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WATCH: Michael V. shares his sketching skills at ComicCon Asia 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Did you know that before he became a comedian, TV producer, and novelty song hit maker, Michael V......»»

Category: entertainmentSource: philstar philstarMar 27th, 2018

Shares fall in Europe, Asia as Italy crisis lingers

Currency traders watch monitors at the foreign exchange dealing room of the KEB Hana Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, May 29, 2018. Asian stock markets were lower on Tuesday after.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsMay 30th, 2018

WATCH: Michael Christian Martinez performs 2018 Olympic routine in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Michael Christian Martinez was given a chance to show his 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics routine during his Olympian's homecoming by SM Skating on Thursday, February 22 at the SM Mall of Asia Skating Rink.  Martinez was called up to join the Winter Olympics 16 days before the quadrennial ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2018

NBA stars to coach top prospects at 4th BWB Global Camp

NBA press release NEW YORK AND MIES – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 65 boys and girls from 36 countries who will travel to Los Angeles for the fourth annual Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 16-18 (Feb. 17-19, PHL time) at the Los Angeles Lakers’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2018, and Nike will serve as the official partner. Five-time NBA All-Star Al Horford (Boston Celtics; Dominican Republic) and 2018 NBA All-Star Goran Dragic (Miami Heat; Slovenia), along with Domantas Sabonis (Indiana Pacers; Lithuania), Timofey Mozgov (Brooklyn Nets; Russia) and Sam Dekker (LA Clippers; U.S.), will coach the top high school age campers from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe. Horford, Dragic, Sabonis, Mozgov and Dekker will be joined by NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (Democratic Republic of the Congo), former NBA players Adonal Foyle (St. Vincent and the Grenadines), Michael Cooper (U.S.), Acie Law (U.S.), Pops Mensah-Bonsu (England), Bostjan Nachbar (Slovenia), Mamadou N’Diaye (Senegal), Cherokee Parks (U.S.), Tiago Splitter (Brazil), Rod Strickland (U.S) and Ronny Turiaf (France), Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame members Jennifer Azzi (U.S.) and Ann Meyers-Drysdale (U.S.), former WNBA players Lindsey Harding (U.S.), Ebony Hoffman (U.S.), Ruth Riley (U.S.) and Michele Van Gorp (U.S.), as well as select players participating in NBA All-Star 2018. For the first time in BWB history, the camp will feature nine current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Mexico City, Mexico; Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), India; and Thies, Senegal. Current NBA assistant coaches John Bryant (Philadelphia 76ers), Ed Pinckney (Minnesota Timberwolves), Jonah Herscu (Los Angeles Lakers) and Will Scott (Los Angeles Lakers), former NBA head coach and 1992 “Dream Team” assistant coach P.J. Carlesimo, former NBA Champion head coach Paul Westhead, and USA Basketball coach Don Showalter will also serve as BWB Global coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia), Gersson Rosas (Houston Rockets; Colombia), Marin Sedlacek (76ers; Serbia) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors; Nigeria) will be the camp directors.  Former NBA trainer Wally Blase (U.S.) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer.   Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp. The camp will be officiated by representatives from the NBA’s Referee Development Program, which provides rising professionals and former players with the skills necessary to pursue a career as a referee in the NBA, WNBA or NBA G League. The campers will attend Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 67th NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, has reached more than 3,000 participants from 133 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.  A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season, including Dragan Bender (Phoenix Suns; Croatia; BWB Global 2015), Thon Maker (Milwaukee Bucks; South Sudan; BWB Americas 2015/BWB Global 2016), Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls; Finland; BWB Europe 2014/BWB Global 2015), Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015) and Frank Ntilikina (New York Knicks; France; BWB Europe 2015/BWB Global 2016). The first-ever Basketball Without Borders camp took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac (Serbia) and Toni Kukoc (Croatia), together with former teammates from the Yugoslav national team, reunited to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Serbia and Montenegro at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy. The NBA and FIBA have staged 52 BWB camps in 32 cities across 27 countries on six continents.  More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. Follow the camp using the hashtag #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy). The following is a complete list of players participating in the fourth annual BWB Global Camp (rosters are subject to change): GIRLS BOYS.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 8th, 2018

