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Without June Mar, San Miguel feels like an underdog

MANILA, Philippines – San Miguel will explore uncharted territory in the upcoming PBA season without star big man June Mar Fajardo. Recuperating from a  shin injury , the reigning five-time PBA MVP might miss an entire season, leaving a gaping hole in the middle for the Beermen, who are seeking a sixth straight ........»»

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UAAP Season 82: FEU-UE pairings open volleyball tournament

After a long wait, action in the UAAP Season 82 volleyball tournament will finally begin on Tuesday, March 3, at the MOA Arena. Pushed back weeks from its original opening day, the second semester centerpiece spectacle opens its door for another exciting season with Far Eastern University and University of the East crossing paths in both the men’s and women’s divisions to get the ball rolling. Meeting at 2:00 p.m. are the Tamaraws and Red Warriors followed by the Lady Tamaraws and Lady Warriors’ clash at 3:30 p.m. All games are available on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and via livestream. Defending women’s champion Ateneo de Manila University starts its title-retention bid on Wednesday in a clash with University of the Philippines while men’s three-peat-seeking National University squares off with University of Sto. Tomas in the curtain-raiser. The tournament was supposed to begin last February 15 but the UAAP Board decided to suspend all second semester sports following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.   Here’s the full first round schedule:.....»»

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Slasher Gonzales comes home to NU after solid stint in Mapua

With head coach Goldwin Monteverde hoping to carry over his winning tradition from the juniors division to seniors division, National University will be welcoming back a fearless slasher who knows a thing or two about winning. Cyril Gonzales is all set to return to Sampaloc and give Coach Gold another promising prospect as he tries to turn the Bulldogs around. The 6-foot guard impressed in his first and only year for Mapua University last year wherein he put up per game counts of 9.6 points, 2.8 rebounds 1.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in 23 minutes of play. Before his time as a Cardinal, however, Gonzales was a key cog in Coach Gold's breakthrough championship with the Bullpups. Then, he normed 8.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.6 assists, and 1.6 steals in 21 minutes of play Now, he will be back with his mentor as they hope to improve on the blue and gold's 2-12 showing in the Srs. a season ago. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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EDITORIAL - Water conservation

Remember last year’s water shortage? While additional water treatment plants and storage facilities have been installed by the water concessionaires in Metro Manila, the state weather bureau is urging the public to start practicing water conservation as the dry season approaches......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News15 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Union Bell rings the bell

Following an undefeated 2019 racing season, champion horse Union Bell and its owner Bell Racing Stable led the honorees of the 2020 Philippine Racing Commission Awards Sunday at the Chantilly Bar of the San Lazaro Leisure Park in Carmona, Cavite......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: Sports17 hr. 31 min. ago Related News

Strikers, Steel book semis berths

Bacoor City and Basilan-Jumbo Plastic punched their way to the 2019-2020 Chooks-to-Go/MPBL Lakan Season South Division semifinals after sweeping their opponents Monday night at the Lamitan Gym......»»

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PBA Season 45: Battle royale

Without injured June Mar Fajardo, the cornerstone of their five-peat feat, the San Miguel Beermen brace for their toughest campaign yet in the coming PBA Philippine Cup, where the challengers can’t wait to capitalize on this power vacuum......»»

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UAAP Season 82: NU to unleash new warrior Camposano

Two years removed from UAAP action, Edward Camposano is eagerly waiting to get back on the court and reintroduce himself in Season 82 men’s volleyball tournament. Although his expected return got pushed back a couple of weeks following the suspension of all second semester events following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, it didn’t diminish the fire inside the 23-year old hitter. Coming in as a new member of the three-peat-seeking National University Bulldogs after transferring from University of the East, Camposano vows to bring the same if not better game and intensity he had during his three years with the Red Warriors. “Excited na excited po lalo na’t first and last ko sa NU na maglalaro so all-out po talaga,” said Camposano, who had to wait two years to suit up for the Bulldogs. “Lahat ng paghihirap at excitement na makapaglaro pong muli ako [ilalabas ko sa laro].” Camposano made immediate impact in his first year with UE and even bagged the Season 77 Rookie of the Year. Unfortunately, the open hitter had little support from the cellar-dwelling Red Warriors. The former national team member parted ways with UE after Season 79 where he averaged 12.9 points per game with 43.10% success rate on attacks and had 0.24 aces per set. Camposano transferred to NU and completed his one-year residency but chose to sit out Season 81 with just one year left to play. His decision turned out to be a good one as the Bulldogs will need his scoring prowess to fill in the big shoes left by already graduate reigning Most Valuable Player Bryan Bagunas.    “Pressure po kasi gawa po nang iniwan nila na champion so kailangan din po naming mag-trabaho para makuha ang three-peat,” he said. Playing under national team coach Dante Alinsunurin, who steered the country to a silver medal finish in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December, and alongside PHI squad members setter Owa Retamar and libero Ricky Marcos, Camposano knows the weight of playing for NU. And he is ready to do his part in his first and last stint with the Bulldogs. “Mayroon pong pressure lalo na po’t professional and national coach ang coach namin. Nakaka-pressure lang din po talaga. Basta kung ano ang gustong mangyari nina coach, susunod lang po,” he said. Come game time, expect nothing less from returning Camposano.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports20 hr. 18 min. ago Related News

