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UAAP: Whether or not it s his last game, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE

Alvin Pasaol’s third season for University of the East wound up in another loss – in fact, it was their 13th out of 14 games in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, Pasaol was all smiles while reporters were speaking with him after they fell to National University on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Walang pagsisisi kung ito last game ko. Lumaban naman kami,” he said. For weeks, there has been talk that the Red Warriors’ scoring machine was foregoing of his fourth and final playing year. Indeed, after the final buzzer sounded, it very much looked like he had played his last game in red and white – with tears running down his eyes as he hugged his teammates. Alvin Pasaol has already cemented himself as a UE and UAAP legend, no matter what. 💪 #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/t2geMQuyzR — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 18, 2018 After they closed their campaign, yet again out of the Final Four, however, Pasaol himself reiterated that he remains uncertain about his next move. “Baka pag-iisipan ko pa yung (PBA) Draft. December 3 pa (deadline of application) so may one week pa ako para mag-isip,” he said. After all, he still has a meeting scheduled with UE’s team management and coaching staff. “Mag-uusap pa kami ng may-ari pati coaches next week,” he said. Whatever happens then, the burly forward said he had fun throughout the season – even if at the end of it all, they were holding a 1-13 record. “Sobrang parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. ‘Di namin in-expect na ganito mangyayari sa amin, pero sobrang happy ako kasama teammates ko,” he said. And while he remains uncertain about his next move, one thing’s for sure – Pasaol will never be forgotten in Recto. “Iiwan ko ang UE na lumalaban kahit talo. Nandun pa rin ang puso at lumalaban kaming lahat,” he said. He then continued, “Baka last year ko na ‘to so nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.” If this is, indeed, his last season, he will have gone out with a bang by averaging 24.4 points – the highest scoring for a single player in a single season since 2003. That is more than two points better than the 22.2 points Terrence Romeo normed five years ago. And as if that’s not enough, he will also always have that 49-point game. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PVL: Angels complete semis cast

PetroGazz barely broke a sweat in sweeping hapless Adamson-Akari, 25-21, 25-9, 25-15, Sunday to complete the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference semifinals cast at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels started out flat but was quick to recover to claim their third straight win for an 8-5 win-loss record while adding more woes to the winless Lady Falcons. PetroGazz joined BanKo (10-3), Ateneo-Motolite (10-4) and Creamline (9-3) in the best-of-three Final Four after completing a back-to-back weekend schedule sweep. The Jerry Yee-mentored squad defeated Ateneo-Motolite in four sets last Saturday.  The Angels’ victory booted out Pocari Sweat-Air Force, which missed the semis for the first time in franchise history, and Tacloban, which are tied at 6-7 slates. Jessey de Leon poured 13 of her 14 points on attacks to highlight the Angels' 46-kill performance. Cherry Nunag and Alyssa Layug added 13 and 11 markers, respectively, for PetroGazz.   The Lady Falcons, who fielded Eli Soyud for the first time after recovering from a knee injury but still played without Bernadette Flora (back spasm) and Lea Anne Perez (ankle sprain), absorbed its 12th straight loss in as many games. No Adamson-Akari player scored in double figures with rookie Trisha Genesis posting six points while Soyud, who only played in the third set, and Chrislyn Uy added five markers each.           --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP: DLSZ tower-less for rest of year as Cortez recovers from injury

Raven Cortez is yet to play his first game for De La Salle Zobel in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. Now two games into the tournament, the Junior Archers continue to miss the services of their third-year tower. As it turns out, Cortez suffered a right knee injury even before the beginning of the season. “Nagka-MCL bruise po ako nung August pa,” he shared. That has forced him to miss out DLSZ’s first two games in the season as well as, apparently, the rest of the first round. “Second round pa po ako makakabalik,” he said. The season’s first round will run through the remaining two months of 2018 while the second round will start in January 2019. Because of that, the boys from Alabang would have big shoes to fill – big shoes that were worn by a 6-foot-7 big man who averaged 11.8 point, 11.4 rebounds, 3.7 blocks, and 1.5 assists a season ago. Thus far, without him, they have recorded a win-loss record of 1-1. When Cortez finally returns, however, he only promises to be stronger than ever. “I promise na I’ll be back stronger and do my best to help the team be in the Final Four again,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Cops called on Chinese envoys as APEC summit tensions boil over

