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PBA commissioner Willie Marcial took a firm position in sanctioning San Miguel Beer’s Arwind Santos for his sideline monkey taunt aimed at clouding TNT import Terrence Jones’ focus in Game 5 of the recently-concluded Commissioner’s Cup finals......»»

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PVL: I have a lot to improve on pa -- Nisperos

Faith Nisperos had an impressive debut for Ateneo de Manila University on Saturday but head coach Oliver Almadro felt that the rookie showed just less than 50 percent of her full potential under his system.    “Wala pa yata sa 50 pero we're getting there,” said Almadro of his rookie who scored a game-high 19 points in the Lady Eagles’ 25-16, 22-25, 25-13, 25-20, win over Letran in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Collegiate Conference Group A play.    The National University recruit hammered 17 spikes and landed two aces for the Lady Eagles. Nisperos, a four-time UAAP high school champion and two-time season Most Valuable Player, admitted that she still has a lot to learn.    “Well, as a starter, I have a lot to improve on pa,” she said. “And siyempre, I'm also thrilled and overwhelmed na I'm already here in Ateneo playing.” With the departure of the Lady Eagles championship core, Nisperos is expected to fill in the void especially on offense. The freshsman also shouldered the leadership role inside the court with Ponggay Gaston out (under the weather).    “Yun nga, madami [expectations]. I think he [Almadro] expects me to fill in what the team needs,” she said. “So, I think that is a leader. No matter how young or how old are you, I think everyone can lead so that's what I'm filling in.” Although Almadro felt that Nisperos still has a lot to improve on, the mentor liked the attitude of the lefty hitter to learn. “What's nice with Faith is she really listens and try harder para ma-correct yung details na kino-correct sa kanya,” said Almadro. “She has the talent and she is still growing. Talagang unti-unti.”   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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PBA: Alapag feels for TNT after old tropa takes Finals loss

Like he said before this series, it’s just all business. Now an assistant coach for San Miguel Beer, Jimmy Alapag has won a second title as a Beerman, capturing the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup after six games in the Finals. They beat TNT, Jimmy’s old team where he won seven championships, six as a player. Going up against his former KaTropa, Alapag feels for their loss but that’s the way it goes in the PBA. He’s with San Miguel now and he has to help this team win. For this particular series, the Beermen got the job done. “Those guys will always be family.” Coach Jimmy has helped SMB win a second title this season, with the latest one at the expense of his old tropa in TNT.#PBA2019 #PBAFinals pic.twitter.com/zyjuC0SZ5e — Paul Kennedy Lintag (@paullintag8) August 17, 2019 “My relationship with Jayson [Castro] and Harvey [Carey] goes much deeper than basketball, those guys will always be family. You hate to compete against them because I know the type of will and the type of heart that they have when they play,” Alapag said. “But I’m here [with San Miguel] and it’s my job to help this team to continue to win. Coach Leo [Austria] and all the players, they deserve all the credit. They came in and they got the job done,” he added. San Miguel is the league’s current dynasty and that incredible championship experience gathered through the last four years prevailed in the series against TNT. The Beermen overcame a 1-2 deficit to win the title, handing the KaTropa their first three-game losing skid all season with wins in Games 4-6. “I’m happy for the guys. It was a competitive series, really could have gone other way,” Alapag said. “But I think these guys’ championship experience really came through in the endgame and in a lot of the games in this series. I think that made the difference,” he added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PBA: TNT taps Jones teammate KJ McDaniels as Governors’ Cup import

After a failed attempt to win the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup with NBA-level talent, TNT will try again in the 2019 PBA Governors’ Cup. With NBA-level talent as import of course. Replacing Best Import Terrence Jones, the KaTropa will bring in KJ McDaniels as reinforcement in the season-ending joust. The development was confirmed by the team Saturday. McDaniels played with Jones with the Houston Rockets and was NBA Summer League MVP last year with the Portland Trail Blazers. With McDaniels, TNT is looking to replicate the success it had with Jones. TJ led the KaTropa to the no. 1 seed in the Commissioner’s Cup with a 10-1 record and had San Miguel Beer on the ropes in the Finals with a 2-1 lead before losing in six. “Definitely I do,” active consultant Mark Dickel said after the Finals loss when asked if they can replicate their Commissioner’s Cup success with a new import. “We just have to play a little different, obviously, go back offensively and do some different stuff, and just build on our defensive platform that we've got. He [McDaniels] already comes in on the 24th. As soon as we get him acclimated, it goes again,” he added. McDaniels was the 32nd pick in the 2014 Draft and has NBA career averages of 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds per game on 14.1 minutes per outing. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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PVL: Motolite grabs first win

