Chelsea seeks double, Arsenal looking for redemption

JUSTIN PALMER, Associated Press br /> LONDON (AP) — For Chelsea, it's a chance for a double. Arsenal is just looking for some redemption. The London teams will meet Saturday in the FA Cup final, with Chelsea hoping to win its second league-cup double since 2010 and Arsenal wanting to make up for missing out on the Champions League with a season-ending trophy at Wembley Stadium. 'It has been a great season,' Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said. 'To be a fantastic season we have to win the FA Cup.' Chelsea, which will be making its seventh FA Cup final appearance since 2000, is favored to win the trophy for the eighth time. But a win for Arsenal would set a record for the club and manager Arsene Wenger. Arsenal has won the title 12 times, the same as Manchester United. Wenger has been at the helm for six of those triumphs and one more would see the Frenchman on his own with seven wins, surpassing the six won by Aston Villa manager George Ramsay between 1887 and 1920. It could also be Wenger's farewell. He is expected to announce soon whether he will stay on for next season. Wenger has faced criticism after a season in which the team finished outside the top four of the Premier League for the first time in 20 years. In keeping with brushing off questions about his future, Wenger said his only focus was Saturday's final. 'What I want is to win the next game,' Wenger said. 'I love to win and I want to do well for my club. I want to win the cup for my club and that's all I care about. It's not about me, it's about us winning the trophy and giving absolutely everything to achieve it.' ___ HOLDING THE FORT Arsenal's defensive crisis has given Wenger a major selection headache. The absence of suspended central defender Laurent Koscielny is a huge blow. Gabriel is injured and Shkodran Mustafi is a doubt. 'It's absolutely unbelievable and unpredictable, and we have been hit hard in a position where we will need to be strong on Saturday,' Wenger said. 'We'll have to find solutions and hopefully I will find the good solutions.' Wenger is likely to use 21-year-old Rob Holding, who has made a good impression in his first season since signing from Bolton last year. ___ THIS SEASON Everything looked rosy for Arsenal when it routed Chelsea 3-0 at the Emirates back in September, during a run of nine wins from 11 matches in all competitions. Alexis Sanchez, Theo Walcott and Mesut Ozil scored first-half goals. The way Arsenal tormented Chelsea's backline that day prompted Conte to make a season-defining tactical defensive switch, adjusting to three at the back in a move that proved to be the catalyst for its title challenge. When the sides met again at Stamford Bridge in early February, Chelsea outplayed Arsenal to win 3-1, getting goals from Marcus Alonso, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas before the visitors netted a late consolation. ___ ANOTHER TERRY FAREWELL? Long-serving Chelsea captain John Terry enjoyed an emotional farewell in his final home game last weekend, playing 26 minutes before being substituted in a contrived exit - 26 is his shirt number. Conte must decide whether to give his 36-year-old center back another moment in the spotlight at Wembley after making more than 700 appearances in 19 years at the club. Terry experienced his first FA Cup final as an unused substitute in Chelsea's win over Aston Villa in 2000. He has since won the trophy four times - 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2012. He is the only member of the 2012 team that beat Liverpool in the final still at the club. .....»»

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Totti leaves future uncertain before final match with Roma

