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2 years after stabbing, Kvitova into Australian Open final

By Howard Fendrich, Asosciated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two years ago, Petra Kvitova missed the Australian Open, just weeks after her racket-holding left hand was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Two days from now, back at her best during what she calls her "second career," Kvitova will play for the championship at Melbourne Park. Taking control after the court's retractable roof was closed as the temperature soared toward 100 degrees (38 Celsius) Thursday, the No. 7-seeded Kvitova surged to a 7-6 (2), 6-0 semifinal victory over 35th-ranked American Danielle Collins. "It means everything," Kvitova said of reaching her first major final since the December 2016 knife attack that led to hours of surgery on her hand. Kvitova stretched her winning streak to 11 matches and has a chance to rise to No. 1 in the WTA rankings if she can collect her first Australian Open title to go alongside the two she earned at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014. In Saturday's final, Kvitova will face reigning U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka or 2016 U.S. Open runner-up Karolina Pliskova. It was Pliskova who saved four match points and came back from 5-1 down in the third set to stun Serena Williams in the quarterfinals. Against Collins, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Virginia who was 0-5 at major tournaments until last week, Kvitova was more aggressive throughout, mixing big lefty forehands and well-timed pushes forward to the tune of a 30-9 edge in total winners. But the key to the outcome might very well have been what happened at 4-all after 35 minutes of action: That's when the decision finally was made to close the 15,000-seat stadium's cover, drawing cheers of approval from broiling spectators. Kvitova probably wanted to applaud, too. "I was happier than the fans that the roof closed," she said afterward. "I like to play indoors. It helped me a little bit." She's made clear over the years she is not a huge fan of playing in stifling heat. Not too many people truly are, of course, but someone like Collins, a 25-year-old from Florida, might be more used to that sort of thing. The match was suspended for about five minutes and when play resumed, it went from being completely even to tilted in Kvitova's favor. She dominated the tiebreaker and the second set. The chair umpire was Carlos Ramos, the official who penalized Williams a game in last year's chaotic U.S. Open final, and Collins got into a couple of testy exchanges with him. First in the tiebreaker, then in the opening game of the second set, Collins protested that Ramos was applying rules differently than umpires had in her earlier matches. Whether or not there was merit to what she was saying, it seemed clear that the back-and-forths with Ramos didn't help Collins......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports34 min. ago Related News

Jazz dominate from perimeter, top Nuggets 114-108

By John Coon, Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Donovan Mitchell scored 35 points and made a season-high six three-pointers to lead the Utah Jazz to a 114-108 win over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time). Ricky Rubio added 17 points and six assists, Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 11 rebounds, Joe Ingles added 14 points and eight assists and Jae Crowder had 15 points for Utah, which won for the ninth time in 11 games after hitting 19 three-pointers. Nikola Jokic scored 28 points and had 21 rebounds and six assists to lead the Nuggets, whose two-game winning streak ended despite shooting 42-of-88 — 48 percent — from the field. Will Barton added 22 points and a season-high nine rebounds. The game got a bit heated early when Utah's Derrick Favors and Denver's Mason Plumlee were both ejected with 2:46 left in the first quarter. The two shoved each either under the Nuggets basket, leading to more shoving from multiple players on both teams. Favors and Plumlee each received a technical foul, as did Utah's Royce O'Neale and Denver's Will Barton for pushing and shoving in the scrum. The Nuggets, who fell behind by double-digits in the first quarter, closed the gap and briefly overtook the Jazz when Barton made back-to-back baskets to cap a 9-0 run and give Denver a 31-30 lead early in the second quarter. It didn't last long. Rubio and Gobert scored on back-to-back plays to put Utah back in front less than a minute later. Denver tied it twice as the second quarter progressed, but the Jazz answered with seven three-pointers over the final eight minutes of the half to stay in front. Mitchell scored four of those outside baskets and his final one of the quarter put Utah ahead 63-55. The Jazz shot 13-of-27 (.481) from the perimeter in the first half, setting a franchise record for most three-pointers made in a half. Denver stayed within striking distance by getting nine baskets in the paint in both quarters. The Nuggets scored 36 points in the paint before halftime. Utah didn't cool down from outside in the second half. Rubio and Mitchell bookended an 11-2 run with three-pointers that gave the Jazz a 79-64 lead midway through the third quarter. The Nuggets rallied and closed to within four at 111-107 on Barton's three with 1:27 remaining. Gobert hit a pair of free throws on the other end, and then Mitchell blocked a layup attempt by Torrey Craig with 43.6 seconds left to help Utah halt the rally. TIP-INS Nuggets: Barton dished out a season-high five assists. He's averaging 3.0 assists over his last five games. ... Denver gave up 21 points on 16 turnovers. ... Jokic posted his 14th double-double in the Nuggets' last 19 games. ... Denver outscored Utah 54-32 in the paint. Jazz: Mitchell has scored at least 30 points in five of his last eight games. He has tallied at least 24 in 10 straight games. ... Utah edged Denver 22-18 in second-chance points. ... Gobert earned his 40th double-double of the season. ... The Jazz are the first Northwestern Division opponent to beat the Nuggets this season. UP NEXT Nuggets: Host the Suns on Friday (Saturday, PHL time). Jazz: Host the Timberwolves on Friday (Saturday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports34 min. ago Related News

