Advertisements


UP, UST face off for UAAP men’s football crown

University of Santo Tomas ended a six-year drought and advanced to the final of the UAAP Season 80 men's football tournament with a 1-0 win over Ateneo in extra time in Thursday at Rizal Memorial Stadium. UST, the winningest team in the league with 35 titles, will face University of the Philippines, which ousted De La Salle in the other semifinal, 1-0, in the one-off final next Thursday at the same venue. After two seasons of disappointments, including last year's 1-2 semifinal loss to Ateneo, the Golden Booters finally got over the hump. "The players deserve to to be the final because they did their best today We didn't give up," said coach Marjo Allado, after the Tigers secure...Keep on reading: UP, UST face off for UAAP men’s football crown.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerApr 26th, 2018

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 31st, 2017

UAAP MVPs Gayoso, Clarino among Azkals call-ups for Bangabandhu Cup

Former UAAP Men's Football champions and MVPs Jarvey Gayoso of Ateneo de Manila and Ian Clariño of the Davao Aguilas headline a young batch of Philippine Azkals call-ups for the upcoming Bangabandhu Gold Cup in Bangladesh.  Thankful for another opportunity to represent the country! #Azkals 🇵🇭 pic.twitter.com/sTaav46muo — Jarvey Gayoso (@JarveyGayoso) September 26, 2018 Gayoso, an incoming fourth-year striker for the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles will be making his second appearance for the Azkals after getting called up for an international tournament back in 2017.  The 21-year old Gayoso was the UAAP's MVP back in Season 79 after leading the Blue Eagles to their first men's football title in Since UAAP Season 75.  Clarino on the other hand, will be making his first Azkals stint after helping the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons to a second UAAP men's football crown in the last three seasons.  Clarino capped off his graduating year with an MVP plum and a UAAP championship.  Joining Gayoso and Clarino are regular Azkals call-ups such as Amani Aguinaldo, Misagh Bahadoran, Kenshiro Daniels, Fitch Johnson Arboleda, and Paolo Salenga to name a few.            View this post on Instagram                   Here are the call-ups for the 2018 Bangabandhu Gold Cup! 👊🏼 — #OneBlood #OneDesire ⚽️🇵🇭🐺 A post shared by The Philippine Azkals (@theazkals) on Sep 30, 2018 at 9:38pm PDT The Bangabandhu Gold Cup is an international tournament organized by the Bangladesh Football Federation which will feature six nations including Bangladesh, Laos, Nepal, Palestine, Tajikistan, and the Philippines.  The Azkals will be grouped with Laos and Bangladesh in Group B. Their first assignment will be against Laos on Wednesday, October 3rd.  The tournament, which runs from October 1-12, will help serve as preparation for the Azkals' upcoming major tournaments, namely the AFF Suzuki Cup from November to December and the AFC Asian Cup on January. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 1st, 2018

UP Diliman Football Field gets FIFA Quality Certification

The newly-constructed University of the Philippines-Diliman football field was recently awarded with the FIFA Quality certification seal.  The quality certification is given to football pitches that are up to par with the criteria for safety, durability, and performance. "For UP to receive this certification means that it is capable of holding matches of premier caliber, providing opportunities for more homegrown players to see the global stage," said E-Sports International Managing Director Audris Romualdez.  E-Sports International is responsible for the installation of the UP-Diliman field.  "Our longstanding promise is to give athletes exceptional pitches so they can train to be the best they can be. High-quality turf systems should be properly installed and be well maintained to prevent rapid pitch deterioration," Romualdez added. Base preparations for the pitch began on May of 2018, which was of course a source of excitement for the UP football players.  YEESSSS!!! THANK YOU LORD 🙏🏻 THANK YOU, UP 😭🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/rfQ6ukmvAq — Kintaro Miyagi (@KintaroMiyagi4) May 13, 2018 The pitch was reportedly completed in August of 2018.  The pitch will now be the training ground for defending UAAP Men's Football champions UP Maroons, who captured the UAAP Sesson 80 Men's Football crown, impressively even without the availability of a home-based training ground.  The Maroos now head into their title defense with a home pitch to call their own. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 17th, 2018

