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& lsquo;Hunger Games& rsquo; prequel book and film planned

& lsquo;Hunger Games& rsquo; prequel book and film planned.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: Movies3 min. ago Related News

Government, public sectors kick off support for athletes, para-athletes in first-ever Unity Walk

The Philippine Olympic Committee (POC) and the Philippine Paralympic Committee (PPC) joined forces Saturday, June 22 at the College of Science Oval in UP Diliman to stage a unity event among various sports sectors to prepare for the coming Southeast Asian Games later this year and the ASEAN Para Games in 2020. Billed as Olympic Day and Lakad Para Atleta 2019, the event witnessed for the first time ever, a unity walk of abled body athletes walking side by side with para athletes to give life to the event theme, “Unity and Transformation Through Sports.” The event was highlighted by a torch relay that featured five pairs of Olympians and Paralympians traversing the 500-meter oval, symbolizing inclusiveness and equality for all. The torch relay culminated in a cauldron lighting ceremony followed by the Lakad Para Atleta Legacy Walk participated in by athletes and non-athletes, including a huge group from Citi Philippines as key supporter of PPC and the Paralympic movement. After the walk, the Philippine Olympians Association turned over seedlings to the University of the Philippines to express their advocacy that sports can be used for the betterment of the environment. Exhibitions and participative activities followed in arnis, skateboarding, athletics, karate, underwater hockey, petanque and parasports like Braille Chess, Wheelchair Racing, Wheelchair Basketball and Para Athletics entertained attendees. A Body Combat session conducted by Fitness First turned the event into a sports fair. “We are overwhelmed by the show of support from our partners in the government and private sectors, especially Citi Philippines. This is a big push for our national athletes who will be competing for the country in the upcoming SEA Games this November and the ASEAN Para Games in January 2020!,” said PPC President Michael Barredo. For his part, Citi Philippines CEO Aftab Ahmed said that by supporting the event, Citi Philippines is expressing its corporate commitment. “Para Athletes are truly an inspiration as they overcome the odds to achieve and excel with courage and determination. Today is an opportunity for us to become advocates of their cause, so that we can break down the perceptions around disability and push for inclusion and equality for all.” Olympic Day is an annual global event of the Olympic Movement that promotes the sharing of the Olympic Ideals, its Olympic Day pillars of Move, Learn, and Discover and the Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship, and Respect. The event was introduced in 1948 to commemorate the birth of the modern Olympic Games in June 1894 at the Sorbonne in Paris. Around 3,000 people from all walks of life registered for the event.   TORCH BEARERS: (OLYMPIAN + PARALYMPIAN) Elma Muros Posadas – Queen of Long Jump, 1984, 1996 Andy Avellana – Athletics, 2012   Roel Velasco – Boxing Bronze Medalist 1992 Ernie Gawilan – Swimming, 2016   Christine Jacob Sandejas – Swimming 1984 Jerrold Mangliwan – Wheelchair Racing, 2012   Stephan Fernandez – Taekwondo 1992 Josephine Medina – Table Tennis, Bronze Medalist, 2016   Sen. Freddie Webb – Basketball 1972 Adeline Ancheta-Dumapong – Para Powerlifting, Bronze Medalist, 2020.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports8 hr. 28 min. ago Related News

