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NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2

National University has plenty of reasons to feel excited about after beating defending champion Ateneo in the UAAP Season 81 junionrs basketball finals opener on Monday. The Bullpups, however, also know they still have a ton of work left to accomplish before they can celebrate. After all, winning Game 1 is only half of the battle and the real challenge awaits on Friday in Game 2. "We're happy but we have yet to reach our main goal," said star big man Carl Tamayo in Filipino after leading the Bullpups with 15 points and 12 rebounds to a 70-58 win. READ: Bullpups close in on UAAP juniors title The Bullpups have already beaten the Blue Eaglets thrice this season after sweeping them ...Keep on reading: NU in no celebratory mood yet, braces for Ateneo fightback in Game 2.....»»

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UAAP: Kai calls on Eaglets to fight Bullpups fire with their own fire

Ateneo de Manila High School got swept in the elimination round of the UAAP 81 Juniors Basketball Tournament by modern-day rival Nazareth School of National University. However, the Blue Eaglets got a golden opportunity to get back at the Bullpups as the two teams were pitted against one another for all the glory in the Finals. There, Sotto expected one thing and one thing only – for the challengers to their throne to keep bringing it to them. “Alam naman natin na yung NU, talagang physical maglaro,” he said. And that is exactly why, in the Season 81 MVP’s eyes, the defending champions had to bring it right back. “Dapat kami, ‘di kami mag-back down. Talagang i-aaccept namin yung challenge,” he said. He then continued, “Kung maging physical sila, magiging physical din kami. Lalaban din kami.” In the first half and early third quarter of Game 1, Ateneo did just that. Sotto teamed up with twin tower Geo Chiu to power their side to a five-point lead. Only, the Blue Eaglets took their foot off the pedal the rest of the way and never recovered. And in the end, NU took a well-earned 70-58 win and took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series. For the 7-foot-1, 16-year-old, it was clear that they fell short of sustaining the physicality needed to match up with the Bullpups. As he put it, “Nandun yung effort, kaso may times na nawawala. Inconsistent kami.” That is exactly what they will be working on as they head into a must-win Game 2 on Friday. There, Sotto had but one promise. “’Di namin basta-basta ibibigay yung championship,” he said, full of confidence. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NAIA consortium hopes to start Swiss challenge by mid-2019

THE SUPER consortium seeking to rehabilitate the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) is still hopeful the Swiss challenge for the project can begin by mid-2019 as it continues negotiations with the Department of Transportation (DoTr)......»»

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Dave Pealosa stops Mexican bet in 4 rounds for WBO Oriental featherweight crown - Inquirer Sports

Mexicos Marcos Cardenas was supposed to serve as a tough challenge for undefeated featherweight Dave Pealosa. Cardenas appeared to be good as advertised until Pealosa decided to pour it on en route to.....»»

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Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

VATICAN CITY – As the Vatican prepares to host a global child abuse summit on the protection of minors, victims' associations are calling for concrete steps from the Catholic Church to end pedophilia.  While Pope Francis has sought to play down expectations from the summit, here are the main demands from ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 17th, 2019Related News

Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

VATICAN CITY --- As the Vatican prepares to host a global child abuse summit on the protection of minors, victims' associations are calling for concrete steps from the Catholic Church to end paedophilia. While Pope Francis has sought to play down expectations from the summit, here are the main demands from victim groups: Oust abusers or their protectors Zero tolerance for sexual abuse by clerics should be "written into universal church law by the end of the summit," says Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA). The organisation, which brings together activists and survivors from more than 17 countries, said any cleric found to have abused a child or covered up abuse -- regardless of ...Keep on reading: Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge.....»»

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Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge

Boston's Jayson Tatum hit a 3-pointer from just beyond midcourt to beat Atlanta's Trae Young in the final round of the skills competition at All-Star Saturday night. Tatum defeated Memphis' Mike Conley in the first round, then topped Denver's Nikola Jokic in the semifinals. Tatum was slightly behind Young going into the 3-pointer, the final shot of the event, and decided he needed to try the long shot to get one in before Young could shoot for the title. Tatum says the trophy will go to his mother's home. He says he was "just out here trying to have fun. I threw one up and it went in." Jokic defeated Orlando's Nikola Vucevic, Young beat Sacramento's De'Aaron Fox and Dalla...Keep on reading: Celtics’ Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge.....»»

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Boston s Jayson Tatum wins Skills Challenge at NBA All-Star

Tatum, who was falling behind Young, heaved a hail mary three pointer from half court to seal the win......»»