PVL: FEU to bank on Finals experience against newbie UP

If there will be one specific advantage in the Finals that Far Eastern University will look to capitalize on when the Lady Tamaraws face University of the Philippines for the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference crown, it’s definitely their championship experience. Head coach George Pascua sees it as a weapon that they could use against the first-time finalists Lady Maroons when their best-of-three title showdown begins Sunday. FEU finished runner-up in last year’s edition and took home silver in UAAP Season 80. The Lady Tamaraws also enjoy the luxury of having a seasoned and battle-tested core.    UP’s best finish in a high level tournament was a Final Four stint in the UAAP three years ago.        “Ah oo, malaking advantage ‘yun kasi ‘yun na nga experienced na ‘yung players namin. ‘Yung UP first time nila so kahit papano (lamang kami doon),” said Pascua, whose squad booted out University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four in a come-from-behind series win for a return stint in the Finals. Pascua will pin his hopes on veterans Jerrili Malabanan, Celine Domingo, Heather Guino-o, setter Kyle Negrito and top rookie Lycha Ebon. Still, the mentor knows that UP isn’t a pushover team especially after the fourth seed Lady Maroons scored a huge upset over Adamson University, which swept the elimination.         “Pero syempre mahirap din magkumpyansa kasi ang labanan ngayon character na lang eh kasi lahat ng teams unpredictable eh,” he said. “Hindi mo alam kung sino ‘yung mananalo that day so depende na lang sa player kung ano ang magiging desire nila.” FEU defeated UP in the elims but the Lady Tams will face a different Lady Maroons side. UP started out shaky but slowly jelled and found their rhythm as the conference progressed. The Lady Maroons’ veterans also stepped up their game with the likes of Marian Buitre, Marist Layug, Aie Gannaban and sophomore Roselyn Rosier helping out prized hitter Isa Molde on offense and in floor defense.  UP head coach Godfrey Okumu also has at his disposal veteran setter Ayel Estranero and a young but steady playmaker Marianne Sotomil. With the Lady Maroons' seemingly diverse rotation despite the absence of injured Tots Carlos and Nicole Magasarile, Pascua and his coaching staff are devicing a good game plan to defeat the Diliman-based squad.   “‘Yung UP very unpredictable din ang laro nila kumbaga hindi mo alam kung sino ang magle-level up sa kanila,” Pascua said. “Every game kasi iba ‘yung ano nila so meron din kaming specific person na binabantayan sina Molde, Buitre.” “Siyempre paplanuhin namin ‘yang game plan for UP,” he closed.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 3rd, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

UP Fighting Maroons cap dominant season with UAAP crown

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The crown returned to the University of the Philippines (UP) as the Fighting Maroons turned back the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Golden Booters, 1-0, on Thursday, May 3, at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.  UP bagged its 18th UAAP men's football championship, which they relinquished last ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Ian Clariño sets aside emotions to score one over brother in UAAP Final

Regardless of the outcome, Ian Clario was just glad to share the limelight with his family in the UAAP Season 80 men's football Finals for his last match as a collegiate player. Suiting up for UP in the winner-take-all match, the 22-year-old was honored to face off against his older brother Gino for the right to be called a champion. "I'm just thankful because I faced him in my final season in the UAAP and it really feels good," the team captain said. Clario, though, set aside his emotions to power the Maroon Booters to their 18th title in men's football with an impressive volley that gave them their lone goal in the 21st minute on Wednesday. "I tried to think like it's j...Keep on reading: Ian Clariño sets aside emotions to score one over brother in UAAP Final.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 3rd, 2018

Maroons, Tigers dispute UAAP football diadem

UP and UST clash today for UAAP Season 80 men’s football crown with the Fighting Maroons hoping to duplicate their 1-0 victory over the Tigers in the 2011-12 season in a campaign where they conceded just one goal all throughout......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2018

Face-off

LA SALLE and Far Eastern University, two of the UAAP women’s volleyball storied programs, open their best-of-three championship series today at the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Drawing strength from long-time mentor Ramil de Jesus’ tried and tested system, the Lady Spikers will gun for a third consecutive crown and 11th overall.….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

