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Woodland sets PGA record but leads by only a stroke at PGA

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ST. LOUIS (AP) — Sirens blared across Bellerive, putting the second round of the PGA Championship on hold and ending a day of scoring rarely seen in a major. Gary Woodland set the 36-hole record — for now, anyway — after a round where his driver wasn't as reliable, he didn't see many putts drop and he didn't hit the ball quite as well as the day before. "I can live with that," he said Friday after a 4-under 66. That put him at 10-under 130, breaking by one the PGA Championship record and tying the 36-hole score for all majors. And it was only good for a one-shot lead over Kevin Kisner. There were two rounds of 63, one 64 and six 65s. And that was only half of the 156-man field. Still to be determined was whether Woodland's score even holds up as the lead. Storms arrived forcing a two-hour suspension, and the PGA of America declared the rest of the day a wash when rain pounded the course. Rickie Fowler had just birdied the 10th hole and was at 7 under. Tiger Woods had three birdies through seven holes as he tried to get in range. "I felt I was headed in the right direction," said Woods, who was at 3 under. "Tomorrow is going to be a long day for a lot of us." The second round was to resume at 7 a.m. local time. The greens would be slightly smoother, the course slightly longer, the approach unchanged — see flag, aim at flag. Perhaps it was easy for Woodland not to be overly impressed. He was playing with Kisner, who shot 29 on the back nine and was in the middle of the ninth fairway — his final hole — needing a birdie to become the first player to shoot 62 in the PGA Championship. He came up short of the green, chipped too strong and made bogey for a 64, leaving him one shot out of the lead Friday. Right in front of them was U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who had a 20-foot birdie putt he wanted to make for no other reason than he likes to make birdies. This one missed, and only later did Koepka realize it was for 62. Instead, he was the 15th player to shoot 63 in the PGA Championship. "My caddie said something walking off," Koepka said. "I didn't even think of it. I've been so in the zone, you don't know where you are." And then Charl Schwartzel made it 16 players with his eight-birdie round of 63. No one from the afternoon draw completed more than 12 holes. The plan was to finish the second round, make the cut and then immediately start the third round in threesomes off both tees. "I feel like we're in a good spot," Fowler said. "But the nice thing about the delay and going back out tomorrow morning, we'll get fresh greens." Bellerive really had no defense. Woodland and Kisner played in the same group, and they offered a great example that Bellerive is accommodating to just about any game. Woodland is among the most powerful players in golf. Kisner is not. He relies more on a clean hit with his irons and a great short game. The course is so soft — not so much from Tuesday's rain, but the extreme heat that requires more water on the turf — that every flag is accessible provided players find the ample fairways. "Greens are receptive, so my 4-iron stops as quick as his 7-iron," Kisner said. "If they were firm, I don't think I would have a chance with the way the greens are situated and the places they're putting the flags. But being receptive, that's my only hope." Woodland's 36-hole score broke the PGA record by one shot, most recently set by Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb at Baltusrol. It also tied the 36-hole record for all majors, matching Jordan Spieth at the 2015 Masters, Martin Kaymer at the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst No. 2 and Brandt Snedeker (Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012) and Nick Faldo (Muirfield in 1992) at the British Open. Koepka was at 8-under 132, two shots behind. Dustin Johnson, the world's No. 1 player, had a 66 and joined Schwartzel and Thomas Pieters (66) at 133. Spieth still has hope in his second try at a career Grand Slam. Spieth didn't get under par for the tournament until his seventh hole Friday — the par-3 16th hole — and he managed to do enough right for a 66 to get within seven shots of the lead. Spieth has battled with his game all year, and his confidence isn't at its peak. It's the nature of the course that makes him feel he has a farther climb than the seven shots that separate him from Woodland. "A little frustrated at this place in general," Spieth said. "This course would be phenomenal — and probably is phenomenal — if it's not playing soft. You get away with more. You don't have to be as precise. ... Personally, I would prefer more difficult and firmer, faster conditions on the greens. Having said that, I would have shot a much higher score yesterday." Defending champion Justin Thomas was at 2 under through seven holes, while Rory McIlroy was frustrated with all pars in his seven holes. On a day like this, that meant losing ground. "It's been 16 pars in a row from yesterday to today, so hopefully I can break that run in the morning," McIlroy said. Midway through the afternoon round, the cut was projected to be even par. Woodland, even with the lowest 36-hole score in 60 years of stroke play at the PGA Championship, still had a long way to go. In conditions like Bellerive, no lead was safe. "I feel safe because I feel safe where my game is," Woodland said. "I'm not too worried with what anyone else is doing out there.".....»»

