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10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

By Tim Reynolds, Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — With All-Star festivities set to officially begin Friday (Saturday, PHL time), here are 10 things to know going into the weekend: BACK TO CHARLOTTE Charlotte hosted NBA All-Star weekend in 1991, and now gets it back a second time to join 14 other cities that can say it hosted the league’s showcase midseason event on multiple occasions. Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Seattle, St. Louis, Los Angeles and the L.A. suburb of Inglewood, California, are the other previous multi-hosting All-Star cities. The Bay Area, the Detroit area and the Dallas area are also two-time hosts, though never technically twice in the same city. LEBRON’S RECORDS LeBron James now has the record for most All-Star captaincies: Two. He and Stephen Curry had the jobs last year when the captain’s format was first introduced to the All-Star weekend, and he and Giannis Antetokounmpo have the jobs this year. But James’ records revolving around this game hardly stop there. By starting on Sunday (Monday, PHL time), James will tie Kobe Bryant with 15 starts in the All-Star Game. James will also extend his record of consecutive starts, which will also rise to 15. Some of the other All-Star records James already holds include total points (343), field goals (141) and three-pointers (35). And by playing two minutes, James will increase his All-Star total in that stat to 416 — one more than Bryant for No. 2 on the all-time list. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played the most All-Star minutes, 449. FOULING OUT Bold prediction: No one will foul out on Sunday (Monday, PHL time). The last player to foul out of an All-Star Game was Hakeem Olajuwon in 1987. Chris Paul was the most recent to come close, when he was whistled for five fouls in the 2008 game. There have been only 14 instances of someone fouling out of an All-Star Game. Rick Barry and Bob Cousy each fouled out twice; 10 others, including Olajuwon, have done so once. MVPs AT HOME Kemba Walker, the lone Charlotte player in this year’s All-Star Game, has suggested that he’s hoping he can wow the home crowd with an MVP-worthy performance. There’s a history of that sort of thing happening. There have been 14 players who have won All-Star MVP honors in their home cities, spanning a total of 15 games. The list of hometown All-Star MVPs: Anthony Davis (New Orleans, 2017), Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles, 2011), Shaquille O’Neal (Phoenix, 2009 and Los Angeles, 2004), Karl Malone and John Stockton (Utah, 1993), Michael Jordan (Chicago, 1988), Tom Chambers (Seattle, 1987), Jerry West (Los Angeles, 1972), Rick Barry (the San Francisco area, 1967), Adrian Smith (Cincinnati, 1966), Bob Pettit (St. Louis, 1958 and 1962), Wilt Chamberlain (Philadelphia, 1960), Bob Cousy (Boston, 1957) and Ed Macauley (Boston, 1951). AGE MARK Assuming he plays, Dallas’ Dirk Nowitzki — one of the special additions to the rosters by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who also added Miami’s Dwyane Wade to the list — will become the second 40-something to appear in the All-Star Game. Nowitzki is 40; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played in the game when he was 40 and 41. Michael Jordan almost pulled off the feat; he was eight days shy of turning 40 when he last played in the All-Star Game in 2003. Jordan, now the owner of the Charlotte Hornets and the unofficial host of the weekend, will turn 56 on Sunday. Wade, also assuming he gets into the game, will become the 12th player to be an All-Star at 37 or older. Wade turned 37 last month. HEROES Jason Weinmann and James Shaw Jr. might not be “celebrities,” at least not in the classic sense. But the NBA rightly believes they should be celebrated. Weinmann and Shaw were invited to play in Friday’s All-Star Celebrity Game to commemorate heroic acts. Weinmann, a retired Marine, used a military transport vehicle — which he bought at a government auction years ago — during Hurricane Florence last September to help rescue flood victims in North Carolina and bring them to safety. Shaw disarmed a man who had opened fire at a Waffle House restaurant near Nashville last April and has been heralded as a life-saving hero since for wrestling the AR-15 out of the alleged shooter’s hands by the barrel. G LEAGUE FIRST Khris Middleton of the Milwaukee Bucks is the first member of a new club. He’s the first G League alum to become an NBA All-Star. Middleton spent a short time during the 2012-13 season in the G League, before blossoming into one of the league’s best players and a key to Milwaukee going into the break with an NBA-best 43-14 record. There will be plenty of G League graduates participating on All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) as well — Middleton, Seth Curry, Danny Green and Joe Harris are all slated to be in the 3-point contest. CASH MATTERS There is some money at stake during All-Star Saturday (Sunday, PHL time) events, and everybody gets something. Everyone in the dunk contest will receive at least $20,000, everyone in the skills challenge gets at least $15,000 and all participants in the 3-point shootout take home at least $10,000. From there, prize money varies by finish — the skills challenge winner gets $55,000, the 3-point shootout champion wins $60,000 and the dunk contest winner takes home $105,000. In all, the Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time) participants will split $610,000. EASTBOUND This All-Star weekend is the first of four straight in Eastern Conference cities. Chicago gets it next year, Indianapolis in 2021 and Cleveland in 2022. The site for the 2023 game remains unknown; Salt Lake City and Sacramento are two sites often mentioned as candidates for that year, and Orlando is a likely suitor for the 2024 game. THE REFS Sunday’s (Monday, PHL time) All-Star Game will be officiated by Scott Foster, Curtis Blair and David Guthrie. It’s a home game of sorts for Guthrie, who resides in Charlotte. Foster worked the 2010 All-Star Game in Dallas. It’s the first All-Star Game for Blair and Guthrie. The Friday and Saturday (Saturday and Sunday, PHL time) events will be worked by a crew of newer refs — third-year official Aaron Smith and fourth-year officials Mitchell Ervin and Gediminas Petraitis......»»

