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Woodland chases final spot

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Category: newsSource: tribune tribuneOct 16th, 2019

Arsenal captain Xhaka enraged; Liverpool beats Tottenham

LONDON (AP) — Arsenal and Tottenham scored early before it all started to unravel for the north London clubs in the Premier League on Sunday. Arsenal established a two-goal lead over Crystal Palace before capitulating, conceding twice and seeing its captain appearing to storm off in anger in a 2-2 draw. Tottenham took a shock lead at Anfield but there would be no first away win since January as unbeaten Liverpool fought back to win 2-1 and restore its six-point lead over champion Manchester City at the top. But Manchester United did win on the road for the first time in the league since February, overcoming Norwich 3-1. CAPTAIN RAGES The decision by Arsenal manager Unai Emery to withdraw captain Granit Xhaka in the second half was initially greeted by large cheers. They turned to jeers as Xhaka took his time to leave the field despite the score being level. Xhaka reacted by waving his arms, cupping his ears and seemingly mouthing a profanity twice as he pushed away a handshake from Emery. Xhaka took off his shirt and headed straight down the tunnel. "He's wrong but we are going to speak inside about that situation," Emery told the BBC. "I want to be calm but, really, he was wrong in this action." It had started so well, with goals in the opening nine minutes. Arsenal defensive duo Sokratis Papastathopoulos and David Luiz scored inside 106 seconds. But it started to go wrong in the 32nd minute when Luka Milivojevic netted a penalty that was awarded after a VAR review. Palace winger Wilfried Zaha had initially been booked for diving. "I didn't understand the referee and VAR reaction," Emery said. "For me there is no confusion. It is not a good decision." Jordan Ayew's fourth goal in eight games brought Palace level before further VAR drama as Sokratis was denied a late winner when the review spotted a foul by Calum Chambers moments earlier. LIVERPOOL RECOVERY Liverpool's breakthrough on its way to a sixth European Cup by beating Tottenham in June came when Mousa Sissoko handled after 22 seconds to concede a penalty. Redemption came after 148 days for the French midfielder, and almost as quickly. Sissoko launched a counterattack that was completed by Son Heung-min hitting the bar and Tottenham striker Harry Kane heading in the rebound after 47 seconds. But Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson volleyed in the equalizer seven minutes into the second half. And Mohamed Salah, who netted the early penalty in the Champions League final, was on target again for the spot after Serge Aurier fouled Sadio Mane. Tottenham was left with only 12 points from 10 points in Pochettino's worst start since taking charge in 2014. Liverpool, which was held by Manchester United last weekend, has 28 points from a possible 30 as it chases a first title since 1990. Juergen Klopp's side is six points ahead of Manchester City ahead of the second-place champions' visit to Anfield in two weeks. UNITED DOUBLE For the first time since the opening weekend victory over Chelsea, United scored more than once in a league game. United broke the deadlock through Scott McTominay's low drive and in the process became the first club to score 2,000 Premier League goals. The visitors were then awarded a penalty after a VAR review in the 28th minute, only for Tim Krul to save Marcus Rashford's effort, but the forward made up for it moments later to get his 50th United goal. United missed its second penalty before halftime when Anthony Martial was denied as Krul again guessed correctly to keep his side in the game. It was 3-0 in the 73rd as Martial made up for his penalty miss before Norwich pulled one back in the 88th through halftime substitute Onel Hernandez, who became the first Cuban goalscorer in Premier League history. NEWCASTLE DENIED WIN Wolverhampton, playing its 20th game of the season due to Europa League commitments, trailed to Jamaal Lascelles' first-half header for Newcastle. But the visitors dominated the second half and got their reward when Jonny leveled from close range in the 73rd minute after goalkeeper Martin Dúbravka palmed Matt Doherty's cross into his path. Newcastle had Sean Longstaff sent off in the 82nd for a challenge on Ruben Neves......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2019

PBA: Northport barges into playoffs after stopping Ginebra

Northport has clinched its spot in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup playoffs. The Batang Pier survived Barangay Ginebra Sunday at the Big Dome, grinding out a 98-96 win. Northport did enough to hold off the Gin Kings and Jeff Chan’s wild attempt for the win with 0.8 seconds to go allowed the Batang Pier to move on. At 5-6, Northport will either be a no. 7 or no. 8 seed but regardless of seeding, the Batang Pier are in the playoffs for the third straight time this season. Ginebra’s final standing is 7-4 but the Gin Kings’ seeding and playoff match-up is not set just yet. The only sure thing for the barangay is the twice-to-beat edge the team clinched earlier this week. Import Michael Qualls was all over for Norhtport, finishing with 30 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, three steals, and two blocks. Sean Anthony had 18 points and Christian Standhardinger had a 17-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Batang Pier. The Gin Kings got 31 points from Justin Brownlee in a losing effort.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News4 hr. 5 min. ago

Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Croatia qualify for Euro 2020

