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Batshuayi double helps Belgium beat Iceland 2-0

BRUSSELS (AP) — Michy Batshuayi proved a more than capable replacement for the injured Romelu Lukaku on Thursday when he scored twice as Belgium beat Iceland 2-0 to maintain its 100 percent record in the inaugural UEFA Nations League. After 65 minutes of pounding the Iceland defense, captain Eden Hazard found Thomas Meunier on the right and the Paris Saint-Germain winger crossed for Batshuayi to slot the ball home. The second goal was even easier for the on-loan Valencia striker, as he tapped the ball into the net after Hans Vanaken's shot had rebounded to him. Belgium has nine points from three games in Group 2 of League A, three ahead of Switzerland. A draw against the Swiss on Sunday will be enough to take Belgium through to the Final Four in June. Iceland lost all 4 matches and is relegated. Belgium and Iceland were without several first-choice players on Thursday, but the home team showed it has a lot more strength in depth and dominated throughout at an increasingly foggy King Baudouin Stadium. Axel Witsel also became only the third Belgian to win 100 caps......»»

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Firsts for Sane, Suele as Germany beats Russia in friendly

LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Leroy Sane and Niklas Suele struck their first international goals to guide Germany to a 3-0 win over Russia in a friendly on Thursday. The 2014 world champions, who surrendered their crown following a first-round exit in Russia in June, went 1-0 up thanks to an eighth-minute goal from Sane. Suele added a second goal 17 minutes later before Serge Gnabry, who had set up Sane for the opener, made sure of victory five minutes before halftime. The visitors improved after the break, with Aleksei Ionov going close as the intensity of the game dropped. The 32-year-old Brazilian-born Ariclenes da Silva Ferreira, known as Ari, made his Russia debut but failed to make much of an impact and was substituted early in the second half. Germany, which lost 2-1 in France and 3-0 in the Netherlands in its previous UEFA Nations League games, continues its campaign against the Dutch in Gelsenkirchen on Monday. The Germans are bottom of League A, Group 1 with one point from three games and will be relegated on Friday if the Dutch beat world champion France in Rotterdam......»»

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Croatia beats Spain 3-2 to throw open Nations League group

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — Defender Tin Jedvaj scored his second goal of the game in injury time to earn Croatia a 3-2 win over Spain on Thursday, a result that left both teams and group rival England still in the running to reach the UEFA Nations League finals. Croatia's win came two months after it was crushed 6-0 by Spain, its worst ever loss, in Seville. Spain is top of League A, Group 4 with six points. England and Croatia have four points before they meet at Wembley Stadium on Sunday. The group winner advances to the Final Four tournament in June. With Croatia needing a victory to keep its hopes alive, the World Cup runner-up pinned Spain in its area in the final moments and Jedvaj scored on the rebound after goalkeeper David de Gea had blocked a shot. Earlier, Andrej Kramaric opened the scoring for the home team in the 54th minute, only for Dani Ceballos to equalize two minutes later. Croatia went back ahead in the 69th when Jedvaj headed in a cross from Luka Modric, but Sergio Ramos leveled for Spain with a penalty eight minutes later after Sime Vrsaljko handled. The team that finishes bottom of the group will be relegated to League B......»»

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Federer advances to record-extending 15th ATP Finals semi

By Sam Johnston, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Roger Federer advanced to the last four of the ATP Finals for a record-extending 15th time with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Kevin Anderson on Thursday. Six-time champion Federer needed only a set to advance and produced his best performance at the season-ending tournament to end the round-robin stages with a 2-1 win-loss record. Dominic Thiem's 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kei Nishikori earlier had left Federer with a modest task and ensured that Anderson became the first South African ever to reach the semifinals. Federer looked as if he was about to give up a break advantage for the second time in as many service games when he dropped to 0-40 attempting to close out the opening set at 5-4, but the 20-time Grand Slam champion found his first serve when it mattered most to hold. Anderson hadn't faced a break point in winning his first two matches. Federer, though, broke him twice more in the second set to claim top spot in the group and likely avoid a semifinal meeting with top-ranked Novak Djokovic. Having struggled in an opening loss to Nishikori and relied mainly on his serve when defeating Thiem, Federer finally found some timing with his ground-strokes to apply consistent pressure on Anderson's serve. The previously impenetrable Anderson serve wilted, with two double faults gifting Federer a 4-3 lead. Much to the surprise — and disappointment — of the partisan crowd at the O2 Arena, the Swiss great handed the break straight back with a series of errors. However, Federer steadied himself and made a delicate drop volley to break once more in the following game, before eventually closing out the set to maintain his record of having only missed the semifinals once in 16 appearances at the tournament. Federer lost just four points on serve in the second set. He used a backhand slice to break for 4-3 and the same shot brought up two match points at 3-5, 15-40. Having saved a match point on his way to securing a five-set quarterfinal victory over Federer at Wimbledon, Anderson threatened another comeback as he won a 21-shot rally to get back to deuce, but there was to be no repeat this time. Two more Anderson forehand errors ended the match and Federer won the group by virtue of their head-to-head record. With Djokovic clear favorite to top his group, which concludes Friday, Federer has boosted his chances of avoiding the in-form Serb until the final......»»

