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Time on Manny’s side, says wary Roach

MANILA, Philippines - Freddie Roach is going to push Manny Pacquiao hard until the day he climbs the ring to face undefeated Jeff Horn in Brisbane on July 2......»»

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Ray goes 7 innings as Diamondbacks beat Brewers 4-0

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Robbie Ray pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to lower the NL's second-best road ERA to 0.57, Gregor Blanco and Chris Owings homered, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 4-0 Thursday night for their ninth win in 10 games. Ray (4-3), coming off a dominating performance against San Diego in his last start, did not allow a run for the second straight outing. He struck out nine and walked none to send the Brewers to their season-worst fourth straight loss. Arizona is 11 games above .500 for the first time since 2011. Blanco, who went 3 for 4, hit the second pitch of the game off Milwaukee starter Zach Davies (5-3) for his fourth career leadoff home run. Owings tied his career high with his sixth of the season leading off the second. David Peralta had an RBI double in the third and Paul Goldschmidt scored on a wild pitch in the eighth. CUBS 5, GIANTS 1 CHICAGO (AP) — Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist hit solo homers, and Chicago won its third straight. Spot starter Eddie Butler (2-0) allowed one run and four hits in five innings, and Mike Montgomery pitched one-hit ball over four innings for his first professional save. Jeff Samardzija (1-6) gave up three runs and six hits in seven innings with eight strikeouts. He also gave up three home runs against Arizona in his first start of the season on April 6. MARINERS 4, NATIONALS 2 WASHINGTON (AP) — Nelson Cruz greeted reliever Jacob Turner (2-3) with a three-run homer in the sixth inning that overturned a 2-0 deficit, and Seattle stopped a five-game losing streak. Ariel Miranda (4-2) allowed two runs, three hits and three walks in five innings. Edwin Diaz, Seattle's sixth pitcher, threw a one-hit ninth that completed a six-hitter. Diaz got his first save since May 9 and has eight in 10 chances overall. PIRATES 9, BRAVES 4 ATLANTA (AP) — Ivan Nova (5-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in 8 1/3 innings, and Adam Frazier hit a three-run homer. Pittsburgh pounded Bartolo Colon (2-5), who a day after his 44th birthday allowed seven runs and 10 hits in five innings. His ERA rose to 6.96. PHILLIES 2, ROCKIES 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Tommy Joseph hit a tying home run in the seventh inning and a winning single against Scott Oberg (0-1) in the 11th after Michael Saunders' one-out double, stopping Colorado from a four-game sweep. Jeanmar Gomez (3-1) pitched a hitless 11th is his return from a disabled list stint caused by an elbow injury. Philadelphia ended a five-game losing streak, winning for the fifth time in 25 games. Colorado, which has the NL's best record, had won four in a row. RAYS 4, ANGELS 0 ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Matt Andriese (5-1) allowed six hits over eight innings, Colby Rasmus drove in four runs and Tampa Bay salvaged a four-game split. Tommy Hunter got three outs to complete a six-hitter. Daniel Wright (0-1), recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake to fill in for the injured Alex Meyer, allowed four runs — two earned — and six hits in 4 1/3 innings. PADRES 4, METS 3 NEW YORK (AP) — Dinelson Lamet overpowered the Mets in his major league debut, New York's Rafael Montero labored on short notice and San Diego won on a rainy night. Scattered showers soaked Queens all day, and thunderstorms were forecast for midgame, although heavy rain never came. Mets manager Terry Collins pushed back scheduled starter Jacob deGrom to try avoiding an abbreviated outing, instead telling Montero around 3:45 p.m. that he'd start the 7:10 p.m. contest. Montero (0-4) allowed two runs during a 45-pitch first inning, including a bases-loaded walk to Matt Szczur. Montero threw 87 pitches over three innings, giving up three runs, five hits and three walks. His ERA rose to 8.24. Lamet (1-0) cruised through five innings of one-run ball. The 24-year-old right-hander punched out eight and surrendered just three hits, including Lucas Duda's solo homer in the second. Brad Hand allowed a run but escaped a jam in the ninth for the second straight night, geting his second career save and second in two nights. RED SOX 6, RANGERS 2 BOSTON (AP) — Drew Pomeranz pitched six strong innings and tied his career high with 11 strikeouts to lift Boston past Texas. Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to their fourth straight win. Pomeranz (4-3) made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings. Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which has lost four of five. Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as Boston got to Nick Martinez (1-3) early. ASTROS 7, TIGERS 6 HOUSTON (AP) — Jake Marisnick hit a tiebreaking home run in the eighth inning for Houston's fourth homer of the game, lifting the Astros to a 7-6 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Thursday night. The Tigers tied it 6-6 in the top of the eighth when Jose Iglesias doubled off reliever Luke Gregerson (2-1) to drive in Andrew Romine. Marisnick's homer to deep center off Detroit reliever Alex Wilson (1-2) gave Houston the lead back. Ken Giles got the last three outs for his 13th save as the Astros won three of four from the Tigers. Carlos Correa, Marwin Gonzalez and Juan Centeno all homered off Justin Verlander in Houston's five-run fourth that gave the Astros a 5-3 lead. DODGERS 7, CARDINALS 3 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kenta Maeda fell into a 3-0 hole in the first inning of his first start for the Dodgers in two weeks coming off the disabled list. Then, the Japanese right-hander rallied Los Angeles to the win. Maeda (4-2) drove in the tying and go-ahead runs with a two-out single in the fourth off Michael Wacha and turned an inning-ending double play in the fifth to help the Dodgers take two of three from the Cardinals. Maeda allowed three runs and seven hits in five innings, struck out four and walked two. Wacha (2-2) gave up six runs and seven hits in four-plus innings. .....»»

