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Petron closes in on duplicating historic feat

Games Tuesday: (Mall of Asia Arena) 4:15 p.m. – La Salle-Dasmarinas vs CSA 7:00 p.m. – Petron vs F2 Logistics   The deadly form that made Petron the most successful club team in the country was in full display when it crushed F2 Logistics, 25-23, 25-12, 25-17, in Game 1 of their Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference best-of-three finals series Saturday at the Mall of Asia Arena. But for head coach Shaq Delos Santos, the battle is still far from over. Delos Santos said celebration is not yet on their minds as they expect a furious fightback from the Cargo Movers in Game 2 of this prestigious women’s club tourney Tuesday at the same venue. He said F2 Logistics coach Ramil de Jesus is the best in the business in tweaking his gameplan so he expects Game 2 to be another thrilling showcase of high-flying attacks, great defense and nail-biting rallies from both sides. "Kami, think magandang pahinga, recovery, aral uli, pag-aralan namin sila ulit (sila). Siyempre for sure all out sila pero siyempre kami ready para dun,” said Delos Santos, whose wards moved a win shy of sweeping this tourney. Delos Santos sure knows what he’s talking about. In the Grand Prix last year, the Blaze Spikers hammered a convincing Game 1 win, thanks to the firepower of imports Lindsay Stalzer and Hillary Hurley as well as local stars Frances Molina, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas and Mika Reyes. But the Cargo Movers refused to quit. De Jesus shocked his counterpart when he pulled veteran Cha Cruz from the bench to serve as the starting spiker while moving American Kennedy Bryan back to her original position at the opposite spot. The gamble paid a handsome reward when the Cargo Movers crawled back from a 0-2 set lead all the way to a masterful Game 2 victory. Then, they went for the kill in Game 3 to formally clinch the title of this highly competitive tourney. Delos Santos stressed that de Jesus -- an 11-time champion coach for De La Salle University in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines who also has three crowns in the PSL – won’t simply give up.    "Kilala namin sila alam namin trabaho ni coach Ramil especially sa ganyang sitwasyon pero mas magtatrabaho kami this time," said Delos Santos, who drew firepower from bench player Sisi Rondina and former Far Eastern University stars Bernadeth Pons and Remy Palma in Game 1. Rondina delivered 12 points while Pons and Palma chipped in 10 and nine hits, respectively, for the Blaze Spikers, who are on the verge of duplicating a golden sweep of the conference they first achieved three years ago.          .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 16th, 2018Related News

Petron remains unbeaten

Defending champion Petron kept its immaculate slate intact after clobbering Sta. Lucia, 25-18, 27-25, 25-17, in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at Caloocan Sports Complex.   Veteran Aiza Maizo-Pontillas carried the fight for the Blaze Spikers, who won an eighth straight match.   Earlier, University of the East dominated De La Salle-Dasmarinas, 25-11, 26-24, 25-13, while University of the Philippines ripped Far Eastern University, 25-20, 25-15, 25-19.   Maizo-Pontillas tallied 13 points while Remy Palma had 11 for Petron.  ...Keep on reading: Petron remains unbeaten.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 24th, 2018Related News

23 for 23 Gilas cadets AJ Edu, Remy Martin shine in early US NCAA action

Gilas Pilipinas cadets AJ Edu and Remy Martin showed off their wares in the early goings of the US National Collegiate Athletic Association basketball tournament.  After the first week of action, the Filipino-Nigerian Edu and the Fil-American Martin have each played two solid games for the University of Toledo and Arizona State University, respectively. Edu is norming a respectable 6 points, 5.5 rebounds, in 14.5 minutes off the bench in his first couple of games for the Rockets as a rookie. The 6'10" Edu came off the bench for the Rockets in his debut, scoring three points and grabbing two rebounds in just 10 minutes of action in Toledo's close 87-86 win over the Oakland Golden Grizzlies. In his second game, the 18-year-old big man was more impactful, coming off the bench to flirt with a double-double, going for 9 points and 9 rebounds in 19 minutes in the Rockets' dominant 99-58 win over the Wilberforce Bulldogs. Martin, meanwhile is coming off a successful rookie year with the Sun Devils where he was recognized as the Pac-12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year. The six-foot point guard has been entrusted more minutes in his sophomore season, and he has been producing in Arizona State's first two matches, averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists per game in a little over 29 minutes of action. Martin came off the bench in the Sun Devils' first game, filling up the stat sheet with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 31 minutes as Arizona State survived Cal State Fullerton in double overtime, 102-94.  Remy then started for the Sun Devils in their resounding 80-52 win against McNeese State. He dropped 6 points, 5 assists, and grabbed 3 rebounds in 28 minutes. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 12th, 2018Related News

