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Messi will miss Argentina friendly vs Brazil in October

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Lionel Messi will miss Argentina's friendly against Brazil on Oct. 16 in Saudi Arabia. Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni said on Monday that Messi will not be called for the brief tour. He will also miss the other friendly in Saudi against Iraq on Oct. 11. Scaloni, the interim national coach until January, said Argentina was focusing on blooding younger players. Messi has made no public comments about his decision to be left out of the Argentina squad, which he hasn't played for since the World Cup. Messi was also absent from Argentina's two-match tour of the United States this month......»»

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Players union reiterates disapproval of league match in US

By TALES AZZONI,  AP Sports Writer MADRID (AP) — The Spanish players' association remains against the league's plan to play a regular-season match in the United States despite receiving more detailed information. The association was not convinced by the league's update and said on Monday it still disapproved of the Girona-Barcelona game planned for suburban Miami in January. It said the league still lacks the necessary approvals from other stakeholders, and it can't guarantee the union contract won't be breached. The association doesn't have a final say on whether the game actually happens, although players recently did not rule out a strike if their demands are not considered. They complained about not being consulted by the league before the idea was presented. The association's latest announcement came three days after the Spanish soccer federation refused to approve the match, putting the plan in serious doubt. The federation requested more documentation from the league after saying it failed to show the overseas match would comply with Spanish and international regulations and TV broadcast contracts, and that it would not harm the other 18 league clubs and the fans of Girona and Barcelona. The match would also need to be approved by the U.S. soccer federation, plus continental bodies UEFA and CONCACAF. FIFA's permission is not mandatory but president Gianni Infantino recently expressed his concerns about the game. Spanish league president Javier Tebas again defended the match, saying football needs to catch up to what other sports have been doing to try to keep growing internationally. "If we don't keep working to try to grow, other competitions and other sports will leave us behind. We have to be different," Tebas said on Monday at a soccer conference in Madrid. "In the sports industry we have to try to copy what others are doing well. Why does the NBA and the NFL take a match abroad and we can't? Why can't we keep growing? This is our greatest responsibility, to grow, because this is an industry." Tebas said he was surprised by the amount of negative reaction to the proposal. "It looks like we want to play the entire league in Miami. It's just one match," he said. "We want to play one match, for strategic reasons, to try to grow the league." Earlier Monday, European Club Association chairman Andrea Agnelli, Juventus' president, said he "take(s) his hat off" to Tebas for taking the initiative and working to expand the Spanish league globally. "That's something that should be looked at," Agnelli said. "If you want to have a global audience, you need to be closer to (that audience)." The league plan to play games in the U.S. is part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevent, which operates the International Champions Cup, a tournament of club friendlies during the European offseason in July and August around the world. The Spanish federation held its season-opening Super Cup abroad for the first time in August, with Barcelona beating Sevilla in Tangier, Morocco. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday his team would not play the game abroad in the future, saying he was "vehemently against it." Tebas said: "The vast majority of the clubs, including Barcelona, are interested in playing this game. If Real Madrid doesn't want to go, then don't go. It's voluntary, no problem. Many clubs want to go.".....»»

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Kings looking to De’Aaron Fox to lead faster paced offense

