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MPBL: San Juan cruises to victory over Marikina; Makati suffers rare loss

San Juan Knights - Go For Gold bucked a sluggish start to assert their dominance over the Marikina Shoemasters, 87-73 in Monday night action at the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. An appreciative crowd of San Juan fans at the Filoil Flying V Centre witnessed their side remain atop the MPBL standings with an 11-1 slate while the Shoemasters are holding up the North Division table at 1-11. Marikina did give the San Juaneños a scare in the first half before the Knights took control. "Mas agresibo sila noong first half. May inadjust lang kami sa defense kaya kami nanalo," explained Knight Jessie Saitanan, whose 12-point, 3-rebound night's work earned him a player of the game commendation off the bench. Marikina was up at the half 42-39 thanks to Von Tambeling's 11 first-half points. But San Juan awakened in the third with a stunning 15-2 run for a 51-44 lead midway through the quarter. Mac Cardona, John Wilson, Saitanan, and Jeffrey Tajonera all made contributions to the streak. By the end of the third the Knights were in front 63-55. There was no let up in the final period as San Juan dashed hopes of a Marikina comeback with 11 points in that quarter from John Wilson, who finished with 25. Mac Cardona also came up large in the final ten minutes with six markers. Yves Sazon's 23 points led Marikina while Tambeling was unable to score a single point in the second half. In the day's first encounter the Bulacan Kuyas ended Makati Super Crunch's five-game win streak with a gritty 76-74 victory. Dan Sara shone for the Central Luzon side with 24 points including four triples from nine attempts. The Bulakeños were firmly in command at the half and even until the end of the third, when they were up 59-52. But Super Crunch sprung to life in the early 4th quarter, when a pair of John Rey Villanueva three-bombs granted them a 61-60 lead. Villanueva finished with 18 points. The see-saw battle continued into the final seconds, when, down 74-75, Makati's Cedric Ablaza faced a pair of charities. He mangled both, and an ensuing split from the line from Shaq Taganas finished the scoring. Taganas was magnificent on the boards, hauling down 15 rebounds for the Kuyas. The scalp gives Kerwin McCoy's squad a 7-5 record while Cholo Villanueva's team is now at 9-2, a game and a half behind North Division-leading San Juan. The middle match-up of Monday's sked saw the Basilan Steel - Jumbo Plastic throttle the Muntinlupa Cagers - Angelis Resort 90-79. The game was close in the fourth quarter until the Steel's Gab Danganon delivered a dagger triple with just under a minute to go for an unassailable 84-76 advantage. Basilan outscored Muntinlupa 27-18 in the payoff quarter. Chris Dumapig's 17-point, 12-rebound haul led the Steel while Angelis Resort's playing coach Dave Moralde topped Muntinlupa's scoring charts, also with 17. Munti's 36 percent shooting night doomed them to another loss and a 3-10 slate while Basilan remains on course for a playoff spot with an 8-4 record......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 3rd, 2019Related News

Félix sparks Atlético comeback; Bale scores 2, sent off

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — João Félix scored his first Spanish league goal for Atlético Madrid to spark a 3-2 comeback win over Eibar as his team kept its perfect record on Sunday, while Gareth Bale struck twice to salvage a 2-2 draw for Real Madrid at Villarreal before being sent off. Atlético's 19-year-old Portugal forward swept in a pass from strike partner Diego Costa in the 27th minute at the Wanda Metropolitano Stadium after the hosts had trailed by two goals. Atlético broke its club record to sign Félix from Benfica after triggering the 126 million euro (around $140 million) buyout clause in his contract this summer. It made most of that money back from the exit of Antoine Griezmann to Barcelona. Félix scored several impressive goals in an excellent preseason. Félix was very active in the first half which saw Atlético reeling from Eibar's strong start. He twice drew contact in the area that the referee said wasn't enough to consider a penalty, before fading as the match wore on. Víctor "Vitolo" Machín and Thomas Partey then came off the bench to score goals in the second half to complete the comeback. Diego Simeone's Atletico is the only team to take a maximum nine points in the first three rounds. Defending champion Barcelona has four points in eighth place while it waits for Lionel Messi to recover from injury and debut this season. Madrid has five points in fifth place after Bale twice erased Villarreal's lead to secure a 2-2 draw on the road. But the Wales winger then received back-to-back yellow cards in injury time for dangerous studs-first challenges and will miss the next match after the international break against Levante. Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane said he wasn't worried about his team's mediocre start to the season with just one win in three matches. "I think we did what we had to do, but we just didn't convert our chances," Zidane said. "But our way forward is this one. We can't complain about anything, except the first 15 minutes when we didn't start well." BIG COMEBACK Eibar went ahead on early goals by striker Charles and a deflected long strike by defender Artiz Arbilla. Vitolo scored to help win points for Atlético for a second straight week as a substitute. Partey finally put Atlético ahead in the 90th when he scrambled the ball past two defenders before knocking it through the legs of goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic. Simeone lauded the effort of his squad, which was overhauled this summer. "We have to remake this team. We want to win, win and win even more," Simeone said. "It is not easy when eight players leave and eight new players arrive for the team to still compete. We have to remain calm." MADRID SLIPS Gerard Moreno put Villarreal in front when he stole the ball from Sergio Ramos and set up Toko Ekambi to test goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois. The Belgian blocked his strike, only for Moreno to rush in and finish off the rebound for his third goal in as many matches. Madrid pressed for an equalizer. Karim Benzema hit the post moments before Gareth Bale scored his first league goal of the season just before halftime at the end of a long team buildup that included a key pass by Marko Jovic. Madrid dominated the second half until Moi Gómez was in position to tap in a cross in the 74th following a shot by Moreno which was saved by Courtois. Bale got the final equalizer in the 86th after he took a pass from substitute Luka Modric, cut back inside and slotted a shot inside the near upright. OTHER RESULTS Dani Parejo converted two penalty kicks to give Valencia its first win of the season with a 2-0 win over promoted Mallorca. Promoted Granada won 3-0 at Espanyol for its first victory since returning to the top flight. Before the matches there was a minute's silence in tribute to 9-year-old Xana, the daughter of former Spain and Barcelona coach Luis Enrique. She died on Thursday from a type of bone cancer......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 2nd, 2019Related News

