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After misfiring in 3-point contest, Romeo finds touch in historic All-Star showing

MANILA, Philippines – Terrence Romeo failed to capture the 3-Point Shootout crown so he went for an All-Star Game record instead.  The TNT KaTropa punched in a new record for most points scored in an All-Star Game after exploding for 48 points to lift Gilas Pilipinas to a 152-149 win over the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 27th, 2018Related News

No Love for Cavaliers in Game 7 vs Celtics

LOS ANGELES, United States – The Cleveland Cavaliers will be without forward Kevin Love for Game 7 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals against Boston on Sunday, May 27 (Monday, May 28 in Manila), after the forward was placed in the league's concussion protocol. The Cavs and Celtics will be battling ........»»

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Perlas overcomes PayMaya

BANKO-Perlas rallied from two sets down to beat PayMaya, 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11, and arrest a four-game slide in the PVL Reinforced Conference last night at the Filoil Flying V Centre. The Perlas Spikers raced to a 5-2 advantage and never looked back as substitute Nicole Tiamzon and American….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsMay 27th, 2018Related News

Iloilo homecoming

ILOILO -- No less than five beloved sons of this province make a homecoming and try to make their fellow Ilonggos proud as they lead the PBA Visayas All Stars versus Smart Team Phl in the closing game of the 2018 PBA All-Star Extravaganza at the San Agustin Gym here….....»»

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Cavs All-Star Love sustains head injury in Game 6

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love sits on the court while holding his head during the first half of Game 6 of the team's NBA basketball Eastern Conference finals against the Boston Celtics,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PVL: Angels soar for second straight win

Petro Gazz came out smoking on all cylinders as the Angels welcomed their new import Olena Lymareva-Flink with an emphatic 25-22, 30-28, 25-13, win Saturday over skidding Iriga-Navy in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels, who played depleted after injuries on locals Rachel Austero (shin fracture) and Wensh Tiu (right ankle), improved to 2-3 win-loss record. Lymareva-Flink, who replaced injured Estonian Kadi Kullerkann (knee), debuted with a bang as the Ukranian reinforcement unloaded 16 points off 12 kills and four service aces while adding 14 digs for Petro Gazz.     “Happy with the win but more practice,” said Angels head coach Jerry Yee. "May bagong import and may receive, may depensa. Hopefully maayos pa natin.” Cherry Nunag, who earned a spot in the team after Austero was ruled out of the conference, added nine points while Anastasiia Trach of Ukraine scored eight for the Angels, which arrested a three-game skid last week with a come-from-behind five-set win over BanKo in Batangas. After easily taking the opening frame, Petro Gazz faced tough resistance from the Lady Oragons in the second set. Iriga-Navy saved five set points before Lymareva-Flink closed the frame with a push and an ace. It was all Angels in the third set.       The Lady Oragons, who gave away 31 points off errors, absorbed their straight loss in four outings. American import Lauren Whyte and Macy Ubben were the only Iriga-Navy players in double figures with 17 and 14 points, respectively.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PVL: Lymareva-Flink provides extra firepower for surging Angels

Ukrainian Olena Lymareva-Flink felt that she could’ve done better for Petro Gazz if not for some first game jitters and a little too much excitement on her part. The Angels’ import, who replaced injured Kadi Kullerkann of Estonia, made a quick impact as she scored 16 points in Petro Gazz’s 25-22, 30-28, 25-13, demolition of Iriga-Navy in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference on Saturday at the FilOil Flying V Centre.       “I think I just got too excited,” said the 25-year old spiker. Lymareva-Flink had 12 attacks on 32 attempts and four service aces while adding 14 digs for the Angels. “Before the game I was afraid to make some mistakes that’s why I didn’t kill all the balls,” she said. “Normally I’m a strong spiker but I only had one practice with our main setter.” The reinforcement, who was tapped to take the place of Kullerkann after the Estonian aggravated her lingering left knee injury, arrived last Thursday and went straight into practice even after a 30-hour travel. “I decided it would be much better for me to come here and feel the ball,” said Lymareva-Flink. “I felt that I should prepare myself for the game.” Head coach Jerry Yee praised his new import for her dedication to help the team. “Ang sipag niya eh. Pagdating niya ng Thursday, alam ko may nine-hour layover, may 30 hours na nakaupo lang siya eh. Pagdating niya ng Thursday ayaw niya na magpahinga lang eh. Gusto niya kaagad ma-feel yung bola,” Yee said. Petro Gazz won its second straight after dropping its first three games. The Angels will close the prelims against Pocari Sweat-Air Force and Paymaya.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PVL: Perlas Spikers survive 5-set thriller, snap 4-game skid