UAAP Jrs: Damaging losses for UST & DLSZ, FEU bounces back

FEU defeated UE, 99-82. Adamson squeaked past UST, 69-67. Ateneo crushed UPIS, 115-68. And NU was steadier in the clutch against DLSZ, 82-67, in a game that was closer that the final score suggested......»»

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WATCH: NBA game recap and highlights

      MANILA, Philippines – Here's the day's recap and other game highlights in the NBA! Watch Russell Westbrook drop a triple-double to lift the Thunder while the Raptors cruise to another win, plus more thrilling action on Tuesday, January 22 (Wednesday, January 23, Manila time). Game Results Toronto ........»»

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Fuel Masters blaze past Dyip

Phoenix Pulse started the game with a 12-0 salvo and dominated with a lead as big as 19 as the Fuel Masters crushed the Columbian Dyip and top rookie CJ Perez, 108-98, for a third straight win in a hot start in PBA Season 44......»»

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PBA: Calvin wants CJ to keep pushing: “Rookie pa lang”

Calvin Abueva is well aware of the Beast and Baby Beast comparisons between him and CJ Perez. He knows it, he sees it. He does not care pretty much, at least on court. Off of it, he’s good with his junior. But once both of them are playing, it’s all business. “Hindi ko naman masa-suggest na ganito gawin mo, hindi naman ganoon. Hindi naman kami magka-teammate di ba,” Abueva said. “Magkalaban kami sa court. Ang akin lang, sa labas, kapatid ang turing ko sa kanya, walang personalan sa akin. Walang personalan. Ang sa amin, sabi ko nga, improve mo pa ang sarili mo, sa laro mo,” he added. CJ Perez sizzled in his PBA debut, firing 26 points, 24 in the second half, as his Columbian Dyip took down 4-time champion San Miguel Beer. Against Phoenix, Perez was limited to 10 points though he did have eight rebounds, six assists, two steals, and two blocks. The Dyip lost however. In their win, Abueva fired 18 points on top of nine rebounds, three assists, and three steals. “Ang sa akin naman, I want to win the game, hindi [match ups] lang ang pinag-uusapan. Eto yung game na mananalo kayo, hindi yung keso ganyan, keso ganito, ilang points ka, ilang points ako,” Abueva said.  “Ang bitter naman siguro noon. Ang ina-ano dito, kung ano yung team na mananalo, di ba?” he added. Still, the comparisons are fair to say the least and Abueva acknowledged it. Well sort of. “Actually, noong college nakikita ko. Pero wag siyang masyadong guarantee sa mga nilalaro niya ngayon,” Abueva said. “Dapat, i-force niya pa, i-push niya pa, para mas mag high level pa yung galawan niya sa loob. Kasi rookie pa lang eh, rookie pa lang. Siyempre marami tayong nai-isip about sa rookie, pero improve mo muna ang sarili mo sa pro, bago ka mag-high level. Okay. Thank you,” Calvin added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: Papakasal kami eh, so kailangang kumita -- Revilla on playing inspired