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Horn relishes report Manny behind sked

MANILA, Philippines -  Freddie Roach’s statements saying Manny Pacquiao is “way behind” in his preparations for the Jeff Horn fight is music to the ears of t.....»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2017Related News

Back Down Under for Roach

When trainer Freddie Roach lands in Brisbane to be in WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao’s corner for his title defense against Jeff Horn on July 2, it.....»»

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Donaire says Horn not in Manny’s class

MANILA, Philippines -  Former five-division world champion Nonito Donaire Jr......»»

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Horn welcomes news of Pacquiao s sluggishness in sparring

MANILA, Philippines – Jeff Horn loves the fact that.....»»

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David Beckham on US Soccer Hall of Fame ballot

CHICAGO (AP) — David Beckham, the English midfielder who brought increased visibility to American soccer and won a pair of Major League Soccer titles while playing for the LA Galaxy from 2007-12, is among 12 first-time candidates on the 33-player ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. Defender Steve Cherundolo, midfielder Pablo Mastroeni and forward Brian Ching, key parts of the U.S. national team, also are new candidates on the ballot announced Wednesday. Other first-timers include defenders Chris Albright, Danny Califf and Tina Frimpong Ellertson; goalkeepers Joe Cannon and Kevin Hartman, and midfielders Amado Guevara, Eddie Gaven and Leslie Osborne. Defender Chris Armas and midfielder Jason Kreis, currently Orlando's coach, are in their final year of eligibility. Former midfielder Ben Olsen, now D.C. United's coach, is among the holdovers. Other men on the ballot include goalkeeper Pat Onstad; defenders Gregg Berhalter, Frankie Hejduk and Tony Sanneh; midfielders Chris Klein, Eddie Lewis and Steve Ralston; and forwards Jeff Cunningham, Clint Mathis, Jaime Moreno, Ante Razov, Taylor Twellman and Josh Wolff. Women on the ballot include goalkeeper Briana Scurry; defenders Kate Sobrero Markgraf and Heather Mitts; midfielder Aly Wagner; and forward Tiffeny Milbrett. Voting will take place among men's and women's national team coaches, Major League Soccer and National Women's Soccer league management, U.S. Soccer Federation leadership, Hall of Famers and media. Each voter can list up to 10 players, and a player must appear on at least 66.7 percent of ballots to earn election. Among those on the builder ballot are former USSF President Bob Contiguglia; referee Esse Baharmast; coaches Gene Chyzowych, Eddie Firmani, Gordon Jago and Joe Machnik; and administrators Richard Groff, Tim Leiweke, Francisco Marcos and Kevin Payne. The 15-player veteran ballot, voted on only by Hall of Famers, has George Best, Chico Borja, Mike Burns, John Doyle, Marco Etcheverry, Linda Hamilton, Mary Harvey, Chris Henderson, Dominic Kinnear, Shep Messing, Cindy Parlow, Tiffany Roberts, Mike Sorber, Tisha Venturini-Hoch and Roy Wegerle. The hall's building in Oneonta, New York, closed in 2010. A new facility in Frisco, Texas, is under construction and slated to open in 2018. .....»»

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Jeff Weltman says Magic front-office position a dream job

ORLANDO, Fla. — Jeff Weltman was perfectly content as the general manager of the Toronto Raptors two weeks ago.  .....»»

