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Analysts: China to Gain from South China Sea Compromise

TAIPEI - A proposed 60-40 split favoring the Philippines over China in rights to any oil or gas discovered together in a contested sea helps Beijing protect an iffy but valuable diplomatic relation.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: News10 hr. 6 min. ago Related News

Analysts: China to Gain from South China Sea Compromise

TAIPEI - A proposed 60-40 split favoring the Philippines over China in rights to any oil or gas discovered together in a contested sea helps Beijing protect an iffy but valuable diplomatic relation.....»»

Source: Manilanews ManilanewsCategory: News10 hr. 40 min. ago Related News

Major grudge match for Garbrandt, Dillashaw tops fight card

By Greg Beacham, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw have one of the UFC's most compelling feuds of recent years. This beef is rooted in betrayal and tribalism, and it led to the demolition of a once-cordial relationship between training partners. The feud persisted even after Dillashaw knocked out Garbrandt and took his bantamweight title belt last year, following months of verbal sparring and pre-fight scuffling. Their rematch at Staples Center on Saturday night is the main event of UFC 227. It's also the chance for a particularly personal victory for both men, who declined to shake hands at their ceremonial faceoff Thursday in downtown Los Angeles. "I prefer to be respectful," Dillashaw said Thursday. "I prefer to be a martial artist, so I like a respect level, but I don't mind the drama, either. I'm going to use it to my advantage." Garbrandt (11-1) and Dillashaw (15-3) actually have plenty in common. They're both well-conditioned, gifted strikers who became elite competitors at Team Alpha Male, Urijah Faber's famed gym in Sacramento. They've also both become first-time fathers in the nine months since their last bout. But they simply haven't gotten along ever since Dillashaw won the bantamweight title and also left Alpha Male in 2014. To make an epic story short, Dillashaw says he was thrown out because he wouldn't break ties with coach Duane Ludwig, who had just split acrimoniously from Faber. Several Alpha Male fighters, including Garbrandt, say Dillashaw turned his back on them. "Let him say what he wants, but that motivates me," Garbrandt said. "If you say you're going to ruin my career and basically take food out of my child's mouth, that's fine. I didn't need any more motivation with my new son, and while I'm coming off my first loss, I've been more motivated than I ever have out of any win." Any viewer of the pay-per-view show can't miss the clear contrast between Garbrandt, the rural Ohio product with prominent neck tattoos, and Dillashaw, the clean-cut college graduate with a California surfer look. But the rematch primarily is a collision of two fighters with legitimate reason to think they're the best in the 135-pound division. Garbrandt rocketed to the top of the class, winning the belt less than two years after entering the UFC. He lost his title in equally stunning fashion last November to Dillashaw, who reclaimed the strap he had lost to Dominick Cruz nearly two years earlier. During his ascent, Garbrandt appeared to be the archetype of the most compelling lighter-weight fighters. He was slick, athletic, stylistically well-rounded and powerful enough to generate knockouts — and he looked the part of a mixed martial arts star, right down to those tattoos that spread down his resplendently multicolored arms. Garbrandt's neck is covered by large wings flanking a diamond, with the words "SELF MADE" atop his sternum. He seemed ticketed for superstardom — until Dillashaw, the former Cal State Fullerton wrestler whose only losses in the last six years were on debatable split decisions, wrecked the narrative with his fists. Immediately after their bout at Madison Square Garden, Garbrandt claims he tried to quash their grudge, but Dillashaw rejected him. Dillashaw says he isn't to blame for not wanting Garbrandt around him. "You've got me by the throat before, and that pushed me overboard," Dillashaw said, recalling a past scuffle between the two. "What's changed now? Just because I slapped you upside your face, what's different? Why have you got to be fake?" While Garbrandt doesn't accept the blame for this state of affairs, he insists he has grown and changed since his wife, Danny, gave birth in March to their first child, a son named Kai. But Garbrandt also angrily declined to apologize this week for a series of racially insensitive tweets from his early 20s. "I've never felt entitled to anything in my life," Garbrandt said. "I feel like everything happens for a reason. I've been given second chances my whole entire life. ... T.J. is a tough adversary. He's skilled. He's a good competitor. He doesn't like to lose either. That's what's great about this rivalry.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsAug 3rd, 2018Related News