Motolite rediscovered its competitive form that was missing in its debut as the squad barged in the win column with a 25-22, 25-19, 25-19, drubbing of debuting Chef’s Classics on Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Passing the ball better than in its straight sets loss to defending champion Creamline last Wednesday, setter Iris Tolenada steered Motolite on the right direction for a 1-1 win-loss record. Myla Pablo paced Motolite with game-high 20 points with 17 coming off attacks. Tots Carlos added nine markers while Tolenada tallied 15 of Motolite’s 25 excellent sets to erase the squad’s embarrassing total of four dishes the last time out. Although Motolite played better than in its opener, head coach Godfrey Okumu still saw flaws that they need to address. “Today’s game that was not good. We won, yes, but we are still slow on some things. The speed of the ball, the movement, we are still working on that. We’ve been training hard yesterday and I think that’s the only way,” he said. “We won, congratulations to my team, our opponents played well and they gave us something we can think about but we still need to work hard,” Okumu added. Motolite had shaky start as the Red Spikers kept the game close. Motolite mounted an 8-1 scoring blitz to turn a 9-12 deficit to a 17-13 lead and never looked back. Pablo sparked Motolite’s early separation in the third set to wrap up the match. Nieza Viray was the only Chef’s Classics player in double figures with 10 points. Skipper Justine Tiu and Cecilia Bangad combined for 14 markers in a lost cause for the Red Spikers, who played the first of their back-to-back weekend games. Chef’s Classics will take on Creamline on Sunday.  .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports9 hr. 12 min. ago Related News

PVL: Tan shines as Perlas Spikers bounce back

Gizelle Tan stepped big time in the absence of main playmaker Jem Ferrer as BanKo returned to the win column with a 25-13, 25-18, 25-19, domination of Air Force Saturday in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Open Conference at the FilOil Flying V Centre in San Juan. Tan, who was converted to setter from libero position with Ferrer still recovering from dengue, held the ailing Perlas Spikers together for a mighty bounce for a 2-1 win-loss record. The Ateneo de Manila University product dished out 26 excellent sets to help BanKo hammer 47 attacks.   “We were also worried because Gizelle got sick also, she skipped practice two days ago,” said Dzi Gervacio, who led the Perlas Spikers with 19 points including 17 kills and three excellent receptions. “‘Yun yung magkakasunod si Jem wasn’t feeling well noong game pa namin noong Wednesday [against PacificTown Army] and right after that she went straight to the hospital,” added Gervacio. “Confirmed it was dengue and at the same time Gizelle was suffering from a viral infection pala so we were worried na baka dengue rin buti na lang it wasn’t.” Tan’s great ball distribution gave BanKo a balance scoring with Nicole Tiamzon scoring 15 points while Kathy Bersola and Sue Roces combined for 13 markers. “Ok naman. Not so much expectation naman from her kasi nga iba rin ang maglaro as a setter in the professional level and we’re glad she stepped up talaga to fill up Jem’s spot,” said Gervacio of Tan, who also played setter with the Lady Eagles. The Jet Spikers threatened to bring extend the match when they built a 16-13 separation before BanKo answered with a blistering run to take a 23-16 advantage. Air Force saved two match points before yielding to their second straight defeat. Javen Sabas logged in 13 points while Mae Antipuesto and Dell Palomata scored seven and six, respectively, for the Jet Spikers.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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Terrence Jones accepts Arwind Santos personal apology

After the game, the 27-year-old Kentucky native said he accepted the Filipino's apology......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News15 hr. 59 min. ago Related News

Finals MVP Romeo learns unselfish play with San Miguel

"Para sakin, pag iniisip mo na kung paano kayo mananalo mas nakakalimutan mo na kailangan ikaw lagi yung bida," Romeo said after their Game 6 win over the TNT KaTropa......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: News15 hr. 59 min. ago Related News

