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On the cusp of a title

It came a game late, but Paul Lee's valedictory speech of a performance got Magnolia back in the groove and put the PBA Governors' Cup title within reach of the Hotshots.   Lee literally did everything in the waning seconds of Game 5 on Friday night---including shedding tears of joy on center court---after leading Magnolia to a 79-78 victory over Alaska at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao and a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven title series.   Struggling the entire Finals, Lee knocked down the marginal corner jumper with 1.3 seconds left that capped a string of heroic plays inside the last 30 seconds for the Hotshots, who also snapped a two-game losing streak and c...Keep on reading: On the cusp of a title.....»»

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MILF leader hopeful of lasting peace

AL-BARKA, Basilan --- Brave men cry. The "fiercest and most dreaded" commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) was driven to tears recalling his past battles and hoped for a peaceful future through a new Bangsamoro autonomous region. In an assembly at Barangay Cambug here last week, Hadji Dan Asnawi, commander of the 114th Bangsamoro Islamic Armed Forces, faced 2,000 fighters, both men and women, and told them: "For more than 40 years, thousands of our fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children sacrificed their lives here. [In] this land, blood had taken more blood, so that we can stand united like this." Those who heard him were also teary-eyed. Martyrs "I ...Keep on reading: MILF leader hopeful of lasting peace.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Dec 10th, 2018Related News

Sancho dedicates Dortmund derby-winning goal to grandmother

By Ciaran Fahey, Associated Press BERLIN (AP) — Jadon Sancho pointed to the sky after scoring Borussia Dortmund's winning goal for a 2-1 victory over the club's biggest rival, Schalke, on Saturday. Then came the tears. Sancho dedicated the goal to his recently deceased grandmother after becoming Dortmund's youngest goal-scorer in the Ruhr derby, Germany's biggest, at age 18. "The goal means everything to my family. Sadly my grandmother passed away so that goal was for her," the England winger said. "I'm glad that I got the goal and helped the team get three points." Sancho's classy finish kept Dortmund nine points clear of Bundesliga defending champion Bayern Munich, which kept pace and moved second with a 3-0 win over promoted Nuremberg in their Bavarian derby in Munich. But Sancho's thoughts were elsewhere. "It was a difficult week for him," Dortmund coach Lucien Favre said. "Jadon only came back yesterday evening from London. But he really wanted to train and play." Sancho sealed the unbeaten visitors' 11th win from 14 games with a fine finish in the 74th minute, restoring Dortmund's lead after Daniel Caligiuri equalized from the penalty spot. Thomas Delaney had given Dortmund an early lead. Dortmund's players celebrated with gusto in front of the traveling support. It was the club's first derby win in three years. Delaney became the team's 16th scorer in the league this season - a Bundesliga record at this stage - when he guided Marco Reus' free kick past Ralf Faehrmann in the Schalke goal. Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Buerki then thwarted Guido Bergstaller in the home side's best chance. The Schalke forward had to go off injured shortly afterward. Caligiuri's penalty came after the hour mark. The spot kick was awarded through VAR - after play had continued - for a foul by Reus on Amine Harit. The Dortmund captain complained vehemently against the decision. Tempers frayed afterward, leading to a melee. Achraf Hakimi was booked for shoving, minutes before Reus followed his teammate in the referee's notebook for a tactical foul. Sancho, already a firm favorite among Dortmund fans for his outstanding season, endeared himself further with the winner. Sancho eluded two defenders and played a one-two with Raphael Guerreiro to evade another before he curled the ball inside the far post. CRISIS OVER Robert Lewandowski scored twice in the first half for Bayern, which appears to have put talk of a crisis behind it after three consecutive wins across all competitions. But Nuremberg was always going to be a welcome guest in Munich, where it hadn't won in 14 games. The promoted side has only two wins since its return to the top flight and was thrashed 7-0 in Dortmund and 6-0 in Leipzig. Franck Ribery sealed Bayern's win with his first goal of the season in the second half, which had been delayed after home fans threw hundreds of rolls of toilet paper toward the field. Also, Freiburg defeated Leipzig 3-0 at home, Bayer Leverkusen earned a 1-0 win at home over Augsburg, and Wolfsburg and Hoffenheim drew 2-2. Marko Grujic's first-half header was enough for Hertha Berlin to defeat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 in the late game to climb to sixth, level on 23 points with the visitors, who slumped to their second straight defeat......»»