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Mets deGrom gets Cy with record-low wins; Snell takes AL

By Jake Seiner, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — After a season marred by narrow defeats, Jacob deGrom became a runaway winner. The New York Mets ace easily won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night, a reward for a historically fruitless season in Flushing. The right-hander had just 10 victories, the fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. The AL prize also reflected a change in voters’ values, with Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays narrowly beating out past winners Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber for his first Cy Young. Snell pitched just 180 2/3 innings, fewest ever by a Cy Young-winning starter. Over full seasons, Snell is the second starter to win the award with fewer than 200 innings after Clayton Kershaw logged 198 1/3 in 2014. “I definitely think the game has changed in that aspect,” deGrom said. “I feel like it’s just turning more into quality of work and what did you accomplish in those innings,” Snell said. “I think that’s just the way it’s going.” DeGrom easily beat out Washington’s Max Scherzer, who was seeking a third straight Cy Young and fourth overall. DeGrom got 29 first-place votes and 207 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Scherzer had the other first-place vote. In his first season after chopping off his distinctive long hair, deGrom cut down hitters from start to finish despite little help from teammates. He had a 1.70 ERA, the lowest in the NL since Zack Greinke’s 1.66 mark in 2015. Yet the 30-year-old right-hander went 10-9, eclipsing the low bar among starters of 13 victories set by the Dodgers’ Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 and matched by Seattle’s Felix Hernandez in 2010. DeGrom allowed three runs or fewer in 29 consecutive starts to close the season, breaking Leslie “King” Cole’s 108-year-old record of 26 such outings. Yet the Mets were 11-18 in those games and 14-18 overall with deGrom on the mound. “My thought process was, ‘Hey, take the ball every fifth day and continue to try to put this team in position to win and control what you can control,’” deGrom said. Hernandez’s Cy Young victory signaled a major shift from voters, who once prioritized pitcher wins. The push toward advanced analytics made deGrom’s candidacy possible, and by September there was little debate deGrom was worthy, even as the Mets regularly wasted his dominance. “This was one of my goals,” deGrom said. “The team didn’t end up where we wanted to be this past season, but you kind of set personal goals, and I think being able to accomplish something that has been a dream of yours is just something special. To be a Cy Young Award winner, you’re in great company, and it truly is an honor.” Perhaps no pitcher had ever been such a hard-luck loser. New York averaged 3.5 runs in games started by deGrom, second only to Cole Hamels for worst support in the majors among qualified pitchers. During one stretch late in the season, the Mets totaled 10 runs over seven of deGrom’s outings, and four of those were driven in by the pitcher himself. DeGrom nearly produced more wins above replacement than actual wins — an unfortunate sabermetric feat that has only been accomplished once, when the Philadelphia Athletics’ Eddie Smith went 4-17 with 4.1 WAR in 1937. Baseball-Reference calculated deGrom for 9.6 WAR. The 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, he became the seventh rookie winner voted a Cy Young, joining fellow Mets Tom Seaver and Dwight Gooden. R.A. Dickey was the only other Met to win a Cy Young. The Mets unveiled a deGrom bobblehead featuring the Cy Young Award shortly after deGrom was crowned. They will give away 25,000 prior to a home game April 7 against Scherzer’s Nationals. Snell got 17 first-place votes and 169 points to 13 first-place votes and 154 points for Verlander. Kluber had 71 points, followed by Boston’s Chris Sale and Houston’s Gerrit Cole. Snell had a 1.89 ERA, third best in the AL since the DH was introduced, trailing only Ron Guidry (1.74) in 1978 and Pedro Martinez (1.74) in 2000. The 25-year-old pitched had 33 1/3 fewer innings than Verlander, but his dominance was enough to sway the electorate. The lefty nicknamed Snellzilla wreaked havoc against the AL’s top lineups. He was 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against the World Series champion Red Sox, and 2-0 in two starts each against the Astros and Indians. The Yankees roughed Snell up twice, but he got threw five scoreless innings in a victory Aug. 16. That came during a late-season run of nine consecutive wins for Snell, including a victory against every team in the AL East. He also made five starts against former Cy Young winners and went 3-0 with an 0.59 ERA. Snell was the first player 25-or-younger to win 21 games since Barry Zito in 2002. He was highly regarded as a minor leaguer for his electric arsenal, but subpar control led to struggles during his first two major league seasons. He was even demoted to Triple-A for a month in 2017. It all came together this year. Snell was a stalwart for a most unusual pitching staff, taking the ball every fifth day while manager Kevin Cash successfully experimented with reliever “openers” to start games in between. Snell led the Rays with 31 starts, and no other traditional starter had more than 17. After longtime franchise ace Chris Archer was traded to the Pirates on July 31, Snell went 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA. “I felt with the opener, I had a bigger role on the team,” Snell said. Snell is the second Rays pitcher to win the award, following David Price in 2012. Scherzer went 18-7 with a 2.53 ERA and led the majors with 220 2/3 innings and 300 strikeouts. He was attempting to become the first player since Randy Johnson to win three consecutive Cy Youngs. He got the first-place vote of John Maffei of the San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 seconds and 123 points. Aaron Nola of the Philadelphia Phillies was third with 86 points, followed by Colorado’s Kyle Freeland and Arizona’s Patrick Corbin. Verlander led the AL with 290 strikeouts while going 16-9 with a 2.52 ERA for AL West champion Houston. This is his third second-place finish since winning the Cy Young and MVP in 2011 with Detroit. Kluber was attempting to win his second straight Cy Young and third overall. He went 20-7 with a 2.89 ERA for AL Central champion Cleveland and led the AL with 215 innings......»»

