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Nonito Donaire Jr. victorious in in-ring return, claims WBC Silver title

He's back!  Five-division world champion and Filipino boxing great Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire was successful in his in-ring return, outpointing Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez to become the new WBC Silver featherweight champion, Saturday evening (Sunday morning, Manila time) at the AlamoDome in San Antonio, Texas.  The 34-year old Donaire, who last saw action in November of 2016, took charge of the match early, establishing his speed against the younger Garcia Hernandez.  The Talibon, Bohol native quickly shed off any ring rust as he darted in and out to score points on Hernandez while moving out of the line of fire.  The young Hernandez managed to move Donaire back with some good shots late in the fight, but it wasn't enough to make any significant damage.  After ten rounds, 'The Filipino Flash' earned a clear-cut unanimous decision nod from the judges, 100-90, 97-93, 99-91. Donaire publicly said that after a win against Garcia Hernandez, he'll be gunning for the game's top featherweights, so expect the Pinoy great to lobby for fights against the likes of Scott Quigg, Carl Frampton, Lee Selby, Leo Santa Cruz, and Oscar Valdez, who recently defended his title against another Pinoy in Genesis Servania.  Donaire improves to 38-4 in his career.    em> strong>Catch Nonito 'The Filipino Flash' Donaire's in-ring return against Mexico's Ruben Garcia Hernandez on Sunday, September 24th, 7:00 PM only on S+A channel 23!  /strong> /em>   .....»»

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How UP's Rob Ricafort won twice in one game

How UP's Rob Ricafort won twice in one game.....»»

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Morata hat trick keeps Chelsea near top of EPL

SAM JOHNSTON, Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — Despite having been Chelsea's second choice in the transfer window, Alvaro Morata is quickly proving his doubters wrong in the English Premier League. The former Real Madrid forward showcased his skills with a hat trick as Chelsea defeated Stoke 4-0 on Saturday, drawing him level with Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero with six league goals. 'Alvaro took his goals very well, which for a striker is very important,' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. 'I am pleased with the team also because it means we are creating chances for our strikers.' Aguero and Lukaku were on the scoresheet, too, as Manchester City and Manchester United won but stayed unbeaten by different paths. City's latest victim was winless Crystal Palace by 5-0, while United ground down Southampton 1-0 thanks to Lukaku's first-half strike. Liverpool overcame its leaky defense to secure a first win in September as Philippe Coutinho starred in a 3-2 win at Leicester. Tottenham and Watford also maintained perfect away records. Spurs withstood a late West Ham comeback to win at the London Stadium 3-2, Watford won at Swansea 2-1, Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth 2-1, and Burnley and Huddersfield played out a goalless draw. MORATA, MORATA, MORATA Morata's first three Premier League goals came via his head, but a cool side-footed finish after just two minutes gave Chelsea the lead at Britannia Stadium. His second was even better as he picked up the ball on the left, drove past two Stoke defenders and curled his shot past Jack Butland. His third was simple, but the Spain striker's movement was on display as he slipped his marker to find space to tap in Cesar Azpilicueta's knockdown. If there was any remaining sadness over Diego Costa's exit from Chelsea, which was finally resolved this week, Morata ensured his compatriot was forgotten on Saturday. Pedro scored Chelsea's other goal as Antonio Conte's side maintained its perfect away record in the league, keeping it within three points of United and City at the top of the table. CITY CAN'T STOP SCORING City scored five or more goals for a third consecutive league game as the impressive Leroy Sane opened the scoring before Raheem Sterling added a double against Palace. Aguero maintained his goal-a-game record and substitute Fabian Delph rounded off the scoring, to leave Roy Hodgson's Palace pointless and goalless after six games. LUKAKU: GOALS, CHANTS CONTINUE Lukaku scored the only goal but United's win in Southampton was overshadowed by the continued use of a racist chant in support of Lukaku by United fans. The club said it will review CCTV footage to identify supporters who sang the lyrics despite Lukaku's pre-match request for it to stop. SWEET REVENGE Days after being knocked out of the League Cup by Leicester, Liverpool went to King Power Stadium and beat Leicester in an action-packed encounter. Coutinho laid on an assist for Mohamed Salah before curling a stunning free kick into the top corner to put Juergen Klopp's side in control. However, Liverpool's fragile defense was once more exposed as Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back. Jordan Henderson restored the Reds' two-goal advantage but Jamie Vardy got Leicester back into contention just a minute later. Vardy then squandered a chance to secure the Foxes a draw when his penalty was saved by Simon Mignolet. PERFECT ON THE ROAD Harry Kane's double and Christian Eriksen's goal appeared to give Spurs an unassailable lead, but a Javier Hernandez header quickly followed by Serge Aurier's sending off made for a tense finale. Cheikhou Kouyate headed West Ham within touching distance but Tottenham held on to make it three wins from three away from home. Watford matched that record with an equally dramatic 2-1 victory over Swansea as Richarlison struck a 90th-minute winner. Andre Gray earlier scored his first goal for Watford before Tammy Abraham came off the bench to level the game. IN FROM THE COLD Oumar Niasse came off the bench to score twice as Everton came from behind to defeat Bournemouth and end a run of three successive defeats. Niasse was deemed surplus to requirements by Ronald Koeman last summer, but with Everton struggling for goals, the Senegal forward was given a chance. He grabbed it with both hands, ending the Toffees' run of 6 1/2 hours without a league goal, before notching the winner five minutes later. .....»»