LA Revilla is extra motivated this season. The Phoenix Pulse guard played an inspired game to help the Fuel Masters remain perfect, three games into the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. With fiancée Petron star Denden Lazaro watching the game at the Big Dome, Revilla pumped in 12 points and dished out seven assists in Phoenix’s 108-98 victory over Columbian Dyip Wednesday night. Asked about his inspiration for playing well, Revilla had a simple answer. “Dagdag inspiration? Oo kasi gagastos ako after one year papakasal kami eh. So kailangang kumita,” Revilla told reporters in jest, just an earshot away from Lazaro. Revilla, a former De La Salle University star, recently proposed to the Ateneo de Manila University product. The couple plan to tie the knot next year. Revilla shot 4-of-8 from the field and added four rebounds and a steal. “Okay naman (ang laro ko), buti mataas ‘yung field goal,” he said. With Revilla playing consistent, the Fuel Masters are moving on the right direction.    “Sana magtuluy-tuloy, syempre hindi naman namin mapa-promise or magiging 11-0, hindi naman yun ‘yung goal. As much as possible, one game at a time lang,” said Revilla. “Last conference, second nga kami, natalo naman kami sa twice-to-beat. So it doesn’t really matter yung standing, I think the growth of the team ‘yung importante.” Phoenix will stake its unbeaten slate once again against Blackwater at the Ynares Sports Center in Antipolo on February 1.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports12 hr. 34 min. ago Related News

PBA: Dyip s Jerramy King out for 2-3 months due to PCL tear

Columbian Dyip guard Jerramy King will miss 2-3 months due to a slight tear to the posterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. He suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Dyip's 124-118 win against the retooled San Miguel Beermen last Friday at the Cuneta Astrodome. King managed to finish the game as he racked up 7 points, 8 rebounds, and an assist in 24:33 minutes of playing time. "I went for a layup on Chris Ross and I fell down. My adrenaline helped me to play through the game but after the game I wasn’t able to walk anymore. So I went to the doctor and that’s what they told me," shared the Fil-Am. The 6'0 guard attended Columbian's game Wednesday afternoon, and walked with crutches as his right leg was wrapped for protection. King, a strong candidate for Most Improved Player last season with averages of 14.8 points, 5.9 rebounds, and 2.9 assists will be sorely missed by the Dyip in the remainder of the Philippine Cup eliminations. Although out, he let out a sigh of relief after avoiding a much more devastating knee injury, one which may sideline him for the rest of the year-long season. "No [previous injury] like this. I think I got lucky. It’s not that bad. 2-3 months is okay," shared King. "I’ve heard a lot worse like ACL. I'm just glad it’s my PCL." He also added that he is already preparing for the road to recovery, and perhaps a return to the year's most prestigious tournament. "You know, everything’s in God’s hands and if this is the position I needed to be in, I just try to stay positive and come back stronger." __ Follow this wruter on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

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PBA: TNT survives NLEX to register first win of the season

TNT can register this win, finally. The KaTropa beat NLEX Wednesday at the Big Dome, 85-80, winning their first game of the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup. TNT lost a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter and had to rely on RR Pogoy and Jayson Castro to hold on for the win. Castro first found Pogoy for what seemed like a dagger three, giving TNT an 82-77 lead. However, Poy Erram would quickly take that triple back on the other end, securing a 2-for-1 for the Road Warriors. Unfortunately for NLEX, it was TNT that would cash in with three free throws from Castro and Pogoy while Bong Galanza missed what would have been a game-tying triple with about four seconds left.     — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports12 hr. 34 min. ago Related News

