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Hidilyn Diaz trains with makeshift barbells during quarantine

With no access to their usual training facilities, Diaz and other athletes have made do with what they could find in their own homes......»»

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Rex Intal to sell off artwork for COVID-19 frontliners

While recognized for his volleyball prowess, Intal also has a knack for the arts and is putting it to good use in the time of the pandemic......»»

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See you soon : UAAP community reacts to Season 82 cancellation

It's official — UAAP Season 82 has drawn to a close, with the league unable to finish its competitions due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic......»»

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Olympian Hidilyn Diaz to conduct online weightlifting seminar

Olympian Hidilyn Diaz to conduct online weightlifting seminar.....»»

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Rex ntal puts artwork for sale to help frontliners

Philippine men’s volleyball team middle blocker Rex Intal is putting his artistic talent to good use. The 30th Southeast Asian Games silver medalist is working on a piece of artwork which he intends to sell to raise funds to purchase medical supplies and other essentials for frontliners fighting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Intal posted on his Twitter account his yet to be finished art piece. Currently working on an artwork Will be selling this piece and 100% of the funds collected will be donated to raise funds for our frontliner’s medical supplies and other essentials. pic.twitter.com/tcZSnixmda — Rex Intal (@rexintal) April 7, 2020 The former Ateneo de Manila University star joined other volleyball players who are actively doing their share to help frontliners and our kababayans in need during this time of crisis.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles   .....»»

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UAAP Board cancels Season 82

The UAAP Board has decided to cancel Season 82 following the extension of the enhanced community quarantine amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In a statement released Tuesday, the UAAP declared the cancellation of remaining second semester sporting events for the safety and welfare of student-athletes, coaches, officials and fans. Last month, the league cancelled all high school events and suspended all collegiate tournaments following the government’s declaration of public health emergency due to the contagion which put Metro Manila and eventually the whole of Luzon under ECQ. Resumption of collegiate events under alternative formats of competition were supposed to begin no earlier than May 1, 2020. But with the number of COVID-positive cases still on the rise and claiming hundreds of lives, the government declared an extension of the ECQ until April 30. Cancelled sporting events were volleyball, football, athletics, tennis, baseball, softball, and 3x3 basketball......»»

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SUPER SHOWDOWN: CJ s 2017 LPU vs Calvin s 2019 San Beda

