Ravena claims to be victim of extortion in photo scandal

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FEU stops two-game skid, still alive in semis race

Far Eastern University arrested a two-game slide with a straight sets demolition of University of the East, 25-14, 25-18 27-25, Wednesday and willed its way back on the right track to clinch a Final Four berth in the 79th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Lady Tamaraws improved to 6-6 win-loss record but faced quite a challenge in the third set, needing to comeback from two set point disadvantages to stave off the Lady Warriors. FEU must win its last two outings for a good chance to advance in the next round and join early Final Four qualifiers Ateneo de Manila and defending champion De La Salle University. The Lady Tams’ next two games are against other Final Four contenders National University on Saturday and University of the Philippines next week.   “Medyo mabigat pa ang pagdadaanan namin, ‘yun pa gagawin lang namin ang best namin. Siyempre una sa Saturday muna against NU, doon muna kami magpo-focus,” said FEU coach Shaq Delos Santos. Bernadeth Pons and Jeanette Villarreal delivered 11 points each while team captain Remy Palma had nine markers for the Lady Tams. FEU saw its 21-18 lead in the third set evaporate with the Lady Warriors scoring three straight points to tie the frame at 21. UE was at set point 24-23 with a running hit by setter Roselle Baliton. But Lady Warrior Judith Abil overshot her attack on the next play before FEU again gave UE another set point advantage after a service error by Ivana Agudo. Baliton committed a service error that tied the frame at 25 before the Lady Tams sealed the win with a Palma kill block on Seth Rodriguez followed by an attack error by Mary Anne Mendrez.            “Medyo nag-relax ulit pero good thing nakakapit pa rin ang team namin,” Delos Santos said of their third set performance. Skipper Shaya Adorador was the only UE player in double figures with 11. Angelica Dacaymat and Abil scored eight and six, respectively, for the 1-11 Lady Warriors.     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

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Motivated Brazil becomes 1st to qualify for 2018 World Cup

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MANILA, Philippines – The reigning king will look to keep his title, as a challenger will try to take it and replace him.  .....»»

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Tigers claw Green Spikers, inch closer to a semis berth

A long preparation against De La Salle paid off for University of Sto. Tomas as the Tigers outlasted the Green Spikers, 28-30, 25-23, 25-20, 16-25, 15-11, Wednesday to fortify their bid to clinch a semis seat in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. UST won its fifth of six five-set matches this season and climbed to a 6-6 win-loss card in a tie at third to fourth with idle Far Eastern University.  The win also formally eliminated Adamson from the semis race. The Tigers were able to dictate the outcome of the match after shattering an 8-all deadlock with three straight points. A crucial service error by DLSU’s Cris Dumago pushed UST at match point, 14-10, but the Tigers answered with a flubbed service on the other end to give the Green Spikers another chance. DLSU surrendered the game after a miscommunication in its reception that sealed the two-hour, 14-minute duel with the Green Spikers again bowing down to UST in a five-set battle. 'Medyo maayos-ayos ang execution namin doon sa prepared na set plays. We stuck to the game plan, talagang pilit na iniiwas sa main passer nila ang service namin,” said UST coach Odjie Mamon. “Although nagi-error kami, deserving naman na i-risk kumbaga hindi outright point per madali sa amin na makapuntos.” Mamon put his trust on his wards, battle-tested in five-set matches, in the tight deciding frame. “Sinabi ko na ilaro na lang nila kasi nasa kamay na nila (ang kapalaran nila),” he said. “Wala na kaming magagawa roon eh. Nag-respond naman sila saka pinag-aralan talaga namin ang La Salle like more than three weeks.” Manuel Medina scored 15 for the Tigers while Jerico Jose had 14. Jayvee Sumagaysay finished with 13 while skipper Arnold Bautista got 12 for the Espana-based squad, which will face Adamson on April 2 before closing the elims against FEU on April 8. With a 4-8 record, the Green Spikers need to sweep its remaining games against Ateneo and University of the East. But DLSU will have to pray that there will be a tie at 8-6 slate at fourth to fifth spot to force a playoff. Geraint Bacon and Dumago scored 17 each while Arjay Onia got 16 for the Taft-based squad.     ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

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Sleepless Ravena practices for first time with Alab Pilipinas