Ateneo s Fab 5: The Fearless Underdogs of UAAP Volleyball

Newly-appointed head coach Roger Gorayeb looked at his line-up heading into UAAP Season 71. A champion mentor of NCAA powerhouse San Sebastian College - Recoletos, Gorayeb had in his hands a gargantuan task of rebuilding Ateneo de Manila University women’s volleyball program. Just a few months before, Ronald Dulay, the mentor before him landed a trio of blue chip recruits who were fresh from a successful stint in the Palarong Pambansa. Angeline "Dzi" Gervacio, Fille Saint Cainglet and Jamenea "Jem" Ferrer just joined the Katipunan-based squad. Gervacio and Cainglet were products of St. Scholastica's College in Manila while Ferrer was a gem from Hope Christian School under girl’s volleyball guru Jerry Yee. Looking at his 15-woman line-up with the season just a few months ahead, Gorayeb knew he needed to do something drastic. The roster just won’t do. Talking to then athletic director Ricky Palou and team manager Tony Boy Liao, the mentor told the team officials that he intended to cut five players from the list. One could just imagine the shock in their faces. “Nakita ko may line-up pero player-playeran lang yung ganoon bang tipo, 15 ata yun. Sabi ko ‘Magtatanggal ako ng lima then magre-recruit ako,’” he said. The three rookies were in. Middle Bea Pascual, Kara Acevedo and libero Steph Gabriel retained their spots. He needed more. “Sa mga tinira kong players, si Kara Acevedo sabi niya, ‘Coach mayroong player ang ICA (Immaculate Conception Academy) na gumraduate naka-exam na rito pasado.’ Sabi ko, ‘Sige papuntahin mo,’” said Gorayeb. It was Gretchen Ho. “Sa akin kasi ang talagang nagyaya sa akin si coach Ron Dulay. Si Kara Acevedo teammate ko and she’s been recruited by Ateneo. So one summer wala akong magawa naki-train lang ako noon tapos nagustuhan nila ang laro ko and then fourth year noong graduate na ako I passed the ACET then niyayaya na nila ako,” she said. “Then nagbago ng coach na si Coach Roger and dun niya ako nakita.”   “Pagdating ko ng March (sa Ateneo) wala na akong way para maka-recruit pa. Ang nangyari yung tatlo accepted na kaagad. Si Gretchen tinanong ko sabi ko, ‘ano ba ang laro mo?’ Sabi niya the usual panggitna, tres,” Gorayeb recalled. “So sinubukan ko pero ang laro niya tres hindi quick. Siya panggitna pero hindi quicker na gusto ko saka yung height niya (maliit). Kaya lang si Gretchen takbo ng takbo, mahilig magtatakbo so sabi ko sige pwede na yan. Wala namang player na during that time. So kinuha ko si Gretchen.” Gorayeb just needed just one more. “Ngayon nagkaroon ng STCAA (Southern Tagalog Calabarzon athletic association) eh kulang pa ako ng isa, wala akong panggitna. Ang gitna ko during that time si Bea lang tapos si Gretchen so wala akong pamalit. So naisipan ko may nakita ako sa STCAA,” he said. He spotted a lanky player from Canossa Academy-Lipa, Aillysse Nacachi. “Sabi ko kay Sir Tony pagtyagaan ko na lang ito kahit hindi naman kalakasan at wala naman na rin akong choice na makapili kasi rush ang pagdating ko dyan. Nakiusap lang sila sa akin na magbuo ako ng team kasi si Ronald nag-resign,” said Gorayeb. Another freshman could’ve had ended up with Ateneo, Hope’s libero Melissa Gohing. But a few obstacles prevented her from fulfilling her promise to join Ferrer in Ateneo. She instead chose to join the ladies in green and white in Taft.    SOMETHING PROMISING December 7, 2008. Far Eastern University Gym. Excitement filled the air. Fans, mostly volleyball purists and some who just came to support their classmates or were just curious to see a new spectacle after the basketball season ended, slowly settled in their seats for the women’s division’s second game. It was Adamson University, the previous year’s runner-up, which just visited the turf of their arch nemesis and defending champion FEU, which was led by that era’s finest and most popular volleybelle Rachel Anne Daquis. Fans wanted to see if the Lady Falcons still had the same firepower they had the previous season with the loss of top setter Janet Serafica and power hitter Sang Laguilles. A rookie-laden Ateneo squad should be easy pickings with Angela Benting, rookie Pau Soriano and libero Lizlee Anne Gata in the roster. Besides the Lady Falcons got the Lady Eagles’ number. Or so they thought. “Naalala ko nu’ng time namin sinasabi sa amin ng seniors namin na, ‘Hay naku ang lakas ng Adamson, never kami nanalo dyan,’” Cainglet, now happily married to film director Lino Cayetano and with three beautiful children, recalled.  But the Lady Eagles stunned Adamson in the opening set. The Lady Falcons took the next two frames. Ateneo stole the fourth.  “Ako naalala ko ano eh, parang alam namin na lahat kasi kami palaban. Nasa amin yun. Tapos binigyan kaming lahat ng chance to be in the first six so parang dream come true,” said Ho, now an ABS-CBN host. “Naalala ko rin na palaban kaming lahat kumbaga nothing to lose eh so ang ano namin, sumasabay kami sa laro and nu’ng nakita na namin na ‘Ay kaya pala natin ‘to guys. Kaya pala naming lumaban.’” Still, Adamson had the upper hand in experience. The Lady Falcons, used to pressure and were steady at crunch time, outlasted Ateneo.           The young Katipunan-based squad fell short, 25-22, 22-25, 15-25, 25-15, 8-15. But for the Fab 5, it was a loss that felt like a resounding victory. “Parang sobrang natutuwa kami and everybody in the crowd, kaya siguro kami natawag na Fab 5 kasi rookies kami pero kahit ganoon palaban kami,” said Ho. “Saka close game. Five sets yun.” However, it was the first of five five-set matches that Ateneo will drop that season including one in the second round against the Manilla Santos-bannered De La Salle University. “Pero ang problema di kami nananalo ng five sets. Parang ilan lang ang naipanalo namin na ganoon. Feeling ko na-overwhelm kami na ‘Uy nananalo tayo.’ May ganoong disbelief ng konti pero alam namin na may ibubuga kami,” said Ho. “Definitely, our rookie season was full of five-set matches. It was tough, we felt like we were so close, but still so far away. At some point, it gave us frustration also. We just couldn't figure out that time what is it that's still lacking because we couldn't win the five-set matches,” according to Nacachi. “People said, it was because the team was still so inexperienced. We still didn't have the tenacity unlike of those more matured teams. But we didn't take it as bad, it was a learning experience for us all at the end. We had to learn how to develop that finishing will to be able to win games like that in the future.” The Fab 5 finished their rookie season with a 6-8 slate at fifth spot.   ‘MAY MEDAL NA TAYO’ Gorayeb remembered on their second year the look on Pascual’s face in their last elimination game match against Adamson. Already wrapping up their first win over the Lady Falcons, Pascual was giddy. “Natatawa nga ako dyan kay Bea kasi papanalo na kami nu’n tapos sumesenyas na siya ng tres. Sabi ko, ‘Hoy anong ginagawa mo?’ Yun pala sobrang saya na niya kasi for the first time in 30 years magkaka-medal na sila,” he said. It was the most important match of the season for the Lady Eagles. With the Fab 5 already in their sophomore year, Ateneo was already making great strides. The Lady Eagles closed that season’s elims with five straight wins capped with a victory over Adamson. Ateneo posted a 10-4 win-loss mark to enter the Final Four legitimately. “Ang nangyari kasi nu’ng time nila Charo (Soriano) kaya sila nakapasok sa semis kasi may nag-squeal na si (Jacq) Alarca di pala naka-enroll nu’n kaya na-forfeit mga laro ng La Salle,” said Gorayeb. The Fab 5 proved that they were not just a bunch of much-hyped up pretty faces. They backed it up with their skills on court. It didn’t matter that Ateneo were swept by eventual champion University of Sto. Tomas in the Final Four.      But the podium finish of Season 72 was short-lived. Adamson got its revenge in the last game of Season 73 elims, bumping off the Lady Eagles in the podium finish. The loss put Ateneo in a collision course with the twice-to-beat DLSU, who could’ve completed an elims sweep if not only for a forfeited match against University of the East after UAAP found out that Carmela Garbin and Clarisse Yeung participated in a ‘ligang labas’ while the season was onoing, in the Final Four. Ateneo gave the Lady Spikers a scare before succumbing in another heartbreaking five-set match. The Lady Eagles finished fourth but that lone semis game gave Ateneo and its maturing Fab 5 enough experience to dream for something big – A ticket into the Finals.      ‘HINOG NA KAYO’ The first three years saw the gradual improvement for Ateneo. But Season 74 proved to be the turning point for the Fab 5. A fresh new recruit from University of Sto. Tomas high school, who just completed a year of residency, came into picture and with the Fab 5 armed with years of experience, the Lady Eagles’ fate will forever be changed. Alyssa Valdez, a highly recruited open spiker just like Gervacio, Cainglet-Cayetano and Ferrer years back, gave renewed excitement for the Ateneo faithful. “Alyssa's joining with Ateneo was a great turning point for us. We needed as much support we can get, and Alyssa's entrance to the team was a great boost to the team's morale,” said Nacachi. “The girl is a powerhouse and we felt like with her presence, the team finally became solid.” “We were able to play around with the positions and the rotations, since we had different versatile open players who can also greatly play other roles,” she added. “We were also able to formulate a lot of plays and attacks because Alyssa can generally do all kinds; open, running, quick, name it all. She gave the team the power and the versatility that we previously lacked from the past seasons.” Social media was just gaining traction then but the Lady Eagles were already on the radar of volleyball purists through online forums. For the first time, Ateneo was considered a legitimate contender.   