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John Wall pays tribute to his mom at Kentucky Hall of Fame

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Undefeated Ateneo does battle with winless UE

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Bulldogs eyeing a winning streak up against grounded Falcons

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Melo trade latest in star players showing their muscle

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NBA Twitter reacts to Carmelo Anthony trade

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Nonito Donaire Jr. victorious in in-ring return, claims WBC Silver title

He's back!  Five-division world champion and Filipino boxing great Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire was successful in his in-ring return, outpointing Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez to become the new WBC Silver featherweight champion, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, Texas.  The 34-year old Donaire, who last saw action in November of 2016, took charge of the match early, establishing his speed against the younger Garcia Hernandez.  The Talibon, Bohol native quickly shed off any ring rust as he darted in and out to score points on Hernandez while moving out of the line of fire.  The young Hernandez managed to move Donaire back with some good shots late in the fight, but it wasn't enough to make any significant damage.  After ten rounds, 'The Filipino Flash' earned a clear-cut unanimous decision nod from the judges, 100-90, 97-93, 99-91. Donaire publicly said that after a win against Garcia Hernandez, he'll be gunning for the game's top featherweights, so expect the Pinoy great to lobby for fights against the likes of Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Leo Santa Cruz, and Oscar Valdez, who recently defended his title against another Pinoy in Genesis Servania.  Donaire improves to 38-4 in his career.    em> strong>Catch Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire's in-ring return against Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, September 24th, 7:00 PM only on S+A channel 23!  /strong> /em>   .....»»

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AP source: Knicks agree to trade Carmelo Anthony to Thunder

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Morata hat trick keeps Chelsea near top of EPL

SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — Despite having been Chelsea's second choice in the transfer window, Alvaro Morata is quickly proving his doubters wrong in the English Premier League. The former Real Madrid forward showcased his skills with a hat trick as Chelsea defeated Stoke 4-0 on Saturday, drawing him level with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero with six league goals. 'Alvaro took his goals very well, which for a striker is very important,' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. 'I am pleased with the team also because it means we are creating chances for our strikers.' Aguero and Lukaku were on the scoresheet, too, as Manchester City and Manchester United won but stayed unbeaten by different paths. City's latest victim was winless Crystal Palace by 5-0, while United ground down Southampton 1-0 thanks to Lukaku's first-half strike. Liverpool overcame its leaky defense to secure a first win in September as Philippe Coutinho starred in a 3-2 win at Leicester. Tottenham and Watford also maintained perfect away records. Spurs withstood a late West Ham comeback to win at the London Stadium 3-2, Watford won at Swansea 2-1, Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1, and Burnley and Huddersfield played out a goalless draw. MORATA, MORATA, MORATA Morata's first three Premier League goals came via his head, but a cool side-footed finish after just two minutes gave Chelsea the lead at Britannia Stadium. His second was even better as he picked up the ball on the left, drove past two Stoke defenders and curled his shot past Jack Butland. His third was simple, but the Spain striker's movement was on display as he slipped his marker to find space to tap in Cesar Azpilicueta's knockdown. If there was any remaining sadness over Diego Costa's exit from Chelsea, which was finally resolved this week, Morata ensured his compatriot was forgotten on Saturday. Pedro scored Chelsea's other goal as Antonio Conte's side maintained its perfect away record in the league, keeping it within three points of United and City at the top of the table. CITY CAN'T STOP SCORING City scored five or more goals for a third consecutive league game as the impressive Leroy Sane opened the scoring before Raheem Sterling added a double against Palace. Aguero maintained his goal-a-game record and substitute Fabian Delph rounded off the scoring, to leave Roy Hodgson's Palace pointless and goalless after six games. LUKAKU: GOALS, CHANTS CONTINUE Lukaku scored the only goal but United's win in Southampton was overshadowed by the continued use of a racist chant in support of Lukaku by United fans. The club said it will review CCTV footage to identify supporters who sang the lyrics despite Lukaku's pre-match request for it to stop. SWEET REVENGE Days after being knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester, Liverpool went to King Power Stadium and beat Leicester in an action-packed encounter. Coutinho laid on an assist for Mohamed Salah before curling a stunning free kick into the top corner to put Juergen Klopp's side in control. However, Liverpool's fragile defense was once more exposed as Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back. Jordan Henderson restored the Reds' two-goal advantage but Jamie Vardy got Leicester back into contention just a minute later. Vardy then squandered a chance to secure the Foxes a draw when his penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet. PERFECT ON THE ROAD Harry Kane's double and Christian Eriksen's goal appeared to give Spurs an unassailable lead, but a Javier Hernandez header quickly followed by Serge Aurier's sending off made for a tense finale. Cheikhou Kouyate headed West Ham within touching distance but Tottenham held on to make it three wins from three away from home. Watford matched that record with an equally dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea as Richarlison struck a 90th-minute winner. Andre Gray earlier scored his first goal for Watford before Tammy Abraham came off the bench to level the game. IN FROM THE COLD Oumar Niasse came off the bench to score twice as Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth and end a run of three successive defeats. Niasse was deemed surplus to requirements by Ronald Koeman last summer, but with Everton struggling for goals, the Senegal forward was given a chance. He grabbed it with both hands, ending the Toffees' run of 6 1/2 hours without a league goal, before notching the winner five minutes later. .....»»

