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Jr. NBA: Sexton, Ticha want young Pinoy ballers to keep working

Being great at basketball is a lot of hard work. It takes a lot of dedication and for most players that get to an elite level, preparation starts at a very young age. And so for the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines program, Cleveland Cavaliers rookie Collin Sexton and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro want aspiring young Pinoy ballers to keep working and chasing that elusive basketball dream. [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] Penicheiro, who left her native Portugal to pursue a career in basketball in the United States, says that programs like Jr. NBA are a great help to aspiring athletes all over the globe. It’s something she wished she had access to growing up. “It’s amazing, they [Jr. NBA athletes] don’t even know how lucky they are. I wish when i was their age I had an opportunity to play in a league like the Jr. NBA,” Penicheiro told ABS-CBN Sports. “Anytime you associate the name, ‘NBA’ to anything, it’s major right? Basketball is a growing sport and the NBA does a great job of creating opportunities for young kids not just boys but also girls,” she added. Penicheiro was the no. 2 pick of the 1998 WNBA Draft and she won the WNBA title in 2005 with the Sacramento Monarchs. She officially retired in 2012 and has since transitioned into being an agent. “I think the secret for success is to love what you do and work hard. Those are the two things that I know I did and it worked out for me,” Ticha said. “I completely love the game and I worked everyday to get better. These kids, the most important thing is they have fun because they’re still kids and to have big dreams to to work hard to accomplish those dreams. Also helping out the top youth players aged 13-14 for the 2019 Jr. NBA Philippines program is Collin Sexton, the Cavs’ top lottery pick from last year. Sexton, who finished with an average of 16.6 points, 3 rebounds, and 2.8 assists for his rookie year in Cleveland, is also big on work ethic and that’s what he’d like to remind everyone over at Jr. NBA Philippines. “Just keep working. Someone is still watching,” Sexton told ABS-CBN Sports. “Don’t ever give up on yourself and believe when nobody else does. I can be a testament to that just because when people were doubting me, I just kept working,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2019

‘Auring’ weakens, leaves 1 dead; Bicol seen rainy

‘Auring’ weakens, leaves 1 dead; Bicol seen rainy.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Saving the harvest

Farmers in Barangay Magpanambo, Polangui, Albay start harvesting their rice, which was damaged by flash floods at the height of Typhoon ‘Nina’ that hit the Bicol Region last week. Albay is one of the top rice-producing provinces in the country. Ver Noveno.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 9th, 2017

Isi-shave (ang buhok) kapag natalo pa kami -- Lady Blazers

The College of St. Benilde players sported a new look. Nope, the girls of coach Macky Carino aren’t following a new hairstyle trend for 2017. The reigning champion Lady Blazers are using it as a motivation for the 92nd NCAA women’s volleyball. Some sort of self-flagellation.  Players of the Taft-based squad decided to cut their hair short as punishment after their five-set loss to Lyceum of the Philippines University last month.   “Kasi parang sugal nila ‘yun eh. Kapag natalo ng isang game putol ng buhok sila-sila,” said Carino Thursday after CSB’s 12-25, 25-17, 25-23, 25-19, win against the San Beda Lionesses at The Arena in San Juan. Coming into the season, the Lady Blazers set a goal to sweep the tournament in their bid for a back-to-back.   “Usapan na nila ‘yun kasi ang target namin this season, kami-kami lang, sweep talaga,” Carino said. “So kapag ‘di namin na-sweep at natalo ng isa, putol ng buhok.” Carino welcomed the decision of the team, seeing it as sign of unity and dedication among his players.  “Sila-sila kasi ang nag-uusap eh. Nagulat na lang ako a few days after ng game namin against LPU pagbalik ko putol na ang buhok nila,” he said. “So sabi ko at least nakikita ko na buo ang team ko. Sila-sila gumagawa ng paraan para ma-motivate.” Third-year middle Ranya Musa, who had 11 points, explained that it was the decision of the whole team to trim their hair each time they drop a match. The Lady Blazers had their first trip to the salon a few days after CSB dropped a 22-25, 26-24, 18-25, 25-20, 10-15, decider against LPU. They sported a shoulder-length haircut in their bounce back win against Emilio Aguinaldo College but then decided to crop their tops a bit more during the holiday break.         “Actually usapan namin ng teammate namin na si Rachel Austerio na ‘pag hindi namin na-sweep ay magpapagupit kami ng short hair, super short hair,” said Musa, who had to part with her long flowing hair. “Kasi kaming lahat na babae ayaw talaga naming magpa-super short hair. So nung natalo kami nada-down kami kasi nga natalo kami and then ‘yun parang nagpa-short hair kami. Doon naming na-boost ang confidence namin para manalo kami sa EAC at ngayon sa Beda.” The Lady Blazers, now at solo second with a 6-1 card, still have two games left in the elimination round against Arellano University on Wednesday before the Finals rematch against unbeaten San Sebastian College (6-0) on January 25. But what will happen if ever they lose again?    “Ewan ko kung ano ang gagawin nila kapag natalo pa kami ng isang game,” said Carino. Musa answered, “Isi-shave na namin kapag natalo pa po kami, hindi ko alam? Magsi-shave daw ‘yung next step kapag natalo kami, so dapat hindi.” So, good luck girls.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 5th, 2017