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Classy Dortmund warns Real Madrid with 6-1 rout of 'Gladbach

CIARAN FAHEY, Associated Press br /> BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund warmed up for Real Madrid in the Champions League by routing Borussia Moenchengladbach 6-1 to match its best ever start to the Bundesliga on Saturday. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a hat trick and the brilliant Maximilian Philipp scored twice as Dortmund made it five wins and a draw, equaling its 2015 start, while also stretching its unbeaten run at home to 41 games. Dortmund perfectionists will rue the first goal conceded in six league games after Lars Stindl pulled one back for the shocked visitors. Otherwise it was a complete performance - Aubameyang also hit the post three times and 'Gladbach goalkeeper Tobias Sippel was at his best to prevent Dortmund scoring more - and Madrid will be wary ahead of its visit on Tuesday. 'The players are fresh and we're playing good football. Real is another level,' Dortmund coach Peter Bosz said when asked if his side could repeat the performance against Madrid. Aubameyang wrapped up his hat trick with half an hour remaining, then Stindl put the only blot on Dortmund's performance and left goalkeeper Roman Buerki shaking his head on his 100th Bundesliga appearance. Buerki had gone 515 minutes without conceding. YOUTHFUL BATTLE In a duel between the youngest ever Bundesliga coaches, 30-year-old Julian Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim defeated 32-year-old Domenico Tedesco's Schalke 2-0. Both earned their coaching badges together, though Nagelsmann got a head start in February 2016 when he was appointed in place of the ailing Huub Stevens with Hoffenheim in relegation trouble. Nagelsmann saved the team in his first season and led it to the Champions League playoffs in the next. Schalke fans hope Tedesco, who took over in the offseason after just 11 games in charge of second-tier Erzgebirge Aue, can match his former classmate's feats. Dennis Geiger's first Bundesliga goal gave Hoffenheim an early lead, but the visitors improved as the game progressed and might have equalized after the break when Yevhen Konoplyanka struck the crossbar. Konoplyanka was just wide before Mark Uth struck the post at the other end. Uth, who had a late goal ruled out for offside, launched the ball forward for Lukas Rupp to score in the third minute of injury time. Nagelsmann's side remains one of three unbeaten teams in the Bundesliga. LEIPZIG HOLDS ON Leipzig prepared for its Champions League game at Besiktas with a hard-fought 2-1 home win over Eintracht Frankfurt. Timo Werner set up new signing Jean-Kevin Augustin to score his second goal since arriving from Paris Saint-Germain and then scored midway through the second half, turning brilliantly and firing inside the far post. Ante Rebic pulled one back for a nervy finale. The visitors were unlucky not to equalize when Simon Falette hit the post and the rebound came back off Leipzig 'keeper Peter Gulacsi's back before rolling out of play. Suspended Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita watched his side in an eye-catching dinner jacket with a red top hat. INSULT TO INJURY Hertha Berlin captain Vedad Ibisevic was sent off with a straight red card in the last minute of his side's 1-0 defeat in Mainz for what referee Tobias Stieler said was an insult directed against him. But the Bosnian insisted he said nothing untoward to the referee and is calling for a lip-reader to prove it. 'I know what I heard,' Stieler contended. Pablo De Blasis's penalty was enough for the home side. In other games, Werder Bremen drew against Freiburg 0-0, and Stuttgart was also held to a homeless draw against Augsburg. ___ More AP German soccer coverage: www.apnews.com/tag/Bundesliga .....»»

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Trump's comments about anthem, Curry inflame sports stars