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AP Source: Bucks opening up GM search after Hammond exit

em>By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press /em> Boasting a budding star and an impressive roster of young talent, the Milwaukee Bucks are opening up their search for a new general manager to lead them into contention in the Eastern Conference. After longtime GM John Hammond left to join friend Jeff Weltman in the Orlando Magic front office, the Bucks are bringing in respected league executive Rod Thorn to help with the search for a replacement, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time). The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bucks were not publicly discussing their search. Assistant GM Justin Zanik was believed to be the heir apparent to Hammond when he left the Utah Jazz to join the Bucks. Zanik, a promising young executive who was an agent before spending three years under Dennis Lindsey in Utah, will get the opportunity to interview for the position, but outside candidates will also be considered. ESPN first reported the details of Milwaukee’s search. The job figures to be an attractive one for prospective executives. Giannis Antetokounmpo enjoyed a breakout season this year, earning a starting spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star team and cementing himself as a franchise player. Milwaukee also has Khris Middleton, Malcolm Brogdon and Thon Maker to go with Jabari Parker, a former No. 2 overall pick who is recovering from his second torn ACL. The Bucks are building a new arena and have enjoyed a revival in the city under new owners Marc Lasry and Wesley Edens and coach Jason Kidd. Whether it is Zanik or someone else, it will be a critical hire to help the Bucks move from a team that lost in six games to the Toronto Raptors in the first round of the playoffs to one that is ready to challenge the Cavaliers and Celtics at the top of the Eastern Conference. Hammond spent nine years at the helm of the Bucks and his performance in the draft in recent seasons has been critical to the Bucks’ renaissance. Hammond went out on a limb to take Antetokounmpo in 2013 and the “Greek Freak” has morphed into a seven-foot point guard who averaged 23.2 points, 8.9 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.9 blocks per game this season. Hammond also led the team that picked Parker and Maker in the first round, and Brogdon, one of the leading candidates to be named rookie of the year on June 26, in the second round last summer. But the 62-year-old Hammond was gradually planning on stepping back in Milwaukee by the end of next season. Joining Weltman in Orlando offered Hammond a chance to work with a longtime friend to remake a struggling franchise, a move that came with the Bucks’ blessing. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 24th, 2017Related News

After Horn, what’s up for Manny?

MANILA, Philippines - There are intriguing possibilities awaiting WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao after his title defense against Jeff Horn in Brisb.....»»

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Pacquiao s Aussie coach says Australians will come in droves for Horn fight

MANILA, Philippines – Justine Fortune, Manny Pacquiao’s Australian strength and conditioning coach, is confident that his countrymen will pack the stadium on.....»»

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Magic hire Weltman, who hours later names Hammond as GM

em>By Terrance Harris, Associated Press /em> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jeff Weltman brought in a familiar face to help him try and turn the Orlando Magic around. Hours after the Magic formally announced Weltman Tuesday morning (Wednesday, PHL time) as their president of basketball operations, he named longtime NBA executive John Hammond the club’s new general manager. The two worked together in Milwaukee years ago, though the tables were turned back then with Weltman reporting to Hammond. Considering their history, if they didn’t come as a package deal, Orlando’s moves certainly have that feel to them. “John brings tremendous experience and is a great talent evaluator,” said Weltman, who was an assistant general manager under Hammond in Milwaukee from 2008-13 and the two also worked together in Detroit from 2007-08. “He has experience in everything from day-to-day operations to player development.” Hammond replaces Rob Hennigan, who was fired last month after the Magic failed to make the playoffs during his five-year tenure. Weltman and Hammond are well-respected, veteran NBA front office executives, but they inherit a team that went 29-53 last season. It is unlikely they will be overwhelmed by the challenges they face. The pair has a successful track record in the NBA. Hammond, 62, spent the last nine seasons as the Milwaukee Bucks general manager. In Hammond’s 26 years in the NBA, his teams have made 15 postseason appearances. “He built a great team in Milwaukee, and won a championship while in Detroit.” Weltman said in the release. “We are very fortunate to have him as part of the Magic family.” Weltman, who is scheduled to be introduced at a news conference on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), spent just one season as the Toronto Raptors’ general manager, the last of his four years with the organization. It was reported Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) that Weltman and the Magic had agreed to a deal. In addition to stops in Toronto, Milwaukee, Denver and Detroit, Weltman also has worked with the Los Angeles Clippers. A veteran in NBA circles, he is relatively unknown to the casual basketball fan. While the Magic have the No. 6 pick in the upcoming NBA draft, Weltman and Hammond face an uphill battle in returning the Magic to the postseason with a roster that has been in constant transition under Hennigan. The Magic have talent, but still lack the elite talent. Weltman and Hammond will work with head coach Frank Vogel, who is entering his second season with Orlando, to fix a roster that has many weaknesses. Orlando’s needs are many: a consistent shooter and scoring threat; possible upgrade at point guard position, although Elfrid Payton finished the season strong. In addition to the sixth pick, the Magic also have 25th, 33rd and 35th picks in next month’s draft. Magic president Jeff Martins believes Weltman is the right person to get the job done. “Jeff brings tremendous experience and a team-first approach to our president of basketball operations position,” Martins said in team release. “Jeff is a strategic thinker and strong leader, has great relationships in the industry, and will bring a collaborative approach to our basketball operations leadership.” Weltman and Hammond, while not splash hires that Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin would have been, are respected in NBA executives. There were reports that the Magic would pursue Griffin. But the way things fell into place, combined with the history Weltman and Hammond share, it’s conceivable the deal to bring them both in together had been in the works for weeks. The 52-year-old Weltman joined the Raptors in 2013 as their vice president of basketball operations before taking over last September as GM under team president Masai Ujiri. It’s unclear what role Matt Lloyd, who has been the interim general manager since Hennigan was fired, will have with the team going forward. He had been a candidate for the Magic’s general manager job. .....»»

