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Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR routs Trinity in PBA D-League

Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR remained in the hunt for the Foundation Group top spot, dismantling CD14 Designs-Trinity, 105-82, Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarMay 16th, 2019

Eagles land in finals; Saints stay alive

Cignal-Ateneo dominated Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR anew yesterday, fashioning out a 100-73 win to complete a semis sweep and advance to the finals of the 2019 PBA Developmental League at the Ynares Sports Center in Pasig City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 7th, 2019

Thirdy Ravena rises as Eagles oust Stags to enter PBA D-League finals

Cignal-Ateneo stamped its class over Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR, 100-73, to sweep the semifinals and advance to the championship of the 2019 PBA D-League......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 6th, 2019

Eagles, Saints favored sides in DL Final 4

Top-ranked squads Cignal-Ateneo and Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR fight for first blood when they clash in the opener of their PBA D-League best-of-three semifinals today at the Paco Arena in Manila......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 2nd, 2019

Gonzales steers Chadao-FEU into PBA D-League playoffs

Chadao-FEU booked the last Foundation Group ticket to the 2019 PBA D-League playoffs, outlasting Centro Escolar University, 74-69, Thursday at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. "Our goal is to make it to the playoffs and nakuha na namin ang first goal namin," said coach Olsen Racela. The Tamaraws leaned on L-Jay Gonzales, who collected 15 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals to lead his side to the victory and end the eliminations on a four-game win streak. Wendell Comboy added 13 points, four boards, two assists, and two steals, while Joseph Nunag got 12 points, three rebounds, and two assists in the win. Chadao-FEU wound up with a 6-3 card, eliminating Marinerong Pilipino (5-4) in the process. The Tamaraws now brace for Aspirants Group top seed Cignal-Ateneo (8-1), who owns a twice-to-beat advantage, in the crossover quarters set on Monday. Chadao-FEU squandered a 69-58 lead within the last five minutes as Judel Fuentes and Maodo Malick Diouf rallied CEU back to knot the score at 69 in the last 2:08. Brandrey Bienes would answer back with a trey, Patrick Tchuente put the nail in the coffin with a putback slam to extend the lead to five. Fuentes carried CEU (7-2) with 24 points and four rebounds, while Diouf registered a double-double with his 11 points, 11 rebounds, three steals, and two blocks. The Scorpions still enjoy a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarters, but their opponent still depends on the result of the Valencia City Bukidnon-SSCR versus Diliman College-Gerry's Grill game later. BOX SCORES CHADAO-FEU 74 -- Gonzales 15, Comboy 13, Nunag 12, Tchuente 9, Flores 8, Stockton 6, Bienes 5, Celzo 4, Tuffin 2, Mantua 0. CEU 69 -- Fuentes 24, Diouf 11, Rojas 10, Formento 6, Chan 6, Lisbo 5, Ke. Caballero 4, Uri 3, Sunga 0, Diaz 0, Abastillas 0, Santos 0, Intic 0. QUARTER SCORES: 13-20, 41-41, 60-56, 74-69......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Valencia-SSC wallops Trinity U

Valencia City, Bukidnon-San Sebastian strengthened its bid for the top seeding in its bracket as it walloped also-ran CD14 Designs-Trinity University of Asia, 105-82, in the PBA D-League at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig yesterday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

