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Hotshots survive dogfight against Phoenix

The Hotshots still have Phoenix's number. It was far from the blowouts from last season but Magnolia walked away from a dogfight against the Fuel Masters with a hard-earned 97-91 decision in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Magnolia erased an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and relied on its veteran anchors in the clutch to frustrate Phoenix and win a third straight game this season. The Hotshots moved to 4-1 in the standings, half a game behind idle San Miguel for the lead. Tied at 89, Ian Sangalang drilled the go-ahead basket for Magnolia with 1:08 to go in the game. Paul Lee was then cold as ice from the free throw line the rest of the way as the Hotshots pulled through. Lee fired 20 points to lead Magnolia while Rome dela Rosa scored 17. Sangalang had 16 points and seven rebounds. Mark Barroca, also effective in the fourth, had 12 points. Marc Pingris, despite scoring only four points, grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds for the Hotshots. "It was all mental toughness in the end," head coach Chito Victolero said. "It's about our perseverance and our desire to win and our chemistry sa dulo. We know in this game, medyo mabigat talaga to kasi I know Phoenix will bounce back coming from a tough loss sa last game nila. Credit sa players, hindi sila naggive up sa pressure," he added. Phoenix, losers of two straight and dropped to 2-3, got 19 points from second-year guard Gelo Alolino. Matthew Wright scored 17 points for the Fuel Masters and Jeff Chan added another 12 in a starting role.   The Scores: Magnolia 97 - Lee 20, dela Rosa 17, Sangalang 16, Barroca 12, Reavis 11, Simon 6, Jalalon 5, Pingris 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Herndon 1. Phoenix 91 - Alolino 19, Wright 17, Chan 12, Jazul 9, Eriobu 8, Chua 7, Mendoza 6, Kramer 6, Intal 3, Revilla 2, Perkins 2 Quarters: 30-23, 47-45, 67-75, 97-91   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Kia keeping its problems internal from now on

A lot of people like to talk about Kia about everything. Whether its questioning roster moves or just criticizing in-game decisions, much has been said about the Picanto and their problems. Well, Kia is on top now for once after the Picanto picked up a gutsy 98-94 win over Rain or Shine Saturday, snapping a record 16-game losing skid dating back to last season. This victory masks some of Kia's woes but it doesn't eliminate them all yet. And after a very public humiliation starting with the controversial trade for the no. 1 pick of last year's draft that ended up being Christian Standhardinger, Kia would like to keep its problems within themselves for now. They know what they are, they would just rather not talk about them. "I'm sorry but those things are internal to us, we would rather keep things internally as a family, we rather not speak about it in public," head coach Ricky Dandan said following Kia's breakthrough win. "But ano ah basketball was not our problem, it's in us. So we identified that. I showed them the Magnolia third quarter and the Alaska third quarter and they all saw it. They saw what happened but I also told them that this is not about technicalities, it isn't about basketball," he added. By now, it's common knowledge that Kiais noy a perfect team. Far from it. The Picanto will not argue but it doesn't wom that their quest for winning and relevance stops. "They accepted the weaknesses and like I mentioned in the previous interview we do have a lot of weaknesses and we will time to strengthen them," Dandan said. "But they accepted all of these problems and they knew how to solve it. It was really solvable amongst us, di kailangan ng external motivation for that, it was really among us, nasa samin," he added.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Australian Open: A lookahead to Sunday, recap of Saturday