PBA: Pogoy eases into expanded role with TNT

If it’s not quite obvious just yet, RR Pogoy has taken a bigger role in the entirety of TNT’s offense for the new PBA season. In three games so far for the KaTropa, Pogoy is averaging 23.7 points per game with outputs of 21 points, a career-high 30, and 20 points in TNT’s first win of the Philippine Cuup Wednesday against NLEX. Pogoy, who has always identified himself as a defensive stopper first, says that he’s been easing into his new role slowly. He admits to being a little nervous with his expanded resposibility. “Unang-una, parang kinakabahan nga ako sa role na yun kasi FEU pa lang, defensive player na talaga ako eh, second na yung offense,” Pogoy said. “Ngayon, parang tine-take ko as a challenge sa sarili ko yun kasi binigyan talaga ako ng play ni coach para lang sa opensa ko,” he added. An expanded role on offense doesn’t necessarily mean results and TNT as a whole struggled to pick up wins so far, going 1-2. Still, Pogoy has proven effective at least personally and proof is his scoring output to start that the All-Filipino. The three-year guard credits the extra work he’s been putting in practice that has helped him eliminate the initial nerves he felt in his new role. “Unang-una, sa practice talaga. Doble yung ensayo ko. Minsan nagbe-break sila pero ako nage-ensayo, kami ni coach. Para hindi ako kabahan sa totoong laro na, kasi alam ko na inensayo ko yun eh,” Pogoy said. “Ano lang, hintay-hintay lang ako kay kuya Jayson. Kasi alam mo naman, kaya niya lahat eh. Ako abang-abang lang ako sa kanya. Pag nahihirapan na siya, dun na ako. Parang ganun. Hindi lang naman ako, kaming lahat yun,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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1 killed, 1 hurt in ‘Wowowin’ studio taping accident

MANILA, Philippines --- A member of the audience was killed in an accident during the taping of GMA 7's variety game show "Wowowin." A joint statement from GMA Network and WBR Entertainment said a member of the audience was injured while another lost her life at 5:25 p.m on Tuesday. "During the Wowowin taping on Tuesday, 22 January 2019 on or about 5:25 in the afternoon, an unfortunate accident transpired during the opening number of the show. One member from the studio audience was injured, while another lost her life," the statement read. The statement said Milagros Espiritu was hurt while Estrella Bongot died in the incident. According to Security Marshal Roel Batang, the ...Keep on reading: 1 killed, 1 hurt in ‘Wowowin’ studio taping accident.....»»

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Struggling Kevin Alas takes blame for NLEX loss to TNT

Kevin Alas felt he was the one to blame for NLEX's latest loss on Wednesday night. Alas cited lapses on his part in the critical moments of the Road Warriors' 85-80 defeat to the TNT KaTropa. "Today's game I think I cost us the game because I fouled Jayson (Castro) then, Roger (Pogoy) hit that three-points that was my assignment then, I also missed an open three so I have to take responsibility," Alas told reporters. With NLEX trailing by two, Alas missed an open 3-pointer with 1:09 left then, saw TNT swingman Roger Pogoy hit a triple in front of him before committing a personal foul that led to a free throw by Jayson Castro for an 83-80 KaTropa edge with 14 seconds left. With stil...Keep on reading: Struggling Kevin Alas takes blame for NLEX loss to TNT.....»»

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Navotas Clutch outlasts Batangas in double overtime game

Navotas Clutch outlasts Batangas in double overtime game.....»»

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Serena to keep soldiering on in search of 24th Slam

    MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams vowed Wednesday, January 23, to keep "soldiering on" in a bid to reach 24 Grand Slam titles, admitting her game needed work after a sensational collapse in the Australian Open quarterfinals. The 37-year-old American rallied back from a set down against Karolina Pliskova and was leading ........»»

