits that NLEX is having a hard preparing for the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup without its import. "In an import-laden conference and you don't have an import yet, of course, it's a cause of concern and something to be worried about. At this moment, we're the only team that doesn't have an import and is playing tuneup games already," he said. First-choice import Arnett Moultrie's arrival was continuously delayed by his team in Bahrain, forcing the hand of the Road Warriors to enlist a replacement in Adrian Forbes. Forbes is set to arrive on Saturday, a day before the second conference begins. Luckily for NLEX, its first game is still scheduled next Saturday...Keep on reading: Struggling to prepare sans import, NLEX locals working double time.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Abella quits Foton, might return to PVL

Rommel Abella could be making a return to the Premier Volleyball League. A league source told ABS-CBN Sports that the former Pocari Sweat head coach might get another coaching job in the PVL after parting ways with his Philippine Superliga club team Foton. Abella called it quits after two conferences with the Tornadoes. Foton Philippines president and team owner Rommel Sytin promoted assistant coach Edjet Mabbayad as interim coach. Abella was hired as a replacement for Moro Branislav late last year in time for Foton’s campaign in the 2018 Grand Prix. But the multi-titled mentor faced a tough challenge in the import-laden conference playing without ace hitters EJ Laure, who made a leave of absence because of a shoulder injury, and 6-foot-5 Jaja Santiago. Foton, which won back-to-back Grand Prix titles from 2015 to 2016, placed third in this year’s edition. The Tornadoes beefed up its lineup for the Invitational by adding former Generika-Ayala hitter Shaya Adorador, San Beda University stars Nieza and Jeziela Viray and a blue-chip recruit in Ateneo de Manila Univetsity standout Bea de Leon. But even with their new recruits that bolstered the already solid and towering core of Jaja Santiago, Dindin Santiago-Manabat, CJ Rosario, Gen Casugod Maika Ortiz, with veterans Gyzelle Sy, Ivy Perez and libero Jen Reyes, Foton failed to live up to expectations. “The team is playing at the lowest level and we feel that there’s a need for change,” said Sytin. However, the coach might just get another chance in the PVL. Under his watch the Pocari Sweat Lady Warriors led by the trio of Myla Pablo, Michele Gumabao and Mel Gohing dominated the defunct V-League in the 2016 Reinforced and Open Conferences before piloting Pocari Sweat into the Reinforced Conference throne of the PVL last year. The source declined to put on record which team will get the services of Abella.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

A preschooler-approved booklist with strong female leads 

Every week, Preen tackles motherhood sans the rose-tinted glasses. Our columnistsL. Juliano,Marla Darwin,Monica Eleazar-Manzano,Rossana Unson,Chrina Cuna-Henson, andRonna Capili-Bonifaciotell their personal experiences like it is---at times frustrating, oftentimes confusing, but always enlightening. We were playing in her room, when my two-year-old daughter made an announcement: "Mommy, I'm a princess!" "What kind of princess?" I asked. "A WARRIOR PRINCESS!" She started enumerating all the possible monsters, zombies, and ghosts she would slay, and I couldn't help but be satisfied with the imaginary world she was building for herself. The idea ofbeing awarrior princess is someth...Keep on reading: A preschooler-approved booklist with strong female leads .....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 17th, 2018