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Horn a good puncher, Roach admits

MANILA, Philippines – Although relatively unknown compared to Manny Pacquiao, Jeff Horn has already made an impression with Freddie Roach......»»

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Manny Pacquiao's coach wary of Jeff Horn's punching power

With roughly less than two months to go before fight night, eight-division world champion and reigning WBO welterweight king Manny Pacquiao has ramped up his training, of course brining in long-time head coach Fredde Roach to oversee training camp for his title defense against Australia's Jeff Horn in Brisbane.  Facing a relative unknown in Horn (16-0-1, 11 KO), it's important not to underestimate the unbeaten Aussie's capabilites, and Roach has made sure to study the former Olympian's game and what he brings to the table.  'This guy can punch,' Roach told ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo via interview. 'He's knocked out his last few opponents,' Roach went on to pinpoint a certain aspect of Horn's game that they've focused on, especially that it's given Pacquiao some problems before. 'He's dangerous with the right, he's has a real good right hook, and that's something that Manny's been hit with before.'  'We're fixing all that now, and it won't be a concern by fight time.' Roach added.  Pacquiao (59-6-2, 38 KO) will be putting his WBO title up for grabs for the first time in this current run, and when asked what the Pinoy boxing icon needed to do to come away victorious, Roach kept it simple.  'He needs to use his speed, his footwork, and his boxing ability.' Pacquiao and Horn go head to head on July 2nd at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.    H/T: Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 23rd, 2017Related News