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

Valentine’s Day: Southeast Asians are spending more

By Jason Thomas/theaseanpost.com – Southeast Asians are spending more on Valentine’s Day, with new research confirming that the most romantic day of the year is becoming increasingly commercialised. The 2019 Mastercard Love Index released yesterday reveals that Asia Pacific leads the world when it comes to growth in sentimental spending Read more ».....»»

Source: Thepinoy ThepinoyCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

Inside Syzygy, one of the biggest EDM festivals in the Philippines

Syzygy Musical Festival held over the weekend was one giant electronic dance party in Manila. The crowd enjoyed the performances of Dimitri Vegas with Like Mike, Chad Umali, Borhuh x MRKIII, Everyday People, Jennifer Lee, Callum David, Ron Poe, Marc Marasigan x Victor Pring, and Jason Dewey x Marga on the mic. Besides the musical […] The post Inside Syzygy, one of the biggest EDM festivals in the Philippines appeared first on Interaksyon......»»

Source: Interaksyon InteraksyonCategory: TopFeb 13th, 2019Related News

Ateneo s Kai Sotto towers above all as UAAP 81 Jrs. MVP

Kai Sotto is now a champion as well as an MVP. Ateneo de Manila High School’s towering teen is the undisputed best player in the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament after registering 97 Statistical Points (SPs). With that, the MVP race ended with him way ahead of his closest competitor – 15 SPs in front, to be exact. Sotto did all this by posting per game counts of 25.1 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.4 assists, and 2.6 blocks and powering his team to a 11-3 record at the elimination round as well as the second-seed in the Final Four. He also did heavier lifting in terms of leadership, making sure the defending champions did not skip a beat even after the graduation of all of SJ Belangel, Jason Credo, Dave Ildefonso, and Joaqui Manuel. While he’s already assured of his first MVP, the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old will still go all-out as Ateneo tries for back-to-back championships. “Ang main goal ko at ng team is mag-champion ulit. Dun lang ako nagfo-focus,” he said. Asked if another title means more than his first MVP, he answered, “Siyempre.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

PBA: Setting career-high doesn t really matter for Jason Perkins

After setting a career-high in points, Phoenix Fuel Master forward Jason Perkins chose to shrug it off after his team got their first loss of the PBA Philippine Cup against the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters. 'The Hefty Lefty,' as he is known from his collegiate days at De La Salle, had an efficient day from the field, tallying 27 points on a scintillating 13/20 shooting clip, including the game-tying layup that forced overtime. Furthermore, he was big down the stretch, scoring 13 markers in the payoff period and the extra five minutes for coach Louie Alas' squad. "It doesn't really matter. At the end of the day, it's all wins and losses. We lost, and we're going to learn from it," said the reigning PBA Rookie of the Year. He also added that the final play of regulation was not really intended for him, but found its way to his hands after Matthew Wright returned the favor off a handoff pass, which led to the give-and-go. The shot was also spectacular in itself, as he contorted in mid-air over the outstretched arms of Raymond Almazan, and was able to tie things up 87 under 13 seconds left. For Alas, he was very much impressed with the stretch four's efficiency, which netted him a +22 even though he played for almost 41 minutes. "We just have to ano, keep on improving kasi siya naman yung pinakamasipag diyan eh," Alas said. The mentor also furthered that he had long been a fan of the then-Green Archer's game, seeing him in action at the Merlion Cup a couple of years ago, which solidified his decision at picking him up at fourth overall in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft. "...[G]rabe, almost double-double against imports sa Singapore. Kaya wala akong inisip na i-pick nun, i-draft nun kundi siya talaga." __ Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 10th, 2019Related News