ANDREW DAMPF, AP Sports Writer br /> ROME (AP) — Francesco Totti has finally announced that Sunday's match against Genoa will be his last with Roma after an incredible 25-season career with his hometown club. Whether the 40-year-old Totti will continue playing with another squad remains anyone's guess. The 2006 World Cup winner opened his future to questions by releasing a carefully worded statement on Thursday. 'Roma-Genoa, Sunday 28th May 2017. The last time I can wear Roma's jersey,' Totti said. 'I can't tell you in a few words how much these colors meant, mean and will always mean to me. 'I just feel that my love for football never fades; it's a passion, my passion. It's so deep I can't imagine not fueling it any longer. Ever. From Monday I'm ready to go again. I'm ready for a new challenge,' Totti added. The first part of Totti's statement inferred that it wasn't his decision to end his Roma career but that of the club, by not offering him a contract for next season. Totti has not hidden his difficult relationship with Roma coach Luciano Spalletti, who has used Totti mainly as a last-option substitute. However, Spalletti is widely expected to follow former Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini to Inter Milan; while Sassuolo coach Eusebio Di Francesco, a former teammate of Totti's, could move to Roma. The second part of Totti's statement, when he mentioned a 'new challenge,' inferred that Totti is considering ending his career with another club. Miami FC, which plays in the second-tier NASL and is managed by Totti's former teammate with the national team, Alessandro Nesta, and co-owned by Paolo Maldini — another former Italy teammate — appears to be the most attractive option. James Pallotta, Roma's American owner, has offered Totti an unspecified management position. As for Sunday, Totti is not expected to start. While the match at the Stadio Olimpico was sold out for Totti's goodbye, Roma enters the final match of the season still looking to seal second place in Serie A and a direct berth into the Champions League. Roma is one point ahead of third-place Napoli, which will play at Sampdoria. Totti has appeared in 785 matches in all competitions with Roma, third all-time in Italy for most games with a single club behind only Maldini (902 with AC Milan) and Javier Zanetti (858 with Inter Milan). Totti is also second all-time in goals scored in Serie A with 250, 24 short of the record that Silvio Piola established from 1929-54. No other active player has more than 200. But statistics don't tell the entire story for Totti, a cultural icon perhaps more linked with his club and city than any other player in Italian history. Born in the working-class San Giovanni section of Rome, Totti made his debut for Roma at the age of 16 way back in 1993. In 1998 at the age of 22, Totti became the youngest ever Serie A captain. At the 2000 European Championship, Totti's chipped 'Panenka' penalty against the Netherlands highlighted his talent and audacity. A year later, Totti led Roma to its third Serie A title and was the centerpiece of a celebration inside the Circus Maximus attended by a crowd estimated at 1 million. After a spitting incident with Denmark's Christian Poulsen at Euro 2004 slightly tarnished his image, Totti regained respect within the national team by returning from a broken leg to help Italy win the 2006 World Cup — playing with a metal rod and about 10 support screws inside his left ankle. In 2007, Totti led Serie A with a personal-high 26 goals and earned the Golden Shoe award as the top scorer in Europe. In 2015, Totti scored twice as Roma came back from two goals down to earn a draw with Lazio in the city derby, then took a selfie with Roma's fans in the background. A final highlight came in February, when Totti scored in added time to give Roma a 2-1 win over Cesena and a spot in the Italian Cup semifinals. On Sunday, Totti's career will be honored with an extensive post-match celebration at the Olimpico. Whether or not there will be more highlights next season — somewhere — remains to be seen. ___ Andrew Dampf on Twitter: .....»»

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LeBron: Jordan chase is about motivation, not greatness

em>By Kyle Hightower, Associated Press /em> BOSTON (AP) — LeBron James says his chase of Michael Jordan’s accomplishments is simply personal motivation. It’s not about wanting to establish himself as the NBA’s greatest player. James spoke Thursday (Friday, PHL time) during the morning shootaround before the Cavaliers play the Boston Celtics in game five of the Eastern Conference finals. If the Cavaliers advance, James would be making a seventh consecutive trip to the NBA Finals. He said his goal is not about passing Jordan in titles, points or MVP awards. James is 28 points shy of overtaking Jordan as the postseason’s leading scorer. With 40 more points, James could also become the first player in NBA history to score 6,000 points in the playoffs. But the Cavaliers superstar says his pursuit is about leaving a legacy to motivate the next generation of players. “It’s just my personal goal to keep me motivated, that’s all,” James said. “You guys are gonna have the conversations about who’s the greatest of all time and things of that nature, it doesn’t matter to me.” He also said he believes that the greatness conversation is discussed more often in the NBA than in other sports. “It’s never talked about [in the] NFL, who’s the greatest quarterback. It’s just like [Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, [Peyton] Manning, [Tom] Brady — all great quarterbacks. It should be the same for us,” James said. “We go out and just try to be as great as we can be every night. “The comparison of always trying to compare people, either living or still playing or not playing — I think it’s great for barbershops.” .....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsMay 25th, 2017Related News