Bayern held 2-2 at home by Hertha in Bundesliga opener

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — After agreeing to sign Brazilian winger Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona, Bayern Munich was held to 2-2 by Hertha Berlin in the opening game of the Bundesliga on Friday. Bayern's inability to break down what looked like a shaky Hertha defense aptly illustrated its need for a player like Coutinho. "We're very happy that we can bring this player to Bayern," sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic told broadcaster ZDF after the game. Robert Lewandowski scored twice for the seven-time defending champion, but Bayern failed to make the most of its chances and will rue the setback after Hertha capitalized on two mistakes to score twice in a three-minute period. "We should have scored the goals. We had good chances and 11 corners to none. We were also unlucky. Games can go like that but I'm optimistic," Salihamidzic said. Lewandowski did not have to wait long before opening his league account in the 24th minute, sliding in to convert Serge Gnabry's cross after Joshua Kimmich was given plenty of space to surge through the middle. A rout looked possible as Hertha's defense continued to look shaky, but club record signing Dodi Lukebakio struck against the run of play in the 36th for the visitors, the Belgian's shot from distance taking a big deflection off Vedad Ibisevic's back to give Manuel Neuer no chance. Lukebakio scored a hat trick against Bayern while on loan at Fortuna Düsseldorf last season. Marko Grujic stunned the home fans when he made it 2-1 three minutes later, winning a duel against Benjamin Pavard before running onto a through ball from Ibisevic and rounding Neuer to score. "A bit surprising," Germany coach Joachim Löw said of the halftime scoreline. Bayern started the second half as it had the first, before VAR intervened after Grujic dragged Lewandowski's shirt from behind and the striker fell. Lewandowski dusted himself off to equalize from the spot on the hour mark. Bayern coach Niko Kovac congratulated counterpart Ante Covic after making his league debut in charge of the visitors. "The 2-2 is OK, we're happy to take it," Covic said......»»

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NFL conditionally reinstates Patriots WR Josh Gordon

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL has conditionally reinstated Patriots wide receiver Josh Gordon. Commissioner Roger Goodell notified Gordon on Friday that on Sunday, Gordon can rejoin the team for meetings and conditioning and individual workouts. After that, according to a league statement, "Subject to appropriate progress on clinical care and other arrangements, he will be permitted to participate in team activities, including practice." But Gordon is barred from next Thursday's game because of a lack of sufficient conditioning and practice time. Gordon had been suspended indefinitely since December 2018 for violations of the league's substance abuse policy. New England has been struck by a series of injuries at the position this preseason. But there are no guarantees Gordon can help the team given his history of suspensions......»»

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Return of the Mac-killer: Nate Diaz ends hiatus at UFC 241

