MPBL: Straight from D-League Finals, Banal leads Bacoor to victory

Right from Game 2 of the Finals of the 2018 PBA D-League Foundation Cup last Tuesday afternoon, Gab Banal headed for the Strike Gymnasium in Bacoor, Cavite. There, he stayed hot to shoot the Strikers over very game visitors Laguna, 91-86, for their fourth straight win after a 0-2 start in the 2018 Maharlika Pilipinas Anta-Datu Cup. Banal posted a 25-point, 12-rebound double-double to go along with six assists. This, just hours after tallying 33 points built on 7-of-8 shooting from threes while also collecting six rebounds and four assists in Go for Gold’s 105-81 Game 2 victory versus Che’Lu Bar and Grill in the best-of-five Finals of PBA D-League. The versatile forward had much help from fellow Strikers Leo De Vera who pounded in 17 points and 12 rebounds and Mark Montuano who scored 20 markers of his own. For the Heroes, Denok Miranda topped the scoring column with 29 points. Unable to douse cold water on Banal, though, they fell for the third time in a row and fell to a 2-4 record. In the day’s other game, Davao Occidental got the better of Cebu, 71-64. Billy Ray Robles showed the way for the now 3-3 Tigers with 14 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and two steals. Patrick Cabahug paced the Sharks with 14 points which proved to be insufficient in preventing their drop to 1-5. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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PVL: Green Spikers score upset win over Bulldogs

De La Salle University weathered Bryan Bagunas' scorching scoring display to complete a morale-boosting upset win over National University in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference. The Green Spikers handed the Bulldogs their first loss that snapped NU's five-game romp with a four-set, 27-25, 27-25, 17-25, 25-17, victory Wednesday at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The trio of Cris Dumago, Geraint Bacon and John David Inocentes led the way for the Taft-based squad's second win in six games that kept DLSU in contention for a Final Four berth. Dumago pounded 15 attacks in his 17-point performance while adding 20 excellent receptions and four digs for the Green Spikers, who snagged the win despite allowing Bagunas to explode with 30 points. Bacon had 15 markers while Inocentes contributed 11 points for DLSU. NU, which gave away 33 points off errors, slid to 5-1 record. Meanwhile, Far Eastern University added more woes to an already eliminated Arellano University, 22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20, while University of the Philippines made short work of College of St. Benilde, 25-21, 25-20, 25-23. The Tamaraws evened their record to 3-3 with four players scoring in double figures led by JP Bugaoan’s 18 points. Mark Calado added 13 while skipper Redijohn Paler and Peter Quie added 11 each for FEU, which sent the Chiefs reeling to their sixth straight defeat. John Millete spearheaded the Fighting Maroons with 17 points while Jerry San Pedro had 10 as UP tie Adamson University at 4-2 card. The Blazers dropped to 3-3 slate.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PVL: UP sweeps CSB in first meeting with former coach

University of the Philippines survived a tough challenge against a very game College of St. Benilde as the Lady Maroons got back on the winning track Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 2 Collegiate Conference. The Lady Maroons faced stiff resistance from the Lady Blazers mentored by their former head coach Jerry Yee and led by former UP setter Jewel Lai before walking away with a 26-24, 27-25, 29-27, victory at the FilOil Flying V Centre. With Isa Molde leading the way, UP captured its third win in five games to solidify its hold of the no. 4 spot and erase the bitter memory of its four-set loss to Adamson University the last time out. The Lady Blazers absorbed their second straight defeat to slide to 1-4 mark tied with University of Perpetual Help.     (To be updated)   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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4 drug suspects nabbed in Lucena

LUCENA CITY -- Police anti-illegal drugs operatives collared four suspected drug pushers in several buy-bust operations in different parts of the city on Tuesday and Wednesday. Arrested were Alejandro Morales, Mark Ranuba, Paolo Danilo San Buenaventura, and Aczel Bautista Hilario, said a report from Supt. Romulo Albacea, Lucena police chief. The suspects yielded several sachets of "shabu" (crystal meth) weighing a total of 8.99 grams worth P44,950. The police and the City Antidrug Abuse Council have also been conducting a sustained information campaign in different barangays to appeal to drug users and pushers to surrender and reform. DELFIN T. MALLARI JR....Keep on reading: 4 drug suspects nabbed in Lucena.....»»