QB Matt Ryan looks to regain his MVP form with Falcons

By Paul Newberry, Associated Press FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Matt Ryan is eager to regain his MVP form with the Atlanta Falcons. It sure seems possible with Julio Jones in camp, first-round pick Calvin Ridley ready to make an impact and — perhaps most important — a full season in the books with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. While Ryan put up his seventh straight year with more than 4,000 yards through the air, he didn't come close to matching the best season of his career under previous coordinator Kyle Shanahan. In 2017, Ryan's yardage dipped significantly (4,944 to 4,095). So did his TDs (38 to 20) and quarterback rating (117.1 to 91.4). His interceptions went up (7 to 12). Most tellingly, the Falcons went from leading the league in scoring (33.75 points per game) to a middle-of-the-pack 15th position (22.06). Coming off an MVP season, Ryan wasn't even in the conversation for the league's top player. The slide in production had some people wondering if head coach Dan Quinn would give Sarkisian another chance . But Quinn was mindful that Shanahan's first season in Atlanta also was a bit of a struggle. He found his groove in 2016, overseeing a dynamic offense that helped carry the Falcons all the way to the Super Bowl and earn Shanahan his first head coaching job with the San Francisco 49ers. "I've got a lot of confidence," Ryan said of Year 2 with Sarkisian. "Obviously, I think Sark is a lot more comfortable with the personnel, knowing what guys to use in certain situations. I think that just comes with experience. We all kind of have a feel for his flavor as well. I think he did a great job for us last year and will continue to do a great job this year." Quinn is certainly expecting a more comfortable relationship between Ryan and Sarkisian. For good measure, the Falcons also hired Greg Knapp, a former Atlanta offensive coordinator, to serve as quarterbacks coach. "Like most relationships, there's probably some situations that you need to go through together," Quinn said. "OK, how did that person respond? How did he get through it? Generally as it goes, the communication improves." For a while, it looked as though Ryan might have to make do without one of the league's top receivers . Unhappy with his contract, Jones skipped offseason workouts in Atlanta as well as a mandatory minicamp. But on the eve of training camp, he agreed to report after the Falcons figured out a way to give him a bit more money this season, along with a promise to negotiate a new deal in 2019. No one was more pleased than Ryan to have No. 11 on the receiving end of his throws. "He's the best teammate you could ask for," Ryan said. "He's just a great worker and such a good teacher for the young guys, too." Jones is already spreading his knowledge to Ridley , who is expected to take over the third receiver role filled so ably the past two years by Taylor Gabriel. Ryan is impressed by what he's seen so far from the rookie. "He's a talented player who can do a lot of different things," Ryan said. "Certainly through the offseason and through the first couple of days of camp, he showcased his talent level. I kind of see him having a really good year for us and really fitting in with the receiving corps that we have." Ryan certainly has no complaints about his contract. He expects to remain with the Falcons for the rest of his career after signing a new five-year, $150 million deal, the most lucrative in NFL history and the first with $100 million in guaranteed earnings. To justify all that money, Ryan is focused on being more efficient in the red zone. Far too many times last season, the Falcons settled for field goals instead of touchdowns after driving inside the 20-yard line. In the early days of training camp, the team already looks much crisper in those situations. "A point of emphasis for us is improving in the red area, so we can have more touchdowns than we did last year," Ryan said. "We've got a lot of work to do before the season, but it's a good start." With Jones, Ridley and Mohammad Sanu catching passes, an offensive line bolstered by the signing of free-agent guard Brandon Fusco, and a dynamic backfield duo of Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, Ryan certainly has plenty of options at his disposal. Enough to play like an MVP. "We've got a really, really scary offense," Freeman said. Notes: The Falcons agreed to terms with OL Kendall Calhoun, LB Jonathan Celestin and WR Colby Pearson. All three players were undrafted out of college. To make room on the roster, team has waived S Jason Hall, DB Terrance Parks and FB Daniel Marx. ... Quinn split up his players Monday's practice, essentially creating two teams roughly the size of a regular-season roster, even putting offensive line coach Chris Morgan and defensive coach Jerome Henderson in charge of the squads. "We wanted to create some game-like, stressful situations to really evaluate the players in that environment," Quinn said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 31st, 2018Related News

Fighting draw

IM John Marvin Miciano and WGM Janelle Mae Frayna and battled to a fighting draw in an all-Filipino showdown in the ninth and final round in the 44 Open Internacional d’Escacs Vila de Sitges in Sitges, Spain. Miciano, who played black, and Frayna agreed to split the point after a….....»»