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick glance at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Local hope Nick Kyrgios and third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov meet for the second time this year, this time with more on the line. Kyrgios beat Dimitrov in three sets in the Brisbane International semifinals two weeks ago, then went on to take the title. Dimitrov had beaten the Australian in their two previous meetings, including in straight sets on hard courts at Cincinnati last year. Kyrgios defeated Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the third round and was mostly well-behaved, a far cry from some of the antics he has pulled in the past, including a suspension in October 2016 for not trying during a match in Shanghai, and a heavily-criticized on-court exchange with Stan Wawrinka in 2015. Kyrgios said he's doing nothing special to change his image: "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, 'Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception'. Nothing has changed. I've always been emotional." Dimitrov said he won't get caught up in the moment, or the expected parochial crowd cheering on Kyrgios' attempt to become the first Australian man since 1976 (Mark Edmondson) to win the Australian title. "I've played against the local, so to speak, all that," Dimitrov said. "That's part of the game." Kyrgios pulled out of his doubles pairing with Matt Reid on Friday to save himself for the Dimitrov match. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal plays Diego Schwartman in another fourth-round match. In women's fourth-round matches, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Magdalena Rybarikova. Wozniacki needed to win the last six games of her second-round match against Jana Fett to stay in the tournament, and says she's playing with "house money." Another fourth-round match has fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina playing Denisa Allertova, a Czech qualifier who has not dropped a set in any of her main-draw matches. __ By AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa. ___ SUNDAY FORECAST Partly cloudy, high of 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) SATURDAY'S WEATHER Mostly sunny, high of 24 C (75 F) SATURDAY'S RESULTS Men's Third Round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat No. 29 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; Chung Hyeon beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat No. 26 Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; No. 25 Fabio Fognini beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Women's Third Round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13; No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5; No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. No. 17 Madison Keys beat Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4; Naomi Osaka beat No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2; No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2; No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3; Hsieh Su-wei beat No. 26 Agniezska Radwanska 6-2, 7-5. STAT OF THE DAY 2:22: time in hours and minutes of the third set of the Halep-Davis match (3 hours, 45 minutes for the match). QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'm almost dead" — Halep after her win. _____ More AP coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/AustralianOpen.....»»

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Brownlee torches Indonesia, tows Alab to back-to-back wins

No matter the opponent, Justin Brownlee looks like he very much belongs in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. That was yet again the case on Saturday, even in his first time in Indonesia, as he poured in 36 points to shoot Alab Pilipinas way and above rookie team CLS, 92-87, at the GOR CLS Kertajaya. The American reinforcement waxed hot from the get-go and scorched the nets with 18 first quarter points – by his lonesome, matching the output of all their opponents. With Brownlee spearheading the attack, the Filipinos built up an 11-point lead after the first quarter that would only increase to as much as 15. The rest of the Philippines’ representatives were no slouches either as fellow import Renaldo Balkman posted a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double while reigning and defending MVP Ray Parks Jr. chipped in 14 markers and four assists. Save for a lone game up against Singapore, Brownlee has been dominant in his first stint in the Southeast Asian professional league. Along with his big-time scoring output, he also had eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in this one. And with him showing the way once more onto a second straight rout, Alab hikes their record to 5-4 – keeping them in fifth-place, but breathing right down the neck of fourth-running Saigon. For the Indonesians, Brian Williams topped the scoring column with 22 points. With no answers for Brownlee, however, he saw his team drop to 1-6. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Rene Catalan grounds and pounds his way to victory at ONE: Kings of Courage in Jakarta

Make it four straight wins for Pinoy fighter Rene Catalan. "The Challenger" was victorious once again, knocking out China's Peng Xue Wen at ONE Championship: Kings of Courage, Saturday evening in Jakarta, Indonesia.  The 39-year old Catalan was aggressive from the opening bell as he charged at Peng with some huge shots.  Peng managed to neutralize and control the Pinoy for a bit, but landed an errant low blow that halted the action for a bit.  Catalan powered through and with less than a minute left the second round, Catalan dropped Peng with a solid counter one-two combination and then unloaded a barrage of vicious ground and pound to get the second round TKO finish.  The decorated Wushu practicioner picks up his fourth-straight victory, two coming via stoppage......»»

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Arellano U eyes return to solo lead