PBA: When will Calvin Abueva be reinstated for Phoenix?

With less than two weeks to go before the opening of the PBA's 45th season, Phoenix's star forward Calvin Abueva is still serving his indefinite suspension. Abueva had a number of controversial incidents last season, causing him to miss basically two conferences already and still counting. [Related: PBA: Woes pile up for Calvin Abueva] "Nagu-usap kami," Commissioner Willie Marcial said when asked about the status of Abueva Tuesday. "Mayroon pa akong pinapagawa. Pag naayos na lahat yun at okay na, i-elevate ko sa Board yung recommendation ko," he added. Despite no clear timetable, Phoenix is confident to have Calvin back this season. "We are hopeful. For us, we’re just moving forward from this unfortunate incident. Some are supportive, some are not. But we’re just moving forward. It happened eh, it’s something we didn’t like. But for us, we’re supporting Calvin," Phoenix Governor, Atty. Raymond Zorrilla said. "He has been practicing with us. He is keeping in shape. He has, on his own and even without any salary, he is performing CSR activities. I think the most recent was the one he made in Taal during the Taal Volcano eruption," he added. Abueva's road to get himself reinstated has been long. Phoenix is confident that its star forward has been sincere in his repentance. "I have several instances when I talk with Calvin. I think sincerity-wise, good faith-wise, he has shown that he has learned his lesson," Zorrilla said. "He has been suspended since July. It is a drain on his salary and finances. I don’t think he will again put his family at risk," he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: 'Underdog' Beermen to prove bite without June Mar

For the first time in a long, long while, San Miguel might actually be an underdog heading into a new PBA season. This is despite the Beermen entering the 2020 Philippine Cup as the defending 5-time champions. San Miguel has lost star center June Mar Fajardo to a broken leg and he could be out for the season as he works his way back to full health. "Actually, talagang mahirap ngayon for SMB," team governor Robert Non said Tuesday, "This is the first time na ng feeling namin, kami ngayon ang underdog because of June Mar. June Mar's been part and parcel of our championships," he added. Since drafting him first overall in 2012, June Mar's been a part of eight championship teams for San Miguel. Fajardo also has five, possibly six, MVP awards as member of the Beermen. With arguably its greatest player out, San Miguel is still strong in its resolve as it looks to win a 6th straight All-Filipino title this year. "Naniniwala pa rin ako na we can come up with something na kahit wala si June Mar, we can be competitive, especially now that we have some adjustments that we're doing in the absence of June Mar," Non said. "And hopefully, it will work and we'll be there fighting again for the championship," he added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Novak makes Dubai netfest 2nd round

Dubai--Novak Djokovic continued his hot early season form on Monday, cruising past Tunisian wild card Malek Jaziri 6-1, 6-2  into the second round of the Dubai Championships......»»

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San Miguel opens 45th PBA season

Defending champion San Miguel Beermen find themselves in the unfamiliar role of underdog when they open the 45th Philippine Basketball Association season in the lone game at the Smart Araneta Coliseum on March 8......»»

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Union Bell kikilalanin sa Philracom Awards

DAHIL sa malinis na karta sa nagdaang 2019 racing season, pararangalan si champion horse Union Bell at owner nitong Bell Racing Stable sa isasagawang 2020 Philippine Racing Commission (Philracom) Awards ngayong Linggo sa Chantilly Bar ng San Lazaro Leisure Park sa Carmona, Cavite......»»