Panik homers as Giants beat Cubs 6-4

CHICAGO (AP) — Joe Panik hit his first career leadoff homer and doubled twice to help the San Francisco Giants beat the Chicago Cubs 6-4 on Monday. Brandon Belt also connected while Ty Blach (2-2) pitched into the eighth inning in the first meeting between the teams since San Francisco was eliminated by Chicago in the NL Division Series last year. Panik, Belt and Justin Ruggiano each had two RBIs as the Giants won for the eighth time in 10 games. Ruggiano's leadoff drive in the eighth made it 6-0 and gave San Francisco 18 straight solo homers, just three from matching its major league record of 21 set in 2011. The Cubs responded with four in the bottom half on two-run homers by Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist. But the rally stalled from there. YANKEES 4, ROYALS 2 NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius, Brett Gardner and Chris Carter all homered as New York beat Jason Vargas again in defeating Kansas City. A reversed call in the seventh inning kept the Yankees ahead and enabled Michael Pineda (5-2) to top Vargas for the second time in a week. The Royals, with the worst record in the AL, have lost five of seven. Vargas (5-3) began the day with a 2.03 ERA, tied for second-best in the majors. But the lefty fell to 0-7 lifetime against the Yankees when he was tagged by Gardner and Gregorius, the only left-handed hitters in New York's lineup. DIAMONDBACKS 5, WHITE SOX 1 PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke struck out a season-high 12 for Arizona and came within one out of a complete game against Chicago. The ace right-hander allowed four hits and improved to 5-0 in his last six starts. The crowd booed loudly when manager Torey Lovullo walked to the mound to pull Greinke (6-2) after Jose Abreu's two-out double in the ninth. Daniel Descalso hit a three-run homer and Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks during their sixth victory in seven games. The White Sox managed only Leury Garcia's solo homer against Greinke, who walked one in his third double-digit strikeout game this season. ASTROS 1, TIGERS 0 HOUSTON (AP) — Brad Peacock and three relievers combined on a one-hitter while Jose Altuve provided the offense with an RBI double as Houston nipped Detroit. Peacock was solid moving out of the bullpen to make a spot start for injured ace Dallas Keuchel. In his first start since September, Peacock allowed the lone hit and struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings. He was lifted after walking Tyler Collins in the fifth. Chris Devenski (3-2) took over and pitched 2 2/3 innings before Will Harris worked the eighth. Ken Giles struck out two in the ninth for his 12th save, allowing the Astros to bounce back after being swept by Cleveland last weekend. Houston struck early against Michael Fulmer (5-2) when George Springer drew a leadoff walk and scored on Altuve's one-out double in the first. TWINS 14, ORIOLES 7 BALTIMORE (AP) — Max Kepler homered and drove in four runs while Miguel Sano and Jorge Polanco each had a career-high four hits as Minnesota roared back to beat Baltimore. The Twins trailed 5-0 in the second inning and 6-2 entering the fifth before cranking up the offense against Ubaldo Jimenez and an ineffective Orioles bullpen. Tyler Wilson (2-2) gave up six runs in 1 1/3 innings. A two-run double by Kepler helped the Twins tie the scores in the fifth. Minnesota sent 11 batters to the plate in a six-run sixth and Sano added a two-run homer in the ninth. Joe Mauer had three hits, two RBIs and scored twice for the Twins, who reached season highs in runs and hits (21). ROCKIES 8, PHILLIES 1 PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jeff Hoffman struck out seven and tossed three-hit ball over seven innings to lead Colorado over Philadelphia. Hoffman (2-0) also had his first big league hit and the National League-leading Rockies continued to cruise away from home. They are best in the majors with a 16-7 road record and are 5-2 on this 10-game trip, their longest of the season. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer in a four-run ninth after the Rockies scored four times off Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff (0-5). Charlie Blackmon had a two-run double. REDS 5, INDIANS 1 CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Feldman struck out a season-high nine while ending Cincinnati's long stretch of ineffective starts while Scott Schebler homered for the third straight game in leading Cincinnati past Cleveland. The Reds took the opener of the annual intrastate series. The teams play two games in Cincinnati followed by two in Cleveland. The Indians had won their last four at Great American Ball Park and six straight overall in the Ohio series. Feldman (3-4) got the first victory by a Reds starter since May 9. He gave up four hits, including Jason Kipnis' homer, while becoming the first Cincinnati starter in the last 10 games to make it through six innings. The Reds' rotation is last in the NL in ERA and innings pitched. Three relievers closed out a seven-hitter for Cincinnati's second victory in 10 games. Schebler connected against Josh Tomlin (2-6) for his third homer in a span of seven at-bats. It's the first time he's homered in three consecutive games. Zack Cozart's two-run single in the seventh off Dan Otero put Cincinnati in control. BRAVES 5, PIRATES 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Matt Adams hit a two-run homer in his second start since being traded to Atlanta and Ender Inciarte had a career-high five hits as the Braves beat Gerrit Cole. Brandon Phillips also homered for the Braves, who have won eight of 11. Adams was acquired from St. Louis on Saturday as a fill-in for injured first baseman Freddie Freeman, expected to miss about 10 weeks with a broken left wrist. Adams had two hits, including his fifth-inning homer high into the right-field seats for a 5-1 lead. David Freese and Pittsburgh manager Clint Hurdle were ejected by plate umpire Phil Cuzzi in the fourth. ANGELS 3, RAYS 2 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Jefry Marte scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the seventh inning to help Los Angeles beat Tampa Bay. The Angels, who have won six of eight, pushed across the decisive run without a hit against relievers Jumbo Diaz (0-3) and Ryne Stanek. After walking Mike Trout intentionally to load the bases with two outs, Stanek threw a ball in the dirt while facing Albert Pujols, allowing Marte to score easily. Corey Dickerson and Logan Morrison homered off Angels starter J.C. Ramirez (4-3). .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 23rd, 2017Related News

AP source: Magic hire Weltman to head basketball operations

em>By Terrance Harris, Associated Press /em> ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The Orlando Magic have reached for an unknown to fill the role of president of basketball operations. A person familiar with the negotiations says the Magic have agreed to hire Toronto general manager Jeff Weltman to head up the basketball operations. The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced, said Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time) the two sides have agreed to a deal. Weltman, who has also worked in the front offices of Milwaukee and Denver, comes to the Magic with no experience as head of basketball operations. He was the Raptors’ vice president of basketball operations for four years before taking over last September as GM under team president Masai Ujiri. Weltman will report directly to Magic president Alex Martins. Weltman’s first major hire will be to find a replace for Rob Hennigan as general manager after he was fired last month because he failed to put the team into the playoffs in his five years on the job. It had been speculated the Magic would pursue Cleveland GM David Griffin but with the hire of Weltman it seems unlikely that Griffin would make a lateral move. Matt Lloyd, who has been the interim general manager since Hennigan was fired, is a candidate for the permanent job. He has been heavily involved in the upcoming NBA Draft where the Magic currently hold the No.6 overall pick. .....»»