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. -- JRU vs. Perpetual (m) 11:00 a.m. –- JRU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (w) 2:00 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (m) 3:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (jrs)   Unbeaten defending champion Arellano University seeks to regain the solo lead when the Lady Chiefs take on struggling Lyceum of the Philippines University in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. clash between University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University. The Lady Chiefs share the leader board with San Beda College after four outings and are on a 16-game winning streak since last season. Arellano U faced a tough battle the last time out, dropping a set for the first time this season in a 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, win over the Lady Bombers last Tuesday. Against the Lady Pirates, who are sporting a 1-3 card, Lady Chiefs head Obet Javier will have the advantage of a deep bench with rookie Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha, Mary Anne Esguerra and Jovielyn Prado at his disposal. A stark contrast to the squad of veteran mentor Emil Lontoc. Crippled with only eight available players, LPU is limping through the tournament. The Lady Pirates dropped a 26-28, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, match against their Intramuros neighbor. Perpetual, meanwhile, is looking to extend its winning streak to three after back-to-back five-set victories over San Sebastian College and Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Lady Altas carry a 3-1 slate while the Lady Bombers, who are looking to return in the win column after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped by the Lady Chiefs, are locked in a four-way logjam at 2-2 with San Sebastian College, College of St. Benilde and Letran. In men’s play, unbeaten joint leaders Altas and Chiefs hunt for their fifth win against their respective foes. Perpetual takes on listless Bombers at 9:30 a.m. while Arellano U crosses paths with the Pirates at 2:00 p.m. The lone juniors match between LPU and Arellano is set at 3:30 p.m.                --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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WATCH: Alyssa Valdez ready to play, learn alongside “champions” Gumabao, Gohing

Filipino volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez can’t wait to play with the Creamline Cool Smashers’ newest additions, opposite spiker Michele Gumabao, and libero Melissa Gohing. In an exclusive video interview with ABS-CBN Sports, Valdez revealed that playing with the veteran duo of Gumabao and Gohing, a tandem she used to play against, is an enticing idea, as they can add experience and a winning mentality to a stacked team that has star setter Jia Morado. “Sobrang nakakaexcite at the same time siyempre parang bago samin lahat kasi sabi mo nga, first time ko magiging teammates yung dalawang MG na very well-known sa UAAP also and sa ibang professional league, commercial league sa natin dito sa Pilipinas,” Valdez said. “I’m really excited to team up with them kasi alam natin yung talent and alam natin din talaga yung madadala nila sa team namin,” she continued. Valdez is quick to ensure fans, however, that even with the bevy of go-to stars now on the stacked team, everyone in the squad still has equal footing, and should learn from one another to be successful in the PVL. “Pinaniniwalaan ko talaga na everyone is really equal inside and outside of the court and marami rin experiences si Michele and Mel na siyempre hindi ko rin napagdaanan, and sila lang din nakakaalam kung pano,” Valdez said. “We’re really happy na sana, matutunan namin and makuha namin yung madaming learnings also from them,” she continued. Valdez touches upon Morado and Gohing's pivotral roles on the team, Gumabao's championship experience, and more in the FULL VIDEO below:  The inclusion of Gumabao and Gohing creates an interesting mix, as they will team up with Valdez and another former Ateneo star in setter Jia Morado in Creamline. #PVLonABSCBN pic.twitter.com/yF0lBai4ip — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 20, 2018.....»»

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Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home. It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining. After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left. Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn't get a shot off in time. After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan's three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Spurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. ... Kyle Anderson had 11 rebounds. ... Aldridge missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half. Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. ... DeRozan had a team-leading six assists. ... Toronto FC forward and former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco attended the game. UP NEXT Spurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season. Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It's Toronto's final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent......»»

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Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

NEW YORK -- DeMarre Carroll scored 26 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat 101-95 on Friday night. Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 12 points for the Nets. D'Angelo Russell played 14 minutes and went 0-for-5 from the field for Brooklyn in his first action after missing 32 games following left knee surgery. Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. LeVert made an acrobatic layup to give the Nets a 95-91 lead with 57.8 seconds remaining and then made a step-back jumper to ice the game at 97-91. Carroll hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Brooklyn an 89-86 lead with 4:19 left. Brooklyn took a 79-77 lead with 8:57 remaining on a corner 3-pointer from LeVert. It was Brooklyn's first lead since the 5:41 mark of the first quarter. Miami took a 69-67 lead into the fourth quarter. Carroll helped Brooklyn slice the deficit with seven points in the third quarter. Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and eight rebounds at the half as the Heat took a 53-43 lead into the locker room. Carroll led Brooklyn with 11 points at the half. TIP-INS Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra praised Dragic before the game. "He means everything to our team. In our eyes, he's having an All-Star season. There's a reason why we are where we are in the East, and he's a big part of it." ... Isaiah Whitehead (G-League assignment) and Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon) were out for Brooklyn. Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell will play in short stints as he works his way back from left knee surgery. ... Tyler Johnson (left ankle), Dion Waiters (left ankle), Okaro White (left foot) and Rodney McGruder (left tibia) were out for Miami. UP NEXT Heat: Visit Charlotte on Saturday in the fourth of a five-game trip. Nets: Begin a five-game trip at Detroit on Sunday......»»