UAAP 82: One more chance for NU to put the pieces of the puzzle together

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 4-10, seventh YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: John Lloyd Clemente, John Galinato, JV Gallego, Issa Gaye, Enzo Joson, Dave Ildefonso, Shaun Ildefonso, Jonas Tibayan WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: Robert Minerva, Migs Oczon, Chino Mosqueda (returning from injury) GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Matt Aquino, Rev Diputado, Troy Rike, Dave Wilson Yu WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM NU? NU still has each and every one of its recruits from its big-time offseason a year ago when it was named ABS-CBN Sports’ first-ever King of Recruiting. With Ildefonso brothers Shaun and Dave, John Lloyd Clemente, and John Galinato coming in, the Bulldogs were poised to break out and barge back into the playoffs – only, that wasn’t what happened and they only had four wins to show for that big-time offseason. Still, that young core, now battle-hardened, has remained intact and UAAP 82 may very well they year it lives up to the hype. Hey, better late than never and both Dave I. and JLC are bound to keep moving on up all while Shaun I. takes the reins of leadership. Even better, the bench that already includes the likes of John Galinato and Jonas Tibayan has only been bolstered by the entries of Robert Minerva and Migs Oczon, two promising prospects used to winning. WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM NU? Sophomore slumps will be put to the test when both Dave I. and JLC put a heavier burden on their backs at the forefront of the NU offensive. Dave I. was given all the freedom in the world in his first season in Sampaloc, but at the same time, looked like he was being asked to do too much, too quickly. JLC, meanwhile, proved to be inconsistent in his first go-round trying to prove that he was, indeed, college-ready. Those two rising stars are, more likely than not, going to take the next step, but a shinier spotlight may very well be put on Shaun I. who will have to make sure that all of the Bulldogs push forward with the game plan and play to their strengths. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR NU? NU is young as they come with two sophomores in Dave I. and JLC showing the way. Without a doubt, youth will be served for the Bulldogs and who doesn’t love seeing upstarts stand up to traditional powerhouses? And you just know head coach Jamike Jarin will have his boys running all over the court – the only question is if he will still have his voice to keep yelling in Jamike-like fashion. WHERE WOULD NU BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 82? The playoffs is still a ways away for NU, but there is, indeed, light at the end of the tunnel. What matters more for the Bulldogs this season is for Dave I. and JLC to fulfill their potential as leading men and everybody else to do their best to be the two’s strong supporting cast. WHEN IS NU’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 82? Ildefonso brothers Dave and Shaun join forces with John Lloyd Clemente to shoot NU to an upset victory versus Adamson on September 7 at Araneta Coliseum Of course, everybody goes All for More and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. HERE’S WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE SEVEN OTHER TEAMS IN UAAP SEASON 82: With its arsenal fully loaded, UE’s ambush good to go in UAAP 82 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 28th, 2019Related News

With its arsenal fully loaded, UE s ambush good to go in UAAP 82

HOW’D THEY DO LAST SEASON? 1-13, eighth YES, THEY’RE STILL HERE: Chris Conner, Philip Manalang WELCOME TO THE FAMILY: John Apacible, Alex Diakhite, Jed Mendoza, Harvey Pagsanjan, Richie Rodger, Rey Suerte, Neil Tolentino GOOD LUCK ON FUTURE ENDEAVORS: Reymark Acuno, Wilson Bartolome, Alvin Pasaol, Jason Varilla WHAT SHOULD WE EXPECT FROM UE? UE operated in the shadows in the offseason – begging off the 2019 Filoil Flying V Preseason Tournament and hiding its true form once it played games. Still, the red and white made the loudest noise in the lead-up to UAAP 82 – so much so that it was named ABS-CBN Sports' co-King of Recruiting for 2019. Indeed, the Red Warriors of this year will look definitely different from last year’s iteration as all of 6-foot-9 Senegalese Alex Diakhite, Hope Christian High School standout Harvey Pagsanjan, three-time champion and two-time MVP in CESAFI Rey Suerte, ex-Jose Rizal University super scorer Jed Mendoza, former Ateneo de Manila University forward John Apacible, defensive stopper Neil Tolentino, and Filipino-Kiwi swingman Ritchie Rodger are now flanking team captain Philip Manalang. Without a doubt, that fully loaded lineup is the best Recto has had in recent history – and it is nothing but ready and raring to take everybody by surprise and take the league by storm. Now, the only question is if its coaching staff has what it takes to make it all work. ????? IGMA KADIMA COMING SOON A team of new beginnings, the Red Warriors hit the hardcourt in 8 days ????? #UAAPSeason82 pic.twitter.com/rERUFKrpC2 — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 27, 2019 WHO IS/ARE THE PLAYER/S TO WATCH OUT FOR FROM UE? The early exit of Alvin Pasaol will be a big blow to any team, but UE has full faith it has a ready-made replacement in Suerte. While the 6-foot-3 long-limbed forward does not have the blend of size and speed Pasaol had, he is a scoring machine in his own right and has long terrorized Visayan defenses with his shot-taking and shot-making ability from all over the court. The same can be said for Pagsanjan who has long been college-ready. For now, however, the pride of Hope Christian will only be needed to contribute whatever and whenever he can with the likes of Manalang, Suerte and Jed Mendoza, another one-and-done recruit, carrying the offensive load. Add to that Diakhite, who has all the confidence and the capability to position himself right away alongside Bright Akhuetie and Ange Kouame as one of the best foreign student-athletes, and the Red Warriors are sure to be pushoevers no more. WHY SHOULD WE ROOT FOR UE? The last time UE was in the Final Four and the Finals, Paul Lee was still donning the red and white. It has been a decade since and this fully loaded lineup may very well put an end to that drought – that is if and only if there are no complications when it comes to coaching. Whatever it is, the Red Warriors are overdue for a breakthrough and it will not be farfetched to see our co-King of Recruiting for 2019 coming through. WHERE WOULD UE BE AT THE END OF UAAP SEASON 82? UE will be far, far away from the bottom of the standings it had been languishing in as of late. With Diakhite dominating inside, Suerte and Mendoza scoring in bunches, Pagsanjan doing it all, and Manalang showing the way, the Red Warriors will be battling for a playoff berth. And if they do not get derailed by their own doing, it also will not be a surprise if the red and white will be fighting for the championship itself. WHEN IS UE’S FIRST GAME IN UAAP SEASON 82? UE finally comes out of the shadows in a matchup with fellow upstart UST on September 4 at Araneta Coliseum Check the dates. Set your alarms. Save as wallpaper. This is UE BASKETBALL! ?????#UAAPSeason82 pic.twitter.com/ZEsKG3ZA3Z — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) August 27, 2019 Of course, everybody goes All for More and, as always, all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 27th, 2019Related News

