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SEA Games 2019: Four Pinoy bets advance to Kickboxing Finals

MANILA - Four the Philippines’ five bets in kickboxing moved one step closer to the gold medal after winning their respective semifinals matches, Sunday at the Cuneta Astrodome here. Filipina mixed martial artist Gina Iniong, member of the famed Filipino MMA stable Team Lakay blanked Vietnamese opponent Thi Nga Lai, 3-0, in the Women’s -55 KG Kick Light category. Iniong, a veteran of the MMA promotion ONE Championship, took all three rounds for the convincing win and a shot at SEA Games gold. Iniong’s Team Lakay teammates Jerry Olsim was also victorious in his Men’s -69 KG Kick Light semifinals match. Olsim, also a professional mixed martial artist, dominated Indonesia’s Serial Efendi, 3-0, with all three rounds ending in 3-0 scores. Jomar Balangui was just as dominant in his Men’s -54 KG Low Kick semifinal match against Cambodia’s Chan Khemm 3-0. The biggest win of the day however came from Renalyn Dacquel, who defeated Indonesian  MMA star Priscila Hertati Lumban Gaol via Referee Stoppage in the second round. The lone casualty for the Philippine Kickboxing Team was Karol Maguide, who fell to Indonesia’s Aprilando Rhumapasal, 0-3......»»

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Neymar, Mbappe and Icardi score as PSG beats Montpellier 3-1

By Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press PARIS (AP) — Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi used their individual brilliance to compensate for a poor team performance as Paris Saint-Germain recovered to beat Montpellier 3-1 in the French league on Saturday. The match was briefly interrupted toward the end after PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas was hit by a projectile thrown from a stand with Montpellier fans. Navas appeared uninjured and carried on until the final whistle. In front of a capacity crowd at La Mosson stadium, PSG struggled to develop its threats for most of the match despite an impressive attacking line. After Montpellier took the lead from a corner in the first half, the turning point came in the 72nd minute when the hosts were reduced to 10 men. Pedro Mendes was sent off for a foul on Neymar close to the penalty area and received a second yellow card. The Brazil star, who lost possession 32 times in the game, took the subsequent free kick and curled the ball into the top right corner to silence the home fans. The goal boosted the visitors' morale and PSG demolished Montpellier’s solid defense in less than 10 minutes. Following his superb free kick, Neymar turned provider two minutes later, setting up Mbappe down the left with a through ball. The World Cup winner fired a precise low shot past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli. Icardi sealed PSG’s win at the conclusion of a fast counterattack. Perfectly set up by Neymar, Mbappe found himself alone on the left of the area. With the outside of his foot, Mbappe sent in a precise cross for Icardi, who volleyed the ball into the net. The win extended PSG's lead at the top of the table to eight points over second-place Marseille. PSG lost two important players as defender Presnel Kimpembe was forced off in the 19th with an apparent leg injury as he tried to recover the ball from Damien Le Tallec. That was only five minutes before coach Thomas Tuchel brought in Tanguy Kouassi in place of the injured Idrissa Gueye. Montpellier imposed a high pressing game but failed to break through until Leandro Paredes inadvertently hand balled into his own net from Montpellier playmaker Teji Savanier’s corner in the 41st. "The pitch is very difficult, here, the crowd is very hostile and they play very well,'' PSG coach Thomas Tuchel said. ‘’It's a great result." BEN YEDDER ON TARGET Following a poor start, Monaco increased the pace after the hour mark to secure a 3-0 win over struggling Amiens. France international Wissam Ben Yedder broke the deadlock with a right-footed volley in the 61st minute, Guillermo Maripan made it 2-0 and Keita Balde completed Monaco's second consecutive win. That lifted the Principality club to ninth place, 15 points behind PSG. NIANG SCORES TWICE Forward Mbaye Niang scored a goal in each half as Rennes moved to fourth place with a 2-1 win over Angers. It was the third straight win for Rennes, which has a game in hand. OTHER RESULTS Nice beat Metz 4-1 with a brace from Wylan Cyprien and Strasbourg defeated last-place Toulouse 4-2......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports16 hr. 12 min. ago Related News

Double gold-silver for Amit, Centeno

Philippine lady billiards aces Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit, gold-medal protagonists in the SEA Games in 2015 and 2017, are at it again – to figure in an all-Phl title duel not just in one event, but in two......»»

