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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The MG Live! free concert series powered by Phoenix Pulse Technology makes its first stop in 2020 at none other than The Queen City of the South: Cebu.  An engaging car display featuring all the vehicles in MG Philippines’ current lineup will be made available at the SM City Cebu North Wing, from February 27 […] The post MG PHILIPPINES MOUNTS ITS FIRST MG LIVE! FREE CONCERT EVENT OF 2020 IN CEBU 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......»»

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Diaz, Petecio lead PSA major awards honor roll

A boxing world champion and an Olympic silver medalist are among those to be rendered with major awards in next month’s annual SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Awards Night at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Nesthy Petecio and Hidilyn Diaz lead the 12 personalities who are the recipients of major awards from the country’s oldest media organization in the March 6 gala night presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, Philippine Basketball Association, Rain or Shine, and Air Asia. The two lady athletes are also members of Team Philippines which will be honored with the coveted Athlete of the Year award on account of its successful regaining of the Southeast Asian Games overall championship. Petecio, 27, won the featherweight gold in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia, while Diaz, 29, and silver medal winner in the 2016 Rio Olympics, bagged a silver in the Asian Championships and a pair of bronze in the World Weightlifting Championships. The country’s first qualifier in the Tokyo Olympics in pole vaulter Ernest John Obiena is also a major awardee for topping the qualifying meet in Chiara, Italy. He also won golds in the Asian Athletics Championship and the Summer Universiade. Two other world boxing champions are also in the honor roll list in reigning International Boxing Federation (IBF) super-flyweight title holder Jerwin Ancajas and World Boxing Organization (WBO) bantamweight king Johnriel Casimero. Not to be left out are major awardees in basketball composed of the undefeated, sixth-time UAAP women’s champion National University, five-time PBA Philippine Cup winner San Miguel Beermen, and five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo. Completing the list of major awardees are golfers Juvic Pagunsan, Aidric Chan, and Princess Superal, and Horse of the Year Union Bell. Still to be named are recipients of special citation, the MILO Junior Athletes of the Year, the regular Tony Siddayao .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 23rd, 2020Related News

Harden, Westbrook combine for 72, Rockets beat Jazz 120-110

By MATTHEW COLES Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — James Harden scored 38 points and Russell Westbrook had 34 to boost the Houston Rockets to a 120-110 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night. Harden (13 for 23, 6 3-pointers) and Westbrook (14 for 26) were efficient all night and the Rockets rode a big third quarter to their third straight win. Eric Gordon and Ben McLemore each scored 12 off the bench for Houston. Donovan Mitchell scored 31 and Jordan Clarkson had 22 for the Jazz, who cut the Rockets’ lead to seven in the fourth quarter a couple times but could never get closer. The Rockets made the Jazz pay when they occasionally double-teamed Harden and couldn’t rotate fast enough to the perimeter shooters. After a season high-tying 25 3-pointers in their last outing against Golden State, the Rockets made 20 of 48 from beyond the arc. The Rockets made their move in the third quarter when they outscored the Jazz 38-19. Westbrook capped a 14-2 run with a jumper and Houston led 100-85 entering the final period. The Rockets made eight of their first nine 3-point attempts to take an early eight-point lead. Taking advantage of Houston’s lack of rim protection, Clarkson scored 20 points in the first half to help the Jazz recover and move in front. The Jazz played zone defense at times and used some non-traditional defensive matchups like 7-foot-1 Rudy Gobert on 6-3 Westbrook. The Jazz lost to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night and could hardly afford another slip-up on the second half of their back-to-back as they jockey with the Rockets for playoff position in the last third of the season. Houston and Utah now both have records of 36-20 but the Rockets claimed the season series, 2-1. TIP-INS Rockets: Gordon, who scored 50 against Utah on Jan. 27, returned from a three-game absence with a leg bruise. … The Rockets' 20 3-pointers gave them a 60-21 edge on shots from long range. ... Westbrook demonstratively demanded a replay on a foul by Bojan Bogdanovic early in the fourth quarter. After review, the elbow nudge was determined to be a common foul. Jazz: Rookie forward Juwan Morgan, who had never played more than seven minutes in a game, played 13 minutes against the small-ball Rockets and had career highs of four points and five rebounds. … Utah outscored Houston 64-36 in the paint. … Mike Conley had 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists after sitting out for rest against the Spurs. UP NEXT Rockets: Host New York on Monday night. Jazz: Host Phoenix on Monday night......»»

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‘Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.’ But how?

I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your heavenly Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what […].....»»