Kiefer Ravena is back in the Philippines and will be back to represent the Philippines in the 2016-2017 Asean Basketball League. In his first practice with Alab Pilipinas on Wednesday at the Enderun College Gym in Taguig, the former two-time UAAP MVP was quick to admit that he had much catching up to do. “Adjustment talaga. Siyempre, it’s my first practice and I have to get used to the system,” he said. Ravena then went on to say that it was a good thing the Filipino squad’s coaching staff sent over the playbook in advance while he was still in the US. “At least, when I was in the States, I was able to read it and pagdating dito, hindi na rin ako masyadong nahirapan,” he shared. More than the new coaches and new teammates, however, it was the 23-year-old’s travel from the US to the Philippines that proved to be the toughest test in his return. “Parang ang pinakamahirap na part is yung pagod. Yun yung pinaka-adjustment ko na talaga,” he said. He then continued, “Kasi dumating ako kahapon ng 4:00 AM. Wala pa talaga akong tulog tapos diretso na ngayon sa practice.” Still, showing his full commitment to the Philippine team he will help bring back to the promised land, Ravena was alive, alert, and enthusiastic all throughout his first time sharing the floor with his teammates. “Ako yung bago rito and I have to be the one adjusting to them, not them adjusting to me,” he said. He then continued, “Buo na naman yung team e so kailangan ko na lang hanapin yung niche ko to help the team,” he said. The third-seed Filipinos take on the second-seed Slingers in the best-of-three semifinals tipping off at the OCBC Arena in Singapore on Sunday. Game 2 will then be played at the Olivarez College Gym in Paranaque on Friday. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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Bulldogs extend win streak to 10

National University survived an upset scare from the University of the Philippines Fighting Maroons, 27-25, 25-18, 22-25, 19-25, 15-12, Wednesday to extend its winning streak to 10 in the 79th UAAP men’s volleyball tournament at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The semifinals-bound Bulldogs squandered a two-set lead but held on in the closing stretch of the deciding frame to improve their record to 11-1 at second spot behind league-leading and undefeated defending champion Ateneo de Manila (12-0). Fauzi Ismail was on target, scoring 30 points with 25 coming off kills with four kill blocks and a service ace to lead NU. Bryan Bagunas smashed 20 of the Bulldogs total of 66 attack points to end up with 23 markers while Season 78 rookie of the year James Natividad got 10. Kim Dayandante tallied 43 excellent sets for NU, which again gave away an atrocious number of errors with 40 after its season-high 51 miscues given to De La Salle last Saturday in another five-set thriller. UP dropped another five-set match after a sorry defeat against University of Sto. Tomas last Saturday. The Maroons slid to 5-7 slate at fifth spot. Skipper Wendel Miguel and John Mark Millete finished with 17 points each for the Diliman-based squad while Alfred Valbuena had 14.   ---  Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles      .....»»

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Brazil 1st to qualify for World Cup, Argentina in danger