Hawks could turn deep supply of picks into draft-day trade

By Charles Odum, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — As the only general manager holding three first-round picks in Thursday night’s (Friday, PHL time) NBA draft, including No. 3 overall, Atlanta’s Travis Schlenk has been a popular target for trade talk. Overall, the Hawks have four picks in the top 34. That’s more than enough depth to attract interest, but the rebuilding Hawks are even more attractive trade targets because they also have about $20 million in salary cap space. That creates more attractive options for a team needing to unload a contract in a trade. Schlenk says he is answering every call and considering all options — including the possibility of trading up or down from the No. 3 spot. It’s an exciting time for Schlenk, who never held such a high draft pick in his previous job as assistant GM with the Golden State Warriors. “This is the highest pick that I’ve been a part of,” Schlenk said last week. “At Golden State, the highest pick we had was six. So it’s exciting. Having the four picks, along with the third pick, we get a lot of phone calls, which is exciting as well, and we’re going to go through all the options that are presented to us and make the best decision, hopefully.” He says he’s comfortable with the idea of opening the 2018-19 season with four rookies. Schlenk is planning the Hawks’ future with a new coach. Former Philadelphia assistant Lloyd Pierce was hired on May 11 to replace Mike Budenholzer, now the Bucks coach. Schlenk might use his first pick to select a forward-center to pair with 2017-18 rookie John Collins. Among players who could be available are Duke’s Marvin Bagley III, Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson and Mo Bamba of Texas. Guards Luka Doncic of Slovenia, Trae Young of Oklahoma and forward Michael Porter of Missouri could be alternatives for Schlenk. Pierce stressed defense in his first news conference in Atlanta. Schlenk said it’s important to land players with balanced offensive and defensive skills. “Obviously when you look at the best teams in the league, the majority of the time they’re good defensive teams,” Schlenk said. “But at the end of the day, if you’re not scoring 100 points you’re probably not winning, so we’re going to look for guys that are two-way players, who can play defensively, but also we’ve got to be able to score the ball on the other end.” Bagley qualifies as that two-way talent, but he could be drafted at the No. 2 spot by Sacramento. “I put a lot of work into this and I think I’m the best player in the draft,” Bagley said after his draft workout in Atlanta last week. “I mean that in the most humble way possible, not to be cocky.” Phoenix is projected to select Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the top pick. Jackson is an accomplished shot blocker with less polish on the offensive end. He is regarded by many to have the potential shooting skills to develop into a well-rounded NBA big man. With point guard Dennis Schroder’s future in Atlanta uncertain, the Hawks can look for talent at any position. Their wealth of picks could make it easier to take a chance on Doncic, who has the skills to play multiple positions even though his ability to create space in the NBA has been questioned by some critics. “I’ve maintained all along, and I honestly believe this, we’re going to take the best player,” Schlenk said. “We’re in a situation where we’re looking to add the most talent we can, and we’re going to get a good player at the third pick.” The No. 3 spot is the Hawks’ highest since 2007, when they selected Al Horford at No. 3. Atlanta also has the No. 19 and No. 30 picks in the first round and No. 34 early in the second round. Those selections give Schlenk a wealth of options, including a deal for a higher pick next year. Schlenk said he has considered if the possibility to “trade back to collect more assets would be advantageous.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2018

WATCH: Michael V. shares how he comes up with new jokes

The actor, rapper, novelty hit maker and family man shared what keeps him inspired through the years......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 14th, 2018

Asia Society names 2018 best employers of Asian Pacific Americans

NEW YORK --- Goldman Sachs was named "overall best employer" of Asian Pacific Americans followed by KPMG and Colgate-Palmolive, as part of Asia Society's 2018 Best Asian Pacific American (APA) Employer Awards. Goldman Sachs, the global investment bank, was also recognized as best employer for developing workforce skills. "We believe we perform at our best when we foster an environment that maximizes the potential of all of our people and reflects the communities and cultures in which we operate," said Suzzanne Yao, co-head of the Asian Professionals Network at Goldman Sachs. Now in their ninth year, the awards honor employers at the forefront of promoting and developing Asia...Keep on reading: Asia Society names 2018 best employers of Asian Pacific Americans.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2018