By MICHAEL WAGAMAN, Associated Press SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger wants his team to run more this season and plans to give speedy point guard De’Aaron Fox all the room he needs. Fox was one of the fastest players in the NBA last year as a rookie, but the Kings offense was uneven most of the season and frequently bogged down in the half-court. With an influx of young, quick players added to an already youthful roster, the hope is that Fox can get Sacramento out and running and, possibly, back into the postseason. “The best thing you can do for him is play fast and give him as much room as possible,” Joerger said Monday at the Kings practice facility during media day. “To play small and try to do that is best for De’Aaron. He’s our franchise guy. I think he is and I think everybody kind of agrees on that.” The fifth overall pick in 2017, Fox started 60 games and averaged 11.6 points with 4.4 assists, but shot only 41.2 percent while struggling with an inconsistent mid-range jumpshot. The Kings were 20th in the NBA with 10.4 fastbreak points. Those are numbers Fox hopes to improve in his second season. “That’s the way I’ve always played,” Fox said. “I’ve always played for a team that gets up and down, high school college, AAU, all of that. That’s what (Joerger is) emphasizing this year. I’m excited to see what happens.” The Kings drafted Fox with the first of their three first-round picks a year ago, but used him sparingly early while George Hill ran the point. Hill was eventually dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers as part of a multi-team trade. Fox flourished at times, but Sacramento struggled with its half-court offense and finished 27-55. Correcting the problems the Kings had there, as well as getting better in the fastbreak, are Fox’s main goals. “When we did do it, it was pretty effective but you don’t see too many young teams really executing at a veteran level in the halfcourt,” Fox said. “That’s something that I definitely need to work on as a point guard myself and us as a team.” Sacramento used the second overall pick this year on 6-foot-11-inch power forward Marvin Bagley III of Duke. Harry Giles, the 20th overall selection in 2017 who sat out his entire rookie season injured, is also back to add speed and size to the frontcourt. They also signed 6-10, 240-pound forward Nemanja Bjelica to play the stretch-four when the Kings want to go small. “Last year, our fastest lineup was playing Justin Jackson at power forward next to Bogdanovich and Buddy Hield,” Joerger said. “That group analytically would have been the fastest-paced team in the NBA. That serves to De’Aaron’s strength.” Better rebounding will also help, Joerger said. “It’s not easy to run when you’re always taking the ball out of bounds after a made shot,” Joerger said. “We have to try, try to get some stops. It’s fundamentals, fundamentals, fundamentals. It’s a commitment. DeAaron’s going to have to push it, but it takes all five guys.” Fox will be without his backcourt mate, Bogdan Bogdanovic, for the start of training camp. Bogdanovic underwent minor surgery Monday on his left knee after having a similar procedure done in April to repair a slight tear of the medial meniscus. No timetable has been given for his return. “It puts us behind a little bit,” Joerger said. “I was hoping to play he and Buddy Hield, either of them or play them together, at backup point guard. I wanted to see how that looks and put more scoring, shooting on the floor. So that will be a little behind.”.....»»

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49ers lose QB Jimmy Garoppolo to season-ending knee injury

By JOSH DUBOW,  AP Pro Football Writer SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Jimmy Garoppolo's addition last season immediately turned around the fortunes of the San Francisco 49ers. Now the 49ers will have to go back to life before Garoppolo for the rest of the season. The Niners announced Monday that Garoppolo tore the ACL in his left knee while making a cut late in a loss at Kansas City, sidelining him for the rest of the season. "It is very unfortunate," coach Kyle Shanahan said. "I'm not going to sugarcoat it. It was hard waking up today. We were down and disappointed about it because we were looking forward a lot to playing with Jimmy this year and going through the good and the bad knowing that he'd benefit from all of it. Now we don't get to do it. I know Jimmy is really down about it and so are we but it's still going to be all right." The injury deals a serious blow to the 49ers (1-2), who had planned their rebuild around Garoppolo and now must turn again to C.J. Beathard at quarterback. Garoppolo will undergo surgery in the next week or two after the swelling goes down and should be ready to play again next season. The 49ers are planning to promote Nick Mullens from the practice squad and also will bring several veterans in for tryouts this week, including Tom Savage, Kellen Clemens, possibly T.J. Yates and Matt Moore. One quarterback who won't be brought in is former 49ers starter Colin Kaepernick, who opted out of his contract with San Francisco in March 2017 after Shanahan decided he wanted to go with a style of offense that didn't fit Kaepernick's game. "That's what I said last year and it's the same situation now," Shanahan said. "I always look into what style of offense I want to do and what style of offense we've been doing the last two years." The Niners struggled with Beathard and Brian Hoyer last season before the midseason addition of Garoppolo changed their fortunes. San Francisco won the final five games last year after Garoppolo took over as starter and the team rewarded him with a $137.5 million, five-year contract. The 49ers will have to wait another year to earn dividends on that investment. Garoppolo got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 38-27 loss Sunday when he was scrambling toward the sideline and decided to cut up field instead of going out of bounds. Garoppolo's left knee buckled just before Kansas City cornerback Steven Nelson delivered a big hit, ending what was supposed to be his first full season as a starter after just three games. Shanahan said the play should serve as a reminder to quarterbacks about the importance of protecting their bodies. "That's something that Jimmy will probably look at differently going forward because now he'll remember this the rest of his life," Shanahan said. "Nothing against him. This happens with everyone. You see it every Sunday. It's a reminder for everyone why it's an obvious coaching point." Expectations were high in San Francisco this season that the team could end a four-year playoff drought after Garoppolo had a full offseason to immerse himself in Shanahan's offense. But with Garoppolo and new running back Jerick McKinnon both knocked out for the season with torn ACLs in September, those high hopes have been put on hold. Garoppolo had completed 59.6 percent of his passes with five TDs, three interceptions and an average of 8.1 yards per attempt for a 90 passer rating. While he hasn't been quite as efficient as he was late last year after being acquired at the trade deadline from New England for a second-round pick, the Niners offense has been far more potent than it was before he took over as quarterback. Beathard started five games as a rookie last year, completing 54.9 percent of his passes with four touchdowns, six interceptions, 19 sacks, 6.4 yards per attempt and a 69.2 passer rating that was second lowest in the NFL. Beathard threw a touchdown pass to George Kittle on his first snap Sunday only to have it negated by a penalty and wasn't in for any other plays in the game. "I have a lot of confidence in C.J.," Shanahan said. "I think C.J. got a lot of experience last year. We liked him a lot coming out of college. ... He got thrown into as tough a situation as I could imagine a rookie quarterback being thrown in and the guy didn't blink." NOTES: CB Richard Sherman will miss a couple of weeks with a strained left calf. ... RB Matt Breida hyperextended his knee and is questionable this week. ... RG Mike Person will be questionable with a sprained knee......»»