ONE Championship: Rene Catalan gives honest assessment on Jomary Torres latest loss

Catalan Fighting System head coach Rene "The Challenger" Catalan talks honestly about his prized pupil's missed opportunity at ONE: MASTERS OF DESTINY on Friday, 12 July.   In a critical contest which could determine her future in ONE Championship, CFS’ Jomary "The Zamboanginian Fighter" Torres lost by first-round submission to Jihin "Shadow Cat" Radzuan in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.   Torres was on the retreat from the opening bell, and she never found her rhythm the entire night.   Catalan revealed that Torres deviated from the months-long game plan they worked on, and he refused to beat around the bush in expressing his disappointment with his athlete.   “She’s still doing the same things she did in her previous contests,” Catalan said.    “We worked intently for three months, even up to the warm ups we were doing drills to improve her muscle memory, but it was still lacking [in the ring],” Catalan added. “Our game plan was to move forward, hit her with a jab and a combo, step back, and pivot, but we didn’t see that in the ring.”    The submission loss, which came by way of triangle choke, was Torres' fourth consecutive defeat at The Home of Martial Arts, and Catalan did not exactly mince his words over the loss.   “I told her that her stock in ONE Championship is plummeting,” Catalan said. “There were a lot of expectations of her, and now they’re dismayed because she keeps on backpedaling.”   “There was no eagerness to knock her opponent out. Even I am dismayed because I know Jihin would have a harder time if she applied the game plan.”    Despite his brutal honesty, Catalan is still a believer of Torres. However, he remains firm that he will no longer accept “moral victories.”   “I told her to stop thinking about friends who would say ‘it’s okay, better luck next time.’ There’s a difference between ‘that’s okay’ and ‘congratulations,’” Catalan said.   “I always tell her that there’s no tomorrow. There’s no next time. Of course, if she loses, it also effects the team and the coaches, and that’s why we’re working intently on her game.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News14 hr. 51 min. ago

EAC hero Jethro Mendoza makes mark as NCAA 95 s first Player of the Week

Just a week into the NCAA Season 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament, graduating guard Jethro Mendoza has already given Emilio Aguinaldo College a moment to remember. Mendoza hit the go-ahead layup with 1.5 seconds remaining as EAC pulled off a monumental 84-82 stunner over back-to-back runner-up Lyceum last Friday at Filoil Fying V Centre. That game-winner alone was more than enough for the sweet-shooting guard to earn the season's first Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award. Along with the shot that sank the league heavyweight, Mendoza poured eight of his team-high 21 points in the closing stretch, towing the Generals to their first win against the Pirates since 2016 and biggest triumph overall since beating eventual champion Letran back in 2015.     He buried six triples to anchor his scoring explosion and also tallied four rebounds, two assists, and a steal against zero turnovers in 26 minutes of action.  “Sabi lang namin, atin ‘to, lalaban tayo hanggang matapos. Kahit na nakakahabol na sila, gawin lang namin ‘yung tama,” said Mendoza, who made sure EAC repelled Lyceum’s fightback from 18 points down.   It also helped that first-year head coach Oliver Bunyi has full trust in his deadshot shooter.  “I was telling them, even if Jethro is doing 0-of-10 in the first part, I will still trust him to take the ball outside. That’s his job. ‘Yun naman, naging successful siya,” said Bunyi.  Mendoza bested Jerrick Balanza of Letran, RK Ilagan of San Sebastian, Jaycee Marcelino of Lyceum, Edgar Charcos of Perpetual, and the San Beda troika of James Canlas, Evan Nelle and Donald Tankoua for the weekly award handed out by scribes from print and online covering the beat......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

