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LOOK: SEA Games parade uniform of Team Philippines

The Philippine national athletes will march in the traditional parade of nations during the opening ceremony of the 30th Southeast Asian Games in style. Renowned fashion designer Francis Libiran designed the parade uniforms of the PHI delegation. National men’s volleyball team skipper John Vic De Guzman got the honor of being the first Filipino athlete to wear and get a fit of the men’s uniform – a barong which has the Philippine flag as inspiration in its design. More than grateful to be the very first Filipino athlete to wear the much talked about and celebrated official SeaGames 2019 Parade uniform made by @FrancisLibiran8 ???????????? Catch the first and exclusive story tonight on TV Patrol with @gretsfullido . #Sambansa ???????????? pic.twitter.com/tmXn4vPokS — John Vic O.De Guzman (@deguzmanjohnvic) August 23, 2019 The opening ceremony of the biennila meet that the country will host for the fourth time will be held on November 30 at the Philippine Arena in Bulancan......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 23rd, 2019Related News

FIBA: Clarkson has well wishes for Gilas as he misses World Cup

Gilas Pilipinas is moving on from Jordan Clarkson. Clarkson is in the original 19-man Gilas team for the upcoming FIBA World Cup in China and naturally, the plan was for him to pair up with Andray Blatche to form a deadly 1-2 combo. However, the Philippines is sticking to Blatche as its guy for the naturalized player spot and Jordan, who is Fil-American but not counted as a local by FIBA, is once again left in the dust. “I have utmost respect for coach Guiao and confident he knows what’s best moving forward,” Jordan’s father Mike Clarkson said in a statement via Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News’ North American bureau. “As you’re aware, Jordan’s worked extremely hard to stay prepared for the ‘call of duty,’” he added. Despite being in the 19-man lineup Clarkson didn’t practice once with Gilas in preparation for the World Cup. Even if he’s somehow cleared to play, inserting him to the final team at the last minute would probably do more harm than good at this point. “He isn’t a selfish player and wouldn’t want to be a disruption to the team,” Mike Clarkson said of his son. “Team chemistry is paramount when competing against the best players in the world.  Unfortunately, without adequate practice time, their rhythm can be adversely affected,” the elder Clarkson added. Gilas starts World Cup play on Aug. 31 against Italy and the Clarksons are looking forward to a great tournament by the national team even of they’re not directly included this time. “The Gilas are a very talented group and play well together. I’m looking forward to watching them go to work. The entire Clarkson family will be there in spirit rooting for them to come out victorious,” Clarkson said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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In Focus: 5 Reasons Why Zendaya Is An Amazing Role Model

More than her beauty and talent, Zendaya's charm is all about her empowering heart......»»

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Remembering FPJ: 10 facts you may not know about Da King Fernando Poe Jr

Do you think that you already know a lot about our beloved movie icon Fernando Poe Jr.? Wait ‘til you see these 10 facts about our one and only Da King!.....»»

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PVL: Reyes lauds Army s grit in marathon match win

