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Naga City to host Ms Earth International 2019

NAGA CITY, Aug. 22 (PIA) - This city will soon be in the world map comes October 2019 as 93 lovely candidates from various countries around the globe compete for the much coveted Miss Earth crown......»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News2 hr. 7 min. ago Related News

A new format for FedEx Cup brings clarity and curiosity

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Justin Thomas has a two-shot lead, and the Tour Championship hasn't even started. If that seems difficult to fathom, consider that someone could win this week without having the lowest 72-hole score. And remember, such a radical change was to make the FedEx Cup finale easier to follow. The first staggered start in PGA Tour history — Thomas begins at 10-under par, the bottom five players are at even par — unfolds Thursday at East Lake when 30 players who reached the final stage of the FedEx Cup playoffs chase the $15 million prize, the biggest payout in golf history. "I could see a scenario where come Sunday, 15 guys might have a chance to win the entire thing," Rory McIlroy said Wednesday. "It will be exciting. It will be different. But at the same time, you've just got to go out there and try to play some good golf and not look around at what other guys are doing, and trust that by the end of the week things will hopefully even out." The idea behind the new format was to bring clarity to the FedEx Cup by having only one winner Sunday. Each of the last two years, one player won the Tour Championship and another player won the points-based FedEx Cup. It was especially awkward last year because while Justin Rose won the FedEx Cup, all anyone cared about was seeing Tiger Woods in his red shirt celebrating a two-shot victory, his first in five years. "My bank manager didn't mind," Rose said. One function of the FedEx Cup hasn't changed: It was designed to give an advantage to players who had the best season, and who played their best golf in the postseason when the points were valued four times higher. Now, the advantage is strokes to par. Thomas, who won the BMW Championship last week to become No. 1 in the FedEx Cup, tees off Thursday already at 10-under par. Patrick Cantlay is No. 2 and will start at 8 under, followed by Brooks Koepka at 7 under, Patrick Reed at 6 under and McIlroy at 5 under. The next groups of five players in the standings will be at 4 under, 3 under, 2 under, 1 under and even par. The leaderboards on the course, online and on television will show only the score to par, not what was shot each day. "The FedEx Cup is not a tournament. The Tour Championship is now for the FedEx Cup," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. "So when you make that transition, you have to recognize there are 45 tournaments that precede it." If nothing else, the new format eliminates the kind of math that would give even Bryson DeChambeau a headache, computing where players needed to finish to earn points to win. Last year for example, Rose was the No. 2 seed and his birdie on the last hole gave him a three-way tie for fourth, enough points to win the cup. Dustin Johnson was the No. 4 seed and finished third. If he had finished in a two-way tie for second, he would have won the cup. Using this year's format, Rose would have won the FedEx Cup by one shot over Woods because as the No. 2 seed, Rose would have started six shots better. Now it's time to see if it will work. "I think it's hokey," Cantlay said. "It's weird to have a format no one has ever seen. And I think it's a shame we lose the Tour Championship. I haven't gone through it. No one has. I'm going to reserve final judgment until I've gone through the week." Whoever finishes with the lowest score to par wins the FedEx Cup and gets credit for winning the Tour Championship, even if he doesn't have the lowest score in the Tour Championship. Meanwhile, the tour will keep track of conventional scoring — everyone will the first year — to award world ranking points. "For all of us guys chasing, the first day will be important," said Rose, who is No. 17 and thus starts at 2 under. "You can't give up more shots." Most curious about the format is how many players have a reasonable chance of winning. McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event at Quail Hollow in 2010 when he made eagle on his 16th hole Friday to make the cut on the number. He shot 66-62 on the weekend to rally from nine shots behind. "And that was just two rounds," McIlroy said. "With two extra rounds, you can free-wheel it. There's a lot more volatility." There have been a number of players who made the cut on the number and rallied from big deficits over 36 holes. Carl Pettersson shot 60-67 on the weekend to come from nine back in the 2010 Canadian Open. Brad Faxon rallied from 12 shots behind with a 65-61 finish in Hartford in 2005. It could be wild on the weekend. Or maybe Thomas opens with a pair of 64s and makes it a runaway. He is keeping it simple. "I'm just going to have to try to play another golf tournament and act like everyone's starting at zero and try to shoot the lowest 72 holes," Thomas said. "Because I know if I do that, then I should be OK.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports8 hr. 8 min. ago Related News