2019 NBA Trade Deadline roundup

NBA.com staff report Here's a recap of all the deals done immediately before the 2019 NBA Trade Deadline. Sixers add Ennis for pick swap Sixers receive: F James Ennis Rockets receive: Rights to 2021 second-round pick swap Official Release: Sixers Instant Analysis: After trading several rotation pieces while bulking their starting lineup, the Sixers began to add depth behind the star-laden openers. The well-traveled Ennis has proven able to contribute effectively as a starter or off the bench through four-plus NBA seasons in Houston, Memphis, Detroit, Miami and New Orleans. * * * Three-team deal ends with Mirotic to Bucks Pistons receive: F Thon Maker Bucks receive: F Nikola Mirotic Pelicans receive: F/C Jason Smith F Stanley Johnson Four future second-round picks (via Detroit) Official Release: Bucks | Pistons | Pelicans Instant Analysis: The Bucks completed a two-stage, three-team deal heading into the deadline. First, discontented big man Maker went to Detroit for Johnson ... who was then redirected with veteran Smith and four second-round picks to the Pelicans for Mirotic. Adding yet another sharpshooting big around Giannis Antetokounmpo should only heighten the matchup nightmares Milwaukee presents. * * * Third move for backcourt duo Pacers receive: G Nik Stauskas G Wade Baldwin IV Rights to Maarty Leunen 2021 second-round pick Rockets receive: Cash considerations Official Release: Pacers Instant Analysis: This marks the fourth team in as many days for the backcourt duo, who began the week playing for Portland and have made stops in Cleveland (for Rodney Hood) and Houston (in a three-teamer with Sacramento) on the way to Indiana. Neither have earned much in the way of playing time, though Stauskas still carries the weight of a 3-point threat in the making. * * * Grizzlies trade Memphis stalwart Gasol to Toronto Raptors receive: C Marc Gasol Grizzlies receive: C Jonas Valanciunas G Delon Wright F/G CJ Miles 2024 second-round pick Official Release: Raptors Instant Analysis: With their fellow Eastern Conference contenders making moves, Toronto didn't sit still, adding a talented veteran center to their formidable mix. The transition should be eased since Gasol played with Kyle Lowry (2008-09, in Memphis), albeit before the point guard elevated above his current All-Star plateau. The Grizzlies gain a solid pivot in Valanciunas, a prospective wing piece in Wright and the satisfaction of sending Gasol on to a winning situation. * * * Bradley headed to Memphis Grizzlies receive: G Avery Bradley Clippers receive: G/F Garrett Temple F JaMychal Green Official Release: Clippers | Grizzlies Instant Analysis: Once the Clippers unloaded Tobias Harris to Philly, the focus became clearing further cap space, with flyers on Temple and Green, both expiring contracts. Bradley, a hard-nosed defender in the Memphis mold, should fit in nicely wherever deployed by the Grizzlies. * * * Zubac locker room reshuffled in LA Lakers receive: C Mike Muscala Clippers receive: F Michael Beasley C Ivica Zubac Official Release: Clippers | Lakers Instant Analysis: The deal clears a cap hold off the Lakers' offseason books, as Zubac was set to enter restricted free agency. With no major moves prior to the deadline, the Lakers have apparently lasered in on the summer options. * * * Fultz finally redirected, to Orlando Magic receive: G Markelle Fultz Sixers receive: F Jonathon Simmons Protected 2019 first-round pick 2019 second-round pick Official Release: Magic | Sixers Instant Analysis: After an injury-marred season-plus with the Sixers, 2017 No. 1 overall pick Fultz will attempt to find his footing in Orlando, where he's headed in exchange for Simmons and a pair of 2019 draft picks. Simmons helps flesh out the rotation depth in Philly, while the picks begin the asset rebuild after this week's trade for Tobias Harris. * * * Blazers acquire Labissiere Trail Blazers receive: F Skal Labissiere Kings receive: F Caleb Swanigan Official release: Kings | Blazers Instant Analysis: Two West coast teams swap young forwards in the hopes that a change of scenery will more fully unearth their respective talent. * * * Guard swap in the South Hawks receive: G Shelvin Mack Grizzlies receive: G Tyler Dorsey Official Release: Hawks | Grizzlies Instant Analysis: It's a return trip to Atlanta for Mack, who played 172 games for the Hawks from 2012-16. He will help soak up minutes behind and mentor rookie guard Trae Young. The Grizzlies get younger with Dorsey, who is reunited with former Oregon teammate Dillon Brooks. * * * Greg Monroe to Nets, then waived Nets receive: C Greg Monroe 2021 second-round pick Raptors receive: Cash considerations Official Release: Nets Instant Analysis: The Nets gain a second-round pick in order to help the Raptors save dollars against the cap and luxury tax. Monroe, however, was waived after being acquired. * * * Hawks acquire Jabari Bird Hawks receive: G Jabari Bird Cash considerations Celtics receive: Conditional 2020 second-round pick Official Release: Hawks Instant Analysis: Bird hasn't played in a game this season, and was expected to be waived by Atlanta. * * * Shumpert to Rockets in three-team trade Rockets receive: G Iman Shumpert G Nik Stauskas G Wade Baldwin IV 2021 second-round pick Kings receive: G Alec Burks 2020 second-round pick Cavaliers receive: G Brandon Knight F Marquese Chriss 2019 first-round pick 2022 second-round pick Official release: Cavaliers Instant Analysis: The Rockets reshuffled their bench depth with this three-team trade. Shumpert help bolster the Rockets' guard rotation as they battle for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. Shortly after this deal was announced, the Rockets dealt Stauskas and Baldwin IV to the Indiana Pacers (see above). For the Kings, Shumpert was less necessary to their team after acquiring Harrison Barnes from the Mavericks in a separate deal on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time)......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 8th, 2019Related News