Lyceum sails to third straight win in Got Skills Summer Showcase

STANDINGS (Under-25) Arellano 4-1 UP 3-1 LPU 5-2 UE 4-2 Letran 3-2 NU 3-2 FEU 2-2 La Salle 2-2 MLQU 1-5 UA&P 0-8 Following back-to-back convincing victories versus tough foes, Lyceum is first to five wins in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase. The Pirates dealt the first defeat to the University of the Philippines, 63-58, a week ago at the FEU Gym in Morayta, Manila before outlasting Letran, 91-87, in double-overtime last Friday at the same venue. With key cogs CJ Perez, MJ Ayaay, and Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee still sidelined, Lyceum showed off its depth in both games en route to a 5-2 standing in the tournament. Against the erstwhile unbeaten Fighting Maroons, it was spitfire guard Casper Pericas who showed the way with a team-high 10 points on top of six rebounds and three assists. Wing players Yang Remulla and Ian Japzon also added nine markers apiece. Carl Lumbao and Spencer Pretta then took charge against the Knights as the Pirates battled back from 11 points down to begin the final frame. Sweet-shooting forward Lumbao scored 21 points to go along with six rebounds, four assists, and three assists while Pretta also had 20 markers to his name all while fronting the charge in the extra periods. With back-to-back wins, Lyceum now finds itself at solo third in the standings. Meanwhile, Arellano U bounced back from its first loss in the tournament by routing University of Asia & the Pacific by 43 points, 81-37. Gunslinger Rence Alcoriza led the scoring parade with 17 points while forwards Maui Serajosef and Harry Dumagan merged for 25 markers and 10 rebounds as the Chiefs registered its league-leading fourth win in five games. In other results, UE powered through Manuel L. Quezon University, 51-43, to improve to 4-2. NU then added to the woes of the Stallions with a big-time 81-39 win that hikes its record to 3-2. With their respective losses, UP slipped to 3-1, Letran fell to 3-2, MLQU dropped to 1-5, and UA&P remained winless in eight games. The Summer Showcase resumes on Tuesday at the Trinity University Gym with showdowns between 3-1 UP and 2-2 FEU, 5-2 Lyceum and 3-2 NU, as well as 4-2 UE and 2-2 La Salle. BOX SCORES MAY 25 GAMES FIRST GAME LPU 91 – Lumbao 21, Pretta 20, Ibanez 10, Caduyac 10, Tansingco 10, Mahinay 8, Japzon 7, Longalong 3, Guinto 2, Barbero 0, Valencia 0 LETRAN 87 – Pambid 22, Mina 20, Caralipio 13, Solera 11, Domingo 6, Pascual 6, Decapia 5, Gonzales 2, Ular 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Labrador 0 QUARTER SCORES: 8-16, 25-29, 40-51, 68-68, 78-78 (1OT), 91-87 (2OT) SECOND GAME ARELLANO 81 – Alcoriza 17, Dumagan 14, Serajosef 11, Cahigas 8, Concepcion 8, Abdurasab 6, Baila 6, Santos 5, Codinera 4, Labarta 2, Filart 0, Sacramento 0 UA&P 38 – Navarro 10, Gutierrez 8, Real 8, Levy 6, Bautista 3, Panteleon 2, Santiago 1, Chotrani 0, Mallero 0 QUARTER SCORES: 28-10, 42-16, 59-26, 81-38 MAY 24 GAME NU 81 – Malonzo 14, Diputado 11, Flores 11, Minerva 10, Yu 7, Penano 6, Abatayo 6, Atienza 5, Rangel 4, Oczon 3, Puray 2, Cauilan 2, Salim 0, Sistoza 0 MLQU 39 – Sual 17, Peralta 7, Gula 6, Pastor 4, Fabila 2, Jamila 2, Alimasa 1, Hermoso 0, Zulueta 0, Teobengco 0, Yutuc 0, Nicolas 0 QUARTER SCORES: 25-6, 35-19, 55-33, 81-39 MAY 20 GAMES FIRST GAME LPU 63 – Pericas 10, Remulla 9, Japzon 9, Navarro 8, Mahinay 8, Longalong 7, Ibanez 6, Liwag 4, Guinto 2, Valencia 0 UP 58 – Longa 12, Tungcab 11, Kamga 9, Gomez de Liano 8, Espanola 6, Santiago 4, Battad 3, Madrigal 3, Malingin 2, Ong 0, Ollano 0 QUARTER SCORES:11-16, 37-27, 48-48, 63-58 SECOND GAME UE 51 – Amora 12, Dimayuga 7, Antiporda 7, Bartolome 5, Baliao 5, Torribo 4, Manalang 3, Beltran 3, Callejo 3, Gallardo 2, Guion 0, Abella 0, David 0, Encelan 0, Tanedo 0 MLQU 43 – Sual 13, Zulueta 9, Pastor 6, Gula 5, Jamila 4, Teobengco 3, Peralta 2, Fabila 1, Alimasa 0, Hermoso 0 QUARTER SCORES: 6-8, 17-24, 40-31, 51-43.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 28th, 2018

A decade of perseverance pays off as Philippines set to host full Ironman

After a decade of Ironman 70.3 Ironman races in the country, June 3rd marks a first for the Philippine triathlon community as the sport's toughest race distance will finally happen in Subic Bay.  Ironman Philippines 2018 is all set to challenge local and international athletes—all of whom will race for the right to call themselves Iron men and women. To get there, they will have to swim in open water for 3.8 km, bike for 180 km and then run 42 km before crossing the finish line.  The reward? Being hailed as an Ironman or Ironwoman in your home soil. Ahead of the event, Century Tuna, its main backer released a video to rally participants and to pique the interest of sports fans to watch and be part of this historic event.  “Staging the country’s inaugural full-distance triathlon race is a challenge we gladly accepted. We truly wanted to give serious Pinoy and international triathletes the opportunity to achieve their personal fitness goals and do a full Ironman on Philippine soil,” shares Greg Banzon, EVP and COO of Century Pacific Food Inc. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 25th, 2018

Batang Gilas stars Padrigao, Cortez to join BWB Asia Camp in India

NBA press release NEW YORK, MIES, MUMBAI – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI) today announced the top 66 boys and girls from 16 countries and territories who will participate in the 10th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia. BWB Asia 2018 will be held May 30 – June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR), marking the second time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in India. Nike will serve as the official partner. Corey Brewer (Oklahoma City Thunder; U.S.), Caris LeVert (Brooklyn Nets; U.S.), Kelly Olynyk (Miami Heat; Canada; BWB Americas 2009), Dwight Powell (Dallas Mavericks; Canada), two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley, and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman will coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region. BWB Asia 2018 will feature two current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s signature elite player development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Canberra, Australia; Jinan, Urumqi and Zhuji, China; Delhi NCR, India; Mexico City, Mexico; and Thies, Senegal. Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl will be named BWB Asia 2018 MVPs at the conclusion of the four-day camp. BWB Asia 2018 will be preceded by a basketball development camp May 27 – 29 for the 18 female prospects from throughout India as part of The NBA Academies Women’s Program. 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi, Riley and former college coach Blair Hardiek – the global technical directors for women’s programming across the league’s seven academies – will oversee the camp. BWB Asia 2018 and The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in New Delhi in partnership with local community organizations, including basketball clinics for more than 150 youth from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program and the NBA Basketball Schools in New Delhi. These programs will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination and community. Current NBA assistant coaches Bret Brielmaier (Nets), Darvin Ham (Atlanta Hawks), Ryan Saunders (Minnesota Timberwolves), and Mike Wells (Utah Jazz) will also serve as BWB Asia 2018 coaches. Patrick Hunt (President of the World Association of Basketball Coaches; Australia) will be the camp director. Casey Smith (Mavericks) will serve as the camp’s athletic trainer. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear. BWB has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season. The NBA and FIBA have staged 53 BWB camps in 33 cities across 27 countries on six continents. More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. BWB Asia was previously held in India in 2008. The NBA Academy India, an elite basketball training center in Delhi NCR for the top male and female prospects from throughout India and the first of its kind in the country, officially opened in May 2017 and builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than 6 million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013. In April 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs open to male and female players from outside the U.S. ages 6-18. NBA Basketball Schools have been launched in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Punjab as part of a multiyear agreement with India On Track (IOT), one of India’s leading sports management, marketing and development companies. NBA Champion Kevin Durant became the first active NBA player to visit The NBA Academy India in July 2017. Follow BWB using the hashtag #BWBAsia on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Follow The NBA Academies Women’s Program using the hashtag #NBAAcademy on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Find out more about NBA Academies at nbaacademy.nba.com and on Instagram (nbaacademy). Additional 2018 BWB camps in Serbia and South Africa will be announced at a later date. The following is a complete list of players participating in the 10th BWB Asia camp (rosters are subject to change): Girls Boys *Current NBA Academies Prospect **NBA Academies Women’s Program Participant.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 24th, 2018