Ex-tennis great avoids airline over same-sex marriage edict

PERTH, Australia (AP) — Former tennis great and now Christian pastor Margaret Court says she will stop using Qantas 'where possible' in protest over the Australian airline's promotion of same-sex marriage. 'I am disappointed that Qantas has become an active promoter for same-sex marriage,' Perth resident Court said in the letter published in The West Australian newspaper. 'I believe in marriage as a union between a man and a woman as stated in the Bible. Your statement leaves me no option but to use other airlines were possible for my extensive travelling.' Serena Williams' 23 Grand Slam singles titles are a record for the Open era, which began in 1968 — she broke a tie with Steffi Graf at this year's Australian Open. Only one player has won more: Court, who claimed part of her 24 during the amateur era. Australia's other major domestic airline Virgin and its founder Richard Branson also support gay marriage. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce recently had a pie thrown in his face in front of hundreds of people at a business breakfast in Perth by a man who said he was protesting the fact that Joyce and 20 chief executives of major companies had signed a joint letter in support of marriage equality. The man was charged by police with assault and banned by Qantas. Court, a 74-year-old senior pastor at Perth's Victory Life Church and critic of homosexuality and same-sex marriage for decades, said in the letter she had proudly promoted Qantas during her days 'of never losing a tennis match while playing for my country.' 'I love all people and will be pleased to talk to your board at any time,' she wrote Thursday. 'But it won't be in the Qantas lounge.' .....»»

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ONE Championship's Angela Lee chases MMA stardom outside UFC

GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer   Angela Lee is a citizen of the world. Born in Canada and raised in Hawaii by her South Korean mother and Singaporean father, the 20-year-old has lived her short adult life in constant movement around the Pacific Rim and to innumerable points beyond. When asked how she defines herself geographically, Lee can't pick just one identity. 'I feel like I'm comfortable in any of those areas, any of those countries,' Lee said. 'I think it's a blessing to have so much mixed culture.' Lee also doesn't fit into any particular box as one of the world's most intriguing up-and-coming mixed martial artists. The daughter of two martial arts instructors is a gifted wrestler, a strong striker and a prototype for the next generation of well-rounded MMA prospects. And she didn't need the UFC to reach the precipice of international stardom, either. Lee (7-0) fights for ONE Championship, a Singapore-based promotion that dominates the burgeoning Asian market for professional MMA. She defends her 115-pound title for the second time Friday in a headlining bout against Istela Nunes at Singapore Indoor Stadium. Lee's fame is already remarkable around Asia, where her combination of talent and charisma has inspired comparison to Ronda Rousey. In just two years as a professional, the former Hawaii state wrestling champion is building buzz while expanding non-Asian MMA fans' UFC-centric perception of the sport. 'I'm maturing as a fighter, but I still have so much to learn,' Lee said. 'That's the exciting part. I feel like I'm not even close to my peak or my potential yet.' Lee was the first woman to headline a ONE Championship show last year when she won the promotion's atomweight — called strawweight by the UFC — title. Her show this week is the second ONE event headlined by a woman, and she praises both her promotion and Asian fight fans for embracing the women's game so quickly. 'When I first started my fighting as an amateur, there were still a few critics saying women shouldn't be fighting, this and that,' Lee said. 'Just in these two years, it's really been amazing to see the mindset change for people, and how they're looking at these women who are stepping into the cage. We definitely get a lot more respect now. We've come a long way, and I'm excited for all the progress that is still to come.' The UFC has never found a solid foothold in the Asian market despite numerous attempts over the years. The promotion is trying again next month with a show at Singapore Indoor Stadium featuring several Asian contenders on a card headlined by former champion Holly Holm and ex-title contender Bethe Correia. Lee isn't sure whether she will attend the UFC show next month, since she might be home in Hawaii. 'I'm curious to see what the turnout is going to be like in June,' Lee said. 'I don't know too much about how dominant they (could be) on this side, but I know for sure that ONE Championship sells out stadiums every single time they host an event here. So definitely, I'd say ONE Championship has a lockdown on Asia and the Asian market.' To answer a question posed to her almost weekly for the past two years, Lee thinks she could handle herself against anybody on the UFC's 115-pound roster. That includes long-reigning champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, widely considered the top pound-for-pound fighter in the women's game. 'I would be so game to fight Joanna or any of the UFC girls,' Lee said. 'I'm very confident in my skill set against theirs. I have no problem stepping into the cage with any of them.' But ONE is building a stable of world-class talent to compete with Lee, and she intends to keep up her pursuit of stardom and sponsorships from her home base in Singapore. There is a major downside to pursuing a professional fighting career in Singapore, however: One of the world's greatest food cities isn't a great place to be in the final days of a weight cut. She believes she can fight off her current cravings for a huge burger until after her bout. 'It's definitely a struggle for me, especially when my family wants to go out to eat, and of course I'm not going to make them suffer with me,' Lee said with a laugh. 'I'm like, 'You guys go ahead.' It's very torturous for me to be eating my salad and then having them feasting in front of me, but it's just more motivation for me to get the job done on fight night.' .....»»