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

AP column: Why it was special for Rahm to beat his hero, Tiger

By Doug Ferguson, Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Three victories in three countries against fields large and small, strong and weak, couldn't make Jon Rahm's year any better. Nothing could top one win that offered no money, no world ranking points or even a trophy to call his own. He beat Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup. "I don't think there's anything I can do in the game anytime soon that's going to mean more than that," Rahm said. When he spoke late Sunday afternoon after a four-shot victory in the Bahamas, the Masters was still 130 days away. That's the next major, and majors are the greatest achievement for any player. Rahm is no exception. But yes, that Ryder Cup was special. If his tears that Sunday at Le Golf National didn't show that, Rahm spoke for just over 4 minutes and used 638 words to explain. His year ended with Woods presenting him the trophy from the Hero World Challenge, but really that was the start of his story. As they looked at the trophy, where Woods' name first shows up in 2001, Rahm said Woods asked, "How old were you?" Rahm was 7. "I saw him win a great deal of events, grew up with a dream of someday beating him, and to do it on the Sunday or a Ryder Cup ... it was extremely special," he said. Seve Ballesteros inspired him, and still does. Woods motivated the 24-year-old Spaniard, as he did for so many other young players from Rahm's generation. He studied Woods, including a recent documentary for the British Open that helped on Sunday at Albany. "He said once he got in the lead, his goal was to never go back to the field, to have the field catch him," Rahm said. That wasn't the only film Rahm has watched. He says he probably has seen every video on Woods and Ballesteros that can be found on the internet. And that's probably how his fiancee learned the game. "She had no idea about golf, and I would just get the laptop and make her watch all the highlights of Tiger," Rahm said. "I've seen Tiger's final round at Pebble in 2000 about 150 times." And that brings him to Saturday night outside Paris. Europe had a 10-6 lead with Rahm contributing a point in his first Ryder Cup. "Kind of felt like I was letting the team down," he said. Rahm knew he would be in the No. 4 spot for Europe, and then the U.S. lineup was revealed. He was expecting to see Woods toward the back because that's where he had been the last two times he played, at No. 8 in Wales and No. 12 at Medinah. This time, Woods was at No. 4 against Rahm. "I'm like, 'Great.' To me, the greatest golfer of all time that I've been able to see, he just won at East Lake, he's 0-3, I was 0-2. I'm like, 'He really wants to win this, for sure, and I'm not playing my best.' So that was my first train of thought," Rahm said. He spent time that night and the next morning talking to his mental coach, European captain Thomas Bjorn and Tommy Fleetwood, who had experience playing Woods, including all three of Woods' losses that week. He thought about a strategy, which turned out to be the easy part. Woods doesn't make a lot of mistakes, so the Ryder Cup rookie better be close to flawless. The gallery was the largest on the course, and not because Rahm was playing. Turns out it was Woods who made the mistakes, with bogeys on the 13th and 14th holes to fall 2 down. Rahm missed a short putt on the 16th hole, giving him a 1-up lead with two to play. He responded with a shot into 5 feet on the 17th and a chance to close out his golfing idol. Rahm never lacks for emotions, and by now they were raging. His grandfather died on the Sunday of the PGA Championship and was on his mind. As he settled over the putt, he heard a Spanish voice in the gallery yell, "Do it for Seve!" Rahm could picture both of them watching and thought to himself, "There's no way them two are going to allow me to miss the putt." He dropped his putter and lost his mind when the putt went in. "It's all that feeling, right?" Rahm said. "I tried to stay as balanced as possible, I never got mad, even after missing the putt on 16. Making the putt to beat Tiger Woods, my all-time hero ... man, it was hard." He was screaming and hugging and forgot for a moment that Woods had walked across the green to congratulate him. "He came to me with a smile," Rahm said. "He said, 'Man, don't even worry, you played great.' And I started crying in front of Tiger. It was such an emotional moment." That's how much it meant to him, because that's how much Woods means to him......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsDec 5th, 2018Related News

H. W. and Trump: A study in contrasts

Buenos Aires — One US president talked softly, the other harangues. One built international coalitions, the other tears them up. One was a war hero, the other avoided battle. One was called George H.W. Bush and the other, Donald Trump, is in the White House today. Trump was among the first of present and past […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsDec 2nd, 2018Related News

Three Words to Forever review: Best left at the altar

Cathy Garcia-Molina’s Three Words to Forever isn’t a bad movie. It’s just immensely unremarkable. Tears and sobs The third of Garcia-Molina’s foray into making family dramas, Three Words to Forever feels more like a stubborn attempt to milk the same cow thrice without even trying to ........»»