CATHERINE LUCEY, Associated Press br /> TIM REYNOLDS, Associated Press br /> SOMERSET, N.J. (AP) — President Donald Trump sharply criticized protests by NFL players for a second straight day and rescinded NBA star Stephen Curry's White House invitation on Saturday in a series of tweets that outraged football and basketball stars and even prompted LeBron James to call the president a 'bum.' Trump started by announcing that Curry, the immensely popular two-time MVP for the Golden State Warriors, would not be welcome at the White House for the commemorative visit traditionally made by championship teams. Later, Trump reiterated what he said at a rally in Alabama the previous night that NFL players who kneel for the national anthem should be fired, prompting immediate condemnation from a handful of team executives, the league commissioner and its players' union. The Warriors said it was made clear to them that they were not welcome at the White House. They said that when they go to Washington this season they will instead 'celebrate equality, diversity and inclusion — the values that we embrace as an organization.' Curry had said he did not want to go to the White House anyway, but the Warriors had not made a collective decision before Saturday. 'U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going!' James tweeted in a clear message to the president — a post that Twitter officials said was quickly shared many more times than any other he's sent. 'So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!' James also released a video Saturday, saying Trump has tried to divide the country. 'He's now using sports as the platform to try to divide us,' James said. 'We all know how much sports brings us together. ... It's not something I can be quiet about.' Warriors general manager Bob Myers said he was surprised by the invitation being pulled. 'The White House visit should be something that is celebrated,' Myers said. 'So we want to go to Washington, D.C., and do something to commemorate kind of who we are as an organization, what we feel, what we represent and at the same time spend our energy on that. Instead of looking backward, we want to look forward.' Added Warriors coach Steve Kerr, after his team's first practice of the season: 'These are not normal times.' As a candidate and as president, Trump's approach has at times seemed to inflame racial tensions in a deeply divided country while emboldening groups long in the shadows. The latest sports comments come a little over a month after Trump came under fire for his response to a white supremacists' protest in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump later pardoned Joe Arpaio, the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County, who had been found guilty of defying a judge's order to stop racially profiling Latinos. Trump's latest entry into the intersection of sports and politics started in Alabama on Friday night, when he said NFL players who refused to stand for 'The Star-Spangled Banner' are exhibiting a 'total disrespect of our heritage.' Several NFL players, starting last season with then-San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have either knelt, sat or raised fists during the anthem to protest police treatment of blacks and social injustice. Last week at NFL games, four players sat or knelt during the anthem, and two raised fists while others stood by the protesters in support. Other players have protested in different ways over the past season since Kaepernick began sitting during the 2016 preseason. 'That's a total disrespect of everything that we stand for,' Trump said, encouraging owners to act. He added, 'Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you'd say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He's fired.' On Saturday, Trump echoed his stance. 'If a player wants the privilege of making millions of dollars in the NFL, or other leagues, he or she should not be allowed to disrespect our Great American Flag (or Country) and should stand for the National Anthem,' Trump wrote in an afternoon pair of tweets. 'If not, YOU'RE FIRED. Find something else to do!' Trump has enjoyed strong support from NFL owners, with at least seven of them donating $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee. They include New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, who Trump considers a friend. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell strongly backed the players while New York Giants owners John Mara and Steve Tisch said the president's comments were inappropriate and offensive. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who has supported the players who have knelt, said the country 'needs unifying leadership right now, not more divisiveness,' and San Francisco 49ers CEO Jed York ripped Trump's comments as 'callous.' 'Divisive comments like these demonstrate an unfortunate lack of respect for the NFL, our great game and all of our players, and a failure to understand the overwhelming force for good our clubs and players represent in our communities,' Goodell said in a statement. Plenty of other current and former stars from across sports weighed in Saturday. Richard Sherman of Seattle Seahawks said the president's behavior is 'unacceptable and needs to be addressed.' In his Friday remarks, Trump also bemoaned what he called a decline in violence in football, noting that it's 'not the same game' because players are now either penalized or thrown out of games for aggressive tackles. 'No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights,' DeMaurice Smith, the NFL Players Association executive director, said Saturday. 'No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety.' Trump has met with some championship teams already in his first year in office. Clemson visited the White House this year after winning the College Football Playoff, some members of the New England Patriots went after the Super Bowl victory and the Chicago Cubs went to the Oval Office in June to commemorate their World Series title. The Cubs also had the larger and more traditional visit with President Barack Obama in January, four days before the Trump inauguration. North Carolina, the reigning NCAA men's basketball champion, said Saturday it will not visit the White House this season. The Tar Heels cited scheduling conflicts. Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, said Trump has 'taken indecency to a new low.' 'I think that the president has forgotten that he is the standard bearer for our country, that little boys and little girls look up to the president,' he said. 'Little boys and little girls want to be like the president. They want to talk like the president. I think that the president has insulted the American people with this low level of verbiage.' Warriors forward Draymond Green said the good news was that Golden State won't have to talk about going to the White House again — unless they win another title during the Trump presidency. 'Michelle Obama said it best,' Green said. 'She said it best. They go low. We go high. He beat us to the punch. Happy the game is over.' ___ Reynolds reported from Miami. AP Sports Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, and AP writer Corey Williams in Detroit contributed to this story. .....»»

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Philippines yields to Palestine; Austin injured

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This time around, Nash gives his "praise" on officiating

After arguably his team's best win of the conference so far, TNT head coach Nash Racela was in a great mood Saturday as he entered the press room for his latest post-game talk. Nash's positive energy was evident the moment he went through the door of the Araneta Coliseum's press section Saturday, a far cry from his sour mood less than a week before in Antipolo where he engaged in another explosive rant despite picking up a win. A rant that earned him a P17,000 fine from the PBA. Fresh from issuing defending champion Ginebra a 29-point beatdown, Racela didn't have time to criticize officiating. Instead, he praised it. However, he said it in the most sarcastic way possible even Dr. Sheldon Cooper can tell. 'Live na?' Racela said, after he was once again reminded that he's indeed live on national television and online. 'That was a perfectly-officiated ball game. I cannot say anything negative about it,' he added. Turning serious and focusing his attention on the performance his KaTropa just put, Nash said that his team just simply took advantage of a great shooting night. A great shooting night that allowed them to dominate the reigning conference champions and earn themselves a playoff bonus in the quarterfinals next week. 'When you shoot that way, you really have a good chance of winning games. It doesn't happen a lot of times but today it did so we took advantage of it,' he said. 'Because you know how Ginebra defends, they'll defend that paint. The only way we will have a chance against them is to really make those jumpers and tonight we did,' Racela added. With the next round now as a top priority, Nash gave one final, sarcastic shot before he made his exit. 'Off na? Naka-off na? Joke lang! Lahat naman ng ano ko joke lang, kayo naman oh,' he said. And then Nash left to prepare for TNT's latest playoff run.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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Playoff picture will be set as Governors' Cup elims close

The PBA playoff picture will finally be revealed as the Governors' Cup wraps up its elimination round Sunday. As it stands, there are only two things that are sure in the quarterfinals of the season-ending conference. The first thing is that Blackwater is 8th and TNT KaTropa already has a twice-to-beat advantage. Everything else will be settled after the final two games featuring four other playoff teams. In the first game at 4:30 p.m., NLEX (7-3) takes on Star (6-4). The Meralco (8-2) vs. San Miguel (7-3) matchup will come at 6:45 p.m. Things could still get crazier depending on how the quotients playout especially since there could be a five-way tie for first place if San Miguel and NLEX both win. If that's the case, the Beermen and the Road Warriors will finish with an 8-3 record together with the Bolts, the KaTropa, and defending champion Ginebra. It would be easier if all of us should just stay tuned after all as this is practically the start of the playoffs. All games are live from the Araneta Coliseum. .....»»