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Alden muling binigyan ng Makabata Star sa 2019 Anak TV Seal Awards

Muli na namang kinilala ang husay sa pagganap at pagiging role model ng kabataan si Alden Richards sa katatapos lang na Anak TV Seal Awards 2019. Isa ang Asia’s Multimedia Star sa mga kilalang celebrities na binigyan ng 2019 Makabata Star dahil sa kanyang mga naiambag sa entertainment industry as one of the country’s young […] The post Alden muling binigyan ng Makabata Star sa 2019 Anak TV Seal Awards appeared first on Bandera......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsDec 7th, 2019Related News

SEA Games: Records fall as Team PHI continues hauling in gold medals

Athletics bets reset new marks in their respective events as Team Philippines scooped up more gold medals on different fronts to add to its growing collection on Saturday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games. Kristina Marie Knott won gold and shattered the 2001 meet record set by Supavedee Khawpeag of Thailand in the women’s 200m. dash, clocking 23.01 seconds in the final at the New Clark City Stadium in Tarlac. Knott, who also set the new local standard, broke the old record earlier during the heats with 23.07 seconds only to reset it once again hours later. Khawpeag’s old mark was 23.30 seconds. She surpassed Fil-Canadian teammate Zion Corrales Nelson (23.32 seconds), who broke “Asia’s fastest woman” Lydia De Vega-Mercado’s local record (23.35 seconds) earlier this year in a US NCAA meet. Tokyo Olympics-bound EJ Obiena erased 5.35m 2017 mark of Thai Porranot Purahong by clearing 5.45m to write a new gold standard in men’s pole vault.  Their feat added more glitter to Team Philippines’ total haul of 89 gold medals with 67 silver and 65 bronze. Indonesia is running second with 50-49-58 gold-silver-bronze followed by Vietnam (45-50-64). Poomsae at the Ninoy Aquino stadium accounted for four mints courtesy of Rodolfo Reyes (men’s recognized individual), Jeordan Dominguez (men’s freestyle), Jocel Lyn Ninobla (women’s recognized individual) while Reyes teamed up with Dustin Mella and Raphael Mella to rule the men’s recognized team event. Asian Games champion Margielyn Didal won her second gold medal in the meet with her conquest in women’s skateboarding street, Daniela Reggie Dela Pisa contributed a mint in rhythmic gymnastics (hoop) while Chezka Centeno ruled the 10-ball pool single. Rowers Cris Nievarez (men’s lightweight single scull), Hermie Macaranas (men’s singles 200m) and the pair Melcah Jen Caballero and Joanie Delgaco (women’s lightweight double sculls) added golds as well as the sailing tandem of Lester Tayong and Emerson Villena (men’s international 470). The duo of Francis Alcantara and Jeson Patrombon ruled men’s tennis doubles, Noelle Manalac was victorious in women’s soft tennis singles, Junna Tsukii won the -50kg kumite in karatedo while the PHI women’s fencing team reigned supreme in epee.      .....»»

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SEA Games: Pinoy spikers face Thais for championship berth

The Philippines is facing an uphill climb in its attempt to secure a gold medal round berth when it takes on defending champion Thailand in the semifinal of the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball Sunday at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Game time is at 3:30 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. The Nationals are seeded second in the in the crossover, knockout Final Four after closing the Pool B elimination round with a 2-1 win-loss record, losing only to 2017 silver medalist Indonesia. But the straight sets loss to the Indonesians could prove costly as the Filipinos set up an early collision course with the unbeaten five-peat-seeking Thais. PHI head coach Dante Alinsurin hopes that his wards led by the tandem of powerhitters Marck Espejo and Bryan Bagunas will learn from their mistakes in the previous outing to stand a chance against the mighty Thais.   “Siyempre ‘yung mga mali namin, yung mga miscommunication namin sa court, siguro magtututok kami dun,” said Alinsunurin, whose squad scored only one kill block and one ace against Indonesia. The Nationals averaged 14 blocks and seven aces in their wins against Cambodia and Vietnam. Thailand topped Pool A after beating Singapore and no. 2 semis seed Myanmar. Indonesia and Myanmar will square off at 6:00 p.m. while the classification match between Singapore and Vietnam is set at 1:00 p.m.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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SEA Games: PHI, Indonesia clash in battle for bronze preview