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Cora gets new deal from Red Sox through 2021 season

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Alex Cora brought a new voice and culture to the Boston Red Sox that helped propel them to their latest World Series title. The Red Sox rewarded him for bringing home a championship in his first year with the team by giving him a new contract with an additional guaranteed year through the 2021 season. The deal containing the extension was announced Wednesday by Boston also includes a club option for 2022. In his rookie season as a major league manager, Cora guided the Red Sox to a franchise-record 108 victories and the team’s fourth championship in 15 seasons. He finished second in the AL Manager of the Year voting announced Tuesday. “We have consistently been impressed by Alex at every turn,” Red Sox chairman Tom Werner said in a statement. “His knowledge of the game, ability to connect with our players, and his incredible instincts and decisiveness led us to an historic championship season. We know we are in good hands and could not be more pleased to know he will be with us for the foreseeable future.” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski was in search of new direction for the club when he fired former manager John Farrell after back-to-back Al Division Series losses in 2016 and 2017. After the historic regular season, Cora then steered Boston past the 100-win Yankees and Astros in the AL playoffs before downing the Dodgers in the World Series. “For me, 2018 was not only historic, but it was special as well, both on and off the field,” Cora said in a statement. “We have a great appreciation for our accomplishments this past year, but now our focus moves forward to the season ahead and defending our World Series title.” During Boston’s run Cora got the best out his young talent, led by AL MVP favorite Mookie Betts. They shined in player-centric approach in which Cora encouraged an aggressive hitting mentality, lots of hit-and-runs and active running of the bases. Cora also the most out of his pitching staff, which included clutch performances in the postseason by Chris Sale and David Price. Neither pitcher had logged a playoff victory as a starter prior to this season. Price had a tough time acclimating to Boston’s rugged sports environment during his first two seasons of the seven-year, $217 million deal he signed in 2015. He’s found a groove late in the season, pitching the clinching Game 5 of the ALCS to help the Red Sox advance. “Just his demeanor. It doesn’t change,” Price said last month. “I know it’s easy to not change when your team wins 108 games in the regular season. But he hasn’t changed one bit.” A member of the Red Sox’s 2007 World Series title team as a player, Cora was the bench coach on Houston’s 2017 championship team. He learned from manager A.J. Hinch that being close to players would be beneficial. “Talking to players is not bad, having a relationship with players is not bad,” Cora said in describing his managerial philosophy. “Doing that, you’re going to get the best out of them. People may think that crossing that line is not helpful, but I see it the other way around, and I lived it.” Cora became the first manager from Puerto to guide a team to a championship. It came more than a year after Hurricane Maria devastated island, prompting Cora during initial contract negotiations last October to ask the Red Sox to help his people with relief efforts. Ownership responded by sending a chartered plane full of supplies. Days after winning the World Series, they again obliged Cora’s request to take the trophy to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico......»»