Boxing: Aston Palicte and camp waiting for title rematch with Donnie Nietes

After starching previously-undefeated Puerto Rican Jose Martinez in just two rounds back in late January, Filipino super flyweight contener Aston "Mighty" Palicte is back in the title picture.  The 28-year olf native of Bago, Negros earned a mandatory challenger spot after knocking out Martinez in the second round of their WBO super flyweight title eliminator, and now he's ready to challenge for the belt once more.  Fittingly, the man holding the WBO's 115-pound title is a familiar face in four-division titleholder Donnie "Ahas" Nietes, who Palicte already faced back in 2018 for the then-vacant WBO title.  Of course, the bout ended in a controversial split draw. Nietes would fight for and caputure the title just months later, defeatign Japan's Kazuto Ioka via split decision in Macau on New Year's Eve.  For Palicte, the prospect of once again challenging his fellow Negrense is all about doing his job and achieving his ultimate goal of becoming a world champion. "Sa akin naman, unang-una, ayaw ko din sana na Pinoy yung kalaban ko, kasi dalawang Pinoy, pero sabi ko nga, wala eh, trabaho ‘to eh," Palicte told ABS-CBN Sports. "Eto yung trabaho ko, alam din naman nila Donnie yun eh. Siyempre, sports lang, trabaho lang." In a perfect world, Palicte would rather find a way to capture a world championship without having to challenge Nietes, which could mean even more world championships for the Philippines.  "Kung may ibang paraan na hindi kami mag-lalaban [pero makakapag-champion ako], mas maganda yun," he explained. "Para yung may isa na Pinoy na champion, tapos kung manalo yung isa pang Pinoy na, kunyari ako, sa iba, world championship sa iba, at least dadagdag na naman yung Pinoy [na world champion] diba?" How it stands however, Palicte is the next in line for the WBO title, which means that to become a champion himself, he'll have to go through Nietes. For the Roy Jones Jr-promoted talent, he's just waiting to see what materializes in the next few days or weeks.  "Ang sakin, gaya ng sinasabi ko sa kanila, hindi ko iniisip kumbaga, sana kaming dalawa ni Nietes [yung maglaban], una hindi ko gusto yun, pero kung mangyari yun, kung gusto talaga ng promoter ko at promoter niya, manager niya at manager ko, wala naman ako magagawa kasi boxer ako. Kailangan ko sundin kung ano yung desisyon nila, nung promoter ko at ng manager ko." "Talagang nag-hihintay lang ako sa kung ano gusto nila," he continued.  While the WBO has ordered a rematch between the two Negros-born pugilists, Dennis Gasgonia of ABS-CBN News reports that Nietes' promoter ALA Promotions will be looking at the options, which could include a unification bout with the other 115-pound titleholders.  Palicte's long-time manager Jason Soong knows full well that a do-over with Nietes is far from set in stone, and he says that he understands the Cebu-based stable's desire to go after the division's bigger stars.  "I understand where they’re coming from, especially with Donnie being an older boxer, I guess he’s going towards the later part of his career, so I understand where they’re coming from, but walang personalan, it’s boxing, but there’s a reason why we’re the mandatory challenger," Soong elaborated. "If they don’t want to fight us, they’ll have to probably vacate the belt, because I don’t think the WBO is going…just the way the WBO is addressing this, the fact that they’re coming out with statements right away, and then the official letters are being circulated, I think the WBO is very serious that when it’s a mandatory, it’s a mandatory." "I don’t think they’re playing around with that," he added. Much like Palicte, Soong reiterated that the desire to go after Nietes stems from the simple fact that he is the one holding the belt.  "I understand them, but kami, we’re happy because we feel like we earned it, bottomline. It’s not like we chose him as an opponent, nagkataon lang na he holds the belt. Even that for me, them fighting for that belt, for me it’s also, that’s what I’m questioning, because [Donnie and Aston are] one and two, and they leapfrog us and then they fight for the belt and we’re left with the eliminator, but for me, sige, we took it. We took it and we’re here now." While the next step for Palicte remains unclear at this point, Soong is confident that his ward's next fight will be one for a major world championship.  "I’m excited, because I think no matter what happens, Aston’s next fight will be for a world championship, whether it’s with Donnie or with someone else. I’m excited." Should Nietes end up vacating the WBO title, Soong sees a scenario wherein Palicte could end up facing Mexican star Juan Francisco Estrada for the title in what he considers a 'dream fight'.  "Well, if he vacates it and we’re in the championship, the one next ranked is Estrada," Soong said. "That would be, ever since Aston was a contender, [Estrada] was actually our dream match, and I think their styles, Estrada was the main event in the last SuperFly 3, and it was always our dream matchup, one because he’s a big name and we think it would be a very good, very entertaining fight, and I think we would do well against a fighter like that.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 8th, 2019Related News

Measles Outbreak in Philippines Spreads Beyond Capital

By Jason Gutierrez/nytimes.com – The Philippines expanded the area of a declared measles outbreak on Thursday from the highly populated capital to nearby regions, after a steady rise in infections and deaths attributed to the disease in recent weeks. The government’s Epidemiology Bureau raised the “red flag” after an increase Read more ».....»»

Source: Thepinoy ThepinoyCategory: NewsFeb 7th, 2019Related News

Aston Palicte in lethal form

Aston Palicte, fresh from demolishing Puerto Rico’s previously unbeaten Jose Martinez, is hungry for a world boxing title and if it means bowling over countryman WBO superflyweight champion Donnie Nietes in a rematch, his manager Jason Soong said yesterday he’s ready to do whatever it takes......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 5th, 2019Related News

Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots

NEW YORK --- This year's Super Bowl ads went heavy on the humor --- and surprises. Take, for instance, Jason Bateman'sHyundaiad about an elevator with unpleasantness on every floor. A surprise "Game of Thrones" tie-in with Bud Light both confused and delighted viewers. And robots seemed to be everywhere as advertisers picked up on Americans' unease over our growing dependence on artificial intelligence. This year's ads are "more mild than wild," said Kelly O'Keefe, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University's Brandcenter. "While the focus of the night is on entertainment rather than controversy, there is very little that we're going to talking about at the water cooler tom...Keep on reading: Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 4th, 2019Related News