Copa America guests Japan, Qatar still in contention

By Eric Nunez, Associated Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Copa America guest teams Japan and Qatar are still in contention as the last round of group stage matches begins, and some of their South American opponents aren't too pleased. Qatar and Japan, who met in the Asian Cup final in February, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each of the three groups qualifies for the quarterfinals but only the two best third-place finishers advance. If winless Argentina is prematurely eliminated, Group B rival Qatar could be responsible after being given entry to the Copa America to help preparations for the 2022 World Cup. Asian champion Qatar has so far drawn with Paraguay 2-2 and lost to Colombia 1-0. "We have come to compete, not to take pictures, even if we admire the players of the teams we are facing," Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Saturday. "Our main goal is to evaluate ourselves in a tournament of this caliber, so demanding." Sanchez's team on Sunday has the chance to upset Lionel Messi's Argentina, which has only one point from two games. "It would be beautiful to qualify no matter if it is against a monster like Argentina," said Sanchez, whose contract was extended until 2022 after winning the Asian Cup. "It will be a great step, even though we know they are also trying to advance to the next stage." The Qataris have already been invited to return to next year's Copa, which is being hosted by Colombia and Argentina. Australia will be another guest side. Japan has brought an under-23 team to Brazil that is being groomed for the Tokyo Olympics next year. Japan was thrashed by Chile 4-0 but held favorite Uruguay to 2-2 after leading twice. On Monday the young Japanese can eliminate Ecuador to advance and, depending on other results, possibly face host Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday. Venezuela coach Rafael Dudamel is particularly upset with Japan's decision to bring its Olympic team. "I do not agree that a guest like Japan gives due importance to its participation by coming with players that are mostly under 23," Dudamel said Saturday after Venezuela beat Bolivia 3-1 and qualified to the quarterfinals of Copa America. "I raise my voice and say Copa America needs to be only for South American teams," he added. "We have not seen South American teams be invited to the African Cup of Nations, tournaments in Europe... We have to respect the hierarchy that we have historically built." There is nothing unusual about guest teams being invited to the Copa America. Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Japan have all contested past editions. Mexico had the best result among those, reaching the final in 1993 and in 2001. Still, Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas being given slots. "Playing among all American teams, that is logic," Berizzo said after drawing Qatar. "We should think of a Copa America with Central and North Americas integrated. I never saw any European cup with South American teams. I strongly believe that Copa America needs to be played by American teams." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said business was the main reason to invite teams to the Copa America. "We are few countries in South America to organize a tournament with 10 teams, even more so with four phases like in a World Cup," Tabarez said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports20 hr. 49 min. ago Related News

PBA: Brownlee is the man as Ginebra dominates NLEX

BATANGAS CITY — Stanley Pringle just debuted for Ginebra but Justin Brownlee remains as the team’s brightest star. Ginebra’s super import balled out Sunday here, leading the Gin Kings to a convincing 100-85 win over NLEX in the 2019 PBA Commissioner’s Cup. Brownlee was on fire against the Road Warriors, dropping 37 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists for the defending champs as the barangay won back-to-back games in the mid-season joust. Ginebra moved to 4-3 with the win and it appears that the Gin Kings’ early conference struggles are behind them.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: Sports20 hr. 49 min. ago Related News

Batangas joins MPBL games in Dubai; Pacquiao attending

    MANILA, Philippines – The Batangas City Athletics will be the third team in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League (MPBL) foray to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in September. This was bared by MPBL commissioner Kenneth Duremdes Saturday night, June 22, after being informed by event organizers that the Tanduay-backed Athletics have been ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Rain or Shine ends Columbian curse in OT thriller

BATANGAS CITY, Philippines – Rain or Shine finally got over the hump against Columbian after pulling off an 88-86 overtime win in the 2019 PBA Commissioner's Cup at the Batangas City Coliseum on Sunday, June 23. Winless to the Dyip for 4 straight games since the Philippine Cup last year, ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Underdogs have big day at African Cup