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Clarkson gets NBA clearance to play in Asian Games

In another turn, Jordan Clarkson is cleared to play for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2018 Asian Games. According to Chef de Mission Richard Gomez, the NBA has given Clarkson to go signal to play for the national team, which makes its Asiad debut against Kazakhstan on Thursday, August 16. Jordan Clarkson, binigyan na ng go signal ng NBA na makalaro sa Asian Games, ayon kay Philippine Delegation to Asian Games Chef de Mission Richard Gomez — DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) August 14, 2018 Last Sunday, August 12, the NBA denied Clarkson clearance to see action in the Asian Games. [Related: Jordan Clarkson not allowed to represent PH in Asiad, says NBA] Two days before that, the Cleveland Cavalier was included in the Finals 12 of the Gilas lineup just in case he gets the necessary go signals. [Related: Clarkson makes Gilas final 12 for Asian Games] However, there's still one hurdle to Clarkson's national team debut and that is the Asian Games itself. Philippine officials will have to talk with the Asian Games organizing committee once again to re-allow Clarkson to play. [Related: ASIAN GAMES: Disappointed Clarkson still wants that Gilas dream] After Jordan was initially denied clearance, Gilas re-promoted Don Trollano to the Final 12. JUST IN. Jordan Clarkson, pinayagan na ng NBA na makalaro sa Asian Games, ayon kay Philippine Delegation to Asian Games Richard Gomez. — DZMM TeleRadyo (@DZMMTeleRadyo) August 14, 2018 6:28 p.m. UPDATE: In a report by PBA Press Corps President Gerry Ramos of from Indonesia, the INASGOC [Indonesia Asian Games Organizing Committee] and the OCA [Olympic Council of Asia] have cleared Clarkson again, making the Cleveland Cavalier ready to go for Gilas Pilipinas. Now, it's just a matter of getting the Fil-Am combo guard to Jakarta to suit up for the Philippines-Kazakhstan match to start the country's basketball campaign in the Asian Games. This will mark the first time Jordan Clarkson will play for the Philippine national team since he first burst into the scene as a second round pick by the Washington Wizards in the 2014 NBA Draft before being traded to the LA Lakers. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Juvic rejoins tour as PGT unfolds

Juvic Pagunsan hopes to make the most of his rare stint on the Philippine Golf Tour, eager to mark his comeback with a victory on the very course where he nurtured his game and won the Philippine Amateur crown in 2006......»»

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Malaysia’s leader assures fair trial for Najib

  PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia --- Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad assured a fair trial for former leader Najib Razak, who faces multiple charges related to the alleged multibillion-dollar looting of the 1MDB state investment fund.   "We promise that there will be no vengeance but the law will take its own course. ... He will get a fair trial in this country," Mahathir said.   But he added: "Najib is the main culprit. The world knows that Najib stole money."   Mahathir said fixing Malaysia's finances remains the key priority of the government, which will mark its 100 days in office this week.   "There may be a need for us to sell g...Keep on reading: Malaysia’s leader assures fair trial for Najib.....»»

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U.S. Set to Return Philippine Bells That Once Tolled to Mark a Massacre

By Richard C. Paddock/ – The American soldiers were eating breakfast in Balangiga’s town square when Filipino villagers, including men disguised in dresses, attacked them with bolo knives. Forty-eight Americans died. The year was 1901 and for the United States Army, the massacre in the central Philippines was the worst Read more ».....»»

Source: Thepinoy ThepinoyCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Game-changing imports who raised the bar in the PBA