Source: Journal JournalCategory: NewsJul 30th, 2018Related News

South African kayoes Dacquel

By Gabriel G. Malagar Filipino Rene “Commander” Dacquel lost to hometown hero Yanga Sigqibo via a split decision for the World Boxing Council International super flyweight title fight held July 27 at the International Convention Center in East London, South Africa. Dacquel (20-8-2) sent Sigqibo down the canvass twice during the fight but still lost […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsJul 28th, 2018Related News

Yanks Judge on fractured wrist: 'Could ve been a lot worse'

By Ben Walker, Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Aaron Judge immediately knew something was wrong. He'd been hit by pitches before, and they never felt like this. A day later, the New York Yankees slugger could smile. Sort of. His fractured right wrist will put him out for three weeks, not the rest of the season. "It could've been a lot worse," Judge said Friday night. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said it was "pretty realistic" that Judge should be able to play a game in three weeks. Asked whether that would be a minor league rehab appearance or a return to the Yankees' lineup, Judge said he thought it meant the majors. "With the Yankees," the All-Star right fielder said, "I believe." Judge is hitting .285 with 26 home runs and 61 RBIs. Boone said Giancarlo Stanton will take over in right during Judge's recovery — Stanton has split time in left field, right and at designated hitter. Judge was nailed by a tailing fastball from Kansas City right-hander Jakob Junis in the first inning Thursday night. "I had a bad feeling," Judge said. "I didn't have a good feeling when it hit me." Judge winced, did a quick twirl in the batter's box, slung his bat toward the dugout and headed to first base. A trainer checked him and had Judge do some hand exercises. Judge, who was the DH, stayed in the game and got an infield single the next time up. But after having trouble swinging in the indoor batting cage, he was pulled for a pinch-hitter in the fourth. The Yankees and Royals were rained out Friday night, and Judge spent the day getting treatment. Mostly a mix of ice and compression to keep the swelling down. Judge also has a brace for the lower half of his right arm. He wore it while taking part in a pregame presentation, before the game was called. "It's tough, but stuff like this happens," he said. The Yankees said Judge doesn't need surgery. He was put him the 10-day disabled list and infielder-outfielder Tyler Wade was recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees went into the weekend trailing AL East-leading Boston by 4 1/2 games. The teams play four times at Fenway Park next week. Boone said Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks and Stanton will form the outfield for most games while Judge is out. The versatile Wade figures to get some time there, too. There's no timetable for outfielders Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury to return from the disabled list. Catcher Gary Sanchez also is on the DL and expected to be miss most of August. After the Yankees bolstered their pitching staff this week by getting starter J.A. Happ from Toronto and reliever Zach Britton from Baltimore, there's always a chance they'll make another deal for a hitter before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. "Whether we get reinforcements, who knows?" Boone said. Yankees pitcher Sonny Gray said his right thumb was feeling better a day after it was hit by a hard grounder. The right-hander said he fully expects to make his next start as scheduled. "I'll be ready in five days," he said. The Yankees also said newly acquired J.A. Happ would make his New York debut Sunday when he starts against the Royals. Toronto traded the lefty on Thursday for infielder Brandon Drury and minor league outfielder Billy McKinney......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 28th, 2018Related News

