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ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy gymnasts hold chances high

JAKARTA -- Asian Games rookies Carlos Edriel Yulo and Reyland Capellan expressed optimism on their chances for a podium finish when they plunge into action in men’s artistic competition of the gymnastics event that kicks off Monday at the Jakarta International Expo Kanayoran Hall D. The 18-year-old Yulo, the prince of the Palarong Pambansa back home, said he wanted to give back to what the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) and his country had given him in his preparation for the Games. “I am ready this time at gusto ko pong maipakita ang  buong makakaya ko para makapagwagi ng medalya para sa bansa,” said Yulo, who clinched a silver in floor exercise in the 2018 Doha World Cup in Qatar and a bronze in vault in Melbourne World Cup Gymnastics 2018 in Australia. He also bagged a silver in vault in the Baku World Cup 2018 in Azerbaijan last March 18. Yulo will compete in the individual all-around, horizontal bar, pommel horse, parallel bars, vault, rings and his favorite floor exercise. Capellan, who won gold in floor exercise and bronze in vault in last year’ Kuala Lumpur Southeast Asian Games, also wants to show that he deserves the slot in the national team. “Handa na po akong makipagsabayan sa kanila,” said Capellan, who like Yulo, are on their first tour of duty in Asian Games. Unlike Yulo who will have seven chances to win a gold medal, Capellan will only compete in vault and floor exercise. Jan Gwynn Timbang, the other men’s artistic bet, will take his chances in vault, rings, horizontal bar, pommel horse, parallel bars and floor exercise, Competing in the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics are Ma. Cristina Onofre (balance beam, floor exercise, vault and uneven bars), Carinne Leanne Bunagan (balance beam, floor exercise, vault and uneven bars) and Shieldannah Sabio and Marian Nicole Medina (individual all-around)......»»

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Rondina-Barbon, Gervacio-Tan reach BVR on Tour Manila Open quarterfinals

University of Santo Tomas bets Sisi Rondina and Babylove Barbon and Perlas' Dzi Gervacio and Bea Tan led the early quarterfinalists in the Beach Volleyball Republic on Tour Manila Open Saturday at Sands SM By The Bay. Rondina and Barbon prevailed over Gen Eslapor and MJ Ebro in an all-UST clash, 21-10, 21-14, for their second straight win, Gervacio and Tan scored a 24-22, 21-10 victory of Smart's Grethcel Soltones and Alyssa Eroa to also remain perfect. Far Eastern University's Ivana Agudo and Marianne Calinawan needed a couple of three-setters to squeeze into today's quarters, outlasting University of the Philippines 2's Abi Goc and Mikee Osorio, 21-16, 19-21, 15-5, to follow up last Saturday's 17-21, 21-11, 15-11 victory over Rizal Technological University's Macie Candido and Jona Mae De Lima. Kempal's Roma Doromal and Chantal Rodriguez rallied from a set down to beat Adamson University's Hannah Nicole Infante and Gracelchen Ave, 21-23, 21-13, 15-7 and advance to the next round. Doromal and Rodriguez swept University of the East's Rhea Manalo and Lyen Shan Ritual, 21-15, 21-16, on opening day. Four other pairs rebounded from their first defeats to stay in the hunt for the remaining four quarterfinals berths. Air Force's Anna Abanto and Jennifer Manzano-Acain overcame University of Perpetual Help System Dalta's Princess Deana Estanislao and Janine Padue, 21-15, 19-21, 15-12, while National University's Klymince Orilleneda and Antonnete Landicho showed the door on UP's Jessma Ramos and Justine Dorog, 21-17, 21-17. Ateneo's Ponggay Gaston and Jules Samonte extended their campaign with a 21-13, 21-23, 15-12 squeaker over RTU's Candido and De Lima, while UE's Manalo and Ritual turned back College of Saint Benilde's Felicia Cui and Kaila Mendoza, 21-19, 21-10. In the men's division, Bryan Bagunas and James Natividad of reigning UAAP champions NU, Krung Arbasto and Jaron Requinton of UST, Ranran Abdilla and Jessie Lopez of Air Force, and Jayjay Solamillo and Gilbert Balmores of Perpetual Help locked up their spots in the round of eight after winning two matches last Saturday. The knockout quarterfinals is set at 8 a.m. on Sunday, while the semifinals and finals - which is also one-match affairs - is scheduled in the afternoon. The winner in the three-day, double gender tournament will claim the P20,000 top prize......»»