PBA: End-game struggles doom Diamon Simpson, Alaska in Game 2

Looking to even up their 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals series against defending champions San Miguel, the Alaska Aces got off to a strong start, courtesy of import Diamon Simpson. In the opening period, Simpson put up ten points to help the Aces to a 29-18 lead over the Beermen after the first 12 minutes of action. Then, everything began to slip. Alaska saw their lead, which was as high as 16 points at one point, slowly slip away. In the end, the Beermen escaped with a 105-94 win to move within just a win away from another Finals berth. Alaska, once again, was left looking for answers. “Yeah, it was tough, it was a tough game.” Simpson said following the loss. After his ten-point explosion in the first period, six-foot-seven forward out of Los Angeles scored a total of nine points in the final three quarters to finish with 19 points to go with 15 rebounds. “They played really good. That’s a good team. On to the next game.” Simpson added. Throughout the game, things were pretty physical between Simpson and San Miguel import Renaldo Balkman, but says that it wasn’t what caused him to go cold in the last three quarters. It was simply about not making his shots. “Nah, I just, I missed a lot of shots and I could’ve played better, I feel. [Balkman] played well, credit to him.” Now just one more loss away from calling it a conference, Simpson and the Aces will need to find a way to fight back to keep their season alive. “We have to focus more and compete harder. That’s what our goal should be.” Game 3 between Alaska and San Miguel will be on Wednesday, July 18th at the Araneta Coliseum......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss

After its huge opening day victory, Ateneo succumbed to South Korea, 90-73, in the 2018 Williams Jones Cup Monday in New Taipei City. The Blue Eagles were no match against the South Koreans, who had national team members and former Magnolia import Ricardo Ratliffe, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament so far. The UAAP champions routed Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Rattlife paced the South Korea side with 15 points,Heo Il-young also had 15 while Heo Ung added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, dropped 14 points for Ateneo in a losing effort while Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Eagles will return to action agai...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

Ginebra whips ROS in Final 4 opener

Barangay Ginebra missed the other half of its towering frontline and had a lemon of an import during its last scuffle with Rain or Shine. Playing at full strength this time, the Gin Kings got back.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 16th, 2018

8 years since PBA title, Simpson s task to carry Aces more challenging now

Alaska seemed to have found a gem back in 2010 when it acquired Diamon Simpson as its import for the PBA Fiesta Cup. The then 22-year-old Simpson led the Aces to the conference's championship.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

PBA: Gin Kings destroy no. 1 ROS to start semis

There's still no stopping Ginebra. The Gin Kings rolled past no. 1 Rain or Shine Sunday to start their 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals series, scoring a nice 102-89 victory at the Big Dome. With Jeff Chan firing at will in the fourth, Ginebra finally pulled away to take an early 1-0 lead in the best-of-5 series. The win was also the eighth straight for the Gin Kings dating back to the elimination round where they had to climb out of a 1-5 hole to make the playoffs as the no. 5 seed. Ginebra got off to a fast start, firing a 22-7 run right out of the gate. Rain or Shine settled down after that initial storm from the Gin Kings, keeping things close until the fourth. However, led by Chan's 10 points in the final 12 minutes, Ginebra managed to break the game wide open again by firing a 16-0 blast to take its largest lead of the night at 24 points, 102-78. "Best part about doing this game tonight was being able to do it without Japeth. He's been out of practice since our last game against Meralco, he got hit in his Achilles so he had some significant swelling in his Achilles tendon area," head coach Tim Cone said. "We don't know exactly how long he'll be out, we're hoping he can suit up in Game 2, but we didn't want to risk him tonight with that swelling. He had an MRI, and the initial reading was a slight tear but after review it was swelling. We're being very cautious. We want to make sure he plays in this series. And also he's a national team player, so we don't want to mess with a national team player as well," he added. Import Justin Brownlee was his usual brilliant self to lead the Gin Kings, scoring 35 points on top of 14 rebounds and nine assists. Chan finished with 21 points for his best game for Ginebra so far while Greg Slaughter added another 20 points in a starting role. For ROS, Reggie Johnson carried the Elasto Painters with 30 points and 13 boards while James Yap scored 15 and had eight rebounds. Game 2 is set for Tuesday also at the Big Dome.   The Scores:  Ginebra (102): Brownlee 35, Chan 21, Slaughter 20, Devance 12, Tenorio 5, Thompson 4, Mercado 3, Aguilar 2, Caperal 0, Manuel 0, Ferrer 0, Mariano 0 Rain or Shine (89): Johnson 30, Yap 15, Daquioag 10, Tiu 7, Washington 6, Ponferada 6, Ahanmisi 6, Belga 4, Nambatac 3, Norwood 2, Almazan 0 Quarterscores: 31-27, 52-45, 76-60, 102-89   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