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Tigers beat Rangers 9-3, Indians defeat Astros 3-0

The Associated Press br /> DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila, Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez hit consecutive home runs in the first inning as the Detroit Tigers beat Texas 9-3 on Saturday night, ending the Rangers' 10-game winning streak. Nicholas Castellanos added a three-run homer in the third and Justin Verlander (4-3) pitched seven solid innings for the Tigers. The Rangers were on their longest winning streak since a 12-game run in 2011, but it ended emphatically against Detroit. Cabrera homered in his first at-bat after missing three games with a strained oblique as A.J. Griffin (4-1) allowed nine runs and nine hits in 3 1/3 innings. Jonathan Lucroy homered for the Rangers. INDIANS 3, ASTROS 0 HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Clevinger pitched no-hit ball into the seventh inning, and Andrew Miller and Cody Allen completed the three-hitter to pitch the Cleveland Indians past the Houston Astros. Clevinger (2-1) yielded two hits and struck out a career-high eight in 7-plus innings, the longest outing of his career. Houston didn't get its first hit until Jose Altuve's sharp grounder down the left-field line for a single with no outs in the seventh inning. Clevinger was lifted after Evan Gattis singled with no outs in the eighth. Miller struck out two in the eighth and Allen allowed one hit in the ninth to convert his 12th save in as many opportunities and give him 21 straight dating to Aug. 18. Lonnie Chisenhall had two hits and homered for the second straight day with a solo shot off Mike Fiers (1-2) in the fourth inning to help the Indians take their second straight from Houston. METS 7, ANGELS 5 NEW YORK (AP) — Jose Reyes had three instrumental hits, including the 2,000th of his career, as the New York Mets held off the Los Angeles Angels. New York gave up three runs in a nervous ninth inning before fill-in closer Addison Reed struck out pinch-hitter Danny Espinosa on a full-count fastball with the bases loaded for his sixth save. Terry Collins became the longest-tenured manager in team history, passing Davey Johnson (1984-90) by reaching 1,013 games with the Mets. The oldest skipper in the majors, seven days shy of his 68th birthday, he massaged an unreliable bullpen through four innings after starter Zack Wheeler (3-2) unraveled in the sixth. Angels rookie Alex Meyer (2-2) allowed four runs — three earned — and three hits in four-plus innings. ORIOLES 7, BLUE JAYS 5 BALTIMORE (AP) — Welington Castillo hit a go-ahead home run for the second consecutive game to lead the Baltimore Orioles past the Toronto Blue Jays at sold-out Camden Yards. The Orioles improved to 15-3 at home — the best mark in the majors — and can complete a three-game sweep Sunday. Baltimore took over first place in the American League East by a half-game over the New York Yankees, who lost to Tampa Bay earlier Saturday. Jose Bautista had given Toronto a 5-4 lead with a three-run homer off winning pitcher Mychal Givens (5-0) in the seventh. Baltimore responded in the bottom half when Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo hit one-out singles. Castillo followed with the biggest blow when he hit an 0-2 pitch from Danny Barnes (0-2) over the fence in left. BRAVES 5, NATIONALS 2 ATLANTA (AP) — Rio Ruiz, Matt Kemp and Tyler Flowers hit home runs as the Atlanta Braves again relied on their bullpen for a victory over Max Scherzer and Washington, the Nationals' fourth straight loss. After Bartolo Colon allowed two runs, one earned, in 4 1/3 innings, five relievers combined for 4 2/3 hitless innings. Ian Krol (1-1) recorded the final two outs in the fifth. Jim Johnson pitched the ninth for his eighth save. Ruiz and Kemp hit homers off Scherzer (4-3). The shot by Ruiz in the second was his first career homer and first hit of the season. PIRATES 6, PHILLIES 3 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ivan Nova pitched into the eighth inning for his first win in four starts since April 29, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Philadelphia Phillies. Nova (4-3) allowed three runs and nine hits in 7 1/3 innings. The NL Pitcher of the Month in April struck out three and walked none. Francisco Cervelli and Adam Frazier hit two-run singles during a four-run sixth inning that extended the Pirates' lead to 6-1. David Freese's leadoff home run, his fourth, in the fourth inning broke a 1-1 tie. ATHLETICS 8, RED SOX 3 OAKLAND, California (AP) — Chad Pinder hit a monster home run while Khris Davis and Mark Canha also connected in the fifth inning as the Oakland Athletics cleared the fences four times in all to beat the Boston Red Sox for their third straight win. Hanley Ramirez homered for Boston, which has lost three in a row. Jed Lowrie had a solo shot in the sixth for Oakland, which leads the AL with 63 home runs. A's manager Bob Melvin didn't see any of them in person after being ejected in the second inning. While no official records are kept, the A's said Pinder's deep drive into the plaza reserved section is believed to be just the fourth home run to reach the second-deck seating level since it was built in 1996. RAYS 9, YANKEES 5 ST. PETERSBURG, Florida (AP) — Corey Dickerson homered twice as the Tampa Bay Rays won their season-high fourth in a row, beating the New York Yankees in a game that included three hit batters, three ejections and one animated argument. Yankees rookie Aaron Judge hit his 15th home run, most in the majors. He also doubled and has a career-best eight-game hitting streak. New York manager Joe Girardi used his hands to cover the plate with dirt after being tossed by umpire Scott Barry in the fifth inning. That came right after pitching coach Larry Rothschild was ejected by Barry during a mound visit. Rays starter Matt Andriese hit Matt Holliday after giving up a home run to Gary Sanchez in the fifth. In the bottom half, Yankees reliever Tommy Layne plunked Dickerson, who had hit two home runs off Masahiro Tanaka. Andriese (4-1) hit Judge with a pitch leading off the sixth and was thrown out. GIANTS 3, CARDINALS 1, 13 INNINGS ST. LOUIS (AP) — Christian Arroyo's two-run double broke a scoreless tie as the San Francisco Giants outlasted the St. Louis Cardinals. Arroyo's double off the wall in left field scored Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford and came on the 12th pitch he saw from Cardinals reliever Kevin Siegrist (0-1). Posey, Crawford and Eduardo Nunez singled to load the bases, giving the Giants their first runners in scoring position in the game. Giants starter Jeff Samardzija threw eight innings, scattering five hits and striking out eight. Hunter Strickland (1-1), Derek Law and Josh Osich pitched in relief for the Giants, who won for the seventh time in eight games. Mark Melancon earned his eighth save. REDS 12, ROCKIES 8 CINCINNATI (AP) — Scott Schebler's homer completed Cincinnati's comeback from a five-run deficit as the Reds ended a seven-game losing streak — their longest in a year — with a victory over the Colorado Rockies. Colorado rookie Antonio Senzatela was in line for an NL-leading seventh win before the Rockies' bullpen let the big lead slip away. Senzatela had a bases-loaded single during a six-run fifth inning that put the Rockies ahead 8-3. Devin Mesoraco hit a solo homer to start the Reds' sixth against Chad Qualls, who faced only four batters. Schebler's three-run shot off Mike Dunn (2-1) finished a six-run rally. .....»»