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Chooks-to-Go falls to Palestine in Champions Cup

Chooks-to-Go's comeback fell a little short this time around. Team Pilipinas suffered its first loss of the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, absoring an 82-89 defeat at the hands of Sareyyet Ramallah of Palestine Saturday at the Chenzhous City Arena in Chenzhou, China. Barely 24 hours since Chooks-to-Go's rousing win over BC Astana to open Group A play, the Philippines came out flat against Palestine, trailing for most of the game. Chooks-to-Go got as close to four points in the final period by Palestine proved to be steadier down the stretch to complete the victory. Kiefer Ravena was once again the leading scorer for Team Pilipinas, firing 24 points while Jeron Teng added 18 points and six rebounds. Import Isaiah Austin, who hurt his leg at the break, added 13 points and eight boards. Three players scored at least 20 points for Sareyyet Ramallah led by Anthony Weeden's 22 points. Jamal AbuShamala dropped 21 and Todd O'Brien had 20. Both teams are now 1-1 in Group A.   The Scores:  PALESTINE 89 – Weeden 22, Abu Shamala 21, O’Brien 20, G. Habbash 14, Sakanini 10, El Diraoui 2, Sahwani 0, K. Habash 0, I Habash 0  PHILIPPINES – Ravena 22, Jeron Teng 18, Austin 13, Cruz 8, Jose 8, Revilla 6, Manuel 3, Tamsi 2, Torres 0, Jeric Teng 0,  Quarterscores: 21-13, 41-33, 64-54, 89-82   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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PSG striker Neymar out for Montpellier game with foot injury

PSG striker Neymar out for Montpellier game with foot injury.....»»

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ROS scores another big win ahead of PBA playoffs

Now the waiting game starts for Rain or Shine. The Elasto Painters handled their business to end the  elimination round of the 2017 PBA Governors' Cup, scoring a convincing 122-98 win over Blackwater Saturday at the Big Dome. ROS finished with a 7-4 record and whether or not the team ends up with a twice-to-beat advantage in the quarterfinals remains to be seen as there are three games left to play before the postseason unfolds next week. Up by only one at the break, the Elasto Painters turned the corner in the second half, pulling away from the stunned Elite to complete the 24-point win. Behind import J'Nathan Bullock and Raymond Almazan, ROS led by as many as 28 late in the game, 119-91. 'I guess we just wanted it more today. Everybody who came in the game stepped up. Basically I just told them that we have a chance on the top 4, the only way we can have that chance is to win,' head coach Caloy Garcia said. 'In the first half I thought we were just okay offensively but our defense wasn't there. In the second half I think we picked up especially when we went small ball, we started pressurind and they started turning the ball over. From there we got a good lead,' he added. Bullock fired 30 points to lead Rain or Shine on top of eight rebounds while Almazan added 20 points off the bench. Gabe Norwood finished with 15 points.   .....»»

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Tolentino lifts Tamaraws to victory vs still winless Tigers

Arvin Tolentino took the ball and rest of Far Eastern University ran with it as they bounced back into the winners’ circle in the UAAP 80 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Tolentino scored seven of his 15 points in the pivotal push bridging the third and fourth quarters that boosted the Tamaraws past University of Sto. Tomas, 78-65, on Saturday at the MOA Arena. Tolentino was joined by four other teammates in the 18-0 blast that erased a three-point deficit late in the third and erected a 63-48 advantage in the middle of the fourth. “Good to see another good game from him,” a satisfied head coach Olsen Racela said post-game. FEU would not look back from there all the way to their second win in four games. “Hindi ko alam na ganito pala sa UAAP, it’s hard to get wins. I told the players to grind it out and kailangan, pagpaguran namin lahat,” their mentor said. Ron Dennison chipped in 15 points of his own and seven others each added somewhere between five to eight points. In their 29-point final frame, seven Tamaraws contributed in the scoring column. That was more than enough for them to overcome a sluggish start that saw them fall behind by as much as 10 in the second quarter. “We came out flat kahit na sinabi ko sa kanila, they need to come out with intensity, energy, and effort. Sa second half na nangyari yun,” Racela said. The head coach was also nothing but glad to see his pressure defense force 24 turnovers that led to 30 points. Along with the bounce back win, the Morayta-based squad also piled onto the misery of their rivals from Espana who are yet to win in four tries. Jeepy Faundo topped the scoring column for the Tigers with 16 points on top of 11 rebounds. However, Marvin Lee and Steve Akomo struggled for the second straight game only with a combined nine points and 11 rebounds. BOX SCORES FEU 78 – Dennison 15, Tolentino 15, Parker 8, Tuffin 8, Ebona 6, Inigo 6, Comboy 5, Orizu 5, Ramirez 5, Escoto 3, Stockton 2, Cani 0, Trinidad 0, Nunag 0, Bayquin 0 UST 65 – Faundo 16, Sta. Ana 11, Basibas 8, Escalambre 8, Akomo 6, Huang 4, Lee 3, De Guzman 3, Macasaet 2, Arana 2, Kwawukumey 2, Garcia 0, Caunan 0, Soriano 0 QUARTER SCORES: 11-16, 31-36, 49-48, 78-65 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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Technical foul on coach energizes Tigresses to solo second