A perfect run in NCAA Men's Basketball, as it stands today, has not been done. Yes, San Beda University scored a season sweep in 2010, but that tournament totaled nine teams - meaning, the Red Lions won 16 elimination round games as well as two more in the best-of-three Finals for an overall record of 18-0. Even farther back, San Sebastian College-Recoletos didn't lose once in several seasons from the 1980s to the 1990s, but played, at maximum, 13 games. As it stands today, the Grand Old League has 10 squads - making for 18 elims matches and then a race-to-two championship round. As such, an eye-popping 20-0 perfect run has not been done. In the last three years, two teams have come close - CJ Perez's Lyceum of the Philippines University in 2017 and Calvin Oftana's San Beda in 2019. After winning each and every game in the elims, however, both squads went on to lose in the Finals - and so, not only did they miss out on a season sweep, but also got denied of a championship. Looking back, which almost-but-not-quite was more powerful - and therefore, more painful? That is what we hope to answer in this ABS-CBN Sports Super Showdown. In reviewing the elims masterpiece and Finals meltdown of the two teams, we will be judging them in five categories (elims dominance, expectations exceeded, inherent talent, competition, and Finals fight) with a boxing-style 10-point must system determining the decision. ELIMS DOMINANCE Simply put, San Beda just ran roughshod over the rest of the league in the NCAA 95 elims. Doubted after having lost Robert Bolick and Javee Mocon, the Red Lions sent a statement that the title still goes through them and beat up their opponents by an average of 18.9. In the end, their closest call was a four-point triumph over archrival Colegio de San Juan de Letran and the number of their single-digit wins were a staggering, well, three out of 18. For comparison, LPU normed a winning margin of 12.8 in the Season 93 elims - with more than a few close calls against also-rans in Arellano University, Emilio Aguinaldo College, and Mapua University. After ambushing the rest of the league with their run-and-gun game, the Pirates had to fight tooth and nail in the stretch run of the elims. In fact, in the last game before the playoffs, LPU needed two extra periods to put away San Beda. Yes, a win is a win, but it's clear as day that between the wo teams, it was the 2019 Red Lions who dominated the elims. Advantage San Beda, 10-8 EXPECTATIONS EXCEEDED As aforementioned, San Beda was expected to go through growing pains in 2019 as they had lost Bolick and Mocon and would have to rely on a talented yet young core of James Canlas, Evan Nelle, and Calvin Oftana. Still, the Red Lions were the Red Lions - and in recent history, a playoff fixture in the Grand Old League. And so, expectations were quite a bit lower - for the dynasty in Mendiola, that is - and the red and white did nothing but far exceed them with an unbeaten run in the elims. Still, back in 2017, LPU literally came out of nowhere to go undefeated in the elims. On a sunken ship in their first years in the NCAA, the Pirates finally got winds in their sails in the form of Perez and Marcelino twins Jaycee and Jayvee. Those three, alongside captain MJ Ayaay and Cameroonian powerhouse Mike Nzeusseu, led them to their first-ever playoff berth which they got with their 13th win in as many games in the season. And with an 18th consecutive victory, LPU then booked for itself an automatic advance into its first-ever Finals. Expectations were highest in school history for the Pirates with Perez in tow, but nobody at all assumed they were sailing straight to the championship round. Advantage LPU, 10-9 INHERENT TALENT 2017 was the year that Perez became Perez. Putting up per game counts of 19.3 points in 45.1 percent shooting on top of 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists, and 1.9 steals, the 6-foot-1 swingman was the undisputed MVP. At the same time, the Marcelino twins terrorized opposing backcourts by making an immediate impact as end-to-end menaces. Add to that Ayaay and Nzeusseu and LPU had a championship core - just about everybody else didn't know it just yet. On the other hand, 2019 was the first time that, arguably, San Beda wasn't the most talented team in the tournament. Make no mistake, the Red Lions remained loaded with the likes of "Bandana Bros." Canlas and Nelle, but it was actually former reserve forward Oftana who emerged as the league's top individual player with norms of 15.6 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 1.2 blocks. Still, in the end, San Beda went 18-0 in the elims by staying true to itself - utilizing an uncompromising total team effort. Advantage LPU, 10-9 COMPETITION LPU had to traverse rough seas in 2017 for its elims sweep. Back then, San Beda had Bolick and Mocon, Jose Rizal University had Teytey Teodoro and Jed Mendoza, San Sebastian had Michael Calisaan and Allyn Bulanadi, Letran had Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto, and Arellano had Kent Salado and Lervin Flores. Even more, the Mythical Team had Perez, teammate Nzeusseu, Red Lion Mocon, Sidney Onwubere from non-Final Four team EAC, and University of Perpetual Help's Nigerian tower Prince Eze. Fast forward to 2019 and household names were hard to come by as the Mythical Team had San Beda's Oftana, a former reserve forward; Nelle, a former backup point guard; Canlas, a former secondary scorer; as well as San Sebastian late-bloomer Bulanadi and LPU playmaker Jaycee Marcelino. Of those five, Marcelino was the most recognizable name - and he was not necessarily known for putting a team on his back. Safe to say, Season 93 was much more competitive than Season 95. Even more, 2019 was the last year with foreign student-athletes and by then, only three remained. Tankoua is as solid as they come, Nzeusseu is spectacular at times, and College of St. Benilde's Clement Leutcheu is serviceable. The crop of reinforcements in 2017, though, had those three as well as MVP runner-up Eze of Perpetual, Hamadou Laminou of EAC, and JRU's Abdul Wahab Abdul Razak and Abdel Poutuouchi. Advantage LPU, 10-8 FINALS FIGHT Both LPU and San Beda woke up from dreaming of a perfect season in Game 1 of the Finals. The Pirates were sent crashing back to earth by the defending champion Red Lions and were ultimately swept in the championship round of Season 93. On the other hand, San Beda went the distance with archrival Letran in the Season 95 Finals, but was also at the losing end. Also, if not for Bonbon Batiller's botched reverse layup in the dying moments, Game 2 may have had a different ending, and the Red Lions may have been swept as well. Still, the fact that San Beda was able to take one from the eventual champions nudges it ahead of LPU which went winless in the championship round after a perfect elims. Advantage San Beda, 10-9 FINAL SCORE, 47-46, for LPU.....»»