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The Six Fix: Toy Story Theories That We Can t Get Out Of Our Heads

Our excitement for 'Toy Story 4' is building to infinity and beyond!.....»»

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From The Editor: Light Up The Stage For Our Fourth Anniv. 'ABSCBNLifestyleInspo—Kiana V!

It's our fourth year anniversary—the fast-rising musician joins us in this milestone!.....»»

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'ABSCBNLifestyleInspo Kiana V: This Is What Music Means To Me

'I’m vulnerable when I’m in my room writing in silence.'.....»»

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LeBron passes Chamberlain for '5 on NBA s all-time scoring list

NBA.com staff report LeBron James hit another career milestone on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) as he passed Wilt Chamberlain for fifth on the NBA's all-time scoring list. The King passes the Big Dipper.@KingJames is now the fifth-highest scorer in NBA history. pic.twitter.com/XHDXoMVCsW — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 15, 2018 James reached 31,420 career points with an and-one free throw in the fourth quarter to pass Chamberlain. James, 33, now sits directly behind Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the NBA's all-time scoring list. James finished the game with a season-high 44 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists in the Lakers' 126-117 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. 👑 @KingJames walking off with 3️⃣1️⃣,4️⃣2️⃣5️⃣points and the 5th spot on the @NBA all-time scoring list! pic.twitter.com/FzXtV4R9lp — Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) November 15, 2018 “It’s all about hard work.” @KingJames (44p/10r/9a/@Lakers W) walks off as the 5th all-time leading scorer in @NBAHistory! #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/Z6ZZwhs4J7 — NBA (@NBA) November 15, 2018 Congratulations to @KingJames for passing Laker great Wilt Chamberlain to become 5th all-time leading scorer in NBA history! — Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) November 15, 2018 The historic game ball and James' uniform will be donated to the I Promise School in Akron, LeBron announced after the game......»»

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PVL: Malakas pa rin makakatapat mo, wala kang ligtas -- Valdez on semis

Creamline is through to the semifinals of the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference. For Cool Smashers top hitter Alyssa Valdez, the next challenge now is for Creamline to build momentum heading into the best-of-three Final Four. Choosing which team to face in the penultimate stage is out of the question. “Kahit pumili ka rin kasi sa kung saang rank ka, makakatapat mo pa rin ay malalakas na teams. Wala kang ligtas,” said Valdez, whose squad sports a 9-2 win-loss record at the second spot and is on a three-game winning tear. The Cool Smashers occupied the third semifinals seat on Wednesday after sweeping Iriga-Navy, 25-12, 25-13, 26-24, to join other Final Four-bound teams Ateneo-Motolite and BanKo. Only one berth remains and for the three teams that are already in the semis cast, the last four playdates of the two-round eliminations will determine their placing in the Final Four.     But the Cool Smashers would rather concentrate on building their morale than worry about their seeding.   “Ang hirap kasi hindi mo rin alam,” she said. “I think ang goal talaga is to really get wins sa mga future games namin. We have three more games medyo delikado pa. More hard work pa, more push pa.” The Cool Smashers still have BanKo, first round tormentor PetroGazz and upset-conscious Adamson-Akari in their list of assignments.   “I think ang pinakaimportante ngayon to get all the confidence na kailangan namin. Lahat malaman namin ngayon kung ano pa ang kailangan naming i-improve as a team para pagdating ng semifinals kahit sino ang makalaban namin medyo mag-perform kami ng maganda,” she said. And to build that momentum, Creamline will need to bring it’s A-game against the Perlas Spikers on Saturday in Cagayan de Oro.   “We all know BanKo, tough team, very hard to beat and they’re my former teammates so kilalang-kilala nila ako,” said Valdez of the squad that the Cool Smashers swept in the first round.     ---    Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Pantino, Eala book quarterfinal seats