PBA D-League: Paraiso helps UST ward off NAASCU champ St. Clare

Ironcon-UST boosted its 2019 PBA D-League playoff hopes with a cardiac 78-75 win over St. Clare College Virtual Reality Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Dave Ando buried the go-ahead undergoal stab with 20.4 seconds remaining, before Brent Paraiso sealed the win with two free throws in the final 4.3. Junjie Hallare tried to heave a hail mary three to force overtime, but his shot went way short as time expired Paraiso scored 14 points, five rebounds, and four assists for Ironcon-UST, while Mark Nonoy and Rhenz Abando chipped in 13 points in the victory. "We just executed the game plan and the players did not deviate from the game plan kasi yun yung tendency ng mga bata. They just executed," said coach Aldin Ayo. Ando and Renzo Subido also combined for 20 to improve the Growling Tigers' slate to a 6-2 record in the Aspirants Group. They missed the services Beninese forward Soulemane Chabi Yo, who is down with a flu. Ironcon-UST survived a late spurt from Irven Palencia, who scored all of his eight points as St. Clare rallied back from a 73-67 deficit. Joshua Fontanilla top-scored for St. Clare (5-3) with 19 points, as Rojay Santos got 16 points built on five triples. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian remained in the hunt for the Foundation Group top spot, dismantling CD14 Designs-Trinity, 105-82. Emmanuel Bonleon stepped up for the Golden Harvest, uncorking 20 of his 23 points in the first half as his side took the 36-23 lead at the end of the first period. Allyn Bulanadi was at his lethal self with a team-high 28 points, alongside six rebounds, three steals, and two assists, while JM Calma had a double-double of 16 points and 11 rebounds. It was the Golden Harvest's fourth straight win and pulled them once again on level with CEU at the no. 1 spot in the group at 7-1. Clark Derige paced the winless CD14 Designs-Trinity (0-9) with 22 points and five rebounds. In the day's other game, FamilyMart-Enderun finally broke through, drubbing AMA Online Education, 116-94. Valandre Chauca hit eight triples on his way to 24 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists as five others got to double-digits to help the young Titans nab their first win in the developmental ranks and halt a six-game losing skid. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME VALENCIA-BASTE 105 -- Bulanadi 28, Bonleon 23, Calma 16, Dela Cruz 10, Ilagan 9, Desoyo 4, Villapando 4, Calahat 4, Tero 3, Sumoda 2, Loristo 2, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Baclay 0. CD14 DESIGNS-TRINITY 82 -- Derige 22, Tayongtong 19, Barua 10, Balucanag 8, Biteng 6, Medina 6, Vitug 4, Juanico 4, Ortega 2, Mabayo 1, Tadeo 0, Chua 0, Dela Cruz 0, Ingel 0, Juico 0. QUARTER SCORES: 36-23, 69-48, 85-68, 105-82. SECOND GAME FAMILY MART-ENDERUN 116 -- Chauca 24, Escoto 17, Vidal 17, Gatdula 14, Sacundo 13, Hayes 12, Gotladera 8, Dela Cruz 5, Mariano 4, Nunez 2, Dungan 0, Tancioco 0, Oebanda 0. AMA 94 -- Munzon 30, Johnson 24, Parcero 13, Sayat 8, Estibar 6, Alao 5, Dela Rosa 4, Asuncion 3, Sabile 1, Catequista 0. QUARTER SCORES: 31-26, 64-52, 81-78, 116-94. BOX SCORES THIRD GAME IRONCON-UST 78 -- Paraiso 14, Nonoy 13, Abando 13, Ando 10, Subido 10, Concepcion 7, Bataller 4, Marcos 4, Huang 3, Herrera 0. ST. CLARE 75 -- Fontanilla 19, Santos 16, Lunor 11, Hallare 8, Palencia 8, Rubio 7, Pare 4, Ambuludto 2, Bolos 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-11, 37-33, 60-57, 78-75......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 16th, 2019

Thirdy Ravena leads D-League MVP race

Cignal-Ateneo guard Thirdy Ravena together with the duo of RK Ilagan and Allyn Bulanadi from Valencia City Bukidnon–SSCR lead the race for the MVP award in the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Developmental League......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 15th, 2019

Cignal-Ateneo stamps class on Valencia-Baste in Game 1 of PBA D-League semis

Cignal-Ateneo showed its true colors in the second half to whip Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian, 105-67, in Game 1 of their 2019 PBA D-League semifinals Monday at Paco Arena in Manila. Ange Kouame powered the Blue Eagles with 19 points, 13 coming in the third frame, together with 20 rebounds and four blocks as they unloaded 71 points in the second half to score the 38-point blowout. "Coach Tab (Baldwin) just reminded our players to follow our rules on defense," said assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga. "There were times that we were playing individual defense and not team defense. Coach Tab wanted us to put emphasis on our defense and our players took that to heart in the third." From a 52-all deadlock, Cignal-Ateneo went on a 14-2 tear to finish the period to take a 66-54 advantage, setting up the blowout. Mike Nieto chipped in 12 points, Thirdy Ravena added 10 points, seven rebounds, and seven assists, and Jolo Mendoza scored 11 in the win as the Blue Eagles went on a 35-percent shooting from downtown. Game 2 is on Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig, with Cignal-Ateneo on the verge of advancing to the PBA D-League Finals. RK Ilagan topped the Golden Harvest in the defeat with 24 points on a 3-of-10 shooting from threes, while Allyn Bulanadi collected 23 points and seven rebounds. BOX SCORES CIGNAL-ATENEO 105 -- Kouame 19, Mi. Nieto 12, Mendoza 11, Ma. Nieto 10, Ravena 10, Belangel 9, Wong 9, Mamuyac 7, Navarro 6, Andrade 6, Credo 3, Daves 2, Go 1, Tio 0, Berjay 0. VALENCIA-SAN SEBASTIAN 67 -- Ilagan 24, Bulanadi 23, Capobres 8, Calma 8, Dela Cruz 2, Villapando 1, Tero 1, Sumoda 0, Bonleon 0, Desoyo 0, Are 0, Altamirano 0, Loristo 0, Calahat 0. QUARTER SCORES: 17-19, 34-35, 66-54, 105-67......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2019

