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Tan, partner win in Boracay

Leaving behind a heartbreaking 21-17, 13-21, 14-16 loss to Singapore’s Eliza Chong and Lau Ee Shan in last Friday’s opener, Tan and Rodriguez were in the zone on both ends of the sand court to send the Malaysians packing, while keeping the three-time Beach Volleyball Republic On Tour champions in the competition......»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: News2 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

Raptors on brink of first Finals berth in franchise history

By Steve Aschburner, NBA.com TORONTO -- Twenty-one would be a very cool number for the Toronto Raptors. Before they get it, though, they’ll need to get one. And one would be beyond cool. Off the charts, historic, potentially transformative and largely indescribable. Twenty-one: That’s how many teams in NBA playoff history will have overcome an 0-2 start to win a best-of-seven series, if the Raptors manage to close out the Milwaukee Bucks in the Eastern Conference finals. Whether it happens in Game 6 Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) at Scotiabank Arena or in Game 7 back in Milwaukee Monday (Tuesday, PHL time), Toronto would buck outlandish odds -- this is the 289th series to begin with the same team winning the first two games, so we’re talking a seven percent likelihood (20-of-288). [Watch the Playoffs on NBA League Pass for 30% less with this limited time offer! Select Annual package and use code SAVE30 at checkout to redeem] One: That’s all that stands between the Raptors and the first NBA Final appearance in Toronto franchise history. One more victory in the next three days would validate the risks and twists of this 2018-19 season for the Raptors, while exorcising nearly a quarter century’s worth of demons. One little win and Toronto finally will break through, capping a stellar six-year run of promising regular seasons and heartbreaking postseasons. They will have earned, in the face of so much uncertainty, their best shot yet at a championship, even if it means going through the mighty Golden State Warriors. When Raptors president Masai Ujiri traded for star forward Kawhi Leonard, he was gambling not just that Leonard could recover from the right quadriceps injury that scuttled his 2017-18. He was guessing that swapping in Leonard for former All-Star wing DeMar DeRozan could push Toronto to, well, right where they’re at. And he was hoping Leonard, a rent-a-player able to leave this summer in free agency, would enjoy the whole experience enough to let Ujiri pay him $220 million over the next five seasons. It’s impossible to know where things stand on that last front, owing to Leonard’s inscrutability and a decision that’s still six weeks away. But the Raptors never have gotten this far, so there is an opportunity here to be savored, with more potentially to come. “It would be a very, very long summer thinking about what could have been or what you could have done,” guard Fred VanVleet said, framing things a bit negatively after raining 7-of-9 three-pointers on Milwaukee in the 105-99 Game 5 victory. “So we've just got to go out there and have no regrets. … One win away from the Finals sounds pretty good to me.” Sounds a little easier, maybe, than it actually will be. The Raptors are at home for Game 6 and the crowd at Scotiabank crowd, already dialed high, will be able to let it rip without any fear -- immediate fear, anyway -- of failure. But Milwaukee will be desperate. Giannis Antetokounmpo has pledged that his team will not “fold.” And the Bucks have zero interest in a knock-knock year, believing all season that they were good enough to reach and win the championship. They wouldn’t be human if they weren’t shaken by the three consecutive defeats Toronto has dealt them. The Raptors have managed to surround and partially stifle Antetokounmpo, while still firing out enough to bother Milwaukee’s three-point shooters into repeated misfires. The Bucks’ defense has been probed and poked like a cut-rate steak. They resorted again to some uncharacteristic switching in Game 5 but had most of their success inside the arc. Late in the pivotal loss, they got beat for five offensive rebounds, when grabbing two or three might have swung the outcome. “It's win or lose,” coach Mike Budenholzer said Friday (Saturday, PHL time) in a conference call with reporters. “When you win, there are things that [still] are concerning and unsettling that you need to work on and improve. I think there's just enough possessions where there's a couple of rebounds that stand out. “Can we do a little bit better job in some of our activity in certain situations. Offensively, I think at times can our spacing be better and our ball movement be better? But I would say it's like a lot of games. We didn't get it done.” One area in which Budenholzer refuses to budge, dire circumstances be darned, is in his use vs. overuse of Antetokounmpo. The load the Greek Freak carries when he’s on the floor, the activity he generates, leads to fatigue and wear-and-tear that requires regular breathers. Extending his star’s minutes, Budenholzer believes, would lead to less “peak Giannis” rather than more, an inevitable tradeoff of quality over quantity. And the Bucks need every bit of Antetokounmpo’s best, or what’s left of it in their 97th game of the season. “Giannis, it's so impressive what he does and how important he is,” Budenholzer said. “I maintain that him getting appropriate rest, appropriate kind of just a chance to catch his breath, refuel… At the end of the day, you need to be able to produce and perform, including in the fourth quarter.” At the possible end of your season, though, you’ll have plenty of time to refuel if the opponent pounces while your star sits. Said Raptors coach Nick Nurse, in his own teleconference: “It's a ‘whatever it takes’ game. It's an unlimited-minutes night. This is just like any other critical must-win game.” Steve Aschburner has written about the NBA since 1980. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