Head coach Kungfu Reyes added another classic to his already long list of quotable lines. The PacificTown Army mentor amused the media on Wednesday with a humorous analogy to laud his veteran-laden crew’s gritty five-set win in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference against the youthful ChocoMucho squad. Reyes compared the gutsy Lady Troopers to a shellfish deeply embedded in a rock following their hard-fought epic comeback win over the Flying Titans, 39-41, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 15-12, that needed two hours and 46 minutes to conclude.   “Kumbaga sa talaba, patay na kumakapit pa,” said Reyes as the press room at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan echoed with laughter.   PacificTown Army refused to just go down and surrender after getting buried to a 0-2 hole in the match and rallied to score one of the most memorable comebacks in league history. The Lady Troopers won their second straight game in as many outings and handed ChocoMucho its first loss in two starts. “Ganoon kami. Hindi kami umaayaw. The moment na umaayaw ka lalo ka naming pupukpukin. Patay na kami pero kakapit pa rin kami hanggang dulo, up to the last point, to the last whistle, sa long whistle ng referee na it’s time na tapos na saka lang kami aayaw,” said Reyes.   One for the books The first frame turned out to be one for the books. PacificTown Army and ChocoMucho engaged in a thrilling exchange of points and the winning set score came just nine markers short of doubling a regular set.    It was a 51-minute set that saw the Flying Titans save 11 set points, the Lady Troopers had three saved set points and 17 deadlocks since ChocoMucho came back from a 20-23 deficit. Reyes said that it was the longest set played he experienced in his career both as a player and as a coach. Unfortunately for him and the Lady Troopers, they were on the side of the stinging set loss. “Masakit nga lalo na kung talo,” quipped Reyes The wind-up of that frame was just insane. Kat Tolentino tied the set at 23 to cap 3-0 blast. Honey Royse Tubino put the Lady Troopers at set point before ChocoMucho displayed a gallant stand to save six straight set points. Tolentino put the Flying Titans on top, 30-29. PacificTown Army saved two set points and went back on top, 32-31, off a Jovelyn Gonzaga hit.            The Flying Titans saved two consecutive set points before moving in front, 34-33, after a Shang Berte ace. Jem Gutierrez knotted it at 34 on a hit before Bang Pineda’s down the line kill to put the Flying Titans at set point advantage. Madayag sent her serve long for another deadlock followed by ChocoMucho’s three straight set points saved. The Flying Titans again went ahead, 39-38, off a Gonzaga attack error. A service error by Arianne Angustia locked the score at 39 before Luth Malaluan’s service error and Tolentino’s kill as ChocoMucho emerged on top after a draining set. “Ang masasabi ko lang swerte ng mga fans,” said Reyes. “’Yun lang ang tumakbo sa isip ko, kasi naka-first time sila [na makapanood ng mahabang set].”   Slowing down the pace ChocoMucho’s athleticism and intensity worked to its advantage in the first two frames. But the battle-hardened and grizzled veteran core of Army turned it around by slowing down the pace and making the Flying Titans play on the Lady Troopers tempo. “Pero sabi ko nga play at the present. Tapos na yung first two sets sa kanila na, bawiin na lang natin sa tempong gagawin na namin,” said Reyes. ChocoMucho danced to Army’s tune. Reyes laid an ambush and the Flying Titans just stepped on the Lady Troopers’ kill zone.   “Padamihan kami ng bala, so hanggang sa dulo pumuputok kami. So malaking bagay,” he said. Reyes also gave credit to setter Alina Bicar, the squad’s young playmaker and civilian recruit who had 24 excellent sets that helped Army land 65 attack points. “’Yung setter namin ang nagdala. So takbo ng takbo ang setter namin, deliver ang bola sa mga spikers,” said Reyes. “Tapos ang spikers namin on the right position, on the highest percentage na pwedeng paluin so nakaka-deliver kami.” In the end, Reyes praised the Lady Titans for pushing a more senior team to the limit. “Young team pero promising kaya kailangan mong paghandaan,” he said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Shaun Ildefonso here to take the lead for NU in UAAP 82