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Classy Dortmund warns Real Madrid with 6-1 rout of 'Gladbach

CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press br /> BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund warmed up for Real Madrid in the Champions League by routing Borussia Moenchengladbach 6-1 to match its best ever start to the Bundesliga on Saturday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick and the brilliant Maximilian Philipp scored twice as Dortmund made it five wins and a draw, equaling its 2015 start, while also stretching its unbeaten run at home to 41 games. Dortmund perfectionists will rue the first goal conceded in six league games after Lars Stindl pulled one back for the shocked visitors. Otherwise it was a complete performance - Aubameyang also hit the post three times and 'Gladbach goalkeeper Tobias Sippel was at his best to prevent Dortmund scoring more - and Madrid will be wary ahead of its visit on Tuesday. 'The players are fresh and we're playing good football. Real is another level,' Dortmund coach Peter Bosz said when asked if his side could repeat the performance against Madrid. Aubameyang wrapped up his hat trick with half an hour remaining, then Stindl put the only blot on Dortmund's performance and left goalkeeper Roman Buerki shaking his head on his 100th Bundesliga appearance. Buerki had gone 515 minutes without conceding. YOUTHFUL BATTLE In a duel between the youngest ever Bundesliga coaches, 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim defeated 32-year-old Domenico Tedesco's Schalke 2-0. Both earned their coaching badges together, though Nagelsmann got a head start in February 2016 when he was appointed in place of the ailing Huub Stevens with Hoffenheim in relegation trouble. Nagelsmann saved the team in his first season and led it to the Champions League playoffs in the next. Schalke fans hope Tedesco, who took over in the offseason after just 11 games in charge of second-tier Erzgebirge Aue, can match his former classmate's feats. Dennis Geiger's first Bundesliga goal gave Hoffenheim an early lead, but the visitors improved as the game progressed and might have equalized after the break when Yevhen Konoplyanka struck the crossbar. Konoplyanka was just wide before Mark Uth struck the post at the other end. Uth, who had a late goal ruled out for offside, launched the ball forward for Lukas Rupp to score in the third minute of injury time. Nagelsmann's side remains one of three unbeaten teams in the Bundesliga. LEIPZIG HOLDS ON Leipzig prepared for its Champions League game at Besiktas with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Timo Werner set up new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin to score his second goal since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain and then scored midway through the second half, turning brilliantly and firing inside the far post. Ante Rebic pulled one back for a nervy finale. The visitors were unlucky not to equalize when Simon Falette hit the post and the rebound came back off Leipzig 'keeper Peter Gulacsi's back before rolling out of play. Suspended Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita watched his side in an eye-catching dinner jacket with a red top hat. INSULT TO INJURY Hertha Berlin captain Vedad Ibisevic was sent off with a straight red card in the last minute of his side's 1-0 defeat in Mainz for what referee Tobias Stieler said was an insult directed against him. But the Bosnian insisted he said nothing untoward to the referee and is calling for a lip-reader to prove it. 'I know what I heard,' Stieler contended. Pablo De Blasis's penalty was enough for the home side. In other games, Werder Bremen drew against Freiburg 0-0, and Stuttgart was also held to a homeless draw against Augsburg. ___ More AP German soccer coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/Bundesliga .....»»

