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W. Visayas athletes lead rhythmic gymnastics tourney

Gymnasts from Western Visayas showed grace and rhythm as they dominated the 2nd JGM-MK Rhythmic Gymnastics Invitational Championship held in Bacolod City on Oct. 10, 2018. Athea Descutido and Ella James of the MK Gymnastics in Bacolod City led the team after winning the seniors’ division. Marianne Alegado of Ritmik la Sugbo of Cebu finished […] The post W. Visayas athletes lead rhythmic gymnastics tourney appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource: thedailyguardian thedailyguardianOct 11th, 2018

Get your child into sports this 2019!

MILO Philippines is getting ready to kick off the break with the launch of the 2019 MILO Summer Sports Clinics, held Thursday, February 7th at the MILO Stadium in KidZania, BGC.  The yearly program, which is on its 36th installment, continues to encourage children to participate in various sporting activities throughout the summer vacation.  With the campaign's thrust of "Get Your Child into Sports", the Sports Clinics aim to strengthen and highlight the importance of sports in the holistic development of today's youth.  "Getting children involved in sports would be a more enjoyable and productive way to healthy living," said MILO Philippines Business Unit Manager Willy De Ocampo. "We believe that physical and social development lay the foundation for a child's growth, which is why our MILO Summer Sports Clinics teachers children the fundamentals of various sports in a unique and scientific way and helps them develop character-forming values."  In 2019, MILO makes the Summer Sports Clinics more available to a wider scope of young aspiring athletes, as they continue to expand in the Visayas and Mindanao regions.  Beginning late March, the clinics will commence in over 700 venues which will be accessible to more than 30,000 children nationwide.  This year will also mark the addition of new sports such as Arnis, Ultimate Frisbee, and Wushu, strengthening the already wide offering of sports, which includes Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Chess, Fencing, Football, Futsal, Karatedo, Taekwondo, Swimming, and many others. Aiding in the development and progress of the participatign children are experienced mentors coaches, and instructors who have proven their abilities on the international stage and have excelled in the highest level such as the Southeast Asian Games and the Olympics.  Among those notable figures who have gone through the MILO Summer Clinics are PBA star and BEST Center Graduate Chris Tiu, SEA Games medalist and Taekwondo clinic graduate Japoy Lizardo, and SEAG Games gold medalist Kaitlyn De Guzman, who is an alumni of the Gymnastics clinic.  "We look forward to nurture more children to be champions, not just as athletes, but also as individuals," expressed MILO Sports Executive Luigi Pumaren. "We encourage parents to introduce their kids to a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle and make their summer worthwhile with the MILO Summer Sports Clinics."   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 7th, 2019

Ateneo imposes will on UV to be crowned kings of PCCL

Blue Eagle, the king, in all of the Philippines. At least, that’s what Ateneo de Manila University can now claim after outclassing University of the Visayas, 95-71, on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in the Finals of the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. The UAAP champions still didn’t have their full-force lineup, but, as they have been trained to do in head coach Tab Baldwin’s system, each and every active player did their part in securing the convincing victory. Isaac Go had 15 points to lead four other teammates in double-digits. Brilliant throughout their championship campaign, he was also recognized as the tournament’s MVP. Thirdy Ravena then contributed 12 points, four assists, and three rebounds while youngsters BJ Andrade, RV Berjay, and SJ Belangel chipped in 13, 12, and 10 markers, respectively. The Green Lancers didn’t stop battling until the final buzzer, but just didn’t have enough firepower to go toe-to-toe with Ateneo which built up a lead of as much as 33. That was no more evident than in the disparity of bench points which the blue and white dominated, 38-8. The 24-point rout punctuates what has been a in impressive week for the Blue Eagles in the nationwide tourney. Dropping the first game in the best-of-three semifinals series against San Beda University, they won back-to-back to move on to the Finals. There, Ateneo left no doubt that it rules collegiate basketball. This is their first title in the PCCL in nine years and their fourth overall. Rey Suerte showed the way for UV with 26 points, six rebounds, three steals, and two assists. BOX SCORES ATENEO 95 – Go 15, Andrade 13, Ravena 12, Berjay 12, Belangel 10, Wong 9, Kouame 8, Mamuyac 7, Tio 3, Credo 2,  Ma. Nieto 2, Mi. Nieto 2. UV 71 – Suerte 26, Sackor 16, Segumpan 14, Delator 5, Gahi 5, Maestre 2, Butohan 2, Cabahug 1, Claridad 0, Saga 0, Amistoso 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-8, 52-34, 75-45, 95-71. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Cuyom shatters own PH record

Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom surpassed her recent national junior record in secondary girls’ 100-meter hurdles even as cancer survivor Daniela Dela Pisa of Central Visayas scooped four gold medals in the secondary girls’ rhythmic gymnastics in the 2018 Palarong Pambansa. Cuyom shatters own PH record by Kristel Satumbaga ILOCOS SUR — Calabarzon bet Eliza Cuyom… link: Cuyom shatters own PH record.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Ifugao province pins Palarong Pambansa 2018 hopes on rhythmic gymnast