Shaun Ildefonso is the team captain of National University for the upcoming UAAP 82 Men's Basketball Tournament. He himself still couldn't believe the fact that the leadership reins were handed to him in only his second season as a Bulldog and third overall in the UAAP Seniors Divison. "Nope. Never in my life did I expect this," he said. He then continued, "I've never been team captain in my life, but I know it's a big responsibility." For Ildefonso's mentor, however, he was well worthy to lead the blue and gold from the moment he transferred to Sampaloc from Katipunan. "'Di naman ako ni-recruit ng NU diba and sumama lang ako sa dad ko so pagpunta ko, I really worked my ass off be it in practices or in games," he said, recalling the time when he decided to go with tatay Danny Ildefonso as he became an assistant coach in his alma mater. He then continued, "I think that's why si Coach Jamike [Jarin], all year, saw leadership habits sa akin and sinabi niya at the end of last season, 'Shaun, you're gonna be the team captain.'" From there, NU head coach Jamike Jarin had one task and one task only for the eldest son of Philippine basketball legend Danny Ildefonso. "Sinasabi lang ni coach lagi sa akin, 'I-lead mo lang yung team. Ikaw talaga ang magsisilbing spark natin," Shaun shared. In that light, the 6-foot-2 forward is the very first one to accept his role for the Bulldogs - even if that means taking a backseat to younger brother Dave. "Sinasabi ko lagi sa kanila, 'Guys, kahit ano sabihin niyo, kapag NU, si Dave yan so you just have to accept your roles,'" he narrated. He then continued, "Dun kasi kami mag-aachieve. 'Di naman kakayanin ni Dave mag-isa so kami, accept our roles lang. Dun kami magiging iisa." After all, the now 21-year-old had a frontrow seat to how a team that had everybody accepting their roles was able to climb to the mountaintop. In his last year in Ateneo de Manila High School back in 2015, Shaun was a key cog for a championship machine led by Mike Nieto. And there, each and every Blue Eaglet had no problem with their role - Mike being the paint presence, Matt Nieto being the playmaker, Jolo Mendoza being the sharpshooter, Gian Mamuyac and Enzo Joson doing it all, and Shaun himself doing the dirty work. That kind of well-oiled machine is what the team captain hopes to turn on now in NU. "Si Mike, siya talaga yung naging glue namin kaya kami sobrang lakas kahit 'di kami ganun katangkad," he said, referring to how Ateneo paled in comparison to runner-up Nazareth School of National University which was then fronted by Mark Dyke, Jordan Sta. Ana, and John Lloyd Clemente as well as Justine Baltazar. He then continued, "Pero sinasabi lang niya lagi nun, do your roles. Ayun, gumana naman diba." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NCAA 95: Melo Banua s big win all for longtime mentor Egay Macaraya

San Sebastian College-Recoletos' campaign hasn't gone as planned in the earlygoing of the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. The Golden Stags had been seen as title contenders, but have instead stumbled out of the gates with a 2-3 record. Worse, standing in their path to get back on track was another title contender in Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And even worse, head coach Egay Macaraya wasn't there to guide them in their matchup opposite the Knights as he was serving a one-game suspension. Still, Baste found a way to win last Tuesday, besting their age-old rivals in an overtime classic. Of course, much credit goes to acting coach Melo Banua for that as he remained cool, calm, and collected and made sure they stood strong in the face of Letran's late rally. This, only hours after he and his Staglets suffered a setback to the Squires. According to Coach Melo, it was actually somebody who wasn't even at the venue who pushed him to move forward and turn his attention to the Srs. game between San Sebastian and Letran. "After ng (Jrs.) game namin, tumawag si coach Egay at sabi niya, 'Okay lang yan, focus ka na sa Srs. Wala tayong magagawa kasi puro bago ang players natin sa high school so move on na tayo,'" he shared. He then continued, "Talagang ni-motivate niya ako na bumawi na lang sa Srs." The young mentor and the Golden Stags did just that and in the end, dedicated their well-earned win to the head of their basketball program. As Banua put it, "Ino-offer namin ito kay Coach Egay talaga. Lalo na ako kasi parang tatay ko na siya talaga." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker power Team USA past Australia

Donovan Mitchell, Kemba Walker power Team USA past Australia.....»»

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FIBA: Coach Yeng satisfied with Gilas ahead of 36ers showdown

Gilas Pilipinas is ready for action against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers. As part of the national team’s final preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China, Gilas will take on the 36ers on two occassions this weekend. The first one is this Friday and Gilas had a meaningful practice Thursday in anticipation of the game. “I’m happy and satisfied with the way we’re moving,” said head coach Yeng Guiao. “We’re going to the homestretch of our preparations. Medyo malalim na yung pina-practice natin,” he added. Coach Yeng is also happy to reveal that June Mar Fajardo, Troy Rosario, and RR Pogoy have transitioned well back to Gilas after playing a grueling PBA Finals series. With the trio back, the national team has been doubling down on the more crucial details in training. “June Mar, Troy, and Pogs are more or less integrated into our system already,” Guiao said. “We’re running our defenses already. We’ve seen the scouting reports so we’re going towards devising our schemes defensively,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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FIBA: Gilas celebrates as Blatche spends birthday in Pilipinas jersey