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

‘I love you forever’: Heartbroken Sean Manganti bids Adamson goodbye

It's almost ironic that the man who consistently broke University of the Philippines' heart got his soul crushed by the very team he had a knack of hurting. Sean Manganti bid goodbye to Adamson University after Soaring Falcons lost to the Fighting Maroons, 89-87, in a heartbreaker in the UAAP Season 81 men's basketball tournament Final Four Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. Left in tears and carrying a bevy of emotions, Manganti was the personification of grief as he walked out of the Big Dome having played his last game in the UAAP. "I love you forever," said Manganti of Adamson. "The school and the team will always be a big part of me, they are the reasons for who I am ...Keep on reading: ‘I love you forever’: Heartbroken Sean Manganti bids Adamson goodbye.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 29th, 2018Related News

UAAP: What it feels like to be with 21,000 UP-Adamson fans in the Araneta Coliseum

After the University of the Philippines forced a do-or-die game versus Adamson University last Saturday, Paul Desiderio expressed how much he loved the support of the UP community present at the Mall of Asia Arena. To him, the cheers and the chants pumped him up for every play. When asked if Saturday's crowd was the biggest crowd he has ever played in front of, he had this to say. "Hindi pa ito, mayroon pa sa Wednesday," said the team captain. With his 'Atin 'To' promise from last season came another prophecy fulfilled from Desiderio. Come Wednesday, this time in the Araneta Coliseum, nearly 21,000 fans clad either in blue or maroon filled the coliseum to the brim. The blue side came earlier than the maroon side. At least 45 minutes before the tipoff, a jam-packed Adamson side was already belting out their signature cheers while waving their blue and white balloons. Crowd check at 2:40, around an hour before the tipoff. First photo, Adamson. Second photo, UP. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/MEGxmP1S6R — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Adamsonians' show of force 45 mins before tipoff. #UAAPSeason80 #UAAPFinalFour pic.twitter.com/dwzTJHmnJ2 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was a powerful show of force from the Adamson community, which exhausted all efforts to show up for the Soaring Falcons. Classes were suspended and bus services were provided. The Adamson supporters consisted mostly of current students and youthful fans. Bright Akhuetie shared hearing those cheers while he was still in the locker room preparing for the match. "When I was in the dugout I actually asked someone if there was a game going on. Seriously, I asked, 'Who's playing out there? Are we playing after that game?' and they were like 'No, nobody's playing,' then I said 'Why are they shouting?," said the Fighting Maroon in between laughs. As the tip-off neared, the UP community composed of students, middle-aged alumni, and even senior citizens caught up and started filling their side of the coliseum. Team captain Paul Desiderio made a quick eye test of their crowd and deduced a funny observation which head coach Bo Perasol revealed after the game. "Sabi ni Paul pagbalik niya, sabi niya 'Coach talo tayo sa crowd.' Sabi ko, 'Bakit?' Sabi niya, 'Matatanda 'yung crowd natin, mga bata 'yung Adamson. Napaka-energetic, sigaw ng sigaw.' 'Eh 'yung atin?' 'Nakatunganga doon, matatanda.' Sabi ko, 'Mga alumni natin 'yan!," said Perasol beside a laughing Desiderio. "[Adamson] got kids and they hyped! They were super hyped but wow," Akhuetie added. When the game started, it was pandemonium. All game long, both jam-packed sides were screaming out loud with their cheers. There was rarely a moment that neither "UP Fight" nor "Unawakanahimo" was heard. One can literally feel the magnitude of every shot courtesy of the fans' jumping in the stands. Desiderio's observation that Adamson's crowd was more youthful can be validated by the fun gimmicks the blue-and-white supporters did during timeouts. There were times that Adamson supporters raised flashlights from their smart phones and there were also times that they would do waves around their half of the venue. The Maroons on the other hand just did the classic variations of their cheers -- the UP Fight callbacks and the U-nibersidad verse complete with actions. The usual trash talk between both sides was also present. The boos, the lutos, the iyakins were all there. The mood of the crowd was telling. Something spectacular was really about to happen. Jun Manzo's spin move and scoop shot in regulation happened. Jerom Lastimosa's game-tying triple to force an overtime happened. Then the crazy back-and-forth extra five minutes happened. Then Desiderio's jumper that provided to be marginal basket happened. The final buzzer sounded and it signalled the end of the Finals drought for the Maroons. After 32 years, UP is back in the biggest stage of the UAAP. It was UP's turn to raise their flashlights. "I saw a lot of maroon. All I saw was flashlights. Everywhere. I was like, 'Oh my God, these people, they came out ready," Akhuetie shared. The supporters who Desiderio referred to as young once screamed and jumped their hearts out. "Eh ngayon naman, tumayo din kahit matanda. Umingay na rin, namaos na rin ang mga alumni namin from the ages," Perasol narrated. Tears of joy and screams of relief were heard from the maroon side while sighs of frustration and exasperation creeped through the blue side. But everyone still went home with a warm heart and a memory of their school cheer sung by the whole coliseum. As per UAAP tradition, the UP Pep Squad Drummers played the A-D-A-M-S-O-N cheer as the whole 360-degrees of the venue joined screaming every letter and syllabication of the name of the school that just gave them the toughest yet sweetest game. UP fans pay tribute to the Adamson University after the do-or-die thriller. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/IUvWQQ6ai8 — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 The Adamson Drummers paid the favor back and hit the U-nibersidad cheer as everyone regardless of color celebrated the victory of a history-seeking team. Adamson University's turn to sing U-nibersidad after the close game. #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/vFD73yIvLy — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 It was sportsmanship at its finest.  After the high of that instant classic match, one thing is for sure -- UP and Adamson just gave the fans the most complete UAAP basketball experience. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 29th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Sean Manganti, the man who gave his all for Adamson