Business of Football - Philippines highlights football s growth in the country

MANILA -  The recent success of The Azkals, with their Asian Cup qualification, and their FIFA ranking at its highest at 111, has given football a renewed confidence, and a positive outlook in terms of the growth of the sport in the Philippines.   Football is now tipped to become the fastest growing sport in the country, with the largest potential for success commercially, and in terms of on-pitch success.  The sport which is currently number 3 in the Philippines in terms of popularity and participation, after basketball and boxing, is said to be still further behind compared to other sports, such as volleyball, billiards, etc., in terms of TV coverage. These were among the insights and trends gathered from top-notch executives of organizations such as AFC, PFF, PFL, LaLiga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, Globe Telecom, RSportz, Toby Sports and Manila Times, at the ‘Business of Football - Philippines’, organized by MMC Sportz.  The sold-out event was attended by more than 185 local and foreign delegates on 18 May 2018 at the New World Makati Hotel.   MMC Sports CEO Eric Gottschalk says, “Research in this market, shows that TV is still the number one platform here in the Philippines, and is the number one medium that advertisers are looking for, to spend their budgets on.  We also learned that live TV coverage actually stimulates stadium attendance, and not vice versa.  If there’s more football on TV, we will see more fans in the stadium.  Currently football is not ranked among the top 100 TV programmers in the Philippines and is only number 3 sport in terms of participation and popularity after basketball and boxing.  Football needs media in order to drive commercial revenues for the clubs.”   “Now is also the perfect time to get involved in football since sponsorship and advertising opportunities are currently very affordable compared for example to basketball, but this is predicted to change within the next 6-12 months, as values are expected to increase sharply.  Football also needs to create more idols and heroes to attract more media coverage overall, other than just covering game scores. Each team has a unique story which just needs to be told,” says Gottschalk. Following the presentation about the Philippines Football League (PFL) it was agreed that the PFL now fills the lack of regular created football content as the leagues matches (87 in 2018/19 season) contribute year-round stories to keep football in the news. In the past, the main talking points were around the Azkals which only play very few home matches each year.      Public education about the game of football is also needed on all levels as many people in the Philippines are still not aware about the rules or aware of programs available like coaching academies, amateur competitions, or how and where to follow the professional league.  Ten thousand (10,000) qualified grassroots coaches are also needed to satisfy the local demand and to trigger strong football development and growths. Investors on the other hand are looking for consistency and credibility of the football product but with the PFL in the second season and foreign sponsors expected to invest in the Philippines, local brands should consider to follow suit.  On the sports retail side, only 1.5% of current retail sales are attributed to football, while basketball enjoys a healthy 46% market share. As a result, only limited line items and stocks are available in stores and entry level boots and replica jerseys are too high priced to be affordable for the average consumer. The national player registration program, MY PFF, has been launched with the objective to collect vital statistics and data about the football community which is urgently needed to support the youth football development strategy of the PFF and to develop a players pathway.  As FIFA has mandated to register the estimated 1.5 million players in the Philippines, the PFF has urged organizers and players to already register online as by next month only registered players will be allowed to participate in sanctioned events. The “Business of Football – Philippines” conference also announced 36 career opportunities related to sports and football, including positions in marketing, legal, competition management and coaching, with all these listing being available online with MMC Sportz or for direct inquiries with the PFF. In his closing remarks, MMC Sportz CEO Eric M. Gottschalk stated that “More importantly, Don’t Break the 12th Man! It is important that all stakeholders don’t forget to engage with the fans. The fans are the most important aspect of the development of football in the Philippines – if there are no fans of football then there is no media, no spectators, no players, no games, no business. Everyone is required to ensure we keep the fans (football consumers) engaged year-long and the first step would be to get the media behind the game. There is a strong football - community out there already and hopefully, we the TV broadcasters will take another look at football and give them at least some consideration on the program schedule.  I believe today’s conference was a great success.  We brought the football community together, stimulated thinking, exchanged ideas and transferred a lot of knowledge. Now it is up to the football stakeholders to continue the progress.  From our end (and with the approval of the PFF) we will stage the 2nd edition of BOF early 2019 and hopefully we will be able to report on some of the changes initiated today.”    Speakers who shared their insights include LaLiga Managing Director for South East Asia, Japan, Korean and Australia Ivan Codina, AFC Head of MA Services Domeka Garamendi, SMG Insight Managing Director Frank Saez, Azkals Team Manager Dan Palami, Globe Director for OIC, Citizenship and Advocacy Marketing Miguel Bermundo, PFL CEO Lazarus Xavier, PFF General Secretary Atty. Edwin Gastanes, Ignite Sports Group Managing Director Michael Reyes,  Asian Replica Designs Founder & Owner Jonathan Mallinson, Quorum Group President & COO Jose Claudio, Jr., Mediapro Asia Director of Sales and Sponsorship Salauddin Sinnakandu, and MMC Sportz Marketing CEO Eric Gottschalk.  Organized by MMC Sportz Asia, the event was sanctioned by the Asia Football Confederation (AFC) and the Philippines Football Federation (PFF), and sponsored by La Liga, Dentsu X, SMG Insight, RSportz, Globe Telecom, Toby’s Sports, Manila Times and Platinumlist. - RELEASE  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 22nd, 2018

Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater

Help is on the way for Barangay Ginebra. After a 1-3 start in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup, the Gin Kings have finally decided to bring back Justin Brownlee and replace Chuck Garcia. Agent Sheryl Reyes, who handles Brownlee, announced the return of the two-time PBA champion on her Twitter account. Mga ka barangay it's official Justin Brownlee is back ... ginebra's import once again .. watch him next game woot woot #teamreyes pic.twitter.com/xkdEWipwrx --- Sheryl Sanchez Reyes (@FemaleAgentSR) May 21, 2018 Interestingly, Brownlee's return will be against fierce rival Meralco on June 1 at Mall of Asia Arena. Ginebra and Meralco have faced each other in the last two Governo...Keep on reading: Brownlee back with Ginebra, Walker returns for Blackwater.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

Meet the 2018 batch of Jr. NBA PH All-Stars

Jr. NBA PH press release PASAY CITY, METRO MANILA – Eight boys and eight girls were named as Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars from a total of 74 participants during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2018 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to become the eleventh batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars. Headlined by Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein and WNBA Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes, the National Training Camp was held at the Gatorade Hoops Center on May 18, at Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 19 and SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 20. The National Training Camp players were the top performers in Regional Selection Camps in Bacolod, Baguio, Butuan, Metro Manila and Alaska Power Camp, which were led by Jr. NBA Coaches Carlos Barroca and Rob Newson, together with Alaska coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso. Jr. NBA alumni were in attendance throughout the camp with Thirdy Ravena and Ricci Rivero visiting the Gatorade Hoops Center and Kai Sotto and Rhayyan Amsali highlighting the participants of the Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star Game in SM Mall of Asia. The Jr. NBA All-Stars showcased skills on the court and exemplified the Jr. NBA core S.T.A.R. Values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude, and Respect. Prince Ray Alao, 14, of San Beda University; Ethan Rod Alian, 14, of La Salle Greenhills; John Lester Amagan, 14, of St. Robert’s International Academy of Iloilo; Seven Gagate, 14, of Chiang Kai Shek College; Nathan Jan Jundana, 14, of Bacolod Tay Tung; Christian Joi Mesias, 14, of Jose Maria College of Davao; Kim Aaron Tamayo, 13, of National University; and Rhon Khaniel Telles, 13, of St. Anthony de Carmelli Academy of Cavite topped the boys division, while Madelyn Flores, 14, of Bukidnon National High School; Gin Kayla Huelar, 13, of St. La Salle University, Bacolod; Aishe Solis, 13, of Corpus Christi School in Cagayan De Oro; Pauline Angelique Valle, 13, of Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive High School; Christine Nichole Venterez, 12, Baguio City National High School; Marielle Vingno, 14, of Escuela de Sophia of Caloocan Inc.; Amber Esquivel, 14, and Kyla Marie Mataga, 13, of De La Salle Zobel were the outstanding performers in the girls’ division. Pauline Angelique Valle and Prince Ray Alao were named this year’s Jr. NBA Most Valuable Players while Marielle Vingno and Ethan Rod Alian were selected as Alaska Ambassadors. Hazel Yambot of Baguio and Mark “Tata” Belangel of Bacolod were chosen as the Coaches of the Year. In addition, special awards were handed out to Kayla Marie Mataga and Javier Louis Jugo as Gatorade Hustle awardees, Merylle Cuasay and Czarlo Salvador as Panasonic Rising Stars, and Aishe Solis and Kim Aaron Tamayo, Cloudfone Awesome Players of the Game. “The Jr. NBA program gives us the opportunity to contribute to our goal of getting more kids to play the game of basketball and help them understand how working hard on their craft can open doors and unlock greater opportunities in life,” said Hall of Famer Sheryl Swoopes.  “I came here to inspire you but your passion and eagerness to learn inspire me and I’m so grateful for that,” shared Sacramento Kings center Willie Cauley-Stein to the campers. An NBA experience trip in Shanghai, China awaits the All-Stars in October where they will be joined by other Jr. NBA All-Stars from Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in training and friendly competitions as they catch the NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks. Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, continues to promote proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, serving as an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the country. AXA, Cloudfone, Gatorade, Globe Telecom and Panasonic serve as Official Partners of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines, while Spalding is a Supporting Partner. ABS-CBN Sports + Action, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the Official NBA Broadcasters of the Jr. NBA in the Philippines. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA at www.jrnba.asia/philippines and on Facebook. For all the latest news and updates on the NBA, visit www.nba.com and follow the league on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about the Alaska Milk Corporation, visit www.alaskamilk.com and follow PlayPH at www.playph.com and on Facebook and Twitter......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