UAAP: Coach Franz says Adamson now a destination for blue-chip recruits

Adamson University, new-look and all, is doing pretty well in the ongoing 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament. Following the lead of Jerrick Ahanmisi and fanning the flames of the development of Simon Camacho and Jerom Lastimosa, the Soaring Falcons are now one of the league leaders in the preseason tournament. Of course, it's not only those three doing the heavy lifting as rookies Aaron Fermin and Joem Sabandal and first-year foreign reinforcement Lenda Douanga have also delivered much-welcome contributions. "I think we got very good recruits," head coach Franz Pumaren said after they improved to 3-1. "But basically, they still need to work on their individual skills." Aside from Fermin, a double-double machine from his time in Arellano High School, and Sabandal, a steadying force for Adamson HS, also now in San Marcelino are Lorenz Capulong, AP Manlapaz, Joshua Yerro, and Doria twins Adam and Andrey. That has given the blue and white one of the best recruiting classes in 2019. That big-time offseason haul proved coach Franz correct when he said that Adamson could now recruit with the best of the best. "Since I took over, I think we picked up a lot of respectability. We already established that Adamson can be a powerhouse in basketball," he said at the end of their campaign in UAAP 81 last November. He then continued, "Right now, we are a destination for high school kids who want to be developed." Without a doubt, getting the better of other suitors for the likes of blue-chip recruits Fermin, Sabandal, and Yerro is nothing but a welcome development for the Soaring Falcons - upstarts in terms of recruitment compared to the likes of Ateneo de Manila University, De La Salle University, or San Beda University. And the reason for that is pretty simple - in the eyes of their mentor. As he put it, "We thrive on developing and bringing out the best in players. That's why I know that this is now a destination for aspiring players." He then continued, "If you want to be noticed, to be put on the map, of course, the right place to go is with us." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

PVL: BaliPure: Ready for the challenge

BaliPure will make its return in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference after skipping last year’s season-ending tournament. New head coach Romel Abella welcomes the new challenge of leading a revamped Water Defenders, who won the 2017 Open Conference title.   “Challenge na rin kasi na puro bago ang mga players namin and at the same time yung mga players namin since bago nga it’s their time to prove na yung skills nila at par sa level ng pagplalaruan namin,” said Abella, who steered former team Pocari Sweat to the throne in the inaugural staging of the import-laden conference. “Challenge sa akin, sa coaching staff and sa mga players na rin. Pero masaya ang challenge,” added Abella. The Water Defenders skipped the 2018 Open Conference after a sixth place finish in the Reinforced contest where BaliPure fielded a core of high school and college standouts from National University. This time, BaliPure will lean on the leadership of veteran player Grazielle Bombita, who played for Iriga last year. Helping Bombita are first-time imports Danijela Dzakovic from Montenegro and Slovakian Alexandra Vajdova. Other local stars looking to prove their mettle in the league are Menchie Tubiera, setter Necelle Gual of Perpetual Help, Vira Guillema and Jewelle Bermillo of San Sebastian College, Sandy Delos Santos, Satrianni Espiritu of San Beda College, Carrie Pronuevo, Miracle Mendoza, Patria Pena and Kat Racelis of Mapua University.   “Masaya ngayon since bago ang tuturuan mo, nandoon ang eagerness na ma-prove ang sarili nila,” said Abella. BaliPure will open its campaign on Sunday against newcomer ParificTown Army. “Nilu-look forward ko kung ano ang ilalabas ng mga players natin, na kung hanggang saan ang maipapakita namin as individuals and a team,” Abella said. “Hopefully, mag-translate yung pina-practice namin sa laro namin.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

