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

Microsoft bug slows down programs

Microsoft has admitted that a bug in Windows 10 is causing major problems with victims’ computers. The update, called Windows 10 KB4512941, is alleged to make some CPU run wild, meaning the whole system slows down. Some users affected by the glitch were also prevented from using the Windows Search option near the start menu. […] The post Microsoft bug slows down programs appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 10th, 2019Related News

Like a lion, Nadal beats Schwartzman to reach US Open semi

By Howard Fendrich, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Rafael Nadal kept pulling away in his U.S. Open quarterfinal, then getting reeled back in by Diego Schwartzman. In the first set, Nadal led 4-0 before Schwartzman got to 4-all. In the second, Nadal went up 5-1 before Schwartzman made it 5-all. Took more than two hours just for those two sets. Eventually, both were claimed by Nadal. And so, ultimately, was the match and a berth in a 33rd Grand Slam semifinal for Nadal, who prevented Schwartzman from reaching his first by winning 6-4, 7-5, 6-2 after 12:30 a.m. Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. "Like a lion in the ... jungle. He's big. He's a fighter. He knows how to play the important moments, every single time," Schwartzman said. "I've played him eight times and every important moment, he played better than me." No wonder Nadal is 8-0 against the guy. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic are both out of the bracket, but Nadal is still around, meaning at least one member of the Big Three is in the semis at a 62nd consecutive major tournament. That trio has combined to win the last 11 Slam trophies — and Nadal is going to be heavily favored to make that 12. None of the other men left has played in a major final, let alone won one. Nadal, though, is closing in on a fourth championship at the U.S. Open and his 19th at all majors, which would move him within only one of Federer's record for men. On Friday, Nadal will play No. 24 Matteo Berrettini, a 23-year-old from Rome who is Italy's first male semifinalist in New York since 1977. Berrettini barely got there, edging No. 13 Gael Monfils 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5) on Wednesday. The other men's semifinal will be No. 5 Daniil Medvedev of Russia vs. 78th-ranked Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. In the women's semifinals Thursday, Serena Williams meets No. 5 Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and No. 13 Belinda Bencic of Switzerland takes on No. 15 Bianca Andreescu of Canada. Dimitrov won a five-setter Tuesday night against Federer, who was hampered by an issue with his upper back. Medvedev won his quarterfinal in four sets against Stan Wawrinka, who had built a big lead in the fourth round against Djokovic when the defending champion stopped because of pain in his left shoulder. A year ago, it was Nadal whose body broke down: He retired from his semifinal against runner-up Juan Martin del Potro because of a bad knee. This time, on a muggy night with the humidity above 50%, the left-hander raised some concern by having a trainer come out to rub a cream into that forearm during a changeover early in the third set. At the next changeover, Nadal flexed his right forearm and was visited again by the trainer, took a salt pill and guzzled some drinks, then shook that arm between points in the following game. Afterward, Nadal said he had dealt with cramps late in the second set and early in the third. "And then I took some salt, that's all, and then it was over. The body is in good shape, I think. Not big problems," Nadal said. "Just, of course, a little tired. Long day." Still, Nadal managed to play his best when it mattered the most against the 20th-seeded Schwartzman, an Argentine serenaded by loud choruses of "Olé! Olé! Olé! Olé!" by an audience that included former San Antonio Spurs star Manu Ginobili. Nadal came up with a service break in the last game of each of the opening two sets, then the last one he would need made it 4-2 in the third and he broke yet again to end it. "I don't know how," Schwartzman said, "but this guy is improving every time." Now Nadal becomes Berrettini's problem. Berrettini describes his mental coach as a big help and a best friend. They've been speaking on the phone before and after every match. And they certainly had plenty to chat about when it came to this latest victory. Berrettini double-faulted away his initial match point and then needed four more to finally put away Monfils after nearly four hours. "He told me, 'I need to thank you, because I thought that everyone is born once and dies once. But during that match, I was born and died 15 or 16 times,'" Berrettini said about his conversation with the mental coach he's worked with for several years. "I collapsed and got back up. I collapsed and got back up. That match point. Those other chances. I was down then I came back. It's a great source of pride for me." In truth, the denouement was hardly a thing of beauty, with both men, clearly spent, fighting themselves and the tension of the moment as much as the guy on the other side of the net. Monfils finished with 17 double-faults but managed to avoid any throughout the entire, exhausting fifth set until he served at 6-5 — and then he had three in that game, plus another two in the deciding tiebreaker, often doubling over between points to rest and catch his breath. "A very bad day for me, serving," Monfils said. Berrettini acknowledged the obvious afterward, too, saying he felt "a little bit tight." You think? It all was a bit of a whir. "Right now, I don't remember any points, just the (last) match point, you know?" he said. "I remember also the double-fault; I have to be honest.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 5th, 2019Related News

Meaning in the many

In my fiction writing classes, until I recently retired, I often began the semester with what I thought was a generous offer, or actually a challenge: I would give a flat 1.0 to anyone who could submit a well-written story with a happy ending — not some contrived finale with God scooping the hero out of harm’s way on the last page, but something the reader could believe in, something that would give reason for hope in the human condition, or at least the human future......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsSep 1st, 2019Related News

