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Kuku& rsquo;s T1 secures spot in $40M The International 10

T1 battled its way to The International 10 after a 2-0 victory over China’s Team Aster in the upper-bracket of the WePlay AniMajor Wednesday night. .....»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 11th, 2021

Blacklist International secures MPL grand finals spot

Blacklist International barely broke a sweat in securing a seat to the MPL Season 7 grand finals following a dominant 3-1 victory over Aura PH Saturday afternoon. Spearheaded by feisty captain OhMyV33NUS and backed by a battle-hardened crew composed of Wise, OHEB, ESON, and Edward, Blacklist displayed a masterful outing to send Aura fighting for […] The post Blacklist International secures MPL grand finals spot appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsMay 29th, 2021

Li at his best and builds early lead at PGA Championship

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Still young, often inconsistent, forever fearless, Li Haotong is capable of just about anything on a big stage in golf. He was at his best Friday in the PGA Championship. Three years after his 63 in the final round of the British Open, Li hit only four fairways at Harding Park and still managed a 5-under 65 that gave him the early lead and set the target for Jason Day, Brooks Koepka and Tiger Woods to chase. The 25-year-old from China capped a bogey-free round with his eighth straight par and was at 8-under 132, two shots ahead of Tommy Fleetwood of England among the early starters. Surprised? Depends on the day. “The last couple days, I've been pretty much all hit in the right spot,” Li said. Getting as much attention was the logo on his hat — WeChat, the Chinese social media company and one of his biggest sponsors. Li was in the spotlight at Harding Park one day after President Donald Trump signed executive orders on a vague ban of WeChat and TikTok in 45 days. Just as unclear was whether Li was aware of the development. “I don't know,” he said. “Who knows?” Li is a two-time winner on the European Tour, most recently in 2018 at the Dubai Desert Classic when he rallied down the stretch to beat Rory McIlroy by one shot. He was sensational at Royal Birkdale in 2017 — only five other players have 63 in the final round of a major. But he had a terrible week in his Presidents Cup debut at Royal Melbourne in December. When he first came to America, he made fast friends on the developmental tours with his constant laughter, engaging personality and aggressive play. “He's got the arsenal to take it low,” said Adam Scott, his teammate at Royal Melbourne. “But we don’t see that kind of consistency out of him, and that probably matches his personality a little bit. He’s young, though, and that’s the kind of golf he plays. He plays pretty much all guns blazing, and when it comes off, it’s really good.” And when it doesn't? He beat Koepka in the Match Play last year and reached the round of 16. But that was his last top 10 in America. And then there was the Presidents Cup. Li brought his trainer to be his caddie, and the caddie got lost on the course during a practice round, gave up and headed for the clubhouse. Instead of finding him, Li played the rest of the round out of another player's bag. International captain Ernie Els wound up benching him for two days, playing Li only when he had to. Li lost both matches he played. “It's been very tough on me, the Presidents Cup, because I didn't play until Saturday,” Li said. “So not quite in the Presidents that way, actually. But anyways, good experience.” Fleetwood had one of those final-round 63s in the majors two years ago at Shinnecock Hills in the U.S. Open. He had a 64 on Friday and was two shots behind at 134. Much like Li — maybe the only thing they have in common — it's been a slow start back. Fleetwood stayed in England during the pandemic, not returning to competition until Minnesota two weeks ago (he missed the cut). He also played a World Golf Championship last week with middling results, but he found his form in San Francisco. “It’s funny really, like when you’ve played poorly, you feel a long way off, and then you have a day like today and you obviously feel a lot better about it,” Fleetwood said. “I feel like I’ve prepared well last week and this week and felt way more in the groove of tournament golf.” Cameron Champ, who grew up in Sacramento, had a 64. He was three shots behind Li, along with Paul Casey (67). Brendon Todd, who shared the 18-hole lead with Day, settled for a 70 and joined them at 135. Li, who primarily plays the European Tour, went back to China in March when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf. He returned at the Memorial and missed the cut, and then tied for 75th in a 78-man field last week in Tennessee. “I didn't even (think) I could play like this ... got no confidence,” Li said. “Probably it helped me clear my mind a little bit.” He's wise enough to realize the tournament is not even at the halfway point. If the lead holds, Li would be the first player from China to hold the lead after any round of a major......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 8th, 2020