NCAA: Levi Dela Cruz’s big heart causes heartbreak for Baste

It was a terrible day from the free throw line for San Sebastian College-Recoletos on Friday, but JM Calma’s split from the stripe still granted them a two-point edge over Arellano University. Still, 14.2 ticks were on the clock and Levi Dela Cruz was not letting the Chiefs go down that easily. The Golden Stags were up, 81-79, in the dying moments of the extra period until Arellano’s lead guard got the ball and decided to launch a triple try over the outstretched arms of both Arjan Dela Cruz and Michael Are. The ball proceeded to graze the back of the rim before falling to the bottom of the net. Baste still had 4.2 seconds to make something happen, but Dela Cruz intercepted Alvin Capobres’ inbound pass to Dela Cruz to finish off the Chiefs’ return to the win column now at 2-1. Of course, head coach Jerry Codinera gave credit where credit is due. “Si Levi, he has a big heart. He’s a make or break kid and that was a desperate shot. Yun nay un,” he told reporters post-game. He then continued, “Talagang he doesn’t back down from an opportunity.” Indeed, even though he was scoreless in three quarters, the second-year guard still came through in the endgame – scoring seven points in the final frame and then hitting the game-winner in overtime. “Masyado akong gigil nung mga unang quarter kaya masama laro ko. Sabi ko, bawi na lang ako kapag binunot ako ni coach Jerry ulit,” he shared. He then continued, “Bawi ako sa depensa kasi sa opensa, walang pumapasok talaga. Buti ayun, nakakuha rin ng last minute tapos last second, na-steal ko.” This wasn’t the first time in the season that Dela Cruz won a game for the Chiefs. In their first win of the season, also in overtime, he scored his team’s last seven points. And today, he was the tip of the upset ax that felled favored San Sebastian. Still, coach Jerry is challenging him to keep on improving. “He’s a strong kid, malakas ang katawan, but he just has to learn a lot of things as a point guard. He also needs more consistency,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 27th, 2018Related News

NCAA: Streaking Perpetual piles onto woes of frustrated EAC

Edgar Charcos stayed hot just as University of Perpetual Help’s other guys also got going in the NCAA 94 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Charcos yet again showed the way and joined forces with Prince Eze and Kim Aurin in the Altas’ 76-74 escape act from Emilio Aguinaldo College on its home floor in San Marcelino, Manila on Thursday. With the two teams all even at 64-all inside the last five minutes, Eze’s split and Aurin’s midrange jumper sparked the 12-5 charge that put the visitors up, 75-69, with 59.5 ticks to go. The Generals weren’t quitting just yet, however, as Jeric Diego and Maui Cruz connived for a 5-0 run that neared them to within 74-75 with 12 seconds remaining. “Ang feeling ko, yung Generals played with a lot of confidence kasi siyempre, andito sila sa bahay nila,” Perps head coach Frankie Lim said post-game. He then continued, “In the end, it went down to making stops.” Indeed, that was the closest EAC could come as Aurin’s free throw and ensuing defense on Jerome Garcia cemented Perpetual’s rise to 2-1. Charcos wound up with 22 points on top of three assists and two steals. This is his third game in a row breaching the 20-point marker. Eze and Aurin then both stuffed the stat sheets with the former finishing with 15 points, 22 rebounds, and nine blocks and the latter ending with 12 markers, nine boards, and eight assists. Now on their first win run in the season, the Altas believe they’re ready for what’s next – a date with undefeated Lyceum of the Philippines University. “Magandang boost sa amin ‘to bago yung game namin against LPU,” coach Frankie said. On the other hand, the Generals remained winless in three games. Cruz continued opening eyes with 18 points, but to enter the win column, they will need much more from Hamadou Laminou who only had 12 points and eight rebounds. BOX SCORES PERPETUAL 76 – Charcos 22, Eze 15, Aurin 12, Peralta 11, Coronel 6, Razon 5, Cuevas 2, Pedrosa 2, Mangalino 1, Tamayo 0 EAC 74 – Cruz 18, Garcia 17, Laminou 12, Natividad 10, Bautista 5, Diego 4, Mendoza 3, Gonzales 2, Robin 2, Tampoc 1, Magullano 0, Neri 0, Bugarin 0, Fuentes 0 QUARTER SCORES: 20-17, 38-34, 56-57, 76-74 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

Jayson Gonzales, Janelle Mae Frayna settle for another draw

Grandmaster Jayson Gonzales split the point with India’s Kartavya Anadkat to stay within striking distance of top seed Gadir Guseinov of Azerbaijan and India’s Anand Saurabh even as Woman GM Janelle Mae Frayna settled for another draw against Biswas Anustoop also of India after three rounds of the 44th Vila De Sitges in Spain yesterday......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 24th, 2018Related News