The Fab 5 proved it by winning 11 games in the elimination round, losing only to UST once and dropping two against the Lady Spikers. Valdez’s arrival gave Ferrer an even broader option on offense. It eased the scoring load off the shoulders of Cainglet and Gervacio, who was then moved to an opposite position. “I guess sakto lang din yung dating niya because by that time Kara Acevedo graduated so someone had to fill in her spot so coach Roger decided for me to move to utility or opposite,” said Gervacio. “And then sakto Alyssa naman could fill in the spot na other open spiker.” “So timing din na we had all the pieces put together at the right time,” she added. With a good performance in the elims despite missing a legit middle in Bea Pascual and the entry of Aerieal Patnongon barred by academic problems, Ateneo finished second and for the first-time was armed with a twice-to-beat advantage in the stepladder semifinals. The Lady Eagles faced an experienced Tigresses side in the last stepladder semis stage. UST just came from a hard-fought four-set do-or-die match against FEU and were banking on their four-set win over Ateneo in the second round to force another sudden death. Ateneo’s date with destiny was sealed with a four-set win over the Tigresses, who then bid goodbye to Maika Ortiz and Judy Anne Caballejo. “Pinu-push na rin kami ni Coach Roger noon eh, ‘Hinog na kayo ngayon. Kasi dalawang taon na lang, kailangan makapasok na kayo sa Finals,’” said Ho. “Somehow senior na rin kami,” added Cainglet.  “Season 74 was really the target season for us to be in the finals and target even to win the championship,” according to Nacachi. “During this time, we were already thinking we could not afford to not go in the finals.” “So it was with our mindset and our level of commitment that we were able to finally reach our goal of reaching the finals,” she added. “We had enough experience that time already, and it was really time for us to show the level of game maturity the team had obtained from the past seasons.” But then they had to face an unbeaten team. Unscathed in 14 games, De La Salle University was poised to complete a perfect season. The Lady Eagles spoiled it. Ferrer outplayed DLSU setter Mika Esperanza, 57-42, in excellent sets as Ateneo handed the Lady Spikers its first loss after 25 straight victories in a come-from-behind 23-25, 28-26, 25-23, 25-17, Finals opener win. Witnessed by 3,002 spectators inside the then The Arena in San Juan, all of the Fab 5 produced points. Cainglet had 19 behind Valdez’s 24, Gervacio scored 12, Ho had 10, Nacachi finished with five while Ferrer had one. Gorayeb made a big gambit and it worked. “Dahil sa wala kong panggitna, yung laro namin ng La Salle, ginawa kong quicker si Alyssa. Kasi si Alyssa nakakapalo. Nagulat si Ramil (de Jesus) dun.” It was a big win. A huge upset. Unfortunately, Ateneo needed to win two more.  DLSU held a thrice-to-beat advantage.   THAT SWAG After Ateneo made a miracle in Game One, fans began to feel a new rivalry born. The attendance spiked. From just 3,000 spectators, the gate attendance more than doubled its size. The interest was there. Fans of traditional powers began to notice the Lady Eagles as a rising team. For the first time, a squad with no previous championship experience except for a title during the Marcos era in a different collegiate league, made a giant jolt. Everybody wanted to see what these girls would do next.    The Lady Eagles, still high on adrenaline after their Game 1 upset, took the opening set in Game 2. But just like in their opener, a well-experienced DLSU squad adjusted to take the next three frames to move a step closer to a repeat crown. With then Rookie of the Year Ara Galang, Season Most Valuable Player Aby Marano, an intimidating Michele Gumabao and a very efficient Finals MVP Cha Cruz teaming up for the kill, the Lady Spikers ripped Ateneo apart in Game 3 in straight sets, 25-16, 25-22, 25-13. “Sabi nga ni Dzi na nadyan na lahat eh. So I guess noong Season 74 nandoon na pero may kulang pa rin,” said Ho. “I guess we we’re able to make it to the Finals pero wala pa kaming championship experience.” Ferrer agreed. "Siguro ang kulang yung championship experience kasi nasa La Salle na ‘yun eh. Ilang years na silang nagpa-finals, nag-champion and for Ateneo doon pa lang namin sinimulan," said the three-time Best Setter. Lacking championship experience is one thing, but Ateneo during that time wasn’t ready for DLSU’s most feared weapon: the Lady Spikers’ swag.  “They have that swag,” said Gervacio. “Everyone knows about it naman. It’s really coach Ramil’s style talaga kasi as I remember when we were first year, four out of six of the players inside the court were rookies and even if we go against the powerhouses UST, FEU, Adamson, hindi sila yung nakikita nyo na kapag championship na rivalry, na swag, angas, stare down. Pero La Salle talaga kahit sino ang kalaban nila they’ll bring that attitude inside the court.” That Finals series cemented a new rivalry that will become one of the most celebrated in the sport. “I think it also helped that Ateneo-La Salle basketball didn’t face also,” said Gervacio. “Siyempre nandoon ang hunger for the rivalry eh and timely din na its been Ateneo-La Salle na rin sa volleyball.”   CLOSING A CHAPTER The Fab 5 were now in their fifth and last year. They wanted to leave a winning legacy. The pieces were already there. Gorayeb had at his disposal five seniors, a rising star in Valdez, a sophomore middle in Amy Ahomiro, a versatile Ella De Jesus, a steady libero in Denden Lazaro and a new kind of weapon – a massive crowd that can turn any venue into a sea of blue.              As expected, the second installment of the Ateneo-DLSU rivalry was set into place. Both sweeping their semis opponents. The Lady Spikers crushed National University while the Lady Eagles shot down Adamson. Game One was a shocker. DLSU heading into the Finals are on a 14-game roll but were stunned in the first two sets with Ateneo stepping on the gas. But a string of miscues, mostly from the service line, did the Lady Eagles in as they allowed the Lady Spikers to force a decider. DLSU, smelling blood, punished Ateneo to eke out a 20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22, 15-6, victory inside the Big Dome witnesses by 17,342-strong gate attendance. Then the series transferred to a newly-built, state-of-the-art Mall of Asia Arena that drew a crowd of 18,799. The first two frames were frustrating for the Lady Eagles.   Ateneo came back to life in the third set to gain a 9-5 lead. But DLSU easily erased it with Ateneo crumbling under pressure. The Lady Spikers were on an onslaught. Sophomore Galang pushed DLSU at matchpoint with a cold-blooded ace that went in a few inches from the baseline. The score, 24-16. It was a tense moment for the Fab 5. A long rally ensued in the next play. Gervacio, with all her might pounded a kill. Her hand making a great contact on the ball off Ferrer’s backset.     Smack! The ball ricocheted off the hands of DLSU’s Wensh Tiu before falling on the same landing area of Gervacio, who tried to dive for a dig together with Lazaro. DLSU swept Ateneo, 25-23, 25-20, 25-16. Game over.          “Kahit hindi kami nanalo alam naming ibinigay namin ang lahat namin, all-out talaga kaya wala kaming pagsisisi,” said Ho. It was the end of the Fab 5 era, but they left more than what any of them could have imagined. "I remember so many people or fans telling me that they started really watching UAAP Volleyball because of our batch. And that is really touching and fulfilling to know. Knowing that you were able to leave an impact like that to people. We were not able to bring even a single championship to our school, Ateneo, but we were able to touch a lot of people's hearts despite that," Nacachi shared. The Fab 5 closed a colorful chapter of Ateneo volleyball in tears. They were there during the Lady Eagles’ birth pains. They labored. They shed tears, blood and sweat. They laid the foundation for something big. The Fab 5 planted the seeds that would eventually bear fruit and would change the course of Ateneo women’s volleyball program forever. Glory didn’t happen during their time. It started in theirs.    Amidst the roar of the crowd, the falling confetti, banging of drums and the echoing chant of ‘Animo La Salle’ from the sea of green, the Fab 5 hugged each other tight. They found comfort in each other. It was their time to say goodbye. For those who remained – Valdez, Lazaro, Ahomiro, De Jesus – the defeat added fuel to their already blazing desire to bring glory for the blue and white. They were the next in line, heirs to unfinished business. WATCH: FAB 5 Reunion Part 1 and Part 2 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Ateneo, FEU face off in rematch of Season 79 Finals