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Bayern toasting Bundesliga dominance ahead of Oktoberfest

By CIARAN FAHEY,  Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich's rivals appear to have thrown in the towel already. "Bayern's superiority is striking," Schalke general manager Christian Heidel said after his team lost to the defending Bundesliga champions on Saturday. "The way they played, I can't imagine them losing another game." Bayern was supposed to have had a tough start against Hoffenheim, Stuttgart, Bayer Leverkusen and then Schalke, last season's runner-up. But the team's confidence is booming after winning every game comfortably since its loss to Eintracht Frankfurt in the German Cup final in May. "It can go on like that," Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said. Ominously for Bayern's rivals, the Bavarian powerhouse has not lost during Oktoberfest for the last eight years. The 185th edition of the beer-festival in Munich started Saturday and runs until Oct. 7. While they may indulge themselves by wearing the traditional leather pants of the region, the players will have to resist the temptations of the jugs of wheat beer at the festival - at least until the last Sunday. "Until then they can maybe drink a radler," Salihamidzic joked, referring to beer watered down by non-alcoholic soda. Bayern coach Niko Kovac said the players know what is expected of them during Oktoberfest. "If they go there, they will certainly be recognized and that won't go down well. We'll have time to go there, but now we still have to get points," Kovac said. Bayern, which is going for a record-extending seventh straight title, next hosts Bavarian rival Augsburg on Tuesday, before traveling to second-place Hertha Berlin on Friday. A win against its closest rival could see Bayern open up a five-point lead after six matches. 'DEATH THREAT' Hoffenheim said it was shocked by the animosity displayed by Borussia Dortmund fans toward its billionaire backer, Dietmar Hopp, in the 1-1 draw on Saturday, when fans displayed what the club called a "death threat" against him. Dortmund fans rolled out a huge banner showing Hopp's head in crosshairs over the words "Hasta la vista, Hopp" across a large section of the guest block at the stadium in Hoffenheim. A similar banner, only much smaller, caused a stir 10 years ago. Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke apologized for the banner. Hopp is a target for Dortmund fans after initiating legal proceedings against more than 30 of them for alleged obscenities during a game last season. HERTHA HERO It took some time, but Ondrej Duda finally seems to have arrived at Hertha in his third season at the club. The Slovakia midfielder sealed the 4-2 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, taking his goal tally to a league-leading four in four games. Duda only made three league appearances - 67 minutes altogether - in his first season at Hertha after joining from Legia Warsaw in 2016, while he scored one goal in 17 appearances last season. GOETZE'S FALL Mario Goetze, who scored Germany's World Cup-winning goal in 2014, has yet to play for Dortmund in the Bundesliga this season. The 26-year-old Goetze was left out of the squad altogether for the game at Hoffenheim, a decision that coach Lucien Favre said was purely sporting......»»