Category: sportsSource: abscbn abscbnAug 11th, 2018

Djokovic beats Sousa in straight sets at Paris Masters

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Joao Sousa in the second round on Wednesday. Serving for the match at 5-1, Djokovic handed a towel to a male spectator who seemed unwell and who wiped his forehead with it. The second-ranked Serb set up match point with an ace and sealed victory on his third match point when Sousa returned a second serve long. The U.S. Open champion won four of the last five tournaments he has entered, including Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and most recently the Shanghai Masters. Djokovic is seeking to reclaim the top ranking from Rafael Nadal at a tournament Nadal has never won. Djokovic next faces Damir Dzumhur. Dzumhur upset 14th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-3, while big-hitting Russian Karen Khachanov also advanced to the third round. He led 6-2, 2-0 against Matthew Ebden when the Australian retired. Returning from a right knee injury , Nadal faces Spanish countryman Fernando Verdasco on Wednesday, with 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer also in action against Milos Raonic. Federer leads the big-serving Canadian 11-3 overall. Federer's last appearance at the Paris indoor event was a third-round loss to big-serving John Isner in 2015. There were doubts Federer would play after a grueling past week which saw him clinch his ninth victory at the Swiss Indoors and 99th overall. "I feel good," Federer told a news conference. "I feel like I recovered well from last week." The 37-year-old Federer is selective of when he plays in order to keep his body as fresh as possible, and he skipped the entire clay-court season for the second straight year. With the season-ending ATP Finals in London starting Nov. 11, he is playing three straight tournaments. But the third-ranked Federer feels comfortable with it. "I feel like it's better for me to play matches rather than practice," Federer said. "As long as I don't feel like I'm taking a chance on my health prior to London, that's the key as well." Federer showed fighting qualities last week in Basel, where he was twice taken to three sets and went an early break down in three of his last four matches. "I was a bit bumpy. But I was happy how I was fighting, how I was trying to figure it out in a different manner," he said. "Last week was special to win the way I did it, in a different manner." Federer moved within 10 titles of Jimmy Connors all-time singles record. He is cautious about his chances of success in Paris, where his only tournament victory came in 2011. The Australian Open champion is drawn in the same half as Djokovic, Australian Open runner-up Marin Cilic and big-serving Kevin Anderson, who upset Federer in the Wimbledon quarterfinals this year. "I rarely play two or three tournaments in a row now. So starting on Wednesday and winning five matches in a row with this caliber (of players) is very difficult," Federer said. "If I get close to the last four that would also be great." In first-round play Tuesday, there were wins for Mikhail Kukushkin, Gilles Simon, Daniil Medvedev, Marton Fucsovics, Raonic and Verdasco......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Djokovic cruises, Federer battles, del Potro out in Shanghai

By Sandra Harwitt, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing. Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, a day after being taken the distance by Daniil Medvedev of Russia. "I'm actually quite happy," Federer said. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice." Novak Djokovic cruised through his second-round match, but Juan Martin del Potro had to retire after hurting his right knee in a fall. Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set. Bautista Agut, a finalist here in 2016, finally offered Federer an opening to take control by surrendering his serve in the ninth game of the third set. Federer will play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a finalist in Tokyo last week, in the quarterfinals. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday. Third-seeded Del Potro, who has been playing with a cold throughout the week, was playing Borna Coric when he fell near the end of the first set. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5. Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0. The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets. A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato. "I was making him play always an extra shot," Djokovic said. "I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really." Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He's bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week. He will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-head. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July. Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1). Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4. Zverev will play Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 11th, 2018