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Woods feeling no pain, wants to compete time

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — Tiger Woods said he had fusion surgery on his back because he could no longer tolerate the pain, and that he wants to get back on the PGA Tour. 'I haven't felt this good in years,' he said Wednesday in an update on his website . Woods had the fusion surgery on April — his fourth surgery on his back dating to the spring of 2014 — and said it provided 'instant nerve relief.' The surgery meant missing all the majors for the second straight year. Woods said he did everything possible to get ready for the Masters and was 'ready to go.' He said it was similar to the 2008 U.S. Open, which he won on a shattered left leg, because the pain was after he made contact. 'I figured, 'Can I handle it?' This time the answer was, 'probably not. That shows the effect nerve pain can have,' Woods wrote. Woods had a second back surgery in September 2014, and a third one in November 2014, and then sat out for 15 months until returning last December at his Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas, where he made 24 birdies but tied for 15th in an 18-man field. He missed the cut at Torrey Pines in late January, and then flew to Dubai and withdrew after opening with a 77. That was his last round. 'I could no longer live with the pain I had,' Woods wrote. 'We tried every possible non-surgical route and nothing worked. I had good days and bad days, but the pain was usually there, and I couldn't do much. Even lying down hurt. I had nerve pain with anything I did and was at the end of my rope.' Woods said he was encouraged that Davis Love III, Retief Goosen, Lee Trevino, Lanny Wadkins and Dudley Hart are among those who have had fusions or disc replacements and all returned to play. 'But more than anything, it made their lives better,' Woods wrote. 'That's the most important thing ... that I can have a life again with my kids.' Woods said he is not contemplating when he might play again. He said he can't twist for three more months and he is concentrating only on short-term goal. 'There's no hurry,' Woods said. 'But, I want to say unequivocally, I want to play professional golf again.' .....»»

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For the love of Uly, a tribute

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Madison Keys aiming to kick start her season at French Open