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Kyle Kuzma targets NBA All-Star game next year

  CHARLOTTE, USA – Kyle Kuzma admitted he was pretty bummed with his performance in the NBA Rising Stars Challenge last season. But he sure made up for it and even bagged the top plum this year.   “I played in this game last year, and I was ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

NBA Rising Stars: Team USA plots payback on FaceTime

    CHARLOTTE, USA – How serious was Team USA in breaking its two-game slump in the Rising Stars Challenge? Well, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell was already in touch with his teammates a couple of weeks back via FaceTime. It was Mitchell, Sacramento Kings guard DeAaron Fox and Atlanta ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Lakers Kuzma dazzles to win NBA Rising Stars MVP

MANILA, Philippines – Kyle Kuzma electrified the Rising Stars Challenge of the NBA All-Star Weekend on the way to crowning himself Most Valuable Player in Charlotte on Friday, February 15 (Saturday, February 16, Philippine time). The Los Angeles Lakers sophomore scattered a game-high 35 points and 6 rebounds as ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

Dave Peñalosa stops Mexican bet in 4 rounds for WBO Oriental featherweight crown

Mexico's Marcos Cardenas was supposed to serve as a tough challenge for undefeated featherweight Dave Pealosa. Cardenas appeared to be good as advertised until Pealosa decided to pour it on en route to a fourth round stoppage to win the vacant WBO Oriental featherweight title in the main event of ESPN5's fight card. "All my hard work bore fruit after winning the title," Pealosa, who had trouble making weight but showed no effects of it throughout the bout, said in Filipino. "I just wanted to be patient. I'm happy that he showed a good fight and the fans were not disappointed." Pealosa, son of former two-time world champion Dodie Boy, was in his usual relentless self from ...Keep on reading: Dave Peñalosa stops Mexican bet in 4 rounds for WBO Oriental featherweight crown.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP 81: Different UE team gives favored UP worthy challenge

Yep, this is a different UE Lady Warriors team. As if it wasn’t obvious enough, the Lady Warriors made sure to remind everyone that they’re no longer pushovers, pushing preseason favorite UP to five full sets Saturday at the San Juan Arena to open the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament. Not only did UE push the Lady Maroons to the limit, the Lady Warriors also actually led the game two sets to one. UE’s breakthough win wouldn’t come Saturday though as the Lady Maroons, winners of two preseason champions and were clearly the favorites entering the game, narrowly escaped an upset in five. “Malaking bagay samin yun [five sets], nakaka-taba ng puso,” libero Kat Arado said. “Kasi yun nga, marami ako nakikita sa social media na straight sets kami, never ko nakita na lalaban ang UE. So malaking bagay to. Sayang man but at the same time, confident pa rin kami,” she added. After going through seasons of winless campaigns, the Lady Warriors have come out as a veteran, mature group. However, execution late in sets remain a weak spot for UE and the Lady Warriors are aware that that’s something they need to polish moving forward. “Kinapos talaga kami sa dulo,” Arado said. “Labanan ng maturity talaga, nandoon na yung maturity namin kasi nagku-kulang kami na kumbaga sa UP, ang smooth ng galaw nila. Yun yung trabahuhin namin, yung buo talaga [late in games],” she added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

WATCH: Behind the scenes at NBA s All-Star weekend

    MANILA, Philippines – All’s set for the 2019 NBA All-Star in Charlotte! The three-day festivities kick off with the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 15 (Saturday, February 16, Manila time). (READ: Simmons, Doncic headline NBA Rising Stars lineup ) Other weekend features include the slam dunk contest, the skills competition, the three-point shootout, and ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2019Related News

UAAP Season 81: Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na yun -- Carlos