Sai Larosa was having for herself an off-game on Saturday at the MOA Arena to see University of Sto. Tomas fall behind to Far Eastern University. And then head coach Haydee Ong got was called for a technical foul at the most crucial of moments. Rallying around their head coach, the Tigresses came from behind to frustrate the Lady Tamaraws, 73-67, and claim solo second in the 80th Season of the UAAP Women’s Basketball Tournament. The ladies from Espana were trailing for majority of the matchup and still by eight, 57-65, inside the last four minutes. Things looked even worse as their mentor incurred a technical foul for continuous complaining. “I think nung na-technical ako, nabuhayan yung mga bata,” she said post-game. Indeed, taking the mantle of leadership right then and there, Larosa scored five of her 17 points in the last three minutes to spearhead her squad’s 16-2 fightback to end the game. “Si Larosa, the second half belonged to her and that turned the game over,” the head coach expressed. Larosa also collected 10 rebounds and three steals and was backstopped by Jhenn Angeles who scored 21 points. With the comeback win, UST now has sole possession of the second spot with a 3-1 record. This is already an improvement from a season ago where they only had two wins for all of the first round. For FEU, Valerie Mamaril topped the scoring column with 21 points. With ace scorer Precious Arellano held down to only nine points along with five turnovers, however, they dropped back onto a 2-2 standing. Meanwhile, De La Salle University has finally barged into the win column after downing University of the Philippines, 76-64. Riding the hot hands of Charmaine Torres and Marga Dagdagan who had 17 and 16 points, respectively, the Lady Archers improved to 1-3. The Taft-based team also locked out of the win column the Lady Maroons who remain winless after four games. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME DLSU 76 – Torres 17, Dagdagan 16, Figueroa 9, Jimenez 8, Arciga 7, Del Campo 6, Castillo 5, Vergara 4, Paraiso 2, Nuñez 2, Javier. UP 64 – Esplana 19, Isip 10, Pesquera 8, Medina 7, Tan 7: Domingo 6, Bascon 4, Ordoveza 2, Gatpatan 1, Cruz, Rodas, Amar, Lapid, Viray, Ongsiako. QUARTER SCORES: 17-14, 41-26, 57-48, 76-64. SECOND GAME UST 73 – Angeles 21, Anies 18, Larosa 17, Isanan 8, Gandalla 6, Tortillo 2, Aujero 1, Rivera 0, Capilit 0, Penaflor 0, Jerez 0, Magat 0. FEU 67 – Mamaril 21, Quiapo 11, Arellado 9, Jumuad 9, Taguiam 7, Gerner 4, Balleser 4, Antiola 2, Bastatas 0, Payadon 0, Ouano 0, De Guzman 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-16, 35-32, 51-55, 73-67. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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Top-seeded Muguruza advances to Pan Pacific Open semifinals

TOKYO (AP) — Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza advanced to the semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open by beating Caroline Garcia 6-2, 6-4 Friday. A rare double-fault by the top-seeded Muguruza allowed Garcia to pull even at 3-3 in the second set, but the Spaniard broke back in the next game. Playing in her first tournament since earning the No. 1 ranking, Muguruza will next face Caroline Wozniacki. The former top-ranked Dane advanced when Dominika Cibulkova was forced to retire with a right thigh injury while trailing 3-6, 7-6 (5), 3-1. Also, Angelique Kerber upset second-seeded Karolina Pliskova 7-6 (5), 7-5. The seventh-seeded Kerber took advantage of several unforced errors by the Czech player and won with a powerful cross-court shot on her fifth match point. Kerber will face Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the semifinals. The Russian beat Barbora Strycova 5-7, 6-3, 6-1. .....»»

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PSG striker Neymar out for Montpellier game with foot injury

PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain says Neymar will miss Saturday's French league match at Montpellier because of a right foot injury. The 25-year-old Neymar has scored four goals and delivered four assists in five games with PSG since he joined from Barcelona in a world-record transfer worth 222 million euros ($262 million). It's the first game the Brazil international will miss with PSG since he was authorized to play. PSG travels to Montpellier aiming to extend its perfect league record this season to seven matches. It is unclear whether Neymar will have recovered in time for next week's Champions League game against Bayern Munich. .....»»

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Palace, beware: The Guardiola era is taking off at Man City