Foton, Petron, F2 Logistics share top spot

F2 Logistics and Foton sustained their blazing starts as they clobbered their respective foes in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Tuesday at the Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan. The Cargo Movers crushed Sta. Lucia, 25-19, 25-20, 25-18, while the Tornadoes devastated Cignal, 25-15, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20, to clinch their second straight victory in as many outings. They were joined at the top spot by Petron after the Blaze Spikers defeated Generika-Ayala, 25-18, 25-22, 25-13. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finished with 11 points while Remy Palma added nine for Petron, which sent the Lifesavers to their second loss in as many games. Meanwhile, Majoy Baron led the charge with 14 points and added seven digs, while former Most Valuable Player awardee Ara Galang and Kianna Dy chipped in 12 markers apiece for the Cargo Movers, who came up with a fitting follow-up to their impressive win over the HD Spikers in the opener. But F2 Logistics head coach Ramil de Jesus remains far from satisfied.  “We often start slow, especially whenever we play against opponents who just came from a tough loss,” said de Jesus, noting that they are still searching for their killer instinct. “We should get away with it because it gives momentum to other team. We have to be at our best from start to finish regardless of whom we are facing.” CJ Rosario delivered 13 kills, two blocks and two aces to finish with 17 points while Mina Aganon tallied 14 hits for Foton, which hardly missed the presence of towering frontliners Jaja Santiago and Dindin Manabat. Santiago and Manabat opted to sit out the season-ending conference to see action in the prestigious V.Premier League of Japan. Foton head coach Aaron Velez stressed that they remain a work in progress. "I think we were able to get back to our system,” said Velez, who took the helm from John Abella in the off-season. “We're still trying to figure out how to be consistent. But, I also think were able to tap our energy and momentum down the stretch.” Velez said they made some changes in their position to thwart the vaunted defense of the HD Spikers. "We were always training in the match,” said Velez, who also drew solid performance from new recruits Arianne Layug and Shaya Adorador that gave Ateneo de Manila ace blocker Bea de Leon the luxury of seeing limited minutes. “We wanted to win this one very badly so I thought of a plan in which we can take advantage of our positions and turn the game around. Fortunately, it worked.”  Rachel Anne Daquis, the newly-crowned league ambassador, sizzled with game-high 21 points laced with 13 digs while national team stalwart Mylene Paat added 17 hits for the HD Spikers, who suffered their second setback in three games. .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 6th, 2018Related News

Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne celebrate Summer Jam’s 25th year

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) --- Recent Pulitzer Prize winner Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Meek Mill helped the famed Summer Jam music event celebrate its 25th anniversary with jam-packed performances. Remy Ma, Tory Lanez and BBD also worked the stage Sunday for the feverish audience at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The event's highlight was the battle between producers Timbaland and Swizz Beatz, who went back-and-forth with hits they've produced for others --- from Jay-Z's "Jigga My..." and DMX's "Ruff Ryders Anthem" to Missy Elliott's "Work It" and Beyonce's "Drunk In Love". Lamar performed his well-known hits such as "Humble" and "Don't Kill My Vibe";...Keep on reading: Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne celebrate Summer Jam’s 25th year.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 11th, 2018Related News

Rain helps Campbell top her first Ironman 70.3 race in PH

SUBIC --- The rain poured and it was just what Australian triathlete Brittany Campbell needed to fight off the unbearable heat and push through her first Ironman 70. 3 race in the Philippines. And it doesn't seem like it's going to be Campbell's last here after having a triumphant first try. "The rain was really nice. It definitely cooled things down," Campbell told INQUIRER.net shortly after crossing the finish line at Remy Field here. "It was a really tough course, beautiful and really solid." "The heat was definitely the biggest challenge. It really got hot towards the end of the ride." Campbell became the first female finisher after topping the 25-29 age group women in five...Keep on reading: Rain helps Campbell top her first Ironman 70.3 race in PH.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jun 3rd, 2018Related News

LOOK: Borja, Corpuz blow past field in 2018 IronKids

  SUBIC, Philippines – The spirit of competition, indeed, sparks at a young age as shown by the promising athletes in the 2018 Alaska IronKids aquathlon on Saturday, June 2, at the Remy Fields in Subic Bay. At the sound of the 6 am airhorn, the racers were off like torpedoes ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 2nd, 2018Related News