UST bows out of contention in PBA D-League care of FamilyMart-Enderun

Also-ran FamilyMart-Enderun eliminated Ironcon-UST with a huge 81-74 win, Thursday in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Gym in Cubao. Fighting for pride, the Titans weathered a huge fourth quarter attack from the Growling Tigers to end their maiden campaign on a high note and finish with a 2-7 slate. "They want to prove something and they accepted their roles for the good of the team," said coach Pipo Noundou. Valandre Chauca carried FamilyMart-Enderun with 31 points on a 5-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc, alongside five rebounds and two assists, while Marvin Hayes just almost tallied a triple-double with his 18 points, 12 boards, and seven assists. The Titans jumped on the Growling Tigers, taking a 25-11 first quarter lead and extending it to 19 numerous times in the third frame. But Ironcon-UST rallied back behind Soulemane Chabi Yo, slicing the deficit to as low as four, 68-7, with 4:57 left. That was when FamilyMart-Enderun went to its starters as it respinded with an 8-0 spurt to grab an 80-68 advantage courtesy of a Hayes lay-up with 1:09 remaining. The Growling Tigers' shock loss sent them out of the playoffs and gifted St. Clare College-Virtual Reality the no. 2 seed, which comes with a twice-to-beat advantage, in the Aspirants Group. Che'Lu Bar and Grill also booked the no. 4 seat in the process. Chabi Yo's effort of 25 points, 14 rebounds, and three blocks went down the drain as Ironcon-UST bowed out of the tourney. Mark Nonoy got 18 points, four assists, and three boards as the Growling Tigers finished sixth due to owning the inferior quotient in the five-way tie. Meanwhile, Valencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian locked up the top seed in the Foundation Group with a 91-80 win over Diliman College-Gerry's Grill. JM Calma started off hot for the Golden Harvest with his 15 first half points before ending up with 26 points, 10 rebounds, and two blocks. RK Ilagan shot a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe to wind up with 23 points, six rebounds, six assists, and three steals while Allyn Bulanadi did it all to finish with 18 points, six boards, four assists, three steals, and three blocks. The win locked the Golden Harvest at no. 1 in the group as they head to the crossover quarterfinals with a twice-to-beat advantage against Che'Lu Bar and Grill on Monday. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FAMILYMART-ENDERUN 81 -- Chauca 31, Hayes 18, Gotladera 6, Kouakou 6, Vidal 6, Dela Cruz 6, Nunez 3, Gatdula 3, Dungan 2, Escoto 0, Mariano 0, Sacundo 0, Veloso 0. IRONCON-UST 74 -- Chabi Yo 25, Nonoy 18, Abando 9, Asuncio 6, Concepcion 6, Bataller 6, Paraiso 4, Ando 0, Marcos 0, Yongco 0. QUARTER SCORES: 25-11, 46-34, 70-56, 81-74. SECOND GAME VALENCIA-SAN SEBASTIAN 91 -- Calma 26, Ilagan 23, Bulanadi 18, Dela Cruz 6, Bonleon 5, Calahat 4, Altamirano 4, Sumoda 2, Are 2, Villapando 1, Loristo 0, Tero 0, Desoyo 0. DILIMAN-GERRY'S 80 -- Gandjeto 29, Torrado 14, Pacheco 11, Mahari 10, Bauzon 5, Brutas 5, Brill 4, Sombero 2, Darang 0, Tay 0. QUARTER SCORES: 21-7, 37-28, 68-55, 91-80......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2019