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Wizards score 45 in 3rd, beat Pistons 122-112

DETROIT (AP) — Bradley Beal and Kelly Oubre Jr. had 26 points each, and the Washington Wizards scored 45 points in the third quarter before holding on for a 122-112 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night. The Pistons cut a 20-point second-half deficit to four in the fourth quarter, but John Wall made a big 3-pointer to put the Wizards up 107-100. Oubre added a four-point play a few possessions later to push Washington's lead to nine. Andre Drummond had 14 points, 21 rebounds and eight assists for the Pistons, who have lost four straight. Both teams were struggling coming into the game. The Wizards lost by 24 at Charlotte on Wednesday, and they fell behind by 15 in the first quarter at Detroit. It was tied at 46 at halftime, though. Then Washington dominated the third quarter, shooting 16 of 20 from the field and 6 of 8 from 3-point range. Beal scored 13 points in the period and Wall, who was scoreless in the first half, added 10 in the third. The Wizards led 91-74 after three before Detroit rallied, with substitutes Stanley Johnson, Luke Kennard and Anthony Tolliver helping lead the comeback. Wall finished with 16 points and 11 assists. LEUER'S ANKLE Detroit forward Jon Leuer told the Detroit News earlier Friday that he had decided to have season-ending ankle surgery. "He's tried everything to get back," coach Stan Van Gundy said before the game. "Did not want to go to the route of anything season-ending, right up to the very last day earlier this week. He gave it everything he could to try to get back." The 6-foot-10 Leuer has played in only eight games this season. TIP-INS Wizards: Beal scored at least 20 points for the 35th time this season. No guard in the Eastern Conference has done it more often. Pistons: Drummond had 14 rebounds in the first half and played almost the entire second before fouling out. UP NEXT Wizards: Visit the Dallas Mavericks on Monday night. Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday......»»

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Brooks, McLemore lead Grizzlies past Kings 106-88

CLAY BAILEY, Associated Press MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Dillon Brooks scored a career-best 22 points, Ben McLemore had a season-high 21 and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the skidding Sacramento Kings 106-88 on Friday night for their third consecutive win. The game marked Zach Randolph's first return to Memphis since spending eight years as a key figure in the Grizzlies' success. The power forward received a standing ovation when he was introduced with the starting lineups. The team showed a tribute video between the first and second quarters. Randolph finished with four points and six rebounds for the Kings, who have lost seven straight. Tyreke Evans added 14 points and Andrew Harrison finished with 12 for Memphis, which built its lead in the third quarter and coasted down the stretch. De'Aaron Fox led the Kings with 16 points and six assists, while Bogdan Bogdanovic and Vince Carter scored 15 each for Sacramento. Memphis clicked off a 22-7 run to open the second half, extending the lead to 15 before carrying a 67-59 advantage into the fourth. The Kings never really threatened the rest of the way. Neither team shot particularly well, both hitting at less than 37 percent through three quarters. Sacramento's 21 turnovers added to its problems. Memphis took an early 13-point lead but then fell into a poor shooting stretch. That contributed to the Kings tying the game 40-all at halftime. TIP-INS Kings: Randolph wasn't the only one back with recent ties to Memphis. Carter also played for the Grizzlies last season before signing with the Kings, and Sacramento coach Dave Joerger was the Grizzlies' coach until the end of the 2015-16 season. In addition, F Skal Labissiere played high school ball in Memphis. . The Kings have lost 14 of their last 15 games in Memphis. Grizzlies: Put together their first three-game winning streak since the opening three games of the season. . McLemore's previous season high was 17 points against Oklahoma City on Dec. 9. . Brooks has reached double figures in three straight games. UP NEXT Kings: Make their second stop on a six-game road trip Monday night at Charlotte. Grizzlies: At the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night......»»