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Breaking Down Gilas vs Kazakhstan

From the get-go, it was obvious that this iteration of Gilas Pilipinas would be a bit different. Coach Yeng Guiao, who could have opted on a more offensively potent starting unit, decided to go with familiarity and defense, starting three players from the Rain or Shine core in Gabe Norwood, Maverick Ahanmisi, and Beau Belga, and inserting JP Erram at center and Stanley Pringle at the point guard spot. The effect was immediately evident, as the corner triple from Norwood off a Pringle assist in the first play of the game set the tone. The trio of Norwood-Ahanmisi-Pringle showed why they are probably one of the strongest, more athletic, quick, and defensive-minded perimeter trios that Gilas has fielded in recent years. Practically switching everything on the outside, they did not allow Kazakhstan any room to operate, nor to get any rhythm from the field while forcing multiple turnovers, with Ahanmisi getting two steals that led to transition layups early. It was a 12-2 start for the Philippines before Kazakhstan could blink. The only thing going for the opposing team was their offensive rebounding, albeit these only prevented further transition baskets from the Philippines, as the Kazakhs couldn’t convert on the put backs. One thing Gilas has to adjust to however, is the way the international referees call the game, as their bigs – Almazan and Belga – got into foul trouble early, and penalty situation allowed Kazakhstan to make some headway from the line despite shooting just 1/13 from the field in the first. It was a low scoring first quarter, with Gilas held scoreless for the last 4 minutes and Kazakhstan unable to capitalize on the penalty situation, missing multiple charities. The quarter ended 16-9, Philippines. The second quarter started with Kazakhstan giving up their 7th turnover, which would be a recurring theme throughout the game thanks to Gilas’ defensive pressure. With 6 steals through the first 15 minutes of the game, Gilas prevented their opponents from getting any rhythm offensively, despite Rustam Yergali coming out more aggressive on the offensive end.  James Yap came off the bench and poured in 7 points in the first half, hitting 1 of Gilas’ 6 first half triples. They were 6/19 from deep while holding Kazakhstan, who is known for their outside shooting, to 1/12 at the half. Defense was once again the key in the 2nd quarter, as Gilas allowed just 11 Kazakhstan points, with themselves scoring 25. They forced 15 turnovers with 11 steals total in the first half, scoring 18 turnover points as a result; while they themselves committed just 5 turnovers, yielding 0 turnover points for the Kazakhs. The only downside was they gave up 18 freethrows to Kazakhstan, who luckily only converted on 11 of them. The half ended with the Philippines holding a commanding 21-pt lead, 41-20. Stanley Pringle was impressive to say the least, running the offense and controlling the pace of the game, living up to the all the accolades thrown his way prior to the Asiad. Kazakhstan came out of the halftime huddle with a lot more urgency, employing full court pressure all throughout the 3rd quarter, and outscoring Gilas 9-5 in the first 2 1/2 minutes. They also continued to hold the rebounding edge, especially on the offensive glass. While the Philippines continued to pressure defensively, doubling the ballscreens, Kazakhstan was able to adjust, hitting the rolling big man on multiple occasions for easy undergoal baskets. It was here that Fil-German Standhardinger went to work, getting offensive rebounds and scoring on back-to-back baskets midway through the 3rd, despite picking up his fourth personal with still 4 minutes left in the quarter. This turned out to be Kazakhstan’s best quarter, and the only one where the breached the 20-pt mark, outscoring Gilas 23-20. Whether it was the adrenaline rush with the arrival of Jordan Clarkson in the venue or an earful from Coach Yeng at the end of the third, Gilas started out much better in the fourth, with Pringle once again leading the charge. He hit back-to-back baskets to get to his game high 18pts to start the fourth period; while Almazan – who had multiple skirmishes throughout the game – also hit back-to-back baskets. By the time Paul Lee hit his 3rd consecutive triple midway through the fourth – his only field goals of the game – the game had been blown wide open on a Gilas 20-9 fourth quarter run, 81-52. At that point everyone started getting into the scoring picture while they kept the defensive intensity and held Kazakhstan to just 16 points in the fourth for an emphatic 96-59 opening day win. It was an impressive start to the tournament for Gilas, despite the absence of Kazakhstan’s best player due to injury, and more so with all that had happened prior to arriving in Indonesia. They now have four days to prepare for a key matchup with powerhouse China. With Clarkson, they get not just another elite athlete on the perimeter, but a legitimate NBA talent in his prime. It will take a lot more than that however, as the game against Kazakhstan showed. There will be no room for error against the huge and athletic Chinese frontline, and their younger guards. Defensively they’ll have to communicate as well, if not better; and our bigs will have to work extra hard to box out their Chinese counterparts. We can’t give up too many fouls, as the Chinese are tremendously better free throw shooters, and putting our already thin frontline in foul trouble will further limit their ability to implement Coach Yeng’s defensive gameplan. Offensively, I’m confident we have the talent to compete or even surpass China in the perimeter, and everyone knows Coach Yeng is a master at bringing out the best in his players. If our guards can wreak havoc and break China’s perimeter defense, and we’ll be able to get open looks both inside and out. If our bigs, Belga, Erram, Standhardinger, Almazan, and Taulava can limit China’s 2nd chance opportunities and give us a decent amount of 2nd looks, then we definitely have a shot. This Gilas squad definitely looks promising. I’m sure glad we decided to send one.  .....»»