After three years of service for Adamson University, Sean Manganti took his final bow for the blue and white, Wednesday evening at the Araneta Coliseum. It was a tearful exit for the team captain as the Soaring Falcons lost to fellow history-seeking University of the Philippines, 89-87, in a do-or-die semifinals thriller in front of nearly 21,000 fans. Take a bow, Sean Manganti. @WCSPM #UAAPFinalFour #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/PgQVQO8bLa — Danine Cruz (@the9cruz) November 28, 2018 Manganti was inconsolable after the final buzzer. Teammates and friends took turns in hugging the 6-foot-5 forward, but tears kept falling. Even during the Adamson University Hymn, he could not fight back his tears as he trembled, singing the song for the last time. The heartbroken reaction was understandable from the 24-year-old athlete. From being a mere athletic dunker in Season 79, he evolved to a clutch shot maker in Season 80, to the team leader that was now in Season 81. It was one wild ride for Manganti. In all those seasons, his team had been part of the top four cast, but they have yet to break through to the Finals.  Season 81 was supposed to be different. It was the first year under Pumaren's mentorship that they finished the eliminations as the second-seeded team, and the first time that they were enjoying a twice-to-beat advantage. This season was their strongest in the Pumaren era. This was also Manganti's best year. He delivered two clutch baskets versus UP in the eliminations that earned him the reputation for being a 'UP killer.' He also posted a career-high 27 points versus University of the East, and he ended his college career with averages of 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.3 steals. But as the dust settled, this season was still not Manganti's. It still wasn't Adamson's. Regardless of the heartbreaking finish, Manganti expressed that hopefully, the Adamson community will still remember him as a winner. "I just hope I can be remembered as one that left it all on the floor, one that gave his life to Adamson, one that gave his heart to Adamson, and sacrificed everything for Adamson no matter what," he said while fighting back tears. "And hopefully as a winner and a competitor," he added. Manganti is still nursing this heartbreak but he hinted that this is not the last time Filipino basketball fans will see him. "I'm looking at the [PBA] Draft. Either this year or next year," shared the Fil-Am athlete. His UAAP exit may not be as rosy as he wanted it to be, but at least he ended his career in front of a massively supportive Adamson community -- the community he treated as his home for three years. "I love you forever. That's all I can keep saying. I love Adamson forever. They'll always be a big part of me. They are the reason who I am today, they have shaped me into the man I am today. And I hope the feeling is mutual," Manganti said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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