MPBL: Inspired Gensan hands San Juan first loss of season

Gensan Warriors - Burlington shattered San Juan Knights - Go For Gold's air of invincibility by defeating the champs 97-91 in Friday night's second game of the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season. The crowd at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex saw the San Juaneños lose for the first time since the finals of the Datu Cup to drop to 10-1, while Gensan goes to 9-2. Warrior Robby Celiz was a tower of power for his team, scoring 27 points and hauling down 8 rebounds off the bench. The forward went into the zone in the third quarter with 13 points, including an alley-oop conversion as Gensan produced a 34-point barrage in that segment to lead 70-65 at the start of the fourth. A Mike Williams fadeaway with four minutes to go put the Warriors in front 88-76, but a proud San Juan squad would not lay down. Triples from John Wilson and Mike Ayonayon keyed a breathtaking 12-0 run that squared the match at 88-88 with 2:40 left. However, the Warriors responded with a triple from Pamboy Raymundo and a pair of free throws from Celiz to re-establish their lead. Then with 42 ticks left Celiz put the icing on the cake with an artful fadeaway for a 95-89 lead that locked down the W. Wilson was masterful with 29 points in the loss but his side simply couldn't come up with enough stops. In the featured match,the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls showed grit and character in defeating Muntinlupa Cagers Angelis Resort 90-87 in front of a loud Muntinlupeño crowd. It was an entertaining affair right down to the last plays, with Bicol skipper Ronjay Buenafe claiming player of the game honors with 14 points, 9 assists and 9 rebounds. Dave Moralde debuted as the Cagers' playing coach, but he was unable to get a victory. Moralde's team was hampered by the loss of three big men in quick succession. In the third quarter RR De Leon was tossed for a second unsportsmanlike foul in an altercation with Jonas Guerrero. The Volcano was also kicked out of the playing area for picking up an unsportsmanlike along with an earlier technical. Nevertheless, Munti led 72-65 at the start of the fourth. But soon after Edzel Mag-isa was called for a fifth foul and four minutes later Jed Salaveria also graduated. Moralde had to go deep into his depth chart and dust off center Mark Guillen, who chipped in 5 points. Without a strong inside presence from the Cagers, Bicol grabbed a 79-75 lead on a Jerome Garcia bucket with 4 minutes to go. Moralde channeled his inner Bobby Jaworski and inserted himself into the game, delivering 5 points in a 7-0 run. But Bicol fought back, and a stylish Garcia turnaround jumper gave the visitors an 88-85 advantage with 31 seconds left. A Biboy Enguio putback cut the lead to one but the Fil-Indonesian muffed an easy undergoal stab and a late three as Bicol salted away the game from the line. John Ortuoste led Munti with 19 points, one more than Enguio. Garcia matched Buenafe's 14 point contribution. Bicol advances to 7-5 while Muntinlupa slumps to 3-9. In the first game of the tripleheader the Mindoro Tamaraws uncorked a 31-point fourth quarter to deny the SOCCSKSARGEN Marlins Armor On a first win. The Southern Tagalog side led 88-82 with a minute and a half to go when the Marlins mounted a late 5-0 run capped by a Spencer Eman basket to pull to 88-87 with 28 seconds remaining. But Mac Baracael hit a pair of clutch free throws to give the Tams a cushion, then on the next play picked off a loose cross-court pass by Matt Bernabe. Baracael was fouled and a split from the line completed the scoring. Baracael scored 16 and amassed 15 boards but the biggest offensive provider for Mindoro was Francis Camacho, who had a huge 32-point night. Raniel Diwa's 20 points was tops for the Marlins. Mindoro go to 4-7 while SOCCSKSARGEN stay rooted at the bottom of the South Division at 0-9......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 24th, 2019Related News