Kansas City Royals being sold in deal expected to fetch $1B

By Dave Skretta, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — David Glass and his family had a very specific set of qualities they were searching for in a potential owner when they decided to put the Kansas City Royals on the market. They wanted an astute and successful businessman, someone with local ties who, perhaps most importantly, had a deep love for baseball. John Sherman fit that description perfectly. So on Friday, the Glass family announced the sale of the two-time World Series champions to an ownership group led by Sherman in a deal expected to be worth about $1 billion. Sherman and his local co-investors will become only the third owners since Ewing Kauffman founded the club in 1969. "The decision to sell the Royals was difficult for our family," said Glass, whose son Dan has served as the Royals' president. "Our goal, which I firmly believe we've achieved, was to have someone local, who truly loved the game of baseball and who would be a great steward for this franchise going forward. In John Sherman we have found everything we were looking for in taking ownership. The 64-year-old Sherman has lived in Kansas City for more than four decades, even after he bought an interest in the Cleveland Indians. He founded, built and then sold a series of energy companies, and he has remained an influential local businessman, dabbling in agriculture and biosciences. Sherman, who played quarterback at nearby Ottawa University, is also a well-respected civic leader, even though he keeps a low profile. He has given time and money to the Truman Presidential Library in nearby Independence, the Negro Leagues Museum in Kansas City, and several local schools. He and his wife, Marny, also work with Teach for America and other programs serving underprivileged youth. "I am enormously grateful to David and the Glass family for this extraordinary opportunity," Sherman said in a statement, "and am humbled by the chance to team up with a distinguished group of local investors to carry forward and build on this rich Kansas City Royals legacy. "Our goal will be threefold: to compete for a championship on behalf of our fans; to honor their passion, their experience and their unwavering commitment; and to carry their hopes and dreams forward in this great Kansas City region we all love for decades to come." Sherman will need to divest his interest in the Cleveland Indians, believed to be about 30 percent of the franchise, and the deal is subject to the approval of Major League Baseball. Those hurdles should be cleared before owners vote on the sale at their meeting Nov. 21. "There's no way that Mr. Glass and the Glass family would entertain selling this team unless they could find what they believe to be the perfect owner who represents everything they stand for, and would go on and represent what baseball means to Kansas City," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. Sherman was introduced to Dolan by Steve Greenberg, the son of Hall of Famer Hank Greenberg. His financial involvement allowed the Indians to push their payroll over the years, including in 2016, when they acquired All-Star reliever Andrew Miller from the Yankees before the trading deadline. The Indians proceeded to reach the World Series for the first time since 1997. "We're very supportive of John and his group reaching an agreement to acquire ownership of his hometown Kansas City Royals," Indians president Paul Dolan said. "His acquisition of the Royals is good for the game of baseball and I wish him nothing but the best." Before the Indians broke through, the Royals had represented the American League in the previous two Fall Classics, winning their second World Series title when they defeated the New York Mets in 2015. But the back-to-back pennants, and the accompanying rise boom in fan interest, came after a long period of dismal performances that left Glass with a mixed legacy in Kansas City. On one hand, the 83-year-old longtime Wal-Mart executive and his family kept the club in town following Kauffman's death in 1993. Glass helped serve as caretaker of the organization until April 2000, when he purchased sole ownership for $96 million — considered a strong bid at the time. On the other hand, Glass was derided during the Royals' many 100-loss seasons for being unwilling to spend money on payroll, something he rectified in more recent years. Many fans also viewed him as an absentee owner whose family was more committed to northwest Arkansas than Kansas City. "He's one of the most unique people I've ever met," countered Royals manager Ned Yost. "Probably starting in 2012, my whole focus was to win a world championship for him. I didn't have any understanding or inkling what it would mean to win a championship for the city. I found that out later. But I wanted to win a championship for him. Every waking moment was meant with him in mind." Yost said watching Glass raise the World Series trophy at Citi Field in 2015 was "one of the top three highlights of my baseball career, because we had accomplished it for him." Glass has reportedly been in declining health, increasing the urgency to find a new owner. The goal all along was to identify someone with ties to Kansas City who would keep the club in town. "I will never forget the thrill of seeing over 800,000 people of this community come together on one sunny November day to salute the newly crowned world champions. It's been a fantastic ride," Glass said, "and I want to thank our great fans for supporting us through the years. But now it's time for someone else to oversee this franchise into its next championship." The sale comes at an opportune time for other reasons, too. Their local television contract expires after this season, and the Royals are expected to sign a new deal that would double annual rights fees to about $50 million. They also have just 12 years left on their lease at Kauffman Stadium, meaning the push for more renovations or a new ballpark — potentially one in the revitalized downtown area — is expected to begin in the next few years. On the field, the club is in the midst of a massive rebuilding effort while barreling toward another 100-loss season. But the Royals have a bevy of young prospects rapidly rising through the minors, and the front office is hopeful the Royals will contend within the next two years. "I heard he's a former season-ticket holder, so that's nice to have someone who's had some love for this city and wants to do what's best," said outfielder Alex Gordon, the Royals' longest-tenured player and a part of both AL championship teams. "This is a great town with great fans. We haven't been giving them a lot the last few years. Hopefully this is just the start of turning things around." ___ AP Sports Writer Tom Withers and AP freelance writer David Smale contributed to this report......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 31st, 2019Related News