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PVL: Lady Tams clinch a Final Four berth

Far Eastern University once again went through the proverbial eye of the needle to carve out a come-from-behind 15-25, 25-23, 15-25, 25-23, 15-7 win over University of the Philippines and clinch a semifinals berth in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tamaraws fought back from five points down in the fourth set to force a decider before unleashing a barrage of hits in early in the fifth frame to silence the Lady Maroons and climb to a share of the second spot with University of Sto. Tomas with 5-1 win-loss record. FEU joined UST and unbeaten Adamson University in the Final Four. Heather Guino-o stepped up on offense for 13 points while Jeannette Villareal had 10 markers for FEU, which survived its third straight five-set game. FEU rallied from a 16-21 deficit in the fourth set to extend the match before opening a 10-3 gap in the deciding frame to cruise to back-to-back victories.    “Ang sabi ko sa kanila hindi pa naman natatapos sa fourth set so may chance pa. Ang importante nandoon pa rin ang willingness nila, yung fighting spirit nila na kaya pa rin nilang talunin. Huwag na lang nilang intindihin ang score, ang intindihin nila ang laro nila,” said FEU coach George Pascua, whose squad played without Czarina Carandang while Celine Domingo sat out the match. Carandang had difficulty in breathing and was hospitalized while Domingo was nursing a sore left knee. UP was hounded by errors, committing 42 including three of the last four points of the match while allowing the Lady Tams to land 10 aces. The Lady Maroons continued to blow hot and cold in the conference. UP has yet to string back-to-back wins. Isa Molde scored 20 points, Marist Layug got 16 while Roselyn Rossier and rookie Nicole Magsarile finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively, for the Lady Maroons, who dropped to 3-3 slate.     ---      Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy netters out to end an 8-year medal drought

PALEMBANG -- Head coach Chris Cuarto is banking on a favorable draw for the Filipino athletes to boost their medal prospects as the 18th Asian Games tennis tournament unfolds on Monday with the singles competitions at the Jakabaring Sports City courts here. “First of all, we will be trying for a good draw, which is our No. 1 goal,” said Cuarto, who has been at the helm of the PHL squad since the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games. “The Asian Games field is very high so having a favorable draw helps.” Seeing action in men’s singles are Jeson Patrombon, Francis Casey “Nino” Alcantara, Alberto Lim Jr. while Fil-German Katharina Lehnart and Marian Jade Capadocia are competing in the women’s division, and whose draws or pairings are to be held on Sunday. Also kicking off on Monday is the mixed doubles round-of-32 with Alcantara partnering with Lehnart and Capadocia teaming up with either Lim or Patrombon. “I think we have a good chance at medal in the mixed doubles with the tandem of Alcantra and Lehnart,” Cuarto said, “although I would be happy if any of our players or teams reach the semifinals.” The last time that the country won in the Asian Games tennis tournament was in the 2010 Guangzho Asiad when Fil-Am Cecil Mamiit took the men’s singles bronze then teamed up with fellow Fil-Am Eric Taino in bagging another bronze in the men’s doubles......»»

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ASIAN GAMES: Pinoy shooters ready to draw

PALEMBANG -- Will it finally be third time a charm for trap shooter Hagen Topacio when the 2018 Asian Games shooting championships fire off here Monday at the Jakabaring Sports City shooting range here? “The first time when I competed (in the 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games) I was leading after four rounds then faded and in Incheon four years ago, I came down with dengue,” recalled Topacio of his forgettable outings in his previous appearances in the continental sports showcase. In his third outing, the shooter buckled down to serious training and trimmed down by at least 12 kilos to improve his balance and coordination. “I have been practicing three to four times a week and doing some serious weight training so I can shoot better,” Topacio, 28, bared. “Hopefully things will be a different this time.” Although wont to say it, the athlete is also seeking redemption after his bid to compete in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games was crushed when the International Sports Shooting Federation decided to nullify the results of the 2015 Asian shooting championships held in Kuwait. Topacio shot a personal best score 122 in the meet to bag the silver medal and earn a ticket to the Rio Games, only to see his Olympic dream dashed when the ISSF voided the outcome after Kuwait barred the entry of an Israeli technical official from the competition in the violation of the world shooting body’s rules. He declined to discuss about his medal prospects, preferring to let his performance to do the talking here after the two-day event. Also seeing action on Monday are rifle shooters Jayson Valdez and Amparo Acuna, a 2017 Malaysia Southeast Asian Games bronze medalist, in the men’s and women’s air rifle events, respectively......»»

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AP source: Browns, Dez Bryant still talking but no deal

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Dez Bryant and the Browns are in a holding pattern. The free agent wide receiver concluded his visit with Cleveland on Friday without agreeing to a contract, but "conversations continue" between the sides, a person familiar with negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the talks. A three-time Pro Bowler during eight seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Bryant and agent Kim Maile met with Browns officials at team headquarters Thursday. The discussions carried over to a second day, ending with a promise to stay in touch. It's not known if Bryant has left town. The Browns host the Buffalo Bills in an exhibition game Friday night. One of the NFL's top receivers, the sometimes temperamental Bryant was cut by Dallas in April. Although the Browns are coming off a 0-16 season, Bryant is intrigued about joining them. The 29-year-old reached out to general manager John Dorsey after watching the team on HBO's "Hard Knocks." Bryant is also friends with wide receiver Jarvis Landry, a three-time Pro Bowl selection with Miami who came to Cleveland in a trade. The Browns have significantly upgraded their talent and there is renewed optimism about a franchise that hasn't made the playoffs since 2002. If Bryant signs, the Browns would have three Pro Bowlers — Bryant, Landry and Josh Gordon — on their roster. Gordon is not with the team to deal with health issues, but the Browns are confident he'll be back this season......»»