FIFA bans two-medal Olympic coach in fixing bribes case

ZURICH (AP) — The coach who led Nigeria to two Olympic Games medals has been banned for life by FIFA for agreeing to receive bribes to fix soccer matches. Samson Siasia was punished in the latest case from the investigation into renowned Singaporean match-fixer Wilson Perumal. FIFA did not specify which games were investigated as it also fined Siasia 50,000 Swiss francs ($50,000) on Friday. "Siasia agreed to receive bribes in relation to the manipulation of matches in violation," FIFA said. Siasia coached Nigeria from December 2010 through October 2011 and again in 2016 when he also led the men's under-23s team at the 2016 Olympics where they beat Honduras 3-2 in the bronze medal match. He also coach Nigeria to silver at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. As a striker for Nigeria, Siasia won the African Cup of Nations in 1994 and played at the World Cup in the United States in the same year. Siasia is the latest person involved in the Rio Olympics to be convicted by FIFA of match fixing. In 2017, Ghanaian referee Joseph Lamptey was banned from soccer for life. No Olympic matches have been publicly identified as being fixed......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 16th, 2019Related News

MPBL: Undefeated Knights are a cut above the rest

Experience. Cohesiveness. These factors have led to the San Juan Knights-Go For Gold's stellar start in the MPBL Lakan Season as they remain undefeated after seven games.  Coming off a big five-game championshiop series win in the Datu Cup, the Knights' confidence is sky high, but they admit that this season has been tougher. “Mas focused kami now sa team defense.  Malalakas at mas magagaling ang mga teams at players now," shared veteran John Wilson. With 31 teams and longer gaps between games, it has been a little tougher to get one’s groove on a consistent basis. Because of their championship experience, they’ve been able to will through tough games.  According to MPBL anchor and journalist Cedelf Tupas, a big factor to the Knights' unblemished record is their finals stint. “Guys like Jhonard Clarito and Mike Ayonayon really made a leap as far as their development as players following the finals and they've carried that over this season. While other teams seem to fold in crunch time, the Knights look more and more comfortable. They embrace the challenge when games go down the wire,” observed Tupas. Credit the early achievement also so far to San Juan's leadership and team chemistry. “They've got a great mix of vets and young players in the squad who have embraced the system of coach Randy Alcantara, who despite his achievements remains one of the most underrated coaches in the country,” added Tupas. True enough, their experience in the clutch helped them escape with a one-point victory over the Bacoor Strikers to open the season, a two-point triumph over the Pasay Voyagers and an overtime win over the Bataan Risers.  Larry Rodriguez is still a force wherever he goes. Former NCAA MVP Wilson has always been consistent for the Knights, as he averages 16 points and six boards a game. Journeyman and Datu Cup Game 5 Finals hero Jhonard Clarito has been likewise a reliable scorer on offense, averaging 12 points in seven games.  As the team is continuing to getting better, the Knights have recruited young and experienced guard Andoy Estrella, who also played under Alcantara back in the NCAA. He is reunited with his Mapua teammate CJ Isit, who has been playing quality minutes this off-season. Estrella and Isit came out big against Pasay, with a combined 23 points and eight rebounds, while Rodriguez had a big double-double of 12 points and 16 boards against the Strikers. The next game of the San Juan Knights will be on August 5, against the dangerous Quezon City Capitals. The Capitals (4-3) are also a steady team, with four players averaging in double figures: Clark Derigue (13.3 ppg), Joco Tayontong (12.6 ppg), Tonino Gonzaga (11.6 ppg), Aaron Black (11.4 ppg) On the other hand, the Knights have also been consistent. Besides Wilson and Clarito averaging 16 and 12 a game, respectively and Mike Ayonayon putting up 12 markers an outing, Rodriguez and Mac Cardona both average close to 10 points per game. Wilson adds, they have no problem on offense as they let the game come to them. “Go with the flow lang with our offense. And sometimes, kung sino mainit, dun naming binabagsak ang bola.” If you are or have been in basketball for quite some time, all these quotes said by Wilson and Tupas are not new. But it’s easier said than done, it’s all about putting in to action what a team needs to do inside the court to get the job done. But more than finishing the work, it’s about cementing a reputation that experience pays off by focusing on the tiniest of details. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2019Related News