SUPER SHOWDOWN: rookie Dindin Santiago vs. rookie Jaja Santiago

Towering sisters Dindin Santiago-Manabat and Jaja Santiago left lasting impacts in the UAAP. Versatile, talented and intimidating are just some of the traits the siblings share. Both are vital cogs in their local commercial league club and are valuable assets to the national team. International clubs even took notice of the Santiago sisters’ dominant presence and high-level volleyball skills that they landed deals to play in the prestigious Japan V. Premier League. And of course if you’re a University of Sto. Tomas faithful you’ll often wonder what the Tigresses would have achieved if the sisters stayed in Espana instead of moving to National University. Looking back, we saw how the Santiago sisters evolved into what they are today. With their towering presence, both immediately made valuable contribution during their debut seasons? But then again, which Santiago made a bigger impact in their rookie year? Dindin’s first year with UST or Jaja’s maiden tour of duty for NU?   OFFENSE and DEFENSE Dindin right now stands at 6-foot-2 while Jaja is listed at 6-foot-5, even if we deduct a few inches from their current height during their respective debuts they’ll still be pretty tall compared to the rest of the field. In Season 72, Dindin complemented an already stacked Tigresses. Though overshadowed by legends Aiza Maizo and Angeli Tabaquero, Dindin made a decent contribution on offense averaging almost six points per game. Dindin was on UST’s top five in the blocking department. Compared to her older sister, Jaja’s rookie year in Season 76 was more impressive. Jaja averaged 10.7 points per outing behind her Dindin (16.7), who was then on her last year after transferring to NU. Jaja had a 41.99% success rate in attacks – landing at second spot overall after Dindin’s (46.10%). The younger Santiago normed 0.50 kill blocks per set to anchor the Lady Bulldogs’ net defense.        TEAM IMPACT Dindin was a welcome addition to the Tigresses. However, playing in a squad filled with veterans left Dindin little room to display her full potential. Maizo and Tabaquero shared much of the scoring load while Maika Ortiz, Maru Banaticla and Judy Ann Caballejo provided the extra punch. But Dindin did play her role well as one of head coach Shaq delos Santos’ prized recruits. Dindin, indeed, made her presence felt in her own little way as UST climbed its way into the Finals. Jaja’s entry in Season 76 put NU as one of the top contenders to challenge the then reigning three-peat champion De La Salle University. Together with her sister, they formed NU’s dreaded twin towers and with the likes of Mina Aganon, Aiko Urdas and Myla Pablo, many predicted the Lady Bulldogs would make it all the way to the Finals. In fact, NU almost did before the Alyssa Valdez-led Ateneo de Manila University spoiled everything.      As a consolation for all her hard work, Jaja was the runaway winner of the Rookie of the Year award   COMPETITION Dindin played in a very competitive field. She took on a number of powerhitters and precision spikers like De La Salle University’s Big Three in Paneng Mercado, Jacq Alarca and Cha Cruz. Dindin also faced Adamson University’s Angela Benting and Pau Soriano, Ateneo had Dzi Gervacio and Fille Cainglet, Far Eastern University’s Cherry Vivas, NU’s Mervic Mangui, Mela Lopez of University of the Philippines and Kite Rosale of University of the East. Jaja, on the other hand, had to contend with an equally powerful field. Valdez was on a different level that season, so was DLSU with the trio of Ara Galang, Aby Marano and Mika Reyes. Bang Pineda was wreaking havoc for Adamson, FEU had Bernadeth Pons, Mela Tunay and Pam Lastimosa were the stars of UST, UP had their own towers in Kathy Bersola and Angeli Araneta while Shaya Adorador was UE’s standout.      LASTING IMPRESSION Dindin, of course, was the fortunate one among the siblings. She experienced the glory of winning championship after helping the Tigresses dethrone the Lady Spikers in her first year. That championship remains as UST’s last title to this day. But what really stuck was Dindin’s decision to jump ship a season after winning the crown. Dindin made the headlines when she left UST to join the Lady Bulldogs in a move that drew mixed reactions and a whole lot of speculations in what convinced her to drop the black and gold for NU’s colors. Dindin’s transfer was followed by Jaja committing to NU after a successful run with UST’s high school team. Jaja won the RoY award and helped NU move a win closer to a Finals appearance. The Lady Bulldogs were armed with a twice-to-beat advantage but NU’s twin towers and talents were not enough to overcome the steamrolling Lady Eagles. Jaja’s career started off at least on a good note considering how far NU advanced after years of frustrations. Jaja would eventually lead the Lady Bulldogs to two more Final Four appearance with their last in Season 80 – the same year when she bagged the Most Valuable Player award.     Now who’s the better rookie Santiago? Hard to tell. On one side, you have Dindin who won a championship while on the other you have Jaja with her individual accomplishments and accolades.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 31st, 2020