Valencia-SSC advances

Valencia City, Bukidnon-San Sebastian hung tough at the finish, frustrating Metropac-San Beda in a pulsating double overtime battle, 96-92, to secure a playoff seat in the PBA D-League at the JCSGO Gym in Cubao yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Ateneo’s chemistry

Known as Cignal-Ateneo, the Blue Eagles posted an 8-1 record in the eliminations before beating Chadao-Far Eastern University and City of Valencia-San Sebastian in the playoffs to earn the first D-League finals berth. #PBADL.....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Orioles draft Oregon State catcher Rutschman with No. 1 pick

By Dennis Waszak Jr., Associated Press SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles selected Oregon State switch-hitting catcher Adley Rutschman with the top pick in the Major League Baseball draft Monday night. The announcement at MLB Network studios marked the second time the Orioles led off the draft — they took LSU pitcher Ben McDonald in 1989. "It's everything I've always dreamed of," Rutschman said in an interview on MLB Network. "This is an unbelievable feeling and I couldn't have asked for anything more." With the No. 2 choice, the Kansas City Royals grabbed Texas high school shortstop Bobby Witt Jr., the son of former big league pitcher Bobby Witt. The younger Witt has draft-day bragging rights on his father, who won 142 games over 16 seasons after being selected No. 3 overall in 1985. "Now I've got him beat," Bobby Witt Jr. said. The Witts became the highest-drafted father-son duo, topping Tom Grieve (No. 6, 1966) and Ben Grieve (No. 2, 1994). They are the seventh father-son combination of first-rounders, and first since Delino DeShields (1987) and Delino DeShields Jr. (2010). "The dreams are kind of turning into reality," the younger Witt said. The 21-year-old Rutschman had been the favorite to go first overall since he led Oregon State to the College World Series championship last year and was selected the most outstanding player. He followed that up with a dominant junior season at the plate — and behind it. He hit .411 with a career-best 17 homers to go with 58 RBIs and a school-record 76 walks, and threw out 13 of 27 runners attempting to steal. Rutschman, a native of Sherwood, Oregon, is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award given to the country's top college player. He was also the Pac-12 player of the year for the Beavers and the conference's co-defensive player of year. His selection marks the seventh time a player drafted as a catcher was taken with the top pick, and first since Minnesota tabbed Joe Mauer in 2001. The 6-foot, 180-pound Witt Jr., considered a five-tool prospect, turns 19 next Friday. The Colleyville Heritage High School star has impressive power while making consistent contact with a smooth right-handed swing. University of California slugging first baseman Andrew Vaughn went to the Chicago White Sox with the third pick. Vaughn batted .381 this season with 15 homers, 50 RBIs and a .544 on-base percentage that ranks among the national leaders. He also showed a terrific eye at the plate and struck out just 74 times in three college seasons. The 6-foot, 214-pound Vaughn is also looking to become the first repeat winner of the Golden Spikes Award after earning the honor as a sophomore last year. The Miami Marlins drafted Vanderbilt outfielder JJ Bleday at No. 4, adding the Southeastern Conference player of the year who has a quick, left-handed swing and leads Division I players in home runs with a school-record 26. A finalist for the Golden Spikes Award, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Bleday is hitting .351 and brings a 42-game on-base streak into next weekend's super regionals round of the NCAA Tournament. With the fifth pick, the Detroit Tigers took Florida high school outfielder Riley Greene. Gatorade's Florida state player of year hit .422 with eight homers, 27 RBIs and 38 runs as arguably the country's top prep outfielder. He has a smooth left-handed swing that produces consistent line drives. More draft history was made when the San Diego Padres selected speedy Georgia high school shortstop CJ Abrams at No. 6, marking the first time no pitchers were taken within the first six picks. The lefty-hitting Abrams was considered by many to be the fastest player in the draft. The Blessed Trinity Catholic High School star batted .418 with eight home runs and 100 RBIs in his high school career. TCU left-hander Nick Lodolo ended the run on position players, going seventh overall to the Cincinnati Reds. Generally regarded as the top pitching prospect in this year's class, Lodolo went 6-6 with a 2.36 ERA and struck out 131 while walking just 25 in 103 innings for the Horned Frogs. He was the 41st overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2016 — the highest selection to go unsigned that year. Lodolo also became TCU's highest-drafted player, topping Lance Broadway (No. 15 by White Sox in 2005)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 4th, 2019

PBA D-League- San Sebastian books semis seat, outlasts Che lu in OT - Inquirer Sports