BanKo cashed in on Nicole Tiamzon’s heroics in the fifth set to snap a four-game slide to complete a come-from-behind 18-25, 18-25, 25-19, 25-22, 15-11, win over PayMaya Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Reinforced Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre. The former University of the Philippines hitter Tiamzon scored five of her 11 points in the deciding frame to deliver the Perlas Spikers second win in six games. American import Kia Bright finished with 25 points anchored on 23 attacks and two kill blocks while Thai reinforcement Jutarat Montripila had 24 markers including 22 off kills for BanKo, which survived High Flyer American import Tess Rountree’s 39-point explosion. With momentum on their side after stealing the third and fourth sets, the Perlas Spikers built an 11-8 lead. PayMaya rallied to close the gap, 12-11, before Bright scored on a next play followed by back-to-back errors by the High Flyers as BanKo walked away with an upset. “Pahirapan ang panalo naming, pero kahit papaano na-relieve kami kasi emotionally drained ang team dahil sa sunud-sunod na talo,” said a very relieved Banko head coach Dong Dela Cruz. The High Flyers were sharp in the first two frames before slowly fizzling out. Rountree hammered 31 spikes and had five kill blocks and three service aces for PayMaya, which fell to 3-2 card. American Shelby Sullivan had 13 markers while Jerrili Malabanan and Celine Domingo chipped in 11 and nine points, respectively, for the High Flyers.     ---              Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

On brink of ouster, the Golden State Warriors remain undaunted

If the Golden State Warriors are worried as they head into Game 6 of the Western Conference finals on the brink of elimination, they aren’t showing it......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

Rockets show no fear despite losing Chris Paul to hamstring injury

The Houston Rockets will be without star guard Chris Paul for Game 6 because of a strained hamstring, a huge blow for a team trying to close out the Golden State Warriors......»»

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Guiao relishes chance to have Fajardo on his side for once in All-Star Game

MANILA, Philippines – Most of the time, Yeng Guiao tries to pull out all the stops just to contain June Mar Fajardo, the PBA's most dominant player. On Friday night, May 25, the NLEX Road Warriors tactician had nothing to do but sit back and relish on the experience of ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2018Related News

Celtics brace for ‘dogfight’ vs Cavs in Game 7 at home

    LOS ANGELES, United States –  Although Boston remains unbeaten at home in the playoffs, the Celtics know they can't afford to be complacent against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We've still got to come out aggressive and play Celtics basketball," said Celtics guard Terry Rozier. "We can't just rely ........»»

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Cavs force game 7

LOS ANGELES, United States -- LeBron James produced another epic playoff performance Friday as the Cleveland Cavaliers stayed alive in the NBA playoffs with a 109-99 victory over the Boston Celtics. Trailing the Celtics 3-2 and facing elimination in the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers triumphed in a bruising encounter….....»»

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Rockets strong defense carry them to within a win of NBA Finals

Houston Rockets guard James Harden, top, battles Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for a loose ball during the first half in Game 5 of the NBA basketball playoffsWestern Conference final.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PetroGazz brings in new import to replace Kullerkann

PetroGazz was just starting to get its groove in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference after it snapped its three-game skid at the start of the tournament, but the Angels are not out.....»»

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Chris Paul out for Game 6 vs Warriors with hamstring strain

Houston Rockets guard Chris Paul wears the Santa Fe High School logo during the first half in Game 5 of the team's NBA basketball playoffs Western Conference finals against the Golden State Wa.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2018Related News

Gilas foils Luzon s late rally in Batangas

Gilas Pilipinas, behind Terrence Romeo's huge game, withstood Luzon All-Star's fourth quarter rally en route to a 152-149 victory on Friday in the second leg of the Philippine Basketball.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2018Related News

