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SMB Legends Beats Alaska’s Former Aces in Reunion Game

The San Miguel Beermen bounced back from a sluggish first half and came alive in the second half to repulse the Alaska Aces, 96-83, in the Return of the Rivals at the Smart Araneta Coliseum in Quezon City on Sunday. The former stars of SMB prevailed over those of Alaska in the battle pitting franchises […].....»»

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Ateneo s Bea de Leon still gets veteran jitters

  MANILA, Philippines – Playing her fifth year in the UAAP, Ateneo captain Bea de Leon admits she still gets rattled by two things:  "I was telling everyone that I only get nervous for two things – my first game and Ateneo-La Salle – so put that together, [I'm really nervous]," said ........»»

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Jawo vows to play in PBA legends game sequel: Promise yan

MANILA, Philippines – A large part of Robert Jaworski's lore is his distinction as the first playing coach in PBA history. But during the Return of the Rivals clash between Barangay Ginebra and Purefoods, he stuck to calling the shots. And the PBA great, arguably the most iconic player in league ........»»

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Team LeBron triumphs again, thwarts Team Giannis in NBA All-Star Game

MANILA, Philippines – Down 20 points, Team LeBron rallied with a sterling second half to turn back Team Giannis, 178-164, in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 17 (Monday, February 18, Manila time). Kevin Durant fired 31 points to win his second All-Star MVP crown, while Damian ........»»

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Dynamic duo: LeBron, Wade team up – and alley-oop – for last time

MANILA, Philippines – One last dance.  LeBron James and Dwayne Wade, one of the greatest duos in NBA history, linked up for the last time as they put on an alley-oop show in the 2019 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 17 (Monday, February 18, Philippine time).  Well-remembered for their ........»»

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Oliver Almadro vows Ateneo will bounce back: ‘They’ve seen our worst, they haven’t seen our best’

MANILA, Philippines---The Oliver Almadro era with Ateneo started off on the wrong beat. Ateneo got crushed in its first game of the UAAP Season 81 women's volleyball tournament losing to De La Salle in four sets, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena but Almadro, multiple-time champion coach, said the Lady Eagles have yet to reach peak form. Almadro said the UAAP is a long march and that the team can still fix the wrongs that it did against the Lady Spikers. "They've seen our worst, but they haven't seen our best so we will bounce back from this," said Almadro in Filipino. "We'll have to prepare whatever we need to take care of and whatever strength we hav...Keep on reading: Oliver Almadro vows Ateneo will bounce back: ‘They’ve seen our worst, they haven’t seen our best’.....»»

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Team LeBron rallies past Team Giannis in 2019 NBA All-Star game

CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- LeBron James was trading lob pass with Dwyane Wade again, one last time. Lobs from Kyrie Irving once again, too. And after making a stepback 3-pointer late, he stared down Joel Embiid to send a message without saying a word. Oh, this mattered. Team LeBron, down by 20 in the second half, finally got firing and went on to beat Team Giannis 178-164 in the All-Star Game on Sunday night. MVP Kevin Durant scored 31 points for Team LeBron, the one that James drafted and led to victory in the captain's-choice format for a second consecutive season. Klay Thompson scored 20, and James and Kawhi Leonard each scored 19 for the winners. Giannis Antetokounmpo --- the first-tim...Keep on reading: Team LeBron rallies past Team Giannis in 2019 NBA All-Star game.....»»