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Shine bright like these diamonds

Parents and guardians, do you dream of your gradeschoolers getting introductory lessons on talents/interests on ballet, pop dancing, singing, acting and art and craft-making from Liza Macuja-Elizalde, Georcelle of “Tala” fame of late, Ryan Cayabyab (yes, the National Artist for Music!), Audie Gemora, Robert Alejandro with art educator Kara Escay? Enrol them in the I-Shine […] The post Shine bright like these diamonds appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsFeb 22nd, 2020Related News

Romeo incurs ankle injury

San Miguel Beer’s battle with injuries ahead of its PBA Philippine Cup title defense continues as guard Terrence Romeo hurt his ankle during yesterday’s game against Alaska Milk in the Phoenix Super Basketball Tournament at Upper Deck Sports Center......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsFeb 21st, 2020Related News

Energy allows Uy to review proposed natural gas project

The Energy Department allowed Tanglawan Philippine LNG Inc., controlled by Phoenix Petroleum Philippines, to “re-evaluate” its proposed liquefied natural gas project after Phoenix Udenna Corp. acquired a stake in the Malampaya gas project in northwest Palawan......»»

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PBA: NLEX completes pre-season tourney sweep

JR Quinahan played the hero’s role for NLEX in the waning seconds of the payoff period as the Road Warriors escaped with a 104-97 win over Phoenix on Friday to complete a clean sweep of the Phoenix Super Basketball pocket tournament at the Upper Deck in Pasig City. Protecting a slim three-point lead, 100-97, with just 44 ticks left on the clock, Quinahan sank a backbreaking jumper before Will McAloney hammered the final nail in the coffin of the Fuel Masters with a steal and a lay-up to seal NLEX’s third win. Quinahan, who led Road Warriors with 15 points, helped NLEX quell Phoenix’s uprising from a 21-point deficit in the third. Philip Paniamogan got 13 markers and seven rebounds while Bong Galanza had 10 points for the Road Warriors. The Fuel Masters closed the tourney with a 1-2 slate. Jason Perkins had 23 points while Matthew Wright and Jorey Napoles got 20 markers apiece for Phoenix.   Box scores: NLEX (104) --- Quinahan 15, Paniamogan 13, Soyud 12, Alas 10, Galanza 10, Ighalo 9, Miranda 8, McAloney 8, Fonacier 7, Varilla 6, Porter 4, Baguio 2, Lao 0, Paredes 0. Phoenix (97) --- Perkins 23, Wright 20, Napoles 20, Heruela 11, Jazul 8, Chua 7, Potts 4, Rios 2, Reyes 2, Tansingco 0, Marcelino 0. Quarter scores: 37-23, 59-43, 87-73, 104-97......»»

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PBA: Alaska closes pocket tourney on high note

Vic Manuel muscled his way for the game-sealing lay-up in Alaska’s 81-79 victory over woeful San Miguel Beer in the Phoenix Super Basketball pocket tournament at the Upper Deck in Pasig City on Friday. The Aces forward found the bottom of the net with 17 seconds left to give Alaska an 81-78 cushion before hanging on to end the pre-season competition on a high note with two wins in three games. Robbie Herndon led Alaska with 19 points and eight rebounds, Rodney Brondial scored 14 markers and pulled down 11 boards while Manuel and Jvee Casio finished with 12 points each. The Beermen got a chance to salvage the game but Alex Cabagnot, who split his charities in the last 11 seconds, bricked his three-point attempt at the buzzer.    Cabagnot posted 22 points for winless SMB, which played without the services of injured June Mar Fajardo (shin) and Marcio Lassiter (nose).   Box scores: Alaska (81) –– Herndon 19, Brondial 14, Manuel 12, Casio 12, Ebona 10, Ayaay 8, Ahanmisi 2, Teng 2, Andrada 2, Racal 0, Galliguez 0, DiGregorio 0. San Miguel Beer (79) — Cabagnot 22, Tautuaa 12, Romeo 10, Ross 8, Zamar 8, Gamalinda 7, Ganuelas-Rosser 6, Santos 4, Pessumal 0, Alolino 0, Mamaril 0, Comboy 0, De Guzman 0. Quarter scores: 10-15, 33-37, 62-48, 81-79......»»

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NLEX trips Phoenix to sweep mini tournament

MANILA, Philippines – NLEX banked on a balanced scoring attack to topple Phoenix, 104-97, and sweep a four-team mini tournament at the Upper Deck Gym in Pasig City on Friday, February 21.  JR Quinahan delivered 15 points, 4 assists, and 3 rebounds to lead 5 players in double figures ........»»

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Road Warriors target mini tourney title

The NLEX Road Warriors go for the crown of the Phoenix Super Basketball Tournament when they battle the Phoenix Pulse Fuel Masters 10 a.m., today, Friday at the Upper Deck Gym in Pasig......»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsFeb 20th, 2020Related News