Veteran hitter Tots Carlos and the rest of the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons are determined to prove that their twin titles in the pre-season are no fluke. UP will try to translate its success in the Premier Volleyball League and Philippine Superliga into a good showing if not a championship in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.  “Two championships hindi naman ibinigay yun na free lang, pinagtrabahuhan namin yun. Sabi nila coach yung championships namin motivation but at the same time pressure,” said Carlos, one of the Lady Maroons’ veterans who is expected to deliver the goods for the Godfrey Okumu-mentored squad. “Kailangan naming panindigan ang mga championships na ‘yun and mag-perform ng maayos this UAAP. Siyempre di kami makakapag-perform kung di kami magtatrabaho.” The Lady Maroons are coming into the season brimming with confidence after their Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and Philippine Superliga Collegiate Grand Slam conquests. UP crushed Far Eastern University in the PVL Finals highlighted by an amazing fifth set comeback while University of Sto. Tomas became the victim of the Lady Maroons in the PSL championship. Those twin crowns were UP’s first major titles after ruling the UAAP 36 years ago.  The Diliman-based squad is also parading an intact core with fourth-year veteran Carlos, who skipped the PVL to recover from a foot injury, Isa Molde and graduating setter Ayel Estranero leading the charge. And for the first time in years, UP is considered as one of the legitimate contenders to challenge the reign of four-peat-seeking De La Salle University.   “Kailangan naming maging confident pero at the same time kasi lahat ng teams pantay-pantay talaga. ‘Di mo alam kung ano ang laro nila eh especially La Salle kasi wala akong nakita nilang laro before the season,” said Carlos. “Sabi nga namin ‘di kami puwedeng pumunta ng season na hindi kami handa. Lalaruin namin ang laro namin and middle of the game mag-adjust kami kung sino man ang opponent namin.” With the showing they made in the pre-season, Carlos admits that it gave their opponents a glimpse of their game, play patterns and strategy.  “Siyempre may fear din pero at the same time sabi ni coach, kasi skills pantay-pantay naman lahat ng mga teams eh pero more on mental and emotional kailangan. ‘Yun ang labanan na lang dito.” Mental toughness, according to her, is one of the most important things that they learned during the pre-season. “I think oo (nakuha ang mental toughness sa pre-season). Kasi winning the championship hindi naman yun madali lang like straight three sets lang eh. Very crucial. Doon ko nakita na sobrang taas ng confidence ng team at ‘yung gusto talaga nila ang game eh,” she said.       --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Commentary: The growing challenge of vaccination campaign in Philippines - Philstar.com

Commentary: The growing challenge of vaccination campaign in Philippines Philippine Star President Rodrigo Duterte, in his message at the ground breaking of a new hospital in Malabon City, expressed.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2019Related News

As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’

MANILA, Philippines---Gilas Pilipinas is facingits biggest challenge yet in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers as one slip could very well eliminate Filipinos from the competition. The Philippine national basketball team needs all the positivity it can get and Gabe Norwood said he and the team's continued familiarity with head coach Yeng Guiao's system could prove vital in their quest for the World Cup. "Just doing his system and I think anybody who's watched coach Yeng can see that everybody's going to have an opportunity to play," said Norwood after Gilas' 100-82 win over Meralco in a tune-up game Friday. Guiao's system usually employs 12 players on a team and this assura...Keep on reading: As Gilas enters crucial stretch, Yeng Guiao’s system helps players get ‘mentally locked in’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Feb 15th, 2019Related News

10 things to know about NBA All-Star 2019

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

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

Renault ends Ghosn era with Nissan-induced profits plunge

PARIS, France – French automaker Renault unveiled Thursday, February 14, a sharp drop in earnings as profit plunged at its Japanese partner Nissan, posing a fresh challenge for their alliance after the shock arrest of former chief Carlos Ghosn last November. The results came as Renault's new chairman Jean-Dominique Senard was ........»»

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Ateneo plotting to play Isaac Go more as a power forward

Isaac Go’s shots just continue dropping at the Ynares Arena in Pasig. On Thursday, Go fired 21 points, 12 coming from behind the arc, to shoot Cignal-Ateneo de Manila University to a 28-point rout, 103-75, of Go for Gold-College of St. Benilde. This, just weeks after he averaged 10.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in their semifinals series up against San Beda University and then dropped 15 markers and three boards in their Finals triumph over University of the Visayas in the 2019 Philippine Collegiate Champions League. Still, Blue Eagles head coach Tab Baldwin wants to see more from his talented big man – especially as he heads to his last playing year in the UAAP. “He’s gonna shoot the ball better this year, but he’s gonna do other things as well. We’re working on his inside game and we’re working on his ability to put it on the floor,” he said. He then continued, “We want him to be an international 4-man.” Yes, coach Tab sees the 6-foot-8 Go, a center in the Philippines, more as a power forward in international play. And the gentle giant only welcomes the idea proposed by his mentor who has spent much of his career around the world. “It’s a challenge because, as you see, a 6-foot-8 center isn’t really gonna perform well unless you’re really athletic, really strong. We have a lot of 5s in Poy [Erram], June Mar [Fajardo], Japeth [Aguilar], Andray Blatche, Christian Standhardinger,” he shared. He then continued, “So the goal would be to try to get taller in the 4, or maybe the 3. The goal is to play, of course, for the Philippines and if that’s my way to do it, I’ll have to get better.” Indeed, both in the D-League and the PCCL, Go has been busting out more dribbles and drives than usual to go along with his long-range missiles. Of course, this is only the beginning of his transition – and coach Tab reminded everybody of exactly that. As he put it, “He’s got a long way to go. He’s got a lot of mobility and agility to work on, he’s gotta get better defending the perimeter, he’s gotta get better putting the ball down.” He then continued, “There’s a lot of work in progress. He can shoot the ball and that’s a good asset, but there’s more to his game that we have to work on and develop.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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