PBA: All Star delegation troops to Davao del Sur

Basketball extravaganza takes the spotlight anew as the PBA invades Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao for the staging of the annual All-Star game that gets underway starting this week. Led by Commissioner Willie Marcial, delegates and officials, including members of the Mindanao All-Star and the Smart All Star Philippine team, will troop to Digos, Davao del Sur beginning Tuesday for the May 23 kickoff leg of the mid-season classic. The Davao del Sur Coliseum hosts the 7 p.m. match pitting the national team mentored by Norman Black against the Mindanao selection of coach Tim Cone. As an added treat, a Legends shootout will be held before the game featuring four shooting tandems in Allan Caidic/Secretary Bong Go, Kenneth Duremdes/Senator Manny Pacquiao, Peter June Simon/Presidential son-in-law Mans Carpio, and Scottie Thompson/Major Michael Sabsal. Governor Mark Cagas will be a special guest at ringside to open the initial leg of the three-phase event. “It’s an honor and privilege to be the host of the 2018 All-Star game opener. We hope to give PBA fans a treat and set the perfect stage for another exciting week of basketball ahead,” said Cagas. From Davao, the contingent travels up north in Batangas City for the meet’s second leg on May 25. As appetizer to the 7 p.m. game at the Batangas City Coliseum between coach Leo Austria’s Luzon All-Star against the national team to be handled by Yeng Guiao, are the various skills competitions such as the Obstacle Challenge, Three-Point shootout, Slam Dunk, and the Shooting Stars will be held. It’s back down south on May as All-Star week culminates in Iloilo City with the Visayas All-Star of coach Chito Victolero tangling with Nash Racela and the Philippine squad at the San Agustin gym. Various clinics, courtesy calls, motorcades, outreach program, and meet and greet activities will mark the staging of all three legs of the All-Star......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 21st, 2018

DLSU decimates UA& P by 96 points in Got Skills summer league

Mark Dyke pounded in 27 points to lead four other De La Salle University players in double-digits as they destroyed still-winless University of Asia & the Pacific by 96 points, 129-33, in the 2018 Milcu Sports Got Skills Summer Showcase, last Friday at the Buddha Care Gym in Quezon City......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

Green Archers torch Dragons by 96 points in preseason game

  MANILA, Philippines – Mark Dyke poured in 27 points to lead 4 other La Salle players in double-digits as the Green Archers crushed winless University of Asia and the Pacific by 96 points, 129-33, in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase last ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMay 20th, 2018

La Salle’s Jollo Go drops 33 points to sink Lyceum in Got Skills Summer Showcase

STANDINGS (Under-25) UP 3-0 Arellano 3-0 Letran 3-1 UE 3-1 LPU 2-2 FEU 1-2 MLQU 1-2 NU 1-2 La Salle 1-2 UA&P 0-6 Jollo Go was on fire all game long and scored 33 points as La Salle gunned down Lyceum, 79-77, in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Adidas Summer Showcase on Tuesday at the Trinity University of Asia Gym in Quezon City. Go did much of his damage from deep, accounting for all but three of the Green Archers’ 10 makes from distance. That hot shooting proved to be the difference between the two teams in a close contest. The incoming fourth-year guard also added five rebounds and two steals to propel La Salle to its first win in three tries. Backstopping Go was Errol Bongay, Taft’s recruit from Perpetual, who had 16 points and eight rebounds as well as sophomore sniper Gabe Capacio who chipped in nine markers of his own. The Pirates were led by Nino Ibanez and Casper Pericas who pumped in 14 and 13 points, respectively. This loss comes on the heels of their 88-43 triumph over still winless University of Asia & the Pacific last Sunday at the FEU Gym in Morayta. Lyceum counted four players in double-digits then, with Ibanez showing the way with 16 points. Yang Remulla and Germy Mahinay then chimed in 15 and 14 markers, respectively. Splitting their two games in three days, the Pirates now stand at 2-2. Meanwhile, UE edged out FEU in a grind-out game, 50-47. The Red Warriors were able to improve their record to 3-1 despite not having one player in double-digits. Mark Maloles topped the scoring column for them with seven points. Prized rookie L-Jay Gonzales paced the now 1-2 Tamaraws with 16 points and nine rebounds. The Summer Showcase resumes on Thursday at the Trinity University Gym with Arellano staking its spotless slate against NU. BOX SCORES TUESDAY GAMES FIRST GAME UE 50 – Maloles 7, Alcuno 7, Varilla 5, Manalang Ph 5, Bartolome 4, Torribo 4, Guion 4, Manalang Pa 4, Strait 3, Conner 3, Gagate 2, Pasaol 2, Cullar 0, Gallardo 0, Dimayuga 0, Amora 0 FEU 47 – Gonzales 16, Gloria 7, Roman 6, Tchuente 5, Tempra 4, Casino 4, Senining 3, Celzo 2, Laigo 0, Davis 0, Domingo 0 QUARTERS: 11-11, 23-22, 28-33, 50-47 SECOND GAME LA SALLE 79 – Go 33, Bongay 16, Capacio 9, Manaytay 7, Dyke 5, Lim 4, Pastor 3, Gob 2, Tolentino 0, Escandor 0, Alcala 0 LYCEUM 77 – Ibanez 14, Pericas 13, Mahinay 12, Remulla 10, Navarro 8, Serrano 6, Barbero 6, Japzon 6, Valencia 2 QUARTERS: 12-15, 32-36, 54-52, 79-77 SUNDAY GAME LYCEUM 88 – Ibanez 16, Remulla 15, Mahinay 14, Barbero 11, Caduyac 9, Japzon 7, Pericas 6, Navarro 5, Valencia 3, Guinto 2, UA&P 43 – Navarro 14, Gutierrez 8, Pantaleon 4, Real 4, Sy 3, Manalo 3, Flores 2, Chotrani 2, Jimenez 2, Santiago 1, Levy 0, Lejano 0, Bautista 0, Mallare 0 QUARTERS: 17-11, 41-16, 60-26, 88-43.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 15th, 2018