Madrid draws at Villarreal 2-2 before Champions League final

By Joseph Wilson, Associated Press BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Real Madrid showed Liverpool its strengths and weaknesses a week before their Champions League final. Madrid squandered first-half goals by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in drawing at Villarreal 2-2 on Saturday in its last match before attempting to win Europe's most coveted trophy for a third year in a row. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane aligned what could be his starting 11 for the final against Liverpool, except for giving 20-year-old son Luca Zidane his competitive debut in goal. Zidane left striker Karim Benzema on his bench in favor of starting Ronaldo and Bale alone up front and playing Francisco "Isco" Alarcon along with Luka Modric and Toni Kroos as playmakers in front of holding midfielder Casemiro. Madrid showed the same dominant form that has taken it to another Champions League final in the first half at Villarreal. But after Ronaldo and Modric were replaced by Benzema and Lucas Vazquez with half an hour remaining, Zidane's bunch displayed the same complacency and faulty defending that scuttled its Liga title defense months ago. The draw in the final round meant Madrid finished the Spanish league in third place behind Atletico Madrid and champion Barcelona. Bale opened the scoring with a solo effort in the 11th minute, and Ronaldo headed in a superb cross by Marcelo just after the half-hour mark. Fifth-place Villarreal outplayed the visitors in the second half and leveled through goals by substitutes Roger Martinez in the 70th and Samuel Castillejo in the 85th. "We played a very, very good first half, with determination, scoring goals, but the second half was the exact opposite," Zidane said. "The important thing is that we didn't have any injuries and can now rest well for next weekend. We are only thinking about winning the final." Bale, who struggled for most of the season to make Zidane's first-choice 11, has finished the season strong and appears to have earned a spot in the Champions League final. His opener against Villarreal, created when he let Modric's pass run through as he spun around his marker, was his 14th goal in the last 10 rounds. "Gareth has never given up," Zidane said. "He has trained well. Nothing has changed. The only difference is that now he is scoring." Ronaldo's goal was his 26th in the league. Barcelona's Lionel Messi leads the competition with 34. Castillejo snatched the draw after he raced behind Marcelo to receive a lobbed pass from Rodrigo Hernandez. Luca Zidane, who normally plays for Madrid's reserve team in the third divison, stopped his initial chipped shot but Castillejo slotted the rebound into the open net. Saudi Arabia midfielder Salem Al Dawsari made his Liga debut as a second-half substitute for Villarreal. ASPAS MAKES HIS CASE Iago Aspas made the most of his last chance to show Spain coach Julen Lopetegui that he deserves a spot on his World Cup squad. The striker scored twice to lead Celta Vigo's 4-2 win over Levante, taking his season tally for the league to 22, the most by a Spanish player. Aspas was regularly chosen by Lopetegui during World Cup qualifying. Celta announced after the match that coach Juan Carlos Unzue will leave the club and break his contract by mutual agreement. OTHER RESULTS Uruguay striker Christian Stuani scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season to lead Girona's 2-1 win at Las Palmas. Leganes fought back while playing with 10 men for over an hour to beat Real Betis 3-2 in a farewell of coach Asier Garitano, who won't stay on after a good season for the modest Madrid club. Wissam Ben Yedder gave Sevilla a 1-0 win over Alaves, and Loic Remy converted a penalty for Getafe to beat Malaga 1-0......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 20th, 2018Related News

Gilas prospect Martin scoreless as Arizona St. Sun Devils ousted by Syracuse

Remy Martin and the Arizona State Sun Devils were eliminated by the Syracuse Orangemen in the First Four of the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Dayton, Ohio. Martin, a Gilas #23for23 member and the PAC-12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year, logged seven rebounds and four assists, on 0/2 shooting in 19 minutes of action. The Jim Boeheim-coached Syracuse team trailed 42-49 with about seven minutes to go following a Kodi Justice three from Arizona St., before the Orange regained their bearings and uncorked an 18-7 run to clinch the game. Tied at 52-all, Tyus Battle swished a backbreaking three to put Syracuse ahead for good with about 1:50 left in the game. In the waning moments of the game, Pascual Chukwu split from the line with 14.7 ticks left for a 58-56 advantage, but Sun Devil Shannon Evans missed the go-ahead triple. Frank Howard then iced the game with two fre throws with 0.4 seconds left. As Syracuse advances, they will face Texas Christian University on Friday. Oshae Brissett led the Orange with 20 points, while Justice paced the Sun Devils with 14 markers. Devils fight but fall to Syracuse. Our season might be over, but it's only the beginning of something bigger. Thanks, fans, for sharing this amazing journey with us! pic.twitter.com/pYApTHUH6m — Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 15, 2018.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 15th, 2018Related News

