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Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss

After its huge opening day victory, Ateneo succumbed to South Korea, 90-73, in the 2018 Williams Jones Cup Monday in New Taipei City. The Blue Eagles were no match against the South Koreans, who had national team members and former Magnolia import Ricardo Ratliffe, and dropped to 1-1 in the tournament so far. The UAAP champions routed Chinese Taipei-White, 87-64, on Sunday. Rattlife paced the South Korea side with 15 points,Heo Il-young also had 15 while Heo Ung added 12 points. Thirdy Ravena, meanwhile, dropped 14 points for Ateneo in a losing effort while Matt Nieto and Angelo Kouame finished with 12 and 10 points, respectively. The Blue Eagles will return to action agai...Keep on reading: Jones Cup: Ateneo bows to South Korea for first loss.....»»

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Modric wins World Cup Golden Ball, Mbappe young player award

MOSCOW, Russia – Croatia captain Luka Modric won the Golden Ball award for the World Cup's best player despite being on the losing side to France in a thrilling final in Moscow on Sunday.  Modric was named man-of-the-match 3 times in Croatia's 7 games in Russia, but even the Real Madrid ........»»

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LOOK: 5-foot-5 Junior Robinson turns heads in NBA Summer League

MANILA, Philippines – The NBA Summer League is a place where ballers, young and old alike, display their talents in the hope that a team scout would sign them up for a roster spot. In an already-full league with less than 100 extra spots to spare every off-season, thousands of aspirants ........»»

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SC finds same-sex marriage lawyer guilty of contempt for improper attire

MANILA, Philippines – Young lawyer Jesus Falcis III found himself in trouble while pushing for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Philippines. Falcis was found guilty of direct contempt of court for wearing improper attire to a preliminary conference held at the Supreme Court (SC) ........»»

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World Cup win symbolizes unity, diversity – French Ambassador in PH

MANILA, Philippines – The joyous celebrations did not end after Bastille Day as the French Ambassador in Manila Nicolas Galey witnessed a young and diverse France national team secure the country's second FIFA World Cup title after 20 years.  After going up 2-1 at the half via an own goal from ........»»

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Jung Joon-young and Yook Sung-jae on what it takes to be a K-pop idol – Manila Video

Jung Joon-young and Yook Sung-jae on what it takes to be a K-pop idol – Manila Video.....»»

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With flags, song, pride, French celebrate unifying victory

By Elaine Ganley, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — It was a victory for all of France and the home crowd did it justice, pouring into Paris' Champs-Elysees Avenue by the tens of thousands to celebrate in an explosion of joy. France's 4-2 win over Croatia in the World Cup final in Moscow on Sunday marked the second time in 20 years that France has won the World Cup, and came at a time when the people feel needy. "It represents enormous things," said Goffrey Hamsik, dressed in a hat resembling a rooster — the French national symbol — and a shirt with the No. 10 for Kylian Mpappe, the 19-year-old breakout star who hails from the Paris suburb of Bondy. "We've had lots of problems in France these past years," he said, recalling deadly terror attacks. "This is good for the morale ... Here, we are all united. We mix. There is no religion, there is nothing, and that's what feels good." Troublemakers marred some of the festivities at the top of the Champs-Elysees, breaking the window of a major store, throwing bottles, temporary barriers and even a bicycle at riot police as the celebrations wound down close to midnight. Police responded with water cannon and tear gas. BFM-TV reported that the store was pillaged. Earlier, people wrapped in flags and dressed in crazy hats, and one man spotted totally nude except for the Tricolor, marched down the avenue where France displayed its military might a day earlier for Bastille Day. Revelers set off smoke bombs in the national colors — blue, white and red — obscuring Napoleon's triumphal arch. People climbed atop every newspaper kiosk and bus stop in the area to wave flags and lead the crowds below in cheers. The national anthem, the Marseillaise, rang out, cars honked horns and cherry bombs cracks. A young man sprayed a fire extinguisher on the crowd on a late hot afternoon. Hundreds of police in riot gear were discretely lined up on side streets to monitor revelers. Typically, celebrations in France end up with some broken shop windows and other destruction, and Sunday was no exception. Tear gas was lobbed at one point on the Champs-Elysees. About 4,000 police watched over the fan zone — packed to its 90,000 capacity — during the match, then moved to the Champs-Elysees and neighboring streets. As night fell, The Eiffel Tower flashed 1998-2018 to mark France's two World Cup titles. The Arc de Triomph was awash in the national colors, lit with the rooster, the faces of the winning team and the words "Proud to be Blue," or French. The celebrations were spread across the nation. For all the crazy antics — and some revelers who got out of control — a sense of patriotism and unity was almost visceral. Antoine Griezmann, the France striker who scored one of the goal's Sunday, told a news conference two days before the final, televised on BFM TV, that pride in country is in short supply. "We say it so little ... We should be proud to be French," Griezmann said. Mahmoud Bourassi was among those taking a longer-term view and he had some sobering thoughts about France's run to the title and the festivities it has sparked. Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy — Mbappe's home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal — and he knows the teenage star of the tournament. "All this euphoria and effervescence, it's positive but it's emotional and ephemeral," he said ahead of France's win. Bourassi said sports is a "catalyst to bring people and nations together." But, he added, it must be built on. "What we're seeing is magic, exceptional. But what are we going to do with it tomorrow?" That is a question for President Emmanuel Macron, who was in Moscow celebrating with the team on victory night, and will receive the squad more formally on Monday at the presidential Elysee Palace. Revelers celebrated the moment. "We're happy. It took 20 years ... It's the pride of the nation. It unites everyone. It federates," Frederique Pourquet said as she and her friend left the Champs-Elysees. The win "shows that the French people are consolidated and the work of all France," said Omar Bzi. Hajar Maghnaoui, of Asnieres, north of Paris, said "It's a way to bring the French people together, and also the world." ___ John Leicester in Moscow contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports18 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Deschamps joins Zagallo, Beckenbauer as champ player, coach