ONE Championship: Coach Mark Sangiao Wary Of Burnout as Danny Kingad Starts Preparing For ‘DJ’

  Danny "The King" Kingad will employ a precautious yet stringent approach as he prepares for Demetrious "Mighty Mouse" Johnson in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Championship Final.   The top flyweights in the world are set to collide in ONE Championship’s historic 100th event at ONE: CENTURY on 13 October at the Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.   Both athletes overcame stiff challenges in the semifinals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES this past 2 August at the Mall Of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines.   Kingad upended Reece “Lightning” McLaren and Johnson defeated Tatsumitsu “The Sweeper” Wada.   With just roughly two months to spare until the final match, that gives little time for both athletes to rest.   For Team Lakay head coach Mark Sangiao, it is all about balancing rest and preparation.   “We’ll be giving a week of light training before we go back to the rigid training sessions,” Sangiao shared.   “We haven’t really finished sitting down intently and discussing our lapses in the previous match.”   One factor that Sangiao is looking at is the possibility of Kingad burning out from going hard each and every training session.   Sangiao says he has everything covered if he sees signs that “The King” is burnout during training.   “You’ll see that during training sessions, that sometimes he’ll get burnt out, we have adjustments for that,” Sangiao shared.   “We have a lot of adjustments for everything. We have to have everything covered because we know that Johnson is a very difficult opponent. He has proven it worldwide.”   Fans and experts alike point out that Kingad is in a win-win situation in his bout against an athlete touted by many as the pound-for-pound greatest mixed martial artist in history.   After all, at 23 years old, Kingad will be getting something out of it - regardless of the result.   Sangiao agrees with that notion, but do not expect them to be happy just to be there.   “It’s a win-win situation for us, even more so if we win,” Sangiao said with a laugh.   “We cannot be content with where we are right now. We have to win. If Danny wins here, it will not only be for him but for the Philippines as well, knowing Demetrious and the legacy that he has worldwide.”   Whatever happens, Sangiao knows that Kingad would not be backing down from the 12-time flyweight World Champion.   “He’s up for a grind. He’s the pound-for-pound king worldwide, but let’s look at Danny - maybe he’s really ‘The King.’”   Catch ONE Championship’s event, ONE: IMMORTAL TRIUMPH, on 6 September in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It will be the organization’s first ever all-Super Series event.    Watch the action live on the ONE Super App.   More From ONE Championship   Danny Kingad Admits ‘Bittersweet’ Feeling But Ready For Demetrious Johnson Danny Kingad Defeats Reece McLaren To Reach ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix Final Demetrious Johnson Ready For the King After Wada Win  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports8 hr. 8 min. ago Related News

Panalo mailap kay Wesley, draw na naman sa Round 4

NAKAPUWERSA ng tabla si super grandmaster Wesley So kay former world champion GM Viswanathan Anand ng India sa round 4 ng 2019 Sinquefield Cup sa Saint Louis, USA kahapon......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: News10 hr. 29 min. ago Related News

Gilas tune-up vs Australia s 36ers: Erase bad memories

MANILA, Philippines – Erase bad memories and replace them with good ones.  That will be the theme for Gilas Pilipinas as it faces the Adelaide 36ers in two tune-up games ahead of the FIBA World Cup – more than a year since the infamous brawl between the Philippines and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News13 hr. 41 min. ago Related News

Aussie says everyone has kind of moved on from FIBA brawl

MANILA, Philippines – A thing of the past.  Anthony Drmic said people have moved on from the ugly Philippines-Australia brawl as he returned to the country with the Adelaide 36ers, who will help Gilas Pilipinas in its FIBA World Cup buildup.  The Australian forward saw action in the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: News13 hr. 41 min. ago Related News

Jacinto eclipses swim mark

Teenage sensation Jerard Jacinto reset the national 100-meter backstroke mark in the seventh FINA World Juniors Swimming Championships in Budapest, Hungary Tuesday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports15 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

MVP optimistic of Gilas chances

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas chairman emeritus Manny V. Pangilinan is upbeat about Gilas Pilipinas’ chances at crashing the Top 16 in the coming FIBA Basketball World Cup in China......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports15 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

Water crisis cuts economic growth potential, says WB

Economies experiencing water crises and high levels of water pollution may miss out on a third of their potential economic growth, a new report by the World Bank said......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News18 hr. 8 min. ago Related News