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Women's, men's volleyball national team pools announced

The 18-player pools for the women's and men's national volleyball team pools for the upcoming 2017 Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia were announced Friday afternoon, with former UAAP champions Alyssa Valdez and Mika Reyes headlining the women's team, while former collegiate MVPs Johnvic De Guzman and Mark Alfafara bannering the men's team.    u> strong>Women's Volleyball National Team Pool /strong> /u> strong>Dawn Macandili /strong> strong>Abi Maraño /strong> strong>Kim Fajardo /strong> strong>Lourdes Clemente /strong> strong>Dennise Lazaro /strong> strong>Gen Casugod /strong> strong>Maika Ortiz /strong> strong>Mika Reyes /strong> strong>Jaja Santiago /strong> strong>Aiza Pontillas-Maizo /strong> strong>Jovelyn Gonzaga /strong> strong>Frances Molina /strong> strong>Kath Arado /strong> strong>Rachel Ann Daquis /strong> strong>Ria Meneses /strong> strong>Rhea Dimaculangan /strong> strong>Roselle Baliton /strong> strong>Alyssa Valdez /strong>   u> strong>Men's Volleyball National Team Pool /strong> /u> strong>Relan Taneo /strong> strong>Brian Bagunas /strong> strong>Dave Cabaron /strong> strong>Mark Alfafara /strong> strong>Reyson Fuentes /strong> strong>Jeff Malabanan /strong> strong>Bonjomar Castel /strong> strong>Herchel Ramos /strong> strong>Johnvic De Guzman /strong> strong>Louwie Chavez /strong> strong>Edward Camposano /strong> strong>Ranran Abdilla /strong> strong>Gregorio Dolor /strong> strong>Geuel Asia /strong> strong>Jack Kalingking /strong> strong>Peter Quiel /strong> strong>John Sarsena  /strong> strong>John Carascal /strong>   em>Full Story to Follow /em> .....»»