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea -- The police were called when Chinese officials attempted to "barge" into the office of Papua New Guinea's foreign minister, it emerged Sunday, as APEC summit tensions boiled over. The Chinese delegates "tried to barge in" to Rimbink Pato's Port Moresby office Saturday, in an eleventh-hour bid to influence a summit draft communique, but were denied entry, three sources with knowledge of the situation told AFP. "Police were posted outside the minister's office after they tried to barge in," one source privy to summit negotiations told AFP, requesting anonymity. The diplomatic incident came with tensions already high at a summit of Asian-Pacific...Keep on reading: Cops called on Chinese envoys as APEC summit tensions boil over.....»»

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Durham s chase for PBA title doesn t end in 3rd heartbreak

MANILA, Philippines – The third time wasn't the charm for Meralco's Allen Durham. But the two-time Best Import will keep on chasing that elusive PBA title even after the Bolts got the boot from the Alaska Aces in 4 games of their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Governors' ........»»

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Bulldogs, Warriors dispute morale-boosting end to UAAP 81

Games on Sunday at the MOA Arena 2:00 PM – NU vs UE 4:00 PM – FEU vs Adamson Both National University and University of the East will finish at the bottom of the standings in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, both the Bulldogs and the Red Warriors will go all-out as they fight over a fine finish to what has been a rebuilding campaign on Sunday at the MOA Arena. NU (3-10) is nothing but determined to bring a win heading into the sophomore seasons of Dave Ildefonso and John Lloyd Clemente even as UE (1-12) is nothing but determined to bring rookie head coach Joe Silva into next year with a full head of steam. As always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the day’s other game at 4:00 PM, Far Eastern University (7-6) is out to stay alive up against Adamson University (10-3). --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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FEU out to stay alive in UAAP 81 up against Adamson

Games on Sunday at the MOA Arena 2:00 PM – NU vs UE 4:00 PM – FEU vs Adamson Far Eastern University needs to win if it is to remain alive and kicking in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. That win for the Tamaraws, however, will have to come at the expense of an Adamson University side that is on a morale-high after securing the second-seed as well as a twice-to-beat advantage. FEU (7-6) is out to force a playoff for the fourth-seed while the Soaring Falcons (10-3) are out to exact revenge on one of their first round tormentors on Sunday at the MOA Arena. The fate of both the Tamaraws and De La Salle University will be known starting at 4:00 PM and as always, all of the action will be on S+A, S+A HD, and livestream. In the day’s other game at 2:00 PM, National University (3-10) and University of the East (1-12) dispute a morale-boosting end to their campaign. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Warriors Green out against Mavericks with sprained toe

DALLAS (AP) — Golden State’s Draymond Green will miss the game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) with a recurrence of a right toe injury. It will be the second time in three games that Green has been sidelined. The volatile forward was suspended for a game by the team following a testy exchange with Kevin Durant at the end of regulation in an overtime loss at the Los Angeles Clippers. Green was suspended for the Warriors’ win at home against Atlanta before returning in a loss at Houston. Green has already missed two games with a right toe sprain after getting injured against Memphis on Nov. 5 (Nov. 6, PHL time). Golden State also will be without star guard Stephen Curry for the fifth straight game. Curry has a strained left groin......»»

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Old School Power Rankings 2018-19: Weeks 3 and 4