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Thomas Muller extends contract at Bayern Munich

Thomas Muller extends contract at Bayern Munich.....»»

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Rivero family extends help to frontliners in Isabela

University of the Philippines basketball star Ricci Rivero and his family are doing their share to extend help amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Riveros alongside national men’s volleyball team captain John Vic De Guzman distributed relief goods to security frontliners in Ilagan, Isabela on Tuesday. Ricci together with his father, PetroGazz conditioning coach Paolo Rivero, brothers, Prince and Rasheed and De Guzman, packed and handed out sacks of rice and relief goods to volunteers and barangay tanods who are manning the security in the community. The Rivero family and De Guzman went to Isabela days before the government put Metro Manila and eventually the entire Luzon under an enhanced community quarantine last month......»»

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Kingad appreciates frontliners of COVID-19 battle

With the number of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines increasing, the need for workers on the frontlines is more important than ever. .....»»

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Cycling Olympian dies

Olympian Domingo Villanueva passed away following a heart attack yesterday morning in Catbalogan, Samar......»»

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UAAP cancels rest of season

The University Athletic Association of the Philippines has canceled the rest of Season 82......»»

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Riot police storms anti-OceanaGold barricade

3 MIN READ Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, the Philippine National Police, using excessive force, to dispersed residents of Didipio in Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya who were guarding the barricade against OceanaGold Philippines, Inc., at around 4:00 pm on April 6. The post Riot police storms anti-OceanaGold barricade appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

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Doctor cautions public, local officials on COVID pronouncements

2 MIN READ An infectious disease doctor reminded local officials and the public to be cautious about making pronouncements on the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the city, especially when using the term "flattening the curve", noting that using the term carelessly could give "false sense of security" to the public. The post Doctor cautions public, local officials on COVID pronouncements appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

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Rights groups slam PROCOR Chief’s kill order against “communist organizers”

2 MIN READ Human rights groups condemned the chief of the Cordillera police for his kill order against communist organizers, stressing the directive itself violates human rights. The post Rights groups slam PROCOR Chief’s kill order against “communist organizers” appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

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NCAA plans opening Season 96 in September or October

The NCAA is targeting September or October as its possible event launch of Season 96......»»

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PBA settles for 2-conference season amid coronavirus crisis

As the battle against the coronavirus disease rages and the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine stretched to April 30, the PBA is cutting its Season 45 hostilities short......»»

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Mga stranded na OFW sa NCR, tutulungan ng OWWA makauwi sa kanilang mga probinsya

Manila, Philippines – Nakikipagtulungan na ang Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) sa iba pang ahensya ng gobyerno para sa pagpapauwi ng stranded na 4,000 hanggang 5,000 na overseas Filipinos workers (OFWs) sa Metro Manila para makauwi sa kanilang mga pamilya sa Visayas at Mindanao.   “Nagpapasalamat tayo sa DOTr (Department of Transportation) and DILG (Department of […] The post Mga stranded na OFW sa NCR, tutulungan ng OWWA makauwi sa kanilang mga probinsya appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

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British Open canceled, Masters to November in major rescheduling