Valdez leads Creamline past Tacloban in Batangas

Creamline blasted Tacloban in straight sets, 25-14, 27-25, 26-24, for its third straight win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference Sunday at Batangas City Sports Coliseum. The Cool Smashers stayed atop the league with a 4-1 record while the Fighting Warays dropped to 2-3. Playing in her hometown, Alyssa Valdez, who put up 22 points to lead the Cool Smashers while Kaewpin Kuttika added 16. "This is a very important win because this is my hometown and this is where I started," said Valdez in Filipino. "It's always good to be back here and play for them and shoe them the kind of Batangueas they can produce." The Cool Smashers had a bittersweet time in front ...Keep on reading: Valdez leads Creamline past Tacloban in Batangas.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 27th, 2018

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: UP dedicates win for beloved Tita Lourdes

University of the Philippines had some extra motivation in its win over National University Wednesday. Not only did the Lady Maroons needed a victory to remain in the hunt for a Final Four spot in the 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament, UP also wanted to win for a very special supporter. The Lady Maroons wore a black armband during their straight sets 25-18, 25-22, 25-20, demolition of freefalling National University at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan as they mourn the passing of UP Women's Volleyball Alumni Association president Lourdes Guerrero. UP players dedicated their win for Guerrero for her generosity, genuine love and belief in the team.   “Tita Lourdes, the president of our alumni association, passed away last week. She was in a coma for two years, she was the one who really started the alumni association of the volleyball team,” said Lady Maroon Ayel Estranero. “When no one was actually there to support us, when no one wanted to sponsor the team, Tita Lourdes gave money, really from her own pocket to support us, for food, for scholarships and everything,” she added. "Our game today was really dedicated to her.” The win improved the UP’s win-loss record to 4-8, tied with University of Sto. Tomas. The Lady Maroons handed the Lady Bulldogs their fifth straight loss as NU dropped to 6-6, which kept UP still in the thick of the race for a semis spot. Estranero remembered how Guerrero helped the team in any way that she can. How their Tita Lourdes believed in them when most doubted their ability to compete against powerhouse teams in the league. “She's really the backbone of everything, she funded everything,” she said. “Dati kung wala kaming sasakyan, kotse niya. Kung walang driver, siya nagda-drive. Hindi lang siya sponsor, she was like a mother to us, a sister, a friend,” Estranero added. “Tita Lourdes was really everything to us.” “But the lower batches I think, they weren't able to get to know Tita Lourdes on a deeper level because she was in a coma for two years,” she continued. “She had an aneurysm, nagka-aneurysm siya and then parang humina na ang katawan and everything, nagka-stroke siya, sunod-sunod na. The family just really waited na siya mismo, mag-give up.” UP had it’s back against the wall when the Lady Maroons faced NU, but the Lady Maroons knew they can’t lose this match. It was for their Tita Lourdes.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 4th, 2018

Nadal saves 2 match points, advances at China Open

em>By Christopher Bodeen, Associated Press /em> BEIJING (AP) — Rafael Nadal needed to save two match points before advancing to the second round at the China Open. The top-ranked Spaniard, playing for the first time since winning the U.S. Open title last month, rallied to beat Lucas Pouille 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-5 Tuesday. Pouille held two match points while leading 6-4 in the second-set tiebreaker. But Nadal reeled off four straight points to take the set and turn the match around. 'Was a very tough first round, as I say the other day,' said Nadal, who lost to Pouille in five sets at the 2016 U.S. Open. 'He played well, I think. Very aggressive. He's serving well. For me was little bit difficult at the beginning. Then I started to play better, I think. 'But still, I didn't have the control of the match for almost all the time.' In the final set, Nadal broke Pouille's serve to take a 6-5 lead and then served out the match. Nadal is 57-9 this season and leads the tour with five ATP singles titles, including the French Open. He won the China Open title as a teenager in 2005 and has a 21-5 record in Beijing. He next plays Thursday against Karen Khachanov, who beat Chinese wild-card entry Wu Di. Earlier, Juan Martin del Potro advanced by beating Pablo Cuevas 7-6 (4), 6-4. 'It was enough to win. I play good in important moments of the match, that's the tiebreaks and the last game of the second set,' said the 2009 U.S. Open champion, who returned to professional tennis last year after wrist surgery. Third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, sixth-seeded John Isner, eighth-seeded Nick Kyrgios and Leonardo Mayer also advanced. In the women's tournament, Maria Sharapova rallied to defeat Ekaterina Makarova 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. 'She definitely picked it up in the second. But I felt like although she won that second set, I was really motivated to start the third,' Sharapova said. 'I was questioning how I would feel physically, but I felt really good going into the third set.' The former top-ranked Russian will next face second-seeded Simona Halep on Wednesday. 'We know each other's games very well. That's no secret. They've always been very challenging, tough, competitive, emotional,' Sharapova said. 'Any time you're able to face an opponent that's done something and well, it's great to see where you are and where your level is.' Halep advanced after Magdalena Rybarikova retired from their match while trailing 6-1, 2-1. Other winners include Karolina Pliskova, Elena Vesnina, Petra Kvitova, Daria Gavrilova, Sorana Cirstea, Darla Kasatkina and Barbora Strycova.   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 4th, 2017