PBA: Yeng irate over “stupid” foul that cost NLEX a win

In a close game Saturday against Northport, one particular call got NLEX head coach Yeng Guiao irate. With the Road Warriors trailing by one in the final minute, Kyles Lao was called for a pushing foul on Nico Elorde. Elorde was going out of bounds and tried to call timeout. No timeout was awarded but instead, Lao was called for the push when he rushed in and tried to trap Elorde near the sideline. Guiao argued the call and was given a technical in the process. And while Elorde ended up missing two of the three free throws awarded to him, NLEX ended up still losing by four, dropping to 0-2 for the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. “I'm not surprised that people are complaining about the officiating. My problem with that call is si [technical director] Eric Castro justified [it]. I think that's stupidity. That is a stupid way to justify that call. They justified it by saying there was contact. The problem is not all contacts are foul. To me, that is a stupid way to justify that,” Guiao said. “Sobrang nipis. And previous to that action, kung gusto nilang tumawag ng foul, we just watched the tape, Sean Anthony was climbing all over the back of Kenneth Ighalo. They did not call that but they called an itsy bitsy physical contact. To me, that's not justifiable,” he added. With such a close game and the timing of the call, coach Yeng says that the foul should have been let go. It pretty much cost NLEX the win he said. “We got a really ugly break. I don't think the foul on Kyles Lao was something that you should call in a situation like that,” Guiao said. “That's a really bad call and it cost us the game,” he added. Still, coach Yeng was satisfied with his team’s effort in the loss. NLEX went All-Filipino against Northport as import Tony Mitchell’s documents didn’t arrive in time to make the game. “I'm actually happy with our effort. We played without an import but we had a chance to win the game in the last one or two possessions,” Guiao said. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

PBA: Crucial stretch coming up for Northport says Anthony

For the second time this season, Northport has started a conference with a 2-0 mark. Following a win against NLEX Saturday, the Batang Pier are 2-0 in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Of course, they had the same record in the All-Filipino and then went on to lose six straight games. They ended up missing the playoffs. Northport wants to avoid that this time around. “We just gotta figure out how to keep winning as a team,” forward Sean Anthony said. “Games don’t get easier. We got TNT and then all three San Miguel teams. So it’s gonna be a big stretch for us coming up. We gotta buckle down and just keep getting better,” he added. Against NLEX, Northport had to scramble late just to pick up a win. The Road Warriors were without an import and the Batang Pier were still without star guard Stanley Pringle. “It’s a big win anytime you’re missing your best player and your team can pull off wins,” Anthony said.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports11 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

PBA: Jones gets 40-20 and TNT rolls past Alaska

There’s no stopping Terrence Jones and TNT in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. At least for now. Jones was dominant once again, leading the KaTropa to a big 99-85 win over Alaska Saturday at the Big Dome. After firing 41 points in his PBA debut, Jones was good for 43 points this time and TNT won a second game in as many outings. He also had 22 rebounds before getting ejected with two minutes left for two technical fouls in the game. “Our main short-term goal is to win as much as possible, especially in the early part of the conference,” said head coach Bong Ravena. “Kailangan main laging maka-panalo, hahanapin kasi namin mga talo namin sa una [late in the conference],” he added. TNT got the job done against the Aces to be on top of the standings this early. The KaTropa pulled away in the fourth, leading by as many as 19 after being only up two at the break. Jones was largely responsible for that, scoring 14 in the second quarter and another 21 in the second half to anchor the TNT offense. Jayson Castro was the top local for the KaTropa, adding 14 points, three asssists, three steals, and two blocks. Alaska got 23 from import Chris Daniels and 22 from Jvee Casio but the Aces have now lost back-to-back games for a 1-2 record. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Let go and grow

  WHAT have you given up or sacrificed lately, and what do you intend to gain from that? For many people – and depending on the purpose – less time for rest and recreation, less sweet, salty, fatty, and starchy food, reduced frequency of a taxi or car ride, and decreased TV/gadget time have helped. […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: News15 hr. 8 min. ago Related News

Children’s Games at Bangkal parish in Davao

PSC chairman William I. Ramirez first joined the parade around the Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, which he said was the first time he did since the Children's Games was revived in May 2017......»»