MPBL: Late Ayonayon barrage rescues San Juan in OT win over Bataan

San Juan Go For Gold proved they have the heart of a champion by coming from behind late to beat the Bataan Risers, 87-79, in overtime in Saturday's Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League Lakan Season play date. The crowd at the Ibalong Centrum for Recreation in Legazpi City was treated to a clutch performance by San Juan's Mike Ayonayon, who caught fire late, sealing the victory and keeping their slate spotless at 7-0. "Sobrang pangit ang laro ko noong first half. So pinaninindigan ko lang mga tira ko, bahala na. Eh sakto, na-shoot," said the former PCU Dolphin, who finished with 18 points, 15 in the second half and OT. San Juan took a 34-32 halftime lead thanks in large part to John Wilson's 14 first-half points. The former NCAA MVP nailed half of his eight three-point attempts. Wilson led all scorers with 22 points. Bataan started the third with an 8-0 run to seize the initiative and finished the period 53-46 up with the help of CJ Isit and Jai Reyes. A triple by Reyes and then a bucket by Mar Villahermosa put the Risers up 72-61 with just over two minutes left and San Juan's immaculate record looked in jeopardy. However, Ayonayon answered the call with two triples and nine points in the end of regulation, none bigger than a baseline jumper to knot the game at 72-72 with 3.5 ticks and send the game into an extension. San Juan spotted Bataan a 75-72 lead then bossed overtime with big baskets from Ayonayon and Jhonard Clarito. Meanwhile the Risers wilted in the face of the champs' stifling defense, committing several costly turnovers. Bataan slumps to 3-4. The Risers missed the services of offensive machine Alvin Pasaol, who was unavailable for the game. In the featured game the Iloilo United Royals spoiled the home debut of the Bicol Volcanoes LCC Malls by hanging on for a 77-74 victory. Richard Escoto starred for the Ilonggos, getting best player of the game honors with 21 points. Bicol started jittery and hesitant in front of their home fans, shooting just two  of 20 from the field in the first quarter to fall behind 19-11 after ten minutes. There was more bad news early in the second period when Volcanoes talisman Ronjay Buenafe was called for a third foul while going for a jumper. The early foul trouble meant Buenafe's minutes were curtailed and he never got in sync. The Camarines Sur native missed all nine of his attempts from the field and was a non-factor, his 10 points all coming from the stripe. With 1:28 to go in the half and up 37-29, Royals guard JR Parker was observed striking Volcano Leo Blanca in the face. Parker was called for a disqualifying foul and his Bicol adventure came to a premature end. The visitors took a 44-33 lead into the locker room, with Cedric De Joya pumping in 11 of his 12 points. Key baskets from Jonathan Aldave and Alwyn Alday cut the lead to six, 60-54 in the end of the third. LCC Malls continued to chip away at the lead in the payoff period, and an Aldave triple with 48 seconds left brought them within one, 75-74. With 15 seconds left and up 76-74 Richard Escoto had two charities to ice the game. He flubbed both but with no timeouts to call Bicol ran a poor play, with Raffy Gusi missing a wild attempt then getting called for a kick ball. A Samboy de Leon free throw iced the contest for the Royals, sending the big Bicolano crowd home disappointed. Iloilo wins despite shooting 37 percent from the field, two percentage points better than their foes. Bicol's topscorer was Aldave with 18. Iloilo improves to 4-3 while Bicol's four-game win streak is history and their slate is now 5-3......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 28th, 2019Related News

Monique Wilson on growing up privileged: You have to cultivate your own convictions

MANILA, Philippines – Monique Wilson may have grown up in privilege during the Martial Law years, but that didn't stop the veteran theater actress from seeing the injustices the country experienced under the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos. Monique, daughter of former Makati vice mayor Johnny Wilson, said that while her father ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 27th, 2019Related News

Tina Charles, Candice Dupree lead WNBA All-Star 2019 reserves

WNBA press release NEW YORK – The New York Liberty’s Tina Charles and the Indiana Fever’s Candice Dupree lead the list of 12 players – six guards and six frontcourt players from across the WNBA – who will serve as reserves in AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019.   The reserves were selected by the league’s head coaches, who voted for three guards, five frontcourt players and four players at either position regardless of conference. The coaches were not able to vote for their own players. Joining Charles and Dupree as frontcourt reserves are the Phoenix Mercury’s DeWanna Bonner, the Minnesota Lynx’ Sylvia Fowles, the Los Angeles Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike and the Connecticut Sun’s Alyssa Thomas. Reserves at the guard position are the Chicago Sky’s Diamond DeShields, Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, Minnesota’s Odyssey Sims, the Washington Mystics’ Kristi Toliver,  and the Indiana Fever’s Erica Wheeler. The 10 starters for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019, announced on July 11, were selected by fans, current players and media. As the two All-Star starters who finished with the most fan votes during WNBA All-Star Voting 2019 presented by Google, Washington’s Elena Delle Donne and the Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson will serve as team captains and draft the All-Star Game rosters from the pool of players voted as starters and reserves. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 featuring Team Delle Donne vs. Team Wilson will be played on Saturday, July 27 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, home of the Aces. The 16th WNBA All-Star Game will be televised live by ABC at 3:30 p.m. ET. Joining Delle Donne and Wilson as starters in the frontcourt are Las Vegas’ Liz Cambage, Phoenix’s Brittney Griner, the Seattle Storm’s Natasha Howard and Connecticut’s Jonquel Jones. The four starting guards are Los Angeles’ Chelsea Gray, Seattle’s Jewell Loyd, Las Vegas’ Kayla McBride and New York’s Kia Nurse. Delle Donne and Wilson will select their respective rosters in the WNBA All-Star Draft by choosing first from the remaining pool of eight starters and then from the pool of 12 reserves.  By virtue of finishing with the most fan votes, Delle Donne will make the first pick in the first round (Starters).  Wilson will have the first pick in the second round (Reserves). Additional details about the All-Star Draft will be announced at a later date. Las Vegas head coach Bill Laimbeer and Washington head coach Mike Thibault have earned spots as the head coaches for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019. With Las Vegas having clinched the best record in the WNBA through July 12 (10-5, .667), Laimbeer and his staff will coach Team Delle Donne. Thibault, whose Mystics posted the second-best record through July 12 (9-5, .643) will guide Team Wilson. AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 Reserves - DeWanna Bonner, Mercury (3rd All-Star selection): The WNBA’s leading scorer (19.4 ppg), Bonner was named to the All-Star Game for the second consecutive season after sitting out the 2017 campaign when she gave birth to twins. A two-time WNBA champion with Phoenix (2009, 2014), Bonner began her career by winning WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year honors three straight seasons (2009-11). - Tina Charles, Liberty (7th All-Star selection): Charles, who this season moved into sixth place in WNBA history with 3,014 rebounds, also ranks 12th with 5,727 points. Earlier this year, she added filmmaker to her resume when the documentary she produced about her father Rawlston Charles and his Brooklyn-based record store and music label debuted at the Tribeca Film Festival. - Diamond DeShields, Sky (1st All-Star selection): Chicago’s leading scorer (14.9 ppg), DeShields, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2018 Draft, is one of three Sky guards named to the All-Star Game along with Quigley and Vandersloot. - Candice Dupree, Fever (7th All-Star selection): Now in her 14th WNBA season, Dupree recently moved past Lisa Leslie and into sixth place in league history with 6,267 points. She also ranks eighth in career rebounds with 2,880. - Sylvia Fowles, Lynx (6th All-Star selection): The WNBA’s MVP in 2017 and Finals MVP in 2015 and 2017, Fowles became the WNBA’s career leader in double-doubles (158) this season. She also ranks fourth in league history with 3,201 career rebounds, behind only Rebekkah Brunson (3,356), Tamika Catchings (3,316) and Lisa Leslie (3,306). - Nneka Ogwumike, Sparks (6th All-Star selection): Ogwumike leads the Sparks with 15.5 ppg and 9.5 rpg. The top pick in the 2012 draft, she is one of five No. 1 overall picks in this year’s All-Star Game, along with Tina Charles (2010), Brittney Griner (2013), Jewell Loyd (2015) and A’ja Wilson (2018). - Allie Quigley, Sky (3rd All-Star selection): A two-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year (2014, 2015), Quigley has earned three consecutive All-Star appearances since becoming a full-time starter for the Sky in 2017. Quigley won the Three-Point Shooting Contest at the 2018 WNBA All-Star Game in Minnesota. - Odyssey Sims, Lynx (1st All-Star selection): After spending the past two seasons with rival Los Angeles, Sims was acquired by Minnesota from the Sparks via a trade in April. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2014 draft, she leads the Lynx with 15.7 ppg and a career-high 5.4 apg and is the only player in the league ranking in top 10 in scoring and assists. -  Alyssa Thomas, Sun (2nd All-Star selection): Thomas, who made her All-Star debut in 2017, is the Sun’s No. 2 scorer (11.6 ppg) and rebounder (7.2 rpg) behind Jonquel Jones, an All-Star starter. - Kristi Toliver, Mystics (3rd All-Star): An All-Star for the second consecutive year as a member of the Mystics, whom she helped to the WNBA Finals last season, Toliver also represented the Sparks in the 2013 All-Star Game. - Courtney Vandersloot, Sky (2nd All-Star): Vandersloot leads the league with 8.2 assists per game a year after she set a WNBA single-season records with 8.6 apg and 258 total assists. She returns to the All-Star Game for the first time since her rookie season of 2011. - Erica Wheeler, Fever (1st time All-Star): Wheeler is the only undrafted player among the 22 players selected for AT&T WNBA All-Star 2019 and the first undrafted player named to the Game since Erika de Souza in 2014......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 16th, 2019Related News