Mickelson added to field in a US Open without qualifying

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The USGA is leaning a little more on the world ranking and a lot more on tournament results over the next two months to fill the 144-man field for a U.S. Open that will be without open qualifying for the first time in nearly a century. The exemption categories announced Thursday include a spot for Phil Mickelson. A runner-up six times in the only major Lefty hasn’t won, the most devastating was in 2006 at Winged Foot, just north of New York City, where the U.S. Open is set to return Sept. 17-20. The COVID-19 pandemic that forced the U.S. Open to move from June also cost the championship its identity of being open to all. Open qualifying wasn’t possible for two stages at nearly 120 courses across the country and into Canada, England and Japan. The idea was to create a field that reflected a typical U.S. Open — the elite and the aspiring, from every continent in golf, pros and amateurs. And while it won’t be 36 holes of qualifying, it still comes down to playing well. “We are excited that players will still have an opportunity to earn a place in the field,” said John Bodenhamer, senior managing director of USGA championships. The top 70 from the world ranking on March 15 are exempt. Along with increasing that category by 10 spots, the USGA chose to use the last ranking before it was frozen during the shutdown in golf worldwide. That helps European Tour players, such as Eddie Pepperell and Robert MacIntyre, who are not able to play until July 9 — a month after the PGA Tour resumed with strong fields and big ranking points. That also momentarily leaves out Daniel Berger, who went from outside the top 100 to No. 31 with his victory against a stacked field at Colonial. But the USGA will use the Aug. 23 ranking — after the first FedEx Cup playoff event — as its reserve list, and about seven spots are expected to come from there. Mickelson was No. 61 when the ranking was frozen, and now is at No. 66. Mickelson, outspoken about the USGA and how it sets up U.S. Open courses, said in February that he would not ask for a special exemption if he was not otherwise eligible. With his five majors and Hall of Fame career — not to mention his legacy of silver medals in the U.S. Open — Mickelson likely would have received at least one exemption. Now he won't have to worry about that. In 2006, Mickelson had a one-shot lead playing the 18th hole when he drove wildly to the left and tried to hit 3-iron over a tree. He hit the tree, hit into a plugged lie in the bunker and made double bogey to finish one shot behind Geoff Ogilvy. Bodenhamer said the 36-hole qualifier in England typically is the strongest, along with one in Ohio after the Memorial. Thus, 10 spots will be awarded to the leading 10 players (not already eligible) from a separate points list of the opening five tournaments on the European Tour’s U.K. swing when its schedule resumes. The Korn Ferry Tour also gets 10 spots — five from this season’s points list through the Portland Open, and then a special points list of three events that typically comprise the Korn Ferry Tour Finals. The leading five players from that list also get into Winged Foot. “We’ve got a pretty good mix of players,” Bodenhamer said. “Looking at the data, looking back at what the fields have been the last five years, there was a lot of Korn Ferry representation. We wanted to create pathways and allow those categories to earn their way in.” That held true for the amateurs. The U.S. Open already has six amateurs who earned spots by winning the U.S. Amateur or British Amateur, for example. The USGA also will take the leading seven amateurs available from the world amateur ranking on Aug. 19. The rest of the field is similar to what the British Open has done with its International Finals Qualifying for the PGA Tour. Two spots from the top 10 will earn exemptions from the Memorial, 3M Open, Barracuda Championship, FedEx St. Jude Invitational and Wyndham Championship. Three spots will be available from the PGA Championship. And for the international presence, two spots will be given to the leader money winner in the most recent season on the Sunshine Tour in South Africa, the Asian Tour, the PGA Tour of Australasia and the Japan Golf Tour, which gets two spots. “We think this is the best path forward,” Bodenhamer said......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 25th, 2020