Imports are considered not only crowd drawers that invite national attention to the PBA. They are also game changers who raised the bar of play in the pioneering Asian pro cage league, with their incredible skills, breathtaking court wizardry, huge scoring might, and of course fantastic flights of fancy. Through the years, we’ve anticipated only the best from them, and definitely there are a few of them who really made their mark with their names etched in the annals of the league. One of them is Ginebra import Justin Brownlee, who bagged the PBA Best Import Award recently. Not flashy or flamboyant, Brownlee just gets the job done, leading Ginebra to the 2016 and 2017 Governors Cup, and just recently the 2018 Commissioners Cup. Aside from Brownlee, who were the other imports in PBA history that made a huge impact in the league and in the consciousness of this basketball-crazy nation? Here are some of the greatest imports ever to play in the country. 1. Cyrus Mann Cyrus Mann is remembered as one of the first prolific imports that played in the PBA, donning the Crispa Redmanizers jersey during its Grand Slam year in 1976 up to 1979. He provided that imposing presence in the paint with his 6’10” frame and was a monster off the boards, including those killer moves in the paint scoring at will against opponents. 2. Byron “Snake” Jones Memorable for his versatility and workhorse attitude, Byron “Snake” Jones was a journeyman, playing for three different teams in the PBA and leading two of them to championships. He played for the Toyota Comets in the PBA’s maiden season and won the First and Second Conference crowns and then went on to play for the U-Tex Wranglers and help them in bagging their first-ever title in the PBA Open Conference in 1978. He would then end his PBA journey with the Crispa Redmanizers in 1981. 3. Andy Fields Considered the first “resident import” in the league, Andy Fields has been called back frequently to play for his lone PBA team Toyota in his entire stint in the PBA. A feared shotblocker, midrange shooter, and rebounder, Fields led Toyota to three PBA championships, including the 1979 Invitationals, 1981 and 1982 Open Conference titles. 4. Norman Black Norman Black is simply called the import that gives his all in each game, one who was frequently labeled as “Mr. 100%.” He started his PBA career with the Teflin Polyesters in 1981, then began his connection with the San Miguel franchise in 1982 as its main workhorse and scorer, who would guide the Beermen to its second franchise title in the Invitationals the same year. He would then serve as import for Great Taste the next year, played again for the SMC franchise in 1985 under Magnolia Quench Plus, then suited briefly for Alaska in 1986. After returning to San Miguel in 1987, Black would then become a playing coach and eventually a coach who engineered its first Grand Slam in 1989. 5. Billy Ray Bates Billy Ray Bates is considered by many as the “best ever” who would fascinate everyone with monster dunks from the charity stripe years before Michael Jordan. Not only would he run rings around defenders, Bates would soar up, up away to score, and score without letup, hence the title “The Black Superman.” His debut stint with Crispa in its second Grand Slam year in 1983 was astounding and remarkable, as his unstoppable incursions, aerial shows, and powerful slams made him unforgettable to this day. Three years later, he would bring his greatness to Ginebra San Miguel and bag the 1986 Open Conference crown, which was the then-Palanca franchise’s first title. 6. Michael Hackett Loyal and dedicated, Michael Hackett is the gentle giant opponents feared. He is considered one of the most dominant forces in PBA history, who would just power his way through defenders at the paint and score at will. Playing for Ginebra San Miguel, Hackett is best remembered for being the first PBA player to score over a hundred points, 103 points to be exact, in a match against Great Taste in the 1985 Open Conference, wherein he won Best Import honors. In the next year, Hackett and fellow import great Billy Ray Bates collaborated to lead Ginebra to the 1986 Open Conference title.   7. Bobby Parks For most coaches, the late Bobby Parks was seen as the greatest not only due to the fact that he is the most decorated with seven Best Import awards, but also being the most hard working and coachable import ever. A gallant scoring machine yet a silent operator, Parks showed a wide variety of moves in his lane incursions in his prime that would leave defenders helpless, ending in mind-boggling baskets. Apart from his individual skills, Parks really completes his mission, giving championships to San Miguel Beer in the 1987 Reinforced Conference, and then Shell as its resident import with two titles, the 1990 and 1992 First Conference plums.      8. Tony Harris He might not be that much of an obedient trooper, but Tony Harris and his brand of play was simply breathtaking. As Coach Yeng Guiao decided during his time as coach of the Swift Mighty Meaties that they must let him be and ordered his court lieutenants to just pass the ball to him and make him simply wield his magic. And he did leave everyone in awe with his speed, agility, and power to score over all defenders thrown at him, hence the monicker “The Hurricane.” Proof of his incredible abilities is scoring 105 points, the single game scoring record that holds to this day, against Ginebra in the 1992 Reinforced Conference, wherein he would single-handedly cop the title for Swift. 9. Sean Chambers You could be charmed by his beaming smile when you meet him off the court, but when you meet him on-court, prepare for the worst beating. Though he’s not the heavy scorer type of an import PBA fans are accustomed to, Alaska’s “resident import” shows his class and might as a team player. He worked for the Milkmen in 13 seasons, giving them titles 6 times, yet only won the Best Import plum once—in the Reinforced Conference of Alaska’s Grand Slam year in 1996. The memory of what these imports brought to the league continues to delight true PBA fans through the years. And we see their legacy in such players as Justin Brownlee, who continue to show the example, the standard for other foreign players setting foot in the country to follow.     .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Marian Rivera, Iza Calzado, Aga Muhlach mark birthdays on same day