PVL: Gusto kong mag-give back sa Army -- Gonzaga

ANTIPOLO -- Jovelyn Gonzaga knew that she had to start from scratch to regain her old form and reintroduce herself after a long layoff. Two years removed from competitive volleyball, the PacificTown Army lefty opposite spiker did her best to contribute to the Lady Troopers’ cause. It was not a rosy road for the celebrated Ilongga, who battled a devastating knee injury that kept her from playing since 2017. Back on court with her Army comrades, Gonzaga was a shadow of her former self but it didn’t stop her from displaying her unquestionable heart throughout the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference.      It’s no wonder, the former national team member burst into tears after landing the bronze-medal clinching ace in the Lady Troopers’ 18-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-15, 15-13, win on Sunday in the best-of-three battle for third decider against BanKo at the Ynares Sports Center here.        “Kasi di ba kakabalik ko lang sa laro? Gusto ko maglaro sa Army, sobrang support ng Army sa akin and at the same time ang tagal na naming di naglalaro,” said Gonzaga. PacificTown Army, just like Gonzaga skipped, competitive volleyball as a team for almost three years. Coming into the league as newcomers the Lady Troopers showed the field that they can still pull the trigger. Gonzaga though playing below 100% of her vintage form, delivered what was needed of her.   “Gusto ko talagang mag-give back sa Army sa pagpayag sa akin pag intindi sa case ko,” said Gonzaga, who is also playing in the Philippine Superliga for Cignal. “Gusto ko every time ang ano ko talaga is to give back, na every game ko para sa Army para sa mga sumusuporta at mga naniniwala sa Army.” Down 1-2 in the series decider, the Lady Troopers needed a great comeback. Gonzaga knew she had to contribute.        “Sobrang sarap sa feeling kasi ang mentality ko lang sa loob ng court, though hindi ako nasiset-an lagi, ang mentality ko kung saan ako makakapa-gstep up para makatulong sa team,” said Gonzaga. “’Yun talaga ang focus ko receive, depensa, blocking, service so thankful ako kay Papa God na sa duration ng game nagawa ko yung part ko sa team.” After forcing a deciding set, the Army found itself trailing, 6-10. The Lady Troopers slowly cut their deficit before taking a 13-12 lead.   Ukrainian Lena Lymareva-Flink broke a 13-13 deadlock before Gonzaga heroic series-clinching ace. “So hanggat maaari, this time, di ako papayag na di kami mapasama, manalo sa third spot,” she said. “So nung time na ‘yun ang mentality ko lang talaga is i’ll give my best na para makatulong at maipanalo yung laban.” Win the game and the bronze she did.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 14th, 2019

Asian Games gold medalist Margielyn Didal happy to see growth in Philippine skateboarding scene

Twenty-year old Margielyn Didal was one of the Philippine contingent's biggest stars during last year's Asian Games in Jakarta/Palembang.  The Cebuana was one of four Filipina athletes to take home a gold medal, representing the tri-colors in an event that wasn't necessarily a popular sport in the Philippines: street skateboarding.  Nearly a year since, the Philippine skateboarding scene is seemingly getting more and more traction, and Didal's success on the big stage served as a catalyst.  "I think the Philippine skateboarding scene, malaki siya, and it’s getting bigger and bigger, especially because they put it in the Olympics, and some parents are interested in putting their kids into skateboarding now," Didal shared during a media scrum at the New Balance Numeric Asia Specific Tour, Friday afternoon in Manila. "I’m super hyped na mas lumaki yung skate scene and mas nabigyan ng pansin." Since becoming an Asian Games gold medalist, life has not been the same for Didal, who has continued to compete with the hopes of qualifying for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.  "It [has been] hectic, with schedule and skate events especially, for these qualification and ranking for the Olympics. I’m super happy about that, getting support from the Philippine government." she said.  For Didal, the busy life is all worth it, especially since the Philippine skateboarding scene is getting some shine along with it.  "Sobrang mas naging busy yung life, pero mas naging okay kasi nabigyan ng pansin nga yun skateboarding dito sa Pilipinas, kasi dati, wala lang." "Before hindi naman sport yung skateboarding. Skateboarding is to have fun. Even now, we’re still having fun, in a good way naman na we’re getting support, we’re getting exposure, at mas lumaki pa nga, tsaka skateboarding kasi, sobrang saya. Hindi ko na-expect na gagawin siyang sport, and from this, I’ve changed my life a lot, and my family’s," she continued.  As such, Didal has become an inspiration to aspiring skaters in the Philippines. Pinoy skateboarders, young and young at heart alike, trooped to the press conference with hopes of getting to meet, and take photos with Didal as well as the other members of the New Balance Skate Team, including Jamie Foy and Franky Villiani.  Seeing the turnout was an amazing feeling for the young Filipina skater.  "Sa mga kids din diyan na naiinspire ng mga pro-skaters katulad ni Jamie Foy, it’s such an honor and it feels amazing na may na-iinspire kami na mga kids or mga other skaters din na gusto mag-skate or yung nag-stop mag-skate and gusto bumalik dahil nami-miss nila yung feeling pag-skateboard." It wasn't only the fans that took notice of Didal's success, but also her hometown's government. Following her Asian Games gold, the Cebu City government pledged the construction of a skate park, which will not only hopefully develop even more future medalists, but also keep them from skating in potentially dangerous places like the streets and main throroughfare.  "It’s such an honor to represent the Philippines, especially for me, I grew up in my hometown without a skate park, getting chased by security, but still, we made it, and now they recognize us and give us the support. That’s overwhelming, na nakita nila lahat, na gusto nila mag-build ng skate park for all skaters," Didal said of the development.  Apart from bringing honor to the country, Didal was also able to show the world that while skating is mainly a male-dominated sport, the girls can hang as well.  "Before, it’s kinda [considered] as male stuff, now there are girl skaters growing all over the world, and it’s good, seeing these girls skating, shredding with them in big events, it’s cool that these girls can skate." Barely in her 20s, Didal still has a lot more skating to do in her career, but already, she has an idea of what she wants her legacy to be when it's all said and done, and that's to have been able to share her talent and her knowledge to the next crop of star skaters.  "I want to share my talent sa ibang tao," Didal expressed. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 12th, 2019