By Gerald Imray, Associated Press Underdogs had a big day at the African Cup of Nations in Egypt as Uganda won on its return to the tournament after 41 years and Madagascar held Guinea to a draw on its debut on Saturday. Burundi, another African Cup first-timer, pushed mighty Nigeria all the way. Uganda beat two-time champion Congo 2-0 in Cairo to start the second day of action. Both goals came through headers from set-pieces, with Patrick Kaddu scoring from a corner in the 14th minute and Emmanuel Okwi heading in a free kick early in the second half. That put Uganda top of Group A on goals scored ahead of Mohamed Salah and Egypt, who won the opening game against Zimbabwe on Friday. Uganda last played at the African Cup in the late 1970s. After winning on Saturday the players probably didn't mind that their long-awaited return came at a near empty Cairo International Stadium, an illustration of the African Cup's perennial problem with fan attendance when the home team isn't playing. In Alexandria, Nigeria needed Odion Ighalo's late winner four minutes after he came on as a substitute to deny Burundi on its debut. Ighalo pounced on his first chance. The forward slipped in behind the Burundi defense after a backheeled pass by Ola Aina and stroked a right foot shot across the goalkeeper and into the far corner. Three-time champion Nigeria deserved the win on the second half evidence, but not on the first 45 minutes. Then, Burundi was the more adventurous team on the biggest day in its soccer history. Cedric Amissi controlled a long pass superbly but had his shot blocked by Nigeria keeper Daniel Akpeyi. Akpeyi struggled to keep out a powerful long-range free kick by Gael Bigirimana and Frederic Nsabiyumva hit the crossbar with a header. Nigeria, one of the favorites for the title alongside Egypt and Senegal, ultimately prevailed over the tenacious newcomers after some second-half substitutions injected life into the team. "It was a very difficult game," Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel said. "It was tough. We knew that they are a tough team. They can run and run and run." Nigeria tops Group B ahead of Guinea, Madagascar and Burundi. Madagascar also made its African Cup debut straight after in a double-header at Alexandria Stadium on the Mediterranean coast. Sory Kaba gave Guinea the lead after running onto a long pass, pushing the ball past goalkeeper Melvin Adrien, and swerving past him to score in an empty net. Madagascar responded twice in six minutes in the second half. Anicet Andrianantenaina headed in unmarked from a corner. Guinea's defense stood waiting for the offside flag when Carolus Andriamahitsinoro scored from nothing for 2-1. Guinea won a penalty, converted by Francois Kamano, to get a draw. Midfielder Naby Keita came on in the second half to make his return from injury and couldn't connect with a cross in injury time that would have won it for Guinea. Guinea coach Paul Put said his team gave away two "stupid goals." "I hope it's a lesson for the players," he said. Nigeria clicked in the second half against Burundi after Ahmed Musa and later Oghalo came off the bench to lift a team that had struggled in the buildup with a number of players struck down with illness. Coach Gernot Rohr said "half the team" had a fever this week and couldn't train properly. Nigeria also said winger Samuel Kalu was recovering and had been released from the hospital after he collapsed at training on Friday with dehydration. This African Cup has been switched from its regular January-February slot to June and July so it doesn't clash with any European leagues. But that's landed it in the middle of Egypt's sweltering summer. Organizers warned teams that temperatures will rise to 34-38 degrees Celsius (93-100 F) and games will allow for two water breaks during play, in the 30th and 75th minutes......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Report: Wizards decline option on Jabari Parker

NBA.com staff report Fifth-year forward Jabari Parker will become an unrestricted free agent on June 30 after the Washington Wizards declined his team option, Yahoo Sports reported on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).  The Wizards are reportedly open to re-signing Parker, who averaged 15 points and 7.2 rebounds in 25 games with them after acquiring him in a trade with the Chicago Bulls last February. Parker, the No. 2 pick in the 2014 draft, is averaging 15.1 points for his career, which has been marred by two ACL tears......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

US defense will face greater challenges in knockout round

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press REIMS, France (AP) — Much of the attention on the United States rightly goes to its prolific offense, especially after that 13-goal game to open the Women's World Cup, but the team's defense has been predictably reliable so far in France. The defense has posted shutouts in the team's first three games, marking the first time the United States has not conceded a goal in the group stage at the tournament. The defending champions open the knockout round Monday against Spain. Goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher saw little action during the team's rout of Thailand in the opener, but matches against Chile and Sweden provided incrementally tougher tests. "To come away from group play with three shutouts, as a team defensively, I'm very proud of that," she said. "It's a goal that we have going into every game, especially as a back line, to keep clean sheets. We put a lot of time into team defending as well, all 11 players on the field are defending, and that cohesiveness is what helps bring that." The team's backline in France has shifted due to lineup changes and injuries. Veteran center back Becky Sauerbrunn was held out of the first game because of a minor injury, but came back against Chile when coach Jill Ellis rested players. Against Sweden, Ellis used the backline that is expected to start in the knockout phase, with Abby Dahlkemper alongside Sauerbrunn, Kelley O'Hara on the right and Crystal Dunn on the left. Dunn was especially effective against Sweden and in thwarting forward Sofia Jakobsson. The United States has seven clean sheets in its last eight World Cup matches — the exception being the two goals allowed in the team's 5-2 victory over Japan in the 2015 final. The United States went 540 minutes in Canada without conceding a goal, the longest streak in the tournament since Germany's record 679 scoreless minutes from 2003-11. Former goalkeeper Hope Solo allowed just three total goals and won her second straight Golden Glove as the tournament's top goalkeeper. The backline included Sauerbrunn, Meghan Klingenberg, Julie Johnston and Ali Krieger. Johnston, now Julie Ertz, has moved up into a role as a defensive midfielder in France. She sat out against Sweden because of a hip contusion but U.S. Soccer characterized the injury as minor. Krieger won a spot on the roster for this tournament because of her big-game experience after a long layoff from the team. Naeher has replaced Solo, considered one of the game's best goalkeepers ever. Solo was dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics. Brushing off the inevitable comparisons, Naeher has been steady in goal. "I've played with Alyssa since I was like 16 so I've known her for a really long time. It's awesome to see her step into this role because I've always known that she has the capacity and the talent to be the starting goalkeeper on this team. She's shown that," O'Hara said. "She, for me, provides a very calm consistency back there. She's also someone with steely nerves. I think she does a really good job of just putting on a game face." The United States is currently on a streak of 594 minutes since last conceding a goal. The last came in the 81st minute of a 5-3 victory over Australia in April. Echoing Naeher, Tobin Heath said the Americans have embraced team defense. "It's huge. It's a big part of what we're trying to do, both offensively and defensively. We always talk about this idea of 360 defending, where everybody's contributing," Heath said. "I think Alyssa's been fantastic. It's not easy, especially in the first two games to not face that many shots, and then to have a quality opponent like Sweden, to be on her game." If the top-ranked U.S. can get past No. 13 Spain, there's a possibility of a clash against hosts France in the quarterfinal in Paris. The fourth-ranked French, who scored seven goals in the group stage and conceded just one, face Brazil on Sunday. "I think this is the best team we've had, and we're so confident right now, we're so motivated to want to win and succeed," Krieger said. "We know what tools we have and what we need in order to break teams down and be successful in the final third. I think that's what we've showcased so far.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Being a male coach limits Neville s team time at World Cup

