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PBA teams resume workouts tomorrow

The PBA is inching closer to a much-awaited return as its ball clubs plunge back to training in Pampanga starting tomorrow after a sudden hiatus almost midway through the 46th Season Philippine Cup elimination round......»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarAug 22nd, 2021

PBA: Ginebra earliest to start practice under 'new normal'

For the first time in months, PBA teams were able to take the court to start official workouts. Armed with government approvals and favorable COVID-19 test results, teams have started practicing, albeit on a limited basis. Under the PBA protocols, only six people are allowed at facilties at a given time, making teams do their workouts by batches. As of Tuesday, a handful of teams are already breaking sweat. "Nag-practice na kanina, pinaka-maaga Ginebra alas-syete," PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said on the recent Philippine Sportswriters Association forum. Back to work ? @barangayginebra @bayanngrosoffcl #PBAat45#PBATayoAngBida pic.twitter.com/qw6MGFQxAU — PBA (@pbaconnect) August 25, 2020 "Kaninang alas-otso ang Rain or Shine. Tapos Alaska, Blackwater 9 [am], San Miguel 10 [am]. TNT [tomorrow], kasi yung iba kaka-ano lang nung hospital-standard na disinfection, kasi 24-48 hours yun kaya nale-late practices nila," he added. As PBA teams have started their respective practices, the league guidelines are also already in effect. The PBA will implement its strict protocols in order to keep its plans for a restart intact. "May surprise inspection kami, may teams na kaming naiikot," Marcial said. "May video kami sa mga teams and log sa mga players. Yun mga gagawin namin, kapag nahuli sila malaking fine ang aabutin," Commissioner Willie added.   — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

PBA teams try to get back into game shape as restart looms

Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) commissioner Willie Marcial admits that it would take some time for players to get back in game shape after almost five months removed from training due to the pandemic. There’s no doubt that they will show signs of obvious rust.   “Sigurado ‘yun, tinatanong ko ang mga players. Ang hirap magkaroon ng game shape,” said the league official. “Maski mag-practice ka ng ganito tapos scrimmages ka lang ng two to three weeks, hindi mo makukuha ang game shape mo.” “Talagang wala 'yung kondisyon, wala 'yung timing, wala 'yung shooting. So medyo kakalawangin pa ng konti ang mga players,” he added. But Marcial assured PBA fans that teams are now working doubly hard to get their players back into their competitive form as the league prepares for the restart of the Philippine Cup soon – possibly through a ‘bubble concept’ set-up. [Related story: Batangas, Laguna, Araneta all options for 'PBA Bubble'] In fact, at least half of the 12 member clubs have already began their respective individual workouts under a strict health and safety protocol Tuesday morning. [Related story: PBA: Ginebra earliest to start practice under "new normal"] Speaking during the online session of the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum, Marcial, who was joined by league chairman Ricky Vargas of TNT, said that he has full confidence with how teams will whip up their players back into top form. “’Yun ang ginagawa ng mga coaches. ‘Yun ang ginagawa ng buong team na ayusin nila,” said Marcial. “Baka ‘yung iba nga kung may scrimmages twice a day na ‘yan para preparasyon.” The commissioner added that he already reminded the players to show the same level of competitiveness once the government gives the greenlight for games to resume. “[Sabi ko] ‘di tayo pwedeng maglaro na parang scrimmage. Kung maglalaro tayo eh ‘yung talagang totoong laro. Da-dive tayo. Kung ano ang ginagawa natin, may fans o wala, kailangan ‘yun ang gawin natin. Pumayag naman sila,” said Marcial.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 25th, 2020

NBA non-restart teams to resume training

The eight teams that were not part of the NBA's restart at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will resume workouts next month......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsAug 19th, 2020