  MANILA, Philippines – Fifteen-year-old Trisha Nicole Canayan Nayao, a Grade 9 student of Don Bosco High School in Poblacion South, Lagawe, Ifugao, dominated the rhythmic gymnastics event of the Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association (CARAA) 2018 Meet held in Abra last February. Trisha will be among the athletes to watch in ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 11th, 2018

PSC representatives, Cebu officials meet for PNG 2018

Representatives from the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and officials from the Cebu Provincial and City committees met Tuesday to further discuss preparations for the smoothening of the Philippine National Games (PNG), which will be held in the province next month.  The Games, which is widely considered as the Olympic Games of the country, is slated from May 19 to 25 and will feature various athletes aged 16 years old and above. During the coordination meeting, PSC Visayas Executive Director Bobbie Kintanar welcomed everyone for the event and assured that everything will be successful through collective cooperation. "We are positive that the staging of the PNG will be successful," Kintanar said. PSC secretariat chief Annie Ruiz also bared that there will be 21 events in the tournament, including the national sport, Arnis. Sporting events will take place in 12 playing venues around Cebu City, Cebu Province, Naga City, Municipality of Tabuelan, Danao City, Lapu-Lapu City and Mandaue City. There will also be 19 billeting areas to house the athletes for the tourney. Ruiz added that the Commission will be providing weekly updates on their website heading to the event. PSC Visayas Regional Coordinator Nonnie Lopez meanwhile mentioned that three delegates, representing the three major island groups in the country, namely Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, will be taken from their respective local government units. The Queen City of the South last hosted the PNG in December 1997......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 3rd, 2018

Vigan City all set for Palarong Pambansa in April

Vigan City is ready to roll out the red carpet for the more than 15,000 delegates from the country’s 17 regions expected to converge in the Ilocos Sur capital for this year’s hosting of the Palarong Pambansa next month. Department of Education Undersecretary Tonisito Umali made the pronouncement on behalf of the provincial government after personally inspecting the different venues where the various sports events for the April 15-21 meet will be held. “Vigan is definitely ready. The province hosted a regional qualifier of the Batang Pinoy last year and that shows its readiness to stage such big multi-sports event such as the Palaro,” said Umali during the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) Forum at the Tapa King Restaurant at Farmers Market in Cubao on Tuesday. “We had our final technical conference meeting a couple of weeks ago para tingnan sa huling pagkakataon yung preparation ng lalawigan. And no doubt, the facilities are of international standards. Handang-handa na sila,” said the Deped official. “Overall, I would say Vigan, Ilocos Sur is definitely ready.” Umali said DepEd expects the official athlete-delegates to be at around 12,000 competing in 21 regular sports events featured in the secondary level and 15 in the elementary side of the event for student-athletes 18-year-old-and-below. Perennial champion National Capital Region is again favored to win the overall title this year, although Umali noted the emerging rivalry between Calabarzon/Southern Tagalog and Western Visayas regions, which engaged in a close-battle for runner-up finish in the 2017 edition of the annual event held in Antique. In addition, Negros Island Region, which placed fourth last year, has now been made part of Regions 6 (Negros Occidental - Western Visayas) and 7 (Negros Oriental - Central Visayas). “So we’ll have to see ano ang effect pag ibinalik ulit as Regions 6 and 7 yung Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental,” added Umali in the session presented by San Miguel Corp., Tapa King, and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. DepEd will continue to hold the demo sports of pencak silat, aero gymnastics, and dance sports, the same thing with the special Para events in aquatics, track and field, bocce, and goal ball. Being summer season, Umali said the Palaro will observe the same practice of not holding games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “All games to be held during that time are indoor events,” said the government official. There will also be water dispensers stationed at the different sports venues for both athletes and officials, medical ambulances, doctors, and nurses are also on standby in both the playing court and billeting quarters, as well as police personnel. Umali also said the host province will be providing transportation unit for those coming from the Visayas and Mindanao regions which will carry them all the way to Vigan. “This is the first time the host LGU will shoulder transportation means or cost by providing buses to our athletes from Mindanao and the Visayas coming from a drop-off point lang. And lahat sila dadalhin sa Vigan, Ilocos Sur ng libre,” he said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 20th, 2018

(2nd Lead) Palarong Pambansa: Host Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao Athletes Shine

(2nd Lead) Palarong Pambansa: Host Western Visayas, Northern Mindanao Athletes Shine.....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsApr 25th, 2017

2019 WVRAA Meet: Capiz, Iloilo post big wins in basketball, volleyball

STUDENT-athletes from Capiz welcomed its competitors from other provinces with an emphatic performance in the first day of the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet at the Villareal Stadium, Feb. 18. The host province pulled off impressive victories in various ball games. Hercor College Junior Jaguars routed Guimaras in secondary boys’ basketball, 77-41. […] The post 2019 WVRAA Meet: Capiz, Iloilo post big wins in basketball, volleyball appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated News15 hr. 41 min. ago