By Rob Harris, Associated Press VALENCIENNES, France (AP) — Having a male coach spares the England Women's World Cup squad from being subjected to a lengthy verbal barrage in the dressing room. Phil Neville, who was accustomed to receiving the renowned "hairdryer treatment" from Alex Ferguson during his Manchester United career, only has a couple of minutes to dish out halftime instructions to his Lionesses. Immediately after coming off the field, the players have some time without their coach since he limits his time in the dressing room. "It allows me just time to breathe, speak to my three assistants," Neville said ahead of Sunday's round of 16 meeting with Cameroon. "As a player, when you come into the dressing room you are highly charged and highly emotional. Probably that's the optimal time to let them have their room to vent at each other, vent at themselves and when I come up in they have clarity of mind to listen to my team talk." Neville doesn't want to take up too much of the 15-minute break. "I need only two minutes with them," he said Saturday. "If I need longer we're in serious trouble." Half of the managers in the round of 16 are men — including Cameroon's Alain Djeumfa, who will coach against Neville on Sunday in Valenciennes. The post-match routine also varies with having a male manager in charge of a women's team and the new FIFA regulations that have players facing a line of reporters immediately after leaving the field. Neville conducts the post-match debrief in view of the world. In the huddle on the field the emotions can be in full view, and Neville was seen comforting Fran Kirby after the second game against Argentina. "It's difficult at the end of the game," Neville said. "In the women's game a lot of huddles do go on the pitch after the game because of the fact if you're a male manager you don't go back into the dressing room." FIFA said it gives no instructions to Women's World Cup teams regarding access to the dressing room for male managers. "What we decided as group is we had to speak to the players before they speak to the media because they like to know what I'm thinking, they like messages," Neville said. "Normally, you go into the dressing groom and the manager gives a conclusion of the game and they go out probably singing from the same hymn sheet. "Straight from these games they have to go straight down the tunnel. They are emotional, tired, fatigued. So we just like that little three to four minutes of clarity in our thinking.".....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

Copa America guests still alive before final decisive games

By Eric Nunez, Associated Press PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Both Copa America guests are still alive as the last round of group stage matches begins, a feature that doesn't seem to please some of their South American opponents. Qatar and Japan, who this year played in the Asian Cup final, are in third place in their groups. The top two in each group and the two best third-place finishers advance to the quarterfinals. If Argentina is prematurely eliminated, it will be because of Qataris with little international experience who are preparing for the 2022 World Cup. Japan sent to Brazil an under-23 team that is being groomed for the Tokyo Olympic Games next year. Asian champion Qatar has so far drawn with Paraguay 2-2 and lost to Colombia 1-0. "We have come to compete, not to take pictures, even if we admire the players of the teams we are facing," Qatar's Spanish coach Felix Sanchez said on Saturday. "Our main goal is to evaluate ourselves in a tournament of this caliber, so demanding." After winning the Asian Cup, Sanchez's contract was extended until the end of the next World Cup. On Sunday, his team will have the chance to upset Lionel Messi. "It would be beautiful to qualify no matter if it is against a monster like Argentina," Sanchez said. "It will be a great step, even though we know they are also trying to advance to the next stage." The Qataris have already been invited to return to next year's Copa, split between Colombia and Argentina. Australia will be a guest side in 2020. Japan was thrashed by Chile 4-0 but held favorite Uruguay to 2-2 after leading twice. On Monday the young Japanese can eliminate Ecuador to advance and, depending on other results, possibly face host Brazil in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The list of Copa America guests in past editions is long: Mexico, Costa Rica, United States, Jamaica, Honduras, Panama, Canada and Japan. Mexico had the best result among those, reaching the final in 1993 and in 2001. Paraguay coach Eduardo Berizzo said he doesn't like the idea of teams outside of the Americas such as Qatar and Japan playing the Copa America. "Playing among all American teams, that is logic," Berizzo said after drawing Qatar. "We should think of a Copa America with Central and North Americas integrated. I never saw any European cup with South American teams. I strongly believe that Copa America needs to be played by American teams." Uruguay coach Oscar Tabarez said business was the main reason to invite teams to the Copa America. "We are few countries in South America to organize a tournament with 10 teams, even more so with four phases like in a World Cup," Tabarez said......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsJun 23rd, 2019Related News