Gilas Pilipinas is hard at work preparing for the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China. On Thursday, Gilas wrapped up its fourth pracrice for this week and they head to Friday with a showdown against Australia’s Adelaide 36ers. But even as the national team amp up the intensity in training, Gilas still has reasons to smile and celebrate things outside of basketball. Also on Thursday, naturalized center Andray Blatche celebrated his birthday and the national team showered him with songs, food, cakes, and liquor on top of their well wishes. WATCH: Gilas Pilipinas celebrate Andray Blatche’s birthday with cakes and songs after national team practice. Andray turned 33 Thursday ???????????? #FIBAWC #Gilas #GilasPilipinas pic.twitter.com/EGkMZpqASa — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) August 22, 2019 Blatche was a 28-year-old scoring machine when he debuted for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Now a grizzled veteran at 33, Blatche has Gilas back in the World Championships and would look to improve upon their last showing five years ago by advancing to the next round.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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In Focus: These 9 EXO-Phixo Interactions Prove That We Are The Lucky Ones

Here are the perks of being labelled as the most passionate EXO-Ls!.....»»

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In Focus: Every Scene-Stealing Outfit IU Wore In 'Hotel Del Luna'

We love the drama but mostly, IU's another level looks!.....»»

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Style Inspo: Easy Outfit Ideas To Steal From Ashley Yap When You Don t Know What To Wear

Let Richard Yap's daughter Ashley show you how effortless looks are done!.....»»

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In Focus: Things We Do When Our Ult Group Is On Hiatus

Whether you're waiting for a comeback or reunion, this kind of fan girl struggle is way too real......»»

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In Focus: 3 Signs That You Are Unconsciously Humble-Bragging

Here's how to tell when your #flex is indeed way too weird......»»

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Suntrust welcomes its new homeowners, Yamyam, Kiara and Yen

Suntrust welcomes its new homeowners, Yamyam, Kiara and Yen.....»»

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ABS-CBN remembers Gina Lopez in the “Genuine Love” Docu this Sunday

ABS-CBN remembers Gina Lopez in the “Genuine Love” Docu this Sunday.....»»

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Messi back in training, could be fit for weekend s game

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi was back in full training again on Wednesday and may be fit to face Real Betis in the Spanish league on Sunday. Messi had been training separately from the squad since injuring his right calf in the preseason. He missed the team's 1-0 loss to Athletic Bilbao in the league opener on Friday. Barcelona has not said how long it expects Messi to be sidelined. Coach Ernesto Valverde is also dealing with injuries to forwards Luiz Suárez and Ousmane Dembele. Dembele is certain to miss Sunday's match at the Camp Nou because of a left thigh injury that should keep him out for about five weeks. Suárez also isn't likely to play this weekend because of a muscle injury sustained before halftime of Friday's game in Bilbao. Two-time defending champion Barcelona hadn't loss a league opener in 10 seasons......»»

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A new format for FedEx Cup brings clarity and curiosity