MATCHES on SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (Rizal Memorial Stadium) 9:00 AM - UP vs. UST (Men’s) 1:30 PM - Ateneo vs. FEU (Men’s) 4:00 PM - UE vs. Adamson (Men’s)   Last season’s finalists meet on the pitch for the first time in the UAAP Season 80 men’s football tournament, as defending champions Ateneo de Manila try to string together three straight wins when they take on Season 79 runners-up Far Eastern University, Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Coming off back-to-back wins against UE and Adamson, the Blue Eagles look to close out the first round of action on a three-game winning streak. While the Blue Eagles are very much in the upper half of the standings, currently at third place, it has been a very different season this year, as they’ve already doubled their loss total from their one-loss campaign a season ago. Speaking of completely different seasons, last year’s runners-up have gotten off to a rocky first round. Left depleted by a handful of injuries, the Tamaraws have yet to find their groove and are sitting in sixth place with just one win in their first six outings. An upset over the defending champions could very well spark a change as they head into the second round of action. Ateneo and FEU kick off at 1:30 PM.   In the first contest of the day, the top-two seeds collide as unbeaten University of the Philippines try to end the first round without a loss when they take on second-seeded University of Santo Tomas. The departure of key players such as Daniel Gadia, Patxi Santos, and Ace Villanueva seem to have done little to derail the Fighting Maroons, as they’ve continued to dominate the field, only dropping points once in their first six outings. Third-year stars King Miyagi and JB Borlongan have paced the league-leading Maroons so far, and will look to do the same to end the first round on a high note. Heading into their round-ending matchup against UP, the Growling Tigers had the chance to keep their unbeaten slate alive as well. Unfortunately for the Espanya-based side, they ran into a motivated University of the East squad that handed them their first loss of the season. Still, a win over the Maroons will put UST at level with UP for the top spot after the first round. UP and UST kick off at 9:00 AM.   In the final match of the first round, UE looks to string together back-to-back wins when they meet hapless Adamson University. Coming off arguably their biggest win of the season, the motivated Red Warriors have a golden opportunity to end the first round with three wins, something that they haven’t done in quite a while. It won’t come easy though, as they’ll be taking on a hungry Adamson side still looking for win number one. Against defending champions Ateneo, Adamson may have taken a 2-0 loss, but if anything, it was a promising display from the cellar-dwellers, as they played their best football this season. Aggressive both on offense and defense, the Soaring Falcons came close to holding Ateneo to a draw, or even pulling off the massive upset. Should Adamson come into their final match of the first round with the same intensity and hunger, they head into round two on a high note. UE and Adamson kick off at 4:00 PM......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 3rd, 2018