PBA: Gin Kings seal Finals date against Beermen

Barangay Ginebra punched a ticket to the Finals but not after a tough Game 4 bout against the gritty Rain or Shine, 96-94, Monday to seal the best-of-five 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals, 3-1, at the Big Dome. LA Tenorio played clutch in crunch time hitting a go-ahead triple after Ginebra fell behind by two in the last two and a half minutes before sinking a runner for a 95-90 lead by the Gin Kings with 37.9 seconds remaining. Reggie Johnson cut the Elasto Painters’ deficit to three with a quick bucket, the Gin Kings came out empty in their possession before Tiu chopped two more points of Ginebra’s lead with two foul shots in the last 7.2 ticks. Jeff Chan split his charities with 2.4 seconds left to give the Gin Kings a two-point lead before tapping the inbound pass of RoS to cut a second in the game clock. Scottie Thompson sealed the win with a steal off the inbound.            Ginebra advanced to its 25th Finals appearance overall and first Commissioner’s Cup championship stint since bowing down to Alaska in a sweep in the 2013 edition.    The Gin Kings will take on its sister-team and defending champion San Miguel Beer in the best-of-seven Finals series on Friday at the Big Dome. Ginebra and SMB last met in the championship round during the 2017 Philippine Cup ruled by the Beermen. “What a battle, what an incredible battle. I'm so focused on the score, we just seemed to lead the whole way but we couldn't separate ourselves from them,” said Gin Kings coach Tim Cone. “They are a team with such great poise, and they're just really tough down the stretch.” “We had some fortunate bounces that went our way, and somehow we pulled it out,” he added. “I'm just happy not to play a Game 5 against this team, they're too good.” Greg Slaughter and Joe Devance finished with 19 points each while Tenorio had 16 markers and six assists for Ginebra. Justin Brownlee flireted with a triple-double with 12 points, 17 rebounds and eight assists while Thompson delivered the intangibles on top of six points, 10 boards and three steals.      The Gin Kings buckled down to work right from the get-go and maintained their aggressiveness throughout the match as Ginebra built its biggest lead in the first half, 40-26, with Jeff Chan and LA Tenorio punishing the Elasto Painters. But the RoS mounted a 14-7 closing rally to enter the half trailing by only seven points, 47-40. Johnson posted 22 points, 16 rebounds and six assists while Raymond Almazan got 16 for the Elasto Painters. Mark Borboran and Jay Washington added 11 markers each while James Yap got 10.     The Scores: Ginebra (96): Slaughter 19, Devance 19, Tenorio 16, Brownlee 12, Chan 9, Thompson 6, J. Aguilar 6, Caguioa 4, Mercado 3, Ferrer 2, R. Aguilar 0, Mariano 0  Rain or Shine (94): Johnson 22, Almazan 13, Borboran 11, Washington 11, Yap 10, Norwood 8, Tiu 7, Ponferada 4, Nambatac 3, Daquioag 3, Belga 2, Ahanmisi 0 Quarter scores: 25-20, 47-40, 73-67, 96-94     ---   Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 23rd, 2018Related News

SUPER 8: Revenge on Elephants should be a nice finish for NLEX

MACAU --- Coach Yeng is the type who never forgets. After taking a beating from KBL's Etland Elephants earlier this week during the preliminary play of the Super 8 tournament, Guiao and his NLEX Road Warriors are out for revenge. To wrap up Super 8 at the East Asian Games Dome here Sunday, the Road Warriors will have their rematch against the Elephants and this time, it's for third place and a podium finish in the Macau invitational. "Talo kasi kami run nung first game eh, and we feel na you learn something everytime you play the Korean teams," Guiao said. "Siguro hindi lang yung may matutunan ka, mas masarap yung mas masarap yung may natutunan ka tapos tinalo mo pa sila. We'll try to win 3rd place and get a podium finish. At least that's going to be good enough for us," he added. When the Elephants beat NLEX earlier this week, Guiao lamented that the Road Warriors pretty much got overwhelmed by the Korean's fluid style of play. But for round 2, coach Yeng hopes his boys have adjusted well enough to win. "The more you play them the more you get used to that kind of style, the better you react," he said. "Noong una kas pag kalaban mo sila, yung reaction time mo is split-second delayed. If you give them that extra, they make they're shots. We're hoping to react better defensively," Guiao added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 22nd, 2018Related News