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PBA: Helterbrand gets triple-double in Manila Clasico Legends win

The Fast hasn’t lost a step. Jayjay Helterbrand led Ginebra to yet another Manila Clasico win as the Gin Kings got one over Purefoods Sunday, 97-89, in the PBA Legends Return of the Rivals game at the Big Dome. Helterbrand, who retired in 2017, messed around and finished with a triple-double, going for 21 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 assists. The Fast also had four steals for good measure.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Eh dun na kami kilala -- Cheng on DLSU swag

Graduating De La Salle University hitter Des Cheng roared as she walked backwards while staring at Ateneo de Manila University’s Kat Tolentino following a monster block in the second set. It was Cheng’s classic swagger that volleyball fans just love to love or hate depending on which side they're on.      But the open spiker cleared that it just came out naturally, especially in this kind of exciting and intense match between two proud schools.    “’Di ko alam kasi siyempre, hello! It’s Ateneo-La Salle. So parang kahit anong sabihin mo may rivalry talaga kahit sabihin mong wala,” said Cheng, who scored 13 points in the defending three-time champion Lady Spikers’ 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, victory over the Lady Eagles Sunday in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Cheng was very animated during the match smiling, laughing, doing the finger wag and whatever gesture she could think of to celebrate a point.   OH MY, DES CHENG 😱 #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/ePvIxjxREe — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Uy, ang hirap kaya kumuha ng puntos kung mapapansin mo. Kaya sabi ko before mag-start ang game sabi ko, ‘Every point ise-celebrate natin. Hindi ‘yung every point makakapuntos ka tapos tatahimik ka tapos parang, ‘Yeheey!’ ganun lang,’” said Cheng, who added 14 receives and nine digs for an all-around performance. The veteran expected that non-DLSU supporters would think that the Lady Spikers went over the top with their on-court reactions but this is what they’re known for and they are not gonna change that. Des Cheng breaks out the finger wag ☝ #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/bbVBMIYoGK — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019 “Eh dun na kami kilala bakit kailangang (i-hold back),” said Cheng. “’Dun kami kilala eh. Sabihin nyo na mayabang kami, swag kami, whatever kung ano ang pagka-interpret nyo it’s OK. Eh kasi yun na ang pagkakakilala nyo sa amin eh di dun nyo na kami i-ano talaga. Pero hindi kami mayabang. Ayun lang po talaga.” Even head coach Ramil De Jesus got into the celebration during that second set highlight, exchanging high-fives with Cheng.       The mentor, according to Cheng, actually asked her to be the spark plug and energizer of the team. “Kasi kailangan. Sabi ni coach, ‘Hindi gagalaw ang team mo kapag walang mag-spark.’ Meaning, kailangan may gagalaw para magi-spark sa kanila tapos susunod lang sila. Kaya kapag nakapuntos ako parang kahit hindi nga ako nakapuntos naga-ano ako na ‘Yeheey, yeheey!’ ganun-ganun,” she said. “Kasi kailangan nila yun kasi kapag walang isang tao na ganoon sino ang magli-lead sa kanila.” And to end her night, Cheng finished off Ateneo with an ace... and a finger wag as exclamation point.   Des Cheng. FOR THE WIN. #UAAPSeason81Volleyball pic.twitter.com/KHyg6qECPs — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) February 17, 2019     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: Siguro nasa 60% ang galaw kanina -- De Jesus on rookie Dela Cruz