Two '23for23 members among March Madness participants

Gilas #23for23 members Remy Martin and Dwight Ramos will have another chance of obtaining college basketball experience as their respective teams both qualified to the NCAA men's basketball tournament, which will begin later this week. Remy Martin, who was recently named as one of the PAC-12 Sixth Men of the Year, will be beginning the tournament as his Arizona State Sun Devils will face Texas Christian University in Detroit on Saturday (PHL time). The team, coached by former Duke legend Bobby Hurley, was in a very festive mood as their team was announced as part of Selection Sunday. Several Sun Devils even dove to a nearby pool and swam in jubilation. WE'RE GOING DANCING!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/D6Jta576Ju — Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 11, 2018 LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/QWTFfz35wi — Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 11, 2018 LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/QWTFfz35wi — Sun Devil MBB (@SunDevilHoops) March 11, 2018 Meanwhile, Dwight Ramos' team, the 15th-seeded Cal State Fullerton Titans, who qualified for the tournament for the first time since 2008, will meet second-seeded Purdue on Friday in Detroit's Little Caesar Arena. See you in Detroit on Friday! CSF vs. Purdue. @marchmadness #TusksUp pic.twitter.com/w0HDnDLNps — Titans Men's Basketball (@FullertonHoops) March 11, 2018 The 6'0" Martin averaged 9.8 points and 2.9 rebounds for the Sun Devils while the 6'5 Ramos normed 2.2 points, 0.9 rebounds, and 0.5 assists this season......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 12th, 2018Related News

Stalzer powers Petron against Generika-Ayala

MALOLOS CITY -- Lindsay Stalzer dug deep into her well of experience to power Petron to a 25-21, 25-15, 25-21 victory over Generika-Ayala Tuesday in the Philippine Superliga (PSL) Grand Prix at the Malolos Sports and Convention Center. Playing in her fifth season, Stalzer sparked a fiery uprising in the crucial stretch of the third set to tow the Blaze Spikers to another impressive victory. With the win, the Blaze Spikers tightened their hold at the lead with 5-0 win-loss card while the Lifesavers remained winless in three starts. The 32-year old Stalzer, the former Bradley University star who led Foton to a pair of PSL crowns in 2014 and 2015, registered all of her 20 points from the attack zone while her spiking partner in fellow American Hillary Hurley chipped in 11 kills, two aces and a block for 14 points. Petron controlled the spiking department, 46-31, and had more blocks, 5-3, in this match that drew a good-sized crowd and lasted for 79 minutes. “We fought back from being down and I’m very happy with the composure our team got today,” said Stalzer, the former Most Valuable Player awardee. After dominating the first two sets, Petron found itself in trouble as Generika-Ayala entered the first technical timeout with a wide lead, 8-2. The Blaze Spikers refused to quit as they pounded hard on the Lifesavers’ erratic reception and a couple of unforced errors to knot the count at 16 in the second technical timeout. Then, Stalzer took over. The Illinois-native shattered an 18-all deadlock with three sharp smashes to capture a 22-18 advantage. Remy Pala joined the scoring parade with a running hit from the right wing followed by a block kill to rip the game wide-open, 23-19. Symone Hayden nailed 14 points while Darlene Ramdin and Angeli Araneta contributed 10 markers apiece for the Lifesavers, who are still in their quest for their first win under the mentorship of Sherwin Meneses and Parley Tupaz......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMar 6th, 2018Related News

UAAP VOLLEYBALL: Ateneo gets early test against FEU

A rebuilding Ateneo de Manila University side gets an early acid test when the Lady Eagles battle the veteran-laden Far Eastern University Lady Tamaraws Sunday in 80th UAAP women’s volleyball tournament at the MOA Arena. Game time is at 4:00 p.m. and will air live on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA on SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable Channel 183 and via livestream. The Lady Eagles’ heartstrong mantra will be put to the test in probably one of the most challenging season for the Katipunan-based squad in almost a decade. Ateneo is playing limp after losing key players following the departure of hitter Michelle Morente and Gizelle Tan, the decision of top setter Jia Morado to forego her last playing year, Jamie Lavitoria skipping the season because of academic problems and injuries sustained by Kim Gequillana and Ana Gopico during the offseason. The Lady Eagles will pin its hopes on holdovers led by skipper Maddie Madayag, Bea De Leon, Kat Tolentino and Jho Maraguinot as they lead a rebuilding team against a seasoned Lady Tamaraws side in an early rematch of last year’s Final Four. FEU lost Remy Palma after last season and will miss the supposedly last playing year of returning Rosemarie Vargas, who sustained a ruptured Achilles heel tendon. But the Lady Tams, who will be handled by a new coach in George Pascua, still have enough firepower in their bid to end an 11-year title drought. Bernadeth Pons, Jerrili Malabanan, Toni Rose Basas and middles Czarina Carandang and Jeanette Villareal are all expected to deliver for FEU.    .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsFeb 4th, 2018Related News