MANILA, PhilippinesValencia City Bukidnon-San Sebastian survived Chelu Bar and Grill, 93-87, in overtime Monday to barge into the 2019 PBA D-League semifinals at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City. Mar.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Cignal, Valencia in semis

Cignal-Ateneo and City of Valencia-San Sebastian arranged a semifinal showdown after posting contrasting wins in the PBA D-League quarterfinals at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Cignal-Ateneo blows by Chadao-FEU to barge into PBA D-League semis

Cignal-Ateneo overcame a sluggish first half to beat Chadao-FEU, 67-60, to punch the first semifinal ticket in the 2019 PBA D-League Monday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. The Blue Eagles wiped out an 11-point second quarter deficit by coming alive the in the third before Jolo Mendoza, Thirdy Ravena, and Ange Kouame applied the finishing touches. "Our mentality was to take it possession by possession," said Cignal-Ateneo lead assistant coach Sandy Arespacochaga of their fightback. Ivorian Kouame paced the Blue Eagles with 14 points and 14 rebounds with two steals and a game-high three blocks, as Ravena supplied 10 points, six rebounds, three assists, and a steal. Kouame and Ravena were also in the forefront of Cignal-Ateneo's 21-7 blitz abridging the second and third quarters, which melted the 11-point deficit and became a 39-38 lead for the Blue Eagles. Chadao-FEU played catch-up from there and managed to get within a point with 4:32 left, but Mendoza led a 7-0 run that gave Cignal-Ateneo a 64-56 lead which was enough to seal the win. Cignal-Ateneo will now await the winner between Che'Lu Bar and Grill and Valencia City-San Sebastian for their opponent in the semis. Cade Flores led Chadao-FEU with 14 points and seven rebounds. Joseph Nunag was the only other Tamaraw who finished in double figures with 10 markers, alongside three rebounds. BOX SCORES CIGNAL-ATENEO 67 -- Kouame 14, Ravena 10, Go 8, Ma. Nieto 6, Navarro 5, Andrade 5, Mendoza 5, Tio 4, Belangel 4, Mamuyac 2, Mi. Nieto 2, Daves 2. CHADAO-FEU 60 -- Flores 14, Nunag 10, Comboy 9, Bienes 8, Stockton 7, Tuffin 6, Tchuente 4, Mantua 0, Gonzales 0, Cani 0, Casino 0. QUARTER SCORES: 11-17, 32-36, 48-46, 67-60......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2019

Cignal, Valencia eye semis

Cignal-Ateneo and City of Valencia-San Sebastian aim to secure berths in the semifinals against separate rivals in the start of the PBA D-League quarterfinals at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsMay 26th, 2019

D-League: Baste outlasts rival San Beda in 2OT thriller

    MANILA, Philippines – Valencia City-San Sebastian outworked Metropac-San Beda in a 96-92 double-overtime comeback win in the 2019 PBA D-League at JCSGO Cubao on Tuesday, May 7. Star Stags Allyn Bulanadi and RK Ilagan carried a hefty load yet again, leading San Sebastian with 32 and 31 points, respectively. However, it was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 7th, 2019

Techwerk is champ

Powerhoue Techwerk reigned supreme in the recent Atlanta Pipes Basketball Championship organized by the Brotherhood Basketball League at Trinity Gym in Quezon City......»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Man City routs West Ham 5-0 to reach FA Cup 4th round