Whiffle Ball: MLB sets strikeout record for 10th year in row

The Associated Press - Major League Baseball hitters have once again swung — and missed — into the record book. For the 10th straight year, MLB batters have set the mark for most strikeouts in a season. They did it Wednesday, raising the strikeout total to 39,168. That topped the 38,982 who fanned in 2016. The final game of the day was at Dodger Stadium and, fittingly, the last out came when Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen got San Diego's Jabari Blash to swing at strike three. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has fanned the most often, 204 times. He's also hit 50 home runs, helping MLB set a record for the highest homer total in a season. Boston ace Chris Sale leads all pitchers with 308 strikeouts. With four days left in the regular season, the Milwaukee Brewers top the majors with 1,537 strikeouts. The AL West champion Houston Astros have the fewest at 1,050. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 28th, 2017

Wesley So sets new unbeaten record at 55, leads going to last round

Wesley So sets new unbeaten record at 55, leads going to last round.....»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 30th, 2017

Cali wildfire sets grim new record

PARADISE — The dead were found in burned-out cars, in the smoldering ruins of their homes, or next to their vehicles, apparently overcome by smoke and flames before they could jump in behind the wheel and escape. In some cases, there were only charred fragments of bone, so small that coroner’s investigators used a wire […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsNov 14th, 2018

PVL: Perlas Spikers eye bounce back win, semis seat

After a shocking loss the last time out, BanKo marches back into action hoping to get back on the winning track and secure a spot in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference Final Four. The Perlas Spikers take on a desperate Pocari Sweat-Air Force side on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. BanKo saw its three-game winning streak snapped by PetroGazz in a disappointing 11-25, 23-25, 18-25 defeat just a day after the Perlas Spikers scored a dominating sweep of semis-bound Ateneo-Motolite. BanKo holds an 8-3 win-loss record in third place behind the Lady Eagles (10-3) and Creamline (8-2) and are already secured of at least a playoff for a semis spot. But the Perlas Spikers remain wary of the dangerous Lady Warriors, who nipped them in five sets in their first meeting in Baliwag, Bulacan. Pocari Sweat is in desperate need of wins in their remaining three games to keep its semis hopes alive. The Lady Warriors are outside of the top four, holding a 5-6 mark, a game and a half away from fourth running PetroGazz. Pocari Sweat despite the gallant effort put up by Myla Pablo, Jeanette Panaga, Del Palomata and Iari Yongco fell short in their last outing at the hands of the Alyssa Valdez-led Cool Smashers, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 25-22, 9-15, in Legazpi City last Saturday.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 13th, 2018