UAAP Season 80 Men’s Football: Ateneo, De La Salle rekindle rivalry on the football pitch

Collegiate rivals Ateneo de Manila University and De La Salle University collide on the pitch for the first time this season as the Men’s Football Tournament of UAAP Season 80 rolls on Thursday at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium. Coming off their first win of the season, defending champions Ateneo look to keep their momentum going as they face off against a rejuvenated Green Archers squad. “Kung titignan natin, La Salle had a good start, yung frontline players nila ang worry ko ngayon, yung size, of course we need to be ready,” said Ateneo head coach JP Merida. Ateneo came back from a goal down to beat National University, 3-1, last Sunday, behind a spirited performance from birthday boy Jarvey Gayoso, who had his hand in all three of the defending champions’ goals, scoring one and assisting on the other two. Speaking of momentum, the Green Archers are riding a ton of momentum heading into this rivalry matchup. After their win over last season’s runners-up FEU a week ago, the Green Archers followed up with a dominant 2-0 win over Adamson University, Sunday. “It’s just another team. We’ll just play the same way we trained for.” said DLSU head coach Hans-Peter Smit. “There’s nothing special with any other team, just like us, there’s nothing special. It’s just whoever wants to win more, who has brought their A-game, and who wants to finish the game on a high note.” Ateneo and DLSU kick off at 4:00 PM.   In the morning game, another squad looks to remain unbeaten in the season as University of the Philippines meets Adamson University. The Fighting Maroons are riding high off their hot start, winning their first two matches against Ateneo and University of the East. The Soaring Falcons on the other hand try to get their first win of the season after back-to-back losses against University of Santo Tomas and DLSU. UP and Adamson kick off at 9:00 AM.   In the first televised matchup of the day, UST guns for their third straight victory against a struggling NU side. After getting bounced by eventual champions Ateneo in the Season 79 semis, the Growling Tigers are off to an impressive start, already scoring wins over FEU and Adamson. The same can’t be said for the Bulldogs, who after nearly making the playoffs a season ago, find themselves struggling and losing both of their first matches against UE and Ateneo. UST and NU kick off at 2:00 PM.   Catch the exciting UAAP men’s football action LIVE starting at 2:00 PM on ABS-CBN S+A channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD channel 166, Liga channel 83, Liga HD channel 186, and livestreaming on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/uaap.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2018