Kailangan mag-level up siya -- FEU coach Pascua on Pons

Hitter Bernadeth Pons has been a delivering on offense for the past four years for Far Eastern University. A consistent scoring threat and a reliable piece on floor defense, Pons is undeniably the Lady Tamaraws’ do-it-all, go-to-player. But in her last playing year with the Morayta-based squad, head coach George Pascua has one final request to his graduating ward come UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament: assume the leadership role left by Remy Palma last year. Pons was also appointed as team captain of a Lady Tams squad hungry to reclaim the title they last held in 2008.       “Oo 'yun naman ang gusto ko sa kanya kasi siya 'yung captain ball, so gusto ko masanay din siya doon,” said Pascua of his 21-year old ward. His appointment of Pons as skipper is both a challenge and a show of trust to the outgoing player. Pons is known for his offense and decent floor defense but is yet to prove her leadership skills especially after hiding behind the shadows of the more vocal Palma. “Kasi si Pons, hindi ganoon (vocal) sa kasama before eh. Pero ngayon, nagbago na. Kasi dahil andun siguro si Remy. Ngayon, siya na 'yung nasa position ni Remy, nagagawa niya naman,” said Pascua. Pons herself admitted that she’s still adjusting to her new role. “Naga-adjust lang kami kasi ‘yung grumaduate sa amin na si Ate Rem and alam naman natin kung paano siya maglaro and yung angas niya inside the court na nakaka-boost din talaga ng morale ng bawat isa sa amin,” she said. “Konting adjustments lang naman and napag-adjustan naman namin.” FEU parades a veteran and almost intact core with key holdovers Toni Basas, Jerrili Malabanan, Czarina Carandang, Jeannete Villareal and Kyla Atienza and the returning Rosemarie Vargas, who unfortunately will miss the first round due to an injury (muscle strain). But Pascua is pinning his hopes on Pons to lead the team to a successful year. “(Dapat) mag-level up siya ulit, kasi ang laro namang ito para sa kanila eh, 'yung sa mga ga-graduate na,” he said. “So sabi ko nga, magtulungan tayo. Ayusin mo 'yung mga kasama mo, team mo, tapos usap tayo, mag-plano tayo. Para sa inyo 'yung laban.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 30th, 2018Related News

Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield leads the way as Utah upsets Remy Martin and Arizona State

Filipino-American Sedrick Barefield's team-high 17 points led the University of Utah Runnin' Utes to another close shave over fellow Fil-Am Remy Martin and the #21 Arizona St. Sun Devils in overtime, 80-77, at the Arizona State University Wells Fargo Arena in Tempe. Barefield wrote the final sentence of the game as he nailed a clutch free throw that put the Utes ahead by three, with 3.0 seconds left in overtime. However, the guard missed his second, which left an opportunity for Arizona State to tie but Sun Devil Trae Holder missed the game-tying heave as time expired. The 6'1" Barefield was clutch throughout the hotly-contested game, nailing a booming triple to knot things up at 69, with 5.0 seconds left in regulation. Barefield finished the game with 17 markers, including a perfect four out of four clip from downtown, along with two rebounds and two assists.  The six-footer Martin, who is part of the Gilas Pilipinas pool for the 2023 FIBA World Cup, meanwhile ended up with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists. Martin's teammate Holder was the game's top scorer with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.  Utah ties the season series with Arizona St., with the Sun Devils escaping the previous match-up with an 80-77 win in Utah. The unranked Utes' locker room was in pandemonium after taking down the 21st ranked college team in the United States. UTES TAKE DOWN NO.21 ASU!! #GoUtes pic.twitter.com/8z4BJrXQJq — Utah Basketball (@UtahMBB) January 26, 2018 Watch some of the game's biggest moments here:.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 26th, 2018Related News

Mother Lily: I owe Pitoy a lot

When Regal Matriarch Lily Monteverde and Remy Monteverde got married 58 years ago, they were so cash-strapped that they had to, well, penny-pinch......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: MoviesJan 20th, 2018Related News