PSG loses its 1st league game this season

By Jerome Pugmire, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Paris Saint-Germain's 20-game unbeaten run in the French league this season ended with a 2-1 defeat at Lyon on Sunday. PSG has lost three times this season, including away to Liverpool in the Champions League and at home to Guingamp in the League Cup, but this was its first Ligue 1 loss since a 2-0 home defeat to Rennes in the penultimate game of last season. Despite the setback, PSG leads second-placed Lille by 10 points, having played two games less. Yet it was a huge boost for Lyon in the quest to finish second and qualify automatically for next season's Champions League. Lyon is three points behind Lille, with 15 matches remaining. Both goalkeepers stood out in a great advert for the French league. Rarely tested in the top tier in France, PSG's defense ultimately fell short under the watchful eye of Manchester United coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was present at the game. A resurgent United side hosts PSG in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 game on Feb. 12. Solskjaer will have noticed glaring deficiencies at the back, which meant PSG goalkeeper Alphonse Areola had to make six saves in a pulsating first half. France forward Nabil Fekir won it for Lyon when he coolly slotted in a 49th-minute penalty, after center half Thiago Silva impeded striker Moussa Dembele as he burst into the area. Dembele's towering header from a pinpoint Leo Dubois cross drew Lyon level in the 33rd after Angel Di Maria silenced the home crowd with an opening goal after seven minutes. Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar clumsily lost possession dribbling out of his own half, and Julian Draxler took the ball off him before feeding Di Maria inside the left of the penalty area. The Argentina winger advanced and finished with a low strike across the body of Lyon goalkeeper Anthony Lopes, before provocatively dancing in front of home fans. PSG then weathered a barrage of Lyon pressure. Preferred to Gianluigi Buffon for this game, in an ongoing goalkeeper rotation by coach Thomas Tuchel, Areola was inspired. Midway through the first half, he made a double stop to first thwart Bertrand Traore and then surged off the ground to palm away Memphis Depay's follow-up effort from close range. But then Areola stumbled coming out to meet a cross from Dubois, and Dembele rose superbly to level at 1-1. The action, at both ends, was unrelenting. Di Maria almost grabbed his second goal late in the first half, only for center half Jason Denayer to deny him with a spectacular diving header near his line. Silva was adjudged to have obstructed Dembele as PSG conceded its 11th penalty this season — a statistic Solskjaer will doubtless know. But he will also have seen that PSG has immense firepower, and Lopes needed to be at his best on Sunday. He made three saves in quick succession, including a stunning finger-tip save with his left hand to keep out a stinging drive from Kylian Mbappe — who was again denied by Lopes with 20 minutes left. "It's difficult to say, we had chances as well," PSG's Draxler said when asked if Lyon deserved to win. "But they played very well in the first half. We knew beforehand that Lyon is a classy team." Lyon faces Barcelona in the last-16 of the Champions League, having beaten Manchester City away and drawn with City at home during the group stage. DELORT EARNS DRAW Striker Andy Delort's well-taken goal earned Montpellier a 1-1 draw at southern rival Nimes and moved the team up to fifth place. Nimes and Montpellier are roughly one hour apart by car and they have a fierce rivalry. Nimes opened the scoring after two minutes when defender Loick Landre headed in from a corner. Delort latched onto strike partner Gaetan Laborde's pass in the 73rd minute, and coolly lobbed the goalkeeper. Montpellier is one point behind fourth-placed Saint-Etienne, while promoted Nimes is in 11th place......»»

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

Balanced Mighty-Pilipinas wards off Lebanese champs in Dubai

Mighty Sports-Pilipinas is still the standard in the 2019 Dubai Invitational Tournament as they aced their toughest test yet. Filipino-American Jeremiah Gray continued opening eyes, reinforcements Randolph Morris and Justin Brownlee continued delivering the goods, and the Filipinos continued their unbeaten run by getting the better of Homentmen Lebanon, 96-89, on Monday (Philippine time) at the Shabab-Al Ahli Club in Dubai. Gray, an athletic swingman, waxed hot for 24 points, eight rebounds, and three assists while American big man Morris had 24 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and two steals of his own. Brownlee also made an impact with a 19-point, 13-rebound double-double on top of seven assists and two steals while the University of the Philippines stud Juan Gomez de Liano and former Asean Basketball League star Jason Brickman chipped in 11 and 10 markers, respectively. After breezing through American University of Dubai and United Arab Emirates in their first two games, the Philippines was likewise in complete control of this one after three quarters. Homentmen, the champions of the Lebanese basketball League, kept coming, however, and pulled within 89-92 with 41 ticks to go on the clock until Brownlee put the game away for good by going four-of-four from the line. Now 3-0 in the tournament, Mighty-Pilipinas takes a break on Monday (Philippine time) and then takes the floor once more on Tuesday (Philippine time) for its last assignment in the elimination round up against Al Wahda Syria. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Anton Del Rosario s 7’s Football League kicks off new season; Super Eagles, Tondo FC, Ghana FC, Matu Deportivo, Delimondo-LFC and H& J All-Stars draw first blood in the opener