Letran routs MLQU for third win in Got Skills Summer Showcase

STANDINGS (Under-25)  UP 3-0  Arellano 3-0  Letran 3-1  UE 2-1  LPU 1-1  FEU 1-1  MLQU 1-2  NU 1-2  La Salle 0-2  UA&P 0-5  Letran is keeping close to the league-leaders in the 2018 Milcu Sports Basketball presented by Got Skills Summer Showcase following a 72-45 domination of Manuel L. Quezon University last Thursday at the Trinity University of Asia Gym in Quezon City.  Former Squires spitfire Kiefer Cordero showed the way with 15 points and four rebounds while Japs Pambid chipped in 12 markers and five boards of his own.  Behind a 19-7 second quarter fronted by Cordero, the Knights charged all the way to their third win in four games in the summer league.  They now stand right behind league-leaders UP and Arellano who are both unbeaten after three games.  Cedrick Zulueta paced 1-2 MLQU with 11 points to go along with seven rebounds.  Meanwhile, FEU registered its first win in the tournament via a 61-50 victory versus NU Team B.  Burly forward Kenji Roman pounded in 20 points and six rebounds to power the Tamaraws in evening their standing at 1-1.  The Bulldogs, who dropped to 1-2, were led by Migs Oczon who had 12 points.  The Summer Showcase resumes on Sunday at the FEU Gym in Morayta, Manila with Lyceum seeking to go over .500 up against UA&P. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 11th, 2018

IMF cautions gov’t on inflation spike

The International Monetary Fund has further raised its inflation forecasts for the Philippines in the next two years and has cautioned monetary authorities to carefully watch the recent faster rate of increase in prices of basic goods. In its Regional Economic Outlook for Asia-Pacific report titled "Good Times, Uncertain Times: A Time to Prepare" released on Wednesday, the IMF projected headline inflation of 4.2 percent in 2018 and 3.8 percent in 2019 for the Philippines. In its October 2017 World Economic Outlook report, the IMF forecast only a 3-percent inflation rate for both 2018 and 2019 even as the upward adjustment also reflected the change in the consumer price index's base...Keep on reading: IMF cautions gov’t on inflation spike.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 9th, 2018