MAURICIO SAVARESE, Associated Press br /> SAO PAULO (AP) — A resurgent Brazil squad under new management became the first team to qualify for the World Cup on Tuesday, the same day archrival Argentina heightened its risk of missing a spot at Russia 2018. The five-time World Cup champions had a 3-0 victory over seventh-place Paraguay in Sao Paulo, moving to 33 points from 14 matches in South American qualifying. The Brazilians secured a direct spot for Russia 2018 after third-place Uruguay lost 2-1 to Peru in Lima. Argentina, playing without suspended star Lionel Messi, lost 2-0 to Bolivia in the altitude of La Paz earlier and slipped from third to fifth with four matches remaining. The top four in South America earn direct places at the World Cup. The fifth-ranked South American team goes into a playoff against a team from Oceania for a spot in Russia. Argentina has 22 points from six wins and four draws, putting coach Edgardo Bauza under intense pressure to step aside. While Argentina struggled, Colombia had a 2-0 win at Ecuador, posting its first win in Quito in 20 years and ended the day in second spot in qualifying with 24 points. Ecuador dropped out of the top five for the first time, slipping to sixth with 20 points. Also on Tuesday Copa America champion Chile beat last-place Venezuela 3-1 in Santiago and climbed back to fourth spot with 23 points. ____ ARGENTINA Argentina's best chance of qualifying for the next World Cup seemingly relies on winning an appeal to have Messi's suspension shortened. The Barcelona star made offensive remarks to a Brazilian linesman in the 1-0 victory against Chile last Thursday and, if the FIFA ruling prevails, will only return to the team in their last match for qualifiers in October against Ecuador. From a TV set in the locker room, Messi saw Argentina little by little fade into an average side outrun by the Bolivians at the 3,600 meters of altitude. The last time the Argentines managed to win in La Paz was in 2005. Of the five defenders Bauza wanted to field against the ninth-place Bolivians, only left-winger Marcos Rojo was available. Still, the Argentinians seemed to be handling the Bolivians, creating the best opportunities in the first 30 minutes. But then striker Juan Arce headed home a cross from Pablo Escobar in the 32nd minute to open the scoring for the hosts. The Argentina started losing condition at altitude and Bolivia capitalized via striker Marcelo Moreno, who fired home from close range after a cross from Flores to make it 2-0 in the 52nd. 'We are alive and we want to qualify for the World Cup. This is a fight that we will keep fighting,' Bauza told a post-match news conference, before admitting there were big concerns within the squad. 'Yes, the players are worried because no one likes to lose.' The coach also said 'it is strange' that Messi's ban was decided so quickly. 'It is regrettable that he could not play, but even more so that there was no time for me to work with someone else,' Bauza said. 'I am a little surprised with the time they gave me to make the change.' Argentina's next games will be in August at Uruguay and in Buenos Aires against Venezuela. In October, the World Cup finalists will face Peru at home and Ecuador in Quito. ____ BRAZIL The atmosphere in Sao Paulo was party-like for the 44,000 fans in attendance for another Brazil masterclass. All three goals that took Brazil to the next World Cup showed either great skill or consistent teamwork and showed more evidence that it will be one of the favorites for the title. It was also in Sao Paulo as Corinthians coach that Tite became a serious candidate for the Brazil job, after winning multiple national and international titles. The opener was scored at 33 minutes when midfielder Philippe Coutinho ran to the right flank, counted on Paulinho's dummy pass to give him space so he could poach it from the edge of the box. In the second half, Brazil had the chance to make it 2-0 after a superb run by Neymar that ended in a controversial penalty. But the Brazilian missed his first clear opportunity to score. He didn't miss in the 63rd, leaving three adversaries behind as he made it 2-0. In the 85th, Neymar and Coutinho exchanged passes, found Paulinho at the edge of the box and the midfielder used his heel to find Marcelo in front of the goalkeeper. The crowd at Arena Corinthians ended the game chanting Tite's name, which put tears in the eyes of the Brazil coach. After he learned the result in Lima and that Brazil had secured the World Cup spot, Tite raised his hands to the sky at the end of his press conference and said: 'Thank you, dear God.' ____ COLOMBIA Midfielder James Rodriguez, the best player of the match in Quito, was only 5-years old the last time Colombia had an away win at Ecuador. He started to break the Colombian drought at 20 minutes. Almost accidentally, Rodriguez touched the ball with his back after a low cross from Borja and it slowly went inside. At 32 minutes he started a play that finished in a similar goal scored by striker Juan Cuadrado — with his feet, though. In the second half, Rodriguez helped Colombia control a match that could have ended with an even bigger goal difference in favor of the visitors. Ecuador's chances of a comeback were diminished when defender Luis Caicedo was sent off after a rough challenge on the hour. That means Ecuador won't have one of their best defenders against Brazil in August. Colombia now has 24 points and could end the round in second or third, depending on Uruguay's result in Peru. In August coach Jose Pekerman's team will play at Venezuela and then hosts leaders Brazil. In October, they will play against Paraguay at home and away at Peru. .....»»

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Dempsey, Pulisic star again as US ties 1-1 at Panama

RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer br /> PANAMA CITY (AP) — Christian Pulisic made an outstanding individual move to steal the ball, spin a defender and feed Clint Dempsey for his 56th international goal, and the United States hung on for an important 1-1 draw against Panama on Tuesday night in World Cup qualifying. Dempsey's 39th-minute goal on a warm and humid night moved him within one of Landon Donovan's American scoring record, but the lead did not last long. Gabriel Gomez tied the score four minutes later following a throw-in. Tim Howard thwarted Luis Tejada with a between-the-legs stop in the 59th minute, at 38 providing another top night in goal. The U.S. was reeling after its first two games in the final round of the North and Central American and Caribbean region, 0-2 and last in the hexagonal. Jurgen Klinsmann was fired in November and replaced by Bruce Arena, the U.S. coach from 1998-2006, and the Americans accomplished their immediate goal by getting back into contention with Friday's 6-0 home rout of Honduras and a valuable point on the road. 'This is probably the most athletic team in CONCACAF, so it's hard to match them,' Howard said. 'The objective was to get four points. If we got six points we'd be on top of the world. Four is good. We look forward now to June.' Play resumes June 8 when the U.S. hosts Trinidad, most likely at Commerce City, Colorado, and the Americans start the second half of their schedule three days later at Mexico. Mexico leads with 10 points, followed by Costa Rica with seven, Panama with five, the U.S. and Honduras with four each, and Trinidad and Tobago with three. El Tri won 1-0 at Trinidad and Costa Rica rallied for a 1-1 tie at Honduras. The top three nations qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, and the No. 4 team advances to a playoff against Asia's fifth-place nation. Pulisic, an 18-year-old who made his international debut on March 29 last year, is quickly establishing himself as the top American player with rare skill. 'I think Panama thought there was a bull's-eye on his back and went after him from minute 1,' Arena said. Pulisic stole the ball from Panama captain Felipe Baloy at the edge of the penalty area and broke in on goal. He stopped, stepped on the ball with his right foot as defender Roman Torres spun, played the ball from his right foot to his left and cut it back to Dempsey. The 34-year-old returned to the national team with a hat trick Friday after missing nine months because of an irregular heartbeat, and Pulisic assisted on two of them. The pair combined again, with Dempsey scoring with a right-footed shot from 6 yards while sliding on his backside. Panama tied the score on Gomez's 12th international goal, the first against the U.S. in four games under Arena. Adolfo Machado's throw-in bounced off a scrum, and Gomez beat Tim Ream and Jorge Villafana to the loose ball for the open shot from 4 yards that went past Howard inside the far post. Fans, almost all in Panama red, filled about three-quarters of 32,000-capacity Estadio Rommel Fernandez, a two-deck oval with a track. A renovation in 2009 added about 7,000 seats, luxury suites and a fan gathering area above one end. 'This is tough, away from home in qualifying,' Howard said. 'We have to get a point. We took care of home field this time, we got three points Friday. We'll go again in June. ... It's what we've come to expect away from home with all the elements. It's tough to criticize anyone in particular, but we're always swimming upstream away from home.' A large red banner with white block letters was draped over the front of the stands behind a goal: '¡AQUI SE NOS RESPETA! (HERE WE ARE RESPECTED!)' Another banner, in Russian, fluttered atop the stadium and appeared to say: 'Our dream ... to go to the championship.' Next year's World Cup will be held in Russia. Music blared for more than four hours before kickoff. Fans booed 'The Star-Spangled Banner' only a little and let loose a flare during Panama's anthem that left smoke above the field when the match began. Mexico's Cesar Ramos was the referee in place of countryman Roberto Garcia, who was injured according to CONCACAF deputy general secretary Ted Howard. The temperature had cooled to 81 degrees by the 9:05 p.m. start, but humidity remained high. Arena made three changes to his starting lineup, inserting Ream and Graham Zusi on the back line, and midfielder Jermaine Jones. Midfielder Sebastian Lletget injured his left foot in Friday's 6-0 home win over Honduras and will be sidelined four to six months. Defender John Brooks left with a sinus infection and defender Geoff Cameron was substituted early in the second half. The U.S. already was missing three projected starters because of injuries: midfielder Fabian Johnson, right back DeAndre Yedlin and forward Bobby Wood. 'We made a lot of progress and managed to get through an unusual amount of injuries,' Arena said. Zusi received some extra lusty boos. His injury time goal four years ago for the already qualified U.S. eliminated Panama from advancing to a playoff against New Zealand. Notes: Mexico won on Diego Reyes' 58th-minute goal. ... Antony Lozano put host Honduras ahead in the 35th and Kendall Waston got the Ticos' goal in the 68th. ... Defender Geoff Cameron was out with a muscle strain. .....»»

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Injured Murray to miss Davis Cup quarterfinals

LONDON (AP) — Andy Murray will miss Britain's Davis Cup quarterfinal series against France next month because of an elbow injury. Murray sustained the injury in practice and also recently withdrew from the Miami Open. Britain captain Leon Davis says 'not having Andy in the side is obviously a big loss to our team, but most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness.' Dan Evans, Kyle Edmund, Jamie Murray and Dom Inglot will line up for Britain on clay in Rouen from April 7-9. .....»»

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