6,000 athletes compete in 2019 WVRAA Meet in Capiz

By: Elyrose S. Naorbe and Felipe Celino AROUND 6,000 student-athletes and coaching staff from the region will compete in the 2019 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) Meet which starts today at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City, Capiz. The opening ceremonies of the week long sporting events kicked off Sunday with the presence of contingents […] The post 6,000 athletes compete in 2019 WVRAA Meet in Capiz appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Jordan s weight reaches farther than court in NC

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CHARLOTTE -- Unlike Mark Cuban and James Dolan, the host of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game was voted in 14 times to participate and played in 13. Quite different from Micky Arison and Glen Taylor, the team owner whose arena and city will be the center of All-Star 2019 averaged 20.2 points in those 13 All-Star appearances, was named MVP three times and posted the first triple-double in the game’s history (1997). And not at all like Steve Ballmer and Joe Lacob, the guy most often credited with making Charlotte All-Star worthy this weekend ignited the annual Slam Dunk Contest with his takeoff from the foul line in 1988. He also regularly irritated former NBA commissioner David Stern into a series of fines for golfing when he should have been sitting through mandatory Friday media sessions. With a level of celebrity as arguably the game’s greatest player ever, morphed now into an off-radar role as owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan remains as famous, as popular and as successful as any or all the active All-Star participants who’ll cavort at the Spectrum Center in the city’s Uptown business district. Ain’t no other NBA owner who can say that. “You think about all these wealthy, successful owners in our league,” said Hornets president Fred Whitfield, “no one knew who any of them were, really, until they bought their team. Everybody in the world knew who Michael Jordan was before he bought his team.” Jordan’s place in the All-Star galaxy in the coming days is reflective of his unique position among those who oversee the NBA’s 29 other franchises. His impact on the team, on its fans, on their city and on the state in returning to his native North Carolina -- he grew up in coastal Wilmington before attending college in Chapel Hill -- to anchor and lend stability to the Hornets will be on full display, even if he’s hard to spot this weekend. It’s all a reminder, too, of the old movie line from a remarkably blessed character, wondering “What do you do when your real life exceeds your dreams?” Most don’t dare to imagine playing in an All-Star Game, never mind hosting one as the owner of the local team. “No,” Jordan told some Charlotte reporters Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time), coming forward for one of his few appearances of the week. “As a kid growing up here in North Carolina, the first thing [was] playing basketball. And then things evolved from there -- from the University of North Carolina to Chicago. Obviously you know the history from that. “[The] opportunity to represent North Carolina in an All-Star Game from a different seat is truly amazing. It tells the path that I have taken. It gives me great pleasure to give that back to the community. It’s been a long-traveled road.” The celebration of the league’s brightest stars, and the ubiquitous banners and signage devoted to it will make it even harder than usual to visibly spot signs of Jordan’s ownership of the Hornets. For a typical regular season game, you might spy a flag emblazoned with his well-known “Jumpman” logo. Occasionally he’ll watch part of the game, rarely all, from seats at the end of his team’s bench, though he’s as likely to retreat to his suite atop the arena’s lower bowl. An in-game, timeout scoreboard video meant to stoke the crowd includes shots of GM Mitch Kupchak (“Architect of Champions”) and coach James Borrego (“Elite Pedigree”) but ends right about the time you expect some dramatic silhouette of His Airness to appear. It’s as if Jordan is as protective of his brand in running the Hornets as he is in maintaining its exclusivity in the marketplace. Doesn’t matter, though. His fingerprints are all over the franchise, as a basketball team, as a business enterprise and as a member of the community. On court, Jordan trusts his team Jordan’s greatest notoriety as an owner in a basketball setting may have come in December, when he was courtside for a tense game against Detroit. Guard Jeremy Lamb drained a 22-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds left, sending reserves Malik Monk and Bismack Biyombo onto the floor in celebration of what would be a 108-107 home victory. Trouble was, that sliver of time on the clock. Too many men. The Hornets were whistled for a one-shot technical foul and Jordan impulsively smacked Monk lightly, twice, on the back of the head. Any other owner does that, the player’s agent might file a grievance with the players union. Jordan does it and, thanks to his in-the-trenches, in-the-fraternity credibility, it comes across as a goof. “A tap of endearment,” Jordan called it later in a statement. “It was like a big brother and little brother tap. No negative intent. Only love!" Said Monk: “Big, big, big brother. But it was nothing. He was just playing.” The arc of Jordan’s career and his reputation as a stone-cold competitor make it OK if he wants to vent -- or swipe -- when things don’t go the Hornets’ way. Doesn’t matter that Jordan, who will turn 56 on All-Star Sunday, is old enough to be any of his players' dad. He still carries himself like an athlete, and their frame of reference remains, “That’s Mike.” “I’ve seen kids come up through camps,” said Buzz Peterson, Charlotte’s assistant general manager under Kupchak. “You could say Julius Erving, you could say Larry Johnson, Karl Malone, whatever, and the kids’ eyes are like, ‘Who?’ But you say Michael Jordan, they’re gonna know. That’s the separation there.” Peterson is among Jordan’s closest friends -- he beat him out as North Carolina’s prep player of the year in 1981, won an NCAA title with him as a Tar Heels teammate and is described by those who know both as someone who can disagree with the boss while staying comfortably in the inner circle. For Borrego, Charlotte’s first-year coach, interviewing to run Jordan’s team could have been intimidating. “We’re all human beings -- there’s a presence that comes with ‘Michael Jordan’ when he’s around,” Borrego told NBA.com in January. “But it’s healthy. He comes with a competitive spirit that you feel. “Michael was straight with me from Day 1. When I interviewed, he said, ‘I’m going to give you space to do your job. Whatever you need, you come to me. I’ll give you the resources you need.’ He has not tried to interfere one time. I feel his full support. … We’re starting to speak each other’s language, which is pretty healthy for us now.” Jordan keeps the coach apprised of his interactions with players, Borrego said. Other coaches should have such a resource at the ready. Hornets guard and 2019 All-Star starter Kemba Walker probably has benefited most from Jordan’s counsel. They text frequently, a pinch-me arrangement to this day for Walker. “I grew up wearing Jordans, grew up wanting to be like Jordan,” Walker said recently. “So for me to get this opportunity to be on his team means the world to me. He’s the one who believed in me -- I had no idea where I was going to go on draft night and he traded up for me. I’ve always heard the story, he was the one who actually drafted me. So it’s unbelievable. “He’s such a good dude. He understands what it is to be good. His delivery is always good. Only in a positive way, honestly.” Said rookie wing Miles Bridges: “You think there’ll be a lot of pressure having MJ as an owner. I’d seen how he got on his teammates when he played. So I was nervous, thinking if I had a bad game, he’d go at me like, ‘What’re you doing?’ But after meeting him and bonding with him, I feel like he’s the coolest owner out there. I don’t feel any pressure, I feel like he wants the best for us.” Big man Frank Kaminsky typically sits at the end of the bench, which puts him cheek to cheek with Jordan when he’s courtside. “He’s talking about what he’s seeing out on the court. Talking to the refs,” Kaminsky said. “Things other players don’t necessarily see. He still thinks the game. “You see things on the court that he sees. One game, the roll, pocket-pass, skip to the corner was open. He was saying that. We made an adjustment in a timeout, but he saw it a couple plays before that. At the end of that game, we had a big play that was a roll, pocket-pass, into the corner that put the game away. It worked the way he’d seen it.” The Hornets’ struggles during Jordan’s tenure as owner wouldn’t suggest it -- the last time this organization won a playoff series (2002), Jordan still was a player -- but there is a prestige to playing for his team. It’s not unlike being welcomed onto the list of elite athletes who endorse Jordan Brand. “I’m one of the lucky ones who’s in both,” Kaminsky said. “You’re talking about the most iconic player in sports history -- I might be biased because I grew up in Chicago -- but when you have his approval, it means a lot. You have it in the back of your mind that he wants you here.” Head smack or no head smack. Jordan grows as owner, businessman Basketball is a zero-sum game and the NBA is full of stars, even if none shines quite as brightly as Jordan. But business has room for negotiation and compromise, and deals get struck daily that leave both sides happy. There, Jordan has been beyond clutch. Funnel down everything he’s accomplished -- six NBA championships, the league’s highest career scoring average (30.1), five MVP awards, six Finals MVP, 10 scoring titles, nine All-Defensive team nods -- and it invariably ends with clammy hands. The “wow” factor is real and the Hornets are extremely careful about leveraging it. “It gives our organization a certain cachet,” said Whitfield, another longtime friend who goes back more than 35 years with Jordan. “For him to be majority owner, for him to do it in his home state as a local hometown hero, and to be able to come back and not just lead the team and the rebranding from the Bobcats to the Hornets, but his commitment to the community in giving back, it’s something that’s so special.” That’s a lot to unpack. When Jordan initially signed on with the Hornets, he did so as head of its basketball operations in 2006, purchasing a small minority stake in the team. The team was bad, the business was worse and trending down. “Back in ’08-09, the economy was in the tank and I was mandated to ‘displace’ 42 of our executives here on the business side,” Whitfield said. “When Michael bought the team, we were losing $30 million a year.’ Brought back into the league in 2004 two years after the original Hornets (1988-2002) were moved to New Orleans by reviled owner George Shinn, the Charlotte expansion team was owned -- and nicknamed -- by Bob Johnson, a co-founder of the BET television network. The Bobcats excelled only at losing and were 122 games under .500 in their first five seasons. The front office was understaffed, Spectrum Center (then known as Time Warner Cable Arena) needed renovations almost from its inception and there was a real sense that, if a buyer with deep pockets and a commitment to the area weren’t found, the franchise could be moved. In March 2010, Jordan ponied up the cash to become majority owner. But it says something that the deal stands as one of the few, if ever, instances of an NBA franchise being sold at a discount. Johnson paid $300 million for the team; Jordan purchased it for $275 million. Forbes.com recently had Charlotte worth $1.25 billion -- which ranks 28th. And Jordan reportedly has one of the biggest stakes of all NBA owners, with his share estimated at upwards of 90 percent, possibly as high as 98 percent. That’s a lot of success in nine years, despite the basketball team’s mostly middling performance. “With MJ being with the team, you got instant credibility in the marketplace,” said Pete Guelli, the chief operating officer who started on the job about 10 months before Jordan took ownership. “There had been a lot of uncertainty previously, but with his brand and his resources and his commitment, that