7’0” Kai Sotto believes he needs to work harder to crack 2023 World Cup team

IT’S still five years from now and Gilas Pilipinas coach Chot Reyes already crafted the future composition of the national team seeing action in the 2023 World Cup, which the Philippines will be hosting along with Indonesia and Japan. Leading the squad are college standouts Kobe Paras, AJ Edu, Remy Martin, Robert Bolick, Thirdy Ravena, […] The post 7’0” Kai Sotto believes he needs to work harder to crack 2023 World Cup team appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Source: Bworldonline BworldonlineCategory: NewsJan 10th, 2018Related News

Kobe Paras upbeat about the Gilas Pilipinas 2023 squad he ll eventually lead

If you ask Filipino forward Kobe Paras to describe what all the early developments for the Gilas Pilipinas squad for the 2023 FIBA World Cup make him feel, you'll get one word: Happy. Paras, who was one of the more prominent names among 23 young players listed by the Philippine national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes to be part of the early training pool, expressed his approval of the group of guys, even if some are visibly left off of the list because of their commitment to other squads. "I’m happy with the group of guys. I know there are a lot of guys that aren’t on the list," Paras said in an interview with Steve Angeles of ABS-CBN News North America during the Los Angeles Clippers' Filipino Heritage Night. "It makes sense if they’re not on the list because of their teams or whatever rules but I’m happy with it."  One player who fit that bill was De La Salle University's flashy forward Ricci Rivero, who was left off the list after his school urged its players to focus on their rebuild next UAAP season. Even then, the 6'6" Paras, who's more or less baptized by Coach Chot to be destined to be the face of the nationa team sounded both honored and excited about his inclusion to the squad, who'll represent the Filipino tricolor five years from now, as the Philippines co-hosts the international basketball meet with Indonesia and Japan. "I’m happy that coach picked me as well. I love representing my country so I’m just really happy that he chose me for that," said the U.S.-based Paras. "I saw the other day they practiced." Aside from local, homegrown talents included in the "#23for23" pool like Thirdy Ravena, CJ Perez, Robert Bolick, and Isaac Go, a couple of Filipino-Americans also made the list. Remy Martin, a rookie point guard for the Arizona State Sun Devils, and Dwight Ramos from the California State-Fullerton Titans, were names present in the preliminary pool. As a fellow Pinoy cager in a foreign land, Kobe is nothing but eager to meet, and eventually play his contemporaries. "I haven’t talked to Remy [Martin] or what’s his name from Fullerton...Dwight [Ramos]," Kobe said. "I think I’m going to play him too. I gotta talk to Dwight but I’ve seen Remy play. I need to talk to them though. Because we’re representing L.A. and the Philippines so it’s going to be cool."  Here's the full video interview of Kobe Paras:  .@_kokoparas enjoyed being at .@LAClippers Filipino Heritage Night and he also expressed his happiness about being on SBP #23for23 He hopes to also speak to .@3wight and .@1Remy_Martin1 soon 🇵🇭🏀🌊 .@abscbnsports .@ABSCBNNewsSport .@ABSCBNNews pic.twitter.com/e8GcUq1Luf — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 9, 2018.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 9th, 2018Related News

Fil-Am Remy Martin 'honored' by '23for23 inclusion

Fil-Am Remy Martin of the Arizona State University Sun Devils was very much honored when he learned that he was among seen by Gilas head coach Chot Reyes in the projected roster in the FIBA World Cup in 2023, in which the Philippines was named the host, along with Japan and Indonesia. In an interview by ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles after the Sun Devils' pulsating 80-77 win over fellow Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield and the University of Utah Utes on Monday (PHL time), Martin was more than pleased with his inclusion on the list.  "It’s a blessing. It’s an honor for me even being mentioned. I thank the people that chose me but I think it’s a complete blessing," Martin said after the game. Martin, who scored 11 points in 28 minutes off the bench against the Utes, applied for a Philippine passport before reaching the age of 16, making him eligible once the country taps him in future international competitions. The 6'0 guard, who has drawn comparisons to Russell Westbrook due to his freakish athleticism, first heard of the news after a loss against the University of Colorado. "I'm humbled by it. I’m just looking forward to the Philippines and hopefully we have big things coming." After a thrilling win in Utah .@SunDevilHoops Freshman point guard .@1Remy_Martin1 reacts to seeing his name on .@coachot #23for23 🇵🇭🏀list .@ABSCBNNewsSport .@abscbnsports pic.twitter.com/LqnAKP5bVa — Steve Angeles (@StevieAngeles) January 8, 2018  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJan 8th, 2018Related News