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Croatia qualified for the 2020 European Championship on Saturday. Germany advanced with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Saturday, with Toni Kroos scoring twice and steering the side top of Group C. Second-place Netherlands also qualified despite a 0-0 draw with Northern Ireland in Belfast. Northern Ireland captain Steven Davis missed a penalty in the first half. Austria joined already qualified Poland from Group G with a 2-1 win over visiting North Macedonia. Poland won 2-1 for its first win in Israel since 1988. Croatia booked its place as Group E winner with a 3-1 win at home over Slovakia. IMPRESSIVE GERMANY Injury-hit Germany started with an unfamiliar central defensive pair of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter and Freiburg’s Robin Koch, the latter making only his second appearance and his first in a competitive game for Germany. There was little sign of inexperience against defensively minded Belarus, however, with Joachim Löw’s team dominating with good chances early on for Timo Werner, Serge Gnabry and Kroos. Manuel Neuer pulled off a brilliant flying save to deny Igor Stasevich with the visitors’ first chance, just before Matthias Ginter made the breakthrough in the 41st minute. Leon Goretzka scored four minutes after the break, and Ginter set up Kroos to mark his 95th game for Germany with the third goal in the 55th. That set off fans’ celebrations with Mexican waves going around the stadium. Stasevich had a chance to pull one back from the penalty spot after a clumsy challenge from Koch, but Neuer guessed the right way. Kroos wrapped up the scoring with a fine second goal in the 83rd, turning with a left-right combination to elude two defenders before shooting with his left boot inside the post. WALES HAILS BALE Gareth Bale returned from injury and helped Wales keep its automatic qualification hopes alive with a 2-0 win at Azerbaijan in Group E. Kieffer Moore and Harry Wilson scored in the first half to give Wales its first away win in more than a year. Third in Group E with 11 points, Wales can secure automatic qualification with a win in its final game on Tuesday over second-place Hungary on 12 points. Bale hadn’t played for a month due to a calf injury, but the Real Madrid winger played just under an hour in Baku before being taken off by coach Ryan Giggs to safeguard his availability for the Hungary showdown in Cardiff. Bale was a booking away from suspension. BELGIUM PERFECT Eden Hazard scored twice and younger brother Thorgan Hazard also grabbed a goal as already qualified Belgium beat already qualified Russia 4-1 in St. Petersburg. The Belgians’ ninth win from nine qualifying games ensure they top Group I and join Italy as one of the six seeded teams in the finals’ draw on Nov. 30. Scotland defeated Cyprus 2-1 in Nicosia to move third in the group, and Kazakhstan won 3-1 at San Marino. Also, Slovenia beat Latvia 1-0 in Group G......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated News16 hr. 26 min. ago

Jamal Crawford on still being a free agent: It s baffling to me

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com In the final game of last season, he scored 51 points -- a rather remarkable distinction just by itself. Today, it carries a degree of historical significance that is rather uncomfortable and maybe unfair for Jamal Crawford. Only one player in NBA history scored more points in Game No. 82 and did not play the following season. In that instance, Kobe Bryant was OK with that as he retired after dropping 60 on the Utah Jazz to close out the 2015-16 season. Meanwhile, Crawford is most definitely not retired, at least not willingly, as he waits to see if that last ballistic game was in fact the last he’ll ever play in the NBA. Officially, he’s currently living in Seattle, where he was raised and always maintained a home throughout his career. But metaphorically he’s residing in a basketball Twilight Zone that annually collects veterans in their, well, twilight. They’re not done playing -- at least in their minds -- and feel fresh enough to extend their careers by another year or two. Yet their fate is being controlled by a season that already began and 30 teams who don’t have an opening for a proven veteran. Unless, of course, there’s an injury or a sudden change in philosophy or, in the case of the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday (Friday, PHL time), a twinge of desperation. A 4-8 start prompted the Blazers to reach a deal with one of Crawford’s fellow residents, Carmelo Anthony. He spent the summer and most of the fall waiting by the phone and wondering if his time had passed. Congrats Melo!!!!!!!!!! — ???? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 15, 2019 Yeaaa @imanshumpert , congrats bro! — ???? Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) November 13, 2019 Crawford tweeted out support for ‘Melo and for Iman Shumpert (who signed with the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday). In a sense for these veterans, this is like the NBA Draft green room all over again -- you’re happy the room is emptying … but you don’t want to be the last one sitting at the table. “I know I can play,” Crawford told NBA.com, “and I would think my reputation is still solid. It’s baffling to me.” If you go strictly on how he finished with the Phoenix Suns last season, it’s bizarre that not only is Crawford not in the league, but that he’s not prominently in some team’s rotation. Crawford played (as a reserve) in four of the Suns’ five April games last season, scoring 19, 28, 27 and 51 points while shooting at an extremely healthy clip. If this was a showcase for 2019-20, albeit at a small sample size, Crawford proved he had something left even after 19 seasons. But the July free agency period came and went without a text message. The season tipped off in October without Crawford on a roster for the first time since the 2000-01 season. Almost a full month later, the three-time Kia Sixth Man Award winner is still watching from home. It’s the first time since he began playing organized basketball as a kid that he isn’t wearing a uniform in November. This isn’t restricted to Crawford as every year players with NBA experience must watch the basketball world spin without them. Anthony and Shumpert were just lifted off the pile and yet the list of players waiting by the phone, once again, is lengthy enough. “A lot of teams take a wait and see approach, not only for me, but vets in general,” Crawford said. The group includes, among others: Kenneth Faried, Devin Harris, J.R. Smith, Corey Brewer, Jodie Meeks, Joakim Noah, Jonathon Simmons and Dante Cunningham. Most already had their big contracts, so making money is no issue for them. That’s a good thing, too, because team salary-cap space is, for the most part, swallowed up at this point. Of course, the obvious concerns held by teams with most of these players are age and declining skills. The NBA is an unforgiving league that doesn’t give tenure. If the decision to keep a young player or a veteran is a toss-up, some teams -- especially those needing bodies in their player development program -- will lean toward the young. Crawford was caught in between last season as the Suns were yet again rebuilding while also needing solid-character veterans in the locker room. Tyson Chandler, Trevor Ariza and Crawford served those mentor roles until a sudden philosophical shift hit barely a month into the season. Ariza was traded to Washington, Chandler was bought out and the Suns went full-blast young with Crawford averaging 18.9 mpg (his lowest since 17.2 mpg in 2000-01). “I guess everything changed,” he said. The Suns used Crawford at point guard, not his natural two-guard position. As a result, he didn’t average double-digit scoring for the first time since his sophomore season. The silver lining is that he remained fresh and preserved his body for a possible 20th season. And of course, he had the energy for that 51-point game. In that April 9 game against Dallas, he shot 18-for-31 and 7-for-13 on 3-pointers in a 120-109 loss. The game carried no other significance except for it being the last one played by the great Dirk Nowitzki. Crawford’s output was almost forgotten in that sense. But because he’s not on an NBA roster right now, that 51-point performance could become the ultimate trivia answer. “I’m kind of an outlier because you don’t see anyone my age having games like that,” Crawford said. “And I did it off the bench. A year earlier, in my 18th year, I was still averaging double figures. I can bring a multitude of things. I’ll be ready for whatever team decides how I can fit into what they’re trying to do.” At 39, NBA teams will express concerns about his defense, which is usually the first area that suffers when players age. But players at this stage are used in spot situations anyway, and mainly by contending teams looking for depth and experience. The problem for Crawford and others like him is the numbers game; only a few of these spots open every season. “Physically, I feel better than I did last season,” he said. “I’m able to get my body together. My skill set is sharp. I feel that I’m good. My mindset is be patient and hopefully something good comes about it. I’ll be ready for the opportunity.” Until then, Crawford and others must live a surreal experience for them, though not all of it is bad or uncomfortable. There are kids to take to school; Crawford has three and is also afforded the rare chance to watch their youth games, too. “I’ve missed a lot of that,” he said. “And it’s cool because they enjoy that, too. I’m making up for that this time. I’m the Uber driver.” Beyond that, he stays connected to the NBA but only from a distance. “It’s weird watching games and being apart from it but seeing teams that could use you in certain situations,” he said. “You see where you could help different clubs in different ways.” For Crawford, it’s the love of the game, not a need for anything beyond that, which drives him. He’s the ultimate gym rat who not only hosts a pro-am league in Seattle every summer, but he plays in it, too. There are also legendary stories of Crawford randomly showing up at local parks and gyms for pickup games, something you don’t normally see from players, especially those with nearly two decades of NBA tread. The most famous Crawford cameo: Years ago, then with the Bulls and fresh off the team bus, he appeared at his favorite Seattle park and played pickup ball for three hours the day before a game with the Sonics. The next night, he scored 31 points. “I love the game and stay in the gym anyway,” he said. “Whenever I retire, I’ll still be playing the game, whether that’s at an LA Fitness or somewhere else. At this point, the regular players around here are kind of used to seeing me, although sometimes I’ll go to a different gym and people are surprised,” he said. “Like, the other night, I went to new one and played from 10 o’clock to midnight. They did double takes.” Were they surprised Crawford was actually at their gym, or that he’s not somewhere in the NBA instead? The man who scored 51 in his last NBA game laughed at that. “Probably a little of both,” he said. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. 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 NewsNov 16th, 2019