Boston bound: LeBron pushes Cavs to Game 7 vs. Celtics

By Tom Withers, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James chose Boston as the place he'll play next. Game 7 is on. And any talk about James' future is on hold. Delivering another performance for the ages, James scored 46 points and preserved his reign atop the Eastern Conference for at least one more game as the Cleveland Cavaliers shook off losing All-Star Kevin Love with a head injury and beat the Celtics 109-99 on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time) to force a decisive climax to this back-and-forth series. James, playing in perhaps his final game for the Cavs in Cleveland, added 11 rebounds and nine assists while playing all but two minutes — to avoid elimination and delay any decisions about where he'll continue his remarkable career next season. "Greatness," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Championship pedigree. Giving it his all. We needed that, especially when Kevin went down. We had to play 'Bron as many minutes as he had to. He delivered. He was up for the challenge. He carried us home as usual." The king is not dead, and he still has a chance to make his eighth straight NBA Finals. This series, in which home court has meant everything, will have a fitting conclusion Sunday (Monday, PHL time) at TD Garden, where the Celtics are 10-0 this postseason. "It's a Game 7," James said. "It's something that you wish you had when you're done playing, but more than that, it's just basketball for me. I know what I'm capable of doing, and I'm going to trust everything I put into it." George Hill added 20 points, and Jeff Green 14 for the Cavs, who lost Love in the first quarter after he banged heads with Boston rookie Jayson Tatum. Terry Rozier paced the Celtics — now 1-6 on the road — with 28 points, and Jaylen Brown had 27. The Celtics were still within seven in the final three minutes before James made consecutive three-pointers, punctuating the second by pounding his chest with both fists and screaming along with 20,562 others. "The love of the game," James said, explaining his reaction. "It's a feeling you can't explain." Just for good measure, he added a three-point play and then was taken out of the game to a rousing ovation and chants of "Cavs in 7!" Boston's improbable run through the postseason without injured stars Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward will now take the Celtics back home, where they play with more intensity, togetherness and before fans hungry to see an 18th title banner raised to their arena's rafters. "It's not going to be pretty," Celtics guard Marcus Smart said. "We've got to come out ready to get our nose bloody and our mouth bloody. We've got to come out ready to fight. You've got to find a way, whatever it takes." Love went out with a head injury in the first quarter, forcing Lue to juggle his rotations and keep James on the floor longer than he wanted to. The three-time champion played the first 35 minutes without a break and then endured the final eight while nursing a right leg. James didn't know until after the game that teammate Larry Nance Jr. had banged into him. "I felt some pain throughout my entire right side of my ankle into my leg," he said. "I was just hoping for the best, obviously, because I've seen so many different injuries, and watching basketball with that type of injury, someone fall into one's leg standing straight up. Luckily, I was able to finish the game." Hill, who came over in a deadline trade, has been awed by what James has done in this postseason. "I've been in the league for some years and ran across him on the other side and really hated his guts," said Hill, who was on Indiana teams eliminated by James. "But to have him on our side, it kind of lets me take a deep breath of fresh air. It's just something that you really can't explain what he's doing night in, night out. It's just something special." "I thought the best was when he always put us out. But to actually see it when he's on your team, I can't even put it into words." The real possibility that James was playing his last game in Cleveland hung over the game — and this city — in the hours leading to tip-off. Everyone had an opinion on what James will do next and that discussion filled the sports talk radio airwaves, bars and barber shops. The 33-year-old has said several times since coming home in 2014 that he wants to retire with the Cavaliers, but fans are uneasy because he can opt out of his $35.6 million contract this summer and test free agency. And, of course, he left in 2010. James has said he'll sit down after the season ends to decide next move, and he's already being courted in Philadelphia, Los Angeles and New York where fans can only dream of him joining their rosters. For now, he's only going to Boston. NO LOVE The game began ominously for the Cavs as Love was forced to leave following his violent collision with Tatum. Love and Tatum were away from the ball and didn't see each other until it was too late. They banged heads and both immediately dropped to the floor with Love raising his left arm as if to signal he needed help. As Love stayed down, the Cavs huddled around him. He was helped off and walked to the bench unsteadily before heading to the locker room for further treatment and evaluation. His status for Game 7 is uncertain. THE OTHER SIDE Tatum stayed in following his nasty collision with Love. The rookie passed the concussion testing that he was given on the bench. "I didn't see him coming, it was bad," Tatum said. "I have a knot on the back of my head and he didn't return. I wish the best for Kevin Love because he's a great player and it's been a long season." PREGAME MEAL Hill said he's played well after eating tacos with barbacoa and guacamole before games. "I'm for sure going to find a Chipotle in Boston, I'll tell you that," he said. TIP-INS Celtics: Own a 37-0 record when leading a series 2-0. ... Dropped to 1-4 in Game 6s over the last four postseasons. ... Coach Brad Stevens praised James for his consistency, and ability to exceed expectations. "Nobody else has what he has on his shoulders playing the game," he said. "I think that the way in which he's done that and all of the years now that he's made The Finals and gone deep into the playoffs, it's unbelievable." Cavaliers: Improved to 6-2 in elimination game since 2015. James has scored at least 40 in five of those wins. ... James' teams are 5-2 in Game 7s. ... This was the seventh 40-point game for James this postseason. Michael Jordan also had seven, one off Jerry West's record set in 1965. ... James passed Karl Malone (2,062) for sixth place on the career postseason rebounds list......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