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Barcelona gets 6th win in 6 rounds, Atletico beats Sevilla

JOSEPH WILSON, Associated Press br /> BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Girona succeeded in stopping Barcelona star Lionel Messi from scoring. If only it could have avoided its own net as well. Barcelona made it six wins in as many games in the Spanish league on Saturday when it won 3-0 at Girona thanks to a pair of own goals by the hosts. Barcelona went head in the Catalan regional derby when Girona defender Aday Benitez deflected Jordi Alba's off-target shot back into his net in the 17th minute. Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Aleix Vidal helped provoke a second goal three minutes after halftime, when Suarez deftly let Vidal's dangerous short pass go through his legs, hit surprised goalkeeper Gorka Iraizoz and turned into the net. Barcelona increased its lead of the league to four points after Atletico Madrid beat Sevilla 2-0 to leapfrog the Andalucian club into second place. Sevilla is five points behind, followed by Real Madrid at seven points adrift after it won at Alaves 2-1. The decision by Girona coach Pablo Machin to man-mark Lionel Messi with Pablo Maffeo helped stop him from adding to his best ever start to a Liga. Messi scored nine goals in the first five rounds. 'I don't think that Messi was the decisive player that he usually is,' Machin said. 'We tried, but we were playing against some of the best players in the world. When you score in our own net it makes it very tough.' SUAREZ STRIKES Suarez rounded off Barcelona's victory in the 69th when he was left all alone to take Sergi Roberto's lobbed pass and beat Iraizoz. It was Suarez's second goal in six appearances this season. The Uruguay striker had been struggling this season, hampered by a right knee injury and adapting to life after the departure of attack partner Neymar. DREAM START Real Madrid turned to new midfielder Dani Ceballos to help it get back on the winning path. The midfielder made the most of his first start for Zinedine Zidane's team by scoring twice in the victory at last-place Alaves. The win came three days after Madrid lost 1-0 at home to Ceballos' former team, Real Betis. That slip combined with a pair of home draws left the defending champions trailing leader Barcelona. Ceballos received a pass from Marco Asensio, fought through a tackle, and shot just inside the post for the 10th-minute opener. Manu Garcia responded with Alaves' first goal of the season. But Ceballos put Madrid back in charge before halftime when he fired in a ball that goalkeeper Fernando Pacheco spilled when he collided with a teammate while defending a cross. Alaves almost leveled late when substitute Alfonso Pedraza twice hit the woodwork. Cristiano Ronaldo also hit the goal-frame twice in the second half as the Madrid forward seeks his first goal in the league. COSTA SPECTATES Diego Costa watched from the stands of Atletico's new Wanda Metropolitano Stadium as his soon-to-be teammates Antoine Griezmann and Yannick Carrasco scored in the second half to down Sevilla. Atletico reached a deal with Chelsea this week for Costa to return to his former club. Atletico will host Chelsea in the Champions League on Wednesday. MALAGA RALLIES Diego Rolan scored a double to help Malaga rally from a two-goal deficit in the final minutes and draw with visitor Athletic Bilbao 3-3. Malaga secured its first point of the season after it lost its first five matches. .....»»