Arsenal s 2019/20 home kit launched

adidas Football and Arsenal launched a progressive new era for the London club. Revealing a fresh new home strip design that nods to the iconic adidas shirts of the past with a distinctively modern twist, the debut collection sets the tone for an innovative new partnership. The all-new kit design for the 2019/20 season features a classic all-over red body, complimented by popping white sleeves and contrasting collar. The white high collar design is emblazoned with a central red stripe and black trimming. This design is repeated on both sleeves and the distinctive three stripes run across the shoulder in a bright white. The 2019/20 home kit kicks off the brand-new partnership between adidas and Arsenal, which aims to push the club forward both on and off the pitch. adidas Football General Manager Nick Craggs commented; “Arsenal has always had a unique culture that has seen them at the forefront of innovation, redefining the game, whilst staying true to their core values. We’re excited to be a part of that and, of course, delivering iconic kits that Arsenal fans love”. Managing Director of Arsenal, Vinai Venkatesham, said, “adidas’ core values mirror ours, they’re progressive and innovative and their bold ambitions for the club and the partnership are aligned with our own. We’re excited to have adidas by our side as we continue to develop and push boundaries together both on and off the field, the Arsenal way”. “The release is accompanied by a film ‘This is home’, which explores a timely and powerful message of inclusion; showing how first team players from around the world feel so at home in London and at Arsenal, they’ve become part of the fabric of the club and the community, adopting accents of North London and real Arsenal fans. The spot features players past and present alongside fans including Idris Elba, Ian Wright, Tony Adams, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Vivianne Miedema and Mattéo Guendouzi.” The Arsenal home kit, which includes the home jersey (Php3,300), shorts (Php1,600), and socks (Php800) is now available at the Arsenal.com, adidas.com.ph and in stores. For further information please visit adidas.com.ph/football or follow @adidasfootball on Instagram or twitter to join the conversation......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

Arsenal s 2019/20 home kit launched

adidas Football and Arsenal launched a progressive new era for the London club. Revealing a fresh new home strip design that nods to the iconic adidas shirts of the past with a distinctively modern twist, the debut collection sets the tone for an innovative new partnership. The all-new kit design for the 2019/20 season features a classic all-over red body, complimented by popping white sleeves and contrasting collar. The white high collar design is emblazoned with a central red stripe and black trimming. This design is repeated on both sleeves and the distinctive three stripes run across the shoulder in a bright white. The 2019/20 home kit kicks off the brand-new partnership between adidas and Arsenal, which aims to push the club forward both on and off the pitch. adidas Football General Manager Nick Craggs commented; “Arsenal has always had a unique culture that has seen them at the forefront of innovation, redefining the game, whilst staying true to their core values. We’re excited to be a part of that and, of course, delivering iconic kits that Arsenal fans love”. Managing Director of Arsenal, Vinai Venkatesham, said, “adidas’ core values mirror ours, they’re progressive and innovative and their bold ambitions for the club and the partnership are aligned with our own. We’re excited to have adidas by our side as we continue to develop and push boundaries together both on and off the field, the Arsenal way”. “The release is accompanied by a film ‘This is home’, which explores a timely and powerful message of inclusion; showing how first team players from around the world feel so at home in London and at Arsenal, they’ve become part of the fabric of the club and the community, adopting accents of North London and real Arsenal fans. The spot features players past and present alongside fans including Idris Elba, Ian Wright, Tony Adams, Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil, Vivianne Miedema and Mattéo Guendouzi.” The Arsenal home kit, which includes the home jersey (Php3,300), shorts (Php1,600), and socks (Php800) is now available at the Arsenal.com, adidas.com.ph and in stores. For further information please visit adidas.com.ph/football or follow @adidasfootball on Instagram or twitter to join the conversation......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 9th, 2019

PBA: Hindi kami yun -- Victolero on Magnolia s second straight loss

Magnolia’s third quarter collapse was the story of the game for the Hotshots. What started out to be a good first half for Magnolia turned sour in a nightmarish third quarter showing that saw the Hotshots allow Barangay Ginebra to rack up 32 points in the frame. That was enough for the Gin Kings to pull away and cop a 102-81 win Sunday in the 20109 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome. “Medyo we had a bad start sa third quarter. I think they scored more than 30 points in the third quarter,” admitted Magnolia coach Chito Victolero. The Hotshots started off with a 10-0 lead and held a slim 47-46 lead at the half. Then the Gin Kings steamrolled their way to a comfortable cushion behind workhorse import Justin Brownlee, who played a career night with personal-best 49 points coupled by 20 rebounds and seven assists for an almost triple-double performance. “May kaunting problem yung depensa namin. Unang una ‘yung transition defense namin noong third and then nahirapan kami maka-adjust doon sa depensa kay Brownlee – he scored 49 points,” said Victolero. Overall, Magnolia allowed Ginebra to tally 56 points in the second half and even went down to a 102-79 hole in the fourth. The last four minutes of the game became a jam session for the Gin Kings’ Japeth Aguilar, stuffing three slam dunks.   “Hindi kami yun,” said Victolero of Magnolia’s uncharacteristic defensive lapses. “Hindi kami mananalo on any team if they scored 100 plus points. We have to limit our opponents under 90 points.” The Hotshots suffered their second straight defeat to fall to 5-4 win-loss slate. “Medyo mabigat kasi coming from a five-game winning streak and then we have a two-game losing streak naman,” the mentor said. “I don’t want to make an excuse kasi maganda naman ang nilalaro ng mga kalaban namin. Siguro they are more prepared than us. It’s my job now to motivate and push my players.” Magnolia will take on Rain or Shine on Wednesday, hoping to clinch its sixth win to secure a spot in the quarterfinals. “Mas gusto ko ito kasi at least yung chances namin, nandoon pa sa kamay namin. We don’t want na aasa kami sa ibang teams,” said Victolero. “Yun ang maganda lang na we have another chance on Wednesday against Rain or Shine. Ita-try ulit namin. Dalawang try kami, medyo minalas kami, but hopefully on the next time, maging swerte naman.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