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Eaglets survive scare from Baby Tams to seize playoff berth

STANDINGS Ateneo 10-0 NU 7-2 UST 5-4 FEU-Diliman 5-5 Adamson 4-5 DLSZ 3-6 UPIS 2-7 UE 1-8 For the first time in the 80th Season of the UAAP Juniors Basketball Tournament, Ateneo de Manila High School’s matchup went down the wire. Far Eastern University-Diliman put up the best fight the undefeated league-leaders have faced thus far, but team captain SJ Belangel and Joaqui Manuel came up big in a 68-65 decision, still in favor of the Blue Eaglets on Saturday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The three-point margin is the smallest the kids from Katipunan have registered after 10 games. It is also the first and only time their winning margin was not in double-digits. Dominant throughout the tournament, Ateneo was under siege after the first half and was down by eight before their team captain got together with Dave Ildefonso to outscore their opponents in the third, 15-10. Behind that 21-point quarter, they mounted a three-point lead heading into the final frame. There, last year’s Finals MVP L-Jay Gonzales came alive with all but two of his 12 points, but was quickly responded to by Belangel. In the endgame, it was then Manuel who took charge. In all, he had eight of his 12 points in the last seven minutes. He also had a total of 14 rebounds and four assists. Ildefonso chipped in 11 points and eight rebounds while Kai Sotto contributed 16 points, 10 rebounds, and three blocks. While it was their first game that didn’t end in a rout, head coach Joe Silva said the close contest was actually good for them as it showed their character. Indeed, Ateneo is gladly taking the hardfought win as it already guarantees them a spot in the playoffs. At 10-0, they are also four more wins away from an elimination round sweep that automatically advances them into the Finals. On the other hand, the defending champions remain winless up against the three other contenders above of them in the standings in Ateneo, Nazareth School of National University, and University of Sto. Tomas. This, despite a strong showing from RJ Abarrientos who had 16 points, six rebounds, five assists, and three steals. At 5-5, FEU-Diliman is in need to get a win run going as Adamson High School continues to lurk behind them. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME ATENEO 68 – Belangel 20, Sotto 16, Manuel 12, Ildefonso 11, Credo 9, Escalona 0, Chiu 0, Angeles 0, David 0, Jaymalin 0, Lopa 0 FEU-DILIMAN 65 – Abarrientos 16, Alforque 12, Gonzales 12, Torres 12, Sajonia 10, Celzo 0, Ona 1, Boc 0, Tolentino 0, Mariano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 10-20, 25-33, 46-43, 68-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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In Focus: 5 of Janina Vela s Most Inspiring Vlogs

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Beermen remain perfect after scrappy affair with NLEX

San Miguel is just too good. The three-time defending champion Beermen went to work in the fourth period, simply overpowering the NLEX Road Warriors on their way to a 109-98 win in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. In a game that featured more than a couple of physical altercations and shouting matches, San Miguel relied on its superior star power to maintain a perfect 4-0 record. The Beermen's MVP tandem both submitted double-double performances to overcome NLEX's challenge. 2013 MVP Arwind Santos led the way for the champs. scoring 26 points on top 13 rebounds and four assists. Santos did his best work in the fourth, dropping 13 points in the period as the Beermen pulled away for good. Reigning four-time league MVP June Mar Fajardo was dominant as well, going for 25 points and 16 rebounds.  Alex Cabagnot and Marcio Lassiter added 14 points apiece. "I know from the start that this will be an exciting game," head coach Leo Austria said. "With NLEX losing their last two games, we knew they will come out hard and it happened. They refused to lose because of their pride and experience," he added. With less than five minutes to go, things got testy as Mike Miranda was called for a flagrant foul penalty 2 for kicking Chris Ross in his nether regions. The Road Warriors paid for it dearly as the Beermen's six-point lead turned into 10 real quick after two free throws from Ross and a jumper from Marcio Lassiter in the same possession. Then Arwind dropped the dagger by hitting a booming triple with 3:42 to go for an 11-point lead. Before the game ended, Ross figured in another altercation, engaging with a shouting match against NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao. Ross was tossed after being called for his second technical foul in the game. His first was for second motion against Alex Mallari earlier in the second half. Meanwhile, Kiefer Ravena scored 15 points to lead NLEX but it wasn't enough to save the Road Warriors from a third straight defeat. Mallari, Raul Soyud, and JR Quinahan each added 12 points for the Road Warriors.   The Scores: SAN MIGUEL 109 — Santos 26, Fajardo 25, Cabagnot 14, Lassiter 14, Pessumal 10, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, De Ocampo 4, Ross 4, Heruela 2, Mamaril 2, Semerad 2. NLEX 98 — Ravena 15, Mallari 12, Quiñahan 12, Soyud 12, Miranda 10, Tiongson 8, Fonacier 6, Uyloan 6, Al-Hussaini 5, Alas 5, Taulava 3, Baguio 2, Gotladera 2. Quarters: 31-24, 49-58, 74-74, 109-98.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Ateneo’s Ponggay Gaston channels modern women empowerment icons with new pixie cut