In a preview of their battle for bronze clash, the Philippines and Indonesia get chance to gauge and test their mettle on Saturday when the two teams collide to end the preliminary round of the 30th Southeast Asian Games women’s volleyball competition at the PhilSports Arena. The winless squads march into action at 6:00 p.m. with both hoping to gain momentum heading to the medal round set on Monday. “Siyempre mas kailangan namin targetin na ipanalo hanggat maaari kasi yung momentum din,” said PHI head coach Shaq Delos Santos of the pivotal match that will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. The Nationals are coming off a straight sets loss to 11-time defending champion Thailand last Thursday. But with the way the Filipinas fought in their 16-25, 22-25, 32-34, loss to the Thais, Delos Santos is confident that his wards will be playing an inspired game against the Indonesians. The 2017 Kuala Lumpur edition silver medalists are coming off a sorry defeat at the hands of Vietnam. Thailand and Vietnam wil duke it out at 3:30 p.m. in the other end of prelims encounter.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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SEA Games: “Play it right,” says coach Tim as Gilas battles Myanmar

MANILA — A high-powered Gilas Pilipinas will end the prelims of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Saturday against Myanmar and well... it could get a little out of hand. For Myanmar that is. In the last two times both countries met in basketball, the Philippines beat Myanmar by a combine 202 points. Gilas Pilipinas beat Myanmar by 107 points in the 2017 SEABA Championships and the Philippines beat Myanmar again in the 2017 SEA Games by 95 points. Not much is known about Myanmar for the 2019 SEA Games here but this 2019 Gilas team looks better than both of the 2017 squads that dominated the Burmese. “Myanmar is not a basketball nation. So their team is not that strong. We recognize that,” Gilas head coach Tim Cone said. “We just wanna make sure we go out there and play it right, you know, continue to create good habits because after that we play the semifinals,” he added. Cone’s Gilas team is rolling to start the SEA Games here. The Philippines started group play with a 52-point win against Singapore. Gilas followed that up with a 41-point victory against a good Vietnam team. But even as Gilas is dominating, Cone is stressing that the national team should continue to develop good habits. Teams like Thailand and Indonesia are still waiting. Even a rematch against Vietnam could be on the horizon and Vietnam did prove that they can play Gilas tough. “We still have Indonesia with Rajko Toroman. Thailand, they’ve been beating up their opponents. They’re very dangerous,” Cone said. “We don’t wanna lose our habits playing against Myanmar and create bad habits going in against Rajko Toroman because these teams are always super disciplined and they can beat you at their discipline,” he added. After beating Myanmar by an average of 101 points in their previous outing, many are seeing another 100-point win for Gilas Pilipinas. Coach Tim says they’re not gonna go for that. They’re simply going to go for a win, it only counts as one anyway regardless of the final margin. “So we’re also not gonna try to run up the score. We’re not gonna try to impress anybody,” he said. “Again, we wanna respect our opponents. We wanna go out there and play hard, but we also don’t want to embarrass anybody, so we’re gonna be cognizant of that,” Cone added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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Griffin not rushing Zion Williamson s return to lineup

NBA.com staff report After a report earlier this week that heralded rookie Zion Williamson will return "outside of the 6-8 week window" initially projected for his recovery from knee surgery, Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operation joined the Fox Sports New Orleans broadcast to clarify Williamson's progress. "I think six weeks (from Oct. 21) was three days ago," Griffin said. "He continues to progress. He's progressing very well. He feels very good about his process. And eight weeks is several days from now, and if we get outside of that, it will be because he hasn't met the metrics for return-to-play that are laid out for him and every player on our team. He will not be treated any differently in terms of the return-to-play metrics. "Now we have been much more cautious with him in terms of how quickly we've ramped him up from stage-to-stage because he's 19 and he's still growing and he was 285 pounds when he had the surgery. That's a different [type of] player, that's a diffferent [type of] person. It's a population of one. So we're obviously going to treat him differently as we ramp him through the stages. But there's been no other setback or mission afoot except to get him back on the court as quickly as possible." The Pelicans announced on October 21 (Oct. 22, PHL time) that Williamson had surgery to repair a torn right lateral meniscus, sidelining him for the start of the regular season. The 6-foot-6, 285-pound former Duke star averaged 23.2 points in four preseason games before missing the final exhibition with right knee soreness. ESPN's Andrew Lopez reports that Williamson has returned to do some on-court work, which includes walk-throughs with the team and spot shooting. In an interview with the assembled media last month, Williamson himself was preaching patience about his recovery time and projected timeline. "Nothing's changed, the timeline has not changed," Griffin said Thursday (Friday, PHL time). "If he hits those [return-to-play] metrics in seven weeks fine; if he hits them in 10 weeks, fine. We don't care when that is, but he's not getting on the court until he proves to us he's healthy, no matter what he wants to do." Griffin said that Williamson likely won't be playing in back-to-back games initially upon returning, with a likely gradual build toward 'full strength' in game situations. The delayed start, which stripped New Orleans of their starting power forward, has contributed to the Pelicans' disappointing 6-16 record thus far. "We're trying to win basketball games and quite frankly we've done a horrible job of that," Griffin said. "And where we might be failing in the short term, I think we're succeeding in the breadth of what we're trying to do, which is build a sustainable winner. And we're well on our way to that despite the current record." The 19-year-old Williamson turned pro after one season in college, during which he averaged 22.6 points and was voted to the Atlantic Coast Conference's All-Defensive Team. He also averaged 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocked shots. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 6th, 2019Related News