Yamaha Mio Sporty: A Practical and Perfect Beginner Bike

So you just learned how to ride and you’re looking for a bike that would be great for both traveling around the city and weekend getaways? Ride Mo ‘To and adventure blogger/motorcycle enthusiast Kara Santos recommend the all-new Yamaha Mio Sporty. Lightweight, easily maneuverable, comfortable, and automatic, this scooter is the perfect ride for beginners. Find out more in the video below.     The Yamaha Mio Sporty is definitely newbie-friendly, but perhaps its best selling point is its price. Available at just P66,900, this sleek, stylish, and fuel-efficient bike is most certainly worth every peso. So it’s just not for beginners—it’s for everyone looking to save on gas. Other noteworthy features include:   - 115cc engine - One-click start (with an option for kick-start)  - A disk brake for improved stopping power - Euro 3 compliant (it’s safer for the environment)   The Yamaha Mio Sporty is available in six appealing colorways. Ride yours today by clicking here.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 8th, 2019

PBA: Mark Barroca got a lovely surprise last Father s Day

Magnolia guard Mark Barroca received the most precious gift a man could ever receive last Father’s Day. Though it took a month before the basketball star’s wife, Ruselle, to post the good news on her Youtube channel, it was still a heart-warming video for the now growing Barroca family nonetheless, as they announced that they are expecting a new baby.  “S’yempre sobrang overwhelmed ako,” said a very happy Mark Barroca on Sunday before the Hotshots’ Manila Clasico match against Barangay Ginebra in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup at the Big Dome.    “Noong Father’s Day pa ‘yun, eh maaga pa para magsabi na buntis na siya eh kasi pwede pang mawala ‘yun ‘di ba?” he added. “So hinintay muna namin magkaroon ng heartbeat, nagpa-check up kami and ayun may heartbeat na.” Mark Barroca said that it is blessing that the couple has been praying for years.                View this post on Instagram                   Nung nakaraang Father’s Day, sobra akong natuwa sa regalo na binigay ng asawa ko. Yun na yung pinaka maganda at pinaka masarap na feeling naramdaman ko sa regalo na binigay niya sa akin. Salamat, Panginoon. Thank you mahal????????. Mahal na mahal ko kayo! Kung gusto nyong malaman kung ano yun please click the link in my bio. Blessed Sunday!!!!! A post shared by Andy Mark Barroca (@mark14barroca) on Jul 6, 2019 at 8:37pm PDT “Ang tagal namin hinintay, ang tagal namin nag-try and biniyayaan kami. Worth it para sa amin kasi ang tagal ng inantay namin, ang tagal na pinag-pray namin,” he said. “Ilang breaks na kami sa team na pumunta kami ng ibang bansa para mag try na magka baby pero wala talaga.” After Magnolia’s 2019 Philippine Cup Finals heartbreak to sister-team San Miguel Beer, Mark asked Ruselle for a short vacation in Dubai. A time away from the daily grind of playing professional basketball.   “Noong Dubai nga, biglaan lang. Pagkatapos namin ng Finals pumunta kami,” said Mark. “Sabi ko nga sobrang blessing na hindi man kami nanalo [sa championship] at least ‘yung blessing [na magkaroon ng anak] ‘yung mga hindi mababayaran na moment na narinig ko galing sa asawa ko.” Then came the Father’s Day surprise. Russelle filmed her preparation all the way to handing Mark her gift. Together with their 6-year-old daughter, Natalie Faith, Mark got the best gift that special day. “Tinanong niya kasi ako kung anong gift daw gusto ko para sa Father’s Day, sabi ko sa kanya na kahit ano lang na ibibigay niya. ‘Yun pala pinaghandaan niya, na-surprise talaga ako,” he said. “Kasi noong pagbigay niya ng regalo, nagulat ako, ‘Uy, ano to?’ Pagkakita ko may damit ng bata eh wala nang bata sa amin eh, malaki na si Natalie.” “Sabi ko sa kanya, ‘Buntis ka ba?’ And sabi niya nga na four weeks na, sobrang saya ko lang noong time na ‘yun,” he added. Though the couple has yet to know the gender of their baby, Mark said that they already have possible names in mind. “May pangalan na kami, hindi pa namin sasabihin,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 7th, 2019