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Familiar issues, but no panic for Patriots after 1-2 start

By KYLE HIGHTOWER,  AP Sports Writer BOSTON (AP) — Two weeks, two head-shaking losses by the New England Patriots. In Week 2, the Patriots' defense was deficient in a 31-20 loss to Jacksonville in which the Patriots were victimized on third down. There were problems all over the field in Sunday's stunning 26-10 loss at Detroit, though it was Tom Brady and the Patriots offense that struggled the most against a defense coached by former Patriots defensive coordinator and new Lions head coach Matt Patricia. It's left New England at 1-2 for the first time since 2012. Things won't get any easier as the Patriots prepare to open their division schedule against 3-0 Miami. Patriots coach Bill Belichick said he sees problems everywhere on the field right now. "We're not making enough plays in any phase of the game, so we've just got to perform better," he said. "I think the energy and the effort and all of that — we're trying. Everybody's trying hard. We're just not getting it done, which is all that matters." One of the most surprising things in Sunday's loss to the Lions was how ineffective Detroit managed to render quarterback Tom Brady. The reigning regular-season MVP completed just 14 of 26 passes for 133 yards with one touchdown. He also had a costly interception midway through the fourth quarter that helped the Lions seal the victory. The 133 passing yards for Brady were his fewest in a game since he went 8 of 16 for 80 yards against Buffalo on Dec. 28, 2014. What's more troubling, though, is an offense that over the past two weeks has gone 6 of 21 on third down. "We're not scoring enough points. We're not executing well enough on a down-by-down basis. Certainly, at a high level, we should have our expectations set in," Brady said. "The process has been the same, there's been a lot of talk about it in practice, and we're going through it and watching the film and correcting stuff, it's just not getting done on the field. And we have to get it corrected soon." One common theme in the way the Jaguars and Lions succeeded in limiting the Patriots offensively, was keying on tight end Rob Gronkowski. One of Brady's favorite options, Gronk has just 13 catches for 189 yards and a touchdown this season. He hasn't scored in either of the two losses, hauling in only six total receptions. But Gronkowski said no one inside the Patriots' locker room is panicking about starting 1-2. "I mean, it's early, it's football and it's the NFL," he said. "Some crazy things happen every single week and we've just got to bounce back. We can't put our heads down, we have to keep them up. We've got to keep on fighting and there's another week next week." "We've got a big division game next week versus Miami. We've just got to keep on fighting. It's a long season, I know we're 1-2 right now, but we've got to keep on fighting and keep on going. There's no other way to do it.".....»»

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Pinay booters reach Round 2

The Philippines advanced to the second round of the Qualifiers for the 2019 AFC U16 Women’s Championship after landing among the best group runners-up in the first round of hostilties in various venues over the weekend......»»

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Time for medical redshirt rule

Four years ago, it was suggested that the local collegiate leagues consider adapting the medical redshirt rule being applied in the US NCAA......»»

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Countrywide PMAAA Heroes Run slated

The Philippine Military Academy Alumni Association – Philippine Army Chapter, Inc. (PMAAA-PACI) will stage the seventh Heroes Run to be held simultaneously on Oct. 7 in Metro Manila, Cebu, Tarlac, Bohol, Pagadian, Cagayan de Oro, Catbalogan, Legazpi, Isabela, Baguio, Cotabato and Davao......»»

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Knights, Altas seek 3-4 posts vs lowly rivals

Letran tries to firm up its hold of the No. 3 spot while Perpetual Help, the only team to beat frontrunning Lyceum, sets out to boost its drive for No. 4 as they take on lowly rivals in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament today at the Filoil Flying V Center in San Juan......»»