SEA Games 2019: Eumir Marcial s win was for teammate John Marvin, and for all Filipinos

Filipin-British boxer John Marvin found himself on the losing end of a Split Decision result against Vietnam's Hoang Truong Dinh in the second day of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games Boxing competitions, Thursday at the PICC Forum Tent in Manila.  Marvin, the Philippines' light heavyweight, was dropped in the opening round by a well-timed counter overhand-right, and was playing catch up to the Vietnamese pug from that point. While Marvin did a lot better in the second and third rounds, it wasn't enought to sway the judges' decision as he bowed out of the tournament, unable to defend his gold medal from the 2017 SEA Games.  While it was definitely a heartbreaking loss for Marvin, he was still all smiles as he greeted fans on his way out of the competition area.  Someone who wasn't able to contain his emotions however, was Marvin's teammate and Pinoy middleweight bet Eumir Marcial.  Marcial could not hold his tears back as he came to console his fallen teammate after the loss.  The following day, it was Marcial's turn to take to the ring, and he didn't disappoint, making short work of Malaysian Azmi Mohd Aswan Che. Marcial needed just one round to defeat Che and move on to the finals of the Men's Middleweight division.  Following his spectacular win, the AIBA World Championships silver medalist explained just why he was extremely emotional following Marvin's loss.  "Sobrang close kami, lahat ng pag-hihirap namin, magkasama kami, yung training namin, talagang binigay namin yung blood, yung disiplina namin, yung hard work namin dito, para dito sa SEA Games," Marcial told the media.  "Nasaktan ako, nalungkot ako sa nangyari sa kanya, especially nung nalaman ko na kaya pala siya hindi maka-suntok kasi sobrang maga nung kamay niya. Nung first round pa lang, maga na yung kamay niya. Sabi ko kahit na na-knockdown siya, maka-bawi naman siya eh, kasi nung training andun yung, talagang gusto niyang makuha yung gold, kaya sabi ko bawi na lang sa second round pero nakita namin, lahat nating mga Pilipino na hindi siya maka-suntok ulit, so sa lahat, may injury siya, maga yung kamay niya," he continued.  With his fallen teammate in mind, Marcial came into his bout and delivered, dedicating the win to Marvin, the rest of his team, and the rest of the Filipino people.  "Sabi ko, itong game na 'to, kasi hindi siya nakakuha ng medal, so, hindi lang 'to para sa akin, hindi lang 'to para sa Pilipino, para sa amin din ito, kasi hard work namin, yung pagsasma namin, lahat. Kumbaga alam namin yung isa't-isa, kaya naging emotional ako nung natalo siya." With Marcial one more win away from a third-straight gold medal in the SEA Games, the Zamboanga-native calls for support from the Filipino people. "Hinihingi namin lahat, ng Philippine Boxing Team na suportahan niyo kami, manood kayo sa laban namin, i-cheer niyo kami, kasi we win as one naman eh. Yung panalo namin ay panalo din niyo.".....»»

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UPDATE: No goodbyes yet as Paalam, Marcial enter boxing finals

FILIPINO boxers Carlo Paalam and Eumir Marcial defeated their respective opponents in the boxing event of the 30th Southeast Asian Games at the PICC forum tent on Friday. Paalam beat 2017 Malaysia SEA Games gold medalist Muhammad Fuad Redzuan to enter the men’s light flyweight finals. Paalam is at least assured of a silver. Defending champion Marcial defeated […].....»»