Kawhi Leonard: 10 things to know

NBA.com staff report Kawhi Leonard has quickly risen from unheralded prospect to global superstar during his eight-year NBA career. With his highly anticipated free agent decision made, here are 10 things to know about the two-time Finals MVP. * * * Raised In California: Kawhi Anthony Leonard was born on June 29, 1991, in Los Angeles, California. He was the youngest of five children with four older sisters. During his freshman year of high school, his mother was out of town for work during his team's basketball tryouts so he missed the session. He played football instead that season and didn't start playing basketball at Canyon Springs High School until his sophomore year. Mr. Basketball: He played his next two seasons at Riverside King, where he went on to win California's Mr. Basketball during his senior year. After the tragic death of his father in 2008, he scored 17 points the next night and broke down in his mother's arms after the game. "Basketball is my life, and I wanted to go out there and take my mind off it," he said postgame. Aztec Legend: Kawhi took his talents to nearby San Diego State University for his collegiate career. He was dominant in college, especially on defense, as he led the Aztecs to back-to-back Mountain West Conference tournament championships. His team reached the Sweet 16 before being eliminated by eventual NCAA Tournament champion UConn during his sophomore season. After the tournament, Kawhi declared his intention to enter the 2011 NBA Draft. Draft Night Deal: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich called the decision to trade for Kawhi on Draft night the "toughest" decision he had to make during his 20-plus seasons in San Antonio. The decision was difficult because the Spurs had to part ways with valued young guard George Hill in the deal with the Indiana Pacers. But the move paid off for San Antonio as Kawhi quickly adjusted to the NBA game and showed flashes of star potential. He finished fourth in Rookie of the Year voting and earned a spot on the 2012 All-Rookie First Team. Mr. Economical: Despite his early success, Kawhi didn't let his first NBA paychecks steer him away from his frugal ways. During his first few seasons in the NBA, he continued to drive the same Chevy Malibu he drove in college. "It's paid off," he said in 2004. "I don't have a car note on it. It's good on gas. It's a good commuter car if you don't want to drive your luxury car." His friends and family eventually convinced him to buy a Porsche, which he would only drive on gamedays. Daily Grind: Kawhi quickly earned a reputation in San Antonio for his work ethic as he trained alongside legendary Spurs players Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker. Longtime Spurs assistant coach Chip Engelland helped Kawhi perfect his shooting form by having him study the forms of Kobe Bryant and Richard Jefferson. Breakthrough Moment: The hard work paid off for Kawhi as he continued to blossom on the title-contending Spurs. After losing to the Miami Heat in seven games during the 2013 Finals, the Spurs returned to The Finals in 2014 and avenged their defeat with a 4-1 series win over Miami. Kawhi was key for San Antonio with averages of 17.8 points on 61.2 percent shooting, 6.4 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.2 blocks. At age 22, Kawhi became the third youngest player in NBA history to win Finals MVP and the youngest since Magic Johnson in 1980. Out Of The Spotlight: His rise to fame during the 2014 Finals didn't change his day-to-day mindset. According to Engelland in 2017, "He hasn’t been tricked by any of the NBA glamour or bright lights, big city. A lot of smart, great players have been. You get lost and forget the process, forget why you began to play. With him, it’s like, ‘What’d you do last night?’ ‘Watched a little TV. I was with friends. My mom cooked dinner.’ Those are very common nights for him.” Derailed By Injury: The two-time Defensive Player of the Year enjoyed a relatively injury-free start to his career with the Spurs. But everything changed when he re-aggravated an ankle injury during Game 1 of the 2017 West finals. The injury, and subsequent recovery, forced Kawhi to miss the remainder of the series and all but 9 games during 2017-18. After the season, Kawhi expressed his desire to be traded by the Spurs. He was dealt to the Toronto Raptors on July 18, 2018. Legendary Company: It was a storybook season for Kawhi and the Raptors as he led Toronto to their first NBA championship in franchise history. Kawhi was unstoppable throughout the playoffs with clutch play after play, including an instantly iconic series-winner in the East semifinals. He joined LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the only players in NBA history to win Finals MVP with two different teams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 6th, 2019