San Juan remains unscathed in MPBL Lakan Cup after trampling Rizal

San Juan had no problems whatsoever in a 101-86 rout of Rizal, Thursday inside Manila's San Andres Sports Complex for its third win in a row to begin its title defense in the MPBL Lakan Cup. John Wilson waxed hot with 25 points, including four triples, to go along with five rebounds and three assists while Mike Ayonayon wound up with 15 markers, five boards, and two dimes. The Knights stampeded their way to a still spotless slate, dominating the paint where they scored 50 points compared to their opponents' 18. In the end, Jhonard Clarito, Orlan Wamar, and Lester Reyes also added eight points apiece to help the defending champions score the 15-point rout. Jansen Rios had 16 points to top the scoring column for the Golden Coolers who absorbed their second loss in three games. In the day's other game, Jan Jamon and Ron Lastimosa joined forces to shoot Pasay over Imus, 82-65. Jamon had 15 points and three rebounds while Lastimosa had 12 markers, four assists, and three boards in the Voyagers' third win in a row following a season-opening loss. For the now 1-2 Bandera, James Martinez was the lone bright spot with 12 points, six rebounds, and five assists while Mark Anthony Doligon chipped in 14 markers, most coming when the game was all but over......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 4th, 2019Related News

LOOK: Meet Alfred Thor, Georgina Wilson s second son

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Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 3rd, 2019Related News

Germany beats South Africa 4-0 to win World Cup group

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Germany is playing like a title contender, just at the right time. After seeing her team start the Women's World Cup with a pair of one-goal wins, Germany coach Martina Voss-Tecklenburg told her players to keep the game simple. Germany played to its status as the world's second-ranked side and one of the top challengers hoping to dethrone the United States, routing South Africa 4-0 on Monday to top Group B with a 3-0 record. The Germans will play a third-place team in the round of 16 instead of the possibility of an immediate matchup with the Americans. After Germany grinded out 1-0 wins over China and Spain, its offense broke out with three goals in the first half at Montpellier's Stade de la Mosson, matching its total in its previous five World Cup games combined. "I told my players that we should keep it simple," Voss-Tecklenburg said. "The players performed very well. They showed that football can really be very simple sometimes. ... There were moments within the match when we tried to go for the more difficult solution. That's something we can work on." Displaying a varied attack, Germany generated a constant stream of scoring opportunities and could have easily won by a bigger margin. Melanie Leupolz opened the scoring in the 14th minute with her first goal for Germany since the 2016 Olympics. Sara Däbritz doubled the lead in the 29th minute from a goal-keeping blunder, Alexandra Popp made it 3-0 in the 40th and Lina Magull added the final goal in the 58th. "I think we are ready for the round of 16," Däbritz said. "Our goal was to come in first, and we are really happy about that." South Africa was winless in group play and outscored 8-1. At 49th, South Africa had the lowest ranking of the 24 teams in the tournament. Spain finished Group B as runner-up after a 0-0 draw with China and advanced to the knockout stage for the first time. Spain will face the winner of Group F on Monday at Reims, and the United States would be the opponent with a victory or draw in its final group match against Sweden. Two-time tournament champion Germany has not lost a match in group play since falling to Sweden in 1995. "Germany has won tournaments that it started out with difficulties," Voss-Tecklenburg said. "It would be great to have the same this time. All the matches will be challenges, and I hope we will be able to meet them all." Germany didn't miss the playmaking of Dzsenifer Marozsan, who broke a toe in its opener. Voss-Tecklenburg said she couldn't guarantee the Lyon midfielder will be ready for the round of 16. Leupolz put Germany ahead when she was left all alone on the edge of the 6-yard box to deftly nod a corner kick into the far corner of the net. Däbritz made it 2-0 after a mistake by goalkeeper Andile Dlamini, who turned what appeared to be a poor German pass into a perfect assist. Left back Verena Schweers's cross looked like an easy grab for Dlamini, only for Dlamini to parry the ball right into the path of Däbritz, who got her second goal of the tournament. "We conceded poorly from a set piece and a second goal, as well, and were on our back foot from there," South Africa coach Desiree Ellis said. Germany boosted the lead to 3-0 with pure power. Popp, the team captain, jumped over her marker to drive home a header. Magull got the fourth goal when she rushed in to finish off a save by Dlamini, who did well to push a header by Marina Hegering off the post, only to see the ball bounce across the open goalmouth. Only Dlamini's sharp reflexes saved South Africa from a greater defeat. "We always knew it would be a challenge," Ellis said. "We are happy with the performance but not the result.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 18th, 2019Related News