FIBA: No time to party as June Mar’s focus shifts to Gilas Pilipinas

On Tuesday, San Miguel Beer had a victory party to celebrate winning the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Also on Tuesday, Gilas Pilipinas had practice in preparation for the 2019 FIBA World Cup, which is happening in less than two weeks. After missing weeks of national team training due to the PBA Finals, star center June Mar Fajardo had to rejoin Gilas Pilipinas already. He can party later but now, Gilas is calling and he has to answer. After a courtesy call to team management, the PBA’s reigning five-time league MVP got his Pilipinas jersey on and went to work. “Duty call. Priority yung Gilas ngayon so naintindihan naman ng mga boss sa San Miguel,” June Mar said. “Nagpaalam naman ako sa San Miguel na may practice, sabi ko di na ako sasali sa party. Naiintindihan naman ng management so okay lang sa kanila,” he added. Fajardo is drained after a grueling PBA playoffs but he has to power through as Gilas Pilipinas needs him. June Mar can rest when he’s done. “Syempre nakaka-pagod rin... hindi rin naman ganoong kadali ang pinagdaanan namin sa last conference eh. Pagdating namin sa playoffs do or die talaga. Buti nakuha namin yung championship,” Fajardo said. “Kailangan na naming mag-move on. Iba na yung priority. Gilas muna,“ he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports20 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

FIBA: Relieved Guiao can finally have Gilas go hard as a complete team

With less than two weeks to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas can finally practice with a full team. The national team is still dealing with injuries, the latest one hurt being Matthew Wright, but Gilas Pilipinas finally has everyone onboard with the return of June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario. Gilas can truly grind it out now and the team enters the most critical stretch of its World Cup prep. As it stands, the national teamis not in ideal condition just yet. “Malaking relief actually,” head coach Yeng Guiao said on finally practicing with a full team. “Pero kung tatanungin niyo ako ngayon, di pa tayo handa eh,” Guiao added. The Philippines start the World Cup with an Aug. 31 showdown against Italy and time is running out to get some good practices in. Gilas will make the most of their sessions as they look to get things going with a complete lineup. “Itong last 10 days, importante satin, dahil nga parang sinalpak lang natin yung tatlo kahapon eh. Eh crucial yung tatlo,” Guiao said talking about Fajardo, Pogoy, and Rosario. “Malaki pa matututlong ng mga yun sa team. Kaya tamang-tama na meron pa tayong sampung araw,” coach Yeng added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports20 hr. 42 min. ago Related News

In high-tech Japan, cash is still king

TOKYO, Japan – Once a pioneer in cashless transactions, Japan is now lagging behind as the world's biggest economies increasingly embrace electronic payments – because its ageing population still prefers physical money. Four out of five purchases are still made with cash in Japan, despite its reputation as ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 21st, 2019Related News

LOOK: Gwen Zamora, David Semerad welcome son

MANILA, Philippines — Actress Gwen Zamora and boyfriend professional athlete David Semerad welcomed their son named Cooper John last August 15. On Instagram, Gwen wrote of the experience: "After 19 hours of labor and an emergency C section, our little bundle of joy has joined us into the world on ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 21st, 2019Related News

CELEBRATION: Journey to 50

Fifty years ago on July 16, 1969, a powerful Saturn V rocket launched three men from Earth to the Moon where, for the first time in history, people walked on the surface of another world. The historic Apollo 11 mission was a giant leap in a journey of exploration. Babies born about that time after […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: NewsAug 21st, 2019Related News