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Clutch Dagangon helps Altas survive Letran in OT for first win

University of Perpetual Help barged into the winning column after earning an 88-87 overtime win over the Colegio de San Juan de Letran for their first victory in the FilOil Premier Cup at the Flying V Centre in San Juan, Friday.  With the Altas down one and 30 seconds remaining, Gad Dagangon pulled up from the top of the key and calmly swished a long jumper for two of his game-high 26 points to help Perpetual Help edge the Knights to improve to a 1-1 record. The Knights had a chance to counter, but Jerrick Balanza fumbled the ball and land it went straight to Perpetual Help point guard Keith Pido as the buzzer sounded. Dagangon came out firing for the Altas, scoring 13 points in the first quarter alone to give Perpetual Help a commanding 33-18 lead heading into the second frame. The Knights gave much more of a challenge in the second quarter, preventing easy drives to the basket and getting Dagangon into early foul trouble. But he still fired off back-to-back triples to keep the the Altas on top, 49-39 after the first half. Without star Rey Nambatac, it was Bong Quinto who tried to power Letran in the second half, scoring 11 straight points to bring the Knights within two, 52-50 halfway through the third. However, the Altas responeded with three-pointers from GJ Ylagan and Jeff Coronel, who had 17 and 11 points respectively,  to preserve Perpetual Help’s 66-57 advantage heading into the fourth quarter. Come the fourt, the Knights continued their trend of explosive starts, going on an 8-0 run and forcing an 8-second violation to cut the Altas’ lead to one, 66-65 with 8 minutes to go.  Back-to-back jumpers from Lance Vacaro, and a triple from Maui Bernabe completed their comeback to tie the game at 72 apiece with 3:30 to go in regulation. Quinto gave the Knights their first taste of the lead, 76-75 with under a minute to go. Jeremiah Tadua gave Letran the 78-75 lead with 30 seconds to go, but Dagangon forced overtime with a linedrive triple to tie the game at 78 to force the extra five minutes. Bong Quinto led the Knights’ furious comeback attempt with 18 points, and Jerrick Balanza added 17 points as Letran falls to a 0-4 win-loss record. On his team’s fortitude, Altas head coach Nosa Omorogbe said, “I just kept them going, giving them the motivation that they need.” “It doesn’t matter what I say to them, it doesn’t matter what the lead is, just believe in yourself and you can win,” he added. br /> BOX SCORES PERPETUAL (88) - Dagangon 26, Ylagan 17, Coronel 11, Pido 8, Sadiwa 8, Lucente 8, Casas 5, Singontiko 3, Mangalino 2, Clemente 0. LETRAN (87) - Quinto 18, Balanza 17, Gedaria 12, Vacaro 9, Caralipio 8, Bernabe 8, Ambohot 6, Taladua 5, Balagasay 2, De Villa 2, Pamulaklakin 0, Pascual 0, Pambid 0, Mandrez 0. br /> QUARTER SCORES 33-18, 49-39, 66-57, 78-78, 88-87 .....»»

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Gilas just found its next great gunner in Matthew Wright

Manila, Philippines --- In order for the Philippines to compete against the super powers of international basketball, shooters are necessary. While size might not always be an advantage for Gilas Pilipinas, shooting is. And as one of the designated gunners of the national team, Matthew Wright is definitely earning his place in Gilas Pilipinas. Throughout the 2017 SEABA Championships, the Phoenix rookie not only emerged as the best shooter for the Philippines, but the best shooter for the entire tournament. Averaging 12.0 points per game, third in Gilas behind Andray Blatche and Calvin Abueva, Wright shot an incredible 54.5 percent from deep, averaging three three-point makes per outing. 'I'm here to replace guys like Jeff Chan and Gary David and Marcio Lassiter,' Wright said after the Philippines won its 8th SEABA title Thursday at the Araneta Coliseum here. 'I have some big shoes to fill as one of the designated shooters in the team. I have to shoot with confidence, I have to shoot at a high percentage.' 'I'm not gonna get the same amoung of shots that I did with Phoenix, with my mother team. So the shots that I do get, I have to knock them down,' he added. Despite being touted as one of the future cornerstones of Gilas Pilipinas, Wright maintains he's only part of one team. And in that one team, all goals are the same. 'That's high praise but I'm just still just one part of the team,' he said. 'Every single one of us hold water on the team and we each have just as equal amount of say and amount of contribution to winning this championship,' Wright added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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