em>By Steve Douglas, Associated Press /em> MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Crystal Palace, beware. The Pep Guardiola era might truly have taken off at Manchester City. For proof, check out City's opening goal against West Bromwich Albion in the League Cup in midweek. A 52-pass move straight from the kickoff and containing at least two touches from every player — even goalkeeper Claudio Bravo — ended with Leroy Sane driving a rising shot into the net. It took 147 seconds. For a soccer aesthetic like Guardiola, the goal was a thing of beauty — maybe a sign that his ideas are bedded in at the start of his second season in charge. He's got his dynamic full backs, albeit belatedly, in Kyle Walker, Benjamin Mendy and Danilo. He has an embarrassment of riches in midfield, Guardiola's favorite department. He has two pure and in-form strikers in Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. City goes into its home game against last-place Palace on Saturday on top of the English Premier League and having scored 16 goals in its opening five games. The team has netted 17 goals in four games across three competitions in the past two weeks. Palace, with no points and no goals so far, should be fearful. 'We should be embracing the challenge,' Palace manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday, before adding in what could be the understatement of the season: 'But, realistically, we know they have a better chance on paper than we do.' City has been here before under Guardiola. Last season, City even started better in winning its first six league games and scoring 18 goals in the process. The team didn't win any of its next three games and eventually fell out of the title race after a poor middle part of the season, finishing in third place. But this looks like a different City. Walker and Mendy, full backs who have been playing virtually as wingers, have added a completely new dimension to the team's attacks, and have the pace and energy to get back into defensive positions if City loses possession. They are huge upgrades on Gael Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, who were all in their thirties and were released in the offseason. By playing in a slightly withdrawn midfield role, Kevin De Bruyne is playing a bigger role in the build-up and giving fellow playmaker David Silva more space to flourish. Bernardo Silva, signed from Monaco for $55 million, is having to bide his time to earn a regular spot in the team but is an ideal replacement as an attacking midfielder. In attack, Aguero and Gabriel Jesus are linking up well, either as a two up front or with Gabriel Jesus playing out wide in a 4-3-3. They have scored nine league goals between them already. Palace will be a good test of City's revised attacking shape. Hodgson will likely set up his team to play very defensively and deeply, and look to frustrate City while causing problems on the counterattack. City was held at home by Stoke, Middlesbrough and Southampton last season, as well as a Manchester United team that came to Etihad Stadium for a 0-0 and got it. 'I struggle with that all my career,' Guardiola said on Friday. 'I was in teams where (opponents) defended 10 players in the box, and attacked on the counter. It has always been like this for nine years as a manager.' 'My dear fellows,' he added, addressing reporters with a smile, 'it's the Premier League. And I hear from the beginning that every single team can beat the other one. That's the best expression I've heard since I arrive.' Guardiola, however, did say he is 'more convinced' of City's quality this season, after an offseason outlay of around $300 million. The scary thing for Palace is that the 52-pass goal against West Brom was achieved by a virtual second-string team put out by Guardiola. The likes of Aguero, De Bruyne and Silva return for Palace and Guardiola said captain Vincent Kompany could be back after a calf injury. .....»»

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Ausmus out as manager of Detroit Tigers after season

em>By Noah Trister, Associated Press /em> DETROIT (AP) — The rebuilding Detroit Tigers will start fresh next season with a new manager. The Tigers announced Friday that Brad Ausmus will not return in 2018 after four years in charge. General manager Al Avila said the team was not extending Ausmus' contract. 'We didn't win,' Avila said while announcing the move in the Detroit dugout before Friday night's game. 'The organization, the club, got to a point where we needed change on the field. We needed to change the roster, and we started trading players, so the conclusion is: OK, you know what? Let's just take a whole brand new road and opening up to new things.' Detroit was the first team this season to announce a managerial change. Ausmus was 312-325 heading into Friday's game against Minnesota. His tenure included an AL Central title in his first season, but the Tigers have not made the postseason since. Detroit has been shedding payroll this year, trading stars Justin Verlander , Justin Upton and J.D. Martinez , and the Tigers are assured of no better than a fourth-place finish in their division. 'Al and I have become very good friends over the four years I was here, so it was a little emotional when he told me he wasn't going to bring me back,' the 48-year-old Ausmus said. 'Quite frankly, I told him I fully understood, and I told him, if he had walked in and offered me a contract, I probably wouldn't have come back, because I think this team, this organization is starting over. They need a new voice.' Ausmus took over for Jim Leyland before the 2014 season, inheriting a star-laden roster, but one that was starting to show the effects of age. Detroit went 86-75 last year and nearly made the playoffs, and the Tigers kept their team largely intact, hoping they could contend again in 2017. Ausmus returned as well this year after Detroit exercised his option, but the Tigers weren't even able to mount a challenge for a wild card. Ausmus had little managerial experience when he took over for Leyland, but the former major league catcher initially looked like exactly the type of younger, fresher voice who could help the Tigers keep their run of success going. Detroit started 27-12 in 2014, but that turned into an up-and-down season in which the Tigers finally wrapped up their fourth straight division title on the final day of the regular season. They were then swept by Baltimore in the Division Series. After an 11-2 start in 2015, Detroit eventually fell well behind first-place Kansas City, and the Tigers traded stars David Price and Yoenis Cespedes during that season. The Tigers spent big in an attempt to return to the playoffs the following season, but after acquiring Upton and Jordan Zimmermann, the team fell just short of a wild card in 2016. Avila indicated he'd be interested in hiring someone with a bit more experience as a manager or coach than Ausmus had when he took over. 'I would say the manager doesn't have to have managerial experience at the major league level,' Avila said. 'But he certainly has to have managerial experience, in my opinion, in the minor leagues or coaching experience at the major leagues, so that the person that comes in is well prepared in that sense.' Whoever becomes the next manager will have a roster much different than what Ausmus took over when he arrived. Miguel Cabrera is still under contract for a while, but Detroit's success will likely hinge on the contributions of its younger players. Right-hander Michael Fulmer was solid this year after winning Rookie of the Year honors in 2016, and third baseman Jeimer Candelario has hit well since coming to the organization in a July trade . 'Whoever calls or has interest in this position comes in fully aware, wide eyed, of what he's walking into,' Avila said. 'But in saying that, while it's a very difficult process, it's also going to be a tremendous opportunity.' Avila said he'd be open-minded about any current Detroit coach interested in the job. Hitting coach Lloyd McClendon, for example, has managed multiple major league teams in the past. Ausmus said he'd like to manage again at some point, but it's time for him and the Tigers to go on different paths. 'Everyone will just part ways very amicably. No hard feelings,' Ausmus said. 'I wish Al the best. I think he's got the organization pointed in the right direction.' .....»»