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‘Hugot’ graduation photo in Cebu creating buzz online

CEBU CITY, Philippines— After the month of love, most of the students are now getting ready for graduation season. Yes, that’s right! Most of them are now running around school completing their requirements for the big day. And one of the many things a graduating student has to prepare is his/her graduation picture. Well, Niel […] The post ‘Hugot’ graduation photo in Cebu creating buzz online appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsFeb 25th, 2020Related News

Rubio leads Suns over Jazz in his return to Utah

By MATTHEW COLES Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Ricky Rubio always felt comfortable in Utah and hated to leave. He made sure his return was noticed. Rubio had 22 points, 11 assists and seven steals to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 131-111 victory over the reeling Jazz on Monday night. “I know their game and I played with them for a long time,” Rubio said, acknowledging he often knew where the Jazz wanted to go with their motion and their passes and stepped into the passing lanes. In his first game back in Salt Lake City after playing for the Jazz for two seasons, Rubio led an offense that shot 56% and seemed a step ahead of the Jazz all night. “That’s a tough game coming back here to play against your former team with so many emotions going through his mind. He dominated the game,” Phoenix coach Monty Williams said. Rubio used the All-Star break to get some rest and refocus. He also admitted he got extra juice in playing his former teammates. “I haven’t felt this fresh all year,” he said. “This was special for me.” Devin Booker had 24 points and a season-high 10 assists, Kelly Oubre scored 18 while Deandre Ayton added 16 for the Suns. “We were moving the ball. The ball moves faster than bodies can and we took advantage of that tonight. Ricky and I both had over 10 assists and when you have two people creating like that, we were making the game easy for everyone else,” Booker said. Donovan Mitchell scored 38 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 16 for Utah. The Jazz made a season-high 37 free throws -- on 43 attempts -- but looked disjointed while committing 19 turnovers. The Suns made three 3-pointers in a row to get some breathing room, and then Jevon Carter made a layup and Oubre dunked to take a 99-88 lead into the fourth quarter. "That third quarter used to be lethal for us. That used to be a thing where we come out and that's where we'd make our push. The roles have reversed," Mitchell said. Oubre dunked over Rudy Gobert early in the fourth quarter and let him know all about it, drawing a technical foul. “We didn’t get complacent. Once we got the lead, we kept building on it and we haven’t done that a lot this year,” Booker said. Rubio made an off-balance 3-pointer from the corner that brought audible gasps from the Utah crowd. The knock on Rubio in Utah was that he wasn't enough of a perimeter threat to keep defenses from sagging. “It was an emotional game for him. To come out and play aggressive and play the right way is exciting for him. I know how badly he wanted this one,” Booker said. The Suns made their first five shots and set the tone early that if the Jazz weren't going to stop their drives, they were headed for a big night. The Suns outscored the Jazz in the paint 66-42. "It's all defense. It doesn't matter how many points you score if you can't guard anybody. We gotta go out there and do it -- myself included. No one is excluded from that,” Mitchell said. Rubio, who also had six rebounds, had 13 points in the first half as the Suns shot 59.5 percent and matched the Jazz at 62-62 at the break. Known for their defense over the past few years, the Jazz suddenly can't stop anyone as they dropped their third straight home game for the first time since early last season. "We're going to keep getting the same result if we don't focus and execute on the defensive end. This is a group that's done that, but that doesn't matter right now. (What) that should tell us is we're capable — at least on some level. But, right now, that's not who we are,” Utah coach Quin Snyder said. BE LEGENDARY Booker attended the Kobe Bryant Memorial in Los Angeles earlier Monday and it inspired him. “All of those people in one building because of that man. It was a very important for all of us. I wouldn’t say closure, because we’re all missing a piece of us for the rest of our lives, but seeing Vanessa speak and seeing the girls there helped a lot of people,” Booker said. Bryant would tell Booker to be legendary. That’s what will motivate him as his career unfolds. “When you are out there emulating the same moves, same approach, same mindset that he passed on to us … that sticks with you,” Booker said. “But it’s not just basketball. ‘Be legendary’ is a message for life.” TIP-INS Suns: Ayton got a technical foul 8:00 before halftime. ... With their 24th win, the Suns have now tied their highest win total in the last five years. ... The Suns had 33 assists and made more baskets (33) in the paint than the Jazz had field goals (32). Jazz: Former Jazz point guard Deron Williams sat courtside. ... Snyder was hit with a technical with 7:11 left in second quarter. ... Mike Conley, Rubio's replacement at the point, had eights and one assist. UP NEXT Suns: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday night to open a six-game homestand. Jazz: Host Boston on Wednesday night......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 25th, 2020Related News

Vic Manuel, Keifer Ravena, binigyan ng go-signal ng PBA na gamitin ang No. 24 sa jersey

Manila, Philippines – Pinayagan na sina Vic Manuel at Kiefer Ravena ng PBA na baguhin ang kanilang jersey number sa pagsisimula ng season-opening ng Philippine Cup bilang tribute sa kanilang idolong si Kobe Bryant. Sinabi ni Commissioner Willie Marcial na dapat magsabi ang mga manlalaro at ibang mother ballclubs sa liga tungkol sa plano nilang […] The post Vic Manuel, Keifer Ravena, binigyan ng go-signal ng PBA na gamitin ang No. 24 sa jersey appeared first on REMATE ONLINE......»»

