Mamedyarov paces Wijk aan Zee

Azeri Shakriyar Mamedyarov rallied from an inferior game to  grab the lead after six rounds of  the 80th Wijk aan Zee masters in the Netherlands......»»

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Kia heats up, ends long slump

MANILA, Philippines — They absorbed 13 straight defeats the last eight months, three unthinkable losses early in the season, and coming into the game, they l.....»»

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Coaching is in the blood

It’s not often that a basketball coach never had the inclination to play the game on a competitive basis......»»

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Over the hump

Kia Picanto is rebuilding, only to find out that this ragtag crew could do just fine.   Lumbering in obscurity and ridicule for the early part of the PBA Philippine Cup, the Picanto on Saturday night snapped a four-game skid in the tournament---and an eight-month losing streak---by bringing down Rain or Shine in a fight-marred contest, 98-94, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay.   "I am very happy," Ricky Dandan, thrust to the head coaching job after Chris Gavina resigned two weeks ago, said of his first win that was tainted by a fight between Eric Camson and Rain or Shine's Raymond Almazan late in the second quarter.   "This [win] will go a long way in the ...Keep on reading: Over the hump.....»»

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Hotshots survive dogfight against Phoenix

The Hotshots still have Phoenix's number. It was far from the blowouts from last season but Magnolia walked away from a dogfight against the Fuel Masters with a hard-earned 97-91 decision in the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup Saturday at the Cuneta Astrodome. Magnolia erased an eight-point fourth quarter deficit and relied on its veteran anchors in the clutch to frustrate Phoenix and win a third straight game this season. The Hotshots moved to 4-1 in the standings, half a game behind idle San Miguel for the lead. Tied at 89, Ian Sangalang drilled the go-ahead basket for Magnolia with 1:08 to go in the game. Paul Lee was then cold as ice from the free throw line the rest of the way as the Hotshots pulled through. Lee fired 20 points to lead Magnolia while Rome dela Rosa scored 17. Sangalang had 16 points and seven rebounds. Mark Barroca, also effective in the fourth, had 12 points. Marc Pingris, despite scoring only four points, grabbed a game-high 17 rebounds for the Hotshots. "It was all mental toughness in the end," head coach Chito Victolero said. "It's about our perseverance and our desire to win and our chemistry sa dulo. We know in this game, medyo mabigat talaga to kasi I know Phoenix will bounce back coming from a tough loss sa last game nila. Credit sa players, hindi sila naggive up sa pressure," he added. Phoenix, losers of two straight and dropped to 2-3, got 19 points from second-year guard Gelo Alolino. Matthew Wright scored 17 points for the Fuel Masters and Jeff Chan added another 12 in a starting role.   The Scores: Magnolia 97 - Lee 20, dela Rosa 17, Sangalang 16, Barroca 12, Reavis 11, Simon 6, Jalalon 5, Pingris 4, Ramos 3, Pascual 2, Herndon 1. Phoenix 91 - Alolino 19, Wright 17, Chan 12, Jazul 9, Eriobu 8, Chua 7, Mendoza 6, Kramer 6, Intal 3, Revilla 2, Perkins 2 Quarters: 30-23, 47-45, 67-75, 97-91   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Kia keeping its problems internal from now on

A lot of people like to talk about Kia about everything. Whether its questioning roster moves or just criticizing in-game decisions, much has been said about the Picanto and their problems. Well, Kia is on top now for once after the Picanto picked up a gutsy 98-94 win over Rain or Shine Saturday, snapping a record 16-game losing skid dating back to last season. This victory masks some of Kia's woes but it doesn't eliminate them all yet. And after a very public humiliation starting with the controversial trade for the no. 1 pick of last year's draft that ended up being Christian Standhardinger, Kia would like to keep its problems within themselves for now. They know what they are, they would just rather not talk about them. "I'm sorry but those things are internal to us, we would rather keep things internally as a family, we rather not speak about it in public," head coach Ricky Dandan said following Kia's breakthrough win. "But ano ah basketball was not our problem, it's in us. So we identified that. I showed them the Magnolia third quarter and the Alaska third quarter and they all saw it. They saw what happened but I also told them that this is not about technicalities, it isn't about basketball," he added. By now, it's common knowledge that Kiais noy a perfect team. Far from it. The Picanto will not argue but it doesn't wom that their quest for winning and relevance stops. "They accepted the weaknesses and like I mentioned in the previous interview we do have a lot of weaknesses and we will time to strengthen them," Dandan said. "But they accepted all of these problems and they knew how to solve it. It was really solvable amongst us, di kailangan ng external motivation for that, it was really among us, nasa samin," he added.   Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Australian Open: A lookahead to Sunday, recap of Saturday