PBA: Brownlee can’t be stopped as Ginebra closes in on Finals

Ginebra’s tidal wave in the first half proved to be more than enough to move it one win away from the Finals of the 2018 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Justin Brownlee was a man on a mission from the get-go and spearheaded the Gin Kings’ wire-to-wire 75-72 win over Rain or Shine on Saturday at the MOA Arena. The American reinforcement dropped 44 points to go along with 16 rebounds, six assists, and five steals and was an unsolvable riddle for all of Gabe Norwood, Ed Daquioag, and Maverick Ahanmisi. Just in 23 minutes in the first half, he already had 25 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. By himself, he outscored the Elasto Painters who could only muster 23 points as a team. Still, Rain or Shine put up a last stand with Beau Belga’s long-range missile and Reggie Johnson’s short stab pulling them to within 72-74 with 9.8 ticks to go, but LA Tenorio’s split from the stripe coupled with James Yap’s missed triple tries closed the door on them for good. “What a brilliant comeback by Rain or Shine. We played a pretty game in the first half and then we made a bunch of mental mistakes (in the second half),” head coach Tim Cone said. “We just held on by our fingernails.” In the end, Ginebra’s lead that was once at 25 points proved to be more than enough for a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals. Tenorio was the only other Gin King in double-digits with 13 points to go along with four rebounds and three assists. “We got a little bit too Justin-reliant. We have to be better at responding to what happened in the second half,” Cone said. They try to close out the Elasto Painters and claim the first Finals berth in the tournament in Game 4 on Monday at the Araneta Coliseum. Reggie Johnson paced Rain or Shine with 13 points and 22 rebounds while Raymond Almazan also contributed 12 markers and nine boards. BOX SCORES GINEBRA 75 – Brownlee 44, Tenorio 13, Slaughter 8, Chan 3, Ferrer 3, Aguilar 2, Devance 2, Thompson 0, Caguioa 0, Mercado 0, Cruz 0 RAIN OR SHINE 72 – Johnson 13, Almazan 12, Daquioag 11, Yap 9, Nambatac 6, Belga 6, Tiu 6, Ahanmisi 5, Norwood 2, Washington 2, Borboran 0, Ponferada 0, Torres 0 QUARTER SCORES: 24-10, 46-23, 61-41, 75-72 --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 21st, 2018Related News

PBA: Coach Tim: ‘We’re very fortunate James missed that shot’

At one point on Saturday, Ginebra had a 25-point lead over Rain or Shine. That didn’t hold, however, as the Gin Kings witnessed the Elasto Painters battle back to just within 72-74 with 9.8 ticks to go. After LA Tenorio’s split from the stripe, Rain or Shine even had a golden opportunity to force overtime, but James Yap's triple try fell short. Import Reggie Johnson got the offensive rebound and passed the ball back to Yap, but time ran out before he could launch another triple try that fell short. In the eyes of Ginebra head coach Tim Cone, that shot looked all too familiar. As he put it, “James got two cracks at it, I don’t know if the second would have counted, and he usually makes that shot. I know him. We’re very, very fortunate that he missed that shot.” Coach Tim and Yap spent years together back in their days in Purefoods/San Mig Coffee. Perhaps, that is the reason why Scottie Thompson’s challenge of the shot proved to be more effective than usual. “Scottie did a good job in pushing him out a bit farther than where he likes to shoot it, but I’ve seen James take and make shots from that spot at the end of the game all the time,” the multi-titled mentor said. He then continued, “He makes more than he misses.” Indeed, Yap missed and his former coach got away with a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five semifinals series. That doesn’t take away the fact that the Elasto Painters didn’t go down without a fight and even came oh so close to causing heartbreak for the crowd favorites. “Yeah, (we’re) a win away, but obviously, we’re coming away from this game with a lot of concerns. They played down the stretch really well, they’re very poised, and they’re a veteran team,” coach Tim said. He then continued, “There’s a reason why they’re the number one seed. Looking at that, we’re happy to be up 2-1.” --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 21st, 2018Related News

Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot

Barangay Ginebra blew a big lead before holding off Rain or Shine, 75-72, to take a 2-1 lead in the 2018 PBA Commissioner's Cup semifinals Saturday night at Mall of Asia Arena. The Gin Kings let a 25-point lead slip away as the top-seeded Elasto Painters came to within two, 74-72, after a quick basket by Reggie Johnson off a baseline inbound pass with 9.8 seconds left. Ginebra playmaker LA Tenorio had the chance to put the game out of reach but he uncharacteristically split his free throws, leaving the door open for Rain or Shine but James Yap missed two deep 3-pointers before time ran out. "What a brilliant comeback by Rain or Shine. Coach Caloy (Garcia) got them ready at h...Keep on reading: Ginebra averts meltdown, beats Rain or Shine to close in on finals spot.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 21st, 2018Related News