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras. Even before he said a word at his open workout four days before UFC 241, Diaz showed he can captivate an audience like no active fighter in the mixed martial arts world. Fighters can train for almost every skill in the game except charisma, and the Diaz brothers are laden with it. The younger Diaz (19-11) returns from a three-year hiatus on Saturday night, taking on Anthony Pettis in his first bout since his two showdowns with Conor McGregor in 2016. A heavyweight title rematch between Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic is the main event, but many fans at Honda Center and around the world will be watching mostly to see what Diaz does next. "I'm here as a businessman and a natural born killer," Diaz said. "I'm here to get the job done, and he's the guy to do it on, so there's no problem. It's all good with me. I'm just here to kill and stay alive for the weekend." Diaz and his older brother, Nick, receive a level of adulation in the MMA world that exceeds even their considerable accomplishments. It's difficult to explain the Diaz appeal to observers who don't have a full historical perspective on the pugnacious, thoughtful brothers' omnipresence in their sport's attitudes and images during the past 15 years, even when they weren't competing very often. Their swashbuckling attitude, angry disregard for authority, profane words of wisdom and athletic fighting styles all appeal tremendously to many people who support a young sport that's still seen as repellent counterculture by a big segment of mostly aging sports fans. Put it this way: A 22-year-old Nate Diaz once completed a submission finish with his legs while simultaneously thrusting two middle fingers in the air. You might love that or hate it, but you have an opinion. "That's the way I've been from Day One," Diaz said. "It's going to stay this way, too, until I'm 100 years old. I'm the Don of all this. If anybody is going to step in this room and say they're the (butt)-whipper, I beg to differ." Even Anthony Bourdain, the late traveler and gourmand, famously filmed a segment with Nick and Nate for his CNN show on Los Angeles, not because the Northern California natives knew much about LA and its cuisines — other than the best weed, probably — but simply because Bourdain, a jiu-jitsu practitioner and MMA fan, was fascinated by the brothers' outlaw ethos. Some of the brothers' behavior seems performative, but some of it isn't: Both Nick and Nate have essentially walked away from the UFC for long stretches of their prime, turning down countless millions in prize money because they refused to compromise what they considered to be their principles. Diaz split two tremendously entertaining matchups with McGregor and became one of the UFC's biggest stars in 2016, but he is 34 years old now, and Saturday's fight will be only his fifth since November 2013. Diaz said he felt mistreated by the UFC, although he struggles to explain how its persistent attempts to book one of its most popular fighters constitute disrespect. Diaz turned down matchups worth millions, including a probable shot at Georges St. Pierre, and he lost a chance to return last year when future champ Dustin Poirier was injured before their bout. Diaz also said he doesn't fight for money. He and his brother, Nick, who hasn't fought in nearly five years, are busy with Nick's thriving gym in their native Stockton, California. Nate said they've also got a successful CBD business, to absolutely nobody's surprise. "They've been trying to degrade me the whole time I've been out," Diaz said. "They're trying to put me low on the card against not very big names. They also tried to give me huge names, but those fell through. It don't matter. I believe I'm the main event in any event they've got. They'll do the best they can to keep me from that." Diaz's complaints are more likely a distilled version of that everyone-is-against-me mentality that drives so many athletes. But he was tempted back by a matchup with Pettis, who nurses a grudge against Diaz that apparently isn't mutual. Diaz dismissively refers to Pettis as "this Wheaties box" in reference to Pettis' former endorsement deal with the cereal, but has mostly ignored Pettis' pointed criticisms. Diaz won't say whether he plans to fight again, or whether he would like his first UFC title shot since 2012. He will stick to his own timetable and goals while nursing the same attitude that kept him on top of the UFC star pyramid even during three years away. "No one on the roster for the last three years even read the blueprints," Diaz said. "I'm right there. Why don't you go take it? And nobody did, and tomorrow, if some of these young guys say they're going to step up and take my position, I'm not with that.".....»»

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San Beda drops 46-point hammer on Perps for sixth straight win in NCAA 95

San Beda University counted five players in double-digits in a 46-point demolition of University of Perpetual Help, 102-56, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. AC Soberano finished what Donald Tankoua started as both players wound up with 15 points in the Red Lions’ sixth straight win in their title defense in the NCAA 95 Men’s Basketball Tournament. "Credit to my boys for the win. They wanted to prove something," head coach Boyet Fernandez said. The defending champions started strong, shooting the lights out for 30 points in the opening salvo. Tankoua took charge from that timeframe, pounding in eight of his output while Clint Doliguez and Evan Nelle also added five markers apiece. In all, the San Beda starters took the fight out of all of their opponents by a score of 30-17 after the first quarter. The Altas would not be able to make a game out of it as Soberano caught fire in the final frame, scoring all of his output and by his lonesome, nearly matching their opponents in scoring. "AC made the most of his threes in the fourth. Hopefully, tuloy-tuloy na rin yung kumpyansa niya," coach Boyet said. The Red Lions' lead went as high as 52, 102-50, inside the last three minutes. They would not be able to get a make the rest of the way, but still wound up with the biggest margin of victory thus far in the tournament. For Perps, Edgar Charcos and Tonton Peralta each scored 13 points. With their defense missing in action all throughout, though, they absorbed their fourth loss in the last five games and now stand at 2-5. BOX SCORES SAN BEDA 102 - Tankoua 15, Soberano 15, Nelle 12, Doliguez 12, Canlas 10, Oftana 9, Bahio 7, Cuntapay 6, Obenza 6, Alfaro 5, Abuda 3, Etrata 2, Noah 0, Visser 0. PERPETUAL 56 - Charcos 13, Peralta 13, Adamos 12, Lucero 10, Egan 4, Tamayo 2, Martel 2, Giussani 0, Razon 0, Sese 0, Barasi 0, Sevilla 0, Lanoy 0. QUARTER SCORES: 30-17, 47-27, 78-39, 102-56. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Mapua spreads its wings wider for third win in a row in NCAA 95