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Uber releases US sexual assault cases

Nearly 6,000 sexual assaults, including more than 450 cases of rape, were reported to Uber in the United States in 2017 and 2018, the ride sharing company said Thursday, as it faces increasing pressure over its response to abuse complaints. The safety report, which details reports of attacks on both passengers and drivers, is the […] The post Uber releases US sexual assault cases appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

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SEA Games: PHI, Indonesia joust for semis position in men s volleyball

Already assured of a spot in the semis, the Philippines primes up for the next round when it clashes with Indonesia on Friday to end the 30th Southeast Asian Games men’s volleyball Pool B elimination round at the PhilSports Arena in Pasig City. Both the host team and Indonesia are unbeaten after two outings making their 6:00 p.m. match a crucial clash for their seeding in the crossover Final Four against the squads advancing in Pool A. The match will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, iWant and via livestream. The Nationals made history on Wednesday after knocking out 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games bronze medalist Vietnam out of medal contention with a straight sets shocker. The win propels the Philippines closer to its goal of ending a 28-year medal drought. But the Nationals need not to relax as the match against the crisp-hitting Indonesians will determine their road to the podium.   “Una siyempre kailangan makuha namin [ang panalo] para makaiwas kami sa Thailand,” said PHI head coach Dante Alinsunurin, talking about avoiding an early clash with defending four-time champion Thailand in the semis. Just like the Philippines, the Indonesians swept their first two games against Vietnam and Cambodia. “Importante lang talaga ang gagawin namin sa paglaro sa Indonesia and dapat ready kami lagi. A-game talaga ang importante sa laro na yun. Di kami dapat mag-relax sa sitwasyon,” added Alinsunurin. Meanwhile, semis-bound Thailand and Myanmar faceoff at 1:00 p.m. as they joust for position in the Final Four. Vietnam and Cambodia meet at 3:30 p.m. to end their group stage campaign.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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2 PH judo bets triumph

SAN FERNANDO, PAMPANGA — Host Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia all bagged two golds each to open the curtains of the 30th Southeast Asian Games Judo championships, Thursday at the Laus Group Events Centre here.  The star of opening day was without a doubt 23-year-old Filipino-Japanese judoka Kiyomi Watanabe. *Thank you for the support. The support […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsDec 5th, 2019Related News

2019 SEA Games: John Marvin falls to Vietnamese foe in Men s Boxing Quarterfinals

MANILA - The Philippine Boxing contingent was denied a quarterfinals sweep after Fil-British bet John Marvin absorbed a 3-2 Split Decision loss to Vietnam's Dinh Hoang Truong the Men's 81-KG Light Heavyweight category of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, Thursday evening at the PICC Forum Tent here.  The Vietnamese slugger raced ahead in the first round after flooring Marvin with a well-timed counter over-hand right.  Marvin regained some steam in the succeeding rounds as he began to get his groove and touch Truong with jabs and hooks.  In the crucial third round, both fighters started to swing for the fences, and Marvin tried to capitalize Truong's fatigue.  The two light heavyweights began to brawl in the final seconds with the hopes of swaying the judges' decision.  In the end however, it was still not enough for Marvin as he took the split decision loss, with three judges scoring in favor of the Vietnamese bet.  "This is boxing, you win some you lose some, you know," a dejected Marvin said after the bout. "I'm humble in victory as I am defeat, like today. He was a better fighter. I didn't bring it. So you know, that's it is what it is." Marvin said he thought he did enough in round 2 and 3 to get the win but clearly the 1st round knockdown gave the win to his Vietnamese rival pic.twitter.com/DnUCoAwonz — TJ Manotoc (@tjmanotoc) December 5, 2019 It was a bitter loss for the 26-year old, who burst onto the Philippine boxing scene two years ago in the 2017 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur after taking gold.   .....»»

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3-star general na! Eleazar ka-level na sa 2 ka gihugon-hugonang next PNP Chief

Na-promote na gikan sa major general paingon sa lieutenant general ang kanhi NCRPO Chief Guillermo Eleazar......»»

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Dimples nag-panic, asawa sumuka ng dugo: Grabe, takot na takot ako!

Sa nakaraang mediacon ng bagong personal accident insurance na ineendorso ni Dimples Romana, ang JuanLife, ay nabanggit niyang kagagaling lang niya sa hospital dahil inoperahan ang asawa niyang si Boyet dahil sa lakas nitong humilik. Ikinuwento pa nga ng lead star ng seryeng Kadenang Ginto na dapat maging aware tayo sa mga kasamahan natin na […] The post Dimples nag-panic, asawa sumuka ng dugo: Grabe, takot na takot ako! appeared first on Bandera......»»