A rarity: Lillard, Russell both top 50-point mark in losses

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press A career-best for Damian Lillard. A career-best for D’Angelo Russell. And neither was enough, on a wacky Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in the NBA. Lillard scored a franchise-record 60 for Portland in its loss to Brooklyn, Russell had 52 in Golden State’s loss at Minnesota — and those efforts added up to an absolute NBA rarity. Friday (Saturday, PHL time) became only the second night in league history in which multiple players scored at least 50 points in losses. The only other such day: April 9, 1978. David Thompson scored 73 points in Denver’s loss to Detroit, and George Gervin scored 63 in San Antonio’s loss to the New Orleans Jazz. That was the final day of the 1977-78 regular season, one where Thompson and Gervin were going for the league’s scoring title. No scoring title was at stake Friday (Saturday, PHL time). It was merely a wild night. “Obviously, Dame was exceptional tonight,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “Carried us, put us in a position to win the game.” Lillard capped his 60-point effort, one more than his previous career best, with a 34-footer at the buzzer to cap a 119-115 loss. He was 19 for 33 from the field, 15 for 15 from the foul line, but merely slapped a few teammates’ hands and walked off the floor quietly after the record night. Russell was 19 for 37 from the field, but the Warriors fell to the Timberwolves 125-119. “D’Angelo hit some incredible shots. ... Played a fantastic game,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. Russell said he never scored 50 in a game before Friday (Saturday, PHL time). His previous NBA high was 44. “It’s not easy to get 50 in this league,” Russell said. Another big effort that didn’t end in a win Friday (Saturday, PHL time) — Luka Doncic, who had 38 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists for Dallas in a loss to New York. Doncic’s 38 points were a career-best and he has four triple-doubles in eight games this season. “I don’t care about the season-high,” Doncic said. “I just wanted to win.” Gervin won the scoring title after that final-day flurry in 1978, finishing that season averaging 27.22 points. Thompson’s 73 pushed him to 27.15; another six points in the finale would have been enough to give him the scoring crown. Lillard’s 60-point game allowed him to jump one spot to No. 2 in the points-per-game standings, now behind only Houston’s James Harden. “Dame’s a special player,” Stotts said. Having a night in which multiple players score 50 in a loss is really rare, obviously — and having a night where it happens in wins isn’t exactly common, either. Friday (Saturday, PHL time) was the first day that the NBA had multiple 50-point scorers, regardless of outcome, since Dec. 23, 2005. That night, Vince Carter scored 51 for New Jersey in a win at Miami, and Allen Iverson scored 53 for Philadelphia in a loss to Atlanta. Other days with multiple 50-point efforts: Feb. 21, 2003 (Jamal Mashburn and Tracy McGrady), Dec. 6, 2000 (Kobe Bryant and Antawn Jamison, both putting up 51 in the same Lakers-Warriors game), Jan. 16, 1993 (Michael Jordan and David Robinson), Dec. 1, 1990 (Patrick Ewing and Charles Smith), March 24, 1990 (Ewing and Tom Chambers), Feb. 13, 1963 (Elgin Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain), Dec. 14, 1962 (Baylor and Chamberlain), Feb. 25, 1962 (Chamberlain and Richie Guerin), Jan. 24, 1962 (Chamberlain and Jerry West), Jan. 17, 1962 (Chamberlain and West), Dec. 29, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain), Dec. 13, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain), and Dec. 8, 1961 (Baylor and Chamberlain)......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2019