TAGUIG - The third season of the 7s Football League, founded by former Azkal Anton del Rosario was unveiled at the McKinley Hill Stadium today starting off with the games for the youth level. The youth teams lined up as the program commenced, with del Rosario leading the athletes’ oath to mark the kick-off of the first four games to be played. It is the first time that the league organized a youth division - with 4 teams playing at the pitch at the same time. The big clubs that are playing at the Philippine Premiere League; Ceres-Negros FC and Kaya-Iloilo FC sent their youth teams to participate in the league. FC Loyola-Youth, Socceroos and Bohemians Sporting Club were also among the teams that are participating at the youth level. Different food stalls like Café France, Delimondo and Bagwings were installed outside the Stadium for the fans, players, and staffs who would like food options other than the free Jollibee meals and Gatorade that were given away. More or less 30 games were played for the youth division for the opening day which was divided into age groups – U9, U13, U11, and U15. PPL Clubs; Ceres FC and Stallions FC also sent teams to compete at the Seniors Division on which saw action for the first the opener. Ceres FC took on Tondo FC for the first game which also featured the inaugural and defending champions Super Eagles, as they played against the Jason de Jong backed-Bohemian Sporting Club on the other pitch. Debuting Stallions FC, on the other hand, faced the Nico Bolzico-backed Matu Deportivo alongside the fixture between Ghana and Super Bad. Completing the games for the opening day of the league are H&J All-Stars playing against Futbol Fanatics and Real Amigos going up Anton del Rosario’s Delimondo LFC. The Senior Division games were action-packed as the defending champions, Super Eagles edged newcomers, Bohemian FC; 5-2. “We have already expected that the teams would go after us as we are the defending champions for two seasons already. But we treat every game as if it were our final game of the season.” Super Eagles Head Coach Danny Cross says. For Bohemians player Daniel Matsunaga, being able to play for the 7s Football League is like a homecoming since he was also able to play in the UFL before it transitioned into becoming the Philippines Football League and then eventually rebooted in the upcoming Philippine Premiere League. “They [Super Eagles] were the better team, perhaps they played well against us but that didn’t pressure me to play against them, not at all.” He says when asked if he felt pressured that he and his team will be playing against the defending champions for their first game of the season. Over at the other game, Tondo FC clinches their first win against Ceres FC; 2-1, despite facing the difficulty of putting the team together for training. “We do individual trainings as most of us are no longer full-time football players. Ayun yung challenge for us kasi yung makakalaban namin is a much younger and a fresh team na may full-time training. Siguro ang edge na lang namin sa kanila is yung kami, matagal na kami magkakakilala, magkakapitbahay lang kami.” Tondo FC Head Coach Dennis Balbon narrated. The second set of games for the opener also gave a show for the fans that flocked the stadium. Ghana FC had an almost flawless win over Super Bad; 9-1. “We lost in the championship last season via penalties so we really prepared for this game. We conceded one goal in because I think my players relaxed a bit after scoring 9 goals straight and that we have to swap some players to get them ready for the next game. All the teams had prepared for this season, Laro FC got the Japanese guys and Misagh Bahadoran, then Bohemians for sure will bounce back after their loss against Super Eagles, Stallion and Matu are also two competitive teams so it is very difficult to say right on that we are here to avenge our championship loss from last season. We cannot tell as of the moment but we are ready to face any team.” says the Ghana FC coach Ayi Biyombo. Meanwhile, Matu Deportivo displayed class against another 7s football newcomer, Stallions FC; 5-2 at the final whistle. Both teams were inseparable at halftime as they settled for a draw. However, coming from the break, Matu Deportivo saw a chance to outscore their opponent. “Stallions used their first team and they were very good, they passed the ball a lot, they made us run a lot. I think that was a very even game, it was very fun. We saw that at the end of the first half, Stallion was losing intensity and we thought that we need to be more compact, we need to create less space in the middle because our opponent passes the ball a lot and is very good at moving without the ball. We needed to play smarter, run a bit less but be more organized.” Says Matu Deportivo player-coach, Nico Bolzico The last set of games that were scheduled for the opening day also did great with H&J All-Stars winning against Futbol Fanatics; 3-2 in an intensely close match. On the other game, Delimondo-Laro FC clinched a victory over Real Amigos, 3-0. The game also featured the debut of Azkal Misagh Bahadoran in the league however he sustained an injury just before halftime and was not able to continue on. “It was a great win for us considering that we were not able to practice for the game. I was pretty confident that the guys can turn it on, we were born athletes and we were born to play this game as we have been playing this since we were young. I look forward to the intensity of every match. Every game is action packed and it’s similar with basketball, something that the Filipinos can relate on to. 7 a-side is more action-packed compared to 11 a-side, on which you have to wait and observe. This kind of football will be of great awareness to the Filipinos, the intensity and the back to back scoring are very relatable in a way for those who know basketball.”   Complete game results are as follows:   U9: G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (1-4) Ceres vs. Forza (0-0) Malaya vs. Ceres (0-0) G8 vs. Kaya (3-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (9-0) Futbol Fanatics vs. Sugod (1-1) Kaya vs. Loyola (2-1) Futbol Fanatics B vs. Futbol Fanatics A (0-0)   U11: G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (8-0) Socceroo vs. Malaya (0-5) Kaya vs. G8 (0-0) Futbol Fanatics vs. Malaya (0-0) Socceroo vs. Loyola (0-0) Kaya vs. Loyola (3-2)   U13: Ceres vs. Stallion (0-1) Kaya vs. G8 (3-1) Futbol Fanatics vs. Ceres (1-2) G8 vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (1-2) Socceroo vs. Futbol Fanatics (2-0) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (3-0) Kaya vs. Loyola (3-2)   U15: G8 vs. Futbol Fanatics (0-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Malaya (2-1) Kaya vs. Malaya (1-2) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. G8 (0-3) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Kaya B (0-1) Loyola A vs. Kaya A  (2-1) Bohemian Sporting Club vs. Loyola (1-0)   Seniors Division: Tondo FC vs. Ceres FC (2-1) Super Eagles vs. Bohemian Sporting Club (5-2) Ghana FC vs. Super Bad (9-1) Matu Deportivo vs. Stallions FC (5-2) H&J All Stars vs. Futbol Fanatics (3-2) Delimondo LFC vs Real Amigos (3-0).....»»