UAAP: Adamson s future is still secure with rising point guard Jerom Lastimosa

Adamson University's Jerom Lastimosa closed his first playing year in the UAAP with tons of emotion. The Soaring Falcons found themselves getting booted out in the semifinals for the third straight year. Lastimosa could have been the Falcons' hero after making the game-tying triple with 2.6 left in regulation. It was Lastimosa's shot that forced an extra five minutes to decide who will advance to the Finals to take on defending champions Ateneo. "Pagkashoot ko ng three points sa gilid po, yung mindset ko is sa amin talaga ibibigay ni Lord," he said. Come the overtime, Lastimosa gifted Adamson a six-point cushion after sinking another triple with 2:39 left in the additional period. He displayed poise and control during the crucial moments of the match. But in the end, the Maroons gobbled up the lead as Adamson failed to find a reply. "Pero hindi pala [ito] sa amin. So sad," he said. Lastimosa was heartbroken after failing to overcome Adamson's Final Four curse. For three straight years in the Franz Pumaren era, they have always made it to the Final Four only to settle for third place. Lastimosa was seen bawling beside graduating senior Sean Manganti during the singing of the Adamson University Hymn.  "Yung pinakita lang namin na laban kanina, actually, magandang laban pero talaga eh talo pa rin, nagkulang kami sa -- hindi abot sa five minutes po," said the recruit from Dumaguete while holding back tears. To focus on the silver lining of the heartbreak, Adamson will still have the services of the 5-foot-10 point guard for at least two more years. "Pagbutihan ko lang sa loob ng [playing years ko]. Mamatured ko pa rin yung mga laro namin pa. Iaangat ko pa para mas maganda yung laro," he said. In just his first year as Adamson's point guard, he posted averages of 7.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. His rise is a manifestation of the program that Adamson head coach Franz Pumaren has always been proud of. From a little known point guard from Asian College in Dumaguete, Lastimosa is now building his name as a reliable point guard in the UAAP. "Whoever heard of Jerom Lastimosa? I don’t think even a single dot in the radar, he was noticed," said the Adamson mentor. "I think he’s gonna be valuable, his name is gonna be mentioned and will always be in the conversation. He had some mental mistakes but that’s part of being a [20]-year old kid out of the province. I don’t think he even imagined himself playing in this situation and earning some big minutes," Pumaren added referring to Lastimosa's 20.7 minutes per game. As manifestation of the trust bestowed upon the young player, he was tasked to make the last shot of the season with 6.6 left but it clanked off to the side of the rim. No worries for the Adamson faithful however, as Lastimosa has still more years to perfect the shot. For him, he is just very thankful for the UAAP experience he has been having so far. From getting his minutes to playing in front of an Araneta Coliseum brimming with nearly 21,000 fans, "Actually, yung paglipat ko dito is hindi ko talaga ine-expect na maco-contain ko yung laro ko galing sa Dumaguete [papuntang UAAP]," said the Adamsonian. "Syempre rookie ako, first time ko dito sa UAAP tapos ganun yung crowd kadami saka sobrang blessed ko rin kasi first time ko yun maglaro sa UAAP na sobrang daming tao tsaka nagpapasalamat kami sa crowd namin," Lastimosa said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

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

Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM --- Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo, a fearsome 7-foot-2 center in his playing days, said Tuesday he was moved to tears at the sight of Jerusalem's ancient walls. Mutombo, who hails from a devout Christian community in Congo, described his first visit to the holy city as an emotional experience. He said he thought about his parents, who died before they could see the place they had spent their lives reading about in the Bible. "My parents might be gone, but they instilled in me the dream of coming here, and I've made it," he said. "I can't believe I'm really here." Mutombo, an eight-time NBA All-Star who played for six teams, was in town for the inaugurati...Keep on reading: Ex-NBA star Dikembe Mutombo moved to tears in Jerusalem.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 28th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Finally, Javi and Juan GDL get to play in Final Four