Hamilton to start 5th at US Grand Prix as he chases F1 title

By Jim Vertuno, Associated Press AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Lewis Hamilton's race start at the U.S. Grand Prix will be far from ideal. His position in the season championship is still just fine. The Mercedes driver will start a distant fifth Sunday after a disappointing qualifying where teammate Valtteri Bottas grabbed the pole position with a lap record at the Circuit of the Americas. Hamilton has been a dominant force on the Texas track where he's won five times since 2012, but none of those victories came from starts behind the front row. So Hamilton will be chasing Bottas for the win, but he could just settle in for a cruise to a sixth career Formula One championship. Bottas has to win to extend the championship. Hamilton only needs to finish eighth or better to secure the title. He could even do it if he finishes ninth but grabs the single point awarded to the driver with the fastest lap. Hamilton hasn't finished lower than ninth this season and was down there only once — in the rain in Germany. "It was nothing to do with the car, it was just me," Hamilton said after qualifying. "I just didn't pull the laps out. The car had the capability to be on the front row. I just didn't do it today. I'll try to rectify it tomorrow." Bottas is the only driver still mathematically alive in the championship, even if just barely. He expects Hamilton to drive to win, at least for a while. "From what I know about him, he'll be there fighting hard. Lewis hates to lose. He wants to win like all of us do," Bottas said. "He doesn't need many points. He'd like to win the championship in a nice way. Obviously, I'll try to delay that." Bottas won his 11th career pole with a lap record of 1 minute, 32.029 seconds that beat Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel by just 0.012 seconds. Hamilton has called the U.S. Grand Prix "good hunting ground" for him based on his past success. He race win in clinched the 2015 clinched the season championship. That was the last time he's ended the title chase with a victory. His 2017 and 2018 championships were secured in Mexico City despite running some of his poorest races of those seasons, and didn't finish on the podium either time. After winning last week in Mexico City , Hamilton said he'd like to clinch this year's title with a win. The Texas track seemed the ideal place to do that considering Hamilton's record there, but now he's trying to buck a trend: No winner at the Circuit of the Americas has started from behind the front row. Germany's Michael Schumacher has the most F1 championships with seven won between 1994 and 2004. A sixth title would move Hamilton into second place by himself, breaking his tie with Argentina's Juan Manuel Fangio, who won five titles in the 1950s. In front of Hamilton to the first turn Sunday will be Red Bull's Max Verstappen and Ferrari's Charles Leclerc. Verstappen hoped to challenge for pole position but a tire lockup early in his final lap killed his chance. Leclerc put in a solid qualifying after engine trouble in Saturday's final practice. Ferrari had put a new engine in his car for this week's race, but it had an oil leak that caused smoke to billow out of the rear end. Ferrari put Leclerc's old engine back in the car to avoid taking a grid penalty and he still finished ahead of Hamilton. Qualifying was all kinds of stressful for Hamilton. He nearly collided with Verstappen early in the session, an incident that could have doomed both cars had they hit each other. Verstappen said he was lining up behind Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat as the cars were getting ready to start a lap when Hamilton suddenly drove between them. Verstappen swerved and drove through the grass to regain position in front of Hamilton. It was the latest dustup between the drivers. "Everybody was lining up to make space and Lewis drove by like nobody was there," Verstappen said. "He didn't care.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 3rd, 2019

UAAP 82 By the Numbers: Playoff mode activate

Everyone knew the playoff race for UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball was going to get crazy. While that was indeed the case, it’s pretty incredible that the Final Four somehow got decided with a game day to spare. It’s pretty straightforward even and all the uber-complicated scenarios that were possible just last week have been rendered useless. It’s almost go time for the UAAP playoffs but again, before we proceed, a By the Numbers look for everyone here.   7 Straight years that the FEU Tamaraws are in the Final Four, the longest active streak in the UAAP. The Tamaraws clinched their spot by charging past UE and FEU will be this year’s no. 3 seed, up from 4th last season.   4th The final seed for the UST Growling Tigers in this year’s playoffs. UST is making its first postseason appearance since its Finals run in Season 78. At 8-6, the Tigers also got their first winning record in four years.   2nd Final seed for the UP Fighting Maroons for this year’s playoffs. While the 9 wins UP needed to clinch the no. 2 seed is the lowest ever in the Final Four spot, that probably won’t matter for the Fighting Maroons. This is the first time UP will be armed with a playoff bonus for the first time in the UAAP Final Four era.   2 Straight years that the De La Salle Green Archers have missed the Final Four. The Green Archers have missed back-to-back playoffs for only the first time since 1994.   23 Straight wins for the champion Blue Eagles, dating back to last season. Ateneo is 13-0 this year and only needs one more win to make another UAAP Finals. Depending on the timing of that win, we’ll either have a traditional Final Four or a step-ladder semis. UP will have a say on Wednesday on just what kind of playoffs we’re going to have in Season 82.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 28th, 2019