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Didier Deschamps walked into the interview room in the bowels of Luzhniki Stadium and prepared to answer questions for the first time as coach of a World Cup champion. A noise to his right caused him to turn, and his players rushed in. A bare-chested Benjamin Mendy jumped onto the table in front of Deschamps, and Florian Thauvin leaped up, too. Olivier Giroud and probably a dozen more giddy buddies sprayed their boss with bubbly, beer, cola and water. "This is third time I got changed, and I still smell just as bad," Deschamps said through a translator. He lifted the trophy as his nation's captain following the first title at Stade de France in 1998, and now he watched Hugo Lloris raise it in a Russian downpour following Sunday's 4-2 win over Croatia. The 49-year-old joined Brazil's Mario Zagallo (1958-62 as a player, 1970 as a manager) and West Germany's Franz Beckenbauer (1974, 1990) as the only men to play and coach a world champion. "Well, I don't really like to talk about myself, but I'm going to be forced to do so a little bit, of course," Deschamps said. "I had the immense pleasure and immense privilege to live through this as a player 20 years ago, and it was in France, so of course it will be marked in my memory forever. But what the players did today is just as beautiful, is just as strong." His players had to be brawny. They lifted Deschamps after the match and flung him into the air, over and over. "They've always been a little bit mad, my players," he said. Deschamps was a defensive midfielder for Nantes, Marseille, Bordeaux, Juventus, Chelsea and Valencia from 1985-2001, winning the Champions League with Juve in 1996 and the 2000 European Championship with France in addition to the World Cup. He coached Monaco, Juventus and Marseille before taking over France in 2012. His national team coaching career included a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Germany at the 2014 World Cup and a 1-0 defeat to underdog Portugal in the Euro 2016 final. It seemed like film noir — he said there's an upcoming documentary coming out. "Two years ago, it was so, so painful to get past this opportunity of being European champions," Deschamps recalled. "But maybe if we had been European champions, then we would not have been world champions today. I did learn a lot myself through this final." Now the story arc includes happiness. He posed for photos on the field with wife Claude and Dylan, cradled one of the hardest trophies to win in sports. He hugged son Dylan as the 22-year-old waved a French tricolor. "When we were world champions, he was too young to understand," Deschamps said. "And today there are young people who are maybe 15, 16 years old, and they've lived through that. They had this happiness, to be able to live this event with us — of course maybe to be crazy and a little bit mad." Based on the losing experience of 2016, he revamped the team's routine ahead of the final. Player relaxation was at the forefront. And it worked. "They had to get that star, that shining star," Deschamps said, referring to the symbol that goes above a national team's crest to indicate a World Cup won. "I'm proud for them, and I'm also proud of myself — with all the humility, of course.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports18 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Vive la France! And a lot of other nations, too