PCL Camiguin chapter elects new officers

CAMIGUIN, Aug. 20 (PIA)--To institutionalize a nationwide forum that gives life and meaning to the constitutional mandate of local autonomy and decentralization of powers and ventilate matters invo.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsAug 29th, 2019Related News

Here are our favorite Instagram puppers in celebration of International Dog Day

MANILA, Philippines – August 26 is International Dog Day according to the internet, meaning it’s as good a time as any to celebrate our favorite good bois (and girls) on the web.  For those who can’t own a dog because of various reasons (i.e. evil landlord, it’s ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsAug 27th, 2019Related News

Thomas wins at Medinah, takes No. 1 seed to FedEx Cup finale

By The Associated Press MEDINAH, Ill. (AP) — Justin Thomas had more stress than he wanted and answered with the shots he needed Sunday at Medinah to win the BMW Championship and claim the No. 1 seed going into the FedEx Cup finale. Thomas watched a six-shot lead shrink to two in a span of three holes around the turn until he regained control with two great wedges, and two pivotal putts. One last birdie gave him a 4-under 68 and a three-shot victory over Patrick Cantlay (65). The victory, the first for Thomas since the World Golf Championship at Firestone last year, gives him a two-shot lead starting the Tour Championship next week as the top 30 players in the FedEx Cup chase the $15 million prize. The field will have a staggered start based on their position in the FedEx Cup, meaning Thomas starts at 10-under par. The top 30 who advanced includes Lucas Glover, who went bogey-double bogey late in his round until finishing with a par to wrap up his first trip to East Lake in 10 years. It will not include Masters champion Tiger Woods, the defending champion. Woods was a long shot going into the final round to crack the top 30, and he closed with a 72. East Lake was his first victory in five years, capping his return from four back surgeries, a special moment replaced some six months later by his Masters victory. Hideki Matsuyama took the 36-hole lead with a 63 until falling back with a 73. He responded with another 63 to finish alone in third, making him one of three players who moved into the top 30 to reach East Lake. The other was Jason Kokrak, but only after J.T. Poston made bogey on his final hole. The U.S. team for the Presidents Cup didn't change, with Bryson DeChambeau holding down the final spot. Tony Finau would have needed to finish alone in third. He closed with a 69 to finish fourth, unable to keep up with Matsuyama. Nothing changed for the International team either, as Jason Day failed to earn one of the eight automatic spots. Thomas finished at 25-under 263 — seven shots lower than what Woods shot at Medinah when he won the 2006 PGA Championship — and earned $1,665,000. Even more money is at stake next week, though this was a burden lifted. All he cared about was winning......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 19th, 2019Related News

Dickel’s turn to adjust

One team will go up, 3-2, in the best-of-7 PBA Commissioner’s Cup finals after Game 5 between San Miguel Beer and TNT at the Smart Araneta Coliseum tonight, meaning the clincher could come in Game 6 on Friday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsAug 14th, 2019Related News

Distinguishing a gift from a bribe

  IT is such a difficult problem – how to distinguish a well-meaning gift from a bribe. Republic Act 3019, the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act, prohibits public officials from “directly or indirectly requesting any gift, present, share, percentage, or benefit, for himself or for any other person, in connection with any contract or transaction […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 14th, 2019Related News