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Defenders, Builders rap rivals, wrest UNTV lead

Defending champion Senate and National Housing Authority beat their respective rivals in contrasting fashions to seize the early lead in the seventh UNTV Cup at the GSIS gym in Pasay over the weekend......»»

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PSA Cup under way at Southwoods Legends

The Philippine Sportswriters Association Golf Cup presented by Manila Southwoods, San Miguel Beer and the Philippine Sports Commission gets going today with a merry mix of guests gracing the fund-raiser at the Legends course in Carmona, Cavite......»»

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80 bowlers vie in BWC national men’s finals

Eighty male bowlers will shoot for the 2018 Bowling World Cup national title – and the right to carry the Philippine colors in the 54th BWC international event-- in the local finals starting on Sept. 29 at Coronado Lanes (Starlanes)......»»

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2,000 bets vie in inter-school taekwondo

Around 2,000 athletes are expected to see action in the 2018 SMART/MVP Sorts Foundation National Inter-School taekwondo Championships set Sept. 29-30 at the Rizal Memorial Basketball Stadium......»»

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LOOK: UAAP Season 81 Beach Volleyball Lineups

The exciting UAAP Season 81 Beach Volleyball Tournament tipped off September 24 at the Sands SM by the Bay. Check out the list of all the players who started seeing action in the sand courts. The tournament will last for seven days, from Sept. 24-25; 28, and Oct. 2; 5-7, 2018.   #UAAPS81BeachVolleyball Men's Lineup (1/2) | @abscbnsports AdU 1 Pao Pablico 2 Jesus Valdez 3 Geffrey Alicando ADMU 1 Abai Llenos 2 Kurt Aguilar 3 Zolo Ligot DLSU 1 Geraint Bacon 2 Raphael Sumalinog 3 Paul Serrano FEU 1 Jude Garcia 2 Kevin Hadlocon 3 Richard Solis — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 24, 2018 #UAAPS81BeachVolleyball Men's Lineup (2/2) | @abscbnsports NU 1 Bryan Bagunas 2 JM Natividad 3 Madz Gampong UE 1 Clifford Inoferio 2 Alven Aljas 3 Elijah Hilario UP 1 Nico Consuelo 2 Mac Millete 3 Stephem Ilao UST 1 Jaron Requinton 2 Krung Arbasto 3 Efraem Dimaculangan — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 24, 2018 #UAAPS81BeachVolleyball Women's Lineup (1/2) | @abscbnsports AdU 1 Hannah Infante 2 Gracelchen Ave 3 Jewel Maligmat ADMU 1 Ponggay Gaston 2 Jules Samonte 3 Erika Raagas DLSU 1 Tin Tiamzon 2 Michelle Morente 3 May Luna FEU 1 Ivana Agudo 2 Marianne Calinawan 3 Sheena Gallentes — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 24, 2018 #UAAPS81BeachVolleyball Women's Lineup (2/2) | @abscbnsports NU 1 Antonette Landicho 2 Klymince Orillaneda 3 No reserve player UP 1 Isa Molde 2 Justine Dorog 3 Rosie Rosier UE 1 Rhea Manalo 2 Shan Ritual 3 Donna Nebrea UST 1 Sisi Rondina 2 Blove Barbon 3 Genesa Eslapor — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) September 24, 2018.....»»

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ONE Championship: Danny Kingad motivated by friend Joshua Pacio s title win

