NBA stars maul Iranians to get bid back on track

SAITAMA—The USA easily beat Iran 120-66 in the Olympic men’s basketball tournament on Wednesday to bounce back from their shock opening defeat—and players and coaches from the geopolitical rivals chatted afterwards......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJul 28th, 2021

Athletes back Richardson after marijuana costs her Tokyo 100m

New York—US sports stars from Olympic track champion Michael Johnson to NFL and NBA stars backed Sha’Carri Richardson after she was suspended for using marijuana and lost her 100m Olympic berth......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

WHAT IF: Eduard Folayang had stopped Eddie Alvarez back in 2019?

In August of 2019, the Mall of Asia Arena in Metro Manila played host to arguably one of the biggest matches in ONE Championship lightweight history.  In one corner was Filipino mixed martial arts icon and hometown favorite Eduard “The Landslide” Folayang, a two-time ONE Lightweight World Champion who was looking to bounce back after dropping the title to Japanese legend Shinya Aoki in Japan earlier that year.  Standing in the opposite corner was American star Eddie “The Underground King” Alvarez, a former UFC and Bellator Lightweight Champion and one of ONE’s biggest acquisitions in recent memory. Like Folayang, Alvarez was also looking to get back on track after a disappointing KO loss to Timofey Nastyukhin in his ONE debut.  Considered a dream match by ONE Championship fans, Folayang versus Alvarez was billed as East versus West. One of ONE’s pioneers against one of ONE’s newest stars.  As much as the storylines made the match very intriguing, the stakes were quite high as well.  With the semifinals of the then-ongoing ONE Lightweight World Grand Prix doomed by injuries, the Folayang-Alvarez bout was elevated to Grand Prix semifinals status, meaning that the winner would go on to face Turkish knockout artist Saygid “Dagi” Guseyn Arslanaliev in the Finals at ONE: CENTURY.  For Folayang, it was a step towards reclaiming the title that he held at the start of the year. For Alvarez, it was a way to erase the memory of his bitter debut loss and also a step closer towards capturing his third major world championship.  While the Folayang-Alvarez was the third-to-the last bout on the bill, for many of the Pinoy fans in attendance at the MOA Arena that night, it sure felt like the main event.  From the opening bell, the crowd was buzzing, anxious to see of their hometown hero could pull off the massive victory.  Chants of “Folayang! Folayang!” rang through MoA Arena just seconds before the Pinoy connected on a solid counter left hook that definitely got the American star’s attention.  After a flurry of kicks from Folayang, the briefly fell into a nervous silence as Alvarez caught a leg kick and managed to get Folayang to the ground before trapping him in a standing guillotine.  Folayang simply shrugged off the half-hearted submission attempt, much to the delight of the partisan-Pinoy crowd. So far so good for Team Philippines.  A flying knee from Alvarez collided with a spinning back kick from Folayang, which elicited some oohs and ahhs from the crowd, which was ready to go off as soon as their bet landed something big.  Folayang began to pick up steam as he launched strike after strike, throwing kicks, punches, and elbows. It was clear that the Team Lakay star was in control of the stand-up aspect of the fight.  Then, at the 3:37 mark of the first round, the big strike that the fans were waiting for finally came. Folayang, with his massive tree-trunk legs, whipped a right low kick that connected on Alvarez’s left leg, sending the American down to the mat. The way Alvarez sat back down, it looked like he was hurt.  Sensing blood in the water, Folayang went for the kill and began dropping fists as Alvarez tried to defend himself. A failed armbar attempt from Alvarez forced Folayang to reposition himself, moving into side control while still throwing hammerfist after hammerfist.  Then, all of a sudden, Alvarez managed to slip his right hand in between Folayang’s legs and then flip the Pinoy over. Just like that, it was Alvarez who was on top.  Unlike his Pinoy opponent however, Alvarez remained calm and slowly transitioned into full mount. Making things worse, Folayang, likely looking to prevent and ground and pound damage, turned and gave up his back.  Almost immediately, Alvarez sinked his hooks in and flattened Folayang out before locking in a rear naked choke and forcing the Pinoy to tap out.  While he did win, Alvarez would miss out on the Finals anyway after an injury would force him to withdraw as well. As a result, Dagi ended up facing - and losing to - reigning ONE Lightweight World Champion Christian Lee.  Folayang was offered the Finals spot against Dagi, but last-minute visa issues would prevent him from being able to step up.  The loss was quite a painful one to swallow, not just for Folayang, but also for the fans.  Folayang admitted after the fight that he had rushed to get the finish, causing him to be a bit careless and make some costly mistakes.  "I was too eager to get the finish, and I think that’s the mistake, I became impatient, and I wanted to finish him as soon as possible but it didn’t go that way, so, that happened," Folayang explained.  But WHAT IF Folayang hadn’t rushed? Close your eyes and imagine:  After chopping Alvarez down with the leg kick at the 3:37 mark, Folayang pounced and picked his spots, landing some good shots to the head, enough to stun the American and force the referee to step in and stop the fight.  Or, what if instead of pouncing, Folayang allowed the visibly hurt Alvarez to get back up and from there, continued to punish The Underground King’s leg (or legs) en route to a TKO finish.  Folayang would have booked his ticked to the ONE Lightweight Grand Prix Finals. More importantly, Folayang would have been able to add Alvarez to the name of legend’s he’s beaten, and it would have skyrocketed his stock to even greater heights.  Would he have been able to defeat Dagi in the Finale? Of course it was very much possible. At the rate Dagi was knocking guys out up to that point, Folayang would have likely been considered an underdog, but a high-level striker like Folayang is never without his chances.  If Folayang had been able to get past Dagi as well, it would set up a very intriguing matchup between himself and Lee, which could have been a good matchup for the Pinoy star.  Now, Folayang finds himself once again looking to bounce back following a close loss to Dutch striker Pieter Buist.  Still hungry for a third run as world champion, Folayang will need to work his way back to the top of the division.  Who knows? Maybe two or three wins in, Folayang could find himself standing opposite Alvarez once again, with the chance to re-write history. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 27th, 2020