Playing small, big decisions loom for Team USA

By John Schuhmann, NBA.com LAS VEGAS -- Day 3 of training camp for the US men's senior national team brought more scrimmaging against the Select Team. And the media was able to see more of it than on Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time). Both of the quarters that the media witnessed ended in ties. At the end of the first of those two, Khris Middleton got Jonathan Isaac to bite on a pump fake and then made three free throws with 0.7 seconds on the clock to tie it at 23. And with the score tied 24-24 at the end of the last 10-minute scrimmage, Derrick White missed a pull-up three that would have given the Select Team the win. Playing Small The Senior Team had a solid lead midway through that last period, but they lost it when coach Steve Kerr went small with a lineup of De'Aaron Fox, Jaylen Brown, Jayson Tatum, Middleton and Kyle Kuzma. The Select Team, playing with a frontline of Jonathan Isaac, Marvin Bagley Jr. and Mitchell Robinson for the last few minutes, scored too easily inside against the smaller Senior lineup. Kuzma said afterward that he wasn't surprised when Middleton checked in for one of the Senior Team centers and told Kuzma that he was now playing the 5 and guarding Jarrett Allen (before Robinson checked in). "[Coach Gregg Popovich] and the rest of staff said that they like my defensive versatility, how I can guard multiple positions," he explained. "With the Euro game, there's not too many people posting up. So, it's going to bring guys out who have to guard me. That will open penetration for our elite guards." Even better today. #USABMNT training camp scenes from day three ???? pic.twitter.com/pumT8PFq4d — USA Basketball (@usabasketball) August 7, 2019 Kerr, meanwhile, made it clear that experimenting with the small lineup was just part of the process. "We're just trying stuff," he said. "We're looking at different players at different positions to see how they fit. [Playing small] is something that we will definitely consider, but it's Day 3 of training camp. Who knows if it's something we're going to do?" Previous versions of the national team haven't played small (without a 4 or 5 at "center") very often in international competitions. But it will be interesting to see which centers make the final roster. They're all very different players. "You've got an offensive guy in [Brook] Lopez," said US team managing director Jerry Colangelo. "Fundamentally, [Mason] Plumlee is excellent in everything he does. Bam [Adebayo] is young. And [Myles] Turner, who was slow to start in the first couple of days, came to life today, I thought." One observation from the scrimmaging that the media has seen: The bouncy Adebayo seems to rebound everything. Neither team has been able to run much in the scrimmages -- transition defense, FTW -- but Wednesday's (Thursday, PHL time) highlight was a fast-break alley-oop from Kemba Walker to Donovan Mitchell. KEMBA to DONOVAN ???? #USABMNT pic.twitter.com/xPX83OYD1C — NBA (@NBA) August 7, 2019 Brown tried to top that, but he couldn't finish a dunk attempt over Allen. From what the media has seen, Mitchell has been playing the 2, alongside Walker or Fox. In those last couple of quarters, Mitchell shot well, both off the dribble and off the catch. In fact, in a role-reversal situation, he hit two three-pointers off of nice drive-and-kick feeds from Joe Harris. Smart Shelved, Roster Decisions Loom Marcus Smart sat out of practice on Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time), dealing with a sore left calf. He's out for the rest of this week and will be re-evaluated when the team reconvenes in Los Angeles next week. Kyle Lowry, recovering from thumb surgery, is also on the shelf and is set to be reevaluated next week. Colangelo said Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) that the preliminary plan is to bring 15 players to Los Angeles for three practices and an exhibition game against Spain, but that 15 number is "a moving target," meaning that it's not set in stone. It's safe to assume that two of those 15 (or so) are Lowry and Smart. So we may see two healthy players cut from the roster between Friday's (Saturday, PHL time) intrasquad scrimmage and next Tuesday (next Wednesday, PHL time). That will be a difficult process, both in distinguishing a group of players that seem to be on the same level and telling guys that they're no longer needed. "They're all tough decisions, because you have a whole roster full of really good players," Kerr said. "Cutting players is always hard, even in [NBA] training camp every year. We bring in guys for camp who we know aren't going to make the team, they know they're not going to make the team, and yet to sit down with them and say, 'This is it,' it's brutal. "We're going to have to do that with a handful of players here, and it's going to be even more difficult, because they've all cut time out of their summers to come here and try to play for their country. Everybody's excited to be here and wants to be part of it, but we can only take 12. So it's going to be tough." Colangelo said that the staff meets at the hotel after practice and evaluates every player, even those on the Select Team, every day. Select-Team Standouts Colangelo cited Bagley and White as two Select Team players who have stood out over the last couple of days. Bagley shined in the portion of practice that the media saw. He's big, he's skilled, and he's athletic. Trae Young remains a dangerous offensive player (he had one nifty dish off a baseline drive on Wednesday, Thursday PHL time) and a liability defensively. Jalen Brunson seemed to be holding his own. Isaac said afterward that he's played almost entirely at small forward for the Select Team, with the 12-man roster (coached by Jeff Van Gundy) including five guys -- Allen, Bagley, John Collins, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Robinson -- that are power forwards or centers......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 8th, 2019Related News

Developing a sense of responsibility

  SOME people do something good out of a sense of responsibil­ity. They want to find meaning and fulfillment in their lives. Others do it just to gain material and other bene­fits. It is so easy for them to demand their “rights” and privileges, but they ignore a few of their responsibilities. “Privilege and responsibility […].....»»

Source: Tempo TempoCategory: NewsAug 4th, 2019Related News

Senators want to clarify meaning of ‘priority’ and ‘urgent’ bills

Senators are seeking clarification on the meaning of bills which Malacañang has certified as “priority and urgent” after President Duterte vetoed seven measures, including two proposals from the executive department......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsJul 30th, 2019Related News

DU30’s PCSO order underlines the meaning of ‘catharsis’

AS if to illustrate what he meant when he spoke of the need for a catharsis in the nation’s public life during his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA),…READ.....»»