Source: Remate RemateCategory: NewsFeb 24th, 2020Related News

NCAA bats for resumption of games

The Perpetual Help System DALTA players of multi-titled coach Sinfronio ‘Sammy’ Acaylar can’t wait for the resumption of the games in the NCAA Season 95 on March 16......»»

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NCAA Season 95: Top NCAA men s volleyball MVP candidate eyes national team spot

University of Perpetual Help sophomore Louie Ramirez is playing on top of his game this NCAA Season 95. He sees it as a chance not only to help the Altas keep their grasp of the crown but also as an opportunity to be noticed and fulfill his ultimate goal of serving the country. The Pangasinense is very vocal in his interest to land a spot in the Philippine men’s volleyball team just like former Altas libero Jack Kalingking, who helped the PHI squad capture the historic silver medal in the 30th Southeast Asian Games last December. “Pangarap ko rin talaga maging part ng national team kasi 'yun nga, parang pumunta ako sa Perps kasi 'yun talaga ang pangarap ko,” said Ramirez, who was recruited by Perpetual mentor and former national team coach Sammy Acaylar. “Kumbaga parang 'yun 'yung susi ba para makalaro sa National team.” Ramirez had a decent debut with the Altas last year, helping Perpetual finish a perfect season. Unfortunately, he was barely noticed playing a less glamorous position at the middle and behind the shadows of Season 95 1st Best Middle Blocker Ronniel Rosales. But when Altas star Joebert Almodiel, the two-time reigning MVP, decided to part ways with Perpetual, Ramirez seized the chance to break out of his shell.  Converted to open spiker to fill the void left by Almodiel, Ramirez did not disappoint. The Hotel and Restaurant Management student averaged 17.7 points per game in the Las Pinas-based squad’s nine-game sweep of the eliminations that propelled Perpetual straight to the Finals for the second straight year. Acaylar admits that Ramirez did struggle during the early part of the season with his new role which he got just a few weeks before the start of the tournament. “You know, to tell you frankly, before nag opening ang NCAA, nagkaroon pa kami ng medyo struggles because nawalan kami ng player,” said Acaylar. “Nagkaroon kami ng struggles din, at least noong cinonvert ko si Louie sa pagiging open spiker, 'yun pala ang nasa puso niya talagang gusto niya mag-open spiker kaya nakuha niya 'yung gusto kong mangyari,” he added. “Nag-adjust siya pero ngayon malinis na siyang gumalaw sa loob.” Now thriving at his new spot, Ramirez is tipped to win the highest individual award. But the Altas scorer just wants to look at the bigger picture. “'Di ko pa iniisip kasi kumbaga lagi naman sinasabi ni coach Sam na, ‘Maglaro para sa team hindi 'yung maglaro para sa sarili. Kumbaga wag niyo isipin 'yung mga award kasi kumbaga 'yung championship talaga. 'Yung mga award parang bonus nalang 'yan para sa aming mga player,’” said Ramirez. Perpetual will wait for its best-of-three Finals opponent as the elimination round resumes on March 16 after a month of halt following the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 24th, 2020Related News

7-5 Deguara out, 6-8 Fields in for Alab Pilipinas in ABL 10

Coming off his best game in the 2019-2020 Asean Basketball League, Sam Deguara is still headed out the door for San Miguel Alab Pilipinas. Taking the 7-foot-5 titan's place inside for the Filipinos will now be 6-foot-8 John Fields. The American big man is no stranger to the regional league as he posted per game counts of 21.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 assists, and 1.2 steals for runner-up Singapore last season. He is very much familiar as well with the Philippine brand of basketball as he suited up for one game for Magnolia and Columbian in the PBA. Fields may not tower over the competition like Deguara, but the Philippine team is nothing but hopeful that the former can be more of a force game in and game out. Consistency was lacking for the towering Maltese as he was up-and-down in his 14-stint and wound up averaging 14.5 points and 10.1 rebounds. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 24th, 2020Related News

Korea postpones football league

Seoul—South Korea’s K-league on Monday postponed the start of the new football season in the face of the growing novel coronavirus outbreak in the country......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 24th, 2020Related News