By Scott Wraight, NBA.com It was bound to happen, right? The King was never, ever going to give up his throne to anyone else. Period. Because of that, we had to separate him from the rest of the field and give out a new ranking: ATHO (All To His Own). So unless something crazy happens during the season -- or an injury -- No. 1 will have an asterisk of sorts. Now that the chase has opened up for everyone else, it should make for an interesting and intriguing run to the finish line, asterisk be damned. Notes: - Statistics are through games of Nov. 15 (Nov. 16, PHL time) - Any player who turns 32 during regular season can be added to rankings. - Check out previous rankings - Send comments to my email. If it's good -- and clean -- it may appear in a future column. Be sure to include your first name and city. ATHO. LeBron James (33), Los Angeles Lakers Previous rank: 1 Latest stats: 6 games, 27.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 6.2 apg Season stats: 27.6 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 7.2 apg Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) 44-point performance against the Trail Blazers was the one. That was the one that pushed the King into his own tier, his own neighborhood, his own ranking. He just refuses to make it fair for everyone else. That's how good he is. In addition to Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) superior effort, James has gone for 25 or more in eight of the last 10. _______________________________________________________________ 1. Marc Gasol (33), Memphis Grizzlies Previous rank: 4 Latest stats: 7 games, 16.4 ppg, 8.9 rpg, 4.6 apg Season stats: 15.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 4.1 apg After eclipsing 15 points in just three of the first six, Gasol has surpassed the mark in four straight, which included Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) effort in which he tied a career high with six three's. Of course the splits over the last seven left us puzzled. In four wins, Gasol went for 21.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg and 52.2 3PT%. In three losses: 10.3 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 0-for-8 from deep. 2. Chris Paul (33), Houston Rockets Previous rank: 3 Latest stats: 8 games, 16.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 7.1 apg Season stats: 17.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 7.5 apg We were ready to move Paul to the top of the list until Thursday's (Friday, PHL time) effort: 10 points (4-for-10 shooting) and seven assists against the Warriors. In two previous games, Paul managed 21 and 26 on 15-for-25 shooting. Of course four previous contests saw him combine for just 39 points on 15-for-47 (31.9) shooting. It's been a bit of a roller coaster ride in November. 3. LaMarcus Aldridge (33), San Antonio Spurs Previous rank: 2 Latest stats: 7 games, 14.1 ppg, 12.9 rpg, 1.6 apg Season stats: 17.4 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 2.4 apg He's scoring at home while rebounding on the road. In three home games, Aldridge went for 21.0 ppg and 9.3 rpg. In four road games, he averaged 9.0 ppg and 15.5 rpg. Aldridge has been hot and cold this month, failing to score in double figures in two of seven and scoring 20 or more just twice. One consistent has been the board work, grabbing 10 or more in five straight. 4. JJ Redick (34), Philadelphia 76ers Previous rank: 7 Latest stats: 7 games, 17.9 ppg, 1.4 rpg, 3.7 apg Season stats: 18.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg Redick is feeling it of late, pouring in 20 or more points and hitting at least three three-pointers in three consecutive games. Coincidentally, he's started the last three games after beginning the season on the bench. We've also taken notice of Redick's volume of long-range shots, making 3.0 treys a game and attempting 8.3 -- both career highs. 5. Lou Williams (32), LA Clippers Previous rank: Just missed Latest stats: 6 games, 21.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.7 apg Season stats: 19.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 4.1 apg Hello there, newbie. Williams, who just turned 32 on Oct. 27, sprints up the list on the strength of five games with 20 or more points -- all while averaging less than 30 minutes (29.4) per game. In fact, the only game he didn't go for 20, he added 10 assists. Digging deeper, the last time Williams failed to break double-figure scoring was Nov. 20, 2017. 6. Kyle Lowry (32), Toronto Raptors Previous rank: 5 Latest stats: 6 games, 13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 10.0 apg Season stats: 16.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 10.7 apg Lowry, who finally saw his streak of games with 10-plus assists end at nine, has been a bit of a road warrior over the last handful of games. In his last three home games, he averaged 9.3 points, 8.7 assists and 40.0 FG%. In three road games, Lowry managed 18.0 points, 11.3 assists and 46.3 FG%. 7.  Wesley Matthews (32), Dallas Mavericks Previous rank: 6 Latest stats: 5 games, 12.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg Season stats: 16.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.4 apg After starting the season with six straight double-figure scoring games, Matthews has gone for 10 or more in just three of the last seven. He missed one game with a hamstring injury and had to leave Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) game after just 21 minutes with the same injury, so that'll skew the numbers a bit, which is why he only fell one spot. 8.  Taj Gibson (33), Minnesota Timberwolves Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.4 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.9 apg Season stats: 11.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.4 apg Gibson started the season sluggishly, failing to score more than 13 points in any of the first 10 games. Since then, the gritty veteran has gone for 15 or more in three of the last five. Also in those first 10 games, Gibson managed to snag nine or more boards just once. He's done that three times in the last five contests. 9.  Dwight Howard (32), Washington Wizards Previous rank: NA Latest stats: 7 games, 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg Season stats: 12.6 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 0.4 apg After missing the first seven games of the season with a back injury, Howard is starting to get into a groove. In addition to scoring in double figures in four straight, he has snatched eight or more rebounds in five of the last six. His return to the lineup might also be a reason the Wizards have started to turn things around, winning four of their last six. 10. Goran Dragic (32), Miami Heat Previous rank: 9 Latest stats: 4 games, 16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.5 apg Season stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.8 apg The theme song from Facts of Life keeps running through my head: "You take the good, you take the bad ..." That rings very true with Dragic, who in his four games had three with 20 or more points and one with a goose egg on 0-for-7 shooting. Now, we won't pile on since we realize he missed a pair of games with a knee injury. Just missed the cut: Paul Millsap, JJ Barea, Dwyane Wade, Al Horford, Jeff Green The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