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LeBron James keeping Father Time at bay in LA

By Shaun Powell, NBA.com The bearded man in a robe who walks with a slight hunch and carries an hourglass always lurks in the shadows, almost out of view. Nobody is paying him much mind or cares what he has to say -- at least not initially. He’s not on anyone’s radar until he appears and applies a gentle tap on the shoulder (or a violent shove in the back) of the unsuspecting. And that’s when they realize they’ve been paid a visit by someone whom Charles Barkley always says is undefeated. Yes, it is “Father Time,” the mythical creation of the ancient Greeks whose clock is more pronounced than any made in Switzerland. He is, by every metric, always on time, although that seems to vary, depending on his mood. He is gracious and respectful in some cases, unforgiving in others. Ultimately, he and only he decides when your time in sports is up. And so, it’s a matter of when, not if, he’ll throw LeBron James in reverse. But where other stars became role players or transformed into shells of their former selves, LeBron is playing at a high level. He turns 35 later this month and because he’s delivering Kia MVP-quality results here in his 17th NBA season, he is winning against time, and therefore, he is … cheating time. He’s almost at 57,000 minutes played in the regular season and playoffs combined, which ranks fourth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant. He should pass Kobe for No. 3 in career scoring (33,643 points) by the All-Star break. The all-time scoring mark and a high ranking on the all-time assists list are in sight, too. Ask him why and how he’s doing it and LeBron is playfully coy and quick to say “fine wine.” He’ll also often credit the extra motivation he acquired last summer, when he watched the playoffs from his sofa, not far removed from a groin injury and a dreadful first season with the Lakers. Those things caused him grief and fueled his desire to reclaim his place. "I put in the work and I trust everything that I’ve done, especially this offseason," James said. "I’ve come in with a great mindset, with a healthy mindset and a healthy body." Considering his middle age, LeBron is putting together a masterful season (25.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg) while excelling as a volume 3-point shooter. His 10.8 apg leads the NBA and his effort defensively -- which was laughable last season -- is laudable now. Nobody at 35 has assembled such numbers in league history. “He’s LeBron James,” said Clippers coach Doc Rivers. “Until he isn’t.” What’s age got to do with it? Well, nothing right now. LeBron is still capable of unleashing a facial dunk, as he did with a smirk against the Kings’ Nemanja Bjelica, who perhaps wisely never bothered to challenge it. He also covers all the court rather than, as some aging players are wont to do, play between the free throw lines. It’s true that soon enough he will wear longer shorts than anyone in the game -- not from faulty tailoring, but from constant pulling and tugging. And while the ball is in play, he will someday hear squeaking on the court and suddenly notice that sound is coming from his joints. “Nobody knows when it’ll happen to him because he’s still playing in the air,” said Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. “And even when that goes, his basketball IQ will allow him to stay great on the ground. I mean, who gets triple doubles at his age? Only he knows when his time is up.” When that day arrives -- and assuming he doesn’t first quit while he’s ahead -- how big of a decline will it be for LeBron (and, by extension, for us) to witness? Will he fall prey to nagging injuries, get torched nightly by previously inferior players, or quit playing defense? Here’s how “Father Time” diminished six greats who came before LeBron: 1. Michael Jordan: When he retired for the second time, after his last season with the Bulls, Jordan was still very much a physical marvel and the reigning MVP and Finals MVP (he won five MVPs and six Finals MVPs). He was certifiably great for 13 of his 15 seasons and could’ve been longer if not for three years of college ball, an injury-shortened 1985-86 season and 1.5 missed seasons due to baseball. His body only began to betray him when he un-retired in 2001 to play for the Wizards. At 38, Jordan rarely dunked, wasn’t as sharp defensively and knee issues limited him to 60 games in 2001-02. 2. Jerry West: “The Logo” never had a down year in his 14-year career. He was First-Team All-Defense in 1972-73 as a 34-year-old and was solid in his final season (20.3 ppg, 6.6 apg, 2.6 spg). But he wasn’t at his peak of the late 1960s and opted to quit over pride (and money, when Lakers owner Jack Kent Cooke refused to renegotiate his contract). 3. Bill Russell: His career ended mainly because he ran out of psychological fuel. Russell lost his passion to play at 35, even after winning championship No. 11 in his final season (1968-69). That season, he played 46.1 mpg in the playoffs, averaging 10.8 ppg, 20.5 rpg and 5.4 apg. While those numbers are perhaps skewed by the way the game was played back then, they’re still remarkable. 