just dissipated immediately. It was much, much easier to walk in the door and tell people about our vision for this franchise.” Rebranding the team as “Hornets” gave the franchise an existential boost -- it suddenly had a history again, complete with records, archives and true alumni. The arena got a makeover and, per Guelli, is credited for events there that generate an alleged $1 billion in revenues for local businesses. “Fortunately, we’ve been profitable pretty much since [Jordan took over],” Whitfield said. “That’s huge, especially since we haven’t gotten where we want to be on the basketball side.” Closing a new kind of game now It’s hard to overstate Jordan’s added value, not so much as some corporate or financial whiz but as a presence who brought instant motivation and energy to the staff. He imported executives with whom he had developed relationships at Nike or in other ventures and, after taking early criticism for an uncertain level of involvement, has been more diligent in recent years. “I love seeing him sitting at the end of the bench encouraging his players when he attends a game” said Charles F. Bowman, Bank of America’s market president for Charlotte and North Carolina. “And as a business person what impresses me is that he has empowered his management team to focus not only on the court but also on building bridges with the community. “He had a vision for where he was taking the team and a clear plan to get there. He has hired good people, gives them latitude to make decisions and he expects them to perform. Michael is unique -- the best player ever who is determined to keep getting better year over year as an owner.” The NBA has gotten a taste of Jordan’s growth and transition at some pivotal times. This is the legendary voice of the players who, during rancorous negotiations in the 1998 lockout, countered Washington owner Abe Pollin’s gripes about losing money by telling Pollin to sell his team. By the lockout of 2011, Jordan had moved to the other side of the table. But several members of the National Basketball Players Association’s executive committee saw him not as an opponent or turncoat but as a role model: someone who had transformed himself from employee to employer at the game’s highest level. “The players understood, he had been in their shoes,” Whitfield said. “He’s not forgetting what it meant to be a player. He was in the process of learning what it meant to be an owner.” When the current collective bargaining agreement was negotiated with commissioner Adam Silver and union director Michele Roberts leading the talks, Jordan was an active, powerful voice. He is an influential member of the NBA’s labor relations and competition committees. One Charlotte insider spoke to Jordan’s clout with his fellow owners in getting this weekend’s showcase -- jeopardized by a political squabble in 2017 -- back onto the league’s short list. “There’s no All-Star Game here in Charlotte if it’s not for MJ,” the person said. Last summer in Las Vegas, Silver lauded Jordan for his ability to straddle the basketball and business worlds. “He brings unique credibility to the table when we're having discussions [with the players],” he said, “and even just among the owners, he's able to represent a player point of view… Michael can say, 'Well, look, this is how I looked at it when I was a player, and these are the kind of issues we need to address if we're going to convince players that something is in everyone's interest.’ ” Jordan’s powers of persuasion apparently have been even more impressive in Charlotte and North Carolina. The executives are careful about relying on him too often -- Jordan’s most precious commodity, now that his net worth is estimated to be upwards of $1.7 billion -- is his time. But when they need Mariano Rivera to walk in from the bullpen, he is lights out. “We’ve had corporate sponsors at a golf outing, and he’s been there, maybe stayed at one hole to tell off with everybody,” Whitfield said. Or they’ll invite certain corporate sponsors to one of a few games each season in which “Club 23” is up and running at the Spectrum Center, a private club built for such purposes. They get a chance to visit, talk with and pick Jordan’s brain on the Hornets and much more. “We’ve closed all those deals,” Whitfield said. Then there was the time a local CEO wanted to finalize a sizeable sponsorship deal with the team, and had his No. 2 invite Jordan over to their headquarters for the meetings. Whitfield told the tale: “This guy says, 'You have to come to our office. Our CEO is the man in our business.' But we’re like, 'Nah, typically, CEOs come and meet in Michael’s office or in ‘Club 23’ over here.' He said no, that wasn’t going to work for them. “So Pete Guelli said, 'Let’s make a deal: We’ll take your CEO and drop him off in Beijing. And we’ll drop off Michael in Beijing. Then we’ll see who more people gravitate to. Whoever gets the least people, he has to come to the other guy’s office.'” Point made. Point taken. Said Whitfield: “The guy says, ‘You know what, I got it. We’ll be over 10 o’clock Friday morning.’” A community he calls home The Michael Jordan who once seemed determined to float above cultural and political frays as the most prudent way to serve commerce has not held back in recent years from making his presence felt. He has been more philanthropist than activist and, let’s face it, in times of the most dire need, cash beats talk every time. Charity and investing in the community can be good for business, sure. Making that a priority after Guelli’s arrival and Jordan’s purchase helped the Hornets build bridges with fans and merchants that Shinn and the original franchise’s departure had torched. More than that, though, giving back for Jordan and his team at this point in his life was the right thing to do. And do, and do, and do. The list of charitable and civic efforts Jordan and the Hornets have undertaken is long, with few outside the region or state aware of most of it. Among the highlights: - Donating $2 million to relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence, particularly meaningful because of the damage it did in Jordan’s hometown of Wilmington. - Dedicated $7 million in partnership with Novant Health