Source: Manilatimes_net Manilatimes_netCategory: NewsJul 29th, 2019Related News

BLIA championship a big boost for UP with UAAP 82 looming large

For the first time in a long time, the University of the Philippines has tasted a championship. The Fighting Maroons put on a strong showing in the 2019 Buddha's Light International Association (BLIA) Cup a week ago and ultimately put their hands around a well-earned trophy. Of course, the title - a rare feat for a team that had just gotten out of its so-called "dark days" - is much welcome. "We've got what it takes to win. We've got what it takes to win the championship," head coach Bo Perasol said in the contract renewal between State U and longtime backer Robinsons Group of Companies, Thursday in the Executive House inside the Diliman campus. More importantly, it's yet another proof that the maroon and green is right on track for continued contention. "Before playing in the championship, we had struggles and it's important that we had to go through that. Meaning, how is Kobe [Paras] going to play with his teammates, how will we play without Ricci [Rivero] and Juan [Gomez de Liano]," their always amiable mentor shared. He then continued, "But ang maganda nga, we were abe to get through that. Ang takeaways from that is that we can come back and win" With their main tournament just two months away, Coach Bo said that the BLIA Cup championship is yet another step in UP's climb to the mountaintop. "After this, meron pa kaming dalawang plano - upcoming trip to Serbia and then a tournament in Shanghai," he said, referring to their continuing buildup to UAAP 82. He then continued, "I'm just hoping that we will be complete because that has been our challenge this offseason." By then, the Fighting Maroons are nothing but hopeful that both Juan GDL and Rivero - slowed down by back spasms and an ankle sprain, respectively - will be back at full strength to firm up their fully loaded core. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 25th, 2019Related News

Fortea scorches nets, Bullpups scalp Malaysians by 56 in 2019 Asean School Games

Terrence Fortea was on fire in each and every moment he was on the floor inside the GOR Sahabat in Semarang, Indonesia on Monday and shot Nazareth School of National University to a 56-point destruction of Malaysia, 118-62, in the 2019 Asean School Games. Fortea scored 27 points built on five triples to go along with seven rebounds and three steals to propel the Bullpups to back-to-back wins in their title defense in the regional meet. The scoring machine was on the floor for only 23 minutes, meaning he was contributing a little over a point per minute. He also hit the last four points in the UAAP Jrs. Kings’ 13-0 start to the game. Team Philippines, supported by and Oriental Group of Companies, would never look back en route to an emphatic entry into the gold medal round. In the end, Fortea was flanked by talented transferee Nap Tulabut who had 20 points, six rebounds, and four steals while big men Carl Tamayo and Aaron Buensalida also merged for 26 markers and 14 boards. All in all, NU will be competing against the best young talent Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand have to offer. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2019Related News

Daily practices for Gilas Pilipinas coming soon

Gilas Pilipinas head coach Yeng Guiao himself admitted that, at present, complete attendance for practices is easier said than done. “I can’t blame them. I know they have responsibilities with their mother clubs,” he said after the Philippine national team’s training session, Monday inside Meralco Gym in Ortigas. “Mahirap talagang maghati ng attention especially at this crucial stage. We’ll just have to manage whatever opportunities we have.” This, after only 10 players were in attendance and nine were in action in the latest practice with just a little over a month to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Of course, the likes of Japeth Aguilar, Robert Bolick, Marcio Lassiter, RR Pogoy, Stanley Pringle, Troy Rosario, and Christian Standhardinger were not present as they had just come off their respective quarterfinals matchups a day ago. “Of course, they cannot focus a hundred percent on what we’re doing because it’s the crucial phase of the playoffs,” Coach Yeng said. In his eyes, though, many players’ schedules with their mother teams would free up sooner than later - meaning Gilas would also have more warm bodies for practices. As he put it, “We’re just waiting until the other guys get freed up and (can) focus on our practices.” He then continued, “Of course, we don’t want them to lose kaya lang, kapag na-out sila, pwede na sila mag-focus dito. Later this week, the PBA Commissioner’s Cup is headed to its semifinals - meaning only four squads would remain. With that, the national team is eyeing holding daily training sessions. “Next week, we’ll practice every day. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. na tayo Monday to Friday,” their fiery mentor said. Coach Yeng then furthered that when that time comes, the national team already has an understanding with the PBA. “We have an understanding that as soon as players are vacant and their mother teams are no longer playing, we have full control of the players,” he shared. Without a doubt, the Filipinos are gearing up to go full throttle in their preparations for the world meet in Spain in August. —— Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2019Related News

Danny Kingad doesn t want to face teammate Geje Eustaquio, not even for a title shot