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Son feels ashamed after South Korea s upset loss to Malaysia

By John Pye, Associated Press BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) — In his last start a week ago Son Heung-min helped Tottenham to a win in the Premier League. In his last start in a South Korea jersey Son scored late in a World Cup upset group stage win over 2014 champion Germany in late June. He was a long way from there on Friday, when his belated start to the Asian Games ended in a 2-1 loss to Malaysia that left him feeling ashamed in front of 4,125 fans on the outskirts of Bandung, the capital of Indonesia's West Java province. After getting permission from Tottenham to pursue a gold medal that would earn him an exemption from national military service, Son finally got on the field in the 57th minute of South Korea's second group game. By then, the defending champions were down 2-0 after a pair of first-half goals from Safawi Rasid and all the warnings Son had given his young teammates about the potential threats of every opponent appeared to have gone unheeded. "I feel ashamed about this shocking loss," Son said in Korean. "The players sort of took it easy. After the Malaysians scored two goals, the players were perplexed." He was unable to spark a comeback win at SI Jalak Harupat Stadium, the art deco-inspired 27,000-seat stadium that is set amid volcanic hills and tea plantations about a four-hour drive southeast of Jakarta. Son had some good touches but, after Hwang Ui-jo scored for South Korea in the 87th, he pushed a long-range free kick wide in the last minute. South Korea had more than two-thirds of the possession and took 14 shots to Malaysia's five but lacked finish in the front third and were exposed early in defense. Defense is the key for this South Korean team. A gold medal will exempt them from 21 months of military service, an obligation Son is otherwise expected to start within the next two years. That's the kind of commitment that could hurt his playing career. He's at the Asian Games in Indonesia as one of the three wildcard — or overage players — in the under-23 South Korean squad. And he's one of four members of South Korea's World Cup squad selected for the roster, along with Hwang Hee-chan, Lee Seung-woo and goalkeeper Jo Hyeon-woo. Only one of them — Hwang — started against Malaysia. South Korea coach Kim Hak-bum admitted he made a tactical blunder by rotating his players too early in the tournament. "That was my mistake ... I regret that," Kim said through a translator. "Because of today's result we've got a difficult pathway to the finals. First place and second place in this group is quite different in the round of 16 ... but we'll get through." Kim responded to question about Son's limited playing time by saying the star player had only been with the squad a couple of days and his fitness and condition had to be properly managed. The 25-team tournament is not officially recognized by FIFA, but Tottenham allowed the 26-year-old Son to leave England after the 2-1 win at Newcastle. Son missed South Korea's run to the Asian Games title in 2014 because he was not released by former club Bayer Leverkusen, adding to the pressure on him to win gold this time. "I should have controlled the game better and helped the (young) players in their mind controls — I feel a big responsibility for that," Son said. "I and our coach told players that we could face a big trouble if we lowered our guard. Of course, this thing should not happen, but I feel very relieved that this happened during the group preliminaries. I hope our players have learned that." South Korea will round out the group stage against Kyrgyzstan on Monday and will need a big win to restore confidence ahead of the knockout stage. Malaysia leads Group E with two wins and is three points clear of South Korea, which had opened its campaign by thrashing Bahrain 6-0 on Wednesday. Bahrain and Kyrgyzstan had a 2-2 draw Friday to pick up their first points of the tournament and remain in contention. The top two teams from each group and four best-performing third-placed teams advance to the round of 16......»»

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Lionel Messi left out for Argentina friendly games

By The Associated Press BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi and several other veteran players were left out of the Argentina squad Friday ahead of friendly games against Guatemala and Colombia. Argentina's interim coach Lionel Scaloni did not call up the Barcelona star, who is reportedly considering his international future after another frustrating World Cup. Manchester City's Sergio Aguero, Angel Di Maria of Paris Saint-Germain and AC Milan loan signing Gonzalo Higuain were also omitted by Scaloni. So were defender Nicolas Otamendi and midfielder Ever Banega. Argentina plays against Guatemala on Sept. 7 in Los Angeles and Colombia in New Jersey four days later. Scaloni chose more than 20 new faces, including young players like Boca Juniors striker Cristian Pavon and Giovanni Simeone of Italian club Fiorentina. He is the son of Diego Simeone, the current Atletico Madrid coach and former Argentina midfielder. The squad includes Mauro Icardi, the Inter Milan striker not picked for the World Cup by former coach Jorge Sampaoli. Argentina was eliminated from the World Cup in the first knockout round by eventual champion France. Messi, who turned 31 during his fourth and possibly final World Cup, again failed to score in the knockout stages of the competition. The Argentine Football Association has yet to announce a permanent replacement for Sampaoli. ___________ ARGENTINA: Goalkeepers: Franco Armani (River Plate), Geronimo Rulli (Real Sociedad), Sergio Romero (Manchester United). Defenders: Gabriel Mercado (Sevilla), Fabricio Bustos (Independiente), Leonel Di Placido (Lanus), German Pezzella (Fiorentina), Alan Franco (Independiente), Ramiro Funes Mori (Villarreal), Walter Kannemann (Gremio), Nicolas Tagliafico (Ajax). Midfielders: Santiago Ascacibar (Stuttgart), Leandro Paredes (Zenit St. Petersburg), Rodrigo Battaglia (Sporting Lisbon), Maximiliano Meza (Independiente), Giovani Lo Celso (Paris Saint-Gerrmain), Marcos Acuna (Sporting Lisbon), Gonzalo Martinez (River), Franco Cervi (Benfica), Eduardo Salvio (Benfica), Ezequiel Palacios (River), Matias Vargas (Velez), Franco Vazquez (Sevilla). Forwards: Cristian Pavon (Boca Juniors), Angel Correa (Atletico Madrid), Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan), Paulo Dybala (Juventus), Mauro Icardi (Inter Milan), Giovanni Simeone (Fiorentina)......»»