PSA to honor ABAP as NSA of the Year

The Association of Boxing Alliances in the Philippines (ABAP) punched its way to the honor roll list of the SMC-PSA (Philippine Sportswriters Association) Annual Awards Night, claiming the title National Sports Association of the Year. Led by Nesthy Petecio, the Filipino pugs stamped their class everywhere in 2019 which saw them winning golds from the Asian to the world levels. The feat earned for ABAP yet another NSA of the Year award from the country’s oldest media organization, which will honor and recognize the top sports personalities and entities from last year during its annual gala night on March 6 at the Centennial Hall of the Manila Hotel. Team Philippines is going to be accorded with the coveted Athlete of the Year honor in the event presented by the Philippine Sports Commission, MILO, the Philippine Basketball Association, AirAsia, and Rain or Shine. Petecio, 27, was at the forefront of ABAP’s successful campaign, finally scoring a breakthrough gold medal in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships in Ulan-Ude, Russia after beating hometown bet Liudmila Vorontsova by split decision in ruling the featherweight division. Eumir Felix Marcial just fell short of matching Petecio’s gold medal feat as he settled for the silver in the same world tournament for men held in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old native of Lunzuran, Zamboanga City became just the third Filipino who finished runner-up in the prestigious award after light-flyweight Roel Velasco (1997) and Harry Tañamor (2007). Not to be left out was former world champion Josie Gabuco. The 32-year-old veteran fighter went home with the gold in the ASBC (Asian Boxing Confederation) Elite Boxing Championships held in Bangkok, Thailand, defeating North Korea’s Kim Hyang Mi in the finals of the women’s light-flyweight category. Before Petecio, Gabuco was an AIBA world women’s champion back in 2012. The three would later banner the Filipinos’ productive stint in the 30th Southeast Asian Games in which the Philippine boxing team emerged overall champion. Petecio, Gabuco, and Marcial made up part of the seven gold medals the national team won to beat perennial rival Thailand for the sport’s overall title. Incidentally, the Philippine team failed to win a medal in just one of the 13 boxing events competed in the SEA Games. Like in the world meet, the gold Petecio won was his first ever in the biennial meet after previously ending up with just a silver medal from 2011 to 2015. For Marcial, it was his third SEA Games gold medal, while Gabuco now has a record five gold medals......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 20th, 2020Related News

James ‘nahawa’ kay Kris

HABANG hindi pa sumisipa ang bagong season ng PBA ay nag-guest muna si two-time MVP James Yap ng Rain or Shine sa Eat Bulaga......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsFeb 19th, 2020Related News

ABS-CBN, DZMM shine at 4th Gems Awards

Leading media network ABS-CBN and DZMM Radyo Patrol 630 continue to have the trust and approval of the academic community after being named TV Station of the Year and Radio Station of the Year, respectively, for the fourth straight year at the 2019 Guild of Educators, Mentors, and Students (GEMS) Awards......»»

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Wright to Gilas: My body’s not ready

Phoenix Pulse sniper Matthew Wright, who begged off from the first window of the FIBA Asia Cup Qualifiers, promised to make himself available for Gilas Pilipinas duties and in tip top shape in the next period of the competition......»»

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Amihan rains to help increase water supply, aid farm lands this February

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Get your rain gears as it will be a rainy Monday tomorrow, February 17, 2020. The state weather bureau said the Northeast monsoon (Amihan) would enhance this coming week and would bring rains and thunderstorms here in metro Cebu and most of the Visayas. Jhomer Eclarino, a weather specialist at the […] The post Amihan rains to help increase water supply, aid farm lands this February appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsFeb 16th, 2020Related News

NBA: Miami s Jones wins slam dunk contest; Hield tops 3-point shootout

CHICAGO (AP) —  Miami Heat forward Derrick Jones Jr. celebrated his 23rd birthday by winning the All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, edging Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon in a memorable showdown that required two tiebreaker jams. Jones and Gordon each got a perfect 50 on both of their dunks in the final. Then they got two more perfect scores on their first jam in the dunk-off. Jones then took off from just inside the foul line and threw down a windmill jam with his left hand, drawing a 48 from the panel of five judges. After a short discussion with Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal, Gordon brought out 7-foot-5 Boston Celtics rookie Tacko Fall and positioned him near the basket. He then took the ball from Fall's hands on his way to a thunderous dunk. The United Center gasped as the courtside NBA stars celebrated. But Gordon was awarded a 47, giving the victory to Jones. Gordon also lost a memorable dunk contest to Zach LaVine in 2016. Earlier, Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield made a late surge to win the NBA 3-Point Contest. Hield nailed a two-point money ball from the corner to finish with 27 points, edging Phoenix Suns All-Star Devin Booker by one in the final round. Hield is one of the few bright spots for struggling Sacramento, averaging 20.4 points while shooting about 39 percent from 3-point range. Washington's Davis Bertans opened the second and final round with a 22, before Booker eliminated him. Defending champion Joe Harris of the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago's Zach LaVine were eliminated after they failed to crack the top three in the first round. Five racks with five balls each were set up around the perimeter — two in the corner, two on the wings and one up top. Four of those racks had four balls worth one point each plus a multi-colored two-point ball. The other had nothing but moneyballs. There were also two green balls worth three points set up six feet behind the 3-point line......»»

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Nagaya sa SMB Phoenix nalagasan din ng sentro

ILANG linggo bago ang pagsisimula ng 455h Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Philippine Cup 2020, nalukuban ng kamalasan ang Phoenix Pulse, nawalan ng dalawang ng mga impontanteng manlalaro bago magbukas ang liga sa Marso 8......»»

Source: Abante AbanteCategory: NewsFeb 15th, 2020Related News