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A quick glance at the Australian Open: LOOKAHEAD TO SUNDAY Local hope Nick Kyrgios and third-seeded Grigor Dimitrov meet for the second time this year, this time with more on the line. Kyrgios beat Dimitrov in three sets in the Brisbane International semifinals two weeks ago, then went on to take the title. Dimitrov had beaten the Australian in their two previous meetings, including in straight sets on hard courts at Cincinnati last year. Kyrgios defeated Jo Wilfried-Tsonga in the third round and was mostly well-behaved, a far cry from some of the antics he has pulled in the past, including a suspension in October 2016 for not trying during a match in Shanghai, and a heavily-criticized on-court exchange with Stan Wawrinka in 2015. Kyrgios said he's doing nothing special to change his image: "It's not something I wake up and I'm like, 'Look, today I'm going to try to change the perception'. Nothing has changed. I've always been emotional." Dimitrov said he won't get caught up in the moment, or the expected parochial crowd cheering on Kyrgios' attempt to become the first Australian man since 1976 (Mark Edmondson) to win the Australian title. "I've played against the local, so to speak, all that," Dimitrov said. "That's part of the game." Kyrgios pulled out of his doubles pairing with Matt Reid on Friday to save himself for the Dimitrov match. Top-seeded Rafael Nadal plays Diego Schwartman in another fourth-round match. In women's fourth-round matches, second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki plays Magdalena Rybarikova. Wozniacki needed to win the last six games of her second-round match against Jana Fett to stay in the tournament, and says she's playing with "house money." Another fourth-round match has fourth-seeded Elina Svitolina playing Denisa Allertova, a Czech qualifier who has not dropped a set in any of her main-draw matches. __ By AP Sports Writer Dennis Passa. ___ SUNDAY FORECAST Partly cloudy, high of 27 Celsius (81 Fahrenheit) SATURDAY'S WEATHER Mostly sunny, high of 24 C (75 F) SATURDAY'S RESULTS Men's Third Round: No. 2 Roger Federer beat No. 29 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4; Chung Hyeon beat No. 4 Alexander Zverev 5-7, 7-6 (3), 2-6, 6-3, 6-0; No. 5 Dominic Thiem beat No. 26 Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-2, 7-5; No. 14 Novak Djokovic beat No. 21 Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-2, 6-3, 6-3; No. 19 Tomas Berdych beat No. 12 Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 6-3, 6-2; No. 25 Fabio Fognini beat Julien Benneteau 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3. Women's Third Round: No. 1 Simona Halep beat Lauren Davis 4-6, 6-4, 15-13; No. 6 Karolina Pliskova beat No. 29 Lucie Safarova 7-6 (6), 7-5; No. 8 Caroline Garcia beat Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3, 5-7, 6-2. No. 17 Madison Keys beat Ana Bogdan 6-3, 6-4; Naomi Osaka beat No. 18 Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-2; No. 20 Barbora Strycova beat Bernarda Pera 6-2, 6-2; No. 21 Angelique Kerber beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-3; Hsieh Su-wei beat No. 26 Agniezska Radwanska 6-2, 7-5. STAT OF THE DAY 2:22: time in hours and minutes of the third set of the Halep-Davis match (3 hours, 45 minutes for the match). QUOTE OF THE DAY "I'm almost dead" — Halep after her win. _____ More AP coverage:»»