4. Wilt Chamberlain: A man of astonishing stats, Chamberlain averaged a league-leading 18.6 rpg and shot 72.7% overall in his final season (1972-73). Knee issues had long forced Wilt into being a statue in the paint and a third option on offense. After that final NBA season, he jumped from the Lakers to the ABA for money. San Diego offered him $600,000 to be a player-coach, but his Lakers contract prevented him from playing. Wilt coached instead, doing so with disinterest, often not showing up for games or practice. He quit basketball completely after that season. 5. Kobe Bryant: Those roundtrip flights to Germany to get oil for his knees managed to delay the obvious for a few years, but a torn Achilles in 2013 at 35 was the killer. Kobe, much like Jordan and LeBron, was elite into his 30s. And he’ll always have that 60-point send-off. 6. Karl Malone: He won his final MVP at 35 and was built for durability, never suffering a serious injury. He averaged 20.6 ppg in his final season with Utah (2002-03) as he approached 40. By then, he had morphed into a jump shooter and lost his instincts for offensive rebounding. He bowed out as a ring-chasing role player with the Lakers in ‘03-04. Larry Bird was ruined by debilitating back issues at 32. Abdul-Jabbar often only jogged downcourt his last six seasons. Tim Duncan became a secondary option in his last four seasons while Dirk Nowitzki averaged more than 20 ppg once over his final five seasons. Vince Carter is 42 and proudly still playing, but clearly is 10 years beyond his prime. Allen Iverson was the last to know his quickness was gone. “For me, it was Year 12 when it hit me,” said Lakers great James Worthy, who had knee issues. “My patented move was taking off from somewhere inside the free throw line. I found myself halfway there once and I started to descend before I got close to the rim. I had to do a George Gervin flip instead of a dunk. “It’s different now, with this generation of players. I was eating Burger King before games and working out on Nautilus machines. I went to college with Lawrence Taylor and I remember him telling me, ‘I don’t wanna get hit anymore.’ And he’s a reckless guy. LeBron will wake up one day and he won’t have that drive. He’ll be tired and while physically he’s in such great shape, something will go away, either a move or speed.” LeBron seems determined to be the outlier. He spends, by various estimations, more than $1 million on his body for round the clock therapy and a personal trainer. Last summer, he refused to allow the shooting schedule for the movie “Space Jam 2” to interfere with his schedule, rising at 3:30 a.m. to train before heading to the set. He has more than once fantasized about staying in the league long enough to possibly play against or alongside his son, Bronny (now a high school freshman). “LeBron is not only a great player but a physical marvel,” said Warriors coach Steve Kerr. “Probably the best athlete to ever walk this planet. I’ve never seen anybody in my lifetime in any sport whom I would consider a better athlete. It’s one of his best attributes and the one that goes the least noticed. You just take it for granted that he’s out there every night and still doing his things.” LeBron exchanged playful tweets with Tom Brady last month, with LeBron saying the two are “one in the same.” Brady is a tame comparison to LeBron. Brady doesn’t run 94 feet and back for nine months (playoffs included) and when tired can simply hand off to the running back. Same for NFL legend Joe Montana, who made the Pro Bowl at 37. MLB legend Nolan Ryan threw once every four or five days. Maybe tennis star Roger Federer, who won Wimbledon at 36 and still reaches finals at 38, comes closest. “It wouldn’t shock me if LeBron played until he was 40,” West said. “He’s such a great athlete and knows enough about his body that he’ll probably leave before he declines.” After watching Robert Parish waste away on the Bulls’ bench, Jordan said he’d never allow himself to stay in the game that long. His pride and unwillingness to be seen as hanging on meant he’d walk away first. LeBron doesn’t think of the twilight and given how he’s playing now, that doesn’t appear to be in the future, anyway. “I was with the Nuggets late in my career and the funny thing is I was leading the league in assists,” said Mark Jackson, fourth on the all-time assists list. “There was a loose ball, a deflection, and it’s right here, and I can go get it. I made the move to go get it, and before I could get anywhere near it, a kid out of nowhere, and in a blur, snatched it. Gets the ball, by the time I get to the spot where the ball is, he’d already dunked it. Young kid by the name of Allen Iverson. I knew it would never be the same.” Jackson says LeBron is so multi-gifted that he can endure decline in one area and still flourish in another. “He also has the knowledge, pace and understanding that he’ll still be able to be effective even when he slows down,” Jackson said. “I don’t think it’ll be drastic. He can average a triple-double for the next five years.” LeBron is taking great satisfaction in fighting age while tweaking skeptics, both real and imagined, who wondered if decline was imminent. He cites that “Washed King” nickname -- did somebody actually call him that? -- as motivation. “It’s the personal pressure I put on myself,” LeBron said. Eventually, like everyone, he’ll take the L from “Father Time.” Until then, LeBron is making us wonder if that mythical man exists. Shaun Powell has covered the NBA for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here, find his archive here, and follow him on Twitter. The views on this page do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBA, its clubs or Turner Broadcasting. .....»»