Filipino top bet Arthur Craig Pantino crushed Chinese Taipei’s Chen Kuan-yu, 6-0, 6-4, Thursday to barge into the quarterfinals of the boys singles of the Phinma-PSC International Juniors tennis championships at Manila Polo Club clay courts. Pantino, who won boys singles in Week 2 of this tournament last year, will gun for a semifinal seat on Friday against either fellow Filipino Aljon Talatayod or 8th seed Corban Crowther of New Zealand who were still locked in battle. The 17-year-old Pantino also swept the boys’ doubles last year pairing with Miko Eala and John Bryan Otico in Weeks 1 and 2, respectively, making him one of the tourney’s top bet. Another local hopeful advanced after Alex Eala sustained her grit and form, turning back Japanese Erika Matsuda, 4-6, 6-4, 6-3, to make the girls singles quarterfinals. The 13-year-old wonder became the only remaining Filipina campaigner after compatriot Amanda Gabrielle Zoleta dropped a 6-2, 6-0 decision at the hands of top seed Janice Tjen of Indonesia earlier. Seeded eighth, Eala will next take on Chinese Taipei qualifier Li Yu-yun who trounced Samantha Nanere of Indonesia, 6-3, 6-1, in the meet sponsored by the Philippine Tennis Association, Philippine Sports Commission, Phinma and Tecnofibre. Girls No. 2 ranked Saki Oyama of Japan clobbered Tsai Yun-chin of Chinese Taipei, 6-1, 6-1, to move to the quarterfinals against sixth seed Taiwanese Fang Wei-ning, a 3-6, 6-0, 6-0 victor over Australia’s Jessica Jade Haylo. Tjen will next take on seventh seed Tian Fang-an who hurdled Japanese Mei Hasegawa, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2......»»

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Jett Manuel proud of his boys as UP finally makes UAAP Final Four

Although not being able to personally bring the UP Fighting Maroons to the UAAP Final Four, Jett Manuel was just as happy as he learned of his team's feat. The boys from Diliman have made the postseason for the very first time since 1997, when they were led by the late Bryan Gahol, Joseph "Ogie" Gumatay, and Paolo Mendoza.  Since then, the squad has experienced heartbreak for the next two decades, including a few winless seasons. Manuel, who donned the maroon and white from 2010-16 was not spared from UP's mediocrity, compiling an overall 10-60 record in his five-year playing career, including two 0-14 seasons and the infamous UAAP Season 77 bonfire back in 2014, which celebrated their only win of the campaign. The former team captain admitted that he was following the game while his team, Ginebra, was at shootaround at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum, trying to keep their season alive, facing archrivals Magnolia in Game 4 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals. "Well, I was secretly following the game throughout my pre-game preparation. Di nga ako nag-pre-game shooting para mapanood ko yung game," Manuel shared. UP was already up by 23 when the opening jump took place for Game 3, so Manuel had a good feeling his alma mater had made it and never knew the actual final results until much later. Despite not leaving the bench the entirety of the game, Manuel went home a happy man as the Fighting Maroons downed the DLSU Green Archers, 97-81, while Ginebra forced a Game 4, 107-103. "I’m sad na I wasn’t there in person, but at least I got the win here today." But before some of his former teammates, now the veterans of the squad entered the hardwood, Manuel relayed a good luck message for the team, who were playing at the Mall of Asia Arena. "I spoke to Paul [Desiderio], I spoke to Diego [Dario], to Gelo [Vito] this morning, just telling them good luck, and yung usual ano, I mean, I’m always there for them. I’m just really happy for them. Yun lang talaga." The licensed engineer also shared how he expected that one day his teammates will bear the fruit of his squad's labor, an accomplishment the UP community has eagerly waited for a very long time. "Me personally, leaving UP with that goal na I wanted to leave something behind, leave a culture behind and try to start something, which will eventually lead to this." However, Manuel felt mixed emotions that UP's victory came at the expense of the Green Archers, where his younger brother, Joaqui plays for as a rookie. "...50-50 yung puso ko eh. I’m Maroon-blooded as well as a Manuel. So at the expense of my brother, yeah, I feel sad, but I’m more happy now that finally, finally [UP made it]." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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NCAA: Mapua gets revenge on LSGH, grabs second title in three years