DANIELLA MATAR, Associated Press   PARIS (AP) — After a disappointing start to 2017, Madison Keys is ready to kick start her season when the French Open begins on Sunday. Keys missed the first two months of the year after undergoing surgery on her left wrist in the offseason. 'I'm fully recovered and happy to be back on the tour,' Keys said in an interview with The Associated Press on Tuesday. 'Obviously, I haven't had the perfect start to the season, but really I'm just happy to be back on the court and be pain free. 'I'm very excited to play in Roland Garros. I feel like every year I love it a little bit more and it's such a beautiful city to play in, so I'm very excited for the start.' In her first tournament back, Keys reached the third round of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March. But since then, the American has made first round exits in Charleston, Madrid and Rome — where she reached the final last year. However, Keys hasn't gone out in the opening round of a Grand Slam since losing to Sara Errani at Roland Garros in 2014. 'I'm really just trying to have some good matches and looking at it that way and you know that's all I'm really concerned about,' she said. Long considered one of the world's most promising young players, the 22-year-old Keys burst through to the semifinals of the 2015 Australian Open while still a teenager and went on to make the quarterfinals at Wimbledon that year. The upward trajectory continued last season, with Keys reaching the Olympic semifinals as well as making three finals and winning her second WTA title. Moreover, Keys became the first American woman to be ranked in the top 10 since Serena Williams in 1999. That success had Keys targeting the top five and a Grand Slam. But following her injuries, the No. 13 is now taking it one match at a time. 'I'm really just trying to kind of get my match rhythm back and feel more comfortable on the tennis court, so right now that's kind of my main goal and focus,' Keys said. Keys was reunited with former coach Lindsay Davenport in the offseason and also recently added Maria Sharapova's former hitting partner, Dieter Kindlmann, to her team. 'It's going well,' Keys said. 'Lindsey and I have been working together for a couple of months now and I think the addition of Didi is really going well.' .....»»

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Is Cherry Rondina the best beach volleyball player right now?

Two-time UAAP champion, two-time UAAP MVP, PSL champion, and now, newly-crowned BVR champion. Is it time to call Cherry Rondina as the best beach volleyball player in the land? You guys decide, but the UST star makes a pretty strong case. More than her explosive play for the UST Golden Tigresses, the Cebuana hotshot actually has more success when the action shifts to the sand. After announcing her UAAP presence by sweeping the Season 77 beach volleyball tournament as a rookie, Rondina has seen an incredible rise in her performance for this current beach volleyball seasson. The spitfire spiker now has a string of three victories in beach volleyball, winning UAAP Season 79, the 2017 PSL Beach Volleyball Challenge Cup, and on her first tournament on tour, the Currimao, Ilocos Norte leg of BVR. Oh, and she won all of those with three different partners. It doesn't take a genius to figure out that if you team up with Sisi on a beach volleyball tournament, you'll probably end up winning. 'Pag gusto mo talaga manalo, dapat may sangkap na trabaho, tyaga, pasensya, and ayun, always ako nagpe-pray talaga,' Rondina told ABS-CBN Sports on the secret behind her beach volleyball prowess. 'Siguro doon lumalabas kasi every time na may hawak akong bola, or nasa akin yung bola, parang tine-treasure ko na dapat i-puntos ko to, yun yung always na nasa isip ko,' she added. Aside from the change in venue, the main difference between indoor and beach volleyball is that there are only two players per team in the latter. That alone is one of the biggest adjustments one has to make in order to be successful in the transition. Sisi has basically mastered that, all for the love of the game and for the love of winning. 'Sa beach volleyball kasi, yun nga dalawa lang kayo, and kailangan mo talaga ng mahabang pasensya lalo na sa partner mo,' Rondina said. 'Tapos malalim yung buhangin, hindi katulad sa indoor na marami kayo, naguusap kayo, maraming makakatulong sayo, maraming tumutulong sayo, sa beach volley dalawa lang kayong nagtutulungan,' she added. Winning a championship with three different leagues, Rondina likewise shared that the key to that is nothing special. It's only a matter of giving your best every game, it doesn't matter where you're playing. 'We have the discipline talaga na pag kung saan ka naka-commit dun ka lang. Kung ano man yung may liga, dun ka,' she said. 'Parang send yourself sa liga na yun. Dito sa BVR, since under kami ng UST, we will play talaga and syempre ayaw din naman namin na parang maglalaro lang kami, syempre gusto din namin manalo,' Rondina added.   br /> --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8 .....»»