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Is yoga more beneficial than stretching for NFL players?

By Terrin Waack, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — During the mandatory rookie camp back in June, the New York Giants required players to take a yoga class. Running back Robert Martin walked in, looked around at his new teammates and thought, man, this is crazy. "We usually don't do yoga," he said. "We stretch, but we don't do yoga." Even as a first-timer, though, Martin immediately knew how the two were different . "It definitely felt weirder than regular stretching," he said. "It was a lot harder because you have to sit in certain positions we've never been in before." Players like New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Giants quarterback Davis Webb prefer yoga because it requires a set amount of time dedicated to the practice. That is the activity. They can focus on their body without worries of what's next and feel an immediate difference afterward. The poses in yoga are more beneficial than typical stretching because they incorporate all parts of the body into the movements, Los Angeles Chargers Director of Football/Medical Services James Collins said. Stretching is linear. Yoga is non-linear, helping multidirectional joints such as the elbow, wrist, ankle, hip and shoulder. All of the major joints are encased in a capsule and contain fluid to help prevent friction between bones. Yoga helps maintain the capsules. "I describe it to (a player) as really thick saran wrap that covers his joint so that the fluid stays in there," said Collins, also the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society president. "But at the same time, that saran wrap needs to have its flexibility — keep it stretched out — so the join can function properly." Joint integrity comes down to maintaining mobility, he said. Because yoga is a multidirectional exercise, it allows the joint to move in every direction it can. Take the hip. Downward dog, pigeon pose or runner's lunge are just some of the yoga poses that benefit the hip. Downward dog alone has multiple variations to stretch the hip in different directions. "But if we lay down on the floor at home and just pull our leg straight up over our head, that's linear," Collin said. "So that joint is only getting work in that direction." The knee is not multidirectional, he said, which is why it's so vulnerable to getting hurt. It's not made to go certain ways. National Athletic Trainers' Association president Tory Lindley, who's Director of Athletic Training Services at Northwestern University, believes yoga creates a more conducive environment for muscle lengthening. It doesn't just jump right into poses. It's a progression, working through the whole body rather than just parts. Static stretching doesn't allow that. "We've gone away from pre-practice stretching," Lindley said. "There's much better benefits from a pre-practice dynamic workout, which is what the vast majority of teams regardless of sport will do. And then post-practice, when flexibility training is beneficial, in most cases that environment is much more about let's get off the field as quickly as we can versus let's take time to dedicate to the stretching or flexibility piece." The debate isn't if yoga should be done before or after practice, it's when is there time to aside for yoga and yoga alone. Gwen Lawrence, the founder of Power Yoga for Sport who worked with Giants for 18 seasons, said NFL players should do yoga twice a week with sessions lasting an hour. That's best case scenario and more realistic for the offseason. Right now, Kaleen Lugo gets 45 minutes once or twice a week with the Chargers, depending on their preseason schedule. During the regular season, players should at least do it on their recovery day, whether the team offers it or they do it independently. It should become a routine so players can develop and advance their personal practice. "Just a straight sun salutation," Giants linebacker Jordan Williams said of doing progression of yoga moves. "When you start getting that flow through — warrior, warrior lunge, runner's lunge and then bring that through with downward dog and upward dog — I love that." Is yoga more beneficial than stretching for NFL players? By TERRIN WAACK,  AP Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) — During the mandatory rookie camp back in June, the New York Giants required players to take a yoga class. Running back Robert Martin walked in, looked around at his new teammates and thought, man, this is crazy. "We usually don't do yoga," he said. "We stretch, but we don't do yoga." Even as a first-timer, though, Martin immediately knew how the two were different. "It definitely felt weirder than regular stretching," he said. "It was a lot harder because you have to sit in certain positions we've never been in before." Players like New York Jets defensive lineman Leonard Williams and Giants quarterback Davis Webb prefer yoga because it requires a set amount of time dedicated to the practice. That is the activity . They can focus on their body without worries of what's next and feel an immediate difference afterward. The poses in yoga are more beneficial than typical stretching because they incorporate all parts of the body into the movements, Los Angeles Chargers Director of Football/Medical Services James Collins said. Stretching is linear. Yoga is non-linear, helping multidirectional joints such as the elbow, wrist, ankle, hip and shoulder. All of the major joints are encased in a capsule and contain fluid to help prevent friction between bones. Yoga helps maintain the capsules. "I describe it to (a player) as really thick saran wrap that covers his joint so that the fluid stays in there," said Collins, also the Professional Football Athletic Trainers' Society president. "But at the same time, that saran wrap needs to have its flexibility — keep it stretched out — so the join can function properly." Joint integrity comes down to maintaining mobility, he said. Because yoga is a multidirectional exercise, it allows the joint to move in every direction it can. Take the hip. Downward dog, pigeon pose or runner's lunge are just some of the yoga poses that benefit the hip. Downward dog alone has multiple variations to stretch the hip in different directions. "But if we lay down on the floor at home and just pull our leg straight up over our head, that's linear," Collin said. "So that joint is only getting work in that direction." The knee is not multidirectional, he said, which is why it's so vulnerable to getting hurt. It's not made to go certain ways. National Athletic Trainers' Association president Tory Lindley, who's Director of Athletic Training Services at Northwestern University, believes yoga creates a more conducive environment for muscle lengthening. It doesn't just jump right into poses. It's a progression, working through the whole body rather than just parts. Static stretching doesn't allow that. "We've gone away from pre-practice stretching," Lindley said. "There's much better benefits from a pre-practice dynamic workout, which is what the vast majority of teams regardless of sport will do. And then post-practice, when flexibility training is beneficial, in most cases that environment is much more about let's get off the field as quickly as we can versus let's take time to dedicate to the stretching or flexibility piece." The debate isn't if yoga should be done before or after practice, it's when is there time to aside for yoga and yoga alone. Gwen Lawrence, the founder of Power Yoga for Sport who worked with Giants for 18 seasons, said NFL players should do yoga twice a week with sessions lasting an hour. That's best case scenario and more realistic for the offseason. Right now, Kaleen Lugo gets 45 minutes once or twice a week with the Chargers, depending on their preseason schedule. During the regular season, players should at least do it on their recovery day, whether the team offers it or they do it independently. It should become a routine so players can develop and advance their personal practice. "Just a straight sun salutation," Giants linebacker Jordan Williams said of doing progression of yoga moves. "When you start getting that flow through — warrior, warrior lunge, runner's lunge and then bring that through with downward dog and upward dog — I love that."  .....»»