A week ago, the University of the Philippines put an end to a 21-year playoff drought. At the same time, Gomez de Liano brothers Javi and Juan also put an end to their very own six-year playoff drought. “Six years. It took me six years. That was just it,” Juan answered after being asked why he was in tears following the Fighting Maroons’ playoff berth-clinching win. “I’ve been waiting for a long time for this moment – to get into the Final Four.” Both GDL brothers played four years for UP Integrated School before moving on up to UP’s Seniors squad. Whether as Junior Maroons or as Fighting Maroons, they always missed out on the Final Four. That all changed in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament – Javi’s third year and Juan’s second season – where State U is the third-seed and is nothing but confident in waging war with second-seed and twice-to-beat Adamson University. Of course, Javi shared the sentiments of his younger brother. “It was just our day. It was about time na rin na kami naman,” he said. For a long time now, from when they were the brightest stars for UPIS to when they were the pioneers of committing to UP, the GDL brothers have always called Diliman home. That is exactly why for a long time now, no matter how farfetched it seemed, they have been guaranteeing a return to the Final Four for State U. “Heading into college, I never planned to go to other schools because I wanted to fulfill my promise to the UP community that we would be on top again,” Javi shared. Fulfill their promise, they did, as the two showed the way with Juan having 27 points, four assists, and three rebounds and Javi having 19 markers built on five triples in UP’s biggest win in more than two decades. Looking back now, the GDL brothers have been proven right in their decision to stay home. “From the bottom all the way up talaga. I never gave up on that dream that we’re gonna make the Final Four and the Finals,” Javi said. He then continued, “Unfortunately, we didn’t make it in high school, but now we have, I’m just really happy.” Juan could only agree. “I am happy for the team, for the fans, for the community. This is for them talaga,” he said. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman’s wife moved to tears

It was an emotional visit by WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman’s wife Cristiane Manzur to the Tuloy Sa Don Bosco Streetchildren Village in Alabang last Sunday afternoon......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsNov 19th, 2018Related News

Zverev beats Djokovic in 2 sets to win ATP Finals title

By Sam Johnston, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — Despite beating Novak Djokovic in straight sets to win the ATP Finals at only 21, Alexander Zverev knows keeping pace with the Serb isn't going to be easy. Zverev claimed the biggest title of his career with a 6-4, 6-3 upset on Sunday, becoming the youngest champion of the season-ending event since Djokovic claimed the first of his five titles a decade ago — also at age 21. "Oh my God," said Zverev, who also became the first German winner since 1995. "I've won one (year-end title). He's won five. He's won, I don't know what, 148 titles more than me. Let's not go there for now. I hope I can do great ... but just chill out a little bit." Top-ranked Djokovic was attempting to tie Roger Federer's record of six titles but followed the same path as the Swiss great, who lost to Zverev in the semifinals at the O2 Arena. Djokovic's serve hadn't been broken all tournament until the final. Zverev did it once in the first set and three times in the second, completing the victory with a spectacular backhand winner up the line. "There's a lot of similarities in terms of trajectory ... in our careers," said Djokovic, who ended a two-year Grand Slam title drought by winning Wimbledon this year, before going on to claim his 14th major trophy at the U.S. Open. "Hopefully he (Zverev) can surpass me." Both players began the match in the same form that had seen them earn straight-sets semifinal victories a day earlier, with few points going against the server. It was Djokovic, who had lost just two of his previous 37 matches and defeated Zverev in the round robin, who began to feel the pressure as consecutive forehand errors gave up his first break of the tournament for 5-4. Fans gave Zverev a huge ovation as he stepped up to serve for the set, and it appeared to inspire him. Three straight aces brought up three set points, the second of which he took when Djokovic sent another forehand long. "I was making way too many unforced errors," Djokovic said. "From 4-4 in the first set, my game really fell apart." Zverev even began to win the longer rallies, an area of the game that Djokovic usually dominates. A 26-shot duel brought up another break point in the opening game of the second set and, although Djokovic saved it, Zverev won another lengthy exchange moments later with a forehand winner to go 1-0 up. With the biggest win of his career in sight, Zverev began to show some nerves. Although he is the only active male player outside of the Big Four of Djokovic, Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray to possess three or more Masters titles, the young German has only reached one Grand Slam quarterfinal. Two double faults and two backhand errors gifted Djokovic an immediate break back, but Zverev quickly refocused to win a 28-shot rally on his way to breaking in the following game. "I lost my serve once against him today," Zverev said. "I think this is a pretty good stat, especially as he's the best returner we have in the game." From there he remained solid on serve, before ending with a flourish. A backhand winner on the run drifted past the helpless Djokovic and Zverev sunk to the ground in tears. "This trophy means a lot, everything," Zverev said. "You only have so many chances of winning it. You play against the best players only." Djokovic sportingly crossed the net to embrace the player who will now be considered among the favorites in Australia in two months' time to end the Serb's run of two consecutive Grand Slam victories. "I've had most success in my career in Australia," said Djokovic, who has won six times in Melbourne. "Hopefully I can keep that going." Earlier, American pair Mike Bryan and Jack Sock saved a match point in the deciding tiebreaker to beat Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicolas Mahut 5-7, 6-1, 13-11 for their first ATP Finals doubles title together. Having failed to take advantage of five championship points during the first-to-10 match tiebreaker, Bryan and Sock then had to save one against their French opponents before finally closing out victory. "It was a hell of a match," Bryan said. The 40-year-old Bryan has now won the tournament five times. He won four times with his usual partner — and brother — Bob, who has been out with an injured hip since May. Sock and Bryan have dominated since teaming up, winning Wimbledon and the U.S. Open before finishing their season in style in London. "It's been a hell of a ride," Bryan said. "This could be our last hoorah because Bob's training back in Florida.".....»»