John Prats: Directing is a way of giving back

John Prats will probably surprise most showbiz fans who didn’t keep track of his actual years in the showbiz industry......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  philstarRelated NewsAug 15th, 2021

Johnny Orlando unleashes melodic pop smash & lsquo;Daydream& rsquo;

International pop artist Johnny Orlando is back with his newest track “Daydream” out now via Universal Music Canada and Island Records......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 14th, 2021

Aces deal E-Painters 1st defeat

Vengeful Alaska dealt Rain or Shine its first loss in style, putting on a 74-48 defensive clinic to get back on track in the 46th PBA Philippine Cup at the Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig City last night......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 29th, 2021

reon collabs with Xerxes Bakker in nostalgic track

Ormoc, Leyte’s indie-influenced music duo reon officially releases “Back To The Times,” its debut single under Warner Music Philippines (WMP). .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 24th, 2021

Rachel Alejandro stars in her 1st ABS-CBN teleserye

Rachel Alejandro is back......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 20th, 2021

Mika stars as Realtors bounce back

Sta. Lucia Realty drew strength from Mika Reyes as it smashed PLDT Home Fibr, 25-18, 25-19, 25-21, yesterday to barge into the win column in the Premier Volleyball League (PVL) Open Conference at the PCV Socio-Civic & Cultural Center here......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 19th, 2021

Durant gets US back on track in Argentina blowout

Kevin Durant scored 17 points as the United States bounced back from consecutive defeats to score a convincing 108-80 victory over Argentina in a pre-Olympic exhibition on Tuesday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJul 14th, 2021

PBA delay works to Beermen s advantage

The delay in the PBA opening may be a blessing in disguise for San Miguel Beer as it welcomes back stars June Mar Fajardo and Terrence Romeo and integrates trade acquisition CJ Perez into the fold......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 12th, 2021

Elvis is back, but this time with his “streaming” channel.

Famous singer and actor Elvis Presley, one of the most important stars in American music of the twentieth century, will once again be in the.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsJul 4th, 2021

Jam Quijano& rsquo;s new single & lsquo;Duyan& rsquo; yearns for basic beauty

A couple of months back, a new voice was introduced to the streaming public with the release of Jam Quijano’s “Bribe My Heart.” The beautifully written and recorded track, produced by Ebe Dancel who discovered the young performer, is worthy of a strong follow-up. .....»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

The dispersal of stars in the local showbiz scene

If you were already a showbiz fan back in the 2000s, it would surely be bewildering for you to watch John Lloyd Cruz in GMA 7 or any other network for that matter aside from ABS-CBN......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 18th, 2021

Claudine Barretto, Mark Anthony Fernandez eyeing international awards for reunion movie after 26 years

After the pandemic pushed back their plan for a reunion movie in 2018, ex-lovers Claudine Barretto and Mark Anthony Fernandez are finally on track in making their first film in 26 years, “Deception,” under Viva Films and Borracho Entertainment......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

PAGASA: Tropical Storm Dante leaves PAR but seen to come back

“Dante” exited PAR at 2 a.m. But based on its forecast track, its center will re-enter the country’s jurisdiction Friday afternoon......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 4th, 2021

Bucks maul Heat for 2-0 lead; Nuggets bounce back

Los Angeles—The Milwaukee Bucks produced an exhibition of three-point shooting in a crushing victory over the Miami Heat to take a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first round playoff series on Monday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 26th, 2021

Job Opportunities for Displaced OFWs Laid Out

To help OFWs who lost jobs due to the pandemic, the government laid out plans to help them get back on track through upskilling and new job opportunities in the country. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) developed plans to create jobs and trainings for displaced […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 26th, 2021

DENR opens lab testing in EV

TACLOBAN CITY – Almost eight years after it was destroyed by super typhoon Yolanda, the testing facility of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in the region is now back. Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Regional Director Letecia Maceda said the facility will fast-track their operation since samples for testing no longer have to be […] The post DENR opens lab testing in EV appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Right move for Kobe

Kobe Paras, once the high-flying poster boy of Gilas’ new generation, is back in the US after deciding to pursue his basketball career under the guidance of Kai Sotto’s management team East West Private. He’s now in Cincinnati and the word is a full-blown training program is being laid out to get the 6-6 forward back on track......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 21st, 2021

Reviving sports business

Make no mistake… there is business in sports. Unfortunately, sports in all its forms is locked down for over a year now.  The gains of the past are slowly eroding away and there is no clarity about the future.  Discussions with various sports stakeholders revolve on the challenge of how to get back on track......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021