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SBC Taytay tops Malayan to reign supreme in juniors basketball tilt

San Beda College Taytay A ran away with a 76-64 win over the Mapua-Malayan Red Robins to reign supreme in the second annual adidas Uprising Philippines juniors basketball tournament. San Beda topped 32 of Metro Manila's best high school squads last May 20 at the Titan Love Court in Bonifacio Global City. The battle-for-third game was held earlier that day with National University beating La Salle Green Hills A with a score of 72-44. Following a knockout tournament format, the opening matches were held on May 13 and 14, followed by the elimination games, which happened from May 15 to 19. Launched in the Philippines last year, the tournament is a summer grassroots program that provides an exclusive platform for the next generation’s basketball stars to foster their game and skills, through a series of competitions. 'Having 32 contending teams this year, we are bound to see more emerging creators in the world of Philippine basketball,” said Jen Dacasin, adidas Philippines Brand Communications and Sports Marketing Manager. br />   br /> The participating teams in this year’s adidas Uprising were: San Beda Alabang, La Salle Greenhills A, La Salle Greenhills B, AHS A, Agila, AHS C, Kings Montessori Vikings, UST Tiger Cubs, Arellano University Braves, San Beda College Taytay (San Beda A), San Beda College Taytay (San Beda B), Mapua-Malayan Red Robbins, Diliman Preparatory School (DPS), English Christian Academy (ECA), Claret School, Lyceum Junior Pirates (LPU), Jubilee Christian Academy, Colegio San Agustin Makati, Faith Academy Vanguards, AMA, Aqunas School, National University (NU), Chang Kai Shek College (CKSC), Jose Rizal University (JRU), Notre Dame, Malabon High School, San Sebastian College, San Ildefonso Bulacan HS, Marist, Letran, Philippine Cultural, and Taytay Captains (Taytay HS). .....»»

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Duncan provides needed tips, laughs for injury-ravaged Spurs

em>By Raul Dominguez, Associated Press /em> SAN ANTONIO (AP) — There was a mad scramble at the Spurs practice during the Western Conference finals, a flurry of activity to position cameras and get recording devices ready to document essentially what was the sighting of a white whale. Tim Duncan, the NBA’s most reclusive star, had apparently accepted a request to speak publicly for the first time since quietly retiring in the offseason. The excitement built with each step Duncan took. Then, after meticulously unwrapping a right knee brace, the former Spurs All-Star walked past the cameras without stopping. “Is there a bathroom back there?” Duncan said, delivering the punchline with the same stoic look he wore throughout his 19-year career. San Antonio staff members, including Monty Williams, Ime Udoka and Becky Hammon, howled in delight — a rare laugh for the Spurs in a conference finals that had Golden State cruising toward an easy win and a trip to the NBA Finals. Duncan’s good humor and calm demeanor — as much a part of Duncan’s Hall of Fame career as his leadership — gave the Spurs a minor boost after falling in an 0-3 hole against the Warriors without injured stars Tony Parker and Kawhi Leonard much of the way. Enter Duncan to provide a few laughs, and more importantly, a few defensive tips. “It’s always good to have Tim in the facility,” Spurs guard Danny Green said. “Even his presence gives us a little more mental relaxation, a little more refocus with him just helping other guys see what he sees on the tube. He can pick and point out what the bigs need to do.” Since retiring, Duncan has served as an unofficial assistant coach for the Spurs, imparting the knowledge that helped him become one the greatest power forwards ever. He worked with numerous players over the weekend, particularly LaMarcus Aldridge and Patty Mills, who have both struggled against Golden State. Mills was averaging just 5.7 points on 2-for-14 shooting on three-pointers through game thre, but Aldridge has received most of the criticism for the team’s lackluster play offensively. After signing a lucrative contract last offseason, Aldridge is being held to 18 points on 22-for-52 shooting against the Warriors. Without their leading scorer in Leonard, starting point guard in Parker and their energetic reserve post in David Lee, the Spurs need something. Unfortunately, it’s not Duncan. Duncan retired in July after winning five championships, earning three NBA Finals MVP awards and was twice named league MVP. Knee injuries and time forced “The Big Fundamental” to retire. “Tim can’t help us a lick,” coach Gregg Popovich deadpanned Saturday (Sunday, PHL time). “He can’t play dead anymore. He just comes for the free lunch.” But that hasn’t stopped Duncan from trying to help as much as he can. The 6’11” forward has stopped by practice throughout the season to give tips to players and assist with practice. He has stayed in touch with Popovich. “We’re like in love, we text all of the time,” Popovich said following a November practice Duncan attended. The tongue-in-cheek admission was a shock. Popovich texts? Does he use emojis? “Only the ones where you blow kisses,” Popovich quipped. Duncan may no longer be able to contribute on the court, but he is still gives the Spurs positive energy. Chances are they might need another pick-me-up following game four. .....»»