GM says overwhelming likelihood Suns will keep No. 1 pick

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Phoenix Suns general manager Ryan McDonough said the “overwhelming likelihood” is that the team will keep its No. 1 overall pick and not trade it away. McDonough made the comment Friday (Saturday, PHL time) after the first of what will be many pre-draft workouts of players on the Suns’ practice court. The leading candidates for that No. 1 almost certainly will be worked out privately, with the exception of Luka Doncic, the European sensation who still is playing in Spain. “Obviously the agents have a lot of say,” McDonough said. “They have a strong voice in the process. They’re worried about injuries, which we understand is part of it. So we’d love them to come in and compete against the other top guys at their position. I think for the guys in the mix at No. 1 that’s going to be tough for us to put together.” The Suns won the lottery for the first No. 1 pick in the franchise’s 50-year history. In the days that followed, McDonough said the team would be open to trading that pick. But that seemed less likely when he described the criteria such a deal would have to entail. “It would have to be a young, proven star player with multiple years on his contract, multiple years of team control,” McDonough said. “Once you start whittling down the list, that list probably shrinks to a handful of players if not fewer players than that. So I think the overwhelming likelihood is that we keep the pick. However, we’re open, if those teams call us or we call them. But as of now obviously we’re planning on keeping it.” McDonough insists there are a few players in the mix, but the names at the top according to most observers are Doncic and Arizona’s Deandre Ayton. Born and raised in the Bahamas, the 7'1" Ayton played his one college season just down Interstate 10 at the University of Arizona, where he averaged 20.1 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. McDonough said he believes questions about Ayton’s defense stem from the fact he had to play alongside another seven-footer, Dusan Ristic, in college. “So he was guarding away from the basket on the perimeter,” McDonough said. “In the NBA, obviously, he’s a center. He’s a five. He slides well. He moves his feet well. He’s a tremendous athlete in terms of strength, fluidity, coordination, all of that.” McDonough said Ayton “has a high-level feel for the game, especially on the offensive end of the court. And from my experience guys who have that at the offensive end of the floor usually, in time, are able to translate that to the defensive end of the court as well.” McDonough said he plans to try to get to Europe one more time to see Doncic. “We’ve seen him play a lot,” McDonough said. “I’ve personally seen him four or five times in the last seven or eight months, [assistant general manager] Pat Connelly’s seen him. Igor’s seen him more than anybody.” New Suns coach Igor Kokoskov coached Doncic on the Slovenian national team that won the European championship last year. McDonough was asked about the observation that Doncic lacks high-level athleticism. But the Suns GM noted that the young European guard is “really, really big” — 6'6" and weighs 218 pounds. “Because he’s so skilled at that size and has such a good feel, I think you don’t realize on tape how big he is,” McDonough said. “He’s able to jab and create his own shot. He’s able to lower his shoulder and create space to overpower defenders. He’s adept at getting to the free throw line. I don’t have any concerns with him physically.” On Friday (Saturday, PHL time), the Suns worked out a group of guards, most of them four-year college players. They included Tra Holder from Arizona State. The Suns also have the No. 16 pick overall in the draft and, in the second round, Nos. 30 and 59. But that No. 1 pick is the big one, something neither the Suns nor McDonough have dealt with before. “I think there are some drafts that you prefer not to have the No. 1 pick just because there isn’t a player worthy of that,” he said. “I think in some ways you’re set up to fail in that scenario. This year we feel the opposite. We feel there are four or five players who in normal drafts would be in the mix for No. 1 if not be the No. 1 pick. “We view that as a good problem to have. It’s a really talented draft. I think this will be one that you look back on historically and say that was one of the better drafts in the last decade. And it’s great to kick it off No. 1.”.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News

PVL: Ultra Fast Hitters connect back-to-back wins

National team members Mark Alfafara and John Vic De Guzman led PLDT Home Fibr’s relentless assault to ambush the stunned Philippine Army, 25-15, 25-10, 25-23, Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference men’s play at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Ultra Fast Hitters annexed their second straight win to even their record to 2-2. Alfafara and De Guzman, who represented the country in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, scored 11 points each for PLDT. The duo had nine attack points apiece in the Ultra Fast Hitters’ 41 kills that submitted the Troopers in just 70 minutes. Alfafara, who dropped 29 points in PLDT’s four-set win over defending champion Cignal last week to end a two-game slide, added seven digs while libero Rence Melgar tallied 16 excellent receptions and eight digs. Jayvee Sumagaysay and Kheeno Franco added nine points each while Ronchette Villegas dished out 24 excellent sets for the Ultra Fast Hitters. Army absorbed its third loss in four games and failed to capitalize on its momentum after a morale-boosting win over Philippine Air Force a week ago. No Trooper scored in double figures with Benjaylo Labide, Patrick Rojas and Antonio Torres punching only seven markers each.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 26th, 2018Related News