PBA: Durham says Bolts will keep do-or-die mentality

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal --- The knockout games finally stopped for Meralco but the winning has not. Prior to making the Governors' Cup semifinals for a third straight season, the Bolts survived a record six straight knockout games. Do-or-die situations naturally stopped for now as Meralco started its best-of-5 series against the Alaska Aces but the Bolts have kept that mentality of fighting for their season. It still works as Meralco took Game 1 Sunday at the Ynares Center here and are officially two games away from having another shot at its first PBA championship. "It is kinda nice to relax a little bit but we don't want to relax [too much]," reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham said on the Bolts' much-needed break from knockout games. "It's been working for us, to keep the intensity up and keep playing the way we've been playing so we're gonna keep trying that [do-or-die] mentality that we've been having the past few games," he added. Durham and the rest of the Meralco team are definitely rolling right now. After a near-disastrous losing skid, the Bolts have piled up quality wins and are looking like the best team remaining this season. Whether or not their current winning streak actually leads to a title remains to be seen but the Bolts are ready to find out. "I think we're in a groove right now," Durham said. "Everybody's peaking at the right time. We're playing well right now so hopefully we just keep going and ride this winning streak out for as long as we can," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 11th, 2018

Petron downs F2 Logistics to keep unbeaten streak

BIÑAN CITY --- Reigning champion Petron brushed off a sluggish start to beat archrival F2 Logistics, 22-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-20, and remain unscathed after four outings in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Alonte Sports Center here. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas led the Blaze Spikers’ charge with 19 points highlighted by 17 kills while Bernadeth Pons displayed her all-around game with 16 markers, 21 digs and five excellent receptions. Sisi Rondina added 11 markers including an incredible four-kill block performance for Petron. “Alam namin na importante 'yung game ngayon para makita namin kung nasaan na kami as a team. Naging maganda na 'yung execution namin noong huling tatlong set kaya happy kami,” said Blaze Spikers coach Shaq Delos Santos.   The Cargo Movers slid to 3-1 card despite the 12-point effort of Cha Cruz and libero Dawn Macandili’s incredible 31 digs and 10 excellent receptions. Meanwhile, Cignal hung on tight to survive gritty Generika-Ayala in thrilling five sets, 26-24, 17-25, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15, to regain its winning ways. Despite squandering a 2-1 set lead and trailing in the fifth set, the HD Spikers never wavered, especially skipper Rachel Anne Daquis, who erased the two match point advantages of the Lifesavers to tie the decider, 15-all. Then, Bang Pineda committed an attack error before AC Masangkay delivered the final blow that helped Cignal escape the cardiac game. The HD Spikers were emotional after improving their record to a 2-2 win-loss record as they bounced back from a frustrating setback to Foton last Wednesday, where head coach Edgar Barroga was slapped with a red card and sent to the penalty box. In the Collegiate Grand Slam, University of the Philippines (UP) and Far Eastern University (FEU) avoided an upset ax to pluck their second victory. The Lady Maroons suffered a second-set meltdown, but recovered just in time to pull off a 25-6, 21-25, 25-16, 25-22 victory over Colegio San Agustin (CSA)-Binan while the Lady Tamaraws brushed off a first-set scare to tally a 25-21, 25-16, 25-11 win over De La Salle University-Dasmarinas. Rookie Nicole Magsarile shone with 15 points built on 12 attacks and three aces while fourth year Justin Dorog dropped 14 hits for UP, which claimed its second win. Aie Gannaban and Marist Layug also chipped in 11 and 10 hits, respectively, while skipper Tits Carlos had nine points laced with 10 digs to underscore the Lady Maroons fluid, well-balanced offensive execution. After being limited to only six points in the first set, the Eagles drew strength from their home crowd as they erected a 20-13 lead in the second set. The Lady Maroons managed to slice it to within two, 20-22, but Dorog committed an attack error that gave the Eagles the set point, 24-20. Dorog tried to atone for that blunder with a successful hit before Lency Duarte scored a block to give the Eagles their first set win in the tournament. The Lady Maroons got their acts together in the third set and convincingly took the 2-1 set lead, but the Eagles continued to put up a gallant fight in the fourth set as they turned 17-21 cushion to a one-point lead. Fortunately for UP, Layug and Magsarile delivered the crucial blows to reach match point, 24-21, until Gannaban hit the game-winning quick attack......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