Mapua University has flown to even greater heights in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament after imposing its will on Jose Rizal University, 83-63, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. Laurenz Victoria continued with his scoring tear, pouring in 24 points in this one just as prized rookie Paolo Hernandez turned in his best outing yet with 20 markers, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals. "Si Paolo, talagang alam na naming maaasahan namin," head coach Randy Alcantara said. Just like they have in their back-to-back wins before this game, the Cardinals rode the shoulders of those two just as the Heavy Bombers were rallying late. With their team clinging on to an eight-point edge with under three minutes remaining, Hernandez and Victoria connived for all but two points in a 14-2 finishing kick that eventually ended as a 20-point win - their biggest yet thus far in the tournament. Their biggest win is the latest in a three-game winning streak coming off a 0-5 start to the season. "Three straight wins, we're happy, we're satisfied. Tinrabaho ng players ko 'to," coach Randy said. The frontcourt of Christian Bunag and Warren Bonifacio also pulled their weight for Mapua with the former finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds and the latter ending with eight markers and 10 boards. For the Heavy Bombers, Agem Miranda topped the scoring column with 19 points while rookies Marwin Dionisio and JL Delos Santos also added 14 and 10 markers, respectively. Running out of gas in the endgame, however, they fell to 3-5 in the standings. BOX SCORES MAPUA 83 - Victoria 24, Hernandez 20, Bunag 10, Bonifacio 8, Lugo 7, Gonzales 5, Nieles 5, Serrano 2, Gamboa 2, Aguirre 0, Garcia 0 JRU 63 - Miranda 19, Dionisio 14, Delos Santos 10, Macatangay 5, Amores 4, Arenal 4, Abaoag 4, Steinl 3, Dela Rosa 0, Jungco 0, Aguilar 0 QUARTER SCORES: 14-13, 31-29, 58-46, 83-63 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NCAA 95: Marcelino-led LPU puts a stop to CSB s best-ever start

Lyceum of the Philippines University still has the number of TY Tang-coached College of St. Benilde - even now in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament. With Jaycee Marcelino captaining the wrecking crew, the Pirates powered their way right through the Blazers, 74-71, Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre. After a tight first half, Marcelino just turned it on in the third, propelling his side to a 68-48 edge after scoring 10 of his 23 points in the quarter. The Taft-based team, however, would battle back to within four, 70-74, inside the last two minutes. "We have to give credit to CSB. They just kept on pursuing us," coach Topex Robinson said post-game. The LPU defense stood strong from that point, however, and allowed no more makes from the field. CSB inched closer to just down three with 3.7 ticks to go on the clock after Chris Flores was sent to the line and sent in his first free throw. Flores intentionally muffed on the second to keep the door open for his side, but it was Mike Nzeusseu who collared the rebound, finishing the job once and for all for the Pirates. In the end, Nzeusseu posted a 17-point, 16-rebound double-double to help the Intramuros-based squad to their fifth win in a row and sixth overall in seven games. "We'll always take this win. I'm happy that the boys got it," coach Topex said. This latest decision keeps LPU undefeated against the TY Tang-coached Blazers. This latest decision also just happened to put the first blemish on the once spotless slate of the green and white. Off to their best-ever start in school history, CSB suffered its first setback as top gun Justin Gutang was held in check, only with six points in 1-of-7 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and eight assists. In his stead, Cameroonian Clement Leutcheu topped the scoring column with 15 points on top of nine rebounds and two steals. BOX SCORES LPU 74 - Marcelino JC 23, Nzeusseu 17, Santos 7, Caduyac 6, Marcelino JV 6, Tansingco 6, Yong 4, Pretta 3, David 2, Navarro 0, Ibanez 0, Valdez 0, Guinto 0 CSB 71 - Leutcheu 15, Nayve 11, Haruna 9, Gutang 6, Dixon 6, Flores 6, Pasturan 5, Naboa 5, Sangco 4, Lepalam 2, Belgica 2, Young 0, Carlos 0 QUARTER SCORES: 22-23, 43-36, 68-51, 74-71 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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NCAA 95: Mapua has full faith Pao Hernandez can be next king of the sky