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Palace to Trillanes: Good luck with possible jail time after ‘Bikoy’ revelation

Malacañang on Friday slammed anew Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, saying the opposition lawmaker should prepare himself for the possibility of being put behind bars again after he was linked to an alleged effort to oust President Rodrigo Duterte......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News21 hr. 55 min. ago Related News

Ex-La Salle, Ateneo stars lead Katayama to victory in PBL opener

Former DLSU Green Batter Carlos Munoz and ex-Ateneo Blue Eagle Matt Laurel made a triumphant return to the diamond last weekend. Behind the two stalwarts, the Katayama Baseball Academy Stars trashed the young Rizal Technological University Thunder in just five innings, 13-0, during the opening weekend of the 2019 Philippine Baseball League Open Conference. "I made the team because I wanted to give an opportunity to the players who graduated from the UAAP," said KBA head coach Keiji Katayama. In his very first at-bat after a year-long absence from the game, right fielder Munoz slammed a deep home run to right field for a quick 2-0 lead. "I'm happy to have a baseball team with Carlos, Matt, and SJ [San Juan]. I hope they return to the game because they still have a chance to make it to the National Team," added Katayama about having the trio in this tournament organized by the Philippine Amateur Baseball Association with the support of the Philippine Sports Commission. Munoz had three RBIs in the game while ex-UP shortstop Mark Tuballas and former Adamson third baseman Kyle Villafana had three and two RBIs, respectively. UAAP Season 81 Finals MVP Kiko Gesmundo led the pitching staff with three hitless innings while striking out four batters. After their quick game, KBA also played an exhibition contest against South Korean weekend warriors from the Jeju Province. "It's very, very nice because this is a goodwill game," said PABA secretary-general Pepe Munoz. "At first I was unsure about it because we are very busy in trying to fix baseball in the Philippines. Secondly, we don't know them at all. "When they showed up, they were very good. We were hoping to give them a series of games but time would not allow it," he added. Also last Saturday, Jerome Ponce connected on the first home run of the conference that led the way for the Thunder's 8-2 whipping of the Philippine Air Force. National team standout Aids Bernardo pitched all seven innings for Thunder, allowing just seven hits while fanning five Lawins. Air Force bounced back a day later with an 8-3 victory over the UST Golden Sox. In other games, the Adamson Soaring Falcons opened the conference by eking out a 3-1 win over the NU Bulldogs, the IPPC Nationals thrashed the Ateneo Blue Eagles 7-3, and the DLSU Green Batters escaping RTU-Alums 11-6......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2019Related News

Derek Ramsay joins Batangas Athletics for next MPBL season

Actor Derek Ramsay will suit up for Batangas City Athletics in the next season of the MPBL. “I love the game of basketball. Joining the team is an honor. I always considered myself an athlete before an actor. I know there will be haters and people who will doubt me, but that’s okay. This is a challenge that I’ve decided to take on. I hope to help the team in any possible way I can,” Ramsay said. This is not the first time for the television and movie personality to play basketball in the big leagues as he was previously with the Kettle Korn team in the now-defunct Philippine Basketball League. “Derek is not only a good actor, but a good basketball player as well. We are happy to have him on our team,” Batangas City team manager Gerry Tee said. Tee said that Ramsay will see action in the opening game of the MPBL at the MOA Arena on June 12. He will also play in their Dubai game in September. The Athletics were crowned the inaugural champions of the amateur league and then reached the South Division Finals in the Datu Cup before falling to Davao Occidental......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2019Related News

PBA: Ferrer missed matching up with “bespren” Parks Jr.