No amount money or negotiations can make Danny "The King" Kingad step inside the Circle against his teammate Geje "Gravity" Eustaquio. The 23-year-old from Baguio City will lock horns with former ONE Bantamweight World Title challengerReece "Lightning" McLaren in the ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix semi-finals at ONE: DAWN OF HEROES on 2 August at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines. On the other hand, the former ONE Flyweight World Champion Eustaquio will also appear on the same card when he takes on Yuya "Little Piranha" Wakamatsu in a ONE Flyweight World Grand Prix alternate bout. A win from "Gravity" that evening would give him a guaranteed slot in the Grand Prix if any athletes withdraw from the tournament - meaning a Team Lakay versus Team Lakay matchup could be on the horizon. “If it was up to me, I really don’t want it,” Kingad said. “But that’s if it’s up to me. I just don’t want to split our team on the premise of a World Title shot.”  The young phenom, however, understands that at the end of the day - it’s the higher ups of ONE Championship that have the final say on their potential clash.  “If they really want it, they’ll have to give us a raise,” Kingad said with a laugh. "Maybe they should just visit us in the gym to watch us spar. There we grind everyday.”  Jokes aside, Kingad said he does not see himself competing against a fellow martial artist from Team Lakay.  He would rather step down and give any of his teammates the opportunity to vie for a World Title, citing that the renowned stable is too invested in its tight-knit brotherhood for him to even entertain the thought of standing across the Circle against a family member. And maybe that is what makes Team Lakay special.  “Maybe I would just beg off and give the opportunity to them,” said Kingad. “We’re brothers and we’re a family. I don’t want to do anything that could affect that.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2019Related News