Column: FedEx Cup about the money, not the majors

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — The FedEx Cup is still about the money. Whoever wins this week at the Tour Championship gets $15 million, more than Greg Norman's career earnings on the PGA Tour. The FedEx Cup might one day be as much about prestige. Tiger Woods (twice), Vijay Singh and Jim Furyk won the first four FedEx Cup titles, and all four will be in the World Golf Hall of Fame if they're not in already. The last four winners were Justin Rose, Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. That's good company to keep. The FedEx Cup was never about major championships. Woods is absent from East Lake, this time not by choice but because he didn't qualify. It stands out because of his last two victories, Nos. 80 and 81, both in Georgia. The first was the Tour Championship, the most electric moment in golf all of last year. Woods won at East Lake to cap a remarkable return from four back surgeries, a DUI arrest stemming from his reliance on painkillers and his own fears that he would never compete again. Memories would be a lot stronger if he were here. Instead, he becomes the seventh player to win the Tour Championship and not be eligible to return the following year during the FedEx Cup era. Should he be at East Lake? It seems that way because of his other victory, this one in April at Augusta National, as captivating as any of his 15 majors. Woods said Sunday at Medinah when his season officially ended that he was disappointed and he wished he could be at East Lake. But he hardly was torn up over it, for one reason. "I'm the one with the green jacket," he said of winning the Masters. He also has company. British Open champion Shane Lowry didn't make it to East Lake, either. He has a claret jug at home in Ireland to console him. This is the fifth time in 13 years of the FedEx Cup that at least two major champions were not at the final event, usually with extenuating circumstances involved. Five major champions who didn't make it to East Lake were not PGA Tour members, three of them in 2010 — Graeme McDowell, Louis Oosthuizen and Martin Kaymer. The last time was in 2016, when Masters champion Danny Willett and British Open champion Henrik Stenson fell short. Willett didn't become a PGA Tour member until after he won the Masters. Stenson had a knee injury he wanted to protect for the Ryder Cup and wound up playing just two playoff events. Given their stature, it would seem the majors should get more FedEx Cup points than a measly 20% bump. For example, Woods received 600 points for winning that little invitational at Augusta National. That's only 100 points more than Kevin Tway got for winning the Safeway Open. Could it be more? Sure. Does it need to be? Not necessarily. Would anyone even be talking about major champions not being at East Lake if not for Woods being one of them? Because while the PGA Tour has drastically changed its season with the FedEx Cup format, what hasn't changed is what matters — winning majors. The reward for capturing a Grand Slam event is worth far more than having a tee time at East Lake and a chance to win $15 million. Besides, it's not like Woods and Lowry didn't have the opportunity. Woods played only six times after he won the Masters — three times he failed to make the cut, the other three he was a combined 39 shots behind the leader — and finished the season with 12 events. Lowry played 14 times, a product of having only conditional status at the start of the year. He had middle-of-the-pack performances at two playoff events. He finished 57 points short of East Lake, which equates to being two shots better at Liberty National and at Medinah. "I think what it says is that it's really hard to get to Atlanta and the Tour Championship," PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. "You've got to play exceedingly well over the course of an entire season. And with volatility, there's risk." The volatility refers to the playoff events offering four times as many points. If any change should be considered, perhaps triple the value would do the trick. Or the tour could double the points for the first event and triple the points for the next one. It really doesn't matter. The majors are over. Names are etched on silver trophies and in golf lore. The FedEx Cup is merely an end-of-the-year competition to keep golf compelling and to give the PGA Tour season a definitive end. It hasn't done any harm. If anything, it has kept the best players competing against each other after the majors. And they all get rich when it's over. Total bonus money for the 30 players who made it to Atlanta is $46 million. That's what they will be chasing over the next four days. Woods and Lowry now can only look behind them. The view is just as sweet......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 21st, 2019Related News

Fajardo, Rosario, Pogoy rejoin Gilas

As FIBA Basketball World Cup opponents Serbia and Italy got good workouts in the Acropolis cagefest in Greece, Gilas Pilipinas is just beginning to assemble a full complement in its training sessions......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 20th, 2019Related News

Missing Gilas stars finally show up as FIBA World Cup nears

MANILA, Philippines – Gilas Pilipinas is slowly gaining full strength with less than two weeks before the FIBA World Cup, as June Mar Fajardo, Roger Pogoy, and Troy Rosario attended practice on Tuesday, August 20. A total of 15 players showed up at the Meralco Gym in Pasig as ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2019Related News

Carlo Peñalosa faces biggest challenge in world title clash vs Flores

MANILA, Philippines – The stage is set for the IBO world flyweight title clash between Filipino Carlo Peñalosa and Mexican Maximino Flores at the TV5 Studio on Saturday, August 24, in Novaliches. The 26-year-old Peñalosa, nephew of former two-division world champions Dodie Boy and Gerry Peñalosa, said the fight is the ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2019Related News

Wright to miss 4-5 days for Gilas Pilipinas due to foot injury

MANILA, Philippines – Matthew Wright was relieved after learning he did not suffer a torn ankle ligament, but admitted not being able to join Gilas Pilipinas in practice with the FIBA World Cup fast approaching is "painful." The 6-foot-4 gunner sat out from the training session on Tuesday, August 20, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2019Related News

Peñalosa, Flores dispute IBO flyweight crown

The stage is set for the IBO world flyweight title clash between Filipino Carlo Peñalosa and Mexican Maximino Flores at the TV5 Studio on Saturday in Novaliches......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 20th, 2019Related News