Pao Hernandez took until just one month to go before the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament to completely commit to Mapua University. This, long after he wowed just about everybody in Mapua High School’s championship run last season. Once Hernandez completely committed to continue in Intramuros, though, he set all of his heart and mind into it. And this time around, it didn’t take too long for the prized rookie to make an immediate impact in the ongoing NCAA 95. Averaging 8.9 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.1 steals through eight games, he has wasted no time in turning himself into a key cog in the Cardinals’ quest to take flight once more. Hernandez has delivered the goods the most in the three-game winning streak they are currently in where he has norms of 15 points, 1.3 triples, 5.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals, and 1.6 assists. For the remarkable rookie season he has been turning in thus far, his mentor is nothing but proud. "Alam na natin na kahit isang taong lang 'to sa amin sa Jrs., nakita ko na agad yung leadership. Matapang, Finals MVP, hindi biro yung nagawa niya nun," Mapua head coach Randy Alcantara said. And so, of course, the two-time NCAA Jrs. and one-time MBPL champion coach is only happy to have the 6-foot-3 sweet-shooting forward on his side. This, after more than a few teams also expressed interest in Hernandez. For the 20-year-old's part, though, there was one and only one way to go. "Familiarity ang gusto ko at alam ni Coach Randy kung paano ako gamitin. Yung teammates ko rin, kilala na namin ang isa't-isa," he said. He then continued, "Kaya yun ang pinili ko - familiarity." And now he has established, and is reinforcing, himself in Intramuros, his mentor has full faith he is there to stay - and is there to bring back Mapua to continued contention. "Nakikita ko na after (team captain) [Laurenz] Victoria, magiging mukha na ng Cardinals si Paolo Hernandez," coach Randy said. Without a doubt, that is high praise for a rookie, however prized as he may be, but without a doubt as well, Hernandez does have what it takes to be a future King Cardinal. For now, though, he wants nothing more than to help his alma mater get back on track. As he put it, "Masaya ako sa tiwala ni coach, pero 'di ko muna iniisip yun. This season muna, tiyaga-tiyaga lang, step-by-step lang." --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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Techno Sport Hado hits Philippines

Developed by Japanese company Meleap, the game combines Augmented Reality and physical play......»»

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Longer, harder practices for Gilas beginning next week

With just a little over two weeks to go before the 2019 FIBA World Cup, Gilas Pilipinas is all set to enter its final phase of preparations. Just two days removed from landing in Manila from a training camp in Spain, the Philippine national team was in practice for the second straight time inside the Meralco Gym in Ortigas on Thursday. And still, head coach Yeng Guiao was nothing but satisfied with their preparations. "Okay naman. At least, we have 11 or 12 guys coming in already and we're still waiting for the three guys playing in the Finals," he told reporters. Indeed, 12 of the 15-man pool were present in the latest training session - and only June Mar Fajardo, RR Pogoy, and Troy Rosario were missing as all of them still had business to take care of in the ongoing 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup Finals. Whatever happens in the PBA Finals, whether San Miguel wraps up the championship on Friday or TNT forces a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday, coach Yeng said Gilas' daily practices will continue. And starting next week, they will be undergoing longer and harder training sessions. "We're just going to wind up this week with regular practices, but next week, meron na kaming extra hour for the shooting drills and another extra hour for video watching every other day siguro," the fiery mentor shared. He then continued, "We're going to add more hours next week so were hoping by that time, ready na rin yung tatlo na galing sa Finals." Along with the extra work starting next week, Gilas is also looking forward to a two-game series against Australian club Adelaide 36ers. "We're hoping to see some improvement once we play the Australian team. After that, final adjustments na lang," coach Yeng said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 15th, 2019Related News

Petron, Foton secure semis slots

Defending champion Petron breezed past Marinerang Pilipina, 25-18, 25-13, 25-11, to make its way to the semifinals of the Philippine Super Liga All-Filipino Conference on Thursday at the Filoil Flying V Centre. Aiza Maizo-Pontillas finally caught fire for the Blaze Spikers, who stretched their winning streak to 12. Maizo delivered 15 points on top of 12 digs while Bernadeth Pons and skipper Frances Molina combined for 24 markers for Petron, which need only one hour and 25 minutes to wrap up the contest. The Blaze Spikers will clash with the survivor in the other quarterfinal battle between Generika-Ayala and Cignal, who will clash on Saturday. "Siyempre sobrang laki kasi lahat naman ng teams ito yung goal makarating sa ganitong status,” said Petron head coach Shaq Delos Santos. “Ngayon nandito na kami kailangan mas maging eager pa kami na pagandahin yung takbo ng team namin kasi siyempre pinaghirapan naman namin," he added. Meanwhile, Foton recovered from a set down to boot out PLDT Home Fibr, 16-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-12, in the other quarters pairing. Jaja Santiago dropped 20 points off 14 spikes, five kill blocks and an ace while Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Marian Buitre added 15 and 12 markers, respectively, for the Tornadoes, who will take on the winner between no. 2 seed F2 Logistics and Sta. Lucia Realty in the Final Four. The Power Hitters, who played sans Aiko Urdas because of a knee injury, got 22 points from Grethcel Soltones while Jerrili Malabanan and Shola Alvarez got 13 and 10, respectively. The Blaze Spikers had the game in full control that allowed Delos Santos to field in seldom-used players, including Mary Anne Esguerra, Mela Tunay and Toni Basas. Dimdim Pacres and Judith Abil finished with seven points apiece for Marinerang Pilipina, which ended its campaign without a single win to show.    .....»»