to fund two Michael Jordan Family Clinics, set to open in Charlotte in 2020. - Serving as Make-A-Wish’s Chief Wish Ambassador since 2008, while donating more than $5 million to the organization. His relationship with Make-A-Wish began more than 30 years ago. - Contributing $5 million as a founding donor of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. - Addressing the issue of police shootings and community policing in 2016 by donating $1 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. After the hurricane in September devastated so many homes and businesses in and near Jordan’s roots, he wanted to do more than to stroke a fat check. In a meeting covered by The Associated Press, he met with Stephanie Parker and her family, including four young children, after they lost their apartment in two feet of flooding. A call from the director of the Cape Fear chapter of the Red Cross brought them together. The meeting took place at a Lowe’s home improvement store. “I look around the corner, and it’s Michael Jordan. ‘Oh my God!’" Parker said. “I look at my kids, ‘It’s Michael Jordan!’ I’m not going to lie, some tears came in my eyes, because the first thing that went through my mind was when I was younger, his last game when he was on the Chicago Bulls team, and that flashback just came right in my mind.” Afterward, Jordan was coaxed by the Charlotte Observer to talk about why that disaster resonated so deeply for him. “You gotta take care of home,” he said. “Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to … You don’t want to see any of that anywhere, but when it’s home, that’s tough to swallow.” There’s basketball, there’s business and then there’s real life, which sometimes intrudes in the most desperate ways. “We didn’t know how many people in our community were hungry,” Whitfield said. “There are people in dire need, and it’s special to have that hometown hero have in his heart that ‘This is where I can help.’ “It gives not only him as a person but our organization a platform to really speak out. That commitment is what has made him a special owner, and why he’s even more beloved in our community.” Winning title No. 7 drives Jordan now To date, Jordan’s greatest achievements have come elsewhere, at least since his baseline shot as a freshman propelled North Carolina to the 1982 NCAA championship. Those Bulls championships, the “Dream Team” magnificence, his partnership with that sneaker company in Beaverton, Ore., his Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame induction, shooting “Space Jam,” all of it -- his legacy has been crafted with others, for others, mostly far from home. (For the record, Jordan, his wife Yvette and their two daughters own a mansion outside Charlotte and an estate in south Florida). “Look, this has always been home for him,” Whitfield said. “Even though he was drafted by Chicago, WGN became a very popular station. And he just continued to elevate, so people in this state were proud to say, even though he’s a Bull, we love him. When the Bulls would come here and play at the old Coliseum, these fans who were avid Hornets fans were all pulling for Michael Jordan. “He’d score, they’d cheer loudly. The Hornets would score, they’d cheer loudly. North Carolina always felt like he was their native son who went off and achieved greatness.” Coming back first to head the franchise’s basketball operations and then as owner, Jordan’s role -- in light of the modest results on the court -- has been custodial. Yes, the club’s improved financial stability is important. But for this driven winner and NBA owner unlike all others, custodial isn’t going to cut it for long. “He did an interview with Cigar Aficionado magazine a while back,” Peterson said, “and the question was asked, ‘What would you like to do?’ And he said, ‘Win a seventh championship. Win as an owner.’ So for me, every day, I’m thinking, here’s a close friend and you want to make your friends happy, right? So each day I think, do the best you can to reach this goal for him.” Said Hornets wing Nicolas Batum: “I understand. He wants to win. He wants to compete since he was born.” It hasn’t been for lack of trying, although Jordan has made sure to keep fiscal responsibility high on every agenda. The team’s payroll for 2018-19 is approximately $122.3 million, which ranks near the middle of the NBA pack. “That Michael Jordan is one cheap dude,” said an impassioned cab driver on a recent airport run. “He’s only going to spend so much and the players they get shows it.” The Hornets never have spent into the league’s luxury-tax, and if Walker is retained when he hits free agency this summer, he’ll likely become the first Charlotte player to sign a full maximum-salary contract (though the five-year, $120 million deal Batum landed in 2016 came awfully close). Injuries and dubious moves have taken a toll, a situation that Kupchak, Borrego and their staffs have been tasked with fixing. Jordan, by all accounts, is engaged yet patient, with a playoff berth and potentially a record above .500 within reach. “I’m sure he feels like,” Whitfield said, “if he were still 30 years old and could lace ‘em up and get out there, he’d help us get over the hump. I think he would cherish it as much or more than the first six. Because I think he realizes how hard it is to get it done. “But it doesn’t bother us if the fans see his frustration sitting next to our bench. It’s important to us that they see he’s not only invested, he’s vested in what our team is trying to do. They can relate to him because they’re feeling that same frustration.” Jordan is theirs again and that’s what matters. For basketball, for business, for community and in time, just maybe, in championship. Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Top athletes, para athletes to be feted in PSA Awards 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Two current world champions, a rising gymnast and the gold medal winners in the 2018 Asian Para Games lead the list of major awardees to be honored during the Philippine Sportswriters Association Annual Awards Night on February 26.  International Boxing Federation (IBF) super flyweight champion Jerwin Ancajas ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2019