Back when they were playing in the UAAP for UST and NU respectively, Kevin Ferrer and Bobby Ray Parks Jr. went to war a lot of times. In almost all cases, it was the two of them that matched up. In the case of the Growling Tigers, the lanky Ferrer was the perfect foil for the Bulldogs’ MVP in Parks Jr. Both young wings finally got the chance to meet on-court Friday in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup and Ferrer got his chance to mark down Parks once again. “Ah, si bespren,” Ferrer said. “Wala lang, masaya ulit na mabantayan siya. Ayun, na-miss ko lang siya bantayan,” he added. It’s been a while since they both played against each other and Ferrer certainly took note of the differences his rival went through on the court. Parks Jr. is a different beast now. He got better, a lot. “Malaking pagbabago eh, maraming na-develop sa kanya, yung mga decision [making] niya [nagbago],” Ferrer said. Ferrer and his Growling Tigers took down Parks’ NU Bulldogs multiple times in the UAAP back in the days but Ray gets the last laugh this time as his Blackwater Elite beat Ginebra in overtime. When they meet again, Ferrer hopes to get back his win but he makes sure to note that his matchup with Parks is nothing personal. It’s just an assignment. “First game pa lang naman eh. Pag magka-harap ulit, sana manalo na,” Ferrer said. “Trabaho lang, trabaho na to eh. Kailangan ko lang gawin trabaho ko, gawin ko yung best ko,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2019Related News

PBA: Brownlee expects big things to come from Ray Parks

Justin Brownlee has won an incredible amount of championships with different teams in different leagues since 2016. In one particular memorable run in the ABL with San Miguel-Alab Pilipinas, Brownlee won the title playing alongside Bobby Ray Parks Jr. The two of them crossed paths on the court again Friday, this time as opponents in the PBA. Parks Jr. playing only his second game in the big leagues, led his Blackwater crew to a stunning overtime win against Brownlee and his champion Gin Kings. Ginebra’s super import was not surprised. “That's why – if I'm not mistaken – three-time [ABL] MVP. I've seen him do it for the past 3 years in Alab even before I got there, I was keeping up with him and he was doing great,” Brownlee said of his former teammate. “I definitely expect big things for him in this league too,” he added. Brownlee says Parks’ size and versatility makes him stand out. The no. 2 overall pick of the 2018 Draft certainly showcased his talents against Ginebra, scoring 28 points, including 10 in overtime, to get the job done. “He got a lot of weapons. Has a great size for his position, can put the ball on the floor, can attack, can shoot the three-pointer, can get to the line,” Brownlee said of Parks. “It's very tough trying to contain him, keeping him from the free throw line and not the paint. He hit some big shots. He had a really good game and they're looking really good this conference,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2019Related News

Brigada Eskwela 2019 kicks off in Ozamiz

OZAMIZ CITY, Misamis Occidental, May 20 (PIA)--It's the time of the year again when stakeholders are encouraged to pick up their tools and take part in making sure that public schools in their resp.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 25th, 2019Related News

Marcello Lippi named as China coach

Leeds [UK], May 24 (ANI): Chinese Football Association (CFA) on Friday appointed Marcello Lippi as their coach for the second time as they prepare to qualify in the 2022 World Cup. The former Italy co.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsMay 25th, 2019Related News

PATA holds annual summit in Cebu

CEBU CITY, May 21 (PIA) -- After hosting Routes Asia 2019 in February, Central Visayas hosted again another major international travel-trade event, this time, the Pacific-Asia Tourism Association (.....»»

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Ironman 70.3 gets new backer

A new player in the industry specializing in production of environment-friendly cement in the country, Big Boss Cement comes in as the event’s presenter at a time when local triathlon is enjoying tremendous boom with top-notch endurance races held regularly across the country the last decade or so......»»

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PBA Legends Face-Off slated

This marks the fourth time UNTV will be holding this noble tournament – the first one benefited the legendary Samboy Lim of San Miguel Beer......»»

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Two Music Videos Unite Millennials with Older Generation

San Miguel Pale Pilsen proves that no matter the generation, the essence of brotherhood or samahan remains true. How do you connect older drinkers with younger ones? At a time when generations gap is more  pronuounced than ever, San Miguel Pale Pilsen’s latest music video offer both generations a reason to bond with each other. On […] The post Two Music Videos Unite Millennials with Older Generation appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsMay 25th, 2019Related News