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Camp time! Warriors, Wolves prepare to open training camp

em>By Jon Krawczysnki, Associated Press /em> The Golden State Warriors were the last team standing when the NBA season closed in June. Thanks to a preseason trip to China, they are one of the first teams to get going this season as the league gets up and rolling again. The Warriors and Minnesota Timberwolves will hold their media days on Friday and open training camps Saturday, a few days ahead of the rest of the league as they prepare for an early October trip to China for games in Shanghai and Shenzhen as part of the league’s ongoing efforts to grow the game in the basketball-crazy nation. Golden State will be the headliner in China, just like it has been in the NBA for the last three seasons. And the Warriors open camp this season with a major advantage over everyone else that goes above and beyond the sheer talent the organization has assembled with Kevin Durant, Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. While the rest of the league spent the entire summer scrambling to upgrade in a desperate attempt to enter Golden State’s stratosphere, the Warriors return almost the entire roster from the team that won its second championship in three seasons. In fact, Golden State should only be better this year because it will not have to spend part of the early season figuring out how to incorporate Durant’s game with three other All-Stars. Meanwhile, teams like the Rockets, Cavaliers, Thunder, Timberwolves and Celtics will need all of the preseason and then some to get on the same page with the new stars in town. There will be no such orientation process in Golden State. Free agents Nick Young and Omri Casspi will have to acclimate, but that is a lot easier to do when Durant and Curry are showing them around. ___ So as media days and training camps get up and running, here are a few things to watch at the outset: strong>HARD FEELINGS? /strong> It appeared that Durant was on his way to mending some fences in Oklahoma City after he left the organization to join Golden State last season. But the fence posts may have been torn down again when Durant disparaged the Thunder team and coach Billy Donovan as the biggest reasons he left to join the Warriors. Durant has since apologized , but the topic will likely come up again when he speaks to the media on Friday. And it should be interesting to see if Russell Westbrook has anything to say about it when the Thunder open early next week. strong>CP3 ARRIVES: /strong>The most intriguing roster experiment this year may be in Houston, where GM Daryl Morey is teaming James Harden with Chris Paul in a star-studded backcourt. Harden finished second in the MVP voting last season after moving from shooting guard to point guard and now will have to move back to accommodate Paul. Both players are used to having the ball in their hands and orchestrating the offense, so there will likely be some feeling-out that needs to be done in camp. The two have already appeared in a television commercial together, so they’re off to a running start. strong>KYRIE’S MOVE: /strong>The biggest headline in a wild offseason was Kyrie Irving’s request for a trade from the Cavaliers. He landed in Boston in a move that could define his legacy, the All-Star who didn’t want to play with LeBron James. Irving did little to shed light on his motives in an enigmatic interview with ESPN and likely will be bombarded with questions about it at media day. How the Celtics handle the early crush of attention and move past Irving’s exit from Cleveland could play a big role in their ability to truly challenge the Cavs in the Eastern Conference. strong>CRASH COURSE: /strong>The Timberwolves are one of the teams that made significant roster changes this summer after a disappointing 31-win season in Tom Thibodeau’s first year as coach. They added Jimmy Butler, Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford while trading away Ricky Rubio in an offseason overhaul aimed at ending the league’s longest active playoff drought at 13 seasons. Thibodeau asked owner Glen Taylor to allow the team to hold training camp in San Diego before they head out to China to get them away from the distractions of home and allow them to bond in a preseason that only includes three games. That Butler and Gibson played for Thibodeau with the Bulls should help that transition, but it will no doubt be a process worth watching. strong>RULES CHANGES: /strong>When players start taking the court for exhibition games, it will offer an opportunity for them to start to adjust to rules changes and points of emphasis that are new every season. One notable difference this year will be the “James Harden rule,” a change in the way the game is called aimed at reducing the number of instances a player tricks a defender into fouling them and then goes into a shooting motion to try to earn free throw attempts. Harden is the master , though dozens of players do the same thing. .....»»

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Chooks thumps Kazakh five

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Robins ascend to solo lead as CSB-LSGH is upset by Baste