Over 3k athletes converge at 2019 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City

TAGUM CITY---The journey to discover the future generation of Filipino sports heroes continues Sunday in the Mindanao qualifying leg of the 2019 Philippine Sports Commission-Batang Pinoy Games at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex. An integral part of the PSC's grassroots sports program, the BP Games have produced the likes of future Sports Hall of Famers Hidliyn Diaz (weightlifting) and Caloy Yulo (gymnastics) as well as famed boxers Rogen Ladon and Carlo Paalam. A total of 3,553 athletes from 90 local government unite in Mindanao have registered in 20 sports, all of them aspiring to carry the national colors in international tournaments someday. ``We're finally...Keep on reading: Over 3k athletes converge at 2019 Batang Pinoy in Tagum City.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

Jr. NBA PH expands program with road to the Jr. NBA Global Championship

MANILA, PHILIPPINES –  The National Basketball Association today announced the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska will return for the 12th consecutive year and expand to provide youth in the region the opportunity to represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 tipped off today in Manila with a train-the-trainers clinic for teachers and coaches.  The program, which aims to teach the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level, will once again include nationwide youth clinics, coaching workshops, and training camps. New this year, the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific regional competition will expand to include youth from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. As many as five boys and five girls from the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp will be selected to participate in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers, a week-long event in June that will feature top youth players from the region. The top performing 10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the Jr. NBA Global Championship. “As we expand the Jr. NBA Philippines program, we are excited to introduce new opportunities for players and coaches to gain an enriching experience playing with and learning from peers of diverse cultural backgrounds,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson. “Together with longtime partner Alaska, we are committed to growing the Jr. NBA Philippines into an inclusive program that fosters a safe and fun environment for boys and girls to compete, learn the fundamental skills and values of the game, and positively impact the next generation of Filipino athletes.” “Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska continues to be a great platform to reach kids at a young age and inspire them to learn the fundamentals of the game in a fun and engaging way,” said Alaska Basketball Powercamp Director Jeff Cariaso. “We look forward to leveraging the excitement of the NBA to inspire basketball participation and utilizing the Jr. NBA Philippines program to promote the importance of active play and proper nutrition among the Filipino youth.” Regional selection camps will be staged in Lucena (March 9-10), Baguio (March 23-24), Metro Manila (April 27-28), and a city in Visayas and Mindanao to select the top 40 boys and 40 girls that will advance to the National Training Camp in Metro Manila (May 17-19), which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend.  Online registration for Regional Selection Camps opens today at www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 will also include the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year program to provide training for 14 Jr. NBA coaches during the National Training Camp, culminating with the male and female Jr. NBA Coach of the Year attending the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Qualifiers.   Jr. NBA Philippines furthers Alaska Sports’ mission to provide proper nutrition to youth through its leading brands - Alaska Fortified Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink - and by encouraging an active and healthy lifestyle. During the 2018-19 season, the NBA and its teams plan to reach more than 51 million youth in 75 countries through league play, in-school programming, clinics, skills challenges, and other outreach events. The 2019 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona, and Vivo as Official Partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines. Participants can now register for the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, and follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit www.alaskamilk.com to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 2nd, 2019

The Ascott Limited PH hosts first golf tourney

IN celebration of its 2018 milestones, Singapore-based lodging company The Ascott Limited Philippines hosted its first Ascott Golf Tournament to welcome 2019 with two new Citadines properties in the Visayas…READ The post The Ascott Limited PH hosts first golf tourney appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 28th, 2019

Ateneo survives San Beda, advances to PCCL Finals

MANILA, Philippines---Ateneo hit timely baskets to fend off San Beda, 62-56, in the deciding Game 3 of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League semifinals Saturday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig. Thirdy Ravena drained the dagger triple for a 61-56 Blue Eagles cushion with 22.9 seconds left. Ateneo set up a knockout duel against University of Visayas for the PCCL title on January 28 at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Blue Eagles held a 51-37 lead at the end of the third quarter but failed to register a single field goal in nearly eight minutes. San Beda exploited this drought going on an 18-4 run to tie the game at 55 after Donald Tankoua's layup with 2:38 to pl...Keep on reading: Ateneo survives San Beda, advances to PCCL Finals.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