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WATCH: Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw trailer released

MANILA, Philippines – The trailer for Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs and Shaw was released on Friday, February 1, with Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson leading the cast. In the movie, Luke Hobbs (Johnson), a loyal agent of America's Diplomatic Security Service, and Deckard Shaw (Statham), a former British military ........»»

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PBA: Tratter marvels at phoenix-like rise of ex-teammate Perkins

ANTIPOLO – The last time Jason Perkins and Abu Tratter shared the court, they were celebrating a dominant championship for De La Salle University in 2016. The two were on the floor at the same time once more on Friday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo – only this time, as opponents. “It was fun. That’s my guy,” Perkins, now a key cog for league-leading Phoenix in the 2019 PBA Philippine Cup, said. “He played a really good game. He’s fitting in well in this league.” The Filipino-foreigners were teammates for three seasons with the Green Archers and won one title together. Make no mistake, though, they went at it now that they’re rivals in the pro league – even getting matched up with one another quite a few times. “When we’re playing, we’re not friends. It’s healthy competition,” Perkins said. Tratter shared the same sentiment. “Me and Jason have always been cool. It was fun and laughter, but at the end of the day, it’s good competition,” he said. Nonetheless, on this day, the Blackwater rookie was a firsthand witness to how far his former teammate has come. “Jason’s always been a workhorse, but just seeing him out there and seeing how different his body is, it’s a true testament to how much he has sacrificed going into this league,” he said. In his last year in La Salle, Perkins seemed heavier than he had been during the season he was named to the Mythical Team. As such, he only averaged 4.3 points and 4.4 rebounds in 12.8 minutes. Once he graduated and moved on to the PBA D-League, however, the Filipino-Canadian got back into shape and then got back into his groove, helping Cignal to a title. He was then drafted fourth overall and then proceeded to make an immediate impact for Fuel Masters. By the end of the season, he was the league’s Rookie of the Year, with per game counts of 12.1 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 1.5 assists. And now, just like he did personally, Perkins is helping Phoenix rise from the ashes. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Gilmore has quietly made major noise in Pats Super Bowl run

By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — In two years, Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower still has never heard Stephon Gilmore yell. Not in practice. Not in a game. Not ever. "He's stays quiet, it's not just because y'all are in here," Hightower said with a chuckle this week. "He doesn't talk. He's a mute." Gilmore's also — silently — assumed the role of lockdown cornerback for New England as it prepares to face two of the NFL's top two receivers in its Super Bowl matchup with the Los Angeles Rams. Being tasked to guard an opponents' top receiver won't be anything new for Gilmore, who is in his second season with the Patriots after leaving Buffalo and signing a five-year, $65 million free agent deal in 2017. There were some shortcomings this season. Notably when New England's secondary struggled in the second half of its narrow regular-season victory over Kansas City, allowing Tyreek Hill to catch three touchdown passes. But more times than not, Gilmore has lived up to the challenge. He combined with J.C. Jackson and Keion Crossen to limit Hill to one catch and no touchdowns in the Patriots' AFC championship game win over the Chiefs. And he's only allowed two catches on the 10 passes thrown in his direction during the postseason. Gilmore had a career-high 20 passes defensed during the regular season, the second most in the NFL behind Chicago's Kyle Fuller (21). His previous high was 18 with Buffalo in 2015. He's also had two or more passes defensed in four of his past five playoff games, including his first career playoff interception against the Chargers in the divisional round. "I kind of let my game do the talking," Gilmore said. "I try to play my game regardless of who I'm going against. Some people can handle it, some people can't." It helped the 28-year-old earn All-Pro honors for the first time in his career, becoming just the fourth Patriots cornerback to be named to the first team. He joins Ty Law (1998, 2003), Asante Samuel (2007) and Darrelle Revis (2014). But for a guy who tries to maintain a low profile, it's not something he's trying to put a lot of stock in right now. "That's a big accomplishment. But the one thing I wanted was a Super Bowl ring and I'm gonna try to do whatever it takes to get that done," he said. Last season Gilmore's contract was a conversation topic in New England with Malcolm Butler — star of the Patriots' Super Bowl win over Seattle in the 2014 season — not being offered the contract extension he was looking for from the Patriots. Gilmore started slowly in 2017 and appeared in only 13 games, missing two starts because of a concussion. He finished with two interceptions, but had only nine passes defensed. Butler signed with Tennessee in free agency in the offseason, making Gilmore the top cornerback in the Patriots secondary. Gilmore said he entered training camp focused on improvement. "To me it doesn't really matter what happened in the past. You just gotta learn from it and get better," he said. The Patriots will need someone to step up on Sunday, with the Rams trotting out two 1,200-yard receivers in Robert Woods and Brandin Cooks, who was traded by New England to Los Angeles last summer. Gilmore's practice battles with Cooks are fresh in his mind and he's also played with Woods in Buffalo. The practice field has been Gilmore's sanctuary this season, teammate and fellow cornerback Jason McCourty said. "He doesn't even let guys catch the ball in walkthroughs. That's kind of his mindset and his demeanor," McCourty said. "He goes out there, he takes the field and his one job is to shut whoever he's guarding down and that's something that he's done on a week-in, week-out basis for us this season." Hightower said Gilmore's work ethic is contagious across the defense. "There will be days when you want to be lackadaisical and you might not want to push yourself. Then you see Steph running from one hash to the other hash guarding a guy on a route, pushing his leverage," Hightower said. "When you see a guy work like that day in and day out, you can't help but push yourself with whatever you're going through." With a second consecutive shot at a Super Bowl ring, Gilmore said he'll be drawing on everything he's learned over the past two seasons. "I've learned a lot about myself just trying to be consistent," Gilmore said. "Just really trusting my teammates. I've learned a lot of football. I'm smarter than I was last year, just from coaches putting me in the best position to make plays. "Now I'm the Super Bowl in position to finish everything off.".....»»