UV Baby Lancers now 4-0 in Partner’s Cup

Cebu City, Philippines—The ARQ Builders-University of the Visayas (UV) Baby Lancers raised their unbeaten run to four games with a 76-66 thumping of the University of Cebu-Lapu Lapu and Mandaue (UCLM) Campus in the high school division of the 2019 Partner’s Cup on Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Cebu Coliseum. Balamban-native Albert Sacayan led […] The post UV Baby Lancers now 4-0 in Partner’s Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: NewsJun 22nd, 2019Related News

PVL: We re down but we re not letting it defeat us – Johnson

For the first time in eight games PetroGazz found itself on the losing end of a hard-fought battle in the Premier Volleyball League Season 3 Reinforced Conference. The Angels suffered an 18-25, 25-21, 19-25, 24-26, loss at the hands of defending champion Creamline on Saturday that ended PetroGazz’s seven game winning streak. But the Angels are not losing sleep from their first setback. “It was quiet [in the locker room],” said American import Janisa Johnson. “But I mean, I think everyone was reflecting on what happened.” The semis-bound Angels and Cool Smashers are tied at the top spot with 7-1 win-loss slates. “We're bummed out but we still have a good record in the season. So I mean, we're down but we're not letting it defeat us,” said Johnson, who scored 22 points with 20 coming off kills. The Angels had a chance to force a deciding set after taking a 24-21 lead in the fourth frame but the breaks of the game didn’t go their way as Creamline escaped with its seventh straight win since bowing down to PetroGazz in the conference opener. “It happens. We put up a fight, but I guess we know we could have done more,” said Johnson. “But the next game now we know what to do. I mean, losses happen. It sucks when it happens, but they're part of the game,” she added. “Of course, it hits home when you have your first loss but the season's not over yet. So this is a push for us that we needed.” The Angels will try to get back on the win column on Sunday against PacificTown Army at the Alonte Sports Arena in Binan, Laguna.     --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

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

Galang, Mau lead Cargo Movers to 3-0 card

IMUS CITY --- Ara Galang and Kalei Mau led the way as F2 Logistics solidified its hold of the top spot with a 25-9, 23-25, 25-22, 25-16, win over Foton in the Philippine Superliga All-Filipino Conference Saturday at the Imus Sports Center here. Galang uncorked 20 points off 16 kills, three kill blocks and an ace while Mau posted 15 markers and 22 digs for the Cargo Movers’ third win in as many games. Majoy Baron added 11 points while Aby Marano and Kianna Dy scored nine and seven markers, respectively, as F2 Logistics handed the Tornadoes their second straight loss for a 1-2 card.    Shaya Adorador had 11 points and 14 digs to pace Foton. Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago finished with nine and eight points, respectively. Meanwhile, PLDT Home Fibr recovered from a rusty start to overcome Sta. Lucia, 22-25, 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 15-8, to barge into the win column. Jorelle Singh provided the spark, forcing the game into a deciding fifth set before going for the kill with a game-winning attack to tow the Power Hitters to their first win in two starts. Gretchel Soltones led the charge with 16 kills, two aces and a block for 19 points, 19 digs and 18 excellent receptions while Singh proved that she belonged as she fired 16 hits off the bench, much to the delight of seasoned mentor Roger Gorayeb. “I was looking for the right combination. I already shuffled my whole lineup to find it. I’m glad that Jorelle delivered,” said Gorayeb, referring to Singh who was not part of the roster in the Grand Prix. “Jorelle is not lucky to be part of this team. She deserves it because she’s really good. She can kill the ball and outplay the blockers despite being small.” Joyce Sta. Rita and Shola Alvarez also stepped up with eight points apiece while setter Jasmine Nabor made 25 excellent sets and three points as PLDT bounced back back from their first loss to F2 Logistics, 15-25, 25-27-25, 22-25, last Tuesday. The Lady Realtors dominated the first two sets but the Power Hitters stole the momentum and took control of the third and fourth set with bench player Singh stepping up and delivering the crucial blows. Sta. Lucia completely collapsed in the fifth where it notched six of its 48 errors, allowing PLDT to mount an 11-4 lead that set the stage for Singh’s game-winning hit. MJ Phillips put up 19 points while Rachel Austero had 17 and Pam Lastimosa chipped in 14 markers for the Lady Realtors, who also drew impressive performance from Joy Dacoron and Amanda Villanueva. The Lady Realtors fell to 1-2......»»