UST Varsitarian to hold 90th anniversary alumni homecoming Jan. 20

  To celebrate its 90th anniversary (1928-2018), the Varsitarian, the influential student publication of the University of Santo Tomas (UST), will be holding "Valik Varsi," the grand alumni homecoming, on Jan. 20, 5:30 p.m., at the Buenaventura Garcia Paredes O.P. Alumni Center Building (former UST Gym), Espaa, Manila. Prominent V alumni expected to attend are National Artists for Literature F. Sionil Jose, Bienvenido Lumbera, and Cirilo Bautista; visual artists Danny Dalena and Remy Boquiren; former New York Times correspondent Alice Collet-Villadolid; ABS-CBN corporate-communications former head Bong Osorio and current head Kane Choa; PLDT senior VP and treasurer Jun Flo...Keep on reading: UST Varsitarian to hold 90th anniversary alumni homecoming Jan. 20.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jan 1st, 2018Related News

HEADS UP: 10 sporting events to watch out for in 2018

2017 has come and gone, and it delivered some exciting sporting moments that has every sports fan clamoring for more. Worry not, though, as 2018 looks primed to satisfy even the most die-hard Pinoy sports aficionado with its bevy of local and international sporting events. Let's welcome the upcoming year with 10 of the most exciting sporting events to watch out for this 2018.   NCAA 93 & UAAP 80 VOLLEYBALL The cagers are out, and the spikers are in. Volleyball season begins this January 4 with NCAA season 93, followed by the 81st season of the UAAP this February. NCAA volleybelles are once again ready to take center court, and the defending women's champion Arellano University Lady Chiefs, led by heavy hitters Jovie Prado and Regine Arocha are banking on their undisputed team play to propel them to another title. Playing inspired volleyball throughout the season, the Lady Chiefs stunned the thrice-to-beat San Sebastian Lady Stags in the Finals last year, ultimately ending Grethcel Soltones' collegiate career with a dud. Rising stars like San Beda's Ces Racraquin, JRU's Karen Montojo also make the upcoming NCAA volleyball season worth waiting for. UAAP volleyball begins a month later the NCAA tournament, but expect the field to be even more tumultuous. With no clear-cut number 2 team to challenge the two-time defending champions DLSU Lady Spikers, it will be a toss-up against basically the other seven schools to step up. Dangerous squads include the much-improved Adamson Lady Falcons, last year's pleasant surprise UST, the dynastic Ateneo Lady Eagles, and the intact NU Lady Bulldogs and FEU Lady Tamaraws. NBA ALL-STAR GAME & 2018 NBA FINALS The annual showcase of the NBA's brightest stars just got a major revamp. That's right, the league has done away with the traditional East-West teams, and will now have a playground-type pool selection of players between its two captains when the exhibition tips off in Los Angeles. This raises a lot of interesting questions: Will the captains pick their teammates or will they go with a more controversial pick and select a rival? Will we able to know the order of the draft? Will this actually work in making the game better? While answers to those questions might not be answered until a few months, one thing's for sure, the NBA Finals, the spectacle that actually counts, will be epic. Will we be treated to Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers Pt. 4? Or will another squad swoop in to spoil the party? The league has indeed improved, with surprising teams like the Milwaukee Bucks, the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons out in the East already staking claim to playoff spots, and the Wild, Wild, West staying true to its monicker. The Houston Rockets and the perennial powerhouse San Antonio Spurs are still the favorites to pull the rug under the Warriors, while the Oklahoma City Thunder is right behind. Either way, with months of hoops already invested in it, the NBA Finals will surely be another explosive one, as it always is.   HOMECOMING QUEEN Alyssa Valdez spent the majority of 2017 overseas, spreading her wings in Taiwan with volleyball club Attack Line. This 2018 though, The Phenom plans on staying in the Philippines, armed with two year’s worth of international experience to focus on her home club team in the Creamline Cool Smashers.  "Next year, I'm planning to focus sa Creamline. Just this year, I travelled a lot talaga. They supported me throughout, esepcially doon sa National Team stint ko. They sacrificed a lot for me talaga. I think I have to focus sa team ko talaga,” she said last week.Alyssa Valdez just got scarier.   