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Olympic champion Biles to headline post-Olympic tour

By Will Graves, Associated Press Simone Biles wants to bring gymnastics to the masses and plans to bring some of her friends along for the ride. The Olympic and world champion is headlining a tour in the fall of 2020 that will be a mixture of sports and entertainment intended to inspire the next generation of female athletes. The “Gold Over America” tour will visit more than 35 cities, including Biles' hometown of Houston as well as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The idea originated when Biles was in the early stages of her return to gymnastics in the fall of 2017 after taking a year off following her memorable performance at the 2016 Olympics, where she won four gold medals and five in all, becoming the face of her sport. “When we found out I was coming back, we kind of sat down and talked about things I would want to do,” Biles told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “They said it could be as small as starting a perfume line or maybe as big as a tour. I was like, 'Actually, that would be pretty sweet. That would be the coolest thing ever.'" The women-only roster will reunite Biles with longtime friend Katelyn Ohashi. Ohashi and Biles competed against each other growing up. Like Biles, Ohashi — the 2012 junior national champion — had designs on competing at the Olympics before injuries sidetracked her elite career. She instead attended UCLA, helping the Bruins win the national title in 2018 and becoming a viral sensation last winter with her Michael Jackson-themed floor routine. "She made her mark," Biles said. “She put college gymnastics and gymnastics ... back on the map. She has impacted a lot of female gymnasts and I think this really brings us full circle." The tour will also finally allow Biles to join forces with former UCLA coach Val Kondos Field. Biles verbally committed to compete for the Bruins before turning professional in 2015. Kondos Field, who retired last spring, will serve as executive producer and supervising choreographer for the tour. Biles said the goal is to bring the sport closer to the audience and also to loosen things up a bit. The plan is to utilize giant video screens, pyrotechnics and an in-house DJ. “We want this to be completely different," Biles said. “There will be dancing. Hopefully trampoline. Something people have never seen before." Biles captured five gold medals at the 2019 world championships to boost her career total to 25 medals overall, a record for both men and women. She is widely considered the greatest gymnast of all time and her face has been at the forefront of television promos for the 2020 Olympics, where she will try to become the first woman in more than 50 years to repeat as gymnastics champion. While there are times she admits she's still processing her fame, she's is starting to understand her influence on the sport. It's one of the reasons she agreed to headline the tour. “In a way, it’s scary," Biles said. "But at this point I also feel like it’s really exciting to have a platform that I do and to be able to do some of the things that I’ve been blessed with. I think it’s a combination of both. So I don’t know. We went back and forth on if we wanted my name in it, but you never know. I think it’ll be OK.” USA Gymnastics typically coordinates a post-Olympic tour of its own, though there are no plans for one in 2020. The organization remains in bankruptcy court as it tries to reach a resolution with athletes who were sexually abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who abused gymnasts — Biles included — under the guise of treatment. Biles said she hasn't spoken to anyone at USA Gymnastics directly about her tour but added, “I know they’re aware about it and they’ve been pretty supportive." “Simone is an amazing athlete and person, and having her own tour will give her a stage to showcase her skills and talent, as well as those of other women," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. Just how many athletes will join Biles and Ohashi remains uncertain. “We’re looking at the top of the line and the best gymnasts from elite and maybe we did think from around the world, but that gets really, really difficult just because of the visas and all of that stuff," Biles said. “Right now in the circle I know a couple of college gymnasts and then elite gymnasts (who will be on the tour), like world class.” Biles is in the midst of a recovery period following her record-breaking performance at the world championships. She said she anticipates returning to competition in April before the US Championships, the Olympic Trials and then the Olympics next summer. Then it's likely off to retirement and a chance to make an impact far beyond the competition floor, a process that will start with the tour, where she will have her hand in selecting the group and helping put the show together. “I feel like everyone’s creative vision coming together is very unique,” she said. “And so I think once we get together and we have a set plan on what we’ll do, it'll be very exciting.”.....»»

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Abella misses mark, settles for silver

Hanniel Abella managed to exact sweet revenge on her finals tormentor back in 2017 yesterday in the 30th Southeast Asian Games fencing competitions yesterday at the World Trade Center in Pasay City......»»

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