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PBA Finals By the Numbers: One more to go

San Miguel Beer is pretty much inevitable, right? After Game 5, the Beermen are all of a sudden on the brink of yet another PBA title and they now lead the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Finals against TNT, 3-2. TNT will now need some Tony Stark level of switcheroo to pull this one off or the Beermen will continue to pad their lead against all PBA teams with an incredible 27 championships. But before that, one last By the Numbers look for San Miguel’s amazing Game 5 win.   19 Total points for San Miguel import Chris McCullough in that incredible fourth-quarter run. C-Mac outscored TNT by himself in the last 12 minutes, 19-14, as he willed the Beermen to victory in the final quarter. His basket over the defense of Terrence Jones late finally pushed San Miguel ahead, 95-94, which would later turn into a 99-94 win.   16 Largest lead of the night for the KaTropa. After scoring the first five points in the fourth quarter, TNT was up by 16, 85-69. It went downhill after that. Chris McCullough scored 19 points and the Beermen went on a 30-9 run to end the game for the win.   96 Combined minutes for imports Terrence Jones and Chris McCullough. The two imports did not rest in the pivotal Game 5 for TNT and San Miguel respectively however, the younger McCullough got the upper hand late as he just had the extra bounce in his step during crunch time. They both scored 35 points each in Game 5.   22 Total points for Terrence Romeo. Bro fired 15 points in the opening period as he kept San Miguel within striking distance of TNT. If the Beermen are to win this championship, Romeo is a darkhorse candidate for Finals MVP, he’s been that impactful off the bench for San Miguel Beer.   14 Total three-pointers for TNT. Despite the monumental collapse, the KaTropa were still on target from deep, connecting 14 treys on 34 percent shooting.  Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy had four triples each while Terrence Jones was good for another three. TNT is still playing well in these Finals, they just have to finish. Game 6 is Friday at the Big Dome.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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NCAA 95: Spotless CSB gets challenged by streaking LPU

Games on Friday at Filoil Flying V Centre 12:00 p.m. - Perpetual vs San Beda 2:00 p.m. - JRU vs Mapua 4:00 p.m. - CSB vs LPU College of St. Benilde remains unscathed in the NCAA 95 Men's Basketball Tournament, but coming right for them is smooth sailing Lyceum of the Philippines University. The Blazers stake their spotless slate while the Pirates put their five-game win run on the line in the clash of titans in the middle of the Filoil Flying V Centre floor, Friday. Starting at 4:00 p.m., CSB is out to ace its toughest test thus far in the season even as LPU is out to stretch its streak ahead of its rematch with the defending champions. As always all of the action will be on ABS-CBN S+A Channel 23, ABS-CBN S+A HD Channel 166, LIGA SkyCable Channel 86, LIGA HD SkyCable Channel 183, iWant and livestream. Also hoping for a morale-boosting win ahead of the rematch of last year's Finals is San Beda University which will take on a University of Perpetual Help side on a downward spiral at 12:00 p.m. while Mapua University is hoping its newfound groove will take it even farther at the expense of Jose Rizal University at 2:00 p.m. In Jrs. action, defending champion Mapua Red Robins also seek a bigger boost for its playoff push when they take on the dangerous JRU Light Bombers at 10:00 a.m. There will also be big-time battles between league-leading San Beda Red Cubs and daring Perpetual Jr. Altas at 8:00 a.m. as well as between second-running CSB-La Salle Green Hills Jr. Blazers and fourth-running LPU Jr. Pirates at 6:00 p.m. For the first time ever, the best and brightest young talent in the country will be on livestream......»»

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