PVL: Bionic Ilongga Gonzaga busy at work

Jovelyn Gonzaga is truly living up to her ‘Bionic Ilongga’ moniker. Just hours after arriving in Manila from an out-of-town game with Cignal in a different club league, Gonzaga suited up for PacificTown Army for Game 1 of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference best-of-three semifinals against defending champion Creamline on Wednesday. The Lady Troopers may have bowed down to the Cool Smashers, 24-26, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, but Gonzaga’s dedication to fulfill her commitment with the PVL and the Philippine Superliga showed her professionalism.     “‘Yun na ‘yun eh, parang I don’t have a choice. ‘Pag sinasabihan nila ako na, ‘nakakapagod naman ang ginagawa mo’ if I only have a choice, pipiliin ko na magpahinga but I don’t have a choice,” said Gonzaga. The lefty Ilongga, who’s back in competitive volleyball action after almost two years of recovery from a knee injury and military service, played for the HD Spikers in a lost cause against F2 Logistics in the PSL All-Filipino Conference game Tuesday night in Cadiz City in Negros Occidental. She flew back to the Big City Wednesday morning for the PVL semis at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Even after a tiring trip, Gonzaga, who is slowly regaining her old, dangerous form, played a decent game for the Lady Troopers with 12 digs, 11 excellent receptions and four points in four sets of play.    “I’m embracing the situation. ‘Yun na lang ang ginagawa ko ngayon,” said Gonzaga, who will fly back to Negros on Thursday morning for Cignal’s match against Generika-Ayala in Silay City. The former indoor and beach volleyball national team player will return to Manila on Friday morning. Game 2 of the semis is on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo City. But even with her busy schedule, juggling her stints in two leagues, Gonzaga keeps in mind her health and safety. “Ang goal ko kasi I have to enjoy one game at a time. Every day I have to enjoy,” she said. “Ayoko kasing pressuring ang sarili ko.” “The more ko na pe-pressurin ang sarili ko, the more na magawa ko ang mga bagay beyond may limit, baka ibuwis buhay ko na naman. This time I’m at the point na kung ano lang ang kaya ko yun muna ang ipapakita ko,” Gonzaga added. “I have to overcome each day. Kailangan ko lang ma-survive ang araw. Kailangan ko lang mai-survive ko yung laro ko na I’m safe. Yun na muna ang pina-prioritize ko ngayon.”     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Mission accomplished siya -- Angels coach Laniog on Nunag

PetroGazz proved its doubters wrong that the Angels are all just about their high-scoring, hard-hitting duo of Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Johnson. Salas and Johnson logged in their usual numbers, but PetroGazz unleashed another weapon in its arsenal with middles Cherry Nunag and Jeanette Panaga delivering the goods in the Angels’ four-set win over BanKo to draw first blood in the best-of-three Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference Final Four. “Dati pa namin talaga pinupukpok eh. Di naman kami nagpapaapekto sa mga bashers kasi normal naman. Kasi the more na nananalo ka, tumataas, the more na lumalabas ang mga bashers,” said PetroGazz Arnold Laniog following his squad’s 25-19, 25-15, 21-25, 25-12, victory. “Totoo talaga, we have good imports. We have percentage imports but talagang kailangan din namin ang locals which is yung dalawang middles. Alam din namin na kaya nilang mag-deliver,” added Laniog. “So from training talagang pin-push namin sila. Binibigyan namin ng overload talaga para pagdating talaga sa game kailangang maka-gain ng respect kami sa mga middle blockers.” Nunag backed Salas’ 25 points and Johnson’s 23 markers with 12 points built on nine attacks, two kill blocks and an ace. Two-time Best Middle Blocker winner Panaga scored nine with six coming off aces. “Sabi ko nga yung BanKo is no. 1 sa blocking because of [Yasemin] Yildirim and [Kathy] Bersola but since wala si Yildirim sabi ko kay Cherry and Panaga, ‘it’s your time to dominate the middle attack dahil wala na si Yildirim,’” said Laniog. The mentor was particularly impressed with Nunag’s performance.  “Luckily naman nagawa kanina ni Cherry but not totally in attack but yung blocking niya sa spikers ng kalaban kumbaga nagawa niya. Mission accomplished siya doon,” he said.       However, Nunag stressed that she still has a lot to improve on. “OK naman pero feeling ko mayroon pa akong kailangang i-adjust, medyo kulang pa. Push pa kami para sa second game,” said Nunag. “Also ako tatag pa sa blocking kasi medyo kulang pa.” Game 2 of the semis is on Saturday at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 3rd, 2019

Jet Spikers outlast Nationals; HD Spikers take semis top seed

Philippine Air Force showed its might as it overpowered Rebisco-Philippines, 25-23, 9-25, 23-25, 25-23, 16-14, Tuesday in the 2019 Spikers’ Turf Reinforced Conference at the Paco Arena in Manila.   Ranran Abdilla uncorked 24 points coming off 17 attacks, six aces, and a block while also adding 21 receptions and six digs for an all-around performance for the Jet Spikers, who tied Cignal with a 10-1 win-loss record. Fauzi Ismail added 14 markers for Air Force, which sent the Nationals to an 8-3 slate a day before the squad flies to Thailand for a weeklong tournament. Ismail scored off a kill as the Jet Spikers broke a 14-14 deuce in the deciding frame. Madz Gampong then delivered the final blow with a kill from the right wing. “Tinry ko ‘yung Air Force team ko kung hanggang saan sila aabot kapag wala yung sila Bryan [Bagunas], sila Kim [Malabunga], saka Francis [Saura], so ‘yun ginawa naman [nila] yung dapat nilang gawin,” said Air Force head coach Rhovyl Verayo. “[Pinahiram] ko muna ‘yung ibang players ko doon sa National Team kasi they’re going to Thailand tomorrow ‘di ba, kasi alam ko hindi pa rin sila buo eh,” he added. Bagunas collected 26 points on 22 attacks, three blocks, and an ace with his 17 excellent receptions for the Nationals. The National Team is set to fly out to Thailand on Wednesday for the 2019 Sealect Tuna Volleyball Championships. Meanwhile, after a disappointing loss to Sta. Elena last Sunday, Cignal vented its ire on the Animo Green Blazing Spikers, 25-21, 25-16, 25-17. Ysay Marasigan paced Cignal with 12 points while Marck Espejo added 11 points for the HD Spikers, who took the top seed in the semis by virtue of higher tiebreak over Air Force. Animo, who bowed out of competition with a 5-6 card, was led by Kieffer Reyes with six points. In a battle of also-ran squads, the Phoenix Volley Masters ran past the Philippine Coast Guard Dolphins in four sets, 27-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-20, to notch their second win in nine outings. Razzel Palisoc fired 11 points on nine attacks and two blocks while Mark Enciso and Lorenze Santos had nine points each for IEM. Jonarth Molinyawe and Esmail Kasim both scored 14 points for Coast Guard, who remained winless in nine starts......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2019