San Juan starts MPBL title defense with thrilling triumph over Bacoor

San Juan wasted no time proving that all those after the MPBL Lakan Cup trophy will have to go through it, silencing fellow powerhouse Bacoor, 77-76, in its home court Strike Gym on Friday. Mike Ayonayon led four Knights in double-digits with 22 points on top of 10 rebounds, four assists, and two steals. John Wilson and Jhonard Clarito then contributed 16 points apiece for San Juan which retained most of its championship core for its title defense. Larry Rodriguez also posted a 12-point, 14-rebound double-double all while punching through a pressure-packed free throw with seven ticks to go that ultimately wound up as the difference between the two teams. For the Strikers, reigning and defending MVP Gab Banal, of course, showed the way with 17 points to go along with eight assists and seven rebounds. Meanwhile, Bulacan was also triumphant in its season debut after rallying by Cebu, 75-71. JR Alabanza topped the scoring column for the Kuyas with 11 points while Dan Sara, Jovit Dela Cruz, and Jhan Nermal all added 10 markers each. William Mcaloney paced the Sharks with 14 points......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 15th, 2019Related News

PVL: Angels eye at least a semis spot playoff

Unbeaten PetroGazz looks to extend its winning streak to six and secure at least a playoff for a Final Four spot in a rematch against BanKo in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference on Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Angels made a clean sweep of first round, a five game winning streak that PetroGazz snatched without dropping a single set. Top two league-leading scorers Cuban Wilma Salas and American Janisa Wilson will again be at the helm of the Angels when they try to complete its elimination round domination over the Perlas Spikers at 4:00 p.m. The match will air live on LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. PetroGazz closed the first round with a thrilling 25-12, 29-27, 25-15, victory over a determined PacificTown Army side last Saturday. The Angels made quick work of Banko, 25-19, 25-21, 25-12, in their first meeting. But PetroGazz is sure to face a tougher Perlas Spikers side this time compared to the then debuting team the Angels encountered. “Everyone's gonna be coming for us,” said Johnson. “We have to really step our game now. What we are good at, we have to be better at it.” “The mistakes we made, of course we gonna improve that. Whatever aspect of the game, we have to improve it by as much as we can,” added Johnson. BanKo finished the first round with a 2-3 win-loss record. The Perlas Spikers suffered a 22-25, 25-23, 29-27, 20-25, 7-15, loss at the hands of the Lady Troopers.     ---     Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 11th, 2019Related News

PBA: Rain or Shine makes it back-to-back wins after frustrating Phoenix

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal — Rain or Shine is slowly getting its bearings back. The Elasto Painters made it back-to-back wins in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, stopping Phoenix Sunday at the Ynares Center here, 89-82. ROS used a late blitz in the fourth to pull away from the Fuel Masters and the Elasto Painters have now recovered from a poor start to improve to 2-2 in the team standings. “We looked bad, I felt that we didn’t deserve this win,” head coach Caloy Garcia said. “But it’s good that Denzel was able to give us this win, he didn’t want to lose. That’s the kind of character of an import that you want,” he added. Former Best Import Denzel Bowles scored 16 of his 28 points in the fourth lead the Elasto Painters to victory. ROS struggle all game long before somehow finding a way to force a tie entering the fourth. Even then, the Fuel Masters were still clinging to the control before a late 12-2 run to end the game allowed ROS to steal the win. After Bowles, rookie Javee Mocon scored 15 points and James Yap was also good for 15 before exiting the game due to an apparent groin injury. For the Fuel Masters, import Richard Howell bounce back from a down first game and score 27 points before fouling out. Phoenix dropped to 1-3 following a third straight loss but things could start to look up for the team as they get back head coach Louie Alas for the next game. The Scores: ROS (89) — Bowles 28, Mocon 15, Yap 15, Nambatac 11, Norwood 9, Daquioag 4, Alejandro 3, Rosales 2, Borboran 2, Onwubere 0, Maiquez 0, Ahanmisi 0, Ponferada 0, Torres 0, Belga 0. PHOENIX (82) — Howell 27, Wright 15, Revilla 12, Jazul 7, Chua 7, Marcelo 7, Intal 4, Perkins 3, Gamboa 0, Kramer 0? Mallari 0, Napoles 0, Mendoza 0, Dennison 0, Guevarra 0, Wilson 0. Quarter Scores: 14-20, 32-38, 61-61, 89-82.    — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 9th, 2019Related News

Bianca, Win magpapakasal na?