DLSZ downs NU to forge juniors football finals rematch with FEU

DE LA SALLE-Zobel upended National University, 5-3, at extra time in a UAAP Season 80 juniors football playoff to clinch the remaining Finals berth, Wednesday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium.         The Junior Archers will face defending seven-time champion Far Eastern University-Diliman on Feb. 8 at the same Malate pitch.         A playoff took place after De La Salle-Zobel and NU were level after the end of double-round eliminations with 16 points.        The Baby Tamaraws finished on top of the table with 19 points.        The Bullpups achieved a third place finish right on their initial foray in the tournament. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 31st, 2018

NCAA men s football crown on the line as Arellano and CSB meet in do-or-die match

It all comes down to one final match for Arellano University and College of Saint Benilde, as the two sides face off in a winner-take-all match for the NCAA Season 93 men's football title, Wednesday evening at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium.  Match one in this best-of-three series went to the Chiefs, with Jumbel Guinabang finishing with a brace that included a go-ahead goal with just three minutes left in the thirty-minute extension period. Once again, match two was as close and as competitive, with Arellano and CSB all knotted up at one goal apiece at the end of regulation.  This time around however, there would be no tie-breaking goal in extra time, forcing a penalty shootout.  The Blazers ended up getting better of the Chiefs in the penalties to extend the series to this third and final matchup.  Arellano is a win away from getting their second NCAA men's football title in three years.  CSB is a win away from ending a seven-season drought.  After all is said and done, who will get to hoist the crown?  Kickoff time is at 6:00 PM.  Follow @abscbnsports and @honasantino for updates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 17th, 2018

Baby Tams face Tiger Cubs as UAAP Jrs football resumes

Defending champion Far Eastern University-Diliman has a score to settle University of Santo Tomas as the UAAP Season 80 juniors football tournament resumes Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Baby Tamaraws streaked to three consecutive wins before being held to a scoreless draw by the Tiger Cubs in their first round duel last Dec. 10. Kick-off is at 8 a.m. FEU-Diliman has 10 points, two off National University, which will take on De La Salle-Zobel in the day’s other match at 3 p.m. Kieth Absalon, the reigning Best Striker who has a league-best seven goals, will banner the Baby Tamaraws as the seven-time champion seek to open their second round campaign on a high note.  The Bullpups are on top of the table with 12 points, three clear off the Junior Archers, who are in third spot. NU began its second round run with a 4-0 blanking of last placed Ateneo, while La Salle-Zobel dismantled UST, 8-0, in the final match before the Christmas break last Dec. 17. The Tiger Cubs have four points while the Blue Eaglets remained without a point. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 6th, 2018

FEU-Diliman wins opener, NU grabs early lead in juniors football

FAR EASTERN University-Diliman opened its bid for a eighth consecutive crown with a 6-1 victory over Ateneo yesterday in the UAAP Season 80 juniors football tournament at the PFF National Training Centre inside the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite. The Baby Tamaraws scored twice in the first half and added four more after the restart in a tremendous display of firepower making them as heavy favorites to win the crown. Tournament newcomer National University posted its second straight victory with a 6-1 rout of University of Santo Tomas in the day's other match. The Bullpups now sit on the top of the table with a maximum of six points, while the Tiger Cubs failed to follow up their 2-1 season-opening victory over the Blue Eaglets to remain at three points. Ateneo, meanwhile, suffered its second successive loss and is still without a point. Action shifts to the Rizal Memorial Stadium on Thursday, with UST taking on De La Salle-Zobel at 8 a.m., followed by the much-anticipated NU-FEU clash at 3 p.m......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 27th, 2017

Former UAAP star Paolo Salenga gets first National Team call up; Azkals lineup against Nepal revealed

The quest for a Philippines slot in the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 continues. The Philippine Men’s National Team face Nepal in Match Day 5 of the AFC Asian Cup UAE 2019 Qualifiers on November 14th at the ANFA Complex in Kathmandu, Nepal. The match is crucial since a win over Nepal will ensure the Philippines’ qualification to the AFC Asian Cup 2019 final round for the very first time and with a game to spare. The Philippines sits on top of Group F with eight (8) points while Nepal is in last place with one (1) point. The Azkals began their Asian Cup campaign with a convincing 4-1 win against Nepal last 28 March 2017 at the Rizal Memorial Football Stadium in Manila. Phil Younghusband scored twice in the match while Iain Ramsay and Javier Patiño scored a goal each. 23 players have been called up for the Nepal match. Former Philippine Under-22 player and Global Cebu forward Paolo Salenga and Ceres Negros forward Joshua Dutosme earned their first call up to the team. Kaya FC Makati midfielder Marwin Angeles is back with the national team after a stint in 2014. Misagh Bahadoran returns to the squad after missing out in the draw against Yemen last 10 October. Patiño, Amani Aguinaldo, Manny Ott, and Luke Woodland are still out of the squad due to injuries.   Philippine Azkals Lineup vs. Nepal Marwin ANGELES – Kaya FC Makati Fitch ARBOLEDA – Stallion Laguna FC Misagh BAHADORAN – Global Cebu FC Dylan DE BRUYCKER – Davao Aguilas FC Carlos DE MURGA – Ceres Negros FC Patrick DEYTO – Global Cebu FC Curt DIZON – FC Meralco Manila Joshua DUTOSME – Ceres Negros FC Neil ETHERIDGE – Cardiff City FC Kevin INGRESO – Ceres Negros FC Sean Patrick KANE – JPV Marikina FC Hikaru MINEGISHI – Global Cebu FC Paul MULDERS – Global Cebu FC Jim Junior MUÑOZ – Ceres Negros FC Nicholas O’DONNELL – Davao Aguilas FC Mike OTT – Angthong United Iain RAMSAY – Ceres Negros FC Simone ROTA – Davao Aguilas FC Paolo SALENGA – Global Cebu FC Daisuke SATO – AC Horsens Dennis VILLANUEVA – Global Cebu FC James YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC Phil YOUNGHUSBAND – Davao Aguilas FC Head coach Thomas Dooley will be assisted by Stefano Marsella......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2017