SUPER 8: No regrets for Blackwater after super effort in Macau

MACAU --- As far as Blackwater is concerned, the foreign training in preparation for the PBA Governors' Cup is still a success. The Elite failed to advance to the semifinals of the Summer Super 8 tournament here, finishing third in Group B behind China's Guangzhou Long Lions and Korea's Samsung Thunders. However, Blackwater split its games against both teams, beathing Samsung and dropping one against the Lions. All three teams ended up with identical 2-1 records and the Elite barely missed out on the semis due to inferior quotient. Thursday in the final day of Group play, Blackwater handled its business, dominating Rizing Zephyr Fukuoka of Japan, 90-66, but it wasn't enough to make up the quotient deficit. "Okay lang, basta kami na-achieve namin yung dalawang panalo," head coach Bong Ramos said. "Ako naman, sabi ko lang sa mga players, 'you did your part,'" he added. In Blackwater's foreign buildup for the next PBA conference, the Elite won a pocket tournament in Indonesia and played well here in Macau. That's a success for the Elite. "Syempre marami pa kaming kailangan improve, although meron ng mga points na nag improve ang team pati yung adjustment nila sa sistema na ginagawa ko, offensively and defensively, and naiintindihan na nila kung bakit ako nagagalit," Ramos said. "Chemistry maayos na, siguro yung toughness na lang mentally, isa yun sa mga dapat improve, tapos yung level ng energy and enthusiasm sa loob," he added. For now, it's time for some proper rest for Blackwater before heading back to work. "Break kami mga one week kasi di naman kami nagpahinga," Ramos said. "Pero active rest yun," he added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

SUPER 8: Digregorio continues to believe in Blackwater

MACAU --- Late last season in the PBA, Blackwater was seen as a team on the rise. Blackwater was knocking on the door of the semifinals, as the then no. 8-seed Elite pushed no. 1 Meralco to the brink in the quarterfinals. The future looked bright for Blackwater. This current season, the Elite, with a top-5 All-Filipino player in JP Erram, missed the Philippine Cup playoffss due to bad quotient. Still respectable. But things fell apart in the Commissioner's Cup as a plethora of things, including a coaching change, doomed Blackwater. The Elite finished the tournament with a woeful 1-10 mark. They won their only game thanks to a last-second dunk by import Henry Walker. After that terrible stint, the Elite are busy preparing for the Governors' Cup, part of that buildup is the Summer Super 8 tournament here. In two games, Blackwater split its games with teams from South Korea and China. The Elite have the chance to advance against a team from Japan Thursday. The team is confident. "I'm confident. As long as the rims are 10 feet high and the ball still bounces, we're confident," guard Mike Digregorio said. "We have all the confidence in the world to win," he added. The rebuild has been a long process for Blackwater. But the team has more than enough talent to make it work. Digregorio has nothing but overwhelming belief on his team and previous close calls suggest that the Elite are on the verge of a breakthrough. The process just needs a little more push. "Every day is a work in progress. We had a coaching change and the Commissioner' Cup wasn't the conference that we wanted but I believe in this team, I really do," Digregorio said. "Last Governors' Cup we were knocking on the semis, last Philippine Cup we played really well. We're building towards coach Bong's system and adjusting to him. Every day is a learning process but we're getting better and we're working towards success," he added. There's success to be found in Macau and the Elite are one win away from advancing to the next round. They plan on doing so, obviously. "We plan on winning. We didn't come here to not advance. We're gonna come and win. We're building towards the Governors' Cup so I think we have the team to make noise in the Governors' Cup and also advance [here]," Digregorio added.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 19th, 2018Related News