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Brownlee torches Indonesia, tows Alab to back-to-back wins

No matter the opponent, Justin Brownlee looks like he very much belongs in the 2017-2018 Asean Basketball League. That was yet again the case on Saturday, even in his first time in Indonesia, as he poured in 36 points to shoot Alab Pilipinas way and above rookie team CLS, 92-87, at the GOR CLS Kertajaya. The American reinforcement waxed hot from the get-go and scorched the nets with 18 first quarter points – by his lonesome, matching the output of all their opponents. With Brownlee spearheading the attack, the Filipinos built up an 11-point lead after the first quarter that would only increase to as much as 15. The rest of the Philippines’ representatives were no slouches either as fellow import Renaldo Balkman posted a 17-point, 13-rebound double-double while reigning and defending MVP Ray Parks Jr. chipped in 14 markers and four assists. Save for a lone game up against Singapore, Brownlee has been dominant in his first stint in the Southeast Asian professional league. Along with his big-time scoring output, he also had eight rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in this one. And with him showing the way once more onto a second straight rout, Alab hikes their record to 5-4 – keeping them in fifth-place, but breathing right down the neck of fourth-running Saigon. For the Indonesians, Brian Williams topped the scoring column with 22 points. With no answers for Brownlee, however, he saw his team drop to 1-6. —- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Arellano U eyes return to solo lead

Games Sunday: (FilOil Flying V Centre, San Juan) 9:30 a.m. -- JRU vs. Perpetual (m) 11:00 a.m. –- JRU vs. Perpetual (w) 12:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (w) 2:00 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (m) 3:30 p.m. –- LPU vs. Arellano U (jrs)   Unbeaten defending champion Arellano University seeks to regain the solo lead when the Lady Chiefs take on struggling Lyceum of the Philippines University in the 93rd NCAA women’s volleyball competition Sunday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Opening serve is at 12:30 p.m. after the 11:00 a.m. clash between University of Perpetual Help and Jose Rizal University. The Lady Chiefs share the leader board with San Beda College after four outings and are on a 16-game winning streak since last season. Arellano U faced a tough battle the last time out, dropping a set for the first time this season in a 25-11, 22-25, 25-18, 25-16, win over the Lady Bombers last Tuesday. Against the Lady Pirates, who are sporting a 1-3 card, Lady Chiefs head Obet Javier will have the advantage of a deep bench with rookie Necole Ebuen, Regine Arocha, Mary Anne Esguerra and Jovielyn Prado at his disposal. A stark contrast to the squad of veteran mentor Emil Lontoc. Crippled with only eight available players, LPU is limping through the tournament. The Lady Pirates dropped a 26-28, 25-20, 24-26, 22-25, match against their Intramuros neighbor. Perpetual, meanwhile, is looking to extend its winning streak to three after back-to-back five-set victories over San Sebastian College and Emilio Aguinaldo College. The Lady Altas carry a 3-1 slate while the Lady Bombers, who are looking to return in the win column after seeing their two-game winning streak snapped by the Lady Chiefs, are locked in a four-way logjam at 2-2 with San Sebastian College, College of St. Benilde and Letran. In men’s play, unbeaten joint leaders Altas and Chiefs hunt for their fifth win against their respective foes. Perpetual takes on listless Bombers at 9:30 a.m. while Arellano U crosses paths with the Pirates at 2:00 p.m. The lone juniors match between LPU and Arellano is set at 3:30 p.m.                --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Kia stuns Rain or Shine for 1st win in 8 months

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The unconventional prevailed this time. Kia Picanto finally put an end to its woeful 16-game losing streak that spanned for 8 months as it fended off a late comeback attempt from the misfiring Rain or Shine Elastopainters en route to a 98-94 thriller in the 2018 PBA ........»»