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

Migrants rely on social media to reach families back home

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras --- There was cake at little Brithani Lizeth's third birthday party, and also tears. Though her grandmother and aunt tried to make their simple cinder block home festive, the little girl could not be consoled. She missed her parents. Orbelina Orellana and Elmer Alberto Cardona were hundreds of miles and two countries away in a small town in southern Mexico, making their way toward the United States with thousands of others in a desperate caravan, leaving their loved ones behind. Despite the distance, Orellana was able to get a picture and audio recording from her daughter's birthday party in Honduras via WhatsApp and hear the little girl sob: "I love...Keep on reading: Migrants rely on social media to reach families back home.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 18th, 2018Related News

UAAP: Whether or not it s his last game, Alvin Pasaol left it all on the floor for UE

Alvin Pasaol’s third season for University of the East wound up in another loss – in fact, it was their 13th out of 14 games in the UAAP Season 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament. Still, Pasaol was all smiles while reporters were speaking with him after they fell to National University on Sunday at the MOA Arena. “Walang pagsisisi kung ito last game ko. Lumaban naman kami,” he said. For weeks, there has been talk that the Red Warriors’ scoring machine was foregoing of his fourth and final playing year. Indeed, after the final buzzer sounded, it very much looked like he had played his last game in red and white – with tears running down his eyes as he hugged his teammates. Alvin Pasaol has already cemented himself as a UE and UAAP legend, no matter what. 💪 #UAAPSeason81 pic.twitter.com/t2geMQuyzR — ABS-CBN Sports (@abscbnsports) Nobyembre 18, 2018 After they closed their campaign, yet again out of the Final Four, however, Pasaol himself reiterated that he remains uncertain about his next move. “Baka pag-iisipan ko pa yung (PBA) Draft. December 3 pa (deadline of application) so may one week pa ako para mag-isip,” he said. After all, he still has a meeting scheduled with UE’s team management and coaching staff. “Mag-uusap pa kami ng may-ari pati coaches next week,” he said. Whatever happens then, the burly forward said he had fun throughout the season – even if at the end of it all, they were holding a 1-13 record. “Sobrang parang roller-coaster yung nangyari sa amin. ‘Di namin in-expect na ganito mangyayari sa amin, pero sobrang happy ako kasama teammates ko,” he said. And while he remains uncertain about his next move, one thing’s for sure – Pasaol will never be forgotten in Recto. “Iiwan ko ang UE na lumalaban kahit talo. Nandun pa rin ang puso at lumalaban kaming lahat,” he said. He then continued, “Baka last year ko na ‘to so nagpapasalamat ako sa kanila.” If this is, indeed, his last season, he will have gone out with a bang by averaging 24.4 points – the highest scoring for a single player in a single season since 2003. That is more than two points better than the 22.2 points Terrence Romeo normed five years ago. And as if that’s not enough, he will also always have that 49-point game. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