Fanged GAB to go after health protocol violators

The Games and Amusements Board will have more teeth in going after violators of strict health protocols among pro sports. GAB chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra in his appearance in the Philippine Sportswriters Association Forum online session on Tuesday stressed that with the presence of an official Joint Administrative Order (JAO) the agency has the right to sanction any teams or players found guilty of breaching safety protocols in their respective leagues. “Since meron nang JAO and sa amin na ibinigay 'yung load, kami na ang mag-i-impose ng sanctions,” said the 50-year-old Mitra of the provision of the JAO signed by his office together with the Department of Health and Philippine Sports Commission (PSC). The sanctions of course, will always be done in coordination with top officials of the pro leagues that were already given the green light to resume workouts as in the case of basketball, football, and boxing under a General Community Quarantine (ECQ) status. “In case something happens and there may be violations, we will be there,” said Mitra. The National Capital Region (NCR) and other nearby provinces reverted back under a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ) on August 4 owing to the major surge of COVID-19 cases, prompting a delay in the resumption of team workouts among professional players. The GAB chairman also didn’t mince words against repeated violators, adding it has the right to cancel licenses of erring players or ball clubs. “Kung talagang paulit-ulit ay puwede sigurong suspendihin at eventually, kung talagang matigas ang ulo, tanggalan ng professional license. We can do that dahil meron na ring JAO,” Mitra said in the weekly forum presented by San Miguel Corp., Go For Gold, MILO, Amelie Hotel Manila, Braska Restaurant, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), and powered by Smart, with Upstream Media as the official webcast partner. Mitra commended both the PBA and PFL for policing their ranks and doing their job of having everybody on board in terms of understanding and abiding by the strict health guidelines as provided under JAO. He added the cooperation of every players and teams are needed for the plan to work out especially once teams begin their respective trainings. “So far yung mga leagues naman sila na mismo (ang kumikilos). Nau-unahan parati ang GAB, kasi kami we want to hear both sides, we want due process.  And we’re doing several things. Unlike ang PBA, nakatutok lang sa PBA, ang PFL nakatutok lang sa PFL,” said the son of the late House Speaker Ramon Mitra Jr. In the case of the Blackwater franchise, the GAB chairman said the team was only given stern warning by his office since the violations committed were done when JAO was yet in effect. Besides, the PBA already penalized the ballclub for P100,000. “The PBA already sanctioned them and GAB doesn’t want to really step on institutions. We always believe in self-regulation. Nandiyan lang kami kung kailangan ninyo kami,” said Mitra, a former member of the House of Representatives and Palawan governor. At the same time, he clarified that guidelines under JAO can be amended and revised from time to time, to adopt to the current situation of the country under the COVID-19 pandemic......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 4th, 2020

Jeron can t wait for PBA comeback as Aces workouts 'too hard'

The PBA is oh so close of having all its 12 teams resume practice, especially since the league finally acquired official government clearance to do so. As the PBA inches closer to a 2020 return, Jeron Teng is one of the many players that are itching to get back on the court. In fact, when the PBA eventually returns, Teng will be in top shape.  "Kami sa Alaska, grabe kami mag-workout," Jeron said on a recent PBA Kamustahan episode as Alaska has been conducting Zoom workouts for its players. "Sana makabalik na kasi naka-kapagod yung workout namin, halos araw-araw na rin eh. Mas nakakapagod pa kaysa sa training namin," he added with a laugh. The Aces have not played an official PBA game yet in 2020 so it's actually been a while. Before the pandemic shut down pretty much everything, including the PBA, Alaska was gearing up for a bounce back season. [Related: PBA: Cariaso's Aces ready to start fresh] Jeron hopes they can stay the course, especially as they a rather unique season if the PBA does manage to come back this year. "I think the next conference would be more meaningful because it will show how the players are preparing even during this pandemic," Teng said. "At para rin may maipakita tayo sa mga PBA fans na entertainment and something to look forward to," Jeron added. — Follow this writer on Twitter, @paullintag8.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 29th, 2020

PBA coaches OK with league protocol and guidelines as practice resumes

Coaches of the 12 PBA teams see no problem with the protocol and guidelines that the league has put up following the government's green light to resume training.     League commissioner Willie Marcial, Deputy Commissioner Eric Castro and Legal Counsel Atty. Melvin Mendoza briefed the coaches and team managers on Friday regarding the safeguards that the PBA will implement to ensure the safety and welfare of players against the coronavirus (COVID-19). All teams are required to take a COVID test three days before training commences and another testing every 10 days. A strict hospital standard procedure in disinfection of training facilities will be followed aside from the usual before-and-after group workouts disinfection process. Players are also required to follow the 'closed circuit' method that confine their travel to home-practice facility and back. "I think the PBA has put up an effective guideline to safeguard the players. It's just a matter of attitude from the players to maintain it," said NLEX coach Yeng Guiao. "I think it's good. All we have to do is follow it," said Barangay Ginebra coach Tim Cone. One inquiry in the well-attended meeting according to Marcial is about when scrimmages would be allowed. The commissioner said that all suggestions and concerns during the meeting will be relayed to the Board of Governors during its meeting on Saturday. With the guidelines clear, Guiao said that it will now be the responsibility of the players to adhere to the protocol for everyone’s safety. "It's up to them if we intend to keep everyone safe. Everybody should practice discipline at all times if we want this league to survive and likewise protect their livelihood," Guiao said. SMB coach Leo Austria said the players must practice the 3 Ds (discipline, determination and dedication) to keep everybody safe.  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 10th, 2020