strong>STANDINGS /strong> br /> Malayan 11-2 br /> CSB-LSGH 10-3 br /> Letran 8-5 br /> San Beda 8-5 br /> San Sebastian 6-6 br /> Arellano 6-7 br /> LPU 6-7 br /> Perpetual 4-8 br /> JRU 4-9 br /> EAC 1-12 Game in and game out, Malayan High School of Science is being challenged in its title defense in the NCAA 93 Juniors Basketball Tournament. On Friday at the Filoil Flying V Centre, the latest challenge came from their much-improved neighboring rival Colegio de San Juan de Letran. And still, the Red Robins proved to have more than enough for a well-fought 81-76 win against the Squires in overtime. Randy Alcantara’s boys actually found themselves trailing most of the time as Letran showcased all that led it to a six-game winning streak heading into the game. “Good win sa amin kasi kami naman naghahabol from the start e,” the head coach said. Little by little, however, Malayan clawed themselves back into the matchup and by the final frame, the two teams were even. “Credit sa mga bata kasi binigay nila lahat nila,” Alcantara said. With the tally tied after four periods, the two teams needed overtime to settle the score. There, the Robins’ championship experience came through as Will Gozum’s block led to a fastbreak layup for Joaqui Garcia and another defensive stop led to Clint Escamis’ slash-to-score for a 78-74 lead with 36.4 ticks to go. Lakksman Ganapathy kept things interesting for the Squires, but was immediately answered by Gozum’s inside basket. Not long after, Malayan was celebrating its rise to a league-leading 11-2 standing. “Malayo pa ‘to. Ang focus pa rin muna namin, makuha yung twice-to-beat,” Alcantara said. In the end, Gozum had 10 points, 21 rebounds, and seven blocks; Garcia had 11 points and four assists; and Escamis had 19 points, 10 rebounds, and three assists. Topping the scoring column was Carl Lacap who had 21 markers to his name. Those four were more than enough to put down the Squires. Even with the loss, however, the gallant stand should be a source of pride for a squad that was not even mentioned among contenders a season ago. With an 8-5 record, Letran stays at the third spot. The defending champions are now alone atop the leaderboard after College of St. Benilde-La Salle Greenhills found itself at the wrong end of an upset by San Sebastian College-Recoletos. Damie Cuntapay towered above all for 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Staglets over the erstwhile pacesetting Junior Blazers, 71-67. A total of four players were in double-digit scoring in San Sebastian’s fourth win in a row and sixth overall in 12 games. They now stand in solo fifth. Inand Fornilos had eight points and 11 rebounds, but neither he nor his fellow frontcourt players were a match for Cuntapay. Joel Cagulangan had 16 points and six assists to show the way for the Junior Blazers who were forced to take a step back onto a 10-3 standing, still good for solo second. Meanwhile, San Beda High School stayed on the right track after avenging its loss to Jose Rizal High School, 70-69. Evan Nelle topped the scoring column with 19 points to make sure the Red Cubs did not suffer another shocker against the Light Bombers. More importantly, the win pushed San Beda into a streak and onto an 8-5 record. Just right behind them, however, and still fighting for a spot in the Final Four are Arellano High School and Lyceum of the Philippines University following separate wins. The Braves whipped Emilio Aguinaldo College, 81-70, on the back of MVP leader Aaron Fermin who yet again posted monster numbers of 25 points, 23 rebounds, and four blocks. It was a much-needed win for Arellano which had been on a three-game slide, but now improves to 6-7. Tying them for the sixth spot are the Junior Pirates who weathered University of Perpetual Help, 74-72. Vincent Cunanan had 20 points, 13 rebounds, and three steals and teamed up with Mac Guadana who had 12 markers, seven boards, and three pilfers. All of Baste, Arellano, and LPU remain within striking distance of two of the last four spots in the Final Four. Their respective losses dropped the Junior Altas to 4-8, the Light Bombers to 4-9, and the Brigadiers to 1-12. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME, FRIDAY SAN BEDA 70 – Nelle 19, Alfaro 13, Etrata 11, Tagala 6, Abu Hijleh 6, Mahinay 5, Velasquez 3, Garcia 3, Obenza 2, Dela Rosa 2, Lagumen 0, Nayve 0, Sese 0 JRU 69 – Serrano 21, Agustin 19, Camua 10, Tolentino 9, Caballero 8, Buazon 2, Amores 0, Dionisio 0, Buno 0, Delos Santos 0, Vasquez 0 QUARTER SCORES: 27-18, 43-42, 58-55, 70-69 SECOND GAME, FRIDAY ARELLANO 81 – Fermin 25, Bataller 17, Camacho 12, Fornis 10, Tamayo 5, Codinera 4, Domingo 3, Segura 2, Camilosa 2, De Leon 1, Camarillo 0, Rivera 0, Velasco 0, Liangco 0 EAC 70 – Cruz 22, De Quiros 16, Dulatre 10, Castillo 7, Oriondo 7, Boado 4, Mananquil 2, Matilde 2, Tapales 0, Baliquig 0, Ligot 0 QUARTER SCORES: 30-10, 39-34, 65-46, 81-70 THIRD GAME, FRIDAY MALAYAN 81 – Lacap 21, Escamis 19, Garcia 11, Gozum 10, Bonifacio 9, Jabel 6, Enriquez 3, Socias 0, Ramos 0, Sarias 0 LETRAN 76 – Cordero 13, Peralta 13, Valdez 11, Guarino 11, Ganapathy 9, Monje 6, Aniban 6, Reyson 4, Tolentino 3, Tamayo 0, Culanay 0, Fuentes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 17-20, 32-35, 54-54, 70-70, 81-76 (OT) FIRST GAME, THURSDAY LPU 74 – Barba 21, Cunanan 20, Guadana 12, Arenal 6, Ruiz 4, Sandoval 4, Jungco 3, Salazar 3, Umpad 1, Caringal 0, Cuevas 0 PERPETUAL 72 – Razon 20, Cuevas 10, Bongay 10, Umali 10, Gallano 9, Siegue 5, Rocero 4, De Leon 2, Maneze 2, Duka 0, Sta. Teresa 0 QUARTER SCORES: 15-21, 34-35, 57-51, 74-72 SECOND GAME, THURSDAY SAN SEBASTIAN 71 – Cuntapay 16, Villapando 12, Desoyo 11, Calahat 10, Timbancaya 9, Pasamante 9, Rodriguez 3, Pelas 1, Aguilar 0, Sumoda 0, Suico 0, Umayao 0 CSB-LSGH 67 – Cagulangan 16, Bordeos 15, Marcos 9, Fornilos 8, David 7, Perez 5, Lao 3, Dela Cruz 2, Sangco 2, Mosqueda 0, Pedrosa 0, Lepalam 0, Morales 0 QUARTER SCORES: 16-14, 31-30, 54-45, 71-67 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo. .....»»

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