UP vets grateful for another shot at UAAP playoff spot

After more than a decade of drought, the UP Fighting Maroons are on the brink of a second consecutive Final Four appearance in the UAAP men's basketball tournament......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 24th, 2019

PVL: Cool Smashers aim for rare elims sweep

Only Motolite stands in the way of defending champion Creamline in completing a rare elimination round sweep of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan Wednesday. Even without its star players Alyssa Valdez and setter Jia Morado, who are both in Japan for training camp with the national team, the Cool Smashers were able to sustain their hot win streak as they swept BanKo last Sunday for a 15-0 win-loss record. Already assured of the no. 1 seed in the best-of-three Final Four, Creamline is just looking to build momentum for the next round where they will face the no. 4 ranked team. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Jema Galanza, Michele Gumabao, Risa Sato, Pau Soriano and playmaker Kyle Negrito are holding the fort in the absence of Valdez and Morado. They are again expected to be at the forefront of the Cool Smashers’ drive to stay unbeaten. But Motolite won’t be an easy target as the squad is looking to land with a better seeding in the semis. Motolite sports a 10-5 win-loss record at the third spot ahead of BanKO (10-6) and a straight sets or four-set win will give the team a chance to avoid crossing paths with Creamline in the semis. A loss will put Motolite into a Final Four collision course with the Cool Smashers, who by then will already have Valdez and Morado back in the fold. ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

PVL: Angels try to keep momentum going ahead of semis stint

PetroGazz is out to build its momentum going into the Final Four when it clashes with ChocoMucho on Wednesday in the last match of the closing playdate of the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Action begins at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Angels are already secured of the no. 2 spot in the best-of-three Final Four regardless of the result of their game. PetroGazz is just looking to boost its morale going into the semis against the no. 3 team. Coming off back-to-back wins, the reigning Reinforced Conference champions have the advantage not only in momentum but also in manpower as the Flying Titans will be playing sans middle blocker Maddie Madayag. Madayag is currently in Japan training with the national team as preparation for the 30th Southeast Asian Games next month. ChocoMucho is tied with PacificTown Army at 6-9 and is reeling from a three-game losing skid.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles    .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 22nd, 2019

UAAP 82: UST captures double crown in Boys and Girls Swimming

LOS BANOS, LAGUNA -- University of Santo Tomas completed a magical run en route to winning both the boys and girls titles in UAAP Season 82 Swimming Championships, Sunday at Trace Aquatic Center here. The Junior Tigersharks closed the four-day meet on top with 461.59 points for their third title in four years while the Junior Lady Tigersharks reclaim the plum after missing on it the previous season with 419. "Overjoyed ang mga bata. Hindi namin ma-contain yung emotions," UST coach Agot Alcantara shared after the double-title run. Charles Arceo bagged another gold to close out his season with a 2:27.62 mark in the 200-meter breaststroke, leading the run for UST on the final day. He then joined John Niel Paderes, Jules Merandilla, and Merrell Neri finish their championship season with a record-breaking time in the 400-meter medley relay with 4:03.78. La Salle Zobel's Franco Dela Rosa took the golds in the 50-meter backstroke and 50-meter freestyle at 27.85 and 24.44, respectively, to pace last year's champions to a runner-up finish at 370.50 points. Ateneo's Wacky Santos, on the other hand, bagged another Most Valuable Player award after sweeping his seven events, the last of which is a 2:09.98 swim in 200-meter butterfly. The Blue Eaglets went to take the third-place honors with 197 points. Camille Buico also kept her top player award, capped by a new UAAP record of 2:24.04 in the 200-meter butterfly, breaking a three-year-old record of 2:25.30 of Suzanne Himor of Ateneo. She also topped the 50-meter freestyle with 27.74. Franz Joves kept the 50-meter backstroke title with University of the Philippines after finishing at 31.95. The Junior Lady Maroons go up a notch with 297 points into second place, after missing the spot last year by just five points. Last year's champion De La Salle-Zobel ended up at the podium in style with a new UAAP mark in the 400-meter medley relay with Raven Alcoseba, Ayena Calvario, Kayleen Keh, and Gene Quiambao at 4:40.42, also smashing a 2016 record. Bela Magtibay earlier in the day defended her 200-meter breaststroke gold at 2:48.02. The Junior Lady Tankers produced 277 points this season. UST's Robin Seranillo and UP's Aubrey Tom were hailed as the Rookies of the Year. With this, Alcantara hopes that this is just the start of a UST dynasty in UAAP swimming. "Hindi porket ikaw yung nag-champion, mag-rerelax ka na. Next week pa lang, dapat paghandaan na yung susunod," he disclosed. This is UST's eighth championship in the boys' division while racking up their 11th for the distaff's side......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 21st, 2019

Player of the Week Bulanadi wills San Sebastian back into Final Four

With San Sebastian in need of a win to secure a spot in the semifinals of the NCAA Season 95 Men’s basketball tournament, Allyn Bulanadi came through with a masterful performance. The graduating forward dropped a career-best 44 points to will the Golden Stags to a thrilling 99-94 win over Perpetual last Friday and thus, they booked the last ticket to the next round. Bulanadi, who also added eight rebounds and four assists, scattered 15 of his total in the final frame, hitting timely baskets after timely basket to make sure Baste outlasted the Altas “Ginawa ko lang yung best ko. Sabi ko, 'Para 'to sa Baste, sa lahat ng bumubuo ng Baste,” said the 6-foot-2 wing as they returned to the playoffs a year after finishing sixth. Bulanadi’s 44-point outburst was highlighted by efficient shooting from the field where he shot 14-of-26, including 7-of-12 from beyond the arc. He was equally efficient from the line, making all of his nine attempts. Such a show-stopping performance came just three days after the lefty stuffed the stat sheet with 19 points, eight rebounds, and six assists to carry San Sebastian to a crucial 85-82 triumph over Arellano. With those back-to-back standout performances, Bulanadi earned his second Chooks-to-Go Collegiate Press Corps NCAA Player of the Week award, tying San Beda's Calvin Oftana as the only players to bag two weekly plums determined by writers from print and online covering the Grand Old League. Through those two wins, the league's leading scorer posted per game counts of 31.5 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field, including 37.5 percent from deep, while also putting up 8.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists. All of that was more than enough for Bulanadi to best Oftana, Arellano’s Kent Salado, and CSB's Yankie Haruna for the recognition......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2019