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Serie A deadline day: Milan signs Laxalt, Marchisio exits Juve

MILAN (AP) — AC Milan signed midfielder Diego Laxalt from Genoa on the last day of the Italian transfer window Friday, while forward Gervinho returned to Europe with Parma and Juventus released veteran midfielder Claudio Marchisio. Laxalt won plaudits for his play on the left side of midfield as he helped Uruguay to reach the World Cup quarterfinals and scored four goals in 34 games for Genoa last season in all competitions. Spanish winger Samu Castillejo is also headed to Milan. Castillejo arrives from Villarreal, where he scored six goals in the Spanish league last season. Two Milan players moved in the opposite direction. Colombia forward Carlos Bacca went to Villarreal and Italian forward Gianluca Lapadula to Genoa. Both Bacca and Lapadula spent last season at those clubs on loan. Following a takeover last month by American hedge fund Elliott Management, Milan previously signed forward Gonzalo Higuain on loan from Juventus and also brought in midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko on loan from Chelsea. The former Roma and Arsenal forward Gervinho ended a two-year spell playing in China by signing for Parma on Friday. Parma said the 31-year-old Ivory Coast international signed a three-year contract. Juventus pulled off the biggest transfer of the summer in Europe by signing Cristiano Ronaldo from Real Madrid. But a popular Juventus player left on deadline-day. Marchisio, who joined 25 years ago as a seven-year-old, departed after what the club called "the agreed termination of his contract." The industrious Marchisio played nearly 400 games for the club, scoring 37 goals and winning seven Serie A titles, but has been less prominent since a cruciate ligament injury in 2016. He played 15 times in Serie A last season. Napoli brought goalkeeper David Ospina from Arsenal on a season-long loan. The Colombia international — who played at the World Cup — fell down the pecking order at behind Peter Cech and Bernd Leno at Arsenal. Another player left the London club for Italy, with Joel Campbell joining newly-promoted Frosinone. The Costa Rica forward had been an Arsenal player since 2011 but spent most of his time on various loan deals, including with Real Betis last season, and hadn't played a competitive game for the Premier League club since the 2015-16 season. Atalanta added to its midfield options by signing Argentine player Emiliano Rigoni from Zenit St. Petersburg on loan. The Russian team said the loan deal includes an option to buy Rigoni......»»