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Smith returns as starter, Mavericks hold off Clippers 106-98

By Schuyler Dixon, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Dennis Smith Jr. had 17 points and eight rebounds in his return after a week away from the team amid trade talk, and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Los Angeles Clippers 106-98 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Smith had two of his four assists on a layup and alley-oop dunk in the fourth quarter for DeAndre Jordan, who had 13 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks in his third game against the team with which the 6'11" center from Texas spent his first 10 seasons. Rookie sensation Luka Doncic, whose sudden emergence has clouded Smith's future in just his second season with the Mavericks, matched Smith with 17 points, including a key jumper with Dallas hanging on to a late lead in just its third win in 10 games. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points while Avery Bradley and Lou Williams had 15 apiece for the Clippers, who lost for the sixth time in seven games coming off a win in San Antonio that ended a season-long five-game losing streak. Harrison Barnes stopped a recent three-point shooting slump by making 3-of-5 from long range, including one for the biggest Dallas lead at nine points with less than a minute remaining. Barnes led Dallas with 20 points. The Clippers missed 16 straight shots in the second half, including their last 15 of the third quarter. But they still led 88-83 in the fourth before going 4-of-16 to finish the game. They shot 36 percent overall. Smith and Doncic shared the floor for the final 2:14, with Smith starting that stretch with a long pass to Jordan for the dunk. Soon after, Doncic worked methodically for a jumper for a 101-93 lead with 1:22 to go. The 21-year-old Smith had missed six straight games. The first three were listed as back tightness, but the last three were officially for illness as trade talk percolated. He missed a two-game road trip and was away from the team for its most recent home game last Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The Clippers finished the third quarter shooting 17 percent (4-of-23). Despite the woeful shooting, they were tied at 73-all before Dirk Nowitzki hit a three-pointer and Devin Harris had a driving layup for a 78-73 Dallas lead going to the fourth. Nowitzki, in his record 21st season with the same franchise, made 2-of-4 from long range and finished with eight points. The 40-year-old played 10 minutes, right on his season average. TIP-INS Clippers: Williams returned after missing two games with a hamstring issue. He was 5-of-16 from the field, including 1-of-6 from three. ... Leading scorer Danilo Gallinari missed his second straight game with back spasms. Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews was 1-of-4 from three-point range and needs two more from long range to become the first undrafted player with 1,500 career three-pointers. ... Doncic and Smith struggled from long range, combining to go 1-of-14 with several shots that missed the rim. ... Doncic had seven rebounds and six assists. UP NEXT Clippers: At Miami on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), with LA trying to avoid getting swept in two-game season series for second straight year. Mavericks: Both of this season's meetings with the Pistons are in the coming week, Friday in Dallas and Jan. 31 in Detroit (Saturday and Feb. 1, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 23rd, 2019Related News

Serena turns ankle, wastes match points in loss to Pliskova

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Serena Williams was one point — just one — from quite a comeback victory in the Australian Open quarterfinals when she turned her left ankle. Everything unraveled from there. In a startling reversal and result, Williams wasted four match points along the way to dropping the last six games of a 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 loss to No. 7 seed Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic at Melbourne Park on Wednesday. "I was almost in the locker room," said Pliskova, who trailed 5-1 in the third set, "but now I'm standing here as the winner." So instead of Williams moving closer to an eighth championship at the Australian Open and record-tying 24th Grand Slam title overall, it is Pliskova who will continue her pursuit of her first major trophy. In the semifinals, Pliskova will face No. 4-seeded Naomi Osaka, who advanced by beating No. 6 Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-1 earlier Wednesday. Williams' surprising loss scuttled a much-anticipated rematch after her loss to Osaka in the chaotic U.S. Open final last September. The 37-year-old American's match against Pliskova was played under a stifling sun, with the temperature around 80 degrees (25 Celsius), and Williams often stepped into the patches of shade behind each baseline. She did not start well, not well at all, and her mistakes were mounting and deficit was growing. Only after trailing by a set and a break at 3-2 in the second did Williams seem to get going. From there, she immediately earned her first break point of the match and converted it to get to 3-all, beginning a run in which she claimed nine of 11 games. That seemed to put her in control. And then it all changed. Serving for the victory at 5-1, 40-30, Williams was called for a foot fault — reminiscent of an infamous such call at the U.S. Open a decade ago. During the ensuing point Wednesday, Williams twisted her left ankle and dumped a forehand into the net. She grabbed at her foot right afterward, and would go on to cede that game. Not a big deal, right? She still had a sizable lead. Except three more match points would follow, and Pliskova staved off each one. Williams would again serve for the match at 5-3 — and again get broken. The owner of the most feared and respected serve in women's tennis was broken for a third time in a row at 5-all, and Pliskova was on her way. "She got a little bit shaky in the end," Pliskova said. "So I took my chances. And I won.".....»»