UAAP 82: Prado erupts for 40 points as Lady Falcons burn down Lady Maroons

ANTIPOLO -- Mar Prado erupted for a career-high 40 points and steered Adamson to an 83-50 rout of University of the Philippines Sunday in the UAAP Season 82 women's basketball tournament at Ynares Center here. The fourth-year super scorer was on a league of her own, shooting 17-of-36 from the field in the contest to become only the fourth player to join the 40-point club. Prado joined the likes of Raiza Palmera (44 points), Allana Lim (45), and Ria Nabalan (40) as the only players to reach that mark. "Yung goal namin, na-hit niya," said coach Ewon Arayi of Prado's superb scoring performance. But Prado didn't just score, as she also hauled in eight rebounds, dished out six assists, got four steals, and had one block in 33 minutes of play, all while dealing with a sprained ankle suffered before the game. The 23-year-old powered the Lady Falcons' pullaway after being engaged in a tight first half against the Lady Maroons, commandeering their 20-7 third quarter assault to establish the 52-35 advantage and even scored the lay-up with 1:02 left to stretch the lead to its final count at 33. "Hindi siya nag-bwakaw para makuha yung 40 points niya. Dinala pa rin niya yung team," said Arayi. Rose Ann Dampios provided support with her 18 points, five rebounds, five assists, and three steals, while Lhyn Bilbao got eight points, 11 boards, five steals, and three dimes for Adamson to tighten its grip of the third spot with its 7-4 record. Rei Sanchez led UP (1-10) with 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists, while Lulu Ordoveza got 10 points and seven boards in the losing cause. The Scores: ADAMSON 83 -- Prado 40, Dampios 18, Bilbao 8, Flor 8, Araja 6, Mendoza 2, Catulong 1, Ea. Alaba 0, Ei. Alaba 0, Anticamara 0, Balane 0, Dela Cruz 0, Dumelod 0, Ornopia 0. UP 50 -- Sanchez 13, Ordoveza 10, Pesquera 7, Hidalgo 6, Lebico 6, De Leon 3, Lucman 3, Rivera 2, Gonzales 0, Gusilatar 0, Larrosa 0, Taulava 0. Quarters: 17-15, 32-28, 52-35, 83-50......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 20th, 2019

NCAA 95: LPU makes history as Staglets, Greenies, Braves don t take of business

STANDINGS San Beda 17-1 (twice-to-beat) LPU 11-7 (twice-to-beat) San Sebastian 10-8 (Final Four) CSB-LSGH 10-8 Arellano 10-8 JRU 9-9 (eliminated) Letran 8-10 (eliminated) Perpetual 7-11 (eliminated) Mapua 5-12 (eliminated) EAC 2-15 (eliminated) Lyceum of the Philippines University was not playing on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. And yet, the Jr. Pirates are the biggest winners as they made history thanks to Mapua High School's triumph over College of St. Benilde-La Salle Green Hills, University of Perpetual Help's victory versus San Sebastian College-Recoletos, and Jose Rizal University High School's win against Arellano High School. The Red Robins came from behind to clamp down on the Jr. Blazers, 64-60, and thus, the former prevented the latter from clinching a playoff berth. Dan Parinas and Jonnel Policarpio made their presence felt inside with the former finishing with 13 points and seven rebounds and the latter ending with 13 markers and six boards in the now-dethroned champions' fifth win in 17 games. "Eto yung isa sa pinakamasarap na panalo," head coach Yong Garcia said post-game. "Ang goal naman talaga namin, mag-improve lang nang mag-improve. Parte pa rin nun ito." Megan Galang also had 11 points and nine rebounds as Mapua exacted revenge on its new-age rival in the biggest way possible as, with the win, they forced CSB-LSGH into a tie for one of the remaining spots in the next round. They are tied with the Staglets who themselves, were frustrated by the Jr. Altas earlier in the day, 76-81. Yuki Kawamura waxed hot for 21 points while Kyle Cuevas posted a 12-point, 10-rebound double-double to help Perps close its campaign at 7-11. With a win in its last game in the season, the Las Pinas-based squad looked like it had complicated matters for Baste. That didn't last long, though, as in the last game of the day, the Light Bombers silenced the Braves, 70-62. Fred Ganut topped the scoring column with 19 points while Celsus Fortuna and Condrad Famaranco chimed in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. Behind a total team effort, JRU ascended to a 9-9 finish while at the same time arranging a three-team logjam for its conquered foes. With their sorry losses, all of CSB-LSGH, San Sebastian, and Arellano ended the elimination round at 10-8, standing on even ground for the third to fifth spots. All of them will now have to go through stepladder playoffs to determine who will complete the cast for the Final Four as well as the seeding there. With the highest quotient among the three teams, the Staglets are assured of playing in the Final Four as they can only wind up either as third- or fourth-seed. The Jr. Blazers and Braves, meanwhile, will figure in a knockout bout on Tuesday for the right to stay alive and challenge Baste for the three-seed. Amidst all these complications, idle LPU sailed to its first-ever Final Four appearance in school history on the strength of those sorry losses for their fellow playoff hopefuls. Sporting an 11-7 slate, the Jr. Pirates are not only assured of a spot in the next round, but are also assured of a twice-to-beat advantage once there. Meanwhile, the Red Robins still have one assignment on their schedule - a game against Emilio Aguinaldo College on Tuesday. There, they only hope to close their campaign with three wins in a row. "'Di pa tapos. Dapat ganito pa rin kami sa last game namin," coach Yong said. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME PERPETUAL 81 - Kawamura 21, Orgo 13, Cuevas 12, Galoy 11, Gelsano 8, Manuel 7, Balazuela 5, Banaticla 4, Dela Cruz 0, Angeles 0, Nunez 0 SAN SEBASTIAN 76 - Janao 20, Bulasa 13, Are 8, Barroga 7, Lustina 7, Aguilar 6, Perez 5, Concha 4, Darbin 4, Una 2, Gomez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 18-16, 34-38, 57-52, 81-76 SECOND GAME MAPUA 64 - Parinas 13, Policarpio 13, Galang 11, Parial 8, Tadeo 6, Lugo 5, Fransman 4, Mercado 3, Castor 1, Jugo 0, Ejercito 0 CSB-LSGH 60 - Palencia 16, Manansala 12, Calimag 11, Arguelles 9, Macalalag 6, Reyes 3, Dimaunahan 2, Panlilio 1, Valenzuela 0, Quiambao 0, Arciaga 0, Estil 0 QUARTER SCORES: 14-17, 30-35, 49-51, 64-60 THIRD GAME JRU 70 - Ganut 19, Fortuna 11, Famaranco 10, Garcia 7, Icban 6, J. Sy 5, Medina 5, Joson 5, Gentalan 2, Salvacion 0, Lenon 0, W. Sy 0. ARELLANO 62 - Recto 13, Lopez 11, Nepomuceno 11, Salinel 9, Tolentino 5, Sahali 4, Cuenco 4, Javier 3, Tan 2, Lime 0, Sablaon 0, Templonuevo 0, Villarante 0, Rellama 0. QUARTER SCORES: 20-13, 31-29, 51-39, 70-62. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Motolite chases third seeding