Ateneo Lady Eagles outside hitter Ponggay Gaston stunned fans on Twitter when she was seen Friday afternoon rocking a new shorter “pixie” hairstyle during their UAAP season 80 photoshoot in ABS-CBN. .@pingpongPONGGAY rocking the new ‘do! 👀💇🏻 #UAAPSeason80 pic.twitter.com/zq7pQbPKUG — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) January 19, 2018 Far from the long, flowing locks from seasons past, Gaston’s shorter hair was both a fashion choice, and a social statement as well. “I wanted to be like Eleven from hit Netlfix series ‘Stranger Things’ and Natalie Portman’s character in ‘V for Vendetta’,” she bared. Ponggay, a bubbly presence on the court for Ateneo, is of course talking about two fictional characters in TV and in film who she felt best represented the empowerment of women.  “Wala lang, I think that there is more to a woman than her hair,” she said, after revealing that she actually had the haircut right before Christmas last year.   Snip snip snip 💇🏽 A post shared by i come for ür doggos (@pingpongponggay) on Dec 23, 2017 at 2:21am PST While Gaston originally wanted to emulate the shaved hairstyles popularized by Eleven, played by Millie Bobby Brown, and Evey Hammond, played by Natalie Portman in the 2006 film, she compromised for a slightly longer cut.  “I wanted to make it really semi-kalbo, I wanted it short,” Gaston shared, “But then they wouldn’t let me cut it that short.” Ever the trendsetter, Gaston, who also used to be a runway model, had nothing but positive reactions from her peers, after the initial surprise, of course.  “They were shocked because I’ve always had long hair. But then, you know, what choice do they got, they’re going to see it everyday,” she said. “They liked it naman.” With the season already near, Ponggay says she’d let her hair grow back until the UAAP wars end, then she’ll push for her original plan. “I think I’m gonna go for my goal, which is to make it really shaved. Maybe after [the season],” Gaston shared. While fans are yet to get used to Gaston’s new hair, they’ll get to see the outside hitter step up for Ateneo when the Lady Eagles open their bid this February 4 against FEU at the Mall of Asia Arena......»»

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'I m not here to make any friends' --- Von after shove on Kiefer

In an interesting turn of events, former teammates and suppossedly good friends Kiefer Ravena and Von Pessumal got into it a little bit Friday during San Miguel and NLEX's matchup in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Things got heated early in the fourth quarter after Pessumal was called for a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving Kiefer to the floor. It's unclear what Kiefer did to trigger Von but the push definitely happened. Pessumal also basically offered nothing to clear the situation. "It's part of the game. It's part of the game," Pessumal said post-game. Pressed for answers, Pessumal declined again, questioning why the entire thing is a big deal in the first place. "I don't wanna say anything, I'm sorry. It's part of the game. Whatever, move on. Not a big deal," the second-year guard said. "It's part of the game, I don't see any reason why it's a big deal. It's part of the game," he added. Asked if there was trash talked involved and if his history with Kiefer offered any factors, Pessumal declined to give anything again. He also says he didn't talk to Kiefer after the game was over. "I wouldn't say anything. I don't know, after the game? I'm a professional basketball player, I'm not here to make any friends," Pessumal said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Guiao s alleged racial slur sparks confrontation with Ross