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

PBA: Pingris on basketball return: “Gusto ko magwala”

Marc Pingris was out for 473 days and missed 66 games for the Hotshots as he recovered from an ACL injury. For the first time since Game 1 of the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup semifinals, Ping made his official return to Magnolia Saturday, playing against Phoenix in the 2019 Commissioner’s Cup. Pingris was on the court for almost eight minutes and missed his only shot at goal for zero points but he did have three rebounds. More than his stats, it was the fact that he finally played a game again that got the veteran forward excited and emotional. “Kagabi talagang inayos ko na gamit ko eh, excited talaga ako,” Pingris said. “Kanina nung naglaro ako, parang gusto ko magwala eh. Parang gusto ko sumigaw, gusto ko kunin yung bola tsaka ibato. Nakakatuwa lang, nakaka-miss maglaro,” he added. With a long road back to basketball, Pingris admitted there were times that he gave up, with a grueling rehab making him tap out multiple times. But with support from his family, mainly his wife Danica, Ping was able to have enough strength and patience to get through and actually return after almost one and a half years of being out. “Sa workout pa lang, yung five hours a day tapos one year mo ginagawa talagang nakaka-burn yun eh. Sobrang magsasawa ka,” Pingris said. “Minsan give up na ako pero kinakausap ako ng wife ko, sobrang salamat ko sa kanya, sinasabihan niya ako na patient lang. Binibigay niya yung lakas ng loob ko,” he added. Now that he’s actually back, Pingris will take things slow as regains his spot in Magnolia’s rotation. “Kay coach na yun, kasi kailangan ko rin ipakita sa practice na karapat-dapat ako,” he said. “Na-appreciate ko rin yung ibang big man namin sa team, time nila maglaro ngayon dahil ako ang tagal ko rin nawala sa team. Ayaw ko rin naman na pagdating ko aagawin ko lang playing time nila, makaka-sira sa team. Pinaghirapan nila yun eh, sa kanila yun,” Ping added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

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

Pasay stays spotless even as Zambo enters MPBL win column

Pasay still stands atop the leaderboard of the MPBL Lakan Cup following a thrilling 76-75 overtime triumph over home team Muntinlupa, Saturday at the City Sports Complex. Jan Jamon showed the way with 15 points to go along with nine rebounds and three assists while Don Reverente punished his former team with a 10-marker, 15-board double-double on top of four assists. Axel Inigo also added 13 points and six rebounds to help the Voyagers move forward to a 2-0 standing. The Cagers, meanwhile, remained winless in two games even after a 22-point, nine-rebound outing from Reggie Boy Basibas. In the other game, Zamboanga made quick work of Pasig, 82-69, to notch its first mark on the win column. Med Salim topped the scoring column with 16 points while Harold Arboleda kept doing it all with 11 markers, 16 rebounds, and three assists as Zambo got a mighty rebound from their season-opening loss. On the other hand, the Realtors dropped their tournament opener despite impressive league debuts from Jeric Teng who had 17 points, eight rebounds, and five assists as well as Josan Nimes who had 12 markers, four boards, and two dimes of his own......»»