Sunsparks sweep BREN Esports to reach Mobile Legends Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines (MPL-PH) Grand Finals

With Jaypee leading the way, Sunsparks swept BREN Esports to march to their second straight  SMART Mobile Legends Bang Bang Professional League-Philippines (MPL-PH) Grand Finals, Saturday. After dominating BREN in the opening game of the series, the reigning kings of MPL-PH carried enough momentum in Game Two to hand the league-leaders a 2-0 sweep. The top two squads of the regular season figured in a clash at the top side of the river with Kielvj (Esmeralda) taking down Pheww (Popol and Kupa) to kick-start the blood bath. Though BREN was able to shut Jaypee (Karrie) down in the ensuing play, Greed_ (Selena), Killuash (Xborg), Rafflesia (Lolita), and Kielvj was able to stand their ground even without their hyper carry, killing Ribo (Valir), Lastii (Atlas), and KarlTzy (Wanwan), to completely tighten their grip on the match. BREN tried one last attempt to save the game, but Jaypee and the rest of the men in blue made sure to lock onto the victory en route to their second consecutive finals appearance. “Sobrang synced ng team namin, saka ang ganda ng galaw namin, lahat kami gumagalaw sa team namin na hindi lang sa isa umaasa,” said “Jaypee” Dela Cruz. Jaypee spearheaded Sunsparks’ rally with four kills, six assists, and two deaths while Kielvj displayed another consistent performance with norms of six kills, two assists, and two deaths to send BREN Esports to the lower bracket. KarlTzy, on the other hand, was the lone bright spot for BREN with four kills, two assists, and two deaths. Meanwhile, ONIC PH, who booted out SGD-Omega earlier in the day, ended Execration’s run via a 2-0 sweep to set up a lower bracket final match-up against BREN Esports. ONIC PH team captain OhMyV33NUS (Popol and Kupa) was hailed as the Most Valuable Player in Game Two after finishing with a stat line of two kills and eight assists. Dlar (Uranus) provided four kills and four assists while Wise (Hanzo) had two kills and four assists to deny local MLBB star Z4pnu a shot at the grand finals. Execration, who defeated Blacklist International before facing ONIC PH, tallied only three kills in the match – all coming from Bennyqt (Esmeralda). The lower bracket finale between ONIC PH and BREN Esports will happen Sunday at 6:30 p.m. The winner of the match will take the last seat in the finals and face defending champions Sunsparks at 8:00 p.m. in the grand finals. Catch the MPL-PH on LIGA SKY Cable channel 86 and SKY Cable HD channel 183 with livestream on sports.abs-cbn.com/livestream/mlbb, YouTube.com/ABSCBNSports......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

AC Energy capital hike secures SEC approval

The Securities and Exchange Commission has approved AC Energy Corp.’s plan to raise its authorized capital stock to P48.4 billion, allowing the Ayala Group to consolidate its local and international power assets under one roof......»»