Chris Ross was the center of more than a couple incidents Friday during the heated game between San Miguel and NLEX in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. Ross got into it with forward Alex Mallari in the third period, causing both to be called for technical fouls for second motion. Then, Ross got kicked in the nether regions by Mike Miranda in the fourth, causing the latter's ejection thanks to a flarant foul penalty 2. And finally, with less than two minutes to go in a sure win by the Beermen, Ross figured in a shouting match against NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao, causing his own ejection for getting another technical foul. Ross denied talking to the media after the game but his head coach, Leo Austria, tried to make do of the situation. Apparently, Guiao allegedly issued a racial slur towards Ross. "That’s the word na he don’t want to hear from any people. According to Chris, tinawagan siya ng [n-word] or ganyan," Austria said. "I don’t know but that’s what he explained to me because I confronted Chris Ross. He’s one of the most important players in my team especially in the endgame but that’s the thing he don’t want to hear so nag-flare up yung bata so I cannot blame him," he added. Fortunately for San Miguel, Ross' ejection hardly mattered because the Beermen were already up by double digits. However, Austria is just trying to look out for his point guard and for his team in general. "I hope this thing is a lesson for any player especially the key players in the endgame, we cannot afford to lose players. Imagine, nathrown out siya e kung close game ito?" Austria said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Kiefer admits to talking trash to Von Pessumal

Kiefer Ravena denies doing anything physical to provoke Von Pessumal during NLEX's eventual loss to San Miguel Beer in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup. However, Ravena admitted to trying to talk some trash to his former Ateneo teammate. Well, it kinda worked. Obviously. "I did not expect that at all. But hopefully Von doesn't take it personal," Ravena on the whole incident that caused Pessumal to receive a flagrant foul penalty 1 for shoving Kiefer to the floor. "They were talking smack so I was trying to do the same thing. It was a heat of the moment [type of thing]," he added. With Pessumal offering no explanations from his end, Ravena hopes that everything will be well after the heated game. "I never instigated something to provoke Von to do that. Probably nung tinignan ko siya. But you know, Von and I, we go way back. Things like this hopefully don't become too personal," Ravena said. "I have no intention na ipapahiya yung tao or sasaktan mo yung tao. Wala namang ganun. Laro-laro lang," he added. Finally, Kief says he has no plans of reaching out to Von after the fact. Basically what Pessumal said as well. "No. Not really," he said on if he tries to reach out to Von. "It's just two players wanting to battle it out and help their team win," Ravena added.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Guiao denies racial slur but admits to dirty finger during Ross incident

In a not-so-surprising admission, NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao absolutely denied issuing a racial slur to San Miguel point guard Chris Ross. Late in Friday's Philippine Cup game featuring both squads, Guiao and Ross got into shouting match causing the latter's ejection from the game. Ross never talked to the media after the game and San Miguel coach Leo Austria was the one that tried to clear to air for his player. For his part, Guiao basically says that it was just normal trash talk. Whatever that means. "Wala. Nandoon siya [Ross] sa tapat namin. Daldal siya ng daldal eh. Eh sa akin naman kapag ganon, siguro respeto nalang. Lumayo ka nalang tutal mananalo naman na kayo," Guiao said. "I just felt that... I didn’t understand what he was saying, what he was talking about. Nakipagtrash-talking din ako sa kanya. But he was right in front of our bench. And the game was a foregone conclusion at that time, siguro magrespetuhan nalang kapag ganoon. Mananalo naman na kayo. So, manahimik ka lang," he added. Asked about the alleged "n-word" that apparently triggered Ross, Guiao denied everything. "Hindi. Hindi ko tinawag na N-word. Ewan ko kung may nakarinig. Pero hindi," he said. What Guiao did admit though, is flashing the dirty finger. He can't really deny that since it was caught on live television. "Oo. Kasama na rin yun. Pero ano naman eh. It’s part of siguro psychological warfare. Malakas din siya mang-asar," he said. "Hindi lang naman sa amin. Everytime naman na mga ganoong skirmishes. He also knows what he’s capable of," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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