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The Masters goes from that annual rite of spring to two weeks before Thanksgiving. The U.S. Open now is scheduled in September for the first time since amateur Francis Ouimet took down Britain’s best at Brookline in 1913 to put golf on the map in America. And the oldest championship of them all won’t even be played. Golf organizations tried to salvage a season unlike any other Monday with a series of changes, starting with the British Open being canceled for the first time since 1945. The PGA Championship, which last year moved to May, would go back to August. That would be followed by the PGA Tour’s postseason, the U.S. Open and Ryder Cup in consecutive weeks, and then the Masters on Nov. 12-15. “Any Masters is better than no Masters,” Augusta native Charles Howell III said. Still to be determined was when — or even if — golf could resume because of the COVID-19 pandemic that has shut down sports worldwide. Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said the Masters identified November as “intended dates.” CEO Seth Waugh said the PGA of America was “holding” Aug. 6-9 as dates for the PGA Championship at Harding Park in San Francisco. USGA chief Mike Davis said moving from June to September was the best chance to mitigate health and safety concerns — Winged Foot is 5 miles from New Rochelle, New York, a virus hot spot — to have “the best opportunity” of staging the U.S. Open. The British Open effectively is pushing its schedule back one year, saying the 149th Open still is set for Royal St. George’s on July 15-18, leaving the 150th Open for St. Andrews the following year. “I can assure everyone that we have explored every option for playing The Open this year, but it is not going to be possible,” R&A chief Martin Slumbers said. Golf’s major organizations, starting with the PGA Tour and its calendar filled with tournaments, have been trying to piece together a puzzle for the last three weeks. Each agreed to announce their plans together in a show of collaboration. Still missing is the starting line, along with some details on what could be the most hectic pace golf has ever known. “We hope the anticipation of staging the Masters Tournament in the fall brings a moment of joy to the Augusta community and all those who love the sport,” Ridley said. “We want to emphasize that our future plans are incumbent upon favorable counsel and direction from health officials.” Augusta National closed early this year because of the coronavirus and does not open until October. The bloom of dogwoods and azaleas will give way to fall foliage. Instead of being the second full week in April, it will compete against football. “It feels like in these extraordinary times, we need to do extraordinary things,” said Kevin Kisner, who grew up 20 miles away in Aiken, South Carolina. “We can sacrifice a little bit of our life being perfect.” The PGA Tour has tentatively planned to complete its FedEx Cup season close to schedule, with the Tour Championship finishing on Labor Day. It is contemplating putting tournaments in dates that previously belonged to the U.S. Open, British Open and Olympics. “It’s a complex situation, and we want to balance the commitments to our various partners with playing opportunities for our members — while providing compelling competition to our fans,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “But all of that must be done while navigating the unprecedented global crisis that is impacting every single one of us.” The new schedule: — Aug. 6-9: PGA Championship. — Aug. 13-16: End of PGA Tour regular season at Wyndham Championship. — Aug. 20-23: Start of FedEx Cup playoffs at The Northern Trust. — Aug. 27-30: BMW Championship, second playoff event. — Sept. 4-7: Tour Championship for the FedEx Cup. — Sept. 17-20: U.S. Open at Winged Foot. — Sept. 25-27: Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits. It was not immediately clear how the teams from Europe and the United States would be determined for the Ryder Cup, although European captain Padraig Harrington has said he would not be opposed to picking all 12 players. For the 24 players, that means going from what long has been regarded as the toughest test in golf to what has become the most tiresome three days in golf. “It’s definitely better than leaving the Tour Championship and going to France, or leaving the Bahamas to go to Australia,” said Patrick Cantlay, referring to the Americans' most recent Ryder and Presidents cup itineraries. Like everything else, so much remains up in the air until golf get the signal to resume. Gian Paolo Montali, the general director for the 2022 Ryder Cup, said on Italian radio Monday that officials faced a May deadline to postpone the Ryder Cup to odd-numbered years (as it was before the matches were postponed by the Sept. 11 attacks). He described the chances as 50-50. Montali also said players already have vetoed a Ryder Cup without its raucous fans. Other details must be sorted out, such as U.S. Open qualifying. The next tournament on the PGA Tour schedule is Colonial on May 21-24, though that appears unlikely. Ridley said every player who has received invitations to play the Masters in April will stay on the list. He said the Augusta National Women’s Amateur was canceled, and every player can keep their spots for next year provided they don’t turn pro. The U.S. Senior Open at Newport Country Club in Rhode Island and the U.S. Senior Women’s Open at Brooklawn Country Club in Connecticut have been canceled. As for the British Open, Shane Lowry gets to keep the claret jug longer than anyone since Dick Burton, who won in 1939 at St. Andrews in the last Open before World War II. Burton went from “champion golfer of the year” to member of the Royal Air Force. Lowry said in a video tweet he understood and supported the R&A’s decision. “You can trust me when I say the claret jug is going to be in safe hands for another year,” Lowry said. ___ AP Sports Writer Andrew Dampf in Italy contributed to this report......»»

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UFC 249 still on, with Ferguson fighting Gaethje on April 18

UFC 249 still on, with Ferguson fighting Gaethje on April 18.....»»

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