Rookie Jolina Dela Cruz announced her arrival as part of the defending three-time champion De La Salle University with an impressive debut against the Lady Spikers’ archrival Ateneo de Manila University. The 19-year old, Bulacan-native poured in 11 points in DLSU’s 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, win over the Lady Eagles in an early battle of titans in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament Sunday at the MOA Arena. It was a good outing for a player whose baptism of fire came in the most anticipated match of the season – the first opening day Ateneo-DLSU clash in the Final Four era.     But head coach Ramil De Jesus said that Dela Cruz has yet to show her full potential.   “Well, as rookie siguro nasa 60% ang galaw kanina. Expected ko na ‘yun kasi bago sa kanya ang lahat ng nangyayari. And siguro ‘yung dami ng crowd, tapos ang ingay ng crowd,” said De Jesus of the Palarong Pambansa standout.   “Sabi ko nga kanina after ng second set, ‘Jolina, sobrang confused mo na kasi ang likot na ng mata mo.’ So ni-remind ko lang na kailangan ko lang ng makakatulong sa loob. Kailangan ko ng tulong mo,” the 11-time champion mentor added. “Ganoon talaga sa first game siguro sa susunod hindi na ganoon.”             The Academia de San Lorenzo recruit and member of the Philippine youth team in the 2017 ASEAN Schools Game in Singapore admitted that her first Ateneo-DLSU experience was quite overwhelming.   “As a rookie bago lang po ako sa ganito and ‘yun po nire-remind ako lagi ng mga ates na kahit anong mangyari nandyan sila sa likod may backup ako,” she said. Dela Cruz added that there were times that she just got carried away with the crowd and energy inside the arena.   “Opo, masyado po akong nadala. Nire-remind naman po nila ako parati na, ‘Jolina balik ka, balik ka. Kaya mo yan. Nandyan ang mga ates mo. Di ka naman nila iiawanan. Iko-cover ka nila kahit anong mangyari.’ Yung mga coaches naman lagi akong nire-remind na focus ka, focus, na balik ka lagi. Once na magkamali ka may ibang way pa na pwede kang gawin,” said Dela Cruz.   Asked on how she would address the missing 40% that De Jesus wanted to see for her, Dela Cruz answered,  “Siguro kailangan pa magtiwala sa sarili ang kailangan balik ka kaagad once nagkamali ka.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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UAAP Season 81: DLSU uses element of surprise in dismantling Ateneo

Defending three-time champion De La Salle University kept its team under wraps during the offseason and it worked wonders for the Lady Spikers. Head coach Ramil De Jesus thought that they had the element of surprise when DLSU demolished Ateneo de Manila University, 25-14, 25-17, 16-25, 25-19, Sunday in their UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament opener at the MOA Arena.         The Taft-based squad didn’t join any major pre-season tournament as a team, opting to field just a few of its regular players in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference and in the UniGames. “Mayroon siguro. Malaking advantage ‘yun na wala silang idea sa team namin kung sino ang starter, ano ang position, kung anong klase ng set play ang nangyayari sa team na pina-practice namin,”said De Jesus, whose squad defeated Ateneo for the fifth straight time since Season 79 Finals. DLSU lost three key players in Kim Kianna Dy, former MVP Majoy Baron and libero Dawn Macandili after graduating last season. During the pre-season, Gyra Barroga and Arriane Layug left the team to move up to the semi-pro league. Pundits thought that the Lady Spikers will have a hard time rebuilding but again, De Jesus' battle-tested system that produced 11 titles in two decades proved them wrong.      Graduating player Des Cheng delivered the same numbers that was expected from her but it was rookie Jolina Dela Cruz and fourth year player May Luna that did most of the damage with their production. Dela Cruz and Luna scored 11 points each to back Cheng’s 13 markers and Aduke Ogunsanya’s 10. Luna did the most damage in the fourth set as she helped the Lady Spikers pull away for good midway in the frame with her heady plays that frustrated the Lady Eagles.      As for their archrivals, the Lady Spikers were able to scout the Lady Eagles’ set plays and asses the tendencies of their players based on Ateneo’s performance in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference.     De Jesus and his coaching staff devised a good game plan to dismantle Ateneo in front of 17,166-strong crowd.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PBA: Helterbrand after masterful trip-dub: “I need an ice bath”

Jayjay Helterbrand never lost a step. Playing his first organized game of basketball since his 2017 retirement, the man they call the Fast dazzled Sunday during the PBA Legends Return of the Rivals at the Big Dome. Helterbrand led Brgy. Ginebra to a Manila Clasico win over Purefoods, putting up a 21-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist triple-double. Yep, still got it. “Oh man, it feels good. It’s really an honor to be able to play on the court with all the legends man. Just the stories I’ve heard in practice, getting a chance to be coached by the legend himself and be able to play for a good cause, that was fun,” Helterbrand said of the whole experience. “I was in awe trying to absorb everything. I didn’t really plan on playing that hard, but I didn’t want to let them down. I came out there and I wanted to get that win for them,” he added. Helterbrand’s masterful performance naturally comes with talks that he should have never retired in the first place. But the 42-year-old insists he’s done and he’s not coming back. Sorry, Ginebra fans. “I don’t think so, that was just for fun. Na-ano lang ako sa energy, and I didn’t want to let the team down,” Helterbrand said. “I think I pushed myself a little bit over the limit, ang sakit na ng katawan ko. I need an ice bath now,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NU, Ateneo reignite rivalry for all the glory in UAAP 81 Jrs.