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"HAS THE spaceship arrived?" became the mantra of the entire team behind the Filipino adaptation of the famous Korean drama, My Love from the Star (translated literally as You Who Came from the Star) as the search for the male lead became one of the biggest challenges of the series, which is set to air on May 29......»»

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Devanadera will play as long as she is able

For Perlas Spiker Rysabelle ‘Sasa’ Devanadera who’s turning 30 in seven months’ time, the pull of volleyball will always bewitch her like a siren call. “I can’t turn my back on volleyball just yet,” says the articulate, multi-titled former NCAA campaigner and ace player of San Sebastian College. “I still feel I have more years to give; I will play as long as I am able.”  Devanadera’s passion for the sport is such that she readily gave up a secure, five-year job as a cage cashier in a casino the moment Roger Gorayeb, her SSC coach, invited her to join his PLDT Home Ultera lineup for the 2015 V-League. There was no thinking needed. She says she accepted the offer right away. She thus went on to be a part of that team’s historic sweep of the Open and Reinforced Conferences titles of the now defunct but hugely successful women’s league, which Sports Vision has replaced with the ongoing, bigger Premier Volleyball League offering a men’s competition as well in a  joint undertaking with Asics as official league partner and Mikasa as official game ball. Her joy from playing even extends to seeing children and unknown folk a game of volleyball in the countryside, even if it is just a fleeting glimpse from the comfort of an air-conditioned bus or private vehicle during her out-of-town travels. “How I wish the bus would stop so I could watch them longer making do with a torn net or what passes for it attached to coconut trees.”        The volleyball bug has stayed with the youngest of four children of a retired cop from San Pablo, Laguna long after she graduated from the NCAA with four team championships and one season MVP, Best Attacker, and Best Scorer awards. The itch to play continued to rankle during the long years that, making use of her business management diploma, she worked as a Resorts World casino cage cashier.       The five-foot-seven Devanadera says she has a lot to thank coach Gorayeb for with her inclusion on the now idle Ultra Spikers team, not the least of which was that it led her to getting a position in the consumer collection department of the giant telecommunications company.           It has enriched her life as well with the friendship, she says, she has cultivated with teammates from other schools like Ateneo, whose Lady Blue Eagles initially overwhelmed her with their genuine warmth, niceness and down-to-earth quality.        Superstar Alyssa Valdez and Charo Soriano provided her first real interactions with the Lady Blue Eagle on the PLDT squad, which paved the way for her having more ex-Lady Blue Eagles and consequently more friends when she later moved to the Balipure Water Defenders and now to the Perlas Spikers.        “Even at the very beginning, these former Ateneans never made me feel that they were different from you and me,” relates Devanadera. “In fact, they are super kalog; there’s no dull moment when they are around you. They never fail to boost my confidence. Particularly, Charo is a dear. Everybody just loves her.” In the face of highly lucrative deals players now ink left and right with ball clubs with deep pockets, Devanadera could not help but reminisce about the years that she was playing in the NCAA out of pure passion for the sport and for the love of school.        In a clear voice that reflects the cool composure that marks her game, Devanadera makes it clear that she does not begrudge other players their million-peso contracts. “There are a lot of super talented players and the general focus, it seems, is to link up with the school or the commercial team that will pay them the most.”       She thinks the first overriding concern for these young players should be to go for the school or the team that will further raise the level of their game. “But that’s only my humble opinion.” .....»»

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