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Start the Year Strong with This High-Performance Vegetable

(BPT) – Chasing a place on the podium isn’t possible without the proper fuel for your body. Whether you’re going for the gold or just passing the pigskin in honor of the big game, athletes and amateurs alike need the right combination of nutrients to take on their training, and sports nutritionists across the nation […].....»»

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Kia shocks Rain or Shine to snap 16-game losing streak

MANILA, Philippines — Kia finally entered the win column after scoring an upset over Rain or Shine, 98-94, in Saturday’s first PBA clash at the Cuneta Astrod.....»»

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D’Angelo Russell to return Saturday for Nets vs. Heat

The Nets made the announcement following their morning shoot-around at Barclay’s Center, after initially listing Russell as “probable” for the game. … Source link link: D’Angelo Russell to return Saturday for Nets vs. Heat.....»»

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D Angelo Russell to return Saturday for Nets vs. Heat

The Nets made the announcement following their morning shoot-around at Barclay's Center, after initially listing Russell as "probable" for the game. ........»»

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Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz

SALT LAKE CITY --- Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 31 points and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Utah Jazz 117-115 on Friday night. Hardaway pulled up for a 3-pointer from the top of the arc and finished the four-point play after a foul, then added a dunk to give the Knicks a 109-100 advantage with 3:21 remaining. The fifth-year guard was 6 for 7 from behind the arc as New York shot 55 percent from 3-point range. The Jazz missed three straight 3-pointers on one possession with less than 30 seconds left that would have tied the game at 115 after a late 11-2 run that included Joe Johnson's corner 3 and Rudy Gobert's three-point play. Courtney Lee scored 18, and his 13-point t...Keep on reading: Hardaway scores 31, Knicks topple Jazz.....»»

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Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers

LOS ANGELES --- Reserve guard Jordan Clarkson sparked an undermanned Lakers team with 33 points to lead Los Angeles to a 99-86 victory Friday night over the Indiana Pacers. The Lakers, missing three injured starters, snapped a two-game skid despite making just two of 14 free throws. They shot 14.3 percent from the line, a franchise low. Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 25 points. Domantas Sabonis added 15 points and 14 rebounds. Only three other Lakers scored in double figures besides Clarkson. Julius Randle had 14 points, Kyle Kuzma added 13 and Larry Nance Jr. 10. The Pacers, the NBA's third-best shooting team, shot 39.6 percent the previous night in Portland and th...Keep on reading: Clarkson leads Lakers to 99-86 win over Pacers.....»»

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Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs

TORONTO --- Kyle Lowry turned in his best game since returning from injury, turning it on in the fourth quarter to help his Toronto Raptors grind out another home win. Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the final period, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. Lowry made eight of 16 shots, going 4 of 9 from 3-point range, in his third game after missing three with a bruised tailbone. Raptors coach Dwane Casey said Lowry...Keep on reading: Lowry big in 4th, scores 24 as Raptors beat Spurs.....»»

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Ross: Racism is never justifiable

"Racism is never justifiable." That was the message of Chris Ross hours after the heated duel between San Miguel and NLEX on Friday. The reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year refused to talk to the media after the Beermen's 109-98 victory over the Road Warriors but posted the message on his Instagram stories. According to San Miguel coach Leo Austria, Ross was reportedly on the receiving end of a racial slur from NLEX coach Yeng Guiao when the two but heads late in the game. Heblew a gasket and was ejected with 1:46 left to play. Guiao, though, denied that he used the derogatory word n****r on Ross, but admitted to flashing the dirty finger. READ:Austria s...Keep on reading: Ross: Racism is never justifiable.....»»