PVL: Lady Eagles seek bounce back win and a semis seat

Ateneo-Motolite suffered a stinging setback in its attempt to advance to the Final Four. Back in action less than 24 hours after absorbing their third loss, the Lady Eagles march into battle on Sunday against winless Adamson-Akari, hoping to clinch a semifinals seat this time in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.      Ateneo-Motolite saw its four-game winning streak snapped by first round tormentor BanKo, 24-26, 22-25, 16-25, Saturday night in Malolos, Bulacan. The Lady Eagles slid to second place with a 9-3 win-loss record. But Ateneo-Motolite remains to be the favored team compared to the Lady Falcons, who have yet to taste victory in the season-ending conference. Adamson-Akari is already eliminated in the Final Four race with a 0-9 slate, but the Lady Falcons could still give the Lady Eagles a huge challenge especially with Ateneo-Motolite barely escaping them during their first encounter in five sets.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

Kings come on strong late to beat Timberwolves 121-110

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN,  Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Willie Cauley-Stein had 25 points, Nemanja Bjelica scored eight in a row during a big run late in the third quarter and the Sacramento Kings beat the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves 121-110 on Friday night to spoil a huge game for Karl-Anthony Towns. De'Aaron Fox added 16 points and 10 assists for Sacramento. Iman Shumpert scored 17 and Bjelica finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. Coming off back-to-back losses to East powers Milwaukee and Toronto, the Kings led by 15 early in the fourth quarter but had to hold off a late surge by Minnesota to end a three-game losing streak to the Timberwolves. Towns had a season-high 39 points and 19 rebounds on a night when Minnesota's inconsistent offense sputtered much of the way. The Timberwolves trailed by 14 midway through the fourth before Derrick Rose made consecutive 3-pointers to start a 12-0 run. Minnesota had a chance to tie the game but Jimmy Butler missed two free throws with 3:19 left. Sacramento scored the next seven points to pull away. Rose had 21 points, five assists and six rebounds. Butler was a game-time decision but played 41 minutes and had 13 points, eight rebounds and eight assists. The Timberwolves are 0-8 on the road. Sacramento missed 11 of its first 14 shots and fell behind by 12 early in the first quarter. Cauley-Stein helped rally the Kings in the second, scoring eight points as Sacramento took a 63-61 halftime lead. Towns made his first five shots and was 7 of 9 in the first quarter when Minnesota jumped out to a 12-point lead. He cooled off a bit in the second but made two 3s and had 29 points and eight rebounds by halftime. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Two days after setting a franchise record with 20 3-pointers, the Timberwolves failed to find their stroke beyond the arc, going 7 for 25. . Andrew Wiggins (bruised right quad), Jeff Teague (bruised left knee) and Justin Patton (right foot) were held out. Kings: Kosta Koufos made a 19-foot jumper at the buzzer to end the first quarter. . Bogdan Bogdanovic, who underwent a pair of left knee procedures in the offseason, was rested two days after making his season debut. UP NEXT Timberwolves: Host the Nets on Monday. Kings: Host the Lakers on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 10th, 2018

PVL: Lady Eagles eye first semis seat

Ateneo-Motolite goes for the first Final Four seat in a rematch against first round tormentor Banko on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. The Lady Eagles are on top of the standings with a 9-2 win-loss record and are on a four-game winning streak. Another victory by Ateneo-Motolite in the 6:00 p.m. duel will hand the Lady Eagles a seat in the best-of-three Final Four. The game will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.   Behind the solid games of Kat Tolentino, Maddie Madayag, rookie Vanessa Gandler and Bea De Leon, the Lady Eagles went on a tear in the second round, beating Pocari Sweat-Air Force, Creamline, Tacloban and Iriga-Navy. But Ateneo-Motolite is bracing for a tough challenge against the Perlas Spikers. BanKo beat the Lady Eagles in straight sets in the first round. The Perlas Spikers hold a 7-2 card at second to third place tied with the Cool Smashers and are coming off back-to-back victories. Dzi Gervacio, Nicole Tiamzon, Joy Dacoron and Kathy Bersola will lead the charge BanKo.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 9th, 2018