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Towns, Timberwolves rout short-handed Suns 118-91

By Bob Baum, Associated Press PHOENIX (AP) — Karl-Anthony-Towns had 25 points, 18 rebounds and seven assists and the Minnesota Timberwolves took an early lead and rolled past the short-handed Phoenix Suns 118-91 on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time). Josh Okogie added a career-high 21 points for the Timberwolves, who beat the Suns for the second time in a row, following a 116-114 win in Minneapolis on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), when Derrick Rose sank the game-winner on a drive at the buzzer. In both games, Phoenix was without centers Deandre Ayton (left ankle sprain) and Richaun Holmes (right foot sprain). Devin Booker scored 14 for Phoenix before he and Minnesota's Gorgui Deng were ejected with 5:24 left in the third quarter. Phoenix already trailed by 20 by then. Josh Jackson had a season-high 27 points and 10 rebounds for Phoenix, which lost its fifth straight. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 13 and Dragan Bender, who started at center, had 12 points and 10 boards. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 and Jerryd Bayless 14 for Minnesota. It was a far cry from the tight game the teams played two days earlier. The Suns never led and were down by as many as 30 in the second half. Phoenix trailed only 44-42 after Bender's three-pointer midway through the second quarter but the Timberwolves outscored the Suns 20-7 the final 6:33 of the half to lead 64-49 at the break. Towns had 20 points and 11 rebounds in the first quarters. Minnesota stretched it to 80-60 on Bayless' fourth triple of the night with 6:52 left in the third quarter. The Timberwolves led 82-62 with 5:24 left in the third quarter when Booker and Dieng got into a brief altercation, with Booker getting knocked down and responded with a hand to Dieng's face. After a video review, both were ejected. Since Booker is averaging 24.5 points per game and Dieng 5.4, Minnesota got the obvious advantage of that one. TIP-INS Timberwolves: Jeff Teague missed the game with left foot soreness. ... Tyus Jones missed his third straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... Timberwolves have another pair of consecutive games against the same opponent next week, against Utah on Friday and Sunday (Saturday and next Monday, PHL time). ... Minnesota has won 6-of-9 games. ... Timberwolves won the season series 2-1. Suns: Phoenix has had four stretches of at least five losses in a row this season. ... Booker drew a technical foul from the bench in the second quarter. ... Oubre snapped a string of seven straight games of at least 14 points, longest such stretch of his career. .... Booker is averaging 24 points and a career-high seven assists. James Harden and LeBron James are the only others to have done that so far this season. UP NEXT Timberwolves: At the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). Suns: Host Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time)......»»

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UAAP: Sotto, Ateneo drop 44 points in first quarter to destroy UPIS