China’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is surprise box-office hit

The screen portrayal of a cancer sufferer whose illegal import of foreign medicines into China spurred national policy changes has become a box-office smash as audiences flock to a rare Chinese film on a hot-button issue. "Dying to Survive" is based on Lu Yong, who was arrested in 2013 after illegally importing a generic cancer drug in a case that sparked public debate about high medical costs. It is being compared to "Dallas Buyers Club", the critically acclaimed 2013 US film about smuggled HIV treatments, and praised as a breath of fresh air in China's heavily censored cinema landscape. The public debate eventually saw Lu's case dismissed and his experience is cr...Keep on reading: China’s ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ is surprise box-office hit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 15th, 2018

NFA wants additional rice imports

State-run National Food Authority (NFA) wants to import an additional 500,000 metric tons (MT) of rice to boost its inventory and ensure the availability of low-priced rice for the rest of the year. NFA Administrator Jason Y. Aquino said the grains agency was targeting an October arrival for the shipments, which he described as “backup [...] The post NFA wants additional rice imports appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJul 13th, 2018

Rain or Shine survives GP, secures last semis seat

Top seed Rain or Shine displayed nerves of steel in crunch time surviving GlobalPort, 103-97, on Friday and claiming the last semis berth in Season 43 Philippine Basketball Association Commissioner’s Cup at the Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City. Import Reggie Johnson led Rain or Shine with 29 points, 15 rebounds and six assists [...] The post Rain or Shine survives GP, secures last semis seat appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

NFA wants to import another 500,000 MT of rice to boost inventory

The National Food Authority (NFA) is planning to import another 500,000 metric tons of rice to boost its record-low inventory. In a press conference, NFA Administrator Jason Aquino---who heads the management body of NFA---said they would ask the NFA Council in a meeting next Tuesday (July 17) to allow the importation of 500,000 MT of rice as early as possible. If approved, this would bring the agency's imports for 2018 to 1 million MT. It got clearance for two tranches of rice importation at 250,000 MT each tranche earlier. The first tranche is currently being distributed to markets across the country while the second tranche is expected to arrive in August. As more subsidize...Keep on reading: NFA wants to import another 500,000 MT of rice to boost inventory.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

China says US companies should lobby Washington over trade

China tried to step up pressure on Washington in their growing tariff war yesterday by suggesting US companies lobby American leaders, while a Korean union warned President Donald Trump's threat of higher auto import duties could lead to job losses in Alabama......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

China says US companies should lobby Washington over trade

China tried to step up pressure on Washington in their growing tariff war yesterday by suggesting US companies lobby American leaders, while a Korean union warned President Donald Trump's threat of higher auto import duties could lead to job losses in Alabama......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

P66M in smuggled goods seized at Manila port

MORE than P66 million worth of smuggled goods were intercepted by operatives of the Bureau of Customs (BoC) at the Manila International Container Port (MICP) on Thursday. Customs Commissioner Isidro Lapena said that the shipments were seized for misdeclaration and lack of required import permit, which include, among others, used clothing or “ukay-ukay” and beauty products. Two of [...] The post P66M in smuggled goods seized at Manila port appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJul 12th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers sweep way to breakthrough crown