By Ronald Blum, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — Antoine Griezmann's father emigrated from Germany, and the France forward's mother is of Portuguese decent. Paul Pogba's parents arrived from Guinea. Kylian Mbappe's dad is from Cameroon, his mom Algerian. Immigrants, sons of immigrants and grandsons of immigrants bonded together with scions of families that have been French for generations, all for the rouge, blanc et bleu. And for only the second time, France is the World Cup champion. About two-thirds of Les Bleus' roster included players with immigrant backgrounds, a mini-United Nations of soccer talent. "That is the France that we love," Griezmann said through a translator after Sunday's 4-2 victory over Croatia ended the most exciting World Cup final in decades. "It's beautiful to see it." Griezmann's free kick was headed in by Mario Manduzkic for the opening own-goal in the 18th minute, and then he converted a penalty kick for a 2-1 lead in the 38th after video review spotted a handball by Ivan Perisic. Mbappe's speed led to the third goal in the 59th . He added a goal of his own in the 65th , at 19 becoming the second-youngest scorer in a World Cup final behind 17-year-old Pele in 1958. Vive la diversite! A day after Bastille Day, the party was on. "The diversity of the squad is in the image of this beautiful country that is France," midfielder Blaise Matuidi, whose parents are from Angola and Congo, said through a translator ahead of the match. France won on a humid night in Russia, with thunderclaps during play and a downpour during the trophy presentation. Quite different from that indelible summer evening at Stade de France in 1998, when fans in the arena and throughout Paris sang "La Marseillaise" until dawn and young teenagers drove cars while their intoxicated parents sat in passenger seats. People called that team "Black, Blanc, Beur," noting how white, black and North African players came together. Zinedine Zidane, a son of Algerians, headed in a pair of first-half corner kicks against heavily favored Brazil. Patrick Vieira, born in Senegal, fed Normand-born Emmanuel Petit for the third in the 3-0 win. This year's team was perhaps even more diverse. Defender Samuel Umtiti was born in Cameroon and backup goalkeeper Steve Mandanda in Zaire. Others descended from Algeria, Mali, Mauritania, Mococco and Senegal, plus Germany, Italy, Portugal and Spain. "There may be players who come from different origins, but we do have the same state of mind," Griezmann said. "We all play for the same jersey, the cockerel. For our country, we give everything we have. As soon as you wear the jersey, we do everything for each other." He scored the go-ahead goal after the first video review-created penalty kick in a World Cup final. During a delay of about four minutes that might have unnerved less-composed players. Griezmann told himself to pretend it was a league match. "Carry on and do the same thing as I normally do," he remembered thinking. At 27, he in his prime but in the penumbra of Spanish soccer at Atletico Madrid, toiling in a league that Barcelona and Real Madrid dominate. He led the 2016 European Championship with six goals and tied for second with four at the World Cup, three on penalty kicks, earning the Bronze Ball as third-best player behind Croatia midfielder Luka Modric and Belgium forward Eden Hazard. Griezmann kissed the trophy, knowing his generation will be revered in the same way Zidane, Petit, Thierry Henry, Lilian Thuram and Fabien Barthez remain renowned from Calais to Cannes. "From tonight on, I'm sorry for them, but they are going to be different," coach Didier Deschamps said. "Those 23 players will be linked forever, forever. Whatever happens — they might follow different paths, but they will be marked forever and they will be together thanks to this event." Griezmann, man of the match in a World Cup final, will be on posters throughout the republic, asked for endorsements, a mainstay of commercials. He will asked for autographs for the rest of his life. "I'm going to be in the history of French football with my team," Griezmann said. "We don't quite realize it yet. Our children will very proud to have our names.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports18 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

The King is back

Manny Pacquiao looked like the young, dominant fighter he once was when he floored Argentina’s Lucas Matthysse three times yesterday en route to a sensational seventh-round stoppage at the Axiata Arena here......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News20 hr. 44 min. ago Related News

Basilan youth leader hopes communities benefit from Bangsamoro law

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews /15 July) — A young Moro leader from Basilan province hopes communities in conflict-affected areas would benefit from the new Bangsamoro law so that the peace process can move into a “peace progress.” “As a Bangsamoro, what I want is for us to have a peace progress and not just peace process […].....»»

Source: Mindanews MindanewsCategory: News21 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Pacquiao still has it

KUALA Lumpur---Young again, Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seventh round knockout of World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: "Do I look 39? "At 39 years old, I'm still OK, I'm still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I'm like 28, 27 years old," Pacquiao said. "You cannot say I'm 39 years old! You can say I'm 28, 27 years old." Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magically returne...Keep on reading: Pacquiao still has it.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: 22 hr. 5 min. ago Related News