POC s July 5 special election cancelled

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) special election set on July 5 will not push through pending its compliance with the International Olympic Committee’s request for clarifications on resignations of its members and to convene a general assembly. “We have been advised as of June 29 that in the relation of the election on July, 5 we were instructed by the IOC and the OCA to formalize the vacancies of positions in the Executive Board. So the IOC will only accept written resignation,” said Secretary-General Charlie Ho on Monday during the POC Board’s special meeting at the GSIS Building in Pasay. The IOC and Olympic Council of Asia, in a letter to the POC dated June 29, said that they have been following the situation of the country’s Olympic body for the past few months and that the recurrent internal and personal disputes ‘have been affecting the POC’s reputation in the country and internationally.’        In line with this, the IOC and OCA requested the POC to clarify the current situation of the Executive Board and provide a copy of a formal letter of resignation signed by the member concerned. The international body also asked the POC to convene an extraordinary general assembly to address the current situation and take appropriate decisions to fill in any vacancy. An observer from the IOC and OCA will attend the said general assembly.   Ricky Vargas stepped down as president of the POC on June 18 and was succeeded by 1st vice president Joey Romsanta. However, Romasanta and 2nd vice president Jeff Tamayo’s eligibility were questioned with regards to the POC bylaws as chairman Bambol Tolentino called for a special election on July 5. During a supposedly general assembly last week, that was eventually deemed invalid because of technicalities, several members of the Board ‘expressed’ their intention to vacate their position to give way for the election. However, they have yet to tender their formal resignation. “As of today we only have three positions vacant,” said Ho. “The position of president, vacated by Ricky Vargas, and also two members of the Board Clint Aranas and Cynthia Carrion.” Ho added that those who also expressed their intention to step down from their positions have until July 5 to tender their formal resignation including Tolentino.     “We have yet to receive their resignation letters not verbal, not through social media because that’s what the IOC requires, a written resignation,” said Ho. The POC will have to comply with the IOC and OCA’s requests first before holding an election.   “We don't have a time frame because we have to get an approval from the IOC,” said Ho. “We want to hold elections as soon as we can, as long as it is in coordination with our by-laws.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 1st, 2019

PVL: Nag-apologize naman siya sabi niya nadala lang siya sa emosyon niya -- Bermillo on ‘batukan’ incident

BaliPure libero Jewelle Bermillo was just doing her job when she tried to save the ball in the closing moment of the first set of the Water Defenders’ match against defending champion Creamline on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. She was about to get the ball that could’ve extended the frame with Creamline already at set point, 24-19. However, Montenegrin import Danijela Dzakovic was also trying to get to the ball from the backline. Unfortunately, all their efforts came into naught as they failed to keep the play alive. It was just an all too common case of miscommunication, but what happened next made Dzakovic and Bermillo a topic that went viral on social media. In a spur of the moment reaction after losing the set, Dzakovic hit Bermillo on the back of her head out of frustration that shocked not only their teammates but everyone who saw the play and the replays that followed. “Sobrang nagulat ako. Tinawanan ko po pero hindi ko napigilan [umiyak]. Sobrang sakit pero okay lang part ng game,” said Bermillo after BaliPure’s 19-25, 15-25, 18-25, defeat. The hit on her head was so hard, Bermillo even lost one of her contact lens. “Sa sobrang lakas po natanggal ‘yung contact lens ko,” said the San Sebastian College standout.   The reaction of the audience went from a gasping “ohhhh!” during the slow motion replay to just plain pity on Bermillo. “Siguro ‘yung heat of the moment tsaka siyempre frustration na rin siguro gusto na manalo,” said BaliPure coach Rommel Abella. Realizing her mistake, Dzakovic immediately hugged then already crying Bermillo. “Nag-apologize naman siya sabi niya nadala lang siya sa emosyon niya,” said Bermillo. It ended well for both Dzakovic and Bermillo but unfortunately, BaliPure’s conference ended in a frustratingly winless campaign.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019

The state of education in Batanes, Tawi-Tawi& nbsp;in & lsquo;The Atom Araullo Specials& rsquo;

The state of education in Batanes, Tawi-Tawi& nbsp;in & lsquo;The Atom Araullo Specials& rsquo;.....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 29th, 2019