PINOY HOOP DREAMS: REMY MARTIN, KOBE PARAS  Two proudly Pinoy ballers based in the U.S. set out this 2018 to continue shooting for our island nation’s humble hoop dreams. Kobe Paras is still serving residency this 2017-2018 season with the California State University-Northridge Matadors, but his development is sure to be a joy to watch. The 6’6” Pinoy swingman accomplished a tour of duty with Gilas Pilipinas earlier in the year, and many Pinoys saw why we should all be excited about high-flying forward. Remy Martin, a 5’11” point guard dazzled in his first few games with the Arizona State Sun Devils, with his athleticism, explosiveness and feisty defense. The Filipino-American cager is proud of his roots and hopes to represent flag and country with Gilas Pilipinas in the future.   WHO (OR WHAT) IS NEXT FOR MANNY PACQUIAO? The never-ending saga of what’s next for Manny Pacquiao looks like it'll seep into 2018.  Following a rather controversial loss to Australian boxer Jeff Horn, Pacquiao has been “courting” the likes of Floyd Mayweather Jr. for a rematch, even taking to Instagram to ”greet” MMA superstar Conor McGregor before finally admitting that he’s been in talks with the Irish fighter’s camp. Whether he actually retires from boxing for good, or takes on another foe in the squared circle, one thing’s for sure: we’ll all have our eyes on Manny Pacquiao’s next move.   2018 WORLD CUP RUSSIA™ After four years, the best of world football will once again converge, this time in Russia to crown the Kings of the beautiful sport. The stage is set, the groups are finalized, and the 32 squads are promising the best 30-day football extravaganza in the hopes of dethroning defending champions Germany this June. Some group stage clashes to look out for are Germany vs Mexico, England vs Belgium, Portugal vs Spain, to name a few. June couldn’t come soon enough.   CHRISTIAN STANDHARDINGER'S PBA DEBUT No PBA rookie has probably come into the league as pro-ready as the Filipino-German standout Christian Standhardinger. The 6’9” big man was the consensus top overall pick of the 2017 PBA draft, and was also at the center of the controversial trade that sent Kia Picanto’s rights to the number 1 selection to the already-dominant San Miguel. While the trade did go down, so did former commissioner Chito Narvasa. Standhardinger’s entry to the PBA has come at a cost, but San Miguel is more than ready to wait one more conference to bulk up their already stacked squad. Seeing Standharinger play alongside 6’11” center and reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo, versatile forward Arwind Santos, and the Beermen’s bevy of guards in Alex Cabagnot, Marcio Lassiter, and Chris Ross, is definitely a sight to see, just look at how he's tearing it up in the ASEAN Basketball League.    2018 ASIAN GAMES INDONESIA The Philippines’ less than stellar performance at the 2017 Southeast Asian Games was met with widespread flak. Not directed at our athletes however, but aimed at our sports development and governing body for its subpar work in getting our sports representatives ready. While the 2018 Asian Games isn’t so far away, a handful of Pinoy medalists from the SEA Games are going into the continental meet with high hopes. After dominating the SEA Games’ triathlon event, our Filipino endurance athletes, led by gold medalists Kim Mangrobang, and Nikko Huelgas, are once again primed to take home hardware. Marathoner Mary Joy Tabal, and boxers John Marvin, and Eumir Marcial, all gold medalists at Malaysia, are all bright spots that could soon unravel into full-fledged stars come 2018.   GILAS PILIPINAS IN THE FIBA WORLD CUP QUALIFIERS It’s official, basketball is coming home to the Philippines this 2023 by way of the FIBA World Cup, but Gilas Pilipinas will first have to try its luck in the 2019 meet. After dealing with Chinese Taipei and Japan this 2017 for a perfect 2-0 slate in the qualifiers, Gilas Pilipinas still has to face the Japanese anew, and the powerhouse Australian team early in 2018. A good showing against these squads will help Gilas strengthen its bid to international basketball’s biggest stage before we actually host the event in six years’ time.   UAAP 81 BASKETBALL UAAP season 80 just came to an end, but the next season just got way more interesting. Aside from the title defense of the intact Ateneo Blue Eagles and their ongoing rivalry with La Salle, a certain move by a coach has shaken up the league. With Aldin Ayo reportedly accepting the job as the new head coach of the struggling University of Sto. Tomas, we might just be witnesses to the rebirth of the once proud basketball program under the fiery mentor. That, and the way the DLSU Green Archers can adjust from the departure of Ayo and former two-time MVP Ben Mbala, key cogs to their season 79 championship run. The tight race for the MVP award will also be one to watch, with Mbala gone, it’s up to the local stars to step up to the challenge......»»

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