JONES CUP: Blue Eagles torch Chinese-Taipei White

Ateneo de Manila University made a stellar debut as the Blue Eagles dominated host team Chinese-Taipei White, 87-64, Sunday in the 2018 William Jones Cup. The reigning UAAP champions jumped to an early double-digit cushion to silence the young home squad, which was forced to settle on their outside shooting with the Blue Eagles clamping down on defense down low. Thirdy Ravena displayed an impressive performance to lead Ateneo with 17 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a block. Six-foot-10 Ivorian Angelo Kouame lorded over the boards with 18 rebounds on top of his 15 markers while Jolo Mendoza and Isaac Go added 11 and 10 markers, respectively, for the Blue Eagles. Ateneo pounded the paint with 42 points and outrebounded the Chinese-Taipei developmental team, which is composed of players with an average age of 20-years old, 53-34. The Blue Eagles opened a 48-33 advantage at halftime behind their choking defense, forcing Chinese-Taipei to commit turnovers that Ateneo converted into fastbreak points.   Raffy Verano pushed Ateneo’s lead to 60-42 with 4:27 in the third quarter before Tyler Tio all but settled the game with a jumper as the Blue Eagles’ advantage ballooned to 77-55 with five minutes left in the ball game. Oscar Kao, who was held scoreless in Chinese-Taipei’s 73-83 loss to Canada, exploded with 16 points while Chun Chi-Lin and Tin-Chien Lin had 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the winless home squad.   BOX SCORE: PHI (87) –- Ravena 17, Kouame 15, Mendoza 11, Go 10, Mt. Nieto 8, Verano 8, Mamuyac 4, Tio 4, Mi. Nieto 3, Asistio 3, Black 2, Navarro 2. ROC II (64) –- Kao 16, Chi-Lin 15, Chien-Lin 12, Kuan-Yi 8, Chen 7, Wang 3, Wu 2, Chien 1, Lai 0, Lu 0, Sun 0, Hsu 0. Quarter scores: 26-20, 48-33, 67-52, 87-64       .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 15th, 2018Related News

‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win

Young-again Manny Pacquiao was in ebullient form Sunday after he leapt back into the global boxing spotlight with a seven-round knockout of WBA welterweight champion Lucas Matthysse. Pacquiao will be 40 in December but was beaming as he told reporters afterwards: "Do I look 39? "At 39 years old, I'm still OK, I'm still fine. When you see me in training, you can tell I'm like 28, 27 years old," Pacquiao said. READ:Pacquiao: Matthysse scared of my punches "You cannot say I'm 39 years old! You can say I'm 28, 27 years old." Pacquiao certainly seemed to have been drinking from the fountain of youth as his speed, agility, lightning quick movements and punching power magical...Keep on reading: ‘Do I look 39?’: Pacquiao rolls back years in KO win.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 15th, 2018Related News

Tisoy Argoncillo laid to rest in Iloilo

ILOILO CITY ---The young man who died on June 19 while in detention in a Quezon City jail was finally laid to rest on Saturday afternoon in his hometown in Barangay Bagongon in Concepcion town. Genesis "Tisoy" Argoncillo, 22, was arrested at his elder sister's residence in Quezon City for loitering without a shirt outside their house. He died four days later in jail. Around 600 relatives and residents of the island barangay attended Argoncillo's funeral. They walked from the family residence to the cemetery, passing the shoreline. Some came from the mainland of Concepcion town, which is about 45 minutes by motorboat. Relatives carried streamers and banners calling for justic...Keep on reading: Tisoy Argoncillo laid to rest in Iloilo.....»»

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Jabari Parker leaves Bucks, signs with hometown Chicago Bulls

  CHICAGO, United States – The Chicago Bulls on Saturday, July 14, confirmed the signing of Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker in a deal worth a reported $40 million over two seasons. "Jabari is a 23-year-old player who is a natural fit with our young core, and is a proven scorer at ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 15th, 2018Related News

Sabrina the teenage wish

There's one name that's been thrown around so often when you ask the rising artists of the pop music scene who they want to collaborate with. It's Sabrina Carpenter.   The 19-year-old Disney star and American singer announced a new era for her music career with the release of "Almost Love," a tenaciously feisty and catchy bop about almost lovers taking it frustratingly slow. "It's falling for someone and knowing that you're inches away from love. It either has a happy ending, or no ending at all," Sabrina tells Super. "It was very easy to write because in these young years of our lives they always say you lose people along the way, sometimes for no reason other than they w...Keep on reading: Sabrina the teenage wish.....»»

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Kevin Durant’s mission to Manila

The weather in Manila last Sunday was unpredictable, with the sun showing itself at noontime followed by a heavy downpour in the afternoon. Despite all this, two-time reigning NBA champion Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors still accomplished his mission on his second visit to the country.   Apart from promoting the latest pair of his signature sneakers crafted by Nike, he came to inspire his Filipino fans and a group of young ballers by sharing some of the values that helped him become one of the best players in the NBA today. Here are five reasons KD's visit was an inspiring one from all angles.   Old school Filipino hospitality   For the sec...Keep on reading: Kevin Durant’s mission to Manila.....»»

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Croatia stands between France and World Cup glory

  MOSCOW, Russia – A month on and 63 games later, the 2018 World Cup reaches its climax on Sunday, July 15, as a young France side spearheaded by Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann look to win the trophy for the second time when they take on Croatia in Moscow. It ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJul 14th, 2018Related News

Rescued Thai cave boys to leave hospital July 19

BANGKOK, Thailand – Twelve young footballers and their coach rescued from a Thai cave will be released from hospital on Thursday, July 19, a health official said, offering psychological support and urging the group to avoid media interviews despite huge interest in their against-the-odds survival story. The group, called the "Wild ........»»

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