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas has a two-shot lead, and the Tour Championship hasn't even started. If that seems difficult to fathom, consider that someone could win this week without having the lowest 72-hole score. And remember, such a radical change was to make the FedEx Cup finale easier to follow. The first staggered start in PGA Tour history — Thomas begins at 10-under par, the bottom five players are at even par — unfolds Thursday at East Lake when 30 players who reached the final stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs chase the $15 million prize, the biggest payout in golf history. "I could see a scenario where come Sunday, 15 guys might have a chance to win the entire thing," Rory McIlroy said Wednesday. "It will be exciting. It will be different. But at the same time, you've just got to go out there and try to play some good golf and not look around at what other guys are doing, and trust that by the end of the week things will hopefully even out." The idea behind the new format was to bring clarity to the FedEx Cup by having only one winner Sunday. Each of the last two years, one player won the Tour Championship and another player won the points-based FedEx Cup. It was especially awkward last year because while Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup, all anyone cared about was seeing Tiger Woods in his red shirt celebrating a two-shot victory, his first in five years. "My bank manager didn't mind," Rose said. One function of the FedEx Cup hasn't changed: It was designed to give an advantage to players who had the best season, and who played their best golf in the postseason when the points were valued four times higher. Now, the advantage is strokes to par. Thomas, who won the BMW Championship last week to become No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, tees off Thursday already at 10-under par. Patrick Cantlay is No. 2 and will start at 8 under, followed by Brooks Koepka at 7 under, Patrick Reed at 6 under and McIlroy at 5 under. The next groups of five players in the standings will be at 4 under, 3 under, 2 under, 1 under and even par. The leaderboards on the course, online and on television will show only the score to par, not what was shot each day. "The FedEx Cup is not a tournament. The Tour Championship is now for the FedEx Cup," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. "So when you make that transition, you have to recognize there are 45 tournaments that precede it." If nothing else, the new format eliminates the kind of math that would give even Bryson DeChambeau a headache, computing where players needed to finish to earn points to win. Last year for example, Rose was the No. 2 seed and his birdie on the last hole gave him a three-way tie for fourth, enough points to win the cup. Dustin Johnson was the No. 4 seed and finished third. If he had finished in a two-way tie for second, he would have won the cup. Using this year's format, Rose would have won the FedEx Cup by one shot over Woods because as the No. 2 seed, Rose would have started six shots better. Now it's time to see if it will work. "I think it's hokey," Cantlay said. "It's weird to have a format no one has ever seen. And I think it's a shame we lose the Tour Championship. I haven't gone through it. No one has. I'm going to reserve final judgment until I've gone through the week." Whoever finishes with the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup and gets credit for winning the Tour Championship, even if he doesn't have the lowest score in the Tour Championship. Meanwhile, the tour will keep track of conventional scoring — everyone will the first year — to award world ranking points. "For all of us guys chasing, the first day will be important," said Rose, who is No. 17 and thus starts at 2 under. "You can't give up more shots." Most curious about the format is how many players have a reasonable chance of winning. McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow in 2010 when he made eagle on his 16th hole Friday to make the cut on the number. He shot 66-62 on the weekend to rally from nine shots behind. "And that was just two rounds," McIlroy said. "With two extra rounds, you can free-wheel it. There's a lot more volatility." There have been a number of players who made the cut on the number and rallied from big deficits over 36 holes. Carl Pettersson shot 60-67 on the weekend to come from nine back in the 2010 Canadian Open. Brad Faxon rallied from 12 shots behind with a 65-61 finish in Hartford in 2005. It could be wild on the weekend. Or maybe Thomas opens with a pair of 64s and makes it a runaway. He is keeping it simple. "I'm just going to have to try to play another golf tournament and act like everyone's starting at zero and try to shoot the lowest 72 holes," Thomas said. "Because I know if I do that, then I should be OK.".....»»

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Olympiakos, Dinamo Zagreb win Champs League playoff 1st legs

BERN, Switzerland (AP) — Olympiakos and Dinamo Zagreb took big steps toward returning to the Champions League group stage with convincing wins in the first leg of their playoff-round games on Wednesday. Olympiakos scored three late goals to beat Russian debutant Krasnodar 4-0, and Dinamo struck twice in the first half hour in a 2-0 win over Rosenborg. Young Boys was the only home team not to win, needing a 76th-minute penalty awarded by video review — and scored by French veteran Guillaume Hoarau — to secure a 2-2 draw with Red Star Belgrade. Red Star, playing its seventh qualifying game in seven weeks, is trying to advance from the first qualifying round to the group stage in back-to-back seasons. Olympiakos played the first of its 18 Champions League campaigns more than a decade before Krasnodar was founded in 2008. The Greek runner-up took the lead in the 30th through Spanish forward Miguel Ángel Guerrero. A flurry of goals from the 78th minute by Lazar Randelovic, twice, and Daniel Podence gave Krasnodar a daunting task in the second leg next Tuesday. Once a Champions League regular, Rosenborg trailed to an early penalty by Dinamo's Bruno Petkovic, and Mislav Orsic doubled the lead in the 28th. Red Star, the 1991 European champion, trailed to a seventh-minute goal by Young Boys forward Roger Assalé that was leveled in the 18th by Australia defender Milos Degenek's looping header. Mateo Garcia put the Serbian champion ahead a minute into the second half, before Hourau came off the bench to level from the spot. The 35-year-old former France international went close to winning the game for the Swiss champion with a glancing header in the 89th......»»

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