Category: financeSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Blacklist sweeps way to upper bracket

Blacklist International has secured a spot in the upper bracket of MSC 2021 playoffs following a sweep over Impunity this Tuesday evening. The MPL Season 7 champion made quick work of their opponent ending Game 1 in just 13 minutes before drafting a winning lineup of Popol and Kupa, Yve, Yi Sun-Shin, Lunox, and Thamuz […] The post Blacklist sweeps way to upper bracket appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

ICTSI& rsquo;s Brazil unit to add rail logistics

International Container Terminal Services Inc. said Monday a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil is expanding its logistics support services by adding rail logistics to its operations......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Olivia Rodrigo s new single No. 1 at Billboard Top 100

Filipino-American singer Olivia Rodrigo continues to break record in the international music scene claiming her second number one spot on Billboard's Hot 1O0 chart with her single "Good 4 U." .....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 29th, 2021

Rabiya sa pagkatalo sa 2020 Miss U: It was heartbreaking…that night wasn’t meant for me

TANGGAP na tanggap na ng Filipina beauty queen na si Rabiya Mateo na hindi talaga para sa kanya ang titulo at korona ng Miss Universe 2020. Sa pamamagitan ng Instagram, muling naglabas ng kanyang saloobin ang ating Miss Universe Philippines hinggil sa naganap na international beauty pageant last week kung saan itinanghal na winner si […] The post Rabiya sa pagkatalo sa 2020 Miss U: It was heartbreaking…that night wasn’t meant for me appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Miss Universe Andrea Meza puring-puri si Rabiya: She’s a gorgeous lady!

WALANG masasabing kapintasan o kanegahan si Miss Universe 2020 Andrea Meza ng Mexico para sa pambato ng Pilipinas na si Rabiya Mateo. Puro papuri ang ibinigay ng bagong Miss Universe kay Rabiya nang tanungin siya kung paano niya ilalarawan ang isa sa mga nakalaban niya sa katatapos lang na 69th edition ng nasabing international beauty […] The post Miss Universe Andrea Meza puring-puri si Rabiya: She’s a gorgeous lady! appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 24th, 2021

CHR obtains list of & lsquo;rights abuses& rsquo; by communists

The Commission on Human Rights has been asked to investigate the 1,506 atrocities and International Humanitarian Law violations committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army-National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF), collectively known as communist terrorist group (CTG), from 2010-2020......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2021

ABS-CBN& rsquo;s COVID-19 response recognized at& nbsp;Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards

ABS-CBN’s various efforts to help Filipinos cope during the COVID-19 pandemic bagged another international recognition at the 2021 Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards, which will have a virtual awards ceremony on July 14......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Suzara elected to new FIVB commission

Philippine National Volleyball Federation President Ramon “Tats” Suzara was elected secretary of the International Volleyball Federation’s newly-formed Volleyball Empowerment Commission for the term 2021 to 2024 following the approval of the FIVB Board of Administration......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

Eala, Russian partner book semis berth in W25 doubles

Philippine tennis sensation and Globe Ambassador Alex Eala and Oksana Selekhmeteva are through to the semifinals of the doubles competition of the International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tour W25 Platja D’Aro in Spain......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 21st, 2021

P-Pop act BGYO makes strong debut in Billboard

Star Music act BGYO has broken into the international music arena as it debuted on the second spot of the Next Big Sound chart of international music charting site Billboard......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 17th, 2021

Comelec urged to look into bidding & lsquo;anomaly& rsquo;

Pivot International Inc. and Power Serve, Inc. Joint Venture has filed an administrative complaint before the Commission on Elections against the end-user, chairman and members of the special bids and awards committee and technical working group of the COMELEC for alleged conspiracy to commit irregularities when it conducted the bidding for the procurement of the Vote Counting Machines Refurbishment with Consumables intended for use in the May 2022 elections......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 16th, 2021

Knott takes on big guns in Italian meet

The presence of reigning world women’s 200-meter champion Dina Asher-Smith at the International Meeting City of Savona-Memorial Giulio Ottolia will make the 10th edition of the tournament quite interesting......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 12th, 2021

Talisay City nails outright finals& rsquo; seat in Super Cup

Alcantara — MJAS Zenith-Talisay City gained an outright spot in the 2021 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup—Visayas Leg finals as it completed a sweep of the elimination round with a 99-62 rout of the ARQ Builders Lapu-Lapu, Thursday at the Civic Center here in Cebu......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 30th, 2021

& lsquo;Dito at Doon& rsquo; goes global

Film aficionados outside the Philippines will get the chance to see Dito at Doon (Here and There) via the international premium video-on-demand service......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 20th, 2021