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Two riders killed in motorcycle crash

TWO motorcycle riders were killed in a road collision evening of Jan. 26, 2019 in Janiuay, Iloilo. Police identified the fatalities as Enrique Anceno of Barangay Carigangan, Janiuay and Dennis Suero, 32, of Lambunao, Iloilo. The accident also injured Enrique’s back riders – his cousin Jason Anceno and their friend Jesrey Lago, also residents of […] The post Two riders killed in motorcycle crash appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

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Romeo Travis signs with Mono Vampire after Jason Brickman release

MANILA, Philippines – The Mono Vampire Basketball Club is looking to shake things up in Season 9 of the ASEAN Basketball League (ABL). After starting the year at 9th place with a bad 2-11 record, last season's finalists have turned to Magnolia Hotshots champion import Romeo Travis to replace their ........»»

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Odom drills game-winner as Mighty Sports edges Magnolia

Mighty Sports outsteadied Magnolia, 94-93, in a tune-up match at Ronac Gym on Tuesday, but head coach Charles Tiu remained wary three days before the apparel and accessories team plunges into action in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Championship. Though the team played much better than its 106-99 win over Blackwater last week, Tiu said his players need to work double time on two aspects – execution and defense. “Team is slowly improving but I would not consider us ready yet,” said the younger brother of retired Rain or Shine guard Chris Tiu. “We need to play real smart defensively and also need to improve our execution.” But the good news is that former LA Lakers star Lamar Odom is doing great. “Lamar looks better every day and our locals also look okay,” added Tiu. In fact, it was the 6-foot-10 Odom who rescued the team from the jaws of defeat with his timely basket in the crunch. Mighty Sports owner Alex Wongchuking was delighted with outcome of the team’s two tune-up matches especially with the performances of Ginebra resident import Justin Brownlee and Chinese league veteran Randolph Morris. “I’m hoping they can sustain their good form and help team advance to the semis,” said Wongchuking, who co-owns the team with younger brother and former Xavier School basketball team manager Caesar. The team is out to improve its maiden showing in the annual tournament after winning only once in seven games two years ago. Aside from Brownlee and Morris, University of the Philippines star Juan Gomez de Liaño and new recruit Jason Brickman also delivered to the delight of a motley crowd. Gomez de Liaño held his ground against the pros on the way to scoring 15 points while Brickman, a Fil-Am, showed the brilliance that has made one of the stars in the ASEAN Basketball League......»»

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Fil-Am ABL star Jason Brickman sets sights on the PBA

Fil-Am playmaker and former ABL star Jason Brickman is now setting his sights on joining next year's PBA Rookie Draft. Brickman, who was the floor general of last year's ABL finalists Mono Vampire, is looking to find clearance and be able to play in Asia's first pro basketball league. The 27-year-old guard is eligible to forego a PBA D-League stint by the time he gets drafted next year, following in the footsteps of teammate Paul Zamar, Christian Standhardinger, and Stanley Pringle, who had stints in the inter-country league before joining the PBA. "Just I'm hopeful to get into the PBA. Something I've always wanted to do and right now is the best opportunity to do that so that's another reason why I came out here," Brickman said.  The former Long Island University Brooklyn star led the US NCAA Division I with 8.5 assists per game in his junior year, before increasing it to 10 per contest in his senior season.  He also became only the fourth player in men's Division 1 history in handing out 1,000+ assists for their collegiate career. However, before his possible PBA stint, Brickman will be joining Mighty Sports and represent the country in the 30th Dubai International Basketball Tournament in UAE this Feb. 1-9.  He will help coach Charles Tiu in dictating the offense, and will be supported by imports Lamar Odom, Justin Brownlee and Randolph Morris. Also with the team are PBA D-League Finals MVP Gab Banal, former ABL star Fil-Am Jason Brickman, UAAP standouts Juan Gomez de Liano and Santi Santillan, #23for23 member Troy Rike, Jeremiah Gray, Roosevelt Adams, Angelo Wongchuking and CSB high-flyer Justin Gutang, the latter serving as reserve. In his third stint with the Caesar Wongchuking-sponsored squad, he said that he is very happy that he'll be representing 104 million Filipinos once more in an international tournament. "I think it's a great opportunity to represent the Philippines. We have a lot of good local players. Obviously, good imports," shared Brickman.  "There's gonna be some very good teams there. Great competition as well. I'm looking forward to play and do whatever I can to help the team," he added. Known for his playmaking, he assured that he won't be changing his role for the team that drafts him, for he believes a pass-first mentality is his biggest strength. After the tournament, Brickman will solely focus on preparing for the Rookie Draft, and see where it goes from there. __   Follow this writer on Twitter, @philipptionary. .....»»

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