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Duterte is China’s voice in ASEAN?

President Duterte could have served national interest just by staying in bed – for “power naps” or whatever – and not saying a word about Chinese expansionism while he was in Singapore last week for the 33rd summit meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations......»»

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Sotto defends Duterte’s ‘power naps’ in Singapore

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III on Saturday downplayed criticisms of President Rodrigo Duterte's "power naps," saying: "Hindi dapat ito masamain." [These shouldn't be taken in a bad way.] Last Nov. 14, on the second day of the 33rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit in Singapore, the President Duterte missed some events attended by other regional leaders reportedly because he took "power naps." READ:Duterte 'took power naps' during absence in Asean events --- Palace In an interview with AM radio station DWIZ, Sotto said Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. might have advised the President to not attend some sessions. "Siguro yung secret...Keep on reading: Sotto defends Duterte’s ‘power naps’ in Singapore.....»»

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Cary Fukunaga, first Asian-American to direct 007 film, talks about ‘Bond 25’

  LOS ANGELES---Cary Joji Fukunaga, the first Asian-American to direct a 007 film (tentatively titled "Bond 25"), recalled watching his first movie featuring the Ian Fleming-created British secret service agent.   "The first Bond I ever saw was 'A View to a Kill' with Roger Moore," remembered the 41-year-old filmmaker, whose dad is Japanese-American while his mom is Swedish-American. He was born and raised in Northern California.   "The whole finale took place in the Bay Area, which is where I'm from. So to see my home on the big screen was really exciting. It made your own life seem larger than itself."   Head down   But the direct...Keep on reading: Cary Fukunaga, first Asian-American to direct 007 film, talks about ‘Bond 25’.....»»

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Alaska boots out Meralco for first finals in two years

MANILA, Philippines – For the first time in two years, Alaska is playing in a PBA finals. The Aces puffed enough gas to hack out a 99-92 win over Meralco and wrap up their best-of-five semifinals series in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup in 4 games at the Cuneta Astrodome ........»»

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Duterte on skipping ASEAN-Australian breakfast summit: What will they feed us? Kangaroo?

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday sought to defend his decision to skip a special summit between Southeast Asian nations and Australia, amid criticisms that he is lazy and speculations he is seriously ill to perform his duties......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 17th, 2018Related News

Duterte on skipping ‘informal’ breakfast meet: ‘Anong ipapakain nila, kangaroo?’

      President Rodrigo Duterte lashed out at his critics who criticized him for skipping a breakfast meeting with his counterparts from Southeast Asian countries and Australia, saying that the gathering was an "informal" event. Duterte was referring to the Asean-Australia Informal Breakfast Summit, the first event for the Southeast Asian leaders during the second day of the 33rd summit in Singapore. READ: Duterte skips Asean-Aus breakfast summit According to Duterte, the breakfast was too early and he arrived in Singapore from Davao at a wee hour. "Dumating kami doon from Davao 1:30 [a.m.], so we had to fix our things at itong mga Australyano hind...Keep on reading: Duterte on skipping ‘informal’ breakfast meet: ‘Anong ipapakain nila, kangaroo?’.....»»