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

NCAA: LPU s Topex Robinson is more at peace with this year s bridesmaid finish

Two consecutive years in the NCAA Finals, two consecutive bridesmaid finishes. Sure, it was heartbreaking for the Lyceum of the Philippines University but according to Coach Topex Robinson, he is much more pleased with their performance this year than last year. It was apparent in Robinsons' demeanor. In Season 93, he was in tears as the Lyceum Alma Mater Hymn played after the Bedan Hymn. But in Season 94, with his smiles and his usual warm aura, he seemed to be more at peace despite the identical disappointing result. "I think because I saw that was really the way we want to fight. So yun yung mahalaga sa amin eh, alam ko na may peace of mind ako na we gave our best," said the Lyceum mentor after their 71-56 loss against eventual three-peat champions San Beda University. "Last year, I feel like we're short, I feel like may hindi ako nagawa. But this time kasi, alam ko talagang yun yun," he added. Choosing not to sulk over the loss, Robinson sees this as another opportunity to grow as a young basketball coach. According to him, coaching against much more experienced basketball minds like San Beda's Boyet Fernandez sharpens his coaching ways. "I told Coach Boyet [Fernandez] nga and the rest of the San Beda coaches na 'Pinapagaling niyo ako kasi nga I'm not gonna stop as long as I know you are there, that is not gonna stop me from learning,'" he said. By Season 95, Lyceum will no longer have the services of superstar CJ Perez, reliable leader MJ Ayaay, and the explosive Mike Nzeusseu. Their next lineup will be composed of lesser known players once again. This will put to test the strength of Lyceum's basketball program. "I always go back to the time na I have no-namers, yung mga ganun ba. That's what exciting about this year kasi wala na dun star player eh so mas maganda kasi obviously hindi na kami target. We're gonna be underdogs now so yun yung excited ako," Robinson said. "As much as I wanna cry about this, I look forward to what's in front of us, what's ahead of us. This is done and over with so nakikita ko yung lineup ko next year. It's gonna be an exciting lineup again," he added. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @the9cruz.....»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 13th, 2018Related News

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Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: NewsNov 9th, 2018Related News

WATCH: 3 women meet, have a summer to remember in ‘Kahit Ayaw Mo Na’

Three women having one common past will meet in Samar for an adventure to remember. Andrea Brillantes, Kristel Fulgar and Empress Schuck will cross paths realizing that fate brought them together in "Kahit Ayaw Mo Na," as seen in the movie's trailer released Thursday. In the movie, Brillantes is Ally, an aspiring composer. Schuck plays Joey, a fashion designer who shows she is independent on her own, while Fulgar is a hopeless romantic food and travel blogger named Mikee. In one scene of the trailer, all three are in tears, realizing they were really meant to meet. Viewers will have to find the reason why they crossed paths in the first place. "Kahit Ayaw Mo Na" is directed...Keep on reading: WATCH: 3 women meet, have a summer to remember in ‘Kahit Ayaw Mo Na’.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Nov 9th, 2018Related News

UAAP: From the bench, Prince Orizu proves to be FEU s game-changer

Far Eastern University ended the first round of eliminations in the UAAP 81 Men’s Basketball Tournament in first place. Since then, however, they have dropped four games in a row and have dropped to the bottom half of the standings. The common theme in those losses? Prince Orizu has been injured in the last three games. “Of course, it’s frustrating. Actually, I was shedding (tears) a little bit earlier because I know if I’m out there, those guys can’t those easy buckets,” he said after the Tamaraws fell to De La Salle University last Sunday. “Those easy buckets, they’re gonna bleed for it.” Orizu got injured against Ateneo de Manila University and witnessed Angelo Kouame rampage to a 33-point, 27-rebound career game. He sat out against the University of the Philippines and then saw Bright Akhuetie go on a 20-point, 11-rebound, seven-assist tear. Against the Green Archers, he was suited up, but was not put in. As such, he had front row seats to watching Justine Baltazar get 15 points and six rebounds, Santi Santillan get 12 boards and 14 markers, and Brandon Bates get seven points and 10 rebounds. Without a doubt, the Nigerian powerhouse left a big, big void FEU has not been able to fill. Even more frustrating for him is the fact that this is the first time in quite a while that he was forced to sit out. As he put it, “Nobody was expecting I’m gonna get injured. I’ve not been injured for over four years. It’s really frustrating and I just have to get back and do better when I get back.” In that light, Orizu gladly reported that he has been recovering well from the high sprain on his left ankle. As he put it, “I’m recovering well and I could jog now, but I can’t really run fast because there’s still pain in the ankle. I’m just hoping I get okay before next game.” He then continued, “I’m doing everything I can to come back because I don’t like seeing my team like that. If I was there, it’s gonna be a lot different than what is going on in the team.” FEU’s sidelined center will be a game time decision when they take on University of the East on Sunday at the Ynares Center in Antipolo. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsNov 2nd, 2018Related News