Despite long odds, Toronto Raptors will continue to fight

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com CLEVELAND – Losing the first game is a relative wake-up call, no big deal, a call to tweak and adjust. Losing the first two is urgent, something more troubling, a sense of one’s playoff life flashing before one’s eyes. Losing four? It’s oh-vah. Oh-four is 1, 2, 3, Cancun, “gone fishin’” and next season rolled into one. That leaves an 0-3 deficit, which mostly is sad. At 0-3, the story essentially has been written, a struggling team’s fate decided. In the NBA, there is no wiggle room whatsoever – 129 teams in league playoff history have fallen behind 0-3 in a best-of-seven, 129 teams have lost those series. Only three such teams even rallied enough to force a Game 7: the 1951 Rochester Royals against New York, the 1994 Denver Nuggets against Utah and the 2003 Portland Trailblazers against Dallas. And yet, nothing is official. The plug hasn’t been pulled, flatline or not. That was evident Sunday (Monday, PHL time) when someone asked Toronto’s Kyle Lowry one of those big-picture, assess-this-season questions. “Our season ain’t over yet,” the Raptors point guard said, instinctively pushing back. “Ask me that question when it’s over.” Narrator: It’s over. Most who stayed up late Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) consider Toronto’s series against the Cleveland Cavaliers to be over not only because they trail 0-3 but because of the way they got there. Specifically, LeBron James’ unlikely, drive-left, shoot-right, one-footed bank shot at the buzzer that won it, 105-103. It enthralled the sellout crowd at Quicken Loans Arena, but appalled the Raptors’ traveling party of three dozen or so. Folks who care probably have watched the final play multiple times. The Raptors officially haven’t watched it other than in real time. Coach Dwane Casey intentionally did not subject his players to a film session Sunday (Monday, PHL time). “We know what the issues are, what they were,” Casey said after the team’s light workout at the practice gym inside the Cavaliers’ arena. “From a team standpoint, 17 turnovers broke our back. Some of our schematic things we didn’t cover properly broke our back. The things that led up to the end of the game are what we need to clean up.” More precisely, it was the things that led up to the fourth quarter that cost Toronto. From that point, the Raptors were pretty good, outscoring the Cavaliers 38-26 while sinking seven of their 11 three-point shots. They got all the way back from a 14-point deficit in the quarter, tying at 103 only to have their hearts stomped on by James’ spectacular finish. Before that final quarter, though, Toronto was too reckless with the ball. It had missed 16 of its 22 from the arc. And one of its two All-Stars, wing DeMar DeRozan, had played his way to Casey’s bench, with 3-of-12 shooting, unimpressive defense, a mere eight points and a minus-23 rating. Casey’ explanation for not putting DeRozan back in the game was simple: The guys he was using were rolling. It was a snapshot of the bottom-line approach he and his staff will need again in Game 4 Monday (Tuesday, PHL time). DeRozan, naturally, doesn’t want anything like it to happen again. This LeBron/Cleveland stuff has been heavy enough: nine consecutive playoff defeats, three straight postseasons being put out by the Cavaliers and, personally, the onus in this man’s NBA of 2018 to be 0-for-16 from three-point range in the 13 playoff games since 2016. DeRozan didn’t run from the lousy stew of frustration, anger, resignation and embarrassment he felt while his brothers kept plugging. As Saturday turned into Sunday – an “extremely long night,” DeRozan said – the Raptors’ leading scorer in 2017-18 (23.0 ppg) ruminated pretty good. “It was rough. As a competitor, definitely rough,” he said. “But I think it’s something you carry over to today. Let it fuel you. ... I’ve had lots of [times] where I got down on myself. It’s all about how you respond. “There’s really nothing much you can do, honestly, but watch the time go by. Wait for when the time comes to be able to get this feeling off you. And in order to get that feeling off you is to go back out there, help your teammates and get a win.” Lowry, asked how they would manage that, reduced his formula to one word. “Rumble,” he said. “No matter what, you rumble. Rumble, young man, rumble.” Toronto did play with overdue physical force in Game 3 and will make that a priority again. Rookie OG Anunoby’s individual defense on James has been solid, generally without overt double-teaming. Through the three games, though, the Raptors have committed 18 more fouls and 20 more turnovers, too many mistakes when losing Game 1 in overtime and Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) by that single bucket. Whenever it gets here for the Raptors, the summer is going to be longer than they’d hoped. So, going out strong does matter. “You choose to continue to fight,” Casey said of his players. The Toronto coach recalled his days as an assistant in Seattle, when the SuperSonics fell behind 0-3 against Michael Jordan and the Bulls in the 1996 Finals. Rather than fold, they won the next two games at home in the 2-3-2 format to force the series back to Chicago. Said Casey: “Guys just made up their minds, ‘We’re not giving in. We’re not quitting. We’ve got too much sweat equity.’ We won the regular season conference title. Guys put in the work to get where they are. We’ve got a group of young players who committed to getting better and did. “The easy thing to do is just to write us off and write ourselves off. But you choose to be a warrior. You choose to continue to fight.” 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 NewsMay 7th, 2018

2018 WORLD CUP: Yekaterinburg, on the border of Europe and Asia

By James Ellingworth, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — On the boundary between Europe and Asia, the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg is the furthest east World Cup fans will venture. It may not be out in Siberia, but Yekaterinburg is a long way to travel. It is 880 miles (1,416 kilometers) east of Moscow, roughly the distance from London to Rome, or from New York to Missouri. If you're using the free World Cup train service, be ready to make friends with fellow passengers — Yekaterinburg is about 26 hours from Moscow. Here's what you need to know about the city: THE STADIUM The first thing you will notice about the Yekaterinburg Arena are two vast temporary stands built high out of the main bowl of the stadium on towers of scaffolding. Accounts from the test games played at the stadium say being in the top row is a vertigo-inducing experience. The stands are there because officials wanted to preserve the stadium's 1950s facade and save on maintenance costs. After the tournament, the stands will go, dropping capacity from 35,000 to 25,000. There's a prison across the road, too, but it's been redecorated to make it less obvious to visitors. WHAT TO KNOW Yekaterinburg is less than 300 years old and was a springboard for the Russian Empire's colonization of Central Asia. After the Russian Revolution ousted the monarchy, Czar Nicholas II and his family were exiled to Yekaterinburg by their Soviet captors and later shot dead in a basement. July 17 will see commemorations of the 100-year anniversary of their deaths. WHAT TO DO Adventurous fans can use Yekaterinburg as a jumping-off point to explore the Urals or head further east into the Asian part of Russia. In the city, take in some elegant Czarist-era architecture or sample Russian craft beer. Yekaterinburg was one of the first cities to embrace the craft craze with tasty IPAs. World Cup matches will be shown on a big screen in Mayakovsky Park in the center of the city. GAMES TO WATCH Yekaterinburg will host four matches at the World Cup, all in the group stage. Egypt and Uruguay will meet on June 15 in Group A, before France comes to town on June 21 to face Peru in Group C. Next up will be Japan and Senegal in Group H on June 24, and then Mexico against Sweden in Group F on June 27......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018