Alam mo, Dondon, si Senator Sherwin “Win” Gat-chalian ang resource person sa Pandesal Forum ng Kamuning Ba-kery bukas at a-attend talaga ako dahil ayon sa owner na si Wilson Lee Flores ay puwede raw magtanong ng showbiz.The post Bianca, Win magpapakasal na? appeared first on Abante News Online......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsJun 4th, 2019Related News

Liverpool coach Klopp wins Champions League on 3rd try

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press MADRID (AP) — Juergen Klopp finally has another trophy. After losing his last six cup finals, a streak the charismatic manager put down to bad luck, luck was on his side on Saturday as he led Liverpool to Champions League glory. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 in an ordinary final, but Klopp could shrug off those who doubted he could deliver. Even though he'd previously said he was not worried about his poor record in finals. Klopp won the Champions League at his third attempt after back-to-back finals, and delivered Liverpool its sixth European Cup, and first trophy on his watch. "Usually I sit here and have to explain how you can lose this game. Now, I can enjoy it," Klopp said. "For us it is really important that now people don't ask about winning or not winning things. "I'm so happy for the players and my family. There will be a moment when I'm completely overwhelmed for myself, too. I feel mostly relief, relief for my family. The last six times we flew on holiday with only a silver medal it didn't feel too cool." His very first trophy was in 2012, the German Cup with Borussia Dortmund, and he has appeared in finals almost annually since then. But he missed out on two more German Cups, an English League Cup, a Europa League, and two Champions Leagues. But he's finally claimed the most coveted prize in European club soccer. "It is the best night of our professional lives," he said. "It took a while, it is important for our development and improvement. Now we can carry on. "The owners never put pressure on us. Normally 20 minutes after the game I am half drunk, but now I have only had water!" The 51-year-old Klopp has excelled at inspiring a furious, all-out-attacking mentality at Liverpool that he brought with him from Dortmund. But this final was far from the "heavy metal" pressuring style Klopp likes. Even so, Klopp, dressed in a dark tracksuit and baseball cap, still shouted and punched his fist in the air to make sure his players didn't have a last-second slip, and finished the job. Before the second goal by Divock Origi that decided the result, he spent most of the match pacing his manager's box, sometimes shaking his head and crossing his arms as if disappointed his players had not gone for the kill after Mohamed Salah's second-minute penalty. At fulltime, he was calm. He was a champion again......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 2nd, 2019Related News

Tough job ahead for lone opposition city councilor

BACOLOD City – Re-elected Bacolod City Councilor Wilson Gamboa Jr. said he will be facing a tough job ahead as the lone oppositionist to win a slot in the 12-seat Sanggunian Panlungsod here in the mid-year elections on May 13, 2019. Gamboa Jr. took his oath before Regional Trial Court Judge Eduardo Sayson at the […] The post Tough job ahead for lone opposition city councilor appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Source: Thedailyguardian ThedailyguardianCategory: NewsMay 26th, 2019Related News

Barcelona wants to redeem itself with Copa del Rey title

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Although Barcelona is still smarting from its collapse at Liverpool two weeks ago, the team has another cup final to play in this weekend. The Spanish champions can complete a second straight domestic double when it faces Valencia on Saturday in the Copa del Rey final. "It's the last game of the season and we need to win so we can go on vacation with a better feeling than the one we had after the match against Liverpool," Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet said. "That's why we want to win this final." Barcelona has won a record 30 Copa del Rey titles, including the last four, but it was eliminated from the Champions League by Liverpool after blowing a 3-0 lead from the first leg. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde could have a lot riding on the outcome of the game against Valencia, which will be played on neutral turf in Seville. While Valverde has had an almost impeccable record in the Spanish league and the Copa del Rey since taking charge two years ago, many Barcelona fans now doubt he can win it all in Europe. So while another cup is almost expected by Barcelona's supporters, a loss to Valencia would increase the pressure on the club to consider a coaching change. Knowing his coach is under scrutiny, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu said Thursday that the club "completely backs Valverde." "We cannot knock this Copa," Bartomeu said. "After the Copa we will able to draw conclusions on how to improve and aspire to win it all in the coming seasons." Barcelona will play without striker Luis Suárez, who underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus injury in his right knee following the loss to Liverpool. Suarez scored 25 goals for Barcelona this season, second only to Lionel Messi and his 50 goals. Forward Ousmane Dembele is also out with a muscle injury, while goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen will most certainly keep his starting job after the club said Marc-Andre ter Stegen has pain in his right knee and won't be available. Valencia has had a very strong second half of the season. It surged up the league standings to finish fourth and earn a Champions League berth, and it reached the Europa League semifinals before losing to Arsenal. It will be seeking its eighth Copa del Rey title and first since 2008. "(Valencia) is a very compact, solid team, with a strong defense, a talented goalkeeper, which transitions very quickly to attack with players who take advantage of open spaces," Lenglet said. "We have to be very careful with Valencia because it is very dangerous." Dani Parejo will lead a Valencia attack that relies on the speed of strikers Rodrigo Moreno and Santi Mina, and forward Goncalo Guedes. Midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia said Valencia took note of how much trouble Liverpool caused Barcelona with its aggressive pressure and relentless attacking. "Whenever a team beats Barca, you have to study it as an example," Kondogbia said. "But we have to be ourselves. We have to play like we know how and try to find the points where we can do Barcelona some damage.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 24th, 2019Related News