Mapua High School now has the most number of championships in NCAA Juniors Basketball – and its record-setting title could not have come in more dramatic fashion. Dan Arches finished what Paolo Hernandez started as the Red Robins stood strong in the face of a furious fightback from now-dethroned champion College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills, 77-74, on Thursday at the MOA Arena. Mapua was well on its way to a win, up 69-53 late in the third quarter before being at the wrong end of a 19-5 Junior Blazer rally that tied the tally at 74-all inside the last two minutes. “Credit sa lahat ng players na walang ginawa kundi sumunod sa game plan namin,” a beaming head coach Randy Alcantara said post-game. It was at that point, however, that Arches scored from a split from the stripe and then an inside basket to put his team back on top, 77-74. CSB-LSGH had 66 ticks to go to make something happen, but was unable to find the hole the rest of the way. Up until the last moment, however, the game wasn’t over as the Junior Blazers had the ball with 0.5 on the clock. The inbound went to Joshua David at the top of the key and he had an open look that had the ball finding the bottom of the net. Only, he wasn’t able to release the ball before time expired – therefore, preserving the three-point win for the Red Robins. With that, Mapua claimed its second championship in the last three years and 22nd overall – tying it with San Beda High School as the winningest program in the Juniors. At the same time, they have gotten back at the same Junior Blazers who dethroned them a season ago. Hernandez was the firestarter for it all with a career-best 33 points on top of 12 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and two steals. Arches then brought the finishing kick with 22 markers, including all six of his team’s points in the final frame, to go along with five boards. “Thank you nagkaroon ako ng ganitong klaseng mga players. Sila talaga ‘to e,” coach Randy said. For CSB-LSGH, Inand Fornilos topped the scoring column with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Joel Cagulangan, though, was silent for his standards with just 10 markers, six boards, and four assists after incurring an apparent right ankle injury early in the game. BOX SCORES MAPUA 77 – Hernandez 33, Arches 22, Sarias 5, Smith 5. Quimado 4, Policarpio 4, Mariano 2, Dennison 2, Lazarte 0, Diaz 0. CSB-LSGH 74 – Fornilos 18, David 13, Cagulangan 10, Palencia 8, Natividad 7, Calimag 6, Sangco 4, Lao 3, Mosqueda 3, Valenzuela 2, Lepalam 0. QUARTER SCORES: 18-15, 42-34, 71-56, 77-74. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP: Don t stop Bo-lieving, hold on to that feeling, UP!

When head coach Bo Perasol exited the dugout of the University of the Philippines inside the MOA Arena last Wednesday, he was serenaded with cheers, applause, and “UP Fight!” A fitting welcome for Coach Bo Perasol from the UP community outside the arena. @abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/3AjE56nGxS — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) Nobyembre 14, 2018 For the mentor who guided the Fighting Maroons to their first Final Four since 1997, it was nothing but well-deserved. After all, as early as the first round of UAAP Season 81, there were those who were questioning if Coach Bo was the right fit for a State U side with grand plans of breaking through the proverbial glass ceiling. “Yung journey, definitely wasn’t easy,” he told reporters as he looked back at what they went through to get here. This season was always supposed to be when UP ends its 21-year playoff drought. At one point, however, they stood at 3-5, tied for the sixth and seventh spots in the eight-team tournament. Of course, Coach Bo could only admit that then, he himself had doubts. “Pag naririnig niyo akong sinisigawan sila, I wanted to leave them kasi parang iniisip ko, is this worth it? If I keep pushing you then you are not responding, I have an obligation to the community na if I’m not effective as your leader, then I might as well step down,” he shared. He then continued, “This is not about me. This is about winning for the community.” Indeed, the 45-year-old mentor reiterated that ever since he took this post back in 2016, giving the UP community just what they deserved was always his first and foremost goal. As he put it, “Yung burden ko kasi is to win it for the community. There isn’t a push from them na you need to win eh – it’s the other way around.” He then continued, “You see them, you’ve been in UP for a long time, and makikita mong they’re hungry for it. You want it to deliver it to them. Yun yung stress ko, pero alam ko naman na kaya eh.” Now, the Fighting Maroons have proven their coach correct all along – poised to play in their first Final Four game in 21 years. And all of it began because Coach Bo believed – and kept on believing no matter what his doubters said. “Sometimes, you doubt yourself, tao lang tayo eh, but I have to be an example of confidence at what we’ve put it. Mararamdaman natin ang pressure, but you need to go through that para ma-achieve mo yung gusto mo,” he said. With that, the entire Diliman community is, for the first time in a long time, believing – or more pointedly, “Bo-lieving.” For all of those who did not and still do not? “Wala akong masasabi kasi hindi ko naman sila masasagot din eh. Wala akong social media,” the architect of UP’s rebuild said through chuckles. He then continued, “Bahala na lang ang mga players kong sumagot.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Juan GDL guaranteed all of this even before UAAP 81