PVL: Valdez fights through ankle pain, leads Cool Smashers back in win column

Alyssa Valdez played through pain in her right ankle to power Creamline past Tacloban, 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, and return in the win column Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cool Smashers star limped out of the court in the second set before heroically returning in the third to carry her team from a 19-23 deficit to a resounding sweep as Creamline improved to a 7-2 win-loss record, tied with BanKo at second spot behind Ateneo-Motolite (9-2). Valdez finished with game-high 17 points off 10 attacks, five aces and a couple of kill blocks laced with 11 digs for the Cool Smashers, who recovered from a five-set loss to the Lady Eagles two weeks ago. Valdez said that she felt pain in her foot as early as the opening set after a bad landing. She played through pain until midway in the second set before subbing out.   With her team down, 10-15, in the third Valdez returned to action and immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback. Pau Soriano sparked Creamline’s run in the closing stretch of the third set, scoring on quick attack before Valdez pounded back-to-back hits to cut their deficit to 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24. Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match. Tacloban fell to its third straight loss to slide back with a 4-7 card. Dimdim Pacres finished with nine points while Prado, Bicar and Heather Guino-o scored six each for the Fighting Warays.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

PVL: Nothing to worry about -- Valdez on injury scare

Creamline star Alyssa Valdez assured her teammates and fans that she’s doing fine despite playing through pain on her right ankle in the Cool Smashers’ straight sets win over Tacloban in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. “Siguro kailangan lang ng strengthening and rest. Tomorrow back to regular programming do strengthening. Nothing to worry about,” said Valdez, who led the Cool Smashers to a 25-16, 25-16, 26-24, win over the Fighting Warays Wednesday that hiked their record to 7-2 tied with idle BanKo at second spot. Valdez limped out of the court in the second set and had her right foot bandaged. The Cool Smasher felt some pain after a bad landing in the opening set.    She said that she has been nursing the nagging injury for quite some time. “Hindi ko rin alam sa paa ko pasulpot-sulpot (yung sakit). It’s been going on, matagal na rin. I think matagal na ito talaga,” admitted Valdez, who also had 11 digs. “As much as possible we do a lot of therapy. I mean ginagawan naman ng paraan during trainings but I guess today gusto lang niyang sumulpot. Na-timingan lang siguro,” she added. “Bad landing lang sa first set kaya medyo sumakit din.” Seeing her team trailing in the third set, 10-15, Valdez ignored pain and returned to action. She immediately scored an attack to rally her team to an amazing fightback. Valdez then pounded two straight kills to push her team closer, 22-23. Jovielyn Prado answered with a kill to put the Fighting Warays at match point before Alina Bicar sent her service short that tied the frame at 24. Valdez again smashed consecutive attacks before Jia Morado wrapped up the win with an ace to end the one-hour, 22-minute match. “Very crucial din talaga ang ibinibigay ng mga PTs namin, ng mga coaches namin kapag may mga ganitong instances and I’m just very thankful for them,” said Valdez. “Si coach din kapag tumingin na yun alam mo na heartstrong na, kung kaya naman lumaban lalaban ka for the team.” Creamline will take on Pocari Sweat-Air Force next on Sunday in Legazpi City, Albay.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 7th, 2018

PVL: Angels return to battle after long rest

It has been three weeks since PetroGazz saw action in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. Now back into battle, the Angels will try to snare their second straight win against Iriga-Navy Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre 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 and via livestream.  PetroGazz finished the first round of eliminations early, closing the round with a straight sets win over listless Adamson-Akari. The Angels hold a 4-3 win-loss record and are looking to duplicate their four-set win over the Lady Oragons in the first round. Meaanwhile, Iriga is coming off back-to-back victories over Adamson-Akari and Tacloban last weekend. The Lady Oragons hold a 3-7 slate at seventh spot.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsNov 2nd, 2018

Red-hot Dino Villanueva sustains run, leads by 3

Dino Villanueva shifted into high gear with a switch in tee-time, running off four straight birdies to start his backside drive then sustaining his charge to the finish for a 66 and a three-stroke lead over Elmer Salvador and Peter Stojanovski midway through the Summit Point World 18 Challenge here yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

Djokovic beats Sousa in straight sets at Paris Masters

Novak Djokovic began his bid for a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title with a 7-5, 6-1 win against Joao Sousa in the second round......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 31st, 2018

Curry sets another record for 3s as Warriors hold off Nets

Golden State appeared on its way to another easy victory when the game suddenly turned into a 3-point shootout. Luckily for the Warriors, they have the perfect guy for that......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 29th, 2018