No paychecks for 11 big leaguers: advance larger than salary

By RONALD BLUM AP Baseball Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Grant Dayton will notice one glaring absence this season after he reports to the Atlanta Braves: his twice-a-month salary. He is among 11 major leaguers whose prorated pay for the abbreviated 60-game season amounts to less than the $286,500 advance already received by the 32-year-old left-hander. “It’s going to be weird not getting a paycheck,” he said Friday, “but we already got paid.” Dayton gave up the 6,776th and final home run of of last season's record total, to the New York Mets' Dominic Smith. To resume preparation for the new season he will drive Monday from his home in Winter Haven, Florida, to Atlanta with wife Cori, 2 1/2-year-old son Decker and nearly 6-month-old Nolan for Braves' workouts at Truist Park. After opening day was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, Major League Baseball and the players’ association agreed March 26 to a deal that called for teams to advance $170 million in salaries over the first 60 days of the season. Others who won’t get paychecks because of lower prorated salaries are Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson and New York Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder ($277,778 each), Pittsburgh infielder Erik Gonzalez and Minnesota pitcher Matt Wisler ($268,519 apiece), Philadelphia catcher Andrew Knapp ($262,943), Chicago Cubs pitcher Jharel Cotton ($237,037), pitchers Collin McHugh of Boston, Ross Stripling of the Dodgers and Jesse Hahn of Kansas City ($222,222 each) and Milwaukee pitcher Freddy Peralta ($575,200). “My first reaction was, wow, if we don’t have any games this year, I’m going to get paid the same amount that Freddie Freeman’s getting paid, so that’s pretty cool,” Dayton said in a reference to his teammate, a four-time All-Star first baseman with a $22 million salary that was cut to about $8.15 million. “I knew that there was going to be a point that if we resume games, I wouldn't get paid. And I was OK with that because we still received significant amounts of money and we’re fine.” Each of the roughly 480 players with so-called “straight” contracts that call for a single salary received $286,500. The 769 players with “split” contracts that have a lower salary in the minor leagues — generally a younger group not yet eligible for arbitration — got either $16,500, $30,000 or $60,000, depending on their minor league pay level. Dayton, who has spent parts of three seasons in the majors, has a $655,000, one-year contract. His prorated salary for the short season will be $242,593, assuming the contagion does not cause more games to be canceled. The group won’t have to return any cash because the March deal states “in the event there is a 2020 championship season, any amounts advanced to individual players that cannot be recouped by clubs via payroll deduction during the 2020 season for any reason shall be reimbursed to clubs from the International Tax Fund at the conclusion of the 2020 season.” That tax fund is money collected from teams that exceeded their specified bonus pools to sign high-priced Latin American amateurs. “We’re blessed because we’re getting more money than the prorated amount,” Dayton said. Most of the group has relatively low salaries for arbitration-eligible players because of injuries that sidelined them and reduced their statistics. Nelson returned last June from shoulder surgery and was limited to three starts and seven relief appearances. McHugh missed September and the postseason with a sore right elbow and signed a deal with a $600,000 salary and $3.65 million in performance and roster bonuses. Cotton, Dayton, Hahn and Stripling all were interrupted by elbow surgery early in their careers, and Gonzalez missed more than half of last season after breaking his collarbone. Peralta has a low salary in 2020 as part of a $15.5 million, five-year contract he agreed to in March. Dayton was 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 relief appearances last year and is 1-3 with a 3.34 ERA in 68 big league games that included time with the Dodgers in 2016-17. He wonders how he will fare in arbitration next winter. “It's going to be a weird year and a short season, but I guess they’re going to have to treat it on paper like a real season, a championship season," he said. "And as far as contracts go in the future, they’re going to have to take the stats this year, which is kind of scary for a relief pitcher, to be honest because you have one bad game, it takes a whole year to get that back. The slow starters can't be slow starters anymore." Stripling, a financial adviser for B. Riley Wealth Management when he’s not playing baseball, negotiated a $2.1 million deal in January but was able to have $1.5 million designated as a signing bonus, which is protected and not reduced. Only the $600,000 specified as salary in the contract gets prorated. “It will be strange to receive no money or paychecks throughout the year,” he said. “I’m thankful for my background in finance, because I’m comfortable with my ability to budget. I do worry about the 10 other guys in my situation. Technically will be receiving zero income until next April. That’s a long time to budget ahead.” One option for players could be licensing money they are owed that had been retained for them by the union. “Our PA is offering a stipend of sorts for guys in similar situations,” Stripling said. “But I don’t know how much money or how often they can receive it. It also comes from our `war chest,′ which is money saved for salaries in case of a work stoppage in 2022. Most guys will try to avoid pulling money from that unless they are in dire situations.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 27th, 2020