In August of 2017, Team Lakay strawweight star Joshua Pacio hit a bump on his road back to title challenger status.  Pacio was fresh off a fantastic unanimous decision win over former champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke, and looked to continue his momentum by taking out then-newcomer Hayato Suzuki in Macau.  The larger Suzuki instead overpowered Pacio en route to a submission win in the first round.  It was a tough pill to swallow for Pacio, who suddenly saw his hopes of fighting for a world championship once more get derailed.  Consoling him every step of the way was his Team Lakay brother and training partner Danny Kingad, who wasn't booked to fight on the card, but was there to help his buddy out.  It was a testament of just how close these two young guns from Baguio were.  Fast-forward over a year later, Pacio had finally earned another shot at the ONE Strawweight World Championship, and he was able to capture it by beating Yoshitaka Naito in the main event of ONE Championship: Conquest of Heroes in Jakarta, Indonesia.  Just as he was there in the tough times, Kingad was also there in what is the pinnacle of Pacio's career so far. Kingad was also victorious earlier that night, defeating Japanese newcomer Yuya Wakamatsu via unanimous decision.  But as happy as he was with his own victory, it seemed like he was even happier for his training partner's title win.  "Yun yung hinihintay ko," Kingad said with a smile. "Kasi bago kami nung nag-debut, yung gusto naming dalawa yung kami lang dalawa, kaya ayun, natupad din, talagang binigay ni God yung panalo." Considered by many as the futures of Philippine MMA, Pacio and Kingad, both 22 years old, made their ONE Championship debuts back on the same card in 2016. Since then, the two have put their respective divisions on notice.  Kingad has also challenged for a world championship once before, but then-champion Adriano Moraes made quick work of the young Team Lakay star.  Now, with his training partner ruling over the strawweight division, Kingad says he's more motivated than ever to get back to title contender status.  "Very happy ako kay Joshua, kasi yung pagka-bata niya pa, nakuha na niya yung belt." Kingad shared. "Parang na-motivate ko na mag-training ng mag-training."  Kingad is currently riding a three-fight winning streak of his own, and says he's targeting a matchup against former flyweight title holder Kairat Akhmetov, who was also victorious in Jakarta against China's Ma Hao Bin.  A win over Akhmetov certainly puts him back into contender status.  Ruling over the flyweight division, however, is another one of Kingad's teammates in Geje Eustaquio.  Kingad has already made it clear that out of respect, he won't be fighting his senior. "Syempre, di ako papayag na kalabanin ko siya. Senior ko siya eh," Kingad said. "Bago pa man ako pumasok sa ONE, andun na siya na tinuturuan ako. Parang malaking respeto ko na lang sa kanya 'yun, kasi pag wala siya, di ako makaka-aral ng techniques sa kanya." .....»»

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UAAP: La Salle captain Kib Montalbo out 4-6 weeks

And De La Salle University’s lineup is down to 11 for the foreseeable future in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Green Archers will be missing the services of team captain Kib Montalbo after he sustained a fracture to his left thumb last Sunday. While the injury is on his non-shooting hand, sources said that Montalbo will have to sit out and rest his left thumb for four to six weeks. Or else, he risks aggravating the injury. The graduating guard has been averaging 3.7 points, 5.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in La Salle’s 2-1 start to the season. More than the numbers, however, his leadership and defense will be sorely missed by a team trying to move on from the Aldin Ayo and Ben Mbala era. In his absence, veteran guards Andrei Caracut and Aljun Melecio will have to shoulder a heavier load while the likes of Miggy Corteza, Gabe Capacio, and Encho Serrano will have to soak up more time on the floor. Montalbo joins Kiwi center Taane Samuel on the sidelines for the Green Archers who only listed 13 players on their roster for UAAP Season 81. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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CamSur, Laguna triumph as NBL action resumes

CamSur and Laguna swept its games over the weekend in the continuation of the National Basketball League (NBL)-Philippines at the University of Nueva Caceres Sports Palace in Naga City. The CamSur Express defeated the Nueva Ecija Go Bespren, 98-74, last Saturday and beat the Taguig Generals, 79-63, last Sunday to the delight of the home crowd in Naga City to improve their record to 4-1 in the team standings. The Laguna Pistons also swept their matches in Naga, beating the Generals, 79-73, last Saturday, and the Go Bespren, 103-87, to rise their record to 3-1 in the league for homegrown talents. Jayson Relata had 15 points, while Fredson Hermonio had 14 points and eight assists for the Express in the win over the Go Bespren last Saturday before Jester Olea sparked his team against the Generals when he topscored with 16 points last Sunday. Against Taguig last Saturday, Shinichi Manacsa had 15 points, while Ralph Pantaleon had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons. Aries Santos exploded for 29 points on 12-of-13 shooting from the field in Laguna’s win over Nueva Ecija last Saturday......»»