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Nadal, Federer team up for first victorious doubles

PRAGUE (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer joined forces to win the doubles in the new Laver Cup on Saturday. They teamed up for the first time to defeat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5 in the team event between Europe and the rest of the world. 'It was unbelievable,' Nadal said. The inaugural Laver Cup is at Prague's O2 Arena on an unusual black hard court. Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic, Dominic Thiem and Tomas Berdych also form the European team, while John Isner, Nick Kyrgios, Denis Shapovalov and Frances Tiafoe play for the world. Europe needs two more victories from Sunday's four games to win. .....»»

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Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

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Startup Weekend Bohol Tourism hopes to be one of the many initiatives by local volunteers and the Bohol ICT Council. It is a 54-hour event where participants get to enjoy and experience how to build a business or a project in just three days. The organizers have held a couple of pre-activities before the big [&'].....»»

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Knicks hoping to trade Carmelo Anthony before training camp

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Ferrer feeling "okay" after scary fall in Ginebra loss

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This time around, Nash gives his "praise" on officiating

After arguably his team's best win of the conference so far, TNT head coach Nash Racela was in a great mood Saturday as he entered the press room for his latest post-game talk. Nash's positive energy was evident the moment he went through the door of the Araneta Coliseum's press section Saturday, a far cry from his sour mood less than a week before in Antipolo where he engaged in another explosive rant despite picking up a win. A rant that earned him a P17,000 fine from the PBA. Fresh from issuing defending champion Ginebra a 29-point beatdown, Racela didn't have time to criticize officiating. Instead, he praised it. However, he said it in the most sarcastic way possible even Dr. Sheldon Cooper can tell. 'Live na?' Racela said, after he was once again reminded that he's indeed live on national television and online. 'That was a perfectly-officiated ball game. I cannot say anything negative about it,' he added. Turning serious and focusing his attention on the performance his KaTropa just put, Nash said that his team just simply took advantage of a great shooting night. A great shooting night that allowed them to dominate the reigning conference champions and earn themselves a playoff bonus in the quarterfinals next week. 'When you shoot that way, you really have a good chance of winning games. It doesn't happen a lot of times but today it did so we took advantage of it,' he said. 'Because you know how Ginebra defends, they'll defend that paint. The only way we will have a chance against them is to really make those jumpers and tonight we did,' Racela added. With the next round now as a top priority, Nash gave one final, sarcastic shot before he made his exit. 'Off na? Naka-off na? Joke lang! Lahat naman ng ano ko joke lang, kayo naman oh,' he said. And then Nash left to prepare for TNT's latest playoff run.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Playoff picture will be set as Governors' Cup elims close

The PBA playoff picture will finally be revealed as the Governors' Cup wraps up its elimination round Sunday. As it stands, there are only two things that are sure in the quarterfinals of the season-ending conference. The first thing is that Blackwater is 8th and TNT KaTropa already has a twice-to-beat advantage. Everything else will be settled after the final two games featuring four other playoff teams. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., NLEX (7-3) takes on Star (6-4). The Meralco (8-2) vs. San Miguel (7-3) matchup will come at 6:45 p.m. Things could still get crazier depending on how the quotients playout especially since there could be a five-way tie for first place if San Miguel and NLEX both win. If that's the case, the Beermen and the Road Warriors will finish with an 8-3 record together with the Bolts, the KaTropa, and defending champion Ginebra. It would be easier if all of us should just stay tuned after all as this is practically the start of the playoffs. All games are live from the Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

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We're very happy and proud of Cassie and Dani -- BDL on Ateneo rookies