Safe to say, along with ice, Juan Gomez de Liano has confidence running through his veins. That is exactly why the University of the Philippines’ second-year stud had a promise to his fans even before the beginning of UAAP Season 81. “I could say the Final Four is a sure spot for us,” he said then. After a 3-5 record in the first eight games, that looked like a farfetched idea for the Fighting Maroons. But then, something just clicked and they wound up their campaign by winning five of the last six games. For Juan GDL, neither he nor his teammates ever stopped believing. “I knew it was coming. I actually thought na last year pa nga dapat sana, but we fell short,” he said. He then continued, “I promised ever since offseason na we’re gonna make the Final Four. Here we are.” Indeed, with a convincing victory versus De La Salle University, State U booked a ticket into the Final Four for the first time since 1997. And they got it just the way team captain Paul Desiderio wanted them to – “16 Strong.” In the end, Juan GDL had 27 points, four assists, and three rebounds while kuya Javi had his own 19 markers built on five triples. MVP frontrunner Bright Akhuetie posted another double-double of 16 points and 20 rebounds while Desiderio chipped in 10 markers, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals. “We just stayed together as one unit. We never gave up even though there were a lot of struggles and ups and downs,” Juan GDL said. “We just stayed together and that was the most important thing.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UAAP: Paul Desiderio, the captain who brought UP back to the Final Four

In University of the Philippines' historic Final Four-clinching victory, Paul Desiderio was lit. Atin ‘To Papasok ‘To pic.twitter.com/LhhwhQGX4M — Mico Halili (@micohalili) November 14, 2018 👀 #AtinToPapasokTo pic.twitter.com/kwwtVFjMce — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) November 14, 2018 Funny to think that months before UAAP Season 81, UP almost didn't have this man. After Desiderio's spectacular Season 80 filled with buzzer-beaters and iconic mantras, the temptation of foregoing his fifth year and immediately entering the professional ranks was strong. But then, he sacrificed his good numbers and decided to go for his one last #UPFight. "Nag-sacrifice ako noon sa last year ko. Yun nga pinagisipan ko kung babalik ako o hinde. My personal goal, sinakripisyo ko para sa team," he said referring to his lifelong PBA dream. "Pero worth it naman. Kaya sobrang saya," Desiderio said moments after their 97-81 victory over De La Salle University. The road to Final Four of UP was not a smooth ride. Their first round campaign which ended at a 3-4 slate casted doubts on their chances. "Mayroong doubts din noon, pero yun nga, dapat labanan namin ngayon," said the Cebuano standout. But as the season progressed, the Fighting Maroons peaked. It was a spectacular sight for Desiderio. They were crushing a Final Four contender. Their supporters were abounding. The chants were deafening. During the dying moments of the match, Desiderio can't help but rush to his mentor Coach Bo Perasol. With a huge smile on his face, he hugged Perasol so tightly. "Coach Bo parang tatay ko yan. May times nga na nagaaway kami, di naman nag aaway pero di kami nagkakaintindihan tapos may times na kalagitnaan ng season lagi kami nagusap anong gagawin namin so yun, naging successful yung plano namin," he said. From being part of the team as early as the winless days of Season 76, Desiderio is now the captain of the third-seeded team in Season 81. "Syempre napakasarap na start ako ng 0-14, tapos ngayon Final Four may chance pa mag Finals. May chance pang mag champion kung ganun, so buhay pa kami. Buhay pa ang UP," he said. Truly, Desiderio's decision to stay for UP is worth it. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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How could La Salle still make the UAAP 81 Final Four?