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UAAP: Michelle Morente is now a full-fledged Lady Spiker

Following a year of residency at De La Salle University, former Ateneo Lady Eagle Michelle Morente is now a full-fledged Lady Spiker after displaying her volleyball prowess once again in the sand court on Monday afternoon. Morente was ruled out of Ateneo de Manila University in June 2017 after not meeting academic requirements. By September of the same year, paths led her to De La Salle University. "Sobrang hindi ako makapaniwala kasi alam mo ‘yung I almost gave up on myself but then a lot of people na nasa likod ko sobrang sumusupport sa akin na ‘Mich kaya mo ‘yan andito lang kami para sayo,’" she said as she reflected on playing her first game representing La Salle. Because of her transfer, she had to wait another year before she could suit up for the Lady Spikers for indoor volleyball and that is if the coaching staff chooses for her to play. For now, she is doing her best in the beach volleyball tournament. "They said naman I’m cleared na for UAAP so hopefully sa indoor din cleared na rin ako. Up to the coaches, siyempre sabi nila pagpatuloy ko lang ‘yung grades ko and stuff like that ayun," said Morente, who is now an AB Psychology major. Morente, with her partner Tin Tiamzon, bagged their first win of the tournament over Far Eastern University in three sets, 21-14, 20-22, 15-10. "Siyempre first game jitters," she said referring to their second set meltdown, "Sinasabi ko nga parang rookie ulit ako ganung level kahit last playing year ko na pero alam mo yun it’s good to be back." "At first we were shaky. It’s a good thing that we won na pinaghirapan talaga namin ni Tin ito sa training and buti naman lumabas yung mga pinaghirapan namin," Morente added. If Morente is chosen to play for indoor volleyball for a one-and-done, her services will very much amp up La Salle's campaign especially since the opposite spiker position was vacated by Kianna Dy. Ironically, "Animo La Salle" were cheers she used to tune out when she was a Lady Eagle. But now donning green-and-white, those exact same cheers are Morente's motivation. But for her, regardless of what she color she is wearing, she is all here for the love of volleyball. "I think it’s the sport eh, the passion for the sport. Parang ako, sige I’m doing this for the sport, you know. Dahil La Salle na ako of course I’m gonna Animo La Salle," she said as she chuckled. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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UAAP: Sisi Rondina s last beach volleyball ride

Gunning for a three-peat in the UAAP beach volleyball tournament, University of Santo Tomas Sand Tigresses Sisi Rondina and Blove Barbon opens their Season 81 in dominating fashion after crushing the University of the Philippines' Isa Molde and Justine Dorog, 21-12, 21-12. The queen of beach volleyball Rondina has partnered with rookie Barbon. The newbie from Bukidnon is Rondina's fourth partner in five years in the sand courts. "Kahit sino naman ang partner ko basta they will play with our school in mind, wala akong problema doon. As long as kaya niyang ipaglaban 'yung school namin," Rondina shared. This comes as no surprise as Rondina has been playing in the sand with different partners almost every year and regardless, she still wins the championship. This season is Rondina's last year to play for UST and she can't help but wax sentimental on her last ride. "For me lang naman, hindi siya pressure, nasa-sad lang ako kasi siyempre last year. Sana makuha namin 'to para maganda 'yung exit. Siyempre, hindi rin kami, ako papayag na aalis akong walang makuha. Tatrabahuhin pa rin namin. Magkakabuhusan na lang talaga," she shared. No worries for Rondina because when rookie Barbon spoke to reporters after their match, she giddily expressed her willingness to help her Ate Sisi. "Kinabahan po kasi first time ko po, rookie po ako. Wala pa po masyadong experience tulad ni Ate Sisi. Tiwala lang po sa sarili na kaya namin, na kaya ko tulungan si Ate Sisi, gawin ko lang yung part ko," said Barbon. But behind that willingness is also an honest nervousness. "Sobrang saya na sobrang pressured kasi yun nga last year na ni Ate, kailangan namin [manalo para] mas maganda yung pag exit niya," said the young player. Who can't blame her? Barbon is partners with arguably the best beach volleyball player to ever grace the Philippines sands......»»

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