With the Final Four cast complete, the semifinalists shift their focus on their respective target seeding with No. 4 Motolite out to improve its ranking against also-ran PacificTown-Army today in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference elims at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 18th, 2019

Women are having a greater impact on NBA than ever before

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press Practice is over and Boston Celtics assistant coach Kara Lawson is still working. She stands under the basket rebounding and giving feedback to rookie guard Carsen Edwards as he shoots from different spots on the court. After swishing his final three attempts he jogs over to her. “Thanks, coach,” Edwards says before exchanging a high-five with Lawson. Welcome to the new-look NBA, in which women’s footprints are directly impacting every aspect of the game — from broadcasting booths, to officiating, coaching on the sidelines, front-office executives to ownership. Lawson is one of a record 11 women serving as assistant coaches in the NBA this season. While former WNBA star Swin Cash and Sue Bird are working in NBA front offices. “It’s not a fad,” said Basketball Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman. “It’s opportunities going to very accomplished women who have given their life to the game.” While it may not be a fad, it is a recent trend. Lieberman remembers a time when the presence of women was hard to spot, or at best found only behind the scenes. The 61-year-old — who has broken barriers as a player, as a coach in the WNBA, head coach in NBA G League and in the NBA as assistant — learned quickly that building relationships was the skeleton key to erasing gender hurdles and opening opportunities in the league. That, along with an occasional assist from forward thinking men like former coach Don Nelson, who in 2009 hired her as the head coach of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate. Several have continued Nelson’s vision, including San Antonio Spurs Gregg Popovich, who made Becky Hammon the NBA’s first full-time assistant in 2014; current Mavericks’ coach Rick Carlisle (he hired Jenny Boucek as assistant in 2017) and the Sacramento Kings organization, which has been responsible for hiring three women as assistants (Lieberman, Boucek and Lindsay Harding). Even the BIG3, spearheaded by founder and entertainer Ice Cube, is helping normalize the idea of women leading men, Lieberman said. “I remember Donnie did an interview and he said, ‘Maybe the best man for the job isn’t a man at all.’ He had a list of criteria he wanted to hit for his head coach. And I hit those,” Lieberman said. The women who have broken into the NBA ranks are garnering respect from players for their experience and basketball knowledge. Celtics guard Gordon Hayward said Lawson has already made her presence felt. “She’s been good as far as just the experience she has as a basketball player,” Hayward said. “Reading the game and kind of little things she sees coaching on the sideline. Having somebody that well-versed in basketball, that experience is good.” Earlier this month, Wizards assistant Kristi Toliver was on the court helping the Mystics win their first WNBA championship. On the sideline, Washington NBA All-Stars John Wall and Bradley Beal were wearing the Wizard assistant’s WNBA jersey and dancing from the stands . NBA players are treating the feedback from Toliver and the other women in the league with the same reverence they give their male counterparts. “The biggest thing I learned is to share your voice and what you’ve learned,” Toliver said. “Doing that has helped me communicate with my guys.” Toliver is in a unique salary situation since she coaches for the Washington Wizards and plays for the Washington Mystics — both owned by same franchise. She was only paid about $10,000 with the Wizards last year because of WNBA salary cap rules. WNBA teams can only pay all their players a combined $50,000 in offseason to supplement pay and Washington only had $10,000 left to pay Toliver. There are no such hiccups in New Orleans, where Pelicans guard Frank Jackson said he always expected to benefit from Cash and Teresa Weatherspoon, who was hired as a New Orleans assistant this season. “They were ballers,” Jackson said. “They were good at their craft and I’ve taken a lot from both of them. ... I’ve always had open eyes and open ears to anyone who plays this game.” The 21-year-old Jackson knows of the women’s exploits because he has witnessed it firsthand. And he is not alone. The WNBA has been around since most players were teenagers, and is older than others; the league was launched in 1996. “As the years go on, they’re going to get more and more recognition,” said Jackson, in his third year out of Duke. “Girls can hoop, too. ... I just think as times change, you’ll see more and more.” Cash believes the NBA is realizing having more women is important to growing the league’s overall brand, business and bottom line. “The reality is and the statistics prove it, is that having women included in your business helps you get more inclusion, helps you get the diversity you need,” she said. “Diversity of thought, not just Black, White, Asian, Latino, whatever.” Stephanie Ready, a former assistant in the then D-League, said a big factor in the opportunities women are getting are coming because the younger generation of NBA executives, such as 76ers general manager Elton Brand. She said the new crop of hiring managers are doing a better job of recognizing what women bring to the table and as the older generation retires, it will get even better. “Some people will age out,” said Ready, one of the first women to be a men’s assistant on the collegiate level with Coppin State and a former broadcaster with the Charlotte Hornets who now currently covers the NBA for TNT and Yahoo. “By that I mean the old regime of men who thought that only men could do these jobs.” Richard Lapchick, who tracks racial and gender hiring numbers for the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB, has long lauded the NBA as being the leader in gender hiring practices. He credits the leadership of Commissioner Adam Silver, who said the league needed to increase the number women coaches and referees in the NBA. Along with the record number of female assistants, five women referees will be working NBA games this upcoming season. Lapchick also believes the NBA will soon have its female head coach. Whether that is Hammon in San Antonio remains to be seen. But whoever it is, Lapchick said the move would go a long way in putting even more women in position to make basketball decisions. “I’d be surprised if it doesn’t happen before the next season,” he said, “or during the next season.” ___ AP Basketball Writer Brian Mahoney and AP Sports Writers Doug Feinberg in New York and Brett Martel in New Orleans contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