Team captain Bea De Leon was glad to see Ateneo de Manila University rookies Dani Ravena and Candice Gequillana getting some playing time. She lauded the newcomers performance – though short – in the Lady Eagles 25-11, 25-13, 25-13, whipping of San Sebastian College on Saturday in Group A of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.     Ravena and Gequillana saw action for the first time after riding the bench in the Katipunan-based squad’s first three outings. “It's very motivating for them to get a chance to play. When you're at that age, you're very eager,” said fourth year player De Leon. “So I'm sure they're very happy and we're very happy and proud of Cassie and Dani,” added De Leon. Open spiker Gequillana, younger sister of injured Kim Gequillana (left ACL tear) played in the third set in a relief role and scored two points as the Lady Eagles improved to 3-1 win-loss record. Ravena served as substitute for starting setter Deanna Wong in the third frame. Both players came in late in the third with Ateneo miles ahead, 17-7. “Una, before pumasok kinakabahan ako, inisip ko na lang na relax lang and just do my best,” said Ravena. “Iniisip ko lang ang team kung paano ako makaka-contribute. I don’t think of those factors na, like 'yung mga fans, kahit naman maganda ang nilaro may masasabi sila. Maka-help lang aka sa team, that’s enough for me na.” The victory pushed the Lady Eagles closer to a Final Four spot and gave them a good momentum heading into their last elims assignment against unbeaten National University next Saturday.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

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Chooks-to-Go falls to Palestine in Champions Cup

Chooks-to-Go's comeback fell a little short this time around. Team Pilipinas suffered its first loss of the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, absoring an 82-89 defeat at the hands of Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine Saturday at the Chenzhous City Arena in Chenzhou, China. Barely 24 hours since Chooks-to-Go's rousing win over BC Astana to open Group A play, the Philippines came out flat against Palestine, trailing for most of the game. Chooks-to-Go got as close to four points in the final period by Palestine proved to be steadier down the stretch to complete the victory. Kiefer Ravena was once again the leading scorer for Team Pilipinas, firing 24 points while Jeron Teng added 18 points and six rebounds. Import Isaiah Austin, who hurt his leg at the break, added 13 points and eight boards. Three players scored at least 20 points for Sareyyet Ramallah led by Anthony Weeden's 22 points. Jamal AbuShamala dropped 21 and Todd O'Brien had 20. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group A.   The Scores:  PALESTINE 89 – Weeden 22, Abu Shamala 21, O’Brien 20, G. Habbash 14, Sakanini 10, El Diraoui 2, Sahwani 0, K. Habash 0, I Habash 0  PHILIPPINES – Ravena 22, Jeron Teng 18, Austin 13, Cruz 8, Jose 8, Revilla 6, Manuel 3, Tamsi 2, Torres 0, Jeric Teng 0,  Quarterscores: 21-13, 41-33, 64-54, 89-82   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Lady Eagles torch Lady Stags in straight sets

Ateneo de Manila University saw the return of a couple of its injured players in its second straight win at the expense of the hapless San Sebastian College, 25-11, 25-13, 25-13, Saturday in Group A of the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Jho Maraguinot got back into action after skipping the Lady Eagles’ last match because of a foot injury while Ana Gopico, who was nursing a lingering hamstring injury, was fielded for the first time together with rookie setter Dani Ravena in Ateneo’s cakewalk victory. The Katipunan-based squad improved its record to 3-1 and moved closer to a semifinals berth. Sophomore Jules Samonte scored 12 points while skipper Bea De Leon and Kat Tolentino finished with nine points each for the Lady Eagles, who eliminated the Lady Stags in the semis contention. Maraguinot delivered eight points while Gopico, who came in as a reserve in the second set and a starter in the third frame, debuted with four markers for Ateneo. Maraguinot had 10 digs and six excellent receptions while Deanna Wong had 20 excellent sets and six points. Ravena played in the third in a relief role   The Lady Stags absorbed their second straight defeat and dropped to 1-3. Nikka Dalisay had eight markers while Dangie Encarnacion and Joyce Sta. Rita combined for 13 points for SSC-R.   ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

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