De La Salle University assured itself of at least a playoff for a Final Four berth in UAAP 81 last Wednesday. A week later, however, they are in danger of missing the playoffs entirely. Losing by double-digits to the University of the Philippines on Wednesday at the MOA Arena, the Green Archers ended the elimination round at 8-6. Technically, they are tied with the Fighting Maroons in the standings and Far Eastern University still has a chance to join them there if it downs Adamson University on Sunday. In case of that three-way tie, though, UP has the highest quotient among the three teams and has therefore taken the third-seed. Meaning, La Salle and FEU will have to figure in a playoff for the fourth and final playoff berth in such scenario. That is if, and only if, the Tamaraws triumph over the already second-seed Soaring Falcons. Whatever it is, it’s safe to say that the Taft-based team has no idea what will happen in the coming four days. Nonetheless, whether there will be a knockout bout with FEU or not, head coach Louie Gonzalez isn’t sweating. “Sa akin, ‘di naman problema yung kalaban,” he told reporters after their loss to the Fighting Maroons – their second straight to end the eliminations. He then continued, “Ang problema sa ngayon, yung team ko e. Yung integration namin.” Coach Louie was talking about the chemistry his wards will have to work on with returning reinforcement Taane Samuel. As he put it, “Kahit na wala kaming (reinforcement), nagko-compete yung team ko. Dapat ngayong may (reinformcent) na ako, dapat mas lumakas.” He then continued, “Kailangan naming ma-integrate si Taane and use it to our advantage, not to our disadvantage. Once naglalaro siya, dapat mas lumalakas kami.” Samuel missed 12 games of the season due to a Jones fracture on his left foot. He was back in action for the green and white up against archrival Ateneo de Manila University and then versus the Fighting Maroons – both matchups ending in losses. “The four guys around him need to figure out also kung ano yung adjustment,” coach Louie said. The good news is that he and his wards have more than enough time to figure things out. The possible playoff between La Salle and FEU is scheduled next Wednesday. And if the Tamaraws lose, they will have even more time to figure things out as by then, they will be the fourth-seed and will take on the top-seed Blue Eagles the Saturday after next. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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UP BRIGHT! Akhuetie s sights still set on UAAP 81 championship

Bright Akhuetie's arrival in the University of the Philippines in 2016 was the biggest news for every Diliman frustrated faithful. He was seen as the answer to UP's campaign back to relevance. People even started saying that given his performance then back in the NCAA, Akhuetie can bring UP to the Final Four and the championship. Whenever he heard those comments back in 2016, he has always said that he is not making any promises and he will just do his best. Fast forward to 2018 in UAAP Season 80 when UP has finally landed in the Final Four, Akhuetie is still sticking to his rhetoric.  "No promises but all I promised was to give it my best every day to make sure we get to where we wanna go to. And I really appreciate the fact that we got this today, so we're one step closer to achieving our dream," he said moments after their Final Four-clinching victory over De La Salle University. In their historic win, he produced 16 points and 20 rebounds. So far in the season, he is averaging 18.9 points, 14.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game. Maybe this is 'his best' that he is talking about. Whatever it is, it's enough to bring them to the Final Four. But to the UP community, don't celebrate all out yet because for Akhuetie, reaching the Final Four is just an inch closer to the ultimate goal. "We take it one step at a time. Like I said, it's a step closer to our dream which is to win a championship, so one step at a time," said the MVP frontrunner. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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PBA: Tenorio, Gin Kings quick to move on to Game 4

While it was Justin Brownlee that did most of the heavy liftin to bring back Barangay Ginebra from an 18-point deficit in Game 3 of the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup semifinals, it was actually LA Tenorio who hit the final marginal basket to keep the Gin Kings' title defense alive. Tied at 103, Tenorio hit the go-ahead floater with 14 seconds to go. And after Ginebra forced a Magnolia miss, Tenorio also hit the last two free throws to seal the final tally. "Na-shoot siya eh," Tenorio said on his final field goal. "Well opportunity yun na nabigay sakin on that particular possession, might as well take it di ba? Everyone is expecting Justin to get the ball. We got nothing to lose in that possession, I was just thinking of being aggressive and see what was gonna happen," he added. Tenorio was terrible all game long for the Gin Kings, struggling to find his shot. While LA did finish with 14 points for the game, 11 of them came in the final period to help Ginebra pull through. "Actually struggling ak othe whole game, medyo iba yung pakiramdam ko today eh. But that's not an excuse," he said. "I think the whole team was really focused today but I cannot say na we really played well," he added. Despite cutting their Manila Clasico deficit in half, Tenorio and the Gin Kings are not quite happy yet. It's just one game after all. "We only got one game, inside the locker room after the game it was nothing, we moved on right away and are thinking about Friday's game right away," Tenorio said.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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