ONE Championship: Danny Kingad will only get better after loss to Demetrious Johnson

Danny "The King" Kingad might have fell short against 12-time Flyweight World Champion Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson, but the experience of competing against the future hall of famer has boosted the Filipino’s confidence.  The explosive pair collided in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final at ONE: CENTURY PART I on Sunday, 13 October, and Johnson emerged victorious by unanimous decision. The result was not what the Baguio City native hoped for, but after going the distance with the all-time pound-for-pound great, "The King" knows he can compete against the best in the world. "DJ is my idol,” Kingad said. “Fighting DJ is a big achievement. When I heard that DJ signed for ONE, I wanted to face him because we’re in the same division." "Everyone starts from the bottom ,and now I’m here fighting DJ and I can say that somehow I am [on par] with DJ." The 24-year-old was mostly on the defensive as "Mighty Mouse" pressed the action from the opening stanza to the final bell. “The King” had his moments here and there, which came as a surprise to him. "I didn’t expect what happened. I didn’t expect that I could showcase those grappling skills and I could take down DJ and somehow corner him," he admitted. "I still need to review and watch the fight so I could learn what I could have done better. Of course I was disappointed because I lost, but DJ deserved it." And while the Team Lakay representative took a loss, there is no question to how far he has gone and will go. He knows he is on the top of the flyweight division, and he is willing to face all comers to keep his spot.  "There are many lessons I learned, and I need to review the fight first to evaluate and get back to the gym," he said. "I think I did a great job. I put everything, so I deserve a rematch. Even though I lost the match, but I put up everything. Anyone. I’ll be ready to face anyone.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 17th, 2019

Angels take third crack at Final Four

Twice denied of an outright spot in the Final Four, PetroGazz tries anew today but will have to hurdle an Air Force squad also needing to win to fuel its own semis drive, guaranteeing a fierce duel in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

PVL: Angels shoot for Final Four seat anew

Twice denied of a spot in the Final Four, PetroGazz tries again on Wednesday but the Angels will have to hurdle an Air Force squad also in dire need of a win to fuel its own semis drive, guaranteeing a fierce duel in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan. Game time is at 6:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. The Angels looked headed to a trouble-free ride to the semis by racking up eight straight victories for a 9-2 card last week but the 10th win that would’ve assured their stint in the next round proved elusive as the Reinforced Conference champions dropped their last two games to the Motolite and unbeaten defending champion Creamline. PetroGazz’s losses enabled PacificTown-Army and Air Force, who are tied at 6-7 slates, to stay in the hunt for a playoff for the last Final Four seat. Army and Air Force need to sweep their last three games and hope that PetroGazz (9-4) and Motolite (9-5) won’t go over nine wins to force a playoff for the last semifinal seat. Jovielyn Prado and Paneng Mercado, who combined for 26 hits in PetroGazz’s losing 1-3 stand to Creamline in Iloilo last Sunday, are again expected to lead the Angels drive along with Cherry Nunag, Jeanette Panaga and Cai Baloaloa with top hitter Jonah Sabeh also out to atone her mediocre four-hit showing the last time out. But the Jet Spikers are also coming into the match upbeat following a four-set win over the Choco Mucho Flying Titans over the weekend that kept the former in the playoff race......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019

NCAA: Stags secure at least playoff for last Final 4 spot

NCAA: Stags secure at least playoff for last Final 4 spot.....»»

Category: newsSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsOct 15th, 2019