Crowd-favorite Creamline quenched its thirst for the crown after completing a best-of-three Finals sweep over PayMaya, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11, to rule the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference Wednesday at the MOA Arena. After a couple of third place finishes in the inaugural season, the Cool Smashers finally captured the elusive title with a dominating series victory over the High Flyers. Creamline's win also handed BanKo the bronze medal after the Perlas Spikers defeated the dethroned Pocari Sweat-Air Force in Game 2 of their battle for third series in four sets. BanKo evened the series 1-1 but took the podium finish by virtiue of higher qoutient. Alyssa Valdez, who won her first title after three years and since winning the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference back in 2015,  led the Cool Smashers with 19 points built on 15 kills, three aces and a kill block. Michele Gumabao and Thai import Kuttika Kaepwin added 12 markers each while American Laura Schaudt had nine. Prized playmaker and Best Setter winner Jia Morado was named Finals Most Valuable Player after tallying 29 excellent sets for the Cool Smashers. Morado averaged 8.7 excellent sets per frame in the Finals.               Creamline played with the same intensity and power it showed when the Cool Smashers took the opening game in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, ast Sunday and never gave PayMaya a chance to mount any significant resistance. The High Flyers already waved the white flag in the third set after getting buried by as much as 23-9.  Gumabao pushed Creamline at match point, 24-10, before PayMaya saved a point in the next play. Jerrili Malabanan then surrendered the match after sending her service long as the Cool Smashers celebrate their conquest. American Tess Rountree was the only High Flyer in double figures with 12 points while Grethcel Soltones was limited to only six.        --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

Ateneo to use Jones Cup as barometer for UAAP title defense

Two months away from defending its title in UAAP Season 81, Ateneo de Manila University will be defending the pride and honor of the Philippines in the 40th William Jones Cup. The Blue Eagles will be representing the country in the regional meet commencing on July 14 – the first collegiate team to do so in the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas era. They will be leaving for Taiwan on Friday and will be playing their first game in the tournament on Sunday. For Thirdy Ravena, this is nothing but a golden opportunity for the UAAP defending champions. “Coming into the Jones Cup, ang target namin is to represent the university and the country well. To do that, we will play to the best of our abilities,” he said during the team’s send-off on Wednesday. Alongside wearing the flag, Ateneo also plans to gauge just how ready it is for its title defense up against national and club teams from other countries. “Hindi pa kami ganun kahanda, pero yung goal namin is to improve as individuals. For me, bagong challenge itong Jones Cup kasi dito namin makikita kung gaano kami ka-ready,” court general Matt Nieto said. Team manager Epok Quimpo could only agree. “Yes, we are preparing for the UAAP, but it’s also a blessing for us to represent the country. Rest assure that these guys are working hard with the goal of representing the country well,” he said. Helping out the Blue Eagles in their campaign will be chief backer Chooks-to-Go. “Represent the country well and do your best because all of us will be supporting you. Laban Pilipinas! One Big Fight,” company president Ronald Mascarinas said. The Philippines has won the Jones Cup five times. The last time the country topped the tournament was back in 2016 with the import-laden Mighty Sports-Philippines. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018

PVL: Cool Smashers zero in on breakthrough crown

Creamline is now in a good position to finally claim its breakthrough title. And the Cool Smashers won’t let this opportunity pass. The crowd-favorite squad shoots to complete a sweep of the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference championship series on Wednesday against PayMaya at the MOA Arena.    “Ang motivation is really finish the game,” said Creamline star hitter Alyssa Valdez, who is looking to end a three-year personal title drought since winning the defunct V-League Reinforced Conference title back in 2015 while playing for PLDT. Action begins at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166 and via livestream. The Cool Smashers, who finished third in last year’s Reinforced and Open Conferences, drew first blood last Sunday, winning in four sets, 25-21, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19. Creamline is not taking the High Flyers lightly, the Cool Smashers know that PayMaya is very much capable of mounting a comeback.    “There’s no mindset na we’re one game up,” said Creamline opposite spiker Michele Gumabao. “We have to enter Game 2 with a fresh mindset. We must be as eager as we were in Game 1. Start each and every set with confidence and power. We have to double our effort and play our game.” Aside from Valdez and Gumabao, the Cool Smashers will also bank on Thai import Kuttika Kaewpin, American Lausa Schaudt, Risa Sato, veteran libero Mel Gohing and prized setter Jia Morado. With their backs against the wall, PayMaya will need the help of other hitters to back up American Tess Rountree and Shelby Sullivan and local scorer Grethcel Soltones. Game 3, if needed, is on Sunday.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 11th, 2018