LONDON (AP) — Manchester City swept aside West Ham 5-0 to reach the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday, bringing an upbeat end to a testing week for coach Pep Guardiola. Midfielder Yaya Toure's penalty, Norwegian defender Havard Nordtveit's own goal and a strike from midfielder David Silva made it 3-0 by halftime. Top scorer Sergio Aguero and defender John Stones added goals after the break to give Guardiola the easiest of introductions to world soccer's oldest knockout competition. As well as a handsome win, it was welcome relief for Guardiola — the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach, who is still adapting to his first season in England. He has been facing criticism following some erratic recent performances in the Premier League. City scraped past a gritty Burnley side 2-1 at home on Monday, following on from a 1-0 defeat away to title rival Liverpool — City's fourth league defeat of the campaign. This rout vindicated Guardiola's decision to field a strong line-up, and he clearly showed he is taking the competition seriously by recalling two of his best players in Silva and Aguero. West Ham, by contrast, left star player Dimitri Payet on the bench and immediately found itself under pressure against a City side which is fourth in the Premier League, seven points behind leader Chelsea after 20 games. Silva's early cut-back found Pablo Zabaleta, whose goalbound shot was blocked by Winston Reid, before Gael Clichy set up Silva only for his effort to be kept out by goalkeeper Adrian at the near post. Raheem Sterling was then denied by a superbly timed Reid tackle and from the resulting corner Adrian tipped Aguero's volley over. The pressure was always going to tell, though, and in the 32nd minute Zabaleta tumbled to the floor under Angelo Ogbonna's challenge. There was only minimal contact but referee Michael Oliver quickly pointed to the spot and Toure converted the penalty. West Ham then collapsed at the Olympic Stadium. City doubled its lead in the 41st minute, as Sterling arrived at the far post and forced an own goal from Nordtveit trying to clear Bacary Sagna's cross. It was all too easy for City as two minutes later Sterling took his turn to race down West Ham's weak left flank. The winger laid the ball across goal to Silva, who from six yards (meters) out had time to take a touch and steady himself before slotting in. Five minutes into the second half, Toure rifled a shot through a crowded area and Aguero diverted the ball into the net. A chastening evening for West Ham got even worse in the final 10 minutes when Stones headed in Nolito's corner. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 7th, 2017

Liverpool's pursuit of Chelsea frustrated; Man City and United win

ROB HARRIS, AP Global Soccer Writer br /> LONDON (AP) — Liverpool's pursuit of English Premier League leader Chelsea stalled on Monday as Juergen Klopp's four-match winning run ended at Sunderland. Liverpool's 2-2 draw against a relegation-threatened Sunderland side gives Chelsea the platform to open up an eight-point lead by beating Tottenham on Wednesday. Twice Liverpool led in northeast England — through Daniel Sturridge and Sadio Mane — but on both occasions Jermain Defoe scored penalties to draw Sunderland level. Mane's hand-ball was responsible for conceding the second spotkick. 'I must be honest, it doesn't feel good and it's not because of the point, it's because two penalties in a game,' Klopp said. 'Usually what you have to do to get a penalty, to get two, that was harsh, very hard to accept. 'But obviously I have to accept it, so I will do it.' ___ MAN CITY 2, BURNLEY 1 A victory for City but Pep Guardiola was still tetchy after the game, even suggesting he might not have long left in management. Halfway through his first season at City, the 45-year-old former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach said: 'It might be one of my last teams.' English football is proving far tougher for Guardiola than Spanish or German. After losing at Liverpool on Saturday, City started badly against Burnley when captain Fernandinho was sent off in the 32nd minute for a two-footed lunge on Johann Gudmundsson. City held off Burnley with 10 men and seized the lead in the second half through Gael Clichy. Sergio Aguero came off the bench to score a second, ensuring Ben Mee's goal for Burnley would only be a consolation. City regained third place ahead of Arsenal, which is at Bournemouth on Tuesday, and Tottenham. ___ WEST HAM 0, MAN UNITED 2 United reeled off a sixth successive league victory in a match that turned on Sofiane Feghouli being harshly sent off for a late challenge on Phil Jones in the 15th minute. Even with a man advantage, United took until the 63rd to score when substitutes Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata combined. Mata turned Rashford's pullback past goalkeeper Darren Randolph before Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored his 17th goal in his first season with United. ___ EVERTON 3, SOUTHAMPTON 0 Everton scored three times in the last 17 minutes to ensure manager Ronald Koeman emerged victorious against the club he left in the offseason. Enner Valencia was the game-changer, coming off the bench to score the opener in the 73rd minute and then winning the penalty that Leighton Baines converted. Romelu Lukaku contributed the third as 10th-place Southampton lost a third match inside a week. Everton is seventh. ___ WEST BROM 3, HULL 1 Hull is now without a win in nine games and three points from safety after throwing away the lead at West Bromwich Albion. Robert Snodgrass' opener was canceled out by Chris Brunt before Gareth McAuley and James Morrison put the hosts in front. ___ MIDDLESBROUGH 0, LEICESTER 0 With Islam Slimani and Danny Drinkwater out injured and Jamie Vardy suspended, Leicester was satisfied with a point and a second successive clean sheet. It's all about avoiding a relegation dogfight for struggling champion Leicester, which is six points from danger. 'Middlesbrough pushed a lot but we were so solid and I am pleased with the spirit we showed,' Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri said. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 3rd, 2017