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

World Cup s top teams enter knockout stage on a roll

By Anne M. Peterson, Associated Press While it may be tempting to look ahead to the quarterfinals and a possible clash with France, the defending champion U.S. has thrived at the Women's World Cup by keeping its focus on the present. The Americans will face Spain in the round of 16 on Monday in Reims as the tournament enters the win-or-go-home phase. Games begin Saturday with Germany facing Nigeria in Grenoble followed by Norway's match against Australia. The U.S. had emphatic wins in the group stage, routing Thailand 13-0 in the opener before more clinical victories over Chile and Sweden. The team had three shutouts while also collecting a World Cup group-stage record 18 goals. Coach Jill Ellis said the three-time World Cup champions accomplished their early-round goals. "When you come out of the group stage, a lot of what we talk about is mentality and being healthy," she said. "I think they're in a really good place." The United States has performed largely as expected in France, though the team faced criticism after the game against Thailand for celebrating every goal. The Americans set World Cup records for most goals and margin of victory in the game. The team toned it down against Chile. Ellis made seven lineup changes to keep her team fresh and Carli Lloyd — the hat trick hero of the World Cup final four years ago in Canada — scored a pair of goals. Facing their toughest challenge of the group in ninth-ranked Sweden, the United States pounced early with Lindsey Horan's goal within the first three minutes and emerged with a 2-0 victory on Thursday night. Spain, ranked No. 13, finished second in its group to reach the knockout stage for the first time. If the top-ranked Americans can defeat La Roja, they could possibly face No. 4 France in Paris next Friday. They could potentially face No. 3 England in the semifinals before getting a shot at defending their title. The United States, France, England, Germany and the Netherlands all won their first three games in France. Like the Americans, Germany did not concede a goal. MAKING A STAND: France, vying to become the first country to simultaneously hold the men's and women's World Cup titles, faces Brazil in Le Havre on Sunday. They'll face determined Brazilian star Marta, who comes into the game with a World Cup record 17 goals but no title in a major tournament. She surpassed Germany's Miroslav Klose for the record on a penalty kick during the team's 1-0 victory over Italy on Tuesday. She celebrated by kissing her cleats, which in France have sported a blue and pink symbol for equality. She is currently without a shoe sponsor because she claims the men's contracts are unequal to the women's. "This record doesn't belong to me, it belongs to all of us," she said after the game. "I share it with anyone fighting for more equality." The World Cup in France comes at a time when female players worldwide are fighting for better playing conditions, treatment and pay. Ada Hegerberg, the first female Ballon d'Or winner, is not playing for Norway. She stepped away from the team over what she has characterized as the federation's lack of respect for the women's team. The U.S. women's team filed a lawsuit back home earlier this year that accuses its federation of gender discrimination and seeks equitable pay to the men's team. GOLDEN BOOT: American Alex Morgan and Australian Sam Kerr both have five goals to lead the tournament field. Morgan matched a U.S. record by scoring five goals in the team's big win over Thailand. Kerr got four in Australia's final group match, a 4-1 victory over Jamaica. It was the most goals for an Australian — male or female — in a World Cup game, and the final goal ensured the Matildas finished second in their group to avoid France in the round of 16. "At the time I didn't know how important it is, but we knew every goal would count," she said, adding with a smile: "I actually wanted more after that, being my selfish self." EDGING CLOSER: Christine Sinclair scored her 182nd career goal for Canada in a 2-1 loss to the Netherlands on Thursday. She also became the second player to score in five straight World Cups, joining Marta. Sinclair is now just two goals away from matching the international record set by former U.S. forward Abby Wambach. Canada plays Sweden on Monday in Paris. The Swedes rested many players in their match against the United States, with an eye toward the next round. THE REST: Looking ahead, England faces Cameroon in Valenciennes on Sunday. Italy and China meet in Montpellier on Tuesday, followed by the Netherlands and Japan in Rennes......»»

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

A s pitcher Montas suspended 80 games for drug violation

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — A season full of All-Star potential for Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas was drastically cut short Friday when Major League Baseball suspended him 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Montas pitched well Thursday night and is 9-2 with a 2.70 ERA in 15 starts, a big reason the A's are 40-36. The 26-year-old righty could return for the final week of the season. But the penalty makes him ineligible for the All-Star Game and postseason play this year, and he'll lose about half of his $560,000 salary. The commissioner's office said Montas tested positive for Ostarine, a PED. He is the sixth player suspended this year under the major league drug program. "While I never intended to take any prohibited substance, I unfortunately and unknowingly ingested a contaminated supplement that I had purchased over-the-counter at a nutrition store here in the United States," Montas said in a statement released by the players' union. Montas said he accepted "full responsibility" for the penalty. "I sincerely apologize to the A's organization, the fans, my teammates and my family for this mistake. My hope is to be able to return to the A's later this season and contribute as best I can," he said. Montas pitched eight innings of one-run ball Thursday night. He got a no-decision in a game Oakland won 5-4 over Tampa Bay. Montas allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked none. He struck out at least nine for the third straight start. In a statement, the A's said they will "welcome Frankie back after the discipline has been served." The A's recalled right-hander J.B. Wendelken from Triple-A Las Vegas. The 26-year-old was on Oakland's opening day roster and is 0-1 with a 5.57 ERA in 18 games during his first season in the majors......»»