STANDINGS NU 9-1 Ateneo 8-3 FEU-Diliman 8-3 Adamson 7-4 UST 5-6 DLSZ 4-6 UE 1-10 UPIS 1-10 Ateneo de Manila High School has flown higher even as other playoff hopefuls Far Eastern University-Diliman and Adamson High School have bounced back in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament. The Blue Eaglets got it going from the get-go and buried the University of the Philippines Integrated School in a 44-point first quarter hole it could never get out of in a 115-68 domination on Wednesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Of course, Kai Sotto towered over the competition with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and five assists while frontcourt partner Geo Chiu had his own 16-marker, 11-board double-double. The backcourt also did damage with Forthsky Padrigao collecting 17points, 10 rebounds, seven assists, and two steals. With everybody clicking, the defending champions scored 11 unanswered points to begin the game before going on to total 44 points in the first quarter. In the same timeframe, the Junior Maroons would only be able to muster 15 points. From that point, the Ateneo lead would only grow as big as 51 en route to a third win in a row and eighth overall in 11 games. “I think we’re growing up already. Batang team ‘to and now, they got experience and hopefully, we can peak at the right time,” a beaming head coach Reggie Varilla said post-game. The Blue Eaglets took care of business just as the Baby Tamaraws levelled with them in the standings following a 99-82 rout of University of the East. Xyrus Torres and Bryan Sajonia were on fire for the green and yellow with 24 and 22 points, respectively, while RJ Abarrientos chipped in 13 markers and seven rebounds. Coming off their worst loss in the season, FEU-Diliman is now just one win away from clinching a playoff berth – just like the defending champions. Also getting a mighty rebound from their worst loss in the season are the Baby Falcons who weathered the storm brought about by University of Sto. Tomas, 69-67. Joem Sabandal turned in his most complete game with 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and four steals while big men Lorenz Capulong and AP Manlapaz combined for 19 markers and 10 boards. Adamson only scored eight points in the final frame, but the cushion it had from a 28-point third period proved to be more than enough for them to rise to 7-4. This was an important win for them as a loss would have tied them in the standings with the Tiger Cubs. For UST, Mark Nonoy stuffed the stat sheet anew with 27 points, seven rebounds, seven steals, and four assists while Bismarck Lina posted a 13-marker, 12-board double-double. With their rally falling short, however, they fall to 5-5 in the standings. BOX SCORES FIRST GAME FEU-DILIMAN 99 – Torres 24, Sajonia 22, Abarrientos 15, Barasi 10, Bautista J. 9, Balaga 8, Tolentino 5, Ona 2, Alforque 2, Bradley 2, Anonuevo 0, Armendez 0, Bautista S. 0, Bagunu 0, Libago 0, Sicat 0. UE 82 – Dichoso 31, Sullano 19, Flores 14, Alinsoring 5, Agbas 5, Almacen 4, Tan 2, Tajonera 2, Gatdula 0, Lima 0, Santos 0, Villarta 0. QUARTER SCORES: 28-13, 52-31, 71-57, 99-82 SECOND GAME ADAMSON 69 – Sabandal 23, Doria Ad. 10, Capulong 10, Manlapaz 9, Prodigo 6, Doria An. 6, Santos 3, Barcelona 1, Tulabut 1, Dominguez 0, Engbino 0, Hanapi 0, Nitura 0. UST 67 – Nonoy 27, Lina 13, Amador 8, Benzonan 6, Manabat 5, Casingcasing 3, Estrella 2, Oliva 2, Marzan 1, Dolendo 0, Dumlao 0, Barranco 0. QUARTER SCORES: 19-19, 33-35, 61-51, 69-67 THIRD GAME ATENEO 115 – Sotto 18, Padrigao 17, David 16, Chiu 16, Jaymalin 9, Fetalvero 9, Ladimo 8, Diaz 7, Espinosa 6, Salandanan 4, Narciso 3, Lechoncito 2, Pangilinan 0, Corral 0, Coo 0 UPIS 68 – Labao 14, Tuazon 12, Vergeire 11, Torres 11, Estrera 10, Gomez de Liano 10, Armamento 0, Lopez 0, VIllaverde 0, Napalang 0, Galotera 0 QUARTER SCORES: 44-18, 65-37, 95-53, 115-68 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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US video game industry scored $43.4B record sales in 2018

SAN FRANCISCO, United States --- From "Fortnite" to "Pokemon Go," play in the US drove video-game industry revenue to a record-setting $43.4 billion last year, according to data released Tuesday. Spending on games in the US in 2018 climbed 18 percent from the previous year, according to figures from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and market tracker NPD Group. "Whether it was playing on the go on a mobile device or at home on a PC or console, consumers of all ages and interests found compelling content that delighted in 2018," NPD video games analyst Mat Piscatella said in a statement. Play on all types of devices grew significantly last year, while momentum in subscrip...Keep on reading: US video game industry scored $43.4B record sales in 2018.....»»

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Broner only looked to land KO punch – Buboy

Buboy Fernandez, Pacquiao’s childhood buddy who’s gone 2-0 since taking over as head trainer, said Broner’s game plan revolved around landing that home run of a punch in the hopes of sending the Filipino to dreamland......»»

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