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Lowry scores 24 points as Raptors beat Spurs 86-83

TORONTO (AP) — Kyle Lowry scored nine of his 24 points in the fourth quarter, DeMar DeRozan added 21 and the Toronto Raptors beat San Antonio 86-83 on Friday night to snap a four-game losing streak against the Spurs. Jonas Valanciunas had 15 points and 11 rebounds as the Raptors improved to 17-3 at home, the second-best home record in the NBA behind San Antonio's mark of 19-2. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Pau Gasol scored 15 points and Patty Mills had 13 as San Antonio lost for the fourth time in six road games. The Spurs are 11-15 away from home. It had been more than two years since Toronto last beat San Antonio. The Raptors won 97-94 at home on Dec. 9, 2015. San Antonio guard Manu Ginobili missed his second straight game because of a sore right thigh. Ginobili returned to Texas after the Spurs won at Brooklyn on Wednesday. The Spurs trailed 70-69 after a 3-pointer by Bryn Forbes at 6:52 of the fourth, but DeRozan and Lowry connected on back-to-back possessions, giving Toronto a 74-69 lead with 5:11 remaining. After a jump shot by Mills, Toronto reeled off a 6-0 run including baskets by Lowry, Valanciunas and DeRozan to lead 80-71 with 2:40 left. Another 3-pointer by Forbes made it 86-83 with six seconds left. DeRozan was fouled but missed both free throws, giving San Antonio a chance to tie, but the Spurs couldn't get a shot off in time. After making seven of 23 shots in the first quarter, the Raptors hit 11 of 20 attempts in the second, including a buzzer-beating jumper from DeRozan that gave Toronto a 44-37 lead at halftime. Toronto led 55-41 on DeRozan's three-point play at 7:33 of the third but Aldridge did all the scoring in an 8-0 Spurs run that cut the gap to 63-60 heading to the fourth. TIP-INS Spurs: Aldridge has 19 double-doubles this season, one more than he had all of last season. ... Kyle Anderson had 11 rebounds. ... Aldridge missed nine of his 11 shot attempts in the first half. Raptors: G Fred VanVleet (right knee) missed his second straight game. ... DeRozan had a team-leading six assists. ... Toronto FC forward and former MLS MVP Sebastian Giovinco attended the game. UP NEXT Spurs: Host Indiana on Sunday. San Antonio has won three straight home meetings with the Pacers, but lost at Indiana earlier this season. Raptors: Visit Minnesota on Saturday. It's Toronto's final road game of the season against a Western Conference opponent......»»

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Carroll scores 26, leads Nets past Heat, 101-95

NEW YORK -- DeMarre Carroll scored 26 points, Spencer Dinwiddie had 15 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Miami Heat 101-95 on Friday night. Brooklyn snapped a five-game losing skid at Barclays Center and a seven-game home losing streak to the Heat. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each added 12 points for the Nets. D'Angelo Russell played 14 minutes and went 0-for-5 from the field for Brooklyn in his first action after missing 32 games following left knee surgery. Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. LeVert made an acrobatic layup to give the Nets a 95-91 lead with 57.8 seconds remaining and then made a step-back jumper to ice the game at 97-91. Carroll hit a 3-pointer from the wing to give Brooklyn an 89-86 lead with 4:19 left. Brooklyn took a 79-77 lead with 8:57 remaining on a corner 3-pointer from LeVert. It was Brooklyn's first lead since the 5:41 mark of the first quarter. Miami took a 69-67 lead into the fourth quarter. Carroll helped Brooklyn slice the deficit with seven points in the third quarter. Whiteside led Miami with 15 points and eight rebounds at the half as the Heat took a 53-43 lead into the locker room. Carroll led Brooklyn with 11 points at the half. TIP-INS Heat: Coach Erik Spoelstra praised Dragic before the game. "He means everything to our team. In our eyes, he's having an All-Star season. There's a reason why we are where we are in the East, and he's a big part of it." ... Isaiah Whitehead (G-League assignment) and Jeremy Lin (ruptured patella tendon) were out for Brooklyn. Nets: Coach Kenny Atkinson said Russell will play in short stints as he works his way back from left knee surgery. ... Tyler Johnson (left ankle), Dion Waiters (left ankle), Okaro White (left foot) and Rodney McGruder (left tibia) were out for Miami. UP NEXT Heat: Visit Charlotte on Saturday in the fourth of a five-game trip. Nets: Begin a five-game trip at Detroit on Sunday......»»

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