ONE: Kevin Belingon targeting history against Martin Nguyen as well

If making history as the first three-division world champion in mixed martial arts is what Martin Nguyen is after in his highly-anticipated encounter against Kevin Belingon, the Filipino spitfire could likewise establish a new record for the Philippines in ONE Championship should he win over his Vietnamese-Australian foe. Both men are slated to face each other in the main event of ONE: REIGN OF KINGS, which takes place at the 20,000-seater SM Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines on July 27. ONE Championship has raised the stakes of the scheduled five-round clash between Belingon and Nguyen as the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Championship will be up for grabs. If Belingon succeeds in securing the gold-plated strap at the expense of Nguyen, the Philippines will set a record of most championship wins in the seven-year history of the promotion. “The main goal for Filipino martial arts athletes like me is to bring pride, honor and glory to our country. This match against Marin Nguyen on July 27 is another opportunity to hoist the Philippine flag aloft on the world stage of this beautiful sport,” he said. To date, there have been four Filipino world champions under the ONE Championship banner since 2013. Honorio Banario became the first Philippine-rooted competitor to notch a huge prize in ONE Championship when he defeated compatriot Eric Kelly by fourth-round stoppage for the inaugural ONE Featherweight World Championship in February 2013. It was followed by Brandon Vera, who crowned himself as the first ONE Heavyweight World Champion by knocking out Paul Cheng in 26 seconds with a high kick in December 2015. Meanwhile, Eduard Folayang pulled off a major upset victory over Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in November 2016 to capture the ONE Lightweight World Championship. Geje Eustaquio joined the list of Filipino world titleholders this past January, claiming the ONE Interim Flyweight World Championship with a split decision win over Kairat Akhmetov in a rematch before becoming the undisputed division kingpin in his second meeting with Adriano Moraes last June. With the ONE Interim Bantamweight World Title on the line, having his hand raised would symbolize so much to Belingon. Ever since losing to Bibiano Fernandes for the bantamweight crown in January 2016, Belingon has won five consecutive matches, routing the best contenders that the division has to offer. For Belingon, he could finally become a mixed martial arts world champion on July 27, which is the goal that he has been chasing ever since he launched his career in June 2007. “Becoming the champion has been my goal since my career started. It is a lifelong dream for me. I need to win my next bout to turn my dream into a reality,” he stated. “This is going to be a very exciting match. To take on an elite athlete like Martin, it will only be good for my experience. I look forward to testing my skills against him,” Belingon added. Sharing the cage with a dynamic knockout artist like Nguyen, Belingon asserted that he likes his chances versus the two-division world champion and shared his thoughts as to how things would play out at ONE: REIGN OF KINGS. “Martin has very good, high-level skills. His wrestling is very strong, and so is his boxing. He is aggressive, and he punches with power. There is no underestimating this guy,” he explained. “But I think his biggest weakness is his speed, especially in this fight. He is not faster than me. I think this will come down to who gets there first.” Although he is known for his explosive striking, massive knockout power, and fearlessness to engage, Belingon assured that he is prepared to go the distance with Nguyen. “I am training very hard to make sure I am well-equipped with everything I need to face any situation. If I have the opportunity to finish him, I will not hesitate to grab that chance. But I am prepared for this fight to go full five rounds as well,” he concluded......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJul 18th, 2018Related News

John Marvin Miciano stays in hunt but Janelle Mae Frayna falls

International Master John Marvin Miciano split the point with FIDE Master Bernat Serarols Mabras to move to joint seventh but Woman Grandmaster Janelle Mae Frayna fell to Atul Dahale of India in the third round of the XX Obert Internacional Sant Marti 2018 in Barcelona, Spain Sunday night......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: SportsJul 17th, 2018Related News

FLOOD ALERT: List of flooded areas on July 13, 2018

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) warned of flooding in Pasay City on Friday afternoon. FLOOD ALERT: As of 3:51 PM at EDSA Tramo Split SB. Gutter deep. Passable to light all types of vehicles. #mmda --- Official MMDA (@MMDA) July 13, 2018 PASAY CITY EDSA Tramo (Split Southbound): Gutter deep; passable to light all types of vehicles (as of 3:51 p.m.)   Warning on floods ThePhilippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has issued an advisory to prepare for floods that may be brought about by monsoon rains. REGIONAL WEATHER FORECAST for #NCR_PRSD Issued at: 5:00 PM, 13 July 2018 Valid Beginning: 5:00 PM tod...Keep on reading: FLOOD ALERT: List of flooded areas on July 13, 2018.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Jul 13th, 2018Related News