Team Lakay s Gina Iniong and Joshua Pacio: Two paths, one goal

Lakay. It is the Ilocano word for old man.   But when you go up to Baguio, it has an altogether different meaning. You cannot miss that word when you drive down Benguet road, on a nifty sign attached to a normal-looking office building: Team Lakay.   The home of the best Philippine mixed martial arts team in history. Almost all of the big names local fight fans have come to cheer and love as our modern-day heroes trace their roots to the relatively small, packed training room down Benguet road, where mats are soaked with the sweat of the fighters.   Eduard Folayang, Kevin Belingon, Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Rey Docyogen, Roldan Sangcha-an, and Mark Eddiva are all hallowed names in the annals of Philippine mixed martial arts, disciples of Mark “The Machine” Sangiao, who established, and groomed Team Lakay to the fearsome fighting factory that it is today.   While all the names above have ensconced themselves on pedestals, Team Lakay’s pipeline includes two more who have been fighting for recognition in recent fights: lone female fighter Gina Iniong, and ONE’s current Strawweight lynchpin and youngest champion, Joshua Pacio.   Both fighters may have started their professional fighting careers for different reasons, but Iniong and Pacio still have a lot to offer and prove for mixed martial arts in the country and in the international stage, such as being prominent fighters in the prestigious cage of ONE Championship.   CHANCE OF A LIFETIME   Gina, the first female Filipino mixed martial artist to fight and win abroad, started boxing back in high school as part of her after-school activities. When she was about to graduate, she actively sought scholarships in order to finish her education. One such opportunity presented itself in the form of an athletic scholarship, concentrating on the martial art of Wushu, which has a huge following in her hometown of Baguio City, with the University of the Cordilleras having a team of its own.   “Our former boxing coach, who was a former student of Coach Mark (Sangiao), approached me one day, telling me to join the upcoming wushu competition then for the college scholarship. So I joined it, and took a chance,” Iniong shared, recounting how she got into the world of combat sports as a young lady.   However, it was too good to be true, as she had to hurdle quite a huge problem if she wants that scholarship: a fight record. Sangiao told the young Iniong it would be difficult to get her a scholarship if she does not have a record to show in active combat in Wushu.   “I was lucky because there was a Wushu National Games here in Manila and we immediately went down and made our way there. Thankfully, I got the gold after the competition, and that paved the way for my scholarship,” said Iniong.   From there, the “Conviction” was born. After competing in numerous Wushu tournaments, Iniong finally caught the eye of Sangiao, who decided to take her under his wings and train her to be his female version inside the MMA cage.   After debuting in the Universal Reality Combat Championship in 2010, Iniong hasn’t looked back in the 12 bouts she has figured in, compiling a professional record of 8-4.  As the lone female representative of the most-successful mixed martial arts team in the Philippines, she has displayed that trademark fearsome striking prowess of fighters coming from the Lakay camp.   When asked about the fact that she is one of the only five Filipinas making the country proud inside the ONE cage, the 29-year old’s face lit up, in disbelief, in honor, in humility, for she cannot believe it herself.   “I’m very proud, and humbled, of the fact that I am the lone female fighter representing Team Lakay in ONE Championship. Many very skilled female fighters dream of being part of ONE Championship, and fight under Team Lakay, yet I am the one that Coach Mark has seen with the most potential to carry the flag inside the cage,” she said.   However, what drives Gina to fight, and it has been a well-known fact, is her mother, diagnosed with a stage 5 chronic kidney disease. In her fight against Jihin Radzuan last February, Iniong dedicated the fight to her mother, who to this day, is scared of seeing her daughter mix it up in the ring.   “To this day, she hasn’t watched me fight live, not even on TV because she is quite the nervous person, and she would only watch if she knew I won, during replays. She is very unlike my dad, who has fully supported my life as an athlete, after being a boxer himself in his younger days,” she shared.   CHALLENGE ACCEPTED   Joshua “The Passion” Pacio never intended to make mixed martial arts fighting a career growing up. The 23-year old fighter deemed it impossible back then, to reach a stage as huge as ONE Championship, due to the excellence of the fighters that he used to watch with his uncle through videos.   Add to the fact that Pacio was overweight. Obese, specifically. It made it all the more difficult for the kid to follow his dream and passion to be a fighter.   It all changed when his uncle started training him in Muay Thai, the art of the eight limbs that originated from Thailand, and considered one of the deadliest forms of combat striking. It started out as training just for fitness, but as if seeing a tiny ray of light in a dark tunnel, Pacio wanted more.   “At first, it was only for fitness, with my uncle training me, and watching videos of various MMA fights, which really inspired me to push myself harder. I really wanted to test myself, compete with the best, and it all seemed impossible when I was out of shape. My uncle really pushed me starting with Muay Thai. I started competing a few months after that, but I suffered defeat after defeat in amateur competitions. I questioned myself why I still trained afterwards. But at the same time, that’s when I realized that this is really my passion, that even if I lost my last fight,” shared the ONE Championship Strawweight king, who has not looked back since then.   “The goal for me has ever been to prove to myself that I have improved in skills, and be the best fighter I can be,” Pacio added.   He made his ONE debut three years ago, finally fulfilling his lifelong dream of professional mixed martial arts, facing a more experienced Filipino fighter in Robin Catalan at the age of 20, one of the youngest to enter ONE’s cage.   “Before I got to represent Team Lakay in ONE Championship, the roster spot was actually up for grabs. Fighters of the team figured in a Team Lakay Championship, a grand-prix style tournament within the team, for the ONE Championship contract. I fought twice victoriously in one night to get it. Two weeks later, with a ONE Championship event in Manila, that’s when I found out I am making my professional debut,” said an astounded Pacio.   Everything about the man they call “The Passion” has been hard earned. He finally tasted gold last 2018 when he decisioned the famed Yoshitaka Naito, a Japanese ground and wrestling master that forced Pacio to tap via a rear-naked choke when they first met. Facing, and losing to Naito, according to Pacio, was a revelation that he has to improve his overall skills, especially his ground game in order to play with the big boys of the cage.   Striking will definitely get you somewhere, as is with Pacio’s base as a martial artist, but one has to have more tricks up his sleeve when they aspire for the pinnacle of the competition. Joshua came back with a vengeance in 2018 to show “Nobita” that “The Passion” is no longer the young kid who will be submitted easily.   However, 2019 did not start of great for Pacio and Team Lakay, after he lost the belt in January to Naito’s contemporary in Yosuke “Tobizaru” Saruta in a questionable split decision. But that did not deter the young man, who has made it his personal goal to continue improving and treat each loss as a lesson, in ONE Championship’s “Roots of Honor” fight card, where he faced Saruta once more.   This time, in front of a racous Filipino crowd inside the Mall of Asia Arena, Pacio did not let the judges’ cards decide as he detonated a right knee to the side of Saruta’s head late in the fourth round to reclaim his throne. The dreaded Team Lakay striking power knocked the lights out from the Japanese fighter as Baguio’s young lion let out a furious roar to celebrate his redemption.   TWO PATHS, ONE GOAL   One did it for education, the other for health. Nowadays, however, MMA means more to Iniong and Pacio than just a stepping stone to something else. It is their passion, their advocacy, their bread and butter.   They continue to grind each day, waiting for another opportunity to show what they got and get the win, not just for personal glory, but also for the country and their family.   Inspired by her ailing mother, the “Conviction” promises to keep her current winning streak up despite being up against a formidable foe in her next match. After tasting defeat from Brazilian Istela Nunes, Iniong bounced back with a split decision over Radzuan last February to get herself back on track. Right now, Gina has one thing in mind with their goal: chase that ONE Women’s Atomweight division title, currently held by Angela Lee, and become the Philippines’ very first female ONE world champion.   However, Iniong acknowledges that the path towards the gold may not be easy, as she is currently eyeing a rematch with Japanese tormentor Mei Yamaguchi, the number one-ranked Atomweight fighter whom she has fought with twice, in order to settle who the rightful challenger to Lee’s belt is.   “Everyone has gotten belts. My big brothers in the team have tasted championship. I felt jealous because I do not have a belt, and lost my fight that would have given me a title shot. This time, I will make sure that I will do my best to secure a title fight,” rued Iniong in a previous interview with ONE Championship prior to fighting Radzuan.   While Iniong wants hit paydirt, it’s all about keeping the belt on his waist for Pacio, the reigning ONE Strawweight champion. His most probable foe is his nemesis Yoshitaka Naito who he does not have a problem with facing for the third time.   “I really want to prove I am the champion, and if it’s by facing him (Naito), so be it. I also want to prove that I have greatly improved as well from the last time we fought,” he shared.   While Iniong and Pacio await their next fighting assignment, their teammates are in the thick of training for the upcoming “Dawn of Heroes” megafight card happening on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena. It features Team Lakay members, led by Edward “Landslide” Folayang, Geje “Gravity” Eustaquio, and Danny “The King” Kingad, who will face the best of the world as represented by Eddie Alvarez, Reece McLaren, and Yuya Wakamatsu.   The entire country will be cheering on them as the whole world watches. And maybe somehow, somewhere there will be new blood encouraged and inspired by them to take on the challenge of continuing the legacy of the nation’s best fighting team alongside Iniong and Pacio.   After all, Sangiao did not establish Team Lakay just to be some Bagiuo-based fitness gym down Benguet road. He made Team Lakay to provide a home, a family, for young Filipinos who have the heart to fight for their dream, their family, and the country.     Watch “ONE: Dawn of Heroes” on August 2 at the Mall of Asia Arena, to be broadcast LIVE on ABS-CBN S+A and S+A HD with livestreaming on iWant for all the Pinoy fight fans to see. For more stories and news one ONE Championship, follow @ABSCBNSports on Twitter and Facebook or visit sports.abs-cbn.com. For updates, follow @ABSCBNPR on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram or visit www.abs-cbn.com/newsroom......»»