Three Leos of Philippine showbiz marked their birthdays on the same day on Aug. 12. Kapuso Primetime Queen Marian Rivera turned 34, whereas Gawad Urian-awardee Iza Calzado turned 36. The dashing Ag.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 13th, 2018Related News

UE’s Alvin Pasaol headlines competition in first-ever UAAP 1-on-1

Alvin Pasaol is the brightest star set to take the stage in the first-ever UAAP Last One Standing 1-on-1 Hoop Challenge. University of the East’s main man, who famously scored 49 points a season ago, has all the tools to dominate the competition scheduled on Friday at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium. Challenging him will be Ateneo de Manila University’s QJ Banzon, De La Salle University’s Jordan Bartlett, Far Eastern University’s Cade Flores, National University’s Robert Minerva, University of the Philippines’ Joe Gomez de Liano, and University of Sto. Tomas’ Zachy Huang. Adamson University has yet to submit the name of its entry in the men's 1-on-1 tournament as of press time. The women’s 1-on-1 tournament will be comprised by Adamson’s Nathalia Prado, Ateneo’s Jhazmin Joson, La Salle’s Rossini Espinas, FEU’s Princess Jumuad, NU’s Ria Nabalan, UE’s Cristine Cortizano, UP’s Noella Cruz, and UST’s Elondra Rivera. As always, all of the action will be on livestream and on YouTube Live starting at 10:00 AM. The tournament will have a single round robin format with the top two players in each group advancing to the semifinals. The winners there will then move on to the Finals where the Last One Standing will be determined. “Last One Standing is going to be fun and exciting. 1-on-1 is the best showcase for a player’s skills and smarts,” event director Eric Altamirano said. Meanwhile, Adamson's top gun Jerrick Ahanmisi is the odds-on favorite for the Three-Point Shootout. Competing with him are Blue Eagle Jolo Mendoza, Green Archer Aaron Waban, Tamaraw Travis Mantua, Bulldog Daniel Atienza, Red Warrior Jason Varilla, Fighting Maroon Allan Madrigal, and Growling Tiger Ken Zamora. A Slam Dunk Contest will also be a highlight of the day with high-flying Tyrus Hill (La Salle) pitted against Ivan Maata (Adamson), Matthew Daves (Ateneo), Aaron Davis (FEU), Daniel Chatman (NU), Soulemane Chabi Yo (UST), and Joe GDL (UP). There will be no UE player in the contest. The Skills Challenge will then be disputed by Soaring Falcon Jerom Lastimosa, Blue Eagle Migs Fortuna, Green Archer Donn Lim, Tamaraw James Tempra, Bulldog Migs Oczon, Red Warrior Mark Maloles, Fighting Maroon Enzo Battad, and Growling Tiger Brent Paraiso. This is the first time that the league will have a preseason event of the sort courtesy of the efforts of host school NU in partnership with SM Supermalls. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Six North Luzon teams reach NBA 3X PH 2018 Finals