Game on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre 3:00 PM – NU vs Ateneo For the second season in a row, it will be Nazareth School of National University and Ateneo de Manila High School disputing the championship. Hostilities between the Bullpups and the Blue Eaglets erupt once more on Monday at the Filoil Flying V Centre as the bell rings on the title bout between the two heavyweights in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. NU, last year’s runners-up, and defending champion Ateneo go at it in Game 1 of the best-of-three series tipping off at 3:00 PM. All of the action will be LIVE and EXCLUSIVE over on S+A and S+A HD, LIGA, LIGA HD, iWant as well as on streaming. The Bullpups have had the Blue Eaglets’ number this year. Gerry Abadiano, Terrence Fortea, and Carl Tamayo have all taken turns to make sure the Jocson ballers swept their two meetings thus far. Still, it was just last year when Ateneo took home the title at NU’s expense. This time around, they will have Season MVP Kai Sotto as well as feisty playmakers Forthsky Padrigao and Ian Espinosa leading the way. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Sta Lucia Superliga tailender no more

Redemption-seeking Sta. Lucia snapped an 11-game losing streak in the Philippine Superliga as it opened the 2019 Grand Prix with a hard-earned 25-21, 22-25, 25-23, 16-25, 16-14 verdict over Generika Ayala Saturday night at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City......»»

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Lady Bulldogs to receive PSA President’s Award

The National University Lady Bulldogs set a new standard for excellence last year after winning their 80th straight game on their way to retaining the UAAP women’s basketball crown......»»

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WATCH: Differently-abled Cotabato boy impresses in volleyball

    MANILA, Philippines – A video of Edwin Enguito from Notre Dame RVM College of Cotabato made rounds on social media as he flashes his volleyball skills despite his disability.  Enguito – who has an underdeveloped left leg and arm – was playing a scrimmage game with his able-bodied friends and ........»»

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LeBron James on owning NBA club: Right fit, right city

    CHARLOTTE, USA – LeBron James says that following fellow NBA superstar Michael Jordan into owning an NBA club is "more of an aspiration" than dream as he prepares for a 15th NBA All-Star Game. The 34-year-old Los Angeles Lakers playmaker will captain Team LeBron against Team Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee ........»»

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Caidic flaunts timeless range as San Miguel turns back Alaska

MANILA, Philippines – Allan Caidic hardly looked like he missed a beat as he fueled San Miguel's come-from-behind 96-83 over Alaska in the Return of the Rivals at the Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, February 17. The 55-year-old, arguably the best Filipino shooter in history, fired a game-high 26 points spiked ........»»

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Caidic doesn t disappoint in PBA legends game

MANILA, Philippines – Allan Caidic may be getting old, but that doesn't mean he has lost the shooting touch widely considered as the deadliest in Philippine basketball history.  Turning 56 this year, "The Triggerman" proved age has not tarnished his range by erupting for 26 points to steer San Miguel ........»»

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Helterbrand puts up triple-double as Ginebra trounces Purefoods

MANILA, Philippines – Jayjay Helterbrand turned the Return of the Rivals into his own show after submitting a triple-double in Barangay Ginebra's 97-89 win over Purefoods at the jampacked Araneta Coliseum on Sunday, February 17. Hanging up his spurs in 2017, the 42-year-old proved there is plenty of game left ........»»

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