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Federer, Djokovic, Halep win rain-delayed matches, reach QFs

By Joe Kay, Associated Press MASON, Ohio (AP) — Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep made quick work of their rain-delayed matches Friday afternoon and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Western & Southern Open, facing the daunting challenge of playing a few hours later in extremely humid conditions. Several days of rain turned the quarterfinals into an endurance test. Six men's and three women's singles matches were held over from Thursday because of rain. Federer — the top player left in the men's bracket after No. 1 Rafael Nadal withdrew to get some rest — needed only 72 minutes to beat Leonardo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (6), leaving him on course for yet another Cincinnati title. He's won a record seven despite missing the tournament the last two years because of injury. Then, it was off for a little rest before an evening match against fellow Swiss player Stan Wawrinka, who advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Marton Fucsovics. "Waiting around all day and hardly seeing any tennis obviously is never fun for the tournament and the fans," Federer said. "So we're happy that the tournament is back underway. Today I tried to really focus on just the one match, not thinking that there is possibly going to be two." Djokovic's match against Grigor Dimitrov was suspended at the start of the third set on Thursday night. He finished off the defending champion 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, maintaining his hopes of a first Cincinnati title. Dimitrov didn't drop a set last year while winning his first Masters title in Cincinnati. He also won his first two matches this week in straight sets, a streak that was broken by Djokovic on Thursday night before the rains came and the match was suspended with Djokovic up 2-1. "I wish it didn't rain, for sure, last night," Dimitrov said. "I just thought that even though I lost that second set, I was feeling well on the court. "Today is a completely different day. The conditions are a little bit different. So yeah, everything came into play." With each win, Djokovic gets closer to the chance he covets — another appearance in the title match. He's never won at Cincinnati, going 0-5 in title matches. It's the only ATP Masters 1000 event that has eluded him. Djokovic acknowledges he would especially enjoy winning the title, which would make him the only player to win all nine ATP Masters events. Also Friday, Juan Martin del Potro and Nick Kyrgios split two tiebreakers before Del Potro prevailed in the third set for a 7-6 (4), 6-7 (6), 6-2 win. Del Potro will face David Goffin, who upset Kevin Anderson 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Cincinnati quarterfinals for the first time in three tries. On the women's side, No. 1 Simona Halep beat Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 to reach the quarterfinals. Halep has faced the most challenges from the rain, with one match suspended overnight Wednesday in the third set and then her third-round match held over for a day as well. Barty, who lost to Halep in last week's Rogers Cup semifinals in Montreal, committed 32 unforced errors to Halep's 17. Halep is seeking her first Cincinnati championship after losing in the finals last year and 2015. ___ AP freelance writer Mark Schmetzer in Cincinnati contributed to this report......»»

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NCAA: Jed Mendoza’s cry just may be a rallying cry for JRU

The cheers rained down on Jose Rizal University as it scored its first win – on the basketball court, that is – on Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Struggling for all of the first round of the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament, those cheers was all Heavy Bombers top gun Jed Mendoza wanted to hear. “Alam ni Lord, alam ng team na gustong-gusto kong manalo. Every game naman, binibigay ko lahat,” he said. Mendoza and his teammates lost all of their first seven games before a league ruling overturned one of their losses and turned their 0-7 record to 1-6 last Thursday. A day later, Mendoza and his teammates were celebrating their first win – on the basketball court, that is. That is even truer as throughout their terrible start to the season, Mendoza has been at the receiving end of heavy criticism. And so, when that final buzzer sounded, the third-year guard could only let out all those tears. “Parang nabawasan ako ng tinik sa dibdib talaga. Ngayon kasi, pag sinabi na JRU, ako nagre-represent e as captain ball and superstar,” he shared. He then continued, “Parang pag binabatikos yung team, ako kaagad e,” he shared. That was why from start to finish of their school hymn, he was crying and pointing at the JRU crowd. “Hindi na para sa akin ‘to, para kay Lord na ‘to, para sa team, para masuklian ko yung binibigay nila coach. Nahihiya na rin kasi kami sa JRU community na todo-suporta pa rin sila,” he said. While he was doing that, his father figure on the team was fighting back tears of his own. “Hindi ako naiyak sa panalo e. Dito ako naiyak,” head coach Vergel Meneses told reporters, referring to Mendoza who was sitting beside him in their first post-win interview in the season. He then continued, “Nakita kong gustong manalo talaga e. I hope yung ibang players ko, madala rin yun.” All season long, coach Vergel has been preaching patience and perseverance for his rebuilding crew. “Nakita ko pa lang sa Filoil (Preseason), prangka na ako sa kanila at sinasabi kong swerte na tayong manalo ng tatlo o apat,” he shared. That is exactly why the Philippine basketball legend, always the competitor, changed up his coaching style for this season. For example, in one instance in the endgame, Mendoza was forced into a turnover which then led to a timeout for Emilio Aguinaldo College. Instead of giving him a scolding, however, the usually fiery coach Vergel just kissed him on the head. All of this, the Heavy Bombers’ mentor understood, will just be part of their process. “We take all the criticism as a challenge. Naging constructive criticism na lang that will help us,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PBA: Durham gets near triple-double as Bolts beat Columbian to start Governors Cup