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‘Do more for earth’

Countries need to put highest priority on environmental sustainability for investments in development, according to a study by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Enhancing welfare across generations and sustaining a clean environment are the hallmarks of a high quality of growth and the basis for the new global development agenda, the Manila-headquartered multilateral said. The […].....»»

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US-China rivalry to dominate summit

PORT MORESBY: Asian Pacific leaders fly into the unlikely venue of Port Moresby today for a summit that is developing into a tug-of-war for regional influence between an assertive China and an increasingly…READ The post US-China rivalry to dominate summit appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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PBA: Aces out to finally shut down Bolts

Meralco is back to a familiar situation. The Bolts are in true must-win mode once again as they face an uphill climb from a 1-2 series deficit against Alaska in the 2018 PBA Governors' Cup. Alaska has taken control of the series following back-to-back wins, including a close 104-102 decision in Game 4. The Aces are looking to close this one out to make their first Finals in two years. Meanwhile, Meralco looks to win a seventh knockout game this conference to force a deciding Game 5. The Bolts previously won six straight do-or-die games to advance to the semifinals. Tip off for Game 4 will be at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PVL: Fighting Warays try to stay alive in semis hunt

Tacloban’s semifinals bid now depends on fate. Though needing to pray hard for other teams still in the hunt for the last Final Four spot to drop their remaining assignments, the Fighting Warays, for now, must take care of the things they have control over. Tacloban is in a must-win situation when it clashes with upset-conscious Adamson-Akari Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan.   Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream.  The Fighting Warays are in a two-way tie at fifth to sixth spots with idle Pocari Sweat-Air Force, sporting 5-7 win-loss records. PetroGazz, which will face Ateneo-Motolite at 6:00 p.m., currently occupies the fourth spot behind the semis-bound Lady Eagles, Creamline and BanKo. Tacloban needs to sweep its remaining games and hope that Pocari Sweat and PetroGazz drop all of their next assignments to advance to the semis. The Fighting Warays are coming off a week-long  rest after outlasting PetroGazz in five sets. But pressure will be on Tacloban’s side against a team with nothing to lose. The Lady Falcons have yet to capture the elusive victory after bowing down on their last 10 outings.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles     .....»»

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PBA: Ginebra can t win it all says Justin Brownlee

ANTIPOLO CITY, RIZAL -- For the first time in the Justin Brownlee era, Ginebra won't be making the Governors' Cup Finals. However, his team still got a title in Brownlee's third season with the team, a much tougher hill to climb in the Commissioner's Cup, where imports are taller by two inches than this conference. Brownlee was his usual self, tallying 32 points, nine rebounds and seven assists in the season-ending 112-108 loss to rivals Magnolia Hotshots at the Ynares Center here. The agreeable import knows they had targets behind their backs this conference, and their opponents had found the key that ended their two-year reign. "You definitely can't win it all. The two championships, the Governors' Cup that we won two in a row was great. A great one. But we understand that trying to win another one, it was going to be very tough," Brownlee shared.   "And like I said, we lost to a really tough team. Magnolia showed why they previously won championships. They showed like they're going to win another one." It was a great season for the 6'5” forward, winning titles in the Asean Basketball League as a member of Alab Pilipinas along with Renaldo Balkman, then defeating his former teammate in the Commissioner's Cup in six games. So what's next? Will he rejoin Balkman and towering 7'2 import PJ Ramos to the fold? "Not sure. Probably just rest and have my body checked out. See if a few nicks and a few pains here and there. Just trying to make sure that my body's healthy and go from there." Brownlee also tipped his hat off to opposing reinforcement Romeo Travis, who scored a career-high 50 points on virtually one leg, carrying himself, and his squad through a Grade 2 hamstring strain. "I had played against him before a couple of years ago in France. He was a great player. He can definitely shoot the ball. His mid-range. Definitely gave us a lot of problems the whole series." "He's an incredible player. He could do many things. He showed why he's an import in this league tonight." __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary......»»

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