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Copa America: Tite expected to make changes to Brazil s team

By Tales Azzoni, Associated Press SAO PAULO (AP) — Under pressure after two lackluster performances by Brazil in the Copa America at home, coach Tite is expected to make changes to his squad ahead of its final group game this weekend. Brazil faces Peru on Saturday in Sao Paulo needing at least a draw to guarantee a place in the next round. Few doubt Brazil will make it through, as the Selecao can advance even with a loss, but only a convincing performance will satisfy the demanding Brazilian fans and relieve some of the pressure on Tite. The coach did not say who will start on Saturday but hinted he will not keep the same team from the first two games. "We have several athletes with different characteristics," Tite said on Friday. "Each one can help in different ways depending on the match." The coach's main changes are expected in the attack, which has been the team's primary weakness. David Neres, Richarlison, and Roberto Firmino, the trio that started the first two matches, are yet to score. In the 3-0 opening win against Bolivia a week ago, Brazil had two goals from Philippe Coutinho and one from substitute Everton. The second match was 0-0 against Venezuela on Tuesday. "We need to improve our precision in attack, we acknowledge that," Tite said. "We know that we need to be able to translate our superiority into goals." Brazil entered the tournament without Neymar because of an ankle injury, and none of the other forwards have been able to make up for his absence. Neymar was dropped from the squad before the tournament but showed up at the team's hotel on Friday to visit his teammates and support the team. Tite, who on Thursday completed three years as Brazil coach, said after the team's World Cup elimination last year he regretted taking too long to make changes to the squad, and that this time he would not make the same mistake. Brazil was jeered in both Copa America matches and many of the boos were aimed at Tite when he substituted defensive midfielder Casemiro with another defensive midfielder, Fernandinho, against Venezuela despite the team's inability to create scoring chances. The fans wanted him to use Everton, who played well coming off the bench in both games and is the player most likely to earn a starting spot against Peru. The quick forward helped open up the opponent's defense, allowing Brazil to improve and create more scoring opportunities. The other possible player to get a chance is Gabriel Jesus, who has also come off the bench twice. The Manchester City forward wasn't as effective as Everton, but did help improve the attack. He found the net in the second half against Venezuela, but the goal was disallowed after video review. Neres had decent performances playing in Neymar's position, but it was Coutinho who many felt should have taken over the leading role. Coutinho also had a goal disallowed by video review against Venezuela, but despite his decisive scores against Bolivia his performances have been below expectations. Fernandinho didn't practice with the rest of the squad on Friday because of a right knee ailment and will not play on Saturday. Midfielder Arthur also practiced separately on Thursday because of a foot injury, but he was back with the rest of the team on Friday and is likely to be available against Peru. Brazil and Peru are tied at the top of Group A with four points, two more than third-place Venezuela. Bolivia has no points after two matches. Venezuela and Bolivia meet in Belo Horizonte on Saturday. Peru eliminated Brazil from the 2016 Copa America with a 1-0 win in the final match of their group, handing Brazil its first group-stage elimination in the tournament since 1987......»»

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Report: Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield to join Thunder for Summer League

While he went unselected in the 2019 NBA Draft, Fil-Am guard Sedrick Barefield will reportedly be suiting up for the Oklahoma City Thunder's Las Vegas Summer League team. Undrafted rookie Sedrick Barefield will play the Summer League for the Oklahoma City Thunder, a source told me — Emiliano Carchia (@Carchia) June 21, 2019 That's per a report by Sportando's Emiliano Carchia. Barefield averaged 16.8 points (40.8 FG%, 38.7 3FG%), 2.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 0.9 steals in 31 games (28 starts) in his senior year with the Utah Utes. The 6'2" guard was recognized for his strong play, as he was named to the All-PAC 12 First Team in his final collegiate season. Barefield actually tested the draft waters last season, working out for the LA Lakers and the Utah Jazz, before withdrawing his name for consideration from the 2018 Draft and returning to school......»»

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