ANTIPOLO CITY --- Meralco got the win and that's the more important thing. The Bolts got themselves a challenge from the Columbian Dyip Friday at the Ynares Center here but Meralco still managed to be first on the board in the season-ending joust, picking up a tough 109-106 victory. Down by as many as 12 points, Meralco picked up the pace in the third period to take control of the game but had to hold on in the final secons as the Dyip tried to make a final comeback. Reigning two-time Best Import Allen Durham was still beasting for the Bolts, finishing with a near-triple double of 26 points, 20 rebounds, and nine assists to get Meralco's title bid going. "It's a good start for us for the conference, it was a tough win," head coach Norman Black said. "Columbian played very well, their import was very good," he added. The Dyip were up 14 in the second quarter and took a 10-point lead at the break. But with Durham leading the way, Meralco quickly turned things around in the third. The two-time Best Import scored 13 points to start the second half as the Bolts outscored Columbian, 42-23, to gain control of the game. After Durham, Baser Amer fired 23 points for Meralco. He also had eight rebounds and six assists. For the Dyip, import Akeem Wright dropped 30 points and 14 rebounds in his PBA debut.   The Scores: Meralco 109 - Durham 26, Amer 23, Tolomia 14, Hodge 11, Caram 10, de Ocampo 10, Canaleta 9, Salva 4, Newsome 2, Hugnatan 0, Laneta 0, Bono 0. Columbian 106 - Wright 30, King 24, Khobuntin 10, Corpuz 10, Escoto 8, Camson 8, McCarthy 5, Celda 5, Tubid 2, Cahilig 2, Cabrera 2, Lastimosa 0. Quarters: 26-25, 53-43, 85-76, 109-106.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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UAAP: Nabalan named 1-on-1 queen

Ria Nabalan of National University was named the first-ever UAAP Season 81 Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoops Challenge women's division champion Friday inside the Mall of Asia Arena. The Lady Bulldog beat Adamson's Nathalia Prado, 8-6, in the Final. Nabalan came back from a 4-5 deficit with back-to-back treys for an 8-5 lead. Prado scored a basket to close the gap but the Lady Falcon bricked her last two attempts. Prado advanced to the Final after a hard-fought sudden death, 9-8, win over Jhazmin Joson of Ateneo de Manila University. The match was tied after the five-minute regulation. Prado took the win by scoring the first basket in the sudden death. Nabalon took the other championship seat with a 10-8 win over Cristine Cortizano of University of the East. Prado secured a spot in the semis with a 2-1 card in Pool A, winning over De La Salle U's Rossini Espinas, 4-3 and Elondra Rivera of University of Sto. Tomas, 5-3. Prado's lone elims loss came at the hands of Nabalan, 4-5. Nabalan also finished the elims with a 2-1 mark. She defeated Prado and Espinas, 8-6, to bounce back from an opening game 6-8 loss to Rivera. Joson swept Pool B with victories over University of the Philippines' Noella Cruz, 7-4, University of the East's Cristine Cortizano, 7-5, and Far Eastern U's Princess Jumuad, 8-5. Cortizano secured the last semis seat after earning superior quotient over Cruz and Jumuad, who were locked in a three-way logjam at 1-2 cards. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles .....»»

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NCAA: Two wins in one game for coaches Vergel and TY

College of St. Benilde was at the bottom half of the standings before getting two wins in two days. The Blazers were standing below .500 at 3-4 before an NCAA ruling overturned their first loss in the tournament. San Sebastian College-Recoletos has been forced to forfeit two of its wins as the league has decided with finality last Thursday in favor of disciplinary action for RK Ilagan. Ilagan, one of Baste’s top guns, was put under investigation by the league’s management committee for playing in a commercial league in Quezon City in late June. The third-year guard averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 assists, and 2.8 rebounds in San Sebastian’s first five games – two ending up in wins. With the league’s decision, however, those two wins will have to be overturned and the Golden Stags’ record is now 1-8. Conversely, the two teams Baste beat in those two games will gain a win. That gave CSB a win to put it over .500 at 4-3 and Jose Rizal University its first win in seven games. The Blazers wasted no time in building on that win with another win, this one a victory versus Arellano University on Friday. And with two wins in two days, the Taft-based team rose from seventh in the standings to fourth. That did rapid development did not escape head coach TY Tang. “Sa buong career ko, ngayon lang ata ako nakakita ng two wins in one game,” he candidly told reporters post-game. Likewise, JRU was languishing at the bottom of the standings, losing all of its first seven games before the league’s ruling turned their 0-7 record to 1-6. A day later, the Heavy Bombers then edged out Emilio Aguinaldo College for their first win – on the basketball court, that is. Now, they are three spots out of the bottom of the standings at 2-6. Their win run may be shortlived, however, as their next assignment is defending champion San Beda University. Still, head coach Vergel Meneses said anything could happen. As he put it, “We’ll see. Bilog ang bola, malay mo makatsamba naman kami.” He then continued, “Ganyan lang ang JRU ngayon – tsamba-tsamba lang.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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