NBA Philippines press release The National Basketball Association (NBA) officially tipped off NBA 3X Philippines 2018 presented by AXA with the first-ever qualifiers in North Luzon at Benguet State University on Aug. 11-12. Now on its eighth consecutive year, NBA 3X is staging two preliminary tournaments with the succeeding competition set at the Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati on Aug. 18-19 to provide more male and female players an opportunity to participate in the 3-on-3 tournament. A total of 100 teams from Apayao, Dagupan, Baguio, Benguet and other nearby provinces, including entries from Caloocan City in Metro Manila, competed in the North Luzon qualifiers. Six teams advanced to NBA 3X Playoffs and will compete with teams advancing from the Metro Manila division qualifiers at the Mall of Asia Music Hall on Aug. 25-26. Rieken Espinosa, Dreyxius Castillo, Kyle Patrick Margarata, and Adam Floyd Darden of Team Greyhounds topped the U13 Division, while Jaudenes Parone, Dennis de Vera, Manson Lee Carantes and Francis Almazan of Team SLUA topped the Under-16 division. The other winning teams for the boy’s division were Team Caloocan Supremos C (Under-18) composed of Ryan Ricasio, Raphael Jerhold Flores, Mark Francois Sapla, and Jino Lacsa); and Team UL-Dagupan City A (Open Category) made up of Mario Angelito Torio, Reynald Ballesteros, Robert Caasi Jr. and Julius Tiburcio. In the women’s category, Regimay Castres, Rosemarie Delos Santos, Jane de Vera, and Fionna Kixsha Camangeg of Team Balon Dagupan topped the Under-18 division while Ruthlaine Chlaire Tacula, Raechelle Ann Sao, Ryzelle Ann Limet, and Love Joy Sto. Domingo of Team Pudtol Apayao bested the Open Category. In addition, various media outlets from Baguio City formed teams to compete in the Celebrity Division. The NBA 3X Playoffs will be highlighted by the presence of an NBA player, NBA legend, slam dunk team, and the Celebrity Division starring entertainment and media personalities as well as contests and activities for the family. AXA Philippines is the presenting partner of NBA 3X Philippines 2018. In addition, CloudFone, Gatorade, Panasonic, Rexona, PLDT and Smart will serve as official partners while SM Mall of Asia an Spalding are supporting partners. Official NBA broadcasters for the event are ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV, and NBA Premium TV. For more information on NBA 3X Philippine 2018 and the registration process, fans can visit, and @NBA_Philippines on Twitter. For more details on AXA Philippines and their product offerings, visit and»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 13th, 2018Related News

Marikina down to first alarm as river level recedes to below 16-meter mark

The Marikina City government has downgraded its alert status to first alarm as Marikina River's water level continues to decrease.   As of 11 a.m. Monday, the Marikina Public Information Office said the river's spilling level was already at 15.7 meters.   On Saturdayevening, Marikina River's spilling level reached 20.6 meters amid non-stop downpour due to storm-enhanced southwest monsoon affecting many parts of Luzon.   READ: Marikina remains on third alarm as river level reaches 20.6 meters   Marikina City was under third alarm over the weekend, and residents were compelled to leave their homes for temporary shelters in evacuation centers. /kg...Keep on reading: Marikina down to first alarm as river level recedes to below 16-meter mark.....»»

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NBA rejects Clarkson appeal

US National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Mark Tatum yesterday slammed the door on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson’s participation in the coming Asian Games, citing an agreement with FIBA that prohibits NBA players from competing in non-FIBA sanctioned tournaments like the Asian Games which are supervised by the Olympic Council of Asia. Source… link: NBA rejects Clarkson appeal.....»»

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NBA rejects Clarkson appeal

US National Basketball Association deputy commissioner Mark Tatum yesterday slammed the door on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ Fil-Am guard Jordan Clarkson’s participation in the coming Asian Games, citing an agreement with FIBA that prohibits NBA players from competing in non-FIBA sanctioned tournaments like the Asian Games which are supervised by the Olympic Council of Asia......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsAug 12th, 2018Related News

Is Cebu now a crime scene?

THIS question has to be asked in light of the latest rush of unsolved killings in this historically peaceful, serene and deeply religious Queen City of the South. After Fathers Tito Paez of Nueva Ecija, Mark Ventura of Cagayan, and Richmond Nilo also of Nueva Ecija were murdered within a period of six months, topping [...] The post Is Cebu now a crime scene? appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

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Fighting finish

SIX wins, one draw and two losses. That’s the record of IM John Marvin Miciano at the close of the 22nd Hogeschool Zeeland Chess Championship in Vlissingen, Netherlands. Not bad, after all. Miciano, ever so eager to make his mark in the world chess stage, battled to a fighting draw….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsAug 12th, 2018Related News

Guiao pleased as unselfish Asiad-bound PH team clips TNT in tuneup

Asian Games-bound national team huddles up after a tune up game against TNT. Photo by Mark Giongco The Philippine team barely won its only tuneup game before leaving for the Asian Games, slipping p.....»»

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Forced evacuation begins as 3rd alarm sounded in Marikina River

Forced evacuation has begun in areas near the Marikina River as its water level breached the 18-meter mark, prompting local officials to sound the third alarm. Source link link: Forced evacuation begins as 3rd alarm sounded in Marikina River.....»»

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Humble beginnings

Our best kept secret A FAMOUS proverb once said that the journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step. Taking the initiative to start something new in the pursuit of a dream is in itself daunting but having the courage to face all challenges head-on is the mark….....»»

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