Ateneo slays San Beda to set up date with UV in PCCL Finals

Ateneo de Manila University’s quest to widen the scope of its rule continues. At full strength for the first time in the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League, the Blue Eagles tamed San Beda University, 62-56, on Saturday at the Ynares Arena in Pasig to book a ticket to the tournament Finals. Missing Game 2 due to class, UAAP Rookie of the Year Ange Kouame made up for lost time and was a game-long force in the win-or-go-home matchup with a total of 13 points, 18 rebounds, and eight blocks. He definitely wasn’t alone, however, as Thirdy Ravena was right there with him with 14 points and six rebounds. Adrian Wong and BJ Andrade also stepped up with 10 and eight markers, respectively. At halftime, the Red Lions seemed to be still in the game thanks to Evan Nelle’s buzzer-beating triple. Come the third, though, the kings of the UAAP went right to work once more and scored seven unanswered points for a 41-24 lead early in the quarter. Of course, San Beda kept coming and even tied the tally at 55-all inside the last three minutes only to see Kouame and Ravena connive for a 6-1 counter that put them up once more, 61-56. There were 22 ticks to go on the clock by then, but Evan and Ain Obenza muffed on their triple tries while Ravena made good on one of two free throws to seal the deal once and for all With that, Ateneo ultimately got the better of the NCAA champions even after losing Game 1 of the best-of-three series. They won Game 2 with just nine players in uniform before digging deep to come away with Game 3. The Blue Eagles now turn their attention to CESAFI titlist University of Visayas. The Finals tips off on Monday. James Canlas paced the Red Lions with 14 points and six rebounds while Cameroonian powerhouse Donald Tankoua posted his own 10-marker, 12-board double-double. Failing to finish off their opponents after a big-time win in Game 1, however, they bow out of contention. BOX SCORES ATENEO 62 – Ravena 14, Kouame 13, Wong 10, Andrade 8, Ma. Nieto 5, Berjay 3, Mamuyac 3, Navarro 2, Go 2, Mi. Nieto 1, Tio 1, Belangel 0. SAN BEDA 56 – Canlas 14, Tankoua 10, Nelle 9, Doliguez 7, Soberano 5, Etrata 4, Cuntapay 3, Oftana 2, Alfaro 2, Abuda 0, Bahio 0, Carino 0, Visser 0, Obenza 0. QUARTER SCORES: 10-7, 34-24, 53-42, 62-56. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 26th, 2019

FIBA WC: Jawo stresses teamwork for Gilas to advance

Former senator and Philippine national team mainstay Robert 'Sonny' Jaworski says that he would like to see Gilas Pilipinas achieve greater things through teamwork in the sixth window of the FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers this February. Sporting a 5-5 record, Gilas will have to work hard against Qatar and Kazakhstan, both road games that will ultimately decide whether the national team will advance into the next round of basketball's biggest international competition or not.  Jaworski, who was watching the Ginebra-San Miguel tussle at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum Sunday evening, stated the obvious by calling the next two games critical, but did impart a valuable lesson for coach Yeng Guiao's boys. "Sayang naman. So, we got to bring a lot of things together. And most importantly, yung maasahan ko yung kasama ko. Maaasahan ko yung kakampi ko, yun lang," the 72-year old shared. "The team spirit is very important. Learn as much as possible the good and the bad habits of each other, yun ang importante," he added. Now talking about the game, seeing his former team getting pummeled by the Beermen early on, Jaworski credited a familiar source of energy -- the sixth man -- as the one that helped the Gin Kings trim a 21-point lead to as low as five in the dying seconds of the game. "There were a lot of miscues. That's how the game rolls. Basta ang importante, the game got closer towards the end and I think the crowd made it that." When asked about coach Ginebra mentor Tim Cone's team struggles in the Philippine Cup, Jaworski magnified a key strategy in order to help the team get the wins in the league's most prestigious tourney. "Well, understand that the waterboy is important, so don't just rely on the import, you know? The waterboy is important and so are the other players. Get the pride going through. We cannot just rely on an import." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 20th, 2019

GUV HAS POWER TO RELEASE WRAA FUNDS: No need for SP nod for problematic fund transfer scheme

INSTEAD of pressuring the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and demoralizing Ilonggo athletes to suit his political purpose, Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. should try harder in looking for ways to release funds for the province’s participation in the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) games in February 2019. After getting stumped on the rehiring of contractual and […] The post GUV HAS POWER TO RELEASE WRAA FUNDS: No need for SP nod for problematic fund transfer scheme appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 18th, 2019

NO OTHER REMEDY? Guv mulls withdrawal from WVRAA games

By: Gail T. Momblan ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. will not risk releasing funds to athletes and coaches who will join the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) sans authority from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP). Defensor needs the SP’s nod to sign the memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the Department of Education (DepEd) before the P20.379-million assistance for […] The post NO OTHER REMEDY? Guv mulls withdrawal from WVRAA games appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

Eastern Visayas cops lead unity walk for peaceful polls

PNP in Eastern Visayas kicked of the election period Sunday with a unity walk, an interfaith rally and the signing of a peace cov­enant for a peaceful and orderly polls on May 13. Eastern Visayas cops lead unity walk for peaceful polls Source link: Eastern Visayas cops lead unity walk for peaceful polls.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 14th, 2019