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Who s on second? All-Star Game set to trot out free runners

By Ben Walker, Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — Picture this, baseball fans. All-Star Game tied 4-all Tuesday night at Progressive Field, flamethrower Aroldis Chapman set to face rookie sensation Pete Alonso to start the top of the 10th inning. But, wait! Before the first pitch, Kris Bryant casually trots from the National League dugout to take a lead off second base. "Kind of weird," offered Jeff McNeil, the majors' top hitter this year. Already employed in the minors, the World Baseball Classic and Olympic softball, a new rule takes effect this week in front of a major league audience: Every extra inning in All-Star play — top half and bottom — begins with an automatic runner at second. "Oh, they are doing it?" asked Atlanta manager Brian Snitker, an NL coach. Yes, they are. The crowd in Cleveland got a glimpse of the future, maybe, on Sunday night when the Futures Game used the rule for an inning. No one scored, and the showcase for young talent wound up in a tie. Could be timely in the bigs, too. The last two All-Star Games both went extras — Robinson Cano hit a leadoff homer in the 10th at Miami in 2017, Alex Bregman did the same last year in Washington. Plus, there was the 15-inning affair at Yankee Stadium in 2008 and the dreaded 2002 game in Milwaukee that was declared a very unpopular tie after the 11th. Naturally, in a sport where change comes slowly, not everyone is thrilled with this experiment. To many, instant intentional walks, constant shifts and talk about robot umpires has skewed the game enough. If it's any consolation, commissioner Rob Manfred says there are no foreseeable plans to put free runners on base in the regular season. "I know how people are against it, especially players in the game. Yeah, the tradition is big in this sport, just like a lot of top-tier sports," Baltimore pitcher John Means said. An All-Star this year, Means saw the test firsthand last year at Triple-A. So did Tampa Bay All-Star outfielder Austin Meadows. "I might have been a runner on second, but I've definitely seen it happen a lot," Meadows said. "I don't think it's a bad idea at all. We're going to play nine innings and get on with the second half," he said. Some teams actually tried this out during spring training, starting with ties in the ninth. San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy was the first to give it a go — mass confusion ensued, mostly because he forgot to tell his players what was happening. Oakland right-hander Liam Hendriks realizes he could be on the spot Tuesday night. "It's not an ideal scenario for a reliever because we're the ones that get stuck with it," he said. "You're coming into a situation already with the guy on base in a tie game, there's so many possibilities that can happen." "I understand the reasoning behind it, like in the All-Star Game, to kind of shorten the game up, theoretically," he said. "You don't have as many pitchers in the game. You don't have a starter going five, six, seven, eight innings." He's willing to give it a try. "For the All-Star Game, I understand it. And now with home-field advantage not being decided by it, I don't think it's the worst thing in the world," he said. The automatic runner will be the player who made the last out of the previous inning. But in a caveat, players who have left the All-Star Game can re-enter to run. For official scoring purposes, if a freebie scores, it will count as an unearned run. Meaning, in theory, a team could pitch a perfect game and still lose. As for strategy, what to do with that runner? Definitely depends on which team is up first. "There's a lot of different ways you can play it, too. I mean, you can either bunt him over or swing to get him over, or you can try to hit. You've got to play for more than one run there," McNeil said. That's fine with Alonso, his New York Mets teammate. Alonso has hit 30 home runs this season — he's never put down a sacrifice in college, the minors or the majors, and isn't about to start now, even if he leads off the 10th with a runner on second. "I'm not going to bunt, that's for sure," he said. And, he doesn't think Major League Baseball should change its approach. "For me, I'm kind of an old-school guy. I like just playing it like a regular game. I think that's kind of the most natural way to go about it," Alonso said. "Since the Civil War, the bags haven't moved, the mound hasn't moved and the rules haven't changed until recently. So I think in the big leagues it should stay the way it is," he said. ___ AP Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick, AP Sports Writer Charles Odum and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler, Chris Talbott and Ian Harrison contributed to this report......»»

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