Bulldogs near badminton four-peat

National University hardly showed the effects of a long break to subdue University of the Philippines, 3-1, and move on the cusp of winning a fourth straight men's crown in the UAAP Season 80 badminton tournament Saturday.     The Bulldogs have won 34 consecutive ties dating back from 2014 and are looking good to tie the Fighting Maroons for the most number of championships with five.      Tie No. 2 is set at 8 a.m. Sunday at the Rizal Memorial Badminton Hall. In the women's badminton step-ladder do-or-die semis, De La Salle nipped Ateneo, 3-2, to forge a title duel with UP.        The Lady Shuttlers will face the undefeated Lady Maroons in the Finals opener at 1:00 p.m.    JM Bernardo downed Mike Minuluan 21-16, 21-16, in the opening singles to put UP ahead before NU leveled the tie at 1-1 as Alvin Morada slipped past Vinci Manuel, 21-12, 21-16, in the second singles.      The Bulldogs grabbed the upperhand but not without a scare, as Morada and Alem Palmares nipped CK Clemente and JM Bernardo, 16-21, 21-16, 21-12, in the first doubles.        Christian Cuyno and Mike Minuluan prevailed over Betong Pineda and Paul Gonzales, 21-15, 21-19, in the second doubles to clinch the tie for NU. The Bulldogs are coming off a weeklong break after sweeping all of their six elimination round ties. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 14th, 2017

Lady Tams face Tigresses in beach volleyball Finals anew

Far Eastern University set up another championship date against archrival and unbeaten defending champion University of Sto. Tomas in the 80th UAAP women’s beach volleyball tournament at the Sands SM by the Bay Friday. The twice-to-beat Lady Tamaraws tandem of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza dominated Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero of University of the Philippines, 21-8, 21-18, in their rain-delayed stepladder semifinals match to march back into the best-of-three Finals against the Tigresses pair of Sisi Rondina and Caitlyn Viray. Due to inclement weather, Game 1 of the championship series, which was supposed to be played Friday afternoon, was postponed and moved Saturday at 3:00 p.m. Heavy rain and strong winds halted the match briefly with FEU leading 18-16 in the second set. But the short stoppage proved to be just a short delay as Lady Tams continued with their rampage when game resumed to secure the last Finals slot. UP showed De La Salle University’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna the exit door Thursday night, 17-21, 21-19, 15-12, in the first semis stepladder match.      UST swept the seven-game elimination round to advance outright to the Finals that duplicated their feat last year. The Tigresses needed three games to turn back the Lady Tams and reclaim the crown last year.   In the men’s division, defending champion UST returned to the Finals after KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto eliminated the tandem of last year’s runner-up Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica of Far Eastern University, 21-17, 21-16, in the stepladder semis. The Tigers will challenge the unbeaten National University pair of Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad in the best-of-three Finals Saturday.    FEU booted out Ateneo's Marck Espejo and Karl Baysa, 21-15, 21-16, in Thursday's night opening men's stepladder match.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 13th, 2017

UST begins UAAP beach volleyball title-retention bid

University of Sto. Tomas begins its title-retention bid in the women's and men's division as the UAAP Season 80 beach volleyball tournament blasts off Thursday at the Sands SM By The Bay.      The Tigresses, gunning for a record fifth crown, will take on De La Salle at 3:00 p.m. before returning in the night session against National University at 7:00 p.m.       UST, which has three men's championships along with Far Eastern University and NU, will set in motion its drive opposite University of the Philippines at 5:00 p.m.      Bannered by Cherry Rondina and Jem Gutierrez, the Tigresses needed three games to overcome the Lady Tamaraws' Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza to reclaim the women's throne last year.        UST's KR Guzman and Anthony Arbasto ruled the men's division by going perfect in nine games last season capped by a two-game Finals conquest of FEU's Jude Garcia and Jeremiah Barrica.        Reigning MVP Rondina will lead the Tigresses, who will have the Pons-led Lady Tamaraws as their biggest threats.        From being Philippine teammates that made it to the quarterfinals in the recently-concluded 29th Southeast Asian Games beach volleyball championship, Rondina and Pons will be rivals again.      FEU will take on Ateneo at 3:30 p.m., followed by NU-Adamson University at 4:00 p.m. and UP-University of the East at 4:30 p.m.        The Lady Tamaraws will be back in the evening session to face the Lady Maroons at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Lady Spikers-Lady Falcons tussle at 8:00 p.m. and the Lady Eagles-Lady Warriors match to cap opening day action at 8:30 p.m.      Other men's opening day matches are FEU-NU at 5:30 p.m., Adamson University-De La Salle at 6:00 p.m. and Ateneo-UE at 6:30 p.m.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017