Cebu teams play final elims matches in Wesley So Cup tomorrow

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors and the Toledo City Trojans will play their final elimination round matches tomorrow, July 14, before the playoffs of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Wesley So Cup Conference. The Dagami Warriors already secured the top spot of the playoffs regardless of the outcome […] The post Cebu teams play final elims matches in Wesley So Cup tomorrow appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 13th, 2021

Cebu-based chess teams resume PCAP battle 

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Four Cebu-based pro chess teams will resume their online chess campaigns in the ongoing Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Wesley So Cup Conference on Wednesday, July 7, 2021. The Lapu-Lapu City Naki Warriors, who are at eighth place in the south division standings with eight wins and 21 losses, will have […] The post Cebu-based chess teams resume PCAP battle  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 6th, 2021

Harmie all geared up for LPGT resumption

Harmie Constantino gets the chance to resume her drive for another Ladies Philippine Golf Tour diadem when the ICTSI Sherwood Ladies Challenge is fired off tomorrow at the Sherwood Hills Golf Club in Trece Martires, Cavite......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2021

Cebu-based teams return to South division action in Wesley So Cup

CEBU CITY, Philippines — After a tough inter-division campaign, the four Cebu-based pro chess teams vying in the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) Wesley So Cup Conference return to the South division action tomorrow (Saturday, June 26, 2021). The four competing Cebu-based teams are the Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors, the Toledo City Trojans, […] The post Cebu-based teams return to South division action in Wesley So Cup appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2021

Warriors, Trojans eye to keep momentum as Wesley So Cup plays on Independence Day

CEBU CITY, Philippines— With the inter-division matches starting to spice up the online chess action, Cebu’s top teams, the Cordova Dutchess Dagami Warriors and the Toledo City Trojans will try to keep their momentum going in tomorrow’s (June 12) resumption of the Wesley So Cup Conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP). […] The post Warriors, Trojans eye to keep momentum as Wesley So Cup plays on Independence Day appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Cebu teams battle north division squads in Wesley So Cup tomorrow

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The four Cebu-based teams competing in the south division of the Wesley So Cup Conference of the Professional Chess Association of the Philippines (PCAP) will face the north division teams for the first time in tomorrow’s (June 9) resumption of the online chess tournament. The highest-ranked Cebu-based team, the Cordova Dutchess […] The post Cebu teams battle north division squads in Wesley So Cup tomorrow appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

PBA out-of-town workouts get going

Reigning Philippine Cup titlist Barangay Ginebra led the teams that resumed their Season 46 buildup in Batangas City yesterday with initial training sessions in two facilities......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2021

Truck ban imposed in Manila; coding back in Makati

The truck ban in Metro Manila will resume tomorrow, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority said, after the national government placed the region under the more relaxed general community quarantine until the end of the month......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

NLEX looks at heading North

While other teams are inclined to go south to resume their training, the NLEX Road Warriors are considering heading north......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 5th, 2021

Batangas open to hosting PBA workouts

With Metro Manila still under stricter quarantine status, nearby Batangas City looms as a possible training hub for the PBA teams in the leadup to the targeted season opening in June......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

Phl-U.S. Balikatan war games resumes amid China’s sea swarming

Military forces of the Philippines and United States are set to resume their annual “Balikatan” exercises tomorrow (Monday) amid continuing presence by a large number of Chinese vessels in the West Philippine Sea. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, Armed Forces chief, told reporters that the exercises will involve more than 1,000 Filpino soldiers and about 700 American […] The post Phl-U.S. Balikatan war games resumes amid China’s sea swarming appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsApr 11th, 2021

Physicality a byword in VisMin Cup

There won’t be a shortage of physicality in the Visayas leg of the Pilipinas VisMin Super Cup which kicks off under strict bubble conditions in Alcantara, Cebu, tomorrow as league chief operating officer Rocky Chan guaranteed “exciting action every game” with six homegrown players a requirement in the rosters of the 16 participating teams......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 7th, 2021

Draft bets strut stuff in private workouts

In the absence of the Draft Combine, PBA teams are taking the next best step: Checking out their rookie prospects through “private workouts.”.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 21st, 2021